Undressed to kill.
"You wear cartoony boxer shorts, you're begging to have your clothes stolen"
Exposing a character's underwear
is always good for a laugh. This goes double if they have underwear with a silly or embarrassing print on them. Boxer shorts with polka dots, or better yet hearts on them seem to be popular. In fact nearly everyone in cartoons seems to wear these. Well, that or these boxers cause trouser accidents
Presumably, the use of brightly patterned underwear is a visual shorthand, to show that this is their dirty laundry, and not, say, a pair of shorts, a distinction that can be hard to see. Plus the fact that they wear utterly tasteless kecks add to the character's discomfort at being de-pantalooned, especially if they maintain a hard-man reputation.
On the other hand, a female character in this type of underwear can be pretty potent Fetish Fuel
, especially if she looks much too mature to still be wearing them. If a woman is caught in nothing but, say, Snoopy panties, expect a male character to suddenly "remember" how much he's always admired the Peanuts
gang (which, in fact, is similar to what happened to Chris Tucker in one of the Rush Hour
films, only with a tattoo instead of panties).
See also Stock Underwear
A Sister Trope
to Fun T-Shirt
And no, this doesn't necessarily mean Goofy
will be on the underwear—though that's not ruled out.
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Childish women's underwear
- A recent ad for Carls, Jr., hamburgers shows a Turkish beauty queen walking out onto a hotel pool area. She strips off her gown and sash, leaving herself in nothing but a bikini swimsuit illustrated with little cartoons of the burger she's advertising, which looks like childish underwear when viewed from a distance. One mother covers the eyes of her little son, but whether this is Deliberate Values Dissonance or because the bikini looks like silly underwear cannot be determined.
- Near the end of Mercedes Lackey's song "The Oklahoma Weed-Whacker Massacre," about a man whose mind snaps under the pressure of competitive lawn maintenance, leading him to run around slicing people's clothing off with his weed-whacker:
Next thing you come to see,
Well, there's Tulsa County Sheriff,
Standin' there in front of God and CBS and who knows who,
Wearin' nothin' but his boots
And the belt that held his pistol
And his TV Tummy-Toner
And his best Smurf boxer shorts.
- In Scared Stiff, the Stiff In The Coffin is revealed to be wearing boxers with little hearts on them.
Other men's underwear
Childish women's underwear
- TNA wrestler Eric Young stripped down to a pair of SpongeBob boxers during one PPV, and beat amazingly well-endowed valet Traci Brooks in a bikini contest.
- At one point in the WWE, proud Canadian Lance Storm was pantsed, revealing that he wore Power Rangers underwear.
- Stacy Keibler wore a ridiculously frilly pair of pink panties when she, Jackie Gayda, Sable, and Torrie Wilson competed in a Lingerie Match at WrestleMania XX.
- Once, when she was a member of Right To Censor, Ivory was stripped down by several other Divas to her polka-dot panties. Especially embarrassing because she had a reputation as a loud-mouthed, tomboyish Dark Action Girl.
- In Rewrite, Kotarou gets a view of Chihaya's panties as he saves her from being stuck in a tree (It's a long story...). After that, "cherries" is not a good word for him to say around her.
- In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Trucy Wright's "magic panties" are blue with red hearts.
- Plum's are huge bloomers with her namesake flower on them.
- School Mode in Danganronpa offers up one of the student's underwear as a prize for earning that character's ending. In here it's revealed that Hifumi wears a pair of colorful briefs modeled around a Super Robot Humongous Mecha from one of his favorite anime, which was a subject of Chapter 3 in the main story (that includes both the robot and the underwear).
- Meanwhile, the art book reveals that Makoto (who, as the protagonist, can't receive a School Mode Ending) wears white undershorts with a pattern of yellow stars covering them.