Created By: blueranger on May 9, 2012 Last Edited By: blueranger on October 28, 2012

Equal Opportunity Fanservice

A work features copious amounts of male and female Fanservice

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Fanservice can be a tricky trope to put in your work. Obviously Sex Sells and it will draw viewers but it seems too much of it geared towards one demographic can alienate viewers of another. The solution? Equal Opportunity Fanservice. Do straight male viewers get annoyed by watching a movie with two Walking Shirtless Scene guys? No problem because there's a couple of bikini clad babes in there too. This is usually seen in the action adventure genre which is mainly aimed at a male audience but the Fanservice is a way to draw female viewers in. This is a way of making everybody win in the Fanservice department though of course the presence of this trope in the work makes it run the risk of being labelled as a strictly Fanservice deal. Unless of course that was the intention. Note that for this trope to apply the work must feature equal amounts of Fanservice for both sides. For example, Bob getting one Shirtless Scene while Alice spends half the film in a bikini doesn't qualify.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Gurren Lagann has shirtless Kamina to complement bikini-top wearing Yoko.

Comic Books
  • The works of Richard Corben (Den in particular) tend to have most every female character having triple-D breasts and walking around naked for no reason. However, most every male character has a ten-inch cock and also walks around naked for no reason.
  • In Empowered, this is the only real reason for Thugboy to be shirtless or in a Speedo as often as he is. Empowered at least has a plot reason for her frequent nudity.

Film
  • Into The Blue has four young leads, two male and two female. Paul Walker and Scott Caan only have their shirts on in about 20% of their scenes. As for Ashley Scott and Jessica Alba, even when they're not in bikinis their legs are always on display.
  • Jason and the Argonauts has an entire army of males running around half naked but then has an extended scene with a troupe of Stripperiffic temple dancers.
  • Friday the 13th gives all of its male leads a Shirtless Scene (including the man in his 30s) while all the females (except Annie and Mrs Voorhees) get to show their stuff in bikinis and underwear (even the Final Girl).
  • House of Wax gives Chad Michael Murray and Robert Ri'chard shirtless scenes and then offers up a lengthy Paris Hilton strip tease.

Live Action TV
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand cranked this Up to Eleven and almost made an art form out of the trope.
  • Charmed had the sisters transformed into various magical creatures that required a different skimpy outfit for the actresses and then counterbalanced it by giving Julian McMahon and many one-episode guys extended Shirtless Scenes.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has James Marsters describing his character's season six costume as "pretty much a sock" but nobody's out to accuse Sarah Michelle Gellar of being too modest. And season 6 also happened to be when Willow and Tara finally got physical.
  • True Blood loves to take this to new levels. Jason and Sookie must have some sort of sibling rivalry going on about who can give off more Fanservice.
  • All the CSI series milk this too. We get sexy outfits and low cut tops for the women (often, the outfits aren't even suitable for the job being done...real criminalists would never wear that stuff)and most of the men have been shirtless at least once in their run. A few times, like Mac and Flack on NY, it was justified since they were injured, though. There are also quite a few sleevless shirt scenes to show off the guys' biceps-though considering Vegas is in the desert and Miami is in Florida, it may be somewhat justified there.

Music
  • S Club 7 in the TV shows made full use of the Beach Episode to place all the attractive young pop stars in bathing suits. The music video for Natural does this as well with all of them getting a few shots of them showering under the waterfall. Though it was 4 girls to 3 guys so the odds may have tipped a little.

Video Games
  • Mass Effect 2 Garrus, Jacob, and Thane (all romanceable) fill in the male quota in different ways, while Miranda, Samara, and Kelly represent the female side.
  • The Tekken series makes sure most of its male fighters has at least one shirtless costume while the female fighters get catsuits, tight dresses, hot pants and...whatever Christy wears.
  • The Soul Calibur series is no different.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • May 10, 2012
    TrustBen
    True Blood is another show known for taking this trope as far as it can go.
  • May 10, 2012
    Koveras
    Mass Effect 2? Garrus, Jacob, and Thane (all romanceable) fill in the male quota in different ways, while Miranda, Samara, and Kelly represent the female side.
  • May 10, 2012
    chicagomel
    All the CSI series milk this too. We get sexy outfits and low cut tops for the women (often, the outfits aren't even suitable for the job being done...real criminalists would never wear that stuff)and most of the men have been shirtless at least once in their run. A few times, like Mac and Flack on NY, it was justified since they were injured, though. There are also quite a few sleevless shirt scenes to show off the guys' biceps-though considering Vegas is in the desert and Miami is in Florida, it may be somewhat justified there.
  • May 10, 2012
    Omeganian
    Young Justice has Cheshire's Panty Shot, Miss Martian in a bikini, and plenty of topless Superboy.
  • May 11, 2012
    Delphi
    • The works of Richard Corben (Den in particular) tend to have most every female character having triple-D breasts and walking around naked for no reason. However, most every male character has a ten-inch cock and also walks around naked for no reason.
    • In Empowered, this is the only real reason for Thugboy to be shirtless or in a Speedo as often as he is. Empowered at least has a plot reason for her frequent nudity.
    • Gurren Lagann has shirtless Kamina to complement bikini-top wearing Yoko.
  • May 23, 2012
    DrakeClawfang
    Throughout the Final Fantasy series there are shapely, beautiful females with revealing outfits, and a good variety of males both of the pretty-boy variety and the rugged-manly.
  • May 23, 2012
    HyperTurbina
    Pretty much everyone in {{He-Man?}}
  • May 23, 2012
    Cider
    I'm not seeing the point, isn't this the same thing as Fanservice? The opening of the index even has...

    "Gratuitous display of characters in skimpy clothing, or none at all, under the assumption that it will attract or "reward" viewers. The character is usually female, though fanservice of male characters is far from uncommon. "
  • May 26, 2012
    Wii
    No, "Fanservice" is just the subject. A single moment can be Fanservice, it's just a shot (or scene) that is taking advantage of the fact that Sex Sells. When a work engages in a large amount of Fanservice, then it gets distracting.

    The idea behind this trope is that a series that is pretty balanced (gender-wise) in terms of Fanservice. For every Action Girl who gets hit with Clothing Damage, a well-muscled male will end up with a Shirtless Scene. The characters will drive by Hot Men At Work on their way to the local Bikini Bar. Et cetera et cetera.

    ^I think this could actually be added to the description itself, as a qualifier.
  • May 26, 2012
    surgoshan
  • May 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Mentioned in one episode of WKRP In Cincinnati where Jennifer and Andy are asked to do a swimsuit photo shoot.
    Bailey: How come the women are always doing the cheesecase, huh? It's about time we got to see a little beefcake.
  • October 26, 2012
    TheHandle
    Bump.
  • October 26, 2012
    MattStriker
    • In addition to a fair bit of fanservice on the female characters, Macross Frontier also gives us shirtless and oddly sparkling Alto in the very first episode.
  • October 26, 2012
    KingZeal
    I'm finding this trope pretty confusing. Basically "Equal Opportunity" means a show with any single instance of male and female fanservice? Because that's what the examples are turning out to be. If the idea is "balance", then Soul Calibur alone is questionable. Particular when you have Ivy's chainmail bikini, Sophitia's short skirts and absolute cleavage, Tira shredded clothes, Taki's bouncing boobs with visible nipples and whatnot. Some of the men run around with bare chests, but they're not exactly in lingerie.
  • October 26, 2012
    emeriin
    I'm not liking the thought behind this trope either. Like take this line in the description: "Do straight male viewers get annoyed by watching a movie with two Walking Shirtless Scene guys? No problem..." Doesn't that come off as slightly, I dunno, "men should be catered to and women shouldn't expect anything else"?
  • October 26, 2012
    LordLaharlsVassal
    "men should be catered to and women shouldn't expect anything else"

    That really seems to be the attitude of media producers, so I think is accurate.
  • October 26, 2012
    emeriin
    And the pages for Male Gaze/Female Gaze reflect that without necessarily agreeing with it.
  • October 26, 2012
    RoseBride
    Bleach has copious amounts of fanservice for both male and female, also maybe the name should be cahnged it can be rather confusing
  • October 27, 2012
    LordLaharlsVassal
    • The games in the Disgaea series usually have one male and female character in their plots that are design to show of all the “right” curves. The first Disgaea has Vyers and Jennifer, Disgaea 2 has Axel and Rozaline and Disgaea 4 has Fenrich and Artina.
  • October 28, 2012
    spyergirl4
    One episode of Sherlock has both Sherlock and Irene Adler naked (though Sherlock did have his sheet for most of it).
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