Created By: liebestod on March 26, 2012 Last Edited By: FastEddie on August 13, 2012

World's Best Stripper

A character is better than they should be at doing something because the actor is good at it

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Trope Namer: Demi Moore in Striptease, who's supposed to be a single mom/secretary who takes up stripping to earn money for her custody case. Since it's Demi Moore, and since the plot is a minor distraction to the spectacle of Ms. Moore working the pole, she is the World's Best Stripper. Assisted by her gorgeous face and flawless body, she performs the hell out of her well-choreographed routines. She's the Martha Graham of strippers, even though she dances at an ordinary neighborhood club.

Likewise, it's rare for characters to ever be violently average at singing, dancing and performing. Unless the story calls for them to suck, they're going to be pretty damn good. A recent TV example: Don Draper's secretary/wife on Mad Men, who performs a cute French song for Don flawlessly (and clearly lip-synching) with all the sex-kitten bells and whistles. It's almost as if she were a professional performer who'd had the whole thing choreographed and rehearsed it for weeks, and....oh, right.
Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • March 26, 2012
    Not sure if this is really much different from The Cast Showoff. If it is a separate trope it Needs A Better Name.
  • March 26, 2012
    I think it's a separate trope, but it definitely needs a better name, a better description, and more examples.
  • March 26, 2012
    • It's a frequent criticism of the movie Cabaret that if Sally was really as fantastic as Liza Minelli (who won an Academy Award or the role), she wouldn't still be working in a tacky dive like the Kit-Kat Klub.
    • Often a Talent Double is brought in for this, as in Flashdance.
  • March 26, 2012
    So, the talent equivalent of Hollywood Homely?
  • August 13, 2012
    why do we have 2 of these in the YKTTW (with just marginally different laconics, and the other one has no comments)?
  • August 13, 2012
    I can see the idea you're working from here, but right now it's written like a love letter to Demi Moore, which isn't very useful to this site.