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"Draw me like one of your French kitties."

Useful notes:

Spa employee: Sir, it's not necessary or wise to be naked.
Professor Farnsworth: Oh! You sound just like my tennis instructor!
Futurama, "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles"

Tropes relating to human nudity.

See also Not Safe for Work.

  • All Cloth Unravels: Pulling on a loose thread causes clothes to unravel, leaving the person wearing the clothes nude.
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: A naked character hides their nudity by wearing a barrel.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Naked characters are depicted with no visible genitalia and/or nipples.
  • Birthday Suit Surprise Party: A character stumbles upon a surprise party while naked.
  • Body Paint: Naked people with paint covering their bodies.
  • Body Sushi: Sushi being eaten while it's on a naked woman lying down.
  • Briefs Boasting: A man likes to brag about showing a lot of skin around the leg area.
  • The Burlesque of Venus: Usually involving a naked beauty in vein of the Roman Goddess of Love.
  • Can't Take Anything with You: It's impossible to bring material things with you when you time travel, which may include clothing.
  • Censor Shadow: Nudity is censored by keeping the naughty parts hidden in shadow.
  • Censor Steam: Nudity is censored by covering a character's body with steam or smoke.
  • Censor Suds: A character who is bathing or showering has their naughty bits covered up by suds.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Forcing your opponent to forfeit the fight by removing their clothes.
  • Defiant Strip: Stripping as an act of defiance or protest.
  • Diamonds in the Buff: Wearing jewelry and nothing else.
  • Digital Bikini: Nudity is censored by editing clothes onto the characters.
  • Dining in the Buff: A character eats or drinks something while naked.
  • Embarrassing Hospital Gown: Wearing a hospital gown is seen as embarrassing, bothersome, or humorous because of how they tend to not cover the wearer's back and therefore ensure that anyone viewing them from the back will see their exposed behind.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: Aliens depicted as going naked to emphasize their otherworldliness.
  • Fan Disservice: A situation that normally would qualify as fanservice is deliberately made as unsexy as possible, frequently either having characters in a state of undress under really unpleasant circumstances or having an unattractive character shown in little to no clothing.
  • Fetal Position Rebirth: Resurrected characters coming back naked and in fetal position.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: A character fights while in the nude.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: A character acts as if they are naked or is reacted to by other characters as if they are naked even though they are technically clothed (e.g. in their underwear or swimwear).
  • Fur Is Clothing: Anthropomorphic animals have their fur depicted as removable garments, which will often lead to situations where they have taken off or lost their fur and the hairless animals are treated as if they were nude.
  • Godiva Hair: A naked or topless woman has her long hair cover her breasts.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: Characters skinny dip only to have their clothes stolen.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Naked characters covering their privates by either placing their hands over their genitals or holding objects over them.
  • Home Nudist: Walking around naked when you're home alone.
  • Imagine the Audience Naked: A person preparing for a speech attempts to overcome their nervousness by pretending the audience they're talking to are not wearing any clothes.
  • Inconvenient Summons: A character is summoned while in the middle of something private or embarrassing. They might be naked.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: A character who goes naked because they are unaware of other people finding nudity taboo.
  • Invisible Streaker: An invisible character's clothes are still visible, so they have to strip in order for their invisibility to actually work.
  • Joke of the Butt: People's hindquarters are the basis of jokes, which may involve having it played for humor when a character has their posterior unintentionally exposed.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Works with visible depictions of penises and the controversy surrounding them.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: A woman naked in bed uses the bedsheets to cover her breasts.
  • Modesty Towel: A naked character covers themselves by wearing a towel.
  • Mooning: A character exposes their buttocks.
  • Naked Apron: Wearing an apron and nothing else.
  • Naked First Impression: A character is nude the first time another character meets them.
  • Naked Freak-Out: A character reacts badly upon realizing that they are nude.
  • Naked in Mink: Wearing nothing under a fur coat.
  • Naked Nutter: Casual nudity as a sign of madness.
  • Naked on Arrival: A character is naked during their first onscreen appearance.
  • Naked on Revival: A deceased character is naked while they are resurrected.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Nudity is depicted for humorous purposes.
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: Through unexpected circumstances, a character ends up trapped outdoors while naked and has to either find a way to hide their nudity or get back inside until someone sees them.
  • National Geographic Nudity: Nudity in the media given a pass on censorship because the naked people involved are tribal natives who are accustomed to wearing less than others.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Bare breasts having nipples censored.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: A character has a dream where they are in a state of undress.
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: A character's clothes match the color of their skin, giving the appearance that they are naked.
  • Nude Nature Dance: Characters embrace nature by dancing naked.
  • The Nudifier: A weapon, magic spell, or force that leaves people naked by destroying or disintegrating their clothes.
  • Nudity Equals Honesty: A character's nudity means that they can be trusted.
  • Old-Timey Ankle Taboo: An exposed ankle is treated as being as bad as nudity.
  • Open the Door and See All the People: A naked character at home opens the door to see a mob gawking at them.
  • Our Nudity Is Different: People having different standards on what counts as nudity.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: Characters are depicted as naked during out-of-body experiences.
  • Pink Is Erotic: The colour pink is used to represent, symbolize, or highlight eroticism.
  • Playing Doctor: Children of different sexes look at each other naked out of an innocent curiosity regarding what the opposite sex's genitalia looks like.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: A naked character is asked to cover up.
  • Posthuman Nudism: A character that has transcended humanity feels no need for clothes.
  • Psychosexual Horror: A subgenre that explores psychosexual development as a subject matter, including themes of sexual development and sexual activities.
  • Public Bathhouse Scene: Characters are seen bathing together at a bathhouse.
  • Public Exposure: A character poses naked for photographs or painting.
  • Putto: Artistic depictions of nude toddlers
  • Reclining Venus: Artistic depictions of reclining nude women.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: A character ends up in a state of undress against their wishes.
  • Removable Shell: A shelled animal (such as a turtle or snail) has their shell depicted as removable instead of being part of their body, which tends to have the animal in question treated as being naked without their shell.
  • Scenery Censor: A character's nudity is censored by objects conveniently placed in front of them.
  • Sexy Coat Flashing: A character seduces someone by opening their coat to reveal they are naked underneath.
  • Sexy Silhouette: Nudity is implied by a curvaceous woman's silhouette.
  • Shameful Strip: A character is stripped naked as punishment.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: A character goes naked because they don't care about the nudity taboo.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: A shape-shifter's clothes fall off or are destroyed whenever they assume a form with a size that doesn't fit.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity: Naked characters only seen from the neck up.
  • Shower of Awkward: A character is walked in on in the shower naked.
  • Shower Shy: A character fears showering with the others at gym because of body issues.
  • Sinister Nudity: Nudity is used as a signifier of villainy and horror.
  • Skinny Dipping: Swimming naked.
  • Sleeps in the Nude: Someone wears nothing to bed.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: Losing swimwear and thus ending up nude or partially nude.
  • Streaking: Running naked through public places.
  • Stripping Snag: A character is stripped naked when a piece of clothing gets stuck somewhere.
  • Tan Lines: If you've been in the sun too long, tan lines will be formed on body parts that were covered from the sun's rays by clothing.
  • Technically Naked Shapeshifter: Just because the shape-shifter forms clothes while assuming someone's form doesn't mean that they really are clothed.
  • Toplessness from the Back: All that is seen of a naked or topless woman is her back from the waist up.
  • Undressing the Unconscious: A character wakes up to find their clothes have been removed while they were unconscious.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: A freak accident results in an article of clothing falling off or becoming undone.
  • You Must Be Cold: A character is offered clothes out of concern that they are chilly. Doesn't necessarily have to involve nudity.