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One of the most simple forms of Fan Service is having an attractive female or male spend a small amount of screen time in the tub. Many films usually use this as an easy excuse for nudity. Even though they are not very necessary, Bathtub scenes usually seem to sneak their way into many forms of media even though they are most of the time unnecessary to the plot.

When a bubble bath is involved, the Bath Kick is usually close by. Censor Suds usually come in. This trope is a variation of the Shower Scene. See Furo Scene for the Japanese variation.

Examples of Bathtub Scene include:

Anime & Manga

  • Blair from Soul Eater first appears in a bubbly bathtub scene in which Soul lands in her bathtub during the first episode.
    • Blair has another in episode 4.
    • Tsubaki has one in a wooden bathtub in episode 14.
  • Tower of God, chapter 89: the (mostly) male cast of Season 2 has a bath and massage session, all for the purpose of characterization and foreshadowing. No, seriously.
  • Zoids Genesis has many with the Bathing Beauty Colonel Felme who even has bathed in an Awkwardly-Placed Bathtub.
  • Many episodes of Maicchingu Machiko Sensei include a scene with the title character in the bath tub. One scene involved one of her students attempting to join her. Yeah, it's that kind of an anime.
  • In the second episode of Zero Zero Nine One, main protagonist Mylene Hoffman is taking a bubble bath, but is interrupted and sent on a mission.
  • A Little Snow Fairy Sugar always ends with tween Saga and the titular character sharing a bubble bath as they reflect on the events of the episode. The Censor Suds keep it clean.
  • Bulma from Dragon Ball has a bubble bath in the second episode and is then seen naked by Goku, who makes comments about her cleavage, which is covered by the bubbles, and says it looks like a butt. She also has one in a filler scene in episode 49 of Dragon Ball Z during the Frieza Saga where she is in a capsule house in the bathtub talking to her father on a radio.
  • In the wartime Girls Love manga series Kurogane Pukapuka Tai, there's an unwilling one where stinky U-Boat captain Nina Stortebeker is hauled off and thrown in the tub before being scrubbed with a long-handled broom. Played for fanservice, naturally.
  • Pretty much every episode of Hidamari Sketch contains someone having a bath. It's usually Yuno, but it has been Sae, Hiro, Miyako, and Yoshinoya-sensei. One episode had short snippets of each one singing part of the first season theme song, but most often, whoever it is says something referring to what happened.
    • By contrast, such scenes are few and far between in the manga.
  • In Sailor Moon Esmeraude had a bathscene where she was talking to her boss. A lot is actually shown, in comparison to her closed-up outfit.
  • The vampire villain, Camula, has a short scene in the bath after she sends her bats to spy on various duellists in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. Her entire role is very much played for fanservice, being the only attractive female to appear up to that point (except Asuka).
  • Would you believe there's an entire wiki devoted to this trope? Ain't the internet great?

Films -- Live-Action

Live-Action TV


Western Animation

  • In The Little Mermaid, Ariel takes a bubble bath in a bathtub at Eric's castle after she was turned into a human for the first time and was found by Eric at the beach.
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