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  • In Alice Academy, the main character (10 years old) has a midriff-baring cheerleader's costume in the OP, and bared it again in an I Dream of Jeannie-style costume for the School Festival.
  • The Elementario outfits of Muse, Kobory and Sylphy from Amagi Brilliant Park expose their navels.
  • Skuld, Belldandy, and Urd's loli form in Ah! My Goddess have all worn midriff-baring outfits.
  • As often as not, Tina Foster in Ai Yori Aoshi. Miyabi wore a midriff-baring halter top (often under an even shorter "jacket" and with a miniskirt) early in the manga, including her first appearance.
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  • Sylvie in Ashita no Nadja.
  • Runo Misaki and Julie Makimoto in the first series of Bakugan. Julie continues to do it in the second and third series.
  • Revy from Black Lagoon.
  • Bleach:
    • Ichigo Kurosaki, whose street clothes early on always seem to expose his belly if he does so much as lift his arms.
    • Female examples include the Arrancar Halibel, Neliel, Mila-Rose, Lilynette, Loly, and the Visored Lisa, in whose case it's a Sailor Fuku many times too small.
    • Inoue's outfit when she and Chad meet up with Ichigo in Soul Society in the Thousand Year Blood War arc has this as well as Cleavage Window, though it's really just very wide straps. (You can see her skin on her side in color pages, and Urahara even says, "If you close it in the front it'll spill out the sides!")
  • This outfit worn by Sylia Stingray in the Bubblegum Crisis OVAs, sometimes with a suit jacket over it. The first episode was released in 1987, but with the passage of time her fashion starts looking less and less ridiculous.
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  • Tokiko's swimsuit in Busou Renkin. Much to her displeasure.
  • Both Yunyun and Alphard from Canaan dress this way, although in Yunyun's case it stresses her tomboyish nature, whereas with Alphard it is used more to emphasize her extreme badassery.
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura, Sakura Kinomoto has a midriff-baring outfit in episode 7 and episode 43.
  • In Code Geass, Kallen Kozuki ~Terrorist Version~ wears this early on in the first series. Complete with giant belts, straps, obvious breasts, and Zettai Ryouiki!
  • The outfit of Kaon Lanchester from Comet Lucifer shows her navel. Patrick Yang's outfit too.
  • Faye Valentine and Ed from Cowboy Bebop.
  • Digimon:
    • Persiamon, Rosemon, Angewomon, Ophanimon, Mervamon, Minervamon and Kazemon also bare their midriffs. Also Emperor Greymon.
    • Mimi Tachikawa in Digimon Adventure 02. This might have something to do with being in the US for a few years.
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    • Zoe Orimoto from Digimon Frontier.
  • Zoey from Dinosaur King.
  • Dirty Pair: The standard WWWA uniform is a halter top and hot pants.
  • Divergence Eve and its second season has Kotoko, both the piloting outfits she wears are very Stripperiffic starting just below the chest area.
  • Bra and Pan in Dragonball GT.
    • And Bulma during the Invisible Spaceship filler scene in Dragonball Z.
    • Caulifla and Kale both have midriff-baring outfits as regular clothes in Dragon Ball Super
  • Mink from Dragon Half.
  • Nadie's outfit in El Cazador de la Bruja.
  • In Endride, this is a staple of men's fashion in Endora. Among others, Emilio, Delzaine, Guidoro, and Gradido all show off their abs with either open fronted-shirts or unusual cutouts. It may be a case of Author Appeal as, of the two character designers, the ones done by Kazushi Hagiwara feature this most often.
  • In Eureka Seven, Gidget, Hilda and Talho all have outfits that bare their midriffs to various degrees. Talho, however, switches to a full-body costume later on.
  • Lisa Sakakino from éX-Driver.
  • Fairy Tail: As a series that is Best Known for the Fanservice, it is rife with this trope. And if it's not in effect already, it will be.
    • Erza Scarlet has the ability to change into different armors, many of them showing off her stomach (which some might describe as 'taut').
    • Most of Lucy's outfits count, most notably her main post-Time Skip outfit.
    • Cana, Karen, and post-Time Skip Bisca all wear bikini tops, usually with a vest or a jacket on top (except for Cana).
    • Ur would usually have her midriff bare when she was alive, despite being in cold weather.
    • Mirajane before the death of her sister used to wear this. However, her Take Over magic, Sinister Soul, has this.
    • Juvia after being possessed by Vidaldus Taka.
    • In a filler arc, Daphne shows a portion of her belly.
    • Pretty much all of the female Edolas counterparts minus Cana, Lucy (in the anime) and Mirajane (in the manga).
    • Sting is really fond of tops that only cover his pecs. His first outfit like this was also tight, and a color similar to his skin.
    • Post-Time Skip Sherry wears a revealing outfit that includes a lack of clothing on her stomach.
    • Jenny Realight shows hers in her Battle Form.
    • Risley Law's normal outfit shows off her belly regardless if she in her thin or fat form.
    • Kyoka's second outfit and Irene Belserion's default outfits are very Stripperiffic, and as such, include this.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Envy wouldn't seem nearly as androgynous without their bared midriff.
    • Winry in her mechanic overalls, defying just about every safety rule.
  • In Galaxy Angel, Ranpha initially wears a Chinese dress with a large section cut out to reveal her midriff. In sequels Galaxy Angel Z, A, etc., however, this section is covered up.
  • Bertuccio from Gankutsuou, which kinda takes the edge off his Scary Black Man persona.
  • Noriko and Shuichi from Gravitation.
  • Mayor Gathermoon in Gundam SD.
  • .hack has Ouka, Mimiru, BlackRose, Rena, Subaru, Helba, Pi, Bordeaux, Tabby, and Haseo.
  • The titular character of Haruhi Suzumiya does this a lot, specifically whenever there's warm weather involved.
  • Shirin from Harukanaru Toki no Naka de wears a midriff-baring kind of outfit.
  • Boma from Heat Guy J shows off a nice six-pack.
  • Hellsing's Doktor, who is also a Nazi. What is most disturbing to fans is that he pulls it off remarkably well.
    • Seras also did this in the fourth episode of the TV series.
  • Both Hinowa and Tobari from Hinowa ga Crush! are always seen with their respective midriff baring outfits.
  • In If Her Flag Breaks, Megumu's swimsuit in episode 6 has a top and bottom portion. Though he doesn't really need it as a guy, it's played up as if he were a girl, and Nanami hilariously does an Eye Poke on Souta when Megumu first takes his shirt off.
  • Infinite Stratos: Ichika and Charles' IS suit is like this.
    • Every IS suit is like this.
  • Jonathan Joestar is mostly tame during part 1 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, but the promotional art for the 2012 anime adaptation had him showing off a very generous amount of abs.
    • Joseph Joestar, the protagonist of Part 2. A particularly notable case in that he actually predates the Bishōnen Jump Syndrome phenomenon by quite a few years, though it doesn't come off as any less fanservicey.
    • Rohan Kishibe and Guido Mista, who do take advantage of Bishōnen Jump Syndrome, also count as well.
    • For the usual (female) example, there's Jolyne Cujoh, the protagonist of part 6.
  • Weda from Haré+Guu wears a similar outfit to Lum's. Villagers Rebecca and Addy wear midriff-baring outfits as well. It's played with by Guu herself. She always wears the same long pink skirt and yellow tube top, but it only shows off her midriff in her adult-form.
  • Many of the characters in Kaleido Star (including some of the male characters) wear midriff-baring outfits as their stage clothes, casual clothes, and training clothes. Especially Anna Heart, and Rosetta Passel.
  • A cameo of Misaki who appeared in the Episode 10 of an anime Kobato. wore a midriff-baring blue promotional outfit during the end of an exam along with Tamayo. This is the first appearance of Misaki Suzuhara who bares her midriff in the other CLAMP anime.
  • Kill la Kill: The main character, Ryuko, does this a lot.
  • Lampshaded in Koihime†Musou, by Aisha, Rinrin and even Shuri, commenting that almost all the generals from the Wu kingdom are showing their bellies.
  • In K-On!, the former Light Music Club band Death Devil used to have outfits with this. Also, one of the bands at the Live House show had this in their outfits.
    • The main girls rarely expose their bellies outside of wearing bikinis, but Ritsu wears a hula outfit in her Imagine Spot about going to Hawaii, and wears a midriff-baring shirt when going to apply for passports. In addition, Azusa has only worn bikinis in merchandise, preferring one-pieces otherwise.
  • Raichou's Magical Girl costume in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki has a big gap, through which she shows off her stomach. In one episode she dresses up Kyouka in a costume that reveals even more in that department.
  • In A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, the woman who plays the bear pianist's human form in the play "The Bear Pianist" wears a midriff-baring tank top normally.
  • Lucky Star:
    • Konata did this once. Her dad didn't like it because young, impressionable Yutaka might imitate her.
    • In the live concert, Aya Hirano got a two piece cheerleader outfit for "Kaishite Knee Socks" and "Motteke Sailor Fuku".
  • Subaru's Barrier Jacket and all of Arf's outfits in Lyrical Nanoha. Also, Tohma's Superpowered Evil Side in Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force.
  • Many characters from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, both male and female, dress like this, since it's mostly set in hot desert or tropical countries.
    • One notable male example being Judar, who wears a very revealing crop-top to show off his abs.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has one of these somewhere, amidst all the other various forms of Fanservice.
    Setsuna: "Chamo! What's the meaning of this!?"
    Chamo: "It's a costume. It looks good too."
    Setsuna: "My stomach is showing!"
    • Of course, that has nothing on the... "outfit"... Asakura wears in the Magic World.
    • And then there's Theodora...
    • Yue's outfit bares her midriff after the fight in the Governor's Ball. Reminding you that her ally was written out of existence by a shot that passed through Yue, destroying that part of her shirt along with Emily.
  • Zara from The Magnificent Kotobuki always wears an outfit that leaves her midsection exposed.
  • Michiko from Michiko & Hatchin does this a lot, drawing attention to the big tattoo on her stomach.
  • Mitsudomoe clearly has a crowning moment of awesome where this trope is demonstrated on several extremely memorable occasions.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00's Nena Trinity... in addition to ridiculously short shorts.
  • The girls of Hidamari Sketch rarely wear outfits that do this outside the context of swimwear, but one time, when they were taking pictures of each other with Sae's new used Polaroid camera, Hiro lent Yuno an outfit that showed her tummy. Sae was surprised she even had something like that (with a skull and crossbones on it), but Miyako guesses that Hiro wanted to be bold, so she bought it, then decided she couldn't wear it.
    • Yoshinoya-sensei wore a midriff-baring outfit on stage during the opening ceremony in Volume 4, and later to her class, helping her illustrate the three elective enrichment classes available to second-year students. She invited the ones who had already decided to touch the part of her that indicated the class they wanted: her tummy for 2-D, her breasts for 3-D (!), and her head for information.
  • While the girls of Strawberry Marshmallow don't seem to wear these in the main story outside of swimsuits, Nobue and Miu do on some episode pages and interstitial pages.
  • Tayune in Inukami!.
  • Kurausoras' outfit during her final duel with Argent in Iono the Fanatics.
  • Roya from Kiba.
    • Aisha, Kira, and Molima no less.
  • Éclair from Kiddy Grade shows off her midriff through a cross-shaped opening in her costume—which also makes it an example of Impossibly Cool Clothes.
  • In Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer, Tamayo Kizaki bares her midriff with her casual clothes and a blue swimsuit.
    • Misaki Suzuhara did not bare her midriff in the anime, but she bared with her another swimsuit in the official anime picture that shows a group picture of her, Tamayo, Hatoko, Sai, and Kaede in their swimsuits.
  • Amalla Su from Love Hina: Her default outfit is rather revealing tribal garb. Kaolla Su (and later the rest of the girls) wears a similar outfit for her wedding dress.
  • Laughing Under the Clouds does not discriminate between genders when it comes to revealing clothing:
    • The known mass-murderer Kagami Naoto wears a midriff-baring outfit in an act of Fan Disservice, considering how emaciated he looks.
    • Kumo Kagemitsu, one of the Kumo brothers' ancestors, technically wears the attire of a shinto priest, but it's cut so short that it reveals his midsection. Combined with his long hair and soft facial features it leads to a Dude Looks Like a Lady moment when Hirari first meets him.
    • Gengetsu's stripperiffic ninja outfit combines this with underboobs. Although she is also an expensive prostitute and knowledge broker.
  • In Lord Marksman and Vanadis, every Vanadis, as well as Limlisha, has this in their standard clothing.
  • Somewhat lampshaded in Magic Knight Rayearth: The ship from Chizeta is full of young women wearing such an outfit. When Umi is captured, since her clothes disappear, she's given the same kind of outfit, which makes her complain about her bare tummy.
  • Many characters from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, females dress like this, since it's mostly set in hot desert or tropical places.
  • All of the Mermaids out of Civilian and Idol form in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch who always wear Seashell Bras in their Mermaid form.
  • Miss Monochrome's main outfit in Miss Monochrome. Kikuko and other idols that are briefly seen on television also wear this type of attire.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam's Nena Trinity... in addition to ridiculously short shorts.
    • But then, one might argue that Nena walks around in her underwear, when not busy killing innocents.
  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water: Nadia's acrobat outfit.
  • Naruto:
    • Ino shows her midriff starting in Shippuden and continuing through adulthood. Prior to Shippuden she subverted the trope, wearing a separate top and shirt that left her midriff exposed... but covered with bandages.
    • Sai bares his midriff in Shippuden and The Last-era episodes, but not in adulthood.
    • Karin is a partial example: her lab coat hangs all the way down on the sides, but is cut to reveal her belly in the front and back.
    • Fu, the female Seven Tails host.
    • Sakura bares hers in the entirety of the third movie, Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom.
      • Her currrent default outfit in Boruto has her baring her midriff.
    • Shion from Naruto Shippuden: The Movie.
      • She partially bares her midriff during adulthood in a similar fashion to Karin.
    • Hinata bares hers in the sixth Shippuuden Movie.
    • From the Shippuden fillers: Ran in episode 288, Yukata and Yome during the Chunin Exam filler arc
  • In Oh, My Sweet Alien! chapter 9.1 the alien wife's friends dress in Earth clothes. One of them picks a long-sleeve shirt that shows her midriff.
  • Ojamajo Doremi:
    • Momoko Asuka, though it's a bit risqué for a fifth grader.
    • During one episode of Dokkaan, Hana-chan dons a costume that also has this.
  • One Piece: Almost all of the female characters in get in on this trope.
    • Nami, and to a certain degree Robin, are prime examples.
    • Even Dr. Kureha (complete with bellybutton piercing), despite living on a polar island and being 139.
  • Pokémon pretty much takes this trope and runs with it:
    • Serena has demonstrated this multiple times: During the third anime outro, in her Fennekin outfit, and in her bathing suit.
    • Misty wears a midriff-baring top in the anime, but shows a lot more skin in one of the manga series, donning a higher-cut shirt and lower-cut shorts. After Misty was Put On The Bus she returned with a new outft that covers up more.
    • Jessie's outfit is this way on default.
    • Tyra from The Bridge Bike Gang of the Original Series.
    • Duplica, from Ditto's Mysterious Mansion, when she wears a Team Rocket outfit.
    • Liza, the caretaker of the Charicific Valley's outfit.
    • Scuz from Johnto is a male example.
    • Trixie from Pokémon: The Johto Journeys
    • Chigusa from Johto League Champions.
    • Ramona from Johto.
    • Flannery and Gardenia as well.
    • Shauna from Pokémon: Advanced Generation
    • Grace from Pokémon: Advanced Challenge
    • Shelly from Team Aqua.
    • May's rival Harley is a male example. He's a campy Long-Haired Pretty Boy.
    • Lilian Meridian from Pokémon: Battle Frontier
    • Pike Queen Lucy from Pokémon: Battle Frontier
    • May’s contest dress in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
    • Maren from Pokémon 2000.
    • Annie and Oakley in Pokémon Heroes.
    • Rebecca from Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys.
    • Lizabeth from Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.
    • Elesa and Skyla from Black and White do this.
    • Linda from Best Wishes.
    • Penelope and Viola from XY.
    • Malva, member of the Kalos Elite Four and also Team Flare.
    • Diana from Pokémon 4Ever.
    • Millis Steel from Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, although not enoug to see her navel.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • Misty wears a tube top and shorts as her default outfit.
  • Cures Black, Dream (and Dark Dream), Milky Rose, Berry, Sunshine, Melody, and Mermaid.
  • Ahiru in Princess Tutu wears a midriff-exposing sweater when she's not in her school uniform — although on her it has more of a silly effect than a sexy one. The Dark Magical Girl, Kraehe, also has a dress that covers her chest.
  • Elie from Rave Master.
  • The default outfit of Siluca Meletes from Record of Grancrest War. She's not enthusiastic about the look but becomes used to it. Aishela and Margaret also bare their midriffs.
  • All the Tsukikage girls from Release the Spyce wear ninja outfits that expose the midsection.
  • Isuke Inunkai from Riddle Story of Devil has this as her school uniform. Apparently she has trained herself to withstand the cold.
  • Fremy Speedraw from Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Ves Ves, Cere Cere, Jun Jun, and Palla Palla of the Amazoness Quartet wear outfits that predominantly bare their midriffs.
    • The Sailor Starlights and a good chunk of the female Monsters of the Week do this too.
    • Early concept art which had the original five with more individual costumes. Ami Mizuno, Minako Aino, Rei Hino, Makoto Kino, Hotaru Tomoe, and Michiru Kaiou with shirts that stopped just short of the belts.
  • Kirara in Samurai 7. As well as a most of the women from their village.
  • Shugo Chara!'s Ikuto's first Character Transformation.
    • Also, Amu's Amulet Heart and Amulet Devil.
  • Leo Cornelia, the heroine of A Story About Treating a Female Knight, Who Has Never Been Treated as a Woman, as a Woman consistently wears armor for her upper body and a long armored skirt. Her stomach is completely bare. When Fooly confesses his love for Leo in chapter 1, he makes a special point of describing her perfect abs as one of the things that attracts him to her.
  • Most female characters on the Gargantia fleet except for the assistant to Fleet Commander in Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet.
    • Morgan as well, though she's really not wearing much more than a handkerchief, really...
  • Yoko from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann wears a bikini top and shorts.
    • She actually wears so little that during the Beach Episode, her swimsuit covered more skin than her usual outfit. Ms. Fanservice indeed.
  • THE iDOLM@STER: A few of the girls' stage outfits, specially Miki's, Hibiki's and Mami's.
  • Kureha and Sakura from Tokkô.
  • In Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, although Fai's default outfit doesn't include this, he shows his belly multiple times in his Hanshin, Piffle, and Infinity World outfits. Sakura's default outfit, as the princess of a desert country, applies too.
  • Some of the horse girls from Uma Musume wear this as racing outfit, but for the Winter Dream Tournament on the last episode, all participants wear special, midriff-baring outfits.
  • Malik from Yu-Gi-Oh!. Some found his lilac belly top "simply fabulous".
    • Also, Amelda/Alister.
    • Tea and Mai wear outfits that do this too.
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's:
      • When Carly Carmine becomes a Dark Signer, her outfit consists of a black midriff top with a skirt and a cape to boot.
      • That Jerkass Barbara that Yusei meets in Crash Town.
      • Kalin Kessler as a Dark Signer to a lesser extent.
  • Yumekui Merry: Merry. Notable in that they're not trying to "sneak" anything past the radar—in fact, the animators appear to be actively trying to put in as many shots of Merry's bellybutton as they can.
  • Juri from YuYu Hakusho wears a one-piece outfit with a large section around her belly cut out.
  • Van Flyheight's outfit after joining the Guardian Force in Zoids: Chaotic Century is a Rare Male Example of the trope.
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