Boobs-and-Butt Pose

"[T]he only 'strong' in many 'strong female comic book characters' are the oblique muscles required to point their ass and boobs in the same direction."

When a character or model poses with her back to the audience, but twisted round to look at the viewers so that her torso is almost pointing backward. If the fanservice is more blatant, she will probably be sticking her butt out and curving her spine vertically rather than merely twisting sideways. Used for a few reasons:
  1. Lets you see the character's face. Having her look at the audience is more engaging.
  2. Can be used to give a coy impression ("Oh, what are you doing back there?") or to make the character look mysterious.
  3. Tends to enforce a sidelong glance from the character, intending to invoke a submissive or vulnerable image.
  4. Shows that the character is supple and limber.
  5. As the name suggests, lets you see the character's butt and chest at the same time, so both Ass and Tit fans get what they want. If it's trying to be anatomically realistic, the "tit" part will usually be restricted to Sideboob.

Popular with Fashion Models and animated characters. Naturally, characters not portrayed by real life actresses can pull this off more extremely, since they can twist in ways that would snap a real woman's spine. Though there's at least one person who looks like she can do it.

Is generally far-more believable in stills of an action scene, as fit humans can easily move in such a manner, albeit for only a split-second before snapping back to a neutral position. Becomes much more egregious when they're twisting in a stationary position.

At least one glamour model has attributed her back problems to having to repeatedly pose in this way. Not that glamour models don't have other causes of back pain.

Frequently used in posters and other promotional materials for films.

Compare Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose and Leg Cling.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Himiko Kudo from Get Backers does this a few times. Heck, she is confident enough to do this]] while her clothes are [[Clothing Damage severely damaged and her hands are handcuffed.
  • Sailor Moon has Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter often doing this on The Merch.
  • Tiger & Bunny demonstrates that the T&A pose is no longer just for women.
  • Nico Robin on the cover of the 44th volume of One Piece, noteworthy for a series that otherwise focuses 99 % of its Male Gaze on the breasts only.
  • A minor antagonist in One-Punch Man gets a pin-up as the cover for the 6th issue in this pose.
  • In episode 30 of the HD Remaster of Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Talia Gladys has this pose when she was showering.
  • In Ninja Slayer, resident Ms. Fanservice Nancy Lee has been known to do this in some promotional artwork, and occasionally the show as well. Here's exhibit A and exhibit B.
  • Tokyo Ghoul is notable for adopting an equal opportunity stance on this pose. Bonus artwork involves Nutcracker in this pose, but other pieces have featured protagonist Ken Kaneki posing like this in his underwear or wearing a distinctly bondage-inspired Sexy Backless Outfit. In-series, Nimura Furuta is drawn in this pose while turning to speak to an associate.

  • Judith by Jan Sanders van Hemessen, circa 1540 CE, may be Ur-Example. A nude in the "spine twisting exercise" pose and holding a sword overhead, all right. That being Renaissance, however, she doesn't look gutted and with broken spine. In fact, she got enough of muscles that Willing Suspension of Disbelief is not needed to see she can lift that sword in one hand without falling over and even decapitate something significantly bigger and tougher than a chicken.
  • Diana by Paul Manship. The goddess is running full-tilt in one direction while twisting her body around so she can shoot at the unseen Actaeon (subject of a separate statue) who's directly behind her. Anyone who wasn't a goddess would probably fall and break both legs if they tried something like that.And don't ask why she's not running toward him instead of away!
  • Male sculpture example: Henri Peinte: Orphée endormant Cerbère.
  • Office at Night by Edward Hopper, of all people.
  • The artist Luis Royo sometimes does this in his works. Note that these are probably NSFW.
  • From the Demoscene: Aztec by Suny.

    Comic Books 
  • Rob Liefeld is an artist well known for drawing busty women posing in such a way that you can see their ass and breasts at the same time. As they use to say on the late lamented ScansDaily, "anatomy doesn't work that way".
  • Anything drawn by Terry "boobs-and-butt" Dodson. An issue of Generation X featuring a watermelon-based duel between Emma Frost and "slutty space Snowhite" probably takes the cake.
  • As shown above, Psylocke does this in almost every panel that features her (to the point where this might be her actual secondary mutation). Seriously, look her up in Google Images and you'll find several shots in this position; so often that many artists and fans actually call this the "Psylocke Pose". The page picture in particular shows off the impossible extremes of this trope. What freaky Body Horror is going on with her spine?
  • Ms. Marvel on occasion.
  • Luke Skywalker, according to Marvel's comics.
  • Good luck figuring out how Catwoman got into this pose!
  • Ed Benes seems almost incapable of not drawing women this way.
  • Averted in the page image of A-Force. According to one of the writers, it was intentional.

     Fan Works 

  • Scarlett Johansson strikes this pose in the Iron Man 2 posters. Have a lookie.
  • Scarlett Johansson did it again in a promotional photo and a poster for The Avengers (2012). The second pic was even on IMDB's mainpage to advertise Superbowl trailer, but it was replaced by something else.
    • This poster had all the men in heroic poses and Black Widow in brokeback pose again. This deviant art images suggests an alternative.
    • Interestingly enough, though, the final film poster and DVD/Bluray cover has her in a forward-facing pose, while the male Avenger doing the classic B&B pose is the Hulk.
  • If mystical constructs count, the Destroyer from Thor pulls one off after Mjolnir is restored to Thor.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
    Jessica: I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.


    Live Action TV 

  • The fourth edition of TRON: Legacy replaces the original backbox display with one featuring Quorra and Gem standing back-to-back in such a pose.
  • In Eight Ball, "Pinky" adopts this pose on one of the triangle bumpers.
  • Seen on one of the girls on the "Babewatch" table of Pinball Illusions
  • The redhead in white shorts takes this pose on the playfield for Breakshot, while the brunette adopts it on the sides of the backbox.
  • The Machine does this on the side of Jack*Bot's backbox, though she's standing up.
  • Technically, Chun Li in Street Fighter II is adopting this pose in the backglass. Too bad the artwork is so atrocious it's a turn-off for most players.
  • The backglass for Rollergames features one of the "T-Bird Twins" (Jennifer and Kristine Van Galder) taking this pose.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The picture for the Dragonmarked Heir prestige class in the Eberron book shows a half-elven woman in a backless dress posing like this.

  • The original poster art for Sweet Charity was Gwen Verdon doing this pose wearing a Little Black Dress with sheer black tights, with her right arm on her hip and her left arm showing a character-important tattoo.

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    Web Original 
  • In this clip, the English version of Caramel Dansen, one of the dancers must have a spine made of rubber to do some of the moves on the video.
  • "This needs to stop... and let me tell you why!" — an article by a martial artist and a contortionist from childhood, has examples of these and attempts to repeat. Next to some a pair of photographed poses he can do.
  • Escher Girls is a Tumblr dedicated to warped female anatomy in comic books, and this pose is a common one there. Even the blog's favicon depicts a girl (Amy Rose) twisted like this.
    • In fact, it's so common that they had to narrow down the definition- they only count it as a full Boobs-and-Butt Pose if you can see both boobs and both buttocks at once. Luckily, there are other tags for masterpieces like the page image, such as "serious swayback," "rubber spines," and "runaway breasts."
  • Kevin Bolk (Trigger Star and I'm My Own Mascot) brings us the ultimate in Comic Book Chicks (and cites Escher Girls).
    • Also by Kevin, a triple-dog-dare results in Master Chief doing the pose in his version of the Zero Suit.
  • The Hawkeye Intiative: see "fan works" above.
  • Linkara will not hesitate to blast the use of this whenever it comes up.
  • Gyno Star gets this treatment after being zapped by Alpha-Male Gaze Man/The Objectifier. Mocked, of course.


    Western Animation 
  • Much of the Disney Princess merchandise has some of the girls doing this, especially Aurora and Cinderella.
  • Parodied in The Amazing World of Gumball's episode "The Comic". In the Laserheart comicbook, the titular character often turn his lower body at 180° so the reader can see his pecs and his butts.

    Real Life 
  • Betty Grable was famous for this pose. It was the favorite of American soldiers in World War II.
  • Lena/Lenna, the most common face photograph used in image analysis and computer vision, is the top part of this pose from the centerfold of November 1972 Playboy.
  • A photo project involved pictures of men in masculine clothes, but posed like female pin-up models, complete with several in over-the-shoulder poses and some with coy, dippy smiles.
  • This is pretty much the signature pose of Brooke Adams.
  • Ditto for the Kardashian sisters. They are particularly famous for their "wet look" on magazine covers.
    Michael K.: If you really don’t feel like torturing your stomach and soul, skip the words that Khloe (seen above looking like a Predator working the prosthetic butt that Martin Lawrence wore in Big Momma's House) sharted up and watch this video of a bull dog trying to climb into a tiny folding chair instead. That bulldog works the “ass out, head over shoulder” pose a million times better than Khlozilla does.

Alternative Title(s): Tit And Ass Pose, Tits And Ass Pose, Over The Shoulder Pose