Basically EmptyPilesOfClothing 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 [[MagicPants snapping back to the character in their original position]]. Expect the character to be [[NakedPeopleAreFunny naked]], in GoofyPrintUnderwear, in his or her original outfit, or missing one part of his or her usual outfit if the clothes don't snap back. In WesternAnimation with {{Funny Animal}}s, this is often combined with FurIsClothing.

Not to be confused with GivingThemTheStrip, in which a character sheds clothing as a deliberate escape maneuver. As noted above, EmptyPilesOfClothing is the [[PlayedForDrama serious version]], implying that something weird and possibly fatal happened to the original wearer. See also MagicPants for situations where the character gets ''into'' an outfit in a bizarre and implausible manner.

Nothing to do with RightThroughHisPants.


[[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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' has a serious version of this. 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 left them--''while sitting in a Jeep''.
* This is a RunningGag in {{ComicBook/Asterix}}, where Roman soldiers will often be punched right out of their armor, ending up in underwear.

[[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.
** 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 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 ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' when Hobbes pounces Calvin when he comes back from school.

[[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 ''{{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.

* ''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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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. 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 ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, Porky scares Daffy with a monster costume. When Porky sees himself in the mirror, he jumps out of the costume.
* In ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'', Donald is chasing some bathing beauties when the others drag him out of his bathing suit, which continues the pursuit.
* 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''.
* Literally OnceAnEpisode with ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' as it happens during the ''title sequence'' (not to mention being a frequent gag during the show itself).