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. Probably 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 glamour models and animated characters. Naturally, characters not portrayed by real life actresses can pull this off more effectively, 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.

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 

  • 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
  • The artist Luis Royo sometimes does this in his works. Note that all of these are probably NSFW.

    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.

     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. 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.

    Video Games 

    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.


    Western Animation 

    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 recent 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. As should surprise no one, they looked entirely silly.
  • This is pretty much the signature pose of Brooke Adams

Alternative Title(s):

Tit And Ass Pose, Tits And Ass Pose, Over The Shoulder Pose