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->''"A schoolgirl in a miniskirt, armed with nunchucks. Hot."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment''' on Selphie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''

An ActionGirl, from minor to outright badass, wearing a mini dress, either as a one-piece dress or as a top and miniskirt (BareYourMidriff optional). Often comes with color-coordinated boots ending just below the knee.

'''This requires being an action girl almost full time, not just wearing a mini dress, even as a uniform, or just having a few action girl moments.'''

Also, the length can vary from just above the knees to the equivalent to a DangerouslyShortSkirt.

In comics it's not as popular as a LeotardOfPower or a SpyCatsuit, but other media take to it just fine, particularly MagicalGirl and MagicalGirlWarrior series. Either expect to see plenty of {{Panty Shot}}s or it will be a MagicSkirt. SkirtOverSlacks, ProperTightsWithASkirt or ModestyShorts aren't unheard of either.

Sometimes the dress will be simple, and other times it will be a PimpedOutDress. It can even start out simple and turn pimped-out through FrillyUpgrade. If the dress is fancy enough, and the wearer badass enough, it can overlap with KickingAssInAllHerFinery.

While fighting in any kind of skirt or dress is not the most practical idea ever, this trope does reflect reality a little in that A) it's hard to run or kick when you're wearing a tight skirt or dress that's knee-length or longer, and B) a looser, longer skirt or dress might catch on to something. If it is pleated and is wide enough, it will not be hard to run or kick when you're wearing is as with a tight skirt or dress that's knee-length or longer, and if it's short enough it might not catch on to something. Yet these outfits don't provide much protection, and still rely heavily on RuleOfGlamorous to work as well as they do.

There is, however, symbolic basis for this trope. As popularized by fashion designer Mary Quant, the miniskirt was a mini dress of power in the metaphorical sense, representing the sexual liberation and freedom of the 1960s. Not only did it allow for freer movement than longer dresses, but it also represented rebellion against more conservative dress codes in the 50s and younger women leading fashion trends. Although the miniskirt is no longer as shocking in present times, and its significance as female empowerment remains controversial due to it also being used as {{Fanservice}}, producers, particularly women, will invoke this trope to show a female character being both feminine and willing to fight.

A SisterTrope to LadyLegionnaireWear.

Compare SexySantaDress, ZettaiRyouiki, ShesGotLegs, LeotardOfPower, SuperheroesWearTights.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* We could go the easy route and say most any MagicalGirl will fall under this.
** The senshi of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' wore outfits with hip-length skirts.
** The angels of ''Manga/WeddingPeach''
** Mew Mint in ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''.
** ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', by default, since a tutu is a mini dress.
** Most, if not all, of the characters in ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' wear these.
** Many of the outfits in ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'', including AnIceSuit.
** Several in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', such as Hayate and Teana, as well as Nanoha and Fate's first Barrier Jackets in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.
** ''Anime/PrettySammy'' wears one. This is also a point of embarrassment for her, as it is ''way'' too short for her.
** A frequent outfit of Panty in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', mostly because she needs to take off her panties to battle.
** The eponymous trio of ''Anime/SweetValerian'' wear these, even though they turn into bunny rabbits when they transform.
** Miko-chan from her eponymous series, ''Manga/OtasukeMikoMikoChan''. ''Very'' problematic for the [[LegacyCharacter latest in the line]], mostly because he's a [[DudeLooksLikeALady very girly guy]] than an actual girl.
** Karin's [[Myth/GreekMythology Aphrodite]] transformation in ''Manga/KamichamaKarin''.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - Yuri with a miniskirt, Androssi with a one piece.
* {{Princess}} Amue/Romelle of ''Anime/GoLion''/''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' wears a [[PrincessesPreferPink pink dress]] in the climactic battle.
* Jun "The Swan" in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''
* Both heroines from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', but ''especially'' Mireille.
* ''Anime/KiddyGrade'''s Éclair wears this.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a few, Chiu's current artifact costume (as well as the outfits Class Rep and Makie wore) fall under this most directly. Otherwise they often fall under this by wearing their uniforms into battle.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', there is Lucy Heartfilia and Erza Scarlet.
* Maya Kumashiro from ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' is this and ZettaiRyouiki.
* Melonpanna, one of two female superheroes from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' wears one with tights underneath, contrasting from the older male superheroes (and her older sister, Rollpanna) wearing a belted shirt with tights, and Creampanda, who wears what can be classified as footie pajamas.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Henrietta wears one as part of her cute schoolgirl look. Triela wears a skirt with a tie and sleeveless pullover, [[WiseBeyondTheirYears giving her a more mature appearance]].
* The Dark Magician Girl from ''Anime/YuGiOh'', as well as every {{Expy}} of her.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' ComicBook/JeanGrey's second "[[Characters/XMen Marvel Girl]]" outfit.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: Several of the most iconic outfits of Kara Zor-El include a blue or red skirt: [[http://static4.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/0/1061/84187-18005-105683-1-action-comics.jpg her original outfit]], [[http://i1.wp.com/facomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/supergirlearthone.jpg her Pre-Crisis outfit]], [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/11/46/30/114630fb18bf4a194073702db6dabd78.jpg her Post-Crisis costume]] and [[http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Supergirl-Rebirth-1-spoilers-preview-2.jpg her Rebirth one]].
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} had an outfit like this once or twice.
%%* [[Franchise/TheDCU Nightshade]]
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], seen [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Captainmarveladventures18.JPG here]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Black_Mary_in_DC_Countdown.jpg here]].
* From ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}, Lady Blackhawk ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ladyblackhawk.PNG pictured here]])
* ComicBook/TheFlash foe the Golden Glider, whose costume is based on a figure skater's outfit, and had [[PrettyInMink white fur cuffs]].
* Both Silk Spectres from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''
* WonderWoman, occasionally:
** The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] WonderWoman's original outfit often ''looks'' like a skirt, but is really a pair of culottes, in a style that was fairly common for athletic young women at the time. After two issues, Wonder Woman started wearing the tight walking shorts that would remain for over a decade.
** In the modern era, Wonder Woman sometimes wears skirted variants of her costume, usually either for a "formal" occasion or when gearing up for a ''really'' big battle.
** Wonder Woman's mother, Hippolyta, was depicted as the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Wonder Woman in some modern stories, and "returning" to the role. She usually was depicted wearing a skirt.
* The ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'' version of Donna Troy wears this version of her classic red jumpsuit. ([[http://i51.tinypic.com/2prelac.jpg pictured here]])
* In ''ComicBook/BodyBags'', Panda Delgado's Body Bagger "costume" is a cheerleader outfit with a pleated skirt that's almost too short to qualify as such. Many panty shots ensue, including when she's performing such strenuous activities as standing still.
* Indigo from ''Outsiders''.

* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': The very first page contains a lampshade to the Sailor Senshis', who wear sailor fukus to fight monsters.
--> Noting the length of the girl's skirt, or rather the lack thereof, the [Reaper] nodded approvingly. No self-respecting heroine would be caught dead in an outfit like that.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Several characters in Film/SuckerPunch, most notably Baby Doll.
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', [[TheLancer Gamora]] wears one at the end of the film as her new "Guardian" uniform.

* Miss A of ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'' wears a sparkly pink cheerleader outfit into battle, including a combat skirt.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Xena wears a short leather dress.
* The girl rangers on ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' usually wear skirt additions to the default (male) uniform (series where it's ''not'' the case include ''[[Series/ChoudenshiBioman Bioman]]'', ''[[Series/ChoushinseiFlashman Flashman]]'' and ''[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Dekaranger]]''). The reason it didn't hold true for all female rangers in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' was that many of the Yellow Rangers... [[ShesAManInJapan were originally men]]. This is for technical reasons, as even the female rangers were portrayed by stunt''men'' when morphed (who would otherwise have a very, uh, masculine bulge when wearing the [[InsistentTerminology spand...Bio-Armor]]).
* Played with in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', where the heroes can [[PowerCopying borrow the powers]] of any Rangers who came before them. If applicable, the girls will have skirts and the guys won't, regardless of what the original costume was like. (This'll be fun when ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' gets a hold of it, adding skirts to Yellow Rangers who were girls in the first place.)
* When Blue draws Holly J as a superhero in ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', his choice of outfits for her falls under this.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In early seasons, Buffy would fight in just a miniskirt and a top. Lampshaded in season 4, where the Initiative soldiers, who wear practical uniforms to fight against demons, are slightly confused by her going patrolling in a halter dress. In later seasons, though, Buffy would more frequently wear tights instead of a miniskirt.
* Leela from ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a couple different little leather minidresses and a lot of deadly Janus thorns.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa, as a hangover from her cheerleading role.
* Shazza [=McKenzie=], who never got around to leading cheers but kept the uniform.
* Wrestling/{{Melina}} and Wrestling/MickieJames both came to WWE in outfits that varied between short skirt and mini dress but both stopped wearing them in an effort to be taken more seriously. (Melina, when challenging for the women's title, Mickie, when dropping her feud with Wrestling/TrishStratus). In Mickie's case though, she had them before WWE and would take them back up after leaving it.
* [[Wrestling/MollyHolly WCW's Mona]] regularly wore one with a CleavageWindow.
* [[Wrestling/SaraDelRey American Angel]] had one in one of her outfits, but only in the back, rather than all around, as it was supposed to wave like a flag.
* La Amazona, one of the powerhouses of the International Wrestling Association's women's division, liked to incorporate skirts into her wrestling gear.
* Wrestling/ChristinaVonEerie semi frequently wears them, especially when on Wrestling/{{TNA}} Impact as Toxxin, where they got very elaborate (for wrestling gear).[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Adrianna in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateDarkAlliance'' has several starting armor sets that follow this pattern.
* Selphie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''
** Lani the BountyHunter in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
** Female Squires, Archers, Geomancers, and Mimes in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''.
** Ritz and the Viera Archer class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''.
* Lightning from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''.
** And her sister Serah in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 the sequel]].
** ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' has several garbs with mini-skirts.
* From the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' games: Sophitia, Cassandra, and Amy (in her [[PrettyInMink fur-trimmed]] ElegantGothicLolita dress).
* Millenia from ''VideoGame/GrandiaII''
* Ms. Liberty (also her mother, Miss Liberty, and MirrorUniverse EvilCounterpart, Dominatrix) in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. Naturally, player characters have this as an option as well.
* Ada and Jill of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games each have at least one mini dress outfit, though Jill wears pants in the majority of her appearances.
* Alis, the heroine of the first ''VideoGame/{{Phantasy Star|I}}''.
** The [=RAcaseal=] class (android gunner girls) from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' has metal plates cut to be like a mini skirt, but not completely so it overlaps with ShowgirlSkirt.
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', the female FragileSpeedster class model wears a sort of sleeveless tunic that barely covers her hips and no pants. The NPC Dawn Star has a similar outfit, but with sleeves and four long ribbons hanging down from her waist.
* Shepard (if you play as a woman) acquires a mini-style LittleBlackDress in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' for an infiltration mission (part of the ''Kasumi's Stolen Memories'' DLC). After the mission, she can still wear it as her "casual" outfit on board the Normandy. Being Shepard, she still looks very badass in it.
* Bad Girl of the first ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Amy Rose wears one of these.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' has had more than a few opportunities to dress your characters like this; ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' is the most noticeable since your equipment decisions actually show up on your character in 3D, giving you an ample view of your female party members' bikinis and bustiers. (They actually do make really good armor choices much of the time, since they often take this trope literally by increasing your spell power.)
* Caitlyn, the Sherrif of Piltover from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', with the addition of TooManyBelts.
%%* Kairi from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' can qualify [[spoiler:when she starts fighting some Heartless at the end of the game.]]
* Cecille of ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'' goes after enemies with her fists.
* All of the female party members in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' (Shana's a completly straight example, Rose has a sort of petal skirt and Miranda has a skirt of the same length as Shana, but her boots make it ZettaiRyouiki).
* Melia's default clothes in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' are a mix of this and PimpedOutDress.
* Given ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'''s stock uniforms, many girls, particularly [[MoeBlob pegasus knights and thieves]], wear mini dresses into warfare.
* Nina Williams wears a little purple one in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 2'' as her default outfit, but because of the graphical limitations of the game, it looks like she's wearing shorts.
* Lynne from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' wears a navy blue one under her BadassLongcoat that doubles as DangerouslyShortSkirt.
* ''VideoGame/TargetOfDesireEpisode1'': Maia's skirt is creeping up on her like a pack of ninjas. (She wears a DangerouslyShortSkirt with her business suit for the entire episode, while fighting bad guys and riding motorcycles.)
* The Boxing Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Hitmonchan wears one... Despite the fact that [[OneGenderRace they're an all male species]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The only actual example of this trope in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is the costume worn by Heart Girl. She's a [[KidHero nine-year-old]] FlyingBrick and just cute as a button.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''
** Pyrrha Nikos wears an almost-to-waist tube top-style armor and miniskirt, which doesn't hinder her, even when running.
** Nora wears a loose, mid-thigh skirt with an armor-like top.
** Blake also mocks Weiss for wearing a dress into battle. Weiss claims it's a "combat skirt," and exchanges a low-five with the similarly dressed Ruby.
** Cinder Fall wears a red minidress. Justified because it's infused with Dust. Her clothes are literally her weapons.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/KidRadd'', Sheena has a minidress, and does get more active when she's out of the game. Plus her counterpart in the second game has a SuperMode in a FrenchMaid outfit.
* Tip from ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' wears these on occasion, among '''his''' ever-shifting (but always made-for-women) wardrobe. His last job was in the Army; he isn't there anymore for obvious reasons relating to unit cohesion.
** And Tip does have a superpower: he's a KavorkaMan irresistible to the female gender.
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/M9Girls'': Karla reasons that, since they are becoming super heroines, they should all wear cute, short, costumes. Pato is not amused.
* The GenderBender heroine of ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki''
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': Wonderella's mother wears one.
* Alex of ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie''.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Elliot's superhero spell turns him into a [[GenderBender girl]] with StockSuperpowers, with this trope along with BareYourMidriff.
* ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'': Both June and the first Princess Chroma wear dresses leaning heavily on the cutesy side. These dresses come from the former's fondness for a particular style, much to the latter's displeasure.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TenLittleRoosters'' mocks the aforementioned Weiss example above when Ryan Haywood catches Miles Luna wearing Lindsay Jones' Ruby Rose costume. When Miles gives the same reasoning Weiss did, Ryan's responds by saying "[[ManInAKilt I'm in a kilt]]. That's the ''original'' combat skirt."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'': She-Ra wears a gold and white dress with a red cape.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Goleeta]] of ''WesternAnimation/GaltarAndTheGoldenLance'' wears a [[TrueBlueFemininity blue mini dress]] that is also armored.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' version of Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} had the top and skirt version up until her final appearance on ''Justice League Unlimited''.
* American Maid of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' wore a dress [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead looking like the US flag]].
* Every one of the ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' girls -- the fairies in their transformation outfits and the Trix witches when they aren't wearing their battle uniforms.
* Dr. Girlfriend of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', when she went by that name, wore a pink minidress that suggested a sexied-up JackieKennedy -- the button arrangement resembled a medical doctor's smock.
* Starfire from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' wears the BareYourMidriff variation of this.
* The first outfit of Ahsoka Tano from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' consisted of a truly ''tiny'' tube-top, and a DangerouslyShortSkirt [[ProperTightsWithASkirt made safe by Tights]].