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  • Undoubtedly part of the reason for the success of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in their heyday - just like Steve Reeves, Reg Park and the other bodybuilders turned stars of Hercules and other Italian sword and sandal flicks who inspired them. And continues with their successors Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
  • Forget shirtless scenes. Ewan McGregor has a penchant for taking it ALL off in his films.
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  • Marlon Brando had a reputation for playing these, at least when he was young.
  • The late Burt Lancaster, a former circus acrobat before he took up acting, was one of Hollywood's earliest examples.
  • Think the Andy Sidaris collection is all about BBB, or Bullets, Bombs, and Babes/Boobs? His films also have no shortage of buff men (including a man called Buff) walking around shirtless, or with open shirts, vests, or jackets.
  • Rob Lowe's nude scenes in Youngblood, About Last Night and Masquerade.
  • It's difficult to find a film in which Jason Statham appears and doesn't take his shirt off at some point. The Transporter includes three (count 'em, three!) shirtless scenes.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme, full stop. He must have a contract stipulation that states he must show his bare ass at least once in every movie he's in, and he spends a good amount of combined time shirtless.
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  • Henry Cavill in just about every role he's ever been in, but special mention goes to his Star-Making Role in Man of Steel. He's a certified Hunk with at least one Shirtless Scene to show it off. Lampshaded when Air Force Captain Carrie Ferris is completely Distracted by the Sexy when near him and admits it to her bemused commanding officer.
  • Pedro Infante spent quite a few scenes in his films shirtless.
  • There was also Bruce Lee, the supreme Martial Arts film star with a sculpted adonis of a body that could wow any woman with his compact musclebound perfection.
  • Toshiro Mifune in his earlier roles, such as in Rashomon and Seven Samurai, which both had him wearing very little, and some times being almost nude. He also has a Shirtless Scene in Drunken Angel.
  • Post-High School Musical Zac Efron. Shirtless in every film since, including nude scenes in three films to date (with possibly inadvertent frontal in one).
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  • This column argues that a key reason for Jeff Goldblum's memetic popularity in The New '10s is he's managed to stake out a career playing intellectual/"geeky" characters who sometimes double as this, helped by his being Tall, Dark, and Handsome and up for a Shirtless Scene or more as the given script demands. The three key films where he serves as fanservice are The Fly (1986) (his Star-Making Role, even with the final third's Body Horror), Earth Girls Are Easy, and most of all Jurassic Park if only for the Shirtless Scene in the bunker (which was his idea — he justified it by noting that Dr. Malcolm was overdressed for the hot weather anyway, and being wounded and wet and all...), which inspired, among other things, a giant publicly-displayed statue.

  • In Beyond the Lights, Kaz (Nate Parker) spends an awful lot of time sans shirt. On one occasion he ups the swoon factor even further by removing the garment (which just so happens to be WHITE!) specifically to use as a towel to clean the blood off Noni's hand after she injures it by smashing posters of herself during a breakdown. AWWWW!
  • Christopher Atkins as Richard in The Blue Lagoon is shirtless throughout the whole movie and has many fanservice scenes.
  • The Boondock Saints:
    • In the first film, both (trim and muscular) McManus brothers are seen shirtless when they awaken from the vision/dream.
    • In the second film, Connor and Murphy get an outdoor shower scene.
  • Casino Royale (2006) is just chock full of naked, shirtless and tiny-swimsuit-wearing Daniel Craig. The scene to the right was pure dumb luck due to where they were shooting (the water was too shallow so Craig couldn't swim and had to stand up). The director decided to Throw It In! and Craig proved he could live up to Bond's Mr. Fanservice status.
  • A feature of the average barbarian fantasy film — Conan the Barbarian (1982), The Beastmaster, Kull the Conqueror, and all their kin. The heroic beefcake is in even less armor than the heroic girlfriend cheesecake.
  • Salvadore from Couples Retreat is never seen with a shirt on.
  • In Date Night, Holbrooke Grant (Mark Wahlberg) spends the whole movie with his shirt off, and just put them on near the end when he's asked for it.
  • Dragonslayer: Peter MacNicol is shown fully nude, though only observed from behind.
  • Elysium: Matt Damon gets several opportunities to showcase the benefits of additional gym time. Not that anyone's complaining.
  • Chris Evans in Fantastic Four (2005)... when his powers flared up while skiing and somehow turned a snowbank into a jacuzzi, would any straight woman, gay man, or bisexual have turned down that invite? And watching him awkwardly prance around naked afterwards...
  • Fright Night (2011). Gothed-up and shirtless David Tennant.
  • Galaxy Quest lampshades this hilariously, along with many other tropes. During the fight with the giant rock-monster, Jason somehow manages to lose his shirt.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation constantly finds excuses to get Storm Shadow (played by Lee Byung-hun) go shirtless and show off his toned muscles.
  • The Good, the Bad, the Weird: Lee Byung-hun, also shirtless
  • Red 2: Lee Byung-hun, yet again shirtless.
  • Vincent Perez in Indochine spends most of his screen time staring vaguely past the camera with his open shirt flapping around his impressive pecs.
  • The film Into the Wild. Emile Hirsch spends a significant part of the film in a state of close up shirtlessness.
  • I, Robot starts with Will Smith's character in the shower.
  • Thor from the 2010 film Kaboom is nothing but a Mr. Fanservice.
  • Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight's Tale. Spends his entire very memorable introduction sequence (several minutes long) completely naked and in desperate need of a scrubbing. He's naked again not long after that.
  • Labyrinth gives us the unforgettable Jareth the Goblin King, best known for the Painted-On Pants that leave little to the imagination.
  • Trent, the male protagonist of Lawn Dogs, has several shirtless scenes, wears shirts with varying numbers of buttons undone, and has a full nude scene near the beginning of the film for good measure. Not to mention all the sweat he works up.
  • Magic Mike is a film about male strippers. The Powers that Be were aware of this, as one of the bonus features of the DVD was all of the stripping scenes strung together without any of that pesky dialogue or plot getting in the way.
  • In Maleficent, Diaval is naked when he is first turned from raven to human. He later wears rather loose shirts that are open — allegedly the intended effect was to make him look like a pirate, but he does show a lot of bare skin, too.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe somehow finds excuses to get heroes shirtless at least Once an Episode:
    • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers.
      • In Captain America: The First Avenger — including in-universe: When he first comes out of the chamber that buffs him up, Agent Carter can't resist reaching out and touching his newly-incredible bare chest for a moment. Also meta since her actress was overcome by the moment and they got some Enforced Method Acting for nothing. There's also a nurse in the background who holds out a shirt for Steve, gets a second look at him, then puts the shirt away. She is a true American hero.
      • The very first shot of Steve in The Avengers is framed to show off his ass, and it does occasionally veer back that way.
      • Steve also sporadically evokes this in the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier — that tight T-shirt (and later on, the white tank top) really shows off those muscles...
    • Hell, his Captain America uniform is designed specifically to show off his beefy pecs, as seen here.
      • The helicopter scene in Captain America: Civil War was shot in such a way that his biceps were displayed in their full glory, something which Evans would later make fun of.
      • This gets lampshaded in Avengers: Endgame, as several people, including Steve himself refer to his ass as "America's Ass".
    • Bucky Barnes himself is not all that bad either, being played by Sebastian Stan and whatnot. He spends nearly all his screentime in very tight clothing and has a shirtless scene (though said scene is Fan Disservice) and some shots tend to focus on his legs. Being a major woobie with a Dark and Troubled Past helps ramp it up.
    • Having Chris Hemsworth walk on-camera without his shirt in Thor didn't accomplish anything except for one of the characters to note he's pretty ripped for a hobo. His shirtless scene in Thor: The Dark World is just as gratuitous, probably much more so. Even Chris Hemsworth asked why it was included. He gets yet another shirtless scene during Age of Ultron, making the first Avengers the only film Thor's been in, for more than a cameo, that didn't show his body (too much). Hemsworth continues his shirtless streak in Thor: Ragnarok as well.
    • Stephen Strange is shirtless for no apparent reason when he shaves off his Beard of Sorrow. Mordo's tank tops during the training sequences also give Chiwetel Ejiofor an excuse to show off his biceps.
    • Black Panther (2018) is loaded with these. T'Challa fights shirtless twice, while Killmonger turns into a Walking Shirtless Scene for the last half hour.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 both feature Star Lord shirtless and sweaty in a scene, and Drax himself can count too.
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming has a quick scene of Peter changing into the Spider-Man suit, and then a longer when he changes out where he's only wearing his boxers for most of it.
    • Spider-Man: Far from Home features a very brief shot of Peter changing into his Spider-Suit with Michelle turned away, although she slowly takes a peek.
  • Mirror, Mirror: Prince Alcott, whose frequent shirtless scenes become a running gag, which the Queen finds distracting.
  • The Mission: Impossible Film Series has Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. The guy has a shirtless scene in basically every installment, and remains its most prominent eye candy, despite the series having run for more than twenty years, and Cruise rapidly approaching his mid-fifties.
  • In The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, Oded Fehr's character Ardeth Bey acts as fanservice with fighting scenes and an accent. To some extent most of the male cast, including Imhotep... once he is less corpse and all man.
  • Teddy from Neighbors, natch, when you're played by Zac Efron, you're automatically this. It also helps him get a post-college career at Abercrombie & Fitch, and there's a prolonged Shirtless Scene at the end that seems to say "Thanks for watching, ladies, and now: here's the reason you bought a ticket."
  • Taylor Lautner in New Moon removes his shirt a lot, along with his fellow werewolves.
  • Christopher Atkins A Night in Heaven where he plays a stripper (with two frontal nude scenes).
  • Nocturnal Animals: Jake Gyllenhaal has a Shower Scene as Tony.
  • The Outsiders is FULL of this. It has a bunch of guys who are usually wearing tight shirts or even no shirts. There's even a scene where Rob Lowe comes out of the shower wearing only a towel. Later, he's laying on the couch with his knees up so it looks like he's naked.
  • All three protagonists in Pain and Gain.
  • The 2003 adaptation of Peter Pan might be the most egregious example on this list. As soon as Peter shows up it's non-stop, maximum-strength teen girl fanservice.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: In The Lightning Thief, Logan Lerman makes his bid at becoming a teen sex symbol.
  • Pretty much the entire male cast of Pirates of the Caribbean, excepting perhaps some of the minor characters.
  • Quite a few of Thomas Jane 's roles, but The Punisher (2004) in particular.
  • Rags: Charlie gets quite a few scenes wearing a muscle shirt, showing off pretty well toned arms.
  • Tom Cruise again as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, Walking Shirtless Scene extraordinaire, with rocker tatts, long hair and a decent singing voice to boot.
  • While his appearance is not clarified, it seems that if you are looking for an actor to play Romeo from Romeo and Juliet, one of the golden rules is that the actor must be attractive.
    • In the 1968 adaptation, he is played by a very young and handsome Leonard Whiting, also ditto for the 1996 version, with Leonardo DiCaprio. Others include Douglas Booth, Leslie Howard, Orlando Bloom and Laurence Harvey (the latter three were not very young when they played the part, but that doesn't mean they weren't easy on the eyes, either).
  • Garrett Dillahunt (Hogan) in The Scribbler, In-Universe. Not only does he have many shirtless scenes, but as the only guy in an otherwise all-female psychiatric halfway house, he's more than happy to sexually service his fellow inmates.
  • She-Devil features A. Martinez as a surly and shirtless manservant.
  • Shoot 'em Up: Clive Owen naked having sex and shooting things.
  • In The Show, Robin (John Gilbert) is definitely this In-Universe, as much of Robin's stage act consists of him and the ladies in the audience exchanging winks and lascivious glances. At the end, after one woman in the audience remarks that Salome the actress hid him in her apartment for weeks (he was a murder suspect), another woman says "Why not?"
  • Steven Strait, a.k.a. Warren Peace in Sky High (2005), as admitted by the director.
  • Terminator Salvation. Not only can Marcus not keep his shirt on, but Ahnold shows up as the T-800 at the climax. Naked.
  • Velvet Goldmine features young Ewan McGregor, young Christian Bale and young Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Shirtlessness, full nudity (Ewan, of course), and man-on-man makeout sessions abound.
  • In The Wedding Date, Dermont Mulroney as Nick Mercer, a male escort who hired by Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) to pose as her boyfriend. He has no problem about taking a shower in front of her.
  • Chris Evans basically spent much of What's Your Number? naked or at least in various states of undress.
  • Was there really any need for Paul McGann to spend half of Withnail & I nearly-naked? Of course there was. This trope. Hell, the man has his own real-life Estrogen Brigade. Seriously. That's the name of his fanclub.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • The most objectified male character in the franchise is Wolverine, who is briefly naked in a few films and has numerous Shirtless Scenes.
    • X2: X-Men United: Colossus spends most of his screen time running around shirtless.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand: Warren Worthington III is bare-chested in one scene.
    • The Wolverine:
      • Logan reluctantly takes a bath as he is vigorously scrubbed by two female attendants, so much of his skin is on display.
      • Noburo Mori is in nice shape and gets an underwear scene.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past provides a nude Wolverine and a shirtless young Magneto.
    • Deadpool (2016): Before Wade Wilson is disfigured, he's naked eye candy during his bed scenes.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse:
      • Oscar Isaac is covered only in a loincloth when he's lying on a slab during an Ancient Egyptian ceremony.
      • Angel is shirtless when Apocalypse tries to recruit him.
  • Pearce (Samuel Vincent) shows off his fantastic figure in a Shirtless Scene in Torn: Dark Bullets.

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