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She's holding the card, waving the race flag, or handing out the trophies with the accompanying bouquet. She's not participating in the sport (at least not on the front lines). She is, however, [[FanService not wearing very much]]. In Japan, she's called a "Race Queen" and these girls are usually also some form of ''Idol''. Their official job description is holding an umbrella for the driver but that's obviously not the only reason they are there.

SexSells, after all.

Similarly, many combat sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts have "ring girls" whose job it is to provide a bit of FanService between rounds. They usually will carry a poster-sized card signifying the round number.

Some see the presence of these women as problematic for a few reasons. Without entering that discussion, it should be worth noting that these women have a job, ''modeling'', and that job takes a great deal of work that has to be done off-camera. Disparaging comments are unacceptable.

Compare with HoodOrnamentHottie. [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] ''that'' kind of [[AccidentalInnuendo pit]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'':
** Asuka started out as one, who doubles as the acting owner of her team. Later in the series, Megumi and Satsuki takes up the Pit Girls role in the last 2 [=OVA=]s.
** Rena Yuuki from the games (including the Playstation game ''The New Challenger''), who is the race queen for FICCY.
* Mirai Ozora has this role during a car race in ''Anime/{{Moldiver}}''.
* The {{Hentai}} manga ''Koisuru Race Queen'' by Chataro.
* [[DudeLooksLikeALady Hideyoshi Kinoshita]] of ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' is forced into this during a test battle he is not participating in. He tries to back out by pointing out that he isn't a girl, but this argument fails.
* [[ShrinkingViolet Haruna]] of all people did the card holding and not wearing a whole lot during a "manliness tournament" (read: boxing match etc) in an episode of the anime of ''Manga/ToLoveRu''. Lala accompanied her.
* An anonymous Pit Girl is in the first episode of ''Anime/KillLaKill'' in the match between Ryuko and Takarada. Both rounds that the match lasts, she's quickly knocked out of the ring by Takarada.
* Bell and Urd occasionally do this in the racing-centric chapters of ''Manga/OhMyGoddess''. Urd more often than Bell -- half the time Bell forgoes this in favor actually ''being'' one of the racers.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* ''The Black Dahlia''
* The ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' movies.
** In the first ''Film/{{Rocky}}'', the ring girl is dressed like the Statue of Liberty with silver makeup for the Bicentennial theme the champion Apollo Creed is promoting. A nice detail is her bound hair gets more unkempt as the fight (which most people didn't think would last three rounds) goes on for the entire fifteen.
** In ''Film/RockyII'', for the rematch between Rocky and Apollo there are TWO ring girls, a black one and a white one wearing swimsuits, alternating each round.
* ''Film/SnakeEyes'': Rick Santoro (Nic Cage) flirts with one of these who's holding the card fo round #7 before the big fight. She calls him on his phone during a vital moment, unfortunately distracting him when the Secretary of Defense, who was seated near him, is assassinated by a sniper.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/InspectorGeorgeGently'': A scantily-clad ring girl carries round cards between the rounds of the inter-constabulary boxing match at the start of "Gently Liberated".

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Valets are usually ''not'' this trope, although they may fall into it due to character neglect.
* Mexican wrestling fed CMLL has "Ring Girls" accompany all their wrestlers to the ring.
* WCW had the Nitro Girls. Although some of them eventually started participating in angles, for the most part they just danced.
* WWF's ProfessionalWrestling/{{Godfather}} was, during the Attitude Era, accompanied by "Hos". Although they generally did nothing, it's an interesting trivia note that ProfessionalWrestling/{{Victoria}} debuted as the ho that [[PowerStable Right to Censor]] powerbombed through a table. In addition, another one of the hos was holder of the Hardcore Championship... for about a minute.

%%* A staple of UsefulNotes/FormulaOne.
%%* Race Queens (mostly in Japan).
%%* The Olympic Games.
%%* Round card girls are still a part of most fighting sports and are often featured prominently in local advertising.
* UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} has Miss Sprint Cup. [[RuleOfThree Three]] of them, and they're also an example of BlondeBrunetteRedhead. They show up in Victory Lane, at the team shops after wins and on ''NASCAR Race Hub'''s "Ask Miss Sprint Cup" segment, where they pose fan questions to the drivers.
** They are (unofficially) forbidden from being in relationships with the drivers. When Jeff Gordon started dating a Miss Winston Cup (before the sponsorship change to Sprint), they kept the relationship secret until after her term ended at the end of the season.
* The show ''Series/TheUltimateFighter'', which differs from many reality shows by being a purely athletic competition, will bring out a ring girl for the exhibition fights that the fighters take part in. Just like in boxing, their job is to provide some FanService and show the upcoming round. There will always be a few close-ups of the ring girl - especially her butt. See MaleGaze.
* Cycling races like the UsefulNotes/TourDeFrance have "podium girls" - pretty women in revealing dresses who kiss the winners on the cheek. Some races like the Vuelta a Espana and the Tour Down Under have dropped this as sexist.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is commonly featured in racing games.
** ''Cruis'n USA'' features one. The Nintendo 64 version gave her a way more conservative attire.
** ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedUnderground Underground]]'' and ''Carbon'' have these during the starting countdown. ''Underground 2'', however, upped the ante by occasionally using a pair of [[FauxYay stage lesbians]].
* As well as the comedy boxing game, ''Facebreaker'', which focuses on very {{Stripperiffic}}ly dressed round girls at the start of each round.
* Parodied in ''Wade Hixton's Counter Punch'', where the round card is carried by Mona, a frumpy, clearly jaded bar waitress.
* ''Fight Night Round 3'', at least, made sure to feature the ring girls between rounds. What's it mean when I got more entertainment from listening to the advice given to my boxer and his opponent?
* ''VideoGame/MondayNightCombat'' features one actually ''named'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pit Girl]]. She also has elements of a WrenchWench.
* Kiya carries the round cards during the boxing stage of ''VideoGame/MediEvil2''. Oddly, she wears more clothes than usual.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' managed to get by for 21 years without, but finally gave in, featuring them in one of the stages of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' alongside the usual round indicator.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters '97'' is the only game in the series to have card girls, for some reason.
* ''VideoGame/CrashTeamRacing'' has four PettingZooPeople girls with parasols who present trophies to the winners of the races. They're not particularly dressed very skimpily, though they have JigglePhysics.
* The Creator/{{Atari}} horseshoe game ''Shuuz'' has a bikini-clad girl crossing the pitch with round cards.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[CampGay Xandir]] takes on this role at least once in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''.
* It was suggested that [[WrenchWench Kiva]] do this in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' due to the fact that the current round card girl was a squarish robot. [[{{Ruleoffunny}} In a bikini]].
* On the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode where Meg joins the school newspaper, Lois worries that if Meg doesn't get into Brown University, she'll end up as a pit girl for bum fights.
* A pit girl is featured in ''You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown''. If memory serves, the winner was supposed to get a kiss from her. Weird, in that nobody in the cast of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is over 9. WhatCouldHaveBeen if [[HoYay Peppermint Patty]] won...
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', the first Gobbowl 3-episode arc features various {{Fanservice Extra}}s of this kind, like the bikini-clad cowgirls ridding gobbals, or the two "bunny girls" (their costumes close to that of a PlayboyBunny, but with two little horns instead of rabbit ears) flanking the announcer.
* Starfire performs this role in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode "Little Buddies"; holding up the round cards during the fight between Pain Bot and the other Titan companions.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "The Cutie Mark Chronicles," Fluttershy takes this role in the race between Rainbow Dash and a pair of bullies that teased the gangly young filly for her inability to clear a cloud at flight camp.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The tradition goes back to the horse races of the ancient Rome, where the Pit Girl was traditionally [[ValuesDissonance a part of the prize]].
* It disappeared for a long time in American automobile racing, where it was believed women in the pits was bad luck up through the early 1980s. However, it's been going on in East Asian countries for quite a while, where they're known as "Race Queens".
* Boxing and mixed martial arts shows have models who hold up cards indicating the next round number during the rest periods between rounds. They sometimes also are present for the discussions before and after fights.