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Tropes about swimming or washing in water (or a related substance).

See also Swimsuit Index, Cleanliness Tropes.


  • Awkwardly Placed Bathtub: A person bathes in a bathtub that is placed in a strange part of the house.
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: A villain orders his goons to bathe and groom a woman that he captured.
  • Bathhouse Blitz: Attacking, kidnapping, or killing someone in a public bathhouse or sauna.
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  • Bath Kick: A female character stretches her leg out while sitting in a bathtub.
  • Baths Are Fun: A work, usually aimed at young children, promotes the idea that bathing can be fun.
  • Bath Suicide: Someone kills themselves while bathing.
  • Bathing Beauty: A character that seems to enjoy baths and showers a lot and is often shown bathing more frequently than any of the other characters.
  • Bath of Poverty: A poverty stricken character who can't afford to bathe in a bathtub or shower.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Two or more characters who share a platonic bath.
  • Bathtub Mermaid: A mermaid or other aquatic character who is kept in a bathtub.
  • Bathtub Scene: A character who is shown bathing in a bathtub.
  • Blood Bath: A character who takes a bath in a bathtub filled with blood.
  • Candlelit Bath: Someone takes a luxurious bath by candlelight.
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  • Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: A cautious character carries a weapon with them while they bathe.
  • Censor Steam: A bathing or showering character has steam from the hot water cover up their inappropriate body parts.
  • Censor Suds: A bathing or showering character has suds cover up their inappropriate body parts.
  • Deadly Bath: Someone dies while taking a bath.
  • Drum Bathing: A character takes a bath inside a barrel or oil drum.
  • Electrified Bathtub: Killing someone by dropping active electronics in their bathtub while they are bathing.
  • Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: A character flushes the toilet, causing the person who's showering to scream from the sudden change in water temperature.
  • Furo Scene: A bathing scene involving the use of the Japanese style of bathing tub.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: Someone swims naked and ends up having their clothes stolen.
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  • Hates Baths: A character hates having to bathe.
  • High-Dive Hijinks: A character attempts to jump off a comically high diving board at a swimming pool.
  • Hot Springs Episode: An episode where characters go to a hot springs.
  • Interrupted Bath: A bathing character is interrupted by something, forcing them to stop.
  • Landing in Someone's Bathtub: A fully clothed character lands in a bathtub where someone is currently bathing.
  • Mermaid Arc Emergence: A character leaps out of the water, bending backwards as far as possible. Usually as a Homage to Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
  • Modesty Towel: A character who just got finished bathing or showering wraps a towel around their bodies so they don't have to walk around naked until they have the opportunity to get dressed.
  • Night Swim Equals Death: Character swimming at night gets killed.
  • Non-Nude Bathing: Someone bathes without removing their clothes first.
  • Our Showers Are Different: Bathing or showering with something other than soap and water.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: A male character spies on a female character while she is bathing outside.
  • Public Bathhouse Scene: Characters are seen bathing together at a bathhouse.
  • Sexy Surfacing Shot: A character surfacing or climbing out from a body of water being played for Fanservice.
  • Shower Scene: A scene where someone showers.
    • "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody: A spoof of the iconic scene in the horror film Psycho where Norman Bates stabs Marion Crane to death while she's showering.
    • Shower of Angst: A character takes a shower following an emotional event in order to symbolically wash away their sadness.
    • Shower of Awkward: A character accidentally walks in on another character who is showering.
    • Shower of Love: Two characters have sex while taking a shower.
  • Shower Shy: A character fears showering with the others at gym because of body issues.
  • Singing in the Shower: A character sings while bathing.
  • Skinny Dipping: Swimming while naked.
  • Skinship Grope: Two girls grope each other while bathing.
  • Slippery Soap: A character has trouble grabbing the soap while they bathe.
  • Soap Punishment: A person gets their mouth washed out with soap as punishment for swearing.
  • A Spy at the Spa: Spas, bathhouses and similar businesses used for espionage.
  • Super Drowning Skills: A character drowns the instant they hit the water.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: A character who doesn't have to worry about breathing underwater.
  • Two-Person Pool Party: Two characters have sex in a swimming pool.
  • Underwear Swimsuit: A character swims in their underwear due to not having a swimsuit (and possibly not wanting to go with the alternative).
  • Washtub Throw: A character throws a washtub at someone spying on them bathe.
  • Waterfall Shower: Someone showers in a waterfall.