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->''"You got the [[Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes Hero's New Clothes]]... What the...? Wow! [[{{Understatement}} They're really light]]..."''
-->--''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''

When a female character's costume doesn't include underclothes; bra, panties, or both, are noticeably AWOL. This can be more or less obvious, but still, nothing quite shows. The outer clothing may be made from a translucent material (with strategically placed lace or tape for modesty), feature a [[CleavageWindow window]] to show off some AbsoluteCleavage or {{Underboobs}}, or may be something [[SexyBacklessOutfit backless]], but whatever the case, the outside costume is ''all'' that the person is wearing. If she's wearing any underclothes at all, they must be made of air -- or, should we say, [[TitleDrop Vapor Wear]].

Of course this is often TruthInTelevision; perhaps as a way of being daring, flaunting convention, or just being comfortable. During the 1970's the look was even a part of mainstream fashion. And, despite what a lot of people tell you, there may actually be good reason to avoid supporting parts of the human body -- see for example [[http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/259073.php this preliminary study]]. In real life, dresses that are strapless or backless, or even deep V-necks, frequently come with some built-in support or at least padding.

Vapor Wear is the default dress code for TheVamp and the FemmeFatale, whose personality traits match up well with the ability to waste no time removing her knickers, and who (if seen in something ''less'' vampy) will specifically mention the lack of underwear, which can present even an ordinary outfit as something interesting or unusual. As such, it is frequently a significant factor in the TheissTitillationTheory.

A similar rule applies to succubi, the female HornyDevils (with the exception of [[Series/LostGirl one popular succubus]] who tends to avert or even invert this trope).

This trope can also apply to male characters, but rarely does, because [[DoubleStandard nipple nubs tend to be more socially acceptable than a certain bulge]]. If something should be there but isn't, it's probably thanks to BarbieDollAnatomy (common in most forms of animation), as well as a sign you [[MST3KMantra might be overthinking things]].

The trope is common in ScienceFiction and {{Fantasy}}, regardles of the medium. Some possible reasons for this:
* It may feel jarring if characters in the far future, in a galaxy far, far away, wear totally mundane 21st-century underwear under their outlandish SpaceClothes. Instead of inventing equally outlandish Space Underwear, it's easier just to dispense with it altogether.
* The same reasoning applies to most fantasy settings as well, an obvious exception being UrbanFantasy. For MedievalEuropeanFantasy it may be based on the common misapprehension that people didn't wear undergarments in medieval Europe.
* Between about 1915 and 1985, the trend was for people to wear less (and scantier) undergarments for each year. Extrapolating that trend into the future naturally leads to this trope.
* And, of course, it could be a FetishFuelFuture, or just a justification for FanService.

Since the 1990's the trope is quite commonly inverted, with people wearing skimpy or see-through clothing to show off the undergarments beneath. Interestingly enough, the effect is more or less the same as playing the trope straight: titillation by showing what is not supposed to be seen.

Not to be confused with CensorSteam or VaporWare, nor with the similarly named RealLife clothing company that, alas, bears absolutely no relation to this trope. For a more generalized version see GoingCommando (which means just not wearing underwear, without necessarily being obvious about it).

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* There was a commercial once showing a pretty girl standing on a busy street wearing a tartan skirt. She turns to the camera and says cheerfully: "No, I'm not wearing any." Referring, of course, to the famous vapor wear of [[ManInAKilt the Scottish people]].
** That sounds very much like a commercial in which the girl says "Do you want to see what's under my kilt?" The ad was for tartan patterned sanitary napkins.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
This is occasionally known as "itenai" (a shortened form of 履いてない: "haitenai", which means "not wearing") in Japan, especially when the question "is she or isn't she wearing them" is left deliberately ambiguous.
* Mostly good guy version: Anko Mitarashi of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' wears only a jacket over a combination of fish net stocking and chain mail. (And a skirt.)
* Kotoko-01 in ''DivergenceEve'', in both seasons, she ''definitely'' dosen't wear panties underneath her piloting suits.
* Lust in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
** Technically speaking, Lust and at least some of the other homunculi are naked, because their "clothes" are really part of their body. This is shown when they're injured and their clothes regenerate with the rest of them.
** Later on, this also applies to Winry... [[AccidentalPervert and Ed accidentally catches her as she's about to take her shirt off.]]
* Yura of the Hair from ''Manga/InuYasha''. Of course, bras didn't ''exist'' back then, but they didn't dress like that either.
* Princess Kraehe from ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. There's also Mytho, who has this quirky little habit of not only forgetting to wear pants, but apparently also underwear.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has this a lot.
** Harribel and her entire Fraccion, Nelliel, and Rangiku to a certain extent. But Lilynette, my god...
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Kalifa, Iceberg's secretary [[spoiler:and an agent of the [=CP9=].]]
** Nico Robin is probably most guilty of this among the Straw Hat Pirates. Though the true masters of this trope are the Kuja Pirates. One in particular, Rindo, has the same unzipped leather jacket mentioned in the ''Tokko'' example below.
** Subverted with Tashigi after the TimeSkip. Due to a [[spoiler:FreakyFridayFlip with Smoker]], it looks like she doesn't wear a bra under her shirt because [[spoiler:Smoker has a habit to wear his jackets openly and without an undershirt, that's why he has an AbsoluteCleavage all time he spends in her body.]] However, a fan asked WordOfGod if she really doesn't wear a bra, so [[EiichiroOda Oda]] asks [[spoiler:Smoker]] if it's true. [[spoiler:Smoker answered he ripped it off.]]
* Miss Deep of ''Anime/ReadOrDie''.
* The girls of ''Ultimate Girls'' may fit this trope -- seconds after expanding to 100 foot tall, their skintight spandex uniforms [[ClothingDamage begin to disintegrate]]. This wouldn't be so bad, except said skintight spandex uniforms are all they are wearing. Not to worry, however, they use the feeling of humiliation at being seen naked by millions as a {{moe}} power source.
* Precia Testarossa in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' goes with this and AbsoluteCleavage.
* In her mindscape battle with [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Evangeline]] during the Mahora Festival TournamentArc of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Setsuna is shown wearing the [[SexyBacklessOutfit clothes of the]] [[WingedHumanoid bird tribe]] which doesn't come with a bra. This is for practical reasons, as a bra would get in the way of her wings.
* Some shots in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', especially the [[http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo283/CG-LOVER2/CG%20R2%20Turns/AnimePaperscans_Code-Geass_meimi-2.jpg first R2 ED]], strongly suggest that [[ActionGirl Kallen]] [[GoingCommando goes commando]], though we do see that she does occasionally wear panties. Not a bra, though (at least, not all the time).
* This is the entire basis for ''HatsukoiLimited'''s side story. Soako, a {{Dojikko}}, was in such a hurry getting dressed that she forgot to put on her underwear. Hilarity ensues.
* Yumiko in ''YokuWakaruGendaiMahou'' has gone running around without panties twice. The first time was some unspecified number of years in the past where she threw them at a group of boys who were teasing her about it and then found herself on the run without them later. The second time, they were stolen by a daemon and she went running around without them.
* Nowa from ''QueensBlade'', a forest elf, never wears any panties at all, to the surprise of Leina. She's totally comfortable with it, too.
** Cattleya, a [[BoobsOfSteel well-endowed]] [[GentleGiant Gentle]] [[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian]] [[GentleGiant Giant]] and mom, wears an outfit that resembles an apron... [[HadakaApron and nothing else underneath]].
* Yuuma from ''MagicalPokaan'' accidentally defeats K-ko in episode 1 when this, along with the ChunkyUpdraft from her spellcasting effect, causes a [[RefugeInAudacity rocket-powered]] {{Nosebleed}}. The [[CallBack same thing happens]] in episode 11, but this time on live television.
* Urabe Mikoto, from the ''MysteriousGirlfriendX'' manga, shares a sort of psychic "bond" with the male protagonist that lets them share emotions (and memories, to some extent) with one another [[spoiler:by tasting each other's drool. For real.]] When some other guy asked her out, she tried to test it on him, but nothing happens. Then, she went with the protagonist (worried at the moment that she might actually switch to the other, "cooler" guy) and uses their bond, whereupon he immediately [[TheNoseBleed gets aroused]] without knowing why. Then, she pulls a pair of panties from her schoolbag, revealing that these were the ones she was going to use that day, and she was, in fact, wearing nothing under her uniform skirt. And it's not the weirdest thing she has done, either.
* Mizuki from ''NoBra''. Despite what the title may suggest, she seems to be the only one.
* The leotard Miu wears in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. Her nipples are more defined while wearing this than if she were [[BarbieDollAnatomy naked]].
** When Silcardo Jenezad obtains his disciple Bulu, it appears as if she wears ''nothing'' from the waist down except for the bottom section of a tunic. Once the inevitable ClothingDamage starts to pile up, we [[http://www.mangareader.net/historys-strongest-disciple-kenichi/464/16 see]] her rear end is indeed completely bare.
* ''[[Manga/BlackButler Black Butler II]]'': Episode 6 reveals that, underneath her usual maid outfit, Hannah doesn't wear underwear, only a corset and a see through slip. Probably a case of GoGoEnslavement, though.
* Honey Kisaragi is often revealed, via ClothingDamage and {{Wardrobe Malfunction}}s, to not wear a bra (though she definitely wears [[PantyShot panties]], at least most of the time). As of ''CuteyHoney'', her AbsoluteCleavage makes this obvious all the time.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandaloneComplex''. In "ANGELS' SHARE", Kusanagi is in London, wearing a trenchcoat as opposed to her usual {{Stripperiffic}} [[FanNickname battle teddy]], when she has to lure a police Special Weapons officer into an alley so she can [[MuggedForDisguise steal his uniform]]. She keeps the trenchcoat, but the exposed cleavage shows she's removed everything beneath it.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}} SHUFFLE!]]'' (both the anime and the VN), [[LittleMissSnarker Primula]] at first has no idea she's supposed to wear something under her shirt. Rin finds this out when the clothes get wet in SexySoakedShirt fashion.
* As ''Manga/FairyTail'' has gone on, it has become increasingly apparent that none of the women wear bras and that at least [[CovertPervert Erza]] and [[StalkerWithACrush Juvia]] may not normally wear anything underneath their heavier clothing if ClothingDamage is any indication.
* Yuka from ''{{Kemonozume}}'' never seems to wear a bra, but her breasts are small enough for her to get away with it.
* ''MaicchinguMachikoSensei'' has almost every FanService you can name. Whether or not she is wearing a bra varies from episode to episode. We can usually tell by the time her clothes are torn away.
* Kureha from ''{{Tokko}}'' walks around bra-less and shirtless with only an [[NoShirtLongJacket unzipped leather jacket]] covering her. Sakura also doesn't appear to wear a bra under her tank-top.
* Eriko from ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis'' goes bra-less sometimes - in particular, her dress from episode 6.
* The Yuurei Shoujo from ''Anime/GateKeepers21'' wears a transparent dress, scarf, and nothing else.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma Saotome, being a guy [[IncrediblyLamePun half the time]], never wears bras when he's in his female form. All the male students at his high school love it, I assure you.
* ''Manga/{{Saki Achiga-hen}}'': Shizuno wears a (zipped) jacket, shoes, and ''nothing else''. She's flat enough not to need a bra at least...
** ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' in general has a strange tendency to have characters in very short skirts and to routinely show them at angles that logically should show a panty shot, but perhaps for reasons of modesty never actually shows any panties. The resulting implications are anything but modest.
* ''Question Fairy'', a Japanese animation created by the Japanese government to teach kindergarten children what they needed to bring to their first day of school. Some .... fans pointed out she can't possibly be wearing underwear. This is one of the reasons the Japanese government abandoned the project. See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5XRaWul1fA here]].
* When the characters of ''LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon'' each attempt to write a novel about their "adventures", Ken simply writes a parade of HaremGenre tropes. This culminates in Mafuyu [[{{Dojikko}} tripping]], then admitting that she's not wearing panties.
* In ''GunFrontier'', every time Sinunora loses her pink dress, she has no bra nor panties.
* The titular character of ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'' has this [[http://theotakuspot.animeblogger.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/innocent-malice.png going on]]. She does wear underwear in her civilian outfit, so apparently she loses it in her TransformationSequence.
** Sayaka from the [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica main series]] doesn't seem to wear anything under her puella magi uniform, either. Not so obvious in the anime, but more obvious from [[MaleGaze certain shots]] in the [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion film]].
* Mikan from ''Manga/RisingXRydeen'' clearly doesn't wear a bra under her SailorFuku as the top is open from the collar down and shows off a bit of UnderBoobs.
* While [[GenderFlip Merlin]] from ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' wears a BadassLongCoat, she very clearly doesn't wear a bra what with her coat being open.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'', the [[IncrediblyLamePun titular]] heroine of that series, is empowered by a super suit that gives her super strength and super toughness. She can't wear anything over the outfit because anything touching it kills its powers. She can't wear underwear under it, for the same reason, and since it is literally skin tight, even a thong looked horrible. The lack of...certain things being visible through the suit was dodged in book 3, and seemed to have become a running gag in the metatext pages at the end that they'll never actually tell us how Emp gets around that problem.
* The Engineer from ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. Her "outfit" was created when her nanomachines came out and [[ChromeChampion covered her skin]]. Earlier issues showed how form-fitting it was quite clearly. If, for whatever reason, her nanomachines malfunctioned, well, they get reabsorbed into her body leaving nothing behind. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Authority9.jpg Picture of a cover with her on it here]]. The Engineer straight up admits to being an exhibitionist when challenged on why she doesn't wear anything ''over'' it.
* At least one {{Marvel}} artist draws the ScarletWitch in outfits that make it clear she can ''not'' be wearing any panties. Said artist stated Wanda goes commando, and insisted there is no canon artwork of her that shows her wearing panties.
* Girl One, a police officer from ''ComicBook/TopTen'', surprises her partner by revealing that she's not wearing a funky color-shifting outfit - she can change her pigmentation expertly at will and uses it to simulate the appearance of clothing while she's really naked. Later, she punches out her superior officer Ceasar without any warning, because she found out that dogs are color blind (he's an intelligent dog in a mecha suit -- it's that kind of series) and, thus, he's seen her naked all the time without saying anything. ItMakesSenseInContext when you realize the [[NightmareFuel true horror]] of Girl One: She's ''not'' a nudist or exhibitionist. She's an artificial human created by 2 horny geeks based on video game heroine and fanservice tropes, who programmed her with a compulsion to never wear clothing but '''not''' an InnocentFanserviceGirl mentality. When asked by her partner why she doesn't wear clothes, she says she's more comfortable without, and it's not like anyone can tell the difference, but when she found out her boss was aware -- no one else is outside of her partner -- she assumed he was getting his jollies from looking at her. He explains later that he's a dog, and she's a human, and thus, she's about as interesting to him as a random poodle is to her. And then he married a human prostitute and adopted an Anubis-like Dog Headed Human girl. It's that kind of series. [[spoiler: This is later subverted when Girl One dies, and her replacement, Girl Two, has an early and unfortunate run in with some would be rapists. Girl Two promptly begins dressing conservatively, and changes careers from cop to lawyer.]]
* Cobweb from ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'', oh so very much.
* In one ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' story, after Black Canary defeats Giganta, she goes, "If you insist on wearing a skirt into battle, put on some underpants, or at least learn to sit like a lady."
** Seanbaby pointed out the same thing, albeit [[http://www.seanbaby.com/superfriends/giganta.htm more crudely]].
--> ''Bystander:'' Son, I wanted you to learn about the female body; I just wish your first sight of it wasn't twenty feet wide.
* ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' makes it very clear that Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} cannot be wearing a bra underneath her SpyCatsuit.
* ''[[http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3429 Gemini Storm]]'' has Elizabeth Rose, whose clothes are all strapless and we can see she doesn't wear a bra underneath. She does [[http://hdub7.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2jznu9 wear a thong]], though.
* The cleavage window in PowerGirl's leotard is almost always drawn in a way that would make it impossible for her to be wearing a bra underneath. Although being a Kryptonian the functionality of a bra for her is questionable.
** And sometimes even drawn so wide that it seems she [[BarbieDollAnatomy has no nipples]], either.
* In ''ComicBook/TheIntimates'', Destra doesn't wear a bra -- or, for that matter, a shirt. She's got a little sheer cape draped over her shoulders that barely covers her up (and is probably held in place by double-stick tape), but it's, you know, ''sheer''. [[BarbieDollAnatomy Her nipples don't seem to exist]] in the comic, but artist Giuseppe Camuncoli did a few sketches where they're plainly and completely visible.
* Alana from ''{{Comicbook/Saga}}'' clearly has nothing under the poncho-like jacket she wears, but it's justified since she's nursing her newborn daughter and needs access at a moment's notice.
* Sonya Savage from ''ComicBook/DangerGirl'' wears skintight snakeskin trousers with lacing up the side that reveals that she cannot be wearing anything under them.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The 1991 romantic comedy ''Career Opportunities'' was livened up somewhat by having busty Jennifer Connelly spend the whole movie wearing a white tank top with nothing underneath.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** After an ExtendedDisarming sequence in the third movie while in Singapore, Swann is left wearing only a shirt. One of the fellow pirates, who is hiding under the floorboards, gets a peep up her dress and informs his friend. During the interval, however, Swann has moved forward, resulting in the other guy getting an eyeful of the privates of one of Sao Feng's male group.
** Unlike Elizabeth's 'corset', this is a rare bit of authenticity: panties hadn't really been invented yet and very few women wore anything between their undersides and their clothes but a 'shift' (the garment Elizabeth spends most of the first film in).
* Elektra King from the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
** Mention must be made of [[http://jamesbond007.net/Images/lowell.jpg Carey Lowell's costume]] that, sadly, only appeared in the poster for ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
** [[Film/DiamondsAreForever Plenty O'Toole]] didn't wear a bra 'til some MoralGuardians made them paint one on.
* The writer's wife in ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' who Alex rapes isn't wearing a bra or panties under her jumpsuit.
* Sharon Stone in an oft-parodied scene from ''Film/BasicInstinct''.
* Rene Russo in the remake of ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair'' goes to a ball wearing a very see-through black dress.
* In the AlternateUniverse of ''Film/BlackMamaWhiteMama'', bras were never introduced to the Philippines.
* Carrie Fisher didn't wear a bra in ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'', which isn't noticeable...until she gets wet. [[WordOfGod According to her]], George Lucas decreed that [[AuthorAppeal bras didn't exist in space]], so for running scenes, she was protected from bouncing via ''duct tape''.
** She also confirmed that the gold bikini wasn't exactly good at covering anything. (In one interview, she said that Jabba's puppeteers were perverts and liked standing above and behind her for some reason).
** Similarly, Leia's mother has a scene in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' that confirms that 1) [[NippleAndDimed Amidala didn't wear a bra either]], and 2) [[SingleBiomePlanet Tatooine]] can be surprisingly cold.
** The actress playing Jabba the Hutt's dancing girl, Oola, in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' is wearing a costume that basically amounts to black fishnet and body paint. This is exceptionally visible when she is struggling against her chains, and visibly "falls out" for a split second.
* Jessica Rabbit in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. She was given panties in the DVD release, sorry to say, though she's still obviously going bra-less.
* Comes up in ''Film/ShockTreatment'', when Janet's parents are upset by her new outfit.
-->'''Mr. Weis:''' She's practically naked in that thing! \\
'''Janet:''' Well I can't wear anything under it, Daddy, it would spoil the lines.
* The Mike Myers vehicle ''TheLoveGuru'' parodies the RealLife examples below with the titular Guru caught by the paparazzi getting out of a limo without underoos.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': there's an occasional glimpse of Neytiri's nipples because her "tops" tend to be nothing but a bunch of strings.
* Pretty much everything Milla Jovovich wears in ''Film/TheFifthElement,'' much to her protector and acolytes' collective chagrin.
* The very silly 1960's beach party movie ''The Girl in the Invisible Bikini''. Yes, the bikini was invisible, but everything the bikini covered was invisible too.
* In ''[[Film/SexAndTheCity Sex And The City 2]]'', Charlotte's nanny, Erin (Alice Eve), never wears a bra, making Charlotte jealous.
* The alternate title of the 1968 British-French film ''The Girl on a Motorcycle'' is ''[[HellBentForLeather Naked Under Leather]]''.
* Alisa's red dress in the ''Literature/NightWatch''.
* Faith's chain-link concert dress in ''Film/StrangeDays''. Very clearly not wearing a bra. Barely wearing a dress.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'', Bertha and Harriet both wear no underwear and short skirts that ride up in the back, so their butts are basically visible all the time. Oh, and Harriet's breasts are hanging out of her top during the entire first scene she appears in.
* In the 1999 ''Film/{{The Mummy|Trilogy}}'', Imhotep's lover appears to be wearing a long gown when she secretly meets him - but then he touches her shoulder, smearing the body paint which is all she has on.
* In ''Film/TheLittleDevil'', Nina doesn't wear panties under her dress. Not only that, she lifts it up, due to the summer heat as she says. The viewer doesn't see anything, though, as they only see her either from behind or from the waist up, but little devil Giuditta (and everyone else around him) does. In fact, Nina was [[spoiler:sent from Hell to seduce Giuditta and take him back home]].
* Creator/JudyGarland in ''Film/EasterParade'' seems to not be wearing a single bra through the whole film.
* ''Film/JoyRide'': LeeleeSobieski in numerous scenes.
* ''Film/EightLeggedFreaks'': In a short scene by Creator/ScarlettJohansson.
* The female residents of the City in ''Film/LogansRun'' wore costumes that were little impractical whisps of nothing. The costuming department reportedly had to ''sew'' these garments together around the women, as they had no buttons or zippers.
* In one infamous scene in ''Film/{{Coffy}}'', Creator/PamGrier's character wears a dress with a slit up the side that makes it clear she isn't wearing any panties. The scene evolves into a CatFight where all the women end up with ClothingDamage that shows that [[FanService none of them is wearing a bra]].
* ''Film/AmericanHustle'' is set in the 1970's, and con woman Sydney (played by Creator/AmyAdams) wears dresses accurate to the era -- which means AbsoluteCleavage and VaporWear for most of the movie (including the poster!) Amy Adams said that such a wardrobe required a lot of courage to pull off. Creator/JenniferLawrence also participates in this trope, to a lesser degree.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Philip Kerr's SF novel ''The Second Angel,'' a woman named Veronica (a major character) wears a long lambskin coat, but no underwear, even though the Earth has become arctic, due to the melting of the icecaps. This takes Fanservice to the point of [[ExposedToTheElements near suicide]].
* The female {{Big Bad}}s in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' are partial to wearing gowns of "streith", which is basically mood cloth. Under certain conditions, it becomes transparent or smoky, showing that they don't bother with underwear, and making this "vapor wear" of the most literal variety.
* Done by Craye Sawtelle, the {{Evil Sorcere|r}}sses of "The Spring", one of the Literature/SilverJohn stories by Creator/ManlyWadeWellman:
-->"She winnowed close then. I made out that she didn't have on air stitch under her silky dress. She was proudly made, and well she knew it. She stood so close she near about touched me."
* In ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality On a Pale Horse]]'', when Death meets Nature, she is wearing a dress literally made out of fog. In every other book in the series, she wears a dress made of leaves.
** Creator/PiersAnthony [[AuthorAppeal is in a polygamous marriage]] with this trope and PantyShot, and they recur regularly, separately or in the same paragraph, throughout all his series.
** To illustrate: in one novel, appropriately titled [[Literature/{{Xanth}} ''The Color of Her Panties'']], TheQuest is to determine [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the color of a certain female character's panties]]. It's an unanswerable question for two reasons: first, the magic of Xanth means that any man who sees a woman's undies will freak out, and second, the woman in question is a mermaid. [[spoiler:She eventually does get her panties -- in plaid.]]
* ''Kiss Me, Deadly'' opens with PrivateDetective Literature/MikeHammer picking up a female hitchhiker in a belted trenchcoat. He doesn't realise she's got nothing else on until she slips his hand underneath it to encourage him to get her past a police roadblock.
* Invoked and used for [[DistractedByTheSexy nefarious purposes]] in ''Turn Coat'' of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Harry has just finished talking to another private investigator who has been tailing him. The other PI is a decent fella, so he backs off the case when Harry tells him lives are in danger if he keeps it up. However, he doesn't tell Harry who hired him because he's got integrity. He reports this to his apprentice, barely-legal Molly Carpenter, who decides to go ask him...but not before taking off her bra and cooling her chest for maximum effect. Poor guy never stood a chance.
* Conversed in the book ''Literature/DorkDiaries'' by Nikki in her diary. She points out about the habit of some celebutante/actresses of 'continuously forgetting to wear their underwears'.
* Creator/JTEdson's descriptions of his heroines often mention that it is clear that they are not wearing anything under their clothes. This is usually a sure sign their clothes are going to be shredded in a {{Catfight}}.
* In the fourth Literature/{{Claudine}} book, ''Claudine and Anne'' (set around the 1900s), Anne is on holiday with someone who often wears very skimpy clothes. One day this friend comes down to the beach in a very decent, very opaque dress. Anne compliments on her on her modesty, and she explains that she ''had'' to wear something so opaque as she doesn't have a stitch of clothing on underneath.
* Inverted in ''Eveless Eden'' by Marianne Wiggins. The protagonist is a foreign correspondent who meets his LoveInterest (a photojournalist) when she's hauled in by two soldiers who insist on searching her, having seen her taking photographs of something she shouldn't. She refuses on the grounds that she's naked under her raincoat, but allows the protagonist to search her instead; he discovers she's wearing a vest that's loaded with cameras and film, but backs up her story.
* Lampshaded by Drake in ''Literature/MarginPlay'' when he identifies the woman who comes to Hansen's house as a call girl (through binoculars) because "Ladies remember to wear their underwear". Amber takes a look and concurs; the fabric of the dress is so thin and clingy that any type of panty, even a thong, would show if it was there.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Sue Ellen Mischke, the Braless Wonder from the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Caddy", is a subversion of sorts. When she was introduced, Elaine went of on a rant about how her old enemy from high school had never, ever worn a bra; in her first scene this is apparent to the viewer (but, to be fair, not too obvious). When Elaine gave Sue Ellen a bra as a gift, she started wearing it in place of actual clothing, [[DistractedByTheSexy causing whiplash and car crashes]] on the streets of New York.
* Played for laughs in an episode of the prison-based BritCom ''Series/{{Porridge}}''. When Fletcher's daughter, Ingrid, pays him a visit (in the open-plan visiting room), he is outraged that she's not wearing a bra and all the other prisoners can see it. Next time she visits, she puts a bra on, and just to make sure he knows it, she lifts up her t-shirt to demonstrate.
* If [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Kelly Bundy]] ever wore a bra, she was certainly always very bouncy and pointy in spite of it.
* In the "Dollhouse" episode of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', when Alex hugs Justin, she is noticeably not wearing a bra.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/servie_2408.jpg Servalan]] from ''Series/BlakesSeven''. It's more obvious in motion, but still...''damn''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' embraced this trope whole-heartedly in its classic days. Professor Amelia Rumford in the story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E3TheStonesOfBlood The Stones of Blood]]" wore a silk blouse without a bra when the air was a bit chilly; companions Romana (especially the Lalla Ward incarnation), Tegan, Nyssa and Ace were seen bra-less more often than not.
* ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'': Liz Lemon counseled her assistant Cerie about wearing revealing outfits and going braless at the office, despite protests from the male staff.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Monica's decision not to wear a bra results in embarrassing consequences when she chooses to sing at Mike's piano bar and the stage lighting causes her breasts to become very visible to the cheering male audience. She thinks they like her singing.
** Rachel never seems to wear one.
* When Parker of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' [[ToplessnessFromTheBack changes clothes in an elevator]], she is notably not wearing a bra. Kind of weird if you think about it - she's on a job and must have known she'd have to change - but nobody's complaining.
* About half the time the main cast of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' are on screen, they don't seem to be aware of the existence of bras.
* In the ''Series/That70sShow'' episode "The Third Wheel", Eric refers to Hyde's GirlOfTheWeek as "Little Miss Can't Find a Bra".
** In another episode, Eric and Kitty go to see a movie. We're treated to their InternalMonologue as they watch, and each one notes that the main female character isn't wearing a bra.
* Brittany and Santana went on a date with Finn during the first season of ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Brittany later informed Sue that they tried everything to seduce him--Brittany, for example, didn't wear a bra. And asked management to turn up the air conditioning. Ahem.
* Jaime Sommers in ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' wears quite a lot of barely legal dresses with no bra, which, in reruns, are slightly startling to modern sensibilities.
* Shamelessly employed on the ''Series/{{Tremors}}'' series, when Rosalita taught a self-defense lesson to Burt's survival class, apparently without realizing her white T-shirt was soaking wet. Not that the guys in the class were complaining, mind you.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The first Slayer's costume seems to be nothing but [[BareYourMidriff strategically-placed]] [[FurBikini cheesecloth]].
** Let's not forget the slayer's own aversion to bras in seasons 3-5. [[note]]According to Sarah Michelle Gellar, she stopped wearing bras when she was made aware of the drinking game where you're supposed to take a shot every time you see Buffy's bra strap.[[/note]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Daenerys Targaryen wears a flimsy silk dress that can barely pass off as clothing with nothing on underneath. Justified, as she was being displayed to her new husband, Khal Drogo.
** While the ladies of Westeros wear corsets under their dresses, most women don't seem to wear any kind of breast support.
** And as we are shown on many and numerous occasions, ''nobody'' ever wears underpants in this world.
* Susan Sullivan in the pilot movie of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' was wearing a see-through black shirt with twin breast pockets. While it would be difficult to say for certain while watching, the DVD commentary specifically states she was braless and the pockets were the only reason they got away with it.
* Fiona Glenanne in ''Series/BurnNotice'' is rarely seen with a bra and at times it's blatantly noticeable.
* Frequently seen on ''Series/{{Rome}}.'' Cleopatra in particular, with that transparent dress. Yikes.
* PlayedForLaughs in a sketch from ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'', wherein Tracey plays a Salsa dancer whose panties are stolen right before her routine. HilarityEnsues, mostly resulting from her efforts to communicate her predicament to her partner, DanCastellaneta, while trying not to reveal it to the audience.
* The prime minister of Serbia, Ivica Dačić, once fell victim to a prank involving this trope, perpetrated by hidden camera show ''Nemoguća Misija'' (''Mission Impossible''). The show's producers invited the Prime Minister for an interview administered by a very attractive young woman in a very short minidress (who was in fact a glamour model). Shortly after the alleged interview began, the model/interviewer shifted her legs, revealing a distinct lack of underwear, in order to capture the Prime Minister's resulting [[MaleGaze downward glance]] and goofy grin on video. When the (censored) trailer hit the internet, the government instructed the show not to release the full episode.
* When Penny on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' slipped and dislocated her shoulder in her shower, she has Sheldon help her put on just a pair of shorts and a top, justified since she needs to get to the hospital as soon as possible. She insists that he help her with his eyes closed leading to:
-->'''Penny:''' Just help me get my arm in the sleeve.
-->'''(Penny's eyes go wide)'''
-->'''Penny:''' Is that my arm?
-->'''Sheldon:''' It doesn't feel like an arm.
-->'''Penny:''' Then, maybe you should let it go.
* On a Spring 1994 episode of the French children's show ''Jacky Show,'' singer/actress Mallaury Nataf performed her song "''Fleur Savage''" while wearing a short dress with no panties, and, via a MarilynManeuver, flashed both sides, triggering a scandal.
* In ''Series/{{Space1999}}'', Sandra suffers ClothingDamage that exposes her back - and the fact that she is naked under her uniform. Unfortunately, the effect is ruined by a continuity error: in the previous scene, you can clearly see the outlines of her bra and panties under her tight jumpsuit.
* Trudy, one of the female detectives in ''Series/MiamiVice'', never wore a bra and usually wore tops that made this quite obvious. Didn't Miami P.D. have a dress code in the 80's?
* In an early episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Zhaan takes off her robe in front of a captured alien soldier to demonstrate her lack of cultural taboos. This leaves her completely naked as she is not wearing any undergarments.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRXUHLDma-o Debralee Scott]] had a wardrobe malfunction on the game show ''Series/{{Password}}'' that revealed a braless breast.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{Madonna}} in [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/Voguem.jpeg the music video for Vogue]]. MTV wanted to remove such shots (which make up a good ten seconds of the video), but Madonna overruled them.
* Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt of Brides Of Funkenstein, appearing in Music/TalkingHeads' ''Film/StopMakingSense'' concert video.
* The [[http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=329599 front cover]] of Stacey Q's ''Boomerang'' album; only her hands are covering her unmentionable parts.
* In Music/WeirdAlYankovic's song "TMZ", celebrities in Vapor Wear make up some of the photo opportunities pursued by the eponymous paparazzi.
-->Those guys are all around
-->So you really shouldn't dare
-->Go to every club in town
-->If you've lost your underwear
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In ''[[Pinball/CaptainFantastic Capt. Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy]]'', '''all''' of the women are wearing T-shirts that emphasize (a) their [[WorldOfBuxom large breasts]] and (b) their lack of bras.
* Similarly, the women of ''Pinball/EvelKnievel'' are shown wearing tight white "Evel Knievel" T-shirts that make their lack of undergarments clear. Crosses over with SexSells, as RealLife shirts were also available from Creator/{{Bally}}.
* ''Pinball/{{Farfalla}}'', by Italian pinball maker Zaccaria, is infamous for the butterfly nymph on its backbox, who is wearing nothing but a ''very'' translucent gown.
* The tight tops worn by the women of ''Pinball/TruckStop'' make it obvious they're not wearing any bras.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Tends to go hand in hand with ClothingDamage[=/=]WardrobeMalfunction.
* At ''Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F Capital Carnage'', December 6, 1998, there was a mixed tag match with Wrestling/{{Sable}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}} defeating Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} and Marc Mero. After the match, Jackie attacked referee Tim White and was sitting on his neck (he was standing) and punching away at him. Sable casually grabbed Jackie's shirt and pulled it right off of her, leaving her topless on camera.
** [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] defeated Jackie on on the April 7, 2002 ''[[{{BShow}} Sunday Night Heat]]'' with a reverse rollup and a handful of tights, partially exposing Jackie's bare butt on camera.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Swedish RPG ''Playelf'' has "clothing penalties" - anything above the base necessities will obstruct your movements and give penalties to everything. Armor is useless because any advantage gained is negated by all the penalties. There are some options, but for the most part, you're encouraged to dress like a Boris Valejo painting.
* The Dark Elf Witch Elves in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' practically wear anti-clothing and yet still have an armor save. This is considered by most players to be highly optimistic.
** Same goes for [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} 40k's]] Sisters of Battle repentia, who get a 4+ save despite wearing nothing but a few strips of cloth and parchment to cover their strategic area. For comparison, a flak vest gives a 5+ save. 4+ is equal to full-body carapace armor.
*** Uh, neither of the above is true currently. Witch Elves decidedly do not have an armor save and Repentia have no armor save, but have a 6+ Invulnerable (from Shield of Faith, representing their ability to shrug off injuries due to their incredible faith.
*** Some tabletop games [[LampshadeHanging acknowledge and actually provide statistics]] for the improbable amounts of protection offered by {{Stripperiffic}} "armor" (such as ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'', which calls it "Bulletproof Nudity").
* The Dark Eldar of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' field Wyches, evil space-elf gladiators who wear weapons, boots, and about a grand total of one square foot of black leather. Maybe two square feet for some of the guys.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The infamous black lace bodystocking worn by the late, great Anita Morris as "Carla" in the 1982 Broadway musical ''Theatre/{{Nine}}''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'': Sumire's [[UsefulNotes/{{Kimono}} kimono]] leaves her shoulders exposed. Overlaps with KimonoFanservice a little.
* Penelo in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings'', as seen above, wears harem pants and a tiny crop top that make it highly unlikely that there is any underwear involved.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona3}} Persona 3 FES]]'', you can equip Yukari and Mitsuru [[UpdatedRerelease (and the female main character in Portable)]] with ''High Cut Armour'' or ''Battle Panties'' in, to quote the game, armour that looks like a bikini. [[MaleGaze If you look closely, they aren't wearing a bra or panties.]]
* The models for female characters in the original ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' are set up so that they are always wearing underwear unless you have an item equipped in their armor slot, in which case the underwear disappears. Curious, given the presence of backless/excessive cleavage torso options for most armors.
** ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' has dialogue options in which you can respond to Vico's insinuations about your panties with "What panties?"
* Ilyana's 3rd tier outfit in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]''.
** All of Linde's artwork in VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia.
** In the leaked prototype for [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe the 7th game]], the CG pictures don't have the grainy filter applied yet and make it easy to see Lyn's bare right cheek under her dress.
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'', we, of course, have [[AbsoluteCleavage Aversa]], but there's also ''Tiki'', whose entire dress is cut in a fashion that implies she might be going commando. ''[[GodIsGood Naga]] herself'' is not immune to this either, at least in regards to her upper torso, as all awakening artwork of her shows that area semi-exposed and she clearly isn't wearing a bra.
* Taki in the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' to a ''ridiculous'' degree, to the point where it looks like she [[BodyPaint paints her whole body red and fights naked.]]
** Ivy also qualifies.
* Maki in ''VideoGame/FinalFight 2''. No wonder she has an only-frontal magic skirt.
* Female characters in ''VideoGame/AgeOfConan'' don't wear bras. This can be seen every time when using the "Hide" ability, as hiding makes your equipment turn transparent.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'':
** Morrigan deserves a special mention. Since her clothing is made up of servant bats that conform to her body and change appearance, literally '''everything''' she wears is Vapor Wear. Then again, she ''is'' a [[HornyDevils succubus]]...
** Felicia the {{Catgirl}} also qualifies. The fur on her body is part of her body itself, and she has the ability to control where it even shows up at will (same with her ears, claws, and feet: she can turn them completely human at will). She is technically naked in every aspect. Even her ass is fully exposed, but sometimes gets censored just enough by various means during her attacks.
* Another [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Morrigan]] fits this quite well, and the {{Tsundere}} attitude only helps.
** Particularly egregious because she actually puts a bra on for her sex scenes... And it covers more than her default outfit does.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', apparently, Roa's favorite outfit when it was possessing [[spoiler:Ciel in a previous incarnation]] was a partially open cloak. And only that.
** Given how he (or would it be a she?) went around raping people (regardless of gender) before he killed them, his choice of clothing is really not all that shocking.
* Chun Li and Cammy in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' have visible nipples during battles. They even [[{{Gainaxing}} pull a Gainax]]. Oddly, Chun Li is depicted with underwear nearly all the time, ''except'' during battle. Hmm.
** Ibuki in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' wears an outfit that leaves the sides of her hips and waist bare with a distinct lack of a waistband for anything underneath.
* ''Website/GaiaOnline'' has the Laceback Skirt, a miniskirt that amounts to two squares of black leather and lacing up the sides (the name references the Laceback Bootsnakes you get the materials from in ''[=zOMG!=]''). Admittedly, ''Gaia Online'' also has articles of clothing that amount to strategically-placed clouds, "Heart Pasties", and "Porn Stars", so this is nothing new.
** NPC Sasha used to wear a short sarong so low on her hips that any underpants she was wearing would have been apparent. After the ArtShift, she's switched to jeans and a t-shirt. Post-ArtShift [[ChristmasCake Ruby]], on the other hand, clearly isn't wearing a bra under her new dress (for obvious reasons, since she now has angelic wings). This is a bit more alarming than the other examples since Ruby is A) quite stacked and B) the single mother of a young boy.
** Outright lampshaded by NPC [[FunnyAnimal Diedrich]].
---> Did you know only 1 in 1200 Gaians wears underwear? [[CovertPervert I'm the expert. Since I'm short.]]
* Feral in ''VideoGame/BloodRayne 2'' is covered only by what appears to be a deep indigo vapor on the surface of her skin. Since she and her animated BodyPaint tend to move capriciously, TheissTitillationTheory is heavily applied with NippleAndDimed up top and BarbieDollAnatomy below, while leaving her rear more casually exposed at times.
** Rayne's evening gown in the opening chapter of the game, showing AbsoluteCleavage and slits so high up the hips there couldn't be undergarments beneath it. While you can imagine the material would move better for an ActionGirl than her usual leathers, [[MagicSkirt the lower hem accommodates her moves more than plausibly]].
* Numerous outfits for the female custom characters in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur IV]]'' appear to be worn without underwear, complete with AbsoluteCleavage. Of course, when ClothingDamage kicks in, a bra will spontaneously appear where there clearly wasn't one before.
* I-no in the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series goes braless, in a top that realistically would show the goods to anyone she was fighting.
* The Oracle in the first ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' has a see-through top and no bra (unlike most examples of Vapor Wear, her breasts are fully visible).
** For a (probably unintentional) male example from the same series, in ''III'', Hercules's LoinCloth sometimes clips through his legs, revealing that [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything yes, they did render buttocks on his character model]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'', Kainé falls under this trope with her backless negligee and panties. [[MaleGaze And the cutscene camera will remind you of it every time.]]
* In ''Gladiator'', in the Japanese release (and the initial USA release), it becomes evident that Irene is not wearing a bra under her armor after her [[ClothingDamage breastplate is broken]].
* Janna's clothing in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is so skimpy that HOT PANTS AND A BUSTIER are considered decent.
* In the ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series, [[VirtualPaperDoll clothing customization]] includes underwear, and in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', you may go without. Depending on the rest of your outfit, {{Pixellation}} may be applied as necessary.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', most of the women are decently clothed, though significantly bouncier than one would expect in armor. Catwoman, on the other hand, clearly isn't wearing a bra (and her [[AbsoluteCleavage catsuit is unzipped practically to her navel]]). Neither is Wonder Woman. As this is the skimpiest of Diana's outfits (completely backless leotard with a very high-V bottom), we can also say that she is probably not wearing anything under it, especially since thongs weren't invented in Ancient Greece.
** Catwoman keeps the outfit, though slightly more zipped in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. Still obviously not wearing a bra though.
* The heroine of ''Psychotoxic'' averts this in the actual game, but plays it straight in the box art. Her low-rider jeans clearly show she wears a thong in-game, but the identical outfit on the box shows no thong.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', many of the female characters, most notably Aela, sport this trope. Unless of course you remove the armor from their dead bodies then some underclothing magically appears.
* Alice in ''[[VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward Virtue's Last Reward]]'' is topless except for a short open-front jacket and a heavy gold necklace. The necklace stays perfectly in place even when she's struggling with people or lying on her back.
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' has the Bravo Bikini, which the party tries to get Agnès to wear so she can win in a beauty contest. Since the goal was just to get the attention of the vestal of water, and Agnès finds the bikini embarassing, she ends up not wearing it, but it can be unlocked as an alternate outfit for Edea. The US version {{Bowdlerize}}d it by censoring the outfit and aging Edea to eighteen rather than fifteen, but it does remain skimpy. To give you an idea, [[http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140104170206/finalfantasy/images/b/b8/Bravely-Default-EU-vs-Japan-Attire-Comparison.png here's a comparison, with the uncensored version to the right]].
* The [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110425204646/dragonquest/images/0/0b/Water_flying_clothes.png Water Flying Clothes/Flowing Dress/whatever they're translating it as today]] of the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series is a literal example, being made out of water.
* Many outfits in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' produce AbsoluteCleavage when worn by female characters - robes, mostly, but also some plate armor. In most cases you can wear a shirt underneath, but the bras worn by all "nude" female character models magically disappear as soon as you put on clothes.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', female characters are by default not wearing bras. Many outfits include bras, or you can choose to wear a bra instead of a shirt. In early versions of the game, many player characters, male and female, wore only an open jacket or coat without anything underneath. This led to complaints and was later fixed so that women always have to wear something in the "shirt" slot (even though the "shirt" can be just a bra or a bikini top).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* [[http://www.cheercomic.com/?date=2006-11-04 Guest comic]] in ''Webcomic/{{Cheer}}''
** Upgraded from guest-only to [[http://www.cheercomic.com/?date=2007-05-01 artist's own]] {{filler}}s. Maybe soon, we'll get some in the canon!
* ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}''
** Angie's picture on the Cast Page has her in a miniskirt with no underwear.
** On the male side, a couple of Artie's appearances imply he doesn't wear underwear.
* Almost everyone in ''Webcomic/{{Curvy}}''.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' is pretty open about its {{fanservice}} aspect...
** It seems that the ultra-voluptuous [=DiDi=] hardly ever bothers with a bra. It's amazing she can walk, let alone jog... She's shown to be wearing one [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/okay-sized in one strip,]] but she's in disguise there. Later, she's shown putting one on, but it turns out to be too small for her (strip #854, February 22, 2014, NSFW).
** Zii seems usually to go braless as well, as does Kiley, but they're both notably small-busted and really don't need support.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', Cassiel's wardrobe, to the point it seems that she only wears panties in order to do {{Panty Shot}}s. [[GenderBender Ash]] initially refuses to wear a bra, but comes around to the idea. S/he refuses to wear a thong, though.
* [[FatSlob Aurelina]] in ''Webcomic/MurryPurryFreshAndFurry''. Even [[http://www.murrypurry.com/?p=196 lampshaded.]]
-->'''Melvin:''' Hey, how do you get your bodysuit to stay on?
-->'''Aurelina:''' Magnets.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s Celia is pretty obviously not wearing a bra most of the time, although you can only tell when she turns her back to the "camera": her clothes are all backless on account of her giant fairy wings.
** Sabine does likewise; unsurprisingly, as she is a [[HornyDevils succubus]].
* Literally (perhaps?), with Faye "boobs shaped like '70s Playboy model's" Whitaker in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1817 this]] ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' strip.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the [[MassivelyMultiPlayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] "Years of Yarncraft" has all female Rose Elves start out wearing [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080812 a see-through top with no bra]]. You have to complete a quest in order to earn underwear.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* During the first two-part on ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''' "International Super Spy", every time Uniqua, as the Lady in Pink, lifted her leg during her VillainSong, you could see clearly that she wasn't wearing anything under her jacket. Overlaps with HalfDressedCartoonAnimal.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s Zapp Brannigan isn't wearing any pants below his jacket, as can be judged from Kif's reaction upon having a view up there.
* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', in animating [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-kTV8mVk1o this scene]], probably did not expect viewers to be [[FreudWasRight paying quite so much attention]].
* In the first ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode, Lisa is seen dancing whilst wearing a grass skirt, with seemingly nothing under it. The creators said that she's wearing a skin-colored suit, but you can see her individual toes.
* One surprisingly shocking moment in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has most of Raven's clothes get torn away. A look at her bare back implies that she doesn't wear anything under that skintight leotard. Then again, most leotards are made to be able to be worn like that, not unlike a bathing suit.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{RobotBoy}}'' episode "Traffic Slam," Lola sits in the back seat of the Turnbull car with her legs apart, and she's not wearing any panties. A few scenes later, she sits in the same position and ''is'' wearing panties.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Princess Laethwen in "Sword of the Atom!". No wonder Ray Palmer is in love.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'', FairyCompanion and ChivalrousPervert Spryte is knocked over by an earthquake, briefly averting her MagicSkirt, and reveals for a split-second that she's not wearing anything underneath it. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar The radar for this show was not in working order]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is of course sometimes TruthInTelevision.
** Some women do this in RealLife. Why? Every woman has their own reasons. Just like there are guys who prefer to go shirtless because it's more comfortable, some women prefer to go braless/pantyless for the same reason. While a woman ''may'' be doing so to feel "sexy", the fact remains that it is their business, and if you are male and happen to notice a girl isn't wearing panties or a bra, it is ''not'' safe to assume she likes you, and it isn't really polite to bring it up or point it out unless the woman is already a ''very'' good friend of yours.
** While this trope is about not only a lack of undergarments, but dressing in a way that makes it obvious, one should keep in mind that it may not be intentional. A shirt may be slightly less opaque than you thought, a skirt may ride up a little too far, and so on. And the directed light from a camera flash can make black clothes, which look totally opaque in normal lighting, quite transparent.
* Runway models tend to avoid undergarments that may show through clothes and ruin the lines. This is often quite obvious.
* Charlie Dimmock, the female gardener in the BBC's semi-cult garden-makeover programme ''Ground Force'', didn't like wearing bras, and didn't mind if her nipples showed through her T-shirt. References to "Charlie's dimmocks" abounded for a while. She was well aware of the attention, and appeared flattered by it. When a U.S. version of the series was shot, the producers made her wear a bra.
* Music/BritneySpears, the time that she was caught by the paparazzi. Happened several times with other celebs, too.
-->Nip slips were so 2004. This year the thing to do was to denude your ladyflower, wear a short skirt and no underwear, and then spread your legs wide as you emerged from a limousine. Exposed O'Keeffes included those of Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and, of course, Britney Spears, who flashed so much cooter the week after her marriage broke up that at this point many of us could probably provide police with an accurate sketch.
--> --'''Rebecca Traister''' [Salon's "Year in Sex, 2006"]
* A famous photograph of '30s/'40s actress Carmen Miranda, taken as she danced with Cesar Romero, revealed that she was not wearing underwear at the time.
* Similarly, Tallulah Bankhead reportedly never wore underwear, and considered it "extremely inhibiting". Several of her fellow actors on the set of of ''Lifeboat'' discovered this firsthand when she repeatedly [[SkirtsAndLadders climbed the ladder to the set ahead of all of them]].
* JeanHarlow, film star and sex symbol in the thirties, never wore any underwear. Some even say that she put ice on her nipples before shooting a scene. This practice contributed to the introduction of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode.
* While watching the 1994 Carnaval in Rio, Brazilian President Itamar Franco invited a parade dancer named Lilian Ramos to join him in the Presidential box. She was wearing an oversized T-shirt, and each time she raised her arms it rose a few inches, revealing to the press assembled below that she wasn't wearing anything underneath. Various newspapers and magazines ran [[http://veja.abril.com.br/arquivo_veja/capa_23021994.shtml major articles]] about it [[http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&u=http://veja.abril.com.br/arquivo_veja/capa_23021994.shtml&ei=dEruS5q7ApLAsQOdlbCtDw&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CBcQ7gEwAg&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522carnaval%2Bdo%2Bbarulho%2522%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official (translation)]], creating a bit of a scandal. Some time later, Ms. Ramos did a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVkmZPUayGk reenactment]] of the incident for some sort of documentary.
* Many Black Dresses look normal under normal lighting conditions but become see-through when blasted with several photo-flashes at once. When an unlucky actress wears one onto the red carpet without realizing it, [[TheInternetIsForPorn certain websites start making money.]]
* A photograph taken at Dutch publisher Playlogic's booth at {{E3}} 2004 revealed that one of their booth babes was going commando at the time.
* Taiwanese model Vivi Wang accidentally created a minor scandal thanks to this trope at the 2007 Taipei Motor Show. According to [[https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=zh-CN&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heb.chinanews.com%2Ftodaybd%2Fnews%2Fdsc%2F2007-11-15%2Fn6881.html&edit-text= contemporary news articles]], her costume was so extremely tight that her pantyline was visible. So, being a consummate professional, she was forced to remove her underwear before the show, and once it started she was so focused on modeling that she completely forgot all about it.
* Czech-Indian Model and actress Yana Gupta was caught by {{Paparazzi}} at a November 2010 charity event in Mumbai wearing nothing underneath her LittleBlackDress. She later explained the circumstances leading to this on Twitter.[[note]] "So…wanna know the truth? It's going to be a bit long though. See, for past three weeks I have been rehearsing for a particular dance tv show. Now during doing all the splits and various crazy dance moves I kept getting irritated by my panties getting stuck in my ass. Now imagine: At all times I am being shot by cameras as I rehearse so it just didn't look good that after every crazy step I'm trying to adjust 'myself'. And sure you'll agree if I say none of us would want to be caught on camera adjusting our undies.So.After few days feeling uncomfy like this So…I thought I'll sort out the issue by simply not wearing undies as I wear pants for rehearsal btw, no short dresses!! Ha ha.Now that day I had no time to go home after rehearsal in order to make it to the charity event.I packed my bag in the morning, put my make up, my dress my shoes in it but guess what I forgot! yup!So here u have it.so yes I openly admit…I did forget something 'slightly' essential to pack. Of course I had no time to go home, I had to run for the event and I hate to be late. And of course, I had no clue it could be seen. So I just pulled my dress down every few steps, but hey, it didn’t help! Apparently! I had no clue till I saw the pics today, now should I cry over this? My manager was shocked to see me getting a laughing fit when I saw the pics. See, shit happens. Its done. I can't change it.[[/note]]
* Shortly before the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, Miss Colombia Catalina Robayo was [[http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/09/06/exclusive-miss-colombia-reprimanded-for-going-commando-during-miss-universe/ caught wearing this trope]] at an official event in Sao Paolo. After photographic evidence of this appeared in a local newspaper, event officials [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn reminded Ms. Robayo to wear underwear while in public]].
* When she wore a green Versace dress to the Grammy Awards in 2000, Jennifer Lopez was obviously modeling this trope. Her [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jennifer-lopez-green-versace-dress.jpg photo]] was much reproduced and much commented on. However, ''Entertainment Weekly'' confirmed via [[WordOfGod the designer]] that the dress came with a built-in panty.
* Adrienne Bailon made headlines thanks to this trope after a red carpet event in March 2012, when a gust of wind blew the cream-colored [[BuffySpeak ruffly thing]] on her dress to one side, and the skirt underneath proved unexpectedly transparent.
* Music/MileyCyrus exhibited this with [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2498019/2013-MTV-Europe-Music-Awards-Miley-Cyrus-cements-reputation-bad-girl-pop.html her backless halter dress at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards]].
* The [[http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/11/05/article-2487550-1932087900000578-501_634x984.jpg black and sheer]] dress worn by actress Jamie Alexander to the premier of ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' made it ''very'' clear Ms. Alexander was wearing absolutely nothing underneath, and probably even more than [[EnsembleDarkHorse her performance as Sif]] made her a household name overnight.
* In 2014, a number of celebrities wore see-through shirts which showed off their nipples at various events. This was a part of the "Free the Nipple" movement; a protest against the censorship rules of social media (which tend to remove any images that show even a hint of female nipple). Others who didn't want to go quite that far wore shirts or bras with nipple prints which made them look like they were topless; actress Rumer Willis made the headlines for wearing such a shirt with ''three'' nipples.
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