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->'''Wrestling/JerryLawler''': "Whoever she is, I like what she's not wearing!"
->'''Coach''': "...the crowd seems delighted."
->'''Wrestling/JimRoss''': "That woman can fight!"
-->-- Wrestling/MickieJames debuts, ''Monday Night Raw''

A {{Fanservice}} trope, where {{Action Girl}}s wear short, above-the-knees skirts.

This is a great way to [[ShesGotLegs show off her long legs]], but the [[TheissTitillationTheory anticipation of getting an eyeful underneath]] is also welcomed, despite the bruises that might come from trying to sneak a peek. Sometimes, it doesn't have to be a skirt - it could be a minidress, a miniskirt, or a torn-apart garment that conveniently serves as a skirt. In addition, getting a PantyShot isn't always guaranteed, but it can compensate by including ZettaiRyouiki, StockingFiller or ThighHighBoots, to further emphasize the legs.

A skirt qualifies as dangerously short if it's high above the knees, prone to swirling aside (despite [[MagicSkirt physics saying otherwise]]) and appears tight enough to ride up for a PantyShot. Being an ActionGirl is an added bonus, and a common subversion is to have her as a FauxActionGirl or a NeutralFemale.

This trope does make a ''tiny'' bit of sense: if you're wearing a tight skirt into combat, you'd want it to be pretty short. The longer it is, the more it'll restrict your leg movements. However, wearing a looser, longer skirt would work just as well. Or wearing, ya know, ''pants''. [[WhoWearsShortShorts Or shorts]].

SubTrope of ShesGotLegs, StockingFiller and ZettaiRyouiki.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Yuri Nakamura, Kanade Tachibana, Shiina and Yui from ''Anime/AngelBeats''
* ''Manga/BeetTheVandelBuster'' has Milfa wears micro-miniskirts, Poala as well.
* This regularly shows up in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Tier Harribel, after she goes OneWingedAngel, dons a more stripperific outfit which leads to this.
** Loly Aivirrne qualifies by wearing a schoolgirl-themed skirt despite being an Arrancar.
** Rangiku Matsumoto enjoys wearing one when she's in the human world.
** Lisa Yadomaru wore both a ruffled miniskirt as a lieutenant, and a schoolgirl skirt as a Visored. She's fought in both outfits.
** Riruka Dokugamine sports a minidress, but surprised fans (who thought of her as a FauxActionGirl) by being a gun-toting CombatPragmatist.
** Ying and Yang, the BodyguardBabes of Kusaka in the second movie, wear and fight in schoolgirl-type skirts.
** Rukia Kuchiki one kicked Shrieker in the jaw while wearing a school uniform. The skirts' length is even lampshaded by Kon when he looks up at her after she kicks him to the ground.
** Orihime Inoue wears one in the tenth opening theme song, called Shojo S. She also wears a schoolgirl uniform, complete with ZettaiRyouiki following the TimeSkip, but when she tried to fight, she was taken by surprise and ultimately lost.
** Cirucci Sanderwicci wears a gothic lolita-style dress. Pesche Guatiche even tried to take a peek since her skirt was so high up.
** Even Senna isn't exempt from such a fashion choice, but she's never fought while in it.
** Homura from the third movie has her Shihakusho modified in such a way that the lower half is turned into a miniskirt. Like Senna, Homura herself never fights in it.
** When Nelliel turns back into her adult form, her clothes don't change with her leaving a cropped top and a miniskirt.
** Nemu Kurotsuchi wears a miniskirt so far above her knees that it's a wonder why she hasn't received a PantyShot yet, especially since it fully shows off her legs.
** Nozomi Kujo from the Invading Army filler arc.
* Agnese Sanctis from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', which is strange considering that she's a nun and she gets really offended if someone looks up her skirt.
* Similarly, the female Ashford Academy uniforms in ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* In ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'', Mina wears one.
* Lenalee of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' wears one with ModestyShorts underneath.
* Anri's skirt in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' is ridiculously short.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. Mamimi Samejima wears one of these, but she's ''not'' an ActionGirl.
* ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' has Cure Peach and Cure Berry.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has Louise Halevy, in the second season. She almost qualified as a DarkActionGirl, though, what with her (admittedly justified) level-upping in jerkassity.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Seras Victoria has a short miniskirt, but only one PantyShot.
* ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'' is a famous example, where ''every'' ActionGirl has a skirt.
* ''Any'' of the girls in ''Manga/IkkiTousen''.
* Kagome Higurashi from ''Manga/InuYasha''. That's supposed to be her [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule school uniform]].
* Togame in ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'' has a very short ripped-up skirt.
* In the anime version of ''Manga/LoveHina'', ''[[LadyofWar Motoko]]'' wore a school uniform with GirlishPigtails, slight ZettaiRyouiki and a DangerouslyShortSkirt while holding a book. However, she doesn't get to fight in it, and it's used ''against'' her by the resident ClingyJealousGirl, who seduced her while disguised as Naru as part of a BatmanGambit.
* Running absolutely rampant in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', where about 98% of the female characters wear them.
* Ino Yamanaka on ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a short skirt, and while she's proved herself to be an Actiongirl, she wears bandages under it. Temari (who's more like a LadyOfWar) could qualify as this as well, with all but one of the outfits she's worn that's incorporated a short skirt.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has this as one of Nami's outfits. The next one is even more questionable.
** Robin also qualifies, particularly when she wore ThighHighBoots and a NiceHat.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime has Dawn Hikari and her hip-length skirt, disturbing considering her age. She's ''not'' an ActionGirl, though, since she leaves most of her fighting to her Pokémon.
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'' has Captain Liliana.
* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', this is the source of much of the {{fanservice}} in the anime. A Dangerously Short Skirt is apparently required by the dress code. At one point, the MoralGuardians attempt to require all female students wear much longer skirts (ankle length), which fails due to intense opposition from the students.
%%* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the sailor scout superhero uniforms are a combination of tiny skirts with leotards underneath.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' has the eponymous Shana.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka's skirt doesn't leave much to the imagination.
* Zakuro, from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''.
* Dark Magician Girl from ''Franchise/YuGiOh''.
* ''Manga/YumekuiMerry''
** The eponymous Merry Nightmare wears such a skirt.
** Isana is another one, but she's ''far'' from an ActionGirl.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'': Mary Marvel
* Rachel Summers from the ComicBook/XMen, after she took up her mother's mantle as Marvel Girl. She wore a version of her mother's green miniskirt costume (slightly modified to fit current fashions, since the dress didn't age well from the 60's).

* The title character of ''[[http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tatayoung/sexynaughtybitchy.html Sexy, Naughty, Bitchy]]'' by Tata Young. It's the first line of the chorus, even.
--> I pick all my skirts to be a little too[[DramaticPause ...]] sexy.

* ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' has Draculaura, Clawdeen Wolf and Abbey Bominable. Since the franchise is targeted at kids, all three have {{Magic Skirt}}s.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. Harley Quinn definitely has the short skirt down, but she's an AnticlimaxBoss.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** [[GunKata Noel Vermillion]], who's often said to be GoingCommando.
** Trinity wore two, one with pantyhose as a member of the Six Heroes, and another as Platinum.
** [[GoodOldFisticuffs Makoto]] [[CuteMonsterGirl Nanaya]]'s costumes only had straps keeping her skirt held in place.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' has Etna.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Terra of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is one of a long line of DangerouslyShortSkirt-wearers in the ''Final Fantasy'' series; particularly noticeable in ''VideoGame/{{Dissidia|FinalFantasy}}''. In her original game, it looks more like she's wearing a LeotardOfPower, but it's close enough to her official art that it may be the case that it's ''just that short''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s Tifa Lockhart wears a leather mini as animating a skirt that covered her legs was too technically complicated.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' gives us Selphie, who does get the occasional PantyShot when the camera zooms in.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'''s Rikku provides the page image.
** Ashe of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' rivals Rikku for skirt shortness.
** And in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Vanille's fur skirt-thing is like this in the front, but it's longer in the back.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has Valentine, but she leaves the fighting to her [[BuffySpeak gigantic skull-head thing]].
* ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' has [[NaughtyNun Prier]] wearing a dress so short, it's actually the apron in front that prevents her from flashing everyone. She's also a KickChick.
* Juliet Starling, zombie hunting cheerleader heroine of ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw''.
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'':
** Sophitia Alexandra, an Athenean maiden who habitually wears short skirts.
** Cassandra Alexandra, Sophita's sister, also qualifies, as of ''Soul Calibur 2''.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' utilizes this for comedic value with Cheria. Hubert, being extremely stuffy, lampshades how distracting the length of her skirt is during some skits.
-->'''Hubert''': "It is an affront to basic public decency!"
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has Jeanette Voerman, but she never fights on-screen.
* The Succubus boss in ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}''.
* Shiki from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Male version with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''. When he walks up a hill, that thing is nearly at his hip. The {{fanservice}} and the pain he was in from the cold has been lampshaded by nearly all the cast commentaries.
* An exaggerated version is conversed in the Website/UrbanDictionary article on miniskirts:
-->A skirt that is at least 1 inch shorter than one's finger tips.\\
''Put your hands at your sides, if your finger tips can touch your thigh, you're in a mini.''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The third season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has the famous BeachEpisode with Ty Lee and Azula. While both are {{Action Girl}}s, the only fighting they've done in those skirts, is by playing volleyball. [[SeriousBusiness Rather intense volleyball]], but still.
* Most of the female characters of the DCAU are {{Action Girl}}s. But one that stands out the most is [[BodyguardBabes Mercy]] [[BattleButler Graves]]. Her dress is insanely short, and only kept down by virtue of being a MagicSkirt.
* Gender-flipped variant: Him of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had this, combined with ZettaiRyouiki, ThighHighBoots and abundant FanDisservice. The whole design of the guy ([[AmbiguousGender ?]]) puts [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Doctor Frank-n-Furter]] to shame.
* Starfire in the animated ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' show.