Created By: Speedball on May 21, 2011 Last Edited By: Speedball on May 28, 2011
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Naked on Revival

When you come back to life, your clothes don't come back with you.

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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.

Examples:

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.

Film
  • 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.

Live Action TV

Literature
  • 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.

Video Games
  • 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.

Webcomics
  • 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 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.

Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • May 21, 2011
    chihuahua0
  • May 21, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Battlestar Galactica: Cylon ressurection.
  • May 21, 2011
    depizan
    Happened in Stargate SG 1 when Daniel Jackson got, er, unascended. That's pretty much the same as coming back to life.
  • May 21, 2011
    Sackett
    Order Of The Stick when Roy was revived
  • May 22, 2011
    Arivne
    May involve a Fetal Position Rebirth.
  • May 22, 2011
    Tetrominon
    • This is what happened to the title character of John Doe, after PHOENIX successfully yo-yoed him into Heaven and back again.

    Also suggest adding a "spoilers ahoy" warning, since it is at least partially a Death Trope.
  • May 22, 2011
    pcw2727
    • Gandalf's resurrection as Gandalf the White in Lordof The Rings.
      • It didn't help that his clothes were presumably charred off by the balrog

    • Yu Gi Oh: Yami Yugi's Fetal Position Rebirth during the Doma saga, which of course meant that it got cut by the dub.
  • May 23, 2011
    FossilsDaDaDa
    Sorta a subversion in "Brother Bear", it happens to Kenai when he's turned back into a human.
  • May 23, 2011
    billybobfred
    I haven't read the description of Resurrection in a while, but since Order Of The Stick is based on Dungeons And Dragons 3.5, it seems likely that the trope applies there as well, possibly in other editions. Not necessarily to the standard Raise Dead spell though, since that requires the actual body (which may or may not still be clothed).
  • May 23, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Angel: when Wolfram & Hart resurrected Angel's dam Darla she came back nude.

    Just For Fun redirect: Came Back Raw.
  • May 27, 2011
    Speedball
    So, you guys think it's got enough examples? I should probably start to organize them by medium now...
  • May 27, 2011
    Rolf
    yeah media sort'd help me vote in a hat.
  • May 27, 2011
    Speedball
    Okay! Five hats. Gonna launch in one day if there are no objections. Any more examples would be welcome.
  • May 27, 2011
    LeeM
    IIRC 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.
  • May 27, 2011
    Methylene
    Chrono Cross. Serge is very much naked after the flame switches his body back to normal.
  • May 28, 2011
    TwinBird
    • Tanica, Rinia, and, presumably, 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.

    (The minute I saw who'd submitted this, I knew how that arc was going to end...)
  • May 28, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Voldemort... ugh.
  • May 28, 2011
    pure.Wasted
    Desmond in the Lost season 3 premiere is an arguable example. Arguable because we still have no freaking clue as to what really happened there. He probably didn't die, but he did have a near death experience that should have resulted in his death, and he woke up without his clothes anyway.
  • May 28, 2011
    Speedball
    Twin Bird, I swear it was a coincidence I started this around the same time.
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