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- In the new Axe Anti Dandruff commercial called "Dusted," three lovely young women are instantly reduced to dust in the presence of a certain young man, leaving their empty clothes to flutter to the ground.
- G.U. Japan has the singing group "Kyary Pamyu Pamyu", as three vampires rising from their coffins and striking scary vampire poses, only one them accidentally kicks off her shoe, which hits a switch that opens a window. The sunlight pours in and poof, they vanish in a puff of smoke.
Anime & Manga
- In Baccano!, immortals leave these when they are eaten.
- In one work submitted for serialization in Bakuman。, about a survival challenge in which anyone who tells a lie dies, the people who are killed in such a manner disappear, leaving only their clothes behind, while a voice comes from their clothes and announces the truth.
- Happens in the first season of Birdy the Mighty Decode, where the world-destroying parasitic weapon, Ryunka, spreads to the Greater Tokyo Area, petrifying any person into a glasslike substance that shatters into dust, leaving behind nothing but piles of clothing. The death of Nataru's (one of Birdy's childhood friends and fellow Altarian) buddies from the Ryunka's destruction is what prompts him to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge in the second season against the criminals responsible for releasing it.
- Vampires that get staked in Black Blood Brothers usually leave behind a small pile of dust and a pile of clothing.
- Yoruichi is naked whenever she transforms back from being a cat.
- When Nelliel is transformed from a child to an adult, her dress is torn apart, leaving her barely covered by the rags. Strangely, when she's turned back into a child, her dress is intact again.
- In an episode of Maeterlinck's Blue Bird: Tyltyl and Mytyl's Adventurous Journey, the animated adaptation of The Blue Bird, the titular children are regressed to infancy. Because their clothes didn't shrink along with them, this left them as naked babies frolicking to and fro innocently. When they're returned to normal, Berylude wastes no time giving them their clothes back via magic.
- In Daily Life with Monster Girl, the ninetailed fox, Ils Nineta can't transform her clothes so she has to use her powers cautiously or risk ending up naked.
- In Devil & Devil, one of the first enemies is a tentacled monster that can suck the life and time out of people, deaging them to infancy. Because this doesn't include their clothing, this lead to confusion when the monster attacked a female teacher, leading to the strange discovering of a baby girl "wearing" a young woman's clothes.
- Akira's transformations in Devil Man destroy his clothing when he becomes Devilman. He ends up completely naked everytime he turns back into his human form.
- Goku and Gohan's clothing in Dragon Ball is shredded whenever they turn into giant apes. Vegeta's armor stays intact, but it was designed with the transformations in mind, explained as being extremely elastic.
- Fairy Tail: At one point during Team Natsu's fight with Hades, the latter used a technique named "Katsu" on Wendy, causing her to disappear instantly, only leaving her clothes behind. Fortunately, it turns out she was saved at the last minute by Horologium, and that Hades' attack actually didn't hit her.
- The main cast of Fruits Basket is all over this trope like white on rice, mostly because Naked People Are Funny when they turn back.
- Used in Fullmetal Alchemist when Alphonse Elric's body is destroyed when he and his brother Edward attempt human transmutation. When Edward sees Al's clothes on the floor empty he knows his little experiment has truly Gone Horribly Wrong.
- Played with in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure with the stands Yellow Temperance and Khnum. Both Stands are bound to their users, Rubber Soul and Oingo respectively, and both have similar abilities but differ in major ways: Yellow Temperance can imitate people's clothing while allowing Rubber Soul to still wear is own clothing underneath while Khnum allows Oingo to change his appearance, down to his weight and smell but he can't imitate clothing, the closest he could do is change his hair to look like Jotaro's Nice Hat.
- Occurs in Katekyo Hitman Reborn! after Yuni and Gamma sacrifice themselves during the final battle of the Future Arc.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid, the first indicator we see of Fabia Crozelg attacking the characters are their empty clothes floating in zero-g as she picks them off one-by-one by shrinking them and trapping them in a bottle.
- In episode 5 of the Magic User's Club TV anime, Akane starts to hiccup, causing various strange things to happen. At one point, she shrinks, leaving her clothes piled on the club room floor.
- The dreaded Third Impact in Neon Genesis Evangelion reduces everyone in the world to puddles of orange fluid and a pile of their clothes, even if that person was already dead at the time. Much earlier, after Shinji was absorbed into Unit 01 the only image on the camera from inside was his empty, floating plugsuit, and after the pod opens Misato is shown clutching it desperately and screaming for him to come back, at which point Shinji (offscreen) re materializes completely naked a few feet away.
- In a chapter of the Japanese-only Neptunia manga, after Nepgear, Uni, Rom and Ram are accidentally turned into babies, they are seen swimming in their oversized clothes. Because said clothes don't magically reappear when the girls are returned to normal, this leads to a minor Naked Freak-Out from them.
- One Piece:
- In One Piece Film Z: During the Straw Hats' first fight against the villains, Nami and Chopper seemingly disappear after Ain hits them with her power, leaving their clothes behind. However, it turns out they have just been deaged into kids.
- As far as the main series goes, Jewelry Bonney's age-altering powers are among the few Devil Fruit abilities that don't affect clothing, which explains the Stripperific outfits she and her crew wears: they need fitting clothes for when they have to turn into children.
- Princess Tutu. A girl called Duck, because she was originally one, turns back into her original form whenever she acts like a duck, thus leaving an empty pile of clothing behind.
- In Ranma ˝, curse changes seldom affect clothes. This has led to several scenes where Ryōga and Shampoo end up unexpectedly naked upon transforming back (admittedly, the latter don't much care). In Ranma's case, both forms are human and thus don't fall out of their clothes, although there have been occasions of humiliation when he turns into a guy while wearing distinctly female clothing. The only clear exception to the rule is Genma, who always wears his clothes even though his panda form doesn't, because no one wants to see a naked old man.
- In the climactic episode of Revolutionary Girl Utena when Akio accepts Utena as his new Rose Bride his sister/lover Anthy's eyes roll back into her head as he dress falls to the ground without her in it. She reappears a little bit later dressed in the same short red dress she wore as a child and with her formerly tightly bound hair loose, symbolizing how she's reverted to that role now that she's no longer the Rose Bride.
- In The Seven Deadly Sins, Elizabeth (a human) and Diane (a giant) both get shrunk. Elizabeth becomes the size of an action figure and Diane becomes the size of a regular human. Their clothes didn't shrink with them, forcing Diane to put on Elizabeth's clothes while Elizabeth hides in her cleavage.
- On Shima Shima Tora No Shimajiro, the episode Mr Frog, Mr Frog features Shimajiro being turned into a toy frog and shrinks out of his pajamas.
- Played with in Dark Cat. The only time we see one of the titular magical were-cats switching to human form, we see his nude human body before clothing appears on him, implying that only his body changes and that clothing has to be magically summoned.
- Magic: The Gathering has several cards on theme:
- Snakeform shows a snake slithering out of a pile of clothes that was once a mage.
- Turn to Frog uses the same basic concept in its art, where "Target creature loses all abilities and becomes a 1/1 blue Frog until end of turn.".
- As does Ovinize, which depicts a sheep among weapons and armor, whose name is similar to the Latin, Ovis aries.
- Possibly averted by Fowl Play.
- In Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Flash Barry Allen runs so fast that he loses himself to the Speed Force, leaving just his uniform behind. Same thing with Wally West in Zero Hour.
- In Fables #51, Cinderella is turned into a mouse, her clothes falling empty to the meadow floor, so she can enter the village of the smalls.
- Most versions of The Wasp have this; Janet Van Dyne usually has a tiny superhero outfit to wear when she turns into the Wasp. If she doesn't? Well, then she has to fight starkers. This happened a lot in The Ultimates.
- In the world of Flare, whenever the Tigress turns another woman into a cat, the target leaves her clothing behind. Tigress herself was naked when she suddenly reverted from cat to human.
- In Power Pack, the character with the mass powers, usually Jack, sometimes ran into problems when he transformed into cloud form when not wearing his special costume that changed with him.
- Mystique can create the appearance of clothes from her own body; as she has pointed out on more than one occasion, although she appears fully clothed, in fact she is actually always naked.
- Zigzagged in Vampirella. The early Pantha falls under this trope. Later with her amulet, she can shapeshift including her costume like Vampirella.
- This features in the Ranma ˝ Elsewhere Fic Boy Scouts ˝. As in the work that inspired it, there are six characters (seven, if you count the original work's Ryōga's running gag cameo appearances) who suffer from curses that frequently alter their physical forms. This change does not effect what they are wearing. Two of the characters merely suffer a change of gender, so clothes wouldn't be lost upon changing, but depending on the apparel there is a chance it may suddenly not be appropriate. The other four turn into animals, and there has been cases of characters, after being transformed back into their human forms, having to struggle to protect their modesty.
- There is a most unpleasant variation in the Marvel/Harry Potter crossover Harry Potter and the Invincible Technomage. A badly wounded Peter Pettigrew is recovering (as a human) in a Muggle hospital after being attacked by a cat in his rat form. As soon as he wakes up, he attempts to shapeshift and escape... but dies once the metallic screws in his bones turn out too big for a rat body to handle.
- When cast members of The Big Bang Theory end up on the Discworld in A.A. Pessimal's The Many Worlds Interpretation, Lucy discovers this shortly after she finds out that, on the Discworld, she is a specialized form of werecreature.
- In The Bridge: Humanity's Stand, Tytanna is a Kaiju who can take on a human sized form, but she can't take her clothes with her when she goes back to kaiju size.
- Usually averted by George, whose clothes transfer to his closet when he changes, but in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, he makes the mistake of turning into himself as muscular as possible—in the same outfit he had been wearing. He immediately suffers the painful effects of being mummified in clothes many sizes too small for him. It tears apart all around his body, and he changes back as soon as he can, in a different outfit, of course. He then throws the ruined clothes away.
- Which becomes a plot point a week or so later, when after a disaster he awakens in an island hut wearing the clothing he'd trashed while Hulking Out—undamaged.
Films — Animation
- In a literal case of Just Woke Up That Way: The Ant Bully has this, when Lucas Nickle wakes, and shrinks. After he falls from his bed, his underwear is left behind; numerous cases of Scenery Censor ensue. When he's turned back to normal, he's again without clothes, though only his butt is visible.
- Pinocchio, in which bad boys turn into donkeys after misbehaving on Pleasure Island. We see this happen to Lampwick, as animal instincts replace his human reason, and a combination of the shape change itself and desperate braying and bucking casts all of his clothes off.
- Played Straight and Subverted in The Little Mermaid. When Ursula transforms Ariel into a human, she's only wearing her Seashell Bra; the animators use creative framing until she can improvise a dress out of a sail. When she gets transformed at the end of the film, however, she's inexplicably in a sparkly dress. Justified somewhat since it was her father who changed her this time, but Gorgeous Garment Generation was never listed as one of his powers...
- The Princess and the Frog follows The Little Mermaid — Tiana (and presumably Naveen) shrink out of their clothes when they're cursed into frogs, but when the curse is broken, they're inexplicably dressed in outfits we've never seen before.
- Rock-A-Doodle has the scene where The Duke, the evil owl turns the live-action human boy Edmund into a cartoon kitten by way of a magic spell. (This particular scene pairs this trope with that of Toon Transformation).
- Shrek 2
- After King Harold shields Fiona from one of the Fairy Godmother's spells, his suit of armor seems to be the only thing left of him... Until he comes out of the armor, in his original frog form, and reveals the truth about that to the heroes.
- A variant occurs when Shrek turns into a human. His ogre clothes are now too big for him, so he has to find new ones. Weirdly, his old clothes are back when he turns back into an ogre.
- Having lost the Ultimate Game to the Looney Tunes in Space Jam, the Monstars surrender their Liquid Assets and shrink to Nerdluck size. Their Monstar uniforms do not shrink, leaving the Nerdlucks unclothed. Pound lampshades this: "My clothes don't fit."
- Tangled: No Immortal Inertia causes Gothel to crumble to dust, while her clothes remain.
- In Brave, Elinor's clothes are torn when she turns into a bear. Later, Fergus finds the ripped garments and assumes the worst.
- In Brother Bear, Kenai's clothes apparently rip when he turns into a bear, because Denahi finds them (as in "Brave," above). When he turns back near the end, he's naked until Sitka takes a cloak from the rather stunned Denahi and wraps it around him.
Films — Live-Action
- In Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010), Alice is shrunk until only her dress remains. She, in fact, changes size several times in the film, justifying new outfits with each new size. This is a contrast from the original text, in which her clothes changed size with her. Presumably this was done for the sake of fanservice.
- Harry Potter:
- In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Quirrell collapses to dust, leaving his clothes to fall empty to the floor.
- In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Pettigrew leaves behind his clothes after turning into a rat. This isn't so in the books, where Animagi always have clothes on when they turn human and McGonagall's cat form is noted to have markings around its eyes which resemble her glasses.
- Star Wars: A New Hope: At the end of Vader & Kenobi's lightsaber duel, Kenobi seemingly gives up and lets Vader slice him - but when he does so, we (and Vader) find his clothes empty. He Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence and left his clothes behind. (Vader then stomps on the robe as if to make sure Kenobi is not just hiding in there!)
- In The Film of the Book of The Witches, when someone is turned into a mouse, they leave their clothes behind. When this happens to Luke, the witches stomp on his clothes in an effort to kill him before he can escape.
- In the Tom Cruise remake of The War of the Worlds, the alien heat ray reduces people to ash, leaving their clothing behind. But not underwear for some reason. Non Magic Pants?
- Which, of course, was parodied by Scary Movie: a bunch of rappers instead left their Bling behind. Somehow the people manage to get one and when they Reverse the Polarity it becomes The Nudifier.
- In the movie Unearthly Stranger, a woman turns out to be a member of an invading alien race. when she tries to stop them, her people, they kill her by fading her out of existence while being held by her husband, leaving only her clothes draped over his arms.
- In the movie Constantine, Keanu Reeves plays a warrior priest who battles demons. When a demon is killed, its human host is also destroyed, turning into ash. Only the human host's clothing is left behind.
- The Sword of the Valiant, starring Sean Connery. An apprentice witch is turned into a red frog for being naughty by his character. The scene finishes as they converse while she is perched a top of her empty dress surrounded by her accessories.
- When Santa dies in The Santa Clause, all that's left is his Santa suit, which Tim Allen must don.
- Empty piles of bandages are all that is left after the protagonist of Mannequin is whisked across time and space.
- Allison in The Grudge 2 is pulled into her clothes, leaving them in a heap on the floor in front of Jake. Kayako then manifests inside the clothes to menace her next victim.
- In The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Lily Tomlin's character shrinks until even a small pouch that she wears as clothing is all that's left of her.
- In the movie Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies, a thief who was cornered by the Djinn is so scared he wishes he were never born. Very bad idea. His clothes are all that's left of him after the Djinn has granted his wish.
- In Mom and Dad Save the World, an unpinned light grenade disintegrates anyone who picks it up, leaving only the victim's clothes behind.
- Big Bad Thulsa Doom does this when he turns into a giant snake in the middle of overseeing an orgy in Conan the Barbarian (1982), explained in the novelisation as fleeing from Conan and his allies.
- In O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Pete is apparently transformed into a toad, which his fellow adventurers find in his otherwise empty clothing.
- In Maleficent, this was considered as an option for Maleficent's raven companion Diaval. However, they went with the Magic Pants version, as the movie is meant for children, and having Diaval put on clothes behind a bush whenever he is turned into a man would be a waste of time. Played straight when Maleficent initially turns him into a human — his feathers don't turn into clothes, he's naked. A nearby scarecrow is robbed of its cloths, and they stay with Diaval for the rest of the movie after that.
- Many variants of werewolf folklore have them taking off their clothes, anything from the ritual to get the power requiring it to its being part of the transformation.
- In the Mercy Thompson series, clothing is not kept during shifting — and for werewolves, who become larger when they shift, it is torn. Werewolves and other shapeshifters will therefore discard their clothing prior to shifting if there is time to do so. As a side effect, shapeshifters (and those who live with them) tend to be comfortable with casual nudity. The exception is Charles, who can make clothes magically appear on his body due to his background.
- Used in The Time Traveler's Wife, when the title time traveler... time travels.
- In The Indian in the Cupboard, when the person who would have been sent through time and space to the cupboard is dead, all that gets sent is a pile of clothing.
- For Love of Evil features a sorcerer's apprentice learning how to shape shift but not knowing how to take his clothing along with him during the change.
- In a book called The Demon in Me by Michelle Rowen, Dark Witches are dissolved to nothingness very quickly when killed leaving only a pile of clothes.
- In the book True Angel: Hero by Laura Amy O'Hanlon, Kennedy kills her mother Ocran, who is a bad woman. When she dies, she vanishes instantly leaving her empty clothes to fall to the ground.
- In the Heralds of Valdemar series, the god Vkandis decides to show his displeasure with his priesthood by (among other things) incinerating the high priest with a Bolt of Divine Retribution; a witness says that nothing was left but the man's smoking vestments and boots.
- In the book Samantha Slade — Confession of a Teenage Frog, a girl tests a "formula for greatness" created by a small boy she babysits to help her win an election at school. It turns out that the stuff randomly turns her into a frog, so she is constantly having to crawl out of a pile of her clothes.
- In the book series "Soul Guardians", by Kim Richardson, when the Oracles wanted to de-angel-fy someone they forced them to take a cold shower in a special chamber where the water disintegrated their body into a shiny foamy substance that was washed away down the drain by the water leaving a free floating soul and a pile of clothes.
- In Animorphs, only skintight clothes will transform with you when one morphs. The kids have to wear leotards and bike shorts under their regular clothes, and can't morph shoes. This limitation is because the Andalities, who invented morphing tech, don't wear clothes and so didn't take them into account. It's considered a sign of one's talent when a visiting Andalite is able to morph clothes when turning into a human.
- This significant piece of the story was completely and absolutely ignored on the cover art (which featured the book's narrator transforming into an animal featured in the story.) The creators readily admitted that this was done simply to make the covers more interesting, since they now had various colors and fabric textures to incorporate.
- In The Incredible Adventures of Karik and Valya, the eponymous siblings shrink to insect size, leaving their clothes behind. The girl is very unhappy about not having her clothes on.
- Werewolves in The Parasol Protectorate (and the related The Finishing School Series) routinely strip before transforming. One novel suggests that "cloakrooms" became popular for the benefit of the werewolf members of society; they could undress and don a cloak if there was going to be a delay in transforming, or collect a cloak if they'd arrived in wolf form.
- The Dresden Files
- This plays this straight and averts this in Fool Moon with the various werewolf transformations.
- The loup-garou (who transforms due to a curse on his bloodline) and the Alphas (who transform under their own power) play this trope straight
- Later books mention the Alphas, who are people who use a magical spell to transform themsleves into wolves, routinely donning clothes that are extremely easy to shed. The reverse, a wolfwere (a wolf who uses magic to turn into a human also cannot change clothes upon transformation.
- The hexenwolves (who transform by the power of magical belts) avert this, and their clothes apparently transform with them. The description of the hexenwolves transformation doesn't include details on exactly how their clothes (and any other objects on their person) transform into fur and flesh, but it doesn't describe them tearing their clothes during transformations, or stripping beforehand, so it can be assumed that the belts' spell also covers things that are not part of the human's organic body.
- Senior Council member Listens-to-Winds is a Native American wizard and master shapeshifter. He can change his clothes to the forms he takes, from bus-sized bear, to falcons, to a turtle.
- Skinwalkers subvert this because when they look like humans, they can make the clothes to match as part of their disguises.
- Most Denarians, people who carry a coin binding a Fallen Angel, who can shift into another form, like one short woman becoming a giant praying mantis monster, can change their clothes with them.
- This plays this straight and averts this in Fool Moon with the various werewolf transformations.
- In Discworld, this applies to werewolves, as demonstrated in Men at Arms when Angua suffers Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen and has to stay in wolf shape until she can get back to the watch house and improvise some clothing (inlater books she keeps a bag with a dress when in wolf form). It also applies to female vampires, but not male ones.
- In Spirit Hunters, animal spirits have to drop their clothes when they change into their four-legged forms. Which results in a few awkward situations for Kitsune Sura and Nezumi Chiri.
- The second book in Betsy Hanes' Bone Chillers series of children's horror novels, "Little Pet Shop of Horrors", has this. When the main character regains human forms she realizes she's naked.
- Anyone who shifts Aspect in Runemarks and its sequel and prequel invariably ends up naked after shifting back. Loki in particular spends a lot of time starkers.
- In Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos, the narrator takes off his clothes to shift. This is simply because a large wolf inside a man's clothes is very awkward — and doesn't automatically tear the clothes.
- In Marie de France's Bisclavret, Bisclavret must take off his clothes to change into a wolf, and can't change back without them.
- Zig-zagged in Pierre Bottero's Gwendalavir Universe. Several characters have a shapeshifting ability note , but it seems to work differently depending on the user.
- Salim In Ewilan's Quest can turn into a wolf, but his clothes vanish every time. He starts as Reluctant Fanservice Boy, but Ellana's influence, and not least getting used to ending up naked among people any time the situation gets tense eventually make him grow into Shameless Fanservice Boy. note
- Shaé from The Other as well as her son Elio however can retain her clothes when she turns back into her human form even if they disappear when she's in animal form. It isn't exactly explained why in-Universe, although Shaé assumes that it's because they are somehow part of her, and thus are included into her animal form. Or she simply has a better control over her power than Salim has.
- In Loyal Enemies, werewolf Shelena has to strip and stash her clothes away before shifting forms because they'd otherwise get torn in the process. When at one point she is magically forced to shift forms while clothed, she finds herself in the situation of having to cross the village while holding it all together with just two hands. As she puts it, the less is said about the incident, the better and she really hates the fact that dragon Gloom has Magic Pants.
- In the Being Human (UK) episode "The Longest Day", Lauren kills herself, dissolves and leaves a pile of empty clothes.
- In the first episode of The Secret World of Alex Mack, after being exposed to the chemical GC-161, Alex leaves her clothes behind the very first time she shapeshifts into a puddle, much to the shock of her friends. Equally shocking to them is her reappearing Naked on Arrival a moment later. The second and subsequent times Alex does this, she has learned to shift her outfit along with her (at first only that one outfit, later anything); thus Magic Pants is the trope through the rest of the series.
- Characters who Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence leave empty clothes behind. This is first seen in Stargate SG-1, episode "Maternal Instinct", when the monk at the temple ascends after being shot by Apophis' Jaffa.
- In SG-1 episode "Counterstrike", the Free Jaffa Nation uses the Dakara superweapon to attack a planet the Ori recently captured. Everyone there except Adria is disintegrated, leaving only their clothes behind.
- On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Amy turns people into rats, their clothes are unaffected, leaving the rat to crawl out of the otherwise empty pile of clothing.
- Doctor Who. Played straight during Time Lords' regenerations, who start each life in their former incarnation's clothes.
- Mostly. Like the First into the Second (who had all new clothes) and Four into Five (a continuity error between seasons).
- In the Filipino soap opera Kokak, a girl is cursed at birth by a witch so that whenever her feet get wet she turns into a small frog, then hops out of the pile of clothes she was wearing. This happens a surprising amount of times throughout the show's run.
- Although Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine normally averts this (his "clothing" is actually a part of himself), when he regained his changeling abilities after being stripped of them, and changed form for the first time since then, he left his old "solid" clothing behind.
- In the CITV series Woof!, as befits turning into a dog and losing their clothes through the shift (though for obvious reasons, they are covered up in some way during this scene), all 3 of Eric, Rex and Jim go through this. In the first episode, Eric's mum comments when seeing him in bed about how dirty his hands and feet are, and she assumes it's through not washing at night, when the real reason is, he's been walking through mud as a dog. Also, in the second episode, due to a visit of the swimming pool, and that being the place where Eric transformed, while not fully dressed, his friend Roy forgets one of his socks to bring along, and also puts his trunks next to his shirt, wetting the poor boy's shirt. This causes Eric to go sockless, while not shoeless. Also, later again in a series 5 episode, his new friend Rachel has forgotten to bring clothes for him, as it's been a rush again, but fortunately, she does have some clothes, which appears to be very short shorts and a T shirt, though no shoes or socks, as his dad quite aggressively comments on when he sees him. Eric remains barefoot for the rest of the episode, while walking in an airport,a car park and a hospital- potentially dangerous, but then again, it could be healthy?
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- The Baleful Polymorph spell makes clothes and equipment fall around the transformed victim. Note that creatures with the Shapechanger subtype can regain their true form at will, but that doesn't solve the problem of recovering their gear. In most other cases shapeshifting does include clothes though.
- The Basic D&D supplement Night Howlers establishes this as fact for Mystaran lycanthropes as part of the rules that make them potentially viable player characters. A were who transforms while wearing clothes can usually tear themselves free quickly enough, but one who does it while wearing armor will have more trouble and take actual damage in the process.
- In Nobilis, the people of Dionyl subvert this trope — they are spirits with nothing but empty clothes for a physical form.
- In Mage: The Awakening, clothing gets left behind by default, but a mage skilled in Matter can include their gear in the spell so it resizes to fit or vanishes while they're transformed.
- In Nethack, polymorphing into a creature smaller than your usual size can leave you buried under your clothes, armor, and pack full of loot. Polymorphing into a bigger creature would cause you to destroy your armor as you grow out of it. There is an exception to this rule: Polymorphing while wearing magical Dragon Scale Mail will transform you into a dragon that is the same colour as the scale mail you were wearing. Specifically speaking, the magical Dragon Scale Mail will merge with you when you polymorph into a dragon, and will turn back into armor when the transformation wears off.
- In Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura transforming into an elemental (or being changed into an animal) unequips all your gear and puts it into your inventory, leaving you in your underwear when the spell expires. If the inventory is full, it will just drop excess items on the ground. As most of Arcanum's NPCs are devout kleptomaniacs, the gear you forgot to pick up may be either salvaged by a teammate or stolen by nosy bystander.
- With Darkstalkers's Morrigan Aensland, it's downplayed, averted, and zigzagged all at once. She has the ability to shift her wings into a flurry of bats, but one of the promotional videos for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 shows her dispersing her entire being into a flurry of bats, leaving no clothes behind. This is because her clothes are also composed of bats.
- Downplayed implied example with Kafei from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. He was turned into a child by the Skull Kid, and his shirt sleeves and shoes seem a tad bit too big for him.
- Lampshaded in Fate/stay night, as it's noted Saber's civilian clothes explode every time she summons her armor. It's a challenge for Shirou to come up with enough spare clothes she can wear.
- Scott McCloud's three-panel one-shot Man-Eating Shoes speaks for itself with its title and the result of man at bus stop "discovering the nature" of said shoes.
- The Dragon Doctors features an enormous amount of shapeshifting, and none of it ever shifts the clothing, not even when people get turned to stone. This leads to quite a lot of nudity and wardrobe malfunctions throughout the comic.
- It seems to vary between spells, since the evil guy who forced magic users to petrify themselves noticed (too late) something was up with his last victim because the scroll he left and the spell she actually used differed on that point.
- In Sarin's case it's stated that her talent for transformation magic is based around living things. Her master taught her a spell to store spare clothes in Hammer Space to compensate.
- El Goonish Shive:
- Ordinary clothes are never affected by transformations. (Except very specific artificially-induced transformations designed for that effect. "Natural" shapeshifting won't do it.) Only special jumpsuits purpose-built by a shapeshifter race can adapt.
- This is subverted later on, when Ellen and Elliot both achieve transformations. Ellen's mirror spell only transformes clothes if the target wasn't naked. Elliot can transform his clothes as well as his body (with varying levels of success), and his special transformations each have a special set of clothes.
- The card game arc involves imaginary werewolves who hulk out of their clothes when transforming. This is called back to in the EGS:NP where Sarah tries to check if she has any magic ability, and strips before attempting the "big, muscular werewolf morph" (leading to her having to get dressed in a hurry when she hears her sister at the door).
- In Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name, Adelaide turns back into her vampire form after being stuck as a bat, and seems to be naked. (In the next strip, she's wearing a jacket that she presumably stole from Conrad's closet.) However, this doesn't seem to affect other vampires, nor Toni; presumably this would have been explained if we found out how Adelaide got stuck in the first place.
- When Zoë from Sluggy Freelance turns into a camel, clothing she wears only transforms in as far as it rips when the camel doesn't fit into the clothes. Later, she gets genre savvy enough to wear easily sliding tubular clothes and thus not end up naked when transforming back.
- Played With in Wilde Life: Word of God describes animal people as not so much "transforming" as having two bodies that they can switch between; hence, whatever clothes they wear remain on their human bodies even when they take animal form. However, it doesn't work on some substances, like metal; the main shapeshifter, Cliff, retains his tongue stud in both human and wolf form.
- In Buster Wilde Weerwolf, Buster the werewolf still has Bernard's human clothes when he transforms.
- In Erstwhile, the brother in Brother and Sister is naked when he finally turns back into a human. (Which is odd, because when he gets transformed his clothes sort of just vanish.)
- Cracked's 42 Sci-Fi Movies (If They Were Updated for Realism) shows what would happen to the Hulk if his pants were not magic.
- In The Adventures of The League of S.T.E.A.M. episode "Prehistoric Peril!", the bad guy turns a henchman who failed him into a white mouse, which scrambles out of the pile of clothes.
- In the 1933 Disney Silly Symphony Three Little Pigs, the eponymous Big Bad Wolf on two legs becomes enraged at not being able to enter the brick house of the third little pig. In a Villainous Breakdown, Animorphism kicks in. Gloves and his hat fly off, and desperate breaths to blow the brick house down break his suspenders. Ultimately, he steps out of his pants, completely naked, and acting fully like a wild four-legged wolf for the rest of the cartoon.
- In "Duck Dodgers in the 24˝th Century", Dodgers is not concerned by Marvin's Disintegrator Ray because he's wearing his disintegration-proof vest. Marvin fires and Dodgers is totally disintegrated — except for the vest, which remains floating in place briefly before slumping down on the pile of Dodgers' powdered remains. (Fortunately, the Eager Young Space Cadet has a reintegration gun handy.)
- Used weirdly in an episode of Aladdin: The Series. In "Do The Rat Thing", Jasmine is transformed into a rat, shrinking out of the cloak she was wearing over her usual outfit, but the outfit itself changed with her and was restored when she was changed back, also her iconic earrings just vanish completely when transformed.
- Inverted with the changelings in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The ones that mimic Applejack somehow get a copy of her trademark hat out of the deal.
- On Steven Universe, this is Averted with normal Gems, whose clothes are part of their magically-constructed Hard Light bodies. Played Straight with Steven, however, as seen in "So Many Birthdays."
- Played With in Young Justice: Karen/Bumblebee's shrinking comes from a suit, but it doesn't affect other clothes that she's wearing. In "Alienated" she's Dressed in Layers, but when she suddenly needs to shrink, her outer clothes are left behind as she flies off in her hero costume.