No support needed for Penelo...
When a female character's costume doesn't include underclothes; bra, panties, or both, are noticeably AWOL. This can be more or less obvious, but still, nothing quite shows. The outer clothing may be made from a translucent material (with strategically placed lace or tape for modesty), feature a window
to show off some Absolute Cleavage
, or may be something backless
, but whatever the case, the outside costume is all
that the person is wearing. If she's wearing any underclothes at all, they must be made of air — or, should we say, Vapor Wear
Of course this is often Truth in Television
; perhaps as a way of being daring, flaunting convention, or just being comfortable. During the 1970's the look was even a part of mainstream fashion. And, despite what a lot of people tell you, there may actually be good reason to avoid supporting parts of the human body — see for example this preliminary study
. In real life, dresses that are strapless or backless, or even deep V-necks, frequently come with some built-in support or at least padding.
Vapor Wear is the default dress code for The Vamp
and the Femme Fatale
, whose personality traits match up well with the ability to waste no time removing her knickers, and who (if seen in something less
vampy) will specifically mention the lack of underwear, which can present even an ordinary outfit as something interesting or unusual. As such, it is frequently a significant factor in the Theiss Titillation Theory
A similar rule applies to succubi, the female Horny Devils
(with the exception of one popular succubus
who tends to avert or even invert this trope).
This trope can also apply to male characters, but rarely does, because nipple nubs tend to be more socially acceptable than a certain bulge
. If something should be there but isn't, it's probably thanks to Barbie Doll Anatomy
(common in most forms of animation), as well as a sign you might be overthinking things
The trope is common in Science Fiction
, regardles of the medium. Some possible reasons for this:
- It may feel jarring if characters in the far future, in a galaxy far, far away, wear totally mundane 21st-century underwear under their outlandish Space Clothes. Instead of inventing equally outlandish Space Underwear, it's easier just to dispense with it altogether.
- The same reasoning applies to most fantasy settings as well, an obvious exception being Urban Fantasy. For Medieval European Fantasy it may be based on the common misapprehension that people didn't wear undergarments in medieval Europe.note
- Between about 1915 and 1985, the trend was for people to wear less (and scantier) undergarments for each year. Extrapolating that trend into the future naturally leads to this trope.
- And, of course, it could be a Fetish-Fuel Future, or just a justification for Fanservice.
Since the 1990's the trope is quite commonly inverted, with people wearing skimpy or see-through clothing to show off the undergarments beneath. Interestingly enough, the effect is more or less the same as playing the trope straight: titillation by showing what is not supposed to be seen.
Not to be confused with Censor Steam
or Vapor Ware
, nor with the similarly named Real Life
clothing company that, alas, bears absolutely no relation to this trope. For a more generalized version see Going Commando
(which means just not wearing underwear, without necessarily being obvious about it).
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- There was a commercial once showing a pretty girl standing on a busy street wearing a tartan skirt. She turns to the camera and says cheerfully: "No, I'm not wearing any." Referring, of course, to the famous vapor wear of the Scottish people.
- That sounds very much like a commercial in which the girl says "Do you want to see what's under my kilt?" The ad was for tartan patterned sanitary napkins.
Anime and Manga
This is occasionally known as "itenai" (a shortened form of 履いてない: "haitenai", which means "not wearing") in Japan, especially when the question "is she or isn't she wearing them" is left deliberately ambiguous.
- Mostly good guy version: Anko Mitarashi of Naruto wears only a jacket over a combination of fish net stocking and chain mail. (And a skirt.)
- Kotoko-01 in Divergence Eve, in both seasons, she definitely dosen't wear panties underneath her piloting suits.
- Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist.
- Yura of the Hair from InuYasha. Of course, bras didn't exist back then, but they didn't dress like that either.
- Princess Kraehe from Princess Tutu. There's also Mytho, who has this quirky little habit of not only forgetting to wear pants, but apparently also underwear.
- Bleach has this a lot.
- Harribel and her entire Fraccion, Nelliel, and Rangiku to a certain extent. But Lilynette, my god...
- One Piece
- Kalifa, Iceberg's secretary and an agent of the CP9.
- Nico Robin is probably most guilty of this among the Straw Hat Pirates. Though the true masters of this trope are the Kuja Pirates. One in particular, Rindo, has the same unzipped leather jacket mentioned in the Tokko example below.
- Subverted with Tashigi after the Time Skip. Due to a "Freaky Friday" Flip with Smoker, it looks like she doesn't wear a bra under her shirt because Smoker has a habit to wear his jackets openly and without an undershirt, that's why he has an Absolute Cleavage all time he spends in her body. However, a fan asked Word of God if she really doesn't wear a bra, so Oda asks Smoker if it's true. Smoker answered he ripped it off.
- Miss Deep of Read or Die.
- The girls of Ultimate Girls may fit this trope — seconds after expanding to 100 foot tall, their skintight spandex uniforms begin to disintegrate. This wouldn't be so bad, except said skintight spandex uniforms are all they are wearing. Not to worry, however, they use the feeling of humiliation at being seen naked by millions as a moe power source.
- Precia Testarossa in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha goes with this and Absolute Cleavage.
- In her mindscape battle with Evangeline during the Mahora Festival Tournament Arc of Mahou Sensei Negima!, Setsuna is shown wearing the clothes of the bird tribe which doesn't come with a bra. This is for practical reasons, as a bra would get in the way of her wings.
- Some shots in Code Geass, especially the first R2 ED◊, strongly suggest that Kallen goes commando, though we do see that she does occasionally wear panties. Not a bra, though (at least, not all the time).
- This is the entire basis for Hatsukoi Limited's side story. Soako, a Dojikko, was in such a hurry getting dressed that she forgot to put on her underwear. Hilarity ensues.
- Yumiko in Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou has gone running around without panties twice. The first time was some unspecified number of years in the past where she threw them at a group of boys who were teasing her about it and then found herself on the run without them later. The second time, they were stolen by a daemon and she went running around without them.
- Nowa from Queen's Blade, a forest elf, never wears any panties at all, to the surprise of Leina. She's totally comfortable with it, too.
- Yuuma from Magical Pokaan accidentally defeats K-ko in episode 1 when this, along with the Chunky Updraft from her spellcasting effect, causes a rocket-powered Nosebleed. The same thing happens in episode 11, but this time on live television.
- Urabe Mikoto, from the Mysterious Girlfriend X manga, shares a sort of psychic "bond" with the male protagonist that lets them share emotions (and memories, to some extent) with one another by tasting each other's drool. For real. When some other guy asked her out, she tried to test it on him, but nothing happens. Then, she went with the protagonist (worried at the moment that she might actually switch to the other, "cooler" guy) and uses their bond, whereupon he immediately gets aroused without knowing why. Then, she pulls a pair of panties from her schoolbag, revealing that these were the ones she was going to use that day, and she was, in fact, wearing nothing under her uniform skirt. And it's not the weirdest thing she has done, either.
- Mizuki from No Bra. Despite what the title may suggest, she seems to be the only one.
- The leotard Miu wears in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Her nipples are more defined while wearing this than if she were naked.
- When Silcardo Jenezad obtains his disciple Bulu, it appears as if she wears nothing from the waist down except for the bottom section of a tunic. Once the inevitable Clothing Damage starts to pile up, we see her rear end is indeed completely bare.
- Black Butler II: Episode 6 reveals that, underneath her usual maid outfit, Hannah doesn't wear underwear, only a corset and a see through slip. Probably a case of Go-Go Enslavement, though.
- Honey Kisaragi is often revealed, via Clothing Damage and Wardrobe Malfunctions, to not wear a bra (though she definitely wears panties, at least most of the time). As of Cutey Honey, her Absolute Cleavage makes this obvious all the time.
- Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex. In "ANGELS' SHARE", Kusanagi is in London, wearing a trenchcoat as opposed to her usual Stripperiffic battle teddy, when she has to lure a police Special Weapons officer into an alley so she can steal his uniform. She keeps the trenchcoat, but the exposed cleavage shows she's removed everything beneath it.
- In SHUFFLE! (both the anime and the VN), Primula at first has no idea she's supposed to wear something under her shirt. Rin finds this out when the clothes get wet in Sexy Soaked Shirt fashion.
- As Fairy Tail has gone on, it has become increasingly apparent that none of the women wear bras and that at least Erza and Juvia may not normally wear anything underneath their heavier clothing if Clothing Damage is any indication.
- Yuka from Kemonozume never seems to wear a bra, but her breasts are small enough for her to get away with it.
- Maicchingu Machiko Sensei has almost every Fanservice you can name. Whether or not she is wearing a bra varies from episode to episode. We can usually tell by the time her clothes are torn away.
- Kureha from Tokko walks around bra-less and shirtless with only an unzipped leather jacket covering her. Sakura also doesn't appear to wear a bra under her tank-top.
- Eriko from Dragon Crisis! goes bra-less sometimes - in particular, her dress from episode 6.
- The Yuurei Shoujo from Gate Keepers 21 wears a transparent dress, scarf, and nothing else.
- Ranma ½: Ranma Saotome, being a guy half the time, never wears bras when he's in his female form. All the male students at his high school love it, I assure you.
- * Saki:
- The show in general has a strange tendency to have characters in very short skirts and to routinely show them at angles that logically should show a panty shot, but perhaps for reasons of modesty never actually shows any panties. Going Commando jokes are far and wide popular in the fandom and indeed Canon for a few characters.
- Saki Achiga-hen: Shizuno wears a (zipped) jacket, shoes, and nothing else. She's flat enough not to need a bra at least...
- Question Fairy, a Japanese animation created by the Japanese government to teach kindergarten children what they needed to bring to their first day of school. Some.... fans pointed out she can't possibly be wearing underwear. This is one of the reasons the Japanese government abandoned the project. See it here.
- When the characters of Seitokai no Ichizon each attempt to write a novel about their "adventures", Ken simply writes a parade of Harem Genre tropes. This culminates in Mafuyu tripping, then admitting that she's not wearing panties.
- In Gun Frontier, every time Sinunora loses her pink dress, she has no bra nor panties.
- The titular character of Puella Magi Kazumi Magica has this going on◊. She does wear underwear in her civilian outfit, so apparently she loses it in her Transformation Sequence.
- Sayaka from the main series doesn't seem to wear anything under her puella magi uniform, either. Not so obvious in the anime, but more obvious from certain shots in the film.
- Mikan from Rising X Rydeen clearly doesn't wear a bra under her Sailor Fuku as the top is open from the collar down and shows off a bit of Under Boobs.
- While Merlin from Nanatsu No Taizai wears a Badass Long Coat, she very clearly doesn't wear a bra what with her coat being open.
Live Action TV
- Sue Ellen Mischke, the "Braless Wonder" from Seinfeld.
- When Sue Ellen is first introduced in the episode "The Caddy", Elaine goes off on a rant about how her old enemy from high school has never, ever worn a bra. In her first scene she is noticeably braless, and Elaine makes a face at the sight (internal monologue: "Look at her — she's totally out of control!").
- The trope is inverted when Elaine gives Sue Ellen a bra as a gift, and she starts wearing it as outerwear. This causes whiplash and car crashes on the streets of New York, and leads to at least one lawsuit.
- Played for laughs in an episode of the prison-based Brit Com Porridge. When Fletcher's daughter, Ingrid, pays him a visit (in the open-plan visiting room), he is outraged that she's not wearing a bra and all the other prisoners can see it. Next time she visits, she puts a bra on, and just to make sure he knows it, she lifts up her t-shirt to demonstrate.
- Kelly Bundy on Married... with Children very seldom wears a bra and usually dresses to emphasize that fact.
- In the "Dollhouse" episode of Wizards of Waverly Place, when Alex hugs Justin, she is noticeably not wearing a bra.
- Servalan◊ from Blake's 7. It's more obvious in motion, but still...damn.
- Doctor Who embraced this trope whole-heartedly in its classic days. Professor Amelia Rumford in the story "The Stones of Blood" wore a silk blouse without a bra when the air was a bit chilly; companions Romana (especially the Lalla Ward incarnation), Tegan, Nyssa and Ace were seen bra-less more often than not.
- 30 Rock: Liz Lemon counseled her assistant Cerie about wearing revealing outfits and going braless at the office, despite protests from the male staff.
- In an episode of Friends, Monica's decision not to wear a bra results in embarrassing consequences when she chooses to sing at Mike's piano bar and the stage lighting causes her breasts to become very visible to the cheering male audience. She thinks they like her singing.
- Rachel never seems to wear one.
- When Parker of Leverage changes clothes in an elevator, she is notably not wearing a bra. Kind of weird if you think about it - she's on a job and must have known she'd have to change - but nobody's complaining.
- About half the time the main cast of Charmed are on screen, they don't seem to be aware of the existence of bras.
- In the That '70s Show episode "The Third Wheel", Eric refers to Hyde's Girl of the Week as "Little Miss Can't Find a Bra".
- In another episode, Eric and Kitty go to see a movie. We're treated to their Internal Monologue as they watch, and each one notes that the main female character isn't wearing a bra.
- Brittany and Santana went on a date with Finn during the first season of Glee. Brittany later informed Sue that they tried everything to seduce him—Brittany, for example, didn't wear a bra. And asked management to turn up the air conditioning. Ahem.
- Jaime Sommers in The Bionic Woman wears quite a lot of barely legal dresses with no bra, which, in reruns, are slightly startling to modern sensibilities.
- Shamelessly employed on the Tremors series, when Rosalita taught a self-defense lesson to Burt's survival class, apparently without realizing her white T-shirt was soaking wet. Not that the guys in the class were complaining, mind you.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- The first Slayer's costume seems to be nothing but strategically-placed cheesecloth.
- Let's not forget the slayer's own aversion to bras in seasons 3-5. note
- Game of Thrones:
- Daenerys Targaryen wears a flimsy silk dress that can barely pass off as clothing with nothing on underneath. Justified, as she was being displayed to her new husband, Khal Drogo.
- While the ladies of Westeros wear corsets under their dresses, most women don't seem to wear any kind of breast support.
- And as we are shown on many and numerous occasions, nobody ever wears underpants in this world.
- Susan Sullivan in the pilot movie of The Incredible Hulk was wearing a see-through black shirt with twin breast pockets. While it would be difficult to say for certain while watching, the DVD commentary specifically states she was braless and the pockets were the only reason they got away with it.
- Fiona Glenanne in Burn Notice is rarely seen with a bra and at times it's blatantly noticeable.
- Frequently seen on Rome. Cleopatra in particular, with that transparent dress. Yikes.
- Played for Laughs in a sketch from The Tracey Ullman Show, wherein Tracey plays a Salsa dancer whose panties are stolen right before her routine. Hilarity Ensues, mostly resulting from her efforts to communicate her predicament to her partner, Dan Castellaneta, while trying not to reveal it to the audience. This is a reworking of an older Benny Hill sketch and may well be a direct copy.
- The prime minister of Serbia, Ivica Dačić, once fell victim to a prank involving this trope, perpetrated by hidden camera show Nemoguća Misija (Mission Impossible). The show's producers invited the Prime Minister for an interview administered by a very attractive young woman in a very short minidress (who was in fact a glamour model). Shortly after the alleged interview began, the model/interviewer shifted her legs, revealing a distinct lack of underwear, in order to capture the Prime Minister's resulting downward glance and goofy grin on video. When the (censored) trailer hit the internet, the government instructed the show not to release the full episode.
- When Penny on The Big Bang Theory slipped and dislocated her shoulder in her shower, she has Sheldon help her put on just a pair of shorts and a top, justified since she needs to get to the hospital as soon as possible. She insists that he help her with his eyes closed leading to:
Penny: Just help me get my arm in the sleeve.
(Penny's eyes go wide)
Penny: Is that my arm?
Sheldon: It doesn't feel like an arm.
Penny: Then, maybe you should let it go.
- On a Spring 1994 episode of the French children's show Jacky Show, singer/actress Mallaury Nataf performed her song "Fleur Savage" while wearing a short dress with no panties, and, via a Marilyn Maneuver, flashed both sides, triggering a scandal.
- In Space1999, Sandra suffers Clothing Damage that exposes her back - and the fact that she is naked under her uniform. Unfortunately, the effect is ruined by a continuity error: in the previous scene, you can clearly see the outlines of her bra and panties under her tight jumpsuit.
- Trudy, one of the female detectives in Miami Vice, never wore a bra and usually wore tops that made this quite obvious. Didn't Miami P.D. have a dress code in the 80's?
- In an early episode of Farscape, Zhaan takes off her robe in front of a captured alien soldier to demonstrate her lack of cultural taboos. This leaves her completely naked as she is not wearing any undergarments.
- Debralee Scott had a wardrobe malfunction on the game show Password that revealed a braless breast.
- Charlie Dimmock, the female gardener in the BBC's semi-cult garden-makeover programme Ground Force, didn't like wearing bras, and didn't mind if her nipples showed through her T-shirt. References to "Charlie's dimmocks" abounded for a while. She was well aware of the attention, and appeared flattered by it. When a U.S. version of the series was shot, the producers made her wear a bra.
- Madonna in the music video for Vogue◊. MTV wanted to remove such shots (which make up a good ten seconds of the video), but Madonna overruled them.
- Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt of Brides Of Funkenstein, appearing in Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense concert video.
- The front cover of Stacey Q's Boomerang album; only her hands are covering her unmentionable parts.
- In "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "TMZ", celebrities in Vapor Wear make up some of the photo opportunities pursued by the eponymous paparazzi.
Those guys are all around
So you really shouldn't dare
Go to every club in town
If you've lost your underwear
- In Capt. Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, all of the women are wearing T-shirts that emphasize (a) their large breasts and (b) their lack of bras.
- Similarly, the women of Evel Knievel are shown wearing tight white "Evel Knievel" T-shirts that make their lack of undergarments clear. Crosses over with Sex Sells, as Real Life shirts were also available from Bally.
- Farfalla, by Italian pinball maker Zaccaria, is infamous for the butterfly nymph on its backbox, who is wearing nothing but a very translucent gown.
- The tight tops worn by the women of Truck Stop make it obvious they're not wearing any bras.
- The female jogger on the backglass of Future Spa wears a skintight spandex jumpsuit that makes it clear she's not wearing any sort of underwear.
- Tends to go hand in hand with Clothing Damage/Wardrobe Malfunction.
- At WWF Capital Carnage, December 6, 1998, there was a mixed tag match with Sable and Christian defeating Jacqueline and Marc Mero. After the match, Jackie attacked referee Tim White and was sitting on his neck (he was standing) and punching away at him. Sable casually grabbed Jackie's shirt and pulled it right off of her, leaving her topless on camera.
- Jazz defeated Jackie on on the April 7, 2002 Sunday Night Heat with a reverse rollup and a handful of tights, partially exposing Jackie's bare butt on camera.
- The Swedish RPG Playelf has "clothing penalties" - anything above the base necessities will obstruct your movements and give penalties to everything. Armor is useless because any advantage gained is negated by all the penalties. There are some options, but for the most part, you're encouraged to dress like a Boris Valejo painting.
- The Dark Elf Witch Elves in Warhammer practically wear anti-clothing and yet still have an armor save. This is considered by most players to be highly optimistic.
- Same goes for 40k's Sisters of Battle repentia, who get a 4+ save despite wearing nothing but a few strips of cloth and parchment to cover their strategic area. For comparison, a flak vest gives a 5+ save. 4+ is equal to full-body carapace armor.
- Uh, neither of the above is true currently. Witch Elves decidedly do not have an armor save and Repentia have no armor save, but have a 6+ Invulnerable (from Shield of Faith, representing their ability to shrug off injuries due to their incredible faith.
- Some tabletop games acknowledge and actually provide statistics for the improbable amounts of protection offered by Stripperiffic "armor" (such as GURPS, which calls it "Bulletproof Nudity").
- The Dark Eldar of Warhammer 40,000 field Wyches, evil space-elf gladiators who wear weapons, boots, and about a grand total of one square foot of black leather. Maybe two square feet for some of the guys.
- The infamous black lace bodystocking worn by the late, great Anita Morris as "Carla" in the 1982 Broadway musical 9.
- Sakura Wars: Sumire's kimono leaves her shoulders exposed. Overlaps with Kimono Fanservice a little.
- Penelo in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, as seen above, wears harem pants and a tiny crop top that make it highly unlikely that there is any underwear involved.
- In Persona 3 FES, you can equip Yukari and Mitsuru (and the female main character in Portable) with High Cut Armour or Battle Panties in, to quote the game, armour that looks like a bikini. If you look closely, they aren't wearing a bra or panties.
- The models for female characters in the original Neverwinter Nights are set up so that they are always wearing underwear unless you have an item equipped in their armor slot, in which case the underwear disappears. Curious, given the presence of backless/excessive cleavage torso options for most armors.
- A Dance with Rogues has dialogue options in which you can respond to Vico's insinuations about your panties with "What panties?"
- Ilyana's 3rd tier outfit in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
- All of Linde's artwork in Fire Emblem Akaneia.
- In the leaked prototype for the 7th game, the CG pictures don't have the grainy filter applied yet and make it easy to see Lyn's bare right cheek under her dress.
- In Awakening, we, of course, have Aversa, but there's also Tiki, whose entire dress is cut in a fashion that implies she might be going commando. Naga herself is not immune to this either, at least in regards to her upper torso, as all awakening artwork of her shows that area semi-exposed and she clearly isn't wearing a bra.
- Taki in the Soul Series to a ridiculous degree, to the point where it looks like she paints her whole body red and fights naked.
- Maki in Final Fight 2. No wonder she has an only-frontal magic skirt.
- Female characters in Age of Conan don't wear bras. This can be seen every time when using the "Hide" ability, as hiding makes your equipment turn transparent.
- Morrigan deserves a special mention. Since her clothing is made up of servant bats that conform to her body and change appearance, everything she wears is Vapor Wear. Then again, she is a succubus.
- Felicia the Catgirl also qualifies. The fur on her body is part of her body itself, and she has the ability to control where it even shows up at will (same with her ears, claws, and feet: she can turn them completely human at will). She is technically naked in every aspect. Even her ass is fully exposed, but sometimes gets censored just enough by various means during her attacks.
- Another Morrigan, this one from , fits this quite well. Though it works out pretty strangely with the universal undergarments the game uses for undressed characters, as she ends up basically putting on a bra for sex scenes and covering more of her breasts up than her default outfit does.
- In Tsukihime, apparently, Roa's favorite outfit when it was possessing Ciel in a previous incarnation was a partially open cloak. And only that.
- Given how he (or would it be a she?) went around raping people (regardless of gender) before he killed them, his choice of clothing is really not all that shocking.
- Chun Li and Cammy in Street Fighter IV have visible nipples during battles. They even pull a Gainax. Oddly, Chun Li is depicted with underwear nearly all the time, except during battle. Hmm.
- Ibuki in Street Fighter III wears an outfit that leaves the sides of her hips and waist bare with a distinct lack of a waistband for anything underneath.
- Gaia Online has the Laceback Skirt, a miniskirt that amounts to two squares of black leather and lacing up the sides (the name references the Laceback Bootsnakes you get the materials from in zOMG!). Admittedly, Gaia Online also has articles of clothing that amount to strategically-placed clouds, "Heart Pasties", and "Porn Stars", so this is nothing new.
- NPC Sasha used to wear a short sarong so low on her hips that any underpants she was wearing would have been apparent. After the Art Shift, she's switched to jeans and a t-shirt. Post-Art Shift Ruby, on the other hand, clearly isn't wearing a bra under her new dress (for obvious reasons, since she now has angelic wings). This is a bit more alarming than the other examples since Ruby is A) quite stacked and B) the single mother of a young boy.
- Outright lampshaded by NPC Diedrich.
- Feral in BloodRayne 2 is covered only by what appears to be a deep indigo vapor on the surface of her skin. Since she and her animated Body Paint tend to move capriciously, Theiss Titillation Theory is heavily applied with Nipple and Dimed up top and Barbie Doll Anatomy below, while leaving her rear more casually exposed at times.
- Numerous outfits for the female custom characters in Soulcalibur IV appear to be worn without underwear, complete with Absolute Cleavage. Of course, when Clothing Damage kicks in, a bra will spontaneously appear where there clearly wasn't one before.
- I-no in the Guilty Gear series goes braless, in a top that realistically would show the goods to anyone she was fighting.
- The Oracle in the first God of War has a see-through top and no bra (unlike most examples of Vapor Wear, her breasts are fully visible).
- In NieR, Kainé falls under this trope with her backless negligee and panties. And the cutscene camera will remind you of it every time.
- In Gladiator, in the Japanese release (and the initial USA release), it becomes evident that Irene is not wearing a bra under her armor after her breastplate is broken.
- Janna's clothing in League of Legends is so skimpy that HOT PANTS AND A BUSTIER are considered decent.
- In the Saints Row series, clothing customization includes underwear, and in Saints Row 2, you may go without. Depending on the rest of your outfit, Pixellation may be applied as necessary.
- In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, most of the women are decently clothed, though significantly bouncier than one would expect in armor. Catwoman, on the other hand, clearly isn't wearing a bra (and her catsuit is unzipped practically to her navel). Neither is Wonder Woman. As this is the skimpiest of Diana's outfits (completely backless leotard with a very high-V bottom), we can also say that she is probably not wearing anything under it, especially since thongs weren't invented in Ancient Greece.
- Catwoman keeps the outfit, though slightly more zipped in Batman: Arkham City. Still obviously not wearing a bra though.
- The heroine of Psychotoxic averts this in the actual game, but plays it straight in the box art. Her low-rider jeans clearly show she wears a thong in-game, but the identical outfit on the box shows no thong.
- In Skyrim, many of the female characters, most notably Aela, sport this trope. Unless of course you remove the armor from their dead bodies then some underclothing magically appears.
- Alice in Virtue's Last Reward is topless except for a short open-front jacket and a heavy gold necklace. The necklace stays perfectly in place even when she's struggling with people or lying on her back.
- Bravely Default has the Bravo Bikini, which the party tries to get Agnès to wear so she can win in a beauty contest. Since the goal was just to get the attention of the vestal of water, and Agnès finds the bikini embarassing, she ends up not wearing it, but it can be unlocked as an alternate outfit for Edea. The US version Bowdlerized it by censoring the outfit and aging Edea to eighteen rather than fifteen, but it does remain skimpy. To give you an idea, here's a comparison, with the uncensored version to the right◊.
- The Water Flying Clothes/Flowing Dress/whatever they're translating it as today◊ of the Dragon Quest series is an example, being made out of water.
- Many outfits in World of Warcraft produce Absolute Cleavage when worn by female characters - robes, mostly, but also some plate armor. In most cases you can wear a shirt underneath, but the bras worn by all "nude" female character models magically disappear as soon as you put on clothes.
- In The Secret World, female characters are by default not wearing bras. Many outfits include bras, or you can choose to wear a bra instead of a shirt. In early versions of the game, many player characters, male and female, wore only an open jacket or coat without anything underneath. This led to complaints and was later fixed so that women always have to wear something in the "shirt" slot (even though the "shirt" can be just a bra or a bikini top).
- During the first two-part on The Backyardigans' "International Super Spy", every time Uniqua, as the Lady in Pink, lifted her leg during her Villain Song, you could see clearly that she wasn't wearing anything under her jacket. Overlaps with Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal.
- Futurama's Zapp Brannigan isn't wearing any pants below his jacket, as can be judged from Kif's reaction upon having a view up there.
- The creators of Kim Possible, in animating this scene, probably did not expect viewers to be paying quite so much attention.
- In the first The Simpsons episode, Lisa is seen dancing whilst wearing a grass skirt, with seemingly nothing under it. The creators said that she's wearing a skin-colored suit, but you can see her individual toes.
- One surprisingly shocking moment in Teen Titans has most of Raven's clothes get torn away. A look at her bare back implies that she doesn't wear anything under that skintight leotard. Then again, most leotards are made to be able to be worn like that, not unlike a bathing suit.
- In the RobotBoy episode "Traffic Slam," Lola sits in the back seat of the Turnbull car with her legs apart, and she's not wearing any panties. A few scenes later, she sits in the same position and is wearing panties.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Princess Laethwen in "Sword of the Atom!". No wonder Ray Palmer is in love.
- In The Legend of Zelda, Fairy Companion and Chivalrous Pervert Spryte is knocked over by an earthquake, briefly averting her Magic Skirt, and reveals for a split-second that she's not wearing anything underneath it. The radar for this show was not in working order.
- Runway models tend to avoid undergarments that may show through clothes and ruin the lines (unless the designer intends that the underwear show through, of course). Their lack of bras is often quite obvious.
- Britney Spears, the time that she was caught by the paparazzi. Happened several times with other celebs, too.
Nip slips were so 2004. This year the thing to do was to denude your ladyflower, wear a short skirt and no underwear, and then spread your legs wide as you emerged from a limousine. Exposed O'Keeffes included those of Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and, of course, Britney Spears, who flashed so much cooter the week after her marriage broke up that at this point many of us could probably provide police with an accurate sketch.
—Rebecca Traister [Salon's "Year in Sex, 2006"]
- A famous photograph of '30s/'40s actress Carmen Miranda, taken as she danced with Cesar Romero, revealed that she was not wearing underwear at the time.
- Similarly, Tallulah Bankhead reportedly never wore underwear, and considered it "extremely inhibiting". Several of her fellow actors on the set of of Lifeboat discovered this firsthand when she repeatedly climbed the ladder to the set ahead of all of them.
- Jean Harlow, film star and sex symbol in the thirties, never wore any underwear. Some even say that she put ice on her nipples before shooting a scene. This practice contributed to the introduction of The Hays Code.
- While watching the 1994 Carnaval in Rio, Brazilian President Itamar Franco invited a parade dancer named Lilian Ramos to join him in the Presidential box. She was wearing an oversized T-shirt, and each time she raised her arms it rose a few inches, revealing to the press assembled below that she wasn't wearing anything underneath. Various newspapers and magazines ran major articles about it (translation), creating a bit of a scandal. Some time later, Ms. Ramos did a reenactment of the incident for some sort of documentary.
- Many Black Dresses look normal under normal lighting conditions but become see-through when blasted with several photo-flashes at once. When an unlucky actress wears one onto the red carpet without realizing it, certain websites start making money.
- A photograph taken at Dutch publisher Playlogic's booth at E3 2004 revealed that one of their booth babes was going commando at the time.
- Taiwanese model Vivi Wang accidentally created a minor scandal thanks to this trope at the 2007 Taipei Motor Show. According to contemporary news articles, her costume was so extremely tight that her pantyline was visible. So, being a consummate professional, she was forced to remove her underwear before the show, and once it started she was so focused on modeling that she completely forgot all about it.
- Czech-Indian Model and actress Yana Gupta was caught by Paparazzi at a November 2010 charity event in Mumbai wearing nothing underneath her Little Black Dress. She later explained the circumstances leading to this on Twitter.note
- Shortly before the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, Miss Colombia Catalina Robayo was caught wearing this trope at an official event in Sao Paolo. After photographic evidence of this appeared in a local newspaper, event officials reminded Ms. Robayo to wear underwear while in public.
- When she wore a green Versace dress to the Grammy Awards in 2000, Jennifer Lopez was apparently modeling this trope. Her photo◊ was much reproduced and much commented on. However, Entertainment Weekly confirmed via the designer that the dress came with a built-in panty.
- Adrienne Bailon made headlines thanks to this trope after a red carpet event in March 2012, when a gust of wind blew the cream-colored ruffly thing on her dress to one side, and the skirt underneath proved unexpectedly transparent.
- Miley Cyrus exhibited this with her backless halter dress at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards.
- The black and sheer◊ dress worn by actress Jamie Alexander to the premier of Thor: The Dark World made it very clear Ms. Alexander was wearing absolutely nothing underneath, and probably even more than her performance as Sif made her a household name overnight.
- In 2014, a number of celebrities wore see-through shirts which showed off their nipples at various events. This was a part of the "Free the Nipple" movement; a protest against the censorship rules of social media (which tend to remove any images that show even a hint of female nipple). Others who didn't want to go quite that far wore shirts or bras with nipple prints which made them look like they were topless; actress Rumer Willis made the headlines for wearing such a shirt with three nipples.
- The contestants in wet t-shirt contests like Tiffany Ann wear only bikini bottoms and barely-there t-shirts during the contest.