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->'''Dr. Venture:''' Why are you naked?\\
'''Brock:''' To ''prey'' on their fear, to move like an animal, to ''feel'' the kill!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''

When ArmorIsUseless, it makes sense not to wear any. But why stop there? Why wear ''anything'' into battle? Anyone can be tough in PoweredArmor, but it takes either a really badass hero or a really depraved villain to fight in the nude.

The motivation for this tends to be different for heroes and villains. For villains, it's usually done for creepiness; instead of being [[NakedPeopleAreFunny silly]] or [[{{Fanservice}} titillating]] it comes off as ''really, really scary''. The nudity [[FanDisservice emphasizes brutality and aggression instead of being sexy]]. It can also indicate that the villain doesn't care at all what people think about him. He left normal human motivations, like modesty and shame, behind him, or maybe he has an [[StrawNihilist Übermensch-complex]]. Or, very creepy indeed, that [[SexIsViolence bloodshed turns him on]].

Naked heroes generally don't really have a motivation because they generally don't ''choose'' to do it; when a good guy fights in the nude it's usually out of necessity, from their clothes being stolen or destroyed. This is why a naked hero tends to come off as badass, while a naked villain usually comes off as insane.

For both alignments, nakedness can be associated with innocence and nature. The hero may be [[NatureHero one with nature,]] while the villain isn't really human, more like a predatory animal or a natural disaster, see the fifth variant of TrueNeutral.

Another part is that it seems reckless to go naked in the face of carnage or combat. It implies that the character is [[TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort so powerful]] he doesn't need armor, or [[TheBerserker he just doesn't care about defense]].

The LogicalExtreme of WalkingShirtlessScene. See also EvilIsSexy for villains who wear [[TheissTitillationTheory just enough]]...

Not to be confused with [[AttackAttackAttack military frontal assault]], or anything of the kind done by [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Neo Zeon forces.]] Also not to be confused with InformedEquipment, the trope formerly known as Fight In The Nude.

Oh, and a side note. When someone does this, it's a good sign that they might be a ShamelessFanserviceGirl.

Has nothing to do with the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Char Clone of the same name]], nor does it show up in the ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFullFrontalAssault Ratchet and Clank]]'' game titled as such.


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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Right in the 1st episode, Index challenges Touma to use his [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]], since she didn't believe in its powers (just as he doesn't believe in her magic). He uses it on her "Walking Church" (A magic priests robe to shield her from danger). Since the magic that sustained her robe was nullified, the robe goes into shreds and Touma gets an eyeful of her physique... And is bitten in revenge.
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', Lucy, after having escaped from an underground vault where she was kept in a full-body straitjacket chained to a steel cage, spends her first scene wearing nothing but a helmet, killing people left and right very messily.
* [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Greece]] references this a lot to Japan, and one can assume he has done it.
* [[LittleMissBadass Mamiko Kuri]] from ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' likes to [[InnocentFanserviceGirl go around naked]] and kills [[spoiler:her rapists]] in the manga while only wearing a short school blouse, no panties or skirt there.
* The ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' TV series has two examples:
** Incognito. We never see him with even a stitch of clothing on, and most of the time he is fighting or planning to fight Alucard. Granted, he barely looks like a human [[BarbieDollAnatomy and has no genitalia...]]
** Alucard technically counts as well considering that his clothes aren't really clothes, just another part of his body.
* Knives does this a few times in the ''{{Trigun}}'' manga and ''Trigun Maximum''. Made even more disturbing by the connotations of [[spoiler:{{twincest}}uous rape]] at the end of the manga.
* Mistress Centipede from ''Manga/InuYasha'', whose bottom half is a massive centipede, but whose top half is a very naked human woman. Also, Naraku. However, Naraku is only shown undressed when the lower portion of his body is covered in demons, he usually wears a pelt or robe of some kind, particularly with his newer form.
* [[EnemyWithout The Darkness of the Book of Darkness]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. Since [[HeelFaceTurn Reinforce Eins]] wears [[EvilIsSexy black leather]], this was probably the only way to make her dark side more evil-looking.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': The first time we meet Zodd, he's standing butt-naked and knee-deep in the corpses of Hawk members.
* ''Manga/CryingFreeman'', as part of its [[SoBadItsGood unintentionally hilarious portrayal of the criminal underworld]]. Apparently there is an unwritten rule among professional assassins that you cannot have a showdown without stripping first.
* Jo in ''Anime/BurstAngel''. Though given her features, [[BarbieDollAnatomy or lack thereof]], it looks like she's wearing a nude bodysuit.
* Two characters have a nude final confrontation at the end of ''Literature/{{Paprika}}''. Mercifully (or [[FetishFuel unfortunately]]), one has BarbieDollAnatomy.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Ghost -- who is the BigBad [[CuteAndPsycho Byakuran's]] trump card -- walks onto a raging battlefield naked, scarring and stunning even his own allies into wide-eyed fear. Apparently, [[SealedEvilInACan it isn't his lack of clothes that got them horrified]]...
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', Seiya attacks [[spoiler: Gemini]] Saga, which only [[ClothingDamage destroys]] the [[spoiler: Pope]] robe he's wearing; Saga ends up naked, in the shadows. Yeah, he dons his armor a few seconds after, but seeing him naked in the shadows during these seconds is pretty intimidating. In the OVA Seiya himself does this, to [[spoiler:Apollo]] nonetheless.
* A voluntary heroic example in ''Anime/{{Madlax}}''. In episode 16 the title ActionGirl throws off her [[WomanInWhite white dress]] to serve as a distraction before attacking the goons out to get her and Vanessa.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** In the Kyoto arc, Negi finds himself alone with Setsuna at the hot springs. Setsuna senses his presence and thinking he's an enemy, proceeds to attack him with her sword and [[GroinAttack grab his balls]] while they're both naked. She gets really awkward when she realizes it's her teacher, who's ten years old by the way.
** In one battle with Kurt Godel, Asuna [[spoiler:actually Fake!Asuna aka Shiori]] gets her clothes blasted off by a disarming spell and attacks anyway, because she's used to the ClothingDamage at this point. She still gets owned.
** Also, Homura, one of Fate's minions, tends to do this often whenever she transforms into a fire spirit, which results in her entire outfit being promptly incinerated.
** Dynamis briefly does this after [[BattleStrip causing his clothes to explode]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and making everyone go "WTF?!"]]. After one or two attacks, he clothes himself in massive battle armor.
** Paio II is perfectly willing to FlashStep out of her clothes and use them as a NinjaLog so she can attack her opponent from behind. She comments that being willing to do a full frontal assault increases her potential as a fighter.
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''
** Heroic version, PlayedForLaughs. The movie repeats the "toothpick" scene from the original series and 1.0 in 2.0 with ''Asuka'' instead of Shinji, with Misato's beer cans (and a plastic straw) instead of said 'picks. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqhLsnag8Eg He's washing the dishes, then turns and sees her naked.]] And the trope happens.
** That actually [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNK5FnoHBdk happened "earlier"]] (sorta), in the first ''[[VisualNovel Girlfriend of Steel]]'' game, during a brief attack on Tokyo 3. Shinji was staring through his window and Asuka was taking a shower; she had no idea that Shinji was at home so she ran outta the bathroom in the buff to see what was going on, but the enemy left extremely fast and she had no time to retrieve her clothes or a towel. Asuka then realised Shinji ''was'' at home [[RightBehindMe and right behind her]] and [[{{Tsundere}} kicks him in the face.]]
--->'''Shinji''': [[DeadpanSnarker Don't cover your head while leaving your bottom exposed]]...\\
'''Asuka''': [[GratuitousGerman VIELEN DANK]]! [[labelnote:Translation]]"Thank you very much!"[[/labelnote]] ''[kicks him]''
* Heroic example: Gray from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is pretty prone to these. Even while in the Guild he can suddenly and inexplicably end up naked, and it always surprises him. It is revealed that is a result of his teacher's training, she made him and Leon train naked in the snow so Gray strips off when he's not paying attention. Later on it doubles as a LetsGetDangerous when the pair do synchronized stripping when fighting tough opponents.
* Voluntary heroic example: ''Manga/KekkoKamen''. Fight crime while wearing boots, gloves and a mask... and nothing else.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Suzaku is wandering through a forest when he sees his classmate Kallen (who's secretly a member of the Order of Black Knights) [[WaterfallShower showering in a waterfall]]. He makes the mistake of revealing his presence; she instantly grabs her uniform, [[ScreamingWarrior whips out a knife and charges.]]
* Gyoubu from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' not only strangles people to death in the nude, he spends most of his screen time like that. His ninja ability allows him to fuse with his surroundings as long as he is naked.
* In the final arc of the original manga of ''Manga/RikiOh'', the first confrontation between Riki and [[BigBad Mukai]] involves the latter completely naked...and completely dispassionate. The (accurate) impression is that Mukai has no interest in acceding to human desires and/or expectations. Since he also ''sleeps'' that way (and no, he didn't have any company), the point is pretty obviously that when Riki came calling, he didn't adjust any part of his routine for him.
* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' the [[OneWingedAngel awakened beings]] fight naked, justified because their monstrous forms are too large or inhumanly-shaped for human clothes. Examples of this happening when they are "human" include...
** Riful is explicitly shown stripping before action so as not to ruin her clothes. Her lover Dauf apparently does this as well.
** Agatha appears as a naked woman connected to a giant monster by her hair. Although technically the naked woman part isn't her real body.
** The "Abyss Feeders" are monstrous yoma shaped into a human form. They appear as mindless, almost-naked women with their eyes and [[MouthStitchedShut mouths sewn shut]] and possess ridiculous [[HealingFactor regeneration]] abilities. They can usually heal damage to their bodies as fast as their opponents can inflict it and only a [[ChunkySalsaRule well-aimed blow to the head]] can kill them outright. Since their [[ClothingDamage scant clothes cannot regenerate]], when fighting they will inevitably end up completely stark naked given enough time.
** Priscilla also does this when fighting in awakened form [[note]]in which it can be excused since despite being humanoid she is just too big for the clothes she wears in human form[[/note]] and quite often in her human form too [[note]]where it can either be the result of her clothes being destroyed or else the result of her complete lack of understanding why she should wear anything[[/note]].
* A bit of FridgeLogic applied to the Kishin in ''Manga/SoulEater'' leads to the conclusion that the clothing he's seen wearing throughout the entire series is, in fact, still his own [[BodyHorror stretched out skin]] from when he was NakedOnArrival.
* In the first ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime, Moon faces her final enemy in the nude with her soul displayed on her chest.
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'':
** Shigure encountered a few assassins in the hot spring during the trip with Kenichi.
** Later, Shigure is captured by the organization Yami and she is stripped naked, a reasonable precaution since she can turn ''anything'', even a piece of cloth, into a deadly weapon. She manages to get needles into her mouth and break her restraints. Though her escape attempt fails, she kicks a lot of ass in the process.
* Tomoe from ''Anime/QueensBlade'''s first appearance.
* Subverted in ''Anime/GhostInTheShell''. Motoko Kusanagi ''looks'' like she's making her naked body invisible, but it's really a skintight thermoptic camouflage suit, seen in better detail later in the movie which makes it more distinct from her skin. She doesn't wear anything underneath it, but this isn't revealed until the climax, when [[spoiler:she tears her arms apart trying to pry off the hatch of the tank that's been hunting her. The camo suit shreds to pieces along with her body]].
* Invoked in ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', when local RubberMan 007 uses his powers to [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever grow many times his size]] and attack some mutated animals charging against him, 006 and 009. In the 2001 series, he's in a LoinCloth; in the original manga, he's naked.
* Maria from the ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' anime when transformed with a Cloneblade.
* Happens to both Toshihiko and Kazuma near the end of ''Anime/{{Kemonozume}}'' due to ClothingDamage.
* Kei, the local ActionGirl in ''Manga/GetterRobo'': ''Armaggedon'', pulls this right after [[spoiler: an OutOfClothesExperience in which she finds the equally naked Go. Who actually is her older brother. [[CloningBlues Sort]] [[MindScrew of]].]]. After this incident, she hops into her mecha in the buff and immediately attacks the enemy, curb stomping all of them.
** Cue the CrowningMomentOfFunny when she's done and opens her cockpit... and only ''then'' she realizes she's naked. But not before she gives her friend and partner [[GentleGiant Gai]] an ''epic'' NoseBleed, much to her ParentalSubstitute [[OverprotectiveDad Benkei's]] horror.
* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' Genji Ikusabe's kakugane ability gives him a near-instant HealingFactor as long as he's holding onto his spear. At one point during his fight with Papillion, his entire body is destroyed (along with his clothing,) leading to him regenerating and spending the rest of the fight stark naked.
* Heroic examples in''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** Second movie: [[spoiler: Lordgenome, the former BigBad, fights the final enemy naked while in his mech -- thankfully, he has a flame of Spiral energy censoring his wiener. Justified, as he was an OracularHead who recently had his body recreated. Shortly after, all of the Tengen Toppa Gunmen combine to form Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and Nia and Yoko are naked while its formed for some reason]].
** Earlier, in the HotSpringsEpisode, the main characters are enjoying a hot sauna bath when suddenly [[spoiler: the whole facility turns out to be an enemy mech in disguise]]; intended to lure them in and catch the off-guard. Most of the rest of the episode then consists of the team fighting [[NinjaMaid ninja]] / [[PlayboyBunny bunny]] girls and robots while buff naked. In most scenes, only a few, very obvious, SceneryCensor placements kept the naughty bits out of view. When [[TheRival Viral]] arrives moments later to duel Kamina, he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAZ7RDTuDrY&t=1m52s breaks off his intro speech]] in order to tell them to PleasePutSomeClothesOn.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** This goes all the way back to the first episode of ''Manga/DragonBall'', where Goku goes fishing naked so he doesn't get his gi wet. When a giant fish attempts to eat him instead, he kicks it around clad in nothing but his wristbands.
** Later, in the first TournamentArc, Goku was fully prepared to fight an opponent naked after all of his clothes were destroyed by his [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Oozaru]] transformation. Luckily, Krillin was there to convince him to borrow his uniform before resuming the match.
** At the end of the Red Ribbon arc, Goku chases down Pilaf and his henchmen to reclaim the last Dragon Ball he needs. During the fight, Goku's pants are burnt off, but does nothing to stop him from continuing the fight.
** Alien anatomy aside, once [[BigBad Freeza]] reaches his 4th form in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' he plays this trope straight. Nobody comments on it, though it may have been because they were terrified by his sudden switch from AxeCrazy to TranquilFury.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Goku's clothes are [[ClothingDamage blasted off]] and he remarks that he doesn't really mind fighting naked, but Pan insists that he [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn put some clothes on]]. The villain even pauses their fight [[NiceJobFixingItVillain so Goku can do so]]! [[NakedPeopleAreFunny Played for laughs]], of course.
* Episode 4 of the ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' OAV series had a scene where most of the [=SV2=] members were in a communal bath, when the water on the men's side suddenly turned red. Everyone on that side screamed, to which Kanuka Clancy responded by jumping out of the bath, running over to the men's side, and pointing a gun through the doorway. (Yes, she had a gun with her even when in the bath.) Noa Izumi is the one to tell her to [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn please put a towel on]].
* A hentai OVA called ''F-Force'', featured the hero and his female fighters finishing the BigBad off completely naked. No BarbieDollAnatomy, naturally.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' sometimes has a case where the murderer has no evidence on their clothes due to having killed naked. [[spoiler: One case's main evidence of the murderer was a picture of a mole on the collar bone... but no suspect had such a mole. Turns out the murderer killed naked and the 'mole' was actually a blood drop.]]
* In the ''Anime/RayearthOVA, the three Magic Knights pilot their Masshin in the nude. Made [[FanDisservice much less fanservicy than you'd think]] due to the horrifying injuries they get as well.
* Kaipan from ''{{Manga/Kochikame}}'' is a PlayedForLaughs version -- he always [[BattleStrip removes his Speedo]] before fighting, and often insists on getting others in on the nudity as well.
* In the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Bount filler arc, Yoruichi briefly fights off a Bount like this when she changes from her cat form into her human form. She never does this in canon, but given her legendary lack of shame, she probably would.
* Dark Schneider, the lead character of ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'', does this frequently.
* [[AxCrazy Suigetsu]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is introduced this way since his main ability is to [[ElementalShapeShifter turn into water]] and a full body transformation doesn't always include his clothing when he changes back.
* In the original (unedited) version of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', there are a few female monsters that are naked when summoned with the Solid Vision System, covering themselves [[GodivaHair with their hair]] (including Water Omotics and Dreamsprite). The dub version covers them with swimsuits.
* Sorta used in ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. When [[spoiler: Takato, Jenrya, Ruki and later Ryo [[FusionDance merge with their digimons]] ]], their clothes pretty much disappear and they're seen naked [[spoiler: "within their Mons"]]. Most likely symbolic, however.
* In ''Manga/ApocalypseZero'', Kakugo can't remain clothed, and will even strip naked to battle most of the enemies of the series.
* In one episode of the ''Manga/{{Tokko}}'' anime, Kureha is attacked by phantoms while taking shower, leading to a fight scene where she's slicing through a room full of phantoms completely naked. Also, since Kureha [[NoShirtLongJacket doesn't wear a shirt or bra under her leather jacket]], a few of her other fight scenes are a minor version of this trope since her jacket is shown occasionally flying open during fights, resulting in her fighting with her breasts fully exposed (though, this is edited out of the tv version).
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'':
** Sanageyama has twice attempted to continue a battle without his clothes on. [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn Gamagoori would rather he'd not]]. For added awkward, one of this times has [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/makotakesmeasurements_3333.png Mako]] taking... his measurements [[TeenyWeenie and not being impressed.]]
** Later on we also have the appropriately-named rebel army Nudist Beach. They do wear belts and straps to carry their gear, but those don't cover much.
** Ryuko, after she [[spoiler:abandons Senketsu upon the revelation that she's a life-fiber/human [[HalfHumanHybrid hybrid]]]] wipes out a small army of {{Mook}}s and then storms Honnouji Academy wearing nothing [[ModestyBedsheet but a bedsheet worn as a cape.]] Soon after, Satsuki [[spoiler: breaks free of the cell where she was being imprisoned by Ragyo]] and wipes out some of the same mooks while wearing nothing but a pair of shackles (and fighting with a single metal toenail blade.)
* The title character of ''Anime/BirdyTheMighty'' does this in the original manga when she goes out to Tsutomu's house to confront an alien, ignoring Tsutomu's request to "PleasePutSomeClothesOn''. In the OVA's version, however, she [[AvertedTrope obliges with the request]].
* In ''Anime/BladeAndSoul,'' Alka attacks a peeping tom during her bath in episode 1.
* Unusual example with Durbe/Dumon from ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' in that while Barian's anatomy is definitely different from human's, he's the only one to lack any form of "clothing"(Vector, Mizael, [[spoiler:Nash]] and [[spoiler:Merag]]) or armor (Alito, Gilag) making this more jarring.
* In ''Manga/OutlawStar'', the first time we see Melfina she's stark naked and about to kick some tail with the rest of the crew, who seemed to pay no mind to her nudity. This happens again a few times in the manga.
* In ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'', Aoi and Manami are in the bath when the burglar alarm sounds. Que both girls rushing outside with their guns without so much as grabbing a towel (although Manami ''does'' grab her helmet).
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan,'' Titans lack any sort of clothes. Admittedly, they have BarbieDollAnatomy, but the nudity helps emphasize [[UncannyValley how creepily inhuman they are]].
* Cuuko from ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' at first seems to wear something in her Cross Fire Sequence form. However, due to the fact that she is a humanoid alien, combined with BarbieDollAnatomy, it's either that she is wearing body paint or that it is part of her skin and is going naked by that standards.
* Toru Hagakure of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has a superhero costume consisting of only a pair of gloves and boots, which she takes off when things get serious. This is because she has the power of {{Invisibility}} which only affects her body, not her clothing, so she has to be an InvisibleStreaker for her powers to be useful.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the One-Eyed Owl is NakedOnArrival during TheReveal of [[SamusIsAGirl her]] identity. The sequel takes this a step further, with her frequently appearing covered in next to nothing. It is ''never'' a good thing, accompanied by horrifying scenes of [[BreakThemByTalking mind rape]], graphic torture, and maiming of anyone unlucky enough to be near her. Instead of being {{Fanservice}}, her nudity seems to be a combination ClothingDamage, psychological warfare, and a demonstration of her inhumanity and overwhelming strength.
* ''Anime/OnePunchMan'':
** This is the schtick of [[BadassGay Puri-Puri Prisoner]]. When he's not chasing down handsome young men, he's frequently erupting pecs-first out of his sweater vest to deliver a beatdown to the MonsterOfTheWeek.
** Saitama unintentionally does one when he takes out Mosquito Girl--his civilian clothes got scorched off by Genos' attack, but Saitama himself is much tougher than that. He seems completely oblivious to his nudity. Additionally, the monster on the receiving end of his killer slap didn't even realize that he was naked--[[CurbStompBattle not that she had time to]]. The scientists responsible for the monster, on the other hand, have to review the footage of the incident and are forced to ask why a butt naked bald guy just slapped their monster so hard she exploded.
* In ''LightNovel/LordMarksmanAndVanadis'', Elen comments that War Maidens like herself are trained to be ready to fight at all times, even when naked. We get an example when Ludmilla attacks Tigre after he walks in on her bath.
* Ubume from ''Anime/NinjaScrollTheSeries'' prefers to fight nude, excepting for her gauntlet (which stores a whip) and the metal plates she seems to have grafted on her belly and groin.

* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Leading_the_People Liberty Leading the People]]" probably deserves a mention, although she's meant to be the personification of Liberty rather than a literal person. And she's only ''half''-naked, anyway.
* This is pretty common in Classicism and its successor art-eras: The Renaissance and Neo-Classicism. The idea behind these periods was to show the human form. Because of this, many famous mythological and Biblical battles were depicted with fighters sans clothes. The most famous are probably the various statues of David killing Goliath (or depicted just before or after doing so).

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* Zarda in ''Comicbook/SupremePower''. After awakening from a centuries-long dormant state, she wandered into some Italian city, stole some clothes and killed everyone who got in her way (with a lance she broke off a statue, no less).
** The Amphibian, a mutant WildChild who lives in the ocean and doesn't wear clothes, killed a man who shot at her after she saved his drowning girlfriend (he thought the Amphibian tried to kill her).
** Doc Spectrum's crystal once took control of him at night and had him confront one of his government superiors naked, because that's how he sleeps.
** Also, Hyperion, when he flew so fast he mostly blew his super-suit off, and later [[spoiler: his government boss detonated the super-bomb in the military base he attacked.]] Supreme Power was pretty fond of this one all around, as befitting its [[DarkerAndEdgier Darker and Edgier]] nature.
* Very oddly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the last regular issue of ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'', when Gorilla Grodd attacks Earth-C. Grodd looks exactly like he normally does in ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' comics: a realistically-drawn gorilla. To the cartoon animal population of Earth-C, though, it's a Full Frontal Assault and makes him all the more horrible.
* In his ''ComicBook/SinCity'' graphic novel appearance, the Yellow Bastard is fully nude during [[spoiler:his final fight with Hartigan.]] [[GroinAttack It ends badly for him.]]
** [[{{Bowdlerization}} He was given boxers in the movie]], but he still suffered the same fate.
** Dwight's first encounter with Manute is this as well. He's just had sex with Ava and Manute has come to take her home. It doesn't go well.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' loves this trope, though it usually tends to be out of necessity or accidental. For example, Sandman can't turn his clothes into sand, and Electro and the Hobgoblin burn right through their clothes.
* ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'' gets a reference. It's invoked accidentally when some vampires bust in on the title hero sleeping in the nude. Naturally they crap themselves when he suddenly awakens. Backup comes, but naked Blade tears them to pieces too.
* In ''ComicBook/SecretSix'', Catman spends an issues-spanning flashback running around naked (the better to show off his [[ChestInsignia wicked cool scar]]) and expressing his displeasure towards the poachers that killed some lions. Seeing as this involves teaming up with the surviving lions and forcing the poachers to walk blindfolded through a field of their own traps, he is indeed scary enough to qualify for this trope.
** In a later issue he beats up some guards at a zoo while starkers.
* Played with in the [[FutureMeScaresMe Titans of Tomorrow]] arcs of ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', which features such curiosities as Robin as a gun-wielding Batman; Superboy as a Superman who calls Lex Luthor "Pa"; and Beast Boy as a feral, nudist Animal Man!
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers''. Back in the 1960's, when airline security was very casual, the Brothers take a plane trip with a carry-on bag full of marijuana. First a hijacker takes over the plane, then a second hijacker overpowers the first, then a third one takes over... eventually, Franklin strips naked and screams, "Take us back to Nashville or I will DESTROY US ALL with what I have in this bag!" (After they make it down safely, they turn down a TV interview, saying, "We gotta go get destroyed.")
* In ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'', Vanya is transformed into a nude White Violin.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': Dr. Manhattan is an unusual case. The nudity symbolizes his detachment from the human race, as well as emphasizing his utter invulnerability: ''nothing'' can hurt him, so why bother covering up? The only times he bothers to get dressed are at the request of others.
** It's worth noting that he starts out in a black bodysuit. As he grows increasingly inhuman, he wears less and less -- he's in a thong by UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
* Father, the first villain of Creator/WarrenEllis's run on ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}''. As if being a mass-murdering ImplacableMan with no flesh on his face who quotes Nietzsche while killing people isn't unsettling enough, he is also naked, probably as a result of being an ArtificialHuman recently escaped from the base of his creator.
* An issue of ''H.K.'', a comic by French creators Jean-David Morvan and Trantkat, features group of naked cybernetic women slaughtering the characters... in explicit detail, from a variety of angles.
* {{Wolverine}} did this a bunch during the time he was experimented upon at Weapon X, in part to show how he was being dehumanized to the point where human decency wasn't relevant.
* In "Get Mystique", Wolverine emerged from a body bag completely naked (he'd apparently blown himself up with a car bomb a few hours before) and didn't bother to get dressed before getting into "Senator Ralph Miles Brickman" (actually Mystique)'s bedroom, intending murder.
* And in the Wolverine comic ''Get Mystique'', the [[ComicBook/{{Mystique}} titular shapeshifter]] switches off her powers before [[http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmm43wwg9R1qzizmho1_500.jpg loading up]] with [[MoreDakka heavy weaponry]] and going into the final battle wearing an ammo belt and a SlasherSmile. Since her clothes are a product of her powers, she's naked for the whole fight.
* This happened to ComicBook/{{Venom}} a few times, when Eddie was separated from the Symbiote. (Some artists portray him wearing shorts under it, but others are more realistic). The most notable case was during his first limited series when [[CrazySurvivalist the Life Foundation]] forcibly removed it, and he [[EnemyMine had to help Spider-Man]] fight five mercenaries that had been given Symbiotes spawned from his Symbiote.
** Also notable in that series, because it seems to be the only time that the Venom symbiote generates the mass it attacks people with by taking it from that covering Eddie.
* Another ComicBook/SpiderMan example, Kraven the Hunter's son Vladimir did this at least twice [[KingpinInHisGym as a training routine.]] (While he didn't specifically say it, he was quite possibly trying to bring his bestial nature to the surface, something he deemed necessary for using his father's strength serums; the Kranioff family isn't exactly the best example of mental health.)
* A [[ComicBook/TheHulk Hulk]] comic from the 90's, where right after beating the hell out of Captain America, the savage Hulk had a particularly brutal fight with Thor, all while completely naked. The Hulk won.
* When Paige Guthrie, aka Husk (a founding member of ComicBook/GenerationX and occasionally a member of other mutant teams) uses her powers to turn her body into iron, diamond, adamantium, or whatever to fight an enemy, she's usually technically naked, although the effect itself conceals it.
* On a few occasions, Comicbook/RedSonja has broken out of a harem and fought while [[CensorShadow clothed only with shadow]].
* In an issue of ''[[ComicBook/XMen Uncanny X-Men]]'', Rogue and Wolverine ended up in Genosha naked and tried to fight their way out like that.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Slaine}}'' (a ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' story), going into battle "skyclad" is only one of a number of outré battle customs used by Sláine Mac Roth's tribe to demonstrate their fierceness and unnerve the enemy.
* Happens all the time in ''ComicBook/{{Crossed}}'' and its spinoffs, due to the Crossed being completely AxCrazy, not to mention rape crazy.
* The ComicBook/SavageDragon frequently fights naked due to being NighInvulnerable but not having MagicPants.
* In his last moments before he got shot, [[spoiler:Joe Ridgeway]] of ''ComicBook/LockeAndKey'' leapt naked out of his bathtub quoting Shakespeare and hitting the BigBad with a rocks glass.
* In the "The Collective" arc of ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' (vol. 1), Alaskan mutant Michael Pointer is literally possessed by the vengeful spirit of a dead Chinese mutant who idolizes Magneto, who also happens to drag along the power sets of all the mutants who were depowered on [[ComicBook/HouseOfM M-Day]]. After the initial explosion, which destroys his entire hometown, he starts walking to the lower 48 across Canada, obliviously destroying anything and anybody in his path. Throughout the four-issue arc, he is starkers -- his clothes were burnt off right at the start. At one point, he grows to giant size.
* Burnout of ''ComicBook/{{Gen 13}}'' once ended up in this situation when he saw an airplane going out of control and used his fire powers to fly up there, accidentally incinerating his swim trunks in the process.
* The ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'' is always naked, although he doesn't possess any visible genitals. A planet-devouring cosmic entity probably doesn't see any need to give his servants the ability to procreate sexually.
* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': After Hera finds out that [[spoiler:Zeus had an affair with Queen Hippolyta and thus is Wonder Woman's father]], she angrily attacks Queen Hippolyta with an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] while wearing nothing but her peacock feather cape.
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''
** In one storyline, one of the guys runs Sara's character in her absence. After [[RulesLawyer Brian]] points out that [[ShedArmorGainSpeed lightening the character's encumbrance lets her attack faster]] , they carry this to its logical conclusion by having her charge into battle naked carrying nothing but her weapon. This works for a while, but ultimately gets the character killed. Sara is [[BewareTheNiceOnes not amused.]]
** In another (one-panel) strip, the players' characters are attacked by a crazed naked man wielding a broken lance. Considering [[LeeroyJenkins their usual attitude toward NPCs,]] the Knights are surprisingly tolerant of this.
---> '''[[BloodKnight Bob]]:''' Hey, this guy seems pretty kewl. Maybe he'll join our party.
* The Spartans in Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred'' wear nothing but a helmet and cape into battle. The movie gives them leather thongs, for [[MoralGuardians obvious reasons]].
* Flash in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' wears nothing but a helmet.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Uber}}'', a Nazi [[LieToTheBeholder Geltmensch]] tries to exterminate the residents of Bletchley Park while stark naked. Justified since Stephanie realized that he was a Geltmensch just after she'd finished having sex with him.
* In ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle,'' Jaime's PoweredArmor destroys his clothes when it activates, but can instantly recreate them when it turns off. At the end of the Reach Invasion arc, however, the Negotiator forcibly deactivates the Scarab and rips it from Jaime's body; as such, he's naked and powerless as he escapes their brig, kicks their asses and manages to get it back.
* In ''ComicBook/OrphanBlade'', Frau spends the whole final battle wearing nothing but a mask, because she arrives as a disembodied head, and after regenerating the rest of her body, she has no time to find any clothing.

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* In StealthParody fanfic ''Fanfic/BatmanNemesisFight'' by Peter Chimaera, Catwoman pretends to have switched sides so she can have sex with Batman. But then she reveals "That was a trick. I am not good like I said. I am always evil!!" and fights Batman and Robin naked.
* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfiction ''With Heart and Underwear of Fire'', Itachi does this in order to fight Naruto's alter ego Boxer-sama.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'', in the {{Deadpool}} / ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} episode. Deadpool was not expecting Dr. Manhattan to do this, and the segment between the two takes about two, three seconds:
-->'''Deadpool:''' Hi, I'm a Marv-- ''[suddenly looks down and to his right]'' '''WHOA!''' ''[static cutaway]''
* In ''Roleplay/DCNation'', Hades forced the Titans to compete naked when attempting to win Donna Troy back from death. Part of the reason was to mess with their heads. Of course, Starfire casually drops her skimpy costume, turns to the rest of the bunch and announces they all have nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. Donna also strips, despite being the "prize" rather than one of the combatants because...[[TrueCompanions well, it's the Titans]]. "Running into hell naked to rescue a teammate" has turned into a RunningGag in Nationverse when describing the team's mentality.
* In ''TheLifeOfTheLegendaries'' Noland ends up fighting two naked grunts aboard the ''[[CoolAirship Hikokyu II]]''. Granted, he did steal their clothes beforehand so he could sneak by security.
* The entire gay population in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a85Xdmk_WIA this]] ''Manga/KusoMisoTechnique'' fan video, though they all have flowers covering them.
* In ''FanFic/ThuumOfADistantUtopia'', [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Arturia]] goes through much of Helgen unknowingly flashing everyone, not noticing that the dragonfire she withstood earlier burned off most of her clothing. She responds [[LuminescentBlush appropriately]] when [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Ralof]] points it out and [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn accepts the robes he gives her]].

* The Charles Bronson film ''Film/TenToMidnight'' features a serial killer who strips down before committing his murders in order to minimize potential evidence like bloody clothes.
* In ''Film/BeastsOfNoNation'', a NDF machine gunner is seen stark naked, aside from his non-genital-covering ammo belts.
* Every ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'', [[ItWasHisSled obviously]]. (Justified because the androids cannot bring objects with them while traveling through time, including clothing, and as a result, are always naked when they appear in the present day.)
* Pinbacker from ''Film/{{Sunshine}}''. Made worse as he's covered in 3rd degree burns.
* The space vampires from ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}''. In particular, Space Girl's rampage in the research facility is a remarkably memorable example in cinema from the 80s.
* Weir from ''Film/EventHorizon'', who shows up bald, scarred-up and freaky for the final showdown in the gravity chamber.
* In ''Film/EasternPromises'', Viggo Mortenson's mobster Nikolai Luzhin is attacked by two knife-wielding mobsters in a bathhouse. He's badly hurt, but [[OtherStockPhrases you should see the other guys]].
* In the 1940 science fiction satire ''The Invisible Woman'', the title character, while able to turn invisible, was naked when she did so (justified because her clothes could not turn invisible along with her) making many audiences at the time regard the film as slightly risqué.
* Patrick Bateman from ''Film/AmericanPsycho'' will run after you naked with a chainsaw -- provided you let him keep his tennis shoes on.
* The inhabitant of room 237 in the film version of ''Film/TheShining''.
* In the 2007 ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' film, after listening to the Queen perform a song, Beowulf begins casually stripping naked in front of her. When questioned about it, he tells her that because Grendel is naked he will fight him naked. Her reaction is priceless. He then goes on to battle Grendel naked as the day he was born.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Mystique is always naked. This makes sense from a sci-fi point of view since her mutation only affects her own body and it works in a reptile-chameleon sort of way, so wearing clothes would simply be impractical; the 'clothes' she appears to wear are actually a part of her body, and she describes taking off these 'clothes' feels much the same as a snake shedding its skin.
*** She forms the basis for the mindset of walking around naked in her natural form in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. While she's weightlifting in the appearance of a normal human, Erik drops a barbell on her to demonstrate that she's not using her full potential if she's simultaneously concentrating on maintaining a human appearance. Shortly afterwards, she attempts to seduce Erik in her human form, only for him to insist that her real form is "perfection", and that nobody looks at a tiger and thinks its beauty should be covered. Her subsequent exposure of her natural blue form is her embracing the "Mutant and proud" philosophy.
** Wolverine's first rampage in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', of course.
*** Made all the more curious that he's naked once he escapes - immediately prior to that he was wearing a pair of ''briefs''.
** In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Mystique does most of her fighting in her mutant form, with no clothes on. This is lampshaded at one point when she's seducing a target and returns to her normal form, who up until that point was quite excited at the prospect of seeing her naked.
*** Ironically, this is the only scene in the film where she actually has real clothes; her LittleBlackDress was her shapeshifted skin, but the heavy fur coat she was wearing over it was real. Maybe it's more difficult to simulate bulky garments?
* A blink-and-you-miss-it scene in ''Film/{{Cthulhu}}''. As the apocalypse begins we see people stripping off their clothes and/or rioting as the protagonists drive down the road; one of them is armed with an assault rifle (the soccer mum who opens up on them with an [[CoolGun MP5]] moments later is fully clothed though).
* In the French [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] ''La Guerre des Boutons'' -- and the Irish {{remake}} ''The War of the Buttons'', the boys of two villages are at war. When somebody is captured, they cut off the buttons of his clothing. To avoid this, in one battle the boys attack naked.
* In ''Film/TheHangover'', [[spoiler:Leslie Chow leaps out of the trunk of their car butt naked while attacking them with a crowbar. It is never explained exactly WHY his character is naked.]]
* Guy Pierce's protagonist in ''Film/{{Memento}}'' isn't exactly given a choice, seeing as a would-be assailant attacks him while he's in the shower. Still, he improvises, beats him up, and locks him in the closet. (And when he comes back five minutes after getting help and getting dressed, he's already forgotten what happened; due to his anterograde amnesia, he can't remember recent events.)
* Alice Tseng's character in the Taiwanese movie ''Ninja: The Final Duel'' (later edited into 'Shaolin Dolemite') fights off enemies after leaping out of a bath.
* In ''Film/DuelToTheDeath'', some female ninjas whip off their clothes to force a Shaolin monk to avert his eyes and be captured.
* In the French movie ''Le Poulpe'', a woman is attacked while bathing, but she hears the thugs coming, so she steps out and greets them with a gun. They comment that she doesn't have the balls to shoot them (and we're presented with an uncensored shot from navel to knee as evidence), until one pisses her off and she shoots him in the foot.
* Lady Marsh in ''Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm'' attacks while nude in the end. The climax features her mostly nude in a HumanSacrifice scene.
* The killer in crime-slasher mishmash ''10 to Midnight'' commits almost all of his murders (including a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Speck Richard Speck]]-esque attack on a woman's dormitory) while completely naked.
* Mary Hatchet of ''Film/BloodNightTheLegendOfMaryHatchet'' commits several murders while nude. More terrifying than {{Fanservice}}, considering how utterly deranged and creepy she looks, even before becoming a ghost.
* In the Bruce Willis film ''Film/LastManStanding,'' the main character gets ambushed while he's in bed; his lack of clothes doesn't stop him from slaughtering his attackers.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in the thriller ''Naked Fear''. A serial killer (based on real-life murderer Robert Hansen) kidnaps women and then hunts them through the New Mexico wilderness. He strips ''them'' naked to increase their feelings of vulnerability and terror.
* Dr. Manhattan in the film of ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', as per the original graphic novel. The difference is that moviegoers were absolutely transfixed by the glowing blue peen, to the point that it has been elevated to a co-starring role in many viewers' minds.
* The killer in ''Halloween Night'' is beaten up by a naked LipstickLesbian.
* From 1971 comes an obscure Western called ''Catlow'' and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOGpC75s0Y8 this scene]] that is both a played-straight version of this trope and a subversion of DefeatByModesty (of the "cornered while bathing" variety, not the "strip off clothes while fighting variety"). And yes, that is [[Creator/LeonardNimoy Mr. Spock]] kicking ass naked.
* The title character of ''Film/{{Bronson}}'' has a tendency to do this, often combined with greasing up to make it more difficult for the prison guards to get a grip on him and subdue him. Despite Bronson being played by Creator/TomHardy, these are not {{Fanservice}} moments.
* The Angry Princess from the 2001 remake ''Film/Thir13enGhosts''. Like the other ghosts of the house, she appears as she did in death -- which in her case was brought about by slashing herself with a butcher knife in the bathtub.
* The ending of ''Film/ASerbianFilm'', when [[spoiler: Milos finally snaps from all the hell he's been put through on set and kills the entire film crew while in the nude. He even uses his penis to skull-fuck a man to death.]]
* At the end of ''Film/SleepawayCamp'', [[spoiler:Angela -- or should we say [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Peter]] -- is fully naked and holding the severed head of her last victim. The reason for her notorious expression is because they put a mask on a college student stand-in for that last scene.]]
* The title character in ''TNT Jackson'' fights topless.
* Alan Bates and Oliver Reed's (in)famous fireside naked wrestling match in Ken Russell's "Women In Love".
* Sorta used in the second ''Film/RushHour'' movie. Lee and Carter are attacked when they're nude and in a massage parlor, so they have to both fight their rivals and [[HandOrObjectUnderwear try to preserve their own "modesties"]]. At the end of the fight, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny they get thrown out of the place naked and have to resort to whatever's handy to cover themselves.]]
* In ''Black Rock'', women being chased through the woods by killers are forced to take off their clothes when they get wet to prevent themselves from freezing to death (not played for {{Fanservice}}, it's very harsh and realistic). They then use a pocketknife to make spears out of branches and prepare to fight back against their attackers.
* MichaelCaine, a cockney gangster displaced to Newcastle in ''Film/GetCarter'', sends two thugs packing by threatening them with a shotgun. he then calmly drives them down a street. Whilst stark bollock naked.
* In ''Film/SchoolTies'', the Matt Damon's PoliticallyIncorrectVillain starts a brawl in the school shower, his hate directed towards Brendon Fraser's character in one of many racially-charged conflicts in the movie.
* ''Film/ShootEmUp'' combines this with DestructoNookie, as the male and female lead doesn't let a squad of armed goons interrupt their lovemaking; Smith guns them down while he and Donna are still going at it. [[BondOneLiner "Talk about shooting your load."]]
* The heroine of ''Sex & Fury'' has en epic fighting scene "in the nude".
* Cammi's husband charges Jack's car ''au naturel'' in ''Film/{{Sideways}}'' when Miles sneaks into the house to steal back Jack's wedding ring. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact that the couple are in the middle of makeup sex.
* ''Film/{{Borat}}'' has [[FanDisservice a downright repulsive]] (and downright hilarious) one where Borat catches Azamat, uhm, [[ADateWithRosiePalms "admiring" his Pamela Anderson magazine.]] Suffice to say, these two are ''not'' guys you want to see naked.
* In ''Film/MyBloodyValentine3D'', Frank and Irene have sex in a motel, but he acts like an asshole afterwards and tries to leave. Irene angrily follows him into the parking lot without bothering to dress and pulls a gun on him. He tells her to put some clothes on and calls her bluff because the gun isn't loaded, but she throws it and nails him in the head. [[spoiler:When she returns to her room, she gets attacked by the SerialKiller, and gets some good hits in before getting killed.]]
* In the ''Film/DOADeadOrAlive '' movie, the police enter Christy's hotel room while she is showering to arrest her. She flirts and flaunts her body to make them drop their guard, then kicks their asses.
* PlayedForLaughs in the Creator/JackieChan movie ''The Accidental Spy''. An ''hilarious'' fight scene starting in a Turkish bath has Chan's character fighting in the nude against a couple of {{Mooks}}, in a ''busy'' Istanbul market... all the while desperately trying to [[HandOrObjectUnderwear cover up using newspapers, hand brooms, bowls of spice and other objects]].
* When Guerrero returns from the dead in ''Film/DeadInTombstone'', he rises naked from the grave and does not retrieve his clothes until after he has made his first kill.
* Tate in ''Film/KenPark'' [[spoiler:kills his grandparents]] while in the nude, to prevent blood staining his clothes.
* In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', [[FatComicRelief Kimmel]] [[FanDisservice is naked in his]] PoweredArmor. The armor covers his crotch, but not his butt.
* In SeijunSuzuki's rather bizarre Yakuza film ''Film/BrandedToKill'' the #3 killer in Japan's own wife (who has spent a significant portion of the film running around nude already) tries to shoot him in their marital bed. Unlike most examples this is played for comedy without any form of SceneryCensor. Supposedly none of the actresses Nikkatsu had on contract were willing to show full frontal nudity on camera so they hired a burlesque performer named Mariko Ogawa for this, her only film role.
* In ''Film/ItFollows'', the "it" of the title often (though not always) [[{{Humanshifting}} takes the forms of]] nude or partially nude men and women (notably, the first time "it" is shown to the audience, it is in the form of a fully-naked middle-aged woman). This only serves to make it even more unsettling.
* In ''Film/DancesWithWolves'', when one of the local Indians is trying to steal John Dunbar's horse, John gets out of the bath to confront him. The sight of an angry, naked man approaching is enough to scare off the thief, but not before taking the horse. Subverted because no actual fighting takes place, though John was fully prepared to do so.
* In the 1975 TV movie ''The Legend of UsefulNotes/LizzieBorden'', Lizzie (played by [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Elizabeth Montgomery]]) takes off all her clothes before chopping up her father and stepmother with an axe. This has been suggested as a possible explanation for the lack of bloodstains on the real Lizzie Borden's clothing, which was one of the main reasons she was acquitted. [[note]]A more likely explanation, assuming she was guilty, was that the bloodstains were on a dress she is known to have burned a few days after the murders.[[/note]]
* In ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'', during his first fight with Ajax, Wade removes his tattered hospital robes when they catch fire, having nothing underneath.

* Literature/{{Tarzan}} was sometimes naked in the original works by Edgar Rice Burroughs, even as an adult. ("Clothing was a hindrance and a bother", claims the character in one story.)
* From the same author, this happens all the time in the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' books. There's actually very little attention drawn to it, but it's also made clear that nobody on Barsoom wears any clothes other than jewelry and a harness on which to hang their weapons.
* Patrick Bateman in ''Literature/AmericanPsycho''.
* Zabulon from ''Literature/NightWatch'' in the first part. One MagicPants-less shift to demon form and one spell expiration later, he's ''still'' swinging at the agents of the Night Watch, [[spoiler: trying to get them to break the truce]]. Anton even describes what Zabulon's junk looks like. [[FanDisservice In demon form. It's not something you want to know about.]]
* Literature/{{Discworld}}'s ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' has a literary example in Angua's older brother Wolfgang. Wolfgang has the [[NietzscheWannabe Übermensch-complex]] in spades, and an assumption that humans are inferior to Werewolves. He does wear clothes on occasion, such as when attending public events, but when fighting or at home he's always naked.
** Angua herself did this to a ship full of Klatchians in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', being that she chased Ahmed there as a wolf. Ahmed, being the total [[ObfuscatingStupidity not-idiot]] that he is, ignores the assault and proceeds to do go about things as he does.
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Cohen says this is a "sign of a good [[TheBerserker berserk]]". "If anyone laughs, stab him one."
** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'' Vimes has been stuck in the past and when he's restored to the right time he doesn't have his clothes. Instead of trying to get any, he goes chasing after Carcer immediately.
* Heroic example is in a ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse novel: ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}''. [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mace Windu]] is cornered by some Mooks in what is effectively a locker room... who notice to their slight shock that, unlike most people would when confronted naked, he doesn't even flinch. Windu, being the badass that he is, proceeds to beat the shit out of the thugs.
** The StarWarsExpandedUniverse also has the Echani culture, a ProudWarriorRace who view combat as a form of communication. Their personal duels, including courtship rituals, involve wearing as little as possible as to not impede movement (which they see as garbling the message). If they have to concede to wearing armor, it is as light and flexible as possible, often backed up by an energy shield (like the fighters in ''{{Franchise/Dune}}).'' At least two Echani duelists became Jedi Masters, meaning the style is known to the Order, and probably translated quite well, seeing as Jedi rarely wear armor.
* A female example is done in the ''Shanna'' series.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' example: Eddie Dean's HeroicBSOD in ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree'' involves shooting the hell out of the office of a mob boss while nude. Roland compliments him later on his courage; apparently, it's hard to be a badass while naked.
* Another Creator/StephenKing instance: one of the more frightening "phone crazies" Clay encounters at the start of ''Literature/{{Cell}}'' is nude except for sneakers and is using car radio antennae as weapons.
* In ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Stone of Tears]]'', Kahlan leads a midnight raid on an enemy camp, full of formerly D'Haran soldiers, with her own forces (herself included) naked and painted white, to represent ghosts of an old tribe (which tended to fight naked and aroused) who scared the bejeezus out of D'Harans.
* A number of {{Wild Child}}ren, such as Mowgli in Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' and Nanga in ''Jungle-Born'' (1924) by John Eyton, fight battles with villainous animals while in their accustomed state of nakedness.
* In ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', serial killer Buffalo Bill enjoys hunting his victims naked in his darkened basement, and does so when going after the hero, Clarice Starling.
* A heroic example occurs in the last book of ''Literature/TheImmortals'', where Daine goes after [[BigBad Ozorne]] in eagle form. This trope comes into play when she changes back to a human: her clothes don't change with her.
* In ''Literature/{{Nightfall}}'' (based on Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story), when the titular climax occurs, many people are driven mad and civilization is turn upside down. After the climax, one of the characters narrowly avoids an encounter with a feral man who hunts other people for food and who wears nothing but a belt in which he keeps his [[KnifeNut many knives]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Used for comedic suspense in ''Literature/StormFront''. Called out of the shower by an escalating series of unexpected guests, Harry Dresden winds up naked in a situation that just keeps getting worse.
*** The villains take a turn at this when Harry interrupts a sex-powered magical ritual in progress and the couple who are providing the lust-energy start firing guns at him, still nude.
** Subverted in the third Dresden book, ''Literature/GravePeril''. This time, when Dresden winds up naked -- in a vampire court's laundry room -- he puts on [[spoiler: [[GoofyPrintUnderwear a pair of duck-covered boxer shorts]]]] before going into battle. An insane vampire-groupie, however, remains unclad.
** In ''Cold Days'', Harry's clothes are disintegrated by [[spoiler:Demonreach's]] wards, and he's naked throughout the ensuing climactic fight. Harry even invokes this trope as a tactic. [[spoiler: Fix thinks Harry has had a FaceHeelTurn, and Harry deliberately enrages him because it makes him fight sloppily. He does so by playing up his own nudity and mentioning that he should show Fix's girlfriend what a real man is like, and laughing that it's good that visibility is so low, because SomethingElseAlsoRises.]]
* Creator/JackVance's ''Literature/PlanetOfAdventure'' saga has a memorable Full Frontal Assault. Ylin-Ylan is one of the Yao, a people with an extraordinarily strict code of pride and etiquette -- imagine the most exacting dictates of Victorian England melded with the complexities of court life in Ancient Japan. When Ylin-Ylan finally loses it over being slighted in love, she turns up at dinner completely naked, holding a gun and a knife: when she gives up on ''restraint'', she goes all the way.
* By the end of ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'', all of Jack's tribe has discarded their clothing in favor of body paint. This is more of the animalistic type, though -- it's a sign of how far they've broken off from the society they started out in.
* The Aiel ProudWarriorRace in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' have no qualms about nudity, but a very strong taboo against showing their faces in combat; when a camp is attacked in the night, a fair few people join the defense wearing nothing but their veils.
* In ''Steel Rain'', one of Nyx Smith's ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' novels, a corporate security officer with a samurai mindset is attacked in her apartment by a huge cyborg and [[KatanasAreBetter chops him into junk]]. She then makes an emergency videophone call to alert her company's forces to the attack; it's not until the person she calls reacts to seeing her image that the reader learns she'd been butt-naked all through the fight.
* In ''Literature/GodEmperorOfDune'', an army of Face Dancers (shapeshifters) ambushes the titular God Emperor by impersonating Duncan Idaho, the leader of his Fish Speaker army. Duncan rectifies this by stripping down. He doesn't actually fight, but he does it mid-battle regardless.
* The Literature/ModestyBlaise novel ''The Silver Mistress'' has Modesty strip naked for her final battle with TheDragon. However, it's justified: he's at least as good at hand-to-hand combat as her, and much physically stronger. So she then greases herself up to make herself that much more difficult to get a grip on.
* Happens to ''Literature/DorianHawkmoon'' in one of Creator/MichaelMoorcock's novels. It's even on the cover of one paperback edition.
* Caramon Majere of the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' series has fought entirely naked on at least one occasion, and frequently wears little more than a LoinCloth. Being nude doesn't bother him (mostly because he doesn't have anything to be ashamed of), and if you don't have any armor handy, fighting naked is safer than fighting clothed -- a piece of loose cloth is something an enemy can grab during a scuffle, or it could get tangled in your weapon, or any number of other things.
* Paul's sister Alia fights a training machine while naked in ''Literature/DuneMessiah''.
* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', Ender must fight while naked when he's attacked by a bully in the shower.
* The ''Literature/{{Ravirn}}'' series has the Furies. As living embodiments of Vengeance, they fight without any regard for human values like modesty. Since they're NighInvulnerable enough that they don't need armor or protection against the weather, they don't see the point of wearing anything.
* A battle-to-the-death in Dan Simmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' occurs during "the Detective's Tale." Ambushed in bed, Brawne Lamia learns how harrowing -- and yet disconcerting to her foes -- it is to fight while naked.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheNobleDead'' has the ancient vampire Li'kan, who fights completely naked in the snow and ice high in a mountain range. Being undead, she isn't bothered by the cold.
* In ''[[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Flinx Transcendent]]'', Flinx removes his [=AAnn=] bodysuit to take a covert dip in a small pond, only to be spotted by an adolescent. He's forced to duel the young reptilian in the nude, to keep it from alerting its parents to his presence on the [=AAnn=] homeworld.
* In ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'' season 3 novel (and ComicBookAdaptation), the party is ambushed on a river while traveling by boat, but the attackers are greeted by a naked [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Elf]] and her bow. She had actually stripped down ''in anticipation'' of an ambush, on the basis that she may have to abandon ship (and as a bonus, it allowed her to sunbathe).
* The universe of ''SpaceCaptainSmith'' features Wainscott, the leader of an elite commando team. Wainscott fights naked whenever he can (partly to unnerve his enemies), which is unusual for a combat officer in what is otherwise an {{Expy}} of the British Empire. He's possibly a shout-out to Orde Wingate; see the Real Life example below.
* In Creator/MichaelKurland's ''Literature/TheUnicornGirl'', this is given a truly unique justification. The characters visit a Victorian-like world where most people cannot even ''see'' nudity, a fact which some thieves are very happy to take advantage of. When our heroes get accused of the crime, they end up resorting to a naked escape themselves.
* In ''Literature/TheOtherworldSeries'', the demon Bad Ass Luke goes into battle fully naked.
* In the Creator/CSLewis novel ''Literature/{{Perelandra}}'', Ransom fights the Un-man while totally naked. He doesn't really have a choice, since he was sent to the planet without any clothes.
* In the climactic battle at the end of ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber Sign of Chaos]]'', one of the antagonists [[OutOfTheInferno emerges from a fiery fountain]] wearing nothing but [[HandicappedBadass an eyepatch]] to battle the protagonist.
* In Creator/SteveAlten's ''[[Literature/{{Domain}} Resurrection]]'', Devlin and Lilith both do this in Xibalba, the former because his mutant features would be difficult to fit in clothes and the latter because [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl she loves being naked anyway]].
* At one point in "Cain" by James Byron Huggins, a super-soldier gets right up from the operating table and proceeds to rip his way through every guard in the secret military lab facility on his way out, clothed only in the blood of his victims.
* Karela the Red Hawk in RobertJordan's ''[[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan the Invincible]]''. Twice. Once while fighting Conan, once while fighting lizard men who attacked her bandit camp. The second time, she was wearing a cloak with nothing under it at the start of the attack, but she removed it and used it as part of her fighting style. She seems to spend as much time naked as clothed in this novel.
* ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'':
** A slight variation in the case of Vin, who twice ends up fighting in her underwear as a result of having to quickly discard a bulky and inconvenient PimpedOutDress. She also brings up the possibility that she'd need to fight off attackers naked while [[spoiler: she and Elend are heading north in search of the Well of Ascension after their hasty wedding, sharing a tent, and apparently having lots of sex.]] His comment: "I wouldn't mind watching that."
** Also Sazed gets himself stripped naked and thrown into jail so that he can bust Vin back ''out''.
* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novel ''The White Gryphon'', Hadanelith, a SerialKiller and [[MindRape Mind-Rapist]], conducts a series of assassinations against prominent members of Haighlei society... by climbing into their windows nude. This has several purposes: it shocks the victims, who are mainly high-class females, into being unable to resist; it avoids leaving evidence in the form of scraps of clothing or shoeprints; it helps frame the White Gryphon delegation since no Haighlei would ever consider such an act; and [[ForTheEvulz it amuses him]].
* In the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'', the fey Ladies were always naked, up until they changed tactics midway through the story. A chapter from one of their viewpoints notes that they do it explicitly to throw their enemies off-balance. The Princess of Killing Sparrow muses that nudity is a better weapon than you'd expect, and militaries should train against it. Funnily enough, once they start wearing clothes, people are more disturbed by ''that'', since it means that a group of insane women with armies of monsters at their command are changing unpredictably.
* In ''[[Literature/ElsabethSoesten No Good Deed...]]'', Elsabeth is dozing after a late-night tryst with a wandering minstrel at the inn at Friuli when she's awoken by an assassin attempting to knife her. She throws her covers over him as a distraction and finishes him off stark-naked. With her paramour of the night bewildered by the whole incident.
* An unplanned example in the Literature/CiaphasCain short story ''The Little Things'': when kidnappers go after a noblewoman (actually one of Amberley Vail's cover identities) Cain has his las pistol handy, but Vail had just gotten out of the shower. The only "weapon" she has available is the towel that had been wrapped around her moments before.
* ''Literature/TheTerror''. Lieutenant Irving encounters mutinous crew member Hickey dancing naked and assumes he's gone insane. When he goes to tell Hickey to GetAHoldOfYourselfMan, Hickey cuts his throat with a hidden knife. Being naked meant he didn't get blood on his body, and the dancing kept him from freezing in the cold.
* P.C Wren (the author of ''Literature/BeauGeste'') also wrote several short stories about the French Foreign Legion. In one a group of Legionnaires intent on killing "Sergeant-Major Suicide-Maker" gather naked to ambush him to avoid any tell-tale damage to their uniforms.
* Due to a series of typical calamities, ''Literature/McAuslan'' completes a night exercise almost completely naked. His despairing officer, Lieutenant Dand [=McNeill=], successfully bluffs an officer on the opposing team by assuring him that [=McAuslan=] is one of ''those'' men who likes to ''really'' go back to basics when stalking and killing the foe.
* In Literature/IronDruidChronicles, this is exceedingly practical if one is facing off against a druid, who can perform all manner of hijinks on any metals or natural fibres you might we wearing, such as binding them to the ground. Though nowadays, you can just wear synthetic fabrics.
* In ''Literature/TheWormOuroboros'', King Gorice XI. and Lord Goldry Bluszco engage in their "wrastling" match while completely buck naked.
* The Rukh from ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' are humanoid in appearance, but animalistic in behaviour, which means that they go to battle wearing absolutely nothing. Add to that the fact that they're far bigger than humans and BrainBleach is in high demand among the heroes whenever they fight them.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Tattooed Man from ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', to whom the recaps on TelevisionWithoutPity refer as [[FunWithAcronyms Creepy Ugly Naked Tattooed]] Guy.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': After shrinking away when Jaime first joins her in Harrenhal's baths, Brienne rises to confront him when he mocks her failure to protect Renly. It's so sudden and powerful that Jaime apologizes immediately.
* Tooms, (a {{mutant|s}} character in two episodes of ''Series/TheXFiles'' season 1) crawls into people's houses, through ducts and plumbing and such, naked. It was the actor's idea -- he realized it was creepier.
* In an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', the cadets at the military school are preparing for a survivalist exercise. Each guy brags to the next about how few supplies he's taking with him (thermal blanket/hatchet/matches/water tablets, thermal blanket/knife/flint, blanket/knife, etc). Badass cadet Stanley walks in, wearing nothing but camo body paint. [[OtherStockPhrases "Let's rock."]]
* Marbod Whitefalcon (in Yulia Latynina's ''OneHundredFields'') once took over a castle from inside almost singlehandedly and wearing nothing but his sword; justified in that he was taken prisoner and stripped of all his possessions previously, and didn't have the time to get dressed to preserve the element of surprise after escaping. This whole scene (and the fact that Marbod celebrated by laughing maniacally and eating a chicken while still naked and surrounded by hideously disfigured fresh corpses) still freaked out the Earthman who happened to be in his retinue very much.
* During the pilot for ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', [[RobotGirl Cameron]] beats the hell out of several men [[{{Fanservice}} while completely stark naked]].
* ''Series/MockTheWeek'': The round was Wheel of News and the subject was "Burglary". Andy Parsons contribution was to admit to sleeping nude as a tactic should he be burgled, as it would be more intimidating than confronting the burglar in [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/24109202@N04/3642142706/ "Paisley pyjamas"]]. At the other end of the scale, he said the idea could be improved by confronting the burglar wearing a gimp mask and saying "I'm so glad you came!"
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}},'' the first time we ever see Alpha, although he's not attacking anyone, he is naked. Then the camera pans to show us a dead woman and blood all over the floor, implying this trope.
* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' episode "War" begins with Nikita in the shower when several Red Cell agents come to kill her. She stalks and dispatches them while still nude.
* In ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'':
** The title character and his rival get into a [[HoYay nude wrestling match]].
** When Crixus is introduced, he's naked in the gladiator's communal bathing chamber. No actual fight ensues, but Crixus is definitely aggressive towards Spartacus, and establishing that he (Crixus) is ''the'' alpha male of this group of alpha males. The actor actually chose to play the scene completely (and quite obviously) nude, to give it a different impact and energy.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': The first kill we see from the Trinity Killer is incredibly creepy and completely naked. He always kills in a three-victim pattern (hence the name); he's clothed for the latter two, but the first involves breaking into a young woman's house, stripping naked and overpowering her, then severing her femoral artery to make her [[BloodIsSquickerInWater bleed out in the bathtub]].
* Inverted on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', when Tony is awakened by an intruder in his room and Gibbs and Kate rush in, all three drawing their guns. It's an inversion because the intruder is a harmless iguana: a fact that compounds Tony's embarrassment at having his colleagues come at his startled yell, only to find him stark naked (he sleeps in the buff).
* In a ''Series/CSIMiami'' episode, a divorce judge was murdered by [[spoiler: two boys, one in a relationship with the judge's daughter]] who stripped naked to avoid blood splashing their clothes when they shot him. [[spoiler: Their plan succeeded but didn't work out as well as they wished... [[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety should've tested their gun first.]]]]
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'':
** When Jackie is hurt in the line of duty, she acts as if she had faced a hugely dangerous situation. Her partner informs Roseanne that Jackie actually reached for a naked drunk man's equipment thinking he was going for a gun. He then tackled her and rolled down a flight of stairs with her. There is no end to her teasing.
** In another episode, Roseanne begins to have an argument with their neighbors. Basically, they're nudists, and Roseanne and Dan are trying to convince them to plant a hedge to block their windows because [[FanDisservice they're really, really old.]] The couple tells them to basically get over it and don't look if they don't want to see it. Roseanne mentions that it [[BileFascination kind of hard not to.]] When the couple says rather bitchily that they could, Roseanne simply retorts, "Oh, yeah?" '''(Rips open blouse.) "What color are my eyes?" The old couple runs screaming from the room.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' when [[spoiler: Cordelia, possessed by Jasmine]] is revealed to have killed Manny, the group theorize she must have stripped off her clothes as there was no blood on them and she wouldn't have had time to wash or had another change of clothes on her (see Real Life below).
* In ''Series/{{Justified}}'', Quarles strips naked before [[spoiler: torturing and sexually abusing Donovan, whom he is holding captive in his bathroom. Also, while Boyd's prisoner at Audrey's, Quarles opens his robe to annoy Jimmy. After Jimmy leaves the trailer, Quarles wraps a chain around Minerva's neck and threatens to strangle her, while his robe is still open.]]
* In ''Series/TrueBlood'', the Shifters, Werewolves, Werepanthers, etc cannot take their clothes with them when they transform, so they end up fighting nude at least once.
* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', [[spoiler:Bugsy Siegel attempts to kill Gyp Rosetti while he's having sex. Rosetti is full-frontal in the resulting gunfight (in which he uses his girlfriend as a human shield), and then strides through the carnage covered in blood and swinging free.]] It's strangely awesome.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'': Fighting in the nude is one of the {{Badass Boast}}s made by the dueling Celtic warriors in the "Boast Battle" rap.
* The trailer for ''Series/MarcoPolo'' shows a Mongolian woman taking on a group of soldiers completely nude. And ''winning''!
* ''Series/BlackSails'': Charles Vane killing the giant Albinus. Worth noting is the reason he's naked -- he's just been buried alive and dragged himself out of the grave to take vengeance.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* OlderThanDirt: Enkidu fought [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] naked. After the fight, they became... [[HoYay friends]].
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Antaeus was a giant who challenged everyone to wrestling matches, and much like the athletes in the Grecian Olympic Games, disrobed before doing so. Justified, however, because contact between his skin and bare earth made him stronger and invincible, as his mother was Gaia, the Earth Goddess herself.
* The most badass act of the [[TheBible Biblical]] character of Samson from the Literature/BookOfJudges was taking on hundreds of armed and armoured Philistines while he was butt-naked armed with nothing but a Donkey's jawbone.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has a few examples of naked or nearly-naked combatants, including the FetishFuel of the Sisters Repentia, the horrors of the Arco-flagellants, and the [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil in a Human Can]] of the daemonhosts. Of course, these three are in the same army at the same time, and their entire purpose is to die so their souls can be redeemed (hence the lack of armor). That's ''Warhammer 40K'' for you...
** Daemonettes, the typical daemons of Slaanesh, are occasionally seen fighting almost completely naked, though the most common offender of this is the Slaaneshi Keeper of Secrets, basically [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant woman/demon-like giants]] with crab claws and [[DualWield multiple swords]].
** Literature/CiaphasCain fights a Slaaneshi cultist who sports leather thigh-high boots, gloves, and face mask... and that's about it. It's implied that Cain fights several cultists in a similar state throughout ''The Traitor's Hand''. Then again, as followers of Slaanesh, public streaking is the [[YouDoNotWantToKnow least of their offenses...]]
** The Kroot have sense organs spread about their body and decentralized genitalia, so they prefer to go about nearly naked to better feel the environment. They only wear some straps and pouches for holding things, and maybe a few small ceremonial items.
** Dark Eldar Wyches have skimpy outfits as a general rule, and they tend to get skimpier as the Wych's battle prowess improves. The most skilled fight almost in the nude.
** A example from it's fantasy predecessor, Savage Orcs go into battle wearing no armor, believing their war paint will protect them. [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve That's not to say they are wrong...]]
* Heshon, the Lost Atlantean Goddess of the Wilds from the RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', is described as an attractive, naked wild woman with bird talons.
* In ''TabletopGame/AtlantisTheSecondAge'' you get additional experience from fighting naked (though simply not wearing any kind of armor is enough to get this bonus).
* The members of clan [[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Gangrel]] usually aren't keen on wearing any clothes.
* [[DarkActionGirl Battlebabes]] in Vincent Baker's ''[[AfterTheEnd Apocalypse World]]'' RPG can have an ability called [[WaifFu Impossible Reflexes]] that protects them from harm when unencumbered; the actual rules are Armour +1 when wearing normal clothes, and Armour +2 when naked or nearly naked.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'':
** There's the "Bulletproof Nudity" optional rule, for a certain kind of cinematic game -- the less you wear, the harder you are to hit. For many players, this rewards you for dressing your character up in cheesecake armor. For a certain kind of player, this rewards battlefield streaking.
** If you're a SuperHero with SuperToughness and get hit by a high explosive missile while in your civilian clothes, or if you don't have the [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper Costume]] advantage while in a superhero battle... Well, the GM is well within his rights to decides that while you are unharmed... [[ClothingDamage Your clothes aren't]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** The Deathlord known as the Bishop of the Chalcedony Thurible has a "war form" that actually ''exaggerates'' this -- not only is it naked, it sprouts multiple sets of genitals. Not many people ''like'' the form (once described by a snarky freelancer as a "monster made of dicks"), but it's there.
** The Melkin Fool in Red; a Solar Night Caste who was captured, tortured and converted by the Lover Clad in the Raiment of Tears, she looks like a harlequin... Except she doesn't wear clothes. Try not to think too much about it.
** Lunars are also likely to do this, for all of the reasons mentioned above. Depending on personality and circumstances, of course.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** In some early editions of nymphs actually use their nudity as a weapon. Their beauty is so great that even seeing a ''clothed'' one can render a mortal blind, and seeing one naked can be literally fatal to the viewer. (This was eventually changed in later editions; nymphs either focused their beauty as a sort of overwhelming aura, or in the most recent edition, didn't have powers based on their beauty at all. Seduction and trickery, however...)
** One of the villains in the module ''Vault of the Drow'' (''way'' back in 1978) was Silussa, a [[HornyDevils succubus]] consort of the drow vampire Belgos. ''Both'' illustrations featuring her were of a fighting stance not wearing a thing, suggesting that's how she confronted the Player Characters. (She would appear much later in ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' where Piffany's magic covered her with censor bars.
** And then, of course, you the home-brew scene, with the best examples being [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Skyclad_(3.5e_Feat) Skyclad]], a feat that grants heightened awareness and extra AC through near-nudity (you can't cover your chest or crotch, everything else is fair game), it's sister feat, [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Skyclad_Warrior_(3.5e_Feat) Skyclad Warrior]], which give war-paint-clad fighters increased speed and Damage Reduction on top of that, and a Prestige Class, the [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Skyclad_Practitioner_(3.5e_Prestige_Class) Skyclad Practitioner]], which takes away ALL of your armor slots (jewellery, belts, and backpacks are still fine) while helping alleviate the [[ExposedToTheElements logistical]] pratfalls of never wearing clothes and giving added benefits, like heightened spellcasting, some at-will abilities (Detect Magic, Freedom of Movement, the aforementioned Endure Elements), and benefiting from more pieces of enchanted jewellery at once.
* The [[MultiArmedAndDangerous marilith]] on the [[http://rpggeek.com/image/769428/lamentations-of-the-flame-princess-deluxe-edition cover]] of the ''Lamentations of the Flame Princess'' boxed set: bare-naked, true, but [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette creepy, pallid]], [[SnakePeople serpentine]], and [[FanDisservice decidedly not sexy]].

* The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden staged a production of ''Theatre/{{Salome}}'' by Richard Strauss with a local busker strangely cast as a naked, blood-splattered executioner.
* In ''Theatre/{{Equus}}'', Alan's [[EyeScream attack]] on the horses is done in the nude.
* In ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'', General Butt-Fucking Naked earned his name by committing atrocities "butt-fucking naked." When preparing to deliver an AssShove to one of the protagonists, he starts stripping his clothes off. He's based on the real [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Butt_Naked General Butt Naked]] of Liberia.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Bethesda sandbox games such as ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' allow your character to (almost) go commando. Needless to say it sparks several witty remarks from [=NPC=]s...
** The Werewolves in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'''s Bloodmoon expansion would attack the player while naked. This wouldn't have been an issue if they didn't also attack you while human as well.
*** [[CatFolk Khajiit]] and [[LizardFolk Argonians]] don't wear underwear in the base game, so this is possible with them.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', while this never happens in the actual game, one of the in-game books describes the Forsworn hero Red Eagle going into battle alone equipped with only his sword and war paint. He still managed to kill many of his enemies.
** There is even a [[http://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/54676/ mod]] in Fallout 3 and NV for just such a character.
* Adult Alma in ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon''. The most disturbing part about her being naked is that in ''Project Origin'', [[spoiler: ''she rapes you!'']]
* ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' frequently strips the PlayerCharacter of her armor, leaving this the only option if she gets into a fight before reclaiming her gear. This is generally a very bad idea, however.
* Mentioned but not shown in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'': one of the Black Whirlwind's exploits before joining your party was single-handedly storming an enemy fortress "piss-drunk, buck naked and screaming like a maniac" in his words. It's heavily implied (or outright stated) that this worked because the soldiers thought he was crazy. Checking his journal during the battle where you control him directly reveals he has a checklist upon waking, one of which is "do I have clothing?" And how to handle the inevitable fight if there is no clothing.
* Ditto ''VideoGame/WatchDogs''. When Aiden is infiltrating the Black Viceroys' Chicago tenement stronghold, several heavily-armed and armored gang members in the parking lot can be overheard discussing an [[NoodleIncident altercation with a rival gang]] in which the Viceroys' leader, Iraq, charged screaming at his rivals wearing nothing but the automatic rifle in his hands. Both sides were equally freaked out. Just one of several indications that Iraq might be [[AxeCrazy just a bit unstable]].
* Also mentioned but not shown in ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect''. In the second level (1928 Scotland), Captain Ash says, "In the best tradition of the British, I suggest a full-frontal... dahhh, assault, that is." The game is full of double- and triple entendre.
* Pigsy, the criminally insane, [[ChainsawGood chainsaw-wielding]] maniac from ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}''. Don't worry, he isn't completely nude... he's wearing the decapitated head of a pig as a hat.
* The Shade class in ''AnarchyOnline'' was added to the game during its first expansion. All classes in AO get a class specific type of armor. The Shades'? Their class specific armor is ''nanite laced tattoo ink''. In other words, Shades in their class armor fight essentially naked covered in magic bodypaint. BarbieDollAnatomy abounds.
* The Diseased in ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}'' (although they are heavily mutated by that point).
* Governor Vicus Cassus from ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'', who doesn't wear a stitch of clothing. This is made worse by his extreme obesity, and the fact that his stomach is slit open vertically (which he uses to help him attack -- he pulls his stomach open and spews the contents of his intestines at the protagonists).
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' wears a skin-tight suit which is actually [[PrehensileHair made out of her hair]]. When she casts her most powerful spells (usually during Boss Battles) the hair comes to life, leaving Bayonetta herself pretty much nude.
* Alexia Ashford from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'', when she mutates. She is completely naked, with monstrously large veins covering her lady bits.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' features naked male zombies, although their genitals aren't visible, possibly due to the graphical limitations of the time (or maybe they just... fell off).
** The infamous Regeneradors from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. And this is the ''least'' terrifying thing about them.
* Although Kratos from the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'' never appears entirely naked, during the design phase the developers realized that he became more [[SociopathicHero primal and aggressive]] in appearance when drawn with less armor ([[BaldOfEvil and less hair]]).
** The monsters appear mostly naked as well. In one of the bonus features, Dave Jaffe explains that he wanted the monsters to be like wild animals, which meant making them naked. The gorgons got to spend the whole game topless, but they weren't able to keep the penis they modeled for the cyclops (Jaffe remarked: "Poor cyclops").
* It is up to debate what, if anything, Seth of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' is wearing. Some assume he's outright naked.
* When you fight [[spoiler:Fontaine]] in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', he is completely naked, although [[BarbieDollAnatomy he has the genital anatomy of a Ken doll]].
* The title ninja from ''VideoGame/{{Nikujin}}'', and his enemies too!
* Something like this, though it's the hero: ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' starts out with the player character having to fight a drow assassin as naked as the game allows [[BagOfSpilling after she steals all their gear]].
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'' pushed the limit to this; in the circle of Lust alone, we've got nearly-naked concubines with ''tentacle stinger clitorises coming out of their groins'', and the circle's boss, Cleopatra, has naked breasts with ''vagina-nipples that spew [[UndeadChild knife-armed babies]] from them''. Oh, and [[spoiler:{{Satan}} himself is naked and packing giant, um, equipment.]] The only thing that could have made it scarier is if they had gone whole hog, and made Lil' Satan into the phallic dragon head it was in ancient depictions of the guy.
* Saiki in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIII''. He is the first boss in the series history to be fully naked. It should be noticed that he doesn't ''start'' fighting in the nude, but [[spoiler: after killing and absorbing his AntiVillain subordinate Mukai]], his [[ManInWhite white]] suit ''poofs'' and from then on he's butt naked, with his black flames covering both his face, his hands/feet ''and'' his crotch.
* In the MA-rated ''VideoGame/AgeOfConan'', it's possible for ''your'' female character to partially to this if you unequip her armor. She still has a thong, but she can fight mobs topless. (Not a good idea to make a habit of it, as she loses armor benefits, but still interesting.)
* ''[[VideoGame/RomeTotalWar Rome: Total War]]'':
** The Europa Barbarorum mod, where the "Gaesatae" unit fight in the nude, and generally kick ass unless you have javelins or arrows.
** In the original game, the Spanish, Gauls, Germans and Dacians can all train a unit called Naked Fanatics. They are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and the unit description makes this point abundantly clear. For the sake of keeping the 12+ rating, however, their actual skin has them wearing loincloths (although one of the Germanic units in the ''Rome: Total Realism'' [[GameMod mod]] was actually naked in-game).
* Throughout the entire level "A Thousand Cuts" in ''VideoGame/KaneAndLynch: Dog Days'', both Kane and Lynch are bloody naked, literally.
* The Brood Mother(s) from both ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games [[spoiler: especially "The Mother" in the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakenings]] expansion]]. The [[HornyDevils Desire Demons]] are topless as well, and tend to feel themselves up while talking to you.
* The infamous [[MindScrew endgame sequence]] from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', where Raiden runs around bare-assed for quite a while ([[HandOrObjectUnderwear though he does cover up his crotch]]).
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfXentar'', the main character starts out totally buck naked due to a really bad case of HonorBeforeReason as well as being hung over that leads to him being stripped entirely of his equipment. And then he ''beats'' those thieves who robbed him single-handedly afterward while still being naked, though he doesn't get his equipment back from them.
* The Naked Emperor from FairytaleFights.
* Most of the specimens in ''VideoGame/KillingFloor''.
* Near the end of the final case of ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney -- Trials and Tribulations'', Maya suggests that [[spoiler:Godot]] can't be the killer because he would have gotten blood on his clothes (and not had any opportunity to change them). Phoenix suggests this trope as an explanation, but Godot points out that it was way too cold for that.
* Anything inorganic that's brought to ''VideoGame/ImprobableIsland'' has a good chance of turning into something else, so everyone who goes there is sent naked. It's feasible to fight naked for the first few levels before buying armor (and much later in the game, if your character becomes [[CatGirl part-cat]], you'll actually get advantages from fighting naked.)
* ''FatalFrame III'' has the Tattooed Priestess, who is topless for the whole game. However, since her whole body is covered in dark blue tattoos, this doesn't mean much. Also, you'll be spending too much time ''running the hell away'' to look too closely.
* The sequels to ''VideoGame/{{Saints Row}}'' give the player the option to fight naked, though your naughty bits are covered up in pixels. In fact, in the ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' mission "Pimps Up, Hos Down", the Boss ends up fighting his way out of a Morningstar brothel while stark naked and [[MushroomSamba high as a kite]], and in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' you fight your way out of captivity on Zinyak's ship while completely naked. ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' originally had a "Nude" customization option for your gang, but it was DummiedOut.
* In the non-censored version of ''TheWitcher'', you fight several types of naked female foes, from hot, floating vampires to fat, sagging, old witches.
* Demon-lady enemies from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' usually don't wear anything more than a pair of knee-high boots. Maybe a corset, but that depends on the game. The ''official'' art for the Succubus in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' has exposed breasts with defined nipples.
* There is an achievement in ''VideoGame/HalfMinuteHero'' for defeating three Evil Lords wearing no equipment. [[spoiler: Although the only way to do this is to be under a pact with a demon, and you'll kick all three Evil Lords' asses whether you have equipment or not.]]
* In Mileena's first appearance in the story mode of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', she is wearing only strategically placed bandages. She's also [[SexIsViolence utterly]] [[ImAHumanitarian batcrap]] [[PsychopathicManchild insane]] and has a [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily mouth like a tyrannosaurus rex]].
* Delphi in ''VideoGame/GiantsCitizenKabuto'' is a sea nymph who fights completely topless, at least in the uncensored European version. There is [[FetishFuel no good justification for this]] and none of the other characters ever mention it.
* ''{{VideoGame/Outlast}}'' has [[CreepyTwins the Twins]], machete-and-cleaver-wielding cannibalistic lunatics who are also completely nude. This makes trying to hide from them all the more tense, as no clothing means they barely make a sound while stalking the asylum.
* In ''VideoGame/FarCry4'', Ajay is at one point kidnapped, stripped naked and forced to fight in an arena against tigers and Royal Army troops. You can even briefly get a glimpse of his penis. It makes his eventual victory all the more badass.
* The main character does this for the final battle in ''VideoGame/{{Octodad}}: Dadliest Catch''...outing himself as an octopus to his family for the first time. ([[spoiler: Stacy knew already, Scarlet and Tommy were surprised]].)
* Downplayed in a gameplay element in the first ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' game. Most quests feature "Boasts", or optional self-imposed challenges that you can choose to bet gold on your chances of completing the challenge. Nearly every group of Boasts includes completing the quest in only your underpants.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'': When Jensen finally fights [[TheDragon Jaron Namir]], Namir is completely naked. This actually has an element of strategy to it; the design of Namir's [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110906010336/deusex/en/images/b/b8/Namir-bossfight-standing.png heavily augmented body]] is based on the human musculoskeletal system, and the fight happens to be in a ''Body Worlds''-style living statue gallery. Namir removed his clothing and armor to [[NobodyHereButUsStatues blend in with the statues]], then ambushed Jensen when his attention was elsewhere.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' both [[PlantPerson Zyra, the Rise of the Thorns]] and [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Nami, the Tidecaller]] both go into combat technically naked. [[http://ddragon.leagueoflegends.com/cdn/img/champion/splash/Zyra_0.jpg Zyra's]] tricky bits are covered by tastefully-positioned leaves -which are of course part of her body, meaning she's not actually ''wearing'' anything- while [[http://ddragon.leagueoflegends.com/cdn/img/champion/splash/Nami_0.jpg Nami]] at least wears a few strategically-placed jewels, a crown and some sort of armour plate at her hips, but is otherwise nude. Unlike traditional mermaids, however, her scales don't stop at her waist and cover her entire body up to her neck, but [[AbsoluteCleavage split down the middle of her torso]] to expose [[NonMammalMammaries creamy white cleavage]] for [[{{Fanservice}} reasons]] [[SarcasmMode we can't quite understand...]]
** Averted with Nami's [[http://ddragon.leagueoflegends.com/cdn/img/champion/splash/Nami_1.jpg Koi skin]], though, which clearly shows her wearing some kind of plate bustier over her breasts. She also has [[BarbieDollAnatomy no visible genitalia]] in any of her skins.
* ''VideoGame/IttleDew'': The BonusBoss, thankfully featureless.
* In ''Videogame/{{Unreal}}'', mainline [[TheReptilians Skaarj]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warriors]] fight naked. Even when you attack them with rocket launchers.
* A downplayed example can potentially occur in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', since [[http://gayrosh.tumblr.com/post/122493286996/and-here-we-see-a-lobster-without-its-shell certain weapons]] ''and'' a Personal Skill ([[CuteClumsyGirl Sophie's]]) [[TheNudifier can cause]] armor ''and'' ClothingDamage to the enemies, leaving them in their undies.
* It's possible for the player to remove the clothes of protagonist of ''VideoGame/LakeviewCabin'' and have him fight his [[spoiler:demonic wife and unborn baby]] while completely nude. ''VideoGame/LakeviewCabinCollection'' gives you this option as well in most of the films. Meanwhile, a few of the HillbillyHorrors in ''IV'' are also naked and will attempt to kill the protagonists.
* In ''VideoGame/OneWayHeroics'', the Hero class learns a skill called Zenura Weave, which gives the player a substantial increase to physical and magical attack power, while permanently preventing them from wearing equipment of any kind for that run.
* In ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', Darunia, Ruto and Midna all fight while completely nude. To a lesser extent, there's also Twili Midna, whose lower body is covered, but her chest (which has visible breasts) is completely bare. All four of them get away with it by virtue of [[NonhumansLackAttributes not being human.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BlueGuardianMargaret'', Margaret can be rendered completely naked after suffering ClothingDamage (she can get a replacement outfit at a save point) or the player can choose to remove her clothes at a save point and play the entire game naked. RealityEnsues as this renders her unable to take too many hits before getting killed. Being naked also raises her "Excitement Meter", as high levels of arousal make her even more of a GlassCannon.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Seems to be a recurring element in ''Webcomic/ElectricRetard'', probably because the [[AxCrazy ax crazies]] in question have a tendency to rape and/or defecate on their victims. Plus it would be difficult to find clothes that would fit Giant Naked Hitler.
* Drip, from ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}''. Not especially surprising, as he's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the sin of Lust, and a serial rapist and murderer in life.
* [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01022007.shtml This]] ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' example.
* Nesuko from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfBoschenAndNesuko'' likes to fight (and generally live life) naked.
* Kind of obligatory in ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' considering the amount of nudity in the strip.
* Seraphim of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' used this on Asmodeus [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/300 here.]] Although in this case, [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl the nudity and the attacks are one and the same.]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[FourStarBadass Old general]] Karl Tagon, in a heroic version of the trope, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-07-05 rushed out to try to stop the kidnapping of Timeclone!Kevyn]] with nothing but his [[DoubleEntendre gun]].
* Heroic example in ''Webcomic/{{Fite}}'': Guz normally wears armor, but when he and Lucco were attacked while bathing in the river, he didn't bother to put it (or anything else) on, he just grabbed his sword and shield and started fighting. (Lucco elected to pull his trunks on.)
* A bidirectional example can be found as part of a fraternity initiation ritual in ''Webcomic/TalesOfGnosisCollege''.
* Leo in ''Webcomic/VGCats'' regarding his underequipped D & D alter ego; "I shall astound them with my NAKEDNESS!"
** His ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' impersonation also quickly veered towards this. His response to a scratch on his shirt? Rip the whole shirt sleeve off. Oh, now it's asymmetrical. Better take the other one too. What's that? The shirt is ruined? You're right. Better take it ''all'' off. "Sexy, no?" Aeris left the moment he began contemplating a scratch on his ''pants''.
* Ebony and Ivory from ''Webcomic/SuperBikiniGirls'' [[TheNudifier after their bikinis were destroyed by a "Pressure Beam"]].
* Angora, the protagonist of ''Webcomic/TheMeek'', fulfills this perfectly. Comes with being a NatureHero.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Evon}}'', Evon's clone goes on a nude RoaringRampageOfRevenge through Legune's lair.
* In ''Webcomic/GameOverTalesCrouchingOstrichHiddenVulture'', the "dragon rider" opts to fight in the nude halfway through the story.
--> '''Rider:''' My dress is indulgence of my predilection for a bit of modesty. Philosophy at its most ornamental. Reality requires only my sword.
* [[BadassGay Puripuri Prisoner]] in ''Webcomic/{{Onepunchman}}'' [[BattleStrip rips off all his clothes before he fights]] (which he calls "Angel Mode").
** Beefcake rips out of his clothes when he [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever grows to giant size]] and goes on a rampage.
-->'''Saitama:''' Put on some pants, will ya?
** Saitama himself ends up fighting Mosquito Girl naked after Genos accidentally incinerates his clothes.
* In ''Webcomic/SpyingWithLana'', Lana has no qualms about fighting in the nude.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* One of Sam Sorenson's first actions, when he got on the island for ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', was to strip down to his nothings and proceeded to go on a naked rampage...
** Viktor Kurchatov from v3, his entire body covered in scars and missing genitalia, was caught by Will Sigurbjornsson and Julie Mikan nude and eating the corpse of Karl Van Buren. Viktor responded by screaming "I am the master butcher!" and moving toward Julie to try and kill her, only to be shot AND stabbed in the head.
* Some WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum, when in the form of a Mermaid, Centaur, or Nymph, will forgo clothing due to the species being [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Innocent Fanservice People]]. They still have to kill the MarySue[=/=]MartyStu or exorcise the fan-author's influence.
* In ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' [[SnakePeople Spc. Crota]] ended up fighting a [[PoisonousPerson Black]] [[SnakePeople Mamba]] completely naked.
* This is Nudist Man of the ''Literature/LegionOfNetHeroes'''s modus operandi (and one of the main reasons why it's not an actual comic).
* Naked rampage is one of Nash and Tara's [[RunningGag "wheelhouses"]] on ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou".
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the Siberian ([[ImAHumanitarian villain]]) and Narwhal (hero) fight completely naked.
* In Episode 26 of ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign'', the party goes up against Morduval, an extremely old and decrepit man who turns into a massive [[CombatTentacles tentacle-y]] EldritchAbomination every time something attacks him or he attacks somebody. Unfortunately, each time he does this it tears his clothes to bits, so he's totally naked when he shifts back to his decrepit-old-man form. On the plus side, his clothes regenerate, on the down side it takes about 20 seconds and he transforms far more often than that in battle.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Brock Samson in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' once went on a naked rampage while fighting off Phantom Limb's goons.
--->'''Monarch:''' Nice ass, Samson.
** When a battalion from the [[WeirdTradeUnion Guild of Calamitous Intent]] is in the front of the Venture compound and [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Watch and Ward]] [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] doing this, they noted that while the eunuch division would probably [[{{Squick}} creep people out]], the woman's auxiliary would be [[{{Fanservice}} great]].
* Played for laughs in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' where Plankton switches places with Mr. Krabbs thanks to a reality-altering device. Plankton wears the pants at the Krusty Krab, and Krabs takes his place trying to steal the formula -- butt naked.
--->'''Plankton:''' [[LampshadeHanging GOOD GRIEF, HE'S NAKED!]]
* The Flesh from the ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' short "WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow!" is "super strong, yet super naked." However, unlike most other characters who fall under this trope, he's not insane or villainous so much as heroic and [[CloudCuckooLander goofy]]. Plus, you know, [[BarbieDollAnatomy an action figure]].
* Pam is seen about to give a beating to Malory at the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode ''El Secuestro'' after taking her own top off. Bonus points go to Pam, as this shows off the terrifying third stanza of ''The Destruction of Sennacherib'' tattooed on her back under thirteen tally marks.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MattsMonsters'', the protagonists had to fight a monster that stole clothes, forcing them to fight him in the nude.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Khan gets fed up with a giant flag Bill got from the military and tries to take it down. Since Bill deeply respected that flag from fond memories, he comes to its defense wearing nothing but a towel. Which drops as he chases Khan away.
* PlayedForLaughs on ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse:'' [[KidHero Steven]] brings his friend's mascot costume to life with magic, and when it goes berserk, uses the same magic to bring his own clothes to life to help fight it. He manages to yank the offending gem shard out of the costume while totally naked, and stays that way for the rest of the episode (which ends with [[TheSmartGuy Pearl]] exasperatedly telling him to PleasePutSomeClothesOn).
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', Ben gets a new alien, Rath, who doesn't wear any clothes, but he's basically just a big anthropomorphic tiger so nobody comments on it. Fast forward ''several years'' to ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', Ben meets some other aliens of Rath's species for the first time, and finds out that they actually have "a highly evolved sense of shame", and ''do'' wear clothes, which would make Rath this. Ben isn't happy, but everyone else thinks it's hilarious.
* {{Discussed}} in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime:'' Huntress Wizard meets Finn [[NakedFirstImpression bathing in the river]], and asks for his help. Mistaking this for a threat, Finn casually warns her that he's "particularly agile when nude."
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'', Killer Frost is naked (or at least topless) as she rises out of [[BodybagTrick her bodybag]] and kills the morgue attendant.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[FridgeLogic Oddly enough]] there was a good REASON to fight in the nude... Before modern medicine, the majority of deaths from combat were caused by cuts and stab wounds getting infected. Often this was because the weapon forced a scrap of clothing into the wound, where it would fester... If you aren't wearing any clothing, this can't happen!
** This is why, in a famous duel in 1892, Pauline von Metternich and Countess Kielmannsegg, fighting over ''[[SeriousBusiness floral arrangements]]'', went topless at the insistence of Baroness Lubinska.
* The Celts would sometimes charge into battle naked, and the Picts upped the ante by painting themselves blue (and "Pict" actually means "painted" in Latin, so that's why they're called that). It effectively scared the crap out of the Roman legions, since they knew that if a guy wearing blue paint was charging at them completely naked he probably wasn't afraid of them. Even better; their wives, girlfriends (and sometimes boyfriends) would get them "excited" before a battle. So picture a Roman legion, far from home, and down the hill come dozens of men, all painted blue, with {{Raging Stiffie}}s. Unsurprisingly, the Romans said "screw it," built Hadrian's Wall, and tried to ignore the clearly insane barbarians.
* In a similar vein with the Celts, Viking ''berserkr'' (from which we get the word "berserker") would charge into battle either covered in bear or other animal skins, or completely naked.
* Various Greek heroes were often depicted naked in art, to display their heroic proportions. And that's not a double-entendre. Greeks thought [[BiggerIsBetterInBed large genitals]] were [[ValuesDissonance unattractive]]. They wanted to [[{{Fanservice}} show off a muscular body]]. Some military historians claim that the Greeks also fought naked except for their armor because clothes would give their enemies something to grab ([[JustForPun probably another reason why large genitals were considered unattractive)]]. It was a similar thing with sports; they competed against each other naked and women weren't allowed to watch the competitions.
* In Sparta, women were allowed to compete in athletic competitions, and they did so just as buck-naked as the men did. Spartan men were allowed to watch as part of the process of choosing a wife, leading to some to complain the young men weren't choosing wives based on their character.
* There is a video of a man on PCP, ''totally butt-naked'' leaping onto a cop car. In full view of the camera. It's on [=TruTV=].
* And early episode of ''Series/{{COPS}}'' had officers having to deal with a large, bald, sweaty naked man. They remarked how it is a bit hard to get a grip.
* During the brutal Liberian civil wars, many fighting bands took to wearing strange outfits to instill fear in the enemy. "General Butt Naked" (Joshua Blahyi) went into combat naked, and led a band of soldiers called "The Butt Naked Brigade". Their [[FluffyTheTerrible whimsical name]] belies the horrifying atrocities they committed. And the naked soldiers of the Butt Naked Brigade were children.
** This was at least partially a case of deliberately invoking the trope, though there was also a kind of quasi-religio-spiritual rationalization for it (mainly for those soldiers who were thinking "You want me to go into battle ''naked''?"). It was basically a kind of "clap your hands if you believe" invulnerability; anyone who didn't believe enough in their invulnerability to fight in the altogether would turn out to not be invulnerable. (As a side bonus, you could explain any naked deaths by saying that they didn't believe strongly enough, and they weren't around to contradict you.)
* Creator/MarcoPolo [[UnreliableNarrator claimed that]] the warriors of medieval UsefulNotes/{{India}} went into battle carrying spears and shields. And nothing else.
* The original natives of the Canary Islands (the Guanche) would walk into battle with just a spear and a handful of sharp stones... and they still managed to [[RockBeatsLaser slaughter]] an army of conquistadors [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Acentejo once]].
* According to Vietnamese legend, during the Trung Sister's rebellion (A.D. 43), male Chinese soldiers fought naked in order to shame the female rebels. Official Chinese history denies the claim, but then they barely recognize the rebellion at all.
* This was never proven, but as stated above, it has been suggested that UsefulNotes/LizzieBorden removed her clothing before using an axe to kill her father and stepmother, so as to avoid getting blood on her clothes and making her guilt obvious. (Indeed, if she was the killer, the common way she is portrayed in the media -- as a lunatic -- is likely inaccurate. There was almost no evidence linking her to the crime, making it seem like it was well-planned.)
* The 1806 duel between the Earl of Barrymore and Humphrey Howarth was averted because the earl could not bring himself to duel with Howarth, who had prepared for the duel by undressing. The earl thought Howarth was making a farce of the duel, but in fact it was justified, as Howarth had been an army surgeon who knew that the worst thing about gunshot wounds was the risk of infection caused by bits of clothing in the wound, rather than the loss of vital organs.
* During some Hawaiian luaus, male volunteers are given a ''very'' skimpy grass skirt to put on during one part of the show. While the volunteers naturally put them on over what they themselves have on, the emcee informs the audience that ancient warriors ''only'' wore the skirts.
* A certain Lance Corporal Wayne O'Mahoney of the Queen's artillery had his apartment broken into by a trio of robbers while he was at home and asleep with his girlfriend. Instead of hiding out or summoning police, he sprung from bed and proceeded to tackle and start punching one of the robbers. A second robber [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere disregarded his compatriot's calls for help and fled]], while O'Mahoney pursued the third knife-wielding robber to his girlfriend's new car, which he had purchased just the day before. In order to prevent it from being stolen, he bashed in the driver's side window in with a crowbar, then began punching the still-armed robber in the face, all of which encouraged the crook to escape through the passenger side door. Then the neighbors came out to see what the ruckus was about, at which point L.Cpl O'Mahoney realized that he was also naked. O'Mahoney mentioned on the news that he slept naked, and hadn't thought to even throw on shorts during the whole ordeal, so chances are that none of the robbers wanted to deal with the terrifying notion of a screaming, angry, butt-naked soldier armed with a crowbar who'd already punched them in the face.
* In Florida, late in 2015, a man high on ''marijuana'' (or a synthetic variant) stripped himself naked before jumping on a man sleeping at a bus stop and proceeded to ''literally eat the other man's face.'' He had to be shot to death to make him stop.