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Usually when you include sexy characters in a work, you want to put them in revealing clothing for maximum fanservice. But what if these characters are warriors who are expected to wear armor into battle? Whether the technology of the setting calls for mail shirts, full plate armor, ballistic vests, or Space Marine suits, most types of practical armor hide all the "good parts" under layers of protection.
Alas, what's a creator to do? Well, if you aren't particularly worried about realism, you can dress them in something that kind of looks like armor, but is deed to show off the wearer's skin and secondary sex characteristics with seemingly no concern for safety or defensive usefulness. For females, the full-blown version looks like a bikini bathing suit—albeit one made of some armor-like material such as metal or leather—that leaves the whole body naked and exposed to danger except for those parts which cannot be shown on network TV: namely, the breasts, butt, and pubic area note And even then, they can push the envelope with things like Underboobs and Thong of Shielding.
Even if the skimpiness isn't that extreme, there will usually be skin showing at the neckline, shoulders, midriffor thighs. They don't seem worried about being Exposed to the Elementsor that someone might stab them in the belly or shoot an arrow at their sternum: the Cleavage Window in particular makes you wonder if they're trying to get shot there.
Additionally, armor materials that are stiff or bulky in real life will be implausibly stretchy and skin-hugging in drawing or animation, thus showing off the character's figure more. Most Writers Are Male may lead to instances where only females get the Chainmail Bikini treatment, while the guys are dressed in regular, non-sexualized armor. The creators' rationale may be that men need full armor to look menacing and professional which may carry Unfortunate Implications that a male character can be liked by the audience purely because he's a great warrior, while a female warrior Girls in chainmail worth including unless she also looks sexyor that having Female Gaze fanservice in addition to the Male Gaze is unnecessary because the show is only catering to a straight male target audience.
One of the most notorious and oft-parodied Girls in chainmail of this trope is in RPG videogames, where a suit of armor will look conventional on a male character, but will somehow morph into metal lingerie the moment a woman puts it on, even if it's literally the same suit transferred from one party member to another.
And of course protective ability isn't compromised even though half the material is missing. Barbarian Heroes and post-apocalyptic tribe members tend to be depicted as Walking Shirtless Scenes : you might add one big pauldron, a pair of forearm bracers, and an armored belt or loincloth, but nothing that would obscure those chiseled pecs and abs.
At the downplayed end you can have an armor version of Sleeves Are for Wimps to show off their muscular arms. There is debate about whether half-naked male warriors in fiction are sexually objectified in the same way as female ones, or whether a heroic, muscular body is merely part of the power fantasy that the male audience is encouraged to vicariously live through. It does seem, however, that at least some male examples are intended as legit fanservice.
The question of how a character can stay protected while wearing this stuff can be answered with protective runes in the form of tribal warpaint or tattoostheir actual armor consisting of invisible Deflector Shieldsa Healing Factor making armor moot, or the "wearer" simply being a Screaming Warrior with no sense of self-preservation.
Another Hand Wave is the idea that the character comes from a hot climate or a culture where less clothing is worn, or that they're a Fragile Speedster who doesn't like to be burdened with a lot of armor. If Played for Laughs by The Loonieit's usually "justified" by a distraction bonus. All of this is related to the idea that Armor Is Uselessor at least that there's little correlation between how useful it is and how much it visibly covers.
However, skimpy armor can potentially be justified if it was deed in-universe mainly for ceremony or entertainment, such as in Gladiator Games. Of course, if viewed from a gender-flipped perspective, some real-life warriors, such as the Celts of Europe and Zulus of Africa, are known for going into battle wearing next to nothing, but they carried shields for protection.
This means it's plausible that a female warrior could wear next-to-nothing, and still be an effective warrior, if they are equipped with a decent shield. Realistically speaking that should tend to lead to some gnarly battle scars, though. A downplayed feminine version is the so-called "boobplate", which is a breastplate that doesn't expose Girls in chainmail but is shaped with individual breast cups. As sometimes depicted—with deep cleavage and no room for protective garments—this could be an impractical de. In combat the deep cleavage would transfer some of the impact of a heavy blow to the breastbone, potentially wounding the wearer though much of the force would be lost, with the strike being deflected to the center chest instead of heading directly there - much like how a projectile loses force on a ricochet.
Deep Boobplate is dangerous even outside of combat, since the user in effect walks around with the equivalent of a war hammer pointed towards the center of their chest. If they should ever trip and fall, the inward-pointing bit between the cups will hit the sternum area with the full force of the fall.
Men in history have worn decorative armors with similar "shot traps" and it's been proposed that the real Girls in chainmail there are no historical examples of "boobplate" is that there were nowhere near enough women buying bespoke armors for themselves that a new style would be created for them; most women who donned armor had to make do with whatever they could get their hands on, and the very few professional women-at-arms who purchased bespoke armor could use the male template just fine as long as it was tailored to their measurements.
Many medieval breastplates had a dome-like shape with plenty of empty space over the chest, so a smaller bust would fit with no problem, while a larger one could be accomodated by just increasing the globose shape or shifting it upwards. Of course, there's a real-life parallel in the form of armored codpieces, or "schlong armor" as some jokingly call it, so maybe it's not implausible for a "fancified breastplate" to be Girls in chainmail in a fictional society where female warriors are more common and more assertive about their sex than they were historically.
A mainstay of Speculative Fiction. Form-Fitting Wardrobe is a supertrope describing any outfit that's depicted as more form-fitting than its real life version. It may or may not be worn as Hour Armor. Not much of a concern, protection-wise, if Armor Is Useless. For people who fight completely naked see Full-Frontal Assault. A Girls in chainmail bikini is a common look for a Nubile Savage. There is a Web Comic called Chainmail Bikiniwhich naturally features one.
Please note when adding examples that scale armor and plate armor should not be called "scale mail" or "plate mail" note not to be confused with the legitimate terms "plated mail" and "mail-and-plate" armor, referring to armor with pieces of plate integrated into a mail weave by rings passing through holes punched in the edges of the plate ; This is a mistake introduced by 19th century scholars when they misused the term "mail" or "maille" — which properly refers only to armor of interlocking iron rings — as a generic term for any kind of armor, making up compound words like "scale mail" to refer to specific types of armor.
As a result of this misuse, they had to invent the term "chainmail" for when they needed to refer to the only kind of armor that was originally called "mail". The term "chainmail" is still used today and in this trope's name even though it is technically redundant note and to be fair, the Japanese language at least uses the word "chain" in its term for mail: kusari gusoku literally means "chain armor"but "plate mail" and the like are just plain wrong.
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Follow TV Tropes. You need to to do this. Get Known if you don't have an. Now available in His and Hers. Rico: Why would they give her such skimpy armor that Girls in chainmail only protect such a small portion of her body? Bron: How would I know? Maybe those are the only parts of her that are vulnerable! A Pepsi commercial features Britney SpearsP! Back in The '80sGirls in chainmail advertisements for Rumple Minze a German peppermint schnapps brand featured a Valkyrie-like woman wearing a Plate Bikini, a leather G-string, and thigh-high boots while wielding a sword and shield and riding a polar bear.
Somewhat justified in Mylene is an Action Girl with missile breastsso she gets one slapped on her if she's captured by a villain. In Assassination ClassroomIrina had initially suggested a sexier, more revealing look when coming up with the de for the female students' new P. The students complain that the skimpy de would've reduced most of its defensive capabilities to zero. Ayakashi Triangle : Parodied when Suzu takes up Reo's offer to wear some gear.
Suzu asks for a "cute" set, not really understanding Reo's tastes until she's already wearing it. The "Sexy Gear" is a very heavily modified version of Matsuri's armor that exposes the lower third of her breastspart of her crotch, and essentially all of her thighs, buttabdomenand back.
To make it extra ridiculous, is does cover her arms below the shoulder and legs from the knee down. Reo: An ayakashi would go down so easily with this seduction trap! Matsuri: Why would you seduce an ayakashi?! Suzu: Just hurry and put me back in my own clothes! Comic Books. A temporal anomaly unleashes characters from different dimensions and time periods in Barry's basement. One of them is an Amazon wearing this, prompting Jeremy to ask her if it chafes. X gets a boob plate variant from Muramasa in All-New Wolverine It's forged from pieces of the souls of herself, Dakenand Gabby, and its purpose is to protect her from bullets crafted from the Healing Factor -nullifying Muramasa Blade, so it's a less egregious example than most.
A metal bra and panties are all the armor Angela needs to fight. In an issue of Avengersthe team entered a city that had been transformed to an ancient version of itself by Kulan Gath a frequent tactic of his.
Their clothes transformed as they entered the city, with She-Hulk ending up in a chainmail bikini reminiscent of Red Sonja's. This was probably a direct homage, given that Kulan Gath is Sonja's arch-enemy. In the first few issues of Artesiathe heroine wore full armor on her upper body - and nothing between her tassets and greaves, showing off a lot of leg as well as leather "panties.
She and other female soldiers has angular projections formed into her curaiss that obviously represent breasts - but otherwise female warriors wear more or less the same armor as their male counterparts. Black Moon Chronicles : Feydriva and Pilou both wear armor that exposes quite a lot of their well-formed bodies. Although Pilou at least has the excuse that he's also a thief, so carrying less bulk is a plus.
Parodied in the comic series Cerebus the Aardvark : when 'Red Sophia' tries to seduce Cerebus by removing the top of her chainmail bikini, he snidely retorts that the swelling ought to go down eventually if she'd stop wearing it. Exoristos in Demon Knights. Lampshaded when a young child tells Exoristos that she dresses like a tart note British English for "slut"which Exoristos takes as a compliment, while wondering if it is some kind of pastry. Worn by the Amazastanians Girls in chainmail warrior race that consists solely of stunningly attractive women with physical ages of 18 to 20 in Doctor Who comic strip "The Green-Eyed Monster" in Doctor Who Magazine although this entire adventure might just be a delusion of Rose's.
He gives them both pre-generated characters, which has both of their characters attired in the stereotypical fantasy armour. Kayleigh immediately remarks on the ludicrous impracticality of their outfits; and promptly has her character make for the nearest armourer to purchase more practical gear for them both.
Taken to extremes in Earth X by Iron Maiden, who's of the molded plate variety. It makes sense to a point, since her power is to shape the metal that encases her, but a concept drawing featured in issue 4 shows not just breast-plate but navel-plate and what looks to be cameltoe-plate. Helga in Garfield: His 9 Lives. It's literally just a metal bikini; it doesn't even have shoulder straps. Parodied in L. Stealth, the Girl from L. Sure enough, when two graduates of the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy start shooting at her, we see bullets bouncing off the bikini, and apparently not hitting her anywhere else.
Lampshaded by the bank-robbing aliens in one of Jhonen Vasquez 's Meanwhile strips, pointing out that the tiny plate of armor on Lady Sexhole's forehead is protecting the last thing she should be concerned about. Lampshaded in Princeless. The blacksmith Girls in chainmail tries to sell several suits of very skimpy armor to Adrienne, the protagonist. Adrienne proceeds to point out how useless the armors would be in an actual battle, and ends up getting jeers and catcalls when she is forced to wear one of the suits in public.
In an interview when she began writing for the series, Gail Simone said she didn't view it as armor at all, and was surprised that people did. Gerd tells her that the main advantage a woman fighting men has is agility, so being weighed down is not the Girls in chainmail to go. And if your opponent is Distracted by the Sexythat doesn't hurt either. The Queen Sonja series tells a different backstory than the aboverevealing that her bikini wasn't even intended to be armor either, it was a slave girl disguise given to Sonja by her late boyfriend Kain which they used to infiltrate a temple and rescue their allies.
He died in action and ever since she kept the outfit as a Tragic Keepsake. Yet another different version is told in Red Sonja: Ballad of the Red Goddess : the Goddess empowers Sonja and grants her a mighty sword, but as she announces that Sonja will also receive a full-clad armor. Sonja rejects that, because she wants every evildoer she battles to know that she is a woman. The Goddess cl her then on the iconical chainmail bikini. This story was written by Roy Thomas, Sonja's creator, and drawn by Esteban Maroto, the first artist to draw her in chainmail lingerie, so it's as close as we could get to a "canonical" origin for the outfit.
In Requiem Vampire KnightClaudia wears literal lingerie armor in a tournament fight. Also worn by the Sisters of Bloodbut they are more creepy than sexyand in a dark take, as prone to disfiguring injuries as anyone else.
Equina, a well endowed criminal centaur who fought Robin and Blue Devilwears a form-fitted strapless boobplate and helmet in place of any reasonable clothes or practical armor. Tarot's "armour" in Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. The way Jim Balent draws it, it amounts to little more than a rigid thong bikini held on with pen-line-thin straps. And she's got a relatively high amount of coverage compared to most other characters. Her sister, Raven Hex, for example, wears "armor" that effectively consists of spiked pasties and dental floss.
Then again, Raven Hex's breasts probably weigh more than the rest of her torso. Lampshaded in the second Van Von Hunter book, wherein Stripperiffic villain Adonette is shot by a rather The woman's practically half-naked over there and you go and hit the ONE piece of armor she IS wearing?! Comic Strips. SnarfQuest : Some of Telerie's choices for combat attire are questionable; such as a chainmail shirt that just covers her breasts and a Lady Legionnaire Wear skirt, leaving both her midriff and her legs bare. One What's New?
Phil eventually outfits her with a still somewhat sexy but far more practical outfit; Dixie then declares that "it's [his] turn", strips him down to nothing but a loincloth and a dagger, and pits him against a dragon. In Ambition of the Red PrincessMalty tries to get the skimpy two piece armor she had in canon, only for the blacksmith to remark such armor is deed to look good and attract suitors on hunting trips. She ends up getting more practical leather armor instead at his insistence. None of that pseudo-bodice lift-and-separateguide-swords-to-the-center nonsense you see Girls in chainmail fantasy games.Girls in chainmail
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