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"Let's talk about your pants. Or your lack-thereof. Daisy-Dukes aside."
Homestar Runner What are you talking about, Strong Bad? I wear long pants.
: Um... no, from what I can tell, you wear no
pants and have blue soles glued to the bottoms of your feet.
A technique in which cartoonists illustrate a character in such a way that their pants and shoes are one and the same. In the most extreme cases, their entire outfit appears to be one article of clothing, with thin black lines being the only illusion of separation. Used to make the color patterns more uniform and to eliminate the hassle of drawing dividing details.
Anime & Manga
- Code Geass has a rare, non-budget related example. Just look at Lelouch's Zero costume. Ever notice how the boots and pants are completely seamless?
- Yugi in Yu-Gi-Oh! during the Duelist Kingdom anime. Yugi's shoes and pants were often shown as one single item of clothing.
- Fai D Flourite in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, his Boots and Pants in his normal clothing
- Roronoa Zoro's most common outfit shows his boots and pants to be one seamlessly put together.
- Both Roger and Dorothy from The Big O are drawn like this, a result of Roger's insistence on him and everyone in his employ wearing black clothes. (even if Dorothy's outfit is more a really dark red)
- Homura's Magical Girl outfit in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It's actually her tights that have no seperation from her shoes.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The back of Jotaro's cap is missing, causing his hair to stand out in the back. The thing is, the line separating hat and hair is never drawn, whether it's in the manga, animated adaptations, or even video games. Even during the Diamond is Unbreakable arc, where he switches to a white outfit, his hair also turns white for that arc, to keep with this rule.◊
- Many superheroes have costumes where the boots seamlessly blend in with the pants, often with the pants blending in with the shirt too as if the entire outfit is like an infant's pajamas. Storm and Archangel from the X-Men are particularly bad offenders. Spider-Man would be too, except we've actually seen him take off his costume shoes enough times to know they're separate.
- Dr. Seuss did this with many of his characters.
- Arguably, Ziggy, though the parrot once said "I'm not the one not wearing pants".note After repeated jokes by The Comics Curmudgeon and Pearls Before Swine, Ziggy hung a lampshade on this in late 2009, early 2010, in a brief arc where Ziggy "finds" his pants and a line is drawn seperating his feet.
- In The World Ends with You, Uzuki Yashiro's shirt has attached gloves◊. Given that trends and popularity are a major theme in the game, this is probably a fashion statement on her part more than the artists being lazy.
- The Miis. Seriously, just take a look at them!
- Any humanoid Pokémon that appears to be wearing "clothing."
- One of the default female outfits in the Mass Effect series is a floor length dress that doesn't show the character's feet.
- Dr. Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog.
- All of the characters on Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff appear to be wearing these.
- Homestuck's infamous Pantskat◊ (the result of identical colours for shirt and pants).
- In the furry comic, Sabrina Online, the titular Sabrina (a skunk-girl) appears to be wearing no pants at all. Then a strip was released where her room-mate asked to borrow her pants; apparently Sabrina just likes wearing pants the same pattern as her fur that make her look like she's wearing no pants.
- All of the characters The Word Weary have narrow black stalks that protrude from their hips. And everyone seems to be wearing solid black elf shoes.
- The trope title comes from the Lampshade Hanging quote at the top, from the SBEmail "Long Pants".
- The modern definition is played dead straight in Strong Bad's Cool Game 4 Attractive People, if you make Strong Bad wear "Homestar's Pants".
- Strong Sad, who doesn't seem to wear any pants (or anything for that matter), is somewhat concerned about buying his favourite underwear ("the blue ones") back from an online auction.
- In Bonus Stage, Joel's pants/shoes are like this.