->''"Not bad for a man in his jim-jams. Very [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Arthur Dent]]. Now'' there's ''a nice man."''\\
--'''Tenth Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion]]"

If there's one thing worse than the advancing hordes of evil turning up on your doorstep and forcing you onto a [[TheHerosJourney long quest to save the world]], it's when it happens [[MustHaveCaffeine before you've even had your coffee]]. You [[TripleShifter finally got a chance to catch some sleep]], and got rudely awoken by TheCall in the middle of the night, telling you to rush out of the house without so much as a chance to get dressed.

Some heroes spend virtually their ''entire adventure'' wearing nothing but their jimmy-jams. On the plus side, they're comfy and warm, and a stylish dressing-gown can lend a touch of the BadassLongcoat. But you do tend to [[BunnyEarsLawyer look a tad ridiculous]], and a dressing-gown over a long nightshirt may be confused with SwordAndSandal wear, the Middle Eastern [[CultureEqualsCostume traditional costume]] descended from it, or [[RobeAndWizardHat wizard robes]].
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!Examples

!!Always pajama-clad

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Technically, Near from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is always in pajamas.
* Averted in ''Anime/PeterPanNoBouken''. The Darling siblings are almost always depicted as this, but in this particular adaptation they manage to get their normal clothes before being whisked away by Peter.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ReidFlemingWorldsToughestMilkman'', who is decidedly NotAMorningPerson, decides one Monday morning that he simply doesn't care, and is going to go to work in his [=PJs=]. This also turns out to be the morning when he meets future love interest Lena.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo''
* Mickey "The Yellow Kid" Dugan at first wore a blue nightgown handed down from an older sister until he switched to his trademark yellow nightshirt.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The kids in ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'': In TheFilmOfTheBook, Coraline Jones wears pajamas for maybe over half the film.
* [[CheerfulChild Boo]] from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' appears to be wearing a pink nightshirt, lavender stockings, and white socks throught the entire film (except when she is wearing a makeshift costume Sulley and Mike made to hide her identity).
* Edmund from ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'', but only when he's a live-action human. He wears doll clothes after being turned into a cartoon cat by the evil owl.
* Wendy, Micheal and John in Disney's "Disney/PeterPan" are in their pajamas for the entire film.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/MirrorMask'': Helena spends well over half her adventure in her pajamas and bunny slippers.
* Arthur Dent in ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' FilmOfTheBook.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* As mentioned above, the Darling children in ''Literature/PeterPan''. Possibly the {{Trope Codifier}}s.
* Scrooge in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is haunted by the spirits during the night before Christmas, so he travels through time wearing his dressing gown.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': Arthur Dent hitchhikes the galaxy in his pajamas and bathrobe. He finally gets a change of clothes in ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish''. In [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the radio series]], [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1 the first book]] and ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', Creator/DouglasAdams wasn't entirely clear what Arthur was wearing; he wrote a scene for [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the TV series]] in which the ''Heart of Gold'' provides him with new clothes, but this was vetoed by the director, on the grounds that it was funnier for him to be in his pajamas. Since Adams then wrote Arthur as still in his (increasingly tattered) dressing gown in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', he presumably agreed.
* Sarah from ''Literature/GreystoneValley'' is in tattered blue pajamas up until the very final act.
* The eponymous character of Jodi Lynn Anderson's ''May Bird'' series spends the entire 3rd book in pajamas and a bathing suit.
* Georgina in ''The Magic Light'' by Gabrielle Alioth. She is transferred onto a magic island from her bedroom, pajama-clad and barefoot. At some point she lampshades this by saying that if she knew she would go on an adventure, she would be dressed more appropriately.
* Bilbo, from ''Literature/TheHobbit'' by Creator/JRRTolkien, forgets his handkerchief and money in addition to starting his adventure in his dressing-gown. Subverted when Dwalin lets Bilbo use his hood and cloak.
* In the ''Altraterra'' series by Yvonne Pioch, Anne spends the first quarter of the book (the ride to Academy) only in her nightshirt as she had to flee with others in haste. Given that she has to ride in it for days without change or a chance to wash it, it created a huge discomfort to her, especially when she arrived to the academy. Imagine being led before the ruling body (which resides in academy) wearing nothing but a ragged, partially ripped, smelly nightshirt...
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''ThePajanimals''
* ''Series/BananasInPyjamas''
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Clara/Marie from ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'' spends most of the show in her nightie, since the whole thing is a dream sequence.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/AmongTheSleep'', you play as a two-year-old boy in his pajamas exploring the house at night, staying with your Teddy, and trying to make sense of the perceived "monsters" you encounter.
* ''VideoGame/PajamaSam'', the eponymous hero of the children's adventure game series, is never seen outside his footie pajamas. The premise of the game is that Sam deals with things that frighten him after he goes to bed, so his "Pajama Sam" superhero persona makes sense.
* The male or female protagonist in the Playstation game ''VideoGame/FortyWinks''.
* Patchoulli Knowledge from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. Even when she's out solving incidents in the fighting games, she's still wearing her pajamas. [[WordOfGod ZUN says]] that "[[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Meiji_University_Touhou_lecture It's like how foreigners sleep in their jeans, and go shopping with them too]]".
* You in ''VideoGame/FableIII'', if you decide saving the world should be done in your sleeping clothes.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'': Rosalina's dress actually resembles a nightgown, which appropriately fits the fact that she lives far out in space, where it is constantly night out (unless if she is orbiting a Sun).
* Vincent from ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' spends most of the action sequences wearing [[GoofyPrintUnderwear polka-dot boxers]]. [[{{Fanservice}} Not that the ladies are complaining]].
* Phillip of ''VideoGame/SpaceFuneral'' is always dressed in his yellow and black striped pajamas.
* Johnny Dash, the hero of ''VideoGame/MonsterBash''.
* The entire premise of ''VideoGame/KnockKnock'' features the Lodger wandering around his house in the early hours of the day wearing his dressing gown and slippers while avoiding ghosts.
* ''VideoGame/TheSandMan'': Since Sophie was just trying to get some rest before the whole mess unfolded, she sets off to find out what happened while dressed in her pink sleepwear.
* ''VideoGame/NeverendingNightmares'': Thomas, the player character, explores his dreams wearing his pajamas. This actually factors into gameplay, as he doesn't have space to put an inventory, and, being a horror game, the fact that he [[spoiler:isn't wearing shoes]] comes back to bite him more than once.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'': despite the entire game taking place in Madotsuki's bedroom and dreams, she wears a shirt and skirt instead.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Sul spends the entirity of ''Webcomic/KissWood'' in his pajamas, though he does find a coat early on (he loses it eventually).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Alvin, Simon, and Theodore of ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' wear what are essentially [[ChromaticArrangement color-coded nightshirts]] most of the time. They change into ''different'' pajama separates for bed.
* The Professor from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is always in his pajamas. However, this includes a lab coat, so maybe it's better to say he sleeps fully dressed.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Hugh Hefner makes most of his public appearances in his iconic pajamas and a smoking jacket.
* Visit a college. Any college. Look at the students. Over half of them will probably be wearing at least pajama pants.
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!!Pajama-clad for one adventure, but usually dressed otherwise

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* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' spent the entirety of the [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Library Island]] arc in his jammies.
* After she recovered from having [[GoneMadFromTheRevelation seen what makes the Simoun tick]] in ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'', we see Dominura waltzing about the ship in a slinky nightgown for an episode or two. Bonus points for also having bed-head.
* Etsuko from ''Manga/{{Domu}}'' spends the last half of the manga in her pajamas, being bed-ridden in the hospital after trauma. She also has the superpowered psychic fight of her life wearing them.
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Sakura was in her pajamas when she caught her first card, the Fly. In subsequent episodes, her friend Tomoyo provides costumes.
* In episode 52 of ''Anime/SonicX'', Tails gets woken up in the middle of the night by Eggman. He hops in the Tornado in his pajamas, though they're only there for a scene or two. Which is odd, because he usually doesn't wear clothes of any kind, not counting shoes and [[WhiteGloves gloves]].
* An odd example, but an early episode of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' had Tsubomi, who had stayed home ill after [[UnsettlingGenderReveal learning the cute]] StudentCouncilPresident [[UnsettlingGenderReveal was actually a girl]], race to save her in her pajamas. After saving the day, she doesn't realize she was still in these clothes until said President questions why she was in school in her [=PJs=].
* Episode 4 of ''Anime/KillLaKill'' had the heroine Ryuko Matoi in Bunny [=PJs=] because she's forced to go to school at 4 in the morning while Senketsu's being washed.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''[[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]]'', believe it not was this, complete with bunny slippers while strapped to the brim with ammo and a {{BFG}}, no less.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[AntiVillain Though not exactly a hero]], in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/431046/chapters/728720 Welcome To The Family]]'' when Near and Matt barge into his room in the middle of the night, they find Light Yagami with messy hair and wearing fuzzy, black and white skull and cross bone pajamas, though Light [[UnreliableNarrator claims]] it's not his usual choice in pajamas either but that his jailers have a bad sense of humor. Ultimately subverted since Light insists on getting dressed before doing anything though Near (who is a straight example of this trope) can't imagine ''why'' and uses his wanting to get dressed first like a normal person as yet another excuse to accuse him again of being Kira.
* In ''{{Discworld}}/TheBigBangTheory'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', Discworld Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes, responding quickly to an emergency need to guard Sheldon Cooper against a peril they have brought from the Disc with them, reasons that good weapons are more vital in a fight than getting dressed. Thus she pulls her weapons-belt on over very minimal nightwear. This provokes a certain jealousy from Howard and Raj the next morning, who bemoan the fact that hot chicks always get naked in front of a man it's ''wasted'' on.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/{{Chrestomanci}} frequently appears in one [[CostumePorn fabulous dressing gown]] or another.
* This happened to {{Psmith}} so much that it was practically a RunningGag. Fortunately he managed to keep the SharpDressedMan act up even then (on one occasion he went and found a carnation and put it in his buttonhole).
* ''Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat'':
-->On the death of William IV, Queen Victoria, though asleep at the time and thus in her nightdress, showed great devotion to duty by immediately ascending the throne. In this bold act she was assisted by Lord Melbourne and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who were both properly dressed.
* In the ''{{Discworld}}'', Sam Vimes is woken from a deep sleep to attend a police emergency. He is wearing his wife's dressing gown and slippers, the nearest things to hand to put on. Apparently it's a universal law that if the hero is awoken from blissful domestic comfort, the nearest things to hand (or foot) belong to his wife or girlfriend.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Tenth Doctor spends a good deal of time running around in his jim-jams after regenerating, even [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome engaging in a swordfight]] before changing into his dayclothes. [[PopCulturedBadass He even references his Arthur Dent look]].
** Also, Amy Pond in "The Beast Below".
* [[{{Badass}} Omar Little]] from ''Series/TheWire'' goes for a walk to get Cheerios in his turquoise pyjamas. Everyone who sees him flees.
* ''Series/WinginIt'': Carl Montclaire wears pajamas in "All Lizards Go to Heaven", Part 2.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In "Goodbye Iowa" Buffy is giving a BadassBoast about how she's going to track down and kill the BigBad, then admits "that probably would've sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' game ''Keen Dreams'', Keen goes through the entire adventure in pajamas and pink bunny slippers.
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'': Ness wears pajamas during his [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind trip to Magicant]] -- in America. In the Japanese release, when Ness woke up in Magicant, [[OutOfClothesExperience he was in the buff and stayed that way save for his]] NiceHat.
* ''VideoGame/NightmareNed'' spends the duration of his adventure through the Nightmare World in his [=PJs=].
* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', Link starts out in his crayfish pajamas, until his grandmother gives him his clothes and [[NiceHat signature hat]]. In a NewGamePlus, the clothes are invisible, as only the honest can see them. Thus, he has nothing but his [=PJs=] to go adventuring in.
* In ''VideoGame/TheNightmareBeforeChristmasOogiesRevenge'', the easiest unlockable costume for Jack to get is Pajama Jack (and bonus: they're different and more colorful than the plain off-white ones from the movie, and they've even got little Jack 'O Lantern slippers).
* Manga/{{Naruto}} from ''Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm'' has a downloadable costume where he can fight in his pajamas. Save his special/Ougi, all his animations are intact, including [[{{Narm}} tightening his headband that's not even there]].
* ''Pyjamarama'', in which Wally Week wanders around the house in his pajamas searching for the alarm clock to wake himself up.
* Using the Dream Suite in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing: New Leaf'' requires your character to change into pajamas, in which he or she stays for the length of their visit to a dream town.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** You add a SMUPPET to the mix to make a softer and more stylish RED PLUSH PUPPET TUX. It is like walking around in snugly pajamas. ACTION PAJAMAS.
** Given that dream self clothing is effectively pyjamas, this is now Rose and Dave's default attire following being revived as their dream selves after death.
** Karkat also describes anyone who has reached God-tier as wearing pajamas, particularly John.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': One of the popular nicknames for Team Kimba in-universe is the Negligee Nightingales, referring to their first fight with the Yama Dojo Ninjas.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the episode "The Good, The Bad, and the Eggly" of the ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' spinoff series, ''The Cartoon Adventures of [=LarryBoy=]'', [=LarryBoy=] and Dark Crow end up wearing footie pajamas and [[BrownBagMask paper bags]] as costumes after their real ones get turned into over-easy eggs.
* It happened once to Kurt and Kitty in ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Toph Bei Fong spends most of her [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBlindBandit debut episode]] in her night clothes, and gets kidnapped before beating up several grown men while so dressed. She's a [[LittleMissBadass 12-year-old girl]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'' episode "The Zero Hero", Alfalfa as Alpha-Man wears his pajamas in public, along with a towel cape and a mask which does not hide his eyes.
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