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Regimental, but (hopefully) not saluting.
"I'm not wearing underwear today
No, I'm not wearing underwear today
Not that you probably care
Much about my underwear
Still nonetheless I gotta say:
That I'm not wearing underwear todaaaaaay!"
Brian, Avenue Q

Simply put, a character isn't wearing underwear for some reason. According to The Other Wiki, "'Going commando' is reputed to have begun with commando and other special forces military units, in which some soldiers stopped wearing underwear to prevent chafing."

When a male does it, it's generally played for humor, squick, arousal or if he's wearing a kilt, in which it's known as "Going Regimental". When a female does it, it's usually treated as fetish material, though it might be Played for Laughs as well. Going braless, in general, is a different story ("going commando" means no underpants) — that said, bralessness can be played for the same purposes, and is included in the examples on this page. Lack of underwear may also be averted or lampshaded in the case of a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal of either sex.

If it is obvious that a character is Going Commando and/or it is played for Fanservice purposes, it is Vapor Wear.

Compare Naked in Mink, Diamonds in the Buff, Full-Frontal Assault (for when the fighter decides to forgo more than his boxers).

Other names for Going Commando can be identically separate in these variations as well, e.g. "Free(-)balling" is for Males and "Free(-)buffing" is for Females.


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  • One ad campaign for Cottonelle toilet paper has this trope in mind. Some patrons featured have shown (in a SFW manner) that they didn't have underwear on.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, the Knights Saber are at first commando in their plug suits. Later, they don't even get plugsuits and are naked under their upgraded power armor (which is now transparent in places). Lampshaded by Sylia when she tells Mackie that "he's in the girls' changing room" when they're discussing it, and a totally flustered Mackie runs away all red-faced.
  • In Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Haruhiro's group did this since they can't afford to buy more clothes.
  • Hensuki: Are You Willing to Fall in Love with a Pervert, as Long as She's a Cutie?:
    • In Episode 9, Sayuki goes on a date with Keiki without wearing panties for the thrill of it, which is why she spends the entire date self-conscious about her skirt.
    • In fifth grade, Mizuha forgot to bring panties to change into after swim class and she had to spend the entire day like that, which she found liberating. Afterwards, she often goes to school without panties and secretly takes strip tease selfies in order to experience this feeling of liberation. This habit is also the reason why her panties were left behind with her love letter.
  • To the surprise of no one, the standard combat uniform of Kill la Kill's resident resistance group, Nudist Beach, does not include underwear. In fact, their organization's insignia is a crossed-out speedo.
  • Log Horizon mentions this being true at first: apparently, Adventurer outfits do not come with underwear of any kind. Once the Adventurers work out how to produce goods in this world, underwear immediately becomes a best-selling clothes item, particularly among female Adventurers.
  • During the second New Year's chapter of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid Life, both Fate and Einhart end up wearing kimonos without any underwear (the former because of a misconception when she was a child and the latter because the former dressed her). And then Einhart ends up having a Wardrobe Malfunction while out in public.
  • The manga Shiritsu Hakanai Gakuen begins with Hanao placing a ban on underwear after becoming class president, making it mandatory for all students at the school to go commando.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion has the pilots commando when in their plugsuits. Confirmed in the first Rebuild movie.
  • Godannar has the pilots commando when in their spandex piloting outfits. Confirmed in the last few episodes.
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches: After introducing herself as the seventh witch, Rika Saionji asks if Yamada always goes commando. Embarrassed, he realizes this was Shiraishi's doing while switching bodies. Rika's not shy to admit to being a pervert herself for doing the same thing, claiming to have accidentally come to school without panties on one occasion and found the experience so thrilling that she hasn't worn any ever since. She then tells him that he shouldn't hide his true self around her since they're both the same, to which Yamada vehemently disagrees to the prospect of "free balling". As she's leaving, a breeze comes through showing that she was telling the truth.
  • Yuuutsu-kun to Succubus-san: Eru's top is a shirt with long sleeves that only goes down past her breasts. A long gown covers the rest of her body from the stomach down. In a moment of A-Cup Angst, Sakuma flips her "boob skirt" and unwittingly discovers that Eru doesn't wear anything underneath. The humiliation of the moment leaves Eru huddled in a fetal position next to, and just like, the chronically depressed Yuu.

  • Jeff Foxworthy did a stand-up routine about this trope and gender roles. When a woman mentions that she's not wearing underwear, it's a turn-on for men. When a man mentions not wearing underwear, the reaction from women is quite different.
    Jeff: [as a distraught wife] Good Lord, I'm going to have to wash those pants twice!

    Fan Works 
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Mei Hatsume is a Cyborg and her legs are fully mechanical. So when Mei is embedded in the ceiling, janitor Hana Aoi doesn't see any panties on her when she looks up.
  • In The Naked Truth, an Akuma attack occurs when both Marinette and Adrien are taking a shower, and they transform without putting anything on. When their powers run out after defeating the Akuma, they rush into an alley to sneak away... only to end up in the same alley right when they turn back to normal... butt-naked as well to their horror.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Betty Blue, both Betty and Zorg tend to go without underwear. Zorg's landlord even comments on it when he sees Zorg get dressed.

  • Bodies Are Where You Find Them: A plot point. When the authorities find the body of murder victim Helen Stallings, she was wearing a dress and nothing underneath. Shayne eventually figures out that she was a prisoner at Dr. Patterson's insane asylum—a high-class girl like Helen would hardly be likely to go out without wearing underwear, but the patients at Patterson's Bedlam House aren't allowed underwear and only wear their jump suits.
  • The Dresden Files, werewolves, for ease in transformation, tend to dress in sweatshirts and sweatpants (male) and knit dresses (female), and nothing else.
  • The One Who Eats Monsters: While clothes shopping, Naomi is surprised when Ryn mentions that she never wears any kind of underwear. Of course, Ryn is an immortal monster far older than the concept of clothing and no experience with humans, so it's not surprising that she neither knows nor cares about underwear. Even her "normal" clothing is actually a part of her, a hair-like substance that she can use for stealth, attack, or defense.
  • Universal Monsters: Referenced in book 5 — when Captain Bob has to serve detention and won't have time to pack extra clothes before they leave that afternoon, he says he'll just borrow some of his friend Skylar's (since that's who they're visiting). When Joe asks about underwear, Captain Bob shrugs it off and says he just won't wear any. It's subverted when Nina ends up delaying the trip so he can clean off the chalk dust he's gotten covered in, and gets a chance to pack as a result.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "The Giggle", due to the effects of the bi-generation splitting the Doctor's clothes between the two of them, the Fourteenth Doctor is implicitly not wearing underwear under his pants.
  • Friends:
    • Joey does it. It's mentioned a few times.
    • Joey was once wearing Chandler's pants — not just a pair of Chandler's pants, but all of Chandler's pants. But prior to the pants-wearing, it's invoked by name to explain why Joey can't wear a rental tux after Chandler hid all the clothing Joey owned but wasn't wearing.
      Joey: ...and I'm not Going Commando in another man's fatigues!
    • Ross was trying to get everyone ready for an important (black tie) work event he needs to be at. It's almost a disaster especially with Ross's loss of patience over Rachel's inability to decide what to wear. At the very end of the episode, Rachel finally chooses a skintight dress and, as a form of titillation, she tells Ross she's going commando just as she walks out the door.
    • In one episode, Phoebe is dating a guy who consistently wears loose shorts without underwear, causing the other guys to recoil in horror every time he sits down and puts his foot on the table and ends up flashing everybody. He then consistently fails to notice their increasingly desperate attempts to avoid mentioning it openly, until at last Gunther happens by:
      Gunther: Hey buddy, this is a family place. Put the mouse back in the house.
    • Chandler once dated a woman (played by Julia Roberts) who suggested that he wore her underwear instead of his. It was treated as though she had a fetish for it. It is hinted that she went commando during the dinner date. It was actually a plot to humiliate him.
    • Joey and Ross wind up hanging from a fire escape in one episode with Ross clinging to Joey's legs and refusing to let himself drop down. Joey gets Ross to let go by telling him that his pants are starting to come down and he's not wearing any underwear.
  • An episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus has the "Scotsman with Nae Trews Exhibit", in which little old ladies stand in line to take a quick peek under said Scotsman's kilt, then walk away looking impressed.
  • The werewolves and other shapeshifters in True Blood don't wear underpants. According to Word of God, this is for practical reasons (presumably they are in the way when you need to shift forms quickly). Oddly enough, these "practical reasons" don't seem to stop female shifters from wearing bras.

  • The song "I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today" from Avenue Q.

    Video Games 
  • Theoretically, given that of all the characters shown undressed during the sex scenes in the Mass Effect trilogy everyone who is shown wearing underwear is human, we have no evidence anyone else wears underwear at all. It could be merely a human invention.
  • Pokémon: Gardevoir and Gothitelle, two feminine-looking Pokémon that both appear to be wearing dresses. Since the "dresses" are part of their bodies, they don't wear anything underneath (not that there's really anything under them).

    Visual Novels 

  • In Tales to Behold, few of the characters, male or female, bother with underwear.

    Web Original 
  • The Image Macro characters "Foul Bachelor Frog" and "Foul Bachelorette Frog" are mentioned as doing this, most commonly when they've run out of clean underwear and can't be bothered to do laundry or even buy more.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Codename: Kids Next Door Grand Finale "Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.", Sector J (which has both male and female operatives) are shown to have successfully captured a Wedgiesaurus Rex. When their leader Numbuh One-Love is asked how this was possible, he replies that none of them wear underwear. The scene cuts away as he drops his pants to prove it.


  • A 2007 Ukrainian advertisement for Russian telecommunications company Beeline includes a scene with several couples dancing, cutting to a very low shot just as one dancer performs a twirl that makes her dress fly way up. In one version of the ad, this dancer is wearing white panties, while in a second version with a slightly different voiceover, she isn't wearing any panties at all. When this version reached the Internet and quickly became quite widespread, the company responded to the ensuing scandal by claiming that it was the result of digital image editing.
  • Brooke Shields had a famous commercial with the statement "Nothing comes between me and my Calvin Kleins".
  • A Rover MG commercial has girl's skirt blow up due to two guy's zooming by in a car, revealing her to be under this trope. That being said, the most naughty bits are covered by a censor shadow.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Arcade Gamer Fubuki. Fubuki had to go through this trope when her panties were stolen in episode two.
  • Natsu-Megu from As the Gods Will doesn't wear panties under a skirt.
  • In Baccano!, several of the female characters wear pretty low-cut clothing (for the standards of the time), and almost none of them seem to have anything on underneath.
  • Yamada does this on purpose in an early episode of B Gata H Kei. Then she asks her totally not boyfriend Kosuda if he likes girls who go around without panties, but runs away before he can answer. Then at the end, he confronts her, slamming open the door and demanding to know the meaning behind the question... and the wind from the door blows up her skirt, and suddenly everything makes sense.
  • Black God: Since Kuro is extremely sheltered, she does not really understand underwear and cannot be convinced to wear it.
  • Bleach:
    • During Renji's flashback to how he met Rukia, Rukia enters his life by tripping up the adult chasing down Renji's gang. Her high kicks and split kimono reveal that she's wearing nothing underneath it.
    • When Riruka prepares to leave at the end of the Fullbringer arc, the wind briefly blows up her skirt, revealing her bare butt.
  • Buso Renkin: Towards the end of the series there is a brief fanservice scene of Tokiko getting ready for a mission, which briefly shows that she doesn't wear any underwear beneath either her casual clothes, or her signature Sailor Fuku uniform.
  • Cahe Detective Club: Miyu isn't usually concerned about her panties showing. However one day she forgot to bring them to change after swimming class. This made her embarrassed and careful about what she does until her swimsuit can dry for half the day. The next day after her ordeal, she made sure not to forget them... by wearing them under her swimsuit.
  • Case Closed:
    • Whenever Shiho/Ai goes to her original body, she has enough luck to find clothes at all, but she has to go around without any underwear.
    • There is one chapter where she returned to her child body without any child-sized clothing around after doing a dangerous task on her own, which also caused her to fall unconscious. However, it turns out Conan is secretly following and watching her to ensure she is safe, and it's obvious that until the end of the chapter, even when she is already conscious again, all she's wearing is Conan's jacket.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Kanzaki Kaori wears no undergarments whatsoever (bra, panties, or socks). When Touma destroyed Index's outfit when they first met, she wasn't wearing undergarments. Oriana Thompson arranges her clothes in a way to make it clear she doesn't have anything underneath.
    • ...and in A Certain Scientific Railgun, Kiyama Harumi wears a bra but no panties. Plus there was one time Kuroko teleported off Mikoto's undergarments.
      • Clothing Damage during the climax of the Daihasei Festival arc reveals that Shokuho Misaki goes braless under her PE uniform.
  • Run in A Channel discovers she accidentally forgot to put socks on both feet, while bending down to take the one sock off, Tooru, standing behind her, discovers Run forgot something else too.
  • Chii in Chobits is naked when she's first picked up by Hideki. He gives her his own clothing immediately and is given "hand me downs" from Miss Hibeya but she's definitely lacking underwear. Buying her some is the plot of an entire episode. The fact that she has no clue what a bra is is brought up later. In the manga when she gives Yumi her work uniform she's noticeably topless. This was bowdlerised in the anime to where she's finally wearing a bra.
  • In Cross Ange, Ange is captured by Embryo and forced to strip naked. While escaping, she knocks out Salia and steals her uniform. Since Salia was in her underwear when discovered, that meant Ange wasn't wearing anything underneath.
  • Date A Live:
    • Tohka did not wear a bra for several months after her powers were sealed due to not knowing their purpose. After she switched to the lighter summer uniform Shidou noticed and quickly corrected her, pointing out the trouble she'd have if her white uniform shirt got wet.
    • In Season 3, during a date between Shidou and Origami, Origami teases him by saying she's not wearing anything under her clothes, and partially opens her jacket to prove it.
  • In the dub of Digimon Tamers, Bridge Bunnies Riley (Reika) and Tally (Megumi) find Calumon running around the control room. And then...
    Calumon: Calumon, zoom zoom, here a zoom, there a zoom! Calumon, zoom zoom, NO UNDERWEAR, ZOOM!
  • Early in Dragon Ball, Goku once removed Bulma's panties while she was sleeping (and freaked out because he thought her balls had been cut off) and she remained unaware of it. When Muten Roshi asked to see her panties in exchange for his Dragon Ball, she lifted her skirt in front of him. It was only after she and Goku returned to their capsule house that she realized she had been going commando since the previous night, and it only got worse for her when she realized what Roshi really saw. She let Goku have it upon finding out that it was he who took them off.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Erza often doesn't wear underwear and is even quite fascinated by Lucy's large selection of underwear (especially the sexy ones). It is greatly played for Fanservice when she is turned into a child by some weird magic during the Sun Village arc. Her skirt, armor, and boots become too big for her and fall off, though her shirt doesn't fall off but is now big enough to act like a dress. When she is turned back, it becomes obvious that she didn't wear panties under her skirt, and with her skirt now being too short to cover her lower body, she fights completely bottomless for a while and isn't even especially ashamed about it.
    • Juvia's outfit in the Tartaros arc consists of a coat and pretty much nothing else. The leg-line on it is so high it goes past her hips and up into her waist, showing there's nothing at all down there beneath that coat.
  • Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA: When everyone gets ready for a festival, Rin Tohsaka pranks Luvia Edelfelt by telling her yukata are traditionally worn without underwear. Later, when they are talking to Shirou, Rin says only a complete pervert would go out in public with no underwear. Nearby, Illya is horrified to hear this, and a Wardrobe Malfunction reveals she wasn't wearing any either.
  • In the ending animation for Galilei Donna Hozuki is shown to be only wearing a pair of overalls with no visible signs of underwear.
  • Ghost Talker's Daydream: Misaki part-times as a columnist for a porn magazinenote  and gets reminded that the prize that the company is supposed to send to a reader is a pair of her panties. Since she hadn't brought any spare ones, she leaves the ones she was wearing. A few minutes later, she stumbles over the power cord of the janitor's floor buffer and falls down, giving him an unobstructed view of her nether region.
  • Girls und Panzer Motto Love Love Sakusen implies that Saemonza and Oryou of Hippo Team forgo underwear on the basis that it wasn't regular women's wear in the Sengoku and Bakumatsu Eras.
  • Great Teacher Onizuka: At one point, Fuyutsuki's panties are stolen by three students, who then spread the word that she isn't wearing underwear.
  • One episode of Grenadier had Rushuna get her panties shot off. The poor girl ended up running around the battlefield with her hand on her crotch while wailing "NOOOOO!!!" (Bad enough she ran out of ammo before it happened.)
    • In the manga version, she didn't seem to mind much, and quickly forgot about it. With predictable results.
  • Female haibane from Haibane Renmei can't wear bras because of their wings.
  • The omake side story of Hatsukoi Limited is about Andou Soako going through an entire (school) day without her undergarments, and trying to keep anyone from finding out.
  • In Heaven's Lost Property, anime and manga, Sohara goes around like that for a whole episode/chapter. Against her will. She's also unable to wear any underwear... anything whatsoever in fact... and if she tries it flies away. Literally. That's just the kind of show it is. Never give magic powers to a perverted protagonist.
  • In Hekikai no AiON, Seine spends half the 5th chapter without panties because those were her only pair and got ruined. She also seems to use no bra.
  • Shiro from The Helpful Fox Senko-san is proudly advertised in her introductory chapter as wearing no panties, and the way she's drawn and the shots are composed frequently provide evidence. Part of it is possibly because she's a kitsune demi-goddess.
  • High School D×D: Kuroka doesn't wear any undergarments under her kimono, as she demonstrates in one scene where she drops her kimono to go Skinny Dipping. However, in the manga version, she does have underwear.
  • Infinite Stratos: In one episode, the device that Charlotte uses to transform her clothes into her Powered Armor malfunctions, so any panties she tries to put on disintegrate. She is too embarrassed to tell anybody about this, and the reason why she doesn't just remove the device is that she wants to be ready to transform to protect Ichika from any threats. So she spends the whole day trying desperately to not let anyone know she isn't wearing panties. At the end, she decides to be honest and let Ichika know, but Laura out of nowhere lifts her skirt. Fortunately, the device had sorted itself out and gave her back her panties.
  • Jolyne Cujoh from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean tends to not wear panties, typically by complete accident. When her cellmate, Gwess, tells her that she forgot to put panties on, Jolyne freaks out and high-tails it to the top bunk to put some on.
  • Teenage hit-woman Chinatsu from Jormungand never wears panties to a fight, which comes as a shock to most of the rival characters who often don't notice until they're in the middle of a pitched gun battle. She does, however, have a good excuse for it...
    Chinatsu: The first job I ever did with Master, the target's house was on the far side of a river. Skulking around in wet undies felt gross. So I snuck away and took them off. I hit everything I aimed at that day. I even shot better than Master did. He complimented me for it.
    Koko Hekmatyar: [snicker] Y-you're a better shot without underwear? [snort]
    Chinatsu: That's right.
    Koko Hekmatyar: Bwa ha ha! That's a great story!
  • Secondary character and Action Girl Masaki from Jōjū Senjin!! Mushibugyō wears a rather short skirt which nicely display her legs, coated in armored stocking (you read that right) and has a very acrobatic kick-based fighting style. As confirmed by a Manga Omake made shortly after her debut, she's not wearing any type of underwear, though the shots where she should be flashing the reader (including the one where demonstrates her lack of panties in said Omake) have her crotch deeply shaded so that nothing is seen.
  • In K, Neko, the resident CloudCuckooLander Innocent Fanservice Girl forgets her panties in HOMRA's headquarters. Somehow. Despite the fact that she is very pretty and sometimes fanservicey, this is treated as humorous - mostly at the expense of the character who volunteers to return her stuff without realizing exactly what it was she'd left there.
  • Shigure from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. She never wears a bra. However, when fighting seriously, she dons chain mail and wears a black strap under her breast to keep the chain mail in place.
  • Numerous shots of Aqua's rear end in KonoSuba imply that she's not wearing panties. Further reinforced when Kazuma uses his Steal ability to steal her raiment and actually gets it (when he uses it on women he normally ends up stealing their panties instead no matter what he was trying to take.) It becomes a subversion when it's revealed lore-wise that Aqua actually does have panties on, but to keep Peeping Toms from looking up her skirt at them, she made them invisible.
  • Ashua in Lotte No Omocha frequently doesn't wear underwear. Probably has something to do with her half-succubus nature.
  • A very rare example that is Played for Drama in Love, Election & Chocolate: poor Isara has her underwear violently removed in an empty lot and thrown to the garbage by a trio of bullies (all female, thankfully), and has to go about for the rest of her day (which lasts, mind you, until way after midnight, since she has to work so many jobs to keep feeding her family) without any. She is shown to be exactly as miserable as any real person would be in the situation.
  • In a Lupin III: Part II episode named "Albatross: Wings of Death", the villains strip Fujiko to find what she stole. They don't find it but have no reason to allow her to dress, either. She spends the majority of the episode without underwear, or much of anything on, really. Somewhat odd in that this is one of the two second series episodes directed by Hayao Miyazaki!
  • The rather Fanservicey episode 8 of Macross Frontier has a Ridiculously Cute Critter run off with Sheryl's panties by accident while she's showering at school, and given that she's the hottest Idol Singer in the entire galaxy at the moment, causes a few issues with every single male student (except three) chasing after the Panty Thief to get the prize, seemingly with more desire to get it as treasure than to return them to her. Meanwhile, Plucky Girl Sheryl grabs Powered Armor and rampages across campus to get them back. In a skirt. A Magic Skirt as the implication of Sheryl chasing her panties in a skirt is this trope.
  • Played for laughs in the third episode of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi: Arumi's panties are stolen by a goblin while she's relieving herself behind a bush, and then she's subjected to just about every suggestive trope in Humongous Mecha anime, from a skimpy minidress to a giant robot with a suggestive piloting position. She's mortified but her companion Sasshi never notices, as he's too busy with the rest of the Humongous Mecha anime tropes.
  • Maken-ki!: Haruko, Inaho, and Azuki wound up spending the entirety of chapters 22-24 without their underwear, after Minerva used her dimensional powers to steal them because she forgot to give 'em back.
  • Miss Machiko often goes braless, as evident by the number of pranks her students play on her which ends with her shirt removed and her breasts exposed. This was a kids' show, by the way.
  • Ooga, one of the Stalker Trio in Mitsudomoe gets so upset at the object of her affections apparently liking panties more than anything she immediately takes hers off, kicks them into the stratosphere, and swears to never wear them again.
  • Several of the girls in Monster Musume have bodies unsuited to undergarments, with various results:
    • Centorea never wears any underwear whatsoever. Aside from it being untraditional for her people, it would be very difficult to find something in her size upstairs, and they don't exactly manufacture things for her downstairs.
    • Miia, lacking legs, obviously can't wear normal panties, so she wears a triangle of adhesive fabric in their place.
    • Meroune also lacks legs, and can't use Miia's adhesive solution due to her constantly moist skin. Not that it's a problem due to her preference for frilly Elegant Gothic Lolita-style dresses.
    • Suu, being a slime, can barely wear any clothing at all without getting it soaking wet, let alone underwear. She usually wears a full-body yellow raincoat when out in public.
    • Rachnera has the same sort of difficulties as Centorea, and she enjoys teasing Kimihito with Stripperiffic outfits anyway.
    • Lala and Papi both have a sufficiently humanoid body plan to accommodate normal underwear. Since Papi's wings lack Feather Fingers, however, she does find it difficult to adjust them, as shown in one of the canon animated short segments.
  • My-HiME: Natsuki had to go commando once because all of her underwear was stolen. Then a Dramatic Wind blew when she was talking to Takeda...
  • My Monster Secret: Shiho the pervert. She's responsible for most of the little fanservice the series has, so every once in a while she either makes a joke about her not wearing her panties, or "borrows" a pair from other girls (while they're still wearing them, somehow). To prevent constant unthinking fapping from her male audience, Shiho is a Gender Bender; it's literally in her werewolf genes.
  • A chapter of Nana & Kaoru has Kaoru making Nana walk around the park without any underwear on. He has to jump through hoops making sure nobody encounters her while she's doing this.
  • Aruka Schild from NEEDLESS. It's even lampshaded in one episode preview. She is notorious for wearing naughty clothing. Her second bad guy uniform in particular makes it clear she isn't wearing any undergarments south of the border. In the anime bonus shorts, Cruz recognizes his sister in the last episode by the fact that she is pantyless before she takes the mask off. (Cruz also recognizes Setsuna in the manga by her striped panties before seeing her face.) Additionally, at the very end of the manga when Blade acquires the power to make any wish a reality, he alters Japanese history 3000 years in the past to make "Naked with Gloves" and "Naked with Socks" into traditional modes of dress for women. So now in hot weather chicks walk around in public wearing nothing but gloves or socks and shoes. Because it was so far back in time, NO ONE NOTICES THE CHANGE. DANGIT BLADE.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi: Jack Rakan can steal the panties of all of Fate's minions except the dragon girl Tamaki. Guess why?
    • According to Akamatsu himself, Tamaki goes commando because her tail makes panties very uncomfortable for her, so she decided to just be practical about it. As a matter of fact, her entire race goes underwear-less for this reason.
    • Sometimes Asuna is prone to end up like this as well, with her Magic Annulment being the indirect culprit. When she's hit by spells of any kind, her clothes go poof.
  • In Nichijou, the Professor pulls a "Freaky Friday" Flip on her and Nano and then runs off to play. Nano finds it hard to run due to the Professor's little body and the oversized lab coat she wears. Nano tries to roll up the lab coat to make it easier but has to abandon that tactic when she realizes the Professor neglected to put on underwear before the swap.
  • Heavily implied in the redraw and anime of One-Punch Man, where many shots imply that Tatsumaki is wearing just her dress, and only her dress. The anime confirms this in one scene where her bare butt was visible. Considering her ridiculous psychic powers and the length of the strips at the end of said dress, actually getting a peek would be nigh-impossible, nevermind attempting would be suicidal.
    • In the original webcomic, King claimed to have seen her panties once, she has a bunch of panty shots later on afterwards in the webcomic, and Murata has stated she DOES wear underwear. So this may be just a stylistic choice/oversight.
  • Oni Ai: Episode 11. At least Anastasia's companions have to worry about ghosts while she tries to be as inconspicuous about this trope as her pride pushes her to on their walk. And in Episode 3 a gust of wind immediately prove that Arashi isn't teasing when she claims to fit this trope, in front of the rest of the dorm folks.
  • In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Panty Anarchy's main power is that she can turn any underwear into a gun and back. Since she tends to use her own panties for this, she goes commando in battle. Her Evil Counterpart Scanty Daemon has a similar ability and does the same thing. Panty occasionally borrows Stocking's panties so she can go Guns Akimbo. Which means Stocking sometimes fit this trope as well.
  • Nanami forgets to bring her underwear to the pool in Episode 8 of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. Misaki makes fun of her for it at the end of the episode when they're back at Sakura Hall.
  • Nowa in Queen's Blade doesn't wear underwear. She lives with elves, who don't do much better - their usual underwear is a pair of crossed leaves. Echidna, meanwhile, only wears a snake along her lower body - and when her lower half's off-camera, she likes to wear it on her shoulders instead...
    Aira: (holding a scythe to Nowa's throat) You're such a wild girl... you're not even wearing underwear.
    Leina: S-She doesn't?!?
    Nanael: Elves are really nasty bitches, too...
    • Echidna's bare rear can be seen in her first episode, where she's just robbed Leina's table and is walking out.
  • In a post-chapter omake strip in Rosario + Vampire, Cat Girl teacher Shizuka is asked what her bra size is. She replies that she doesn't wear one. Which become increasingly evident in later chapters.
  • Various characters in Saki do not wear panties, among them Nodoka, Hatsumi, and Shizuno.
  • Maria from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei does this constantly. Doesn't wear shoes or socks either. Though in her case it's more from innocence than sexuality, plus the fact that wearing any of these things apparently gives her vertigo.
    • In one episode, all the girls are wearing Kimonos and Maria is squirming uncomfortably. Someone asks why. She says that "she's been forced into wearing some". People assume she means underwear, but no, she's referring to socks.
  • Seitokai Yakuindomo, always played for laughs.
    • Aria never wears underwear, although she sometimes wears a chastity belt. Her family has a nudist tradition (on top of other kinks), so she often forgets it when she goes out, sometimes even wearing nothing but the outermost layer of clothing.
    • Shino does so occasionally as well, but in her case, it's more likely to be deliberate.
  • Shadow Star:
  • Shimoneta: Whenever Ayame uses her Blue Snow disguise in public, all she wears is a bedsheet as a cloak and uses her panties as a mask. Promotional art for the series (including the Blu-ray/DVD box cover art) shows she's stark naked underneath it.
  • Mayumi in SHUFFLE! found out the hard way that flinging her clothes where she can't find them is a bad idea, especially while changing into a maid uniform. She only got her panties back later that evening. In the anime, the situation gets even worse thanks to a gust of wind.
  • Sonic X: Despite being animated adaptations of the main Sonic continuity at the time, Amy and Cream sometimes don't wear panties in certain Blink And You'll Miss It moments.
  • The Fanservice(ier) episode of Strike Witches has one character with missing panties, Francesca Lucchini, turn into a Panty Thief. It cascades into the 501st JFW stealing the Panties of and in the end leaves multiple 501st members running around like this with lots and lots of Censor Steam included which was then taken off in the Blu-ray release. After THAT one subbing group was annoyed with the Barbie Doll Anatomy and... you can imagine the rest.
  • Tentomushi no Uta: The five-year-old protagonist Hiyoko Isshuu has a habit of not bothering to put on a new pair of panties when she hangs her underwear to dry after washing them. Much to her dismay, this often leads to her in predicaments where her rear end is exposed (the anime was made in the 1970's and these circumstances were intended to be comical in nature rather than unsavory).
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil: Deliberately invoked by Chisato, during a scene at her apartment. She has her nephew, Basara, stand behind her and tells him to hold her tightly against himself while she prepares dinner for them. Said while wearing one of his school uniform shirts and stark naked underneath. Basara reluctantly goes along with it and ends up with a Raging Stiffie only moments later.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: In the spin-off Slime Diaries, a heat wave strikes the Jura Forest. Shion happily suggests that if it does get hotter, they can take off a layer of clothes that's not visible, just like she is today. Shuna quickly pushes her out of the room before she can blurt her commando status to Rimuru.
  • One chapter of To Love Ru had Yami accidentally cut Yui's panties off, forcing Yui to go commando for the rest of the day.
    • In the sequel "Darkness", Nemesis wears absolutely nothing under her dress. Yabuki was only too happy to drug the censors and show us exactly how much nothing she wears.
  • In Urara Meirocho, Chiya doesn't wear any underwear, and indeed is not even familiar with the concept of undergarments.
  • Merle in The Vision of Escaflowne. Then again, she is a Cat Girl, and with that tail of hers, it'd be hard to put on ANY kind of panties... It's subverted in The Movie, where she is drawn as wearing white panties underneath, though how exactly they are cut to accommodate her tail is not shown.
  • Not played for either humor or fanservice in Waiting in the Summer: Mio has a habit of occasionally forgetting her underwear due to being raised as a nudist, despite also being a Shrinking Violet.

    Comic Books 
  • The Word of God (or at least Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta) is that Ms. America Chavez doesn't wear underwear. This was promptly forgotten as soon as she became a regular character in Young Avengers.
  • Catwoman doesn't wear any underwear under her catsuit, as readers learned when she got the seat of her suit bitten off by a guard dog in her When in Rome miniseries.
  • Empowered:
    • The main character discovers early on in her career that if she wears underwear under her supersuit, she gets epic visible pantyline. Therefore she must go commando. This makes it extra unfortunate that her suit is so easily torn. The bookends of every edition lampshade this by pointing out the "skintight" outfit does not show camel toe, and some flashbacks show Emp's pantylines as a means to illustrate how long ago the scene occurred.
    • Her friend Ninjette does not appear to bother with (or have room for) panties beneath her bootyshorts either. She does not wear bras for that matter, but the latter is justified by her not having anything to put in them.
  • Gemini Storm: Not one of Elizabeth's outfits suggests she ever wears a bra.
  • In one Justice League of America story, after Black Canary defeats Giganta, she goes, "If you insist on wearing a skirt into battle, put on some underpants, or at least learn to sit like a lady."
  • Incandescence: Based on the design of her Leotard of Power (backless and high-cut at the legs), Incandescence is clearly not wearing any underwear.
  • It's popular fanon that Cyclone, of the Justice Society of America, doesn't wear anything under her dress. The artists seem to play along because, despite her garments flying up in her self-generated winds, there's never been any artistic evidence to the contrary. This originates from a cover by Alex Ross where she is clearly wearing nothing under her skirt.
  • Scarlet Witch, when George Pérez drew her in this costume.
  • Informed Attribute with Katchoo of Strangers in Paradise. Francine claims that Katchoo doesn't wear underwear, but this is blatantly false as she's depicted as wearing at least panties several times.
  • In the 25th issue of Thunderbolts the team has to deal with a base filled with 25 supervillains. To be able to move around more freely, they ambush a small group, including female villain Joystick, and steal their costumes, leaving the stripped villains lying in a heap. One of the 'Bolts comments that when she wakes up, Joystick will probably wish she was the sort of person who wore underwear.
  • In the first issue of The Uniques, Hope Sage tries to escape from a hospital while wearing only a hospital gown. She quickly discovers that panties were not included with her outfit.
    Hope: Son of a bee!
  • In Patriotika #3 it is revealed that Athena does not wear any underwear underneath her catsuit after her costume has been damaged.

    Comic Strips 
  • A series of strips in Meg! by Greg Curfman had Meg play a tennis match in a skirt and later being embarrassed that she forgot to wear panties.

    Fan Works 
  • Friendship Is Magical Girls: In Magic 7, Spike magically replaces Rarity's clothes with a gi she can fight in. After the fight, as she's changing back into her normal clothes, she realizes that he took the opportunity to steal her underwear, forcing her to do this on the way back home.
  • Unlike in canon, Seras "Police Girl" Victoria from Hellsing Ultimate Abridged is noted for not wearing a bra. In the timeskipped epilogue, she is in such a hurry to defend Integra that she "didn't have time to put panties on", and there is a censor mosaic between her legs as a result.
  • Given how often Tsuruya wears a kimono in Kyon: Big Damn Hero, this trope is in effect a lot more than is immediately apparent.
  • In Chapter 17 of Natural Selection, Nui getting undressed reveals that she only wears her Lolita dress and doesn't wear any underwear.
  • One chapter in Robb Returns has Ygritte wearing a dress in preparation for the Lannisters' arrival, but isn't wearing any smallclothes under it, and she openly admits this to Jon.
  • In Weekend at Hisao's, Hisao finds out that Shizune is not wearing any underwear under her clothes, and the two have sex against an alley wall.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In 12-Hour Shift Regina is forced into this because she does not have a receptacle for the kidney she extracted or rather the organ she thinks is a kidney, so she has to use her panties for the task. Afterwards Mandy tells her to take off her blood-spattered scrubs and go home. So Regina obeys and walks to her car in nothing but her bra and socks.
  • In Aquamarine, when the mermaid becomes human, she's naked. Claire and Hailey loan her sandals and an over-sized shirt that she uses as a dress, but no bra or panties.
  • Used for a Bait-and-Switch in Anazapta. The local bishop has subjected Lady Matilda to a Scarpia Ultimatum. At one point she needs a favour from him, and when the bishop wants to know what he's getting in exchange she lifts her skirt. Given the medieval era the audience assumes she's not wearing underwear, but the bishop's exasperated reaction makes it clear that she is wearing a chastity belt, and he's going to need her cooperation if he wants to get it off.
  • Art of the Dead: During her shopping spree, Donna leaves behind her panties in a bag as a present for the shop assistant: telling him that she doesn't wear them any more.
  • Behind-the-scenes example: Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers didn't wear underwear under her Black Widow spy suit, because it was difficult to move, and she kept getting too hot.
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex. Several Arab terrorists are startled by the sight of a female German terrorist in a miniskirt showing she's not wearing panties as she clambers out of a land rover.
  • Chieko in Babel gets fed up with the way some boys at the next table in a restaurant keep looking at her, so she removes her panties and flashes them. Later on, she goes out wearing a short skirt with no panties.
  • Basic Instinct is a famous example in one memorable scene when Catherine Tramell crosses her legs during her interrogation for a crime. It has been called the film that ruined a million VCRs.
  • In Bird on a Wire when Goldie Hawn's character in a Skirts and Ladders scene gives the audience a panty shot. Mel Gibson's character (playing her former Love Interest) implies that she used to go commando in their younger days by asking, "When did you start wearing underwear?"
  • In Black Mama, White Mama, one of the two escaped convicts, Karen, sacrifices her panties to create a false track for the pursuing bloodhounds. This is played very much for Fanservice since the "dress" (really just an oversize T-shirt) which is the only thing she is left wearing is only barely long enough to preserve some modesty.
  • In Bombshell (1933), Jean Harlow plays an actress who is specifically instructed not to wear a bra—which Jean Harlow usually didn't in Real Life.
  • The Bridges of Madison County: When Michael and Caroline are looking at pictures of their mother Francesca that they've never seen before (pictures taken by Robert Kincaid), Michael's wife takes a look at one of them and says, "She's not wearing a bra."
  • The Cannonball Run: During an intimate conversation with Victor, Beauty says that if she had a cape, she'd want it to be pink because almost everything she wears is pink.
    Victor: Everything? Even your...?
    Beauty: (airily) Oh, I don't wear any.
  • Casino: 1995 epic crime drama. The senator's hooker, as we find out when we watch her slip out of her gown in the senator's hotel room.
  • The first movie by Brazilian comedy group Casseta & Planeta has a character who doesn't wear panties. Or a bra.
  • Becky in Clerks II, dancing on the roof of Moobie's without a bra.
  • In The Covenant, some of the characters make a bet as to what kind of underwear a waitress is wearing. The one who bet "going commando" won.
  • In Cutting Class (1989), one cheerleader named Colleen (portrayed by Brenda James) removes her yellow-and-black-striped panties before she and Paula leave the locker room, and go on the court to cheer on their team with the other cheerleaders. She does this as a joke and puts on a hot show, flashing her nude rear end and mooning the spectators.
  • In the erotic thriller, Desire (1993), one of the characters can smell that the main character isn’t wearing underwear.
  • In Easy A, when Olive fakes sex with Brandon, she gives him her panties, leaving shortly thereafter.
  • Lola Cain (Sean Young) from Fatal Instinct. When she puts both of her legs on a desk and presents herself to Ned Ravine (Armand Assante), he sees that she's bottomless under her white dress. So he gives her a pair of lacy, lilac, pop-up panties to wear.
  • The Game (1997): Christine isn't wearing panties under her skirt, which makes her embarrassed when she gets into a Skirts and Ladders situation with Nicholas.
  • The Girl (1987). When seducing Franco Nero's character, the Fille Fatale removes her dress to reveal she's got nothing underneath except a pair of stockings.
  • In Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Mina strips out of her dress and reveals that she's totally nude underneath before entering the pond. Hansel doesn't wait to be asked a second time to join her for a Two-Person Pool Party. No wonder the simple townsfolk thought her a witch.
  • In Hot Spur, the dancing girl in the cantina being harassed by Wes and Jerry is not wearing any underwear: a fact revealed when they flip her skirt up.
  • The Alpha Bitch of It's a Boy Girl Thing. Also Woody in Nell's body... because he can't figure out how to put on a bra.
  • The cheerleader Juicy Dorfman (Hayley Ladner) from 1988's Johnny Be Good. She's asked to remove her yellow panties so she can flash the opposing football team as a distraction. Though technically it appears she's actually wearing either flesh-colored or transparent undies.
  • Julia X: After being attacked in the bath, Julia hurriedly pulls on a black knit dress. This means she conducts the entire final battle without underwear.
  • Live Wire (1992). Pierce Brosnan's character is a bomb disposal expert. At the start of the movie, he defuses a bomb under the driver's seat of a woman in a short skirt, left there by her Psycho Ex-Boyfriend. After defusing the bomb, he tells her to start wearing underwear. At the end of the movie the same thing happens again (this time the bomb has been planted by her husband, jealous of the ex-boyfriend). Brosnan defuses the bomb and congratulates her on her underwear.
  • Implied in Machete. After April and June Booth wake up naked after having been drugged and kidnapped by Machete, April finds a nun's habit and puts it on.
  • The Matrix Reloaded: It might not be obvious at first glance, but if you look closely at Persephone's (Monica Bellucci) translucent white dress, you can see that she's not wearing underneath.
  • Jane does not wear any panties under her skirt when she goes out cruising for rough trade in The New York Ripper.
  • In The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill, High-Class Call Girl Kissey Hill does not wear any underwear. We know this because the first scene shows her getting dressed in the morning, and while she slowly and sensually pulls on black silk stockings, she does not put on any underwear.
  • Implied: In the adaptation of Carrie Fisher's book Postcards from the Edge, Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) rails on her mother Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine) for lifting her skirt up at Suzanne's get-together. Doris states she twirled it up, and Suzanne points out that Doris wasn't wearing underwear.
  • Prime Cut: Sissy Spacek's character does not wear a bra or panties under her dress.
  • In Salt, Evelyn takes off her black panties and uses them to obscure from surveillance the fact that she's MacGyvering a missile launcher out of cleaning materials and a fire extinguisher ("Get your panties off the camera!") She then climbs up the side of a building and edges along the brickwork without having had the opportunity to put on a new pair.
  • Madonna (Gloria Tatlock) in 1986's Shanghai Surprise. During the scenes in which she and Sean Penn (Glendon Wasey) are riding on separate rickshaws and next to each other and as she reaches towards him, a gust of wind blows her blue skirt back and she's spread eagle, wearing nothing underneath.
  • Shortcut to Happiness: The Devil (Jennifer Love Hewitt) reacts angrily to Stone's scar survey, and rolls out of bed naked, pulls on her trenchcoat and storms out of the apartment with nothing on underneath it.
  • Terminator: Dark Fate: When Grace arrives in the present naked, she quickly steals clothes from a man, but he is left in his underwear, so she isn't wearing any. Later, when she is hospitalized and put in a hospital gown, she revives and beats everyone up, then steals a woman's clothes, again leaving the woman in her underwear.
  • In Thunderball, when James Bond seduces a nurse, she drops her uniform and she's not wearing anything underneath.
  • The very last lines in Van Wilder, concluding a Brick Joke set up earlier. Van guesses to Gwen that Richard is "a tighty-whitey guy. White, elastic band, conservative. You can tell a lot about a person by the kind of drawers they wear. Like you. Granny panties, I bet." By the end:
    Van: I was scared you wouldn't come.
    Gwen: Well, I was trying to decide what panties I should wear.
    Van: Which ones did you choose?
    Gwen: None.

  • In The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons, Alexander discovers his newly-wed teenage wife Tatiana isn't wearing anything under her dress because of the scorching hot Russian summer. Naturally, coitus ensues, not that it wouldn't have happened anyway.
  • In Caddie Confidential, J.J. James relates an anecdote in which Hal Sutton is about to make a putt when his caddie points out a young lady on the slope of the green directly at the end of his line of sight, who happens to be sitting cross-legged and wearing a short skirt with nothing underneath. Apparently Hal 3-putted.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • In Storm Front, Susan, under the influence of a Love Potion, informs Harry that she isn't wearing any panties under her Little Black Dress... while he is naked and wet from the shower and trying to keep them both inside a magic circle that is the only thing protecting them from an attacking demon. By the time they're actually dating in Grave Peril, she's apparently made it a habit for such evenings.
    • In Blood Rites, a mischievous co-worker suggests "Gowan Commando" to a pornographic actor looking for a good Porn Name.
  • In the Georgina Kincaid book Succubus Night, the protagonist, a shapeshifting Succubus, teases her human boyfriend Seth Mortensen by implying she is going commando. Seth can't help but asking several times in the afternoon if it's true. Eventually, Georgina reveals she is wearing panties... only to immediately make them disappear thanks to her shapeshifting and tell him she doesn't wear them anymore.
  • The House on the Lagoon: Isabel's best friend Estefania frequently wears no underwear, as evinced by the anecdote of the occasion when, while crowning the casino's Carnival Queen, she bends over to reveal her derriére to an entire audience of over a thousand, and doesn't even blush.
  • Hurog: In Dragon Blood, Tisala goes commando because... well, she was naked while being tortured, then escaped and stole a coat. Later on, she is seen wearing trousers and a shirt both of which don't quite fit her and are probably stolen. The other characters who proceed to cut those clothes off her body in order to look at her gruesome wounds do not mention the lack of underwear. One female example that is not played for fanservice at all.
  • The Mike Hammer novel Kiss Me, Deadly opens with Mike picking up a female hitchhiker in a belted trenchcoat. He doesn't realize she's got nothing else on until she slips his hand underneath it to encourage him to get her past a police Road Block.
  • Night Huntress has the sequence in the first book in which Bones tells Cat that she will be more effective bait by not wearing undergarments with her slut disguises. Later, it is revealed to be a personal fetish of Bones' and he just told Cat to do so to mess with her.
  • In Spirit Hunters, Sura tells a story about her aunt who always wore her yukata in the "traditional" style, and a time Sura polished the temple's marble floor so that it was like a mirror.
  • In at least two of the Stephanie Plum books, Stephanie has to ditch all her clothes due to them becoming soaked and/or filthy. In both cases, she can find replacement jeans and a T-shirt but no bra or panties. Stephanie finds the experience a little embarrassing, while her two would-be boyfriends Ranger and Morelli take quite a different view. In one of the cases, her mother appears more worried that Stephanie has lost her bra than that she's been held captive by desperate killers.
  • The Lois Lane expy does this in Superfolks, giving those on the ground quite a show when her skirt turns into an Improvised Parachute.
  • In the novelization of Earthsearch, a woman from a Lady Land society enters the shuttle flown by our protagonists and casually strips off her spacesuit to show she's wearing nothing underneath.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel. As part of his Dating Catwoman relationship with evil lawyer Lilah Morgan, Wesley talks her into taking off her panties over the phone. During a board meeting.
  • Marti Noxon (No Parking Lady) in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling" attempts to flirt her way out of a parking ticket by mentioning that she's not wearing underwear.
  • Britta from Community blurts this in passing, although not doing it for sexy reasons.
    "Jeff doesn't need a girl who doesn't wear underwear because Oprah told her it would spice things up. He needs a girl who doesn't wear underwear because she hasn't done laundry in 3 weeks."
  • "Shitagi Nashi ...", the title of the first-season finale of Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23, is the Japanese title of an in-universe comic book series "Tall Slut No Panties" based in Chloe's exploits.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: This is one of two oft-cited reasons why Catherine Bach's Daisy Duke costume incorporated tights (the other, more well-known reason had to do with network censorship issues).
  • Game of Thrones. Theon Greyjoy pays whore Roz for one last look at what's under her skirt as she leaves Winterfell for more profitable pastures. In fact, nobody wears underpants in this show.
  • There was an episode of Gilmore Girls where Lorelai admits to Rory she's not wearing any undies her skirt because the laundry was not caught up, and comments that it feels kind of nice. Rory rolls her eyes and makes a snarky comment about her mother as a role model.
  • Non-fiction example: in the documentary series Harlots, Housewives and Heroines about women in the 17th century, presenter Dr Lucy Worsley talks about the replica dress she's wearing, raising three layers of fabric to reveal the top of stockings that end just above the knee, then mentions that knickers haven't been invented yet and gives an Aside Glance to the camera with a particularly cheeky "oh yes" expression.
  • Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire: Aneka habitually wears nothing beneath her skirt, in spite of Kröd's pleas.
  • In the Malcolm in the Middle Series Finale, Grandma Ida plans to have a massive slip and fall that will hike up her dress to serve as a distraction for Reese's planned mess bomb. She says she's gone commando to ensure that her distraction will get everyone's attention.
  • In one episode of Married... with Children, Kelly Bundy remarks that she stopped wearing panties when she was seven years old.
  • Mike & Molly: In one episode Joyce is wearing a Little Black Dress to go out to dinner with an ex-boyfriend of hers. Vince says that he doesn't want her coming home with her panties in her purse. Joyce tells him not to be stupid, as she never wears panties with this dress.
  • On My Name Is Earl, Joy is mentioned as doing this quite frequently, though not all the time. One notable instance was her choosing a lined dress for her wedding to Darnell, specifically so she wouldn't have to wear panties underneath.
  • Lampshaded in Obliterated when US SEAL commando Chad is surprised to find his strait-laced CIA team leader Ava, who's decided to have a drunken one-night stand with him now that the mission is (supposedly) over, is wearing a bra but no panties under her Little Black Dress.
    Chad: I guess you're going commando for real.
    Ava: I like to keep it well ventilated.
  • Jane Curtin once told viewers she wasn't wearing underwear while doing a Weekend Update segment on SNL.
  • Sports Night: In one episode, Dana goes on a date that ends up being so boring she took off her panties. She ends up giving them to Casey later.
  • In The Two Ronnies serial "Death Can Be Fatal", the two detectives are searching for an item of female underwear on which the vital clue is written. Ronnie Barker's character gets to investigate the hotel's receptionist — who, as he discovers, "just plays it cool."

  • The alt-country singer James McMurtry informs us that this is the case in "These Things I've Come to Know," an... interesting ode to an interesting woman.
    She'll spend a dollar as quick as a dime
    She goes commando most all of the time
    And she writes a fine prose, I'd have to say, finer than mine
    These things I've come to know
  • The song "Go Commando" by Morning Sidekick (a parody of Lady Gaga's "Alejandro") is a woman singing about how she loves to do this.
  • Kagamine Rin has this song. The "panties" is supposed to be a metaphor for parents or Moral Guardians; Rin, in the song, is a teenage girl who wants to have the freedom of adulthood, thus she discards her "panties" so she can be free to do as she pleases. It's later subverted when she realizes she isn't ready for adult responsibilities yet and puts her "panties" back on so she can have protection of her parents/guardians again.
  • Meg White seems to like drumming without a bra. We don't mind, either.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Melina did this. That plus the fact she was wearing a very short skirt plus her ring entrance consisting of her doing the splits through the bottom rope, well, let's just say it was a little breezy that night and leave it at that.
  • Miss Kitty panicked when she was entered into an Evening Gown match - the stipulation of which states that the loser is the one who has her dress ripped off. Why? Because she didn't wear underwear.
    Chyna: Well you'll just have to win then, won't you?

    Video Games 
  • BlazBlue:
    • Noel Vermillion was suspected by fans for a long time, but this was disproven by EXTEND. Then again, there's official artwork (warning: NSFW) saying otherwise...
    • Noel's case was brought on by a Freeze-Frame Bonus that may have just been an artist oversight: during her aerial barrier block, her skirt flaps so one can see up past her hips, with no waistband in sight, which put a new angle on the fact no other sprite showed her panties. Since then, official art and other sources have gone back and forth on the issue, perhaps deliberately.
  • Brave Nine: Spatti wears a tanktop zipped down to show the entirety of her cleavage while Stadione wears a shirt with several slits going down it. It's obvious that neither lady is wearing a bra.
  • In A Dance with Rogues, the Princess can comment that she isn't wearing underwear at various points during the story. The 1.50 patch ran with it, adding scenes where the Princess can complain that underwear is uncomfortable.
  • In Dead Rising 2, the "Stranded Siren" quest involves rescuing Tammy Blaine, a mermaid performer at the Atlantica casino. However, Tammy forgot her bathing suit at home on the day of the outbreak and decided to go commando, so she can't take off her mermaid costume (as she puts it: "I just met you, I'm not that kind of mermaid"), which means Chuck has to carry her to the safehouse.
  • In both Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters, Bonne Jenet's backless-with-a-high-slit-on-the-right-side dress and kicks make it look like she's not wearing underpants. This is especially noticeable when she's doing her stiletto attack or gets KO'd, as both have frames that can make you suspect she's flashing her goods. This might be from an oversight in the development of Garou: Mark of the Wolves that was carried over into Jenet's King of Fighters XI appearance, since her official art for Mark of the Wolves shows a strap of her underwear, as does her KOF: Maximum Impact 2 official art and model.
  • In Fate/EXTRA, Rani VIII considers wearing underwear to be forbidden. A shot of her wearing only stockings was also included in the Fate/Extra CCC Fox Tail manga, where she strikes a friendship with fellow commando Saber (Suzuka Gozen).
  • Haunting Ground: Fiona goes without underwear twice:
    • During the opening cinematic, she has nothing but a bedsheet to cover herself with. If you pause at exactly 2:49, you can see she isn't wearing anything underneath it.
    • At certain angles, you can also see that she isn't wearing anything under her "Under the Scalpel" costume either, due to how short it is.
  • In KanColle, most of the Kanmusu don't seem to wear any underwear or just either bras or panties. One can see this when looking at the damaged CG - e.G. Takao's damaged CG or Hiyou Kai's new damaged CG. Tone Kai 2 in particular is infamous for wearing an outfit that seems like it would inevitably reveal her lack of underwear with the slightest exposure to wind.
  • In League of Legends, some of the women didn't wear any panties in certain skins. French Maid Nidalee and default Sivir were known for not keeping their lady bits covered under their skirts, but Riot addressed those models and gave them both either panties or shorts. Currently, Lunar Empress Lux doesn't wear any panties in the skin's default chroma.
  • In Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, several puzzles in Patti's section of the game require removing articles of her clothing. Her panties are the first to go. In the end of the game, after Patti disables the anti-gravity generator in Sierra Studio's Space Quest section, she and Larry fall until they land face-first. Patti's position when bent down on the ground gives the player an uninterrupted shot of her naked butt (and hidden crotch).
  • In Mortal Kombat 9, Sonya Blade doesn't wear any underwear. It's more noticeable when she's getting brutally slaughtered in certain Fatalities, but when her pants/shorts get torn, nothing. When you're risking being pulled into a spinning saw blade lady-parts first, underwear isn't the biggest concern.
  • The limited-edition figurine of Mushihime Sama protagonist Reco lacks panties under its skirt (presumably because in the figurine, Reco is sitting on a stump, and you'd have to go out of your way to detach her from the stump). This was later brought up in a Famitsu interview with director Tsuneki Ikeda and producer Makoto Asada, where Ikeda confirmed that she canonically does not wear any underpants. Hilariously, Asada's only thought on the matter was to ask Ikeda if that means she can pee standing up.
  • Persona 3:
    • Evoked in a quite funny form. Cute kid Ken asks the main character if girls were Going Commando in the New year festival, and then he also asks what Going Commando means (he overheard it from Junpei, who also comments this). Note that this is because the girls are all wearing kimonos at the festival and it's true in several Japanese regions that kimonos/yukatas aren't worn with underwear. If you play through the female protagonist's story in the portable version, Ken asks "aren't you girls cold?" with equally hilarious results.
    • Better yet, Junpei may ask the female MC if it's actually true that girls wear nothing under a kimono/yukata. The possible answers are "Yes.", "No." and "I'll leave that to your imagination."
  • Under Night In-Birth: A common joke in the game regarding the female cast as a lot of the their animations and frames show no signs of underwear being worn. This is apparently completely intentional as the head of the development team decreed this as to not show visible panties in the game. Alternate Colors are however fair-game for certain characters.
  • Sonic the Fighters: Unlike in later games, Amy wears no panties. Neither does guest fighter Honey the Cat in the digital rerelease.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Thanks to some...intrusive digging, Krystal has been found to not wear underwear under her clothes.
  • Komako's Dark Secret in Yandere Simulator is that she did this for a few years because she read that shrine maidens did the same. Ryoba can spread that around to ruin Komako's reputation.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Shining Song Starnova, Julie “accidentally” forgets to put her panties on before a live performance. Blurry pictures of her flashing the front row quickly end up all over the tabloids, to Mr. Producer’s aggravation.

  • An early strip of Cats N' Cameras has Sarina bending over to help a customer, and giving him a full view of what she wasn't wearing under her skirt.
  • Dominic Deegan:
  • For quite a while over the course of General Protection Fault, we never see Ki in a skirt or a dress, always in pants. This preference of hers dates back to one fateful day in college when she tripped while wearing a short summer dress. This was so embarrassing for her that she never wore a skirt or a dress again—but mostly because she went commando that day.
  • Ménage à 3: Sonya, who is both a Competition Freak and a wannabe Femme Fatale, will use any tactic that might work when engaged in competitive flirting — including letting her target know that she isn't wearing any panties.
  • Misfile:
    • Ash gets so irritated by a thong that she switches to this option.
    • This becomes an issue a few strips later when she falls down.
    • As of February 2012, this is still an issue when sitting with her legs open and wearing boxers.
  • Sequential Art: In Kat's high school days, while she was on a stool, Hilary claimed this of her, prompting three boys to have a look. It wasn't true, but the fact that they were looking up her skirt was embarrassing to her.
  • In this strip of Sluggy Freelance, Gwynn strips out of her wet clothes and puts on, as her only article of clothing, an overcoat found in the house she and Torg are investigating, explaining in the next strip that her wet underwear was chaffing. Torg, as usual, can only focus on "she was naked", much to her annoyance.
  • In Strange Tales of the DA Multiverse, Mixtli is very clearly not wearing any underwear under her costume.
  • Julia, in Think Before You Think, in this awkward episode.
  • In the 2014 Halloween strip of The Whiteboard, Howie's girlfriend is wearing a hazmat suit as her Halloween costume, as her take on "sexy" fanservicey women's costumes. As it's a full-body suit save for her tail (for character identification purposes, accordig to Doc Nickel on the TWB forum), Howie asks her how it's sexy. Her response: "Easy... I'm not wearing anything under it."
  • Chibi-Dina, when stripping out of her clothes in in the comic "Chibi-Dina's New Outfit," talks about how cartoon characters usually have a Limited Wardrobe thing going on but that she isn't a cartoon character because "a cartoon character would be wearing underwear." Other comics with her have also occasionally shown that she usually goes without underwear.

    Web Original 
  • Seanbaby pointed out how unlikely it was for Giganta to be wearing undergarments beneath her pelt costume on his Super Friends website, albeit crudely.
    Bystander: Son, I wanted you to learn about the female body; I just wish your first sight of it wasn't twenty feet wide.

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • Pauline in the Donald Duck short, Duck Pimples. After Donald was falsely shot, a terrified Pauline lifts her dress and jumps as she gets ready to flee. As she bends one leg up in one frame, there's a flash of her side posterior cheek, so she is revealed not to wear undies.
  • In the Looney Tunes short, "Eatin' on the Cuff", it's implied that three women lose their undies after the moth flies under each of their skirts to eat them. The women then shriek and flee.
  • Harley Quinn (2019): As evidenced by the scene where she ends up hanging by her shorts in the Batcave, Harley isn't wearing any underwear.
  • In the Popeye short, "Shape Ahoy", it's suggested Olive Oyl is bottomless under her skirt, as she uses her white panties or short bloomers with red spots as a sail while traveling by raft to an island. Once she arrives there, she grabs her undies and gets behind a boulder to put them on.
  • Chicago, from Producing Parker, often goes commando.
  • Among the various things that set Sonic Boom apart from the main Sonic continuity is the fact that female characters like Amy and Sticks wear no panties, as seen in certain Blink And You'll Miss It moments.
  • Rugrats (2021): Discussed in "Tooth or Share"; Tia Esperanza is about to tell Didi about when Betty was four years old and yelled to everyone in her church that she wasn't wearing any underwear, but Betty cuts her off before she can finish.
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: It's hinted on occasion that Mariner only wears underwear on field missions and for formal occasions, and for the most part wears only her Starfleet uniform with nothing underneath.
    Boimler: We can forget about the party because, guess what? We're probably getting arrested instead!
    Mariner: No way! I didn't put on underwear for nothing!
  • The Van Beuren Studios 1933 short "Silvery Moon" stars an anthropomorphic cat couple. Atypical to most female cartoon characters of her design or time, the girl cat has a noticeable lack of bloomers beneath her skirt.
  • The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: A brief glimpse up Birdie's skirt when the gang jump into a barrel to hide from an angry mob during their trip to the Wild West in "Have Time, Will Travel" shows that her period-appropriate attire apparently doesn't include underwear. Given that her usual apparel is some sort of jumpsuit (making it impossible to determine if she has anything on underneath) and most of the eras the gang visit are periods known to predate when it became common for women to wear underwear (i.e. prehistoric times, the Middle Ages and the aforementioned Wild West), it's anyone's guess whether Birdie ordinarily goes commando or if it was only for the outfit worn in the Wild West.


  • A Fruit of the Loom commercial listing people it is or isn't acceptable to gift underwear to included a Luchador and a Scotsman in the latter category.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Some of the comedy in Adekan is a result from Kojiri getting a glimpse of Shiro's junk because he doesn't wear underwear under his robe.
  • Serviceman from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. He resembles a Bedsheet Ghost with realistic human arms and legs, and his only attack is to lift up his sheet and flash people while shouting "Service!"
  • In the first chapter of Dye Of Love, kimono dye artist Ai blackmails his childhood friend, Tokiwa, into becoming his lover in exchange for the creation and exclusive use of a fabric dye. Tokiwa removes the sash from Ai's kimono and caresses him and it's clear he doesn't have a stitch of clothing on underneath.
  • According to an Eyeshield 21 omake, Otawara spends less than half of an average day wearing underwear because he forgets to put it back on while changing for practice.
  • While excised from the anime, Rider from Fate/Zero was noted in the Light Novels to have a habit of prancing around the house while wearing neither pants nor underwear.
  • Musashibo Benkei from New Getter Robo. His first appearance is in a Fundoshi that he wears a robe over for most of the episode, but when he wears pants, he doesn't wear anything under them.
  • In Chapter 75 of Handsome Girl and Crossdressing Boy, Iori forgets to wear underwear when meeting Hazuki in public, and panics about trying to keep her from finding out.
  • In Marginal #4, Atom thought it was a rule that you can't wear underwear for school physical exams. And that's how his lucky underwear ended up getting lost.
  • In the first episode of My Little Monster, Haru drops his pants in front of his class and it is shown he wasn't wearing underwear.
  • In One Piece, Franky's speedo was stolen by the crew in order to make him join. It didn't work...that is, until Robin stepped in.
  • Female fans of Raideen like to debate whether Demon Prince Sharkin is going freebird under his very short, divided leather kilt. When gaps appear between the leather strips, you can tell he's definitely not wearing boxer shorts.
  • During the "underwear inspection" in the first episode of Sakigake!! Otokojuku, a couple of students in the background don't appear to have any underwear to inspect.
  • At least one of Tao Ren's outfits in Shaman King would imply this, as the placement of a set of holes in the sides of his pants would normally reveal SOME form of underwear.
  • In the Rurouni Kenshin manga, Misao mistakes Kamatari for a girl. He laughs, and lifts his robes to reveal his Gag Penis.

    Comic Books 
  • Chaos War: The Chaos King implied this to be the case in a Fourth-Wall Mail Slot section in the first issue.
    Reader: Boxers or Briefs?
    Chaos King: The summer sun fades/ and fall's sharp winds lift my skirts./ Chaos commando
  • Green Lantern: In Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #4, Guy Gardner's ring runs out of power and his uniform disappears, leaving him completely naked.
    Guy: [to Sinestro] You telling me your undies aren't bunched up under that uniform?
  • The Incredible Hercules: According to Thor, Hercules has a distinct lack of underwear under his skirt. Thor confirms it another time in the same series as well as providing a momentary example himself when he disguises himself as Hercules. "I feel a draft."
    Thor: I only wish Hercules himself had worn e'en a thong. 'Twas not a view I relished.
  • New Avengers: In one of the early issues, the team is captured and they are all stripped of their costumes. Spider-Man lets out that he doesn't wear underwear because it chafes him.
  • Watchmen: In chapter 7 Dan goes naked in his basement after making love with Laurie and puts on his Nite Owl suit.
  • Spider-Man 2099: When Miguel decides to start wearing his costume under his clothes so he doesn't take ages to change, Lyla remarks that he never used to wear underwear before.

    Fan Works 
  • In a Hetalia: Axis Powers doujinshii, Japan dolls up England in a yukata for a "date" with America. America soon lampshades the trope as they walk off together, and then one thing leads to another...
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Germany and Japan could not take their eyes off of Italy dressed as Sailor Moon. When they realized he was not wearing any underwear underneath that miniskirt...they proceeded to gobble down that eye candy with a ferocity akin to hyenas tearing down fresh prey.
  • In Harry Potter and the Champion's Champion, Ron has a very unfortunate tendency to wear nothing at all under his robe, with adverse results for the stomachs of those who learn this about him.
  • In Harry Potter and the Cracked Reservoir, after Harry starts dating Ginny, each of her brothers plays a prank on him as part of initiation into the family. One of the pranks was enchanting all of his underwear to freeze whenever he thought of his girlfriend. Harry uses the obvious solution, with only Ginny actually told how come he can stand it when she sits in his lap.
  • Link in The Legend of Zelda: The Abridged Series and it's purely a comfort thing.
  • Though it's fifty-fifty wheter the Star Fox Fan Fiction Archive shows the titular character Fox McCloud being the commando-type, most are deeply buried in the oldest parts of the Fandom. In one fanfic Krystal finds this pleasing, as Fox also wore a kilt once in another olden-fanfic.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): Early on, Jaune's clothes get dirty while he's in his "Hentacle" form, and he washes them in the stream. He is spotted in his underwear and has to run away. When he retrieves his clothes and gets dressed, Remy tells him that he needs to get rid of anything that could connect him to "Hentacle." A few minutes later, Cardin tries to prove he is "Hentacle" by pulling his pants down and revealing his underwear... except Jaune had already discarded it, so Cardin just made him flash all his friends.
    Glynda: Arc, trousers up, and please invest in some underwear. Mr. Winchester, you'll be in my office throughout lunch tomorrow. While I do not discriminate against those with alternative preferences, I heard Mr. Arc refused your advances.
  • As Steve Rogers discovers firsthand in If They Haven't Learned Your Name, Bucky Barnes never thought to procure, let alone wear underwear during the whole time he was on the run. After getting over his initial shock, Steve cringes about how bad the chafing must be with his heavy tactical pants. (Of course, given how mentally disorganized Barnes is, it's possible it never occurred to him to wear underwear because HYDRA never provided him with any in seventy years. Why would they give a damn about their asset's comfort?)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
    Para: Against our Gate Guardian, you stand no chance.
    Dox: I'm not wearing any underpants.
    Para: Is that true brother, or are you just rhyming?
    Dox: I didn't want to throw off our timing. [Beat.] But it is true.
  • Shows up in many, many Mobile Suit Gundam Wing fanworks involving Heero. To be fair, in-series, all he wears are a pair of Spandex bike shorts and a slinky tank top, with no evidence of anything underneath.

    Films — Animation 
  • The men in Brave, judging from the scene where they used their kilts to make a rope ladder.
  • Cale in Titan A.E.: after briefly appearing naked, he puts on pants but not underwear.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Amazing Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield admitted that he had to go commando while wearing the costume. Although a shot early on in the movie when Flash is beating him up shows that this only applies when he's in costume.
  • A fan of The Avengers queried Mark Ruffalo on Twitter about Bruce Banner's preference.
    Ruffalo: Banner is a simple man. Commando style surely.
    • Notably, when Banner falls to earth naked after the Hovercarrier battle, he is given a pair of pants by a helpful janitor (Harry Dean Stanton). Not underwear- just pants.
  • The Scottish warriors in Braveheart are naked under their kilt which they demonstrate in the iconic mooning scene.
  • In Carry On Up the Khyber, the Scots regiment is able to maintain order in The Raj because while the local nobility may chafe under British rule, they're terrified by the idea these Brave Scots (who are actually mostly English) wear nothing under the kilt. Until they get evidence that they do.
  • Played for laughs in Couples Retreat, when the characters are told to take off their outer clothing as a therapy exercise and one character admits he isn't wearing any underwear and unsuccessfully tries to refuse.
  • Implied by Clive in Gypsy 83
    Clive: I don't even wear boxers!
  • The Kentucky Fried Movie: During the news-announcer shorts (pun intended), "I'm not wearing underwear. Film at 11."
  • On the Buses films:
    • In Mutiny on the Buses, Stan and the clippies don't wear any underwear when showing up to work in only the uniform items provided by the company.
    • In Holiday on the Buses, Joyce doesn't wear a top when going to catch Stan's bus, which causes trouble for her when her top comes undone, and her breasts are exposed for all to see.
  • In One, Two, Three, Scarlett proudly tells Phyllis MacNamara that her newlywed East German husband Otto does not even wear underwear. Phyllis' response: "No wonder we are losing the Cold War!"
  • Prince of Space, as seen on MST3K. It's disturbingly obvious that Phantom of Krankor is freeballing under his jumpsuit.
  • The drag queens in Stonewall (1995) invoke this to taunt the police, forming a kickline and chanting:
    "We are the Stonewall girls, we wear our hair in curls, we wear no underwear, we show our pubic hair!
  • In the Wizards of Waverly Place movie, when packing, Max takes the boxers out of his luggage and proclaims "Who needs underwear?" Presumably, this means he is going commando for the remainder of the movie.

  • In John Scalzi's short story After the Coup, Harry (a soldier/engineer) is required by his superiors to participate in a wrestling match. It turns out to be in the nude. The Deputy Ambassador makes a disturbing discovery while Harry is undressing.
    Schmidt: [horrified] You went commando to a diplomatic function?
    Harry: Yes, Hart, I went commando to a diplomatic function. And now, as you can see, I'm going Spartan. Focus a little.
  • In the 5th installment of the Alex Rider novels 'Scorpia' the main protagonist and his friend decide to go swimming in just their underwear. Much to the protagonist's disgust, his friend said he wasn't wearing any.
  • There's a scene in A Brother's Price where Jerin is sans pants or undergarments and just in a nightshirt, which is how he's dressed when he meets the Princess Ren, who is similarly clad. Later in the book he's scandalized to find that he is expected to wear tight clothing including a codpiece, which he can't wear anything beneath.
  • In The Adventures of Captain Underpants, the Captain slings his own underwear onto Dr. Diaper's head. Captain Underpants later appears wearing a barrel.
  • In Ethan of Athos, Ethan suspects that Commander Quinn has planted a microscopic bug somewhere in his clothing, so at the first opportunity he strips it all off and changes into some "borrowed" overalls. The bug was on his credit chit, which he kept.
  • Flight: "Okay, I now know Indian boys didn't wear anything under their loincloths."
  • According to his autobiography I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, Jesse Ventura was afraid that someone who was in his Vietnam War era SEAL unit would show up to shout "skivvie check!" at his swearing-in as the governor of Minnesota. When he was serving, when that call was made others were obligated to stand up and drop their pants, to show they were sans underwear.
  • In the Marcus Didius Falco book "One Virgin Too Many", Falco isn't wearing anything under his tunic — and he has to be lowered down a well head-first. The watchmen doing the lowering find it hilarious.
  • In Paper Towns, the boys all make a deal to do this at graduation. (Not just a lack of underwear, but nothing but the gown). This becomes a problem when they end up rushing off on the road trip to Agloe wearing only their gowns.
  • Froggy does this by accident in the Froggy books "Froggy Gets Dressed" and "Froggy Goes To The Doctor".

    Live-Action TV 
  • At the AFI Lifetime Achievement tribute to Sean Connery, Mike Myers appears in full Scottish kilt. His first line (a very old Scottish joke) alludes to this trope;
    Mike Myers: Someone asked me, is anything worn under that kilt? No, nothing's worn. Everything is in perfect working order.
  • In an episode of Airwolf, in a mission involving dressing in military attire, the woman providing the clothes to Stringfellow Hawke detailed the clothes provided, including the underwear. Hawke was very prompt to clarify that he never used any.
  • Austin & Ally: Dez goes commando when he dresses up as Austin for Halloween.
    Dez: Austin, do you mind that I borrowed your clothes without asking?
    Austin: Of course not. As long as you're not wearing my lucky underwear.
    Dez: Oh I'm not wearing any underwear.
    Austin: [disgusted] You can keep the pants!
  • Blackadder: Lord Flashheart boasts of wearing no underwear - "Because the pants haven't been built yet that'll take the job on!"
  • On an episode of Cheers Frasier agrees to wear a clown outfit for a birthday party as a favor to Rebecca. The outfit includes oversized pants rigged to drop when the handkerchief in the pocket is pulled. Naturally, this is the same day his wife Lilith buys him a pair of European briefs so uncomfortable that he takes them off in the middle of the day.
  • In Emmerdale, mechanic Ross Barton doesn’t wear anything underneath his overalls, which became a plot point in one episode.
    Debbie: Let’s see what’s under here then, shall we?
    Ross: Not a lot. I go commando.
  • Puck from Glee loves the days when he goes commando.
  • Home Improvement: Referenced but not actually shown or confirmed to be true in the third season's episode "Fifth Anniversary". While Tim and Al are showing off the "Man's Kitchen", they don lead vests to protect themselves from the radiation given off by the Binford "Macrowave". From there, this exchange follows:
    Al: Also useful in case Superman wants to take a peek at your underwear.
    Tim: No problem there. I'm not wearing any.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Barney who sleeps in suit pajamas challenges Marshall to find five reasons why nightshirts are better.
    Marshall: One: I don't have to wear anything underneath.
    Ted: I can vouch for that. Could you please cross your legs, buddy?
    Marshall: Two: it's sexy.
    Lily: I can vouch for that. Could you please uncross your legs, honey?
  • Happens in iCarly: In the episode "iShock the World" Gibby loses his suitcase containing his clothes when the gang appears on a Talk Show and although he finds some pants, he has no underwear on. When the group starts "random dancing" his pants fall down on live TV.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus has a scene where a line of Pepperpots take turns looking under a Scotsman's kilt.
  • The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "The Castle of Fu Manchu" starts with the Satellite of Love March, where Joel and the Bots gleefully exclaim, "We don't care, don't despair, we're not wearing our underwear!"
  • Seinfeld. An episode had Kramer reluctantly switch over from Jockeys to boxers. The former were lowering his sperm count but he found the latter much too uncomfortable to bear. He decides to Take a Third Option, which horrifies Jerry and Elaine when they find out.
    Kramer: I'm out there, Jerry, and I'm lovin' every minute of it!
  • In one episode of Two and a Half Men, Alan gives Charlie a hug just to try to give him a wedgie in retaliation for the times Charlie has wedgied him when the two were younger, only to learn that Charlie isn't wearing any underwear underneath his pants, much to Alan's disgust.
  • Unnatural History's camera was careful to watch Henry's backside after his predilection for doing this was revealed.

  • "Free Ballin'" by Bob Rivers, parody of "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty
  • In the song The Drunk Scotsman a heavily drunk Scotsman collapses beside the dirt road and falls asleep to wear off his stupor. A little while later, a couple of young and lovely lassies happen upon him as they were walking leading one of them to suggest they take a peek beneath his kilt to know the truth about Scotsmen being naked underneath. Truth be told, that's exactly what they find. He isn't wearing anything. So they tie a ribbon around his manhood before leaving. We finally get the punchline once he sobers up:
    Scotsman: Lad, I don't know where ye been, but I see ye won first prize!


    Video Games 
  • In Destroy All Humans! mind-reading rednecks of both genders can reveal they are going commando. The same thing applies to senior military personnel much later in the game, including General Armquist.
  • In DmC: Devil May Cry, Dante gets dressed (in midair, in slow motion) and clearly does not put on underwear.
  • In Fire Emblem Fates, the uniform of the male Dark Mages has a Cleavage Window going all the way down to their crotch, making it painfully obvious that nothing is being worn underneath. Odin's portrait confirms it, judging by the focus on his hips.
  • One set of intro banter in Injustice 2 between Flash and Captain Cold has tease the Flash about wearing long johns. Flash admits he's "totally" commando under his costume. Captain Cold just responds with a disgusted look and, "Ugh, TMI."
  • A common joke about the Nintendo characters, Link (The Legend of Zelda) and Marth (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light) claims they do this in their earlier games back before they were shown wearing tights with their tunics.
  • Persona 5: Thanks to the rotating cameras in battle and the ability to into swimsuits while exploring Palaces the audience now knows that Ryuji Sakamoto loves freeballing by showing off the top half of his gorgeous butt as seen here.
  • Wallace's redesign in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire wears an outfit that shows a lot of skin, and said outfit strongly suggests that he has nothing on underneath it.
  • Prince Vorkken in The Wonderful 101. It's not stated in-game, but his battle-damaged costume in the last few operations shows a tear down the side of his pants with nothing underneath.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, when the player receives Gundham Tanaka's underwear for clearing his free time events, it's transparent, which may indicate this... though the description claims that his underwear is just invisible to those with "low astral level eyesight."
  • The creator of Hatoful Boyfriend confirmed that Ryouta doesn't wear underwear... or anything else, since like most of the cast he's a pigeon. Unless he's wearing women's clothing. The sequel features a Q and A where one of the questions sent in is "What color are your panties when you're in human form?", and Nanaki confesses that he forgot to put his on, while Okosan says he needs no panties and Miru and Kaku are always completely naked. ...of course, those last three don't have human forms.

    Web Animation 
  • In the Homestar Runner short "New Boots", Strong Bad complains that The Cheat animated him with underwear showing, saying "Everybody knows I don't wear underwears!" though this claim has been contradicted on multiple occasions since then.
  • RWBY Chibi: Jaune implies this when listing his qualification of doing bad to join the Cousins of Chaos.
    Jaune: I may... or may not... be wearing underwear.
  • Sam the scientist from The Strangerhood was forced to do this for three months after Sam the abductee stole all his underwear.


    Web Videos 
  • In Season 3 of The Guild, when the Axis of Anarchy first appear, Clara is very interested in knowing whether Fawkes is naked under his utilikilt. He takes great pleasure in smugly informing her that he is.
  • In a Hyper Fangirl vlog, she asks all the guys what their underwear is, and Rob says he doesn't wear any. Her camera immediately looks down.
  • On a TikTok interview video where supermodel Emily Ratajkowski wore a floor-length leather trench coat as a dress to the Loewe menswear fashion show in Paris, she went commando under her "dress", wearing nothing else but knee-high leather boots in an outfit that managed to be both Fanservice-y and modest at the same time. Because it was summer and 84 degrees, she admitted that she dressed inappropriately as she was visibly drenched in sweat and that she was considering changing out of it into something more weather appropriate when the fashion show ended (she didn't, she must have really liked that "dress" to willingly suffer in that heat with that outfit on all day).

    Western Animation 
  • Jonesy Garcia from 6teen. One of the reasons he was fired from one of his many jobs was due to the fact he was not wearing any underwear under his kilt that he was required to wear as part of his work uniform when he walked under a floor vent that was on.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Invoked in the final scene of the "Nightmares and Daydreams" episode, when Firelord Ozai tries to unnerve Aang by telling him he isn't wearing any pants. Except it backfires when Aang tells Ozai that he's got it wrong:
    Aang: [pointing] No, Firelord Ozai, YOU'RE the one not wearing pants!
  • In "Dan Vs. the Bank" Dan loses his pants during an attempted bank robbery only to reveal nothing underneath (albeit offscreen) and get arrested for indecent exposure.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    Ed: [matter-of-fact] I forgot to wear underwear, guys!
  • Fantastic Max: In "The Big Sleep", Max's rear pajama flap is open and you can see he isn't wearing his diaper under it for some reason.
  • Futurama: The uniform worn by Zapp Brannigan and his crew consists of a jacket, white cowboy boots and no pants whatsoever. Judging by Kif Kroker's disgusted expression after looking up while climbing up a ladder after Zapp, the latter probably also refuses to wear another piece of garment.
  • Gravity Falls: In "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons", a villain from the world of DD&MD turns Dipper into an elf, complete with medieval clothes that don't include trousers.
    Dipper: There better be something protective under this tunic... (turns to peek, then covers his crotch with a mortified expression) Oh no, there isn't!
  • In the first Hey Arnold! episode, Arnold and Gerald are headed to their school play, dressed as a banana and a strawberry, but "accidentally" miss their stop, instead winding up downtown. When Arnold suggests that they at least take off their costumes, Gerald sheepishly admits that he didn't wear anything underneath. "Polyester makes me sweat!"
  • In one episode of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Hulk's iconic pants briefly get caught on a statue's spear, revealing he's wearing nothing underneath.
  • In the episode "Upside-Down Magic" of Magic Adventures of Mumfie, our titular protagonist gets scared by Pinkey yelling "Boo!" at him and falls in the bushes. Scarecrow picks him up from the bushes and asks Mumfie if he's okay, and he is, but he ripped his pants, revealing no underwear underneath. Then again, this is a world where people get bad dreams rather than potty emergencies after eating or drinking too much food...
  • In one Metalocalypse episode, Murderface is introduced to the concept of "freeballing it". Nathan and Skwisgaar reveal they rarely wear underwear. Well, Skwisgaar. Nathan estimates that he only wears underwear 65% of the time, which isn't really "rarely". Freeballing actually improves Murderface's bass playing, so there's that.
  • In the Regular Show episode "Diary", one of Mordecai's secrets is this trope. Made funnier by the fact that he doesn't actually wear clothes.
    Mordecai: I like going commando! Beat. A LOT!
  • Rugrats (2021): In "The Big Diff", Angelica tells Tommy and Chuckie that they can't be best friends because they're too different, so Tommy tries to be more like Chuckie. He dresses in a blue shirt and green pants and takes off his diaper from inside the latter. When he gets upset over him and Chuckie having to go their separate ways because they're too different (as Chuckie also tried dressing in a blue shirt and a diaper to be more like him), Stu tries to console him, only to discover that he doesn't have his diaper on and issue a code yellow.
    Angelica: Well, just goes to show you, you can take the baby out of the diaper, but you shouldn't.
  • In the 90's revival of Secret Squirrel, it is established in the episode "Voodoo Goat" that voodoo dolls only work when they are used with a personal belonging of the person they are made to resemble, and the Voodoo Goat gets his voodoo dolls of the Chief and Secret Squirrel to work by stealing the Chief's pipe and hair from Secret's tail. When Secret fights back using a voodoo doll of the Voodoo Goat, he gets the doll to work by stealthily swiping the Voodoo Goat's underwear, which results in the villain peeking under his loincloth and remarking that he thought it was drafty. Voodoo Goat presumably remains without underwear for the rest of the episode, as it is never brought up again.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", Bart and Lisa get trapped in the Air Force base; Marge comforts herself with the thought that at least Bart is wearing clean underwear. Cut to a shot of his underwear still on his bed.
      Bart: Ahhh! Free and easy, Lis'! There's nothing like an unfurnished basement for pure comfort.
    • Naturally, Groundskeeper Willie often goes commando, as evidenced by the "Basic Instinct" Legs-Crossing Parody in "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part 2)" (much to the disgust of Chief Wiggum) as well as the scene when Bart pranks Willie by attaching balloons to his kilt (which disgusts the townspeople but leaves Willie unfazed).
      Willie: 'Tis not but what God gave me, you puritan pukes!
    • In "Ned 'n' Edna's Blend", Homer, who is portraying Jesus in a Passion Play, is tied onto a cross that is lifted upright by several actors; Sideshow Mel looks up his robe, and he mutters "Looks like someone didn't follow the underwear rule".
  • On the opposite end of the spectrum, the boy in The Snowman changes out of his pajamas directly into his clothes without even a pair of Long Johns underneath. Most likely done for humorous effect.
  • In the Total Drama World Tour episode "The Am-AH-Zon Race" the girls find a pair of X-ray glasses in Cody's pocket. Heather teasingly asks Gwen to use them and see what kind of underwear Cody is wearing. He's not.
    Cody: [blushing] Heh-heh... who wears undies in the Amazon?
    Gwen: [in confessional] Everyone! Everyone wears undies in the Amazon!
  • In The Venture Brothers episode "Ice Station — Impossible!", Rusty confesses that he is not wearing underwear beneath the jumpsuit Professor Impossible gave him. When his shatters in the cold, this is proven true.


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Alternative Title(s): Not Wearing Underwear


Natsuki's Ordeal

An Orphan steals the underwear of the girls at school, forcing Natsuki into an awkward situation where she has to go commando at school while searching for the culprit while in a tiny skirt.

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