For what is supposedly "invariably the point where" something bad happens, there sure are a lot of aversions listed in the page's examples! Something like half of the examples are non-examples where either nothing scary or upsetting happens, or something interrupts
the bath, but it's not horrifying or dangerous. I would classify such non-examples as "misuse". (There ARE a few legitimate subversions listed, where we're set up
to expect a murder in the tub but it doesn't happen.)
Certainly it's common
that something terrible interrupts the bath, because just watching somebody go in for a bath is kind of pointless from a narrative perspective unless it's just for the fanservice, and horror tends to attack people who are in a vulnerable state (and it's hard to get more vulnerable than naked and relaxing). But it's hardly universal.
Here's a breakdown for the examples on the page itself:
Correct Use - Played straight or true subversion
Misuse - The bath is not interrupted, or is interrupted by something mundane
Iffy - I couldn't decide.
- Glade Wisp Flameless Candles (I can't watch the video while at work)
- Foxtrot (not sure if this is a real subversion or not; Quincy in the bath is treated as horrific)
- Poltergeist (nothing bad happens in the bath, but it is used as a device to raise the tension)
- Sherlock Holmes (I can't recall if anything horrible actually happens in the bath.)
- Desperate Romantics (I don't think this is a real use of the trope, but I'm not sure.)
So, we have nearly 50% misuse (41%-54% depending on the iffy ones) on the PAGE ITSELF, where it clearly says at the top that this is a horror trope.
I think there's enough "aversions" listed on the page alone to justify a rename and steer this away from the omnipresence it claims.
edited 14th Sep '12 7:42:11 AM by Escher