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Walkingshirtless Scene
Why yes, this is my day-to-day outfit. What do you mean it's not appropriate for fighting giant robots?!

I'm too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt
So sexy it hurts
Right Said Fred explains, "I'm Too Sexy"

If the cast of your favorite show happens to include an attractive male, the chances are high that he's going to wind up losing his shirt note  sooner or later. It may be gratuitous, and it will almost certainly bring the squee, but it will also be temporary. Eventually, Mr. Fanservice will replace his shirt, and you'll have to resort to rewinds and freeze-frames if you haven't gotten your fill.

Unless, of course, the object of your Perverse Sexual Lust is this guy.

The Walking Shirtless Scene isn't the dude who gets the most frequent or gratuitous Shirtless Scenes. In fact, he's the guy who has no Shirtless Scenes, because that would imply that he wears a shirt to begin with. The Walking Shirtless Scene is, instead, the dude whose default attire involves parading around half-naked. His Limited Wardrobe is so limited, that it doesn't even include a shirt - or if it does, he seems to be totally incapable of keeping it shut. And even if he does have an Unlimited Wardrobe, every outfit would have the singularly shared trait of lacking anything that covers his upper torso.

As you might guess, fangirls love him. And sometimes guys, as well.

Super trope to No Shirt, Long Jacket. Subtrope of Stripperiffic. For non-Fanservice-y examples of shirtless Funny Animals/Civilized Animals, see Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal.

For obvious reasons, this is a male-exclusive form of Stripperiffic-ness. The closest you can hope from someone without a Y chromosome is some Absolute Cleavage, Godiva Hair or a Walking Swimsuit Scene.


Examples

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  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    • Kamina. As one of our own has put it: "Kamina has no shirt. Kamina NEEDS no shirt." The one time he did doesn't count due to the local Lotus-Eater Machine — also the Kamina with a shirt was a blatant fake.
    • Simon for the entirety of the Lordgenome arc and the final battle against Anti-Spiral.
    • The aforementioned Lordgenome for 90% of his screentime.
    • The manga lampshades this in an early Yonkoma, pointing out that Leeron is the only one of the cast that actually wore a shirt at that point in the story. You Don't Want to Know why that is, or at least that's what Simon decides.
  • Urek Mazino from Tower of God. Maybe not that great an idea, because then everyone can see that he had his own name tattooed on his back.
  • The anime-exclusive villain Valgaav from the third season of Slayers: first half of series: flimsy top that exposes most of his chest and all of his midriff. Second half: no shirt. And in a flashback of him in his past: no shirt. Seriously, he's allergic to shirts.
  • Bear from .hack//SIGN.
  • Ryota Kajiki/Mako Tsunami from Yu-Gi-Oh!, which The Abridged Series naturally lampshaded ("I like that he doesn't wear a shirt"). Back when Yami/The Pharaoh was... well, alive, he also was one — along with pretty much everyone in Egypt. Odd, considering how much sun there was.
    • Truth in Television; the fact that it was so sunny was precisely why shirts would be impractical (you would overheat too quickly in them, and robes weren't always practical or acceptable). Sunburn wouldn't be a problem.
  • Di Long from Haou Airen
  • One Piece
    • This is the reason Portgas. D. Ace got so much extra screentime in the anime. There's also Whitebeard, Luffy, Marco, Mihawk, Eustass, Mr 1, Franky... the list goes on!
    • Franky gets bonus points for only wearing speedo on his bottom half.
    • Also Hannyabal and Blackbeard.
    • Let's not forget Smoker, who walks around in an open fronted jacket. For added fun, when he forcibly has his body switched with that of his female subordinate, he decides to keep the look.
  • Bleach
    • Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez, whose finely sculpted abs draw about as much attention as his blue hair. He might as well not be wearing a shirt at all with the amount of coverage it provides (and that's before the Clothing Damage strikes).
    • In later manga chapters/episodes, the fans are treated to Kensei Muguruma, who has an open shirt to expose the 69 tattooed on his finely sculpted abs. Tite Kubo is a sadistic bastard.
    • In the (filler) Zanpakuto Strange Tales Arc, the spirit manifestations of Ruri'iro Kujaku and Kazeshini are constantly shirtless.
    • Avirama doesn't wear a shirt, or anything else on his upper body for that matter, save for a pair of Detached Sleeves.
  • Fairy Tail
    • Natsu's vest isn't exactly concealing.
    • Gray, who is prone to unconsciously stripping down to his underwear, is an even better example.
  • The eponymous Chrono of Chrono Crusade is this whenever he's in his true form.
  • Van Fanel from the Vision of Escaflowne TV series is not a case of this, despite a certain race-related ability that renders shirts unusable. Movie Van, on the other hand, sees the futility of such clothing and instead chooses to parade around half naked — and for that, we thank him.
  • Naruto
    • Both Sasuke in Part II (who is lean, but moderately muscular) and the Raikage (who is utterly freaking ripped) have very open shirts, and the latter takes his off completely when fighting.
      • Sasuke actually has a functional reason for his not-shirt; it's so his Cursed Seal form's wings don't rip his clothes every time he uses them as they erupt from his back. When Itachi removes this ability, Sasuke reverts to more standard clothing.
    • On the other hand, Zabuza doesn't wear anything on his upper body but a few straps and arm-warmers (except for some flashbacks to when he was still with the Mist Village and he wears a standard flak jacket).
    • Utakata, the container of the Six-Tailed Slug (believe it or not he's a bishounen) wears his kimono half open, revealing his chest and, if it weren't for his strategically-placed soap container, much more.
    • We see in a flashback that Hanzo used to fight shirtless because he can release poison from a venom sac he implanted in his abdomen and clothes apparently make it hard to release it.
    • And let's not get started on Hidan, who can't be troubled to wear a shirt or button up his cloak all the way.
  • Sanosuke Sagara from Rurouni Kenshin is a lean, mean, shirtless fighting machine! Complete with sarashi.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Both Greed and Ling in the manga wear vest/jacket-type things that nevertheless leave their chests and tummies nice and visible. Foreshadowing?
    • In Chapter 104, after Father absorbs God, he ends up looking just like Hohenheim. Specifically, a half-naked, teenage Hohenheim. And he spends the next several chapters like this too. Quickly turns into Fan Disservice after Hohenheim's countermeasure strips him of the souls needed to comfortably contain his new power, causing unsightly, bulging veins to pop all over his body.
    • Armstrong is always getting his shirt ripped off when he flexes his muscles.
  • Jack Rakan of Mahou Sensei Negima! generally wears his shirts open, if he wears one at all.
  • Creed from Black Cat has his chest constantly exposed due to the ridiculously gay interesting clothes he wears. And when he's not a Walking Shirtless Scene, it's because he's butt naked.
  • In the manga Shaman King, HoroHoro's battle outfit is just shorts and a long, sleeveless, unbuttonable coat, but he tends to spend a lot of time sporting only bandages and his boxers. When he's not having a bath with all the other guys wearing only a towel. On another hand, Ren is a repeat offender (bathes completely naked even with other people), Hao is shirtless under his poncho and Yoh's uniform shirt is always unbuttoned, but they're not as bad.
  • Johnny Rayflo of Vassalord. Also seems physically incapable of buttoning up his PANTS.
  • Crow of Deadman Wonderland occasionally wears a coat, but doesn't seem to want to button it up.
  • Deville of Huckebein from Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, whose outfit consists of boots, pants, a strip of cloth hanging off from his shoulders, and nothing else.
  • Shichika from Katanagatari. Upon removing him from his secluded island home, Togame took him to a clothing store in the hope of doing away with his ragged, half-naked state. He somehow left the store with an outfit that covers even less.
  • Meryem the humanoid chimera ant king in Hunter × Hunter. And Uvogin.
  • Bertuccio and Baptistin the bodyguards in Gankutsuou.
  • Several characters from Sakigake!! Otokojuku wear their uniform jackets unbuttoned with no shirts beneath.
  • South Carolina of The Statetan-Project never wears shirts or shoes. Even during the Civil War. Seriously. Apparently this exposure works very well, since a certain Virginian can't keep her eyes off of him...
  • Blair becomes this in Soul Eater, when she and the main cast go into the Book of Eibon and get gender flipped in the Lust Chapter. Here, check the view out (obviously, spoilers).
  • In Wild Rock, the young men of both clans never wear shirts. Emphasized further by wearing necklaces, arm warmers, Loincloths and leg warmers, all which just serve to frame their bare torsos.
  • Marco Owen in King of Thorn. He loses his shirt fairly early on and never bothers to replace it, thus giving us a good view of all the tattoos he got whilst in prison. And later, all the scars he's gotten as a result of his fight with one of the Zeus Race/dying/being resurrected.
  • Gunnm: Zekka's outfit consists entirely of boots, pants and a vest that he is physically unable to button, all leather. Toji's gi is also always much too loose on his chest. Largely justified in that not only are both epic level martial artists, but in that settings about 90% of population are Hollywood Cyborgs, so they don't need clothes in the first place.
  • Brock from the Pokémon Special manga. He's shirtless just like the original sprite of the game.
  • In the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman original series, Joe Asakura wore a rather skin-tight shirt. In the OAV, however, he wore leather pants and jacket, but no shirt.
  • In Magi - Labyrinth of Magic no Djinn, male or female, has ever been depicted wearing a shirt.
    • There's also Judar, who thought to cover his shoulders with a tiny choli but for some reason bares the rest.
  • After (quite literally) stripping off his teacher disguise in the fourteenth episode of Kill la Kill, resident Mr. Fanservice Aikuro Mikisugi pretty much never puts on a shirt (or pants, or underwear...though occasionally a labcoat) again. This trope applies to every other member of Nudist Beach too, including Tsumugu, as well as Gamagoori, Inumuta, and Sanageyama after episode eighteen.

    Comic Books 
  • Mike Grell's costume for the Legion of Super-Heroes' Cosmic Boy, aka the "Cosmic Corset".
  • Any number of loincloth-wearing barbarian heroes, most notable of whom is Conan the Barbarian. Averted in the original Conan stories, where he usually wears armour or clothing appropriate to the environment.
  • DC Comics' Hawkman, most of whose costumes leave his whole chest bare except for a logo and some bondage-y leather straps to attach his wings.
  • Like Hawkman, Martian Manhunter usually wears nothing on his chest except crisscrossing red straps.
  • Nävis from Sillage spends the entire first album wearing nothing but a loincloth, making her a female example, at least temporary.
  • Nate Grey a.k.a. X-Man, has worn only a leather jacket and leather trousers since the early 2000's. This may have had something to do with his resurgence in popularity.
  • Namor McKenzie a.k.a. Sub-Mariner. Always almost naked unless we count his iconic green speedo. And in Marvels, he wears nothing. Fanboys AND fangirls love him.
  • Rogue, and for that matter all GIs, in Rogue Trooper aren't even given shirts when sent into battle. Justified in that the Norts have scanners specifically designed to detect Souther armour, so going shirtless gives them a stealth advantage. Still, you'd think some sort of breastplate would increase their ability to kill enemies.
  • The Hulk. Not Bruce Banner, though.
  • In the graphic novels, Hellboy rarely wears a shirt under his Badass Longcoat. The animated films and live-action movies give him one more often.
  • Sally Frickin Acorn from Sonic the Hedgehog. It is most notable when she is drawn by Spaz or Steven Butler.
  • Sgt. Nick Fury, in his days with the Howling Commandos, almost never had a uniform shirt that made it through an adventure intact. He also gets stripped to the waist an awful lot in the early Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD stories.
  • Seems quite natural, albeit not universal, among the aquatic Wavedancers of ElfQuest. In the first book of the Original Quest, all grown male Wolfriders wear what amounts to open-to-the-belt, sleeveless shirts, apart from Cutter and Redlance, who wear open, short vests instead. Rayek of the Sun Folk has it down to an elaborate collar. The fashion has become less ubiquitous with later costume changes, but remains popular.
  • Most of The Smurfs (even Sassette, who wears overalls without a shirt) except for Smurfette are a non-Fanservice example of this trope. Although the live-action movie model of Hefty does like to show off what body sculpting he has. Narrator from the film series and Snappy and Slouchy Smurfling are the only male Smurf characters that avert this trope.
  • Daimon Hellstrom in Journey into Mystery. The fanservice is both pointed out in the letters column and a Running Gag in the actual story.
    Kid Loki: So...why the leather trousers and lack of shirt?
    Hellstrom: A guy's got a certain reputation, you know.
  • H'el from H'el on Earth never wears a shirt over his muscled chest.
  • Mouse from The Movement as part of his street rat look.
  • The titular character of Werewolf by Night tends to break his shirt basically every time he transforms and we often see him just after turning back. In the dark age he sometimes just didn't bother with a shirt, although he had a leather jacket.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Tai Lung of Kung Fu Panda is perpetually shirtless, which certainly counts as Fanservice for the Furry Fandom. Granted, the combination of thick snow leopard fur and all the sweat-inducing kung fu training would seem to make a lack of a shirt a given (he was even shirtless in flashback as a cub!), and we also get treated to shirtless Po for the entire movie. But this walking CMOA certainly seems to have the right to parade around half-clad.
    • To further illustrate the point, note that in the Kung Fu Panda "Warrior's Guide" (a blatant reference to the various guidebooks to Star Trek and Star Wars), on the pages devoted to Tai Lung, arrows point to him to call attention to his "broad shoulders" and "bulging biceps".
  • Apparently, Aladdin couldn't afford buttons for his vest. Or a shirt. Or nipples. The Genie also is completely shirtless.
  • In the first Lilo & Stitch movie, Nani's love interest David doesn't put on a shirt until the epilogue, and even then only because it was snowing.
  • Tarzan, especially when the titular hero is an adult man.
  • Mowgli from The Jungle Book is a non-Fanservice example.
  • Being an animated swords-and-sorcery film with art style by Frank Frazetta, Fire and Ice is filled with topless (and nearly bottomless) barbarians. The blond Larn and the masked Darkwolf are most prominent, and the villain Nekron wears an open robe that he removes when he duels Larn and leaves off for the rest of the movie.
  • Guy from The Croods.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Baby Herman from Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a non-Fanservice example.
  • The ironically-named "Shirts" in The Sasquatch Gang is always bare-chested. His brothers and father are also bare-chested — first thing his father does when entering the house is to remove his shirt.
  • The male cast of 300.
  • Achilles from Troy. Pantsless, too.
  • Twilight
    • How many stills are there out there of Jacob Black/Taylor Lautner with a shirt on? Or any of the other male actors playing werewolves in that movie, for that matter?
    • According to Chester A. Bum, they all suffer from The Curse of the Missing Shirt.
    • Lampshaded in Eclipse, where Edward asks: "Doesn't he own a shirt?"
    • Lampshaded in Valentine's Day, where the character played by Taylor Lautner is offered a new shirt, starts changing shirts but stops less than halfway through saying that he doesn't want to take his shirt off in public.
      • Originally, the film was going to have a scene where his character simply walked into school and took his shirt off. Lautner rejected that for being overly blatant Fanservice.
  • In Surfer, Dude Matthew McConaughey chose to be shirtless throughout. He doesn't wear much on top in Reign of Fire, either.
    • His penchant for shirtlessness is mocked by Matt Damon.
    • And has made him a byword for shirtlessness amongst the RiffTrax crew.
    "Aw, this vest is just weighing me down!"
  • Holbrooke (Mark Wahlberg) in Date Night. Might be an Actor Allusion, as in his rapper days, Mark Wahlberg often performed shirtless and appeared in Calvin Klein ads. Also lampshaded in-movie by Steve Carrell, who pleads with Holbrooke to help save his wife, concluding "and will you, for the love of God, ''put on a shirt?!''"
    • It's later revealed that his girlfriend is wearing his shirt
  • In many Bruce Lee movies, the only times his torso was fully covered was when he was in one of his disguises. This suggests that his chest is more distinctive identification than his face.
  • In The Thief of Bagdad, Abu's default outfit is a loincloth. Ahmad, the male lead, wears an open vest for most of the movie, but it can't really compare.
  • In The Mummy, after Imhotep is fully regenerated, he wears first a loincloth with an open robe over it, and then just the loincloth.
  • Sabastien Guy in Close Enough to Touch. Technically, this counts because his shirt doesn't stay on for longer than 10 seconds in the film.
  • Vincent Perez' character in Indochine doesn't seem to know how to button the flimsy silk shirts he's constantly non-wearing.
  • Rocky of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Beach Babes 2: Cave Girl Island
  • The title character of John Carter. Throughout the whole Mars experience, he's almost always shirtless for no particular reason.
    • No in universe reason. In the books, he was bare-ass naked. Anything more and the fangirls would have revolted.
  • Areola in Not Another Teen Movie is a walking nude scene.
  • Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away: The Aerialist spends nearly the entire movie without a shirt.
  • In Showdown in Little Tokyo, Kenner (Dolph Lundgren) spends the gunfight at his home, the electric torture scene and the final sword fight with Yoshida continuously shirtless. Many of the Yakuza are also shirtless a lot of the time to show off their gang tattoos.
  • Teddy, for the most part in Neighbors. He eventually makes money on this by working for Abercrombie & Fitch.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Randy, of Trailer Park Boys, never wears a shirt. Sadly, this is Fan Disservice.
  • The entire male cast of Spartacus: Blood and Sand (except John Hannah), but especially the title character. When it comes to this TV series, being a Starz series and all, there's even a female version of this as some brief scenes in Batiatus' Household show some servant girls whose attire has obviously them being topless in a non-erotic context i.e. as they go about their duties. This TV series LIVES on this trope.
  • Most of the male characters on Buffy will find some excuse to start stripping. Particularly Angel.
  • Played for laughs in the 1986 soap opera parody mini-series Fresno, where one character was literally named in the credits as "The Man With No Shirt". The IMDB lists him as "Torch", and he was played by Gregory Harrison. At one point, Torch goes back to his room to get a fresh white T-shirt; he doesn't put the new one on, just carries it in one hand, as he did the previous one. At a costume ball, he is a bare-chested centurion, and is surprised that one of the female characters—perhaps Carol Burnett's—recognizes him so easily despite his face-concealing helmet.
  • Pretty much all the male characters in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena count because those vests don't cover anything... and the fangirls are grateful.
  • Robin of Sherwood is always wearing a half-open shirt.
  • The male Feeders of Vaal in "The Apple" episode of T.O.S.
  • The father in Friday Night Dinner is constantly shirtless.
  • Jack and Sawyer in Lost, almost every episode in ALL seasons.
  • Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones. Never seen without his admirable pectorals on display.
  • Vaughn on Community.
  • Leto II from the miniseries Children of Dune is always either shirtless or wearing his shirt half open.
  • Axl from The Middle is too lazy to wear anything but his boxers most of the time.
  • One guy in the Psych episode "Shawn and the Real Girl" never wore a shirt, though he did once partly cover up with a tuxedo jacket.
  • As the World Turns had Casey.
  • In the 1960s Flipper, Luke Halpin was, early on, Fanservice strictly for the bubble-gum set; but toward the end of the series, at age 19, he had developed into "the real thing".
  • Maskim Cherkovskiy when dancing the Paso Doble with Erin Andrews on Dancing with the Stars but pretty much any professional dancer gets a swing at this one.
  • Parodied on The Man Show: The No Shirt Guy.
  • Arthur in Merlin, starting in season 2. The other Knights of the Round Table often get in on the action, too.
  • Ryan Lochte while being interviewed by reporter Jessica Holmes of KTLA News.
  • In Sheena, the television series, Matt Cutter usually is with a shirt either not completely on all the way, a workout shirt, and no shirt at all, as it is often rendered by circumstance.
walked this far, do you think he can give me a shirt?

    Pinball 
  • Even though they're exploring a hostile Lost World filled with monsters of all sorts, half the men in Atari's Middle Earth pinball can't be bothered to put on a shirt.
  • The unnamed protagonist of Paragon, probably because a shirt would get in the way of his enormous reptile wings.

    Real Life 
  • Anytime Vladimir Putin is doing anything outside. Only he knows why...

    Sports 

    Music & Music Videos 

    Theater 
  • Cirque du Soleil examples:
    • Quite a few of the men in Mystere qualify as this at some point (i.e., the aerial cube and hand-to-hand performers), but the most obvious example is with the recurring character Red Bird, as when the role is played by a man the costume leaves the chest exposed. This is spoofed within the show when the clown Brian Le Petit encounters him — as soon as the bird has danced off, Brian mockingly mimics the dance and opens his shirt for a quick moment (that Brian is a Cool Old Guy just makes this funnier).
    • Alegria has the handbalancer, flying man, and aerial high bar performers going shirtless; the fire spinners and cyr wheel performer also have most of their chests exposed.
    • The aerial straps act from Varekai gives you two for the price of one with the very hunky, very shirtless twins.
    • The handbalancer in Zarkana. Technically he has a shirt, but it's so short it leaves his midriff bare, and his contortions quickly expose the rest of his chest. By his act's end, the shirt's off completely.

    Tabletop Games 

    Toys 
  • Rare Female Examples: The alien doll line Novi Stars has Mae Tallick in her default outfit as well as Tily Vizon and Roe Botik. All three are robotic aliens.

    Video Games 
  • Planescape: Torment has the Nameless One, who wears only a belt and loincloth, though his gray skin and vast number of scars may make this Fan Disservice.
  • Almost every Fighting Game has at least one of these.
  • Sengoku Basara
    • Sanada Yukimura is far too Hot-Blooded for any shirt to handle.
    • Chosokabe Motochika wears a Coat Cape and sleeves. Because as we know, pirates don't require shirts.
    • Maeda Toshiie comes in first place by wearing only a Fundoshi.
  • Tekken
    • Default costume of Jin Kazama.
    • Also his father Kazuya.
    • And boxer Steve Fox.
    • And human-cyborg Brian...
    • Our favorite masked wrestler King...
    • Marshal Law and his son Forrest...
    • To some extent Hwoarang... GEE!!!
    • Less arousing example: Papa Heihachi in his diapers Mawashi.
    • As of the sixth game, all male characters (except Bob) can be customized to become Walking Shirtless Scenes.
  • Kratos from God of War because HE'S THE GOD OF WAR!s
  • Soul Calibur
    • Kilik, followed by Yun-Seong.
    • For any huge-guy lovers there's Astaroth!
    • Not choosing Rock over his monster clone? Tsk tsk!
    • Don't forget Maxi, either.
    • From Soul Calibur V we have Z.W.E.I. and Algol.
  • A number of characters (both story and generic) in the Disgaea (and other Nippon Ichi games) series. To be fair, it gets very hot in Hell.
    • Mid-Boss and Axel.
    • Great Overlord Laharl!
    • And now Disgaea 4 has Fenrich, the perpetually shirtless werewolf.
  • The Demi-Fiend from Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (although a lot of his demon body is covered in runic tattoos)
  • The Glutton bloodline of Bloodline Champions never wears a shirt on their outfits. They are also fat and ugly.
  • WarCraft
    • Illidan Stormrage is always without a shirt. Even more so after he absorbed the powers of the skull of Gul'dan, which made him grow wings on his back, which means he cannot wear shirts anymore. (As this Dark Legacy Comics strip mentions in the second panel.)
    • The other Demon Hunters throughout WC3 and World of Warcraft seem to have adopted his sensibilities as well. Except, for the obvious reasons mentioned above, for the one female Huntress in World of Warcraft, not that she wears much.
    • Same thing for Blademasters in WC3 and WoW, Grom Hellscream included. Ironically, in terms of gameplay, the Demon Hunter and Blademaster had the highest armor scores out of all the Hero Units in the game.
    • Ogres not only rarely wear shirts but also wear loincloths. However most wouldn't consider this fanservice, although to a certain portion of the furry fanbase, this is indeed fanservice!
    • Liam Greymane, the son of the racial leader of the Worgen, walks around without a shirt in the Worgen starting zone.
    • Kil'jaeden, and Eredar in general, like this trope. It makes them look even more badass.
    • Garrosh Hellscream seems to have given up shirts since becoming Warchief. His shoulder guards are massive enough to make chest armor somewhat redundant, anyway.
    • Fandral Staghelm never wears a shirt either.
    • Nor does Malfurion Stormrage (must be part of the archdruid dress code), though he did wear a cloak in WC3. Admittedly, his feathered arms in WoW would probably be difficult to fit through sleeves.
    • Night Elf males in general tend to prefer being topless. The player character can also become this by buying a special chest piece available from the annual Darkmoon Faire.
  • Fire Emblem
    • Volug from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. Of course, he spends a lot of time as a wolf, but when he's in his human form...
    • Another character who goes completely shirtless is Hawkeye from Rekka no Ken (released in the US and Europe as simply Fire Emblem. And that's just his character art: all barbarian-class sprite art is shirtless.
    • Also Dieck in FE6.
    • The newest addition to this trend is Vaike from Fire Emblem Awakening. Additionally, the barbarain-class sprites are also shirtless, so any guy who reclasses there gets the look.
  • Bang Shishigami from BlazBlue reveals quite a bit of his chest and abs. Because he's just that damn manly.
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • The Monk classes of Final Fantasy games tend to be shirtless.
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy VII
    • Sephiroth combines this trope with a Bad Ass Longcoat and suspenders. territory. Other than variations on this outfit, the only other thing he wears are those leather pants such as at the end of the game and as his alternate costume in Dissidia: Final Fantasy. Said costume is also his alternate costume in Ehrgeiz.
    • Don't forget Weiss from Dirge of Cerberus, who wears nothing on his upper-body at all. Very nice indeed.
  • The Sorceress Adel in Final Fantasy VIII is somewhere between this and Nipple and Dimed. Though female, her bare chest was completely flat like a man's chest, and thus went completely uncensored.
  • Jecht of Final Fantasy X, Posthumous Character though he may be (sorta). If he did wear a shirt, he would of course not have been able to show off the bitchin' tattoo running across his entire torso.
    • Role is reprised in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, where he's rapidly becoming a Memetic Sex God. Because damn.
    • His son Tidus is taking after him in the prequel to Dissidia. Looking good there, boy!
    • There's also Kimahri who is just a big walking piece of furry and bara fanservice. Hell, all the Ronso in this game are basically fanservice for some people.
  • Vaan from Final Fantasy XII. In his guest appearance in Final Fantasy Tactics A2, he gets a shirt that goes a long way to making that vest he usually wears look... less like a battle bra. He's got both outfits in Dissidia: Final Fantasy 012
  • Female example in Fatal Frame 3. The main antagonist Reika wears only hakama, but she's covered in tattoos and out of focus, so it's not exactly taughty to see her. It is, however, terrifying.
    • Same goes for the Engravers, except they have Godiva Hair.
  • Castlevania
  • Dante became this trope in the Devil May Cry 3, to the point where his unlockable outfit is, ironically, a complete lack of anything at all on his upper body. The fans took it quite well...
  • Does it count if Brad Evans from Wild ARMs 2 wears a shirt with only one shoulder strap, leaving the other half of his chest always bare?
  • Rei and Garr from Breath of Fire III.
  • ZOAH from Chrono Cross, in an almost Leather Man way.
  • Moses Sandor from Tales of Legendia.
  • The Warrior from Diablo, and Barbarian from Diablo II. (And probably the Barbarian from Diablo III, in keeping with the pattern.)
  • In World Heroes, we have Mudman (a witch doctor) and Captain Kidd (pirate). The latter is notable for wearing a long, sleeveless coat instead of a shirt.
  • Try runnning shirtless scene with Contra dudes Bill Rizer and Lance Bean.
  • The Street Fighter series has several. We'll exclude the more Fan Disservicey examples for your convenience.
  • SNK is no stranger to shirtless manservice either, with Genjuro Kibagami, Joe Higashi and Shen Woo serving as the primary purveyors.
  • Speaking of SNK, Allen O'Neal from Metal Slug wears nothing above the waist but an ammo belt and a beard.
  • The Punch-Out!! series, full stop. It would be easier to list the characters who do wear shirts. They're all professional boxers though, so it's okay.
    • Soda Popinski stands out for walking shirtless and pantless in the Russian winter. See this blog page.
  • You in Kingdom of Loathing. The ability to put on a shirt is a special skill available only to those who ascend under a Moxie Sign.
    • Also in Bad Moon sign, after accidentally mutilating the torso stick figures would be oblivious to, the gnomes kindly teach you to identify it for free.
  • Legacy of Kain: Kain, at least in his adult form. In fact, going topless seems to be the fashion de rigueur for male vampires. Raziel and his brothers trade shirts for leather pants and a half-cape, and Janos rocks the No Shirt, Long Jacket and the bare-chested look in turns.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene + Physical God = Roark of Lusternia. He's fond of wandering around and expounding on his own superiority - justifiably.
  • Saxton Hale from Team Fortress 2 refuses to wear clothing on his upper body for "obvious reasons." To be fair, if you had chest hair shaped like Australia, would you hide it?
  • Mass Effect 2
    • A rare female example is Jack, a.k.a. Subject Zero. Her entire outfit waist-up is a leather strap covering her nipples. And tattoos. Lots and lots of tattoos.
    • Also, Thane. Justified, because covering up his chest will worsen his illness.
  • Ratchet in Ratchet & Clank and Size Matters.
  • Nier from NieR Gestalt, showing off how ridiculously ripped he is. Kinda weird seeing as how he is the father of an adorable little girl and, besides fighting the legions of darkness, grows watermelons in his free time.
  • Mortal Kombat has Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, Jax, Sub-Zero (MK3 only), Nightwolf (MK3 only), Jarek, Kai, Reiko, and of course Goro, Kintaro, and Shao Khan. The furries get Motaro. Combine with the Stripperific likes of Li Mei, Kitana, Mileena, Jade, and Khameleon, and it's actually fairly balanced in its Fanservice.
  • In Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, the Prince starts out wearing a shirt, but as he acquires Clothing Damage loses it. In Sands of Time, he tears off his sleeves one after another as they're damaged, and after falling into a hole shucks the rest of his top. In Two Thrones, he skips the sleeves part, falls into a hole, and wakes up shirtless. From thereafter, in both games, he just runs around barechested.
  • Monkey from Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn: Ayuthay seems to have "shirts omitted" in its male dress code. The guards may or may not wear armor, but neither the king nor his nephew wear anything on top. The latter, for protection's sake, dresses up before leaving the castle. Eoleo, another player character, comments that he never saw anyone from that place wear "real clothing" before.
  • This would be filled out by the bounty hunter Xenetes in Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll. Matter of fact, boldans are pretty much a walking shirtless RACE.
  • Quite a few NPCs in Rift. And one particular chestpiece style brings warrior player characters pretty close.
  • Almost every male character in the obscure PSX beat-'em-up platformer Tai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger falls under this trope, both friend and foe, including the title character himself. And that's a LOT of bare chests, considering that every character except one or two of them is male.
  • Dynasty Warriors 7
    • Sima Zhao wears a jacket, but leaves his chest bare.
    • Badass Grandpa Huang Gai, meanwhile, just wears various straps and shoulder pads on his upper torso in almost all appearances.
    • Gan Ning is topless in his default attire in both 7 and some other installments of the series.
  • Aarbron from the Shadow Of The Beast trilogy. The first two games (in which he is a beast, then a beast-man) have him in just a Loincloth (except for the Sega CD version of Shadow of the Beast II, which gave him a breastplate). In the third game he is fully human and wearing modern clothes, but still shirtless (the opening depicts him with a shirt, but his in-game sprites are clearly lacking).
  • All of the Qunari in Dragon Age II, apparently because they were survivors of a shipwreck and lost their armor. By the third act of the game, Merrill says she's sad that they left, because they were "easy on the eyes."
  • Bayou Billy wears an open vest with no shirt.
  • The title character of Guy Spy and the Crystals of Armageddon, spends the whole game in an open vest with no shirt (except for the Switzerland section, where he wears a coat, averting Exposed to the Elements). In one scene, he takes off the vest (for no apparent reason).
  • Weaponlord reaches a record by having every male character in the game (four sevenths of the entire cast) not wear a shirt. The other three are women.
  • The title character of Tomba! in his first game. In the second, his default outfit is still shirtless, but he can acquire a variety of other costumes that give him special abilities and cover his torso.
  • Marlon, the water-type gym leader in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. His default sprite is a shirtless one.
    • Justified as, being a Water-type Trainer, his main hobby is swimming, and thus his default outfit is a swimsuit.
    • In all games in the series, you can have one on your team in the form of the fighting-type powerhouse Machamp, who was clearly modeled after professional wrestlers.
  • The shirt-free male barbarians in Puzzle Quest 2 can, like everybody else, buy extensive armor. And like everybody else's, it never appears on their avatars.
  • One of the two title characters of Sphinx And The Cursed Mummy exhibits this trope, and it's not the one who is completely wrapped in bandages.
  • Barbarians of Clash Of Clans don't need shirts to fight. Just swords and moustaches.
  • Action Doom 2: Urban Brawl has two types of shirtless, muscled fist-fighting enemies (somewhat based on Jean-Claude Van Damme).
  • Although not this by default, Dunban in Xenoblade gets several skills that give him special effects if he's not wearing any armor, and he'll become this if the player chooses to utilize him. And thanks to the fact that characters in the game can share skills if they have high enough Relationship Values, he can spread this trait to anyone else in the cast. Including the girls.
    • Certain pieces of "armor" in the game are actually described as specialized balms or lotions that have a special effect when applied to the skin. In practice, this means that the character appears to be wearing nothing up top, thus becoming this trope. Again, the ladies can take advantage of it too.
  • The Last Story has Incredible Invisibility Dye, a special magical dye that renders your clothing invisible. Its sole purpose is to make your characters appear as if they aren't wearing any armor when, in fact, they are. And naturally, you get the dye that makes your shirt invisible long before the one that makes your pants invisible.
  • Red Earth: Leo wears a Loin Cloth, boots, and nothing else.
  • Practically a pandemic in The Bouncer. Of the three playable characters, only Sion wears a shirt... and he leaves it half-open, exposing his chest and giving a peak at his abs. Volt wears a leather jacket that's constantly open, and Koh wears a small vest that not only leaves his chest on display, but doesn't do all that great of a job at covering his back. Big Bad Dauragon doesn't like wearing a shirt either, although the fact that he wears overalls means that the bib from the overalls mitigates this trope somewhat.
  • Vincent from Catherine has recurring nightmares about climbing block towers in nothing but his boxers, which make up roughly half the game. Generally this is not by choice, but by the end of the game he voluntarily chooses to wear them when confronting the final boss. If the player gets either of the good Cheater endings, he loses his shirt for good.

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  • Given Free Country, USA's lax clothing laws (and also because it's called "Free Country"), characters in Homestar Runner are not required to wear pants (or any clothes). Strong Bad is one big Walking Shirtless Scene; he thinks it's better to show off his abs. Homestar has had his shirt removed a few times, but nobody knows if he wears pants or not, so...

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