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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 tear off a piece of their clothing to make a bandage or sling to help patch up that wound.

This is an action that, though seemingly a simple display of kindness, can say many things about the characters involved. If a character rips their clothes without hesitation, they're probably either a battle or survival pragmatist, and if they do hesitate they could be 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're wasting than the needs of others.

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

A subtrope of ClothingDamage. See also AfterActionPatchUp and ActionDressRip.



[[folder:Anime & 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 a wounded Hungary.
* One story in the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga series has Sasami tear up an handkerchief to help make a splint for an injured wolf.
* In the second part of the ''Manga/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.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': When she catches up to Guts outside Promrose Hall, where he was looking for Griffith, Casca notices his arm is wounded and borrows his dagger so she can cut a bandage out of her sleeve. Casca had acted very hostile toward Guts up to this point, making this the first indication that she's kinder than she lets on. 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.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Relena rips off a piece of her expensive party dress to use on Heero's gunshot wounds.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'': During "The Janus Directive" crossover, a disguised Manhunter (who is DressingAsTheEnemy) is almost garroted by Raven. Having cut his hand blocking the garrotte, he pulls off Captain Boomerang's scarf and uses it to bandage his hand. When Boomerang complains and claims the scarf is genuine silk, Manhunter responds "It's genuine rayon and I'll buy you another one!"

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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.
* ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'': Avalina first uses the [[PostVictoryCollapse unconscious]] Horned King's shredded robe to bandage his body that was savaged during his fight against the entire [[SavageWolves Mad Pack]]. Later she uses the fabric from her own skirt and cloak to do the same to Taran's side and dislocated shoulder following the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he received.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Janet ripped her slip to make a bandage for Rocky in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' just before the "Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me" number.
-->''[[AudienceParticipation He's got more hurt than you've got skirt!]]''\\
''[[AudienceParticipation It's]] [[Creator/SusanSarandon Sarandon]] [[AudienceParticipation Wrap!]]''
* 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 Creator/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 ''[[Film/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 ''Film/{{States of Grace}}'' rips up his iconic white shirt to help a gang member who was shot in front of him.
* In ''Film/SanAndreas'', Blake uses her white tank top to bandage Ben Taylor leg after he got an open wound.
* In ''Film/TheShallows'', Nancy is forced to use her wetsuit to cover her injured leg.
* In the 2013 horror movie ''Film/TasmanianDevils'' Alex takes off her shirt and puts it around the ribcage of Anderson.
* In ''Film/JurassicCity'', after Stephanie gets injured, Pippi and Sarah uses their coats to tend her wound and Doyle gives them his uniform to them to tend her wound.
* In ''Film/TheTunnel'' Natasha Warner takes off her her shirt and uses it to bandage one of the guys that are with her.
* ''Film/TheUncanny'': While trapped in the kitchen by the cats, Janet tears up her petticoat and uses it to bind the worst of her wounds.
* In ''Film/ThreeHeadedSharkAttack'', both Maggie and Allison use their shirts to bandage some of the injured passengers.
* In the film of ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'' protagonist Raymond Shaw is bitten by a snake (if I remember correctly) and childhood sweetheart Jocelyn Jordan rips off her blouse to make a tourniquet before dashing off bra-clad on her bicycle to get help. Totally innocent, but love blossoms. Then it gets complicated.

* ''Literature/LoneWolf'': On their (possibly second) meeting in Book 5, ''Shadow on the Sand'', Lone Wolf witnesses wizard Banedon being attacked by a Drakkar warrior which he has to kill. He then tends to Banedon's wound with strips of the wizard's journeymaster robes.

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Oreg's shirt is at one point used to bandage Ward's wounds.
* In the second ''Literature/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 Creator/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.
* Olivia Koudelka rips up her party dress to bandage Dono Vorrutyer after some thugs nearly castrate him in ''Literature/ACivilCampaign''. This is the moment Ivan, hovering nearby, realizes that he doesn't have a chance with Olivia.
* In John Green's novel ''Literature/AnAbundanceOfKatherines'', 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.
* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series:
** In ''Literature/{{Orca}}'', Vlad has to bandage his ShoulderSizedDragon familiar's injuries with strips torn from his cloak. As one of the wounds he's tending is on Loiosh's long snaky ''neck'', and must be covered loosely enough to allow breathing yet heavily enough to stop the bleeding, it's a good thing it's a long cloak.
** In ''Literature/TheLordOfCastleBlack'', Ibronka cuts strips out of her own cloak as bandages for Roaana after the latter is wounded in battle. It's used as a sign of their friendship and also to show the mindset of Dragaeran nobles; Ibronka's servant suggests using the cloak of one of the men they had fought and is promptly rebuked for it.
* In the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'', Princess Draupadi once tore off a piece of her sari to fix a cut on Krishna's finger in this manner. Later, when she prays to him for help when her own brothers-in-law are trying to rape her in front of their court, he returns the favor by [[AllClothUnravels extending her sari]] so that the Kauravas can't strip her and eventually give up.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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.
* ''Series/{{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/TheSwampFox'' has an episode where Mary Videaux boarded a British prison ship by pretending to be a Tory. She begins 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.
* In ''Series/UntoldStoriesOfTheER'', Dra. Candice Myhre, takes her shirt off and uses it as a bandage for a guy who received a huge cut in his leg on the beach.
* ''Series/ANZACGirls'': Matron Grace Wilson, faced with a catastrophic lack of supplies at the fledgling field hospital on Lemnos, gets her nurses to tear their white petticoats (including hers) into strips for bandages -- but she makes sure those strips get sterilised before they're used.
* ''Series/CSICyber'': In "Red Crone", a boy who cut his hand to offer blood to to the Red Crone as part of the treasure hunt uses the bottom of his shirt to bind up his hand.

[[folder: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.)

[[folder: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.)
* ''QuestionableContent'' plays this for laughs--when Sam gets bitten by a snake, Marten ''immediately'' rips part of his shirt to tourniquet her arm... then she casually reveals that she knows the snake isn't poisonous, and everyone picks on Marten about it when the group returns to the coffee shop.

[[folder: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.

[[folder: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.]]

[[folder: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.
** [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle A word of advice]]: Never use shoe laces as ties to hold dressings in place. Due to being so narrow, they can turn into an unwanted tourniquet and cut off circulation (normally a ''last'' resort for treating blood loss, as it can result in the loss of the limb). This last part only applies when the body part that's bleeding is still otherwise in-tact. If part of a limb has been completely severed off, a tourniquet is actually the first thing you should do.
* ''Reader's Digest'' 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.