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Magic Pants
Shirt? Tatters. Shoes? Shreds.
Pants? Just turned into shorts is all.

"Thankfully, his clothes also grew just enough not to bother the censors."
The Narrator, Arakawa Under the Bridge

Heroes who can change their size or shape generally don't have to worry about ruining their clothes in the process. They must have Magic Pants.

Simply put, Magic Pants are the "civilian" clothing the characters wear as they go about their daily business. They may lose them during the Transformation Sequence, but once the dirty work is done, they'll appear back in them often right where they were standing. This can even happen if the transformations are shown to explicitly destroy the clothing.

Note that in many cases, even if the rest of his clothing is destroyed, the hero's pants will miraculously survive. You can thank the Moral Guardians for that. This is also conceptually related to Out-of-Clothes Experience: Your clothes technically aren't a part of "you", so in spirit-space you're naked. Monster Modesty (a monster walks around almost naked for little reason) is often used in conjunction with this trope.

Also note that Magic Pants are only for characters who seem to remain clothed even when it's inconsistent with what gives them their powers. Magical characters (who presumably can conjure up a fresh set), characters with super speed (Superman, The Flash) who have the demonstrated ability to get dressed faster than the human eye can see, or heroes whose clothing is what makes them super in the first place would actually be aversions of this trope.

For transformations which ruin clothing in such a way as to show a titillating swath of skin while still keeping the naughty bits covered, see Clothing Damage.

Compare: Impossibly Cool Clothes, Magic Skirt. Contrast Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing.

See also My Suit Is Also Super — for a transformation-powered hero, a popular kind of super-suit is one that can transform with them.

Not to be confused with Trouser Space and definitely not to be confused with Right Through His Pants.

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  • Averted in one case for DC Nation. Fauna's clothing doesn't "keep up" when she shapeshifts. This led to her fighting off a zombie horde and only realizing AFTER she had come out of her Hulking Out that she was wearing nothing at all. The only saving graces to the situation were that she grew up on a hippie commune and that Hades had forced the Titans to compete in the nude, so she was in good company. She later designed (and sewed) her costume to accommodate her shapeshifting.
  • Deliciously averted in Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy whenever Pittan turns human.
  • Averted in With Strings Attached; Paul cannot wear clothing, as he rips through it easily, so he has to use a cosmetic illusion to remain modest—when he feels like it. He does walk around naked on occasion, though rarely in public. On the other hand, George's clothing explicitly goes into his "closet" when he changes, so he keeps a whole wardrobe in there and can put on any stored outfit, any time.
  • Plasma's Folly: According to Word of God, the hybrids are clothed when they turn back to normal because the challenge of them finding new clothing would deviate from the plot. This is lampshaded on several occasions.


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alternative title(s): Modesty Rags
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