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Underboobs, und his boobs....

When a top is short enough or strategically cut to show the undersides of the breasts it's known as Underboobs. This is the standard outfit for females in loose-fitting armor in pulp fantasy. It is possibly the most impractical outfit for fighting, ever, as it leaves vital organs exposed, particularly when the top is loose-fitting.

This sort of top needs the aid of tape to stay in place, other than in drawn examples.

A type of Fanservice, naturally. Will always imply Vapor Wear and is almost always coupled with Bare Your Midriff.

Underboobage is also known as shitapai, neathage, reverse cleavage, or Australian cleavage (as in, "Down Under". Geddit?).

The underside of a breast is almost never seen in public in Real Life (seeing as how breathing wrong could risk exposure) and thus audiences aren't used to seeing it, in theory making it sexier for being unexpected and rarely shown.


Compare Absolute Cleavage, Impossibly-Low Neckline, Multiboobage and Sideboob. See also Theiss Titillation Theory.


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  • The album cover of Chocolate and Cheese by Ween.
  • Vocaloid
    • Sometimes Meiko or Haku is seen sporting one of these shirts.
    • Megpoid's extend designs.
  • "Underboob" by Possible Oscar praises this.

    Music Videos 
  • The opening scene of David Lee Roth's video for California Girls has a couple of models in a store in the upper half of tank tops. When Beavis And Butthead see the video, Butt-Head remarks how he likes it when he can see "the bottom of the thingies".
  • "Don't speak" by No Doubt features an underboob shot of singer Gwen Stefani.
  • The video of "Bad Romance" features Lady Gaga in a jeweled...thing on top, with a kind of rhinestone fishnet sheet on the rest of her upper body.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Several of the Malifaux miniatures, especially Taelor, Lady Hammerstrike.
  • Shadowrun
    • The Neo-Anarchists' Guide to Real Life had a prostitute wearing a tank top with this feature.
    • Magic in the Shadows. An illustration portrays a spirit of the voudoun loa Erzulie this way.
  • Dungeons & Dragons adventure G1-3 Against The Giants. In the "Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl" section, there's an illustration of a female fighter with this odd style choice.
  • Avalanche Press' d20 supplement Aztecs: Empire of the Dying Sun. ALL of their early 2000's d20 supplements featured some gratuitous T&A slapped on top of some moderately well-researched material, but this was one of the more improbable looking covers.
  • Last Unicorn Games' Dune Chronicles Of The Imperium Core Game. An illustration of a harem on page 8 showed a slave girl with this.

    Video Games 
  • The Zaulia in Brütal Legend.
  • Dizzy from Guilty Gear.
  • Christie Monteiro's outfit in Tekken 5, as she was supposed to be dressed as a Brazilian dancer. Capoeira's nickname is "The Brazilian Dance of Death", not that actual capoeira fighters dress like dancers...
  • Death from the Magical Drop series.
  • The Soul Series:
    • Psycho for Hire Tira and her... green... bodysuit... thing.
    • Seong Mi-Na has been sporting underboobage since III.
  • Mortal Kombat has Mileena sporting this trope.
  • In WWF No Mercy, one of Terri Runnells' 4 costumes had underboobs.
  • Makoto from BlazBlue shows this when wearing her combat outfit. Mu-12 displays a bit of this too.
  • Aoi Shiro has Kaya's whose coat plays the trope straight.
  • Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!: Cavaricchi Vuarnet's (the fitness instructor) T-shirt. If you keep grabbing at it, eventually you'll trigger an Easter Egg where Larry lifts the T-shirt... and she kills you right after.
  • Leslie from Arc Rise Fantasia had this in her original character design, but this was covered up in a slight revision of her outfit later in development.
  • The Sorceress of Diablo II has such an outfit while she is not wearing any armor.
  • Whiptail in Heavenly Sword wears a costume that shows the underside of one of her breasts.
  • Anesthesia's Flight Attendant-themed Superstar Outfit in Rumble Roses sports some.
  • In the sequel to No More Heroes, Charlie MacDonald shows up with an entire troop of cheerleaders with shirts short enough to display this very prominently.
  • Deus Ex has several (oft-repeated) female models showing underboob.
  • One of the group collages in the official art for Azure Dreams (used on the cover of the OST among others) has Nico display this.
  • Alisa of God Eater Burst wears a sleeveless crop top that leads to this. In the sequel manga The 2nd Break and God Eater 2, her new uniform still does this because it conveniently has to be zipped downwards and can't be zipped further down her chest. This was lampshaded by her Instant Fanclub.
  • Hermes Gberardini from Chaos Code has a top with a cut out.

    Web Comics 

Alternative Title(s): Reverse Cleavage, Shitapai


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