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16th Aug '17 8:53:52 PM TheBigBopper
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For females, the full-blown version looks like a bikini bathing suit--albeit one made of some armor-like material such as metal or leather--that leaves huge areas of bare flesh exposed to both weapons and [[ExposedToTheElements the elements]] in {{Stripperific}} fashion. Even if it covers a bit more than that, there will usually be skin showing at the neckline, shoulders, [[BareYourMidriff midriff]], or [[ShesGotLegs thighs]]. This trope is not exclusive to female warriors, either. Also popular is the depiction of male adventurers-- particularly {{Barbarian Hero}}es or [[PostApunkalypticArmor post-apocalyptic tribe members]]--as {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s except for perhaps one pauldron, a pair of forearm bracers, and some kind of armored belt or loincloth.

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For females, the full-blown version looks like a bikini bathing suit--albeit one made of some armor-like material such as metal or leather--that leaves huge areas of bare flesh exposed to both weapons and [[ExposedToTheElements the elements]] in {{Stripperific}} fashion. Even if it covers a bit more than that, there will usually be skin showing at the neckline, shoulders, [[BareYourMidriff midriff]], or [[ShesGotLegs thighs]]. This trope is not exclusive to female warriors, either. Also popular is the depiction of male adventurers-- particularly {{Barbarian Hero}}es or [[PostApunkalypticArmor post-apocalyptic tribe members]]--as {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s except for perhaps one big pauldron, a pair of forearm bracers, and some kind of an armored belt or loincloth.
16th Aug '17 8:51:09 PM TheBigBopper
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For females, the full-blown version looks like a bikini bathing suit--albeit one made of some armor-like material such as metal or leather--that leaves huge areas of bare flesh exposed to both weapons and [[ExposedToTheElements the elements]] in {{Stripperific}} fashion. Even if it covers a bit more than that, there will usually be skin showing at the neckline, shoulders, [[BareYourMidriff midriff]], or [[ShesGotLegs thighs]]. This trope is not exclusive to female warriors, either. Also popular is the depiction of male adventurers as {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s, particularly for {{Barbarian Hero}}es or [[PostApunkalypticArmor post-apocalyptic tribe members]]. NoShirtLongJacket is also an option.

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For females, the full-blown version looks like a bikini bathing suit--albeit one made of some armor-like material such as metal or leather--that leaves huge areas of bare flesh exposed to both weapons and [[ExposedToTheElements the elements]] in {{Stripperific}} fashion. Even if it covers a bit more than that, there will usually be skin showing at the neckline, shoulders, [[BareYourMidriff midriff]], or [[ShesGotLegs thighs]]. This trope is not exclusive to female warriors, either. Also popular is the depiction of male adventurers as {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s, adventurers-- particularly for {{Barbarian Hero}}es or [[PostApunkalypticArmor post-apocalyptic tribe members]]. NoShirtLongJacket is also an option.
members]]--as {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s except for perhaps one pauldron, a pair of forearm bracers, and some kind of armored belt or loincloth.
16th Aug '17 5:53:46 PM Shaid
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** Anime/DigimonFrontier has [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/34/5a/7b/345a7b4b0dffa6c7d8c0810845f41aed--digimon-frontier-chicas-anime.jpg Kazemon]] and her "beast form" [[https://orig11.deviantart.net/911e/f/2014/089/a/8/zephyrmon__render__by_zerosilver100-d6ql3le.png Zephyrmon]]. Neither wears anything appropriate to combat, although Zephyrmon at least has some metal plating... on her shoulders and claws.
16th Aug '17 5:23:39 PM Shaid
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*** Takeru's second Witchblade form takes it UpToEleven by reaching a virtually {{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW level, [[http://starkana.com/manga-img/2215/73934/witchblade_takeru_10_040.jpg see for yourself]].

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*** Takeru's second Witchblade form takes it UpToEleven by reaching a virtually {{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW level, [[http://starkana.com/manga-img/2215/73934/witchblade_takeru_10_040.jpg see for yourself]]. level.
31st Jul '17 9:48:03 PM Qube
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* Rebecca from the Pirate Alliance Saga of ''Anime/OnePiece'' is a very literal example, her "armor" possibly the skimpiest outfit in the whole series. Possibly justified here, as she's a FragileSpeedster who fights using DeadlyDodging, not a style of fighting that actual armor would benefit.
20th Jul '17 12:41:24 PM TheBigBopper
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For females, the stereotypical kind looks like a bikini bathing suit--albeit one made of some armor-like material such as metal or leather--that leaves huge areas of bare flesh exposed to both weapons and [[ExposedToTheElements the elements]] in {{Stripperific}} fashion. Even if it covers a bit more than that, there will usually be skin showing at the neckline, shoulders, [[BareYourMidriff midriff]], or [[ShesGotLegs thighs]]. This trope is not exclusive to female warriors, either. Also popular is the depiction of male adventurers as {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s, particularly for {{Barbarian Hero}}es or [[PostApunkalypticArmor post-apocalyptic tribe members]]. NoShirtLongJacket is also an option.

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For females, the stereotypical kind full-blown version looks like a bikini bathing suit--albeit one made of some armor-like material such as metal or leather--that leaves huge areas of bare flesh exposed to both weapons and [[ExposedToTheElements the elements]] in {{Stripperific}} fashion. Even if it covers a bit more than that, there will usually be skin showing at the neckline, shoulders, [[BareYourMidriff midriff]], or [[ShesGotLegs thighs]]. This trope is not exclusive to female warriors, either. Also popular is the depiction of male adventurers as {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s, particularly for {{Barbarian Hero}}es or [[PostApunkalypticArmor post-apocalyptic tribe members]]. NoShirtLongJacket is also an option.
12th Jul '17 5:41:53 AM jormis29
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** Rules for a Rune Bikini show up in Palladium Books' ''Rifter'' #9 1/2 (April Fools' Day joke issue).

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** Rules for a Rune Bikini show up in Palladium Books' Creator/PalladiumBooks' ''Rifter'' #9 1/2 (April Fools' Day joke issue).
3rd Jul '17 7:00:07 PM MarqFJA
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Instances of this trope in real life occur only when the armor is purely ornamental, has some sort of ritualistic importance, or is simply not intended to completely protect the wearer. Roman gladiator armor, for example, was less concerned with providing optimal protection than with making their fights entertaining to watch. CompetitiveBalance was ensured by each gladiator type having its own combination of armored parts and weak points, while the large amount of exposed skin allowed the audience to admire their muscular bodies and clearly see whenever one of them was wounded.

For female armor, a common compromise between [[{{Fanservice}} sex appeal]] and the desire to have armor that seems reasonably ''useful'' is to have an anatomical "breast plate" that closely follows the shape of the wearer's breasts, creating simulated AbsoluteCleavage as a DistaffCounterpart to the male Greco-Roman [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_cuirass muscular cuirass]]. The problem with this is that if the cleavage is too deep, the wedge this creates would concentrate the blunt trauma of a blow to the armor right over wearer's sternum and heart instead of helping to dissapate it as a breastplate should, which is at least better than having a completely unarmored neckline but still potentially dangerous and far from ideal. Non-live action media enables the most extreme cases, in which a metal breastplate is depicted with such a skintight fit that in real life it would [[OfCorsetHurts impair normal breathing]].

Furthermore, the fact that most medieval and later European breastplates had a globose shape to make blows glance off -- and thus created a fair amount of empty space over the chest -- meant that little or no modification of the design was needed to accomodate a moderately-sized bosom. With that said, such a unisex design might not always be spacious enough for the more busty of female adventurers lacking [[HiddenBuxom the ability to bend the fabric of reality]]. In that case a version which pushes out the chest ''without'' the simulated cleavage (see Saber in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' or Samus in ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' for examples) can be a comfortable yet streamlined adaptation, and even a slightly more anatomical shape can be permitted as long as the design makes aesthetics secondary to safety rather than vice-versa.
23rd Jun '17 6:36:07 AM bobwolf
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* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': While the Wonder Woman outfit costume utilizes AdaptationalModesty, it still leaves a lot of skin exposed. Building off her appearance in [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice Batman v Superman]], she at least is given a shield in most of her action sequences. In conjunction with the armored appearance, she looks more like a gladiator than a dancer in a leotard.
13th Jun '17 3:15:57 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Rebecca from the Pirate Alliance Saga of ''Anime/OnePiece'' is a very literal example, her "armor" possibly the skimpiest outfit in the whole series. Possibly justified here, as she's a FragileSpeedster who fights using DeadlyDodging, not a style of fighting that actual armor would benefit.
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