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Cleavage Window

"You have a bullet proof fabric and you want to cut a hole in it right over your heart??? Are you insane?"

A cut in a woman's top that shows her breast cleavage, whether it's on the top or front side. It doesn't matter the shape or the size, as long as the window is completely enclosed and clearly shows breast cleavage. It also doesn't matter about the rest of the outfit, as this can be on a bathing suit, a sweater, a Leotard of Power, a Mini Dress Of Power, or a grand Pimped-Out Dress.

Obviously a form of Fanservice, and likely Author Appeal.

Compare Most Common Superpower, Absolute Cleavage (which can overlap if the window drops far enough), Impossibly-Low Neckline, Chainmail Bikini, Naked in Mink, Bare Your Midriff.

See also Form-Fitting Wardrobe, Chest Insignia.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Zessica Wong from Aquarion Evol wears a short halterneck crop with a very large opening exposing her cleavage.
  • The titular heroine's outfit in Cutey Honey is a sleeveless unitard with a huge diamond shaped cutout that even shows off a bit of stomach. In Re: Cutey Honey she wears a halterneck crop top with a heart shaped hole over her cleavage.
  • Apple from Red Photon Zillion wears a blouse with a neckline that plunges at least three inches, with a tiny strap for a collar. The result is a teardrop-shaped window that shows a small amount of cleavage.
  • Melissa's cleric dress in Rune Soldier Louie has a diamond shaped opening show off her cleavage. Genie's halterneck crop top has two opening, one on top of her cleavage and one on top of her Underboobs.
  • The Dirty Pair had these in some of their appearances, when the character design included collars that buttoned up but a large diamond shaped opening exposing their cleavages.
  • Tiara of Shamanic Princess, when she's not in her Super Mode sports a heart-shaped cleavage cutout.
  • Arf's outfit in the first season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha had a crop top with a diamond shaped keyhole. There's also Linith, Fate's Parental Substitute before the series started, who wore an outfit that comprised an outer-coat with buttoned collar and buttoned below her chest and dress with a diamond shaped cutout above her cleavage.
  • Ran in One Piece wears a crop top with a window hole in the middle.
  • Yin of the Darker Than Black franchise costume contains a mild version of this. She's far from well-endowed but, the combination of her dress and throw create a patch of visible skin.
    • Fittingly, her Expy, Golden Darkness (Yami) of To Love-Ru also has one, though in a diamond pattern and a single piece of cloth.
  • Mizuho in Please Teacher! could, in her alien outfit, open up a cleavage cutout by will, and did so in her attempt to seduce Kei.
  • Ah! My Goddess Belldandy. Yes, Belldandy. It's the only skin showing in that outfit besides her face.
  • In the first season of Galaxy Angel, Forte wears a dress with opening showing off most of her chest and Ranpha wears a Chinese inspired dress with a diamond shaped cutout above her cleavage. They were covered up in the second season onward for some reason.
  • In one instance of Death Note, model/actress Misa Amane attempts to get Matsuda out of a jam with a roomful of shady businessmen by pretending to want to be a model/spokesperson for them. She is seen with a tank top with a heart-shaped cut that revealed her cleavage
  • Medaka's student council outfit in Medaka Box has a huge opening on the chest area that shows off a lot of cleavage.
    • Amusingly, it becomes a major plot point because it violates the dress code.
  • Isabella from Beelzebub has a small opening in the chest area of her maid uniform.
  • Ms. Fanservice Haruka Gracia from Basquash! wears dress with a large cleavage cutout.
  • A number of Robes in Mai-Otome cover their wearers from head-to-toe but leave opening to show off cleavage, mainly Maria's, Fiar's, Chie's second Robe, and Mai's. Akane's Robe just has it: only a little bit of fabric keeps it from Impossibly-Low Neckline. Oddly, Haruka's (for lack of a better term) off-duty uniform has a diamond shaped cleavage cutout, but not her Robe, as is the case with Una Shamrock in Mai-Otome 0~S.ifr~.
  • If it's possible for a male character to exhibit this trope, then Giorno and Bruno from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 5 both have this as part of their outfits. Giorno's is even heart-shaped.

    Comic books 
  • Many of Power Girl's costumes have openings that exposes her cleavage (one of which is the trope picture). There are a number of issues where Power Girl explains the rationale behind it but the reason seems to change every time. It serves as distraction, it shows that she's proud of her body, and she can't decide on a Chest Insignia.
  • Phantom Lady in 1946 had one of the first ones with her costume which was a mini dress with a plunging neckline and cape wrapped around her neck. Most of the other costumes merely had an Impossibly-Low Neckline.
  • Invisible Woman of Fantastic Four had one, shaped like the figure 4, in her 1990s outfit. On more than one occasion has it been pointed out the physical improbability of maintaining the appearance of a number 4 in such a manner.
  • Rocket's first costume is a full bodysuit and a jacket covered her from head-to-toe but the bodysuit had a cleavage cutout, to Icon's vague disapproval. Her second costume, which Icon designed, eschewed this.
  • Taken to its extreme in Transmetropolitan #24. Channon Yarrow(an ex-stripper) wears a backless, strapless dress with an Impossibly-Low Neckline, sides slit to the hips, thigh-to-knee diagonal hemlines(opposing angles front and back), armpit length gloves, and no less than ten triangular windows; three on the outside of each glove, one on each side of her waist, one exposing her bellybutton, and one fully exposing her left nipple. For Bonus Points, she wears the triangle of fabric as a necklace.
  • Ra's al Ghul's daughter Talia often wears a gown with a cleavage window in the Batman comics.

    Fan Works 

    Film 

    Literature 
  • In The Wheel of Time Ebou Dari dresses are described as having an oval cut out exposing the inner slopes of the wearer's bosom. On married local women, this is to frame the marriage knife, who's hilt nestles between the breasts.
  • For the Forgotten Realms novel Azure Bonds, the protagonist Alias is depicted in Clyde Caldwell's cover art wearing chain mail armour with a large gap between her breasts. This has been handwaved as either ceremonial armour, or to allow those controlling her through the eponymous azure bonds to kill her easily if she showed signs of rebellion. The image has been used throughout Dungeons & Dragons media and the spin-off computer game, Curse of the Azure Bonds.
    • Another claim was that the armor was enchanted and either extended mystic protection to the open area, or that there was armor there that was made invisible.
      • A later novel in the series finally offered an explanation, saying that the armor was made by a vain sorceress who wanted to show off the goods, and did add a protection spell covering the "window" to keep it from being a liability.
    • The entire thing was lampshaded when Alias guest-starred in the Forgotten Realms comic book in 1989, and the halfling Foxilon Cardluck had the following exchange with her:
    Foxy: Uhh... Doesn't that armor get drafty sometimes?
    Alias: It's enchanted.
    Foxy: (under his breath) Oh, I'll just bet it is.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek
    • From Star Trek: The Next Generation onward, the female Klingons are wearing outfits similar to their male counterparts, except with a cleavage-baring opening on the chest armor. Probably has something to do with the whole Space Viking motif. This is particularly silly, considering that Klingons attack each other with bladed weapons all the time. Even considering that Klingons have not one but two hearts.
  • Captain Liberty of The Tick has a star-shaped cutout on the chest of her leotard.
  • In season 2 of Babylon 5, Delenn experiments by exchanging her usual robes for a slinky black dress with a diamond-shaped opening over her cleavage. Everyone who sees her is stunned speechless.
    • The window is a not-uncommon part of Earth women's fashion - usually a high closed collar over a low neckline, creating the window. "Number One" (the head of the Mars Resistance) is one of the most notable bearers of such, wearing it in all her appearances.
  • Alexia from Pixelface has a bodysuit with a pentagon shaped cleavage cutout.
  • Pam from True Blood frequently boosts her cleavage with a corset, but only when she's in action mode do we not see this vampire bartender presenting a cleavage window.

    Music 
  • Nicki Minaj in her "Turn Me On" music video wears a black Victorian style dress with a diamond shaped cleavage cutout.
  • Hyosung from Korean girl group Secret wore a white mini dress with a large cleavage cutout.

    Print Media 

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    Video Games 
  • With some exceptions, almost every "Harness"-type body armor in Final Fantasy XI will have enclosing chest opening for both females and males. The defensive value of a Cleavage Window is hotly contested.
  • Fina's dress in Skies of Arcadia has a triangle shaped cutout in the chest area . It also has the distinction of a purpose outside of fanservice. The exposed skin is where Fina's shard of the Silver Moon Crystal appears.
  • Hsien-Ko from Darkstalkers wears an overtunic with a large oval shaped chest opening.
  • Norma in Tales of Legendia wears mini dress with a diamond shaped cutout at the center. She's also the least-endowed of the Legendia girls.
  • Leslie's crop top in Arc Rise Fantasia has multiple openings in the center, two of which show off her cleavage and Underboobs.
  • Sonic Heroes: Rouge wears a bodysuit with an enclosed opening that shows off her cleavage.
  • One of the default NPC outfits in Mass Effect is a long dress with an enclosed oval shaped chest area.
  • Orlha in Chrono Cross has mini dress with large diamond cutout in the center that shows off cleavage and some stomach.
  • In the first Master of Orion game, the Mrrshan ambassador has an halterneck outfit with a large keyhole in the front.
  • In Conduit 2, Andromeda's full-body armor covers everything except her face and the tops of her breasts.
  • In Ōkami, the first form/clothing set of Wood Sprite Sakuya, who is a peach tree spirit, has two Cleavage Windows. The first one is a diamond shaped cutout showing off her cleavage. The second ones bares her buttocks, to go even further then the first one in using her figure to remind a viewer of her connection to peaches.
  • Inphyy's armor in Ninety-Nine Nights has a opening in the chest area that shows off her cleavage
  • Neptunia has Neptune and Noire in their HDD forms wearing leotards with openings in the chest area.
    • Cave from mk-2 has a Cleavage Window as well with her Deathsmiles-esque attire.
  • Bayonetta's default outfit has a large circular boob window. This is also where she wears her umbran watch.
  • Maya in Borderlands 2 has a small one. It's less noticeable than most on this list, partly because of her proportions and partly because of her default color scheme.
  • The Vicious Embersilk Robe (and other robes with the same model) all show up as a very modest dress on female characters... minus the large Cleavage Window.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, Martel has a triangle shaped cleavage cutout in the flashback scenes, although it's hard to catch. It's a lot more noticeable in The Anime of the Game.
  • In the character art and battle models for Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Chalis's dress has a heart cutout over her navel. In her super-deformed noncombat model, the cutout is a little higher up.
  • World of Warcraft features several chest armors for females with a Cleavage Window. One example is the Riverblade Armor set.
  • Both the Vampire Armor and Royal Vampire Armor from Dawnguard have cleavage windows that conveniently only exist when worn by female characters.
  • Jihl Nabaat from Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 has an impressive cleavage window to go with her Baroness and Hot Librarian look. It's also where adornments such as dolls get placed when she is recruited as a Mon in XIII-2.
  • Star Trek Online has the Be'ves costume piece, available on Klingon Honor Guard armor. Although it's rather dodgy if used on a Ferasan since the fur doesn't translate.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • Yang creates this effect by layering clothes. Her scarf and top expose the top half of her breasts while covering up the top half of her chest and neck.
    • Glynda Goodwitch has a centralised oval-shaped hole in her blouse that is enclosed by the very high collar that she wears.

    Web Comics 
  • Crossroads from Antihero for Hire wore a bodysuit that had as cross shaped cutout in the chest area early appearances. Luckily, she realized how ridiculous that costume looked, so she changed it.
  • Discussed but averted in Dumbing of Age with self-appointed superheroine Amazi-Girl. To Daisy's displeasure.
  • In Ears for Elves, one of the High Elves of Kenn'iraheal wears a long dress with a small keyhole in the front.
  • Both Gold Jane and Iron Jane of the Jane Gang from Everyday Heroes wear leotards with teardrop shaped cutouts above their cutout.
  • Ferretina's, the Weasel Queen's outfit from this non-canon Girl Genius comic. She wears a torn crop top that not only shows off her Underboobs but also has a oval shaped cut out above her cleavage.
  • In Grrl Power, Halo warns Heavenly Sword that she'll be tagged as "Keyhole" if she doesn't introduce herself properly during her first appearance (even though it's a fight scene).
  • Sandra on the Rocks is a comedy about the fashion business, so it's not surprising if this feature is present on some of the flashier outfits seen in the comic — notably on Zoé's clubbing outfit here. Which may be a little unwise of her, given that she usually opts for "stylish", and this dress reminds us that she's got quite a bit of cleavage to show.
  • Spinnerette
    • Lampshaded when discussing the design of Spinnerette's new suit, here.
    Spinnerette: [...] If you could just give it a lower neckline with some cleavage[...]
    Sahira: What?
    Spinnerette: Y'know. To distract the bad guys.
    Sahira: You have a bullet-proof fabric, and you want to cut a hole in it right over your heart?! Are you insane?
    • Super MILF used to have one as her previously costume was a rip off of Power Girl. She apparently justifies this in that her "venusian bust" generates so much heat that she requires air venting. At least, that's what she says, though she also openly makes her opinion clear that the majority of costumed vigilantes do what they do mostly for sexual thrills, so...
      • It has since been shown that it generates enough heat that people standing close to her can feel it. Dressing modestly would at the very least be highly uncomfortable. Of course, that doesn't mean that she has to use a Cleavage Window. She currently has an Impossibly-Low Neckline instead.
  • Ms. Apple from Whats Shakin has an aptly cut shape.

    Web Original 
  • Crimson, who is at the Superhero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe. She has a diamond shaped window large enough that Phase thinks she's risking a wardrobe malfunction.

    Western Animation 
  • Galatea from the DCAU has an oval shaped opening on her white leotard; granted she's supposed to be an Expy of Power Girl.
  • The Futurama DVD commentaries mention that the animators liked putting Leela and Amy in dresses with these whenever the plot required them to dress up. Lampshaded in one episode that had random time skips during a basketball game. Amy, wearing such an outfit, immediately brings attention to it as a possible explanation.
    • In "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings," Leela wears a long formal dress with a keyhole in the chest to Fry's opera.
  • In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka's new outfit in the third season is a mini dress with a small opening in the chest area. It used to be an outright Age-Inappropriate Dress, though.
  • Izzy from Total Drama has one in her signature outfit. The top is a crop top with triangle shaped keyhole. In the second aftermath of Action, she uses hers to hold grapes, cheese and crackers, as well as the crumbs she spit out after realizing she was on the green room's TV.
  • In Stan Lee's Stripperella the title character changes her costume midway through the series. It looks similar to her old costume, the difference being her long sleeved crop top has a huge enclosed diamond shaped cutout.
  • Ice in Batman: The Brave and the Bold has a triangle shaped cleavage cutout on her costume.

    Real Life 
  • There are probably plenty of these at model shoots and show business events, but such an outfit can be very — notable anywhere else. In May 2012, a model named Julia Orayén was hired to present some materials to the candidates at the start of a Mexican presidential debate. On camera for less than 30 seconds, her tight dress with a large keyhole was an instant Twitter sensation, and news reports worldwide declared how she had upstaged — or even "won" — the debate.
  • A more mundane version is usually achieved by wearing a cardigan with only the top button fastened over an outfit that shows cleavage.


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