Reluctant Fanservice Girl YKTTW Discussion
|Reluctant Fanservice Girl|
AKA the Sexy Butt Monkey...
If the writer or artist wants to include a ridiculously sexy female character who is always dressed in skimpy outfits, they may choose to give a reason for this character to dress and behave the way she does. Maybe she's The Vamp, and is using her it as a means to get what she wants from people, or maybe she's the Innocent Fanservice Girl, who simply doesn't know- or doesn't care- about the effect she has on people. Then, there's this girl. She would prefer to dress modestly, and really doesn't like being ogled by men, but, for some reason, the universe conspires to have her dress in skimpy outfits or end up naked. Her clothes may get torn, ripped or stolen, she may be pressured into it by her friends, she may have to serve as a sexy distraction for the idiot guards, the villain may have kidnapped her and forced her to wear a metal bikini... any excuse will do, but whatever the reason, she will always be unhappy about it. Often played for laughs as a form of Butt Monkey-ness, although serious variants are also possible. (After all, much of the humour of the situation depends on whether you think women being unwillingly stripped down and objectified should be funny.) If the author's awareness of gender issues increases significantly, this kind of Fanservice will often be toned down or Deconstructed. A frequent consequence of the Second Law of Gender Bending. This sort of thing may also happen to the Mr. Fanservice.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Female Ranma often finds herself in this position in Ranma ½. Especially if Happoisai is around.
- Mikuru Asahina from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Haruhi is constantly trying to invoke tropes, and uses Mikuru for her appeal and tries to make her the Innocent Fanservice Girl, much to mikuru's depair, and while she eventually accepts her Meido outift, she is still struggling to accept it when haruhi tries to put more revealing outfits on her.
- This is the entire concept of Maicchingu Machiko Sensei. The titular character continually finds herself naked due to the actions of her perverted students, the occassional non-human, or the nature of the universe itself.
- A dozen examples could be found from Mahou Sensei Negima! alone, Takane D. Goodman being the most notorious.
- Gray from Fairy Tail is a male example. His training to resist the cold left him with a habit of stripping down to his boxers without realising, and he's always embarrassed to find out he's half-naked.
- Another example from Fairy Tail is Lucy, whose clothing always manages to rip just enough to cover the naughty bits. She's understandably not very happy about it.
- Mio Akiyama from K-On!. She's been forced into her share of costumes, not to mention tripping over a cord and landing in a panty-exposing position during the band's first performance in front of the whole school.
- In Yaoi, the Uke sometimes take this role in relation to the Seme.
- Yuki from Fruits Basket, especially when he's forced to wear a beautiful girl's kimono for the school festival.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: In the virtual world mini-arc, Joey is forced to wear a the garb of a legendary warrior: a one-shouldered "barbarian" style garment cut very short. It's even skimpier than Mai' costume--although she's extremely comfortable in his and Joey tries to avoid coming out in his.
- In the Hentai Dragon Pink, Pink is constantly being humiliated in this way.
- The entire point of Empowered.
- Leia in Return of the Jedi.
- Terri Hatcher's character in Desperate Housewives often ended up in this kind of situation.
- Sally Forth from the US Armed Forces newspaper (not the one seen in civilan Newspaper Comics sections).
- Natalie in Epic Battle Fantasy, after using her Kyun Limit Break, will usually comment on it afterwards by saying "Well, that was embarrassing", "I hope that's enough fanservice for a while", and "Okay, stop staring now."
- The Nostalgia Critic. Although he's fine to give fanservice on his own, if he's the victim in other videos (like the Game Heroes promo where they kidnapped him or Spooning With Spoony II) then he'll take on this role.