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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, muscular 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' and flirting with the female patrons on the whole.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.

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  • Marvel Universe:
    • Alpha Flight: Minor 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 by the name of Cloisters. In issue 105, 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.
    • Spider-Man: In The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #298, 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.)

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Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
  • "I'm Too Sexy": Bruinhilda's Galaxy Rangers story 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).
Haruhi Suzumiya Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • 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".


  • Bachelor Party: The film has the bride-to-be and friends visit a Chippendales-style revue, where hilarity and dick jokes ensue.
  • Magic Mike: The film is inspired by Channing Tatum's year working as a stripper.
  • 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 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..
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: The supports of Khan were Chippendale dancers in real life, which explains why they look like that.

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  • 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.
  • Welcome to Chippendales is a depiction of the founding of the original troupe and the power struggle between its founder and choreographer.
  • In an episode of the The Cosby Show where the women are arguing about Theo wanting to get a stripper for Martin's belated bachelor party, they cite how degrading it is to women. Elvin asks about the reverse situation, which the women dismissively state as "different", but Elvin mentions that a medical school classmate of his worked as a stripper and that his experiences were often just as degrading as what female strippers endure.

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  • 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.

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  • Bravest Warriors: The unicorns from Beth’s setting on the hologram bathroom.
    Locally grown.......buuuuuutteeeeeeer lettuucccce.
  • Helluva Boss: The season one finale introduces the audience to the character, Jesse, who is an imp that works for Ozzie’s in the lust ring. Interestingly, while he wears the typical ensemble of the iconic male stripper, he acts as more of an usher to those with a reservation and are a couple, like Moxxie and Millie, as well as a Bouncer to those who have neither, like Blitzø. However, it is typically Fanon that he does perform on stage for guy’s night as he is possibly gay.

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  • 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.

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  • Batman: The Animated Series: Calendar Girl has henchmen that dress like this trope, (with them even being the page’s image above), in the thirteenth episode of The New Batman Adventures season, Mean Seasons.
  • This odd cartoon ''HoneyBunny'' features both female and two male rabbit-ears dancers.
  • House of Mouse: In a special "ladies' night" episode, it ends 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. Mortimer Mouse even crashes the event dressed in a red bow tie, white collar, white gloves, tight white pants, black business shoes, and maybe either a black shirt or shirtless, and dancing on a table before he is squashed by a female hippopotamus character.
  • 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.
  • The Simpsons: In the episode “Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie”, 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: The show 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.