One moment a character is wandering through life, oblivious. In the next, some or all of their clothing is drifting to the ground like fallen leaves.

Unlike EmptyPilesOfClothing, this method of clothing loss is usually PlayedForLaughs, and is seen most often in slapstick comedy or animated cartoons.

Gags that often set this trope into motion include an impact strong enough to literally smack the victim's clothes off (as in GettingTheBoot, or the PlankGag), or said outfit getting snagged whole by an obstacle along the way, like a tree or briar bush. If a nearby object or character is OffLikeAShot, its field of effect may carry the victim's ''outfit'' along even if the character is not.

This can also be ''self'' inflicted by the effects of a PainPoweredLeap, {{Wild Take}}s, a SlipperySkid, or other equally acrobatic clumsiness. Off Like a Shot, can can leave a character's own clothes behind, if the character dashes off fast enough.

Sometimes the victim's clothes will float for a few seconds in their original position before falling to the ground, fall neatly around the character, or simply fly offscreen piecemeal to be absorbed into {{Hammerspace}} or the next scene over.

A variation where clothing a character wears doubles as a costume and is lost in this manner can lead to TheReveal, or a DramaticUnmask.

May cause combinations of ComedicUnderwearExposure, GoofyPrintUnderwear, PartialNudity, or DefeatByModesty, and FurIsClothing if clothing lost includes - or ''is'' - a character's fur or feathers. NakedPeopleAreFunny is a frequent, but not guaranteed, destination. If the clothes snap back to reappear on the victim without particular explanation, then MagicPants has taken effect.

Compare with DressHitsFloor, AllClothUnravels, TheNudifier, ClothingDamage, WardrobeMalfunction, and ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[http://www.generalmills.com/Brands/Cereals/Trix.aspx The Trix Rabbit]] frequently fell victim to this trope as his disguises to get Trix cereal are foiled by his excitement in having the bowl in his hands at last. Whether by ThePratfall, {{Facefault}}, or WildTake, this would result in anything from the Rabbit's headgear to his ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=82mmjXVol0k#t=67 entire costume]]'' falling off, making his not-a-kid identity plain. ''"It's the Rabbit!"''
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The first opening for ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' features the main character leaping out of his clothes to get into bed with a naked Fujiko.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A RunningGag in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', with Romans getting punched right out of their armor by one of the Gauls - usually Obelix - and ending up in underwear.
* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'': When Superman hears [[spoiler: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 had been wearing them ''while sitting in a Jeep''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', in a scene on Pleasure Island, [[spoiler:in which bad boys turn into donkeys after misbehaving.]] The Coachman interrogates a boy [[spoiler:turned donkey wearing only a blue hat, shirt, and shoes as to his name. When the boy can only answer with "Haw!", the Coachman [[ShamefulStrip rips off the boy's shirt]], then kicks the donkey into a crate, knocking the ill-fitting shoes and his hat clean off him.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTailFievelGoesWest'', Cat R. Waul does a PainPoweredLeap out of his suit.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The CandidCamera show ''Just for Laughs Gags'' and its spinoff ''Just Kidding'' have [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLu_OO5BHY8 numerous]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha1UsXVpHH0 gags]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YL6j9aPQ5I in]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIDpzbOAc3M which]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LQNzYNbGUw victims]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CgTh1oUvcE are]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5eiicq9GhE tricked]] into thinking they have caused this to happen to the pranksters.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/{{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, usually accompanied by a frame with socks, shoes, shirt, etc. flying through the air. He is otherwise completely unharmed.
** There's an arc that [[FridgeLogic 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 Schroeder comes over to see whether he's okay, Charlie Brown smiles up from the ground. "See? I've got my old reflexes back!"
* AttackHello, as seen in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' when Hobbes pounces Calvin when he comes back from school. Calvin's shoes are nearly ''always'' sent flying off his feet. Socks, a jacket, hat and a backpack (if he's just come back from school) have also been flung off at one time or another, by the force of Hobbes's pounce.
** Hobbes actually [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] this [[http://assets.amuniversal.com/fd9558b4250d102d94d7001438c0f03b in one strip]] after he hits Calvin so hard with a snowball that he LITERALLY knocks Calvin's socks off ([[UpToEleven and two layers of shoes, his gloves, and his hat]]):
-->'''Calvin:''' Seriously, you could never have done that if my taunts hadn't boosted your adrenalin.
-->'''Hobbes:''' *walking towards Calvin with his discarded clothing in hand* I can only find one of your socks.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The specific case of "Knock your socks off" (encompassed in this trope) was tested by Series/MythBusters. Their conclusion: Busted. The kinetic energy from a ''battering ram'', let alone a punch, could not knock the socks off of Buster by pure force alone. The team WAS able to remove socks off of dummy legs with a shockwave generated by high explosives, but the explosion would be fatal even at the maximum distance required for them to be blown off.
** Note that one shot of the vertical pneumatic cannon did knock his shoes off and the shoes pulled the socks halfway off. Unfortunately the socks were not completely off and the cannon was far stronger than any boxer.
** In a revisit of the myth, the team even redid the same tests, including a new set of tests using the best set of variables possible (smooth, shaven legs wearing loose-fitting woolen socks) to see whether they would get knocked off and were still unsuccessful with the original tests. ''However,'' while they ultimately ''were'' able to knock the socks off Buster (as well as his ''hands'' and his ''entire left leg''), it required hitting him with a vehicle-mounted battering ram at 65 MPH, roughly 10,000 times the kinetic force of a human boxer.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheBizarreAdventuresOfWoodruffAndTheSchnibble'', if Woodruff steps into the acid river without boots, he leaps out of his clothes (and then falls back into them).
* When an Inkling is defeated in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', his/her clothes and weapons fall to the ground while the ghostly squid flies away. They quickly respawn with their clothes back on, however.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/HeroOhHero'', Burk ([[WalkingShirtlessScene already underdressed]]) mysteriously loses his trousers (''exactly'' how it happened occurs off-panel, but it's made clear it has something to do with the [[FullBoarAction acid spewing pig that's chasing him]]).
* In ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'', this happens at least twice; [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2011/12/08/0332-fashion-tip-ii/ First, because of a surprise attack by Woo]], and then in turnabout [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2011/12/22/0336-the-poem-iv/ as Sandra shows how she feels about a love poem written for her]].
* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'': In an homage to ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', when [[BearsAreBadNews Doc]] gets hit with a giant snowball launched from a catapult, he's blown off-panel with a "POW!", and Charlie Brown's clothes (which he wasn't even wearing) sent flying into view in the last panel.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' 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. His clothes and Lula the sword float in the air 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 then takes it back.)
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck has been on the receiving end of this several times in golden age Disney shorts.
** ''Mickey's Birthday Party'' (1942), Donald loses his shirt to an overzealous dance toss.
** ''The Clock Watcher'' (1945): Donald, working as a gift wrapper, has a huge number of gifts to wrap sent down a conveyor, passing him. The pile speeds by so quickly that his hat and shirt are sucked clear off him in the direction of the gifts.
** In ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'', Donald is chasing after bathers in Acapulco when he is yanked right out of his bathing suit, which continues the chase on its own.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** In the short ''The Prize Pest'' (1951), Porky scares Daffy with a monster costume. When Porky sees himself in the mirror, he leaps up in terror out of the costume, clinging to a chandelier.
** In the short ''Case of the Missing Hare'' (1942), when Ala Bahma notices the "boy" is really Bugs Bunny in disguise, Bugs flees leaving the disguise behind.
* Literally OnceAnEpisode with ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' as it happens during the ''title sequence'' (not to mention being a frequent gag during the show itself).
* The ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' 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''.
* The 1935 Disney Silly Symphony ''Disney/TheTortoiseAndTheHare'' uses variants of this several times as the lighting fast rabbit zips past spectators...a smartly dressed owl and stork lose their snappy outfits AND feathers; a tree is stripped of its leaves in what passes for arboreal nudity.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Pixar short]] ''For the Birds'', after the large bird is pecked off of the telephone wire, all the little birds lose their feathers as they are shot up into the air by the recoiling line.
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