Created By: TheRaggedyDoctor on June 23, 2011 Last Edited By: TheRaggedyDoctor on June 24, 2011
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PG-13 Pants

A character is being ripped apart, yet his pants/underwear remain undamaged

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The Big Bad, or maybe just Mother Nature, is demonstrating their power. The Hero or The Lancer is being ripped to shreds, his skin is flying off, blood is spraying, but his pants are perfectly fine. The Hero is in a torture chamber and is being whipped all over his body ferociously by the torturer, but he still has his underwear on despite being otherwise naked. If the weapon being used hits the pants/underwear, The Hero will feel it, but the clothing will remain undamaged.

  • In Xmen:The Final Stand, Wolverine is attempting to kill Jean (Dark Phoenix) who is using her psychic powers to disintegrate every human around. Wolverine is able to get close and because of his Healing Ability his skin grows back as it is torn off him. His shirt disintegrates, his skin disintegrates, but his pants only disintegrate below his knees.

  • In The Simpsons, Homer is being whipped by a torturer wearing a mask. He is only wearing underwear and every time he is whipped on his underwear, a red line appears, but the fabric remains untorn as it would be in real life.

  • In Katekyo Hitman Reborn!!, every time Tsuna is shot with the Dying Will Bullet, his clothes rip off leaving him in just his underwear...which just stay there without explanation.

Related to Magic Pants, Clothing Damage, and Right Through His Pants.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • June 23, 2011
    Speedball
    This may not be different enough from Magic Pants to be its own trope, but I like what you've written.
  • June 23, 2011
    TwinBird
    Definitely too close to Magic Pants.
  • June 23, 2011
    Hadashi
    That is one seriously localised title
  • June 23, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Sounds like Magic Pants meets Clothing Damage. There's a balancing act here, with some Fan Service, the need to depict actual damage, and a certain wariness of the Moral Guardians of the MPAA or "Standards and Practices" or whatever.
  • June 23, 2011
    TheRaggedyDoctor
    This is where the pants just stay on as a form of censorship, as opposed to Magic Pants which is when they magically re-appear. And sorry Hadashi, this is just what my friends and I call this. I don't know what they call it anywhere else so suggestion?
  • June 23, 2011
    TwinBird
    ^ ...not really. It looks to me like nearly every example of Magic Pants has them never disappearing in the first place, just resisting damage far better than the rest of the wearer's clothes.
  • June 23, 2011
    TheRaggedyDoctor
    "Heroes who can change their size or shape generally don't have to worry about ruining their clothes in the process. They must have Magic Pants.

    Simply put, Magic Pants are the "civilian" clothing the characters wear as they go about their daily business. They may lose them during the Transformation Sequence, but once the dirty work is done, they'll appear back in them often right where they were standing. This can even happen if the transformations are shown to explicitly destroy the clothing, and in some cases, the rest of the clothing is destroyed but the pants mysteriously survive. "

    This is different because they just reappear, except in Hulk's case. (His pants also mysteriously turn purple...)
  • June 23, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Magic Pants is related primarily to Shapeshifting, not Clothing Damage.
  • June 23, 2011
    TheRaggedyDoctor
    Yes. Exactly.
  • June 24, 2011
    StarryEyed
    Magic Pants has been used for Clothing Damage for a long time. I don't think this needs to be split off. The essential trope is the same anyway--in a situation where the character would logically completely lose his clothes, the pants remain for the purpose of modesty.
  • June 24, 2011
    TBeholder
    ^ Then we may as well stop the blurring now and restore Magic Pants specific sense as a subtrope of this?

    Prudently Persistent Pants?

    • This sourcebook cover. What a decent giant. Makes me smile every time i see it.
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