Within various forms of media there is a prevalent assumption among creators that large breasts automatically make a woman more attractive. This often leads to significant focus on said breasts, or in-universe social norms (or specific Cast Herds) treating larger breasts as absolutely more attractive than smaller ones, sometimes going as far as making it the most important or even sole standard of female beauty — regardless of who the fans think is really the most attractive, or whether there is an in-universe distinction between sexual attractiveness and non-sexual beauty.
This trope is not simply "Big Breasts = Hot Girl," the female character needs to be seen as more attractive in-universe because of her larger breasts. Her breasts should at least be referenced in dialogue if not an integral part of the character. Male characters often gawk at her breasts and may be easily influenced if said female character flaunts her breasts, leading to I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!. Female characters, especially flat chested ones are often prone to jealousy and yearning for larger breasts. Compare Big Breast Pride
The logical opposite to A-Cup Angst and Petite Pride (though in different ways), and the Distaff Counterpart to Bigger Is Better in Bed, which applies Bigger Is Better to penis size and quality of sex.
In Devil Hunter Yohko, Yohko ManoLampshades the fact that, despite being the most buxom character in the show, every romance she has ends in disaster. In fact it is her lack of romantic success that ensures her role as The Hero, since the initial activation of being a devil hunter is a Virgin Power. Afterwards a hunter can have all the sex they want, as demonstrated by Yohko's grandmother.
Iketeru FutariHuge Schoolgirl Yuki subverts this. She actually doesn't like her big breasts due to the the physical discomfort and all the unwanted attention she gets, but she's willing to use them to seduce her childhood friend Saji. Unfortunately for her, Saji only has eyes for the more petite Koizumi. She eventually gives up on Saji, becomes a model and finds a new love interest in Kaede, only to find out that Kaede has a phobia of breasts, due to a Marshmallow Hell incident with his mother when he was a baby. Fortunately, Kaede gets over it and becomes a couple with Yuki.
In Onegai My Melody, schoolgirl Iijima has very large breasts indeed and lusted after by the boys in class for having such "bodacious boobs."
Chapter three of the manga series Asklepios, has the protagonists trying to convince a village girl to let them do operate on her to remove a tumor on her ovaries that resulted in an huge increase of her bust size, but at the same time is killing her. She initially refused because she thought love interest liked big breasts but eventually takes the surgery when said love interest say he cares about her and not her bust. After the surgery over he even says she looks better flat chested.
Bleach: Although there are a lot of buxom babes in this manga, only one fits this trope: Rangiku Matsumoto. She's not above using her appeal to help her get what she wants, such as the time she tried to convince Ichigo to let her sleep at his house by unbuttoning her blouse. Aside from the occasional reference (usually comedic, but sometimes insulting) in the manga and its related omakes, the anime takes this much further and has a field day using Matsumoto's chest as actual weapons to help her manipulate men (usually Hisagi). There's even one omake (turned into an episode) where the shinigami are at the beach and she begins training Orihime (who's not far behind Rangiku in breast size, despite being only 15 years old) in the art of carrying water with breasts instead of buckets - much to Ichigo's horror (Nanao in the episode).
Jungle de Ikou! Mii has extremely huge breasts, the explanation being that since she's the spirit of fertility and reproduction her huge breasts represent Earth's life-giving energy.
Kurumu Kurono (pictured) repeatedly invokes this trope as her major selling point in her quest for coming up on top of Tsukune's Unwanted Harem.
AirmasterNakanotani Mina. Unfortunately it's much to her dismay as it's the main reason why she get hit on so much. Ironically despite being the most attractive female in the series Mina and her breasts are mainly played for satire and the source of many awkward situations .
The premise of Manyu Hikencho takes this trope Up to Eleven. The size of a woman's chest not only determines a woman's attractiveness but her wealth and worth in society as well. Small breasted women are outcasts and well endowed women are showered with wealth and power.
Kyon: So, you brought this girl, Ms. Asahina, up here just because she happens to be cute, tiny and extremely well endowed?
Haruhi: That's right.
Asami from Sukitte Ii Na Yo has a complex about her chest, having been the recipient of unwanted attention in the form of teasing during middle school due to her bubble buddies. Yamato, a friend of hers, stood up for her during middle school, leading for her to idolize him and wish for a prince of her own. He comes in the form of Kenji, Yamato's best friend, who is at first misunderstood and even hated by Asami for his focus on her boobs, but he eventually confesses that he likes her for who she is, and the two begin dating.
One Piece Post-time skip the first thing Brook says to Nami is how much better she looks having increased in bust size
Love And Rockets has quite a bit of this. Luba's breasts are enormous. So are most of her female relatives, especially her mother Maria and half-sisters Fritzi and Petra. Their huge busts are constantly commented on by others and are a very integral part of the characters of Luba, Maria, and the rest of the girls in the family. The attention they receive runs the realistic gamut from fascinated and aroused men, disgusted men with a preference for thinner women, and jealous women who call them names like blimp-chest. Luba in particular has complained that her build makes people automatically assume that she is a slut. Petra actually had the largest breasts out of all the women in the family until she had a breast reduction, going down to simply "regular busty." Luba's daughter Doralis has a delightful combination of huge rack and voluptuous hips and ass. Her other daughter Guadalupe looked like she was going to escape the "family curse"... until she got pregnant.
Adamâ, one of the book's protagonists. She has large breasts and wears a very revealing set of overalls. Fellow hero Ram obviously is fond of them and gropes her when she tells him to "grab my waist" to hold on during a hippodrile ride. She is not amused by Ram's mistake.
Shalise, the holographic projection of the police clone training ship. She tells the clones that she's been "endowed with a feminine personality" while she caresses her considerable bust.
Buxom Is Better is an actual plot point in W.I.T.C.H., and it is generally accepted that larger breasts are a sign of greater beauty: three of the five girls all try or actually do use magic to enhance their breast size, leader Will angsts about her small bust, and Irma tries no less than twice to artificially enlarge her already sizable breasts using magic. Lets not even get started on the near-constant Breast Expansion fetishism that is seen throughout the series, but needless to say it's omnipresent. The TV show seems to go even further. Even the transformation sequences feature visible, onscreenBreast Expansion every episode, the characters talk about it directly the very first episode, it's referenced or directly addressed several times, and the show actually made headlines in the UK for being so outright blatant about it. Basically, in W.I.T.C.H., if you're flat-chested you're flat out of luck.
Jamie Schaffer, the muscle of the Chaos Campus cast, has enormous breasts... however, they're not natural. She puts on a facade of being deep and "real", compared to her sorority girl comrades, but she's actually more shallow and vain than them and got, quote, "larger and larger breast implants" over the years to compensate for her small height. She's actually described in her bio as "Ripley with silicone implants".
Gold Digger features this conversation between the busty Cat Girl Brittany and her also-busty sister Gina:
Brittany:You've gotta be joking!!! You're gorgeous! Look at you! Look at these! <hoist>
Gina: Eek! (Narrating): "I remember thinking: 'Jinkies! where did those come from'?"
Brittany: Do you know how many gals would kill for a nice, firm set like yours??? What man wouldn't fall all over himself just to get to talk to you?''
Agent327: Olga Lawina, a Swiss female spy, has very large breasts, who even have grown to ridiculous round sizes in later albums. She takes advantage of her nature's gift by keeping all kinds of stuff hidden there and uses her attractiveness to seduce men. Her actual extra part-time job is bodyguard in the literal sense: she guards her clients by taking them into bed and covering her nude body over them. The only one who remains to shy to actually be tempted by her is Agent 327 himself.
In the film of A Chorus Line, the character Val sings about her breast implants, while a "less endowed" dancer wishes she had even one of them. Midway through the number, Val poses and asks, "You're all looking at my tits now, aren't you?" One of the male dancers is quite noticeably ogling her, with a goofy grin.
In The Aviator, Howard Hughes is all about this, going so far as to design a special bra to display Jane Russell's assets in The Outlaw and arguing with Hollywood censors when they try to make him take all the cleavage out of the movie.
Glenn Odekirk: Howard, you really think they're gonna let you put out a whole movie just about tits?
Howard Hughes: Sure. Who doesn't like tits?
Superbad has an (unseen) girl who apparently had huge breasts, but she got breast reduction surgery. Seth claims that this is "slapping God in the face," but Evan counters that "she had back problems," and "now that she can exercise comfortably, she's in the best shape of her life."
In the 1975 film adaptation of The Stepford Wives, Walter evidently thinks this. The Reveal is that the women of the town are being murdered and replaced with identical SexbotRobotic Spouses. When Walter's wife Joanna meets her robot twin at the climax, the camera lingers on said robot's much bigger breasts.
In Paper Moon, Miss Trixie exploits her ample bosom to squeeze money and favors from all the men she meet.
Trixie: "So how 'bout it, honey? Just for a little while, let old Trixie sit up front with her big tits."
Patrick Bateman in American Psycho believes this; every time he describes a woman as attractive he mentions her "big tits". He also finds breast reduction ridiculous. This objectification of women is doubtless a symptom of Serial Killer Bateman's pathology.
In one of the Gossip Girl novels, one girl uses artificial means to try and increase her breast size, but it backfires because she becomes too big. Jenny Humphries, on the other hand, has naturally huge breasts that garner her plenty of attention from male characters.
Alicia, one of a series of Alpha Bitches in the Clique series. She has huge breasts for her age, sufficiently large that it's a plot point. The boys at her school love her and shower her with affection. The other girls, including her Girl Posse, make fun of how absurd she looks at thirteen with such big breasts. Later we find out they're implants.
Kylie in Duumvirate was buxom before she could genetically alter herself. After, she jumped chest-first into this trope.
In Warbreaker gods are mortals who have died and come Back from the Dead. One of the perks of this resurrection is that each of them looks the way they always wished they could look. For goddesses, this almost always means having a huge rack.
The trope is given a bit of a disturbing cast in The Hunger Games: a near-throwaway line from Cinna near the end of the first book mentions that the Games officials almost had Katniss's breasts surgically enhanced without her knowledge or consent while she was tranquilized and recovering from the Games, to make up for the weight she lost during the whole experience. Fortunately, Haymitch threw enough of a fit that they backed off and agreed to let Cinna simply pad her clothes instead.
What really makes it disturbing is in the third book of the series when you realize that the breast enhancement was probably meant to attract/please customers. The most attractive winners ended up prostituted by President Snow.
Yoon-sung: (denying interest in a girl) And more importantly, you’re a B-cup, aren’t you? I don’t ever see anyone under a C-cup as a woman.
One arc on 30 Rock featured Jack Donaghy's romance with nurse Elisa, played by the patron saint of Buxom Is Better, Salma Hayek. Liz's take?
Liz: If I had knockers like that, I'd be thanking God too.
In the first season of Eastbound And Down, Jerkass protagonist Kenny Powers is obsessed with the ample breasts of ex-girlfriend April; in her first scene the camera zooms in on her cleavage as Kenny stares. In Season 2 he dates the gorgeous but less bosomy Vida, only to decide that he's "a breast man" and go back to April.
In one episode of Two and a Half Men, the current girlfriend of Charlie wants to get her sizeable breasts reduced due to back pain, to the horror of Charlie; the crisis (from his POV) is avoided when he tells her that once they're done people will notice her ass more - whereupon she decides to cancel the operation and keep her chest (and live with the backache).
Penny on Happy Endings says that she used to draw attention to her cleavage to get bigger tips during her waitressing days. It's still one of the first things that people notice about her.
In Monty Python's Flying Circus "All England Summarizing Proust Competition", the announcer basically says that all contestants sucked, and he therefore awards the first prize to somebody who deserves it: The girl with the biggest tits. Those are really his words.
The Big Bang Theory: Bernadette is considered cute and attractive, and she's fairly well-endowed. Acknowledged in the show.
Howard's Mom:(regarding a custom made vest) She has a tricky figure, she's short and stacked like me!
Ali G from Da Ali G Show says to a group of doctors and experts on medical ethics that he heard that some women got their breasts reduced. He thinks it's selfish as it's just one woman getting rid of backache, but pleasure is taken away from numerous men. One really cool doctor (who might have figured out that they were being trolled) politely explains to him that those breasts are grossly enlarged and not attractive. Ali G assures him he was talking about nice ones, and the doctor suggests that it's a matter of taste. Ali is impressed and wants to chat about that after.
Ali G: I heard about this thing and it's probably rubbish, that some girls h'actually gets their babbylongs reduced. Is that true? Ain't that selfish, though? Cause like, is one woman getting back ache but you is taking away thousands of men getting pleasure, innit?
Pretty common on The Real Housewives, which often illustrates the process of breast augmentation surgery; however, this trope is just as often averted, as not every Housewife has implants, and some ultimately get theirs removed.
In How I Met Your Mother, Ted runs into his ex Stella after she left him at the altar and his friends rate how he handled the situation favorably on a scale from sobbing-like-a-baby-about-how-his-life-is-ruined to dating-someone-exactly-like-her-but-French-and-with-bigger-boobs. In the fantasy, even the ex's current boyfriend tries to hit on her French version in front of her.
The entire point of the song Tig Ol' Bitties. The song is about the singer seeing an attractive new girl in class, who has a large pair, and asks her to the prom with "I like your boobs. Go to prom with me?" She says yes, and at the end it turns out she stuffed her bra. "Those aren't boobs! They're lies!" He then dumps her.
It's like two beach ball in shirt disguise
Or Earth and Mars havin some fun
Wait, I take that back - it's like two of the suns.
This constituted part of the "Bally look," or at least what the higher-ups at Bally-Williams thought should be incorporated into pinball machines, as pinball artist Greg Freres pointed out in an interview. This is the reason why large-breasted women were so common in pinball machine artwork from the 70's to the early 2000's.
Invoked with the Mellon sisters in Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons, as the buxom girls attract lots of admiring attention from all of the men passing by.
Jacqueline Moore has bragged about how much woman she was on Monday Night Raw. To be fair, she only did this during the then common WWF "Bikini Contests".
Terri Runnels was proud of her boob job and would boast that it was better than Trish Stratus's. This came back to bite her Trish's arch nemesis, the insane Victoria, began to associate Terri with Trish when Trish wasn't around.
ODB loves every part of her body, including her boobs, and has mocked Christina Von Eerie, who is about the same size as her, excepting one (or two) part(s) of her body.
People with the Eros genemod in GURPS: Bio-Tech have "exaggerated sexual characteristics" as part of the modifications for making them attractive. Sarcastically from the vignette: "Yes, you too can be stacked like a pleasurebioroid."
In Shadowrun, the player can get breast implants of varying sizes. Gamemasters are encouraged to use discretion in determining actual in-game effects.
One character in A Chorus Line sings a song about how her breast implants have helped her career as a dancer.
Daniels: I've got green across the board. The forward tanks are buoyant and elevated. Donnelly: Are ya talking about the Normandy or Miranda? Daniels: I'm talking about the one covered and protected, not bouncing in the breeze.
And in the third game, Liara's father, Matriarch Aethyta practically goes starry eyed remembering her mother "Nezzy"'s magnificent rack, with predictable results as far as Liara's reaction is concerned.
This appears in Tales of Vesperia with Judith, who is regarded as the sexiest party member because of her large breasts.
In a meta example, the developers of League of Legendshave explained that so many of their female characters have enormous busts because subtlety is hard to do with the graphics engine. However, that didn't stop some less-busty ladies like Lux to gain popularity, so it's a probable subversion.
The governors' daughters in the 2004 iteration of Sid Meier’s Pirates! were ranked plain, attractive and beautiful. Since it's set in the 16th century, corsets are part of ballroom apparel; the 'rather plain' daughters are dressed to de-emphasize their bust, while the 'beautiful' ones are dressed to show theirs off.
In BlazBlue, the source of many A-Cup Angst was due to big breasts, Kokonoe threw a tantrum over Makoto's bigger breasts, mentioning her small breasts makes Noel really mad, and she wished to get a bigger breasts like Litchi's. And when Tsubaki was groped by Taokaka and called "Average" despite having decent-sized breasts, she's pissed. And big breasts was one of the reasons Litchi was such a Hello, Nurse!.
When Yellow Heart shows up in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, the player party instantly agree to take her out so Vert can have the biggest bust of the cast again. The CPU's breat sizes are actually one big Visual Pun, being directly related to the size of the console they represent, so while Vert is XBOX HUEG, Uni is rather small and actually flattens some in HDD form.
The pilot of JakuBuOh in Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation, Jun Kanan, is pretty much obsessed with voluptuous figures, but especially one that belongs to Kusuha Mizuha, to the point of pointing out her 'assets' is her spoken reasons why she wants Kusuha to join them. To hammer things down, Kanan also explicitly said that she had no interest with those with flat chests... this is within the earshot of poor Ibis Douglas.
Mia Fey from Ace Attorney was once able use her large breasts to get information out of a Dirty Old Man witness. Also, in the first game she gets a small boy to start talking with a Cheshire Grin smile when Phoenix had a hard time getting him to cooperate at all.
Deconstructed in Oppai Sensou ~Kyonyuu vs. Hinnyuu~ (literally: Breast Wars ~Big Breasts vs. Tiny Breasts~), where the struggle between large-breasted women and flat-chested women to determine which is superior has escalated to full-on war. Women are literally murdering eachother in an attempt to prove this trope is true (or untrue).
In My Girlfriend Is the President, small-chested Ell becomes worried that Junichirou believes this, based on the common knowledge that guys like big boobs as well as his constant comments about Ran or Putina's impressive chests. However, it's subverted when Junichirou delcares that it isn't true - what he loves isn't specifically large breasts, but instead the existence of breasts altogether.
Dr. Edward Bunnigus of Schlock Mercenary is a gene-tweaked test-tube baby, as her parents were mentally stunted and therefore not permitted to produce naturally. The "model" of her gene-tweaking was the "Exotic Dancer" package, hence her massive mammaries and her name ("ED"ward). She's used her considerable assets as a stripper and pole dancer to pay her way through medical school, and in one case "weaponized" her body during a strip search.
Didi of Ménage à 3 is this trope in perfection. Her chest inspires lust in everyone she meets. However, this also slips into Blessed with Suck territory, as she's never had a partner last more than 2 minutes at sex as a result - with one poor guy lasting -39 Seconds.
In Girls with Slingshots, Jamie is extremely well-endowed, and quite proud of the attention this brings her. Though she is still surprised when she has to bundle up for the winter, and suddenly everything at her favorite bar is twice as expensive as she's used to.
Jamie: You've been giving me boob discounts?!
Subverted in Shotgun Shuffle. While Ellie's large breasts gets her a lot of attention, she personally believes she's not as pretty as the more moderately endowed Quinn. Taken further, thesestrips imply that Ellie has little to no dating experience, as guys were too intimidated to ask her out.
In Chakona Space, Chakats all have positively huge breasts (with in-story justification that they're actually made from a spongy tissue that stores a sort of natural sports drink they secrete when they're not in full pregnant lactation mode). Of course, there's no shortage of endowments among non-chakat races, either.
SynthOrange's Let's Play of Princess Maker 2, casts Gendo Ikari as the father of the main character. Upon getting a visit from a travelling salesman, who, amongst other things, sells "Buxom Pills", a drug that increases bust size, Gendo first does a Flat "What.", before angrily chasing the salesman away for being a creepy weirdo. In a later chapter, Gendo eventually buys a Buxom Pill... to use on himself.
In one episode of Squidbillies, a doctor says Granny's fifth-degree burns can be masked with "enormous fake breasts." Granny keeps demanding that they be bigger on a computer simulation until it warns that they threaten the orbit of the planet, at which point she says to stop because she wants them to "look natural."
The Trope Name itself. The word "buxom" did not originally mean "large-breasted". Even the looser sense of "beautiful or attractive" is recent; see the OED for a full history. But of course an attractive woman's attributes include big breasts— and why else would the words start with the same letter?
Breast enlargening surgery is called breasts enhancement or augment surgery because of this trope. They are a major business.
"The Buxom Bandit" a woman who held up a gas station in Australia getting a lot of attention for her being "ample" and wearing a low-cut top. Even though she physically attacked the cashier and threatened him with a knife, the story mostly elicits jokes and suggestive comments about her big breasts.
Sex workers (escorts, strippers, and porn stars) often get breast augmentation because it's been proven that large-breasted women make more money in that line of work.
A stripper named Cynthia Hess a.k.a. Chesty Love once filed augmentation surgery that left her with a 56FF bust as a business expense on her taxes. When the IRS disagreed, she took the matter to court and defended herself by saying that the surgery was to help bring in better tips. She won the case, establishing legal precedent that Buxom IS Better.
There has been at least one published research paper showing that female lawyers with small breasts are less likely to win cases than their larger breasted counterparts.
Linse Kessler, she's literally famous for having the biggest breasts in the whole Denmark. And she's so proud of them that she often tells people that "big boobs are the best". She even founded strip clubs to embrace this trope further.
This is actually averted in real life in some cases. A study showed that men don't always prefer larger breasts to smaller breasts if the large breasted women had a high waist-to-hip ratio because it either made her look pregnant or matronly.