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Wet T-Shirt Contest

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Look at all the fun they're having! Surely they can't become the dinner of various vicious piranhas... Right?

A contest about who looks best in a Sexy Soaked Shirt. Played for Fanservice both In-Universe and out, or Played for Laughs when it goes wrong. Such contests are usually referred to rather than actually depicted.

Competitive Sub-Trope of Sexy Soaked Shirt. Compare Wet Sari Scene.


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    Comic Books 
  • In the magazine New Horizons, a couple of space ship officers are absent. They're not watching a Wet T-Shirt Contest—they're judging it.
  • One issue of She-Hulk showed what the title would be like if different artists were responsible for it. The Adam Hughes illustrated segment mentioned Black Widow and Scarlet Witch being undercover at a wet tee-shirt contest.

    Comic Strips 
  • In a Foxtrot arc where Jason and Marcus decided to have their own spring break beach vacation at home, the two of them decide to do one of these. As this is Jason and Marcus we're talking about, the contest involves soaking each other with water guns; the winner is determined by whose shirt gets less soaked.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Invoked in Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds In Paradise, the announcement of a wet T-shirt contest is used to clear out an arena full of fraternity brothers before Louis Skolnik, leader of the nerds' fraternity, can give a rebuttal to an unfair resolution proposed by the antagonist fraternity.
  • In Piranha 3D, this occurs. Of course, it's interrupted by some starving piranhas.
  • Spring Break features a wet t-shirt contest then inverts the trope with a "wet he-shirt contest".
  • In Deep in the Valley, the sorority sisters are having an impromptu wet t-shirt contest amongst themselves when Lester and Carl arrive at the sorority house.

  • This is used for an Incredibly Lame Pun in the Xanth novel Up in a Heaval. A group of kids have a stock of Wetti shirts, which are perfectly normal t-shirts until worn, at which point they soak the wearer and become transparent. They decide they should have a contest, because that's what the shirts are for, but then some zombie girls wear them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Joked about on Canada's Worst Driver. Sergeant Cam Wooley said "This is looking like a wet t-shirt contest!" Cut to an absolutely soaked Mike Butt: "I've never been on this side of a wet t-shirt contest!" This was during the Water Tank Challenge, and Mike Butt was doing as poorly as any of the contestants do (they invariably get drenched).
  • Parodied during a host segment in Mystery Science Theater 3000, when the 'bots hold one such contest... by soaking a pair of shirts in tubs of water. Crow claims victory because his shirt absorbed more water, though Servo counters that his soaked it up faster. They don't see what all the fuss is about.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia had a wet t-shirt contest interrupted at the last second because one participant was underage.
  • NCIS has some fun with it during the second season, when Tony discovers that prim-and-proper fellow agent Kate took part in and won such a contest in her youth. He won't let her live it down. When a picture of the contest is finally produced, it turns out to be Nipple and Dimed: it shows Kate having water poured over her while wearing a wet, white tank top, but the photo is cropped just above her breasts.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Penny has won several wet T-shirt contests she never even entered, or knew she'd entered. As she explained to Leonard Hofstadter, it was usually when she was drunk enough to have spilt a lot of drinks over herself.
  • In a season 2 episode of She Spies D.D. takes part in a broadcast-safe version at Spring Break, which is basically a dry T-Shirt Contest.
  • Father Ted has an episode where Father Jack is shown to be dreaming of this one occasion where he was judging a wet t-shirt contest.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 has the queens donning huge fake breast plates and competing in a wet t-shirt contest. Weirdly when the breast plates were not being worn the nipples were not pixelated but were pixelated during the contest.

  • Brad Paisley's song "Water" mentions one in one verse.
    Daytona Beach on spring break
    Eighteen girls up on stage
    White T-shirts about to be sprayed with water
  • Frank Zappa's album Joe's Garage has a track titled "Wet T-Shirt Night", which tells about one such contest.

    Video Games 
  • An interactive example in Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, in which the protagonist wields the water gun.
  • The third game in The Spellcasting Series has one, where the hero is tasked with recruiting girls to represent the Hu Delta Phart fraternity, and then magically cheating so that they beat the girls representing Getta Loada Yu.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • One of the Faeophobia stories is about such a contest, the Tau-Iota-Tau Summer-Farewell Wet-T-shirt contest. Several fae also show up, and the contest devolves into a magic-fueled orgy.
  • Homestar Runner: Parodied in the Strong Bad Email "bottom 10", where the first entry on Strong Bad's bottom 10 list is "Dry T-Shirt Contests": "You'll never find a more degrading contest or a larger waste of not-water."

    Western Animation 
  • Parodied on Futurama, where one is held for robots. They all short out.
  • In The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Suzi X is briefly seen participating in a wet t-shirt contest.
  • Family Guy: When Peter becomes smart after going to the smartest cities in the country, the family gets him back to normal by sending him to the dumbest city: Tucson, Arizona. When he comes back, Peter mentions that the city's philharmonic does wet t-short contests with chocolate milk.
  • In King of the Hill, when Hank, his mother and her friends get caught in the middle of Spring Break, they come across one of these. When the announcer states they are going to spray several women wearing white Shirts with cold water, Hank states that's not a good idea as it will cause... then realizes the point of it.