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"Now, why don't you go put on those red bikini briefs that I gave you? I love the way your butt looks in them."
Olivia Newman, Three to Tango

The Female Gaze is a Gaze trope about the way a work is presented from a female perspective or reflects female attitudes, either because of the creator's gender or because it is deliberately aimed at a female audience. Although looking at sexy men can contribute to it, Female Gaze is not restricted to that but is more importantly about the expectations of how the (presumptive) audience relate to the work.

Female Gaze is a Distaff Counterpart to Male Gaze. It is generally less common than its Spear Counterpart, and this is largely believed to be due to Most Writers Are Male.

May overlap with Homosexual Male Gaze. Compare Eating the Eye Candy and Longing Look.


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  • The women in this commercial for Lee Premium Select Jeans.
  • The girls in the BOD Man football and soccer commercials. Actually, all of the BOD Man commercials fit this Trope since the female narrator always says "I want your bod!" at the end of the commercials.
  • The blonde watching the guy shooting pool in this Levi's 501 jeans commercial.
  • The entire premise of a famous Diet Coke commercial from 1994, involving a hunky construction worker.
  • Carlee in this Aussiebum commercial.
  • The reporter in this Diet Rite commercial.
  • A whole series of Diet Coke adverts are infamous for being proudly built on this trope.
  • The women in this RPM commercial.
  • In this English Leather commercial, the woman's checking out her racquetball opponent and she's mentally undressing him, judging from her tone of voice when she says "All my men wear English Leather, or they wear nothing at all."
  • Parodied in this advert from 1999: a large group of women hypnotically look at... a hunk's Tissot wristwatch.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The camera in the anime adaptation of Attack on Titan spends a lot of time lingering on Eren's glistening muscles when he turns into the Rogue Titan. Behold!. In fact, the fights in the manga feature lots of female-friendly focus on the Titan shifters' bodies in general (case in point); however, this sometimes drifts into Fan Disservice due to the grievous injuries they suffer in their battles.
  • Basilisk: Once, as Oboro and Gennosuke walk through a very thin path in the mountains, we follow Oboro's gaze as she looks at Gennosuke's back...
  • In Bastard!! (1988), when Lucien first appears in his true form as Lucifer — completely naked — pretty much the first thing he says is "What are you looking at, Miss Yoko?" The fact that Yoko is on her hands and knees in front of him doesn't help.
  • Berserk:
    • Twisted example with Farnese when she whips a shirtless and chained up Guts, she gets noticeably aroused by the sight of his bleeding muscly pecks showing her sadomasochism. If that wasn't enough later on Farnese masturbates upon remembering whipping Guts and in her literal inner demons mock Farnese saying how much she enjoyed it, this all fuels Farnese's Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny troubles due to her pious virginity. She gets better eventually.
    • In a similar situation (poor Guts) God Hand member Slan rips off his armor so she can get a good look at his body, she then precedes to molest him until the Skull Knight intervenes.
    • Played much more gently with Casca during her love scene with Guts in the Golden Age as she "investigates" Gut's torso seeing the still bleeding wound she inadvertently gave him earlier and after licking it she says she wants a wound from him too.
    • When Schierke is putting a magic seal on Guts, she gets a bit distracted due to her Precocious Crush.
    • When Farnese and Schierke enter Casca's mind they see the aforementioned love scene from Casca's POV, it's exactly what you'd expect. Farnese even shields Schierke's eyes from the sight.
  • Pick up a volume of Black Butler. Any volume. Turn to a chapter. Any chapter. You will most likely be greeted with pans of the body of a prepubescent boy, along with his Bishounen Battle Butler's hands all over him.
  • While Bleach has lots of Male Gaze (actually, only Rangiku, Orihime, and Yoruichi count), the female fans have just as much, if not more eye-candy. How many times has Ichigo gotten Clothing Damage, to start? And what about Renji, his very tattooed body, and his very sexy Slipknot Ponytail? Let's not forget Byakuya wearing a tuxedo in some pictures, Ikkaku and his own share of Clothing Damage, and especially Grimmjow.
    • Don't forget the time Ichigo failed to land a scratch on Ulquiorra, but succeeded in ruining his shirt.
    • Speaking of Ulquiorra, there's quite a bit of focus on his lips.
    • There's also Hisagi and Kensei, who are both not only buff and never seem to wear sleeves, but they have sixty-nine tattoos, Hisagi's on his face and Kensei's on his abs. Sure, the numbers actually have an innocuous explanation in-universe, but it's easy to assume otherwise...
  • Code Geass is very good about the Male Gaze (with Kallen in particular), yeah, but it also has some fanservice for the ladies, such as Lelouch's Shower of Angst and Suzaku's ass. Actually when you think about it, the Estrogen Brigade is enough to cancel out the show's intended audience. Go ahead, see if you can find more than 50 straight fanfics.
  • Crying Freeman: Yoh Hinomura undressing is usually followed by a full-page splash panel displaying his body. Before he kills his enemies, often while still in the nude.
  • Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School has a scene in episode 7 of the Despair Arc where Nagito can be seen bathing in a tropical paradise, with his butt in full view for a good few seconds.
  • In Digimon Tamers, Juri kept doing this a lot when she first discovered Leomon and even was illusioned thinking he was meant to be her partner, which only ticked him off because she wouldn't leave him alone. She got her wish, though she entirely dropped the gazing when things got more serious between them and the worlds.
  • Dragon Ball Z. Granted, of course, this is a series that prides itself on heavily muscled men beating the snot out of each other. Still, there are far more long panning shots up spandex-clad male bodies than can possibly be justified by dramatic reasons. May explain part of the show's relatively large female following.
  • In Eden of the East, Saki's reaction to getting hit with a Naked First Impression is to stare at the man's groin for about ten seconds.
  • Fairy Tail while more commonly known for the Male Gaze, still pays loving attention to the musculature of Natsu and Gray for female fans. In-Universe Jellal effectively weaponises this trope against poor Ezra whom having previously established feelings for him immediately becomes flustered in the fight and has trouble concentrating.
  • Kyoto Animation released a thirty-second promo featuring a swim team, now known as Free! Anime fans quickly took note of the fact that said promo was essentially a half-minute beefcake reel, full of loving shots on the chiseled abs, buns, and even feet of nubile young swimmer boys, in tight swim shorts, while dripping wet and with pulsing music for good measure. An Instant Fan Club was gained from the promo alone, despite the fact that nobody knew if it was a promo for the studio or a full series (although the latter eventually came to pass, to the fangirls' delight.)
    • And the main series, titled Free!, indeed lived up to its predecessor in being as filled with lovingly-shot images of muscular bishounen as possible while still retaining an actual plot.
  • Happens a few times in Gangsta. as there are plenty of panel/shots of the musculature of the male characters and at several points we get Alex’s POV as she ogles Worick and Nic closely, especially noticing their tattoos when they’re underdressed. Considering the series was created by a female Mangaka it’s to be expected.
  • Albeit unintentionally, the Getter Robo G ending sequence lets us know that Ryoma has got particularly shaped legs.
  • Fushigi Yuugi. Almost every male character gets a Shirtless Scene at least once.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: Domon Kasshu, making Super Robot fanboys everywhere... vaguely uncomfortable since 1994.
    • All of the Shuffles are subjected to quite a bit of female gaze when suited up. It certainly helps that they all have different body types: George is the archetypical slender and graceful Bishōnen, Chibodee has a rather ample chest, Sai Saici is youthful-looking and Keet-ish, and Argo is very buff. Any wonder as to why this series is pretty popular among girls?
    • As bonuses, Domon and Chibodee get several Shirtless Scenes...especially Chibodee, being a boxer and all and having a well-toned frame.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. Trowa Barton. Shirtless Trowa from the Endless Waltz OVA. Also, he gets a butt shot in the "Odds and Evens" shorts.
    • Treie Khushrenada. Bubble bath with rose petals.
    • Lots of crotch and butt shots of the G-boys throughout the series. Oh, and Latex Space Suits.
    • The G-boys are seen in Speedos in one of the promo artbooks, as well as Heero and Duo taking their soaking wet shirts off in the rain.
    • Dozens of artbook pictures featuring Heero and Duo hanging all over each other.
    • Heero's usual outfit consisting of a slinky tank top that frequently shows off his man-cleavage, and tight Spandex bike shorts with nothing underneath.
    • The series in general, being one of the first in the Gundam franchise to feature a Cast Full of Pretty Boys.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 has Tieria Erde's infamous Shower of Angst, as well as Alejandro Corner wearing only in a bathrobe and Ribbons Almark in a midriff-baring top and white undies while cranking up the Ho Yay to worm his way up Alejandro's trust and affections.
  • In the Baseball Episode of Haruhi Suzumiya, Tsuruya is introduced, and she promptly looks at Kyon's crotch. Lampshaded in The Abridging of Haruhi Suzumiya, obviously.
    • That same episode has an outtake from the English dub cast where Mikuru of all people gleefully exclaims "Ooh look, buttcrack!" when watching Kyon dive to catch a baseball.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers gives us England's post-hot bath Shirtless Scene in Japan's house, which was notoriously more fanservicey in the anime than in the original webcomic.
    • Also, when China crossdressed in the April's Fool Special, there was quite the bit of attention focused on his bare legs. While America wore a Naked Apron, England dressed up as a nurse, Russia put on a dress... and France, as usual, was buttnaked.
    • The incredibly buff Germany appears shirtless quite a few times in the anime, and often in sleeveless shirts.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Jesus Christ with a cast full ridiculously handsome and muscly men you'd have a harder time finding the Male Gaze. Araki goes out of his way to appeal to girls, just see Joseph Joestar from Part 2 who remains attractive to women when he's 69.
  • While Karakuridouji Ultimo is very much Shōnen, you'll find that more than half of the fanbase are girls due to the fact that almost all of the robots look like girls, and the Yaoi undertones between Rune and Yamato's relationship.
  • In Kill la Kill, most people are put off by Aikuro's tendencies for exhibitionism and nudity. Suyuko, on the other hand...
  • Magi gives us Sinbad in all his naked glory. Within his first appearance, girls' eyes might wander down
  • Mazinger Z: Kouji Kabuto. In the anime he was shown half-naked more often than Sayaka. (And this is the resident Ms. Fanservice we're talking about). And in the manga he visited a hot springs resort, and stripped himself once for no reason at all. Duke Fleed from UFO Robo Grendizer also "suffered" from it: an example was when Kouji went to Duke's room late in the night to discuss a matter that was worrying him... and both of them were naked up waist during the conversation.
  • One Naruto two-page color spread had "female gaze!" all over it. The girls are all happy and relaxed and you don't see too much of their bodies... but the boys bicker all over and they're all naked and you see almost everything of Rock Lee... Okay, there's Chouji too, but he looks very happy and he DOES have his fangirls too.
    • In her début episode Karin apparently held a lengthy conversation with Sasuke's chest. That was where the camera was aimed, anyway...
    • In Episode 101 Sakura gets a bit too invested in trying to see her teacher Kakashi's face unmasked as she literally peeps into male's spa where Kakashi, Naruto, and Sasuke are. It's too steamy for her to see anything, however.
    • In Shippūden Episode 55 the camera zooms in on a shirtless Naruto and his equally shirtless shadow clones like Hinata was the one filming it.
  • While One Piece is more about the Male Gaze, the inverse much like the DBZ example is prevalent as well.
  • One-Punch Man thanks to Adaptational Attractiveness has plenty of beautiful babes that get showcased, but there’s also a lot of handsome beefcakes like Genos and Walking Shirtless Scene Suiryu as well as Saitama himself who's got a Clark Kent Outfit to hide his fittingly god-like Heroic Build. The clear winner however is Garou, who's gotten blatantly female-friendly gratuitous ab shots. Several fans have lampshaded this editing Garou onto the covers of GQ magazines.
  • Persona 4: The Animation:
    • Quite a lot of shots are focused on Yousuke's butt. And Narukami certainly likes to undo his shirt's top buttons.
    • And after Kanji shows up, he's often seen wearing a sleeveless shirt, which lets the animators focus quite a bit on his rather nice and muscular arms.
    • In the animated rendition of a certain school trip, everyone gets drunk. He ends up totally sloshed and with his shirt open while the girls make drunken passes at him in their own ways. Niiiiiice abs, Narukami.
  • Psycho-Pass give us Shinya Kogami, who is mostly seen in many many shirtless scenes that showed us his well-toned body. It can't be helped though, the fangirls immediately fainted.
  • Ranma ½ has Ranma shirtless quite often, usually so he would then be topless after being turned into a girl. Similarly, Ryoga and Mousse lose their clothes in their animal forms, so when they turn back they're naked, athletic men.
    • An aversion: For some reason, Genma, Ranma's father (who turns into a panda) seems immune to this. Somehow he seems almost always to be clothed upon being returned to a human state. Since he's nowhere nearly as attractive when unclothed (or clothed for that matter), it's probably just as well.
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: while Jun got quite the focus on her lean legs, nice butt and white panties, the camera wasn't exactly shy about showing the girls how Tall, Dark, and Handsome Ken and Joe were.
  • Currently depicted above is from Seitokai Yakuindomo. Ironically for female viewers, it's less about turn-ons than it is about cheap laughs. In at least one case, it prompts the only significant resident boy to tell the girls to raise their heads.
  • The Sengoku Basara 3 manga puts a lot of emphasis on Yukimura's muscular bare torso and Mitsunari's slender legs, especially during fight scenes.
  • Soul Eater: Kid has a nice ass.
  • Space☆Dandy has almost equal amounts of this and Male Gaze— being a series that both rejoices and parodies skimpier animes. Notable examples include episode 6, where Dandy spends 90% of the episode in a pair of briefs, and the latter half of episode 8 where there's not one but two pan-ups of his naked behind, not to mention him running around in a towel.
  • Okamoto's mech in Star Driver has a "Fanservice Mode" that lets her see into her opponent's cockpit and through his clothing. While he's preparing to attack her. Oops.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is known for Male Gaze fanservice, and yet we have one scene with Simon kicking ass in a bathhouse wearing nothing but a short bath towel around the waist. The shots during the scene tended to be in worm's eye view, and the mere thing preventing anything from showing is some black shading under the characters' waist towels.
    • Many men are perpetually topless in the show. Kamina only has a cape sometimes, and Simon, although he wears jackets, he always keeps them open and he's shirtless underneath. Kittan wears a tank top in one of the Parallel Works shorts that tend to get blown around exposing his chest nonetheless, he's as good as shirtless. Also, Lordgenome, complete with chest hair.
  • Tiger & Bunny spoils female viewers often, with eye-candy like Barnaby's muscled body after a shower or Kotetsu frequently figuring into the show, especially in later episodes; at times the writers also seem to throw in references for a certain type of fangirl specifically, such as the Running Gag of Barnaby catching Wild Tiger in a "bridal carry" whenever the latter finds himself thrown into the air. That's not to say that the show lacks Male Gaze, either, considering some of the focal shots on the resident Ms. Fanservice, Blue Rose.
    • Tiger and Bunny: One of the few (non-yaoi) anime to give the viewers a gratuitous Fanservice close-up shot of a man's naked cleavage.
  • Even though it is a Seinen series, Tokyo Ghoul engages in plenty of equal-opportunity fanservice. Besides numerous shower scenes and Workout Fanservice featuring the handsome men of the series, creator Ishida Sui claims that he draws characters starting with their asses. It shows, most famously when Arima's Badass Longcoat somehow manages to cling to every inch of his heart-shaped rear end.
  • In To Love Ru Darkness, several girls see the main protagonist, Rito, naked. Momo since the first chapter where both are in the bathtub and Rito gets up suddenly.
  • In Trigun the girls Milly and especially Meryl have a reaction at seeing a shirtless Vash, though it's probably more to due to his horrific scars and missing arm, that didn't stop Vash acting like he was being perved on, however.
  • In Your Name due to a "Freaky Friday" Flip a girl Mitsuha wakes up in a boy (Taki)’s body and first thing she does is look down at her/his crotch and slowly reach down to investigate. Later on we see Mitsuha leave the bathroom as Taki, and she’s got a Luminescent Blush on her face.
  • Even though Yu-Gi-Oh! has more a Male Gaze, i.e the Dark Magician Girl as well as several female characters like Mai in particular, the female audience got some boy candy in its male cast. Yami Yugi being the main focus of the female viewers when he's shown in an Out-of-Clothes Experience during a cut scene from the Japanese version of episode 181. Needless to say, the fangirls fainted.
  • There's quite a bit of this in Yuri!!! on Ice, which focuses on male figure skating and has a Cast Full of Pretty Boys. It's especially apparent in regards to Victor Nikiforov and Christophe Giacometti; in the first four episodes there's a lot of attention on Victor's body when he's in the hot springs, and Chris gets a lot of shots of his ass thanks to his style of skating being highly sexual in nature.

    Comic Books 
  • In Birds of Prey: Manhunt, Black Canary and Huntress both identify that a masked criminal is also the Manipulative Bastard Kavorka Man who seduced them both at different times when CCTV footage of his getaway happens to show a closeup of his butt.
  • Green Lantern: Hal Jordan has a really nice ass.
  • Nightwing isn't the only male superhero to get it. But he's the one who gets it the most. That infamous Secret Six panel? The artist even wrote "Hot" when she signed it!
    • Nicola Scott, responsible for that picture, in general, loves her male ass shots, as seen in Earth 2.
    • Hilariously lampshaded in his Grayson solo series when a bunch of girls name Dick's butt cheeks "Jim" and "Juan" respectively. Dick, who's trying to teach the girls, is perplexed as to why they aren't listening to him.
    • Happened another time in a Teen Titans comic when Supergirl has a rare moment of Power Perversion Potential and uses her X-Ray Vision to see what kind of underwear Nightwing is wearing and discovers only a "cute tushie".
  • At one point during the New 52, Superman has clothes burned off trying to master his flare ability, Wonder Woman is very notably interested in the background and Aquaman even tries to shield her eyes but she moves his hand away. To be fair to Diana she comes from a female-only civilization, and at this point hasn't seen a naked male body outside books, she can't help being curious.
  • Jason Todd and Roy Harper have become the victim of this multiple times in Red Hood and the Outlaws by Starfire and the artist. Jason even spends most of issue 6 in his birthday suit and a big leaf.
  • Namor, being a male example of a Walking Swimsuit Scene, gets a lot of this with many comics highlighting his muscular body and serves as temptation for poor Sue Storm.
  • Spider-Man has certainly done enough splits and other flexibility-related maneuvers in skin-tight spandex to qualify for a spot here.
  • In X-Men there are a lot of beefcakes that get just as much loving attention as the babes do such as Wolverine, Cyclops, Colossus etc but the one who gets the most Female Gaze is likely Gambit. There’s multiple gratuitous moments of him going around shirtless while playing basketball or just completely naked to show of his muscly bod and sometimes he receives as much Clothing Damage as his wife Rogue. Jean Grey even lampshades it to her low-key jealous boyfriend Cyclops.
    Jean: I must confess as infuriating and arrogant as Gambit can be... those eyes, that grin, the body— it takes a girl’s breath away.
  • The Incredible Hulk, despite being usually quite monstrous, can sometimes get close attention from women, seen one time when he lost his Magic Pants and Leader asked Hulk to Please Put Some Clothes On since ladies were present.
    Atalanta: (staring closely at Bruce's hindquarters) Don't hurry on my account.
  • Surprisingly, Iron Man has gotten a lot of this over the years, frequently being shirtless or completely naked at times. The cover of Invincible Iron Man #14 depicting Tony’s hot body was censored which is very rare for male superheroes.
  • Noh-Varr dancing around in his underpants in the first issue of the Gillen/McKelvie run of Young Avengers. The Noh-Varr example has gotten a lot of positive feedback from feminist groups as being a great scene that doesn't shove the fanservice in your face — if you like guys, then it's a bonus, but if you don't, then the scene is still important to the plot and interesting to read. It's also emotionally plausible since he's alone with a woman who he's just spent the night with. Kieron Gillen has stated that this was his intention and that there's a real imbalance between sexy female characters and sexy male characters (also pointing out that "sexy" doesn't have to be "sexist").
  • During Chelsea Cain's run on Mockingbird, Bobbi Morse would often find herself teaming up with her ex-husband Clint or current fling, Lance Hunter, and both of them tended to be shirtless. In one issue, Lance was, in fact, shirtless in bondage gear. And then he later appeared completely naked (complete with censor bar). Cain has explained that the entire book is through the lens of Bobbi and since she is an unreliable narrator, she remembers things a bit more...female gaze-y.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust: Asuka often finds herself looking Shinji over, especially his backside (and declaring him yummy).
  • Becoming Lífþrasir: When she suspects there is something going on between Astrid and Hiccup/Cattongue, Astrid's mother is quick to comment on his ass (much to Astrid's disgust).
  • Breath of the Wild: While Link and Zelda are exploring the grassy plain near Hyrule Castle, Link relaxes without a shirt. Zelda can't help herself but steal glances and even take a few pictures of him while she's at it. And Link is fully aware of it, and lets her do so. He also helps himself to a few glances at her curves.
  • Crimson and Emerald: Fuyumi notes how hard it is being a lesbian when she looks at Mirko's bare and shapely legs and cute tail.
  • A Crown of Stars:
    • When Shinji gets naked in front of her, Asuka spends a good while blushing and gazing studiously at his body and taking note of the size of his "equipment".
    • Ching is very appreciative of Bir’s backside.
  • Doing It Right This Time: When Shinji tries new clothes Asuka spends a while thinking of how yummy he looks.
  • Evangelion 303: Although the author is male, the male characters provide plenty fanservice in this doujin (not so much as the female characters, though).
  • The author of Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità sure went out of her way to describe Italy, an attractive guy, dressed as Sailor Moon.
  • Frozen (2013): Given the fact that Queen Elsa's ice dress was already a good example of Male Gaze, it's not surprising that fanart of her as a boy tend to give her male counterpart this treatment. The cold never bothered him anyway.
  • Greenfire: When Greenfire gives Rarity a ride over a cliff, she's very appreciative of his rippling, warm muscles that she's almost in full-body contact with.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters:
    • During one of Will's dates with Matt, the narration notes that she keeps checking out his butt when he's not looking.
    • A female on female example has Jade (who has just come to the conclusion that she's a lesbian) peering at Irma's cleavage as she sits up from their table and then watching her rear as she walks away.
  • Hellsister Trilogy: When Kara and her boyfriend Dev are taking pictures from each other wearing swimwear, Kara insists that he shows his butt off, stating "Women have needs, too".
  • HERZ: In chapter 3 Kurumi is constantly checking Shinji’s behind as he trains his aim.
    She handed over the two clips to a blushing Ikari Shinji. Her eyes followed his behind as he walked towards the firing point.
  • Last Child of Krypton: The female characters –Misato, Ritsuko… and above all Asuka- constantly ogle to Shinji’s muscular body.
  • Mr and Mrs Gold: During their Slumber Party, a slightly drunk Rose asks Mr. Gold to pick up one of her books off the floor, only to get cat-calls from the others when he does.
    Rose: Told you guys… And he’s all mine.
  • Throughout My Immortal, Ebony checks out every hot guy she meets. She has a very specific fetish — mainly, looking like Gerard Way. Lucky for her, every hot male looks identical to Gerard Way, which must get very confusing. She never checks out girls, however, despite a throwaway mention of her being bisexual.
  • Naruto fanfic writers frequently have Hinata Hyuga do this with Naruto... but the kicker is that with her Byukugan (X-Ray Vision), she can see more, and far less obvious than most.
  • In Once More with Feeling, several scenes focus on Asuka ogling to Shinji.
    Oh come on Asuka… we both know how you kept glancing at him yesterday during training, with him in that tight fitting dance getup as he built up a sweat-
  • The Shining Armor Arc of the Pony POV Series has an example played for laughs. After Shining receives a Groin Attack from General-Admiral Makarov (the Big Bad of the arc) during their first fight, Minuette seems a little too eager to help the ship's doctor examine the bruising.
  • Shigeko Kageyama AKA Mob is a Mob Psycho 100 gender swap and as such the main character, Mob, is a fourteen-year-old girl surrounded by a mostly male cast. So much female gaze. Understandable since she's going through puberty and has a terrible habit of staring.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Asuka's point of view often focuses on Shinji's body, especially if he is half-naked, wearing a tight suit, or sweating.
  • In Page 23 of The Powerpuff Girls (1998) episode "The Boys Are Back In Town" (manga fan-version), Blossom is shown to be staring at a certain place after she pulls Brick's pants down in an effort to embarrass him. She's just hovering there, smiling and blushing...
  • Kanin in The Tainted Grimoire has, on at least one occasion, checked Luso out when he was training, in just swimming trunks.
  • In Weiss Reacts, Jaune is a victim of this, as opposed to his Casanova Wannabe canon portrayal. The poor guy ends up having at least half the cast in his Unwanted Harem.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Batman Forever and especially Batman & Robin, would provide the audience with loving close-ups of the dynamic duo's chest, crotch and rear every time they suited up. Either it's an example of the Female Gaze or of the (Male Gays?). Considering how Camp the Batman movies had become by this point, it could be hard to tell, though considering that Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were directed by Joel Schumacher, it's probably the latter.
  • Serves to stir up some Unresolved Sexual Tension in The Blue Lagoon when Richard notices Emmeline staring at him intently for reasons neither he nor she can really understand at first.
    Richard: What're you looking at?
    Emmeline: Your muscles.
  • After Lola meets Sam in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen he walks away, and the camera briefly focuses on his butt.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • In Man of Steel, when Superman is saving the people from the oil tanker, the camera goes down to show off Cavill's pecs.
    • Wonder Woman has an In-Universe example when Diana comes across Steve Trevor having a bath, she gets very distracted due to never having seen a naked man before and questions if he's a typical example of his sex. Of course Steve being played by Chris Pine helps matters.
    • The entire fight of Clark/Superman vs. the League members in Justice League is this for Henry Cavill, who's barechested during the whole scene.
  • The Spider-Man Trilogy. Well, of course. We're talking about a muscular young dude who wears a skintight outfit and is unbelievably agile.
  • The Twilight films. Jacob. 'Nuff said.
  • As if any girl can watch Labyrinth without staring at David Bowie's… incredibly tight pants.
  • In the film Sunshine, there's a nice scene of Capa getting into his space suit which is clearly fanservice.
  • In The Black Hole, a POV shot lingers on Charlie Pizer's jumpsuit-clad butt as he climbs down a ladder to disembark from the Palomino.
  • In Space Jam when Bugs is Hulking Out after taking “Michael’s special stuff” (actually just water), Lola eyes bright utters a soft “Wow!” looking at him. Even Daffy is impressed, complimenting Bugs’ deltoids.
  • Shows up briefly in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? After a character's husband, who pretty much defines "bastard" tells her he's leaving her for her friend and walks off she starts over in a new town. Thankfully there is a handsome, sensitive Christian sheriff around, who also has a nice butt judging by the scene where he climbs up on a ladder and Sheila finds herself staring. We get a POV shot.
  • What Women Want has Mel Gibson's character taking advantage of hearing a woman's inner monologue about repeatedly looking at his crotch to do whatever he can to make her do it again.
  • Chris Evans in the Fantastic Four (2005) movie, which has him naked and in an impromptu sauna after his powers burn all his clothes off.
  • For a franchise centered around the traditionally male medium of comic books, the Marvel Cinematic Universe finds a lot of opportunities to show off their male leads:
    • Iron Man: There's the extended, multiple-angle montage of a filthy, disheveled Robert Downey Jr. dressed in a thin, skimpy tank top and flexing perfectly sculpted, wiry arms while lifting and hammering pieces of metal and sweating in the extremely, extremely flattering fiery forge-light.
    • Thor: Chris Hemsworth was already quite easy on the eyes. Add in a Shirtless Scene and him wrestling in the mud and you can hear the girls Squeeing from miles away.
    • Thor: The Dark World: The sequel decided to give us a long, slow pan up Chris Hemsworth's glistening abs and pecs as he sponge bathes himself against a sunset.
    • Captain America: The First Avenger: Chris Evans again. It lampshades in In-Universe his great physique in the first scene of Cap's newly-gained muscles, where love interest Peggy looks like she's going to faint and narrowly stops herself from trying to touch his chest... which wasn't scripted.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
      • There is a Shirtless Scene with the Winter Soldier...that quickly veers into Fan Disservice territory.
      • On the more positive side, we have Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie jogging around the National Mall with extremely tight T-shirts on that quite lovingly show off their physiques.
    • The Avengers, which challenges Magic Mike's hold on the title, "Female Gaze, The Movie." Where to start?
      • It introduces Captain America with a lingering shot of Chris Evans' ass as he pummels a punching bag (and throws in a few more ass — or full-body — shots later on when he's dressed in his tight, colorful suit whose pattern immediately draws the eye to his shoulder-to-waist ratio);
      • Devotes a noticeable chunk of screentime to several unnecessary, loving pans over Chris Hemsworth's biceps, triceps, and deltoids and centers a large number of shots on his long, luscious, disheveled golden hair;
      • Has Jeremy Renner constantly posing and aiming a bow while in a skintight, sleeveless outfit that shows off his ass and arms pretty much every time he moves;
      • And has a scene focusing on a completely naked, Carpet of Virility-sporting Mark Ruffalo whose only concession to modesty is a conveniently-placed bit of rubble in the foreground (not to mention all the earlier scenes of him with rolled-up sleeves and an open collar)
      • And if you move from that baser titillation to the numerous tight close-ups of Robert Downey Jr.'s dark, silver-streaked hair, dashing, neatly-trimmed goatee, and enormous brown anime eyes framed by lashes of extension-scale length and thickness; and a pale, piercing-eyed Tom Hiddleston in sleek black hair, wearing either an elaborate, elegant green-and-gold robe and helmet, or a ridiculously sharp suit and overcoat; and you've got one of the most eye-candy-heavy superhero movies ever made.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), the male lead is introduced, headphones on, with a tight shot of some slick Elvis Presley inspired hip movements. Later on, there's an extended scene of him shirtless and displaying his ripped physique while being sprayed in an orange fluid. In-universe it's supposed to be prison disinfectant, but everyone in the audience knows it's really for fanservice. Chris Pratt actually dropped 60 pounds to play the role, good on him.
    • Captain America: Civil War has one show of Cap grabbing onto a helicopter and a building, which looks like it was staged to show off as many of Evans' pecs as possible. Apparently, Evans originally showed up on set wearing a jacket and The Russo Brothers made him wear a much tighter T-shirt to properly show off his massive biceps and triceps.
    • Doctor Strange (already played by fangirl magnet Benedict Cumberbatch) is shirtless for no clear reason while he shaves off his Beard of Sorrow. Later scenes involve him sparring with Mordo (played by the very handsome Chiwetel Ejiofor) in sleeveless tops that do an excellent job showing off their upper arms.
    • Thor: Ragnarok: Chris Hemsworth has one more Shirtless Scene. Another!
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming Tom Holland's Spider-Man shows that he's got Clark Kent Outfit as he strips down to his boxers to show off his abs.
    • Ant-Man has a shirtless Scott Lang tending to his wounds. Everyone has seen Paul Rudd shirtless before, but never like this. This is also true for In-Universe, as Hope, his Sexy Mentor briefly checks out his chiselled abs and obliques, before actually telling him what she was about to say (that Hank is looking for him). The sequel has a montage of Scott killing time while under house arrest for violating the Sokovia Accords and one of the moments shown is when he goes for a bath and we see him shirtless again, possibly just to show the audience that Rudd has hit the gym again to get back in Superhero shape.
    • Black Panther (2018): The water fight scene invokes this — one girl in the theaters actually broke her retainer when Michael B Jordan's Killmonger takes off his shirt to show his tally marks.
    • Another In-Universe example happens in Avengers: Infinity War as Gamora takes particular interest in Thor's muscular arms, feeling them and saying it's like they are made of "Cotati metal fibers". She only stops touching his arms when her increasingly jealous boyfriend Star-Lord asks her to stop.
      • To be fair to Gamora, Drax also exclaimed over the Hemsworth god-bod.
    • As already mentioned in the page quote, the discussion in Avengers: Endgame about Captain America's Ass. This even warrants a bit of approval from Steve Rogers himself later on:
      [While 2012 Cap is lying face-first on the ground...]
      Rogers: ...That is America's Ass.
    • Spider-Man: Far From Home has a hilariously lampshaded moment where Love Interest Michelle aka MJ is in Peter's room and he needs to change into his Night Monkey stealth suit. Peter takes his top off, revealing his abs which she clearly appreciates, but Peter urges her to turn around so he can get fully changed. She complies respectfully but Michelle then sneakily looks over her shoulder after a while.
    • Spider-Man: No Way Home has MJ help Peter get out of his Spider-Man suit, and followed by a hilarious gag of Aunt May and Happy believing the young couple was about to have sex, but the scene also shows off how much Holland has bulked up (after having to slim down for Cherry). And we also get to see Jamie Foxx without clothes and he is as much of a hunk as most MCU leads. The movie also brought back Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, who had to get in shape for the movie and put on their skintight Spider-Man outfits too, to the point that Holland actually believed one of them had a fake butt (whether or not that is true is a different discussion).
    • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opens with the titular Shang-Chi working out in the morning without much clothes on.
    • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Stephen Strange's first scene shows him waking up from a nightmare, shirtless. Presumably just to show off that just because he is a magic user now doesn't mean Doctor Strange has stopped hitting the gym.
    • Thor: Love and Thunder: Zeus zaps Thor with a disguise-removing "flick" which leaves Chris Hemsworth completely in the buff. Zeus’s entourage immediately collapses in awe, and Valkyrie and Jane Foster go from "Let’s kick some ass" to "Let’s watch the show." When Thor gets some clothes on, one of the aforementioned entourage slaps the podium in frustration.
  • In Exit to Eden, Mistress Lisa (Dana Delany) is seen checking out both the men and women as they're introduced at her sex fantasy resort.
    • Also, during the control scene, she glances at Citizen Elliot's (Paul Mercurio) bare butt while pinching and squeezing it and telling him that that's what she likes "to do to gorgeous butts".
  • In The Crush, Alicia Silverstone steals a glimpse of Cary Elwes' bare butt by peeking through the bathroom door.
  • Weaponised in Robocop 1987, early in the film Lewis holds Cox (one of Boddicker‘s men) at gunpoint while he’s finished urinating. Cox holds his hands up at her command but asks if he can zip himself up, Lewis apparently unable to resist taking a look darts her eyes down to his open fly, which allows Cox to knock her out.
  • In The Last Jedi Rey gets very flustered at the sight of the shirtless Kylo Ren and meekly asks him to cover up but she notably doesn't continue asking when he doesn't.
  • Kamen Rider Double Forever has a brief scene that includes a gratuitous close-up on Philip's lips as Maria touches them.
  • The first lines in Fast Times at Ridgemont High are:
    Perry's Pizza Waitress: "Linda, Linda, there he is. There's the guy from the stereo store. Do you think he looks like Richard Gere?"
    Linda: "Did you see his cute little butt?"
  • In Fish Tank Mia's gaze, and consequently the camera, long and often lingers on Michael Fassbender's naked body. Nothing wrong with that, right? Except that she's a minor and he's her mother's new boyfriend.
  • In Bad Education (2004), there's a shot where the camera spends a good amount of time focused on Gael García Bernal's crotch when he's only in his (soaked) underwear. (This isn't much of a surprise knowing that the film's director is openly gay.)
  • Magic Mike could be retitled Female Gaze: The Movie and it would actually make more sense. Among fans, it's often called such.
  • James Bond:
    • GoldenEye: There are several gratuitous shots of Pierce Brosnan's Bond leisurely swimming in the pool of his hotel. It's a mix of close-ups of his face and upper chest, plus wide shots of his body which serve very little purpose other than to demonstrate just how Tall, Dark, and Handsome and wet he is. This particular set-up makes Bond appear much more erotic during his Interplay of Sex and Violence fight with Xenia (which includes two sexually suggestive lines, "That depends on your definition of safe sex" and "No, no, no. No more foreplay") because he's still dripping wet and only dressed in his swimming trunks.
    • The franchise has suddenly gained a lot of this since Daniel Craig took over the title role. It all started with the famous tiny-trunks Shirtless Scene in Casino Royale (2006) and continued from there, so much so that that's the picture for the film page for Mr. Fanservice.
  • Featured prominently in Looking for Alibrandi when the students from the boys' school arrive at the girls' school and the girls lay eyes on them for the first time. There are several close-ups of the boys' butts as they put their hands in their pockets, causing their blazers to ride up.
  • Jaws 3D has an example similar to the Robocop one, as during a pushing hand game in a barroom Sean Brody is able to make his girlfriend Kelly lose by remarking that his fly is open causing her to look down in excitement and get pushed over.
  • The Bollywood movie Om Shanti Om includes a number of tongue-in-cheek moments where the female director and choreographer makes fun of traditional Bollywood 'male-oriented' sequences. For example, the song Dard e Disco, in spite of a number of half-naked women, firmly focuses on male superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The costumes and the way the camera lingers on him as he jumps out of the water are definitely female gaze in action.
  • In Pacific Rim, Mako spends a good amount of time staring out her door as Raleigh takes his shirt off. Once Raleigh notices, she immediately shuts the door... and goes on watching through the peephole.
  • In Austenland, Captain East takes his shirt off at every opportunity, e.g. to wipe a female character's cheek. Exasperated, another male character asks why he can't just use a handkerchief.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past: Wolverine's nudity when he wakes up in 1973 provides plenty of eye candy for anyone in the audience who might be attracted to men.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: Downplayed with Professor X since he's more precisely a sensual subject rather than a sex object.note  In the scene where he's on a rocky ledge facing Cairo, his body position, the camera angles, and the lighting sometimes evoke the impression that he's a male fashion model posing for a magazine shoot. The focus on Xavier's physical beauty in these shots later intensifies the blatant rape subtext of his next scene because he looks like an attractive and vulnerable prey when Apocalypse shoves him down on to a slab and cuffs Charles's wrists to restrain him as preparation for a violent Mind Rape.
  • In this scene in My Tutor, Terry checks out Bobby when he comes out of the pool.
  • Somewhat like the Blue Lagoon example above, in Kick-Ass 2 Mindy is seen having her first experience with this while watching a Boy Band music video, then suddenly experiencing it in person (along with the ladies in the audience) when she sees Dave changing in to his costume and realizes he's developed quite a physique.
  • In Into the Woods, Rapunzel's prince wears tight leather pants that border on Painted-On Pants in some scenes. The song "Agony" also involves both Princes ripping their shirts open.
  • George of the Jungle Refreshing to see in a family film. George is the one spending most of the movie running around in nothing but a loincloth while the camera lingers on his glistening muscles or his soulful eyes. Meanwhile, the heroine Ursula gets the bulk of the character development, drives the plot, and does it in loose-fitting, practical clothes.
  • In Notes on a Scandal, as Barbara reaches out to take Sheba's hands, the camera pans past Sheba's cleavage. Later, while Sheba is napping on the couch at Barbara's apartment, the camera lingers over her shapely form.
  • Carol: During and after her fling with the titular character (who was the Closet Key for her), Therese becomes more aware of women gazing at her—and returns the looks. Quite bold, given the 1950s setting.
  • Lacey Underall in Caddyshack is shown checking out Tony D'Annunzio in a speedo at the pool and Danny Noonan's butt.
  • Other Halves. The filmmakers film the character of Mike the way most women in horror films are treated. The camera lingers on his body while the women around him stare.
  • Where The Boys Are '84: In this scene, Laurie Jameson notices Scott Nash's eyes and smile while Jennie Copper's focus is on his "buns".
  • The Gleaners and I: Concerning film theory, not men looking hot. There is the gaze of the director, a woman, and of her camera, as applied to the film, and of Varda as a 'character'. The French title of the work more easily makes this idea known.
  • The Grasshopper: Very obvious in a scene where Christine, sitting on the grass at a driving range, watches Tommy (a big, burly former NFL player) hitting golf balls. There's a POV shot focusing directly on Tommy's crotch.
  • In The Fly (1986), Seth may be the Doomed Protagonist but the principal viewpoint character is Veronica, his lover. In the wee hours of the morning after his fateful teleportation, as he's experimenting with his somehow newly-enhanced reflexes and strength and achieving wondrous acrobatic feats — all while shirtless — she slips into the room and quietly watches, ending up awestruck and more attracted to him than ever. As critic Steven Benedict notes in his podcast episode on the film, there's nothing gratuitous about how much is shown of Seth's body: knowing how shapely and attractive he is makes it that much more painful for Veronica and the audience to witness his Body Horror Slow Transformation into a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • Plan B, a film directed by a gay man, is a case of this that overlaps with Gay/Bi Male Gaze. Despite Bruno initially sleeping around with his ex-girlfriend Laura and plotting to win her back from her new boyfriend Pablo, the film is far more focused on the homoerotic tension between him and Pablo than on his relationship with Laura. Many of Bruno's scenes with Pablo show them engaging in Gay Bravado or being half-naked around each other, whereas Bruno's scenes with Laura are comparatively brief and never show Laura as anything less than fully clothed even after they've had sex. It gets to the point where it feels like Pablo is the one Bruno really is interested in, not Laura, which was entirely intentional as Bruno and Pablo both come to realize that they're much more in love with each other than they are with Laura.
  • In Angel, Angel, Down We Go, sexually frustrated Tara stares at Bogie as he sings onstage, resulting in a closeup of his crotch.
  • In Truth or Dare (2012), Gemma walks in on Justin changing his shirt, and drinks in the view of his muscular torso before making her presence known and commenting that he has a lot of scars.
  • In Fire & Ice, Suzy's constantly looking at John's butt and in her narration she says that he has cute buns.

  • Comes up in A Brother's Price. "Men's Fashion Magazines" tout the codpiece, as it lets potential wives see what they're buying.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey dedicates a large amount of page time to fawn over Christian's hotness and sex appeal from Ana's twitterpated POV.
  • October in the October Daye series is very fond of commenting on how Tybalt looks in tight leather pants long before they start dating.
  • The Power: Deliberately compared and contrasted with the Male Gaze. Many of Tunde's scenes involve a woman looking at him in a way that uses an implicit balance of power that would usually signify the Male Gaze. All of this comes around to show the book's overall theme of gender stereotypes having a lot more to do with power imbalance than biology or social roles.
  • In The Red Vixen Adventures any description of Rolas tends to focus on his impressive physique, and he's the frequent subject of a Shirtless Scene.
  • In Son of the Black Sword, Rada to Devedas. She spends quite some time admiring and describing his physique.
  • Non-sexual example: In Judy Blume's Superfudge, when Peter is suffering a Potty Emergency because his little brother is taking his time on the toilet, the only alternative that comes to his mind is to wee on a large potted houseplant. A male author would probably have thought of him using the sink first, considering it's right there next to the toilet, but a female author (or reader) is more likely to recall male movie and TV characters whizzing on trees than to think of this option.
  • The Twilight Saga has countless scenes describing Edward's unparalleled beauty from Bella's lovestruck POV.
  • In the last book of the Venus Prime series, Sparta spends some time admiring Blake's nude body as he recovers from gill-implantation surgery.
  • In Worm Taylor's burgeoning crush on Brian is shown by her moving on from simply thinking of him as handsome early on, to much more detailed descriptions of his athletic physique and deep voice as they spend more time together. The fact that he ends up training her in hand-to-hand combat and they spend time assembling furniture together and doing other activities that put them in physical contact with each other does nothing to clear her head.
    • She also very briefly notes on seeing Legend (who dresses in the archetypal superhero spandex) for the first time that he has a "perfect" body that is well worth a second look.

    Live-Action TV 


  • In this newscast, a New Year's Eve reveler is mooning the reporter and based on her body language and eye contact, apparently, she thinks that he has a nice butt.
  • Fox News: Once on The Five, Sheppard Smith cut in to cover a 20-year-old Virginia man who was climbing the Trump Tower and Fox News Liberal Julie Roginsky gasped and then spent the rest of the show staring at his ass (He was only shown from behind.), and called it "Amazing!"
  • During this postgame interview on Fox Sports, not only are reporter Katie Witham's eyes almost exclusively on soccer player Nani's sweaty bare chest, she also has the camera pointed at it.
  • NHL on Sportsnet: In this interview with former Detroit Red Wings defenceman Jiri Fischer, reporter Christine Simpson is mentally undressing him.
  • Nine News Australia: In this segment about how good-looking men earn more, reporter Lizzie Pearl interviews very attractive men, compliments them and she also has the camera pointed at young, lean muscular shirtless men with smooth, hairless chests.
  • During a heat wave in the summer of 1992, Washington, D.C. general news reporter Wendy Rieger was doing a Vox Pops interview with a shirtless twentysomething male who was playing soccer on the National Mall. He told Rieger that the black shorts and T-shirt combo matched perfectly but it was soaked with sweat and became unwearable. She told the guy that she thought that his black shorts-and-sweaty bare chest combination was good style for him by saying "It looks like you're well matched here." When she said that, Rieger suggestively slid a finger along his one of his disco tits.
    • When she covered the 2014 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Wendy Rieger did a segment on what she will remember most. Those sights are the Christ the Redeemer statue and its 220 Seleron steps, Ipanema Beach and Diego, the bodyguard, which she thought of as the prettiest sight:
      Wendy Rieger: Diego was assigned to my party for about two hours. Just long enough to go "HOMINA, HOMINA, HOMINA!", and then "Where's Diego?' 'He's with Matthew McConaughey.' 'Really?' 'He's with the Victoria's Secret models.' 'Really?'". Not that the other bodyguards weren't lovely.
  • Today: At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Savanah Guthrie's, Hoda Kotb's and Jenna Bush Hager's eyes, along with the camera are on Tonga's half naked flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua and Hoda and Jenna enthusiastically apply a copious amount of oil on his bare chest in this clip.


  • Honestly, in Adam-12, we've got reasonably attractive actors in tight cop uniforms. Then there are anvilicious seat-belt buckling scenes, and the camera likes to focus directly on Reed or Malloy's crotch while they perform the maneuver.
  • Average Joe: Melana Scanlon said "They took off their shirts and I almost passed out. Holy cow!" when the Hunks took their shirts off for the Shirts vs. Skins basketball game.
    • Larissa said "Looking at these guys, I was like gosh they're gorgeous. Every single one of them takes your breath away" when the Hunks took their shirts off for the Shirts vs. Skins dodgeball game.
    • Larissa also said about Jim Frassetto when they went rock climbing in Scottsdale, Arizona "Jim was getting really sweaty and I have to say he looks pretty darn good without his shirt on going down. It was pretty sexy."
  • On both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, there is lots of this going on. Angel, in particular, seems to like being shirtless for absolutely no reason at all. And then there's Spike — who is the only one that's ever naked in sex scenes (whereas Buffy is completely clothed).
    • In "Chosen", Buffy glances at Spike's butt just before she proposes putting him and Angel in a room to wrestle in the nude while she watches.
      • Which could well be symbolic either of the relationship and respective vulnerability status of the pair or of the fact that a show about a vampire-slaying young woman with large amounts of character drama might just have a reasonably sized female demographic.
    • There's sort of an in-universe and out-of-universe example in the Season 2 episode "Go Fish", with Xander in a speedo. While the reactions of Buffy, Willow, and Cordelia are certainly along these lines, the camera shows this in a legs-up, slow-motion shot, clearly meant as a benefit for the audience.
  • Charlie's Angels: In "Toni's Boys", after Kelly, Kris and Tiffany are introduced to male Angels Bob Sorenson, Matt Parrish, and Cotton Harper, Kris can be seen covertly checking out their crotches and asses. Bob notices this during the next scene, which takes place at a male strip club. In the scene, Kris especially liked seeing Bob with his shirt off. Jade Allen the strip club's owner then asks him if his butt and package are as good and Bob looks to Kris and says "Well, I haven't had any complaints.". Then when they watch Arnie, the male stripper rehearse Kris sees Arnie's butt and says that she thinks Arnie's butt's better shaped than Bob's when she says "Oh yes! It's much better!"
  • Charmed:
    • Piper and Phoebe spent quite a bit of time ogling Leo's butt as he's fixing something in the fireplace.
      Phoebe: Quite possibly the finest glutes in the city.
      Piper: In the state.
      Phoebe: In all the land.
    • Prue walks in on Leo in the shower and takes a second to look at Leo and remark "nice orbs" before being driven out by Piper.
  • In the 2003 Children of Dune miniseries, the Adonis-like (and often shirtless) Leto Atreides II is presented in a very sensual manner by the director. There are lots of close-ups of his Pretty Boy face and certain parts of his body, and the camera sometimes "lingers" on him like a woman's (or a gay man's) eyes would when staring at someone who is extremely attractive.
  • In Community episode "Interpretive Dance", Troy has to call Britta out on this because she won't stop looking down when talking to him while he is wearing a leotard.
  • In this segment on The Doctors, women discuss what makes a good butt on a guy.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The entirety of the Russell T. Davies era. For example, the women in the show are consistently introduced face-first, rather than from the legs up, so the audience views them as subjects rather than objects; the Tenth Doctor is regularly lingered-over by the camera, and almost every recurring male character has had a Shirtless Scene. (Davies is also openly gay, that might help explain some things.)
    • "The Eleventh Hour": Amy Pond gets in on this when she watches the Doctor change clothes. When asked if she is going to turn her back on him, she cheerfully replies "Nope!" (This also gave gleeful Matt Smith fans a Shirtless Scene.)
  • John Crichton in Farscape is given a wardrobe-upgrade to leather as the series progresses, involved in a variety of fetish fuel situations, is hit on by a majority of the main cast (and raped by one female villain), and is subject to a surprising amount of topless, rear-angle and crotch-level camera shots.
  • The titular Galavant may qualify as this, as shots and/or scenes of him shirtless tend to display an awareness that viewers definitely really enjoy seeing him half-naked. Taken up a notch during this number from the season two premiere.
  • Although much of the fanservice on Game of Thrones is of the male gaze type, there is quite a bit of fanservice for those who appreciate muscular bodies:
    • The first episode has a scene where Robb Stark, Jon Snow, and Theon Greyjoy get shaved and are all shirtless (this was actually done because footage from the pilot was shot months apart and the three characters have facial hair in certain scenes).
      • The three were even having a personal contest in that scene to see who could look the most ripped.
    • Khal Drogo and most of the Dothraki males are almost all shirtless, as well.
    • The series also shows a few shirtless scenes with Renly Baratheon and Loras Tyrell, who are lovers.
    • Later, Loras "befriends" a very attractive male prostitute who is a real camera-magnet.
    • In-universe example: after the umpteenth time Daario attempts to seduce Dany, she decides it's time for him to put up or shut up and orders him to disrobe. Her open appreciation of his naked form (with her still clothed) is used to illustrate the power dynamic between them; she takes him as a lover but on her terms, not his.
    • Melisandre consciously invites one by remaining undressed in Queen Selyse's presence. Selyse takes a long look, apparently envious of the woman who seduced her husband. Melisandre goes on to claim flesh is just another trick of the Lord of Light.
  • House of the Dragon: "King of the Narrow Sea" is the first episode in the franchise with a female director, Clare Kilner, since Season 4 of the original series (which only ever had one female director). Kilner discussed in the "Inside the Episode" video how she was actively trying to implement female gaze, in contrast to how prior sex scenes were handled. As a result, Rhaenyra and Daemon's time in the brothel is seen through her point of view, as she witnesses both men and women equally enjoying sex, while her tryst with Daemon is focused on the way he touches her, their kisses, and Rhaenyra experiencing sexual pleasure for the first time.
  • Hannibal is a prime example. The show has always had cameras lingering on its aesthetically pleasing male leads, but it really started in Season 3 when showrunner Bryan Fuller started to care less and less about expectations. Here we were treated to Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage beefed up) doing close-up sweaty yoga in short shorts. Later Hannibal Lecter himself is shown naked, tied down in a bondage-like manner.
  • House has plenty of Male Gaze, but Cuddy gets her own back with her last fantasy in "Bombshells", with a load of young shirtless male nurses, and a few loving pans up and around House in his eyeliner and showman's outfit.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac are subject to this form of objectification whenever they're shirtless or nude, the most notable example being the first time they have sex where the camera is quite close to their naked bodies as it moves.
  • On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Olivia Benson said to Elliot Stabler "I like that shirt" while he was changing out of a ripped shirt. More likely, she liked seeing it off.
  • An episode of Lois & Clark has Sarah, an accomplice of the episode's Big Bad Dave Miller, staring at Clark's butt.
    Dave: Wait, I sense... you're attracted to how tight his clothing is across the muscles of his posterior!
  • In the "Pilot" episode of Melrose Place, Alison starts admiring Billy's bare chest as well as his butt after he moves in, in this scene.
  • Merlin: Apart from the occasional Cleavage Window from Morgana or Gwen, the show overwhelmingly prefers to ogle the guys, with at least one Shirtless Scene per episode. Starting with the season two opener, Arthur no longer hides behind a screen to change, Gwaine is gratuitously topless in his introductory episode, and the knights have a tendency to not wear shirts, seemingly at random. Then there's the season 5 two-part premiere, where Gwaine and Percival spend pretty much the whole time shirtless and performing manual labor.
  • On The Nanny, Fran revealed that she'd had constantly been admiring Maggie's male model boyfriend Michael's butt in the underwear ad he was in on the billboard over Times Square in the "Maggie's Boyfriend" episode. Maggie then went on to say, "It looks much better without his pants on".
  • In her Playboy video profile there's a scene in a diner in which Playmate Lindsey Vuolo is shown looking at the cook's butt. In real life, the butt is her favorite male body part below the neck.
  • In Poldark Demelza curiously watches Mr. Fanservice Ross bathing from afar, then notices the married housekeeper Prudy doing the same. There's a lot of shirtless swimming scenes in the show... and a famous scything wheat scene.
  • Pretty Little Liars has Spencer do a lot of this. She catcalls a male teacher riding a bike and is often seen ogling her boyfriend when he is shirtless and he is very often without a shirt as a form of fan service.
  • Tabby from Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin intends to do this with her recreation of the shower scene in Psycho, with Faran as Marion Crane stabbing Greg in a shower scene that objectifies him, inverting the Male Gaze of the original scene. Chip filming the scene of Greg when Tabby gets triggered from seeing Greg, taking off his speedo without their consent, naked and leaves for a bit has her angry because it was meant to be filmed from a female perspective. The episode itself is called "The (Fe)Male Gaze".
  • Sex/Life: Since the series is from Billie's viewpoint, shooting often focuses on good-looking men's abs whom she checks out (though her own body, along with other women's, also gets significant attention).
  • The Starz Spartacus series was notable for the way that its camerawork drooled over naked or scantily-clad men as much as women, although it's arguable that it was intended as much for a gay male audience as for a female one.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise Had Some Lovely Cinematography in the episode "Acquisition".
  • Discussed by Dana Foster on Step by Step; she's noted for having quite an ass fetish and once described her ideal man's butt in loving detail.
  • Supernatural becomes more and more dominated by the female gaze as the series progress. Admittedly, the entire cast was ridiculously attractive with plenty of fanservice for everybody—starting around the middle of season two—Sam and Dean spend increasingly longer crying, hugging and being tied down to things.
    • A good specific example comes from "Red Sky At Morning". In it, Dean and Bela end up dressing up fancily so they can attend a ball at which a potentially haunted object is to be shown. However, unlike most shows where the camera would focus on how attractive Bela looks, instead we see her surprised expression as Dean walks down a flight of stairs in a suit, the camera lingering over him.
    • Interestingly, Supernatural later subverts the traditional Male Gaze trope again in season eight by panning up on Castiel and how good he looks once he washes up after a year in purgatory, but in this case it doesn't count for the Female Gaze trope either as viewer surrogate in this scene is Dean.
  • In 2004, when she was interviewed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno First Lady Laura Bush said that her personal trainer has a nice butt.
  • Eric Northman from True Blood at the beginning of season 3. Do we need to say anything more? That's just one glaring example: most of the major male characters are unusually handsome and muscular, and very frequently shirtless or naked and lingered over by the camera.
  • In Unnatural History, after mentioning that he goes commando, the camera is very sure to follow Henry's bum as he walks upstairs.
  • Vows of Deception: Lucinda and Mary Jo are watching a barechested Nick hang up signs.
  • The White Queen: King Edward IV and Richard of Gloucester, the resident Hunk and Pretty Boy, are occasionally seen in various stages of undress ranging from Shirtless Scenes to outright nudity note  so that the women (and gay men) who are tuning in are encouraged to ogle at their enticing physiques.
  • In The Wire, the background character Winona who maintains the Homicide Unit's Big Board can often be seen covertly checking out Jimmy McNulty's ass when he walks by.
  • The X-Files episode directed by Gillian Anderson starts with the Male Gaze (camera just below armpit level, directed past Scully's bosom) and turns to Female Gaze (Mulder asleep in bed).
    • Though both characters are objectified in some sense, the series as a whole tends to favor a shirtless, Speedo-wearing Mulder over objectifying Scully (though it does happen).
  • Pulled off beautifully in episode— pardon, Brave 27 of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger. Before going into battle, Daigo tears his shirt off, and while he does so, the camera cuts to his bare chest several times.
  • Bikini Open 2: Celebrate Spring Break: Commentator Karen Croney sizes up the male contestants. Contestant Mike Reda appears and he's mostly shown from behind when she makes this comment about his body:
    I think Michael has nice buns. Ha, ha, ha, ha! I like buns. I think a butt is like the most awesome thing on a guy and if he doesn't have a nice butt, I don't even look twice.

    Music & Music Videos 
  • GACKT's solo career has been one long courtship of this trope. Whether he's appearing nude in photo shoots and TV commercials, or dancing suggestively while groping his chest, abs, and crotch, or ripping off his shirt in front of cheering crowds of women and men, Gackt is no stranger to the Female Gaze.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is nothing but Female Gaze. We're talking about a video that idolizes a guy who can't even start a lawn mower, but shit damn if he doesn't something sentence a shirt off with his muscles.
  • K.T. Oslin's "Younger Men" which is the cougar's national anthem, has the Female Gaze in this verse:
    "Woah, look over here
    We got a cute little ol' runner to the right
    Blue shorts, no shirt
    Whoo! You're lookin' good darling
    That's right, stay in shape"
    • She told the audience "I was out walkin' around this afternoon and I saw a cute little farmer standing there with blue jeans on and no shirt! I leaned out the bus window and said 'Honey, you're lookin' good'!" when she was doing the song in concert at Farm Aid.
  • During the Post Show Wrap-Up to the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, Tabitha Soren said she thought En Vogue's 9 shirtless dancers were great to watch and that she found the Red Hot Chili Peppers' performance to be entertaining partly because they weren't wearing shirts.
  • This line in "As If" by Sara Evans:
    Walkin' all around in the big sunshine''
  • Charli XCX's "Boys" as a song is already a love letter to "thinkin' 'bout boys," but its cheeky music video really puts it over the top, featuring an incredibly packed list of handsome male celebrities in scenarios usually reserved for women.
  • Backstreet Boys' "Quit Playing Games With My Heart Video" around 2 minutes into this nearly 4-minute long video it starts to rain and everyone is wet but Kevin, Howie, and AJ also have their shirts unbuttoned. Howie eventually loses his shirt entirely and there are several frames of him just rolling his wet, naked, well-built torso on-screen while slowly running his hands over himself. This video is just the most blatant case of the female gaze. A lot of their videos have at least a couple of them shirtless and being totally fanservicey about it.
  • TLC’s “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” video includes a half-naked, well-muscled man, and features three women singing about their desires.
  • A common feature in Lil' Kim's music videos. In "Fuck Bitches, Get Money," her verse features her (and other women signed onto Bad Boy records at the time) having their hair washed by hot, shirtless guys. In "How Many Licks?" she pulls a man into her car, whose biceps are shown off with a tank top, and much attention is given to his butt.
  • Marina & the Diamonds's "How to be a Heartbreaker" is an almost four minutes-long video of her singing with a backdrop of six attractive speedo-clad swimmers showering in what seems to be a locker room communal shower. It is also interspersed with scenes of Marina singing with men in various state of shirtlessness on a sofa, on a bed, in front of a brick wall, or next to a car.
  • In the Missy Elliott and Eminem collab "Bus A Rhyme", Slim's misogynistic, murderous rampage is placed over a rump-shaking Timbaland beat and accompanied by Missy cooing at him, "won't you bus a rhyme for me, boy?" (to the tune of "Play That Funky Music, White Boy"), making it clear he's only there as her white Pretty Boy novelty item. It makes it harder to take it seriously when Slim is hitting pregnant women in the stomach and so on.
  • In Thumpasaurus's "Struttin'," Strutman offers to walk ahead of his lady friend so she can look at his butt, saying, "Objectify, but don't cross the line!"

  • Black Jack Justice: In "Requiem for an Elf", Trixie and Lieutenant Sabien are examining what appears to be the corpse of local small-time hood Freddie the Finger. Trixie insists the body is not Freddie. The body is unrecognizable because a gunshot to the head took out the face, but the body itself is in Freddie's most well-known hideout and matches Freddie's short, tubby physique, so when Sabien demands to know why Trixie is so certain it is not Freddie. Trixie then reveals she has a bad habit Sabien does not. She frequently watches men as they leave a room, even if she knows full well she won't like what she sees, and because of that knows the body in front of them doesn't have Freddie's posterior. Sabien, whose previous statement that he could recognize Jack's fingerprints at a glance was referred to by Trixie as somewhere between "creepy" and "impressive", calls Trixie's ability to recognize a man by the shape of his butt much more "creepy" than "impressive".

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    Visual Novels 
  • War: 13th Day has illustrations from the perspective of the woman beneath or on top of a hot Bishōnen. Knowing it'll embarrass Ambrosia, Wildfire even goes so far as to describe it. In detail.
    Wildfire: I ripped open his clothes and began covering his slim chest with kisses between nibbles. Then, I-
    Ambrosia: L-Lady Wildfire! Please.
    Wildfire: Want? You want to hear more? You want to hear about the contours of his muscles? The moans he breathed out?
    Ambrosia: No, no, no!

  • Kat from Sequential Art insist she isn't attracted to Art at all... suuure.
  • El Goonish Shive: Guineas's transformation provokes some... reaction from both Ellen and a female trooper.
  • White Noise did this to Wren. The author even joked "I'm thinking he doesn't get to wear a shirt anymore". Dig that trilobite!
  • Hark! A Vagrant: "Goodness I have dropped the Constitution, let me get that."
  • When Nine from Grayscale removes his shirt and tears off a strip to be used as a tourniquet his doctor's eyes start roaming.
  • Given that 95% of Tower of God's fanservice is manservice, there are unsurprisingly many examples to be had.
    • The Bathtub Scene in early Volume 2 gives shots of the abs of Ja Wangnan, Hon Akraptor, Kang Horyang, Rapdevil and most importantly, Viole.
    • Almost every early shot of Urek Mazino counts due to his distinct lack of shirtage. He was even trending highly on Naver for a bit after his introduction, which was lampshaded in SIU's 32nd and 33rd chapter blogposts.
    Hmm... the hip-hop boy that recently came out had good response although I was wondering if it was okay to send out such a guy... haha.
    [one week later] Hip-hop boy is the most searched word... People... Seriously... I really can't understand your tastes. Do you love nipples or something.
    • During Volume 3's Canine Tooth Festival Arc, due to the nature of the canine folk, there isn't a single chapter that doesn't have someone's abs in it.note 
    • Meta-example for Tower of God's 10th Anniversary Fan Art Contest, where the prizes were illustrations by anime-design staff Miho Tanino and Masashi Kudo, as well as SIU himself. SIU's illustration for the Grand Prize Award was a Public Bathhouse Scene featuring Khun, Hatz, Shibisu, Bam, Rak, and Lauroe. None of them are wearing anything more than a towel, and they are all quite muscular. (Yes, even Shibisu and Lauroe.)

    Web Original 
  • Played for laughs in Episode 3 of RWBY:
    Yang: "It's like a big slumber party!"
    Ruby: "I don't think Dad would approve of all the boys, though."
    Yang: "I know I do." *purrs*
    *Shot cuts to several shirtless boys roughhousing. Jaune walks into shot in old-fashioned pyjamas and bunny slippers, notices her looking his way and smiles*
    Yang: "Ewww." *grimaces and looks away*
  • YouTube: Shirtless blogger Connor Murphy goes into a clothing store and asks a couple of women for advice on buying a shirt, who then tell him that he doesn't need one. When he performs the Fake Shirt Trick and we find out that women think nude is the best men's shirt color.

    Western Animation 

Steve Rogers: Huh. That is America's ass.


Glee Gets Physical

Olivia Newton-John redoes her famous hit, "Physical," with Sue Sylvester.

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