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Since when is underwear more embarrassing than walking around pantless?
One of many Practical Joke tropes, this one involves pulling someone's pants down to expose their underpants (also known as "pantsing"). Usually from behind. And it may or may not take the underwear down with it. The pantsed character usually has a Naked Freak-Out once noticing and fumbles to either cover himself or to pull their pants back on.

A little something for future reference: this is a prank that can lead to accusations of sexual harassment and/or indecent exposure, so as a rule of thumb, don't do it.

Can double with Comedic Underwear Exposure, though this usually involves just the pants coming off. Can sometimes expose Uncool Undies. Compare with Shameful Strip, Stripping Snag and Wedgie.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball: During a tournament fight, Goku swipes Tien's belt at super speed, causing Tien's pants to fall and embarrassing him.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • In OVA 5, The Exciting Ryuzetsu Land, Mirajane has her top ripped off by Jenny Realight, and in retaliation, Mirajane pulls down Jenny's bikini bottom.
    • During the Oracion Seis Arc, Erza takes Lucy's belt causing her skirt to fall down in front of everyone much to her embarrassment and anger towards the Blue Pegasus boys ogling her.
  • In Pokémon, Sabrina's father psychically pulls Ash's pants down.
    • The Akala Island Treasure Hunt in the Sun and Moon series has a goofy Stoutland guide try to pull off Ash's shorts before the Treasure Hunt begins.
  • Idiot Hero Goggles pantses Rider when he meets him in Splatoon.
  • In the second episode of Yo-kai Watch Jam - Yo-kai Academy Y: Close Encounters of the N Kind, Koma Sandayu pantses Tamada Mataro, who is wearing briefs with a froggy print.

    Comic Books 
  • In the autobiographical graphic novel Smile (Raina Telgemeier) (Published September, 2014) by Raina Telgemeier, Raina breaks up with her group of "friends" when one of them pulls her skirt down in the school cafeteria.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman, Theodore, who had developed a meaner streak than usual as a result of being bitten by the Wolfman, pulls down Alvin and Simon pants on the opening night of their drama teacher's Jekyll and Hyde play, which results in the audience seeing Alvin and Simon in their underwear when the curtains open.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • During a flashback at the start of Anger Management, a bully pulls down Dave's gym shorts and underwear in front of his childhood crush Sara, embarrassing him in front of an extremely crowded and busy neighborhood who make fun of his Teeny Weenie. This proves to become a traumatic memory to Dave's self-esteem, setting the stage for the rest of the film's events.
  • In Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Nigel is pantsed by Kyle after the Bakers' are accused of not having enough discipline.
  • Girl House: This turns out to be the killer's Freudian Excuse. As a child, two girls pantsed him and made fun of his Teeny Weenie and he developed a hatred for women growing up.
  • In High School U.S.A., a pair of girls are determined to get a photo of the butt of the Big Man on Campus Beau Middleton. One attempt involves trying to pull down his pants in the haunted house at the school fair. However, they accidentally pull down the pants of the fat nerd and photo his butt. At the end of the movie. Beau gets pantsed by a robot (It Makes Sense in Context) and the girls get their photo.
  • One Deleted Scene from Home Alone features Uncle Frank pantsing Kevin.
  • During his third Villain Song, Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, Audrey II plays around with Seymour throughout it, one method of which is yanking down his pants while he's raising an ax to cut him.
  • In Meatballs II, after Flash wins the boxing match, his opponent pants him while Flash his celebrating.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge: After Jesse beats Grady during a game of baseball, Grady pulls down Jesse's pants. Another girl comments with approval on his rear.
  • Space Jam shows Sylvester the cat use a fishing rod to completely yank away orange Monstar Pound's athletic shorts during the second half of the Ultimate Game. Pound is apparently Going Commando, as he's shown denuded from the waist down, and resorts to sitting on the court with his jersey pulled down in embarrassment. "Nice butt!" Canon Foreigner Lola Bunny comments.
  • At one point in The Nanny Diaries, Annie challenges Grayer to a race, only for him to pants her in order to get a head start.
  • The opening scene of Weird Science sees this happen to Gary and Wyatt, being pantsed by their bullies in the gym, in front of all the girls.

  • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, Greg mentions that kids would try to pants each other in his gym class. When Vice Principal Roy has a meeting with the students to try and put a stop to it, some kid hides in the bleachers and pulls his pants down. The same kid, who was dubbed "The Mad Pantser", also pulls down Rowley's pants during the Valentine's dance. The Mad Pantser never gets caught.
  • Book 2 of The Terrible Two involves trying to pull one of these on the new principal, who wears suspenders and a belt to ensure his pants stay up.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Frasier from Cheers once brought a support group of his to the bar to help with their agoraphobia. They strike up a friendship with Norm, Cliff, and Paul who convince them to pants Frasier. It actually goes a long way towards curing their agoraphobia.
    Frasier: For I am a healer. That is what I do.
    Cliff: And we are pantsers.
    Norm: That is what we do.
    [They chase him out of the bar.]
  • Chuck: In the fifth season, Morgan gets the Intersect downloaded into his head, which starts causing problems in as is begins making him forget things about himself and gives him a real attitude. Chuck compares it to a similar time right after Morgan first was able to grow a mustache and got a similar attitude, until one of the girls in their class pantsed him in front of everyone. Later, as Morgan is showing off for the personnel of the Private Military Contractors he's been hired on with, Chuck winds up pantsing him right in front of them.
  • In one episode of Community, Abed pantses Troy, who pantses Abed back in retaliation, but Abed being constantly Genre Savvy, he demonstrates he was ready to turn this around by wearing Goofy Print Underwear. The atmosphere turns sour real fast when Pierce decides to pants Shirley (who was out of the room and didn't saw the prank) to show her what everyone was laughing about.
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation: In Mercy Street, JT is pantsed by Liberty's brother Danny at a hot tub party, revealing his shortcomings to his girlfriend Manny.
  • In Drake & Josh Megan pantses Josh after he takes away her game console.
  • The Game Shakers premiere has Hudson get pantsed after Triple G tries to get him down from the hook he's suspended from.
  • iCarly
    • An accidental version occurs when Spencer is stuck in a ventilation shaft and everyone's attempts to get him out only results in them pulling his pants off.
    • In "iHurt Lewbert", Sam pantses Freddie after he tells her he's not wearing a belt.
  • Done twice as a challenge in Impractical Jokers, where the Jokers have to get a stranger to untangle earbud cords before a special guest walks over and pulls down their pants. The first time featured Bully Ray, Tommy Dreamer, Velvet Sky, and Luke, a child from a previous challenge. The second, filmed in Hollywood, starred Jay and Silent Bob for three Jokers; the recently fired Rob Emmer went during Sal's turn and pleaded for his job while pitifully pantsing.
  • In one Kenan & Kel episode, Kel accidentally pulls Kenan's pants off while trying to get him out of a fence.
  • On M*A*S*H, in the episode "Bottoms Up", Hawkeye pantsed Charles during an OR session. Unfortunately for Hawkeye, nobody thought it was funny, and it became a Once Done, Never Forgotten moment, being brought up in several subsequent episodes, including the series finale.
  • Mortified: In "Taylor Turns Bad", Layla convinces the grounded Taylor to sneak out, then secretly pulls Taylor's jeans off leaving her in a skirt top, her underwear and even bigger trouble with her parents.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, in "Guide to Embarrassment" the school bully Loomer and nearly a dozen other kids have a contest to see who can pants Cookie the most times in one day. Cookie eventually gets around this by wearing a janitors uniform.
  • 7th Heaven: On her first day of high school, Ruthie pulls Martin's pants down and is immediately suspended for it.
  • Numerous times on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Once Zack to get him and Cody on a game show. One time Cody pantsed Zack to keep him from stealing.
  • That '70s Show:
    • In "Donna's Panties", While playing basketball Eric pulls down Donna's sweatpants revealing her granny panties, the rest of the episode revolves around Eric handling this inappropriately.
    • In "Misfire", during a dream sequence, Kelso pulls down Jackie's pants annoying her more than embarrassing her.
  • In an Episode of Friends, during a football game Ross pulls down Monica's sweatpants to stop her from catching a ball, she chases after him trying to hide her boyshorts.
  • The Wonder Years
    • In "Loosiers", one of the students has their gym shorts pulled down during a basketball game, exposing his tighty-whitey briefs while Kevin and Paul laugh.

    Music Videos 
  • A servant pulls down the pants of a general in XTC's video for Generals And Majors while the general is pointing to a world map on the wall. The victim doesn't seem to notice, being preoccupied with global conquest. Viewable on YouTube at the 2:35 mark: [1].
  • Happens in the Self-Deprecation video for Skee Lo's song "I Wish" when a humiliating failure a playing basketball due to his lack of height culminates in him being pantsed by another player - [2]

    Video Games 
  • In Nickelodeon Clickamajigs "Bully the Bully" one of the things you can do is to the bully is remove his buckle. It will cause him to turn flushed after being pantsed.

    Web Animation 
  • At the beginning of the Shut Up! Cartoons Smosh Babies episode "The Great Big Wheel Race", Ian and Anthony pull Lenny's pants down to make him look stupid in front of Penny. Lenny catches them before they can run away, and asks them if they're trying to kiss his butt.
  • Strong Bad Email: In "senior prom", Strong Bad crashes the prom with a device that will remove everyone's pants. Only after activating it does Strong Bad realize he's the only one wearing pants.

    Web Comics 
  • Abel Rewanz from Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures yanks the pants off Daniel Ti'fiona, seeking Daniel's clan marking. Abel finds one in strip #550, and remarks that it strongly resembles a hot-iron branding. This completes a Brick Joke with strip #63, which the creator thoughtfully footnotes. For the record, Dan's clan mark is on his right shoulder, not on his furry butt.

    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe: In The Road to Whateley (Part 3):
    The Short Goon popped a power leap to head them off before they could get to the alley. He spun around, crouched and started glowing with ominous power. "Onnnneee... Twooo... Thr—HEY!" the shrimp yipped as Nick picked him up, completely ignoring the scary, scary power buildup and pantsed him, then flung him into a convenient and open dumpster.

    Web Videos 
  • In Jenna Marbles's video "I'm Dog Stairs For Halloween" Julien does this to her, much to her ire and she (jokingly) tells him to move out. Later, she gets back at him by pantsing him.
    Jenna: My butt's out when you pants me, now how does it feel?! [pulls down Julien's pants]]
    Julien: Ha ha, I am naked.

    Western Animation 
  • The Angry Beavers episode "Spooky Spoots" had Norb and Daggett pull down the pants of Scientist #1.
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Who Would Win," Jake pantses Finn during their fight; which proves to be useful advice from a car salesman spirit in defeating the monster terrorizing the village. Jake then tells Finn to pull his pants up before they fight the monster again.
  • Archie's Weird Mysteries, "Invisible Archie": In a final attempt to embarrass Robbie, the jock who's been distracting Betty and Veronica, Reggie pulls down his pants in front of the audience. This prank actually works. However, Reggie performs it oblivious to his becoming visible again. Able to see his tormentor, Robbie beats the stuffing out of him in retaliation.
  • In Big Mouth episode "Steve the Virgin", this happens multiple times throughout the episode due to President Trump declaring it National Pantsing Week. Oddly, Played for Laughs in a series that usually takes sexual harassment seriously.
  • Every camper was on the receiving end in the Camp Lazlo episode "All Campers Pull Pants" What's particularly bizarre is that in most of the episodes of the series, most of the campers don't wear pants (or underwear, for that matter).
  • In a flashback in the Family Guy episode, "The Tan Aquatic With Steve Zissou", Peter's childhood bully, Randy Fulcher pantses Peter twice, then pulls Peter's pants up when Peter tries to use the urinal.
  • In the crossover between The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Codename: Kids Next Door Billy's dad pantses the Mandy Reaper so their attacks will work, showing off pink flower underwear similar to Mandy's normal dress.
  • One episode of Horrid Henry has the title character pants three boys at school then try to avoid being pantsed in retaliation when his mom makes Henry wear bloomers his aunt sent him.
  • An accidental version in Jacob Two-Two. Buford falls when climbing a rope and grabs onto Jacob's pants and his weight causes poor Jacob's pants to rip off in front of everyone.
  • In Season 1 of Kablam, the "Surprising Shorts" segment would always begin with June pantsing Henry revealing his Goofy Print Underwear.
  • The Loud House:
    • In the episode where Lincoln gets transported to a universe where all his sisters are male, their personalities change dramatically and they bully him. The one whose personality is the same no matter their gender is Lynn. Both Lynn and her male counterpart pants Lincoln.
    • In "Heavy Meddle", Lincoln gets pantsed by a bully (who is later revealed to be Ronnie Anne).
    • In "City Slickers," one of Lincoln's concerns about visiting Ronnie Anne in her new home in the city is that she'll depants him on the Jumbotron in the city. It doesn't happen, Ronnie Anne merely settles for depantsing Lincoln in a less crowded place and leaving him with a photograph of it as a souvenir.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: In the episode "the Boys are back in Town", the girls do this to Brick. And either he wasn't wearing any underpants, or they pulled them down along with his pants, since the act exposes his bare butt.
  • In the Rick and Morty episode "Total Rickall", one of the memories that makes Morty realize Rick isn't a parasite is a memory of him pantsing Morty in front of two girls at school.
  • Sanjay and Craig: In an episode called Depants Tag, everyone goes around town removing each other's pants until there is only one left standing. Many characters are caught wearing Goofy Print Underwear.
  • The Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! episode "The Many Faces of Evil" had the show's main villain Dr. Phibes attempt to clone himself and his clones all have bizarre quirks. One of the Phibes clones was a prankster who pantses the original Dr. Phibes.
  • The Simpsons: In "Bart of Darkness", Martin Prince's pool bursts open from too many people in it, leaving him standing alone. To add insult to injury, Nelson pulls down his trunks, leaving him naked. This was also a Brick Joke from the beginning of the episode, where he brags about wearing 17 layers in the Poolmobile... that are promptly stripped off by the other swimmers. Cue Martin saying, "I brought this on myself."
  • Total Drama
    • Heather and Gwen are paired up for the rock climbing challenge in "Who Can You Trust?". Gwen climbs, Heather secures her. While preparing Gwen's harness, Heather adds an extra rope with which she can tear off Gwen's skirt at a time of her choosing, which happens to be when Gwen's about halfway up the cliff and can't do anything to protect her modesty. After initial unease, Gwen decides to tough it out and keep climbing, winning not just by determination but also because her opponent, DJ, lost focus trying to look away.
    • In "Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island", Noah taunts Duncan when Courtney leaves him behind to make a clean escape with the money. He also comes unwisely close to the bully, so Duncan retaliates by not just pulling his pants down, but by stealing them wholesale. It takes a while before Noah has the time to fetch a new pair.
    • During the challenge to build a Franken-Chris in "One Flu Over the Cuckoos", Duncan pulls down Harold's pants with the Franken-hand he gets thrown to him by Heather. Leshawna comes to Harold's defense.
    • Harold gets voted off in "2008: A Space Owen" and as he walks to the Lame-o-sine, Duncan tells him to hurry up and calls him "Doris", Harold's loathed middle name. With nothing more to lose, Harold runs back and pulls down his long-suffered bully's pants. Duncan acknowledges he deserved that.
  • What's with Andy?, episode "101 Underpants", Andy as revenge for getting laughed at when his pants fell down, plans to pants everyone at school with special belts that fall off when they're posing for a school picture. When he finds out that Lori is wearing one of the belts, he tries to "save her pants".
  • In the Xiaolin Showdown premiere Raimundo does this to Omi and Omi does it to Jack. The latter allows him to win the Xiaolin Showdown.
    • In "The Shard of Lightning," Jack and his robotic double depants Omi again as one of the pranks they pull with the titular artifact.