Who Wears Short Shorts?

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We wear short shorts!note 

Bullet: What!? B-Butt Floss!?
Ragna: What? It's a descriptive term! Besides, we can see your entire ass! I mean, if you got it, flaunt it, but you can't deny the description.
Blazblue: Chronophantasma

Hot pants, mini shorts, or daisy dukes? Whatever you call them, it can be a great way to Show Some Leg without having to worry about a Panty Shot. While it's mostly a female trope, we're seeing more and more males slipping in. This trope became popular in Real Life around the mid-1950s, and even though it has never been at the height of fashion, it's never really gone away either.

For added sexiness, combine with Zettai Ryouiki, She's Got Legs. If you don't want to be too revealing, just add tights.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • Nair depilatory famously used the song (see Music below) as part of an ad campaign that ran from the late 1970s well into the 1980s.
  • Masculine example Played for Laughs: the L&P ''Stubbies'' advert shown in New Zealand. Also pokes fun at the The '70s.
    • Stubbies are a brand of men's shorts popular in Australia and New Zealand in the 1970s, and was a common part of schoolboys' uniforms.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Both Shiro and Anri from Adekan occasionally do this. As in, daisy duke shorts on a dude. Anri usually wears long pants, but the legs of them appear to be detachable which make them kind of creepy chaps-shorts.
  • Alois Trancy from the second season of the Black Butler anime frequently wears these, to the point that his "Booty Shorts" have pretty much reached memetic status.
  • Revy from Black Lagoon. Permanently unbuttoned.
  • Mizuho Asano from Bleach is commonly seen in hot pink short-shorts.
  • Kanzaki Kaori of A Certain Magical Index is an unusual example: she wears a pair of jeans... with one leg cut off. Goes really well with her tied-up white T-shirt.
    • It's supposed to be a disguised magic ritual.
  • Kallen from Code Geass.
  • Speaking of Valentine, Faye's trademark yellow outfit in Cowboy Bebop probably counts.
  • Battle Lovers Scarlet and Vesta of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, who are guys. To indicate how short they are, Scarlet's ones narrowly miss mid-thigh and he's the shortest of the five Battle Lovers.
  • Deadline Summonner has Mamoru Onodera's Werewolf who favours this, alongside a leather jacket, skimpy top, and a collar, with plenty of spikes to go around.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Several outfits of Bulma have this. The first time is when, dealing with Oolong in Aru Village, Bulma is seen with a pair of brown short shorts. In the Red Ribbon arc, Bulma wore a red shirt that leaves her shoulders exposed and orange shorts. At the begin of "Dragon Ball Z" she wears white shorts.
    • Launch wears yellow shorts in the first apparence.
    • Videl wears tight spandex shorts.
  • Lucy and Lisanna from Fairy Tail both like this type of clothing. It almost seems like they take turns in wearing them - Lisanna usually wears shorts when Lucy is wearing a skirt, and Lucy usually wears shorts in the arcs that Lisanna doesn't take part in.
  • Envy of Fullmetal Alchemist. Hard to place as a male or female example.
  • Part of Haruhi Suzumiya's Unlimited Wardrobe. She wears cuffed jean shorts when the story wants to remind you she's the Tomboy to Mikuru's Girly Girl.
  • The twelve-year-old boy Gon from Hunter × Hunter wears a pair of bright green short shorts as part of his Limited Wardrobe—a fact not discussed in the show/manga but notorious in the fandom. Killua wears them a lot, too.
    • Even shorter are Cheetu's inexplicable short shorts.
  • The one-legged jeans are also part of Kisara Nanjou's style of choice in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple.
  • Lyrical Nanoha
  • Heero Yuy from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. Being designed after a female model, it doesn't do much for his already diminishing masculinity. He switches to white full-length pants for the OAV sequel, however.
  • When Takeo of My Love Story!! needs money, he works part-time at a cafe called Machos, where the waiters are big, muscular men in tank tops and short pants.
  • Misato Katsuragi from Neon Genesis Evangelion wears these when at home.
  • By the series Standards, Hana-chan from Ojamajo Doremi wears these. With cute little hearts on each side.
  • Ururu in Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo tends to wear short shorts, as opposed to dresses like her friends.
  • One Piece:
    • Nami in the 10th movie, One Piece Film: Strong World, as well as in the Dressrosa Arc, wears super-short jean shorts.
    • Jewelry Bonney is fond of wearing short shorts too.
    • During a web contest for jeans with One Piece characters, Rebecca was the only female with shorts.
  • Pokémon: Misty's best known outfit includes very short jean-shorts. And in later generations, yellow shorts of the same length. Hell, if she's not wearing either outfit in any episode, chances are her regular outfit in said episode will incorporate this, too, as seen in "Luvdisc Is a Many Splendored Thing", in which she pairs a yellow top with darker blue shorts.
  • Some of the Cures have worn this from time to time in the Pretty Cure franchise. For example:
    • Both Nozomi and Rin, from Yes! Pretty Cure 5, have worn this for the Pretty Cure All Stars Suite Flower Card Collection, with Nozomi wearing jean shorts on two cards on which she's featured.
    • Love Momozono's casualwear in Fresh Pretty Cure! incorporates a pink jacket and denim shorts.
    • Worn by Nao Midorikawa in Smile Pretty Cure! with one of her casual outfits.
    • One of Iona's outfits in Happiness Charge Pretty Cure incorporates this, as do the costumes that come with the Roller Blade and Ninja PreCards.
    • Kirara Amanogawa wears this on her days off in Go! Princess Pretty Cure.
  • Sakura Kyouko from Puella Magi Madoka Magica wears cut-off jean shorts as part of her civilian outfit.
  • Akasha Bloodriver from Rosario + Vampire is shown to wear this under her gown when she removes the latter right before her sacrificial attempt to go Medieval on Alucard's ass. Of Corsets Sexy also comes into play.
  • Sailor Moon
    • Usagi Tsukino wears this with several of her outfits. Rei Hino has also worn this from time to time.
    • Also the Amazoness Quartet's final disguise in Super S.
    • The Starlights probably count as well.
  • Ai Astin from Sunday Without God wears short shorts as part of her regular gravekeeper outfit.
  • From Sword Art Online, Sinon's Gun Gale Online outfit could qualify as short shorts, although it was overlaid by green covers.
  • Yoko from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Mew Zakuro from Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • In Vividred Operation, not only are the girls commonly seen wearing bloomers, but short shorts are part of the school uniform.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Anzu Mazaki/Tea Gardner occasionally wore short shorts as part of her outfits, when she wasn't wearing a mini skirt.
    • Let's not forget Shizuka/Serenity during Season 3 and the second half of Season 2.
    • Mai Kujaku/Valentine from the same show normally wears a purple skirt with a white corset, but wore purple short-shorts and a black corset when she was temporarily Brainwashed by Dartz during the events of Season 4.

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    Film 
  • Alice in the first Resident Evil film, though the shorts are partly concealed by the red dress she's wearing.
  • Trillian the first time we see her in the main story, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • Kristofferson in Fantastic Mr. Fox wears short-shorts. Though it is most certainly not for sex appeal. At least we assume.
  • Worn by Candice during her fatal gymnastics practice session in Final Destination 5. Justified as most other gymnasts were wearing this as well during the same scene, including the gymnast that got Candice killed accidentally by sheer carelessness.
  • The title character of Tamara Drewe. As a disapproving older woman notes, "She poured herself into those shorts. She'll give herself thrush." No one remembers the movie; everyone remembers the trailer that primarly featured this sequence.
  • Felicity Shagwell in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. They're skin-tight.
  • Half of the scenes featuring Steve Christy in the original Friday the 13th (1980) has him wearing shorts shorts, an ascot and not much else.
  • In The Master, many of the navy men in the beginning of the movie. They were very much out of uniform.
  • Pepper Potts in The Avengers (2012), as well as being barefoot. Since she usually wears business suits and high heels, this shows how relaxed she's become around Tony since their relationship started.
  • The Great Outdoors features a female character wearing these in a bar, where she gets goosed with a pool cue wielded by one of the main male characters and, of course, romance ensues. Making the scene more remarkable is the woman is played by Lucy Deakins, best known for chase tween roles in films like The Boy Who Could Fly, leading to more than a few Hello, Nurse! moments for fans.
  • Part of Nikki's wardrobe in The Bling Ring. Most infamously worn during the pole dancing sequence.
  • The Fabricants in Cloud Atlas, specifically for fanservice since they're waitresses.
  • When he's not on duty, Agent Kruger does in Elysium. According to some of the BTS material, the idea of him wearing these came from his actor Sharlto Copley.
  • Melissa George in Triangle wears shorts.
  • Subverted rather hilariously in The Heat, when Mullins tries to cut Ashburn's clothes into something more bar-appropriate.
  • Several women in The Broadway Melody are shown wearing this backstage, making this Older Than They Think.

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  • Homestuck: In a rare male example, Jake seems to be associated with short shorts above and beyond any of the other characters - both of his alchemised outfits in Act 6 Act 4 feature them, and even earlier on when he was wearing much longer shorts he one point tried to wear Lara Croft-style gun holsters and thought to himself that he'd probably need to be wearing shorter shorts to pull them off. Not only that, but Jake's class is the Page, whose god tier outfit features memetically speedo-length shorts. At any rate, the fandom sure appreciates it all. Mostly.
    • In the Ministrife update, we also get to see an alternate-timeline God-Tier Tavros, who shares the Page class and thus the boy booty shorts. Depending on whether you see him as Adorkable or just a dorky bull...
  • In El Goonish Shive, Grace wears these under her pants during her birthday party. The pants were sized to fit her male form and when she changed back to female the pants slipped off giving her the appearance of wearing no pants at all given the length of her shirt.
  • In How To Raise Your Teenage Dragon, Acinonyx wears them as well as many other female characters.

    Web Original 
  • Homestar Runner's "creepy pants" are a pair of hot pink/purple shorts of the 'Daisy Duke' variety (an American form of shorts made by cutting the legs of snug jeans, sometimes so much so that the white pocket liners can be seen). It is later revealed that he was out of his mind on Strong Sad's anti-depressants at the time.
  • Part of Taylor-Ruth of Hanging Rock Comics fame's iconic outfit.
  • In the Whateley Universe, one of the many problems with the new costume of THE CRIMSON COMET!!!. Granted, she just got the superpowers and the curves a couple weeks ago and she hasn't gotten over it yet.
  • Drawn versions of Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2channel and the owner of 4chan, often wear pink short shorts.

    Western Animation 
  • On Family Guy, Peter once went through a Daisy Duke phase.
    Brian: It's like a walrus flossing!
  • On Total Drama,Heather, Katie, and Sadie all wear very short shorts. Later, Jasmine and Stephanie was designed with shorts.
  • On Lalaloopsy, Pickles B.L.T. has her very short shorts on the first time when she's athletic, but she also wears a belly shirt alot to reveal her belly button.
  • Sym-Bionic Titan's Ilana wears these on occasion as part of her Unlimited Wardrobe.
  • Lola Bunny wears a pair of short gym shorts as part of her original Iconic Outfit.
  • On Mission Hill, Jim returns from Japan with the latest thing there, brightly colored short shorts with Hello Kitty style decorations. Andy thinks they're ridiculous, but is soon the butt of scorn from the hip crowd because he isn't wearing them. When he finally comes around, he finds they're no longer hip, as they've gone mainstream and worn by the middle-aged.
  • The Simpsons did it. Someone wondered where the police were, and were informed by the Mayor they were investigating a boat crash carrying hotpants. Cut to the entire force, including Chief Wiggum asking 'Who wears short shorts?'
  • Dolly Gnome from Gnomeo and Juliet.
  • Raf from Angel's Friends.
  • In Winx Club Stella's first fairy form has orange shorts.
    • In a sense, Bloom and Flora wear shorts under their skirts, thereby avoiding Panty Shots.
  • In Regular Show, use of Death Kwon Do requires cutoff jeans and a mullet. (In fact, anyone can use Death Kwon Do immediately just by wearing them.)
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star's swimsuit is this in the episode Royal Pain.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Princess Ember's armor seems to include this (aside from when she's green), though it can be hard to notice due to the anatomy of dragons as well as the fact that that part of her armor extends several times longer to her tail. It is easiest to notice when she is sitting up after Spike saves her from drowning.


Alternative Title(s): Sexy Short Shorts

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