Hotter and Sexier

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

"Scene 3: Daphne Rubin-Vega plays Mimi. In 'Boheme', she's a sweet, shy seamstress. Now, she's a CRACK-HEAD, NYMPHOMANIAC PROSTITUTE! YEAH!"


Good news! You've acquired the rights to remake that classic cartoon you loved as a child as a movie / novelisation / TV series / comic book / whatever. But hold on; you watch the series again and you realize something. Shockingly, there's No Hugging, No Kissing - not even Sexual Tension or a gratuitous bikini shot. Well that will never do - surely people only ever watch TV for the sex, right? And what'll keep the parents entertained? There's only one for it: you'll have to make it Hotter and Sexier.

Firstly, all the female characters get Stripperiffic outfits while the men get Shirtless Scene after Shirtless Scene. Then add some "Witty Banter" between the lead characters about penis size, some bow-chicka-bow-wow, a "manly" hero and a Chaste Sidekick who's a stupid and innocent virgin, a Ms. Fanservice with Gag Boobs and no nudity taboo, and, of course, buckets of Fan Service. Heck, why not go all the way and chuck everyone in bed together and say it's just you making the series more mature.

Unsurprisingly, fans tend to dislike remakes that use this trope for several reasons. Firstly, these are characters that people have cherished since childhood, and it can be very disturbing to see them suddenly start making masturbation jokes. Secondly, some people feel awkward about blatant innuendos in children's shows, especially when they are so blatant that the clean meaning is harder to find than the dirty one. Third, it can seem insulting to both the viewers and to the franchise. It seems to be saying both that "Viewers are Morons -- they won't watch a show unless it has sex in it!" and "this show is so terrible that if we don't chuck some cheap titillation in, no-one'll watch it!". Finally, given that the sex is effectively added as an afterthought, it can often feel badly taped on, especially when the content is the result of Executive Meddling.

It's not always a bad thing. Some creators originally planned for their work to include lots of sex, only for it to be nixed by the Moral Guardians. Older works that were raunchy and risque at the time may not be as the times have changed, so to keep the same feel the sexual themes are exaggerated more than the original. As a result, when the work gets remade in a new, less restrictive media (such as TV to film, or anime to manga), the creator can restore what was cut before, with the advantage that this time, the content is properly integrated with the story.

It's not always bad when applied to costumes either. Sure, most of the time it's disheartening or trashy, but sometimes the design just looks better and sleeker.

A Super-Trope to Sexy Whatever Outfit.

A Sister Trope to Sex Sells.

Parallel to Darker and Edgier, Lighter and Softer, Bloodier and Gorier, and Younger and Hipper.

See also Historical Beauty Update, Avoid the Dreaded G Rating, Rated "M" for Money, and Fan Service Pack. Going in the opposite direction will often get you Bleached Underpants.

Examples of Hotter and Sexier include:


Anime and Manga

  • Battle Royale started as a novel and movie with a bit of UST and one attempted rape, along with an interrupted sex scene that's stopped before the two involved go all the way. When this became a manga, however, it gained masses of violent, bloody rape of people living, dying and dead.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, when moving from anime to manga, made Rei's shower scene (among others) more explicit by removing the Barbie Doll Anatomy and Scenery Censor that used in the anime. The films follow this pattern as well.
  • The spinoff/AlternateContinuity Slayers manga, The Hourglass of Falces, is probably the closest the series gets to this trope (even if it isn't the series proper). Basically, there's actually a decent plot that makes sense, and two major characters who didn't appear outside the novels (Luke and Milina) appear, but it usually falls under the shadow of the sheer amount of BOOBIES. The canonically-busty Princess Amelia gets an outfit switch that includes a short skirt flaunting a pair of panties and has the Boobs of Steel trope taken Up to Eleven, Milina's outfit changes entirely into a skimpy ensemble, and Lina makes up her flat-chested status for panty shots. Also, the Tagalong Kid for this manga, Noa, is a living stack of Fetish Fuel (enormous breasts, short skirt, and wets herself in fear in one scene). Add a lot of Skinship Grope, and you've got one hell of a racy spinoff...
  • When Mai-Otome was adapted into its manga counterpart, a number of non-canon Hentai chapters were added, apparently for no reason other than to boost sales.
    • Speaking of the Mai-Otome manga, even outside of the 'hentai' chapters, the fanservice levels were turned up to 11 compared to the original anime (which had fanservice, but nowhere near as much). The storyline was also changed, making it more harem-like, which for the intended target audience could also be considered a form of Hotter and Sexier. The manga adaptation of Mai-HiME looks child-friendly compared to it.
    • Mai-Otome Zwei also levels up the fanservice from Mai-Otome, with the Furo Scene in Episode 3 averting Barbie Doll Anatomy and skirting perilously close to the hentai line.
    • Mai-Otome itself is an example, compared to My-HiME, with the entire setting being built from the ground up to encourage yuri antics.
  • The Eiken OVA. Yes, the manga still had among other things the most over-the-top Gag Boobs in existence, but the OVA took it even farther. Somehow.
  • Gundam Seed probably had more explicit scenes than all of the other Gundam series combined (especially in the Special Edition, where we get to see Kira getting out of bed after having comfort sex with Fllay, then has flashbacks to such an event during battle). Being in an age where the Internet speeds up the pace of Rule 34 helps too.
  • The first Devil Hunter Yohko OAV had scenes that bordered on softcore porn, like a Brainwashed and Crazy Osamu's Attempted Rape of Yohko. However, the OAV after that one were Lighter and Softer to make it more appealing to younger audiences.
  • Nightmare of Nunnally, a manga spinoff of Code Geass that had Nunnally receiving a Geass along with Lelouch, had more fanservice then you can shake a stick at. Not to say Code Geass wasn't hot and sexy, but seems like the manga was specifically playing to the tune of the guys who read it.
  • While the Pokémon anime can come off as this, the Pokémon manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu on the other hand is a definite example of this trope, giving most of the female characters large breasts and tight, revealing outfits.
  • Blassreiter was already a not so kiddy version of Kamen Rider, Blassreiter Genetics does the aforementioned things and adds Nudity and some sex scenes (NOT Implied type, the softcore porn type) for good measure. Yet it had a bit of a Lighter and Softer appeal to it.
  • In the original manga of Chrono Crusade, Aion is a creep, but treats all the women in his group with respectful but platonic feelings, and while he delights in screwing with the minds of his enemies, he leaves their bodies alone. The anime version has him Forceful Kissing Rosette not once, but twice (and possibly even rape her off screen), and attempt to rape another female member of her True Companions, not to mention several scenes in which he purrs seductively into a character's ear.
  • Zero Zero Nine One is a Hotter and Sexier version of Cyborg 009, with a Ms. Fanservice Action Girl as the lead.
  • Lyrical Nanoha
  • With To LOVE-Ru as Fan Service-laden as it is, one would consider it impossible for this trope to apply any further, yes? No. To Love Ru Darkness, in its first chapter, promises even more fanservice than ever, with such things as unobstructed views on... stuff and Momo the Harem Seeker. To say the least, it delivers.
  • One Piece, where every adult female is either a Gonk or a sex goddess in her own right. It didn't start out that way though. The most blatant example is Nami, as illustrated here.
  • Go Nagai is well-known for his risky, borderline hentai titles. Heck, his break-out title was the eptly titled Harenchi Gakuen (Lewd School). This one was still a shounen manga though and never went beyond being naughty. In the mid 90's however, a reboot called Heisei Harenchi Gakuen hit the shelves, which finally was a full-fledged cartoon porn.
  • Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Inspector is chock full of fanservice moments, including a scene where Excellen gets brainwashed similar to what happened to Lamia in the ODE Incident of OG Gaiden along with a variety of other fun stuff like Ending Credits featuring the female cast in bathing suits as well as one with Elzam and Zengar.
  • Tenchi Muyo! GXP might be this compared to its preceding series. In one episode, even though it was only a holographic disguise, "Amane"'s outfit was so revealing that even Emma Frost would blush at it.
    • This also led to a bit of What the Hell, Casting Agency? in the dub. Seina's mother looks to be in her late 30s to mid 40s and is a bit on the heavy side, but she has a voice that makes her sound like a woman half her age and thus appearance. Who wrote this, Frank Miller?
  • When Mitsuki Oosawa got the job of making a manga based on the Fire Emblem Jugdral games, she managed to get away with cranking up the sexiness in the storyline quite a bit, via several scenes in which the characters are shown either having sex (nothing that graphic, though, more like R-rated), right after sexy times, or having rather erotic fantasies about their romantic partners. I.e.: the scene in which Diadora and Sigurd confess their mutual love has Sigurd hugging a wet and naked Diadora who had been skinny-dipping before he came in, and they go through Their First Time right after their wedding; Lachesis and Eltoshan are this close to have sex after recognizing their feelings for each other, only Elto's conscience stopping him form taking Lache's virginity and finally setting into a Last Kiss; Diadora's train of thoughts before being Brainwashed and Crazy includes more than one mental image of Sigurd and herself naked in each other's arms, and Sigurd also fantasizes about her nude self after her kidnapping; Lex and Ayra decide to get married when they're naked in bed and few after having sex (also coupled with Lex showing Hidden Depths and almost crying into Ayra's naked bosom after his Bad Dreams about his Missing Mom and his feud with Langobalt); and Lachesis and Fin have sex right after their love confession (this one is fully understandable since they're among the youngest members of the army, they go at it right before Fin leaves for Lester not knowing if he'll ever be back to her, and both of them were very emotionally exhausted after Eltoshan's execution, with Fin being barely able to keep Lachesis from crossing the Despair Event Horizon).
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a murder-mystery involving demons and survival, with some comic relief thrown here and there once in a while. But after the story being wrapped up in the anime, it seems to be getting this treatment with their fourth newest season, Higurashi Kira, filled with mindless fanservice.
    • This originally started with the Nekogoroshi one-shot OVA (Mion in a Fur Bikini anyone?), next came Rei with the FIRST OVA being a Pool Episode, and then Kira.
  • Mayu Shinjo's works (Sensual Phrase, Haou Airen, Akuma na Eros) are so full of PG-13-going-to-R sex scenes and fanservice that it's a wonder it was marketed and published as Shojo instead of Josei.
  • Inverted with Negima!?, Studio Shaft's adaptation of Mahou Sensei Negima. The original is known for having a fair deal of fanservice, but this anime had none. It was still a good series, but it felt odd.

Comic Books

  • Wildstorm's horribly misjudged Thundercats revival, which included amongst other things an aged-up (but still in their teens) Wilykit and Wilykat becoming Mumm-Ra's sex slaves.
    • Cheetara was chained provocatively to a wall in her first appearance, with the insinuation she'd been raped by the mutants.
  • And pictured above is Zenescope Entertainment's Grimm Fairy Tales, with the comic in question obviously centering around Little Red Riding Hood (although she isn't so little anymore). The wolf actually turns out to be the former lover of the teenaged Red. In the end, this story is merely a teenager's Dream Sequence based on her fight with a boyfriend who wanted to have sex with her.
    • Actually, Grimm Fairy Tales is a subversion – sure, all covers feature attractive women in fetishized costumes of fairy tales characters, or with those characters, but stories themselves are mostly modern versions of fairy tales, rather Darker and Edgier than Hotter and Sexier.
  • Happened to second Wonder Girl, once she moved from Young Justice to Teen Titans. This is how she was looking in her Young Justice days. This [dead link] is her current look.
  • Alan Moore's Lost Girls. In which Peter Pan and Wendy are watched by creepy old paedophile Captain Hook. In which Dorothy Gale's "transport" in the tornado is masturbation. In which Alice's Wonderland is a drug-fuelled lesbian orgy.

Fan Works


  • The Scooby Doo movies. Freddy in Daphne's body feels himself. Shaggy in Velma's body looking up her own skirt too. Hilarity Ensues in both cases.
  • Transformers managed to pick up a masturbation joke with several minutes of lead-in, several sex jokes and a rather Squicky make-out scene in the first installment of its live-action continuity.
    • It should be noted that one of the first photo releases of the 2007 film included Megan Fox's cleavage. Before a single photo release of a Transformer.
    • And did we mention that a large part of Bumblebee's pre-battle appearance basically involved him trying to get Mikaela and Sam to have sex in his back seat? And that the movie ended with the majority of the Autobots watching Sam and Mikaela make out on Bumblebee's hood? The Autobots are perverts.
    • On the other hand they did balance it out with plenty of Fan Disservice. Nobody needed to see that much of John Turturro.
    • A really hot blonde becoming a killer robot might be regarded as Fetish Retardant at its fullest or as Fetish Fuel, depending on your tastes.
    • In there is also Kiss Players.
  • Every single Uwe Boll adaptation of every videogame. Particularly Alone in the Dark, which was changed from a Lovecraftian detective story to a poor man's version of The Matrix. But with more sex.
  • The Live Action Adaptation of The Flintstones had Halle Berry as Fred's Sexy Secretary, with some lines that went beyond Parental Bonus. To prevent backlash, however, Wilma and Betty were not oversexualized, no matter what some fans thought about them...
  • The musical The Phantom of the Opera was already this compared to its source novel, but the movie of it is even more so - not to its benefit when it means the Phantom has been hit with severe Adaptational Attractiveness that makes all the talk of his hideousness prior to his unmasking moot.
  • Happens with a lot of adaptations of Dracula, in particular The Francis Ford Coppola version. Bram Stoker's Dracula is WAY more accurate to the novel than the Lugosi version,(probably because the Lugosi version is based on Hamilton Deane's play, and not Bram Stoker's book). However, the original novel had an old and ugly Dracula. While he did become younger looking as the novel progressed, Dracula was never described as anything close to attractive. Any Does This Remind You of Anything? events are closer to rape than sexy. The Count's portrayal in Bram Stoker's Dracula actually destroyed one potential interpretation of the original novel. The image of the dissolute Count (representing unrestrained animal sexuality) seducing cultured/repressed English girls becomes a lot less powerful when said English girls are strongly implied to be boinking each other.
    • Vampires were originally analogies to sexual predators, and nearly every series based around vampires exploits this. Although in several examples as time has gone by, it's become less about "vampires as sexual predators and rapists" and more about "vampires are so sexy!". The Victorian Vampire revival, of which Bram Stoker's novel was part, more or less created this stereotype: 'traditional' vampires were more closely associated with disease than with sex. The Victorian fixation on syphilis might have led to a link being drawn between those two things.
      • In all honesty, vampires were actually originally meant to represent disease and corruption. Tuberculosis and porphyria victims were often thought to be vampires. You can thank Mr. John Polidori, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and then Bram Stoker for making vampires sexual. There's nothing sexual about a supernaturally re-animated corpse that drinks blood (and not just from the neck - wrists and legs aren't uncommon) and spreads disease with its very presence.
  • The film versions of Dukes of Hazzard, which took a family friendly comedy series (with a resident, though mild fanservice character) and turned it into a sex comedy, complete with a raunchier unrated DVD version and R-rated direct-to-DVD sequel. Several actors from the original series even went public with their complaints.
  • Red Riding Hood is pretty arguably a great example of this (as well as Darker and Edgier), what with all the bondage-gear pseudo-medieval clothing and rolling about in the snow.
  • The Three Musketeers 2011, starring Milla Jovovich as Action Girl fourth member Milady De Winter... wait, wasn't she dropped off a cliff in the last Disney version?
  • Paint Your Wagon greatly rewrote the original musical play, adding subplots about prostitution and wife-sharing.


Live-Action TV

  • Game shows:
    • Family Feud: Progressively, starting (to an extent) the Ray Combs version, but never moreso than when Steve Harvey became host in 2010. Euphemisms for "penis" and "masturbate" are seen almost every day.
    • Match Game: Starting with the 1973 daytime version, where "boobs" was the most frequently uttered no-no, although double-entendre—many of them euphanisms for various sex terms—were uttered nearly every day. The original NBC run was rather sedate, although it had its share of humor.
    • Lingo, starting with the Bill Engvall-hosted reboot, has used almost nothing but double-entendre answers. In fact, the show is now rated TV-14 because of the dirty clues.
  • Doctor Who—the original series had a few scantily clad but wholesome companions, but double entendres and sex references were still kept a tight rein on. The revival is a bit more realistic, acknowledging that females might actually find an exotic time travelling alien sexy (the recent casting of the Doctor doesn't hurt in this regard). Nonetheless, double entendres have been kept to a minimum, as has implications of hanky panky in the TARDIS (the only confirmed sexual encounter mentioned in the series being between a married couple). Plus the female companions tend to wear much more clothing than their original-series counterparts (Amy's occasional kissogram costume notwithstanding). It's still rare enough that when Amy attempted to seduce the Doctor at the end of a 2010 episode, it caused an uproar. The series has also become a bit more open regarding LGBT characters, with one in particular, Jack Harkness, providing the revival series' only true nude scene and man-on-man snog.
  • Not only is Torchwood Darker and Edgier Doctor Who, but it's also Hotter and Sexier.
  • The second season of SeaQuest DSV replaced several of the coolest members of the cast with characters played by younger, sexier actors. While this wasn't the only factor contributing to the generally awful season, it certainly didn't help anything.
  • The Battlestar Galactica remake had a lot of this, but it was routinely buried by the massive piles of Darkness and Edge.
  • Trinity is basically a Hotter and Sexier version of traditional "Oxbridge" set dramas.
  • The TNT series Rizzoli and Isles, based on a series of books by author Tess Gerritsen, has cast the gorgeous Angie Harmon in the title role, despite the fact that in the books, Rizzoli is frequently described as either plain or average looking and with an irrational dislike for beautiful women.
  • The Zorro Mexican telenovela, named "Zorro: La Espada y la Rosa" ("Zorro: Sword and Rose"). It's apparently based on the Isabel Allende book on the character, and sexual allusions and metaphors are NO strangers to Mrs. Allende's's books.
    • Also, the Chilean telenovelas based on the book Martín Rivas and the Real Life of Chilean independence hero Manuel Rodríguez Erdoíza.
  • The Canadian version of So You Think You Can Dance notably pushes the envelope of how sexual dance routines can get.
  • CSI: Miami to the original CSI, as the innumerable shots of bikini girls per episode will remind you.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise was often promoted as a Hotter and Sexier version of Star Trek. Unfortunately, the decontamination scenes, male pregnancies and endless shirtless men came off as more childish than mature.
  • Victorious, compared to Dan Schnieder's other shows.


  • It's pretty much expected for all female pop singers to enter a "sexy phase" whenever album sales sag, or their audience enters a new age bracket. Even Jewel.
    • Male R&B pop stars are no stranger to this, either - Usher is a good example.
  • Nelly Furtado's first two albums were kinda experimental pop/folk... then Loose had her singing R&B/hip-hop, some with suggestive titles like "Promiscuous" and "Maneater". This came with a change inher wardrobe - giving birth between those albums helped her body to get good enough for those tight pants.
    • As indicated from the photos, Nelly Furtado is quite a mild example of this trope; as critics noted, she did not resort to just wearing underwear or grinding like some of her contemporaries.
  • The K Pop group T-ara did two music videos of their song, "Bo Peep Bo Peep". One is the normal version, and then the 19+ version which is basically softcore porn... Some think it's still "not porny enough" compared to Western music videos going the same way, but then again, this is South Korea we're talking about.
  • Hilary Duff is a subversion. Although some of her songs have gotten Hotter And Sexier (many critics noting it is a little weird to hear Lizzie McGuire sing lyrics like "Reach out and touch me"), she pretty much still wears the same clothing since her Disney days.
  • Miranda Cosgrove is starting[when?] this with her EP, High Maintenance. Note the last track of the EP, as it's just that.
  • Miley Cyrus's example is discussed further below in the Real Life section, but as far as her music career was concerned, she went there the moment she started Party In The USA.
  • Untitled (How Does It Feel) by D'angelo.
  • Lovage did this when they covered Berlin's "Sex (I'm A)". The Lovage version can be heard here and is either Hotter and Sexier or Narmy depending on taste. Probably Not Safe for Work either way.
  • Katy Perry started out as a Christian pop singer. Then she made "I Kissed a Girl"...


  • The revival of Cabaret in the 1990s directed by Sam Mendes was pointedly Hotter and Sexier despite the show being hardly clean in the first place.
  • The musical Chicago is greatly Hotter and Sexier than the original non-musical play.
  • Parodied by the tagline to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: "HISTORY JUST GOT ALL SEXYPANTS."
  • In the transition from La Boheme to Rent, most of the characters stayed pretty much the same. Except for Mimi, who went from sweet, soft-spoken and naïve seamstress, to junkie S&M dancer. A lot of the contrast between sweet Mimi and sexy Musetta/Maureen is lost, but Mimi actually becomes a more rounded character in the process.
    • Mimi's number "Out Tonight" became Hotter and Sexier in the transition between play and movie. In the play, the song is sexy, but it takes place in Mimi's apartment as she prepares to meet Roger. In the movie, it's an excuse for Rosario Dawson to do a strip routine.

Video Games

  • Deus Machina Demonbane is what happens when you do this sort of thing to the Cthulhu Mythos! To be fair, it still portrays most of what it borrowed as creepy as it's source, and lots of stuff is still freaky and decidedly non sexy Dagon and the Deep Ones come to mind. However, by the same token, no less than Nyarlathotep gets hit with this trope, and you wouldn't believe how sexy the result is.
  • The much-documented, "maturing" of the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time video game trilogy between the first and second games resulted in Stripperiffic villainesses who wore thongs and barely-there tops, female enemies who moaned and yelled vaguely S&M-related phrases while fighting, and, as the icing on the cake, many of the statues in the game were of (you guessed it) nude women. Plus lots of blood and heavy metal, of course. Interestingly enough, the first game got closer to depicting actual sex than the second, although, to be fair, there were bare-breasted statues back in Sands of Time, right from the first level. This is just part of real-world Indian architecture.
  • Soul Calibur goes through this. Sure. A simple way to describe Ivy. She was busty to begin with, but as later games came out, she grew and grew, and her clothes conversely shrank and shrank. Soul Calibur III started the Character Creation stuff, but SCIV turned this up several notches with destructible armor, every bonus character being a female, and especially Angol Fear's appearance and Shura's dialogue.
    • Ironically enough, in SCV, Ivy's clothing is far more modest than any of her default outfits in previous games.
  • The fan-made modules A Dance With Rogues and The Bastard of Kosigan are Darker and Edgier and Hotter And Sexier than the main Neverwinter Nights stories. The official expansion Hordes of the Underdark might be a more tame example, showing nearly nude drow women as opposed to the only Fanservice in the original campaign being Aribeth's Breast Plate. It also introduced romance between you and other characters, and succubi, human-sized fairies and other Cute Monster Girl enemies appear more frequently. A confrontation with the game's Big Bad even has her obviously trying to seduce you sexually.
  • Mass Effect 2 was much Hotter and Sexier than the first game, which had nothing beyond Space Clothes and one rather tame sex scene near the end. The second game had Asari walking around with Absolute Cleavage, female party members dressed in ridiculously skintight clothing (and in one case nothing but tattoos from the waist up), prison rape in backstories, etc. Oddly, the actual sex scenes ended up being tamer than those in the previous game, with only Jacob and Miranda showing any skin before the Sexy Discretion Shot.
  • Dragon Age II went through a similar progression as Mass Effect 2. In the first game, sex was present in the game-verse, but the characters didn't wear it on their sleeves, and even though you had sexy party members, they looked moderately normal. Come the sequel, many of the women have ample busoms, the player's dwarf companion walks around with his chest (virile carpet and all) exposed at all times, Everyone Is Bi, half the dialogue of one of your companions consists of sex jokes, and there is a far greater emphasis on the romance side-quests. On the other hand, two of the female party members (Merrill and Aveline) are not overly sexualized; Merrill has moderately-form-fitting but fully-covering robes and light chainmail, while Aveline wears platemail armor for 90% of the game.
    • Dragon Age II is a bit weird with this trope. While there are more sexual references, the sex scenes with your romantic partner are more chaste than the original. The characters might kiss and lead each other to bed, but the scene always fades to black before you see anything explicit. Visiting the local brothel is also a much more tame affair.
      • Isabela, however, is an example on her own. In her appearance in Origins, she wore rather silly armor that might qualify as a one piece swim suit with a leather skirt, though it was not as bad as the typical Chainmail Bikini. Nor was she the only one wearing it. Pretty much all the female light armor was a leather leotard or two piece. In Dragon Age 2, she trades it in for a too-small shirt, underwear, and thigh-high boots.
      • Isabela personally makes this change, but compared to the first game's Hot Witch and Token Evil Teammate Morrigan, the second game's main party is pretty overdressed.
  • Final Fantasy IV is no stranger to fanservice, which is unsurprising given the franchise it's from, but compared to the rest of the series is pretty tame aside from the Stripperific Rydia and Porom. The PSP remake of the game however adds visible sexual organs to numerous monsters, including asses to the Lamia and Succubus-type enemies and bare breasts to the Leshy, conveniently covered up by the positioning of her arms. In the game's defense though, these enemies always had these attributes, they just weren't as noticeable in previous releases due to the lower-quality graphics.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 managed to combine this with Lighter and Softer by upping the fanservice and Les Yay to 11 while making everything more cheerful.
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy does this to several characters thanks to its higher-quality graphics allowing 2D sprites and old concept artwork to be fully realized. Terra's alternate outfits provide an escalation of fanservice, baring her legs and midriff and making her quite pretty in the face, while the Cloud of Darkness was based on concept art instead of her sprites, and thus appears as a very shapely female clad in nothing but a cape and body paint. For the female fans, Warrior of Light and Firion have become full Bishonen with silver hair and muscular builds, Zidane is quite handsome thanks to the more traditional art style, and Kain is simply gorgeous with a head full of long, flowing blonde hair. And that voice...
  • Final Fantasy XII, Penelo is fully covered until the ending sequence and the sequel, Revenant Wings, where Penelo wears a less revealing dancer costume. Vaan may be almost shirtless in both games, but in Final Fantasy Tactics A2, he gets a new getup that makes him look more badass and hotter at the same time.
  • The Dead or Alive series is easily often considered this for the Fighting Game genre. But for better or for worse that is often the ONLY thing that people talk about the series. (Even though most other fighting game series do this for their female cast on a regular basis.) But in all fairness Tecmo wasn't exactly trying to stop it either especially after the Xtreme Beach series.
    • But yet oddly enough Tecmo tries to carefully make sure that the DOA girls sex appeal would only be used for things like Absolute Cleavage and Stripperiffic outfits. There is a popular theory that the first Xtreme Beach Volleyball game had bad sales due to its M rating for nudity (the only nudity being Christie's butt in the opening sequence).
  • Krystal from the Star FOX series was made exactly for this reason. The results have been very effective to say the least.
  • While the aforementioned game couldn't do anything TRULY explicit, God of War did prove you can have full-frontal female nudity and still have the game be M Rated. And despite all the attention Dead or Alive has gained for its Fan Service, Street Fighter and Fatal Fury have gone one step further; their anime movies have shown Chun-Li and Mai Shiranui respectively nude in the shower.
    • The lesson of this appears to be, so long as your game is set in Antiquity, having topless women walk around purely for the sake of being topless is just fine. Particularly if their dialogue advances the plot.
  • Certain fans feared that this is exactly what was going to happen to Metroid‍'‍s Samus Aran when it was announced that Tecmo and Team Ninja (of Dead or Alive, or "boing" fame) would be making {{Metroid: Other M. Ironically enough, her presence in this game is actually a lot more tame and modest than her normal appearances out of her armor. (After all, ever since the infamous Samus Is a Girl twist in the original game occurred Samus ended up becoming quite a Ms. Fanservice when she is not in her traditional power armor.)
  • This is the main reason Rouge the Bat was introduced in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
  • Before having Ivy and Sophitia (from Soul Calibur) jiggling about the camera whilst destroying each other's clothing, Namco proved they could taken the already-cleavage-familiar Tekken and spin-it-off into Death by Degrees, an action game that puts you in the numerous bullet-deflecting string bikinis of Nina Williams.
  • Nikki, from Crystal Dynamics' 2.5D platformer Pandemonium, was an average looking teenage girl in the original game. In the sequel, Pandemonium 2, Nikki is a much older looking woman with longer hair, bigger breasts, and full red lips. This might be a case of She's All Grown Up if it weren't from the fact that Nikki from the sequel looks like an entirely different character instead of an older version of the same character from the first game. The manual goes as far to lampshade this.

"Nikki is no longer a limpet-eyed young naif. She has grown, blossomed, "leafed-out and sapped" as it were. And as she has sprouted, so have her desires.... and her means to achieve them."

  • This happened to Judy Nails from the Guitar Hero series. In the first two games, she was a cute, fairly normal alt-rock chick. By the third game, she wore heavy make-up, changed her jeans and plaid for a mini-skirt and belly top, and of course there's also her sudden growth spurt.
    • It bears mentioning that between the second and third games the developers changed from Harmonix (who moved on to make Rock Band) to Neversoft after Red Octane sold the name to Activision.
  • TERA Online is basically "Lineage II with even nakeder girls."
  • No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise is practically the original game with improved graphics... And an extra game mode called "Very Sweet Mode" added, which has all the female characters from the original game in a lot skimpier outfits. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing depends on which character being depicted, but it should be noted that this applies to literally all of the female characters. Bearing in mind that the character of Speed Buster is a fat, elderly woman...well that should speak for itself.
  • The Dynasty Warriors characters have gotten progressively more attractive with each entry into the series, with the biggest jump occurring between the fifth and sixth installments. In particular, Sun Quan went from this to this. And that's not even getting into the increasing Stripperiffic-ness of Diao Chan's outfits.
  • The 3DS remake of Fatal Frame 2 has done this to the protagonists. In the original game, Mio and Mayu are two relatively cute, yet demure teen girls. In the remake, Mio has noticeable cleavage and Mayu's high-collared top has been replaced with one that shows off her chest and collarbones. Their faces have also undergone a revamp to make them more stereotypically attractive.
  • More boobage and less clothing was the order of the day for all the female characters in Mortal Kombat 9. Mileena even gets an entire fight scene wearing nothing more than a few strategically placed bandages.
  • The Castlevania series has Alucard. Circa the NES era, he's a middle-aged, wrinkled, unimpressive generic film-Dracula-esque character. Then came Symphony of the Night. The young, long-silver-haired, alabaster-skinned and fine-featured, impeccably dressed gentleman on the page graphic there. That's Alucard. Yowza. And Maria Renard from the previous game is all grown up.
  • Dead Rising 2 takes place in an adult playground and with it comes a lot more innuendo and more perverted moments than in the previous Dead Rising.
  • Assassin's Creed 2, compared to Altair who is pretty much Married to the Job. Ezio's quest for revenge does not stop him from catching a glimpse of the finer things in 15th Century Italy which include lovely courtesans and a couple of flings with girls. However, Ezio also has a siblings, parents, and extended family, so it may just be a case of better and deeper storytelling than this trope per se.
  • Jill Valentine's outfit (ie, her uniform) was pretty modest in the first Resident Evil game; the third, however, gave her this treatment with the notorious tube top and short-shorts getup. Fortunately, the remake made her outfit more practical.
  • In Mortal Kombat, it seemed the female fighters' outfits were getting progressively more skimpy in each installment. For example, Kitana went from this, to this, to this; unlockable skins were often even worse. Eventually, though, around the tenth game, developers made an about face and started giving the female characters more dignity.

Web Comics

Western Animation


Skinner: He's gradually getting away, Chief!
Wiggum: Ah, let him go. I have the feeling we'll meet again, each and every week. Always in more sexy and exciting ways!...

    • Arguably, the later seasons in general. They've never exactly shied away from making sexual references but there's a bit more... blatancy in the later ones. Marge getting breast implants, anyone? Or making out with Lindsay Neagle (in Homer's imagination)?
  • Introduction of Lola Bunny in Space Jam had this purpose in the Looney Tunes franchise.
  • Red Hot Riding Hood. Starts out as a normal Little Red Riding Hood until the characters suddenly rebel at this done-to-death staging and demand a fresh approach. Red is a sexy adult nightclub entertainer. It was voted #7 of The 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time.
  • In the Famous Studios Popeye shorts, Olive Oyl was made more attractive so it would make more sense that Popeye and Bluto were fighting over her.
  • While the original Cheetara is still considered sexy by fans, many agree that the 2011 version is much sexier.
  • Speaking of Cat Girls; some versions of the character raise the question of whether she is a human under a costume and for that matter, whether she is even wearing a costume. The animated movie Catwoman: Hunted answers both in the negative.

Real Life

  • A lot of pin-ups and centerfolds eventually turn into this. Starting out as standard mild but sexy non-nude modeling, then semi-nude, then completely nude, then explicit poses, soon followed by "insertions" (and possibly hardcore porn, though not always). Basically "Raunchier and Nastier". But depending on your taste that's likely not a bad thing. The glamour models who don't do nude pictorials probably don't do it not just because of any moral standard, but because they haven't been offered the right amount of money yet.
    • Case in point: Teri Weigel. She started her career as a Playboy Playmate in 1985. Soon after she posed for the more explicit Penthouse magazine. Eventually she started appearing in hardcore pornographic movies and magazines and even worked for a while as a legal prostitute at the Bunny Ranch brothel in Reno, Nevada... by which time Playboy had stopped mentioning that she had ever been a Playmate.
    • Other examples are Amber Easton, Meggan Mallone, Tila Tequila, Vicky6, Priya Rai, Brianna Frost and Francine Dee.
  • A lot of real life child actors will deliberately take on Hotter and Sexier roles when they're older, in an attempt to shed the "innocent child" image they've had and be seen as a legitimate adult actor who can take on mature roles. It works better for some than for others.
    • A la Anne Hathaway's switch from The Princess Diaries and Havoc.
    • Another example is Elizabeth Berkley from Saved by the Bell, who starred in the movie Showgirls in an attempt to shed her "good girl" image. It didn't work; the film bombed at the box office and was thrashed by critics, effectively killing Berkley's career.
    • An even more extreme (and successful) example is Miley Cyrus, who utterly shattered her Disney child star image to avoid being typecast as Hannah Montana until she was in her sixties. After a decade and her goal accomplished, she began dialing back her outrageousness.
    • Quasi-aversion: Although she also started out as a Disney child star (in films like Napoleon & Samantha, Freaky Friday, Candleshoe and Tom Sawyer), Jodie Foster's career-making role as a 14-year-old prostitute in Taxi Driver was not a case of trying to escape her image, but a progression into more serious films of a kind that she couldn't make for Disney.
  • Inverted with Barbie, whose wardrobe originally included lingerie (though most of her lingerie resembled long gowns, which Barbie will either use as undergarments or sleepwear), but by the late 2000s she cannot wear lingerie anymore to avoid alienating little girls.
  • Hula dancing is, in fact, an inversion. While the idea of the coconut bra is rather suggestive, those were added when tourism became popular in Hawaii and Polynesia. Traditionally, female hula dancers were topless.