and Walking Shirtless Scene
, two tropes that both represent the paragon of manliness
. It might seem like the two are fundamentally
incapable of being combined
, but they can, as these brave men (and braver women
) will show us below.
Anime and Manga
- Spider Jerusalem in Transmetropolitan. When he starts wearing shirts it's a symbolic plot point to point up his declining health and greater sense of physical vulnerability.
- Hellboy wears a trench coat and shorts, no shirt.
- In the Sin City story The Big Fat Kill, the main character Dwight starts the story in the buff since he's over at his girlfriend's house where they are post-coital. Her ex-boyfriend comes over to start trouble and he has enough time to pull on a pair of pants and throw on his long coat but does not wear a shirt under it Since the entire story takes place over the course of a single night, he has this look throughout the miniseries.
- The film version averts this since he starts the story wearing a pair of pants so he has less clothes to put on when Shelly's ex-boyfriend pops in. He ends up wearing a shirt under his long coat.
- Daimon Hellstrom of Marvel Comics - at least in Journey Into Mystery, where his constant shirtlessness is a Running Gag. It does allow us to see the giant pentagram birthmark on his chest.
- Hellboy again, moreso in The Golden Army than in the first film.
- Viktor in Underworld after regaining his strength but before setting out for the raid.
- At one point in Clive Barker's 1988 novella Cabal*, Boone takes off his dirty white shirt to feel his beloved leather jacket on his skin.
- The male cast members of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia frequently insist that this is the proper way to wear The Duster.
- A December 1973 telecast of Match Game '73 had McLean Stevenson at the celebrity introduction opening with no shirt or jacket on whatsoever—just a tie-around bow tie, much to the audience's hilarity. Host Gene Rayburn was completely dumbfounded, and called for wardrobe to fetch out a jacket for McLean to wear for the show.
- Lady Gaga in the video for "Alejandro", along with shades at night, white hair, a leather jacket and of course, panties, while singing in front of a cross, yeah, she hit everything for that one.
- Joe Perry, the lead guitarist for Aerosmith, frequently pulled this off on stage in the past. Now, not so much, but you can still occasionally catch him sporting this look.
- Seal in the video for "Crazy".
- Both Jimmy Page and Robert Plant did this a lot on stage in their Led Zeppelin days.
- John Morrison, and the coat is fur too.
- Matt Hardy starting 2009.
- Wade Barrett, before his Nexus days, would come to the ring wearing a long black coat with an English rose on the lapel, It disapeared after the formation of The Nexus, But the coat made a comeback after his return from an Arm injury in 2012.
- Even The Undertaker has been getting in on this trope in recent years.
- The Miz has worn one to the ring ever since his WWE Title win in 2010.