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"Shower sex is always an explosive orgasm machine in movies. In real life, shower sex invariably results in both parties emerging insufficiently washed and sexually unsatisfied."

Two people have sex under a running shower. Since shower windows have a tendency to get steamed up, this allows for literal Censor Steam. Sex against the wall is a possibility, but there is the likelihood of injury from slip and fall (which hardly happens in fiction, unless one was to write a romantic comedy that puts a realistic—and painful—spin on this trope).

Often an example of Idealized Sex.

See also Shower of Angst (when a character showers to wash away shame, misery, and/or embarrassment), Shower of Awkward (when Hilarity Ensues — or Unresolved Sexual Tension rises—when one character walks in on another showering and freaks out over it, or someone flushes the toilet), and Shower Scene (Exactly What It Says on the Tin).



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  • This is the point of every advert ever created for Herbal Essences shampoo. Most shampoo commercials knowingly hint at it, but these ones take it Up to Eleven with lashings of Double Entendre and scenes of women in the throes of very Immodest "Organic" experiences. And cameos by Dr. Ruth.
  • This ad for Head and Shoulders shampoo features an attractive young couple sharing a shower taking turns washing each other's hair. The viewers are left with the impression that keeping your hair clean and dandruff will improve your sex life (which it probably will, actually).
  • When you apply Axe's Sex for Product marketing scheme to their line of body wash, you get this.

    Comic Books 
  • XXXenophile story "The Spirit is Willing" (sex with the ghost of a woman that died in a shower).
  • In the Jay and Silent Bob comic book mini-series, Jay tries to have sex with Tricia in the shower but she kicks him out.
  • This was actually implied in a Spider-Man comic. A caption that divided a scene with Peter and Mary Jane and a scene with Peter at ESU read "One breakfast of corn fritters and a shared shower later..." (This happened during Todd McFarlene's run as the artist, where the title tended to portray the couple as a little risque.)
  • Topper was a comic about a horny ghost that ran in the Australian edition of Penthouse. In one strip, he spied on two women in the shower of the change room at a tennis club, and gradually manipulated them into having sex.

    Fan Works 
  • Subverted in chapter 7 of Advice and Trust. Shinji and Asuka were about to have sex in the shower when their guardian Kaji walked in on them.
  • A Crown of Stars: Shortly after getting together, Shinji and Asuka took a shower together. They intended to wash each other backs' as a way of testing the boundaries of their new relationship, but one thing led to another, and they ended humping each other right away.
  • HERZ: Subverted in chapter 4. Shinji thought that Asuka was waiting for him in the shower stalls of the men’s locker room, so he made his way to one of them, expecting to have sex in the shower with his wife. When he saw it was Kurumi, he screamed in terror and ran off.
  • In Supergirl fanfic Hellsister Trilogy, Kara guarantees a hot shower is everything she needs to talk her boyfriend into something. She's right.
    Afterward, lying beside him, she stroked his hair and said, "You're coming back with me."
    "Will not."
    "Bet you I can convince you."
    "I shudder to ask how, Kara. So... how, Kara?"
    She leaned closer and whispered in his ear, "The showers in these rooms are marvelous, Dev. Really, they are." She kissed his ear.
    By the time they used the heattowels to get the last of the water off, she looked at him and said, "Well?"
    He sighed. "All right, Kara. One week."
  • Thousand Shinji: In a scene, Asuka mentions that Shinji and she had sex in the shower several times.
  • The Law & Order: UK fanfic "Deck The Halls" has Matt Devlin and Alesha Philips consummating their relationship with one of these, though they do end up in the bedroom eventually.
  • In Chapter 2 The Black Emperor, Lelouch jokingly accuses Kallen of wanting to have one of these with him. She responds by slapping him.
  • In the Star Trek: Voyager Slash Fic Good Vibrations, Chief Engineer Torres modifies her sonic shower into a full-body vibrator and has Seven of Nine join her. Warning: NSFW.
  • X-Men: The Early Years provides several examples:
    • In "Boy Scouts, Sex, and Other Mysterious Things", Scott has a dream where he and Jean make love under a shower.
      She had him pinned against the wall of the shower stall. He looked down in to her glittering, passion-filled eyes. The shower spray and her hands were all over him. Suddenly, she wrapped her legs around his waist. He ran his hands through her wild red hair, then leaned forward to kiss her.
    • In the final chapter Scott asks Jean how she feels about hot, steamy showers. Jean is open to the idea.
  • Ghosts of the Past: When Harry is viewing glimpses of versions of himself from across The Multiverse, all of them subconsciously chosen for their relevance. Unfortunately, the libido is part of the subconscious, as Harry discovers when one of them features an older version of him apparently about to get started on this trope with Carol. Mortified, Harry quickly switches to a different universe.
  • Discussed between Grouchy and his love doll Angel when Angel comes to life as a real person in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Grouchy And The Love Doll", during the scene where Angel wants to make love to Grouchy in public. Grouchy says that there are some things that can only be enjoyed in private like taking a bath or a shower, and Angel says that she would like to have a bath or shower with Grouchy.
  • In Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Bathe, Kim and Ron engage in one , only for the mood to be killed and their skin getting burned when Bonnie flushed the toilet.
  • In the Batwoman fic Well-Matched, cadets Kate Kane and Sophie Moore have sex in a locker room shower after facing each other in a boxing match.

  • James Bond:
  • An American Werewolf in London's shower scene is one of the best examples of this trope.
  • In Apollo 13, this is where Jack Swigert is when he gets the call telling him he's become part of the flight's main crew.
  • Subverted in the movie White Sands (1992). Lane Bodine (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) offers herself to (married) protagonist Sheriff Ray Dolezal (Willem Dafoe) while he's in the shower. The next scene has an FBI agent listening with amusement to the sounds of passionate sex over his hidden microphones... until Dolezal kicks down his door, whereupon we see Bodine faking the sounds as a distraction.
  • Averted in Life as a House. At one point, Jena Malone steps into the shower with Hayden Christenson (apparently with no intention of sex). He makes a pass at her, and they eventually start kissing. He then prematurely ejaculates, and she amusedly tells him that he'll be cleaning the shower.
  • In Creator, Vincent Spanno coaxes Virginia Madsen into joining him in the shower when he tells her she didn't get all the sand off in her first shower. She comments that the idea of two people soaping each other in the shower is 'middle-class', but that doesn't stop her from making out with Vincent.
  • St. Elmo's Fire has Andrew McCarthy and Ally Sheedy breaking the shower screen.
  • Color of Night featured one of these.
  • The Specialist features such a scene between Sharon Stone and Sylvester Stallone.
    • Might be worth noting that it's a giant open shower; for all intents and purposes, they do it on the bathroom floor.
  • A Kiss Before Dying has one with Sean Young and Matt Dillon.
  • Common in pornographic movies.
  • Subverted in the '70s horror comedy Arnold, where a corpse's gold-digging wife (don't ask) hops into a shower with her lover... only to have the walls close in, crushing them to death.
  • Happened in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter where the "innocent girl" lost her virginity right before she and her lover encountered Jason.
  • Parodied (with bare boobies) in the "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" segment of The Kentucky Fried Movie. With each thrust, the woman's (Uschi Digard) breasts are briefly pressed against the shower stall glass.
  • Heartbreakingly rendered in Snow Falling on Cedars, when the young new widow, in the middle of a courtroom scene to determine the guilt of her husband's accused killer, flashes back to one of the last times she saw her husband alive: having Good People Have Good Sex in the shower with him.
  • Ana and her briefly-seen husband do this in the Dawn of the Dead (2004) remake. Below the neck you just see outlines.
  • In Day Watch, the protagonist chooses this way to reveal his feelings to his Love Interest (no sex, though, just heavy snogging). Bonus points for him residing in a woman's body at that moment. Hell, yeah! And then they end up in a tropical lagoon. Because that's what happens when you surprise an archmage in the shower.
  • Right after the infamous line in Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, the main character invites a woman over for one of these.
  • In Unknown (2011), Martin has several flashbacks of him and Liz having sex in a shower.
  • In A Walk on the Moon, Dianne Lane and Viggo Mortensen's characters get it on under a Waterfall Shower.
  • In Pitch Perfect, when Beca goes to take a shower in the girl's locker room, two pairs of feet, belonging to a man and a woman, can be seen in a shower stall.
  • In Iron Man 3, Pepper Potts lures Tony Stark out of his workshop by announcing, "I'm going to take a shower. (Beat) You're gonna join me."
  • In the Molly Ringwald comedy For Keeps, her character showers with the boyfriend she married when they both move into an apartment together.
  • In the remake of The Getaway, the [McCoys] make their reconciliation official—she slept with an influential mobster in order to get him out of jail by having one of these that eventually moves to its proper location — a bed.
  • The main character of Silver Linings Playbook walks in on his wife having one of these with her lover.
  • Subverted in The Skulls, when the protagonist and his female friend turn on the shower to mask their conversation (his dorm room is bugged). During the course of their argument, they finally admit how they feel about each other and sure enough...
  • It's beginning to crop up in Nicholas Sparks movies almost as much as Caught in the Rain. The Lucky One and The Longest Ride both featured scenes of this.
  • Alien: Covenant. After the crew of Covenant escapes back to their spaceship, two of them have Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex in a shower. This becomes Fan Disservice when a Xenomorph decides to reenact the shower scene from Psycho.
  • In Parker, Parker and Clair share an intimate moment in the shower during a flashback while Parker is bleeding to death.
  • Victor and Elanor have sex in the shower in Night School (1981).
  • Cockswell Academy student Steve Hardman attempts this and fails with Mona Lott the foreign language teacher in Loose Screws when he visits her house for a French lesson. As he misinterpreted her speaking in French, saying to the effect of "I'm in the shower, I'll be out in a minute", he takes it as "I'm in the shower, won't you come join me?" and proceeds to strip down and enter into the shower, scaring her and causing her to chase him off, throwing his underwear at him when he gets to the door.
  • In When Evil Calls, Schoolgirl Lesbians Kirsty and Molly start to get it on in the shower. However, Kirsty's wish kicks in and makes her kill Molly and then herself.
  • Room in Rome: Alba and Natasha have sex in the shower toward the end of the film.
  • Starkweather: After murdering August Meyer and getting their car out of the mud, Charlie and Caril Ann share a romantic shower.
  • In The Silence of Adultery, Paul attempts this with Rachel in the morning, but she doesn't have time because she has to get to a meeting.
  • In Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain, Barbara grabs Steve and drags him into the shower where they have sex.
  • In .45, Kat is shown having sex in the shower with both Vic and Jose (separately) as part of her manipulations.
  • Boot Camp: After escaping from Camp Serenity and making it to the luxury hotel Ben had pre-booked as part of his Great Escape plan, Sophie and Ben share a romantic shower.
  • (500) Days of Summer: Tom and Summer attempt to have sex in their shower after seeing it be done in a porno. Hilarity Ensues, and it ends up failing.
  • The Guest House: Rachel and Amy have sex in the shower, as the camera focuses on Rachel's naked backside.

  • In the multiple-parallel-timeline Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Q-Squared, it's implied that Picard and Crusher do this:
    [Crusher] took a deep breath as if a weight had been lifted from her. "Okay, so... would you like to shower?"
    "You can go first."
    She smiled. "Who said anything about going one at a time?"
  • The Takers by Jerry Ahern. The hero and his old flame end up in the shower and the following suggestive dialogue occurs.
    "What's this? Oh my god, it's growing!"
    "The water does that - hydroponics."
    "More like hydropenis."
  • In the German novel Giganten ("Giants") the main characters have sex in the shower, but a magically animated animatronic T-Rex spoils the fun.
  • The Executioner. A teenage girl being used as a Human Shield gets Covered in Gunge after Mack Bolan decides to Shoot the Hostage Taker. He takes her back to his War Wagon and tries to clean the blood off, an experience she finds quite erotic despite the circumstance, and they end up having Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex.
  • In Dragon Factory Joe and Grace start in the shower and then proceed to demolish his room with their vigorous lovemaking. This happens just before they go on a dangerous mission.

    Live Action TV 
  • Subverted in the premier of Alias, where Sydney lures her fiance into the shower with the implication she wants to have sex, when she really wants to use the noise the shower makes to hide that she's telling him about her real job as a spy.
  • In an early second season episode of In Plain Sight, Mary goes to her boyfriend's house and finds him in the shower. After they talk, he asks her for a towel. She opens all the cabinets and finds nothing but a washcloth. The next scene is the washcloth hanging on the door handle and her stepping into the shower. He'd replaced a suitcase full of drugs with the towels to foil the FBI, and no one had been able to explain the towels.
  • Charmed had one between Leo and Piper. A later Time Travel episode had Phoebe walking in on this scene.
  • Discussed in Criminal Minds, when Garcia's talking to JJ about showering with Kevin. They both note that typically seems like a good idea right up until you actually do it: "Sometimes a girl's just got to wash her hair alone, you know?"
  • In one early episode of Chuck, Chuck and Sarah are doused with a poison absorbed through the skin, so they jump into a shower half-clothed to counteract the effects. This being pre-Charah, Chuck is subjected to Marshmallow Hell when Sarah is washing his hair, and afterwards is obviously overcome with feelings when Sarah has turned around to wash herself.
  • Kevin and Toby have at least one steamy shower sex scene on Dante's Cove. Memorable in part because it was used in the opening credits of season three.
  • Shower Scenes in general are fairly common in prison dramas like Oz, but a particularly notable Shower Of Love subversion occurs in season three: homosexual Richie Hanlon has just come off death row and returned to the general population. First night back, he's in the shower when another man starts coming onto him. Both Richie and the audience are expecting some celebratory "off-death-row" loving, until the other man slits Richie's throat with a razor blade he had hidden between his teeth.
  • The short-lived British sitcom The Savages had the main characters doing this, then wondering why it had been so long since they tried it. They remember it was because they could never agree on the water temperature.
  • Mentioned in the All in the Family episode "The Very Moving Day", when Gloria finds out that she's pregnant, and she and Mike blame each other for the time they had sex without protection:
    Gloria: Well, there was a cold shower in the house, you know!
    Mike: I know, I took one, it didn't help!
  • The Big Bang Theory: Leonard and Priya have sex in the shower in "The Agreement Dissection".
  • Briefly discussed in Cuckoo after Ken tell Cuckoo not to walk around naked. It's fine to be naked while having a shower, having sex with his daughter and having sex with his daughter while in the shower apparently.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise. While suffering from Trelium-D withdrawal, T'pol has a hallucination of herself and Trip Tucker making out in the shower, that quickly turns into Nightmare Fuel.
  • Despite being set in the 19th century, the titular Dr Quinn and Sully manage to have one of these outdoors — under a Waterfall Shower.
  • Subverted twice with Liz Keen and her husband in The Blacklist. The first time, we learn that they're being watched by two guys who have bugged their houses. The second time, Tom's hands are still bloody from having murdered two people.
  • Heavily implied with Castle and Beckett, who also like to dance and sing together in the shower.
  • In the Crusade episode "The Rules of the Game", the Romance Arc between Gideon and Babylon 5 CO Elizabeth Lochley culminates in them having sex in her shower after surviving an assassination attempt.
  • CSI: Cyber: Brody and Raven get it on in the shower at the end of "Why-Fi".
  • Grey's Anatomy: Lexie briefly walks in on Callie and Arizona having sex in the shower.
    • After a rough patch in their marriage, Derek and Meredith reconcile with a long session of shower sex.
  • In an episode of Monday Mornings, two doctors celebrate having saved a patient's life with one of these.
  • Altered Carbon opens with one as Takeshi Kovacs and his Action Girlfriend clean a copious amount of blood off themselves in a hotel shower, and then proceed to have sex in the same shower.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "Lithia", Miranda and Pelé take a shower together, in which they're having sex or about to when Major Mercer interrupts them.
  • In the pilot of Bless This Mess, Mike and Rio try to have one in their new home, only to be interrupted by Rudy needing to use the toilet.
  • Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: In "Autofac" between Emily and Avishai, where Emily is "testing" Avishai's hot water heater as a pretense, then pulls him in fully clothed before getting it on.
  • At the end of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode "The Aunt Who Came To Dinner", after reconciling, Will's estranged aunt and uncle made up by having him join her in the shower stall. This was unfortunate for Will, as he was trapped in the bathroom with them.
  • Broad City:
    • In "Fattest Asses," two hot-but-douchey DJs both get Abbi and Ilana to take one, without mentioning that they'll all be using the same bathroom because the DJs want a foursome.
    • In "Burning Bridges," Abbi takes one with Trey.
  • Arrow: In the episode "100", it's made very clear that Oliver and Laurel had one of these in the Dominator-Dream World.
  • Dark Desire: Alma and Leonardo are shown once trying to have sex in the shower. However, it's realistically awkward and the pair break it off (also a sign of their fading sex life).
  • The Barrier: The affair between Enrique and Alma is established via showing the pair having a very intimate shower.


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    Professional Wrestling 
  • Dawn Marie and Matt Hardy defeated Torrie Wilson and Rikishi on the October 17, 2002 WWE SmackDown. After the match, Torrie went looking for her father and found him, fully clothed, in a shower with Dawn, who was naked and her butt was briefly shown on camera. Torrie was shocked and ran and, when the camera cut back, Dawn was standing behind Al.

    Video Games 
  • The Sims 3 allows shower woohoo in one of the expansion packs.
  • In Mass Effect 3, a female Shepard can offer Samantha Traynor the use of her shower (the only decently functioning shower on the ship)... and join her in it. Shepard's comment afterward: "Are you using me for my shower?"
    Shepard: I'm only going to say this once, Traynor. [close-up] My shower is for winners.
    Traynor: Oh, that's cold. All right. She's going down.
    Shepard: (after Traynor wins) Nice job, Specialist. Now hit the showers.
  • One can take place between Aoba and his Victorious Childhood Friend Koujaku in the DRAMAtical Murder sequel Re: Connect.
  • In True Love Junai Monogatari, Chiemi Fujimoto's good ending has the Player Character and her taking one of these.

  • Oddly given its general cheerfully explicit approach to sex and plentiful strips featuring the cast showering, Ménage à 3 mostly seems to avert this. Notably, Gary's shower with Amber is interrupted just as it's getting really interesting (strips #662-666, October 23-November 01, 2012, NSFW).
  • In The Wretched Ones it is implied that John often attempts this whenever Charlie is showering.
  • Sunstone has this happen. Since it happens right after the protagonists' first BDSM session, it can be assumed that they're both rather exhausted and it's more of an extended watery cuddle than an all-out-romp.

    Web Originals 
  • Deconstructed by CollegeHumor in "Showering with Girls", in which Dan states that while he would like to see this trope happen, he goes into (perhaps too much) detail as to why it would be difficult, uncomfortable, or even downright dangerous in real life.

    Web Videos 
  • Deconstructed in WatchMojo's clip about "Top 10 Things Movies Always Get Wrong About Sex" (now removed).
    Voiceover: Shower sex is probably the most annoying thing you can attempt with your partner in the real world. One of you will slip and hurt and/or embarrass yourself, the height difference makes things difficult, one of you will be freezing cold, water does not make the greatest lubricant, having sex standing up is damn near impossible, should we go on? Seriously, don't let the movies fool you — shower sex is the worst.

    Western Animation 


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