To be alive, you basically need two things: a living spirit/mind, and a fully functioning body. Note that clothing is not included in there. When people are born as babies, they're naturally Naked on Arrival
, and the same often goes for resurrections, unless the force that brings people back to life is feeling extra generous to give them a spare set of clothing on top of that. This can be symbolic of their rebirth into the living world, of course, or serve to show how fragile life is by having them be vulnerable upon being thrust back into the world. Fanservice is also a contributing factor.
May often involve a Fetal Position Rebirth
. The super trope to this is Naked on Arrival
Note that there may be spoilers
ahead: we're going to have to talk about death if we talk about resurrection.
Anime and Manga
- Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust gave us the Vampire Carmilla, reviving herself out of pure blood, naked in a casket.
- Not immediately apparent, but the protagonist of Guyver is killed when his control metal is ripped out of his head and his body consumes itself. A new body later forms from the control metal itself, but when the Guyver armor recedes, he's naturally without clothing.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yami Yugi's Fetal Position Rebirth during the Doma saga, which of course meant that it got cut by the dub.
Live Action TV
- Leeloo in The Fifth Element is reconstructed From a Single Cell, and naturally clothing doesn't come with that, though the machine puts bandage-clothing on her shortly afterwards.
- In Roger Zelazny's Jack of Shadows, if anyone gets killed before exhausting their finite total of lives they are resurrected naked in the Dung Pits of Glyve at the east pole (It Makes Sense In Context) of the world.
- In Mortal Kombat 9, Sindel is reconstructed back to life from a single skeleton; we see the muscles and blood vessels forming on her bones, but the camera sticks above the chestline once she's got skin.
- In Chrono Cross Serge is very much naked after the flame switches his body back to normal.
- In Narbonic, when Caliban and Mell are respectively kicked out of the afterlife onto Earth, they're both starkers.
- When Roy, the leader of the The Order of the Stick is brought back to life, he's totally nude and covered only by a blurry section near his crotch. He says to Belkar that if he could spend some time being dead, they could tolerate a little full frontal.
- This trope was fully exploited in Crushed: The Doomed Kitty, a now-defunct webcomic by the Supermegatopia brothers. Crushed was a female adventurer, and every time she died (which was often), she'd resurrect at the Temple of Infinite Lives, minus all her equipment and clothing. She'd have to go back to her old body to get it all back, just like in Diablo. This also applied to every other adventurer in the comic, and total party wipes were quite common, resulting in a small horde of naked people popping into existence at the temple.
- Tanica, Rina, and, in the backstory, Sarin in The Dragon Doctors. Especially Tanica, who had no clothes on revival despite her transformation appearing as bark growing over her, clothes and all.