Created By: Pichu-kun on December 17, 2014 Last Edited By: Pichu-kun on December 4, 2017
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Outfit Rip Sex Check

A character is made to remove their clothes by force, revealing their sex to someone

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Sometimes a character is confused about another characters sex. It could be because they're a crossdresser, they're trans, they have an Ambiguous Gender, or maybe they're just really androgynous. The normal reaction would be to simply ask but some characters opt for a different, more aggressive way.

An Outfit Rip Sex Check is when a character is made to reveal their sex in a decidedly non-consensual matter such as ripping off their clothing or receiving Clothing Damage. It's often a bullying tactic if the characters are young enough but is typically listed under Sexual Harassment and Rape Tropes, though it can be Played for Laughs.

A Crotch-Grab Sex Check is a comparatively less extreme version of this trope that is far more likely to be Played for Laughs.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Tooru from Tokyo Ghoul Re is a transgender man. This is revealed by a Ghoul attacking him in the back of a cab. The Ghoul only eats women with scars and is confused by Tooru's sex so he rips open his shirt, revealing his chest binder and the fact he's Covered with Scars. He beats up Tooru and tries to take him as his next victim, but Tooru is rescued.
  • After School Nightmare's protagonist is an intersex teen. Mashiro, along with other troubled teenagers at his school, must enter a Dream World to deal with their deepest problem before graduating. Early in the dream world a character dressed as a Black Knight is curious whether Masahiro is a crossdresser or a girl so he rips open Masahiro's shirt and skirt with his sword. In the real world Masahiro instantly wakes up and tries to see who the person is but isn't allowed by the nurse, though he learns soon later.
  • In an elementary chapter of Wandering Son, while at a public bath, some boys try to see whether Nitori, who is a transgender girl, is a boy or a girl. She ends up screaming loudly which scares them off and causes them to mock her feminine "gay voice".
  • Ryoma, one of the one-shot protagonists in IS: Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei is intersex. She was raised as a boy but always considered herself a girl. In elementary due to not acting masculine enough she was bullied. Once male classmates tried to get her to take off her underwear so they could see if she was really a boy, and she beats him up. After this the bullying ends and she starts acting more masculine, until at age 17 when female puberty hits and causes an emotional issue between her living as male but having a feminine body.
  • In Love Stage!!, Shougo rips open Izumi's dress to show Sena that Izumi is actually a guy.
  • The one-shot Cotton Candy Love has elementary aged bullies trying to check under their classmates skirt, who recently began going to school as a girl.
  • Invoked in the one-shot Kanojo ni Naritai!? The protagonist tears open his own shirt to reveal to his crush that he is really a boy. He originally began crossdressing because he thought she was a Butch Lesbian but it turns out she's not.
  • In Adolescence of Utena Saionji mistakes Utena for a boy until partway during a duel he cuts her shirt open.
  • In the yaoi one-shot Nise x Koi Boyfriend, two guys try to get Satoi to have sex with them. It isn't shown what happened but somehow he ended up with his shirt ripped open. They were grossed out at Satoi being a crossdresser and wanted to humiliate him by taking pictures of him nude and putting them online, but Satoi's boyfriend came to his rescue.
  • Attempted in Ikki Tousen when Kyocho Chuuko's judo classmates refused to believe she was a girl and ripped her clothes in the dojo to "clear the doubts". Then Sousou stepped into that, thought they were trying to gang-rape her, and his Superpowered Evil Side kicked in for the first time. There were NO survivors except for the two of them.

Film - Animation
  • Implied in Disney's Mulan. Mulan decides to fight in the Chinese army against the Huns in place of her father, who is too old to stand a chance in battle. She does this by cutting her hair and dressing up as a man, since women are not allowed to enlist in the Chinese military. After a battle with the Huns in which she saves the lives of her fellow soldiers, she gets injured and is taken to a medical tent. The doctors, while treating her, find out she is a woman and relay this news to Captain Li Shang and the rest of the army. Li Shang is ordered to execute Mulan, since death is the punishment for impersonating a soldier, but spares her life as she had saved his.

Film - Live Action
  • The protagonist of Tomboy spent the film presenting as a boy to the other kids. When her mother finds out she reveals Laure's a girl to a boy she got into a fight with, which causes him to tell everyone else. The other kids make a girl who likes Laure pull down her pants and confirm if she's female or not.
  • Twice in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery:
    • Early in the film Powers grabs a pretty mod girl and declares "it's a man, man!" and pulls her wig off, revealing a male spy.
    • Later in the film Powers meets Basil Exposition's mother and he thinks it's another male spy in a little old lady disguise, but it turns out this one really is a little old lady.
  • Ace Ventura: Ace Ventura does this at the end of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective to reveal the bad guy

Live-Action TV
  • The Commish: Tony approaches the senior mother of a wanted bank robber who he suspects of harboring her son and/or the money he had stolen. Tony tells her and her friend, another little old lady, that unless she tells him where the money is he'll get a warrant to tear her house apart looking for it. He also mentions that her son had stolen $200,000. The woman is outraged, because apparently her son had told her he stole less than that and was holding out on her. Her friend assures her that her son wouldn't do somehting like that but the mother knocks her wig off, revealing that she is really the son, in hiding. Tony then reveals that the son had only stolen $80,000.
  • Invoked in Game of Thrones. During her journey to Winterfell after her father's death, a disguised Arya struggles to look like a boy while travelling with future members of the Night's Watch. As her friend Gendry immediately notices she's not a boy, he tells her to show "his" peepee and piss in front of him as proof. She gives up and reveals her true name shortly after.

Literature
  • In Seven Soldiers of Victory, Shining Knight's sex is revealed after Galahad rips off part of her shirt, revealing her bound breasts to Gloriana.
  • Alanna's true sex is revealed to the public in the second Song of the Lioness book during her duel with Duke Roger when he accidentally cuts through the special corset that she uses to flatten her chest, causing her to inadvertently flash the entire crowd.
  • Inverted in Monstrous Regiment: The squad, entirely composed of girls disguise themselves as washerwomen to infiltrate the captured fortress. They are caught, and the guards laugh at yet another attempt at crossdressing to get inside. They start wailing about this unfair treatment, until Shufti pulls up her shirt, revealing herself to be very pregnant. Polly turns her best contemptuous glare towards the captain, asking in icicle-covered tones if perhaps he needs to see the rest of the squad naked as well. The captain, utterly defeated, leaves quickly, and the girls are allowed to continue unhindered.

Video Games
  • Final Fantasy V: Early in the game, after having to swim through a sunken ship's hold, Bartz and Galuf strip down to dry their clothes over a fire, and force Faris do do the same, only to discover, true to this trope, that Faris is cross-dressing woman.
  • Art of Fighting:
    • If you beat King with a super attack, "his" clothes will rip, revealing King as a woman all along.
    • In the second game, the same thing will also happen to Yuri. They retain this in King of Fighters 94, 95, and XIII.
  • In Power Instinct: Matsuri Senzo Kuyou, Hikaru Jomon after she get beaten with a Special KO, her clothes are ripped and it's revealed her breasts are covered by a Sarashi, revealing Hikaru is a girl instead a boy as she wanted to be seen.

Web Comics
  • Knights Errant: In the original version, Oswald is revealed to be assigned female at birth when the prince cuts off his shirt. The prince already knew, though, and was only proving it to make a point.
  • Happened on Venus Envy to transsexual Zoe twice:
    • Nuke accidentally finds out when trying to kill her, under Grace's orders, but after Larson punches him in the face and knocks him out, he tells Grace he has no memory of the incident.
    • Nina finds out similarly, trying to stab her in a fit of jealousy.
Community Feedback Replies: 63
  • December 17, 2014
    PacificGreen
    Implied in Disney's Mulan. Mulan decides to fight in the Chinese army against the Huns in place of her father, who is too old to stand a chance in battle. She does this by cutting her hair and dressing up as a man, since women are not allowed to enlist in the Chinese military. After a battle with the Huns in which she saves the lives of her fellow soldiers, she gets injured and is taken to a medical tent. The doctors, while treating her, find out she is a woman and relay this news to Captain Li Shang and the rest of the army. Li Shang is ordered to execute Mulan, since death is the punishment for impersonating a soldier, but spares her life as she had saved his.
  • December 17, 2014
    Snicka
    • The title character of Ace Ventura Pet Detective does this to Lt. Lois Einhorn to reveal that she's Ray Finkle, former football player and the one responsible for kidnapping Snowflake the dolphin.
  • December 17, 2014
    PacificGreen
    That example could be phrased a bit better to emphasize the gender reveal, I suppose.
  • December 17, 2014
    PistolsAtDawn
    Anime
    • In Love Stage, Shougo rips open Izumi's dress to show Sena that Izumi is actually a guy.

    Webcomic
    • Knights Errant: Oswald is revealed to be a woman when the prince cuts off her shirt. He already knew, though, and was only proving it to make a point.
  • December 17, 2014
    RaustBD
    When I saw the trope title for the first time, I thought this was about the revelation that a character's been raped. You might want to think of a better wording for the title.
  • December 17, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    ^ I don't see it. "Sex" refers equally to biology as it does intercourse.
  • December 17, 2014
    PistolsAtDawn
    I'm with Raust BD, the first two words made me do a double take
  • December 17, 2014
    DAN004
  • December 17, 2014
    Snicka
    Rephrasing my Ace Ventura example to put more emphasis on the gender reveal (making it slightly more spoiler-y):
    • The title character of Ace Ventura Pet Detective tears off the clothes of Lt. Lois Einhorn in the climax of the movie, to reveal that she's originally male, specifically Ray Finkle, former football player and the one responsible for kidnapping Snowflake the dolphin. It doesn't seem to work at first, she appears female until they spot her penis taped down between her legs.
  • December 17, 2014
    Patachou
    You should also mention in the intro that in such a scenario it's typically an excuse to have a female character take her blouse off and reveal her breasts to the audience. Usually this will be enough for the others to realize she's not male. You'll never see her take her pants first, for instance.
  • December 18, 2014
    Snicka
    Fanservice should also be mentioned, since this is often an excuse to strip down an character.
  • December 18, 2014
    PistolsAtDawn
    How about Forceful Gender Reveal... Forced Sex Reveal is better than Forcefull Gential Reveal because... seriously DAN? ew.

    EDIT: what about Forceful Sex-Reveal? the hyphen makes it clear its not about forceful sex
  • December 18, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ can you explain the "ew" part please?
  • December 18, 2014
    robinjohnson
    "Forceful sex" reads like a single phrase, with very Unfortunate Implications.
  • December 18, 2014
    DracMonster
    It sounds like a rape trope right now, is what he means.
  • December 18, 2014
    DAN004
  • December 18, 2014
    PistolsAtDawn
    ^ that sounds way worse. half of these examples dont even involve genitals, just chests.
  • December 18, 2014
    Diask
  • December 18, 2014
    lexicon
    Are the words forceful and reveal really necessary? Why not Proof Of Gender?
  • December 18, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    Forceful Biological Sex Reveal?
  • December 18, 2014
    Bisected8
    What about Cross Undressing?

    Think about it, do we have a more general "pulling a disguise off someone"?
  • December 18, 2014
    Snicka
    I don't like Forceful Gender Reveal because "gender" is more of a psychological concept. A transsexual can be biologically one sex while identifying as the other - and this trope is specifically about the reveal of the biological sex, not the psychological one.

    Cross Undressing would be good, but doesn't indicate that the undressing is against the character's will.
  • December 18, 2014
    PistolsAtDawn
  • December 18, 2014
    lexicon
  • December 18, 2014
    shimaspawn
    Revealing The Crossdresser eliminates trans-examples which are a sizeable chunk of the examples. This isn't just a crossdressing trope.
  • December 18, 2014
    Snicka
    Contrast Unsettling Gender Reveal, where the Gender Bender character is the one revealing their own biological sex, making the other person uncomfortable.
  • December 18, 2014
    DAN004
  • December 18, 2014
    SvartiKotturinn
    • Happened on Venus Envy to transsexual Zoe twice:
      • Nuke accidentally finds out when trying to kill her, under Grace's orders, but after Larson punches him in the face and knocks him out, he tells Grace he has no memory of the incident.
      • Nina finds out similarly, trying to stab her in a fit of jealousy.
  • December 18, 2014
    DAN004
    As we have Crotch Grab Sex Check we can call this Outfit Rip Sex Check.

    Btw how would Clothing Damage relate to this?
  • December 18, 2014
    shimaspawn
  • December 18, 2014
    PistolsAtDawn
    ^ yea, im ok with Outfit Rip Sex Check (Clothing Rip Sex Check?). at least you've stopped trying to include genitals/sex organs in the name :P
  • December 19, 2014
    robinjohnson
    Thirding Outfit Rip Sex Check (I really like Cross Undressing but it doesn't quite match this)
  • December 19, 2014
    psportal
    How about Gender Ripoff?
  • December 20, 2014
    Snicka
    Outfit Rip Sex Check is good (or Clothing Rip Sex Check, maybe)? Why isn't the Ace Ventura example added yet? It fits the trope perfectly.
  • December 20, 2014
    DAN004
    Would a Clothing Damage that reveals the true sex of someone count? (Without the intent of knowing/revealing it, that is)

    Seen once in Art Of Fighting: if you beat King with a super attack, "his" clothes will rip, revealing King as a woman all along.
  • September 12, 2015
    Tuckerscreator
    • In The Shakespeare Stealer, "Julian" is revealed to be "Julia" when her shirt is torn in a practice swordfight, revealing her flattening bandages. Since back then women weren't allowed onstage, she'd been crossdressing to be allowed to be an actor.
  • September 12, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Please remove the Linking To An Article Within The Article.

    • Nuns On The Run: A police officer, convinced that he is facing a man dressed up as a nun, forcefully pulls off the nun's clothes... only to discover that it is in fact a woman who has been dressed up as a nun. A woman who is herself not a nun, and who also happens to be wearing some very skimpy black underwear.
  • September 12, 2015
    lakingsif
    Happens in Boys Dont Cry to Brandon, resulting in the boys deciding to later rape him and is the reason that Lana's mom decides to help them - no matter what, that sort of violence is uncalled for.
  • September 13, 2015
    Chabal2
    If the clothes-ripping is done to verify the existence of an identifying feature (tattoo, birthmark, etc.) rather than gender, does it still count?
  • September 13, 2015
    WalterSmith
    Invoked in Game Of Thrones. During her journey to Winterfell after her father's death, a disguised Arya struggles to look like a boy while travelling with future members of the Night's Watch. As her friend Gendry immediately notices she's not a boy, he tells her to show "his" peepee and piss in front of him as proof. She gives up and reveals her true name shortly after.
  • September 13, 2015
    randomsurfer
    • Twice in Austin Powers International Man Of Mystery:
      • Early in the film Powers grabs a pretty mod girl and declares "it's a man, man!" and pulls her wig off, revealing a male spy.
      • Later in the film Powers meets Basil Exposision's mother and he thinks it's another male spy in a little old lady disguise, but it turns out this one really is a little old lady.
  • September 13, 2015
    StrixObscuro
    Comic Book
    • In Seven Soldiers of Victory, Shining Knight's sex is revealed after Galahad rips off part of her shirt, revealing her bound breasts to Gloriana.
  • September 14, 2015
    akazilliadenaro
    Literature
    • In The Legend Of Drizzt The titular character does this to a presumed male elf that was following him.
  • September 15, 2015
    randomsurfer
    • The Commish: Tony approaches the senior mother of a wanted bank robber who he suspects of harboring her son and/or the money he had stolen. Tony tells her and her friend, another little old lady, that unless she tells him where the money is he'll get a warrant to tear her house apart looking for it. He also mentions that her son had stolen $200,000. The woman is outraged, because apparently her son had told her he stole less than that and was holding out on her. Her friend assures her that her son wouldn't do somehting like that but the mother knocks her wig off, revealing that she is really the son, in hiding. Tony then reveals that the son had only stolen $80,000.
  • September 15, 2015
    samitv
    • Ace Ventura - Ace Ventura does this at the end of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective to reveal the bad guy
  • September 15, 2015
    samitv
  • September 15, 2015
    bitemytail
    ^^ Needs more context.
  • September 24, 2015
    DAN004
    Add Art Of Fighting examples plz?
  • September 24, 2015
    Snicka
    ^^ I already gave context to the Ace Ventura example (see in the above comments, from 2014 december...).
  • October 5, 2015
    samitv
    Yeah I realized after, it's got more context as well. Scrap my example
  • January 17, 2016
    Katsuhagi
    • Alanna's true sex is revealed to the public in the second Song Of The Lioness book during her duel with Duke Roger when he accidentally cuts through the special corset that she uses to flatten her chest, causing her to inadvertently flash the entire crowd.
  • January 18, 2016
    Arutema
    Does this count?

    • Final Fantasy V: Early in the game, after having to swim through a sunken ship's hold, Bartz and Galuf strip down to dry their clothes over a fire, and force Faris do do the same, only to discover, true to this trope, that Faris is cross-dressing woman.
  • January 18, 2016
    mariovsonic999
    Don't know if this is enough.

    In Daily Life With Monster Girl, Draco is revealed to be a girl through this.
  • January 19, 2016
    DAN004
    Who's managing this?
  • January 20, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    I got it.

    ^^ Can you specify more?
  • January 20, 2016
    DAN004
    Add Clothing Damage to the description plz.
  • May 12, 2016
    DAN004
    Addendum for Art Of Fighting
    • In the second game, the same thing will also happen to Yuri. They retain this in King Of Fighters 94, 95 and XIII.
  • May 12, 2016
    Chabal2
    Inverted in Monstrous Regiment: The squad entirely composed of girls disguise themselves as washerwomen to infiltrate the captured fortress. They are caught, and the guards laugh at yet another attempt at crossdressing to get inside. They start wailing about this unfair treatment, until Shufti pulls up her shirt, revealing herself to be very pregnant. Polly turns her best contemptuous glare towards the captain, asking in icicle-covered tones if perhaps he needs to see the rest of the squad naked as well. The captain, utterly defeated, leaves quickly, and the girls are allowed to continue unhindered.
  • May 13, 2016
    Katsuhagi
  • July 1, 2016
    DAN004
    Plz update Art Of Fighting example
  • July 20, 2016
    mariovsonic999
    In Daily Life With Monster Girls, this is how Draco is revealed to be a girl when Kurusu tried to get her out of her clothing after getting soaked.
  • June 6, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Video Games:
  • December 4, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    If everything's in check then this'll launch soon.
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