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Sometimes, when you need to create a human-looking alien, a female member of a race of Unscaled Merfolk, or a Draconic Humanoid, bras or simple breasts coverings may look awkward, as she isn't supposed to wear any clothes at all. Well, what should a writer do? The answer is, in this case, covering the mammaries with a natural fleshy appendage, wide enough to hide cleavage and nipples from a view from above. In a few cases, it can also cover a good part of the belly and the waist, forming a shell-like composition. Usually it will be thick enough to hide the nipples underneath, which consequently leads to Nipple and Dimed. Bonus points if the creature either looks like an adolescent or appears in children media.
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In a case of Tropes Are Not Bad, this trope may be used to avoid pretty nasty Fan Disservice moments.

Subtrope of Clothing Appendage. Sister trope of Seashell Bra and Barbie Doll Anatomy. Compare it to Non-Mammal Mammaries. Can sometimes overlap with Nonhumans Lack Attributes. Not to be confused with Fur Bikini, though it can overlap in case the character's nonhuman biology is based on a fur/hair-covered mammal (e.g. a Catgirl).


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    Manga & Anime 
  • Lisanna Strauss in Fairy Tail, has magic that lets her take on the form of animals. During the Tartaros arc she uses it to create a bra and underwear when she suffers from a lack of clothing, although technically she just transformed those parts of her body into a cat. She's still 100% percent nude, just part cat.

    Film — Animated 
  • Ursula, along with her sister Morgana, from The Little Mermaid franchise: her waist, buttocks and breasts are covered by a patch of black skin that forms a sweet-heart neckline. Furthermore their backs lack the black covering, making their skin look like part of a slinky evening dress.

    Film — Live Action 
  • In both the original Clash of the Titans and the 2010 remake, Medusa has black plates covering her nipples.
  • Marishka, Alena, and Verona (a.k.a Dracula's brides) from Van Helsing have their chests covered with ridged leathery white skin whenever they turn into vampires. Justified, as their human forms possess Stripperific clothes.
  • In the X-Men film series, shapeshifter Mystique is nude when not shapeshifted. She has scaly parts over her naughty bits.
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    Live-Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Princess Ruto has fins on her chest that have the appearance of a dress top to cover her Non-Mammal Mammaries. This carries over into Hyrule Warriors. In the original release of Ocarina, she tends more toward Barbie Doll Anatomy.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: Midna's true form has exposed breasts, although a lack of features and dark patches of skin make it appear she has an undergarment of some sort beneath her shawl. The effect worked so well most fans didn't even realize she was technically topless until she got a higher-resolution render for Hyrule Warriors.
  • In Star Trek Online, Fek'Ihri Ravagers have a blobby patch of flesh over the breasts. Very much Fan Disservice.
  • The Queen of Blades from Starcraft franchise has purple colored skin that covers her breasts. Furthermore, everything but the breasts is covered with bone-like bumps.
  • From Pokémon, Jynx seems to play with this trope. Although her red covering may look like a dress, almost every wild Pokémon doesn't wear a single piece of clothing (notable exceptions are Scrafty, his or her pre-evolution and Cosplay Pikachus). This means that her red suit may be just an elaborate, multi-colored skin patch. On the other hand, the trope is played straight with Nidoqueen, which sports two massive chest plates.
  • The female naga from World of Warcraft have their breasts covered by scales (their models in Warcraft III simply have Barbie Doll Anatomy, but that's probably due to the lower graphic resolution). Some of them wear armor over their chest, though.
  • Bowser/Bowletta from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga possesses two large plates on her chest.
  • Despite being a human-like creature, the fury Alecto from God of War: Ascension has her breasts covered by a naturally produced, black, tar-like substance. Her cleavage is quite visible, though.
  • Darkstalkers has Cat Girl Felicia with a strip of fur that both censors her nipples and acts as a Fur Bikini.
  • Nami, the Tidecaller in League of Legends has this as well as Absolute Cleavage formed with her scales. Word of God states that she actually did this when she found out about the indecency of this in Runeterra, the ingame world, after a certain Noodle Incident and used her magic to cover herself.
  • Alexia Ashford's Tyrant Form in Resident Evil – Code: Veronica has vine-like growths that cover her nipples and groin.

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