It becomes necessary (or desirable) for a female character to take her clothes off in a non-cable show.
We cut to a shot of her slipping her dress off her shoulders — then we cut down behind her feet and see the dress tumble to the floor around her legs.
See also Sexy Discretion Shot
. Often overlaps with Toplessness from the Back
, Sexy Coat Flashing
Compare Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing
, where such a shot also
involves shapeshifting of the subject, rather than simply removing their clothes.
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- Diva pulls this one in Blood+. It then turns into Fan Disservice when she rapes and kills Riku...
- This happens out of nowhere in the Negima!? OP.
- In Bleach, Yoruichi pulls this on Ichigo, mostly for her amusement. (We only see the first bit of her clothes hitting the ground, and from there it's all Ichigo's increasingly panicked offscreen reactions.)
- In The Movie of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Anthy strips so Utena won't be the only one naked (Anthy was drawing a nude portrait of Utena), and we cut to a shot of her feet as her skirt falls down her legs and to the floor. Everything else is in silhouette.
- Token Mini-Moe and humanoid weapon BW-Alpha in Crystal Blaze before she transforms.
- In Black Lagoon Gretel does this. It's intended to be disturbing. We also aren't sure of her gender, It Makes Sense in Context.
- After much parading about in an open, transparent nightgown, Talia al Ghul pulls this trope◊ in Batman: Bane of the Demon.
- In Superman & Batman: Generations, Bruce Wayne Jr. (Batman) and Kara Kent (Supergirl) make out in midair above his penthouse while he is dressed in civilian clothes and she is still wearing her Supergirl costume. By the time Mrs. Bruce Wayne comes out to meet with her son on the terrace, Supergirl's costume ends up falling right on top of her.
- Fluttershy reveals herself this way in A Pleasant Surprise. It's a really heartwarming, beautiful moment that becomes extremely important in Midnight's character arc.
Films — Live-Action
- James Bond
- In Stardust, Lamia shows off her rejuvenated body in this fashion.
- Juno: Cherry boy-briefs hit floor.
- A non-sexual usage Gone with the Wind, when Melanie removes her nightgown to mop up the blood of the Union soldier Scarlett killed.
- This scene in The Big Lebowski:
Maude? (robe hits floor) Maude:
Love me. Dude:
That's my robe.
- Done beautifully in The Thomas Crown Affair remake, by Rene Russo.
- In the The Man From Uncle extended version movie, The Spy With My Face, made from the first-season episode "The Double Affair", Senta Berger (playing the thrush Femme Fatale, Serena), walks into the bathroom of her luxury apartment where Napoleon Solo is taking a shower. (Long story.) The camera focuses on her legs and feet as she lets her dress fall to her feet, kicks her high-heeled shoes off, and then follows her nude legs as she walks into the shower. The scene fades out as Serena begins running her foot up and down Napoleon's wet, naked leg.
- In Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers sequel, Milady (Faye Dunaway) disrobes in this fashion, stepping out of the daintiest of boudoir slippers as well. The camera slowly pans upward from her feet as she moves to dip her toes in the bath, only to find it full of bloody water from Rochefort letting his wounded hand drip into it.
- Dances with Wolves does this for the love scene between Stands With A Fist and John Dunbar. It would have been more explicit, but notably shy Mary McDonnell (sadly) nixed that idea.
- Tippi Hedren, when her nightgown is removed by Sean Connery in Marnie.
- Persis Khambatta lets her sari slither to the floor when she has sex in the closet with Sidney Poitier (where they're hiding from South African secret-police agents) in The Wilby Conspiracy.
- In the 1820 book poem Ruslan and Ludmila by Alexander Pushkin, in a description of a wedding night it says "On carpets of Byzantine splendour / The jealous covers fall" (падут ревнивые одежды на цареградские ковры).
- In the epilogue of Wicked Lovely, Donia undoes the tie holding her skirt together, and it is strongly implied that her and Keenan have sex, but it's never described.
- Alice Wroke executes this, plus Sexy Coat Flashing in The Demon Princes. Played with somewhat in that she has to take a minute to set it up. Clothes don't fall off all by themselves, you know.
- In Jack McDevitt's Omega (part of his Priscilla Hutchins series), Digby "Digger" Dunn has fallen in love with Kellie Collier, the captain of the research vessel he's traveling on, and she seems to reciprocate his feelings, but Academy regulations forbid a captain from sleeping with passengers, so she insists they have to wait. But the ship gets diverted for a rescue mission that may add up to a year to their voyage, and Digger is scheduled for a risky landing on an unexplored planet with aliens of unknown temperament. He visits her quarters the night before the landing, and...robe hits deck. End scene.
- Game of Thrones: A rare male version of this trope occurs in "The Wolf and the Lion" when Ser Loras Tyrell removes Lord Renly Baratheon's pants (and any undergarment the latter may be wearing) in one swift movement and letting them drop to the floor.
- Several in Xena: Warrior Princess, including two 'Shipperiffic ones: "The Reckoning" (ohdearpowers...) and "The Bitter Suite".
- A variant on the trope — with knickers — occurs in The Last Enemy. Included the "Arm Bra" — an above-chest shot with said character holding her bra in her outstretched hand.
- In the pilot episode of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Marilyn (a woman who asks Kwai-Chang Caine for help) is brought to the offices of the crime lord Tan, and is told to take her clothes off. Her dress drops to the floor just before she kisses Tan and then slaps him across the face.
- When Anya "seduces" (in the "loosest" sense of the word) Xander for the first time in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "Please remove your clothes now." And the amazing thing? "Still more romantic than Faith."
- Done in Bottom when Richie is about to lose his virginity to Lady Natasha Letitia Sarah Jane Wellesley Extrong Skiponsong Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Oblomov Boblomov Dob, third Viscountess of Moldavia. The shot focuses on Richie's reaction as each garment hits him.
- On the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Number Six does this all the time.
- Done in episode 4, season 1 of Veronica Mars. Veronica has a flashback scene to a game of Never Have I Ever, where it comes out that she's never skinny dipped. The end of the episode has her dropping her dress on the beach to do so.
- Done at least once by Edie in Desperate Housewives; probably more times...
- Mocked on Scrubs, when Jordan seduces J.D., we get the Between My Legs shot...of J.D.'s scrubs hitting the floor.
- The episode "Under Covers". And there was much Squee until after the opening credits.
- In "Murder 2.0", a woman turns on her shower, Dress Hits Floor (more like bra hits floor), her husband puts on mood music, then blood starts spurting from the shower.
- In the season 3 premiere of Leverage, played comically with Parker, who's trying (badly) to strike mistress poses for Photoshop mock-ups that the crew needs for a job, then in her Asperger's/carefree manner, simply drops the dress, causing Hardison and Sophie to awkwardly look away.
- In Hunter, there is an episode where a rich woman robbed by a burglar finds him and bargains for return of some jewelry piece. When the robber suggests she is "wired", she drops her clothes to the floor to prove she isn't. This leads to Karmic Death of said robber, at the hands of the woman's jealous husband who wrongly assumes she's having an affair — she is, but not with the burglar.
- Mata Hari apparently seducing the Doctor in the Doctor Who webispode "Pond Life Episode 1".
- In the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World episode "More Than Human", a mistress tries to seduce Roxton by taking off her dress this way in front of him. He walks over to her and puts her dress back up around her as she complains. Notable in that it was shot in both a Dress Hits Floor and uncensored version.
- A female Political Officer does this in an episode of Babylon 5 when The Captain has turned away for a second. Note that she wasn't wearing a dress but a uniform. She must have had it altered to be able to be removed that fast, including any underwear. Being who he is, he did not take advantage of the situation.
- Non-visual, but the chorus of Chris Young's "Gettin' You Home" definitely applies:
Walking through the front door
Seeing your black dress hit the floor
- Lorrie Morgan's "Out of Your Shoes" starts off with "You borrowed my favorite dress" and then ends with this trope.
- My Darkest Days — "Porn Star Dancin'"
She don't play nice, she makes me beg
She drops that dress around her legs
And I'm sittin' right by the stage
With this porn star dancing
- The beginning of the video for "Talking in Your Sleep" by The Romantics.
- The Kylie Minogue video "On a Night Like This" has this happen twice (both involving her stripping down after she exits a pool).
- The video for "Getting You Home" by Chris Young ends with this.
- Final Fantasy X did the wetsuit variation again, with Rikku. Though hers was slightly more on-screen. (She was wearing shorts and a top underneath it anyway.)
- In Geralt's interlude with the Princess Adda in The Witcher, as her dress comes down she rips off his wolfshead medallion and throws it to the floor, where it is shown to be vibrating furiously. The added significance of this is that the medallion is tuned to vibrate in the presence of monsters, and Princess Adda had been cursed into a monstrous form in the past.
- The Other Grey Meat. In issue 118, in exchange for his half of the found brains, Beth strips completely for John and is seen in this shot.
- The Overture. Done by Janis in an attempt to be sexy for Richard. It works.
- Happens in a joke trailer for Passion of the Christ 2 set in the modern day. Skip to 2:05. See the rest of the trailer as well.
- Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama has a version of this, except that it is a wetsuit that hits the ground.
- Parodied in Tek Jansen, the Colbert Report show-within-a-show, when Abraxxxia undresses. Due to the complexity of the armour she's wearing, Random Metal Objects Hit Floor for some time. (The last one is a tray of muffins, which... let's just say it makes sense in context. There was a muffin joke on The Daily Show that day.)
- Subverted (and mixed with Sexy Coat Flashing) on The Mask episode "Flight as a Feather." During a bill-signing ceremony, Mayor Tilton's ex-girlfriend, Cookie (an exotic dancer with an apparent suicide bomber streak) crashes the ceremony and storms the stage. The mayor's aide tries to stop her, and she opens her trenchcoat and flashes him, leaving the mayor's aide to growl lecherously and comment, "Dy-no-mite!" Once the dress hits the floor, it turns out Cookie is fully-clothed — in two megatons worth of explosives strapped around her bust and waist before the Mask gives her a hilarious and well deserved Shameful Strip.
- On The Critic, a lonely Jay imagines the Statue of Liberty doing this, her dress dropping with a loud clang.
- Apparently he's not the first, considering they had to put up a sign.