Created By: shimaspawn on October 11, 2012 Last Edited By: m8e on January 28, 2015

Torsoless Nudity

When they just show someone naked's arms, legs, face and shoulders but the camera avoids the torso because that's where the naughty bits are.

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There are nudity taboos, especially in works that are supposed to have a lower rating. Legs, arms, shoulders, faces, all of these are fine to show bare, but a torso... that's where the naughty bits are.

Can include Toplessness from the Back and Dress Hits Floor.

Contrast Scenery Censor where the naughty bits are hidden by physical obstacles instead. Compare Shouldersup Nudity where one only see shoulders and above.

Examples

  • Love Mates (─nglar, finns dom?) used this and Toplessness from the Back.
  • Madagascar 2 used on Moto Moto the male hippo. Hippos have no fur so the lack of parts can not be explained by it being hidden under it. Instead they frame the shots in such a way that we never see the groin and the lack of parts.
  • Played with in The Nightmare Before Christmas, where Dr. Finklestein sees Sally's naked leg posed provocatively from around the corner. She had detached the leg as a distraction, and the rest of her was hopping around trying to help Jack.
  • Desperate Housewives when the Teri Hatcher character is locked out of her house naked and is eventually, despite her best efforts, spotted by her neighbours. In the best traditions of American network TV, the fact that she is naked is established by successive close-in shots of bare shoulders, arms, back, legs, feet.... everything except the contentious bits.
Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • October 11, 2012
    Chernoskill
    Any examples? Also, how is it even possible to show the head, arms AND legs without showing the torso and without resorting to the Scenery Censor trope?
  • October 11, 2012
    McKathlin
    @Chernoskill, They aren't all shown, just some. The point is that nudity is implied but the torso is not within the frame.
  • October 11, 2012
    McKathlin
    Compare and contrast Toplessness From The Back, a Discretion Shot where the nude torso is shown, but from the back.
  • October 11, 2012
    m8e
    Love Mates (Ãnglar, finns dom?) used this and Toplessness From The Back
  • October 11, 2012
    DracMonster
    Honestly this basically seems like Nipple And Dimed to me. I'm not really seeing a practical difference.
  • October 11, 2012
    shimaspawn
    @Chernoskill, by not showing them all in the same frame. One shot will have legs. Another will have head and shoulders. The torso just mysteriously stays out of the frame.

    I've seen it before, but exact examples I'm working on. It shows up in conjunction with other tropes though like Dress Hits Floor.
  • October 11, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^^ Not related to Nipple And Dimed if I'm interpreting this YKTTW correctly. I'm thinking this is along the lines where you have, e.g. shot A showing the character's feet, shot B showing their face, shot C showing a bare arm, and it's by mentally piecing all the shots together you see how they're conveying the character in question is naked.

    Well, we definitely need examples, ideally ones that demonstrate the piecemeal nature of this one and not just one-off shots where only one part of the character is shown.
  • October 11, 2012
    shimaspawn
    ^ It doesn't need to show every possible bit of nakedness. It doesn't need to be piecemeal. Just enough of the character's body that the audience can infer that they're naked. A shot of just a character's feet with reactions from characters that can see them is enough.
  • October 13, 2012
    m8e
    This might work as the picture.

    The male torso can be included in this trope, and the description should reflect that. [1]
  • October 13, 2012
    SquirrelGuy
    Compare to Shouldersup Nudity
  • October 13, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Good point. The male version only hides the crotch.
  • October 20, 2013
    m8e
    • Madagascar 2 used on Moto Moto the male hippo. Hippos have no fur so the lack of parts can not be explained by it being hidden under it. Instead they frame the shots in such a way that we never see the groin and the lack of parts.
  • October 20, 2013
    Snicka
    ^ Is it used? As far as I remember, Moto Moto simply falls under Nonhumans Lack Attributes.
  • October 20, 2013
    Sackett
    Sounds like this is Shouldersup Nudity
  • October 20, 2013
    FastEddie
    This isn't really a trope. It is just framing a shot.
  • October 20, 2013
    JoeG
    • Played with in The Nightmare Before Christmas, where Dr. Finklestein sees Sally's naked leg posed provocatively from around the corner. She had detached the leg as a distraction, and the rest of her was hopping around trying to help Jack.
  • October 20, 2013
    Skybunny
    I think the reason this one might be difficult to pin down so far is that it's kind of a Super Trope (but below Index strength) of Nudity Tropes or Partial Nudity Tropes, all of which are talking about 'Ways to imply nudity in visuals without explicitly showing it'. It's like Modesty By Framing, or somesuch?

    Anyway, the point being that the reason 'this seems to be several tropes' is that it is. I think the common thread is WHY it's done.
  • October 21, 2013
    m8e
    @Snicka: Right, noone have the parts. It wasn't used to hide the parts, it was used to hide the fact that he don't have them. I guess it's Played With in some way.

    The first Moto Moto scene, the only time the frame shows the legs and 'that area' it's from behind.

    @Fast Eddie: This isn't just framing a shot. This is showing different parts of a "naked" body in a series of frames to imply the naughty bits/full nudity, and possibly to show as much as possible.
  • October 21, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    hmm, ya mean mormon porn?
  • October 21, 2013
    m8e
    Well, it's just one picture, but it shows the idea. A movie using this trope would start with showing the Shouldersup Nudity part, then it would cut to the legs and a closeup on the midriff. The character is "clearly" naked but the actress wears a bikini, shorts/tube top or something else that shows those parts.
  • October 21, 2013
    DAN004
  • October 21, 2013
    Snicka
  • October 21, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Pulled a hat from this. Even if it wasn't decided that we already have this one covered, without a single example this draft isn't even close to being ready for launch.
  • October 21, 2013
    DAN004
    ^^ Lol.
  • October 22, 2013
    AgProv
    There's an episode of Desperate Housewives where the Teri Hatcher character is locked out of her house naked and is eventually, despite her best efforts, spotted by her neighbours. In the best traditions of American network TV, the fact that she is naked is established by successive close-in shots of bare shoulders, arms, back, legs, feet.... everything except the contentious bits.
  • January 26, 2015
    randomtroper89
    • The scene in American Horror Story Freak Show where Dandy Mott takes a bath only shows his head, hands, and knees. All fanservice potential is lost by the fact that he is bathing in his mother's blood.
  • January 28, 2015
    arivor
    • In the Babylon5 episode "Sic Transit Vir", Commander Ivanova dreams of showing up to work naked. We see only her legs in one scene, and her shoulders in the next.

    There seem to be a lot of tropes here covering similar but not identical techniques, each and every one of them very specific. But if we don't want to merge the other tropes, I don't see why this shouldn't get its own page. Is anyone still updating this?
  • January 28, 2015
    Koveras
    Would this count?

  • January 28, 2015
    arivor
    ^ I do not know that game, but based on what you describe that seems to be covered by Censor Steam (as you noted yourself). This is about the censored parts being cut off by the edges of the screen.
  • January 28, 2015
    DAN004
    Nah, I think this can overlap with Censor Steam and a few other tropes, so long as the torso isn't shown.
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