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[[caption-width-right:252:Ryu doesn't need no sleeves to kick your ass.]]

->'''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]''': No sleeves. Don't you get cold?\\
'''[[Series/{{Arrow}} Green Arrow]]''': I spent the better part of five years on an island in the North China Sea. I don't ''get'' cold, Barry.
-->-- ''[[Recap/TheFlash2014S2E8LegendsOfToday "Legends of Today"]]''

A tough (or [[FlexingThoseNonBiceps wanna-be tough]]) character habitually wears a shirt without sleeves to show off his upper arms. And tattoos.

You might even say he has a "[[{{Pun}} Right To Bare Arms]]."

One classic variant is when the character has cut the sleeves off of a regular shirt, leaving visibly jagged edges. This was common in TheSeventies and TheEighties. Consequently, an easy way to evoke TheEighties with costume design. Tends to go well with mullets, if you can fit your mind around a definition of "well" that allows it to appear in the same sentence as "mullets" without negations or brain implosion. Sometime before 1990, this trope made you look like a badass. Any time after that, it makes you look like a redneck.

Tank tops generally serve the same purpose. Vests worn without shirts also count. A vest worn ''over'' a cut-off shirt would count double. Vests worn over regular shirts are just vests. Sorry, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Nelson]].

This is mostly an AlwaysMale trope, since the reasons for putting a woman in a tank top are usually [[FanService somewhat different]], but it's far from unheard of for ActionGirl characters to dress like this as well, such as a TankTopTomboy.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Quattro in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' (although he doesn't look as big as most of the other examples here)
* Revy and Dutch from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''.
* All of [[WolfMan Zafira's]] clothes in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' are like this, from the black wife-beater he wore on his first meeting with Hayate to the barrier jacket that he uses now.
* In the anime version of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', (apart from an early pastel orange shirt with a cutesy bow-tie) Ranma's "trademark" Chinese shirt has no sleeves and he's usually shown wearing arm bracers. In the manga, the closest equivalent shirt had short sleeves -- in fact, there was also a manga version that had long sleeves (particularly when Ranma was in female form), but the anime, most likely due to budget reasons, suffered from something of a LimitedWardrobe. Though that didn't prevent both of the aforementioned manga shirts popping up on occasion. Ryoga Hibiki also occasionally wore a tattered, sleeveless shirt, which looked as though the sleeves were ripped off, but he's somewhat better known for a long-sleeved shirt.
** The long sleeves version shows up in the first movie and [=OAV=]s at the very least
** [[EmbarrassingFirstName Pantyhose Taro]] always wears a vest with a snakeskin pattern, with no shirt underneath.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has several variants. The most straight-forward is Hisagi who wears a sleeveless version of the standard uniform top. Shinigami captains also wear a white coat over their uniforms and some (Komamura, Gin, Byakuya, Hitsugaya, Kenpachi) wear sleeveless versions. Kenpachi's has the jagged look to emphasise his badass nature since it supposedly belonged to the previous Captain of the 11th Division that he [[KlingonPromotion beat in a duel to the death to gain his position]]. [[spoiler:Tousen after betraying Soul Society]] also wears a sleeveless long jacket. Finally Kensei of the Vizard wears a tank-top [[spoiler:and favoured the sleeveless version of the coat back when he was Captain of the 9th Division]].
** Sui Feng, and all previous 2nd division captains, also wear uniforms that are both sleeveless and have a low-cut back, because the most powerful flash step techniques would destroy those parts of the uniform, destroying a conventional uniform.
* Kenshiro of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' wore outfits without sleeves. When he went into Hokuto Shinken asskicking mode, oftentimes the shirt would disintegrate with the power of his BattleAura and leave him shirtless.
** Coincidentally, the only time he wore a sleeved leather jacket was the time when he got his ass kicked by Shin.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' gives us Berserker, along with Kenichi's new custom-made dōgi in a "sleeves-torn-off" style, debuted in the chapter 145.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'''s Archer, whenever he takes his skirt-coat off. He never does this in the original game, but it's almost his default outfit in ''Hollow Ataraxia''.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', [[AntiHero Guts]] is almost always gloriously without sleeves. His scrawny young companion [[KidSamurai Isidro]] also has his trademark sleeveless jacket, probably because he's trying to look tough.
* Although not quite as all-encompassing as many of the other examples, Kaidou Kaoru from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' wears sleeveless shirts whenever he's not in school uniform.
* Ryoma has the cut-off variant in ''New Manga/GetterRobo''
* Phoenix Ikki, Cygnus Hyoga, Unicorn Jabu, and Pegasus Seiya from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'''s civilian clothing include sleeveless shirts. In Hyoga's case, it looks like they were torn off.
* Well, [[Manga/GameXRush Yuuki]] ''does'' seem pretty badass, and he seems to avoid sleeves whenever possible.
* Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric typically wears a black jacket, a long, red coat, and white gloves, but frequently invokes this trope either via AdrenalineMakeover, or to lecture someone on why human alchemy is bad. His automail arm [[http://www.shonenwallpapers.com/images/wallpapers/effects_Edward_Elric_FMA_Full_Metal_Alchemist_Wallpaper800-375705.jpeg increases this trope's intended effect exponentially]].
* Heero Yuy from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. Yes, even in the middle of ''Antarctica!''
* Genos the cyborg from ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' always wears sleeveless tops, to show off his robotic arms. It's justified in his case, as sleeves would never survive his bigger attacks, so having them in the first place would be a waste.
* In ''Anime/NinjaScroll'', Jubei prepares for the final showdown with the BigBad. It's all or nothing now, no more kid gloves, it's all come down to this. What's the very first thing Jubei does to prepare for the greatest fight of his life? ...He rips off his sleeves.
* In ''Manga/KiniroMosaic'', Karen comes to school once with her vest over a shirt that she has ripped the sleeves off of, leaving jagged edges. She insists she can get away with it because it's super cool, but quickly gets out a normal shirt when it's suggested her parents will find out.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', Jozak only ever seems to wear sleeves when he's [[WholesomeCrossdresser in women's clothes]], and not always then, either - much to Yuuri's horror when he sees the huge biceps on the "lady" flirting with him when Jozak is first introduced. Although he's not the ''best'' physical fighter of the cast, he is the CombatPragmatist, and the one who spends the most time on the front lines/roaming the wilderness, since he's a spy and most of the rest of them are aristocrats of some kind.
* If a shirt isn't sleeveless when Manga/{{Toriko}} puts it on, it will probably become so shortly.
* Kojiro Hyuga in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' always plays with his sleeves rolled up. Even out of the matches it's pretty rare to see him with his arms covered.
* Inverted in ''Anime/{{Katanagatari}}'' Shichika wear sleeves but only sleeves, no shirt. his torso [[WalkingShirtlessScene remain uncovered]].
* Spoofed in Gintama, when Katsura is send in prison. The resident though guy Shachi sport the torn sleeves style to look more badass and intimidating, but [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Katsura]] try to warn him that there is a problem with his shirt and someone [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ripped off his sleeves]]. Shachi then become self-conscious about it.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia,'' [[TheRival Bakugo]]'s hero costume. Also [[CombatTentacles Shouji]], [[NonUniformUniform even in his school clothes]], but in this case because of his weird anatomy.
** {{Inverted}} with [[RatedMForManly Kirishima]]: His hero outfit [[WalkingShirtlessScene lacks a shirt]], but he eventually adds sleeves so that his Quirk (which makes his skin as hard as stone) won't hurt people when he rescues them.

* Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}. Several of his costumes have involved a full-body spandex suit, which leaves bare only the lower half of his face...and his arms.
* Badass bad guy version (GenderBlenderName notwithstanding): Jody from ''Comicbook/{{Preacher}}''.
* Both used and averted by Ben Reilly from Franchise/SpiderMan. His ComicBook/ScarletSpider costume consisted of a red spandex suit covering his entire body - including his arms - and a blue hooded top with the arms ripped off.
* A number of Gary Frank's redesigns for the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} lack sleeves. This has been pointed out by the fans.
* The original costume worn by Comicbook/TheMightyThor invoked this trope, as did the alternate costumes he wore in the 90's while he was mortal. His current costume covers his arms with chainmail.
* Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} from ComicBook/TheAvengers and Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}, usually had sleeveless costumes, as did his alternate reality counterpart in ComicBook/TheUltimates. ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' lampshaded this in a ShirtlessScene, where he has a very prominent farmers tan.
* Namor the Comicbook/SubMariner and Thing from ComicBook/FantasticFour often [[MonsterModesty only wear speedos]] but when they do wear costumes with shirts, their arms will be bare.
** Also from the Fantastic Four, both Susan Richards and Johnny Storm have had periods in which they wore sleeveless costumes.
* Comicbook/TheSavageDragon often wears tank tops and has even worn trench coats and police uniforms with the sleeves ripped off. Sometimes, it is the result of ClothingDamage but sometimes, it's because [[LampshadeHanging he's too big for normal-sized clothes]].
* Comicbook/SheHulk often goes sleeveless as well.
* ComicBook/BettyRoss' costume as Red She-Hulk is also sleeveless.
* ComicBook/WonderWoman goes sleeveless.
* [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] during her Binary/Ms. Marvel years went with her arms bare.
* Plourr Illo in the Comicbook/XWingSeries, past a certain point, is usually shown sleeveless. Even during a briefing when the other Rogues are in their [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/New_Republic_dress_uniform dress uniforms]], Plourr [[http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/8443/blz07.jpg gets to go without the jacket]]. May be excused as this was after the arc in which she left the squadron to rule Eiattu VI; she came back, but it was clear that she didn't have to stay with the same rules.
* Some of [[Comicbook/{{X23}} X-23's]] costumes expose her arms.
* ''ComicBook/BatwomanRebirth'' villain Knife wears what is essentially a sleeveless SpyCatsuit.

* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': When Asuka becomes [[spoiler:Franchise/WonderWoman]] she rips her costume sleeves off.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': In this crossover Rei is ''Comicbook/WonderGirl''. Her costume lacks sleeves, and she only wears bracers on her arms.

* TypeCasting for Creator/MichelleRodriguez: Virtually every role she's done has her wearing a tank top or otherwise going sleeveless. When ''Portal 2'' was announced, Chell's redesign (with the top of her jumpsuit pulled down and tied around her waist, exposing a white tank top) drew immediate fan comparisons to Michelle Rodriguez.
* All of the Cobras in ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'' have black sleeveless outfits. Popular imagination particularly associates it with their sensei Kreese.
* ''Film/JoeDirt''
* Leonard Smalls in ''Film/RaisingArizona''; He preferred the classic "garish Hawaiian shirt over white henley" ensemble.
* In ''Film/CantBuyMeLove'', Cindy rips the sleeves off of Ronald (Creator/PatrickDempsey)'s shirt as part of his extreme makeover as a cool kid.
* [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Nigel Tufnel]] is wearing one during the "these go to eleven" scene, among others.
* [[Creator/DonLaFontaine Coming this summer]], ''Creator/BruceWillis'' plays an angry man in a dirty tank top.
** It's so much his trademark that in ''Film/TheFifthElement'', Willis is at the opera wearing a tux which gets severely damaged in the ensuing battle, resulting in a ''sleeveless tux''!
* Creator/GinaGershon as Corky in ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}'' is a TankTopTomboy, in contrast to the glamorous Violet.
* Franchise/{{Rambo}} - [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a3/Rambo3poster.jpg one of the archetypal examples of the tank top version]]
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** Wolverine is often seen wearing a tank top when he isn't wearing his battle suit.
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'': Colossus' uniform is sleeveless, showing off his muscles and more of his transformation when using his power.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': During the training scene, everyone gets matching grey tracksuits. Havok's inexplicably doesn't have sleeves.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Unlike their male teammates, Storm's and Psylocke's Horsemen apparel expose their arms.
* Creator/CharlieSheen's character in ''Film/MajorLeague'' has to be reminded that "we wear sleeves in the majors." Later, when the team does an American Express ad, he's wearing a Tux, with the sleeves ripped off.
** When his catcher takes Vaughn out to dinner, he chooses a place which requires ties. He shows up with his regular outfit...plus a tie. His first line? "I feel like a banker."
* Captain Picard [[http://home.nvg.org/~lene/startrek/picard_borg_queen_spine.JPG busts out the guns]] near the end of ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. As if he wasn't enough of a BadassGrandpa already.
* Cameron Poe from ''Film/ConAir'' is recognizable from his wifebeater and bandaged arm. [[http://kellobear.deviantart.com/art/NICOLAS-FUCKING-CAGE-213948547 Even for female cosplayers.]]
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse has a few examples of sleeveless badasses. Thor, Sif and Hawkeye usually go without sleeves. There are several scenes in ''Film/IronMan'', showing Tony Stark working in his lab without sleeves. Thor goes without sleeves in the beginning of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', but gets them back when things get serious.
* During his training with Yoda in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Luke wore a tank top to [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_btPLpTZdSHQ/S8nT64eRPZI/AAAAAAAABeY/SttetG4SLZw/s1600/Luke-Yoda.jpg show off his physique.]]
* [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork Snake Plissken]] whenever he loses his BadassLongcoat.
* Burt Reynolds in ''Film/{{Deliverance}}''.
* In ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo'' Kenner (Dolph Lundgren) takes off his jacket several times to walk around in a tank top and show off his arms.
* Patrick, the cult leader in ''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene'', is often shown wearing just a tank top.
* As with her comic and Animated counterpart, Wonder Woman wears a strapless battle armor in the ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse''
* Played with in ''Film/{{Spiders}}'', in where the lead character Marci Eyre loses layers of shirts during the second act, that the only shirt she has left is a white tank top, it is after she's left in her tank top that she [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]].
** John Murphy also wears a sleeveless shirt when he and Marci team up.
** In the sequel ''Film/SpidersIIBreedingGround'' after taking off her black shirt, the lead character Alexandra is wearing a greay tank top when she fights off the spiders, free's Jason, messes up with the lab and fights off Grbac.
* Angela Vidal in the fourth ''Film/{{REC}}'' movie wears a tank top after she ditches her long sleeved shirt, before she takes out an axe as she tries to escape the ship she's at.
* In ''Film/{{Curve}}'' after Mallory Rutledge manages to escape her car which she was stuck on, she takes off her hoodie, wearing her white tank top as she heads out to confront the man that put her in her current situation.
* In ''Film/TheDescent'' as Sarah tries to save herself from one of the creatures that live in the cave she's stuck in, she takes off her shirt and remains in her tank top as she tries to escape and combat the creature that is attacking her.

* In ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}'', Mara Jade's black combat jumpsuit has removable sleeves. She takes them off in this book because the freighter where she is is overwarm. Also, her signature costume is a sleeveless SpyCatsuit.
* [[CoolOldGuy Doroga]] in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series habitually goes around in a ''legionnaire'''s jacket with the front ripped open and the sleeves ripped off. This is because it was a gift, and by [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Marat custom]] it would be a deadly insult not to wear it, but he's so buff he couldn't fit his arms in the sleeves.
* In Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'', Ham (a physically-enhanced Thug) almost always wears a vest without a shirt. At one point he's forced to wear a uniform -- shortly after he's no longer required to, he's found wearing it anyway... with the sleeves ripped off.
* Chocolate Harry, supply sergeant of ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' [[NonUniformUniform customizes his uniform]] by taking off the sleeves.
* ''Literature/DestinedToLead'': All the characters in the first book are this containing both male ''and'' female examples, particularly notable is Kajiya, the main character. Justified in that her left shoulder shows the mark of magic, marking her as the next leader of their tribe.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The Unsullied's armor doesn't cover their arms.
* Ash from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' wears this all the time, and has a mullet to go along with it. Though Ash doesn't do any actual ass-kicking in the show, he gets Badassery by pure [[TheSmartGuy brains]] and Memetic Mutation; and for bonus points there's a sign on his door which says "Dr. Badass is... IN/OUT".
* B.A. on ''Series/TheATeam'' (and Mr. T in anything else he was in as well)
* Cooter on ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' is one of the prototypes of the "good old boy" use of this look now.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Wishbone}}'' had Joe, in an attempt to fit in with some teenage basketball players, take scissors to his T-shirts while Wishbone commented, "Okay, ''why'' don't we like sleeves anymore?"
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** Cole from ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''. He even ripped a sleeve from the team uniform.
** Long before Cole was ever conceived as a character, Jason Scott from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' was rarely seen with sleeves when not in Ranger form.
* Here's a female example: In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', number Six always dresses appropriately for whatever she's doing. When she's being a badass she wears a tank-top.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' gives us The Todd.
* Mac, the wanna-be tough guy in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' often wears sleeveless shirts (to the point of cutting the sleeves off of almost any shirt, including polos and other collared shirts). One of the other castmembers calls him on it.
* In later seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Teal'c tended to wear these a lot. Occasionally Daniel and even Sam got in on the sleeveless action, such as the workout scene in "Orpheus."
* Mike, a bully on ''Series/{{Community}}''.
* Percival from ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' has sleeveless ''armour''.
* Tearing the sleeves off of the work uniform seems to be in the employee manual at [[Series/AmericanRestoration Rick's Restorations]]
* When Creator/StephenColbert is about to rock out on the guitar, he knows that the first thing you do is [[http://msnbcmedia3.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/061221/061221_colbertContest_hmed_12p.grid-6x2.jpg rip the sleeves off your suit.]]
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has Daryl Dixon, resident redneck/hunter/tracker/zombie killer extraordinaire. The first time we see him wearing sleeves (about half way through the second season), he ends up ripping them off by the halfway point of the episode. It seems like this is changing, though, with the adoption of a blue jean jacket (with sleeves) as the timeline of the series moves into winter.
* White sleeveless muscle shirts gained the nickname "wifebeaters" due to their frequent appearance on domestic violence suspects on ''Series/{{Cops}}''.
* Hawkman and White Canary in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''.
* In ''Series/TourOfDuty'', Anderson rarely wears his uniform shirt when out in the field, preferring to wear his equipment harness over a tank top, so his well-muscles arms are on full display.

* Way too many eighties music videos to name here feature sleeveless shirts, vests worn without shirts, and similar things. Its one of the things that defines the period, along with EightiesHair.
* CountryMusic singer Kenny Chesney is known for removing his sleeves.
* A lot of the touring costumes worn by Music/{{NSYNC}} were sleeveless and were the main modification on JC's costumes.

* In ''Pinball/{{Rollergames}}'', Chuck Skull, manager of the Violators, wears a denim vest with torn sleeves to show off his thick arms.
* Everyone in ''Pinball/LaserWar'' wears identical sleeveless spandex jumpsuits, differentiated only by their Army's color.
* In ''Pinball/FlashGordon,'' Flash is always shown with his muscular arms bared.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Too many wrestlers to name, including Wrestling/HulkHogan. Face it, you're lucky if they wear a shirt at all, let alone sleeves.
** [[MrFanservice Right... Lucky.]]
* Swiss wrestler Ares wrestled in a dress shirt and tie, except for the sleeves were cut off. This was a {{justified trope}}, so much as you could justify wrestling in formal wear, as it was not made for maneuverability or dexterity so something had to come off. He was part of Swiss Money holding in German Stampede Wrestling, so the look was to emphasize that [[ForeignWrestlingHeel he was an evil Swiss banker]].

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/LarryTheCableGuy. He even named one album ''[[{{Pun}} The Right to Bare Arms]]''.
* Discussed by Creator/DemetriMartin. He compares the typical reaction to leather jackets (good) to leather vests (bad) and concludes that the appeal lies in leather ''sleeves''. Apparently, he owns a pair of leather sleeves.

* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur]]'': Xiba.
* CJ from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' starts out wearing a white tanktop.
* The ''VideoGame/BadDudes''
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'': Francis [[MemeticMutation doesn't hate vests]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight'': Unless you count the tiny sleeves on Cody's t-shirt that just cover his shoulders, none of the playable characters in the original three games (Cody, Guy, Haggar, Carlos, Maki, Lucia, and Dean) have sleeves. (Though Haggar might have an unfair advantage seeing as he [[WalkingShirtlessScene doesn't wear a shirt at all]].)
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** Ryu, Dan, Sean, Akuma, and Ken. Incidentally, Ken is the only character in the franchise who seemed to have the good sense to buy a sleeveless gi, rather than tear the sleeves off.
** Balrog has a double whammy, with a tank top over a shirt with the sleeves torn off. In one of his {{Victory Pose}}s in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' (and his win portrait in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3''), he [[ShirtlessScene tears both off at once.]]
** And of course, Guile and his tank top.
** Also Abel, Guy, Cammy, Ibuki, Birdie, Cammy, Charlie, T. Hawk, Yun, Yang . . . tons of them, really.
* Over in SNK's territory, [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Ryo and Yuri Sakazaki]] (Robert varies between this and long sleeves) and [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry and Andy Bogard]] appear to have shared the same paper cutter when it comes to their fashion sense. One of them then lent it to [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Shen Woo]].
* Oni girl [[CuteBruiser Suika Ibuki]] from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. That despite looking like a 10 year old.
* Most ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' female characters. Expect some of them to [[BareYourMidriff bare their midriff]].
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] too.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall Leonhart]] wears a black sleeveless shirt as one of his alternate outfits in Dissidia 012. Also comes with a [[ChainedByFashion badass chain]] wrapped around his left arm.
** Oddly enough, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', Ashe, Penelo and Fran all have some sort of sleeves, while the sleeveless ones are Vaan and Basch. Ashe doesn't have anything covering her shoulders, but she does wear sleeves covering the top of her arms. Many NPC wear sleeveless tops.
*** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' has fun with this since the standard SOLDIER uniform has a sleeveless turtleneck as the top. Zack certainly made it work.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''
** Riku never wears sleeves. Not at 6, not at 15, not at 16. '''Never'''. Except ''once'', when he had to wear the Organization coat, and even then it's a wonder he didn't cut off the sleeves to look more badass (if only because it would have jeopardized the whole 'impostor' plan).
** Kairi as well.
* Lewis, lead singer in an electric punk band in ''VideoGame/{{Primal}}'' wears a white tank top, [[spoiler:even when he's a demon]].
* Purge in ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Part 2'' is found to have a Sleeveless Purple Disco Suit underneath his Cloak.
* Apollo Justice, of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' franchise, wears a sleeveless vest over a sleeveless shirt. He's on a quest to end injustice ''and'' sleeves.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' wears a tank top. Humorously enough, he appears a bit on the scrawny side, but he's much stronger than he looks [[spoiler:seeing as he's a robot]].
* [[BadassDriver Torn and Sig]] in ''[[Franchise/JakAndDaxter Jak X: Combat Racing]]'' both wear sleeveless shirts. [[AntiHero Jak]] himself had his sleeves removed in the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Jak 3|Wastelander}}''.
* Carver in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' and Hawke (if played as a mage) adhere to this in the opening act.
* Billy and Jimmy Lee from the ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' beat-em-ups both wore sleeveless vests and shirts. Curiously, in [[Film/DoubleDragon the movie]], where Billy wore a blue long-sleeve sweatshirt and Jimmy wore a red t-shirt, they spent most of the movie screaming and running away from the bad guys, making it a literal example of this trope.
* Being a ninja, ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' main character Ryu Hayabusa almost completely covers his body, but still leaves his sculpted arms on display.
* Rick exhibited this trope in the original ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' trilogy. In the 2010 game, he's instead a WalkingShirtlessScene.
* More or less justified about half-way through ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime''. Due to ClothingDamage, the prince's full shirt eventually degrades to a sleeveless shirt, then [[ShirtlessScene nonexistent]]. It's shown that he is [[FromDressToDressing using the scraps of cloth as bandages]], so kinda justified.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' we have Kuroda Kanbe and his ragged, sleeveless jacket. While he may not be the most badass character in the series, but needs no excuse to showcase those arms of his.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', specifically Emerald Version, the female player character does not wear sleeves. Seeing as she has just recently gone through puberty and [[ActionGirl saved her country from being destroyed by a]] YinYangClash, she definitely qualifies. Her ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' counterpart [[WildChild also qualifies]]. She also ditches the sleeves in her ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' outfit. [[SpearCounterpart Brendan]] is a partial example, as his sleeves are significantly shorter in his ''Emerald'' outfit.
** The female player character of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' wears the tank-top plus vest variant, and takes down legendary and pseudo-legendary alike with little difficulty.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'': [[EmoTeen Neku]] [[IneffectualLoner Sakuraba]] and [[EmbarrassingFirstName Daisukenojo]] [[BoisterousBruiser "Beat"]] [[BigBrotherInstinct Bito]].
* [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario]] qualifies, showing his muscles while he gathers treasure and defeats enemies with next to no problems.
* The Fire Clan from the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games tend to go sleeveless. It's justified by the fact that they have scales and spikes on their shoulders, which would make clothing in those areas difficult. Karst also plays up the {{fanservice}} aspect with a pair of OperaGloves.
** Played straight by Eoleo in ''Dark Dawn'', to the delight of [[MrFanservice fangirls everywhere]].
* When [[TheCoatsAreOff discarding his greatcoat]], Adam Jensen from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' wears an armored vest that leaves his biomechanical arms exposed.
* Ulysses from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' manages to combine this with BadassLongcoat and BadassBandolier when he finally shows up in Lonesome Road. After the DLC, you get both his coat and your own version with a [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead symbol based on your chosen faction]].
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' by the people of Ordon, where sleeves are apparently only worn by trained warriors like Rusl. Link, his understudy at the beginning, only wears one sleeve, while the other farmers and young boys go sleeveless.
* [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu's]] ninja getup puts his nicely toned arms on display.
* Kyle VideoGame/{{Blackthorne}}.
* Makoto of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' only wore sleeves as part of the Military Academy's dress code - her combat outfit and her Amane-induced makeover are both sleeveless.
* Genetically enhanced soldiers in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' go sleeveless.
** In ''VideoGame/XCOM2'', there are sleeveless customization options for all of your soldiers.
* Ranger Ken in ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger'' wears a khaki shirt with the sleeves torn off.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Kotomaru from ''WebAnimation/GirlchanInParadise'' inverts this trope: he's wearing sleeves on his arms. [[MrFanservice As in, shirtless sleeves.]] With regards to the setting, he's still a badass.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Bearclaw from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
** The Doctor himself [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p74 uses this]] to [[ConservationOfNinjitsu differentiate himself from his clones]].
* The formidably strong warrior Equius from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' wears a tank top.
* As does Dinosaur Soldier from ''Webcomic/AxeCop''. But ''only'' in that form, otherwise he's wearing a shirt or tie or essentially naked.
* Neither Richard, nor Benn of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' wears sleeves. The latter even exposes her arms when wearing a [[PrettyInMink fur]] [[PimpedOutCape cape]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the djinn in the MUD [[AuthorAvatar Dan]] plays [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=96 wears a vest with jagged arm holes]] suggesting it was a jacket that had its sleeves cut off.
* Capcom from ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'' has the [[FashionableAsymmetry left sleeve]] of her MartialArtsUniform ripped off.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': All of the characters without sleeves have been some measure of this.
** Jupiter wears a vest but no shirt, and is one of the biggest, most aggressive planets around and who is actively trying to overthrow Sun.
** Venus, the aggressively snarky one always ready to shut done everyone else's antics, has a hoodie with no sleeves.
* Part of monster hunter Kelly's partially armored hunting duds in ''Webcomic/HereThereBeMonsters'' involves a sleeveless vest over a tank top, all the better to expose her toned biceps.

[[folder: Web Video]]
* ''[[http://thosearentmuskets.com/index.php Those Aren't Muskets]]'': [[http://thosearentmuskets.com/sketches/sleeves.php "Sleeves"]] An unnamed guy tries his hardest to avoid wearing sleeves, so he can show off his lean but toned biceps. His friends are so tired of it and worried sick about him, they decide to give him an intervention.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Sokka. "[[FlexingThoseNonBiceps Look at you, sleeveless guy! Been working out]]?"
** Also, Zuko goes sleeveless on occasion in the first season, when wearing his training/lounging outfit. Cue massive squees whenever this outfit appears.
** When Katara adopts a more [[AdrenalineMakeover combat appropriate]] version of her usual outfit, it also lacks sleeves.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Korra shows off well-toned arms with a sleeveless outfit. She even tries to roll up the sleeves and cape on her airbending training uniform. She doesn't even usually wear sleeves in the winter or at the South Pole (except when she's wearing her coat), her season two outfit has detached sleeves that still show her shoulders, and even her formal wear is sleeveless.
** When Bolin is [[spoiler: saving the president at the Pro-Bending arena]], he tears of the sleeves of his jacket (inadvertently matching the character he plays, Nuktuk, Hero of the South, who NEVER wears sleeves despite living at the South Pole) before kicking some [[spoiler: serious Northern Water Tribe]] ass.
** Wei and Wing, Suyin's two metalbending sons, have yet to wear sleeves on their shirts. Considering that they're always fighting or playing a Pinball-esque metalbending game, it's practical. It also [[IdenticalTwinIDTag helps show the bracelet on their biceps. Wei wears his on his left arm, Wing on his right.]]
* Todd on ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead''.
* Though he doesn't act like a tough guy, Ding-A-Ling Wolf from ''WesternAnimation/HokeyWolf'' wears a vest AND a sleeveless shirt under it.
* Matrix in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' only goes sleeveless. When he his forced to do a tux for his sister's wedding, he immediately proceeds to rip the sleeves off.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Loan-A-Lisa", Principal Skinner decides to start working for Nelson to earn more money. Upon remembering that Nelson likes the sleeveless look he rips off the sleeves of his shirt and jacket, but makes no other changes. Superintendent Chalmers in a case of StrangeMindsThinkAlike shows up with the exact same look.
* Several ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' characters, including [[MakingASplash Aqualad]], Red Arrow, [[FlyingBrick Wonder Girl]] and [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]]. In Aqualad's case, it also shows off the {{Power Tattoo}}s on his arms; he usually wears a long-sleeved jacket when he needs to be inconspicuous.
* [[TheAhnold Jorgan Von Strangle]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' enjoys showing off his muscles, so naturally sleeves are a pet peeve of his.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', Sunset Shimmer wears a sleeveless purple top [[spoiler:when she throws her jacket aside to sing with the Rainbooms in the final showdown.]] in addition, Aria Blaze wears a cropped green vest/shirt whose sleeves have been ripped off, she's also the only member of the Dazzlings to wear a dress that lack any kind of sleeves during the final showdown.
** Sunset Shimmer wears a strapless dress in her super-powered form in both ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' while combating the Mane 6 and Midnight Sparkle respectively. Talking of the latter, Midnight Sparkle also wears a strapless dress.
* ComicBook/TheWasp goes sleeveless in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. Thor used to go sleeveless during the first season.
* As his Movie and Comic counterpart, Hawkeye goes sleeveless in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''
* The title character from ''WesternAnimation/MajorLazer.'' [[JustifiedTrope Somewhat justified]] since [[ArmCannon one of his arms is a frickin' laser cannon.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', after Static [[CostumeEvolution swaps the white t-shirt he wears under his jacket for a black sleeveless shirt]], he often forgoes the jacket in warmer weather; when he visits Africa in one episode, for example.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', both Aquaman and Hawkman are mostly shirtless, while Wonder Woman wears her usual strapless outfit, Hawkgirl wears a strapless suit and later a tank top during the series.
* The Gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' all have default outfits with either very short sleeves (for example: Garnet, Sapphire and Steven) or no sleeves; which possibly fits them into this trope since even the weakest Gems are physically stronger than humans.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* For some reason, a gray hooded sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off has become the signature wardrobe item of [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] ''coach'' Bill Belichick, lampshaded in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9bWVb46uXk ESPN ad.]]
* You're rather likely to find gangsters or secret society members wearing these in Asia.
* Almost a uniform for anybody at a gym with good arms, especially if they use free weights. Justified in that sleeves would constrict blood flow when flexing the arm if you've got oversized muscles. ''If''.
* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIrSKU_dwMY female bodybuilder]] explains her preference towards tanktops over regular t-shirts during workouts - the sleeves would end up with very ugly stains in the armpit areas due to sweat. Not to mention the heat especially in summer.
* The majority of UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball players wear sleeeveless guernseys, although sleeved versions do exist, and some players regarded as being among the greatest ever (such as Essendon's James Hird and Hawthorn's Michael Tuck) almost always wore sleeved jumpers.
* [[http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a158/Rhonir/RUSS23.jpg Seems]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a0/Cybergoths.jpg/240px-Cybergoths.jpg to be]] [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TtKGG1eqt2U/UGsbQbqtqnI/AAAAAAAAAEI/O3ZCpLagH04/s1600/cyber_goth_16_by_rebeccamassacre-d38xpfn.jpg popular]] among UsefulNotes/{{Cybergoth}}s. It looks cool but is also pragmatic - Cyber-dancing can get very involved and sleeveless clothes help cooling and allow more flexibility.
* Tank tops and t-shirts with the sleeves ripped off are quite common in the punk and {{metalhead}} subcultures.