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"No, no. It says it's a shower scene. I'm not supposed to be in the shower scene. It has nudity!"
Tobias Fünke, Arrested Development

A character takes a shower or a bath without being naked or is shown in the bath or shower in their underwear, a swimsuit or regular clothes. This may happen during Bathtub Bonding. Sometimes no one seems to mention or even notice that the character is still clothed. The obvious reason: It's a heck of a lot easier to film (for a PG rating!) than if the bather were nude. Frequently results when a Digital Bikini is added to edited anime. Sometimes, it's the result of a Shower Shy character being forced into a situation where they need to shower in a locker room or what have you. In videogames, it's usually because the character is supposed to actually be nude in-universe, but the game's rating means the devs had to use an underwear-clad character model.

See also Fully-Clothed Nudity, Our Nudity Is Different.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Beelzebub: In chapter 222, Nene is taking a shower at her house while one of the split up mini forms of Furuichi is hiding in the bathroom watching her Sexy Silhouette from a distance. When Nene walks out of the shower, it's steamy and she looks as if she is completely naked while drying herself off with a Modesty Towel (Furuichi makes a 4th wall breaking comment asking if the Censor Steam is going to be removed when this chapter gets printed in the volumes). She then reveals to him that she knew he was going to try to peek and the steam clears up to show that she was actually showering in a bikini the whole time. But he says that it still doesn't matter to him because it still gets him off.
  • Case Closed: Ran and Conan wear bathing suits in public baths. Save for the first time they went into an onsen, that is. Poor Conan.
  • In Digimon Adventure 02, Arukenimon sulks fully dressed in an overflowing bathtub after being defeated by the DigiDestined.
  • Galaxy Angel Rune's Hot Springs Episode... at least until the transvestite dorm manager shows up with just a towel and yells at them for going it wrong.
  • Haré+Guu has a whole episode based on this, after Guu gives Haré the idea that bathing with your clothes on is the newest fad. Haré is just savvy enough not to take Guu at her word, but his attempts to debunk her story only confirm it thanks to Contrived Coincidences in which Haré visits people just as a washing machine overflows or they're cleaning the bathroom. On a trip to the jungle hot springs, Haré tries to put the fad into practice and gets laughed at. He tries bathing naked only that time he realizes too late he got into the public pool area.
  • Misaki and Usagi take a shower while fully clothed toward the end of the second season of Junjou Romantica. Season Two was generally less explicit than Season One anyway.
  • The titular Cocotamas of Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama always still have their underpants on (the only clothing they wear aside from the occasional accessory or hat) whenever they are bathing.
  • In episode 9 of Kemono Friends several of the Little Bit Beastly Friends jump into the hot spring fully clothed until the Token Human among them, Kaban, points out that you're supposed to remove your clothing first. The Friends are shocked to find out their clothes even can come off and comment once they've removed them that the water is much warmer.
  • Pretty much any anime based on a Ken Akamatsu manga. Seen mostly in Love Hina, but it pops up in the Negima! anime a few times as well.
  • In episode 26 of the anime of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Balsa and Torogai bathe while wearing a sort of giant T-shirt (Torogai) and a flimsy slip (Balsa). This is a period piece and they are in the formal guest baths of the royal palace.
  • Ikuto insists on this in Nagasarete Airantou when Suzu wants to bathe with him, making her wear a towel the whole time.
  • The alien wife in Oh, My Sweet Alien! chapter 7.3 wears a School Swimsuit to the bath because she doesn't know Earth culture. Her human husband tells her to take it off so she does.
  • Ranma ½
    • In the "Bathhouse Battle" chapter/episode, Happôsai wages a desperate battle with Ranma to breach the women's side of a public bath house only to discover Nabiki invoked this and the girls are wearing bathing suits (a sensible precaution, knowing Happôsai). Note that the traditional Japanese bathing practice of washing before you soak in the tub doesn't require one to be nude in the tub itself.
      • It's actually zigzagged all over the place in that episode. At first, most of the girls are naked,including the named characters, as seen when Akane and Nabiki look over the wall. Then, when Happosai finally gets over to the girls' side (and gets Ranma out of his hair momentarily), most of the random girls in the background are unclothed but Akane has donned her swimsuit, as have Nabiki and her unnamed friends. Then, later when Happosai is using Bathhouse-Fu to knock Ranma around, Akane invokes an in-universe Double Subversion on Happosai by loudly calling that it must be safe to take their suits off (although the trick is pretty obvious to the audience).
    • Later on, when (due to a misunderstanding about Ranma's masculinity) the family has to convince Ranma's mother Nodoka that he IS man enough to want to peek at naked girls in the bath, they set up a whole production to give this impression. There were even strategically-placed soap suds and bubbles as Akane bathed. But when Ranma accidentally barged in (instead of peeking from the door like he was supposed to) and Akane got out of the tub, it turned out she was wearing a strapless one-piece and — this being a black and white manga — the soap suds only gave the impression she was naked.
  • Rouge from Sonic X is shown taking a bubble bath with her gloves on.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Tintin story Tintin and the Picaros, Professor Calculus is shown bathing in a bath robe and still wearing his trade-mark hat.
  • In the XXXenophile story "The Spirit Is Willing", the spirit of a girl who died in the shower notes that the male hero still wears his shorts, and she asks whether he always does so. Apparently not.

    Comic Strips 
  • One Garfield strip starts with Jon dripping wet. In the third panel, he comments that next week he'll probably go back to taking showers with his clothes off.
  • A Roger the Dodger strip in The Beano, in which he's trying to dodge taking a bath through Exact Words (he's in the tub, but not with water) shows him wearing swimming trunks.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Played with in The African Queen. Rose and Charlie go bathing on opposite sides of the boat, for the sake of decency. Then Rose can't climb back in on her own; there are several Fanservice-y shots of her stretching her legs out to try, with no visible clothing. Finally she asks for Charlie's help, but insists that he avert his eyes... and when he pulls her up onto the boat, it turns out she was wearing a short shift the entire time, and just has the nudity taboos appropriate to the post-Victorian missionary that she is.
  • The Babadook: After one of her breakdowns, Amelia goes and sits in the bath fully clothed. When Sam comes to try and talk her out, she picks him up and puts him in the bath as well, despite his obvious discomfort.
  • In Bachelor Party, when the nerdy neurotic character takes an emergency shower (after discovering that the beauty he just slept with is named Tim), he leaves his underwear on for no apparent reason.
  • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Clark Kent hops into Lois's bath with his work clothes still on, presumably for the sake of a really cool shot.
  • Lampshaded in Big Daddy as a way to avoid Unfortunate Implications. When Sonny is supervising his adopted son in the bathtub, he makes him wear swim trunks because, "I don't know the rules on that."
  • In Casino Royale (2006), Bond finds Vesper sitting fully-clothed under a running a shower after she was attacked. Apparently the script originally had her naked, but the actress felt the character would have been too much in shock to undress so they went with that instead.
  • In Courage Mountain, Heidi is upbraided by the school's teachers for not doing this.
  • Shower shorts are a plot point of The Devil's Playground (1976), where seminary students are required to keep their bodies covered at all times. Dormitory scenes show the boys showering in swim trunks and dressing under bathrobes. The movie also averts the trope by showing the most prudish brother changing at a public pool.
  • Dr. Gonzo from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas does this during a bad acid trip. In a tub full of filthy, brown water.
  • In the classic Sci-Fi film Forbidden Planet the captain (Leslie Nielsen) encounters the only woman on the planet (Anne Francis) (who's never met men other than her father) while she is swimming. She invites him in but when he says he doesn't have a bathing suit she asks "What's a bathing suit?" and he turns away in embarrassment. However, when she gets out of the pond, she's wearing a bathing suit; she simply didn't know what it was called.
  • Winona Ryder is seen doing this in Girl, Interrupted. She was thrown into a bathtub with her clothes still on to wake her up.
  • Done by Ed in Good Burger... because he never takes his Good Burger uniform off.
  • Averted twice in Hard Ticket to Hawaii: Taryn (Hope Marie Carlton) takes off her bikini top before showering to rinse the salt and sand off after her early morning swim and jog. Later she and Donna Hamilton (Donna Spier) are topless in the Jacuzzi when they discover that they intercepted a delivery of diamonds intended for a drug lord.
  • Veronica (Winona Ryder) does this in Heathers, in the girls' shower upon hearing that Heather Chandler's death is being venerated.
  • In the movie Holes, Stanley showers in his swimming trunks probably justified by the fact that he thought they were all under constant surveillance, he was outside with barely any division from him and the desert and there is at least one woman at camp.
  • Vera Wang advertises her new bridal line in a short film called "Hotel Madrid" It features one of the models bathing in a wedding dress.
  • In Hunk, O'Brien goes to take a shower and finds Dr. D. already in the cubicle wearing a wetsuit, dive mask and snorkel. Becuase he is her boss (and the Devil, she gets in the shower with him anyway.
  • Just Like Heaven: The first time David tries to take a shower in his new apartment he's surprised when Elizabeth's spirit pops up to tell him to leave. The next time he showers he makes sure to wear a bathing suit so she won't see him naked.
  • Justified in the Sophia Coppola film, Marie Antoinette (2006) in which the eponymous Queen bathes in muslin undergarments, which is historically accurate.
  • Nathan's Kingdom: Nathan sits in the bathtub, fully clothed, while Laura washes his hair.
  • Rock 'n' Roll High School: Riff is fantasizing about the Ramones serenading her in her room. She goes to take a bath and is delighted to find Dee Dee fully clothed under the shower.
  • In the horror film Sick Nurses, one of the nurses takes a shower fully clothed. Evidently, the makers of this film really wanted to avoid nudity.
  • Some Like It Hot: After Sugar first meets Joe on the beach in his disguise as 'Junior', Jerry (as Daphne) rushes Sugar back to the hotel, hoping to expose 'Josephine' and 'Junior' as the same person. However, they find Josephine the bath, her body concealed by Censor Suds. After Sugar leaves, Joe stands up, revealing that he was still wearing Junior's clothes under the water.
  • The Sting: When Hooker arrives at Gondorff's home, he finds him sleeping off his drunkenness. He puts Gondorff in a shower fully clothed to sober him up.
  • In The War Wagon, Lomax tells Billy that any man who shares his horse has to be sober and clean, and then throws him into the river fully clothed. Lomax tosses him a bar of soap and billy starts washing himself... over his clothes.
  • Weird Science: After creating the perfect woman, two nerds take a shower with her. She's naked, but they keep their jeans and socks on.
  • White Wolves: Cry of the White Wolf: Pamela strips down to her panties and a tank top to soak in the river after several days of hiking and no bathing.


    Live-Action TV 
  • In a one-time sketch on The Amanda Show, Drake Bell's character asks his mom why he has to wear a swimsuit to take a bath in; his mother just says "You'll see". Turns out there's a lifeguard in there to keep watch of the bathroom.
  • Arrested Development: Tobias Funke is a NeverNude, so he wears denim cutoffs in the shower.
  • On Baywatch, the lifeguards keep their bathing suits on when they hit the showers.
    • partially justified in that lifeguards will usually enter the showers in their suits to rinse the salt and sand off, but take them off in mid-shower to wash what the suit covers.
  • In The Big Comfy Couch during the bathroom scenes where Loonette is washing her doll Molly (who is unclothed), Loonette is always fully dressed in her normal outfit when she's sitting in the bathtub.
  • In the Drake & Josh episode "Who's Got Game?", Drake confesses to Craig that he was the one who told the school that he (Craig) showers in his bathing suit, which Craig had previously blamed his friend Eric for.
  • In Martial Law, when the Buddy Cops go undercover in prison, the black cop goes to the shower in shorts and shirt in fear of Prison Rape.
  • Done for laughs in one episode of M*A*S*H where Hawkeye is so exhausted after a marathon surgery session that he forgets to undress before getting in the shower.
  • Standard procedure in several Reality Shows around the world, since the people on the shower know that the scene may be broadcast.
  • The 2006 series of Robin Hood did this and Lampshaded it where Much gets a servant girl:
    Much: You could take a bath? (she begins undressing) I meant pour your own bath! And wear a bath-shirt!
  • In the first regular episode of The Ropers, Stanley thankfully leaves on his bathrobe as he tests his bubble bath water temperature.
  • In an episode of Sesame Street, Mr. Noodle (a goofy man who does everything wrong) bathes fully-clothed; pants, shirt, bow tie, shoes, everything.
  • Scrubs: J.D. wears knee-length shorts while using the showers in the locker room at work. They also come with a wallet attached to a bungee cord.
    J.D.: Shower shorts. For the man who has nothing to hide, but still wants to.
  • Star Trek
    • Episode "The Naked Time" of the original series: when a group of people is infected with an insanity-causing substance, one of them freezes to death while taking a shower with his clothes on.
    • This happens again in the second episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. No surprise, as it was an updated version of the above.
    • In the episode "Genesis", where the crew is "de-evolving" into earlier lifeforms, there is a scene where Counselor Troi is taking a hot bath in her quarters, with her full uniform on. She may have kept it on because she was "de-evolving" into an amphibian life form and was desperately craving heat.
  • In one episode of The Three Stooges the Stooges get into a luxury hotel room and one of the first things Larry does is read the newspaper in a bathtub while wearing a full-body swimsuit.
  • The Wilds: None of the girls ever fully strip naked while washing off in the ocean, instead stripping to their underwear. Taken to an extreme by Nora, who washes herself while wearing pants and a long-sleeve shirt- even conservative Shelby is in a midriff-baring top.

  • The music video for the Meat Loaf song "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" features the love interest bathing in her underwear and diaphanous gown.

    Video Games 
  • In Animal Crossing, villagers of the "lazy" type will sometimes complain that they don't have any clothes to take a bath in and asks the player for some.
  • In the kids' app Child Safety: Good and Bad Touch, which is meant to teach kids the difference between good and bad touching, shows a mother bathing her child as an example of a good touch. The kid is wearing her clothes.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, south of Windhelm, a few hunters can be seen relaxing in the hotsprings in their underwear.
  • In Fahrenheit you can have any of the three main characters take a shower at some point in the game. However, they do so while wearing their underwear. This is only in the American version though.
  • In Final Fantasy X-2, whoever visits the Mt. Gagazet hot springs does so either in swimsuits, or in their regular NPC clothes.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: On the VCPR Radio station, an over-protective mother states "My kids know when it's bath time to put on a bathing costume, Nudity leads to Bad, NAUGHTY things."
  • Pit in Kid Icarus: Uprising bathes fully clothed. When asked about this by Magnus, he states that an angel must always be ready for duty. (plus, he doesn't want to steam the sacred buns) When Palutena makes the same inquiry, later on, he admits that it also saves on laundry.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter, Harry wears underwear in the bath, though he is naked (at first) in the book (see above). Justified because in this version, Myrtle shows up before he gets in the water, rather than surprising him after.
  • In Mass Effect 3, Fem Shepard can let Samantha Traynor take a shower, which she does wearing a Black Bra and Panties. Shepard can join her in there as well.
  • Moshi Monsters gives the player to wash Moshlings (little pets the monsters keep, some of which wear clothes). However, the ones who wear clothes don't strip to be washed.
  • In Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the player character can get into the Hot Spring in Lavaridge Town but has to get in fully clothed since there is no gameplay mechanic for stripping.
    • There's a similar hot spring in the Sevii Islands in Fire Red and Leaf Green.
  • In Rune Factory 3, everyone wears their swimsuits to the bathhouse.
  • In the Shantae series, Shantae can visit a bath house to replenish her health, but she jumps in fully clothed.
  • The Sims
    • The Sims 3: Sims with the Never Nude trait are, well, exactly what you'd expect.
    • In the iPod port of Sims games, everyone is a Non-Nude Bather.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, if the characters are taken to the hot springs they wear towels even while they are in the water.
  • Vinnie Costa, the victim of Criminal Case: Mysteries of the Past case "Blood Bath" is killed while taking a bath in a saloon naked except for his hat and boots. Dick, the team's coroner explains that cowboys often do this so that they're ready to run in case of trouble.

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    Web Videos 

    Web Original 
  • In the website I Used to Believe, one woman was told as a kid that "even George Washington slipped and fell in the bathtub" as a kid and she'd imagine him mostly naked but still with his wig on.

    Western Animation 
  • In one episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario and Luigi get roped into babysitting a kid named Junior, with instructions to make sure he takes a bath. The kid wanders into the Mushroom Kingdom, and when the three get back at the end of the episode, they get there just as soon as his parents come back. Junior warns them that they won't be able to babysit again if he doesn't get his bath, so they fill the tub and just chuck him in fully clothed.
  • Played for Laughs on Adventure Time: a paranoid Jake wears a Modesty Towel in the shower after finding out that Marceline sometimes sneaks into his house, then puts on a second one when he steps out. Note that he's a dog who always looks naked anyway, though technically he claims to wear spider-web pants too thin to see.
  • In the All Grown Up! episode "Tweenage Tycoons", Dill wears swimming trunks in the bath (although this could be because he let his pet goldfish bathe with him).
  • On Arthur, D.W. Read wears a yellow bathing suit with pink fringe while in a bubble bath in "Hic or Treat."
  • In The Crumpets episode "Supernawak", Caprice wears a towel while showering. This is shown via a silhouette through the shower curtain).
  • Variant in Dan Vs.Chris suggests various home remedies for Dan's cold, including bathing in oatmeal (something usually associated with chickenpox, but whatever). When Dan gets out and the oatmeal drips off, he's wearing a towel.
  • On Daria, the title character visits a school for gifted teens, but the kids they befriend turn out to be Nerdy Bullies. One guy's Freudian Excuse for hating jocks is that the quarterback of his old school told everybody that he wore a towel in the locker room shower.
  • In Dennis the Menace (UK), in the "Bathnight Club" episode, when Dennis' dad is about to put him in the bath, and when he gets the fun bath at the end, Dennis is wearing swimming trunks. Unsurprising, considering the target audience for the show.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy, whenever we see Eddy showering for any reason, he's wearing his underwear or swimming trunks. The fact that he was physically abused by his older brother for most of his life edges this into Fridge Horror.
  • The titular characters of Fanboy and Chum Chum are consistently shown showering and bathing while still wearing their costumes.
  • In George of the Jungle, Maggie simply jumps into a bathtub still wearing her clothes.
  • In the Gravity Falls short "Stan's Tattoo", the twins try to sneak up on Grunkle Stan while he's in the shower so they can get a peek at the eponymous tattoo. However, Stan is there in his usual day outfit (including his fez), likely because he was anticipating this move.
  • In the Hey Arnold! episode "Phoebe Cheats", Phoebe bathes distraughtly while in her full outfit.
  • I.N.K. Invisible Network of Kids: In the episode "Voodoo Shampoo", all kids shower in either their underwear or bathing suits. Justified since the shower scenes take up a significant portion of the episode, and would require an impossible amount of Scenery Censor if this trope was not in effect.
  • Kid vs. Kat: In the short "All washed up", Coop bathes in his underwear. Most likely since he is forced by his dad to share the bath with Kat (they needed the bath because they were fighting in the mud earlier), and the two continue their fight in the tub, wrecking the bathroom in the process. It would require a lot of Scenery Censor had Coop been nude.
  • In the Kim Possible episode "Rappin' Drakken", a guinea-pig henchman takes a shower in his boxer shorts while testing "Dr. D's BrainWashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse".
  • On the Looney Tunes short "Hare Tonic", Elmer Fudd rushes into the shower when he thinks he has contracted "the dread disease Rabititus" from Bugs Bunny. The gag is that Bugs is in the shower as well, pretending to be the faucet, but what's also funny is that Elmer is still wearing a tank top and boxer shorts.
  • The Muppet Babies (1984) episode "Bad Luck Bear" began with the Muppet children taking a bath while still clothed.
  • In Peg + Cat, Peg always bathes in a swimsuit.
  • The Pound Puppies (1980s) episode "The Fairy Dogmother" had the Pound Puppies summon the titular character while she was bathing. The Fairy Dogmother happened to be bathing while fully clothed.
  • Rugrats:
    • In the episode, "Naked Tommy," all the babies except Chuckie spend most of the episode choosing to go around starkers. The episode ends after Tommy decides to start wearing clothes again, and he jumps in the bathtub in his shirt and diaper on while Chuckie is bathing naked.
    • The babies and Stu also took a shower with their clothes on in the episode, "Regarding Stuie".
    • In "Dust Bunnies" when Angelica is bathed outside in a metal tub, she's wearing a swimsuit (the babies are in the tub bathing naked like normal)
  • The Simpsons: In "Home Away From Homer", Homer barges in on Ned Flanders while he's in the bath and finds out Flanders wears a bathing suit in the bathtub. When Homer asks why, he responds "So I don't see my own shrinky-dink." (Homer, slowly: "...Makes sense.")
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil's first episode, Marco grumbles that his reputation for being overly cautious comes from once wearing a helmet in the school shower.
  • Played With in Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race, when one of the challenges in Finland was to spend 10 minutes in a sauna, fully clothed, as a Downplayed version of Sauna of Death.
  • In The Wild Thornberrys episode "You Otter Know", Debbie wears a sports bra when bathing in nearby hot springs. It's implied she's only semi-nude, as she wraps her towel around herself when she has to chase after Donnie who took off with her clothes.
  • Work It Out Wombats!: In "The Sleepover," one of the activities at the sleepover is to blow bubbles. Zeke jumps into the tub of bubbles, thinking it's a bath. Soon, everyone else joins in. All of them are still wearing their pajamas.

    Real Life 
  • This is true of public hot tubs (or indeed any hot tub) where the intention is to soak and not bathe — except maybe in countries with less in the way of nudity taboos.
  • This is normal in some public showers.
  • "Never nudes" or those with gymnophobia, people who have a phobia of nudity will do this even when alone.
  • In the American West, communal bathing used to be common, with men swimming nude and women wearing bathing suits.
  • Based on Jeffrey Archer's experience in prison, male prisoners often wear underwear when showering, especially Muslims.


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Ned Flanders

He wears swimming trunks while taking a bath so he won't see his own penis.

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