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Female Gaze
Fascinating...

"I think Michael has nice buns. Ha ha ha ha! I like buns. I think a butt is like the awesome thing on a guy and if he doesn't have a nice butt, I just, I don't even look twice."
Karen Croney, Bikini Open 2: Celebrate Spring Break, shown here

The Female Gaze is a Gaze trope about the way a work is presented as from a female perspective or reflects female attitudes, either because of the creator's gender or because it is deliberately aimed at a female audience. While it can contribute to it, Female Gaze is not restricted to looking at sexy men but is more importantly about the expectations of how the (presumptive) audience relates to the work.

Female Gaze is (almost) a Distaff Counterpart to Male Gaze, the trope page for which is currently full of "ogling women" examples but extends beyond that into the stuff that's currently on Most Writers Are Male. We write "almost" because of the fact that Male Gaze is pervasive and the default for works aimed at mixed-gender audiences, whereas Female Gaze is mainly found in works that are either assumed to be exclusively for women, like soap operas, chick flicks, shoujo manga, or more idiosyncratic and personal works by female creators. Besides, it's only fair that if straight men and lesbians receive Fanservice, straight women and gay men should be able to get some of their own.

May overlap with Homosexual Male Gaze. Compare Eating the Eye Candy and Longing Look.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • The women in this commercial for Lee Premium Select Jeans.
  • The girls in the BOD Man football and soccer commercials. Actually, all of the BOD Man commercials fit this Trope since the female narrator always says "I want your bod!" at the end of the commercials.
  • The blonde watching the guy shooting pool in this Levi's 501 jeans commercial.
  • The entire premise of a famous Diet Coke commercial from 1994, involving a hunky construction worker.
  • Carlee in this Aussiebum commercial.
  • The reporter in this Diet Rite commercial.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Pick up a volume of Black Butler. Any volume. Turn to a chapter. Any chapter. You will most likely be greeted with loving pans of the body of a prepubescent boy, along with his Bishounen Battle Butler's hands all over him.
  • Currently depicted above is from Seitokai Yakuindomo. Ironically for female viewers, it's less about turn-ons than it is about cheap laughs. In at least one case, it prompts the only significant resident boy to tell the girls to raise their heads.
  • The Bathtub Scenes from Tower of God give you shots of the abs of Ja Wangnan, Hon Arkraptor, Nya Nia, Kang Horyang, Rapdevil and most importantly, 25th Baam.
  • Dragon Ball Z. Granted, of course, this is a series that prides itself on heavily muscled men beating the snot out of each other. Still, there are far more long panning shots up spandex-clad male bodies than can possibly be justified by dramatic reasons. May explain part of the show's relatively large female following.
  • In the Baseball Episode of Haruhi Suzumiya, Tsuruya is introduced, and she promptly looks at Kyon's crotch. Lampshaded in The Abridging of Haruhi Suzumiya, obviously.
    • That same episode has an outtake from the English dub cast where Mikuru of all people gleefully exclaims "Ooh look, buttcrack!" when watching Kyon dive to catch a baseball.
  • G Gundam: Domon Kasshu, making Super Robot fanboys everywhere... vaguely uncomfortable since 1994.
    • All of the Shuffles are subjected to quite a bit of female gaze when suited up. It certainly helps that they all have different body types: George is the archetypical slender and graceful Bishōnen, Chibodee has a rather ample chest, Sai Saici is youthful-looking and Keet-ish, and Argo is very buff. Any wonder as to why this series is pretty popular among girls?
    • As bonuses, Domon and Chibodee get several Shirtless Scenes. Specially Chibodee, being a boxer and all and having a well-toned frame. Yay.
  • Gundam Wing. Trowa Barton. Shirtless Trowa from the Endless Waltz OVA. Wheeeee.
    • Treie Khushrenada. Bubble bath with rose petals. Ooooooh.
  • Gundam 00 has Tieria Erde's infamous Shower of Angst, as well as Alejandro Corner wearing only in a bath robe and Ribbons Almark in a midriff-baring top and white undies while cranking up the Ho Yay to worm his way up Alejandro's trust and affections.
  • Mazinger Z: Kouji Kabuto. In the anime he was shown half-naked more often than Sayaka. (And this is the resident Ms. Fanservice we're talking about). And in the manga he visited a hot springs resort, and stripped himself once for no reason at all. Duke Fleed from UFO Robo Grendizer also "suffered" from it: an example was when Kouji went to Duke's room late in the night to discuss a matter was worrying him... and both of them were naked up waist during the conversation.
  • Basilisk: Once, as Oboro and Gennosuke walk through a very thin path in the mountains, we follow Oboro's gaze as she looks at Gennosuke's back...
  • Axis Powers Hetalia gives us England's post-hot bath Shirtless Scene in Japan's house, which was notoriously more fanservicey in the anime than in the original webcomic.
    • Also, when China crossdressed in the April's Fool Special, there was quite the bit of attention focused on his bare legs. While America wore a Naked Apron, England dressed up as a nurse, Russia put on a dress... and France, as usual, was buttnaked.
  • While Karakuridouji Ultimo is very much Shōnen, you'll find that more than half of the fanbase are girls due to the fact that almost all of the robots look like girls, and the Yaoi undertones between Rune and Yamato's relationship.
  • Code Geass is very good about the Male Gaze(with Kallen in particular), yeah, but it also has some fanservice for the ladies, such as Lelouch's Shower of Angst and Suzaku's very well-shaped ass. Actually when you think about it, the Estrogen Brigade is enough to cancel out the show's intended audience. Go ahead, see if you can find more than 50 straight fanfics.
  • Soul Eater: Kid has a nice ass.
  • In Eden of the East, Saki's reaction to getting hit with a Naked First Impression is to stare at the man's groin for about ten seconds.
  • While Bleach has lots of Male Gaze (actually, only Rangiku, Orihime, and Yoruichi count), the female fans have just as much, if not more eye-candy. How many times has Ichigo gotten Clothing Damage, to start? And what about Renji, his very tattooed body, and his very sexy Slipknot Ponytail? Let's not forget Byakuya wearing a tuxedo in some pictures, Ikkaku and his own share of Clothing Damage, and especially Grimmjow.
    • Don't forget the time Ichigo failed to land a scratch on Ulquiorra, but succeeded in ruining his shirt.
    • Speaking of Ulquiorra, there's quite a bit of focus on his lips, though you can't see any of it because the links currently go to a private album.
  • Okamoto's mech in Star Driver has a "Fanservice Mode" that lets her see into her opponent's cockpit and through his clothing. While he's preparing to attack her. Oops.
  • One Naruto two page color spread had "female gaze!" all over it. The girls are all happy and relaxed and you don't see too much of their bodies... but the boys bicker all over and they're all naked and you see almost everything of Rock Lee... Okay, there's Chouji too, but he looks very happy and he DOES have his fangirls too.
    • In her dÚbut episode Karin apparently held a lengthy conversation with Sasuke's chest. That was where the camera was aimed, anyway...
  • Tiger & Bunny spoils female viewers often, with eye-candy like Barnaby's muscled body after a shower or Kotetsu as a male Bandage Babe frequently figuring into the show, especially in later episodes; at times the writers also seem to throw in references for a certain type of fangirl specifically, such as the Running Gag of Barnaby catching Wild Tiger in a "bridal carry" whenever the latter finds himself thrown into the air. That's not to say that the show lacks Male Gaze, either, considering some of the focal shots on the resident Ms. Fanservice, Blue Rose.
  • Gatchaman: while Jun got quite the focus on her lean legs, nice butt and white panties, the camera wasn't exactly shy about showing the girls how Tall, Dark and Handsome Ken and Joe were.
  • When Lucien first appears in his true form as Lucifer - completely naked - pretty much the first thing he says is "What are you looking at, Miss Yoko?" The fact that Yoko is on her hands and knees in front of him doesn't help.
  • In Persona 4: The Animation, quite a lot of shots are focused on Yousuke's butt. And Narukami certainly likes to undo his shirt's top buttons, hm?
    • And after Kanji shows up, he's often seen wearing a sleeveless shirt, which lets the animators focus quite a bit on his rather nice and muscular arms.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the animated rendition of a certain school trip in which everyone gets drunk. He ends up totally sloshed and with his shirt open while the girls make drunken passes at him in their own ways. Niiiiiice abs, Narukami.
  • Albeit unintentionally, the Getter Robo G ending sequence lets us know that Ryoma has REALLY nice legs. And his ass is nothing to sneeze at either.
  • The Sengoku Basara 3 manga puts a lot of emphasis on Yukimura's muscular bare torso and Mitsunari's slender legs, especially during fight scenes.
  • Crying Freeman: Yoh Hinomura undressing is usually followed by a full-page splash panel displaying his really nice body. Before he kills his enemies, often while still in the nude.
  • Kyoto Animation released a thirty-second promo featuring a swim team, now known as Free! Anime fans quickly took note of the fact that said promo was essentially a half-minute beefcake reel, full of loving shots on the chiseled abs, buns, and even feet of nubile young swimmer boys, in tight swim shorts, while dripping wet and with pulsing music for good measure. An Instant Fan Club was gained from the promo alone, despite the fact that nobody knew if it was a promo for the studio or a full series (although the latter eventually came to pass, to the fangirls' delight.)
    • And the main series, titled Free!, indeed lived up to its predecessor in being as filled with lovingly-shot images of muscular bishounen as possible while still retaining an actual plot.
  • Space Dandy has almost equal amounts of this and Male Gaze— being a series that both rejoices and parodies skimpier animes. Notable examples include episode 6, where Dandy spends 90% of the episode in a pair of briefs, and the latter half of episode 8 where there's not one but two pan-ups of his naked behind, not to mention him running around in a towel.

     Comic Books 
  • Nightwing isn't the only male superhero to get it. But he's the one who gets it the most. That infamous Secret Six panel? The artist even wrote "Hot" when she signed it!
    • Nicola Scott, responsible for that picture, in general loves her male ass shots, as seen in Earth 2.
  • Hal Jordan has a really nice ass.
  • Spider-Man has certainly done enough splits and other flexibility-related maneuvers in skin-tight spandex to qualify for a spot here.
  • Jason Todd and Roy Harper have become the victim of this multiple times in Red Hood and the Outlaws by Starfire and the aritst. Jason even spends most of issue 6 in his birthday suit plus a giant leaf.
  • Noh-Varr dancing around in his underpants in the first issue of the Gillen/McKelvie run of Young Avengers. The Noh-Varr example has gotten a lot of positive feedback from feminist groups as being a great scene that doesn't shove the fanservice in your face - if you like guys, then it's a bonus, but if you don't, then the scene is still important to the plot and interesting to read. It's also emotionally plausible, since he's alone with a woman who he's just spent the night with. Kieron Gillen has stated that this was his intention, and that there's a real imbalance between sexy female characters and sexy male characters (also pointing out that "sexy" doesn't have to be "sexist").
  • In Birds of Prey: Manhunt, Black Canary and Huntress both identify that a masked criminal is also the Manipulative Bastard Kavorka Man who seduced them both at different times, when CCTV footage of his getaway happens to show a closeup of his butt.

     Fan Fiction 
  • This trope, in combination with Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls, is possibly responsible for much of the more visceral male Hate Dom of fanfiction. While we've come a long way from Slash being regarded automatically as Crack Pairing, there's still kind of a ghetto effect with it, since lots of fanboys get turned off by Slash, Het and even Original Flavor works featuring sexually-objectified male characters and assume fanfic is 'all gay'. Of course, this is all broad generalisations and straight young teenage boys do read and enjoy fic with a Female Gaze, especially in small fandoms or fandoms where it's only the Yaoi Fangirl Periphery Demographic who are old enough to spell.
  • Kanin in The Tainted Grimoire has, on at least one occasion, checked Luso out when he was training, in just swimming trunks.
  • Throughout My Immortal, Ebony checks out every hot guy she meets. She has a very specific fetish — mainly, looking like Gerard Way. Lucky for her, every hot male looks identical to Gerard Way, which must get very confusing. She never checks out girls, however, despite a throwaway mention of her being bisexual.
  • Writers frequently have Hinata Hyuga do this with Naruto...but the kicker is that with her Byukugan (X ray vision), she can see more, and far less obviously than most.
  • Given the fact that Queen Elsa's ice dress was already a good example of Male Gaze, it's not surprising that fanart of her as a boy tend to give her male counterpart this treatment. The cold never bothered him anyway.
  • The Shining Armor Arc of the Pony POV Series has an example played for laughs. After Shining receives a Groin Attack from General-Admiral Makarov (the Big Bad of the arc) during their first fight, Minuette seems a little too eager to help the ship's doctor examine the bruising.

    Film 
  • Batman Forever and especially Batman & Robin, would provide the audience with loving close-ups of the dynamic duo's chest, crotch and rear every time they suited up. Either it's an example of the Female Gaze or of the (Male Gays?). Considering how Camp the Batman movies had become by this point, it could be hard to tell, though considering that Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were directed by Joel Schumacher, it's probably the latter.
  • Serves to stir up some Unresolved Sexual Tension in The Blue Lagoon when Richard notices Emmeline staring at him intently for reasons neither he nor she can really understand at first.
    Richard: What're you looking at?
    Emmeline: Your muscles.
  • After Lola meets Sam in Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen he walks away, and the camera briefly focuses on his butt.
  • The Spider-Man Trilogy. Well, of course. We're talking about a muscular young dude who wears a skintight outfit and is unbelievably agile.
  • The Twilight films. Jacob. 'Nuff said.
  • As if any girl can watch Labyrinth without staring at David Bowie's... incredibly tight pants.
  • In the film Sunshine, there's a nice scene of Capa getting into his space suit which is clearly fanservice.
  • Shows up briefly in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? After a character's husband, who pretty much defines "bastard" tells her he's leaving her for her friend and walks off she starts over in a new town. Thankfully there is a handsome, sensitive Christian sherriff around, who also has a nice butt judging by the scene where he climbs up on a ladder and Sheila finds herself staring. We get a POV shot.
  • What Women Want has Mel Gibson's character taking advantage of hearing a woman's inner monologue about repeatedly looking at his crotch to do whatever he can to make her do it again.
  • In Iron Man, there's the extended, multiple-angle montage of a filthy, disheveled Robert Downey Jr. dressed in a thin, skimpy tank top and flexing perfectly sculpted, wiry arms while lifting and hammering pieces of metal and sweating in the extremely, extremely flattering fiery forge-light.
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor was already quite easy on the eyes. Add in a Shirtless Scene and him wrestling in the mud and you can hear the girls Squeeing from miles away.
    • And then we got the sequel which apparently read the demographics for the previous MCU entries, and decided to give us Tom Hiddleston half dressed, barefoot and brooding, and a long, slow pan up Chris Hemsworth's glistening abs and pecs as he sponge bathes himself against a sunset.
  • Chris Evans in the Fantastic Four movie, and in Captain America: The First Avenger. Oh, yes.
  • The Avengers, which challenges Magic Mike's hold on the title, "Female Gaze, The Movie." Where to start? It introduces Captain America with a lingering shot of Chris Evans' ass as he pummels a punching bag (and throws in a few more ass- or full-body-shots later on when he's dressed in his tight, colorful suit whose pattern immediately draws the eye to his shoulder-to-waist ratio); devotes a noticeable chunk of screentime to several unnecessary, loving pans over Chris Hemsworth's biceps, triceps, and deltoids and centers a large number of shots on his long, luscious, disheveled golden hair; has Jeremy Renner constantly posing and aiming a bow while in a skintight, sleeveless outfit that shows off his ass and arms pretty much every time he moves, and has a scene focusing on a completely naked, Carpet of Virility-sporting Mark Ruffalo whose only concession to modesty is a conveniently-placed bit of rubble in the foreground (not to mention all the earlier scenes of him with rolled-up sleeves and an open collar). And if you move from that baser titillation to the numerous tight closeups of Robert Downey Jr.'s dark, silver-streaked hair, dashing, neatly-trimmed goatee, and enormous brown anime eyes framed by lashes of extension-scale length and thickness; and a pale, piercing-eyed Tom Hiddleston in sleek black hair, wearing either an elaborate, elegant green-and-gold robe and helmet, or a ridiculously sharp suit and overcoat; and you've got one of the most eye-candy-heavy superhero movies ever made.
  • In Exit to Eden, Mistress Lisa (Dana Delany) is seen checking out both the men and women as they're introduced at her sex fantasy resort.
    • Also, during the control scene, she glances at Citizen Elliot's (Paul Mercurio) bare butt while pinching and squeezing it and telling him that that's what she likes "to do to gorgeous butts".
  • In The Crush, Alicia Silverstone steals a glimpse of Cary Elwes' bare butt by peeking through the bathroom door.
  • Kamen Rider Double Forever has a brief scene that includes a gratuitous close-up on Philip's lips as Maria touches them.
  • The first lines in Fast Times at Ridgemont High are:
    Perry's Pizza Waitress: "Linda, Linda, there he is. There's the guy from the stereo store. Do you think he looks like Richard Gere?"
    Linda: "Did you see his cute little butt?"
  • In Fish Tank Mia's gaze, and consequently the camera, long and often lingers on Michael Fassbender's naked body. Nothing wrong with that, right? Except that she's a minor and he her mother's new boyfriend.
  • In Bad Education, there's a shot where the camera spends a good amount of time focused on Gael GarcÝa Bernal's crotch when he's mostly naked.
  • Magic Mike could be retitled Female Gaze: The Movie and it would actually make more sense.
  • The James Bond franchise has suddenly gained a lot of this since Daniel Craig took over the title role. It all started with the famous tiny-trunks Shirtless Scene in Casino Royale and continued from there, so much so that that's the picture for the film page for Mr. Fanservice.
  • Featured prominently in Looking for Alibrandi when the students from the boys school arrive at the girls school and the girls lay eyes on them for the first time. There are several close-ups of the boys butts as they put their hands in their pockets, causing their blazers to ride up.
  • The Bollywood movie Om Shanti Om includes a number of tongue-in-cheek moments where the female director and choreographer makes fun of traditional Bollywood 'male oriented' sequences. For example the song Dard e Disco, in spite of a number of half naked women, firmly focuses on male superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The costumes and the way the camera lingers on him as he jumps out of water are definitely female gaze in action.
  • In Man of Steel, when Superman is saving the people from the oil tanker, the camera goes down to show off Cavill's pecks.
  • In Pacific Rim, Mako spends a good amount of time staring out her door as Raleigh takes his shirt off. Once Raleigh notices, she immediately shuts the door... and goes on watching through the peephole.
  • Madagascar certainly did this on purpose when they introduced Moto-Moto, who's a hippo just like Gloria.
  • In Austenland, Captain East takes his shirt off at every opportunity, e.g. to wipe a female character's cheek. Exasperated, another male character asks why he can't just use a handkerchief.
  • Played for laughs in How to Train Your Dragon 2 with Ruffnut constantly focusing on Eret's (lovingly detailed) biceps during action scenes.
  • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine's first appearance in the '70s provides a very good Fanservice shot for anyone in the audience who might be attracted to men.
  • In this scene in My Tutor, Terry checks out Bobby when he comes out of the pool.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy, the male lead is introduced, headphones on, with tight shot of some slick Elvis Presley inspired hip movements. The female gaze indeed.

    Literature 
  • Non-sexual example: In Judy Blume's Superfudge, when Peter is suffering a Potty Emergency because his little brother is taking his time on the toilet, the only alternative that comes to his mind is to wee on a large potted houseplant. A male author would probably have thought of him using the sink first, considering it's right there next to the toilet, but a female author (or reader) is more likely to recall male movie and TV characters whizzing on trees than to think of this option.
  • Comes up in A Brother's Price. "Men's Fashion Magazines" tout the codpiece, as it lets potential wives see what they're buying.
  • The Twilight Saga is basically popular because of this.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey is also essentially about this.
  • In the last book of the Venus Prime series, Sparta spends some time admiring Blake's nude body as he recovers from gill-implantation surgery.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The X-Files episode directed by Gillian Anderson starts with the Male Gaze (camera just below armpit level, directed past Scully's bosom) and turns to Female Gaze (Mulder asleep in bed).
  • On both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, there is lots of this going on. Angel, in particular, seems to like being shirtless for absolutely no reason at all. And then there's Spike — who is the only one that's ever naked in sex scenes (whereas Buffy is completely clothed).
    • In "Chosen" Buffy glances at Spike's butt just before she proposes putting him and Angel in room to wrestle in the nude while she watches.
      • Which could well be symbolic either of the relationship and respective vulnerability status of the pair, or of the fact that a show about a vampire-slaying young woman with large amounts of character drama might just have a reasonably sized female demographic.
    • There's sort of an in-universe and out-of-universe example in the Season 2 episode "Go Fish", with Xander in a speedo. While the reactions of Buffy, Willow, and Cordelia are certainly along these lines, the camera shows this in a legs-up, slow-motion shot, clearly meant as a benefit for the audience.
  • Amy Pond gets in on this when she watched the Doctor change clothes in Doctor Who. When asked if she was going to turn her back on him, she cheerfully replies "Nope!" (This also gave gleeful Matt Smith fans a Shirtless Scene.)
    • Of course, there's the entirety of the Russel T. Davies era. For example, the women in the show are consistently introduced face-first, rather than from the legs up, so the audience views them as subjects rather than objects; the Tenth Doctor is regularly lingered-over by the camera; and almost every recurring male character has had a Shirtless Scene.
  • Honestly, in Adam-12, we've got reasonably attractive actors in tight cop uniforms. Then there are anvilicious seat-belt buckling scenes, and the camera likes to focus directly on Reed or Malloy's crotch while they perform the maneuver.
  • John Crichton in Farscape is given a wardrobe-upgrade to leather as the series progresses, involved in a variety of Fetish Fuel situations, is hit on by a majority of the main cast (and raped by one female villain), and is subject to a surprising amount of topless, rear-angle and crotch-level camera shots.
  • Eric Northman from True Blood at the beginning of season 3. Do I need to say anything more? That's just the most glaring example: Eric, Bill, Sam, Alcide, and other less significant male characters are very frequently shirtless or naked and lingered over by the camera.
  • Supernatural becomes more and more dominated by the female gaze as the series progress. Admittedly, the entire cast was ridiculously attractive with plenty of fanservice for everybody, but -starting around the middle of season two - Sam and Dean spend increasingly longer crying, hugging and being tied down to things.
    • Also, Sera Gamble(s?) , one of the lead writers used to write porn for women. So, yeah....
  • In Community episode Interpretive Dance Troy has to call Britta out on this because she won't stop looking down when talking to him while he is wearing a leotard.
  • In her Playboy video profile there's a scene in a diner in which Playmate Lindsey Vuolo is shown looking at the cook's butt. In real life the butt is her favorite male body part below the neck.
  • In 2004, when she was interviewed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno First Lady Laura Bush said that her personal trainer has a nice butt.
  • Although most of the fanservice on Game of Thrones is of the male gaze type, there is quite a bit of fanservice for those who appreciate muscular bodies. The first episode has a scene where Robb Stark, Jon Snow, and Theon Greyjoy get shaved and are all shirtless (this was actually done because footage from the pilot was shot months apart and the three characters have facial hair in certain scenes). Khal Drogo and most of the Dothraki males are almost all shirtless, as well. The series also showed a few shirtless scenes with Renly Baratheon and Loras Tyrell, who are lovers
  • In the 2003 Children of Dune miniseries, the Adonis-like (and often shirtless) Leto Atreides II is presented in a very sensual manner by the director. There are lots of close-ups of his Pretty Boy face and certain parts of his body, and the camera sometimes "lingers" on him like a woman's (or a gay man's) eyes would when staring at someone who is extremely attractive.
  • On The Nanny, Fran revealed that she'd had constantly been admiring Maggie's male model boyfriend Michael's butt in the underwear ad he was in on the billboard over Times Square in the "Maggie's Boyfriend" episode. Maggie then went on to say, "It looks much better without his pants on".
  • In Unnatural History, after mentioning that he goes commando, the camera is very sure to follow Henry's bum as we walks upstairs.
  • During a heat wave in the summer of 1992, Washington, D.C. general news reporter Wendy Rieger was doing a Vox Pox interview with a shirtless twentysomething male who was playing soccer on the National Mall. He told Rieger that the black shorts and T-shirt combo matched perfectly but it was soaked with sweat and became unwearable. She told the guy that she thought that his black shorts-and-sweaty bare chest combination was good style for him by saying "It looks like you're well matched here." When she said that, Rieger was copping a feel by running her index finger over his near-smooth chiseled chest.
  • Merlin: Apart from the occasional Cleavage Window from Morgana or Gwen, the show overwhelmingly prefers to ogle the guys, with at least one Shirtless Scene per episode. Starting with the season two opener, Arthur no longer hides behind a screen to change, Gwaine is gratuitously topless in his introductory episode, and the knights have a tendency to not wear shirts, seemingly at random. Then there's the season 5 two-part premiere, where Gwaine and Percival spend pretty much the whole time shirtless and performing manual labor.
  • On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Olivia Benson said to Elliot Stabler "I like that shirt" while he was changing out of a ripped shirt. More likely, she liked seeing it off.
  • In Charmed, Piper and Phoebe spent quite a bit of time ogling Leo's butt as he's fixing something in the fireplace.
    Phoebe: Quite possibly the finest glutes in the city.
    Piper: In the state.
    Phoebe: In all the land.
    • Prue walks in on Leo in the shower, and takes a second to look at Leo and remark "nice orbs" before being driven out by Piper.
  • Average Joe: Melana Scanlon said "They took off their shirts and I almost passed out. Holy cow!" when the Hunks took their shirts off for the Shirts vs. Skins basketball game.
    • Larissa said "Looking at these guys, I was like gosh they're gorgeous. Every single one of them takes your breath away" when the Hunks took their shirts off for the Shirts vs. Skins dodgeball game.
    • Larissa also said about Jim Frassetto when they went rock climbing in Scottsdale, Arizona "Jim was getting really sweaty and I have to say he looks pretty darn good without his shirt on going down. It was pretty sexy."
  • Discussed by Dana Foster on Step by Step; she's noted for having quite an ass fetish and once described her ideal man's butt in loving detail.
  • Pulled off beautifully in episode— pardon, Brave 27 of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger. Before going into battle, Daigo tears his shirt off, and while he does so, the camera cuts to his bare chest several times.
  • In the "Pilot" episode of Melrose Place, Alison starts admiring Billy's bare chest as well as his butt after he moves in, in this scene.
  • Vows of Deception: Lucinda and Mary Jo are watching a barechested Nick hang up signs.
  • Nine News Australia: In this segment about how good - looking men earn more, reporter Lizzie Pearl interviews very attractive men, compliments them and she also has the camera pointed at young, lean muscular shirtless men with smooth, hairless chests.
  • NHL on Sportsnet: In this interview with former Detroit Red Wings defenceman Jiri Fischer, reporter Christine Simpson is mentally undressing him.

    Music & Music Videos 
  • Gackt's solo career has been one long courtship of this trope. Whether he's appearing nude in photo shoots and TV commercials, or dancing suggestively while groping his chest, abs, and crotch, or ripping off his shirt in front of cheering crowds of women and men, Gackt is no stranger to the Female Gaze.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is nothing but Female Gaze. We're talking about a video that idolizes a guy who can't even start a lawn mower, but shit damn if he doesn't something sentence a shirt off with his muscles.
  • K.T. Oslin's "Younger Men" which is the cougar's national anthem , has the Female Gaze in this verse:
    "Woah, look over here
    We got a cute little ol' runner to the right
    Blue shorts, no shirt
    Whoo! You're lookin' good darling
    That's right, stay in shape"
    • She told the audience "I was out walkin' around this afternoon and I saw a cute little farmer standing there with blue jeans on and no shirt! I leaned out the bus window and said 'Honey, you're lookin' good'!" when she was doing the song in concert at Farm Aid.
  • During the Post Show Wrap-Up to the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, Tabitha Soren said she thought En Vogue's 9 shirtless dancers were great to watch and that she found the Red Hot Chili Peppers' performance to be entertaining partly because they weren't wearing shirts.
  • This line in "As If" by Sara Evans:
    ''Ooh yeah
    I love the way you wear those worn out blue jeans
    Walkin' all around in the big sunshine''

    Video Games 
  • A good deal of Metal Gear is geared towards the Female Gaze, given how taut and firm Snake's ass is, even when he's an old man.
  • During the various acrobatic stunts Ezio pulls in Assassin's Creed II, quite a few of the female NPCs will take time to compliment his, er, tight pants. Male NPCs as well.
  • Resident Evil 4, zooms into Luis's crotch immediately after he states that he has something for you....coincidence or subliminal messaging? You be the judge.
  • Mass Effect has been known to cater to this as well as Male Gaze; while not as frequent as Miranda, Jacob gets some camera-ogling, especially on his abs.
    • In Mass Effect 3, if Kaidan is still alive and you've been pursuing the romance with him, FemShep (and the camera) will spend time checking out his ass while they're walking aboard the Normandy. The opening scene also has a female NPC whose eyeline suggests that she's checking out his ass as she walks by. This has not gone unnoticed.
  • As fighting games have become more popular among female gamers, the male characters with either Bishōnen looks and/or nice Heroic Builds have steadily increased in number. (And sometimes, so does the Ho Yay between them as well). Even males who didn't start as Misters Fanservice have become more handsome with time, attracting a rather sizable number of ladies to the fandoms. In the Street Fighter saga we have Ryu, Ken, Fei Long, Yun, Yang, Charlie, Guy, etc; in The King of Fighters there's Kyo, Iori, Benimaru, Shen Woo, Terry, Kensou, Shingo, etc.; from Guilty Gear there is Ky, Anji, Sol, etc. All of them are handsome dudes with nice bodies, and the artwork for the games reflects that. A lot.
  • In Jak X: Combat Racing Keira takes her time checking out Jak's ass. Given that the first three games almost catered exclusively to the Male Gaze (mainly courtesy of Daxter) while the series has a large female fanbase it was about time.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution features female characters remarking on protagonist Adam Jensen's augmented appearance in suggestive ways. The DLC, The Missing Link, features some slightly gratuitous shirtless time for Jensen at the beginning where he's interrogated by a fully-clothed Keitner who is rather close to him. Additionally, the new cover for the ''Director's Cut'' features Jensen in a traditionally feminine pose (ass to the viewer), showing off his physique, as opposed to the more traditional action-man covers on the original releases (see here and here). These interesting choices could simply be meant to cater to Female Gaze, or perhaps one interpretation is that they're meant to evoke feelings that the protagonist, through becoming augmented, has taken a typically female-occupied position of being objectified and having his body become public domain.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening. While this series is already well known for its bountiful amount of very attractive men and women, this is the first game to specifically invoke this trope with its Summer Scramble DLC. We get to see various characters, both male and female, wearing a sexy swimsuit and showing off a different "asset". Chrom gets to show off his butt, while Gaius exhibits his abs.
  • In the second Broken Sword game, Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror, you come across a female owner of a mining company who has surrounded herself with attractive men. She also encouraged one of the hunkier guys to strut around in a thong; her idle pose fixes her gaze firmly on his butt.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Doug Walker is more than aware of his large female fanbase and has been invoking this frequently. We're fairly sure that giving a blowjob to a joystick or having a minute long series of orgasm faces weren't meant for his male fans. Unfortunately there's a downside to putting himself in the stereotypically girl position, as he gets a gross amount of body-shaming and death/rape threats for "being slutty".
    • In general, That Guy with the Glasses invokes this unusually often. Especially notable in that by and large it's actually more common than the Male Gaze.
    • Apparently, Channel Awesome has discovered that this and suggestions that the male cast are hot for each other are the keys to attracting more female viewers.
    • As early as the brawl vlogs, Noah justified his constant directing the camera to Doug's butt and legs (who in turn, was crawling, bending over all the time and lifting up his jacket so we could get an even better look) as being for the ladies.
    • Speaking of Noah, SWS2 (with Sage, Critic and Joe) was a lot more objectifying than the first one with Chick, Goggles and Benzaie. Critic was shirtless, Sage was giving an offscreen blowjob and Spoony went on at length over how slutty his conquests were.
    • Done in Suburban Knights. While guys got Chick cleavage in the first part, Critic was the one to show the most skin and Wario!Jareth's crotch gets weaponized.
    • Continued in Demo Reel, with a barrel-ton of Ho Yay, a shot of Donnie's ass in replacement for Scarlett Johannson's Male Gaze in Lost in Translation, Tacoma looking good in a dress, Carl's accent getting treated as sexy by cosplayers, and Quinn getting outfitted in tight shirts and wife-beaters that show off his muscles.
    • Doug's reputation for enjoying this trope was exploited in Sonic, as his scene involves him silent except for a few pained grunts, in a soldier's uniform, manhandled, bloodied and dirty, forced on his knees and with plenty of shots on his ass.

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