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"Creating a tempest whirling at speeds of a hundred kilometers per hour around the target, whilst the target herself feels nothing but the soft touch of a gentle breeze! Truly the ultimate wind technique for granting the dreams of men!!"

A comedy trope in which a character's skirt, dress or similar garment gets lifted by a sudden unexpected gust of wind. Bonus points if this causes them to shriek and try to push their skirt back down. If the character is a Covert Pervert they may actually enjoy the experience, or at least the attention it gets.

The Trope Namer and most iconic example, of course, is Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch standing over the subway vent (see picture). As such, a common stock parody includes having the character adopt Monroe's pose from the scene.

May or may not result in Comedic Underwear Exposure, depending on the presence or absence of underwear, the angle it's seen from, and the victim's reaction time (for some reason, characters always tend to be quicker on the draw when it's seen from the front).


For voluntary examples see Show Some Leg.

Often used as a Modeling Pose.


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  • A male kilt example with a Sierra Mist commercial featuring Patton Oswalt stepping out of a St. Paddy's Day parade to do The Marilyn Maneuver. Quoth an onlooker, "That's just wrong, Dad."
  • Sometimes seen in commercials from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s for products like pantyhose (back when a lot more women wore them than do today), Nair (see Image Links above), or any other product designed to make a woman's legs look nicer.
  • In Australia's Avis Super Savers ad from the late '80s, a blonde Avis girl walks past a line of cars with men leaning out to watch her, then opens the door of another car, causing the air conditioner to blow her red dress up and around as if she's standing over a fan (matching panties can be just barely glimpsed). The all-male line of drivers get a rear view of her and hoot with delight.
  • In a 2014 commercial for Pepsi Wild Cherry, a woman's white dress with cherry patterns billows quickly after a man pops the cap off a bottle of the beverage. Then, the cherry patterns fizzle away or dissolve as the man drinks the soda.
  • Sprite commercials from the late '80s, featuring the freestyle group The Cover Girls, would include them twirling in flirty skirts as they danced, revealing their panties.
  • A promo for Cartoon Network's Cartoon Theater involves Red Hot Riding Hood, dressed as the Columbia Pictures Torch Lady, trying to get her torch lit, followed by the wind blowing up her dress before the view quickly pans away.
  • Snickers had two Seven Year Itch spoofs in 2016, the year that would have marked Marilyn Monroe's 90th birthday.
    • A commercial set during the filming of the movie has a cranky Marilyn mess up the maneuver, then complain about the improbability and inconvenience of a woman wearing heels while standing on a subway grate. Even after a break for Snickers gets Marilyn in the proper mood to complete the scene, the man operating the fan underneath the grate admits doubting that it will make the final cut.note 
    • A New York video billboard treated passer-bys to the sight of Marilyn on the vent. If someone stared too long, Marilyn would change into Willem Dafoe, and scold viewers for gawking.
  • An ad for Plus500 features a celebrity having her skirt blown up by a leaf blower to reveal her knickers, which causes the brand to quickly sell out.
  • A French Eau de Gloss commercial features a woman having her dress blow up in the wind revealing striped panties.
  • A Rover MG commercial features two guys in a car who zoom past a girl on the sidewalk and make her long red dress fly up. In the uncensored version, one can see that the woman is Going Commando.
  • 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 that version hit 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.
  • One Australian commercial for Berlei's Barely-There-Briefs features four young ladies walking down the street, when a red bus with the Berlei logo on the side passes by them, giving their skirts an updraft and each lady is wearing a different color of this brand of panties.
  • An ad for Fly Station Japan has this happen to a woman wearing a similar white dress to Marilyn Monroe's The Seven Year Itch to demonstrate the power of its wind tunnels. Unlike the film, though, the wind force is so powerful that the woman's skirt is actually blown off, leaving her in her underwear.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Shugo spies two female PCs in the middle of this in .hack//Legend of the Twilight. Someone on the dev team for The World must have done quite a bit of research, as Shugo is quite enamored with the "bump mapping."
  • Happen in Season 2 of Ah My Buddha with a pervy ghost that use wind-based power to lift schoolgirl's skirt.
  • An accidental one occurs in Ah! My Goddess Chapter 5 when Sayoko pressures Keiichi to date her, and boy... does the System Force respond!
  • Yuuji's bright idea in Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts, complete with the white dress, at least in Yuuji's head, that is.
  • The indirect cause of the entire plot of Bakemonogatari.
  • Episode 82 of Black Clover has omake clips, one of which features Charmy's "Sexy Transformation" that has her do this, complete with an outfit modeled after Marilyn Monroe in the film.
  • Momiji in episode 10 of Blue Seed in one of many Panty Shot scenes.
  • Happens to some passing schoolgirls in Chobits, just as Chi happens to be on a quest for underpants.
  • In both the CosPrayers spinoff Love Love? and Hit wo Nerae!.
    • For the first happen in the first episode with Hikaru and, after, to Natsumi during a Cherry Blossoms scene (for the joy of the male protagonist Naoto).
    • For the later happen in a special where both Sayaka (before) and Natsumi (later) end on the same subway grate.
  • One famous scene from City Hunter has protagonist Ryo Saeba lift up attractive Inspector Nogami's skirt to distract a villain wielding a grenade. It can be seen here.
  • Case Closed:
    • At the end of an otherwise serious episode where Kogoro discovers one of his old friends resorted to murder, he cheers himself up by looking out the window of his second floor office during a gusty day.
    • In "Roller Coaster Murder Case", there's a flashback moment of Hitomi in sepia as Conan explains how he can tell she's a gymnast. There was a wind lift of her skirt, revealing frilly, white panties with a bow on the front and he noticed there was a bruise on each of her thighs, which typically is the result of physics of the sport.
    • Det. Naeko Miike near the end of "Co-Investigating with a First Love". A wind gust nearly lifts her skirt to reveal more than intended, but she manages to catch it before her hat is blown off her head.
    • Ran in "The Cornered Famous Detective! Two Big Murder Cases" (a.k.a. "Jimmy Kudo Revealed"). One of the suspected magicians, Mako Miyoshi, performs a magic trick that involves doves flying out from under Ran's skirt. Younger Conan comments that her panties are white.
  • Several times to Shizuka in Doraemon with natural wind or, more often, caused by Doraemon's gadget.
  • In the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, this is parodied on one of the omake pages, where Al's loincloth blows up.
  • This is a recurring gag with Baruko Ogawa from the Gate Keepers anime throughout most of her appearances. Mainly whenever she's near the front of Tategami High and the Up-15 causes a sandstorm as it exits. In one episode, this trope happens to her due to a passing train and in another, some Tategami High female students also have this happen to them.
  • During the Hamtaro episode, "The Scary Principal!", said Principal chases a group of hamsters through the school hall. His speed creates a wind-tunnel which in turn causes a girl's skirt to blow up. While she reacts quickly and nothing is shown, it's still cut from the English dub.
  • At the begining of the first OVA adaptation of the visual novel Harukoi Otome, a strong gust of wind leads not to one but seven panty shots in quick succession. No surprise, this being a Hentai anime.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler:
    • Subverted when Hayate is worried about this happening at least at two different points, but both girls cheerfully announce that they are actually wearing shorts underneath their skirts so if he makes some wind that is okay!
    • Played straight when he does this to Maria while demonstrating his new Finishing Move.
  • One of Azusa's old promo pic of The iDOLM@STER has her doing this, complete with the white dress.
  • Sometimes in Love Hina to Naru and Mutsumi.
  • When Shamal from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's uses her magical device Klarer Wind to heal the protagonists, her dress does this.
  • Happen in episode 5 of Magical Idol Pastel Yumi to titular character.
  • Ms. Aki pulls this off during a USO show in the War episode of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi in one of her Fan Disservice moment.
  • There is a Once per Episode gag in Miss Machiko where the main character's skirt if flipped up one way or another (for example, putting fans on the ground). She always ends up in this pose (the "Maicchingu" pose is a Japanese anime trope in an of itself). Female students are not immune and join in the pose.
  • Natsuki in the fourth episode of My-HiME. And she wasn't wearing panties.
  • Several times in Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Jack Rakan even has a technique that's solely meant to invoke this trope after he's stolen his opponents' panties. See page quote.
    • Yue accidentally does it to herself once when she's trying to demonstrate some wind magic.
    • Used early in the manga as a side effect of Negi's sneezes when they don't cause Clothing Damage.
  • Asuka's introduction in Neon Genesis Evangelion has her sun dress get blown up by a breeze. The audience get a back view of her being exposed to her classmates, most prominently Shinji. Asuka then slaps him and calls it a "charge".
  • In Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo Ureshiko accidentally causes this to herself at the beginning of the first episode.
  • In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, a perverted ghost possessing a car drives fast enough to raise skirts with his slipstream.
  • It happens in an Imagine Spot to Ash's mother Delia in Pokémon: The Original Series when walking to a movie premiere on a windy day.
  • Happen to Haruka in the first episode of Rail Wars! because of the wind. Another episode has Aoi victim in the same way. Both times strangely without glimpse of panties despite to be a fanservice show.
  • Happen to the girls in Sasuga no Sarutobi when the main character, the young ninja Sarutobi, use his wind-based techniques.
  • Seen in a chapter of Sgt. Frog, when Momoka is shown doing this as part of her "sex appeal" training.
  • Happens to Haruko in Slam Dunk, when Sakuragi is running around like the Large Ham he is.
  • In Soul Eater, Hero causes a mass occurrence of this by swinging Excalibur really hard, just to show off and enjoy the view.
  • Happens to Ling Ling in Steam Detectives, providing Narutaki with a valuable clue to a recent string of robberies. Unfortunately for him, she interprets his comments completely differently...
  • Several times in Strawberry 100% to Aya and Nishino, especially the first to show her strawberries panties. Happen to Satsuki in the anime also when Manaka meet her the first time.
  • To Love Ru:
    • Saki tried to invoke this to seduce Rito when she tried to beat Lala by stealing her boyfriend. But he totally ignores her.
    • A chapter has an alien cold virus makes Lala act shy and feminine. When a gust of wind blows up Lala's skirt, revealing her panties, Lala is immediately embarrassed and asks Rito if he saw.
    • Oshizu, when in a game where she plays the role of a ninja, uses a wind style technique that reveals her panties.
  • In the Mazinger Z episode, "The Finishing Blow! The Mecha-Beast Gorgon", Yumi Sayaka's shirt gets blown up caused by the draft of a motorcycle, exposing white panties before she holds it down and puts on her matching skirt.
  • This happens a few times to Yumiko in Modern Magic Made Simple, especially when circumstances have left her without her underwear.
  • In "The Snowy Alps" episode of Heidi, Girl of the Alps, an autumnal wind attempts to blow up Heidi's skirt, but she manages the catch it and pull it back down in place.
  • Hikari Amamiya in the third episode of the H2 anime, "The Soccer Club". In a flashback, a younger, shorter, nosy, and naughty Hiro waits, and watches, for Hikari to receive a windblown updraft to her long skirt. When it occurs, he gets a rear view of her white panties as she holds down the front of her skirt with a briefcase and quickly pulls down, and covers, the back with it before Hiro runs away.
  • Yuri in the Dirty Pair Flash episode, "Hot Springs Steamy Romantic Tour". While she's trying to steady a helicopter, her dress receives a draft from outside and reveals her pantyhose in full and peach-with-periwinkle-flower-patterns-panties underneath. Kei mentions panties and Yuri quickly holds down her skirt and sits in a chair, then closes the door.
  • Haruna Sakurada/Patricia Haruna in the second episode of the original Sailor Moon series. Umino magically lifts up her skirt from the back and while she's pulls down the front, the back is raised and her pink panties with a smiley face on the rear are seen.
  • Junko Ejima from The Daichis: Earth Defense Family. In the first episode, when Dai Daichi is running around the school hallway lifting up girls' skirts before lifting hers up as he dashes past her. The skirt is raised high enough to cover her upper body, revealing white, bikini-string panties and a male, fellow faculty member gets aroused by this through a nosebleed.
    • In the third episode, Junko's skirt is raised again by Dai and he does this before dashing away from the front entrance of his residence. This time, she wears periwinkle panties with a bow on the front and this is done in front of Mamoru Daichi.
  • Mytyl from Maeterlinck Air no Tori: Tyltyl Mytyl no Boken Ryoko (an anime adaptation of The Blue Bird). In the first episode, when Berylune demonstrates her magic and some clothes float across the attic, Mytyl's skirt is lifted by this effect, displaying white panties with a red bow on the front. She hurriedly pulls it back down and blushes while facing the viewers.
    • She has another moment of this in the 23rd episode, when she, Tyltyl, Tyrol, and Shanet are blasted in the air with a water hose, but this time she tugs her skirt in place as it happens.
  • Sometimes this is the case with Lana from Future Boy Conan when her dress gets caught in a gust.
  • In the 1980 version of Twelve Months, from the back, the princess's dress is lifted in an updraft by the autumn wind, though not enough for anything underneath to be shown.
  • Towards the end of the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode, "Explosion-Ultimate Yoyo Technique", this effect is used on Anzu/Mai and Miho, thanks to Jounichi/Joey using his own yoyo trick, Loop the Sky, with the disks end of it inadvertently lifting their skirts from the front. Their panties aren't shown due to the girls being seen from behind at that moment.
  • In the 89th episode of Dragon Ball Super, Chaiotsu uses one of his psychic powers to lift Yurin's skirt and make it flow, though she's not shown below the waist. She almost immediately covers up and tells others not to look.
  • Chi-Chi in the Dragon Ball Z episode, "Black Fog of Terror". After Maron tells she doesn't blame Gohan for leaving her, Chi-Chi gets enraged and the red aura forms around her, causing her dress to lift up somewhat, and create a wavy effect to it.
  • In the "Secret Weapon" episode of Cross Game, a sudden breeze begins to lift up a schoolgirl's plaid skirt, but she catches it in time. Nothing is shown, but Kitamura snuck a peek up her skirt while laying on hill and mentions her panties are "light blue".
  • Nadja Applefield from Ashita no Nadja in the first episode, "Nadja, Door of Destiny". Seen from the side, a gust suddenly blows up her dress forwardly and her hat off her head.
  • Zia in The Mysterious Cities of Gold episode, "Back To Barcelona Part 2". Her dress spreads out briefly when she drops down from a tree.
  • In the uncensored version of The Vision of Escaflowne episode, "The Girl From The Mystic Moon", the back of Hitomi's skirt is blown up slightly when the Escaflowne takes a step and she tugs on it from behind.
    • Hitomi has another in "The Gallant Swordsman". When the spirit of The Death card comes to life and emerges out of it, swirling around Hitomi and the motion causes her skirt to flap around in the wind the spirit creates.
  • In Megaman NT Warrior episode, "Ice Ice Baby!" (a.k.a. "Subzero Brawl"), Yai and Maylu have this when riding in seats that descend and transport them into a car, along with Lan and Dex. But Maylu holds her skirt in place as this happens.
    • Maylu has another in "Allegro" from Axess, due to a tornado approaching, but she keeps her dress in place.
  • Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizardof Oz episode, "Dorothy Meets the Munchkins". Caused by an approaching tornado, her dress is left being blown until she gets inside her house and shuts the door.
  • Akane from Ranma ½. In the episode, "You Really Do Hate Cats!", her school dress billows as she falls through a trap door.
    • In another episode, Akane begins to let her dress get caught by the wind to be flirty with the male Ranma, but he's not there to see it.
    • Some school girls get their dresses blown up by Happosai, either by him just running passed them or also lifting their dresses as he does this. In a couple of episodes, their panties are shown, but this is averted in another.
  • Melissa Thorn in the Montana Jones episode, "The Rescuing Boomerang". A gust comes along and her dress starts to blow up, but nothing more is shown underneath than her petticoat. She manages to catch it and a avoid a wardrobe mishap.
  • Joy in the Superbook episode, "Superbrain". When Ruffles runs passed her, the back of her skirt rises from Ruffles's motion briefly, but she holds the front in place.
  • Ayakashi Triangle has a self-inflicted example: While Soga and Matsuri seemed on the verge of a fight, Matsuri's own wind powers and skirt give Soga a very over-the-top Panty Shot. Soga then run off, stuttering and red-faced, and Matsuri doesn't understand why.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 5 episode 5, the Monster of the Week uses his robotic hands to suck in people's money. A robot citizen wearing clothes similar to Marilyn Monroe's signature outfit is seen trying to keep her skirt down as the wind from the monster moves it around.

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    Comic Strips 
  • An old "The Lighter Side Of..." cartoon in MAD featured men at an amusement park reminscing how much fun it was to let the boardwalk ventilator (see the Real Life section) lift up women's dresses when they were younger. Nowadays they consider it to be less fun, since women's skirts gradually became smaller. They've become tighter too, so one isn't even guaranteed a lifting anymore.
  • Parodied in a strip of The Argyle Sweater. A woman is standing over a subway vent holding her dress like the famous Marilyn Monroe shot...rather than go inside the laundromat and use the clothes dryers there.

    Films — Animation 
  • Happens to the constellation of Virgo near the end of the song "Zero to Hero" from Hercules as Herc and Pegasus fly through the night sky, causing a nebula surrounding the constellation as if it were wearing a dress to fly up, causing Virgo's dress to blow off as the two fly away.
  • In Spirited Away, this is what happens when Haku dashes past the slug-spirit girls while trying to keep Chihiro from being discovered.
  • This was played with during the Fairy Godmother's Song in Shrek 2.
  • In the Disney Acid Sequence "Round My Family Tree" from The Tigger Movie, a Marylin Monroe version of Tigger does this only to be blown straight up and across the horizon.
  • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time: As Lady Tremaine begins to cast the time-travel spell, a large gust of wind causes Anastasia's dress to fly up and expose her bloomers.
  • In Porco Rosso, this happens during Gina's flashback to when Porco was human and taking her for a plane ride as teenagers, to both Porco and Gina's embarrassment.
  • Rita from Chico & Rita. Her dress receives an updraft from a passing bus and her white panties are seen from behind.
  • In The Little Mermaid, a disguised Ursula's (as Vanessa) wedding dress receives a draft from a flock of bluebirds as they fly underneath her.
  • Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars: During the climax, a female reporter has her skirt start to lift up due to the giant robot's vacuum cleaner and quickly pushes it back down.
  • Alice from Alice in Wonderland, as she descends slowly before holding down her dress when she plummets.
  • In We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, this is caused by motion when a lady circus patron reacts by leaping due to a monster-costumed Cecelia scaring her with a roar.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Trope Namer, Trope Codifier and iconic example, of course, is Marilyn Monroe's white dress in The Seven Year Itch. However, Kelly LeBrock scene from The Woman in Red is also well known, and is frequently parodied in Europe (particularly Italy), perhaps because The Woman in Red itself is nearly a shot-for-shot remake of the 1976 French film Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, also known as Pardon Mon Affaire.
  • In 2000's 2001: A Space Travesty, a flight attendant (Stephanie Dumolin-Shaw) climbs up a ladder on a space shuttle and her dress blows up from behind, showing off her nearly nude booty that can still be seen through clear pantyhose (she doesn't seem to be wearing any panties), due to a lack of gravity and Marshal Dix (Leslie Nielsen) checks her out.
  • In The Awful Truth, a nightclub singer does a tasteless number called "My Dreams Are Gone With The Wind" in which her skirts are disturbed by blasts of air from below every time she sings "gone with the wind."
  • In the film version of The Who's rock opera, Tommy, during the song, "Eyesight To The Blind", Eric Clapton is the leader of a church that worships Marilyn Monroe, and a statue of her in this pose is the centerpiece. Worshipers believe they can be healed by touching the statue. When Tommy's mother tries to get him to kneel down to kiss the statue's feet, he accidentally knocks it over, causing it to shatter.
  • In the 1981 Italian fantasy comedy, Bollenti Spiriti, Marta (Gloria Guida) has this moment. After a gas station attendant pumps too much air in a car tire of Marta's car and another gas station attendant makes him deflate it somewhat, the air from the pump causes Marta's flimsy, pleated, pink skirt to get caught in an updraft, putting her white panties on display, and she struggles to hold it back down in place.
  • Bruce from Bruce Almighty uses his new God powers to blow up a woman's blue dress up while commenting what he saw was good.
  • The Covenant: the boys use their powers to settle a bet on what kind of panties a waitress at the bar is wearing by blowing up her skirt. The boy who bets that she is Going Commando wins.
  • Danger: Diabolik has Valmont's mistress doing this, while standing stupidly close to an airplane's trap door.
  • In another racing movie, Driven from 2001, the draft from a speeding race car causes a blonde's (who's standing in line) skirt to lift up, she lets out an abrupt shriek and she turns around while trying to pull it back down in place.
  • When the requisite super weapon is activated in the Kaiju parody Geharha: The Dark and Long Haired Monster, it creates strong wind currents that starts throwing abandoned vehicles around and blows up one random woman's skirt. The scene of the latter gets a thumbs up from the machine's activators.
  • The 1986 Italian comedy Grandi Magazzini has a scene where two Fanservice Extras dance on a ventilation grate and offer up Panty Shots for our viewing pleasure. One woman is a Kelly LeBrock lookalike wearing the red dress from The Woman in Red. The other is a long-haired blonde wearing Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress. See Image Links above or this borderline NSFW 40-second video.
  • Parodied — gruesomely — in The House Bunny, where Anna Faris' character tries the Marilyn Maneuver while standing over an open manhole... and gets scalded. We then see her recovering from her injuries with a male companion in a restaurant, and her legs are heavily bandaged with gauze - and those areas that aren't bandaged have ugly welts on them. It's as if the filmmakers wanted to guilt-trip the audience by saying: "You bastards! You were laughing and hooting at this!"
  • Darkly parodied in the film Insignificance, in which Marilyn Monroe's — sorry, The Actress's skirt billows up in response to a nuclear blast and catches fire... Fortunately it's All Just a Dream of The Scientist.
  • Clara Bow, one of the earliest examples of Ms. Fanservice, has this happen to her at an amusement park in It, some thirty years before the Trope Namer.
  • In the second The Italian Job, Lyle talks about a stereo "so loud, it blows off women's clothing." We see him actually use this at the end, but the results of the blaring stereo are avoided through a Sexy Discretion Shot.
  • During the opening credits of the 1995 film Panther (which is a fictionalized account of the uprising of The Black Panther Party), there are scenes in which a boy riding a bicycle notices a woman in a green hat and dress named Bernadette is at a bus stop. The boy peddles toward her checking her out and sees a bus driving across the street, heading in their direction. The boy anticipates the draft from the passing bus to blow up Bernadette's dress, which evidently does, she gasps and is mortified. When her dress gets lifted, rather than holding that down, she holds on to her hat to keep that from getting blown away and raises one leg, knee bent forward, to hide part of her unmentionables, which are white panties with matching girdle (or corset). The boy enjoys the view and gets a snicker out of it.
  • Marilyn Monroe's scene was copied in Pulp Fiction, by a Marilyn impersonator. Since she was a waitress at a Fifties-theme restaurant, this is presumably a regular occurrence. Unlike Marilyn in her movie, the impersonator lets her skirt go all the way up.
  • In Putting Pants on Philip, one of the first Laurel and Hardy films, this happens to a kilted Stan on more than one occasion. The last time, we see only the shocked reactions of the onlookers because his tartan underpants had fallen down a few moments earlier.
  • Christine gets a big one at the end of 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion thanks to the downdraft from a helicopter.
  • Appears in The Smurfs when Smurfette has the vent blowing up air into her skirt.
  • Done to Pembrook Feeny (Loni Anderson) in Stroker Ace. Ace's first impression from her was her skirt blowing up,courtesy of a bunch of pervy mechanics and a portable air tank.
  • This happens in 1916 Mack Sennett short film The Surf Girl. Older Than Television.
  • Happened near the beginning of the 2001 movie Tart starring Dominique Swain, but wasn't that good. The video cover was better than the actual scene. She wore a mini Catholic school skirt and was already walking halfway out of frame by the time her skirt went up. You need Widescreen or to zoom out to even see it properly!
  • Used in Torque (2004) to show just how fast they're driving... among other things.
  • In Wrongfully Accused, Leslie Nielsen ends up in this situation while infiltrating a Scottish pipe band, complete with kilts. His legs are suspiciously shapely, and there is a sound effect similar to blowing into a glass bottle.
  • Leslie Ann Warren does a dance routine in Victor/Victoria in honor of Chicago (the Windy City!), where wires simulating the wind lift, and eventually pull off her dress.
  • In the 1998 film, Woo (the eponymous character portrayed by Jada Pinkett Smith), a breeze blows under the helm of her loose-fitting, pink mini dress as she walks down a sidewalk, nearly high enough to show her goodies. A bicyclist ogling at her gets so distracted he doesn't watch where he's going, crashing into the side of a sewer pipe and falling off his bike.
  • In the Scott Baio comedy Zapped (1982), a Fanservice Extra at the prom does one by climbing on a table while a strong wind blows through the gym. She ends up getting more than she bargained for when her dress is then blown completely off of her — the woman ends up topless.
  • In the 1981 Italian Film 1981 Asso, Asso wants his wife to make a good first impression to a rich banker by turning on the vent behind her lifting her dress.The scene is hot that it even break's the banker's glasses
  • In the 1986 film Breaking All The Rules. Debbie (Carrolyn Dunn) has her skirt blown up revealing the words I love you, though she doesnt seem to mind it.
  • The 1995 Hong Kong Film She Starts The Fire has our lead female Wendy (Chingmy Yau) get stuck near a grate vent and unfortunately has her polka dot red dress blow up in the wind to the amusement of the onlookers
  • The 1983 Hong Kong Film Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has the woman get her shoe and her purple dress blowing with the wind catching the eyes of many drivers and causing a lot of over the top car crashes. The film's DVD cover also does this.
  • The 1972 film Le Fous Du Stades has a trumpet player blowing up a woman's skirt until being interrupted by another person.
  • Vanessa Angel's character in the 1996 film Kingpin as forms a distraction by using the bowling vent to get a rise for her skirt and distracting the other bowlers.
  • The 2016 film Hentai Kamen Abnormal Crisis has a scene near the end where a girl passes by the protaganist with her skirt blowing up causing a table shaking rise out of him.
  • The film Delzia has a group of guys using a switch based vent to blow the skirts up of women who pass by the restaurant, to their amusement.
  • The film Doctor Trouble has the titular doctor interested in a woman who catches his attention every time her skirt blows up. Unfortunately her mean bodyguard of a father scraps that idea fast.
  • In My Father the Hero, some wind comes along and blows up Nicole's skirt while she kisses Ben towards the end.
  • Sally Elliot (Lucille Ball) in The Fuller Brush Girl. While climbing down a ladder, smoke from a ship's steam whistle keeps puffing up the back of her skirt.


    Live-Action TV 
  • One of Russ Abbot's sketch shows played with this trope. A Scotsman walks over a grating and is disconcerted to find the air blowing his kilt up. The next grating he comes to, he's ready for... except that it's an air intake, and pulls his kilt clean off.
  • Are You Being Served?:
    • Shirley Brahms for three times (twice her undergarments can be seen) in episode "The Club". Mr. Lucas pushes a button on a wall and a draft from a floor vent causes her skirts (she's seen in two, different outfits when this occurs) to billow up due to her being near it as a joke, and put her white bustier/corset with matching knickers on display.
    • The secretary Miss Belfridge tries to keep down her pink dress and avoid flashing her white panties when it flows up from an electric fan in "Monkey Business".
  • One of the games on the Spanish Game Show El gran juego de la oca features each member of the dance squad wearing a Marilyn-style dress and a different colored garter on one leg. After all eight took turns dancing on a wind machine, the contestant then has to slide a colored garter up each girl's other leg that matched the one she was already wearing.
  • The first time the title character of Kamen Rider Fourze transforms, it causes a gust of wind which causes his friend Yuki's hair to blow. The DVD/Blu-Ray release contains several deleted/extended scenes, one of which is a longer version of that shot where she has to hold her skirt down from the force of his transformation.
  • Married... with Children: Bud Bundy rigs an air vent to do this to his date at a school function. It works perfectly... except Marcy ends up the victim.
  • NCIS:
    • The show does a homage when Abby dresses as Marilyn Monroe for the Halloween episode.
    • Happens to DiNozzo's fantasy of Kate, though in that case she is dressed in a Catholic school uniform.
  • In the mid 1970, Angie Dickinson was dressed in a Marilyn Monroe outfit in an episode of her series Police Woman. A publicity photo showed her skirt blowing all the way up, showing she had on a flesh-colored body suit underneath.
  • Revenge of The Bog People from Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased): 2000 Series. There is a scene where the museum guide has skirt lifted up by a ghostly wind prank courtesy of Hopirk's friend Nesbit. This prank gets repeated as a form of a distraction by Hopkirk ,expect this time the wind has a bit more power which gives a nice view of her knickers and what a view it was
  • Some of the miniskirted female members of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In had this occur.
  • Happens to Carrie in Sex and the City, where it's played for laughs. After being surprised by a gust of wind that lifts her skirt, she then gets drenched in a sudden downpour of rain.
  • Smallville: in "Sneeze", Clark Kent has a sneeze so powerful it creates a gust of wind strong enough to lift a girl's skirt up, revealing purple panties.
  • A promo for CBS The Nanny has Fran Drescher doing this pose in a black dress.
  • Super Sentai:
    • An early episode of Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger has a miniaturised space shuttle being sent through the streets of Tokyo, which causes this as it wizzes past some schoolgirls.
    • After getting his powers, Kibaranger uses them to blow up some schoolgirls' skirts.
  • In the Mr. Bean episode, "Back To School, Mr. Bean", rather than the wind causing this, a lady's ankle-length skirt receives a static cling to her upper body, which is caught in the skirt when it blows up, due to static electricity on a piece of paper Mr. Bean hands her and her white panties with some pattern are on display for everyone at a science fair to see. The static electricity was transferred onto the paper after he touched a Van Der Graaff Generator.
  • A female flutist in one The Benny Hill Show skit has a fly skirt moment when her skirt keeps getting blown up to her face, exposing her white undies, caused by a male tube player being near her and each time he blows into the tuba.


    New Media 
  • In the latest Kelly video, one of the party members does this.
  • Don't think that The '80s did not have a couple these happen...
    • Here at 04:00— When you're dancing on the ceiling in a long evening dress, watch out when those wily A-C vents start a-blowin'!
    • And though the late Jermaine Stewart had a couple of hits, this video features a blown skirt at 02:25.

  • A woman is shown accidentally doing this on the backglass and the slingshot bumpers of Fun House.

    Print Media 
  • And one really strange Fan Art of Link, printed in Nintendo Power magazine. Kirby's reaction in the drawing pretty much said it all.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • One of the best examples of this trope occurred at WWE's Cyber Sunday pay-per-view (their final one by that name) in October 2008. Since the event took place just before Halloween, the Divas held their second annual Halloween Costume Contest. Candice Michelle (who had missed the previous year's contest due to a neck injury) was prominently featured as Marilyn Monroe from The Seven Year Itch, complete with a blonde wig and a copy of the famous white halter dress. Not about to miss a golden opportunity, WWE had an air jet installed under the entry ramp to the arena to blast Candice's dress as she came down to the ring for the final judging - and the resulting Panty Shot revealed that Candice was wearing the exact same cut of panties that Marilyn had had on in the 1955 film. Candice obviously did her homework.
  • And then there was the case of another Diva wearing the white halter dress. D-Generation X were scheduled to compete in a tag team match with Vince McMahon one night in the summer of 2009, but Shawn Michaels and Triple H worried that Vince just wasn't "angry" enough to make an effective combatant. They spent the whole time before the match trying different strategies to goad him to violence, and one of them was sending the atrocious singing Diva Jillian Hall into his office wearing a Seven Year Itch costume and performing Marilyn's birthday song for President Kennedy in her hideous voice (though Marilyn had not been dressed that way when she sang for Kennedy). Vince screamed "GET OUTTA MY OFFICE!" and became steadily more filled with rage as the night wore on, until he was finally ready to compete. (This incident culminated in commentator Jerry Lawler noting that Jillian looked a lot "like Monroe"....and then, a moment later, clarified that he meant James!)

    Video Games 
  • One of the characters from Gate Keepers ( constantly gets her skirt lifted by the wind. In the last ep, she is really an AEGIS agent. And she has a bazooka.
  • This is one of Sue's events in Mitsumete Knight. And to make it clear about the reference, the CG obtained through this event is called "The Monroe Effect" in the game's CG Gallery, the Mitsumete Gallery. The event also has a nice Refuge in Audacity moment : when Sue asks the Asian (the player's avatar) if he saw anything, the best answer is to actually tell "They (the panties) were white". This will reassure her, saying that he hasn't seen them then, since he said the wrong colour.
  • The tag-team arena in Dead or Alive 2 allows for this with female fighters. It's more interesting than the combat, really.
  • The scene is parodied in Discworld II: Mortality Bytes.
  • Castlevania:
  • Happens to Peach in the Donkey Kong Country stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • Joe (from Fatal Fury) tries to use his Tornado Punch on Mai (from The King of Fighters) in Capcom Vs SNK 2 to get this effect in their special intro. It never goes far enough to pull it off so Mai's not fazed by it.
  • Rasputin from World Heroes does this in one of his victory poses
  • Fuga's LOSE animation in Popn Music shows him accidentally blowing Rinka and Hiumi's skirts up with his wind powers. In return, he and Retsu (who watched his faux pas beside him) get punched in the face by the embarrassed girls.
  • Parodied in The Curse of Monkey Island, where be-kilted Scots pirate Haggis McMutton can't assist the ship's crew in a heavy storm because he's too busy preserving his modesty.
  • One of the cut scenes from Queen's Blade: Spiral Chaos, features a moment when Tomoe, Melpha, Airi, Cute, Ymir, and Jean are walking in a cave when a blast of wind suddenly comes blowing out of nowhere. Each of the former five is shown getting her skirt or dress lifted by it, revealing her unmentionables, with the exception of Melpha, who wears a body suit underneath her dress, but it's still just as revealing. Jean reacts pleasurably at the sight while the others are displeased with him.
  • In Luigi's Mansion 3, there is a brief period where Professor E. Gadd follows Luigi around; if you try blinding him with the flashlight, he will pull one of three comical startled poses, one of which is the Marilyn Monroe pose with the tails of his lab coat fluttering like her dress.

  • Looking for Group: Parodied when Richard the Warlock stands over a vent, revealing (a) his pasty skeletal undead legs and (b) that he wears garters.
  • Happens regularly in The Devil's Panties during strips where Jennie is at a convention. It involves her armed with an altered leaf blower and hunky guys in kilts. The author, Jennie Breeden, actually sets up gatherings of this nature at most conventions she attends, unless they get shut down by the cops.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, referenced by a robot who looks like a walking refrigerator, sadly.
  • Happens with both an anonymous Marilyn lookalike and a robot's pet Emu in a strip of Freefall.
  • In Outsiders, Siobhan has her skirt suddenly blown upwards by an arriving train while her and Ebony are on the London Underground, revealing her underwear.
    Ebony: What a glorious day it's been, especially with your Marilyn Monroe impression on the Tube earlier!
    Siobhan: Please don't remind me. I don't know why I bother wearing skirts, they always keep getting blown up.

    Web Original 
  • In Jib Jab's "2012: The End Is Here", the Statue of Liberty does this during Hurricane Sandy.
  • Garnet and Gure: This cartoon short features an actress doing a re-creation of the Marilyn Monroe pose for a charity zombie calendar.
  • Bee unintentionally experiences this in the second episode of Bee and Puppycat when flying to Temp Bot. Her skirt opens in the wind, prompting to tell both Puppycat and Temp Bot to not look.

    Western Animation 
  • Hanna-Barbera's 1966 special of Alice in Wonderland or: What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? had a scene of Alice falling slowly down the rabbit hole feet first. She holds her skirt and slip down in place as she descends.
  • One episode of Beany and Cecil had Cecil lick Sleeping Beauty to wake her up, lifting her up in the air, right before she lands she holds down her dress.
  • In one episode of Beavis And Butthead Butthead uses an air hose to blow up women's skirts so he can look at their panties.
  • One episode of The Critic has Jay Sherman dressed up as Marilyn in a brief scene. It ends, appropriately enough, performing the obligatory maneuver as he stands over a fan.
  • Danny Phantom: In the episode "King Tuck", Tucker's loincloth flies up when the Sphinx roars at him.
  • Futurama:
    • Leela in the episode "Attack of the Killer App" during her humiliating montage after her singing boil is exposed online, she attempts to hide her appearance only for her dress to fly up and the paparazzi group take pictures.
    • Parodied in the episode "The Mutants Are Revolting" where the Queen of Yonkers is walking on the streets with the Mayor when an air conditioner, which had just lifted her dress a little too high, exuded an enormous quantity of sewage that sent her through the air.
  • She-Hulk does this in The Incredible Hulk (1996), despite wearing short pants, is sufficient to distract a dock worker doing his job and causes an incident at the start of "Fantastic Fortitude".
  • Coop speeding in Megas XLR has caused this one more than a few skirted women.
  • The Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures episode "The Littlest Tramp" has Polly Pineblossom's skirt being blown up by an air vent as one of the ways the villain Big Murray harasses and torments her.
  • The Real Ghostbusters episode "Janine, You've Changed" shows Janine doing this (in mid-air, no less) at one point in her rapidfire outfit transformation sequence.
  • The Seven Year Itch's instance of this was parodied in a Robot Chicken sketch, wherein the person standing over the vent was "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. In this sketch, the iconic scene was made because Marilyn "broke wind" from eating tacos before the shoot, and the director made the idea of covering it with a sound of train passing by.
  • Rocko on Rocko's Modern Life posed for a photo while doing this with his shirt. Like it makes a difference when he almost never wears pants.
  • The Sheep in the Big City episode "Be Still My Bleating Heart" has a scene where Sheep's wool goes up in a Marilyn maneuver while he's standing over a grate.
  • The Simpsons
    • Parodied in episode "Home Away from Homer", when Ned Flanders' moustache is blown around. (He's refusing to bow to pressure to shave it off.)
    • It happens to Groundskeeper Willie during Scotchtoberfest when Bart somehow manages to sneak balloons under his kilt, causing a female bystander to faint at the sight. Of course, it was all a trap laid by Principal Skinner, because there is no Scotchtoberfest.
    • Perhaps most disturbingly of all, Mr. Burns is seen in this pose in the episode "Rosebud."
    • The scene with Sister Marilyn in "Gone Maggie Gone" is another The Seven Year Itch parody.
    • In "The City of New York Vs. Homer Simpson", Homer drives his car between a startled couple in the middle of their picnic. The draft from the speeding vehicle causes the woman's orange, pleated skirt to get blown up from behind and there's a glimpse of her matching panties.
  • Spidey uses webs to build a slingshot to get to Oscorp faster and a young woman in a skirt happens to be in his wake resulting in this in The Spectacular Spider-Man's "Reaction".
  • Lois Lane in Superman: The Animated Series, due to a wind blown up from Superman's hasty departure. She comments that she needs to start wearing pants, (and in a rare case of averting Limited Wardrobe, she does wear pants in the next episode).
  • Few times done by girls in Totally Spies! when they fly through tunnels to the WOOHP.
    • In episode "Forward to the Past" done by Alex when girls get shot at and are sent flying to the fountain.
    • In episode "Evil G.L.A.D.I.S. Much?" done by a random pedestrian when Clover lands WOOHP jet next to her.
  • In the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "Recipe For Disaster", Velma and Daphne have to hold their skirts down when a high-powered floor dryer is activated.
  • In the Looney Tunes short, Bacall to Arms, Laurie Be Cool's robe rises from the back up to her upper thighs when she whistles.
  • Roxy in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Two-Tone Town". In one scene of a short film where she, Foxy, Goopy Geer, and Big Bee appear, her skirt gets blown up briefly when a swarm of bees fly between her legs.
  • In the "Wet n' Wild" segment of Dennis the Menace, a blonde lady keeps her skirt in place as a draft from Dennis and Joey, riding on skateboards while carrying a raft, attempts to lift it.
    • In the segment, "Sir Dennis and the Dragon", Margaret holds down her skirt as a twister suddenly appears and causes a draft.
  • Aimee in the first episode of Galaxy High. Her skirt lifts somewhat, as she gets sucked into a pneumatic tube twice and when she's seen exiting once.
  • Daisy in the Quack Pack episode, "Koi Story". After Gil dashes so fast he's a blur and carries her to where the giant fish bowl is, and places her down, his motion causes Daisy's skirt to lift somewhat and she does the one-leg-lift pose.
    • In "Can't Take A Yolk", this occurs with the Mergancer twins, Alexandra and Cassandra. When the Whirl-N-Hurl ride they're in is sped up, both their hair and skirts rise. One of them has another when she leaps for joy as the teenage Donald admits he was the one who caused the ride to go faster.
  • Mari Phelps and Hilary Hissy in The Cramp Twins episode, "Pirate Pants". A wind gust suddenly comes and blows up Mari's skirt, revealing yellowish-green panties with white lace trim in the beginning when she's with Lucien in the beginning and again towards the end; This occurs with Hilary towards the end, exposing she, too, wears the same color panties as Wayne tries to resist laughing at this.
  • A rare, male example with Zandor from The Herculoids in "The Raiders Apes". His skirt lifts up with Zok flies passed him, revealing his briefs.
  • Nita in The New Shmoo episode, "The Terror of The Trolls". After she tries to stop the Troll King's escape by motorboat with a lasso, he manages to drive off. As she holds onto the rope tightly, she's dragged across the surface of water and the motion gives her skirt an updraft. She crouches to avoid revealing too much and her panties are briefly exposed, and seen from the side.
  • Princess Toadstool in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode, "Count Koopula". When she's falling with Mario, Luigi, and Toad, she makes sure her dress stays down.
  • Jessica from Rick and Morty, in "Rest and Ricklaxation", when she drops from a portal with Rick.
  • Patti in the Doug episode, "Quailman: The Un-Quail Saga". She's in the middle of giving a news report when air coming from a huge vacuum hose causes her skirt to begin to blow up. But as she holds it in place, she gets sucked up by the vacuum hose, attached to a machine that collects beets.
  • In the Josie and the Pussycats episode, "A Thumb Is Not A Goldfinger", Valerie's dress floats slightly in the breeze, as she and the others cling onto one another and parachute to the ground.
    • Alexandra in "The Jumping' Jupiter Affair". Her skirt gets lifted from behind, as she hangs on tightly to a kite and the gust carries them idly. In a possible animation goof, she seems to be commando.
    • Melody in "Never Mind A Master Mind". Her skirt flies up as she and the others drop to the ground after being suspended in the air by a ray gun used to cause levitation, and the effect wears off. As a possible animation goof, she doesn't seem to wear undies in this.
    • In "All Wong In Hong Kong", Valerie's dress flows lightly or slightly as she hangs onto a flying rocket and grabs, and carries Alexandra. But the former isn't seen from behind when this happens.
  • Princess Calla in the Adventures of the Gummi Bears episode, "A Gummi By Any Other Name". When she and Sunni climb out of a tower's window, some wind lifts up the skirt of her peasant outfit and causes it to flow sideways, but it goes up no higher than calf-level.
  • Belinda Maze in the intro of Aroundthe Worldin Eighty Days. Due to bouncing with a pogo stick, her dress folds up enough to cover her upper body, exposing her underwear.
  • Monica in the Dinky Dog episode, "Dinky The Foggy Doggy". As she and Sandy look and call for Dinky, a stormy wind approaches and blows up her skirt up to her thighs, forward, then back.
    • Monica has another one briefly in "Phi Beta Dinky". When she climbs over and jumps down from a wall as part of an obstacle course.

    Real Life 
  • In less gender-sensitive times, many American amusement parks featured hidden boardwalk vents for this very purpose.
    • As shown in a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover from the 1920s.
    • As YouTube will confirm, there are still quite a few carnivals out there with "skirt-blowing" funhouses.
    • Considering that most modern women would wear jeans or shorts to a carnival, these funhouses are a bit of a relic now.
  • One anecdote from the 1914 Christmas Truce tells the story of a Scottish regiment and a German regiment starting an impromptu football game... and then the wind comes along and reveals the Scots are Going Commando... (the Scots won the game).
  • At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Kosovar actress Arta Dobroshi posed for a photocall to promote the upcoming Trois Mondes. A very ill-timed gust of wind that struck just as she did a little pirouette sent her (normally quite modest) blue skirt flying a bit too high, just as all the cameras were going off. Some publications couldn't resist the chance to use the term "Marilyn Monroe moment", and as if that wasn't bad enough, Miss Dobroshi did not happen to be wearing panties at the time.
  • Jessica Alba suffered a Wardrobe Malfunction of this type on August 13, 2014, complete with Panty Shot, as seen here.
  • Similar to Alba, Elizabeth Olsen accidentally made one in 2015 while in Paris as she happened to be in a mini-dress when the air decided to get windy for a moment.


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Alternative Title(s): Marilyn Manoeuvre


Robot Chicken - Tacos

Robot Chicken's parodic take on Marilyn Monroe's iconic subway scene, where she "breaks wind" from eating tacos. From the "Secrets of History Revealed" sketches.

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