"The spirit of the legendary San Gokushi Period (panties) is alive and well within a secret (panties) system of High School warriors, skilled (boobs) in varied styles of martial arts and constantly (panties) at war with one another. [...] And yes, that's exactly what watching this show is like."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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- In Agent Aika, the cast is almost entirely female, most of whom wear ridiculously short skirts, which they fight in. And when any of them are killed, their bodies will usually lie in such a way that their panties are left almost fully exposed.
- Arcade Gamer Fubuki parodies this trope: Exposing her "passion panties" gives Fubuki magical video game playing abilities.
- 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.
- Ranfan from Dragon Ball. Her special technique is stripping down and fighting in only her panties and bra to distract her opponent.
- Freezing: A Darker and Edgier example, for clothes aren't the only thing that gets shredded
- High School D×D is this taken Up to Eleven. There is porn out there that features less nudity than this show.
- 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".
- 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.
- This is basically the point of Kill la Kill. For starters, the heroine fights in a Stripperiffic Sailor Fuku.
- 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.
- In Maken-ki!, you'll be seeing girls' underwear fairly often regardless whether they're fighting, or not. And even includes an instance of attempted rape during one of the later fight scenes, for the sake of drama and fanservice.
- 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.
- Najica Blitz Tactics has its camera angle constantly well below skirt level, fighting or not.
- Unsurprising, since Studio Fantasia created Aika as well.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Strike Witches, because none of the girls are wearing any pants. But they're not panties, so it's no problem.
- Always in To Love-Ru and with all the girls, especially when are involved Lala and Yami.
- There have been several "Foxy Boxy" leagues since at least the 1980s. Traditional leagues such as WBC, IBA and IFBA tend to discourage the practice, unsurprisingly.
- Cage fighting meanwhile has LFC, though not everyone in it wears actual lingerie.
- 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.
- Higurashi Daybreak: Female characters do this repeatedly. Lampshaded during Shmion's storyline.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rumble Roses is an all girl wrestling series, where the cast dresses up in fetish themed costumes and duke it out using sexually suggestive submission holds. Part 2 upped the ante with skimpier costumes and by adding "Queen's Match" mode, which allowed the winner of each match to "humiliate" the loser.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Senran Kagura series. The creator, Kenichirō Takaki, has been famously quoted as starting the series on the 3DS because he wanted to see 3D ninja boobs, and this sentiment describes the games almost perfectly.
- 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 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).
- Street Fighter
- Capcom zigzags the trope with Sakura's character design. While a blatant attempt to appeal to fans of the trope, she technically subverts it by wearing red bloomers under her skirt. But to western gamers, they still look like underwear, which defeats the purpose of wearing them at all.
- Chun Li's panties can be seen through her pantyhose whenever she uses her Lightning Kick, or her Spinning Bird Kick. Though she subverted the trope during her SF: Alpha incarnation, where she wore a spandex track outfit instead.
- Cammy fights while wearing a thonged leotard and is famous for her victory pose, where she turns her back to the screen and openly displays her buttocks. While in SSF IV, her pre-fight animation begins with a close-up of her legs, thong, and asscheeks.
- Taken to extremes and lampshaded by R. Mika's Critical Art intro animation, from the beta version of Street Fighter V. Her thong is even smaller than Cammy's, best seen when the camera zooms in on her buttocks as she poses and smacks her own ass.
- However, Elena is the series' biggest offender, given she's an African princess who fights in her tribe's native attire. Which consists of nothing but a sarashi tube top, a pair of panties, and multi-colored bracelets.
- In the Mega Man 7 Battle Mode, Bass exposes his nonexistent privates when he uses his Booster Kick. This was probably unintentional, though.
- Tekken has Julia and Lili frequently exposing their panties when they are fighting due to the short skirts they wear.
- 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.
- Vanguard Princess and Arcana Heart, although these are more serious stabs at creating Fighting Games than most other examples of its ilk.
- 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.
- 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.