The writers want us to know a female character is aggressive, so they are shown to us in thigh high boots. These have a certain Impossibly Cool Clothes factor because it is uncommon, and usually impractical and expensive, for shoes to reach any higher than calf length. These shoes may have straps, buckles, zippers or laces that may go all the way up, to emphasize their length and the fact that the character wearing them has some sexy legs. Thigh High Boots tend to double as Combat Stilettos on Action Girls, though Dominatrices and Real Life prostitutes wear these as well. Compare Zettai Ryouiki and Nice Shoes — this is a subtrope of both. See Opera Gloves for the upper-limb equivalent.
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- Bleach: Loly Aivirrne is an Arrancar and leads the bullying against captive Orihime. She's also gutsy enough to stand up to an Espada.
- In Code Geass R2
- Kallen sports thigh-high boots as part of her Custom Uniform with the Black Knights. It's part of the visual contrast with her Ill Girl schoolgirl disguise, which has stockings instead.
- Suzaku has a pair of these in his Knight of Zero outfit, though it's hard to tell because the costume also includes a cloak that hides most of his body.
- D.Gray-Man: Lenalee Lee with her Dark Boots; they're her Empathic Weapon and she is a Kick Chick.
- Mayo Chiki!: meet Usami Masamune: tsundere, violent and unafraid to exploit high kicks to her ends, as this article demonstrates.
- Jessie wears black thigh-high boots and is generally a loud, domineering woman.
- Domino wears these and is a more serious threat than Jessie.
- James's fiance Jessiebelle changed into a pair right before she beats him up with a whip under the pretense of "training" him, a fairly overt dominatrix reference.
- One Piece: Robin wore these during the Water 7 arc. It's an inverted case as she was a Damsel in Distress in that arc.
- Yoko of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann sports a pair post-timeskip and is the show's premier Action Girl.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Mai Valentine wore these while she was Brainwashed by Dartz during the Doma arc.
- Defrosting Ice Queen and resident Action Girl Blue from Wolf's Rain, combined with a Minidress of Power and Scarf of Asskicking.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: Gender-inverted by Anti-Villain Mukuro, who has worn these as part of certain outfits (which tend to have a military flair).
- Casca from Berserk during her tenure as the only female warrior of the Band of the Hawk, though she combined them with trousers for a more modest/practical look.
- Sailor Moon: The Sailor Starlights wear these, as do villains Sailor Lead Crow and Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon.
- Ghost Talkers Daydream: Misaki Saiki combines this trope with Stocking Filler, since she part-times as a dominatrix.
- Fairy Tail's Mirajane Strauss wears these in her demonic Satan Soul and Satan Soul: Halphas forms, and is extremely aggressive in these forms.
- The military uniforms in Attack on Titan have tall boots that go above the knees. Unlike other examples though, they're not used for Fanservice.
- The Mighty Thor: The Asgardian Enchantress sports a pair of these more often than not, usually with matching Opera Gloves and a Minidress of Power. Her bewitching magicks must work a little better if every male gaze is already locked onto her very shapely form.
- Teen Titans Starfire, the Proud Warrior Race Girl, wears these in her super-heroine outfit. She wears a different pair in her street clothes in Red Hood and the Outlaws.
- Jean Grey wore a pair of yellow thigh-highs with one of her older costumes. Phoenix costumes go right into the spandex this way.◊
- Mary Marvel, during Final Crisis, wore boots like these◊.
- Alexandra in Dungeon The Early Years. Used as an Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moment: During Hyacinthe's Heroic BSOD following Alexandra (his mistress) killing his wife, he's shown to be paying prostitutes to put on the same kinds of boots she wears, and yells her name when orgasming. Her response on learning this is to start crying.
- Zatanna occasionally. Usually combined with Stocking Filler and Of Corsets Sexy. Zatanna tends to be a Ms. Fanservice character.
- Catwoman, when she was in her Purple Suit era, combining this with Opera Gloves. Ditched when Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke took over the title in favor of considerably more sensible boots.
- Rare male example. Ricochet of the Slingers sports a pair as part of his super hero outfit, along with a black leather jacket that was found in a thrift store from a closed-down biker bar. Neither one is really commented on, and while they are not used for In-Universe sex appeal, Rico definitely has his share of male shippers.
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Films — Live-Action
- Blade Runner: Zhora wears boots like this during her chase/fight scene with Deckard.
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: Felicity Shagwell, as the Distaff Counterpart of Austin himself, hits both parts of this trope; swinger appeal and secret agent toughness.
- In A Brother's Price this is part of Jerin's outfit for the ball at the royal palace.
- Bloody Roar: Primal Fury: The secret boss character, Uranus, sports a sleek pair of thigh highs as part of her body armor.◊
- Fire Emblem
- Most of the Pegasus Knights wear these.
- It's the footwear of choice of Cavaliers from Lenster in Fire Emblem Jugdral like Fin, Carrion, Robert, Glade, etc.
- Dragon Age II: Isabela◊ wears leather boots that go all the way up. Presumably, this has something to do in her being a Pirate Girl. When Isabela suggests Merrill get a similar pair, Merrill remarks that she feels like she'd get lost in those boots since they're so big.
Merrill: I've dropped marbles in them. They take an eternity to reach the bottom!Isabela: That's the reason I've been finding marbles in my boots?Merrill: Um. No. I'm just rambling. Look, a rock!
- Assassins Creed III: Connor Kenway sports these, though it's a little hard to see under his longcoat.
- For more clarification about XIV, this is part of the starting outfit for all Hyur characters, paired with a short skirt for the ladies and short shorts on guys.
- In Rusty Hearts, Natasha wears these in her default outfit. They're black and zip up partially, though usually left undone.
- The Matrix: Path of Neo has an unnamned Lady of Black Magic who wears these - a plain, zipper-less, black-pair that're part of her default outfit, along with Of Corsets Sexy.
- In Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle, Morgane (a Pirate Girl) wears these. In fact, she has them even as a kid, something which serves to establish her as tougher than her more flimsily-clad friends. The fact that her boots acquire heels when she grows up suggests that she becomes aware that they also have an aesthetic effect, though.
- Used quite a lot in Soundscape, where Thigh-High Boots often overlap with Combat Stilettos. Half of the girls wear them, while the other half goes for Zettai Ryouiki or Stocking Filler. Amylase explains that she went with Thigh-High Boots as a substitute to stockings. Word-for-word, she describes the expensive nature in getting any boots above calf-length; the (near-)impracticality in using them for anything other than modeling; the exoticism in having laces, straps, zippers or belts to emphasize the design; their uncommon usage; the question of their origins, either from prostitutes or dominatrices; and the advantage to using them as weapons for kicking.