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The fundoshi (Japanese: 褌 / ふんどし) is the traditional UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese style of men's {{Loincloth}}. It is a single long piece of cloth wrapped into place and fastened by twisting and tucking alone. This versatile tying technique makes any suitable piece of cloth a potential fundoshi. A similar technique can also be used to wear cloth as a headband.

Traditionally, the fundoshi was worn as a form of underwear. Its role as underwear has decreased in modern Japanese society, as more people wear Western-style boxers, briefs, panties, etc. The fundoshi still may be worn during traditional festivals, or as swimwear.

A SubTrope of {{Loincloth}}. Compare BarelyThereSwimwear, SweaterGirl, SexySoakedShirt. Not to be confused with [[YaoiFangirl fujoshi]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]

* When [[{{Anime/SpaceDandy}} Dandy]] went to the Planet Kayu to find the elusive Munagi, he wore a fundoshi throughout the episode!
* ''Manga/YakitateJapan'': To counteract Monica's bikini-clad attire, Suwabara ripped most of his clothes off except his underwear, which happens to be a fundoshi!
* The manga version of ''Manga/{{Shigurui}}'' often depicts artwork of Fujiki and Irako in a fundoshi
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', Shigure and Hayato prefer fundoshi to Western-style bathing suits. Shigure also wears a [[{{Sarashi}} chest wrap]] for her upper body and finds a standard two-piece bathing suit to be indecent.
* In the ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'' manga, [[ShipperOnDeck Ooshima]] more or less forces Shin to participate in a festival where the men traditionally wear fundoshi, because it's major {{fetish}} for [[YakuzaPrincess Kumiko]].
* When ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' sees someone in a fundoshi at the town festival, she reacts as a five-year-old probably would: "BUTT!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! BUTT!!!"
* In the ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' manga, Tamaki must wear one of these if his team loses the sports festival. [[spoiler: They do. He does]]
* Featured often in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' for comedic effect.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Pesche.
** Ikkaku wears one in the "Bleach on the Beach" chapter.
** Renji is wearing one with a [[FieryRedHead flame pattern]] when he kicks Hanataro in the manga version of the ''Soul Society arc''.
* Another female example: Matabei Gotou from ''LightNovel/HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls'' wears this. In her case, it's definitely FanService... (She's not even wearing a skirt or anything over it!).
* Junko's from ''LightNovel/DemonKingDaimao'' is the [[MaleGaze first thing we see of her]]; she also wears a {{Sarashi}}.
* Clain from ''Anime/{{Fractale}}'', after being forced to change his dirty pants, reveals that it's his choice of underwear.
* Played for squicky laughs in a ''Franchise/OnePiece'' filler set in Medieval Japan, where Nami is hit by a strange piece of cloth... revealed to be [[HollywoodCyborg Franky's]] Fundoshi. Her reaction is priceless.
* In ''Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku'', fundoshi are the only underwear permitted by school rules. Consequently, all the students wear them.
* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'''s Hanayama Kaoru is a Yakuza, and so a very traditional man. When he gets serious on a fight, he [[BattleStrip rips his clothes]], shows his family's back tattoo and keeps on fighting. [[http://view.thespectrum.net/series/new-grappler-baki-volume-01.html?ch=Volume+04&page=101 Wearing only a fundoshi.]]
* Goemon from ''Characters/LupinIII''. Particularly of note on missions involving swimming or diving; the rest of the Lupin gang will opt for wetsuits, but not the [[{{Samurai}} highly traditional]] Goemon.
* Salamander from ''Manga/YondemasuYoAzazelSan'' wears nothing but a fundoshi. It's a ShoutOut to Yukio Mishima (of whom Salamander is a parody of) posing in fundoshi with a sword for a photoshoot.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Elfman wears one adorned with a character meaning "honorable man".
* Kikuri of ''Anime/HellGirl'' sports a pair of these. Though considering she looks to be about five years old at best (hard to tell with demons and all) it's definitely not for fanservice.
* ''Manga/SamuraiHaremAsuNoYoichi'': Yoichi in his show's requisite BeachEpisode.
* In ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', [[DirtyOldMan Dan]][[MiniatureSeniorCitizens bei]] wears one for FanDisservice.
* ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa'' features it in a rather strange way: a character who [[MuggingTheMonster tried to bully Mitsuhashi pre-series]] ended up bandaged in such a way it looked he was wearing a fundoshi over his head and nicknamed Fundoshi Mask as the start of Mitsuhashi completely ruining his life and [[ButForMeItWasTuesday forgetting about him]].
* In ''New Manga/GetterRobo'', Musashibo Benkei wears one in his debut episode ([[GoingCommando but only that episode]]).
* During a fight in a hot spring in the manga version of ''Manga/LoveHina'', traditional MasterSwordswoman Tsuruko Aoyama is shown to be wearing fundoshi; her younger sister and Hinata-sou resident Motoko is shown to wear regular white panties.
* In the manga ''Anime/{{K}}'': Stray Dog Story, Kuroh fights a monster underwater wearing just a fundoshi. He loses, gets out of the water, and angsts attractively against a rock.
* In the anime of the otome game ''VisualNovel/KamigamiNoAsobi'', Takeru Totsuka (a.k.a. the sea god Susanoo) wears one in the swimsuit episode (episode 3).
* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'':
** One of Isshiki's standard outfits, the others being the NakedApron, the BarelyThereSwimwear and the [[SharpDressedMan Nice Suit]].
** Senzaemon Nakiri also wears one, but unlike Isshiki he wears it as underwear. He usually dresses in very traditional Japanese garb, so it sort of comes with the territory.
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'': [[BloodKnight Kumojaki]] wears one during the BeachEpisode. [[http://img291.imageshack.us/i/ohgodwhatl.jpg/ A reeeaaaaaaaally long one.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'': Issue #301: In amidst of chaos, Sabertooth mentions that the yakuza thugs are riding on [[CoolBike crotch-rockets]] armed with chainsaws. What's strange is that the only piece of clothing that the yakuzas are wearing is a fundoshi.
* ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet: Year One''. When conducting research for Kato's origin, writer MattWagner was surprised to discover that Japanese underwear of the period essentially consisted of - as he put it - 'banana hammocks'. A scene involving Japanese soldiers in fundoshi ended up in the comic.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' spin-off ''ComicBook/BadGuys'', Yama is shown to wear a fundoshi while in stone sleep. It's also hinted from the clothing and equipment neatly laid out on the bed that he often wears an athletic cup.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Ashitaka from ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' has a fundoshi as underwear.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the western movie ''Film/RedSun'', [[Creator/CharlesBronson Link Stewart]] takes [[Creator/ToshiroMifune Kuroda's]] clothes while he is bathing. During a heated conversation between the two, Kuroda is standing on cold ground with only his fundoshi wrapped around him.
* Many of Creator/AkiraKurosawa's movies, being set in medieval Japan, feature men wearing this (and often not much else).
* In ''Film/GungHo'', the Japanese plant managers are shown swimming in a river wearing fundoshi. In a version bowdlerized for cable TV, these were digitally retouched to look more like conventional swimsuits when seen from behind.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Some Japanese professional wrestlers with sexual-charged gimmicks wear a thong or a fundoshi to emphasize it. Otoko Sakari, Manabu Murakami and Razor Ramon RG are examples.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''[='=]s Bang Shishigami wears one beneath his outfit, it's the only clothing that survives his [[FinishingMove Astral]] [[KillItWithFire Heat]].
* At a certain point of the game, William Adams from ''VideoGame/NiOh'' will ditch his [[{{StockUnderwear}} European trunks]] in favor of the Japanese fundoshi. After all, he stayed in Japan for an extensive amount of time.
* The hidden ending of [[{{Contra}} Neo Contra]] involves an over-the-top action sequence with Jaguar. [[spoiler: It ends with Jaguar "swimming" into the cosmos with his red fundoshi while Bill Rizer is holding the frontal flap of Jaguar's fundoshi.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Guardians}}'': Tulks wears a fundoshi with his gun holster belt.
* In ''VideoGame/KenkaBancho'', you can find one hidden inside the women's bathhouse at a local inn. Plus, you can wear it!
* Mizoguchi's alternate costume in ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2 Regulation A]]'' wears nothing but a fundoshi.
* One of [[TheOneGuy Zafira's]] [[AndYourRewardIsClothes unlockable swimsuits]] in ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny''. The other one is an OldTimeyBathingSuit.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'': Jin's taunt and anti-air animation show he's not afraid to be traditional in more than one way.
* ''VideoGame/{{Monster Maulers}}'': To emphasize the eccentric nature of the game, Kotetsu wears little more than a fundoshi.
* Juuichi's fundoshi scene during the camping arc of ''VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}''. Also, Tatsuki is sometimes seen outdoors in a fundoshi.
* The Ruan Brothers from ''Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty'' are headswaps of each other. All sharing the same muscled physique with a rokushaku fundoshi as their base sprite.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has a fundoshi as equipable armor. [[InformedEquipment It doesn't appear on their in-game models]]. However, [[ShadowArchetype Shadow Kanji]] is clad in one when you first confront him.
* Whenever Ayin makes an appearance in a Creator/{{Psikyo}} game, seeing him in a fundoshi is not uncommon...
** One of the endings in ''VideoGame/SengokuAce'', involves [[spoiler: Ayin and Tengai exhibit their muscular bodies with only their fundoshi to cover their loins. Surprisingly, Tengai was okay with it!]]
** In ''VideoGame/{{Strikers 1945}}'', if you use Shinden as your ship and your performance is outstanding, you'll see Ayin in his loincloth in its full glory.
** In ''Gunbird 2'', as he turns [[{{PetalPower}} bullets into flowers]], Ayin twirls around with only his fundoshi around his waist.
** Also, as Koyori from ''Sengoku Ace'', Ayin is a SecretCharacter in one of HGame TabletopGame/{{Mahjong}} games ''Hot Taisen Gimmick''. Being an erotic girl-only game, having Ayin in a fundushi is clearly FanDisservice.
* Sugoroku from ''VideoGame/{{Samurai Shodown}} 6'' wears a fundoshi under his blue happi coat.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shadow Hearts}}'': Kurando can equip one as one of his accessories, you can see him wearing a fundoshi when he transforms into Shuten-Douji.
** Also, one of the stud cards features a muscular man wielding a katana and wearing a red fundoshi to encompass his Japanese nationality.
* Taking inspiration from Yukio Mishima, Gotou in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' wears a fundoshi in battle.
** Speaking of ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', several demons such as pre-Soul Hackers Loki and Soul Hacker design Take-Mikazuchi wear a fundoshi.
* [[HospitalHottie Valentine]] from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' wears a pair. It's implied that she only wears them because she sits around all day, idolising Japanese culture and watching anime, and doesn't know that they're traditionally worn by men.
* As part of the Gangland style pack, Wei Shen from ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' wears a fundoshi to complement his Irezumi tattoos.
* Rowen from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' wears one with a beach robe for his swimwear costume.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'':
** Heihachi's 1P costume from ''Tekken 4''. Enough said....
** Also shows up as his Alt costume in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor as a direct response to fan outcry that they wanted his old man appearance.]]
** As one of the swimsuit pieces in ''VideoGame/TekkenTagTournament2'', most of the men can wear a fundoshi regardless of nationality.
* In [[VideoGame/TengaiMakyou Tengai Makyou IV: The Apocalypse]], Zengo presents himself in a red fundoshi before he joins your party.
* As a consequence of fandom injokes, Rinnosuke from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' (particularly his counterpart '''Man'''nosuke) is often depicted wearing nothing but a fundoshi.
* In ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' 5, Akira, Kage, and Lei Fei can put on a fundoshi as their swimsuit attire.
* ''VideoGame/WayOfTheSamurai'':
** Since it takes place in the pre-modern Japan, it is not uncommon to see the male {{NPC}}s wearing a fundoshi.
** Also, in ''Way of the Samurai 3'' and ''4'', you have the option to wear nothing but a fundoshi at the character selection screen.
* The characters in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' can wear a fundoshi as one of the costume pieces. However, the US/EU version edited the fundoshi to look like white shorts.
* ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'':
** As one of the DLC costumes in ''Yakuza 5'', Kazuma wears a fundoshi!
** In "Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan", one of the sidequests requires Kiryu to reveal his musculature physique with only his fundoshi-clad attire in front of the NPC.
** In "Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin", Ryoma Sakamoto is often involved in situations where he is in nothing but his loincloth. This ranges from his clothes being stolen from the bathhouse to getting laid at the brothel.
* Fundoshi is worn as swimwear and underwear by male Hoshidan characters in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', to contrast with the Nohr men, who wear black trunks under their outfits. Ryoma even wears a special red Hoshidan-themed fundoshi in the game's BeachEpisode.


[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/typemoon/images/8/8b/Caren_avenger_Chibichuki.png/revision/latest?cb=20150131165331 Avenger]] from ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' is revealed to be wearing one in Chibichuki! Manga, which Caren [[GoingCommando uses in place of her Shroud of Magdalene]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' wears a fundoshi under his white kimono. Since Jack suffers ClothingDamage in half the episodes, he often ends up wearing nothing but it, to the [[MrFanservice delight]] of his female fans.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is considered traditional in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} so expect to see it at almost any culture festival that involves men with special outfits. Special [[RatedMForManly manliness]] points go to Hokkaidō men who wear only this ''in the snow'' and the Kurama hi-matsuri (fire festival), where men do this while holding '''20 foot long torches''' on their shoulders.
* Also a pride point for many Yakuza, who loudly proclaim their traditionalist ways. Anytime they pose for their elaborate back tattoos ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irezumi irezumi]]), there is about a 99% chance that they will do it in fundoshi.