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[[caption-width-right:330:[-For some heroes, this is all the armor they need.-] ]]

->''"Also, everyone here could use a little less loin and a lot more cloth."''
-->-- '''Belkar Bitterleaf''', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0736.html #736]]

In essence, a [=Loincloth=] is lower body underwear made of cloth or hides. Sometimes it's just a flap over the crotch and rear, and sometimes it's woven like actual briefs.

Often some cultures, especially stereotypically primitive ones, have this as the only form of clothing. But one of the most prominent appearances in fiction is the fantasy {{Barbarian Hero}}es, even though they [[GrimUpNorth come from the north, where it's really cold]]. Sure they wear these made of fur, and perhaps they dress better when actually in their northern homelands, but otherwise this is a form of ImpossiblyCoolClothes. Is frequently used as a male instance of {{Stripperific}} outfits.

May occasionally be justified, if the barbarian from the GrimUpNorth actually complains about the sweltering heat of the southern lands he's exploring, and refuses to wear more for this reason.

Quite often overlaps with a [[WalkingShirtlessScene (Walking)]] ShirtlessScene. Sometimes the wearer DoesNotLikeShoes. Also can be worn by women, with a matching bikini top.

A SuperTrope to {{Fundoshi}}.

A SpearCounterpart to FurBikini.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'': While his is a kilt and not a loincloth, otherwise movie version of Van Fanel pretty much nailed it. He's enough of a barbarian, and [[WalkingShirtlessScene hardly wears anything else]] for the whole movie.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'''s Suou Tamaki has to wear a loincloth in the manga after losing a bet to Kyouya. He's a little upset about it at first, but then easily forgets about it after Haruhi gives him a super bouncy ball to play with (so he would stop being a pain).
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'': Konata compares the experience of eating beachhouse food to running around the beach in a loincloth. (This itself is a reference to ''Anime/MisterAjikko''.)
* ''MinamiKe'' features recurring newscasts about a "loincloth festival" as a RunningGag.
* ''Manga/{{Ninku}}'': Toji often wears a loincloth.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** [[spoiler:Father in his final form has a loincloth which used to be part of his robe.]]
** There's also Alphonse Elric, who always wears one on his armor. It's not like he needs it, technically speaking, but he probably thinks it's just plain indecent not to have one.
* ''Manga/WildRock'' is set in OneMillionBC and has all the men running around in loincloths and little more.
* In an episode of the latest ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' series, [[RubberMan 007]] gets his clothes torn when he uses his powers to [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever expand his body to huge proportions]] and wears this. (Notice that in the original manga, [[FullFrontalAssault he was naked.]])
* Brought up to a truly frightening extent in ''Manga/{{Adekan}}''. The manga is set in a very strange 1900's esque era of Japan, and loincloths are the equivalent of men's underwear. Shiro doesn't like to wear loincloths, and Kojiro doesn't like that Shiro won't wear it. This leads to much awkwardness as Kojiro occasionally tries to force Shiro into loincloths, models his own loincloth and shows off different forms of loincloth with imaginary models. And he doesn't see anything wrong with this at all.
* Supposedly as a in-series joke, or as a homage to a particular meme [[Memes/VideoGames involving "riding"]], ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Super Robot Wars OG:]] [[AnimeOfTheGame The Inspector]]'' has [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Sanger Zonvolt]], of all people, rocking one in the end credits of Episode 15.
* ''[[Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water]]'': Nadia wears one as part of her circus costume, which is [[LimitedWardrobe her standard attire]] for the majority of the series, despite having access to other clothing.
* ''Manga/RuinExplorers'': This applies to [[CatGirl Fam]], who apparently feels she doesn't need to wear pants (or shoes, for that matter) since she has fur. And [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight no one seems to mind]] that she runs around in nothing but a thong and a loincloth.
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[[folder:Arts]]
* Sculptor Paul Manship has fun with a loincloth in ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Indian Hunter and his Dog]]''. As the hunter runs after his quarry the front flap of his loincloth preserves his modesty ([[http://www.flickr.com/photos/65986072@N00/8010763201/in/photostream/ Photo]]), but the rear flap billows up and [[WardrobeMalfunction exposes his backside]] ([[http://www.flickr.com/photos/65986072@N00/8010764643/ Photo]]).
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[[folder:Board Games]]
* The cover of the board game ''TabletopGame/HeroQuest'' (pictured above).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ka-Zar in the Marvel Universe.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Den in his segment of ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' fashions one out of a flag upon arriving naked on a new world.
-->'''Den:''' There was no way I was gonna walk around this place with my dork hanging out!
:: Counts as HypocriticalHumor, since in the original comics that's exactly what he did.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''. In the opening fight that triggers the revolt, the upper-class Roman women for whom the spectacle has been put on order that both gladiators fight in loin cloths.
* Jack from ''Film/{{Legend}}'' -- he starts the movie as a solitary woods-dweller wearing little but a loin cloth. After he becomes officially TheChosenOne, however, he gets a sword, shield, and suit of armor... which covers his chest and arms, but does nothing to obscure his loinclothed lower body. It's a wonder [[BigBad Darkness]] never [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim just aimed]] [[GroinAttack a little bit lower...]]
* The Na'vi in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' all wear loincloths.
* ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' the title character, who serves as MrFanservice.
* Surprisingly, in the 1982 film ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}'' the hero only wears a loincloth in a few scenes. However, in the sequel ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'' he wears a loincloth for the entire film.
* ''Film/TheBeastmaster'': Dar's standard dress.
* ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy'': All the Bushmen dress like this, even the females.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Most [[IconicOutfit visual adaptations]] of ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian''. Howard's original short stories (and most Conan stories by later authors) are better about dressing Conan in clothing appropriate to his current situation (e.g., in chain armour as a mercenary captain or professional soldier; in leather armour as a brigand leader; shirtless but in breeches as a thief; loincloth when a slave or tropical pirate).
* Also ''Cohen'' the Barbarian from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', who is a pastiche of Conan as an [[FanDisservice octogenarian]].
** Parodied by Nijel the Barbarian, a Cohen wannabe who wears long woolly underwear beneath the loincloth because he promised his mother.
** Trolls generally just wear a loincloth, to conceal ... whatever it is trolls have that they find necessary to conceal.
* Guin of ''LightNovel/GuinSaga'' is only wearing this when he first appears, though he wears armor when he has the chance.
* Literature/{{Tarzan}} is often depicted this way, but just as often his hides make a wraparound outfit.
* Illustrated editions of ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' and other WildChild stories sometimes depict their protagonists this way if only to avoid showing them naked.
* Mau, in ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', whose people refer to Westerners as "the trousermen".
* In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries The Krytos Trap]]'', ProudWarriorRace Twi'leks are said to wear an outfit that consists of a loincloth, wrapped leggings to the knee, FingerlessGloves, and a decorative/functional bandoleer, all under a cloak. Wedge Antilles, visiting to try and coax them into selling the New Republic some medicine, puts on a modified version that includes an emerald green loincloth over his trousers. He wants his garb to signal that he's a warrior and not a merchant, but he's also not a Proud Warrior Race Twi'lek.
* In M. R. Harrington's ''The Indians of New Jersey: Dickon Among the Lenapes'', all the men wear one. At one point, the villain, Toad Face, tries to force the hero, In the Forest, to wear a woman's skirt instead. It does not end well.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Rom and his fiancée were looking at wedding dresses, and one was nothing but a loincloth. His Ferengi nature felt that was a good compromise, but it got rejected.
* The most common costume in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''. At least when they're not wrestling naked.
* ''The Feathered Serpent'', a British young adult show from the 1970s set in [[{{Mayincatec}} Aztec Mexico]], sometimes has fit young men just wearing loincloths. The handsome Prince Heumac has a couple of loincloth scenes. In one of them he's [[HoYay accompanied by his servant Tozo]] (who's more conservatively dressed), while in the other he's [[FoeYay engaged in ritual combat]] with another guy in a loincloth.
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Music/{{Vocaloid}}: Gackupo and Kaito wear it in the song "Dancing Samurai", as well as some other videos.
* Music/TedNugent wore one as part of his "wild man" persona.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The main character from {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/{{Hercules}}'' pinball, as seen on both the backglass and playfield.
* Ditto for the winged hero of Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Paragon}}''
* The protagonist in ''Pinball/{{Gorgar}}'' has one.
* The barbarian Warrior in ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons'' enters the dragon's lair with nothing but a loincloth and a shield.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' what the bestial High Martians wear.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Maeda Toshiie from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' wears nothing but a loincloth and a few belts.
* Rock, a berserker from ''SoulCalibur'' wears this as part of his default outfit.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', this is the result after Bang Shishigami uses his astral heat. He's even got an achievement called "Loincloth Festival".
* Alan (The Brave One) from ''VideoGame/MagicSwordHeroicFantasy'' wears one and little else, being a BarbarianHero.
* Goro and Kintaro in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' both have briefs, with a flap in front added in later games to show off the [[NoFlowInCGI cloth physics]].
* The {{PC}}s in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' are wearing this under their clothes, [[VideoGamePerversityPotential if you decide to let them wear clothes.]] They don't take them off during the sex scenes, however. There's one especially erotic-looking scene where [[spoiler:Alistair and The Warden get thrown into a dungeon cell wearing nothing but their underwear. The heavy {{Chiaroscuro}} from the torchlight in the dungeon makes it rather difficult to forget everyone's naked.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'', the female soldier's ChainmailBikini outfit has a loincloth piece.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'': Manya's outfit has a loincloth strip.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', the player wears this under all their armor.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'': Among the [[PlayerCharacter PC]] classes, the WitchDoctor's attire generally includes a loincloth, and the [[BarbarianHero Barbarian]]'s starting outfit is little else. Many {{NPC}}s wear loincloths as well (especially the demons).
* Krystal in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' wears a loincloth and bikini top, in contrast to her catsuit in the later games.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' has Buga the Knut, a caveman whose loincloth has problems staying up.
* Most of the playable characters and enemies in ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' wear these, with Gilius Thunderhead being a rare exception.
* Leo of ''VideoGame/RedEarth'' wears a loincloth, boots, and [[WalkingShirtlessScene nothing else]].
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'': Seung-Mina wore one as part of her default costume in the first three games in the series. She finally averts the trope in ''SC IV'', in favor of more conservative attire.
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has several Cloth and Leather legs armors that are simply speedo-style loincloths on both males and females. Unfortunately, Mail and Plate don't have such options for males (females get ChainmailBikini versions of several of them), though Mail does have some short-shorts for the guys.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', loincloths are standard-issue for gladiator convincts in the [[TheEmpire Empire of Blood]] -- even for LizardFolk, although they [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0738.html don't need them]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''
** Minmax the Unstoppable Warrior doesn't like pants.
** Also [[CoolOldGuy Thaco]], who's wearing a loincloth until the younger goblins insist he tries out some halfling clothes, because of his tendency to flash them in the wind or when doing a hand-stand.
* Gorgado in ''Webcomic/{{Fite}}'' wears one. Guz also wears one under his armor, and spends a while in nothing but it after he loses said armor.
* In one arc of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' some of the Toughs ended up stranded in the middle of the wilderness of a remote planet naked, one of the first things they did after landing was skin a dead animal to make buttflaps.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlsInSpace'', the girls are marooned on Prehistoric Earth and [[http://www.girlsinspace.co.uk/comic/hell-creek-page-19/ wear Loincloths]] as part of their Cavegirl costumes.
* For their first appearance in ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5042203/ Sven & Oli wore them.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Sokka'' from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' wears them. One time he uses Momo to hide his "underwear" from the nomads who LOVE his underwear!
* He-Man in both ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 its reboot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian''
* ''WesternAnimation/GaltarAndTheGoldenLance''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Mr. Burns and his Grizzly Bear Underwear.
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'': Og
* This is the standard attire for ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', both male and female.
* Wild Smurf in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''. In the comic books, Wild only wore leaves until Tailor made him a loincloth.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.eugensandow.com/photos/ES002.jpg Eugen Sandow]], a German body-building pioneer and professional strongman. Sandow was also a major source of inspiration for Literature/{{Tarzan}}.
* Standard male attire for many North American Indian societies. Crazy Horse wore nothing but this, in keeping with his vision.
* Standard male attire in many tribal societies worldwide, especially in warm climates.
* Gandhi wore a loincloth to symbolize solidarity with the Indian working class.
-->''There was an old fellow named Gandhi\\
Who went in the bar for a shandy.\\
With his great loincloth\\
He wiped off the froth\\
And the barman said, "Blimey, that's handy!"''
--->-- '''Creator/SpikeMilligan'''
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