Playing With / Shirtless Scene

Basic Trope: A scene where the male character is temporarily topless.
  • Straight: Bob takes his shirt off for a scene.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob unbuttons his shirt for one scene, but keeps the shirt on, covering his shoulders and back.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • A Walking Shirtless Scene character puts a shirt on for a single scene.
    • Bob is showing off his legs or butt by not wearing trousers, but he is wearing a shirt.
  • Gender Inverted: Alice takes off her shirt.
  • Subverted: A shirt hits the floor and Alice gasps… but then there's a full shot of Bob, and we see he's fully clothed. He actually just opened a closet, pulled out a shirt to get a better view—the shirt that hit the floor—and revealed Charles and Dan kissing. Alice and Bob had locked them in there earlier.
  • Double Subverted: …and when they come out, we see Charles is shirtless.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob takes off his shirt to reveal a not-particularly-compelling physique. All the other characters think he's wildly attractive.
    • Or conversely, Bob—who is very hot—takes off his shirt, and all the other characters shrug and say, "Meh."
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is wearing a shirt; a very thin, wet, white shirt that does not obscure view of his torso whatsoever.
  • Averted: All male characters keep their shirts on.
  • Enforced: Avoid the Dreaded G Rating.
  • Lampshaded: "Nice pecs. Why do you ever wear shirts?"
  • Invoked: Bob is fighting an Action Girl and takes off his shirt to distract her.
  • Exploited: Bob took off his shirt for temperature reasons, but he flexes for Alice while he's at it.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to take his shirt off for anything.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Why does ever guy on The Trope Show take off his shirt once per season? Is it written into the guys' contracts or something?"
  • Deconstructed: Bob takes off his shirt and soon gets cold. All the characters agree that goosebumps, shivering, and complaining about how cold you are, is not sexy.
  • Reconstructed: It might not be sexy, but Bob's One True Love doesn't care, and hugs him until he's warm.

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