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[[caption-width-right:280:These could well be fake.]]
->"The doctors say it dates back to a film where I had these huge prosthetic breasts because my character was breast-feeding. The weight of them, and of the baby, did my back in."
-->--''Anna Friel''

Some women are concerned with their cup sizes, so they try to increase them with padding or surgery. Usually used as a way to demonstrate ACupAngst, and as a method for BreastExpansion. Very commonly PlayedForLaughs.

For {{Cross Dresser}}s, simply using appropriately sized balls will suffice.

Sometimes when two girls [[TotemPoleTrench disguise themselves as a tall woman in a trench coat]], the folded-up legs of the top girl will be the bust.

See also PillowPregnancy. Compare FakeMuscles.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Played with in ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish'': when WholesomeCrossdresser Kuranosuke passes out in the lobby of their apartment building, Mayaya attempts to help by applying Vicks Vapo-Rub to "her" chest, and in the process discovers that Kuranosuke's breasts are fake. Mayaya and the other members of the Sisterhood present completely miss the obvious and instead accuse Kuranosuke of padding "her" bra to hide her ACupAngst.
* Used in ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''; Taiga isn't just very short, but a severely late bloomer. Ryuji helps her out by creating padded inserts for her swimsuit, which would otherwise make her lack way too obvious. Taiga was so pleased with them she declared she'd wear them on her wedding day.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': in the final chapter, the newest teacher is discovered (through actual ''groping'' by a female student) that she wears a padded bra.
* ''Manga/KoreWaKoiNoHanashi'' has Satomi's impressive bust be fake. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], she is a transgender woman and required the hormones and surgery to get them.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', Blue infamously once [[VictoriasSecretCompartment hid two Pokéballs in her dress]]. She then taunted Sabrina into [[ClothingDamage ripping her top off]] which released the Pokémon inside.
* The [[LargeAndInCharge Substitute]] [[DragQueen Queen]] [[WholesomeCrossdresser of Kamabakka Kingdom]] in the ''Franchise/OnePiece'' anime filler wear those under his dress.
* Yun-Yun from ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'' sometimes stuffs Dumplings in her shirt.
* Whilst she's not completely lacking, Karina Lyle of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' wears a padded costume as the superheroine Blue Rose. [[CorporateSponsoredSuperhero Her sponsors]] are marketing her for her sex appeal (much to her annoyance), and are rather insistent on the importance of the MostCommonSuperpower.
* James/Kojirou of Team Rocket, in one of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'''s most infamous episodes ever, wore a pair of inflatable breasts (and, thank gods, a towel) to a beauty contest. [[AttractiveBentGender The audience was very impressed]]. The censors, [[MissingEpisode less so.]]
* Kamome in ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara'' wants to have bigger breasts for GoldDigger reasons and consequently stuffs her bra to appear bustier than she really is.
* During the BeachEpisode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Rangiku Matsumoto gets suspicious when Nanao Ise shows up in her swimsuit bustier than usual. She grabs Nanao and pulls out her padding.
* A comedic one-scene gag appears in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', episode one, when the Fairy Mascots hide inside Tsubomi's shirt in order to hide from the Desertrian General Sasorina, who is not amused by how "busty" Tsubomi appears to be. Admittedly it ''does'' help them escape detection that one time.
* The title character of ''Manga/HighSchoolNinjaGirlOtonashiSan'' is shown early on to use padding out of ACupAngst.
* In ''LightNovel/SoICantPlayH'', Ilia prides herself on [[GagBoobs her melons]] and makes fun of Lisara for only having C-cup breasts. She's eventually humiliated when it's revealed she uses an illusion spell, along with magical gel pads. Her real breasts are a cup size smaller than Lisara's; making her a B-cup.
* In the first episode of ''Anime/{{Samurai Champloo}}'', Fuu runs with bombs under the chest area of her kimono, giving an appearance of {{gainaxing}} breasts.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou'', little Suzette is once seen fitting tangerines in her tank top in a ladies' bathroom to see how she'll look when she's all grown up.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'': Ninjette once used them to impersonate Empowered using kyonyujutsu (fake boobery magic).
* ''ComicBook/XMen'': ComicBook/EmmaFrost has admitted to having had extensive cosmetic surgery (describing it as "the best body money can buy"), including breast enhancement.
* Cat Grant from ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'', after having been gone from the comics for several years, [[TheBusCameBack came back from California]] in ''ComicBook/SupermanBrainiac'' having had quite a bit of work done with breast augmentation being one of the more noticeable differences. [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_pScx8BN4h3s/SV4bjFdht6I/AAAAAAAACMk/qSewt0iWvoA/s1600-h/action+868+-+pan+4.jpg It created a hilarious moment]] when she first interacted with ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} in ''Action Comics #868'', who didn't know about cosmetic surgery and kept trying to tell her she should probably see a doctor about the [[XRayVision "weird plastic" in her chest.]]
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'': Jennifer Cesare uses them, as she no longer has breasts due to cancer (we get to see the scars).

* In the original 1988 ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', one of the girls augments her bustline with tissues in her bra. One of the assistant directors holds up a sign "NO FALSIES" - [[BlatantLies she denies having them, tho]].
* There's a whole scene in ''Film/WildWildWest'' where Jim is telling Artie that his fake breasts don't feel right because they're too firm and don't have any give. He dumps out the buckwheat Artie used for filling and uses warm water instead.
* In the movie ''Film/DeadPresidents'', the protagonist sleeps with his girlfriend the night before he goes to the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. As he takes off her shirt, he notices that she has her bra stuffed with tissue but tells her he doesn't care.
* In ''Film/PorkysIITheNextDay'', part of the plot to take down the corrupt government man involved fake boobs full of cream corn and vegetable soup that the girl opened up and emptied as fake vomit.
* In ''Creator/ElviraMistressOfTheDark'', when Bob becomes infatuated with Elvira, this infuriates Patty (his buxom love interest). When she gets into a fight with Elvira at a church picnic, Elvira holds onto her shirt and punches her. We quickly see her buxom figure was completely this trope, as a large set of Fake Boobs rips off. Since it was a public reveal, she stops wearing her "enhancements".
* In ''Film/AnimalHouse'', Pinto hooks up with a girl he met in the supermarket. As he struggles to take off her bra, she unhooks it herself, then falls unconscious. Pinto finds himself with two handfuls of toilet paper.
* In the film version of ''Stage/HedwigAndTheAngryInch'', during the final scenes we see that Hedwig's bodice is stuffed with tomatoes. The song "Angry Inch" refers to making "tits of clay."
* The girls in ''Film/NowAndThen'' discuss various ways of stuffing their bras, including filling balloons with pudding instead of water or blowing them up.
* In ''Film/AnythingForLove'' (a.k.a. ''Just One of the Girls''), Chris is posing as a girl and gets help from his sister. She stuffs a bra for him to create a believable bust line. Chris is unimpressed and says he likes breasts that sit high. His sister then tells him that means that he likes kleenex and real breasts don't sit that way.
* In the 1977 film of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', Grace Brothers are selling an air-expandable bra. It provides a useful distraction at one point, when CampGay Mr Humphries is being pursued by a randy revolutionary.

* In ''Literature/GirlFifteenCharmingButInsane'', Jess stuffs her bra with plastic bags filled with minestrone soup. HilarityEnsues when they're popped.
* Lisbeth Salander, the famed [[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy girl with the dragon tattoo]], uses these towards the end of that novel while pulling a heist. [[ACupAngst She keeps them afterwards]].
* ''Literature/AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret'': Cotton balls.
* Discussed in ''Literature/{{Aztec}}''. Blood Glutton insists on buying slaves himself for the group's trade voyage, because some slave traders stuffed wax under the chest of male and female slaves (resulting in impressive pectorals or the appearance of breasts, although the latter melted and drooped on a hot day).
* In ''Literature/TheClique'', Alicia Riviera's breasts are fake in a [[BreastExpansion more literal sense]], being implants. Much ado is made about how silly a '''prepubescent girl''' looks with GagBoobs-sized implants.
* ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms The Fairy Godmother]]'': Delphinium stuffs balls of wool in the top of her corset.


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A humorous example happens in the sketch comedy ''Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor'' when our protagonist is seeing a councillor. The councillor tells Karen to feel free to use the tissues, so she uses them to stuff her councillor's bra to make herself feel better.
* In ''Series/JustShootMe'', Nina is offered a free procedure from a plastic surgeon and is considering breast augmentation. So she goes around wearing D-cup inserts to get a feel of them.
* On one episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'', Grace is worried that a newspaper photo of her makes her look [[ACupAngst more endowed than she actually is]], so she goes to a gallery show wearing a water-filled bra. Unfortunately, it springs a leak.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheWonderYears'', a legendarily endowed cheerleader is revealed to have stuffed her bra, leading to the characters being very disappointed.
* An episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' concerns Ashley stuffing her bra at school to get more attention.
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'': Vanessa wants to make a sing-and-dance video at the mall. Claire pulls the stuffing out of her bra.
* In one episode of ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'', Ferguson reveals that Clarissa stuffs her bra.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Popular}}'', a pneumatic enhancement bra winds up as (in the principal's words) "a Hindenburg-like lingerie disaster".
* In an episode of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', the adult Laura recounts an incident of trying to stuff three apples down the front of her dress, with predictable results.
* Part of Jan's character arc/breakdown on the US version of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]''. Several episodes after Michael describes her chest as "nothing to write home about" and "shrunken chesticles," Jan gets a breast augmentation. The actress doesn't--on the DVD commentary she complains (jokingly) about the push-up rig and days when she couldn't wait to get out of it.
* On ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', Maya has ACupAngst and feels that she isn't attractive enough to get into the GarageBand she's auditioning for. On her friend's advice, she gets bra inserts, but uses them wrong and they end up falling out during the audition.
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' once tested whether men or women were better at driving. To keep the tests fair, the driving instructors who were grading them couldn't know whether each driver was male or female, so they were dressed in concealing clothing and the men were given fake breasts.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' episode "Beer" from season 2 has a party where the participants don huge comedy breasts. Melchett turns up only to be criticised by Blackadder for not wearing any. Melchett then takes his coat off to show that he is indeed wearing a pair (That's Stephen fry, somewhat older, wearing them in the picture on this page.)
--->'''Blackadder''': "You really are a beginner, aren't you Melchett?. Why, you're not even wearing a pair of comedy breasts."
--->'''Melchett''': (''removing his coat'')"Au'contraire, Blackadder"
** Later Blackadder (who's quite drunk at this point) walks into dinner with his strictly Puritanical aunt and uncle without removing the breasts. When his aunt draws attention to them, Edmund tries to play it off by saying "Oh my, my earmuffs have fallen!" and draping them over his head.

* In the Music/LordsOfAcid song "I Must Increase My Bust", the singer briefly attempts to look larger by stuffing her bra with melons. However, she forgets that melons rot...
* Mentioned in the live version of Music/TheCramps song, "She Said".
-->''I grabbed a hold-a her inflatable breasts,\\
Took a big bite and my dreams were ruined.''\\

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Nearly all female wrestlers who have an obvious access to or any pressure to get, particularly Wrestling/{{WWE}} Divas and Wrestling/{{TNA}} Knockouts, have had breast augmentation surgery. Those that can't afford it or for whatever reason refuse to be cut into sometimes opt to wear multiple bras(often "pushup" bras to boot) or put padding in their ring gear for a similar effect.
* WWE gave Wrestling/MaeYoung fake boobs, but in this case it was not for fan service purposes. You see, Mae Young was elderly by the time she got a contract with the company, [[FanDisService so obviously it would be a hilarious joke if she flashed the audience.]] So why the fake boobs? Her real breasts were deemed [[RealityIsUnrealistic not disgusting enough!]]
* Whipme Spearz, personal referee of [[Wrestling/JillianHall Macaela Mercedes]], wore fake breasts in his attempts to compete in PGWA and GLORY Championship matches, which award titles(a belt and a trophy, respectively) normally exclusive to women. Mercedes caught on pretty quickly but decided to get him a job as a referee in exchange for not outing him.
* The reason The Lovely Lacey wore a shirt wearing "Silicone Free". The other half of Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew, Radiant Rain, was likewise "All Natural".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Uni in ''Franchise/{{Neptunia}}'' series goes from modestly endowed to flat as a board when she transforms, which changes her outfit from a casual dress to a practically painted-on skinsuit, leading Nepgear to ponder if she pads her dress. Uni [[ACupAngst emphatically]] denies it. Whether that's true or not depends on the continuity; in the original trilogy it was heavily implied her dress was padded, but the remake continuity (including ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'') gives her additional fanservice event images and bathtowel-clad paperdolls that show she has a figure appropriate for her visible age and her flat SuperMode is the universe having a laugh at her expense.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Shannon]]'s breasts are confirmed to be these by WordOfGod. [[spoiler:In the manga it's revealed that Sayo Yasuda, Shannon's true identity, never grew breasts at all (which is heavily implied to be because they were designated male at birth but RaisedAsTheOppositeGender due to their damaged sexual organs) and they are very insecure about this]].
* Geiru Toneido from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' is a balloon artist with a certain ''other'' pair of [[{{Gainaxing}} bouncy balloons]] that have TheJudge [[AllMenArePerverts enthralled]]. [[spoiler:That's not a euphemism. During her VillainousBreakdown they pop, revealing that she's actually completely flat-chested.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SwordCatPrincess'', Smiley steals Kathryn's breastplate [[http://swordcatprincess.thecomicseries.com/comics/86/ and then wears it]], proudly stating that he has "gone up more cup sizes than a knocked-up Paltrow".
* ''Webcomic/DoubleK'': Simon uses baseballs [[DirtyHarriet in his disguises]].
* ''Webcomic.{{Megatokyo}}'': Kimiko was seen using pads at [[FanServiceWithASmile Anna Miller]]'s.
* Zoe of ''Webcomic/VenusEnvy'', being a teenage [[{{Transgender}} trans woman]], uses little beanbag thingies to stuff her bra. (While she does take hormones, they haven't given her much of a bust yet.) [[http://www.venusenvycomic.com/index.php?id=343 At one point this is discovered by her soccer teammates]], but they just assume she's [[ACupAngst embarrassed about being flat-chested]].
* In ''Webcomic/SpyingWithLana'', Lana has had breast implants (to make them double Ds).
* In ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' Mildred is wearing tissues to pad out her chest, which is revealed when she removes one to give to a crying Shauna. Then gives her the other just in case, as she'd be lopsided otherwise.

* French-Italian Website/{{YouTube}}r Creator/TessMasazza seems to suffer from a severe case of ACupAngst. In her videos she is often seen stuffing her bra with whatever comes handy, including another bra top and her socks, especially when the police pulls her over for running a red light and she wants to seduce the copper to avoid a ticket.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Dean discovers this of his DistaffCounterpart, but it's unclear from his reaction whether or not said character is just padding, or is cross-dressing.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s Wendy, at the end of "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society." She's thoroughly mocked for it (she's a fourth grader!) and is back to normal by her next appearance.
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'': Courtney stuffs her bikini top with bubble wrap so her breasts will appear larger and more like those on a high school girl. Two [[AlphaBitch Alpha Bitches]] plan to [[SlipperySwimsuit remove Courtney's bikini top]] and expose her as a bra-stuffer. [[spoiler:The plan succeeds, but Macie manages to hide Courtney's breasts with an inner tube.]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', when the kids are making a parody of ''WeirdScience'', Melissa wears a pair of balloons as fake boobs. Even though he knows they're just balloons, Jason still can't stop staring at them.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Models, actresses, strippers, and porn stars often get breast implants as a way of boosting their careers.
** There was even a controversy about a stripper who tried to write off her breast augmentation as a business expense for a tax deduction. Note that this is entirely plausible under the Internal Revenue Code.
* Creator/MelanieGriffith went for breast augmentation surgery in the middle of shooting ''Film/TheBonfireOfTheVanities'', requiring a re-shoot.