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[[caption-width-right:260:[[ShesGotLegs So her thighs look even better.]] [[note]]Model: Park Hyun-Sun[[/note]]]]

The writers want us to know a female character is aggressive, so they are shown to us in thigh high boots. These have a certain ImpossiblyCoolClothes factor because it is uncommon, and usually impractical and expensive, for shoes to reach any higher than calf length. These shoes may have straps, buckles, zippers or laces that may go all the way up, to emphasize their length and the fact that the character wearing them [[ShesGotLegs has some sexy legs]].

Thigh High Boots tend to double as CombatStilettos on {{Action Girl}}s, though {{Dominatri|x}}ces and RealLife prostitutes wear these as well.

Compare ZettaiRyouiki and NiceShoes -- this is a subtrope of both. See OperaGloves for the upper-limb equivalent.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Loly Aivirrne is an Arrancar and leads the bullying against captive Orihime. [[spoiler:She's also gutsy enough to stand up to an Espada.]]
** [[http://images.wikia.com/bleach/es/images/1/13/08-m.jpg Riruka Dokugamine]] of Xcution wears them as well as part of her ElegantGothicLolita outfit. Her teammate Jackie Tristan has them as well, but only when her Fullbring powers are activated.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass R2''
** Kallen sports thigh-high boots as part of her CustomUniform with the Black Knights. It's part of the visual contrast with her IllGirl schoolgirl disguise, which has stockings instead.
** Suzaku has a pair of these in his Knight of Zero outfit, though it's hard to tell because the costume also includes a cloak that hides most of his body.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Lenalee Lee with her Dark Boots; they're her EmpathicWeapon and she is a KickChick.
%%*''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'': Jun the Swan his team members ''and'' TheDragon.
%%* Usami Masamune in ''Anime/MayoChiki''.
%%* Every ''Anime/PrettyCure'' series has at least one Cure wearing them, with the exception of the [[FutariWaPrettyCure the first]] [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar two continuities]], which instead used leg warmers for a similar effect.
%%** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'': Cure Dream and Cure Rouge get these while Cure Lemonade gets standard ZettaiRyouiki and Cure Mint and Cure Aqua get normal boots.
%%** In TheMovie the Dark Pretty Cure 5 [[http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/4964/toeimovie1darkprettycur.jpg all get this]].
%%** ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'': Cure Peach and Cure Berry both get these, and the latter combines these with ZettaiRyouiki, [[http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/421/cureberry2.jpg making an awkward combination]].
%%** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'': It's easier to list the one member that ''doesn't'' sport this: Cure Marine, who gets standard ZettaiRyouiki fitting her GenkiGirl persona.
%%** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'': Like with ''Heartcatch'', one of the members is left out and given standard ZettaiRyouiki instead. This time it's Cure Melody.
%%** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'': Cure Sunny is the only member of the team whose footwear actually qualifies as this. Cure Happy has knee-length boots while all the others have ankle-length boots.
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'':
** Jessie wears black thigh-high boots and is generally a loud, domineering woman.
** Domino wears these and is a more serious threat than Jessie.
** James's fiance Jessiebelle changed into a pair right before she beats him up with a whip under the pretense of "training" him, a fairly overt dominatrix reference.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Robin wore these during the Water 7 arc. It's an inverted case as she was a DamselInDistress in that arc.
%%* Mew Zakuro from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''.
%%* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': especially the PowerTrio Italy, Germany, and Japan.
* Yoko of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' sports a pair post-timeskip and is the show's premier ActionGirl.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Mai Valentine wore these while she was {{Brainwashed}} by Dartz during the Doma arc.
* DefrostingIceQueen and resident ActionGirl Blue from ''Anime/WolfsRain'', combined with a MiniDressOfPower and ScarfOfAsskicking.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Gender-inverted by AntiVillain Mukuro, who has worn these as part of certain outfits (which tend to have a military flair).
* Casca from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' during her tenure as the only female warrior of the Band of the Hawk, though she combined them with trousers for a more modest/practical look.
%%* Momose from ''Manga/BloodyCross'' wears thigh high boots in the first few chapters. Tsukimiya also wears them once or twice.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': The Sailor Starlights wear these, as do villains Sailor Lead Crow and Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': [[WhiteHairedPrettyGirl Misaki]] [[MsFanservice Saiki]] combines this trope with StockingFiller, since she part-times as a {{dominatrix}}.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Characters/TheMightyThor: The Asgardian Enchantress sports a pair of these more often than not, usually with matching OperaGloves and a MinidressOfPower. Her bewitching magicks must work a little better if every male gaze is already locked onto her very shapely form.
%%* {{Supergirl}}, in her ''New 52'' costume.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' Starfire, the ProudWarriorRaceGirl, wears these in her superheroin outfit. She wears a different pair in her street clothes in ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws''.
%%* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'': Jade [[http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p171/methosivanhoe/268795782_l.jpg when she was a member of the Darkstars]].
* ''{{ComicBook/X-Men}}''
** Jean Grey wore a pair of yellow thigh-highs with one of her older costumes. [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130528171929/marveldatabase/images/1/1e/Jean_Grey_(Earth-616)_from_X-Men_Phoenix_Endsong_Vol_1_5_page_20.png Phoenix costumes go right into the spandex this way.]]
%%** Psylocke (but not before MagicPlasticSurgery[[note]]that involved actual ''magic''[[/note]] had made her Asian).
%%** {{Storm}}.
* [[{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], during ''FinalCrisis'', [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3474/3399613930_7dbd525e68_m.jpg wore boots like these]].
* [[LizardFolk Alexandra]] in ''ComicBook/DungeonTheEarlyYears''. Used as an AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment: During Hyacinthe's HeroicBSOD following [[spoiler: Alexandra (his mistress) killing his wife]], he's shown to be [[spoiler: paying prostitutes to put on the same kinds of boots she wears, and yells her name when orgasming]]. Her response on learning this is [[NotSoStoic to start crying]].
%%* Umbra of the ''{{ComicBook/Legion of Super-Heroes}}''.
%%* ScarletWitch, during her first couple of decades.
%%* {{Zatanna}} occasionally.
%%* [[PowerGirl Power Woman]] in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''.
%%* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Sue Richards]] has worn them as part of a couple of her uniform changes over the years.
* Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, when she was in her Purple Suit era, combining this with OperaGloves. Ditched when Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke took over the title in favor of considerably more sensible boots.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
%%* ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'':
%%* Helen's and Violet's superhero costumes in ''TheIncredibles''.
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'': Captain Amelia wears these as part of her uniform and she's introduced doing Le Pakour on a space ship. Then she lays down the law on Jim and her supposed boss.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BladeRunner'': Zhora wears boots like this during her chase/fight scene with Deckard.
* ''Film/AustinPowers: The Spy Who Shagged Me'': Felicity Shagwell, as the DistaffCounterpart of Austin himself, hits both parts of this trope; swinger appeal and secret agent toughness.
%%* ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'': protagonist Andy Sachs's mid-movie extreme makeover is completed by a pair of ''the'' Chanel thigh-high boots. Creator/AnneHathaway liked these boots so much that she inquired about buying them after filming was done, but they'd already been earmarked for a charity auction.
%%*''PrettyWoman'': Worn by JuliaRoberts in her first scene .
%%* ''Film/ShootEmUp'': Creator/MonicaBellucci sports these.
* Sif from the [[Film/{{Thor}} Thor]] [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld movies]] is a BloodKnight ActionGirl and wears knee-length boots to battle.
%% * Angel and Emma Frost from ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
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%%* Avon from ''Series/BlakesSeven'' occasionally wore a pair of leather boots that went up past mid-thigh, combined with a silver lamé top that made him look like some kind of disco space hooker.
%%* ''Series/TheGoodWife'' : Kalinda
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[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds''
%%* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Luxa and the Twi'lek dancers.
* ''[[VideoGame/BloodyRoar Bloody Roar: Primal Fury]]'': The secret boss character, Uranus, sports a sleek pair of thigh highs as part of her [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters4/uranus-ex.jpg body armor.]]
%%* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries''
%%** As of ''Soul Calibur IV'',
%%** Cassandra sports a pair as part of [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters/cassandra-sc4-art.jpg her default attire.]] Interesting side note: it's her player 2 costume, from part 2, with a different color scheme.
%%** Ivy in the fifth game.
%%*''VideoGame/StarGladiator'': June Not only does her outfit include thigh-highs, but [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters2/june-big.jpg killer knee pads as well!]]
%%* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'': Cammy's alternate outfit, which counts as a GenderedOutfit that copies M. Bison's uniform.
%%* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Kitana, Mileena, Jade, Khameleon, Skarlet, Sindel, Tanya, Sareena, Nitara, and Li Mei all wear them at some point.
%%* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'' has Riela Marcellis.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''
** Most of the Pegasus Knights wear these.
** It's the footwear of choice of Cavaliers from Lenster in FireEmblemJugdral like Fin, Carrion, Robert, Glade, etc.
%%** Eirika from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''.
%%* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has Dizzy, I-No ''and'' Valentine.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110323223260/dragonage/images/6/60/Isabella_romance_armor.png Isabela]] wears leather boots that go all the way up. Presumably, this has something to do in her being a PirateGirl. When Isabela suggests [[DoesNotLikeShoes Merrill]] get a similar pair, Merrill remarks that she feels like she'd get lost in those boots since they're so big.
-->'''Merrill:''' I've dropped marbles in them. They take an eternity to reach the bottom!
-->'''Isabela:''' That's the reason I've been finding marbles in my boots?
-->'''Merrill:''' Um. No. I'm just rambling. Look, a rock!
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'': The [[HornyDevils Succubus]] boss.
%%* ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishmentStarSuccessor'': Male example: Isa Jo.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'': Connor Kenway sports these, though it's a little hard to see under his longcoat.
%%* Akihiko Yoshida of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' fame positively ''adores'' this design element, which he lovingly littered throughout all of the Ivalice Alliance games, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', and the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' DS remake, reaching its apogee in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''. Unusually, he favors this for male characters just as much as female characters, [[GenderFlip if not even more]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Used quite a lot in ''{{Soundscape}}'', where ThighHighBoots often overlap with CombatStilettos. Half of the girls wear them, while the other half goes for ZettaiRyouiki or StockingFiller. Amylase explains that she went with ThighHighBoots as a substitute to stockings. Word-for-word, she describes the expensive nature in getting any boots above calf-length; the (near-)impracticality in using them for anything other than modeling; the exoticism in having laces, straps, zippers or belts to emphasize the design; their uncommon usage; the question of their origins, either from prostitutes or dominatrices; and the advantage to using them as weapons for kicking.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': Evangelyne.
* animated ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Starfire wears these like she does in the comics and is still a ProudWarriorRaceGirl, if [[GenkiGirl perkier.]]
%%*''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': [[SissyVillain Him]] wears the high-heeled version of these. They do a marvelous job of adding to his creep factor.
%%** Sedusa, too.
%%* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'':
%%** Asajj Ventress' Nightsister attire includes these.
%%** Ahsoka's vision of her future self.
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