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"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 or Uncool Undies. 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. In addition, Panty Shots are always played for Fanservice, while Comedic Underwear Exposure usually isn't.

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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.
  • Case Closed - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.

    Fan Works 
  • The Loud House:
    • In Snotty Sickly Linky, Lincoln catches a cold and the cure is to walk around in his underwear, much to his embarrassment.
    • In Sunday Skivvies, Lincoln is reading comics in his underwear, then Luan, in order to demonstrate how rude it is, strips down to her underwear and reads a comic, much to his embarrassment.
    • In Nice or Mean?, Lori, Luan, Lynn, Lola, and Lisa are trying to be nice to their brother Lincoln by stripping down to their underwear and reading comics with them, since he likes to read in his underwear. He's too embarrassed to read.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise:
    • In Hoshi's Birthday Surprise, Porthos is angry at his dog-sitter Malcolm Reed for not feeding him cheese, and so locks a sleepwalking Malcolm out of his quarters. Since Malcolm sleeps in his underwear, this leads to eight people seeing him in his undies.
    • In Radiant Orb, a Parody Fic of the series, T'Pol is in her underwear for no reason, parodying the show's tendency of showing characters in their underwear.
  • In the Odd Squad fanfic Full Circle, Oscar rips off his numerous layers of clothing so he can get changed into his outfit for '50s night at Club 24. When he steps out of his office and asks his assistant Oswald what she thinks, however, she tells him that he ripped off one too many layers of pants, exposing his boxers. He then darts back into his office to put on the pants that go with his outfit.
  • In the Punch-Out!! fanfic Shining And Sweet chapter "Happy Hour", a drunk-off-his-ass Aran Ryan runs around in nothing but his boxers.

    Film - Animated 
  • 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.
  • Flushed Away: Never hold onto your acquaintance's pants while on a zipline above the entire town.
  • 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. See for yourself.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Wolf from The Bad Guys suffers this after epicly failing a dramatic grappling hook exit with his team and their bounty with the grappling hook ripping away his pants and exposing his pink-with-white-hearts boxers.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • Inspector Gadget gets pantsed by his robotic double during their big fight scene.
  • 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.
  • The Room: After being caught having sex in Johnny and Lisa's apartment, Mike and Michelle flee. But Mike realizes he forgot his underwear. Under the guise of having forgotten his book, he grabs the underwear from behind Claudette. Well, Claudette, she saw it sticking out of his pocket, she pulls it out, and she's showing everybody his underwear.

    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.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
    • In one of the books, Rodrick locks Greg out of his hotel room while the latter is in his underwear.
    • In another book, Greg climbs up a tree to save a blanket his little brother Manny threw up into it, only for his pants to fall down, exposing his embarrassing Wonder Woman underpants.
  • The Saga of Darren Shan has a trio of vampires take their clothes off to walk through a patch of thorns that would shred fabric, just to make this joke on Gavner Purl. He's wearing pink and yellow elephant print boxers, which he says he got from a girlfriend. Of course, when he dies in the next book, and his last words are "I'm sorry if my snoring kept you awake", the manga adaptation says that he was addressing said girlfriend. The manga adaptation also plays up the fanservice angle of getting the muscular vampire warriors out of their clothes, making it a lot of people's favorite page.
  • Dirty Bertie: Zigzagged in "Pants". Bertie loses a bet with Nick, meaning that he has to go to school in his underwear, but he skirts the rules by saying that he is wearing them— under his trousers. He then tricks Nick into exposing his underwear by asking him if he's Going Commando.
  • Ellen and Otis: Pointed out by Otis in the "biennial beet" chapter of Ellen Tebbits when he notices that Ellen tore her dress.
  • The kids' book P is for Poop contains the lines "U is for underwear, Dad's only PJs. V is for view, too much on display", as the girl expresses disgust at her dad sleeping in his underwear.
  • Roys Bedoys:
    • In “Don’t Be Greedy, Roys Bedoys!”, Roys plays video games in his undies and doesn’t see why he can’t just go to the store without getting dressed first.
    • In “Distance Learning Has Rules, Roys Bedoys!”, Loys walks up to Roys in his underwear while Roys is doing online schooling with his classmates.

    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.
  • The Brady Bunch: In the episode "Law and Disorder," Bobby ruins his good suit by rescuing a cat in an abandoned house. He returns home, and he is then revealed in the laundry room placing his dirty blazer, dress shirt and slacks into the washing machine while standing in his undershirt and underpants.
  • 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.
  • Friends: At Barry and Mindy's wedding Rachel accidentally tucks the skirt of her hideous bridesmaid's dress into the back of her underwear and ends up walking down the aisle with her orange panties visible. After the ceremony she's humiliated and asks Ross why he didn't say anything. Ross replies that interrupting to point it out would have been worse.
    Ross: What was I supposed to do, stand up and yell "Hey, Rachel, your butt is showing!"?
  • 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.
  • 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 the “See Here, Private Partridge” episode of The Partridge Family, 10-year-old Danny accidentally receives a draft notice. After Shirley is unable to convince Army officers of their error, she sends Danny to his induction physical. He is shown in a communal locker room taking his clothes off and, in an extended sequence, goes through each stage of the physical while in his underpants.

  • Peewees Playhouse, Peewee is flying around the world and says "I see London... I see France... I see Moscow's underpants!"
  • Star Trek: Voyager: In "Twisted", an anomaly is causing the rooms in the spaceship to change position, resulting in a guy standing in the engine room in his undies.
  • 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 Wizards vs. Aliens a group of bullies threatening the main characters have all their clothes except for their garish boxers disappeared, causing them to run away in horror.

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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.
  • In another example involving "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, he ripped the kilt off Brother Love at Wrestle Mania 5, exposing red underwear which was no different from all the other wrestlers' trunks. Nonetheless, Brother Love fled the ring in embarrassment.
  • 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.
  • Stacy Keibler was probably the most frequent target on the roster during her time with the WWE. Her unmentionables being exposed was Played for Laughs as much as it was for Fanservice.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Between the Lions: In the first Un-People/Re-People segment, during a marching parade, the Un-People place the "Un" on the sign, "Best Dressed", changing it to "Best Undressed". As a result, everyone's clothes disappear, save for their tanktops and underwear. Fortunately, that problem was fixed, thanks to the heroic Re-People!

    Theatre 
  • Noises Off has 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.)
    • Also implied to happen during some elevator rides to the next level if two are playing.
    Earl: Oops.
    Toejam: Get a belt, Earl!
  • In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, one minigame has two cowboys in a quick-draw contest. The winner shoots the opponent's pants down.
  • Puyo Puyo Sun: When Arle encounters him, Ragnus uses magic and ages himself up to prepare to fight her, only for his armor pants to fall down, revealing his underwear and causing both characters to blush in embarrassment.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Strong Bad has lost his pants often enough to get a page about it on the Homestar Runner Wiki.
    • In the Strong Bad Email "stand up", Strong Sad shows the viewers a video of a young Strong Bad doing stand-up comedy at the school talent show, only to be embarrassed when his pants fall down onstage.
    • In "weird dream", Strong Bad says he once dreamed of "The United States in tight-white brand underdrawers" after eating too many pudding pops.
    • In the Powered by The Cheat short "New Boots", PBTC Strong Bad is drawn wearing baggy pants that expose his underwear, which the real Strong Bad complains about: "You made my underwears showing! Everyone knows I don't wear any underwears!"
    • In "senior prom", 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.
    • Main Page 24 has a gag of Strong Bad walking by in the background in his underwear (thankfully blurred out), trying to find his pants.
    • In "nightlife", Strong Bad gets kicked out of Club Technochocolate after he somehow loses his pants (which he blames on his pants being "mysteriously drawn" to the club's "lightèd floors"), leaving him in leopard-print briefs.
    • In "Halloween Hijinks", Teen Homestar ends up in ridiculous stripèd boxers after Teen Strong Bad manages to liberate him from his "absurd zig-zaggèd pants".

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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.
  • The Casagrandes:
    • In "V.I.Peeved", Hector embarrasses his granddaughter Carlota by wandering around the living room in his underwear while she's making a video.
    • In "Maybe-Sitter", Hector forgets to wear pants when trying to dress up formal for a party.
    • In "Achy, Breaky Art", Frida rips off her dress to reveal a jumpsuit underneath. Carl tries, but belatedly realises that he's only wearing underwear under his clothes.
    • In "Battle of the Grandpas", Hector's pants fall down, revealing his red underwear, which angers a bull, causing the bull to charge at him.
  • 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".
  • The Loud House:
    • A Running Gag is that Lincoln, the main character, likes to read comics in his underwear.
    • In "Health Kicked", Lynn Sr.'s too-tight leather pants rip off, causing his two eldest daughters to gag.
    • "Legends" ends with Lynn Sr. and Lincoln losing a bet and having to go to the airport in their underwear.
    • In "Making the Case", Lincoln takes an embarrassing video of Luna splitting her pants.
  • 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.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: During SpongeBob's boat rampage throughout the city in "Mrs. Puff You're Fired", Patrick's pants somehow get stuck on SpongeBob's face, leaving Patrick running after SpongeBob's boat in his underwear.
  • 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)
  • What's with Andy?:
    • In "Busting", Andy is flung through the air and loses his pants.
    • In "The Very Bad Idea", Andy is flying with some balloons and, to avoid crashing into the power lines, loses weight by stripping down to his underwear.
  • 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.

 
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