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Bob is estatic! He finally gets to interview his favorite author, Alice. He heads over to do the interview at Alice's private estate with his agent, only to discover that she is sunbathing "au naturel" at the side of her pool with some friends. Embarassed beyond belief, Bob turns around to give Alice a chance to save her modesty... but she doesn't, instead insisting on starting the interview immediately.
Unfortunately for Bob, Alice has no problems with Casual Nudity
A character appears nude or partially undressed without any sexual intent. While fanservice
is not out of the question*
, the character itself generally will have no lewd intentions with their nudity — they simply feel comfortable being naked in this particular situation, and see no reason to dress.
This can be indicative of a more comprehensive philosophy (Nudism / Naturism
), a specific cultural thing, or merely a quirk of the character. This is occasionally used as a Establishing Character Moment
— Depending on how the situation plays out, the character can be played up as Mr. Fanservice
or The Vamp
, a quirky Granola Girl
, an extremely self confident adult, or a ditz of the highest order.
A character's reaction
to a situation like this can also be used as a Establishing Character Moment
— is the viewer confident enough to meet the naked character's gaze full on? Is he or she lascivious enough to sneak a peek (or openly leer)? Are they so timid they cannot even argue the point, instead stammering and trying desperately to get away?
The reaction of the other characters typically fall under two variants — either the characters will be enchanted
by the other character's nudity or they will be extremely uncomfortable
being around a naked person — characters that have other reactions (like calling their "buff
" or joining in) are rare exceptions.
A common subtrope is to have the nude character honestly have No Nudity Taboo
— the character is completely oblivious
that someone would find their nudity shocking and upsetting.
The Foreign Exchange Student
will occasionally be caught walking around the house naked or sunbathing topless, mostly because Europeans Are Kinky
like that. In the US media, Casual Nudity
was almost exclusively the realm of Foreign Fanservice
for a great many years, although recent trends in various B-Movie
franchises have begun to change this.
Very much Truth in Television
— most cultures have varying views on what exactly is appropriate dress and where, with America having one of the more restrictive viewpoints on nudity and topfreedom. Topfree or clothesfree sunbathing is not an uncommon sight in European beaches and many parks, whereas similar activities would get you arrested rather abruptly in the United States.
Many cultures have Casual Social
Nudity — Finland's love of nude saunas is legendary, and bath-houses and clothing-free hot springs in Japan are still communal to this day.
Fixed mention of Please Put Some Clothes On
being rare (not sure how that got through my mental editing).
edited 19th Mar '12 7:14:56 PM by KiTA