Evil creatures called Ghosts have begun attacking Daten City, a city located on the border of Heaven and Earth. In response, Heaven sends down two less-than-heavenly angels (who also happen to be sisters) to stop the Ghosts: Panty, an incredibly promiscuous blonde who can turn underwear into guns, and Stocking, a goth girl with an eternal craving for sweets who can turn stockings into swords. Guided by Father Garterbelt, a black priestwith an afro and a variety of sexual fetishes, and their dog Chuck, the sisters fight ghosts in incredibly sexy, exciting, and just plain old weird ways.In other words, what we have here is a typical Studio Gainax anime.Gainax created 2010's Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt with a strange The Powerpuff Girls-esque style (except for a handful of scenes rendered in a "regular" anime style), and in numerous aspects, it has become the weirdest show Studio Gainax has ever produced to date. A number of fans consider it even weirder than FLCL (and that really says a lot), though others will say it sits on par with the insanity known as Dead Leaves.After its obligatory Gainax Ending, the show teased a second season, but at this point, the fate of that season lies in the hands of Imaishi, who left the company in 2011 to form Trigger, his own company. (Then again, Anno still had a hand in Evangelion after doing something similar). For the time being the series is stuck in limbo unless stated otherwise.Funimation licensed the show for North America and released it both on DVD and Blu-ray (though, thanks to rightsholder Kadokawa, the Blu-ray set came out 8 months after the DVD set). You can also watch the show in its entirety over on Hulu or through Funimation's own website.The show has been given two different manga adaptations: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, which is written by Studio Gainax and illustrated by Tagro and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt In Manga Strip, which is written and illustrated by Imaishi Hiroyuki.This page comes with its own character sheet and list of shout outs.For the actual Stock Underwear, see Stocking Filler.
Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt contains examples of:
Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The Mayor's daughters take over the school in "Les Diaboliques", and before that Barby The Queen Bee Ghost had the whole school at her feet before Panty and Stocking came along. The weird thing is that despite all these girls only being incredibly popular, they seem to have actual power over the school's RRRUUUUUUUUUURRRUs.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: Subverted: While Stocking's katana can slice through an entire semi-truck, despite that it's a celestial blade and the semi-truck is possessed by a demon, Stocking still needs to manually sharpen her blades with machinery, as seen in "High School Nudical."
Abuse Is Okay When It Is Female on Male: When not met with apathy, Brief usually winds up at the receiving end of Panty and Stocking's violent behavior. Zig-Zags a bit in that it's well-established that Panty & Stocking aren't very good people and Briefs is, so we're probably meant to sympathize with him rather than laughing at them.
Accidental Hero: A running gag involves the girls accidentally rescuing bystanders from various plights.
Aesop Amnesia: Brief points that out that Panty and Stocking have already had a "petty fighting gets you nowhere" plot, but that doesn't stop them from going into another all out war on each other.
All Just a Dream: Subverted in "Transwhoremers". At one point Brief wakes up after a nap and thinks that the events of the episode were just a crazy nightmare. In the next second he is reminded that they were not.
All There in the Manual: The names of Scanty's and Kneesocks's weapons (Double Gold Lacytanga and Double Gold Spandex, respectively) only appear in their character bios on the website.
All Women Are Lustful: In addition to Panty, there's Stocking, who gropes a bunch of cheerleaders' breasts, is repeatedly Too Kinky to Torture, and is definitely not averse to spontaneously striking poses for men standing by with cameras, and assorted minor female characters, many of whom are shown to be similarly randy.
The D-City Rock lyrics actually include the line "I'm breaking the news now boys, us girls, we're full time horny too."
Alpha Bitch: Queen Barby in "The Turmoil of the Beehive" when Panty and Stocking infiltrate a high school. Unsurprisingly, she's a Ghost, a literal Queen Bee in fact.
As You Know: Lampshaded by Kneesocks in "The Stripping". She explains to Scanty of their plot to ruin the world economy by sucking up all the people's money through gambling. She then mentions that even though Scanty already knew all this, she loves to hear herself say it out loud.
"Vomiting Point" spends almost its entirety in Little Tokyo, which is as depressing as it is realistically animated. Panty and Stocking stand out even more when they arrive to deal with the Ghost of the Week.
In "The Stripping" there are various moments where the art will turn back into the detailed anime art....just at the moments where the most fanservice opportunities are.
The ending of "Cat Fight Club", and "Ghost: The Phantom Of Daten City" - where Panty is legitimately worried for her sister. Although, the final episode kinda nullifies it.
Averted with Panty and Briefs when, just after they've finally made love (and it really was implied to be that, rather than just sex), and Panty has a chance to save him, she... flinches away from him in disgust because he's in dork-mode.
Garterbelt. Yes, it's fairly obvious from the get-go, but he becomes this a hundred times more when we find out about his past. He was teleported back in time by God to relive all of history from the death of the dinosaurs to now, so that he would come to understand the mission God has given him.
Badass Adorable: Both girls qualify; Stocking has a slight edge in adorable side while Panty has a slight edge in badass side.
Panty in the first Sanitarybox short (Heroine Interview). She strips down from her baseball uniform, to her bra and panties, and finally, her featureless birthday suit.
Panty in "High School Nudical", though it's only for a split second you could notice. Also averted with her in the same episode, just a few moments before. Though not quite detailed, due to the art style of the show, her nipples are clearly visible. Also in the music video for "D City Rock" at the end of Episode 10.
Averted with the Sperm Ghosts, each of which have rather prominent testicles.
Averted in "Inner Brief", where we're briefly shown Brief's penis (which is just drawn as a rectangle).
Considering that Panty got covered head-to-toe in poop in the very first episode... yeah, averted.
The more usual fight version of the trope is averted in Les Diaboliques, Panty's face is first left with a large red mark in the middle of her face when Scanty punches her, then at the end of the fight her face has a few visible scratches. Panty's panties also leave an apparently permanent burn scar on Scanty's face.
Behind a Stick: Panty and Stocking hide behind candlestands while tailing Garter to his bondage chamber.
Berserk Button: It's a very bad idea to eat any Stocking's sweets before she does. Don't call her obese, either.
Bittersweet Ending: In "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City," Stocking falls in love with a repulsive and jerkass-ish Ghost and is willing to forsake her duties as an angel to be with him. It turns out he loves her too and proposes to her, but the moment she accepts, he ascends to heaven as he was doomed to walk the Earth forever until he could fall in love.
Stocking: Oh, by the way, I diddled him. I diddled him real hard. And he said I was the best FUCK he had ever had. Way better than you. Not that he should procreate, but I would totally have his abortion.
Black and Gray Morality: There are definitely evil forces at work, but the protagonists are a pair of crass Jerkass angels and a crude and lewd priest respectively.
Bolt of Divine Retribution: In episode 11-A "Once Upon A Time In Garterbelt". God revives a murdered crime boss Garterbelt and sends him to a mission, but after Garterbelt's Blasphemous Boast, He zaps him with a lightning bolt that turns his hair into the Funny Afro we all know and love.
Book Ends: "Nothing to Room" begins and ends with Panty asking Stocking about some guy she met at a club.
Bottle Episode: Although there were some episodes before which were obviously produced on a smaller budget than others, Episode 11-B "Nothing To Room" trumps all. The episode only uses ONE SINGLE background image (with some minor modifications to depict different times of day), and the majority of the episode is just Panty and Stocking talking with each other and, eventually, Brief, while waiting for Garterbelt to serve them a meal.
Bottomless Magazines: Panty's and Scanty's guns can be justified by being magical weapons, but the conventional guns they are using in "...of the Dead" don't have this excuse. Especially Garterbelt's; he fires his shotgun much more often than it should have shells loaded.
Breaking the Fellowship: Panty & Stocking are split up at the beginning of Episode 12B, with Stocking accepted back into Heaven while Panty remains stuck on Earth. This becomes a major problem when Panty is attacked by Scanty & Kneesocks - she is barely able to hold them off alone, even before her powers begin to fail.
In "Les Diaboliques," when one of the Demon Sisters calls Stocking obese, she replies, "That was EPISODES ago!"
In "...of the Dead," a zombie survivor does a typical "I'll draw them away" line. However, Panty doesn't even know he was there. He responds with "I've been here since Scene 19! I even had lines!"
Breath Weapon: Stocking's kitty plushy Honekoneko can shoot flames from it's mouth. It does this to burn up the Demon sister's deed to the beach (and a good chunk of Scanty's hair in the process) in "If Angels Wore Swimsuits."
In "The Turmoil of the Beehive", a teacher is preaching abstinence to a class of high-schoolers. Then, in "Sex and the Daten City", Panty and Stocking are locating and destroying all the copies of a porno that Panty starred in, and they end up retrieving one of the tapes from that very same teacher.
In "...of the Dead", one of the locals accuses cops-of-the-day Panty and Stocking of being impostors because there are supposed to be three angels. After the pair go full angel-mode, the same woman remarks "They're the real Charlie's Angels!"
In "Excretion Without Honor and Humanity," Panty solicits Garter's agreement that sex is good for people, and later, Stocking asks him if by "punishment" he means bondage. He responds "What would I get out of that?" In later episodes, he's frequently seen in bondage gear.
Brutal Honesty: One of the problems the leaders of Heaven have with Panty and Stocking. While the people of Heaven lie to others to be polite, Panty and Stocking aren't afraid to say exactly what they think.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The titular angels are lustful (Panty), gluttonous (Stocking), and highly unmotivated (both). But when the metaphorical (and sometimes literal) poop hits the fan you'll be glad that they're (kind of) on your side.
The Can Kicked Him: The shit monster from the first episode attacks people while they're sitting on the can. Panty, too, gets dragged down the toilet.
Caps Lock, Num Lock, Missiles Lock: In the episode "If Angels Wore Swimsuits", Scanty furiously slams her fist down on a button in the middle of their humvee. Kneesocks shouts out that she just pressed the self destruct button, and the car blows up. An Ash Faced Kneesocks lampshaded it afterward.
Kneesocks: What is the point of that button? Who would CHOOSE to use it?
"We bid you adieu!" when the Demon sisters make their getaway.
Censor Box: Used a few times, mostly in episode 12 during the Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere scene. In "The Runny", used to cover Panty's naughty bits from the audience as she dangles from a Ghost's tentacle protuberance.
Circumcision Angst: Panty rags on Brief for being uncircumcised, although she changes her tune when she gets a peek at his... shotgun.
Clip Show: "D.C. Confidential", first half of episode 12, although it serves a plot purpose.
Clipped Wing Angel: At the beginning of "Les Diaboliques", there is a little Ghost who causes Panty and Stocking a lot of trouble by virtue of being agile and evasive before escaping. Then the Demon Sisters transform this Ghost into a giant, monstrous abomination... which is promptly killed in one shot by Panty and Stocking. Guess bigger isn't always better.
According to Jamie Marchi (English voice of Panty), all swearing was part of the Japanese directors' request to make the show as raunchy and vulgar as legally possible. Their reason? So the English dub can help teach the Japanese directors new swears and slang terms. For example, at the end of "The Turmoil of the Beehive", Panty asks who's face she's going to "rocking-chair" first. Don't think too hard on that one...
She says "Fuck" and variations there-of no less than 282 times over the course of the series. This includes two half-episodes where she barely even appears (DC Confidential and Chuck to the Future.)
Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: In episode 13 Panty lost her angelic status and regained her virginity as a side effect. Suddenly she notices lots of people making out in cars, then cats and dogs doing it, then a vortex of said animals and people having (censored) sex.
Comedic Sociopathy: One of the main points of the entire series is how everything is mainly played for laughs and just nobody gives a fuck about it all.
Happens in "Les Diaboliques", when a Ghost jumps into the toilet.
Panty: That's one place we don't wanna go. Stocking: Speaking from experience, aren't we? Panty: Shut it.
Another one occurs when one of the villains calls Stocking obese, triggering leading her to declare angrily that it was "episodes ago".
A subtle one, perhaps: in "Panty + Brief", there is a line chart detailing Panty and Stocking's productivity on killing Ghosts. Before their increase in activity as stated in the episode, there is a notable dip in the chart, possibly as a result of the lack of Ghosts seen in the previous two episodes.
"Once upon a time in Garterbelt" features a brief cameo of two Ghosts from the prerelease tie-in manga: the octopus-like Ghost who was stealing all the good lays from Panty, and the Giant Spider Ghost.
Contractual Immortality: Played with. More like Contractual Immunity. As per Word of God, the reason why Stocking never gets fat and Panty isn't riddled with every sexual disease known to man and then some, is because they are Angels. While on Earth, they are pretty much immune to anything that would alter their bodies such as food, aging, or illness. They have good reason to collect Heaven Coins and get back up into Heaven though, because they will eventually turn into regular humans if they were to stay down there too long, at which point their immunity no longer applies.
Played straight with Garterbelt. He can be killed, but will eventually come back to life until God himself decides that his mission on Earth has finally been completed.
Hell, a lot of scenes are. However, this works because of the already bizarre animation. Especially in "Les Diaboliques".
Cool Car: The Anarchy sisters' pink open top Hummer ("See-Through"), and the Demon sisters' G-Wagen limousine (aptly named "G-String"). Both vehicles even manage to duke it out with each other in "Les Diaboliques".
Subverted with Daten City. With all the Ghosts attacking the city being lead by Noble Demons and the not-so-heroic Angels protecting the city causing just as much destruction, its clear that it's not a very good place to live. Most of the civilians don't seem to be that bothered by it, though.
Cute Little Fangs / Fangs Are Evil: Even though both these tropes are in complete contrast of each other, they both apply to the Demon sisters. They sometimes have a snaggled fang sticking out just to emphasize that they're not good, but they turn cute whenever either of them are happy. For example, "...Of The Dead" has Scanty sporting four fangs throughout almost the entire episode because she's completely elated that their plan is working so wonderfully.
Dissonant Serenity: The ending credits consist of the girls being subjected to various forms of death, such as being sawn in half, running in front of a train, dying of dehydration in the desert and getting eaten by vultures, being buried alive, committing hari kiri (with Chuck's assistance), among other methods - all while keeping a smile on their faces. The ending theme itself is also fairly calm and serene.
Distracted by the Sexy: Girls? Maybe you shouldn't be wearing such tight-fitting uniforms while guiding around traffic...
Scanty and Kneesocks get a very... interesting scene during "D.C. Confidential" involving goat milk. And it's all silhouettes, which really doesn't help matters.
Black Goat milk. A reference to Lovecraft (Shub Niggurath, The Black Goat With a Thousand Young, so, conceivably, a fertility drug/aphrodisiac)
The art style of the soundtrack cover - especially butterflies on there recall the packaging for Glamorous Butterfly, a popular brand of condoms amongst the hip and young in Japan.
"Pulp Addiction" is a long chain of visual and verbal puns. This gets so explicit that the 'hill' the marines are invading has to be Censored.
Don't Explain the Joke: Death Race 2010 in the English dub, Fast-But-Not-So-Furious is more talkative than in Japanese and repeatedly does the "and by that I mean..." type of explanation when he makes sexual innuendo. He even explains his usage of the term "pig" to refer to police officers.
Stocking turns it around on him when it looks like he's finished, explaining Panty's "Ah, life in the fast lane; just makes you finish quicker" joke by saying "That means you're dead."
About 80% of Panty's dialogue is this. Nearly all of the rest is single entendre...
Can picking your nose could be a total metaphor for sex? "The Runny" says yes.
Garterbelt singing: "My frankfurter is big and black, My frankfurter is the tastiest in the world..." (In the English dub, this is replaced by Garterbelt saying: "My wieners are all getting cold, where everyone at?")
In the first episode, Garterbelt described his chili as "good black shit".
Double Weapon: Stockings combines her two swords into one weapon in "Les Diaboliques".
Eagleland/Japanland: Daten City embodies Type 2 Eagleland...and is next to "Little Tokyo", with a color-shifted American flag featuring Blue and White stripes, and a field bearing the Japanese Rising Sun. Probably as a nod to the show being a Western Animation-style show made in Japan.
The Ending Changes Everything: Boy, does it ever: Stocking turns out to have been a demon all along and cuts Panty to bits, and Corset spontaneously comes back to life and sends all the remaining characters on a journey to collect all her pieces. It's quite a shame that there most likely won't be a second season.
Episode Title Card: Done in the style of American cartoons, complete with who worked on the episode.
The Demon Sisters participate in this together in episode 12, but it's also subverted: after the mayor walks in on them, they're shown covered in massive amounts of cream.
Even Evil Has Standards: Despite trying to destroy the human race, the Demon sisters frequently come off as more morally upright than the Anarchy sisters. Case in point, they are shocked that Panty would let Brief die if it meant she and Stocking would be able to kill both of them. Scanty in particular, is appalled that they wouldn't even bother to learn his name despite it all.
Even the Girls Want Her: Stocking, as of "High School Nudical", and Panty too as of "The Runny". Not only that, but she manages to get a nosebleed out of Garterbelt of all people.
The devil sisters, Scanty and Kneesocks. Polar opposites to the angels in every way with similar powers. While Panty and Stocking are foul-mouthed chaotic angels, Scanty and Kneesocks are complete sticklers for rules and order. "Rrrrrules". They even have a Team Pet named Fastener and their own evil black stretch SUV to complement Chuck and See Through, respectively. Fastener and Chuck also serve as the spare drivers of the team vehicles.
The mayor appears to be the evil counterpart of Garterbelt.
Evil Inc.: The Demon sisters purchased their Zombie Elixer from Publisher's Cursing House.
In the english dub of "Death Race 2010", Fast But Not-So-Furious (the speed ghost) chews the scenery as much as he tears up the highway.
The Demon Sisters, especially when they start talking about the Rrrrrurus.
Evil Sounds Deep: Scanty and Kneesocks' Transformation Sequence is accompanied by a song with stereotypical deep-voiced female club vocals, whereas the vocals on Panty and Stocking's transformation theme are much higher-pitched.
Expressive Accessory: The stickers on the back of Brief's Proton Pack changes expressions and colors to reflect his mood. In "The Turmoil of the Beehive", it even changes mid-scene. When Brief gets blown up, his pack changes from a smiley face into an X to show that Brief is out of commission.
Vasquez: It's sort of like my own version of the Mr. Sparkle episode of The Simpsons.
The demon in "Death Race 2010" bears more than a passing resemblance to the Carnage Symbiote. It has red-tinted black skin, a jagged mouth, takes over multiple hosts, and is Ax-Crazy.
The panty-eating ghost runner bears a striking resemblance to The Flash.
Panty and Stocking are also amazingly similar to the Flash versions of Kei and Yuri.
Ren and Stimpy have apparently died at some point, as they have two ghost representatives in "1 Angry Ghost". Possibly an Inspiration Nod, as the animation style, pace, and scatological humor appears to have been influenced by their cartoon.
The monkey lawyer in the same episode, once his brain gets electrified, turns into Phoenix Wright.
Brief could totally be Lee Kanker's little brother.
That girl with the whip from "... of the Dead" bears a very strong resemblance to Marie Mjolnir.
Face Fault: Fat Stocking tries to kill the ghost that fattened her up in the first place, only to find out that her stocking is limp and all stretched out. Stocking thinks it must have shrunk in the wash, leading Panty to do a sliding face fault as she steps in to take care of the ghost herself.
"Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Panty and Stocking, after being slipped shrinking drugs by the Demons and getting fed up with Brief's weird tea parties in "Inner Brief", jump down his throat and stab and shoot him from inside for their amusement.
All of the above are partly a way around censorship laws. While Japanese curse words are bleeped, English ones can air without difficulty and, because of the influx of English media in Japan, most viewers will still get the meaning. Even then, clearly GAINAX wanted to see how much could they get away with.
Foreshadowing: There were actually some clues that Stocking turned out to be Evil All Along, although in the general insanity of the anime they could be dismissed as weird gags:
Her passion for bondage which, as we know, is bad.
She turned into the Megatron expy during the Transformers parody.
During the GorillazArt Shift in the music video clip in ep. 10, she impersonated Murdoc, who is a Satanist.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Fuck", "shit", "bitch" and the like, being (naturally) Foreign Cuss Words in Japan, are overlooked by the censors, allowing the creators to deploy Gratuitous English cussing with great gusto. It's similar to the way American TV uses "cojones" without batting an eyelash. Also, Panty's nipples are very clearly visible at one point in "High School Nudical", despite the show's otherwise extensive convenient censoring.
Giant Enemy Crab: "If the Angels Wore Swimsuits" gives us a giant enemy crab ghost.
Good Is Not Nice: One of the numerous reasons why the Demon Sisters find the Anarchy sisters so repulsive is because they show no regard for the safety of others, not even bothering to learn Brief's name when they threatened to kill him.
Goth: Stocking, the younger of the anarchy sisters, is a pink and violet-haired gothic girl.
Gretzky Has the Ball: In a beach volleyball game against the Demon sisters, the Anarchys win 21-20. In beach volleyball, the winning team is the first to score 21 with a 2-point lead.
Grossout Show: The first episode alone has our heroes against a poop monster. And then there's "Pulp Addiction"'s semen all over the place. Then comes "The Runny" with nose picking (at one point doubling as a innuendo joke) and a ghost made entirely from vomit.
Guns Akimbo: Panty and Scanty do it in "Les Diaboliques".
Gun Kata: Once again, Panty and Scanty in "Les Diaboliques".
Happy Dance: We see Chuck doing one in "Nothing To Room" before chowing down into a massive plate of food. Earlier, a demon does what it calls "The Happy Freedom Dance" when it thinks it's gotten away from Panty and Stocking by siding the with Demon Sisters.
Hard Gay: From times it looks averted by Garterbelt, and in a big way, while his attitude towards Brief would imply it, as well (so he just might be a case of Bi the Way).
Heel-Face Turn: Considering the looks on their faces at the end of episode 13, possibly Scanty and Kneesocks, to fight against the now-evil Stocking and Corset.
Hero Insurance: Although whatever policy they have (apparently with Garterbelt Insurance Co.) isn't total coverage - "The Stripping" briefly mentions that the destruction they cause to the city is one of the reasons for their debt (although their consumption of luxury goods is stated as the main reason).
Heroic BSOD: Out of all characters you wouldn't expect to get one, Panty gets hit hard with Episode 12 after not only being rejected from heaven, but losing all her powers, her halo, regaining her virginity and having her love interest kidnapped right in front of her without being able to do anything about it.
Heroic Comedic Sociopath: A significant portion of the humor comes from the main characters constantly proving themselves to be terrible people.
Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in episode 8A, when a Zombie Infectee takes too long requesting that his life-story be novelized (Farewell: The Final Journey of the Soul of my Heart), with nothing more than three pages of notes. He turns into a zombie right after he kicks down the door to leave.
Hidden Track: Present in the OST confirming the existence of a second season.
Hollywood Acid: Hell's Monkey spews semen that melts the surrounding city.
Implausible Fencing Powers: Both Stocking and Kneesocks are able to pull off incredible feats of destruction with their swords and scythes.
Imported Alien Phlebotinum: "Transwhoremers" only happened because Stocking (and then Panty) decided to eat the hearts of the totally-not-Optimus-and-Megatron that conveniently crashed into the church. Strangely, their usual Transformation Sequence is all that it takes to change back.
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains: In-Universe at least: It's clear the demon sisters are much more popular with the public than the angels. Then again, the angels frequently destroy the chunks of the city and all their money likely comes out of the citizens' pockets.
Panty believes she and Stocking can get back into Heaven by walking up a pole into space.
The Big Bad thinks he can use a giant penis-shaped Ghost to get into heaven. So either they're both insane, or Panty's idea had some merit.
Intentionally Awkward Title: Aside from the series' title, there's also the songs "Technodildo", "Beverly Hills Cock" and "Dance Floor Orgy", and the subtitles to the "Cherry Corrida" drama tracks on The Worst Album.
Break, o earth; dry up, o sea; burn out, o sun; grant us power earthly leaders and gatekeepers of Hell. Guide us, makers of the Underworld! We are High-class demon commanders! I'm Scanty! And I'm her darling little sister, Kneesocks!
Jerkass: Both girls are complete dicks to just about everyone they meet.
Marginally averted in the sense that Panty has shown instances where she really does care about her sister ("Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City" and the end of "Catfight Club" come to mind) and has occasionally stuck up for her.
Another example: The Ghost that Stocking falls in love with in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City" treats her like crap. By the end of the episode, though, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
In "Vomiting Point," Terao actually hears "Fly Away Now" playing when Panty and Stocking arrive.
In "Les Diaboliques", when Panty & Stocking challenge Scanty and Kneesocks for control of the school, a giant "VS." appears between the two, which Kneesocks promptly slaps away.
At the end of "Les Diaboliques", while on the roof of the school, Stocking deflects a group of bullets from Scanty's gun. The scene then cuts to a slow-motion effect of all the bullets bouncing off the floor and back to Scanty and Kneesocks' weapons. All except one, that is, which deflects upward and bounces literally off the top of the screen back down to the two demons.
Leave the Camera Running: The episode "Nothing to Room" is essentially a continuous 13 minute shot of Panty and Stocking watching TV and talking while waiting for Garterbelt to finish cooking lunch. There is only one camera move, and a couple of variants on the Whip Pan to show the passage of time.
Left the Background Music On: In "Vomiting Point", the angels' transformation leitmotif starts playing before they actually arrive and Terao looks around in confusion as if he can hear it.
Subverted. Although the opening, promotional materials, and the first mini-episode all portray Panty and Stocking with the same outfits (the ones seen in the page image), the girls actually wear different clothes in each mini-episode.
They also subvert this trope's opposite extreme by occasionally re-wearing outfits from previous episodes, including their original outfits.
Played straight by Scanty and Kneesocks who, when not at the beach or in disguise, always wear their dress uniforms.
Little Useless Gun: "High School Nudical" has Panty needing to borrow other people's underwear to summon a weapon after the ghost steals her own. All the boys in the entire school have tiny dicks, resulting in tiny, useless guns. She's rewarded with a shotgun when she grabs Brief's as a last resort...
"Fly Away" is much longer than the show ever uses it for and actually does have lyrics besides "Fly away now!"
The mix of "Theme for Scanty & Knee Socks" on the OST is different from the show's; the show's cut used actual (or well-sampled, anyway) pipe organ, whereas the OST cut uses a synthesized instrument that sounds like a clarinet, if anything. Sure, it's not bad by any means, but it's a bit of a waste. The "take it down and turn it up!" lyric also shows up in different places and at different speeds on either cut. The TV cut appears on the bonus soundtrack included with the special edition of volume 4, though, so it's all good.
"Corset Theme" plays for about 20 seconds in Episode 13, directly before the girls' Theme Music Power-Up. The full song goes for a full 4:35, has short vocals, and is really catchy.
A minor example: Episode 7A is officially called "Transwhoremers", but the dub writers translated it as "Trans-homers," losing some of the verbal wordplay since it doesn't quite rhyme with "Transformers," although the original joke makes sense in either language.
In the subbed version, there's a quick gag directly translated with no context—Panty burps after eating clam chowder, and Stocking teases her by saying it smells like squid. In Japan, it's commonly held that semen smells like squid.
Love at First Sight: While it's usually LustAt First Sight for Panty with the sole exception of Brief, Stocking falls in love with a ugly (in appearance and behavior... and personality initially) Ghost in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City". May also be a case of Freaky Is Cool on Stocking's part.
Love Martyr: Stocking in regards to a repugnant, ugly, broke, smelly, freeloading, constantly farting Ghostnote you know, those things they're supposed to kill in episode 9B. She even ditches her usual black and blue Elegant Gothic Lolita look for a pink-overload version and plans to run away with him.
He confuses the word 'angel' with 'anal'.
Lovely Angels: Quite literally. Obviously tipping their hats halos to the original pair.
Their given names aside, Panty and Stocking's surname is Anarchy. Taking into account how much mess they're making in the city, and that their main antagonists are the RRRUUURRRUUU-obsessed Scanty and Kneesocks, it's quite accurate.
Daten City, which sits on the border between heaven and hell, puns on "datenshi", which means "fallen angel".
When Stocking and Chuck drive off to fight ghosts in "Catfight Club", Chuck is saying his name so much that the screen fills up with numerous "Chuk" Written Sound Effects on screen. Stocking gathers them up in one swipe and shoves them back down Chuck's throat, which he then swallows.
When the Anarchy and Demon sisters tried to start a fight, Kneesocks grabs the VS splash screen and throws it away.
Episode 5 and "Vomiting Point", as described above. Works with the Art Shift.
Episode 9 does this again with "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City," which is far more tragic than you're initially led to believe.
Then there's episode 12's "Panty + Brief", where we finally get a romantic moment between Panty and Brief and they decide to make love. Sadly, the moment is spoiled due to the discovery that Panty can no longer have sex due to her regaining her hymen and, somehow, her virginity.
Mundane Made Awesome: Angels vs. Demons in a match of volleyball in "If The Angels Wore Swimsuits". It eventually escalates to the point where both sides are forced to use their powers.
Sperm fertilizing an egg has a lot in common with D-Day.
Murphy's Law: This kicks into high gear for Panty in episode 12. Panty's active sex life ends up preventing her from being accepted back into heaven (while Stocking is accepted for her efforts). Panty is required to do the Heaven-coin collecting all over again, and without having sex to boot. When Scanty and Kneesocks appear at the party, Panty's gun fails on her, leaving her defenseless, and when she tries escaping with Brief, See-Through eventually fails on her as well. Oh, it gets worse. In the cliffhanger, it's suggested that Panty loses her powers entirely. In short, Panty is, in a figurative sense, fucked.
In "Transwhoremers", Brief manages to convince Cocktimus Prime and Minge-atron to stop feuding and form an alliance... in order to destroy the world.
Panty in the final episode when she refused to catch Brief as he's falling after regaining her powers. He falls right into the Doomsday Machine, his "key" landing perfectly into the slot and activating it.Our heroes, ladies and gentlemen.
Pulled by Scanty and Kneesocks, who start sounding like howling baboons in short order.
Noodle Incident: We never do learn about "that little incident" that happened the last time Garterbelt and Corset met before the series began, though it did seem to leave some kind of huge yellow cross-shaped scar on both of their chests, which mirror each other's.
And also, this series is NOT an Hentai at all. It is Ecchi, however.
No Dialogue Episode: The "Chuck to the Future" trilogy, other than replaying some of Garterbelt's lines from the point where things branch off, contains no dialogue (beyond Chuck and Fastener's Pokémon Speak). The demon-girl-brain thingy says "Well, this is awkward..." and that's it.
Nosebleed: Used in The Runny to propel a blimp into the moon... Long story. Brief gets one now and then, most noticeably when finds out that Panty's ear is an erogenous zone.
Panty is shown clearly taking a dump in "Excretion without Honor and Humanity" and the episode's Ghost is a conglomerate of feces that sucks people down toilets. Also, Stocking is shown on the toilet in "The Turmoil of the Beehive".
In "Les Diaboliques," Panty and Stocking have a whole conversation while both are sitting on the toilet in neighboring stalls.
In "Transwhoremers" Panty deliberately spends ages on the toilet to spite Stocking, who desperately needs to go.
What makes this even more bizarre is that both are in their robot forms at the time. Making this a case of "Everybody Poops"?
In "Inner Brief", Garterbelt makes Brief chug an entire bottle of laxative. You can see where this is going.
Nuclear Candle: In "Once Upon A Time In Garterbelt", Stocking activates one of these by striking a match against Panty's cheek. It instantly illuminates the trap-filled catacomb that they were traveling through. It eventually burns out and the room goes back to pitch darkness, just as they were about to face the final guardian of Garterbelt's secrets.
108: Two instances in episode 5 part 1. Stocking's eating a sweet composed of 108% concentrated egg cream (or so she thinks...), and then the party for the 108th anniversary of Oscar H. Genius' company.
One-Winged Angel: In the last episode, Chuck turns into a giant hellhound and Fastener turns into a two-headed dragon. Corset also fuses with the Hellsmonkey.
Opposites Attract: In "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City", Stocking has a romance with a very gross and ugly ghost.
Order Versus Chaos: In this case, the underlying theme to the Anarchy Sisters versus the Daemon Sisters. The demons, Scanty and Kneesocks, are huge sticklers for propriety, orderly behavior and following the rules (or RRRUUURRUUS, if you prefer), even though they are also evil demons out to foster ghosts all over Daten City, giving them a very strong Lawful Evil vibe. The angels, Panty and Stocking, in comparison, are selfish, anarchistic, unpredictable, perverse, hedonistic and casually violent, to the point where it's a recurring gag that the Daemon Sisters are aghast at or horrified by their behavior, which goes well beyond Chaotic Good and into Chaotic Neutral. A comparatively rare case where the Chaos side is the heroic side. In theory, anyway.
Panty Shot: Literally. Panty's panties can turn into a gun.
As a result of this, it took seven whole episodes for her to play this trope straight, finally doing so in "Of the Dead". Stocking even beat her to it in episode 3 (Episode 1 if you count their transformation sequence, you can see Stocking's black panties as she's removing her stocking).
Scanty subverts this twice in "Les Diaboliques" (It's too dark to see, but just as well cause she's going commando) and then later plays it straight in "Panty + Brief" and "Bitch Girls 2 Bitch".
Panty Thief: Super Speedo Star from "High School Nudical" steals and eats panties.
Phlebotinum Breakdown: Notable examples are See-Through running out of gas just when Panty needs to drive away at the most important time and Stocking's swords breaking while trying to slice through Super Speedo Star.
Pizza Boy Special Delivery: In "Excretion Without Honor and Humanity", Panty and Stocking come across a woman flirting with a plumber, and after mistaking the latter for a ghost, Panty, being the Lovable Sex Maniac she is, decides to have sex with him.
Playboy Bunny: Panty and Stocking dress as this at one point of "The Stripping". Then, after the two switch into more formal clothes to enter the casino, Brief ends up wearing Panty's bunny costume. And never takes it off.
Plot Coupon: Collect all the Heaven Coins a boss drops and complain how little it is each time.
Police Are Useless: Subverted in "Death Race 2010" where they manage to subdue a demon via ramming it with dozens of police cruisers.
They send so much against that Ghost that it looks like they can easily deal with any normal crime throughout the city. They only have trouble against Ghosts and even then their capable of taking it down by throwing everything they have at it.
Pokémon Speak: Chuck and Fastener, though the latter very rarely actually says his full name.
Powersuit Monkey: A Type 2 is featured in "1 angry ghost". It becomes a Type 3 after being electrified.
Prayer Is a Last Resort: During the final battle, Scanty and Kneesocks are truly terrified of the Hellsmonkey ghost. Scanty starts swearing up a storm, and Kneesocks quickly starts reciting a prayer to God and prattles off the names of Christian figures.
"Les Diaboliques" introduces Scanty and Kneesocks, devil sisters with astoundingly similar fighting ability. Their leader, the mayor of Daten City, corresponds to Garterbelt, and their pet Fastener to Chuck.
Putting on the Reich: Scanty and Kneesocks outfit of choice is a dress uniform complete with arm band, which they impose on the entire school in "Les Diaboliques."
Red Herring: The farm skit in "Bitch Girls" is intended to fool certain viewers into believing a larger Time Skip has occurred than it really is. Grandma, who shows up with the same dress color and facial features as Panty's, is suggested to be Panty having grown old as a result of her mortality, while the real Panty is implied to be Panty Sr's relation or a child who happens to bear an uncanny semblance to Panty Sr. This illusion is promptly broken after Brief is shown not to have aged one bit and the whole scene is revealed to be a mere act planned out by Garterbelt to motivate Panty to rescue Brief.
Panty's the red, Stocking's the blue. Heck, their trademark outfits practically color-code them.
Although they're both pretty blue relative to either of the angel sisters, Scanty is more excitable and emotional than Kneesocks.
Refrain from Assuming: Before the soundtrack preview, "Theme for Scanty and Kneesocks" was called "I Want You" by the fandom, given that was the song's original name before it was remixed for the show.
Refuge in Audacity: Garterbelt actually did take refuge at one point in his life as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Retraux: "Chuck to The Future, Part 4" from the Sanitarybox shorts. Watch as 8-bit Chuck paces through an overly sexualized version of Super Mario Bros..
Scenery Censor: Considering a lead character uses her easily removable panties as a handgun, this is necessary to keep from crossing the line straight into NSFW territory.
As a sample, the whole of "Death Race 2010". Panty crashes into some sort of toy store and loses her panties (and by extension, her weapon). Immediately after, she sees them... on the head of the Ghost they're fighting. Everyone (Even the news crew got several upskirt shots) gets an eyeful, not that she seems to care. The viewers, however, get nothing. Her "naughty bits" are covered by her thighs, or her boots, or in one instance, light reflecting off the camera lens.
In "The Diet Syndrome", we get Panty saying "Peek-a-boo" over and over as she keeps lifting and dropping Stocking's shirt, which hid a body-weight loss machine. Cue Stocking's Noblewoman's Laugh, Laughing Mad version.
Panty's breasts are covered up by a dollar bill and coins for a Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It scene in "The Stripping".
Lampshaded in "If the Angels Wore Swimsuits". The men in the audience notice that Panty's bikini just got sliced off by a ghost crab, and wait in anticipation to see her naked, but a few other ghost sea creatures immediately cover her up.
Averted in "High School Nudical". Panty has her panties stolen by a underwear-eating Ghost, and therefore keeps running with an unrealistically stretched bra which covers also her lower bits. However, at a certain point, she stares in anger and incredulity at the ghost escaping yet again... and the bra goes back to its normal size, showing her naked (which actually amounts to nothing due to the combination of distance and the stylized art of the show).
Self-Destruct Mechanism: In "If Angels Wore Swimsuits", Scanty gets so infuriated after losing to P&S that she slams her fist down on a console. Kneesocks screams out that she hit the Self Destruct button. An Ash Faced Kneesocks immediately lampshades it afterward.
What is the point of that button? Who would actually use it?
Sexy Whatever Outfit: Panty and Stocking's transformation outfits may at first seem like good clothes for a female Greek divinity, but the two managed to make them work as stripper outfits.
Sequel Hook: The show certainly has one, though a second season seems very unlikely.
Shmuck Bait: The commentary found on the dub's extras mentions how they had to explain the definition of a certain exceptionally vulgar slang term to some actors. The word is even spelled out and they recommend that you google it to find out what it means. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Shoot the Bullet: Panty and Scanty end up cancelling the majority of each other's bullets by shooting them out.
Slut Shaming: Stocking and Garter's usual way of dealing with Panty. Panty doesn't really care.
Snap Back: "...Of the Dead" ends with everyone but Garterbelt being turned into a zombie, with P&S noticing that they probably won't end up reverting back to normal. The next episode, everything is back to normal with no explanation. The recap episode even shows that the zombie apocalypse really did happen.
Snot Bubble: Panty and Chuck are seen with these the most often, especially in "Pulp Addiction" when they're bored out of their minds.
Something Else Also Rises: Garterbelt's afro expands in size when he gets, er, frustrated. It eventually explodes from the pressure.
Soundtrack Dissonance: The ending theme features visuals of Super-Deformed bobblehead versions of Panty and Stocking amongst deadly situations (such as falling off a cliff on See-Through or being eaten by a monster), all while the peaceful and slightly upbeat "Fallen Angel" plays.
Spanner in the Works: In episode 7, Scanty and Kneesocks are running a casino in order to feed a money ghost and make it more powerful. This seems to be working quite well, until the two heroines show up and have copious amounts of dumb luck. Not even Kneesocks stepping in and rigging the roulette wheel further can save them once they start selling their own clothes to fuel their gambling addiction.
Spoof Aesop: "The Diet Syndrome" closing aesop is broken several ways intentionally. Stocking snaps back from the only consequence of her Sweet Tooth after exorcising a fat-inducing ghost. She concludes that self-control is bad for you, and that you should eat all you want... but that only applies to her.
"The Entertainer" plays in "Nothing To Room" when Chuck eats his food in front of Panty and Stocking while they were waiting for food.
Earlier exmaple: In "Chuck To The Future, Part I", Chopin's "Chanson De'L Adieu" plays when Chuck and Fastener remember their school days together. And in the same episode, after Chuck unzips Fastener's head-zipper and a demon mini-woman walks out and away, the "Funeral March" starts playing, also from Chopin. Cue Chuck's My God, What Have I Done? face.
Starcrossed Lovers: Stocking and the Ghost in "Ghost: The Phantom Of Daten City". It actually ends on a bittersweet note.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The gang at the beginning of episode 13 riddles with bullets the farm of Panty's grandma, killing everyone inside but Panty, then sets it on fire, then destroys it with a missile launcher. Averted in the end, because they were just actors playing a part, everyone is alive and well.
Once an Episode isn't enough; Chuck dies repeatedly. This goes without comment and rarely any notice.
Fastener as well: he's shown lying with a knife embedded in his back in episode 12, when the Mayor discovers the Demon Sisters doing... something together.
Panty and Stocking ultimately become zombies in "...Of the Dead", which is lampshaded as how they'll "turn back to normal in the morning". Scanty and Kneesocks also end up becoming zombies and Garter appears to have been killed by the zombies, but all are alive by the next episode.
Thick-Line Animation: Part of the homage to western animation in general: The characters have thick outlines as part of their character designs.
At the end of "Vomiting Point", Panty and Stocking give Terao an autograph for his daughter's birthday, not that anything else is much better.
Episode 13, more or less for the fans: Panty and Brief finally do the deed. In mid-air. About 5000 feet up. Give or take. Of course, Panty goes back to treating Brief the way she usually does (which actually leads to the immediate threat getting worse), but she does stop calling him "Geek Boy".
Title Drop: An odd visual example in episode 13. The angels' "Mom" happens to be wearing panties, stockings, and a garter belt.
In "Excretion Without Honor and Humanity", Garterbelt mentions that he'll have to punish the girls when they get back home. Stocking hopefully asks if it'll involve chains. The dub is even more direct: "Ooooh, like what, bondage?"
In "Catfight Club", she's tied up and being pulled back and forth by a ghost, with the rope tied rather suggestively, while the scene is shown in Art Shift mode. She says it's not that bad and she could get used to it.
In the same episode, Stocking is looking for her pudding in her room, and one of her closets show some dildos, handcuffs, and such.
Happens again in "1 Angry Ghost", when the girls are restrained. Stocking comments that it's not even tight enough to be a turn-on.
Later in the episode, they get electrocuted. Stocking's response?
Stocking: I just creamed so fucking hard.
Towards the end of "If The Angels Wore Swimsuits," Panty and Stocking get attacked by a giant octopus ghost. Panty breaks out with no problem, while Stocking...doesn't even try.
Stocking: So tight...
In the D-City Rock video, they get stranded in the desert and decide to make signs to hitchhike. Panty's actually has where they're going, but all Stocking wrote was "Please buy me."
Too Much Information: English Dub only. After making her big entrance and getting mocked for it by Stocking, Barby says that she has the biggest entrances in the whole school. Panty didn’t need to know that about her.
Transformation Sequence: Technically, only the weapons transform (since for their transformation both the main girls and the Demon Sisters instantly change outfits before it happens and once they're done they're just wearing whatever they were wearing earlier anyway), but it still has the flashiness of a traditional Magical Girl transformation so it counts anyway. To top it off, it takes the Fanservice aspect Up to Eleven by including pole-dancing and striptease.
Villains Out Shopping: "If The Angels Wore Swimsuits" has Scanty and Kneesocks out on vacation. Granted, it crashes the Angel's own plans, but it's a coincidence. Averted by Kneesocks, who planned all along to use instant ghost juice on the ocean to create lots of sea ghosts. Played straight by Scanty, who just wanted to win the volleyball match.
Virgin Power: Inverted. Panty needs to lose her hymen to get back her powers as an angel.
Becomes a running gag in "Excretion Without Honor and Humanity". And it's magenta.
The end of "Vomiting Point". Very much.
The magenta vomit gag makes a return occasionally.
Wave Motion Gun: Panty and Stocking call one forth by putting together a lot of heaven-sent underwear in episode 13. Subverted when Panty and Stocking fire it and it turns out they were aiming it backwards. Then double-subverted when the mis-shot summons their mother (Panty takes a guess) who crushes the big bad.
Episode 6, we learn that there's an overarching plot, Panty and Stocking finally have opponents that can keep up with them, and the mayor is a potential antagonist.
Again with Episode 12, where the Big Bad's plan is revealed, and it turns out Brief is a major part of it; not to mention that Stocking has ascended to Heaven without Panty, who has lost her powers as an angel.
And once more with Episode 13, where Stocking returns, the Big Bad is seemingly defeated, then Stocking wonders if the Heaven weapons can kill angels. She proceeds to chop Panty into 666 pieces, reveals she's actually a demon, and then leaves with the still-alive Big Bad that popped out of Brief's penis.
Alternatively, "I'm sorry. But surprise, I'm actually a demon."
What the Hell, Hero?: After being relatively passive to their behavior for the series, Brief really lets the girls have it after their nonchalant reaction to Corset killing Garter. To their credit, neither of them give a crap.
At rate that its weirdness increases, the show might gain the ability to turn people into raving lunatics by the time it reaches the end of its run.
They fought against hundreds of semen ghosts, and let's not get started in the flashbacks of Portshach's journal. It easily out does every other thing on the page, and it hasn't even finished yet!
The Ghost in "The Diet Syndrome" must be seen to be believed. Most likely completely cementing this as biggest Widget that ANYTHING has ever put out. (Here's a hint: take what's below a cow, stack them up and give it a face)