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If the writer or artist wants to include a ridiculously sexy female character who is always dressed in skimpy outfits, he may choose to give a reason for this character to dress and behave the way she does. Maybe she's The Vamp, and is using it as a means to get what she wants from men, or maybe she's the Shameless Fanservice Girl who swears by the "you've got it, you flaunt it!" idea, or the Innocent Fanservice Girl, who simply doesn't know or care about the effect she has on men.

Then, there's this girl. She would prefer to dress modestly, and really doesn't like being ogled by men, but, for some reason, the universe conspires to have her dress in skimpy outfits or end up naked. Her clothes may get ripped or stolen, she may be pressured into it by her friends, she may have to serve as a sexy distraction for the idiot guards, the villain may have kidnapped her and forced her to wear a metal bikini... any excuse will do, but whatever the reason, she will always be unhappy about it.

Often played for laughs as a form of Butt Monkey-ness, although serious variants are also possible. After all, much of the humour of the situation depends on whether you think women being unwillingly stripped down carries a host of Unfortunate Implications, or is as harmless as any other fictional kink. If the author wishes to make a point about gender issues, this kind of Fan Service will often be toned down or Deconstructed.

A frequent consequence of the Third Law of Gender Bending. This sort of thing may also happen to the Mr. Fanservice.

Examples of Reluctant Fanservice Girl include:

Anime and Manga

  • Ranma-chan often finds her... uh, himself in this position in Ranma ½. Especially if Happosai is around.
  • Mikuru Asahina from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Haruhi is constantly trying to invoke tropes, and uses Mikuru for her appeal and tries to make her the Innocent Fanservice Girl, much to Mikuru's depair. While she eventually accepts her Meido outfit, she is still struggling to accept it when Haruhi tries to put more revealing outfits on her.
  • This is the entire concept of Maicchingu Machiko Sensei. The titular character continually finds herself naked due to the actions of her perverted students, the occassional non-human, or the nature of the universe itself.
  • A dozen examples could be found from Mahou Sensei Negima alone, Takane D. Goodman being the most notorious.
    • Further information: Takane is in the habit of using magically-generated clothing instead of actual clothing, and so her outfits tend to vanish completely whenever she's defeated in battle... and she's not exactly the most powerful side-character.
    • This is also known to happen to Asuna. Early incidents involved Negi's wind magic activating by accident, which blew off all Asuna's clothes without causing her any harm. This could be taken as Foreshadowing of her special abilities.
      • Negi's wind magic accidentally activating has done that to many girls, not just Asuna. The fact that his attempt to erase her memory also resulted in nothing more than clothing loss for Asuna, however, was foreshadowing of Asuna's magic cancel abilities. And later, her magic canceling abilities became so strong that she kept her clothes on when Negi's infamous strip-sneeze came around.
  • Gray from Fairy Tail is a male example. His training to resist the cold left him with a habit of stripping down to his boxers without realising, and he's always embarrassed to find out he's half-naked.
  • Mio Akiyama from K-On!. She's been forced into her share of costumes, not to mention tripping over a cord and landing in a panty-exposing position during the band's first performance in front of the whole school.
  • In Yaoi, the Uke sometimes take this role in relation to the Seme. And the audience.
  • Yuki from Fruits Basket, especially when he's forced to wear a beautiful girl's kimono for the school festival.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: In the virtual world mini-arc, Joey is forced to wear a the garb of a legendary warrior: a one-shouldered "barbarian" style garment cut very short. It's even skimpier than Mai' costume--although she's extremely comfortable in hers and Joey tries to avoid coming out in his.
  • In the Hentai Dragon Pink, Pink is constantly being humiliated in this way.
  • Infinite Stratos: Charlotte Dunois often mentions not minding nudity around Ichika, but would prefer that he ask first, yet still chides him for perversion.
  • Kallen from Code Geass has fallen into some precarious clothing and/or pose situations, to the point where part of the fanbase considers her nothing more than fanservice.
  • Ultimate Girls
  • The condition for Ringo's jumping power in Banana no Nana is that she has to wear a miniskirt that shows off her panties.
  • The Magical Girl outfit in Okusama wa Mahou Shoujo is designed for a standard young girl. Ureshiko, at 26, has a fully adult body, and she's not quite comfortable when people point out how it looks on her.
  • Karina aka Blue Rose in Tiger and Bunny is contractually obligated to go crime fighting in a Stripperiffic outfit despite how impractical and dangerous it is. Mainly because her sponsors market her largely on sex appeal.
  • This trope is a plot point in Kill la Kill . The Anti-Heroine Action Girl Ryuuko Matoi is extremely embarrassed regarding Senketsu, her super Stripperiffic Sailor Fuku that doubles as a Power Armor... and that's why she cannot unlock its full power and potential. By contrast, Satsuki Kiryuin is a Shameless Fanservice Girl who fully embraces her partial nudity when she dons her own Power Armor Junketsu, and therefore she can draw out all of its powers.

Comic Books



  • Mercy Thompson is frequently naked, as when she changes shape, her clothes don't come with her.
  • Amelia Windrose from Orphans of Chaos, constantly. A climactic scene in the third book is enacted with her naked the entire time, and a villain standing between her and the only towel. It's...much more serious than it sounds.

Live Action TV

  • Teri Hatcher's character in Desperate Housewives often ended up in this kind of situation.
  • Justified in Primeval: Abby wears minimal clothing in her flat because she's deliberately keeping the temperature above 30 Celsius. Why? Well, she happens to be caring for a prehistoric reptile.

Newspaper Comics

  • Sally Forth from the U.S. Armed Forces newspaper (not the one seen in civilian Newspaper Comics sections).
  • Jane from the Daily Mirror strip of the same name. An urban legend claims that during World War II, when a rumor went out that D-Day would coincide with Jane appearing fully naked for the first time, army brass specifically asked the artist to make it so.

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Western Animation


 Girl: Hercules, the Cyclops tore off my clothes!

Hercules: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

  • Fluttershy from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic becomes an in-universe example during her brief stint as a supermodel. She hated having the whole world stare at her, but the shy and embarrassed looks she gave to the camera were what got her discovered (in addition to her naturally being very graceful and beautiful). Also, even though ponies don't normally wear clothes, it was implied that some of the outfits she had to wear were chosen specifically to show off her body.
    • In a second season episode she even seems embarrassed that Rainbow Dash caught her naked in bed, even though, as stated, the characters usually don't wear clothes.
  • In the Voltron: Legendary Defender episode "The Voltron Show!", Coran forced Shiro to wear a super-tight shirt as part of his "Shiro the Hero" persona (that the audience sadly didn't get to see) in addition to putting all the emphasis on how popular he was with the fan base. Shiro was visibly uncomfortable with all of this.