Created By: DragonQuestZ on April 15, 2011 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on August 21, 2013

Distracting Flashing

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"It isn't everyday you find a girl who flashes the teacher to sneak you out of detention"

Whenever characters flash someone to distract that person. Doesn't matter which part is shown, whether characters take off all their clothes, to just lifting up their shirts.

Most of the time, this can overlap with Distracted by the Sexy (unless the distractee is instead Squicked).

A Sub-Trope of We Need a Distraction.

A Sister Trope to Show Some Leg (essentially the PG version), Defeat by Modesty (although the nudity is inflicted on someone else).

Compare Sexy Coat Flashing.

Examples

Film
  • In 10 Things I Hate About You, Patrick does a public Serenade Your Lover scene, but it's on school grounds so he gets detention. Kate gets him out by flashing the teacher so he looks at her instead of Patrick sneaking out the window.
  • At the very beginning of the film After The Fox a woman in a burqua pulls it open to flash her sexy underwear at a couple of guys in a passing truck in order to cause an accident, so she and her cohorts can steal the valuables being transported.
  • In the movie Creator, Merial Hemmingway flashed a male opponent during a game of football in order to get the winning touchdown.

Live Action TV
  • Phoebe flashes Joey in a football game in Friends, and he's smiling for quite a while afterward.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Lilly and Marshal have a bet with Barney regarding whether or not he can prepare Japanese habachi dinners. If he won, the stipulation was that he got to see and touch Lilly's boobs for an extended period of time. When it looked as though he was going to win, Lilly flashed him and distracted him from completing his goal.
  • In Titus, the eponymous guy was in a street race, and his girlfriend helped him win by flashing the other guy.

Video Games
  • It's strongly hinted that the "Puff Puff" ability in Dragon Quest games involves this.

Webcomics
  • In Erfworld, the Archons has a 'Flash' ability that enables them to distract large groups of enemies by... well, FLASHING them. This prevents them from seeing anything else happening in that hex, making it a useful tactics for surprise attacks and surgical strikes.

Western Animation
  • In the Aspen episode of South Park, Stan won a ski race, from his friend flashing his opponent. But it wasn't her nude breasts, but a couple of mutant monsters where the breasts would be.
  • Heather does this, more or less by accident, to distract Harold and cause him to wipe-out during a water-skiing competetion on Total Drama Island.

Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • April 15, 2011
    Micah
    Show Some Leg doesn't say anything about the body part being flashed being a leg. The only increase in generality I see here is that Show Some Leg says it has to be a female character, and you don't (but it almost always is anyway).
  • April 15, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    You also missed this requires nudity, while that doesn't.
  • April 15, 2011
    ElaineRose
    And didn't Sexy Coat Flashing just get launched? What differentiates this?
  • April 15, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    That is for seduction, this is for distraction. That trope also requires very little clothing (if any) underneath the coat while this can be fully dressed before the flashing.
  • April 15, 2011
    BlackDragon
    In Erfworld, the Archons has a 'Flash' ability that enables them to distract large groups of enemies by... well, FLASHING them. This prevents them from seeing anything else happening in that hex, making it a useful tactics for surprise attacks and surgical strikes.
  • April 16, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    It's strongly hinted that the "Puff Puff" ability in Dragon Quest games involves this.
  • April 16, 2011
    foxley
    Heather does this, more or less by accident, to distract Harold and cause him to wipe-out during a water-skiing competetion on Total Drama Island.
  • April 16, 2011
    randomsurfer
    I think I remember seeing something like this in an ad for Survivor. The challenge was to stay standing on top of a log the longest, and one of the women pulled her bikini bottoms down to try to distract the guys into falling off. IDK whether it was successful.
  • April 16, 2011
    Micah
    I'm still not seeing a reason for a new page. All of these could be examples of Show Some Leg as currently written, so you're essentially proposing a split. Show Some Leg isn't long enough to need a split, the narrative function is basically the same whether the character is just flirting or actually showing skin, and the line between them is vague -- exactly how naked do they have to get in order to belong to this trope rather than that one?
  • April 16, 2011
    jaytee
    Whether this gets launched or not, Show Some Leg will need some clarification work, either to include or distinguish it from this.

    I'm tempted to say that Show Some Leg should be made more narrow... I feel like specifically showing a leg (especially in fishnets or stockings) is established enough to be a trope on its own - especially since it's not always used for distraction; I can recall some examples where it's used for hitchhiking for example, including the page image - and then this would cover other distracting flashing.
  • August 19, 2013
    AP
    Yeah, this and Showing Some Leg are distinctive enough. They are sister tropes. In fact, Show Some Leg is pretty much the PG version of this trope.

    • In How I Met Your Mother, Lilly and Marshal have a bet with Barney regarding whether or not he can prepare Japanese habachi dinners. If he won, the stipulation was that he got to see and touch Lilly's boobs for an extended period of time. When it looked as though he was going to win, Lilly flashed him and distracted him from completing his goal.

    • In the movie Creator, Merial Hemmingway flashed a male opponent during a game of football in order to get the winning touchdown.
  • August 20, 2013
    randomsurfer
    At the very beginning of the film After The Fox a woman in a burqua pulls it open to flash her sexy underwear at a couple of guys in a passing truck in order to cause an accident, so she and her cohorts can steal the valuables being transported.
  • August 20, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    This is Show Some Leg. There's no difference between the two at all.
  • August 21, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ I guess Show Some Leg is more of a subtrope...
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