Created By: Skybunny on September 26, 2013 Last Edited By: Skybunny on July 27, 2015
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Right Out of My Clothes [replace merge]

Onscreen clothing loss associated with blunt force or snap movement

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Closed TRS thread: [1] (instructed to create a new YKTTW rather than fix via TRS).
Additional background: Powers That Be do not want to rename the existing trope because it already exists, even though Right Out of My Clothes made it into production without ever going through an approval process and is by TRS's own admission, "a mess". Again,[2]
THEREFORE: Proposal: replace the description text of Right Out of My Clothes with this, and merge examples from this with those of that page, as describing the "same thing, but better". At some point in the future a rename to something better could possibly happen, but a lot of good work is mired in YKTTW purgatory if this isn't done.

One moment a character is wandering through life, oblivious. In the next, some or all of their clothing is drifting to the ground like fallen leaves.

Unlike Empty Piles of Clothing or Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing, this method of clothing loss is usually Played for Laughs, and is seen most often in slapstick comedy or animated cartoons.

Gags that often set this trope into motion include an impact strong enough to literally smack the victim's clothes off (as in Getting the Boot, or the Plank Gag), or said outfit getting snagged whole by an obstacle along the way, like a tree or briar bush. If a nearby object or character is OffLikeAShot, its field of effect may carry the victim's outfit along even if the character is not.

A variation where clothing a character wears doubles as a costume and is lost in this manner can lead to The Reveal, or a Dramatic Unmask.

Sometimes the victim's clothes will float for a few seconds in their original position before falling to the ground, fall to pieces around the character, or they'll simply fly offscreen piecemeal to be absorbed into Hammerspace - or the next scene over.

This can also be self inflicted by the effects of FlipTakes, WildTakes, a SlipperySkid, or other equally acrobatic clumsiness. If the character is OffLikeAShot, they may exit their clothes as well as the current scene, if they dash off fast enough.

May cause combinations of Comedic Underwear Exposure, Partial Nudity, or Defeat by Modesty, and may join with Fur Is Clothing if clothing lost includes a character's fur or feathers. Naked People Are Funny is a frequent, but not guaranteed, destination. If the clothes snap back to reappear on the victim without particular explanation, then Magic Pants has taken effect.

Compare with Dress Hits Floor, All Cloth Unravels, The Nudifier, and Wardrobe Malfunction.

Not to be confused with Empty Piles of Clothing, where a pile of clothing is a mysterious or foreboding element or Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing, where the specific case of Shapeshifting is involved.

Examples

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    Advertising 
  • The Trix Rabbit frequently fell victim to this trope as his disguises to get Trix cereal are foiled by his excitement in having the bowl in his hands at last. Whether by The Pratfall, Facefault, or Wild Take, this would result in anything from the Rabbit's headgear to his entire costume falling off, making his not-a-kid identity plain. "It's the Rabbit!"

    Comic Books 
  • Happens often in Astérix, with Romans getting knocked off their sandals from an uppercut by one of the Gauls, usually Obelix.

    Films — Animation 
  • Pinocchio, in a scene on Pleasure Island, in which bad boys turn into donkeys after misbehaving. The Coachman interrogates a boy turned donkey wearing only a blue hat, shirt, and shoes as to his name. When the boy can only answer with "Haw!", the Coachman rips off the boy's shirt, then kicks the donkey into a crate, knocking the ill-fitting shoes and his hat clean off him.
  • In An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, Cat R. Waul does a Pain-Powered Leap out of his suit.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • A Running Gag in Peanuts is that whenever Charlie Brown pitches for his baseball team, the opposing batter hits the ball back at him so hard it knocks him right out of his clothes, usually accompanied by a frame with socks, shoes, shirt, etc. flying through the air. He is otherwise completely unharmed.
  • Attack Hello, as seen in Calvin and Hobbes when Hobbes pounces Calvin when he comes back from school. Calvin's shoes are nearly always sent flying off his feet. Socks, a jacket, hat and a backpack (if he's just come back from school) have also been flung off at one time or another, by the force of Hobbes's pounce.
    Calvin: Seriously, you could never have done that if my taunts hadn't boosted your adrenalin.
    Hobbes: *walking towards Calvin with his discarded clothing in hand* I can only find one of your socks.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • Donald Duck has been on the receiving end of this several times in golden age Disney shorts.
    • On Ice (1935) sees Donald losing his sweater as it doubles as a makeshift kitestring.
    • Mickey's Birthday Party (1942), Donald loses his shirt to an overzealous dance toss.
    • The Clock Watcher (1945): Donald, working as a gift wrapper, has a huge number of gifts to wrap sent down a conveyor, passing him. The pile speeds by so quickly that his hat and shirt are sucked clear off him in the direction of the gifts.
    • In The Three Caballeros, Donald is chasing after bathers in Acapulco when he is yanked right out of his bathing suit, which continues the chase on its own.
  • The 1935 Disney Silly Symphony The Tortoise and the Hare uses variants of this several times as the lighting fast rabbit zips past spectators...a smartly dressed owl and stork lose their snappy outfits AND feathers; a tree is stripped of its leaves in what passes for arboreal nudity.
  • In the Pixar short For the Birds, after the large bird is pecked off of the telephone wire, all the little birds lose their feathers as they are shot up into the air by the recoiling line.

    Real Life 
  • The specific case of "Knock your socks off" (encompassed in this trope) was tested by MythBusters. Their conclusion: Busted. The kinetic energy from a battering ram, let alone a punch, could not knock the socks off of Buster by pure force alone. The team WAS able to remove socks off of dummy legs with a shockwave generated by high explosives, but the explosion would be fatal even at the maximum distance required for them to be blown off.
    • Note that one shot of the vertical pneumatic cannon did knock his shoes off and the shoes pulled the socks halfway off. Unfortunately the socks were not completely off and the cannon was far stronger than any boxer.
    • In a revisit of the myth, the team even redid the same tests including a new set of tests using the best set of variables possible (smooth, shaven legs wearing loose-fitting woolen socks) to see if they would get knocked off and were still unsuccessful with the original tests. However, while they ultimately were able to knock the socks off of Buster (as well as his hands and his entire left leg), it required hitting him with a vehicle-mounted battering ram at 65 MPH, roughly 10,000 times the kinetic force of a human boxer.

Community Feedback Replies: 42
  • September 26, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    took the liberty of putting a working title and linking your other YKTTW. you can easily revert it if you don't like the change though.
  • September 26, 2013
    Skybunny
    Thanks! Don't mind at all. Splitting these is the most picky work of these, but I think it is real progress for it to be two. Makes much more sense now.
  • September 26, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Idea for page image: [1]
  • September 27, 2013
    DAN004
    Compare The Nudifier.
  • September 27, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Clothing Explosion Gag? I was thinking of it in the sense of like a binder explosion rather than the fiery kind.
  • September 27, 2013
    Skybunny
    I _do_ kinda like that idea for a name. Does the Tortoise and Hare example I just added work with it? [1]
  • September 27, 2013
    Indalecio
    How about "Knock Your Socks Off"?
  • September 27, 2013
    Skybunny
    I'm going with 'Knock Your Socks Off'. That's perfect, IMHO. Thanks! :)
  • September 27, 2013
    robbulldog
    Examined by the Mythbusters specifically for socks. The sort of impact it would take to knock somebody's socks off would be well past lethal.
  • September 27, 2013
    DAN004
    What is "Knock Your Socks Off"? An idiom? I'm sure I don't get it the first time I read it. :/
  • September 27, 2013
    Skybunny
    Yeah, it's an idiom... there's a definition over here. http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/knock+socks+off . It works doubly because it actually means 'surprise', and of course there's the literal 'knock one's socks off their feet' which the trope is kind of talking about in terms of clothing.
  • September 29, 2013
    Skybunny
    Any sense of how close we are to a publish? I like the title now as-is...are we still needing more examples or tweaking of the description, or any other things?
  • September 29, 2013
    kjnoren
    I think you're going backwards on this, since this is a replacement for an existing trope You should bring this up in the Trope Repair Shop first, before starting a YKTTW process.

  • September 29, 2013
    xanderiskander
    ^ Right Out Of My Clothes would certainly need to go through TRS to get a rename. But it doesn't have any misuse as far as I can tell or very many problems except for lacking examples. I think it mostly just Needs Wiki Magic Love.

    ^^ To be honest with you I assumed you had gone through TRS when I first saw this.

    Like kjnoren said. If you want to actually replace Right Out OF My Clothes with this, and give it a rename you're going about this a bit backwards. You would need to make a TRS thread to rename it. Renaming pages is something Tvtropes take very seriously. It's never done lightly. And you can't launch this while there's an existing page that covers it, because you'd just create a duplicate trope.

    If instead you just used this YKTTW to collect examples to add to the current page, and not change the description or the name. That'd probably be okay.
  • September 29, 2013
    Skybunny
    Heh heh heh. Soooo... I actually brought this to TRS FIRST. The current trope, such as it is, never WENT through a YKTTW...ever, and over THERE they said that because of that, the solution was 'cut and replace with YKTTW'. Please see http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1379816143039632100 for the now closed TRS thread.

    Given the risk of circular failure, a singular and final plan to move forward appreciated! (I put all the effort in over here because YKTTW is where I was told to come...)
  • September 29, 2013
    xanderiskander
    ^ Alrighty then. I think you should link that TRS thread at the top of the page to avoid further confusion.
  • September 29, 2013
    RayAP19
    Hobbes actually lampshades this in one strip after he hits Calvin so hard with a snowball that he LITERALLY knocks Calvin's socks off (and two layers of shoes, his gloves, and his hat):
    Calvin: Seriously, you could never have done that if my taunts hadn't boosted your adrenalin.
    Hobbes: *walking towards Calvin with his discarded clothing in hand* I can only find one of your socks.
  • September 30, 2013
    Skybunny
    ^ Added! And with the state of TRS closure clarified, I guess my original question can be re-asked. What's needed now to bring this YKTTW to 'publish'? Thoughts?
  • September 30, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Hats, of course.
  • September 30, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    Name violates both aspects of No New Stock Phrases: it's a stock phrase which sounds like dialog.
  • October 1, 2013
    DAN004
    Instant Naked Gag?

    BTW needs a mention of Naked People Are Funny. =P
  • October 1, 2013
    Skybunny
    ^ Done!
  • October 1, 2013
    kjnoren
    ^^^ No, "Knock Your Socks Off" isn't a Stock Phrase. It's an idiom. It can be made less personal by naming the trope Knock Their Socks Off. Otherwise I think the phrase is fine, but I have a reservation in that the trope won't be able to use its idiomatic meaning (to surprise) and only the literal one.

    Some other possible alternatives: Disrobing Impact, Undressing Impact, Socks Out Knock Out

    @Skybunny: good to have the TRS cleared up. I didn't see a TRS link either here or on Right Out Of My Clothes, that's why I asked.
  • October 2, 2013
    kjnoren
    I'm not sure dragging someone out of their clothes should be part of this trope.

    One case that maybe should be included is the zip that sometimes is done in cartoons - the character runs away so fast that they leave their clothes behind for a moment, and the clothing instead follows after. Usually this is done by the character leaving the screen, and they wear their clothes next time we see them (usually right after).
  • October 7, 2013
    Skybunny
    ^ You know, I know what you're talking about, but I can't think of specific examples of it at this very moment. If you'd like to add a few, I'm sure that would be of help!
  • October 22, 2013
    Skybunny
    I need opinions here...getting some time away from this one has me thinking that 'Right Out Of Their Clothes' is such a mess because it has SEVERAL tropes buried in it, like...
    • Travelling At The Speed Of Bared (This is high speed movement causing the wearer or nearby spectators to lose their clothes/fur/etc.; can even be 'nearby characters losing their hats when a character blows by')
    • High Impact Nudity (This trope, with some of the description and examples split away)
    • Giving Them The Strip (When an immobile object is the thing keeping someone at bay until they ditch the clothing item, but still done for laughs)
    • The Nudifier (when the gag is pretty much about ripping a character's clothes off)

    For example, when I look at Peter Rabbit, at Giving Them The Strip, I see:
    • Peter winds up abandoning all his clothes in the course of escaping the garden.

    But the truth is, his shoes are lost basically in Travelling At The Speed Of Bared (he just plain loses his shoes while running fast as he can, 'Oops!'), while his jacket IS taken off by him because he's caught in a fencing (thus IS Giving Them The Strip).

    Can I get some thoughts on this? Am I close to on the right track?
  • October 22, 2013
    xanderiskander
    ^ If it has that many problems you might need to bring it back to TRS.
  • October 22, 2013
    Skybunny
    ^Yeah. I just wish that I didn't have to go through all this administrata essentially because 'someone added an ill-described trope without it going through the process that makes it a keeper'. If you look at Right Out Of My Clothes, you can see that it has very few examples, a hugely general description, and very few interlinks. It never would have made it out of YKTTW as it was published.

    ''For the purposes of this, anyway, I'm simply suggesting Right Out Of My Clothes -> High Impact Nudity, (and then...) Travelling At The Speed Of Bared is just a new YKTTW I add that has nothing to do with this YKTTW/TRS/issue.''
  • April 16, 2014
    Skybunny
    I'm thinking of using a less disruptive tactic to fix this.

    Essentially: Merge the contents of this YKTTW into Right Out Of My Clothes by:
    • Mostly overwriting the description there with this one, because this one seems a lot better
    • Merging examples here into there

    At one time, this YKTTW had as many as four hats, so I'm thinking it's about ready for publish in SOME form. What I suggested above may be easiest to do.

    At that point, I can go through other avenues if that trope should "have a better name". Thoughts? This a workable path?
  • April 16, 2014
    Lakija
    Well... this trope is played in Soul Calibur:
    • In the next-gen iterations of Soul Calibur this is exaggerated: character clothing and armor inexplicably breaks off from large blunt force impacts. This becomes ridiculous with create-a-character clothing, which always shatters and leaves the character without any clothes on save their underwear, which never "breaks." Too much starch.
  • April 16, 2014
    DAN004
    Nobody mentions Clothing Damage?
  • April 16, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
    ^ That seems to be more for the purpose of Fanservice; this, on the other hand, appears to be far more tasteful and intended to be humorous.

    Western Animation
    • Courage The Cowardly Dog. In, "Stormy Weather," as the Storm Goddess' rage intensifies, so does the storm cloud that constantly hovers above her; at one point, it's so intense that Eustace's hat flies off his head, but as he tries to retrieve it, the rest of his clothes blow off his body, leaving him to blow away in only his hat and underwear.
  • April 16, 2014
    dalek955
    A picture of Calvin getting hit by a snowball would probably make a good page image.
  • April 17, 2014
    DAN004
    Clothing Damage is played for laughs as much as it is for fanservice. This ykttw is redundant.
  • April 17, 2014
    kjnoren
    ^ Clothing Damage is for destroyed or torn clothing. This is when the clothing is removed due to a hit or sudden movement, usually the next scene shows the character fully clad again no worse for wear. The two can overlap, but need not do so.
  • April 17, 2014
    TonyG
  • April 7, 2015
    yisfidri
    ^ Added these.
  • April 7, 2015
    Koveras
    Would this count? It is currently listed as an example of The Nudifier on that work's page, but this trope may be more appropriate:

    • Giant Spiders in A Dance With Rogues have a special attack that strips off the target's armor, and since you cannot put armor on during combat, they have to fight the rest of the encounter stark naked.
  • April 7, 2015
    robbulldog
    • In the Phineas And Ferb "The Chronicles of Meap", when Ferb tricks out the spaceship and flies right past Buford and Baljeet, the rush of air as the spaceship flies past them reduces them to their underwear. "Let us never speak of this again."
  • April 7, 2015
    Generality
    Calvin is on the receiving end of this a lot, usually from snowballs but occasionally from baseballs. At least once, he's been knocked out of all his clothes, leaving only his underwear.

    The Mythbusters went to great lengths to test the "knocked out of your socks" idiom, to the point of hitting a clothed dummy with the equivalents of a wrecking ball or a speeding truck. It never quite panned out as hoped.
  • July 12, 2015
    Skybunny
    Bumping. I believe this is ready, if:

    • We do not go through the difficulty of trying to rename the page (until possibly later)
    • We replace the text in Right Out of My Clothes with the text here
    • We merge the examples in that page with those here.

    Trying to rename this at the same time we're looking to replace or improve a trope that never went through approval in the first place, is making this too difficult. Can we go with this, if manually merged? I'm willing to do that work.

    • I don't know how to remove tags from a YKTTW, but this doesn't need a 'better name' if we're willing to keep this one for now, and it has plenty of examples now.
  • July 27, 2015
    yisfidri
    ^ Agree.
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