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25th Aug '16 6:07:31 AM Malady
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* The ultimate subversion is ''Memoirs of an Invisible Man'' (later turned into a [[TheFilmOfTheBook mediocre Chevy Chase movie]]). The accident that turns the titular man invisible affects everything in a sphere roughly 100 feet across: him, his clothes, the building structure, and a number of objects that happened to be nearby. When he eats and drinks, until it is digested fully, the food/beverage does ''not'' become invisible. His invisible clothes suffer wear and tear. His invisible gun will eventually run out of invisible bullets. And, with the government after him, it's not like he can just live at his old house or sneak into places at will. The author does quite well at thinking out the rules and limitations of the premise.
* In ''Things Not Seen'', this is how Bobby sneaks over to the library to research his condition. In a slight subversion, a blind girl notices him.

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* The ultimate subversion is ''Memoirs of an Invisible Man'' ''Literature/MemoirsOfAnInvisibleMan'' (later turned into a [[TheFilmOfTheBook mediocre Chevy Chase movie]]). The accident that turns the titular man invisible affects everything in a sphere roughly 100 feet across: him, his clothes, the building structure, and a number of objects that happened to be nearby. When he eats and drinks, until it is digested fully, the food/beverage does ''not'' become invisible. His invisible clothes suffer wear and tear. His invisible gun will eventually run out of invisible bullets. And, with the government after him, it's not like he can just live at his old house or sneak into places at will. The author does quite well at thinking out the rules and limitations of the premise.
* In ''Things Not Seen'', ''Literature/ThingsNotSeen'', this is how Bobby sneaks over to the library to research his condition. In a slight subversion, a blind girl notices him.



* In ''The Trouble with Moonlight'', the heroine, Lusinda Havershaw, her skin turns invisible when exposed to moonlight, but her clothes don't become invisible with her. Works out well, since she's a [[GentlemanThief gentlewoman thief]]. Getting the loot out is kind of a complication, however, since in order to stay invisible she has to remain in the moonlight. See she needs to absorb a certain amount of moonlight in order to turn invisible in the first place, and she can remain invisible if she absorbs enough of it, but if she's away from the moonlight for too long she gradually becomes visible, leading to a few NakedPeopleAreFunny moments as her glorious body is glimpsed however briefly by the public a few times when she is cut off from the moonlight for too long.
* Mostly averted in ''Invisible Inc.'': Chip fell into the magic spring while fully dressed, and has kept that set of clothes safe ever since. Of course, once he grows a bit...

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* In ''The Trouble with Moonlight'', ''Literature/TheTroubleWithMoonlight'', the heroine, Lusinda Havershaw, her skin turns invisible when exposed to moonlight, but her clothes don't become invisible with her. Works out well, since she's a [[GentlemanThief gentlewoman thief]]. Getting the loot out is kind of a complication, however, since in order to stay invisible she has to remain in the moonlight. See she needs to absorb a certain amount of moonlight in order to turn invisible in the first place, and she can remain invisible if she absorbs enough of it, but if she's away from the moonlight for too long she gradually becomes visible, leading to a few NakedPeopleAreFunny moments as her glorious body is glimpsed however briefly by the public a few times when she is cut off from the moonlight for too long.
* Mostly averted in ''Invisible Inc.'': ''Literature/InvisibleInc'': Chip fell into the magic spring while fully dressed, and has kept that set of clothes safe ever since. Of course, once he grows a bit...



* In ''Smoke'' by Donald Westlake, a small-time crook accidentally gets turned invisible after getting turned into a guinea pig by two CampGay (yes, it becomes relevant) skin cancer researchers. Westlake obviously did his research, as the titular character has to deal with all of the troubles of invisibility including exposure to the elements, having to fast to avoid having half-digested food showing, and being noticed at one point by a blind man.
* In the short story ''Hershey's Kisses'' by Ron Goulart (contained in ''The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy II'' by Michael Ashley et al.), a young man in trouble with his (young, hot, female, hates him) new boss runs into a wizard. He ends up trying to save his career by doing this, breaking & entering, and kissing the magic tattoo on her butt [[RuleOfThree three times]] as she sleeps. It wears off prematurely: It turns out she'd hired the wizard in a gambit to get him to her apartment, naked, as he failed to [[ObliviousToLove recognize her previous hints]]. They find out about the other gambit when the camera crew bursts out of the closet.

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* In ''Smoke'' ''Literature/{{Smoke}}'' by Donald Westlake, a small-time crook accidentally gets turned invisible after getting turned into a guinea pig by two CampGay (yes, it becomes relevant) skin cancer researchers. Westlake obviously did his research, as the titular character has to deal with all of the troubles of invisibility including exposure to the elements, having to fast to avoid having half-digested food showing, and being noticed at one point by a blind man.
* In the short story ''Hershey's Kisses'' ''Literature/HersheysKisses'' by Ron Goulart (contained in ''The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy II'' by Michael Ashley et al.), a young man in trouble with his (young, hot, female, hates him) new boss runs into a wizard. He ends up trying to save his career by doing this, breaking & entering, and kissing the magic tattoo on her butt [[RuleOfThree three times]] as she sleeps. It wears off prematurely: It turns out she'd hired the wizard in a gambit to get him to her apartment, naked, as he failed to [[ObliviousToLove recognize her previous hints]]. They find out about the other gambit when the camera crew bursts out of the closet.



* In Neal Shusterman's ''The Schwa Was Here'', Calvin Schwa gets through two and a half periods of the school day before anyone notices he is present and only wearing a Speedo. (He's not completely invisible; it's more that you have to focus on him to notice him.)

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* In Neal Shusterman's ''The Schwa Was Here'', ''Literature/TheSchwaWasHere'', Calvin Schwa gets through two and a half periods of the school day before anyone notices he is present and only wearing a Speedo. (He's not completely invisible; it's more that you have to focus on him to notice him.)



* Averted/Lampshaded in ''Invisible Stanley'', where Stanley's clothes explicitly disappear when he puts them on and reappear as soon as he takes them off. His family tries handing him a balloon, and the string disappears when he touches it, but not the balloon itself. (He touches various other things without them turning invisible, though.)

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* Averted/Lampshaded in ''Invisible Stanley'', ''Literature/InvisibleStanley'', where Stanley's clothes explicitly disappear when he puts them on and reappear as soon as he takes them off. His family tries handing him a balloon, and the string disappears when he touches it, but not the balloon itself. (He touches various other things without them turning invisible, though.)
28th Jul '16 8:09:01 AM Amon_Ra
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Not all {{invisibility}} methods are created equal. While most works HandWave away the problems with invisibility--being able to see being the main one--one specific problem frequently comes up. Namely: You may be able to become invisible, but [[RequiredSecondaryPowers that doesn't mean things you interact with]] (such as ''clothes'') [[RequiredSecondaryPowers can]].

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Not all {{invisibility}} methods are created equal. While most works HandWave away the problems with invisibility--being able to see being the main one--one specific problem frequently comes up. Namely: You you may be able to become invisible, but [[RequiredSecondaryPowers that doesn't mean things you interact with]] (such as ''clothes'') [[RequiredSecondaryPowers can]].



In short: The MundaneSolution applied to specific types of {{Invisible Main Character}}s: those who, due to RuleOfFunny, [[RuleOfDrama Drama]], or [[RuleOfSexy Sexy]], don't have invisible MagicPants and consequently have to strip to make use of their power. A specific type of [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nudity as humor]]. Of course, expect the whole thing to wear off just a little bit too early. Depending on the tone of work, expect being ExposedToTheElements (and other side effects of being naked and unseen outside) to come into play, or [[BellisariosMaxim be outright ignored]]. This may also serve as a way of averting RightThroughHisPants without showing anything the target audience may dislike.

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In short: The the MundaneSolution applied to specific types of {{Invisible Main Character}}s: those who, due to RuleOfFunny, [[RuleOfDrama Drama]], or [[RuleOfSexy Sexy]], don't have invisible MagicPants and consequently have to strip to make use of their power. A specific type of [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nudity as humor]]. Of course, expect the whole thing to wear off just a little bit too early. Depending on the tone of work, expect being ExposedToTheElements (and other side effects of being naked and unseen outside) to come into play, or [[BellisariosMaxim be outright ignored]]. This may also serve as a way of averting RightThroughHisPants without showing anything the target audience may dislike.
12th Jun '16 1:31:14 PM ZimFan89
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* In the CW's ''The Flash'' and ''Arrow'' series, this is how the Earth 2 version of Linda Park alias Dr. Light escapes. Her cell seems empty except for her helmet and suit, and then she escapes when people investigate.

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* In the CW's ''The Flash'' and ''Arrow'' series, On ''Series/TheFlash2014'', this is how the Earth 2 Earth-2 version of Linda Park alias Dr. Park/Dr. Light escapes.escapes her capture by the heroes. Her cell seems empty except for her helmet and suit, and then she escapes when people investigate.
4th May '16 4:39:31 PM CorahsUncle
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* ''Adam and Eve'', a manga series created by Ryoichi Ikegami and Hideo Yamamoto, features an invisible man and an invisible woman (only their shoes and gloves are ever seen) who attack TheYakuza. The last panel of the first volume shows wet prints left by bare human feet.



** The original script for ''The Fantastic Four'' said that Sue would be permanently invisible, and unable to make anything else invisible, so she would have to strip down every time she wanted to disappear. Stan commented in the script that this might be too sexy for comics.

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** The original script for ''The Fantastic Four'' said that Sue would be permanently invisible, and unable to make anything else invisible, so she would have to strip down every time she wanted to disappear. Stan Creator/StanLee commented in the script that this might be too sexy for comics.



* MiloManara's ''ComicBook/{{Butterscotch}}'' is an example of pornographic use of this trope. Features, among other things, a woman giving the invisible character a blowjob while other characters, unaware of the invisible man's presence, look in bafflement at her "lewd mime act."

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* MiloManara's Creator/MiloManara's ''ComicBook/{{Butterscotch}}'' is an example of pornographic use of this trope. Features, It features, among other things, a woman giving the invisible character a blowjob while other characters, unaware of the invisible man's presence, look in bafflement at her "lewd mime act."
16th Apr '16 7:03:13 PM Eievie
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* ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Millard Nullings, who's peculiarity is invisibility. He in constantly chastised by Miss Peregrine for loitering around naked.

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* ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Millard Nullings, who's whose peculiarity is invisibility. He in He's constantly being chastised by Miss Peregrine for loitering around naked.
15th Apr '16 10:10:09 AM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The episode "Good Times with Weapons" has [[{{Squick}} Cartman]] trying to do this. [[HilarityEnsues Which turns out badly]], since he was only pretending to have invisibility powers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The episode "Good Times with Weapons" has [[{{Squick}} Cartman]] trying to do this. [[HilarityEnsues Which turns out badly]], since badly]]--he got so caught up in the mission that he was only pretending to have invisibility powers.forgot his many ninja powers were imaginary.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', Rollo is told he's invisible and spends the rest of the episode running around naked, trying to play pranks on people. It's unclear whether he thinks he has to take off his clothes to remain unseen or whether he just wants to do it.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', Rollo is told he's invisible and spends the rest of the episode running around naked, trying to play pranks on people. It's unclear whether he thinks he has to take off his clothes to remain unseen or whether he just wants to do it. it, given that supposedly no one can see him.
29th Mar '16 2:32:49 PM Eievie
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* ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' had a type of camouflage — essentially invisible spandex — that couldn't be worn over anything and was ultra-skin tight. Once the series went more mainstream, the camo became "invisible clothing" as it had been in the manga.

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* ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' had a type of camouflage — essentially camouflage--essentially invisible spandex — that spandex--that couldn't be worn over anything and was ultra-skin tight. Once the series went more mainstream, the camo became "invisible clothing" as it had been in the manga.



* Infamously inverted in ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' -- her ''plane'' was invisible, ''she'' wasn't, so in general, it just looked like a mysterious squatting woman shooting through the air. The plane is later retconned to make its contents invisible, too.

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* Infamously inverted in ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' -- her ''Franchise/WonderWoman''--her ''plane'' was invisible, ''she'' wasn't, so in general, it just looked like a mysterious squatting woman shooting through the air. The plane is later retconned to make its contents invisible, too.



* Inverted in ''ComicBook/TheBod,'' a short three-part miniseries in Creator/ImageComics. The story is about a rising supermodel whose body gets turned invisible due to an industrial accident shortly after she arrives at Hollywood to have her big break as an actress. She wears lots of very form-fitting clothing to show off her beautiful body as she tries to use her new, incurable condition as a gimmick to further her career. The rest of the trope -- that of the woman's invisibility not extending to her clothing, is played completely straight. Unfortunately, so are the TrueArtIsIncomprehensible and SmallNameBigEgo tropes -- the series quickly degenerates to a series of {{Take That}}s about how horrible Hollywood's culture is.
* Inverted in ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'': the suit of the eponymous heroine can turn invisible. ''Just'' the suit - the wearer remains completely visible. Given that [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Emp gets her powers from her suit]] and loses them when it's damaged, it can actually be useful.

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* Inverted in ''ComicBook/TheBod,'' a short three-part miniseries in Creator/ImageComics. The story is about a rising supermodel whose body gets turned invisible due to an industrial accident shortly after she arrives at Hollywood to have her big break as an actress. She wears lots of very form-fitting clothing to show off her beautiful body as she tries to use her new, incurable condition as a gimmick to further her career. The rest of the trope -- that trope--that of the woman's invisibility not extending to her clothing, is played completely straight. Unfortunately, so are the TrueArtIsIncomprehensible and SmallNameBigEgo tropes -- the tropes--the series quickly degenerates to a series of {{Take That}}s about how horrible Hollywood's culture is.
* Inverted in ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'': the suit of the eponymous heroine can turn invisible. ''Just'' the suit - the suit--the wearer remains completely visible. Given that [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Emp gets her powers from her suit]] and loses them when it's damaged, it can actually be useful.



* PlayedWith in one of R.L. Stine's ''Literature/GhostsOfFearStreet'' books (''Go to Your Tomb—Right Now!'') A pair of friends get 12 hours of invisibility from a girl who knows magic; it causes whatever clothes they put on to turn invisible with them, then suddenly turn visible when they undress. Unfortunately, the luck of this is DoubleSubverted when the two decide to take advantage of a closed community pool by going swimming in their underwear. When two of the people who run the pool show up, the friends can't find a way to escape unnoticed—-and of course, ''that's'' when their 12 hours expire.

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* PlayedWith in one of R.L. Stine's ''Literature/GhostsOfFearStreet'' books (''Go to Your Tomb—Right Now!'') A pair of friends get 12 hours of invisibility from a girl who knows magic; it causes whatever clothes they put on to turn invisible with them, then suddenly turn visible when they undress. Unfortunately, the luck of this is DoubleSubverted when the two decide to take advantage of a closed community pool by going swimming in their underwear. When two of the people who run the pool show up, the friends can't find a way to escape unnoticed—-and unnoticed--and of course, ''that's'' when their 12 hours expire.



** The series also features an inversion similar to the ''Vanishing Man'' example listed below -- Chrysalis, a Joker whose invisibility is always on and only applies to her skin and hair.

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** The series also features an inversion similar to the ''Vanishing Man'' example listed below -- Chrysalis, below--Chrysalis, a Joker whose invisibility is always on and only applies to her skin and hair.



*''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Millard Nullings, who's peculiarity is invisibility. He in constantly chastised by Miss Peregrine for loitering around naked.
-->'''Miss Peregrine:''' How many times must I tell you, polite persons do not take their supper in the nude!



* The 1998 ITV drama ''Vanishing Man'' played not only this trope but also JustAddWater -- the titular character had to be wet to be invisible. [[HilarityEnsues This led to some funny moments]] when he dries out. ''For example'', when he's following someone in a car by clinging to the roof rack, said car overtakes a lorry, much to the lorry driver's shock he is overtaken by a car with a naked man clinging to the roof rack, thankfully it starts to rain before the car reaches its destination.

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* The 1998 ITV drama ''Vanishing Man'' played not only this trope but also JustAddWater -- the JustAddWater--the titular character had to be wet to be invisible. [[HilarityEnsues This led to some funny moments]] when he dries out. ''For example'', when he's following someone in a car by clinging to the roof rack, said car overtakes a lorry, much to the lorry driver's shock he is overtaken by a car with a naked man clinging to the roof rack, thankfully it starts to rain before the car reaches its destination.



* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{Enjuhneer}}'' -- Kaji, the invisible roommate, gets offended early in the series when someone assumes she's walking around nude (she later wears a Santa cap to show where she is). Possibly averted, however, as later she insists that she "even bothered to put on pants" when she was forced out into public.

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* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{Enjuhneer}}'' -- Kaji, ''Webcomic/{{Enjuhneer}}''--Kaji, the invisible roommate, gets offended early in the series when someone assumes she's walking around nude (she later wears a Santa cap to show where she is). Possibly averted, however, as later she insists that she "even bothered to put on pants" when she was forced out into public.
28th Mar '16 7:30:09 PM Eievie
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->'''Alicia:''' So… so you're really…\\
'''Bobby:''' Invisible.\\
'''Alicia:''' …naked?\\
'''Bobby:''' Yeah. That too.
-->-- ''Literature/ThingsNotSeen''

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->'''Alicia:''' So… so you're really…\\
'''Bobby:''' Invisible.\\
'''Alicia:''' …naked?\\
'''Bobby:''' Yeah. That too.
->''"An invisible must always be able to disrobe in an instant, or his power is useless!"''
-->-- ''Literature/ThingsNotSeen''
'''Millard''', ''[[Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren Hollow City]]''
13th Mar '16 10:06:39 PM spectertv
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** Recurring villain Arnaud plays it straight when he implants himself with his own version of the the quicksilver gland. He altered the gland to remove [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity the rather unpleasant side effect of "quicksilver madness"]] (easy enough, since Arnaud had ''created'' that side effect in the first place), but accidentally made it so that his body is permanently invisible in the process.

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** Recurring villain Arnaud plays it straight when he implants himself with his own version of the the quicksilver gland. He altered the gland to remove [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity the rather unpleasant side effect of "quicksilver madness"]] (easy enough, since Arnaud had ''created'' that side effect in the first place), but accidentally made it so that his body is permanently invisible in the process.
1st Mar '16 8:57:10 PM Eievie
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->'''Alicia:''' So... so you're really...\\

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->'''Alicia:''' So... So… so you're really...\\really…\\



'''Alicia:''' ...naked?\\

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Not all {{invisibility}} methods are created equal. While most works HandWave away the problems with invisibility -- being able to see being the main one -- one specific problem frequently comes up. Namely: You may be able to become invisible, but [[RequiredSecondaryPowers that doesn't mean things you interact with]] (such as ''clothes'') [[RequiredSecondaryPowers can]].

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Not all {{invisibility}} methods are created equal. While most works HandWave away the problems with invisibility -- being invisibility--being able to see being the main one -- one one--one specific problem frequently comes up. Namely: You may be able to become invisible, but [[RequiredSecondaryPowers that doesn't mean things you interact with]] (such as ''clothes'') [[RequiredSecondaryPowers can]].



Ultimately, if this trope is in play, expect the MundaneSolution to come up -- since no one (by definition) can see the invisible person, going around naked is an acceptable solution to being unable to make other things invisible. This can make using the power downright difficult, especially in [[ExposedToTheElements less hospitable climates]], or for more nefarious purposes -- it's not easy to steal things when you can't interact with them.

This can also be downright [[RuleOfFunny hilarious]], as [[NakedPeopleAreFunny the insinuation of nudity]] as well as the reactions to such is classic comedy. It can also be played equally [[RuleOfDrama dramatically]] -- a person trapped in this state would be unable to interact with the outside world directly, outside of wearing a burqa or similar clothing all the time. There's also an inherent [[RuleOfSexy sexiness]] to the concept -- many aversions of this trope are specifically used due the producers wanting to avoid risque situations.

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Ultimately, if this trope is in play, expect the MundaneSolution to come up -- since up--since no one (by definition) can see the invisible person, going around naked is an acceptable solution to being unable to make other things invisible. This can make using the power downright difficult, especially in [[ExposedToTheElements less hospitable climates]], or for more nefarious purposes -- it's purposes--it's not easy to steal things when you can't interact with them.

This can also be downright [[RuleOfFunny hilarious]], as [[NakedPeopleAreFunny the insinuation of nudity]] as well as the reactions to such is classic comedy. It can also be played equally [[RuleOfDrama dramatically]] -- a dramatically]]--a person trapped in this state would be unable to interact with the outside world directly, outside of wearing a burqa or similar clothing all the time. There's also an inherent [[RuleOfSexy sexiness]] to the concept -- many concept--many aversions of this trope are specifically used due the producers wanting to avoid risque situations.



It can be difficult to say what manner of invisibility is most "correct", because the question arises: what things ''count'' as part of an invisible person's body? At any given time you've got bacterial colonies whose members come and go, viral invaders being fought by your immune system, [[InvisibleStomachVisibleFood food being digested or excreted]], dirt and dust falling on your skin, cells falling off your body, etc — there's no hard line in either direction. Whatever the source of the character's invisibility, the RequiredSecondaryPowers that avert this particular trope may not be so "secondary" after all (especially if the invisibility takes a "psychic" form). It's an open question until science produces "real" invisibility (whatever that even means).

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It can be difficult to say what manner of invisibility is most "correct", because the question arises: what things ''count'' as part of an invisible person's body? At any given time you've got bacterial colonies whose members come and go, viral invaders being fought by your immune system, [[InvisibleStomachVisibleFood food being digested or excreted]], dirt and dust falling on your skin, cells falling off your body, etc — there's etc--there's no hard line in either direction. Whatever the source of the character's invisibility, the RequiredSecondaryPowers that avert this particular trope may not be so "secondary" after all (especially if the invisibility takes a "psychic" form). It's an open question until science produces "real" invisibility (whatever that even means).
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