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 exposť 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.]
- Vicki Vale, particularly/ridiculously with Frank Miller's All Star Batman and Robin take on her.
- 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.
- 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 1. 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.
- 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.
Live Action TV
- And then of course 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 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.
- 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.
- On WordGirl, the title character has a crush on Todd "Scoops" Ming. Of course, fifth-grade boys aren't exactly the norm for this trope.
- An early Family Guy episode gave Meg a crush on the local anchor Tom Tucker.