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Segmented skirts (either skirts which consist of four or more overlapping "petal" strips, or actual plates of armour, which come down from the waistband) are often used as a way to make a suit of armour more feminine by adding in an armoured skirt, or, conversely, to mark out one of a group of fabric skirt wearers as tougher than the rest, without breaking the theme by giving her trousers. The correct name for the segments are ''pteruges''.

The reason for this trope is a short dress is a popular choice of outfit for an ActionGirl, however, it is rather impractical and might look a bit too feminine for some characters. This trope is often used as a compromise, as it resembles, or often actually is, armour and thus it looks less feminine than a typical dress. An added bonus is that it looks more practical, since the segments won't restrict the wearer's movements.

This trope is also more likely to be combined with SkirtOverSlacks or ModestyShorts compared to other dress related tropes, either to re-enforce the idea that it's part of a suit of armour or for modesty.

A SisterTrope to BattleBallgown, MinidressOfPower.

Compare ShowgirlSkirt, PimpedOutDress, ManInAKilt, PrettyPrincessPowerhouse.

Contrast ChainmailBikini (although this skirt can be paired with otherwise skimpy armor).


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Tier Harribel gets one in her [[SuperMode Resurrección]]. Her Fracción, Mila-Rose, also wears one in her unreleased form.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} wears a red and golden armoured skirt during her Amazon training in ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton''.
* All of ''Franchise/WonderWoman'''s outfits tend towards this or LeotardOfPower.
* The female legionaries in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} [[Recap/AsterixAndTheSecretWeapon and the Secret Weapon]]'' wear legionary armour that resembles miniskirts and leggings, as they're all huge, model-esque {{Statuesque Stunner}}s - the similar outfit is drawn to look realistically protective, square and usually rather dumpy on the male legionaries throughout the series. The female centurion has one of these, plus a moulded centurion plate that resembles a woman's torso.

* Astrid in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' wears one, featured above. With spikes. She's as tough as any of the other characters, if not tougher. [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140116201123/howtotrainyourdragon/images/2/26/Astrid-httyd-2.jpg In the sequel]], it's paired [[PeltsOfTheBarbarian with a fur underskirt]] (without making her look any less tough).
* Sif's battle armour in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' includes a segmented skirt made of cloth with mail underneath.
* Most of the Amazons in ''Film/WonderWoman'' wear either this or leather pants. Justified, since they are based on Roman soldiers. Diana herself wears a short version with no pants underneath, not that she needs that much armour, with her powers.

* Female members of the Watch in Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' are generally drawn wearing armour with this, cf [[ActionGirl Captain Angua]], although the text doesn't specifically say so (except for Corporal Littlebottom, the only dwarf in the Watch who is openly female, and who therefore makes a point of wearing a leather skirt).
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': All five members of Ataidar's Ordercraft Security and Compliance Team wear pteruges as part of their uniform. It's a symbolic piece of equipment that shows the four animals of Avatar Alliance's Justice Station.

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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' tended to have these in her outfits. Her sidekick Gabrielle also wore a few.
* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' Atalanta has a very ''very'' brief skirt like this. As in, most of her (thong-covered) ass hangs out the back of it.
* ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'' has the Britons using this as an insult against the Romans, seeing as they run around in dresses and big feathery hats. The ManInAKilt trope is used for a one-time gag when the Scottish king is forced to show up at the Round Table in a blanket instead of armored pants, and [[LoopholeAbuse declares it the national dress in order to be able to participate]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Josie Wahlford had a "[[Myth/ClassicalMythology Minerva]]" gimmick, which of course came with large pointed skirt tassels and a strap across her shoulder, even though her low cut(not ''that'' low, this was the 1890s) leotard didn't need it to be held up.
* Fantasia has a set of red and orange ring gear designed to look like fire and its singlet ends in skirt like tassels.
* [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Amazing/Awesome Kong]] has several sets of leather warrior skirt ring gear. They're tough enough to protect her from collisions with the {{spikes|ofvillainy}} of the Midwest Militia\Made In Sin\Valkyrie.

* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' features among it's light armor selection the Armored Kilt, which gives a small bonus to armor that can stack with existing light or medium armor, but carries a number of drawbacks. Notably, it increases the armor's encumbrance category by one step, and is unable to be added to heavy armor. However, it still has a niche as it generally allows for higher AC on high-dexterity characters than a comparable set of standard armor.

* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'', DarkActionGirl Rose sports this trope as part of her armour.
* [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Charme the Thief]] from ''VideoGame/{{Recettear}}'' wears a black segmented skirt with many belts and pouches holding the top part in place (and a second, purple, example underneath the first). This contrasts the other female adventurers; [[LadyOfWar Nagi]] and [[BadassAdorable Tielle]].
* In ''VideoGame/TitanQuest'' some of the armors will look this way on a female character. Justified by the setting and the fact that all armors in game are pretty much unisex.
* The Amazon player class from ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' wears one.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', Chie's [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Persona]], Tomoe Gozen is represented as a female warrior wearing one of these.
* Aika from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' wears a dress that follows the non-armour varient of this trope (with a large belt to hold it in place). She's the [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl tomboy to Fina's girly-girl]] (doing more physical damage but having less powerful magic than her).
* Leliana from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', although the leather straps don't overlap so much....
* The Amazonian Armor from ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'': the upper part is a metallic corset, the lower one is a multi-segmented leather skirt.
* Male version: Barbarians of both genders in ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' wear [[ManInAKilt kilts.]] '''ALWAYS'''. If it isn't a cloth kilt, it's a leather kilt. If it isn't a leather kilt, it's a chainmail kilt. if it isn't a chain kilt, it's a platemail kilt that comes included with the greaves and breastplate.
* Female members of the Imperial Legion in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' qualify, predominantly Legate Rikke.
* In ''Ultra'' ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', Decapre's alternate costume features a skimpy version of this style.
* Aloy of ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' has this as her defining look; every single Outfit in the game has it, all with differing designs from simple ribbon-like strips all the way to scale mail armour.

* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Madeline's attire in both appearances.

* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, [[TheFairFolk Fey]] tries out a costume with this feature in "The Turks or the Geek". Phase points out the skirt-like thing is technically called 'pteryges' from the Greek, but Phase tends to be MisterExposition when given the chance.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Yang's from team RWBY's skirt is missing a few segments, but her shorts make up for this by having a segmented pattern around each leg. Appropriately, her fighting style and personality make her easily the most aggressive member of the team.
** Pyrrha Nikos of team JNPR's outfit resembles a Greek Hoplite. She acts like more of a "[[LadyOfWar soldier]]" compared to JNPR's other female member, [[GirlyBruiser Nora]].