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A lingerie scene is one in which a female character removes her clothes to reveal undergarments. This exposes (and may create or enhance) cleavage and usually quite a bit of skin, but still hides those indecent things known as "nipples" as well as some other body parts, so it is not as risqué as a topless or nude scene.

In most cases, the titillation factor intended seems to be at least as high as if a man had gone shirtless in the same situation. Sometimes the lingerie actually adds a titillation factor compared to outright nudity, perhaps because you are seeing something you are not supposed to see, because the figure-shaping effect of some undergarments makes the actress conform more closely to the current (conventional) fashion ideal, or perhaps because, like other Stripperiffic clothing, the lingerie draws attention to what it hides.

The trope was very common in adventure (especially Westerns), comedy and romance films from the late 1940s through the 1960s, especially in movies set in pre-20th Century periods. Movies of those genres set in the 19th century, particularly the Victorian Era and The Edwardian Era, were particularly prone to feature such scenes because of the elaborate design and trimming of lingerie in those periods, as well as the support and figure-shaping qualities noted above. While The Hays Code restricted the extent to which lingerie could be shown, that particular stricture was more honored in the breach than otherwise, especially as standards liberalized following World War II.

After the infamous Wardrobe Malfunction in 2004,note  networks became very conscious of the legal costs of a nipple-slip, and started using lingerie as a substitute for nudity, especially during sex scenes. Where previously a Modesty Bedsheet or other strategically placed objects had ensured that nothing explicit was shown, producers now made it absolutely sure by having their female characters keep their bras (or some other undergarment) on at all times, making the Lingerie Scene more popular than ever.

The trope also has a long and distinguished history in news-strips and comic books, particularly those of the "spicy" variety. For example, as early as 1932 Norman Pett's Jane regularly lost her outer clothing in Britain's Daily Mirror, and on the other side of the Atlantic, Adolphe Barreaux' Sally The Sleuth was another early "strip strip", starting in 1934. By the 1940s, hot-blooded American troops were being entertained by the likes of Bill Ward's Torchy and Milt Caniff's Miss Lace. In the US, lingerie scenes were effectively banned by the Comics Code in 1955, but fortunately, these restrictions didn't extend to the news industry. Mainstream features like On Stage, Apartment 3-G and The Heart Of Juliet Jones spiced up the melodrama with the occasional striptease.

The trope is Older Than Feudalism: there are ancient Roman paintings believed to show brothel scenes, where the women are wearing the Roman equivalent of brasnote  and nothing else.

A Sub-Trope of Fanservice. See also Black Bra and Panties and Vapor Wear.


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  • This commercial for Miller Genuine Draft. (mildly NSFW)
  • This commercial for Washington Sports Clubs. (mildly NSFW)
  • Maidenform had a famous and very long-running (1949-1969) ad campaign centered around this trope: "I dreamed I was [fill in a blank of something one would not normally do in lingerie] in my Maidenform bra", with a picture of a woman doing some activity in public wearing nothing but a bra on her upper body, but fully dressed apart from that. The ads were considered very risqué for the time (though they are quite tame by today's standards).
  • Subverted in a TV commercial from shortly after soccer player Brandi Chastain became famous for stripping to her sports bra to celebrate the U.S. world cup victory: Two guys are playing Foosball with her, and she wins. The guys and everyone stop to see what's coming... "What?" she asks, and goes about her business.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The very first anime to feature a lingerie scene was Toei Doga's Mahou no Mako-chan, (1970). An updated version of Andersen's The Little Mermaid, the series' coming-of-age motif allowed the heroine to be depicted in her underwear (and even nude in several episodes).
  • Once the precedent had been set in Mako, the trope became a standard feature of early seventies anime. Teenaged girls were shown disrobing on the flimsiest pretexts, ostensibly for comedic value (although the Fanservice element was blunt-force obvious to the casual observer). The gratuitous stripteases were toned down considerably after 1975 (probably due to the controversies surrounding Cutey Honey), although panty shots still remained commonplace until the end of the decade. Typical examples include:
    • Megu Kanzaki tearing her own clothes off in sheer teenaged angst in Majokko Meg-chan.
    • Lala and Miki stripping down to bra and panties during a supernaturally induced heatwave in Devil Man.
  • Despite stiff opposition from Japanese P.T. groups, Fanservice and Ecchi became extremely popular in 80s manga and anime, even in those aimed at younger female audiences. Lingerie scenes underwent a renaissance during the "anime explosion" of the 1980s, as sexual humor began to pervade every possible genre of the artform. Commonplace examples include:
    • Most notable example is Studio Pierrot's Miss Machiko, in which the title character found herself publicly disrobed on a weekly basis.
  • Lupin III has been showing females in their lingerie since the original manga. As an adult-oriented series, this was considered acceptable, and the creator went even further, undressing male and female characters. The Anime has had to be slightly more restrictive in what it can show, with a lingerie scene often becoming the most an episode/movie could offer in terms of sexual fanservice.
  • Maken-ki! features several scenes of Himegami shopping for new lingerie, with one of the first being in episode 2. She'll usually asks Takeru's opinion on different sets, before trying them on in the changing room. During which, the audience is treated to seeing her topless, along with close-ups of her legs, thighs, and her lace covered buttocks, as she poses in front of the mirror.
  • Fairly common in more recent anime as well: in Minami-ke, Kana has one of these when her younger sister unexpectedly brings home company, giving the entire group an eyeful of Kana in her bra. Also occurs twice for Haruka: When she unbuttons her shirt in front of cross-dressing Makoto, giving him a nice view of her turquoise bra and ample cleavage, and another where she falls asleep after unbuttoning her shirt, then wakes up while not remembering that she is exposed, thus inadvertently giving Touma's brother ample view of her feminine attributes.
  • Parodied in Urusei Yatsura. Lum normally wears a tiger-striped bikini, but in school she often wears a school uniform. There is one scene where Lum starts taking off her uniform in the middle of class to reveal the bikini, and the guys are all drooling over her until someone says, "Isn't that what she wears anyway?"
  • The first time Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya enters the SOS clubroom, Mikuru is changing inside. And that is not the only one. Haruhi changing in the class room and the second changing-scene with Mikuru.
  • The more Fanservice-filled first season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has main character Nanoha sleepily doing this in front of her suddenly flustered Mentor Mascot, Yuuno.
  • Any Lingerie Scene from Ranma in Ranma ½ is usually treated as a very shocking event for the cast, since "she" absolutely despises wearing women's underwear, and has only relented while under extreme duress. Oddly enough, there is a time she forgets she is wearing male underwear when trying to flash a particularly perverted Orochi.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi does this sometimes. Notably, there is a full chapter of conversation between Asuna and Setsuna, during which they are getting dressed for their upcoming battle. The conversation is apparently so engrossing that they don't realize how they are dressing until finished.
    • There is also the incident where a demon appears on campus and kidnaps Asuna. When Negi goes to rescue her, she's inexplicably wearing fancy lingerie. The demon explains that it helps complete the Damsel in Distress look.
      • It also seemed to have magically enhanced her bust, which the demon was gesturing towards as he made the comment.
  • Future Diary: Yuno has two: when she's imprisoned Yukki and chained him to a chair, and another following having sex with Yukki where she chases him around with an axe while wearing her bra and panties.
  • The second episode of Bakemonogatari had a Lingerie Scene that lasted nine minutes. Sure, Senjougahara's weightlessness made clothing feel heavy and uncomfortable to her, but still...
  • Many of the female characters in Gunsmith Cats, especially Rally and Minnie Mae, are shown in lingerie on a regular basis.
    • When their shop is burglarized in the middle of the night, Rally and Minnie May get out of bed, sneak up on the thieves, and capture them. There's no time to get dressed, so throughout the scene Minnie May is in a very short nightshirt and Rally is in her underwear.
    • During a climactic fight with the bad guys, Rally suffers Clothing Damage and has her shirt completely ripped off. She continues the fight wearing just a bra and skirt as if nothing had happened.
  • In Dragon Ball, Ranfan attempts to beat Nam during the first World Martial Arts tournament by stripping down to her underwear, seeking to distract Nam with her looks. It almost works until Nam simply closes his eyes and defeats Ranfan using his other senses.

    Comic Books 
  • Vicki Vale's first appearance in All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder is her strutting around her apartment in frilly pink knickers. This lasts for about three pages. The author's commentary admits, "Okay, I'm shameless. Let's go for the ass shot."
  • Bronze Age series Superman Family featured a reasonable amount of scenes where Supergirl lounged around her home wearing nothing but undergarments.
  • Smurfette was seen in lingerie when she was abducted along with her fellow Smurfs in their nightclothes by the robot servant reprogrammed by the now-sentient waste disposal robot in The Smurfs comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress". Cue drooling male Smurfs.
  • Numerous post-Code Archie Comics stories show Betty, Veronica, and/or Sabrina preparing for a day's exploits while wearing nothing but bra and panties.
  • Ms. Fanservice that she is, Lori Lovecraft is often shown lounging in her lingerie at home, and often appears in lingerie in her movies.

    Comic Strips 
  • Making her debut in Britain's Daily Mirror, Norman Pett's Jane (1932) usually fell out of her clothes in less time than it takes to read this sentence. The "strip" continued for another 27 years. In a massive shift of wartime morals, Jane was allowed to go topless on the 6th June 1944 as a celebration of the D-Day landings, thus becoming the very first topless woman in a British tabloid.
  • On the other side of the Atlantic, Sally The Sleuth (Adolphe Barreaux, 1934) would lose her dress somewhere on the first page, spending the remainder of the story in her underwear. Solving the crime was considered an unnecessary distraction by most readers.
  • By the time Jane ended in 1959, Bond girls were already appearing in The Daily Express, and Jim Holdaway's Romeo Brown was being duped by scantily-clad seductresses.
  • Modesty Blaise started in 1963 and was so full of fanservice that the American press hesitated to publish it.
    • Despite her name, Modesty has no qualms about stripping down to her underwear to distract the bad guys. Her signature maneuver is "The Nailer", where she takes her top (and sometimes all her clothes) off to distract the opponent. For censorship reasons she usually keeps her underwear on, resulting in lingerie scenes (in the books, she is less inhibited).
    • There are frequent scenes where we see Modesty in her underwear when getting dressed (or undressed). So many, in fact, that her Black Bra and Panties became an Iconic Outfit for her.
    • In "The Head Girls", the villains strip-search Modesty and Willie and leave them in a Drowning Pit in their underwear. Neither Willie nor Modesty has any chance to get dressed until they make thir escape near the end of the story, so the audience gets to see several long action scenes with Modesty in her bra and panties and Willie in his briefs.
  • Miss Buxley wears only black bra and panties under an open robe in the July 25, 2007 Beetle Bailey strip.

    Fan Works 
  • Gender inverted trope in Run to You - Starscream begins Chapter 4 wearing and admiring the lingerie he bought for his tryst with Skyfire, before being distracted by the DJD.
  • The Lightning Strike featured such a scene in Chapter 33 when Harry Potter finds his three lovers- Natasha Romanoff, Skye, and Wanda Maximoff- ready for a night of passion in his room, although only Wanda is wearing actual lingerie; Skye is just wearing one of Harry's exercise shirts and Natasha isn't wearing anything.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Attack of the Killer Donuts: Mrs. Scolari celebrates her "cheat day" for her diet by putting on red lingerie and dancing around her box of donuts. Sadly, by then, the donuts were already contaminated by Luther's animation serum and made into killer donuts. So when she tries to eat them, it goes about as well as expected.
  • Lucy Wagner (Britney Spears) in this scene in Crossroads (2002). (mildly NSFW)
  • Cry_Wolf:
    • The lying game at the beginning has several girls show their bras while lifting up their shirts to show they haven’t been written on with marker (the sign of the liar). Since Mercedes isn’t wearing a bra, she gets a Toplessness from the Back scene instead.
    • The Red Riding Hood outfit Dodger wears is just a cape over red underwear.
  • In Enemy of the State, Robert goes to a lingerie store to get something for his wife, and is assisted by models dressed in lingerie. Later in the film, he sees his wife wearing the lingerie that he bought her, and bemoans that it was meant to be a surprise present for her birthday. And it's plot relevant both times.
  • Foxy Brown:
    • Foxy (who is posing as a High-Class Call Girl to get revenge on her enemies) and Claudia (an actual one) strip to their underwear when setting up a client, a corrupt judge, for an unpleasant surprise.
    • In her very first scene of the movie, Foxie is first shown in a see-through nightie which she takes off to get dressed, leaving her in just panties. She then puts on her bra and proceeds to hide a small handgun in it.
  • In Gambit, Puznoswki strips down to her bra and panties in an attempt to distract Shahbandar from Deane's presence in the hotel room.
  • Girl in Gold Boots features a scene in the dressing room with Joan and Michele in their underwear for no apparent reason.
  • Flavia Geste flounces around in elaborately trimmed Edwardian-era lingerie in several scenes in The Last Remake of Beau Geste.
  • Mannequin: Kim Catrall opens her fur coat to reveal her fancy lingerie underneath.
  • Men in Black II.
    • The villainess Serleena is passing through security at MIB headquarters. When she's asked for the reason for her visit to Earth she opens her coat and replies: "I'm hoping to become a Victoria's Secret model" then knocks out the guards while they're gaping at her lingerie-clad body.
    • In an earlier scene Serleena is in the middle of Central Park wearing nothing but said lingerie which winds up attracting a mugger. He tries attacking her but she immediately turns the tables on him and devours him alive.
  • The Girl in the Ferrari (Christie Brinkley) stripping in this scene in National Lampoon's Vacation. (mildly NSFW)
  • Showgirl Gobette spends much of her time in fancy Edwardian-era lingerie, ranging from peignoirs to black lace corsets with attached garters, as she wreaks havoc on Paris' men in the 1952 Italian comedy La Presidentessa.
  • Prom Wars: Three, one of which is entirely gratuitous:
    • The girls wear bikinis and underwear to pose for pictures to make the boys more interested in the prom competition. This gets them in trouble with their headmaster.
    • The main girls are seen changing after a soccer game in one scene, with some of the others drawing attention to Jen B.'s lacy bra and asking if it's sensible for a sports game.
    • When the Lancaster boys force several Selby students to strip down to their underwear as they're heading to a party Diana is hosting, the girls there take off their own pants so they're in their underwear as a show of sympathy and then take some pictures to raise the Selby students' morale for the competition and de-moralize the Lancaster students.
  • Hitchcock's original Psycho from 1960 has an iconic scene (used in promo shots and posters) with Marion (Janet Leigh) in her bra and half-slip. In a later scene, after she has decided to run away with her employer's money, she is shown in lingerie again when getting dressed. There is some colour symbolism as well: in the first scene her bra and slip are white, and in the second they are black.
  • Red Eye has a scene where somebody spills coffee on Rachel MacAdams and she has to go change her shirt, but it's actually not a fanservice moment and the camera doesn't pan down or anything. Mostly, the point of the scene is to establish a scar on her shoulder.
  • Reform School Girls: When in their dorm, standard attire for the girls appears to be lingerie; especially of a type that would not be allowed in a reform school, such as thong panties and teddies. The first time Jenny enters the dorm it resembles nothing so much as a 1980s lingerie show with a grunge theme.
  • Janet Weiss wears only her bra and panties throughout most of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The other female characters are mostly seen in some variation of more old-fashioned lingerie ... and so are the men at times.
  • In Star Trek Into Darkness, one fanservice-laden moment has the attractive Carol Marcus stripping down to her underwear to change out of one uniform and into another.
  • Star Trek (2009) has Uhura change out of her uniform and into another in one scene, giving Kirk (and the audience) a clear view from behind of her white bra and panties. Her Orion roommate Gaila spends the same scene in her underwear as well.
  • A well-known scene in Twentieth Century features Carole Lombard's character Lily in her underwear with an open dressing gown covering her shoulders. Some like to believe that this was one of the factors that caused The Hays Code to come into play a few years later.
  • Moira's Hellfire Club infiltration technique in X-Men: First Class. And Emma Frost in most of her scenes.
  • In the SF/Noir crossover Yesterday Was a Lie, Hoyle's shirt is removed in a rainstorm in order to dress a gunshot wound (see also Sexy Soaked Shirt), leaving her wearing just a bra.
  • Common for early-1930s' movies starring Jeanette MacDonald to have a scene where her characters are asked to strip to her underwear or she'd have a scene walking around in her underwear as she changed. It was somewhat lampshaded in One Hour with You when she willingly showed off her new undies to a friend that are "too stunning for only a husband to see."
  • In Vlog, Brooke makes all of her vlog posts in her underwear. She claims this is to grab people's attention until they realise what she is saying is interesting.
  • The girls in Girl House walk around the house in their underwear most of the time, as part of the titillation they provide their audience. Devon, in particular, favours high-end lingerie and heels.
  • Warm Bodies: Julie strips to her underwear after getting wet, while telling R to look away. He does after a moment, realizing he's actually feeling sexual attraction for her at the sight, as another sign of his returning humanity.
  • Loving Annabelle: Played for Drama. Mother Immaculata catches Ms. Bradley and Annabelle while they're putting on their clothes (they only got to the underwear when she came in) after the pair had sex, revealing their affair.
  • In Liar Liar, there's a brief moment where Miranda is seen wearing nothing but a lingerie undergarment when she throws Fletcher out of her office for saying "I've had better" regarding the sex they just had.
  • Ondine: Ondine gets quite a few of them as she tries on various underwear at a store or is shown changing later.
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses: Natalie gets a long one in the changing room wearing only her lacy underwear.
  • Terror Birds: The protagonists (three women and two men) strip down to their underwear to cross a river.
  • Kiss of the Damned: Djuna is shown at length wearing only her bra and panties before having sex with Paolo.
  • Fear Street: In Part One: 1994 Sam and Deena, along with Kate, all strip down to their bras checking for traces of blood on themselves. Given that, it's not played for fanservice as much.
  • Sabretooth: Lola asks Trent to play hide-and-go-seek. Before leaving, she strips down to her bra from the waist up to give him incentive to look for her.
  • The White Orchid: Claire has a lengthy scene in which she's seen wearing an old-fashioned corset and garter belt when dressing as The White Orchid did. She's also later seen in her bra.
  • Uncut Gems: Julia has a scene where she arrives at her apartment and strips down to her underwear, stockings, and suspenders. Her boyfriend and boss Howard gets an eyeful of this while hiding in the closet for a prank and starts sexting with her.
  • One for the Money: Stephanie takes her shirt off so her on-off lover, detective Morelli, can attach a Hidden Wire. He pauses to admire her breasts for a few seconds and compliments her on her pretty bra before proceeding. The camera zooms in on her breasts while he’s taping the device to her cleavage.
  • White Wolves 4: Pamela strips down to her panties and a tank top to soak in the river after several days of hiking and no bathing.
  • Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl: Adele and Beth are both seen wearing only their lingerie while trying on clothes or having sex with a guy in Adele's case.
  • They/Them (2022): Veronica and Kim both strip to their bras before having sex on the dock.
  • Man on a Ledge: Angie gets one where she's shown in her bra and panties (both pink) while changing clothes.
  • All Cheerleaders Die: Tracy wakes up in her underwear after she resurrects, and stays that way for a while, even going outside without a care to get food.
  • Signature Move: Zaynab and Alma are shown in their bras while making out once together as a prelude to sex on Alma's bed.
  • The Quiet: Nina has multiple scenes in her underwear as she's ironing her cheerleader uniform, which shows off her beauty. This gets creepy however in the scene with her dad as well there especially since he's molesting her.
  • When Cesar visits High-Class Call Girl Genevre in Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971), she is dressed in sexy period lingerie, including a corset.
  • Undercover Heat: beautiful, tough (but secretly lonely) tomboy cop Cindy Hannen is chosen to go undercover as a prostitute in a high class bordello to catch a murderer. Cue a trip to the Fredericks of Hollywood with the police department's credit card, much trying on of hookerwear/racy underwear in front of the mirror and one unintentionally hilarious line;
    Cindy: "Being a cop doesn't scare me but being a woman does!"
Once Cindy is accepted by her new co-workers she and they spend the rest of the film wearing (quite literally) little else.

  • An unusual one occurs in 1634: The Bavarian Crisis when the Habsburg Archduchess Maria Anna is delivered to her husband-to-be, Duke Maximillian of Bavaria. At the border, she is undressed to her shift and redressed in clothes provided by Maximillian's family, in front of the entire procession. Naturally, some of the teenage nobles present have to be kept from showing too much interest.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Benny Hill Show. Benny Hill is practically synonymous with the term gratuitous lingerie scene. Every single episode, like clockwork, on the flimsiest pretext imaginable. (mildly NSFW). The lingerie tended to get racier and skimpier as The '70s turned into The '80s and the powers that be grew more tolerant of nudity.
  • One notable example is Sex and the City, where Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) never removes her bra during sex scenes, while her castmates do. The weird part is that in previous scenes she's usually not wearing a bra underneath her top.
  • Doctor Who
    • In the episode "Terminus", Nyssa strips down to her underwear. According to the companion novel she was feeling ill, but this is never explained in the script. This was Nyssa's last episode and the actress wanted to please the male fans.
    • Later in the story, she tackles a male character to the ground and sits on him to pin him down. Still in her underwear. He doesn't look too unhappy about the whole thing.
  • Patricia Heaton provided Fanservice several times in Everybody Loves Raymond. in one episode she attempts to snap her hypochondriac and mother-smothered husband out of an imaginary ailment by trying to get him interested in sex. When this doesn't work, she snaps "I want credit for this!" then changes off-screen into more sensible flannel pyjamas. When Ray tries to punish her by refusing sex, she wears the full set. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Glee, there are at least two scenes of this. The most memorable ones were from Brittany and Santana in different seasons.
    • Brittany was first in season two when she and the rest of the glee club got drunk and ran around the room in her bra after she ripped off her shirt in a drunken striptease for Artie. (Finn nicknamed her the "Stripper-girl Drunk" archetype.)
    • Santana removed her vest top (or tank top) in season four and had a moment in her black sports bra before she put on another shirt when she was on loudspeaker to Sam on her phone.
  • Guerrilla: Jas is shown giving herself a sponge bath in her underwear.
  • Hightown: Jackie has multiple scenes in which she's shown wearing only her underwear (some before having sex, but not all).
  • On Neighbours, Dichen Lachman as Katya gives us a bonzer.
    • Mrs Kennedy caused controversy back in the 1980s. In an attempt to put some spice back into her marriage, she played several scenes in the full black set, to a less-than-enthralled husband who'd just had a tough day down the doctor's surgery. Moral Guardians said this was too indecent for pre-Watershed Britain.
    • She did it again in 2017, dressing as 'Inge the Swedish Masseuse' in a white corset, pink stockings and a platinum blonde wig, in an attempt to seduce her husband Karl who was, alas, more interested in gardening. She even brought out the mysterious 'blue box'.
  • In Alias Sydney (the protagonist) has a large number of scenes where she's in her underwear.
    • In the first episode, Sydney changes clothes (and puts on a wig) in a public restroom, leaving her in her black bra while she changing shirts.
    • Sydney opens an episode in lingerie while seducing an enemy agent. And this episode aired right after the
    • Super Bowl.
    • In another episode, Sydney's Black Bra and Panties have to double as a swimsuit when she is escaping from a hotel room by diving from the window into the hotel pool.
  • In this scene from the "Liquid Visions" episode of Baywatch Hawaii, Jesse Owens, Kekoa Tanke and Allie Reese strip down to their bras and panties to rescue a capsized sailboat. (mildly NSFW)
  • In the pilot for the remake of Hawaii Five-0, an undercover Kono is forced to strip to her bra and panties by a criminal to prove she's not wearing a wire. Before allowing her to dress, he also takes her picture so he can check with a mole in the police department to see if she's a cop.
  • Anya of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during her song-and-dance number with Xander in "Once More, With Feeling".
  • Double Divas takes place mainly in a lingerie store. There are several lingerie scenes per episode.
  • In the first episode of Chuck, there's a scene where Sarah in her black lingerie mixed with her loading her weapons for her date with Chuck.
  • Deconstructed in Top of the Lake (which also plays the trope straight in other cases). Middle-aged people in mismatched underwear in a non-sexual context are not particularly erotic, just underdressed.
  • Primeval
    • In the first season, Abby has to keep her flat warm for the prehistoric lizard she keeps as a pet. While at home, she wears a T-shirt, knickers, and nothing else.
    • When he's staying at her flat, Connor also tries stripping down to his undershirt and boxers. This is played more for laughs than for fanservice — and leads to a Not What It Looks Like situation when a colleague rings the doorbell and they open the door in their undies.
  • NYPD Blue:
    • In one of the first episodes with Det. Connie McDowell, a bar patron spills a drink on her shirt, which makes her go into the restroom and take off her shirt to clean it. She then discovers a hidden camera in the ceiling but doesn't put her shirt back on until she's finished investigating it, so for the entire scene she is shown in her black bra.
    • The show is famous for its liberal amount of sex and nudity (which earlier had been rather rare on a Cop Show), and more or less the entire female cast has at least one Lingerie Scene, but usually less gratuitous than McDowell's.
  • In The Lakes, philandering bully and village psychopath Gary Alcock makes his wife's life a misery with violence, the threat of violence, and frequent undisguised affairs. After he is (deliberately) knocked down and temporarily paralysed, Ruth Alcock gets her own back by dressing in the sexiest underwear possible for a night out and an equally undisguised affair, and as she dresses in the classic black set, tells her bedridden husband in explicit detail what she intends to do that night, and for him not to wait up for her. She blows him a kiss on the way out of the bedroom door.
  • In The King of Queens, Carrie Heffernan walks into her bedroom partially dressed (black bra) only to discover her eccentric father lying on the bed. She screams at him to get out, but Arthur shrugs and remarks there ain't anything there he hasn't seen before.
  • Sydney Fox of Relic Hunter doesn't seem to have any nudity taboo and the show finds many more or less contrived reasons for her to take her clothes off, leading to quite a few of these.
    • In the first episode, she receives her new assistant, Nigel, whom she has never met before, and carries on a conversation with him while changing clothes. For most of the scene she is just wearing her black bra and panties.
    • One of the most ludicrous examples (which is played mostly for laughs) is when she and her companions hide from their pursuers in a German Laundromat. The proprietor insist that they actually wash something, or leave. Sydney takes off her overshirt and puts it in a machine, but that doesn't satisfy the proprietor. The entire party ends up standing there in their underwear surrounded by other customers.
    • The first-season credits feature a shot of Sydney taking her top off to reveal a black bra.
  • Castle:
    • In one episode, both Castle's ex-wife Meredith and his current girlfriend Kate Beckett are staying in Castle's apartment, Meredith because their daughter is ill, Kate because her place is being repaired. Meredith comes to breakfast wearing only panties and a T-shirt, perhaps to show that she still has a claim on Castle. Kate asks her if she could at least put some pants on.
    • Kate has a few lingerie scenes, but one in particular is memorable: she is standing in front of a mirror in her bra, watching the scar where she was shot in the chest, brooding, close to a nervous breakdown. This is about as far from Fanservice that a scene with a beautiful woman in lingerie can get.
  • Lost Girl:
    • Bo has lots of lingerie scenes, often when shown undressing before a sex scene.
    • Kenzi often wears corsets as outerwear, so some scenes with her could be considered Walking Lingerie Scenes.
    • Kenzi also spends a lot of time at home in her pajamas, which technically at least could count as lingerie (though it's of the full-coverage variety and more cute than sexy).
  • UFO (1970):
    • In the first episode we get a quick glimpse of one of the female moonbase personnel changing clothes. We see her in her Space Underwear: a silver metallic bra and panty set.
    • A female journalist strips to her bra and panties in attempt to seduce Col. Straker into giving her classified information.
  • In the Police Story episode "Prime Rib'', Buffy (Cheryl Ladd) is shown wearing just her bra and a half slip.
  • Ascension (Miniseries): In the very first scene of the first episode, Lorelei is shown slipping out of her dress and going for a swim in her bra and panties. There is then a cut to her lying dead on the beach, still in her underwear.
  • In the first episode of The Transporter, the 'package' turns out to be a beautiful teenager. She insists Frank wait while she tries out various lingerie in a store, and when he barges into the changing room to ask her to hurry up, asks him for a 'male opinion'.
  • The pilot episode of The X-Files has Scully in bra and panties after taking her robe off in front of Mulder (to check on some mysterious marks on her back).
  • Star Trek: Picard: In "Maps and Legends", Soji and Narek are in bed together in their underwear. We get to see Soji in her Black Bra and Panties as she gets up and gets dressed. Narek has roughly the masculine equivalent (although he exposes less skin than Soji) with a black tank top and boxer shorts.
  • The Night Manager: Jed has several, and showcases her very attractive figure doing so.
  • Another Life (2019):
    • Cas spends a significant chunk of screen time in her first episode walking around in her sports bra and shorts (because she has just been brought out of soma sleep).
    • Episode four has Niko, Zayn, Michelle and August all in their skivvies along with her.
  • The Wilds: Fatin is seen wearing only her underwear in flashbacks after having sex with a guy. Later all the girls are seen stripping down to underwear or in swimsuits when they frolic in the ocean and bathe.
  • Deadly Class:
    • Maria is seen a couple times in her underwear. The first time it's red, and the second black.
    • Saya is shown in hers lying beside Marcus the morning after they'd finally slept together.
    • Petra is shown in hers while getting prepared for having a threesome with Billy and Lex, which she calls off later.
  • The Republic of Sarah:
    • Alexis and AJ are both seen while in their bras after having sex. Both are quite attractive.
    • Sarah and Corrine strip to their underwear before having sex with men. Both are also beautiful.
  • Betty: Janey, Indigo and Honeybear all strip down to their underwear when visiting a pool (they didn't have swim suits, as it was impromptu-they're only speaking to a girl there). All three are attractive young women, so it shows them off somewhat for the viewer.
  • Better Things:
    • Season 3 opens with Sam in a dressing room, where we see her in her bra and panties.
    • Max, Sam's eldest daughter, is seen several times in her underwear or a bikini.
  • Foundation (2021): In episode 2, Gaal is shown stripped down to her briefs and a bandeau bra while undergoing a medical examination aboard the space ship to Terminus.
  • Yellowjackets: When the girls reach the lake, many happily strip to go for a swim in their underwear. Later while they get intimate Natalie is shown in her underwear with Travis as well for a long scene.
  • In From the Cold: Jenny is shown undressing to her underwear before having sex with Felipe so they can get closer as she infiltrates the terrorist group which he leads.
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls: Most of the main quartet have one while they undress to have sex with someone. Some minor characters are also shown wearing only underwear as well. It's taken even further in the Season 2 premiere, where there's a party with every attendee wearing only underwear.
  • Irma Vep: Laurie undresses to her underwear when getting intimate with her fiance Herman, which shows off her body to the audience since she's very good-looking.
  • Keep Breathing: Liv goes into the lake in her underwear to try and dive for the plane, but doesn't last long as it's very cold.
  • Tidelands (Netflix): Cal gets a couple of these, mostly in a tank top and her panties but also sometimes with her bra.
  • The Family (2016): Nina is shown in her bra as she takes her shirt off while moving toward sex with Hank, which also gives the viewer a look at her cleavage.
  • You Me Her: Emma and Izzy both have a lot of scenes weaing their lingerie while undressing, often to get intimate with each other or Jack.
  • Sex/Life: Several women on the show are shown in their lingerie when undressing in preparation to have sex.

    Music Video 
  • In the alternate version of "My Prerogative", Britney Spears wears only her bra and panties throughout the entire song.
  • In the video for her 2018 song "Kyz" ("Girl" in English), Kyrgyz singer/songwriter Zere wears a loose open jacket with just a lace bra underneath. This was not done as fanservice, but to illustrate the song's feminist message that women should be allowed to do what they want and dress as they like. She is joined by other women in clothing varying from a bikini to hijab. This was not received well by everybody in the conservative, Muslim Kyrgyz society, and she received numerous death threats and lots of hate mail. This newsclip from BBC features an interview and footage from the video.
  • In the video for "Closer" by Lacuna Coil we get some shots of singer Cristina Scabbia in her black bra, as she takes off her top on camera and changes into what looks like a straight-jacket.
  • In the official video for ”Bad Egg” by Hands Off Gretel, which takes places in a mental hospital, singer Lauren Tate most of the time wears either a nightgown or just bra and panties.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The point of the many bra & panties matches they used to have in the late-1990's and early-2000's. WWE has since done away with them.

  • Noises Off: Brooke's character, Vicki, strips down to her underwear early in Act I. Since the play repeats Act I three times, she spends the majority of the play in bra, panties, and stockings.

  • A lot of the earlier clothing sets for Barbie included lingerie. They stopped selling lingerie for Barbie around 2000. Since Barbie was intended for little girls, some of the lingerie actually resemble gowns. Which Barbie will wear either underneath a fancy dress or when she is sleeping.
    • Two Barbie-themed magnetic board books features such illustrations on one of their pages: one book had Barbie and her friend Teresa stripped down to their undergarments at a store so they can put on some dresses (one pink and one blue, both are magnets); Barbie wore a light blue undershirt with dark blue straps and a decorative ribbon on her bustline that exposed her midriff and white panties with pink and blue polka dots on them, while Teresa wore a pink undershirt with faint hearts vertical stripes on them and white straps and decorative ribbon (also on her bustline) that went down to her waist and horizontal rainbow-striped panties; while in the other book Barbie is a bridesmaid at a wedding, and at one point both Barbie and the young bride-to-be are revealed to be wearing gowns under their pink bridesmaid dress and wedding dress (also magnets), respectively; Barbie wore a plain lavender ankle-length gown with a black lace outline, straps, and decorative ribbon; while the bride wore a white floor-length gown with a peach flower pattern, straps, and decorative ribbon (they probably slept in them when not under their dresses).
    • Modern Barbies (at least the ones sold in the US) have "underwear" molded onto the dolls' bodies. Even the ones that come wearing swimsuits.

    Video Games 
  • This supplemental art of Tiffany Lords, from Rival Schools.
  • Dragon Age: Origins has a strange example involving both women and men; there's a scene where your party must remove all of their equipment (armor/clothing included) and walk through fire in their undies as part of a test of worthiness. Results in Fanservice, Fan Disservice, or both, depending on who you have in your party at the time.
  • Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2 and 3 are all set up so that the most undressed any character gets is down to their underwear. The first Mass Effect did include videos involving naked people and Censor Steam, Mass Effect 3 does a reasonably good job of placing the camera to obscure the fact that characters are still wearing underwear for any relevant scenes.
    • The exception is Liara, who is shown completely naked (though only from behind) during her romance cutscene in the third game, prompting speculation that underwear is a human invention.
  • Scarlet Blade, players can get their Arkana to dance in their lingerie at the dance bar.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Daughter for Dessert, Amanda has these early on as a way to present herself sexually to the protagonist. As time goes on, she eventually gives him a good look at her naked body, and then progresses to coming onto him.
  • The first time the protagonist of Double Homework sees Tamara after the Barbarossa incident, she is in her underwear.
  • In Melody, both the title character and Sophia are shown in their underwear before being shown fully nude.

  • Agatha from Girl Genius, especially during the earlier middle part of the story. She sleeps in her underwear, so when sleep-walking/sleep-inventing strikes, that's what she'll be wearing when she's found sleeping in a lab the next morning. Repeatedly. Slightly played with in that her underwear is actually pretty tame by modern standards, essentially consisting of a corset and long johns that have most of her body covered, but by Victorian standards it's remarkably indecent.
  • Any, from M9 Girls! is shown in her bikini briefs after it being implied she had sex with the Professor.
  • Oddly enough, the occasional lingerie scene in Ménage à 3 tends to be considered less erotic, despite the attractiveness of the female cast - because the comic is completely relaxed about toplessness most of the time. Lingerie scenes became more common when the creators of the comic decided to stop showing female nipples to get more advertisements on their website - since then, female characters often have sex while having a bra or a shirt on.
  • In-universe in Misfile. Ash's mother is a Lingerie Model. When Ash's father was asked, he pulled out a catalog and pointed her out.
  • Sandra of Sandra on the Rocks is a trainee fashion model, so the lingerie scenes involving her and various other characters can be somewhat justified. The ones that aren't about modelling in any way are more likely to be Played for Laughs.
  • Twilight Sparkle, Applejack and Rainbow Dash in the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls fan comic Caught in the Storm. The trio ends up stuck in a storm inside Applejack's car, so they decide to spend the night there till the storm calms down. They strip to their underwear for different reasons: Twilight gets a leaf stuck in her shirt, Applejack's shirt gets wet and Rainbow Dash gets hot inside the car.
  • Discussed in an early Questionable Content, when Marten comes out of his room and accidentally catches Faye (who is sleeping on his couch at the time) in her bra, changing her shirt. She is initially upset, as much from being surprised as from anything he saw, but later admits it really isn't a big deal, as he didn't see anything that he wouldn't have seen at the beach.

    Western Animation 
  • Both Yumi and Sissi more than once on Code Lyoko.
  • Several scenes in Family Guy and American Dad!.
  • Lana in Archer spends a lot of time in her underwear.
  • Lincoln Loud in The Loud House has occasionally done this whenever he reads his comics.
  • Cassandra in The Crumpets takes off her ripped clothes and wears only undergarments after mistakenly suspecting that her love interest is still interested with another girl in one episode.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • In "Taking Control", Catra spends the whole episode wearing nothing but her sports bra and boxer briefs.
    • The main protagonist, Adora, sleeps in her underwear, meaning that several scenes throughout the series show her in a camisole and boyshorts.

    Real Life 
  • 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup (soccer) when Brandi Chastain took up an old tradition among male players, and took her shirt off in celebration after a game-winning goal. She was wearing a rather modest sports bra underneath, but still created almost as much of a stir as if she'd gone topless.
  • In the finals of the 2022 European soccer championships, English player Chloe Kelly celebrated her winning goal by repeating Chastain's performance and running round the field in her bra. She was given a yellow card (warning) since the rules now prohibit taking your shirt off to celebrate as being "excessive celebration".


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