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"What do you go for,
Go see a show for?
Tell the truth, you go to see those beautiful dames."
Dames, title song


Often, one Ms. Fanservice is not enough. So, a show may fill itself to the brim with sexy young ladies in Stripperiffic costumes. Having a chorus of showgirls dance with plenty of wiggles and high kicks helps keep the men in the audience entertained.

This was fairly common in earlier musicals, back in the days when the target audience member was the proverbial "tired businessman" (nowdays, he would go to a strip club). Thus the horror whenever someone in Jeeves and Wooster set their sights on "a chorus girl".

A Sister Trope to Lovely Assistant.

Compare the Jiggle Show (the women are actually the stars of the show, rather than decoration).

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The all girls episode of Excel Saga.
  • All the cheerleaders, with the exception of the protagonist's love interest, in Eyeshield 21.


    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Star Wars Legends: Parodied in Starfighters of Adumar, when eternal prankster Wes Janson gets a cloak composed of flexible flat-panel monitors. One of the animations it displays is a chorus line of (fully clothed) Jansons.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel. In "The House Always Wins", Lorne is working as a singer in Las Vegas, backed by a bevy of 'Lornettes' played by actual Vegas chorus girls who worked out their own performance for the act.
  • Doctor Who:
  • When Have I Got News for You moved to BBC1, they opened their first episode by promising the show wouldn't change. This was followed by a line of chorus girls kicking their way across the set to burlesque music. (On the "Very Best of HIGNFY" DVD commentary, Paul Merton calls this "a poor idea, badly executed." Ian Hislop: "I'm glad it's in, then.")
  • The Juggy dancers from The Man Show. "And now, girls jumping on trampolines!"
  • An episode of Suite Life On Deck fetures chorus girls including the two female leads, London and Bailey dressing up and joining them.
  • Appeared on Top Gear to welcome Richard Hammond back to the show. He found them more embarrassing than titillating, which was of course the entire point.

  • All the hard rock videos of the 80s and their female "decorations".
    • Mötley Crüe lampshaded this with their song "Girls, Girls, Girls," which is an ode to various strip clubs the band has visited over the years.
  • Nearly all the RnB videos of the current decade and their "shorties".

  • Bollywood. Period.
  • Fetchez la Can-Can dancers! Also the Laker Girls(a parody of the Los Angeles Lakers' cheerleader squad), the Grail Girls, and the Camp Gay male chorus during Lancelot's coming out ceremony.
  • The Bird Girls from Seussical the Musical.
  • Chicago has this in various places. Billy Flynn is surrounded by them when he sings "All I Care About Is Love". Roxie, conversely, summons up a flock of handsome 'boys' to accompany her for "Roxie".
  • The musical adaptation of Li'l Abner couldn't get away with not using them, since they were in the comic strip as well.
  • Of Thee I Sing has the candidates for First Lady of the United States parading about the Atlantic City boardwalk in bathing suits. The press corps takes careful aim with their cameras at the girls' knee dimples.
  • The Hot Box Dolls in Guys and Dolls.
  • The Merry Widow has six named ones: Lolo, Dodo, Jou-Jou, Frou-Frou, Clo-Clo and Margot.
  • Banana Shpeel, Cirque du Soleil's Genre Throwback to Vaudeville, had plenty of these.
  • In its time, Oklahoma!! was notable for not bringing on Chorus Girls for Fanservice, instead keeping the female ensemble modestly dressed. That is, until the Dream Ballet brought into action a few gaudy dancing girls like those featured in Jud's magazines.
  • Discussed in Carousel. Sometime after the Time Skip, Carrie reports that her husband took her to an "extravaganza" while in New York, but the sight of "twelve hussies with nothin' on their legs but tights" offended his puritanical sensibilities so much that he immediately hustled her out of the theatre. She went back, though.
  • "A Whole Lotta Locomotion" from the second U.S. tour of Starlight Express, to the horror of the long-term fans.
  • Kiss Me Kate.
  • The backing dancers during 'Fat Bottomed Girls' in We Will Rock You
  • The Fandango girls in Paint Your Wagon, who are outnumbered four to one by the men.
  • The first act of Modern Luv, whose dancers also include a Camp Gay male. Averted in the second act, where they wear modest Amish outfits.
  • The Chameleon Girls in Flashdance: The Musical.
  • Secondhand Lions: The Musical has the Bollywood-influenced Oujda harem girls during flashback scenes.
  • Fiorello! brings on a batch of chorus girls to tap-dance to "Gentleman Jimmy." (The Real Life Jimmy Walker was famous for having affairs with chorus girls.)
  • In the stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid, the dancing "sea creatures" during "Under the Sea" have showgirl-style costumes.
  • In Peter And The Starcatcher, the second act opens with the mermaids' Vaudeville-style song-and-dance number, which often parodies this trope.

    Video Games 
  • Parodied in Sam & Max: Freelance Police musical number "The War Song", as Agent Superball dances in various Busby formations. His kicks aren't that high, but what do you expect in a standard black suit?
  • Elise the Spider Queen from League of Legends has the Can-Can for her /dance emote. She even does it in a chorus line with her spiderling minions when she transforms into her giant spider form.

    Western Animation 
  • In general, Doofenshmirtz's songs in Phineas and Ferb (and not only in Doof song) tend to have a large number of sexy backup singers wearing sexy outfits relevant to the song.


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