Best Known for the Fanservice
aka: Everybody Remembers The Stripper
"Roger Ebert felt Elvira's appearance was worth mentioning in his review, but I suspect he had a minimum word count to meet before his review went to press, and if you’re going to break out the shovel to up the word count, you might as well talk about the chick with the great rack."
It could have had great humor, brilliant action sequences and diabolical villains. What everyone remembers, however, is the female lead's You Can Leave Your Hat On
in the Sweeps
one year. Or, in an even more extreme case, a penis
when it pops up on screen. This trope refers to the actions of characters rather than characterization.
This is the common tendency for fanservice
to overshadow everything else about a work, regardless of the amount that actually occurs in it (sometimes the most remembered bit of fanservice
actually comes from promotional materials, which don't accurately depict what actually happens in the show
). At the extreme end, it becomes All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game"
... with boobs. This can be so powerful and effective in Hollywood that the Hollywood Hype Machine
will go into overdrive and make an actress who bared all (or most) of herself an instant, overnight household name. Don't laugh—Shannon Elizabeth
and Denise Richards
of movie roles because of this trope. At times this effect can become self-perpetuating: the mainstream audience first discovers a work due to its fanservice, and when word starts to spread about it, the fanservice is what newcomers hear about first as well. Ultimately, large portions of the audience may end up knowing nothing else about the work.
Of course, one person's fanservice is another's Fan Disservice
. This is particularly prominent ("for some reason
") any time there's a dude on display
in a work with any meaningful proportion of straight men in the audience. But hey, remembered positively or negatively, it's all the same in the end—hype is hype. Such inversions
go below all the same.
For the more romantic equivalent, see Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls
. See also Freud Was Right
. When viewers watch a show specifically for fanservice, they're Just Here for Godzilla
. See also Fanservice Extra
and Dancing Bear
. One-Scene Wonder
is a similar phenomenon, but mostly unrelated. If the fanservice is controversial, the work may be Overshadowed By Controversy
. See also Signature Scene
, which is often this. A subtrope of Never Live It Down
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Anime & Manga
- Despite Divergence Eve delivering a serious plot, it's only remembered for the female characters' impressive chest.
- Elfen Lied is probably best known as that manga with huge amounts of nudity and gore. Most of the nudity is in the context of Mind Rape and abuse, but that small detail easily falls to the side.
- Nisemonogatari, the sequel to Bakemonogatari, has several interesting characters with very witty fast cut dialogue, amazing visuals and Akiyuki Shinbo's unique directing style, not to mention the subtext of the meaning of original and imitation regarding everyday life. But you will all fondly recall the moment where you nearly died of laughter or shame when Koyomi brushed his sister Karen's teeth and it was supposed to remind you of something.
- Fairy Tail has lots of well endowed female characters who wear skimpy clothes and have several scenes where they are naked. The male characters also get some of this. Hiro Mashima's previous series Rave Master was also like this but in the second half.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha only had fanservice manifest as a Hot Springs Episode, very early in the series, but it's the reason most commonly cited (right before the Transformation Sequence and Les Yay) by people who don't want to watch it.
- Later seasons proudly fly the fanservice banner, making Nanoha known pretty much as a Girls Love series with magical girls in it. It's one of the few to have adult females in an (ambiguous) relationship and even rarer in that they adopt a daughter.
- Mention Mahou Sensei Negima! and most people will inevitably think of Fanservice or Clothing Damage. Yes, the manga has a lot of fanservice, but it also has a ton of Character Development, an epic plot, and a ton of awesome fights. Still doesn't keep the fanservice from overshadowing just about everything else in the popular perception of the series.
- As with the previous example, it doesn't help that the early volumes were more fanservice-heavy than later ones. To make matters worse, a lot of people's only exposure is the first anime, which is severely lacking in a lot of the more combat oriented storylines. Ironically, the second anime lacks any fanservice what-so-ever.
- In-universe, Takane D. Goodman is remembered by others for getting naked a lot (although never by her own choice) and little else, except for her co-workers, who try to console her about that.
- In fact, Takane is so used to it that, when she challenges Negi (and loses) in chapter 345, when she ISN'T stripped of her clothes (which is how Negi usually and accidentally wins against her a lot), she's insulted, and DEMANDS that he undress her.
- Eden of the East is an Ontological Mystery story that revolves around a man who wakes up with eight-billion yen and no memory as he seeks to find out who he is, why he erased his own memory, and just what the secret organization that gave him all that money expects him to do with it. You would probably not know this from talking to its fans, however, because they're all too busy giggling over this◊. And once they get over that, they must contend with the vast horde of naked dudes that shows up later in the series.
- There's a scene in Darker Than Black where November 11 lounges around Amber's headquarters buck-naked. Naturally, fan tributes kind of fixate on it.
- Queen's Blade has a fairly good story behind it, most people probably never saw it. Everyone either just hears about the "acid boobs" in the first episode and turns away, or conversely got hooked on the series BECAUSE of the acid boobs.
- Or they came for the acid boobs and stayed for the story.
- Ask the majority of the Ikki Tousen fandom what they remember the most - chances are panty shots, boobs and lesbians (explicit or subtext) will be more common answers than anything remotely related to Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
- With Simoun, everyone remembers the underaged lesbian powered airplanes.
- Cannon God Exaxxion is a near-Eva-level deconstruction of Super Robot stories, particularly of the "aliens invade, teenager's scientist grandfather gives him a robot to fight them with" variety and has a lot to say about the nature of heroism and the truth. Ask people about it on the Internet, though, and all you'll hear is talk, often derisive, about certain scenes with Lolicon undertones (and, uh, one with possible overtones, but still).
- Spice and Wolf prominently features the female lead stark naked in the first episode. She's not human, but that can lead people to the wrong conclusions easily enough, and many who have not watched the show assume that she goes around naked frequently, when in fact she prefers to wear clothes in her human form because she gets cold without her fur.
- Magical Pokaan was a Cute Monster Girl version of Galaxy Angel, but what everyone seems to remember most is Dark-Skinned Blond Stripperiffic wolfgirl Liru, who went on to become a Memetic Sex God Breakout Character.
- Seikon No Qwaser has a number of cool elements, such as memorable characters, literal Elemental Powers, Character Development and kickass battles. Sadly, all of that tends to be overshadowed by the breast feeding and bondage.
- Witchblade is the story of a woman trying to make a life for herself and her 6 year-old daughter after a massive disaster takes away everything from her, including her memories; all while dodging Child Protective Services and getting caught up in a corporate power struggle. It's also the story of said woman turning into superpowered warrior with a ridiculously Stripperiffic outfit and getting into fights that are the very definition of Orgasmic Combat. Guess which part people remember more (hell, guess which part is used to market the show?)
- Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie had a prominently large proportion of male viewers watching it only for Chun-Li's Shower Scene. Apparently fanservice-loving Masami Obari noticed and provided respective shower scenes as well on the Fatal Fury and Battle Arena Toshinden spin-offs he directed.
- Sky Girls, the spiritual predecessor to Strike Witches and Vividred Operation was about somewhat cute girls in suggestive skin tight suits piloting flying Mini-Mecha and battling aliens aiming to destroy humanity. It had decent characters and an engaging plot with many twists, but... well, just look at the trope name again.
- Strike Witches is ostensibly about an elite flying unit battling an alien invasion with magic, but apparently the only people possessing the right kind of magical powers are pre-teen and teenage girls willing to fight aerial battles in their underwear. Countless panty shots ensue. In fact, it's easier to count the scenes without panty shots.
- Vividred Operation, by the same director, is a pseudo-Magical Girl series about cybernetically enhanced girls fighting giant evil robots. But more importantly: they don't wear pants (and when they do, they're very short ones), and there are lots of ass-shots.
- Parodied in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei in an episode about how people will easily get distracted by something and completely ignore the more important issue. A straight example is when Chiri battled aliens but nobody remembers her deed as the sole witness was completely fixated on her bizarre underwear. Another straight example that lampshades the entire episode was when Nozomu was lamenting over how the viewer survey answered that they were more interested in the fanservice segment where Komori was flirting with Majiru over the alien invasion plot.
- Even the aliens were more interested in that segment than the invasion itself. Which is why they were so easy to defeat.
- The anime adaptation of Rosario + Vampire contains much more fanservice than the manga, with breast and panty shots galore, which has caused some backlash from certain parts of the fandom, but usually not to the point that it ruins the series for them. At least not until the 2nd season, which largely discards the plot in favor of even more fanservice.
- Highschool of the Dead. High school girls and a hot school nurse? Check. World of Buxom? Check. Lots of bouncing? An episode where the main female characters bathe together, with plenty of nudity? Lesbian subtext? A Beach Episode OVA that borders on softcore porn? Checkmarks all.
- It doesn't help that the fanservice gets to the point of such absurdity that it ends up scaring people off from watching the show for any other reason besides boobies. On top of that is the fact that it's so ridiculous that even people who otherwise would get a kick out of fanservice end up revolted.
- Agent Aika and Najica Blitz Tactics have plenty of fight scenes, but everyone is more interested in massive amounts of Panty Shots.
- The seventh One Piece movie The Giant Mechanical Soldier Of Karakuri Castle is an adventure involving a golden crown, giant robots, a giant turtle, and a (non-canon) explanation for how Luffy got the name for his Gear power-ups. All of that is brushed aside for Nami and Robin's breast enhancements, constant bouncing, and fetishistic outfits.
- Sekirei has a strong, character-driven plot and excellent fight scenes. But what most people know about it is the World of Buxom and fanservice bordering on softcore at times. Many are surprised to learn the author is a woman.
- Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo is almost entirely character drama, Tear Jerker moments, and realistic struggles with life and romance. But most non-fans are only aware of the heavily advertised couple of scenes where a spaced-out girl gets naked. And the title translates to "The Pet Girl Of Sakura Hall," making the whole thing look like a Harem Series.
- Averted in Koi Kaze, a series built around the Westermarck effect which could have made it a hentai fest... but they indeed went for the moral high ground and never once showed a sex scene between the two protagonists. A kiss is all you will get.
- The first thing you're likely to hear about From the New World is that there's gay romance in it. The second thing you'll hear about is the lesbian romance. If you're lucky, someone might also mention the dystopian psychological horror plot that takes up 99% of the screentime.
- Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon is a sprawling high fantasy world with the benefit of a veteran writer with several series under his belt, each sharing common themes and concepts throughout their shared universe. Every trope is examined, played with, and ultimately justified. The Holy Shit Quotient is high, the sound track is orgasmic, and the world building is matched only by the sheer amount of characterization. On the other hand, balloon tits.
- Franken Fran must be some weird medical fetish manga, judging by the covers. Nevermind the horrific versions of each cover on literally the next page or the fact it's a horror-fueled Black Comedy.
- Between official art and a massive Yuri Fandom, the first thing you're likely to learn (or at least assume) about Puella Magi Madoka Magica is that there's (probably) a lot of gay people in it. Oddly enough, the actual fanservice (what little there is) isn't mentioned as much, other than the "naked space hugs" scene.
- Alternately, the importance of horror scenes is overstated, making the would-be viewers assume its chockfull of shocking violence.
- The only things most people seem to remember about Suisei no Gargantia are the scene where Amy dances for Ledo in a skimpy outfit and the Beach Episode, despite the fact that the rest of the series has about as much fanservice as a Disney movie.
- If you know just one thing about Free! it's probably that a bunch of hot muscular swimmer guys get half naked a lot. As the anime seems to have been deliberately intended as a female-directed equivalent to the all-prevalent moe fanservice anime, this was probably expected, and the producers and advertisers have certainly made the most of it.
- Aside from being a gorey Mind Screw Mon genre deconstruction, Narutaru is most well known for Norio. He's an androgynous crossdressing boy who dies in an awful, awful way.
- The Stripperiffic heroine of Kill la Kill makes the series a Guilty Pleasure by design for many viewers. However, those who endure often come to appreciate the series' other strong points, such as humor, fights and larger-than-life characters.
- Psylocke. Even leaving aside her years in Marvel UK (pilot, secret agent, dead fiance, killed her brother's Evil Twin when he tried to rape her...), remember those years she spent as the team's primary telepath? How about those two times she took on Sabretooth with nothing but her psychic powers and won? ... Nothing? Okay, how about that time she got turned into a generic Asian babe and spent years doing nothing but pose in a thong?
- Emma Frost and her preference for as skimpy as can be costumes without getting herself arrested.
- In-Universe, Jade lampshaded this in Green Lantern when she laments that everyone saw her spread in Bikini Magazine. (Of course, it's kinda hard to forget a green-skinned babe in a bikini, but that's besides the point.)
- What are the two things everyone remembers about Power Girl?
- "Of course Empowered is a good series! It's got a truly courageous female character who highlights the inherent sexism in superhero comics. It does surprising things with its main cast's character development. It's really funny. It's got more bondage and Clothing Damage than you'd think possible to fit in a comic... hey, where are you going?"
- Battle Chasers is remembered for three things, and two of them were on Red Monika's chest. (The other, even more unfortunately, was the book's chronic lateness.)
- Novas Aventuras De Megaman had rampant nakedness. However, that only started with issue 12 of 16. The comic is now mostly known for this.
- Gen 13: Everyone remembers Fairchild super legs, and Rainmaker who kissed Fairchild.
- Valkyries, a 2000 AD strip was this in spades. In fact, fans complained that it was nothing but Fanservice. Droid Life parodied this with Valkyries: From The Neck Up.
- Watchmen has a naked blue superhero, and something about a dead comedian.
- What does everyone remember about Nightwing's appearance in Secret Six? That there is a blatant shot of his ass in his very tight uniform The artist even wrote "Hot" when she signed it!
- Similarly, people who aren't familiar with pre-Secret Six Catman mostly know him because of an extended flashback sequence where he's living among lions in the wild without a stitch of clothing on. And once he gets back to civilization he will usually only put on a token pair of pants when not on the job.
- Carol Danvers long time black uniform (which she had to discard when she went from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel) is one of the most beloved fan service costumes out there.
- Long before she briefly married Captain Atom, Plastique made her debut in Firestorm issue 7 as a Quebec separatist terrorist with an explosive-laden catsuit. Most memorably, of course, was the way Firestorm defeated her by disintegrating her costume, carrying off her bombs to detonate safely, and undermining her attempted martyrdom and political statement by leaving the hapless villainess standing naked in front of live TV cameras.
- The Name of the Rose: James Bond is a crime-solving monk, and all everyone remembers is the hot peasant girl and the novice getting it on (it is, admittedly, a well-done sex scene). Fun fact: Christian Slater was only 15 when he did that scene.
- Not Another Teen Movie? Isn't that the movie where some dude comes out wearing only whipped cream, two cherries and a banana? No that's the one with the constantly naked foreign exchange student whose actress happened to be the same who played a Yellow Power Ranger.
- One Million Years BC is mostly remembered for the poster showing Raquel Welch in a Fur Bikini.
- Original Sin had a steamy sex scene between Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas near the beginning of the movie. Nobody really cares about what happened after that.
- 1982's Paradise was a forgettably shameless ripoff of The Blue Lagoon. There are only two reasons anyone remembers it today: For the minority - it's Phoebe Cates' film debut (predating Fast Times at Ridgemont High by 4 months and filmed when she was 17). For the vast majority - Phoebe Cates is naked at damn near every opportunity. Film buffs might recall it as part of Willie Aames' filmography.
- Michael Medved told the British magazine Starburst that "the camera is never more than two inches from Phoebe Cates' breasts and that's basically what the movie is about."
- Perdita Durango is a barely-remembered 1997 film about a criminal couple who kidnap two people in an attempt to sacrifice them before they go on a mission. The only thing memorable about the film is a sequence where female supporting character Estelle (Aimee Graham) is tied up and raped by Romeo (Javier Bardem), and whether or not she enjoyed the experience.
- Personal Best is about Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly having lesbian sex. Oh, and uh... something about the Olympics.
- When Piranha 3D was released in 2010 the underwater nude ballet scene quickly became the most famous thing about the movie, with the only competition from Jerry O'Connell's character getting his penis bitten off.
- Powder Blue featured Jessica Biel's first nude scenes. And, well, other stuff.
- The Runaways is basically about Dakota Fanning making out with Kristen Stewart.
- Hey Requiem for a Dream! Isn't that the somber, thought-provoking film that explores the horrors of drug addiction? Nope, its just one scene of Jennifer Connelly doing "ass to ass" with another woman.
- Saturn 3 had a very brief shot of Farrah Fawcett's nipple.
- The Scorpion King had Kelly Hu walk around wearing virtually nothing (or not even that) for most of the movie. Dwayne Johnson too. There was a plot?
- The Seduction: Morgan Fairchild getting naked. And something about an obsessive stalker.
- The Seven Year Itch is remembered more for the publicity shot of Marilyn Monroe having her skirt lifted by a subway vent than any actual scene from the movie (or the play, for that matter).
- Shame is about Michael Fassbender's junk and some other stuff.
- Sherrybaby: Maggie Gyllenhaal spends a good portion of the movie naked (as opposed to Secretary, where she's only naked at the end), including one scene where she's just out of the shower. Anyone remember the plot to this thing? Something about a druggie trying to get rid of her daughter, right?
- Shock Corridor: Constance Towers's extended striptease isn't the only thing that sticks in your head, but it certainly is unforgettable.
- Sirens. Full frontal nudity from many famous ladies (Elle Mac Pherson and Portia de Rossi, to name two). The dream scene in the lake is the one most folks remember.
- S.O.B.: This satire on the nature of Hollywood should be remembered as William Holden's final movie. Instead most people remember it as the movie in which Julie Andrews and Rosanna Arquette appeared topless. (The Julie Andrews scene was a major plot point of the film, as a sleazy producer is trying to get Andrews' character to show her breasts for Fanservice).
- Species was a pretty forgettable sci-fi horror film. The only reason anybody still remembers it is because the hot blonde in it spent a lot of time walking around naked. The same can be said for its sequels.
- Stealth, with Jessica Biel in a bikini. It was only one scene. She also wears very snug military uniforms, to the extent that The New York Times's review of the movie includes the phrase "wiggling her shapely rear" in the very first sentence.
- Everyone remembers Straw Dogs for three reasons:
- Swordfish is the movie where Halle Berry showed her breasts for the first time. There was also something about a hacker...
- To the point that a good deal of marketing focused on how much extra (reputedly $500,000) she was paid specifically for agreeing to flash her breasts for no particularly good reason in a single scene.
- Her film Monster's Ball is largely remembered the same way because of her steamy sex scene, but it was good enough on its own merits to win her an Oscar.
- If you've ever heard of The Tall Guy at all, you'll know it as that movie where Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson get naked and break shit.
- As the Who Wears Short Shorts? page says about Tamara Drewe, specifically Gemma Arterton as the title character strutting about in said clothing, "No one remembers the movie; everyone remembers the trailer that primarily featured this sequence."
- From the Terminator franchise:
- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is oft remembered for having a hot female with no clothes on at the start of the movie, who then gets into tight leathers for the rest, and can INFLATE HER OWN BOOBS.
- Terminator Salvation homages this with Moon Bloodgood showing her boobs. Scene was cut from the theatrical release to qualify for a PG-13 rating, but was re-inserted into the special extended Blu-Ray edition. Watch the movie with this scene included, and Sam Worthington, Christian Bale, Anton Yelchin and everybody else being all angsty doesn't matter anymore.
- The common consensus is that the best scene from the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie is when Lara is showering, then gets out of shower and briefly uses a Modesty Towel before casting it aside for a Toplessness from the Back shot and side boob.
- What makes Total Recall (1990) different from all the other Arnold Schwarzenegger movies? Two — no, in this movie it's three◊ things.
- Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies. Screw the Harrier chases, the many, many explosions or Arnie at his Large Ham best. Everyone remembers Curtis' shadowy striptease first and foremost. The backseat Catfight between Curtis and Tia Carrere comes second.
- The Unborn is all about Odette Yustman's ass. So much that her butt is the main focus on the poster◊.
- U Turn, or that one movie where Jennifer Lopez has a sex scene.
- Money Train, which stars Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, and a rare sight of Jennifer Lopez's bare bosoms.
- Under Siege is that movie where Erika Eleniak jumps out of a cake topless. Or more accurately, the movie where Erika Eleniak jumps out of a cake topless then later on Tommy Lee Jones gets a knife stuck in his head.
- Subverted with Under The Skin. While the movie may become known as "that movie where Scarlett Johansson gets naked," the way the scenes play out are more disturbing than erotic. Than again, there will still be those turned on.
- For most of tumblr/ Tom Hiddleston fans in general, Unrelated is that one movie where Tom jumps naked into a pool.
- Varsity Blues? Isn't that the movie where some chick comes out in a whipped cream bikini? Of course not. It was also the movie where high school students discover their teacher is secretly a stripper.
- Never mind Tim Roth doing a Money, Dear Boy role, Virgin Territory is all about Hayden Christensen making whoopee with naughty nuns.
- Walkabout had a barely-legal Jenny Agutter going full-frontal in a lake. Also something about Australia. We think.
- From what is said on the message boards on the IMDB you'd think that Watchmen consisted of 160 minutes of a blue penis. Now with helpful pie chart◊.
- Whiteout had a scene where Kate Beckinsale was taking off her clothes before taking a shower even though such "Hollywood Showers" are not allowed at the South Pole due to water restrictions. What's the plot of the movie? Nobody seems to remember.
- The most memorable things about The Warrior and the Sorceress, aside from the fact that it stars a sword-wielding David Carradine, are the fact that the Sorceress is topless the entire time, and a woman with four breasts who has an erotic dance scene and then tries to kill Carradine with a tentacle that comes out of her vagina. She's even on the poster for the movie (unless it's meant to be some other chick with four boobs), with the Sorceress nowhere to be seen.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit might as well have been named Jessica Rabbit Makes It Okay To Think An Animated Character Is Hot. She's not bad. She's just drawn that way.
- The Whole Nine Yards. There was the toplessness of Amanda Peet, and something about money...
- Wild Orchid is only remembered for the love scene near the end between Mickey Rourke and Carre Otis that, in the unrated version at least, was so realistic that close to a quarter century later people are still debating over whether they did the nasty for real (for the record, both actors deny it).
- Wild Side: Try to remember anything else about this movie besides the two-minute-plus lesbian love scene between Anne Heche and Joan Chen.
- Wild Things is actually a pretty good "whodunit?" that has twists and turns... and Denise Richards' champagne-covered breast implants. Mention Wild Things to a male and ask them to name a scene from it; it'll either be that or the part where she makes out with Neve Campbell's body double. Ask a female, and it'll be Kevin Bacon's junk.
- The Wings Of The Dove, a lengthy involved plot about some people in olde timey days trying to get rich, and then right at the end several glorious minutes of Helena Bonham-Carter speechifying in the buff.
- Withnail & I: A complex and tragic Black Comedy about the end of a friendship and a metaphor for the end of The Sixties? Maybe, but it's also that movie where Paul McGann is almost naked a lot.
- Women in Love. The 1969 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel included Glenda Jackson's Academy Award winning performance, but today, the film is largely remembered for the sweaty naked wrestling scene with Alan Bates and Oliver Reed, and having one of the first depictions of male frontal nudity in a major studio film.
- Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow was an acclaimed Italian picture that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, so it probably isn't forgotten. But let's face it, it's best remembered for the scene where Sophia Loren does a strip tease for her lover.
- Zapped, the 1982 Teen Sex Comedy in which Scott Baio uses magic powers to make Heather Thomas's sweater pop open and to blow the dresses off of every cute girl at the prom.
- There's a very graphic and deeply disturbing female-on-male rape scene early in the first book of Orcs. It seems that a lot of people stopped reading there.
- D.H. Lawrence is widely known for Lady Chatterley's Lover, and that book is remembered for one specific scene. It could even be argued that the entire book is this trope; it's hardly the author's best work, but it's still the most recognized Lawrence title. Why? The entire book is about sex. In the UK, it's arguably for the fact that it being about sex resulted in an obscenity trial. The jury found the experience to be rather stimulating.
- How NOT to Write a Novel offers three examples for the 'list of ingredients' method of descriptions gone wrong: the living room, the zoo, and the porn studio. Which one does everyone remember? The porn studio.
- Stephen King's It. Yeah, that one scene in the sewer, which wasn't in the TV miniseries for obvious reasons.
- Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels tend to avoid or skirt over sex or erotica. However, Thud! has a scene which smacks of genuine contrivance, maybe as a Take That to fanfic writers who insist on pairing off the most unlikely characters in contrived scenes where they inevitably get off with each other. Sally and Angua end up knee-deep in mud, naked, and squaring off for what could either end up as a cat-fight or something else; Sally subverts either result with a joke about how people might so much want to see this that they'd pay good money for it.
- In-universe it's occasionally noted that most people come to the Ankh-Morpork Royal Art Museum only to see the painting Three Large Pink Women and One Piece of Gauze and nothing else.
- Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews is, to hear both its fans and critics tell it, a story all about a really romantic or incredibly creepy sex scene involving underage Brother-Sister Incest; a rather awkward one that lasts for all of about half a page in a 400+ page paperback. It's a horror novel, people.
- In the Sword of Truth, there are a few examples that stand out above all the others, though there's enough material that most of them don't even stand out.
- The "spirit house" becomes a running gag between Richard and Kahlan.
- Kahlan, leading the D'Harans against the Order, wearing only bodypaint.
- Nicci, riding out against an army with her dress pulled down so nobody would notice her face.
- Nicci, abusing the Maternity spell she cast on Kahlan.
- Denna. But we wish we could forget.
- Discussed in Dave Barry Slept Here, where Annette Funicello is cited as the cultural contributions made by The Mickey Mouse Club:
Annette had a major impact on many us male Baby Boomers, especially the part where she came marching out wearing a T-shirt with her name printed on it, and some of the letters were considerably closer to the camera than others. If you get our drift.
- Vatsayana's Kama Sutra is an important Hindu philosophical text that includes detailed discussions about the spiritual components of pleasure and beauty, the challenges of balancing pleasurable living with virtuous behavior, and the elements of healthy human relationships. It also includes several rather graphic discussions of sex. Guess which part most Westerners are aware of? note
Live Action TV
- Merlin has shirtless Arthur.◊ Starting with season 2, that happens on average at least once an episode. Oh, and also, Leon, Gwaine, and Percival.◊ Gwen's cleavage◊ and harem-girl outfit. And Morgana's black lace dress.◊ Not to mention shirtless Lancelot in Lancelot du Lac coming dripping wet out of the middle of the Lake.
- Oz: That's the show where Christopher Meloni and his co-mates get naked and show off their penises before raping other naked guys in the shower, right? Was there also great dialogue, realistic characters, great acting, and amazing storylines, or was that just a rumor?
- Doctor Who has a lot of cases:
- "The Mind Robber" is a surreal story set in a world of fairy tales, mythology, classical literature... and a newspaper comic serial from the year 2000 and what's the first image that comes to mind? Zoe's bum. In a tight catsuit.
- Jon Pertwee's tenure as the 3rd Doctor is infamous for the number of times companion Jo Grant (played by Katy Manning) inadvertently(?) flashed her knickers on camera, thanks in large part to the character's entire wardrobe seeming to consist of nothing but the shortest miniskirts the costume department could get away with putting her in on the air.
- "The Deadly Assassin" - an Out-of-Genre Experience, World Building of Time Lord culture, a Noir Episode, a horrible zombie Master, as much Surreal Horror as the BBC budget could allow, so shockingly violent it nearly got the show canned. It is remembered for all of that, but you'll still be hard-pressed to find a member of the Classic Who Estrogen Brigade that isn't going to mention the fact that Tom Baker spends most of the story wearing a see-through white shirt and there's a bit where he gets wet and strikes a pose.
- Pretty much the entirety of Louise Jameson's (Leela) time as companion to the 4th Doctor. Tight leather mini-dresses split to the hip, prominent cleavage, and plenty of poses emphasizing both.
- "City of Death" has sparkling Douglas Adams wit, a man aging to death and the villain being defeated by a punch. Main popular memory — Lalla Ward in a Sexy Schoolwoman outfit.
- "Terminus" has a leprosy-like disease, a man going back in time and creating the universe, and Turlough with the Black Guardian. What does everyone remember? Nyssa taking off her skirt.
- "Planet of Fire" has two examples of this trope, one for the boys and one for the girls. What do the boys remember? Peri in a Bikini. What do the the girls remember? Turlough taking off his tight short shorts and wearing a wet shirt and speedos.
- "The Caves of Androzani" features the regeneration from Fifth to Sixth and actually has the Fifth Doctor being badass. The memory? The excellent view of Peri's trembling cleavage while she's holding the regenerating Doctor.
- "The Curse of Fenric" completes the epic storyline of the struggle against the dark gods and cosmic forces the Doctor has been playing The Chessmaster against. The memory? Half a second of Sophie Aldred's knickers.
- "Bad Wolf", where everybody is fighting for their lives in game shows that try to kill you, and what does everyone remember? Jack Harkness, naked in front of millions of viewers. Their viewing figures just went up.
- "The End of Time", part 1 features the return of the Master and Donna's grandfather Wilf and the Doctor coming to terms with his impending regeneration, as well as the return of the Time Lords themselves while the Master turns almost every human into clones of himself. What do people remember? The Master a) emerging naked from a swirl of blue energy b) tied up to a chair with several straps, with his legs spread c) the Master wearing a red leather collar with a leash d) the Master in a straitjacket and finally, e) the Master in a pink dress.
- "The Eleventh Hour", Eleven's very first episode: we have a gambit involving a computer virus that draws the authorities to the Monster of the Week, as well as an undertone of abandonment as Amy Pond waits for 14 years for her Doctor. What do people recall? The Doctor of stripping down in front of his companion Amy and her friend Rory. Naturally, Rory looks away, but Amy doesn't — and neither do the fangirls. Of course, what any guy who watched the episode will remember is Amy in the police uniform.
- Remember the episode where Mork and Mindy first kissed? No? Remember the one where Mork befriended a caterpillar and then thought it died when really it was just becoming a butterfly? No? Remember the one where Mork was captured by the sexy Nectrotons, whose leader was played by Raquel Welch?
- The TV Movie The Girl, the Gold Watch, And Everything would be completely forgotten were it not for Pam Dawber's brief nude scene (badly lit, but still pretty daring for U.S. television).
- Chuck. Yvonne Strahovski regularly strapping weaponry on whilst wearing underwear. Also, the constant presence of the Catfight.
- The Dukes of Hazzard is primarily remembered for a pair of short shorts. They are even commonly called "Daisy Dukes" after the character that wears them.
- The promo for the shocking, heartbreaking, Emmy-winning House episode "House's Head" featured its scene of Cuddy doing a strip tease for House. (The episode itself did, too, for a wonder.)
- In the Firefly episode "Trash" the crew stole something and then there was Mal, in the desert, naked.
- I'm still thinking of the episode "War Stories", where Inara takes a female client to bed.....I'll be in my bunk.....
- It is also the series where one of the main characters is a prostitute. Oh, sorry, "Companion".
- Brookside, the soap opera set in Liverpool where Anna Friel kissed another girl. One of the first acknowledgements on British TV that lesbians existed, and avaunt-garde for its time.
- Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show caused a shitstorm of controversy which is still occasionally joked about, and the NFL has only brought in "safe" classic rock bands (like Prince, apparently) ever since. Now do you remember who was actually playing in the championship game that year?note Which is sad, because it was one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever.
- Even more so because most people do not actually remember the scene as it happened, since it was over far too quickly to notice unless you were paying complete attention. That, or you thought it was All Part of the Show when it happened. Most people know the event only from its media coverage.
- This was also subverted in the same Super Bowl. Everybody remembers Janet Jackson. Decidedly fewer remember the guy dancing in the end zone with a football over his wedding tackle.note
- Successfully done in Xena and Hercules The Legendary Journeys, less so in Sheena and The Beastmaster, each for the guys and girls respectively. Then came the to a lesser extent for both Andromeda.
- Most people only remember the series Xena: Warrior Princess as Xena: Lesbian Princess because no one can remember anything else other than Gabrielle and Xena kissing and bathing together. The writers admitted to keeping the Unresolved Sexual Tension all along.
- Some people only remember Xena because someone discovered a new transneptunian object bigger than Pluto, causing a major stir in the astronomy community, and temporarily named it "Xena." Its tiny moon was dubbed "Gabrielle" upon being discovered.
- The Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Menagerie" is often remembered for being "The One With the green chick." SF Debris puts it best:
"The late Susan Oliver. She's a talented actress, author, director, a pioneer of women's aviation... and if you go to her Wikipedia page
is the image of her they put up: her dancing as the green woman!" note
- In response to low ratings, Jeri Ryan was injected into the latter half of Star Trek: Voyager. Even today, most fans speak fondly of Seven of Nine's stupidly-tight catsuits, choosing to overlook such a cold-blooded ratings ploy. The show benefited greatly from Ryan's acting chops and respect for her character, elevating what could have been a fluff role. So, as ratings ploys go, this was an inspired one, even if the rest of Voyager remains fuzzy.
- The second Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "The Naked Now", was a sequel to TOS' "The Naked Time". But the only thing anyone remembers is Tasha Yar checking to see if Data is fully functional.
- Top Gear, Series 13 — few people remember where the presenters went to do a classic rally (Majorca), but everyone remembers James May's co-driver: buxom glamor model Madison Welch.
- Dollhouse features lots of beautiful constantly naked people frolicking and Eliza Dushku in dominatrix outfits.
- The Avengers episode "A Touch of Brimstone" is the one where Mrs. Peel wears the leather bustier.
- Friends has many, many memorable moments. But arguably none more memorable than Jennifer Aniston in the Slave Leia outfit.
- True Blood is that show where Anna Paquin gets naked. A lot.
- And has lots of sex with her vampire boyfriend who has a weird way of pronouncing her name.
- And a tall, blonde vampire having sex at warp speed with a hot Estonian dancer... who also has sex with Pam.
- And said blonde vampire having sex with his hot sister she's not his biological sister
- The makers of Californication know that everyone remembers the stripper, and consequently there are a lot of babes getting naked throughout the course of the show.
- Audiences can't seem to agree what they like more about Dexter: the sex, the violence or the creepy intro.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is mostly about Summer Glau in her underwear and various other abbreviated outfits. The marketing people played this up with the famous promotional image of Summer Glau's partially-disassembled robot character, wearing nothing but Godiva Hair. The show is notable in that two groups of people will remember it for different things: the first for Summer Glau, and the second for Lena Headey.
- The Daily Show had a bit of fun when George Takei got married and out of all the Star Trek stills available, the news put up a picture of Sulu fencing shirtless. "Oh my" indeed.
- Arrested Development keeps it off camera, but has an amusing in universe example in the season one episode "Missing Kitty".
Cop: Well, we have a restaurant full of people saying that you threatened Kitty the last time she was seen.
Michael: How does anybody even remember this?
Cop: She showed her knobs in a Steakhouse, sir.
- The BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice is remembered by many female viewers for the part in which Colin Firth dives into a pond.note .
- It appears the Discovery Channel website attempted to invoke this one on those who browsed the Mythbusters photo galleries, inviting us to see the "Bathtub Test" album by saying "See production stills — including pictures of a half-naked Adam — from episode 19".
- For some reason, Game of Thrones has the rather bad habit of laying down important exposition while sex is happening in the scene. Episode 7 had Petyr Baelish delivering a rather important, character-defining monologue in the midst of making two whores "play" with each other.
Television Without Pity Recap:
I really can't emphasize enough how distracting it is that he's delivering this monologue while two naked ladies are theatrically pleasuring each other.
- "The action and/or beheadings are slowing down too much in this scene! Bring out the giant retard walking around with his dick hanging out for no reason!"
- Podrick Payne has received almost none of his characterization from the books note , which may have had the producers concerned that viewers didn't know who he was. Cue a prolonged sequence in which Tyrion arranges for Podrick to be serviced by three prostitutes, who subsequently refuse payment for it, followed by TWO scenes of other characters discussing why they did such a thing. If that doesn't get people to remember him, nothing will.
- While on the network responsible for Game of Thrones, HBO's True Detective likely attracted much more viewers after Alexandra Daddario got fully naked in the second episode. The lady herself agreed.
- Sherlock's A Scandal in Belgravia... That's the one where both Irene Adler and the great detective himself are naked at some point, right?
- Stargate SG-1 has the episode where everyone is infected with an anti-Goa'uld device, but that's sort of secondary to Dr. Fraiser opening up her shirt (and revealing her bra) because she's infected and hot.
- The pilot episode "Children of the Gods", had full-frontal nudity in its original airing on Showtime. It was edited out in later airings on regular cable (replaced by a couple long closeups of Teal'c's face), but is retained in the DVD release.
- NYPD Blue is about butts and cops. But mostly butts. Dennis Franz' butt.
- The 2005 series of UK Big Brother. Kinga, on her first night found a novel place to put an empty wine bottle. Anyone remember who won the competition?
- In the 6th season of Survivor (The Amazon). The Winner Jenna comment will be best know for stripping for Peanut Butter and Oreos along with her friend Heidi.
- Legend of the Seeker
- It's actually surprisingly hard to find clips that don't contain Cara or Kahlan, though mostly Cara. Why does this count as this trope? Tight red leather. Low neckline. Tabrett Bethell. On second thought, this might not be such a bad thing.
- Bath house scene.
- Everyone remembers that Richard's first scene was shirtless.
- Pretty much the only main character who hasn't had this treatment is Zedd, although even he is remembered for his Naked First Impression with nothing but a live chicken to block the view (thankfully.)◊
- Say Torchwood, and the the reaction is most likely to be "gay sex". While it's true that the show mentioned gay sex at least once an episode, and the straight main character was briefly turned gay in only the second episode, and there was at least one episode mostly focused on a character having gay sex with an alien, it barely ever actually showed the sex.
- That Kamen Rider series where the main character is constantly seen in nothing but his boxers.
- Francois Arnaud of The Borgias mentioned in an interview that everyone wants to talk about his character's leather pants and extremely close relationship with his sister. Admittedly, the incest thing is kind of a big part of the Borgia legend.
- The L Word is a softcore lesbian porn show with boring dialogues in-between that nobody that matters cares about.
You may as well turn the sound off until the interesting parts show up.
- Star Trek: Enterprise became infamous for Jolene Blalock showing the top half of her bum in one episode, wearing a hand bra in another,note and getting oily in the decontamination room in many other episodes.
- Mention Dark Angel and most people will think of James Cameron, unusually for James Cameron projects, second. What comes first? Jessica Alba. Not Max—Jessica Alba.
- Supernatural is best known for three things. One of those things is its ridiculously attractive cast.
- Mention Power Rangers Wild Force and people will think of two things: the ten Red Ranger Cross Over and the previous year's Pink Ranger in head to toe leather.
- Heroes is that show where a whole load of stuff about eclipses, helices, and conspiracies to take over the world keeps getting in the way of Hayden Panettiere being all bouncy, cheerleaderynote and indestructible and Zachary Quinto and Milo Ventimiglia being all broody and forgetting their shirts. And indestructible.
- Before the mini-series Labyrinth had even aired, it was being anticipated as the show in which Katie McGrath would get naked. The very first clips uploaded onto YouTube? Her nude scenes, of course.
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand is nicknamed "Spartacus: Blood and Boobs".
- Charmed has this tendency pretty strongly. But the strongest example is the episode "Coyote Piper." This episode is best known for Piper doing a sexy dance in a Shout-Out to Coyote Ugly. The rest of the episode has nothing to do with the movie, or coyotes, but the episode was named after that one Fanservice scene which has only minor importance to the plot.
- And Charlie's Angels is the one with the three bouncy braless chicks. Oh, they were detectives or something. (Ironically, although Cheryl Ladd's micro-bikinis from Season 2 onwards were indeed legendary, the show was actually more straightlaced than people recall.)
- Madonna, especially by the mid-'90s.
- All anyone remembers about house music producer and DJ L'il Louis? That track with the woman having a 'Lady Chatterley crisis' over it.
- All anyone remembers about The Lunacy of Duke Venomania is the titular character. And the rape. And the cameo from Josephine. In fact, it's the best known song in the series.
- Nine Inch Nails? They're the 'fuck you like an animal' guys, right? And the guys where Bob Flanagan gets nude and gets tortured and killed by a machine whilst he basks in masochistic pleasure?
- Shakira's most famous lyric is surely the one about having "small and humble" breasts. Oh yeah, and her Hips Dont Lie either.
- Neo-Soul singer D'angelo, got this hard after his "Untitled" music video....
- Benny Benassi's videos. "Satisfaction", for example, was a mocked-up commercial video of women in bikinis using power tools.
- The Dandy Warhols gained a lot of notoriety for keyboardist Zia McCabe playing topless. The number of guys showing up just for that caused her to pretty much stop. And their most famous song? "Bohemian Like You," due to the video with a few seconds each of full frontal nudity from a Wrench Wench and a waiter.
- MTV Brazil has stated that in their country, before Dave Grohl recorded an album with Queens of the Stone Age, they were just the band of that guy who played naked during Rock in Rio.
- Inverted in Lady Gaga's "Telephone". The video is so full of fanservice and Fetish Fuel that it's Best Known for the Sandwich. For poorly explained reasons, Gaga and Beyonce go into roadside cafe, make poisoned sandwiches that kill everyone, and seem pretty pleased with their work.
- Not quite fanservice, but the video clip for Latin band Miranda's song "Ritmo & Decepción" is only remembered by some due to the brief Restart cameo.
- Rapper Petey Pablo had a video called Freek-A-Leek. But the only thing people remember from it is the model Esther Baxter aka "Ms. Freek-A-Leek".
- Christina Millian had quite a few music video's early in her career. But the only video people seem to remember is "Dip It Low".
- R&B group H-Town is mostly known for being that trio who danced like raunchy shirtless male strippers and sung Knockin The Boots.
- Everybody remembers the music video for "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake because it features 1980s hottie Tawny Kitaen writhing around sensuously on the hood of a car. The video became even more famous when viewers discovered that there's a nipple slip that the censors missed (the video was quickly edited to remove the split-second of nudity).
- David Lee Roth once did a cover of The Beach Boys classic "California Girls". The only reason anybody still remembers Roth's version is because the music video featured more girls in bikinis than Cancun during Spring Break.
- Some of the more positive YouTube/Failblog comments regarding the music video for "Dying Naked" by Skelteria were about the Reaper Girl.
- Donna Summer had a decades-long career, yet is best remembered for faking a bunch of orgasms on "Love To Love You Baby."
- While Tiffany (last name Darwish) is still best known as one of the most popular mall singers of the 1980s (she's the redhead, the blonde was Debbie Gibson), she has been singing and recording albums ever since. She released an album in 2000 called "The Color of Silence," which was highly praised and considered one of the best pop albums of the year. However, it wasn't until she did a Contractual Purity-shattering photoshoot for Playboy that she got any mainstream attention to let people know the damn thing existed.
- "Wrecking Ball"? Oh, you mean the music video where Miley Cyrus rides a styrofoam wrecking ball like a tire swing naked? You might also remember her licking the sledgehammer.
- French Kiss, a house-dance track by producer Lee Lewis. A 2 minute breakdown featuring a woman making, ahem, "lady noises".
- Mary Magdalene's status as "Prostitute" is firmly ingrained in descriptions of her, although not in The Bible. Compare how often Matthew's old job of "Tax Collector" is referred to.
- When "David danced before the Lord, what was he wearing? If you said he was naked, congratulations, you were too caught up in the titillating idea that he was naked to read what it says he was wearingnote .
- The Dead or Alive series. Full stop. Even though it's easily one of the best 3D fighting game franchises in the market on its own merits, the vast majority of people only remember the anatomically impossible female fighters and their Jiggle Physics, for better or for worse. Mind you, Tecmo isn't trying to mask it or anything. They ran straight to the endzone with that knowledge (and zero regret) when promoting Dead or Alive 3. Even 5, which tried to tone down the "doll-like" features of their female fighters and make them more natural looking, offered all sorts of sexy incentives for preorders like fuzzy bunny bikini costumes and squishy mouse pads. Also the Xtreme series as a volleyball/jet ski game is basically the video game development equivalent of an Excuse Plot. Observe. Did you notice much sports action in that trailer?
- For Dragons Lair, everyone remembers Princess Daphne who wears a Stripperiffic outfit.
- Skullgirls has a rather cool art style, a good story for a fighter, some interesting characters with personalities that shows they actually have more depth to them then just their looks, some even having a tragic past but still been an up beat inspiration and good role model, and is an overall fun and solid tournament fighter but most people who haven't played the game for more then 10 minutes or at all often get stuck on its admittedly not so hidden fan service. Keep in mind said fan service is played for laughs and is only focused on for a few moments to deliver a punchline or two once in a while and then the game moves on and usually stays focused on the story for the most part.
- Dantes Inferno is about Lucifer's enormous schlong. Or it's about a more action-y take on one of the best known depictions of hell, and quite possibly being the first mass marketed media about the subject for a while.
- To some fans, Fire Emblem Awakening might as well be called "Super Ultra Waifu Fanservice Simulator 3000" due to its Dating Sim elements and Beach Episode DLC, never mind that it's supposed to be a medieval fantasy Turn-Based Strategy RPG. This is also most likely the reason that Tharja and the grown-up Hotter and Sexier Tiki are the most well-known characters from the game.
- Final Fantasy:
- Final Fantasy X-2. The plot? The Guide Dang It 100% Completion? The triumphant return of the Final Fantasy Job System last seen in Final Fantasy Tactics? It's all overshadowed by the girls' stripperiffic dresspheres.
- In Final Fantasy XIII, the 33cm shoe is on the other foot. Good luck explaining to a fangirl that Snow Villiers isn't the game's main character. Why is that? The length of time spent developing his personality doesn't seem to be a big part of it. And the part where he shows off his sculpted muscular bandaged torso.
- Pretty boy Noctis in Final Fantasy XV. It helps that 90% of all the trailers so far consist of close-ups of his handsome face, as he sits there looking cool or goes to town on some mooks. One of the earliest trailers also had a lovingly crafted cutscene of him wearing a dashing designer suit.
- Final Fantasy XII had bunny girl Fran, and some other people. And Princess Redbutt.
- And for the women, Balthier. Nothing particularly Fanservice-y happens to him, but he is still very nice to look at.
- And take it all the way to 1988 and Final Fantasy II. Firion gets seduced by a lamia queen disguised as the princess. Prior to Dissidia, if you remembered just one thing about II, it was that. Considering that Square Enix themselves play it up, though, you can't really be blamed for it.
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 has a rather memorable scene of Lightning getting magically stripped nude of her regular outfit and then having it replaced by her new, more fanservicey armor.
- Why should you play Snatcher? You get to flirt with all the women! And there's nudity! And something about Communist robots taking over the world with Replicant Snatching, probably. Might as well play Policenauts for the same reason. You can flirt with every girl in the game; you can even grope them!
- The way some people talk about Mass Effect, you'd think the game is nothing but full-on alien lesbian sex...that never actually happens. As a meta-example, it seems like the only thing the die-hard fans care about is the romances.
- There are some people who have never even played Star Fox Adventures, yet almost everyone knows about Krystal, who mostly goes around in just a bra and a loincloth.
- Tomb Raider: Lara Croft has huge guns - oh, and pistols, too. A lot of people play the game through on all difficulty levels and get all the trophies-just to unlock the bikini costumes, and to angle the camera to get the best view of Lara's ass.
- Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned: Congressman Stubbs' penis. That's it.
- Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. Shahdee is a minor character who gets dispatched not far into the game, yet thanks to her outfit and introduction sequence, many remember her like she was the focus of the game.
- Darkstalkers is about a busty, drool-inducing, barely-clothed succubus who is sexier than sex, wanders the earth looking for a good time, and appears in most of Capcom's crossover titles, right? And sometimes people vaguely remember the Cat Girl, whose motivation is, um... Saving the Orphanage... and some kind of Chinese undead girl who has blue cleavage and attacks with... um... dunno. Morrigan's the sole Darkstalker in four games: Capcom vs. SNK, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of the Superheroes, and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. Demitri, who is the series' protagonist, has only shown up in two fighters: SVC Chaos and Capcom Fighting Evolution. However, this only concerns fighting game appearances and Demitri has appeared in non-fighters like Namco X Capcom and Cross Edge alongside Morrigan herself. He also fits this trope in a roundabout way: Demitri himself is known more for his Midnight Bliss attack that transforms male characters into attractive female versions of themselves and females into a more fetishy version of themselves (usually).
- Dragon Quest IV was the first Dragon Quest game to have multiple party members with distinctive personalities, rather than use a predetermined party or a team of Player Mooks. Of all the characters, Ms. Fanservice Maya's artwork is leaps and bounds more voluminous than any other character in the series.
- Jessica of Dragon Quest VIII, appearing as the only one who can change outfits on maps and puff-puff the enemies into various states of confusion with her sex appeal abilities.
- Similarly, Dragon Quest III summed up in four words: Female Warrior, Chainmail Bikini. Most of the other female classes are also excessively popular, particularly the Sage, Cleric, and Jester. DQIII did (and still does) have a lot going for it such as the then-big reveal that the game's a prequel to its two preceding entries (you're the eponymous Erdrick/Loto whom the trilogy is named after), and Ramia, the bird your party flies around the map on, even shows up in the eighth game as the Godbird Empyrea, but if there's one thing emblazoned in the fandom's minds, it's the women... and the game encourages this!
- In FEAR 2, Alma rapes you. That's right, YOU! Oh yeah and some other stuff happens.
- The King of Fighters is that fighting game featuring Mai's Gainaxing boobs and ... oh, the rest of the fighters. It's about fighting.
- In Silent Hill 2, Pyramid Head rapes things. Some say that other things happen. Though it's arguably a Fan Disservice.
- Look up the soundtrack to The House Of The Dead Overkill sometime. Apparently, the only noteworthy song in the game is the lyrical version of the "Carny" chapter's theme, the focus of which is a guy making love to a decomposing mutant as it's trying to kill him.
- Ask a Pokémon fan to think of a female character, and chances are they'll think of Skyla or Elesa first due to their outfits.
- Dawn is quite recalled for her short skirt, however Leaf's is barely longer.
- Leaf actually has the same size chest as May, but she's often ignored because she has yet to have a canon appearance within the games and has no anime appearances.
- And of course there's Cynthia, who hangs out in a resort along with Skyla and Elesa.
- Summon Night is most well-known in the west for its Gay Options and its other fanservices, mostly in the Swordscraft Story series though. It doesn't help that the box of one of the games displays a screen of Pratty saying she kisses girls all the time.
- Likewise, Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times is known for being both an "Animal Crossing clone" and "an Animal Crossing clone where you can be gay." Harvest Moon Cute is also somewhat infamous within the fandom for the Romantic Two-Girl Friendship Gay Option that was taken out of the international versions.
- Vanillaware's title Dragon's Crown became an example of this pretty much immediately after its characters were revealed. Fans are less concerned about the quality of the title (which, granted, is nothing to worry about since Vanillaware's releases are consistently good) and more concerned about how much Fetish Fuel the Sorceress and Amazon provide.
- Jade Empire is that game where you can have a threesome. Oh, and something about a big guy with two axes.
- Dragon Age: Origins is that game where you can have a foursome. Oh, and something about licking a lamppost in winter.
- Ask most people about Guilty Gear and they'll say "Yeah, I know that game. Isn't it that fighting game with the boy who dresses up as a girl?" Yep. Guilty Gear is a game with intense fast-paced combat, an interesting Animesque setting and a ridiculously awesome soundtrack, yet it is doomed to be forever remembered as "The Game That Gave Us Bridget."
- Touhou is about a world of super-powered magical action girls (many of which are Cute Monster Girls who are Really 700 Years Old). Who have interesting (but never romantic) relationships with each other. Which gives way to tons of fanart (cute, gorgeous or very risque) and awesome music. "Shoot em ups"? What's a "shoot em up"? note
- Advanced Variable Geo its basically just like any other Street Fighter clone, but what makes it memorable is that the defeated characters have to strip naked, and other stuff.
- Agarest Senki effectively uses this as a selling point. 5-generation-long romance story? The whole game is a Nintendo Hard with Timed Mission and 100% Completion? Screw that, US publishers know that players are playing for fan services, and RPG elements are just extra.
- Compile Heart may have beaten their record with their latest game called Genkai Totsuki Monster Monpiece thanks to this trailer.
- Any and all discussion of TERA will be dominated by and centered around the rights of the female playable characters to wear Chainmail Bikinis, and whether or not people who play as Elins are pedophiles because they wear the same stuff that all the other females are wearing
- Muchi Muchi Pork is known less for the bells and whistles of a Shinobu Yagawa shmup like rank and crazy scoring mechanics, and more for its pandering to plus-size fetishists.
- The two Queen's Blade video games are creditable, if short, strategy RPGs with a genuinely interesting combat system and a meaty level of challenge. People remember them for two things: (1) the parent franchise and (2) Clothing Damage.
- Ar tonelico is best known among non-fans for two things: its music, and the copious amounts of fanservice and innuendos.
- Metroid: Samus is a Girl, and shucks her armor and clothes in the best ending.
- While The Legend of Zelda series itself avoids this trope being a highly popular with little fanservice, its spin-off, Hyrule Warriors, isn't so lucky. Even though it's a Dynasty Warriors game based on The Legend of Zelda, for people who aren't interested in the game, they usually know about Cia's cleavage and Ganondorf's redesign (though to be fair the other Zelda characters' redesigns are also well known).
- Rust: Inverted, since it's male frontal nudity, but yeah— you start balls-out naked, and that's about what half the Internet knows about the game. There's a mosaic by default, but it can be disabled. Pants are a highly treasured bit of loot.
- The Battletoads games are best remembered for their extremely high difficulty and the incredible sexiness (as the series wiki puts it) of the main villain, the Dark Queen, who is essentially a recolored Jessica Rabbit with black anywhere the original had red. She is often seen taunting the player and posing in ways that show off her breasts and buttocks as much as possible without breaking her spine.
- Inverted with various pornographic Qix knockoffs, where they're remembered more for their blatant copyright infringement and the women turning into abominations such as Pinhead than the actual erotic content.
- The eighth issue of Sonichu, the most sexually explicit one, is also the most infamous.
- Katrina Darrell was in the auditions of Season 8 of American Idol. This is the infamous "Bikini Girl".
- That American's Greatest Inventor show? The one with the Naughty Knot Lingerie.
- And practically every girl/girl group act who was talentless but hawt on shows like America's Got Talent and the like, where their looks swayed the male judges but not the female one(s).
- Bill Clinton was the President of the United States for eight years (1993-2001). The only thing that many people remember about him was his many sex scandals (Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, and, most infamous of all, Monica Lewinsky).
- Parodied on Mock the Week when the panel suggested that then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown should have a sex scandal so that no one would remember his actual policies.
- When Brandi Chastain ripped off her soccer jersey and displayed her (not particularly immodest) sports bra.
- Now name the event, year, and opponent. Winning the 1999 Women's World Cup against the Chinese team.
- Thanks to a combination of this and Small Reference Pools, quite a few people don't remember it was Chastain that actually did this and instead attribute this to Mia Hamm, since she's the only female soccer player a lot of people can name. They don't even remember the person, just the bra.
- Pointed out by MAD in their "50 Worst Things About Sports" issue, listing this and "Anna Kournikova panty shots" as the only things that will ever be remembered about female athletes.
- And now we can add the Venus and Serena Williams in tennis; they're either known as those two Amazonian Beauty tennis sisters, or the ones that mainstreamed loud, aggressive, yet unexpectedly passionate sounding grunts and shouts to the sport. Nevermind that for the better part of a decade they were indisputably the #1 and #2 tennis players in the world, only trading the spot back and forth between each other, and almost unbeatable as a doubles team.
- Another example is Michelle Jenneke's pre-race dancing. People remember that who couldn't tell you her name, nationality, the event she was racing in, and the outcome of the race. (Jenneke's Australian and she was racing in the 100 meter hurdles race at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona, Spain. She finished in fifth place and American Morgan Snow won the event.)
- Any famous nude statue or painting. If someone mentions Michelangelo Buonarroti's David, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is not the fact that it portrays him before the battle with Goliath.
- Michelangelo broke from the norm with David depicting him about to fight Goliath, instead of after his victory. Thus David is missing the artifacts that would normally give it away to the uninformed viewer, such as the head of Goliath or an empty sling. This is probably what happens when you show generations of people a statue of a nude man with the only explanation "This is David, he's a beautiful work of art." The statue itself is supposed to be meaningful both in its grasp of human determination to fight oppression and in its portrayal of human anatomy, but all anybody remembers is "naked".
- His relative lack of... um... endowment is also often brought up, as well as the fact that he is not circumcised, as would have been the Jewish practice.
- Fridge Brilliance when you realize the reason he's... shrunken is he's about to fight Goliath.
- Any and all "sex tapes" scandals. Whether or not the person is at all notable is irrelevant, as is the fact that it is indistinguishable from amateur porn, famous people having sex is clearly interesting. Most notably, Paris Hilton basically built an entire career using this trope.
- Kim Kardashian, whilst she built the majority of her career on a sex tape with singer Ray J, is basically the epitome of Ms. Fanservice. Does anyone actually have any idea what she does? More to the point, does anyone care?
- More than a few studies have found that while sexual content makes an ad memorable it only helps them remember they saw a sexy ad, they're often no better at remembering what it was trying to sell.
- The Los Angeles debuts of Four Weddings and a Funeral was going to be Hugh Grant's big debut in America. However, his girlfriend, unknown actress Elizabeth Hurley, showed up wearing a Stripperiffic Versace dress held together with giant safety pins.◊ Hurley was on the cover of every fashion and celebrity publication, which both launched her career and made Versace a household name.
- Channing Tatum seems to be heading down this road. While a good actor in his own right, once news leaked that he worked as a male stripper for a year before finding success as an actor, it's all anyone wants to talk about, and although he's capitalizing on it with the movie Magic Mike, it tends to bleed over into his promotion of other movies, like The Vow. Not even the episode of Saturday Night Live he hosted was immune to exploiting this: he admitted it in the monologue, was shirtless in a couple of sketches, and even played a male stripper in the final sketch of the night.
- Joe Manganiello has been hit with this so hard there's cultural commentary about it (article contains some potentially-NSFW Magic Mike screenshots.) Between his Walking Shirtless Scene on True Blood and his run as "Big Dick Richie" in Magic Mike, some female bloggers have noticed that almost every appearance he does is less about asking about him or his movie roles and more about the female presenters pawing at him, getting him to take off his shirt, and asking questions like what kind of underwear he wears. They've started to notice (some amused, some a little more worried) that women have been objectifying him the same way they complain about men objectifying women. For what it's worth, Manganiello himself seemed to get a little frustrated with it after a while, but seems to be a good sport about it, apparently saying at one point he's done all the serious classical theater already and is just having fun at this point.
- In the first 2012 Mexican presidential candidate debate, everyone remembered the former Playboy model.
- In spite of the number of channels it runs, the variety of movies it shows, and its attempts both past and present to make more mainstream original programming, Cinemax is still mainly remembered for soft core porn and plenty of it - to the point where it's still frequently referred to as "Skinemax".
- Do you remember Dennis Kucinich or anything about his politics when he ran for the 2008 Democratic Nomination (against Obama and Clinton)? How about the hot six-foot tall redhead that was his wife?
You know, it's funny, but I don't remember any fanservice in this show. Statler:
At our age, we can barely remember the show at all! Waldorf:
Well thank goodness for that! Both: