"Not bad for a man in his jim-jams. Very Arthur Dent. Now there's a nice man."If there's one thing worse than the advancing hordes of evil turning up on your doorstep and forcing you onto a long quest to save the world, it's when it happens before you've even had your coffee. You finally got a chance to catch some sleep, and got rudely awoken by The Call in the middle of the night, telling you to rush out of the house without so much as a chance to get dressed. Or even put on your shoes (though maybe you prefer it). Some heroes spend virtually their entire adventure wearing nothing but their jimmy-jams. On the plus side, they're comfy and warm, and a stylish dressing-gown can lend a touch of the Badass Longcoat. But you do tend to look a tad ridiculous, and a dressing-gown over a long nightshirt may be confused with Sword and Sandal wear, the Middle Eastern traditional costume descended from it, or wizard robes.
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Anime & Manga
- Little Nemo
- Mickey "The Yellow Kid" Dugan at first wore a blue nightgown handed down from an older sister until he switched to his trademark yellow nightshirt.
Films — Animation
- The kids in The Polar Express.
- Coraline: In The Film of the Book, Coraline Jones wears pajamas for maybe over half the film.
- Boo from Monsters, Inc. appears to be wearing a pink nightshirt, lavender stockings, and white socks throught the entire film (except when she is wearing a makeshift costume Sulley and Mike made to hide her identity).
- Edmund from Rock-A-Doodle, but only when he's a live-action human. He wears doll clothes after being turned into a cartoon cat by the evil owl.
- Wendy, Michael and John in Disney's Peter Pan are in their pajamas for the entire film.
- In the second half of Rise of the Guardians, the kids are outside in winter in their pajamas. Jamie and Sophie are noticeably barefoot, Jamie was even standing on a frozen lake. Considering they are with Jack Frost perhaps he did something to make sure they'd be okay.
Films — Live-Action
- As mentioned above, the Darling children in Peter Pan. Possibly the Trope Codifiers.
- Scrooge in A Christmas Carol is haunted by the spirits during the night before Christmas, so he travels through time wearing his dressing gown.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Arthur Dent hitchhikes the galaxy in his pajamas and bathrobe. He finally gets a change of clothes in So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. In the radio series, the first book and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams wasn't entirely clear what Arthur was wearing; he wrote a scene for the TV series in which the Heart of Gold provides him with new clothes, but this was vetoed by the director, on the grounds that it was funnier for him to be in his pajamas. Since Adams then wrote Arthur as still in his (increasingly tattered) dressing gown in Life, the Universe and Everything, he presumably agreed.
- Sarah from Greystone Valley is in tattered blue pajamas up until the very final act.
- The eponymous character of Jodi Lynn Anderson's May Bird series spends the entire 3rd book in pajamas and a bathing suit.
- Georgina in The Magic Light by Gabrielle Alioth. She is transferred onto a magic island from her bedroom, pajama-clad and barefoot. At some point she lampshades this by saying that if she knew she would go on an adventure, she would be dressed more appropriately.
- Bilbo, from The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, forgets his handkerchief and money in addition to starting his adventure in his dressing-gown. Subverted when Dwalin lets Bilbo use his hood and cloak.
- In the Altraterra series by Yvonne Pioch, Anne spends the first quarter of the book (the ride to Academy) only in her nightshirt as she had to flee with others in haste. Given that she has to ride in it for days without change or a chance to wash it, it created a huge discomfort to her, especially when she arrived to the academy. Imagine being led before the ruling body (which resides in academy) wearing nothing but a ragged, partially ripped, smelly nightshirt...
- In Among the Sleep, you play as a two-year-old boy in his pajamas exploring the house at night, staying with your Teddy, and trying to make sense of the perceived "monsters" you encounter.
- Pajama Sam, the eponymous hero of the children's adventure game series, is never seen outside his footie pajamas. The premise of the game is that Sam deals with things that frighten him after he goes to bed, so his "Pajama Sam" superhero persona makes sense.
- The male or female protagonist in the Playstation game 40 Winks.
- Patchoulli Knowledge from Touhou. Even when she's out solving incidents in the fighting games, she's still wearing her pajamas. ZUN says that "It's like how foreigners sleep in their jeans, and go shopping with them too".
- You in Fable III, if you decide saving the world should be done in your sleeping clothes.
- Super Mario Galaxy: Rosalina's dress actually resembles a nightgown, which appropriately fits the fact that she lives far out in space, where it is constantly night out (unless if she is orbiting a Sun).
- Vincent from Catherine spends most of the action sequences wearing polka-dot boxers. Not that the ladies are complaining.
- Phillip of Space Funeral is always dressed in his yellow and black striped pajamas.
- Johnny Dash, the hero of Monster Bash.
- The entire premise of Knock-knock features the Lodger wandering around his house in the early hours of the day wearing his dressing gown and slippers while avoiding ghosts.
- The Sand Man: Since Sophie was just trying to get some rest before the whole mess unfolded, she sets off to find out what happened while dressed in her pink sleepwear.
- Neverending Nightmares: Thomas, the player character, explores his dreams wearing his pajamas. This actually factors into gameplay, as he doesn't have space to put an inventory, and, being a horror game, the fact that he isn't wearing shoes comes back to bite him more than once.
- Averted in Yume Nikki: despite the entire game taking place in Madotsuki's bedroom and dreams, she wears a shirt and skirt instead.
- Nightmare Ned spends the duration of his adventure through the Nightmare World in his PJs.
- Plutia from Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory onwards. Probably helps, since she's known to be quite the Sleepyhead.
- Ellie in Monster Tale is technically in her nightgown in the game, though it does resemble a regular if very plain short dress. However, the ending cinematic makes it clear that it's not her regular clothes.
- Sul spends the entirity of Kiss Wood in his pajamas, though he does find a coat early on (he loses it eventually).
- Hero in The Property of Hate spends her adventure in her yellow pyjamas and wellies. She does intially have a coat but then ends up discarding it after an incident involving doubts, causing her coat to be somewhat... gelatinous.
- Alvin, Simon, and Theodore of Alvin and the Chipmunks wear what are essentially color-coded nightshirts most of the time. Though they could just be large sweaters. They change into different pajama separates for bed.
- The Professor from Futurama is always in his pajamas. However, this includes a lab coat, so maybe it's better to say he sleeps fully dressed.
- His catchphrase was going to be "Well I am already in my pajamas!" but was quickly dropped.
- Hugh Hefner makes most of his public appearances in his iconic pajamas and a smoking jacket.
- Visit a college. Any college. Look at the students. Over half of them will probably be wearing at least pajama pants.
Pajama-clad for one adventure, but usually dressed otherwise
Anime & Manga
- Negi Springfield of Mahou Sensei Negima! spent the entirety of the Library Island arc in his jammies.
- After she recovered from having seen what makes the Simoun tick in Simoun, we see Dominura waltzing about the ship in a slinky nightgown for an episode or two. Bonus points for also having bed-head.
- Etsuko from Domu spends the last half of the manga in her pajamas, being bed-ridden in the hospital after trauma. She also has the superpowered psychic fight of her life wearing them.
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura was in her pajamas when she caught her first card, the Fly. In subsequent episodes, her friend Tomoyo provides costumes.
- In episode 52 of Sonic X, Tails gets woken up in the middle of the night by Eggman. He hops in the Tornado in his pajamas, though they're only there for a scene or two. Which is odd, because he usually doesn't wear clothes of any kind, not counting shoes and gloves.
- An odd example, but an early episode of HeartCatch Pretty Cure! had Tsubomi, who had stayed home ill after learning the cute Student Council President was actually a girl, race to save her in her pajamas. After saving the day, she doesn't realize she was still in these clothes until said President questions why she was in school in her PJs.
- Episode 4 of Kill la Kill had the heroine Ryuko Matoi in Bunny PJs because she's forced to go to school at 4 in the morning while Senketsu's being washed.
- Blue Exorcist has Rin in his pajamas during the Kyoto/Impure King arc on the second day - due to getting dragged away to train and other circumstances, Rin ends up defeating the Eldritch Abomination that threatens Kyoto while not only in his pajamas, but in bare feet.
- The Hulk, believe it not was this, complete with bunny slippers while strapped to the brim with ammo and a BFG, no less.
- Power Pack in their first adventure where they gained their powers and rescued their parents from the Snarks. Justified since the Snark attacked them in the middle of the night and the kids got dragged into the fight without a chance to get dressed first.
- Though not exactly a hero, in the Death Note fic Welcome To The Family when Near and Matt barge into his room in the middle of the night, they find Light Yagami with messy hair and wearing fuzzy, black and white skull and cross bone pajamas, though Light claims it's not his usual choice in pajamas either but that his jailers have a bad sense of humor. Ultimately subverted since Light insists on getting dressed before doing anything though Near (who is a straight example of this trope) can't imagine why and uses his wanting to get dressed first like a normal person as yet another excuse to accuse him again of being Kira.
- In Discworld/The Big Bang Theory crossover The Many Worlds Interpretation, Discworld Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes, responding quickly to an emergency need to guard Sheldon Cooper against a peril they have brought from the Disc with them, reasons that good weapons are more vital in a fight than getting dressed. Thus she pulls her weapons-belt on over very minimal nightwear. This provokes a certain jealousy from Howard and Raj the next morning, who bemoan the fact that hot chicks always get naked in front of a man it's wasted on.
- X-Men: First Class fic For Protection From Monsters has the Brotherhood attack the school at night. They never actually leave home, but Storm and Cyclops end up fighting in their pajamas.
- Chrestomanci frequently appears in one fabulous dressing gown or another. This is because he's particularly vulnerable to Inconvenient Summons, and decided that if he's going to be called away in his pajamas, they're going to at least be nice ones.
- This happened to Psmith so much that it was practically a Running Gag. Fortunately he managed to keep the Sharp-Dressed Man act up even then (on one occasion he went and found a carnation and put it in his buttonhole).
- 1066 and All That:
On the death of William IV, Queen Victoria, though asleep at the time and thus in her nightdress, showed great devotion to duty by immediately ascending the throne. In this bold act she was assisted by Lord Melbourne and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who were both properly dressed.
- Sam Vimes of Discworld has been in this position a couple of times.
- In Guards! Guards! he sticks his feet in Lady Sybil's bunny slippers to deal with an armed mob, and his dignity is only just saved by a dragon's timely belch.
- In Thud!, he's woken from a deep sleep to attend a police emergency. At some point, someone (presumably Sybil) had put a ducky blanket from his son's nursery around his shoulders... he Death Glares the officers in the parlor, daring them to say one word about it.
- James Herriot from the All Creatures Great and Small books was a country vet. This meant that he (as well as Seigfried and Tristan) spent a few stories in his PJs being called out for a late night calving. This once caused poor James to try and purchase some coffee on the way home only to realize his wallet and his pants were not with him...
- In the Bolo short story The Murphosensor Bomb, the focus character and her commanding officer were so focused on tracking down and eliminating the virus that had infected Bolos across the sector that neither of them paid any attention to 1: Said focus character had gone straight from her bed to her workstation to work on this problem, and 2: She slept in the nude. Shortly after the problem was solved, she tracked down a bathrobe.
- The incident that convinced Karigan G'lahdeon that she could no longer refuse the call to be a Green Rider was an incident where she found that she had sleepwalked to her horse and ridden it several miles towards the capital in her nightgown before waking up.
- In A Civil Campaign, Miles Vorkosigan's senior bodyguard apparently prefers to sleep in his boxer shorts, which causes him some embarrassment when there's a security incident in the middle of the night. The ladies of the household are rather pleased though.
- Doctor Who
- The Tenth Doctor spends a good deal of time running around in his jim-jams after regenerating, even engaging in a swordfight before changing into his dayclothes. He even references his Arthur Dent look. Given that Douglas Adams was a scriptwriter for Doctor Who, this is either a Shout-Out, a Mythology Gag or both.
- Also, Amy Pond in "The Beast Below". The fact that it's a while before she can change into normal clothes makes her wonder if the Doctor has another agenda, not that she objects to that.
- The Twelfth Doctor walks around in London wearing a Victorian nightshirt for a portion of "Deep Breath".
- Clara runs around in a nightie in "Last Christmas". This is a sign that she's dreaming, but after she wakes up at the end, she doesn't hesitate to run off on another adventure with the Doctor without changing.
- Omar Little from The Wire goes for a walk to get Cheerios in his turquoise pyjamas. Everyone who sees him flees.
- Wingin It: Carl Montclaire wears pajamas in "All Lizards Go to Heaven", Part 2.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "Goodbye Iowa" Buffy is giving a Badass Boast about how she's going to track down and kill the Big Bad, then admits "that probably would've sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas."
- In the Commander Keen game Keen Dreams, Keen goes through the entire adventure in pajamas and pink bunny slippers.
- EarthBound: Ness wears pajamas during his trip to Magicant — in America. In the Japanese release, when Ness woke up in Magicant, he was in the buff and stayed that way save for his Nice Hat.
- At the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Link starts out in his crayfish pajamas, until his grandmother gives him his clothes and signature hat. In a New Game+, the clothes are invisible, as only the honest can see them. Thus, he has nothing but his PJs to go adventuring in.
- In The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, the easiest unlockable costume for Jack to get is Pajama Jack (and bonus: they're different and more colorful than the plain off-white ones from the movie, and they've even got little Jack 'O Lantern slippers).
- Naruto from Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm has a downloadable costume where he can fight in his pajamas. Save his special/Ougi, all his animations are intact, including tightening his headband that's not even there.
- Pyjamarama, in which Wally Week wanders around the house in his pajamas searching for the alarm clock to wake himself up.
- Using the Dream Suite in Animal Crossing: New Leaf requires your character to change into pajamas, in which he or she stays for the length of their visit to a dream town.
- You add a SMUPPET to the mix to make a softer and more stylish RED PLUSH PUPPET TUX. It is like walking around in snugly pajamas. ACTION PAJAMAS.
- Given that dream self clothing is effectively pyjamas, this is now Rose and Dave's default attire following being revived as their dream selves after death.
- Karkat also describes anyone who has reached God-tier as wearing pajamas, particularly John.
- Whateley Universe: One of the popular nicknames for Team Kimba in-universe is the Negligee Nightingales, referring to their first fight with the Yama Dojo Ninjas.
- In the episode "The Good, The Bad, and the Eggly" of the VeggieTales spinoff series, The Cartoon Adventures of LarryBoy, LarryBoy and Dark Crow end up wearing footie pajamas and paper bags as costumes after their real ones get turned into over-easy eggs.
- It happened once to Kurt and Kitty in X-Men: Evolution.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Toph Bei Fong spends most of her debut episode in her night clothes, and gets kidnapped before beating up several grown men while so dressed. She's a 12-year-old girl.
- In The Little Rascals episode "The Zero Hero", Alfalfa as Alpha-Man wears his pajamas in public, along with a towel cape and a mask which does not hide his eyes.
- In American Dragon: Jake Long episode "Adventures in Troll-Sitting", Jake wears his pajamas from morning to evening as he was trying to hide the troll and get rid of the living troll furballs. He's also barefoot.
- In Steven Universe, a few episodes have Steven almost entirely dressed in his pajamas. While one episode is about a slumber party which justifies his clothing, another time he decides to not fall asleep for two nights, yet still dresses into his pajamas, ending with him following a weird creature and almost freezing to death in the warp.
- Anyone serving on a warship will have this happen to them at least occasionally when General Quarters is sounded at an inconvenient hour of the night, particularly submariners because they don't have to care about the weather.