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{{quote|"I'm too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt
So sexy it hurts"|Right Said Fred explains this trope

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If your favorite show happens to include an attractive male in its main cast, the chances are high that he's going to wind up losing his shirt [1] sooner or later. It may be gratuitous, 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 ever 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 physically incapable of buttoning it. And even if he does have an Unlimited Wardrobe, every outfit would have the singularly shared trait of lacking anything that covers the upper torso.

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

For non-Fan Service-y examples of shirtless Funny Animals/Civilized Animals, see Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal.

For obvious reasons, at least in many Western cultures, this is a male-exclusive form of Stripperiffic-ness. The closest you can hope from someone without a Y chromosome (unless they're an Funny Animal or Civilized Animal) is some Absolute Cleavage, Godiva Hair or a Walking Swimsuit Scene.


Anime & Manga

  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    • Kamina. 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
    • Simon for the entirety of the Lordgenome arc and the final battle against.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 to quickly in them, and robes weren't always practical or acceptable). Sunburn wouldn't be a problem.
  • One Piece
    • This is the reason Portgas. D. Ace got so much extra screentime in the anime. There's also Whitebeard, Luffy, Marco, Mihawk, Eustass, Mr 1, Franky... the list goes on!
    • Franky gets bonus points for only wearing a speedo on his bottom half.
    • Also Hannyabal and Blackbeard.
    • Let's not forget Smoker, who walks around in an open fronted jacket.
  • 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 (and that's before the Clothing Damage strikes).
    • In later manga chapters/episodes, the fans are treated to Kensei Muguruma who has an open shirt to expose the 69 tattooed on his finely sculpted abs. Tite Kubo is a sadistic bastard.
    • In the (filler) Zanpakuto Strange Tales Arc, the spirit manifestations of Rur'iro Kujaku and Kazeshini are constantly shirtless.
    • Avirama doesn't wear a shirt, or anything else on his upper body for that matter, save for a pair of Detached Sleeves.
  • Fairy Tail
    • Natsu's shirtless vest isn't exactly concealing.
    • Gray, who is prone to unconsciously stripping down to his underwear, is an even better example. Leon does the same.
  • 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.
    • On the other hand, Zabuza doesn't wear anything on his upper body but the strap of his sword holster and some arm-warmers (except for some flashbacks to when he was still with the Mist Village and he wears a standard flak jacket).
    • 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 use 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.
  • Sanosuke Sagara from Rurouni Kenshin is a lean, mean, shirtless fighting machine!
  • 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,, 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, causing unsightly, bulging veins to pop all over his body.
  • Jack Rakan of Mahou Sensei Negima generally wears his shirts open, if he wears one at all.
  • Several Digimon characters. Technically, nearly all the Digimon, but this actually becomes relevant with the more human-shaped ones like Leomon, Weregarurumon, etc.
  • 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, Horo Horo'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.
    • Zig Zagged with Chocolove: His battle attire is a vest-like garment with no shirt underneath, but his street clothes consist of a dress shirt that usually just bares his midriff. At the same time, however, said shirt maybe be left open from time to time (at least in the manga).
  • 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. Thankfully.
  • 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 hopes to do away with his ragged, half-naked state. He somehow left the store with an outfit that covers even less.
  • Takamatsu at the end of episode five in Angel Beats. He never puts it back on. He continues to serve this purpose for the rest of the season; sometimes it's commented on, sometimes this trope is just accepted and he is ignored.
  • Meryem the humanoid chimera ant king in Hunter X Hunter. And Uvogin.
  • Bertuccio and Baptistin in Gankutsuou.
  • Youji Kudou in Weiss Kreuz Gluhen. His "mission clothes" include a Badass Longcoat that he can't be damned to fasten, and even in his street clothes, seems to like leaving his top four buttons undone.
  • 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...
  • becomes this in Soul Eater, when Here, check him out (obviously, spoilers).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The lack of Brock from the Pokémon Special manga is preposterous. He's shirtless just like the original sprite of the game.
  • 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.

Comic Books

  • Gary / Wolf-Man in The Astounding Wolf Man has an exceptional number of these scenes. Certainly a source of Fan Service for some. I guess one of the side effects of lycanthropy is Clothing Damage.
  • Mike Grell's costume for the Legion of Super-Heroes' Cosmic Boy, aka the "Cosmic Corset".
  • Any number of Loin Cloth-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.
  • Navis from Sillage spends the entire first album wearing nothing but a loincloth, making her a female example, at least temporary.
  • 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.
  • Sally Frickin Acorn from Sonic the Hedgehog. It is most notable when she is drawn by Spaz or Steven Butler.
  • Sgt. Nick Fury, in his days with the Howling Commandos, almost never had a uniform shirt that made it through an adventure intact.
  • Seems quite natural, albeit not universal, among the aquatic Wavedancers of Elf Quest. In the first book of the Original Quest, all grown male Wolfriders wear what amounts to open-to-the-belt, sleeveless shirts, apart from Cutter and Redlance, who wear open, short vests instead. Rayek of the Sun Folk has it down to an elaborate collar. The fashion has become less ubiquitous with later costume changes, but remains popular.

Fan Works

Film - Animation

  • Tai Lung of Kung Fu Panda is perpetually shirtless, which certainly counts as Fan Service 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. (Which for some people is Fanservice, for others FanDisservice.) But this walking CMOA 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".
  • Apparently, Aladdin couldn't afford buttons for his vest. Or a shirt. Or nipples. The Genie also is completely shirtless.
  • In the first Lilo and Stitch movie, Nani's love interest David doesn't put on a shirt until the epilogue, and even then only because it was snowing.
  • Tarzan, especially when the title hero is an adult man.
  • Baby Herman from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is a non-Fan Service-y example.
  • Mowgli from The Jungle Book is another non-Fan Service example.

Films - Live-Action

  • 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.
  • 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 as 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 Fan Service.
  • 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 Riff Trax crew.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 1999, after Imhotep is fully regenerated, he wears first a loincloth with an open robe over it, and then just the loincloth.
  • Sabastien Guy in Close Enough to Touch. Technically, this counts because his shirt doesn't stay on for longer than 10 seconds in the film.
  • Judging from the pilot, Max's cheating boyfriend Robbie on 2 Broke Girls is this, earning the nickname "Jersey Shore" from Caroline.
  • Rocky of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • 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.

Live-Action TV

  • Randy, of Trailer Park Boys, never wears a shirt. Sadly, this is Fan Disservice.
  • 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 whose attire has obviously them being topless in a non-erotic context i.e. as they go about their duties. This TV series LIVES on this trope.
  • Captain Awesome on Chuck.
  • 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.
  • Angel, all throughout the first three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There are very few episodes where we don't see any of his bare torso at all. Likewise, the presence of clothes, much less a shirt, is questionable for Spike throughout season 6.
  • Pretty much all the male characters in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena count because those vests don't cover anything... and the fangirls are grateful.
  • Robin of Sherwood is always wearing a half-open shirt.
  • The male Feeders of Vaal in "The Apple" episode of T.O.S.
  • The no-shirt-guy (Needuss Attention Showum Nipplus) who finds any excuse to go without a shirt and show off his muscular, hairless upper body was featured in the Museum of Annoying Guys on The Man Show.
  • The father in Friday Night Dinner is constantly shirtless.
  • From Dancing With the Stars: Maskim Cherkovskiy when doing the paso doble with Erin Andrews.
    • I see your Maksim Chmerkovskiy and raise you a Derek Hough, dancing the lambada with Joanna Krupa.
  • 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 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.
  • Hawaii News Now: Beginning at the 55 second mark., this segment about the Spartan Race becomes one.
  • In this locker room interview, all of the soccer players in the segment are in advanced stages of undress.
  • Ryan Lochte doesn't wear one during this interview segment on Extra!.
  • Pita Taufatofua on Today.
  • KTLA News: James the "Aussie hunk".


Music & Music Videos


  • When it's played by a male performer, the Firebird/Red Bird's costume in Mystere leaves the chest exposed. And from there it 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).

Tabletop Games

Video Games

  • Almost every Fighting Game has at least one of these.
  • Sengoku Basara
    • Sanada Yukimura is far too Hot-Blooded for any shirt to handle.
    • Also Chousokabe Motochika. Because as we know, pirates don't require shirts.
    • Maeda Toshiie from the same series wears only a Fundoshi.
  • Tekken
    • Default costume of Jin Kazama.
    • Also his father Kazuya.
    • And boxer Steve Fox.
    • And human-cyborg Brian...
    • Our favorite masked wrestler King...
    • Marshal Law and his son Forrest...
    • To some extent Hwoarang... GEE!!!
    • Less arousing example: Papa Heihachi in his diapers Mawashi.
    • As of the sixth game, all male characters (except Bob) can be customized to become Walking Shirtless Scenes.
  • Kratos from God of War because HE'S THE GOD OF WAR!
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    is another such character. Mmmmm.
  • A rare female example is Jack, a.k.a. Subject Zero, from Mass Effect 2. 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 and Clank: Ratchet in the first game and Size Matters.
  • Nier from NieR Gestalt, showing off how ridiculously ripped he is. 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.
  • 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 Fan Service.
  • The Prince of Persia, in The Sands of Time and The Two Thrones, starts out wearing a shirt, but as he acquires Clothing Damage loses it. In SoT, 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 TTT, he skips the sleeves part, falls into a hole, and wakes up shirtless. From thereafter, in both games, he just runs around barechested.
  • Monkey from Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
  • 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 7
    • Sima Zhao wears a jacket, but leaves his chest bare.
    • Badass Grandpa Huang Gai, meanwhile, just wears various straps and shoulder pads on his upper torso in almost all appearances.
  • 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.
  • 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 Loin Cloth (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."
  • 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).

Web Animation

  • 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...

Web Comics

Web Original

  • 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.
  • Benzaie provides this in Suburban Knights, since he dresses as Conan the Barbarian. Cast commentary demonstrates how much he suffered to bring us this fanservice, given the film was shot during April in Chicago.
  • Same for Eight Bit Mickey in Kickassia.
  • Davey Wavey, a gay blogger that makes all of his youtube videos Shirtless.
  • Shirtless Anonymous.
  • Nude skateboarder. (NSFW)
  • Conner Murphy, a blogger who never wears a shirt. He's in the video on top of this page.

Western Animation

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  • 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.
  • A female example, mentioned above in the comics section: Princess Sally from Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Honey, Bosko's girlfriend from Looney Tunes is a very rare non-Fan Service-y female human example of this trope.
  • Wandissimo Magnifico
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