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In showbiz, you have the male performer and his lovely assistant.

A Lovely Assistant is just that, an attractive young woman who assists the performer or primary host. This can be by fetching things, being the object of whatever the performer is to do, giving out prizes, handling the lottery equipment, distracting the audience's attention away from a magician's skullduggery, or doing minor performances herself.

But primarily, her job is to [[MsFanservice look good, strike attractive]] poses, and give the performer room to do his thing. The clothing can vary from modest but sexy to outright {{Stripperiffic}}.

A variation appears in a StageMagician's show, where there are practical reasons for small, female assistants in tight-fitting clothes. Some physical-displacement type tricks (moving boxes, sawing a person in half) require the person to be quite small in order to fit into the device (most magic equipment is designed for an assistant who's 5′2″ tall). The same is true of quick-change acts, where the model must be small enough to wear many layers of trick clothing without appearing bulky. In these cases the "assistant" is an integral part of the act who requires skill and training, but plays off the audience expectations that she is nothing but eye candy in order to set up the trick and make the magician look impressive. A lot of them are also twins, [[MakingUseOfTheTwin for various purposes]].

Some common roles of the Lovely Assistant are as co-host of a game show, a StageMagician's assistant or object for tricks, or the target of a KnifeThrowingAct.

Compare BridgeBunnies and {{Foil}}. See also DistractedByTheSexy, which is one of their main roles. Almost AlwaysFemale (even if the magician is female herself).


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': StageMagician Arkana was in love with his Lovely Assistant, Catherine, and they were engaged--before his disfiguring accident. Although Catherine still loved him, Arkana pushed her away. He later regretted his choice and fell in with Marik when he promised he could restore Catherine to him.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Bob Banter (Tsugio Kanda) has a deck that turns the duel into a game show with himself as the host and his opponent as the contestant. Two copies of the monster [[PlayboyBunny Gamble Angel Bunny]] appear as the gameshow's lovely assistants.
* In the original ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' series, Misty/Kasumi gets roped once into becoming this after the former assistant quit. The [[WomanInWhite white outfit]] she wore is now featured as one of the pictures for GettingCrapPastTheRadar... [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/misty_may_001.jpg well, see the reason why.]]
* In ''Anime/DeathParade'', Kurokami Onna (Black-haired Woman) serves as this to Decim.
* They're not magicians, but one of the recurring characters in ''Manga/SketDance'', Enigman, is a Quiz master who is always accompanied by his beautiful assistent, Quecchon.

[[folder:Comic Book]]
* In ''ComicBook/BlackCanary and ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}: Bloodspell'', the eponymous heroines [[http://blackcanaryfan.blogspot.com/2014/06/black-canary-zatanna-bloodspell-part-3.html need to go undercover in Vegas,]] and Zatanna changes Canary's appearance so she can be the lovely assistant. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yU14dykVgUM/U46ILnm5q8I/AAAAAAAAFT4/9YXZQq1ODz4/s1600/BCZpage69.jpg The outfit includes a short black feather skirt with a matching feather boa.]]
* ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} herself used to act as [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/73/65/98/736598a99848297aa7fa6d8868ee7b66.jpg her father's assistant.]]
* ComicBook/{{Vampirella}} occasionally serves this role to her sidekick/trusted friend Pendragon, who works as a stage magician.
* ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch plays the LovelyAssistant to Harvey, when the latter tries his hands at [[StageMagician stage magic]]; he's rather bad at it, so Sabrina has to do the tricks for him. She would do this again in the [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch TV series]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': Willie Garvin sometimes takes a holiday by joining the circus he owns and doing a KnifeThrowingAct under the alias "El Casador". Sometimes Modesty joins him as his lovely assistant "Conchita".

* From Creator/RowanAtkinson's bit "The Amazing Jesus":
-->''And there came unto him a woman called Mary who had seen the Lord and believed, and Jesus said unto her, "Put on a tutu and lie down in this box." And then took he forth a saw and cleft her in twain, and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But Jesus said, "O ye of little faith," and he threw open the box and lo, Mary was whole. And the crowd went absolutely bananas. And Jesus and Mary took a big bow, and he said unto her, "From now on you shall be known as Sharon, for that is a good name for an assistant."''

* Olivia in ''Film/ThePrestige'' is this to both of the stage magicians involved (and has affairs with both of them). Angier's wife was also this. Creator/MichaelCaine's character specifically mentions their importance as an on-stage distraction.
* The song "Eglantine" in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' is Mr. Browne asking [[CuteWitch Miss Price]] to be ''his'' lovely assistant for magic shows... and the one actually doing the magic. Not only does she realize he's trying to exploit her, she's a bit annoyed with [[LastNameBasis his casual use of her first name]].
* On ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'' Henly used to be this for Daniel until he called her fat and she left and started her own solo act as an EscapeArtist.
* Subverted -- or at least complicated -- in the early scenes of ''Film/GunCrazy''. Laurie uses a female assistant in her sharpshooting act; the assistant wears a more feminine costume than Laurie, but is older than her and less conventionally attractive.

[[folder:Game Shows (Fictional and Nonfictional)]]
* Vanna White of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', and the former TropeNamer. She wasn't the first letter-turner on the show (Susan Stafford was), but her iconic nature in the wake of ''Wheel''[='s=] 1980s success has made her a quintessential example of this trope.
** So quintessential, in fact, that the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit]] [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/White_v._Samsung_Electronics_America,_Inc./Panel_Opinion awarded damages to White]] in a suit against Samsung over an early '90s commercial in which a robot was on ''Wheel'' turning the letters ([[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in 2012]]) on the grounds that the robot was sufficiently similar to her to infringe on her life rights. [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/White_v._Samsung_Electronics_America,_Inc./En_banc_Opinion (The great wit of the 9th Circuit, Judge Alex Kozinski, wrote a famous and actually pretty funny opinion arguing this a bit much.)]]
* Similarly, the late Adriana Xenides, "co-host" of the Australian ''Wheel'' from the first episode in July 1981 until November 1996, when due to severe illness, she had to leave; and from July 1997 until June 1999 after recovering. When she left, Adriana was the longest-serving female co-host of a game show; now Vanna holds that record.
* Since the 2001-02 season, ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' has had the Clue Crew, a team of assistants (two female, one male) who present pre-recorded visuals on some clues.
* Some shows had male Vannas, such as Joe Alaskey on ''Series/CouchPotatoes'' and Dan the Centurian on ''Series/CaesarsChallenge''.
* ''Series/{{Lingo}}'' tried to subvert this by having main host Chuck Woolery act TheFool and set up beautiful co-host Shandi Finnessey as [[TheSmartGuy the smart one]]. It...[[DumbBlonde didn't really work]].
* Barker's Beauties in ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' (after Drew Carey took Bob Barker's place, they started simply being referred to by name).
** In late 2012 the show broke its AlwaysFemale mold by hiring their first male model -- although they had been having male celebrities as "guest" models for some time prior (including a contestant who [[BrickJoke joked about being one on his shirt]])
* Carol Vorderman from ''Series/{{Countdown}}'' was picked for her ability to solve the Numbers Game in her head practically every time as much as for her ability to stand around pinning letters to boards.
** In the British comedy PanelShow ''Series/WouldILieToYou'', Carol stated that she played games for most of the 30 seconds of the Numbers Round because [[GoodWithNumbers she'd already solved it]].
** Since Carol left the show, her (younger, taller, blonder and cheaper) replacement Rachel Riley has taken the role.
** Though many years before, back in the '80s, solving the numbers game and checking the contestants' answers was Carol's only job. There were other assistants there to put up the letters and numbers tiles [[note]]variously including Cathy Hytner, Beverley Isherwood, Karen Loughlin and Lucy Summers[[/note]]- initially each of the games was done by two separate ladies but it soon became apparent this was too many...
* ''[[Series/{{Temptation 2007}} Temptation: The New Sale Of The Century]]'', used male models in an attempt to attract a middle-aged female demographic to the show. It didn't help that 99% of its contestants were female.
* Parodied by Creator/DavidLetterman's ShowWithinAShow "Will It Float?", with the hula-hoop girl and that chick wearing a steel bustier and a working metal grinder.
* Predating Vanna White in the United States was Carol Merrill, the sole model on the original ''Series/LetsMakeADeal''. The new version of ''Deal'' with Wayne Brady originally had Alison Fiori as the assistant, then Tiffany Coyne.
* Roxanne on the original CBS version of ''Series/BeatTheClock''.
* MTV's ''Series/RemoteControl'' had a new one for just about every season.
* First Creator/JennyMcCarthy and then Carmen Electra on MTV's dating game show ''Singled Out''.
* The original ''{{Series/Concentration}}'' had Paola Diva as its prize model, and ''Classic Concentration'' had Diana Taylor and Marjorie Goodson-Cutt.
* In a ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode, where Al and Peggy compete in a game show:
-->'''Host:''' Hello there, and welcome to ''[[Literature/SonnetsFromThePortuguese How Do I Love Thee?]]''! The game show that dares to ask; [[CaptainObvious "How do I love thee?"]]. For those of you who're [[SmallNameBigEgo totally ignorant of today's superstars]], I'm Bink Winkleman. ''[one person applauds]'' Thank you! And here's our own little piece of fluff that the network thrust upon me, The Lovely Zelda. ''[great applause]''
* The American version of ''Series/{{Duel}}'' had "chip girls" whose only job was to walk to the players' podium after each question to collect chips spent on incorrect answers.
* A rare male example: Richard Osman on ''Series/{{Pointless}}.''
* ''Series/WinTuition'' subverted this with a short, bald male assistant named "Gorgeous George", who acted as if he would rather be anywhere else whenever he hauled in props for a question.
* The American version of ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' featured ''[[UpToEleven twenty-six]]'' models (down to two in syndication).
* Subverted by ''Series/AvantiUnAltro'' for RuleOfFunny; a random person is selected from the audience each episode to be the assistant.
* Creator/BruceForsyth has had many of these over the years; including in ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'' with Tess Daly. Since he semi-retired from that show, Tess has become the main host, with Claudia Winkleman taking on her role, although the emphasis is is less on the 'lovely' and more on the 'slightly mad' part of the role.

* Nynaeve gets this job at Valan Luca's circus in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
* Referenced in ''Discworld/EqualRites'', which says that members of the Guild of Conjurers are accompanied by "sad thin women in spangly tights" (as in The Amazing Bunko and Doris).
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Lovely Assistant'' by Geoph Essex: Jenny is both a magician's lovely assistant ''and'' the main protagonist. Even in the magic act, Jenny is more than just a pretty thing to look at. (She's also [[spoiler: one of Calvin's most effective props]], and does some tricks herself.) As the plot develops, this trope [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags]]: [[spoiler:as a GrimReaper, Jenny "assists" death by sending the recently departed off to their next journey; but she's still not just eye candy, as the Angels of Death don't seem to have any defined employer and are a pretty mixed lot]].
* ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series:
** In ''Literature/ReservedForTheCat'', Ninette is the assistant in a couple of [[MagiciansAreWizards Jonathan's]] magic acts.
** In ''Literature/{{Steadfast}}'', after running away from her abusive husband, Katie gets a job as the lovely assistant to StageMagician (and Air Magician) Lionel Hawkins, replacing his previous assistant Suzie, who was QuittingToGetMarried.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', The Amazing Mystico and Janet put up housing blocks by hypnosis. (Janet is the Lovely Assistant.)
** In an earlier sketch, Janet also assists the Amazing Kargol, who is a consultant psychiatrist.
** In the sketch "Prejudice", the Lovely Assistant Carol presents the winning entries for a contest to find a derogatory term for the Belgians.
* Parodied in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' ("False Positive"), when news anchor Robin suffers a crisis of confidence and auditions to be the "coin-flip bimbo" (or "currency rotation specialist") on ''Million-Dollar Heads Or Tails''.
* ''The Late Show with David Letterman'': The recurring segments "Will it Float?" and "Is this anything?" have 2-4 lovely assistants: "Float" has two Vanna types who drop an item in a tank of water to see whether it will float or not. Both "Float" and "anything" have the Grinder Girl (a woman who holds a metal grinder to a piece of metal on her costume's thorax) and the Hula Hoop Girl (a woman who hulas a lot of hoops) doing their thing to either side during the segment. Both GG and HHG were originally "discovered" on previous installments of "Is this anything?"
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Peter has magic as a FleetingPassionateHobby and does the Disappearing Girl trick with Jan as his lovely assistant, which freaks Cindy out. Even when they try to explain the trick to her she is still terrified. Then on the day of the Talent Show Jan twists her ankle and can't perform with Peter, so Cindy steps up and takes her place. Once she's been in the cabinet and sees how it's done she gets very enthusiastic, even wanting to do the trick again.
* ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' had three lovely assistants (Josie, Liza and Phoebe, depending on season), and one not-so-lovely assistant (Lester). He even used Phoebe as the LovelyAssistant for the magic trick displayed in the page image.
* ''Tool Time'', the ShowWithinAShow on ''Series/HomeImprovement'', had [[Creator/PamelaAnderson Lisa]] and her replacement Heidi, the latter becoming an AscendedExtra.
* On ''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse'' we get Professor Myang Li, who determines "Does this fruit float?" You do doubt her academic credentials given her {{Stripperiffic}} outfit.
* One sketch written by [[Series/TheTwoRonnies Ronnie Barker]] revolves around a stage magician having an affair with his Lovely Assistant, and trying to hide the evidence from his suspicious wife by passing it off as conjuring tricks he was practising.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{The Suite Life On Deck}}'', London falls in love with a magician but is jealous of his lovely assistant.
* Quite common in Brazilian TV. The TropeCodifier was [[http://i0.statig.com.br/bancodeimagens/4c/8m/bv/4c8mbv3tqua9hstnwz8ymenid.jpg Chacrinha and his "chacretes"]] (pun on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vedette_(entertainer) vedette]]), to the point the suffix -ete is quite common: Hzetes, Panicats... the lightest version were kids TV host Xuxa and her [[http://i0.statig.com.br/bancodeimagens/a5/gz/an/a5gzan701h7bhwhm7x3036ulp.jpg Paquitas,]] which even had [[MrFanservice male]] [[http://i0.statig.com.br/bancodeimagens/90/mk/2d/90mk2dmcc9ubvt5mc7lnqas8e.jpg versions.]]
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' Parker is this in the episode "The Top Hat Job" as the team is infiltrating a company by posing as the entertainment, a stage magic show. Interestingly her main role in the team is also similar to this in that she is often underestimated and often serves to make her boss look good. Throughout the episode, Sophie (who loves to be on stage) sulks that ''she'' has actual experience as this trope and its not fair that she doesn't get to play the part just because her skills as TheFace are needed elsewhere on the job.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': In the "Magic Joel" episode, Sabrina takes a job as the assistant to the titular StageMagician and uses her magical powers to help him when he gets StageFright. She did this before with Harvey in [[ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch the comics]].
* ''Series/{{Taskmaster}}'' has Alex Horne, who is co-host and Greg's personal assistant.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Journalist Ruby Ogden works as one of these for a young Harry Houdini in "Houdini Whodunit".u
* ''Series/{{Banacek}}'': In "Now You See Me, Now You Don't", the vanishing StageMagician was using his daughter as his lovely assistant. She is seemingly as much in the dark about what happens to her father as everyone else.
* The episode of ''Series/{{ALF}}'' wherein ALF decides to become a stage magician and accidentally breaks a flowerpot with his magic wand as part of his first trick:
-->'''ALF:''' Uh, my lovely assistant will clean that up for me.
-->'''Willie:''' ''(sighs)'' I guess ''I'm'' the lovely assistant. ''(gets a whisk broom)''


* The lovely Samantha, who [[DoubleEntendre lends a hand when the team's points are rising]] on ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue''. [[spoiler: And, of course, doesn't really exist.]]

[[folder:Stage Magicians]]
* Debbie [=McGee=], Lovely Assistant (and wife) of UK magician Paul Daniels. A good example of "also a skilled magician", she went on to have a solo career.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is the protagonist Dana's job description in the game ''VideoGame/{{Contrast}}''. Unlike most Lovely Assistants, she has actual (as in supernatural) magical powers at her disposal.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' has Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii, an assassin magician. His two silent, lovely "asseestahnts!" are under his loyal command, until Travis blinds him and they provide the wheel saw for his execution.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' with Chuck Quizmo's assistant, a Toad named [[PunnyName Vanna T]].
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', [[TwinThreesomeFantasy sexy twin sisters]] Crystal and Amber Bailey serve as the assistants of the zombie-killing game show ''Terror is Reality''. [[spoiler:They also serve as {{the Dragon}}s to the BigBad, ''TIR'' host Tyrone "TK" King.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/DarkTales'' game series, the {{Freemium}} side game ''Nightfall'' provides Dupin with one of these in the form of Anna Fleurs. While it's suggested that she may be the {{player character}} from the main series, in ''Nightfall'' she mostly handles mundane tasks for Dupin, chiefly providing the player with instructions and rewards.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Strong Mad takes up this role when the Cheat does his magic act as Tito the Tophaticent, by shoving two basketballs down the front of his singlet.

* Chloe from ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/My%20lovely%20assistant knows well]] what you need for a magic trick.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Let's Take a Quiz!" While Phineas plays game show host, the role of the Lovely Assistant is taken by Ferb, who appears in several glamorous women's outfits.
* Gypsy Moth from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' is this to her praying mantis husband, Manny.
* Esmeralda from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is this to Clopin.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt'' episode "Goodbye, Mr. Chump", Penelope Pitstop was a lovely assistant to Hokey Wolf.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}'' episode, Sarah is first a willing lovely assistant for her friends' magic show, and then a [[HypnotizeThePrincess hypnotized lovely assistant]] for Quackpot's magic show.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein", a Vegas Rabbi had lovely assistants.
* Gender reversal in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', where Zatanna has a male assistant.
* Discussed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; Lisa becomes an apprentice to a retired stage magician whose late wife was his assistant; he bonds with Lisa because having a child was "the only magic we couldn't create."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "D&DD", Dee Dee plays the MontyHaul GameMaster to Dexter and his friends' RPG group. The Wizard's reward for completing the quest is a Lovely Assistant and a lifetime of sold-out shows in Las Vegas.