Perhaps it's their ability to uncover the truth about evil goings-on. Perhaps it's their brilliant research skills. More likely, it's a desire to do an exposé on them, finding out just what is under that lovely blouse.
Journalists who are attractive, basically.
A popular character in action movies and cop shows, as it's a good way to introduce a love interest who has a plausible reason for following the hero into danger. Sometimes overlaps with Action Girl
, though it predates the latter trope's popularity by a good many decades, as it was more acceptable for a woman to be a nosy Boswell than a butt-kicking Battle Babe.
Common characteristics of attractive female journalists are an abundance of "moxie"
, with "gams-a-plenty" or "legs from here to Kalamazoo".
Can overlap with School Newspaper Newshound
if it's set in a school. See also Intrepid Reporter
and Going for the Big Scoop
... which is not about dating the reporter, but their tendency to seek out danger.
While generally good(ish), a minority of these characters turn out to be true villains. Generally this sort overlaps with The Vamp
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Anime and Manga
- Kazumi Asakura from Mahou Sensei Negima!. Always out for the latest scoop and never short of bare skin to show.
- Ketsuno Ana from Gintama, a news reporter that Gintoki adores. Her name is homonymous to the japanese word for anus.
- In Code Geass R2, Milly Ashford has the large chest in the series, provides lot of fanservice in most of the Bonus Material, and becomes a hot TV host and news anchor after graduation.
- Partially, Miyako Sakuragawa from Private Prince. She's pretty and busty, but her very relaxed fashion sense doesn't remark on this.
- Lois Lane, main love interest of Superman, who may be one of the earliest examples of the trope.
- Iris West and Linda Park from The Flash. Both were reporters, love interests, and later wives of the second and third incarnations of the Flash respectively.
- Sundra Peale from Nexus. Her job, at least initially, is as a reporter for Binary Information Access Systems sent to interview Nexus, and she is also extremely beautiful and becomes Nexus' lover. It turned out that she was actually a spy, and working as a reporter was just her cover identity. Nipsy Conniption is a more amoral example of this type, being a beautiful but unethical journalist.
- Rick Horne in Harvey Comics Black Cat was a male example, being an intrepid newspaper journalist and radio reporter, as well as Black Cat's boyfriend.
- Photo journalist Vicky Vale in the 1989 Batman movie is the main female lead and love interest.The villain, The Joker, becomes obsessed with her.
- Bridget Jones becomes this trope when she is hired at "Sit Up Britain" and was even lampshaded when she is promoted as the Distaff Counterpart to the "Smooth Guide."
- Katie Holmes' character in Thank You For Smoking used her attractiveness to get an exclusive interview with Nick Naylor.
- The Vanity Fair reporter in Iron Man. This is the only reason Tony Stark talks to her in the first place.
Do you ever lose an hour's sleep? Stark:
I could lose a few with you.
[Cut To Sex
- Summer, one of the potential love interests for the main character in Definitely, Maybe.
- In the action movie Metro (1997) the main character, Scott Roper, is dating a British photojournalist, Veronica "Ronnie" Tate.
- Martha Hackett (played by Marisa Tomei) in The Paper. Is a reporter for the eponymous newpaper, and is beautiful (did we mention she's played by Marisa Tomei?). When she phones her editor/husband with an actual hot scoop, he asks her "What are you wearing?"
- Hildy Johnson, the female lead of His Girl Friday is an attractive reporter.
- Kimberly Wells in The China Syndrome. Deconstructed in a way, as her sexist boss relegates her to fluff pieces due to her attractiveness, never giving her the much-desired chance to cover serious news.
- Lexie in Leatherheads, who almost immediately becomes the object of a love triangle with Dodge and Carter.
- Reporter Irene Beltrán from Of Love And Shadows, who is described as very beautiful - certainly enough so that Fransisco is enchanted when they first meet.
- The Man Who Brought The Dodgers Back To Brooklyn:
- The narrator wastes no time in telling us about how attractive female reporter Oran Ellis is, and explains that her good looks (and moxie) were why he first approached her.
- Also a female reporter named Patty Sides, who is described as nothing more than a bleached-blonde bubblehead with a low neckline exposing cleavage. The trope is discussed because of Patty; Oran rants about how, from an insider perspective, television news prefers looks over honest and intelligent journalism.
Live Action TV
- There's Fanservice first, news second Naked News, "the program with nothing to hide". Its attractive female anchors perform stripteases as they present the news, and often tape segments at nude beaches and resorts, and even on the streets interviewing pedestrians, since it is legal to be topless in Canada.
- Sloan Sabbith from The Newsroom. She's hired explicitly for her looks, though she does have two PhDs; Mackenzie admits that she'd be passing over better-qualified economists who aren't as hot, but also assures Sloan that she wouldn't hire her if she weren't qualified as well as attractive.
- Hannibal has the intrepid Freddie Lounds, who's certainly looks-wise a cut above her male counterpart in the books. She's still an unscrupulous tabloid reporter, and still a real dick.
- Beth Turner in Moonlight, a hot young blonde who's always on the scene. In the pilot, she even makes a comment to the cameraman about needing her "money shot" and then immediately realizing that she has already become a media whore.
- Miss Chambers in Series/Babylon5 Lost Tales deliberately puts her tiny camera lens next to her cleavage to ensure her male (and married) interview subject (John Sheridan) will be looking at the camera. She tells him this outright when he asks where the camera is.
- How I Met Your Mother: Robin Scherbatsky, even to the point of being a Proud Beauty. Though she stars off on lousy morning news shows, she does end up at 24 hour network WWN.
- Andrea Skopcova from Cases of the 1st Department is a very attractive TV reporter, specializing in yellow journalism and crime. She is a single mother of two and secretly dates cptn. Petr Andel who works at the homicide department. She's slightly unusual in that she has a mole in the Police Department who gives her information on open cases, and her segments on the news often complicate investigation. She is also willing to make morally wrong reports, like accusing an honest cop of being dirty. She did it because her boss was not satisfied with her work that has been portraying the Police as helpful public service.
- Hector from The Hour, who was chosen over Freddie because of his looks and charisma, despite Freddie being a far more qualified journalist. While Herctor is hardly unqualified, he is no Freddie-reveals-a-government-consiparcy-per-season-Lyon.
- Rebecca Chang from Dead Rising 2. Most of her introductory cutscenes consist of her waving her butt and tits in the hero's face while going on about Going for the Big Scoop. This may or may not have multiple meanings.
- Kate Lockwell in StarCraft II, later promoted to lead anchor. Apparently the Crown Prince has a crush on her.
- Aya Shameimaru from Touhou, the cute one-girl newspaper reporting/writing/publishing Tengu of Gensokyo, as well as her newcomer rival Hatate.
- Elena Fisher from Uncharted: Drake's Fortune female lead and love interest for the main character Nathan.
- Carol from El Goonish Shive. In her first story arc, she even complains about the short skirts required by her station's dress code.
- April O'Neil from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon (pictured in the page image) has had Donatello, Michelangelo, Vernon, Rat King, and Shredder lusting after her at various times, Depending on the Writer.
- Daisy Duck in Quack Pack attracts attention from more would-be suitors than just Donald, leading to several episodes where Donald is actively competing for her affection with other characters.