"It helps to have the damsel in distress in nice clothing, you know. Helps make the atmosphere."
In addition to being captured, a character (usually a woman) is found by the rescuers and seen by the audience in an embarrassing outfit
; she casually spends the rest of the episode wearing it until she can escape. Not done so often anymore — possibly because of the sketchy nature of who exactly stripped her and forced her to wear such a thing — but it pops up in Science Fiction
from time to time. The lite version where the villain tries to force-marry the heroine
seems pretty dated too.
The male version of this is Shirtless Captives
. A (usually) comic variation has the guy's buddies come in to find him strapped to the bed
in his boxers, either because his captor didn't want him to have anything that could allow him to escape or because he was captured by letting the woman tie him up because she'd convinced him she was into bondage
Often overlaps with Colour-Coded for Your Convenience
. Also overlaps with Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me
if we see the captive being stripped, washed, dressed, and otherwise prepared for her captor. See also Sex Slave
, whose default attire is probably this. Compare Ready for Lovemaking
and Instant Cosplay Surprise
. When the captive is stripped bare but no clothes are offered in turn, it falls under Shameful Strip
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Anime & Manga
- In the "Queen of the Adriatic Sea Arc" of A Certain Magical Index, Touma and Orsola sneak onto Biagio Busoni's ship to find that he's enslaved several nuns and forced them to wear certain outfits. Most looked like nun habits stained with yellow, but Agnese's was a dress that looked like it had gone through a shredder. The outfits were enchanted to cause the girls extreme pain if they tried to use magic or escape.
- An Alice's Adventures in Wonderland costume logically requiring others doing the undressing is pointed out in Slayers. Given it was the standard for the theme park that Lina had been thrown into after a nearly disastrous confrontation with the Big Bad, one wonders why people would pay to go there.
- Tokiwa from Ask Dr. Rin! claims to attempt to do the lite version to Meirin, although all he actually tries to do is kiss her (even this fails). In fact, when he does make the claim, it more tends to highlight his own instability.
- Black Butler:
- Happens to Ciel in the anime. Before being led to presumably be raped by the high priest of the cult, they feel the need to bathe him and put him in a rather cute altar boy outfit.
- Hannah, Alois Trancey's maid from the second season. Her dress is standard maid-fare, but, as seen during her Shameful Strip, all she wears underneath is a corset and see-through slip. Oddly, Alois is a creepy gay kid, so this was probably done to Kick the Dog than for Fanservice.
- Subverted: when Orihime was forced into going to Hueco Mundo because of a Sadistic Choice, she was put into a dress-like outfit similar to the Arrancar's white uniforms; however, said outfit◊ is one of the most chaste in a fanservice-heavy series.
- In Chapter 485 we see Tia Harribel in a skimpy outfit. She's a prisoner of the Vandereich and thus we see her in chains. Subverted in that the outfit is just her Resureccion Hollow Form, minus the BFS.
- Blood+ has Saya waking up naked after being captured (and rescued) by Solomon. Downplayed in that he gives her a nice gown to wear instead of something revealing.
- In Campione!, Duke Sasha Dejenstahl Voban once had dozens of enslaved Mikos, who wore white tunics that exposed their arms, legs, and the sides of their torsos and they didn't have shoes nor underwear. In the present, he recaptures his former slave Mariya and she wakes up back in this outfit. This is anime-only, she was in her regular outfit in the light novel.
- Code Geass:
- Used in the second season, where Kallen is kept as a prisoner by Britannia for a good chunk of the season and wears a... rather revealing and frilly dress, as well as princess shoes (not to mention she's trapped inside a glass cage/room). She does get to beat up Suzaku while wearing it, though. A somewhat justified case, as she had been in ordinary prison garb (see C.C. below) in an ordinary prison cell, and her new accommodations were Nunnally's way of treating her nicely during her imprisonment.
- Nearly happened to her in the first episode of the second season, where she's dressed up in bunny outfit while working undercover in a casino. A mafia boss at the casino is coincidentally going "bunny hunting" and tries to grab Kallen like he already had with a couple of other girls... Someone on the writing staff was given a little too much freedom.
- Happens again in the series finale, this time to both males and females. In the final step of his Zero-Approval Gambit, the Zero Requiem, Lelouch parades a dozen of his former allies to the execution grounds in straitjackets, along with Schneizel bound with massive gold chains and dressed in rags◊. His little sister Nunnally is also present, her ankles chained, wearing a simple dress that's very revealing◊ compared to her usual attire◊.
- Self-imposed version: C.C. spends much of the first season voluntarily wearing the full-body straitjacket Britannia stuck her in, symbolically representing her being bound to this world since, initially at least, she just wanted to die. As her interaction with Lelouch changes her worldview, she starts wearing more normal clothing, up until the final plot arc when the restraining suit makes a return to mark her willing participation in Lelouch's self-sacrificing Zero Requiem plot.
- In the Rewinding Town arc of D.Gray-Man, Road Kamelot dresses up Lenalee Lee in an Elegant Gothic Lolita-looking gown and curls her long hair, normally in Girlish Pigtails, into Mega Twintails Manga link in B & W.
- In Darker Than Black, when Misaki is at her Mafia Princess Forgotten Childhood Friend Alice's birthday party, Alice declares that her punishment for forgetting about her birthday is that she's going to have to wear a rather revealing qipao. (She also steals her glasses.) This being DtB, it turns out that Alice has gone Ax-Crazy and is planning to kill everyone at the party, and as a result Misaki spends the rest of the 2-episode arc trying to escape in said outfit. Several jokes are made at her expense, and the bottom half of the skirt gets ripped off around the time things get messy, showing even more leg.
- Full Metal Panic!:
- Played straight with a bit character in the first series; in the episode which flashes back to how Mao met Sōsuke and Kurz, the bad guys demonstrate their bad-guy status by, among other things, forcing a young female captive to wear first a bunnygirl costume and later a slinky dress.
- Subverted in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu—the villain of the day plans to do this to Kaname and Ren in order to torment Ren's father with pictures of it, but his compound is raided by Sōsuke and the Mikihara gang before he can put his plan into action.
- Haruhi Suzumiya:
- Spoofed in the first episode of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, where the narrator and cameraman Kyon nearly flips his lid when he realizes that Itsuki had to have undressed and bathed Mikuru while she was unconscious in order for the scene he was filming to make sense. He starts threatening physical violence as soon as it starts getting into "Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!" as well.
- In the original novel, Mikuru was drunk while filming this scene, thanks to two extremely mischievous friends of hers who wanted to "enforce her acting" by spiking her drinks. Kyon was pissed (in the US sense) that she was pissed (in the UK sense).
- This is, well, the plot of He Is My Master—the whole series. Two girls become indentured maids to a kid, having no other way to repay the millions of yen they owe him; he spend the rest of the show dressing them up as embarrassingly as he possibly can.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: While not quite as fanservicy as the trope usually implies, Daemon's first order of business after he pulls a Hypnotize the Princess on Chrome is making her change into the Simon Middle School uniform.
- In an episode of Kyo Kara Maoh, Yuuri is forced to escape and be rescued in a very frilly maid outfit. It's not so bad, considering that the person who rescued him was also a man in a frilly maid outfit.
- In Episode 16 of Love Hina, Naru Narusegawa plays the role of Sanzo in a rather loosely-followed play of "Sayuki". In an opening shot, she is held captive on a chain leash by the "bad guy", and is wearing very similar clothes to slave Leia.
- Miyabi and Synclavia in Macademi Wasshoi weren't exactly modest when they were free (Synclavia's dominatrix outfit, especially), but after they're forced to work for Ataro, they're usually seen in some sort of otaku fetish outfit afterward. Meido wear is the most common, but they change according to Ataro's mood.
- Used in the Magic Knight Rayearth anime, when the girls are captured by their rivals after losing to them in battle. Each girl wore typical costumes of the planets their captors came through: a Chinese dress for Fuu, a cyberpunk gown for Hikaru, and a revealing odalisque outfit for Umi. The latter even lampshades this when she openly whines to her captors, the Chizeta princesses, about having to dress in "skimpy" clothes (and how she's been putting on weight lately), but one of the princesses (Hot-Blooded Tata) shows surprise as to why Umi would complain. (To their captors's credits, they generally sent female guards or maids to greet the girls and give them these clothes; the only time it didn't happen, the one who dressed Hikaru up was a teenage boy around her age).
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- The first instance took place when Evangeline kidnapped and brainwashed several of Negi's students. She dressed them up in French maid outfits before facing Negi.
- Happens to Asuna Kagurazaka when the villain Wilhelm captured her, and she woke up in lingerie.
- Happens again in the Magic World when the Gateport incident scatters everybody and Ako, Akira, and Natsumi end up selling themselves into slavery. Complete with French Maid Outfits (again) and shock collars. Negi and Kotarō are later able to buy their freedom.
- Happens again to Asuna, when Fate captures her. And to Anya, who is dolled up in this.
- Although the examples shown are usually not related to this trope, it should be noted that Negima often does show many people who are ready and willing to forcibly change another person's clothing and put them into various costumes (at Mahorafest for example, you are more likely to be press-ganged into a contest than you are to apply for one). This is usually Played for Laughs.
- Another example is Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ when Leina Ashta is captured and held captive by Glemy Toto for most of the first half of the series. Glemy is enthralled by Leina and spends most of the time having her educated as a "Lady" to be an image in the future Zeon movement, much to her chagrin. During her captivity, Glemy has Leina wearing fancy dresses. In one episode she's also seen in a leotard while one of Glemy's instructors is giving her ballet lessons.
- Near the end of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, the title heroine is captured by Gargoyle and made to wear a Neo-Atlantis uniform. The suit, though skintight, is more modest than her usual outfit. Even so, Nadia says she is embarrassed and disgusted to wear it because it represents the things she hates.
- In Noein, when Haruka is abducted and taken to the future, she becomes naked except for a poncho.
- Nami in One Piece is captured by the creepy perverted Absalom that wants her as a wife and therefore wakes up in a gorgeous wedding dress. This temporarily distracts both Sanji and her would-be husband as they admire her (while she's still unconscious).
- Ranma ½:
- Female!Ranma is kidnapped by Sentarō Daimonji after she'd rescued him. The tea ceremony martial artist gives her drugged tea, and when she wakes up, Ranma is wearing an elaborate wedding kimono. Sentarō isn't really a villain, though, more like a very sheltered and clueless (if somewhat creepy) lovestruck teenager who at first doesn't really understand that he shouldn't do stuff like this.
- Later in the manga, Akane and Ukyō are captured by Konatsu's stepfamily of ugly kunōichi; they end up chained and dressed as Playboy Bunnies.
- In the last arc of the Rurouni Kenshin manga, Enishi kidnaps Kaoru and uses her clothes to dress up a fake corpse that looks like her. Kaoru wakes up in Enishi's base in a bathrobe. He lends her a Western dressing gown later, though. This is made even more disturbing when you realize that all young women remind Enishi of his dead older sister.
- In Sailor Moon R, Prince Demande kidnaps Usagi and dresses her in something less revealing than her Sailor Senshi Uniform: — a white flowy dress with gold at the bust. It still counts, since Demande is trying to make Moon look more like her future self Neo Queen Serenity upon whom he has a very creepy crush and it has a very low cleavage. And in the manga, he actually gets away with giving her a Forceful Kiss (in the anime, Demande almost smooches poor Usagi by force but Mamoru's Big Damn Heroes stops this).
- Pretty much the whole theme of Shitsurakuen.
- In Märchen Awakens Romance besides the dog collar Alviss was forced to wear, he changed into a darker outfit when being controlled by Phantom.
- Ai no Kusabi: The outfits worn by Pets are certainly revealing.
- In The Familiar of Zero, Luctiana kidnaps Saito and Tiffania. When the pair wakes up, they find that though Saito's outfit was untouched, Tiffania is now in traditional elf attire. At least it was a modest outfit.
- Any adaptation of Flash Gordon is going to have poor Dale in a nutty Mongonian wedding dress for the scene where Ming tries to force her to marry him. Depending on the version of the story, she may be stuck in it for quite a while after Flash rescues her, until she has a chance to change.
- The Code Geass fanfic In the End: when C.C and Lelouch go to Suzaku's funeral, with her pretending to be his mistress kept against her will.
- Celebrían, the infamous Lord of the Rings Troll Fic, has Celebrían stripped naked and forced by the Orc king to wear a black silk garment that emphasized her assets.
- The A Certain Magical Index fic A Certain Crazy Christmas Special: Bad Santa kidnaps several girls and magically forces them to wear Stripperific reindeer girl outfits, as he plans to force them to pull his sleigh.
- Played with in a Homestuck Kink Meme fic; the Condesce puts her slaves in acceptably modest outfits for their walks outside, but won't let them wear their personal symbols. For most trolls, this is an erasure of identity, and worse than being naked. Her latest slave has more mixed feelings about it because he shares the same symbol as his bloodlink, who is in cahoots with the Condesce and has done terrible things to him.
- "Unintentionally" happens to Ember when she's taken hostage by Draco in the original fanfiction. (Draco uses magic to bind her to a genie-style lamp that forces her to obey him. To top it all off, the lamp changes her clothing to a revealing harem girl's outfit. (When confronted by her allies, he insists that he used the lamp because he didn't want to resort to tying her up, and did not know the lamp would change her clothes.) Jinx even makes a snide remark that she'd rather be tied up than wear something like that.
- In Shadowchasers Risen Nemesis, however, Volk does the same thing when he has Mira kidnapped (to silence her when she tries to talk to the heroes) with a similar lamp (claiming he got it on the internet). He doesn't pretend he was ignorant of its complete powers. (Volk is far more malicious than Draco was.)
Films — Animation
- Aladdin: Jafar makes Princess Jasmine wear a red harem outfit, although her normal clothes don't cover much more; they're just blue. Once he's defeated they turn back, confirming they were magical in nature.
- This happens to Ginormica in Monsters vs. Aliens. Twice. Though, they hang a lampshade on it somewhat the second time. To be fair, the first time her ripped wedding dress wouldn't make for much concealment. Hell, that space outfit is prime fuel. It's certainly much more attractive than that ugly uniform she was wearing before.
- Subverted in The Prince of Egypt. The Midian slave girl (Tsipporah, future wife of Moses) is ordered bathed (of course) and brought to him. When he walks into the bedchamber, what appears to be an enraged Tsipporah sitting on his bed is revealed to be a tied up servant, with the girl nowhere to be seen.
- In The Chipmunk Adventure, the Chipettes are subjected to this by a creepy-ass little Egyptian prince.
Films — Live-Action
- Slave World: Pretty much all british agents who gets captured, as well as most of the convicted serfs.
- In John C. Wright's The Fugitives of Chaos, when Grendal captures Amelia, she wakes up in his mother's wedding dress. However, her captor Grendel is horror struck when she thinks he put her in it. He is a mass-murderer and dragged her off by force to marry her, but he wouldn't take off a girl's clothing when he wasn't married to her. He had his mother do it. (The dress also plays a significant role after her rescue.) Did we mention that the dress is see-through?
- Male example: in David Eddings' The Belgariad, Garion is kidnapped by the decadent Queen Salmissra, drugged, and made to wear nothing but a loincloth. (Salmissra's female servants bathe and undress him.) It is clear that he is supposed to be a concubine, but his friends rescue him before Salmissra tries anything. And it is made clear that Garion is very disgusted by this when the drugs they give him wear off.
- Amelia Peabody Emerson is captured by the Big Bad in Lion in the Valley and required to dress herself in a sexy harem costume. She keeps her long Victorian underwear on though. Husband Emerson is not appeased.
- Pretty much the entire point of the Gor novels.
- Subverted sickeningly in Under the Yoke when Sister Marya — a stocky and unattractive Polish nun — is made to wear a revealing silk nightie for the amusement of her masters, and of their guest who has asked their permission to rape her.
- A male example in Captive of the Red Vixen when Rolas is forced to parade around in a pair of tight suede shorts and wrist cuffs for the amusement of the Space Pirate who captured him, on pain of getting stunned by his Shock Collar.
- Conina is dressed in a skimpy outfit in the Discworld novel Sourcery.
- After a revolution turns Anchor Logh into New Eden in the Flux and Anchor series by Jack Chalker, the female half of New Eden's population is forced to wear the skimpiest clothing possible, as a reminder of their status and duties.
- Happen to Lucilla in Daniel Gonzalez's Ravencraft in an alternate future chapter when Dracula rules the world and put her in a bikini and with a chain in her neck tied to his throne as punishment for been a vampire traitor. She also is tortured every night by Bathory in a BDSM-style.
- Male version in Royce Day's The Red Vixen Adventures. Rolas is captured by a female Space Pirate, and forced to parade around briefly wearing tight suede shorts, leather armbands, and no shirt.
- For the final scene in The Phantom of the Opera, the Phantom has Christine wear a wedding dress. How exactly she got into it is never addressed.
- Games Workshop released a few models showing captured human women and Sisters of Battle in bikinis similar to the slave Leia one. Since their captors are the Dark Eldar, you can see where this is going.
- In Fate/stay night's Unlimited Blade Works route, Caster captures and dresses Saber up in a rather skimpy white wedding dress◊, to ironically emphasize her virginity and the corruption that was about to happen.
- In the anime, Caster kidnaps the normally conservatively-dressed Sakura, brainwashes her, and dresses her up in a tight leather outfit that is quite out of character... Although it is a Shout-Out to the computer game on which the series is based, to a different plot scenario mentioned above.
- In Higurashi: When They Cry, Shion Sonozaki traps her twin sister Mion in a cellar and has her wearing next to nothing, save some eerie white robe similar to the one she's wearing. However, this ends up being Fan Disservice given what happens next. Poor, poor Satoko...
- Umineko: When They Cry: This is combined with I Have You Now, My Pretty with the infamous "Erika in a wedding dress" scenes. However, in this case it's inverted because even though Erika's in a wedding dress, she's the one doing the enslaving.
- Implied through Fridge Horror when The Nostalgia Critic is kidnapped by the Game Heroes to promote T-shirts. He's pretty shocked and confused over seeing that he's wearing a "Hero" T-shirt, so that logically means he was stripped while unconscious during his time there. And his "Th—they're treating me well" is Blatant Lies so...
- In an American Dad! episode ("Tears of a Clooney"), Roger runs a vineyard in the back yard while Stan and Francine are out of the country, and adopts several foster children to work it. He gives two teenage girls to Steve as "personal assistants" and they're made to dress in exact duplicates of Leia's metal bikini, along with other skimpy outfits.
- Batman: The Animated Series:
- Not explicitly pointed out, but in the episode "Mad as a Hatter" a woman kidnapped by the Mad Hatter is dressed as the title character of Alice in Wonderland. It becomes much creepier when you consider that the Hatter must have undressed her and put her in the costume himself. Of course, he may have simply hypnotized her into donning it herself with one of his "cards". Considering that the girl is actually Hatter's secretary, on whom he had a crush, and how the Hatter behaved towards her before he went bonkers, the second possibility isn't that far off.
- There's actually an inversion in the series where The Joker seduces Dr. Harleen Quinzel, and she puts on a harlequin uniform, becoming Harley Quinn, then breaks him out of Arkham. True that Harley put that outfit on of her own free will, but when you think about it, that outfit represents the fact that Harley has become a slave to the Joker out of love. One thing's for sure, every villain in history that's tried to seduce the girl and failed would envy the Joker's success with Harley.
- In "Baby-Doll", the actress who played Baby's teenage sister is kidnapped, knocked out, and wakes up in her old bedroom set... dressed in her old costume. Hopefully, Baby had her one henchwoman Mim dress "Sister Susie" instead of her two male thugs.
- Maxine Gibson spends the Batman Beyond episode "Curse of Kobra, part 2" in a white Bare Your Midriff top and dress. Chances are that the two servant girls she subsequently beat up put it on her.
- In Dan Vs., episode "Dan vs. Technology", Elise tries to get rid of the proprietor of a computer company, but is then captured and put in an outfit similar to one from TRON.
- Danny Phantom:
- Sam is forced to wear the pinkest dress she's ever had the dishonor of seeing to please her future hubby Prince Aragon in an Arranged Marriage. She subverts this later on by creating her own bridal dress as a plan to escape his clutches.
- Happens to Sam again later, in a Brainwashed and Crazy fashion this time. The plant-ghost Undergrowth decides he likes Sam's nature-friendly attitude, and kidnaps her as his queen. The next time we see her, she emerges from a giant bud, dressed in leaves a la Poison Ivy.
- On Ed, Edd n Eddy, in their first encounter with the Kanker Sisters, the Eds wake up in the sisters' mobile home to find they're wearing bathrobes (that belong to the Kankers' fathers), and their clothes are hanging to dry outside. Again to be fair, it wouldn't be sporting of the Kankers to leave the Eds naked while their clothes were drying, although they are stalkers.
- In the episode "Twin Factor" of Kim Possible, after being subjected to mind control under Dr. Drakken, Kim is seen wearing Shego's outfit. This is questioned and acknowledged by both Ron and Shego but quickly dismissed and never explained. Though a reasonable explanation can be drawn, like say Drakken ordering her to go into another room and dress up, leave it to the fans to take it a bit further. Since Shego made Señor Senior Junior and her entire enslaved population wear Shego's green dress (and the fact that Shego still wears her Team Go dress even while not part of their group), the whole logic about that dress just does not make any sense...
- Korgoth of Barbaria: Korgoth in his travels meets a guy keeping a girl in a cage in his dining room.
- Subverted in Star Wars: The Clone Wars during the the comicbook adaptation Zygerian-arc. Ahsoka was disguised as a slavegirl and was given an outfit, that while a bit more modest than the one in the comics, it's still even more questionable than her first one, even if there was a Time Skip in the show.
- A very disturbing example happens in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Fun and Games". The Toyman kidnaps Lois by sending her a doll that sprays sleeping gas; when Lois wakes up, she's dressed like an old fashioned cupie doll. What makes this disturbing is, Toyman had no henchmen in this episode, much less any female ones, so the only explanation is, he changed her clothes himself. (And given the type of guy he was, Fridge Logic could lead to Fridge Horror; he may just consider doing so the same as doing it to an actual doll.)
- The Teen Titans cartoon features another example, this one with Robin. After he is blackmailed into becoming Slade's apprentice, the camera pans over Robin's outfit hanging on a hanger, then Robin donning the shirt of his new Slade-esque costume, then Slade stepping out of the shadows and nodding his head approvingly... implying that Slade was standing there the entire time, especially when one takes into account the extreme interest that Slade has for him. Though perverted interest or not, he'd be insane to let Robin out of his sight — it's Robin after all.
- Parodied in The Venture Bros., where team Venture is kidnapped on their way back from a costumed party. The theme they chose? Star Wars; and Dean was Leia.
- Totally Spies!: In "Stuck in the Middle Ages with You", Clover is caught in a I Have You Now, My Pretty situation and is made to wear a pink princess gown and crown by a evil guy who wants her to be his "queen".
- Evangelyne from Wakfu, in the episode "Vampyro", gets mind-controled and kidnapped in preparation for becoming the host body of the Demoness Shadofang. Before the possession, she's put in a white Sexy Backless Outfit exposing the demonic marks that crept over her.
- Joan of Arc was charged by her captors with many things, including wearing men's clothes (a big no-no). They first forced a pledge from her not to wear men's clothes, then while she slept stole all her clothes and left a man's outfit behind. She was thus forced to wear that outfit and subsequently charged with violation of her oath. It's also been suggested that she was insistent on wearing men's clothing as a safeguard from her guards raping her. Many historians are of the opinion that when she was forced to wear women's clothing, she was actually raped.
- One of several myths about Mata Hari (the Trope Namer for the Trope named after her) is that she was subjected to something like this for her execution. An issue of The New Yorker claimed that she was made to wear "a neat Amazonian tailored suit, especially made for the occasion, and a pair of new white gloves", but another account claimed that she wore the same low-cut blouse and tricorn hat ensemble which had been picked out by her accusers for her to wear at trial. However, neither account is consistent with the photographic evidence, and are likely false, especially considering that another myth claims she blew a kiss to the firing squad before the order to shoot was given.