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->'''Scott''': Give us our clothes back, damn it!\\
'''Other Wormers''': Please?\\
'''Tina''': Nice undies!
-->---''Film/NowAndThen''

''How'' distressing: Having taken a brief moment to unwind, TheHero, his friends, his girlfriend(s) or a combination thereof decide to go SkinnyDipping. And wouldn't ya know it, someone took off with their threads!

Various NakedPeopleAreFunny antics ensue as they try to get new clothing before their nakedness is exposed to all the world. Usually results in NakedPeopleTrappedOutside.

Can also be played from the opposite perspective, where the main characters set out to steal other people's clothes in this manner. But in any case, the thievery almost always works.

Note that in kid-friendly works, the victim will usually be left in a swimsuit or underwear.

Related to OutdoorBathPeeping.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', Kagome's clothes are stolen by a monkey while she bathes. Technically she isn't naked (she's wearing a swim suit), but [[FullyClothedNudity still acts as if she is]], going so far as to hide in a bush when confronting the owner of the monkey for her clothes back.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ranma, who is currently stuck as a girl, spies Herb bathing in an onsen. Feeling particularly vindictive (Herb DID humiliate her in battle and locked her as a female), Ranma steals her clothes and taunts her about it. Cue the [[BattleAura ki-bolt]] to the face.
* It is done to Lemnear in the first chapter to the ''LegendOfLemnear'' manga.
* ''AyashiNoCeres'' has this as the whole backstory - Goddess wants revenge because a guy stole her celestial clothes while she wasn't watching. Granted, her rage is understandable since she's stuck on Earth until she gets it back.
* Semi-example in ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'', where the students go swimming, and someone steals the girls' underwear. [[spoiler:Actually, monsters did it.]]
* This happens to Goku in a {{filler}} episode of ''Manga/DragonBall''.
* A variation happens in ''MaicchinguMachikoSensei'' in a number of episodes. The title character goes swimming or skinny dipping and gets her suit and/or clothes stolen by her students... sometimes while she is still wearing them.
* In ''LoveHina'' the girls of Hinata House get their clothes stolen by a group of monkeys while in a hot spring.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* There's a subversion from ''ElfQuest'', not actually involving swimming. Leetah and Nightfall enjoy an intimate nude dance, and while they're distracted Moonshade steals their clothes - so she can ''replace'' them with new ones and dancers were pleased that she did. In any case, the elves probably wouldn't be very embarrassed by nudity anyway, at least among their friends.
* One [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] cover involves the titular Captain [[BankruptcyBarrel dressed in a rain barrel]] yelling and shaking his fist at a punk who's stolen his outfit. See page image.
** Forget the barrel, aren't his clothes the result of his magic power? What would happen if he switched back to Batson and then back to Marvel?
** In the story he has to buy a suit. Not sure why he had to take off his clothes though. Couldn't he just dry them by flying really fast?
* [[http://blogdosquadrinhos.blog.uol.com.br/images/biducinquentafacsimile.jpg The cover]] of the first comic of Brazilian character Bidu/Blu (which received [[http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kyrz49gFzZ1qbnzf6o1_250.jpg a makeover]] for his 50th anniversary).
* Happens to Jonah in issue 9 of the original series of ''ComicBook/JonahHex''. Jonah is forced to chase the thief, and the theft turns out to a plot to lure him across the border into Mexico.
* Happens to Fauna the Jungle Girl in the ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}} Color Special'' when she takes a WaterfallShower and flying creatures steal her uniform. Her attmpts to shoot down the creature with her uniform results in her accidentally vaporizing it.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/PussInBoots'', Puss ''claims'' this is what happens to his master the "Marquis" when the King passes by.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheBurmeseHarp'' offers a relatively uncommon non-comic, non-sexual example of this trope. The monk who rescued a wounded Japanese soldier and nursed him back to health takes a bath in a river. The Japanese soldier promptly steals the monk's robes and disguises himself as a monk to avoid capture as a POW.
* The Creator/JohnCleese film ''Romance With a Double Bass'' is based on this trope.
* ''PlanetOfTheApes'' (1968). While the astronauts are skinny dipping in a lake, the primitive humans steal their clothes.
* Terry, one of the female camp counselors in ''Film/FridayThe13thPart2'', goes skinny dipping and her clothes are stolen by a male counselor.
* In ''TheParentTrap'', (the 90s one) one of the twins does this to the other.
* The protagonists of ''Film/NowAndThen'' do this as revenge on a group of boys who nailed them with Jello-filled water balloons earlier in the film.
* ''ILoveTrouble'' includes a bit in which Julia Roberts is exiting the lake when a group of boyscouts happen upon her and Nick Nolte. No clothes are stolen, but the only ModestyTowel she can get her hands on happens to be hiding behind Nolte. Still a little miffed from a previous argument the pair had had, Nolte proceeds to walk towards the boyscouts while ignoring Julia's surprised protests. Nick gets her to admit to secretly reading his novel, despite her professed uninterest in his writing, but Julia makes the mistake of mumbling how she'd expected more from the writing. As one might expect, the scene closes with an embarrassed Julia squeeling in alarm as the boyscout's camera's are going off.
* in the 2007 ''StTrinians'' movie, the girls band together to effect this trope on new girl Annabelle Fritton as she showers, filming the resulting [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nekkid antics]] on hidden cameras and broadcasting it on Website/YouTube.
** Additionally, the previous St. Trinian's movie, ''The Wildcats of St. Trinian's'' features the girls tricking a spy in their ranks into stripping down for a swimming race so they can swipe her clothes, ditch her, and send a message to their victim's handlers.
* In ''Film/QueensLogic'', the guys in town for the wedding of one of their number go skinny dipping in a public pool. The clothes are stolen by the women. The guys streak through the parking lot, but fortunately one of the guys' suitcases is in the trunk of the car.
* In ''Film/CarryOn Up The Jungle'' with the delicious Jacki Piper. She goes swimming with the Ape Man and an ape steals her clothes.
* In the 1970 Swedish-German ''Literature/PippiLongstocking'' movie ''Pippi on the Run,'' Pippi, Tommy and Annika go swimming, and some cows come along and ''eat'' Tommy and Annika's clothes, forcing them to dress in old sacks until they can get new ones. Pippi, however, escapes the trope entirely because she [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} always goes swimming fully-clothed.]]
** Reused in the 1988 American ''The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking''.
* In ''FuttocksEnd'', [[DirtyOldMan Hawk the butler]] firstly steals [[MsFanservice Carol's]] swimming costume, so she has to swim naked, and then follows her and steals her clothes while she's in the water.
* In ''ClubParadise'', the natives of the island steal the guests' clothes while they are swimming naked at Devil's Hole. They end up trekking through the jungle to a hotel wearing towels, vines, and fruit.
* At the end of ''CampNowhere'', Betty cons Walter into giving up his swimming trunks out of revenge for his spending the entire movie trying to get her to go skinny dipping.
* In ''{{Hair}}'', Claude and Donna's clothes vanish after a swim in the lake. Cue the taxi screeching to a halt to let her in.
* In ''Film/TheBurning'', Cropsy steals Karen's clothes while she and Eddy are SkinnyDipping. He scatters them in the woods and then kills her while she is collecting them.
* In the animated movie ''TheLegendOfTheNorthWind'', while Peiot takes a bath in a water barrel to cure his sea sickness, his sister Ane (who stowed away on board of the ship) steals his clothes so she sneak into the ships kitchen and get some food unnoticed. She returns them afterwards though.
* The protagonist of ''[[Film/TolableDavid Tol'able David]]'' loses his pants when his ''dog'' runs off with them.
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* This is also the purported origin of the phrase "the naked truth". Truth and Falsehood went swimming. Falsehood put on Truth's clothes. Truth refused to wear the clothes of Falsehood and went naked.
* A common theme in folktales from several continents involves a hero witness a group of cranes, swans, seals, porpoises, or other animals "undress" from their skins and turn into beautiful women bathing in a pond. The hero will steal the skin of one of the women and only agree to give it back should she agree to follow/marry him. Occasionally, the bathers will be women from the start and the hero steals actual clothes rather than skin. ''AyashinoCeres'' is based on such a tale from Japan.
* There is a joke about a master thief and his apprentice. As a test of skill the master orders his student to climb a tree and steal some eggs from the nest without disturbing the hen. The guy undresses, and climbs the tree but the hen hears him and takes alarm. The master decides to show top class, undresses, climbs the tree and steals the eggs. When he climbs down, both his student and his clothes are gone.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''BarryLyndon'', this is how the title character acquires the officer's clothing he uses to try and get out of fighting the war. Two gay officers have gone skinny-dipping and are too busy wrapped up in their own subplot to notice the thievery. We don't find out what happens to them.
* Creator/PatrickMcManus, in one of his books, tells a story involving an over-zealous Boy Scout leader who not only goes skinny dipping, but does so in extremely cold water. Predictably, the disgruntled scouts steal his clothes. He roars back into camp "wearing" only a bit shrubbery arranged around his privates, latches onto to who he thinks are the culprits and drags them away for a dunking. And of course, two of the troop's den mothers have shown up, and witness all of this.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' novel ''[[Literature/{{Rihannsu}} My Enemy My Ally]]'' by Creator/DianeDuane has Kirk motivate Sulu to do some very ''creative'' combat maneuvers by threatening to tell a certain female lieutenant who swiped her clothing from poolside the month before.
* In Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', Angua leaves her uniform in an alley while she snoops around in werewolf form. When she returns, she finds it's been stolen. Not the last time she's been caught in that position.
** Werewolves take Vimes' clothes while he's in a hot spring in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant''. Though he still has his underwear on, it is not a nice situation to be in.
* Happens to Ivan Bezdomny in ''TheMasterAndMargarita'' when he chases Woland across Moscow. When he later shows up in his fellow writers' restaurant in underpants (and wielding an icon... long story), they don't take his story seriously, thinking that witnessing a death unhinged him. When he insists that wasn't a traffic accident and there's a murderer at large, he is restrained and spends the next several days in a madhouse.
* One ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' story was Brown solving the case of who stole a boy's clothes, leaving him naked in the woods.
* In the Romanian "Amintiri din copilarie"(Childhood memories) novel,this happens to the main character when he goes swimming instead of doing his chores.
* Happens to Creator/RobertEHoward's MountainMan character Breckenridge Elkins, leading to a situation where he gets [[MistakenForSpecialGuest mistaken for a prizefighter]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' plot involved this having happened to George at one time.
* In the first episode of ''Series/TheSleepoverClub'' TV series, the M and M's clothes are stolen by one of the girls after a swimming lesson. After they apparently take ages to change, the teacher makes the boys come out (after hearing them claim that they can't find their clothes), otherwise they will receive detention. They were forced to come out of the changing rooms using a float to cover their penises.
* Happens to ''Series/MrBean'' once. A kid steals his swimming trunks and he's forced to somehow get back to the changing room without showing any of his private parts. Unfortunately, he fails just as a just as a group of schoolgirls come passing by.
* Happens once on ''Series/ThreesCompany'', with Jack as the victim and Larry as the culprit.
* An ''EveningShade'' episode had this happen to Burt Reynolds and two other men.
* Happens with the whole gang in the ''That70sShow'' episode "Hyde Moves In".
* In an ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Our Gang]]'' episode, while the boys are swimming, their clothes aren't stolen, just soaked and then tied in knots by their rivals, rendering them unwearable.
** In another, the kids steal the clothes of a man while he went swimming; the reason being that they believed that he was going to marry their beloved teacher Ms. Crabtree (and this being the 20s, teachers were required to be unmarried), and he would not be able to if he had no clothes. Turns out, [[spoiler:he was actually her brother]]. Cue embarrassment. [[spoiler:Her brother did eventually get clothes... women's clothes]].
* During an [[EscalatingWar escalating prank war]] between Margaret and Hawkeye and B.J. on ''Series/{{Mash}}'', Margaret steals the boys clothes while they are showering. Hawkeye and B.J. are forced to walk naked through the camp back to their tent, only to find it full of nurses waiting for them.
* The first-season episode of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' "Deputy Dukes" starts the hijinks with this trope. Their "dates" steal their duds, so Bo and Luke end up trying to chase them in the General Lee ''au natural''. Naturally, they literally run into Sheriff Rosco (and his car), and he promptly arrests them on his usual variety of trumped-up charges. Then, he (very hesitantly) looks inside, sees their lack of attire, and (just as hesitantly) adds, "...in...decent...exposure."
** Then in the season two episode "The Ghost of General Lee", two crooks inadvertently steal Bo and Luke's clothes (as they're skinny-dipping) when they steal the General. Again, this was just the opening scene.
* Happens plenty of times on ''HomeAndAway'', including Ric's clothes stolen by Cassie in 2005 and Matthew's stolen by Ruby in 2008. The latter, which was filmed, ended up going viral.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': A girl offers to go skinny-dipping with Bud, and ends up running his underwear up the school's flagpole.
* This is apparently a frequent problem for Chang on ''Series/{{Community}}''.
* In an episode of ''GirlsInLove'', the girls take revenge on Magda's ex by doing this. They steal his togs while he is in the shower at the pool, and then remove all of his clothes from his locker.
* Brandy does this to Martin in an episode of ''Series/{{Benidorm}}''.
* In an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Barney, Ted and Lily are trying the "Naked Man" ploy, which works two out of three times. When Barney's date kicks him out, she won't let him put his clothes back on. Later, he is seen sneaking through the streets of New York naked, until he comes across an unguarded rack of suits. However, he doesn't like any of them and opts to continue home naked.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. One of the PokeThePoodle offenses confessed by Tyron Lannister, when he was actually supposed to be confessing to murder.
-->"When I was ten, I stole a robe from a serving girl, bathing in the river. She was forced to return naked and in tears. If I close my eyes [[DepravedDwarf I can still see her tits bouncing!]]"
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[[folder:Music]]
* The first two lines of Morrissey's "Everyday Is Like Sunday":
-->''Trudging slowly over wet sand''
-->''Back to the bench where your clothes were stolen''
* The summer camp song "Once I Went in Swimming."
-->''Dove into the water''
-->''Just like Pharaoh's daughter''
-->''Dove into the Nile.''
-->''Someone saw me there''
-->''And stole my underwear''
-->''And left me with a smile.''
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* In Hindu mythology, Krishna, as a teenager, used to steal the clothes of milkmaids while they were bathing.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Happened in ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane''.
* OlderThanTelevision: Happens in an issue of ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo in Slumberland'' from 1908.
* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'': There are at least two storylines that begin with the Phantom's clothes being stolen while he's swimming in a river. In both cases, the problem is not naked antics, but rather what the person who stole the clothes [[CostumeCopycat does while wearing them]].
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Little Spike Dudley once played this trope against Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/{{Christian}}, with hilarious results.
* In a real life perspective, [[Wrestling/DragonGate CIMA]] of all people reminds an incident happened when he was training in Mexico, before entering the Toryumon dojo. Supposedly, he was in the showers when someone stole his bag with all his clothes and footwear. He had to walk to his remote apartment wearing only sandals and a towel.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The player does this to some Mooks in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' to steal their uniforms.
* In the screensaver adventures of ''JohnnyCastaway'', he bathes near his island, while his clothes hang on a stick, when a seagull steals them. He simply decides not to come out until the scene refreshes.
* In ''ShinMegamiTenseiII'', if you avoid the lawful part you have to steal a bathing Fury's robe, since wearing it will mask your alignment and allow you to pass the Cherubs guarding the entrance to Eden. If you later on return it (a lengthy detour at this point), she will be thankful that you "found" her "lost" clothes and raise each of your stats by one.
* Possibly in a nod to historical accuracy, this is one of the first things to do in ''Rome: Pathway to Power''. The main character, a slave, needs to disguise himself with a citizen's toga in order to interact with people and buy things, and the only way to get one is by stealing it from some poor guy in the baths.
* A sidequest in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' involves retrieving a pair of pants stolen from a Dark Elf while he was swimming.
** You can do this to some bathing hunters in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim.'' They'll attack if they catch you, though.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3: Late Night'', Sims can go skinny dipping and have their clothes stolen by other Sims.
* ''{{Okami}}'' presents a twist: The bather is preparing to be a HumanSacrifice, and Ammy needs the clothes for a plan to save her.
* When you arrive in Medieval times in ''VideoGame/FutureWars'', one of the first things you have to do is wait for a skinnydipper to come by and take his clothes so you can blend in.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In the first [[ShowerScene gratuitous shower scene]] of ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', a raccoon swipes Florence's towel while she's washing ([[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00205.htm 205]]).
* In ''Webcomic/{{Alice}}'', the title character and her friends Dot and Joanne go skinny-dipping, putting all their clothes in a plastic bag, which a dog then carries off in its mouth. They share a large cardboard box in order to get to their respective homes. Dot and Joanne, but not Alice, make it indoors undetected.
* In a ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' flashback, teenage Lynda takes two friends skinny-dipping in order to teach them to celebrate their bodies, free of the "[[StrawFeminist repressive male patriarchy]]." Her lesson backfires when Rob and Henry steal their clothes, whereupon one friend fears she'll "turn lesbo" after spending too much time naked with girls, while the other is turned on by the possibility that Rob was checking out her breasts.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This happened to Jack in a bizarre episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', appropriately named "Jack is Naked". HilarityEnsues as he keeps finding new ridiculous costumes to wear, but loses those as well.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'', the heroes go skinny dipping and their clothes are stolen by monkeys.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' episode "Beat the Clock to Yellow Rock", a group of bear cubs do this to the Ant Hill Mob.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', this happened to Hamton when he went skinny dipping in Montana Max's pool in "A Bacon Strip".
* Happened during a bumper for the show ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' where the Kanker sisters stole their clothes as shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX53h45sP9g here.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' has the Squirrel Scouts steal the Jelly Beans' scout uniforms while the latter were swimming, leaving the Beans in their swimsuits, and their scout uniforms in a tree.
* This also happened in the ''GummiBears'' episode "Friar Tum", to a trio of monks that were taking a little swim in a nearby lake. The troll trio that the Gummis had outsmarted several times in the past were the ones who stole the monks' robes to disguise themselves.
* Likewise, ''The ComicStrip/LittleLulu Show'' episode, "Five Little Babies", had the boys get their clothes stolen by Lulu and Annie while they were swimming, as revenge for a prank that they played on Lulu earlier.
** When the girls went to an island in the middle of a lake, the boys (minus the one left in charge of guarding their clothes) swam there to play another prank. Unfortunately, the boy guarding the clothes found a row boat and decided to go there to give them the clothes. He got caught by the girls, who used the clothes as leverage.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' episode, ''Laked Nake''. Sanjay's swim suit gets stolen while he's in the lake.
* ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'': In episode "P.E.", Chicken, Flem and Earl became Junior High students. While they were having a shower after P.E. classes, some bullies stole their clothes. To compound the problem, the only place in school where gym towels were offered was the ''cafeteria''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' is a victim to this in one episode thanks to Snidely Whiplash. He's not able to get his clothes back for some time so he's only able to walk around once his beard has grown to cover his whole body.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is a popular (and likely apocryphal) story that America's first female reporter, Anne Royall, came across UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams while he was skinny-dipping in the Potomac River and sat on his clothes until he agreed to an interview.
** There was another story in which said president had his clothes stolen while he was skinny-dipping and he had to ask a passerby to run to the White House and bring him back another outfit.
** Note that nobody disputes that Adams skinny-dipped in the Potomac; this is well known to have been part of his routine. What's in dispute is the clothes being stolen part.
* Thieves were a big problem at the Roman baths for exactly this reason. [[ValuesDissonance Not because the Romans were as paranoid about nudity as we are,]] but because clothes were a ''lot more expensive'' back then. At least many baths offered to sell cheap robes (at ridiculously inflated prices) to bathers whose clothes were stolen. (And perhaps not surprisingly, many of those baths also had thieves on their payroll....)
* Before UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington was ever a president, a revolutionary, or even a lieutenant in the French and Indian War, there is a record of a court proceeding against a girl who stole his clothing (or at least his belongings) while he was swimming on a trip.
* There is a story in ''America's Dumbest Criminals'' of a businesswoman who, after a long summer drive, decided to skinny-dip in a river to cool off. While swimming some men arrived at the river and blocked the route to her clothes. Too embarrassed to head for said clothes, she jumped in her car, sped home, and was pulled over by an officer who was shortly quite embarrassed himself.
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