Created By: Cidolfas on January 1, 2010
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Not sure if there are enough examples out there, but let's try this.

You're watching a show or video game, and a character comes onscreen who looks like they're wearing practically nothing. Or even like they actually aren't wearing anything at all. But after a few minutes of titillation or horror, you realize that they are wearing pants after all. They're just the exact same color as their skin.

Examples:

  • In Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind, Nausicaa is fully covered. However, she's wearing a very short skirt over skin-colored pants. It takes what would be a Panty Shot to realize that they are, in fact, pants.
  • Eiko in Final Fantasy IX. The official art makes her look like she's totally naked from the waist down, when in fact she's wearing very tight flesh-colored pants. Considering her age this is the cause of much Squick among fans.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • December 30, 2009
    macroscopic
    Is this for censorship or do you want examples where they acknowledge it in-canon?

    In Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny there's a part where K.G. is driving off with sorority girls and one flashs J.B.. The scene is played quick as if you won't notice though it's obviously if she's not wearing a flesh-colored bra she's missing parts.
  • December 30, 2009
    Stormtroper
    In-universe example: In Seinfeld George wants to be fired from his job, so he wears a skin-colored full-body suit and runs around the playing field during a baseball game. The audience finds it hilarious.
  • December 30, 2009
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Deos this count?
    • In Men In Black, it's revealed that an alien who looks like a dog is actually wearing a suit that makes him look like an Earth dog. He normally looks like a hairless, pink dog with antennae.
    • Troper Tales: I had a friend who dresed as a flasher for halloween, wearing flesh colored clothes and a trenchcoat.
    • Truth In Television: stage performers often do this for Fanservice or to stay warm.
      • The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City often includes at least one example.
  • December 30, 2009
    callsignecho
    *giggle* When I read your opening line I thought you meant "This doesn't happen often enough."

    Real Life:
    • Britney Spears had her (in)famous skin-tone body suit, with strategically placed glittery stuff.
  • December 30, 2009
    TBTabby
    Wonder Woman's foe, the Cheetah, has taken to wearing pants with cheetah-print over the crotch in recent years. This makes her look like she's wearing crotchless leather chaps.
  • December 30, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    In Skins Tony has a duvet which depicts a naked man and womans bodies. Tony and Sid, who occasionally share the bed have their heads sticking the top of these bodies. This Troper found that duvet online and bought it.
  • December 30, 2009
    Cidolfas
    This is not for censorship, it's where a costume or outfit is designed, whether on purpose or unintentionally, to look like skin.

    The Men In Black example doesn't count.
  • December 30, 2009
    dotchan
    A lot of figure skating costumes have flesh-colored bits so that the skater can stay warm while having an outfit that looks Stripperiffic.
  • December 30, 2009
    Bisected8
    In some of the "Dayvid" sketches in Little Britain he sometimes wears a shirt that fulfills this trope.
  • December 30, 2009
    Lee M
    Wild Child character Kid Chameleon from a 1970s British comic (yeah, I mentioned him in the Hollywood Chameleons YKTTW as well) was originally drawn wearing green briefs under his transparent chameleon suit, but after the first strip they became flesh-coloured so he almost looked naked. As a sexually-confused teenager this troper wasn't complaining much.
  • December 30, 2009
    Kayube
    One of the big questions about Homestar Runner- is he, as he claims, wearing "long pants", or does he not wear pants and just has blue soles on his feet?
  • December 30, 2009
    random surfer
    Subtrope of Fully Clothed Nudity.
  • December 30, 2009
    goodtimesfreegrog
    If this troper recalls correctly, there was an omake feature in the He Is My Master manga highlighting the girls' gym uniforms, which included peach-coloured spats (chosen specifically so that the artist could draw the girls at particularly risque angles and get away with it).

    Also: If at any time in the nineties you found a "nude code" promising to let you finally see the Third Person Seductress in the buff, 99% of the time they only do this.
  • December 31, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Rikku's suit that she wears when you first encounter her on the Al Bhed ship (not when she joins your party permanently) fits the trope.
  • December 31, 2009
    JAF1970
    One issue of The Simpsons comic has Lisa having the entire family wear nude-colored clothing because everyone is copying them.
  • January 1, 2010
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Lady Gaga has done this.
  • January 1, 2010
    BlackMageJ
    Kari Byron wore a skintight, flesh-coloured bodysuit in one episode of Mythbusters. I don't know what myth required it, but TBH if I was her boss, I'd find any excuse.
  • January 1, 2010
    JAF1970
    In one Frasier episode, Frasier is hitting on a girl at a Halloween costume party with a nude body outfit. He guesses she's dressed as Godiva, she reveals she's Eve. The kicker is the girl is Kelsey Grammer's real-life wife.
  • January 1, 2010
    random surfer
    This Troper was in a production of The Mysteries wherein the actors playing Adam and Eve wore these.
  • January 1, 2010
    artman40
    The protagonist in Code Name: Viper.
  • January 4, 2010
    Cody Fett
    There's also the titular character in Sabrina Online. At first it appears as though she's not wearing any pants, but then it's revealed that she's really just wearing pants that are the same color as her fur. Where her shirt ends and her pants begin though has yet to be explained . . . it might be a belly shirt.
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