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In his defense, most probably aren't expecting the wall to get breached when they're changing, either.

"I see London! I see France! I see [Insert Name Here]'s underpants!"
Traditional children's rhyme accompanying such an event

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A Comedy Trope in which a character's underwear is exposed while other people are present, usually by accident, and much to their embarrassment. Generally involves Goofy Print Underwear. For extra embarrassment, the person might have their name written on their underwear. The primary use of this trope is comedy, catching a character in their most embarrassing state. Often this is the result of Defeat by Modesty. Fully-Clothed Nudity is the feeling this creates.

Compare Marilyn Maneuver for a specific situation in which this happens. Compare Panty Shot, which usually shows viewers up a girl's skirt while it's still up, but can overlap with this trope when said skirt is blown or flipped upward.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk: During a feast in Elfhelm, Isma drunkenly decides to show off her mer form without bothering to take off her clothes first. As a result her drawers end up caught on her tailfin and get plopped on the table for everyone to see.
  • In the second episode of Dokkoida?!, Edelweiss, a wannabe Enfant Terrible super villainess attempts a dramatic introduction only to discover that I Have the High Ground + Goofy Print Underwear leads to this trope.
  • In Dragon Ball, Goku demonstrates this trope in his second fight with Tenshinhan by stealing the latter's belt. Though shocked at Goku's new speed, Ten tries to reassert control over the match by bragging about his new technique, which will make speed useless. The humiliation kicks in when Goku points out, yeah, but he should probably pull his pants up, and gives back the belt. Ten embarrassingly does so as the audience snickers.
    • Earlier in the General Blue saga in the anime Krillin whilst dangling over a lava pit accidentally pulled Bulma’s shorts shorts down and exposing some strawberry patterned panties.
  • In Dragon Half, Mig is first defeated when the heroes (accidentally) expose his Teddy Bear undies. Vina later uses a picture of Mig in said undies as blackmail material.
  • Detective Conan - while trying to make his getaway, Kid the Phantom Thief shoots some belt-choppers towards Ran, intending to cause a distraction via making his pants fall down, but gets Kogoro instead.
  • Chapter 70 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War opens with Kaguya and Fujiwara walking in on Ishigami while he's getting changed in the Student Council room, though it's initially framed to make it look like one of the girls is getting changed instead. Fujiwara proceeds to mock him for wearing briefs.
  • In Komodo no Jikan, the bratty Kuro holds down teacher Aoki's and accidentally pulls down his pants. With another student in front of him when it happens.
  • In One Piece during Alabasta arc Filler Chopper pulls the back of Sanji’s pants down to get his attention exposing love heart pattern boxers. Sanji also happened to flirting with two belly dancers when it happened.
  • In Reborn! (2004), Tsuna's basic Dying Will mode in early chapters/episodes made his clothes tear away, reducing him to his boxers.
  • Early in Slam Dunk, Sakuragi tries to stop Akagi from dunking over him by holding him down. He accidentally pulls down his pants in the process.
  • In Soul Eater, Lord Death picks up Rachel!Medusa by the back of her dress several times, exposing her pumpkin panties.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 3 episode 28, Big M. gives Little M. instructions to cut the electrical circuit inside a building. He cuts Big M.'s belt instead, exposing his underwear.
  • In one episode of Lamput taking place at a dance club, Lamput pretends to be an outfit on Fat Doc and the clothes grab the attention of women who think it looks cool. The episode ends with Lamput escaping while Fat Doc is in the middle of dancing, revealing his underwear.

    Comic Books 
  • The Flash: Shortly after Wally West became The Flash, Alchemy disintegrated his costume (in public), saying he wasn't fit to wear it. Wally spent the rest of the fight in his boxers. (One little girl even starts saying the "I see London" rhyme.)
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen starts a chapter with Mina Murray and Allan Quatermain descending a ladder. For some reason, Mina thought it was a good idea to let Quatermain go first, despite the fact she's wearing a dress. Considering that in Vol. 2, they confess they've lusted after one another for ages, and then shag each other's brains out, you could call it foreshadowing...
  • In one Spy vs. Spy strip, Black Spy attaches a razor blade to White Spy's gun so why he draws it, the blade cuts through his belt and drops his pants. When White bends down to pull them back up, Black clobbers him.
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    Film 
  • In The Return Of Jafar, Abis Mal chops his own trousers off trying to slash his sword in the air while talking about a swordfight he was in.
  • Alice in Wonderland: Cheshire Cat sabotages Alice's croquet game and bonhomie with the Queen of Hearts by flipping her over on her head and exposing her huge Goofy Print Underwear for all to see. She suffered a huge BSOD because of it.
  • In Extreme Ops, Kittie's pants rip when Will tries to pull her back up from hanging over the mountain, allowing him to see her panties.
  • Flushed Away: Never hold onto your acquaintance's pants while on a zipline above the entire town.
  • Inspector Gadget gets pantsed by his robotic double during their big fight scene.
  • Subverted in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, in which Mickey's musketeer uniform is cut away by an enemy swordsman, revealing his familiar red shorts beneath.
  • Rugrats in Paris had Jean-Claude saying it after seeing Coco LaBouche getting the back of her bridal dress ripped off when Angelica deliberately steps on the train. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkN2WQ5m_QU
  • In the How to Train Your Dragon extra DVD short The Legend of the BoneKnapper Dragon Gobber's pants fall down after he gives the dragon back his bone, which had been holding up his pants for years.
  • In the Italian comedy Le Comiche 2 the main recurring victim is accidentally stripped to his underwear, revealing he is wearing a bra supporting breasts he received during an undesired augmentation surgery. The joke is entirely based on the fact that this guy is forced to wear a female garment due to the newly acquired assets.

    Literature 
  • Occurred two times in Meet Molly, when the titular protagonist and her two friends were hosed down by Molly's brother, Ricky while going home wearing their hula costumes. The former pulled off an antic in revenge by dumping Ricky's underwear over his sister Jill and her best friend.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On the first episode of The Big Bang Theory, Leonard and Sheldon go to retrieve Penny's TV from her heavily-muscular ex-boyfriend. The scene cuts to them leaving minus their pants.
  • In Community, Ahbed and Troy both pantsed each other to the amusement of the other study group members. Pierce decides he wants in on the fun and pantses Shirley. He then learns the valuable lesson that it is never okay for a guy to pants a woman.
  • Happy Days: At their army physicals, Potsie and Ralph were forced to strip, exposing their Goofy Print Underwear.
  • Kamen Rider OOO: In his debut, a wall is broken in front of Eiji Hino while wearing nothing but underwear. Double points since it also serves as a Memetic Outfit.
  • In The Mighty Boosh, Howard is trying to impress some goth girls. When he gets up, his incredibly tight trousers split through the rear to reveal his goofy, colorful, and decidedly not goth briefs. The girls just laugh at him.
  • Several scenes with Bulk and Skull in the first season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers end up with at least one of them accidentally exposing their underwear.
  • In Peewees Playhouse, Peewee is flying around the world and says "I see London... I see France... I see Moscow's underpants!"
  • That '70s Show pulled this in an episode where Eric pantses Donna during a pick up basketball game, exposing some rather unflattering Sears Catalog bloomers and humiliating her. Eric apologizes at the end of the episode with the Spoof Aesop, "I shouldn't have pulled your pants down in public, once you started letting me pull them down in private."
  • In one episode of Hannah Montana, Miley accidentally splits her pants, and a young girl who sees the tear on the seat points at her and recites the rhyme.

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    Newspaper Comics 
  • One Baby Blues strip has Zoe use the taunt on Hammie, whose underwear is showing. Hammie walks off and returns with his underwear on his head, so Zoe can see it more.
  • Pretty common in Garfield, with Jon Arbuckle the most likely victim. Subverted in a strip where Jon deliberately wore a tank top and Goofy Print Underwear as loungewear on a rainy day.
  • In a Liberty Meadows strip, when Jen bends over to get her pocketbook, Dean recites the rhyme. Jen punches him. Dean complains: "I thought women liked poetry..."

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Ric Flair has on more than one occasion been stripped down to his underwear, usually pastel-colored briefs.
  • Goldust was stripped of his attire at WrestleMania 12 by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper to reveal he was wearing women's underwear, but given the nature of the character, it was more creepy than funny.
  • Vickie Guerrero was once revealed to be wearing granny panties with her Catchphrase, "EXCUSE ME!", written on them.
  • Billy Gunn, Chuck Palumbo and Rico got pantsed en masse by Al Snow, Maven and Torrie Wilson to reveal they were all wearing skimpy thongs, going with their Ambiguously Gay gimmick.
  • Jimmy Hart got pulled out of his pants during Saturday Night's Main Event, revealing that he was wearing bright red briefs.
  • In 2002, Molly Holly had a few instances (two on TV, plus house shows) where she was revealed as wearing granny panties, to go with the prude character she was playing at the time.
  • Roberto Rodriguez was once revealed to be wearing underwear with a picture of Alberto Del Rio on them.
  • Ivory got stripped down to her underwear while she was in Right To Censor, which included granny panties with little flowers on them.
  • In 2001, Lance Storm was pantsed by Edge and Christian to reveal he was wearing Power Rangers underwear.

    Theatre 
  • Noises Off haas this as one of its points. Most of the characters lose their trousers (or skirts) at least once through the play.

    Video Games 
  • When Crash Bandicoot gets hit by a scimitar in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, his pants are cut off, revealing his pink polka-dot boxers.
  • In Ghosts 'n Goblins and Ghouls N Ghosts, protagonist Sir Arthur loses his armor after the first hit and has to fight on in his heart/strawberry print boxers. Another hit reduces the life counter.
  • In Maximo: Ghosts to Glory, Arthur's 3D counterpart loses his clothes when he only has one segment left on his Life Meter. Unlike Arthur, he can actually acquire a variety of different boxer shorts (though hearts are the default).
  • In Punch-Out!!, King Hippo's trunks fall when Little Mac punches him in the mouth.
  • Three Wonders: In Midnight Wanderers, the characters lose their clothes after taking a hit. However, their shorts are drab and utilitarian.
  • In Rocket Knight Adventures, enemies are stripped to their underwear when defeated. This can also happen in the revival Rocket Knight, but only to the pigs and it depends on how they're defeated.
  • In The Simpsons Arcade game, the first boss' pants will drop as an Idle Animation, revealing sparkly pink briefs.
  • In ToeJam & Earl, Earl occasionally drops his pants and has to stop for a moment to pull them back up. (Funnily enough, his boxers are almost identical to his shorts.)
  • In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, one minigame has two cowboys in a quick-draw contest. The winner shoots the opponent's pants down.

    Web Animation 
  • In Homestar Runner, Strong Bad crashes a prom, wielding a remote that will make everybody's pants poof away. Unfortunately, he winds up in his boxers because he was the only person at the prom that was wearing pants. He has lost his pants a few other times as well.

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    Western Animation 
  • In The Adventures Of T Rex, the Transformation Sequence of the titular dinosaur superhero group involved each member having his clothes sucked off, revealing their boxers, which matched their costume colors.
  • In Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alvin ends up in his boxers after gluing himself to the saddle of a bucking bull while competing in a rodeo.
  • One Running Gag in Animal Mechanicals is Komodo pulling a pair of underwear out of his arsenal.
  • Danny Phantom: The titular character is the main victim — the last episode alone goes through at least three different shots of him losing his clothes in a comedic manner to reveal him wearing nothing but his underpants...in a row. Some fans have chronicled his development by looking at his underwear choices throughout the series.
  • Elmer Fudd had his undies revealed in a comedic manner a lot.
  • Futurama: Happens to Fry in episode one (in the Applied Cryogenics building) and the later repeats of that scene in other episodes.
  • In Hero: 108, there's a Running Gag involving Woo the Wise in which his robe lifts up at random moments against his will, exposing his red underwear.
  • In an episode of The Jetsons, Rosie the robot angrily rips the dress off a snobbish socialite who had insulted the titular family. Both Jane and the woman had entered a party wearing identical dresses, which led to the whole conflict.
  • Kim Possible: Ron's Running Gag. It got to the point where even the Ron toys released had "pants losing action".
  • In the Monster Farm episode "Tractor Terror", Cowapatra has her polka dot bloomers revealed when the berserk tractor snags off the bandages covering up her pelvis.
  • Mr. Magoo: Similar to the Alvin and the Chipmunks example above, Waldo winds up with his polka-dot boxers exposed in "Saddle Battle" when a bucking bronco throws him out of his pants, thanks to the glue Prezly put on the saddle to keep Waldo on the horse.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey did the same thing as early as the advert for the show. Why animals wearing no clothes themselves find it funny is unknown.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, Doofenshmirtz turns out to have Perry the Platypus-printed boxers. Since Perry is his nemesis, this is awkward, to say the least.
    Doof: For your information, I had these way before I met you.
  • An episode of the Pink Panther cartoons had the Panther as a vigilante of sorts, defeating villains by reciting the rhyme, and then cutting their belts off, allowing him to defeat them in the confusion. This doesn't work on the Big Bad though, as he happened to be wearing two pairs of pants.
  • Punky Brewster: In "The Quartersize Quarterback", Allen involuntarily drops trou in an attempt to catch a football. Margaux laughs at his polka dot boxers.
  • In Sabrina: The Animated Series, Sabrina and her friend have their pants fall down in front of the cafeteria and Gem in the series splits her pants.
  • At the end of Tokyo Mater, Kabuto is seen in underwear after Mater beat him in a drift race.
    Kabuto: I'm stock!!! (his ninjas all laugh at him)
  • Woody Woodpecker
    • In the featurette "Janie Get Your Gun", towards the end of it, when Woody is holding up Ms. Meany's (a.k.a. Calamity Jane's) train attached to her hat at the wedding reception, he falls into a hole and her wedding dress falls (or gets ripped) off, leaving her in her pink bloomers or pantalets, and mortified.
    • In another Woody Woodpecker featurette, "Witch Crafty", after the witch rides the flying broom into a tree at one point, the broom is left stuck there as well as her purple mini dress which she falls out of and lands on her feet on the ground. Noticing the viewers see her in her pink corset (or bustier) and white bloomers (or pantalets), she modestly tries to cover up with some shrubbery and exits the scene.

Alternative Title(s): Standing There In Underwear, I See London

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