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To the surprise of the viewer, a modest female character provides fanservice.

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Lawman592 on Aug 6th 2017 at 4:29:33 PM
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Lawman592 on Apr 1st 2018 at 7:38:06 PM
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The Unexpected Fanservice Person is a character (usually female) who is depicted as being modest in terms of clothes and/or behavior suddenly provides an instance of fanservice. Such a display can be innocent, reluctant, shameless, or even unintentional on the part of the creators and/or the actress. It can also happen once, a few isolated times, or become a permanent part of her character from then on (in which case the Fanservice Pack trope comes into play). In any case, the Unexpected Fanservice Person trope lures viewers into making incorrect assumptions about a character (and/or actress) so that when the display of fanservice occurs, it comes as a shock. (Also, just to further throw off viewers, there may even be another female character in the work who is plainly there for fanservice.)

Often this trope is the result of Executive Meddling to make something Hotter and Sexier. Will sometimes overlap with an Out-of-Character Moment or, if done poorly, Character Derailment.


Examples:

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     Anime And Manga 
  • Mikuru Asahina from Haruhi Suzumiya series is a shy girl who's considerated as a kawaiiko, but also has a big bust. Haruhi takes advantage of her "attributes" and makes her cosplay as a Fanservice Model (usually against her will) to get more members for the SOS-dan, included a Playboy Bunny costume.

     Comics 
  • The normally-prudish witch Thessaly has one panel in which she is shown sleeping with no panties on in The Sandman, and in Thessaly: Witch for Hire, there is a scene in which she appears topless.

     Film — Live-Action 
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Dolores (Eddie Valiant's human Love Interest) dresses rather modestly for most of the movie, and is usually overshadowed by Ms. Fanservice herself, Jessica Rabbit. But over halfway into the movie, Dolores shows up in a low-cut top for one scene.

     Live-Action TV 
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Halloween", the previously shy and cloistered Willow suddenly decides to dress up for Halloween in a very sexy crop-top-and-shorts outfit. She then loses confidence and dresses up as a Bedsheet Ghost on top of it, but when a magic spell turns her non-corporeal she has to spend the rest of the episode running around in her sexy outfit.
  • Night Court: Public defender Christine Sullivan was always the good looking one in the gang, although she always dressed in modest professional pantsuits. However, when her gorgeous friend Heather shows up and starts attracting the attention of the guys, Christine feels jealous. Finally she wears a very atypically revealing low-cut dress for a party.
    Dan: (looks) Those are new.

     Video Games 
  • BlazBlue: Rachel Alucard is among the more modestly-dressed female in a game filled with tight/skimpy females. The surprise comes in the official artbooks where Rachel is in various states of undress, including bikinis.

     Visual Novels 
  • Touko Fukawa from Dangan Ronpa. In the first game, she is by far the most modestly dressed of the female cast, wearing a calf-length skirt as opposed to most of the rest of the girls wearing very short skirts, and in Aoi's case, short shorts, which draws attention to their legs. She is also the least endowed of the first game's girls. In Despair Girls however, Touko's skirt, which is the same long skirt as before, is torn, allowing her legs to be shown like most of the rest of the girls of the series are. She also switched to wearing heels instead of flat loafers. This was a strange choice definitely done to make her "more appealing" as a main character, as her skirt length was justified by it serving to hide the scars on her thigh, which are tally marks representing Genocider Syo's victims. The tearing however makes them clearly visible.

     Webcomics 
  • Florence Ambrose from Mark Stanley's webcomic Freefall is compelled to shower in an outdoor stall, as Sam's spacecraft doesn't have running water. When a raccoon steals her bath towel, Florence gives chase, only to encounter Sam Starfall in the Wednesday 21 July 1999 strip. Thinking quickly, Florence shakes her fur like a dog, blinding Sam with soapy spray. She later muses that this was not a career highlight: "This is one new accomplishment that is definitely not going on my resume."

     Western Animation 
  • Usually seen as the Cute Bookworm of the group, Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo isn't a girl who needs (or wants) to be fanservicey, not at least with Daphne Blake around. But with the time, Velma has gained a lot of adepts that want to show her more skin, or in Fanservice Costumes at least. If well there's A LOT of that in the fandom, usually in Fanarts as well in Cosplay, officially can be seen Velma making some few fanservice as in Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (in a white swimsuit), in one issue of Scooby-Doo Archie Comics (this one in which Velma and Daphne are dressed as Vegas showgirls), Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy (dressing as a Cute Monster Girl) and most notably seen in The Movie with a Fanservice Pack.
  • In the "Large Marge" episode of The Simpsons, Marge Simpson mistakenly gets breast implants while convalescing in a hospital. Later, a trained elephant hears its trigger word, and acts like a berserk animal, taking Homer hostage. Seeing the Springfield police draw their firearms and fearing that these goofballs will Swiss-cheese her husband, Marge strips to the waist and invites the cops to ogle her mammaries instead. Every cop does so; none fire a shot and Homer is spared.
  • The normally well-dressed and proper Rebecca Cunningham from Disney Television's TaleSpin episode "A Star Is Torn" accompanies Baloo to Starrywood while he's under the wiles of Kitten Kaboodle. There, she inadvertently gets wrangled into appearing as a stunt double for a jungle adventure film. This entails wearing a Nubile Savage outfit that'd easily qualify for the Dinah Shore Ruling.

Feedback: 27 replies

Aug 7th 2017 at 12:06:34 PM

The loosely worded description and lack of examples doesn't make this sound particularly tropeworthy. It perhaps relates to an old trope idea of mine, where a character reveals that she used to do (and perhaps still does) Fanservicey things occasionally for the money, maybe nude photography which other characters may get to see but the audience almost certainly won't (as in The Seven Year Itch).

Aug 14th 2017 at 12:14:00 PM

^ Not quite. I was thinking, for example, of a female character in a TV series who's initially not meant to provide fanservice. Then, well into the run of the series, this character does a fanservice scene out of the blue. In a movie, such a scene would occur well into the film's run time. Still, you may have a point about finding good example to support this proposed trope.

Aug 7th 2017 at 4:42:36 PM

^ A Surprise Fanservice Girl is already an adult when the TV series, movie, book, or other creative work begins. Also, the incidents of fanservice can turn out to be isolated or infrequent rather than a regular part of how the character is depicted. (Still, that is a good point.)

Aug 7th 2017 at 4:54:32 PM

Fanservice Pack also covers characters who start as adults in the show. They just get more fanservice-y as the show goes on.

Aug 7th 2017 at 8:56:08 PM

I think I know what is this draft about, maybe an example like this:

Anime and Manga:

  • Mikuru Asahina from Haruhi Suzumiya series is a shy girl who's considerated as a kawaiiko, but also has a big bust. Haruhi takes advantage of her "attributes" and makes her cosplay as a Fanservice Model (usually against her will) to get more members for the SOS-dan, included a Playboy Bunny costume.

Aug 7th 2017 at 9:35:27 PM

The Spanish lady in The Incredible Shrinking Woman?

Aug 9th 2017 at 8:42:02 AM

^You've to specify more, since at least I don't know what work do you refers there. Also, another example I found:

Western Animation:

Aug 8th 2017 at 6:13:24 PM

Western Animation

  • One episode of The Simpsons is "Large Marge," in which Marge Simpson mistakenly gets breast implants while convalescing in a hospital. Later, a trained elephant hears its trigger word, and acts like a berserk animal, taking Homer hostage. Seeing the Springfield police draw their firearms and fearing that these goofballs will Swiss-cheese her husband, Marge strips to the waist and invites the cops to ogle her mammaries instead. Every cop does so; none fire a shot and Homer is spared.

Aug 10th 2017 at 2:49:44 PM

^ A Surprise Fanservice Girl isn't always a Reluctant Fanservice Girl.

Oct 7th 2017 at 9:26:25 PM

webcomics

  • Florence Ambrose from Mark Stanley's webcomic Freefall is compelled to shower in an outdoor stall, as Sam's spacecraft doesn't have running water. When a raccoon steals her bath towel, Florence gives chase, only to encounter Sam Starfall in the Wednesday 21 July 1999 strip. Thinking quickly, Florence shakes her fur like a dog, blinding Sam with soapy spray. She later muses that this was not a career highlight: "This is one new accomplishment that is definitely not going on my resume."

Dec 7th 2017 at 11:44:07 PM

Comic Books

  • The normally-prudish witch Thessaly has one panel in which she is shown sleeping with no panties on in The Sandman, and in Thessaly Witch For Hire, there is a scene in which she appears topless.

Dec 9th 2017 at 8:55:34 AM

I think whoever wrote about "Large Marge" got the episode wrong. Bart and Milhouse were in danger as well, and the trigger word is actually a safety word Krusty the Clown is supposed to use to tame the elephant, but couldn't remember it until he saw Marge flashing her breasts to distract the police.

Dec 9th 2017 at 8:41:35 PM

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Dolores (Eddie Valiant's human Love Interest) dresses rather modestly for most of the movie, and is usually overshadowed by Ms Fanservice herself, Jessica Rabbit. But over halfway into the movie, Dolores shows up in a low-cut top for one scene.

Dec 9th 2017 at 9:12:31 PM

Live-Action TV

  • Night Court: Public defender Christine Sullivan was always the good looking one in the gang, although she always dressed in modest professional pantsuits. However, when her gorgeous friend Heather shows up and starts attracting the attention of the guys, Christine feels jealous. Finally she wears a very atypically revealing low-cut dress for a party.
    Dan: (looks) Those are new.

Dec 10th 2017 at 5:54:26 AM

In the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode "Halloween", the previously shy and cloistered Willow suddenly decides to dress up for Halloween in a very sexy crop-top-and-shorts outfit. She then loses confidence and dresses up as a Bedsheet Ghost on top of it, but when a magic spell turns her non-corporeal she has to spend the rest of the episode running around in her sexy outfit.

Dec 11th 2017 at 7:27:19 AM

i mean i think that the surprise factor can just be tacked on as context to any of the other tropes it seems like it has to overlap with.

Dec 11th 2017 at 9:28:01 AM

Why does it need to be '____ Fanservice Girl'? Why not just 'Unexpected Fanservice' or similar? The existing Fanservice Girl set works well in my opinion, as they are all mutually exclusive (referring to the attitudes of the characters in question to their own fanservice). This trope, on the other hand, is about characters who have not previously had Fanservice, and as a result of that the Fanservice is surprising to other characters (and the audience).

I don't think that this is Fanservice Pack either - that's about a character becoming steadily more [[Fanservice Fanservice-y]] as the work or franchise continues, while this doesn't necessarily have to be permanent and is less likely to be the result of Executive Meddling because Sex Sells.

Dec 11th 2017 at 10:01:23 AM

Touko Fukawa from Dangan Ronpa. In the first game, she is by far the most modestly dressed of the female cast, wearing a calf-length skirt as opposed to most of the rest of the girls wearing very short skirts, and in Aoi's case, short shorts, which draws attention to their legs. She is also the least endowed of the first game's girls. In Despair Girls however, Touko's skirt, which is the same long skirt as before, is torn, allowing her legs to be shown like most of the rest of the girls of the series are. She also switched to wearing heels instead of flat loafers. This was a strange choice definitely done to make her "more appealing" as a main character, as her skirt length was justified by it serving to hide the scars on her thigh, which are tally marks representing Genocider Syo's victims. The tearing however makes them clearly visible.

Dec 11th 2017 at 12:04:06 PM

^^ [Response to Calllack] I actually thought of changing this to Unexpected Fanservice earlier and will probably go ahead and do this.

Mar 30th 2018 at 6:19:02 PM

  • Blaz Blue: Rachel Alucard is among the more modestly-dressed female in a game filled with tight/skimpy females. The surprise comes in the official artbooks where Rachel is in various states of undress, including bikinis.

Mar 31st 2018 at 6:15:28 PM

Western Animation

  • The normally well-dressed and proper Rebecca Cunningham from Disney Television's Tale Spin episode "A Star Is Torn" accompanies Baloo to Starrywood while he's under the wiles of Kitten Kaboodle. There, she inadvertently gets wrangled into appearing as a stunt double for a jungle adventure film. This entails wearing a Nubile Savage outfit that'd easily qualify for the Dinah Shore Ruling.

Mar 31st 2018 at 7:05:01 PM

Maybe "Unexpected Fanservice Person" for the name. Current one sounds a bit too broad. Like, a work aimed at children suddenly has fanservice elements; that's not what this is about, right?

Mar 31st 2018 at 9:48:28 PM

No, it isn't. I'll change the title.

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