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->''"By the way, it's cool that it's red and all, but what pervert designed this suit? It's a bit revealing!"''
-->-- '''Asuka''', ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''

For some reason, sports in both RealLife and in fiction tend to feature quite an expanse of revealed flesh -- or flesh ''not'' revealed, but in artful ways. This trope is where {{Stripperific}} meets the sporting arena, where audiences are equally likely to tune in for the {{Fanservice}} and the actual sport itself.

Can be {{justified|Trope}} in some situations, where an outfit providing more covering would be impractical in other ways. Sports such as gymnastics fall into this category, as less tight-fitting and skimpy clothes would be potentially restrictive, distracting, or get caught in the equipment. Likewise sports that prioritize speed of the human body in motion, such as various kinds of racing, tend to minimize the surface area on clothing to reduce drag. One of the few fanservice tropes that is often applied equally to both sexes.

Compare FormFittingWardrobe, LeotardOfPower, WalkingSwimsuitScene, SuperheroesWearTights.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''{{Gunbuster}}'' seems to have these, though they're not ''that'' different from gym uniforms in other anime.
* Hwa Ryun's battle suit and mask outfit in ''{{Tower of God}}'s'' Crown Game.
* The artist of ''HeIsMyMaster'' decided instead of the typical bloomers that are seen in 99% of anime, she would do spatz -- essentially skintight shorts. In one [[BonusMaterial omake]] (author's comment at the end of a book) she points out that she did it because with the screentone in manga, she can essentially draw the girls bottomless and get away with it.
* [[GenderBender Female!Ranma]] and Kodachi wear tight, bottom (and bosom)-hugging leotards in ''RanmaOneHalf'''s [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics]] tournament. Akane also wore one during training, but didn't get to compete.
* Most of the characters in ''Hikari No Densetsu'', which is totally justified since this is a manga/anime about rhythmic gymnastics.
* A part of the standard performance costumes in ''KaleidoStar''.
* This is regularly played up for gymnast Makie in ''MahouSenseiNegima''
* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'': Miu. So much.
* When a ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' doesn't render you near-naked, it's this instead.
* Similar to the Numbers, pretty much every female in ''SoltyRei'' aside from the Elegant Lolita.
* Mostly the females in ''LightNovel/KyoukaiSenjouNoHorizon''.
* Melpha from Anime/QueensBlade wears two layers of clothing. A dress and underneath it, a skintight unitard that may as well be a second skin. Despite fully covering her massive chest she [[http://i.imgur.com/wTlD91o.jpg still has cleavage]].
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Nearly ''every single'' superhero/heroine that isn't wearing full body armor or normal street clothes dresses in this. It's also somewhat of a case of a justified trope, especially those who are brawlers (hard to grab hold of, if not wearing a cape) or rely on flexibility and agility (there's a ''reason'' that gymnasts wear it). That's not to say that functionality is [[MostCommonSuperpower the]] [[MaleGaze only]] [[FetishFuel reason,]] though..
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Gladiators}}''. And on that note, ''Series/AmericanGladiators''. Especially the revival (Hello, Crush!).
* Early morning workout shows. Back in the 90s there were a whole slew of them on ESPN, and they featured girls (and sometimes a few guys) doing exercises. While wearing spandex.
* Occasionally, the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series combines this with FutureSpandex. In the case of Seven of Nine from ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', it's given a HandWave as somehow medical because of her de-Borgification. Deanna Troi from ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' and T'Pol from ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' go unexplained. There are also some male characters (although usually a guest star) who wear one-piece suits tight enough to bulge.
** Perhaps most obvious in the TNG episode, Legacy. The Enterprise crew meets their deceased crewmate's sister. When they meet her, she's wearing a utilitarian leather jacket, shirt, and pants. For some reason, when she starts working with the Enterprise crew, they put her in spandex.
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[[folder:Manhua]]
* All of Liu Li's military outfits from ''Manhua/SchoolShock'' are like this, be it the LeotardOfPower or the [[http://i.imgur.com/jopJb.png full body suit]].
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Eric Prydz, "Call on Me".
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* All of the skiiers in Creator/{{Sega}}'s ''Pinball/{{Sapporo}}'' wear full-body ski suits that cling to them completely.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* It seems that RealLife female athletes competition outfits are getting progressively skimpier.
** Ironically, the low-friction modern competitive swimwear is more concealing than the a number of the outfits for the female athletes.
* Gymnastics itself, as noted above, is one of the more explicit examples of this trope for both men and women.
* Beach volleyball.
** To a lesser extent, volleyball in general.
* Professional (American) football players wear tight-fitting trousers and usually tight jerseys as well. This is because a player can be legally tackled by someone grabbing their clothes.
** Though really only their rear-ends and parts of the leg are truly skintight. Most of the rest of the body is padded.
* In the world of tennis, {{Wimbledon}} has limits on just how "unrestrictively" the ladies can dress.
* Swimwear, of most sorts for women. And for men too, except men's trunks, but there are the jammers, and if you leave the U.S., "Speedo" briefs become popular.
** It's worth pointing out that in the U.S., "Speedo" has become a catch-all term for a particular style of briefs, which is not entirely accurate, since similar briefs are manufactured by Nike, truWest, Turbo, Tyr, Dolfin, Arena, Kiefer, and Adidas, to name a few. In Australia, however, where Speedo's headquarters are, the style is called a ''budgie smuggler'' because it looks like you're trying to smuggle a small bird in your briefs.
* Speed Skating and Short Track.
* Averted with fencing, in which the outfits are there to provide protection from the impact of the full weight of the other person flying down the strip at you concentrated into an area of less than a square centimeter.
* Bikram yoga or any derivation thereof. When the room's 115 degrees and 100% humidity, you want as little clothing as possible and what there is should be skintight to wick it away from your skin.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' book ''Arsenal'' describes a product line by Zo called "Second Skin," which "provides protection, comfort, and style for open-minded people." It's a custom-tailored, skin-tight armored bodysuit that comes in either opaque or transparent.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Mimi Marquez in ''{{RENT}}''. Any rendition of the play. Particularly for the song "Out Tonight".
* One Los Angeles production of ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' set in the modern day had an... unusual interpretation of Malvolio's "Cross-gartered yellow stockings." Yellow spandex. Fortunately he was a fairly good-looking fella, otherwise...
* One word: ''{{Cats}}''. Naturally, the female characters combine this with being {{Catgirl}}s... sort of.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[http://www.videogamesblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/taki-in-soul-calibur-4.jpg Taki]] from the ''SoulSeries''. Outfits in this series tend to take this trope UpToEleven.
* Chloe from ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia''.
* The Dark Suit Riku from ''KingdomHearts'' dons once he pulls a FaceHeelTurn. [[BirthBySleep Vanitas]] has one too.
* Vanessa from PN03.
* The female cleric from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' is sometimes depicted dressed in an orange spandex bodysuit.
* A good number of the mooks in ''VideoGame/TheBouncer'' are wearing skin-tight spandex outfits, presumably because they're supposed to have {{Ninja}} training. Their leader Mugetsu also wears one. If you follow Koh's path when the heroes split up, he dons one of these outfits as well to disguise himself.
* [[{{Metroid}} Zero Suit Samus]], especially in the ''SuperSmashBrothers'' games.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* Uryuom workers uniforms in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-12-29 are this]]. Since they are designed for humanoid {{Shapeshifting}} aliens, they are extremely form-fitting yet as comfortable as underwear. Ellen even notes that it is almost sensual.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* In the WhateleyUniverse, it is the stock 'beginner' super-suit at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy. The school provides a variety of basic colors, including white and gray and black.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The episode "Dating, Acme Acres Style" of ''{{Tiny Toon Adventures}}''. Buster has a [[LustfulMelt very exaggerated reaction]] to Babs's spandex outfit. (Babs: "Rule #1, girls: never underestimate the power of [[SensualSpandex spandex]].")
* Worn in ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' by [[FanDisservice Miss Finster]].
* In season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', Evangelyne switches her original outfit for a black full-body suit. It actually covers her more, but is very hugging.
* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: "It feels like I'm wearing nothing at all! ''[[StupidSexyFlanders Nothing at all]]!'' '''''[[MemeticMutation Nothing at all!]]'''''"
* In season 4 of ''CodeLyoko'' all the main cast had their [[DigitalAvatar virtual appearances]] changed, and all of these changes involved SensualSpandex
* Claire's Detroit Deluxe outfit and Foxy's get-up in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Full-body swimsuits. While they [[CaptainObvious don't expose as much skin]], they still do tend to be form-fitting--form-''compressing'', in some cases.
* "Leggings as pants". Are there laws against this in certain areas? There's a whole facebook page as well as a site dedicated to ''hating'' that look.
* And of course the trope image - speed skating outfits. Although technically not spandex (they're made of different material), they have the same effect. Somewhat unique in this trope as this applies to both male and female athletes. Further emphasized by the fact that speed skaters tend to have very well developed thighs and rear ends and, well, the sport demands they spend much of their time in the position illustrated above. Bonus points when a team orders unexpectedly sheer or light-colored outfits without first actually seeing what they do when put on a well-formed human body under fluorescent lights...
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