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Boxers, briefs, boxer briefs, bras, panties, corsets, garters, stockings, socks, and other forms of underwear. In more prudish times, these were known as "unmentionables". This also made them Forbidden Fruit, and thus the subject of numerous tropes. Needless to say, many of them are no longer literally unmentionable.

Now while a lot of these can be Fanservice, just as many can be Played for Laughs too.



  • The Art of Bra Removal: Men have difficulty removing bras.
  • Black Bra and Panties: Black undies always mean you're up to no good.
  • Briefs Boasting: A man who likes to brag wears small underwear or swimwear.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: A character has their underwear exposed for comedic purposes.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: A character is treated or acts as if they are naked even though they still have underwear on.
  • Fundoshi: Traditional Japanese loincloth made from a single piece of fabric.
  • Going Commando: A character who doesn't wear underwear.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Comedic Underwear Exposure is twice as funny if the undies in question have a goofy design on them (hearts or polka-dots are particularly common).
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: A naked character tries to cover up their nudity by placing their hands over their private parts or holding objects over their private parts.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero Found Underwear: In a video game that allows the player to rummage for items, occasionally the player will find underwear.
  • Lingerie Scene: A scene in which a female character wears nothing but her bra and underwear.
  • Naked Freak-Out: A character panics after losing their clothes in public.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: A character dreams they are in a state of undress. They could be dreaming that they're in their underwear if not straight up naked.
  • Of Corset Hurts: Corsets are painfully tight.
  • Of Corsets Funny: Seeing someone in a corset (particularly someone trying to conceal a paunch) is funny.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Corsets are alluring.
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: A prank where you pull down someone's pants to expose their underwear (though some versions might have the underpants pulled down with the pants).
  • Panty Fighter: Any series in which nubile young women engage in martial arts, frequently involving flashing their underwear.
  • Panty Shot: A gratuitous exposure of a female character's panties.
  • Panty Thief: A character who steals women's underwear.
  • Parachute Petticoat: A falling woman has her skirt function like a parachute, which will inevitably expose her undergarments.
  • Sarashi: A single long strip of fabric wrapped around the waist and chest as a form of underwear, with associations of badassery.
  • Stocking Filler: Thigh-high stockings are erotic.
  • Thong of Shielding: A female (or sometimes male) character wears only a thong on their butt.
  • Uncool Undies: Granny panties, tighty-whiteys, Goofy Print Underwear—all are a sign that the wearer is impossibly uncool.
  • Underwear Flag: Someone puts underwear on a flagpole.
  • Underwear of Power: Superheroes tend to wear costumes that look like they're wearing their underwear on the outside of their pants.
  • Underwear Swimsuit: A character swims in their underwear when they don't have a swimsuit with them (and for whatever reason have chosen to not go with skinny dipping).
  • Vapor Wear: A character wears clothing that shows off enough skin that it's impossible for them to be wearing underwear.
  • Wedgie: A prank where someone has their underwear yanked upward.

Alternative Title(s): Underwear Tropes