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Why yes, this is my day-to-day outfit. What do you mean it's not appropriate for fighting giant robots?!

"Doesn't he own a shirt?!"
Edward (about Jacob), Twilight

If the cast of your favorite show happens to include an attractive male, the chances are high that he's going to wind up losing his shirt note  sooner or later. It may be gratuitous, or caused by the antagonist, and it will almost certainly bring the squee, but it will also be temporary. Eventually, Mr. Fanservice will replace his shirt, and you'll have to resort to rewinds and freeze-frames if you haven't gotten your fill.

Unless, of course, the object of your Perverse Sexual Lust is this guy.

The Walking Shirtless Scene isn't the dude who gets the most frequent or gratuitous Shirtless Scenes. In fact, he's the guy who has no Shirtless Scenes—because that would imply that he wears a shirt to begin with. The Walking Shirtless Scene is, instead, the dude whose default attire involves parading around half-naked. His Limited Wardrobe is so limited, that it doesn't even include a shirt—or if it does, he seems to be totally incapable of keeping it shut. And even if he does have an Unlimited Wardrobe, every outfit would have the singularly shared trait of lacking anything that covers his upper torso.


As you might guess, fangirls love him. And sometimes guys, as well.

Super trope to No Shirt, Long Jacket. Subtrope of Stripperiffic. For non-Fanservice-y examples of shirtless Funny Animals/Civilized Animals, see Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal.

For obvious reasons, this is a practically male-exclusive form of Stripperiffic-ness. Normally, the closest you can hope from someone without a Y chromosome is some Absolute Cleavage, Godiva Hair or a Walking Swimsuit Scene. Exceptions to this rule are very rare, and require some rather impressive design gymnastics to implement.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    • Kamina (pictured). As one of our own has put it: "Kamina has no shirt. Kamina NEEDS no shirt." The one time he did doesn't count due to the local Lotus-Eater Machine — also the Kamina with a shirt was a blatant fake.
    • Simon for the entirety of the Lordgenome arc and the final battle against Anti-Spiral.
    • The aforementioned Lordgenome for 90% of his screentime.
    • The manga lampshades this in an early Yonkoma, pointing out that Leeron is the only one of the cast that actually wore a shirt at that point in the story. You Don't Want to Know why that is, or at least that's what Simon decides.
  • Urek Mazino from Tower of God. Maybe not that great an idea, because then everyone can see that he had his own name tattooed on his back.
  • The anime-exclusive villain Valgaav from the third season of Slayers: first half of series: flimsy top that exposes most of his chest and all of his midriff. Second half: no shirt. And in a flashback of him in his past: no shirt. Seriously, he's allergic to shirts.
  • Senzaimon Nakiri of Shokugeki no Soma sports a robe in most instances. When he tastes delicious food, he will end up bursting out of his robe to go topless. This trope is exploited heavily when he judges the Autumn Elections.
  • Bear from .hack//SIGN.
  • Ryota Kajiki/Mako Tsunami from Yu-Gi-Oh!, which The Abridged Series naturally lampshaded ("I like that he doesn't wear a shirt"). Back when Yami/The Pharaoh was... well, alive, he also was one — along with pretty much everyone in Egypt. Odd, considering how much sun there was.
    • Truth in Television; the fact that it was so sunny was precisely why shirts would be impractical (you would overheat too quickly in them, and robes weren't always practical or acceptable). Sunburn wouldn't be a problem.
  • Di Long from Haou Airen
  • One Piece
    • This could be the reason Portgas. D. Ace got so much extra screentime in the anime. There's also Whitebeard, Luffy, Marco, Mihawk, Eustass, Mr 1... the list goes on! They're pirates after all.
    • Occasionally Zoro as well, depending on the arc; same with Law, who had this during the Dressrosa arc.
    • Franky gets bonus points for only wearing speedo on his bottom half.
    • Let's not forget Smoker, who walks around in an open fronted jacket. For added fun, when he forcibly has his body switched with that of his female subordinate, he decides to keep the look.
    • Also Hannyabal and Blackbeard.
  • Bleach
    • Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez, whose finely sculpted abs draw about as much attention as his blue hair. He might as well not be wearing a shirt at all with the amount of coverage it provides.
    • Kensei Muguruma has an open shirt to expose the 69 tattooed on his finely sculpted abs.
    • Avirama doesn't wear a shirt, or anything else on his upper body for that matter, save for a pair of detached sleeves.
    • In the (filler) Zanpakuto Strange Tales Arc, the spirit manifestations of Ruri'iro Kujaku and Kazeshini are constantly shirtless.
    • Gerard Valkyrie dresses like a Viking caricature, or an anime version of The Mighty Thor: baggy trousers, boots, bracers, winged helmet-mask and even a superhero cape. However, his upper body is completely naked. The cape has to be strapped to his shoulders.
  • Fairy Tail
    • Natsu's pre-Time Skip vest isn't very concealing.
    • Gray, who is prone to unconsciously stripping down to his underwear, is an even better example.
  • The eponymous Chrono of Chrono Crusade is this whenever he's in his true form.
  • Van Fanel from the Vision of Escaflowne TV series is not a case of this, despite a certain race-related ability that renders shirts unusable. Movie Van, on the other hand, sees the futility of such clothing and instead chooses to parade around half naked — and for that, we thank him.
  • Naruto
    • Both Sasuke in Part II (who is lean, but moderately muscular) and the Raikage (who is utterly freaking ripped) have very open shirts, and the latter takes his off completely when fighting.
      • Sasuke actually has a functional reason for his not-shirt; it's so his Cursed Seal form's wings don't rip his clothes every time he uses them as they erupt from his back. When Itachi removes this ability, Sasuke reverts to more standard clothing.
    • On the other hand, Zabuza doesn't wear anything on his upper body in his first appearance but a few straps and arm-warmers (except for some flashbacks to when he was still with the Mist Village and he wears a standard flak jacket). He later switches to a tanktop
    • Utakata, the container of the Six-Tailed Slug (believe it or not he's a bishounen) wears his kimono half open, revealing his chest and, if it weren't for his strategically-placed soap container, much more.
    • We see in a flashback that Hanzo used to fight shirtless because he can release poison from a venom sac he implanted in his abdomen and clothes apparently make it hard to release it.
    • And let's not get started on Hidan, who can't be troubled to wear a shirt or button up his cloak all the way.
    • Kimmimaro often keeps his shirt open. Justified as he needs to pull out his bones whenever necessary.
  • Sanosuke Sagara from Rurouni Kenshin is a lean, mean, shirtless fighting machine! Complete with sarashi.
    • In the live-action movies he tends to take his jacket off pretty frequently to enhance the effect.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Both Greed and Ling in the manga wear vest/jacket-type things that nevertheless leave their chests and tummies nice and visible. Foreshadowing?
    • In Chapter 104, after Father absorbs God, he ends up looking just like Hohenheim. Specifically, a half-naked, teenage Hohenheim. And he spends the next several chapters like this too. Quickly turns into Fan Disservice after Hohenheim's countermeasure strips him of the souls needed to comfortably contain his new power, causing unsightly, bulging veins to pop all over his body.
    • Armstrong is always getting his shirt ripped off when he flexes his muscles.
  • Jack Rakan of Mahou Sensei Negima! generally wears his shirts open, if he wears one at all.
  • Creed from Black Cat has his chest constantly exposed due to the ridiculously gay interesting clothes he wears. And when he's not a Walking Shirtless Scene, it's because he's butt naked.
  • In the manga Shaman King, HoroHoro's battle outfit is just shorts and a long, sleeveless, unbuttonable coat, but he tends to spend a lot of time sporting only bandages and his boxers. When he's not having a bath with all the other guys wearing only a towel. On another hand, Ren is a repeat offender (bathes completely naked even with other people), Hao is shirtless under his poncho and Yoh's uniform shirt is always unbuttoned, but they're not as bad.
  • Johnny Rayflo of Vassalord. Also seems physically incapable of buttoning up his PANTS.
  • Crow of Deadman Wonderland occasionally wears a coat, but doesn't seem to want to button it up.
  • Deville of Huckebein from Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, whose outfit consists of boots, pants, a strip of cloth hanging off from his shoulders, and nothing else.
  • Shichika from Katanagatari. Upon removing him from his secluded island home, Togame took him to a clothing store in the hope of doing away with his ragged, half-naked state. He somehow left the store with an outfit that covers even less.
  • Meryem the humanoid chimera ant king in Hunter × Hunter. And Uvogin.
  • Bertuccio and Baptistin the bodyguards in Gankutsuou.
  • Several characters from Sakigake!! Otokojuku wear their uniform jackets unbuttoned with no shirts beneath.
  • South Carolina of The Statetan-Project never wears shirts or shoes. Even during the Civil War. Seriously. Apparently this exposure works very well, since a certain Virginian can't keep her eyes off of him...
  • Blair becomes this in Soul Eater, when she and the main cast go into the Book of Eibon and get gender flipped in the Lust Chapter.
  • In Wild Rock, the young men of both clans never wear shirts. Emphasized further by wearing necklaces, arm warmers, Loincloths and leg warmers, all which just serve to frame their bare torsos.
  • Marco Owen in King of Thorn. He loses his shirt fairly early on and never bothers to replace it, thus giving us a good view of all the tattoos he got whilst in prison. And later, all the scars he's gotten as a result of his fight with one of the Zeus Race/dying/being resurrected.
  • Gunnm: Zekka's outfit consists entirely of boots, pants and a vest that he is physically unable to button, all leather. Toji's gi is also always much too loose on his chest. Largely justified in that not only are both epic level martial artists, but in that settings about 90% of population are Hollywood Cyborgs, so they don't need clothes in the first place.
  • In the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman original series, Joe Asakura wore a rather skin-tight shirt. In the OAV, however, he wore leather pants and jacket, but no shirt.
  • In Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic no Djinn, male or female, has ever been depicted wearing a shirt. Likewise, every male who uses Djinn Equip, except Koumei for some reason. (Maybe because of his relatively scrawny Geek Physique.)
    • There's also Judar, who thought to cover his shoulders with a tiny choli but for some reason bares the rest.
  • After (quite literally) stripping off his teacher disguise in the fourteenth episode of Kill la Kill, resident Mr. Fanservice Aikuro Mikisugi pretty much never puts on a shirt (or pants, or underwear...though occasionally a labcoat) again. This trope applies to every other member of Nudist Beach too, including Tsumugu, as well as Gamagoori, Inumuta, Sanageyama, Nonon, and the Mankanshokus after episode eighteen.
  • In Tiger & Bunny, after Jake Martinez gets released from prison, he either wears an unfastened fur coat, or nothing on his upper body to show off his rock hard abs and numerous tattoos. It's compounded by the fact that he doesn't seem to know how to fasten his pants.
  • Joseph Gustav Newton from Terra Formars.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam is notable for having a giant robot pull this off. Chibodee's Gundam Maxter has a "Boxing Mode" that makes its shoulder pads become boxing gloves, and also makes its chest plate fly off. Turns out it sports some nice pecs.
  • All pilots of Chryse Guard Security in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans are prone to this. Justified, they pilot Mobile Suits with their back wired with cords and most of them have cybernetic implants jutting out of their backs that act as ports for the biometric interfaces.
  • Adekan: Both Shiro and Anri wear clothing that reveals their chests. Anri doesn't wear a shirt and Shiro's kimono frequently falls open to reveal his chest and his junk.
  • Pokémon: From the first series, Bruno of the Elite Four is always shirtless, just like his game counterpart.
    • From Sun and Moon: Kiawe is always shirtless, even in class, on the plane or in others' home (The only exception is in the baseball game, he is wearing a baseball uniform). Professor Kukui also counts, since he just wears an open lab coat with no shirt underneath. Like Bruno, its justified by being based on game counterparts, as well as the fact that it fits the island theme.
    • The Pokémon Adventures manga includes the same examples as the anime and games, plus Brock is shirtless at first just like the original sprite of the game.
  • Soul Hunter :
    • Raijinshi never wear a shirt. Justified, since the huge wings on his back probably prevent him from wearing one.
    • Tenka's upper body is covered only by his short jacket, leaving his chest and his arms exposed.
    • Nataku was initially wearing a white top, but about alway through the manga he stop and join them in this trope.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: In a sense Hiei fits this as well. For the entirety of 12 episodes of the 40 episode Dark Tournament arc he is completely shirtless. That and in the entire first season he doesn't wear a shirt under his jacket at all, including in the intro, and he takes off his jacked whenever he fights. Later on he wears a shirt more often, either black or light blue and also tends to lose them less often in battle (after Zeru he only loses his shirt again to Mukuro).
  • In My Hero Academia, the one standout example is Eijiro Kirishima, whose costume leaves him bare-chested because he's trying to pass himself off as really manly. That, and if he's not careful when he uses his "Hardening" Quirk, he's liable to tear up his clothes with his sharpened body. Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu, his redundant counterpart, is a slightly less prevalent example, as his hero costume covers up a bit more of his chest and his Quirk, "Solid Steel", doesn't pose the risk of damaging his clothes.
  • Ginga from Change 123, as befitting the wild-child personality and appearance, runs around shirtless for large portions of their early appearance. Until she starts growing breasts, anyway.
  • All four of the Pillar Men in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency. The sole exception is when Kars dons a coat-and-hat ensemble to pass as human.

    Comic Books 
  • Angel Catbird: Strig usually only wears a set of shorts when he's in Angel Catbird form.
  • Mike Grell's costume for the Legion of Super-Heroes' Cosmic Boy, aka the "Cosmic Corset".
  • Any number of Loincloth-wearing barbarian heroes, most notable of whom is Conan the Barbarian. Averted in the original Conan stories, where he usually wears armour or clothing appropriate to the environment.
  • DC Comics' Hawkman, most of whose costumes leave his whole chest bare except for a logo and some bondage-y leather straps to attach his wings.
  • Like Hawkman, Martian Manhunter usually wears nothing on his chest except crisscrossing red straps.
  • Nävis from Sillage spends the entire first album wearing nothing but a Loincloth, making her a female example, at least temporary.
  • Nate Grey a.k.a. X-Man, has worn only a leather jacket and leather trousers since the early 2000's. This may have had something to do with his resurgence in popularity.
  • Namor McKenzie a.k.a. Sub-Mariner. Always almost naked unless we count his iconic green speedo. And in Marvels, he wears nothing. Fanboys AND fangirls love him.
  • Rogue, and for that matter all GIs, in Rogue Trooper aren't even given shirts when sent into battle. Justified in that the Norts have scanners specifically designed to detect Souther armour, so going shirtless gives them a stealth advantage. Still, you'd think some sort of breastplate would increase their ability to kill enemies.
  • The Hulk. Not Bruce Banner, though.
  • In the graphic novels, Hellboy rarely wears a shirt under his Badass Longcoat. The animated films and live-action movies give him one more often.
  • BPRD agent Simon Anders has had a shirtless scene in most of the stories he has appeared in.
  • Daimon Hellstrom in Journey into Mystery. The fanservice is both pointed out in the letters column and a Running Gag in the actual story.
    Kid Loki: So...why the leather trousers and lack of shirt?
    Hellstrom: A guy's got a certain reputation, you know.
  • H'el from H'el on Earth never wears a shirt over his muscled chest.
  • Mouse from The Movement as part of his street rat look.
  • The titular character of Werewolf by Night tends to break his shirt basically every time he transforms and we often see him just after turning back. In the dark age he sometimes just didn't bother with a shirt, although he had a leather jacket.
  • Alley Oop: Alley Oop the cave man always walked around bare-chested.
  • Suske en Wiske: Jerom, the World's Strongest Man was a thawed caveman who walked around bare chested in the early stories, but gradually started wearing more modern attire. Creator Willy Vandersteen did this after complaints from readers who wrote to him that "their breakfast didn't taste anymore after seeing this primitive creature in their newspaper every morning."
  • The Wicked + The Divine has Baphomet, who's favorite outfit is low-slung pants, a leather jacket, and, you guessed it - no shirt.
  • Most incarnations of The Spectre, barring Hal Jordan's brief stint, are shirtless, and usually lack pants as well.
  • The Stalk from Saga is a rare female example, and the artists rarely resort to Godiva Hair. She also has no arms, eight eyes and the body of a gigantic spider from the waist down.
  • As part of the Darker and Edgier revamp of Aquaman in the 90s, he became this (along with growing his hair, growing a Badass Beard and getting a hook hand). It's probably his most iconic look, apart from his orginal orange-and-green costume.
  • The title character in Shirtless Bear-Fighter!.
  • Most of the male Smurfs from The Smurfs, as they wear nothing but a hat and pants, even in cold weather. Not done as Fanservice except on a few occasions, such as with Hefty in the live-action film series.
  • ElfQuest: Cutter and Skywise, plus some other male elves, wear nothing more than vests most of the time, which bare their abs.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Tai Lung of Kung Fu Panda is perpetually shirtless, which certainly counts as Fanservice for the Furry Fandom. Granted, the combination of thick snow leopard fur and all the sweat-inducing kung fu training would seem to make a lack of a shirt a given (he was even shirtless in flashback as a cub!), and we also get treated to shirtless Po for the entire movie. He certainly seems to have the right to parade around half-clad. To further illustrate the point, note that in the Kung Fu Panda "Warrior's Guide" (a blatant reference to the various guidebooks to Star Trek and Star Wars), on the pages devoted to Tai Lung, arrows point to him to call attention to his "broad shoulders" and "bulging biceps".
  • Aladdin. Initially, because he can't afford buttons for his vest. Or a shirt. Or nipples. He is more covered up in his "Prince Ali" outfit. For the TV series he returns to his bare-chested street rat outfit despite living in the royal palace. The Genie also is completely shirtless (except when he magically conjures clothes on himself).
  • In the first Lilo & Stitch movie, Nani's love interest David doesn't put on a shirt until the epilogue, and even then only because it was snowing.
  • In Tarzan, due to his feral upbringing, the titular hero wears nothing but a Loincloth. It's especially fanservice-y when he becomes a very well-toned adult man.
  • Mowgli from The Jungle Book is a non-Fanservice example, as he's a young boy living in the jungle.
  • Being an animated swords-and-sorcery film with art style by Frank Frazetta, Fire and Ice is filled with topless (and nearly bottomless) barbarians. The blond Larn and the masked Darkwolf are most prominent, and the villain Nekron wears an open robe that he removes when he duels Larn and leaves off for the rest of the movie.
  • Guy from The Croods wears pants and boots but no shirt, opposed to the body-covering fur dresses of the eponymous family.
  • Strange Magic: The Bog King much like his subjects, doesn't wear clothing since he's a insecty human thing. Curiously, his mother is only goblin to wear clothing.
  • Every single male human character in Moana (and any female characters when they are about six years old or younger) go around topless. Justified because of the ancient Polynesian setting and the tropical climate.
  • Kale from Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is shirtless throughout the entire movie, even in freezing temperatures.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • John Rambo is depicted in pop culture as being this in every movie, but he doesn't go shirtless in the first and fourth films.
  • The ironically-named "Shirts" in The Sasquatch Gang is always bare-chested. His brothers and father are also bare-chested — first thing his father does when entering the house is to remove his shirt.
  • The male cast of 300 wear only red briefs, sandals and capes when going to battle - basically the male equivalent of a Chainmail Bikini. One would think wearing some protective armor would be useful...
  • Achilles from Troy. Pantsless, too.
  • Twilight
    • How many stills are there out there of Jacob Black/Taylor Lautner with a shirt on? Or any of the other male actors playing werewolves in that movie, for that matter?
    • According to Chester A. Bum, they all suffer from The Curse of the Missing Shirt.
    • Lampshaded in Eclipse, where Edward asks: "Doesn't he own a shirt?"
    • Lampshaded in Valentine's Day, where the character played by Taylor Lautner is offered a new shirt, starts changing shirts but stops less than halfway through saying that he doesn't want to take his shirt off in public.
      • Originally, the film was going to have a scene where his character simply walked into school and took his shirt off. Lautner rejected that for being overly blatant Fanservice.
  • In Surfer, Dude Matthew McConaughey chose to be shirtless throughout. He doesn't wear much on top in Reign of Fire, either.
    • His penchant for shirtlessness is mocked by Matt Damon.
    • And has made him a byword for shirtlessness amongst the RiffTrax crew.
    "Aw, this vest is just weighing me down!"
  • Holbrooke (Mark Wahlberg) in Date Night. Might be an Actor Allusion, as in his rapper days, Mark Wahlberg often performed shirtless and appeared in Calvin Klein ads. Also lampshaded in-movie by Steve Carrell, who pleads with Holbrooke to help save his wife, concluding "and will you, for the love of God, ''put on a shirt?!''"
    • It's later revealed that his girlfriend is wearing his shirt
  • In many Bruce Lee movies, the only times his torso was fully covered was when he was in one of his disguises. This suggests that his chest is more distinctive identification than his face.
  • In The Thief of Bagdad (1940), Abu's default outfit is a Loincloth. Ahmad, the male lead, wears an open vest for most of the movie, but it can't really compare.
  • In The Mummy, after Imhotep is fully regenerated, he wears first a Loincloth with an open robe over it, and then just the loincloth.
  • In the post-apocalyptic world of The Lost Future, the population wears tatty but still recognisable clothes. Savan's outfit is so tatty that it just qualifies for this trope. Evan, on the other hand, goes the full way and wears just boots and a Loincloth. The latter's choice of attire is sufficiently incongruous that it verges on him being Exposed to the Elements.
  • Sebastien Guy in Close Enough to Touch. Technically, this counts because his shirt doesn't stay on for longer than 10 seconds in the film.
  • Vincent Perez' character in Indochine doesn't seem to know how to button the flimsy silk shirts he's constantly non-wearing.
  • Rocky of The Rocky Horror Picture Show spends the entire movie in golden briefs... and not much else.
  • Beach Babes 2: Cave Girl Island
  • The title character of John Carter. Throughout the whole Mars experience, he's almost always shirtless for no particular reason.
    • No in universe reason. In the books, he was bare-ass naked. Anything more and the fangirls would have revolted.
  • Areola in Not Another Teen Movie is a walking nude scene.
  • Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away: The Aerialist spends nearly the entire movie without a shirt.
  • In Showdown in Little Tokyo, Kenner (Dolph Lundgren) spends the gunfight at his home, the electric torture scene and the final sword fight with Yoshida continuously shirtless. Many of the Yakuza are also shirtless a lot of the time to show off their gang tattoos.
  • Teddy, for the most part in Neighbors. He eventually makes money on this by working for Abercrombie & Fitch.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy, Drax doesn't bother with a shirt throughout the whole film (much like his comic book counterpart) showing off his muscular torso covered with elaborate tattoos. In the second movie, he admits that covering his chest disturbs his "sensitive nipples". However, in Avengers: Endgame, he wears a shirt at Tony Stark's funeral as a sign of respect.
  • Kai in Robot Holocaust spends the entire film in a dinky Loincloth.
  • Stacee Jaxx in both Theatre.Rock Of Ages and Film.Rock Of Ages. Bonus points for Tom Cruise's tight leather pants in the film version.
  • In the movie version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, after being thrown in jail, Joseph somehow never manages to find a shirt again, despite becoming right-hand-man to the Pharaoh.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: It's justified for Mr. Tumnus because he's a faun.
  • Nux and all the other War Boys in Mad Max: Fury Road.
  • The whole Tarzan franchise.
  • That franchise's spoof, George of the Jungle.
  • Barbarella: Pygar is a very handsome angel who's perpetually nude except for a Loincloth. His quite large wings must make it impractical for him to wear upper body clothing, so it's probably justified.
  • After being forced to run across broken glass in bare feet, John McClane uses his wifebeater to improvise bandages in Die Hard and spends the last act of the movie shirtless.
  • Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter: The muscular Hank is shirtless from the time Maria transplants the artificial brain into his body onwards.
  • In Hellboy (2019), Hellboy never bothers to close his Badass Longcoat, nor does he wear a shirt underneath. Until of course the end of the movie, where he puts on the BPRD shirt with Alice and Daimio.
  • In Up the Chastity Belt, Macho Camp outlaw Will Scarlet is shirtless in every scene, and usually posing.

  • Nick from The Demon's Lexicon takes any opportunity to take off his shirt. It's Lampshaded by pretty much everyone.
    Mae: Is this no-shirts festival day?
    Alan: Every day with Nick is no-shirts festival day.
  • The Hunger Games: Befitting his status as Mr. Fanservice, Finnick Odair is constantly shirtless before the Quarter Quell.
  • Last Legionary has a villainous example in Lord Thr'un of Irruq-hoa, a huge, heavily muscled man, who never wears a shirt. As it turns out this isn't just because he wants to show off his impressive chest—it's also because Thr'un is capable of growing plates of organic armour that cover his torso, and a shirt would simply be in the way.
  • In The Wheel of Time, shirtlessness is standard costume for the Sea Folk, men and women alike, although women tend to wear shirts when visiting land to avoid unwanted attention. When the main characters book passage on a Sea Folk vessel, they're a bit startled when the ship leaves shore and the women promptly lose their blouses.
  • In The Tamuli, Empress Elysoun is a female example, as is standard for her Valesian culture. While the Tamul court doesn't think anything of it, strait-laced young Westerners like Berit are a bit distracted.
  • Like every other member of the Torturers' Guild in Book of the New Sun, Severian goes shirtless no matter how frosty the temperature, relying on his cloak to keep him warm.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Randy of Trailer Park Boys never wears a shirt, even in the middle of winter (in Canada!), and is quite unhappy when forced to wear one for whatever reason. The catch is that he's not all that attractive. His aversion to shirts was never given any explanation until Season 9. Apparently, he has some kind of allergic reaction to fabric and breaks out in a terrible rash when wearing anything on his upper body for too long. In one season he has a son with Lucy, who is also named Randy and wears the exact same Limited Wardrobe as his father.
  • The entire male cast of Spartacus: Blood and Sand (except John Hannah), but especially the title character. When it comes to this TV series, being a Starz series and all, there's even a female version of this as some brief scenes in Batiatus' Household show some servant girls topless in an obviously non-erotic context, i.e., as they go about their duties. This TV series LIVES on this trope.
  • Played for laughs in the 1986 soap opera parody mini-series Fresno, where one character was literally named in the credits as "The Man With No Shirt". The IMDB lists him as "Torch", and he was played by Gregory Harrison. At one point, Torch goes back to his room to get a fresh white T-shirt; he doesn't put the new one on, just carries it in one hand, as he did the previous one. At a costume ball, he is a bare-chested centurion, and is surprised that one of the female characters—perhaps Carol Burnett's—recognizes him so easily despite his face-concealing helmet.
  • Pretty much all the male characters in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena count because those vests don't cover anything... and the fangirls (and boys) are grateful.
  • Robin in Robin of Sherwood is always wearing a half-open shirt.
  • The male Feeders of Vaal in "The Apple" episode of T.O.S.
  • The father in Friday Night Dinner is constantly shirtless.
  • Jack and Sawyer in Lost, almost every episode in ALL seasons.
  • Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones. Never seen without his admirable pectorals on display.
  • Vaughn on Community.
  • Leto Atreides II from the miniseries Children of Dune is always either shirtless or wearing his shirt half open.
  • Axl from The Middle is too lazy to wear anything but his boxers most of the time.
  • One guy in the Psych episode "Shawn and the Real Girl" never wore a shirt, though he did once partly cover up with a tuxedo jacket.
  • As the World Turns had Casey.
  • In the 1960s Flipper, Luke Halpin was, early on, Fanservice strictly for the bubble-gum set; but toward the end of the series, at age 19, he had developed into "the real thing".
  • Maskim Cherkovskiy when dancing the Paso Doble with Erin Andrews on Dancing with the Stars but pretty much any professional dancer gets a swing at this one.
  • Parodied on The Man Show: The No Shirt Guy.
  • Ryan Lochte while being interviewed by reporter Jessica Holmes of KTLA News.
  • On Sheena (2000), Matt Cutter usually is with a shirt either not completely on all the way, a workout shirt, and no shirt at all, as it is often rendered by circumstance.
  • Nine News Australia: This segment on good looking men.
  • MTV's whipped cream bikini contest.
  • Beau Ryan of the Cornulla-Sutherland Sharks does the NRL Footy Show in the nude.NSFW
  • The main character of Brazilian telenova Kubanacan was rarely seen with a shirt on, a fact that was lampshaded several times.
  • Trusty intern Taylor in this segment on Good Day America.
  • Even back in The ’50s they did this. Once per Episode in Space Soldiers, Steve Holland would have a mandatory scene where he'd enter the cabin of his rocketship while still changing his shirt, revealing a well-muscled chest.
  • The competitors in the Spartan Race who are shown in this Hawaii News Now segment.
  • Omar Little of The Wire is a downplayed version; he wears shirts (and body armor) when he's out and about, but at home he tends to go shirtless (displaying his impressive if scarred physique).
  • Tonga's flag-bearer at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Pita Taufatofua makes an appearance on Today without a shirt to the delight of Savanah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.
  • Beck Bennett usually appeared topless while portraying Vladimir Putin on Saturday Night Live to spoof Putin's staged publicity photos hunting and riding horses topless.
  • This is a common quality among the men with fit physiques who appear as contestants on Big Brother. Since there are so many examples per season and per region variants of the show, it's hard to pick one without naming them all.
  • Bobby Lee from Mad TV is regularly shirtless in sketches, particularly the ones parodying 24 where he often doesn't have pants as well. Unlike most examples of this trope, Bobby doesn't have a muscular physique, and is instead, very short and is a bit pudgy.
  • Hawaii News Now: This segment, which is about the Spartan Race becomes one of these scenes starting at the 55 second mark.
  • In Seasons 1 and 2 of Schitt's Creek, Mutt Schitt appears without his shirt or with his shirt open in most of his scenes.


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  • Even though they're exploring a hostile Lost World filled with monsters of all sorts, half the men in Atari's Middle Earth pinball can't be bothered to put on a shirt.
  • The unnamed protagonist of Paragon, probably because a shirt would get in the way of his enormous reptile wings.
  • Just about everyone in WWF Royal Rumble runs around without a shirt, for obvious reasons.
  • All of the men in Future Spa eschew shirts, except for a single man on the backglass.

  • Flint from The Fallen Gods only wears armour in battle; outside of it he usually just wears pants, or sometimes just a furry Loincloth.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The vast majority of wrestlers wrestle shirtless, probably due to a combination of the sweating and Fanservice.
    • Randy Orton takes the trope even further, wearing nothing but his Underwear of Power even when he's backstage, and even on nights when he hasn't even got a match scheduled.


  • All professional boxers and mixed martial artists don't wear shirts at all. They also benefit from Limited Wardrobe.
  • In some leagues, male beach volleyball players' uniforms are shirtless.
  • Swimmers. Besides the full-body vest.
  • Calcio Fiorentino players.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Hennet, Dungeons & Dragons 3e's iconic sorcerer. And he's got dragon tattoos! It's also worth mentioning that he covers the remainder of his body purely in belts. Perhaps he's related to Lulu?
  • Sajan Gadadvara, Pathfinder's iconic monk, wears sleeves but no shirt.
  • Exalted's canon "priest", Panther, only wears a pair of pants and has a massive stylized sun tattoo on his chest.
  • Catachan Jungle Fighters in Warhammer 40,000. Rather unsurprising, them being Rambo expies after all.
    • Early editions of the game stated the Adeptus Custodes, the bodyguards of the Emperor, showed their mourning by eschewing their armor, walking around the Imperial Palace in nothing but their helmets, capes, and loincloths. Later on the Custodes would return to wearing their armor. Lots and lots of it.
  • Magic: The Gathering has its quota of Mr. Fanservice:
    • Koth of the Hammer. Possibly justified in that, like the rest of his Vulshok kin, he has metal protruding from his torso, making it impossible for him to wear a shirt in the first place.
    • Some leonin like Raksha and Ajani Vengeant.
    • Domri Rade from Ravnica.
  • Mutant Chronicles gave us Nick Michaels, whose regular attire consists of combat boots, a kilt, a leather jacket and very little else.
  • The Dark Eye has the goddess Rahja, a goddess of love and ... related activities, whose priests wear as little as they can get away with. Which in the male's case is this. Here's a fanart. They usually have tattoos, too, though.
  • Ra in Sentinels of the Multiverse has a habit of running around with his abs and pecs on display, mostly because Ra spends his entire time in his hero form Playing with Fire and keeping things that fire can destroy near his arms isn't such a good idea.

  • Cirque du Soleil examples:
    • Quite a few of the men in Mystere qualify as this at some point (i.e., the aerial cube and hand-to-hand performers), but the most obvious example is with the recurring character Red Bird, as when the role is played by a man the costume leaves the chest exposed. This is spoofed within the show when the clown Brian Le Petit encounters him — as soon as the bird has danced off, Brian mockingly mimics the dance and opens his shirt for a quick moment (that Brian is a Cool Old Guy just makes this funnier).
    • Alegría has the handbalancer, flying man, and aerial high bar performers going shirtless; the fire spinners and cyr wheel performer also have most of their chests exposed.
    • The aerial straps act from Varekai gives you two for the price of one with the very hunky, very shirtless twins.
    • The handbalancer in Zarkana. Technically he has a shirt, but it's so short it leaves his midriff bare, and his contortions quickly expose the rest of his chest. By his act's end, the shirt's off completely.


    Video Games 
  • Planescape: Torment has the Nameless One, who wears only a belt and Loincloth, though his gray skin and vast number of scars may make this Fan Disservice.
  • Almost every Fighting Game has at least one of these.
  • Many characters in Onmyōji, but most notably Minamoto no Hiromasa.
  • Sengoku Basara
    • Sanada Yukimura is far too Hot-Blooded for any shirt to handle.
    • Chosokabe Motochika wears a Coat Cape and sleeves. Because as we know, pirates don't require shirts.
    • Maeda Toshiie comes in first place by wearing only a Fundoshi.
  • It is easier to count male characters of Tekken who have never been shirtless in their default costumes than those who have been:
    • Marshall Law's main costume never changes from game to game: athletic pants, a sash, shoes, and nothing else. He is a Bruce Lee Clone, after all. His son, Forest Law, is much the same in 3 and Tag.
    • The core Mishima family (Jinpachi, Heihachi, Kazuya, and Jin) have at least one shirtless costume in each game. The junior Kazuya and Jin wear modern karategi pants, gloves, and footpads, while the senior Jinpachi and Heihachi forgo gloves and footpads and wear antique hakama instead of gi. In 4, Jin's karategi is complemented by a buttonless shirt that still shows his impressive abs, while Heihachi replaces the hakama with a mawashi (AKA diapers). Jin and Kazuya finally avert this in 7, where their default costumes are a hooded jacket and a slick business suit, respectively.
    • King, Armor King, and Craig Marduk are shirtless in their wrestler getups.
    • So is Steve Fox, this time because he is a boxer. In his debut game, 4, he is shirtless in both of his costumes (his P1 is the boxing getup, while his P2 has him wear an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt). He wears a boxer jacket in 7, though like Jin's karategi and Hwoarang's dobok, it is buttonless.
    • So is Bruce Irvin, as he is a kickboxer.
    • So is Ganryu, this time because he is a rikishi.
    • Hwoarang's dobok is open on the front side, exposing his abdomen. This is to highlight his rebellious personality, because dobok is supposed to be fastened by a sash (his teacher, Baek Doo-san, on the contrary, wears his properly). This dobok is his default costume in all games except for 4 and 7.
    • Baek himself does this in 2 and Tag, where his P2 costume includes an unbuttoned vest. When he returns in 5, it changes into a formal suit, likely to show his Character Development.
    • Similar to Baek, Lee Chaolan's P2 costume in 2 and Tag includes an unbuttoned vest.
    • Lei Wulong's blue shirt in 4 is oddly unbuttoned, unlike other games where it is buttoned.
    • Until 7, Bryan Fury always has a costume where he wears military-style pants, boots, gloves, and no shirt. Like Steve, both of his costumes in 4 show his upper body (P1: unbuttoned shirt, P2: shirtless), and in 7, he complements the military pants with an unbuttoned military jacket.
    • Feng Wei is shirtless in his shaolin attire, which is weird since flashbacks show that his fellow students wore one.
    • Eddy Gordo's P1 recolored costume in Tag is sans shirt (in the original, he wears a crop top). In 4, he wears an unbuttoned shirt.
    • Ogre's sole costume features no shirt.
    • Miguel in Tag 2 gets to show his hairy abs as his red shirt is unbuttoned.
    • Other than the above, from 6 onward, virtually all male characters can be customized to fight shirtless. The only exceptions so far are Bob and Wang Jinrei.
  • Kratos from God of War. He is seen wearing armor in flashbacks and during his tenure as the god of war.
  • Soul Series:
    • Mitsurugi's samurai armor always leaves a major part of his upper body, usually the right half, exposed. The first game does not have it, but he has an unbuttoned shirt in return. This is finally averted in VI.
    • Being the wrestler type, Rock is topless (or near-topless) in every game he is in. His clone, Astaroth, is likewise also topless in every game.
    • In the first two games, Hwang's second costume features no shirt.
    • Kilik, as he was trained to be a monk. In II, he is constantly half-naked, with the first costume being a Shout-Out to Dante's unzipped red long jacket, except with nothing underneath (amusingly, Dante goes through this exact same thing in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening three years later). He becomes more prudish starting from IV, possibly to symbolize his maturity.
    • Likewise, Kilik's mate Maxi, who used to be a pirate. They seem hold a treaty in II, since Maxi is also constantly half-naked there. Unlike Kilik, Maxi stays a stripper for the rest of the series.
    • Yun-seong continues Hwang's undressed legacy in II. However, he doesn't go full-blown shirtless until IV.
    • Siegfried is normally clad in full-body armor, but during the time he is possessed by Soul Edge in II and known solely as "Nightmare", he is completely shirtless.
    • Raphael's costume in III and IV is a masquerade ball outfit that is bare in the front. V replaces this with a Dracula-esque suit, which is no less bare.
    • Z.W.E.I. from V wears a fetishistic attire consisting of an open fur jacket and tight leather pants that happens to be partially unzipped, showing that he is Going Commando (it's especially noticeable in the concept art).
    • In V, Algol wears a white thong...and nothing else.
    • Cervantes has an open shirt in VI. Until then, he either only exposed his chest or his navel, but not both at the same time.
  • A number of characters (both story and generic) in the Disgaea (and other Nippon Ichi games) series. To be fair, it gets very hot in Hell.
    • Mid-Boss and Axel.
    • Great Overlord Laharl!
    • And now Disgaea 4 has Fenrich, the perpetually shirtless werewolf.
    • Disgaea 5 has Killia and Red Magnus, the former a slender Bishōnen and the latter a musclebound man... demon... whatever.
  • The Demi-Fiend from Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (although a lot of his demon body is covered in runic tattoos)
  • The Glutton bloodline of Bloodline Champions never wears a shirt on their outfits. They are also fat and ugly.
  • WarCraft
    • Illidan Stormrage is always without a shirt. Even more so after he absorbed the powers of the skull of Gul'dan, which made him grow wings on his back, which means he cannot wear shirts anymore. (As this Dark Legacy Comics strip mentions in the second panel.)
    • The other Demon Hunters throughout WC3 and World of Warcraft seem to have adopted his sensibilities as well. Except, for the obvious reasons mentioned above, for the one female Huntress in WoW, not that she wears much.
    • Same thing for Blademasters in WC3 and WoW, Grom Hellscream included. Ironically, in terms of gameplay, the Demon Hunter and Blademaster had the highest armor scores out of all the Hero Units in the game.
    • Ogres not only rarely wear shirts but also wear loincloths. However most wouldn't consider this fanservice, although to a certain portion of the furry fanbase, this is indeed fanservice!
    • Liam Greymane, the son of the racial leader of the Worgen, walks around without a shirt in the Worgen starting zone.
    • Kil'jaeden, and Eredar in general, like this trope. It makes them look even more badass.
    • Garrosh Hellscream seems to have given up shirts since becoming Warchief. His shoulder guards are massive enough to make chest armor somewhat redundant, anyway.
    • Fandral Staghelm never wears a shirt either.
    • Nor does Malfurion Stormrage (must be part of the archdruid dress code), though he did wear a cloak in WC3. Admittedly, his feathered arms in WoW would probably be difficult to fit through sleeves.
    • Night Elf males in general tend to prefer being topless. The player character can also become this by earning a leather chest armor reward from a quest in The Hinterlands that is invisible. Several other various chest armors also show quite a lot of the upper body, from a bit of fabric draped over the shoulders to an X-crossed leather harness.
  • Fire Emblem
  • Bang Shishigami from BlazBlue reveals quite a bit of his chest and abs. Because he's just that damn manly.
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • The Monk classes of Final Fantasy games tend to be shirtless.
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy VII
    • Sephiroth combines this trope with a Bad Ass Longcoat and suspenders. territory. Other than variations on this outfit, the only other thing he wears are those leather pants such as at the end of the game and as his alternate costume in Dissidia Final Fantasy. Said costume is also his alternate costume in Ehrgeiz.
    • Don't forget Weiss from Dirge of Cerberus, who wears nothing on his upper-body at all. Very nice indeed.
  • The Sorceress Adel in Final Fantasy VIII is somewhere between this and Nipple and Dimed. Though female, her bare chest was completely flat like a man's chest, and thus went completely uncensored.
  • Jecht of Final Fantasy X, Posthumous Character though he may be (sorta). If he did wear a shirt, he would of course not have been able to show off the bitchin' tattoo running across his entire torso.
    • Role is reprised in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
    • His son Tidus is taking after him in the prequel to Dissidia. Looking good there, boy!
    • There's also Kimahri who is just a big walking piece of furry and bara fanservice. Hell, all the Ronso in this game are basically fanservice for some people.
  • Vaan from Final Fantasy XII. In his guest appearance in Final Fantasy Tactics A2, he gets a shirt that goes a long way to making that vest he usually wears look... less like a battle bra. He's got both outfits in Dissidia Final Fantasy 012
    • Hashmal, Ivalice's earth Esper/Lucavi, is shirtless in all of his appearances except for Tactics where he wears a robe.
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: Male Geomancers also qualify for this trope in addition to male Monks. (They do wear some sort of weird turtleneck/wifebeater combo, but the fabric of the wifebeater portion is so short that it only covers the nipples and nothing else.)
  • Final Fantasy XV: Gladiolus wears an unbuttoned shirt.
  • Female example in Fatal Frame III: The Tormented. The main antagonist Reika wears only hakama, but she's covered in tattoos and out of focus, so it's not exactly taughty to see her. It is, however, terrifying.
    • Same goes for the Engravers, except they have Godiva Hair.
  • Castlevania
  • Dante became this trope in the Devil May Cry 3, to the point where his unlockable outfit is, ironically, a complete lack of anything at all on his upper body. The fans took it quite well...
  • Does it count if Brad Evans from Wild Arms 2 wears a shirt with only one shoulder strap, leaving the other half of his chest always bare?
  • Rei and Garr from Breath of Fire III.
  • ZOAH from Chrono Cross, in an almost Leather Man way.
  • Moses Sandor from Tales of Legendia.
  • The Warrior from Diablo, and Barbarian from Diablo II. (And probably the Barbarian from Diablo III, in keeping with the pattern.)
  • In World Heroes, we have Mudman (a witch doctor) and Captain Kidd (pirate). The latter is notable for wearing a long, sleeveless coat instead of a shirt.
  • Try runnning shirtless scene with Contra dudes Bill Rizer and Lance Bean.
  • The Street Fighter series has several. We'll exclude the more Fan Disservicey examples for your convenience.
  • SNK is no stranger to shirtless manservice either, with Genjuro Kibagami, Joe Higashi and Shen Woo serving as the primary purveyors.
  • Speaking of SNK, Allen O'Neal from Metal Slug wears nothing above the waist but an ammo belt and a beard.
  • The Punch-Out!! series, full stop. It would be easier to list the characters who do wear shirts. They're all professional boxers though, so it's okay.
    • Soda Popinski stands out for walking shirtless and pantless in the Russian winter. See this blog page.
  • You in Kingdom of Loathing. The ability to put on a shirt is a special skill available only to those who ascend under a Moxie Sign.
    • Also in Bad Moon sign, after accidentally mutilating the torso stick figures would be oblivious to, the gnomes kindly teach you to identify it for free.
  • Legacy of Kain: Kain, at least in his adult form. In fact, going topless seems to be the fashion de rigueur for male vampires. Raziel and his brothers trade shirts for leather pants and a half-cape, and Janos rocks the No Shirt, Long Jacket and the bare-chested look in turns.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene + Physical God = Roark of Lusternia. He's fond of wandering around and expounding on his own superiority - justifiably.
  • Saxton Hale from Team Fortress 2 refuses to wear clothing on his upper body for "obvious reasons." To be fair, if you had chest hair shaped like Australia, would you hide it? He's also commented before that he always wears as little as possible to avoid wearing disease-contaminated clothing (such as rabies-slathered hats) and thus avoiding sickness altogether; he states he's never been sick in his life, so it must have worked.
  • Mass Effect 2
    • A rare female example is Jack, a.k.a. Subject Zero. Her entire outfit waist-up is a leather strap covering her nipples. And tattoos. Lots and lots of tattoos.
    • Also, Thane. Justified, because covering up his chest will worsen his illness.
  • Ratchet in Ratchet & Clank and Size Matters.
  • Nier from NieR Gestalt, showing off how ridiculously ripped he is. Kinda weird seeing as how he is the father of an adorable little girl and, besides fighting the legions of darkness, grows watermelons in his free time.
  • NieR: Automata has Eve, who doesn't really understand modesty since he is a machine with no genitals. The only reason he even covers his crotch is because Adam won't play with him if he doesn't.
  • Mortal Kombat has Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, Jax, Sub-Zero (MK3 only), Nightwolf (MK3 only), Jarek, Kai, Reiko, and of course Goro, Kintaro, and Shao Khan. The furries get Motaro. Combine with the Stripperific likes of Li Mei, Kitana, Mileena, Jade, and Khameleon, and it's actually fairly balanced in its Fanservice.
  • In Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, the Prince starts out wearing a shirt, but as he acquires Clothing Damage loses it. In Sands of Time, he tears off his sleeves one after another as they're damaged, and after falling into a hole shucks the rest of his top. In Two Thrones, he skips the sleeves part, falls into a hole, and wakes up shirtless. From thereafter, in both games, he just runs around barechested.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn: Ayuthay seems to have "shirts omitted" in its male dress code. The guards may or may not wear armor, but neither the king nor his nephew wear anything on top. The latter, for protection's sake, dresses up before leaving the castle. Eoleo, another player character, comments that he never saw anyone from that place wear "real clothing" before.
  • This would be filled out by the bounty hunter Xenetes in Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll. Matter of fact, boldans are pretty much a walking shirtless RACE.
  • Quite a few NPCs in Rift. And one particular chestpiece style brings warrior player characters pretty close.
  • Almost every male character in the obscure PSX beat-'em-up platformer Tai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger falls under this trope, both friend and foe, including the title character himself. And that's a LOT of bare chests, considering that every character except one or two of them is male.
  • Dynasty Warriors
    • Sima Zhao wears a jacket, but leaves his chest bare in 7.
    • Old Soldier Huang Gai, meanwhile, just wears various straps and shoulder pads on his upper torso in almost all appearances.
    • Gan Ning is topless most other installments of the series.
    • Meng Huo is also topless in most installments
    • Zhang He is also shirtless in 3
  • Aarbron from the Shadow of the Beast trilogy. The first two games (in which he is a beast, then a beast-man) have him in just a Loincloth (except for the Sega CD version of Shadow of the Beast II, which gave him a breastplate). In the third game he is fully human and wearing modern clothes, but still shirtless (the opening depicts him with a shirt, but his in-game sprites are clearly lacking).
  • All of the Qunari in Dragon Age II, apparently because they were survivors of a shipwreck and lost their armor. By the third act of the game, Merrill says she's sad that they left, because they were "easy on the eyes."
    • Varric also wears an open shirt, displaying a serious Carpet of Virility.
    • The Iron Bull, a Qunari party member in Dragon Age: Inquisition, explains that this is a consequence of living in a hot climate and the difficulty of getting a shirt on over their horns. They refer to being surprised as "getting caught with your shirt on your horns".
    • When Inquisition was nominated for Game of the Year 2014, BioWare responded with a thank-you video for the fans who had caused it to happen. Varric and Cassandra talk to the viewers and snark at each other... and then, for no reason whatsoever, Cullen - who gets a Shirtless Scene in the game, two if romanced - wanders in. It's hard to blame Cass, really...
  • Bayou Billy wears an open vest with no shirt.
  • The title character of Guy Spy and the Crystals of Armageddon, spends the whole game in an open vest with no shirt (except for the Switzerland section, where he wears a coat, averting Exposed to the Elements). In one scene, he takes off the vest (for no apparent reason).
  • Weaponlord reaches a record by having every male character in the game (four sevenths of the entire cast) not wear a shirt. The other three are women.
  • The title character of Tomba! in his first game. In the second, his default outfit is still shirtless, but he can acquire a variety of other costumes that give him special abilities and cover his torso.
  • Marlon, the water-type gym leader in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. His default sprite is a shirtless one.
    • Justified as, being a Water-type Trainer, his main hobby is swimming, and thus his default outfit is a swimsuit.
    • In all games in the series, you can have one on your team in the form of the fighting-type powerhouse Machamp, who was clearly modeled after professional wrestlers.
    • Brock started out this way when he was introduced in Pokémon Red and Blue. This was later undone in Pokémon Yellow, as well as the remakes.
  • The shirt-free, Loincloth-clad male barbarians in Puzzle Quest 2 can, like everybody else, buy extensive armor. And like everybody else's, it never appears on their avatars.
  • One of the two title characters of Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy exhibits this trope, and it's not the one who is completely wrapped in bandages.
  • Barbarians of Clash of Clans don't need shirts to fight. Just swords and moustaches.
  • Action Doom 2: Urban Brawl has two types of shirtless, muscled fist-fighting enemies (somewhat based on Jean-Claude Van Damme).
  • Although not this by default, Dunban in Xenoblade gets several skills that give him special effects if he's not wearing any armor, and he'll become this if the player chooses to utilize him. And thanks to the fact that characters in the game can share skills if they have high enough Relationship Values, he can spread this trait to anyone else in the cast. Including the girls.
    • Certain pieces of "armor" in the game are actually described as specialized balms or lotions that have a special effect when applied to the skin. In practice, this means that the character appears to be wearing nothing up top, thus becoming this trope. Again, the ladies can take advantage of it too.
  • The Last Story has Incredible Invisibility Dye, a special magical dye that renders your clothing invisible. Its sole purpose is to make your characters appear as if they aren't wearing any armor when, in fact, they are. And naturally, you get the dye that makes your shirt invisible long before the one that makes your pants invisible.
  • Red Earth: Leo wears a Loincloth, boots, and nothing else.
  • Practically a pandemic in The Bouncer. Of the three playable characters, only Sion wears a shirt... and he leaves it half-open, exposing his chest and giving a peek at his abs. Volt wears a leather jacket that's constantly open, and Koh wears a small vest that not only leaves his chest on display, but doesn't do all that great of a job at covering his back. Big Bad Dauragon doesn't like wearing a shirt either, although the fact that he wears overalls means that the bib from the overalls mitigates this trope somewhat.
  • Vincent from Catherine has recurring nightmares about climbing block towers in nothing but his boxers, which make up roughly half the game. Generally this is not by choice, but by the end of the game he voluntarily chooses to wear them when confronting the final boss. If the player gets either of the good Cheater endings, he loses his shirt for good.
  • Avengers Academy has both Hulk and Frost Giant Loki. The former only has pants and shoes, and the latter wears a black fur shawl over his shoulders and leaves his torso completely exposed.
  • Fat and Skinny duo Roadhog and Junkrat from Overwatch both go around shirtless. Suitable attire in their home country of Australia, where the already hot weather has likely gotten even hotter after the country essentially fell victim to a nuclear apocalypse. But in Nepal or Russia? Not so much.
    • Several Omnics are shown fully dressed, yet Zenyatta only ever wears a tattered pair of pants and a sash, befitting of his personality as a spiritual monk.
  • Krieg in Borderlands 2, just like the Psycho enemy type he is based on, never wears a shirt by default. In fact, he has exactly two alternate skins out of dozens where he does wear a shirt, both of them DLC: an ugly Christmas sweater and a Hawaiian shirt, and the latter is worn completely open and exposes his chest anyway. This means he spends the first chunk of the game as well as the aforementioned Christmas-themed DLC Exposed to the Elements, but a large part of his playstyle involves lighting yourself on fire, so it likely cancels out.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Morrowind:
      • At the very start of the game, Jiub, your fellow prisoner aboard the Imperial Prison Ship, is shirtless. Despite his minor role, this is one of his many traits which made him popular enough with the fans to make him an Ascended Extra later in the series.
      • Caius Cosades, Imperial Spymaster of the Blades in Morrowind, doesn't wear a shirt. It's one of his defining characteristics, even if it's never explained exactly why he does this. (Possibly justified by his cover identity, which is a Skooma addict.) He definitely owns a shirt, though, and apparently sometimes wears it off-screen — about half-way through the main quest, as he is informing you that he has been recalled to the Imperial City, he gives you a ring, pants and a shirt, mentioning he won't need them while he's in Cyrodiil.
      • Big Bad Dagoth Ur doesn't wear a shirt, or for that matter, anything besides a golden mask and red loin cloth. Given that he is a deranged Physical God hell bent on spreading a Body Horror Corruption around the world, it doesn't require much justification.
    • In Oblivion, Xivilai are a massive and powerful form of humanoid lesser Daedra that goes around exclusively bare-chested.
    • In Skyrim, one must travel to Sovngarde late in the main quest to pursue Alduin. There, you meet Tsun, the old Nordic god of "trials against adversity" and shield-thane to Shor. In order to prove your worthiness to enter Shor's Hall of Valor, you must best Tsun in single combat. Naturally, befitting a Barbarian Hero deity, Tsun does not wear anything on his upper body.
  • In the Dark Souls games, not uncommon for the players to invoke this. Stripping off most, or all, or a character's armor lets them have very long and fast dodges and makes them very mobile, so players focusing on evasion, challenge, or simply wanting to screw around may have their character running around shirtless or even wearing only their underpants. It's a common saying in the fandom that the most dangerous players are the ones who run around in just their underwear. Of course, even more dangerous are the ones who have min-maxed their way into having the same level of agility as a character in his underwear while still wearing gigantic heavy armor.
  • Joseph Seed of Far Cry 5 only very rarely ever wears a shirt. This is especially jarring considering he's a preacher, but he has a lot of scars and tattoos on his torso he evidently wants to be visible.
  • Two men in Cold And Flu Invasion never wear shirts.
  • Keith J. Snyder from Countdown Vampires spends the game wearing nothing above the beltline.
  • Cthulhu in Cthulhu Saves the World never wears a shirt. Lampshaded in a bar in Providence.
    NPC: I'm sorry, but our fine establishment has a strict no shirt, no service rule.
    Cthulhu: No shirt can contain the awesomeness that is Cthulhu!
  • The player character's grandson in Life The Game wears only underwear, so not only is he a walking shirtless scene, he's a walking pants-less and shoe-less scene too.

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  • Given Free Country, USA's lax clothing laws (and also because it's called "Free Country"), characters in Homestar Runner are not required to wear pants (or any clothes). Strong Bad is one big Walking Shirtless Scene; he thinks it's better to show off his abs. Homestar has had his shirt removed a few times, but nobody knows if he wears pants or not, so...
  • RWBY: Sun wears a shirt that he leaves unbuttoned under almost all circumstances. His idea of dressing for disguise or to smarten himself up is to button his shirt. He's originally from Vacuo, a place where dressing smartly doesn't happen. When the students from all four kingdoms are lined up in their formal military attire, Vacuo stands out because their "uniform" is literally "We're all wearing shirts now."
  • Pucca has Abyo, the local Bruce Lee Clone, who has a habit of ripping his shirt before going Kiai.
  • In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, the Adeptus Custodes refuse to wear their armor, instead becoming enormously muscular, homoerotic bodyguards who spend all day oiling their abs, making sexy poses, and fapping (but only on Thursdays). They even go so far as to conveniently mishear the Emperor whenever he tells them to put on some armor, with the Captain-General being the only one who is still sane enough to stay in his armor all the time.
  • Oran from Broken Saints, who is shirtless for half the series. Also, although Kamimura always wears his cloak, he never has a shirt on underneath.


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    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • Sideshow Mel, of The Simpsons, almost always wears his "stage" costume — which involves not wearing a shirt. Or pants: just a grass skirt thing.
  • Barbados Slim, Olympian and "mahogany god" of Futurama.
  • Gargoyles: Other than Hudson, all of the males in the Manhattan Clan fly around in loin cloths. The reason is unknown.
  • Filmation had an enduring affection for ripped muscle-men (Thun the Lion-Man, Tarzan, Blackstar, He-Man, Bow), all in extremely exiguous raiment.
  • Geoff from Total Drama always wears an open pink shirt.
    • The impossibly-hot Justin wears a shirt, but especially in early episodes he would always find some excuse to remove or tear it.
  • Aquaman in his appearances in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. He's bare-chested even while off-duty and playing chess at Doctor Fate's tower.
  • Zandor and Dorno on The Herculoids.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • THE BOULDER is too busy burying people in a rockalanche to bother wearing a shirt.
    • Aang also foregoes a shirt throughout a large part of season 3, though it's more to keep showing the audience the scar in the middle of his back that he got at the end of season 2 than it is for fanservice.
    • Same applies to Zuko, but he already had a few shirtless scenes prior to season 3.
  • Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants. Justified that he's a starfish.
  • Wakfu
    • Kriss Krass
    • Sir Tristepin/Sadlygrove Percidal as of episode 22.
    • Also his master, Goultard the Barbarian.
  • Jesse, the bass player for Mystik Spiral on Daria, is almost always seen wearing an open vest with no shirt underneath, revealing a muscular chest. In his first appearance he mentions that Trent owes him a new shirt after having thrown up on him at some point—apparently Trent never got around to it.
  • Honey, Bosko's girlfriend from Looney Tunes is a very rare non-Fanservice-y female human example of this trope.
  • Trembly Paw from Paw Paw Bears.
  • In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien the first season Big Bad Aggregor never wore a shirt. Before going One-Winged Angel he wore a nice open chested tunic.
  • In The Brothers Grunt, all Grunts walk around shirtless in their underwear.
  • TOM's a robot, but he's designed with his robot abs exposed.
  • Another robot example is the hilariously bad Ruby-Spears Mega Man.
  • Street Sharks: The title characters and their allies Moby Lick and Mantaman all had their shirts destroyed when they first transformed, and never bothered to replace them (justified in that, with their torsos, no shirt exists that they could fit into). The villain Killamari also goes shirtless. Averted with the fifth shark, Melvin Kresnik/Rox, who manages to wear a full outfit despite his transformation.
  • Biker Mice from Mars: Technically none of the Biker Mice wear a shirt, but Vinnie is especially notable, since the only things on his chest are two crossed bandoliers. In the episode "The Pits", Modo and Throttle are captured and forced to work for the Pit Boss. For some reason they lost their armor and jacket.

    Real Life 
  • The Ukrainian feminist protest group Femen is known for having their women activists appear bare chested with slogans written over their bodies. Naturally the nudity attracts much attention in the press.
  • In Rio de Janerio, shirtlessness is very common in various public places.
  • Terry Porter, of Porter Ridge, hardly ever wears a shirt. He claims they "irritate [his] nipples". Lampshaded on the few times he has to wear a shirt (which is usually undone).
  • Pita Taufatofua, who was Tonga's flag bearer at 2016 Summer Olympics didn't wear a shirt and he was greased up during the opening ceremony.
    • He returned for the 2018 Winter Olympics competing in skiing. He plans to return in 2020 in a third sport.
  • Shirtlessness is very common in the gay male subculture.
  • Comedian Bert "The Machine" Kreischer typically ditches the shirt before the first joke, and spends the rest of the act that way.
  • Robert John Burck, AKA The Naked Cowboy, has attained minor celebrity by strolling through Times Square clad in cowboy hat and boots and tighty whiteys.
  • Ancient tropical kingdoms such as the Aztecs and Mayans in South America and numerous empires in South East Asia often portray their prominent figures shirtless.


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