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"At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves."
Jean Baudrillard

Chippendales note  is a club known for pretty much one thing: attractive men who strip, dance and perform stage shows for female-only audiences, not necessarily in that order. The club is more or less synonymous with 'male strippers', although its intention is to be more than just strippers, instead 'fulfilling women's fantasies' on the whole. In fact, the biggest thing that makes someplace a Chippendales-style club is if it specifically caters to women and not queer men.note 

Probably the most iconic thing to come from Chippendales would be the variety of fanservice-y outfits. Indeed, the most common reference to Chippendales is the dancers' costumes, the most classic version being a pair of trousers, a collar with a bowtie (sometimes cuffs, too), and nothing between them.


Some might consider this to be the Spear Counterpart to the Playboy Bunny. note  Occasionally, this will be done literally by adding bunny ears to the costume, especially if they're accompanying a bunny-suited female.

Not to be confused with the Disney characters Chip 'n Dale, nor with the English furniture maker Thomas Chippendale (or Chairface Chippendale, for that matter). The Disney characters are named after the furniture maker, and long predate the dancers.



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  • There is a commercial for Orangina that has chameleons and cougars in a more revealing outfit of Chippendale Dancers.
  • On their official Youtube page, one of the promotional trailers for the Get To Work expansion pack for The Sims 4 features the male doctors stripping down and dancing, with the trailer appropriately titled, "Malpractice". As one commenter put it:
    PlumbobAddict: EA girl... yall need jesus.

     Comic Books  
  • Minor Alpha Flight villain Pink Pearl, who was the main villain of a single story early in the first series, reappeared years later as the owner of a male strip club. The ladies of Alpha Flight had a brief scuffle with her during a night on the town, but they didn't know she owned the place and they got arrested.
  • In Spider-Man, shortly after he married Mary Jane, Peter was inspired by the cover of People magazine (which featured the club) to dress like one to surprise MJ; unfortunately, MJ had invited her photographer home for coffee when he did it. (Cue horrific embarrassment scene.)

     Fan Works  
  • Evangelion 303: In chapter 17 the squad's female members throw a bachelorette party for Hikari and go to a male strip club called "The Green Dragon".
  • The Genderbending Of Haruhi Suzumiya has Haruki and Mitsuuru pulling off this stunt while passing out flyers advertising the SOS Brigade.
  • Bruinhilda's Galaxy Rangers story, "I'm Too Sexy" has Doc trailing a suspect into one of these establishments and getting mistaken for the entertainment. He's set upon by the crazed female audience and next thing he knows, he's stripped, and looking up at the ceiling fan (which has underwear hanging from it).

  • The supports of Khan in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan were Chippendale dancers in real life, which explains why they look like that.
  • The Mexican film Solo Para Damas (Ladies' Only) is about some well-to-do Mexican women going up to San Antonio for a "hen weekend", including a visit to someplace like that..
  • Bachelor Party has the bride-to-be and friends visit a Chippendales-style revue, where hilarity and dick jokes ensue.
  • In Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, when the sharknado strikes Las Vegas, several Chippendales dancers who were performing fight back and beat up several sharks. Likely a Shout-Out to star Ian Ziering's stint as a Chippendales guest performer.
  • The film Magic Mike is inspired by Channing Tatum's year working as a stripper.

     Live-Action TV  
  • In an episode of The West Wing, Josh, Toby, Will, Charlie and Danny go to Donna's apartment in the midst of the inaugural balls to try to coax her out of the doghouse. Charlie is preoccupied by thoughts of Zoey, who he's just realized he's still in love with. Danny asks Charlie why he's not wearing a coat, since it's January and there's snow on the ground. Charlie says he took off his coat to show his love for Zoey. "I'd take off my shirt too, but it's inappropriate with a tuxedo." Danny: "Not if we were at Chippendale's."
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? has had many references, notably a game of Party Quirks in the UK version, where it was Tony Slattery's secret identity. He went so far as to unzip his fly.
    • From which Paul Merton deduces: "You've come as Tony Slattery!"
    • The US version has done this to Wayne specifically, once as a "singing strippogram" for Song Styles, and once in Weird Newscasters, leading to Colin saying "proof that football is just a game of inches."
    • In at least two games of Superheroes, Ryan Stiles dubbed a fellow performer "the Chippendale Kid": to Tony Slattery as mentioned above, and Chip Esten on the US version.
  • A famous Saturday Night Live sketch, linked above, had Chris Farley competing against Patrick Swayze for a position as a Chippendale's dancer.
  • A male stripper is shown rehearsing his act in the "Toni's Boys" episode of Charlie's Angels.
  • JAG: In the episode "Wedding Bell Blues", Harriet's mom has arranged her daughter's bachelorette party at a ladies-only club with Chippendale-style dancers.
  • Season 21 of The Amazing Race featured a pair of Chippendales performers in Jaymes & James.
  • Referenced in an episode of The George Lopez Show when, after George gives him bad advice on picking up girls, Max tries to force himself onto a female sex offender and gets caught walking into her house with his shirt off
    George: Angie, I need to talk to Max.
    Angie: The last time you talked to our son, he went all Chippendales down the street!
  • On Melrose Place Dr. Michael Mancini is blackmailed with the threatened revelation that he worked his way through medical school as a Chippendales dancer.note 
  • Quantum Leap: In the episode "Private Dancer ", Sam leaps into Rod McCarty (a.k.a. "Rod the Bod"), a Chippendales dancer who must help a deaf woman find success as a professional dancer, before she goes down a road of prostitution and dies of AIDS several years later.
  • The Chippendales Murder is a fictionalized account of the founding of Chippendales and the murder of founder Steve Banerjee.
  • Ladykiller is a television movie about the murder of a male exotic dander.
  • Glee: When Sam moved to Kentucky with his family, it's discovered that he has been secretly working as an exotic dancer to help with the bills, after telling his parents he worked at Dairy Queen.
  • In Drop the Dead Donkey , after Helen complains British men are too repressed, Dave and Henry respond by appearing as "The Choppendales" for Joy's birthday, lathered up in oil and wearing leather outfits and little else. Unfortunately, this coincides with a visit from the Moral Guardians.
  • An episode of Family Matters has Estelle taking Harriet and Rachel to a Captain Ersatz of one of these. She claims not to know the place very well, only to be cheerfully greeted by several of the waiters and dancers.

     Professional Wrestling  

     Stand-Up Comedy 

  • Parodied by a dinner theatre in Colorado, which after its main show ("Billy the Kid"), had the cast doing a variety of short numbers. One had the two young male actors in Chippendale-type attire, stripping down to—chipmunk outfits, clearly meant to evoke Chip 'n' Dale.

     Video Games  
  • In Evil Genius, your Evil Genius automatically gets bodyguards at certain Notoriety level. Max and Shen Yu gets Bodyguard Babes, while Alexis gets these.
  • In the HD version of Spelunky, you have the option of replacing the Damsels in Distress with buff, shirtless, bowtie-wearing men.

     Web Original  
  • Both The Nostalgia Critic and The Nostalgia Chick have expressed fondness for this type of fanservice. Critic sang "Spartan Warriors from 300... oh please, Chippendale bars give you that!" when he was extolling the virtues of being a whore, and the title card for "The Top Ten Hottest Animated Men" had Hades, Nightcrawler, Beast and Megamind performing for the Chick.
  • The unicorns from Bravest Warriors.
    Locally grown.......buuuuuutteeeeeeer lettuucccce.

     Western Animation  
  • In an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, one-time villain Calendar Girl had Mooks dressed like this.
  • This odd cartoon ''HoneyBunny'' features both female and two male rabbit-ears dancers.
  • In a special "ladies' night" episode of House of Mouse, the episode ended with a performance by "the Chip-and-Dale Dancers", which was Chip and Dale in black bow ties dancing in front of a cat-calling female audience.
  • Kaeloo: In an episode parodying weddings and bachelor parties, Kaeloo, Pretty and Eugly go to a bachelorette party where Chippendales Dancers are present. They then rush onstage to grope them offscreen.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Mrs. Krabappel is expressing concern at Parents' Night with Bart's dismal performance in school, and tells Marge, "There's no telling how low he could go." Marge has an Imagine Spot, in which Bart grows up to be a (very unhappy, and very fat) stripper in a Chippendale outfit (with the twist of a cowboy hat and gun holster, and the stage name "Bang Bang Bart"), with girls boo-ing him.
    Homer: Can't he be bothnote  like the late Earl Warren?
    Marge: Earl Warren wasn't a stripper!
    Homer: Now who's being naive?
  • Stripperella is a Stan Lee-created parody where the eponymous superheroine works as a stripper. At one point it's mentioned that Stripperella's brother is also a stripper-turned-superhero, called Chipperella.
  • Gazelle is surrounded by four large, muscular, and shirtless tiger dancers as she sings "Try Everything" in the final scene of Zootopia.