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Basic Trope: A woman whose attire and/or dance style is similar to that used in belly dance.

  • Straight: Alice is often seen with a bare midriff, a bra-like top, and a long skirt or harem pants.
  • Exaggerated: Alice's outfit includes copper coins meant to express movement, a veil, and lots of bangle bracelets. And she wears this outfit all the time.
  • Downplayed: Alice is a belly dancer, but she dresses modestly.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is, in fact, a belly dancer.
    • The setting is a Qurac of the variety where this is common.
    • Alice has been taken into Go-Go Enslavement
  • Inverted: Alice wears jeans and a turtleneck sweater, sweatpants and a hoodie, a nun's habit, etc.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice appears wearing a long coat.
    • Alice takes belly dance lessons, but doesn't enjoy them and displays no talent for bellydancing.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But when she takes this off, she is has a bare midriff, a short top, and harem pants.
    • Until her boyfriend reveals that he likes bellydancers, and encourages her to stick with it. She becomes a good bellydancer because of this.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice shimmies and hip-snaps everywhere she goes, rather than walking normally.
    • She even wears her outfit whilst pregnant.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes, she is seen wearing clothes like this, other times not.
  • Averted: Alice does not wear anything comparable to belly dance attire.
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  • Enforced: Fanservice
  • Lampshaded: "Was their a sale of harem pants last week or what?"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: Releasing her choice of outfit just happens to makes her look like one anyway, Alice hides with a group of belly dancers to avoid pursuit.
  • Defied: Alice refuses to wear anything this revealing.
  • Discussed: "So what is the appeal of belly dancing to you, Alice?"
  • Conversed: "And the belly dancers arrive. According to this shoe, it's Arabia's leading export after oil and sand."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice comes from a very conservative family, who don't approve of belly dancing. As a result, Alice has to take lessons in secret, all the while feeling a little guilty.
    • Alternatively, Alice's status as a belly dancer earns unwanted attention from some boys at school.
    • Advertisement:
    • Alice's family is poor, and she has to help put bread on the table. Unfortunately, the venue she performs in attracts a rather seedy crowd. Alice has had many close calls with various perverts.
  • Reconstructed: Alice's parents realize that they were being too strict on their daughter, and allow for Alice to continue her dancing, provided that she doesn't abuse her abilities.
  • Played For Laughs: The one dressed like this is Bob.
  • Played For Drama: Alice has been taken into the harem of Emperor Evulz against her will and forced to dress like this and dance for him.

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