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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.

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 Navel-Deep Neckline, Impossibly-Low Neckline, Multiboobage and Sideboob. See also Theiss Titillation Theory.


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     Anime & Manga 
  • Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess - The Movie. While receiving an antivirus "vaccine" from Heaven, her clothes and bodily form begin to dissolve starting at her midriff, revealing the virus contained within her body core.
  • Miyo Takano in the first episode of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei.
  • Kan'u Unchou from Ikki Tousen had her school outfit too short.
  • In Kill la Kill, Ryuko Matoi sports this when her sentient uniform Senketsu transforms into its armor form.
  • Quite often in the later manga volumes of Kochikame when portraying Reiko and Maria in skimpy outfits within chapters or concept art.
  • In Soul Eater when four of the Mizune sisters combine together they turn into a woman whose outfit shows some underboob. Though technically this part would be covered were it not that one of the Mizune sisters was killed.

  • An early cover for the comic Animal Mystic featured the heroine in an outfit with a circle cut out of the midriff to display reverse cleavage.
  • The story "Shadowjack" in The Illustrated Roger Zelazny has this with one of Vara's costumes.

    Live Action TV 
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tasha Yar in "The Naked Now".
  • The Making of Star Trek: The Original Series mentioned how showing this was absolutely forbidden by the network censors, and scripts mentioning costumes frequently got notes back warning against showing the area below the nipple. "Perhaps the censors think moss grows there."
  • A Star Trek: Voyager episode features the return of two Ferengi who have been stuck in the Delta Quadrant since their last appearance. The two swindlers make their appearance with a couple of slave girls, one of which shows this trope.

  • "Underboob" by Possible Oscar praises this.
  • Vocaloid:
    • Sometimes Meiko or Haku is seen sporting one of these shirts.

    Music Videos 
  • 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.
  • The opening scene of David Lee Roth 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • Aoi Shiro has Kaya's whose coat plays the trope straight.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Makoto from BlazBlue shows this when wearing her combat outfit. Mu-12 displays a bit of this too.
  • Hermes Gberardini from Chaos Code has a top with a cut out.
  • Deus Ex has several (oft-repeated) female models showing underboob.
  • The Sorceress of Diablo II has such an outfit while she is not wearing any armor.
  • 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.
  • Anesthesia's Flight Attendant-themed Superstar Outfit in Rumble Roses sports some.
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle: Charlie MacDonald shows up with an entire troop of cheerleaders with shirts short enough to display their breasts' undersides very prominently.
  • The Soul Series:
    • Psycho for Hire Tira and her... green... bodysuit... thing.
    • Seong Mi-Na has been sporting underboobage since III.
  • 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...
  • In WWF No Mercy, one of Terri Runnells' 4 costumes had underboobs.


Alternative Title(s): Reverse Cleavage, Shitapai