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Bikinis are usually shown on television as {{Fanservice}}. However, men shown wearing them are likely to be done for FanDisservice or PlayedForLaughs.

Very occasionally they will be shown as WholesomeCrossdresser - type characters.

However, this is also TruthInTelevision: fem/gender-nonconforming men, such as [[DragQueen drag queens]] and crossdressers, do enjoy wearing feminine style bikinis in spite of arbitrary gender constructs. Also note that the word "bikini" can also refer to skimpy swimming shorts, which are technically unisex clothing - but wearing briefs as a swimsuit looks more than a little odd to North American audiences.



* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIk9ILDLvyA Miller Lite commercial]] advises against men wearing this kind of swimwear.
* Ironically, bikini bottoms (with [[PantheraAwesome leopard spots]], no less!) were first popularized by Angelo Siciliano - better known as [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Charles Atlas]] - in the ads advertising his bodybuilding program.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is one show that likes using this trope, mainly for BlackComedy and RuleOfFunny purposes.
* In ''Manga/HentaiKamen'', the titular hero's mankini is his ''weapon''.
* One of Rock Lee's signature moves in ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth'', as a result of him trying to copy Naruto's [[GenderBender Sexy Jutsu]].
* The "Capitalist Pig" bondage slave in ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity'' is a portly middle-aged man in a bikini.

[[folder:Comics -- Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} has worn a bikini at least once. When informed he has visitors offering mercenary work and advised that he change, he puts on his weapons, and greets them still wearing the bikini.
* ''[[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} Dogbert's Clues for the Clueless]]'' shows that a mummy ought to be dressed in bandages from head to toe, a woman can wear just a skimpy thong bikini at the beach. The final panel, under the caption, "However, a mummy should never wear a bikini," shows the mummy wearing a bikini over bandages, thinking, "Looking good..."
* In a ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' BeachEpisode, ComicBook/{{Warlock}}, due to his unfamiliarity with human society, shows up in a bikini. (He later changes into a speedo.)

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Borat}}'' is quite possibly one of the more famous examples. The neon green mankini that Sacha Baron Cohen wears in the film has [[TheRedStapler become popular on beaches]].
* This was a plot point in ''Film/FurryVengeance''.
* Not shown, but referenced in ''Film/RememberTheTitans'': In an effort to increase team cohesion, the coaches pair up the white players and the black players and force them to learn things about their partner. One player reveals that his partner wears leopard-print bikini underwear.
* In ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'', on the beach of Doctor Evil's island lair, Felicity walks ashore in a white bikini recalling Ursula Andress in ''Film/DrNo'' -- then so does Austin.
* One appears briefly in ''Film/TheDen''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In one sketch on ''Series/TheAmandaShow'', Drake loses a bet to Amanda and has to run down the street in a string bikini.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' was the earliest example of this; with John Cleese sometimes wearing one for RuleOfFunny purposes.
* ''Series/{{Medium}}'' also did this in the notorious episode "Will the Real Fred Rovick Stand Up?" which featured Creator/DiedrichBader as the aforementioned Fred Rovick, wearing a bikini.
* ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' is also prone to this trope as well, and will be doing so more over 2011.
* Mankini is a recurring character on ''Series/TheSoup'' played by Nic [=DeLeo=]. He's mostly a ButtMonkey.
* ''Series/ICarly'': "Bikini Dog Food Fight"
* In one episode of ''Series/MythBusters'', a ballistics gel dummy had to be fitted with an underwire bra for a myth. Turned out Tory was close to the right size for it....
-->'''Tory:''' [[LampshadeHanging Is this as disturbing as I think it is?]]\\
'''Grant:''' It's...[[FanDisservice even more disturbing]].

* Music/YoshikiHayashi did this for both a filmed apology for canceling an event in the 90s and for promotional photos and the album cover of the Jealousy album. And yes, he filled out the black lace very well.

[[folder:New Media]]
* There was plenty of discussion about this on Wiki/TheOtherWiki. Consensus was: it's unencyclopedic.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' series in which Peter and Paige have to clean the basement during spring break, Peter complains that Creator/{{MTV}} says he should be cavorting with girls in bikinis instead of cleaning. Andy retaliates by sending Jason down in a bikini, telling Peter to squint.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}: Wrestling/SantinoMarella once wore a Borat-style mankini.

* Billis in the "Honey Bun" number from ''Theatre/SouthPacific'' is generally dressed in a coconut-shell bikini top and a grass skirt.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'': The prize for beating Hell Temple is an all-too-revealing shot of Lemeza wearing a skimpy women's swimsuit.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising''
** The Wii version has a bikini as an unlockable outfit for Frank West.
** ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' has a Borat-style "Mankini" for Chuck Greene.
** And likewise, there's also one for Nick Ramos in ''VideoGame/DeadRising3''.
* While you (unfortunately?) never see it, in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'' when you speak to Evelyn on the first day of summer she mentions that by the end of the day she'll get someone to wear a bikini that she's made of turnip. Just so there's no confusion, she adds that by 'someone' she means Gaius. Gaius is the male dwarf.
* One of the many extra scenes in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}: Golden'' is a BeachEpisode of sorts. Kanji shows up in a [[BarelyThereSwimwear tiny speedo]] and is humiliated since the other guys are all wearing trunks. He first censors himself with ''Teddie'', and then ends up wearing a bikini made of seaweed.
* Referenced in Disgaea5 in the description for the Bikini armor. (Like any piece of armor in the game, it doesn't provide a visual change)

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the Flash video ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/283688 S.M.B.3 Bloopers,]]'' Mario finds the wrong kind of Super Suit.
* According to Blow Fly in ''Toys/TheTrashPack'' webisode "Snot My Problem", Trash-A-Pillar [[NoodleIncident has done this before]], much to Blow Fly's displeasure and disgust.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' teaches us the value of [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/777 context]] with the help of [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar Marcus Fenix]].
-->'''Duke Nukem:''' Yeah, I can see people complaining about this.\\
'''Marcus:''' ''I'm'' complaining about this.
* In ''Webcomic/BlackAdventures'', [[ManChild N]] tries to wear one for the BeachEpisode, but Black makes him change.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson, trying to "ThinkUnsexyThoughts" while in an elevator with an attractive coworker, pictures fat drunken slob Barney Gumble dancing in a bikini while singing the ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' theme.
* One of the [[KentBrockmanNews weird field reporters]] in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is a midget wearing a bikini, who appears in the episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS1E7Pinkeye Pinkeye]]", in [[WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut the movie]] and in the video games ''[[VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth The Stick of Truth]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SouthParkTheFracturedButWhole The Fractured But Whole]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' in the [[http://www.snogglenews.com/shows/beavis-butthead/s02e18 "Babes R Us"]] episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' once invented a "motorbikini" and tried it.
* It almost happened in ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' in "The Unicorns have got to go" when Rigby sees one in a recliner and claims the Unicorns got him a lady, to which Mordecai replies, "That's not a lady." But due to ExecutiveMeddling, the man in a bikini got replaced with [[DudeLooksLikeALady a burned-out biker with long hair in a recliner who looks like Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin]]).
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' has the titular character trying on clothes at the thrift store as he prepares for a date, one of which is a bikini.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Actor Creator/JimCarrey wearing then-girlfriend Creator/JennyMcCarthy's suit at the beach. [[http://tinyurl.com/yapd9lf Pictures.]]
* TruthInTelevision: male bikini-wearing appears to be a fairly common thing. It is not predominantly associated with gay men, despite stereotypes. Youths will do this during their college/university years as a joke.
* Note that the word "bikini" refers to the bottoms as well as the top. Any pair of shorts that bares the upper thighs is technically called "bikini briefs", and until about the 1980s it was not considered shameful for American men to wear them while swimming.
* Creator/RussellBrand