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->'''Studio Executive A:''' She strips? This has got to get a PG-13 rating.\\
'''Studio Executive B:''' Like I say, it's a family movie. She only strips to the waist. And we only see her from the back.
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert''', review of ''Film/MilkMoney''

A naked or topless woman is shown only by the camera showing her bare back (and nothing below her waist). This usually means someone is seeing her bare frontů but not us. This allows female nudity without actually showing the goods and, as such, is a form of DiscretionShot.

As the quote atop the page indicates, the point here is to have some titillation without showing the [[NippleAndDimed forbidden nipple]]. Reasons for this vary. Some examples come from times when censorship rules were stricter. Other works may need to avoid a more "adult" rating. Many actresses simply don't want to go topless. Or a filmmaker may decide that less is more.

This trope does not count if the character is also seen topless from the front. DressHitsFloor is the below-the-waist equivalent.

In love scenes (particularly mainstream TV and PG-rated films) this will often be invoked alongside a ModestyBedsheet positioned to cover anything from the lower back downwards. If the film is PG-13 or higher, or a cable/streaming series, odds are no bedsheet will be in place, sort of rendering the trope moot as another part of the actress' anatomy is displayed instead.

For clothing that exposes the back but covers the front, see SexyBacklessOutfit.


* Sally in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRAxqtWib4c this Anne Klein commercial]]
* Suzanna Jones and two other women in this [[http://adland.tv/commercials/mandalay-bay-suzanna-jones-2005-030-usa Mandalay Bay commercial]].
* The young woman in [[http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/braless-in-the-pool/4233101/ this commercial]] for the Koolanoo social networking site (mildly {{NSFW}}).
* Done in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVwJrAr7GkY this]] Japanese car commercial, though [[ViewerGenderConfusion not in a way that]] [[AllMenArePerverts some audiences]] [[DudeLooksLikeALady would appreciate]].
* Somewhat tantalisingly done in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1CYVaIfuvU this advert]] for Direct Line travel insurance.
* There was a GoDaddy commercial (not available online) in which a distracted woman enters the men's sauna and drops her towel, revealing her bare back to the audience.

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Kagura has one of these in an episode when she's attacked from behind, showing off Naraku's mark on her back.
** Kagome has one of these moments when, after being captured and waking up [[BathingBeauty naked in a tub of sake]], she leaps out of the pool when Inuyasha breaks down the door to rescue her. All we see is her back and Inuyasha's [[LuminescentBlush hilarious expression]].
* Happens to Clare in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' a couple of times when Rubei tells her to turn around while naked. Of course, what he's seeing is a [[TakeOurWordForIt really horrible-looking scar, or possibly something]] even more {{squick}}tastic, but the idea is the same.
* Riza Hawkeye in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Her back [[spoiler:has a giant tattoo, and burn scars covering it]]. Since it's Riza, you could still call it Fanservice, and the fourth ending to Brotherhood prominently features her back.
* In the ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' anime, the audience sees Saber's back while Shiro sees the front after she gets out of the bath. Saber [[InnocentFanserviceGirl doesn't seem to mind]] and tells Shiro that he shouldn't think of her as a woman, but as a warrior first. Shiro's reaction? "PleasePutSomeClothesOn!"
* The ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' anime has the twins putting a photoshopped picture of Haruhi's shirtless back on the club website[[labelnote:*]]since Haruhi is actually a girl, but they want people to think she's a boy[[/labelnote]], leading Tamaki to falsely conclude that they must've seen something while taking the picture. It's more egregious in the manga, where the twins put Haruhi's head on ''[[ShirtlessScene Tamaki's chest]]'' and Tamaki is still fooled into thinking it's real.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Bare back scene appear on occasion, but it's usually overshadowed by the fact that most of the girls are naked all the time anyway, their modesty only preserved by CensorSteam and [[BarbieDollAnatomy lack of detail]].
** In an oddly justified use of the trope, Setsuna's tribal crow garb comes with an exposed back purely for [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demons]] and [[{{Tengu}} full crows]] in humanoid form to release their [[WingedHumanoid wings]]. Otherwise the new appendages would appear underneath the user's shirt uncomfortably.
** Later on we get [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v28/c255/10.html Asuna in a hospital gown]]. Only Creator/KenAkamatsu could turn a freaking ''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v28/c256/9.html hospital gown]]'' into FetishFuel.
** Later still, we have the backless dresses variant at a fancy ball. [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v31/c279/11.html Check out Chisame and Ku Fei here.]] (Warning: Enormous Spoilers)
** Ako. ''She'' may think that her back is ugly, but [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v14/c122/18.html if you're into chicks with scars...]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': During Kallen's ShowerScene, the curtain gets pulled open, and we get a Toplessness From The Back shot. Then the [[MaleGaze camera pans down.]]
** Much later in the series, we got another Toplessness From The Back shot of Cécile putting on her Knightmare driver bodysuit.
* When Akane's body was [[GrandTheftMe possessed by a vengeful spirit doll]] in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', it tried to distract Ranma (so it could kill him afterwards) by stripping bare in front of him. The audience only got to see Akane's back and upper hips; the real Akane (trapped in a doll's body) threw herself at Ranma's face to keep him from looking.
* [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Gintoki]] gets a lot of these moments. Most of the time, they're played for laughs but that doesn't stop the fangirls from ogling over him.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' gives us a view of Miaka's back as she's bathing to purify herself for the summoning ceremony (her butt's included though, poor girl). We don't see her when she turns around. Tamahome does.
* ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'': Holo [[InnocentFanserviceGirl normally doesn't wear clothes]], but she ''does'' use the trope to justify why she's not going to remove her (ear- and tail- concealing) cloak for some strange merchant Holo and Lawrence met that day.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The Keigun officer's uniform, which is worn by the Shinigami that is both Supreme Commander of the Stealth Force and Captain of the Second Division, is designed to leave her back and shoulders exposed. When Shunko is activated, it bursts from the back and shoulders, destroying any clothing that's present so the uniform is designed to remain intact while Shunko is in use. Soifon doesn't realise this design purpose until Yoruichi demonstrates the practical necessity by deliberately activating Shunko while being fully clothed.
* In ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'' Mylene Hoffman/Agent 009-1 has several such scenes combined with {{Modesty Bedsheet}}s. Indeed, the very first time you see her in the series is when she gets out of bed wearing only a bedsheet and showing plenty of sexy back.
* ''Manga/SoulEater''. Tsubaki Natsukasa in the first opening and the various [[FuroScene Furo Scenes]].
* Weapons-grade UsefulNotes/{{Pettanko}} Isis Egret from ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' has another side that's gotten a lot of attention lately, with a certain racerback outfit.
* Mixed with the Japanese nape-of-neck thing in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' when Fuu poses for an artist. First she's asked to only loosen her kimono a bit and let the collar slide a little lower. OK, that's a bit naughty. The artist just keeps prompting her to lower the collar more and more. Scandalous!
* Marik Ishtar's tattooed back is lampshaded as such in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''.
* When [[MrFanservice Akune]] of ''Manga/MedakaBox'' first joins the student council, we get [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/medaka_box/v01/c006/16.html this shot.]] [[{{Fanservice}} Yum.]]
* This is often the most we get to see of Nami in ''Franchise/OnePiece'' during her shower scenes. In some cases, however, she is shown topless from the front, but with her breasts covered by CensorSteam. The trope was also used as an actual plot point for more than a half chapter, when Hancock had to show Luffy the mark on her back.
* A couple of scenes in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' where Miho is talking to the other girls in the school baths.

* ''[[ComicBook/XMen Astonishing X-Men]]'' #21. When Colossus and Kitty are given a refuge from the Breakworld's Powerlord by former gladiator Arghanne, Colossus considers the ramifications of his presence on Breakworld before turning in. Hearing his confusion, Kitty emerges from behind the curtain. The reader is treated to a clear view of Kitty's nude back (and a little bit of her cleverly shadowed rear end). Colossus clearly sees her front.
-->"Now I am more confused. But somehow not as tired."
* Kitty Pryde again in ''ComicBook/XMenExcalibur'' #11, when she tries on one of Phoenix's outfits and then, noting the [[ACupAngst differences in the fit]], tears it off in frustration ... just Widget starts displaying its teleportation powers.
* The ''Marvel Swimsuit Special'' occasionally depicts female heroes (and villains) this way, such as [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Cnyih_QEkqM/TjjsB3MDu_I/AAAAAAAAMGk/EZhagTWt8xk/s1600/8_Marvel_Swimsuit_Special_93_New_Warriors.jpg this artwork]] with the ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'', with Namorita applying sunscreen with her bikini top off ([[DistractedByTheSexy only Nova and Speedball seem to notice)]]
* [[http://ripjaggerdojo.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-bone-for-buxley.html The cover]] of one issue of ''Billy'', which is the R-rated, Norwegian variation of ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' shows [[DrillSergeantNasty SGT Snorkel's]] dog Otto eating off Miss Buxley's [[WalkingSwimsuitScene monokini]] at [[BeachEpisode the beach]].
* In a scene in the graphic novel ''Hooky'', Spindrifter uses a portal to save ComicBook/SpiderMan from plunging into an abyss, and he [[CrashingThroughTheHarem falls into a lavish palace full of harem girls]], two of which are shown like this. (Three others are topless and covering themselves with their arms.)

* OlderThanTelevision! Creator/ClaraBow gets caught while taking off a dress in ''Film/{{Wings}}''.
* A bit of FanDisservice in ''Film/StarkLove'', a movie set in the Appalachian Mountains. A title card notes that there is no privacy in primitive mountain cabins, before poor Barbara has to change clothes in full view of her family.
* In ''Film/{{Dodsworth}}'', Ruth Chatterton is shot from behind as she's taking off her dress and putting on a nightgown.
* Creator/MariaConchitaAlonso in ''Film/AFineMess'', as shown at the top of the page.
* In ''Film/TheDayTheEarthCaughtFire'', there is a scene in which Janet Munro is washing her hair; although her back is to the camera, there is a flash of just enough sideboob...
* Tiffany Case's first appearance in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''. Plenty O'Toole gets this herself once shes loses her dress courtesy of Bond.
** Paris Carver (Creator/TeriHatcher) is seen this way in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. For bonus points, she combines it with StockingFiller.
* In the Tony Jaa film ''Film/TheProtector'', there is a scene where Madame Rose rises from a bath, back to the audience, front to her lawyer lover.
* Creator/DinaMeyer's character in the ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'' movie.
* Creator/ErichVonStroheim became famous during TheTwenties for pushing the boundaries of sexual content in film far beyond what anyone else dared. In ''Film/FoolishWives'', the most dramatic shot comes when Helen has to change out of her wet clothes. Count Sergius, being a creep and pervert, turns his back but then [[WatchingTheReflectionUndress holds up a mirror]]. The mirror catches both Helen topless from the back, and Sergius' leering grin.
* The poster of ''Film/TheRedViolin'' has a Toplessness From The Back shot made up to look like a violin.
* Bai Ling has a serious moment of Toplessness From The Back in ''Film/TheCrow''.
* ''Film/JennifersBody'': For a movie whose main marketing point was Creator/MeganFox, a sexy wet back is the most you'll get.
* Creator/AngelinaJolie after emerging from the tub in a scene from ''Film/{{Wanted}}''.
* In the earlier Jolie-starring film ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', there's an instance of ShamelessFanserviceGirl when Lara is offered a dress by her butler as she gets out of the shower and, in indignation, she removes her towel and tosses it aside. We see her walking away from behind.
* Perhaps the raciest shot of ''Film/CabinFever'' shows Marcy from the back. Specifically, [[TemptingFate it shows her lover squeezing her back, which explains how she gets the rashes]] that reveal she was actually infected with the flesh-eating disease and [[DeathBySex passed it on to loverboy]].
-->'''Paul:''' ''(While they are in the middle of having sex)'' Shouldn't we use a condom?
-->'''Marcy:''' It's okay, I'm healthy.
-->'''Marcy:''' ''(Later)'' Damn, Paul, you really did a number on my back!
* In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', Marion Ravenwood's back is [[WatchingTheReflectionUndress seen in the mirror by Belloq]] and it is lampshaded on the journey to the U-Boat pen.
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' has this when Ella is reborn from the fire. While we see her bare back, Jake and most other male characters clearly see her front.
* Juliet during her wedding night in ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet''.
* Subverted in the sci-fi film ''Film/{{Runaway}}''. Kirstie Alley strips off as a police scan reveals one TrackingDevice after another hidden in her clothes by her psycho boyfriend -- when she turns her back after taking off her bra, [[FanDisservice the police flinch at the sight of the bruises he's left on her back]].
* Creator/KathyIreland does this in the shower room scene in ''Film/NecessaryRoughness''.
* ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' has this with Creator/JenniferLawrence, giving us a quick but tantalizing look at her bare back.
* Scottish film ''Film/NotAnotherHappyEnding'' takes this a step further. We get a tracking shot of Creator/KarenGillan's lovely, bare booty as she runs down a hallway nude.
** The same sort of thing also occurs in the DirectToVideo film ''Film/SomeKindOfBeautiful'', where the camera follows Creator/SalmaHayek's bare booty as she runs outside and jumps into a pool.
* In ''Film/ILoveYouBethCooper'' Creator/HaydenPanettiere (as Miss Cooper) gives the audience this, while giving Paul Rust's "I" what's on the other side.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'': Irene Adler lets her robe drop moments before she reaches some cover to change, giving a glimpse of back.
* ''Film/TheRumDiary'' has Amber Heard topless in jeans.
* Discussed in ''Film/StateAndMain'': screenwriter Joseph agonizes on how to rewrite a critically important nude scene because actress Claire refuses to get naked. He finally has an epiphany to simply show her from the back, so that the scene can remain but Claire doesn't have to actually be nude.
** And played straight later on when Claire tries to seduce Joseph.
* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman''. Played straight for {{fanservice}} with VainSorceress Queen Ravenna, but when her beauty and powers start to fade, we're shown a FanDisservice shot of Ravenna sitting with her back to the camera, her ribs clearly visible.
* ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' (1997). As Humbert is driving her away from summer camp, Dolores leans over the backseat and removes her shirt and bra so as to change into something more fashionable. Humbert has [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn trouble with his breathing]] and [[DistractedByTheSexy keeping his eyes on the road]].
* Done in ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone'', but definitely not played for fanservice. The team are, rather brutally, interrogating one of their local guides, whom they suspect to be TheMole. The suspected mole claims to have been tortured by the Germans when she refused to betray LaResistance, and the team wants to see her scars to corroborate the story.
* Creator/MegRyan briefly when getting out of bed in ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally''.
* Happens in ''Film/{{Quick}}'' when Ki-su rides through the underwear fashion show. We see a topless model from the back. Ki-su gets an eyeful as the model [[HandOrObjectUnderwear hastily tries to cover up]].
* In ''Film/BeCool'', Creator/UmaThurman is introduced sunbathing topless.
* The titular housemaid in ''[[Film/TheHousemaid1960 The Housemaid]]'' does this when peeling out of a wet dress, in order to seduce her boss.
* ''Film/TeenWolf''; Pamela takes her top off to seduce Scott (who has full view) in her dressing room, applying this Trope to the viewers.
* None other than Creator/MarilynMonroe provides this when waking up from bed in ''Film/TheMisfits''.
* ''Film/TommyBoy'': The girl at the pool takes off her robe and bikini to [[SkinnyDipping go skinny dipping]] and Richard [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbates]] while he watches from the motel room and Tommy [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown catches him]].
* A lingering shot of Hazel in this state after Gus takes off her bra is the most raunchy that ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars'''s sex scene gets.
* Subverted with ''Film/TaxiDriver''. Because Creator/JodieFoster was only 12 at the time, her topless from the back scene uses a body double (her older sister).
* Played for comedy in ''Film/TheNakedGun'' 2 1/2: An assassin sent to kill Jane is about to shoot her in the shower, only for Frank Drebin to stop him at the last second. During their struggle, the shower curtain is pushed aside, leading to this trope. They stop fighting [[DistractedByTheSexy just to stare]], much to Jane's annoyance.
* In ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', there's a scene early on where Lawrence goes to give Ben's possessions to his fiancee, Gwen. When Gwen's maid answers the door, he has a brief glimpse of Gwen's back as she changes out of her dress. This is referenced in Lawrence's MadnessMontage later, while he's kept in Lambeth Asylum. At one point he hallucinates/dreams about Gwen sitting on his bed in Talbot Hall, topless and looking at him over her shoulder.
* In [[http://ancensored.com/clip/Halloween/Nancy-Kyes/13772 this scene]] in ''Film/{{Halloween1978}}'', Annie strips down to [[LingerieScene her panties]] and changes into an over-sized dress shirt before putting her clothes in the washing machine.
* In ''Purple Hearts'' LTJG Deborah Solomon's back is shown when LTCDR Don Jardian unhooks her bra [[CoitusEnsues when they make love]].
* ''Film/{{Help}}'': Ahme's sister taking a bath in Part Two.
* ''Film/{{Screamers}}''. Jessica strips off her top to take a hand bath, showing her SexyBack to Hendricksson who then reveals some shocking news, causing her to whirl to face him. [[SceneryCensor Her lower half is offscreen]] and Hendricksson doesn't even blink, but then says quietly, "Good lord, you're beautiful."

* Yes! In a book! A DiscussedTrope in ''Literature/MurderOnTheLeviathan'', in which Renate, who believes that "an open neck and a bare back" are the best way to seduce a man, deliberately engineers this in an attempt to seduce Erast Fandorin, the detective. Fandorin is supremely uninterested.

* In addition to specific examples given below, since sexuality in mainstream (non-cable) TV have become gradually more explicit, this has become more commonly involved when depicting sex scenes as it, obviously, allows the scene to play out without concern about nudity (though a ModestyBedsheet will often be employed to cover anything from the lower back down).
* This happens in an episode of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', when Nina is forced to undress in front of Jack, so she doesn't try anything. She deliberately faces him, showing us her scarred back. Prison must have been rough.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** TheCaptain Sheridan gets this treatment when the new PoliticalOfficer attempts [[DistractedByTheSexy to seduce him]].
** In a fifth-season episode, we see Lyta Alexander nude from the back in a scene with the irritating telepath Byron, showing how vulnerable she is to his manipulation.
* Caprica-Six or Sharon Valerii [Athena] in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', and basically an excuse to have a sex scene ''and'' show off the glowing spines of the female Cylons (at least initially, as the concept [[strike:was forgotten]] [[RetCon would have made identifying Cylons too easy]]).
* ''Series/{{Baywatch}} Hawaii'':
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRKYA9ZyGW4#t=33m24s this scene]] from "The Hunt", Jessie, Allie Dawn and Kekoa go topless as a traditional part of the [[OurNudityisDifferent costume]] for Jason's manhood ceremony.
** In "Shark Island", we only see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WFYRqJulIs#t=24m40s Jessie's back]] when takes off [[ModestyTowel her towel]] to [[SkinnyDipping go skinny dipping]].
* In "Baywatch Down Under", we see this when Kendra Rielly (Tanya Zaetta), is wearing just [[BarelyThereSwimwear a thong bikini bottom]] when she goes [[PoolScene swimming]] with Cody Madison in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll6334RqecQ#t=3m37s this clip]].
* Faith appears this way during sex with Xander in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "The Zeppo".
* ''Series/CarolineInTheCity'''s Creator/LeaThompson used this for a NakedPeopleAreFunny gag.
* In the ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "Murder He Wrote", Castle takes Beckett to a vacation spot in the Hamptons for their first vacation since their RelationshipUpgrade. They decide to use the swimming pool during their first night, and when Beckett takes her robe off, she treats the camera to a clear shot of her back. (Regrettably, [[BusmansHoliday a murder interrupted their fun and games]].)
-->'''Castle''': You forgot your bathing suit.\\
'''Beckett'''(smiling mischievously): I know.
* ''Series/{{Coupling}}'': Susan (Sarah Alexander) repeatedly, Sally (Kate Isitt) in series two, and once with Jane (Gina Bellman) in series four. In each case the audience is treated to "the full backal", as the show puts it, but other characters see the front.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Skin in the Game", Morgan goes [[DirtyHarriet undercover as a hooker]]. She has to disrobe to keep her cover intact, and the audience is treated to shot of her unclad back.
* Seen in the ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' ReunionMovie ''War of the Ewings'', when a woman drops her robe for J.R. in this way as he smiles.
* ''Series/DarkMatter'': We get a shot of Two's back while she [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl dresses in front of One]], who is left stammering while trying giving her a report on the ship.
* The opening credits to ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'' use this to great effect.
* ''Series/DoctorInCharge'': When Creator/EmmaThompson performs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH8zH2BiwSM#t=22m40s this]] [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn impromptu striptease]].
* Becomes a plot point at the end of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'''s first season. Sherlock has been reunited with love interest Irene Adler after her abduction by Moriarty, and as he spies her topless back as she changes clothes, he observes that she's missing a mole. [[spoiler:He deduces that Moriarty wouldn't care enough about his abductee's health to have the mole removed, so she must have been working for Moriarty. Sherlock was half right -- Irene actually ''is'' Moriarty.]]
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': Sports journalist Ray Barone is reduced to incoherent mumbling and embarrassment when interviewing an ice-skating star who blithely changes out of her performance gear into street clothes during the interview. Being American primetime TV, she is only seen from the back.
* Lauren is briefly seen like this in ''Series/FakingIt'' when she's preparing to send a naked selfie to her boyfriend and Shane opens the door on her. Being gay, Shane has no appreciation for it.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', the reaction of a female teenage model to the revelation that she is technically male is to rip off her hospital gown in front of House and a large viewing window (with a lot of startled people on the other side) and scream, "Look at me! I'm beautiful!" We only see this from the back, but House, who has a better view, is definitely looking.
* ''Series/JackOfAllTrades'': In one episode, Emelia takes off her robe and we get a glimpse of her bare back before she steps into the bath.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'':
** In the pilot episode, when Harm and Kate searches the deceased female officer's belongings in her cabin, her bodybuilding roommate Cassie comes to change and as Harm gentlemanly offers to leave, she quips "Why? Never seen a naked sailor before?" before he even gets a chance to, as shown from the back. Both Harm and Kate get noticeably uncomfortable in their facial expressions. When Cassie has left, Kate asks Harm:
-->'''Kate''': Did you see the muscles on her?
-->'''Harm''': I wasn't looking at her muscles.
** Also, in the first part of two-parter "Boomerang", Harm and Bud walks on the beach when a hot blonde takes of her bikini top, which makes Bud [[DistractedByTheSexy clearly distracted]].
* The pilot episode of ''Series/KungFuTheLegendContinues'' has an example of this combined with DressHitsFloor and ShamefulStrip. Marilyn is forced to strip for crime boss Danny Zhao. His right-hand man, Chan, briefly watches as she takes off her dress before he exits the room.
* Briefly via Lara Flynn Boyle removing her bikini top in a hot tub on the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Submission."
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': InnocentFanserviceGirl Parker reveals her back quite often. Usually in front of Hardison. It involves a lot of UnresolvedSexualTension.
* ''Series/LostGirl'' uses this quite a lot, especially during or just before the numerous sex scenes. In the pilot episode alone, we see Bo's naked back when Lauren (in her professional capacity as a doctor) is examining her.
* The third season ''Series/MadAboutYou'' episode "Our Fifteen Minutes" has a rather shocking and hilarious bit when Lisa (Anne Ramsay), oblivious of the cameras everywhere, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0uTYWoFYPE talks non-stop and changes right in front of Paul and Jamie.]]
* Used in 2x30 of ''Series/MagnificentCentury'', when Prenses İsabella decides enough is enough and she is now ready to seduce her way out. Used together with SceneryCensor, and DressHitsFloor.
* In the ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode "Her Cups Runneth Over", a woman in the lingerie store asks Al's opinion of a sexy ensemble she's wearing, asking if he'd like it if she was her boyfriend. When he replies in the affirmative, she asks if he'd like it better without the bra, and removes it, invoking this trope (and causing Al, who has full view, to faint). Incidentally, this is the episode that started the famous letter-writing campaign in 1989, calling for a boycott of the show (that backfired).
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': When Murdoch learns that Julia was once arrested for SkinnyDipping, he imagines this. Vividly.
* Juliette indulges in this sometimes on ''Series/{{Nashville}}'', although in "Road Happy" (but not the other times) it's done by a BodyDouble due to Creator/HaydenPanettiere's condition at the time and [[HideYourPregnancy what it entailed]].
* Abby on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had one of these scenes early in the third season, and for a couple of other seasons, the scene was a part of her montage in the opening credits.
* Happens in an episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' (of all places) where a member of royalty from a small island nation casually takes off her halter top in Harry's office when he tells her to "make yourself comfortable". (Apparently, nudity is not a taboo in her culture, seeing as she was arrested in the first place for indecent exposure.
* Laura on ''Series/PanAm'' shows hers as she poses for some nude photos.
* ''Series/{{Passions}}'': When Charity performs [[http://gfycat.com/gifs/detail/KindThunderousAmericanriverotter this]] [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn impromptu striptease]].
* Spencer from ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' indulges in this on several occasions.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Jane [[BarelyThereSwimwear goes topless]] [[BeachEpisode on the beach]] in "The Hamptons" episode.
* The "Pilot" episode of ''Series/ShastaMcNasty'' has this with Scott, Dennis and Randy [[ThePeepingTom secretly watching Cindy Margolis get undressed]] to take a shower. The boys then watch her [[BiggerIsBetterInBed well hung]] POSSLQ take off his [[ModestyTowel towel]] and [[ShowerOfLove join her]].
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': "[[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal In Belgravia]]". Extensively.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** In the season 2 finale, O'Neill wakes Carter from the cryotable and she only has a sheet on. When she sits up her entire back is revealed resulting in O'Neill giving her a through looking over before requesting they get her some clothes.
** Also happened to an attractive but ill-fated blonde female sergeant in the series premiere.
** And the entrance of 'RepliCarter' took place like this.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** T'Pol showed her interest to Tucker in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' this way, when she slips off the robe she wears while giving him Vulcan neuropressure to reveal she's wearing nothing underneath, as revealed by a full body shot.
** This popped up in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' as well, in an episode where Q's son uses his powers to take away Seven's clothes. Only the top half in that case.
** In the episode "Drone", we see B'lanna like this as she gets ready for a sonic shower.
* Rather surprisingly, this shows up in the pilot episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' between Mulder and Scully. The case involved teenagers being returned from alien abduction with two small bumps on their lower back. Scully finds two such marks on her own back, freaks out, and runs in her underwear and red robe to Mulder's hotel room to have a look. Mulder is understandably perplexed when she drops her robe and has a moment of pause. There is a shot of both the front of Scully in her undies and her bare back as Mulder inspects the bumps. They turn out to be mosquito bites. For the rest of the series, Scully is noticeably more stoic and clothed.

* The ''Vanity Fair'' photo of Music/MileyCyrus that caused so much controversy in 2008.
* [[http://www.maxim.com/women-az/brooke-burns-profile This]] ''Maxim'' photo of Brooke Burns [[WalkingSwimsuitScene in a monokini]].
* ''[[Magazine/{{Playboy}} Playboy's Bathing Beauties 1994]]'': Subverted and played straight in [[http://www.imagebam.com/image/39d34f405704661 both of these monokini pics]] of Playmate Jacqueline Sheen. The photo on the left's subverted and the one on the right's played straight.{{NSFW}}

* The Music/PinkFloyd poster "[[http://classicpostercollector.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Pink-Floyd-Back-Catalog-of-Music.jpg Back Catalog]]"; naked women, with Pink Floyd album covers painted on their back.{{NSFW}}
** Creator/TaylorMomsen from Music/ThePrettyReckless made this kind of cover for their sophomore album, Going To Hell. She has been cited that the aforementioned cover of Pink Floyd above was the visual inspiration for it.
* The cover of Music/{{Sade}}'s newest album ''Soldier of Love''. Bam.
* Music/LadyGaga's videos for "Bad Romance" and "Alejandro", although both incidences contain a certain amount of [[FanDisservice disturbing]] along with the sexy.
* The lovely Music/{{Kimbra}} in the music video of Music/{{Gotye}}'s "Somebody That I Used to Know", combined with BodyPaint. Gotye himself appears nude from the front, but both are censored by camera discretion.
* The video for "Who's Your Daddy?" by Music/TobyKeith shows Tiffany Fallon from behind, swimming topless in his pool.

* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' when Marik/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Malik]] takes his shirt of to reveal a tattoo on his back. "Now watch, Fangirls, as I strip. Yea, get a load of that back. You '''''[[SoundEffectBleep (EFF)]]'''''ing love it, don't you!" Might be counted as FanDisservice in the original anime, once you see how exactly he received it, since in the ''original'' Japanese-language anime, it wasn't a tattoo at all; it was actually ''carved into the flesh of his back to the point of scarring.'' And look at how [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/File:Marik%27sBack.jpg intricate]] this thing is!

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* [[http://hiandlois.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/182/files/2015/01/LoisNaked.jpg In this banned]] ''NewspaperComics/HiAndLois'' strip. Lois strips down to [[LingerieScene her panties]] before giving Trixie her bath.

* In the 1960s, when the underground press flourished under the artistic inspiration and control of hard-working hippies, this demure pose was extremely popular in both line drawings and photographs. It also appeared on numerous psychedelic posters.

* Miang from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', after having sex with Ramsus. She has a ModestyBedsheet to cover her hips, but Grahf is getting a good look at her bare front.
* The Wii game ''Enjoy Your Massage!'' has this as the gameplay. You massage the bare backs of attractive [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue-haired]] women.
* In ''VideoGame/FearEffect'' the player is awarded with Hana's bare back, including surprisingly shapely buttocks, after she drops her towel to [[DistractedByTheSexy distract an enemy]].
* In one of her win poses ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear's'' I-no will turn her back to the camera and tear off her top. In arcade mode, [[SNKBoss you'll get tired of seeing this surprisingly quickly.]]

* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': One of Kud's [=CGs=] involves this, as on the island where she was born there is a ritual that involves people painting symbols onto one another's skin and while she wanted to give Riki a big canvas to work on, they hadn't yet been going out long enough that she was comfortable with him seeing her topless front like that.

* Used in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', when Grace has to [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-17 change shirts]] with [[ChivalrousPervert Tedd]] in the room.
* [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1110 Jones]] takes down a Bison Latifrons without any weapons or a top in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Since this happened [[spoiler: in mankind's infancy]], it didn't really attract a lot of attention.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'': at one point, Daisy ends up [[http://www.lastres0rt.com/2012/05/again-showering-is-very-important/ looking at herself]] in a mirror to inspect why her implants ([[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant no, her BIONIC implants]]) are going haywire.
* ''WebComic/EerieCuties'': As an {{expy}} [[Series/TheAddamsFamily of Morticia]], Maria Delacroix typically wears a backless black evening gown, which is best seen in the lower-left panel, [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/boys here.]]
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'''s Miho joins the fun in [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1319 this strip]], and throws in some BareYourMidriff and SideBoob for good measure. Despite the situation, she's not giving Piro a show on purpose.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' has no inhibitions about showing toplessness from the front, but will occasionally use a back view for teasing effect or to show that one of the characters is being tantalised. For example, strip #676 (November 24, 2012, NSFW) features frontal nudity -- but it's a back view of the superhumanly shapely [=DiDi=] that really intimidates her new rival Sonya.
* ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' uses this on occasion; it runs a fairly high level of FanService while remaining generally SFW. Hints of buttock cleft are sometimes involved.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Shifters}}'', shown [[http://shiftersonline.com/chapter-3-pg-1/ here]] in [[http://shiftersonline.com/chapter1-cover/ "Shifters - Redux"]] [[spoiler:when Ferrah arrives in a MentalWorld quite naked.]]
* Used in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' when Monica [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080201 seduces Riff]].
* Seen in an [[http://badmoonrisingcomic.tumblr.com/post/87627715229/coming-in-july early promotional image]] of ''Webcomic/BadMoonRising''.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', when Gil accidentally uses Dr Prometheus Bunbury's Wacky Weave Destabiliser to destroy Zeetha's clothes, and subsequent panels show her from the back, and waist-up or knees-down ... until the following page reveals that her underwear was specifically designed to resist the effect.

* There's a brief shot of ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' from the back as she showers in the opening of the film.
* There's also a brief shot of this in the ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'' segment, "All The Cats Join In."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' had this in the infamous Cookie [=BaBoom=] scene on the season two episode "Flight as a Feather."
* Seen in the ''WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu'' short "Censored" when Sally Lou is reading Snafu's letter.
* Harley Quinn does this to distract a guard in a ShowSomeLeg moment in the Arkham basement in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham''.