Created By: KiTA on March 21, 2012 Last Edited By: KiTA on March 27, 2012

Streaker

A character runs through a public place while nude in order to shock and disrupt.

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Alternate title: Streaking

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A character runs through a location while nude or semi-nude, usually accompanied by a loud noise.

The intent is ultimately nonsexual, instead designed to shock and disrupt.

This was extremely popular during the 70s in the United States, and communal "naked runs" such as Ann Arbor's Naked Mile remain a tradition on some campuses. Traditionally done at a sporting event or other large public gathering.
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  • March 21, 2012
    Alvin
    I'm first? OK.... Music: Ray Steven's 'The Streak', written when it was a popular fad, news reports of a straker who constantly surprises a guy and his wife, the wife eventually streaks as well. Live-Action Movie: 'American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile, probably based on that thing you mentioned.
  • March 21, 2012
    nitrokitty
    It's possible to streak in Saints Row The Third by removing all of your character's clothes and running in front of people. You get more money the more people you shock.
  • March 21, 2012
    KTera
    You can streak in Saints Row 2 as well.
  • March 21, 2012
    LeeM
    Happens in an episode of Jonathan Creek when Adam's magic act is disrupted by a streaker running onstage. Later, Jonathan is shocked to discover that Adam has actually hired the streaker to make regular appearances because he distracts the audience from seeing how the trick is done. Eventually the guy becomes such a prima donna that Jonathan throws him out, pointing out that a streaker with a dressing room is an oxymoron.
  • March 21, 2012
    Duncan
    In an episode of That Seventies Show, Eric streaks while only wearing a Nixon Mask.
  • March 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Spin City: The Mayor's rebellious teenage daughter streaks one of his speeches while riding a horse.
    • Seven Days: Parker is sent back in time to save The Presidents Daughter; he first meets her while she and a bunch of other college kids are streaking their college library.
    • The song "The Streaker's Ball" from The Benny Hill Show. It mentions a wedding:
      You can always tell who the "best" man is...
    • Real Life: A streaker streaked the 1974 Academy Awards, leading David Niven to deadpan that he had displayed his shortcomings to the world.
  • March 26, 2012
    Xiander
    The how i met your mother episode "the naked truth" features Marshall trying to get rid of a movie clip of him streaking, which has been posted online. Before the episode is over, he streaks again.
  • March 26, 2012
    alsmith
    "Funk Out With Your Junk Out."

    "Streaker" might be more concise though.
  • March 26, 2012
    pcw2727
  • March 26, 2012
    SingingRain
  • March 26, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Eric did this when Gerald Ford visited town in That Seventies Show
  • March 26, 2012
    Aspie
    In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and The Red-Headed Stranger" , Monk hired a guy to do this to prove that the blind witness was neither blind nor a witness.
  • March 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Infamously, Bart rides his skateboard through town naked in The Simpsons Movie.
  • March 26, 2012
    pcw2727
    When the junior class fails repeatedly to win a prank war against the senior class in Smart Guy one character who'd repeatedly recommended streaking as the final stage of all their plans, strips down and streaks their graduation ceremony.

    Old School
  • March 26, 2012
    reub2000
  • March 26, 2012
    Aspie
    ^ Already mentioned.
  • March 26, 2012
    TomWalpertac2
    Webcomic example:
    • Code Name Hunter: Prologue chapter 4 features this, complete with Ray Stevens inspired lyrics. (Actually safe)
  • March 27, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    George Costanza did it to try to get fired from the Yankees in a Sein Feld episode, but it was slightly subverted in that he wasn't nude, but wearing a flesh-colored body stocking.
  • March 27, 2012
    kyun
  • March 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Porkys Revenge the gang prank Pee-Wee into thinking they're all going to take their graduation gowns off and streak their high school graduation, but he's the only one who does it - and that is by accident.

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