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[[caption-width-right:330:[-For some heroes, this is all the armor they need.-] ]]

->''"Also, everyone here could use a little less loin and a lot more cloth."''
-->-- '''Belkar Bitterleaf''', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0736.html #736]]

In essence, a loincloth is lower body underwear made of cloth or hides. Sometimes it's just a flap over the crotch and rear, and sometimes it's woven like actual briefs.

Often some cultures, especially stereotypically primitive ones, have this as the only form of clothing. But one of the most prominent appearances in fiction is the fantasy {{Barbarian Hero}}es, even though they [[GrimUpNorth come from the north, where it's really cold]]. Sure they wear these made of fur, and perhaps they dress better when actually in their northern homelands, but otherwise this is a form of ImpossiblyCoolClothes. Is frequently used as a male instance of {{Stripperific}} outfits.

May occasionally be justified, if the barbarian from the GrimUpNorth actually complains about the sweltering heat of the southern lands he's exploring, and refuses to wear more for this reason.

Quite often overlaps with a [[WalkingShirtlessScene (Walking)]] ShirtlessScene. Sometimes the wearer DoesNotLikeShoes. Also can be worn by women, either with or without a matching bikini top.

A SuperTrope to {{Fundoshi}}.

A SisterTrope to FurBikini (the DistaffCounterpart).

Compare PeltsOfTheBarbarian.


* Both the guy and girl in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57kX_8gTdM0 this]] Coty Wild Musk commercial are wearing loincloths.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Brought up to a truly frightening extent in ''Manga/{{Adekan}}''. The manga is set in a very strange 1900's esque era of Japan, and loincloths are the equivalent of men's underwear. Shiro doesn't like to wear loincloths, and Kojiro doesn't like that Shiro won't wear it. This leads to much awkwardness as Kojiro occasionally tries to force Shiro into loincloths, models his own loincloth and shows off different forms of loincloth with imaginary models. And he doesn't see anything wrong with this at all.
* In an episode of the latest ''Manga/Cyborg009'' series, [[RubberMan 007]] gets his clothes torn when he uses his powers to [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever expand his body to huge proportions]] and wears this. (Notice that in the original manga, [[FullFrontalAssault he was naked.]])
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** [[spoiler:Father in his final form has a loincloth which used to be part of his robe.]]
** There's also Alphonse Elric, who always wears one on his armor. It's not like he needs it, technically speaking, but he probably thinks it's just plain indecent not to have one.
* In ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'', Titana asks Shouko for help in becoming more manly. One of the things she does is make him wear a loin cloth with the Japanese word for 'man' on it.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'': Konata compares the experience of eating beachhouse food to running around the beach in a loincloth. (This itself is a reference to ''Anime/MisterAjikko''.)
* ''Manga/MinamiKe'' features recurring newscasts about a "loincloth festival" as a RunningGag.
* ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'': Nadia wears one as part of her circus costume, which is [[LimitedWardrobe her standard attire]] for the majority of the series, despite having access to other clothing.
* ''Manga/{{Ninku}}'': Toji often wears a loincloth.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'''s Suou Tamaki has to wear a loincloth in the manga after losing a bet to Kyouya. He's a little upset about it at first, but then easily forgets about it after Haruhi gives him a super bouncy ball to play with (so he would stop being a pain).
* ''Manga/RuinExplorers'': Apparently, [[CuteMonsterGirl Fam]] feels she doesn't need to wear pants (or shoes, for that matter) since she has fur. And [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight no one seems to care]] that she runs around in nothing but a thong and a loincloth - likely because she's underaged[[note]]she's 14[[/note]].
* Supposedly as a in-series joke, or as a homage to a particular meme [[Memes/VideoGames involving "riding"]], ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Super Robot Wars OG:]] [[AnimeOfTheGame The Inspector]]'' has [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Sanger Zonvolt]], of all people, rocking one in the end credits of Episode 15.
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'': While his is a kilt and not a loincloth, otherwise movie version of Van Fanel pretty much nailed it. He's enough of a barbarian, and [[WalkingShirtlessScene hardly wears anything else]] for the whole movie.
* ''Manga/WildRock'' is set in OneMillionBC and has all the men running around in loincloths and little more.
* ''Anime/YuYuHakusho'' Literally all of the ogres, including Jorge, only wear a loin cloth. It's even lampshaded a few times by Koenma that they should wear most clothes.
* Most of the ogres from ''Manga/{{Shutendoji}}'', including the main character after taping into his ogre heritage (although it happens actually after some well placed ClothingDamage).

* Sculptor Paul Manship has fun with a loincloth in ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Indian Hunter and his Dog]]''. As the hunter runs after his quarry the front flap of his loincloth preserves his modesty ([[http://www.flickr.com/photos/65986072@N00/8010763201/in/photostream/ Photo]]), but the rear flap billows up and [[WardrobeMalfunction exposes his backside]] ([[http://www.flickr.com/photos/65986072@N00/8010764643/ Photo]]).

[[folder:Board Games]]
* The cover of the board game ''TabletopGame/HeroQuest'' (pictured above).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ka-Zar in the Marvel Universe.
* B'wana Beast in DC somewhat subverts this: he wears a loincloth over a pair of animal skin shorts. He may be the only example of a hero wearing their UnderwearOfPower on the outside . . . of their UnderwearOfPower. His succesor, Freedom Beast, tried to live down the more ridiculous aspects of his predecessor, including this one.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'': Den in his segment fashions one out of a flag upon arriving naked on a new world. Counts as HypocriticalHumor, since in the original comics that's exactly what he did.
-->'''Den:''' There was no way I was gonna walk around this place with my dork hanging out!
* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'': Deuteragonist Maui wears nothing more than a leaf loincloth and animal-tooth necklace because his whole body is covered in {{Animated Tattoo}}s which need to be exposed as they add depth and commentary to the ongoing story.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''. In the opening fight that triggers the revolt, the upper-class Roman women for whom the spectacle has been put on order that both gladiators fight in loin cloths.
* Jack from ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' -- he starts the movie as a solitary woods-dweller wearing little but a loin cloth. After he becomes officially TheChosenOne, however, he gets a sword, shield, and suit of armor... which covers his chest and arms, but does nothing to obscure his loinclothed lower body. It's a wonder [[BigBad Darkness]] never [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim just aimed]] [[GroinAttack a little bit lower...]]
* The Na'vi in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' all wear loincloths.
* ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'': The title character, who serves as MrFanservice, wears one. He calls it a "buttflap."
* Surprisingly, in the 1982 film ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}'' the hero only wears a loincloth in a few scenes. However, in the sequel ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'' he wears a loincloth for the entire film.
* ''Film/TheBeastmaster'': Dar's standard dress.
* ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy'': All the Bushmen dress like this, even the females.
* Gollum wears only a small loincloth to preserve his modesty in ''TheLordOfTheRings''-trilogy.
* Franchise/{{Tarzan}} is usually seen this way in film adaptations. In the second Tarzan film of the Creator/JohnnyWeissmuller series, ''Film/TarzanAndHisMate'', Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan) also wears a loin cloth around her nether regions. This proved too naughty when UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode crackdown came in 1934, so later Tarzan films had O'Sullivan wearing a one-piece.

* Most [[IconicOutfit visual adaptations]] of ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian''. Howard's original short stories (and most Conan stories by later authors) are better about dressing Conan in clothing appropriate to his current situation (e.g., in chain armour as a mercenary captain or professional soldier; in leather armour as a brigand leader; shirtless but in breeches as a thief; loincloth when a slave or tropical pirate). He does have a way of getting [[TapOnTheHead knocked out,]] stripped, and imprisoned, though...
* Also ''Cohen'' the Barbarian from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', who is a pastiche of Conan as an [[FanDisservice octogenarian]].
** Parodied by Nijel the Barbarian, a Cohen wannabe who wears long woolly underwear beneath the loincloth because he promised his mother.
** Trolls generally just wear a loincloth, to conceal ... whatever it is trolls have that they find necessary to conceal.
* Guin of ''LightNovel/GuinSaga'' is only wearing this when he first appears, though he wears armor when he has the chance.
* Literature/{{Tarzan}} is often depicted this way, but just as often his hides make a wraparound outfit.
* Illustrated editions of ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' and other WildChild stories sometimes depict their protagonists this way if only to avoid showing them naked.
* Mau, in ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', whose people refer to Westerners as "the trousermen".
* In ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Legends}}: [[ComicBook/XWingSeries The Krytos Trap]]'', ProudWarriorRace Twi'leks are said to wear an outfit that consists of a loincloth, wrapped leggings to the knee, FingerlessGloves, and a decorative/functional bandoleer, all under a cloak. Wedge Antilles, visiting to try and coax them into selling the New Republic some medicine, puts on a modified version that includes an emerald green loincloth over his trousers. He wants his garb to signal that he's a warrior and not a merchant, but he's also not a Proud Warrior Race Twi'lek.
* In M. R. Harrington's ''The Indians of New Jersey: Dickon Among the Lenapes'', all the men wear one. At one point, the villain, Toad Face, tries to force the hero, In the Forest, to wear a woman's skirt instead. It does not end well.
* This is probably what Grignr of ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'' was ''supposed'' to be wearing, but the word that actually ended up being used was "[[{{Malapropism}} g-string]]". How it had folds is anyone's guess.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Rom and his fiancée look at wedding dresses, and one is nothing but a loincloth. His Ferengi nature feels that this is a good compromise, but it's rejected.
* The most common costume in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''. At least when they're not wrestling naked.
* ''The Feathered Serpent'', a British young adult show from the 1970s set in [[{{Mayincatec}} Aztec Mexico]], sometimes has fit young men just wearing loincloths. The handsome Prince Heumac has a couple of loincloth scenes. In one of them he's [[HoYay accompanied by his servant Tozo]] (who's more conservatively dressed), while in the other he's [[FoeYay engaged in ritual combat]] with another guy in a loincloth.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Music/{{Vocaloid}}: Gackupo and Kaito wear it in the song "Dancing Samurai", as well as some other videos.
* Music/TedNugent wore one as part of his "wild man" persona.

* The main character from Creator/{{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/{{Hercules}}'' pinball, as seen on both the backglass and playfield.
* Ditto for the winged hero of Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Paragon}}''
* The protagonist in ''Pinball/{{Gorgar}}'' has one.
* The barbarian Warrior in ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons'' enters the dragon's lair with nothing but a loincloth and a shield.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Lumbee Warrior wears a loin cloth over his [[Main/UnderwearOfPower tights]].[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Space1889'': What the bestial High Martians wear.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Maeda Toshiie from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' wears nothing but a loincloth and a few belts.
* Rock, a berserker from ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' wears this as part of his default outfit.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', this is the result after Bang Shishigami uses his astral heat. He's even got an achievement called "Loincloth Festival".
* Alan (The Brave One) from ''VideoGame/MagicSwordHeroicFantasy'' wears one and little else, being a BarbarianHero.
* Goro and Kintaro in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' both have briefs, with a flap in front added in later games to show off the [[NoFlowInCGI cloth physics]].
* The {{PC}}s in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' are wearing this under their clothes, [[VideoGamePerversityPotential if you decide to let them wear clothes.]] They don't take them off during the sex scenes, however. There's one especially erotic-looking scene where [[spoiler:Alistair and The Warden get thrown into a dungeon cell wearing nothing but their underwear. The heavy {{Chiaroscuro}} from the torchlight in the dungeon makes it rather difficult to forget everyone's naked.]]
* Both Rau and Tati wear these in ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheKasai''.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'':
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'', the female soldier's ChainmailBikini outfit has a loincloth piece.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'': Manya's outfit has a loincloth strip.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', the player wears this under all their armor.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'': Among the [[PlayerCharacter PC]] classes, the WitchDoctor's attire generally includes a loincloth, and the [[BarbarianHero Barbarian]]'s starting outfit is little else. Many {{NPC}}s wear loincloths as well (especially the demons).
* Krystal in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' wears a loincloth and bikini top, in contrast to her catsuit in the later games.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' has Buga the Knut, a caveman whose loincloth has problems staying up.
* Most of the playable characters and enemies in ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' wear these, with Gilius Thunderhead being a rare exception.
* Leo of ''VideoGame/RedEarth'' wears a loincloth, boots, and [[WalkingShirtlessScene nothing else]].
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'': Seung-Mina wore one as part of her default costume in the first three games in the series. She finally averts the trope in ''SC IV'', in favor of more conservative attire.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has several Cloth and Leather legs armors that are simply speedo-style loincloths on both males and females. Unfortunately, Mail and Plate don't have such options for males (females get ChainmailBikini versions of several of them), though Mail does have some short-shorts for the guys.
* The ''[[http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/19733/ Immersive Armors]]'' mod for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' adds a whole lot of new armors. One of them, the "Barbarian Hero" set, is basically Conan the Barbarian's iconic outfit: fur loin cloth, fur boots, bracers, and a leather circlet. A similar outfit can be found in the ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'' mod.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', loincloths are standard-issue for gladiator convincts in the [[TheEmpire Empire of Blood]] -- even for LizardFolk, although they [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0738.html don't need them]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'':
** Minmax the Unstoppable Warrior doesn't like pants.
** Also [[CoolOldGuy Thaco]], who's wearing a loincloth until the younger goblins insist he tries out some halfling clothes, because of his tendency to flash them in the wind or when doing a hand-stand.
* Gorgado in ''Webcomic/{{Fite}}'' wears one. Guz also wears one under his armor, and spends a while in nothing but it after he loses said armor.
* In one arc of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' some of the Toughs ended up stranded in the middle of the wilderness of a remote planet naked, one of the first things they did after landing was skin a dead animal to make buttflaps.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlsInSpace'', the girls are marooned on Prehistoric Earth and [[http://www.girlsinspace.co.uk/comic/hell-creek-page-19/ wear Loincloths]] as part of their Cavegirl costumes.
* For their first appearance in ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5042203/ Sven & Oli wore them.]]
* The title character of ''Webcomic/TheLegendOfLucy'' wears one. It became her favored style of dress after living with a forest tribe she helped out.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' this seems to be the male equivalent to underwear; in particular, [[KungFuJesus Aang]] and [[TheSmartGuy Sokka]] usually wear just this while swimming (though [[TheAragorn Zuko]] seems to have something closer to an actual bathing suit). Members of the Foggy Swamp Tribe have them as standard attire, though.
* He-Man in both ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 its reboot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian''
* ''WesternAnimation/GaltarAndTheGoldenLance''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Mr. Burns and his Grizzly Bear Underwear.
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'': Og
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', all the main male gargoyles have this except for [[TheMentor Hudson]]. Females vary between the bikini version ([[BigBad Demona]]) or something that looks more like a dress ([[AffirmativeActionGirl Angela]]).
* Wild Smurf in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''. In the comic books, Wild only wore leaves until Tailor made him a loincloth.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', [[PeopleZoo the Zoomans]], both male and female, wear white loincloths along with blue vests and earrings.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In the episode "Dipper vs. Manliness", Dipper starts wearing a loincloth after joining the manotaurs. He switches back to his regular outfit at the end of the episode.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.eugensandow.com/photos/ES002.jpg Eugen Sandow]], a German body-building pioneer and professional strongman. Sandow was also a major source of inspiration for Literature/{{Tarzan}}.
* Standard male attire for many North American Indian societies. Crazy Horse wore nothing but this, in keeping with his vision.
* Standard male attire in many tribal societies worldwide, especially in warm climates.
* Gandhi wore a loincloth to symbolize solidarity with the Indian working class.
-->''There was an old fellow named Gandhi\\
Who went in the bar for a shandy.\\
With his great loincloth\\
He wiped off the froth\\
And the barman said, "Blimey, that's handy!"''
--->-- '''Creator/SpikeMilligan'''
* It should be noted that loincloth is not a pair of flaps connected by a string, as sometimes presented in illustrations, but a single piece of cloth or leather wrapped between legs and tied on the waist, leaving two flaps hanging.