Clothing for characters will often be impractically sexy for its chosen application. Especially common in fantastic or exotic settings, where wardrobe rules are made up on the spot.
Spies will dress in a Spy Catsuit, even when the mission explicitly calls for them to notdraw attention to themselves. Female warriors will charge into battle wearing a Chainmail Bikini. Bridge Bunnies on a military starship will be issued go-go boots and miniskirts with their uniforms.
Stripperiffic outfits on female characters—at least, young and attractive ones—are common in any genre where straight young men represent the core of the audience. This can be self-fulfilling, as sexually exploitative wardrobe choices can be a turn-off to potential female fans.
This trope can be applied in the opposite direction; in the West, this takes the form of inserting 'exceptionally flattering' clothing for male roles, such as policemen, firemen, male gardeners or pool boys, into traditionally female-oriented fare, like soaps and prime-time dramas. But these tend to accentuate a man's musculature and physical strength, whereas women in fantasy are almost always drawn as waiflike supermodels. In anime and manga, however (especially those aimed at a femaleaudience), the Bishounen can be as scantily clad as the girls.
Rule of Sexy is the Super Trope.
Compare Theiss Titillation Theory and Go-Go Enslavement. For its Male counterpart see Eating the Eye Candy, Hot Men At Work and Walking Shirtless Scene.
Contrast Stylish Protection Gear, Battle Ballgown, Kicking Ass in All Her Finery.
Tropes That When Combined Lead To Stripperiffic Outfits:
Husband-wife team Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell are well known for their paintings of scantily-clad female characters in fantasy settings. Some well-known examples of Vallejo's work are movie posters for Barbarian Queen and Barbarella, while Bell designed the Temptation Riders sculpture series for the Franklin Mint and painted the art for Meat Loaf's album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. They also release a calendar of such work annually. (On an unrelated note, Vallejo also did the art for the poster for National Lampoons European Vacation.)
They both do quite a bit of scantily-clad male figures, too. (Well, that still counts towards the Trope, technically.)
Clothing in anime follows certain predictable guidelines: Female characters wear as little clothing as possible, regardless of whether it is socially or meteorologically appropriate.
Othinus in A Certain Magical Index wears such clothing because her philosophy is that she is extremely powerful, and therefore does not need any excessive clothing for self defense purposes.
Macross II: The standard costume of the Marduk (Mardook) Emulators is a skin-tight outfit with a golden Chainmail Bikini and black fishnet for the rest of the body.
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi does this with nearly every girl. Miu wears a spandex battlesuit that will 'always' get shredded to the bare minimum. Renka also opts to wear very skimpy chinese dresses for every fight.
Bubblegum Crisis for curvy powered armor — with high heels. Though in at least one case, the high heels are justified. The feet of the hardsuits are actually modeled on "ballet boots," meaning that the front of them is almost a straight line down. In the case of Priss' suit, this allows for the proper placement of the explosive caps that go off when she kicks things, since it would be much harder to properly position them with "normal" feet.
G Gundam has a giant robot in sailor fuku. However it also inverts it as it has a mostly male cast, and the suits that are needed to connect to the robots are incredibly skin tight. Said robot in a sailor fuku and its female pilot were probably added (and Rain became a temporary pilot a few times) because male fans were getting uncomfortable.
Also highly rumored to be a Take That by Sunrise to rival Toei (consider the time period the show aired—1994-95—and what was pretty much Toei's headliner then).
In Divergence Eve the outfits the cadets wear during training are very revealing, then in Episode 6 of Misaki Chronicles, Lyar wears hot red dress while on a mission in the past. And of course in both seasons there's the pilot outfits Kotoko-01 wears.
Sailor Moon is an entire show based around super-powered women that fight in short skirts and high-heeled shoes/boots. Somewhat mitigated in that the suits are clearly a Leotard of Power, and they're actually practical for the agility and magic-based approach they use. Running in heels is still pretty much impossible. Interestingly Naoko Takeuchi is a female mangaka who actually fought her male editor to keep the skirts as short as she could.
In Excel♥Saga the outfits for the girls of ACROSS are all one piece bathing suits that show of their cleavage and have bits of other clothing attached, and huge shoulder pads. Justified a bit in that their boss is a Cloudcuckoolander. The Daitenzin meanwhile, as a parody of Sentai heroes, wear form fitting spandex.
Pretty much the entire point of Naga's outfit from Slayers - what she can't obtain with a spell, she gets through sheer sex appeal. Martina wears a similar-looking outfit, albeit with a different color scheme and added hose.
Ranpha and Forte from Galaxy Angel; Both Ranpha's and Forte's clothes are designed to show as much skin as possible. From the second season of the anime on, Executive Meddling ordered a costume alteration for the two to cover up; the games kept them in their original outfits until Galaxy Angel II.
Sumomo Mo Momo Mo's Sanae/Uma Kamen wears such an outfit. It even gets more powerful the less she wears. It actually gets powered by her embarrassment.
Space Adventure Cobra has every (attractive) female wearing an outfit ranging from skimpy to pretty much non-existent. An all-female guerilla organization operating on an arctic planet would be the exception with wearing a protective suit (helmet and all) being regulation everywhere but in the training room except most of the suit in question might as well have been painted on.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann gives us Yoko Littner. Flame pattern bikini, shorts, thigh-high stockings, Scarf Of Ass Kicking, and nothing else. At all times. Except for the beach episode, when she opted for a swimsuit... which was actually more covering than her regular clothes. Several (read: most) male characters expressed their disappointment.
Granted, they are in a desert for the first half of the series, and Yoko tries justifying such by saying that clothing restricts her movement in combat (despite wearing thigh-high stocking).
Fate Testarossa, though she dressed up conservatively during the third season. Her Sonic Form is still quite revealing though. Lampshaded in-universe. Opponents who catch a glimpse of the Sonic Form note how little defense it grants, and that Fate could be killed by a single solid hit. In the end it doesn't change the fact that Fate usually kicks their asses.
Although she starts putting on some clothes in 2nd Gig, for the majority of the first season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Motoko Kusanagi mostly wears a leotard that exposes her back, boots, belt and a leather jacket. It should be noted however, that she has proper uniforms for combat and official business. Even gets a lampshade in an early episode.
In the opening episode of Madlax, the titular character changes into a slinky red cocktail dress before wiping out an entire military convoy, tank and a helicopter. Not very practical for jungle combat.
In Betterman, where the mech pilots wear see-through, short-sleeved/legged bodysuits that barely cover anything. However, the male pilots wear them, too.
Adette Kistler's outfit as a member of the Siberian Railroad in Overman King Gainer once she defects she wears the same winter coat as everyone else.
Michiko from Michiko to Hatchin usually dresses in shorts, while leaving her tattoed stomach bare. And she's supposed to be hiding from the police.
Both averted and played straight in the Macross universe.
In the original TV series (and hence the Macross part of Robotech), female Zentradi soldiers wore uniforms essentially identical to the male ones, which covered the entire body except for the head and hands. However, the females' pilot suits for their Powered Armourwere originally skintight, though fairly non-Stripperiffic otherwise... but these were soon redesigned to play up the fanservice. However, in all incarnations the Zentradi female powered armour itself is very bulky and only roughly humanoid.
The non-canon Robotech II: The Sentinels comics briefly depict natural-sized female Zentraedi in redesigned uniforms with miniskirts... when around a bunch of normal-sized humans.
Just about everyone in Queen's Blade. The more obvious examples are Melona and Menace, who may as well not be wearing anything. Couple this with the massive amounts of Clothing Damage that a Panty Fighter series brings...
In a rare male example, Marco's clothes in his final battle against Luchist, in Shaman King, are an opened vest, boots, and a really low-waisted, really short shorts. Hiroyuki Takei clearly wanted to attract the female public with this, and the republication only made it clearer.
Parodied in two-episode wonder Assemble Insert: the mad scientist designs a sensible power armor suit, but upon learning that a girl will wear it, he revises the design to expose cleavage, legs, and midriff.
The most prominent is the Espada Harribel. In her normal state, she has a shirt so short that it barely covers her breasts, which she can remove to show her Fetish Retardant mask and Hollow remains. Likewise, since her pants have no sides and are kept up by a thick sash. After her Resurrection, she's completely nude, with strategically placed armor. Meanwhile, out of her Fraccion, Mila Rose's default uniform and battle suit are rather revealing as well. However this is justified as their skin is strong enough to be armor.
Nel is first introduced as a kid wearing a garb. That garb is torn to pieces, however, when she morphs into an adult.
Yuri and Kei from the Dirty Pair. Their original costume was based on WWF female costumes. Not that the later variants where any more modest.
Burst Angel features just about all of the female cast in either bikini with a jacket or clearly visible underboobs.
Reign: The Conqueror has a rare male example, where quite a few men seem to go off to battle just wearing a fancy jeweled codpiece, boots, and chest plates.
Morgan from Tears to Tiara. Her outfit consists a tube top, a jacket and a loincloth. Somewhat justified in that she's from a feudal-based "barbarian" tribe, but all the other women in her tribe wear much more concealing dresses and robes.
Kallen from Code Geass mainly in the beginning of Season 2, wears a quite revealing bunny-costume.
Standard attire for Britannia's female Knightmare pilots is basically a leotard. This "feature" of service carries over to the manga Oz of the Reflection, with the female protagonist, Oldrin. The Valkyrie Squad takes this one step further by having belly-depth cleavage, and Anya of the Knights Of The Round wears a really skimpy pilot suit as well.
In Tiger & Bunny, Blue Rose's superiors designed her costume less for functionality and more for including as many fanservice tropes as possible. The impracticality of such a costume is touched upon — When her boss chews her out for failing to catch a criminal, she helpfully points out that he pointed a machine gun at her and, unlike the other superheros', her suit isn't exactly bulletproof.
Early episode baddie Yura◊ from Inuyasha. She dresses most skimpily out of any other female villain from the show.
Somewhat justified by the climate of Thailand, but Revy's outfit in Black Lagoon is ridiculously skimpy. Short jeans and a tube top may allow for ease of movement, but they're not going to protect against bullets.
To her credit, she does dress more sensibly when visiting Japan in the winter in the Fujiyama Gangster Paradise arc.
Yu-Gi-Oh! avoids this for the most part with human characters (Mai and Aki had outfits with some short skirts and cleavage, and there were a few female Duel Academy students wearing bikinis - while at the beach - and that's pretty much all) but there are a few female monsters that fit, like Mai's Harpie Ladies (who wear suspender-strap bikinis), Asuka's Cyber Angel Idaten (with a brief bikini) and Judai's Burst Lady/Burstinatrix (who's skimpy outfit is... hard to describe). The dub tends to cover them and reduce cup size.
The majority of the Powered Armor in Infinite Stratos doesn't provide much actual protective armor. This is because the suits come with nigh-indestructible Deflector Shields; anything that can punch through that isn't going to be slowed down by armor, so the designers use the armor plating more for fashion than protection. There are a few exceptions, such as the White Knight.
Anko Mitarashi from Naruto has very short short-shorts, and wears only fishnet as a shirt. She does wear a Badass Longcoat however.
Justified with Okoi from Basilisk, whose powers allow her to drain blood from her victims with any part of her body. Her power requires skin-to-skin contact, though, so baring as much skin as possible is very helpful.
Ruyko's Senketsu in Kill la Kill, when activated, consist of a pair of thighhighs, a very short skirt, a top that doesn't even cover the whole chest, and a pair of suspenders on the user's breasts. This is constantlylampshaded.
In episode 3 this becomes a plot point. Ryuko's embarrasment when wearing Senketsu caused it to draw more of her blood in order to function. When she accepts to wear the uniform's slightly more revealing true form without worrying about its revealing nature, she gains a massive power boost.
Senketsu is rather modest when you compare it to the standard combat gear of La Résistance, Nudist Beach. Said uniform consists of boots, gloves, a collar, a utility belt... and that's it. It is only by the virtue of conspicuously placed lens flares and the suggestive position of his gun holster that we have yet to see Aikuro's junk.
Played straight in the third movie for Homura's demon outfit.
In Blue Exorcist, Shura Kirigakure is an exorcist working for the Vatican... who apparently doesn't mind her wearing a skimpy outfit that emphasizes her humoungous breasts.
Let's face it; if we had to list all the female superheroes and villains to whom this trope applied, we'd be here for most of the year. It's probably easier to list aversions and particularly notable examples.
Heck, it overlaps into the dudes! The Creeper fights crime in just a speedo and a red boa!
Stephanie Brown/Spoiler. The first iteration of her costume (relatively loose-fitting catsuit, cloak, hood, gloves, and full face mask) had nothing exposed anywhere, not even her hair. Later on she loosened up to the extent of allowing her ponytail and the lower half of her face to be seen. This is more notable in that she was a teenaged girl, and one who spent considerable time in her early appearances trying to catch the attention of a teenaged boy. Apparently she felt that showing skin was for amateurs, and since she did eventually catch him, one can admit she had a point.
Cassandra Cain/Batgirl II. Her costume is more scary than sexy: head-to-toe black leather, a stitched up mouth opening, and black-tinted eyelenses (this combined with the black suit gives the appearance that she doesn't have eyes). In essence, Batgirl's costume looks more like something you'd expect a male villain to wear.
Barbara Gordon. As the original Batgirl, she wore a sensible costume that covered everything except for the lower part of her face; the high heels weren't present in every version of her costume. As Oracle, she sits behind her computers in a wheelchair and dresses in comfortable, often casual clothes.
Male example: the original Robin costume, with its green panties/short shorts, was for a long time the most stripperiffic costume of the Batman family.
Huntress' costumes either offer good protection and cover her from the neck down, or have been designed by Jim Lee. Especially jarring since Huntress is a Badass Normal and very much the Combat Pragmatist you can expect a Batfamily member to be, and showing her midriff when she once took four bullets in the stomach seems like a very, very bad idea.
Black Canary: By the way, what's with the new outfit? Huntress: Seven-hundred sit-ups a day. Black Canary: Say no more.
The pre-Crisis Huntress — the Earth-2 Batman's daughter — wore a much better example of this trope, particularly for its time. Essentially a one-piece bathing suit with a low neck, sometimes with thigh-high boots, long before such things were anywhere near as common as they are now.
Played with in her live action incarnation on Series/Arrow. When she needs to go undercover at an actual strip club she dresses in a version of her comic book costume. Her target takes a look and immediately believes she works there.
Kate Kane as Batwoman goes on the list too, with a full-body suit that leaves just the lower half of her face uncovered. It looks like her hair is exposed, but that's actually part of the costume - it's a wig that pulls away with minimal effort, perfect for throwing off a villain who tries to grab it.
An odd Lampshade Hanging occurs in the graphic novel, in which a character uses it as a warped justification for Attempted Rape. It's also noticeable that the costume was only very Stripperiffic by 1940 standards.
And Dr. Manhattan, whose progressively-diminished costume provides a Stripperific clue as to how far back in his personal timeline each of his flashback appearances lies. The fact that he's first seen buck-naked, and is only later seen in skin-tight bodysuits or Speedos, may be a bit of a joke on this trope. The clothes are also used to show how disconnected from humanity he became over the years. He goes from full body suit, to what looks like a one-piece, then a speedo, then nothing at all. Each change in clothing represents a loss in his sense of humanity, with nudity showing his disconnect with traditional human values, such as modesty.
Emma Frost is particulaly notorious for this sort of outfit. As the White Queen, it was required attire for female members of the Hellfire Club, but she actually seemed to enjoy it, as is symbolized the power she could exert over men. (Not to mention that she admittedly does it for attention. Even after her Heel-Face Turn, she has worn outfits that have shown a lot of skin.
Tarot's 'armour' in Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose is extremely stripperiffic (her usual outfit is made of floss and hope!), as are most of the clothes that the other women wear in that book. When they're actually wearing clothes, that is.
Unlike most of the women in Y: The Last Man, the supermodel Yorrick meets is wearing a halter top, not really practical for her new job: disposing of bodies left by the Gendercide. Much later, she wears the same thing while walking though a sewer.
One of the few genuinely Stripperiffic male outfits in comics is the costume Cosmic Boy wore in the Legion of Super-Heroes back in the '70s. His costume was actually held on by his magnetic powers. There are reasons that period of the comic is referred to as the Naked Legion. The costume was basically a black leather corset with matching gloves, shorts, and boots.
Yet another rare male example is Frank Miller's 300. In the comic, the Spartan warriors are as often as not buck naked, except for helmet, greaves, shield, and long red cape. This does highlight, however, how Stripperiffic outfits are actually Older Than Feudalism: Miller is imitating the "heroic nude" of classical Greek art, where warriors, heroes, and gods are commonly shown parading around (and even fighting) largely naked. The film version gives all of the Spartans little leather panties, which only amplifies the Stripperiffic and homoerotic nature of the costume.
Channon Yarrow often wore very Stripperiffic outfits throughout Transmetropolitan's run, both in casual and professional situations. Then again, she was introduced as a stripper working her way through journalism school.
There is one example of a (parody) female superhero from Marvel's setup that doesn't go for the skimpy outfits while on the job, despite her day job being a supermodel: Ashley Crawford of the Great Lakes Avengers. Then again, as a hero she's the super-strong, super-tough, super-fat Big Bertha. Seeing her in the skimpier Emma Frost uniform is likely not what the average comic fan is looking for. Of the remaining girls on the team, Squirrel Girl has a more modest costume setup (she's still a minor), while Tippy-Toe wears just a ribbon. And is a true squirrel, so it doesn't count.
Power Girl's infamous Cleavage Window was actually deconstructed (or Hand Waved) once; she wanted to put a symbol there, like Superman, but could never figure out what to add.
Nobody, male or female, wears much in the way of clothing in The Warlord. Somewhat justified given the tropical climate of most of Skartaris but, even so, you'd think the warriors would go for something a little more protective.
Julie Winters, the main female character in The Maxx wears buttock-baring denim cutoffs to her job as a social worker. She's trying to make a statement that women should be able to wear skimpy outfits without it being assumed they're pursuing sex (that is, a stand against the "You wouldn't have dressed like that unless you wanted it" defense).
She-Hulk sometimes plays with this in her comics, especially the series where she spends more time on the Fourth Wall. In one memorable scene Venom randomly breaks in to the courtroom (she's a lawyer) and webs her up, and in ripping the webbing, she rips her suit. Someone notes the readers have just gotten more interested, wondering if it's a popular villain or the ripped clothing that excited them.
The Ultimate Marvel version of The Hulk, who is gray, not green, was originally depicted as wearing nothing at all! No ripped purple pants for that guy.
Despite constantly fighting superpowerful and psychotic undead monsters Badass Normal (and goth-styled) Cassie Hack of Hack/Slash only ever seems to wear tank tops, Badass Longcoats, miniskirts, stockings and occasionally other things, like really long leather gloves and boots. Lampshaded at one point in a one-shot set in a Comic Con where a character thinks she's wearing some kind of costume.
Zatanna's and Black Canary's costumes both consist of fishnets and something with all the covering of a swimsuit (generally with a jacket on top). Zatanna is, admittedly, a Squishy Wizard (with more squish than average) so it doesn't much matter what she puts on, but Black Canary is a martial artist.
Brazilian Animesque comic Holy Avenger is full of these. The most striking example is Niele, that wears a clothing composed of... leather strips.
Lady Rawhide from Topps Zorro comic series. Especially blatant as the series takes place in Colonial Spanish California. Lampshaded as various characters wonder how she can leap about in that outfit without anything showing.
Phantom Lady as drawn by Matt Baker in the late 1940s wore an outfit that barely covered her assets and looked like it would come off in a strong wind. One famous cover was featured in "Seduction of the Innocent" (the even more famous book by Fredric Wertham condemning comic books) as an example of "headlights".
While most of the female X-Men fall victim here (even Jean Grey bares her midriff in the X-Men Legends games), Rogue averts this out of necessity. Which somehow doesn't stop her from dressing like Daisy Duke when she's out of uniform.
The younger X-Woman Dust is a full-time inversion, being a devout Muslim.
Darth Talon from Star Wars: Legacy wears little more than a few strategically-placed strips of leather. Not unexpected, considering that most females of her race seem to be dancers or slave girls.
Considering that she's gone through well over a hundred costumes since she was created, Wasp has surprisingly few of these, sticking mostly to bodysuits that cover most of her from the neck down. The low-neckline ones or sleeveless ones are actually notable.
Ravager of the Teen Titans is an inversion; she dresses in revealing clothes as Rose Wilson, but her Ravager costume is neck-to-ankles chainmail.
Starfire, on the other hand, plays this completely straight as the resident Gold-Skinned Space Babe. Most versions of her costume are swimsuits with boots.
Starfire's already-revealing costume goes Up to Eleven in Red Hood and the Outlaws. She now effectively has only a pair of pasties covering her nipples, and the bikini she wears late in the first issue actually manages to be more modest than her default costume. See also the aforementioned semi-transparent bikini.
In the short-lived Beatrix comic, the eponymous heroine is given an armless, strapless, backless super suit in order to make her invulnerable — even to things like fatigue, hunger, strong flavors, and more than small amounts of friction. Of course, the trope is mooted a bit in that the suit cannot be removed, since if that were possible, it would defeat the purpose of being invulnerable.
Considering her stature (in both the comic book and real worlds), it can be a little jarring to really look at Wonder Woman and realize that her costume uses less actual cloth than practically every other superheroine's out there.
Entirely averted in The 99, a comic book for Muslim audiences. The heroes channel power from the 99 Names of Allah; their female contingent are likewise practicing Muslims, and would rather be caught dead than in a Stripperiffic outfit. Covering is full-body and often includes anything from a head scarf to a full-face veil.
One of the running complaints about the Star Sapphire Corps. Their origins lie in a race of warrior women and their place on the emotional spectrum is "love". Their costumes involve bare midriffs and nothing to cover their chest.
Whiplash/Blacklash from Iron Man. His Blacklash costume frankly makes him look like a prostitute, being an entirely leather ensemble featuring lots of studs and a gimp mask! In all probability, the character himself didn't realize what that look implied, but his successors, a husband and wife who took on both the Whiplash and Blacklash identities, revelled in it.
Harley Quinn of Batman is an inversion of this as her costume covers her body to the point that her pigtails, hands, and feet are covered.
Parodied, as with all things, in Young Justice on a few occasions. First was when Arrowette lamented that she'd have to become a super-villain and would have to start showing off her cleavage... then whining that she'd have to get cleavage (In a much later issue showcasing an alternate universe, semi-evil YJ, she is, indeed, wearing a cleavage-revealing outfit). Note that her costume was already kinda stripperific to begin with, combining Bare Your Midriff and Zettai Ryouiki. Which itself was parodied when she complained about ANOTHER archer in a similar outfit, wondering how that other archer was supposed to be taken seriously in such a get-up. She realized the hypocrisy and grumbled.
Wu Wang, the wife of Deathfist in Judge Dredd, wears what looks like a swimsuit with no back or sides, and a very low neckline. At one point, PJ Maybe had a girlfriend with similar fashion sense.
The trope is partly averted by the Judges themselves. Female Judges were exactly the same uniform as the men, however since the uniform is basically a skin tight body suit and most female Judges seem to have a problem getting their zipper to fasten up to the neck, just how averted is open to question.
Most wielders of the Witchblade are quite stripperiffic, at least until they gain enough experience to control it. Justified in that the eponymous witchblade is sentient, male, and a perv, so it shreds its hosts' clothing when it activates; when the wielder is skilled enough, they can override this tendency.
Most of the female characters in Sin City... including the stripper. (Most females in positions of power in the city are prostitutes or leaders of groups of them, so it fits.)
X-23 wears many different revealing outfits, including a fanservice-y school uniform.
Taken to its natural conclusion in Secret Six, which has an actual strip club where the dancers dress up as scantily-clad versions of DC superheroes and supervillains. In what may be a subtle lampshading of the trope, several of them aren't actually that different to the costumes they were originally based on.
Lady Death: When most of your outfits are a bra, garter belt, thong and thigh-high spike-heeled boots, what do you expect?
Lampooned in Princeless. When shown several suits of skimpy female armor (two of which resemble those of Red Sonja and Wonder Woman), Princess Adrienne quickly points out how impractical they would be in a real a battle, especially when you consider how little protection they actually offer.
Vampirella. Exactly how she keeps it from falling off is a mystery.
The female Runaways are mostly an inversion, since they fight in civilian clothing and are supposed to be underage.
Carol Danvers of Ms. Marvel fame used to be one of the poster girls for this until she went all Captain Marvel and started wearing an all body covering suit.
Another male superhero example is Golden Age character the Green Turtle, revived in The Shadow Hero. His costume consists solely of a cowl, cape, underpants and boots.
In Tank Vixens stripper outfits are literally required for the 101st Tank Crushing Battalion, given that their main battle strategy is to give male opponents aneurysms.
Applies to just about every Mary Sue depicted in fan art. Regardless of occupation, circumstances, whether or not she's part of an organization that requires a uniform or whether or not such attire even exists in a particular fandom, Mary Sue will be wearing something stripperiffic—and usually Hot Topic Goth—due to Author Appeal.
In the Crack FicPrincess And The Frog 2: Air Quality Alert, in order to attract customers, Tiana goes to her restaurant in a costume that results in the narration invoking a Shout-Out to this very website (and thus provide the page quote).
Despite its setting, most OriginalCharacters in DC Nation opt for sensible over stripper. Amelia Zukov is a Justified exception - she's a descendant of the succubus Chantelle. Another, heavily Lampshaded, exception is Star Sapphire Terry Berg (a gay man), who has given the Sapphires the nickname "Clothing Optional Corps."
A Growing Affection: The Kouin sisters wear a strip of armored gauze, wrapped around their bust just enough times that it cannot be seen through (barely), then once down their stomach, and then again around their hips just enough times to be legal.
Defied in Overlady, in which Louise absolutely refuses to wear skimpy, impractical armor.
Films — Animation
There do seem to be a few... subtle differences in what's enhanced in Edna Mode's work on The Incredibles... Of course, Edna is a fashion designer.
The Disney princesses.
Aladdin: Jasmine's outfit is probably drawn from Turkish belly-dance costume. It's improbable that a princess would ever wear this, but then, she is mostly seen confined within the palace- and it's normal for Muslim women not to wear hijab in their own homes. When she goes out in public, she covers up appropriately. (Also, in the spin-off series, she usually dresses far more modestly if she and Aladdin are going somewhere where they expect a fight.)
Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire is another example. She wears what amounts to a bra and sarong for the whole movie. Except in the ending, where she starts wearing a long, flowing dress instead.
Pocahontas to an extent though it is pretty warm where she is in 17th century Virginia. In the sequel, however, she wore a long dress.
The skimpiest Disney Princess outfit of all actually belongs to Ariel, the heroine of The Little Mermaid. Her initial outfit is composed of a Seashell Bra, and... that's it (she doesn't wear anything from the waist down due to her having a fish tail). She too however, actually starts to wear long dresses upon becoming a human.
Averted with both Mulan and Tiana (the only non-Caucasian heroines that do not wear revealing outfits), as well as a majority of the Caucasian heroines, however.
Speaking of Disney, Jane wore a stripperiffic outfit in the ending scene in the Tarzan movie. As does Tarzan himself throughout the entire film (except for one scene on Clayton's ship.)
In the climax of Rock and Rule, Angel is chained up and made to summon an evil demon with her singing. She wears a dress which is basically a long strip of material with a halter neck and no back, gathered at the waist with a belt, which leaves large sections of her body uncovered. And it gets visibly torn up during the finale.
The outfit worn by Elinore from the film Wizards could not cover up any less than it does.
Films — Live-Action
Alicia Silverstone as "Batgirl" in Batman & Robin. The male costumes were somehow more gratuitous.
The female ninjas in the movie Lady Ninja: Reflections in Darkness dress in highly abbreviated ninja outfits (when they're wearing anything at all).
Lampshaded at the Halloween party in Mean Girls, where Cady comments on how in Girl World, Halloween is the one night of the year a girl can dress like a total slut and no one can say anything. Gretchen wears a cat costume made of skintight leather, Karen wears a skimpy, cleavage-revealing teddy (only the ears give it away as a costume - "I'm a mouse. Duh."), while Regina wears a "rabbit" costume that's nothing more than a Playboy Bunny suit. Cady, not knowing this and thinking that Halloween costumes are meant to be scary, wears pale makeup, novelty rubber teeth, and a Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress ("an ex-wife").
Jane's jungle outfit in the second Weismuller Tarzan film (Man and His Mate) is unlike any that came later, split to the hip, and sometimes absent.
Star Wars: Female Twi'leks are almost all slender and attractive... and given to wearing next to nothing when out in the galaxy even though they're from a world that's hotter than Tatooine. Even the ones who aren'tslave girls.
A more subtle example in Beyond Re-Animator are the outfits Laura Olney and Nurse Vanessa wear. While they would be only moderately sexy in normal circumstances, both characters wear the outfits while visiting/working at a high-security mens' prison. Generally, women are not allowed into a prison if they are wearing an outfit that is even slightly provocative, because it is feared that it might give the inmates increased motivation to assault them.
Played with in the sense of all the heroines' costumes in Sucker Punch once the dream sequences start, Not to an over the top semi naked extent but not too covered. Justified for the skimpy costumes in the brothel world because...well it's a brothel. Whenever the girls aren't performing, their clothes are quite modest.
Oh good God, Halle Berry's costume in Catwoman. It wouldn't be so bad if the film didn't also have a female empowerment Aesop.
Angel (who was originally a stripper) and of course Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. Mystique as well on a couple of occasions, not to mention all the lingerie girls (including Moira).
Domi in James Axler's Outlanders series. Her outfit is continually described as "A pair of red high heels, and nothing else." Brigid Baptiste's clothing on the covers falls under this, as well.
Any Barsoomian (Martian) or Amtorian (Venusian) in Edgar Rice Burrough's Barsoom novels, male or female, will wear a belt and weapons harness (male), jewelry (female) and that's pretty much it. Even when they're going into battle.
In the Wearing the Cape books, superhero costumes are flamboyant but practical...in the field. It has been mentioned that many young and fashionable superheroes have much less practical club versions of their costumes for partying, and superhero-cosplayers dress much more stripperiffically.
Outright mocked by Babylon Steel, the First-Person Smartass protagonist of the books of same name. For reference, Babylon is the madam of a high-class brothel and a sometime sellsword.
Annie: Yeah? And I want pants. A lot of people want a lot of things.
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy's Karone wears leather trousers and a leather corset-style top, with her midriff bared. In the same series Maya wears what equates to a yellow bikini-style top half and a short skirt.
Doctor Who: Leela. Who turns up to support Tom Baker's Doctor dressed in one-and-a-half chamois leathers held together with a bootlace. The new version with Amy Pond, who makes her debut (as an adult) wearing a policewoman outfit with a tiny skirt. She's actually a kissogram.
Star Trek: Voyager's Seven of Nine. Handwaved as a "dermaplastic bodysuit" to cover and heal the injuries from her Borgification. Must have taken her skin a long time to heal, as she never stopped wearing it, though she did occasionally get ones in different colors. It was noted by Voyager costume designers and makeup specialists that Seven's costume is as much a piece of engineering magic in reality as it was in Trek continuity, as the female form simply doesn't fill out clothing that way naturally.
It also created some serious problems. Seven didn't raise her voice or speak more than required because Jeri Ryan couldn't breath properly in the suits. It also meant she was seriously restricted in her ability to do things like walking quickly.
And Seven Lite, T'Pol of Star Trek: Enterprise, who wears tights even though all other Vulcan characters wear robes. Not to mention the blatant Fanservice "decontamination" scenes in tank tops.
The women's uniforms in Star Trek TOS were distinctly skimpy. This was lampshaded in TNG season 1, where both male and female extras were seen in miniskirt uniforms.
Lampshaded, too, in Jadzia Dax's famous "And women wore less" comment in "Trials and Tribblations".
In the commentary for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In A Mirror, Darkly" it's mentioned that they had to keep telling the actress playing a dead Original Series yeoman: "Yes, the skirt really IS supposed to be that short."
In Mortal Kombat: Conquest, pretty much every evil female (and a few good or neutral ones) wears clothing so negligent that you wonder how they fight in it without falling out. (Of course, as stated below, this seems to be a dress code of sorts for female Edenian warriors.)
The CSI Verse has female characters investigating crime scenes in low-cut tops, high heels and tight trousers. All at the same time on some occasions. The CSI shows were also notorious for inventing the bullet-proof vest with cleavage.
The obvious excuse is that Freya is from a culture with a rather forward attitude about sex. She makes it quite clear to Jack that she'd like to bed him just because he's attractive to her. (Anise, on the other hand, prefers Daniel.)
Carter, obviously, consistently avoided this trope, dressing just like her male teammates.
Averted by Lt. James, despite her role as Ms. Fanservice when off-duty. When going on missions, she wears as much combat gear as anyone else.
This◊ is a show-accurate action figure of one of the male The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg. This◊ is the action figure (again, show accurate) of the only female member. The female armour leaves the arms and legs unprotected.
Charmed took this to the extreme. Prue works at an auction house and one episode has her at work wearing a see-through blouse. Phoebe and Paige in the sixth and seventh seasons. Phoebe is almost Fetish Retardant in the sixth though.
Several episodes had the sisters turned into various magical creatures that required a skimpy outfit such as Valkyries in the sixth season premiere. Phoebe was the worst offender getting turned into a genie, an Egyptian bellydancer, a mermaid (the episode in question featured another mermaid who was reasonably covered up while Phoebe was only barely covered) and one infamous example where Cole got a demon to impersonate Phoebe and give him a lapdance. Paige also got turned into a wood nymph.
Mostly averted with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy prefers to go into battle wearing long pants and a leather jacket. She does wear platform heels a lot though. Other Slayers (e.g. Kendra and Faith) wear more revealing outfits, but at least they're practical. And in Faith's case, the Stripperiffic factor was intentional. They actually used the phrase "stripperiffic" to describe Vampire Willow's outfit.
Willow: Don't worry, we're sure to spot Faith first. She's like this cleavagy slut-bomb walking around.
Lampshaded in the Angel episode where Cordelia became a princess in another dimension. She says that when she was an actress in the original world, the director made her wear a bikini that was tiny, skimpy and exploitative. She then looks at her current attire, which wasn't any better.
Justified with Gwen Raiden in "Ground State", who Can't Have Sex, Ever because she electrocutes anyone she touches, so Male Gaze is the only sexual attention she can get. As her client points out however, a professional thief should avoid attention, not encourage it.
NCIS's Abby Sciuto, Perky Goth and resident Hot Scientist, wears shorter skirts than everyone else in the cast and really strange oufits. When Jenny Shepard takes over as director, she hands her a copy of the dress code. When a clearly very unhappy Abby then totters into work in a suit, Gibbs tears up the dress code in front of her — because he's not having an unhappy Goth as his lab tech.
A plot point in a season 1 episode of Party of Five. Julia works at a club and the owner decides to make the waitress's uniforms more revealing to attract more customers. The end result is black leather that's even more revealing than Xena's costume. The fun starts when Julia arrives home to find the social worker waiting for her.
Ahh, Xena... It didn't protect the limbs, head, and neck, but oddly enough, this◊ is pretty much state of the art armor for her time whenever that was. Sure it doesn't cover the aforementioned areas, but she does have gauntlets and high boots. And who wants to Walk the Earth in a helmet? (This is not getting into Gabrielle; at least Xena's stripperiffic outfit was armoured.)
There was even an episode based around how one guy reacted to Xena's leather outfit (and how upset it made his girlfriend). Xena considers switching to chainmail, but Gabrielle points out this would probably only attract a kinkier kind of guy. The girlfriend recaptures the guy's attention in the end with her own (much simpler) leather outfit.
Possibly justified beyond the fanservice. Xena was quite acrobatic, if she wore actual heavy body armor it would likely have restricted her ability to move. After all, Joxer did wear a lot of armor and he could barely fight.
Star Trek's famous miniskirts may well have been a "symbol of Sixties liberation", but it's worth noting that spacewomen in 1950's TV sci-fi also had short skirts (e.g. Carol Carlisle in Space Patrol, and Vena Ray in Rocky Jones: Space Ranger).
Putting the female characters in the most erotic clothing you can get away with is part of the Raygun Gothic esthetic. The "Sixties liberation" part is how you had women depicted as being as smart and competent as their male colleagues.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand cranks this Up to Eleven with the gladiators. What they wear normally consists of loincloths with maybe knee pads while in the arena they all go in with their chests completely exposed. In a twist, the women on the show have fairly modest clothes apart from the slave girls who frequently have to walk around naked.
A certain amount of Truth in Television on this. Gladiators were very much sex symbols in Rome (and in some periods, at least, wealthy women were known to pay substantial sums to bed them), and often wore stylized armor that was much more esthetic than practical when they wore armor at all. Most Roman women did wear fairly conservative clothing most of the time, as Rome was a pretty conservative place for most of it's history. While the famous orgies occurred, these were definitely private parties. Blatant public displays were usually limited to slaves and similarly low-classes people in the arenas. (Rome had, at some points, some extremely Not Safe for Work public entertainments.)
A number of costumes in Heroes Of Cosplay qualify as this.
Many outfits on both Dancing With the Stars and it sister show So You Think You Can Damce, especially the women's costumes although there are many shirtless scenes from the men to compensate.
Averted in Noob, that mostly happens inside a MMORPG. May have something to do with the fact that the actors of the original webserie have to shoot actual fighting scenes while wearing the costumes. A nod is made to the existence of such outfits in a Season 1 episode, during which the then-only female character doesn't seem to like the idea of wearing one very much. Some the comic's background characters prove the the trope is actually alive and well for some of the game's female avatars.
Meiko the VOCALOID has a tiny skirt and top. Both seem to be leather. Megurine Luka and Gumi seem to be like this as well. Lily and Rin Kagamine also count-the latter's shorts are extremely short. And on the Engloid side of things, there's Sonika and Lola (depending on the artist). CUL, in her Vocaloid form, has very short shorts and a vest (but no shirt underneath).
Taken Up to Eleven with Gumi Extend, who has a halter top (complete with underboob) and a very short skirt.
Myths & Religion
The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey (founder of the Church of Satan) lays out the rules for clothes worn during a Satanic magical ritual. LaVey had some lingering 1960's sexism in his lines of thinking, regardless of his radical ideas. His writings often seem to give the impression that only men have a sex drive, and he reportedly expressed envy to a beautiful woman's ability to wrap men around her little finger:
Black robes are worn by male participants. [...] Female participants wear garments which are sexually suggestive, or all black clothing for older women. [...] Sexually appealing clothing is worn by women for the purpose of stimulating the emotions of the male participants, and thereby intensifying the outpouring of adrenal or bio-electrical energy which will insure a more powerful working.
Similarly, Gorgar has the hero wearing only a loincloth, and a woman wearing a Fur Bikini. Mildly justified in that they're both in a volcanic lair.
The backglass for Black Rose shows Captain Rose entering battle wearing just a cape and a tight red corset.
If Stern Electronics' Star Gazer is to be believed, appropriate astrology wear includes a bikini top, long flowing rainbow robes, and one-legged harem pants.
In Seawitch, the witches enter battle wearing nothing but very skimpy two-piece chainmail bikinis.
This is one area where the men are more exposed than the women. About 80% of the male WWE roster only wrestle in trunks and boots. And about 98% wrestle shirtless, due to limits on how much skin women can show on television. This often veers into Fan Disservice when the guys have packed on a few pounds (Matt Hardy, we're trying not to look at you).
As applied to pro wrestling, this trope is Older Than They Think. When this form of sports-entertainment first became popular in The Fifties, there was definitely a Double Standard for the sexes in terms of how much skin could be shown. Female wrestlers wore the more traditional singlet, which bared their arms and legs but nothing else. Male wrestlers, however, could strut around in bikini briefs and hardly anyone would think that was improper.
Women in WWE are almost always there to be Stripperiffic given that most of the WWE divas are former models. Maryse, LayCool, Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly are the most exposed.
The Beautiful People in TNA are practically built on this trope. Although Angelina Love always wore long pants, Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne and Lacey Von Eric always wore as little as possible.
WWE used to have a habit of booking the divas in special costume themed matches that would require them to wrestle in various stripperiffic costumes such as a "School Girl Battle Royal", "Lingerie Pillow Fight" as well as various swimsuit matches.
WWE are pretty restricted on what they can do with these now that they've gone PG but that hasn't stopped them from trying, with facepalming results. A "Summer Breakout match" saw the divas wrestling in one-piece swimsuits. The Bella Twins, Maryse and Gail Kim were involved and were noticeably covered up a lot more than they would be in their usual ring gear.
Of all wrestlers, no one is more well-known for this than Shawn Michaels. The man's entrance had him stripping to a song called "Sexy Boy" for nearly two decades. To say nothing of his WrestleMania XXV feud with The Undertaker, where Shawn basically became a stripping Kung-Fu Jesus.
From the Bob And Tom radio show: "It's Shirtless Girl!"
The outfits worm by female Beach Volleyball players definitely qualify; as their costumes generally consist of a sports-bra-style top, and a bikini bottom. It's the only sport with a maximum coverage limitation.
The Lingerie Football League is exactly what it sounds like. Women playing tackle football.
Subverted in sports such as rhythmic gymnastics or figure skating. The clothing looks Stripperific, but most of the athlete's body is actually covered with fabric whose colour matches her skin tone.
Justified in White Wolf's Scarred Lands d20 System Tabletop RPG: using arcane magic releases heat within the spellcaster's body, explaining the core rule systems ban on wizards using armor while also giving the caster the buff protection from cold with the side effect of making any heavy clothing really uncomfortable to wear. Some cultures embrace the skimpy garb this situation tends to require. Some wizards with more dignity slightly avoid the trope by wearing a loose robe over a more skimpy outfit, and simply doff the robe before a fight starts.
Many Elves, when they don't have to wear something more practical. Especially female Drow who seems to know only two sorts of clothes: quasimagical chainmail plus cloak of near-invisibility and stunningly pimped outun-dress.
For most Forgotten Realms elves clothes are only matter of convenience, at least when on their own (they tend to be uncomfortable with the sort of attention humans may display). Elminster in Myth Drannor featured some elven ladies "dressed" in a handful of enchanted gems glued to the skin in artistic patterns.
In 3.5 the Drow have an excuse: In their society, the more you cover up, the more flaws and weaknesses you're perceived to be compensating for, to the point where wealthy and powerful drow only really wear clothes as something to hang expensive finery from. Drow of the Underdark actually addresses this in depth. It's common for drow girls to expose a lot of skin due to the above and Fanservice, but considering most females in drow society can protect themselves with magic, wearing a skimpy outfit is akin to announcing your spellcasting ability as well as confidence.
The Dark Sun setting is made of this trope, for both males and females. Designers who'd worked on its initial development have openly admitted choosing a desert setting (as opposed to, for instance, an arctic one) because of the ample beef-and-cheesecake opportunities afforded by the artwork.
The Gensai a 4th edition Player race: "To show off the energy lines etching his or her body, a genasi often wears clothes that leave at least some portion of his or her body uncovered." Yep, they've built Stripperiffic costumes into an entire race.
In Warhammer Fantasy Battles there are those that use it. Witchelves and sorceresses of the dark elves wear stripperiffic "clothes". Chaos marauders wear nothing but leather pants or loincloths and possibly helmets. Slayers wear either nothing or just pants or a loincloth (plus a massive beard). This is however justified as they try to get themselves killed and the less protection they wear the easier it is.
Warhammer 40,000 has the Sisters Repentia, who wear little more than scraps of parchment covering key areas; and Dark Eldar Wytches, who are best described as wearing leather bikinis with armoured, high-heel boots.
Slaaneshs lesser daemons the Daemonettes are clad in bikinis made of pure chaos.
Magic: The Gathering is occasionally guilty of this, especially when it regards angels. The Vulshok and Auriok seem to be explicitly forbidden from wearing more clothing than absolutely necessary.
Exalted features quite a few characters who have no taste for pants, such as Harmonious Jade (long loincloth), Sulamore the Wan Stravophore (stripper bondage nun gear), and Thousand-Faceted Nelumbo (often depicted wearing nothing but shoulder pads, knee pads, and a cape). Of course, they're all Exalted of various stripes, which means they get access to Perfect Defenses, things that allow you to dodge, parry or withstand any attack even if you're naked and just holding a dessert fork.
GURPS characters would ordinarily be at quite a disadvantage without armor. So if you want your Action Girl to be Stripperiffic anyhow, you are advised to play with the Bulletproof Nudity rule, giving a defense bonus for wearing fewer clothes.
A whole lot of the female characters in Anima: Beyond Fantasy are dressed like high-class call-girls, with plenty (well, relatively speaking) of leather, lace and frills.
Struts are horse fashion model dolls that dress like 19th-century hookers.
Ohatsu in Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams begins the game conservatively dressed. After her outfit is supposedly destroyed in a battle, however, she changes into a more revealing, stripperific outfit that she pieced together out of the remains of the old one.
Yuki is pretty stripperific in Enchanted Arms, although the first rule in a desert is to cover all your skin. Sunburns require more water than sweat waste.
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies has the Warrior profession. There's a bit of a difference in the Male and Female standard getup. Of course, it's fully customizable, but still.◊ And almost every other game from the third game onward has at least one example.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King has some Lampshade Hanging in a few scenes involving Jessica and her apparent "Va-va-voom" in addition to several monsters using "puff-puff" (accompanied by honking noises).
In the Valis series, Yuko's Valis Suit has consistently been illogically skimpy, being pretty much a bikini and a skirt. Cham/Char in the third game has slightly less impractical armor. In the fourth game, Lena starts off with more modest clothing, even if it's still impractical as battle armor. However, when she gets special armor that grants her temporary invincibility (until it takes enough damage), that special armor turns out to be as skimpy as (or possibly skimpier than) Yuko's.
The demoness Shannon in God Hand wears a very tight and close-cut one-piece outfit. As if in acknowledgment of this trope, just before the first fight with her, she actually mounts a stripper's pole for a moment.
Samus Aran from Metroid avoided this trope entirely, to the point where her being a female was the Tomato Surprise of the first game. However, pictures of her wearing more revealing clothes are sometimes unlockables.
For the first few games, Samus outside of her Power Armor would be seen wearing a bikini of a variation of it. After the franchise went 3D, Samus is always shown in her Zero Suit, which covers everything, but is skin tight and pronounces her figure more.
Soul Calibur applies this to just about any character who isn't in full plate. While Ivy and Taki are the poster girls for the trope, players tend to forget that most of the men are equally underdressed. Hilde of Soul Calibur IV was explicitly designed to avert the trope — but the creators can hardly expect a cookie for it when the other characters are more scantily clad than ever.
Subverted by Nicole in Dead or Alive 4, quite possibly the last place you would expect such a subversion to occur. As a female version of Master Chief in a game that otherwise uses this trope with pride, it is nearly impossible to tell her gender just from looking at her. In a funny twist, her gender is the Tomato Surprise at the end of the Haloidfan video. The person who's surprised by said Tomato? Samus Aran.
Mai Shiranui of Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters. Perhaps the quintessential example of the impractically dressed warrior. Her Garou counterpart B. Jenet wears a cocktail dress into battle and flirts with the guys quite a bit. Angel from 2001 quite possibly tops her in this regard, and in Mai's victory quote against her Mai says something about her "trying too hard".
Lampshaded in Fatal Fury 3: when Terry Bogard defeats her, he tells her, "First, don't call me Goldilocks! And second, cover up that cleavage!".
In ''Final Fantasy XI', certain types of armor had a somewhat odd tendency to spontaneously gain Zettai Ryouiki when equipped on female characters, the Mithra getting hit the most by it. However, there are also plenty of armor that looks exactly the same when equipped on both genders, ranging from practical armor and robes, to harnesses and subligar, which is stripperiffic even on the male characters.
Star Trek Online has the Orions from the original series as a player character species for the Klingon side, the females of which regularly go about wearing little more than a metal bikini and loincloth. The Federation side dresses much more conservatively, but with some of the premium content (which includes uniforms), a female captain can choose the Enterprise-era Mirror Universe top and one of those skimpy miniskirts from TOS as an official uniform. Less stripperiffic than a metal bikini, but still somewhat inappropriate for the commanding officer of a warship.
Almost every Final Fantasy game has an example. Some stand out more than others (particularly X-2), but every game will feature at least one person like this. Final Fantasy, however, is notable for its equal opportunity — even the men are prone to this trope (Kuja can even put most of the girls to shame). There's too many to list in just one page.
Summoner/Black Magician Girl Rydia, from Final Fantasy IV, was already skirting the line with her post-adolescence Leotard of Power. Her outfit for the sequel, The After Years, doesn't resemble clothes so much as strategically-applied, gravity-defying green paint. Porom winds up with a Stripperific costume of her own, too; both of them actually had their clothing censored for the North American release of the game. Surprisingly, there's also a male example in Golbez of all people.
Lampshaded by some of the female guards of Troia on the Nintendo DS version, a nation ruled by women. One of them even gets annoyed at being mistaken for a dancer.
This is true for nearly every female character in the online strategy RPG League of Angels, including female monsters, female party members you hire, your PC (if you choose a female) and of course, the angels that follow you around. Even a female that is more-or-less covered tends to be sultry and seductive. (Ironically, your PC's clothing is less revealing than most, but still usually has cleavage and leg.)
The cast of Vagrant Story wears about enough clothing to cover half as many characters.
The armour you get in World of Warcraft is often much more revealing on women than on men. However, it must be admitted that as of "Burning Crusade" and especially as of "Wrath of the Lich King", with its heavy emphasis on Nordic-style cold weather armor, Blizzard has gotten much better about this for the players. Some of the new designs for major lore characters are questionable, however.
In the greater Warcraft universe, Stripperific is the modus operandi of the Demon Hunter. Both men and women traditionally go completely topless (sometimes a strip of cloth for the women, but it's up to the individual) and either tight cloth or tight light leather covering for the legs. It fits well with their style, though; Demon Hunters use speed, agility, and special sight to battle opponents, and any additional weight from armor can slow them dangerously. They also rely on runes tattooed on their upper bodies to provide magical protection.
Along with Demon Hunters, there are a lot of other instances of equal opportunity Stripperiffic. For example, both male and female Orgrimmar Grunts wear minimalistic armor. There's a lot of it for player characters, too. For example, the Giantstalker set has armored short shorts regardless of the character's gender.
The Transmogrification service introduced in Cataclysm allows players to invoke or avert this trope as they see fit, regardless of the normal appearance of their characters' equipment. Simply put, this service allows one piece of equipment to use the appearance of another.
Diablo III, likely being aware of this trope when it was made, takes an interesting approach. The female characters start out with this trope played straight, but as you upgrade in armor they slowly become more covered until they are quite covered (although highly curved in the, er, breastplate). Their page on the Wizard demonstrates this progression.
Armor sets in Guild Wars also have the tendency to be slightly more revealing for women than men, but it's not glaring except for the Elementalists... the men wear full suits and long coats, while the women basically look like belly dancers. This may have been subverted with Paragons, who wear short skirts... men and women alike.
Female mesmers favor Gorgeous Period Dress, but there are a couple that come across more as evening dresses, so to speak. Female warriors generally avert the trope except for the Gladiator and Elite Gladiator sets (and in their defense, the male versions are just as fanservice-y), monks and necromancers both have armor sets that consist of tattoos and scar patterns, respectively, with only the most vital bits preserved for modesty, male and female alike. Female rangers get avert this trope... except for the Elite Druid armor, which consists of little more than a leather bikini.
The Kurzick and Elite Kurzick armor for female Ritualists is apparently held on with spirit gum (admittedly, the male armor is fairly revealing as well). Some nonscar Necromancer armors are serious offenders, too - lace/gauze-is-not-a-substitute-for-clothing Elite Cabal and Obsidian, let's-protect-everything-except-the-vulnerable spots Elite Kurzick, and a-leather-strap-does-not-a-bra-make Sunspear - while the male Necros almost always get full-body leather suits.
In Warcraft 3, most of the Night Elf female units wear little more than bikinis and capes. The Blood Elf Sorceresses wear a low-cut outfit that reveals a lot of cleavage. The character Jaina Proudmoore wears just a sports bra, pants and hooded cape. Subverted with the Night Elf Wardens from WC3's The Frozen Throne expansion, who wear concealing great cloaks and what visible areas are armoured properly. Played disturbingly straight with The Frozen Throne's Dark Ranger, an undead elf in a stripperific outfit. On the other hand, the orc units, all male, tend not to wear much either: Thrall wears black plate, the witch doctor black robes, the shaman thick gray furs, the Farseer a hooded cloak, and the Tauren Chieftain a lot of bits. Every other orc, tauren, and troll unit is at the very least shirtless. Both male night elf heroes are shirtless, too.
Velvet from Odin Sphere is basically always bearing her midriff. The other two female characters, while more modestly dressed, are basically wearing short shorts and a ballet tutu with leg armor. There's a bit of Lampshade Hanging in the Winterhorn Ridge stage (which is exactly the kind of place it sounds like) when a shopkeeper NPC remarks "A half-naked maiden on this mountain? I hope I'm not hallucinating..." Another Winterhorn Ridge shopkeeper asks, "You came all the way up here dressed like that?"
Fire Emblem plays this straight with some of the female combat classes but tend to be justified (pegasus knights need light armor so as not to slow them down in flight, archers shouldn't be exposed to direct combat anyway, mages and healers aren't normally expected to fight).
Every female myrmidon in the series qualifies as this and Hot Chick With a Sword
There are a few males that also wear stripperiffic outfits. In the tenth game Sothe wears the same outfit as in the ninth, but since he's gone from 15 to 18 the shirt no longer covers his midriff. Upon his promotion to Whisper, however, it goes from acceptable to just plain ridiculous.
Male example: Largo. Shorts and a bear-cloak head thing?
Calill and Lucia's outfits looked suspiciously like lingerie.
Jill Valentine apparently spends the time between Resident Evil and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis changing from a combat uniform to a miniskirt and tube top. It is excused away in official media that Raccoon City was suffering a heatwave.
In Resident Evil 5, Jill appears late in the game wearing a purple catsuit with built-in short heels. Her model in the Mercenaries minigame runs around with the catsuit unzipped to show off some cleavage, but you can also opt to play as Jill in her perfectly sensible BSAA outfit. And then there's Sheva's "tribal" costume...
Linda Maltinie from the first Snowboard Kids game dresses in leopard-pattern skintight pants and a red bikini top. As the game title suggests, she is garbed as much on frigid mountain tops. She's only ten. The Japan-only Playstation sequelSnowboard Kids Plus introduces a few more characters who fit this trope, including a male example in the flamboyant and muscular Ruby Green, who has a bonus outfit consisting of a green speedo and snow boots. (This is actually lampshaded in his bio, which makes light of his annoyance at being mistaken for a chaperone whenever he's around the rest of the cast.)
An end-of-the-game unlockable from P.N.03 features the female protagonist in an incredibly revealing suit, complete with a thong. Keep in mind this is a shooter game. It also makes her a One-Hit-Point Wonder, adding a new difficulty to this already Nintendo Hard game.
Eileen's regular outfit in Silent Hill 4: The Room (during gameplay, at least — the one she wears before she joins you is pretty casual and unrevealing).
The Unreal series started fairly innocuously, with the females in workwear and armour similar to the males (at least of their faction). Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict (ie: Selket) raised the bar, then the bar had a bottle rocket put under it by Unreal II: The Awakening. In that title, the player would face enemy mercenaries in massive powered armour, with the female mercs fully armoured on the limbs but wearing only a plexiglass screen and some circuitry from their thighs to the top of their head.
Parodied in TimeSplitters: Future Perfect. The henchmen working for Khallos wear the same skintight uniforms as the Henchwomen and complain about it a lot.
Lampshade Hanging in La Pucelle Tactics: The heroine and her friend both get into an argument over the immodesty of each other's uniforms until they realize that their boss was the one who picked them out.
Played straight and Inverted in Mortal Kombat, where quite a few of the male and female fighters wear skimpy outfits while beating the crap out of each other (The dress code for Edenian royalty must have been based on SlaveLeia). Shao Kahn himself is a rare male example. The only real exception to this is Ashrah, whose outfits are about the most modest and covering garments ever seen on an MK female.
Averted in Mortal Kombat X by Cassie Cage, the daughter of Johnny and Sonya, and the first female Kombatant since Ashrah to dress sensibly, wearing a modern tactical outfit along with Daddy's trademark sunglasses.
Coupled with Power Perversion Potential in The Movies. When it comes to the sci-fi costumes, the majority of female costumes are inexplicably sexy. There's a space leather suit with a Cleavage Window that comes in either long pants or no pants at all as well as a space belly dancer costume. The men get some of this too with a costume literally titled "Space Hotpants" and another called "Space Gigolo". Then there's an entire category for underwear which means you can have your characters doing their everyday business wearing their underwear in public. You can also force the actors to walk around the studio wearing their underwear too - though their star rating will go down for not keeping up with the latest fashions.
The character artwork featured on the front-page for Rappelz is so blatantly revealing and impractical that one wonders if it were deliberately mocking the trade. Not just the character art — the in-game outfits for females often look like little more than bathing suits and thigh-high stockings. It makes for an interesting contrast with the ten foot long double-handed ax or the taller-than-the-characterglowy sword, as well as with the often-Humongous Mecha-inspired male armor. Female warriors tend to be more of the painted-on-spandex which still technically "protects", at least if you're being attacked by friendly kittens. A female mage or summoner, on the other hand, had better have a large supply of double-stick tape and a good way of keeping warm in the ice dungeon while wearing three inch-wide strips of fur and a pair of go-go boots.
Suikoden Anything Jeane wears will instantly qualify.
StarCraft features relatively few female units. We only see the face of the Terrans' Dropship pilot. And while the in-game model of Infested Kerrigan isn't particularly stripperiffic, her appearances in rendered cutscenes and other media most definitely are.
According to StarCraft: Ghost, ghosts fight with their derrière uncovered.
Queen Catherine Ironfist from Heroes of Might and Magic III wears leg-and-cleavage-baring plate-and-mail armor. Further, Mutare's sleeveless leather shirt and Adrienne's benippled tunic strain...suspension of disbelief when male characters are in full armor or robes.
About 70% of the cast of Disgaea. For both genders. Particularly notable is Etna, who wears a midriff bearing leather top and a very short skirt. Made somewhat disturbing by the fact that she has the body of an underdeveloped thirteen year old girl. Her outfit in Disgaea 2 is somehow more revealing. Lampshaded in the Prinny commentary, where the commentator Prinny has a few words to say about Laharl and Etna's (lack of) clothing choices.
Going by the promotional art, Disgaea D2, a direct sequel to the first, ups the ante: Etna is basically wearing a bikini.
The female heroines of the Atelier series tend to go all over the place with this. On the one hand, the heroine of the very first game, Marie, wears an outfit with a chest that would be questionable◊ in the supposedly faux-German setting her game takes place in; several other characters in other games also have fairly revealing outfits. The majority of female leads in the games, however, tend to have pretty modest outfits. The best examples are Elie◊ and Viese◊ from Atelier Elie and Atelier Iris 2 respectively.
This seems to be the basis of the outfit of Shanoa, the heroine of Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. Which means, she'll be the first Stripperiffic good guy to ever embrace the canon story by IGA (at least after Sonia got thrown out of canon). It's somewhat justified in that the tattoos on her body double as weapons.
And then Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World deliciously lampoons the trope, and their own use of it, with the Lezerano Company's good-luck charms, invented by Presea. Among them is "An outfit that despite having a bare midriff, never allows your skin to get cold, and also protects against enemy attacks." Called the Loni-Kyle, for some reason.
Devil May Cry: Gloria. The way she fights only serves to emphasize how little skin her outfit covers.
All the female jobs in Ragnarok Online range from modest to blatantly stripperific. In most jobs, higher classes means less clothing. Justified with the Dancer/Gypsy class, but the others, not as much.
Feena from Grandia is said to be one of the most skilled and intelligent adventurers in the world. Her outfit of choice? A bikini top (with inexplicable sleeves) and a very small miniskirt that by all rights shouldn't cover anything. The physics of it are inexplicable.
Bayonetta features a gun-toting witch wearing a skintight bodysuit made of her hair. That she strips off her body as she uses her magic. And turns it into a hair dragon while standing around in the nude.
Ayumi, main character of the anime-styled action game X-Blades, fits the trope perfectly. Note that a less covered material (pardon the pun) is Ayumi's Regeneration and Armor clothes, which does cover her but still lands in Chainmail Bikini territory, of the "Relatively realistic armor with a flash of cleavage" flavor.
Lampshaded in Star Control II. The officer's uniform of Syreen is very revealing, and the protagonist takes a note of it. Needless to say, for all-female race that uses its sex appeal for all sentient races as a spaceship weapon, this can be considered Justified Trope.
F.A.K.K.2, adapted from a sci-fi Heavy Metal Magazine and staring a 3D modeled Julie Strain, begins with a skin-tight jumpsuit, which suffers Clothing Damage, then is replaced with leather bikini and then a few strategically placed straps. Later clothing, while revealing progressively more, somehow provide more protection.
It can get lampshaded and justified to an extent. If the PC is a thief, then he and Annah (who is also a thief) can exchange experience, tricks and general ideas on how to improve their skills. In particular, the PC can suggest that Annah makes her outfit even more Stripperiffic by cutting some extra holes so to pass for a harlot and distract potential victims. He confesses that he always thought this was the purpose of the bodices anyway, and she claims that she just gets hot, which she supposes is due to her infernal heritage.
In fact, most of the outfits worn by most of the females, including the NPCs, qualify. The one outfit that actually subverts this is the one worn by Fall-From-Grace, who is a succubus. Then again, she's a chaste succubus.
Rayne's vampire sister, Ferril, in Bloodrayne 2 is strategically covered only in what appears to be living tattoos. That's not even getting into what Ephemera or Rayne herself wear.
pop'n music has Miku, a showgirl who may or may not be a stripper given her skimpy attire, which consists of a black bra and miniskirt.
Male example employed as heterosexual-male-oriented Fan Disservice: La-Mulana 's Lemeza in the Skimpy Swimsuit, which you see at the end of the Bonus Level Of Hell. On the other hand, if you know what to expect and are into guys, Lemeza's pretty good-looking.
Played gratuitously in Lost Odyssey, where the regal noble empress Ming◊ is wearing a bikini bottom and what appears to be some sort of elegant tool belt on the bottom, and what can best be described as "sorta vest-ish, but with more breast exposure" on the top. Oddly, the female pirate is wearing a sensible leather dress with a bit of plate mail here and there.
Justified in Jade Empire, in which armor is completely useless and revealing clothing is stated to be a sign of confidence. Which still raises the question of why the emperor of fantasy-counterpart-Imperial China lets his unmarried daughter and sole heir walk around the capital dressed in that outfit. In fact, when she appears to him in her much-more modest (in comparison) Silk Fox garb, he chastises her for wearing a crass outfit.
A male example: Shao Kahn from Mortal Kombat goes through each and every game wearing two belts, a hoop, and a loincloth. Also noteworthy, because it's played straight in terms of fanservice.
Neverwinter Nights had a particular issue with this, sensible robes and armour suddenly morphed into low cut dress and body hugging tops when picked up by a female player, you could even strip a character down to their underwear.
Almost completely averted in Neverwinter Nights 2. All armor is very sensible, and characters wear normal civilian clothes under their armor. The lone exception is the armor female warlock protagonists start with, and it's a unique piece of armor found nowhere else in the game.
In the Storm of Zehir expansion, the default garb of the ranger Inshula sar Mashawe qualifies. Lampshaded and justified: when the player characters remark on it, she notes that the Chult peninsula is a hot, humid tropical region.
Operator Gina, the tutorial instructor in the MMORPG ACE Online is particularly Stripperiffic. Midriff-bearing dress shirt, double-slit miniskirt, garter belts and fishnet stockings.
Warhammer Online has two Dark Elf classes, the Witch Elf and Sorceress who wear a spiked metal bikini and non-existent, form-fitting robes, respectively. To elaborate a little: The classes of almost every race dress pretty much equal, assuming they have both genders available. In the case of chaos zealots, it's even the male variant that exposes more skin (he goes bare chested, obviously). The only class that exists for both sexes with the female variant being significantly more exposing is the dark elf sorceress. Now what does that tell us about the physique of male dark elves whose robes generally cover them from neck to toes?
Saki: How can you walk around like that? Don't you have any sense of decency?
Arcana Heart 2's Catherine Kyohbayashi is no better. She also wears a one-piece swimsuit similar to Kira's... and rides a Humongous Mecha. She certainly can't use the 'fight in the water' excuse...
Arcana Heart 3 adds the Ax-Crazy Scharlachrot who wears basically a bra and short shorts under her cape.
One must wonder how Vanessa from Luminous Arc manages to avoid untimely "wardrobe malfunctions" in battle.
In Luminous Arc 2, Fatima the Shadow Frost Witch wears an outfit that shows more than a bit of cleavage.
Ayano's "battle" outfit. There's a reason why she's a Glass Cannon with lower DEF (she can tank well against magic, though).
Both averted and played straight in Rumble Roses, an all-girl wrestling game. Most of the wrestlers wear outfits that are too small or very inconvenient in a fight, such as a scarf or an extremely tight skirt. Even "Face" (Good) characters. This is partly Truth in Television however, as a lot of female wrestlers dress and act sexy on purpose even if their costume gets in the way. Averted however in the Judo Babe, who is a shy "good girl" and whose regular outfit is a judo... robe? Even her swimsuit is a one-piece, showing less skin than the regular costumes of many characters and NOT showing cleavage. (Of course once she turns "Heel" (Evil) she dresses more revealing... and in the sequel, official/unofficial artwork, miniature DOLL and fan pictures; she is not nearly as modest.)
Of all the female clothing in The Matrix Online, the items that have the best buffs or enhancements are the ones which show the most skin.
In Fighting Vipers, all the human characters wear armor but it can be broken in the game. When Candy's armor is destroyed she wears only a frilly skirt, boots, gloves and a leather bra. Even with her (skimpy) armor, Grace still is Stripperiffic but once it's broken she wears a one piece bathing suit that reveals her cleavage.
City of Heroes. While it's completely in the hands of the players, many of the costume choices in this game are fairly stripperific, especially for females. Some notable costume choices:
Three leather straps that go across your bare chest... available only for guys, however.
The "eden" choice is two spike-like shapes that are painted over your chest and only (just barely) cover the character's nipples.
The female version of the tank top is skimpier than the male version, and goes so far as to add extra cleavage shading!
Also, if you pick an odd skin color, you can create a matching outfit and appear completely naked at first glance.
While the Sonic the Hedgehog series usually falls under the category of Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal and thus this trope is easily handwaved, an early issue of the Archie comic made a joke about Princess Sally wearing a "revealing two-piece outfit". At the time, she only wore a pair of boots. Rouge the Bat, who wears a black skin-tight spandex suit and a pink Chainmail Bikini that exposes varying amounts of cleavage, depending on the game. Her alternate outfits tend to be even more stripperific.
Mai Hem from Perfect Dark Zero wears a very revealing dress◊. This is lampshaded in-game when a guard describes taking orders from her while not knowing where to look. Joanna Dark (the player character) also plays this trope completely straight by sneaking around a snow-covered mountain pass in a heavy coat and pants...when the former stops just past her breasts.
Adverts for Flyff seem to make out that the women have really skimpy armor. This apparently isn't the case in-game.
Tomb Raider: Lara Croft, though she at least tries to dress up for the weather. It's better than a Fur Bikini, but only just.
Darkstalkers is probably the most over-the-top example there is. Felicia is a Catgirl who is practically naked aside from small patches of fur just barely covering her up. Morrigan's "outfit" is really a bunch of bats that fly around her constantly and turn into her clothes (the same applies to Lilith, her sister). There's a bit of Getting Crap Past the Radar in Pocket Fighter when she says that the bats carry her things when she goes shopping. Take that however you'd like.
Batman: Arkham Asylum features Harley Quinn in a new uniform. Although her old clothes were tight, they covered most of her skin. Her new uniform looks like the standard Naughty Nurse Outfit, combined with bondage gear. Poison Ivy also gets a new costume, which again is more revealing than her normal comics getup. This is lampshaded in Arkham City, where you can overhear two prisoners talking about her outfit.
Inmate 1: Have you seen Harley's new outfit? I don't get why she wears that skimpy little thing.
Inmate 2: She must be crazy wearing that out here! Doesn't she know that these guys haven't seen women in a looonng time? She'd better be careful.
AdventureQuest Worlds is the first Artix Entertainment game where leotards and revealing robes are compulsory for all women of all classes, no matter what. Even most of the over clothes are burlesque in some way.
This trope was downplayed recently as armours tend to cover the players neck to toes for both gendersnote Some to the point that the player appears androgynous at first glance., while some skin-revealing armours apply to men as well.
The female versions of Raider armor in Fallout 3 are generally quite revealing, some more than others. Then again, they are on the men as well, making it an equal-opportunity trope in this case. The Ordnance/Bombshell Armor from the DLC The Pitt, which consists of short shorts and a Mini-Nuke casing bra, is the most flagrant example. The Leather Rebel armor also has a rather high damage resistance for the amount of exposed skin. Then there's the midriff-baring female Merc Adventurer outfit, which subverts this with a much lower DR. A notable aversion is the decidedly modest Reinforced Leather Armor from Fallout: New Vegas. In fact, many of the higher-level armors have unisex models(identical on male and female characters).
Samara from Mass Effect 2 wears a skintight catsuit with an extremely low neckline. Subject Zero/Jack doesn't even wear clothes from the waist up, just a belt..thing that just barely covers her nipples.
Miranda is another major exception. Her standard outfit is so tight that it's lampshaded during her loyalty mission. A gaming site even wrote an article called "The Truth Behind Miranda's Behind" at one point.
BioWare did pick up and the somewhat negative reaction from the fans on these outfits, and have released a couple of optional Appearance Pack DLCs that address it. The first pack gives Jack a proper jacket and vest, which appear to be armored, while the second pack gives Miranda a suit of light plate armor similar to the light armor suits in the first game, complete with replacing her Combat Stilettos with boots.
Mass Effect 3 implies this is an Enforced Trope. We see more Cerberus forces, and both the Nemesis and Phantom are female and wear tight light armor that draws attention to their breasts. This would indicate Cerberus itself enforces this trope, possibly the Illusive Man himself. Early in the game, an early clue to Dr. Eva Core's identity is that she's wearing a skintight suit like Miranda's, for no good reason.
In Jays Journey, no one can shut up about Gaia's outfit, which is essentially a bikini. Gaia actually flaunts her body to try to get her way, but no one responds the way she expects. In one scene, she comments that she's been looking for attention. Jay remarks that the outfit should be enough; Gaia responds "Well, it wouldn't be in any game besides this one."
BlazBlue's Litchi Faye-Ling wears a Chinese outfit that reveals quite a lot of her humongous melons... which bounces a lot. Her outfit also reveal a lot of her legs and her shoulders. Her back is modestly covered though (then again, what do we have Noel for).
Considering an offhand comment Litchi made in Noel's Joke Ending in Story Mode, Litchi's outfit looks that way on her probably because it's several sizes too small for her, so she really has to leave the front open (since her Most Common Superpower is in the way), and she probably cut those holes on the sleeves on purpose so that her arms don't get restricted in movement (also, assuming that's exactly the same outfit Noel is wearing in that same ending scene, it fits Noel perfectly).
Noel and Jin are both relatively high-ranking members of the NOL and are sent to the front lines. Yet neither possess any armour and look more like they should be doing deskwork. In Jin's case, he does have those tights, but they are apparently so he doesn't catch a chill from Yukianesa. So if he wasn't using Yukianesa, and unless they design a new uniform for him, Jin would probably be running around with about the same amount of clothes on as Makoto.
Here comes a new challenger! Making an appearance as an adorable squirrel girl, Makoto joins the fray wielding Dual Tonfas and hardly any clothes on.
Also Mu-12, who wears a tie and a crotch plate thing and not much else. which is funny when you consider that Mu is Noel.
This is a trait of all Murakumo Units (Nu-13, Lambda-11 and then aforementioned Mu-12), while Mu shows the most skin... Nu and Lambda are not much better in sensual spandex and said crotch plate.
Persona 3: FES notably lampshades this trope. For the most part, female characters wear their school uniforms during the Dark Hour, however some unique costumes can be found which change the model of the character who wears them. A 'High-cut Armor' is described as 'Armor that looks like a bikini', and sure enough, if equipped on a female character, they will verbally acknowledge the ridiculousness of it. Later in the game, all of the main character's swimsuits become available for purchase from the police station, for the modest sum of 300,000 yen.
The adverts and home page for Perfect World International seem to become more stripperiffic with every new expansion. The in-game armour for females doesn't seem to fare much better, with the Chainmail Bikini predominating for nearly every race and class.
Most female player characters from Sacred. Special mention goes to Seraphim.
Gladius has this for both sexes. It works perfectly for its combination of Roman gladiators and Norse vikings (both Real Life examples).
Dragon Age: Origins has the witch Morrigan, a dark-haired beauty with gold eyes. Morrigan's "top" is essentially two strips of purple cloth covering her breasts, seemingly held together with a few strings, along with a single sleeve. When questioned on her outfit, Morrigan notes she spent her life in a forest; the implication is that Morrigan cobbled together her outfit from scraps.
The majority of the armor in the game averts this: robes and light armors are flattering, but reasonably practical, and anything heavier (particularly full plate armor) avoids it entirely. The exception is the Dalish armor.
The iPhone game Arodius has this played straight AND averted. And literally.
You play the game as a stripperiffic angel who wields a sword but shoots lasers that goes on some quest to defeat her enemies... the bosses are all in full armor, and depending on the difficulty, they become more and more naked the more you shoot them.
In other words, the game has the greatest enemy health bar in the word. Until Level 3.
Wild ARMS in general tend to avert this trope, even avoiding form-hugging outfits to an extent and cladding its heroines rather modestly, a rarity for modern game franchises.
Except the anime. It's amazing Loretta's dress even stays on...
Finally played straight with Rebecca Streisand's hot pants in Wild ARMs 5.
The Elder Scrolls games let you strip your character down to their underwear, with females wearing a fur bra and panties. However, most NPCs won't take you seriously when you're naked; most will refuse to speak with you while you're in this state of undress, except to tell you to put some clothes on.
There actually is a topless bar in Morrowind, though. It only matters if you're part of the Fighters Guild (a quest requires you to collect money from the owner), though you can still go in and talk to the characters regardless of whether or not you're performing the quest. If you stay long enough, the girls on stage start doing a little dance (though this is a rare occurence).
Magical Mysteries: Path of the Sorceress has the PC clad in a spaghetti-strap sheer top and thong bottom which would look much more appropriate in a Victoria's Secret fantasy lingerie show. Slightly justified as she is a sorceress, but when all of the (undead) bosses so far have been both male/sexless and dressed in full armor or robes...
Skullgirls has quite a few. The main ones are Cerebella, Ms. Fortune, and Valentine. At least Ms. Fortune is a justified example, in that her fighting style involves removing and reattaching her limbs and this would be somewhat inconvenient without skimpy clothing (though this doesn't excuse her Underboobs). Cerebella and especially Valentine, however, have no excuses.
Kainé helps NieR fight Shades wearing what amounts to some bandages and lacy lingerie. Justified and deconstructed; she dresses that way because of body-image issues from being half-Shade and intersexed.
Rusty Hearts: Natasha's default outfit is a small jacket over a cleavage-and-midriff-baringcorset and a miniskirt, and some other options take it Up to Eleven. Meilin defaults to a qipao minidress with sideboob. Roselle has a tiny top with underboob and a bottom that can't decide if it wants to be panties or hotpants. Angela stands out by averting this with a full if sleeveless blouse and knee-length skirt.
When the goddesses of Neptunia enter Hard Drive Divinity mode, they switch into outfits that are significantly more revealing than their everyday attire. Most noteworthy would have to be Vert and Uni. CFW Magic ups the ante more.
Chika Hakozaki's dress doesn't show as much as the outfits of the aforementioned characters, but still manages to not leave so much to the imagination.
Noire's HDD outfit in the third game reveals slightly more than it did in the original; Neptune's doesn't change very much, but the abdomen part is now mostly transparent◊. Additionally, Noire's regular dress ditches the cleavage, but shows off midriff and Zettai Ryouiki instead.
Street musician 5pb. is guilty of midriff as well.
In actuality, all playable characters with DLC swimsuit outfits could be this.
Reika, the Player Character of Time Gal, is barely dressed. Somehow, she's able to make it through the ice age without freezing to death.
Just to rub it in, Samurai Warriors also has Noh showing legs and cleavage in spades. Neither Kai, Nene, nor Kunoichi are little better, since the last one shows even more skin than the first two. Newcomer Naotara Ii isn't helping matters either. The men's side of things is held up this time by Motochika Chosokabe, who is shooting for some kind of goth/rock star/sex god visual effect.
Unusually for a Mario game, the princesses in Mario Strikers have rather revealing clothing.
In Baten Kaitos, Savyna double subverts this. She looks like she's wearing very skintight clothing but it's just a side-effect of the character models in general being a little thinner than the official art; in which her clothing actually appears somewhat bulkier - especially around the arms. Given that she's a fist-fighter, this makes sense. Her legs, however, are just as shown-off in her art as they are in-game.
Lampshaded in Project X Zone. Whenever a villain wearing an overly revealing outfit is introduced, Frank West will take a picture of her and a pink "O" along with the words "Perfect! - Erotica" will appear over the character, just like in Dead Rising, the game Frank crossed over from.
The Xbox action RPG Sudeki had this in droves, which the advertising campaign◊ took full advantage of. The main female character, Ailish, has a default outfit that consists of a very small breastplate and a pair of short shorts, with boots and high stockings. She is featured prominently on the box art. Her outfit, while still form-fitting, becomes less revealing over the game. Buki, on the other hand, has an outfit that evolves into a Thong of Shielding by the end of the game.
Borderlands 2 spoofs this in the Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep'' DLC. One of the missions is to find a suit of armor for Ellie. Naturally, the first armor piece you find is a metal bikini top. Ellie promptly complains about how useless it is, and gives an optional objective to "find less atrociously sexist armor". When you find said armor, the item description is "Sturdy and protective (like armor, you know, should be)."
In PlanetSide 2, the female soldiers of the Vanu Sovereignty all wear skin-tight spandex. On the other hand, said skin-tight latex is also worn by male soldiers. Infiltrators from all empires in both games wear skin-tight suits, regardless of gender. Averted for other armor, which aside from a protruding chest plate, is pretty much identical to male armor. MAX suits come in one-size-fits-all.
Morgan, the bikini-clad archer in Aquapazza. It gets lampshaded a few times. Sasara's valkyie cosplay armor and the school festival bikini in her ending aren't very practical, either.
Pinky, the title girl from Pinky TA, wears nothing but a short tank top, a belt, and a black thong.
Also satired in the adult webcomic Supermegatopia, in which a group of former superheroes and superheroines with names like "Topless Lass", "The Tease", and "Long Tom" form the All-Stripper Squadron and use their powers in a more profitable manner than fighting crime.
Completely averted in Chasing the Sunset. All the female characters wear practical everyday clothing which generally bares just the arms and lower legs. Clothing for special events is slightly more revealing; clothing for combat is heavier.
Freya wears clothing into combat that must be glued on.
Parodied in the Sluggy Freelance story arc "Years of Yarncraft", where Zoe is upset that every single female character design in an MMORPG is petite, well-endowed, and wears a Stripperiffic outfit... even the slime monsters.
Dungeon Damage has Cat, a rich Spoiled Brat and part-time thrillseeking thief who dresses outrageously (by Medieval Venician standards) but finds that what looks good isn't very practical, as when she winds up on a mountaintop in a blizzard in a midriff-and-cleavage baring vest.
No longer active, but there's a webcomic out there named Chainmail Bikini. Which became an Artifact Title when the character died (and the player opted to roll up a new character instead of accepting a resurrection), but the titular object certainly fit the concept; it offered a slight charisma bonus at the expense of reduced AC. On a paladin.
Terinu's females are sensibly dressed most of the time. Then there's Ninetta, a six-foot tall alien who likes to walk around in daisy dukes, crop tops and bare foot whenever she can get away with it. Also there's Gwen, who favors tight jeans and crop tops as well, though she is fifteen and a stereotypical fashion obsessed teenager. Even she draws the line when she's made a slave girl and forced to wear an "Exotic Dancer Barbie" outfit though.
Freakangels has Arkady... a character that is bald, and wears a white loose as hell tank top, is barefoot, and for a bottom, wears a see-thru long patchwork skirt with no underwear. However, her vagina isn't drawn in, but one of the other characters does finally comment on it saying, "I wish you'd put something on under that..." In volume 2 and onward, Arkady now wears a tighter tank top and panties under her see-thru patchwork skirt. It was actually a bunch of fans that requested the change, as it made them uneasy.
Engie-tan of Nerf NOW has some major wardrobe malfunctions. Actually, that goes for any of the female characters.
Too Much Information: The protagonist's shoulder devil, Cleo, is a sexy demoness covered only by long tresses of flaming hair. His shoulder angel, Spooky, "copes" by switching to a feather bikini.
The title character of The Challenges of Zona's usual outfit is a leather version of Red Sonja's chainmail bikini plus a gold torc. Her sister Tula dresses comparatively modest in a halter top and tight pants with cutouts but still qualifies IMHGO.
The impracticality of the trope is lampshaded on this page of Spinnerette.
Averted in Cwynhild's Loom. Women on Mars dress modestly, and Cwyn dresses more like the male characters.
The booth babes at the mad scientist conference in Narbonic: Three are shown in various degrees of skimpy outfit, then "Look - Gluon Girl! Her name describes the amount of clothing she wears and the way she wears it!"
In the Whateley Universe, Mega-Girl wears a teeny Supergirl/Power Girl kind of costume that shows off a ton of skin. And she wears it almost all the time. Phase has seen her studying in her dorm room, in her costume. There's a reason why.
And lampshaded repeatedly, like the time Gloriana had to wear her costume in Boston in the middle of winter, and discovered one of the downsides to an outfit that's basically a maillot and boots. Plus, there are classes on costume design and such at Whateley Academy. They're taught by a little old lady in a floor-length dress and a shawl.
Immersiontested what would happen to two women who actually tried fighting in video game costumes. A male equivalent was also provided but he never seemed to get past being prepped by one of the female techs.
The electrified-whip wielding heroine Lilywatt from the blog-novel Flyover City! eventually goes undercover as a stripper (but only because the plot demanded she do so).
In a male example, The Nostalgia Critic has a teensy skirt on in Suburban Knights. The man has fantastic legs, but Lupa needs to teach him how to bend like a lady and in battle he's desperately trying to stop it riding up.
The title character of Æon Flux. Her usual costume is a black vinyl sports bra, a matching chastity belt, and thigh-high stripper boots. And there's ample evidence that all Monicans dress this way.
A woman attending 2011 Comic Con was asked to leave by police because her Aeon Flux costume was illegal! (it showed too much butt). She changed into a latex Star Wars uniform instead.
Fire Nation clothing for girls in Avatar: The Last Airbender seems to be default. See Ty Lee's normal outfit and Katara's Season 3 outfit, as well as Suki's in the later half of Season 3.
This can at least be somewhat justified by season 3 taking place in the summer and that the fire nation seems to have a more tropical climate than the other nations.
Also, the Fire Nation itself is on a series of volcanic islands, some still active. Most of the mainland is taken up by the large volcano in the middle. It's gotta be pretty hot.
Futurama's Zapp Brannigan. His tunic just barely covers his genitals... from the front. If he bends over or climbs a ladder, you're out of luck.
A pair of random pedestrians in the first episode, as Fry goes flying out of the transport tube and hits a building. The couple in question are both wearing what looks to be laminated plastic, fully clear except for the black stripes covering their inappropriate parts.
Speaking of which, there are apparently black bar generators that create... floating black bars so that blurnsball players don't have to cover up while in the locker room.
Whenever Amy Wong is wearing something other than her default sweatsuit, it's usually pretty stripperiffic; while Leela typically inverts the trope by dressing fairly conservatively. Reversed in "Jurassic Bark", where Leela and Amy are wearing exercise gear: Amy's is a conservative leotard-and-tights outfit; but Leela's is a seriously Fetish Fuel black leotard consisting mostly of narrow straps and large cut-outs. Her attempt to tear it off later in the episode gives a nice Underboobs effect.
Leela's superhero outfit as Clobberella in "Less Than Hero" also qualifies; and is suitably lampshaded.
Turanga Munda: You're a superhero? Well that's wonderful! But did you have to make the costume so revealing?
The Mask gives us Cookie BaBoom and her suicide belt bikini she uses in her plot to assassinate Mayor Tilton - and then the Mask gives her a much needed Shameful Strip.
Stan Lee's Stripperella. What can be more Stripperiffic than an actual stripper who dresses like a stripper to fight crime?
All the girls in Total Drama Island, except Beth, Eva, Bridgette, Courtney and LaShawna. The only reason Beth and Eva aren't is because they aren't supposed to be appealing to men (Beth's a loser, Eva is a jock). LaShawna is supposed to be more sensible than the rest of the girls, so she probably would not wear a close fitting outfit. Lindsay may be justified for looking like this in that she's a Brainless Beauty, who probably would not care if she was bleeding to death, as long as she looked good.
Who cares that they're robots a minimum of 10 feet tall? With Transformers like Elita One, Arcee and Blackarachnia, you can still see exactly where their clothes would be. Even though, being robots, they don't actually wear clothes. Hell, G1 Arcee has more armour on her shoulders than she has on her legs. This gets taken to disturbing extents in the comics — Chromia at one point has a molded thong on her body.
Dr. Mrs. The Monarch's prototype outfit in The Venture Bros.. Lampshaded twice by The Monarch, who even points out Theiss Titillation Theory, and her Murderous Moppets who exclaim how they love hugging her in her new costume.
When asked if she's afraid of, ahem, "spilling out" of her costume, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch notes that her breasts are taped to the costume.
Compared to her old Queen Etherea costume, it's almost modest.
Let's not forget the aptly-named Molotov Cocktease (and how could you, with a name like that?), whose outfit has a breast-baring and ass-baring slit up the front and back. Then again, her "off-duty" fashion sense doesn't scream subtle either.
And if that wasn't Stripperiffic, there was an episode where they went shopping. The outfit was covered by the scenery but Eva refers to Amalia's new outfit as "revealing".
The Winx Club girls' outfits vary greatly in modesty, but season four's Sophix transformation takes the cake. Just look at Flora◊. Her top looks like a couple of leaves sewn together, and it's backless! And the only thing holding down Aisha's miniskirt is magic. Averted with Musa, whose Sophix covers more than any of their other outfits (with her enchantix being the most revealing). Tecna's outfits have gotten progressively more Stripperiffic as the series went on, starting out with a full bodysuit, then a pretty, sort of tech-looking tube top and skirt, and now her even less covering Sophix (the outfits have also gotten less sci-Fi looking, which is odd since she is a fairy whose element is technology. The last one even has flowers on it!
Stella's first "everyday" outfit (Season One and at least half of Season Two) was worse. Her skirt was just barely long enough to cover her crotch, and her shirt looked like a bikini top with a collar, albeit one that had torn and needed to be tied together to keep her breasts from showing (since there was really no way she was hiding a bra underneath it). And this was something she wore at some point in almost every episode too.
Apparently, the artists eventually realized this because every main outfit for Stella afterwards up until season six was a mini-dress. Now, in season six, her main outfit is a skirt, seemingly only to fit in with the "school uniform" style.
Considering it was a kids' cartoon, the early '90s X-Men series allowed some characters to get pretty darn Stripperiffic, and combined it with some great angles.
It didn't help that the coloring of Jean Grey's outfit made it sometimes hard to know which part were skin and which part were from the outfit.
Neither did the coloring for Sabertooth's outfit. Half the time it looked like he was plain moonlighting us.
In the Wolverine and the X-Men series, Emma Frost surprisingly survives Adaption Decay in almost every possible way... including her extremely revealing outfit. Plus, she has a sexy British Accent to boot. God bless them.
On Duck Dodgers, the Martian Queen wears a metal bra, an incredibly sheer skirt, slit up the side to show off her gams, and absolutely no evidence of the standard bikini bottoms that usually accompany such a sci-fi outfit.
Celtic Warriors, at least according to Roman accounts often went into battle naked and painted with woad. (This served a practical purpose: it freaked the Romans out. In addition, if fibers get into an open wound, it gets really easily infected. No clothing, no fibers. No fibers, no infection.)
Simpler yet: most Iron Age Celts' only garment was a big piece of cloth wrapped round the shoulders and hips and held in place with a pin or two and a belt. Not practical for fighting in, and if you survived, you didn't want it hacked to bits. Much better to leave it behind and look macho.
The Celtic expies that Kahlan has her small force imitate in order to scare a really large force of D'harans in the Sword of Truth do something similar, except they are painted white and go into battle... aroused. Kahlan strips down and paints herself white too to ensure the latter occurs.
The Maori do one better. Maori men not only went into battle naked, but considered an erection a sign of courage.
Tactical Corsets. Strictly speaking they are not Stripperiffic in themselves, but they do combine two pieces of club fetish wear (tactical vests and corsets) into a single piece.
Ancient Minoan dresses were topless by default. To be more descriptive, the most common costumes for Minoan females consisted of two types: an every-day dress that consisted of a full, ankle-length skirt, and a loose, short-sleeved blouse which was fully open in the front; and a ceremonial dress consisting of a long, mulch-layered skirt, and a tight bodice cut to fully expose the breasts. Minoan women apparently didn't believe in hiding their assets.
Minoan men hardly fared better. The common male garment consisted of a short white woolen kilt, often worn with a prominent codpiece. And that's pretty much it, except for an optional woolen cloak in inclement weather.
Those who thought that people of recent history were uniformly prudish lot should see 18th century women's fashion that was imitated across Europe. Plunging necklines were a major part of the period fashion, and at times it deliberately left one, or even both nipples bare. Compare this to the attitude people had to Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction".
Amusingly, lighter-skinned strippers generally avert this, dressing very modestly when off work, so as to avoid developing tan lines.
Beach volleyball bikinis are actually an aversion because they are easier to move in and longer clothing would trap sand (in fact, most women still wore bikinis after the London 2012 Olympics allowed them to wear more). Track and field uniforms tend to be skimpy for similar reasons. It's men that tend to cover up for fashion reasons or due to regulations.