It was then that Nuden Keute ran between the monster and its helpless target, spun on one heel and crying "Nuuuuden Neutronnn Powerrr Pantiiiieeees!" flipped up her pleated mini-skirt. There was a blinding flash and Godzilla staggered backwards, an afterimage of blazing white knickers burnt permanently into its retina.
— Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space
A series featuring martial arts or streetfighting with pretty girls. Typically a vehicle for large amounts of shameless Fanservice
and crude sexual humor.
Said contenders usually seem to have a serious lack of muscle
and an excess of bounciness
to do most of their stunts. See also: Catfight
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Anime and Manga
- Ikki Tousen (pictured above) and its sequels is one of the most flagrant examples. Virtually every fight will feature rampant upskirt camera angles and Clothing Damage, along with frequent close-ups of the girls' pantyclad crotches. Which is the main reason the series is Best Known for the Fanservice.
- Extreme example: Agent Aika. 99% of the characters are female, and 99% of the females are wearing short skirts. And they fight in those same skirts. And when the girls are killed, their bodies will always lie on the ground with their panties exposed; the camera sometimes even focuses on the view in between their legs, showing their panty-clad crotches.
- Najica Blitz Tactics has its camera angle constantly well below skirt level, fighting or not.
- Unsurprising, since Studio Fantasia created Aika as well.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!, has unsurprisingly done this at times. Notable was this being an Enforced Trope during the martial arts tournament at Mahora Academy. The organizer decides that Setsuna's and Asuna's fight would be too boring without some Fanservice so puts them in short skirted maid outfits.
- Averted in Busou Renkin: According to the Word of God, the legs to Tokiko's Valkyrie Skirt were originally going to be skeletal bones to a hoop skirt, but he changed them to be attached to the thighs precisely to avoid panty shots.
- Arcade Gamer Fubuki parodies this trope: Exposing her "passion panties" gives Fubuki magical video game playing abilities.
- The manga version of Rosario + Vampire focuses more on the Fighter element than the panties, but when it was turned into an anime, the amount of Panty Shots increased. Early on at least, it seemed the manga went out of its way to avoid this trope, at least in in the case of Moka. Any shot that would have flashed her panties is obscured by word balloons or debris.
- Sekirei swings wildly between the fanservice aspects and serious fighting, with 108 beautiful aliens fighting to be the last one standing. Clothing Damage is a viable tactic, since it exposes an opponent to a One-Hit Kill.
- Highschool of the Dead often makes use of upskirt shots during tense scenes, or the girls' skirts will simply flare dramatically, both in and out of combat situations. Suffice to say, you'll be seeing almost as many undies, as "not zombies".
- The Queen's Blade anime makes sure that no less than one woman's breasts are exposed in every episode, though not always necessarily through fighting (though it happens the most during.)
- Strike Witches, because none of the girls are wearing any pants. But they're not panties, so it's no problem.
- Air Master downplays this to the extent you wouldn't expect from a series about a schoolgirl martial artist. Maki never gets her clothes torn (at least, not for fanservice; she gets scuffed up all the time, and at one point, has them ripped apart by a would-be rapist at one point, but she holds the tear shut after she beats him stupid) and the camera doesn't seem to excessively focus on her undergarments.
- Master of Martial Hearts, like Queen's Blade in premise; an all-female combat tournament with a variety of unique participants, each representing some Moe or fetish. Lampshaded in a Meido café episode, where Aya is declared Moe when she wins in a Cat Girl outfit. Also the most shocking subversion of the genre: the final fight is quick, brutal, and ends in a bloody Discretion Shot. Flashbacks to earlier fights show more blood than the original scenes, and later fights include bloody gun violence and neck breaking.
- Freezing: A Darker and Edgier example, for clothes aren't the only thing that gets shredded
- Ranfan from Dragon Ball. Her special technique is stripping down and fighting in only her panties and bra to distract her opponent.
- A chapter of Bakuman。 introduced a new manga within the manga, appropriately named "Panty Flash Fighter". Apparently there are girls competing in a tournament where the goal is to expose your opponent's panties.
- High School DXD is this taken Up to Eleven. There is porn out there that features less nudity than this show.
- This is basically the point of Kill la Kill. For starters, the heroine fights in a Stripperiffic Sailor Fuku.
- One of the very first in the actual genre, the Super Famicom Japanese-only Seifuku Densetsu Pretty Fighter featured an all-female cast in various outfits (police woman, gym student in volleyball attire, nurse, Magical-Girl, etc.) in a rather generic fighting game. Yes, there were panty shots, mostly during jumps, with some during kicks.
- Dead or Alive (which boasted "Jiggle Physics" when the first couple of games were released). Naturally, the series also capitalized on this by creating a few beach-themed spin-off games.
- The Final Fantasy series does this to several of its female characters. Most notably in Dissidia, where you can pan the camera around to view in between the girls' legs and up their skirts.
- The Soul Series is also guilty of this, what with the design of some of its female characters' costumes. This was dialed backed a bit in Soulcalibur V (and earlier, with the creation of Hilde, a female knight who wears a full suit of armor in battle).
- Rumble Roses, where the cast is made up of scantly-clad female wrestlers.
- The Japanese PC fighter Line-Kill Spirits takes this one step further: players will slowly regenerate damage from attacks unless they can snap a picture of their opponent's panties (exposed by knocking them to the ground or into the air), locking in attack damage.
- Bikini Karate Babes and its sequel Warriors Of Elysia both feature real women.
- Sakura Kasugano of the Street Fighter series is a blatant attempt to appeal to this fanbase.
- Sakura wears gym shorts under her skirt precisely to avert this, though it's somewhat of an Informed Attribute (the color being the only hint as to which trope applies).
- At least in the Super Nintendo era of Street Fighter, Chun Li. She's either wearing a thong or nothing under her trademark outfit.
- Higurashi Daybreak: Female characters do this repeatedly. Lampshaded during Shmion's storyline.
- Vanguard Princess and Arcana Heart, although these are more serious stabs at creating Fighting Games than most other examples of its ilk.
- Jingi Storm, released to arcades around the same time as Arcana Heart. It's basically Tekken combined with a softcore eroge.
- May qualify as a subversion since the players are all male, with their assigned partners providing the eye-candy. The stripping feature was removed post beta (referred to as Location Test) anyway.
- X Blades, which is basically an attempt to copy Devil May Cry, except the protagonist, Ayumi, is a girl wearing only a bra and a thong. The little of the thong's fabric which covers Ayumi's underparts is stretched tightly over her crotch, clearly accentuating the shape of her labia against the cloth.
- Tekken has Julia and Lili frequently exposing their panties when they are fighting due to the short skirts they wear.
- Skullgirls definitely seems unashamed of showing off the undergarments of its cast. It's also not afraid to show some of the more disturbing parts of its cast.
- Parasoul, Filia, Cerebella, and Valentine are the characters who expose their undergarments the most. Other characters, not so much and/or "why would you want to?!" (Miss Fortune wears short-shorts, Peacock and Squigly wear floor-length gown-dress-things, Painwheel is horribly disfigured, and Double is an Eldritch Abomination)
- The female characters of Samurai Shodown frequently expose their panties when they are killed. Add in the fact that in Samurai Shodown Sen, the girls usually die with their legs spread wide apart and/or propped up.
- Mina Majikina is a prime example, as she exposes the panties she is wearing when she does nearly anything, and especially when she dies, where her body falls through the air with her panty-clad crotch and buttocks facing the screen.
- Suzu from Samurai Shodown Sen also almost always exposes her panties when she is killed, given that some of her death animations involve her spasming with her thighs spread apart, and her body usually lies down with her legs wide open. Even when beheaded, her body staggers backward several steps before collapsing on her back with her legs propped up and spread.
- Ayame from the Tenchu series tends to expose her white panties fairly often when she is wearing her kimono outfit, which isn't surprising given that the skirt of her kimono is very short.
- The premise of the episode Grudge Match in Justice League Unlimited. To bring in more money for an underground superpowered fighting ring the villains featured death matches between various villainesses and brainwashed super heroines.