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When a person, more often than not a woman, is showing off her curvaceous figure via a silhouette, implying nudity without showing any. Usually, the character is shown to be undressed or undressing behind a backlit screen of some kind, but often the projection of the shadow itself is used. Nipple and Dimed will almost always be in effect, as the silhouette focusing on the curvature of the breasts without the nipple.

Expect her to have to bend down. A lot. Slowly. If the character is shown don't expect more than brief Toplessness from the Back or Shoulders-Up Nudity shots. Expect also that the screen — which is apparently supposed to ensure some form of modesty — will be as thin as paper and positioned right in front of a source of light, leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination and thus utterly defeating its supposed purpose.

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This may happen during a conversation with another character, who may react by enjoying the sight or by ignoring it. It commonly occurs during Shower Scenes with shower curtains or frosted glass walls. Also used often in Transformation Sequences especially with MagicalGirls.

When only a part of the character's body is hidden in shadow, then it's using Censor Shadow. Also compare Barbie Doll Anatomy, Censor Steam, Male Gaze and Watching the Reflection Undress.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ai Yori Aoshi: In episode 1, Kaoru lets Aoi use the bath in his house after letting her stay for the night. She goes into the changing room and Kaoru gets distracted by the silhouette of her stripping through the screen panels.
  • Bakemonogatari:
    • Senjougahara when she showers in her apartment in preparation for her exorcism that Meme Oshino is going to perform on her later.
    • Happens when Senjougahara and Hanekawa shower together.
  • Beelzebub:
    • In episode 57, Aoi's demon partner Koma is trying to feed her his manju that would have them Body Swap, and one of the scenes in the montage he tries it when she is in the shower where only her silhouette is seen.
    • In chapter 222, Nene is taking a shower at her house while one of the split up mini-forms of Furuichi is hiding in the bathroom watching her silhouette from a distance. When she walks out of the shower, she reveals she knew he was watching and was wearing a bikini the whole time.
  • Black Cat: Rinslet while a showering behind a purple shower curtain in episode 2.
  • Code Geass: Happens in "The False Classmate", hen Lelouch brings Kallen a change of clothes while she's showering, she is seen as a silhouette behind a yellow shower curtain. During the ensuing conversation, she accidentally causes the shower curtain to open, exposing herself to him causing her to have a Naked Freak-Out.
  • Cowboy Bebop
    • In "Jupiter Jazz Part 1", Gren is seen taking a shower behind a green shower curtain just before Faye comes in and points a gun at him and finds out he has grown female breasts.
    • In the episode "Black Dog Serenade", Faye Valentine's silhouette is seen behind a shower curtain while she is trying to take a shower, but the shower breaks and we see her jumping around due to the hot water.
  • DARLING in the FRANXX: When Hiro gets his first glimpse of Zero Two Skinny Dipping in a lake she's only a silhouette.
  • In Detective School Q, there is a scene involving Sakurako and Kyuu.
  • Dirty Pair: Yuri during her Shower Scene in episode 12 and OVA episode 6.
  • Done in the Dragon Ball anime during the Bulma's Shower Scene in Oolong's double-decker camper in episode 6.
  • Yuki when she showers in episode 24 in Haruhi-chan. She's even temporarily un-chibified.
  • Done in some of Lupin III media (tv series, special and movies), usually with Fujiko Mine.
  • Shizuru in Mai-HiME... in Fan Disservice mode, since the scene in question is a flashback of her apparently raping Natsuki in her sleep (although whether it actually happened is debatable).
  • Machiko in Maicchingu Machiko Sensei in some shower and bath scenes; however she end up with show more than her simple silhouette every time.
  • Naruto: During a Filler episode of Part I, Naruto caught a glimpse of Hinata naked, while she was dancing in the middle of a river, and the camera gives us a silhouette of her as she does so. In reality, she was practicing a new Jutsu, and Naruto never realized who it was.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, with Rei. Slightly less so in Rebuild of Evangelion.
    • In the OP Asuka and Rei's naked silhouettes pan over the screen in the background. Asuka is upside-down while Rei is upright.
    • Rei's naked silhouette can be seen, reflected upside-down in water, spinning against the dark blue background of the Closing Credits.
    • In chapter 8 of the Manga, Shinji comes home with groceries and gets nervous when he sees the silhouette of Misato's body showering through the bathroom door.
  • One Piece. After easily incapacitating Nami who interrupted her bubble bath, Kalifa proceeds to taunt Nami by slowly getting out of the bath and slowly getting dressed behind a screen where her naked silhouette is shown.
  • Persona5TheAnimation: After Makoto convinces Sae to go wash up (and thus leave her computer unattended so Makoto can get the files off of it), there is a brief shot of the shower door with Sae's silhouette behind it.
  • Psyren: Sakurako gets one in the fourth trip to Psyren when she needed to change clothes and talk to Ageha at the same time.
  • R.O.D the TV has Yomiko's Sexy Silhouettes in its opening credits.
  • Parodied in Umisho; various props made it seem like the silhouettes of the undressing girls suddenly grew extra bits.
  • Doronjo when showering in episode 24 of the Yatterman 2008 remake.

    Comics Books 
  • Happens in Hawkeye #20 with Kate Bishop'' after she smuggles herself into Madame Masque's headquarters as a Body Sushi, she is later seen as a silhouette dressing screen while admonishing all the old men in the room for Eating the Eye Candy.
  • In Incredible Hulk #633, Hulk and Umar are shown are black silhouettes while in bed having sex.
  • Played in a sophisticated manner in Le Petit Spirou, where the curvaceous Maths teacher is seen waiting for a car lift. It's dark and headlights casts a clean shadow of her against a nearby wall. Add the fact her skirt is rather sheer, and that's about as nude as a fully dressed person's shadow can be. Cue slow-motion walking.
  • Miss Fury #2, there is a full frontal shot of a nude silhouetted Miss Fury staring outside the window, uncaring of whoever can see her, which makes her lover jealous. He eventually lures her back to bed.

    Films — Animation 
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight: When Bruce and Harvey visit Selina in her dressing room after the show, they (and the viewer) are treated to a silhouette of her changing clothes behind a screen.
  • Make Mine Music: In All the Cats Join In, when the older teenage girl goes to take a shower and strips down behind the glass door, where we can only see her silhouette.
  • Happens to Mulan in the beginning of the movie, as she is getting changed at the Matchmaker.
  • Subverted in The Prince of Egypt for comedic effect. After Moses has Tziporrah sent to his chambers by Rameses, he sees a shapely, shadowy figure sitting on his bed behind a curtain. He composes himself awkwardly before pulling the curtain back—to reveal that it is actually the servant who had escorted her sitting there, Bound and Gagged. He then notices that his dogs are tied up as well and there is a Bedsheet Ladder going over the balcony.
  • Lola Bunny intentionally makes one as she enters the arena at the start of the game in Space Jam.
  • When Rosita and Gunther sing and dance for the show in Sing, Rosita has a quick costume change that involves stepping behind a screen and Flung Clothing appearing as her silhouette gets larger and larger.
  • Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie: During Chun-Li's Shower Scene, we get a brief Impending Doom P.O.V. of Vega sneaking in and seeing her silhouette in the shower.
  • Tekken: Blood Vengeance: Ling Xiaoyu while behind a shower curtain during her Shower of Angst scene.
  • Titan A.E.: After Cale walks in on Akima stepping out of the shower, she goes back into the stall to get dressed and her silhouette is seen behind a force field curtain.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
    • Jessica Rabbit makes one when she visits Valiant's office and when she's running to her car outside Maroon Studios.
    • Played With when Eddie sees what he thinks is the silhouette of Jessica Rabbit in a hotel window, but once he gets up there, much to his horror it turns out to be the hideous Lena Hyena.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Babylon 5 episode "Day of the Dead", Dodger emerges naked from the shower and all we see of her is a silhouette before Garibaldi hands her a shirt.
  • The Big Valley: In "In Silent Battle," Major Eliot is propositioned by a prostitute, who tells him she has an upstairs room nearby. He contemptuously tells her to leave him alone, but later sees a silhouette of her getting ready for bed and goes over there (unfortunately for her).
  • Castle: Beckett is seen as a showering silhouette while Castle is desperatly calling to warn her about the bomb in the apartment.
  • The Catch: In the season 2 premiere, Benjamin poses as a masseur but only finds out the masseur he's replacing is the Happy Ending kind when his client shows up completely naked, with either a silhouette or Scenery Censor to keep her modest.
  • Dollhouse: "Meet Jane Doe", Echo is seen a silhouette in the shower when Paul talks to Boyd about her in the phone.
  • Eureka:
    • "Momstrosity" starts with a "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody, with a someone slowly approacing Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra) Sexy Silhouette as she's taking a shower behind the glass door...but it turns out to be just Kevin's pet robot EMO. But she's still pissed it saw her naked and demands Carter get rid of it.
  • General Hospital. While they're on the run, Laura insists on sleeping separately from Luke, hangs a sheet in between them, and while changing for bed, teases him like this.
  • Rachel does it in the hospital during the "Laryngitis" episode of Glee, prompting Finn's rendition of "Jessie's Girl".
  • JAG: In "Rogue", Raglin sneaks into his CO's house to try and kidnap his wife, who is in the shower. Except Harm anticipated this and the woman in the shower is really a Marine NCO being used as bait.
  • Lost Girl:
  • The Magicians: On episode "All That Josh", in order to get Quentin and Alice alone with Josh, Kady stays on the ground floor to distract the party guests by singing. She then rigs up a magical Sexy Silhouette of herself to continue the act so she can sneak away. The illusion betrays itself when it starts reaching beyond the borders of the panel.
  • Mutant X has Ashlocke watching the silhouette of Avaris getting dressed in "Past as Prologue".
  • NCIS: Happens in "Terminal Leave", when Kate is singing "Outrageous" in the shower while Tony is brushing his teeth outside.
  • One Life to Live. When Tina and Cain are on the run, they hang a sheet between them to change, and tease each other with their sexy silhouettes.
  • Relic Hunter:
    • Nigel (and the audience) are treated to a backlit silhouette of Sydney undressing in a tent during a rainstorm in "The Emperor's Bride".
    • "Cross of Voodoo" uses this when Sydney is bathing behind the shower curtain.
  • Seinfeld:
    • In "The Contest", George visits his mother at the hospital and sees the silhouette of her attractive roommate getting a sponge bath from a sexy nurse. He revisits at the same time the next day just to see that happen again.
    • In the "The Outing" when he and Jerry are Mistaken for Gay, he sees the exact same thing happen but with a male nurse and a male patient.
  • Sheena (2000): Used regularly with Sheena as the Darak'na as she fights with only mud to cover her.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World: In "The Elixir", when Marguerite and John are in the shower washing off the mud from their bodies.
  • Smallville:
  • Ugly Betty: In "A Thousand Words Before Friday", Daniel and his Love Interest Renee spend the night in her apartment. The morning after, Daniel walks in the bathroom and sees a silhouette in the shower. Thinking it's Reene, he strips down barges in for a Shower of Love... only for it to turn into a Shower of Awkward when he finds his Arch-Enemy Wilhelmina there instead. Cue a mutual Naked Freak-Out. Turns out that they're sisters and Renee was actually crashing at Wilhelmina's place.
  • The Vampire Diaries:
    • In "We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes", Elena behind the curtain at the beggining of her Shower Scene.
    • Katherine showering in a hotel room she's sharing with Stefan in "No Exit".
  • Xena: Warrior Princess:
    • In "The Furies", when a naked and confused Xena confronts a village full of women and children, accusing them of murder.
    • In "Chakram", Xena is seen taking off her clothes to bathe behind a curtain.

    Music 
  • The Beatles Anthology: The music video of "Real Love" shows silhouette animation of a man and a woman falling in love and flying away on a horse.
  • The Corrs: The girls in the "Breathless" music video.
  • A Night at the Opera: The band at the start of the music video of "Bohemian Rhapsody" are shot in silhouette.
  • NS Yoon-G: In "If You Love Me", Noogie's silhouette, juxtaposed against physical photographs of the moon's phases, remains perhaps the most revealing leitmotivs in the video.

    Pinballs 
  • Truck Stop features the "Mudflap girl" silhouette on a playfield road sign, along with the caption "Dangerous Curves".

    Video Games 
  • Captain Rainbow: At night, Crazy Tracy can be found in her mansion taking a bath behind a shower curtain.
  • Deponia: In Deponia Doomsday, Rufus walks in on Ulysses Singing in the Shower and he remains The Faceless as only his silhouette is seen behind a curtain.
  • An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire has a sexy silhouette of a Daedra Seducer on its Contemptible Cover.
  • In Fate/Grand Order VR the Modesty Towel that hangs over Mash's shoulder-high changing screen falls away just as she strips down, leaving this in its wake.
  • Fear Effect: In Madame's Chen Restaurant, Hana undresses behind a screen when she changes her outfit to go undercover.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: On the Gotham streets part of the Gotham City level there's the strip club the Sin Kitty advertising Live Nudes where the silhouette of a naked woman can be seen dancing through the window.
  • Played with in Luigi's Mansion with Miss Petunia, the Bathing Beauty. Luigi encounters her in a bathroom where he can see a svelte woman taking a bath behind the curtain, but once he moved it, Miss Petunia is actually a pig-like Brawn Hilda. It might have more signification that a simple joke, as some background information revealed that she used to look beautiful, enough to be the Miss Ghost runner-up from six years before the events of the game.
  • In a very odd example of this trope, in R-Type Final's final level (if you go the normal route, there's an inexplicable image of a naked woman and naked man that will appear in the background of the level who race toward each other, appear to start having sex, then merge into a ball. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.
  • The Crystal Flash move in Super Metroid has Samus surrounded by a blinding corona of energy, with only her silhouette, stark naked- it's even more apparent in the "official artwork", that she's naked as the day she was born and shows a very nice view of her bottom.
  • Whacked!: During Lucy's audition, she is shown naked behind a dressing screen as she's choosing which outfit to wear.

    Web Comics 

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    Western Animation 
  • In a nice Parent Service, Minerva Mink does this in Animaniacs when she bathes naked in a lake and later behind the curtain in a Shower Scene.
  • ''Cybersix: In "The Mysterious Shadow", when Cybersix is stripping out of her Adrian clothes and suiting up there is a brief glimpse of her naked upper body as a silhouette.
  • Happened at least once on Futurama.
  • Samurai Jack:
    • Ashi provides one against a stream of water during a Waterfall Shower in "Episode XCVII".
    • Jack gets one in "C" when he washes off all the gunk from the previous episode.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: "Tiny Toon Music Television" has a one-episode character Julie Bruin. Julie's intro has her orange silhouette dancing with Gainaxing effect.
  • Toonsylvania: The first episode included a scene of Igor, Dr. Vic, and Phil drooling over a Sexy Silhouette of a woman showering... until they draw back the curtain and find the Darla Doiley doll ready to kill him.
  • Heather from Total Drama in her several ShowerScenes during Island.
  • In season 2 of Winx Club an episode has, in shadow, Flora showering. In the censored version, 4Kids flattens her chest.

    Real Life 
  • The "mudflap girl" silhouette, popularized since The '70s on semi tractors and pickup trucks, is arguably the most famous version of this trope.
  • A WW2 cartoon has two ARP wardens perving on a woman who'd forgotten to draw her blackout drapes, leaving her silhouetted against the curtains. "We'll give her another 20 minutes, then fine her."


 
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