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So, you have a female character, and you want her to appear [[ProperLady prim and proper]], while still being feminine and fitting in with all of your other female characters. It would usually (with few exceptions) be improper for her to wear pants, but it would be difficult to have her fit in full dresses when all of your other female characters are wearing short, suggestive skirts.

The solution is simple - have her wear thick, opaque tights with a skirt. The skirt allows her to fit in with her fellow girls, but the tights ensure that she remains proper and well-covered. It retains that feminine quality, yet prevents the lady from in any way seeming risque.

This style of dress is particularly common in {{Anime}} with TheOjou and YamatoNadeshiko. Compare with SkirtOverSlacks, which occurs when pants of some description are added to an already modest skirt in order to convey shyness or {{tomboy}}ishness, and with ModestyShorts, which ensures modesty for the ActionGirl who wears a microskirt. Contrasts with ZettaiRyouiki, which are usually employed to instead enhance the fanservice of the outfit, highlighting [[TheIngenue innocent]], budding sexuality; and with TightsUnderShorts, which incorporates something more boyish than a skirt but is nevertheless used more frequently on girls than on boys.

Note that when it comes to children, and especially school uniforms (except where SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack), this is so standard that no examples need to be given.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Kuroyukihime from ''LightNovel/AccelWorld''.
* Belarus from Manga/AxisPowersHetalia wears this whether she's in an ElegantGothicLolita outfit, in [[{{Joshikousei}} uniform garb]] or cosplaying as [[AliceAllusion Alice]] in {{Hetaween 2011}}.
* Shouko Kirishima, from ''[[LightNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu Baka and Test]]''. [[DudeLooksLikeALady Hideyoshi Kinoshita]] also does this sometimes, including with a pink maid dress.
* Sen Yarizui in ''LightNovel/BenTo'' sports this fashion, likely to preserve her modesty as she [[KickChick kicks the snot out of her opponents]] during the [[MundaneMadeAwesome battles for half-priced bento]].
* [[DarkActionGirl Revy]] wears this in the Japan arc in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''; perfectly understandable, since her normal {{Stripperiffic}} clothes wouldn't work well in a Japanese winter.
* Sakura Kinomoto in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' gets this with most of her [=CardCaptor=] outfits if they don't involve ZettaiRyouiki. Her friend Tomoyo does this with a few of her own outfits as well.
* The female pilots wear the leotard variation with their combat attire in ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}''.
* ''LightNovel/DateALive'': Miku Izayoi's Astral Dress incorporates this.
* Android 18 from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* Namie Yagiri (TheOjou) wears a miniskirt with tights in the anime version of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. However, this trope is averted in the original LightNovel, where she wears type A ZettaiRyouiki, as well as in the manga where she's totally bare-legged.
* Mikuru Asahina wears this during the winter months in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' (as seen in ''Disappearance'' with her school uniform), as does Yuki Nagato in the spinoff series ''The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan''.
* ''{{Manga/Hanayamata}}'': Hana stands out for being outgoing, and she's shorter than her friends. Of the five girls, only she wears tights with school uniform and with her dancing kimono.
* Rei Miyamoto from ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' appears to be wearing this briefly in episode 3, no thanks to a minor visual ContinuitySnarl. She actually wears ZettaiRyouiki.
* Yui from ''Manga/KOn'' wears this with her skirt. There are rare occasions where she's seen with just {{Zettai Ryouiki}} or socks, but mainly in the early manga or in summer, respectively.
* Worn by Miyuki in ''Manga/LuckyStar'', particularly with her school uniform.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Some of the female Bureau mages wear tights with their uniforms, such as Shamal, who typically wears dresses or long skirts while off duty.
** Victoria Dahlgrun of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' has this as part of her Barrier Jacket, as befitting an {{Ojou}} such as her.
** Suzuka's battle outfit in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'' is a coat and long dress worn over proper tights, [[RedOniBlueOni in contrast]] to [[MiniDressOfPower Alisa's]] [[ModestyShorts outfit]].
* Umi from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' as she's TheOjou and comes from a high-class school.
* Mariya Shidou from ''Manga/MariaHolic'' wears black tights with his (yes, ''[[VillainousCrossdresser his]]'') uniform and portrays himself publicly as one of the nicer girls. However, when he and Kanako are alone together, his sadistic side rears its ugly head.
* Masako Natsume from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum''.
* ''Manga/OniichanNoKotoNankaZenzenSukiJanainDakaraNe'' has Kondou and it become Shuusuke's primary fetish.
* Komachi Akimoto from ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5''.
** Miki Aono from ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure''.
** Setsuna Higashi from ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure''.
** Alice Yotsuba from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure''.
* Homura Akemi wears this with her outfits, including her MagicalGirl uniform (which, to top it off, adds [[CombatStilettos high-heeled boots]] incorporated into the tights), in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', except in her flashbacks in episode 10.
* Worn by Naru Osaka with her casual clothes in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Also part of Hotaru Tomoe's wardrobe.
* Sarah Adiemus from ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' is the only girl in the series who wears tights with her school skirt.
* Subverted in a sense by ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', since none of the girls wears a skirt...or pants, for that matter, but prim and proper Gallian noblewoman Perrine wears tights.
* Sakuya's winter uniform in ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' includes black tights.
** Also Matori, Yugi's henchwoman.
* Two {{Action Girl}}s from ''TowerOfGod'', Yuri Zahard and Yeon Yihwa.
* G3 from ''Manga/{{Upotte}}'' wears black tights under her school uniform's skirt. Most of her younger sisters (eg. Anyone based on a a [=G3=]-derivative) follow suit.
* Hanako Tanaka from ''Manga/{{Zetman}}''.

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* Mitsuuru Takahashi from ''FanFic/PrettyCureHeavyMetal'' is a rare male example at times. Sakura Cobain also wears white tights under her school uniform during the colder months (of course, since this is Isuten Junior High we're talking about, the same outfit also includes a black leather jacket, possibly the only way to make tights look any cooler--other than [[TightsUnderShorts using shorts instead]], of course).
* Another male example is Haru Nagato, the male maiden from the upcoming ''FanFic/PrettyCureStrangeHappenings''. Yumi's thigh-high red stockings go so high they barely rise above the lower edge of her uniform's crinoline skirt, leading some to mistake what she's wearing for tights. Also, every Cure that doesn't wear TightsUnderShorts wears this in Cure form, and Cure Necro herself sports [[TightsUnderShorts Tights Under]] ModestyShorts.
* Super Cure Romance from ''FanFic/PrettyCureHollywoodStars'' would be another male example, but in Cure and Super Cure form is [[SuperGenderBender actually biologically female]].
* Both Meran and Korii in ''FanFic/ShiningPrettyCure''. The former is a rare male example, and both do this with tunics.
* While Ichiban High School enforces this in ''FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureDragon'', one of its students, Ryan Lee, is notable as a male example; another student, Susan Chan, also wears this as Cure Fortune. Yet another student averts and defies this trope, instead going for ModestyShorts.

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[[folder: Film - Animation ]]

* Jenny Foxworth in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''.
* Also Penny, of whom she's an {{Expy}}, in ''Disney/TheRescuers''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Samantha (the Victorian Era...oops, TheEdwardianEra girl) from the Franchise/{{American Girl|s Collection}} franchise wears this. She expresses dislike for it, especially as her grandmother insists on her wearing long underwear underneath them from September to June (in an attempt to prevent tuberculosis).
* In the first book of ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'', Mia's grandmother tries to get her to wear these as part of her princess makeover. It ultimately fails because Mia doesn't like wearing tights and doesn't choose the "right" style.

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - Willow, particularly in Season 3. Still cute and geeky, but a step up stylewise from earlier years.
* Kat and Tanya from ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''. A nice contrast compared to the other [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] in the franchise.
* One of Joan Watson's wardrobe staples in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. Joan is, at the very least, much more proper than her Sherlock, as well as having too much sense to run bare-legged around New York City in cold weather.
* Annie Edison from ''Series/{{Community}}'' , especially in Season 2

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Wednesday in ''Theatre/TheAddamsFamily''. Used in her other incarnations (TV, film, and comic strip), but more noticeable in the musical because the character, now 18, [[DangerouslyShortSkirt doesn't seem to have bought a new dress in the last 10 years.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The soldier-like Weiß wears this outfit in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart 3''.
** Saki, the deuteragonist, wears this with her main outfit.
* Ingrid from ''VideoGame/CapcomFightingEvolution'' and the PSP version of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'' is outfitted in a similar getup to Yurika, albeit with brown pantyhose instead.
* Princess Alena in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''. (Although it's less a skirt and more of a tunic.)
* All of the pegasus-riding units in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' have tights under the traditional ThighHighBoots, and Tanith did so in ''Path of Radiance'' as well. Syrene from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]'' also wears these in her official artwork.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', Karis wears a minidress with tights, and for a rare male example (!) Rief wears what are either leggings or tights with his tunic ([[DudeLooksLikeALady which didn't help the gender confusion any]]).
* Athena Asamiya wears this in her outfit for ''Videogame/KingOfFighters 97''.
* Yukiko Amagi from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (pictured above) is the poster child for this.
* Also worn by Fuuka in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''.
* Yurika Kirishima, the resident {{Ojou}} of ''[[VideoGame/RivalSchools Project Justice]]'', wears white pantyhose with her dress.
** The Pacific High School female uniform, which Tiffany Lords wears as her alternate costume in ''Rival Schools: United By Fate'', has dark hose with a miniskirt.
** Justice High School Nurse, Kyoko Minazuki, also sports this look. She is also somewhat an {{Ojou}}, albeit an older one.
* VideoGame/StreetFighter's own Chun-Li wears them with her trademark {{Qipao}}.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': Princess Natalia Luzu-Kimalsca Lanvaldear wears white tights under her short aquamarine dress when you first meet her.
* Jin Kisaragi from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is one particular male example. Although what he wears isn't a skirt, he still counts as an example.
* Elhaym "Elly" Van Houten from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' wears them as part of her Gebler uniform.
* Hitomi Tono from ''SoulHackers''.
* Fina, the MysteriousWaif from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', wears white tights as part of her outfit.

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[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* Rare male example: Jun Watarase from ''VisualNovel/{{Happiness}}'', particularly with his SailorFuku.
* Satoko in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.
* Athena Cykes from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' wears this as her default outfit, although she's much more tomboyish than most examples.
* Peko Pekoyama from ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''.
* Hanako Ikezawa from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. Super justified in her case, since she's CoveredInScars.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Daphne Blake's regular outfit from the various incarnations of ''ScoobyDoo'' incorporates this. Of course, then it gets played for FanService in the LiveActionAdaptation.
* Gwen Tennyson in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''
* Both of Ahsoka Tano's regular outfits in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* ThePowerpuffGirls.
* Jessie Bannon in the first season of ''[[WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures]]'', before switching to TightsUnderShorts in season two.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* TruthInTelevision; it's pretty much standard clothing for girls and is especially common among schoolgirls (especially those who wear uniforms) and some classes of athletes in RealLife. Although in recent years (with the exception of uniforms) [[SkirtOverSlacks leggings have become more popular]], although usually with the same effect.

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