"A schoolgirl in a miniskirt, armed with nunchucks. Hot."An Action Girl, from minor to outright badass, wearing a mini dress, either as a one-piece dress or as a top and miniskirt that may or may not Bare Your Midriff. Often comes with color-coordinated boots ending just below the knee. This requires being an action girl almost full time, not just wearing a mini dress, even as a uniform, or just having a few action girl moments. In comics it's not as popular as a Leotard of Power or a skintight suit, but other media take to it just fine, particularly Magical Girl and Magical Girl Warrior series. Either expect to see plenty of Panty Shots or it will be a Magic Skirt. Skirt over Slacks, Proper Tights with a Skirt or Modesty Shorts aren't unheard of either. Sometimes the dress will be simple, and other times it will be a Pimped-Out Dress. It can even start out simple and turn pimped-out through Frilly Upgrade. If the dress is fancy enough, and the wearer Badass enough, it can overlap with Kicking Ass in All Her Finery. While fighting in any kind of skirt or dress is not the most practical idea ever, this trope does reflect reality a little in that A) it's hard to run or kick when you're wearing a tight skirt or dress that's knee-length or longer, and B) a looser, longer skirt or dress might catch on to something. If it is pleated and is wide enough, it will not be hard to run or kick when you're wearing is as with a tight skirt or dress that's knee-length or longer, and if it's short enough it might not catch on to something. However, there have been times when the skirt or dress was not a hindrance and the Action Girl moved like she was wearing shorts or pants. Also, the length can vary from just above the knees to the equivalent to a Dangerously Short Skirt. A Sister Trope to Lady Legionnaire Wear. Compare Sexy Santa Dress, Zettai Ryouiki, She's Got Legs, Leotard of Power, Superheroes Wear Tights).
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- We could go the easy route and say most any Magical Girl will fall under this.
- The senshi of Sailor Moon wore outfits with hip-length skirts.
- The angels of Wedding Peach
- Mew Mint in Tokyo Mew Mew.
- Princess Tutu, by default, since a tutu is a mini dress.
- Most, if not all, of the characters in Pretty Cure wear these.
- Many of the outfits in Prétear, including An Ice Suit.
- Several in Lyrical Nanoha, such as Hayate and Teana, as well as Nanoha and Fate's first Barrier Jackets in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS.
- Pretty Sammy wears one. This is also a point of embarrassment for her, as it is way too short for her.
- A frequent outfit of Panty in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, mostly because she needs to take off her panties to battle.
- The eponymous trio of Sweet Valerian wear these, even though they turn into bunny rabbits when they transform.
- Miko-chan from her eponymous series, Otasuke Miko Miko-chan. Very problematic for the latest in the line, mostly because he's a very girly guy than an actual girl.
- Karin's Aphrodite transformation in Kamichama Karin.
- Tower of God - Yuri with a miniskirt, Androssi with a one piece.
- Princess Amue/Romelle of GoLion/Voltron wears a pink dress in the climactic battle.
- Jun "The Swan" in Science Ninja Team Gatchaman
- Both heroines from Noir, but especially Mireille.
- Kiddy Grade's Éclair wears this.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has a few, Chiu's current artifact costume (as well as the outfits Class Rep and Makie wore) fall under this most directly. Otherwise they often fall under this by wearing their uniforms into battle.
- In Fairy Tail, there is Lucy Heartfilia and Erza Scarlet.
- Maya Kumashiro from Occult Academy is this and Zettai Ryouiki.
- Melonpanna, one of two female superheroes from Anpanman wears one with tights underneath, contrasting from the older male superheroes (and her older sister, Rollpanna) wearing a belted shirt with tights, and Creampanda, who wears what can be classified as footie pajamas.
- Gunslinger Girl. Henrietta wears one as part of her cute schoolgirl look. Triela wears a skirt with a tie and sleeveless pullover, giving her a more mature appearance.
- The Dark Magician Girl from Yu-Gi-Oh!, as well as every Expy of her.
- X-Men Jean Grey's second "Marvel Girl" outfit.
- Supergirl: Several of the most iconic outfits of Kara Zor-El include a blue or red skirt: her original outfit◊, her Pre-Crisis outfit◊, her Post-Crisis costume◊ and her Rebirth one◊.
- Catwoman had an outfit like this once or twice.
- Mary Marvel, seen here◊, and here◊.
- From Blackhawk, Lady Blackhawk (pictured here◊)
- The Flash foe the Golden Glider, whose costume is based on a figure skater's outfit, and had white fur cuffs.
- Both Silk Spectres from Watchmen
- Wonder Woman, occasionally:
- The Golden Age Wonder Woman's original outfit often looks like a skirt, but is really a pair of culottes, in a style that was fairly common for athletic young women at the time. After two issues, Wonder Woman started wearing the tight walking shorts that would remain for over a decade.
- In the modern era, Wonder Woman sometimes wears skirted variants of her costume, usually either for a "formal" occasion or when gearing up for a really big battle.
- Wonder Woman's mother, Hippolyta, was depicted as the Golden Age Wonder Woman in some modern stories, and "returning" to the role. She usually was depicted wearing a skirt.
- The Teen Titans Go! version of Donna Troy wears this version of her classic red jumpsuit. (pictured here◊)
- In Body Bags, Panda Delgado's Body Bagger "costume" is a cheerleader outfit with a pleated skirt that's almost too short to qualify as such. Many panty shots ensue, including when she's performing such strenuous activities as standing still.
- Indigo from Outsiders.
Films — Live-Action
- Miss A of Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain wears a sparkly pink cheerleader outfit into battle, including a combat skirt.
- Xena: Warrior Princess: Xena wears a short leather dress.
- The girl rangers on Super Sentai usually wear skirt additions to the default (male) uniform (series where it's not the case include Bioman, Flashman and Dekaranger). The reason it didn't hold true for all female rangers in Power Rangers was that many of the Yellow Rangers... were originally men. This is for technical reasons, as even the female rangers were portrayed by stuntmen when morphed (who would otherwise have a very, uh, masculine bulge when wearing the spand...Bio-Armor).
- Played with in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, where the heroes can borrow the powers of any Rangers who came before them. If applicable, the girls will have skirts and the guys won't, regardless of what the original costume was like. (This'll be fun when Power Rangers gets a hold of it, adding skirts to Yellow Rangers who were girls in the first place.)
- When Blue draws Holly J as a superhero in Degrassi, his choice of outfits for her falls under this.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In early seasons, Buffy would fight in just a miniskirt and a top. Lampshaded in season 4, where the Initiative soldiers, who wear practical uniforms to fight against demons, are slightly confused by her going patrolling in a halter dress. In later seasons, though, Buffy would more frequently wear tights instead of a miniskirt.
- Leela from Doctor Who has a couple different little leather minidresses and a lot of deadly Janus thorns.
- Cheerleader Melissa, as a hangover from her cheerleading role.
- Shazza McKenzie, who never got around to leading cheers but kept the uniform.
- Melina and Mickie James both came to WWE in outfits that varied between short skirt and mini dress but both stopped wearing them in an effort to be taken more seriously. (Melina, when challenging for the women's title, Mickie, when dropping her feud with Trish Stratus). In Mickie's case though, she had them before WWE and would take them back up after leaving it.
- WCW's Mona regularly wore one with a Cleavage Window.
- American Angel had one in one of her outfits, but only in the back, rather than all around, as it was supposed to wave like a flag.
- La Amazona, one of the powerhouses of the International Wrestling Association's women's division, liked to incorporate skirts into her wrestling gear.
- Christina Von Eerie semi frequently wears them, especially when on TNA Impact as Toxxin, where they got very elaborate (for wrestling gear).
- Adrianna in Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance has several starting armor sets that follow this pattern.
- Selphie from Final Fantasy VIII
- Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII.
- From the Soul Series games: Sophitia, Cassandra, and Amy (in her fur-trimmed Elegant Gothic Lolita dress).
- Millenia from Grandia II
- Ms. Liberty (also her mother, Miss Liberty, and Mirror Universe Evil Counterpart, Dominatrix) in City of Heroes. Naturally, player characters have this as an option as well.
- Ada and Jill of the Resident Evil games each have at least one mini dress outfit, though Jill wears pants in the majority of her appearances.
- Alis, the heroine of the first Phantasy Star.
- In Jade Empire, the female Fragile Speedster class model wears a sort of sleeveless tunic that barely covers her hips and no pants. The NPC Dawn Star has a similar outfit, but with sleeves and four long ribbons hanging down from her waist.
- Shepard (if you play as a woman) acquires a mini-style Little Black Dress in Mass Effect 2 for an infiltration mission (part of the Kasumi's Stolen Memories DLC). After the mission, she can still wear it as her "casual" outfit on board the Normandy. Being Shepard, she still looks very Badass in it.
- Bad Girl of the first No More Heroes.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Amy Rose wears one of these.
- Dragon Quest has had more than a few opportunities to dress your characters like this; Dragon Quest IX is the most noticeable since your equipment decisions actually show up on your character in 3D, giving you an ample view of your female party members' bikinis and bustiers. (They actually do make really good armor choices much of the time, since they often take this trope literally by increasing your spell power.)
- Caitlyn, the Sherrif of Piltover from League of Legends, with the addition of Too Many Belts.
- Cecille of Arc Rise Fantasia goes after enemies with her fists.
- All of the female party members in The Legend of Dragoon (Shana's a completly straight example, Rose has a sort of petal skirt and Miranda has a skirt of the same length as Shana, but her boots make it Zettai Ryouiki).
- Melia's default clothes in Xenoblade are a mix of this and Pimped-Out Dress.
- Given Fire Emblem's stock uniforms, many girls, particularly pegasus knights and thieves, wear mini dresses into warfare.
- Nina Williams wears a little purple one in Tekken 2 as her default outfit, but because of the graphical limitations of the game, it looks like she's wearing shorts.
- Lynne from Ghost Trick wears a navy blue one under her Badass Longcoat that doubles as Dangerously Short Skirt.
- The only actual example of this trope in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe is the costume worn by Heart Girl. She's a nine-year-old Flying Brick and just cute as a button.
- Pyrrha Nikos wears an almost-to-waist tube top-style armor and miniskirt, which doesn't hinder her, even when running.
- Nora wears a loose, mid-thigh skirt with an armor-like top.
- Blake also mocks Weiss for wearing a dress into battle. Weiss claims it's a "combat skirt," and exchanges a low-five with the similarly dressed Ruby.
- Cinder Fall wears a red minidress. Justified because it's infused with Dust. Her clothes are literally her weapons.
- In Kid Radd, Sheena has a minidress, and does get more active when she's out of the game. Plus her counterpart in the second game has a Super Mode in a French Maid outfit.
- Tip from Skin Horse wears these on occasion, among his ever-shifting (but always made-for-women) wardrobe. His last job was in the Army; he isn't there anymore for obvious reasons relating to unit cohesion.
- And Tip does have a superpower: he's a Kavorka Man irresistible to the female gender.
- Lampshaded in M9 Girls!: Karla reasons that, since they are becoming super heroines, they should all wear cute, short, costumes. Pato is not amused.
- The Gender Bender heroine of Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki
- The Non-Adventures of Wonderella: Wonderella's mother wears one.
- Alex of Angel Moxie.
- El Goonish Shive: Elliot's superhero spell turns him into a girl with Stock Superpowers, with this trope along with Bare Your Midriff.
- Princess Chroma: Both June and the first Princess Chroma wear dresses leaning heavily on the cutesy side. These dresses come from the former's fondness for a particular style, much to the latter's displeasure.
- She-Ra: Princess of Power: She-Ra wears a gold and white dress with a red cape.
- Princess Goleeta of Galtar and the Golden Lance wears a blue mini dress that is also armored.
- The Superman: The Animated Series version of Supergirl had the top and skirt version up until her final appearance on Justice League.
- American Maid of The Tick wore a dress looking like the US flag.
- Every one of the Winx Club girls — the fairies in their transformation outfits and the Trix witches when they aren't wearing their battle uniforms.
- Dr. Girlfriend of The Venture Bros., when she went by that name, wore a pink minidress that suggested a sexied-up Jackie Kennedy — the button arrangement resembled a medical doctor's smock.
- Starfire from Teen Titans wears the Bare Your Midriff variation of this.
- The first outfit of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars consisted of a truly tiny tube-top, and a Dangerously Short Skirt made safe by a Tight.