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If Modesty Shorts involves a character wearing a skirt over shorts, then Tights Under Shorts involves a character wearing, well, tights under shorts. This is a great way to avoid too much fanservice with even the shorter shorts (including hot pants), though not as popular or traditional as Modesty Shorts, Skirt over Slacks, or Proper Tights with a Skirt. If flesh-colored tights are used, especially where censorship rules don't allow bare legs (as was most notoriously the case with The Dukes of Hazzard), then it can be used as a method of Getting Crap Past the Radar. Under certain circumstances, the tights can serve to prevent visible leg injuries (like scraped skin or minor cuts) if their material is strong enough.

Don't expect the shorts in question to be Modesty Shorts except on EXTREMELY rare occasions.

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     Anime and Manga  

  • Chrono from Chrono Crusade wears black tights under a pair of red shorts.
  • Konata wears black tights under her olive green shorts with one of her casual outfits in Lucky Star, particularly on the cover of volume 1 of the manga, as well as in several strips in the manga itself.
  • Ritsu wore blue pantyhose under her shorts in one of the ending sequences of K-On!.
  • Kurisu Makise in Steins;Gate.
  • In the anime version of Cardcaptor Sakura, and possibly a few other times, Sakura wore tights under shorts during a winter scavenger hunt.
  • Apparently Hikaru no Go, a rare male example, when he was younger as seen through the time skip in the third opening.
  • This is part of Kyoko Sakura's attire in this New Year's celebratory image featuring the main cast of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
  • In Marvel Disc Wars: The Avengers, Jessica Shannon wears this by default.
  • Another rare male example, Mephisto Pheles' regular outfit includes puffy shorts and vertical-striped tights.
  • Ichigo Hoshimiya from Aikatsu! has worn this on occasion, particularly in the second season.
  • This is part of Mia Ageha's casualwear in Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future.
  • In Go! Princess Pretty Cure, both Kirara Amanogawa and Yui Nanase wear this with their winter clothes.
  • Asahina Aoi's Future Foundation Outfit in Danganronpa 3.
  • Makoto from Flying Witch is most often seen wearing black tights under her shorts or skirt.
  • Yuko Nishigori from Yuri!!! on Ice always wears black tights under her shorts when she's at the skating rink, and she's been wearing them this way ever since she was young. She also wears white tights with her pajamas at home.
  • Katie from Yo-Kai Watch wears tights under her shorts in her winter outfit. Nate's mother also wears this as part of her casual outfit.
  • Kudelia Aina Bernstein from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans wears a navy shorts and black tights as a part of her business outfit.

     Comic Books  

  • Incandescence wears black opaque dance tights under her Leotard of Power for a more modest look.
  • Worn by Ramona in Scott Pilgrim, who often has the tights be bright colors.
  • Gabby's "costume" in All-New Wolverine consists of body armor, a Cool Mask decorated with painted lashes and band-aids, bright pink sneakers, and mismatched tights worn under a pair of black shorts.

     Fan Fiction  

  • In the planned fanseries Pretty Cure Strange Happenings (which is still in the developmental stages as of writing), Cures Kyuketsu and Ramen wear this with their costumes; specifically, Kyuketsu wears jean shorts and Ramen dark green shorts, both over white tights.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya wears jean shorts over red tights with one of her casual outfits in SOS Pretty Cure.
  • Lina Eastwood does this as Super Cure Western in the series finale of Pretty Cure Hollywood Stars as the rest of the Cures get their own final costume upgrades as well.
  • Tsumugi does this fairly frequently in Rhythmic Pretty Cure. Usually, it's during rhythmic gymnastics classes, competitions and exhibitions, or when she's Cure Clubs.
  • Ironically, Misty shows a lot less skin in Pokémon: Clefairy Tales, as confirmed by Word of God, despite wearing a costume similar to her default anime outfit (which also appeared in a variation in Pokémon Yellow), as she is stated to be wearing flesh-colored tights under her trademark jean shorts.

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     Film - Animated  

  • Part of Penny's costume from Bolt when she's filming the eponymous TV series about a girl and her superdog.

     Film - Live Action  

  • Olivia Castle wears fishnet tights with black leather shorts during the opening disaster scene in Final Destination 5.
  • Trash from The Return of the Living Dead appears to be wearing this at first, but this gets subverted during her striptease scene when it's revealed that she's actually wearing thigh-high legwarmers.
  • Ruby Keeler wears this for her tap dance solo during the eponymous music number at the climax of 42nd Street.

     Live Action TV  

  • Daisy Duke wears this in the TV incarnation of The Dukes of Hazzard due to TV censorship rules concerning showing too much skin on female legs. To get around these rules without making this trope too obvious, Catherine Bach wore flesh-colored tights under the jean shorts her character famously and frequently wears.
  • On Shake It Up!, Bella Thorne and Zendaya usually wear this.
  • Burt Ward as Robin in the 1960's Batman series is a rare male example.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Nai from Mahou Sentai Magiranger wears this plus stockings over the tights, while the other half of her Literal Split Personality just wears the typical dress and thigh high combo instead.
    • Every single outfit Luka from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger wears is a shorts/tights combination. To the point where, if you weren't paying enough attention, you mighty think that her wardrobe is way smaller than it actually is.
    • Mio from Ressha Sentai Toqger dabbles in this, and when she does she often looks like an Expy of Luka.
    • Amu from Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger wears leggings under her puffy shorts, making this one of the few seasons to not pull off She's Got Legs with one - or both - of their heroines' wardrobe.
  • Natsumi from Kamen Rider Decade.
  • Emily and Lauren from Power Rangers Samurai pretty much always wear leggings. Both under shorts and skirts.
  • Jess from New Girl frequently wears black tights with shorts. (Zooey Deschanel, who plays her, often favors this look in real life as well.)
  • Min wears this for her appearance in the Barney & Friends video "Dance with Me", her final appearance in the franchise.

     Video Games  

  • Mira from the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl generation of video games.
    • Both the female and male protagonists of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 sport these as well. They appear to be wetsuits rather than tights, but the effect is the same.
    • This is among one of the many outfit combinations available in Pokémon X and Y.
  • Mao from Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice is a rare male example. In his case it's more longer shorts under regular shorts.
  • Chaos from Xenosaga does this as well.
  • Another male example, Ash Crimson from The King of Fighters in his alternate costume's first color in Maximum Impact: Regulation A, as well as in one other palette swap.
  • Invoked by most incarnations of Mega Man and his supporting cast, as most robot characters' legs are painted a different color from their pelvic components. Mega Man Legends' Roll is a straight example, but her tights are only slightly longer than her iconic short shorts.
  • Margeruite (Margaret) in Rune Factory 4 wears a sort of mini-onepiece-pants outfit and wears tights with it. Including wearing some tights over those.
  • Naoto Shirogane wears this with one of her costumes in Persona 4: Dancing All Night.
  • Female and male characters can sport this look in Phantasy Star Online 2 by pairing an outfit with shorts with either the leg tights available for women (and at least one option for men listed below,) full body tights available for both genders, or sufficiently long socks/stockings if the shorts happen to be long enough.
    • The Straight Liner outfit is a male example, featuring leg tights under futuristic athletic shorts. The tights can be paired with any other Layered Wear outfit.
  • Female Earthlings have this as their default outfit in Dragonball Xenoverse 2.

     Web Animation  

  • Mystery Skulls Animated: Lewis's active little sister Belle wears black tights under her yellow shorts, the tights seem to be torn at at least one knee which goes well with the band-aid on her elbow indicating the cheerful child gets in scrapes often.
  • RWBY: As a Rabbit Faunus, Velvet was designed to be both modest and athletic. As a result, she wears a modest, modern style of combat attire. Tight, flexible Lycra covers her body from neck to toe, which is further covered by a cropped brown jacket and matching shorts. When wearing her school uniform, she hides her legs with tights and conducts herself shyly and nervously.

     Webcomics  

  • Homestuck. Equius Zahhak usually dresses like this. Fanservice was probably not the intended effect.
  • Sweet Dreams: Starry Song's magical girl costume takes inspiration from a medieval bard and includes these.
  • In Rain, the title character favors this while wearing her school gym uniform even though the other girls don't. This is partially due to her naturally shy personality and partially due to the fact that she's a transgender girl who wants to draw as little attention to what's under her shorts as possible. Naturally, she fails at evading attention.

     Western Animation  

  • Jane from Daria normally wears this.
  • Jessie Bannon in the second season of Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures.
  • April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) wears denim shorts over a pair of tights and a yellow shirt. In later seasons, she abandons this look for a space-suit when they leave Earth with Honeycutt and then a black and yellow jumpsuit when she becomes a kunoichi.
  • A rare male example: Justin from Justin Time seems to wear tights (or very long socks) under his shorts when the episode takes place in a snowy area.
  • DC Super Hero Girls gives us Harley Quinn. Each leg is a different color.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Chloe's lackey, Sabrina, wears shorts with a pair of leggings under them.
    • A variant with Lila Rossi, who wears tights under a short romper.

     Real Life  

  • Players of modern Roller Derby often do this as sliding bare-skinned along a concrete or wooden surface causes "rink rash." Tights are a necessity and are worn to protect the skater during the inevitable falls and crashes. As spectacle continues to cede primacy to athletic prowess, the once-obligatory booty shorts and short skirts are giving way to more conventional athletic wear.
  • A popular choice for soccer players to keep their legs warm in cold weather, as well as for muscular support.
  • Curiously, done with the "Hooters Girls" outfits, in the manner of Daisy Duke.
  • Some cosplayers will add dance tights if the costume involves shortshorts. This is to help even skintone and hide cellulite.
  • Growing more common across NBA athletes. Players like Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant wear tight pants underneath their uniform shorts.
  • Lindsay Lohan sported this look shortly after hooking up with a new romantic partner in March 2016.
  • Worn by Tomoko Kaneda for this interview with Anime News Network's Anime Now service in February 2017.
  • Many ballet dancers wear booty shorts over their leotards and tights during ballet classes and rehearsals.
  • Worn by many female pro wrestlers. Fishnets are not unheard of, but it's fairly commonplace to wear a pair of flesh coloured tights too if your gear exposes the thighs, it helps smooth out the tone of the skin and add an additional layer of protection against any wardrobe malfunctions.
  • For plenty of young women, combining shorts and tights (sometimes multiple layers of them if it's especially chilly) is just a normal aspect of autumn clothing if you don't feel like wearing full length trousers.


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