'''Basic Trope''': A girl wears shorts under her skirt to avoid giving {{Panty Shot}}s.
* '''Straight''':
** Alice is a KickChick who fights in a miniskirt, but nobody sees anything embarrassing because she's wearing shorts underneath.
** Alice plays sports in a miniskirt, but nobody sees anything embarrassing because she's wearing shorts underneath.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Alice's shorts are so long they extend past the hem of her skirt and can be clearly seen even while she's standing up straight.
** Every girl in school wears shorts under a skirt, because it's part of the [[DressCode uniform]].
* '''Downplayed''': Alice wears shorts under her skirt that are [[WhoWearsShortShorts so tiny]] it's almost impossible to tell they aren't normal panties.
* '''Justified''':
** Alice's [[MediumAwareness contract for this season]] says she has to fight in a miniskirt, but it [[LoopholeAbuse doesn't say anything about what else she wears]].
** Alice is a world-famous tennis player, and she's getting sick of {{Paparazzi}} covering the tabloids with pictures of her panties after every game.
* '''Inverted''':
** Alice's skirt is so long that it's hard to fight in, so she puts shorts on over it to keep it from flapping around and getting in the way.
** Alice normally wears [[WhoWearsShortShorts very tiny shorts]], and when she doesn't want to stand out so much she puts a skirt on over them.
* '''Subverted''':
** Alice's [[TheRival rival]] Brenda has a very similar outfit and fighting style, but as soon as their [[DesignatedGirlFight obligatory fight]] starts, it becomes apparent that Brenda is [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains much less concerned]] with showing off her panties.
** Catherine disguises herself as Alice, but a sudden PantyShot reveals that her disguise isn't quite perfect.
** Bob [[PantyThief steals Alice's shorts]] right before the BigGame, forcing her to wear her normal panties instead.
** Alice's [[TheRival rival]] Brenda sabotages her shorts, causing them to fall off in the middle of the fight in the hopes that [[DefeatByModesty Alice will give up]] rather than [[GoingCommando risk exposing herself]].
** Alice is wearing boxers. TheReveal is that Alice is becoming Albert, or alternately, that Alice ''was/is'' Albert. (depending on what direction he or she is transitioning, either wearing the boxers as a step toward more masculine dress/a secret, or alternately because they are the only underwear that conceal an externally male appearance under the skirt)
** Alice is wearing shorts loose enough and short enough that one can see up her legs to what's behind the shorts.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Brenda [[TheBadGuyWins defeats]] Alice, then takes her shorts and starts wearing them herself as a trophy.
** Seeing Catherine's mistake, Alice offers her a spare pair of shorts to complete the disguise.
** Alice's teammate Charlotte steals the shorts back from Bob and gets them to Alice, who puts them on over her panties just in time for the game to start.
** Alice continues fighting in VaporWear, but trying to protect her modesty puts her at a severe disadvantage until her teammate Charlotte arrives with a spare pair of shorts.
* '''Parodied''':
** Alice's teammates complain about getting constantly flashed during every fight, so Alice agrees to wear a pair of shorts... which happen to be completely identical to her old panties.
** Alice fights in a miniskirt without giving a single PantyShot, thanks to highly reliable usage of MagicSkirt. But when she starts to wear shorts underneath there's no more need for the MagicSkirt, and the audience gets to see her shorts all the time.
* '''Zig Zagged''': [[PantyFighter A team of miniskirted heroines]] are [[InevitableTournament all participating in a fighting tournament]] on live television, so Alice protects her modesty by wearing shorts instead of panties under her skirt. Beatrice sees her first match and suddenly realizes that because she didn't wear shorts, there's no way she can fight without flashing her panties to the camera. So Alice takes off her shorts and gives them to Beatrice, who puts them on over her panties right before her round starts. But Alice's shorts don't quite fit Brenda, and halfway through the match they [[WardrobeMalfunction split wide open]] and Beatrice ends up flashing her panties after all. Afterwards, Alice comforts Beatrice and says she'll just use the [[CrazyPrepared spare pair of shorts she brought just in case]]. They hurry to the locker room and discover that the villainous Catherine saw the whole thing and stole Alice's spare shorts, in the hopes of forcing her to forfeit the match. Just then Alice notices a pair of shorts in another locker, and realizes that Dorothy must have forgotten to change into them before her match. They both rush back to warn her, only to see that Dorothy is already in the ring and about to start fighting in her hot pink [[GoofyPrintUnderwear daisy-patterned]] [[ThongOfShielding g-string]]. But before she can embarrass herself, her opponent Eve opens the match with a flying kick and shows everyone that she forgot to put on not just her shorts, but [[GoingCommando her underwear too]]. Eve is disqualified for violating the tournament's dress code, and Dorothy later reveals that she didn't forget her shorts after all, but decided that a thong would [[DistractedByTheSexy distract the opponents]] better.
* '''Averted''':
** Alice wears perfectly normal panties under her skirt, resulting in a perfectly normal PantyShot.
** Alice doesn't wear shorts under her skirt, or [[GoingCommando anything else]].
** The audience will never find out what Alice wears under her skirt because it [[MagicSkirt always covers everything]].
* '''Enforced''':
** Alice is designed as a serious ActionGirl and the writers don't want to have her end up as MsFanservice, so when the plot calls for her to fight in a miniskirt they give her a chance to put shorts on underneath since it's more realistic than using MagicSkirt.
** The localization team is trying to target a younger demographic and/or get past very strict MoralGuardians, but Alice's pantyshots are just too frequent and blatant to cut completely. So instead, they [[DigitalBikini turn her panties into shorts]].
* '''Lampshaded''': After Alice wins a tough fight with a spectacular high kick, her teammate Bob points out it's a good thing she's wearing shorts under her skirt or the [[{{Macekre}} whole scene might have been cut]].
* '''Invoked''': Alice is a miniskirt-wearing InnocentFanserviceGirl who flashes her panties all the time. Her friend Beatrice disapproves, so while Alice is in the shower Beatrice replaces her panties with a pair of shorts.
* '''Exploited''': Alice is forced to wear a miniskirt for the fighting tournament and wisely decides to replace her usual [[ThongOfShielding skimpy thong]] with a pair of shorts, so while she's in the ring Bob sneaks into her locker room to [[PantyThief steal her unattended panties]].
* '''Defied''':
** Alice discovers that someone switched her panties for a pair of shorts while she was in the shower, but she decides she'd rather [[GoingCommando go commando]] than wear them.
** Alice is a backup dancer in the big musical, so Bob sneaks into her dressing room before the show and switches her shorts with a [[ThongOfShielding tiny g-string]], knowing it's [[SexSells sure to help ticket sales]].
* '''Discussed''': As Alice squares off for a showdown with her [[TheRival rival]] Brenda, the rest of the team places bets on which one is wearing shorts under her skirt.
* '''Conversed''': While playing ''[[PantyFighter Bikini Battle VII]]'', Alice asks Bob why none of the game's miniskirted fighters bother to wear shorts.
* '''Implied''': Bob [[LovableSexManiac waits under a staircase hoping to get a peek up Alice's skirt]], but when Alice finally does climb the stairs he just looks disappointed.
* '''Played For Laughs''': After Bob gets caught taking a picture of the Student Council President's [[GoofyPrintUnderwear Hello Kitty panties]], she [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil declares]] that all the girls must wear shorts under their skirts from now on. Bob soon starts exhibiting withdrawal symptoms.
* '''Played For Drama''': Thanks to some sort of ZanyScheme, Alice's panties now have the MacGuffin's activation code written on them. [[TheMasquerade Unable to simply explain the situation to her]], the heroes race to find a pair of shorts and convince Alice to wear them before the villains discover her secret.
* '''Deconstructed''': Alice's leather biker shorts are really hot and confining, and eventually she decides she'd rather risk a few panty flashes than put up with the discomfort.
* '''Reconstructed''': Later, Alice gets more comfortable shorts to wear under her skirts.
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