She's Got Legs
She's got legs, an' knows how to use themThere are many things about a woman that can catch the camera's eye. Some shows may focus on her ample chest; others, her curvy behind; and others still like to take a really long look at how lovely her legs are. This trope deals with cases where a female character's legs are given special attention. This is in the form of Male Gaze, usually with slow pans up her legs, or her legs are mentioned at some point in the story as being an attractive feature. This is notably recurrent in G-rated fiction, where the Male Gaze is directed to the legs rather than the even more sexualized breasts and buttocks. Gender-inverted versions are rare, which is slightly ironic given that many women are perfectly capable of appreciating slim, athletic male figures. Often seen in conjunction with a Sexy Walk. Zettai Ryouiki, Showgirl Skirt, Dangerously Short Skirt, Underwear/Leotards/Mini Dresses Of Power, Qipao, Who Wears Short Shorts? and Footsie Under the Table are also good ways to show off these features. A Kick Chick will almost always have these, as will most female Dance Battlers. The Statuesque Stunner will also have these, more often than not. Bath Kick and Foot Popping are used to show these off as well. If the Amazonian Beauty has them, expect either the narration, other characters, or the character design to emphasize her legs' muscularity as attractive, often with special attention to the thighs. Related to Fanservice. Show Some Leg is not necessarily related, but certainly can be.
She never begs, she knows how to choose 'em
She's holdin' leg, wonderin' how to feel them
Would you get behind 'em, if you could only find 'em?
She never begs, she knows how to choose 'em
She's holdin' leg, wonderin' how to feel them
Would you get behind 'em, if you could only find 'em?
—ZZ Top, "Legs"
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- In a 2014 J.G. Wentworth commercial, in a departure from their usual opera-inspired TV ads, this one is done in the style of a really old and aged music video with far more contemporary music, featuring various different singers appearing in the busted-out windows of an old, abandoned brownstone building. Almost all of the women appearing in the windows are wearing either really short shorts, or really short skirts... and they all have really nice legs.
Anime and Manga
- Several characters in Ah! My Goddess have shapely legs, most notably Hagall who's got a Showgirl Skirt to show them off with.
- Both Makie and Hyakurin from Blade of the Immortal show a lot of their legs, wearing slitted kimonos and mini skirts with Zettai Ryouiki respectively.
- Kate Takayama from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai utilizes this trope largely due to her short nun outfit which barely covers her legs.
- Code Geass: Milly Ashford has hers showcased during a humorous moment when she teases Shirley in season 1.
- The main characters from Dangaioh (save for the lone male), are all drawn with shapely, long legs which are made all the more prominent because they dress in skintight, revealing
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- The black-haired woman in Death Parade wears a form-fitting short skirt and high heels with ankle cuffs, showing off her long, slender legs. While the show itself isn't heavy on the Male Gaze, they do got lots of attention in promo art, as seen in this photo◊ where her legs are given the most focus.
- Kinshiro Kusatsu from Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! is a Rare Male Example. During his Magical Boy transformation, the camera pans lovingly along his denuded legs before he adopts thigh-high bad guy boots.
- Devil Hunter Yohko: Take a good look at the cover art, 'cuz between Yohko's style of dress (i.e. short-shorts, mini-skirts, etc.), her transformation sequence, and the Clothing Damage she suffers during her fight scenes (which are plentiful), you'll be seeing them frequently and damn near constantly.
- In Fatal Fury The Movie, Kim Kaphwan's wife Myeung Suk was introduced legs first. Sorta justified as she was with their youngest son Jae Hoon, who was a little kid back then and barely reached up to his mother's hips.
- Highschool of the Dead has several examples among its main cast, but Rei and Saeko are the standouts:
- The manga establishes Rei as its poster girl for the trope from the very beginning and repeatedly reminds you of it by constantly putting her legs on display with plenty of close-ups.
- Saeko's legs are also given ample attention, along with copious amounts of 'baby got back'. Which is one of several reasons for the UST between her and Takashi.
- Mariah from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure gets many comments from the heroes on her legs (never mind that she's one of Dio's followers, and therefore out to kill them).
- In Kamisama Kiss both Nanami Momozono's school uniforms and street clothes tend to show quite a bit of her legs.
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: Kisara Nanjo exemplifies the trope, which is justified since she's a practitioner of Taekwondo. She also wears a tight pair of jeans with a missing pants leg, to remind the audience of how curvaceous her legs are. Plus, all her fanservice scenes place emphasis on them and her backside.
- Kurokami: What Kuro lacks up top, is amply made up for and then some by her gorgeous legs. Which are a large part of the reason she initially comes across as a Nubile Savage, when she's actually a Tomboy Princess.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: The Lady of War Signum has incredibly shapely legs. In fact, her combat outfit was specifically designed by her oh-so-Genre Savvy mistress Hayate to show off her legs up to the thighs.
- Maken-ki!: Himegami's rarely seen without her thigh-high stockings. And when she isn't wearing them, it's usually because she's trying on new ones so the audience can get a long appreciative look at how hot her legs are. Or, on rare occasions, she'll simply go bare-legged and barefoot.
- Axis Powers Hetalia : China isn't a girl, but many have fallen prey to the beauty that is his legs◊.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Misato gets a lot of leg focus, especially when exiting a vehicle, as well as many low-angle shots tracking her determined marches down the Geofront's hallways.
- Rebuild of Evangelion continues this trend, particularly with its shots of her Swivel-Chair Antics during the scene in 2.0 when her and Ritsuko are discussing Victory Is Boring. This actually takes on some significance in 3.0, as Misato's new outfit post Time Skip, which covers her legs, is used to emphasize her Character Development.
- Mana Fujisaki in Onegai My Melody, an athletic young girl who is openly boastful about the length of her legs (and terrified of cuteness... for some reason). When a rival "steals" her legs (and her friend's breasts, and some other traits) with magic she's naturally aghast.
- One Piece
- Boa Hancock's are even longer and on constant display, plus she gets to show them off due to being a Kick Chick.
- Many of Nami's outfits feature either shorts or a Dangerously Short Skirt.
- Almost all of the attractive female characters in One Piece have nice legs, at least after Art Evolution. They tend to have surprisingly shapely thighs for how skinny their bodies are.
- Dellinger is a male example. There is a lot of gaze on his long, shapely legs. Whether it's Male Gaze or Female Gaze is up for interpretation, since he is a guy, but his legs are drawn exactly like a woman's legs, and you wouldn't know he was a guy if you didn't see him from the waist up since he also wears high heels (and even then he has a feminine-looking face). Maybe it's Stupid Sexy Flanders Gaze.
- Nanako Misonou from Oniisama e.... The series isn't exactly known for its fanservice, but there's still quite the focus on Nanako's very long and slim legs.
- Okami-San's title character's legs are frequently focused on and there are a lot of opportunities to show them off due to her Action Girl status. Ookami, herself, is actually a punch girl, however.
- Phantom Quest Corp.: Ayaka may be getting on in her years, but she's got no reason to complain. She's a stunning redhead and still has her figure, including her legs. It's no wonder Detective Karino's been trying to hook up with her.
- Princess Tutu takes place at a ballet school, so the students' legs are given a justifiable amount of focus.
- Ranma ˝:
- Female!Ranma's legs are mentioned and given focus from time to time. In the manga, she takes advantage of this by donning a miniskirt in order to attract men to Ukyō's restaurant.
- Attention is often drawn to Ukyō's legs because of the stockings◊ she wears, which accentuates their curvature. But the "Battle for Ms. Becahside" episode gave us even better◊ look at them.
- Shampoo. The camera often focus on her legs when she wear her pink Qipao outfit and is in swimsuit or bikini. Another example is in episode 16, one of her first appearances, where a pantless Shampoo chase male-Ranma and she jumps in the air over him with her legs well in evidence.
- Sailor Moon: As with the Devil Hunter Yohko example, between the Sailor Scouts' mini-skirts, high-heels, and frequent Magical Girl transformations, you'll be seeing their legs the majority of the time any of them are onscreen.
- Magic Knight Rayearth also follows the indications of the aforementioned Sailor Moon. Battle scenes and short skirts (and sometimes no skirts) seem to go hand in hand rather often in this anime.
- Maya in Occult Academy has a lot of emphasis on her legs, particularly when she's wearing her white dress with a Dangerously Short Skirt, complete with Zettai Ryouiki.
- In Skip Beat!, one of Ren's more frequently commented upon traits are his ridiculously long legs.
- In the Soul Eater anime, the camera quite often likes to emphasize Maka's long and smooth legs underneath her extremely short skirt, especially in battle scenes.
- Tamayura: Riho, Fuu's big sister mentor, is often depicted showing off her long legs for some reason, even though the show is pretty much devoid of Fanservice.
- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle/XxxHOLiC: While her legs aren't her most noticeable feature, some of Yuuko's artwork highlights her ridiculously long legs.
- Variable Geo is an ecchi martial arts series, so most, if not all, of the girls would be prime examples. The most noteworthy among them are:
- Yuka and Satomi both fight with their legs and feet bare. They've got stewardess legs, which are powerfully built with traces of tomboy muscle, due to years of martial arts training. Yuka's are even displayed prominently in the anime's cover art (which is used for the page image).
- Kaori's are accentuated by the stockings and footpads she wears. And, as a fully accredited Taekwondo master, she uses them to deliver powerful kicks. Which is why she's one of the top competitors in the VG Tournament.
- As a floor dancer, Ayako's legs are also given frequent focus for their shapeliness and because of the skintight mini-skirt and high-heeled stilettos she wears as part of her uniform. But her legs aren't just for providing eye candy, they're an integral part of her fighting style.
- Venus Wars: The bubbly airhead reporter Susan's legs are a subject of conversation by several male characters, to the point one character suggests she cover them up so the enemy soldiers occupying the city don't pull her over to "search" her. She doesn't have any other attire besides miniskirts for most of the movie, and the epilogue focuses on her mostly from the hips down in cutoff jeans.
- Words Worth: This, along with frequent Foot Focus, is Maria's fanservice department, which is why the robe she wears has split seams to show 'em off. This is also accentuated in several of her official art pictures, as well as the series itself, which includes two pan shots of them.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!, Anzu Mazaki/Tea Gardner has legs that put almost every female cast member and Duel Monster in subsequent spin-offs to shame. Not only does she wear shorts and miniskirts, she also wears thigh-high leggings to emphasize them.'
- Tokyo Ghoul: Touka Kirishima and Akira Mado both have long, slim, shapely and pretty legs and the anime certainly does not hide it, as Touka never wears anything else than shorts or short skirts, and Akira mostly wears black tights and formfitting skirts.
- It's pretty hard to not have great legs when you are a female soldier of the military in Attack on Titan. Years of hard military workout along with the uniform that is long boots, tight pants and leather straps do help a lot.
- Black Canary. Highlighted by her trademark fishnets.
- Catwoman is generally drawn for having great legs, rather than emphasis on her bosom.
- Huntress at times, and she's usually partnered with Black Canary.
- Lady Shiva and she even wears Black Canary's fishnets as the Jade Canary.
- Power Girl whose Leotard of Power always shows her legs and cleavage window.
- Raven from Teen Titans was this while being rather slim, especially compared to Wonder Girl and Starfire.
- Jason Todd a.k.a. Red Hood has been called a rare male example.
- Ditto for Zatanna, and frequently lampshaded over in The DCAU.
- Black Widow in both the comics and the avengers assemble version, especially with her spycatsuit and crossing them.
- Psylocke. Whilst most X-Women are drawn in a manner that emphasizes their breasts, art of Psylocke focuses on her legs and butt.
- She-Hulk. At seven feet tall, a good majority of Jennifer's height is in her gorgeous green gams, and the artists work that.
- Young Avengers has Miss America Chavez, and she wears really short shorts.
- Caitlin Fairchild of Gen13. This is Lampshaded repeatedly.
- A Crown Of Stars: Asuka's legs are often Shinji's focus. In chapter 25, while they are having a serious -and, for once, civil- talk, Shinji has to force himself to not spend the whole time ogling to her legs:
Asuka was waiting for him. Wrapped in a blood-red bathrobe and towel, she was curled up in the bed like a ruby cat, slender fingers tapping gently together as she watched him like a hawk as he carried the tray in. Good gods, she looked hot. Her oh gods long, smooth legs peeking out from the edge of the robe were—‘FOCUS, Ikari!’ He saw her eyebrow rise when she spotted the rose.
- Advice And Trust:
A small part of his brain was concentrating on not dropping the hot pot on his feet, because most of it was trying not to drool helplessly over the way Asuka's long, smooth legs disappeared up under the hem of the towel, mixed in with memories of last night that said sight triggered.
- At the beginning of chapter 3, Shinji sees Asuka wearing nothing but a towel. He tries very hard to not drool over her naked legs.
Shinji's deep blue eyes... Asuka's crystal blue ones... her long red hair... his sensitive hands... her long legs, his compassion, her fire, her heat...'
- Later in the story Rei Ayanami falls for both her fellow pilots and she also notes Asuka has beautiful legs:
- Doing It Right This Time: In chapter 2 Asuka notices Rei has very nice legs.
A pair of strappy sandals with four-inch heels completed the ensemble, doing wonderful things to the shape of her calves and...
- Evangelion 303: During a moving party in chapter 3, Shinji constantly ogles to Asuka's legs.
- Girl Days: The narration notes several times that Akane has very nice legs. Even Ranma -who usually is prone to insult her- tells her she has beautiful legs.
- Last Child of Krypton: Shinji meets Asuka in chapter 2. During her first meeting, one of the first things he noticed about her were her very nice legs.
He did his best to keep his eyes off Asuka, and he failed totally. Misato's description of her was a pale reflection, like the light of the moon in the ripples across a pond. She wore a yellow sundress and a ribbon at her pale throat and crossed long, supple legs in front of her.
- Pokemon Master: During a scene, Misty and Ash are climbing an elevator shaft. Misty goes first, and she wears a very short and tight skirt, and knee-length boots, and Ash tries very hard to not look up and stare at her long legs moving and flexing above him.
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: When Shinji saw Asuka's Supergirl costume for first time he noticed it showed off her gorgeous, muscled, long legs:
A red miniskirt was held up with a yellow belt, and soon yielded to a pair of lithe legs that, from Shinji's perspective, seemed to go on forever. A pair of scarlet boots completed the ensemble.
- Pacific: World War II U.S. Navy Shipgirls has several ship girls' costumes showing them off, but the most notable examples would be most of the Light Cruisers and the Iowa sisters.
Films — Animated
- In The Great Mouse Detective Miss Kitty has quite a pair.
- Elsa from Frozen after she gets her ice dress. The skirt of her ice gown has a slit in it.
- One scene in Hercules showed Megara running in a way so that she is picking up her dress, revealing a rare shot of her legs being exposed. The other prominent leg scene is when she's halfheartedly trying to seduce Wonderboy into revealing his weakness.
- Nani Pelekai from Lilo & Stitch. Chris Sanders likes to focus on that part of the feminine body.
- Ariel from The Little Mermaid when she becomes human. In fact, this is said word for word by Sebastian when Scuttle looks Ariel over, trying to figure out what is different about her.
Sebastian: (agitated) She's got legs, you idiot!
- The titular character from Pocahontas.
- Tzipporah from The Prince of Egypt has long, shapely legs that just add to her Ms. Fanservice status.
Films — Live-Action
- Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit is another long-legged Disney redhead. Showcased in her brief cameo as a park ranger in the short Trail Mix-Up.
- Clueless. The film that gave The '90s the mini skirt.
Christian: Nice stems.
- It Happened One Night might be the codifier for this trope, as it lets Claudette Colbert flash her leg at a passing car as an alternative to sticking out her thumb. It works.
- This is parodied in The Naked Gun 33 1/3 which has the up the legs shot repeat itself several times, to the point that it shows TWO knees.
- Pretty Woman: Very clearly pointed out by Julia Roberts' character. Important enough that they got a body double for the legs in the film's poster. Her thigh high boots add some extra appeal
- Parodied in Hot Shots!. "I had them lengthened. Now they go all the way up."
- Musicals from The Golden Age of Hollywood literally without number. Busby Berkeley, in particular, was devoted to this trope.
- As seen in the page picture, Cyd Charisse had legs all the way up to there.
- Cyd Charisse has been oftern accused of making herself a career as a Ms. Fanservice using her famous legs. Almost all of her movies feature a long close up on them in her many dance sequences. Even the posters for her movies feature mainly her legs.
- The Love Parade (1929) spends a good amount of time displaying Queen Louise (Jeanette MacDonald)'s legs. She prances around in a nightgown with a transparent skirt. The camera lingers on her bare leg as she dips a toe into her bath to test the water. Later, to prove to the cabinet that a man might want to marry her for reasons beyond the political, she hikes up her skirt to show them her legs.
- In the movie The Graduate, and the poster for it, Mrs. Robinson shows off her legs. The "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me" scene has become part of the public imagination through Pop-Cultural Osmosis.
- Little known fact that the legs in question actually belonged to a body double. That body double was Linda Gray.
- Ulla in The Producers definitely counts.
- Tony points this out about Elvira in Scarface (1983).
- Grindhouse spends an exceptional amount of time showing off its female characters' legs (and in the case of Death Proof, the feet as well - considering it's a Quentin Tarantino flick, no huge shock). This is especially important to Cherry Darling (who gets a rather awesome replacement) and Butterfly.
- Lili von Shtupp in Blazing Saddles, pointed out by Hedley.
- Marlene Dietrich, whom Lili von Shtupp parodies, shows her gams in almost ever movie of hers. Witnessforthe Prosecution had a special scene written just so Marlene Dietrich could show off her accordion. And her legs, of course.
- Spy Hard: Parodies the trope with a long, long trip up some ridiculously long legs.
- Vicky Vale in the 1989 Batman movie is introduced by showing us her legs sticking out from underneath a newspaper she was reading. Alex Knox comments, "Hello, legs."
- Elvira, Mistress of the Dark:
"If they ever ask about me, tell them I was more than just a great set of boobs. I was also an incredible pair of legs!"
- There was actually a blooper show in the 1970's or early 1980's in which the first segment was replacing Elvira's wax statue at a museum with Elvira herself. A young boy (couldn't have been 10) walks up to the statue, says "Hello, hot stuff!" or something familiar, and feels Elvira's legs up.
- Heroic Trio: Maggie Cheung's character. Emphasised in her introductory pose.
- At least three-quarters of Kristen Wiig's outfits in Bridesmaids involve very short skirts or dresses displaying her long legs and several lines draw attention to them. (Usually in a more comedic way, but still.)
- Dancer/actress Juliet Prowse rose to prominence because Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev saw her dancing in the 1959 film Can-Can and immediately proclaimed her (her, not the film) "immoral and obscene". As they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity. From there, her career took off.
- A Pimped-Out Dress in That Lady in Ermine has a crinoline skirt that has nothing underneath, so that Betty Grable could lift it up and show off her famous legs.
- Julie Newmar was noted for having very nice, long legs, to the point she had them insured for $10 million.
- Some Like It Hot, not surprising as it stars Marilyn Monroe.
- James Bond
- Pam Bouvier in Licence to Kill has quite a nice set of stems, and she wears several dresses with sky-high slits over the course of the film to show them off.
- GoldenEye has Xenia Onatopp and her Murderous Thighs.
- Paris Carver from Tomorrow Never Dies. The very first shot of her after she and Bond have sex is her rearranging her garters.
- In The World Is Not Enough, when Elektra King is torturing Bond, her skirt reveals her legs in tights.
- The Resident Evil films; In the first film, the camera is down low on Alice's body to view her legs. In the second film, in Jill Valentine's introduction, we get a very nice close up on her legs. In the fifth film, we have Ada. Leon couldn't even resist putting his hand on her leg.
- In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, we have Ramona in tights throughout most of the film and Envy when she performs on stage in the sexiest way possible.
- Happens a lot in Lolita (1997) thanks to the title character's habit of propping her feet up on tables and car dashboards. Fifteen year-old Dominique Swain has great legs, but given the subject matter the Male Gaze aspects are rather disturbing (perhaps deliberately so).
- A Rare Male Example can be found in Tim Curry in Rocky Horror Picture Show. The corset and fishnets really showcase them.
- Mystique. Her seduction of a prison guard in X2: X-Men United shows it clearly.
- Dr. Laurel Weaver a.k.a Agent L from Men In Black. Kinda helps she was portrayed by Linda Fiorentino.
- Laura Dern as Hot Scientist Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park.
- Geena Davis (who is six feet tall and most of it leg) was made of this trope in the late 80s/early 90s. Notably in The Accidental Tourist and Thelma & Louise.
- In Louis Sachar's Dogs Don't Tell Jokes, Gary Boone has an attractive teacher named Miss Langley whom he secretly calls "Miss Longlegs". (He accidentally uses the nickname out loud during his comedy routine at the climax of the book, but the audience and Miss Langley take it as a joke.)
- The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul: When Kate exits The Alleged Car, it's noted that she has the kind of legs a film soundtrack editor would feel obliged to put a smoky saxophone solo against.
- For a male example, see the Wheel of Time series. Whenever a female character comments on a male character's attractiveness, it will usually involve admiring his legs, especially the calves.
- Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Let's see. Lizzie Fox has them, Alexis Thorne has them, and Isabelle Flanders has them. There might be more, but those three are definitely noted for this trope.
- In Alas, Babylon, a brief flashback shows Randy meeting Love Interest Libby. He pulled his boat up to her parents dock where she was out getting some sun. All he could see was her legs (which she considers her only asset).
Randy: Hello, legs.Libby: You must be Randy.
- It's not mentioned prominently or often, but Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park is noted to have a nice pair of legs. In fact it's the first thing Tim Murphy notices when he meets her. Malcolm outright tells her: "I could look at your legs all day."
- Rasp got 'em◊.
- In The Big Sleep, Marlowe spends quite a while admiring Femme Fatale Vivian's legs.
- It may not be literature but Doc Savage sidekick Monk Mayfair actually recognizes a disguised villainess by her legs.
- One of Elsabeth Soesten's distinct characteristics are her long and shapely legs. The other two are her copper hair and green eyes.
Live Action Television
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy possesses them. They get a good showing in "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered".
- In the unaired pilot, we're introduced to our heroine via a Male Gaze look at what's below the hemline of her miniskirt.
- The Bugaloos: Joy was the subject of many a youngen's prepubescent crushes in The '70s, thanks mainly to her costume that really highlights her legs. If some people don't even remember this series, they're sure to remember Joy and her legs.
- On Happy Endings, Jane is tall and slender with legs that are almost constantly on display. This is pretty much invoked by the character, who usually wears very really short shorts and says she 'needs a lot of validation'. In one episode, she even mimics the Angelina Jolie Oscar leg-bomb.
- Richard Diamond: In the 1950s detective show, Diamond's answering service lady Sam (played by Mary Tyler Moore) was only seen from the legs down. When she posed for a magazine spread - fully clothed, but allowing viewers to put a face to the legs - she was fired and Roxanne Brooks replaced her.
- Sally on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Subverted in that Dick et al. say they're a failing of hers along with her perky breasts and long flowing locks, and she agrees. Then Mary tries to cheer her up after a breakup by saying that she's got legs — and Sally cuts her off, saying "You don't have to rub it in!" It is presumably because Sally is implied to be a rather macho male of the alien species early in the series.
- Her boyfriend, Don, defends his choice to date her with "Alright, so she's crazy. But she's got legs up to her face!"
- Bebe Neuwirth, a dancer, has shown off her lovely legs as Lilith Sternin on Cheers and Frasier on numerous occasions. In an episode of Will and Grace, she commented, playing herself, that she could pull her legs over her head.
- Doctor Who:
Clara: Dear...God that woman is made of legs. That's the most legs in any living human!
- Tegan Jovanka, Companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors, referred to herself as "a mouth with legs". And the Doctor Who Role-Playing Game gave each Companion a three-to-five word description; Tegan's included "great legs."
- Amy Pond. Her actress, Karen Gillan, knows she has legs fit for this trope; it was her decision to stick to short skirts over wearing trousers most of the time to play up the fanservice.
In The Impossible Astronaut, the Doctor codenames River Song as "Mrs. Robinson," Rory as "The Nose," and Amy? "The Legs."
Or as Neil Gaiman put it, "Karen's legs are impossible!"
Also lampshaded when the TARDIS shows Clara pictures of the Doctor's numerous female companions.
- Lampshaded in Time Heist. Clara is wearing heels and a skirt, but the Doctor just thinks she needs the heels to reach a high shelf.
- In The Jeff Foxworthy Show, we get one episode in which the girls — Karen, Jeff's pregnant wife; DeeDee, Wayne's girlfriend and former Louisiana stripper, and Gale, Karen's eternally depressed sister — have a girls' night where they put on make-up and dress up. The viewers see Karen hide behind a wall and shows nothing but leg in a way that shows she retains extreme flexibility despite pregnancy. Even Hollywood Homely Gale is shown to have some attractive legs. As for DeeDee, she can be summed up by stripper music playing when she appears.
- Cerie from 30 Rock: Her office attire, which usually includes a tiny denim miniskirt, is used for comedic effect as well as fanservice. The leggy outfits are a distraction to the male characters on the show, and Liz has confronted Cerie about her wardrobe to no avail.
- Also alluded to in the character's short-lived web series.
- Shannon from Lost wears an assortment of shorts, skirts and bikinis, and was nicknamed "Sticks" by Sawyer because of her long legs.
- Entertainment Tonight hostess Mary Hart had a special "leg light" under the anchor desk just to show hers off... and, as with many of the Real Life examples, hers were insured.
- While she was hosting alongside Regis Philbin on what became Live With Kelly, Kathie Lee Gifford was well-known for displaying hers ("down there").
- Keeping Up Appearances: Despite being in her fifties, Mary Millar who played Rose had an amazing set of legs. Many of the characters even commented on them, with Emmett in particular calling her: "The one with the friendly legs."
- Despite his Fan Nickname of "Lil' Stumpy", Dean Winchester of Supernatural has had a slow pan up his legs at least twice.
- The West Wing: Amy Gardener said "I have wit, I have charm, I have brains, I have legs that go all the way down to the floor, my friend."
- Marcia Gay Harden's character on Damages spends a fair amount of time leisurely putting on her stockings after trysts with different men.
- Gossip Girl's Serena van der Woodsen, in keeping with her status on the show, possesses such things and is fully aware of how to utilise them.
- Glee's Rachel Berry. You'd figure at 5'2" they wouldn't be that impressive.
- Santana Lopez, Brittany S. Pierce and Quinn Fabray. Although Quinn was no longer a cheerleader as the story progressed, her regular outfits were still able to show her nice gams.
- Castle: Katherine Beckett does show those legs of hers several times. And aren't we fans glad of it.
Richard Castle: I always liked your legs, but now I respect them.
- Given a specific lampshading in Episode 4x10 'Cuffed':
- Chuck loves to remind viewers that Sarah has a killer set of legs. Her wardrobe frequently consists of swimsuits, bathrobes, short skirts, stockings, heels, and tight leather pants that all show off the shape of her legs, (with frequent camera focus on her stems) her fighting style often involves high kicks, and the writers even worked in a Bath Kick. Accompanied by characters frequently commenting on Sarah's leggy-ness.
- Anna Wu had her share of leg focus in the first two seasons, as she tends to wear very short skirts and heels.
- And subsequently the ladies who go by the codename Greta, especially Summer Glau and Stacy Keibler.
- Ally Dawson from Austin & Ally is another example of a short girl with long legs.
- As Cat Valentine's male fans will tell you, Nickelodeon is no slouch in the "short girl with long legs" department either.
- Several of the female characters on Revenge live and breathe this trope (Emily Thorne, Victoria Grayson, her daughter Charlotte, Amanda Clarke), but Ashley Davenport is the undisputed champ - there aren't many scenes she's in where her long, very sexy legs aren't on view. Until her Put on a Bus moment, anyway.
- Ruby in Once Upon a Time, especially during the first half of season one when she was usually seen wearing a skimpy diner waitress outfit. Once her true nature is revealed, her mode of dress becomes more conservative, symbolic of her maturity. This is illustrated vividly in the season 2 episode "Welcome to Storybrooke" which features a flashback to the early Season 1 era and shows the character wearing her revealing outfits again.
- Even though Rayna Jaymes towers over◊ Juliette Barnes on Nashville - for the most part - the latter matches the former in the "I've got legs and I know how to use them" department.
- In Coupling, Jeff falls in love with a woman after repeatedly seeing her leg (and, in one case, the back of her head) on the train a few rows ahead of him. Eventually fate puts the woman in the seat opposite him, and he strikes up a conversation with the words, "You look just like the back of your head." It gets worse from there.
- In Pretty Little Liars—a show with Fanservice everywhere already—the camera seems to find Spencer (Troian Bellisario, daughter of Bellisario's Maxim) wearing very short skirts or cutoffs, and making sure they are in full view.
- The female personalities on the Fox News Channel. All of them. This is apparently a particular obsession for network president Roger Ailes.
- In an episode of Zoboomafoo focused on creatures that live in sandy areas, we see Jackie walking along the edge of a beach in a bathing suit, and we're treated to a nice pair of long yet shapely legs.
- Eliza Dooley (played by Karen "That woman is made of legs!" Gillan), the main character of Selfie, has stems till Tuesday.
- Kara "Supergirl" Danvers has quite the set of pins on her, in and out of uniform; so does her boss Cat Grant.
- Mariah Carey even won a Legs Of a Goddess award for her legs.
- The lyrics to "You Walked In" by Lonestar have this.
You Walked InWith legs up to your neck
- Lady Gaga seems to like to show them off in her videos.
- Flogging Molly's "Devil's Dance Floor":
Her legs ran all the wayUp to heaven and past Avalon.
- Zebrahead's "With Legs Like That":
Here she comes again, like good medicineEvery step she takes, my blood is flowingHer legs go on and on for days...
- Hello! Project had a duo consisting of Fujimoto Miki and Matsuura Aya, called GAM, that was centred on this trope.
- We absolutely must mention ZZ Top's "Legs", which is of course both the Trope Namer and the source of the page quote.
- Van Halen's "Drop Dead Legs".
- The Smithereens' "Behind The Wall of Sleep".
She had hair like Jeannie Shrimpton back in 1965She had legs that never endedI was halfway paralyzed.
- "Leggy Blonde" by Flight of the Conchords.
- Florence Welch of Florenceandthe Machine. See the video for "Drumming Sound" for evidence.
- And what about "You've got the Love"? She clearly shows she's got the legs too.
- "Hot Legs" by Rod Stewart.
- "So Alive" by Love and Rockets: "Your legs are strong and they're so, so long." Gloriously hammered home by the video.
- Pixie Lott arguably owes her career to this trope.
- Park Bom, of the Korean girl band 2NE1, uses this trope as her primary fanservice, as she wears rather tight, and extremely short mini-dresses in nearly all of the band's music videos, as well as live performances. (Many fangirls and fanboys are simply waiting for the day that particular wardrobe malfunction rears it's head.)
- Australia's Giulietta is this trope. See◊ for◊ yourself◊.
- Carly Rae Jepsen loves this trope. See the cover art for Curiosity (and its first single, "Call Me Maybe") and the video for Owl City's "Good Time".
- Tina◊ Turner's◊ legs look better at age 50 than most people's do at 20. This is why they are legendarily insured by Lloyd's of London for $3.2 million.
- British singer Eliza Doolittle is well known for using this trope as Fanservice. She's rarely seen in her concerts, music videos and even in public without a miniskirt or hotpants.
- Famous among Beatles fans are the placeholder lyrics Paul McCartney used when he had the tune that would become "Yesterday", but not the words:
Oh, my baby, how I love your legs...
- Kylie Minogue is famous for her legs and bum, possibly proven by science.
- K-Pop group Dal Shabet has a song called "Be Ambitious (Look at My Legs)." One of the key points of the choreography is even designed to focus all attention on their legs.
- Now that Ariana Grande's left Nickelodeon, it's all systems go in this department.
- Girls Aloud are fond of wearing short skirts and tight dresses, but Nadine Coyle is almost always styled in a mini-skirt or short shorts, even if the other girls are not.
- In "American Made" by the Oak Ridge Boys, the narrator's girlfriend is described as having "sexy long legs" and looking good in tight blue jeans.
- Prominently featured on the backglass of The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot.
- The Bride returns in the sequel, Jack*Bot, showing off her legs on both the backglass and the playfield.
- In the original art for Bally's Star Trek, the left triangle bumper had a picture of a female crewmember sitting down with her bare legs prominently shown.
- The playfield for WhizBang Pinball's Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons has Melony showing off a pair of shapely legs right above the flippers.
- In Scared Stiff, the playfield features mirrored shots of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark that show off her legs.
- The protagonist of "Space Sister" in Super Pinball II: The Amazing Odyssey often show off her long, bare legs in the display animations.
- The playfield art for Truck Stop shows Betty and Marge posing next to a gas pump and showing off their bare legs.
- Capcom's unreleased Kingpin has Trixie the Moll flashing one leg (with stocking) on the sides of the backbox.
- The center of the Future Spa playfield shows a bikini-clad lithe woman showing off her shapely legs with a set of kicks.
- Former WCW/WWE employee Stacy Keibler was notable for having legs that took up half her height. She would rely on them in the ring as well, using them to choke other Divas by pinning them against the turnbuckle by the throat. In fact, one of her theme songs was a cover of ZZ Top's "Legs" sung by Kid Rock.
- What Could Have Been: "With Legs Like That" was originally intended for Stacy, but since she had left the company by then the theme was instead given to Maria. Stacy's legs were a favorite thing for the Dancing with the Stars judges to praise, since it obviously gave her an advantage in dancing. Well, that and all the years of jazz, tap and ballet training she had, which was arguably how she got those legs to begin with.
- Michelle McCool after her Face-Heel Turn showed what she'd been hiding under all the tomboy ring attire. Once the Lay Cool gimmick started off, her legs were on show practically every episode of Smackdown. Layla too since they wore matching outfits a lot of the time.
- There was actually a gimmick match called a "Legs Match" when Gibbons and Hill of ZZ Top themselves hosted Raw. It was just a regular wrestling match but the four ladies involved had to wrestle in short shorts. Two of the divas in it already wrestled in hotpants anyway, but that's beside the point.
- And the ring announcer for that match? Lilian Garcia. 'Nuff said.
- "The Ravishing Russian" Lana
- In City of Angels, the Private Eye Monologue's description of Alaura says that "only the floor kept her legs from going on forever." A later scene has her on a chaise longue with her stepson Peter oiling her bare legs.
- In The Addams Family, Morticia tears the skirt of her dress so it can be pulled out of the way before she and Gomez tango.
Gomez: Mi amor, creature of constant surprises! You have legs!
- Bebe Neuwirth, who originated the role on Broadway, got several wolf-whistles from the audience at this point.
- Ballet dancers playing Odile have to seduce the audience as much as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Bonus points if she already happens tall, making her a Statuesque Stunner such as 5'9 Zenaida Yanowsky.
- Advanced V.G. II:
- Yuka is the series' poster girl for the trope and the camera makes sure you know it: from the final scene of the OP, where her legs are right in the foreground (at 1:10-1:11), to her in-game character sprite, along with a blatant 18sec. close-up of them (from 0:10-0:28 here).
- You can't help noticing Kyoko's legs either, given how long and curvaceous they are. The entirety of this vid not only showcases them (including her Victory Pose at the end), it shows you the reach and striking power they give her.
- In Back to the Future: The Game, according to Kid Tannen, Edna Strickland has some nice gams - though we never get to see for ourselves, as she's always wearing a long skirt that goes down to her ankles.
- Banjo-Kazooie: You'll see Grunty's during the Game Over screen, where she succeeds in stealing Tooie's youth for herself.
- Bayonetta is unmatched in the realm of video game women everywhere at 12 heads tall.
- BlazBlue: Aside of her boobs, Litchi Faye-Ling also possesses long, slim legs which due to how she dressed (not really wearing pants and wears a Qipao) and her attacks involve a lot of kicking as well as stretching her legs out. One of the special picture arts in the game also gave a comment in vein of this ("While Litchi is more known for her boobs, she also possesses long, luscious legs")
- Tsubaki also has a nice pair, if you believe what Litchi says:
- Kyouko Kirigiri from Danganronpa. And while Aoi Asahina's other attributes are the ones more showcased, her legs are nothing to sneeze at either.
- As a male example, Byakuya Togami has fairly long legs. It's often joked by the fandom that he's over "60% leg".
- Quite a few outfits in the Dead or Alive games are designed specifically to shows off female fighters' legs, notably Lei Fang and Kasumi's default outfits. Special mention goes out to Kokoro's kimono in Dimensions, which is technically worn incorrectly just to reveal her legs more often, although this could just be for ease of movement. I doubt players care much.
- While she's no slouch up top, Velguirie of Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess has a lot of focus put on her legs. This even extends to gameplay, all her unique abilities use her legs in some way, like dashing or a lethal kick.
- Final Fantasy:
- Final Fantasy VII: Tifa's better known for her rack, but she's got a sizzling pair of legs to. In Crisis Core, the former owner of 7th Heaven said he was looking for a new bartender with (quote): "big breasts and long legs!" to take over the place. Guess who got the job?
- Rikku from Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 also. In every game she appears in she is introduced by a long, loving pan up her very long legs. She seems to flaunt it, too, as she dresses in miniskirts and hotpants wherever she goes, including battle.
- Final Fantasy XIII:
- Vanille, who is also not shy about it. Her promotional pictures feature her stretching out her legs.
- Lightning is no slouch either. The cover of the game features her showing a lot of leg.
- In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Terra has four outfits. She wears tights in her base outfit, but her three alts all remove them, leaving her legs exposed — and there's a lot of them to expose. Tifa and Lightning also return.
- Haunting Ground: Fiona's got 'em and the game makes certain that you see plenty off them, especially during cutscenes when she's huddled on the floor in fright. And her "Under the Scalpel" costume reveals even more of them and adds Foot Focus for good measure.
- In Jade Empire, if you have Dawn Star in your party when you first meet Black Whirlwind, Whirlwind will make some comments on Dawn Star's legs. Her response? "Would you like to see the damage these legs can inflict firsthand?"
- Of all the girls in League of Legends, Elise has by far the most prominent legs, including a vigorous can-can for her /dance emote. This is unsurprising (and more than a bit disturbing) considering her title is "the Spider Queen", and she has multiple spider legs sprouting from her back even when she's not in her giant spider form.
- Some of the female characters in Pokémon give this impression. Most notable examples include Skyla and Misty.
- Aromatisse in Pokémon X and Y gives off this impression with the leg underneath the fluffy "skirt" that it's holding up. Of course, since the legs are basically pink nubs, and the fact that they have an equal gender ratio, the effect leaves much to be desired.
- Rival Schools: School nurse and fellow Kick Chick Kyoko Minazuki from the games. She wears a short skirt that shows them off.
- Nohime, from Sengoku Basara, has a nice, shapely pair of legs, and isn't shy about showing them off with her kimono slitted to the thigh. Especially when she starts shooting at you...
- Skies of Arcadia: Legends: The cutscene where Vigoro finds Aika alone in her cell at the Grand Fortress, includes a pan shot of her legs (seen at 2:21-2:24), from his perspective. He smirks and notes she has a nice pair, with curves to match, then corners her and tries to rape her.
- Soul Calibur: Many of the women would qualify, but Seong Mina is the most notable example; particularly in SC III, where her legs are noticeably shapely and athletic. Which is best seen during her ending (pause at 0:19) and Yun Seong's.
- The novels indicate that this is what Jim Raynor was thinking about Sarah Kerrigan during the "I finished scouting the area and—you pig!" scene in Starcraft. The player can't actually tell, considering she's a low-detail sprite, but promo shots for the Vaporwear Third-Person Shooter StarCraft: Ghost indicate that Ghost uniforms are practically painted on.
- Street Fighter
- Chun-Li is (in)famous for her legs, because she's a Kick Chick, and because of her legendarily thick-muscled "Thunder Thighs".
- Sakura, also a Kick Chick, pulls this off quite well, her legs rivaling Chun-Li's.
- Elena. Even all her moves are kicks, just to show off her legs.
- Cammy's legs aren't as impressive, but they do receive special attention due to her outfit and her move-set.
- Crimson Viper started out wearing long pants◊ during her first years of Street Fighter 4, but after numerous requests from fans, Capcom finally gave her a skirt with a split seam as her 3rd alternate costume. And boy, does she have legs◊.
- The Stinger for Super Mario Galaxy showed a brief glimpse of Rosalina's legs underneath her dress.
- Tales of Vesperia: Gauche and her twin sister, Droite's, legs are very well developed for a couple of girls their age. Which is further emphasized by the miniskirts and high-heeled boots they wear, along with close-ups of their hips and thighs during cutscenes.
- Tomb Raider: Lara Croft spends most of the time facing away from the screen, during gameplay, so you'll be spending an equal amount of time with your eyes glued on her khaki covered backside and her legs.
- Bad Moon Rising has Chloe, with her long legs and a preference for clothes that show them off.
- Lackadaisy: An unnamed character was remarked upon as having "gams up to your eyeballs!" It was mostly a joke to demonstrate one character's unfamiliarity with the slang of the era, but considering all that is ever shown of the girl is her legs...
- Sandra on the Rocks has a lot of attractive female characters — it is set in the world of modelling — but Lavali, a Shrinking Violet who works as a computer games industry gopher, is the one who attracts the nickname "Legs" from another character, and who is drawn to fully justify the compliment.
- Sticky Dilly Buns has Ruby, a prudish nerd who manages to be very attractive without especially trying, and whose legs are especially emphasized by both the art and the writing. She's seen first in a Dangerously Short Skirt (for reasons of plot), subsequently switches to a pair of designer jeans that attract the admiration of every straight male she passes, and has been known to flash some leg when taking a selfie in an uncharacteristic moment of vanity.
- In, Uncommon Animals, Jennelle might be Ms. Fanservice, but Terry's skirt has a slit up to her thigh.
- Vampire Cheerleaders: You don't get to see Charlotte's legs very often, because she's shy and dresses conservatively. But Ian Cang (the comic's artist, at that time) more than made up for it with the main panel, here, which had the readers almost unanimously thanking him for it!
- Cheesecake, of the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, has the power of hot legs, and she uses it to mentally manipulate weak-willed men.
- Tennyo, of the Whateley Universe, has been described several times as having disproportionately long legs given her 5'3" height.
- The Nostalgia Critic is dressed as Link in Suburban Knights. The fact that he's wearing a short tunic with no pants or tights gets a lot of attention from the camera, although Doug said later he was in so much pain from the cold that it wasn't worth it.
- The Filmation animated TV series of the 1970s and 1980s were loaded with female characters often depicted wearing mini-skirts and swimsuit-like outfits designed to show off their legs. Shows featuring characters with this particular "superpower" (just a few of many): Flash Gordon, She-Ra: Princess of Power, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) (not to mention both the live-action and animated versions of Isis featured in various Filmation shows).
- Hanna-Barbera is fond of this trope: Daphne Blake, Suzie Chan, Merilee and all the main girls on Josie and the Pussycats are just a few examples.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks
- Jeanette has a cute pair of stems, which is helped by a pleated miniskirt being part of her signature wardrobe. The Chipmunk Adventure and Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman further emphasize this; in the former, we're treated to a number of Panty Shots as well as being treated to a sexy harem outfit, while in the latter Jeanette is at one point seen in an incredibly short dress and boots.
- Brittany too, as almost all of her wardrobe consists of short skirts or shorts. During the 80s series in particular, legwarmers were her trademark.
- On an episode of American Dragon: Jake Long, Jake's friend Trixie becomes a cheerleader. When her friends see her in a revealing miniskirt for the first time this is their reaction. One of them goes on to talk about her legs for a while afterward, questioning why she never showed off her legs before.
- Hello Nurse from Animaniacs, as noted during her eponymous musical number:
- "...she's got legs, like Astaire..."
- One thing that Arthur has become legendary for - particularly for older fans - is just how anatomically correct the characters are drawn and designed, and this is particularly true for the female characters. A few fan-specific examples include: the few times Francine wears a bathing suit ("Arthur Makes a Movie" for one), "Revenge of the Chip" having Rubella in a ballet number, "Elwood City Turns 100" having Fern in a pair of tights as part of her costume for her Green-Tailed Grebe number, "The Tardy Tumbler" having Marina in a leotard for gymnastics, among others.
- Black Widow from Avengers Assemble especially in season 2. Zarda also counts as well during her close ups.
- Parodied in a Family Guy Cutaway Gag with Peter's great-aunt Legs Go All The Way Up Griffin. She's just a head on a pair of legs.
- Titania and She-hulk in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.. Just like their comic counterparts.
- Randy Cunningham is a rare guy example◊ of this trope.
- Asajj Ventress and the Nightsisters in general from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Marge in The Simpsons, when she and Homer get "frisky". This is explicitly mentioned by Lenny in one episode.
- "She's got legs from here to yah-yah!"
- Superman: The Animated Series:
- Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's bodyguard/chauffeur. She wears a ridiculously short dress (or a tight shirt with tight pants) that shows off her legs.
- Lois Lane. Seems like whenever Lois is on screen, it's a full-length point of view.
- The legs seem to be the go-to sexually arousing body part in the DCAU, where you can't mention the boobs or the booty in that sense. Like how B'wana Beast first met Zatanna (the quote is in the link) in Justice League Unlimited, for example. Black Canary's are also pretty long.
- Raven from Teen Titans has some curvy legs.
- Teen Titans Go! played this on the episode "Legs" where Raven without her cloak uses her legs more to fight crime, even showing them off. Beast Boy seems to like her legs, as she became Lady Legasus.
- In Total Drama several female cast members have long legs, making up for more than half of their height. Heather and Katie show theirs off with short shorts, while Izzy shows hers off with her skirt/wrap.
- And then there's Jasmine. Who seems about 90% legs, and stands One Head Taller than the entire cast.
- Femmes in Transformers have legs, and they actually vary in build enough that some are more worthy of this trope than others.
- Arcee in G1 has pretty fine legs.
- Unsurprisingly, Blackarachnia in both incarnations has much more emphasis places on her legs than her bust.
- Worryingly, in Transformers Prime, yes, we know Starscream's a guy. But there's little doubt that he's got the best legs in the franchise yet, making up almost two thirds of his height and the most distinctive feature of his art.
- In one episode the humans are standing on one side of a rising shutter and they see a pair of elegant robot legs sporting heel-like extensions. They initially believe it to be the only female Autobot, Arcee, coming to their aid. Nope, it's Soundwave.
- Animated Bumblebee practically has gymnast's legs. Shown in his transformation sequence.
- In Winx Club almost the entire female cast is drawn with supermodel long legs.
- Played for laughs in the Woody Woodpecker cartoon A Fine Feathered Frenzy. Gorgeous Gal, an overweight and elderly crow wanted to marry Woody Woodpecker the second she laid eyes on him. The wealthy widow loved young woodpeckers so whenever the opportunity presented itself she grabbed him and lavished him with kisses or tried to seduce him. At one point she gets glamed up really nice with a red dress, pearls and a slightly better wig. When Woody spots her he smiles so he may have taken an interest in this new look. Sitting in a chair she offers the Woodpecker with her sexy voice, "Cheescake?" She hikes up her skirt and reveals her crossed legs. She is wearing black panty house with black heels to match, but her legs are as skinny as toothpicks! With crossed eyes and a toothy grin the confused and horrified Woodpecker hops away.
- Also used for comedy in the Woody Woodpecker short "Witch Crafty." An elderly red haired witch hikes up her skirt to reveal her left leg that is quite shapely, to the effect that it causes a member of the audience to whistle. Later on she reveals her right leg which is really lumpy and disgusting.