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[[caption-width-right:330:A consequence of [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever growing big]].]]
A character who doesn't really have to be, but usually is, an attractive young woman, through some madcap circumstances is publicly stripped to her underwear. [[NudityTropes Or less]]. The stripped lovely, rather than running off to hide, might be shown as temporarily losing her senses, such as [[NobodyHereButUsStatues standing like a statue]], screaming, gasping, whimpering or shooting he hands all over her body to try to cover every naughty part at once.

Obviously, this tends to be a form of {{Fanservice}} for male viewers, with two exceptions.

If the stripped woman is old, ugly, or even HollywoodHomely, the joke will be less fanservice and more ComedicSociopathy. In fact, in these cases the target of humor might not be the woman herself but male onlookers, who might even start comically looking away and howling in agony, as if they fear the sight will turn them to stone.

If the stripped person is male it will either be a version of the aforementioned Comedic Sociopathy or an opportunity to show that the man is "unmanly." He might, for example, shriek and try to cover his completely decent pectoral muscles.

Note that in order to meet the ramifications of this trope the scenario has to involve a person getting stripped ''through no fault of their own'', either by accident or through the malice of another. The stripping has to be more or less instantaneous and the person has to panic as soon as the exposure is discovered. If any of these criteria are not met, it's a subversion.

Thanks to both feminism and a lingering squeamishness over showing unclothed skin this trope is relatively uncommon in the United States; usually it's present only in works that aren't afraid of coming off as offensive. Filmmakers and TV producers will often opt for something in the same vein but a little tamer, such as the MarilynManeuver.

Arguably a subtrope of HilarityEnsues. Will often (though not necessarily) be performed by a FanserviceExtra. (In-universe, the victim invariably tends to be the AlphaBitch.) Similar to HandOrObjectUnderwear, but in those cases the stripping tends to be self-inflicted or not quite as sudden, and what kids tend to eventually graduate to after gags regarding ComedicUnderwearExposure.

See also WardrobeMalfunction or TheNudifier. For use of this as a ''combat tactic'', see DefeatByModesty.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''ThoseWhoHuntElves'': the main characters strip elven females and the elves get a Naked Freakout.
** In fact, the above image is from Episode 3, where Dihal, the aformentioned elf, is tricked into drinking a magic growth potion dubbed "The Water of the Giants" by Airi. Considering Dihal was needlessly putting the town at risk just to win a bet between herself and Airi, it's practically karmic.
* When Akane walks in on (male) Ranma in the bath in the first episode/chapter of ''RanmaOneHalf'', both simply freeze in place staring at each other's partially nude bodies for several moments before Akane calmly returns to the outer bath room, puts her robe back on, steps out into the hall, closes the door behind her... and then screams her head off.
* Likewise, in ''MahouSenseiNegima'', especially to [[RunningGag Takane]]. Although some of the girls manage to get over this due to the sheer amount of ClothingDamage to which they're subjected.
* This happens in ''MaicchinguMachikoSensei'' whenever the main character ends up naked. Considering this happens OnceAnEpisode, it has featured many subsequent freak outs.
** Although as Machiko is a [[GenkiGirl Genki]] PluckyGirl, her freakouts tend to be a cute pose, her saying [[CatchPhrase "maicchingu!"]] ("Oh, how embarrassing!"), and either smiling or [[MegatonPunch beating the everloving crap out of someone]].
* A non-nude example occurs in ''KeroroGunso'': During the physical exam episode, Fuyuki, while getting dressed, gets knocked outside in his tighty whities in front of his classmates by Keroro. Fuyuki's reaction is what you'd expect.
* This happens to Yoko in ''GurrenLagann''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54JYD7Z8QWw Seen here.]]
* This happens to Nepgear, Uni, Rom and Ram in one chapter of the manga version of ''{{Neptunia}}'': Because their clothes didn't [[MagicPants shrink along with them]] when they were [[FountainOfYouth transformed into babies]], they were obviously naked when they returned to their normal ages.
* Subverted in the manga version of ''Anime/{{Cyborg 009}}''. In the story "Heart of the Machine", a teenage girl who's a mix of BrokenBird and FilleFatale shows up naked save for her stepmother's lacey robe and hits on Albert/004, who is twice her age, and strips naked when [[NotDistractedByTheSexy he doesn't take her bait.]] Despite how she willingly took her robe off in an attempt to taunt him, since he ''still'' refuses to concede, she covers herself and breaks down crying.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Flare}} has one after Damian Pomegranate spritzes her with a green liquid that [[http://www.heroicmultiverse.com/flare/webcomic/index.php?pn=178 dissolves her entire costume, including her gloves, cape and boots]].
* This happens to Plastique when ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} vaporized her clothes to get the bombs she was intending to use to blow up innocent people. Although her reaction was mostly off camera, you get the general idea from a single word balloon.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': The Human Torch once flamed on in a waterpark, forgetting that his trunks weren't unstable molecules. HilarityEnsues.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In many {{fan works}} featuring non-human(oid) characters undergoing HumanityEnsues, these characters may undergo this trope, although it's less from being naked (if whatever turned them didn't grant clothes to them) and more from shock at their new forms.
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[[folder:Film]]
* When an almost completely naked Plenty O'Toole is being given an unfriendly escort out in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', her screaming objection does not go unnoticed.
* Creator/JuliaRoberts had a bit of this when she was caught skinny dipping by Nick Nolte and some Boy Scouts in 1994's ''I Love Trouble''.
* Marvel Ann (Amy Adams) suffers this after suffering a humorous ShamefulStrip in ''Film/PsychoBeachParty''.
* Appeared in some of the JerryLewis comedies of the 1950s and early '60s within the limitations of that era's censorship rules, of course.
* Babs Jansen (Martha Smith) in her final scene in ''Film/AnimalHouse''. Especially funny because the YeahShot for Babs's segment in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue freezes her in that state of undress, [[OffscreenInertia thereby leaving her stuck on the street in her underwear]] ''[[AndIMustScream forever]]''!
* In fact, ''Film/AnimalHouse'' really got the ball rolling on this trope. Countless [[TheEighties 1980s]] teen comedies have scenes like this shoehorned in: ''Zapped!'' (where it's pretty much the ''raison d'etre'' of the plot), ''Film/WeirdScience'', ''BetterOffDead'', etc. The trope in a sense came full circle in 1995 when National Lampoon did it again in ''Senior Trip'' this time with a young [[AcceptableReligiousTargets Mormon]] entertainer who is stripped of her gown during a riot and left in [[OutdatedOutfit women's underwear that's several decades out of date]].
* Barbara Windsor got this in just about every ''Film/CarryOn'' movie she was in. Also Patsy Rowlands in ''Carry On Matron''. One of the many nurses in ''Carry On Nurse'' was stripped by the drunken men in her ward and tied to a bed.
* There's a completely unfunny example near the beginning of ''Film/AClockworkOrange'': A young woman is stripped by a gang of skinhead rapists, and she runs off naked when Alex and his crew arrive on the scene looking for a fight.
* Subverted in TheMovie of ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Pike accidentally rips off part of Buffy's ball gown as she runs off to fight the vampires, [[ShowSomeLeg exposing almost all of her white-stockinged legs]]. But Buffy is so focused on the vampires that she doesn't notice at first - and doesn't care too much when she ''does'' notice.
* ''SlaughterHouseFive'': when Montana Wildhack first discovers herself on Tralfalmadore.
* PlayedForDrama in the "out damned spot scene" of Creator/RomanPolanski's version of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' (though it had less to do with Lady Macbeth's nudity as it merely served as a reflection of her nervous breakdown).
* Subversion in ''AShotInTheDark'' as Clouseau and Maria are in a nudist colony but need to make a hasty retreat in a car...when they get stuck in a city traffic jam they both freak out.
* Jane Sibbett plays the RichBitch in both ''ItTakesTwo'' and ''AuPair'', and suffers the freak out in both films. It Takes Two had Jane lose her dress during a wedding ceremony (this happened right after she was outed for a slew of dastardly deeds, so this is also a version of a ''ShamefulStrip''). In Au Pair, a couple of diabolical kids BoobyTrap a banquet table, hoping to humiliate the MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold. Jane is the AssholeVictim in the wrong place at the wrong time, and sits at the table. Minutes later, her dress is destroyed in front of everyone.
* Kirsten Dunst has a nightmare in the opening of ''Film/BringItOn'' where she suddenly becomes naked in front of her entire school during a cheer leader performance, with only her pom-poms to cover her while the school alternates between laughing at her and admiring her.
* This is played for laughs in ''{{WesternAnimation/Brave}}''. Elinor's transformation into a bear results in none of her clothes fitting her anymore, being a 10-ft-tall, 500-lb beast and all. Bear!Elinor, still a proper lady on the inside, is bereaved by this and desperately tries to cover herself with a bedsheet. When Merida offends her by yanking it away to get her to stop going the wrong way when escaping the castle, Merida angrily hisses "You're covered with fur! You're not naked!".
* ''My Fellow Americans'' had former Presidents James Garner and Jack Lemmon cornering an evil White House henchman while he's in bed with his beautiful blonde girlfriend - and she storms off into the bathroom whimpering while trying to cover herself with the sheets.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* One of the illustrations for DaveBarry's ''Babies and Other Hazards of Sex'' parodies a common picture from sex-ed textbooks by showing the people in the picture as doing this.
* In ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien,'' Peter, a sixth-grader who has been voluntarily abducted by aliens, has a mild one when he's put in TheNudifier in order to be "decontaminated" of potentially dangerous germs; it's pretty clear the aliens are monitoring him while this happens. After a moment he tries to console himself with the fact that, well, back on Earth he'd have had to start changing for gym soon, and at least the aliens probably weren't going to make fun of him or snap wet towels at his butt.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the season one finale of ''Series/NedAndStacy'' titled, appropriately, "The End", featured Stacy (a pre-fame Debra Messing) walking out of her bed room completely naked after a passionate day of lovemaking with her boy toy - only to be caught by her husband Ned and his bosses. Naturally, Stacy's complete and utter sexual humiliation was played for laughs.
* A trademark gag on ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''.
* This happened at least once on ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''. Someone slipped on the floor and grabbed a curtain to try to break his fall, pulling the curtain all the way down to reveal that a group of young women were changing their clothes behind it.
* On an episode of ''FamilyMatters'', ExtravertedNerd Steve Urkel was up to his usual bumbling antics and lurched around a classroom wreaking havoc. He eventually ripped the dress off a HollywoodHomely teacher, leaving her in "granny nightshirt"-type underwear.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' has Samantha befriend a beleagured magician who is being exploited by his scheming, vain assistant. On learning how the assistant plans to use him, Samantha magics the assistant's gown to rip off in front of the audience, revealing that the assistant wears a girdle.
* This happened all the time to the woman in the ''Series/KennyEverettVideoShow''.
* Walter White in ''Series/BreakingBad''. To avoid suspicion after escaping being kidnapped by Tuco, he tricks his family into thinking he had entered a "fugue state" and came out of it naked in a supermarket.
-->'''Marie:''' [[Funny/LiveActionTV It wasn't Whole Foods, was it?]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': when everyone's nightmares started coming true, Xander enters a classroom and finds himself in only boxer shorts and freaks out royally. To a lesser degree in a later episode, he joins the school swim team, and when encountering the girls while wearing a speedo suit, he goes into a horrified crouch and covers himself with a paddleboard.
* One scene in the opening montage for ''TheManShow'' had a yard worker using his leaf blower to blow off a woman's dress, causing her to assume this pose.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Q2," [[RealityWarper Q's]] [[EnfantTerrible son]] [[NamesTheSame Q]] tries to invoke this with [[MsFanservice Seven of Nine]], but she refuses to play along.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* A regular reaction by women (especially {{Heel}}s) who lose a Bra and Panties Match), although their underwear is often less revealing than the average bikini. And the winner will likely as not rip the rest of her clothes off anyway.
** Subverted all around at the 2005 ''Great American Bash''. [[Wrestling/{{Melina}} Melina Perez]] won the match by stripping off Wrestling/TorrieWilson's pants and top. She then punched Special Guest Referee [[Characters/WWEDivas Candice Michelle]] in a KickTheDog moment, prompting Torrie to retaliate on her friend's behalf by knocking Melina on her ass. Torrie and Candice then stripped off Melina's pants, causing ''her'' to run from the arena in a panic in her bright orange bra and panties. Candice then stripped off ''her'' referee's uniform for no reason, and then she and Torrie both left the arena in their underwear and smiling, despite Torrie having lost the match!
* ProfessionalWrestling is unusual where this trope is concerned in that its victims have tended to be male as often as not. At the WWF/WCW ''[=inVasion=]'' pay-per-view in 2001, someone (probably a plant) showed up at a fan event wearing a WCW T-shirt. One of the WWF wrestlers, indignant, ripped the shirt off -- leaving the now topless guy running off and covering his man-boobs.
* Something like this happened to Wrestling/RickRude once. He started up a gimmick where at every event he'd wear a pair of tights with a different image airbrushed on them, and one time that image was the face of [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts']] wife (Rude's character was a notorious womanizer). Roberts angrily ripped the tights off, causing Rude to run off "bare naked." (Actually, he was wearing flesh-colored panty hose.)
* A particularly infamous male example was Howard "The Fink" Finkel's exposure in 2002. He was competing against Lilian Garcia in a Tuxedo vs. Evening Gown Match for the right to announce the matches on ''Monday Night Raw''. Any hopes of seeing Garcia in her underwear were cruelly and I mean ''cruelly'' dashed when Wrestling/TrishStratus and Wrestling/StacyKeibler interrupted the match, prompting Finkel to insult them. [[MuggingTheMonster Bad idea]]: [[GroinAttack one dropkick to the crotch from Stacy later]], and the Fink was writhing on the mat in agony as all three women worked together to strip off his tuxedo; he was left running from the arena in nothing but revealing red bikini briefs, prompting every mortified observer to reach for the nearest carton of BrainBleach.
* Garcia's panties were finally put before the public view on the episode of ''Monday Night Raw'' immediately after ''[=WrestleMania=] 23'' in 2007 - and yes, the fandom rejoiced, having complained about Garcia's prudery countless times in the past. It actually happened because [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] had gotten his head shaved by Wrestling/BobbyLashley and Creator/DonaldTrump in front of the entire world the night before, forcing him to go everywhere wearing a hat or some other form of headgear. Lashley showed up on the program to snatch off Vince's hat, prompting Vince to desperately look around for something to cover his bald head - and he settled, fatefully, on [[AccidentalPervert sticking his head up Lilian Garcia's skirt]]. This wouldn't necessarily have led to anything if Lilian hadn't [[NeutralFemale stood there helplessly and let Vince get away with it]] and if Lashley hadn't been too GenreSavvy for Lilian's sake and ''ripped the skirt right off'', giving the whole world a good look at the spectacle of Vince's chrome dome wedged between Lilian's black-pantied thighs. It was a rare case of [[MoralDissonance a face wrestler acting like a total dick]] (since Lilian herself has always been a face), as well as of a non-wrestling female face [[ComedicSociopathy being hurt or humiliated for the audience's entertainment]]. Just try to imagine ''that'' being aired on WWE programming nowadays!
* [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-wm.html TNA Knockouts Champion]] Madison Rayne was stripped of her evening gown by Wrestling/MickieJames in a recent episode of ''Thursday Night Impact''.
* Distressingly, this seems to happen regularly to Wrestling/RicFlair, of all people, usually when he's a heel. The basic setup is Flair coming the ring in an Armani suit to taunt another wrestler. The other guy more often than not snap and deliver a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Flair. Being a DirtyCoward, Flair will then try to flee only to have his suit ripped down almost to the underwear level (and generally G-rated underwear at that, such as a white tank top and boxer shorts) and if his opponent is feeling especially vicious, Flair will be made to shed blood as well. [[BloodyHilarious Absurdly large amounts of it]].
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In the musical ''Best Foot Forward'', when the Hollywood actress arrives at the HighSchoolDance, she is stripped of her clothes by the souvenir-seeking preps.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the '80s classic ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}'', you play as one of [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever three gigantic monsters who go about smashing up various cities around North America]]. If you're shot too many times, though, your character turns back into a naked human who sheepishly tiptoes down the street while striking this pose. (That is, in the arcade version. In the home entertainment version, the transformed monster is left in his or her underwear.)
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer is caught shirtless in an intimate moment with Marge in the episode "Natural Born Kissers". He shrieks and covers his nipples with a pair of teacups.
* Happens to Kabuto at the end of [[PixarShorts ''Tokyo Mater'']], which is an extremely embarrassing defeat for a mean Japanese race car who enjoyed [[DefeatbyModesty stripping other cars of their modifications]] after losing to him.
* An odd variation of this occurs in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. In the episode "You Made Me," the character Lemongrab is having an emotional breakdown. He freaks out and defenestrates himself. When he lands on the ground unharmed he immediately opts for dramatically ripping off his clothes, letting them fly away in tattered shreds as he runs wailing into the night, clad only in his undies.
** Happens earlier with the same character in "Too Young." When he was first created by Princess Bubblegum in her laboratory, he was naked. The first thing he did when he came to life was go bonkers, screaming and flapping his arms.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Fear Itself", a demon causes several characters to experience their greatest fears. It causes Colin Weasler's clothes to disappear, making him scream and hide.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''GarnetAndGure'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZfEXpRXMtg This short]] features a regular character scrambling to hide when her calendar shoot is invaded by an unwanted admirer.
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