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What the . . . Underoos Worn as a Costume?

October 26, 2012

What the…Friday? is a weekly Friday feature in which I resuscitate a video relic from the swampy pits of Pop Culture Wasteland.

Today:  What the Underoos Worn as a Costume?

It’s six hours ’til the neighbors’ Halloween party.

And you don’t have your costume yet.

And You Don’t Have Your Costume Yet?

Relax.  You’re okay.  You’ve got one.  You’ve got underwear, right?

When I was a kid, I had Underoos.  Wonder Woman Underoos.  And that was just as good as a costume.  Better, in fact.

Here below is a Childhood Relived reader, circa 1981, proudly modeling her Wonder Woman Underoos.  (Thank you, Wendy, for bravely submitting this photo!  Oh, was I not supposed to use your name?)

For more on the magical (miraculous!) physical transformation enabled by Underoos, fasten your seat belts and read my blog post Hold On a Second . . . It’s Underwear?

Or skip the reading — who’s got time to read anyway, you only have six hours to find some clean underwear — and watch today’s WTF? video instead.

28 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2012 1:15 pm


    I like that the Vader ones aren’t even a costume, it’s just a t-shirt with a picture of Darth Vader.
    “Oh no! It’s Darth Vader!”
    “Are you sure that’s him?”
    “Definitely! See? He’s wearing a shirt with a picture of himself!”

    • Emily permalink
      October 28, 2012 8:21 am

      Ooh, by that logic, I could be “Ani Difranco” for Halloween–after all, I have a T-shirt (real T-shirt, not underwear) with a picture of her on it. ;)

      • October 28, 2012 9:00 am

        Who knew it was that easy, right? I have an old t-shirt and a sharpie. I’ll just write “I’m Gandalf” on it and, boom, done.

    • October 28, 2012 10:45 pm

      Oh my God, B-Man! Those were always my age-old sentiments exactly! Used to drive me crazy that some of the Underoos were just pictures of the character printed on the shirt. What the…? It’s like they couldn’t come up with anything identifying about that particular character that could be displayed using only the person’s torso. “Okay, next we gotta do Darth Vadar. Well, how do we do that without his mask? It’ll just be black lines and stuff. Crap, let’s just put the whole bloomin’ guy on there then.”

  2. October 26, 2012 1:38 pm

    Poor R2 just wants some groovin’ underchoneys and that stupid C3P0 once again exists only to rain on his parade. If he was really a friend he’d be hooking a robot up. I bet R2 would totally go for the Daisy Dukes. Just sayin’.

    • October 30, 2012 8:41 pm

      I always thought R2D2 would one day rise up against C3PO. Like when that little dog Chester in Looney Tunes turns it around on that bulldog Spike.

  3. October 26, 2012 1:39 pm

    I want to see a “Where are they now?” TV program on the child actors in that commercial. Probably all alcoholics and porn stars who hate their pushy stage moms, ala Danny Bonaducci.

    • October 26, 2012 9:12 pm

      AHAHHAHAHAHAHA. funny.

    • October 30, 2012 8:44 pm

      Yeah, I’m thinking they graduated from this to parts like “Boy Behind Bleachers” and “Girl Offered Drugs” in future after-school specials.

  4. Rick permalink
    October 26, 2012 1:47 pm

    I had Superman Underoos. They should make them for adults.

  5. October 26, 2012 2:38 pm

    I TOTALLY HAD THE R2 UNDEROOS! I also had the 3P0 and Princess Leia Hoth uniform ones. They were awesome. I wish I had pictures though. No pictures.

    Actually, I wish I still had the Underoos themselves. They’d be perfect in my Star Wars shrine with all my other collectibles.

    • October 30, 2012 8:46 pm

      They apparently still make Underoos but for adults . . . but that would make for a whole different kind of shrine.

  6. October 26, 2012 5:06 pm

    My parents never bought me Underoos. I always felt deprived.

  7. October 26, 2012 5:56 pm

    My sister and I had the same Underoos! I believed then that they imbued me with magical powers, which powers sadly did not stop me from spraining my elbow on one of my leaps from way up in a neighbor’s tree. Despite the sprain, memories remain happy.

    Ba.D. also had a memorable experience with Underoos in childhood, but I suspect he’d prefer I take this comment no further than that. :p

    • October 30, 2012 8:50 pm

      Oh, no! I’m so pissed that the Underoos didn’t make you invincible! You should’ve totally asked for your money back.

      You know what they say? What happens in Underoos, stays in Underoos. Gaaa! I have no idea what that means but it sounds like a nice thing to say to Ba.D.

  8. October 26, 2012 8:20 pm

    There were no underoos when I was a kid. My little brother was crazy about Superman though, so my mother bought him some blue pajamas and I sewed (very crookedly) a cape and the “S” for his chest. He ran around the neighborhood for months in his pajamas. ….he looked like an idiot so of course I was delighted.

    • October 30, 2012 9:05 pm

      Aw, that sounds adorable! Unless of course you tell me he was 12. Then not adorable.

  9. October 27, 2012 5:21 pm

    The picture of Wendy is adorable! But this commercial? I feel dirty. I feel like there are going to be 9 cop cars in front of my house, loading up dozens of boxes of 20+ years of evidence, just like the guy down the street (from my childhood house) who was convicted child pornography because it turns out he had a ‘photography studio’ in his basement with a double-sided mirror, partly under the guise of making sports trophies for little league teams… True story.

    • October 30, 2012 9:03 pm

      Yeah, I know, Jules! And believe me, I took the tamest of the Underoos commercial series. Next week I’m thinking of running a “Mom, do you ever get that not-so-fresh feeling?” douche commercial. I should really consider having an offshoot WTF? video series using all retro videos that make people feel uncomfortable. You get to going on the name for it — you’re good at that.

      Argh! Photography studio? I think I’m going to throw up in my Underoos.

  10. October 28, 2012 8:48 pm

    I loved loved loved my wonder woman underoos. Some super smart person made adult wonder woman jammies (adult size, not notty – geeze you guys) of which I have a set. Sorry Angie those I am not going to model….

    • October 28, 2012 10:47 pm

      Yay, Wendy! You got yourself some adult-sized Wonder Woman jammies? You are my hero!

  11. October 29, 2012 11:43 am

    I’m sad. I never got the Star Wars styles. I had Wonder Woman, too.

    • October 30, 2012 8:56 pm

      I know! What a gip. And I’m also sad that I never had the Daisy Duke Underoos so I could look like I was wearing sexy ripped jeans and on my way to a Pink Floyd concert AT AGE 5!

  12. November 2, 2012 2:54 pm

    I wonder if wearing the Daisy Duke underoos would make chest look bigger. And my butt cheeks tighter. How much are they again?

  13. June 3, 2013 8:26 pm

    I TOTALLY wore my Wonder Woman underoos as a costume, and then wondered why my parents zipped me off the third floor terrace as I gave all of our neighbors a true superhero greeting as they walked through the front door!

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