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Impossible Hourglass Figure
aka: Hourglass Hottie
"How'd you come up with the [bottle's] design?"
"It just came to me, from who knows where!"

A woman in comics or cartoons doesn't have ribs like a real actress does. Thus she can easily have a far narrower waist than would be possible with even the strictest of corsets - and usually without even wearing one!

A woman with an Impossible Hourglass Figure has generous curves, with an impossibly narrow waist as an unproblematic part of how she just happens to look. Thus taking the classic "hourglass figure" beauty ideal Up to Eleven. She's always designed to be attractive, even in the cases where she's not Ms. Fanservice or Hello, Nurse!: Monsters with insect-like narrow waists do not count, even if the shape reminds of an hourglass.

For more realistic hourglass figures, see instead Of Corsets Sexy and Of Corset Hurts. Compare Hartman Hips; contrast Pettanko (which is what most Hollywood Thin women are without the help of padded bras or implants; the female breast is largely fat when not nursing).


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Miss Doublefinger from One Piece.
    • Not to mention Boa Hancock, Nico Robin, and Nami, for starters, or for that matter pretty much every single female in the entire universe who is not horrendously obese. One would get the idea that this is one of the author's many fancies.
  • Similar to the One Piece example we have several female characters from Fairy Tail and Rave Master. Mashima states that he actually doesn't find it especially appealing and he mainly uses the design to please young male fans.
    • As of 2013-2014, Hiro has lessened this trope, giving the girls larger breasts, but a more curvy figure and a evened out midsection.
  • The Gender flipped version of America in Axis Powers Hetalia.
  • Quite a few of the female characters have this type of figure in Code Geass, most notably Kallen and Milly.

  • Winx Club is notorious for these. All females have impossible waists (yes, even the elderly), and in the case of those of the characters who are supposed to be young and attractive, one finds oneself wondering if their waists could even accommodate both the spine and a single pass of intestine, diaphragm and all those pesky not-liver organs be damned.
    • In the entire universe. Only 'one' character is not built like this, and she is 'supposed' to be ugly.
  • Madame Mirage was specifically designed in-universe to have this body type — her real identity is a small, athletic blonde with a body as flat as a board from every angle, so (with the help of hologram technology) she disguises as a tall, "impossibly-endowed brunette" based on her dead sister. It's also hinted that there's at least some degree of wish fulfillment behind the Madame Mirage persona's appearance.

    Fashion Design 
  • This Stella McCartney dress creates the optical illusion that the wearer has one of these.
  • Fashion from Victorian Britain seems to have been striving towards this at times, with all the corsets and padding and whatnot.
  • Barbie is notorious for this. The reason this is under fashion design: the narrow waist is allegedly intended to compensate for the heavy seams in such small clothing. Whether this is actually true or not, around 2000 Mattel chose to switch to a wider waist design.

  • ANY DISNEY PRINCESS. (Or any Disney female who isn't explicitly unattractive or a young girl.)
    • Princess Jasmine from Aladdin.
    • Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
    • Four of the muses and Aphrodite, from Hercules, have waists so tiny they could probably wrap one hand around them. Oddly enough, Megara ends up with Hartman Hips, despite being the only female to make use of her womanly charms.
  • Holli Would from Cool World.
  • Miss Forcible, in her youth, and the Other Miss Forcible from the film version of Coraline
  • The evil stepmother Frieda from Happily N'Ever After.
  • Francesca from Mad Monster Party.
  • Sita from Sita Sings the Blues.
  • Mad Madame Mim sports this when she makes herself pretty in The Sword in the Stone.
  • Mrs. Toad From Thumbelina who has huge Non-Mammal Mammaries on top of a near nonexistent waist, and wide hips to match.
  • Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit is more one of the more famous and extreme cases of this trope. She was originally designed with more (relatively speaking) realistic proportions, but the creators decided that they wanted an unrealistic quality about her sexiness. She's a toon, after all.
    • The cosplayer Yaya Han made an excellent Jessica Rabbit outfit with a steel-boned corset, two push-up bras, and a bustle, and she still couldn't match Jessica Rabbit's canonical measurements.
  • The famous unfinished animated film The Thief and the Cobbler provides a pretty remarkable example.

  • Deconstructed in Body By Harmani. The woman had herself genetically altered to have a designer's body. One of the alternations involve this. Unfortunately, it's dangerous to her health since her internal organs are wedged in tight and she has to do constant exercises just to move at all.

    Live Action Television 
  • An episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actually deconstructs this trope. Dennis takes up fashion designing, and specifically designs his clothes for someone with an Hourglass figure. Of course, since no one in real life actually has one...

    Newspaper Comics 
  • All the women in Li'l Abner, except Mammy Yokum.

  • The woman standing next to Spock on the playfield for Bally's Star Trek pinball has a waist only slightly wider than her head.

    Video Games 
  • Vivi from Brain Dead 13.
  • Valentina from Super Mario RPG, who has about the same proportions as her martini glass she's always carrying and is one of the few Mario characters with noticeable breasts.
  • The F-Zero series has two: Mrs. Arrow (debuting in X) and Princia Ramode (GX/AX).
  • Grunty from Banjo-Kazooie's Game Over screen.
  • The Dark Queen from Battletoads.
  • Jessica Albert in Dragon Quest VIII. Ditto for the elf maiden Rajah and the Witch-type enemies.
  • Veran from The Legend of Zelda Oracle games.
  • Both Ringford Queen Elfaria and Queen Odette from Odin Sphere have pencil thin waists sandwiched in between huge breasts and wide hips. In Queen Odette's case it makes sense considering aside from the breasts she is literately just skin and bone.
  • Lara Croft was one of these in the early installment of the Tomb Raider franchise, though her character design in later installments have been progressively averting this trope by widening her waist and shrinking her breasts. Since Tomb Raider Underworld, she now has a realistic hourglass figure. In Tomb Raider (2013), she looks even more normal.
  • Iroha from Samurai Shodown.
  • Sarah and Vanessa of the Virtua Fighter series.
  • Taldeer, Macha, and the unnamed Farseers in the first Dawn of War game.
  • The beautiful Queen of Tumblers Salina from Drakensang.
  • Most females from the Shantae series, including the titular protagonist.
  • Morgan LeFlay from Tales of Monkey Island.
  • Suzy from Tonic Trouble.
  • Solange, the protagonist from Code of Princess.
  • Betilla and the rest of the nymph sisters of Rayman Origins surely fit this trope. Fortunately they've got wings, otherwise they'd probably snap right in half.
  • Almost everyone, in The World Ends with You has a pretty thin physique. Yes, even the some of the boys, including the main protagonist Neku.
    • It only becomes even more noticeable when the main cast appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance]. Though still heavily stylized, Sora and Riku's proportions aren't nearly as extreme, making Neku and some of his friends look downright anorexic. It's arguably even weirder considering the characters for both games were designed by the the same guy.
  • Aeon from Skullgirls takes this trope to extreme levels where her midsection is literally a hourglass.
  • Barbie in Barbie Super Model has a perfect, impossible figure. Well, it is a Barbie game, after all.
  • The weapons select screen for Mass Effect 3 reveal that quarian women don't have Hartman Hips, but have this instead; Tali's hips are not significantly wider than Fem!Shep's or any other female squadmate's hips, but her hourglass figure is much narrower.
  • The Sorceress from Dragon's Crown is the shapeliest of the three female playable characters.
  • Candy Kong is noticeably the only Kong with this body type, bordering right into Fanservice.
  • All the main girls of Roommates have extremely slim waists, slim-to-moderately-curvy hips, and enormous breasts. Exactly how thin their waists are varies, from Sally and Isabella being Hollywood Thin to Anne being downright anorexic everywhere but her chest. Your Hollywood Pudgy classmate Carmen is the only one whose body even begins to look like it ought to have such a large bra size, but she's only a minor character.


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