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1st Feb '16 7:50:21 PM ultimomant
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* Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy in [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants]]; lampshaded by Mermaid Man himself in one episode where he explains the power of the hero "is in the costume", or what he refers to as "colored undies".
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* Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy in [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants]]; ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''; lampshaded by Mermaid Man himself in one episode where he explains the power of the hero "is in the costume", or what he refers to as "colored undies".
15th Jan '16 5:24:47 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy in [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants]]; lampshaded by Mermaid Man himself in one episode where he explains the power of the hero "is in the costume", or what he refers to as "colored undies".
7th Jan '16 4:19:40 PM nombretomado
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* ''SpaceChannel5 Part 2'': According to its description, the Super Ulala Suit is "Rumored to be just underwear." (If that's the case, it'd be some pretty unusual underwear . . .) * Videogame/DeathSpank wears naught but armored boots and a purple thong (called the "Thong of Justice") on his lower body. * In Videogame/ScarletBlade, underwear can increase your character's stats and, if you so desire, you can run around wearing just that.
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* ''SpaceChannel5 ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Part 2'': According to its description, the Super Ulala Suit is "Rumored to be just underwear." (If that's the case, it'd be some pretty unusual underwear . . .) * Videogame/DeathSpank ''Videogame/DeathSpank'' wears naught but armored boots and a purple thong (called the "Thong of Justice") on his lower body. * In Videogame/ScarletBlade, ''Videogame/ScarletBlade'', underwear can increase your character's stats and, if you so desire, you can run around wearing just that.
6th Jan '16 8:03:04 PM nombretomado
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* ''SoulCalibur 3'' and ''4'' allow you to do this in their character creation, and, in fact, you generally have to do this in ''Soul Calibur 4'', since ClothingDamage is almost assured anyway. The only four real options for underwear are [[{{Loincloth}} furry [=loincloths=]]] (for men), UnderwearOfPower (for both) in all shapes in sizes (from actual thongs (for the guys) to a bottom and pantyhose (for the girls)), and a couple versions of LeotardOfPower. ** For those who prefer their fights in SoulCalibur 4 to look less ridiculous by having your character actually be wearing something by the end of it, there are full suits of mail armor for both genders.
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* ''SoulCalibur ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur 3'' and ''4'' allow you to do this in their character creation, and, in fact, you generally have to do this in ''Soul Calibur 4'', since ClothingDamage is almost assured anyway. The only four real options for underwear are [[{{Loincloth}} furry [=loincloths=]]] (for men), UnderwearOfPower (for both) in all shapes in sizes (from actual thongs (for the guys) to a bottom and pantyhose (for the girls)), and a couple versions of LeotardOfPower. ** For those who prefer their fights in SoulCalibur 4 ''[=SoulCalibur=] 4'' to look less ridiculous by having your character actually be wearing something by the end of it, there are full suits of mail armor for both genders.
2nd Jan '16 5:08:43 PM ryanasaurus0077
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One of the most schizophrenic examples of indentation I have ever had the misfortune to deal with.
* The infamous codpiece worn by God Tier Gamzee in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Less extremely, a similar item worn by his ancestor, the Grand Highblood. God tier Pages also wear tiny speedos as part of their outfit.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': ** The infamous codpiece worn by God Tier Gamzee in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Gamzee. ** Less extremely, a similar item worn by his ancestor, the Grand Highblood. Highblood. ** God tier Pages also wear tiny speedos as part of their outfit.
1st Jan '16 6:14:27 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* The Spartan warriors of ''Film/ThreeHundred'' all wear little leather man-panties and opera capes. The panties are to avert a FullFrontalAssault -- they didn't bother with them in the graphic novel. Although in real life, the Spartans wore bronze armor; part of their superiority as a fighting force was their use of bronze armor, shields, and weaponry.
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* The Spartan warriors of ''Film/ThreeHundred'' all wear little leather man-panties and opera capes. The panties are to avert a FullFrontalAssault -- they didn't bother with them in the graphic novel. Although in [[labelnote:Historical note]]In real life, the Spartans wore bronze armor; part of their superiority as a fighting force was their use of bronze armor, shields, and weaponry.[[/labelnote]]
31st Dec '15 9:28:37 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* Everyone from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' count as examples of the underwear on the outside variety. Could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since superhero designer Edna Mode is rather unconventional, and may have a strange sense of humor to boot.
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* Everyone from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' count as examples of the underwear on the outside variety. Could [[note]]Could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since superhero designer Edna Mode is rather unconventional, and may have a strange sense of humor to boot.[[/note]]
30th Dec '15 7:03:11 PM ryanasaurus0077
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** ComicBook/{{Robin}} (Dick Grayson), is a notable example, as him wearing this is one of the things that started all the Batman HoYay that the early Batman comics are ridiculed for. Strangely the original Robin suit started out as a modified version of Dick Grayson's old circus outfit, actually making it a LeotardOfPower
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** ComicBook/{{Robin}} (Dick Grayson), is a notable example, as him wearing this is one of the things that started all the Batman HoYay that the early Batman comics are ridiculed for. Strangely [[note]]Strangely the original Robin suit started out as a modified version of Dick Grayson's old circus outfit, actually making it a LeotardOfPowerLeotardOfPower[[/note]]
13th Dec '15 8:25:42 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/MarvelComics had this on several characters, including ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, [[ComicBook/XMen Colossus,]] ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]], [[SubMariner Namor]], TheVision, several of [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]]'s superhero identities, and a few others. While not as prevalent as in Franchise/TheDCU, it's still prominent.
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* Creator/MarvelComics had this on several characters, including ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, [[ComicBook/XMen Colossus,]] ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]], [[SubMariner [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], TheVision, ComicBook/TheVision, several of [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]]'s superhero identities, and a few others. While not as prevalent as in Franchise/TheDCU, it's still prominent.
7th Dec '15 4:12:41 AM StFan
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]] * Similar to the above, the OVA series ''Manga/ArcadeGamerFubuki'', wherein the title character's literal UnderwearOfPower would give Fubuki mad gaming skillz (but only when [[PantyShot she exposed them to the world at large]]) * ''Manga/AstroBoy''
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]] [[folder:Anime & Manga]] * Similar to the above, the The OVA series ''Manga/ArcadeGamerFubuki'', wherein the title character's literal UnderwearOfPower would give Fubuki mad gaming skillz (but only when [[PantyShot she exposed them to the world at large]]) * %%* ''Manga/AstroBoy''

* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has Frieza, his father King Cold, and several of their minions--Captain Ginyu, Zarbon, and Jeice, among others--all running around in their underwear. Seems to be standard issue in Frieza's army.
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has Frieza, his father King Cold, and several of their minions--Captain minions -- Captain Ginyu, Zarbon, and Jeice, among others--all others -- all running around in their underwear. Seems to be standard issue in Frieza's army.

[[folder: Comic Books ]] * The TropeMaker (and also the TropeCodifier outside of the States) is likely ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'': Red-and-black-striped underwear on blue/purple has been a constant (and much-mocked) part of his costume since his first appearance in 1936. * And for those not aware of the former there's always the many examples in Creator/DCComics, particularly Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}, who had the interesting (but hilarious) quirk of wearing them ''over their regular clothes.'' In addition, Comicbook/WonderWoman originally had one of these, until she traded it in for a LeotardOfPower. In any case, listing all of them is, in itself, a job for Superman.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]] [[folder:Card Games]] * The TropeMaker (and also card game ''Super TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' has one card named "Underwear on the TropeCodifier outside of the States) is likely ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'': Red-and-black-striped underwear on blue/purple has been outside", that gives a constant (and much-mocked) part of his costume since his first appearance in 1936. free level to its player. [[/folder]] [[folder:Comic Books]] * And for those not aware of the former there's There's always the many examples in Creator/DCComics, particularly Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}, who had the interesting (but hilarious) quirk of wearing them ''over their regular clothes.'' In addition, Comicbook/WonderWoman originally had one of these, until she traded it in for a LeotardOfPower. In any case, listing all of them is, in itself, a job for Superman.

** ComicBook/{{Robin}} (Dick Grayson), is a notable example, as him wearing this is one of the things that started all the Batman HoYay that the early Batman comics are ridiculed for. *** Strangely the original Robin suit started out as a modified version of Dick Grayson's old circus outfit actually making it a LeotardOfPower
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** ComicBook/{{Robin}} (Dick Grayson), is a notable example, as him wearing this is one of the things that started all the Batman HoYay that the early Batman comics are ridiculed for. *** for. Strangely the original Robin suit started out as a modified version of Dick Grayson's old circus outfit outfit, actually making it a LeotardOfPower

* Creator/MarvelComics had this on several characters, including ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Colossus,]] ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]], [[SubMariner Namor]], TheVision, several of [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]]'s superhero identities, and a few others. While not as prevalent as in TheDCU, it's still prominent.
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* Creator/MarvelComics had this on several characters, including ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen Colossus,]] ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]], [[SubMariner Namor]], TheVision, several of [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]]'s superhero identities, and a few others. While not as prevalent as in TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, it's still prominent.


[[folder:Film]] * Everyone from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' count as examples of the underwear on the outside variety. ** Could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since superhero designer Edna Mode is rather unconventional, and may have a strange sense of humor to boot. * Parodied in ''Film/TheReturnOfCaptainInvincible'' when one of the charges levelled against the eponymous superhero was of showing his underpants in public. * The Spartan warriors of ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'' all wear little leather man-panties and opera capes. The panties are probably to avert a FullFrontalAssault. ** Entirely, since they didn't bother with them in the graphic novel. *** Although in real life, the Spartans wore bronze armor; part of their superiority as a fighting force was their use of bronze armor, shields, and weaponry. * ''Film/SuckerPunch'' features two female characters whose outfits specifically frame their panties in the form of a pair of pants with strategic cutouts and the strangest looking [[BadassLongcoat Longcoat]][[{{Buffyspeak}} -like-thing]] in the history of cinematic {{Fanservice}}.
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[[folder:Film]] [[folder:Comic Strips]] * Everyone from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' count as examples The TropeMaker (and also the TropeCodifier outside of the States) is likely ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'': Red-and-black-striped underwear on the outside variety. ** Could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] blue/purple has been a constant (and much-mocked) part of his costume since superhero designer Edna Mode his first appearance in 1936. * The old variation is rather unconventional, and may have a strange sense of humor to boot. * Parodied mocked in ''Film/TheReturnOfCaptainInvincible'' when one of the charges levelled against the eponymous superhero was of showing [[http://www.hs.fi/fingerpori/1135245149432 this]] Finnish comic strip. -->'''Superman:''' [snicker]\\ '''Batman:''' Did you see...\\ '''Superman:''' ...that guy wore his underpants in public. ''under'' his clothes! * The Spartan warriors A [[http://www.gocomics.com/inkpen/2011/09/04 Sunday Strip]] of ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'' all wear little leather man-panties and opera capes. The panties are probably to avert a FullFrontalAssault. ** Entirely, since they didn't bother with them in ''ComicStrip/InkPen'' references the graphic novel. *** Although decline in real life, the Spartans wore bronze armor; part of their superiority as a fighting force was their use of bronze armor, shields, and weaponry. * ''Film/SuckerPunch'' features two female characters whose outfits specifically frame their panties in the form of a pair of pants with strategic cutouts and the strangest looking [[BadassLongcoat Longcoat]][[{{Buffyspeak}} -like-thing]] in the history of cinematic {{Fanservice}}. this trend.

[[folder:Literature]] * CaptainUnderpants is written pretty much specifically as a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] [[ParodiedTrope parody]] of this trope, as he is described as a superhero who "really ''is'' flying around in his underwear".
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[[folder:Literature]] [[folder:Films -- Animation]] * CaptainUnderpants is written pretty much specifically Everyone from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' count as a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] [[ParodiedTrope parody]] examples of this trope, as he is described as a the underwear on the outside variety. Could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since superhero who "really ''is'' flying around in his underwear". designer Edna Mode is rather unconventional, and may have a strange sense of humor to boot.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]] * The [[SuperMode Battlizer]] from ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' has a thong. {{Fan Nickname}}s are extensive. * Series/KamenRiderBlackRX in his main and Biorider forms, Film/KamenRiderZX, and all of Series/KamenRiderHibiki's Oni are obvious examples. Black, RX Roborider, ZO, and J have this as well, but it's part of the armor design and not as obvious. * One memorable RoundTheTwist featured underwear that actually gave superpowers after being heated up in the microswave. Unfortunately, they were not pre-shrunk, and shrunk when they got wet. * Spoofed when Series/TheGoodies try to ward off an AlienInvasion by convincing the aliens that humans are a race of supermen. Graham exits a phone booth in his blue tights with underpants on the outside, followed by Tim wearing his GoofyPrintUnderwear.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]] [[folder:Films -- Live-Action]] * The [[SuperMode Battlizer]] from ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' has a thong. {{Fan Nickname}}s are extensive. * Series/KamenRiderBlackRX Parodied in his main and Biorider forms, Film/KamenRiderZX, and all of Series/KamenRiderHibiki's Oni are obvious examples. Black, RX Roborider, ZO, and J have this as well, but it's part ''Film/TheReturnOfCaptainInvincible'' when one of the armor design and not as obvious. * One memorable RoundTheTwist featured underwear that actually gave superpowers after being heated up in charges levelled against the microswave. Unfortunately, they were not pre-shrunk, and shrunk when they got wet. * Spoofed when Series/TheGoodies try to ward off an AlienInvasion by convincing the aliens that humans are a race eponymous superhero was of supermen. Graham exits a phone booth in showing his blue tights with underpants on in public. * The Spartan warriors of ''Film/ThreeHundred'' all wear little leather man-panties and opera capes. The panties are to avert a FullFrontalAssault -- they didn't bother with them in the outside, followed by Tim wearing his GoofyPrintUnderwear. graphic novel. Although in real life, the Spartans wore bronze armor; part of their superiority as a fighting force was their use of bronze armor, shields, and weaponry. * ''Film/SuckerPunch'' features two female characters whose outfits specifically frame their panties in the form of a pair of pants with strategic cutouts and the strangest looking [[BadassLongcoat Longcoat]][[{{Buffyspeak}} -like-thing]] in the history of cinematic {{Fanservice}}.

[[folder:Music]] * The HeavyMithril band Manowar often performs in UnderwearOfPower. * Surely Music/LadyGaga counts for singing and dancing in panties? In fact, it's been somewhat of a trademark for her. The last time she was seen in normal pants was in "Alejandro" and her fandom was astonished. * Long before Gaga, Cherie Currie of Music/TheRunaways performed only wearing corset, panties, and fishnets.
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[[folder:Music]] [[folder:Literature]] * The HeavyMithril band Manowar often performs Literature/CaptainUnderpants is written pretty much specifically as a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] [[ParodiedTrope parody]] of this trope, as he is described as a superhero who "really ''is'' flying around in UnderwearOfPower. * Surely Music/LadyGaga counts for singing and dancing in panties? In fact, it's been somewhat of a trademark for her. The last time she was seen in normal pants was in "Alejandro" and her fandom was astonished. * Long before Gaga, Cherie Currie of Music/TheRunaways performed only wearing corset, panties, and fishnets. his underwear".

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]] * The old variation is mocked in [[http://www.hs.fi/fingerpori/1135245149432 this]] Finnish comic strip. --> '''Superman:''' * snicker* --> '''Batman:''' "Did you see..." --> '''Superman:''' "...that guy wore his underpants ''under'' his clothes!" * This [[http://www.gocomics.com/inkpen/2011/09/04 Sunday Strip]] of ''InkPen'' references the decline in this trend.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]] [[folder:Live-Action TV]] * The old variation is mocked [[SuperMode Battlizer]] from ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' has a thong. {{Fan Nickname}}s are extensive. * Series/KamenRiderBlackRX in [[http://www.hs.fi/fingerpori/1135245149432 this]] Finnish comic strip. --> '''Superman:''' his main and Biorider forms, Film/KamenRiderZX, and all of Series/KamenRiderHibiki's Oni are obvious examples. Black, RX Roborider, ZO, and J have this as well, but it's part of the armor design and not as obvious. * snicker* --> '''Batman:''' "Did you see..." --> '''Superman:''' "...One memorable ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' features underwear that guy wore actually gave superpowers after being heated up in the microwave. Unfortunately, they were not pre-shrunk, and shrunk when they get wet. * Spoofed when ''Series/TheGoodies'' try to ward off an AlienInvasion by convincing the aliens that humans are a race of supermen. Graham exits a phone booth in his blue tights with underpants ''under'' on the outside, followed by Tim wearing his clothes!" * This [[http://www.gocomics.com/inkpen/2011/09/04 Sunday Strip]] of ''InkPen'' references the decline in this trend. GoofyPrintUnderwear.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]] * This the most common type of outfit in ProfessionalWrestling, showing up pretty much on everyone, unless they're one of the few who wears normal clothes instead. Interestingly, this is, in an inversion of the usual way this is used, generally more often used by male wrestlers. ** This is because pro-wrestling is a remnant of circus style strongmen shows and some vaudeville acts that used similar clothing.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]] [[folder:Music]] * This the most common type The HeavyMithril band Manowar often performs in UnderwearOfPower. * Surely Music/LadyGaga counts for singing and dancing in panties? In fact, it's been somewhat of outfit a trademark for her. The last time she was seen in ProfessionalWrestling, showing up pretty much on everyone, unless they're one of the few who wears normal clothes instead. Interestingly, this is, pants was in an inversion of the usual way this is used, generally more often used by male wrestlers. ** This is because pro-wrestling is a remnant of circus style strongmen shows "Alejandro" and some vaudeville acts that used similar clothing. her fandom was astonished. * Long before Gaga, Cherie Currie of Music/TheRunaways performed only wearing corset, panties, and fishnets.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]] * The card game ''Super TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' has one card named "Underwear on the outside", that gives a free level to its player.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]] [[folder:Pro Wrestling]] * The card game ''Super TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' has This the most common type of outfit in ProfessionalWrestling, showing up pretty much on everyone, unless they're one card named "Underwear on of the outside", few who wears normal clothes instead. Interestingly, this is, in an inversion of the usual way this is used, generally more often used by male wrestlers. This is because pro-wrestling is a remnant of circus style strongmen shows and some vaudeville acts that gives a free level to its player.used similar clothing.

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[[folder: Video Games ]][[folder:Web Animation]] * In one ''WebAnimation/BadDays'' short, [[spoiler: General Zod]] snatches Franchise/{{Superman}}'s briefs at the laundromat, making him become too {{Wangst}}y to fight crime anymore. * ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'': The eponymous characters have this on their spandex outfits. It doubles as a BagOfHolding for their gadgets. [[/folder]]

* The infamous codpiece worn by God Tier Gamzee in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Less extremely, a similar item worn by his ancestor, the Grand Highblood. ** God tier Pages also wear tiny speedos as part of their outfit.
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* The infamous codpiece worn by God Tier Gamzee in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Less extremely, a similar item worn by his ancestor, the Grand Highblood. ** Highblood. God tier Pages also wear tiny speedos as part of their outfit.

* In one ''WebAnimation/BadDays'' short, [[spoiler: General Zod]] snatches Franchise/{{Superman}}'s briefs at the laundromat, making him become too {{Wangst}}y to fight crime anymore.

* WebAnimation/XRayAndVav have this on their spandex outfits. It doubles as a BagOfHolding for their gadgets.

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