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->''"I dream I'm in a plane, and slowly crashing; it's slowly crashing down on a street in San Francisco, and I'm way up at the cockpit, and I turn to everybody and I say, 'Listen, I don't think this is a real plane crash, 'cause I happened to notice that I'm not wearing any pants.' And whenever I'm not wearing any pants, it's probably a dream."''
-->-- '''Adam Savage''', ''Series/MythBusters''

A stock dream where the subject finds themselves in a familiar social institution (usually school or the workplace) wearing only their underwear, or sometimes nothing at all. This is often coupled with a high-pressure task (such as an examination or a deadline), and the thought that you have somehow ''forgotten'' to get dressed this morning.

Usually, this trope is invoked to simply indicate that the person is dreaming. When played straight, it is simply embarrassing, and not in the least bit [[EroticDream erotic]] or [[BadDreams terror-inducing]]. And it will never, ever be [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic]]... although in comedy, it's occasionally subverted by having the "bad dream" turn out to [[ThatWasNotADream not be a dream at all]].

This kind of dream is definitely TruthInTelevision and quite common in fact, though perhaps not as much as media shows it, nor always with the same structure and conclusion. After all, RealDreamsAreWeirder.

A SubTrope of AnxietyDreams. See also FullyClothedNudity.

See also OutOfClothesExperience and ComedicUnderwearExposure. Not to be confused with PantsFree (a specific sight gag where someone is revealed to be partly undressed BehindTheBlack); the everyday attire of a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal; a superhero who is NotWearingTights; or situations [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl where a character isn't wearing pants but doesn't care]]. Also not to be confused with GoingCommando. Expect GoofyPrintUnderwear to make an appearance in most cases of this.

The inversion is NudeColoredClothes. To a British audience this trope would be "only wearing pants", since in Britain "pants" are what Americans call "underpants". "Not wearing pants" in Britain would either be "going commando" or "completely nude".

If someone finds themselves unexpectedly naked in public when they're ''awake'', see NakedPeopleTrappedOutside.

CrashingDreams may have this as FiveSecondForeshadowing the character is about to wake up naked and awkward.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/IKilledAdolfHitler'' the hero sees himself naked in front of Hitler. No wonder he wakes up screaming.
* In ''LittleEgo'', Ego has a dream where she goes to a party only to discover she had forgotten to put her dress on under her cape. While hiding from her hosts and the other guests, she meets a man who had forgotten to put on anything other than his bow-tie.
* In ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', Tim Drake once commented that ''normal'' people have nightmares about accidentally heading to school in their underwear. He doesn't. His nightmares involved accidentally going to school in his Robin uniform.
* In ''{{Tintin}}'', [[TheAlcoholic the captain]] has such a dream. He's in the opera, a parrot-version of the Castafiore sings, and the whole audience consists of parrots in black suits, looking disapprovingly at the naked captain.
* Subverted in Grant Morrison's ''ComicBook/{{The Invisibles}}'' -- At one point, Sir Miles and Colonel Friday communicate with one another via dream travel, with Sir Miles appearing in the Dreamscape without his trousers. When Friday makes a snide remark, Sir Miles, unperturbed, calmly points out that it was common dream image and therefore made communication easier.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': In "The Tartar's Talisman", the title object makes the wearer's dreams come true, so naturally, Iznogoud has a naked dream while wearing it. And then, the irascible sultan Pullmankar enters.
* The second story in ''Comicbook/NewLineCinemasTalesOfHorror'' opens with a girl having a dream about showing up at school naked. She is stated to have these kinds of dreams often, but this one is different because the dreamstalking killer Freddy Krueger is after her.
* ComicBook/HackSlash: Cassie's first battle with [[NeverSleepAgain Ashley Guthrie]] starts out with one of these.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Violine}}'', one of Violine's dreams involves her in just her underwear.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Jeremy in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' has a dream where he is naked at school and can't decide if the most disturbing part is that he's naked or that no one notices.
* Jon in ''Comicstrip/{{Garfield}}'' once had a nightmare, where he was about to address the assembly of the United Nations, with millions of people watching by television- introducing himself as a horrible loser and saying that he forgot to wear pants.
* A cartoon in ''Magazine/{{Punch}}'' shows a man, naked from the waist down, riding the bus, while explaining cheerfully to a horrified elderly woman that this is simply a recurring dream of his in which he always wakes up before reaching a particular stop.
* Creator/{{Loriot}} once made a strip with this as a spoof of etiquette guides, recommending for this case that you should try to wake yourself up by pinching yourself - even if you like the situation.
* ComicStrip/{{Luann}} once had a dream where not only did she not have pants, she had a mask on her face and shampoo in her hair. Mortified, she suddenly realizes this has to be a dream and waits to wake up. When she doesn't, she runs out in a panic, and ''then'' wakes up wondering, "Whatever happened to those beautiful princess in a castle dreams I used to have?"
* Inverted in ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'', where Grimmy (a dog) has a nightmare where he's on a busy street while fully dressed.
* ''ComicStrip/DreamOfTheRarebitFiend'' is already centered around dreams, and of course [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display/934 has a comic]] where a pants-less man goes out on the street in search of his missing pants. He gets a lot of stares from people and winds up being arrested, presumably for public indecency.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade has one in the second interlude -- and this is the most normal thing about that dream!
* Inverted in ''Fanfic/EarthAndSky''. Since ponies think nothing of going without clothes, their version of this trope is when they dream about being ''overdressed'' in public. In particular, Diamond Tiara dreams about being back in school, wearing a ridiculously PimpedOutDress in the classroom.
* Mentioned by Ace in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' webcast ''Death Comes to Time''. When Casmus tells her about the importance and significance of dreams, she fires back by mentioning that hers are basically useless.
-->'''Ace:''' I just end up with my trousers down in the classroom!
* The ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fic ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/9410975 Sleepy Bug]]'' has a variant similar to the Tim Drake example above: Marinette has a dream where she goes to school dressed as Ladybug, not noticing until she gets there and sits down thanks to being sleep deprived within the dream.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8062640/2/Xander-s-Green-Eyed-Obsession Xander's Green Eyed Obsession]]'':
-->'''Anya:''' I can't stop thinking about you. Sometimes in my dreams you're naked.\\
'''Xander:''' If I'm in the checkout line at Wal-Mart, I've had the same one.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4564885/2/Isis-s-Bane-A-New-Home Isis's Bane: A New Home]]'' Harry claims to have dreamt about being naked in front of his class to hide the fact that his actual dream was about a boy Isis killed while he was her host.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1995083/11/Crumpets-Aren-t-My-Style Crumpets Aren't My Style]]'':
-->As the day progressed O'Neill overheard dozens of disturbing dreams recounted. Fortunately they were not all mentioned directly to him. He couldn't seem to walk into a room without hearing about Lieutenant Kemper falling out of a plane or Colonel Linn stepping through the gate and realizing he was naked in front of a battalion of serpent guards.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Film/OsmosisJones'', the Live-Action ShowWithinAShow dream sequence Ozzy watches about Frank's subconscious features a dream in which Frank is in his daughter's class taking a test he don't know about or study for... in his underwear and getting laughed at by the kids, the buffalo-wing-eating champion, some bullies from work, etc. and berated by Mrs. Boyd.
* Appears in the Dream Production sequence in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''. Fear thinks said dream is too cliché.
* Shrek's nightmare from ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' has a scene where Shrek walks onto a stage, wearing only a mortarboard hat and a medal, in front of an audience of ogre babies.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/BullDurham'', Nuke [=LaLoosh=] had a nightmare about playing naked. When he wakes up on the team bus, wise veteran Crash Davis tells him "it's OK, I have that dream all the time too." Writer/Director Ron Shelton really did play minor league baseball, and this is one of the many parts of the film that are evidently TruthInTelevision.
* ''Film/{{Character}}'': Dreverhaven is a bailiff who is hated by most everybody, due to his business being the serving of eviction notices. In one scene he confronts a TorchesAndPitchforks mob outside his office building--while in the nude. They lynch him. Then the entire sequence is revealed to be a CatapultNightmare.
* In ''Film/NewYorkMinute'', Jane has a nightmare that she gives a speech naked.
* In ''Film/AnotherTimeAnotherPlace'', Janie worries about Luigi blabbing to the other [=POWs=] about [[spoiler:having slept with her]] ([[ParanoiaFuel made worse by the fact that she can't understand what they're saying]]) and ends up having a weird, anxiety-fuelled daydream where she imagines herself naked with all the prisoners leering at her.

* Chris Van Allsburg's storybook ''The Sweetest Fig'' involves self-centered Parisian dentist Monsieur Bibot receiving two figs as payment for a tooth extraction. The lady who gives him these figs says that all of his dreams will come true. Not believing so, Bibot eats one of the figs. The next day ''[[RealDreamsAreWeirder his preceding dream comes true]]''; among other things, he walks his dog Marcel in his underwear without noticing.
* In ''Literature/BridgetJones' Diary'', Bridget has a recurring nightmare where she has to take A-level French while wearing nothing but her [[NakedApron Domestic Science apron]].
* OlderThanRadio: ''The Dream of Councillor Popov'' (1873), a satire in verse by Aleksey Tolstoy (a cousin of Creator/LeoTolstoy and himself a famous Russian poet, novelist and playwright)
* In the memoir ''Literature/ReadingLolitaInTehran'', the author remembers some women discussing dreams of appearing outside without their veils.
* Referenced in ''Literature/{{Dinoverse}}'', when Candayce has a lovely dream of lying out beside a pool in the warm sun, then realizes with horror that she feels the air on her bare chest - and when she wakes up she's naked, because she's in the body of a dinosaur.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Cersei Lannister has a nightmare that starts at her sitting on the Iron Throne and everyone admiring her. Then suddenly Tyrion appears and laughs at her, and Cersei realizes that she's not wearing a dress. After that, the dream takes a horrific turn: Cersei stands up, stumbles and is impaled on the blades of which the throne is made of. The throne starts to grind her into fine red paste like a meatgrinder, and she awakes in horror.
* In ''Ava [=XOX=]'', a book targeted at older children and written in the form of diary entries, Ava writes in her diary about having one of these. It was brought on because her gym teacher had said that starting with the next grade, Ava and her classmates would be allowed to use the school showers, hence Ava actually ''could'' end up naked at school. She swears she will never use these.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Hallowed Hunt]]'', Learned Oswin contrasts the god-sent dreams of his wife with his own dreams of this sort. "The gods walk through her dreams as though strolling in a garden. ''I'' just have dreams of running lost through my old seminary, with no clothes, late for an examination of a class I did not know I had, and the like."
* The ''Literature/GiveYourselfGoosebumps'' book ''It's Only A Nightmare'' uses this in one of the bad endings -- in the story branch where the reader [[EnemyMine teams up]] with the Sleep Master to fight Lord Morphos, there's a choice to do so by debating him on a stage in a crowded auditorium. If you take this choice, you suddenly find yourself in just your underwear; the Sleep Master then informs you that you're now trapped in this nightmare forever.
* ''Literature/OneOfOurs'': Claude has a dream in which he's walking over to see Enid, only to realize he has no clothes on. In his dream, he leaps into the vegetable garden to hide, and then talks with Enid while trying to conceal his nudity.
* In the ''Literature/DirtyBertie'' story "Pants!", Bertie loses a bet with his classmate Nick and has to go to school in his underpants and has a dream where Miss Boot calls him to the front of the class and he's in his undies. When he wakes up, he is relieved that it is a dream but nervous about having to go to school in underwear.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the hero dreams that he comes to work but forgets his shoes.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' used this with Ivanova in one episode. She dreamed that she was on the bridge but forgot to get dressed. When she mentions it to Sheridan by saying she dreamed that she went to work feeling vulnerable and exposed [[LastSecondWordSwap ("totally... unprepared for my work")]], the Captain responded by saying that at least she didn't dream that she went to work naked.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Willow mentions having such a dream in an early episode.
--->'''Buffy:''' Do you remember [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E12ProphecyGirl the demon that almost got out the night I died]]?\\
'''Willow:''' Every nightmare I have that doesn't revolve around academic failure or public nudity is about that thing. In fact, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs once I dreamt that it attacked me while I was late for a test and naked]].
** In season 1, Episode "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E10Nightmares}} Nightmares]]", Xander is forced to live through his nightmare of suddenly being in his underwear in front of the entire class. It is mentioned that this is a recurring nightmare of his.
* Played with in ''Series/DarkAngel''. A scene where Max dreams she is chatting with Original Cindy ends with Cindy looking down and asking, "Max, where are your clothes?" Max has enough time to realise she's naked before the real Cindy wakes her up, pointing out just how risky it is for Max to fall asleep in a bubble bath like that...
* Referenced in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]]; Sally Sparrow encounters Larry, emerging from the bathroom in the middle of the night. He takes in her presence and offers, "Not... sure, but... really, ''really'' hoping... pants?" She tells him No, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlLQxf_mc_E but with just a hint of a smile on her face]]. For American viewers to truly appreciate this, they must remember that in the UK, "Pants" are called Trousers -- if a Brit says Pants, they mean ''underwear''[[note]]Or possibly "rubbish" or "not very good" -- the context for this scene, however, makes it clear that this is not the sense being used[[/note]].
* On ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', Drew told his not-quite girlfriend about a dream he had involving her:
-->'''Drew:''' You were on fire and I was squirting you with a giant hose. Then you turned into my mother and my pants fell off.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' uses this in the same episode everyone winds up sharing dreams.
* In the ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "Lay Me Down", Nathan dreams that he is in class, naked. It soon turns into an EroticDream because Audrey is his HotTeacher, who gives him a spanking.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted has one of these dreams right before starting as a professor. Not only is he missing his pants, but he doesn't even have [[Franchise/IndianaJones his hat and whip]]. Barney comments on it, telling Ted he should have had sex with the hot student in the front row because he already had his pants off.
* Referenced in ''Series/ICarly'' when Sam was having a nightmare and [[ButtMonkey Gibby]] ran into the classroom in his underwear. Sam told him to "Get out! This is ''my'' nightmare!"
* [[CrusadingLawyer Casey Novak]] in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' mentions a dream where she's naked in front of several of the series' recurring judges. She reveals this while standing in front of those same judges fully clothed because the one she sought out to sign an exhumation order was hosting a poker game.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': In the episode [[TheOneWith with Dewey's chicken pox and the dominoes]], Hal has a dream that starts with his wife on a white horse, and transitions to him having a test in school for which he didn't study... and suddenly he's in only his underwear.
* ''Series/MythBusters'': While testing the idea of cabin fever in an Alaska special, Adam, having been stuck alone in a cabin for a few days and acting a little screwier than usual, decides to relate a dream that he had just had to a video camera he is using to keep a sort of diary. It seems to start off as a serious dream about him being in an airliner that's about to crash, but Adam then addressed the passengers on the plane (and follows up with a comment for the camera):
-->'''Adam:''' Listen. I don't think this is a real plane crash 'cause I happen to notice that I'm not wearing any pants. [[GenreSavvy And whenever I'm not wearing any pants, it's probably a dream.]]
* One episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' has Bull come to work in the buff. "It's okay, I'm just having that nightmare where I go to work naked." "...Bull, this isn't a dream." Cue the slow burn, the girly scream, and the title.
* ''Series/PixelFace'': Referenced by Rex in "Mrs Dynamo's Son":
-->'''Rex:''' Oh no! Is this a dream? Am I going to have to sit an exam with no pants on in a moment?
* In an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', Ziggy reveals that he once dreamed that he had gone to school in just his underwear, only to realize that it wasn't a dream. Apparently there was a rash that had spread down the back of something too...
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Thanks for the Memory", Lister looks in on what Rimmer is dreaming. Rimmer is doing a tap dance in a top hat and tails, but no pants.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' has Sabrina enter Valerie's dream to find her taking a test on which her entire future depends. Then she looks down and all her clothes are gone.
* A ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode about dreams begins with Tuvok having one about being naked on the bridge. PlayedForLaughs in that Tuvok refuses to tell the other main characters (save for Janeway, and only when she presses him) the details of his dream and they imagine something far worse for this stoic Vulcan than a mundanity such as being naked.
-->'''Tuvok:''' It appears that in my haste to get to the Bridge, I neglected to put on my uniform.

* Music/GymClassHeroes have a song called “Kid Nothing And The Never-Ending Naked Nightmare” that is partially about this.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Parodied in the World Builder game ''Brownie's Dream''. One of the dreams involves the title character being back in high school and naked in class. He then wonders what he's worried about, given that he's a cartoon dog who doesn't normally wear clothes, and it turns into a dream about the day he met his girlfriend Jane Doe.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'', the protagonist Vincent is forced to run around in nothing but [[GoofyPrintUnderwear white boxers with pink polka dots]] during the puzzle sections, which take place in his dreams.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': If you nominate Alistair for [[spoiler:King of Ferelden]], his response is "This is where I wake up, usually. Or everyone points and laughs because I've no clothes on."
* A comment snarky-Hawke can make to Merrill before the final battle of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' when she asks if it all feels like a dream: "In a moment, I'll look down and see that I have no pants on."
-->'''Merrill''': (giggles) The Champion of Kirkwall going into battle naked! [[CovertPervert Why can't I ever have that dream?]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', an optional conversation between Solas and the Inquisitor takes place in the fade and thus in their dreams. Afterwards, the Inquisitor can remark that they didn't expect to be talking there, but that it at least beats the dream in which they stand naked in front of the war table.
* Happens in the beginning of ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' when April sees a "dream" about Arcadia. Justified, as she actually ''did'' unconsciously travel to Arcadia while sleeping in her bed (and she didn't sleep fully-clothed, naturally). It happens again much later, when she has to flee after being awakened at night and arrives to Arcadia in just her undies.
* Implied, but ultimately subverted, in the ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' game "What's New, Beelzebub?". Various characters are living out their worst nightmares, and one is the paranoid Bosco, who is naked, on a stage, and has everyone looking straight at him. Later turns out that it was the "everyone looking straight at him" part that he disliked; he actually doesn't mind being naked in public.
* A quest in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' involves helping a mage who was experimenting with dreamworlds and became lost within his own subconscious, his body having been locked in a coma for weeks. To enter his dream and wake him up, you need to fall asleep while wearing a special amulet and when you enter the dream, you'll find that the amulet is now the only thing you are wearing (it also applies a constant Silence effect to you, so you can't use magic). While granted, this is to make sure that your inventory is empty so you will complete the puzzles in the manner intended, ''the mage gets to keep his clothes, so why are you the one that's stuck naked, dammit?!''
* In ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'', a sleeping Mii may [[TalkingInYourSleep talk in their sleep]] about having one of these.
-->''Why am I the only one here? And why am I in my underwear? I should go.''
* ''VideoGame/SandraAndWooInTheCursedAdventure'' starts with Sandra finding herself naked at a school play rehearsal. When she wakes up, she suddenly remembers her costume for said play is not ready, implying the dream was her subconscious's way of reminding her.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' has Ken try to invoke this after the sight of Barbie with messy hair and an ugly dress causes him to think he ended up in a nightmare. Unfortunately, Barbie tells him ThatWasNotADream.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* An early ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip involves Tycho standing naked and waving at people in an arcade while Gabe is playing one of the games. When Tycho asks Gabe is he's ever had one of these dreams, Gabe says that he isn't dreaming.
--> '''Tycho''': You could have told me that before we left the house.
* [[http://buttersafe.com/2008/11/06/at-school-no-clothes/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{Buttersafe}}'' comic where a boy dreams he's at school in his underwear, complete with a LampshadeHanging on the whole phenomenon.
* ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'': Pants are for the weak!
* [[http://lowroad75.comicgenesis.com/d/20090522.html This]] ''Webcomic/{{Giselle}}'' [[{{Pun}} strip]]. She wishes for all her dreams to come true; when she complains about losing her pants, the well tells her "[[RealDreamsAreWeirder if you want the one about Legolas then you better pay more than 20 cents... cheapskate!]]"
* [[http://nonadventures.com/2007/05/05/graduated-killinders/ This comic]] from ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', where Wonderella dreams she is naked at the Oscars.
* ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' [[http://www.dorktower.com/2006/01/09/comics-archive-746/ on reflecting it was not like an anxiety dream]]
* ''Webcomic/EscapeFromTerra'' has [[http://www.bigheadpress.com/eft?page=6 a comic]] where Guy dreams he has no pants on while talking to Fiorella.
* [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100806-extra-foamy This ]] ''Webcomic/ThinkBeforeYouThink'' comic has Julia dream she's not wearing pants in public.
* Discussed in ''Webcomic/TheLessThanEpicAdventuresOfTJAndAmal''.
-->'''Amal:''' So what are you dreaming about?\\
'''TJ:''' I'm on Series/WheelOfFortune... and I'm naked.\\
'''Amal:''' Oh, the naked-in-public dream, that's a classic.\\
'''TJ:''' Yeah, but it's okay, 'cause Vanna White's naked too.\\
'''Amal:''' Vanna White's, like, seventy years old!\\
'''TJ:''' Hey, this is my dream, so she's still bangin'.
* One of the types of dreams Luna shows in ''Webcomic/AndThatsHowEquestriaWasMade'' is 'being naked in front of a crowd', complete with victim on stage staring at the audience in terror. But what do ponies normally wear ...
* Early in the "Squirrel Prophet" arc of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Grace is getting chewed out by an old-fashioned teacher for using the Internet in her research assignment. The teacher then points out she forgot to get dressed, at which point her clothes ''disappear''. [[TheFreelanceShameSquad Ridicule]] ensues. This one is a bit odd in that Grace is an InnocentFanserviceGirl, and the nature of her emotional distress isn't so much embarrassment as it is a feeling that she's different from everyone else and doesn't belong.
* ''Webcomic/TwoLumps'': Snooch [[http://www.twolumps.net/d/20120307.html woke up screaming]] from a dream of being naked in front of everybody.
-->'''Eben:''' We're cats. We're naked all the time.
* ''Webcomic/{{Hejibits}}'' has [[http://www.hejibits.com/comics/dream-job/ this]] example.
* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' has [[http://ozyandmillie.org/2007/10/04/ozy-and-millie-1964/ this]] as number three in Millie's Top Five Dreams Countdown. What makes her dream weird isn't the fact that she's naked at school, but the fact that her classmates are the 1906 Chicago Cubs as traffic cones.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', one story has Phase going through a long series of nightmares. One nightmare is her naked in the school cafeteria. At which point her [[GenderBender physical peculiarity]] is visible, and the rest of the SuperheroSchool tries to kill her.
* Played seriously in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's editorial on ''Film/EyesWideShut'', as it's only after the main character gets threatened with a ShamefulStrip does he mention relating and having nightmares where he's exposed.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'': In "I Dream of Jimmy", Carl is seen having one of these prior to Jimmy [[DreamWalker traveling into Carl's dream-scape]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', Iago and Abu are magically transported to the land of the dead, which gives them the ability to visit living people in their dreams. They manage to convince Aladdin and the Sultan that they're dreaming by pointing out that they aren't wearing pants.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''
** Referred to in the episode "The Responsible", where Richard and Nicole have gone to a Parent's Meeting, and Richard is in his underwear.
--->'''Richard:''' This is just like one of those dreams where you go to school naked!
** Played with in "The Dream". Gumball and Darwin, who made themselves share a dream, end up Darwin's dream about being naked at a mall, where everyone is laughing at them. As [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal Darwin wears nothing but shoes]], Gumball tries to take his CensorBox. Gumball then points out that since Darwin knows he's in a dream, he can control everything. Darwin then makes it so they're wearing clothes while the customers are only wearing their underwear... and continue laughing at them.
--->'''Gumball:''' Wearing clothes in a nudist mall has just the same level of embarrassment as going to a normal mall naked.
** In "The Night" Teri dreams that she's naked at school. When she finds a pencil and tries to draw clothes on her body (she's made of paper and her features are drawn on), she finds that it's not working, then it shows that she's drawing on herself in her sleep.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'':
** The eponymous character ends up in his underwear on a bridge in front of a reporter, his little sister and his home economics teacher who turns out to be another dragon. He figures he must be having a bad dream because of all the stress of his job and begins acting crazy. However, he was not dreaming and pictures of the event were eventually published.
** Played straight in another episode where Jake dreams that Rotwood points out that he's wearing his underwear to school.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Arthur's Underwear" makes the title character endure at least one every day, while suffering a guilt trip from mocking Binky for ripping his pants in front of the class. [[spoiler:Eventually, Arthur does end up splitting his pants for real... in front of the whole school! Ironically, the event helps him get over his fears and the nightmares stop. The episode ends with [[HereWeGoAgain Buster starting to get dreams about forgetting his pants]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': In ''Nightmares and Daydreams'' Aang's first nightmare is facing the Fire Lord and then discovering that he wasn't wearing pants. In his final nightmare, he inverts it by declaring that Dream!Ozai was the pantsless one. Complete with the line "My royal parts are showing!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/BobAndMargaret'', Bob's nervousness about giving a speech at a Dental convention culminates in him having a dream where he's giving the speech naked.
* In the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', he has a dream in which the bottom half of his fur was shaved.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' has a variant in the first episode, when [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]] and [[CoolLoser Jane]] have to speak at an assembly in front of the entire school. Jane comments that "Usually when I have this dream I'm wearing pink taffeta."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' involving nightmares, this was Egon's nightmare. Subverted in that he doesn't have a NakedFreakOut over it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Fry has a dream about being in his old underpants in front of his Ancient Egyptian Algebra class. The dream then turns into an advertisement for Lightspeed Briefs, a much cooler brand of underpants. He then learns that advertisements in the 31st century can be beamed directly into people's brains.
** Subverted in "That Darn Katz" -- [[GeniusDitz Amy]] arrives late for her doctrinal hearing, arms laden with all her papers. Just as she mentions that this is like a terrible dream, she drops the papers and suddenly realizes that she rushed out of her apartment in her underwear.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' episode "Nightmare Assault", Lady Jaye says that she had a nightmare that she was forced to sing the national anthem for the Super Bowl. Hawk asks what was so bad about that, and she blushes and says, "Let's just say I wasn't exactly in dress uniform."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jade enters Jackie's dream, and has to point out Jackie isn't wearing pants to prove that he's dreaming, providing the page image. We also discover that Chan likes [[GoofyPrintUnderwear Valentine's heart boxer shorts.]]
* Ron Stoppable's reveal to ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' that his worst nightmare is to being in school without wearing any pants. And this is a guy that drops his pants, a lot. And Kim pointed out [[ThatWasNotADream he actually did come to school with no pants]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'': In one episode, Po has a dream where he is given advice by his pants. At the end of the dream, he wonders, if his pants are floating in front of him, then what is wearing? Looking down, he lets out a shriek and reaches down to cover himself just as he wakes. Mantis glances at him and asks "The talking pants dream again?".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' episode "The Hyena and the Mighty", Adam had a dream that he came to school in his underpants. Jake informed him [[ThatWasNotADream that it wasn't a dream]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode where Homer goes to college:
-->'''Homer:''' A test?! This is like one of those bad dreams!\\
''[camera pans out revealing him in his underwear]''\\
''[Homer screams in horror]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'' episode "Nightmare on Oak Street", one of the nightmare scenarios Jeepers Creepers uses to torment Felix and Roscoe during his VillainSong involves the two being seen in public in their underwear. It's a rather odd choice, considering that Felix ordinarily goes naked anyway.
* An inversion occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Worse-er"; when Dr. Eggman challenges Tails to catch Sonic, Tails ends up catching Knuckles in a barrel trap he set for Sonic. Later in the episode, when Tails awakens a sleeping Knuckles from the trap, Knuckles thanks him for it, telling him he was having a nightmare where he went to school wearing pants.
* This trope is alluded to in the ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' episode "Eyes of the Skull".
-->'''Dusty Hayes''': Without my mask, I feel like I'm in one of those dreams where you forget to put pants on.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Pants-less or fully-nude nightmares do occur in real life and are fairly common (as far as nightmares go). The general consensus among health experts is that such dreams are the result of anxiety in the dreamer's waking life. For instance, people preparing for a wedding often report such dreams.
* A subversion was reported in one of the Time Life book series on dreams. A teenage boy reported dreaming that he showed up to class and started stripping to the cheers of his classmates. [[SexAsRiteOfPassage As he had very recently become sexually active]], the researcher speculated he was celebrating his ability to overcome his inhibitions.