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  • American Dad!:
    • Francine is often subject to this with major focus during her Sexy Walk in "My Morning Straitjacket" and "Rubberneckers" where she wear skimpy outfit and catches the eye of many men. Also, Bullock (Stan's superior) like focus on her breast.
    • In "The Life Aquatic With Steve Smith" when Steve meets Amy, a girl that works on the school newspaper, he doesn't even bother trying to make eye contact with her.
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  • Animaniacs doesn't have this as a rule - until Hello, Nurse! is on screen, at which point the trope is carried to parody levels. The handful of Minerva Mink shorts tended to use the trope straight (as a set-up for the Wild Take reactions of various male characters.)
  • A.T.O.M: The suiting up shots of the team show the guys putting on helmets and gloves, buckling seatbelts. Lioness? We get a worm's eye view shot from behind of her straddling her motorcycle or a close shot of her zipping her battle outfit over her breasts.
  • Ty Lee in the Beach Episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • The eponymous Korra gets this in the earlier seasons of the Sequel Series, this gets toned down immensely later.
  • Many in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!. From Maria Hill to Black Widow, there is no shortage of shots of the female characters walking from behind and usually with a belt positioned to highlight the motion of their hips. However, it's The Wasp who gets the most blatant example of this in her Fanservice beach movie.
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  • In the original Biker Mice from Mars, one scene in the episode "Seeds of Victory" has Carbine standing in the foreground, resulting in a brief closeup of her hindquarters.
  • Interestingly on Captain Planet and the Planeteers, both the first shot of Linka in the first episode and the first shot of her in the opening of every episode is a pan up her legs...
  • Probably unintentional, but at one point in the Danger Mouse reboot episode "Megahurtz Attacks" the camera seems to focus on Professor Squawkencluck's shapely backside (the context was that DM noticed a screwdriver in her back pocket that he needed).
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • Cameras don't hesitate to get as many shots from the back of Dexter's mom as they can; "Better Off Wet" in particular features her in a bikini.
    • Another memorable example is in the episode "Nuclear Confusion" where Dexter has to follow the clues for Dee Dee's treasure hunt. The next clue at the home of Dexter's "touchy-feely neighbor lady", who sports some very noticeable Hartman Hips. The neighbor offers him cookies, but drops one and bends to pick it up, showing the next clue is painted on the seat of her pants.
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  • Constantly spoofed and played straight with Foxxy on Drawn Together, especially when she's been soaked with liquid.
  • Futurama veers into Male Gaze mode fairly often. The two female Planet Express employees - Amy and Leela - are both very shapely and often wear revealing outfits. It makes sense for Amy's character, but Leela's wardrobe is blatantly just there for Fanservice. The creators acknowledged in a commentary at one point that Amy was a sex symbol to the fans, joking that there was a fansite called Can't Get Enough Amy.
  • In the opening theme of Generator Rex, Dr. Holiday shows up after the camera pulls away from...you guessed it, her chest.
  • In an episode of Inspector Gadget Gadget meets his favorite actress Lana Lamore he begins to examine her with gadget goggles he noticeably stops on her breasts at one point and shouts his catchphrase "Wowzers!".
  • Both main girls in Iron Man: Armored Adventures get a few of these throughout the series, especially the beautiful Action Girl Whitney Stane, whose skirt provides plenty of 'interesting' angles for the camera to play around with.
  • In the music video to "Ain't Nobody Better" in Jem, Pizzazz shakes her butt and the 'camera' zooms in on it.
  • In Justice League, both super-heroines and villainesses are often subject to camera angles focusing on their breasts or their derrieres.
    • Wonder Woman tends to get subjected to these, mainly through shots that present her very voluptuous yet toned body, buxom breasts, toned back, toned broad shoulders, long toned legs, and nicely toned buttocks.
    • When the The Royal Flush members were being introduced one by one, Joker gave a "Hmm..." when the camera panned to Queen's legs before rising to display her face.
  • In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, our first sight of Wonder Woman is a shot centered on her buttocks.
  • Kim Possible has her fair amount of close-up buttocks shots and sometimes lingers on Shego.
  • In Loonatics Unleashed, the camera focuses on Lexi's behind as she walks after the commercial break in "A Creep in the Deep".
  • The "Spider-Baby" skit on MAD featured infant Peter Parker meeting his new babysitter, a full-grown Mary Jane. The camera (assumingly from Peter's POV) slowly closes in on her chest for two seconds as she asks "is somebody hungry?"
  • My Little Pony:
  • Spoofed in The Powerpuff Girls. We never see Ms. Bellum's face, so when she speaks, the camera cuts to her chest. This trope was apparently why she was removed in the reboot; the writers didn't like the joke.
  • During the Regular Show episode "Slam Dunk", Margaret rides by the boys, and we are treated to a lingering gaze of her buttocks, complete with appropriate male gaze music.
  • Sanjay and Craig parodies this trope in the first episode, after Noodman gets his butt transplant
  • Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo:
    • At the beginning, the camera focused more on the butt of the birdwatcher's girlfriend than the monster that attack her and his boyfriend.
    • When Velma finds Daphne practicing ballet, the camera really focus on Daphne back.
  • The Action-Hogging Opening of SilverHawks features a pan up the body of team Smurfette Steel Heart, with a fully detailed drawing of her cybernetic Amazonian Beauty.
  • Happens in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends the first time Iceman and Firestar are introduced to Storm. The view cuts to Iceman's POV who is looking her over from her legs upwards, whilst proclaiming "Wow". When he gets to Storm's face, she looks a little annoyed, prompting Iceman to stutter; "Uh, I mean, hi!".
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • Padmé Amidala tends to get subjected to camera shots that focus on her very shapely rear end whenever she wears a very form fitting white bodysuit or some other outfits.
    • In the episode "Heroes on Both Sides", Ahsoka asks a Separatist boy around her age if she looks bad (as in the good/evil sense) to him. Cue the slow pan from legs to head and the obviously flirtatious response of "not bad at all." Ahsoka lampshades it on the spot.
  • Steven Universe:
    • There are several moments where the camera pulls this on Pearl's backside, which is drawn a lot more shapelier than usual in those particular shots. Examples include the final act of "Laser Light Cannon" and, more blatantly, Amethyst's taunting in "Cat Fingers", where she morphs into Pearl, sticks out her rear and begins slapping it while going "Womp! Womp!".
    • The duet between Rose Quartz and her boyfriend Greg "What Can I Do For You?" contains several shots from Greg's POV that focus on Rose's lips.
  • Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures has the resident pop-idol's music video, and it really says something about this trope when the object of the camera's attention is a doll-like girl with no curves, but the camera still focuses on her chest, rear end, and lips for most of the song, often the point of leaving her face out of the frame.
  • Who could forget the infamous "Shake It, Bake It, Booty Quake It" scene from Sym-Bionic Titan? The scene shows as much ass shaking, pole dancing, and bouncing as though giving a crazy-ass lap dance as you possibly can without being burned at the stake by soccer moms.
  • In the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April and, sometimes, Karai are subject to this.
  • Tex Avery often played this for laughs (same as everything else). In Who Killed Who?, a flashlight spot scans a wall full of hanging pictures, including one of a scantily clad woman with a fur coat, but when the spot returns to the picture, the woman is covered up. Similarly, in Wild And Wolfy, the camera follows a mug of beer past a nude painting covered up by the bartender, who, when the camera comes back, states that he doesn't move for the rest of the picture. (When he does, however, the covered portion only has a sign saying "I ain't got no body.")
  • Total Drama has a lot of this, but the most noticeable is Courtney. Courtney gets a bunch of butt shots for no other reason besides Fanservice in every season in which she participates. It's especially noticeable when she does her Cheerleader bit. Heather and Zoey (in All-Stars) also.
  • In Totally Spies! about half the camera shots are focused on the girl's breasts as they are about to speak or when they crash into each other. In the other half, the camera is often focused on their butts as they are lying on the floor or fighting.
  • In The Transformers episode "War Dawn", the camera focuses on Ariel's bottom when she charges at Megatron.
  • Arcee gets occasional skidplate shots in Transformers: Prime, most notably in the episodes "Predatory" and "Out of the Past".
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy has a close-up on Kitty Katswell's behind near the start of the episode "Puppy Unplugged".
  • In one episode of Winx Club, one scene cuts from a close up of a supporting character to a shot of Stella's rear as she is trying out a skirt. The transformations are full of these, especially the newest ones.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, there are a few shots where the camera angle is so that about 1/2 of the shot is a female character's buttocks, the other half is the background and the other characters in the scene.
  • In the Direct-to-Video Wonder Woman movie, her "suit-up" sequence includes a close up of Diana's uncovered chest as she pulls her one-piece up.
  • An episode of the early '90s X-Men animated series, in which Rogue is blasted by Apocalypse so hard her normally-indestructible bomber jacket is burned away (though her even-more-indestructible tights, hair, and flesh are not), she collapses to the ground, the camera positioned behind her...and you are suddenly ''spandex.

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