The Hot Wind (also known as the Mystic Hot Girl Wind or the Wind of Sexy) is generated by the first appearance of a particularly attractive (usually female) character. When she walks in, a mysterious breeze tousles her hair and clothing in the most fetching way possible. Usually, this all happens in Slow Motion.
Frequently appears in conjunction with Gaussian Girls.
Not to be confused with actual hot winds like Foehn or Santa Ana winds, or any reputed physiological or psychological effects surrounding the same.
- Every shampoo/conditioner/makeup commercial ever.
- This old Dairy Queen commercial, featuring none other than Fabio.
- Jane Krakowski, playing off her 30 Rock persona, has her hair tousled this way in a commercial for low-calorie orange juice. As the camera angle changes, we see she's making a friend hold a fan up to her.
- Spoofed in Love Lab where Maki tries to invoke this with fans. Riko tells her to cut it out.
- Wayne's World: Most shots of Garth's crush feature this.
- Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon. Justified because she was walking out of a conflagration at the time... which makes it a literal Hot Wind.
- Played with in Twilight - when Edward first sees Bella, she gets this treatment, because she's standing in front of a fan. Edward gives a freaked-out reaction to her. It seems like he's reacting to her appearance, but we later find out it's because the fan was blowing her smell towards him - to him, a vampire, she smells more delicious than anyone he's ever met.
- Spoofed in Killer Tomatoes Strike Back! As The Hero falls in love with the Hot Scientist, she suddenly appears from his point-of-view in soft focus, removing her glasses and tousling her hair in a wind that gets stronger and stronger until he's shouting his Love Confession as they both get blown across the room while catching a face-full of newspapers, leaves and other rubbish. Annoyed, she puts her glasses back on and the wind suddenly stops, causing the hero to fall to the ground from the lamppost he was desperately holding on to.
Dr Johnson: What was it you were trying to say?Detective Boyle: Err... you might want to close that window. It's a little drafty.
- Queen of Outer Space. The Casanova of the crew is introduced smooching a gorgeous blonde. As his rocketship launches into space, the audience is gifted with a scene of the blast tousling her hair and clothing.
- Scrubs, justified because of a fan behind the character.
- It actually happens nearly every time an attractive female is introduced. Eventually lampshaded in the eighth season when JD narrates how he likes to describe attractive women walking in slow motion with wind blowing through their hair whenever she meets them.
- Played with this in the season 5 premiere:
Buffy to Dracula: You think you can just waft in with your music-video wind.
- Spoofed in the Imagine Spot in "Storyteller". Andrew is filming Buffy and Waxing Lyrical.
Andrew: (V.O.): You've already met Buffy. (Buffy gracefully pours herself a bowl of cereal, and shakes her hair sexily in the breeze that comes from nowhere, and looks directly into the camera) She's beautiful, with a lion's heart and (Buffy winks) and the face of an angel. She's never afraid 'cause she knows her side will always win.
- Played with this in the season 5 premiere:
- In Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Ned is convinced in one episode that his true love will be highlighted by a glowing light and this trope.
- The Suite Life on Deck: Zack finds a girl who doesn't fall for his charms, and as his feelings for her grow, when he looks at her, he sees her with the wind blowing through her hair.
- Chuck did this with the Buy More entrances of Sarah, Carina, Anna, and Hannah, lampshaded it by giving that same dramatic breeze to Morgan, and finally had the entire Nerd Herd receive the Hot Wind treatment courtesy of Morgan holding up a fan.
- 30 Rock - Liz Lemon sets up an industrial fan to create this effect for her when ex-boyfriend Floyd returns to New York needing a place to stay. Accompanied by full make up and ridiculously tight red dress, to create a much 'hotter' Lemon (who cannot breathe normally).
- How I Met Your Mother has this when McLarens hires a female bartender. Apparently being female and behind a bar not only makes you gorgeous, but also makes your hair blow in the wind.
- In The Dresden Files, three Raith sisters get this in Turn Coat. Justified, as they show up by jumping out of a helicopter that's level with the trees. Lampshaded by Harry, who said that if there were any justice in the world, he would get to watch them walk in slow motion.