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  • Nightfall (Series): All vampires are beautiful, but Tristan in particular is described as a Pretty Boy by friends and enemies alike.
  • The Old Kingdom trilogy's Touchstone, resident Human Popsicle and possibly long-lost heir to the throne. Features a Dark and Troubled Past and tendency to go berserk when Sabriel is threatened. Better known for his Naked First Impression, and kilt.
  • Dora Wilk Series has some. As narrator, Dora, gets more and more infatuated with Miron, we're getting more and more descriptions of how handsome he is. Then there's Baal, who becomes Dora's good friend. When she's Dreaming of Things to Come, her dream starts with Baal banging a girl and description, while not being porn-like, is very... informative about him. Spoofed, though, when girl ends up assassinating him.
  • Twilight, obviously, has its share: A good three-quarters of the book is Bella telling us how perfect and handsome Edward Cullen is.
    • Bella's dad lampshades it for Dr. Carlisle Cullen, saying that it is a good thing he's happily married, and that the nurses have trouble concentrating around him.
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    • In the movies, Jacob (Taylor Lautner) has so many Shirtless Scenes that Edward eventually lampshades it to Bella—not quite a Walking Shirtless Scene, but ...
  • In Hilary McKay's Casson Family Series, there is a sizable selection. Tom, Indigo, Darling Michael, and even Bill Casson, so much so that Sarah lampshades this on Rose's blog because of the Estrogen Brigade that Bill gathers with an Even the Guys Want Him statement used to drive his fangirls off.
  • Tall, dark and handsome Louis from the Charlie Parker Series is constantly the subject of paragraphs describing how incredibly attractive he is, often in contrast to his short, aging, unattractive partner Angel. A flashback to his and Angel's first meeting, when he comes out of the shower dripping wet with only a small towel protecting his modesty, is particularly notable. In universe, he constantly has waitresses and secretaries hitting on him, and is easily able to flirt information out of women when necessary.
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  • Even without a movie, or even an illustration, Garrid still manages to be this for Tales of the Frog Princess.
  • Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games, in-universe. Of course, this series being what it is, this trope gets deconstructed when it's revealed that President Snow has been forcing him to prostitute himself because desirability = profit.
  • Bast from The Kingkiller Chronicle as lampshaded in a comic summary of the novel posted on Rothfuss' blog.
  • In The Dresden Files, every book in which Thomas Raith (an incubus) makes an appearance will have a passage of varying length describing exactly how physically gorgeous he is, in addition to the supernatural incubus influence. It's actually a serious problem for him when he tries to be a Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire and get a normal job, as his female colleagues keep (literally) jumping on him no matter how hard he tries to dissuade them, and when he's caught the Double Standard causes his manager to assume he's the instigator and fire him. This happens repeatedly, with him getting increasingly fed up of being fired and not being able to feed properly without harming anyone until he eventually gets a job pretending to be a gay hairdresser, where he can safely feed through the slight but near-constant physical contact without harming anyone.
  • Alec Scudder in Maurice is an example of this. He's gay, he's up for getting down with Maurice and their relationship doesn't end up with anyone dying.
  • Hornblower from Horatio Hornblower series is Mr Fanservice even on paper. Ladies are known to be attracted to men in uniforms, but Hornblower gets a Shower Scene every now and then, too. As a captain, Hornblower is known to his crew for taking a daily shower by having a couple of sailors at the pump with a hose—even in the Baltic where the water is freezing, and an incident partway through has him moving around the deck without any clothes on for about half an hour. The first time this habit appears chronologically is in Lieutenant Hornblower, where it's described in great detail: the hoseman pumping a stream of water on him, casting a towel aside, standing there naked in the sunshine, an amused crowd gathering to watch and Mr Bush's musings that it might be pleasurable despite being unhealthy.
  • In The Wise Man's Fear, Tempi's default costume is a suit of skin-tight "mercenary reds." Of course, he spends a considerable portion of the expedition not wearing a shirt, or entirely naked.
  • Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices. Big time. His good looks are given a lot of attention.
  • In The Mortal Instruments, much attention is given to how attractive Jace is, especially since the viewpoint character is in love with him.
  • A few Harry Potter characters qualify.
    • Cedric Diggory, whose good looks bordered on being a running gag during his time in the series. The fact that he's a total sweetheart (to the point that he tried to forfeit a Quidditch match after his team already won) certainly helps. Even infamously whiny ghost girl Moaning Myrtle took notice. Too bad he dies at the end of the book.
    • Sirius Black was once this in his youth, though all those years imprisoned in Azkaban for a crime he didn't commit robbed him of that (Harry observes that there are some vestiges of handsomeness left on his face, though).
    • Firenze is a Long-Haired Pretty Boy who doesn't wear shirts and causes Lavender Brown and Parvati Patil to get over their sadness at the sacking of their favorite teacher because they're too busy swooning over him when he acts as her replacement. That said, he's also a centaur.
  • Dimitri from Vampire Academy is described as a "god", and his well-toned physique is frequently mentioned.
  • Reqi in Wise Phuul finds himself showered with attention from both men and women. It doesn't do any good: he's asexual.
  • In Death has Roarke. Kind of a given since it's a romance heavy series, but he actually manages more than one fanservice moment in universe. The most egregious being the time he walked through the background of a video call Eve was having while soaking wet in nothing more than a towel. He was admonished to put some clothes on because he was frying her co-worker's brain. He also showed absolutely no shame whatsoever about this.
  • Jem in the Hetty Feather series is frequently described as literally Tall, Dark, and Handsome .


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