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Not even Kamen Riders are immune to this trope.

"I see London! I see France! I see [Insert Name Here]'s underpants!"

Classic underwear reveal, usually accidental, and tends to be accompanied by the above rhyme in film. Generally involves Stock Underwear, especially Goofy Print Underwear. This trope is usually for comedic intent, catching a character in their most embarrassing state. There's also Cringe Comedy present, as the situation is usually awkward.

Examples

Anime & Manga

  • This isn't always bad, as Doctor Slump shows. During a baseball game, Akane's pants fall down, causing the pitcher to balk.
  • Negima does this with its female cast, seeing as the series is essentially Fanservice incarnate, including one where the girls take their clothes off thinking that it'll lighten the load on the elevator. (...yeah.), as well as Negi's sneezing being capable of tearing clothes. There's also an instance where Asuna pulls Negi's pants down to get him out of bed.
  • Colorful is one of the few fanservice anime with a quantity of I See London greater than or equal to upskirt Pantyshots.
  • In the second episode of Dokkoida, Hyacinth, a wannabe Enfant Terrible super villainess attempts a dramatic introduction only to discover that I Have The High Ground * Goofy Print Underwear leads to this trope.
  • Perhaps in response to this trope when she was younger, Hinagiku of Hayate The Combat Butler wears spats under her uniform.
    • Played with later when another character encounters her when she's up in a tree and she makes the claim that she saw Hinagiku's panties, the fact that she claims they were black, when another character told us that she likes being colorful, and her spats are black.
  • Early in Slam Dunk, Sakuragi tries to stop Akagi from dunking over him by holding him down. He accidentally pulls down his pants in the process.
    • Not really a straight example, as his underwear got pulled down too . . .
  • Happens quite frequently to Gray from Fairy Tail.
  • In Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Tsuna's basic Dying Will mode in early episodes made his clothes tear away, reducing him to his boxers.
  • In Dragon Half, Mig is first defeated when the heroes (accidentally) expose his Teddy Bear undies. Vina later uses a picture of Mig in said undies as blackmail material.
  • Case Closed - while trying to make his getaway, Kid the Phantom Thief shoots some belt-choppers towards Ran, intending to cause a distraction via this trope, but gets Kogoro instead.
  • In Soul Eater, Lord Death picks up Rachel!Medusa by the back of her dress several times, exposing her pumpkin panties.
    • Notably, while all of the Panty Shots from the Manga were removed in the Anime, this was left in.
  • The Slam Dunk example above also takes place in Kodomo No Jikan, done by the bratty Kuro to teacher Aoki. Yes, underpants and all. With another student IN FRONT of him when it happens.
  • Goku demonstrates this trope in his second fight with Tenshinhan by stealing the latter's belt. Though shocked at Goku's new speed, Ten tries to reassert control over the match by bragging about his new technique, which will make speed useless. The humiliation kicks in when Goku points out, yeah, but he should probably pull his pants up, and gives back the belt. Ten embarrassingly does so as the audience snickers.


Cartoons

  • Various cartoons, including ones where animals seem to wear underwear under their fur.
  • Kim Possible. Oh Ron, that thing never gets old. OK, well it does, but hey.
    • It got to the point where even the toys released had "pants losing action".
  • The first episode of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, in which all the pants got controlled by an intelligence-enhanced jeans, which prompted the above quote when the first one ran away, Hilarity ensued until everyone else's pants got off. Jimmy, Carl, Sheen and surprisingly Cindy would spend the rest of the episode in their underwear.
    • The trio of males explain their undressed states to Jimmy's angry mother by calling it a new fashion trend which leads to the absent minded father, Hugh to frighten the neighbors later in the episode while undressed.
  • Family Guy: Lois Griffin seems to get her panties exposed an awful lot...
    • Actually, considering she's what you might call a Fanservice Sue, they're quite restrained.
    • "I see London, I see France, I see Stewie's hideously chapped ass..."
  • Futurama: Happens to Fry in episode one (in the Applied Cryogenics building) and the later repeats of that scene in other episodes.
    • In another episode Amy is late to an important presentation because she slept in, as she enters she states this is like a bad dream, before she realizes she actually showed up to the presentation in her bra and panties.
  • Danny Phantom where the titular character is the main victim -- the last episode alone goes through at least three different shots of him losing his clothes to reveal him wearing nothing but his underwear...in a row.
    • Danny Phantom had it so bad that some fans have chronicled his development by looking at his underwear choices throughout the series. Seriously.
  • Johnny Test does this, getting into Crossing The Line Twice territory.
  • My Gym Partners A Monkey did the same thing as early as the advert for the show. (Why animals wearing no clothes themselves find it funny is unknown).
  • In an episode of The Jetsons, Rosie the robot angrily rips the dress off a snobbish socialite who had insulted the titular family. Both Jane and the woman had entered a party wearing identical dresses, which led to the whole conflict.
  • Alvin of Alvin And The Chipmunks ends up in his boxers after gluing himself to the saddle of a bucking bull while competing in a rodeo.
  • In The Adventures of T-Rex, the Transformation Sequence of the titular dinosaur superhero group involved each member having his clothes sucked off, revealing their boxers, which matched their costume colors.
  • An episode of the more recent Pink Panther cartoons (You know, the one where he talked) had the Panther as a vigilante of sorts, defeating villains by reciting the rhyme, and then cutting their belts off, allowing him to defeat them in the confusion. This doesn't work on the big bad though, as he happened to be wearing TWO pairs of pants.
  • Extremely common in Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog.
  • The Wild Thornberrys, Eliza recites this rhyme in a (supposedly) awe-inspiring speech to a family of Jaguars.
  • In "The Quartersize Quarterback" (episode of the animated Punky Brewster), Allen involuntarily drops trou in an attempt to catch a football. Margaux laughs at his polka dot boxers.
  • In Sabrina The Animated Series, Sabrina and her Chloe have their pants fall down in front of the cafeteria , revealing pink and green boxers for some reason? And Gen in the series splits her pants as a result of Sabrina's magic, much to her embarrassment as she covers her light blue undies.
  • In the Fairly Odd Parents episode, Class Clown, popular girl Veronica is wearing an outfit made of materials that dissolve when she is knocked into the mall fountain, she runs away screaming in her purple undergarments.


Comics

  • Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen starts a chapter with Mina Murray and Allan Quatermain descending a ladder. For some reason, Mina thought it was a good idea to let Quatermain go first, despite the fact she's wearing a dress.
    • Considering that in Vol. 2, they confess they've lusted after one another for ages, and then shag each other's brains out, you could call it foreshadowing...
  • Used in an issue of Excalibur in which the X-Babies end up in the main world. Lil'Wolvie says this to a nightshirt wearing Kitty Pryde.
  • Strangers In Paradise: Katchoo has a dream in which she's hanging from a tree branch and an anthropomorphic alarm clock says this to her from the ground.
  • Shortly after Wally West became The Flash, Alchemy disintegrated his costume (in public), saying he wasn't fit to wear it. Wally spent the rest of the fight in his boxers. (One little girl even starts saying the "I see London" rhyme.)


Movies

  • Happens to Seymour in Little Shop Of Horrors during Audrey II's Mean Green Mother number.
  • In Flushed Away, while zip-lining over the underground city, Roddy holds onto Rita's pants accidentally pulling them down in the process, obviously they both fall off the line after this.
  • The 2007 Transformers movie, in a bit obviously targeted at the younger demographic. Not that the other demographics wouldn't find it funny, mind you.
    • Alarmingly, those were John Turturro's under-drawers. Anyone who has seen The Big Lebowski will know why that man should not expose himself when children are present.
  • It isn't a Disney movie without someone losing their pants.
    • Definitely true of The Return Of Jafar, where Abis Mal chops his own trousers off trying to slash his sword in the air while talking about a swordfight he was in.
    • Subverted in Mickey Donald Goofy The Three Musketeers, in which Mickey's musketeer uniform is cut away by an enemy swordsman, revealing his familiar red shorts beneath.
      • Unless he's been running around in his boxers all this time and this is the first time it's been acknowledged.
    • Alice In Wonderland, where the Cheshire Cat sabotages Alice's croquet game and bonhomie with the Queen of Hearts by flipping her over on her head and exposing her huge Goofy Print Underwear for all to see. She suffered a huge BSOD because of it.
    • Inspector Gadget gets pantsed by his robotic double during their big fight scene.
  • Quoted by the Three Pigs in Shrek, while holding onto the Fairy Godmother's foot (while she's flying).
  • One of the plots in High School USA is the ongoing quest of two geek girls to get a photo of resident Jerk Jock Beau Niddleton's butt. They eventually succeed when he is pantsed by a robot at the film's climax.
  • Zack And Miri Make A Porno: "My name is Granny Panties, and nobody wants to fuck me!" "Nothing's whiter than my big, gay ass!"
  • Cecil B Demented: "Ooh, I see London, I see France, I see Honey's underpants!"
  • The Big Lebowski: "Now, I ain't never seen London, and I ain't never seen France, and I ain't never seen no queen in her danged undies, as the feller says..."
  • Rugrats in Paris had John Lithgow's character saying it after seeing Coco LaBouche getting the back of her bridal dress ripped off when Angelica deliberately steps on the train. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkN2WQ5m_QU
    • A very similar scene occurred in the Olsen Twins movie It Takes Two- replace Coco La Bouche with Jane Sibbett's character and Angelica with either Mary-Kate or Ashley (forget which).
  • In the French movie "My Golden Days", Paul meets an older woman called Gilberte. While talking with her, her skirt suddenly falls off, revealing her panties. Later on, in her house, she does it on purpose to tease with Paul.
  • In Extreme Ops, Kittie's pants rip when Will tries to pull her back up from hanging over the mountain, allowing him to see her panties. Some of her stomach shows as well.
  • In the How To Train Your Dragon extra DVD short The Legend of the BoneKnapper Dragon Gobber's pants fall down after he gives the dragon back his bone, which had been holding up his pants for years.


TV

  • ~That '70s Show~ pulled this in an episode where Eric pantses Donna during a pick up basketball game, exposing some rather unflattering Sears Catalog bloomers and humiliating her. Eric apologizes at the end of the episode with the Family Unfriendly Aesop, "I shouldn't have pulled your pants down in public, once you started letting me pull them down in private."
  • A favorite joke on The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody, with the titular twins. It shows up a lot less in the spin-off, The Suite Life on Deck.
  • In Peewee's Playhouse, Peewee is flying around the world and says "I see London... I see France... I see Moscow's underpants!"
  • Kamen Rider OOO: As seen in this page's image, Eiji Hino suffers from this in his debut. Double points since it also serves as a Memetic Outfit.
  • In Community Ahbed and Troy both pantsed eachother to the amusement of the other study group members. Pierce decides he wants in on the fun and pantses Shirley. He then learns the valuable lesson that it is never ever okay for a guy to pants a woman.
  • In Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy tries to show Kabir that embarrassing things happen to everyone, so she stands up and her pants fall down, she is later accused of making sexual advances towards him because of several misunderstandings during this scene.


Music

  • One of the traditions in ACDC concerts is seeing Angus Young strip down to his underwear.


Newspaper Comics

  • Relatively common with Tubby and the other boys in Little Lulu
  • In a Liberty Meadows strip, when Jen bends over to get her pocketbook, Dean recites the rhyme. Jen punches him. Dean complains: "I thought women liked poetry..."
  • Pretty common in Garfield, with Jon Arbuckle the most likely victim. Subverted in a strip where Jon deliberately wore a tank top and Goofy Print Underwear as loungewear on a rainy day.


Theater

  • This is one of the points of Noises Off. Most of the characters lose their trousers (or skirts) at least once through the play.


Video Games

  • When Crash Bandicoot gets hit by a scimitar in Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped, his pants are cut off, revealing his pink polka-dot boxers.
  • In Punch Out, King Hippo's trunks fall when Little Mac punches him in the mouth.
  • In ToeJam & Earl, Earl occasionally drops his pants and has to stop for a moment to pull them back up. (Funnily enough, his boxers are almost identical to his shorts.)
  • In Ghosts 'n Goblins / Ghouls'n Ghosts, a series known for its difficulty, protagonist Sir Arthur loses his armor after the first hit and has to fight on in his [[Goofy Print Underwear|strawberry print boxers]]. Another hit reduces the life counter.
    • Also applies to Maximo, Arthur's 3D counterpart, who loses his clothes when he only has one segment left on his Life Meter. Unlike Arthur, he can actually acquire a variety of different boxer shorts (though hearts are the default).
    • Another Capcom arcade game called Midnight Wanderers (part of Three Wonders) also has the characters lose their clothes after taking a hit. However, their shorts are drab and utilitarian.
  • In Wario Ware: Smooth Moves, one minigame has two cowboys in a quick-draw contest. The winner shoots the opponent's pants down.
  • In Rocket Knight Adventures and the SNES Sparkster, enemies are stripped to their underwear when defeated. This can also happen in the revival Rocket Knight, but only to the pigs and it depends on how they're defeated.
  • In Parajump, some random students lose their pants.


Web Animation

  • In Homestar Runner, Strong Bad crashes a prom wielding a remote that will make everybody's pants poof away. Unfortunately, he winds up in his boxers because he was the only person at the prom that was wearing pants. He has lost his pants a few other times as well.
  • Template:Yu Gi Oh The Abridged Series:
    • Joey: I see London, I see France, I see Mai Valentine's underpants!
    • Mai: Joey, stop gawking at my nethers and save my butt!


Webcomics


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