Boobs-and-Butt Pose
aka: Tits And Ass 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."

Often in fiction, writers seem to think every Ms. Fanservice is skilled at contortionism. Case in point, the phenomenon where 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 are people who 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.

Frequently used in posters and other promotional materials for films.

Compare Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose and Leg Cling. Also may be combined with Dynamic Akimbo, which is typically associated with manliness, which is why women may get framed with this trope so that they still look sexy.


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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.
  • 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.
  • Boris Vallejo tends to emphasize the woman's bottom in many paintings of females, and does this in many works. (The current page image is his work.)

    Comic Books 
  • A Battle Chasers #1 variant cover shows Red Monika posing in this way.
  • 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".
  • Ms. Marvel on occasion.
  • Luke Skywalker, according to Marvel's comics.
  • If you're looking for a male character who consistently gets drawn like this, then Nightwing pretty much has a lock on the role. The guy's ass is so recognisable it was an actual plot point in one issue.
  • 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.
  • Lady Death is generally shown on the cover art in what are essentially stripper poses, so it should be no surprise that there have numerous over-the-shoulder ones as well, though the result may end up looking a bit silly.

     Fan Works 




    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.
  • Lady Ninja Yae's card in Yu-Gi-Oh! looks like her picture was taken in this pose mid-leap while about to kick someone.

  • 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).
  • 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 

    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.
  • Several models in Playboy over the years, and let's just keep it at that.
  • 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