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When a person, more often than not a woman, is shown behind a backlighted screen of some kind, usually during a conversation with a man. The person is often undressing while doing so.

Expect her to have to bend down. A lot. ''Slowly''. Expect also that the screen -- which is apparently supposed to ensure some form of modesty -- will be as thin as paper and positioned right in front of a source of light, leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination and thus utterly defeating its supposed purpose.

Compare CensorShadow and CensorSteam.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Black Dog Serenade". Faye Valentine's silhouette is seen behind a shower curtain while she is taking a shower.
* The [[spoiler:temporarily un-chibified]] Yuki in ''Manga/HaruhiChan''.
* Done in some of ''Franchise/LupinIII'', usually with [[MsFanservice Fujiko]].
* Shizuru in ''Anime/MaiHime''... in FanDisservice mode, since the scene in question is a flashback of her apparently raping Natsuki in her sleep (although whether it actually happened is debatable).
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', with Rei. [[NippleAndDimed Slightly less so in]] ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''.
* Reversed version in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Califa's silhouette is shown while she is ''dressing'', after she takes a bath in front of Nami to humiliate her.
* ''Anime/RODTheTV'' has [[HotLibrarian Yomiko]]'s {{Sexy Silhouette}}s in its opening credits.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'', there is a scene involving Sakurako and Kyuu.
* Parodied in ''Manga/{{Umisho}}''; various props made it seem like the silhouettes of the undressing girls suddenly grew extra bits.
* Doronjo in ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'', especially in the remake.
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[[folder:Comics Books]]
* Played in a sophisticated manner in ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou'', where the curvaceous Maths teacher is seen waiting for a car lift. It's dark and headlights casts a clean shadow of her against a nearby wall. Add the fact her skirt is rather sheer, and that's about as nude as a fully dressed person's shadow can be. Cue slow motion walking.
* Quite a lot of this in ''ComicBook/SinCity''.
* Lyla Lay in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' when she changes from her normal clothes to her Time Police armor in the 1997 special.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': The silhouette turns out to be a bound bodyguard's.
* Happens to Disney/{{Mulan}} in the beginning of the movie, as she is getting changed at the Matchmaker's.
* Played with in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. Eddie sees what he thinks is the silhouette of Jessica Rabbit in a hotel window, but once he gets up there, much to his horror it turns out to be the hideous Lena Hyena.
* Speaking of rabbits, Lola Bunny intentionally makes one as she enters the arena at the start of the game in ''Film/SpaceJam''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* Just about every title sequence of a ''Film/JamesBond'' movie will feature these.
* In ''Theatre/StateOfTheUnion'' Grant is distracted by the curvaceous shadow Mary casts as she changed her clothes in an adjoining closet. (Said shadow was presumably cast by someone pinch-hitting for the non-curvaceous Creator/KatharineHepburn.)
* ''Film/AustinPowers''
** ''Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery'' Alotta Fagina did one of these in her room while Austin sat there watching.
** Played with in the second ''Austin Powers'' movie, with the tent scene.
* Used in some {{Busby Berkeley Number}}s.
* The second ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' movie had some girls changing in the back seat with a blanket hanging in front--when a track pulls up behind with high beams to highlight them perfectly. Burt Reynolds and Creator/DomDeLuise (who think that the ladies are ''nuns''--[[spoiler:they're actually just actresses just playing nuns]]) are [[AccidentalPervert practially biting their lips in the front seat]].
* Spoofed in ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3: The Final Insult'' when Tanya (Anna Nicole Smith) undresses behind a screen [[spoiler:but reveals a BiggusDickus]], much to the [[{{Squick}} chagrin]] of Frank Drebin and Rocco. [[spoiler:''With a 90-degree angle!'']]
* Played straight in ''Film/TheShadow'', when Penelope Ann Miller's character strips behind one of these while talking to Alec Baldwin's character.
* Played around with in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''. Robin and Marian are both behind a curtain that they don't know is see-through, and Robin, as he finishes an incredibly overdone opera-style love song, drops to one knee, causing his sword scabbard to rise up like a...[[GagPenis you know]].
* A character arc point in ''[[Film/TheBradyBunch A Very Brady Sequel]]'' revolves around Greg and Marcia watching each other in this way. Then, they figure out that, well, if Roy is alive, then, [[NotBloodSiblings well]]...yeah.
* In ''Film/LeapYear'', this trope is played with when AmyAdams showers, unaware that her [[BelligerentSexualTension love interest]] is watching her silhouette through the curtain--he points this out to embarrass her, and then gives her a similar show.
* Nicolette Sheridan got one in ''Film/BeverlyHillsNinja''. And so did Chris Farley.
* In ''Film/NoGoodDeed2002'', Erin (Crator/MillaJovovich) has a shower in front of Jack (Creator/SamuelLJackson), who is tied to a chair. As Jack tries to escape in the foreground, in the background, we see Erin's shapely body behind the shower door.
* In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', when the T-X walks down the street naked, her whole body from behind is covered in shadow. It's quite sexy.
* And in ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', Kyle Reese [[WatchingTheReflectionUndress watches Sarah Connor's shadow]] as they both strip off for TimeTravel.
* ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'', when the [[FullFrontalAssault naked]] [[EvilIsSexy Space Girl]] walks through the research facility, you see her backside, clad in shadows, as the climbs up some stairs. Shortly after that, we get another scene as she passes in front of a security guard, first her shadow and then her, as she makes it for the exit.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Willow in a scene from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Ohhhh.
* T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) in the "Carbon Creek" episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]''.
* Rachel does it in the hospital during the "Laryngitis" episode of ''Series/{{Glee}}'', prompting Finn's rendition of [[TwoGuysAndAGirl "Jessie's Girl"]].
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}''[='=]s Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra) while taking a shower in "Momstrosity".
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** In an episode, George visits his mother at the hospital and sees the silhouette of her roommate getting a sponge bath from a sexy nurse. He revisits at the same time the next day just to see that happen again.
** In the episode when he and Jerry are MistakenForGay, he sees the exact same thing happen with a male nurse and a male patient.
* ''Series/RelicHunter'': Nigel (and the audience) are treated to a backlit silhouette of Sydney undressing in a tent during a rainstorm in "The Emperor's Bride".
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[[folder:Pinballs]]
* ''Pinball/TruckStop'' features the "Mudflap girl" silhouette on a playfield road sign, along with the caption "Dangerous Curves".
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Crystal Flash'' move in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has Samus surrounded by a blinding corona of energy, with only her silhouette, stark naked- it's even more apparent in the "official artwork", that she's naked as the day she was born and shows a very nice view of her bottom.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' with Miss Petunia, the Bathing Beauty. Luigi encounters her in a bathroom where he can see a svelte woman taking a bath behind the curtain, but once he moved it, Miss Petunia is actually a pig-like BrawnHilda. It might have more signification that a simple joke, as some background information revealed that [[IWasQuiteALooker she used to look beautiful]], enough to be the Miss Ghost runner-up from six years before the events of the game.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-10-05 presents]] Susan this way. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-17 Twice]]. ''"[[http://community.910cmx.com/index.php?showtopic=8549&view=findpost&p=350112 Hot damn]]"!''
* ''Webcomic/{{Seekers}}'': In their first meeting, Eloya spends hours staring at Giselda's shadow on the canopy before ever seeing her face.
* The trope is used [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00526.html here]] on Thelma from ''Series/NipAndTuck''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In a nice ParentService, Minerva Mink does this in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' when she bath in a lake and in a ShowerScene.
* Happened at least once on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has one-episode character Julie Bruin. Julie's intro has her orange silhouette dancing with {{Gainaxing}} effect.
* Heather from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' in her several ShowerScene during ''Island''.
* In season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' an episode has, in shadow, Flora showering. In the censored version, 4Kids flattens her chest.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudflap_girl "mudflap girl"]] silhouette, popularized since TheSeventies on semi tractors and pickup trucks, is arguably the most famous version of this trope.
* A WW2 cartoon has two ARP wardens perving on a woman who'd forgotten to draw her blackout drapes, leaving her silhouetted against the curtains. "We'll give her another 20 minutes, then fine her."
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