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  • Adorkable: Brief. He seems like the type of guy you just wanna give a big hug to. And, when you pull back his hair...
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Stocking really working for Corset the whole time? Or was she just another victim of a Gainax Ending?
  • Animation Age Ghetto: The show gives a big middle finger to the entire concept, especially in the dubbed version. Most of the art is done in a Thick-Line Animation style reminiscent of several Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon series from the later half of The Renaissance Age of Animation, but contains enough strong content to get it banned from broadcast in the US. Containing over 450 swear words in only 13 episodes, it also includes very strong sexual references, as well as Black Comedy referencing The Holocaust, abortions, rape, terrorism, and the Ku Klux Klan. Garterbelt is portrayed as an Ephebophile, and shown engaging in sadomasochistic acts in which he is tortured by pre-teen altar boys. When Panty and Stocking work as Idol Singers, most of their songs are about sex, including themselves being raped, while the cover for the anime's soundtrack is extremely provocative to the point of bordering on porn. There's so much of that content, it makes South Park look like a kids' show.
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  • Ass Pull: Gainax almost goes into full self-aware parody mode when Stocking dices Panty and reveals that she's a demon with only twenty seconds left of the final episode.
  • Awesome Music: Has its own page.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "D City Rock". There is no plot to it at all, has no context, comes out of nowhere and is just a parody of music videos.
  • Bizarro Episode: The entirely of Episode 10.
  • Broken Base:
    • Panty or Stocking? Most would go for the latter, but the former isn't all that unpopular either. Of course, there are also those who choose both.
    • Panty and Stocking or Scanty and Kneesocks. Some fans like the former pair due to them being crass heroines, while others prefer to latter pair for being more morally upright despite being villains.
    • The art style. The series uses the American cartoon style for most of the time, but there are some moments where it shifts to anime style. Some fans believe the series could had been better with a traditional anime art style, while others say the American style gives a unique feel to it.
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    • Should the series get a second season? Some feel like the Gainax Ending shouldn't be taken seriously, while others want the series to actually explain said ending so it can have a proper conclusion. A third camp wants another season, but only if the series is sold to Trigger, where most of the original crew went.
  • Crack Pairing: Garter/Chuck as a BDSM pair in Episode 11.
  • Critical Dissonance: The majority of anime critics didn't like this show, due to some people finding the comedy so dark and vulgar that it stopped being funny, with Anime News Network giving it a 1 out of 5. The audience on the other hand likes it a lot, with a 7.73 on MyAnimeList and a 7.6 on IMDb.
  • Cross Over Shipping: Due to her personality, fans have shipped Panty with characters from other franchises.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The entire series relishes with line crossing. The manga chapters are even worse.
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  • Cult Classic: Compared to its predecessor and successor, which have become two of the most popular anime of their respective decades, Panty & Stocking certainly seems underrated. But its fanbase, however small it may be, is very much devoted to it, and is still holding on to the prospect of a second season.
  • Die for Our Ship: Panty for Brief/anyone else; this died down over the years, however.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Scanty and Kneesocks, given how quickly high quality fan art was produced for them after the episode they were introduced aired.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Look at the Gainax Ending, now look at how Set killed Osiris. You will find a couple of similarities.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Brief/Stocking, despite having almost no interactions. And also, Brief/Panty/Stocking.
  • Fan Vid: This is the link to a very popular Fan Vid of Panty & Stocking, set to "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" by My Chemical Romance. Incredibly enough, most of the song's lyrics can be associated to the series!
  • Fanon Discontinuity: One way some fans deal with the obligatory post-credits Gainax Ending is to disregard it altogether, treating the final scene before the end credits as the true ending since it gives some closure to events that took place in the past few episodes.
  • Faux Symbolism: The ending. Two of God's creatures, one of whom kills her sibling. Does this remind you of anything?
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Panty & Stocking follows girls who use their supernatural powers to create weapons in order to combat abominations that were once human beings, which drop items that are beneficial to our protagonists. This premise is handled in a very comical way and the anime almost never takes itself seriously. Two weeks after it ended, however...
  • Gateway Series: This series can easily be credited for the founding of Studio Trigger.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series has been gotten tons of coverage in the United States. In Japan, the series originally sold only about 2,000 copies for the first volume and was beaten by anime like Yosuga no Sora and Samurai Girls. However, it did eventually gain a lot of popularity and generated a huge amount of doujins, cosplay and fan art.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The OST of the series features a cover art oddly showing the Transformation Sequence versions of Panty and Stocking given the same red color as the Daemon sisters. On one hand, it appears to simply be a stylistic choice, or even a visual cue to their rather non-angelic behavior in the series. Then Stocking turns out to be a demon the whole time. May also double as foreshadowing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the dub of "Les Diaboliques", Panty makes a comment along the lines of "Well fuck me in the keyhole" in response to the revelation of Scanty and Kneesocks' demonic nature. In the end, it's revealed that Brief's penis is the key to open Hell and during the final episode, Brief finally has sex with her.
    • In "...of the Dead", Panty and Stocking fight and kill several zombies with repurposed sex toys, including a weird oversized dildo within a leafblower/chainsaw base. Then we have Dead Rising 2 which has the option of attacking zombies with "massagers". It gets even funnier in Off the Record in that one of the new Combo Weapons Frank can make is a leaf blower that shoots "massagers" and looks reminiscent of Panty's weapon in-episode.
    • Panty and Stocking join the police in "...of the Dead". Their badges read R.I.P.D..
    • At one point in "Trans-homers," Stocking-Con refers to Panty-Bot as a "stupid whore."
    • Panty's wish in the soundtrack to have the seasons keep coming until "Panty IN THE SPACE" can be seen as this. As of "Geek Boy Homecoming", she very well get to go there thanks to Nova, if not just the Multiverse.
    • "If The Angels Wore Swimsuits" is very reminiscent of another scantily-clad, supernatural face-off that gets interrupted by a giant sea monster.
    • In "Turmoil of the Beehive", Queen Barby, the Villain of the Week, looks like a teenaged Lusamine.
  • Hype Aversion: There are those who will never even give the series a chance because of the constant praise of what they only see as hentai, as well as those who tried it due to the praise and still didn't like it.
  • It Was His Sled: Stocking is a demon and slices up Panty is pretty much this, given how many people mention the Gainax Ending.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Panty in the last two episodes, especially in the end.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The main characters (Panty, Stocking, Scanty and Kneesocks) are all very attractive female characters for females to gaze on. In addition to that, Stocking is bisexual and for an anime as absurdly crude and politically incorrect as this, no jokes are actually made against that.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Panty and Stocking will kick your ass as long as they don't argue.
    • Garterbelt, especially after his past is revealed.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Molester: Corset.
  • Moe:
    • Stocking. Even when the series makes a more realistic Art Shift, Stocking as a late teen/young adult still looks adorable.
    • Chibi!Panty and Stocking in the end credits, too, thanks to their Sanrio-esque looks.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • In "The Buzz of the Beehive", it's implied that Panty does not know what a condom is. With as much sex as she has on a daily basis that, she would be a veritable cesspool of venereal disease. However, according to Word of God, "angels don't get fat, grow old or get sick". If the girls don't return to Heaven they'll become humans and be unable to maintain their lifestyles without some serious side-effects, which explains their motivations.
    • Being a Grossout Show, this series runs on this and Squick.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Scanty and Kneesocks' Transformation Sequence. It only happens once, but it's easily one of the series' most iconic moments and helped cement the Daemon sisters' position as Ensemble Darkhorses.
  • One True Threesome: Brief/Panty/Stocking has its fair share of popularity in the fanbase. Fan arts depicting Panty and Stocking teasing and seducing Brief is not uncommon and Panty & Stocking cosplayers like to do at least one photo based on this pairing.
  • Paranoia Fuel: With "Pulp Addiction", you will be afraid of your own sperm and treat them like soldiers instead of just cells.
  • Periphery Demographic: This series has a rather significant female fanbase, despite it very obviously pandering to guys. For some of the female fanbase, this has to do with the fact that Panty and Stocking are seen as good feminist icons because they're both badass without falling into the "we can't portray any females with flaws, lest it be a bad representation of women" cliché, they never have to be saved by men, and Panty's obsession with sex is only portrayed as bad because it gets in the way of her work. Panty and Stocking are also sisters who worry about each other, and enjoy hanging out with each other in spite of their obvious differences. Others simply like them for the same reason the male fanbase does or because they're genuinely entertaining characters despite their status' as the designated heroes.
  • Rated M for Money: The series is crass, for adults only and is marketed towards them only.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Panty's worst traits are ramped Up to Eleven in any fic where Brief needs to be paired with someone other than her.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The Anarchy sisters' first transformation,
    • The battle between the Anarchy Sisters against Scanty and Kneesocks in episode 6, along with the Demons transformation scene.
    • The Help! We are Angels music video. Possibly the most notable one, due to possessing over 11 million views on Youtube.
    • Stocking killing Panty and revealing herself as a demon.
  • Signature Song:
    • Fly Away, the theme that plays for the Transformation Sequence and generally the Anarchy Sisters Leitmotif.
    • D City Rock, which is the song that plays for the music video. It also plays earlier in the show in The Stripping, when they're looking for jobs to work at, and failing at every single one of them.
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
    • It's very clearly inspired by The Powerpuff Girls to the point where it even uses the same episode structure. Depending on who you ask, it could either be considered a homage or parody to the series.
    • In the sense that it's an adult work that looks like something for kids that has moments of focusing on bodily functions, it's one to Conker's Bad Fur Day. Both this show and that game also has a feces monster that the main character have to fight.
  • Squick: If you're adverse to gross sights, this isn't the series for you as it gleefully dabbles in a lot of bodily functions as early as the first episode, which involves fighting a feces monster. Later down the line, we got an episode based around vomit and another around cum. Not to mention all the sexual innuendos as well.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Most of what Scanty and Kneesocks say about Panty and Stocking is true.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Gainax basically told the dubbing team to make the dub as crude and raunchy as possible, far and above the Japanese original, and they delivered. Apparently, Gainax wanted a distinctly American flavor of raunch, specifically to teach their creative division how to curse like Westerners.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Almost the entirety of "Vomiting Point". You can't just sit through watching the poor guy's life without shedding some tears.
    • You would hardly expect a legitimate Tear Jerker from a series like this, but Gainax manages to deliver one in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City". The ghost that Stocking dated for most of the episode is an amalgamation of the regrets of men who had never discovered love. As soon as he found it by proposing to Stocking, he disappears from this world, having precious little time to experience said love.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Bayonetta meets Futari wa Pretty Cure meets The Powerpuff Girls on pot. Another one is Invader Zim meets The Powerpuff Girls at a strip club on acid.
  • Tough Act to Follow: None of Gainax's subsequent series ever made as much of an impact, domestically or overseas, as this one, and the studio is generally agreed to have gone into a Dork Age afterwards. The main reason for this is because after this anime, its creative staff left Gainax to start their own animation studio.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: "Chuck to the Future Part 3", which steps right into Mind Screw territory. "Chuck to the Future Part 2" is also full of Surreal Humor and references to Watchmen.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The gonk version of Stocking.
    • Chuck and Fastener to some.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • "Vomiting Point" features character designs that are creepy to say the least. They are, of course, interestingly similar to the style of Tekkonkinkreet.
    • The post-transformation Panty and Stocking dancing around. They resemble herky-jerky photo-puppets. It looks like something out of a witch-barrier.
  • Vindicated by History: The series initially failed in Japan. However, thanks partially to the humongous popularity the show enjoyed in America, it is now rather popular in the its home country too. That's probably thanks to strong advertising, with things such as: merchandise,note  special exhibits and even a special menu based on the show in a popular restaurant.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The series looks like something from Cartoon Network, but the content is extremely adult. It has a TV-MA label on the front of the box in America in a similar vein to Conker's Bad Fur Day which isn't typically very common and an 18 in the UK showing that this is not for kids. The series is considered much more vulgar than South Park. Furthermore, even the least attentive parents would know not to show their kids something with "panty" in the title.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: In fact it was. According to an interview in Young Ace, the concept for the series came up during a Gainax company party when the whole staff was pretty drunk.
  • Widget Series: When only one episode had come out, and each episode that follows is weirder than the last.
  • Woolseyism: The series is an ungodly raunchy anime that pokes fun at American cartoons, and has a lot of Engrish swearing. So when the time came for Funimation to dub it, they approached it as an American adaptation of an American-esque Japanese series instead of going for a straight translation. The end result is a Gag Dub similar to that of Ghost Stories with tons of Rapid-Fire Comedy, One-Liners, Character Exaggeration all around, and even more swearing, all while managing to keep the original script for each episode. And given the nature of the series, it works.
  • The Woobie:
    • The old man from "Vomiting Point". Poor guy.
    • Brief. He also counts as an Iron Woobie considering all the abuse he takes in the series and yet still trying to get in Panty's good favor despite it.
    • Stocking in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City". She finally falls in love with someone, but Panty keeps trying to separate the two, and she loses him in the end anyways.
  • WTF Casting Agency: Dubbing company in this case as no one expected FUNimantion to grab the license since this isn't really the type of series they would go for unironically. Their dub ended up being very funny regardless.


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