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->'''Calvert:''' Now listen. You've got to distract the guard.\\
'''Sue:''' How? \\
'''Calvert:''' Guess. ''(starts to unlace Sue's blouse)'' Don't! ''(blocks her slap)'' ...do that.\\
'''Sue:''' Well what do you expect?!\\
'''Calvert:''' Look, you're a very nice girl but the last thing I need is that, especially on a staircase.\\
'''Sue:''' What do I do?\\
'''Calvert:''' Just appear and lust will do the rest.\\
'''Sue:''' What if he doesn't fancy me?\\
'''Calvert:''' Well, that's all we need -- a guard that's queer!
-->-- ''[[Creator/AlistairMaclean When Eight Bells Toll]]'' (1971)

A character (almost AlwaysFemale) [[WeNeedADistraction provides a distraction]] by flirting with and/or showing some skin to an opposing guard, SpearCarrier and/or RedShirt characters. Of course [[BuxomIsBetter if you have large breasts]] it's a lot easier. And some characters [[HelloNurse are distractions all by themselves]].

[[IThoughtItMeant This trope does not mean]] characters whose outfit only covers their top half; that's {{Stripperiffic}}, ShesGotLegs or possibly WhoWearsShortShorts This trope is probably the only reason a female warrior would even ''consider'' a ChainmailBikini. Might be more directly applied via a KissOfDistraction.

See also: {{Fanservice}}, BathKick, DistractedByTheSexy, ActionDressRip. Compare FakeOutMakeOut. Contrast IgnoreTheFanservice.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', Urd turns the tide of a softball match by showing up in a uniform two sizes too small without a bra, destroying the focus of the all-male team she and the rest of the cast were playing against.
* Gorgon in ''Manga/AirGear'' lived off of this strategy in AT matches. It had the opposite effect on Onigiri. It really helps that he rode the AT by [[ImprobablePilotingSkills HIS HEAD.]] Gorgon's tattoo are hypnotizing enemies looking at her SexyBacklessOutfit, making them numbs/ slow down. And by turning it upside down (Onigiri, [[IgnoreTheFanservice I look at you]]) it [[FridgeBrilliance increases his speed]] to the point Onigiri activates [[LethalJokeCharacter funnily awesome]] [[SuperMode Smell Road]].
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' reveals this to be one of Sebastian's tactics during the cricket tournament in the ''Weston College'' arc. He has Lau and his horde of Ran-Mao girls sit close to the cricket field. The girls are all showing their legs (back then, the equivalent of naked breasts) to distract the opposite team. It works wonders... until Lau and his girls are forced to leave the field.
* In the very first episode of ''[[Anime/BurnUp Burn Up! W]]'', "Skin Dive", Rio distracts a band of terrorists by ''bungee-jumping naked''. Technically she was wearing a full-body suit that appeared as flesh-colored until she activated it.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Oriana Thompson is a master martial artist, but she also enjoys adopting sexy poses, cupping her boobs, etc to get male opponents to pause mid-attack, landing her easier victories. She one of the few women Touma Kamijo is attracted to, but he completely ignores her sexy tactics and punches her face in when they fight.
* Inverted in ''Anime/{{Claymore}}''. Teresa is ''going'' to be raped by bandits, so she just takes off her clothes. This dissuades them quite handily. [[ItMakesSenseInContext In case you're going "wait, what?" in response to that,]] Claymores ARE [[AmazonBrigade all beautiful women,]] but have [[FanDisservice some kind of hideous defomation in the middle of their torso as a result of the process used to create them.]] At least, [[TakeOurWordForIt that's what has been implied so far.]]
* Subverted in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. One of the clubs in Ashford Academy try to do this to Lelouch in order to catch him during Milly's graduation event. It fails because it's not actually Lelouch but [[NinjaMaid Sayoko]] posing as him.
** This ends up being a CrowningMomentOfFunny, as Sayoko declares "[[NotDistractedByTheSexy Those bodies have no effect on me!]]", to the girls' [[AmbiguouslyGay mild surprise]]. Lelouch, acting as MissionControl, responds to this with "Please quit making me say such strange things."
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop''
** In the anime, Faye Valentine regularly invokes this trope for her own benefit ([[MsFanservice obvious, really]]) although it doesn't always work, Spike in particular possessing an almost Zen-like resistance ([[ShippingGoggles much to her chagrin?]]). Spike is able to resist Faye's beauty because he sees her as a "Woman with attitude" which he states in one episode that he doesn't like, and also because he is still in love with his girlfriend Julia who he had been searching for.
** In the manga, this happens to a man who was arm-wrestling with Spike in one of the side-stories. If the man won, Allison [=MacDool=] (a woman who was traveling with Spike) would be his, but if he lost, Spike would win a bunch of money. When it looked like Spike was losing, Allison opened her shirt (behind Spike), which distracted everyone there, allowing Spike to win.
* In the television incarnation of the ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'', this is a tactic Kei resorted to once when some guards had them at gunpoint with no other choices available -- she tears her top open, and the guards take their eyes off Yuri for just ''one'' fatal second. (This is frequently counted as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.)
** Yuri pulls this off in the first OVA episode simply by ''being a woman'' in a maximum security prison where the inmates haven't seen a woman in years. All she has to do in order to lead a group of guys straight into an ambush is stand hipshot, giggle, and run her hands seductively through her long hair.
* ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' takes this a little further than usual, with the Puma sisters distracting the cops with a [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn striptease]] while their boss reloads his machine gun.
* During the first Budokai Tenkaichi in ''Manga/DragonBall'', Nam's opponent Ranfan strips down to her bra and panties as a distraction. The trope is then subverted when Nam realizes he can fight with his eyes closed.
** The proto-Ranfan is a character from ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' named Renault Citroëen who shares the same design and fighting style. She easily beats Senbei with her looks alone, but not Arale (as she is a female robot) and she quickly gives up.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has Cawey (from Universe 4). She uses sex appeal to distract male opponents, specifically trying to use this to trick Master Roshi. This works initially, but when she tries to spear him and he catches it, he transforms into his max state and talks about how his suppressed lust is making him stronger. Fearful that he'd sexually assault her in that state, she jumps out of the ring.
* Subverted in ''Manga/FairyTail'', where most of the time when [[MsFanservice Lucy]] tries or is forced into attempting this, the enemy is more confused than distracted, and keeps attacking anyway.
** In the first episode, she invoked this in an attempt to get a Spirit Key for a reduced rate from a magic item store. It ''did'' work, but not nearly to the extent that she expected (or would have liked).
** Also used when Natsu realizes an enemy is on his way and gets Lucy to dress up in a revealing outfit and pose seductively in order to distract him. It [[IgnoreTheFanservice failed]].
** Used again when Gemini transformed into Lucy and lifted her top to distract Taurus.
** Lucy and Cana use it rather effectively during the S-Rank test to win their dual against Fried and Bixlow. Except for the fact that Fried and Bixlow were intentionally throwing the fight. The sexy strategy only appeared to work.
** Also averted during the Tenrou Island arc, when [[spoiler: Grimoire Heart's Azuma held the Fairy Tail mages as hostages by sapping all of their magic through his uprooting of the great Tenrou Tree, all except for Erza, whom he provoked into fighting him at full power by this means. At a point during the fight, Erza briefly considered requipping into her newly-acquired Seduction Armor and seeing if a change of tactics availed her, but she ultimately decided against the notion.]]
** In the 7th, OVA, though, Erza made some tears in her {{Sarashi}} bandage halter top to show large amounts of cleavage to lure a bunch of alligators towards her so she could pummel them.
* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Colbert has Siesta walk up to two guards and lift her skirt. While the guards try to flirt with her, the others get behind them and knock them out.
* Used in the Colus/Hagooda War story arc in ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories''. After being kicked off the bus they were taking to see King Colus, Mission Routh forces Ladios & Meg to strip down to their underwear to flag down cars on the highway. A bit of a subversion, since one is an ArtificialHuman & the other is actually a very feminine-looking {{Bishounen}}, and they didn't even need to do it anyway, since the king sent them a limo.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic: The Second Raid''. The soldiers guarding Amalgam's giant mecha are pleasantly surprised when twin {{Emotionless Girl}}s Yu Fan and Yu Lan come in and start smooching and feeling them up. When a mook takes his hand off the AK-47 he's holding to accept a hotel room key, one of the twins grabs the weapon and promptly blows his head off. Everyone else dies rapidly after that.
* Done in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' by Miaka when she is held captive by Kutou soldiers in the dungeon. She calls it "Operation: Sex Plot".
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''
** Episode "Angel's Share". [[LongStory To make a long story short]], Chief Aramaki and an associate are being held hostage in a London winery. [[MsFanservice Motoko]] approaches an officer [[AbsoluteCleavage wearing her coat so that her breasts hang out]], asking him for a "favor". He's distracted for a critical moment, whereupon The Major knocks him out and [[DressingAsTheEnemy takes his uniform]]. Ironically, she usually wears ''less'' clothes...
** In ''2nd Gig'' two female androids are sent down to "entertain" the guards who are immediately suspicious, but provide enough of a distraction for Section 9 personnel in therm-optics to take them out. In the same episode the Major (in an AbsoluteCleavage SexyBacklessOutfit) acts as a distraction for a perverted businessman with a thing for cyborgs.
** Lampshaded in the ''Man/Machine Interface'' manga where an operative warns his men not to be [[DistractedByTheSexy distracted by Motoko's microskirt]], as it's just "[[MyEyesAreUpHere eyepull]]".
* Sonia the nun from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' uses this tactic against the modest and polite Hayate. It works, but not because he gets distracted; it works because there's another character nearby, and he fears that if she observes the scene, she'll misinterpret it as him making a sexual assault. (And given his CosmicPlaything status and the [[GagSeries nature of the series]], his worry is justified.)
* Used in the first arc of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Kai'', where Rena, um... [[RagingStiffie disables]] Keiichi by turning up the {{moe}} factor [[UpToEleven to eleven]].
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. Yukiro Star yanks up the already [[WhoWearsShortShorts short shorts]] of Yumi to distract a couple of terrorists holding them hostage so she can attack them.
* In the second episode of ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou'', Chouun first draws the guards attention by shaking her stocking. Then shows off her leg. Naturally, the ruse works perfectly.
* Done off-camera in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. [[MsFanservice Sheryl Nome]] walks onto the bridge of the ''[[CoolStarship Macross Quarter]]'' unannounced. When the crew asks how she got past security, cut to a shot of a very happy security guard touching a LipstickMark on his cheek.
* Episode 4 of ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' has a scene where Momoyo uses one of her ki attacks to deliberately flip her skirt, causing Yamato to drop his guard (because he easily dodged her attacks before this), and she subsequently puts him in an arm bar.
* The fourth ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' OAV where Sayaka end ''topless'' in front of both heroes and mooks. [[AccidentalPervert Admittely, this was accidental]]: Koji had tried to stop her from going gung-ho on the armed mooks, but when he tried to grab her by the shoulder, he ended up undoing her bikini top instead... and then being the IdiotHero he is, he turns it into a strategy to completely distract the rest of the guards at her expense. No wonder she's so mad.
** This scene was adaptated from a similar one that happened in the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' original manga.
* This backfires on Roux Louka in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ''. Flirting with Glemmy Toto gets her out of the jam she was in, but also leads to him become a very persistent and increasingly dangerous StalkerWithACrush.
* In the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime, Fairy Hare -- Hare's NewOldFlame -- provides this when she, Hare and Wild Hare go to raid a Baddie's warehouse.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto has this as a ''[[CallingYourAttacks named combat technique.]]''
--->"''[[VoluntaryShapeshifting Sexy]] [[GenderBender No]] [[CensorSteam Jutsu]]!''"
** Subverted when Itachi tries to do this to Jiraiya by using his Sharingan to control some girl; however, he is unsuccessful in distracting Jiraiya.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Boa Hancock cranks this UpToEleven, turning it into ''killed'' by the sexy. Her power allows her to turn anyone attracted to her into [[TakenForGranite stone]], and she's been ''objectively'' described as the most beautiful woman on the planet. Naturally, [[TheHero Luffy]] is immune, because he seems to have no concept of "sexy", having taken "ChasteHero" to the extreme. For those who are attracted to her, the only known defense is to distract themselves with pain (for example, a Marine Vice Admiral stabs himself in the leg to avoid being turned to stone).
** Despite not being able to use those powers in Impel Down (Devil Fruit users, including those recognized as allies, are restrained using Sea Stone before entering) she makes good use of this to deliver a message to Ace. (The catcalls from the other prisoners distract Magellan, and his entourage is just as frightened of him as the prisoners are. As a result, nobody hears the message Boa gives to Ace.)
** Earlier, Mr. 2 Bon Clay would transform into Nami to distract [[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]]. Incidentally, Mr. 2 is one of the people who'd be immune to Hancock's power, seeing as he's [[CampGay very, very gay]]. Or possibly ''very, very metrosexual''; he endorses ambiguous gender identity, not that the subject is treated with any respect whatsoever. His sexual orientation never comes up. He's insane, but also innocent as all get out. Item two, she has no problem taking down completely straight women, so gay men should be completely within her batting range. The truly asexual are her Kryptonite. Or possibly it's those with no aesthetic sense whatsoever...
** Much later, Mr. 2 Bon Clay does it again on vice warden Hannyabal. Indeed, Hannyabal has this problem a lot. When he first shows up, he's remembering when he first joined the staff of the facility and a female inmate nearly escaped the same way.
* In one episode of ''Anime/PrincessNine'', the all-girl baseball team tries the tactic on an all-boy team. It works for a few innings....
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** DirtyOldMan Happōsai is very susceptible to this trope, something that Ranma takes advantage of quite liberally when fighting him. The first Pantyhose Tarō arc involves lots of actual pantyhose and Ranma uses this trope multiple times to trick Happōsai.
** [[ThemeNaming Herb, Lime, and Mint]] from the Musk Dynasty have never seen women before leaving their kingdom hidden deep in China. Although all three are lethal adversaries with supernatural abilities and fighting skills, they can ALL be very easily distr--
-->"Look over there! A NAKED GIRL!"\\
"Where?!" *bonk*
** Ranma is able to stop Prince Herb in his tracks by flashing her breasts at him, not once but several times. Seeing how he has come within inches of chopping off her head in one such instance, it's understandable. Just don't try it ''too'' often with Herb. Showing him the real thing will distract him ''long'' enough to pause, but he'll become mad with fury at the indignity.
** In the manga, Ranma ''loves'' using this trope to his advantage. He's a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold loveable but]] [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] [[TheTease tease]]. Would you expect anything less? Although most of Ranma's other opponents (even girl-shy Ryōga) are immune to Ranma's [[GenderBender feminine attributes]].
** Ranma also does this to save Ukyō from Ryōga: when the former is first introduced to the school, Ryōga misunderstands and (like everyone else at first) thinks Ukyō is a man, and nearly skewers her with his umbrella. Ranma quickly dashes in and rips open Ukyō's uniform jacket, showing her breasts (bound tight with {{Sarashi}}) to Ryōga. He gets smashed with a [[ImprobableWeaponUser giant steel spatula]] by way of thanks.
** Even Akane (!) gets into the act: in order to save Ranma from the {{Orochi}}, she rips off her own jacket, revealing her true gender. The woman-eating dragon is sufficiently distracted and stops in its efforts to eat Ranma. That is ''after'' female-Ranma's attempts to Show Some Leg (or breast) at the {{Orochi}} (in order to draw it away from Akane and Shinnosuke) backfired horribly. The breasts went over fine -- the boxers, not as much.
** Nabiki invokes this trope once by [[PantyShot flipping up Akane's skirt]] in front of Ranma. Not only does it distract him, but it completely stops him from finishing an attack based on strong emotion. In this case, the strong emotion is depression. Ranma uses a similar technique on Ryōga at a critical moment of the same depression-technique, causing it to backfire.
** The Vengeful Doll (in Akane's body) invokes this by stripping in front of Ranma, then tries to kill him while he's stunned.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'':
** Subverted when Gourry asks Lina Inverse to jiggle to distract a guard and her response is "I can't do that!" (Lina's relatively small chest is a RunningGag in the series.)
** Played straight, however, in an OVA, using a [[GagBoobs much]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} more]] suited Naga and Lina's flying dropkick.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Blair seems to favor this tactic to actual combat, as she tried to seduce Soul in the first chapter. [[spoiler:And Blair during a run-in with some [[GenderBender flipped Gender]] did this as a man, to a succubus... by transforming into her (his) human form. Regardless of gender, [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Blair is]] very hot.]]
* ''Anime/TimeBokan''
** In ''Zenderman'', Muujo often uses her beauty to seduce the heroes Gorilla mecha during the battles.
** Mun Mun, in the episode 4 of ''Ippatsuman'', to ticket collector and not only the legs.
* Cruelly subverted late in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''. Kathejina Ruth attempts to take advantage of KidHero Usso Evin's known fondness for women by outfitting a squad of female soldiers with bikinis and bazookas. Unfortunately for them, Usso has a minor FreakOut, shouting "This can't be real!" and brutally killing them, including vaporizing one with his [[LaserBlade beam saber]].
* When Allen is imprisoned by his own king in ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'', Princess Milerna uses this to distract a guard while Gadess sneaks up and administers a TapOnTheHead.
* ''Manga/YamiNoAegis'': [[CelibateHero Tate]] seems to like this trope. A particularly notable example involves asking a female police officer to get naked to distract the bad guys, even threatening to strip her and roll her out if she didn't do it herself. Admittedly, utterly surprising the bad guys for a few seconds was their only chance to survive, but still....

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/MsTree sometimes performs "The Nailer", in an acknowledged ShoutOut to ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise''.
* In an issue of ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'', ComicBook/PowerGirl (MostCommonSuperpower incarnate) is told to distract a thirteen-year-old boy. She asks how on earth she is supposed to do that before saying "Oh", with a slight glance downward.
* In ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'' #6, Wasp flies in front of the Hulk's face and distracts him with a "Mardi Gras special".
* In the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story "A Dame to Kill For", a disguised Gail flirts with a guard before popping him in the jaw and setting a bomb at a crimelord's estate.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Camelot 3000}}'', King Arthur has Sir Tristan, who'd been reincarnated as female, pull this stunt on some enemy guards. As Arthur knew Tristan hated being stuck in a woman's body, this was as much a loyalty-test for Tristan as a means of neutralizing the guards.
* There is a point in ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'' in which Dani [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:ImperialSeduction.jpg dances]] to distract an Imperial patrol. It works so well that they don't even notice that Leia's just off to their other side, out in the open trying to keep something from flying away.
* When the villain Gypsy moth joined the ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' under the name Skein, she used this as a tactic. Considering that her power is command over textiles and other solid objects, it came naturally.
* In the ''Lady Rawhide/Lady Zorro'' mini-series, ComicBook/LadyRawhide explains that her {{Stripperific}} costume is designed to distract male opponents.
* The New-52 ''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn'' does this to a mugger with her butt until Power Girl swoops in.
* In ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen 466'', to help Rachel sneak out the mansion, Psylocke [[WorkoutFanservice performs her daily exercises]] in plain sight of the Sentinels to distract their human pilot.
* The page pic is from ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules'' when Hercules impersonates Thor and faces three challenge by the Dark Elves. During the third and final challenge, Hercules is attacked by multiple foes until [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Alflyse]] (queen of the Dark Elves) hikes up her dress, causing Hercules to ogle her and lose the challenge (howewer Alflyse declares him the winner anyway and starts flirting with him amorously).

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise would occasionally get the drop on the bad guys by stripping prior to a fight, a maneuovre known as ''The Nailer''. Depending on how easily-distracted the bad guys were, she would sometimes keep her underwear on, and sometimes not.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'''s "Charity" episode, this is used quite deliberately. [[spoiler:River is heavily -- and sexually -- distracted by Jayne because an Academy escapee is using her psychic powers to keep her focused on him so River doesn't recognize her.]]
* ''FanFic/StreetsOfRageSaga'': During the second story, ''Origins'', Blaze invokes this to lure two guards away from their post, by stripping naked, coming into their line of sight, and ''begging'' them to come give her a good screwing. It helps that she's not at all shy about baring it all to begin with.
* In Creator/AAPessimal's '' ''The Graduation Class'', ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' Assassin Emmanuelle-Marie Lapoignard les Deux-Epées uses this gambit to get past guards after performing her first working contract. Posing as a Seamstress, she deliberately wears a very low-cut dress, having placed a large false mole on one breast. This way the guards remember her breasts and have only a hazy memory of her face.
* During one of their training spars in ''Fanfic/TheVow'', Shen traps Lianne in his hold with his Guan Dao, with only an inch separating his chest from her back. She suddenly takes an audibly deep breath of him and presses herself against him in an intimate way, wriggling herself free as his mind goes numb.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10959290/4/Harry-Potter-and-the-Spygirl Harry Potter and the Spygirl]]'' Hermione suggests breaking Neville's father's wand if his grandmother still refuses to get him a new one and Harry advises that she not get caught doing it.
-->'''Harry:''' If you wear your exercise clothes, they'll be too dazzled to notice anything.\\
'''Hermione:''' Anything but my body, you mean.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Jasmine in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' when she flirts with Jafar to try to give Aladdin enough time to get to the lamp. Which works a bit ''too'' well; it distracts Aladdin too.
* Used to distract the enemy in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' by having Mulan and three of her fellow soldiers [[DisguisedInDrag dress up in female clothing]]. Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', one of the ugly stepsisters does this to one of the soldiers to provide a distraction for the rest of the cast to locate Shrek. Considering that she's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ugly]], and knocks him out afterwards, it is also a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* Parodied in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', in which the ''very'' old villainess Yzma [[FanDisservice prepares to lift up her dress]], causing Pacha and Kuzco to scream in terror. Cue Yzma revealing a knife strapped to her calf, [[RuleOfFunny and Kuzco and Pacha sighing in relief]].
* Shanti in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' blatantly does this to Mowgli at the end of the first movie (which she attempts to deny in the second). Lampshaded by Baloo and Bagheera.
-->'''Baloo:''' (''furious'') She did that on purpose!\\
'''Bagheera:''' (''smiling'') Obviously.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' plays with this trope. To distract Oogie Boogie, Sally (a living doll who can detach and reattach her limbs) shows him one curvy leg around a distant corner, while ''the rest of her'' works to free Santa Claus. Mr. Boogie is not pleased to discover that her leg is detached.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ElCid'', Jimena is captured by the BigBad and [[GoGoEnslavement added to his harem.]] She escapes him by offering him some wine and then whacking him in the head with the jar.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal2000'': Julie tries to seduce Tyler to get close enough to kill him. This works, though the attempted assassination doesn't.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Both played straight and subverted in Creator/JackieChan's ''Film/OperationCondor''. Early in the movie, Jackie distracts the thug with the gun by pulling the towel off a recently-showered Elsa, then kicks the guard unconscious. Later, when Jackie, Elsa, and Ada are in a similar situation, this time with Ada fresh out of the shower, Elsa de-towels Ada... and Jackie is just as distracted as the thug.
* Played straight -- to quite a few people's dismay -- in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', when Uhura does a fan dance to distract some guards. Creator/NichelleNichols didn't look bad for 57, but was hardly the usual sexy distraction. Given that the men she was dancing for were living on a CrapsackWorld for years without the company of a woman, they probably liked her just fine.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. When James Bond is infiltrating TheDragon's residence in Spain, one of the owner's own harem girls provides the distraction he needs by choosing that moment to smooch with one of the guards.
** In ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', James Bond is captured and held at gunpoint in the back of a moving truck. Driving by is a pretty girl (his ally) who reveals her thighs, distracting the guards so Bond can escape. In the StormingTheCastle scene, Octopussy's AmazonBrigade pose as dancing girls, keeping the guards distracted while their compatriots sneak in elsewhere (in an ironic touch, the BigBad isn't bothered by his men being DistractedByTheSexy as he's about to do a runner).
** In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', knowing that a guard is coming he turns to a girl, tears her bathrobe off as she screams, and then has her face the door, distracting the guard for a few seconds when he enters.
** In ''Film/GoldenEye'', Creator/FamkeJanssen's character distracts both a fat admiral and James Bond with her sex appeal whilst actively trying (and succeeding, in the former) to break their ribs with her thighs.
** In ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', Tracy Draco is [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty held prisoner by Blofeld and coldly refuses his advances]]. But when she recognises her father's voice on the radio from the approaching "Red Cross" helicopters, she starts flirting with Blofeld, who gets annoyed when one of his men tries to draw his attention to them.
* Appears, complete with actual showing-of-leg, in ''Film/ToWongFooThanksForEverythingJulieNewmar'', with something of a twist since the one showing leg was John Leguizamo in drag.
* ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'': Felicity Shagwell enables herself and Austin to escape by baring her chest to the guard, causing him to stumble forward and into a lava pit.
-->"What do you think of these, my man?"\\
* Was going to occur in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', but the scene was left on the cutting room floor, which accounts for a sudden increase in exposure on the part of Creator/SigourneyWeaver, [[ClothingDamage who ends up leaving some of her covering material on the "cutting room" floor too]].
* The film ''Film/{{Druids}}'' has an example of this where a woman distracts a guard in order to sneak into a castle or some other stupid thing. Then she dispatches him.
* ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou''. Julia Stiles' character Kat flashes her boobs at the sports teacher to grant Patrick (Creator/HeathLedger) an unnoticed escape from detention. She was actually suggesting this strategy at the time, too.
-->"I dazzled him with my 'wits'."
* A problem with this tactic is raised in the 1971 film adaptation of Alistair [=MacLean=]'s ''When Eight Bells Toll''. The DamselInDistress is told to distract a guard so the hero can sneak up and clobber him.
-->'''Sue:''' What do I do?
-->'''Calvert:''' Just appear and lust will do the rest.
-->'''Sue:''' What if he doesn't fancy me?
-->'''Calvert:''' Well that's all we need -- a guard that's queer!
** This was not an issue in the original book, because that particular guard fancied himsefl a ladies' man and had already tried to seduce the woman concerned.
* In the far superior ''Film/TheGumballRally'', Mike Bannon is behind at the very end of the race, so he invokes "Emergency Plan Alpha" to distract Franco Bertollini into pulling over and letting him pass and therefore win the race. "Emergency Plan Alpha" is this extremely well built blonde (played by Linda Vaughn) standing by the side of the road in short and tight clothing.
* In ''Film/BlackRobe'', Annuka actually has sex with the guard to distract him (and clobbering him in the face with a piece of wood).
* Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) in ''Film/GetSmart'' gets into the party at the Kristik's house by showing some leg to the guard at the door. And then showing some leg to Kristik (and his guests) to keep him distracted while Max searches the house.
* In ''Film/TheMummy1999'', Evelyn kisses Imhotep so that his spell will stop working and the plane Rick O'Connell is in can land.
* In the ''Film/CityHunter'' film with Creator/JackieChan, the group of protagonists sends one of the BuxomIsBetter girls to distract a male mook, only for said mook to punch her in the gut and chase instead one of the male characters.
* In ''Film/DuelToTheDeath'', a female ninja whips off her clothes in the middle of a fight with a Shaolin monk, who averts his gaze and is then defeated.
* Hilariously subverted in ''[[Film/TheNakedGun The Naked Gun 33 1/3rd]]''. Tanya, who wants to get the guard away from the envelopes with all the academy awards in them, tries showing some leg... and some cleavage... and spinning the straps of her dress around like helicopter blades... to no avail. Finally she tries to play with bubble wrap seductively. The guard strolls over as if hypnotized... shoves her away and proceeds to happily play with the bubble wrap.
* In ''Film/ToCatchAThief'', the protagonist, John Robie is escaping from the police in a speedboat, driven by a pretty girl. When a police plane appears looking for him, he hides in a chamber, and instructs her to wave to the plane "as if you're a pretty girl out for a ride". She pulls up her skirt to show her knees and waves. Robie says: "Not that pretty. We want to get rid of him."
* In ''Film/HellboundHellraiserII'', this is what Kristy does to her [[EvilUncle depraved uncle]] Frank when she sees him in hell. He catches her, holding a knife to her and tries to rape her. She ends up kissing him, causing him to stop restraining her. It apparently distracted him enough for her to be able to figure out how to destroy him (throwing his blanket into the fire, causing him to burn).
* In the second ''Film/NationalTreasure'' movie, Abagail and Gates have to search the US President's antique Resolute desk. Abagail gets them into the Oval Office via a White House staff member she's dating, then pretends to lose an earring which they both crawl about on the floor trying to find, while Gates secretly checks out the desk. The staff member 'finds' the earring, and when Abagail sees Gates still needs more time, she begins to snog him passionately to show her 'gratitude', much to the bemusement of her ex-boyfriend Gates.
* The title {{vigilante}} ActionGirl in ''Film/{{Coffy}}'' does this quite a bit in order to get close to her targets or put them off guard. To be fair, Pam Grier is very easy on the eyes.
* Accidentally invoked in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' by the cross-dressing Creator/RobinWilliams, who is just leaning over to fix his stocking when the bus to his apartment pulls up, which leads to the elderly driver flirting with "her" several times.
* ''Film/EscapeToAthena'' (1979). The POW's put on a variety act for their German guards, the climax of which is a strip show by an interned female USO performer. While the Germans are busy leering over her performance, the Greek Resistance sneak up and take them all prisoner.
* In ''Film/NinjaInTheDragonsDen'', it's established that Chinese sorcery requires pure thoughts, or it backfires. While facing a sorcerer, the Chinese hero throws him some pornography, which interrupts his spell. A little later, the Chinese hero disrobes the Japanese hero's wife. Her breasts ''shoot yellow energy rays'' at the sorcerer, causing him to go apoplectic.
* There's a somewhat humorous variation in the film adaptation ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays2004''. Monique flirts with Fogg by showing some leg, but since it's the [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian era]] all this really amounts to is showing off her ankle.
* A standard tactic of the Angels in ''Film/AngelsRevenge''.
* ''Film/{{Tormented2009}}'' (the 2009 English film, not the 1960 film). Tasha attempts to stop Mullet from killing her by flirting with him after she tries to run and falls into an open grave, leading to her saying something like this:
-->'''Tasha:''' Look, look, I'm sorry! I'm really sorry! We were just joking around! I always liked you, it was the others who didn't like you! Actually, I kind of... kind of... fancied you! I wanted to go out with you but i was too scared, too scared to ask, and thats the truth, ok? I wanted to go out with you... and... maybe... and maybe its not too late!\\
''(Mullet appears behind her and decapitates her with a shovel)''
* Also subverted in ''Film/{{Munich}}'' when the Israelis track down a female assassin who killed one of their own. The woman tries slipping off her blouse to expose her breasts, but is shot at that precise moment.
* In ''Film/{{Sex And The City 2}}'', when the ladies are in Abu Dhabi in need of a dire situation to get to the airport to return to New York City, Carrie Bradshaw manages to get a taxi driver's attention by lifting up her burka and flirtatiously showing some leg.
* ''Film/RawDeal'' has a scene where a Mafia mook is sitting in his car, gaping at the sight of a female jogger {{Gainaxing}} towards him. She leans down with a big smile, sticks a gun in his face and suggests he go tell the drug house he's guarding that he needs to take a leak. With the sentry taken care of, detectives come out of the woodwork and pull a crash-bang-gotcha on the occupants.
* In ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'', vampire Lucy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPpNZDL66Nw attempts to use her sexy]] on Harker, to seduce him into vampirism.
-->'''Harker:''' But Lucy, I'm British!\\
'''Lucy:''' ''(exposing her cleavage)'' So are ''these!''
* In ''Film/{{Diva}}'', Alba, a young lady, is shoplifting lp records in a store, sneaking them into a hidden compartment in a portfolio case. When a clerk asks to examine the case, he only finds several nude photos of her, and hands it back with embarrassed apologies.
* In ''Film/YesterdayWasALie'', Hoyle persuades a male physics student to spill secrets to her by sitting in front of him in a miniskirt and crossing her legs.
* Part of the 3-person group's scam strategy in the movie ''Film/{{Kingpin}}''. [[TheSmartGuy Roy]] would set up a bowling match bet with potential suckers, [[TheDitz Ishmael]] would do the actual bowling, and [[MsFanservice Claudia]] would distract Ishmael's opponents with revealing outfits and seductive actions. Humorously, this worked every time, even against a group of ''[[EvenTheGirlsWantHer old women]]''.
* ''Film/TheWholeNineYards'': Amanda Peet distracts assassins by walking out of her room naked.
* A rare gender-reversed example was [[DoubleStandard played for laughs]] in ''Film/MickeyBlueEyes'': The title character tries to distract his fiancée by acting in a sexy and suggestive manner in order to prevent her from noticing a painting that is hanging ''right next to her''. He ends up looking absolutely ridiculous, and (probably) not particularly sexy to ''any'' segment of the audience -- however, ''the distraction works.''
* ''Film/TheReplacements2000'': {{The cheerleader}}s deliberately use this trope to cause a penalty call against the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Dallas team]] for a false start, while the replacement Sentinels are still learning to work together. It is also distracting to the fans and the refs.
* In ''Film/FierceCreatures'', Willa Weston [[{{Fanservice}} uses this on Vince McCain and Rollo Lee... successfully]].
* In the first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' film, Creator/DrewBarrymore's character wears a patriotic (red, white and blue) styled auto racing firesuit/jumpsuit that showcases her bountiful cleavage. She, in the process, proceeds to distract a chauffeur by flirting with him while Creator/LucyLiu's character plants a camera into the trunk his car.
* In the Creator/{{Syfy}} film ''Film/RedFactionOrigins'', Mason tries to do this when he and Tess are locked up. He has Tess take her top off and face the door so he can take out the guard. Unfortunately for him, a woman comes in and catches on before he can jump her. Luckily, Tess manages to knock her out while she's busy struggling with Mason.
* In ''Film/RatRace'', a woman flashes her breasts at Duane and Blaine, causing them to drive into a ditch.
* ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight''. Geena Davis' character is dressed in a bathrobe while Samuel L. Jackson's is wincing over a penetrating injury.
-->'''Samantha:''' Uh, oh. You're seeping. Here, look at this. ''(she opens her bathrobe; as he looks, she rips off the bloody bandage. Mitch screams)''\\
'''Mitch:''' Oh, shit! [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry Ah, that hurt like shit!]]\\
'''Samantha:''' I know. That's why I distracted you first. Same principle as deflowering virgins.\\
'''Mitch:''' Huh? What? Virgin--? What? \\
'''Samantha:''' Read it in this Harold Robbins book. Guy bites her on the ear. Distracts from the pain. Ever try that?\\
'''Mitch:''' No, no, I sock 'em in the jaw and yell, "Pop goes the weasel."
* In ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'', Frank Abagnale uses this technique to sneak through an airport crawling with law enforcement and FBI agents who were waiting ''specifically for him''. He waltzes through the airport with 8 hot stewardesses, and everyone looks at them, completely forgetting that the person they are hunting is walking with them.
* In ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', Lady Jaye dresses in a skimpy jogging outfit to distract the White House Chief of Staff long enough for the other Joes to drag him into a car.
* In ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', Red does this to distract the Captain at Promontory Point. What makes this example unusual is that the leg she flashes is a prosthetic one made of ivory. The ploy works brilliantly.
* LaResistance uses this technique to sneak past a checkpoint in the opening scene of ''Film/TheLongestDay''. Two German guards are starting to jab their bayonets into a straw cart, when they notice a hot French girl in a cleavage-revealing blouse cycling up. They quickly wave the cart through and check her papers instead; the girl rides off and winks at the cart driver as she passes him, who gives the thumbs up to the men hidden in the straw. Later subverted when she tries the same trick to distract a late-night German patrol from discovering the explosives in the railway tracks and nearly gets killed in the process.
* ''Film/WereTheMillers'': Why else have Jennifer Aniston play a stripper?
* In ''Ladron que Roba a Ladron'', while the team is preparing for a heist, one of the head con guys tells the [[WrenchWench tomboy mechanic]] that they'll need a distraction, and looks pointedly at her. "How am I the distraction?" she asks. In response, he [[DistractedByTheSexy unzips the top of her jumpsuit, revealing impressive cleavage]].
-->'''Rafaela:''' Why should I have to wear a dress?
-->'''Alejandro:''' Because none of us would fit in it.
* ''Film/{{Retroactive}}'': In one temporal loop Karen tries to distract Frank by acting rather comely and suggesting a threesome with his wife so she can reach for his gun.
* Inspector Nancy Ho from the ''Film/AcesGoPlaces'' a.k.a. ''Mad Mission'' series carries her gun concealed ''under her skirt''. The downside is that it takes forever to draw it; the upside is that doing so can [[DistractedByTheSexy distract delinquents]] until she finally gets a hold of her gun.
* Lampshaded in ''Film/SnakeEyes''. Naval officer Kevin Dunne is supposed to be escorting the Defense Secretary, but leaves his seat to talk to an attractive redhead. While he's away, the Defense Secretary is assassinated. [[spoiler:Subverted when it's revealed that Dunne is the murderer, and the woman is working with him.]]
-->'''Dunne''': I was three feet away from a known terrorist, and I had [[MyEyesAreUpHere my eyes buried in some broad's tits]].
-->'''Santoro''': Well, Kevin, this might not make you feel better, but don't you see? That's what she was there for, that was the plan. To give you a boner. And you got one! Congratulations, you're human.
* In ''Film/TheFlintstones'', Halle Berry's Character, even named Miss Sharon Stone, is used by Cliff Vandercave to seduce Fred and trick him into swindling money for them. There is a particular scene where she lies down on a table, provocatively, to prevent Fred from reading Contents of a document.

* In one old joke, a gorgeous woman in a low-cut, slinky dress sidles up to the craps table as a shooter. She leans forward and pushes a large stack of chips toward the betting line and says, "I always feel a little luckier without this dress." She lets it drop, grabs the dice, and throws. The woman screams out, "I won, I won!" while jumping up and down, then hastily scoops up the chips and her dress. After she leaves, the croupier says, "Hey, what did she roll"

* Deety tries flashing an impostor Park Ranger in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'', in order to give the two nearby swordsmen a chance (he had a gun, they lacked ImplausibleFencingPowers). It didn't work as intended, as blue-blooded hermaphrodite demons from another dimension have no interest in human women, but the motion did draw his attention for a moment. Fortunately for our heroes the moment was still sufficient.
* ''Literature/SwordOfTruth''
** Kahlan leads a midnight raid on an enemy army naked and covered in white paint. The white paint is because for all the enemy knows, she's dead and returning to torment them as a ghost. The naked part is because if nothing else, a naked woman on a horse will provide enough of a distraction for her other soldiers to gut the enemy.
** Also from the same series: Kahlan trying to distract a group of rapists and murderers long enough to regain her power to use against them, Jebra distracting a guard by making out with him while some prisoners escape, and... well, let's not even get into what Nicci gets up to.
* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** In ''Literature/RoleOfHonour'', undercover CIA-agent Cindy provides distraction for Bond by undressing on front of her room's window. This catches the attention of two guards, giving Bond a chance to make his way to his car and send an important message to his people.
** Bond's female partner Flicka in ''Literature/NeverSendFlowers'' distracts a henchman that has them on gunpoint by moving in such fashion which makes her skirt get caught in the railing next to them, uplifting it. As the guy is stunned by the sudden sight before him, Bond tackles him.
** ''Literature/DevilMayCare'' features the main female exposing her breasts to a guard so Bond can choke him to death.
* A somewhat disturbing bit in Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/PirateLatitudes'' has Lazue pull off her shirt, walk up to a pair of Spanish guardsmen, and proceed to slit both of their throats while they are staring at her.
* In one of the ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' novels, Teresa distracts a group of Frenchmen who are searching for Sharpe's men by taking off all her clothes and going for a run. As luck would have it, Sharpe is the only man present who has a telescope.
* ''The Zone'' (the WorldWarIII series by James Rouch). TrappedBehindEnemyLines, Major Revell sends the [[SociopathicSoldier sociopathic]] yet [[EvilIsSexy stunningly beautiful]] Andrea out to get some transport. She runs out in front of a Soviet truck in knickers and a tight T-shirt ("It stopped -- a bloody armoured regiment in full cry would have stopped" as someone says afterwards) then cuts the driver's throat.
* In ''Literature/{{Fingerprints}}'', the heroes try to get into a bar. When their fake [=IDs=] fail, Yana proposes a different solution:
-->'''Yana:''' I think that bouncer liked me. I bet I can get us in.\\
'''Anthony:''' What, you think you're just going to smile at him and he'll fall on his knees and say yes to anything you want?\\
'''Yana:''' Pretty much.
%%* ''NightHuntress'': Cat's modus operandii.
* Creator/JohnCWright:
** In ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos The Orphans of Chaos]]'', when Vanity wants to distract Glum, she makes her appeal while carefully posed to give him a view down her shirt. Later, both she and Amelia arrange their clothing to distract him again.
** And in ''Fugitives of Chaos'', the girls stage a burlesque show to [[spoiler:lure Colin, who's stuck in the form of a hawk, back to humanity]].
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Fool Moon'', when Harry needs a distraction to get past a police stakeout, Tara West takes her coat off and goes dancing in the rain. Since the coat was the only thing she had on, even Harry is a bit distracted. It helps that [[spoiler:West is a wolf-were (wolf assuming human form) and therefore an InnocentFanserviceGirl]].
* Subverted in the first ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' novel. Doris tries to distract D during their initial fight by dropping her robe, revealing that she is naked. It doesn't work.
* A very effective strategy in ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' for a female fighter opposing a male one is to flash her panties, because panties worn by a woman have the magical effect of "freaking out" men. In one humorous example, a woman tried to distract a vampire this way, forgetting that vampires are more interested in necks.
* In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', Juliet promises a kiss to the bus driver if he'll make the bus go faster. It works less well when it's coupled with a threat from Trev that he'll use a lead pipe. Negotiations on how much kissing versus how much hitting with lead pipe the driver will get ensue.
* In Courtney Milan's ''Proof by Seduction'', Jenny is arguing with Gareth, who is brusquely interrupting her and dismissing her concerns. Frustrated, she puts her foot up on a chair, lifts her skirts up past her knees (this is the Victorian era) and slowly peels off a stocking. Gareth completely forgets his argument in order to watch this mild striptease.
* In ''Literature/ParrishPlessis'', Parrish tries turning up the sex appeal to get past some security guards. [[JizzedInMyPants It ends up working a little too well]].
* ''A Piece of Resistance'', a novel by Clive Egleton set in a [[AlternateHistory Soviet-occupied Britain]]. A couple working for LaResistance kill a counter-intelligence agent and throw his body off the train. Realising the ticket collector might have seen the three of them in the carriage together the couple pretend to be on the verge of [[SexDressed stripping off for sex]] when the ticket collector does his rounds and 'surprises' them. Later a wanted notice in the newspaper shows an excellent identikit image of the woman, but a [[DistractedByTheSexy poor one of the man]].
* In one of ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'', Faustine interrupts a squabble between Jack and some Mafia bruisers in the alley behind his nightclub, and tilts the odds in Jack's favor by dropping her robe in the thugs' view, leaving herself stark naked. Subverted in that, while she succeeds in distracting them, she's very nearly shot in the ensuing crossfire.
* In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Gilded Latten Bones]]'', intruders break into Tinnie's and Garrett's love-nest, and she flashes her breasts at one to distract him while Garrett's punching out the other.
* Subverted in the [[TabletopGame/BattleTech Mechwarrior: Dark Age]] novel ''Service for the Dead''. In preparing to fight in a [[TrialByCombat Trial of Grievance]] against a rival, Anastasia Kerensky opts to wear tights and what amounts to a backless, halter-style bikini top, the latter of which she removes mid-combat. Her opponent is unfazed... until she [[ClothingCombat strangles him]] [[DuelToTheDeath to death]] with it.
* The ActionGirl in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/ThePuppetMasters'' uses this to detect men who've been possessed by the Alien Invaders. Those NotDistractedByTheSexy are assumed to be "hag-ridden", though as the President points out at one stage, it could also mean they're "[[UnusualEuphemism harem guards]]" -- it is unclear whether Heinlein meant they were eunuchs or gay.
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]: Lucy tries this on Tam, but Zanna calls her out on it: "Why are you wearing a skirt?"
* ''Avalanche Express'' by Colin Forbes. TheSpymaster requests that the female member of his team, who is helping him courier information sent by a Soviet defector, cross her legs while on the flight to Britian, so that if anyone catches him looking at her "the [[ShesGotLegs sight of your legs]] will provide sufficient explanation." She snarks that another explanation is that he's misusing his authority for immoral purposes.
* The best weapon of the pulp heroine Literature/DominoLady was her beauty, which often distracted and entranced opponents.
* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. In "Brothers in Blood", two hitmen pay a scantily-clad woman to come with them, intending to use her as a distraction when they kill Bolan. However she's not in on the plan, so her gasp of shock when they draw their weapons to shoot Bolan InTheBack tips him off.
* ''Literature/AnnaPigeon'': In ''Destroyer Angel'', Heath has herself tied topless to a tree; the plan being that her exposed breasts will distract the kidnapper long enough for Anna to jump him and knock him out.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Osha does this, which saves the day twice in "The Old Gods and the New".
* In ''Series/ILoveLucy'' episode "The Courtroom", Ricky encourages Lucy to do this to sway the judge, who has to settle a case between the Ricardos, and their friends, the Mertzes. When Ethel follows suit, her husband Fred objects, thinking it'll ruin their case!
* This was Ginger's main purpose on ''Series/GilligansIsland''. She even had her own theme music for whenever she did it.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "The Brain of Morbius" has a subtle non-sexual example - the Doctor knows Solon is obsessed with [[OrganTheft stealing his head]], but needs Solon's medical training to examine Sarah's damaged eyes for him. So, for the scene where he's trying to persuade Solon to help him, notice he's got his shirt collar and cravat undone, revealing his neck (and that Solon is visibly stirred by this).
** Ace volunteers to distract a guard during "The Curse of Fenric", advising the Doctor that she's "not a little girl anymore." That was weird enough for fans not used to seeing this particular companion presented in a sexual way, but the ensuing and very strange conversation with the guard, involving time seeming to move at different speeds, did not provide the sort of dialog typically associated with leading women flirting with guards.
** "The Doctor Dances": Rose references this trope and resigns herself to doing it. However, Jack points out that the person they're going to distract is a) a friend of his and b) gay. He then volunteers to do the distracting himself, and adds, "Don't wait up."
** In "The Doctor's Daughter", Jenny seduces a guard to get his weapon. She just flirts with him and snogs him, not taking anything off -- the tight T-shirt rendering it somewhat not required... Subverted in the same episode, where Donna suggests using her "womanly wiles" later on. The Doctor says to save them for an emergency, clearly deeming the situation as not one. Mind you, some consider Ms. Tate a ChristmasCake.
** According to Rory, Amy passed her driving exam with the help of a short skirt.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': One of Daisy's specialties. This backfired on her once, in Season 4's "Cletus Falls in Love," where Deputy Cletus, instead of getting wise to Daisy's charms, falls madly in love with her. Anywhere else, Cletus would be arrested for stalking and/or fired for unprofessional behavior, but for the Dukes, his puppy-dog-smothering of Daisy is just an annoyance... until Cletus helps them against the bad guys in the end.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' when the crew is being held captive and needs a distraction to enact an escape attempt. Jayne is the scruffy mercenary. Zoe is the hot ActionGirl. Wash is Zoe's husband.
-->'''Jayne:''' [[WeNeedADistraction We need a diversion]]. I say Zoe gets naked.\\
'''Wash:''' No. \\
'''Jayne:''' ...''I'' could get naked.\\
'''All:''' NO!
** Even funnier when you learn that Adam Baldwin, who plays Jayne, used to do softcore porn.
* Sydney Bristow did this a lot in ''Series/{{Alias}}'', before either knocking her victim out herself or having someone else do it.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The female members of the SGC does this to pheromone-controlled Airmen to escape from their cells and regain control of the base in the episode "Hathor".
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** Then in the episode "Trio", when Carter, [=McKay=], and Dr. Keller are trapped in an abandoned mine, [=McKay=] tries unsuccessfully to convince Carter that the pubescent boys outside will be more willing to get help for them if she flashes her breasts.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] another time, when [=McKay=] needs Weir to "distract" Billy Lee so that he can access his computer. She asks "how?" Then after a DescriptionCut (sorta), we see Lee saying, "I gotta say, [[NerdsAreSexy I have never met a woman this into]] ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''."
* Parodied on ''Series/LizzieMcGuire''. To rescue Gordo from a gathering of "Dwarf Lord" players (a ''D&D'' parody), Miranda flirts with the student guarding the door so Lizzie can ambush him and steal his costume.
* Miss Brahms did this a few times on ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''
* A typical activity of the female agents in ''Series/MissionImpossible''. Especially the season 1 two-parter "Old Man Out" which not only featured two female IMF agents acting as rivals to distract a guard, but then getting into one of the longest {{cat fight}}s ever shown on TV to keep him distracted.
* On a Thanksgiving episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', the girls cheat at football by flashing the guys. Subverted when the guys cover their eyes when the girls do it.
* ''Series/BurnNotice''
** In an episode, Michael's narration both references this trope and gives a more plausible alternative:
-->'''Michael:''' Most people think that distracting a group of guys is best done by a beautiful woman. The problem with beautiful women is that people want them to stick around, which can cause a lot of problems. Obnoxious guys, they just want to get rid of.
** Though ''Burn Notice'' plays it straight most of the time. If Fiona's not making bombs, she's chatting up {{Mooks}}. To be fair, the main purpose of both Fiona and Sam on missions is to be the distraction.
* Jess in ''Series/TheRealHustle''. The opening credits call her the "Sexy Swindler" for a reason.
* Stacie pulls this trick several times in ''Series/{{Hustle}}'', notably in a scene where she distracts several middle-aged security guards by posing as a flirtatious art student in a short pleated tartan skirt.
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' both Parker and Sophie often play this role with [[ManipulativeBitch Sophie]] being more emotionally seductive while [[NoSocialSkills Parker]] simply relies on her looks. Tara however takes this to a whole new level with a much more direct approach to get inside a hotel room by pretending to be NakedPeopleTrappedOutside.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In "Babel One", Shran uses his second-in-command Talas, a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Blue-Skinned Space Babe]] in [[LingerieScene Pink Lingerie]], to distract the [[SpaceMarine MACO guard]] outside his quarters ("Andorian women are permitted one final conquest before their wedding. I've never had relations with a member of your species. I was hoping you'd indulge me.") The guard doesn't fall for it and knocks out Shran when he tries using the diversion to jump him, whereupon [[ActionGirl Talas knocks out the guard instead]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** "Unification". Riker runs into difficulties with an ObstructiveBureaucrat called Dokachin, so he asks Counsellor Troi for help. This seems natural enough, as Troi is an empath who's done this sort of thing before. The moment Dokachin sees Troi, however, he instantly deduces Riker's real plan.
-->'''Dokachin:''' He probably figures that we don't get to see a lot of handsome women out this way. And someone like you might get a little more cooperation from me. ''(Troi starts to deny it)'' He's probably right.
** Happens in reverse in one episode ("Angel One") where they come upon a planet where the women are the rulers and men are the servants. Riker dresses in a very thin and mostly mostly bare-chested tunic to get on the good side of the matriarch of the society.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''
** In the episode "Automatic for the People", [[RobotGirl Cameron]] dons a low-cut top to attract the attention of power plant's security guards during a pool game, so she can scan their security cards. It proves ''quite'' effective at being distracting, too...
** When Cameron is talking to John in the episode "Mr. Ferguson Is Ill Today". In order to psychologically probe him, she deliberately strips down to shorts and a tight white shirt with a clearly-visible red bra underneath it and lays down onto the bed next to him. The subsequent exchange is tense and distracting for multiple, fairly obvious reasons.
* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. Robert [=McCall=] and Mickey Kostmeyer get past a posh hotel's commissionaire by sending in a strippergram, then slipping inside while the shocked employee is trying to make her put her clothes back on and leave.
* Aneka, of ''Series/KrodMandoonAndTheFlamingSwordOfFire'', is... [[ReallyGetsAround remarkably willing]] to do this for any reason and, unlike most examples, she ''follows through''. Much to the dismay of her [[MyGirlIsASlut boyfriend]] ("You gave it up for the ''time of day''? We were standing under a clock!")
* This is a whole ability in {{Sentai}}, which refered to something like "Cute techniques" where female characters beauty is weaponized. Often, just a sexy wink from the Pink member is too much for the Mooks to handle and they fall straight over.
** This was actually used as bait rather than a distraction in an episode of the Sentai series ''[[Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman Fiveman]]''. Since the monster of the day tunnels through the ground to capture victims and especially likes leggy females, Five Yellow dons a short skirt and prances around getting it to follow her right into the trap they set for it.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Cordelia did this a couple of times to help Xander out. In "Innocence", when she accompanies him to the military base so he can get the rocket launcher, and in "Killed by Death," when she distracts a hospital security guard while Xander looks for some files.
* Averted in the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Waiting in the Wings".
-->'''Cordelia:''' You want I should distract him? Make with the nice-nice while you slip by?\\
'''Angel:''' Don't be stupid. I'm ''that'' guy, and [[SayingTooMuch the most beautiful woman I've ever seen]] is making eyes at me? It's either a bachelor party or a scam.
* ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' has a couple such moments.
** One is in the episode "Honey, It's Doomsday" where an asteroid is headed for Earth. A DrillSergeantNasty retired general is prepared to blow it up, but Wayne has discovered that there were people living on it. In an attempt to stop the general's plans... well, here's the dialog that leads up to the scene:
-->'''Diane:''' I have to appeal to him on a higher level.\\
'''Amy:''' That would mean the red dress.\\
'''Diane:''' The red dress. Got it.
:: The result is Diane performing "Hey Big Spender" in said dress... with full orchestral accompaniment somehow.
** The other example is in "From Honey, with Love": One of the gadgets Wayne produces for the Canadian secret agent he's working with is a hat that, when donned and activated, hypnotizes onlookers into seeing the wearer as an attractive blonde in a bikini, allowing ''anyone'' to distract their opponents this way.
* In the Australian mini-series ''For the Term of His Natural Life'' a female convict seduces the duty officer in order to get him out of the way for a convict escape attempt; unfortunately a musket discharges and the officer races back to see what's wrong -- as it turns out his marines have the situation under control by the time he gets back.
* In the ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode "The Right Hand of God", Sam leaps into a boxer in the 1950s, and convinces his girlfriend to distract his opponent by streaking at a critical moment so he can get in a knockout punch.
* In one episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', the Bundys are challenged to a bowling game. Kelly turns up late and Peggy yells at her for not doing her part. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HquSqgqkAHc Then she takes off her coat...]]
* In an episode of ''Series/DarkAngel'', Max is in a prison cell with a telekinetic boy cultist (long story) who's flinging her around with his mind like she's a rag doll. All seems lost until she shows him her breasts, whereupon the boy understandably loses his concentration. Thus freed, Max cold-cocks the kid ("Made you look!") and escapes. Coincidentally, the episode's name is "Exposure". (She also flashes Normal in an earlier episode, but for different reasons.)
* Alluded to by the ''Series/MythBusters''. When every (mostly-)legal way to beat police speed radar they try fails, Kari comments that if you want to get out of a speeding ticket, "short skirts and crying are still the way to go".
* ''Series/TheFixer''. Calum arranges for a couple of Macedonian twins to flirt with a pair of guards, then steal their bikes so they'll chase after them.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "The Girl With The Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo" the titular girl, [[PlayfulHacker Charlie]], is trying to help Sam and Dean when she sees that she will have to get past a guard. To his credit, Dean takes the time to check and see if the guard has ever shown interest in her, before telling her to flirt past him. The problem is ''she's'' gay.
-->'''Dean:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Pretend he has boobs.]]
-->'''Charlie:''' ''(looks disgusted)'' Worse.
** Dean then resigns himself to instructing her how to flirt with a man. HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Charlie:''' I feel dirty.
-->'''Dean:''' You and me both, sister.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. Lampshaded in two episodes featuring John Larroquette at Roan Montgomery, described as an "old school James Bond type". In the first episode Chuck must seduce a female spy to steal an item from her. She quickly sees through him, but he managed to swipe the item anyway. In the second episode, Roan infiltrates a female terrorist's base and seduces her, though it's later subverted when Casey (Adam Baldwin again) must seduce his way past a beefy-looking female guard. He's initially successful, but when he unintentionally insults her, he just shoots her with a tranq gun.
** Played much straighter with Sarah, who frequently does this on missions to cause distractions or take advantage of an enemy agent. Or even to Chuck when they have a disagreement on their wedding.
* PlayedForDrama in the 1990's Australian LawProcedural series ''Janus''. A woman is being hammered on the witness stand by the lawyer of her psychopathic ex-boyfriend, who's staring coldly at her the whole time. Realizing this, the policewoman guarding her sits in the front row of the public gallery, crosses her legs and makes eye contact with him. With her boyfriend's attention off her, the witness rallies under the questioning and provides the testimony they need.
* In one episode of ''Series/NightCourt'', Christine flashes her breasts to distract a man for few crucial seconds.
* In the series of ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', Elizabeth (normally portrayed as quite innocent) draws away a guard so he can be quietly disposed of by hinting that she's bored and "knows what men want". Later she's asked where she got all that from. She responds coyly that she was TaughtByTelevision.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. When John Crichton has to [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguise himself as a Peacekeeper officer]] to infiltrate a Gammak Base in "Nerve", EthicalSlut Chiana volunteers to come along as his [[UnusualEuphemism personal server]] specifically so everyone will be paying attention to her and not him.
* In the 1999 TV movie ''[=NetForce=]'', a member of the eponymous force has a couple of attractive female staff members from the local US Embassy join him on a yacht, which he sails alongside a Russian cargo vessel they suspect is up to no good. As the two women dance around in swimsuits and the crew line the rails to enjoy the sight, he's waving about a video camera recording the whole thing, enabling MissionControl to get pictures of the crew's faces (and gripe about why they're not selected for missions like these).
* ''Series/{{Danger 5}}''. [[ReallyGetsAround Ilsa]] doesn't bother with subtly regarding this trope. In one episode she has to stop Goebbels from entering the room where Danger 5 is hiding. A cut later and a stunned Goebbels does up his fly and [[SexGoddess staggers off]] while Ilsa gets up off her knees and [[SmokingHotSex calmly lights up a ciggie]].


* Happens in the Stereophonics song "The Bartender and the Thief" when the title bartender is distracted from the con by a horny lesbian describing her sex life (or something like that).
* The Babe Ruth song ''Gimme Some Leg'' is a sarcastic deconstruction of this trope; singer Jenna Haan is explaining that however good the lead singer is, however powerful her voice, there'll always be some asshole in the audience demanding she shows a bit more flesh.
** This doesn't half piss off some singers, and justly. Creator/AmandaPalmer was incensed that the ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'' ignored the fact she is capable of singing a bit, and chose to concentrate instead on the WardrobeMalfunction that resulted in an exposed nipple during her Glastonbury set. She wrote a savage song lampooning slavering middle-aged journalists, and obligingly performed it naked at her next gig. (Poss. NSFW - available on You-Tube).
--> ''And dear Daily Mail? Fuck you!''
The Mail, strangely, did not report this.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Toni Braxton's "He Wasn't Man Enough" includes a small animation at the beginning in which she is a superheroine. In it, she bedazzles a band of male enemies by, ahem, unzipping her very tight jumpsuit midchest, giving her the time to finish them off with her voice attack.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* When a justifiably annoyed [[Myth/GreekMythology Menelaus]] found his erring wife in the flaming ruins of Troy, Helen merely uncovered her breasts and he promptly forgot he'd ever been angry with her.
* Myth/NorseMythology: Loki once shapeshifted into a horse in order to distract a stallion. Bore him a few children, too.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Omnipresent in wrestling; nearly every female manager or valet has, at one time or another and generally on a regular basis, used her... *ahem* assets to distract her client's opponent, the EasilyDistractedReferee, or both.
* The most famous instance of this was probably when Wrestling/MissElizabeth did it at the very first ''[=SummerSlam=]''. It probably surprised everyone too, since as the (RealLife and later {{Kayfabe}})) wife and manager of Wrestling/RandySavage, she was known for her impeccably ladylike behavior while wearing blouses, long skirts, and OperaGloves. But when Savage and Wrestling/HulkHogan (known at that time as the "Mega Powers") needed to pick up a victory over Wrestling/TedDiBiase and Wrestling/AndreTheGiant in a tag match, Elizabeth had no problem with ripping off her skirt to expose her legs and bright red panties and distract the enemy long enough for her husband and the Hulkster to get the win. Elizabeth was a {{Face}} when she did this, and that she remained a Face afterward.
** Actually, Elizabeth whipping her skirt off was a compromise. The original plan was for Elizabeth to take her whole dress off, leaving her in just her bra and panties, but Savage balked at that idea.
* This was all Wrestling/StacyKeibler did during her time in wrestling, after her relations with David Flair in Wrestling/{{WCW}} anyway, usually by slowwwly ducking herself between the middle and top ring ropes when entering or exiting. Given that her legs are forty two inches long, who can complain?
* When Truth Martini changed the bout between Davey Richards and Silas Young at the unauthorized ''Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH A Night Of Hoopla'' into a [[GimmickMatches lumber jill match]] to make Young get back in the ring, one of the jills stuck a leg out from behind the curtain. Cue Silas's reaction going from bewilderment to disgust when the jill and every other one turned out to be [[DragQueen men in drag.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Weaponized'' in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' with the "Sexy Feints" perk.

* In ''Theatre/TheMoonIsBlue'', Patty puts her leg up at one moment to test how lecherous David really is. He doesn't take the bait, though he later compliments her legs.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Meta example: players in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' using {{hentai}}/pornography sprays to distract enemies. Funnily enough, as of 2012-2013, [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic poni]] sprays are more often used for this purpose. So many players are bronies, they get easily distracted by them. Bonus points if it's an image macro.
** [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/165 These]] [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/166 two]] ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' comics are entirely TruthInTelevision.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOR3snVKW0E A fine example in video!]]
** Can happen at times at ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' and ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'' also.
* Another Meta example: Theoretically, in TournamentPlay, playing as a MsFanservice character in a Japanese fighting game may give you an edge if you don't get distracted yourself. The fact that the average {{Fanservice}} character is no pushover doesn't hurt either.
* In the game ''VideoGame/RedNinjaEndOfHonor'', the [[ThirdPersonSeductress female main character]] can use this maneuver to distract guards. It never works when you really need it to, and is alarmingly easy at other times.
* In the fighting game ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', one of Orchid's FinishingMove is to flash her breasts at her opponent, who then has a heart attack and dies. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk1rfCH2E_I Seriously]].
* The Succubus' Seduce ability in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' "stuns" the target. Bonus points because the Succubus' has to channel the spell. Extra bonus points because it works on ''any'' humanoid that isn't immune to crowd control. [[BiTheWay Including females.]]
* Parodied in the ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]'' Season 2 Finale, when Max (a [[HeroicComedicSociopath comically sociopathic]] [[HairRaisingHare lagomorph]]) tries to distract a villain using this:
-->'''Max:''' ''(overenunciating)'' Oh, dear. I seem to be ''completely naked.'' Hope I don't have to ''bend over provocatively'' and--\\
'''Sam:''' That's enough, Max.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' has Jessica, who actually has ''Sex Appeal'' as a skill. She has been known to shake her "pom poms" to distract enemies. Add a hint of playing to the fetishes, because of her {{Stripperific}} special outfits and that she can WhipItGood.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' there's a scene where you have to choose one of three party members to dress in a "sexy" outfit in order to seduce a guard. While two of the options play this trope straight, we also get a subversion with the third option, Karol. One of your ''male'' party members. ''It still works''.
* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'' by Kururu, of all people: "Show a little leg. Guys can't resist a little leg."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Desperados}}'', TheChick of the team, Kate O'Hara, can do this to attract some kinds of enemies and lead them away from their posts and into deadly traps – you know, like in real life. It's far from the GameBreaker it seems to be, though: a good deal of the enemies are disciplined enough not to approach her, the trick doesn't work if the mook's too agitated, and even the dumber ones will pretty soon get that Kate is stringing them along and will knock her out or even shoot her – once again, as in real life. In fact, in later levels, it's a better tactic to leave her out in the open ''without'' using the garter trick, wait for them to come restrain her once she's spotted and knock them out once they get in range of her boot – the enemy types that will fall for this ISurrenderSuckers move are much more varied than the lustful ones.
* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', Madison pulls a combination of this and RipTailoring in hopes of seducing (and further interrogating) a man in a seedy club.
* Inverted, then subverted, in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', when a Templar who doesn't want to lets you pass points out (if you have her in your group) that he might not mind spending some time with Morrigan in exchange for letting you pass. Morrigan lets him know, not explictly but in no uncertain terms, that even if she agreed to do so she would kill him (and possibly ingest him and then spit out his bones). Leliana however plays along.
* The [[HornyDevils Elise]] boss fight in ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' sees Jack trying to break her grip during his [[ActionCommands power struggle]]. Thing is, once he breaks her hold, [[GagBoobs her rack]] is directly in his face. There's another action command to ''look away'' -- if you fail, Elise bites Jack's neck and drains his health, restoring her own.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', the [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold courtesans]] you find throughout the cities are (after Sequence 1) on Ezio's side. For some coin, he can hire a cluster of them to surround him as he walks the city -- their sexiness being sufficient distraction to keep Ezio "invisible" while he walks the streets. He can also send the hooker entourage to "distract" troublesome guards, though he'll automatically "lose" two of his four courtesans whenever he passes close enough to a group of guards, as in both cases the courtesans are occupied with their distraction so that Ezio can move on.
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', this is given a darker edge if Ezio achieves "middle" rank with the Courtesans' Guild, unlocking the ability of Courtesans to distract Horsemen, but also somehow arming every affiliated courtesan in Rome with a dosage of poison which they can inject a guard with. Unfortunately, since the player can't control this at all, it sometimes leads to a distraction of a far less desirable sort...
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' the courtesans are replaced by UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} dancers, though the desired effect is still the same.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' onwards, you can distract guards by dropping porno mags on the ground.
* ''VideoGame/InFamous''
** In ''inFamous'', Sasha tries to do this to Cole to get him over to the DarkSide.
** And in ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS 2}}'', Kuo reveals she planned to do this to Cole to get him to come with her. However, seeing how he was still distraught over the death of his girlfriend, she doesn't use it.
** The leader of the Rebels is easily distracted by Kuo and Nix, where Kuo even had to yell at him to focus on their meeting.
* In ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'', when your team is imprisoned, the third chosen party member (or an unchosen character if Carlie is third) will try to trick the guard into opening his or her cell door. [[MsFanservice Angela's]] method is to ask the beast man for help changing her clothes.
* In ''VideoGame/FearEffect'', Hana is at one point confronted by a guard while unarmed and only wearing a towel. You escape by going into your inventory and using the towel. Hana then ''removes'' it, and her allies deal with the now-distracted guard.
* This trope shows up in the ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' games via the move Attract and the ability Cute Charm, which both give the Infatuation status ailment to opposite-sexed Pokemon. Under Infatuation, a Pokemon has a 50% chance of being too busy mooning over their opponent to actually attack them, and [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gym Leader Whitney]]'s frequent use of Attract is just one of many reasons why she is ThatOneBoss.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' mod ''Dreamcatcher 3'' when the player character needs to get into a certain guarded house the female henchman asks the guard if he could check out a kink in her leg armor.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, most depictions of Nocturnal, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheSacredDarkness Darkness and the Night]], has her cloak/robe opens up at the side of the thighs, fully exposing her legs. Her avatar in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' then adds AbsoluteCleavage. It's [[FridgeLogic rather fitting]] for what is essentially the patron deity of thieves, who can always use a handy distraction to get what they want.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In Episode 17 of ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'', Cameron van Buren attempts this on a cashier (she flashes her boobs at him) in order to buy alcohol for her [[LadyDrunk alcoholic mother]] (long story).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Distraction Damsel from ''Webcomic/{{Supermegatopia}}'', whose only superpower was causing timely wardrobe malfunctions (usually her own) or otherwise distracting bad guys (and good guys, and {{Innocent Bystander}}s...) with her "assets".
* Parodied in [[http://brat-halla.com/comic/206-pantheon-games-legs-to-die-for/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/BratHalla'', where we see the Norse goddess Hel (who is [[RedRightHand a rotting corpse from the waist down]]) do this. [[FanDisservice Not a pretty picture]]. Of course, the intent in this case was to subdue Balder's RagingStiffie...
* Gina once distracted someone holding her at gunpoint in ''Webcomic/{{Applegeeks}}'' by flashing her breasts. The gun''woman'' was [[http://www.applegeeks.com/comics/viewcomic.php?issue=297 stunned into submission]].
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius,'' where Princess Zulenna attempts [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040524 this]] (confidently saying "it always works"), only to find the one guard that isn't impressed. An annoyed Zulenna clubs him. Very hard.
* One of the established military tactics on ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is [[http://www.erfworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/vol2_006_Web_9001.jpg the "Flash"]].
* It does always work in [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/06-mrs-greg-killmaster/a-58/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}''.
* Seraphim pulls it on Asmodeus in [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/300 this page]] of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo''.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** The comic subverts this often enough, it became a running gag. See [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0019.html strip #19]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0387.html #387.]]
** Also attempted by Sabine on Roy in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0355.html strip #355]], but he's not stupid enough to get lured by a succubus.
** Zigzagged in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0066.html strip #66]]. It works for a different reason than expected.
* Parodied in [[http://booru.nanochan.org/i/5e051af8d1b1fc8dc7be17c82d563d15/ghost-5616.jpg this comic]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''
** Oasis uses this to [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20000507 distract Torg and Riff while she kidnaps them]]. Although, in her case, she might be enough of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} not to realize the effect she has on them.
** Riff has learned from this event, and [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20060914 created a machine to block "distracting nudity."]]
* In ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', Lilah uses [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20071231 this to make Ethan stop being obsessed]] with ''VideoGame/EverQuestII''. She calls it a "level eighty female-only persuasion spell". (Which seriously overestimates the time and training it takes to pull it off.)
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'' [[https://web.archive.org/web/20151211104147/http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter001/ib005.html Elnor's means during the escape]].
* During the ''Webcomic/CrossoverWars'', a flirty sexy witch from an adult comic was used to distract [[spoiler:Deception]] so he could be blasted and taken out of the battle.
* How Death "cheats" a man trying to get out of being hauled away by playing ChessWithDeath, in [[https://web.archive.org/web/20111231010236/http://www.exiern.com/?p=76 this strip]] from ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}''.
* Amusingly inverted in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' when a guest at the inn says she can have any guy she wants and attempts to prove it by flashing Abel. Abel is instead "distracted by the large amounts of crazy they're attached to," so it doesn't quite work.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Raven does this to Sven in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=519 episode 519]].
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}''. Spinnerette wants to add a CleavageWindow to her costume to distract villains, but [[OnlySaneMan Sahira]] points out the idiocy of making a bulletproof costume and then putting a hole in it right over your heart.
* In ''Webcomic/MinionComics'', Dingus calls a prostitute to distract the guards while the base is on lock-down.
* In ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'', Lord Masuhiro was captured by a largely female clan of ninjas. These ninjas deliberately dress in a way to use this to their advantage. Sure enough, every time Masuhiro attempts to escape, something happens to distract him, he gets hit with a knockout drug, and gets put back into his cell again.
* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'': Pirta [[https://web.archive.org/web/20160513153709/http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb928.gif uses her looks to boost sales,]] [[https://web.archive.org/web/20160513153709/http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb926.gif one time]] managing to get a customer to spend [[https://web.archive.org/web/20160513153709/http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb927.gif $367.84]] on paintball merchandise.
* In ''Webcomic/ThePhoenixRequiem'', Petria drapes herself on a soldier who's reluctant to say why the quarantine on Esk was lifted.
* ''Webcomic/{{Orneryboy}}'': Dirtygirl is losing a video game session, but [[http://www.orneryboy.com/index.php?comicID=42 finds a way to distract Orneryboy and turn the tables on him.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/BiteMe'', Lauren [[spoiler:breaks out of General [=McRuby's=] jail cell]] by tempting his teenage son Roger with her cleavage.
* From the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', one of Cheesecake's few actual super-powers, if you can call it that, was being so pretty she was literally stunning to look at, if she wanted to be.
* In ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', this is something of a specialty of Sarah's. {{Lampshade}}d in "Shop of Horrors!!!", when Jonas explains how Sarah is going to "distract the store owner with, uh, a long conversation", and the camera immediately pans to Sarah's breasts. Sarah responds, "What? I'm just doing my job!"
* Taken UpToEleven in ''WebVideo/PreciousPlum''. Plum (a parody of Honey Boo Boo) gets lost, so she flags down a car by pulling up her skirt to a driver.
* Agent Lux of the ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' has... interesting methods of getting the attention of a crowd. But very effective ones.
* Creator/TessMasazza, creator of the Italian Web Series ''Insopportabilmente Donna'' tries this trick when the police pulls her over for running a red light and, again, with her boyfriend when she destroys his new car and forgets to pick up his mother at the railway station. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, it does not work in both cases]].
* Tori and Sonia, from ''Literature/TheSaints'', use magic to create this effect on a pair of police officers.
* ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'': [[http://theglen.livejournal.com/89715.html Mr. Welch is not allowed to take advantage of this by sending strippers to the guardroom.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This was attempted by ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' in one of her original shorts, "War". [[RealityEnsues It doesn't work]] [[NotDistractedByTheSexy on the realistic mook at all,]] and he blows her brains out.
* The ''Batman/Superman'' crossover "World's Finest" has a male example played for laughs. Harley Quinn, chauffeuring a limo, picks up Lex Luthor. She then goes into "hubba hubba" mode when she sees the Joker at a curb, hitching a ride and rolling up his pants leg, showing off his gam.
* Fairly common in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] cartoons. WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and various other Warner Brother's characters would do this, while crossdressing.
** Hatta Mari does this to lure avowed woman-hater Daffy Duck to her lair in "Plane Daffy." It works a little too well as Daffy who has flown about a half a mile away returns to look at her leg up close and whistles at it.
** A gorgeous red headed duck called 'The Body' also does this to Daffy in "The Sooper Snooper." While sitting down she hikes up her red dress to expose her long curvaceous crossed legs. Next she turned out the lights and started kissing Daffy like crazy. At first it might seem that she was trying to distract the detective that Daffy was portraying from finding her guilty of murder. But all The Body wanted to do was seduce Daffy who she fell in love with instantly.
* Gadget used this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' to cause a thug who was controlling a tank with a neural interface helmet to lose control and allow them to escape the villains death trap.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': In "Courage Meets the Mummy", the mummy tries to hitch a ride to Courage's hous, and lifts the bandages on his leg, revealing an actual female leg with high heel included.
* The entire point of Catwoman's "dance" in ''WesternAnimation/DCShowcaseCatwoman''.
* Done in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "If it Smells Like an Ed", where the Eds use a picture of Nazz in a bikini to distract Kevin while measuring his shoe size.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Attempted/parodied in the movie ''Into the Wild Green Yonder''. When Bender is breaking the Feministas out of prison, they don't know how to get past the armed guards. Leela says that the one thing men can't resist is hookers, and tells two of her fellow Feministas, "You know what to do." They proceed to put Bender in a skimpy outfit, a wig, and lots of makeup. He goes out where the guards can see him and says; "Hello, boys!". The guards just start shooting at him.
* In a fourth season-episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Shego does this to distract Martin Smarty while Dr. Drakken carries out his plan of creating a legion of robotic soldiers. This episode also proves that she's a GoldDigger, as she considers marrying Martin Smarty just to get in on his wealth, only [[EvenEvilHasStandards changing her mind when she realized he had a kid]].
* The Creator/{{Terrytoons}}' WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' short "Wolf!, Wolf!" has a male example with one of the wolves dressing up as Litte Bo Peep showing off his leg with a garter on it, and the wolves laugh in retaliation.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': During "Needle Point", Skipper attempts to use this [[HoYay against the other penguins]] by performing a sultry dance.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Marge once distracted Chief Wiggum by flashing her (temporarily surgically enhanced) breasts. Which Krusty referred to as "Mugumbos". Which happened to be the control word for Stampy the Elephant.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Asspen", the {{Jerkass}} skier is distracted, allowing Stan to win the race, when a girl flashes her breasts at him. However, it later reveals that her breasts are two hideously mutated heads, a ShoutOut to the film ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
* Raven does this for Beast Boy in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' at the end of episode "Legs".
* ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'': While escaping, the killer sees a pair of attractive, feminine legs behind a curtain. He lets out a WolfWhistle and pulls up the curtain, only to find out that it was the (male!) detective, who promptly bops him on the head with a mallet.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'': In "Squirrel Seats", Scoutmaster Lumpus and Miss Doe are accidentally left behind while at a rest stop during a Bean Scout/Squirrel Scout field trip. At the end of the episode, they are seen trying to hitch a ride back to the camp and Jane suggests that ''Lumpus'' show some leg.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/MataHari, a spy during World War I, is rumored to have attempted stripping when she was in front of the firing squad for her execution, apparently on the belief that no one could shoot a body like hers. It didn't work, but it's not like she had a better option at that point.
* According to naval folklore, Royal Navy chiefs when rousting sailors to work would say that. If the leg was female (i.e. a SweetPollyOliver) she was left be.
* The pirate Mary Reade once won a duel by ripping open her shirt just as her opponent had lost his balance, and giving her the chance to kill him in a single strike.
* A "dumb crook" anecdote involved shoplifters using a scantily clad accomplice for this purpose. What made them ''dumb'' crooks was that the store personnel couldn't describe the actual thieves at all... but were able to give a ''very'' detailed description of the girl who'd helped them.
** Though in another such tale, the trick works because the female criminal in question [[MyEyesAreUpHere has amazing breasts which is the only detail anyone remembers]].
* NFL legend Lawrence Taylor was notorious for hiring several prostitutes and sending them to visiting teams' hotels on the night before a big game.
* Apparently used during training of British special forces personnel. Accounts of SAS trainees tasked with staying alert on a stake-out, often in a cold uncomfortable place where nothing really happens for several hours at a stretch, refer to women throwing off their outer clothing without warning - just as the incident happens they have been tasked with observing and accurately reporting on. If they are distracted by the sexy and fail to notice (for instance) the person they have been sent to observe leaving his home and getting into a car, or the handover of weapons/explosives - they've failed. And then learn that failure is not a desirable option.
* A popular bathtub soap game in Brazil which exploded through expansive daytime TV coverage in TheNineties involves this as a possible tactic. The game features two contestants at a time, usually of opposite genders, inside a custom pool or Jacuzzi-style bathtub filled with a substance and a set of items, usually water and soaps; the object being for one player to get as many soaps as they can into a bucket held just outside the pool within a set amount of time (usually one minute) while the other person tries to stop them. Since the men are usually stronger than the women, the women can't really stop them from moving around—and frequently, nor can the men, since they often aren't allowed to hold the women in place too tightly. Thus, the defensive player tends to have the unenviable task of keeping a very mobile offensive player from grabbing the soaps. Between that and the fact that this involves two scantily clad, usually attractive people of the opposite sex in close quarters[[note]]women tend enter the pool/tub in bikinis while men enter in boxer shorts or speedos, and the TV shows made it clear attractive people are preferred for this game[[/note]], it was only a matter of course that particularly nimble or sensual defenders would sometimes shave seconds off the clock, or on rare occasions even outright stall their opposition for half the segment, by carefully maneuvering to draw said opponent into an embrace.