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->'''Suzuka''' Give that back!\\
'''Gene:''' Which one? ''(her sword or her sash)''\\
'''Suzuka:''' Both of them!\\
'''Gene:''' Hmmmmmmm. ''(sniffs the sash)''
-->-- ''Manga/OutlawStar''

One character incapacitates his or her opponent by stealing or [[ClothingDamage damaging]] their clothes in a way that threatens to expose them if they continue to fight.

It's likely used by the MartialPacifist who wants to end the fight without hurting anyone, or the GuileHero being sneaky, or some pervert trying to invoke ClothingDamage.


It's related to the StandardFemaleGrabArea in that both are used to quickly incapacitate a female character and could be used by those that WouldntHitAGirl. The ActionGirl may defy it by continuing to fight [[FullFrontalAssault while naked]] and waiting until ''after'' the enemy is a bloody pulp to cover herself back up.
It can also happen to a guy if they don't feel it's right to show their [[UnusualEuphemism little selves]] in public.

The polar opposite would be a woman [[ShowSomeLeg using her body]] (usually with a {{Stripperific}} outfit) as a [[DistractedByTheSexy distraction]] to beat a guy to a pulp. If baring all is done in order to escape rather than to keep fighting, it's GivingThemTheStrip.


Compare BreakThemByTalking (in which a character uses emotional shame to defeat an enemy), ShamefulStrip (in which a character ends up naked as punishment or humiliation), WardrobeMalfunction (in which a character ''accidentally'' ends up naked), and NakedFreakOut (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; this trope is often used hand-in-hand with Defeat By Modesty)


Contrast SexyCoatFlashing (in which a [usually female] character clad in an overcoat -- or some kind of coat -- willingly flashes someone).

Be wary of UnfortunateImplications with this trope.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/OutlawStar'', Gene defeats Suzuka by stealing her obi (belt), leaving her unable to attack him without her kimono falling open. The superior position and the hostage is then used for negotiation, to great effect.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Jack Rakan defeats two female mages by stealing their panties, then flipping their skirts whenever they tried to attack or cast a spell. He later begins a repeat performance when he's taking on all of Fate's Minstra Magi at once and it works for awhile before they start taking on different physical forms that render the fact they're {{going commando}} a moot point. It's made even funnier when you remember Fate, the one they revere so much, is watching this fight and goes so far as to ask them what they're doing.
** Negi uses it (through ''extremely conveniently timed sneezes'') to win several arguments with Asuna early on, and against the [[OpposingSportsTeam evil older students in a dodge ball game.]]
** The [[TheHorde Robot Army]] in the [[SchoolFestival Mahorafest arc]]. Their primary weapons: [[ClothingDamage Stripper rays]].
** Inverted by Takane D. Goodman who upon defeat is stripped due to her clothes being produced by magic. Takane tries to get revenge on Negi stripping her with magic by picking multiple fights with him, where every one ends with her once again naked. At one point, she uses her shadow magic to magically generate her clothes. Naturally, Negi KO'ed her and the clothes disappeared as she loses consciousness. Then after that she ends up fighting [[AntiMagic Asuna]]. Then, trying to defend the campus against the robot hordes, she gets hit with their "nakey beams" at that point again. Her friend tells her to just give up, and resign herself to a fate of InnocentFanserviceGirl.
*** Later in the manga, Takane challenges Negi to a fight, in which if she wins he has to date her. At that point, Negi is so strong that he KO'd her without effort. After that, Takane angrily asks why he hasn't got her naked, taking it as a sign of pity due to her lower magic level.
** [[PsychoLesbian Tsukuyomi]] does this to [[FoeYay Setsuna]]. The fact that it partially ''works'' makes Setsuna angry with herself, given that in earlier battles she had fought a previous opponent (Negi) [[FullFrontalAssault while completely naked without being affected at all]]. She takes it as a sign that she's getting rusty.
** Fate accidentally did this to Asuna; he was attempting to [[TakenForGranite petrify her]], but her AntiMagic made her immune. Her clothes are not.
** Negi does this to the group of Ariadne guards when they attempt to arrest him, by combining a disarming spell with his BlackMagic. In his defense, it was really the only way of ending the fight without hurting anyone.
** Kurt Godel tries to defeat Asuna, Yue and Emily by getting their clothes blasted off. It works with the last two, but Asuna [[spoiler:(actually Fate's minion Shiori disguised as Asuna)]] this time shouts "Oh, like I care anymore!" and [[FullFrontalAssault continues to attack anyway]].
** Near the end of the series, Paio II defeats Yue Ayase by using her super speed to strip her completely naked. Paio II comments that Jack Rakan taught her that tactic, and that Yue should try to overcome her modesty to become a better fighter.
* The start of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''; Ataru catches Lum by stealing her FurBikini, so she has to cover her breasts with her hands and can't fly as fast. He does it to get her to come to him, rather than him having to chase her around. In the anime, he uses a suction cup on a string, while in the movie ''Beautiful Dreamer'' he takes it up a notch and just reaches into his pants [[ImpossibleThief and pulls it out]], saying, "Hey! Look what I got!"
* ''Manga/KingOfBanditJing'': Jing defeats his first-round opponent in [[TournamentArc "The Masquerade Ball of Zaza"]] by stealing his butt-plate.
* Flat-out defied in ''Manga/RaveMaster''. ActionGirl Julia faces off with an especially perverted member of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Six Guard]] who enjoys using his powers to blow apart her clothing. Julia refuses to submit, and even ''rips off the remains of her own bra'' to prove the point that modesty will not defeat her. She eventually beats him down with no regard to her nudity, and in fact fully intends to tell her lover Let about all the onlookers who saw her to see what'll happen.
* Turned on its head in both the manga and live action version of ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub''. A female swordsman, after being defeated and raped by a swordsman who used a form of hypnotism and mind tricks, came up with a method that would allow her to revenge herself against him in a future match. It essentially involved having two incredibly realistic (and honestly disturbing) tattoos etched on her breasts and back. Whenever she was attacked, [[FullFrontalAssault she'd rip off her clothes and expose the tattoos before rushing and killing her attackers]], who were usually too taken back to defend themselves effectively. It can also be seen as a very twisted version of ShowSomeLeg.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', Taiga get the edge on the much better swimmer Ami in a pool race by claiming she's showing down below, knocking her into the pool with a bunch of flotation devices, and then stealing her bikini top while she's still disoriented.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''
** Used on occasion, usually by [[AttentionWhore Rachel Castor]].
** Subverted with Miu who, in spite of being the very embodiment of girlish modesty (and [[YamatoNadeshiko traditional Japanese politeness]]) in this manga, never gets upset about ClothingDamage until ''after'' the fight is over.
** Defied by one of the combatants, Dou Koukyouku from the Nanken team, whose shirt is torn to shreds by Rachel, leaving her absolutely topless. Her response is to shout at her, "Hmph! I gave up my identity as a woman long ago!" and holds her stance.
* ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''. Interestingly {{justified|Trope}}: it's the reason sumo wrestlers wear loincloths. Manbo/Yanbo convince their opponent that "clothing holds" are unfair and try to make the one kid willing to stand up to them, a girl, take off her shirt.
* Done in Lee Kang Woo's Korean manhwa ''Manhwa/{{Rebirth}}'', to prove a point. Shy priestess Millenear is sparring with vampire anti-hero love interest Deshwitat to prove to him that she is strong enough to help him save the world. Desh tears her clothes apart, making her drop to her knees to cover herself and yell at him for being a brute -- whereupon he calmly puts his hand to her throat and tells her "you're dead".
* ''Manga/DragonHalf'', where breaking [[TheHero Mink]]'s [[ChainmailBikini platemail bikini top]] turns out to be a ''[[BerserkButton big]]'' mistake for [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Doug/Dug]] Fin, when she immediately punches him out of the ring while covering herself with one arm. In the OVA it's played with further, when Mink gets a little overexcited at the sight of her friends cheering at the victory, causing her to throw her arms into the air and show her assets to the crowd.
* The bad guys try to use this on Loretta in ''Franchise/WildArms TV'', but they [[MaleGaze get distracted]] long enough for her to cast "Corset", which shreds ''their'' clothes into strips.
* In the ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' manga, Vocal rips off [[{{Stripperific}} Ocarina]]'s bra when she is about to unload her most powerful attack on him, making her stop in the mid-move to cover herself. Considering that Vocal was lightyears beyond Ocarina's power level anyway, this was done purely for lulz.
* Of all the people to fall to this in ''Manga/OnePiece'', it's [[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]]. [[spoiler:He challenges the "Substitute Queen" (or Regent if you like) of Kamabaka Kingdom to a duel, receiving passage off the island if he wins. He's forced to wear the island's traditional battle outfit (a dress), and gets embarrassed when he realizes the "queen" is peeping at his underwear while the dress flares up as he kicks.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'',
** Rushuna is prevented from doing her trademark evasive acrobatics after a stray bullet rips her panties off. She [[InvincibleHero still wins]]. In the manga she doesn't even mind, which leads to CensorShadow later in the fight.
** The manga also has a story where Rushuna participates in a swimming competition, with her opponent sabotaging her by giving her a water-soluble bikini. She defies this trope with a little quick thinking, tying her GodivaHair into an impromptu sling bikini and finishing the race.
* Inverted in ''Ultimate Girls''. The girls' clothing begins a disintegrating process from the moment they enter battle, and their shame and embarrassment at their pending nudity ''enhances'' their powers.
* In her ploy to get the inheritance stone of the Sanzenin in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Sonia begins to strip. When Hayate reveals that that ploy won't work on him, she threatens to call for his female companion and claim that he had tried to rape her. She does get the stone with that, but he returns later to get it back, with Nishizawa in tow, so that she can't try that tactic again.
* In the Masaomi Kanzaki ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' manga, Chun Li is in danger of losing her match with Vega [[note]]a.k.a. "Balrog", a.k.a. "Claw"[[/note]] because the Spanish ninja exposed her right breast, forcing her to fight one-handed. The story treats this as a turning point for her; at the brink of defeat, she stops trying to cover herself and creates her Kikouken KiAttack in time to claim victory.
* The girls of ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' usually avert this trope. Hakufu, one of the protagonists, will be mostly or entirely topless in her average fight against a challenging opponent. There are examples of those who play the trope straight as well.
* In ''Manga/PsychicAcademy'', Ai once did this by accident. He made his first Jump (Teleportation), lost his balance on landing, and [[AccidentalPervert accidentally groped his opponent's breasts while regaining his balance]]. The woman he was fighting burst into tears and ran away.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch is able to win an argument against Kallen by pointing out the fact she is only wearing a Bunny suit (the {{Playboy|Bunny}} version, we mean). You may think the MsFanservice who performed a FullFrontalAssault on Suzaku would be immune to that, but apparently it's different when Lelouch is the one looking.
* This is a favorite tactic of [[{{Samurai}} Goemon]] from ''Franchise/LupinIII''. In his fights against (usually male) {{Mooks}}, he often dispatches them by cutting off all their clothes with his ImplausibleFencingPowers.
** In ''Anime/ReturnOfTheMagician'', Lupin steals the outfits from three women at once. [[PhantomThief Without anyone seeing him.]] Not to defeat them in combat, however. He's just announcing his presence to the party. Hundreds of Lupin calling cards are left flying around.
* Serial GenderBender Ranma Saotome from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' constantly [[{{Inverted}} inverts]] this trope. A CombatPragmatist who canonically lacks any feminine modesty, Ranma is not distracted by ClothingDamage and is willing to flash an opponent to gain a momentary advantage if necesssary. The one time Ranma was nearly defeated through clothing damage was not due to modesty: he was [[RecursiveCrossdressing pretending to be disguised as a girl]] at the time and did not want to reveal that he actually was a girl underneath the disguise.
* Variation in ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'': Kaipan has no trouble fighting [[FullFrontalAssault with his bits exposed]], in fact, [[BattleStrip he insists on it]], but when he loses his necktie, he suddenly freaks out about being exposed.
* Used in hilariously exaggerated fashion by Issei Hyodou in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', where he invents a special move called "Dress Break" that is designed and intended to cause this effect.
* In ''Anime/DogDays'', since you can't kill your opponents during the war games, destroying their clothes to force them to surrender is a valid tactic. Notably, when Nanami gets stripped to her underwear by an attack, she keeps fighting, saying she doesn't mind being seen in her underwear. A second attack destroys her underwear, causing her to finally freak out and cover herself.
* In the first episode of ''TheSlayers'', Gourry introduces his swordplay skills by slashing all clothing off a (male) bandit, who immediately runs away.
* Inverted in ''Manga/DragonBall''. Ranfan, a competitor in the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai, was a fairly competent martial artist who could actually use a technique that used friction to make her hands burning hot. However, she invoked this trope - as well as the WoundedGazelleGambit - by ''stripping off her outfit'' to distract her overly virtuous opponent, trying to use HIS modesty to defeat him. Unfortunately for her (and the [[MsFanservice readers]], and Master Roshi) said opponent happened to have an attack technique he could use while keeping his eyes closed.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill''
** Ryuko Matoi is sort of an odd example. Although nobody actively strips her, she has to wear the EmbarrassingButEmpoweringOutfit Senketsu in order to match her opponents, and her embarrassment at doing so causes her to reject the outfit, significantly reducing its power. When she accepts it and becomes a ShamelessFanserviceGirl, she becomes much stronger.
** Subverted with characters who are defeated by ClothingDamage (or rather, "[[IncrediblyLamePun stripped]] of the will to fight"), in that while they're stripped naked, their modesty is ''not'' why they lose; rather, characters wear [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman power-providing school uniforms]] in battle, and the destruction of a uniform results in the loss of the wearer's abilities.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': While she's miniaturized, Medusa unintentionally has a few PantyShots when Death lifts her up by her hood. She's very embarrassed by this and is concerned about her exposed bloomers. This trope comes into play when she initially refuses to tell Spirit and Death the conditions about her deal.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the [[TheDCU DC comic]], ''[[ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} The Fury of Firestorm]]'', this is how title character defeats the female terrorist, Plastique, who has started the detonation function for the [[ActionBomb bombs on her costume]] which she intends to use to either kill her hostages or make herself a martyr for her cause. Firestorm thwarts both aims with one movement when he turns her costume to vapor. The bombs instantly drop off her, allowing Firestorm to collect them so that they can be disposed of elsewhere, while she is reduced to a naked laughing stock.
* Back when Genosha was a country where mutants were enslaved, the NewMutants were teleported there by a character whose powers didn't affect clothing, then had their powers neutralized. Most of them were a little embarrassed, but Wolfsbane (a devout Presbyterian) was paralyzed with shame.
* Thanks to inept swordsmanship, this happened to ''both'' MickeyMouse and Pete in the same fight in one of the older comics. Both rushed off... to find some empty barrels, using them for purposes of modesty but continuing the fight.
* The MetalMen defeated Giganta by (accidentally) ripping her clothes off, and agreeing to act as a makeshift bikini in exchange for her turning herself in.
* Tigra pulled this on Moonstone/"MsMarvel" by slashing the front of her costume, therefore leaving her, ahem, open for a crowd of paparazzi photographers.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' episode "The Final Flight of the Osiris" opens with a fight where this is threatening to happen, with two combatants gradually cutting off more and more of their opponents' clothes...It wasn't "combat" so much as "foreplay"....
* Disney's short ''Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper'', starring Mickey Mouse, had the titular hero defeat [[JerkAss Pete]], simply by slicing at Pete's pants so they fell down, revealing a pair of very [[GoofyPrintUnderwear frilly heart-print bloomers]]. Cue howls of laughter from everyone present, instant loss of respect and abject humiliation.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas) does this to Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) during their SwordFight in ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''. [[SexSells It was pretty much the entirety of the film's ad campaign]].
* In the kids' film ''Film/MagicIsland'', the ActionGirl slices a pirate's belt. While he's trying to pull up his pants (and giving the audience a good look at his [[GoofyPrintUnderwear silly boxers]]), she says "Don't be droppin' yer drawers in the presence of a lady!" and quite ''literally'' kicks his ass.
* Inversion in ''Film/RoboCop1987'': When Murphy's partner Anne Lewis gets the drop on one of Boddicker's thugs, he's in the middle of relieving himself. He asks for a few seconds to keep his modesty back in his pants -- and then gets the advantage when this distracts the officer.
* In ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Audrey II grabs Seymour's pants and pulls them down while Seymour attempts to swing his ax.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/TamoraPierce ''Literature/TortallUniverse'':
** ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet. Alanna is a SweetPollyOliver and her companion has no idea that she's a girl. She beats the crap out of the Ysandir anyway (though covering up with Jon's tunic first). It happens again in her duel with Duke Roger: he gets in a slash that cuts open her tunic and incidentally slices through the thing she was wearing to bind her chest. He had no idea that would happen. After everyone is suitably shocked, Alanna gets back to work.
** ''Literature/TheImmortals'': Daine fights her final battle with the big bad naked of both magic (because of exhaustion) and clothes (because there's no MagicPants aspect to her shapeshifting ability) -- naked except for [[spoiler:the badger god's claw, which she wears as a pendant, and turns out to make a handy knife]].
* Sandry manages this in ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic Will of the Empress]]'' for a non-violent victory over her would-be kidnappers: A stitch witch, she unstitches their armor, weaponry, and much of their clothing.
* Averted in ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'': Mace Windu is cornered by a pair of militia in a public shower and beats the crap out of them. [[{{Badass}} As if you'd expect less of him]].
* Variation in the Literature/{{Redwall}} book ''Lord Brocktree''. The (mostly male) vermin foraging gangs captured by the Bark Crew are forced to remove their clothes and walk back to the fortress naked. [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal May not have the same impact as with human characters, though.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Frasier}}. In ''Junior Agent'', waifish Portia Sanders gets Frasier and Kenny to shut up and listen to her by stealing their pants while they're dressed only in a towel.
-->'''Kenny:''' Again, ''naked''.
* Jamie, in ''Series/MadAboutYou'', uses a threat to drain a man's bubble bath as a negotiating ploy.
* ''Series/{{Survivor}}''
** During the final immunity challenge of the fourth season, Kathy lost her balance while attempting to stop a breast from slipping out of her shirt.
** Sandy was able to neutralize Erinn in a challenge in Tocantins by pulling Erinn's bikini top strap backwards.
** In the Heroes vs. Villains season, villain Sandra tried to do this to hero Sugar by pulling her top off during a challenge. Sugar, not the least fazed, won the round and flipped Sandra off with both hands, causing a rare triple-blur of both her breasts and fingers.
*** FridgeBrilliance in that Sugar was a pinup model and probably not remotely fazed by showing her breasts.
* Averted by Jon on Season 4 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', when he did the final Roadblock naked.
* ''Series/JackOfAllTrades''; Jack tries this on Emilia, draining the tub to get her to confess where she's hidden an idol they're competing over. She tells him it's under her bed...which is where she left a bunch of mouse-traps, and she was bathing ''with'' the idol.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''; Mal initially acts awkwardly indignant at being forced to strip and left in the desert, but when ThePlan comes to fruition, he swaggers around with self-satisfied confidence before his crew, in no hurry to dress.
* Played straight in an episode of ''ShastaMcNasty''.
* Series/{{Sherlock}} (in Buckingham Palace, wearing only a sheet) refuses to take a case and starts striding out of the room. Mycroft Holmes steps on his sheet.
-->'''Sherlock:''' Get off my sheet.\\
'''Mycroft:''' Or what?\\
'''Sherlock:''' Or I'll just walk away.\\
'''Mycroft:''' I'll let you.
** Played with in "A Scandal in Belgravia", where Irene Adler strips nude to cancel out his deductive ability, a sort of mental FullFrontalAssault.
* In ''ChinesePaladin'', [[GuileHero Xiaoyao]] wins his first fight against [[ActionGirl Yue'Ru]] by (accidentally) groping her. She's startled into dropping her guard; but when he turns his back, retaliates by running him through. (He gets better).
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Data is captured by a collector who wants Data to stop wearing his uniform and wear another garment, but Data refuses so the collector splashes Data with a fast-acting acid that won't harm his "skin", but will dissolve his clothes. Data's modesty subroutines won't allow him to go around naked, so he's forced to wear what the collector provided.
** His modesty subroutines are an example as well, as his 'mother' explained: when first constructed, he viewed clothing as a nuisance since he didn't need it for protection from the environment and, lacking modesty, he wasn't concerned about taboos that would prohibit a fully-equipped android from roaming around in the buff. The subroutines were installed to win the argument and make him get dressed.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Averted in the sea song ''William Taylor''. The female protagonist (not the title character), joins a ship as a SweetPollyOliver looking for her fiancé. During a battle, her buttons are cut off, revealing her assets. It doesn't stop her fighting, but after the battle the captain throws her out.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* This is the entire purpose of Bra and Panties, Evening Gown, and Tuxedo matches. The winner is the first to strip her/his opponent to her/his underwear (the former starts with the -- usually female -- competitors in street clothes, while the latter two begin with the competitors in the titular garments). A slight variation in that the entire match is designed around this rather than the stripping being a way out.
* Given how taboo it is for masked Mexican wrestlers to lose their masks, this trope can be used in wrestling without any conventional nudity.
** In the case of Wrestling/ChrisJericho vs Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} at Extreme Rules 2009, Jericho stole a win by removing Mysterio's mask and quickly pinning him while he was desperately covering his face.
** Del Rio in the middle of a Money in the Bank match. Both of them were on ladders trying to reach the briefcase, Del Rio removed Mysterio's mask who immediately cover his face and Del Rio kicked him off the ladder and could uninterrupted retrieve the briefcase.
** Some wrestlers will pull down the others pants to distract them, thus using conventional nudity. The most common form is during the maneuver called the Sunset Flip: The wrestler somersaults over his opponent and grabs his legs to try and pull him down with him. If the opponent is too stable to be pulled down, yanking down the back of their tights and exposing their backside is a pretty effective way to get them off balance.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In a rare male example, one section of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' requires you to steal the uniforms from guards and merchants while trying to sneak into a town occupied by TheEmpire. Right off their backs, leaving them only in their underwear, causing them to flee from battle.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'': In a very rare non-sexual example, Meta Knight will flee any fight in which his intimidating mask is destroyed or otherwise removed. Why? Presumably because he doesn't want the world to know [[spoiler:he looks like [[BadassAdorable a blue Kirby with a cape]]]].
* In the PC fighting game ''Bikini Karate Babes'', Venus, one of the boss characters, has a grab move that swipes the bikini top off certain fighters. This sends the opponent running off-screen while covering her breasts in embarrassment, [[OneHitKill thus ending the round]].
* In ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', to beat Buga the Knut, you must [[LiteralAssKicking tear chunks out of his buttocks]] until he can no longer hold up his loincloth, revealing his [[TeenyWeenie "very small willy"]]. This is really more Defeat By Shame.
* In a rare heroic example, getting hit by a scimitar in ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot3Warped'' will cut Crash's pants off, causing him to shamefully slink away while attempting to cover his [[GoofyPrintUnderwear pink boxers with red hearts]].
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** Burt the Bashful, the first boss in ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' falls prey to this trope. His pants descend slightly each time he's hit until he's left naked; as a result, he grows red with embarrassment, bounces around the arena, and explodes.
** The Burt Bros. in ''Yoshi's Island DS'' are defeated in the same way.
* The female wrestling game ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses'' has a Humiliation bar. When your enemy's h-bar is full, you can do an h-move, which is a very powerful submission. If you win, it is an H-KO. (Which isn't any different from a normal win, unless you set "H-KO only" from the options.) While there isn't any stripping, most of the H-moves and the moves use to fill the bar in the first place, would turn most people red. (However, some moves would make you scratch your head trying to find the humiliation in them.)
* Almost everyone who's played ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' knows how to defeat King Hippo; hit him in his big mouth to get him to drop his pants, then pummel his fat belly. This strategy has been kept untouched in the new Wii game [[spoiler:though in the rematch, he's taped a manhole cover to his stomach, which you need to punch off first.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Link: The Faces of Evil]]'', one of the major enemies is Militron, who for all intents and purposes looks like a big honking suit of armor. After beating him, his armor blows up, revealing a frail little man in his boxers. "Oh my goodness, this is awful!!"
* In ''VideoGame/MusashiSamuraiLegend'', [[GadgeteerGenius Malbec]] fights alongside his assistants. Since cutting female lab assistants in half isn't very heroic, ''[[ClothingDamage guess what happens when you attack them?]]''
* In ''Revenge of VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' among your enemies are women whose dresses are shredded when hit by enough shuriken, leaving them sitting on the ground holding up what remains of their clothes rather than dying.
* When a knight performs a checkmate in ''VideoGame/BattleChess'', the unfortunate king is stripped of his robes from a couple of well-aimed sword strikes, covering himself in shame while the knight just laughs.
* Two male (and one female) examples are found in ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}''. If any of the three giant monsters runs out of life points, they revert to human form, cover themselves in shame and slowly walk away.
* H-Game ''Lightning Warrior Raidy'' has this whenever you completely drain out an enemy's HP.
* Nearly every foot soldier in ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures'' and its sequels is defeated this way.
* During the good ending of ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'', Klaymen distracts Klogg by pulling his skirt down.
* In ''VideoGame/TimeGal'', one death scene involves a dinosaur ripping off Time Gal's shorts, causing her to quickly cover herself by entering the fetal position.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/FateExtra'' when Gilgamesh fights Elizabeth. He uses an "ability" that instantly strips himself nude aside from his jewelry and a glowing censor light. His nude form leaves Elizabeth babbling and unable to fight, and when Gilgamesh strikes a pose she's outright defeated by him.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Inverted at the end of the ''[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Cheat Commandos Adventures]]'' episode played right before the music video "An Important Rap Song" by [[TokenHuman Crack Stuntman]] where the Blue Laser Commander's evil plan for that episode for some reason involved him taking off his pants in public. He is foiled by the Cheat Commandos who force him to put his pants back on while in the middle of his evil plan.
-->'''Blue Laser Commander:''' How could you ever possibly refer these to as ''pants''?
** Strong Bad tries to invoke the trope when he crashes the senior prom and [[TheNudifier pushes a button to make everyone's pants disappear]]... only to realize that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he's the only one wearing pants]].
* In one of the ''WebAnimation/BadDays'' shorts, Franchise/GreenLantern helps Franchise/{{Superman}} defeat General Zod by pulling down Zod's pants, revealing that he stole Superman's UnderwearOfPower. Supes becomes so mad that he overcomes Zod in only two punches.
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* Played with in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. The [[TheNudifier clothing disintegration]] was entirely accidental, but Zeetha was unfazed because, despite a misleading segue, the character was wearing disintegration-proof undergarments [[CrazyPrepared for just such an occasion]], implied to happen often in this area.
-->'''Zeetha:''' What were you thinking, using '''Bunbury''''s trash?...'''He's''' why every smart actress from here to Paris wears '''special underwear'''!
%%* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'', during the [[Awesome/WebComics fight]] between Zerlocke's sire and bunny!Mye.
* ''Webcomic/{{Magellan}}'' has a character with the ability to turn himself but not his clothes into gas, rendering him unable to affect anything until he reforms... which he refuses to do without his clothes, so throwing them away during a fight is a smart move.
* An [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=94 interesting example]] in ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}''.
* In the middle of a trial by combat with a female vampire in ''Webcomic/{{Sorcery 101}}'', Seth slides his hand under her skirt and gropes her. She's so furious that she immediately summons a black fireball and slams him out of the ring, seemingly leaving her the victor. Unfortunately, someone was too upset to remember magic was prohibited.
-->[[http://www.sorcery101.net/sorcery-101/sorcery101-0211/ "He is on my lawn unable to move! How exactly does he win?!"]]
* Inverted in supplemental material for ''Webcomic/TwoKinds''. The Eastern General (who is from a puritanical country) is almost, but not quite, defeated when one of the two heroines realizes he reacted poorly to the other's ''bare feet'' -- so she ripped the other one's ''entire outfit'' off. (Luckily, she's an InnocentFanserviceGirl.)
* Male example in ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'': Eric WouldntHitAGirl, so he attempts to impress his skill with a sword on [[PirateGirl Giovanna]] by [[ClothingDamage removing her hat and corset]]. She responds by cutting his pants off, then clonks him on the head when he tries to cover himself.
* A justified example is given in an early chapter of ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}''. Maytag's confidence is tied to her jester outfit, so having it [[TheNudifier destroyed by Voulger's sword]] leaves her unable to fight back. later. When her jester outfit is purposely destroyed just as she is stepping on a stage, she coolly [[ModestyTowel wraps around a curtain]] and explains to everyone how her [[SplitPersonality double personality]] (and differences between them) are fully under her control and is kept because she likes it this way.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' played it backwards [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-06-22 in Ninja Theatre]].
-->"Barging in on people like that. Very rude! I, Shu-Mai, Shaolin scholar, teach you a lesson in manners! ... So... Could you, um, hand me my clothes please?"
* [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1325.php Accidentally]] in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', but still probably a good thing.
* The current page image comes from ''WebComic/BatmanAndSons''.
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* Downplayed in ''Literature/ChaosFighters II-Cyberion Strike''. Etliz was suffering from ClothingDamage when Etlis used a pyro attack on her, but the final blow that defeated her is a hydro attack on her which put out the flames just in time.
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* An odd variant occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. Heather essentially does this herself while attempting to sabotage Harold's water-skiing. A low hanging branch rips off her bikini top forcing her to abandon her sabotage in order to preserve her modesty. However, Harold is sufficiently distracted by his brief glimpse of Heather's boobs to wipe himself out of the competition.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': Jack just keeps fighting even after he's been stripped of his ghi and is clad in only his fundoshi (which, to the delight of fangirls everywhere, ''has'' happened. Suspiciously often). However, the episode "Jack's Sandals" had this trope played straight (even though no ClothingDamage was involved). Jack has to find a replacement for his geta sandals that were broken by some motorcycle robots. He at one point tries out a pair of CombatStilettos with spikes for heels. With these spike heels, he performs such feats as running up walls and slicing a parking meter into pieces. Indeed, they seem even better than his geta sandals! He leaps in to confront the motorcycle robots -- [[ShowSomeLeg and immediately starts receiving catcalls from the robots and bystanders]]. [[ParodiedTrope Jack slinks off to try a new pair of shoes.]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang's dreams anticipating his fight with the Fire Lord involve him being defeated by the Fire Lord pointing out that he's not wearing pants, at which point he gets too embarrassed to fight and flees. Until he finally turns the tables:
-->'''Aang:''' No, Firelord Ozai, ''you're'' not wearing pants!\\
'''Ozai:''' Oh no! My royal parts are showing!
* Male (mostly) example: in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda: The Secrets of Furious Five'', we learn that the Monkey's preferred tactic was to take the opponents' pants. "But [Master] Oogway wore no pants…"
* A rather… uncommon example can be seen in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', where during a fight with assorted mutant beasties (including mutant bowling balls, leprechauns, and slices of pizza), [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1988]] Michelangelo defeats a mutant banana by... um... peeling it.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Averted, at least in one case. Ron Stoppable suffered this '''constantly.''' It happened so often that it stopped bothering him. Although, the only time he will take the time to pull his pants up is when he has been completely denuded (except for his boxers), and there's a break in the action, or his pants get wrapped around his ankles, which would be an actual hindrance.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' acknowledged how the FetishFuel of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' can lead to an easy victory: [[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Sailor_Moon_Confronted "Sailor Moon Confronted"]]
* The infamous "Flight as a Feather" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' animated series features a brief but [[BestKnownForTheFanservice quite memorable]] appearance by the Mayor's ex-girlfriend Cookie [=BaBoom=], an AmbiguouslyBrown, [[GreenEyes green-eyed]], {{Stripperific}} {{Yandere}} who [[SexyCoatFlashing opens her trench coat]] to reveal strategically-placed dynamite and threatening to [[NoKillLikeOverkill blow herself up in front of City Hall]] after the Mayor dumped her. The Mask appears, interrupting his A-plot long enough to destroy the dynamite by throwing it in a blender and drinking the results, leaving Cookie both defeated and completely naked.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** In the "Hooky" episode, [=SpongeBob=] is finally convinced to not play with hooks anymore after he gets one stuck in his pants, at which time he has to take them off. Then he has to take his ''underwear'' off, which he almost doesn't do, but then they're just ripped off anyway.
** This seems to also be [=SpongeBob's=] LaserGuidedKarma in the episode "Ripped Pants" if not just a final joke. After a whole episode of making silly "ripped pants" jokes and annoying everyone, and making them think he drowned, he rips his underwear and it falls off.
** In addition, there are a couple of video games based on the franchise in which underwear is the representative of [=SpongeBob's=] health. There's even one where you see them come off and he covers himself.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'', Snidely Whiplash stole Do-Right's clothes while he was bathing in a stream, leaving Do-Right too humiliated to go back to the camp, ''not'' because he was naked, but because he was ''out of uniform'', something he considered the most shameful thing of all. Still, Do-Right got even with the villain at the end; he stole ''Whiplash's'' clothes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: B.U.T.T.", the Delightful Children try to us that tactic to get Nigel to surrender himself, having a robot crab steal his swim trunks and take a picture of his exposed butt. Ironically, [[spoiler:the rest of Sector V in the same episode defeated the Delightfuls by ripping their pants and skirts off them]].
* Happens to Zeke TheBigBadWolf at the end of ''Disney/ThreeLittlePigs'', which also caused him to devolve back into a non-anthro wolf.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "The Falcon and the D'ohman", Wayne has a flasback where he is training against a huge range of opponents. One of them is a 19th century muscle man whom he defeats by ripping off his OldTimeyBathingSuit.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'': In the episode "The Way of the Prawn," Po fights a samurai prawn named Yijiro. Yijiro swings his sword at Po several times and appears to miss, but then Po's pants fall down. Po then covers up his privates and backs out of the room in embarrassment.
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* In May of 2000, Sumo wrestler Asanokiri was disqualified in his match against Chiyohakuho when his ''mawashi'' came undone. He was the first wrestler to lose in this way since the rule was established in 1917. (Reports vary as to whether or not his privates were exposed on National TV.)
* In a German subway, a man makes an aggressive move towards a woman, driving his leg forcefully into the chair next to her. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WReevc7P0lA A fellow traveler defuses things by yanking his pants down.]]
* Katharine Hepburn, whose favourite outfit off-camera was dungarees and whatever top seemed appropriate was encouraged by the studio to wear the elegant costumes from her first film, ''A Bill of Divorcement'' off the set, to look good in public. She refused. They said they'd hide her dungarees. She told Dick Cavett that she said "Oh, I ''really'' wouldn't do that." But they did. Cavett, of course, asked what she did. "I walked across the lot to the car waiting for me by the gate in my underpants." Her dungarees were returned the next day.
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