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When a person covers up their nudity using their hands or an object. Unlike Scenery Censor, this is intentional on their part. Can be done with men or women.

Typically related to Sex for Product, Public Exposure, You Can Leave Your Hat On, Reluctant Fanservice Girl, Naked Freak-Out, and Naked People Are Funny. See also Bankruptcy Barrel, Godiva Hair, Modesty Towel and Improvised Clothes. Among photographers, the breast version is sometimes known as the "arm bra."


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    Advertising 
  • Several adverts for impotence cures use the joke of a man not needing to hold the object over his genitals, implying it is hung there.
  • A UK TV ad involving an old man covering his groin with a full shopping basket.
  • They did this in an ad campaign for Wireless computer products with monitors and towers covering the naughty bits.
  • This aussieBum - Jackpot commercial depicts men getting naked and covering their crotches with their hands. NSFW
  • Kathy Ireland did a naked print ad for the Bulova 98R01 Ladies Watch covering her breasts, with the Tagline, "I'd feel naked without my Bulova."
  • The promotional posters for Caprica feature Alessandra Torresani (who plays Zoe Graystone) in a variant of this, using an apple and strikes a Boobs-and-Butt Pose.
  • A Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle advert featuring Keira Knightley's involves her covering her breasts with a hat.
  • A Curry's ad did this, with customers and staff covering up with electrical appliances such as kettles and toasters. It also included a sly visual gag of having a concealing TV display a large cockerel on its screen.
  • A series of Ekosport adverts featured a woman on a snow-covered mountain, who looked down and realized she was naked, covering her breasts with her hands while her downstairs was covered by the brand logo.
  • A FedEx advert has two naked models on a catwalk. The rear one is covering her bits with fanned out tickets, while the front one is using a flowerpot- the pot covering her groin and the two lots of attached flowers covering her breasts.
  • This Brazillian Havaianas ad had a man suffer from Slippery Swimsuit at a public pool. He uses the Havaianas flip-flops to cover himself, but one girl tricks him into lifting them, giving an eyeful to all his female admirers.
  • Used in this IKEA advert, where a man and woman engage in some foreplay that results in the man losing his underwear and forced to use a framed photograph to cover his groin when they are walked in on by their children (mildly NSFW).
  • This Koolanoo commercial, where a woman loses her top in the pool and a man uses his hands to cover her breasts.
  • Orangina:
    • Strangely enough, the bear in Orangina's first CGI commercial is wearing a leaf over his groin. It is strange because the other men are wearing trunks.
    • A large male cougar who appears in one of the print poster adverts has a normal-sized man sitting on his lap. The cougar is completely naked, and the (clothed) man's leg is the only thing lending the cat any modesty. The fact that the man's entire leg is attempting to cover the cougar's groin lends itself to comical implications.
  • A recurring theme in PETA advertisements, since they've mostly turned to pictures of pretty women, willing to pose naked and declare that they don't eat meat. Or, as they often declare, "I'd rather go naked than wear fur".
    • An Italian(?) ad featured a variation: The model adopted a pose that actually gave a clear view of her pubic hair, with a caption to the effect of, "The only fur I am not ashamed to wear."
    • Parodied by The Onion. "I'd rather be raped by an animal than wear fur."
  • The Stereo Warehouse in Seattle, WA has advertisements for their annual We've stripped our prices naked sale featuring the male sales staff hiding their shame with various car speakers and boxes
  • Virgin Atlantic used this trope, in the form of a generic burlesque act, to promote discount fares with the slogan "We've Taken Loads Off".
  • The infamous "Life is Short" ad for Xbox depicts a newborn baby being shot out of his mother before rapidly aging while still airborne. As a baby and toddler his privates are covered by a trail of Censor Steam due to his speed, but when he grows into a pre-teen he begins covering himself up with both hands. It actually makes some degree of sense - outside of the obvious - in that going that fast with no protection would be especially painful in that area and the boy is probably just acting instinctively.
  • An YSL Opium perfume ad featuring Sophie Dahl did this, covering her breasts with her hands and crossing her legs to cover her groin.

    Anime & Manga 
  • France's rose from Axis Powers Hetalia.
  • In Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!, the transformation of Io/Battle Lover Sulfur involves the hand variant. Notable in that he's the only one out of the five magical boys (eight if you count the bad guys) to need it.
  • Bleach anime episode #229. Ikkaku is in the bathroom about to take a bath, with only a towel around his waist. When Keigo's sister Mizuho walks in, Ikkaku's towel falls to the floor and he has to cover himself with his hands.
  • Happens in the Manga adaptation of Breath of Fire I when Ryu catches Nina bathing in a lake, she uses her wings to cover herself. Ryu does it himself later when his Dragon Transformation destroys his clothes and he comes back to his human form naked.
  • Digimon Xros Wars: In episode 7, while the group is bathing in an onsen, they come under attack from a group of Meramon. Taiki and Zenjirou preserve their modesty with Starmon and the red Pickmon respectively. The two Digimon are not amused.
  • Full Metal Panic!
    • The last episode of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. most of the school have their [[Clothingamage clothes destroyed]] thanks to a bacteria that disintegrates synthetic fibers being accidentally spread by Sosuke and Onodera, causing a school-wide Naked Freak-Out that has most students struggling to cover themselves with their hands.
    • In a non-comedic example, during "The Second Raid" Kaname is being chased by an assassin while only wearing a robe and her underwear. She distracts said assassin with her removed robe and shoots her with a stun-gun while covering her breasts with her arm.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Tai
    • Episode 11: Taro does it after Ryuuka intrudes into his bath area while he's naked.
    • Episode 14: Taro also does, while bathing with Konoe in the natural hot spring.
    • La Verite episode 1: Taro does it when several maids manage to disrobe him without his knowledge to help him get dressed. Later, several maids (including assistant Security chief Yashima Sanae) do it after one of Ikuyo Suzuki's gadgets rips off their clothing, leaving them naked.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler
  • This shows up in the bath scene in Chapter 325 in the Manga.
  • Hatake does this after Maria sees him naked when she catches him chasing Tama out of the bath in episode 22.
  • In the pool OVA from Higurashi: When They Cry, Keiichi has his "lucky" swim trunks ripped from him and is seen naked by Rena, Mion, Rika, and Satoko who all stare. When Rena fawns over his cute "Sea Bear" it makes him realize he's naked in front of his Love Interest's causing him to have a Naked Freak-Out and hurriedly cover himself with his hands as all the girls laugh at him.
  • Infinite Stratos: Ichika finds out Charlotte's true gender when he walks on her in the shower naked, causing her to have a Naked Freak-Out and cover herself with her hands.
  • The agents of Nudist Beach from Kill la Kill wear only semi-automatic handguns, tactical combat belts, stockings, and sleeves, appropriately enough.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! does this a lot, given the amount of Clothing Damage in the series.
  • ''Master of Martial Hearts':' Aya covers herself while fighting at the pool after one punch takes off her bikini top. She manages to beat her opponent without the use of her hands.
  • In Midori Days, Seiji uses his hand to cover himself after his sister drops his shorts in front of a crowd... forgetting that his hand is a girl named Midori. When he checks on Midori, she's passed out and foaming at the mouth.
  • In My Hero Academia, Class 1-A fights Mirio, whose power generally requires him to pull a Full-Frontal Assault. This is generally censored by the poses that he gives, which is Lampshaded afterwards.
    "I tried to make it so you wouldn't see my willy! Sorry if you got a peek. But anyway, that's a taste of what it's like to fight me."
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji first sees Pen-Pen when he's about to get into the bath, and is so surprised that he runs out into the living room. He's covered by can of beer on the table. Shortly after, Misato picks up the can of beer to reveal... an even smaller box of toothpicks. It's at this point she says to Shinji that he forgot his clothes, so he then covers himself with his hands and exits off camera.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: At the end of episode 10 in the D-City Rock music video, there's a segment where the girls get stranded in the desert and are unable to hitch a ride - until they strip down to nothing but signs that say "Go to D-City".
  • Queen's Blade does this for both tops and bottoms: the ends of Melona's hair form hands that are her only covering for her breasts at any time, and the Elves never wear panties. Alleyne uses leaves for panties, and Echidna uses a live snake.
  • Melfina does the hand version whenever she's in the tank that lets her navigate the ship on Outlaw Star. The Toonami edit gave her a bikini, which makes this kind of needless.
  • Ranma ½: Although Female!Ranma's male mind (and, therefore, complete lack of feminine modesty) make an Shameless Fanservice Girl out of her more times than not, she usually covers her breasts and crotch when in the presence of people she does NOT want to see her naked — such as Kunô, Happôsai, or public bath patrons.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: In the Hot Springs Episode, Kamina uses Boota to cover up his naughty bits and Simon's parts are often covered up by his drill, which drops by about a foot and increases in size by a factor of three or so. At the end of the episode, this is done by Yoko when her bikini top suffers a Wardrobe Malfunction in front of the boys.
  • Tsukasa in Tokyo Crazy Paradise is forced to assume the Botticelli's Venus pose when she is temporarily Taken for Granite.

    Comic Books 
  • In Birds of Prey #106 Huntress strips out of her dress to change to into her costume when she notices Creote in the room, making her clutch the dress to her chest and ask him to turn away. He gives her a Fascinating Eyebrow, giving he's a Straight Gay and she knows it but she Death Glare's him anyway and insists on him turning around.
  • In The Darkness Dr. Kim Fang to does this when one Jack's Darklings accidentally yanks off her Modesty Towel. She covers herself with her arms with glaring daggers at them while they all clap at her, enjoying the eye candy.
  • Excalibur's Genoshan member Freakshow covers himself with a stop sign after demorphing from his monster form the first time we see it. (However, he still has underwear, which doesn't really make sense... and is unnecessary, because of the stop sign.)
    • That's a trope itself in Marvel Comics (Exiles did it nigh-constantly)... Characters who've had their clothing destroyed will regularly be shown in underwear — usually underwear at least as modest as some teammates' outerwear — yet have dialog indicating they're stark naked. Yeah, there's a history of Marvel editors realizing that, ye gods, there's too much flesh, and demanding the artists put the character in Y-fronts or a one-piece.
  • Firestorm likes to inflict Defeat by Modesty on people by destroying their clothes causing them to freak out and resort to this.
    • Plastique is seen trying to cover her crotch with her hands after Firestorm de-atomizing her clothes to get the bombs she was carrying - much to the amusement of her would be victims.
    • He also does this to Felicity Smoak, dissolving her polyester dress into suds, leaving her naked. She covers he chest in horror while the rest of her body is covered in Censor Suds.
  • Happen to Power Girl in issue 9 of her series. She runs out the shower in a Modesty Towel and starts chasing after a kid and dashes down the stairs after him, runs past a neighbor, and literally collars the kid, at which point her towel drops, giving the kid and a neighbor a good look at her naked body (the reader is not so lucky, due to a strategically placed carrots and an arm). She covers herself with bread and a pie pan borrowed from her neighbor and flees to her room to get dressed.
  • In The Ray Lucien Gates powers have no Magic Pants and destroy all of his clothes. The first time he uses them he ends up naked on a beach and it's not until some female admirers point it out that he's naked notices and covers himself with his hands. When he comes back home, he has only a guitar covering himself.
  • Red Hood spends part of Issue 6 of Red Hood and the Outlaws completely naked, walking about using his hands and a palm leaf to cover himself, along with bandages on his torso after his clothes get destroyed. Could also double as Naked People Are Funny.
  • In Secret Six, they first encounter the Mad Hatter sitting on a throne of skulls wearing nothing but a hat over his genitals. Turns out, it wasn't just to cover them.
  • She-Hulk
    • In Sensational She-Hulk #16 she Hulks Out to a huge savage gray form, tearing her clothes in the process. When she returns to her normal She-Hulk form, she's topless, using an arm to cover her chest while using the order to hold the remains of her pants.
    • The cover of Sensational She-Hulk #40 has her naked while clutching the Comics Code logo to cover herself. It's even the page image of Fanservice!
    • In She Hulk Vol 2 #32 Jazinda tries using her space ship's matter transporter to teleport Jen into the ship. However, the teleporter was designed for Skrulls, so it accidentally only teleported her clothes, leaving Jen naked trying to cover herself in front of a cheering crowd.
During Secret Invasion Jazinda tries to teleport Jen to her ship, but only succeeded in teleporting her clothes, leaving Jen completely naked in front of a cheering crowd.
  • Poor Spider-Man. The first issue after the whole Superior Spider-Man debacle and what happens? He gets his costume unraveled by a villainess who can control threads. He stops her before she can undo the mask, but he's forced to make webbing underwear to preserve his modesty.
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    Comic Strips 
  • In Snarfquest, Telerie covers her breasts with her arms after Snarf uses her white shirt as a White Flag to surrender.

    Fan Works 
  • John Gage uses it in the Emergency! fic "A Woman Scorned". A woman attacks him while they are camping and steals his car and clothes (which he'd removed as they were about to get it on), leaving him naked in the woods. First, the only thing he finds upon reaching a road is a burger wrapper reading "Dinky Burger", and hopes no women find him due to how mortifying it would be to be seen with the word "dinky" over his male anatomy. A trucker who gives him a ride gives him a baseball cap, and he shows up at Roy's with the cap in front and a rag behind.
  • A Naked Padawan, a StarWars fic has Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon taking shelter in a cave from a windy snowstorm. Obi-Wan has to strip naked because his robes are soaked and need to dry by the fire. The next morning, a couple of female Jedi arrive to pick up the stranded duo. Obi-Wan forgets briefly that he's naked and ends up slipping, landing on his back and sliding down the hill, skidding to a stop right in front of the new arrivals. He jumps up and stands with his hands in front of his, er, anatomy, stammering and embarrassed until Qui-Gon throws his robes to him.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Accidental Spy; Has a hilarious Jackie Chan fight scene starting in a Turkish bath has him fighting in the nude against a couple of Mooks, in a busy Istanbul market, all the while trying to cover up using newspapers, hand brooms, bowls of spice and other objects.
  • Uma Thurman as Venus makes her entrance in a re-creation of the Botticelli pose in Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
  • In Airheads, Pip (Adam Sandler) uses his cap when he's caught making out with station employee Suzzi.
  • In Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Alan loses his trousers and underwear while wriggling out through a window. He attempts to cover his genitals with his hands, but is then confronted by an armed police officer who demands he put his hands up.
  • In the underrated musical movie The American Mall, during the "The New You" song, two of Madison's back-up dancers rip off Joey's clothing and he covers his groin with his hands... even though he was already in his boxers.
  • In American Reunion
    • A pantless Jim covers himself with the lid of a pan, however, we learn later that the lid is made of glass and transparent. There is an up-close shot before he gets a frying pan to replace it.
    • Mia cover her chest with her hands when her bikini is stolen while she was sunbathing.
  • An American Werewolf in London. "Mummy, a naked American man stole my balloons!"
  • Played with in Battle Beyond the Stars, where the only material covering the impressive breasts of Ms. Fanservice Action Girl Saint-Exmin of the Valkyrie resembles a pair of silver hands.
  • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Captain America mannequin at the Howling Commandos exhibit in the Smithsonian certainly looks like it's doing this with its shield after Cap takes his old uniform back.
  • Often in Carry On movies.
    • In Carry On Dick, Dick Turpin (Sid James) robs the clothing of the Police Inspector (Bernard Bresslaw) and his wife. She has only her big hat in front of her.
  • Chalet Girl, When Kim is caught naked by her Love Interest and his family she uses her oversized ski gloves to cover herself.
  • Charlie's Angels: After Dylan ends up falling naked in someone's backyard pool, she grabs a donut-shaped floater to cover herself.
  • In A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, after she gets locked outside her house naked Katie attempts to cover up her nakedness by first using a potted plant (which subsequently breaks) and later a welcome mat, just in time for her Love Interest to catch her.
  • The need to carefully select your shield is demonstrated in Cloud Atlas when the Parents Walk In at the Worst Time and the young lad sleeping with their daughter grabs the cat, who promptly sinks its claws into a sensitive spot, causing him to fall out the window and break several bones. The medical report stated the Cause Of Injury was "pussy".
  • In Fantastic Four (2005)
    • The first time Johnny flames on, he vaporizes all of his and later when he finds Reed and Sue he spends a considerable amount of time awkwardly prancing around naked with his ski partner's pink jacket wrapped around his waist.
    • On the bridge, when Susan Storm is invisible and stripping off her clothes so she can cross the bridge undetected, her powers suddenly fail and she finds herself standing in her underwear in the middle of a crowd. She immediately freaks out and tries covering herself with her hands.
  • During A Fish Called Wanda, Archie uses an apparently vacant apartment to seduce Wanda. However new tenants arrive during his nude dance, so he fumbles to retrieve the closest object to cover his privates. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a portrait of the lady of the house.
  • Inadvertently funnily done in Friday the 13th Part 2. Terry gets out of the water from Skinny Dipping, and finds her clothing missing. She then covers up her chest, calling out to the guy who stole them. Funny in that she does not cover her groin (which was out of frame).
  • The... er... climax of The Full Monty shows the men use the caps of their policeman stripper outfits to cover their naughty bits before tossing them away to general cheering.
  • Innocent Fanservice Boy George of the Jungle (played by Brendan Fraser) has him walking out of the shower naked in front of Ursula and her best friend Betsy. Ursula quickly grabs things for him to cover up with and hurries him off to get dressed while the awestruck Betsy comments: "I see why they made him King of the Jungle..."
  • During the first death scene from the original Halloween (1978), Michael's sister covers her breasts with her hands as she's being killed. She reflexively covers her breasts when she sees her little brother in the room to avoid exposing herself to him (in the split second before he begins attacking her), then continues to keep them there in a futile attempt to defend herself. Apparently, keeping her nipples from showing up on camera is more important than either hiding her groin or fending off a knife attack.
  • I Love Trouble: Sabrina uses Peter as one when a group of boy scouts happens upon her when she's naked after Skinny Dipping. Still a little miffed from a previous argument, Peter proceeds to walk towards the scouts while ignoring Sabrina's surprised protests as she desperately clutches behind him for cover. When she really pisses him off with a comment, he abruptly leaves her, exposing her to the eager boys. The scene closes with an embarrassed Sabrina squealing in alarm trying to cover herself with her hands as the boy scouts' cameras are going off.
  • * In the 1974 TV movie It Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Guy, a man is picked up by a beautiful woman, raped at gunpoint, and dropped off naked in a small town, forcing him to cover himself with a Yield sign.
  • Hilariously parodied in The Jerk, when Steve Martin leaps from the bathtub and goes charging outside naked but covering his groin with his pet dog. Once outside, he picks up another dog to cover his backside. The dog he uses for his front is easily twice the size of the one he's holding behind him.
  • At the end of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) Pat Boone ends up a tree completely naked, trying to hide his body from a group of Italian nuns. After being suddenly deposited on the ground, he grabs a sheep and runs off clutching it to his groin.
  • The Mask of Zorro: After Elena has her nightgown's top sliced off by Zorro, she gasps indignantly and grabs his hat to cover her chest. They have The Big Damn Kiss and when he leaves, he snatches his hat from her grasp. She's too awestruck by the kiss to react to her state of undress, until her father and his soldiers arrive and she hurriedly grabs a robe to cover herself with.
  • Danielle De Luca does this in Naked Fear when she initially wakes up naked and a little while after when she's walking around looking for someone, despite being in the middle of the wilderness and having no one around for miles.
  • One for the Money: Morelli barges in on Stephanie in the shower, causing her to cover herself in panic. He gives her a Modesty Towel and handcuffs her to the shower rod, while he searches her apartment for his car keys. When he can't find them, he comes back and takes away her towel and leaves her naked and handcuffed to her shower rod. She has to call her friend Ranger to get her out, while she's barely covering herself with the curtain.
  • Happens in the third Police Academy, when Mahoney schemes to get Harris' Yes-Man Procter naked and trapped outside. He winds up at the Blue Oyster Club.
  • Pitch Perfect: Chloe walks in on Beca showering after hearing her sing (With Chloe herself being naked) and demands Beca audition for the Bellas. Beca doesn't take her intrusion well and spends the whole scene trying and failing to cover herself with many objects.
  • In The Proposal, when Margaret finishes showering and is searching for a towel, but all she finds is a cloth mitt that she then holds over her barely covered crotch while her other arm is across her chest as she leaves the bathroom to get a towel, when the small annoying family dog stands in her way yapping at her, while she tries to get past it with only her arms to cover herself. When she does, she makes a run from the wardrobe, and collides with Andrew who is ''also'' naked (getting ready to take a shower of his own). They both have a Naked Freak-Out and scramble away trying to cover themselves.
  • A topless model hastily covers her breasts with her arms when Ki-su rides his bike through the backstage area of an underwear fashion show in Quick.
  • In Rio Lobo, Amelita covers her breasts with her arms when an outlaw breaks into her home to hide from the law.
  • In Rush Hour 2, Inspector Lee and James Carter end up running through the streets of Hong Kong completely naked after a fight at a massage parlor. A short time later, Carter is using two garbage can lids to cover himself and Lee is using two old newspapers to do the same. The scene was a deliberate Call-Back to The Accidental Spy
  • A Shot in the Dark invokes the trope when Inspector Clouseau visits a nudist colony to question a suspect. He borrows a guitar just so he can hold it front of himself, and has a pool float on his back.
  • In the first part of the film version of Till Death Us Do Part (set during the Second World War), Alf Garnett is having a bath in front of the fire when the National Anthem is played on the radio. Being a patriotic Englishman, he stands up — then realizes he's facing a photograph of the King and Queen which is hanging on the wall. He's forced to cover his groin with his hands until the anthem finishes.
  • Done with Uma Thurman and a speaker stack in The Truth About Cats & Dogs.
  • What's Your Number?: Where Colin eats an apple and casually talks to Ally, all while being naked and having only a hand towel, and a banister, to cover his family jewels. We see all but that part.
  • Wild Cats: Goldie Hawn's character walks in on the football team she's coaching before they've had a chance to put on their pants, so they cover their groins with their helmets. At first.
  • In Wonder Woman (2017), Steve Trevor covers himself with his hand when Diana walks in on him in the bath.

    Jokes 
  • There was a man who saw a lake and decided to go swimming on a hot day. He didn't have a bathing suit, but since he was alone, he took his clothes off and jumped right in. Suddenly, he heard female voices and giggling, and quickly covered up with the nearest object he could find: an old discarded bucket by the shore. "Hello, ladies," he said, rather embarrassed. "You know, I can read minds," one of the women said. "You can?" asked the embarrassed man. "Yes," she replied. "You're thinking that old bucket has a bottom."
  • A vicar was entertaining a visiting bishop, and the two decided to go swimming in the nearby lake. They had no swimwear, but decided it wouldn't matter since there was no-one in the vicinity. After awhile a group of women from the village suddenly appeared, and the vicar quickly covered his nether regions with his hands and ran to his clothes in the bushes. The bishop did the same, but instead covered his face. When the vicar asked why he hadn't covered his privates, the bishop answered: "Most people recognize me by the face".

    Literature 
  • Discworld
    • Archchancellor Ridcully quickly demands Ponder Stibbons' hat for this purpose in Terry Pratchett's Night Watch when his bathtub ends up in the courtyard (long story) and he realizes that among the men of the City Watch there are, in fact, also women. He did have his own hat, but he was wearing that one and refused to take it off.
    • Averted by Vimes in the same book: when he returns from his time-traveling in his birthday suit, he doesn't waste an instant trying to cover up, but rushes home to defend his family from a vengeful killer.
    • Ridcully himself saw this trope in action in Reaper Man, when an unlucky shopper's suit ran away and he chased it into the street, with only a hastily-grabbed washcloth to serve as a substitute garment.
    • The master bathroom at the Ramkin country estate is decorated with white marble lovelies dignified with urns, bunches of marble grapes, and the ever-popular length of gauze which had, happily, landed in just the right place to stop art from becoming pornography.
    • In Maskerade, Greebo the cat turns into a human when cornered by an angry shopkeeper, and grabs a nearby bowl to cover himself — thereby spilling cold pork drippings on his crotch.
  • In the Ian Fleming novel Dr. No, James Bond first encounters Honey Rider emerging from the water naked instead of wearing the famous white bikini of the movie and is surprised when her version of the standard female modest gesture includes hiding her badly broken and disfigured nose instead of her breasts.
  • In The Hollows: Black Magic Sanction this happens to Rachel, after she returns to her normal size. During Trent's speech on a stage. In front of a crowd. And news cameras. Of course, of all things, she uses the pages of Trent's speech to cover herself.
  • In Hungry as a Wolf, Wolf Cowrie is forced to cover himself with his Stetson when Susannah Twohill walks in on him as he's getting out of the bath.
  • In David Rakoff's Verse Novel Love Dishonor Marry Die Cherish Perish a character photographs another posed with oranges in front of her bare breasts.
  • In spite of the title character not really having issues with nudity, the children's book Nuddy Ned's Christmas at one point has Ned climb on top of a giant Christmas tree and use the star ornament to cover up his genitals.
  • In Whispers Under Ground, Peter describes a statuette found in a murder victim's home this way:
    It depicted the ever popular "Venus-Aphrodite surprised by a sculptor and struggling to cover her tits with one hand and keeping her drape at waist height with the other" so beloved of art connoisseurs in the long weary days before the invention of Internet porn.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe X-Wing Series features Wes Janson having this happen to him. After months of pulling pranks on Wedge, he earns Wedge's "greatest revenge" — he's tricked into a situation where he's naked, covered in what looks like fruit-and-leaf compost, and the only thing around to cover himself with is a life-sized stuffed Ewok doll. Then he walked into a room filled with the rest of the crew.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Alias:'' In "The Counteragent" Sydney is doing this with her chest while being scrubbed naked in a Decontamination Chamber.
  • Angel:
    • In the episode I Will Remember You, during his day as a human, Angel uses a tub of ice-cream to hide his groin as he's returning to bed with Buffy.
    • In "Life Of The Party", Angel does it with a pillow after he's caught by his team having sex with Eve.
    • In "Smile Time" Nina covers her breasts with an arm after waking up naked from her werewolf transformation.
  • On Baby Daddy, Riley decides to go the full monty for Ben, only for Danny, Tucker, and Bonnie to walk in on the two of them, forcing her to use a pillow and her arms to cover herself. Later in the same episode Ben tries to alleviate her humiliation by doing the same for her while the two spent a night at a posh hotel, only for circumstances to lead the two of them being locked out of their hotel room, and him forced to take the elevator with only his hands covering his crotch, all while in front of not just his brother, roommate, mother and girlfriend, once again, but tourist who join them on the elevator, one of which taking a quick pic of his junk to his horror.
  • Being Human:
    • George does this after stripping naked before his werewolf transformations. The Real Life reason for this is that George is Jewish while Russel Tovey... isn't.
    • Mocked in the second season premiere when Daisy catches George naked next to the bloody carcass of a deer. She teases him when he gets up covering himself with his hands.
    Daisy: Ah, that's sweet. You might tear someone's throat out but God forbid anyone should see your winky.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • Conversed in a first-season Castle episode. Beckett complains that the fictional Detective Nikki Heat is naked on the Contemptible Cover of her debut novel, and Castle points out that she's holding a gun, "strategically placed".
  • DCI Banks: In "Friend of the Devil", Jackman arrives at a hotel looking for the father of a victim. After getting no answer to a knock at the door, she opens the door and the man suddenly appears holding a pillow over his crotch.
Desperate Housewives:
  • Dog Eat Dog: Rose covers her breasts with her hands after playing strip darts.
  • Father Brown: In a flashback in "The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau", Flambeau attempts to hide in a wardrobe to avoid Lisandra's father. When the father opens the door, the naked Flambeau is clutching a straw hat in front of himself to preserve his modesty.
  • The Flash (2014): In "Flash vs. Arrow", Felicity's blouse catches fire after Barry races her at superspeed to STAR Labs. She pulls off the blouse just as Kaitlyn and Cisco enters, and hurriedly holds her handbag up to cover her chest.
  • In Friends, Chandler falls into a Honey Trap set at the restaurant by a woman he knew from 4th grade, so he ends up in a restroom cubicle with only the girl's undies to wear. Eventually, he has to cross the whole crowded dining room, hiding behind the unhinged cubicle door.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Missandei does this when she catches Grey Worm watching her bathe in "The Mountain and the Viper" ...after letting him have a long look.
    • Averted when Daenerys deliberately rises from her bath to converse with Daario in "Second Sons."
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: In "If I Had A Hammer", a bunch of grapes does this for Hercules as he models nude for Salmoneous.
  • Highlander pulled a pillow version with Duncan in one episode as well. Only it was apparently not his doing, a female immortal bounty hunter had him tied to the bed.
  • Played for Fan Disservice in the 1978 mini-series Holocaust, as naked women file into the gas chamber (ostensibly a shower) watched by leering guards.
  • Horrible Histories: The man who has his toga stolen during the Shouty Man's ad for the Roman Baths uses a book from the bath library to preserve his modesty.
  • Hustle: Danny Blue loses a game of Strip Poker and attempts to salvage what is left of his dignity with a strategically placed cushion.
  • Happens a couple of times on Law & Order: SVU most notably in "Acceptable Loss", when they arrest a suspect who is enjoying a hot tub in the buff. The detectives have to cuff his hands in front of him to allow him to cover essential areas.
  • Legend of the Seeker: Kahlan does this when Richard catches her taking a Waterfall Shower in "Elixir".
  • Lost Girl: In "Caged Fae" during Bo's Shower Scene in the prison, she's show covering herself with her hands while all the female prison guards leering at her.
  • M*A*S*H
    • A very early episode has Hawkeye bet Trapper that he could walk stark naked into the mess tent and everyone in camp would be too bored to notice. Hawkeye manages to cross the compound wearing only a hat and boots via a creative camera setup with soldiers carrying long planks between Alda and the camera. Once in the mess tent he manages to stand in line and get some food before someone notices and drops their tray. He then backs out using an army tray to cover himself.
    Trapper: Pay up.
    Hawkeye(covering himself with the tray) I left my pockets back in the Swamp.
    • Once, Hawkeye and Winchester manage to get B.J. good: Beej wakes up in the nurses' tent, surrounded by women, and completely naked in bed; he tries to grab the sheets, but they're nailed in place. Finally, he gets a pillow and covers his more interesting bits with it, then backs out of the tent... to a full waiting audience.
    • Another episode has Margaret stealing Hawkeye and B.J.'s clothes while they are in the shower. They have to leave the shower tent with "Their heads held high, and their hands held low".
    • In the episode where Winchester has a supply of newspapers and decided not to share, someone stole his clothes while he was showering, but left one of the newspapers, which he used to get back to the Swamp without showing anything.
    • One of the film's most famous scenes was of a showering Hot Lips doing this when Hawkeye and Trapper exposed her in full view of the entire base. Without that bit of history, the TV series simply painted Burns and Houlihan as intolerant. Which they were, but in the film their bitterness was somewhat justified.
  • Merlin: In "A Servant of Two Masters", Arthur walks out from behind a modesty screen in the buff, only to be confronted by Guinevere who has rushed into his chambers to rescue him from a Brainwashed and Crazy Merlin (long story). Arthur grabs a pillow to cover himself as Guinevere tries to explain herself. What makes the scene is that Gaius, the elderly court physician is also present, trying to hide Merlin behind a curtain and clearly struggling not to laugh.
  • Midsomer Murders: In "The Oblong Murders", a woman walks in on Jones while he is in the shower and is obviously enjoying the view. He hurriedly grabs a washcloth to cover himself.
  • In one episode of Mr. Bean, the title character got locked out of his hotel room naked, and is forced to navigate the building wearing signs. Amusingly, the sign he wears over his genitals reads "Private" and the sign over his bottom reads "Exit". In the same episode, he loses those signs later, only to replace them with "Out of Order" and "No Entry" respectively. And beforehand, he covered his front with a fire extinguisher.
  • MuchMusic in Canada once had "Not Much On Day", which featured host Rachel Perry hosting nude while covering herself with her arms, sitting down with her legs in front of her as well as various objects, including newspapers, lights, trophies, Censor Boxes, balloons and melons.
  • The Naked Trucker And T Bones Show, would serve as one of the best examples of this, were it still around. A fine case of Exactly What It Says on the Tin, it's a show about two guys, T-Bones (played by David Koechner) and the nameless Naked Trucker (played by the incomparable Dave "Gruber" Allen, everyone's favorite guidance counselor). Naked Trucker is never seen wearing more than a baseball cap, boots, and a guitar.
  • On NCIS, a stray iguana startles Tony awake, and Gibbs and Kate come running, guns drawn, at his startled outcry. As soon as they realize it's not a threat, the others turn to Tony (who'd been sleeping in the buff), and he grabs a chair to invoke this trope.
  • The New Avengers: In "Three Handed Game", Purdey bursts in on Gambit as he is posing as a life model for a sculptress. He hurriedly grabs a sheet to cover himself up.
  • On One Tree Hill:
    • In "Are You True?" Lucas covers himself with a basketball after his teammates steal his clothes while he was showering in the locker as a hazing.
    • In "Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends" Lucas is playing basketball with Rachel, when turns to her and finds she's topless with only the basketball as cover. Then she throws the ball at him.
    • In "Pictures of You" Shelley poses topless with her hands as covering her.
    • In "Sympathy for the Devil" Owen covers himself with a newspaper when Brooke kicks him out of her car naked.
    • In "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream, Part 1" When Nathan catches his mother Deb Skinny Dipping, she uses her arms to cover her chest.
    • In "Deep Ocean Vast Sea" when the ad Nathan was filming gets suddenly canceled, the crew starts taking everything apart, including pulling off the Modesty Towel he was wearing for the ad, making him have to use a pillow to cover himself.
    • In "Your Cheatin' Heart" Alex tries to seduce Julian by stripping naked and coming on to him while they're working, but he rejects her and has her use a pillow to cover herself.
  • A Halloween Episode of Psych, with David Naughten as a guest star, paid homage to the scene in An American Werewolf in London by having Sean and Gus find a self-proclaimed werewolf in their garage, wearing nothing but a bunch of balloons.
  • One later episode of Red Dwarf has Lister and Rimmer being marched into seeing the captain after getting accidentally infected with nano-tech that disintegrates their clothes and hair. They use both hands to cover themselves as they are marched once again down that long corridor.
  • Rizzoli & Isles: In "Class Action Satisfaction", Jane and Maura have to take a decontamination shower after being exposed to a potential pathogen. After coming out of the shower and waiting for her clothes, Jane tries to keep a medical waste bin between her and anyone else.
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Scrubs
    • J.D. is caught doing the naked chicken dance by Dr. Cox. Instinctively, he grabs the nearest object he can reach to cover up his privates — which unfortunately turns out to be a picture of Cox's son. Given Cox's (understandable) anger, J.D. switches it with a different picture... that turns out to be of Dr. Cox.
    • A subversion occurs in another episode with the guest-character Molly Clock; she covers her breasts with her arms even though she's wearing clothes, because she wants the men to whom she's talking to pay attention to her words, not her body.
  • Scorpion: In "Ice Ca-Cables", while at the nudist hot springs with Walter to collect sulfide, Paige awkwardly hugs the container close to her body the entire time.
  • Chris in Skins does the hand variant when he gets locked out of his own house naked.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In "Doctor Bashir, I Presume", Leeta gets so excited by Zimmerman's offer of her own cafe to run that she walks over to him, all excited, completely forgetting that she was in the middle of getting and hadn't got around to putting anything else on yet. When she realizes, she grabs a bouquet of flowers to cover her chest with as she retreats to the bedroom to get dressed.
  • Strange Hill High: After Templeton has his trousers stolen in "The Lost and Found Boy", he hides in his locker covering his privates with a textbook.
  • Harriet Hayes of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip gets caught topless in her dressing room by some of the men and covers up her breasts with her arm.
  • On the season 7 finale of That '70s Show, Kelso was forced into this trope after Hyde stole his robe upon catching him and Jackie about to do it, first using a garbage lid, then a hat to cover his nether regions during his escape.
  • Three's Company had an episode where they played strip poker, ending with a "winner take all" hand. As they left Furly's apartment (where the game was held), Larry was covering himself with a newspaper, the two girls he brought with him had Modesty Towels, Jack was wearing a box and Furly had two pillows.
  • Will Truman of Will & Grace got to do this with a book and a sofa pillow in an episode when Grace has temporarily moved out of his apartment but keeps dropping in unannounced. ("Remind me to buy you a bookmark.")
  • After losing his Slippery Swimsuit, Alex has to wear a deflated pool toy as a diaper in the final episode of The Worst Year of My Life, Again.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: In "Adventures in the Sin Trade", Xena ambushes Amazonian Queen Cyane while she's having a massage and it's wearing nothing but loincloth, forcing her to cover her breasts with her hands. But she surprises Xena by fighting back and in a Curb-Stomp Battle where, with one hand covering her chest manages to steals all of Xena's clothes right off of her one by one and then dressing herself in them, leaving Xena basically naked but for a leather thong underwear, causing Xena to cover herself in a rug before fleeing in shame and anger.
  • In The Young Ones, Neil runs into the room wearing a T-shirt and holding a strategically placed flowerpot to angrily confront the others. It escalates until he is about to hit Rik with a kettle held in both hands overhead, when Rik says, "Neil! How are you keeping that flower pot up??" He drops the kettle, grabs the pot and flees for the stairs.
  • Altered Carbon. Takeshi Kovacs wakes up to find Poe has brought a woman to his room. Mistaking her for a hooker he gets out of bed without bothering to get dressed, only to find she's an attorney for his employer. Poe quickly grabs her briefcase and uses it to shield Kovacs nether regions.

    Music 
  • The opening shot of the Aerosmith video for "Livin' on the Edge" features Steven Tyler naked and covering himself with just his hand.
  • It toes the line between this and Scenery Censor, but the only thing giving coverage to Holly Valance in her video for "Kiss Kiss" is some very strategic Lens Flare Censor.
  • The CD booklet for Maria Conchita Alonso's 1992 album Imagíname has the lyric sheet printed over a close-up picture of her using her arm to barely cover her breasts, with a slight hint of her left nipple visible. There is also a more complete picture of this, complete with her jeans unbuttoned and her black panties visible. The back cover of the CD jewel box is a blue-tinted picture of her topless and covering herself with a guitar.
  • This Prince album cover. Bonus: if you observe it more carefully, you'll see that it actually combines this trope with Gag Penis.
  • The video for Ratt's "Way Cool Jr." ends with a naked woman walking away from the camera down a sidewalk with a guitar covering her butt.

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    Pro Wrestling 
  • Francine would do a photo shoot almost naked, covered by nothing but Shane Douglas's ECW World Heavyweight Championship belt. Melina would later imitate it with the tag team title belts of Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury.
  • Kelly Kelly during her Exposé dance segments and some photoshoots.
  • This happened in No Mercy 2004 when Dawn Marie walked into a locker room when Jackie Gayda was getting dressed and was topless with her arms wrapped around her breasts. Dawn proceeded to cut a promo on Jackie, taunting her about her affair with Charlie Haas.
  • A male version is on the cover of the 1998 D-Generation X home video, with Shawn Michaels wearing only his WWF World title belt.
  • Starfire has been seen several times without her mask while working for World Wonder Ring STARDOM, but something is always obscuring her face in place of it. (Dragon Gate luchadors Flamita and Draztick Boy were also caught in that particular shot)
  • After Francine, Terri Runnels / Marlena was the most infamous for her willingness to appear almost naked. A trait she passes on to wrestlers not particularly known for doing so like Jacqueline after they worked with her, but one ever reached the levels Terri would take it. To introduce her "Terri Invitational Tournament" she did a promo where she was sitting on a couch naked with only money covering her.

    Roleplay 
  • Tex in This Is War, who seems to end up naked a huge amount for a comparatively shy girl, has tried this multiple times. It doesn't work out. Ever.

    Video Games 
  • In The Adventures of Lomax, when you attack a werewolf, it transforms into a small naked lemming who covers himself with his hands.
  • Castlevania Chronicles: The She-Wolf conveniently covers herself up as she reverts back to human form.
  • In Dead Rising 2, you can play Strip Poker, and the women will keep playing until they're down to their panties. Once they're topless, they cover themselves with their hands.
  • When playing as Donald Duck in Disney's Magical Quest 3, losing a life while wearing Donald's version of the armor costume (which has Donald wear nothing but a helmet and a barrel) causes Donald to lose the barrel and cover himself in embarrassment.
  • In Elite Beat Agents, failing the first section of one song results in Mr. Virus, the rival, ripping off the clothes of Cap White, the person you're trying to help. She promptly covers her breasts with her hands (by the way, this is essentially the closest thing to nudity the game allows, but it's still shocking coming from Nintendo, a company infamous for their strict rules of censorship in the early 90's).
  • In Fear Effect, this happens when Hana drops her Modesty Towel to distract a guard holding her at gunpoint, whom then gets killed by Deke sneaking up behind him. Hana then covers herself with her hands while warning Deke not to stare, as she's killed men for less.
  • In Jazzpunk, the female attendants at the Kai Tek Resort are topless with leis acting in a manner similar to Godiva Hair.
  • In The King of Fighters 2000, A promotional artwork has Vanessa doing the "arm bra" variation alongside the other members of the Hero Team (who are all posing stylishly). Seeing as she was the only female member of the K' Team that year, the implications of this should be very clear.
  • Several times during Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, Larry loses all of his clothes and has to sneak back to his room naked, covering himself with an object related to the last scene.
  • Magical Drop: Happens to World in her Magical Drop V panic animation, her ribbon falls off and she is forced to use her arm to cover her chest.
  • The "Naked Raiden" sequence in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. If you have Raiden stand against the wall in just the right place in the examination room where he first wakes up after losing his clothes, you'll see him without his hands over his genitals...only to find that HE HAS NONE. He's like a Ken doll! No wonder he's embarrassed.
  • In the Arcade Game Rampage, your character is a human who's been turned into a giant mutant animal. If your Life Meter empties, you turn back into a (naked) human, and your character hastily covers their naughty bits and scurries off-screen.
  • When standing still while playing the streaking minigame in Saints Row 2, the player character will stand with their knees together, shivering and covering his/her privates with their hands.
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon: Two of the baby dragons exhibit this trope when hatched, one of which is appropriately named "Modesty".
  • Tekken: This happen with both Williams sisters in Anna's endings.
    • In Anna's ending in Tekken 2, Nina sneaks into the bathroom as Anna is stepping out of the shower. Startled at Nina's appearance, Anna turns around, and Nina takes a picture of her with a camera. Then, Nina laughing holds up the picture, which shows Anna covering her bare breasts with her arms.
    • In Anna's ending in Tekken 3, Anna and Nina are sunbathing at the beach. Three men approach the sisters, two of them flirt with Anna one with Nina. Jealous Anna is getting more attention, Nina walks up behind Anna and pulls the upper half of Anna's bikini down, leaving a mortified Anna breasts exposed trying to cover herself as Nina walks away victorious.
    • Anna has her revenge on Nina in Tekken 5, The sisters are fighting on a castle's rooftop with swords as part of a movie. When they both slash each other dramatically, Anna falls to the ground defeated. The director stops the scene and is talking to Nina when her armor suddenly begins to fall off from the damage Anna caused. As Nina desperately tries to hold onto her armor, Sexophone music plays and Anna is shown laughing at her sister's humiliation.

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  • City of Reality has an arc where a character is seeking to undo a series of involuntary transformations caused by an evil magician. Naturally, the people so reverted frequently come back sans clothing, leading to some interesting moments.
  • Dangerously Chloe, has Teddy doing this when a naked Naomi barge on him showering. Although he only remembers to cover it when she comments that at least one part of him is happy to see her. He spends most of the arc covering himself with either his hands or a pile of clothes.
  • Drowtales: In chapter 46, the only thing preserving Kuso's modesty is his helmet.
  • Florence Ambrose from Freefall has done this from time to time. Unfortunately for her, since she has multiple sets of mammaries thanks to her nonhuman nature, even with the help of her tail it leaves some of her "naughty bits" uncovered. Her fur thankfully covers anything she has on her chest unless she's nursing or in heat (former has never happened, and the latter is unlikely to happen in such a nonsexualized comic) — but she still covers the same area as human ladies would due to cultural conditioning.
  • Garnet and Gure: The Kor-Gumi, depicted in this cartoon, is an eight-armed, woman-like creature that makes use of her many hands in lieu of clothing.
  • Girls in Space - Red wears a hand bikini in the Shower Scene which sets up the "Across the Universe in a Bath Towel" storyline.
  • Ménage à 3 features periodic occurrences. Two examples:
    • In a sequence that begins here, Gary uses in sequence a cushion, a live cat (fortunately very briefly) and finally his hands.
    • Matt needed to improvise when being kicked out by Dillon after having sex.
    • An unfortunate Gary once had to use his hands to cover another man once Yuki shows up unannounced. To the uninitiated, Yuki has... a bit of a problem with penises.
  • Happens in Shifters here, during Ferrah's Out-of-Clothes Experience. Upon realizing that she's naked she quickly crouches and covers her chest with her arms.
  • Ozy of Ozy and Millie resorts to this whenever the Llewellyn hair curse hits him (i.e. here), at least until he finds some pants.
  • During the Schlock Mercenary book The Sharp End of the Stick, a group of Toughs are captured and stripped naked. Assorted objects intervene to prevent anything "naughty" from actually showing while they're unclothed, at one point even Lampshaded in a strip's author's note, explaining that Schlock's arms spread in a yawn conveniently covers body parts for which there was nothing in the scenery to block the view.
  • One Sluggy Freelance arc has the main characters use this trope when Gwynn got drunk and accidentally summoned a swarm of clothes-eating moths. A good thing Torg had Emergency Pants.
  • In TwoKinds, Keith does this with his hands when Flora, his ex, walks on him while he's modeling naked.
  • Used in this strip of The Whiteboard.

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    Western Animation 
  • Classic film shorts loved this trope, especially when Donald Duck or Daffy Duck lost all their feathers. It was especially funny when a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal did this in response to losing their shirt (admittedly, their only piece of clothing).
  • The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Rerun" had Gumball put his parents into a ball pit after they've become babies. After they return to their normal ages, they are in nothing but their underwear, with Nicole covering her breasts with two balls from the ball pit.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender this trope is played at least four times. First time is in The Winter Solstice Part 1 when Zuko saw Iroh get up from his hot springs and the object for censory was Zuko's hand blocking the camera. Later Iroh has a piece of cloth covering him. It the extras for that moment said "Earthbenders: 0; Naked Shackled Guy: 3". After the battle Zuko tells him to put on some clothes. The second time is when Chong the nomad spots Sokka's underwear. Sokka uses Momo to cover himself up. The third time was in Aang's first nightmare in "Nightmares and Daydreams" when Aang goes into the Fire Lord's room and tells him he is gonna defeat him but we get this unexpected gem:
    Ozai: Really? [Brings his face close to Aang.] How do you plan on doing that when you're not even wearing pants? [Cut to Aang's scared face, as he looks down to see that Ozai was telling the truth, and screams.]
    Aang: Oh no! [Aang quickly covers himself with a white Air Nomad shield pulled out of thin air. The camera zooms out to a larger shot of Aang shaking with embarrassment. Suddenly, giant eyes begin to appear all around him. The eye's close and disappear. Cut to shot of the giant Fire Lord laughing as Aang slowly backs out the door. The Fire Lord raises his arms to the ceiling, while surrounded by flames, laughing heartily.]
    • And in the same episode it is played again but reversed.
    Ozai: Really? You're going to take me out? You're not even wearing pants!
    Aang: No, Fire Lord Ozai. You're not wearing any pants. [Ozai looks down and sees Aang is right. He quickly pulls over a shield with the Fire Nation emblem on it.]
    Ozai: No! My royal parts are showing. Noooo!
  • In the Camp Lazlo short "Nudist Camp", Lumpus is left naked when Lazlo steals his uniform while he's bathing in the lake. He covers himself with a trunk, a potted plant, and his own hands.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • In the episode "Operation: A.R.C.T.I.C.", after the KND are hit by a "Nude Torpedo", both Numbuh One and Numbuh Five manage to cover their bodies completely with both hands, thanks to the art style (giving them thin torsos and very large hands).
    • Numbuh One covers himself with his hands when he loses his swimming trunks in "Operation: B.U.T.T." Near the end of the episode, the Delightful Children from Down the Lane cover up their pelvic areas with their hands when the other members of Sector V steal their pants and skirts.
  • In the Cow and Chicken episode "P.E.", Chicken, Flem, and Earl end up naked when a pair of bullies steal their clothes while they're showering. To cover up, Chicken holds a clock, Flem holds a potted plant, and Earl holds a bucket. As soon as they get to the cafeteria to buy towels, they use cafeteria trays to cover their shame.
  • In the Columbia Cartoons version of The Emperor's New Clothes instead of being in his underwear after the swindlers give him his "new clothes" like in other versions he is naked, the first time his privates are covered by his mirror he is posing in front of, and as he's parading down the street to show off his new outfit they're covered by a flag, then by the townsfolk.
  • The Fairly OddParents! frequently uses this trope especially in concert with another trope Naked People Are Funny. For example, one episode has Cosmo and Wanda poofing Timmy out of the bathtub to his favorite comic store, but they forgot to dress him. As a result Timmy has to go through town covering up his "private parts" with his hands. He, also, uses a newspaper and his pink cap.
  • Family Guy:
    • There's an episode where the Griffins meet a family of nudists, and this trope is unsurprisingly used a lot. The hand variant sees a lot of use, but most notably, teenage Jeff Campbell says hello to Meg while squirting a water gun held at his crotch.
    • In another episode, after Peter is caught with his pants down by Lois, he hides his crotch using a pillow.
    • In the "Switch The Flip" episode, Lois covers her breasts with her hands while she and Peter are laying in bed naked under a unisex bedsheet.
  • In episode 7 of Final Space, Nightfall walks into Gary while the latter is changing from his prison outfit into his civilian clothes, and is completely naked. He quickly grabs his friend/pet Mooncake to cover his privates.
  • Futurama:
    • The Planet Express crew is having a barbeque and Nibbler is begging for a burger, but no-one gives him one. Then Amy's falls out of her sandwich and lands in her cleavage. Seeing his chance Nibbler leaps onto her chest and devours it along with her bikini top, forcing her to cover up her breasts with the buns.
    • Done later in an Adam-And-Eve homage with what are noted to be "strangely sticky" leaves.
  • In the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episode "Grey Hairs and Growing Pains", Lady Jaye is among the G.I. Joe members who ends up regressing to a child, eventually losing her pants because they're too big for her. For the duration of the episode, her lower body is covered up by her shirt. After the heroes are finally restored to their normal ages, however, Lady Jaye forgot that she didn't have pants and is seen desperately pulling down the front of her shirt in an attempt to stay modest.
  • King of the Hill: After getting his clothes blown off by a tornado, Hank Hill was once forced to make an on-the-spot choice between a potted cactus plant and the Texas flag for this purpose. He went with the cactus.
  • The Looney Tunes Show: Yosemite Sam covers himself with a cardboard box while fleeing naked from the FBI through the Spargle building in "Off-Duty Cop".
  • On the Mission Hill episode, "How to Get Head in Business Without Really Trying", Andy covers his crotch with a cactus plant as he's running from his boss (whom he thinks is out to get him for sleeping with his fiancée, but was really going to ask Andy if he wanted some sliced grapefruit for breakfast).
  • Mr. Bogus:
    • In a claymation short used before the second act of the episode "Bad Luck Bogus", Bogus does this with an item that he took out from a safe, after his pants get pulled off when they get snagged on the safe door.
    • Brattus does this with the bottom of his shirt after a cotton candy cone steals his pants in the first act of the episode "Waterboy Bogus".
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • In one episode Rainbow Dash pulls Fluttershy's sheets off to get her out of bed, she gasps and covers her chest even though they usually don't wear clothes (spoiler: they're ponies!), Rainbow Dash gives her an annoyed look and Fluttershy grins sheepishly.
    • Another episode has Discord using a vacuum to suck Rarity's goo-covered Gala dress off of her, causing her to rear up and cover her chest and crotch while slinking away in embarrassment.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • The girls cover themselves with their hands as they return to the Professor after Nanobots eat all their clothing in "Nano of the North."
    • Brick Does this as well in the episode "The Boys Are Back In Town" after Blossom pulls his pants down in an effort to embarrass him.
  • The Simpsons
    • From the episode "Bart After Dark":
    Belle: Are you wearing a grocery bag?
    Homer: I have misplaced my pants.
    • A similar incident happened on "Summer of 4 ft. 2", where Homer uses the welcome mat from Flanders' beach house as a bathing suit, and ends up getting arrested for indecent exposure when he steps outside.
    • From The Simpsons comics, Lisa had to wear a Titanic Squishee bucket in place of her standard clothes. Cue the squick.
    • On "Selma's Choice", Lisa had to wear a towel home after she got high off the hallucinogenic water on "The Little Land of Duff" ride and went skinny-dipping in Duff Gardens' Fermentarium.
  • Skinner Boys Has the episode "The Curse of Invisibility" has an Invisible Streaker moment and that character does this.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants would frequently have naked characters cover themselves with their hands in spite of not having any visible genitals to begin with.
    • Patrick and SpongeBob frantically try to cover each other's privates with their hands when they are seen naked at the Krusty Krab at the end of the episode "Pranks a Lot".
    • When Squidward tears off his Kuddly Krab uniform in rage in "Bossy Boots", a police officer promptly writes a ticket and puts it on Squidward's groin.
    • The episode "Feral Friends" features SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Mrs. Puff, Pearl, Squidward, and Larry the Lobster turning into non-anthropomorphic sea life for two hours because of the centennial cycle of Neptune's Moon. After everyone returns to normal, they are left naked. SpongeBob and Patrick are unfazed by their sudden nudity, but Mr. Krabs, Mrs. Puff, Squidward, and Pearl cover themselves with their hands as soon as they realize they're nude and Larry preserves his modesty by making a loincloth out of a flower.
    • In "The Incredible Shrinking Sponge", SpongeBob uses a pickle slice to cover up his nudity when he sweats so much he shrinks (due to a sea urchin). At the end of the episode he winds up growing so big he uses the Krusty Krab as clothes... with everyone still inside.
  • Taz-Mania: In "Kee-Wee Cornered", after Taz accidentally rips his own tail off, he covers his butt with a hat.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Toyed with: when Beast Boy removes Raven's cloak, she covers her chest as if she were naked, even though she isn't.
    • Also when See-More uses his X-ray vision to stare at Starfire, she covers herself with her hands as though she was naked.
  • Total Drama
    • Happens to DJ in Total Drama Action and later Owen in the theme song for World Tour.
    • In the first season, Harold even had to do this with a pillow. His cabinmates hid all his clothes and moved his bed out to the dock (where all the girls were swimming the following morning) to get back at him for leaving his dirty underwear lying around.
    • Also in first season, Heather covers her breasts with her hands after a tree branch rips off her top.
  • Wakfu. In the second season's Gobbowl arc, there is a magic potion allowing females to gender-bend into males, but which unfortunately cease to have effect if the subject says the word "Gobbowl". Thus, a Fanservice Extra trying to sneak in the stadium under the guise of a shirtless male has to cover her chest with an arm when she returns to female form. Later, the same thing happens to a topless Amalia, who grabs a gobbowl shield to cover herself.

    Real Life 
  • This is at least Older Than Feudalism, as it's found in numerous classical sculptures (Example), as well as Botticelli's Birth of Venus.
  • The Other Wiki even has a page for this trope: Handbra
  • As a body language signal: When she's in front of a man, a woman either crossing her arms over her chest, or placing her arms or hands in front of her chest while topless is a sneaky way for her to draw attention to her breasts. It's alleged to be a gesture of sexual anticipation laced with anxiety. Of course, there are many other body-language experts that say crossing one's arms is a gesture of rejection, defensiveness and/or hostility, so take all such research with a grain of salt.
  • There is a bit of a legend at Oxford. note  As a formerly all-male institution, there is a short section of the Cherwell that has been fenced off for men to bathe in the river. Naturally, only the oldest and most esteemed professors, still quite fond of the old traditions, use these facilities. When the fence came down in a flood one day, the professors were too busy to notice. However, when a boat carrying several young female students went past, the professors flung their hands to shield the ladies from their most private of parts. One professor, however, flung his hands to his face. When asked about it later, he said, "I don't know about you all, but I'm known by my face around here."
  • According to conspiracy theorists, the "X" that a model forms with her arms and hands in certain handbra photos e.g. this topless photo of Cindy Margolis, symbolizes her devotion to Baphomet/Osiris and gender fluidity. They also say that the "X" that she's making with her arms also emphasizes sex generative energies; in addition, the conspiracy theorists claim that she's also promoting male and female bisexuality and pansexuality and she's symbolizing sexual intercourse. Also, the fact that she's practically naked allegedly emphasizes the MK Ultra beta sex kitten programming aspect of the photoshoot.


Alternative Title(s): Handbra

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