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Minidress of Power
All heroic, all stylish.
(Left to right: Sailor Moon, Marvel Girl, and Supergirl)

A schoolgirl in a miniskirt, armed with nunchucks. Hot.
Spoony on Selphie

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).

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men Jean Grey's second "Marvel Girl" outfit.
  • One of Supergirl's outfits.
  • Catwoman had an outfit like this once or twice.
  • Nightshade
  • Mary Marvel, seen here, and here.
  • 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.

    Film 
  • Several characters in Sucker Punch, most notably Baby Doll.

    Literature 

    Live Action TV 
  • Xena: Warrior Princess 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.
  • In early seasons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer 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.

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    Web Animation 
  • 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.
  • RWBY
    • Pyrrah Nikos wears an almost-to-waist tube top-style are and miniskirt, which doesn't hinder her, even when running.
    • 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.

    Western Animation 

Leotard of PowerStandard Superhero SuitsMy Suit Is Also Super
Mentor MascotMagical Girl TropesMonster of the Aesop
Marilyn ManeuverFanservice CostumesModesty Bedsheet
Leotard of PowerAction GirlSpy Catsuit
Menswear GhettoCostume TropesModest Royalty
Mask of PowerPowerMost Common Superpower
Immune to BulletsImageSource/Comic BooksThe Death of Superman
LoinclothStripperifficSensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains
Miniature Senior CitizensImageSource/Anime & MangaNoblewoman's Laugh
Man in a KiltDresses, Gowns and SkirtsModesty Shorts

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