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Phil: Well then, I know a really bad word: bath.

For some characters, one of the scariest things in the world is a bath. This is most commonly seen in young characters (especially boys), who often have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the bathtub. For adult characters, it is usually a man whose wife forces him to take a bath. Other species, such as cats and dogs (especially cats), are often commonly depicted as disliking baths. However, this trope could apply to any age, gender, or species. "Ablutophobia" is the fancy term for this phenomenon.

This trope is related to The Pig-Pen; however, a character who hates baths need not necessarily be unusually filthy or smelly.

This trope was a bit harsher in Real Life before roughly 1950s-60s when the modern bath soaps were invented. Before bubble baths and scented soap, they involved hard gray soap that didn't lather and rigorous scrubbing with a bristle brush. As well, if you go further back, baths were done sitting in a small tin tub, which is a functional cleaning process that is less relaxing than lying down in a modern full-length tub.

Compare with Cats Hate Water for feline oriented examples. Often used with Baths Are Fun.


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  • This was a recurrent theme in some commercials for Mr. Bubble, as it purportedly makes baths fun. One had a mom looking for her son Marshall when it was time for his bath. After calling him multiple times and searching for him everywhere, she eventually locates him in the last place she'd think of looking — behind the curtain of a basement shower stall.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Like his father, Negi Springfield in Negima! Magister Negi Magi avoids baths as much as he can. Asuna frequently has to bathe him, and isn't always gentle about it.
  • Miata in Claymore, who runs out the second she gets a chance with her modesty only being preserved by her long hair. It's part of her general Wild Child demeanor.
  • Galaxy Express 999:
    • Tetsuro always protests at the top of his lungs whenever Maetel suggests he takes a bath and continues to grumble once she pushes him in.
    • Downplayed with the Conductor. He makes just as much of a fuss and avoidance of taking baths as Tetsuro, but doesn't exactly mind taking them when he's sure he's alone. He just doesn't want to risk people seeing his invisibility.
  • Baikinman from Anpanman, though somewhat justified for him as he's an alien bacterium and actually allergic to soap and cleanliness. Being washed actually shrinks him down to the size of the fly and his Kabirunrun minions, being living mold spores, have the same hatred. However, Dokinchan and Baikinsennin, two other members of his species don't have this aversion and actually enjoy them (Baikinsennin even having a personal hot springs outside his house!).
  • Eleven year-old Shiro in No Game No Life hates bathing. Before coming to Disboard, she managed to avoid it by simply not doing it and taking advantage of her brother's Chivalrous Pervert nature to keep him from forcibly bathing her himself. After coming to Disboard, there are adult females in the cast who can make her whether she wants to or not.
  • Bungo Stray Dogs: Akutagawa hates baths, because it means that he would not be able to use his ability thus would become defenceless (which is dangerous for a mafia member). In Real Life, the writer he based around disliked bathing too.
  • Played with in a mini-manga associated with Death Note. L doesn't like taking baths...but it's not because he doesn't like to be clean. (Actually, quite the opposite is true.) It's that he regards washing as being too much effort. So his caretaker, Watari, rigged up a "human washing machine" for him to use instead.
  • The eponymous character of Dororo hates bathing for good reason; his deceased parents told him that the Treasure Map tattooed on his back is meant to be for someone he can trust.
  • Episode 7 of Pui Pui Molcar has a long-haired Molcar that refuses to get clean because they're terrified of how large and unsettling the Molcar wash is. Their friends and the operator of the Molcar wash convince them to go in by making a treasure map to a golden carrot at the end of the wash (they were doing a Raiders of the Lost Parody earlier), and they wind up finding the experience so fun they keep going through until they're beaming with cleanliness.
  • Zettai Ni Furo Ni Hairitakunai Kanojo Vs Zettai Ni Furo Ni Iretai Kareshi: The title translates to Girlfriend Who Absolutely Doesn't Want to Take a Bath VS Boyfriend Who Absolutely Wants Her to Take a Bath and the premise is exactly what that suggests. Every chapter features Teppei finding ways to cajole, trick, or bribe his Womanchild girlfriend Hina into taking a bath when she would much rather be gaming or otherwise just play around.

    Asian Animation 
  • An episode of Banzi's Secret Diary features Banzi's hatred of bathing as a plot point. She and one of her friends, Eungsim, have foul odors that drive away the students and teachers. Eventually, the two decide to become "sweeties" like their other friend Namnam, dipping their heads into the school sinks to change the appearance of their hair and seemingly forgetting their hatred of bathing altogether.
  • Happy Heroes: One episode of Season 8 features a community of gnomes who are obsessed with keeping themselves as filthy as possible; unsurprisingly, they frown upon the idea of taking a bath.

    Comic Books 
  • Dennis in Dennis the Menace (UK).
  • Most characters in The Beano have this to some extent, but Smudge from the strip of the same name had it as a defining trait, with every strip being about his Mum's latest futile attempt to get him cleaned up.
  • Monica's Gang: Smudge is such an egregious example, it seems like he has an atomic allergy to any water that may touch him outside of his mouth. A common gag is him gaining flight powers to escape being dropped into any water (be it a creek, a tub or what have you). He gets around to tolerating bathing in the sequel series, but he's still not a big fan.
  • In the Lanfeust series and its spin-off Troll de Troy, every member of the troll species hates water with a passion. It goes into Weaksauce Weakness level, as any human with a magic power over water disposes of a great weapon against trolls. This is explained by the fact that trolls take great pride in the number of flies their smell attract, and being submerged in water could make them clean, which would make their flies go away. Though they also seem to dislike drinking water with equal passion...
  • Archie Comics:
    • Jughead's pet Hot Dog.
    • In some older, short jokes, Hot Dog's master Jughead isn't too pleased with baths either. In one story, Jug's mom asked him to give Hot Dog a bath, not because Hot Dog needed one, but Jughead did! And Jug usually ended up with more soap and water on himself anyway.
  • Richie Rich's dog Dollar hates baths. In one story, Richie tricks his dog into landing in a bathtub when the dog is all dirty and all previous attempts to bathe Dollar fail.
  • While it's only implied in the show, one of the Avatar: The Last Airbender tie-in comics reveals that Toph hates taking baths, prompting Katara to wash her by force.

    Fan Works 
  • Tails in Bath Time. It seems like Sonic would have been a more logical choice due to his dislike bordering on irrational terror of water being almost a defining element of his character.
  • In Chapter 57 of BlazBlue Alternative: Remnant, Zwei runs away from Penny when she tells him she plans to give him a bath. Even when she gets him into one, he tries to escape seven times before he finally gives up and lets her wash him.
  • Hunter Moebius in Code Wings 3.0 hates baths.
  • Spock, according to Insontis II does not like water, and one whole segment is devoted to Kirk convincing child!Spock to take a bath, since he can't use the sonic showers.
  • Guilmon in Transcendence: Digital Curse apparently hates baths to the point that he sounds like he's being attacked while taking one.
  • The Lion King Adventures:
    • Tama only bathes once a year, spending the rest of the time walking around covered in dirt and sweat.
    • Simba, as always. See below.
    • Shocker is an interesting case. He doesn't actively dislike baths like Simba or Tama, but he's too distracted by revenge to bother taking one. The result (according to Word of God) is that he smells like "a mix between stale sweat and burning rubber."
  • Yurie from The Night Unfurls dislikes anything related to baths, like the water and soap. May or may not have something to do with her resembling a cat in all but name.
  • In Poison, the anti-drug spinoff of the above series, druggie lion cub Moto is a prime example, and lioness Sarafina starts out this way, though she gradually gets better.
  • Mittens in the Bolt fanfic A Little Bit of Everything. Given she's a cat, as well as her dirty, scruffy appearance in the film, it's not much of a stretch.
  • Zelda's pet wolfos-dog in Their Bond hates water. He also hates how itchy soap is and how fragrant it is to his sensitive nose. As a results, he hates baths.
  • Solarhood: Sonic hates baths because he has a fear of even shallow depths of water.
  • In the Encanto fanfic That Catch in Your Throat, some of Bruno's rats, namely Miguel, Hombregrande, and Bruno Jr., dislike baths and hide from his daughters when they collect them for bathtime.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Dr. Sweet is able to drive Mole away from Milo after Milo accidentally sat in Mole's precious dirtpiles by threatening him with soap.
    Sweet: I've got soap, and I'm not afraid to use it!
    Mole: *hisses*
    Sweet: *towel whip* Back foul creature! Back to the pit from whence you came!
  • In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, none of the dwarfs were inclined to washing up until she insisted on it...Grumpy was still un-inclined.
  • The Lion King (1994):
    • "Mom! Mom, you're messing up my mane!" This trope was also the focus of the tie-in comic "Dirty Cub", where Simba makes an effort to stay clean just so he won't have to take a bath again.
    • In contrast to Simba, Nala is shown to enjoy her mother's tongue baths, but in the comic "The Disguised Zebra", both cubs like playing in the mud, and equally dread "showering" (in reality an elephant pouring water onto them from his trunk).
  • In Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, Scamp hates taking baths. To his chagrin, he's forced to take one in the final scene.
  • Lucifer in Cinderella is horrified when Lady Tremaine orders Cinderella to give him a bath. In the sequel, the mice give him a bath as part of their effort to help him win Pom-Pom's affections, and he clearly hates every second of it.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • A Brother's Price Jerin's younger sisters are very unhappy when he announces it's bath day. Could be partly due to the fact that they have no running water and have to carry it to the tub in buckets.
  • In A Court of Thorns and Roses, Nesta hates bathing and has to force herself to climb into a tub. This isn't because she dislikes being clean in general but because it reminds her of when she was forced into the Cauldron, an event that traumatized her.
  • Discworld
    • Werewolves are very dog-like, to the point of flinching whenever someone even mentions the word "bath." They are able to take cold showers if they pretend that it's rain.
    • The Nac Mac Feegle also have an aversion to washing, to the point where some believe it's their skin that comes off upon contact with soap and water, not grime.
    • Witches don't necessarily hate baths, but seldom find time out of their busy schedules to take them. Granny Weatherwax dislikes them because she can't be havin' with nudity, and settles for washing "all the bits", as and when they become available.
  • The Famous Five: The gypsy child Jo in Five Fall into Adventure, until Joan runs after her with a carpet beater, threatening to beat the dust and dirt out of her if she does not bath; in the end, she enjoys it.
  • Shogun. Blackthorne was afraid of baths at the begining of the story. Notably, Blackthorne is an adult, but comes from 17th-century England where a bath a month was considered overdoing things.
  • Running Gag with the Dibbuns (baby animals) and vermin (Always Chaotic Evil species) in Redwall. The vermin actually have a comic song about how dangerous bathing is, about a young ferret who washed himself entirely out of existence.
  • Mr. Messy of the Mr. Men hates baths, as befits his name. He is forced into taking one at the end of the book bearing his name, and when he is newly cleaned, he jokes that he'll need to change his name now.
  • Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games is afraid of baths, because the capital tortured her by soaking her and shocking her electrically while they were holding her prisoner.
  • Piglet in Winnie the Pooh. When he gets washed by Kanga, the first thing he does is look for a puddle to roll around in.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire. Tomboy Princess Arya Stark while travelling incognito in the Riverlands complains when she stops at a holdfast and the women force her to take a bath (and wear a dress) because she had one a couple of weeks ago.
  • In Betty MacDonald's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, the Radish Cure involves a little girl who refuses to take a bath.
  • Farmer Bean in Fantastic Mr. Fox never took a bath. ("He never even washed," says the narration.) As a result, he's hard of hearing due to his ears being clogged with dirt and other residue. (The other two villains are probably unhygienic too; Mr. Fox says in one scene that the reason they can never get the jump on him is because they stink.)
  • At the beginning of the classic children's book Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, the titular canine, upon hearing the bathtub running, takes the scrub brush and buries it in the backyard to avoid taking a bath.
  • Varjak from Varjak Paw hates it when his mother bathes him. When he leaves the Contessa's house, he revels in being messy and dirty because it's against everything his pampered parents hate. Holly quickly tells him that he's being gross and humans will try to take him away if he looks like a mangy street-cat.
  • Max of Max and Ruby doesn't like baths in the book Max's Bath and its Animated Adaptation; he struggles when Ruby tries to bathe him. Hilarity Ensues when Max takes his orange sherbet and grape juice with him into the tub.
  • The Way Things Work: Mammoths tend to view bathing as an annoying interruption and a needless indignity. When explaining friction, a dirty mammoth resists being bathed simply by sitting still, because its tremendous weight means it is able to resist all but the most determined efforts to get the beast near the tub.
  • When The Robbers Came To Cardamom Town: The robbers hates bathing, so when aunt Sophie forces them to wash, they are not happy.

    Live-Action TV 
  • El Chavo del ocho had several episodes focus on trying to force him to take a bath after he leaves his dirty hand marks all over the place. He learns the lesson at the end of the episode, but of course in later ones he's forgotten it.
  • Leave It to Beaver. Both Beaver and Wally on sometimes display this attitude, at least until they get older. In the first episode, they fake taking a bath by rumpling towels and putting dirt in the bath tub.
  • The Brady Bunch. The dog Tiger hates baths.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Worf has stated that he hates baths. Or anything to do with water. Then again, Klingons don't care about cleanliness as much as humans do.
  • Radar from M*A*S*H hated to take showers and was constantly getting needled by Hawkeye and the other characters about it.
  • Dewey in the Malcolm in the Middle episode "Sleepover" Just the mention of the word sent him running.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes. Though one time he had a good reason, as the water came to life and tried to drown him.
  • Dennis in Dennis the Menace (US) is shown to dislike baths, and will often try to make some kind of excuse to get out of taking one, such as "I don't need a whole bath, my clothes kept the rest of me clean." and "Another bath? Does dad know you're hikin' up the water bill?". A comic book story featured his dog Ruff having a similar aversion to baths, but otherwise loving getting wet. According to Dennis, it was the soap that they both loathed (one strip even had Dennis say that the soap will last longer if he leaves the wrapper on it).
  • Hägar the Horrible takes his bath once a year.
  • In one of the early strips of Peanuts, Charlie Brown tries to stall taking a bath using tactics that would later be imitated by Calvin. However, this aspect to his character never got the same level of attention as Calvin got, it being awkward when no adult can appear or speak to force the issue, and was eventually forgotten. Presumably he grew out of it.
  • Wellington's dog Boot in The Perishers. His aversion to being bathed (in an old tin bath) turns bathtimes into epic battles.
  • The water-hating Wiley from B.C..
  • Jon typically has to trick Garfield to get him into the tub of soapy water, and even then Garfield has pulled fast ones on him.

  • Stege from the Cool Kids Table game Small Magic has to be tricked and shoved into the bath just to get started. When his companion Janice suggests adding scented oils, he panics because he thinks Janice is trying to cook him.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Jim Henson program Mopatop's Shop had a character come into a store to get some dirt to roll in. His mother had asked him to get a bathtub, but he hated taking baths. Another character sang a song to convince him that Baths Are Fun. It worked and the character that hated baths joined in the song. "Forget the dirt, I'll take the bathtub after all."
  • One episode of Allegra's Window revolves around Lindi the dog hating baths, until Allegra teaches her that Baths Are Fun.

  • Buddy Layman from The Diviners (2012) hated to be in water.
  • Evillene the Wicked Witch of the West, from The Wiz, never takes a bath, since water could kill her. According to the Cowardly Lion, she has her self dry-cleaned instead.

  • Cinko from UglyDolls is so terrified of water that he doesn't even bathe. One of the guidebooks points out that if it was a scratch and sniff book, you wouldn't have to ask about it at all.

    Video Games 
  • A PC Dark Sun game had, as one of its villains, an Evil Sorcerer who was fond of cruel irony. One of the first of his "experiments" the Player Party discovers is a bronze statue under an ever-running showerhead, body frozen in twisted agony. A sign nearby reveals that this used to be one of his assistants, who disliked baths.
  • Ōkami: Amaterasu hates getting wet and tries to avoid water (as does Issun, who dubs her "No-Bath Ammy").
  • In The Sims 2, dogs can end up becoming this if they're not praised for behaving in the bath, or if they are praised for jumping out.
  • Pascal in Tales of Graces is prone to this (not for hating baths inherently, but because they get in the way of her research) often enough that one of the secret boss fights consists of Cheria basically beating Pascal up to force her to take a bath. It is disturbingly difficult.
  • Toko Fukawa in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc doesn't bathe in the entirety of her time at the school (a period of several weeks at least) and is generally implied to have bad hygiene, although this probably isn't because she doesn't care about her health, but rather because she hates being naked enough to see the Kill Tally that her Split Personality Genocider Sho carves into her thigh each time she kills a boy.
  • Wade in Grand Theft Auto V insists on taking no baths, even after he's been covered head to toe in sewage.

    Web Animation 
  • Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse: The episode Happy Bathday to You revolves around getting the three pets in the titular Dreamhouse; Taffy, Tawny, and Blissa; to take their monthly bath, of which none of them want.
    • Also, Stacie, who tries to avoid taking a bath as well, and although it's left ambiguous as to how long it's been since her last bath, it's implied that it's been as long as the three pets.

  • Lardee from My Milk Toof who hides and says "I don't wanna".
  • The Cyantian Chronicles: King Laish's son Sar, to the point of throwing a screaming fit and calling for his mother, Queen Mirand.
  • Faen Val'Sullisinrune of Drowtales after the 15 year timeskip, and with very good reason given what she witnessed earlier in the story.
  • In Housepets!, Grape (a cat, naturally) routinely has to be tricked into taking baths. By her own declaration she's even gone so far as to eat mud to avoid getting bathed.
  • Varden of Inverloch hates bathing and only does so after a prizefight-and-sewer-trek adventure. For good reason, however. Bathing washes the dye out of his blond hair.
  • Samantha from Questionable Content has a rather irregular bathing schedule (and, apparently, a somewhat pungent stench as a result).
  • Erma hates bathtime and will fight tooth-and-nail against her parents to avoid it. She usually loses. The trope is emphasized by having her fleeing-bath-time strips rendered like the straight horror sequences, complete with harsh angles and shadows.

    Web Original 
  • BooBoo from All About Meep hates having a bath, because she has to do it in the washing machine.
  • Kittisaurus shows some of the cats really hate baths. The most notable offenders are TT, Lala and Dodo, who are notorious for their loud, shrill meows while Claire bathes them. In Dodo's case, it was a practice bath, where he only got a little wet, but his meows were so loud and pitiful, both TT and Lala felt sorry for him and waited outside the bathroom to see if he was alright.
  • Jeffy from SuperMarioLogan hates baths, as seen in the episode, "Jeffy's Bathtime!". He tries everything he can to get out of taking a bath, including peeing on Mario, and trying to put a giant duck inner tube in the bathtub. In the end, Mario gets him to take a shower (with the giant duck inner tube).

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes: Elmer Fudd's dog in the short An Itch in Time.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Tigger tries to hide Roo from Kanga to keep from taking a bath. Tigger seems to hate baths even more than Roo does, as he keeps claiming they lead to "The End!"
  • Rugrats (1991):
    • Phil and Lil hate taking baths in general, due to them loving anything gross. In "Word of the Day", when the babies learn about profanity, Phil considers "Bath" a very bad word due to how much he hates taking baths.
    • Tommy also temporarily hated baths in the episode, "Down the Drain", when one of his toy soldiers fell down the drain. Angelica telling him and Chuckie an obviously made-up story about a kid who got sucked down the drain certainly didn't help matters. He does everything in his power to avoid taking a bath, but nothing works. Fortunately, he overcomes his fear at the end of the episode.
    • Dil also hates baths, as seen in the short, "Dil's Bathtime". This is due in part to his fear of water, but also due in part to his fear of Tommy, his older brother, being danger in the water. In contrast, Tommy is shown to love taking baths.
  • Family Guy: In "Road to the Multiverse", as Stewie and Brian are universe-hopping, they find themselves trapped in ice. As they are trying to figure out how they can escape, Stewie unintentionally compliments Brian, causing him to involuntarily wag his tail, which partially erodes the ice. Seeing a way to dig them out, Stewie launches into a flurry of things to further excite Brian, but accidentally mentions giving him a bath, making his wagging come to an abrupt halt.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998): In one episode, "Down 'n' Dirty", Buttercup keeps getting dirty after a fight and refuses to bathe. This escalates as more dirt gets layered on her until she eventually run out of town for her smell. The final straw comes when a monster refuses to continue to fight her due to the stink, resulting in her giving in and taking a bath. (Or rather, she lets Blossom and Bubbles bathe her, a process which involves extremely rigorous scrubbing, and Buttercup's reaction during her bath is one of sheer rage.)
  • In the Fireman Sam episode, "Bathtime for Dusty", Dusty is chosen to be the firehouse mascot, but first, he must have a bath. Dusty is not keen on the idea of this and tries everything he can to avoid taking one. He finally gets his bath at the end of the episode when he gets sprayed by one of the hoses.
  • KaBlam!: In one "Life With Loopy" segment, Loopy refuses to bathe because she'll "just get messy again."
  • Muppet Babies (1984): Rowlf's dislike of baths is the focus of one of the episodes.
  • The Simpsons:
    • One of the shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show concerned Bart being forced to take a bath. He doesn't want to initially (even hiding from Homer to avoid it) but once he's in and used to the cold water he has fun, eventually flooding the house.
    • In "New Kid on the Block", Lisa reacts with surprise when Bart willingly takes a bath.
  • Taz-Mania: A running theme is "TAZ HATE WATER!!!!" This applied to any thing that involved getting wet. Baths just made it ten times worse. Not helping Taz's case is that his younger sister Molly likes to threaten him with baths whenever he misbehaves or she thinks he is.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Tommy Gilligan. The episode "Operation: D.U.C.K.Y." is all about him trying to avoid bathing.
    • During one episode where various KND scientists showed their inventions, a couple of french kids presented Le Film Artistique, but when the scientists overlooking the event told them to cut to the chase it turned out to be a spray that you apply to remain dirty after taking a bath. It's deemed to be a good idea, which probablly means the KND as a whole are bath haters.
  • Gary, SpongeBob SquarePants snail, refuses to let SpongeBob bathe him in one episode, even resorting to teleportation to avoid getting in the bath. Strange, as they live underwater....
  • Occasionally, Mickey Mouse's mention of baths would make Pluto scurry off in a hurry for someplace to hide.
  • Krypto The Super Dog: Streaky the Supercat would often try to avoid a bath from his owner as much as possible. Although this could have more to do with the fact that his owner's a little kid who treats him a bit too roughly than him being a cat disliking baths in general.
  • Caillou, until his mother made it fun by putting in some bubbles and bath toys. Later adapted as a song for one of the show's music albums.
  • In The Fairly OddParents!, Timmy Turner is shown as hating baths for one episode at least. However, when he is poofed out of the tub completely naked in a public place, he finds out there are things much worse than taking a bath.
  • Toad from X-Men: Evolution.
    Toad: EW! I touched soap!
  • As has been mentioned in the comic section Dennis of Dennis the Menace (UK) hates bathing, but the 1996 animated adaptation took this to the extreme. In one episode "Bathnight Club" it is revealed the Ministry of Defense wants to keep him from bathing as his smelly socks are an effective biological weapon, however when the rest of the world declares world peace to avoid said weapon it becomes a military exercise to get him to bathe. Eventually the Queen sends him a large swimming pool waterslide bath which he is actually happy to embrace. In another episode it is revealed the dirty bath water he does leave behind on the occasions he does bathe is easily confused for crude oil!
  • In the Sonic Underground episode, "Beginnings", Sonic hated taking baths as a kid. His foster father would have to bribe him with chili dogs to get him to take one.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy, Ed is terrified of things like soap, toothpaste, and deodorant.
  • Guysborough the Garbage Barge from Theodore Tugboat hates being cleaned. When Foduck tried to clean him in the episode, "Foduck and the Shy Ship", Guysborough thought he was melting.
  • Scruff from Thomas & Friends is an engine who works at the Waste Dump and hates being cleaned. However, in the episode, "Scruff's Makeover", he became proud of his new coat of paint, and refused to work at the Waste Dump.
  • The dog Astro on The Jetsons once whimpered "Ri ront rawnt a rath", as Jane announced it was time for his bath. His boy Elroy, chuckling at the situation, turned out to be not too keen on baths either.
  • Stumpy from Kaeloo hates baths. His reaction to being told to take a bath is a Big "NO!", and he states in one episode that he bathes less than once a month.
  • The titular character of the Pound Puppies (1980s) episode "Tuffy Gets Fluffy" detests baths and tries to run for it whenever anyone tries to bathe him. Since he's a cat, this overlaps with Cats Hate Water.
  • King from The Crumpets is a little boy who hates having his lion costume removed, which causes him to reek. In his first scene in "Amnesia", his family chases him as he's the source of a big awful stench.
  • Edgar & Ellen: The eponymous twins rarely ever bathe; one episode even had Ellen say that twelve-year-old Edgar hadn't bathed since he was nine!
  • Sunspot from Ready Jet Go! loathes taking baths as shown in "Uncle Zucchini Babysits" and "Bortron Leprechaun".
  • In the Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa episode "Boom Town or Bust", when Boothill Buzzard and Saddle Sore try to plead with Mayor Bulloney to leave before they're washed away by the incoming flood, Boothill states that he doesn't like taking baths as an addition to Saddle Sore pointing out to Mayor Bulloney that they'll be washed away if they linger.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series: Stitch, in the episode "Phantasmo," fights tooth and nail to avoid being bathed by Lilo. Its Played for Laughs but his reaction is a little more Justified than most: Stitch's inability to swim is his one real weakness, and he has a rather understandable case of aquaphobia as a result (he very nearly drowned in the movie).
  • In Adventures of the Gummi Bears, the Ogres under Duke Igthorn's command are absolutely horrified by the prospect of taking a bath, screeching "Icky, Icky!" in their distaste.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode, "Dirty Dog", Spunky is shown to dislike baths. When Rocko tries to give him a bath, Spunky tries everything he can to avoid taking one, which also interferes with an important Dinner with the Boss hosted by Bloaty and Squirmy, a pair of parasites who live on his body.
  • Lana Loud from The Loud House is shown to dislike baths, as seen in "Sister Act". In the same episode, she gets Lola to pretend to be her so she can take the bath for her. At the end of the episode, when Lola and Lana decide to stop switching places with each other after the former catches the flu from avoiding a doctor's appointment and the latter gets an abscessed tooth from avoiding a dentist appointment and get scolded for their irresponsibility as a result, Lana takes a bath for real, and finds a couple of things to like about it, such as how brown the water gets from her getting cleaned up and the hairball in the drain.
  • Downplayed in "Bath Time" from Elinor Wonders Why. Ari doesn't seem to actively hate baths, but he does consider them a waste of his time that can be better spent on playtime. After his parents allow him to go several days without bathing, apparently believing in Tough Love, he gets very muddy and itchy. While there's no particular indication of him coming to believe that Baths Are Fun, he does realize that they are at least necessary.
  • Dougal, in the first CGI episode of The Magic Roundabout "Dougal's Bad Smell Day", is shown to hate taking baths when Florence suggests that to him to get rid of the horrible smell in his fur. He spends the majority of the episode evading Florence and everyone else to avoid having a bath, until they finally catch him in the end and clean him up in a bath, much to his irritation.
  • In PAW Patrol, Rocky's dislike of water extends to bathing, and he usually tries to avoid them.
  • In the Arthur episode "Flea to Be You and Me", it is shown that even hearing Arthur's mom say the word "bath" is enough to horrify his dog, Pal. At the end of the episode, after the itch that prompted Arthur's mom to give him a bath in the first place is gone, she still decides to give him a bath anyway, causing him to whine.

    Real Life 
  • The legendary Miyamoto Musashi supposedly had poor personal hygiene because he disliked bathing and refused to do it very often, with the reasoning that even if you brought a weapon with you, you could be caught off guard too easily and end up in a Deadly Bath situation.
  • According to Pink Floyd – The Wall DVD commentary, Bob Geldof -who plays Pink- infamously hates baths, although his hatred seems to extend to water overall as he never learned how to swim either.


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Gary Takes a Bath

It's time for Gary's bath, and he's less than enthused.

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