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Sometimes occurring in a nightclub, but any large auditorium will do the trick. A sexy female singer, singing a song to a bunch of soldiers/sailors/airmen who are a long way from home and their significant others. Her outfit will be sexy, but not too revealing, [[LadyInRed possibly in red]]. If the main male characters of the story aren't in attendance, they will likely be in the middle of battle, with her songs providing the background music, and scenes switching between her performance and the heroes fighting.

Many Glamorous Wartime Singers sing many sentimental songs, reminding the troops of home and the girls they left behind.

If people aren't [[WolfWhistle wolf-whistling]], she's clearly not doing the job properly. Causing NoseBleed is an acceptable substitute, especially in anime.

If the main character is a [[OfficerAndAGentleman dashing young captain]], well, he's in for a little wartime romance.

Particularly present in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII settings. Compare CampFollower and TheChanteuse.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Lacus Clyne from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' may qualify but she only sings for her friends (who also happen to be soldiers) and actively shuns war. Her "clone" Meer Campbell from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' isn't as squeamish. Lacus and Meer are arguably both deconstructions of this trope, given that the shows explicitly depict their music being used as propaganda to rouse the patriotic fervor of the PLANT populace. Lacus is played a little straighter (and keeps control of her message), though, whereas Meer borders on a subversion of the trope, as the girl accepted to become Lacus's BodyDouble [[IJustWantToBeLoved to be loved by others since "nobody needs Meer"]] and ultimately had a mental breakdown over losing almost all her self-worth.
* Minna from ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' (played by the same voice actress as Lacus) is a variant in that she's actively fighting on the front lines herself. In fact, her singing actually serves a purpose in the war as a means of detecting the Neuroi.
* The whole point of the ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' franchise. Except instead of [[StayInTheKitchen staying at the USO shows]], the singers get to change the course of HumongousMecha battles... [[ThePowerOfRock by singing]].
** Minmay from the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (and therefore ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'').
** Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee from ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. The latter very much so. In one episode, Sheryl was to sing to establish a deal with a Zentradi Marine Regiment. When she collapsed due to being sick, it was used as an excuse for an uprising; however, when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAWUue_Cf9g Ranka airdropped into a]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KS6Rm9ctMY battlezone and started singing]], the rebelling Zentradi immediately stopped fighting. As they keep listening, the soldiers steadily progress from gawking, through Luminescent Blush, to HeartSymbol Wingding Eyes and {{Nosebleed}}s. Yes, [[{{Moe}} she's that cute]].
** ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' plays with this; the singers of Fire Bomber are actually dead center in the middle of the battlefields (vs. the above three, who sing on special stages on the battleships). A combination of pin-point barriers, ImprobablePilotingSkills and HotBlood is what keeps them alive.
*** Also played with in that Basaara and his singing is hardly effective at all for the first 4th of the series, and most of the military and other characters seem him as a nuisance and an unneeded distraction.
* Yellow Belmont from ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'' (a.k.a. Lancer[=/=]Yellow Dancer from ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'').
* ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' has Gina, in one of the most touching examples.
* [[PlayedForLaughs Hillariously]] subverted in the War episode of ''[[Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi]]'', when [[FanDisservice Ms. Aki]] shows up for a USO show. After getting a good look at her face, all the troops [[FaceFault fall to the ground in a near-death state]]. After pulling a MarilynManeuver but before she can finish her introduction, she's quickly ''grabbed by GasMaskMooks, shoved into a body bag, and [[StuffedIntoTheFridge stuffed into a nuclear waste containment barrel]], which is then filled with cement, bolted shut, lowered into a larger air-tight container, sealed in MORE cement, tested for radiation levels, boxed up into a cargo crate, put onto the helicopter she arrived in on, and immediately flown out.''
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[[folder:Film]]
* Marlene Dietrich, at least twice, in 1930's ''Morocco'' and again in 1948 in Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Foreign Affair''.
** And don't forget the flashback scene in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Witness for the Prosecution.'' "I may never go home anymore..."
* JudyGarland took a stab at it in 1942, in ''For Me And My Gal'' with Creator/GeneKelly. She's glamorous, but not too glamorous.
* In the 1945 film ''Tonight And Every Night'', Rita Hayworth plays a showgirl in a London music hall that never misses a performance, not even when there's an air raid going on.
* The "statues" of ''Mrs Henderson Presents'' also keep going during air raids.
* ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny''
* ''Film/DasBoot''
* ''Film/SchindlersList''
* ''Film/DarkCity''
* ''Film/ApocalypseNow''- although these are actually ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' playmates rather than singers, and their presence causes a riot.
* ''Memphis Belle''
* The Creator/StanleyKubrick film ''Film/PathsOfGlory'', set in WWI France, ends with a captured German singer (played by Susanne Christian, who later married Kubrick) initially greeted with whistles and catcalls by the soldiers, who subsequently become quite moved by her rendition of 'The Faithful Hussar'.
* ''For the Boys'' is a movie about two singers (played by Bette Midler and James Caan) who perform for U.S. troops in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
* Sky Marshall Omar Anoke (of all people) from the third ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' movie is a rare male example. As such, he depends more on inspirational rhetoric than sex appeal but still fulfills his role in the PropagandaMachine perfectly.
* There's an unusual version of this in the WWII-themed film version of ''Theatre/RichardIII'' (1995). Bet you didn't know Creator/ChristopherMarlowe's "Passionate Shepherd to His Love" made a good swing song...
* Sadie from ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse,'' in a rather intense performance of "Helter Skelter" with a Vietnam battle going on simultaneously.
* Unusual version in ''Film/BigFish'': The main character accidentally parachutes into one of these during the Korean War-- in ''enemy territory''. Also, the "beautiful singer" is in fact a pair of Siamese twins, who want him to bring them to America with him.
* Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/RadioDays'' has a scene where Mia Farrow's character is one of these.
* Rick's Cafe has a female singer-guitarist in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''.
* Inverted in ''Theatre/SouthPacific'', with Nellie performing "Honey Bun" in an oversized sailor uniform-although this does nothing to take away the wolf-whistles.
* The 1944 morale-boosting musical ''Follow the Boys'', besides Dinah Shore and the Andrews Sisters (see below), also enlisted [=Jeanette MacDonald=] to serve this role by singing "Beyond The Blue Horizon" and "I'll See You In My Dreams."
* These ladies are part of the USO stage show in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.
* Rachel Stein posing as Ellis De Vries in {{Zwartboek}}.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Straight Silver'', Golke returns to a battlefield where he had been seriously injured. He remembers such a singer -- passionately adored by the troops -- who had sung about wanting to fight anywhere else but here, but he concludes that she was wrong, coming back was good for him.
* In SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''For the Emperor'', Amberley Vail first appears as one -- albeit for an [[BlueBlood upper-class]] reception for notables, including officers -- down to the sentimental songs and the romance. (Cain denies believing in LoveAtFirstSight but admits he can remember every detail of his first sight of her.)
* W.E.B. Griffin's character Craig Lowell hooks up with visiting a visiting starlet, to the delight of his company and the anger of his commanders.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Empty Child".
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', "Captain Jack Harkness".
* ''Series/{{Mash}}'', in several episodes.
* Recurring character Louise in French series ''Series/LazyCompany'' combines this trope with TheChanteuse and LadyInRed.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', "The Killing Game" (both parts). With MsFanservice Seven of Nine doing the singing for [[PuttingOnTheReich alien Nazis]].
* The ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode honouring Creator/BobHope and the USO cast Catherine Bell as one of these, during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Triangle".
* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', in the miniseries Nuts to War. When the dinosaurs went to war over pistachios, Charlene, Earl, and Roy (all in dresses) performed for the soldiers, as it was the only way to get to the front lines and bring Robbie home.
* Julia Sugarbaker in Charlene's WWII fantasies in ''Series/DesigningWomen''.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Lucille Bluth apparently made quite an impact while touring [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] with U.S.O.
* ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' had an episode in which the title character's grandfather [[ObnoxiousInLaws Buzz]] [[DirtyOldMan Richman]] is reminiscing about having met Blossom's grandmother (played in the flashback scenes by title character's actress Mayim Bialik) who was depicted as this... and also as part of the Women's Army Corps.
* Vic Fontaine in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' is a male holographic example.
* Chloe Webb's character on Series/ChinaBeach. The show also featured a performance by Nancy Sinatra, who performed for the troops during the era.
* Musical guest and host JenniferLopez played such a character in a sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. She had the figure for it, too!
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[[folder: Music Videos]]
* In the video for "[[TearJerker Whiskey Lullaby]]", Alison Krauss summons up this image when she appears at the beginning of the second verse.
* Music/ChristinaAguilera evokes this with her music video for Candyman, in which she also appears as Rosie the Riveter.
* Music/MariahCarey's video for "I Still Believe" shows her performing for a crowd of soldiers, while done up like Creator/MarilynMonroe.
* Keri Hilson's video for "Pretty Girl Rock" has her dressed up as, among other things, one of these.
* In the video for "Good to You" by Marianas Trench, Jessica Lee is very much this trope, swaying back and forth on the stage in a red dress.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has two examples:
** Brigitte "Rosie" Stark used to be a famous bar singer before joining Squad 7. As revealed in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'', after leaving the Militia she goes on to be this trope full time, holding concerts during Gallia's Civil War to try and improve race relations.
** Edy Nelson ''wants'' to be one of these, and has started a [[UnknownRival one-sided rivalry with Rosie]], whom she accuses of "stealing her spotlight". Later, [[spoiler:she finds out that she's [[CuteButCacophonic tone-deaf]] and decides to become an actress instead]].
* Laguna falls for one of these in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Though at the time she wasn't a singer; she only played the piano.
* The manual for the first ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' (Which is set up to look like a newsletter for the crew) stated that a troupe of entertainers, including a particularly famous Glamorous Wartime Singer would be visiting the Tiger's Claw. Despite their expected date of arrival taking place during the events of the game, they don't actually appear.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A rather...peculiar example from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Grandpa mentions in one of his war stories that he was stranded behind enemy lines in France, and rode out the war undercover as a cross-dressing Cabaret singer entertaining ''German'' soldiers.
-->(Abe's fake breast flies out, landing in Hitler's lap)
--> '''Hitler''': "Ach du lieber! Das is nicht eine Booby!"
* ''RedHotRidingHood'' of Creator/TexAvery's Creator/{{M|etroGoldwynMayer}}GM cartoons is a classic example.
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[[folder:Western Comics]]
* ''Le Petit Spirou'': Spirou's grandmother apparently was one of these, and performed in {{Stripperific}} gear.
* Edna alias Gam-ma from ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane'' sang for German [=POWs=]. Her mission was to gather intelligence from the homesick soldiers but she found [[TriangRelations a pair of]] soldiers (one from each side) instead.
** BrookeMcEldowney has written this story as ''Edie Ernst, USO Singer - Allied Spy'', a comic only available directly from the author.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Music/VeraLynn, British singer, known as "The Forces' Sweetheart". Most famous for "We'll Meet Again" (which [[SoundtrackDissonance played over the ending]] of ''Film/DrStrangelove'') and "The White Cliffs of Dover". Still alive, but long retired from singing. Mentioned in Music/PinkFloyd's [[Music/TheWall "Vera"]]. A sign of how much hope she gave.
* Music/TheAndrewsSisters, the best selling female group in history according to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]. [[BlondeBrunetteRedhead Blonde, brunette and redhead]].
** Music/ChristinaAguilera's "Candyman" uses the tune of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", one of their songs, where she plays all three of them in the music video.
* Creator/BobHope's USO shows relied heavily on this trope for (literally) 50 years. In the '40's they particularly featured singer Frances Langford and her well-loved songs, "I'm In the Mood For Love" and "Embraceable You".
* Marlene (pronounced Marlayna) Dietrich, film goddess first and foremost (who'd ducked out of Germany while the getting was good). Did the definitive English version of "''Lili Marlene''", and lots of personal appearances. And rumor has it shacked up with "Jumping Jim" Gavin of the 82nd Airborne on several occasions.
** Also George Patton. She went to Europe shortly after D-Day and toured almost continuously across the European theater until V-E Day, performing anywhere that a makeshift stage could be set up. (Her musical saw was apparently an especial hit.) On more than one occasion, she and her troupe came under German fire.
* Music/KatherineJenkins, Welsh opera singer, does it for the British.
* Vesta Tilley (seriously) seems to have fulfilled this role a bit for UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, despite being a [[WholesomeCrossdresser male impersonator comedienne]]. Her role was encouraging young men to enlist, rather than entertaining the troops. Upon the end of the war many former fans were [[JoinTheArmyTheySaid left disillusioned]], feeling betrayed by the jarring differences between fare like 'Jolly Good Luck to the Girl who Loves a Soldier' and actual trench life.
* And on the American side of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, vaudeville actress Elsie Janis (also known for impersonations) was known as the "Sweetheart of the A.E.F."
* Carmen Miranda.
* Creator/MarilynMonroe performed to the troops in Korea in 1954, wearing a sexy dress [[ExposedToTheElements despite the cold weather]].
* Dinah Shore, at least when appearing AsHerself in the wartime morale-boosting movies ''Thank Your Lucky Stars'' (1943) and ''Follow The Boys'' (1944).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yafa_Yarkoni Yafa Yarkoni]] was known as ‘the wartime singer’ back in the day. Due to Israel’s constant state of war, many, many other singers have sung at least ''some'' songs about the IDF lifestyle, wars, ''et cetera''.
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