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A pool area full of bikini-clad women (mostly), either sunbathing or swimming.

Some particularly common element is for one of the female bikini-clad leads to get out of the pool in slo-mo, water glistening on her body, someone to lose their swimsuit or for someone to get pushed into the pool.

An "interesting" meeting point in Spy Fiction (with the justification that it's harder to conceal a bug) and younger cousin of the Beach Episode. Not to be confused with Bad Guys Play Pool. See Two-Person Pool Party for a more explicit variation.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Metal Fight Beyblade had an episode towards the end featuring a cruise ship with a pool at the beginning, as the main characters travel to Europe.
  • Episode 8 of Excel Saga, appropriately entitled "Increase Ratings Week".
  • The first episode of Mai-Otome 0~S.ifr~ has a scene in a hotel pool. However, the main characters aren't actually swimming in it, but instead fall into it.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi has an episode which mostly takes place around the olympic-sized pool at the Class Rep's Big Fancy House.
  • The setting of the very first Sound Stage of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. It featured Karaoke, nine-years-old girls in bathing suits, and a Monster of the Week made of water that tried to separate said nine-years-old girls from said bathing suits. Yes, the first season is quite blatant on its Fanservice.
  • Plenty of manga chapters in Ranma ½, due to Fûrinkan High's Phys. Ed. curriculum (and to show off Akane's Super Drowning Skills). For obvious reasons, Ranma always ends up on the women's side. Mind that these take place at school, and therefore the swimsuits are the standard regulation type rather than the sexy bikini type.
  • The manga of Fruits Basket has one of these scenes in the seventh volume, involving Uo in a bikini, Hana in a low-cut one-piece, and Tohru in a school swimsuit.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya's "Endless Eight". The sole purpose was to beat the number of swimsuit episodes in K-On! (which had two). Which it did. By six.
  • Shakugan no Shana has a pool episode where most of the class gets to go to a water park. Cue Gainaxing at every turn, especially from Margery Daw and Yoshida.
  • Maria†Holic has Kanade expecting this. But when she gets to take part...
  • Code Geass: One of the Picture Dramas has the characters going to the pool. Cornelia in a bondage-inspired bikini, rawr. It also offers a more candid look at Guilford and Darlton.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry. The Beach Arc of the manga becomes a Pool Arc in the anime.
  • Modern Magic Made Simple episode four is a pool episode.
  • The second half of episode 8 of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, which Misaki throws as a spur of the moment, welcome party for Nanami.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • Friendship Is Magical Girls naturally has one of these in the episode aptly called "Pool". It features the mahoushoujo and Spike spending a day at Rarity's pool, getting some last minute relaxation in before their showdown with Sunset Shimmer.
  • Ghosts of the Past, the second book in the Child of the Storm series, has one in the first chapter, as part of Harry and his friends enjoying their summer vacation.
  • In Chapter 29 of Origin Story, a meeting between Alex Harris, Tony Stark, and Natasha Romanov takes place next to the Black Panther's private swimming pool. The fact that Stark never once snarks about the fact that the two women are sunbathing while topless without caring that he's there is a sign of how serious Stark is taking the situation they are in.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: During the Indigo League, Ash and his female companions take the day off battles after the preliminary rounds to lounge at public pool. Misty, who's wearing a rather skimpy black bikini, takes the chance to flirt with Ash for fun, and the two have a heart-to-heart talk about how to act on their growing feelings of attraction, until they're joined by a few others.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • James Bond, specifically:
    • Goldfinger. After the opening credits, Bond is spending time by the pool of a Miami hotel, where he learns of his assignment involving the eponymous villain.
    • For Your Eyes Only, one villain is killed by the Bond Girl at his personal pool. The scene became notorious when one of the women in it later turned out to be trans.
    • The Living Daylights
  • The Starsky & Hutch film has one of these.
  • The iconic scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, wherein Brad masturbates while daydreaming about Linda getting out of the pool and taking her top off.
  • Gender-flipped in Phat Girlz when a glistening, speedo-clad Jimmy Jean-Louis emerges from the pool in Slow Motion (while Etta James' "At Last" plays).
  • The caddy invasion of the country club pool in Caddyshack; which results in at least one topless female character.
  • Several of these occur in the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise:
    • The scene with Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and Christie Brinkley, then Clark and Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) in the hotel pool in the first Vacation movie.
    • Clark Griswold's fantasy sequence in Christmas Vacation.
  • Dana Delany and Stephanie Niznik swim nude in Exit to Eden.
  • One of the interview scenes in Lake Mungo takes place poolside, with three of Alice's friends in bikinis.
  • One of the many pointless scenes in Laserblast involves teens in bikinis and board shorts enjoying the pool at some girl's birthday party. The main reason for the scene seems to be to pan across several dozen fairly ordinary-looking half-naked California teens, while the film takes a breather from its not-very-pulse-pounding plot.
  • The Pool. It's all in the name.
  • The Ruins opens with one. It's where they meet the guy who kicks off the whole plot.
  • All Cheerleaders Die has the cheerleaders' traditional annual pool party, with all of the cheerleaders in bikinis. It is here that Maddy plants the first seeds to break up Tracy and Terry.
  • Special Female Force: The prologue has the first Special Female Force doing a stakeout in a pool area, since it's where their target is. This leads a lot of fanservice due to all the members being Head Turning Beauties clad in bikinis to fit in, with one of them even being introduced with a Sexy Surfacing Shot.
  • In Priceless this trope is tweaked for drama. Gorgeous Irene (Audrey Tautou), a veteran Gold Digger, goes out to a hotel pool in a bikini for some sun. However she is soon very unpleasantly surprised to discover that her Meal Ticket Gilles found out she was cheating on him, checked out of the hotel, and took absolutely everything in the room with him. A terrified Irene realizes that she is marooned there at the pool with no possessions whatsoever other than her bikini and wrap.

  • One of these appears in the Alex Rider novel Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz. Alex comments that they are unusual lifeguards.
  • The main characters of CHERUB all go swimming together at least once, and there are lots of scenes throughout the series of one or two of them in the pool at one time or another.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Airwolf, at least twice.
  • CSI: Miami, very frequently, but the main characters never end up in bikinis.
  • Knight Rider episode "The Scent of the Roses".
  • Lizzie McGuire has a few, including "Pool Party" (It's all in the name.), the episode where Lizzie and her friends are fighting enemy girls to take back the school and the school pool, the smoking episode, the camera stunt video episode, etc.
  • Alias, several times.
  • The Unit
    • One episode played with this, involving a most fanservicey scene of Summer Glau in a bikini, on a floaty chair... in a kid's inflatable wading pool.
    • Another episode does this straight, with Bridget getting out of the pool.
  • One scene in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has Jessie sunbathing at a pool while Derek Reese shows up to question her. There's no particular reason why that scene needed to be at a pool, except that it involves Stephanie Jacobson in a bikini, which is reason enough.
  • Burn Notice enjoys this trope. It really really enjoys it.
  • NCIS
    • One of Ziva David's very first scenes occurs in a pool. Since it's plot-related, she's swimming laps in a one-piece.
    • She does get bikini-time in season 5 — and it carries over to season 6 in photos the boys seem to appreciate.
  • Thunder in Paradise is pretty much built around this. Oh, and it has a Cool Boat in it.
  • The "Xander gets out of the pool dripping wet and wearing only a Speedo" scene in the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Another male example: In the short-lived Fox series New Amsterdam, the hero, 400-year-old hunk John Amsterdam, swims naked at the Y after hours. (He has a key, since he's one of the founding members.) His partner runs into him there and unexpectedly gets an eyeful when he climbs out.
  • From Saturday Night Live: Schmitts Gay Beer.
  • In a Soap Opera Pool Scene, a real pool isn't featured. Instead, he or she will jump off-camera followed a splash on the soundtrack and a bucket of water's thrown on the set.
  • S Club 7 had quite a few of these in the Miami 7 series. They were employed at a hotel so naturally, they used the pool from time to time.
  • The Saved by the Bell TV-movie "Wedding In Vegas" featured a pool scene. It didn't seem to serve a purpose other than getting the five leads all wet and into swimsuits. Once Slater gets out of the pool, things get interesting. He sits in Carla's deck chair and starts chatting her up...
  • In the Odd Squad episode "Skip Day," Dr. O shows Otto a video of Olive swimming at the Odd Squad pool. Since Olive has the skips, she's still wearing her Odd Squad uniform.
    Polly Graph: Looks like she skipped the step where she put on a bathing suit.
  • Episode 3 of UnREAL (2015)—or rather Everlasting, the Show Within a Show that UnREAL is satirizing—features Adam, Adam's buddy Roger, and some of the ladies competing to win Adam's affections at a pool party. The other women competing for Adam show up, clothing is shed, alcohol is consumed, and things get out of hand. Maya may or may not have been raped by Roger.
  • Murder, She Wrote: "Murder in Milan" features several gratuitous scenes set around the pool at the film festival, featuring a multitude of bikini-clad extras.
  • Columbo: In "Swan Song", Columbo visits Tommy Brown to question him regarding the death of his wife. He finds him holding a party in his backyard with several bikini-clad young ladies lounging around the pool as he plays his guitar and sings.
  • Wonder Woman (1975): Having some of these scenes is practically unavoidable when Lynda Carter is your star. For example, "I Do, I Do" had Diana Prince and her fake husband discussing plans and Diana diving into the pool.

    Music Videos 

  • Bally's Playboy pinball takes place at Hugh Hefner's infamous Grotto at the Playboy Mansion.

    Video Games 
  • Valkyria Chronicles II has a pool scene. They cranked up the fanservice considerably with -Ahem- warm-up exercises.
  • Rumble Roses do have scenes of the girls stretching in bikinis near pools.
  • Tekken:
    • Anna Williams's ending in Tekken 3 features her and sister Nina by a pool at a resort. There are two versions of this ending — Anna is busy chatting with a group of guys and Nina gets jealous and pulls her sister's bikini top off and Anna having a Naked Freak-Out. The US version was censored into Anna eventually walking off with all the boys while Nina looks on shocked.
    • There is also a pool arena available as a fighting stage from Tekken 4 onwards.
  • Similarly the X-Men: Mutant Academy game has a pool arena and the characters all have a specific swimsuit costume to go with it.

    Western Animation 
  • Happens in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! in the episode "The Casket of Ancient Winters", where Hawkeye, Hulk and Wasp chill at the pool in the Avengers Mansion, which would seem to serve no other purpose than to give Hawkeye a Shirtless Scene and put Wasp in a bikini, showcasing her Most Common Superpower.
  • Beverly Hills Teens has plenty of scenes where the characters (especially the female characters) hang out beside a pool.
  • May be incorrect, but Braceface has a couple. Examples include "The Coolest", "Up in Smoke", and "Second Thoughts".
  • Happens in several episodes of Code Lyoko ("Marabounta", "Déjà Vu", "The Secret", "Kadic Bombshell"...), mostly for Phys. Ed. classes. Since this is set in France and not Japan, though, the swimsuits aren't regulated. Most of the girls are wearing one-pieces, however, Aelita and Yumi included. Except Sissi.
  • The Pool Episode in Codename: Kids Next Door isn't exactly standard for this trope... since it involves fighting with a pair of antagonistic lifeguards and their Humongous Mecha chair. Par for the course for the series, otherwise.
  • The Mr. Men Show:
    • Mr. Happy, Mr. Messy, Mr. Bounce (briefly), Mr. Persnickety, Mr. Rude, and Little Miss Sunshine have one in the episode "Hotel". As the characters are Accessory-Wearing Living Polyhedrons, they wear their normal outfits.
    • The episode "Getting Around" also had a brief one with Mr. Grumpy, Miss Chatterbox, Mr. Noisy, and Mr. Stubborn (who was the bus driver taking the first three to the pool).
    • The final segment of the episode "Travel" takes place at a swimming pool.
  • Not bad so much as morally ambiguous, but Mayor Quimby has one in The Simpsons.
  • Spyke's first episode of X-Men: Evolution ends with one (the Xavier Institute has a pool) where Evan accidentally pops Kitty's lie-low with his powers.
  • On The Gary Coleman Show, the segment "In the Swim" features Lydia hosting a pool party at her mansion, and Lydia is seen in a bikini in this episode. The arch-nemesis Hornswoggle plans to sabotage the event.
  • The 1980s Richie Rich cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera did feature a handful of episodes with a pool scene. In "A Younger Irona", Richie and Gloria were seen swimming in a pool on the Rich estate, while in the beginning of "The Haunting of Castle Rich", Richie was seen swimming in a pool onboard his private self-driven double-decker bus in England, while Gloria was seen lounging on the deck.


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