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Sexy Lamp?

I really don't understand the "sexy lamp test." Obviously, you can't really have a lamp replace a character, but the figurative interpretation is escaping me. Is the point that she has no lines and just shows off her body? Is it like Moneypenny, who sometimes solves minor problems but doesn't do a whole lot in the Bond films? Even when she stops being sexy? How about a femme fatale in a noir who gets the case rolling but doesn't do much after that? I mean, a lamp wouldn't get the case rolling, but generally the character's role is limited to sex appeal. The ambiguity of this bothers me. Can anyone add a clarification to the test description? Ambiguity in a litmus test is no one's friend. --Dragonclaws(talk) 16:50, March 8, 2015 (UTC)

-- If you remove the character entirely and whatever subplot they were doing, and the main story still remains unchanged. it fails the test. 00:06, September 8, 2015 (UTC)

No lines is not a solid measure, for instance a "dame" who's only delivering someone else's message to the PI could just as well be a sexy lamp with a Post-It note from the note-sender. (Extra sexism points if the note would have to include something like "get to work or this lamp gets it"). --Pecc (talk) 15:03, September 8, 2015 (UTC)