Created By: lu127 on January 3, 2013 Last Edited By: lakingsif on June 28, 2013

Bare Feet Mean Nudity

A shot of a bare body part as a shorthand for nudity

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Commonly, a character's legs will be shown walking out of the bath and pulling his clothes up, but nothing above the thighs will be shown. In comedic situations, if someone is seen walking naked outside, the camera only focuses on the legs and the onlookers' commentary.

Showing bare legs, usually up to the knees or thighs is a common visual shorthand for nudity. To keep the show more friendly for younger audiences and to avoid an R rating, a closeup of bare legs is shown instead of the torso. A form of Discretion Shot.

Compare Dress Hits Floor and Shoulders-Up Nudity, Contrast Does Not Like Shoes. Sister Trope to Toplessness from the Back.


Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • January 3, 2013
    Part of this TRS topic. Tagged this as per the post linked.
  • January 4, 2013
    I was thinking of 'Bare Feet Bare All' for a title.
  • January 5, 2013
    As suggested in TRS, Bare Feet Of Nudity. I am not quite sure if it's close enough to Dress Hits Floor.
  • January 5, 2013
    Except we have Does Not Like Shoes, which is about bare feet but in no way implies nudity - and that is very common, arguably more common than bare feet suggesting nudity. (In the suggested examples given, though, it is clear that the nudity is, erm, present).

    Thank goodness you're fixing Foot Focus, too. Thank you, thank you!

    You could contrast with Does Not Like Shoes, I guess.
  • January 5, 2013
  • January 10, 2013
    We have a YKTTW named Torsoless Nudity(Might need a better name). That one might be a supertrope of this and Shoulders Up Nudity, or at least that trope is when these tropes is used together so only the "naughty bits" are missing.

    The picture I suggested for Torsoless Nudity shows both Shoulders Up Nudity and this feet thing(including legs).
  • January 11, 2013
    1950's and 1960's films often used this visual device to stand in for the full nudity they were not allowed to show. There was a film from the mid-1950's, a comedy where an Ur-Nerd got hold of a pair of X-Ray Specs that allowed him to see through peoples' clothes to the naked bodies underneath. When he is in a nightclub, this "visual shorthand" cuts between dancing legs in stockings and shoes (glasses off) to bare legs and feet (glasses on, symbolises nudity).
  • January 13, 2013
    Can we expand this to something akin to Torsoless Nudity, as suggested here?
  • May 25, 2013
    Bumping because the Foot Focus TRS needs this to launch in order to progress.
  • May 27, 2013
    I'm beginning to think this one's a lost cause... Too Rare To Trope or something.
  • June 28, 2013
    Example: Parent trap -