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->''[[InvokedTrope The back is what's important!]]''
-->-- '''Director Mori Toshimichi''' on [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Noel Vermillion]]'s design.

Backless outfits used for {{Fanservice}}. Ever since the [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]] and much of the [[TheGreatDepression 1930s]] popularized the backless dress or top, whether bias-cut, halter, spaghetti-strapped or strapless, it has been a nice way of showing a little skin (fair, olive, dark or tanned) without getting too raunchy; a deeply cut dress can show the entire back and maybe a bit more, and makes it clear that the lady [[VaporWear is not wearing a bra]]. At the same time, it can be more elegant and mature than BareYourMidriff or some of the other FanserviceCostumes. [[{{Stripperiffic}} Or not]].

The "elegant evening dress" version may come with OperaGloves. Whether elegant or not, it may have slits to demonstrate that ShesGotLegs.

Note that outfits that never have a back in the first place don't count (e.g., ChainmailBikini).

This may be the standard outfit of a female WingedHumanoid, since wearing almost anything else would be impractical. See also ToplessnessFromTheBack.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Yoruichi and Soifon both have special uniforms that leave their shoulder blades exposed in order to use ''Shunko'', a special technique that concentrates energy on the arms and back, without ending up completely naked.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': We have yet to see it in-series, but one of the databooks shows that under her BlackCloak Konan wears a backless dress.
* ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'': Quite a few of the doji, especially Ultimo and Jealous, have backless tops. Might be FanDisservice since it's a {{shonen}} manga and they're male, but [[ViewerGenderConfusion then]] [[PeripheryDemographic again]]...
* ''RebuildOfEvangelion'': Asuka has a variant: the test-type plugsuit's torso material is incredibly sheer, and at one point she turns to show that it perfectly defines her back and the top of her rear. Yeah, VaporWear while your entire body is clothed is pretty impressive.
* ''BirdyTheMighty'': Birdy's leotard-like outfit, especially in the Decode remake, in which her outfit is not only completely backless, but neither the front part, nor what back there is, is held on by ''anything''. Presumably there is glue involved. Or it's BodyPaint.
* The eponymous {{Canaan}} wears a sleeveless red turtleneck which leaves her shoulder blades and the middle of her back exposed.
* For whatever reason, Dio Brando (aka. the resident [[TheCasanova Casanova]]/[[VampiresAreSexGods Vampire Sex God]]/[[EvenTheGuysWantHim Seducer of Anyone and Everyone]]/BigBad of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'') has taken so much of a liking to backless tops upon reawakening that literally [[http://imageshack.us/a/img694/9501/diotop5.png every]] [[http://imageshack.us/a/img341/7757/diotop4.png damn]] [[http://imageshack.us/a/img547/7446/diotop3.png thing]] [[http://imageshack.us/a/img41/6170/diotop2.png he]] [[http://imageshack.us/a/img213/2756/diotop1.png wears]] from then on is some form of halter or another, often teetering on the edge of {{Stripperiffic}}.
* Haqua du Lot Herminium from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' also sports this, [[http://img852.imageshack.us/img852/3507/twgok13402rhs.jpg although not shown prominently...]]
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'': Kraehe's dress combines this with AbsoluteCleavage. Compare with Princess Tutu's costume, [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains which is much more conservative]], fitting their DarkFeminineLightFeminine roles.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Pick any [[FilmsOfThe1930s 1930s film]] or any film based on TheThirties.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': Jessica Rabbit wears a slinky strapless, backless, sequined [[LadyInRed red evening gown]] [[ShesGotLegs slit up the thigh to here]]. She's a HelloNurse character (a ShoutOut to Tex Avery's designs), and very much played for sexy.
* ''Film/IronMan1'': Pepper Potts buys herself a backless dress "from Tony" for her birthday. She wears it to a gala event, where Tony shows up and HilarityEnsues when he asks her for a dance. She's rather nervous about it, and this is only exacerbated by the fact that she forgot to wear deodorant and is dancing with her TheCasanova boss in front of all the people she works with.
* ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'': Halle Berry's [[OfCorsetsSexy corsetlike]] second costume was specifically cut so we could see her back move.
* ''Film/TheTallBlondManWithOneBlackShoe'' (1973): A FemmeFatale spy meets her intended conquest at her door in a black dress that conceals everything from her neck to her wrists to her feet. Then she turns around, and her back is completely bare, down to butt-cleavage.
** Likewise done in the 1985 American remake, ''Film/TheManWithOneRedShoe''.
* ''Film/DinnerAtEight'' (1933): GoldDigger Kitty Packard (JeanHarlow) says, during a party conversation about sunbathing: "You know, my skin's terribly delicate and I don't dare expose it." Then she turns around, [[HypocriticalHumor revealing her backless dress]] (which was hard to tell from the front due to the [[PrettyInMink white fox fur trim]]).
** JeanHarlow did this all the time. ''Dinner at Eight'', ''[[Film/HellsAngels Hell's Angels]]'', ''Film/LibeledLady''...if Harlow was wearing a fancy dress in a movie, it probably didn't have a back.
* ''AttackOfTheClones'': The dress Padmé wears at the lake house combines a halter top, backless to the waist, with DetachedSleeves and filmy drapery for an elegantly sexy look.
* {{Keira Knightley}}'s emerald green dress in {{Atonement}}.
* Several [[Film/JamesBond Bond girls]] have rocked backless dresses, including Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', FamkeJanssen as [[PunnyName Xenia Onatopp]] in ''Film/GoldenEye'' and Creator/EvaGreen as Vesper Lynd in ''Film/CasinoRoyale''.
* ''{{Lolita}}''. Along with various BareYourMidriff, [[FilleFatale Dolores]] wears several essentially backless outfits, [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn attracting the attention]] of pedophile Humbert.
* Angel from ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' favors backless dresses for her wings.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''[[Literature/KushielsLegacy Kushiel's Chosen]]'': Phedre's costume for the Longest Night masque is deliberately cut so the entirety of her marque (full-length back tattoo) is visible. In her culture, marques are sported by courtesans who have completed their apprenticeships. A fully bared marque means its wearer is seeking business offers. Her back (and a touch more) [[SexSells appears prominently on the cover]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''TheWestWing'': [[BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Ainsley Hayes]] in one episode; this being an Creator/AaronSorkin show when Sam commented on how attractive she looked, that led to a discussion of feminism and sexuality in the workplace.
-->'''Sam Seaborn:''' Whoa, I didn't even see that thing from the back.
* {{Inverted}} in an episode of MyNameIsEarl when Joy wears a backless outfit backwards resulting in AbsoluteCleavage.
-->'''Joy:''' Honestly, what would you rather see, back or boobs? I swear, sometimes I think fashion designers are gay.
* In an episode of ''{{Seinfeld}}'', George is excited to be showing up to a fancy party with a date wearing one of these.
* Joey Potter is quite fond of these on DawsonsCreek. An especially memorable one is her beaded blue backless tanktop in "Coming Home".
* Ziva David of ''{{NCIS}}'' sports a stunning backless dress when undercover in a nightclub in Last Man Standing.
** Abby spent an entire Halloween episode dressed as MarilynMonroe. Apart from Abby's tattoos, the costume was fairly authentic.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the 3.5 of the [[{{Eberron}} Eberron Campaign Setting]], the example character for the Dragonmarked Heir prestige class was depicted with such a dress, though for her; it had the added benefit of showing off her Dragonmark of Storm.
* A couple of the Iconics for Pathfinder have similar outfits, though artwork showing them from behind doesn't happen too often. The coverart for [[http://paizo.com/products/btpy8rv8?Pathfinder-Adventure-Path-56-Raiders-of-the-Fever-Sea Raiders of the Fever Sea]] (the second part of the ''Skull & Shackles'' Adventure Path), however, plays this trope straight.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''MurderAmongFriends'': The specific design of Angela's red dress is up to the director and costumer of each different production, but it should be backless or nearly so, to inspire her husband's line "Lovely dress, but don't you have it on backwards?"
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'': Shanoa wears a backless halter-top dress [[ShesGotLegs with a deep slit up the side]], with a BreastPlate over it [[OfCorsetsSexy which is designed along the lines of a corset]]. The backlessness is [[JustifiedTrope necessary]] because she absorbs [[InstantRunes Glyphs]] through a large and intricate tattoo on her back.
* ''SamuraiShodown'': Shiki wears a backless tight dress and her back sports a massive snake tattoo that... does nothing.
* ''NeverwinterNights'': Aribeth's fantasy girly armor is rather open down the back. That suit of armor's + 7 AC bonus (before magical enhancements) is completely unjustified, as it exposes at least as much as it protects. It only covers the "[[BreastPlate important]]" areas.
* ''FatalFury'' and the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'': Mai Shiranui had one intro where she bares her back and more while wearing a traditional Japanese kimono. In ''KOFXIII'', she finally gets to demonstrate this trope by having a barely-there backless outfit with AbsoluteCleavage in the front and nothing but a ThongOfShielding and a long sash in the back.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'': This game takes ThirdPersonSeductress to whole new levels; the eponymous character wears a variety of these, [[VaporWear all made out of her hair]].
* ''{{Primal}}'': ThirdPersonSeductress Jen features a [[BareYourMidriff midriff-baring]] backless red halter top which shows off her PowerTattoo. It's [[SexSells prominently featured on the cover]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'': Kohak Hearts has a backless leotard which covers her to the neck in front, but, combined with the little leg-frills that suggest a microskirt, gives her a very flirty look from the back.
* ''LostOdyssey'': Female pirate Seth Balmore's outfit seems to lack any sort of back above the waist, no doubt giving Jansen in the back row an eyefull.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Noel's standard outfit in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is backless with a halter top, DetachedSleeves and a tiny skirt. The top also opens down the front for an alternate look with bonus extensive cleavage.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': Aqua; it got to the point that TetsuyaNomura actually had to censor the outfit's design. Her back used to go all the way down to below her waist.
* ''SonicTheHedgehog'': Rouge boasts this feature on both incarnations of her SpyCatsuit, though it makes sense, since she has wings.
** Amy Rose has this in her post-''SonicAdventure'' outfit.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': In the original, Yuna's regular outfit is a halter-top, backless variant on traditional Kimono. Her Gunner outfit in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' is much skimpier, backless, sleeveless, and has AbsoluteCleavage to boot.
* ''SuikodenV'': The Prince's main outfit involves backless, sleeveless armor and long gloves. It probably doesn't help that he's a [[ViewerGenderConfusion pretty]] {{Bishonen}} who takes after his mother.
* ''{{Tekken}}'': Anna Williams wears a strapless, backless [[AnimeChineseGirl cheongsam]] with a CleavageWindow and a [[ShesGotLegs deep slit up the side]]. In case you couldn't identify her as the resident MsFanservice.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'': Aika has a perky backless minidress with the skirt styled in panels slit to the waist (and some very small ModestyShorts). Fina has an elegant long, backless halter-top dress with a CleavageWindow.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar: Chains Of Olympus'': Persephone has a black halter-top number that goes down the back ''well'' past the waist. It incorporates a ThongOfShielding to keep within R-rated territory. Barely.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'': Excella has a backless halter-top evening dress with AbsoluteCleavage and {{Sideboob}} that must require ''lots'' of tape to keep in place which she wears while running around in the jungle.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'': Magoichi wears a backless [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]] which defies all the laws of physics by staying on her.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ibara}}'' (and sequel): Shasta Rose's outfit is basically a backless leotard with a ruffled collar, sash, and just enough of a skirt to pose for {{Panty Shot}}s.
* ''StreetFighter'': All of the Dolls and the Shadoloo version of Cammy (a.k.a. [[CodeName Killer Bee]]) wear an uniform with a nice gap on the back, making the back, aside from the face, the only portion of visible skin in an otherwise more straight Spy Catsuit (LeotardOfPower, in Shadoloo Cammy's case).
* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' has this for the goddess [[http://moe.animecharactersdatabase.com/uploads/chars/7206-334237326.png Morrighan]]. JustifiedTrope: [[WingedHumanoid For reasons that are fairly obvious]], it would be pretty impractical to wear anything other than a SexyBacklessOutfit.
* While generally not visible ingame, the character artwork for Cherche from ''FireEmblemAwakening'' has an outfit that displays her back. FridgeLogic kicks in when you realise that, as a Wyvern Rider (for her default class, at any rate), this likely be rather impractical while flying, if for no other reason than how cold she must get.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'':
** Adrian Andrews has a backless halter-topped blouse. Her glasses and notebook give her a SexySecretary vibe, although she's actually an "entertainment manager".
** Shih-na of ''Ace Attorney Investigations'' wears a [[ShesGotLegs deeply-slit]] backless evening gown she wears in her role of FemmeFatale [[TheMole mole]].
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'': Beatrice wears a full-skirted Victorian gown which shows a quite period-inappropriate amount of back.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': [[HornyDevils Sabine]] of the Linear Guild wears a [[MsFanservice backless, strapless red leather outfit almost all the time]]. Partly justified in that she has demonic bat wings part of the time; observe Sabine in human guise [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0252.html here]] and Sabine in her true demonic form [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0062.html here]].
* ''{{Zoophobia}}'': Tentadora's usual outfit consists of a backless dress and heels, nothing more, nothing less.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the "Large Marge" episode (which involved her getting GagBoobs and becoming a [[SexSells Booth Babe]]), Marge Simpson wears a sexy backless red dress that emphasizes her new "attributes" for a public appearance.
* WesternAnimation/BettyBoop was perhaps the first animated character to have this: a skimpy red strapless, backless dress that had to be lengthened to meet UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode.
* Red, of Creator/TexAvery's ''RedHotRidingHood'' and other shorts; a HelloNurse character in a skimpy red strapless, backless {{Burlesque}} outfit.
* ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'': Resident MsFanservice Six always wears outfits that shows off her back (and front, as well as most of her body).
* Ahsoka Tano's redesigned outfit from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* From ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', we have Wasp, whose costume exposes her entire back.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'': Ilana tries one of these on during a montage, as suggested by Kimmy, but doesn't seem too fond of it. She ends up not going along with it.
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