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->'''The Ranger:''' It's... It's original those elfin huuuu... panties. With some kind of... string behind...\\
'''The Barbarian:''' Yeah, yeah.\\
'''The Ranger:''' Must be nice... to get a tan...
-->-- ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'', episode 17

NippleAndDimed for the backside. Provided that the gluteal cleavage (that's the bit between the buttocks) is covered, you can show a massive amount of rear and get away with it.

So, you ''could say'' that it's the [[{{Pun}} bare minimum?]]... [[GetOut we'll get our coats...]]

Often a feature of the BarelyThereSwimwear. Not to be confused with ChainmailBikini.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Naga from the ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' prequels is never told to put some pants on, even though she runs around in a purple leather thong.
* Shirow Masamune seems to have a deep love of this trope. The Major in the original ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' manga frequently shows her rear off. Although she's far more modestly dressed most of the time than in any of the adaptations. Motoko Aramaki in the sequel manga ''Man-Machine Interface'', on the other hand, seems to be lacking pants more often than not.
* Shirow Masamune's other heroine, Deunan Knute from ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'', whenever she is piloting a landmate in that manga.
* Two of the over-the-top super-fanservice outfits in ''Anime/DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'' (Rena's and Shizuka's, to be specific) are either C-Strings (just picture a snap-bracelet for your crotch) or Maebari. Maebari deserves special mention, as it's a Japanese "clothing" fetish that revolves around bikini bottoms made out of tape. So pick your poison -- strapless thong made out of a snap-bracelet, or strapless thong made out of tape.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** The manga generally used the this trope a lot in its early days, but the series and its creator has become more bold in recent chapters, showing the girls' stark naked butts several times and thus averting the trope.
** Mirajane has this in her demon form.
** Kyouka from the Tartarus Arc has a combination of this and a LeotardOfPower.
* Lampshaded in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', when Gintoki is revealed to be wearing a {{Fundoshi}} under his boxers during the Popularity Poll arc to prevent his rating from being lowered by the same underwear removal tactic that was initially used against Yamazaki. He gloats about Kondo's failed attempt to expose him, which prompts [[StraightMan Shinpachi]] to point out that it's covering so little of his butt that it's barely any different from not wearing anything at all.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[SelfFanservice Given the reputation of some comic book artists]], and the fact a considerable number of female superheroes wear leg-baring leotards, its quite common for the back of the suit to show off far more cheek than would be practical. In a possible justification, in real life leotards tend to ride up when gymnasts do their routines until they look like thongs, so its quite possible that its not that they're wearing thong-back uniforms, but rather just suffering from a really bad wedgie.
* Psylocke from the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''. Sometimes her costume covers her behind completely and just shows off her thighs. Other times, it could ''generously'' be called a g-string. It doesn't help that almost every panel she's in has her striking a pose like something out of a rap video.
* Some modern comic book artists depict Franchise/WonderWoman's shorts (often referred to as "star-spangled panties" by fans) as this, most notably Ed Benes and [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_eWAgNd_cltA/SjnJEB-BiMI/AAAAAAAAAB8/cmHbi1CXFq0/s400/WonderWomanThong01.jpg Mike Deodato]] (who drew Wonder Woman between 1994-1995).
* GreenSpaceBabe Gamora's costume is depicted this way in the early issues of ''Nova v. 4'' (and to a lesser extent in ''Guardians of the Galaxy'').
* Eva Procorpio in ''Shakara'' rarely has anything more than a miniscule thong between her belly and mid-thigh.
* ComicBook/MsMarvel's leotard is sometimes depicted as a thong. As does ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}'s second 'gymnastics' outfit. Moonstone, when she was taking Carol's name during ''Dark Reign'' actually lampshaded this by complaining about the costume, even questioning the oddity of an outspoken feminist wearing something so revealing.
* Despite being a robot (and functionally naked), [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/b/b4/ArceeButt.jpg Arcee]] from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has occasionally been depicted with one of these.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/FireAndIce'', all of the men's {{Loin Cloth}}s bare a fair amount of buttock, but the most guilty (unsurprisingly) is Princess Teegra. Not only is her thong very narrow, but it's partly see-through, and a bit of buttcrack sticks out over the top. Plus she spends a lot of time with said ass pointed at the camera. And since this film came before the PG-13 rating, it's only PG.
* In the {{egregious}}ly {{stripperiffic}} Danish {{CGI}} movie ''WesternAnimation/RonalTheBarbarian'', more characters wear thongs than not, even the female barbarians who aren't shown that often. [[LeatherMan The General]] wears a lot more than the barbarians, but even he prefers his buttocks bare so he can whip them. [[AvertedTrope Unfortunately]], [[ActionGirl Zandra]] keeps her butt covered.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the 1999 ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', which features [[NippleAndDimed topless fairies]] and a mud-slinging Hermia and Helena, when the nude lovers are awoken in a field by Theseus, a ''strategically placed'' blade of grass hovers perfectly between the camera and Christian Bale's bare derriere. That could not have been accidental.
* Anck-Su-Namun in the opening flashback of ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' sports this as we get a rear shot of her walking into Imhotep's chambers. PG-13 movies seem to be able to get away with this, though the shot can't really linger.
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' (featuring Creator/MeganFox) shows one of the actors in a thong. [[spoiler:It's [[FanDisservice John Turturro]].]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the 1980's action series ''[[FunWithAcronyms SOBS]]'', two members of the HeroesRUs unit strip off to follow the villains into the water. When the chase ends up back on land, one of them realises his colleague is effectively "bottomless" as he's just wearing a thong. When the embarrassed colleague asks for help covering up, he replies, "And deprive all these tourists of a chance to see the Eighth and Ninth Wonders of the World?"
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Two examples from ''Series/BritainsGotTalent''. The first was "The Deans of Magic", described by Simon Cowell as "a bit ''Readers' Wives'''' (that's a UK porn mag).
* Three or four recurring competitors on ''NinjaWarrior''. [[MrFanservice All male]].
* ''Series/PantsOffDanceOff'' would censor out the backside of any nude dancers; but not if they had a thong, and sometimes the dancers could get away with showing even more than that uncensored by intentionally covering only the smallest possible amount of skin.
* ''Series/TheManShow'' was once told by the Creator/ComedyCentral censors that they were allowed to show three-quarters of someone's backside. So, naturally, they featured one of the Juggys in "three-quarter ass pants" which were cut so low that only the very bottom of her buttocks were covered. Adam Carolla later reported that he himself also had to wear the pants in question, and that it was disgusting.
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[[folder:Pinballs]]
* The women in Creator/{{Stern}}'s ''Pinball/IronMaiden'' are shown wearing this.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Crossed with ToplessnessFromTheBack: On the August 26, 1999 episode of ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'', [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Tori (Terri Poch)]] was scheduled to face Wrestling/{{Ivory}} in an [[DefeatByModesty Evening Gown Match]]. Wrestling/MichaelCole, still a neutral character, attempted to interview Tori backstage before the match as she walked away from the camera. Tori pulled down her evening gown, saying that there was no way Ivory was going to humiliate her, and, with her back to the camera, walked around backstage wearing only a thong and shoes until she was stopped by a group of referees and [[DemotedtoExtra Road Agent]] Tony Garea, who gave her his shirt to wear. Tori won, of course, in 57 seconds.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ayla in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. How her skimpy CatGirl outfit provides any protection against, say, a magic lightning bolt or a machine gun is [[GameplayAndStorySegregation the same principle that lets her beat giant dinosaurs and robots to death with her fists.]]
* And on a similar note, Sira from ''VideoGame/{{Albion}}''. 100% catgirl-mage ''who can't even be equipped with decent armor''. If it weren't for her serious MagikarpPower and magical items, she'd be little more than furry eyecandy. At least the rest of the party ''can'' shield her (and other mages) from direct physical attacks, unlike in many other [=RPGs=].
* Promo material for ''Franchise/StarCraft: Ghost''.
* Then there's Ashley Riot's infamous "assless chaps" in ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' -- basically a huge set of trunks (or even bermuda shorts) that are missing a vital square of fabric precisely over the gluteal area.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' has one worn by Shahdee in combination with a serious case of ChainmailBikini. Shown most prominently in her introduction with a [[MaleGaze six-second close-up of her ass while she simply walks up a set of stairs.]]
* Lara's ridiculous legless wetsuit in ''Franchise/TombRaider: Underworld''. Which is more of a leotard than anything.
* The final boss from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' features this in its first form. [[spoiler:Thankfully it doesn't have it for its OneWingedAngel form, a massive flying skeleton.]]
* Nearly every single [[LittleBitBeastly Viera]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', but Fran is the most noticeable due to more screentime. Some of the Viera in the village were even less covered.
* Ivy's costumes seem to show more and more of her buttocks with every new game in the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries''. And her boobs. Don't be surprised if by ''Soul Calibur V'' her costume is simply drawn on with a purple Sharpie. Oddly enough, her default costume in ''SCV'' is surprisingly ''modest'', with less skin showing and not much more than a CleavageWindow.
* Cammy from the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series. In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', every battle she's in begins with an ass-shot. In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', roughly half of the battles she wins end in one.
* Felicia from the ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' series fights other denizens of the dark in barely anything at all. Her [[FurBikini fur bikini]] doesn't cover much and it barely even qualifies as a G-string, let alone an outfit. Seeing as the fur she wears is the same color as her tail and paws, it's unclear if she's actually wearing any clothing at all.
* The Papillon Suit in ''VideoGame/PN03'' features a thong and assless chaps. Also a subversion as it provides exactly as much protection as one would expect it to, turning Vanessa into a OneHitpointWonder.
* Early in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' this trope was played depressingly straight -- many of the early plate armor sets gave female characters a metal bikini. There were so many comics pointing this out to the point where Blizzard forbade any more on the subject. Partially due to the fan outcry, modern day generic armor is better, but the trope is not completely averted. However, the endgame "sets" that people get at level 70 and 80 ''do'' completely avert this trope -- they mostly look the exact same regardless of gender.
** [[http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/wowpedia.org/c/c7/Alexstrasza_the_Life-Binder.jpg Alexstrasza]], the Red Dragon queen, wears the most prominent example of this trope in her high elf form.
* A curious case are the succubi in ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'', because they seem to wear only a "low-cut" thong when you look at them from the front, but are clearly butt-naked when you look at them when they turn around.
* Promotional art for ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' shows one lady in this, and brandishing a sword.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Sheena's [[AndYourRewardIsClothes unlockable bathing suit costume]] is dangerously close to this.
* Female Malkavians in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. Their range of armor seems to be stolen from a porn set. The "heavy clothing" armor is a cowboy hat, vest, buttless chaps and a thong. And combat scenes are shown in third person from behind, so...
* Buki's armor upgrades in ''VideoGame/{{Sudeki}}'' get progressively skimpier. In the end, she's wearing a thong leotard made from scales of steel.
* Kitana, Jade and Mileena all wear a similar thong outfit in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. An odd clothing choice, considering these ladies often fight fully-armored opponents who have no qualms about breaking bones and crushing body parts.
* Played straight or averted, depending on the armor in question, in ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}''. There ''are'' a few female-only outfits that seem to focus on sexuality, but these are nearly always cloth armor, which are meant for mages and not really focused around defense power in the first place. In general, the actual heavy and plate armors cover you completely and look the same on either gender.
* Infested Kerrigan/The Queen of Blades/The Primal Queen from ''VideoGame/StarcraftII''. Depending on which parts of her alien body count as clothes and which as skin, she's either covered neck to toes in a skintight bodysuit, wearing a corset with open breast holes and a thong (with high heeled boots and pasties), or walking around a battlefield completely naked like all the other Zerg.
* Ayumi from ''VideoGame/XBlades'' has this. Her unlockable alternate armors actually do cover her rather properly, CleavageWindow notwithstanding. Amusingly, the Japanese PS3 version censors her thong and [[http://www.tnksoft.com/blog/images/2009/04/xblades.jpg replaces it with a bikini bottom instead]], which ends up making her subjectively sexier, in a TheissTitillationTheory sort of way.
* Linda in ''DoubleDragonNeon''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' parodies ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin''[='s=] version in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/12/3/ a particular strip]] that is NotSafeForWork:
-->'''Shahdee:''' I'll tell you what. This steel thong? I'm having second thoughts. It'll take a team of spelunkers a week to get this thing out of my ass. Do you hear what I'm telling you? It will be an ordeal. Canaries will go in ''first''. Accidents will happen, and men will ''die''.
* ''TheNoob'' features a literal version with "G-string of protection". While it's never shown, as character wears skintight pantaloons, HE frequently offers to show it to people.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Brenda from ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever'', whose SailorFuku skirt begins and ends up at her waist, displaying her tiny thong at all times.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Bikini bottoms usually expose some or most of the buttocks, including the gluteal folds, and that's all fine and normal on a beach. But when the bikini bottom exposes just a bit of the ass crack, it is instantly considered a WardrobeMalfunction and becomes either {{Fanservice}} or FanDisservice depending on the woman.
* Coco Austin tends to have this happen a lot, since she's a swimsuit model with quite a lot of junk in the trunk. One particular picture (taken by her husband, Ice-T) was shot from an angle where it really did look like she was naked and, according to Conan O'Brien, the censors would only allow him to show the picture on TV for three seconds.
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