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->''Now, a corset can do a lot for a lady'' \\
''Especially when a lady's got a lot''\\
''And a lady can do a lot for that cor-set''\\
''By filling in the bottom and top.''
-->-- "A Corset Can Do a Lot For a Lady", ''The First Travelling Saleslady''

Of course a corset is sexy. Designed to shape a woman's silhouette, it has captured people's attention for centuries for its ability to shrink the waist, define the hips, and to create heaving bosoms where there were once none. Even after they stopped being ubiquitous in the early 20th century[[note]]thanks in part due to the rise of the brassiere[[/note]], they remained a feature in period films and fetish magazines. More recently, they have gone through a renaissance of sorts-Śnow oftentimes as outerwear--thanks in part to the popularity of movies like ''Film/MoulinRouge'' and the rise in popularity of things like the {{Goth}} and [[SteamPunk steam]]/{{dieselpunk}} genre and the resurgence of the burlesque scene.

In older fiction, corsets were sometimes used as a way to provide mild fan service--after all, getting to see a woman's corset meant seeing a woman in a state of undress. While they are still sometimes used in this manner, corsets are now also something the costumers go for when they want something unconventionally sexy but doesn't require them to show a lot of skin.

Can involve ImpossiblyLowNeckline, SexyCoatFlashing. See also OfCorsetHurts for another common use of the garment in fiction.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ruby in ''RosarioToVampire'' wear one of these as a default outfit, [[CosplayOtakuGirl when she's not in a costume for the lulz]]. She's quite aware of the sexiness factor, and quite often uses this to her advantage as well.
** Moka's mother Akasha combines a fiery corset and a pair of [[WhoWearsShortShorts short shorts]] under her dress, as revealed [[spoiler: during her sacrificial attempt to go Medieval on Alucard's ass.]]
* Though she changes her outfit regularly, [[MsFanservice Mai Valentine]] of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' always keeps a basque/bustier as an accessory.
* Male example: Loran Cehack from ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' is ordered to show up at the party arranged by the Moon Race as the Turn A Gundam's pilot, though the Moon Race were told he was a female pilot named Laura. Kihel thought Loran was feminine enough and filled out a dress well, but added a corset just to make it more convincing.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Asuna and Setsuna are forced into this, and despite the obviously awkward structure of the outfit itself (never mind the undergarment), they managed to fight at full strength.
** Far later in the series, Yuuna is shown fighting in this as well [[spoiler:as it is included with her pactio.]]
* Einhart Stratos of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'' wears an underbust corset as part of her standard outfit.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': There's the resident DarkActionGirl Adiane the Elegant who combined a corset with her tail whip and [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatch]] for maximum sexiness.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has TeamMom [[BrokenBird Robin]], wearing one of these, possibly a gift from her [[HeelFaceTurn previous]] boss, [[DiabolicalMastermind Mr.]] [[ThePaidForHarem O]], since running around [[AdventureArchaeologist ruins]] in that and [[ZettaiRyouiki fishnets]] is hardly practical.
* In the first episode of ''{{Texhnolyze}}'' a bizarre, bionically augmented woman wears a red one as she has sex with Ichise.
* Slan, the only female member of the Godhand from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' pretty much wears one as her only article of clothing. And it's an underbust. To make it even kinkier, she wears a neck corset too.
* While every woman in ''VictorianRomanceEmma'' wears a corset, one scene in the manga stands out: Emma's employer, Dorothea Meredith, is being dressed for the day, when her husband, Wilhelm, enters the room, and proceeds to lace his wife's corset, as a prelude for impromptu sexy-time.
** The author's commentary for that particular scene enhances the sexy part, with the author musing about the sexual implications and intimacy brought by a male lacing his wife (or his FrenchMaid)'s outfit.
* A very unique example, the Slime girl from 'Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' wears one as her default outfit. Why? We don't know.
* In a ''very'' unusual instance, the male VillainProtagonist of ''Manga/DeathNote'', [[BrokenAce Light Yagami]], wears a corset under his shirt for a portion of the story... in order to hide [[PersonOfMassDestruction his favorite]] [[ArtifactOfDeath murder weapon]]. Of course, in the anime version, he finds an [[TrouserSpace equally awkward place to keep it]].
* The BigBad of ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', appropriately named [[ThemeNaming Corset]], pretty much makes it a mission in life to [[AvertedTrope avert the hell out of this trope as hard as he possibly can]]. OfCorsetHurts, though... but he wouldn't have it any other way.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': This is deliberately invoked by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ghost_Talker%27s_Daydream_cover.jpg the anime's cover art]], which shows Misaki in her S&M attire, which she almost always wears under her street clothes, since she's [[{{dominatrix}} a dominatrix.]]
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''In KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', the female members of the Crucible all wear dominatrix style outfits.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain White Rabbit wears this, and very little else.
* If {{X-23}} isn't wearing a [[BareYourMidriff short tanktop]] or what essentially amounts to a ''bra'' or bikini top, chances are she's wearing one of these.
* This is part of Screamqueen's (who is a goth girl vampire) standard outfit in ''ComicBook/ScareTactics'', and she is definitely the sexiest member of the band.
* ''ComicBook/LadyMechanika'''s central character is a SteamPunk {{Cyborg}} ActionGirl who is never seen without her corset.
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[[folder:Films]]
* The page quote comes from the 1956 musical ''The First Traveling Saleslady'', starring GingerRogers and CarolChanning. Paradoxically, Rogers spends most of the movie trying to hawk barbed wire in Texas (and eluding ranchers, including her love interest, deeply opposed to same) while disguising herself as what she originally was, a corset saleswoman!
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'': Elizabeth is made to wear one in an early scene because it was "the latest fashion in London" and she was going to meet a suitor. In the audio commentary Keira Knightley says her cleavage was painted on.
* Rita Escobar, love interest of both of the main characters from ''Film/WildWildWest'' and several other gorgeous women in corsets as one of its better points.
* ''Film/{{Underworld}}''. Selene wears a corset ''over'' her [[SpyCatsuit black leather (pleather? latex? vinyl?) catsuit]]. The sequel implies that the corset has an actual function: being bullet-resistant, which comes in handy when the character gets buckshot straight to the chest. The corset comes away with only minor damage, and Selene just gets pissed off.
* Several of the characters from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' appear in corsets and fishnets for the final act, albeit under mind control.
* MaggieCheung spends much of her screen time in ''IrmaVep'' wearing a fetish bodysuit with built-in corset. At one point, her body double complains that the corset is too tight, but Maggie replies that she feels fine in hers.
* Jane Smith wears a corset as part of her dominatrix outfit (which she wears to get to a mark) in ''MrAndMrsSmith''.
* As if she needed any more help catching male viewers' attentions, Lilah in ''Film/JonahHex'' wears a couple of shockingly tight corsets.
* Carmela strips to a black corset and stockings for an examination by doctor PeterSellers in ''The Millionairess''.
* Clotilde and Madeleine wear corsets in several scenes in the 2011 version of ''BelAmi''; Madeleine has sex with Georges in one scene while wearing her pink satin corset, and Georges laces Clotilde into her powder-blue corset after a tryst.
* Miriam strips down to her corset (and then removes it, slipping under the sheets nude except for black silk drawers) during her first bedroom scene in ''TheGreatTrainRobbery''.
* The intense desire of Patti Robinson to be allowed to wear corsets as a mark of her transition to young womanhood is a key plot point in the early-1950's musical ''Two Weeks With Love''. She wants to wear corsets so much, in fact, that she even has fantasies about them, set to the music of the aria from "The Chocolate Soldier"; she sashays around wearing only a snug corset, long white gloves, high heels and a picture hat, drawing the attention of every man around her like a lodestone!
* One scene in the 1962 comedy ''It Happened In Athens'' features Eleni Costa stripping down to her underwear, revealing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtjNRyrkVYA an impressively tight corset]]. It is in that state of undress that she first meets and tries do seduce a young man, Spiridon Loues, whom she finds taking a shower in her bathroom.
* Lina Cavalieri fights a sword duel while stripped down to her camisole and corset (with a pair of tight pants and cavalier-style boots) in one scene in ''La Donna Piu' Bella Del Mondo'' ("Beautiful But Dangerous"), and is clearly tightly corseted in several other scenes under her GorgeousPeriodDress.
* Odette is shown donning a corset (with the help of her maid) in an early scene in ''Swann In Love''.
* In ''StarWars Episode II: AttackOfTheClones'' Padme Amidala wears a black dress with a mermaid skirt, leather corset, and feather shawl in the fireside scene.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* The protagonist of Creator/JohnVarley's ''Literature/SteelBeach'' adopts corsets when she moves into a Victorian-era historical reenactment community (even though period underwear is not required) on the theory that anything worth doing is worth doing right. She freely admits the titillation factor played a significant role in her decision.
* In ''GoneWithTheWind'', Scarlett's corset wearing skills are such that she has the smallest waist in the region, which is cited as one of the main reasons for her appeal. Later on (between and after pregnancies) she absolutely refuses to let go of that waist and demands her servants to lace her up as before.
* Swedish writer Simona Ahrnstedt goes back and forth between this and ''OfCorsetHurts'' in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. If a woman shapes her body as much as possible, men will of course find her more attractive. But we also get several allusions to how uncomfortable it can be to wear a corset, but a lady is expected to do it anyway. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Abby on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has a few; they go rather nicely with her [[PerkyGoth tiny miniskirts and combat boots]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** A requirement for female vampires. Who don't have to breathe, as [[LampshadeHanging noticed]] by Willow Rosenberg. Vampire Willow was an extreme example.
--> '''Willow:''' It's a little binding. I guess vampires really don't have to breathe. Gosh look at those.
** Anne wore one when she was going through her "Chanterelle" phase.
* This seems to extend to ''TheVampireDiaries'', as sexy vampire [[FemmeFatale Katherine]] wears one even when she's in bed. Sorta justified, as she lives in Civil War America. She seems to have ditched them in the present though.
* Just about all the actresses, both lead and extra, in ''{{Series/Dracula}}'' wear corsets under their gowns and dresses, or visibly in some scenes.
* Mrs. Peel wore one in the episode "A Touch of Brimstone" of ''Series/TheAvengers'', which was about a resurrected Hellfire Club.
* In ''CoronationStreet'', Rosie Webster tries to seduce someone while wearing a basque. This got the "ban this filth" brigade at the ''Daily Mail'' hot and bothered, and they promptly printed a picture to accompany said article.
* Considering her MataHari status, it is not too surprising that [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] ended up in one on more than one occasion. One incident involved Sydney singing in a nightclub (it wasn't apparently that good), sidling her way over to TheDragon during it, with the objective being to get his biometric data for later use in cracking his security system.
* In one of the ''Series/{{Babylon 5}}'' TV Movies (''River of Souls''), a shady businessman runs a holo-brothel Down Below. One of his more popular models is Captain Elizabeth Lochley in a corset. It's especially popular with [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer the female customers]].
* In "Western Show", an episode of ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', not only does Theresa say she likes the corset she's wearing, but then Jerry asks why he doesn't have one.
* Aside from the 'corset-as-outer-wear' that the Queen wears as part of her costume, ''Series/QueenOfSwords'' (being set in 1817) also features the female cast wearing corsets as the more traditional undergarment. [[MostWritersAreMale Naturally]] the writers never pass up an opportunity to show TheVamp Vera lounging around in her corset waiting for her lover.
* The ''{{Smallville}}'' episode ''Spell'' has the witches in corsets, as mentioned in the commentary, and when Lana's boyfriend asks her why she's dressed like that she says it makes her feel sexy. At the end of the episode Clark says that the witch who had possessed Lana had been aggressively sexy so Lana calls her an evil slut.
* Corsets are a staple for Kenzi on ''{{Series/Lost Girl}}''
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/EmilieAutumn is very, very big on corsets. [[MsFanservice And she doesn't skimp on how tightly they're laced, either, even during concerts.]]
* Sharon den Adel, lead singer of Music/WithinTemptation, who designs all her stage clothes herself (she studied fashion before becoming a professional singer) usually wears a corset on stage.
* Corsets are pretty much staples in the wardrobe of any lead female singer of most GothicMetal, {{industrial}}, {{darkwave}}, or related music acts.
* Cherie Currie of the Runaways wore a white corset/basque as her trademark stage gear, as a quick google of her name immediately demonstrates.
* Music/{{Madonna}}: The woman was infamous for her corsets back in the '80s.
* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Former]] Music/{{Versailles}} bassist Jasmine You wore these. This is notable mostly because [[WholesomeCrossdresser he was a man]]...a man who could pull off a corset [[StupidSexyFlanders better than most women can]].
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The backglass for ''Pinball/BlackRose'' shows Captain Rose going into battle wearing a cape and a blood-red corset.
* The dominatrix Rider of Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Centaur}}'' wears a tight black leather corset.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Daffney| Unger}} wore corsets when hosting Shine 3 and Shine 5.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Toys/AmeComiGirls'': Duella Dent's {{Steampunk}} inspired costume consists of a corset, [[StockingFiller garter belt and stockings]], opera gloves, [[NiceHat a top hat]], and [[GogglesDoNothing goggles]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Yashiro in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' wears one, although curiously she wears it ''over'' her shirt.
* Yggdra and Monica from ''YggdraUnion'' are both drawn wearing corsets (and Yggdra starts out with an item called the Silk Corset equipped). Seeing as the game is in a vaguely medieval-renaissance-industrial-revolution-type era, it only makes sense that Yggdra (as a princess) might have to wear one. [[FridgeLogic Seeing as Monica is a peasant, though, she shouldn't be able to afford hers...]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' puts Harley Quinn in one as part of her NaughtyNurseOutfit.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'':
** The vampire Stella, from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'', wears one as part of her costume.
** The succubus from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' wears a corset, albeit one that only covers her waist and leaves her breasts exposed.
* ''VideoGame/FableII'' has it as an option, if worn by a female hero, it raises the attractiveness stats by a considerable amount. [[WholesomeCrossDresser when worn by a male hero on the other hand...]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' has several {{NPC}}s and supernatural non-humans in corsets. Most notable are the [[HornyDevils Succubus]], higher level versions of which drop a (non-wearable) corset; and NPC nightclub singer Rua, who wears a [[MsFanservice rather brief version]].
* Among other stripperific costumes, most of the modded heavy armor in the ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' mod ''ADanceWithRogues'' turned into external corsets and panties. And nothing else.
* One of these is Casey Lynch's alternate costume in ''[[GuitarHero Guitar Hero III]]''.
* [[TheGunslinger Gun-toting]] SheFu extraordinaire Saika Magoichi from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' wears a [[SexyBacklessOutfit backless]] corset that only seems to stay on through sheer force of will.
* Trish from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' wears one with a giant slit down the front.
* Young Lescanzi Witches in ''DungeonSiege III'' tend to favor this look, including playable character Katarina and [[spoiler: her sister]] Leona. [[spoiler: Also confirmed by a WhereAreTheyNow segment if you turn control of Gunderic Manor over to Leona.]]
* Natasha from ''VideoGame/RustyHearts'' wears a [[BareYourMidriff midriff-baring]] one.
* The female prostitutes at the Blooming Rose in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' wear variously colored corsets and nothing else...as does, perhaps surprisingly, the wide-eyed innocent [[BadassAdorable Merrill]] if you romance her.
* Elizabeth from ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' wears one under her shirt, and then [[FanService without a shirt]] after her original outfit is soaked with blood. The game even makes you cinch it up for her at one point after it becomes loose.
* FemmeFatale Belleza from ''SkiesOfArcadia'' wears one ''over a turtleneck''.
* A zigzagged version of the trope appears in VideoGame/FallenLondon, where one can buy a dress that comes with a corset. Due to the nature of the game, you won't get to actually see anyone wearing the corset, but the text does acknowledge that it does "wonders for the figure" (and can also stop a knife).
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Lucy, the Daiva of Lust, in ''Webcomic/DevilBear'' wears a corset as part of her standard wardrobe.
* Amber in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' wore this during her sexy phase (while Robin filled in for her as the {{Meganekko}}).
* An early arc in ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' involved Kestrel and Shannon shopping for corsets as a sexy-time thing for Shannon and Felix's anniversary.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* A few characters from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' wear these as part of their costume:
** The Sorceress, a [[{{Satan}} devil-worshipping]] witch, wears the {{Stripperific}} corset-and-thong combo.
** The [[{{Necromancer}} Bone White Queen]] wears a corset in combination with a ShowgirlSkirt.
** The heroic telepath Bella wears a corset-and-skirt combination.
* Internet babe Vinyl Meow (also known as Amy Villainous) is almost ''never'' seen without a corset. This might be one reason why she looks nowhere near the 200 pounds her modelling profile lists (the other being her enormous breasts).
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick will wear a corset once in a while.
** In ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' review of "Moulin Rouge", Lindsay, Nella, and Elisa show up wearing corsets and [[FluffyFashionFeathers feather boas]].
** In ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick the Chick]] shows up at [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Critic's]] house with a corset and fishnets for a Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow review. Critic tentatively asks if ''she's'' going to be wearing it and Chick grins cheerfully and tells him [[DraggedIntoDrag nope]]. Sadly, due to [[KilledOffForReal Critic's sudden existence failure]], we never get to see it.
* The host of ''WebVideo/VampireReviews'', The Maven of the Eventide, loves wearing corsets.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' picture above comes from the episode "Helter Shelter" where the family becomes the star of a ''1900's House''-style reality show. The scene in question shows Marge getting laced into a corset and initially being satisfied at its effects on her figure, before realizing that the stays had made her feet swell up to twice their normal size.
* Gwen from ''TotalDrama''
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