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As per this TRS thread, we are emphasizing the expository costume aspects of Zettai Ryouiki, which will make it almost exclusively Japanese. As such, this will serve as the supertrope, since it has enough examples to be distinct from Stocking Filler, but will no longer fit under ZR.
If you have comments on this decision, the proper place to voice them is that thread, not here. Thanks.
What is sexy is often hard to define. Sometimes, an outfit that covers more can be considered sexier than something that covers less. It's a delicate balance between how much is shown, how much is hinted at, and where the eye is drawn.
Golden Thigh Ratio is the idea that showing a gap of skin between a short skirt and stockings draws the eye to that area, making the costume seem more scandalous than simply a short skirt. Additionally, the costume combo tantalizes the viewer with a minimal glimpse of bare leg skin, capitalizing on the "allure of the hidden". It makes them more interested in what's hidden by the skirt and stockings than if the whole leg was already bare.
The trope saw its origins in Flappers in Roaring Twenties America. Some of these girls would roll down their stockings, creating this look, although it is unknown how many girls actually did so and how much was hyped up by a scandalized media.
Nowadays, this trope is mostly a fanservice trope, although it's an extremely "soft" version of fanservice, since everything "naughty" is completely covered. Like the Japanese concept derived from this, it can sometimes represent a sort of innocent sexuality, although this is not codified for the trope.
Thigh-High Boots, socks, sheer stockings, and over-the-knee boots can also be used in place of opaque stockings.
Subtrope of Stocking Filler. Supertrope of Zettai Ryouiki.
Although Supergirl's boots usually don't go above the knee, one of her costumes during the seventies did in fact combine thigh-highs with a mini-dress. Curiously, the costume sprung up from a combination of designs from two different female fans.
Envy Adams in Scott Pilgrim. She loves gogo boots and short skirts.
Bizarrely enough, Darkseid's normal outfit◊ has this, but it goes up and down depending on the artist. Because this trope is associated with females, many artists have tried to update Darkseid's outfit to have pants of some kind instead of a skirt, but because of Grandfather Clause, Jack Kirby's original skirted design keeps coming back. Notably, the DCAU tries to avert this trope by giving him leggings at least to avoid the bare legs while maintaining the classic look, but even then it sort of comes across as forced. If you think of it as a tunic and armored greaves with kneepads it looks slightly less like the mighty evil overlord is trying to dress like a sexy lady, but since Granny Goodness is sort of rocking the opposite androgyny...
Rose Walker of The Sandman wore them for a fairly lengthy sequence in The Kindly Ones.
Stephanie (Batgirl) Brown when infiltrating the Academy of Evil that is St. Hadrian's Finishing School for Girls in Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes. Several of the other students also wear their uniforms this way.
There's an old Playboy cartoon (probably from the magazine's early days) that features a bar graph made of three girls wearing ever-longer stockings (coupled with ever-shorter skirts). There was a caption about how the graph represented economic growth, and how the future was looking good. Hur hur.
Amy Pond in the strip "The Golden Ones" in Doctor Who Magazine. The story is set in Japan, appropriately enough.
In the first movie, Buffy has this as part of what appears to be a naughty schoolgirl outfit right after Cindy is taken down to the police station the first time.
Then in Scary Movie 2, the Charlie's Angels parody has the girls remove their clothing to reveal... well, they initially forgot their Angel clothing, leaving them in just their underwear and shoes, which in one case consisted of a Black Bra And Panties and thigh-high stockings. Sadly, this lasts all of about three seconds.
Babydoll during her battle "dream sequences" in the Zack Snyder flick Sucker Punch. This was very true to the Japanese style, as she was wearing a traditional Japanese schoolgirl uniform, and her actress Emily Browning looked interestingly high school age in the film (despite being 22 in real life).
In the 2008 film Tokyo!, a glimpse of this is the first thing to push a "hikikomori" (shut-in) to venture into the outside world.
Jennifer Beals' character Alex in Flashdance, when she's wearing that dance leotard and leg-warmer ensemble.
Abby in The Return of Swamp Thing when she arrives at the Arcane mansion.
Alice in Resident Evil 3 uses thigh-high socks. The only thing is that she doesn't use a skirt, instead she uses short pants.
Pretty much every girl in Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl sports this to some extent, mostly because they're all schoolgirls or naughty nurses. The only exceptions are the girls in the Super Dark Girls' Club, because they are basically cosplaying as black people.
A sketch in an early episode of The Benny Hill Show takes place in a nudist colony. Everyone there is casual about nudity (except newbie Benny, but even he relaxes into it). Then one of the girls leaves to go back to the regular world and we see her dressed. One of her garter clips slips and she pulls up her skirt to fix it, at which point Benny and the other guys start with the Cat Calls and Wolf Whistles.
Abby Sciuto of NCIS sometimes wears this kind of attire.
iCarly: Carly had blue and white striped socks/stockings along with a fairly short skirt in iHave My Principals, where their regular School Principal was removed, and the harsh new leadership forced a school uniform.
The finale added a fourth[[hottip:*: or sixth if you consider that two of the music videos in the next section debuted on the show that year]], from yet another contestant (actually the second pair of thigh-high boots she wore that episode, but the first were paired with leggings so they didn't count). You have to wonder if we would've gotten a lot more if the contestant in question hadn't been the first eliminated.
"The Satanic Witch", in addition to the religious tracts, devotes three pages to this (p. 162-165). It advises women to throw away their pantyhose and wear stockings instead -- just so they can "accidentally" flash skin above the top of their stockings, all in order to manipulate men.
Many male professional wrestlers. Most wrestlers wear a combination of wrestling boots, kneepads, and kickpads (essentially elaborate shin guards.) This usually leaves almost everything below the knee hidden, and depending on the tights they were, this can occur. Before he changed to longer tights, A.J. Styles◊ was on of the most famous examples.
Wendla in Spring Awakening wears these in the first scene, where she is chastised by her mother for their suggestive appearance. She switches to a less-revealing dress and, later, a frumpy nightgown in Act II. They reappear in the show's closing number in addition to being prominently displayed on the poster.
Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark has female cast members wearing these during a song about the Military, of all things. Later, the female spider minions have six.
In some productions of Vanities, parrticularly ACT's run of The Musical, Mary wears a red (sometimes vinyl) minidress and go-go boots in the second scene, as shown here. In the Theatreworks run, this was delayed until the third scene.
Joybelle from Barbie's Thumbilina line wears this. Not only is she the only character to be wearing stockings or leg coverings of any kind but her Fairytopia doll wears tights.
One of Draculaura's costumes from Monster High give the illusion of this (if it's on Draculaura or Spectra, at least).
It is possible to purchase a skirt for the female characters, called Crinoline & Tears, that has this.
The first two games have a couple skirts with false version, i.e. short skirts with thigh-high fishnet stockings... and full-length tights under the stockings. These aren't really proper examples because no actual skin is visible, but they resemble it.
Humorously, one of the Uniforms for female medical workers or scientists has a variation on this, with thigh-high boots, stockings, and some sort of space skirt that emphasizes the inner thigh area without actually showing skin.
This is Liara's standard non-combat outfit. Mass Effect never has anyone (even the Asari strippers) show any skin on the legs, preferring to use extremelyclose-fitting clothes for Fanservice in most cases.
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