Hand Or Object Underwear / Western Animation

  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender this trope is played at least four times. First time is in The Winter Solstice Part 1 when Zuko saw Iroh get up from his hot springs and the object for censory was Zuko's hand blocking the camera. Later Iroh has a piece of cloth covering him. It the extras for that moment said "Earthbenders: 0; Naked Shackled Guy: 3". After the battle Zuko tells him to to put on some clothes. The second time is when Chong the nomad spots Sokka's underwear. Sokka uses Momo to cover himself up. The third time was in Aang's first nightmare in "Nightmares and Daydreams" when Aang goes into the Fire Lord's room and tells him he is gonna defeat him but we get this unexpected gem:
    Ozai: Really? [Brings his face close to Aang.] How do you plan on doing that when you're not even wearing pants? [Cut to Aang's scared face, as he looks down to see that Ozai was telling the truth, and screams.]
    Aang: Oh no! [Aang quickly covers himself with a white Air Nomad shield pulled out of thin air. The camera zooms out to a larger shot of Aang shaking with embarrassment. Suddenly, giant eyes begin to appear all around him. The eye's close and disappear. Cut to shot of the giant Fire Lord laughing as Aang slowly backs out the door. The Fire Lord raises his arms to the ceiling, while surrounded by flames, laughing heartily.]
    • And in the same episode it is played again but reversed.
    Ozai: Really? You're going to take me out? You're not even wearing pants!
    Aang: No, Fire Lord Ozai. You're not wearing any pants. [Ozai looks down and sees Aang is right. He quickly pulls over a shield with the Fire Nation emblem on it.]
    Ozai: No! My royal parts are showing. Noooo!
  • Classic film shorts loved this trope, especially when Donald Duck or Daffy Duck lost all their feathers. It was especially funny when a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal did this in response to losing their shirt (admittedly, their only piece of clothing).
  • The Simpsons
    • From the episode "Bart After Dark":
    Belle: Are you wearing a grocery bag?
    Homer: I have misplaced my pants.
    • A similar incident happened on "Summer of 4 ft. 2", where Homer uses the welcome mat from Flanders' beach house as a bathing suit, and ends up getting arrested for indecent exposure when he steps outside.
    • From The Simpsons comics, Lisa had to wear a Titanic Squishee bucket in place of her standard clothes. Cue the squick.
    • On "Selma's Choice", Lisa had to wear a towel home after she got high off the hallucinogenic water on "The Little Land of Duff" ride and went skinny-dipping in Duff Gardens' Fermentarium.
  • King of the Hill: After getting his clothes blown off by a tornado, Hank Hill was once forced to make an on-the-spot choice between a potted cactus plant and the Texas flag for this purpose. He went with the cactus.
  • On the Mission Hill episode, "How to Get Head in Business Without Really Trying", Andy covers his crotch with a cactus plant as he's running from his boss (whom he thinks is out to get him for sleeping with his fiancée, but was really going to ask Andy if he wanted some sliced grapefruit for breakfast).
  • Total Drama
    • Happens to DJ in Total Drama Action and later Owen in the theme song for World Tour.
    • In the first season, Harold even had to do this with a pillow. His cabinmates hid all his clothes and moved his bed out to the dock (where all the girls were swimming the following morning) to get back at him for leaving his dirty underwear lying around.
    • Also in first season, Heather covers her breasts with her hands after a tree branch rips off her top.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Toyed with: when Beast Boy removes Raven's cloak, she covers her chest as if she were naked, even though she isn't.
    • Also when See-More uses his X-ray vision to stare at Starfire, she covers herself with her hands as though she was naked.
  • Family Guy:
  • Futurama:
    • The Planet Express crew is having a barbeque and Nibbler is begging for a burger, but no-one gives him one. Then Amy's falls out of her sandwich and lands in her cleavage. Seeing his chance Nibbler leaps onto her chest and devours it along with her bikini top, forcing her to cover up her breasts with the buns.
    • Done later in an Adam-And-Eve homage with what are noted to be "strangely sticky" leaves.
  • Wakfu. In the second season's Gobbowl arc, there is a magic potion allowing females to gender-bend into males, but which unfortunately cease to have effect if the subject says the word "Gobbowl". Thus, a Fanservice Extra trying to sneak in the stadium under the guise of a shirtless male has to cover her chest with an arm when she return to female form. Later, the same thing happens to a topless Amalia, who grabs a gobbowl shield to hide herself.
  • In the Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation: A.R.C.T.I.C.", after the KND are hit by a "Nude Torpedo", both Numbuh One and Numbuh Five manage to cover their bodies completely with both hands, thanks to the art style (giving them thin torsos and very large hands).
  • Taz-Mania: In "Kee-Wee Cornered", after Taz accidentally rips his own tail off, he covers his butt with a hat.
  • The Powerpuff Girls cover themselves with their hands as they return to the Professor after Nanobots eat all their clothing in "Nano of the North."
    • Brick Does this as well in the episode "The Boys Are Back In Town" after Blossom pulls his pants down in an effort to embarrass him.
  • The Looney Tunes Show: Yosemite Sam covers himself with a cardboard box while fleeing naked from the FBI through the Spargle building in "Off-Duty Cop".
  • The Fairly OddParents! frequently uses this trope especially in concert with another trope Naked People Are Funny. For example one episode has Cosmo and Wanda poofing Timmy out of the bathtub to his favorite comic store, but they forgot to dress him. As a result Timmy has to go through town covering up his "private parts" with his hands. He, also, uses a newspaper and his pink cap.
  • Mr. Bogus:
    • In a claymation short used before the second act of the episode "Bad Luck Bogus", Bogus does this with an item that he took out from a safe, after his pants get pulled off when they get snagged on the safe door.
    • Brattus does this with the bottom of his shirt after a cotton candy cone steals his pants in the first act of the episode "Waterboy Bogus".
  • In one episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Rainbow Dash pulls Fluttershy's sheets off to get her out of bed, she gasps and covers her chest even though they usually don't wear clothes (spoiler: they're ponies!), Rainbow Dash gives her an annoyed look and Fluttershy grins sheepishly.
    • Another episode has Discord using a vacuum to suck Rarity's goo-covered Gala dress off of her, causing her to rear up and cover her chest and crotch while slinking away in embarrassment.
  • In the UPA cartoon version of The Emperor's New Clothes instead of being in his underwear after the swindlers give him his "new clothes" like in other versions he is naked, the first time his privates are covered by his mirror he is posing in front of, and as he's parading down the street to show off his new outfit they're covered by a flag, then by the townsfolk.
  • In the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episode "Grey Hairs and Growing Pains", Lady Jaye is among the G.I. Joe members who ends up regressing to a child, eventually losing her pants because they're too big for her. For the duration of the episode, her lower body is covered up by her shirt. After the heroes are finally restored to their normal ages, however, Lady Jaye forgot that she didn't have pants and is seen desperately pulling down the front of her shirt in an attempt to stay modest.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Rerun" had Gumball put his parents into a ball pit after they've become babies. After they return to their normal ages, they are in nothing but their underwear, with Nicole covering her breasts with two balls from the ball pit.
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham: Harley covers her breasts arm after doing some Toplessness from the Back to distract a guard in the Arkham basement.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants would frequently have naked characters cover themselves with their hands in spite of not having any visible genitals to begin with.
    • Patrick and SpongeBob frantically try to cover each other's privates with their hands when they are seen naked at the Krusty Krab at the end of the episode "Pranks a Lot".
    • When Squidward tears off his Kuddly Krab uniform in rage in "Bossy Boots", a police officer promptly writes a ticket and puts it on Squidward's groin.
    • The episode "Feral Friends" features SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Mrs. Puff, Pearl, Squidward, and Larry the Lobster turning into non-anthropomorphic sea life for two hours because of the centennial cycle of Neptune's Moon. After everyone returns to normal, they are left naked. SpongeBob and Patrick are unfazed by their sudden nudity, but Mr. Krabs, Mrs. Puff, Squidward, and Pearl cover themselves with their hands as soon as they realize they're nude and Larry preserves his modesty by making a loincloth out of a flower.