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A female character's skirt or dress being lifted by the wind; sometimes it can instead be done with a Man in a Kilt. May or may not result in a Panty Shot, depending on the presence or lack of underwear, the angle it's seen from, and the victim's reaction time (for some reason, they always tend to be quicker on the draw when it's seen from the front). Bonus points if the wind is sudden and unexpected, causing the woman to shriek and try to push the skirt back down. Oftentimes the woman actually enjoys the experience, which sends this trope into (non-violent) Too Kinky to Torture territory. Rule 34 most definitely applies here, as the subject serves as Fetish Fuel for a fairly wide audience.
The iconic example, of course, is Marilyn Monroe's white dress in The Seven Year Itch. However, Kelly LeBrock's scene from The Woman in Red is also well known, and is frequently parodied in Europe (particularly Italy), perhaps because The Woman in Red itself is nearly a shot-for-shot remake of the 1976 French film Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, also known as Pardon Mon Affaire.
- A male kilt example with this Sierra Mist commercial, featuring Patton Oswalt stepping out of a St. Paddy's Day parade to do the Marilyn Maneuver. Quoth an onlooker, "That's just wrong, Dad."
- Sometimes seen in commercials from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s for products like pantyhose (back when a lot more women wore them than do today), Nair (see Image Links above), or any other product designed to make a woman's legs look nicer.
Anime and Manga
- Asuka's introduction in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Several times in Mahou Sensei Negima. Jack Rakan even has a technique that's solely meant to invoke this trope after he's stolen his opponents' panties.
Rakan: Creating a tempest whirling at speeds of a hundred kilometers per hour around the target, whilst the target herself feels nothing but the soft touch of a gentle breeze! Truly the ultimate wind technique for granting the dreams of men!!
- At least once in Love Hina, too--when they're returning from Pararakelse.
- When Shamal from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha uses her magical device Klarer Wind to heal the protagonists, her dress does this.
- Natsuki in the fourth episode of Mai-HiME. And she wasn't wearing panties.
- Happens to Ling Ling in Steam Detectives, providing Narutaki with a valuable clue to a recent string of robberies. Unfortunately for him, she interprets his comments completely differently...
- In the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, this is parodied on one of the Omake pages, where Al's loincloth blows up.
- Subverted in Hayate the Combat Butler when Hayate is worried about this happening at at least two different points, both girls cheerfully announce that they are actually wearing shorts underneath their skirts so if he makes some wind that is okay!
- But also played straight when he does this to Maria while demonstrating his new Finishing Move.
- Shugo spies two female PCs in the middle of this in .hack//DUSK. Someone on the dev team for The World must have done quite a bit of research, as Shugo is quite enamored with the "bump mapping."
- It happened in an Imagine Spot to Ash's mother Delia in Pokémon when walking to a movie premiere on a windy day.
- And an accidental one occurs in Ah! My Goddess Chapter 5 when Sayoko pressures Keiichi date her and boy... does the System Force responds!
- Happens to Haruko in Slam Dunk, when Sakuragi is running around like the Large Ham he is.
- The indirect cause of the entire plot of Bakemonogatari.
- Yuuji's bright idea in Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, complete with the white dress, at least in Yuuji's head, that is.
- Happens to some passing schoolgirls in Chobits, just as Chi happens to be on a quest for underpants.
- Seen in a chapter of Keroro Gunsou, when Momoka is shown doing this as part of her "sex appeal" training.
- In Spirited Away, this is what happens when Haku is trying to keep Chihiro from being discovered.
- There is a Once an Episode gag in Maicchingu Machiko Sensei where the main character's skirt if flipped up one way or another. She always ends up in this pose.
- At the end of an otherwise serious episode of Case Closed, where Kogoro discovers one of his old friends resorted to murder, he cheers himself up by looking out the window of his second floor office during a gusty day.
- In "Roller Coaster Murder Case", there's a flashback moment of Hitomi in sepia as Conan explains how he can tell she's a gymnast. There was a wind lift of her skirt, revealing frilly, white panties with a bow on the front and he noticed there was a bruise on each of her thighs, which typically is the result of physics of the sport.
- Det. Naeko Miike near the end of "Co-Investigating with a First Love". A wind gust nearly lifts her skirt to reveal more than intended, but she manages to catch it before her hat is blown off her head.
- In the Mazinger Z episode, "The Finishing Blow! The Mecha-Beast Gorgon", Yumi Sayaka's shirt gets blown up caused by the draft of a motorcycle, exposing white panties before she holds it down and puts on her matching skirt.
- In "The Snowy Alps" episode of Heidi Girl of the Alps, an autumnal wind attempts to blow up Heidi's skirt, but she manages the catch it and pull it back down in place.
- Hikari Amamiya in the third episode of the H2 anime, "The Soccer Club". In a flashback, a younger, shorter, nosy, and naughty Hiro waits, and watches, for Hikari to receive a windblown updraft to her long skirt. When it occurs, he gets a rear view of her white panties as she holds down the front of her skirt with a briefcase and quickly pulls down, and covers, the back with it before Hiro runs away.
- Yuri in the Dirty Pair Flash episode, "Hot Springs Steamy Romantic Tour". While she's trying to steady a helicopter, her dress receives a draft from outside and reveals her pantyhose in full and peach-with-periwinkle-flower-patterns-panties underneath. Kei mentions panties and Yuri quickly holds down her skirt and sits in a chair, then closes the door.
- Haruna Sakurada/Patricia Haruna in the second episode of the original Sailor Moon series. Umino magically lifts up her skirt from the back and while she's pulls down the front, the back is raised and her pink panties with a smiley face on the rear are seen.
- Junko Ejima from The Daichis: Earth Defense Family. In the first episode, when Dai Daichi is running around the school hallway lifting up girls' skirts before lifting hers up as he dashes past her. The skirt is raised high enough to cover her upper body, revealing white, bikini-string panties and a male, fellow faculty member gets aroused by this through a nosebleed.
- In the third episode, Junko's skirt is raised again by Dai and he does this before dashing away from the front entrance of his residence. This time, she wears periwinkle panties with a bow on the front and this is done in front of Mamoru Daichi.
- Mytyl from Maeterlinck Air no Tori: Tyltyl Mytyl no Boken Ryoko. In the first episode, when Berylune demonstrates her magic and some clothes float across the attic, Mytyl's skirt is lifted by this effect, displaying white panties with a red bow on the front. She hurriedly pulls it back down and blushes while facing the viewers.
- She has another moment of this in the 23rd episode, when she, Tyltyl, Tyrol, and Shanet are blasted in the air with a water hose, but this time she tugs her skirt in place as it happens.
- Sometimes this is the case with Lana from Future Boy Conan when her dress gets caught in a gust.
- In the 1980 version of Twelve Months, from the back, the princess's dress is lifted in an updraft by the autumn wind, though not enough for anything underneath to be shown.
- Towards the end of the Yugioh! episode, "Explosion-Ultimate Yoyo Technique", this effect is used on Anzu/Mai and Miho, thanks to Jounichi/Joey using his own yoyo trick, Loop the Sky, with the disks end of it inadvertently lifting their skirts from the front. Their panties aren't shown due to the girls being seen from behind at that moment.
- In the 89th episode of Dragon Ball Super", Chaiotsu uses one of his psychic powers to lift Yurin's skirt and make it flow, though she's not shown below the waist. She almost immediately covers up and tells others not to look.
- Chi-Chi in the Dragon Ball Z episode, "Black Fog of Terror". After Maron tells she doesn't blame Gohan for leaving her, Chi-Chi gets enraged and the red aura forms around her, causing her dress to lift up somewhat, and create a wavy effect to it.
- In the "Secret Weapon" episode of Cross Game, a sudden breeze begins to lift up a schoolgirl's plaid skirt, but she catches it in time. Nothing is shown, but Kitamura snuck a peek up her skirt while laying on hill and mentions her panties are "light blue".
- This happens to Fanny in De Kiekeboes album "De Medusa Stichting".
- An old "The Lighter Side Of..." cartoon in Mad Magazine featured men reminscing how much fun it was to let the ventilator lift up women's dresses when they were younger. Nowadays they consider it to be less fun, since women's skirts gradually became smaller.
Films -- Live-Action
- Marilyn Monroe's scene was copied in Pulp Fiction, by a Marilyn impersonator. Since she was a waitress at a Fifties-theme restaurant, this is presumably a regular occurrence. Unlike Marilyn in her movie, the impersonator lets her skirt go all the way up.
- Parodied in the opening sequence of Date Movie.
- Kelly Lebrock in The Woman In Red.
- Darkly parodied in the film Insignificance, in which Marilyn Monroe's The Actress's skirt billows up in response to a nuclear blast and catches fire...
- Parodied - gruesomely - in The House Bunny, where Anna Faris' character tries the Marilyn Maneuver while standing over an open manhole... and gets scalded. We then see her recovering from her injuries with a male companion in a restaurant, and her legs are heavily bandaged with gauze - and those areas that aren't bandaged have ugly welts on them. It's as if the filmmakers wanted to guilt-trip the audience by saying: "You bastards! You were laughing and hooting at this!"
- Happened near the beginning of the 2001 movie Tart starring Dominique Swain, but wasn't that good. The video cover was better than the actual scene. She wore a mini Catholic school skirt and was already walking halfway out of frame by the time her skirt went up. You need Widescreen or to zoom out to even see it properly!
- In Wrongfully Accused, Leslie Nielsen ends up in this situation while infiltrating a Scottish drill routine, complete with kilts. His legs are suspiciously shapely.
- Bruce from Bruce Almighty uses his new God powers to blow up a woman's skirt.
- In the second The Italian Job, Lyle talks about a stereo "so loud, it blows off women's clothing." We see him actually use this at the end, but the results of the blaring stereo are avoided through a Sexy Discretion Shot.
- In The Awful Truth, a nightclub singer does a tasteless number called "My Dreams Are Gone With The Wind" in which her skirts are disturbed by blasts of air from below every time she sings "gone with the wind."
- In the 1982 Scott Baio comedy Zapped, a Fanservice Extra at the prom does one by climbing on a table while a strong wind blows through the gym. She ends up getting more than she bargained for when her dress is then blown completely off of her. NSFW (the woman ends up topless)
- Leslie Ann Warren does a dance routine in Victor/Victoria in honor of Chicago (The Windy City!), where wires simulating the wind lift, and eventually pull off her dress.
- The Covenant: the boys use their powers to settle a bet on what kind of panties a waitress at the bar is wearing by blowing up her skirt. The boy who bets that she is Going Commando wins.
- Danger Diabolik has Valmont's mistress doing this, while standing stupidly close to an airplane's trap door.
- The 1986 Italian comedy Grandi Magazzini has a scene where two Fanservice Extras dance on a ventilation grate and offer up Panty Shots for our viewing pleasure. One woman is a Kelly LeBrock lookalike wearing the red dress from The Woman in Red. The other is a long-haired blonde wearing Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress. See Image Links above or this borderline NSFW 40-second video.
- During the opening credits of the 1995 film Panther (which is a fictionalized account of the uprising of The Black Panther Party), there are scenes in which a boy riding a bicycle notices a woman in a green hat and dress named Bernadette is at a bus stop. The boy peddles toward her checking her out and sees a bus driving across the street, heading in their direction. The boy anticipates the draft from the passing bus to blow up Bernadette's dress, which evidently does, she gasps and is mortified. When her dress gets lifted, rather than holding that down, she holds on to her hat to keep that from getting blown away and raises one leg, knee bent forward, to hide part of her unmentionables, which are white panties with matching girdle (or corset). The boy enjoys the view and gets a snicker out of it.
- Also happens in Torque (2004) to show just how fast they're driving... among other things.
- Appears in The Smurfs when Smurfette has the vent blowing up air into her skirt.
- In another racing movie, Driven from 2001, the draft from a speeding race car causes a blonde's (who's standing in line) skirt to lift up, she lets out an abrupt shriek and she turns around while trying to pull it back down in place.
- In the 1998 film, Woo (the eponymous character portrayed by Jada Pinkett Smith), a breeze blows under the helm of her loose-fitting, pink mini dress as she walks down a sidewalk, nearly high enough to show her goodies. A bicyclist ogling at her gets so distracted he doesn't watch where he's going, crashing into the side of a sewer pipe and falling off his bike.
- In 2000's 2001: A Space Travesty, a flight attendant (Stephanie Dumolin-Shaw) climbs up a ladder on a space shuttle and her dress blows up from behind, showing off her nearly nude booty that can still be seen through clear pantyhose (she doesn't seem to be wearing any panties), due to a lack of grravity and Marshal Dix (Leslie Nielson) checks her out.
- Christine gets a big one at the end of Romy and Micheles High School Reunion thanks to the downdraft from a helicopter.
- In the Tales From The Crypt movie Bordello Of Blood...Lilith (the head vampire) does this to try and seduce Rafe (Dennis Miller).
- Ginger dreamt this scene in Moving Pictures (which contains innumerable Shout Outs to classic movies).
- Intentionally invoked by Maureen Smith, Lazarus Long's mother (with all that implies), in Robert A. Heinlein's Time Enough for Love, complete with Vapor Wear. Interestingly, the time period in which this occurs significantly predates Marilyn Monroe, but Maureen was always ahead of her time.
- Featured on the cover sleeve to a book by Joan Rivers called "The Life and Hard Times of Heidi Abramowitz" where she imitates Marilyn on the front cover... and intentionally hiking up her dress on the back of the book!
- One of Russ Abbot's sketch shows played with this trope. A Scotsman walks over a grating and is disconcerted to find the air blowing his kilt up. The next grating he comes to, he's ready for... except that it's an air intake, and pulls his kilt clean off.
- NCIS did a homage when Abby dressed as Marilyn Monroe for the Halloween episode.
- Also happens to DiNozzo's fantasy of Kate, though in that case she is dressed in a Catholic school uniform.
- Some of the miniskirted female members of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In had this occur.
- In the mid 1970, Angie Dickinson was dressed in a Marilyn Monroe outfit in an episode of her series Police Woman. A publicity photo showed her skirt blowing all the way up, showing she had on a flesh-colored body suit underneath.
- One of the games on the Spanish Game Show El Gran Juego de la Oca featured each member of the dance squad wearing a Marilyn-style dress and a different colored garter on one leg. After all eight took turns dancing on a wind machine, the contestant then had to slide a colored garter up each girl's other leg that matched the one she was already wearing.
- Bud Bundy rigged an air vent to do this to his date at a school function. It worked perfectly...except Marcy ended up the victim.
- Shirley Brahms for three times (twice her undergarments can be seen) in one episode ("The Club") of Are You Being Served. Mr. Lucas pushes a button on a wall and a draft from a floor vent causes her skirts (she's seen in two, different outfits when this occurs) to billow up due to her being near it as a joke, and put her white bustier/corset with matching knickers on display.
- The secretary Miss Belfridge tries to keep down her pink dress and avoid flashing her white panties when it flows up from an electric fan in a different episode.
- Happens to Carrie in Sex and the City, where it's played for laughs- after being surprised by a gust of wind that lifts her skirt, she then gets drenched in a sudden downpour of rain.
- And one really strange Fan Art of Link, printed in Nintendo Power magazine. Kirby's reaction in the drawing pretty much said it all.
- In the latest Kelly video, one of the party members does this.
- Don't think that The Eighties did not have a couple these happen...
- Parodied in this The Argyle Sweater strip. A woman is standing over a subway vent holding her dress like the famous Marilyn Monroe shot...rather than go inside the laundromat and use the clothes dryers there.
- One of the best examples of this trope I've ever seen occurred at WWE's Cyber Sunday pay-per-view (their final one by that name) in October 2008. Since the event took place just before Halloween, the Divas held their second annual Halloween Costume Contest. Candice Michelle (who had missed the previous year's contest due to a neck injury) was prominently featured as Marilyn Monroe from The Seven Year Itch, complete with a blonde wig and a copy of the famous white halter dress. Not about to miss a golden opportunity, WWE had an air jet installed under the entry ramp to the arena to blast Candice's dress as she came down to the ring for the final judging - and the resulting Panty Shot revealed that Candice was wearing the exact same cut of panties that Marilyn had had on in the 1955 film. Candice obviously did her homework.
- And then there was the case of another Diva wearing the white halter dress (which didn't involve the Maneuver, but I just can't resist mentioning it here). D-Generation X were scheduled to compete in a tag team match with Vince McMahon one night in the summer of 2009, but Shawn Michaels and Triple H worried that Vince just wasn't "angry" enough to make an effective combatant. They spent the whole time before the match trying different strategies to goad him to violence, and one of them was sending the atrocious singing Diva Jillian Hall into his office wearing a Seven Year Itch costume and performing Marilyn's birthday song for President Kennedy in her hideous voice (though Marilyn had not been dressed that way when she sang for Kennedy). Vince screamed "GET OUTTA MY OFFICE!" and became steadily more filled with rage as the night wore on, until he was finally ready to compete. (This incident culminated in a Crowning Moment of Funny when commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler noted that Jillian looked a lot "like Monroe"....and then, a moment later, clarified that he meant James!)
- One of the characters from Gate Keepers constantly gets her skirt lifted by the wind. In the last ep, she is really an AEGIS agent. And she has a bazooka.
- This is one of Sue's events in Mitsumete Knight. And to make it clear about the reference, the CG obtained through this event is called "The Monroe Effect" in the game's CG Gallery, the Mitsumete Gallery. The event also has a nice Refuge in Audacity moment : when Sue asks the Asian (the player's avatar) if he saw anything, the best answer is to actually tell "They (the panties) were white". This will reassure her, saying that he hasn't seen them then, since he said the wrong colour.
- The tag-team arena in Dead or Alive 2 allows for this with female fighters. It's more interesting than the combat, really.
- The scene is parodied in Discworld II: Mortality Bytes.
- Playing a Castlevania "Sorrow" game? Got the Persephone soul power? Aim the vacuum at a Student Witch.
- Happens to Peach in the Donkey Kong Country stage in Super Smash Bros: Melee.
- It happens to Felicia when she's hit with Demitri's 'Midnight Bliss'.
- One of the cut scenes from Queen's Blade: Spiral Chaos, features a moment when Tomoe, Melpha, Airi, Cute, Ymir, and Jean are walking in a cave when a blast of wind suddenly comes blowing out of nowhere. Each of the former five is shown getting her skirt or dress lifted by it, revealing her unmentionables, with the exception of Melpha, who wears a body suit underneath her dress, but it's still just as revealing. Jean reacts pleasurably at the sight while the others are displeased with him.
- This happened to Richard in Looking for Group.
- Happens regularly in The Devil's Panties during strips where Jennie is at a convention. It involves her armed with an altered leaf blower and hunky guys in kilts. The author, Jennie Breeden, actually sets up gatherings of this nature at most conventions she attends, unless they get shut down by the cops.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob, referenced here by a robot who looks like a walking refrigerator, sadly.
- Happens with both an anonymous Marilyn look alike and a robot's pet Emu in this Freefall strip
- A kilt-wearing man in Blur the Lines performs one of these involuntarily.
- Done without wind in Sinfest. How? Starch. Lots of Starch.
- Male example from Avatar: The Last Airbender: Aang uses airbending to blow up Long Feng's dress to reveal the scar left by Apa's teeth.
- This was played with during the Fairy Godmother's Song in Shrek 2.
- Parodied in the Simpsons episode "Home Away From Homer", when Ned Flanders' moustache is blown around. (He's refusing to bow to pressure to shave it off.)
- Also happens to Groundskeeper Willie's kilt, and of course underneath he's wearing nothing at all.
- In "The City of New York Vs. Homer Simpson", Homer drives his car between a startled couple in the middle of their picnic. The draft from the speeding vehicle causes the woman's orange, pleated skirt to get blown up from behind and there's a glimpse of her matching panties.
- Lois Lane in Superman: The Animated Series, due to a wind blown up from Superman's hasty departure. She comments that she needs to start wearing pants (but never does).
- She does! In the episode which aired next!
- Spidey uses webs to build a slingshot to get to Oscorp faster and a young woman in a skirt happens to be in his wake resulting in this in The Spectacular Spider-Man's "Reaction"
- Coop speeding in Megas XLR has caused this one more than a few skirted women.
- The Seven Year Itch's instance of this was parodied in a Robot Chicken sketch, wherein the person standing over the vent was "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
- The Real Ghostbusters episode "Janine, You've Changed" shows Janine doing this (in mid-air, no less) at one point in her rapidfire outfit transformation sequence.
- In the Disney Acid Sequence "Round My Family Tree" of The Tigger Movie, a Marylin Monroe version of Tigger does this only to be blown straight up and across the horizon.
- In the What's New, Scooby Doo? episode "Recipe For Disaster," Velma and Daphne have to hold their skirts down when a high-powered floor dryer is activated.
- Happens to the constellation of Virgo near the end of the song "Zero to Hero" from Hercules as Herc and Pegasus fly through the night sky, causing a nebula surrounding the constellation as if it were wearing a dress to fly up, causing Virgo's dress to blow off as the two fly away.
- Rocko on Rocko's Modern Life posed for a photo while doing this with his shirt. Like it makes a difference when he almost never wears pants.
- Leela in the Futurama episode "Attack of the Killer App" during her humiliating montage after her singing boil is exposed online, she attempts to hide her appearance only for her dress to fly up and the paparazzi group take pictures.
- In the Looney Tunes short, Bacall To Arms, Laurie Be Cool's robe rises from the back up to her upper thighs when she whistles.
- Roxy in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Two-Tone Town". In one scene of a short film where she, Foxy, Goopy Geer, and Big Bee appear, her skirt gets blown up briefly when a swarm of bees fly between her legs.
- In the "Wet n' Wild" segment of Dennis the Menace (animation), a blonde lady keeps her skirt in place as a draft from Dennis and Joey, riding on skateboards while carrying a raft, attempts to lift it.
- In the segment, "Sir Dennis and the Dragon", Margaret holds down her skirt as a twister suddenly appears and causes a draft.
- Aimee in the first episode of Galaxy High. Her skirt lifts somewhat, as she gets sucked into a pneumatic tube twice.
- Daisy in the Quack Pack" episode, "Koi Story". After Gil dashes so fast he's a blur and carries her to where the giant fish bowl is, and places her down, his motion causes Daisy's skirt to lift somewhat and she does the one-leg-lift pose.
- Mari Phelps and Hilary Hissy in The Cramp Twins episode, "Pirate Pants". A wind gust suddenly comes and blows up Mari's skirt, revealing yellowish-green panties with white lace trim in the beginning when she's with Lucien in the beginning and again towards the end; This occurs with Hilary towards the end, exposing she, too, wears the same color panties as Wayne tries to resist laughing at this.
- A rare, male example with Zandor from The Herculoids in "The Raiders Apes". His skirt lifts up with Zok flies passed him, revealing his briefs.
- In less gender-sensitive times, many American amusement parks featured hidden boardwalk vents for this very purpose.
- As shown in the this Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover from the 1920s.
- Values Dissonance, nothing. As YouTube will confirm, there are still quite a few carnivals out there with "skirt-blowing" funhouses. (They're really popular in Europe, apparently.) And it should be pointed out that their female "victims" consider it all in good fun.
- One anecdote from the 1914 Christmas Truce tells the story of a Scottish regiment and a German regiment starting an impromptu soccer game...and then the wind comes along and reveals the Scots are Going Commando...(the Scots won the game).
- Taylor Swift suffered this during a recent concert when a wind machine blew her skirt (the linked article called it a Wardrobe Malfunction, which it clearly isn't).
- At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Kosovar actress Arta Dobroshi posed for a photocall to promote the upcoming Trois Mondes. A very ill-timed gust of wind that struck just as she did a little pirouette sent her (normally quite modest) blue skirt flying a bit too high, just as all the cameras were going off. Some publications couldn't resist the chance to use the term "Marilyn Monroe moment", and as if that wasn't bad enough, Miss Dobroshi did not happen to be wearing panties at the time.