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[[caption-width-right:350:Perfect way to prevent being a PantyFighter.]]
Short skirts are feminine and sexy, but if you move too much, it's very hard to avoid {{Panty Shot}}s while wearing one. This is where [[TitleDrop Modesty Shorts]] come in. They let a woman jump, tumble, fight, or even fly without anyone catching a glimpse of her underwear. Other common variations are large puffy bloomers in non-period pieces which are used as a bit of a fancier version normally on more gothic characters. In Western works, spankies are worn for this purpose under cheerleading outfits.

This trope is common in anime, as [[SailorFuku School]] [[{{Joshikousei}} Uniforms]] are almost always extremely short. It is often worn by {{Kick Chick}}s, [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders Cheerleaders]], {{Action Girl}}s, {{Tomboy}}s or anyone else with an active lifestyle.

Compare SkirtOverSlacks, which are visible when a woman walks normally and used as a fashion statement, though sometimes they can overlap. May be combined with ZettaiRyouiki.

An alternative solution for this problem is the MagicSkirt.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising]]
* In a commercial for ''The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' the Asian chick does a kick revealing that she wears shorts under her schoolgirl skirt.
* Hersey's Air Delites animated ad.
* A male version is found in this Lycos seach engine ad [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpnZd2Ssm6A here (It's in French with English Sub)]]. A man in a kilt is having a hard time keeping his kilt down while playing the bagpipes. The dog in the commercial brings him some of these shorts so all is safe from being seen.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Mikoto Misaka of the ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' franchise has this trope as her fashion calling card, much to [[PsychoLesbian Kuroko Shirai's]] dismay. Also, Shizuri Mugino does it once. Mikoto's clones wear striped panties instead, which often helps Touma determine when he's speaking with one of them, rather than with the original.
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'': Suruga Kanbaru wears this, in conjunction with her [[{{Joshikousei}} school uniform]]. Of course it's left unclear whether or not she's actually wearing anything underneath them.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Setsuna wears cycling shorts under her skirt, and has a bit of both shyness and [[{{Tomboy}} tomboyish]] traits. Akamatsu did this to show that she was a less sexual character than the other girls. She later ditches these, but wears long-boyish underwear instead.
** Asuna dons in later chapters, too. Although in her case it's less about tomboyishness and more about not wanting to flash people whenever she fights in a miniskirt after a certain GoingCommando incident in the Kyoto arc...
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'':
** Katsura Hinagiku wears a skirt over her bicycle shorts.
** Izumi also wears these in the first season of the anime for a quick joke/censorship reasons, but in the manga she is shown [[PantyShot not to]], at least on some occasions. She ''was'' wearing them when Hayate needed to use his special attack on Yukiji and feared the side effect would lift Izumi's skirt.
* ''PrettyCure'' has many examples of biking shorts. In fact, ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'', ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' and ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' are the only seasons where this hasn't occurred, with other exceptions being [[FutariWaPrettyCure Cure White]] and [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Cure Egret]], who are aided by a MagicSkirt instead.
* Satsuki Miyanoshita of ''GhostStories'' wears them in one episode, after getting tired of Hajime flipping her skirt and revealing her panties.
* Eureka of ''EurekaSeven'' wears a pair under her very short dress.
* Ai Nanasaki from ''{{Amagami}} SS'' wears her SchoolSwimsuit under her clothes, leading [[TheHero Jun'ichi]] to think he got a [[PantyShot view of her panties]] when... [[CaptainObvious he didn't]].
* Suzuna of ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' wears biker shorts under her cheer uniform. This is partially because she's the TokenMiniMoe of the cheerleading team and partially to reflect her ShortTank personality.
* A common RunningGag in ''How to Read Manga'' is "don't you dare wear bloomers/shorts": basically, a man gets so angry when the PantyShot he anticipated is ruined by the girl in question wearing shorts or covering bloomers that he slaps her.
* Crystal, when she's introduced in ''PokemonSpecial'', drops her skirt to take on some Slugma, revealing that she's wearing bike shorts underneath.
** With all of [[WildChild Sapphire's]] impressive physical feats, it was really quite thoughtful of Ruby to make her bike shorts along with the skirt.
** An episode of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' where we see May changing into a swimsuit confirms that that strip of white cloth over her shorts is indeed a skirt, rather than an extension of her undershirt.
* Kaname in an early chapter of ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' wears gym shorts under her skirt to prevent [[PantyShot panty shots]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': [[AnimeChineseGirl Vivian Wong]] does this in the 4kids dub--[[DigitalBikini but ''not'' in the original]].
* Wendy Garret of ''GunXSword'' wears black bike shorts underneath her trademark yellow dress: probably a wise choice for someone who plans [[WalkTheEarth to hike across a whole continent]] in a short skirt.
* ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'': In the ShowWithinAShow ''PCP'', Annojo Mai has these. Mashiro and Takagi were very deliberate about this.
* A teacher in ''UruseiYatsura'' gave Lum a pair of shorts to wear underneath her uniform after noticing that she was flashing other students as she flew around the school.
* The title character in ''KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' wears these with her MagicalGirl outfit.
* Isanami from ''{{Brave 10}}'' wears cycling shorts under her {{miko}} open attire. [[AnachronismStew In 1599]].
* [[{{Meido}} Fabiola Iglesias]] from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' wears black shorts under her ''full length'' skirt. And she does still need them when she [[NinjaMaid busts out her capoeira moves]].
* Plotpoint in ''Manga/UltimateTeacher'' where the resident CuteBruiser Hinako can only fight when she's wearing Lucky Kitty-gym bloomers, brand that she's worn constantly since childhood so that she could fight without getting teased about showing her panties.
* The extras in one volume of ''FruitsBasket'' examined the school uniforms. It notes that if your skirt is as short as Tohru's, it's a good idea to wear shorts underneath.
* Arisa Bannings' battle outfit in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'', which is a pink MiniDressOfPower and jacket combo worn over a pair of cycling shorts.
* In AllRounderMeguru Kamiya explains that everyone wears gym shorts under skirts these days. Cue BigNo from two upperclassmen.
-->"What's with them?"
-->"That's the sound of their lecherous dreams being shattered..."
* ''KikisDeliveryService'' uses the bloomers variety to avoid inappropriate upskirt shots of the often-flying heroine.
* In episode 9 of ''TokyoMewMew'', Bu Ling is shown to wear her regular clothes, shorts and all, under her maid uniform.
* ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha''[='=]s Sana Kurata is revealed to be wearing a pair when her school's gang of bullies shred her skirt with box cutters.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': Jun wears a black pair of bike shorts under the skirt of her waitress uniform. Which prevents free peeks during her high flying specials, like [[FinishingMove her signature finish:]] the [[MeteorMove "Kubota Special".]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': During Renji's flashback to how he and Rukia met, he is wearing a very short kosode, but clearly visible underneath are the skin-tight shorts he's wearing, which come further down his legs than his kosode does.
* In the manga version of ''Anime/AzumangaDaioh'', the girls hang Chiyo upside down from a window as a good-weather charm. She's wearing shorts under her skirt.
* Fabiola from ''Anime/BlackLagoon'' Roberta's Blood Trail wears a pair of these under her maid outfit.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Added to {{ComicBook/Supergirl}}'s costume from late 2009 until her [[LeotardOfPower costume change]] for the {{New 52}} reboot. According to the artist Jamal Igle, “At the first meeting I had with [Matt Idleson, the editor] after I got the book, he said, ‘I never want to see Supergirl’s panties again'."
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[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* [[FanFic/SOSPrettyCure "Sorry to disappoint."]]
* Cure Dragon wears this in ''FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureDragon''; Rica Watson also wears this with her school uniform.
* In the semi-genderbent Sword Art Online story, ''FanFic/TheKiritaChronicles'', Kirigaya Kazuta wears shorts underneath her skirt in the real world prior to the beginning of the Death Game.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In the first ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film, Alice wears black shorts underneath her red dress.
* In ''ALeagueOfTheirOwn'' the female baseball players uniform includes skirts and shorts. Also in the RealLife All-American Girls Professional Baseball League upon which the film is based.
** The players originally wanted to wear slacks, as they had always done when playing baseball. They are at first horrified and disgusted to find that their uniforms will include skirts, with the catcher muttering: "I have to squat in that thing."
* In ''ThePoseidonAdventure,'' all of the women except Stella Stevens were wearing shorts under their evening gowns, for some reason.
* Go Go Yubari in ''KillBill''.
* In the Live Action Remake of ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'' Saya wears short under her already long skirt to avoid {{Fanservice}}, this is in tone with the original film, where PantyShots are averted.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': River wears black bike shorts under her dresses. There's a couple times where she skips the skirt part and just wears the shorts with a top, as well.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'''s Duncan [=MacLeod=] is a rare male example: In {{flashback}}s to his long ago youth in Scotland, Duncan inevitably wears biker shorts under his kilt, often visible in action scenes.
* See a female in a skirt on ''Franchise/PowerRangers''? There's a really good chance that they have either black or [[ColourCodedCharacters Ranger colored]] shorts on underneath. [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Kimberly]] has gone even further by wearing [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment shorts over shorts]].
** Tori from ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' goes the extra step of wearing shorts while morphed. However, in comparison to other female Rangers with contrasting leggings in the franchise, it actually gives the allusion of a PantyShot rather than actual modesty shorts.
* While ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' typically loves the MagicSkirt trope, there are some exceptions.
** ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'': Umeko and Jasmine even went as far as to wear shorts under a {{Qipao}}.
** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'': Ahim, being a BadassPrincess, wears shorts that match her dress.
* ''{{Austin and Ally}}'' has Ally wearing short dresses in almost every episode, and she usually has black shorts on if she does something that flips her dress up. It's usually just a shadow, since it IS a Disney show.
* ''Series/ShakeItUp'' had Rocky wear this at least once. She wore biker shorts during a spotlight dance, and for good reason since the skirt spent almost as much time up as it did down.
* ''That's Just Me'' had an episode where Elizabeth wears a jumper-dress to gym class because it's the last week of school and they won't be doing anything. Her mom doubts this, however, and makes her put gym shorts on under it.
** In the first episode of the sixth season, ''Do I HAVE to Go to High School?!', she's been told her class will be active, so instead of dressing nicely but casually, she shows up in a super fancy 50's style outfit with shorts under the skirt. The activity was later revealed to be dancing, so she never needed shorts, but her feet hurt from her [[ItMakesSenseinContext diamond flipflops.]]
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The "Caramella Girls" are shown wearing shorts under their short skirts while [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvq9r6R6QAY they're]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A67ZkAd1wmI dancing]] the {{Caramelldansen|Vid}}.
* Kpop idols wear safety shorts under their skirts and dress and be seen in music videos while dancing and twirling like in f(x)'s "Electric Shock" and "Rum Pum Pum Pum" as well as Girls Gerneration's "Visual Dream".
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[[folder:Professional wrestling]]
* This was [[Wrestling/JillianHall Macaela Mercede's]] backup when she was placed in an evening gown match, in case she lost(she did).
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[[folder:Video games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Chie wears shorts under her skirt, perfectly justificable because she is a KickChick.
* Lightning in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' and Serah Farron in ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}'' both wear black bike shorts under their miniskirts.
* Lucca from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', at least in the official artwork.
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' with Kay Faraday -- official artwork shows that she ''is'' wearing a pair of shorts under her skirt.
* Bloomers are prevalent in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanart due to the [[ElegantGothicLolita Lolita]]-style outfits and highly-acrobatic depiction of the game's BulletHell fighting.
** Also canonical for at least some of the characters in the spin-off fighting games.
* Sakura Kasugano from ''StreetFighter'' wears her gym shorts underneath her uniform. Though given how short they are, the effect was mostly lost on most western gamers.
** ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Street Fighter Alpha 3]]'': Karin Kanzuki wears a red schoolgirl outfit over her biker shorts.
** ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'': Ibuki and Makoto's alternate outfits are their school uniforms, with bike shorts under their skirts.
* Aika from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' wears black shorts under her mini.
* [[http://eng.tekkenpedia.com/images/4/4f/Xiaoyu_przezroczyste.png Ling Xiaoyu]] from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' commonly wears a Chinese dress (called a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qipao qipao]])'' with shorts underneath; if not for these, she'd be bare all the way from the hips downward. Compare with ''StreetFighter'''s [[http://images.wikia.com/streetfighter/images/b/b3/12_sfxtekken05.jpg Chun-Li]], who would be the same if not for her tights.
** And for extra modesty points, when wearing her bonus schoolgirl uniform in ''Tekken 3'', one of her victory poses [[note]] where she does the splits during a handstand [[/note]] is ''[[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything disabled]]'' to prevent her from blatantly [[PantyShot flashing her panties]].
* In a male example, classic depictions of [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Simon Belmont]] had him wearing small shorts under the "skirt" plates of his armor.
* Seth, from LostOdyssey.
* [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]]'s redesign used in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' and ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' features black shorts under his toga (smart move, with all the flying around he does).
* Peach wears large, poofy bloomers under her dress in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': Young Link (Hero of Time) has a set of matching green shorts beneath his tunic in all his appearances. Other "young" versions of Link with no pants or tights only appear from the top down view, negating the problem altogether (and yes, it ''is'' a problem, since he's a prepubescent boy).
* Almost all of the ''Cartoon Doll Emporoium'' dress-up dolls, since they're made for kids, will have shorts when you strip them instead of normal panties, although while a few games have normal panties, they are usually black. The ''Dress Up Dream'' dolls, which usually share ties with CDE, do this same thing.
* Unless they are wearing a full-body costume, female Miis in ''MarioTennis Open'' wear shorts under their skirts.
* Played with by KickChick Serina Leaf of ''VideoGame/Conception2ChildrenOfTheSevenStars'' as her skirt is so frilly on the underside that it's impossible to see above her knees. Illustrated perfectly in her official art, which is an upskirt shot.
* [[DistressedDamsel Marian]] in ''DoubleDragonNeon''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Madeline is sensibly wearing (anachronistic) biker shorts under her leather skirt in her first appearance. (In the second, she's wearing winter clothes, making the matter moot.)
* A WebComic/DumbingOfAge story has Joyce go on a date with Joe, and wear a [[SheCleansUpNicely rather fetching]] yellow dress. After the date goes south, Joyce goes home and changes, revealing [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/03-men-are-from-beck-women-are-from-clark/impressed/ that she had pajama shorts underneath]] the whole time.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Glory Girl's superhero costume (a white dress with cape, boots, and tiara) includes a pair of these.
* Called "activity shorts" by Cat Davis from Cat on the Prowl.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', Upside-Down Girl wears shorts under her jumper to avoid any panty shots when she's hanging from the monkey bars.
* Subverted on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. Hank sees Luanne wearing an oversized T-shirt and apparently nothing else. When he asks her to PleasePutSomeClothesOn, she raises her arms to reveal "I'm wearing shorts." Hank is disturbed by just how scanty the shorts are.
** Another subversion occurs moments later, when Bobby enters the kitchen wearing an oversized shirt of his own. Without lifting its hem, he removes the underwear he has on underneath it and puts on another pair fresh from the laundry, eliciting the following response:
-->'''Hank:''' Six A.M. and already the boy ain't right.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': PassionateSportsGirl Rainbow Dash (the human version) wears shorts under her skirt.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Junior high school girls in Japan typically wear their gym shorts (knee-length) under their (calf-length) uniform skirts. This is a practical necessity when they have to switch to their P.E. clothes two or three times a day, in schools which lack changing rooms. Most boys wear their shorts under their uniform slacks for the same reason.
** This also applies to elementary school girls: many of them, especially in the older grades, wear shorts to keep their modesty.
* The majority of schoolgirls around the world wear shorts under their school skirts, whether it's for warmth or modesty.
* Skorts (skirt + shorts), also known as culottes, which are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Cosplayers dressing as sexy/scantly dressed characters can choose to wear underwear underneath the costume to prevent breaking city codes or harassment.
* Cheerleaders typically wear a type of shorts that are a bit of a cross between large panties and tight shorts. They would basically have to since most routines seem at least partly designed to flip up their skirts as much as possible.
* Medieval Icelandic women wore pants -- ''women's'' pants -- under their skirts.
* Many [[IdolSinger idols]] wear them in performances, to keep their pants from showing in dancing numbers.
* At Scottish cultural festivals, male athletes and dancers are required to wear black shorts under their kilts.
* The dread gym knickers. Old-fashioned (still current into this millenium in some private schools) British school uniforms kept girls in short, pleated skirts for sports. For modesty, there were matching knickers which you wore over your normal cotton pair, in the same heavy fabric as the skirts. They were as sweaty and abrasive as they sound, and you still ended up with muscle injuries from bare legs in freezing temperatures.
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