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->''"It was a mermaid. She was beautiful. Hair covering her breasts... every fucking time...."''
-->-- '''Rhys Darby'''

A woman is topless or fully naked, and the writers don't want to (or can't) stick an [[SceneryCensor object into the scene to cover her up]]. Fortunately, her hair is ''just'' long and thick enough to cover what needs to be covered and preserve her modesty.

A form of SceneryCensor. Related to the TheissTitillationTheory (after all, what will happen if she turns her head just a little, or the breeze just happens to pick up...?)

Named for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Godiva Lady Godiva]], a noblewoman who rode a horse through the city of Coventry to protest an oppressive tax. Legend says she rode naked: whether "naked" means nude or "stripped" in some metaphorical sense is academic, since most artistic representations show the lady garbed only in her flowing hair.[[note]]On a side note, one person in the legend spied on her by drilling a hole in the wall of his tailor shop, and was blinded. This is the origin of the term "[[CovertPervert Peeping Tom]]".[[/note]]

[[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaids]] are depicted like this if the writer doesn't want to use a SeashellBra.

The rare male examples usually include a beard long enough to cover the naughty bits, and generally involve either old hermits or shipwrecked castaways.

Not to be confused with PeekABangs. Often overlaps with RapunzelHair. May combine with HandOrObjectUnderwear.



* Several female celebrities who pose naked in PETA's anti-fur ads do this.
* [[http://www.northwestern.edu/nucuisine/images/newsletter/Starbucks-logo.gif The woman on the Starbucks logo]], depending on how you look at it. The logo is based on a 15th century Norse woodcut of a siren, and [[http://brandautopsy.typepad.com/brandautopsy/2005/06/the_evolution_o.html hasn't always been so SFW.]] The Pike Place Roast bags have the original logo.
* The logo for Godiva Chocolatier shows a nude woman riding a horse, with one arm tucked across her chest and strands of hair falling down the other side of her chest and covering her crotch.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKAW96N-Vms This banned commercial]] featuring a gay Adam with a straight Eve has one. Somewhat subverted, because at one point, you could see one of her nipples.
* Then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHCvO5QOWtE this French ad]] for a body cream (along with SceneryCensor).
* A ''Joe and Petunia'' PSA about obeying flags indicating whether or not it was safe to swim had Joe observe a topless mermaid whose hair covered up her nipples.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/CasshanRobotHunter'' when Luna is being prepped for execution her [[ShamefulStrip bodysuit is torn half off]], leaving one breast exposed. In most of the close-up scenes her hair perfectly covers the nipple, though one shot does have the wind revealing it.
* Lafiel pulls this in one episode of ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' during her [[ShowerScene Bath Scene]]. When her hair's not strategically covering what needs to be covered, it's either camera angles or reflections of light.
* Doppel the shapeshifter from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' uses her long white hair to create the clothes for her disguises. Being a TechnicallyNakedShapeshifter, she makes it so that her naughty bits are always covered by her hair from every angle. Since she's actually an EldritchAbomination masquerading as a girl, this proves easy for her.
* The [[CatGirl Puma Sisters]] of ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' make deliberate use of their long manes of hair to better entice watchers during their [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn striptease]] in OVA 1.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Mavis Vermilion's HumanPopsicle physical body, as [[spoiler:Lumen Histoire]] is completely naked, with only her hair to cover her up.
* In the ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' manga, Rin's nipple is just ''barely'' covered by a thin strand of hair.
* Miaka and Soi have Godiva Hair in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', and in the former's case, we've also got Godiva Vines. Yui, whose hair is much shorter than the other two, is less lucky.
* While ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'''s regular series had very little fanservice, being meant for kids, apparently someone's mind changed when it came time to make the OVA conclusion, and both Mikoto and Swan are depicted nude with Godiva Hair at least once each. There's a lot more {{Gainaxing}} and clothing damage, as well.
* One "How to Draw Manga" book called ''Girl's Life Illustration File'' has a section about tactfully rendering nudes. This is given as an option.
* Taken to an absurd level in the ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'' manga. Someone tries to sabotage Rushuna's participation in a swimming contest by giving her a dissolving bikini. She still wins, and as she gets out of the water we see she's tied her hair into an improvised sling bikini.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Triela in a flashback when she first meets Hilshire in the hospital after having her traumatic memories wiped by the Social Welfare Agency. Something of a FanDisservice moment as she's seriously underage, though her nudity is probably meant to portray her child's innocence, which is subverted as unknown to Hilshire she's been programmed as a cyborg killing machine. A contemporary ShowerScene plays the {{fanservice}} straight.
* Most long-haired female characters in ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', but especially [[{{Tsundere}} Kyoko]], [[HelloNurse Ritsuko-sensei]], and [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Hayame]]. Notably, [[AnIcePerson Yukime]] has short hair, but for very thin strands that run down her temples and are ''just barely enough'' to cover the [[NippleAndDimed interesting parts]].
* ''[[Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead Highschool of the Dead]]'' got away with showing the girls naked in episode 6, by having them walk past the screen in profile and using carefully placed locks of their hair, [[http://anime-fanservice.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1593&pid=53926#top_display_media to preserve]] [[http://anime-fanservice.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1593&pid=53927#top_display_media their modesty]] as they were headed for the bath. They also used a combination of [[CensorSuds lather]] and the girls' hair [[http://anime-fanservice.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1593&pid=53930#top_display_media while they were bathing.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'', considering the [[RapunzelHair sheer length]] of Togame's hair, it's actually harder to ''not'' use this trope when she's naked.
* Creator/LeijiMatsumoto uses this several times [[Anime/{{Leijiverse}} across various works]], and he even admitted that the origin of the RapunzelHair that eventually became his SignatureStyle when drawing women was initially to cover up nudity.
* In The "Blues Notes Blues" chapters of ''Manga/LetterBee'', [[spoiler:Niche's sister]] does this with a twist. At Lag's request to "Put some pants on." she [[http://www.onemanga.com/Tegami_Bachi/24/07/ wraps her hair around her bikini style.]]
* Used in the anime adaptation of ''Anime/TheLittleMermaid'', as Marina and her sisters are topless, although Marina's nipples can be seen at some points. The rest of the mer-race avert this apparently, since in one scene that shows not only Marina and her sisters, but their father, grandmother, and various members of the mer-court, Marina and her sisters are the only mermaids topless while every other mermaid and merman wears some kind of robe that has an open slit for the tail and fins to stick out of.
* This is a trait of any Ken Akamatsu manga (''Manga/LoveHina'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', etc.). The character's hair will usually cover where her nipples ''[[BarbieDollAnatomy would]]'' be. Strangely, sometimes his characters DO have nipples when wearing clothes or hair. They just disappear when exposed. There is a rare example of it happening with ''braids'' in chapter 251 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
* In the series ''Anime/MarineBoy'', the mermaid Neptina wears nothing; her breasts are concealed by her long hair.
* Used in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' when [[spoiler:Kabuto makes a naked manefestation of Tayuya of the Sound Five [[BodyHorror protrude out of his body when using her jutsu]]]].
* Played for horror in episode 24 of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Asuka is lying in a destroyed house's bathtub naked after having crossed the DespairEventHorizon and ran away from home. Her breasts are covered by hair while the lower regions are submerged in murky/bloody water (it's implied that she cut her wrists).
* The manga version of ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'': In one chapter, Nepgear, Rom, Ram and Uni are accidentally regressed into babies, so when they turn back to their normal ages, they're obviously naked. Fortunately, all of the girls' sensitive areas are hidden, including part of Uni's hair hiding her breasts.
* When Boa Hancock met Luffy in ''Manga/OnePiece'', she spends a lot of time [[NakedFirstImpression naked]] or topless for [[EmbarrassingTattoo plot-related reasons]]. Causing her to be covered up like this pretty much whenever her back isn't turned.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' takes this to rather goofy extremes, since Panty uses her underwear as a weapon. So she fights several battles while bottomless, and somehow her hair manages to keep everything censored.
* Melona in ''Anime/QueensBlade'' unusually combines this with PrehensileHair. While her hair is covering up her naughty bits, it also has a pair of hands on the end, meaning she's groping herself. Weird.
* Happens on and off in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', mostly with Shampoo. This isn't surprising, considering how much nudity is in the series. What is surprising is that it's ''Shampoo'', the least inhibited and most sexually aggressive of the female cast (sometimes even beyond the [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl not-so-Innocent Fanservice]] GenderBender) who is allowed this modesty. On the other hand, among the girls that play MsFanservice most often (mostly female Ranma and Akane), Shampoo is the only one with hair long enough to pull it off (at least until a dead-ringer for female Ranma, without her hair in a pigtail, shows up for a couple of pages).
* In the ''Anime/SailorMoon R'' movie, there is the Kisenian Flower villainess whose hair perpetually covers her otherwise naked chest.
* Used a lot in ''Anime/ShatteredAngels''. Since female characters are often naked in the anime and seem incapable of bathing themselves (they require another naked female to bathe them), their front fringes serve the useful purpose of barely covering their nipples.
* Holo from ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' has long hair, but it doesn't always cover her, especially in the manga.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'':
** Ryoko of does this quite often when depicted in the bath. Every so often, they'd actually show her chest completely, and she [[BarbieDollAnatomy just wouldn't have nipples]]. Ryoko's hair isn't even all that long, especially compared to some other characters in ''Tenchi Muyo!'', but she has rather conveniently-placed long sidelocks that fall right on top of her breasts.
** Averted in the DVD version, at least, of the ''Tenchi Muyo!'' OVA, in which Ryoko's nipples are indeed visible in scenes in which she is naked.
* Yoko Littner from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' does this in the movie, in a suitably epic battle against Adiane the Elegant. Hint? The hair's not just for decoration.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' makes full use of this, with the amazing frequency the girls in its cast have to get naked. These scenes were dialed back (dialed up?) in the tankobon, as well as the manga's [[HotterAndSexier relaunch]] ''To Love Ru Darkness'' where if you go one chapter without seeing a nipple something is amiss.
* A [[http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67/AthenAltena/32f88ccd0b3f9abcaba7729b5251fd4a.jpg promotional image]] (probably not worksafe, though you obviously can't actually see anything) for ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' showed both Rin and Rider with Godiva Hair. A bit more justified in Rider's case since her hair is practically [[RapunzelHair long enough to trip over]].
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' does it with ''rays of moonlight''. Also with actual hair in the anime.
* The girl whose tears turn into a crimson pearl in ''Manga/XxxHolic'' which Watanuki intends to give to the Spider Lady turns out to have Godiva Hair when her clothes fall off and she begins crying.
* In the original (unedited) version of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', there are a few female monsters that are naked, covering themselves with their hair (like Water Omatics and Dreamsprite). The dub version covers them with swimsuits.

* OlderThanSteam: The famous 1486 painting ''The Birth of Venus'' is a strong early candidate for this trope, with the goddess Venus using her long hair to cover her lower self.
* Pretty much every depiction of Eve in the past couple centuries.
* The myth of Lady Godiva was a popular subject for painters and sculptors for centuries.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{DCU}}'':
** ComicBook/{{Starfire}} uses this every so often, particularly when Dick Grayson discovers her in the shower.
** Lampshaded somewhat in ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'': one of The Maximums (an [[ComicBook/TheUltimates Ultimates]] parody) that [[WesternAnimation/TheBatman Batman]] and Franchise/{{Superman}} face is a parody of Enchantress ''named'' Godiva and she is depicted as nude except for her ridiculously long hair, which manages to keep her bits covered, even when she's fighting.
** One issue of ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' opens with Diana waking up to Ares paying her a visit in her bedroom (no, not like that), and because Diana apparently sleeps au natural she only has Godiva Hair covering her. Oddly, despite having the God of War and major {{Jerkass}} Ares right in front of her, she doesn't make any attempts to cover up, though that could be her Amazonian upbringing.
** Knockout of the ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' once emerged from a shower completely naked, with only with a few strands of hairs covering her nipples and groin.
* ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'':
** ''ComicBook/XMen'''s ComicBook/{{Storm}}, not caring for most people's [[InnocentFanserviceGirl silly nudity taboo]], is frequently hair-clad (but more frequently [[CensorSteam wind effect-clad]].)
** In the first issue of ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', Reed Richards is performing an autopsy on the Skrull who'd posed as Elektra. An overhead shot gives a full view of her body, with a convenient light blocking her crotch and Godiva Hair over her breasts.
** Referenced in ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}''. During a discussion about nudity, Morph turns into Godiva herself, horse and hair and all.
** Venus from ''ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas'', being rather... liberal, spends a few issues like this, but eventually puts on some clothes to "help blend in with the rest of the team".
** Medusa of the [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhuman Royal Family]] does this. A lot. She has [[JustifiedTrope really, really long prehensile hair]].
** In ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] 485'', Lorelei, younger sister of The Enchantress, seduces magically [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]] (like part of a plan) using a vision of her naked with just her long red hair to cover.
%%In which issue and why did he do it?* Done in an issue of ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' as Wolverine corners Jessica Drew in the shower.
* Timmain in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' qualifies, when she's not being a wolf. From time to time, so does her polar counterpart Winnowill.
* ComicBook/{{Empowered}} also has long hair. Good for her, as often as her super-suit rips.
* ''ComicBook/TheFoxHunt's'' [[EvilSorceress Dream Demon]] wears nothing except a makeshift skirt. Her [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green hair]] is ''just'' long enough to cover her "naughty" bits.
* Parodied and lampshaded in the French comic book ''ComicBook/TrollsDeTroy'' (a spin-off of ''ComicBook/{{Lanfeust}}''): the (human) heroine is once changed by magic into a (nude) mermaid; the villain points out that she doesn't need any SeashellBra, since it is a "genetic trait" of mermaids' hair to automatically cover their breasts. And it is actually always the case -- ''even when she's hanging upside-down''.
* The Guardian of Keys in ''ComicBook/{{Thorgal}}'' appears wearing only this and a golden belt with an oversized buckle. Somewhat subverted later when some nude females do appear in the series. This is mostly due to the publishing in weekly format in ''Tintin'', which was a catholic magazine. The restrictions were dropped when it switched to hardcover albums.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Martine, a [[LaResistance French Resistance]] fighter in the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII flashbacks of ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane'' is covered by her long hair when she goes skinny dipping. Her hair seems much shorter on dry land.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In "Mary's Child", the heroine uses her very long hair to protect herself from the elements after her clothing falls apart.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The goddess Hecate, in the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' film ''[[WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated Blood and Iron]]''.
* This happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' after the Unicorn turns into Princess Amalthea.
* ''Disney/PeterPan'': One of the mermaids who live at Mermaid's Lagoon (more specifically, the redhaired one who is bathing at the start of the sequence the mermaids show up in) sports this. The others have either [[SeashellBra seashell]] or starfish bras, and there's one who uses a white flower necklace to cover her chest.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' was going to use this, and did use it through the storyboarding and the initial pencil tests. It was only abandoned when the colour tests showed the concept to be unworkable without redesigning almost every underwater shot. SeashellBra were used instead.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/LindsayLohan after she wakes up nude (in a church!) in ''Film/{{Machete}}''.
* ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' has a scene with the above-average looking psychic/fortune-teller/seer popping up out of a pool of water in a Godiva Hair moment.
* Brooke Shields' hair was apparently glued to her breasts during some scenes of the 1980 film ''Film/TheBlueLagoon'' in order to satisfy censors.
* In ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', when Marian steps out of the bath. The camera's primary attention may be on her chastity belt, but her ([[EightiesHair awful]]) wig provides Godiva Hair coverage for her breasts.
* In ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'', Elena is left clad in pajama bottoms and hair when {{Franchise/Zorro}} [[ClothingDamage slices her nightshirt off]].
* [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Alyda]] in the ''The Unnamable II'' spends a good portion of the film like this due to the fact that she hates/fears clothing. It's ''awesome''.
* Naturally, the 1955 film ''Lady Godiva of Coventry'' features this: Maureen O'Hara as the eponymous noblewoman wear tresses long and luxuriant enough to cover her body entirely.
* Syrena and some of the other mermaids in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' have this. Except for when they have BarbieDollAnatomy instead.
* In ''Film/SpaceMutiny'', one of the BridgeBunnies has such long hair and such a skimpy uniform that Mike and the Bots immediately assume she's nude.
* [[NotSafeForWork Subverted horribly]] in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' with [[http://postimage.org/image/1u71mthhg/ one]] [[http://postimage.org/image/1u6zza4zo/ such]] [[http://postimage.org/image/1u6wo7g04/ vampire]].
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', Creator/UmaThurman in the ''The Birth of Venus'' scene (based on the painting referred to under Arts, which is also referenced on a playing card later in the film). Subverted in that her hair doesn't ''hide'' anything.
* Australian swimming champion Annette Kellerman in the 1916 film ''Daughter of the Gods''. This caused a great deal of controversy at the time. The film is now lost and only publicity photos survive.
* Mina, when she and Hansel go SkinnyDipping in the healing pond, in ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters''.
* ''Film/SoundOfMyVoice'': When Maggie tells the story of how she woke up in a bathtub with amnesia, she's seen walking around the hotel room with her long blonde hair covering her breasts.
* The film version of ''{{Film/Aquamarine}}'' shows the eponymous mermaid with her long hair covering her modesty whenever she's in mermaid form. Even more surprising in that this is a G-rated kids' movie.
* ''Film/{{Pharaoh}}'': Part of Kama's nonstop Fanservice routine is wearing nothing but bikini bottoms and an elaborate wig with two strategically placed hunks of hair. She's a HoneyPot meant to get the crown prince of Egypt to be more friendly to her Phoenician countrymen.
* Izanami in ''Film/TheThreeTreasures'', who is completely topless (but not completely naked; she has a pair of shorts on) and her hair covers her breasts.
* ''Film/KingArthurLegendOfTheSword'': The eldritch creatures' hair artfully clings to their breasts just enough so their nipples have a covering.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'': Judith has her long hair covering her breasts when Brian's mother discovers them after they have sex.
* ''Film/DownWithLove'': The topless beatnik girl at the party who seduces Catch has her modesty preserved by her long brown hair.
* The naked VirginSacrifice strapped to the altar in ''Film/CurseOfTheCrimsonAltar'' has her modesty protected by her long blonde hair covering her breasts.
* ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'': When the T-X arrives in the present naked, her breasts are hidden by her hair. Once she steals an outfit, her hair goes into a bun for the rest of the movie.

* Subverted in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', when one of the main characters is traveling through a rather rowdy festival and notices that a number of women attempting this don't have long enough hair to pull this off. We ([[{{Literature}} obviously]]) don't get to see anything.
* In Creator/HRiderHaggard's ''Literature/{{She}}'', She's hair is long enough and thick enough that it doesn't just cover her nipples, it covers everything. She fastens a belt around her hair and wears it like a dress.
* Marlowe remarks upon a stained glass window featuring a woman with long and convenient hair in ''Literature/TheBigSleep'' by Creator/RaymondChandler. See Mary Magdalen under Myths and Religion below.
* It also features in a photography session in Andy Looney's ''The Empty City''. Chapter 95, to be precise: [[http://www.wunderland.com/WTS/Andy/EmptyCity/chapter95.html link here]].
* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid''. However, the famous statue in Copenhagen, which is one of the city's main tourist attractions, noticeably does not: she has her hair in a braid on her back.
* Played straight and made into a pun all at the same time in the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series with Godiva Goblin. Her hair has a special talent of covering up ''exactly'' where it needs to in order to not violate the "Adult Conspiracy" (who keep children from learning the secret of "Summoning the Stork").
* Appears briefly in ''The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose'' by Mary Hooper. Eliza is dressed as a mermaid for the Midsummer Fair in London and wears her hair like this.
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', as Christopher discovers that the mermaids' attempts to use Godiva Hair are not always successful.
* Played straight in ''Literature/WheresWally'' [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/6)%20Topless%20Mermaids.jpg of all things]]. Made even better by the fact that this is the place Waldo chooses to "hide".
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfRagnarLodbrok'': To fulfill Ragnar's request of meeting him "neither dressed nor undressed", Kraka goes to him covered only in a fishnet while her long hair makes sure that she is nevertheless "bare in no place".
* ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'': The Powers all have hair long enough to cover them completely, so Benehime often wears nothing but it.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the episode "The JerseyDevil" of ''Series/TheXFiles'', Claire Stansfield (who played a Neanderthal woman) was required to have her hair tied over her breasts in many shots to keep the Creator/{{Fox}} censors happy.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sarahconnorchronicles-cameron1.jpg This promotional image]] for ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''.
* Both Lady Godiva and [[spoiler:Phoebe]] in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* An early David Copperfield magic special included a trick in which he removed a bikini top from a poster of Loni Anderson. Loni (on stage) then removed the hair clips from her poster, causing a Godiva effect on the poster.
* ''Series/ICarly'': A non-nude version was used for Sam in "iQuit iCarly", when she wore a purple skintight bodysuit, as part of their usual attempt to hide the fact that the actress is a female and actually has boobs now. Carly however, wasn't required to do this.
* Another non-nude version is used in ''Series/ModernFamily'' with Alex Dunphy. The character's hair is always worn down over her chest in an effort to hide [[Creator/ArielWinter her actress's]] developing figure.
* Apparently averted in ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'', when Gerri asks what did they do for village fête the year before her arrival in the village... to clarify: [[spoiler:they were disappointed because this trope wasn't invoked; the sight of the elderly Letitia Cropley naked probably required the application of copious amounts of BrainBleach.]]
-->'''Owen:''' We reenacted Lady Godiva; everyone was so disappointed.\\
'''Gerri:''' What, Lady Godiva in a body-stocking?\\
'''Frank:''' No! She was completly nude!\\
'''Gerri:''' Wow!\\
'''[[spoiler:Cropley]]:''' Well, I didn't have time to grow my hair long enough, you see...
* The first elimination challenge of season three of ''Shear Genius'' was ALL about this trope.
* Used in several photo shoots on ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel''.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Whenever Xena finds herself on the receiving end of a (often hilarious) ShamefulStrip, her hair is generally long enough to cover her breasts. Not that it makes her sexual humiliations any easier to endure.
* The "nude lady" at the end of the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' motor insurance sketch.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': Salindra in "Wizard" when she's within the underworld has this with her long hair.

* Peter and Gordon's 1966 hit "Lady Godiva" has the title figure's nude ride witnessed by a porno director, who subsequently offers to make her a star. In the final verse it's revealed she's gotten her hair cut, "now she can afford her clothes".
* The music video for Music/AlanisMorissette's "Thank U" shows her completely nude, with her long hair covering her breasts (her lower nudity was [[{{Pixellation}} digitally blurred out]]). According to Pop-Up Videos, the lower nudity was already covered with a latex codpiece, but that just wasn't enough for the censors to let slide.
* Used in the Music/BritneySpears music video "Everytime".
* A dancer in Music/{{Maroon 5}}'s "Moves Like Jagger" seems to only be covered by her hair.
* The cover of Music/AyumiHamasaki's album ''[=LOVEppears=]'' (the page pic).
* The cover of Ruslana's ''Wild Dances'' album has her topless, wearing only gauntlets and a rag for a skirt. Naturally, her long, black hair is coving her breast (in fact, you have to look pretty hard to even figure out that she is indeed topless). Probably done to go with the whole "wild" theme.
* The [=PV=] for "[[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles Flower of the Plateau]]" by Music/{{mothy}} has the spotlight character, Mikulia Greeonio, naked but kept modest by her teal hair. Oddly enough, later down the video her lower bits are shown, albeit mutated into a flower, making this a selective example of censorship.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* The trope is named for Lady Godiva, the 11th-century [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Anglo-Saxon]] noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked on a white horse through Coventry, England, to get rid of the unfair taxes posed by her family. The first description of the story comes from the 13th century chronicle ''Flores Historiarum'', which states that her hair "covered the whole of her body like a veil". However, the paintings made in medieval times portray her with more graphic nudity and normal, shoulder-length hair, with the Godiva Hair paintings not coming around until centuries later.\\\
Some scholars have speculated that there might have been some confusion in the telling of the tale -- that the original story might have said she went out ''without her clothes'', that is, dressed in a shift like a religious penitent, rather than ''naked'' (which would not make much sense as a protest). On the other hand, there's little historical evidence to support the story having happened at all, naked or not.
* Many depictions of the Biblical figure Eve, particularly in illustrated childrens' versions of Literature/TheBible, use this.
* Also in depictions of Saints; Mary Magdalene is sometimes shown nude with Godiva Hair. According to legend she spent her last years as a hermit clad only in her flowing hair and surviving on miraculous food from heaven.

* One of the scantily-clad groupies in Creator/DataEastPinball's ''Pinball/GunsNRoses'' is shown with Godiva Hair to cover herself, having lost her bikini top.
* The killer mermaids of ''Pinball/{{Fathom}}'' all have long flowing hair that conveniently keep their breasts covered.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* ''Creator/{{ESPN}} the Magazine'' recently ran a Body Issue featuring athletes of both genders in nothing or almost nothing along with articles on what makes some people genetically inclined to be successful athletes. Not surprisingly, two of the female athletes had this.
* Cindy Margolis often used this.
* Playboy playmate Debra Jo Fondren was known for her extremely long hair, which allowed her to appear fully nude even on the cover of the magazine with this trope in effect.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The cover of ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' has this for just the boobs of the random slave-woman on the cover. If you ''saw'' said cover and didn't come to a few conclusions about this game's attitude towards women, you have no-one to blame but yourself.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The [[http://micechat.com/forums/disneyland-resort/96720-redheaded-pirate-painting-disneyland.html#post2808525 bar painting of a pirate lass]] in "Pirates of the Caribbean" at Disneyland is topless with just a few wisps of Godiva Hair.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk'': Farnese is topless throughout the ''Night of Miracles'' level, but [[NippleAndDimed at least her nipples]] are always hidden by her bangs. For comparison, her toplessness was explicit in the original manga, while the broadcast version of ''Anime/Berserk2016'' went with BarbieDollAnatomy instead. Mocked a bit on the ''WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}}'':
--> '''Jim Sterling''': "I'm impressed with her hair--in fact all of the women's hair in this game. Really good at sticking to breasts like fly paper. I've never seen human hair that can actually do that in real [life], but in videogames it seems to happen a lot. I'm always impressed by that, must get the name of their stylist."
* The Great Fairy in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. Oddly, when someone hacked into the game to lift the hair, they found she actually had nipples, or at least appeared to.
* The Rusalka in ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory IV'' -- even teasing the players when a lock of her hair is needed as one of the steps to free her. Naturally, it apparently comes from the back of her head. She does make a crack about how she would look with short hair.
* In ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand'', there's a pair of bath scenes that use Godiva Hair to cover up female characters -- at least, those that have enough hair. The ones that don't are covered up in other strategic ways.
* Eve in ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}''. Her hair still does this, even after her assets are covered up in the expansion. When the camera is at the right angle, this trope fails to achieve its goal.
* [[spoiler:Jacqli/Mir]]'s [[spoiler:Miros]] costume in ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica'' has this. The conversation point about the costume focuses on that aspect.
* The topless HornyDevil Nevan from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' 3. This is on top of wearing a skirt made out of bats.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' turns this trope on its head. The title character is a witch whose default wardrobe consists ''entirely'' of her own magically manipulated hair. [[MostWritersAreMale Not surprisingly]], she [[PrehensileHair uses her hair]] for [[OurDragonsAreDifferent other]] [[PowerFist things]] sometimes, which in turn makes this both an inversion and an aversion of the trope. And when she's doing some serious witchcraft, [[{{Fanservice}} not much is left on her person nor to the imagination]].
* A good number of female demons/Personas in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series; while the hand-drawn artwork in their profiles shows them in various (and detailed) stages of nudity, the actual character models have seemingly glued their hair to their chest.
* The Lady of the Forest in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' appears naked with godiva hair, as well as strategically placed vines and branches; not quite SceneryCensor or HandOrObjectUnderwear as it's not a trick of the camera angle nor an overt action on her part, and she has nothing to hide anyway (she lacks nipples).
* Anna Graham [[spoiler:after she's found dead and nailed to a tree]] in ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition''.
* Felicia from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' manages to combine this concept with FurBikini.
* Therazane of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' does this, but considering [[FanDisservice her skin made of cracked rock and a smile of razor-sharp, purple crystals]], it's easy to overlook.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''
** The dryad Morenn in the American release uses Godiva Hair and a loincloth to satisfy the censors. (These, along with other censoring added to the American release, can be removed with the Director's Cut patch if one is so inclined.)
** The Lady of the Lake has hair like this in all versions of the game. Her hair is long enough to wrap around and provide modesty even below the waist.
* The Japanese and European versions of ''[[VideoGame/{{Aleste}} Robo Aleste]]'' have this in the cutscene with Astaros bathing.
* Chaos Witch Quelaag, one of the bosses from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', is a naked woman/lava spider hybrid rocking the Godiva Hair. Her sister has it too, but it's less noticeable.
* Irui Gan Eden, who debuted in ''[[Videogame/SuperRobotWars Super Robot Taisen Alpha 2]]'', has this.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'': The Nymph.
* In the first ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'', after defeating the evil necromancer Lezard Valeth, Lenneth finds a number of homunculi—artificial bodies of half-elves in his laboratory which look suspiciously similar to her and proceeds to destroy most of them. They all have the same incredibly long silver hair as her, which conveniently obscures their nipples. Presumably Lezard made them to be anatomically correct since he's a sicko, but their genitals are never shown. It is one of the scenes rendered in FMV for the PSP remake.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Mermaid!Nanase is shown with [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-08-06 this]] during a dream.
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_885.php Happens in a strip,]] and even more blatant two strips later, with the same character.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Aphrodite, in the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0274.html Snarl's backstory]].
** Then Haley [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0752.html couldn't resist]] the magical hair regrowth, [[ReadyForLovemaking and]]...
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Several times in ''The Sharp End of the Stick'' this is used to [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20070322.html hide Elf's breasts]], after the Toughs captured by Shufgar were stripped of their clothing, and crash-landed in their escape.
%%* Averted by Lady Godiva herself, in [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/danmazur/palindramas/series.php?view=archive&chapter=35039 a strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Palindramas}}''.
* Kili of ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'' explodes out of her clothes when she turns into a werewolf. Fortunately, she's got very long hair now to cover her up when she [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-9-page-47 turns back]].
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'' invokes this during shower scenes, such as when Tandy steps out of the shower to [[GetAholdOfYourselfMan belt]] [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/that_look Melissa]] and immediately after Mel [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/kitten_has_claws returns the favor.]]
* Perhaps never more blatantly done than in [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7060 one comic]] of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''.
* ''Webcomic/LivingWithInsanity'' has a nudist. Originally she was covered with [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Living_With_Insanity/5094978/ this trope]], but when Paul Salvi came on board, he [[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/index/?p=216 decided not to bother]].
* ''Webcomic/TooMuchInformation'' has a [[GoodAngelBadAngel shoulder devil]], Cleopatra, who's [[http://tmi-comic.com/2007/02/26/coping/ a sexy demoness covered only by long tresses of flaming hair]].
* Lauren from ''Webcomic/{{Jix}}'' had Godiva Hair when she changed back to human from Ambis (since Ambis don't wear clothes normally).
* When Erin from ''[[http://www.drunkduck.com/Dragon_City Dragon City]]'' was temporarily changed into human from dragon, she had hair covering her nipples since female dragons don't wear clothes.
* An early ''Webcomic/AppleGeeks'' page has a nudist club having a party in one character's room, leading to [[http://www.applegeeks.com/comics/viewcomic.php?issue=35 this]].
* ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'': John imagines Elly naked but is so convinced he'll never actually see her nude that he imagines her hair covering her good bits.
* Most non - human creatures with breasts are shown this way in ''Webcomic/TheNoordegraafFiles'', when they don't wear clothes, of course.
* Combined with CensorSteam and SpeechBubbleCensoring in [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Crossoverkill/5367110/ a shower scene]] from ''Webcomic/{{Crossoverkill}}''.
* Miho of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' has it when she goes to the bathhouse with Piro while fleeing her rabid fans.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', Kyri wears her hair Godiva-style during a [[http://endstone.net/comic/4-24-2/ flashback.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Francine in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Daesong Heavy Industries II: Return to Innocence" where she and Stan wash up on a deserted island and (with no memory of who they are and the clothes ripped) begin to bond as the new Adam and Eve.
* This trope let ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' keep its TV-Y7 rating while showing Katara bathing. That and [[SceneryCensor staying mostly underwater]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: A.R.C.T.I.C.", after the KND are hit by a "[[TheNudifier Nude Torpedo]]", Numbuh Three manages to cover herself ''completely'' with her long hair, like a cape.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Used (and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]), providing us with this quote:
--->'''Peter:''' Oh my God! She's got hair growing out of her boobs and up to her head!
** The episode "Lois Comes Out of Her Shell" has a scene where Lois seduce Peter wearing only her panties and with the hair (she adopted a different hairstyle) to cover her breasts.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Camp Keep A Good Mac Down" had Madame Foster end up going naked after communing with nature, her body covered up by her hair being worn down.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' had Hank and Peggy visiting a nude campsite where they met two female nudists. One of which had long, straight brown hair that conveniently covered her breasts.
* Apple Bloom's sculpture from "The Cutie Pox" episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is basically [[http://images.wikia.com/mlp/images/f/f4/Apple_Bloom%27s_statue_S2E6.png a pony version]] of "Birth of Venus" (see above) and uses both Godiva mane AND Godiva tail.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'' invokes this when the title characters visit Lady Godiva herself. Playing it extremely modestly, her hair doesn't hang over her naughty bits as much as it wraps around them like she was wearing a bikini made of hair.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' does this in a scene in which a woman is streaking.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** When Marge is Eve in a dream sequence. And whenever she's showering.
** There was also the episode "The Last Temptation of Homer" where Homer fantasized of Mindy as Venus in the aforementioned painting ''The Birth of Venus''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpyGroove'' gives us Windy La Tete, who plays nude Marco Polo in the ocean of Malibu, with very long hair to cover her enormous chest.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In the season 3 finale, Star goes to the Realm of Magic to find her mother, Queen Moon. She discovers Moon has lost her memories to the Realm and is running around carefree... and completely naked, with her long hair the only thing preserving her modesty.
* The Hunter has this in some sequences in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'', although she has BarbieDollAnatomy underneath (although originally, she was intended to have detail and her hair was to be shorter).
* Subverted with Lady Godiva herself on ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad''. Rather than use her long hair to cover up her breasts, two black censor bars are used instead.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Lucy Pinder, former PageThreeStunna and still "steaming hot" nude model, started the recent "Hairkini" trend in England, with women covering up their nips with long, long hair.
* Ayumi Hamasaki was depicted this way on one of her CD posters.
* Some women who are growing their hair out count attaining the ability to do Godiva Hair as a milestone in hair growth. No word on whether or not they do it in public, though.

!!!Male variant

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'': In the anime, when emperor Dornkirk [[FanDisservice gets out of his machine naked]], the only thing leaving him some modesty is his massive beard. Averted in the manga when he gets an energist body, where his beard barely reaches his chest. However, we are treated to heavily shaded BarbieDollAnatomy.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Sometimes [[Creator/RobertCrumb Mr. Natural]] walks around naked, except his beard covers up the rude bits -- [[FanDisservice but not the back]].
* Also seen in one album of the [[FrancoBelgianComics French comic book]] ''Marine'', with an old naked hermit living under the sea.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The hermit who's taken a vow of silence (played by Terry Jones) in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''. Like Mr. Natural mentioned above, it only covers his front.

* Creator/ShelSilverstein once wrote a poem about a long-bearded nudist who takes advantage of this trope. The illustration is very much ''not'' fanservice.
-->''My beard grows to my toes.\\
I never wears no clothes.\\
I wrap my hair\\
Around my bare\\
And down the road I goes.''

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the wild dwarves do not wear clothing, instead allowing their long beards (and ''copious'' body hair) to cover them. The one in the illustration appears to be wearing furry pants. He's not.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The Ice King has once an OutOfClothesExperience. Thankfully, his beard is inexplicably longer during that scene.
** The Naked Wizard in "Memories of Boom Boom Mountain" and "Wizard Battle" also has his torso covered by his beard.
* ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'': Dudley once lost his uniform, and so he couldn't be a mountie any longer. He lived in the woods until he grew a beard long enough to cover himself. ("Lucky for him", says the {{Narrator}}.) Also lucky for him, when Nell finds him and brings him his uniform, she also brings him a razor.