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The Instant Costume Change is an ability of SuperHero characters to change from their [[SecretIdentity street clothes]] into their hero costumes, well, instantly. This doesn't include characters who wear their costumes under their normal clothing. The Instant Costume Change is usually accomplished by some bit of AppliedPhlebotinum that automatically transforms the character's clothing with little action; often a button push or just a thought.

Virtually all {{Henshin Hero}}es perform an Instant Costume Change when they transform into their powered modes. But other characters can have this ability as well. The exact mechanism by which the trope operates varies from character to character, but some common methods are include nanotechnology, morphable cloth, magic, and alien tech.

See also ToTheBatpole, FlungClothing. Sometimes involves a TransformationSequence.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', mages summon their "barrier jackets" with their intelligent devices (or armed devices).
* Many more examples at ''HenshinHero''.
* In the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime episode "The Light Fantastic" Jesse and James instantly change from their regular Team Rocket costumes into archeologists' garb.
** Heck, Jessie and James usually start out disguised as workers or sellers to lure Ash and the gang. And then, when the heroes are surrounded, they remove their disguise to show that they're actually Team Rocket. It doesn't make sense in some factors, though... for example, when they don't wear gloves in their disguise, but do wear them in their Team Rocket uniforms.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' (AKA ''{{Battle of the Planets}}''). G-Force had wrist band communications devices which also allowed them to change between their team uniforms and civilian clothing.
* ''CutieHoney'' has a special device built into her BoobsOfSteel that allows her to instantly reconfigure her clothing and even her appearance; beyond the normal HenshinHero effect, she can change into a number of alternate forms with unique skill sets, such as BikerBabe Hurricane Honey and HotScoop Scoop Honey.
* In ''Manga/ArataKangatari'', Sarae, the Hayagami of one of Yorunami's Zokushou, has the power to instantly change its targets clothes to whatever its wielder is imagining.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* A GreenLanternRing can do this.
* In the {{Spider-Man}} mythology, the ComicBook/{{Venom}} symbiote can alter its appearance to that of any clothing the host wants.
** The animated series ''SpiderManUnlimited'' gave Peter Parker a wrist device containing nanomachines that rebuilt his street clothes into his Spidey suit.
* In the MarvelUniverse, Reed Richards invented an "unstable molecular fabric", which some characters can morph using their powers.
** This was done a lot in the ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' animated series from the 1990s, by {{Storm}} and Phoenix.
* The children from the comic ''PowerPack'' could change into their costumes by saying the words, "Costume on!"
* The Wally West version of TheFlash could create his costume from Speed Force.
** And any version of The Flash effectively pulls this one off just by being fast enough to change clothes in the blink of an eye.
** In addition to his speed, the Barry Allen version of the Flash was further aided by the use of a ring that stored a costume chemically treated so that it could be packed into the ring's compartment for this trope.
* Subverted in modern Franchise/{{Batman}} comics and film adaptations. Bruce's costume is too bulky to be worn under his regular clothes, so when an emergency pops up he has to travel to the Batcave (or somewhere where he has a spare costume in storage) to suit up.
* The current HeroicAge version of IronMan. His armor is entirely part of his body and emerges from his bones when needed.
* The members of ''{{Gen 13}}'' could do this for a period of time, thanks to high-technological bracelets. Grunge once grabbed Rainmaker's bracelet by mistake and didn't realize it until after he had used it to change costume.
* MsMarvel when she was first introduced could instantly change between her normal clothing and costume instantly, although it was never explained how she could and the ability (along with her combat sense) was never demonstrated by Rogue after she permanently drained the powers from Carol Danvers.
* When Marvel Girl originally became Phoenix she would instantly restructure the clothing she and the other ComicBook/{{X-men}} were wearing into their costumes by telekinetically rearranging the molecules, her divergent future daughter Rachel Summers also demonstrated this ability once she acquired the same powers.
* The Ray Palmer incarnation of the Atom has a costume that is only visible and tangible when he uses his shrinking abilities. This eliminates the need to change into (or out of) it entirely -- he's basically ''always'' got it on. There's still the question of what happens to his civilian clothes when he shrinks, though...

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. Undercover Brother jumps out of a window while dressed in what can be best described as a nerd disguise. On the other side, he comes out in his normal attire, complete with afro.
* Creator/BusterKeaton did the same thing '''for real''' in ''SherlockJr'', entering the window in evening clothes, and emerging dressed as an old woman in a dress and shawl.
* Jason in ''Film/MysteryTeam'' has shades of this.
* Typically done by ninjas in the GodfreyHoNinjaMovies.
** And due to this, appears frequently in ''WebVideo/NinjaTheMissionForce'' as well.
* JeremyIrons does this in ''Film/{{Lolita}}'' (1997). Entering the motel room's bathroom in his suit, a JumpCut has him instantly opening the door dressed in his pyjamas, no doubt to show how eager his character is to [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed get into bed]] with a [[DudeShesLikeInAComa sleeping Dolores]].
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* {{The Swineherd}} does this behind a tree in the Hans Christian Andersen story, also featuring in ''The Yellow Fairy Book'', there being no believable way he can change into a Prince costume which it isn't mentioned he has, or clean himself of the muck he is covered in.

(Note: although there are other transformation mentioned in fairy tales 'real magic' is usually
invoked)

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* In ''{{Smallville}}'', Clark naturally does this a lot in SuperSpeed. However, it gets ridiculous when Oliver changes into his complicated GreenArrow uniform in about five seconds.
* The Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series had Batman and Robin changing into their costumes while [[ToTheBatpole sliding down the pole]] into the Batcave. They must have a heck of a contraption down there.
** ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' [[http://www.queenofwands.net/comics/20051016b.jpg has a suggestion.]]
** Possibly similar to the one Mr. Incredible had in his car in ''The Incredibles''?
** Series/WonderWoman could basically do this too in her TV show by twirling around a few times.
** In TheMovie between the first and second seasons (think "shark repellent bat-spray") we see that there is a switch marked "Instant Costume Change Lever" that they pull on the way down.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' makes fun of their own tendency to skip over the scenes where SG-1 or other teams switch to combat uniform in the parody episode "200". When Walter is invited to join the team on a mission, he leaves from the control room dressed in a casual military uniform only to emerge from the nearby door seconds later dressed in standard SG team attire.
* ''{{Shaktimaan}}'', a famous Hindi serial from the 1990s deserves a mention. The superhero's alter-ego, Pandit Gangadhar Shastri could change into Shaktimaan (and back), simply by spinning around like a top.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has a few examples outside the usual morphing. All ninja-based characters are adept at FlungClothing to ''completely'' change their wardrobe, and in ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce,'' the unmorphed wizard robe uniforms appear when they enter the dimension their base is in. Another dimension gave them more medieval garb upon arrival.
* On ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s had a thing for putting female crewmembers into feminine clothing using their StopTrick powers.
* Series/{{Ultraman}} and his M-78 teammates can transform [[InvertedTrope from fully clothed human form.]]

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The superhero RPG ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' has a feat called Quick Change, which allows a character to change between his street clothes and hero uniform [[ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction as a free action]].
* Earlier editions of ''{{Champions}}'' had the Instant Change power, which did just what you'd expect. Recent editions have replaced that power with a limited form of Transformation (defined as Transforming one's clothing).

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* In ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (2013), Willy Wonka initially appears dressed in a long black coat...suddenly, with a single struck pose, the coat ''vanishes'' to reveal his true, much more colorful suit. Between how quickly this happens and the contrast in the colors, it appears as if the whole outfit turns itself inside-out.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' characters don't need to do much in order to change their clothes. In the original Gamecube/[[NoExportForYou N64]] version they'll change clothes by doing a little spin, and in all subsequent games they'll do a flip instead. When Wild World introduced accessories and new hats for the player character to wear, they started doing the flip in order to put those on (and take them off) too. Everyone in the game is well aware of how instant everything is; you can change clothes anywhere, even ''in the middle of town'', and it's not uncommon to see villagers suddenly change their clothes while talking to another villager.
* [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Alex Mercer]] can switch between his ShapeshifterDefaultForm and his disguise form in about a second.
* In ''SecretAgentBarbie'', {{Franchise/Barbie}} performs these when changing between Stealth, Action and Adventure modes, sometimes in broad daylight, in a public area, while surrounded by other people. This is never mentioned or explained.
* ''[[Franchise/TheSims Sims]]'' spin around whenever they need to change (or take off) clothes. They can do it anywhere, but you can also make them go to a dresser in order to have them change in a slightly more traditional way ("traditional" in terms of location only; they will still change by doing the spin). If they change their hairstyle, it just appears on them automatically without any spinning needed.
* Every character in ''SuperCosplayWarUltra'' has the ability to instantly change into different cosplay outfits, [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman gaining the abilities of the character they're cosplaying.]]
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has always allowed instant changes of clothing/armor/weapons/etc. while not in combat, and there have long been add-ons to help with organizing sets for quick switches. Quick-changeable item set have become a built-in feature of the game client in Cataclysm.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Subverted in ''{{Shiniez}}''. The comic touches on how difficult it is to get in and out of latex (especially when sweat is factored in) we even see Ally having to wrestle latex stocking off of Lisa.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Actually explained and played with in the WhateleyUniverse. We first see Generator and Shroud using their powers to change clothes, although Shroud's first demonstration is to use her cloak to turn into what looks like a Japanese schoolgirl. Fey not only uses her magic to change her own clothes, but starting around "Boston Brawl 2", she is using a spell that enables her to change the entire team into their uniforms (with them holding the packaged uniforms at the start).
* ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' sometimes shows Barbie and/or her companions wearing clothes that can change appearance and function through such actions as pulling a cord or turning a knob.
* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1156 1156]] is a talking horse with the ability to change it's clothing at will.
** SCP-040-1a is a polymorphic jumper that acts as clothing for [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-040 SCP-040]] and transforms into clothing appropriate for the environment.
* In ''Series/{{Noob}}'', Ystos has a mask that he wears only in battle. When he puts it on, it tends to just appear on his face in a split second. May be justified by the fact that the series is mostly set in a MMORPG.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Occurs frequently on ''TheMagicSchoolBus''. When the bus transforms, Ms. Frizzle and the kids' clothing will often change along with it. For example, if the bus turns into a submarine, everyone will instantly be wearing scuba gear.
* Parodied in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''; villainess Yzma and her lackey Kronk reach her lab by riding down a {{Mayincatec}} roller-coaster that fits them into lab-coats and goggles en-route. When the heroes later sneak into the lab, they also get stuffed into the very ill-fitting costumes.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has Janet shrink to shed her civilian clothes, then suddenly emerge as TheWasp.
* In keeping with its vague video-game theme, [=SwaySway=] and Buhdeuce of ''{{WesternAnimation/Breadwinners}}'' can make new costumes blink onto them by jumping and shouting, "L-l-l-l-level up!"

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