->'''Large Man with Dead Body:''' Who's that then?
->'''The Dead Collector:''' I dunno, must be a king.
->'''Large Man with Dead Body:''' Why?
->'''The Dead Collector:''' He hasn't got shit all over him.
-->-- ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''

The conspicuous lack of grime, dirt, or bruises on actors, especially those in action sequences. There is an inherent suggestion of grueling {{badass}}ness to completely cover a character in sweat and grime to show that he's ''really'' gone through the wringer. This might be a remnant of older special effects, which lacked CG but were very fond of various fluids and chemicals being waded through and thrown around.

Particularly noticeable on actresses because the studio doesn't dare film them except in the most flattering light. The human antithesis to this is probably Creator/BruceWillis, who by the end of his movies is drenched in about five pints of grime, sweat and blood, mostly his own. Creator/SigourneyWeaver's stint as Ripley in ''Film/{{Alien}}'' was probably the first major female exception.

One practical reason is that film and television scenes are rarely shot in chronological order, requiring the director to carefully keep track of which scenes are supposed to show which markings. The easiest solution is to avoid the issue by not having any stains in the first place.

See also BeautyIsNeverTarnished and BulletProofFashionPlate. May not protect against [[CoveredInGunge Gunge]].

Has nothing to do with ElementalBarrier.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': While not normally in effect this trope was once invoked for dramatic effect; after Gaara's team clears the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Forest of Death]] portion of the Chunin Exams in record time, proctor Anko and one of her colleagues (but luckily for the audience, not the local [[TheWatson Watson]]) notice that Gaara doesn't have a scratch or speck of dust on his body. [[{{Irony}} As it turns out, Gaara didn't get dirty because he was covered by a layer of sand.]]
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', characters routinely survive ki blasts with planet-destroying power and take little to no damage to their clothes.

[[folder: Art]]
* Michelangelo's ''[[PietaPlagiarism La Pieta]]'' is one of the more famous examples in art. Jesus's lovingly-detailed, well-toned muscles and polished-smooth skin don't look much like someone who's spent three days dying of thirst and blood loss. Mary also invokes this, with a face completely absent of the lines or blemishes that would have been typical on a woman who was in her late forties at least. Michelangelo largely gets away with it, because the anatomy is so good that it easily overshadows the inaccuracy, and because Jesus seems like a good candidate for someone with an actual version. This hasn't stopped some artists from [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c7/Pieta_z_Lubiaza.jpg/751px-Pieta_z_Lubiaza.jpg trying]], though.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Many {{superhero}}ines tend to benefit from this trope, to the point where it is the Second-MostCommonSuperPower.\\
But it's worth noting that for most of comics history, minor injuries just weren't drawn on either male or female superheroes -- a combination of the same artistic factors that contribute to GenericCuteness, and the standard action hero's MadeOfIron that turns severe injuries into OnlyAFleshWound. And superheroes tended not to get injuries ''at all'', unless they were plot-sensitive (such as messing up a SecretIdentity) or [[GoodThingYouCanHeal it showed off a power]]. A secondary historical reason is also due to the Comics Code in the United States that existed for a few decades. Visible injuries would probably bump up the rating and, at a time when comics were severely censored, it either wasn't worth the risk or might not have been allowed at all, much as with film under the Hays Code.
* Both lampshaded and justified in an issue of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', during John Byrne's run. Using his voluminous cape as an impromptu "robe" during [[TimeTravel a journey to the thirteenth century]], Superman speaks briefly with two peasant farmers, then continues on down the road. The farmers turn to each other.
-->"Who was that strange man?"\\
"I know not; some great king, belike."\\
"Aye, for who else could walk in such filth and not stain his robes?"
** Pre-Comicbook/{{New 52}}, Superman's invulnerability was a protective aura - a literal dirt forcefield.
* In the pages of Comicbook/XMen, ComicBook/EmmaFrost's costumes are always a pristine white no matter what she goes through on a mission. It's possible she may be using her psychic powers to merely APPEAR pristine in the minds of those around her. Similar to how she [[spoiler: hid her aged appearance]] in the Old Man Logan comics.
* Superintendent Sam Steele from ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'''s "Hearts of Yukon" chapter. [[TheAce A superintendent of the North-Western Mounted Police]] does not get... 'Muddy'. Nor, for that matter, does he get '[[BulletproofFashionPlate blown up]]' or say "Yowch!". And yes, it ''does'' protect against [[CoveredInGunge being thrown into chest-high mud]].

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''
** Apparently the Hunter has one of these [[spoiler:—until he has his HeelFaceTurn. The battle on the Plains of Death leaves him completely disgusting and stinking to high heaven, even after John hoses him down.]]
** Averted, though, with John's cloak, which spends the book getting smellier and smellier because he's afraid to wash it lest he wash the magic off.

* Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films subtly obey this trope.
** The peasant characters are always dirty, whereas a King like Aragorn is at least ''less'' dirty. However, it is only in the coronation scene near the end of the third movie that Aragorn's head is no longer a mop of stringy, oily hair.
** Gandalf the White's whiter-than-white robes but [[OurAngelsAreDifferent his case is justified and]] even then the edges that touch the ground are dirty; as Gandalf, as the Grey Pilgrim he is quite disheveled and wayworn.
** As an elf, Legolas is always far better and cleaner looking than the men. However, when a lot of other elves show up at Helm's Deep, Legolas notably looks a lot worse than them.
* Every [[TheWestern Western]] prior to [[SpaghettiWestern Spaghetti]]; TheHero was always immaculate and wore a dust-free white hat across the desert. No longer used in any Western made after ''Savage Guns''.
* Film/JamesBond almost never gets dirty during his action scenes - the biggest exception being ''Film/LicenceToKill'', where after [[spoiler: [[KillItWithFire setting the villain on fire]], leading to a big explosion]], Bond is bloody, with a wild hair and entirely covered in sand. Nothing less glamourous.
** And he gets really, really dirty throughout the entirety of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.
** ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' also features an exception to the rule regarding actresses never getting dirty. By the end, Olga Kurylenko is covered in just as much grime and sweat as Daniel Craig.
** Daniel Craig also gets covered in blood after killing a goon in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', a subversion to Bond's habit of simply straightening his tie and walking off afterwards.
* Horror movies usually avert this trope, with their stars (particularly the FinalGirl) being absolutely covered in grime and blood (some of it their own) by the time the credits roll.
* Sort of {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/LastActionHero'' after Arnold's character falls into a tar pit and all it takes to clean himself completely is a few wipes with a tissue, prompting his kid sidekick to comment, "Tar actually sticks to some people."
* A similar RunningGag is used in ''Film/EvilDead2'', in which Ash and everything around him would get drenched with ichor in one scene, then show no trace of goo (or at least, that particular ''color'' of goo) in the next. He does suffer lasting wounds and wardrobe-damage, however.
* Humorously done at the end of ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', when Venkman (the "coolest" Ghostbuster) has far less marshmallow on him than the other guys. This is reputedly because he got "slimed" by the onion head ghost (aka Slimer) earlier on in the film and didn't think it fair he should have to get completely covered in the finale.
* This trope is both played straight and inverted in a ShoutOut to the aforementioned ''Ghostbusters'' scene in ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou''. Bill Murray's character is the only one to get bitten by leaches while moving through a swamp.
* Every Transformer with a GM-licensed vehicle mode in the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' series, thanks to the ProductPlacement agreements. However, in robot-mode you can see the paint scuffs and dents. [[note]] This isn't just to make the cars look good, but because all cars were on lease from GM, so they had to remain factory perfect (meaning dents and scratches required the entire panel to need to be replaced rather than simple smoothed out) to be returned after filming. And to make things worse all the cars were either at the moment unreleased prototypes (Bee, Sideswipe, Twins) or custom made (Ironhide Ratchet), meaning there were no spare parts available that wouldn't require a special order from GM. As a result the crew were very paranoid about delicate handing (Shia mentioned than anyone driving the Bumblebee car was ordered to touch nothing inside but the wheel, shifter and pedals.) and intentionally causing minor damage was not feasible.[[/note]]
** Mikaela's white pants in [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen the second movie]], which stay totally clean even after she's been laying in dirt.
** [[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon The third movie]] takes it UpToEleven: Carly somehow gets through a firefight between Autobots and Decepticons, wanton collateral damage left and right, and a collapsing building with shards of ''concrete and glass'' raining down from all sides without a ''single'' scratch. As for Sam... he looks like he ran into a bus... and a wood chipper... and a wild bear.
* Considering the amount of time that the characters of ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'' have spent on the road on a refugee convoy they all seem to have dirt forcefields, especially the women.
* Done in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''. No character goes out of a fight dirty. Epically fixed in ''Advent Children Complete'', where everyone, after fighting, gets a good amount of dust, grime, and of course, blood.
* The Great Leslie in ''Film/TheGreatRace'', up through most of the pie fight [[spoiler: when he gets hit with a white pie]].
* A strange version appears in Creator/KennethBranagh's ''Theatre/HenryV''. The film gave a good deal of attention to historical accuracy (as much as was possible given that the play itself is Tudor propaganda) and realism. Accordingly, the cast spend much of the film dirty, bloody, and generally pretty realistic. Henry's [[WhiteStallion white horse]], however, remains remarkably clean. This is particularly noticeable during the Siege of Harfleur, when a very soiled and bloody Henry comes racing out from the city gates on his horse, which looks like it's just been carefully bathed for Grand Prix dressage. Someone apparently forgot to tell the wranglers about the "realism" thing.

* Rachel from the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series. To the extent that the others (especially Marco) [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] about it. Once, her best friend Cassie jokingly throws a dirt clod at her. "I just want to see if it is actually possible for dirt to cling to you." Rachel catches the clod, drops it, and refuses to show Cassie her hand. Memorably, in one book, the narrator describes Rachel as being able (paraphrased) [[SerialEscalation "to be hit by a flood, picked up by a tornado, buried in a mudslide, and walk out with her hair in perfect order."]]
* Lampshaded in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novel ''Literature/TheLegendOfHuma'' by the wizard Magius. During a long trek, Huma and Kaz wonder why they are all muddy and Magius is still clean. Kaz then deliberately tries to kick mud onto Magius, which just bounces off some [[SomeKindOfForceField invisible barrier]].
* Non-character example: In ''Ghost From The Grand Banks'', one of the investors funding plans to raise parts of the ''Titanic'' made his fortune by developing dirt-proof windshields and window glass.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'' implies that Rana uses ShockAndAwe powers to make dust afraid of her and keep her dress clean.
* ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'': {{nano|Machines}}technology is pervasive, to the extent that almost all fabric is a nanotech construction that self cleans… children can play in the dirt in their best clothing and be still largely presentable afterwards.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ser Loras Tyrell should be covered in blood, sweat and grime in [[spoiler:"Blackwater,"]] yet he's completely clean. Loras' flawless appearance is further highlighted after Lord Tywin Lannister arrives to the throne room because the old man's face is coated with blood splatter and dirt.
* Unintentionally done on the Discovery show ''Series/MythBusters''. Jamie always wears a white shirt, and almost never gets it dirty no matter what he's working on. Adam often teases him for it.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Averted, then played straight in the story "The End of Time". The Doctor [[spoiler:is shot by the Master's captors, then ends up taking a skydive from an alien ship through the skylight of a mansion. By the time he takes the fatal blast of radiation to save Wilf, he looks like he's been through the wringer. After the blast, he heals his external injuries with the first energies from the upcoming regeneration, so that he'll look his normal, dapper self for his final goodbyes.]]
** Played straight in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E2CarnivalOfMonsters Carnival of Monsters]]", where Jo sinks to her waist in a swamp on location. Her clothes are clean and dry in the studio scenes set less than a minute later.
* This is usually PlayedStraight for the Winchester brothers in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', but in the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], a victim keeps appearing to Dean and she is dirtier and more disheveled with each appearance.
* Combined with BeautyIsNeverTarnished in the ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'' episode "The Sweet Smell of Disaster". Adam and Georgina lay a trap for the villain and his female sidekick in a room full of soapsuds, and in the resulting fight everyone gets covered with foam. When the survivors emerge, all have suds on their clothes -- except for Georgina, who's merely damp.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the parody RPG, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=2619246 Diana: Warrior Princess]]'' where a Dirt Forcefield is one of the powers of royalty.
* The ritual Fastidiousness in the fourth edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' grants magical protection from dirt as well as water damage.
* In its 'sister' system, ''Pathfinder,'' wizards (and many bards, witches and sorcerors) sometimes justify this trope by using the cleaning powers of an extremely simple spell, ''prestidigitation.''

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Messily averted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', where the least little battle absolutely covers all the participants in gouts of blood. You can disable it in the Options menu, though.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', Wander will get progressively dirty and bloodied through the game, as expected of someone who fights walking mountains. He won't immediately show it though, as his appearance only updates after a colossus dies and the respective cutscene plays out.
* ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'' plays it dead straight. Running through a forest and fighting ninja will not even scuff your shoes, much less rip kimono or cause horrendous sweating and body odor.
* Completely averted in ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'', where anybody can and will be covered in blood, usually their own, but kill enough enemies and your character will get redder and redder starting from their weapon, onto the hand and spreading everywhere else. In especially hectic sieges it's possible to turn completely red except for maybe your boots.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' generally plays this straight, as might be expected by the offspring of Creator/{{Disney}} and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. The secret movie "Birth by sleep" is an interesting exception - not only does it throw the impossibly-clean aesthetic out the window, it also manages to ''introduce'' a female lead in the middle of battle, covered in a mixture of dirt, grime, and her own sweat.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Illbleed}}'', the main female protagonist's appearance isn't affected by the environments, but it gets more and more torn, blood-soaked and muddy as she fails to save friends (i.e. completing a level without rescuing the friend there). In order to get the true ending, you have to lose everyone, at which point she is completely naked with only a few mudsmears to cover her bits.
* A number of endings in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series have the heroes spotless, despite being in a series of violent battles.
* Totally averted in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. Typically, by the end of a fight, your character's clothes will be torn to shreds, covered with all sorts of grievous wounds, and coated with your opponent's blood.
* ZigZaggingTrope in ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'': One of the game's major mechanics is that you regain health from slaughtering your enemies in as bloody and messy a way as possible (with {{chains|awGood}}words and [[AnAxeToGrind power axes]] and [[DropTheHammer thunder hammers]]), so at the end of a battle your character's armor and [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic face]] is completely splattered in blood. However, it will all have faded away within thirty seconds.
* While most games in the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' franchise play this painfully straight, ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'' averts this with a vengeance; Lara is covered in sweat, grime and blood (a lot of it her own), right from the start, and gets worse as the story progresses. She gets cleaner on occasion, but that's because she was scoured clean by the river during the most recent time that she fell in.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* This trope is [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=727 crushed under the steel tracks]] in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Quite fittingly, by [[TheJuggernaut Jones]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheZombieHunters'', a [[http://www.thezombiehunters.com/index.php?strip_id=92 gag strip]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this with regard to Charlie's [[BadassLongcoat labcoat]], which he'd recently befouled in the course of [[spoiler:''punching a zombie's head in.'']]

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* There's a student at the SuperHeroSchool [[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]] whose codename is Pristine. She literally has a forcefield that keeps her body and clothes immaculate. Which prompted at least one other girl to get a devisor to build her a low power Personal Forcefield Generator to achieve the same effect. There is an untapped market here.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Characters in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' generally get dirtied up when the occasion calls for it (they don't stay that way long, but that's justified when you have people who can manipulate air, water and earth). This is most notable in "The Drill" where ''everyone'' winds up utterly drenched in slurry. A prominent example of averting it is "The Blue Spirit," where, after trudging around in a swamp and getting pinned to a log by about a dozen arrows, Aang's outfit is dirty and ripped in several places. The secondary theme of that episode was apparently "Aang Has a Bad Day". Also constantly averted by Toph, whose feet are always filthy due to her always going barefoot to better use her earthbending to "see." She also appreciates "a healthy coating of earth."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:Toph]] reappears living in the middle of a swamp, and yet her clothes are immaculate and her hair pure white (Korra, by contrast, spends the entire episode getting muddier). How does she do that without any means of looking at herself? [[spoiler:''Greatest'' earthbender in the world, remember?]]
* Usually played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''; characters' outfits are always pristine even during fights, and on the occasion that someone gets [[CoveredInGunge slimed by one of the show's goo monsters]], it disappears in the next shot. One notable aversion is [[spoiler: Terra]] and Raven's fight in mud, in which both end up soaked head to toe in mud, and it actually adds to the drama of the scene.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Swans, egrets, and many other birds live in an environment with lots of mud and dirty water, and spend their days dabbling around in this mud finding the edible objects in it. They still have enough time to keep their own pure-white plumage looking clean. This is certainly an impressive feat when you imagine how much work all that preening must be. But they do it, because the best way to attract the opposite sex is to prove that "I've got such good genes that I can maintain these beautiful feathers and keep them from being tarnished by mud, lice, or injuries." [[{{Pun}} Like us, they'll do anything for the chicks.]]
* Cats are famously fastidious about cleaning themselves. Healthy cats spend a good portion of their day grooming, so they are usually quite clean. One reason theorized is that this helps them hunt by not having the scent of blood and dirt giving them away. Dogs, on the other hand, go the opposite route and roll in other animals' feces and dirt; the theory for that is it hides the smell of dog from their prey.
* There are some places where there can not be dirt in the area while manufacturing products. These are called clean rooms, and anyone who wants to go into one will have all dirt and dust blown off of them, and vacuumed away, so that they are perfectly clean.