Created By: lu127 on June 7, 2012 Last Edited By: MacronNotes on January 5, 2014
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Fanservice Faux Fight

A gathering of characters in a not particularly serious battle or physical challenge for purposes of fanservice.

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We're reworking Pillow Fight in TRS.


Monica: When women hang out, we don't have pillow fights in our underwear.
Chandler: (doubled over in shock)
Monica: I'm sorry, we do. We do! I don't know why I said that.
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A gathering of characters (more often than not female) in a not particularly serious battle or physical challenge for purposes of titillation. Unlike a Cat Fight, this is not an actual violent encounter - it may be a pillow fight (such as at a Slumber Party), a volleyball contest or Mud Wrestling. Expect the wardrobe to be skimpy and the action to be bouncy.

Often an instance of Eating the Eye Candy by any observers of the appropriate gender and Male or Female Gaze depending on target demographic.

Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • A promo for the Australian version of Beauty and the Geek featured a pillow fight between the beauties and the geeks. The beauties, of course, were clad in lingerie.

    Anime & Manga 

    Comedy 
  • From the words of comedian Demetri Martin:
    "I've codified the five different types of pillow fights:
    Man vs Woman: fun
    Woman vs. Woman: awesome
    Man vs. Man: gay
    Man vs. Pillow: crazy, and
    Pillow vs. Pillow: crazy awesome."

    Film 
  • In the movie "Manos" The Hands of Fate, the only reason for the nightgown-clad Wives of Manos wrestling-fight scene (to jazz music) seems to be fan service. It has nothing to do with anything else in the movie.

    Live Action Television 
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Dirty Girls", Xander is wakened from a dream of scantily clad Potential Slayers having a pillow fight, to the reality of the girls in frumpy pyjamas and bathrobes, complaining about a clogged toilet.
  • Friends: Monica acknowledges this trope only to shoot it down, much to Chandlers dismay.
  • Alluded to in Lost Girl. When Bo discovers she may be facing another succubus, she goes to an expert for advice. When she asks how one succubus fights another, her friend Kenzi snarkily interjects, "slow motion pillow fight?

    Sports 
  • The Lingerie Bowl. Broadcast on pay-per-view TV as an alternative to the Super Bowl halftime show, it features female athletes in their underwear playing a game of American football in an indoor arena.

    Webcomics 
  • Male variant: the wrestling match in Shortpacked! between main character Ethan and the Author Avatar of David Willis. To boost things, Robin added a vat of pudding.

    Western Animation 
  • The short-lived American adaptation of the Australian sitcom Sit Down, Shut Up has an episode where the hippie science teacher Miracle Grohe tells Principal Sezno about an underground club where women in skimpy pajamas pillow fight each other.
Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • June 7, 2012
    DarkPrince
    In Justice League Unlimited, the chapter "Grudge Match", where Sonar mind-controls all the female Leaguers for a contest called the "Glamour Slam" by Roulette
  • June 7, 2012
    Deboss
    Tweaked and added examples for you Lu.
  • June 7, 2012
    raven2785
    this is pretty much the reason for the existence of many fighting games:

    Those are some of the most popular examples but there's a bunch of obscure fighting games released that invoke this trope (Most of them based on anime like the Dragon Ball Z, Digimon Gundam) there's also one a new one comming in the shape of Play Station All Stars Battle Royale that will put many Sony franchises against one another just like Super Smash Bros
  • June 7, 2012
    Damr1990
    i'm thinking Cat Fight

  • June 7, 2012
    MorganWick
    Relationship between this and Cat Fight?
  • June 10, 2012
    Arivne
    Sports
    • The Lingerie Bowl. Broadcast on pay-per-view TV as an alternative to the Super Bowl halftime show, it features female athletes in their underwear playing a game of American football in an indoor arena.
  • June 10, 2012
    Cider
    Don't think their is a much page potential here. Cat fight is already eye candy and the crossover pages cover the fighting games
  • June 10, 2012
    captainsandwich
  • June 10, 2012
    Generality
    Male variant: the wrestling match in Shortpacked between main character Ethan and the Author Avatar of David Willis. To boost things, Robin added a vat of pudding.
  • August 9, 2012
    Xtifr
    Cat Fight seems more like an actual fight, played for fanservice. This is more of a pretend fight played for fanservice. A very common (probably the most common) form of pretend fight, often deliberately used as in-universe fanservice (as the page quote suggests).

    eta: part of the problem I'm having is that even though I've seen this many times, it's almost always in cheesy B-movies that I don't remember very well. I'm pretty sure at least one example involves Carmen Electra, though. I remember the skimpy nighties, and the air filled with feathers, but the name? Sorry.
  • August 10, 2012
    peccantis
    Webcomic:

  • August 12, 2012
    Michael
    Maybe it needs a name that doesn't specify a fight. Unfortunately all the ones I can think of sound like a beauty contest.
  • December 16, 2012
    Koveras
  • December 16, 2012
    MorganWick
  • January 23, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Eye Candy Brawl?

    And bumping this, since it needs attention.
  • January 29, 2013
    Catbert
    Bump
  • January 29, 2013
    jamespolk
    This is Cat Fight
  • January 29, 2013
    Catbert
    No, it isn't. Read the feaking TRS thread first.
  • January 29, 2013
    Catbert
    Attaching blank alternate titles crowner here.
  • January 29, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    Has this got any indices?
  • January 29, 2013
    Met
    In the terrible movie Manos The Hands Of Fate, the only reason for the nightgown-clad Wives of Manos wrestling-fight scene (to jazz music) seems to be fan service. It has nothing to do with anything else in the movie.
  • February 10, 2013
    Met
    On second thought, I think that example is just Cat Fight.
  • February 17, 2013
    Xtifr
    • Alluded to in Lost Girl. When Bo discovers she may be facing another succubus, she goes to an expert for advice. When she asks how one succubus fights another, her friend Kenzi snarkily interjects, "slow motion pillow fight?"
  • August 13, 2013
    DAN004
  • December 1, 2013
    acrobox
    So this is Harmless Pillow Fight essentially. If it goes any broader it will be the same as Cat Fight.
  • December 2, 2013
    DAN004
    Okay, title's cool. :D
  • December 2, 2013
    Pichu-kun
    This trope doesn't refer to just sexual fanservice, right?
  • December 2, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ What do you think of an example that refers to something else?
  • December 3, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^I'd imagine the TGWTG Year One Brawl could be considered a non-sexual fanservice faux fight.
  • December 3, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
  • December 6, 2013
    Arivne

  • December 6, 2013
    acrobox
    the Justice League example doesnt match the decription. though the premise of Grudge match was titlation, the execution was real and brutal and people did get hurt and there was a lot of drama in shutting it down.

    Why not just call this Pillow Fight as a subtrope of Cat Fight the same way Mud Wrestling is.
  • December 6, 2013
    acrobox
    -
  • December 6, 2013
    MacronNotes
    ^^ I removed the Justice League example. Also. the reason why this isn't limited to pillow fights is because the trope is broader than that. Stuff like food fights, play fighting, or any competitive sport where the contestants are in skimpy clothing for fan-service would fit.
  • December 9, 2013
    DracMonster
    • Inverted in Borat, which has a very long naked Chase Scene and brawl between Borat and Azamat after the former catches the latter masturbating to pictures of Pamela Anderson (whom Borat intends to kidnap to be his wife.) Firmly Fan Disservice in this case, it's either hilarious or going to squick you out for eternity.
  • December 11, 2013
    jamespolk
    Yep, still Cat Fight
  • December 12, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ IDK, Cat Fight is often a serious fight while this one isn't.
  • December 15, 2013
    Synchronicity
    • Defied in Oglaf, in which Vanka and Greir meet, come to blows, and...decide to skip the boring "fight" entirely and go straight to the sex.
  • January 3, 2014
    SeptimusHeap
    Hatted. When can this be launched?
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