"I'm only really here to keep the fangirls interested."
of his counterpart
, Mr. Fanservice provides similar eye candy for women. It can be an effective way to bring in female viewers, even in a series directed towards males
In order for a guy to qualify as Mr Fanservice, just being attractive isn't enough. He needs to sport a reasonably fit physique. In particular, he can have anything between muscular limbs, broad shoulders and/or sculpted abs (between six-packs and eight-packs). Said muscles can be either lean or chiseled; as long as you can see them, they count.
He needs to be subjected to at least
one Shirtless Scene
, or he can take it a step further by deciding to forgo a shirt altogether
. Just like his aforementioned counterpart, he can wear tight clothing, which shows off his body without baring skin. He can wear anything (or nothing
, that works too), as long as these clothes accentuate or reveal his muscles. He can also gender flip
the Reluctant Fanservice Girl
, Shameless Fanservice Girl
and Innocent Fanservice Girl
An especially easy way to show off his figure would be through the Workout Fanservice
, where he flexes his muscles via exercising. Hot Men At Work
is when the Mr Fanservice is, well, at work
, but distinctly lacking a shirt, regardless of health and safety issues. Bonus points if he's The Charmer
It should be noted that the trope is not necessarily restricted to Hunk
type characters. Bishōnen
and pretty boys
can easily qualify as well, and are often intended as fanservice (particularly in manga and anime, where they are very common).
See also Eating the Eye Candy
, Cast Full of Pretty Boys
and Bishonen Jump Syndrome
, which discusses the increase of these in manga and anime.
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