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[[caption-width-right:350: Street Fighters don't NEED pants to win!]]

The non-magical equivalent of a TransformationSequence, similar to DressHitsFloor except in the opposite direction relative to gravity. When a character -- usually a girl -- for some reason changes her clothes suddenly (often in public!), instead of seeing the actual change the viewer is shown the old items of clothing flying through the air, followed by a hard cut to the girl in her new outfit. The implication is that the old clothing is stripped off with such force that it is thrown wildly overhead.

Men have been known to throw their clothing, but this is usually to indicate that what they were wearing before was a disguise ([[DressedInLayers with their real clothes underneath]]) and/or that they're getting rid of unnecessary clothing and are ready to give a butt-kicking. Somewhat similar to the classic version of Franchise/{{Superman}} and whatever he did with his Clark Kent clothes. We usually just saw him pull his shirt apart to reveal the Big Red S, but not what happened after that. (In case anyone's wondering, there's a pouch on the inside of his cape. He keeps his civvy clothes in there. [[FridgeLogic Of course, that just raises the question of where he keeps his ''cape'' when he's in plainclothes...]])

Compare ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction. TheCoatsAreOff is often a sub-trope of this.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kodachi Kuno's first appearance at Furinkan High School in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is capped off by her flinging her school uniform off to reveal her gymnastics leotard -- a move she makes several times in the series. Even more ludicrous instances where characters (usually female Ranma, Akane, or Shampoo) toss away their swimsuits or otherwise short-skirted clothing, [[DressedInLayers to reveal ordinary clothes underneath]]. [[{{Hammerspace}} Huh]]?!
* Happens at least once in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', with Sakura unbuttoning and flinging aside her school nurse uniform to reveal herself dressed in full {{Miko}} regalia beneath.
* From ''Manga/DragonBall'', one of Piccolo's trademarks is throwing off his [[RestrainingBolt Weighted Clothing]] before a fight.
* In episode 14 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', students Misa, Madoka and Sakurako do a simultaneous costume change, and we see three sets of clothes in the air at the same time. To top it off, the viewer's first sight of the girls in their new outfits is done with rainbows and twirling motions as if it were the conclusion of a full TransformationSequence.
* In ''Anime/HauntedJunction'', Mutsuki Asahina uses this to switch from seifuku to miko robes. In contrast, Haruto is usually the last one finished changing into his 'holy garb,' having to deal with all of those silly buttons.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', most members of the evil organization Akatsuki tend to rip/throw off their cloaks. Sasori and Kakuzu are the most noticeable ones. The third Shippuden movie had several examples of this for the heroes, with Naruto slow-mo casting off his cloak in front of a sunset, being the most epic.
* In episode 4 of ''Manga/MidoriDays'', we see the handkerchief that doll-sized Midori had been wearing go flying through the air when she changes into a new T-shirt/dress. In episode 6, Shiori strips off a [[SailorFuku seifuku]] on-camera and flings its parts into the air around her.
* In Episode 3 of ''Anime/MaiOtome'', the Black Knight throws off his cloak disguise to reveal himself to Shizuru, in preparation for battle.
* Happens once in ''Manga/LoveHina''. Keitaro is in the room when Naru does this, leading to Kitsune admonishing her (and Shinobu freaking out). Being ''Love Hina'', this leads to Keitaro's… abrupt exit from the room, and [[MegatonPunch possibly the atmosphere]].
* In two different episodes of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Tomo does it to change into her swimsuit. On at least one occasion, Yomi comments to Tomo that she's not in grade school and shouldn't wear her swimsuit under her clothes. Curiously, Yomi herself does this in the opening sequence. It's a reference to a scene in both the manga and anime where Yomi, dissatisfied with her scale results, stripped naked... then took off her glasses to see if ''that'' would change anything.
* Female villains in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' had a tendency to do this when revealing their true identity to the VictimOfTheWeek.
* In the end of episode 16, the titular heroine of ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' discards her white cocktail dress (which seems to be her most deadly ''combat'' outfit overall) to distract the attacking soldiers, wherein she utterly succeeds. Moments after that, she is seen wearing it again.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Aizawa, after many frustrating attempts to get through a metal detector, flings his pants in the air in a gesture of disgust.
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}''
** The Team Rocket trio do this in many episodes, and it seems to be their primary (or perhaps only) way of changing clothes.
** [[{{Fanservice}} May deciding to change her clothes on the beach]]...
** FanDisservice when Ash does it in the Christmas episode. [[BrainBleach Oh, man...]]
** Korrina does this in ''XY'' to switch from casual clothing to her rollerblading outfit. Somehow, this actually adds a helmet and rollerblades while wearing the same outfit.
** Red does this twice in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. First was RGB when Blue stripped off his Team Rocket disguise. Another was in FRLG when he stripped off his jacket for a man to man fight and then ripped off his shirt for leverage on the controls of a battleship he tried to land.
*** Silver thankfully gets rid of his ridiculous Team Rocket outfit this way in FRLG.
*** Gold had one in the Emerald arc where he threw off his enemy disguise.
*** Sapphire had one in R/S arc where she changed to her jungle attire.
*** Lenora flings off her apron before battling against Black.
* Parodied in the first episode of ''Manga/PenguinMusume Heart''; when Penguin tries to do this, she "pulls the wrong tab" and accidentally flashes the class. She then successfully changes in to her campaign (for student council president) outfit.
* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', Atobe Keigo flings off his uniform's jacket as part of his dramatic first entrance onto the tennis court.
* The first appearance of [[{{Cyborg}} Dieci]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' has her appearing with a cloak that she promptly throws away together with the cloth wrapped around her {{BFG}}.
* Occurs in the fifth omake for ''VisualNovel/ToHeart: Remember My Memories'', where Akari Kamigishi takes off her bear costume in front of a stunned [[RobotMaid Multi]].
* ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' does this quite often, whenever Haruhi is forcing Mikuru into a new costume.
* Edward Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' often did this with his coat. And his ripped shirt in the first episode. [[ShirtlessScene Cue]] {{squee}}ing [[{{Fanservice}} from]] [[EstrogenBrigade many]] {{fangirl}}s.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Corsair}}'', Aura does this [[spoiler:when the others come to rescue her]], throwing her cumbersome dress off so she can move around more comfortably.
* Yusuke throws off his pajamas early in the ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' manga. Less "ready for asskicking", though - more like "ready to enjoy the one day of life I get before I go back to being dead".
* In the anime ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'' the last image of the series before the credits is Satellizer's bra in mid air.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' parodies this with the ice mages Grey and Leon, both of whom [[BattleStrip take off their shirts]] (much to the confusion of the surrounding characters who point it out) before a fight, and Grey has a habit of randomly stripping without noticing it due to his training.
* The criminal killing PlayingWithFire NEXT Lunatic in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' wears an AllEncompassingMantle. When he needs to get serious, he burns the mantle off.
* Mayumi in ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' did this while changing into a waitress uniform. Halfway through she realised she probably didn't need to remove her underwear, but by that time, she'd flung them some place where she couldn't find them, and ended up {{going commando}}.
* In ''VisualNovel/OtomeWaBokuNiKoishiteru'', Takako and Mariya fling their clothes when challenging each other for the [[CookingDuel swim competition]].
* In Creator/EmaToyama’s Pocha Pocha Swimming Club the club president can change into her swim suit like this in three seconds.
* The trope [[ChekhovsGun becomes a plot point]] in an episode of ''Case Closed[=/=]Manga/DetectiveConan''. [[spoiler: The victim of the week was a singer who liked to melodramatically take off his jacket and toss it into the air before performing, and the killer placed some bits of poison on a fixed spot of the jacket he was wearing. That way he would take off the jacket, get his hands smeared with lethal toxins without knowing it, 'transfer' the venom to his favorite snack (rice balls) and die of it.]]
* Each episode throughout the Shuringe arc of BombermanBDamanBakugaiden had Ms Purple (Shuringe's alias to pretend to be a good Bomber) flinging her little green dress to reveal clothes related to any skill she was claiming to have.

* In the ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie this trope is rather deliberate. Two of the girls change from beaded cocktail dresses to black leather kick-ass clothes as they chase Creepy Thin Man.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', "Baby" Brent has the ability to pull off his tracksuit in one swift motion. Considering he pulls the whole thing up over his head, one has to wonder about [[MagicPants how he gets his pants off...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'': Sawyer begins the biggest scene like this.
* In ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', Magda whips off her sari to use as a [[ImprovisedWeapon weapon]] against Kamal's goons. She doesn't put it back on, thereby keeping the fetish appeal burning.
* ''The Sicilian'' (1987). An Italian female aristocrat walks through her BigFancyHouse [[SpoiledBrat casually dropping her clothes on the floor, to be picked up by the maid]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'': If they're not already in their ninja uniforms, our heroes fling their civilian clothes immediately before entering the TransformationSequence, in order that their pre-transformation outfits match the StockFootage.
** Similarly, Anubis "Doggie" Cruger in ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' flings his trench coat off during his TransformationSequence.
** The Ninja Rangers in season 3 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' back-transformed from their Ninja costumes. (Yes, there was a [[HighlyVisibleNinja bright pink ninja suit]].) This actually started as early as ''season 2''! Kimberly does this with her Pink Ranger uniform following the battle with Zedd's goons with the ancestors of the other Rangers. It becomes standard for the Ranger forms in season 3.
* In ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', the team uses this to change from business suits to battle uniforms.
* This is a standard ability of nearly all ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' members to be able to switch to other clothing as either a disguise or emergency weaponry if their regular powers are disabled. Female members made the most use out of this but the guys can also make use of this if need be. During ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'''s ending shorts about the previous 29 Super Sentai, they play with this during the ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' segment, having the entire team toss off their coats... and Satoru flinging off ''all'' of his clothes to reveal the Timeranger biosuit underneath. Satoru promptly freaks out in embarrassment.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', the end boss M. Bison throws off a cape before fighting whichever character made it to him. This becomes subverted (and a little less unique) come Alpha/Zero and beyond, when he keeps the cape on at all times, and other characters get the cloak-flinging: Zangief and Cammy (although hers is more of a hooded cloak). His Alpha incarnation being inspired by his appearance in the ''Street Fighter Animated Movie'', it's only natural to make mention of it as well. At first, he fights with the cape on (while still just toying with the heroes), but once provoked to fight seriously, he tears the chain off the cape and flings it off, ready to get his hands dirty. In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', he fights with the cape off again. The cape (and the flinging) only appear in some Rival Cutscenes.
* Come ''VideoGame/XMenVsStreetFighter'', Comicbook/{{Sabretooth}} gets a pimp robe to put on and take off (Birdie brings them in both cases though, so not really a fling).
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''
** When you first fight [[SNKBoss Rugal Bernstein]] in ''The King of Fighters '94'', he is wearing a tuxedo, never uses any special moves, and it still a pretty difficult challenge for your team. If you beat him, though, he throws his shirt and jacket off and fights for real. [[CurbStompbattle The result isn't pretty.]]
** Many female characters do this- with Leona and Athena often throwing off ''full outfits''.[[note]]It's speculated that Athena might [[MundaneUtility cheat]] by using her PsychicPowers.[[/note]] Blue Mary has a little fun with it - she throws her jacket in the air and yells "Antoine!" Her dog, Antoine, then runs by and leaps up to catch the jacket. King tosses her hat forward, then kicks it offscreen. The boss of ''2001'', Igniz, uses this as a ''basic attack''.
* When facing Chun-Li in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNKMillenniumFight2000'' and ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'', Mai Shiranui will enter the match dressed as Chun-Li, only to rip off the disguise and toss it away.
* From ''VideoGame/SpyFiction'': In this StealthBasedGame, the characters can disguise themselves as anyone they take a picture of. Putting one on is done off-screen, in any convenient hidey-hole (trash bin, closet, bathroom stall, etc.) but removing one can be done at any time with the classic flung clothing move.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Shiva throws her cloak off as part of her summoning sequence. Rather than just disappearing like most Flung Clothing, we see it fall and get caught by Yuna.
* In the opening of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'', Class Zero [[BadassBoast arrives]] in hooded Akademeia uniforms, but all twelve of them quickly throw them into the air to reveal their faces and [[BadassCape vermillion capes]] (amusingly, the uniforms they're wearing underneath are almost identical to the ones they throw, except with pauldrons and capes, and [[NonUniformUniform less uniform]]).
* MickeyMouse does this in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', flinging off his black hoodie and revealing his Kingly outfit underneath. Amazingly it comes off as awe inspiringly cool, even compared to the previous cutscenes of Squaresoft pretty boys kicking ass. This was just after Goofy [[DisneyDeath was hit by a giant boulder.]] The coat coming off, along with Mickey's one-liner made the point very clear; [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge many Heartless were going to die very quickly.]] [[spoiler:Riku]] does it in a later scene, too.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan''
** Sigma flings away his cape (over)dramatically before battling X in ''VideoGame/MegaManX1'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManX5''. If you're stupid enough to try it, jumping into the thrown cloak will damage you as if you ran into an enemy..
** Zero does a similar action; throwing away his tattered brown cape as [[{{Mooks}} Pantheons]] find him in the opening to ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2''
** Serges (one of the X-Hunters) in ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'' also does this with his cloak/robe in the first battle with him; catch is, if you don't start moving ASAP when you get control back, it will hit you for some damage.
** Colonel.EXE in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 6'' also weaponizes this if your health is low. Get hit by his thrown cape and you'll be paralyzed, allowing him to finish you off with his finishing move.
* This is how [[spoiler:Olga Orly]] reveals her true self and personality in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. She goes from a [[spoiler:timid serving girl in thick russian clothes]] to a [[spoiler:not-so-timid gambler]] with an appropriate outfit.
* Goris the scholar in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' dramatically flings off his oversized robes whenever a fight starts, at the same time revealing that he is an intelligent deathclaw. Something that quickly gets to be a pain in the ass, as it delays the start of every battle, even one against a rat.
* In ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', Homestar's clothes are seen in the air when he gets ready to take a shower. Luckily, Strong Bad's The Cheat-like reflexes prevent us from seeing anymore (he ''is'' naked later on in the game... [[{{Pixellation}} except it's blurred out]]).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', B.B. Hood's "Cool Hunting" super has her fling away a cloak to reveal… other Dark Hunters, who [[MoreDakka open fire]] on the opponent.
* [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Kira Daidohji]] of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' does this with a ModestyTowel (revealing a SchoolSwimsuit underneath) for her entrance. It's likely a parody of another would-be world conqueror, see the ''Street Fighter'' example above.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
** The [[CoolOldGuy aged]] [[MagnificentBastard Liquid Ocelot]] throws off his trench coat before engaging [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4 Old Snake]] in one last fight. This reveals two things: first, Ocelot is in amazing shape for a man in his seventies. Second, [[spoiler: he has a cybernetic arm instead of Liquid's arm. This arm ''hurts'', as evidenced by the large chunks of health Snake loses when he's hit by it.]]
** The Boss throws her cloak off before a fight in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''.
* At one point in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', a female villain wearing a [[{{Stripperiffic}} belly-dancer outfit]] somehow manages this - she flings her very sheer shawl at the camera and is then suddenly clad in her full navy uniform.
* Done by the final boss of ''VideoGame/MadWorld'', [[spoiler:The Black Baron [[MemeticMutation "Stop Starin'!"]] tosses his pimp robe]] just as the music comes on. One PreAssKickingOneLiner later, and the fight is ON.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' brings us Noel, Litchi, Makoto and Mai, all who have introduction poses. Noel and Makoto throw off their cloaks, Mai throws off her cape, while Litchi grabs her dress and sweeps it around herself, [[http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/078/6/f/Litchi_changing_outfit_by_mikagome007.gif setting a new world record for fastest change into alluring attire.]]
* Ricardo in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts: From the New World'' throws his hat when he uses his unique skill "[[MacrossMissileMassacre Fated Day's End]]".
* Very frequent in the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series, where all the badass yakuza have to do to reveal their topless, tattooed (or in some cases ''not'' tattooed, as part of TheReveal) upper bodies is to tug on one corner of their shirts, jackets, etc. Particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} in the climax of ''Yakuza 4'', where '''everyone''' except the cop characters and Akiyama does this.
* In VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth, [[VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf Akatsuki]]'s introduction pose has him wearing a black hooded cape. Before fighting, he takes it off.

* In [[http://opticaldynamics.com/~gbk/DCM/dcm/strips/12.gif strip #12]] of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' parody webcomic ''[[http://opticaldynamics.com/~gbk/DCM/dcm.htm Diary of a Crazed Mimbanite]]'', [[ParodyNames Dark Dingus]] uses his Force powers of [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] to strip the Han and Leia expies facing him of more than their brandished guns... to his {{Squick}} in the latter case.
* Done in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' [[http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%201/54 here.]]
* Used in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' for [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=970 Kat's transformation]] into WrenchWench mode, complete with "Fling" as an UnsoundEffect.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In the episode "Less Than Hero," Leela reveals to her parents that she is the superhero "Clobberella" by ripping off her clothing to reveal her super suit underneath -- even though the outfit's high collar should have been visible under her usual tank top. Moments later, she tears ''it'' off as well, improbably revealing her usual long pants and clunky boots beneath the legless Clobberella costume.
--> '''Leela''': It was brisk. I dressed in layers.
* Male example in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Beach:" [[MrFanservice Zuko]] flings his shirt off to go play volleyball. There are also DisturbedDoves. And {{Squee}}ing {{Fangirl}}s to lampshade the sheer gratuitousness of the scene.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' the Music Meister does this about eight or nine times in close succession. Perhaps quick costume changes are another one of his superpowers.
* In the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', when the royal wedding is overrun by an evil race called the Changelings, the main characters throw off their bridesmaids outfits before going out to retrieve the magic {{MacGuffin}}s that can defeat them, prompting Rarity, the one who designed and made them, to try and catch them. It takes the others yelling at her to throw off her outfit as well.
* In the episode "Circus of the Stars Part 2" of ''WesternAnimation/TeamGalaxy'', Yoko, Bret, Josh, and Fluffy run on stage and tear off their clown costumes in such a fashion.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode "Salute to Sports", Goofy attempts to sing the national anthem and gradually removes his clothes to [[HumanNotepad read the lyrics written on signs on attached to his body]]. The scene cuts to Minnie watching as Goofy's clothes are flung past her, culminating in his ''underwear'' landing over her head.