"She can't help it if she's made that wayThis woman is sex on legs, and everything about her screams Schwiiinnng!. She may or may not know it, but when she walks past, others take leave of their senses and devolve into a steaming mass of drool, totally consumed by lust. In a funny cartoon, expect steam to shoot from their ears, their hearts beating so hard you can ''see'' them. For other shows, the leads will stutter and sweat; any charm they once had will dissolve in her presence. She may be a sympathetic character, who is tired of being treated differently because of her appearance. She could be a ball-buster who uses her skills to seduce her way to whatever she wants. She might be smart as a whip or dumb as a post. Either way, she will probably only be a Flat Character. (Not that kind of flat). Of course, the only person she wouldn't mind drooling over her will most likely be a Chaste Hero. The name comes from the Animaniacs character Hello Nurse, who herself was named after a classic Vaudeville gag where an attractive, voluptuous woman in a nurse's uniform would walk across the stage, causing the guys present to call out: "Helloooo, nurse!" This Catch Phrase eventually extended to all the show's attractive women—and, for Dot, men. Compare with Ms. Fanservice, who's meant to provoke the same reactions in the audience, rather than other characters. (There's considerable overlap, though.) See Chick Magnet and Even the Guys Want Him for the male version. Make straight females fall for her as hard as the straight boys, and she'll be a case of Even the Girls Want Her. When she's actually a nurse, it's Hospital Hottie. If she just dresses like one, it's Naughty Nurse Outfit. Closely related to and often overlaps with Lust Object. Or for the chaster version, you have World's Most Beautiful Woman. Also compare to Eating the Eye Candy. Contrasts with Girl Next Door.
She's not to blame if they look her way
She ain't really tryin' to cause a scene
It just comes naturally
Aw, the girl can't help it."
She's not to blame if they look her way
She ain't really tryin' to cause a scene
It just comes naturally
Aw, the girl can't help it."
— Mel McDaniel, Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On
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- The Cadbury's Caramel Bunny ads back during the 1980s pretty much involved every single male animal fawning over her whilst she promoted chocolate. Adding to that, in a 2009 UK-based poll she was even voted the 3rd sexiest cartoon character of all time, just behind Betty Boop and Jessica Rabbit.
Anime & Manga
- In Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts, this role is fulfilled by Hideyoshi Kinoshita. It's funny because he's a guy.
- In the anime/manga Dragon Ball, during the 21st World Tournament, the third match pits a woman named Ran Fuan against a tall monk-like fellow in a turban named Namu. Ran Fuan isn't a terrible fighter, but Namu is just that much better, and one of the cards that she plays to try to throw him off his guard is to seduce him in the middle of the fight by putting on a Hello Nurse act and taking off... A couple articles of clothing. Namu's solution? He closes his eyes.
- Ghost Talkers Daydream: Misaki Saiki is such a sex bomb, that she not only has three guys crushing on her and is the most frequently requested dom at the Roppongi S&M Club, but a magazine editor asked her to offer a pair of her panties as the first place prize for one of their contests!
- Girls Bravo: To say she's only 16, Kirie has got it goin' on:
- So much so, that Fukuyama, Kosame, and Hijiri, all want a piece of her. A later episode showed she couldn't even walk down the street without being mobbed by middle-aged men asking her for dates, much to her chagrin.
- The 4th episode takes the trope to literal extremes, when Fukuyama pretends to be sick after eating some of Kirie's bento and guilt trips her into wearing a nurse's costume while she looks after him.
- Cool Big Sis Dr. Yamaguchi from Hajime no Ippo is a Hello Doctor case. She's a friendly and cheerful young doctor who has her own clinic, and the fact that she often wears very short miniskirts and possesses huge breasts do the rest. Oh, and Yamaguchi's so Married to the Job that she completely fails to notice her effect on Ippo's sempais. Actually, she has that effect on Ippo too.
- Yayoi Sanzenin, the school nurse in Happy Lesson, always has a queue of students waiting outside her office.
- Highschool of the Dead: Shizuka is a literal example, since she was the School Nurse at Fujimi High, and has repeatedly been noted for her sex appeal. Takashi and Hirano have both been aroused by her and Shimada said she had a nice body before attempting to rape her.
- Nurse Harumi from Irresponsible Captain Tylor. The marines in particular seem to worship her like a goddess.
- Kenta's mother, Fumio, in Karin is the sympathetic variety. Her attractiveness means that she can never hold down a job for fear of sexual harassment, and she is so stressed that it's turning her into a wreck.
- In episode 120 of FairyTail]] when everyone is recovering from the fight with Hades, Erza sported a sexy nurse outfit and teased the boys with it.
- In the beginning of the K-On! manga's next volume, Sawako forces Mio to wear a nurse outfit for fanservice purposes during a recruitment ad the club was planning to run in light of the recent threat of disbandment over their lack of activities. Ritsu came to her rescue shortly afterwards, partially over such an ad having nothing to do with music, but not before she was pushed to tears over the embarrassing incident.
- Lupin III: Fujiko Mine is anime's original Femme Fatale. While it's hardly a secret how Lupin feels about her, he isn't the only one - as her clients, her enemies, businessmen, and even Inspector Zenigata have all wanted to hit it. So have other women. In The Columbus Files, Rozaria asked Lupin if they could share her. While she was joking at the time, her attachment to Fujiko implied she may have meant it.
- Yukariko Sternberg of Mai-Otome had this effect on some men. Since Otomes must abstain from sex or lose their powers, this led to her canceling her contracts and eventually becoming a teacher at Garderobe.
- Despite being semi-flatchested, Kodama Himegami is still considered to be one of the hottest students at Tenbi Academy. There's even a fanclub dedicated to her and with good reason: what she lacks 'up top' is more than made up for by her looks, a gracefully petite figure, and her haughty disposition. Plus, she's got a great pair of legs and a rear to match.
- Aki is another literal example, being she's the school nurse. In the manga, while she's used to the male students ogling her, it's made her self-conscious.
- The later chapters introduce Love Espada, who's a voluptuous blonde with a raging libido and no concerns about modesty. In the short time she's been at Tenbi, she's become the lust object of the student body at large, since she's openly bisexual.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion had Misato visiting Shinji at school once. The beautiful buxom career soldier immediately evoked this reaction from his male classmates.
- Boa Hancock from One Piece. To date, the only character to be truly immune to her charms is Luffy, due to being an Oblivious to Love Chaste Hero. Other people have had to resort to stabbing or poisoning themselves to even have a chance at being distracted from her weapon-grade (literally) hawtness.
- Ranma Saotome of Ranma ½ is a hot Gender Bender. Men who don't know that he's a genderbender ogle at his girl form, those who do know still ogle at his girl form, many ask for a date, some propose marriage, some kidnap him in order to forcefully propose marriage, et cetera. It doesn't hurt that he provides at least 80 percent of the Fanservice for the show either.
- Shampoo too tends to have this effect. Even Ranma was smitten by her looks at first... Then the Jusenkyo guide told him that the kiss on the cheek was an oath to chase 'her' (he was in female form at the time) to the end of Earth to kill her, and their relationship has never quite recovered even after she found out the truth and fell for him.
- Rosario + Vampire: All the guys constantly lust after the beautiful Moka Akashiya and the succubus Kurumu (or, more rather, her big breasts). Too bad they're in love with someone else.
- Rouge the Bat of Sonic X at points has guys drooling over her and isn't beneath using her sexiness to get her way.
- Ran from Super GALS!, although it seems like the guy's reaction to her is partially because of her fiery personality and knowledge of the "gal" subculture. The only guy who doesn't seem to be (immediately) affected by her is Rei, who constantly warns his head-over-heels friend Yuya that "she's trouble." (Although the "trouble" is referring more to her hot temper than her being a Femme Fatale—in fact, she constantly rebuffs guys that want to sleep with her and is a proud virgin.) At one point in the series almost all the guys in Shibuya hold a contest for who gets to have the right to be her boyfriend. She happily claims the one who wins and breaks the hearts of all the other boys. ...Yes, in case you're wondering, she is a bit of a Canon Sue.
- To Love-Ru.
- Mikado-sensei. A fan of stockings that uses her charm with the perverted principal and to mess with Rito. It doesn't help that some of her machines require one to be naked.
- Even more so with Sephie Michaela Deviluke (Lala, Nana, and Momo's mother) who is a Charmian. Her race's natural beauty causes anyone who sees her uncovered face to ruthlessly lust after her.
- Asuka Tenjouin of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, which she has never been happy about. (In fact, in the manga, she almost had to be dragged to the beauty pagent that she had been nominated for.)
- Power Girl fills (and overfills) this role. In a Justice Society of America/Justice League of America crossover featuring the personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins taking over the bodies of heroes, guess who ended up being taken over by Lust?
- Harley Quinn that often wears a very tight jester suit .
- Starfire, Black Canary and Huntress all tend to elicit similar reactions.
- In Gotham Central, when Starfire comes to the GCPD to help clear up some issues with Robin (A body has been found in his outfit, but the police are unsure if it is authentic or a costume) every man stares at her slack-jawed, eliciting a disgusted "men" from Detective Romy Chandler. However, Detective Joely Bartlett smirks and points to the two gay women in the department who are also staring with the exact same expression, just as unable to control themselves as the men. Man or woman, if somebody is that attractive and fits your orientation, it is bringing something out of you.
- Poison Ivy is perhaps the biggest one here, as one of her actual abilities is to secrete pheromones that make everyone around her feel this way.
- Catwoman would perhaps also apply, as whilst being Batman's love interest at the same time, The Riddler once described even Ivy as having a thing for her.
- Marvel Universe
- Emma Frost, from the Marvel Universe, sometimes seemed as if her every action, word, movement and gesture seemed intended to elicit a certain reaction from the men around her. Then they changed her.
- Mary Jane Watson. "Face it Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!" You sure did Mr. Parker. You sure did.
- Jean Grey tends to have this effect on male characters, to the point where the only one of the original X-Men who didn't fall in love with her has recently been revealed as gay. Even Emma Frost notes it in All-New X-Men, observing that Teen Jean won't 'be the fresh faced redhead who turns every man's head forever'.
- Jean's reputation is interesting in that for a long time she was a beneficiary of the Smurfette Principle. All of the guys fell over themselves for her simply because she was the only woman on the team to fight over. This didn't really start to change until the introduction of characters such as Storm and Psylocke (the former introduced as an Innocent Fan Service Girl with no taboo against nudity, the latter after her body swap into the sex-on-legs ninja in a Thong of Shielding), and nowadays Jean is most famous for the Love Triangle with Cyclops and Wolverine, rather than for turning everyone's heads.
- Jessica Drew alias Spider-Woman ( or better, the skrull Queen Veranke posed as her) get this reaction from Iron Man and Luke Cage ("Damn, girl!") when she appears in her sexy red and yellow costume in New Avengers.
- For Melody of Josie And The Pussy Cats, the Running Gag is that she causes this reaction wherever she goes, and is too naive/dumb to notice.
- Elizabeth Chandra (who later drops her first name) from J. Michael Straczynski's Rising Stars had the power to be the most attractive girl possible to any man—later, when her power increases, it even works on women too.
- The real tragedy of her power was that with the exception of something like a few others from the Specials, no one ever saw her. They just saw "the most beautiful woman on Earth". It's like looking at a tree, and just seeing the tree, not the branches, leaves, and texture of the bark that make it up. She and the guy who had the supposed invulnerability had been Blessed with Suck.
- The Spirit: P'Gell. The first story featuring her had her warning its readers on the first page (spread out over a couch in a jaw-dropping red dress) that "this is not a story for little boys!"
- In the Twilight fanfic Luminosity, theres a vampire whose power is beauty: literally. Everyone who sees her, even other women, even other vampires, are so stunned by her beauty that they will mindlessly follow her around until her self-esteem is high enough that her beauty level drops off to normal. Though, since she’s a vampire, her “normal” is still on a Hello Nurse level, just without accompanying magical compulsion.
- Child of the Storm has Carol Danvers, who's about 15, but matured early, shall we say, ending up with the body of a hot co-ed who turns the heads of boys and men alike. She absolutely hates it, mainly because boys only try to befriend her to get in her pants and grown men... well, she's seen as being the recipient of unwelcome attention and indicates that it's not the first time. This contributes to her somewhat spiky disposition and until she meets Harry, her only two male friends are her surrogate big brother Lex Luthor, a specialist in Disproportionate Retribution on people bothering her (this has been known to backfire), and Jean-Paul, who's so Camp Gay that he's pretty much a one man Pride parade. Part of the reason she almost instantly takes to Harry is, aside from a shared love of flying, that while he's aware of her good looks he considers them very much secondary to her as a person and understands better than most what it's like to be judged on appearance alone.
- In Origin Story, Francisco and Sanchez recognize that Alex Harris is sex on two legs even when she's in badly fitting clothing, her hair is a wreck, she's covered in grime, and barefoot.
- In Advice And Trust, Asuka used to evoke this reaction from Shinji's male schoolmates. During a talk Shinji mentions that she was the "miss incredibly-hot-exotic-foreign-transfer-student", and she had packs of boys drooling after her.
- Thousand Shinji, Asuka is very popular among her male schoolmates. According Shinji, "If [she] flashed the class, I bet [she] could kill half the male population".
- In Children of an Elder God, Asuka had a lot of fans who found her totally hot, although she didn't care for them.
Kensuke and Touji were over by them in an instant, followed a few seconds later by a tide of humanity. A rather small tide, but it was disconcerting nonetheless. Asuka smiled and waved and said hello to three dozen people, quickly learning their names. The only really hard part of it was trying to sort out who was shouting what.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: While she and Asuka are having a sleepover, Hikari ponders that all their male classmates drool over her best friend.
- Last Child of Krypton: As soon as Asuka started going to Shinji’s school, Shinji’s male classmates became obsessed with her and started following her everywhere.
- Once More with Feeling: Asuka had a pack of male students following her around in the school grounds.
Asuka followed his gaze, smiled, then happily skipped off towards Rei, causing Shinji to shake his head slightly in amusement as 'the hoard' followed her off, more then a few shooting him envious looks.
- Touji and Kensuke had to admit that it was easy to understand why she drew so many lovestruck or merely lustful stares:
Both young men freely admitted she was hot, that simply wasn't in question. In a school of generally polite, reserved young Japanese girls, she was a living, breathing firestorm, an impression helped along by her red hair that whirled around her like a burning halo as she moved about the school at speed. Add to that her stunning looks and the fact that she publicly had announced –and Shinji had confirmed- that she was an Evangelion pilot…
- Touji and Kensuke had to admit that it was easy to understand why she drew so many lovestruck or merely lustful stares:
Films — Animated
- Iaia the cookie seller from The Three Caballeros makes Donald Duck and José weak at the knees. They spend their trip to Bahia competing with each other (and a large crowd of men that show up) for her affections. In fact, about half the movie has Donald chasing after some Latin lady.
- From Toy Story 2, Buzz Lightyear and the gang are in Al's Toy Barn, where they stumble upon Tour Guide Barbie. Mr. Potato Head immediately begins chanting that he is a "married spud", while Hamm tells him to step aside for the single fellas.
- Again in Toy Story 3, when Ken meets Molly's Barbie doll for the first time, accompanied by Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver".
- Georgette the literal Rich Bitch from Oliver & Company is this to the canine world. Just a small appearance on her balcony gets all the dogs in the neighborhood flocking to admire her.
- Sasha La Fleur from All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 All Dogs Go To Heaven II is also this trope to canines as evidenced during her debut song Count Me Out. Her appearance alone causes every male dog in the bar to fall head over heels for her.
Films — Live-Action
- Gorgeous Virginia in The Strawberry Blonde, played by gorgeous Rita Hayworth. When someone spots her walking by Nick's barbershop, all the men lounging around in the barbershop rush outside so they can look at her. At the end of the movie she reveals that she used to walk blocks out of her way so she could walk past the barbershop and let the men gawk.
- Mae West made a career out of this. In She Done Him Wrong, every male in the cast talks about how sexy she is, and most of them hit on her.
- Cassandra from Wayne's World.
- Jerri (Jayne Mansfield) in The Girl Can't Help It. All she wants to be is a housewife, but men don't see her that way.
- Ulla in Mel Brooks' The Producers. This Sexy Secretary doesn't even attempt to type, but can she ever work!
- In the original movie at least, this is a slanderous lie. She does type, at the rate of about one letter a minute.
- The five Salma Hayeks in Across the Universe are as perfect of an example as you can get.
- Oh, the Bang Bang Shoot Shoot Nurses? That's their actual name. I think somebody noted the connection at some point...
- The Genterns from Repo! The Genetic Opera are this trope personified and given a cute visor.
- Even the human characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit lust for the infamous Jessica Rabbit. She's not bad; she's—oh, you know the rest.
- Tina Carlyle in The Mask, reduces the civilian Jim Carrey to a gibbering wreck by asking to open a bank account, and causes his Masked alter ego to herniate his beating heart through his shirt and literally wolf-whistle.
- Every character Marilyn Monroe ever played.
- In Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Janet Colgate makes her entrance as, well, this. Both con men go for her at once.... only for her to con them by the end of the movie.
- The Saffron Burrows character in Enigma.
- Rita Hayworth played these type of characters especially in Gilda and The Loves of Carmen.
- Staff Nurse Dorothy Denton (Shirley Eaton) in Carry On Nurse. Eventually got her man, Ted York.
- Molly in She's Out of My League personifies this trope—her introduction is one long slow-motion montage of her walking through an airport, catching the awed attention of every man (and teenage boy) she passes. When she gets to the TSA counter, the cynical and bored Stainer suddenly perks up. Later, when she meets Kirk's family, his mother squeals with glee and everyone else just stares.
- Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006) has this effect on the entire casino the first time she appears in that dress. Bond intended for her to enter from behind him so his opponents would be Distracted by the Sexy. Instead she enters right in his line of sight to screw with him after an argument and distracts him as well.
Mathis: I suppose I don't have to tell you how beautiful you look. Half the people on that table are still watching you.
- Lisa from The Room has just about every male character in the movie comment on how hot she is. Even one guy whose sole line is "Lisa looks hot tonight!". Her actress does not exactly live up to it.
- Another Lisa, this one played by Diane Kruger in Wicker Park. She does indeed live up to it.
- Lady Penelope in the live-action Thunderbirds movie. Her character introduction is being greeted by a crowd of prepubescent boys as she arrives to pick Alan up. And of course she has to say "Hello boys".
- The White Queen from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Her sister the Red Queen laments that she can make anything fall in love with her... even the furniture.
- Frey from Elysium.
- Lola Bunny from Space Jam. Her entire introduction in the movie reeks of sexual tension, all from being curvy, to speaking seductively, to swaying her hips in an exaggerated manner. In The Looney Tunes Show, her feminine form was toned down, but she's still really pretty.
- Alex Munday (played by Lucy Liu) in the Charlie's Angels movie (2000) has this effect on men when she's walking in a room full of computer nerds while wearing a sexy leather powersuit (that squeaks every time she walks).
- Played straight with the blond nurse in The Bridge on the River Kwai who befriends Shears at the hospital. When she walks across the campus, all of the soldiers interrupt their combat training to follow her with their eyes.
- Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. Captain Lola Beck evokes this reaction among her own crew, though as she's their superior officer their reaction is merely silent appreciation.
- Mon Oncle Antoine: The Canadian mining town where the film is set is small enough to have a town beauty, and she is Alexandrine, wife of the notary. She's tall and beautiful and fashionably dressed, and when she goes to the general store—to pick up a corset—all the men in the store comment about how sexy she is.
- Violet from It's a Wonderful Life grows up to be this. She had her sights set on George, but turns pretty much everyone's heads. One gag in particular has her crossing a street in a rather short and clingy dress (ogled by George, Bert, and Ernie), only for a pedestrian crossing the other direction to nearly get hit by a car when he gets distracted watching her. On the darker side of this trope, it's implied she Really Gets Around and has to leave Bedford Falls after getting into some trouble, and the Potterville version is shown getting dragged out of a seedy nightclub (at which she was likely one of the working girls) and thrown into a paddywagon by the police.
- Zoya, in House Of Meetings by Martin Amis. One character is sent to a gulag in Siberia because he is overheard praising America. In fact he was praising "The Americas"—the nickname he and his brother had given Zoya due to her hourglass figure.
- Elli Quinn in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga. After getting her face burned off in a battle, Miles paid for the finest reconstructive surgery for her that money could buy. Though initially delighted with the results, she later came to find it to be a problem at times, when soldiers under her command made passes at her, rather than following her orders.
- Lara Raith from The Dresden Files is a succubus, has used her significant...ah...assets in the past to make a name for herself in "adult" movies (see Blood Rites), and is now the power behind the throne of the White Court.
- Mia in The Dark Tower series, who is a slutty ball-buster but who does gain some sympathy right before her newborn spider-baby kills her and drinks her blood.
- Harry Potter:
- Veelas. A "cheerleading" squad of them can make a whole mega stadium of men go wild. And then they go One-Winged Angel...
- Fleur Delacour, who—guess what?—is part Veela. Lucky Bill Weasley.
- The first thing Harry notices about Cho Chang is that she is "extremely pretty". It's rather inconvenient as this comes right before he has to play against her in a Quidditch match. Later on in the book he gets very hot under the collar when she wishes him good luck. And in the next he spills water all over himself when she waves at him.
- Dmitri in The Brothers Karamazov can't help but speak of Grushenka's "infernal curves" dancing about in his mind, driving him insane with lust.
- Rhapsody in the Symphony of Ages series by Elizabeth Haydon. This was partly due to natural beauty, but mostly due to the fire magic from her journey through the center of the earth.
- In War and Peace, Elena Kuragin, more often called Hélène (a name derived from—oh just guess!), is perhaps the most beautiful woman ever born. She's the sort of woman that makes grown men weep and young boys lock themselves in bathrooms.
- Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka has Emily, a Christian missionary that comes to Japan fleeing from the men in her country who apparently considered her so irresistible that she almost got raped twice. It doesn't help that she's about to marry a bible thumping guy who can't help getting aroused every time she walks by.
- Despite living in a country of extremely beautiful people, everyone still manages to think that Phedre is, well, most extremely beautiful of all.
- Helen of Troy is the original one, and judging by her being played by Diane Kruger in Troy, she still measures up pretty well.
- In the Tolkien's Legendarium:
- The Silmarillion: Lúthien Tinuviel, the most beautiful woman in the world. Everyone who crossed her path tried to claim her, including Morgoth.
- The Lord of the Rings: Arwen, Lúthien's great-great-great-granddaughter, was also supposed to be her exact spitting-image: considering the wars fought over Lúthien, Elrond may have been wise to keep her cooped up in Rivendell.
- Succubi in The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump have this quality, obviously. When a bunch of them gathered to picket city hall in protest over Angel City's new anti-vice laws, they didn't bother to bring signs, because their "arguments" were self-evident.
- Several can be found in the Wheel of Time series. Morgase and Elayne often tie men's tongues, as does Berelain (though it appears she'll be meeting her match in her "Man in White" in the next novel).
- Elayne's hated step-brother Galad, who's so beautiful that drooling Aes Sedai gather to watch him take off his shirt.
- The nation whose women are known around the world for having this quality, and using it to their advantage in trade: Arad Doman.
- The most potent example is Lanfear, however. She actually uses Illusion to tone down her beauty, and still trips up any man she talks to.
- Juliet in Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals.
- Also from Pratchett's Discworld, Sergeant Angua of the Watch. (Nobody dares to wolf-whistle at her ... especially during a full moon).
- And the lovely Tawneee, a woman who was Miss April, May, and June in Girls, Giggles and Garters—a woman who has so intimidated men through her looks that the only boyfriend she can get is Corporal Nobby Nobbs of the Watch. Who later dumps her because she cannot cook.
- Laurana in the Dragonlance series. The first time the Companions see her they are completely mesmerized and can do nothing but stare at her and babble on about how she is the most beautiful woman they have ever seen. Even Raistlin is affected by her beauty. Later on her Arch-Enemy, Kitiara, can do nothing but bitterly complain about how everyone raves about Laurana's beauty.
- Dejah Thoris, from John Carter of Mars, is referred to as "the incomparable Dejah Thoris" for a reason.
- Her daughter Tara and granddaughter Llana share this trait. Multiple men are willing to ignore Tara's personality flaws because of her beauty, and one character who sees a figurine of Llana refuses to believe that it is of a real person, on the grounds that real women can't possibly be that beautiful.
- Juliet the succubus in Mike Carey's Felix Castor series. No one should be able to do that to a man with no blood circulation...
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- Sansa Stark suffers as a result of this trope: in her Crapsack World, it usually manifests as a desire to rape/molest her. Her various 'admirers', most of whom treat her like a piece of meat, include Joffrey, Sandor Clegane, Tyrion Lannister, Marillion, her adoptive brother Theon, and Littlefinger. At thirteen she's either matured extremely early or is trapped in a nest of pedophiles.
- Daenerys Targaryen also would suffer from this same trope if she didn't have a Queensguard and three dragons to protect her. Most men that are interested in her dragons are willing to forgo them to bed Daenerys; of course, she's not very flattered at this.
- Shiera Seastar, Great Bastard daughter of Aegon IV was THE head turner at her time; it's said that men went to war for her sake, though only Bittersteel is confirmed to have done so when she preferred Bloodraven over him.
- Lyanna Stark caused a whole continent to go tits up when she eloped with the Targaryen heir to the Iron Throne, a married man and herself being betrothed to an immensely powerful warrior in Robert Baratheon. It ended up destroying the Targaryen rule and killing her; all because she looked gorgeous in a blue flower tiara.
- Dalla and Val from the Free Folk are about the most beautiful Wildlings in existence. They have heads turning in the Wildlings, of course, the Night's Watch and on the forces of King Stannis Baratheon... if they get past the fact that they can carve them with a spear.
- Nicci, of The Sword of Truth. She's a buxom, blonde-haired and blue-eyed goddess who habitually dresses in tight and low-cut black dresses, and makes the previously-proclaimed World's Most Beautiful Woman Kahlan Amnell feel ugly by comparison. Of course, she's also a deeply troubled and incredibly powerful Dark Magical Girl and Dark Action Girl who uses and lives up to the epithet Death's Mistress even after her High-Heel–Face Turn. But man, what a way to go.
- Angel of Redeeming Love. There’s a reason she’s the highest-priced “soiled dove” in Pair-O-Dice by a huge margin, and she has to go out walking with a bodyguard to avoid being accosted. Now cue the entrance of the Celibate Hero. Shake well for drama.
- Model Joanna Clark in Elise Title's The Face in the Mirror.
Judging from the mesmerized stares of her brand new fan club, the rest of the woman lived up to those Betty Grable legs and then some.
- Both Gloss and Cashmere of The Hunger Games are described as beautiful.
- Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice is this. Besides once inducing a man into sending her poetry, attracting Charles Bingley to herself, and being Mr Collins' first choice for wife, everybody acknowledges that she is the prettiest of the attractive Bennet sisters, and even Mr Darcy, who has never anything nice to say about anybody, is ready to honestly admit that she is very pretty (although she smiles too much).
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Discussing sex role play with Spike, Faith mentions this as a whack fantasy. Naturally it's revealed a certain crunchy granola girl has such three way vampire fantasies.
- In Happy Endings, This is the gang's reaction (even Max's) to Shershow's fiance, right after Penny says that anyone who would marry him must be 'busted in la fache'.
Max: Wow, Shershow, you hit it out of the park. She's both beautiful and says Honduras the fancy way.Penny: She's really pretty.Max: Pretty? I mean, she's a living doll. I am attracted to you-very much so. And I am a gay man.
- Angel: This was any red-blooded human's reaction to Gwen Raiden's entrance. This behavior is, however, Freudian, given that her powers ensure that she is a virgin - as she admits in "Players".
- Christa in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
- Gloria "Ripples" Brancusi, RN, from Trapper John MD is another sympathetic example.
- In Mad Men: Joan Holloway (played by Christina Hendricks), the bitchy, seductive secretary with the unbelievable body, who turns out to be both extremely bright and pragmatic enough to realize that her intelligence is going to do her exactly no good at all in the giant boys' club where she works.
- Bones: According to Booth, "There isn't a guy in this country who wouldn't want to have sex with Temperance Brennan, including half the gay men." Of course, it is Emily Deschanel.
- That '70s Show: Donna's mother, Pam, played by Brooke Shields. A particularly well-executed instance, in that the male characters react to her according to their individual personalities. When the Formans invite Pam and Bob over, Eric and Hyde dress up but coyly feign ignorance about her coming over; Red acts helpful to Pam while ignoring the other guests and even Kitty, and Kelso, in his usual style, bursts through the door shouting, "What's she wearing?"
- The first season of Mash had Nurse Cutler, whom Hawkeye and Trapper went to ludicrous and sometimes life-threatenening lengths to keep at the 4077.
- Jennifer Marlowe, WKRP in Cincinnati's receptionist.
- Will and Grace has Dr. Morty, played by Nicolette Sheridan. Grace mentions to Leo she is uncomfortable with him working with her. He responds that she's not his type, to which Grace immediately retorts, "Oh, please. She's everyone's type, hell, I'd do her."
- The Saturday Night Live character "Shanna" played by Kristin Wiig makes fun of this trope. She's a voluptuous secretary who speaks in a breathy Marilyn Monroe-like voice and the men in her office drool over her until she attempts to do something sexily. Instead of it being sexy it ends up being gross and weird. All the men are put off by her increasingly disgusting traits except the boss who grows more and more infatuated with her.
- In one episode Monica accidentally hires a hooker for Chandler, and Chandler and Joey answer the door for her. They both have a reaction that screams "Helllllllo Nurse!" Particularly Joey, as evidenced by his party favor.
- Monica and Ross's cousin (played by Denise Richards) gets this reaction from Chandler, Ross and Phoebe.
- While this isn't how she is normally perceived, Claire Bennet is hired by a comic book store for the obvious effect she will have on their clientele.
- Nurse Goodbody on Hee Haw.
- On Scrubs, we have Heather Locklear guest starring. Turk brings up a threeway ambition he's had for a while, and Carla doesn't mind the idea. Of course, she didn't realize he would actually ask Locklear.
- Cerie on 30 Rock. She is usually oblivious to her effect on everyone. Most of her wardrobe is ultra-mini skirts and shorts, and very revealing tops, which don't help. Liz tries to get her to wear more office-appropriate clothes... and eventually gives up.
- NCIS has pulled a "Hello Nurse" a few times by putting the normally rough-and-tumble Ziva into a bikini or a backless, slinky dress. But it kicks it up a notch in the episode in which Abby dresses like Marilyn Monroe, or any episode in which Abby is shown wearing mainstream business attire.
- Appears in American Chopper in the form of a custom-built ambulance motorcycle.
- Sarah Walker on Chuck has this effect on pretty much everyone. Ellie is practically giddy when she meets Chuck's gorgeous "girlfriend" for the first time, and especially early in the series many characters don't believe Chuck could possibly be dating someone like her.
- Kelly Bundy in Married... with Children. Pretty much every male on the show (except for her father and her brother) drools over her.
- Two from Diplomatic Immunity. First of all Jonah is caught secretly seeing an Eastern European woman called Svetlana. The word "hot" is used in almost every sentence referring to her. Kirsty is also this to the men belonging to the CBOB Church - something she is not happy about as they propose to her every year.
- In the 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother, MacLaren's hired an attractive female bartender which caused all the guys (except Marshall) to have the hots on her which made Robin jealous. Barney wants to bed her only to find out that she hates dating suit wearers because her ex-boyfriends wear them. Robin theorised it was solely because she was a cute girl behind a bar. When she went behind the bar to prove a point, she had this effect on the customers too.
- Dorothy of Oz: Selluriah's Witch form tends to elicit this reaction from people. Indigo is pretty much the only male in the series to witness it and not melt into a puddle on the floor. Though it's implied that this is only because he's seen it so many times it no longer has a noticeable effect on him.
- Nurse Rosetta, the title character of a song from Alice Cooper's From the Inside album.
- Doctor Steel has "Nurses" (members of his Army of Toy Soldiers that dress in sexy nurse uniforms) attend him—both on stage and other public appearances and in several of his videos.
- The song "Brain Damage", from Eminem's first commercial album The Slim Shady LP, gives us the line, "Teacher, teacher! Quick, I need a naked nurse!"
- The music video for "As Good As I Once Was" by Toby Keith. The final scene sees Keith—playing a bar patron socked by a giant muscle man during a barroom brawl—in the back of an ambulance, tended to by a sexy female paramedic. Keith tries to pinch her behind before he ultimately passes out; the final moments of the video are seen from Keith's perspective, with the screen turning blurry before going black as he slowly loses consciousness, the medic the last thing he sees.
- The song Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On in spades. The girl in the song causes traffic jams while wearing blue jeans!
- The Brazilian Bossa Nova song "The Girl From Ipanema" is precisely about a girl that doesn't even realize that she's turning heads as she walks.
- Pretty much any woman in Professional Wrestling who doesn't look masculine. Female managers and valets are known to take advantage of this by using their... assets to Distract their client's opponents (and the refs), allowing their client to get the win.
- Recently done quite literally in New Japan Pro Wrestling by Yujiro Takahashi, who has taken on a sleazy womanising gimmick that sees him walk to the ring with two models dressed in skimpy nurse outfits.
- Rayna Von Tosh of SHIMMER managed to inspire this reaction with her burlesque pin-up gimmick. Within two appearances she already had the crowd chanting "R-V-T!" repeatedly. It seems Even the Girls Want Her too.
Allison Danger: Rayna I'm happily married but Mazel Tov to ya
- Sable was the first of these in modern professional wrestling. She was the first woman to ever become insanely popular just because of her breathtaking beauty. She was also one of the Trope Codifiers for Smurfette Breakout as her popularity eclipsed that of her husband.
- Debra was another. She was the one the Unusual Euphemism "Puppies" was about. She would receive standing ovations simply for walking down the entrance aisle. When she was forced by match stipulation to perform a striptease she had the crowd in the palm of her hand.
- Trish Stratus was this before she had entered a wrestling company. WWE and WCW had a bidding war to try and get her to join them. The extent of this was so huge that at her Hall of Fame induction, when she mentioned her husband, the fans in attendance booed (at the idea that Trish was no longer available).
- Stacy Keibler was rarely pushed in a wrestling capacity but she would always receive monstrous pops simply from walking down the entrance ramp (and giving a little Panty Shot as part of her ring entrance). All down to her stunning beauty. She plays the female bartender listed in the How I Met Your Mother example above.
- Kelly Kelly was another who provoked this reaction, as her first gimmick was that of a stripteaser. She was Jerry Lawler's favourite Diva and he would always go wild whenever she walked out.
- Nymphs in Dungeons & Dragons are so beautiful that merely looking at them can make you go blind. Or in some editions, dead! (In some cases, looking at a clothed nymph will blind you, while looking at a nude one can kill you.) Most women require an extra step.
- You can play as one in the Old World of Darkness since Appearance is an attribute measured from 1 to 5. One is ugly, two is average, three is the pinnacle of mortal beauty. You can take it up 4 (legendary) and 5 (impossibly beautiful). In Exalted, you can take this to ten. The sight of which would probably kill mere mortals.
- The New World of Darkness dropped the Appearance attribute, but, seemingly, replaced it with Presence which has a similar concept but it does not refer to your physical appearance but to your allure. They do have the Striking Looks merit however.
- SNK vs. Capcom's TCG has this as a reaction card. It has Morrigan Aensland in a nurse outfit similar to the one she uses in Super Gem Fighter.
- The Sexy Secretary Hedy LaRue from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is this in every sense. From the total meltdowns of the male cast members who see her Sexy Walk to only wanting the—technically not—Chaste Hero. A Crowning Moment of Funny happens when she traps him so he has to kiss her or lose his job, and once he does he realizes that he's in love with the female lead who'd been previously practically throwing herself at him without him really noticing, during the kiss. (At which point Hedy seems genuinely pleased for him!)
- The nurse, naturally enough, in the Doctor's Office sketch from Oh! Calcutta!.
- Stupefyin' Jones in the musical version of Li'l Abner, (along with the film adaptation, in both cases originally played by Julie Newmar) whose sex appeal is so devastating that she's classified as munitions.
- Morrigan Aensland, the flirty succubus from Darkstalkers. Cat Girl Felicia also qualifies from her Stripperific appearance and added that she's an exotic battle dancer from Vegas to boot.
- Zevran's reaction to a female player character in Dragon Age: Origins suggests this.
- Marjolaine has this effect on Leliana's male teammates in the opening of the DLC Leliana's Song. Partially justified by her training as a bard.
- Sheena Fujibayashi from Tales of Symphonia, of the oblivious or unwilling to exploit it type. (It is implied she is a virgin.) In fact, she tends to get violently defensive whenever anyone (especially Zelos) starts mentioning her looks. True to trope, the only person whose attentions she wouldn't mind would be Lloyd's—who for the most part wouldn't know romance if it came along and struck him hard in the head.
- To a lesser extent, Raine Sage, who has a fanclub in her hometown of Iselia.
- Disgaea has this as a gameplay element:
- In the first game, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Jennifer, Hyper-Competent Sidekick of Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth!, is sufficiently sexy enough to make the protagonist literally allergic to her. This affects his fighting capabilities... negatively.
- Disgaea 2 has Rozalin, who buffs the power of male units surrounding her.
- Disgaea 3 added Sapphire, who powers up male allies much like Rozalin, and Master Big Star, who can get an evility which lets him power up female allies.
- Disgaea 4 has Vulcanus/Artina the busty thief angel who, just like her predecessors, makes the male units surrounding her stronger.
- Disgaea 5 has Seraphina's Balor Gaze, an overload power that charms all male enemies in range for one turn.
- In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, every support conversation involving Nephenee or Lucia includes someone telling them how beautiful they are.
- Honorable mention goes to Reina Mayuzumi from Trauma Center (more specifically, Under The Knife 2).
- Sadly, her beauty was, in many ways, only skin deep. In fact, she turned into a crippled old lady once the GUILT she knowingly and willingly incubated in her body became active.
- Litchi Faye-Ling from BlazBlue. On top of being a doctor/nurse, her assistant says everyone in Orient Town is crazy about her, and let's not even talk about how crazy Bang Shishigami is towards her. Well, judging on how she looks, who'd blame her? It helps that she's a genuinely kind person.
- Krystal from the Star Fox series. When the protagonist, Fox McCloud sees her for the very first time, he is mesmerized by her beauty (with Sexophone as background music even), needing a comms buzz from Peppy in order to pull him out of it. She later becomes part of the team, and returns Fox's affections, resulting in plenty of Unresolved Sexual Tension between her and Fox, with mixes of She Is Not My Girlfriend, Everyone Can See It, and My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That. They later become a couple.
- Ellis has this reaction to Zoey in Left 4 Dead 2. Somewhat ironic in the beaten up Zoey had just come through the Zombie Apocalypse and wasn't exactly looking her best. But she was one of the only two women left in the world, so Ellis didn't have much to chose from. She was still pretty fucking gorgeous◊ despite going through an apocalypse, though.
- Silvia from the The Act although (one of the male doctors berates her for letting Edgar in the hospital outside of visiting hours)
- In nearly every Suikoden series, barring the first, everyone is crazy about the beautiful skimpy runemistress Jeane. This is later semi-justified that on her body is a rune called "Charm Rune" which made those near her swoon over her. The reason why she's not like that in the first game was because Suikoden was still a fledging series and her Ms. Fanservice and Hello Nurse status haven't been capitalized.
- If the Warden is female in Dragon Age: Origins, she's this trope. Several of the NPCs comment very admiringly on how beautiful she is, particularly if she's the human noble.
- Valentine in Skullgirls causes this a lot, even causing Peacock to quote the trope name verbatim upon seeing her.
- Dahlia Hawthorne in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations. She's actually a near-demonic psychopath. She elicits the effect by being small and delicate, rather than sexy, though.
- Mia Fey, having the advantage of a bigger bust than both Dahlia and April, gets quite a bit of this too from characters such as Larry, Gumshoe, and Victor Kudo, especially when Maya or Pearl is channeling her.
- Questionable Content references this trope in-universe when Faye goes to look something up for Sven and notices his browser history.
- Dominic Deegan: Oracle For Hire had a plot arc called "Hello Nurse!" in which "plain" nurse Pamela Chayler (who was really Beautiful All Along) gets a makeover in hopes of attracting Gregory Deegan's attention. Of course, when she opens the door in her sexy new outfit, she finds not Gregory but a troop of horny slaughterball players.
- In Ménage à 3, DiDi is a walking mass of breasts, lips and legs (especially breasts). Wherever she goes, whatever she does, all men are staring at her. Basically every character in the strip wants her or at least acknowledges her attractiveness.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! has Princess Voluptua. It's worth remembering that her appearance is an illusion and she is actually a giant alien butterfly, and also that she is arguably the most mature member of the cast. (At several centuries old, she oughta be.) But still...!
- No Need for Bushido uses this line in regards to Matrix showing up in an actual nurses outfit here.
- Monique from Sinfest. She thoroughly enjoys the attention she gets most of the time, and isn't above using it either. However, she is occasionally distressed that men only want her for her body.
- Madame Louisa Dem Five from Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire. Quoth herself,
Louisa Dem Five: I cause so many moral crises that the Slag Bah consider me a religion.
- For Distracterella of League of Super Redundant Heroes, it's her main (and only) superpower. That, and wearing just Body Paint and pasties.
- Eerie Cuties: In-univese, Layla is such a hottie that she's both a Dude Magnet and a chick magnet! So much so, that when the guys at school thought she was a lesbian, it literally had them in tears lamenting they'd never have the chance to be with her. She's also garnered a canonical lesbian crush from Brooke, who secretly nurses unrequited feelings for her and a group of girls actually took her to the prom.
- Magick Chicks actually uses this as a plot point, concerning the reason so many girls lust after Faith: on a subconscious level, she wanted to be loved, so her psychic powers sync'd with the school to ensure she would be. Thus reshaping it in her image. In other words: Faith quite literally oozes sex appeal.
- Fey at the Super Hero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe. Not only possessed of the beauty of the Sidhe, but also having a Faerie glamour that (at the start of the series) she cannot turn off—though she later damps it down. Slightly.
- Vet-sama from the hilariously terrible YouTube Fanime, Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls , parodies this trope. She's meant to be attractive, and the other characters behave as if she is. The male ones, anyway.
- Eric Schwartz's made-on-the-Amiga Amy the Squirrel series of animated shorts (would be web-original, but they predate the web, having been made in The '80s) is possibly an inspiration for Minerva Mink. Amy's still around in the Sabrina Online comic.
- Viewable here. (Sadly that is the original sound quality.)
- In Return of the Cartoon Man, Valerie becomes this type of character following her transformation.
- Deconstructed in RWBY. You'd think if any character qualified for this, it would be Pyrrha, Yang or Blake. Nope. It's Weiss who gets the most attention of boys out of the female cast, and while Weiss certainly does have her own charms, a lot of it is really down to her stigma as an heiress. Weiss is fully aware of the attention she keeps getting and why it keeps coming her way, and doesn't like it at all, even rejecting Jaune's advances out of belief that he's only after her for her name and the fortune tied with it (tragically for poor Jaune, this is not the case).
- Francine Smith in American Dad!. In the episode "Rubberneckers " Stan call in Francine as a witness and she arrives in a racy dress. As she walks towards the front, she catches the eye of every man present and Stan calls them on it.
- Minerva Mink and Hello Nurse from Animaniacs, the source of the trope name. (Hello Nurse herself fills the role of Hospital Hottie as well, though she doesn't have a hospital to heat up.)
- A male nurse is also introduced at one point to get this reaction out of the Warner Sister, Dot, proving that this trope can indeed cross the gender barrier.
- Minerva Mink is also a prime example of the variant in which the one guy who has the same effect on her that she has on men is completely uninterested.
- An episode that parodied Star Trek had Not!Spock mindmeld with Wakko. The mindmeld caused Not!Spock to temporarily absorb some of Wakko's traits. When he sees Not!Uhura he immediately has this reaction.
- Huntress in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. She apparently fits this trope so well, that Blue Beetle can't stop drooling over her, even in the middle of combat. However, anytime he sees her in danger, it stirs him back into action.
- Betty Boop got this reaction in most of her cartoons before the Hays Code kicked in.
- Panthy from El Arca. A very busty, very curvy, Panther babe who is introduced in much the same way that Jessica Rabbit is and whose role in the story consists of seducing the Idiot Hero, so that the villain can take over. Oh and she is seen during the end musical number, dancing in a cage.
- The Fairly OddParents:
- The Tooth fairy. She's so attractive, even Cosmo drools over her.
- Trixie, although Timmy's the only one in the show who seems attracted to her.
- Subverted with Princess Mandie. Despite her beauty, Mark and his people actually think that she's ugly.
- I Am Weasel : Loulabelle, Weasel's assistant, who usually dresses as a nurse. Her debut was in the season 2 episode, "I.R. Mommy".
- Referenced in Moral Orel, when Principal Fakey says "Hello Nurse!" to his love interest, Nurse Bendy.
- One of the most famous animated examples is Tex Avery's "Red Hot Riding Hood".
- The Mask recreates the nightclub scene nearly in full, complete with Looney Tunes effects. This is appropriate, since it is a "live-action cartoon".
- Miss Vavoom from Tom And Jerry Kids that usually appears in Droopy's shorts is also inspired by her. No wonder she makes everyone who see her have a Wild Take!
- In South Park, Bebe gets this treatment for the episode "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society". By the end of the episode, the boys realize they can't let breasts control them.
- Smurfette in The Smurfs, after her magical makeover in the cartoon show, elicits this response in her fellow Smurfs. And in a single-page comic book gag, she actually became a nurse.
- Tripping the Rift: On one planet, T'Nuk (since the locals REALLY like legs, and she's got four of them, "and no gag reflex"). She also claims to be considered this among her own species.
- Emma Frost from Wolverine and the X-Men has this reaction upon her introduction.
- The title character from Stripperella. Whenever she dances at the strip club where she works, the men watching go crazy with lust. And at one point, a guy sitting next to the stage actually catches on fire because she's so hot. In another episode, Stripperella is being interviewed on a talk show, and the hostess repeatedly talks about how hot Striperella is and hints that she wants to have sex with her.
In general, female celebrities, too numerous to list (See the Film and Live-Action TV sections above again for some examples), are well known to have this effect on males. Here are some specifics:
- Scarlett Johansson reportedly had this effect on the film crew the first time she walked on the set of Iron Man 2 in her Black Widow Spy Catsuit. She literally caused production to stop entirely for several minutes and the cast and crew could only stare at her.
- Judith Ridley who played Judy in the original Night of the Living Dead (1968) enchanted the filmmakers so much with her beauty and photogenic-ness, that they created the character just to put her in the film.
- Whichever young actress/model/singer is being promoted as Hollywood's newest It Girl will inspire this reaction from the public. Or not, the Hollywood Hype Machine is a fickle thing.
- Rachel Stevens of S Club 7. She was the only member of the band that didn't have to audition to get in. She was spotted in her modelling agency and asked to come into the studio to record a demo tape. She found out she had been accepted within two weeks while the rest of the group weren't chosen until after about six months of auditions. It's no wonder Rachel was promoted as the Girl Next Door and Ms. Fanservice simultaneously. Of course it probably helped that the girl could actually sing but still...