Best Shirtless Performance: A Ted GIF Retrospective

Every day this week, we’re celebrating the upcoming 2013 MTV Movie Awards with a special focus on one particular category of nominees: the beefcake buffet of contenders for Best Shirtless Performance. Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike”), Daniel Craig (“Skyfall”), Taylor Lautner (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″)—it’s been quite the countdown thus far, with each of these fine specimens on glorious display in GIF retrospectives featuring the best moments from their personal shirtless oeuvre. But today, we’re taking a break from the topless-only club, and going a step further: into the territory of Live Nude Bears.

Yep, it’s Ted’s turn.

Given voice by Seth MacFarlane, the foul-mouthed, drug-abusing, womanizing Ted is an unlikely object of desire…except that we just can’t stop wanting to smoosh our faces into his furry little belly. So let’s take a look at the things that make his performance so special, shall we?

Ted: A Shirtless GIF Retrospective

For starters: Unlike the other Best Shirtless Performance contenders, Ted really understands that there’s no need for him to wear a shirt, or clothes in general, ever. (If only Channing would adopt a similar philosophy… sigh.)

And this? Best naked fight scene since “Eastern Promises.”

Plus, look at his screen presence. He owns the screen. That screen has his name on it.

But it’s not all funny stuff. Ted does have a sensuous side.

And if you want him to make it dirty? He’ll do it…

Shaken, of course, not stirred.

Will Jennifer Lawrence get her silver lining in the form of a Golden Popcorn? Which beefcake will sizzle in our brand-new Best Shirtless Performance category? It’s up to you to decide the winners of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards! Vote now, and tune in Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET, as star Rebel Wilson takes the stage at the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California.

Which of Ted’s shirtless moments do you love most?