"Zippers are primal and modern at the very same time. On the one hand, your zipper is primitive and reptilian, on the other, mechanical and slick. A zipper is where the Industrial Revolution meets the Cobra Cult."
, but if we don't leave soon, we're going to be late for that uppercrust party
to which we were invited. What do you mean, you need help with your dress? What's wrong with it? You can't reach the zipper? Fine, I'll help you.
There. You look... very fine
. You need help with that necklace
, too? Okay. Whew. Oh look, there's our ride
. We'd better be off. We wouldn't want to run into that Classy Cat-Burglar that's been about.
A very common element of a Ship Tease
, when a man helps a woman zip up or down her dress. Has the charm of being innocuous and platonic on the surface, but brings brings the Theiss Titillation Theory
into full effect — the fact that the dress is just partially on lends a great deal of tension. May also work with necklaces, clasps, buttons, snaps or anything that could possibly reveal her back. Compare the Hands-On Approach
May work for males in the case of a Wholesome Crossdresser
(and either a male or female admirer).
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Anime and Manga
- In Sister Princess the main character Wataru does this to Sakuya... one of his sisters... huh...
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: While changing into a hospital gown to prepare for her prosthetic body switch, Motoko Kusanagi asks her female companion Kurutan (there to witness the body swap) to zip her up, the point of the exercise ultimately being an excuse to show the Major's backside on screen.
- Quon in RahXephon, as pictured above. She had just come out of a medical checkup and already had on a dress, but needed another person to secure her medical vest. Not that this was apparent to Ayato. Odd, considering said clasps are on the front of her vest, yet she needs someone else to help her, and the clasps must be fastened from behind.
- In the first episode The Case Files of Yakushiji Ryoko, Ryoko uses this to torment her lackey Izumida (again), and even says the line.
- Sailor Moon made a joke out of this in Sailor Stars - Kou Seiya is introduced to Michiru by Usagi, and later goes into her dressing room by himself. When he says he wants to get to know her better, she asks him to help zip up her dress. After Haruka comes in and essentially drives Seiya out, Michiru makes the same request of her.
- In the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind manga, Kushana asks Nausicaa to fasten her armour at one point.
- Himari tries to invoke this trope while shopping for clothes. Unfortunately for her hopes of getting a few ecchi moments with her master, Yuuto remembers that she already has experience with western clothing, invalidating her excuse for needing his help.
- I Was A Teenaged T-Rex, which had four teenagers flung back in time and into the bodies of dinosaurs, had the girl who'd become a Protoceratops - and who wanted to wear clothes despite having nothing to cover - tell this line to the boy who'd become a Tyrannosaurus rex. He couldn't tie her shell brassiere with his tiny arms, so the girl who'd become a Quetzalocoatlus did it instead. The first girl ended up with the boy who'd become an Ankylosaur.
- Occurs between spouses Nick and Nora Charles in the Sharon Lee and Steve Miller short story "A Night at the Opera".
- This leads to Nathan and Clarissa's first night in bed together in the Sword of Truth books
- A somewhat disturbing example of this occurs in Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted 2005: Mother Nature asks her self-appointed love interest to help zip her up...because she doesn't have enough fingers to do it herself. She and her companions have been cutting off parts of their fingers to garner sympathy from others.
Live Action TV
- Happens in Futurama: Bender's Big Score with Hermes, although right afterward, a chandelier falls and smashes his doomed time-clone body.
- Parodied in Rocko's Modern Life when a lonely Mrs. Bighead tried to seduce Rocko using this (and other) stunts. Parents thought this was too risque for a cartoon and the offending episode was quickly pulled off air, and taken out of syndication (at least in the US).
- Josie and the Pussycats had Alan help Josie untangle a long chain that was part of her (very backless) dress.
- Dr. Girlfriend angrily tells Dr. Venture to zip her dress up after debating with the persistent Casanova Wannabe about whether or not she was legitimately in love with him during a mission where she had to seduce him and inject him with a serum that would convert his body into that of a giant butterfly as per the orders of her fiance, the villainous Monarch, only to give him the antidote after feeling guilty about the whole thing. Their relationship gradually improves to an amiable acquaintanceship later on.