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[[caption-width-right:325:[[InnocentFanserviceGirl And she isn't even doing it on purpose.]]]]
->''"Boobs are near the center of the universe, until you turn twenty-five or so. Which is also when young menís auto insurance rates go down. This is not a coincidence."''
-->-- '''Harry Dresden''', ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/GhostStory''

For some men, it's very easy to forget what they are doing when a [[HelloNurse gorgeous woman]] strolls past and lose control, doing things like walking into walls, tripping over themselves, [[DramaticDrop dropping fragile objects]], causing a HumanTrafficJam, etc. Mostly a comedy trope.

If this is induced intentionally by the woman in question when WeNeedADistraction, it falls instead into ShowSomeLeg.

Compare ShowSomeLeg, SexSells, SexyCoatFlashing. Contrast, naturally, NotDistractedByTheSexy and IgnoreTheFanservice. This may occur after a [[CrashingThroughTheHarem Crash Through the Harem]].

If the viewers are the ones Distracted By The Sexy, that's BestKnownForTheFanservice. If the distracted party finds himself lost in thought over the distraction, it becomes EatingTheEyeCandy. If distracted by someone that their orientation wouldn't generally be attracted to, that's StupidSexyFlanders. If communication is attempted, it can cause GibberishOfLove. Expect FavorsForTheSexy by the distracted. If a character distracts themselves by noticing their reflection in a mirror, that's DistractedByMyOwnSexy. See CutenessProximity for the non-sexy, non-human variant. Compare also with ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful.
!!Example subpages:
* DistractedByTheSexy/AnimeAndManga
* DistractedByTheSexy/ComicBooks
* DistractedByTheSexy/FanWorks
* DistractedByTheSexy/AnimatedFilm
* DistractedByTheSexy/LiveActionFilms
* DistractedByTheSexy/{{Literature}}
* DistractedByTheSexy/LiveActionTV
* DistractedByTheSexy/VideoGames
* DistractedByTheSexy/WebComics
* DistractedByTheSexy/WebOriginal
* DistractedByTheSexy/WesternAnimation
* DistractedByTheSexy/RealLife



* A Dutch insurance company, known for their slogan "Even Apeldoorn bellen" ("Time to call Apeldoorn", the name of the city where they have their main office) has a number of rather clever TV ads. In one, two roadworkers are digging a rather large hole (the road is at chest level); one of them is wielding a pickaxe. Then a stunning pair of legs walks by (that's roughly what you see, due to the camera crop), the guys look at them approvingly, the pickaxe swings down once more, a metallic "clunk" is heard and a jet of water spouts up. Slogan text blends in.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D2VLmCPTbQ 2010 Super Bowl ad]] with Creator/MeganFox.
* A 1984 ad for Maaco (auto painting and repair chain) has a TooDumbToLive guy staring at several women walking by and ends up driving his car right inside a moving van. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW7kSX03GGA Uh, oh. Better get Maaco, indeed.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_jwqIafeS4 A 2000 ad for Kronenbourg 1664 beer]] took this up to eleven. It starts out with one awe-struck construction worker obliviously swinging a pickaxe while gazing at a woman, while another equally oblivious worker climbs out of a manhole in front of him. Cue a quick camera change and a sickening squish noise. It goes on like this for forty seconds, with butchers slicing off fingers, men getting hit by busses, and utility workers getting electrocuted.
** Subverted, since they actually want her beer.
* ''Advertising/AirNewZealandSafetyVideos'': The guys demonstrating the brace positions in a canoe in "Safety in Paradise" keep sneaking glances at the model in the bikini on the beach.
* The first commercial for the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast in America ended with Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog losing his balance from the on-light of the Dreamcast and falling, ready to be caught by a football player, only for [[VideoGame/VirtuaFighter Sarah]] to walk by, distracting the player and causing Sonic to faceplant on the ground, losing rings in the process.
* Ads for the Australian pantyhose makers RazzaMatazz had a gorgeous woman (wearing the brand being advertised) going about her business when her skirt blows up in the wind - and total chaos and hilarity ensues among the innocent men going about their business around her.
* A cellphone commercial from TheNineties featured a rollerblader navigating a city. (We see this from his perspective.) About halfway through, he spots a sexy lady and keeps looking at her as he passes. He looks back at his path and sees the truck he's about to crash into. He then uses his cellphone to call his doctor and say "I did it again."
* An car insurance ad for Allstate has a young man driving a car see a "hot babe out jogging" and run his car into a light pole. The big joke being that as with all the ads in this particular campaign, the "hot babe out jogging" is Creator/DeanWinters, this time adding a pink headband and barbells to his rumpled suit as the character "Mayhem".
* In a [=DKNY=] commercial where Emily Ratajakowski goes out walking a dog only dressed in her underwear this is the result. [[CaptainObvious Obviously.]] Especially when a driver loses control as there's a closeup on her dog... and the car hits another car. EverybodyLives. (Including the dog.)
* A ''very'' [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] version of this (both played straight and with a gender inversion) occurs in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPghhokaZdA German ad]] for the fashion store [=NewYorker=]. The ad shows an attractive young woman in a minidress strolling in the city, passing several people: a skateboarder, a tattooist making tattoos for some gang members, and some firemen helping someone escape a burning building. All of them are distracted by her looks, which ends up spelling disaster (which she ignores every time): the skateboarder rolls out onto the street and is hit by a car, the tattooist accidentally tattoos a heart on a gang member's back and is shot by the other gang members, and the firemen misplace their safety net, causing the guy in the burning building to fall on the ground. She then passes by another man, whom she flirts with, but then [[KarmicDeath she accidentally walks backwards]] right into a pit in the sidewalk, which is then [[BuriedAlive filled in by rocks immediately afterwards]]. The ad ends on a shot of a small piece of her dress partially buried in the sidewalk while someone uses a jackhammer nearby.

* Creator/BillEngvall discusses looking at colleges with his daughter:
-->'''Bill Engvall:''' I'll tell you, it's a real slap in the face when you walk onto a college campus with your daughter and you catch some guy checking her out. ''(murmurs of agreement)'' Yeah. Then I realized it ''was'' a slap in the face; my wife caught me checking out college chicks. ''(laughter)'' "Sorry, [[ImAManICantHelpIt I'm a guy]]."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ScoobyDooTeamUp'': Nelson can't tell if Sam Simeon looks like a gorilla or not because he's "too busy" looking at Angel.
-->'''Angel:''' Keep that up, buddy, and you'll be seeing '''everything''' through two black eyes!

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'', "Stupefyin' Jones" stunned any male who gazed upon her, except if they were wearing special glasses. In the [[Theatre/LilAbner stage and movie adaptation]], she was played by Julie Newmar in a skimpy skintight body suit.
%%* Once happened to German detective ''ComicStrip/NickKnatterton'' (it was a movie poster).
* In [[http://www.ghira.mistral.co.uk/football.gif this strip]] by {{Creator/Quino}}, a man is watching a [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football match]], when he's distracted by the fact that his neighbor forgot to close her window when she went to take a bath. Just then, one of the teams scores a very dramatic goal. He's [[SeriousBusiness so enraged]] at missing it that he throws his drink through the window and hits the neighbor in the head.
* This is the primary function of the heroine in Wally Wood's ''[[ComicBook/SallyForthWood Sally Forth]];'' the first time she saw action was when she lured a troop of Commies to their death by bathing in a river.

* A man is walking with his wife when he sees a young woman in a DangerouslyShortSkirt getting into a bus and keeps looking. His wife tells him acidly "I suppose you think I didn't catch you staring at the girl getting in the bus?" "What bus?"

* "What Was I Thinkin'" by Music/DierksBentley covers this trope pretty well.
* "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" by Mel [=McDaniel=] is a good example of this.
* "Bettina, zieh dir bitte etwas an" (Bettina, put some clothes on) by ''[[GermanMedia Fettes Brot]]'' has the chorus "Bettina, wrap up your boobs". The song was inspired by the outfit of the host in a late night, call-in TV game show.
* The singer of "Man on a Mission" in ''[[Music/{{Hero}} !HERO: The Rock Opera]]'' ends the song with "Who's that beautiful girl?", segueing into "Secrets of the Heart".
* "Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)" by Music/TheHollies. An FBI agent is about to signal a raid on a BadGuyBar but the eponymous woman catches his eye:
-->''With just one look I was a bad mess\\
cause that long cool woman [[HelloNurse had it all]]''
* "Bigger Than the Beatles" by Joe Music/JoeDiffie has a mutual example of this. A waitress in a bar and a musician who performs in the bar are very much in love. Sometimes she forgets an order because she's thinking about how handsome he is, and sometimes he forgets to sing a chorus because he's thinking about how beautiful ''she'' is.
* Music/BruceSpringsteen:
** "Crush on You": the narrator is ''constantly'' getting distracted by beautiful girls to the point of wanting to drop everything and just run after them.
** Also these lines from "Loose Change":
--->''Yeah, I knew she was trouble but trouble sure was lookin' fine\\
When I pulled her close what I knew kinda slipped my mind''
%%* "I Don't Want This Night to End" by Music/LukeBryan
* "Younger Men" by K.T. Oslin:
-->''That's why younger men are starting to catch my eye\\
I'm strating to stop what I'm doing\\
Just to turn around and watch them walk by''\\
Woah, look over here\\
We got a cute little ol' runner on the right\\
Blue shorts, no shirt\\
Whoo, you're looking good, darling\\
That's right, stay in shape''
* In Del Reeves' "Girl on the Billboard", The singer notes how the titular billboard has caused crashes in Route 66.
* In "Parents Just Don't Understand" by Music/DJJazzyJeffAndTheFreshPrince, Fresh Prince's night is going well until his companion unbuttons her shirt. Due to this, he fails to notice a police car and gets pulled over for speeding. This leads to an arrest and no doubt severe punishment from his parents.
** In "Just One Of Those Days", Prince, in a desperate attempt to get to work on time, steals a child's bike and rides away on it, catching the attention of a squad of ''[[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill twelve cop cars]]''. Just as he was about to shake them off, he got distracted by a pretty girl that walked by, and promptly wiped out inside a construction zone.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Eric Schwartz's "Kosha Boy", a parody of "Music/SouljaBoy", has the Kosha Boy "try to set an example", but he gets distracted by "the girl [he wants] to [[UnusualEuphemism schtup]] in the third row."
* Music/{{Weezer}}'s video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDIzMGh94vo "If You're Wondering If I Want You To"]] has this happen to two people: one standing in the street watching said girl, and the other driving a pickup truck, which hits the one standing in the street.
* Music/TraceAdkins' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNVguvNE7qc "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"]] is a video about this trope in action.
* Music/MCHammer's "U Can't Touch This" features a scene where Hammer suddenly stops dancing to admire the backside of the girl dancing in front of him.
* In Chris Cornell's "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart," set in Western times on the day he and Eric Roberts are among prisoners due to be hanged, an onlooker played by [[Creator/ElenaSatine Elena]] "MsFanservice roles a specialty" [[Creator/ElenaSatine Satine]] uses this tactic as part of a plan to save Chris. At the end it's implied that [[HereWeGoAgain she's going to do it again for Eric]]. [[spoiler: (P.S. It does work the first time.)]]
* Happens to a prison guard dog in Blake Shelton's "Old Red."
* In Cobra Starship's tie-in video for "Film/SnakesOnAPlane (Bring It)", the band members smuggle live snakes through airport security in a suitcase and guitar case, by having Maja Ivarsson distract the guy who's manning the X-ray scanner.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* If Actaeon had been thinking with the right head at the time, he probably would have realized it was not a good idea to stand around watching the [[DoesNotLikeMen adamantly virginal]] [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Artemis]] [[OutdoorBathPeeping bathe]]. And he [[BalefulPolymorph might have]] [[DisproportionateRetribution survived]].
* Avoiding this is apparently the reasons certain sects of certain religions insist on their women dressing in a conservative manner.
* Fittingly enough happens between [[Myth/ClassicalMythology goddess of love and fanservice, herself, Aphrodite and]] [[MrFanservice Adonis.]] [[WifeHusbandry Obsessed with him since he was a baby]] and unintentionally starts a LoveTriangle with [[PerkyGoth Persephone]] as the [[BettyAndVeronica Veronica]] as soon as [[SheIsAllGrownUp he's grown up,]] she's so obsessed with him that [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows she's not doing her job of helping OTHER people fall in love/lust]] to instead (awkwardly) join him on hunts and stick with him 24/7.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* ''The Great American Bash 2007'' had a backstage skit where Wrestling/MattHardy started lecturing Wrestling/JeffHardy that he had to stay focused to win his upcoming match. Wrestling/CandiceMichelle, who just had a match, started pouring water all over herself, leaving Matt, Jeff, and then Wrestling/RonSimmons gawking. Jeff later lost his match.
* During a Full Impact Pro [[GimmickMatches Falls Count Anywhere]] match Wrestling/CMPunk tossed Homicide onto a table where a strip show was happening and, without missing a beat, Homicide rolled onto his elbows to enjoy it. Punk stomped onto the table, stomped on Homicide's head and then noticed the strippers, though his reaction was more so [[SlutShaming appalled by the sexy]].
* At the 2015 ''FIP Heatstroke'' Earl Kooter was more interested in making out with Veronica Voxx than watching his Trailer Park Nation partner Zane Riley wrestle. Riley ended up getting pinned by Gary Jay when he ended up paying too much attention to Kooter and Voxx make out.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' supplement about Japanese media ''Mecha & Manga'', there's a feat called "Distracting Looks" that allows your character to provoke this reaction to reduce targets' effectiveness with social skills.
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5 supplement ''Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss'', one of the Abyssal Heritor feats is "Otherworldly Countenance", which allows to choose between wretchedly hideous or stunningly beautiful. If beautiful, the character can cause a fascination effect a set number of time per day by focusing attention on a subject. Note that no mention is made of the subject needing to be of the opposite sex (or even the same species, in fact).
* The "Sexualized" merit in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' lets characters use this to their advantage, at the cost of dealing with the fallout from the occasional StupidSexyFlanders moments they inflict on people around them.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Reign}}'' has the "Beauty" advantage, which is prime for this use. At lower ranks you merely turn heads, while at the highest rank comparisons are made to Helen of Troy. And that's before you ''intentionally'' use it to jack your Fascinate skill through the roof.
* The Dark Elf Sorceress Morathi in ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' so beautiful and seductive that entire units must make a morale check to avoid distracted by her mere presence in combats she is involved in.

* As the Man in Chair tells us, the actress in the 1920s musical ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'' was famous for playing "The Oops Girl", who had this as her entire shtick.
* In ''Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'', Chip Tolentino washes out of the eponymous bee when he notices Leaf Coneybear's buxom older sister Marigold in the audience just as he is given the word "tittup." Predictably, he spells it with only one "t" and is disqualified.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Amy the Squirrel (of ''Webcomic/SabrinaOnline'' fame) shows how it's done [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wc_fMuq3mc Old School.]]
* In the first episode of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfwXi5LgNms Tobuscus Animated Adventures]]'', Toby is so busy ogling a chick that he fails to notice (or care) that she's a zombie. HilarityEnsues.