A young woman, pretty, lively, with a harp as elegant as herself, and both placed near a window, cut down to the ground, and opening on a little lawn, surrounded by shrubs in the rich foliage of summer, was enough to catch any manís heart.Maybe the way she can handle the instruments. Maybe her skilled hands, the way she blows that oboe or the sound she makes when the song is about to climax. Whichever it is, there is something about playing instruments that really pulls men's strings. Apparently, men aren't so uncultured if the culture in question is served by a hottie. Applies to all female classical musicians no matter what instrument they are playing. Might apply to male classical musicians too. Compare Sitting Sexy on a Piano.
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- D.Gray-Man: Allen can play the magic piano of the 14th aboard the original Noah´s Ark.
- Sailor Moon:
- Michiru plays the violin and the piano. In fact, many of her scenes have her introduce herself... violin melody first.
- Michiru's girlfriend Haruka is seen playing the piano alongside Michiru and she does it rather nicely.
- Nodame Cantabile:
- Your Lie in April:
Hiroko: "Look how you've gotten more sensual. You've grown up, have you?"Koharu: "So cool!"Nagi: *blushing* "I-it's not like I want to be able to play like him, all right? What a cliche!"
- Kousei was already a Child Prodigy pianist that inspired many people by his piano playing before event in the series began. Though in the start of the series he's got Heroic B.S.O.D. and somewhat lost his edge, he starts to become this again when he returns to playing piano and tries to overcome his obstacles with the help of Kaori. He finally fully become this after the death of Kaori, making Hiroko, Nagi, and even Koharu stunned by his practice performance.
- Though she's fit to the category, Kaori averts this: she plays violin and has elegant appearence, but her style of play is wild and full of energy.
- Takeshi and Emi both are pianists who play quite elegantly, although Emi's style is also very personal and energetic.
- Kin'iro no Corda:
- Haji, a male example from Blood+. He carries a cello and knows VERY well how to play it.
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- Austria plays the piano. As seen on the official calendar, he can also play the violin. And Germany can play the cello. Fanart frequently shows Austria's wife Hungary as a musician, though they tend to make her either a back-up folk dancer or the violin player to acompany Austria and his piano.
- The Gakuen Hetalia strips and anime episode show that Estonia (piano player) and Ukraine (singer) are also fond of music and are members of the World School's music club.
- Prussia is a talented flute player, even if he's far more Hot-Blooded than the standard.
- In CLANNAD (both anime and game), Moe and Bunny-Ears Lawyer Kotomi Ichinose is a really cute violin player. In a subversion, she is rather a Dreadful Musician and sucks at playing.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!: Shirabe is very pretty with her violing, but is not a good performer. Her music can shatter stone, even.
- Misaka in episode 19 of A Certain Scientific Railgun does a violin solo. Bonus points as it was the opening tune and one of the few times she wears something other than her school uniform, a white flowing dress.
- Quon Kisaragi from RahXephon. She's the Ms. Fanservice of the show.
- Nozomi from the Elfen Lied manga aspires to become one of sexy musicians (of the opera singer kind), despite her father's objections and tremendous abuse.
- Gunslinger Girl:
- Henrietta. She carries her main gun in a violin case a la the Mafia, and plays the violin quite well. However, she is only eleven years old.
- Claes loves to play the piano, but being one of Henrietta's, she is only a child herself.
- Kimagure Orange Road:
- Madoka Ayukawa plays the piano, the saxophone, and the guitar with skill enough to make her a professional musician with any one of them. She's a not halfway bad Idol Singer when in a pinch, either.
- It's In the Blood. Madoka's mother is implied to be beautiful but never clearly seen, and she is a famous classical violinist. And Madoka's father is an equally well-known conductor, so she learned from the best.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion:
- Shinji Ikari plays the cello. Although it doesn't particularly make him more attractive than usual to the viewers, hearing his performance does elicit some rare genuine niceness from Asuka as she notes he's really skilled with it.
- The first part of Evangelion: Death and Rebirth has several of the Children playing instruments.
- Kaworu Nagisa is known for playing the piano and in Rebuild of Evangelion his playing was apparently so sexy that he was able to give Shrinking Violet Shinji a Luminescent Blush. Yes, Kaworu is a boy.
- Hell Teacher Nube: Ai Shinozaki is a pre-teen Huge Schoolgirl who is younger than she looks. At the age of 12-13, she's a genius violin player as well as an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl. And a Lonely Rich Kid Stepford Smiler who's possessed by a demon due to her loneliness and emotional turmoil.
- Hijiri Minase from Descendants of Darkness is a male Teen Genius violinist who is the Distressed Dude from the Devil's Thrill arc.
- Marmalade Boy: Kei Tsuchiya is a handsome boy that plays the piano, while Anju Kitahara is a lovely girl who plays the violin.
- The twelfth Detective Conan movie, Full Score of Fear, gives us several:
- Reiko Akiba and Sara Chigusa are opera singers and Aloof Dark Haired Girls. Appeared because the case has two classical musicians being killed off.
- There's the beautiful Shion Yamane, who's a violin player.
- There's a cute violinist named Shouko Kabe. She dies too.
- The violinist Osamu Shida is a local musician, and very good-looking. And he's killed, too.
- It's later revealed that Reiko's ex-boyfriend Hikaru Souma was a musician — a flute player. And he was quite Tall, Dark, and Handsome. He actually was killed in a prank that went horribly wrong... and this is what triggers all the murders, as the killer of the week is Hikaru's long-lost father Takumi, aka the director of the music hall that hosts a lot of the action, seeking tp punish those who caused the death of the son he never knew.
- In the series proper we meet the violinist and composer Kyousuke Haga, who is very Tall, Dark, and Handsome as well and has a lovely deep voice. And he turns out to be the case's Sympathetic Murderer.
- Seraphim from Is This a Zombie? plays the violin and later leads her fellow vampire ninjas in closing the gates to the underworld; extra appeal comes from them being in Maid costumes.
- Kurobara Alice:
- Dimitri was an opera singer in the past.
- Dimitri's beloved Agniezska was a really good pianist before dying.
- Asuza was a music teacher who played the piano pretty well.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing:
- Trowa plays the flute, while Quatre plays the violin. He is also a skilled piano player, bonding with Noin over a sonata that he plays in the Sanq Kingdom school.
- Rouge Noir gives us the two leads, Kou and Ayane. Ayane doubles as Sensei-chan since she's a music teacher, and sings well enough to be able to take over when the music club's main singer Rena can't perform.
- Seika "Mariana" Akishima from Michiyo Akaishi's Amakusa 1637, a prospect opera singer who's famous in her school as such. Her beautiful voice is showcased when she reunites with Natsuki and Eri in the past, via singing to them from the boat she's in so they can recognize her.
- Michiyo Akaishi re-uses the trope in Akatsuki No Aria, where the lead female Aria Kanbara wants to be one of these and thus she applies to a music school in the Tokyo of The Roaring '20s. She also has enough talent to switch completely from piano to opera singing when she cannot play the piano anymore due to an injury.
- In Bokurano, teenaged Takami "Komo" Komoda is a talented pianist. In the manga, it's a plot point: she actually manages to win her battle without pìloting Zearth, as she and her father lure her rival pilot in her last recital and get him killed.
- Luka from Undertaker Riddle is a child violinist and uses it to give musical burials to evil spirits.
- Kyosuke Kamijou from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a male violinist who injures his wrist in an accident before the story starts. Sayaka, having had a crush on him, uses her wish to heal him so he can play again, but doesn't tell him about her role on it. This gives her the bonus of a musical and healing motif to her powers. Things go wrong when Sayaka learns that soul gems are actually Soul Jars, making her essentially a "zombie". To make matters worse, her friend Hitomi is planning on asking Kyosuke out herself, not knowing that Sayaka has huge reasons to not let him know her feelings... and alongside LOTS of other trouble, Sayaka doesn't take it well. The witch she becomes is a mermaid whose familiars play music that can steal the listener's soul.
- In Tokyo Ghoul, the incredibly wealthy and good-looking Shuu Tsukiyama is a pianist with a love for classical music. During his turn as the Arc Villain, he plays "Moonlight Sonata" on a church organ to pass the time while waiting for his....."dinner date" to arrive. In the sequel, his equally-attractive cousin, Kanae, is a violinist and fondly recalls their Duet Bonding.
- As befitting of young Ojous, Arisa and Suzuka of Lyrical Nanoha both take violin lessons.
- Haru from Ojojojo plays the violin.
- The Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics's version of Rapunzel has the protagonist as a skilled musician, and her signature instrument is the lyre. The Prince actually hears her playing and falls in love with her music, then meets up with her. She keeps her lyre after she and the Prince are separated by the Witch, and the now blinded Prince finds her after he hears her play the same song that she played when they met.
- In Ghosts of the Past, Taliesin is, of course, being a legendary bard, a highly accomplished bard. That said, the bard thing was a sideline as he was primarily the Court Physician of Camelot, and more recently, Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Surpreme.
- In many My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfics, Octavia Philharmonica is a sophisticated musician who plays classical music for the upper-class of Equestria. Taken Up to Eleven in The Cadanceverse, in which Octavia's cello is enhanced by the magic of the Elements and she uses their power to perform music that can crush evil... while still maintaining her reserved, elegant demeanor.
- The fanfic This Nearly Was Mine includes Octavia Philharmonica, but it's focused on Frederic Horshoepin, Octavia's bandmate and a male example of a Elegant Classical Musician.
- Advice and Trust: As in canon, Shinji is a skilled cello player, and he is later joined by Asuka (Violin), Rei (Viola), and Kaworu (Violin). Shinji even writes a concerto for Asuka's birthday and performs it alongside Rei and Kaworu. And yes, he does get other uses out of his "musician's hands".
Films — Animation
- Both main characters (Hiroki and Sayuri) in The Place Promised in Our Early Days play the violin. She plays a certain song for him, he later learns her song and plays it himself.
Films — Live-Action
- Kara Milovy (played by the hotty tottie Maryam d'Abo) from The Living Daylights.
- Dana Barret from Ghostbusters (1984), who is a cello player that gets stranded in the middle of a return of Sumerian god.
- August Rush: Evan's parents are both definitely this, but his mother, with the fingers, and the strings, and the touching... And look how into it she is.
- Madeline in Electric Dreams.
- Daigo from Departures plays the cello.
- Tamsin in My Summer of Love plays the cello, in a case of Cast the Expert.
- If You Believe (a Made-for-TV Movie and Yet Another Christmas Carol):
- Invoked: Tom Weller, a former lawyer and a writer, plays the trombone. He uses it to charm Susan when he invites her to see him play Christmas carols with a town orchestra. She is his editor, working with him on his first novel, and insists that they cannot be romantically involved.
- Lampshade Hanging: Susan's younger self Susie says she loves that he plays the trombone, pointing out that musicians are attractive.
- A blonde woman goes into an expensive clothes shop looking for evening wear. Every time she tries a new dress, she sits in a chair and spreads her legs as far as she can. The salespeople are shocked, and when she's made her choice is coldly told never to come back again. As they smugly look at her leave, another customer points out that they just kicked out the lead celloist for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra...
- Fenchurch from So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
- In most of Jane Austen's novels, both protagonists and secondary female characters can play musical instruments in various degrees of excellence, and it is often significant for the plot. It's a rather justified trope: back then music was one of the important accomplishments which girls and women tried to gain to appear beautiful and more desirable as future spouse.
- Marianne Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility is a talented pianist with very deep feelings for music. She is greatly admired for it. She's also an extremely beautiful girl.
- Pictured above: Mary Crawford from Mansfield Park plays the harp and is very well aware of this trope. She uses her playing the harp to charm Edmund, although he would have probably fallen for her without the harp as well.
- Pride and Prejudice:
- Elizabeth Bennet plays the piano moderately well, but she's a good singer and everybody enjoys her pleasant performance. In the Rosings arc, Elizabeth and her playing is a major source of entertainment to Colonel Fitzwilliams and Mr Darcy.
- Elizabeth's sister Mary is a subversion. Although she practices a lot and tries very hard, she cannot sing and her taste in music is rather dreadful. It doesn't help that she's the only one plain among the attractive Bennet sisters.
- Miss Bingley is an attractive woman and a good pianist. Music is among her tricks to enchant and catch Mr Darcy. She's not very successful, though.
- Miss de Bourgh is too ill to take lessons, but her mother boasts that if she had been healthy, she would have been a wonderful performer.
- Miss Darcy can play the piano exceptionally well and she practices playing and singing all the time, which is mentioned throughout the book several times.
- Emma: Both Emma and Jane Fairfax play the piano and are admired. It helps that both are great beauties, often considered the loveliest in Jane Austen's 'verse.
- Emma is very talented, but she never bothered to practice regularly as a child. She is still more than just a decent pianist and she plays and sings very well, but whenever Jane visits her relatives in Highbury, Emma is vexed that she's no longer the best musician.
- Jane Fairfax was brought up in London and had lessons with the best masters, reaching her top performance. Everybody admires her dedication to music and everybody urges her to play for them.
- Anne Elliot is an elegant, slender woman with cultured mind. She plays the piano exceptionally well and has great taste in music. However, she could share it with only two people — her late mother and her former fiancé Captain Wentworth.
- Henrietta and Louisa Musgrove both play the piano, the harp and they sing. They are pretty and amiable, and they like showing off their accomplishments. It's hinted that their parents tend to gush about them.
- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A male example, but it definitely counts. Vivi's boyfriend attracts the attention of everyone everywhere ever because he just looks and sounds so pretty when playing his fiddle. It's also used to demonstrate what a gentleman he is; there's a very touching scene where he dedicates a song to Vivi's unattractive, unloved mother and nearly makes her cry with happiness.
- A male example with Milton Stephanides in Middlesex; he uses his skills to seduce Tessie. They then go on to take it Up to Eleven, using it in sex, or at least, foreplay.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: Sheltered Aristocrat Rhaegar Targaryen could bring people to tears with his beautiful harp music.
- Friendly Enemy Captain Werner Von Ebrannac in the French novella Le Silence de la Mer.
- Blanche from Jen de la Brete's novel Reine: My Priest and my Uncle is Reine's Aloof Dark-Haired Girl of a cousin, and she's an excellent piano player as well.
- The Hunger Games has a couple of examples.
- Although no romantic attraction is involved, Katniss notes that her wealthy Only Friend Madge is an excellent pianist, and Katniss loves to listen to her play.
- Also, Peeta fell head-over-heels in love with Katniss when he was five years old and he heard her singing in their music class. Allegedly her singing was so beautiful that "the birds stopped to listen."
- In Seraphina both Seraphina and her mother Linn Dombegh play several instruments enchantingly well:
- Seraphina bewitches an audience of thousands, with a song she wasn't going to play in the first place, at a funeral, playing someone else's flute!
- Seraphina gets this from her mother, Linn, who was also an incredibly talented musician. Her case becomes even more interesting because instead of just playing technically perfectly as other emotion-impaired dragons might, Linn apparently played with passion.
- A lot of what drew Linn and Claude (Seraphina's father) to each other seems to be linked to their joint interest in music, though Claude seems to be more of a composer and is only ever shown singing, not using any other instrument.
- Gideon from The Ruby Red Trilogy. He moves Gwen to tears when he plays the violin and he can also play the piano. Learning to play these instruments seems to be part of the Guardians' time-travel curriculum.
- The eponymous and very feminine heroine in Kilmeny of the Orchard, by L. M. Montgomery, plays expert violin.
- In the James Bond story "The Living Daylights", Bond notices a female cellist entering a symphony hall suspected to contain a sniper nest, and he briefly contemplates all the vaguely-erotic implications of such a woman with such a large instrument between her thighs as she plays.
- The Big Bang Theory:
- Leslie Winkle plays in a string quartet. She lampshades this trope when she tries to seduce Leonard and blatantly asks him if playing the cello reminds him of anything else.
- Leonard plays the cello. It worked on Leslie but he doesn't use it on other women.
- Amy Farrah Fowler plays the harp, which is of course completely lost on Sheldon.
- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip has an example.
- Emma from Heroes.
- Frasier had a couple, notably a cellist he meets at the airport.
- Wings: Helen is a cellist.
- Star Trek: Voyager. Handsome Lech Tom Paris finds out that his friend Harry Kim is doing music practise with a good-looking female crewmember and derides her as having "cold hands, cold heart." Harry smirks and replies: "Not when she's playing the oboe."
- Ephram Brown is a brilliant pianist. Amy Abbott, his love interest and his eventual girlfriend, likes Ephram's playing a lot. She admires his dedication to music and his immense talent.
- Discussed Trope: In a flashback, Ephram's mum tells him that girls find his playing very attractive. She's convinced that they sense he is very confident when he plays as it is his thing.
- Invoked Trope: Mrs Brown was quite a matchmaker. She tried to invoke the trope as she makes Ephram accidentally meet his crush and invite her for his piano recital.
- Parodied and Inverted in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode "House Mouses". Classical musicians are depicted as too broke to worry about anything but survival, so they resort to thefts both major (insurance fraud) and minor (stealing kitchen supplies from the Nine-Nine's cafeteria). Boyle sums it up: "Classical musicians are savages".
Myths & Religion
- In the old Spanish ballad Romance del Conde Niño (Romance of the Young Count), the protagonist is a young count with a very beautiful singing voice. He decides to sing about his feelings for his kingdom's princess, nevermind her mother's Parental Marriage Veto. It goes From Bad to Worse very soon and they end up Together in Death.
- In William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 128", the poet envies the keys of the virginal (the musical instrument very much like the harpsichord) that they are touched by the dark lady's fingers. It's very sexy and very erotic.
- Jane Spofford in The Witches of Eastwick.
- Male example: Thomas Jefferson in 1776. Martha Jefferson's one scene is the song "He Plays the Violin" Hear it here.
- Used in William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
- This trope was so conventional in Elizabethan England that Ben Jonson in fact parodied it in Comedy of Manners Every Man in his Humour.
- Deconstructed in Creator/George Bernard Shaw's [i]Don Juan in Hell[/i] where he points out that Donna Anna's mother made her learn how to play half a dozen pieces on the harpsichord "which she hated as much as you did" so she could convince some unsuspecting man that she was an angel of harmony that would fill his home with music, but never touched the instrument after she was married. She replies that a married lady with a large household to run hasn't time "to sit at the spinnet with no support for her back."
- Helena from Dead or Alive is an opera singer when she isn't in battle.
- Touhou: Lunasa Prismriver, by the will of some of her fans.
- Yurika Kirishima, violin-wielding Musical Assassin from Rival Schools.
- Usami Haru in G-Senjou no Maou, though she never really gets to play the violin for Kyousuke due to her trauma and desire for revenge against Maou.
- Depending upon the player's choices, the protagonists of both Persona 3 and Persona 4 could be this. Due to the both of them being eternal aces, no matter their choice of instrument they will inevitability be masterful at using it, and needless to say, are both incredibly handsome and desired by just about every girl they happen to cross (and more than a few boys).
- If the MC from Persona 4 joins the music club, he can befriend a very cute first-year student named Ayane Matsunaga, who plays the trombone and is one of the two candidates to become the Sun Social Link. While she's too shy and young-looking to fully fit the trope, within some years she should grow into one.
- And in Persona 3 the Music Club one of the options for the Fortune Arcana to take place for the Male Protagonist.
- Sentimental Graffiti: Akira Endou is a virtuoso, but she never seems to win first place in any of her competitions, and this frustrates her to no end. You, as the protagonist, can help her gain some Character Development by practicing with her and helping her realize that she's been too mechanical about it, not putting any of her emotions into her music.
- Bishōnen Musical Assassin Yōkinshi from Onmyōji who kicks ass in all his gracefulness with the guqin. He is also super arrogant, takes his music super seriously and does not take too kindly to having his mood disrupted mid-recital.
- Tsukasa from Swan Song, although only with his left hand.
- Fire Emblem Awakening:
- Cordelia is said to be an incredibly talented harp player. Her supports with Stahl have her teaching him how to play the harp as well. At the highest support level, they get married.
- Cordelia says that her Pegasus knight captain/superior and Emmeryn's bodyguard, Phila, is even more talented at the harp than she is. Phila herself is a very beautiful woman, with a Beauty Mark under her left eye and pretty blue hair. Too bad she's also a Sacrificial Lamb.
- While the violinist Brady is said to have a bad case of Face of a Thug, lots of fans find him adorable anyway. In his endings, he becomes "the world's scariest violinist". And if he marries either Kjelle or Nah, either of the girls will be inspired to take up music so they can keep him company.
- If singing counts, then Princess Azura from Fire Emblem Fates definitely fits in. Many of her romantic supports have her singing her songs and having potential boyfriends commenting on how lovely her singing is.
- Ace Attorney: Miles Edgeworth is at least a former member of this trope, as he is both extremely elegant and classy, and in school, was an accomplished flute player.
- Crescendo ~Eien Dato Omotte Ita Ano Koro~: Miyu Shizuhara, one of Ryo's possible love interests, is a very cute-looking piano player. You can have Ryo attends one of her recitals! And one of the sex scenes with her happens in the music room... and on the piano itself.
- Maria in Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, talented young Parisian violinist and Phantom R's love interest.
- Jigsaw Forte, professional violinist turned Last Res0rt Executioner.
- Codex from The Guild was a concert violinist, and plays her violin with the door open to try to get the attention of her attractive neighbor.
- Octavia Melody, formerly a One-Scene Wonder background pony from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic season one finale but has since also appeared in Season 2, has garnered several fans for her classy demeanor, snazzy bowtie, and her skill with the cello. Other fans get a kick out of the speculation that she's Pinkie Pie's sister and/or friends with Vinyl Scratch, the Dubstep fan and club DJ who's achieved similar (and unusually literal) Ensemble Darkhorse status.