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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, BadassPrincess.

Contrast ChainmailBikini (although this skirt can be paired with otherwise skimpy armor).
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Tier Harribel gets one in her [[SuperMode Resurrección]]. Her Fracción, Mila-Rose, also wears one in her unreleased form.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* All of ''WonderWoman'''s outfits tend towards this or LeotardOfPower.
* The female legionaries in ''{{Asterix}} 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.

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[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* 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 [[PrettyInMink 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.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* 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).

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* ''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.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''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.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* 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.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

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

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the 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.
* Yang of ''WebAnimation/{{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.
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