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[[caption-width-right:252:The master at work.]]

->'''Mike:''' They don't even know what panties are, yet they feel compelled to raid them.\\
'''Crow:''' Every male of every species has the biological urge to panty raid.
-->-- ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', "''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E17TheHorrorOfPartyBeach The Horror of Party Beach]]''"

An individual -- almost always a pervert of some kind -- who steals and collects women's (or girls') underwear, usually worn/used. Almost always presented as a reprehensible individual and usually an enemy of the hero, and just as frequently played for laughs. They can be divided into the StalkerWithACrush who steals a specific person's underwear as part of a general stalking campaign, and the indiscriminate, compulsive underwear thief who usually doesn't engage in more serious sexual offenses and is more likely to be treated as a comic figure.

Panty Thieves usually go about their business while wearing StealthClothes.

Usually this is an anime trope, but Western culture has independently produced the college prank of panty raiding (which has been out of fashion since the sexual revolution of the sixties). Panty raids are usually perpetrated by ''groups'' of perverted young males, rather than just one guy.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Happ˘sai from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is the patron saint of all panty thieves. This OldMaster even developed some martial art techniques around panty-thieving and peeping.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Chamo-kun, though only rarely. Notable in that he's an ermine, and not even a transformed human. He seems to want the panties to make a nest. His love of panties was ''really'' confirmed when [[spoiler:his share of the Rainyday sisters's LotusEaterMachine has him dreaming that he ''swims'' in panties.]]
** Jack Rakan deserves special mention. In one manga chapter, he ends up having to fight two girls. He {{Flash Step}}s behind them, flips up their skirts, and ''steals the panties off one of them before they knew what happened''[[note]]and the only reason that he didn't steal the panties off both of them is because one was GoingCommando to begin with.[[/note]] Said panties end up ''being a crucial element in [[TheNoseKnows locating]] and [[DefeatByModesty defeating]] them''. Then he does it again later...[[http://mangadoom.com/Mahou-Sensei-Negima/259/5/ to ALL of Fate's minions simultaneously]], [[DefeatByModesty then flips up their skirts repeatedly until they concede defeat]] ([[WouldntHitAGirl so he won't have to fight them]]).
** Chamo's reputation as a PantyThief was subverted in ''Anime/NegimaSecondSeason'': One chapter involves Negi chasing a small PantyThief throughout Mahora academy, and many a reader expected it to be Chamo. [[spoiler:It was a cat.]]
* The hamster Echiboo (which reportedly [[MeaningfulName translates as]] "Perverted Fart") in the manga ''Manga/AoiHouse'', whenever he got the chance.
* One of the "Orphans" in ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' is a lingerie thief. HilarityEnsues when one of the victims is [[ButtMonkey Natsuki]], who has to [[GoingCommando go around panty-less.]]
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' SpinOff novel ''The Los Angeles BB Murder Case'', Ryuzaki (BB) raids a little girl's panty drawer. Making the scene even more inappropriate is that he's supposed to be examining her murder scene with Naomi.
* Onsokumaru in ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'', though he steals panties by proxy (dispatching Shinobu to do it under the premise of ninja training).
* Shinji Kazama from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' is forced to do this when some upperclassmen steal one of his possessions and ransom it for a pair of Kaname's panties.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has a whole episode about this. There was much violence.
* In ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', the one time [[TheOjou Sheryl]] attends school with Ranka and Alto is memorable not just for her own interstellar celebrity, but because of her [[FoeTossingCharge unstoppable]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes rampage]] through the campus while ''going commando'' in a skirt. The culprit? A tiny, green, and adorable RidiculouslyCuteCritter ([[spoiler:a Vajra in larval form]]) that crawled into her laundry basket while she was showering, then started hopping about the campus with no regard for the pair of panties that had wrapped around it. The IdolSinger was lucky no paparazzi were nearby to capture the moment... Also of note is that the little guy is then pursued by -- with three exceptions -- ''the entire male population of the school'', whose motivation appears to be acquiring said panties as a trophy rather than giving them back.
* ''Manga/ZatchBell'' has a character named Momon, who looks like a cross between a rabbit and a monkey. When Kiyo meets him, he's holding a bra for some reason. When Momon meets the others, he spends countless attempts to see Tia's panties, and somehow manages to steal another pair from her house. Needless to say, Tia ''rages''.
* The Elder does this at least once in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', as part of his DirtyOldMan gag.
* The StalkerWithACrush Kuroko from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. It's only shown in the anime counterpart of the spin-off ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', though. On one occasion, she somehow stole Misaka's swimsuit from a locked container. While she IS a teleporter, it's not clear how she managed to get past the lock. A few minutes after revealing her theft of the swimsuit, Kuroko took the trope [[PowerPerversionPotential to its logical extreme]]: using her ability, she ''teleported Misaka's underwear right off of its owner''.
* One ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' story concerns a highly sophisticated PantyThief -- who strangely enough is a parody of Billy The Kid from ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': he is sewing a blanket out of the pants he steals, "and then it will be like I am sleeping with all the girls at once!"
* Koragashi of ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy'' can easily steal the panties off ''the entire female population of a high school without them noticing'' but doesn't do so for perverted reasons. Instead, he is trying to identify a suspicious person and the only clue he has are her unique panties. His partner, Fubuki, tells him that he didn't have to go to such extremes though and promptly punishes him via remote-controlled explosion.
* In ''LightNovel/GargoyleOfTheYoshinagas'', there's a scene in which Kaitou Hyakushiki literally steals the undies off of two people in front of a crowd.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Penguin #1]] from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' uses ''a fish rod'' to steal panties in episode 10.
* One RunningGag in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is Tadakuni's sister's underwear kept being stolen by her brother and his two friends Hidenori and Yoshitake. Hidenori's older brother had stole it at some point as well.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': [[StalkerWithACrush Mitsuru]] has made it a habit of breaking into Misaki's apartment and has [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/ghost-talker-s-daydream/v1/c1/3-5 repeatedly stolen all her underwear]] [[spoiler: so he can sniff them.]] Then [[RefugeInAudacity adds insult to injury]], by leaving her money so she can buy more undies that he intends to steal, later... ''after'' she's worn them.
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[[folder:Fanworks]]
* Homura Akemi from [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka Magica]] has been memeically viewed as a panty thief to poor Madoka.
** It's already reached the point that on Danbooru, there had to be an entire sub-pool from the pool ''Perverted Girls'' entirely dedicated to her pervy panty snatching & wearing over her head.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Booga in ''ComicBook/TankGirl'' first met the title character when he tried to steal her knickers as part of a gang initiation. They've been together ever since.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* One of the many pranks pulled by the Lambda-Lambda-Lambdas in ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds''. The actual raid, which is blatantly obvious (it's even kicked off by a Pi Delta Pi opening her closet door to reveal Lewis, who cheerfully announces "Panty raid!"), is actually a diversion while two more Tri-Lambs secretly install a spy camera in the Pis' changing room.
* Subverted in ''Internal Affairs'' (1990). The antagonist (a corrupt and manipulative police officer) beats up the protagonist (an InternalAffairs cop), claims to have slept with his wife and [[MindScrew throws some panties in his face to taunt him]]. His wife is bewildered at the accusation and doesn't even understand why his husband is later brandishing a strange pair of panties at her.
* The StalkerWithACrush protagonist of ''Body Double'' (1984) steals the underwear of the woman he's obsessed with, which doesn't help his case when the police find them on his person after she's murdered.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Jacob Ben Isreal, Rachel's StalkerWithACrush on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', blackmails her into doing this.
* Odd, and very easily missed example, from ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Joey actually sets for a "panty raid" and gets into Rachel's room while she leaves the appartment to confront Monica about her secret relationship with Chandler. This can only be seen in the uncut episode from the DVD set. Here is a link to said episode's [[http://uncutfriendsepisodes.tripod.com/season5/512uncut.htm script]] if you're skeptical.
* In season 5 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Riley caught Spike sniffing Buffy's clothes, which he tried to excuse as "standard predator behavior". As he's leaving the room though Spike nicks some lacy panties from a drawer.
** The day after Spike and Buffy have sex for the first time, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Buffy is trying to get dressed and get out of there]] as quickly as possible when a smirking Spike shows her he's still got her panties. Buffy gives him a [[TalktotheFist sock on the jaw]] and storms off.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': due to [[HandWave some convoluted plot reasons]] Richie and Fonzie are undercover in a girls' dormitory just as Potsie and Ralph storm the place during a panty raid.
* ''Series/TheBill''. When [[CowboyCop Inspector Burnside]] is picked to play the suspect during a course in police interrogation, he boasts proudly about how a criminal once told him he'd make an excellent {{Armed Blag}}ger. Cue his OhCrap expression when Burnside reads his lines. We then see Burnside confessing to stealing underwear off a laundry line, though he turns it into a joke at the end.
-->"I'd like several hundred other offenses to be taken into consideration -- black frilly ones!"
* On ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', Connor is revealed to be one of these. He does have Asperger's Syndrome, so that may be why he doesn't understand what's wrong. This is used so he can be PutOnABus in season 11.
* On ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'', doing this in a laundromat was Murr's punishment for one episode. Unfortunately, it was in front of both the woman and her husband...and he was instructed to ''wear it on his head''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "In the Middle of the Night" from the One Step Beyond album by Music/{{Madness}} is about a sixty-three year old newsagent who just so happens to be an underwear thief. He sees his own picture in the newspaper and books it.
* The title character from Music/PinkFloyd's "Arnold Layne".
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', our [[AntiHero hero]], Jimmy, does this for gym coach Mr. Burton. Slightly [[{{Squick}} squicky]], but overall, funny.
* [[TokenEvilTeammate Vico]] doesn't actually steal any female undergarments in ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'', but he does show an unhealthy obsession with the player character's underwear.
* The image accompanying the Dexterity skill in ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' shows an ImpossibleThief at work, swiping a woman's panties from ''under her full plate armor''.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', [[KleptomaniacHero snooping in Lady McCoy's wardrobe]] ends in Isaac apparently trying to steal her underwear.
---> Isaac peered into the wardrobe. [[KleptomaniacHeroFoundUnderwear There's a silk negligee]]... Isaac! Put that back!
* During a flashback sequence in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Cloud can sneak into Tifa's room and swipe her "orthopedic underwear" (in the Japanese version, they were "slightly-used" instead). Though it's uncertain if this actually happened or not, since the dialogue options after that are "It's true" and "Just kidding". [[spoiler:Later on in the game, we discover that Cloud is an UnreliableNarrator. Assuming it actually happened, it's ambiguous as to whether this specific memory belongs to Cloud or Zack.]]
* In an early event in ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', you catch one of your roommates going through the other's stuff, and have the option of suggesting that she's trying to steal her panties.
** Later in the game, your roommate may ''actually'' be responsible for the theft of your underwear (a bra this time). Or the other way around. It's accidental... sort of.
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has a perverted wizard who turns himself into an armoire in the Brothel of Slaking Intellectual Lusts so that women store their underthings inside him. "Good riddance, you wooden pervert" is the player character's last comment to him.
* In a quest in ''Videogame/TheSimsMedieval'' one of the things your hero has to do in order to become a Guildsman is to raid the ship and steal panties from pirates. This actually makes sense in context, because the entire quest has been setting up Guild initiation as a frat rush. (Even [[PirateGirl the women pirates]] have disgusting panties. Then again, this ''is'' TheDungAges.)
* In ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', [[RobotGirl Aigis]] foils an unusual airline hijacking, where the hijackers made no demands [[spoiler: and was in fact a cover to steal an old prototype anti-Shadow weapon being transported on that flight]]. When her superior Mitsuru deduces that her luggage was the true target, Aigis immediately thinks Mitsuru's underwear was the target.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the second case in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', one of the witnesses gets involved when it's discovered he steals panties. This leads to the odd situation of Apollo having to present multiple pairs of panties as evidence in court (not to mention Apollo can keep both of the panties afterwards for some hilarious commentary).
-->'''Judge:''' What!? More panties!?\\
'''Klavier:''' How many panties are you carrying in your pocket, Herr Forehead?\\
'''Apollo:''' These are the last!!! Honest!!!
** Notably, the thief doesn't steal them because he's a pervert. The panties he's seeking are used in Trucy's magic act, and the culprit, a "man of science", was desperate to find out how they worked... however, he didn't know where Trucy lived, so he just went around stealing all the panties he could get his hands on hoping to get lucky and find the right pair.
** This, of course, all builds up to the end of the case where [[spoiler: Trucy's panties are the final, case-winning evidence.]] Basically, half of the case was built on this joke.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', Davan apparently trained Choo Choo to do this. And then, after the incident with Kestrel, hired him out professionally.
* Blair from ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' is a "female" doll possessed by definitely male -- and very perverted -- spirit. He does [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/d/20091012.html this]] whenever [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/d/20110629.html possible]], though usually this doesn't end well for him.
** Although in one case, he might have [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/those_are_the_rarest saved everyone from evil]].
* In ''Webcomic/BlackAdventures'', [[DirtyOldMan Tornadus]] does this to Skyla. [[ImpossibleThief And she's wearing short-shorts.]]
** This is later exploited by sending [[DudeLooksLikeALady Black]] in fancy lingerie to bait Tornadus into an ambush.
* '''Webcomic/KarateBears'' are not [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/01/panty-raid.html above this.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* There's an entire ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' story built around this trope, as a panty thief hits every girls' dorm on campus, one night at a time, finally getting spotted (but not caught). [[spoiler:That's because it was Sun Wukong the Monkey King, one of the legendary Eight Immortal, the whole she-bang. When he steals yours panties, you just let him.]]
* One of [[Main/ImageBoards /tg/]] {{joke character}}s is [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Jeanstealer Jeanstealer]] -- a [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} genestealer]] with a jean fetish.
* Website/TheOnion describes why panty raids are a poor idea at [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/six-dead-in-west-point-panty-raid,1130/ certain colleges]].
* In game in Webcomic/SluggyFreelance of [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Years of Yarncraft]] it's a quest. Of [[CuteMonsterGirl sorority demon girls]].
* The M.U.G.E.N series, ''PantyThiefMysteries'', by [[http://http://www.wenoo.net/user/chimukun chimukun]] is built around a group that steals panties. Interestingly it does not even contain one male perverted villain, in an all female cast. A 1 episode sequel titled ''Anime/ASetsukoChristmasTale'' was later released, also with a case of a different panty thief.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Patrick and Mr. Krabs go on a "panty raid". It is near midnight, however, so Mr. Krabs does not realize until it is too late that the person they are stealing panties from is his own mother.
* Inverted in a two-part episode of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Traitor]]", after a CriticalFailure to [[AppliedPhlebotinum the armor-treatment chemical]], Lady Jaye catches a COBRA infantryman... and obviously, he leaves her with a souvenir!
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some dogs have been known to raid their owners' dirty laundry. Sometimes they don't actually find any socks, and go for the next best thing. (Be on the lookout for 50-lb boxer dogs wearing ladies' underwear as decorative floss.)
* On 8 November 2010, [[http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/3000-pairs-of-stolen-panties-found-in-home-of-underwear-thief Yukio Kusumoto]] was convicted for theft of underwear from a woman's home. A police search of Kusumoto's house uncovered 3000 pairs.
* Any contemporary StageMagic act based around pickpocketing will inevitably culminate with this, a slightly {{Bowdlerized}} version using a man's boxers or a {{Squick}} version using a man's dirty briefs.
* In 2010, a Portswood, UK house cat named Oscar [[http://m.dailyecho.co.uk/news/8261256.Cat_burglar_stealing_underwear/ made the news]] for stealing panties.
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