"[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:
- Lets you see the character's face. Having her look at the audience is more engaging.
- Can be used to give a coy impression ("Oh, what are you doing back there?") or to make the character look mysterious.
- Tends to enforce a sidelong glance from the character, intending to invoke a submissive or vulnerable image.
- Shows that the character is supple and limber.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Jade, on the cover of Beyond Good & Evil
- A concept title screen◊ for Sonic Gems Collection, featuring Sonic's scrapped human love interest Madonna.
- Taki◊ and Ivy Valentine◊ from Soul Calibur.
- Super Smash Bros. features Samus Aran in this pose◊. Wii Fit Trainer also does this when asleep◊, though it's Justified as she's a fitness instructor and this is a real yoga move named the Spinal Twist.
- Nina Williams' character profile portrait in Tekken 6.
- Ashley Riot does something similar on the cover of Vagrant Story, though it's a bit more spine-breaking◊ than normal.
- Ashley is the man in the ass-less shorts to the left, by the way. Not that Callo Merlose looks like she'll escape without spinal injuries after that image either.
- Triss Merigold of The Witcher in this image◊. Triss was also the cover girl and did a CG spread in the Polish version of Playboy.
- Almost every female character, playable and non-playable, has this particular pose as one of their "mood"s in Project X Zone. Even if they're flatchested like Tron or Devilotte.
- Shin Megami Tensei's Ghoul.
- The concept art for Xenoblade's Fiora's robot form◊.
- Even though the character designers of League of Legends are often blamed for going over the top with the Fanservice, they are actually pretty good averting this trope. Of the over one hundred champions (of which every single one has at least one but often more skins with their own splash art) only a handful adopt this pose: Frostblade Irelia◊, Battle Bunny Riven◊, Road Warrior Miss Fortune◊, Candy Cane Miss Fortune◊ and Mercenary Katarina◊. There are also a couple instances where the pose is adopted but isn't really played for the full Fanservice potential, like Death Blossom Elise◊ and Bladecraft Orianna◊. However, it should be noted that many of the other poses of the female characters are every bit as awkward as the Boobs And Butt Pose, even though they don't quite fit the criteria.
- Many of the female designs in Dragon's Crown use this pose, with The Sorceress◊ being the most apparent example.
- Chorocojo points out here that the Lasses in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen stand this way.
- This pose has been Cammy's default win pose since her very first appearance◊.
- 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.
- 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