Created By: Lawman592 on August 6, 2017 Last Edited By: Lawman592 on October 8, 2017

Surprise Fanservice Girl

Modest female character unexpectedly supplies fanservice

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The Surprise Fanservice Girl is a female character who starts off being depicted as modest in terms of clothes and/or behavior only to suddenly and unexpectedly becomes a source of 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 main goal of the Surprise Fanservice Girl trope is to lure the viewers into making incorrect assumptions about a character (and/or actress) so that the display of fanservice comes as a bit of a shock. (In addition, just to further throw off the audience, there may even be another female character in the work who is plainly there to provide 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.

     Webcomics 
  • 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."

     Western Animation 
  • 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.

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • August 7, 2017
    Prfnoff
    The loosely worded description and lack of examples doesn't make this sound particularly tropeworthy. It perhaps relates to an old trope idea of mine, where a character reveals that she used to do (and perhaps still does) Fanservicey things occasionally for the money, maybe nude photography which other characters may get to see but the audience almost certainly won't (as in The Seven Year Itch).
  • August 14, 2017
    Lawman592
    ^ Not quite. I was thinking, for example, of a female character in a TV series who's initially not meant to provide fanservice. Then, well into the run of the series, this character does a fanservice scene out of the blue. In a movie, such a scene would occur well into the film's run time. Still, you may have a point about finding good example to support this proposed trope.
  • August 7, 2017
    Gosicrystal
    Compare Fanservice Pack.
  • August 7, 2017
    Snicka
    How is this different from Fanservice Pack?
  • August 7, 2017
    Lawman592
    ^ A Surprise Fanservice Girl is already an adult when the TV series, movie, book, or other creative work begins. Also, the incidents of fanservice can turn out to be isolated or infrequent rather than a regular part of how the character is depicted. (Still, that is a good point.)
  • August 7, 2017
    Gosicrystal
    Fanservice Pack also covers characters who start as adults in the show. They just get more fanservice-y as the show goes on.
  • August 7, 2017
    Basara-kun
    I think I know what is this draft about, maybe an example like this:

    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.
  • August 7, 2017
    SquirrelGuy
    The Spanish lady in The Incredible Shrinking Woman?
  • August 9, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^You've to specify more, since at least I don't know what work do you refers there. Also, another example I found:

    Western Animation:
  • August 8, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • One episode of The Simpsons is "Large Marge," in which 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.
  • August 10, 2017
    Larkmarn
    Between Fanservice Pack and Reluctant Fanservice Girl, we don't need this.
  • August 10, 2017
    Lawman592
    ^ A Surprise Fanservice Girl isn't always a Reluctant Fanservice Girl.
  • October 7, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    webcomics
    • 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."
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