[Chandler doubles over in shock]
Monica: I'm sorry, we do. We do! I don't know why I said that.
A gathering of characters (typically female) engage in a not-particularly serious battle or physical challenge for purposes of titillation. Unlike a Cat Fight, this is not an actual violent encounter — it may be a pillow fight (such as at a Slumber Party), a volleyball contest or Mud Wrestling. Expect the wardrobe to be skimpy and the action to be bouncy.
Often an instance of Eating the Eye Candy by any observers of the appropriate gender and Male or Female Gaze depending on target demographic. Contrast Designated Girl Fight, which may sometimes overlap but is generally played straight even if it is done primarily for Fanservice.
- The pillow fight in Kemeko Deluxe! is... excessively destructive. But fanservice is given, nonetheless.
- Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
- During their Kyoto vacation/school field trip, several of the girls of 3-A have an epic pillow fight with their boy teacher's kiss as the prize. Staple of the harem series.
- Also take note that the girls will indulge in the occasional pillow fight given the opportunity◊.
- Every "mock battle" in the Lyrical Nanoha series ever, by the virtue of its participants being mostly female while their weapons are safely set to Clothing Damage mode.
- From the words of comedian Demetri Martin:
"I've codified the five different types of pillow fights:
Man vs Woman: fun
Woman vs. Woman: awesome
Man vs. Man: gay
Man vs. Pillow: crazy, and
Pillow vs. Pillow: crazy awesome."
- In Cavewoman: It's a Girl's Life, Meriem, Carrie and Mona engage in a pillow fight at the end of their girls' night out.
- Late into Year Five of Injustice: Gods Among Us, a two-part story taking place on the alternate good Earth features a panel of a "chicken fight" in a pool between Renee Montoya and Dinah Lance (riding Kate Kane and Ollie Queen, respectively); both of them are wearing bikinis.
- In the movie Manos: The Hands of Fate, the only reason for the nightgown-clad Wives of Manos wrestling-fight scene (to jazz music) seems to be fanservice. It has nothing to do with anything else in the movie.
- Scary Movie series:
- Sorority Row opens with a party that includes three sisters having a pillow fight on a trampoline, wearing onesies that leave their butts exposed. In slow motion.
- Averted in The Scarehouse, as it has more of a Fan Disservice example. Kaitlyn and Shelby are forced to have a pillow fight for their lives, but theres a twist; their pillows are laced with powdered acid.
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Dirty Girls", Xander is wakened from a dream of scantily clad Potential Slayers having a pillow fight, to the reality of the girls in frumpy pyjamas and bathrobes, complaining about a clogged toilet.
- Friends: Monica acknowledges this trope only to shoot it down, much to Chandler's dismay.
- Alluded to a couple times in Lost Girl.
- When Bo discovers she may be facing another succubus, she goes to an expert for advice. When she asks how one succubus fights another, her friend Kenzi snarkily interjects, "slow motion pillow fight?
- In another episode, Kenzi is undercover in a sorority. When she mentions a "girls' night" event to Bo, Bo says, "Please tell me there'll be pillow fights."
- Arrow: "Time of Death" starts with a three-way sparring session between Oliver, Diggle, and Sara. She's wearing a sports bra and yoga pants; the guys are shirtless. Fanservice for all!
- The Lingerie Bowl. Broadcast on pay-per-view TV as an alternative to the Super Bowl halftime show, it features female athletes in their underwear note playing a game of American football in an indoor arena.
- Parodied, like most things, when Homestar Runner was invited in an email to have a pillow fight with some college girls in what was supposed to be Strong Bad's celebratory 200th email. According to Homestar, it's the second such fight he's been invited to, with the first one catalogued in hremail #49.
- Male variant: the wrestling match in Shortpacked! between main character Ethan and the Author Avatar of David Willis. To boost things, Robin added a vat of pudding.
- In Sluggy Freelance: Years of Yarncraft, the She-Demons of the sorority house Flaya Hed'decappa fights with Vorpal Pillows against the adventurers panty-raiding them.
- Indicated but not shown in Housepets!, when a group of female barn cats invites Peanut to a slow-motion pillow fight. They mistake his speechlessness for a refusal. When Grape shows up and joins in, Peanut sits in the shallow end of a pond, apparently for the equivalent of a cold shower.
- Indicated but not shown in Homestuck. Apparently Jane and Roxy had a pillow fight in their underwear after entering the session, which was viewed by Caliborn.
- In Rascals, the battle between Jazmin and Reiko at the mall.
- A recurring gag in The Whiteboard is promising the event (pillow fight, mud wrestling or pie fight) and not delivering. Usually as April Fools or some jubilee. Often, the girls refuse to participate, there are some technical difficulties, or it happens behind curtains. However, practice of the 3-girl paintball team and the subsequent tournament make up for it.
- Ennui GO!: In "Pillow Fight", Izzy and Tanya have one in their underwear. Subverted in the last panel:
Tanya: *oblivious to Darcy in the background about to wallop her* But why do I feel like we're forgetting something?
- The short-lived American adaptation of the Australian sitcom Sit Down, Shut Up has an episode where the hippie science teacher Miracle Grohe tells Principal Sezno about an underground club where women in skimpy pajamas pillow fight each other.
- Subverted in the Futurama episode "Mars University". Bender and the Frat-Bots peep into a sorority dorm...not because this trope is occurring (it is) but so they can ogle the desktop computer a towel-clad coed is using.
Bender: Ooh, somebody's been a bad computer...
- a Rare Male Example from real life: grouses "fight" for their mates, like many animals, but they don't really hurt each other that much, and it's mainly an excuse to show off their plumage to females.