Do We Need This One? Comic book artists seemingly can't wait to top each other. First came the Sensual Spandex. Along the way came the Leotard of Power, Underwear of Power, Minidress of Power, Leotard of Power and the Thong of Shielding. And then came this trope. A Monokini is a form of swimsuit/lingerie which is similar to a leotard or other one-piece, with the exception that the lower half is the primary focus. Usually, the back portion has been removed or significantly reduced, and the bulk of the outfit is contained within the front. The design and pattern can vary from there, but they typically attempt to get away with showing as much skin as possible and, at the extreme, have no support in the front at all. That lack of support is in general, what makes the Monokini Of Power both more attractive and more bewildering than the leotard. At the very least, it can be argued that superheroes are modeled after circus strongmen and acrobats, so those classic outfits at least have the Grandfather Clause as an excuse--but you'd be hardpressed to find any of those circus folks in this type of outfit. Runs completely on Theiss Titillation Theory. Stripperiffic is, of course, the Super Trope. Remember, No Lewdness. All we need are basic examples of the trope, not a sensual description or pics to accomodate. You can find that stuff on your own time.
- Phantom Lady (pictured) is one of the first superheroines to venture out in an outfit of this type (albeit with a skirt variation). The cover of Phantom Lady #17 (1948) was specifically targeted during the witch hunts that led to the creation of the Comics Code. When DC Comics bought the rights to the character in the seventies, they introduced several new women carrying the name...each with less clothing and more cleavage than the last.
- Vampirella has had this outfit since her creation in the late 60s. One of the rare examples of it before The Bronze Age of Comic Books.
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