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->''"I told her she would remain a beautiful silhouette against the warm light coming in through the curtains."''
-->-- '''Creator/DavidLynch''' on how he convinces [[Creator/LauraElenaHarring Laura Harring]] to do the nude scene in ''Film/MulhollandDrive''

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 and 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/TanteiGakuenQ'', 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.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* Just about every title sequence of a ''Film/JamesBond'' movie will feature these.
* 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''.
* ''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.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', Irene Adler does this to Sherlock Holmes.
* 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.
* When Rita unrobes in the bedroom in ''Film/MulhollandDrive'', we see little more than just her silhouette against the light coming in through the window behind her.[[note]]Blurring had to be added to the actress' front part for the DVD release.[[/note]]
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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.
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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}}''.
* Happened at least once on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
* Heather from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' in her several ShowerScene during ''Island''.
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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 had 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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