->''"I can't believe there was once a time when women wore garter belts ALL the time, not just to be sexy, then some guy invented panty hose. That guy's a DICK! What was he thinking?!"''
-->-- '''Mitch Fatel''', stand-up comic

We all know what MsFanservice wears to accentuate certain assets: the [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]]. What if she wants to show ShesGotLegs as well?

That's where Stocking Filler comes in. We have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishnet fishnet stockings]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knee-Highs knee high stockings]], and, of course, the ever popular [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garter_(stockings) garter]].

For works prior to the 1960s, this was something of an EnforcedTrope, as American and European women simply wore stockings every day as part of their regular underwear.[[note]] In fact, stockings were such an expected part of woman's dress that when they became unavailable due to shortages of silk and nylon during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, women simply drew a line up the back of their calves (imitating stocking seams), and occasionally even wore special makeup on their legs, to mimic their appearance.[[/note]] However, due to [[ValuesDissonance the strict moral standards of the day]] (of which UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode is exemplar), scenes depicting the full ensemble with garters and all were uncommon in American movies (though more frequent in European films); however, there were exceptions to the rule for [[PlayedForLaughs using the trope for comedic purposes]], and things started loosening up in Hollywood movies during the '50s. These days, they're considered [[AwesomeButImpractical inconvenient for daily wear]] (much like the corset was decades before), due to factors such as the widespread popularity of short skirts since the '60s and the introduction of pantyhose during the same decade, but still frequently encountered for {{fanservice}} purposes or as a throwback to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Expect the FemmeFatale to be dressed this way, and very likely to use the garters as a hiding place for money, [[ChastityDagger concealed weapons]] or a flask. Also, in Stocking Filler scenes, the lead actress will most frequently wear black stockings with seams running up the back of the legs to conform with RuleOfSexy (in the real world, "nude" or flesh-toned is the most popular color for hose, and seams are very rarely seen except as decorations on special occasions). Actresses in movies and shows set in the 19th and early 20th centuries will also most frequently be seen wearing black or white stockings in Stocking Filler scenes, often with fancy decorations on the calves and ankles. In this case, it's TruthInTelevision due to the manufacturing and dyeing processes of the time (and social mores which prevented women from showing their legs but did wink at them flashing their ankles in flirtation or seduction).

When you see a Stocking Filler scene in a PeriodPiece, check what kind of garter the actress is wearing to see if the costume department has been [[ShownTheirWork doing their research work properly]]. Before the late 19th century, stockings were customarily held up by round garters, ribbons of various materials, or even simply rolled up at or above the knee. Garter straps (also often called suspender straps) were introduced as attachments to corsets during [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain the Victorian Era]], and garter belts in the modern sense came along during TheRoaringTwenties as skirts got shorter and corsets fell out of fashion. Along with pantyhose, stockings with special elastic bands at the thighs were introduced during the 1960's. Also, thigh-length stockings were fairly uncommon before the late 19th century; most stockings were knee-length or extended just a couple of inches above the knee.

Most often revealed in a LingerieScene. Part of StockUnderwear. Not to be confused with ''Silk Stalkings'', an early '90s TV show (though there were several Stocking Filler scenes in that show), nor {{Filler}}, [[{{Fanservice}} which may or may not include stockings]].

See also: ZettaiRyouiki - this is when Stocking Filler goes higher than the knee, and worn with a shorter skirt. See also also: PlayboyBunny, for whom stockings or hose are an essential element of the outfit. Compare VictoriasSecretCompartment for another use of underwear to conceal objects.




[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'': Asuna and Setsuna during the [[InevitableTournament Budokai mini-arc]], as part of their InstantCosplaySurprise PantyFighter outfits.
* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': Yumie always wears garters under her nun's habit.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': During the [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Dining]] arc, Ranma had to wear an antique French maid's costume (in girl form) by her opponent's instructor. So, for training, she usually doffed the dress and wore just the corset, [[PantyShot women's panties]], and a garter belt with stockings.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Faye always wears a set of garters and thigh-highs with her shorts.
* All of the Mew Mews from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' (the only exception being Mew Ringo from the games) wear a garter on one of their legs.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' gives us Stocking, who can turn her stockings into ''[[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]]''.
* M.M. and Adelheid Suzuki from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' both wear stockings with suspenders.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': Misaki is [[{{dominatrix}} a dominatrix]], so sexy lingerie comes with the territory; often combined with garters and [[ThighHighBoots thigh high boots.]] Even when she isn't wearing her S&M attire, she'll occasionally wear nylons for lounging around the house.
* Aki Izayoi from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. It was also edited in the dub to make it look that she's wearing knee-high socks instead, and replacing this trope with ZettaiRyouiki.

* ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} gets this treatment (combined with OfCorsetsSexy) for her trademark fishnets in ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' mini-series.
* Orgasm Lass from ''ComicBook/XXXenophile'', as might be expected from a superheroine with sex-based superpowers..
* ''Little Ego'' often ends up wearing a garter belt, stockings and nothing else.
* A traditional element of ''ComicBook/LadyDeath'''s outfit. If it can be called that.
* Surprisingly common in "spicy" comic strips of the 30s and 40s, even turning up in the [[http://dc192.4shared.com/img/K2oY0ogM/s7/0.2384010647504502/mandrake2a.jpg Mandrake dailies at one point]]. On the other side of the Atlantic, ''Jane'' was boosting home front morale in [[http://dc192.4shared.com/img/ldGKf3sQ/s7/0.03781927718811129/jane6.jpg the traditional manner]].
* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', Envy Adams puts on stocking on the last volume of the series.

* In ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'', Jane Smith hides knives in her garters.
%%* ''Film/MoulinRouge''
%%* ''Film/FrenchCancan.'' And how!
* Lori's introductory scene, wearing black stockings attached to garter straps as part of her FrenchMaidOutfit, in ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooLittle''.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Worn by Pushkin's mistress in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''. Bond rips her dress off [[DistractedByTheSexy to provide a distraction]] when Pushkin's bodyguard crashes into the room and it does the job quite nicely.
** Paris Carver in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. It's first shown when Bond strips her down and she's shown [[ToplessnessFromTheBack Topless from the Back]]. The very first shot of her after she and Bond have sex is her rearranging her garters.
** In the unofficial ''Bond'' film ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'', TheVamp Fatima Blush has a victim hooked on heroin to force him to obey her. She carries a hypo filled with the drug in a garter belt (under a [[NaughtyNurseOutfit nurse's uniform]] no less), and exposes it while taking out the hypo. On Website/YouTube [[https://youtu.be/5VuMprbYzyY?t=1m5s starting at 1:05]].
** Daniela Bianchi, in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' (to be precise, she wasn't wearing garters, but black silk stockings rolled above the knees; this isn't clearly seen in the scene as released, but an alternate version was shot - there are several promotional photos from that version - which clearly show her exposed, stockinged legs).
*** The "alternate version" of the above scene from which those photos come was actually a screen-test of Bianchi. According to 007 film lore, this scene has been used ever since to screen-test potential "Bond girls".
* Both Silk Spectres get variations of this in the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie, although in Sally's case it's justified by the fact that pantyhose weren't yet common in the 1950s.
** The original Silk Spectre does wear stockings and suspenders in the comic.
* The senior girls in the ''Film/StTrinians'' movies (as part of their SexySchoolwoman uniforms).
* In ''Film/TheGraduate'', the older seductress MrsRobinson is seen wearing garters. (The still of Creator/AnneBancroft removing her stockings while Creator/DustinHoffman watches is iconic.)
* In the 1932 film ''Film/RedHeadedWoman'', when Lil (Creator/JeanHarlow) is seducing her boss, she shows him that he put a small picture of him to her garter. Later, when he wants to break up with her, she shows her stockings again to prove that she's removed the picture.
* Extremely briefly appears in ''Film/ScaryMovie2'', when the girls attempt to parody ''Film/CharliesAngels'' and screw it up.
* ''Film/LayerCake''. Before sleeping with the protagonist, a girl slips off her normal underwear in the bathroom and changes into black stockings and suspenders.
* ''Silk Stockings'' has an extended transformation scene showing Cyd Charisse donning the titular garments.
** Actually, we don't see any garters/garter belts; this was during the Hays Code era where lingerie was considered highly risque (it was even mentioned by name as a no-no in the Code).
* Creator/SeanYoung, wearing black seamed stockings and suspenders during her character's limousine sex scene with Kevin Costner's character in ''Film/NoWayOut''.
* Creator/BrigitteBardot and Creator/JeanneMoreau in several onstage scenes, performing as "The Two Marias", in ''Film/VivaMaria''.
* Creator/GinaLollobrigida in ''La Donna Piu' Bella Del Mondo'' (''Beautiful But Dangerous''), wearing black stockings and suspenders in the scene in Paris where she performs dressed as a can-can girl.
* Catherine Deneuve, wearing full-fashioned seamed stockings and suspenders in her sex scene with Gerard Depardieu in ''Film/TheLastMetro''.
* Creator/JayneMansfield, revealing herself to be wearing black stockings and suspenders attached to her corset when she undresses in her bedroom in an early scene in ''Film/ItHappenedInAthens''.
* Creator/SophiaLoren, in ''Film/YesterdayTodayAndTomorrow'', one of her most iconic scenes (and reprising the scene in ''Pret-a-Porter'' (''Ready to Wear'')).
* Loren again in ''The Millionairess'', combining this trope with OfCorsetsSexy when she undresses to try to seduce the doctor played by Creator/PeterSellers in his office.
* Creator/JeannetteMacDonald (!) in the Creator/ErnstLubitsch version of ''[[Film/TheMerryWidow1934 The Merry Widow]]''. (Then again, she had so many lingerie scenes in her early career that she was sobriquetted "The Lingerie Queen of the Talkies" by her studio's PR people.)
* Creator/JoanCollins in ''The Stud'' and ''The Bitch''.
* Creator/JenniferConnelly, shown putting on her stockings as she dresses for an evening out with her boyfriend in ''Film/TheRocketeer''.
* Creator/HelenMirren, seen wearing stockings and suspenders/garterbelts under her designer outfits in several scenes in ''Film/TheCookTheThiefHisWifeAndHerLover''.
* Olga Georges-Picot, who strips down to her lingerie, again including black stockings and suspenders, in the Creator/WoodyAllen film ''Film/LoveAndDeath''.
* Sylvia Kristel in ''Lady Chatterley's Lover''.
* Ursula Andress in ''The Fifth Musketeer'' and ''The Sensuous Nurse''.
* The Jean Renoir movie ''Film/FrenchCancan''.
* Ornella Muti in ''Swann in Love''.
* Laura Antonelli in ''Till Marriage Do Us Part''; when she [[spoiler:loses her virginity to her chauffeur]], his difficulty in removing her complicated, elaborately fastened undergarments is a key part of the comedy in that scene, though he finally manages to get her stripped down to her black stockings.
* Actresses such as Shannon Whirry and Shannon Tweed often had Stocking Filler scenes in the low-budget, straight-to-video "erotic thriller" movies of the 1990's, either as part of a straight LingerieScene or during sex scenes.
* While actual Stocking Filler scenes were few and far between in the Production Code era, there were numerous "cheesecake" pinup photographs of starlets wearing round garters.
* Maggie [=DuBois=] (Creator/NatalieWood) in ''Film/TheGreatRace'' [[ShowSomeLeg shows her legs in a fancy black, elaborately-patterned silk stocking]] to her editor to get him to allow her to cover the titular race.
* The 1958 film version of ''Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof'' shows Maggie Pollitt (Creator/ElizabethTaylor) changing her stockings at the beginning.
* In the 1958 Creator/JerryLewis movie "The Geisha Boy", Marie [=McDonald=] [[PlayedForLaughs plays this trope for comedy]] when she suffers a "wardrobe malfunction" at the hands of the klutzy Lewis and bounces down a flight of airplane boarding/debarkation stairs on her shapely rump, clad in black satin girdle with attached garters, black nylons and high heels.
* Creator/NancyAllen in black stockings and garters in ''Film/DressedToKill''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eju7tE9yp3o Holy crap.]]
* Needless to say, the ''Film/CarryOn'' franchise [[http://dc162.4shared.com/img/TGl1hrjp/s7/COR.jpg made frequent use]] of the stocking filler during the early 60s, although the trope fell out of fashion as the miniskirt grew in popularity.
* Sweet Pea in ''Film/SuckerPunch''.
* Lily (Creator/MilaKunis) in ''Film/BlackSwan'' is shown wearing black garters in her sex scene with Nina (Creator/NataliePortman).
* In ''Film/TheFly1986'', Seth asks for a personal item of Veronica's, like a piece of jewelry, to demonstrate his teleporter. She peels off a stocking and hands it to him, saying "I don't wear jewelry."
* ''The Girl'' (1987). When seducing Franco Nero's character, the FilleFatale removes her dress to reveal [[GoingCommando she's got nothing underneath]] except a pair of stockings.
* Creator/KirstenDunst, nude except for a pair of white silk stockings and holding a fan to conceal strategic places, consummates her passion for Count Axel Fersen (Jamie Dornan) in ''Film/MarieAntoinette'' (2006).

* Lampshaded in ''Literature/TheShortestWayToHades'' by Sarah Caudwell. Selena notes that she and her friend Julia are greeted at a party by a woman wearing "[[FrenchMaidOutfit a black dress, black stockings and a little white pinafore]]." Apparently, the dress was short enough that Selena didn't need to guess that they were stockings and not tights.
* Clare in ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife''.
-->'''Henry:''' Stockings and garters. My kind of girl.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Maggie Spritzer wears stockings, as ''Razor Sharp'' shows.
* Literature/DominoLady's costume includes stockings (and apparently [[VaporWear no other underwear]]). She often keeps a small automatic holstered in her garter.

* Sarah hides knives in her garter in the first episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
* ''Series/{{Greek}}'', "The Great Cappie": Casey hides a bottle of "illegal" hooch on the garter belt of her '20s flapper dress.
* As mentioned above, several episodes of ''Series/SilkStalkings''.
* Virtually [[http://dc162.4shared.com/img/iI7pT8Vi/s7/benny04.jpg every female character]] ever in ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''. Several times an episode [[http://dc192.4shared.com/img/aG8PaleP/s7/0.890922548658356/guides002.jpg in some cases]]; most frequently during [[http://dc192.4shared.com/img/5MrxrGF9/s7/0.32719428641513515/park001.jpg the "chase" scene]] towards the end.
* Original [[Series/TheAvengers Avenger girl]] Cathy Gale carried her gun in a garter holster. Her successor Purdy (Joanna Lumley) of ''The New Avengers'' was a 'stocking and suspender girl' despite the invention of pantyhose.
* Creator/RomolaGarai wears Victorian-era black stockings in several scenes in the 2011 BBC adaptation of ''Literature/TheCrimsonPetalAndTheWhite''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIXh9cXnOYA#t=1m24s This reporter]] on Bloomberg News.
* Averted in a ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' episode. Remington and Laura are shackled together and hiding in a barn. He looks forward aloud to her 'getting comfortable' by taking off her stockings. Laura sinks his boat by telling him she's wearing pantyhose.
* Ace in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' adventure "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric Curse of Fenric]]". When fighting the haemovores on the church roof, her kicking leaves no doubt that she is wearing stockings instead of anachronistic tights [pantyhose]

* Tear Grants from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' owns garters that not only hold her red stockings up, but also holster throwing knives under her dress.
* Excellen Browning of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' sports barely visible garters for her casual wear. While it seems like an aesthetic design, it makes sense when you realize she's the series' MsFanservice.
* Belle of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesTheCrystalBearers''.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' always had stockings available (pantyhose, thigh-high and knee-high) but the ''Late Night'' expansion pack additionally introduced "sleepwear" with garters.
* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' makes a point of Meche taking a damaged stocking off in one puzzle.
* Bianca wears orange pantyhose under her skirt in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. In the sequel games, she loses them in favor of pants.
** Mega Lopunny's dark legs are intended to resemble fishnets, a tie-in to its usual Playboy Bunny inspired appearance.

* ''ReBoot'': Hexadecimal, after Season 2, has garters added to her outfit. (In her Virus form, the garters appear to be attached to her [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]], while in her [[spoiler: Sprite]] form, she wears a separate garter belt with a ShowgirlSkirt attached.)
* Creator/WarnerBros got in on the act during the early forties, when the ''WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu'' shorts [[http://dc192.4shared.com/img/e_865zyx/s7/0.529514863574859/snafu4A.jpg taught the troops]] [[http://dc192.4shared.com/img/FUwYvqw-/s7/0.6350864781087834/DearJohn.jpg a few things]] they never learned in school.
** Speaking of which, [[http://dc192.4shared.com/img/-o2qd79P/s7/0.5159157300528386/nostrings.jpg the can-can]] was always [[http://dc192.4shared.com/img/M5dsypoV/s7/0.4173987088192246/tomato.jpg a popular subject]] in old-school animation, even during the Code era. Many cartoons of the period [[http://dc192.4shared.com/img/XVGYLwwI/s7/0.6927729029425926/sdc2.jpg featured risque gags]] which never would have made it past the censors otherwise.
* WesternAnimation/BettyBoop's garter belt that she wears on her left thigh has become part of her signature look and was often used for comedic purposes in her early cartoons (before UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode interfered). Now a days, Betty officially wears a yellow or white garter with a red heart design in the middle.


* Both ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} [[Franchise/TheDCU and]] ComicBook/BlackCanary have fishnets as part of their regular uniform (though Canary has changed a bit, going back and forth to having regular stockings/spandex and back to fishnets).
** The villainesses [[ComicBook/InfinityInc Hazard]] and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Magpie]] too.
* Orgasm Lass from ''ComicBook/XXXenophile''.
* ComicBook/{{X 23}} often pairs fishnets and miniskirts when she's in civilian garb. ''Especially'' the outfit she wore her first day to school with her cousin in ''Target: X'', and during her prostitute days as seen in ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}''.

* Yvette (Colleen Camp) wears fishnet tights as part of her FrenchMaidOutfit in ''Film/{{Clue}}''.
* Every major character at the end of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
* Creator/AliciaWitt, in one scene in ''Film/CecilBDemented'', wears torn fishnets, and has "Creator/AndyWarhol" tattooed on her thigh.
* Fishnets (usually worn as tights rather than stockings) were almost mandatory uniform for a lead actress in a song-and-dance scene in musicals during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood. Some notable examples are Jane Russell in ''Son of Paleface'' and ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes'', Marilyn Monroe in ''Bus Stop'' (where her fishnets were tattered to reinforce her image as a down-on-her-luck showgirl), Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg in ''Les Girls'', and Mitzi Gaynor, Cyd Charisse, Vera-Ellen, Leslie Caron or just about any other movie star particularly skilled as a dancer in a movie in which they exercised said skill.
* Amber in ''Film/SuckerPunch''.
* The Machine Gun Woman's {{Stripperific}} outfit includes fishnets in ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman''.

* Fishnet stockings commonly appear as accessories for female characters in the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series, along with garters.
** Female jesters in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' are bunny girls, complete with fishnets.
** Jessica Albert from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' can look like a bunny girl, as well, with the right equipment.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' is the first game where all equipment is visible on characters, and naturally the fishnet stockings appear.

->Note: Fishnets are rarely seen in cartoons because they're difficult to animate without the UnmovingPlaid problem, though a few examples do exist.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' season 5 episode "Bart After Dark", Belle, the owner of the burlesque house, wears fishnets, along with spike-heeled shoes. At one point, she [[ShowSomeLeg pulls up her skirt and crosses her legs, showing her sharply-clad legs]].
** In a later episode "The Cartridge Family", one of the hookers at the '''SL'''eep '''EAZY''' motel.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Hexadecimal, again; with fishnets peeking out from above her boots in her post-Season 2 Virus form.
* Saffi on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', Green Arrow is convinced to join the team when he sees Black Canary put on her fishnet stockings.
* Sedusa from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' episode "Escape from Goochland", Donna wears a prostitute costume that includes fishnets. When she got arrested for being [[MistakenForProstitute mistaken for a real prostitute]], she was thrown to the police van with three real prostitutes, two of them wear fishnets as well.
** Roberta's sexy Halloween costume in "It's the Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown" includes fishnets.

[[AC: Thigh-Highs]]

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'': [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Chachamaru]], all the time -- even when [[FanService bathing]]. It's implied that it's part of her "skin".
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': Himegami is rarely seen without her thigh-high stockings, unless she's [[LingerieScene trying on new ones]], to give the audience a long appreciative look at just ''[[ShesGotLegs how hot]]'' her legs are.
%%* Kneesocks is Stocking's EvilCounterpart in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': In the manga, Ukyo's chef uniform includes baggy ninja-to style leggings. But in the anime version, she wears form-fitting stockings to accentuate the curvature of her legs.

* ''Film/ExMachina''. Ava is an [[FemBot android with a feminine form]] but with [[UncannyValley transparent sections]] in her head, body and limbs. In one scene she puts on a wig, dress and knee-high stockings to cover up these sections and make herself more attractive to Caleb. Although it's played for BecomeARealBoy, she's later show removing the stockings (knowing Caleb is watching her on the cameras) whereupon it's played for the traditional fanservice. Caleb at this point becomes worried that [[FemmeFatale she's trying to sexually manipulate him]].

* Thigh High Nylons, by Mustard Plug, is all about this.
* Stockings, by Music/SuzanneVega

* In Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}},'' Trixie the {{Moll}} shows off her stocking-clad legs on the sides of the backbox.