Do We Have This? Is This Tropable?? Too Rare to Trope? Needs Examples. Rolling Updates. Unexpected Fanservice is when a character (usually female) who starts off being depicted as modest in terms of clothes and/or behavior suddenly provides fanservice. Such a display can be innocent, reluctant, shameless, or even unintentional on the part of the creators and/or the actress. It can also happen once, a few isolated times, or become a permanent part of her character from then on (in which case the Fanservice Pack trope comes into play). In any case, the Unexpected Fanservice trope lures viewers into making incorrect assumptions about a character (and/or actress) so that when the display of fanservice occurs, it comes as a shock. (Also, just to further throw off viewers, there may even be another female character in the work who is plainly there for fanservice.) Often this trope is the result of Executive Meddling to make something Hotter and Sexier. Will sometimes overlap with an Out-of-Character Moment or, if done poorly, Character Derailment.
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Anime And Manga
- Mikuru Asahina from Haruhi Suzumiya series is a shy girl who's considerated as a kawaiiko, but also has a big bust. Haruhi takes advantage of her "attributes" and makes her cosplay as a Fanservice Model (usually against her will) to get more members for the SOS-dan, included a Playboy Bunny costume.
Film — Live-Action
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Halloween", the previously shy and cloistered Willow suddenly decides to dress up for Halloween in a very sexy crop-top-and-shorts outfit. She then loses confidence and dresses up as a Bedsheet Ghost on top of it, but when a magic spell turns her non-corporeal she has to spend the rest of the episode running around in her sexy outfit.
- Night Court: Public defender Christine Sullivan was always the good looking one in the gang, although she always dressed in modest professional pantsuits. However, when her gorgeous friend Heather shows up and starts attracting the attention of the guys, Christine feels jealous. Finally she wears a very atypically revealing low-cut dress for a party.
Dan: (looks) Those are new.
- Touko Fukawa from Dangan Ronpa. In the first game, she is by far the most modestly dressed of the female cast, wearing a calf-length skirt as opposed to most of the rest of the girls wearing very short skirts, and in Aoi's case, short shorts, which draws attention to their legs. She is also the least endowed of the first game's girls. In Despair Girls however, Touko's skirt, which is the same long skirt as before, is torn, allowing her legs to be shown like most of the rest of the girls of the series are. She also switched to wearing heels instead of flat loafers. This was a strange choice definitely done to make her "more appealing" as a main character, as her skirt length was justified by it serving to hide the scars on her thigh, which are tally marks representing Genocider Syo's victims. The tearing however makes them clearly visible.
- Florence Ambrose from Mark Stanley's webcomic Freefall is compelled to shower in an outdoor stall, as Sam's spacecraft doesn't have running water. When a raccoon steals her bath towel, Florence gives chase, only to encounter Sam Starfall in the Wednesday 21 July 1999 strip. Thinking quickly, Florence shakes her fur like a dog, blinding Sam with soapy spray. She later muses that this was not a career highlight: "This is one new accomplishment that is definitely not going on my resume."
- Usually seen as the Cute Bookworm of the group, Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo isn't a girl who needs (or wants) to be fanservicey, not at least with Daphne Blake around. But with the time, Velma has gained a lot of adepts that want to show her more skin, or in Fanservice Costumes at least. If well there's A LOT of that in the fandom, usually in Fanarts as well in Cosplay, officially can be seen Velma making some few fanservice as in Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (in a white swinsuit), in one issue of Scooby-Doo Archie Comics (this one in which Velma and Daphne are dressed as Vegas showgirls), Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy (dressing as a Cute Monster Girl) and most notably seen in The Movie with a Fanservice Pack.
- In the "Large Marge" episode of The Simpsons, Marge Simpson mistakenly gets breast implants while convalescing in a hospital. Later, a trained elephant hears its trigger word, and acts like a berserk animal, taking Homer hostage. Seeing the Springfield police draw their firearms and fearing that these goofballs will Swiss-cheese her husband, Marge strips to the waist and invites the cops to ogle her mammaries instead. Every cop does so; none fire a shot and Homer is spared.
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