Basically Empty Piles of Clothing
played for laughs. The character will leave behind his or her clothes, but first, some sort of hilarious incident has to happen. Some good ideas are punching that character hard enough, scaring him or her right out of his or her wits, catching his or her clothes in a branch, etc. Sometimes the clothes will float for a few seconds before falling to the ground or snapping back to the character in their original position
. Expect the character to be naked
, in Goofy Print Underwear
, in his or her original outfit, or missing one part of his or her usual outfit if the clothes don't snap back.
Not to be confused with Giving Them the Strip
, in which a character sheds clothing as a deliberate escape maneuver. As noted above, Empty Piles of Clothing
is the serious version
, implying that something weird and possibly fatal happened to the original wearer. See also Magic Pants
for situations where the character gets into
an outfit in a bizarre and implausible manner.
Nothing to do with Right Through His Pants
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Anime & Manga
- The first opening for Lupin III (Red Jacket) features the main character leaping out of his clothes to get into bed with a naked Fujiko.
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns has a serious version of this. When Superman hears the nuclear missile headed toward Corto Maltese, he takes to the air so fast that he leaves his civilian clothes and glasses hanging exactly where he left them—while sitting in a Jeep.
- This is a Running Gag in Astérix, where Roman soldiers will often be punched right out of their armor, ending up in underwear.
- A Running Gag in Peanuts is that whenever Charlie Brown pitches for his baseball team, the opposing batter hits the ball back at him so hard it knocks him right out of his clothes.
- There's an arc that implies he's doing this on purpose. He gets hit by a ball and is actually injured by it, forcing the team to find another pitcher (who is actually much better) and causing Charlie Brown to worry that he's losing his reflexes. He's nervous during his first game back, but on his very first pitch he's bowled over with his socks, shoes, etc. flying like normal. When people come over to see whether he's okay, he smiles up from the ground. "See? I've got my old reflexes back!"
- Also happens on occasion in Calvin and Hobbes when Hobbes pounces Calvin when he comes back from school.
- In the Dave the Barbarian episode "Beauty and the Zit", Dave encounters the monster zit for the first time. Dave asks for the monster's hat before being roared at and landing in a large pile of hats. The clothes and Lula the sword float for a few seconds before falling to the ground.
- In another episode, "The Cow Goes Moon", Princess Irmaplotz disappears for the second time, leaving behind only her dress. She takes it back.
- In one Looney Tunes short, Porky scares Daffy with a monster costume. When Porky sees himself in the mirror, he jumps out of the costume. This is an incredibly common joke in both Looney Tunes and its predecessor Merry Melodies.
- In The Three Caballeros, Donald is chasing some bathing beauties when the others drag him out of his bathing suit, which continues the pursuit.
- The Timon & Pumbaa episode "Kenya Be My Friend?" has Pumbaa leaning a little too close to a sleeping Timon. The resulting close up causes Timon to jump right out of his skin.