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->''"An invisible must always be able to disrobe in an instant, or his power is useless!"''
-->-- '''Millard''', ''[[Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren Hollow City]]''

Not all {{invisibility}} methods are created equal. While most works HandWave away the problems with invisibility--being able to see being the main one--one specific problem frequently comes up. Namely: you may be able to become invisible, but [[RequiredSecondaryPowers that doesn't mean things you interact with can become invisible]]. That includes your clothes.

This can be explained in multiple ways. Invisibility as a drug or innate ability may only affect the natural body, leaving clothing and other external objects out of luck. A person's original clothing may have turned invisible as well, but that's no guarantee that they will remain intact. A LiteralGenie may make the person invisible, and ''just'' the person.

Ultimately, if this trope is in play, expect the MundaneSolution to come up--since no one (by definition) can see the invisible person, going around naked is an acceptable solution to being unable to make other things invisible. This can make using the power downright difficult, especially when in [[ExposedToTheElements less hospitable climates]], or for more nefarious purposes--it's not easy to steal things when you can't interact with them without revealing exactly where you are.

This can also be downright [[RuleOfFunny hilarious]], as [[NakedPeopleAreFunny the insinuation of nudity]] as well as the reactions to such is classic comedy. It can also be played equally [[RuleOfDrama dramatically]]--a person trapped in this state would be unable to interact with the outside world directly, outside of wearing a burqa or similar clothing all the time. There's also an inherent [[RuleOfSexy sexiness]] to the concept--many aversions of this trope are specifically used due the producers wanting to avoid risque situations.

In short: the MundaneSolution applied to specific types of {{Invisible Main Character}}s: those who, due to RuleOfFunny, [[RuleOfDrama Drama]], or [[RuleOfSexy Sexy]], don't have invisible MagicPants, and consequently have to strip to make use of their power. A specific type of [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nudity as humor]]. Of course, expect the whole thing to wear off just a little bit too early. Depending on the tone of work, expect being ExposedToTheElements (and other side effects of being naked and unseen outside) to come into play, or [[BellisariosMaxim be outright ignored]]. This may also serve as a way of averting RightThroughHisPants without showing anything the target audience may dislike.

It can be difficult to say what manner of invisibility is most "correct", because the question arises: what things ''count'' as part of an invisible person's body? At any given time you've got bacterial colonies whose members come and go, viral invaders being fought by your immune system, [[InvisibleStomachVisibleFood food being digested or excreted]], dirt and dust falling on your skin, cells falling off your body, etc--there's no hard line in either direction. Whatever the source of the character's invisibility, the RequiredSecondaryPowers that avert this particular trope may not be so "secondary" after all (especially if the invisibility takes a "psychic" form). It's an open question until science produces "real" invisibility (whatever that even means).



* This trope has appeared in various TV commercials, including:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LZiH5uP1K8 Levi's jeans]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu1KygfgBhs El Corte Inglés department stores]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7v0GF6-rsA Flor de Caña Extra Lite rum]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yh0bslfJ5o Johnnie Walker whiskey]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHvJQjWBMDo Daylong sunscreen]], a Turkish advert in which beachgoers are invisible except for their swimsuits

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Translucent}}'', Translucent Syndrome, as a physical disorder that causes invisibility, does not affect clothes or makeup.
* ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' had a type of camouflage--essentially invisible spandex--that couldn't be worn over anything and was ultra-skin tight. Once the anime series went more mainstream, the camo became "invisible clothing" as it had been in the manga.
* In ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel'', Noelle's older sister Sara is invisible, and uses clothes and bandages to simulate visibility when needed. The trope in question was established in a later episode when, after everyone but protagonist Yuusuke started taking her for granted, she managed to regain visibility through sheer emotion... and flashed everyone in the area with her nudity. Fortunately, only her family were present, but her brother managed to comment how she'd grown a lot since he saw her last, before he passed out from nosebleed.
* Done in ''Manga/{{Alabaster}}'' by the father of manga, Creator/OsamuTezuka. The normally lethal invisibility ray hit Ami Ozawa while she was still in the womb, leaving her permanently invisible. Alabaster, the main villain, kidnaps her and breaks her will, and she helps him perform several jewelry heists by simply doing them naked. What finally causes her to do a full blown FaceHeelTurn, however, is the FBI agent [[MoralEventHorizon raping her]], then covering her in hideously colored paint stripes that she can't remove.
* In Creator/RumikoTakahashi's ''The Samurai'', the titular samurai descendant is stalked by his rivals, twin female ninjas who only differ in that one ReallyGetsAround and the other DoesNotLikeMen. They make use of this type of invisibility spell in order to further their goal, but the hero's perverted friend figures out what's going on when he accidentally gropes an invisible breast. Just to compound things, it's the man-hater who's invisible. Cue beatings.
* In ''LightNovel/DemonKingDaimao'', Kena Soga can turn invisible, (not that anyone knows that she can). However, since it's just her that turns invisible, it requires a lot of stripping or being caught naked after she materializes.
* Bouquet in the anime adaptation of ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'' has the same power and drawback as Kena above.
* Lucy has to do this in a filler episode of ''Manga/FairyTail''. The show being what it is, a group of children run into her on accident and proceed to prod her naked butt out of fascination. When she finally gets to the guild to ask for help, Natsu, who locates her more intentionally, finds a much more [[ThanksForTheMammary standard]] area to grab her.
* In an early chapter of ''Manga/DoctorSlump'', Senbei turns himself (but not his clothes) invisible, then starts undressing... but decides to leave his underwear on, just in case. This results in a pair of floating boxer shorts running around the town.
* An obscure manga titled ''Moonlight Exhibition'' features an invisible woman and a female werewolf, both of whom are naked. This leads to at least one LesYay situation.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom''. Koro-sensei uses his invisibility to avoid scaring a group of train passengers during a class trip, but his students point out that a random set of floating, disembodied clothing is just as unsettling.
* In ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'', Ayumu gets turned invisible after drinking a potion he mistook for a drink. He strips down to sneak into the gym during the girl's physical examination day. Being the ButtMonkey that he is, the invisibility starts to wear off while he's still inside and he's forced to run and hide. Taeko catches him, but kindly loans him some clothes instead of turning him in.
* Misaki from ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness'' has this restriction, though it oddly doesn't seem to apply to her glasses.
* The 1978 Creator/GoNagai manga ''Supeope Chuugaku'' features an invisibility potion at one point in the second volume that works like this. Notably, the first thing the [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist perverted main character]] uses it for is tricking his sister into thinking she's invisible (by drinking some himself to show her that it works and then using sleight of hand to give her a fake bottle) so that she'll strip naked in front of him and his friends.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Toru "Invisible Girl" Hagakure can usually be "seen" as either a floating school uniform, or in her superhero outfit, which is just a pair of shoes and gloves. To be truly effective with her powers, these come off when she needs to get completely stealthy. She [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl usually doesn't mind having to go naked]], but [[OurNudityIsDifferent feels embarrassed if people watch her undress]]. Also, on one occasion, a character [[AccidentalPervert accidentally bumps into her]] when she's naked as she freaks out as if he did it on purpose. Later chapters of the story hint that Toru has some sort of [[LightEmUp light-manipulation ability]], with one side effect of that being constant invisibility.
* ''Adam and Eve'', a manga series created by Ryoichi Ikegami and Hideo Yamamoto, features an invisible man and an invisible woman (only their shoes and gloves are ever seen) who attack the {{Yakuza}}. The last panel of the first volume shows wet prints left by bare human feet.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Classically averted in ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''. Sue's always been able to extend her field to whatever mundane outfit she has on (and much further if she so chooses). However, it's played straight a few times in the movies for {{Fanservice}}.
** The ''ComicBook/Marvel1602'' version of Susan Storm has no unstable molecule costume, but this isn't much of a problem since she can't turn ''visible''. Until the first time she activates her forcefield...
** The original script for ''The Fantastic Four'' said that Sue would be permanently invisible, and unable to make anything else invisible, so she would have to strip down every time she wanted to disappear. Creator/StanLee commented in the script that this might be too sexy for comics.
** ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #34, a SelfParody issue, has a one-off joke of Reed Richards not inventing unstable molecules. Sue is visible as a suit of clothes because of modesty. There's also male FanService of her brother, who finds himself naked when he flames off.
** And playing with this trope and TheNudifier, Susan can turn clothes of other people invisible while the people themselves stay normal.
* Infamously inverted in ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' -- her ''plane'' was invisible, ''she'' wasn't, so in general, it just looked like a mysterious squatting woman shooting through the air. The plane is later retconned to make its contents invisible, too.
* Creator/MiloManara's ''ComicBook/{{Butterscotch}}'' is an example of pornographic use of this trope. It features, among other things, a woman giving the invisible character a blowjob while other characters, unaware of the invisible man's presence, look in bafflement at her "lewd mime act."
* The Invisible Man (an alternate version of the original one) in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' must strip down to best take advantage of his condition. He was originally found wandering a girl's dorm nude... impregnating several of the girls (which they took as miracles).
* Inverted in ''ComicBook/TheBod,'' a short three-part miniseries in Creator/ImageComics. The story is about a rising supermodel whose body gets turned invisible due to an industrial accident shortly after she arrives at Hollywood to have her big break as an actress. She wears lots of very form-fitting clothing to show off her beautiful body as she tries to use her new, incurable condition as a gimmick to further her career. The rest of the trope -- that of the woman's invisibility not extending to her clothing, is played completely straight. Unfortunately, so are the TrueArtIsIncomprehensible and SmallNameBigEgo tropes -- the series quickly degenerates to a series of {{Take That}}s about how horrible Hollywood's culture is.
* Inverted in ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'': the suit of the eponymous heroine can turn invisible. ''Just'' the suit -- the wearer remains completely visible. Given that [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Emp gets her powers from her suit]] and loses them when it's damaged, it can actually be useful.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Sturmtruppen}}'', at one point the Medic believes to have drunk the Potion of Invisibility, and boasts about it in front of his underlings. When they say that they can still see him, he assumes that is because he's still wearing his clothes, so he strips naked and boast again his presumed invisibility to the now stunned assistants. From that strip on, he firmly believes that he has to [[NakedPeopleAreFunny strip in order to become invisible.]]
* In the Italian comic book ''La Donna Invisibile'', the heroine, Nadine Roland, is given a formula for pills that make her invisible for 15 minutes. In order for the pill to work, she has to be naked, and on at least one occasion she's still naked when the invisibility wears off.
* In ''ComicBook/CyberForce'', Sly could make herself almost completely invisible, but had to be naked to do so and could lose her invisibility if her concentration was broken.
* In Franchise/ArchieComics' ''Sabrina at Gravestone Heights 91313'', Sabrina is friends with a perpetually invisible girl named [[http://www.dustbury.com/gfx/cleara.gif Cleara Glass]], whose clothes and makeup are always visible. In one story, Cleara wears a mask to appear as a redhead girl.
* In ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou'', Spirou and Vertignasse offer Suzette to try the invisibility machine for some candies. But they can still see her because her clothes are visible, so she begins stripping. Then she has an EurekaMoment when Spirou is definitely too excited for seeing flying panties.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Done repeatedly in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. Of course, Calvin isn't really invisible in any of these {{Imagine Spot}}s...
* ''ComicStrip/{{Yenny}}'' had an arc lasting from October to November 2005 in which Yenny mistakenly drinks her friend's invisibility potion. She decides to walk around nude and spy on Kelso and Margot.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Paul in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' and other stories. That's because he wears an illusion for clothing anyway, so he just switches his clothing illusion for invisibility.
* Taylor in the ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10964294/1/First-Witch First Witch]]'' can shift into parallel dimension, becoming invisible for everyone in the "normal" one, but can't take anything with her, forcing her to move around naked. [[PrehensileHair Another power]] allows her to act as a cape.
* The plot of [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12737056/1/Beware-Of-What-You-Can-t-See this]] ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' fanfic revolves around Dib discovering a spell that turns the user invisible, but excludes their clothing. He's too aware about the potential downfalls to use it, but Gaz is more willing to take the risk. As thus, HilarityEnsues.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}},'' Carl [[PunnyName Cristall]] is an invisible talk show-host who can be detected by his floating shirt and hat -- but no pants. His hatred of pants becomes a RunningGag up until the end of the movie.
* It's alluded to in ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' with the Invisible Man. His presence is indicated by a pair of floating EyeGlasses, and the one time he wears clothes is for the sake of a gag where he gets his pants pulled down and claims shrinkage. Later on, while preparing for the main event, he powders his ass just to make it clear there's nothing else there.
* {{Averted}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Violet Parr's powers don't affect her civilian clothes, but by the time the plot's rolling and she needs to turn totally invisible, Edna Mode has made her [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper a super-suit]] that vanishes with her.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This trope was played straight in the campy 1940 science fiction satire ''The Invisible Woman'', as the title heroine, while able to turn invisible, was naked when she did so as her clothes could not turn invisible along with her, making many audiences at the time regard the film as slightly risqué.
* In the 1941 comedy ''The Body Disappears'', the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter injects herself with her father's invisibility serum to rescue her boyfriend, who was also made invisible. While nude and invisible, she gets into a convertible and DrivesLikeCrazy, to the horror of a man who had been hiding in the back seat.
* Invisible Boy from ''Film/MysteryMen'', whose clothes apparently just fall off him when he uses his power (which works only when he's not being watched by anybody, [[spoiler:making it good only for fooling purely mechanical surveillance]]).
* In the 1980s comedy ''The Invisible Kid'', the boy heroes have to sneak around nude and invisible, partly to steal back the invisibility formula and, given that this is a Teen Sexploitation Comedy, partly to peep on the cheerleaders.
* Mostly averted in ''Film/MemoirsOfAnInvisibleMan'': Chevy Chase's [[MagicPants outfit was hit by the same invisibility beam]]. Understandably, he occasionally has trouble ''finding'' his invisible clothes, and any outfit other than the one he was wearing when he became invisible remains visible after he puts it on.
* ''The Man Who Wasn't There'', a 1983 film, did this as well. More [[{{Fanservice}} the female character]] than the male character, mind you.
* Ditto from 1983, ''The Invisible Woman''. In a SpecialEffectFailure, you can tell that Alexa Hamilton is clothed after she gets CoveredInMud.
* Similarly, in ''Film/TheInvisibleMan'' while the character is implicitly stated to be nude, he leaves shoe prints in the snow. This is an interesting SpecialEffectsFailure.[[note]]The footprints were done by pulling footprint-shaped cutouts out of the floor of the set, letting the fake snow collapse into them; either through miscommunication or the need to get the job done quickly, simple shoe prints were done instead of more complex bare footprints.[[/note]]
* ''Film/HollowMan'', being a by-the-books use of {{invisibility}}, has this in it. Of course, the "mission" in this example is, er, rape, but... yeah. The CG of the character walking through smoke or entering water clearly shows the [[MaleFrontalNudity penis]], in case there was any doubt in your mind.
* ''Film/InvisibleMom'' does this. In the sequel, Laura's invisibility wears off while she's walking around naked.
* ''Film/FantasticFour2005'': In Susan Storm's first attempt to use her invisibility to sneak past a crowd, she finds her clothes don't cloak with her and reluctantly starts stripping down. Unfortunately, she's not yet in full control of her powers and they wear off while she's down to her underwear... and still in said crowd. A later gag has her being chased by reporters, who round the corner and find only a pile of shed clothing. Luckily for her and the other three, her blue bodysuit she was wearing during the shuttle flight where she gained her powers underwent the same reaction and so changes along with her.
* Rodney Skinner, the invisible man, in ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in one scene where he's performing recon in frozen Mongolia.
-->'''Skinner:''' May I remind you, I ''am'' standing naked in the snow? I can't feel any of my extremities, and I mean ''any'' of them.
* In ''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon'', the "Son of the Invisible Man" thinks he's this, but he's not actually invisible, so he just ends up making everyone around him uncomfortable.
* The title character of ''Film/{{Paul}}'' can stay invisible only as long as he holds his breath, so he does get caught naked in public a few times. It's not really an issue though, since people are too caught up in his being an alien to care that he's naked.
* In ''Film/BradleysSummer'', the invisibility potion doesn't make clothes invisible, so Bradley has no choice but to take them off when he uses it.
* A Japanese film whose title translates to ''Oh! Invisible Man! Invisible Girl Appeared!?'' concerns a man and his teenage daughter who become invisible after ingesting pills made from salmon roe.
* Michele in ''Film/IlRagazzoInvisibile'', at least until he gets his costume.
* The Major in the 2017 movie adaptation of ''Film/GhostInTheShell'' can cloak her cybernetic body, but needs to disrobe before she can actually make use of it in combat (which, since she's played by Creator/ScarlettJohansson, is definitely [[{{Fanservice}} a good thing]]). Certain full-contact actions like jumping through a window disrupt her nigh-invisibility even so.

* The TropeMaker would be Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'', who hides from the rioting peasants by stripping naked. In winter. [[UnbuiltTrope One of the few examples to take into account the elements, as well as other things such as being unable to walk amongst a crowd (people would step on him and hit him with waving arms/purses/packages/etc.), having to avoid mud (it sticks to the feet), etc., etc.]] FridgeLogic suggests that Griffin was holding the IdiotBall when his actions created this trope, as the original novel's invisibility-induction process also worked on ''white fabrics''. Griffin was always a bit of a nutcase, so his failure to create a suit of invisible clothes may have been a simple oversight. (Later adaptations avert this problem by making the source of his invisibility a drug, effective only on living things.)
* The ultimate subversion is ''Literature/MemoirsOfAnInvisibleMan'' (later turned into a [[TheFilmOfTheBook mediocre Chevy Chase movie]]). The accident that turns the titular man invisible affects everything in a sphere roughly 100 feet across: him, his clothes, the building structure, and a number of objects that happened to be nearby. When he eats and drinks, until it is digested fully, the food/beverage does ''not'' become invisible. His invisible clothes suffer wear and tear. His invisible gun will eventually run out of invisible bullets. And, with the government after him, it's not like he can just live at his old house or sneak into places at will. The author does quite well at thinking out the rules and limitations of the premise.
* ''Literature/ThingsNotSeen'':
** Bobby sneaks over to the library to research his condition. In a slight subversion, a blind girl, Alicia, notices him. This is how Alicia finds out that something's not quite right with Bobby; after touching his bare arm, she finds it odd enough that he's supposedly in a short-sleeved shirt in cool weather, but when she bumps into him at one point and feels his bare chest, she gets furious at him being shirtless and starts making assumptions about what kind of person he is and what his intentions are, which ultimately leads to the quote.
--->'''Alicia:''' So... so you're really...\\
'''Bobby:''' Invisible.\\
'''Alicia:''' ... naked?\\
'''Bobby:''' Yeah. That too.
** Another person with the same condition is said to wear a burqa all the time so that nobody will know she's invisible.
* In ''Literature/TheTroubleWithMoonlight'', the heroine, Lusinda Havershaw, her skin turns invisible when exposed to moonlight, but her clothes don't become invisible with her. Works out well, since she's a [[GentlemanThief gentlewoman thief]]. Getting the loot out is kind of a complication, however, since in order to stay invisible she has to remain in the moonlight. See she needs to absorb a certain amount of moonlight in order to turn invisible in the first place, and she can remain invisible if she absorbs enough of it, but if she's away from the moonlight for too long she gradually becomes visible, leading to a few NakedPeopleAreFunny moments as her glorious body is glimpsed however briefly by the public a few times when she is cut off from the moonlight for too long.
* Mostly averted in ''Literature/InvisibleInc'': Chip fell into the magic spring while fully dressed, and has kept that set of clothes safe ever since. Of course, once he grows a bit... Played straight in the first volume, at least in the first printing. Chip's invisible clothes don't show up until the second book of the series, probably due to complaints from MoralGuardians. The RetCon is hardly noticeable because the first book was silent on the subject. Apparently it was the reaction to the implication that Chip was naked in the first book that convinced them to explicitly state he wasn't in the second.
* In ''Literature/{{Smoke}}'' by Donald Westlake, a small-time crook accidentally gets turned invisible after getting turned into a guinea pig by two CampGay (yes, it becomes relevant) skin cancer researchers. Westlake obviously did his research, as the titular character has to deal with all of the troubles of invisibility including exposure to the elements, having to fast to avoid having half-digested food showing, and being noticed at one point by a blind man.
* In the short story ''Literature/HersheysKisses'' by Ron Goulart (contained in ''The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy II'' by Michael Ashley et al.), a young man in trouble with his (young, hot, female, hates him) new boss runs into a wizard. He ends up trying to save his career by doing this, breaking & entering, and kissing the magic tattoo on her butt [[RuleOfThree three times]] as she sleeps. It wears off prematurely: It turns out she'd hired the wizard in a gambit to get him to her apartment, naked, as he failed to [[ObliviousToLove recognize her previous hints]]. They find out about the other gambit when the camera crew bursts out of the closet.
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' novel ''Pack Animals'', Ianto Jones is invisible for about half of the book. At one point he must sneak into a secret facility and is forced to do so nude, since his invisible clothes were ruined. His teammates also bar him from eating anything beforehand, as a floating blob of digesting food would be noticeable (not to mention disgusting).
* {{Subverted}} in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''My Best Friend Is Invisible'': the protagonist awkwardly asks the invisible boy if he's wearing any clothes. He is.
* DoubleSubverted in one of R.L. Stine's ''Literature/GhostsOfFearStreet'' books (''Go to Your Tomb—Right Now!'') Magic allows two friends to turn invisible for twelve hours; it causes whatever clothes they put on to turn invisible with them, then suddenly turn visible when they undress. Unfortunately, the two decide to take advantage of a closed community pool by going swimming in their underwear. When two of the people who run the pool show up, the friends can't find a way to escape unnoticed--and of course, ''that's'' when their 12 hours expire.
* In Neal Shusterman's ''Literature/TheSchwaWasHere'', Calvin Schwa gets through two and a half periods of the school day before anyone notices he is present and only wearing a Speedo. (He's not completely invisible; it's more that you have to focus on him to notice him.)
* ''Literature/WildCards'':
** Played with: Wraith is a ClassyCatBurglar who turns semi-transparent and intangible. However, as she can only do so while holding on to a certain amount of mass and she'd actually like to get away with some of her stolen goods, she performs most of her heists in a mask and bikini.
** The series also features an inversion similar to the ''Vanishing Man'' example listed below -- Chrysalis, a Joker whose invisibility is always on and only applies to her skin and hair.
* In one of ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' novels, the book's protagonist finds a LostColony whose settlers have gained strange powers after landing. One of these groups calls themselves Shadows and have invisibility powers, along with empathy and healing. While averted with the inhabitants of the City, who ''don't'' walk around naked and generally avoid turning invisible if they can help it, many colonists went mad after the mutation and live in the wild. The wild Shadows almost never become visible and run around naked.
* Averted/Lampshaded in ''Literature/InvisibleStanley'', where Stanley's clothes explicitly disappear when he puts them on and reappear as soon as he takes them off. His family tries handing him a balloon, and the string disappears when he touches it, but not the balloon itself. (He touches various other things without them turning invisible, though.)
* In ''Invisible! by Robert Swindles'', the main characters turn invisible with the use of a ring called a fairy ring. This invisibility doesn't affect their clothes. It also should be noted that the main characters are invisible but they can still see each other in this state.
* In ''Literature/TheAccidentalSuperheroine'', this seems to be the first stage of Mira's and Giancarlo's powers. They become completely invisible (including things that they've eaten, but not clothing) and unable to turn it off. The government forces trying to capture them utilize spray-cans and hoses of blue paint to place them. It's later hinted that their transformation also removes any smell to them unless they remember to do things like sweat.
* ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Millard Nullings, whose peculiarity is invisibility. He's constantly being chastised by Miss Peregrine for loitering around naked.
-->'''Miss Peregrine:''' How many times must I tell you, polite persons do not take their supper in the nude!
* In Natalie Whipple's ''Transparent'', the heroine, Fiona [=McClean=], was born invisible, and dropped on her head the moment she was born because the doctor couldn't see her. Her bodily fluids are invisible, and is capable of making other things invisible, so food turns invisible as she chews it, and makeup and sunscreen only stay on her skin for a short time before getting absorbed by her skin/sweat. Her clothing is not invisible, so she takes off her clothes if she needs to hide.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Averted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' in the episode "Gone". Buffy is shot by an invisibility ray which also turns her clothes invisible too because it was within the blast radius.
-->'''Buffy:''' Don't strain yourself looking, Xander. I'm invisible girl.
-->(Xander holds his hands out)
-->'''Buffy:''' Uh, Xander?
-->(Xander quickly pulls his hands back)
-->'''Xander:''' Sorry! Her clothes are ... invisible ... too.
* In the "Linda Godiva" episode of ''Series/RoundTheTwist'', Linda has to help cheat at a horse race this way, using an enchanted perfume spritzer. Of course, her brother accidentally deactivates it at exactly the wrong time.
* Clara from ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' is unable to use her invisibility while she's being observed, and she uses it to steal and spy at first. When Will and Druit come to recruit her, the "no clothes" is lampshaded, and they turn on the sprinkler to find her. When completing her mission, she persuades Will to strip so she's not alone ([[{{fanservice}} he doesn't have the power of invisibility]]). She's the granddaughter of Nigel Griffin, the original invisible man, who was one of the Five who injected themselves with a vampire-derived serum. And yes, Griffin used to strip to fully use his power, such as when infiltrating German camps during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', a 1970s Creator/{{NBC}} series, had this come up -- until the hero gained MagicPants.
* Averted in the 1958 British ''Invisible Man'' series, where Dr. Peter Brady had a set of invisible clothes from the beginning: the clothes he was wearing during the accident. Like him, they were ''permanently'' invisible.
* Averted in the 2000 ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' TV series: The hero turns invisible by secreting a light-bending substance from his skin granted via a gland surgically implanted in his brain. Naturally, this substance also covers his clothes.
** This was revealed to be a nice side effect that the creators of the gland didn't know about. They didn't realize he could consciously secrete Quicksilver on any object.
** Recurring villain Arnaud plays it straight when he implants himself with his own version of the quicksilver gland. He altered the gland to remove [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity the rather unpleasant side effect of "quicksilver madness"]] (easy enough, since Arnaud had ''created'' that side effect in the first place), but accidentally made it so that his body is permanently invisible in the process.
* The 1998 ITV drama ''Vanishing Man'' played not only this trope but also JustAddWater -- the title character has to be wet to be invisible. [[HilarityEnsues This led to some funny moments]] when he dries out. ''For example'', when he's following someone in a car by clinging to the roof rack, said car overtakes a lorry, much to the lorry driver's shock he is overtaken by a car with a naked man clinging to the roof rack; thankfully it starts to rain before the car reaches its destination.
* In an episode of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Justin is turned invisible by Alex's careless wording of a wish to a LiteralGenie. Justin strips off his pyjamas so his parents won't notice him, leaving him naked in a room with his parents and his sister. HilarityEnsues as Alex attempts to prevent the parents from accidentally sitting on him, etc.
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles''. Two moronic brothers find an actual genie, and begin asking for wishes, with [[LiteralGenie typical results]]. One brother asks to become invisible. He immediately strips down and goes out to have fun with his newfound power. He has a great time for about five minutes, then gets hit by a truck. Scully has to fingerprint dust the entire body just to see it, and is completely flummoxed by being confronted by something that is clearly physically impossible.
* On an episode of ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'', a longtime rival of Merton develops abilities for sorcery and uses them against him by (no surprise) gradually turning him invisible. Merton is reduced to a "floating" head hiding inside Tommy's backpack and, to Tommy's disgust, admits his nakedness. [[HoYay Shippers swoon.]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Planet of the Daleks" mainly averts this with the Spiridons but plays it straight with Wester's first appearance, or rather, the lack thereof, so to speak. Then subverted when the Doctor & Co. try to pass themselves off as Spiridons, by covering themselves with Spiridon garb, but a Dalek notices that the party's feet are clearly visible.
%%* Elaine Joyce plays the trope straight in an episode of ''Series/FantasyIsland''.
* There was a Japanese TV drama series in the 1990s (does anyone know the title?) about a photojournalist who had special pills that made him briefly invisible. In one episode, the photojournalist's girlfriend takes some of the pills and becomes invisible. While nude and invisible, she pulls pranks such as pushing a couple off their bench into a swimming pool.
%%* ''Series/ToumeiShoujoEa'': This trope was the premise of the show.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Wishful Thinking", this is how the invisibility of one of the users of the magic wishing well works.
* In the ''Series/WickedScience'' episode "Catch Me If You Can", Elizabeth invents an invisibility gel that doesn't work on clothes, so she walks around school in the nude to spy on Toby's date with Nikky for much of the boy's embarassement when he realizes it. As the episode ends, however, she is [[NakedPeopleTrappedOutside locked outside the shop where she put her clothes]] and the rain makes her visible again, leaving her totally exposed.
* On ''Series/TheFlash2014'', this is how the Earth-2 version of Linda Park/Dr. Light escapes her capture by the heroes. Her cell seems empty except for her helmet and suit, and then she escapes when people investigate.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The French band Neïmo use this trope in the video for their song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcWMPWi8A4w "Hot Girl"]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', Innistrad's [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220041 Invisible Stalker]], if the flavor text is any indication.
* ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'': one of the powers available to Prometheans, Cameleon Skin, allows them to [[ChameleonCamouflage change the texture of their skin so they will better blend in with the environment]]. For obvious reasons, clothes make this ability considerably less effective, forcing the ones using it to strip naked.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Even ''Princess Peach'' gets in on this one. In ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door]]'', she has to sneak into the X-Naut leader's office by using an invisibility potion. Of course, she doesn't realize until it's too late that her clothing won't be affected. She does remember to dress back up before she drinks the potion that will make her visible again; it ''is'' an E-rated game, after all.
* In Microforum International's {{mobile phone game}}s ''The Invisible Man'' and ''The Invisible Lady'', the player character is nude and invisible, and must collect clothing and four antidote ingredients to become visible again.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' and ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' feature an enemy called "Invisible Man", who is wearing a trenchcoat, hat, and pants when you enter the room, but he quickly [[BattleStrip drops them]] and charges at you, [[FullFrontalAssault naked]] and invisible. (You can still make him out by his blurry outline.)
* The invisibility StatusEffect in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' is useless if the player insists on wearing their armor. While undressing from armor may not be a problem for a player, some mobs have [[http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/File:Invisible_sheep.png natural "armor"]] that makes them visible whether they are inflicted with the status effect or not.
* ''VideoGame/AdventuresInTheGalaxyOfFantabulousWonderment'': Hole, the communications officer, is invisible except for his eyebrows. He's sometimes called upon to get naked for stealth purposes, but he's very much not happy about it.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Mr. Invisible of ''Webcomic/TheIncredibleAndAweInspiringSerialAdventureOfTheAmazingPlasmaMan'' reluctantly admits that he is in fact naked.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' turns this trope on its head: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0025.html "Armor Begone"]], the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Elan learns that [[RPGMechanicsVerse wearing less armor makes a person harder to notice]].
-->'''Elan:''' Wooooo! I'm invisible!! You can't see me!\\
'''Roy:''' [[{{Squick}} How I wish that were true]].
* In ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', while he isn't actually invisible, no-one can SEE him... [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1795#comic link]]
* No less a sex symbol than ''Webcomic/TheEasyBreather'' [[http://easybreather.comicgenesis.com/d/20080623.html plays it straight]]. The trope is revisited in the chapter "[[http://easybreather.comicgenesis.com/d/20100111.html Invisible Again]]" and in "[[http://easybreather.comicgenesis.com/d/20111102.html Memoirs of an Invisible Woman]]".
%%* Can be seen... ahem... ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' used it [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4833549/ here]] and the next page.
* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{Enjuhneer}}'': Kaji, the invisible roommate, gets offended early in the series when someone assumes she's walking around nude (she later wears a Santa cap to show where she is). Possibly averted, however, as later she insists that she "even bothered to put on pants" when she was forced out into public.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/AlienLovesPredator'', where Preston's cloaking device doesn't affect his clothes or glasses, but he doesn't notice, and can't understand why people can see him.
* ''Webcomic/TheYoungProtectors'' plays this completely straight. While Kyle is on a date in Hong Kong with Duncan, two vigilante heroes crash the restaurant to take out Duncan [[spoiler: or pretend to do so, on Duncan's orders]]; Kyle is instructed by Duncan to leave and promptly gets a bag of invisibility powder tossed on him. Unfortunately, his clothing is still visible, prompting him to frantically strip as he (blue and naked for our viewing convenience) runs through the streets of Hong Kong. When it wears off, naturally, he's standing in front of Duncan.
* We only see the aftermath, but [[http://static.nichtlustig.de/toondb/080812.html this strip]] of German webcomic ''[[Webcomic/{{Nichtlustig}} Notfunny Cartoons]]'' (mildly NSFW) shows two old scientists [[NakedPeopleAreFunny waiting at a bus stop stark naked]], with their dialogue implying that they were doing this. Here's a rough translation:
-->'''Scientist 1:''' All right, you were right. The invisibility machine only makes you invisible for two hours.\\
'''Scientist 2:''' ''[[[ComicallyMissingThePoint happily]]]'' I WAS RIGHT!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* This happens in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'': Evolution, when Jay Harland's "Nocturnal Invisibility" kicks in. It then turns into FullFrontalAssault when he attacks Ashlie Jackson.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-347 SCP-347, the Invisible Woman]].
* ''[[http://wat.midco.net/jvipond/fanwork/mmi00.html Mr. & Mrs. Invisible]]'' is an ongoing sci-fi/comedy story about a couple who become invisible after they drink an exotic herbal tea.
* [[http://www.creativeintelligencesolutions.com/Creative_Intelligence_Solutions/Wanna_be_INVISIBLE.html Creative Intelligence Solutions]] offers novelty costumes that create the illusion of an invisible wearer. The costumes include not only a generic invisible man and invisible woman, but also a cowboy and Music/LadyGaga.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The episode "Good Times with Weapons" has [[{{Squick}} Cartman]] trying to do this. [[HilarityEnsues Which turns out badly]] -- he got so caught up in the mission that he forgot he and his friends were only ''pretending'' to be ninjas with superpowers.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': Inverted, much like the case of Wonder Woman's infamous invisible jet, when the cloaking device on the Megadoomer makes the ''vehicle'' invisible but the ''pilot'' can be seen floating in the air as the transparent mecha stomps down the street. HilarityEnsues.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick buy an invisibility spray and take off their clothes before using it because the spray stains clothes. Of course, being the imbeciles they are, they end up spraying their clothes anyway.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': The villain in "Evil Boyfriend" does this after consuming the invisibility potion. However, for some reason, he is clothed when he turns visible again.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBigKnights'': The Knights use magic invisibility hats to go spying in a neighbouring kingdom, and have to remove their armour and underwear to remain invisible. It's not terribly effective, as they [[DumbMuscle aren't the brightest pair]] and still stomp around bellowing and waving their swords, even doffing their hats to a group of shocked {{nuns|AreFunny}}.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Eustace is forced to strip when he has to turn invisible to save Muriel from the {{government|Conspiracy}}. He keeps wearing his hat and glasses though and [[TheGuardsMustbeCrazy the guards]] [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight don't think anything is strange]]. Oddly enough, when Eustace [[ItMakesSenseinContext gets turned into a gold statue]], he's wearing boxers.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' had Todd become one in the episode ''Todd Busters'', when he used Agent K's invisibility hat. For unexplained reasons the hat itself does turn invisible along with the wearer, but the rest of his clothes don't, so he has to take them off. In the end he loses the hat and is exposed nude to an audience.
* Sid the Invisible Kid from ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' apparently doesn't wear pants, as all the rest of his clothes are visible.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', Rollo is told he's invisible and spends the rest of the episode running around naked, trying to play pranks on people. It's unclear whether he thinks he has to take off his clothes to remain unseen or whether he just wants to do it, given that supposedly no one can see him.
* The writers totally screwed this up in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' where George is turned invisible by one of Mr. Spacely's inventions and needs to fix it to turn visible. At first, it doesn't work on his clothes, and he has to take them off to sneak around invisible. However, at certain times in the cartoon the effect wears off, and in a couple of scenes, he's naked (only the top half of his body visible, of course) while in others he's fully clothed, wearing his usual outfit.