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[-[[caption-width-right:308:"How'd you come up with the [bottle's] design?"\\
"It just came to me, from who knows where!"]]-]

A woman in comics or cartoons doesn't have ribs like a real actress does. Thus she can easily have a far narrower waist than would be possible with even the strictest of corsets - and usually without even wearing one!

A woman with an Impossible Hourglass Figure has generous curves, with an impossibly narrow waist as an unproblematic part of how she just happens to look. Thus taking the classic "hourglass figure" beauty ideal UpToEleven. She's always designed to be attractive, even in the cases where she's not MsFanservice or HelloNurse: Monsters with insect-like narrow waists do not count, even if the shape reminds of an hourglass.

For more realistic hourglass figures, see instead OfCorsetsSexy and OfCorsetHurts. Compare HartmanHips; contrast {{Pettanko}} (which is what most HollywoodThin women are without the help of padded bras or implants; the female breast is largely fat when not nursing).



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Miss Doublefinger from ''Manga/OnePiece''.
** Not to mention Boa Hancock, Nico Robin, and Nami, for starters, or for that matter pretty much every single female in the entire universe who is not horrendously obese. One would get the idea that this is [[AuthorAppeal one of the author's many fancies]].
* Similar to the ''Manga/OnePiece'' example we have several female characters from ''Manga/FairyTail'' and ''Manga/RaveMaster''. Mashima states that he actually doesn't find it especially appealing and he mainly uses the design to please young male fans.
** As of 2013-2014, Hiro has lessened this trope, giving the girls larger breasts, but a more curvy figure and a evened out midsection.
* The {{Gender flip}}ped version of America in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''.
* Quite a few of the female characters have this type of figure in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', most notably Kallen and Milly.

* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' is notorious for these. ''All'' females have impossible waists (yes, even the elderly), and in the case of those of the characters who are supposed to be young and attractive, one finds oneself wondering if their waists could even accommodate both the spine and a single pass of intestine, diaphragm and all those pesky not-liver organs be damned.
** In the entire universe. Only 'one' character is not built like this, and she is 'supposed' to be ugly.
* ''Madame Mirage'' was specifically designed in-universe to have this body type -- her real identity is a small, athletic blonde with a body as flat as a board from every angle, so (with the help of hologram technology) she disguises as a tall, "impossibly-endowed brunette" [[spoiler:based on her dead sister]]. It's also hinted that there's at least ''some'' degree of wish fulfillment behind the Madame Mirage persona's appearance.

[[folder:Fashion Design]]
* [[http://www.fashionhippo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Kate-Winslet-Stella-McCartney-Miracle-Dress.jpg This]] Stella [=McCartney=] dress creates the optical illusion that the wearer has one of these.
* Fashion from Victorian Britain seems to have been striving towards this at times, with all the corsets and padding and whatnot.
* {{Franchise/Barbie}} is notorious for this. The reason this is under fashion design: the narrow waist is allegedly intended to compensate for the heavy seams in such small clothing. Whether this is actually true or not, around 2000 Mattel chose to switch to a wider waist design.

* Princess Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
** Bonus points for actually getting [[DeathsHourglass trapped in an hourglass.]]
* Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
* Four of the muses and Aphrodite, from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', have waists so tiny they could probably wrap one hand around them. Oddly enough, Megara ends up with HartmanHips, despite being the only female to make use of her womanly charms.
* Holli Would from ''CoolWorld''.
* Miss Forcible, in her youth, and the Other Miss Forcible from the film version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''
* The evil stepmother Frieda from ''WesternAnimation/HappilyNEverAfter''.
* Francesca from ''WesternAnimation/MadMonsterParty''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BVg1WzS5Co&feature=related Sita]] from ''WesternAnimation/SitaSingsTheBlues''.
* Mad Madame Mim sports this when she makes herself pretty in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''.
* Mrs. Toad From ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'' who has huge NonMammalMammaries on top of a near nonexistent waist, and wide hips to match.
* Jessica Rabbit from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' is more one of the more famous and extreme cases of this trope. She was originally designed with more (relatively speaking) [[http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/5587/jessicarabbitconceptart.jpg realistic proportions]], but the creators decided that they wanted an unrealistic quality about her sexiness. She's a toon, after all.
** The cosplayer Yaya Han made an excellent Jessica Rabbit outfit with [[OfCorsetsSexy a steel-boned corset]], two push-up bras, and a bustle, and she ''still'' couldn't match Jessica Rabbit's canonical measurements.
* The famous unfinished animated film ''The Thief and the Cobbler'' provides a [[http://thedissolve.com/features/movie-of-the-week/602-animations-lost-masterpiece/ pretty remarkable example]].
* Aurora from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''
* Belle from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''

[[folder: Literature]]
* Deconstructed in [[http://tsa.transform.to/misc/bodybyharmani.html Body By Harmani]]. The woman had herself genetically altered to have a designer's body. One of the alternations involve this. Unfortunately, it's dangerous to her health since her internal organs are wedged in tight and she has to do constant exercises just to move at all.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* An episode of ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' actually {{deconstruct|edTrope}}s this trope. Dennis takes up fashion designing, and specifically designs his clothes for someone with an exaggerated hourglass figure. Of course, since no one in real life actually has one...

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* All the women in ''LilAbner'', except Mammy Yokum.

* The woman standing next to Spock on the playfield for [[Creator/MidwayGames Bally]]'s ''[[Pinball/StarTrekBally Star Trek]]'' pinball has a waist only ''slightly'' wider than her head.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Vivi from ''VideoGame/BrainDead13''.
* Valentina from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', who has about the same proportions as her martini glass she's always carrying and is one of the few Mario characters with noticeable breasts.
* The ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'' series has two: Mrs. Arrow (debuting in ''X'') and Princia Ramode (''GX''/''AX'').
* [[spoiler:Grunty]] from ''BanjoKazooie'''s GameOver screen.
* The Dark Queen from ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}''.
* [[ActionGirl Jessica]] [[FieryRedhead Albert]] in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. Ditto for the elf maiden Rajah and the Witch-type enemies.
* [[http://zeldawiki.org/File:Veran.png Veran]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames''.
* Both Ringford Queen Elfaria and Queen Odette from ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' have pencil thin waists sandwiched in between huge breasts and wide hips. In Queen Odette's case it makes sense considering aside from the breasts she is literately just skin and [[DemBones bone]].
* Lara Croft was one of these in the early installment of the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' franchise, though her character design in later installments have been [[http://img851.imageshack.us/f/laracroft.jpg/ progressively averting this trope]] by widening her waist and [[http://nixiepixel.com/media/blogs/a/tomb_raider_boobs.jpg shrinking her breasts.]] Since ''Tomb Raider Underworld'', she now has a realistic hourglass figure. In ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'', [[http://images.wikia.com/laracroft/images/f/fd/Lara_Croft_concept.jpg she looks even more normal]].
* Iroha from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''.
* Sarah and Vanessa of the ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' series.
* Taldeer, Macha, and the unnamed Farseers in the first DawnOfWar game.
* The beautiful Queen of Tumblers Salina from ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}''.
* Most females from the ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' series, including the titular protagonist.
* Morgan [=LeFlay=] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland''.
** And the other character that uses her model, [[PaletteSwap Elaine Marley-Threepwood]].
* Suzy from TonicTrouble.
* Solange, the protagonist from ''VideoGame/CodeOfPrincess''.
* Betilla and the rest of the nymph sisters of ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' surely fit this trope. Fortunately they've got wings, otherwise they'd probably snap right in half.
* Almost '''everyone''', in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has a pretty thin physique. Yes, even the some of the boys, including the main protagonist Neku.
** It only becomes even more noticeable when the main cast appears in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''. Though still heavily stylized, Sora and Riku's proportions aren't nearly as extreme, making Neku and some of his friends look downright ''anorexic''. It's arguably even weirder considering the characters for both games were designed by the [[Creator/TetsuyaNomura the same guy]].
* Aeon from {{Skullgirls}} takes this trope to extreme levels where her midsection is literally a hourglass.
* Barbie in ''VideoGame/BarbieSuperModel'' has a perfect, impossible figure. Well, it is a Barbie game, after all.
* The weapons select screen for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' reveal that quarian women don't have HartmanHips, but have this instead; Tali's hips are not significantly wider than Fem!Shep's or any other female squadmate's hips, but her hourglass figure is much narrower.
* The Sorceress from ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' is the shapeliest of the three female playable characters.
* [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Candy Kong]] is noticeably the only Kong with this body type, bordering right into {{Fanservice}}.
* All the main girls of ''VideoGame/{{Roommates}}'' have extremely slim waists, slim-to-moderately-curvy hips, and enormous breasts. Exactly how thin their waists are varies, from Sally and Isabella being HollywoodThin to Anne being downright '''anorexic''' everywhere but her chest. Your HollywoodPudgy classmate Carmen is the only one whose body even ''begins'' to look like it ought to have such a large bra size, but she's only a minor character.

* Most of the Archon team from ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' - especially Max. Subverted by Sydney having virtually no figure at all but wearing a ComicBook/WonderWoman pattern T-shirt.
* The title character of ''Webcomic/DoctorVoluptua''.
* Lavender from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. {{lampshade|Hanging}}d [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-04-11 here]], but {{justified|Trope}} as she belongs to a species of shapeshifting aliens and thus can have whatever figure she likes.
** Not so justified with the CSI lady, though.
* Phobia from ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia''. It even gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d [[http://gastrophobia.com/index.php?date=2009-08-31 here.]]
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Space Princess Voluptua]] (at least her human form) from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''.
* This is the basic body shape for many female characters of ''Webcomic/LasLindas''. It tends to be more obvious in {{fanservice}}-heavy segments, like ''Breasts are the Best'' (as [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mora_Linda_7131.jpg Mora Linda]] demonstrates).
* Both [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Ben'Joon]] and [[AmazonianBeauty Pella]] from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup''.
* Quite a few female characters from ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'', but most obviously Tentadora.
* All three of the women in ''[[http://fourthfloorcomics.comicgenesis.com/ Life on the Fourth Floor]]'', especially [[DumbBlonde Amy]] [[GagBoobs Ravencroft]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* This [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bust/waist/hip_measurements#mediaviewer/File:Condition_of_cut-in_waist.gif picture]] from [[TheOtherWiki Wikipedia]]. It's called "Condition of Cut-in Waist".
* ''[[http://eschergirls.tumblr.com Escher Girls]]'' posts and mocks some pretty jarring examples of this or illustrations with just the impossibly small waists. Most of the works do this in spite of having an otherwise realistic art-style.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Virtually every girl on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', especially Lindsay. In fact it's easier to list the one's who aren't: Beth, Leshawna, Sadie, Jo, Staci, and Sugar. Lindsay, however, [[InformedAttractiveness is apparently]], [[MsFanservice the most attractive female character on the show]].
* Hello Nurse from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', as seen on the picture above.
* Princess Aura from ''[[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon The New Adventures of Flash Gordon]]''.
* Miss Sara Bellum and Sedusa from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* Suga Mama on one episode of TheProudFamily when she lost weight before her wedding.
* Princess Mandie from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
* Certain female characters from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. Notably, [[DarkActionGirl Shego]] and [[AlphaBitch Bonnie Rockwaller]] as the most prominent examples among recurring characters.
* "Red" (or "Lou") from Creator/TexAvery's cartoons.
* [[GoldDigger Jez]] from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* Virtually every female in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}. Bruce Timm clearly loves him some hourglass curves.
* The entire ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''... look at those girls! Is it even possible for waists too skinny to support their boobs and hips?! Supermodels clearly try to get figures like those girls.
* Kimmy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sym-Bionic Titan}}''.
* WesternAnimation/BettyBoop.
* Dennis' mother, Alice Mitchell, from ''WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace''.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' featured the Sirens. You know you have a winner when you realize that even their ''arms'' are thicker than their waists!
* [[BellyDancer Princess Kashmir]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* When Candace from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is shown as an adult, her figure has gone from literally pencil-straight to improbable hourglass. The mother of three has HartmanHips naturally enough, but unnaturally has a thinner waist than her much lighter teenage self.
** Vanessa already has one, and she's the same age as Candace.
* Panty the Panther from ''Animation/ElArca''.
* [[UglyGuyHotWife Pete's wife]] and Pistol and PJ's mother, Peg from ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''.
* Maddie Fenton from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* Clarice from the ''WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale'' classic cartoons managed to get away with both having generous hips and an ample bosom, and little in between.
* Angelina Kerplopolis-Awesome, mother of Les Awesome and Thera Kerplopolis-Awesome, from ''WesternAnimation/RatedAForAwesome''.
* Elise from ''WesternAnimation/DanVs''.
* Turanga Leela from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. She's even been described as having 36-24-36 body measurements, the supposed "perfect" female body.
* Morgana Macawber from ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''.
* Miss Information and Lydia Karaoke from ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}''.
* Garnet from StevenUniverse.