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[[caption-width-right:331:When miles away from a first aid kit, your jammies will do]]

Somebody is injured and there is no hospital, drugstore, or first aid kit in sight. This leaves only one option, someone is going to have to rip up the clothes they are wearing to make a bandage to put on that wound.

This is an action that, though seemingly a simple act of kindness, can say many things about the characters involved. It can show that if they don't hesitate at all the character ripping their clothes is either a battle or survival pragmatist, or if they do hesitate that they are perhaps a tiny bit vain or at least image conscious or if said clothes were [[DoomedNewClothes expensive and / or new]] they are more mindful of the money they are wasting rather than the needs of others.

It also can be can be used to send romantic signals about the characters involved, it is not uncommon to have the person ripping the clothes being a girl and the injured party be a guy she likes. The fact that it is commonly a woman doing this can be seen as a form of mild titillation if it is played for {{fanservice}}.

See also AfterActionPatchUp and ActionDressRip.


[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': Naru does this with her pajamas to make a bandage for Nephrite when they are hiding from Zoisite in a park after his attack. She hangs onto said bandage as a token to remember him by after he dies and eventually uses it on a wound Umino gets whilst trying to defend her to show she's moved on emotionally from Nephrite's death.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', Prussia does this for Hungary.
* One story in the ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyo No Need For Tenchi!]]'' manga series has Sasami tear up an hankerchef to help make a splint for an injured wolf.
* In the second part of the ''FushigiYuugi'' manga, Miaka uses her shirt as a tourniquet/bandage on Tasuki.
* In one of the ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' theatrical shorts, Umeko-chan rips off part of the bottom of her kimono to wrap up Komusubiman's damaged foot (which he hurt by skidding down a mountainside, which snapped his sandal in two and rubbed a hole in his sock, which rubbed his heel raw). What makes it kinder was the fact that he hurt himself saving Umeko-chan.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold Christa]] rips apart her skirt to make a bandage and sling for an injured comrade. She apologizes for not having anything better to use, prompting him to blush and insist it's fine.
* Casca does this for Guts with a strip of her shirt sleeve in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. For extra symbolism, she ties it around his upper arm, where a knight would traditionally display his lady's favor.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Awaki tears her jacket apart to bandage her wounds from her fight with Kuroko.

[[AC: Fan Fiction]]
* Maddie rips the sleeves of her dress in ''FanFic/HomeWithTheFairies'', chapter 5 "Up and Out", to make pads to soak the blood from her own period. In this DeconstructionFic, ripping her dress was not trivial. "I had to use my teeth and rocks, and got some rug burns on my hands from all the pulling."
* ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' :
** In ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20080424102900/exit3.i-55.com/~ffaller/dark.html One Dark and Stormy Night"]],Johnny and Dixie are kidnapped after a Halloween event and Johnny is badly beaten. Dixie tears strips from her costume dress to bandage him.
** Captain Stanley uses his flannel shirt to make bandages for Mike Stoker in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4420033/1/I-Will-Carry-You I Will Carry You]]" and ends up hypothermic from it.
* In the ''{{Series/AdamTwelve}}'' fic "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8243040/1/Thunder-Rolls-Again Thunder Rolls Again]]",Sgt. [=MacDonald=] uses his uniform shirt to tie off Pete's bleeding leg after Pete is shot.

[[AC: Film]]
* Janet ripped her slip to make a bandage for Rocky in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' just before the "Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me" number.
** He's got more hurt than you've got skirt!
* Parodied in ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'', the main girl rips off a part of her (already scant) clothing to bandage a wounded team member, then another one, then the resident perv realizes she'll just keep going until she is completely naked, so he claims he is wounded, too.
* In the early MichaelJFox movie ''Film/DocHollywood'', he momentarily agonizes over having to rip up some Armani shirts in order to treat a woman who's gone into sudden labor.
* Happens in ''[[ShortCircuit Short Circuit 2]]'' when [[spoiler: Johnny is mortally wounded by Oscar and his mooks and rapidly leaking battery acid. [[JerkAss Fred]] tears off part of the very expensive shirt he's taken pride in throughout the movie to [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming bandage Johnny and try and slow his "bleeding"]].]]
* A Mormon missionary in ''States of Grace'' rips up his iconic white shirt to help a gang member who was shot in front of him.

* In the second ''DragonridersOfPern'' novel, F'lar and Lessa are wearing new outfits to a wedding. F'lar ends up in a duel with T'ron, during which he gets his suit cut up, and Lessa has to rip up her dress to make bandages.
%% * ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' - Clary tries to invoke this, to Jace's amusement.
* In the 1924 novel ''Jungle-Born'' by John Eyton a village girl who's run away from her abusive father finds the WildChild protagonist unconscious and badly injured from a tiger attack. To save him she strips off her one and only garment and tears it into strips to wash and bandage his wounds. The fact that this means they're now both naked probably isn't insignificant.
%%* Most TamoraPierce books include this.
* Rachel does this in an ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book, tearing a strip off her own leotard to bandage Tobias's wounds. Justified in that they've been thrown back in time 65 million years; she literally has nothing else to use that she knows isn't poisonous.
** In the first book Cassie suggests using Jake's shirt as a bandage for Elfangor, [[{{Averted}} but]] the latter says that he's too injured and it wouldn't help.
* In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', Susan does this to patch up the Hogfather's wounds after she saves him from being killed DeaderThanDead by the Auditors.
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Olivia Koudelka]] rips up her party dress to bandage Dono Vorrutyer after some thugs nearly castrate him in ''A Civil Campaign.'' This is the moment Ivan, hovering nearby, realizes that he doesn't have a chance with Olivia.
* In John Green's novel ''[[AnAbundanceOfKatherines An Abundance of Katherines]]'', Colin, the protagonist, receives a head wound, and Lindsey, a girl he met an hour ago, orders Colin's friend Hassan to take off his (Hassan's) shirt. When Hassan refuses (so that Lindsey won't see his man boobs), Lindsey whips off her own shirt to staunch Colin's bleeding.
* After Literature/JamesBond's hands are cut from barbed wire in ''Literature/NoDealsMrBond'', one of the agents he is rescuing rips pieces from her skirt to apply bandage to them.
* In the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series, neckcloths are used for field dressing more often than not.
* Happens so often in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'' series that you can start to wonder how long Torak's clothes were originally, if he's not naked by the end of the book.

[[AC: Live Action Television]]
* There was an episode of ''Series/TheFlyingNun'' where Sister Bertrille tore her habit to make a bandage.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'' had Kitty shred up her petticoat to make bandages for an ailing Matt.
* ''{{Survivorman}}'' Les Stroud has done this after injuring himself in the wild.
* In ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs (2010)'' Lady Agnes Holland uses an expensive looking blouse to stem the bloodflow of [[spoiler:Beryl, after Lady Persephone shoots her and then kills herself, she even tells the staff to ignore Lady "Persie" who is already dead.]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'', particularly ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', did this several times: the characters would find themselves without their advanced medical technology, so they (usually Bashir) would rip up their uniforms to make bandages.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. After bandaging Wesley when he gets an ImpaledPalm from a {{Booby Trap}}ped door, Cordelia points out that she doesn't have enough shirt for the rest of them.
* ''{{Series/The Swamp Fox}}'' had an ep where Mary Videaux boarded a British prison ship by pretending to be a Tory. She befins nursing the American soldiers, hoping to find a way to sneak them off to supplement Marion's dwindling brigade. She ends up turning the party dress she'd been wearing the night before into bandages for the guys' wounds.

[[AC: Video Games]]
* In the final mission of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', you can overhear a soldier trying to instruct a girl over the radio to make a tourniquet from her clothing to save another soldier whose leg had been blown off. The tourniquet doesn't work, and the soldier dies. Hearing enemies approaching, and [[FateWorseThanDeath knowing the practices of the enemy]], the girl decides to use the soldier's gun to kill herself.
* In ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', if you fail to spot [[spoiler:the Founders' ambush in the airship station]] and end up [[ImpaledPalm stabbed with the letter-opener]], Elizabeth uses her scarf to dress the injury. The scarf remains in place for the remainder of the game.
* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', the Prince tears off one of his sleeves to bandage his own arm. (Later he tears off [[SleevesAreForWimps his other sleeve]] and [[ShirtlessScene the rest of his shirt]] just for the hell of it.)

[[AC:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', when Bob injures his head, his fiance Jean [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20131203.html has to use her shirt]] to bandage it.
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/ISSUE11Pages/ib255.html Caspian asks for a bandage. Roan tears Caspian's sleeve off. Caspian thanks him.]] (Unusually, this is a full-blown AfterActionHealingDrama.)

[[AC:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/STOForumVersusThreadRP'': After Kang is stabbed in the shoulder by a Hirogen, Kanril Eleya tears a strip off Kang's Honor Guard cape to make a sling.

[[AC: Western Animation]]
* Not clothing, but thematically similar, in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Rarity cuts off her tail to fix the mustache of a [[TheDandy prissy]] sea-serpent who is suffering a MinorInjuryOverreaction. It's done specifically to highlight how her generous nature outweighs her [[TheFashionista fashionista]] personality to set her up as the wielder of the Element of Generosity.
* Used for [[RuleOfFunny humorous]] FanService in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode ''Space Race Part 2''. While being held hostage on a space station, Lana Kane opens her jumpsuit and removes her tank top to distract the guard so she and the rest of the ISIS hostages can overpower him. In an offscreen fight Lanas jumpsuit is destroyed and Archer is shot in the arm. Left wearing only panties, Lana reaches for her tank top just as Archer is wrapping it on his arm as a bandage. [[spoiler:This leaves Lana with nothing but space agency decals to cover her nipples with.]]
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' episode ''The Journey'' had Elisa rip a strip from her dress to tend to Goliath's injured wing after he was shot by the Quarrymen.
* Wendy of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' does this after [[spoiler:being attacked by the shapeshifter.]]

[[AC: Real Life]]
* In the case of Real Life occurrences, in the past it happened on the battlefield before medical personnel were deployed, and it can still happen now. Also in the areas after any disaster where you cannot locate a First Aid kit, where clothes will be used as makeshift bandages. Using things like belts and ties as makeshift slings is a common bit of advice in first-aid manuals as well.
* ''ReadersDigest'' wrote about one of those incredible true stories of the one-hundred-pound girl dragging her six-foot injured boyfriend down a mountain. She stripped off her jacket to wrap a gash on her leg, her bikini top for his head wound, and said that, "If the bottom half [of the bikini] had to come off too, it would have." Props, lady.