To be alive, you basically need two things: a living spirit/mind, and a fully functioning body. Note that clothing is not included in there. When people are born as babies, they're [[TruthInTelevision naturally]] NakedOnArrival, and the same often goes for resurrections, unless the force that brings people back to life is feeling extra generous to give them a spare set of clothing on top of that. When it's not, expect ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing to precede this trope in some manner.

This trope can be symbolic of the character's rebirth into the living world, of course, or serve to show how fragile life is by having them be vulnerable upon being thrust back into the world. Fanservice is also a contributing factor.

May often involve a FetalPositionRebirth. The super trope to this is NakedOnArrival.

Note that there may be '''spoilers''' ahead: we're going to have to talk about death if we talk about resurrection.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''BattleAngelAlita'': In the final book of the pre-''Last Order'' series, [[spoiler:Alita is destroyed saving the Earth, and is effectively "regrown" out of the resulting "tree's" nanomachine system. In the last frames, Figure pulls her out of a cocoon and she falls out, nude.]]
* ''Manga/VampireHunterD: Bloodlust'' gave us the Vampire Carmilla, reviving herself out of pure blood, naked in a casket.
* Not immediately apparent, but the hero of ''{{Manga/Guyver}}'' is killed when his control metal is ripped out of his head and his body consumes itself. A new body later forms from the control metal itself, but when the Guyver armor recedes, he's naturally without clothing.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Yami Yugi's FetalPositionRebirth during the Doma saga. Of course, it got cut by the North American dub.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. [[spoiler:Alphonse Elric]] at the end of the manga. They were nice enough to throw a blanket over the severely-malnourished body though.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
** Shinji gets absorbed into his Eva which leaves his plugsuit behind, which can be seen floating in the plug. Later on, the Eva's core spits him back out naked. Makes sense when you consider [[spoiler:that he's literally coming out of his mom a second time]].
** Surprisingly averted in ''End of Evangelion'' where both Shinji and Asuka come out of [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]] with their respective clothes: Shinji with his trademark white shirt and black pants, Asuka with her plugsuit and lots of bandages. Doesn't make sense since their physical bodies were destroyed (when Instrumentality begins, we see [[EmptyPilesOfClothing piles of clothing soaking in pools of LCL that's actually the wearer's physical body broken down into primordial soup]]) and Shinji's clothes should be in Unit-01's entry plug which is [[spoiler:currently floating in outer space]].
** Played straight at the end of ''Rebuild 2.0'': [[spoiler:Rei was wearing her plugsuit when Zeruel ate her Eva but is naked when Shinji rescues her from the Angel's core]].
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' [[spoiler: After summoning the spirit of [[TheFourGods Suzaku]], Miaka's first wish was to return Yui, who had been absorbed by Seriyuu a few epsiodes ago. As her brother and his friend were headed to her location, they see a light and from there was Yui, who was without clothes.]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': This happens to Kikyō for her resurrection, since her bones had been used to essentially create a golem. By the time they track down her {{Reincarnation}} Kagome to put her soul into the new body she's acquired a set of traditional {{Miko}} clothing.
* ''{{Dragonball}}'': Averted by Polunga when he revives Krillin after Namek and throws some clothes on him "as a bonus."
* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'': Averted in the manga, but played straight in the anime when the [[GenderBender now-female]] Hazumu is revived after being crushed by Jan-Puu's spaceship form.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': [[spoiler:Asura]], who then makes ImprovisedClothes [[spoiler:[[{{Squick}} out of his own skin]]'', and f if that wasn't gross enough said skin had actually been the bag holding him during his imprisonment.]]
* Happened to Clare from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' when she was brought back from her fusion with the Destroyer (where she existed as a consciousness only while her original body was dissolved), when she was brought back to perfectly recreated original body she was not only [[FanService missing her clothes]] but also the [[FanDisservice stitches that were keeping shut the wound across the entire front of her body]].
* In ''Anime/DogDays'', when Valério Calvados and Adelaide Grand Marnier are revived from their tombs, they emerge naked. The witnesses to both revivals freak out, but they just nonchalantly create new outfits with their magic.
* ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'': After getting blown up by some missiles, Shiina is reborn, completely naked, on the shore of her grandparents' island.
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': When Takane [[spoiler:is killed, she awakens in the digital world completely naked. She then undergoes a TransformationSequence when she becomes Ene]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When Rogue fell into the Siege Perilous, she was wearing Ms. Marvel's costume. When she was reborn in ''Uncanny ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' #269, she was naked (in the sequence of panels she first appeared as a skeleton, then grew muscles, then skin).
* ComicBook/{{New 52}}: In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' #23, Supergirl's body is dissolved by a machine, leaving her clothes lying in a pile. In ''Supergirl'' #24, her body is restored by the same machine, but she has to manually put on her clothes.
** Also in issue #23, when Cyborg Superman becomes fully biological, his cybernetic parts fall off and he is left naked. He stays naked for the duration until he makes himself a cyborg again in issue #24.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Leeloo in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' is reconstructed FromASingleCell, and naturally clothing doesn't come with that, though the machine puts bandage-clothing on her shortly afterward.
* JackieChan's character in ''The Medallion'' is brought back to life by said magic medallion when he was already at the morgue, his clothes removed from the autopsy. Averted a while later in the movie, when he does the same thing to bring back his love interest shortly after she died (still clothed), his partner even protests saying right away: "But when he came back, he was NAKED!"
* {{Jesus}} is shown naked when he resurrects at the end of ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''.
* [[spoiler:Ella]] in ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* In RogerZelazny's ''Jack of Shadows'', if anyone gets killed before exhausting his finite supply of lives, he is resurrected naked in the Dung Pits of Glyve at the east pole (ItMakesSenseInContext) of the planet.
* Gandalf in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. WordOfGod clarified that when Gandalf said, "Naked I was sent back," he wasn't speaking figuratively.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'': Voldemort's first words upon stepping out of the cauldron he was resurrected in were, "Robe me." In the film version, a fresh set of [[BlackCloak suitably-black]] robes was apparently part of the resurrection package.
* In Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer's ''{{Riverworld}}'' series, the entire population of Planet Earth from all times and eras is resurected for a surprise Afterlife on the Riverworld. On the Day of Awakening, everyone is reborn naked. This causes a lot of ''Angst'' for those from the Victorian and other prudish eras.
* In a non-post-death example, in the novelisation of ''Film/{{Alien}}'' the crew of the ''Nostromo'' comes out of hypersleep in this state of undress.
* Likewise in the Halo universe novels characters are naked upon awaking from cryosleep, except for Spartans who are sometimes frozen in their armor.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The End of Time", when [[spoiler:The Master]] is being restructed by a cult using his ring, [[ShirtlessScene he is shown from the top up without a shirt]].
* Cylon Resurrection works this way in ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', since the Cylons are basically ArtificialHuman clones.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** When Daniel comes back from AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, this trope is in full force. When Daniel later gets the chance to discuss this with another ascended being, she mentions being brought back to life was entirely his idea, but when he protests she admits that the naked part wasn't, so apparently that's just how it works.
** He does it twice, and the second time it's played for laughs, with O'Neill lampshading that he always comes back that way.
* This is what happened to the title character of ''Series/JohnDoe'', [[spoiler:after PHOENIX successfully yo-yoed him into Heaven and back again]].
* ''{{Series/Angel}}'': When Wolfram & Hart resurrected Angel's dam, Darla, she came back nude.
* As did Angel himself in the third season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Technically, he came back from a hell dimension, not actual death, but it was used in the same way.
* [[spoiler:Desmond]] in the ''{{Series/Lost}}'' season 3 premiere is an arguable example. Arguable because we still have [[TheyJustDidntCare no freaking clue as to what really happened there]]. He probably didn't die, but he did have a near-death experience that ''should'' [[NoOneShouldSurviveThat have resulted in his death]], and [[PlotHole he woke up without his clothes anyway]].
* Claire in ''{{Series/Heroes}},'' because her [[WakingUpAtTheMorgue clothes had been removed for autopsy]]. When the branch lodged in the "no HealingFactor if this gets screwed with" part of her brain was removed, she woke up and gave everyone a good scare. However, she's still covered with a cloth at the time -- sorry, no {{Fanservice}}.
* In ''Series/{{Star Trek Voyager}}'', when the Doctor is building a holographic body for the (female) Vidiian doctor, the reconstruction shows the skeleton being constructed, then travels up the body as the musculature is added (looking like a text-book diagram), to finally settle on her face as the skin layer is finally added.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Abaddon returns in the restored naked body of her former vessel.
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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* In Islamic eschatology, the resurrection of the dead will result in everyone being naked, i.e., without any sort of status symbol and thus equal before {{God}}. Given that that they're about to be judged for an eternity in either Heaven or Hell, it's presumed people will be too distracted to leer.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Sindel is revived from a skeleton; we see the muscles and blood vessels forming on her bones, but the camera sticks above the chestline once she has skin.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', Serge is very much naked after the Dragon's tear grows a new body for him. He somehow gains a full set of clothes by the time he walks out to greet his companions.
* In the ''{{VideoGame/Hitman}}'' games, the [[{{AntiVillain}} Anti-Villain]] protagonist Agent 47 can strip most male [[{{NonPlayerCharacter}} NPCs]] of clothing down to their underwear after he sedates or kills them. While they cannot be fully naked, it's amusing to see them waking up (if they were sedated) in a dark alley in underwear and running around covering their crotch.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'', when Caliban and Mell are respectively kicked out of the afterlife onto Earth, they're both starkers.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': When [[spoiler:Roy, the leader of the Order of the Stick,]] is brought back to life, he's totally nude and covered only by a [[{{Pixellation}} blurry section]] near his crotch. Roy says to Belkar that if he could spend some time being dead, they could tolerate a little full frontal.
* This trope was ''fully'' exploited in ''Crushed: The Doomed Kitty'', a now-defunct webcomic by the ''{{Supermegatopia}}'' brothers. Crushed was a female adventurer, and every time she died (which was often), she'd resurrect at the Temple of Infinite Lives, without all her equipment and clothing. She'd have to go back to her previous body to get it all back, just like in ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}''. This also applied to every other adventurer in the comic, and total party wipes were quite common, resulting in a small horde of naked people popping into existence at the temple.
* Tanica, Rina and, in the backstory, Sarin in ''TheDragonDoctors''. Especially Tanica, who had no clothes on revival despite her transformation appearing as bark growing over her, clothes and all.
* In ''TalesOfGnosisCollege'', Professor Corwin's human-reconstitution technology just ''happens'' to work this way.
* Dhur of ''Webcomic/MeatShield'' is brought BackFromTheDead this way too, in a ''{{Film/Terminator}}'' shout out. He also has lost all body hair, which seems to distress him more than the nakedness.
* In ''Webcomic/DungeonsAndDenizens'', whenever Min gets killed by whatever means, he wakes up naked in Seidistica's office (much to his horror). This has also happened to Gazdar at least once.
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