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Most commonly seen in ''Film/JamesBond'' films, this is where a spy is dressed in appropriate gear for, e.g., parachuting, scuba diving or jetpacking, which he is doing to infiltrate a party. Once on the ground, he unzips his clothes to reveal an immaculate tuxedo underneath.
It should be noted that accomplishing this Trope requires a particular type of SCUBA outfit, known appropriately as a "dry-suit" as opposed to the more familiar "wet-suit." Dry-suit use requires additional training and certification to properly use.

A SubTrope of DressedInLayers. May precede a BlackTieInfiltration.


* ''Anime/NajicaBlitzTactics'' does this in the first episode. RuleOfSexy dictates that this has to be done with AbsoluteCleavage showing first, and it does.

* Done, almost inevitably, in ''ComicBook/SpyBoy''.

* Most famously, the introduction to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' had Film/JamesBond plant a bomb in a drug lord's warehouse, then head for a restaurant while shucking his wetsuit to reveal a white tuxedo underneath.
* Along with several other classic spy tropes, ''Film/TrueLies'' parodied what could be considered the TropeCodifier: the "scuba diving suit to tuxedo" scene in the pre-credits sequence of ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
* ''Film/XXx'' used it satirically in the beginning, when the "old school" spy pulled that trick, but inadvertently walked into a ''rave'' party, where he stood out like a sore thumb and quickly got shot in the back -- thus demonstrating the need for "a new kind of agent".
* The hero in ''Film/NationalTreasure'' does it, after dressing up like a janitor to sneak into the gala.
** Used in the second ''National Treasure'': The hero does it to get into the president's birthday party (after sneaking in through the river).
* Seen at the beginning of ''Film/IronMan2''. Tony has the tux under his PoweredArmour of course.
* There are other, non-tux variations of this. The movie ''Film/MenAtWork'' has the two leads strip off their sanitation worker coveralls to reveal their surfing outfits for a little recreation in a similar manner to this idea.

* ''Fanfic/EigaSentaiScanranger'' had an episode where the characters spoof various superspies... It also doesn't help that the writer's idea of parodying these movies was having his [[LawyerFriendlyCameo poor man's Bond]] take off his tuxedo to reveal a wetsuit underneath instead of the other way around...

* Spoofed in ''Literature/SubversiveActivity'', where the British secret agent strips off his diving suit to reveal immaculate evening dress... but this is 1875, and instead of a wetsuit it's one of those clunky old diving suits with the metal fishbowl helmets.

* The scuba gear variant was tested on ''Series/MythBusters''. Jamie was able to swim a fair distance, take the suit off on arrival, and have his tux look perfect.
* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Tim goes to make up with Jill while wearing a mechanic's jumpsuit (he was "working in the garage"). After they reconcile, he comments that he's still capable of surprises, and out comes the tux. Lampshaded when he quips "Bond, James Bond."
* Played with at the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6S5caRGpK4 2011 Tony Awards]], where Creator/NeilPatrickHarris pulls off a tux to reveal a [[CampGay sequined purple leisure suit]] and then pulls ''that'' off to reveal another tuxedo.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' addresses some of the FridgeLogic of the classic version of this trope during the ''Series/MightyJack'' episode, when the Mads reveal their new invention: the "Formal Flipper", dress shoes (or high-heels) with swim fins attached.
* Played with in ''Series/TheThinBlueLine''. Sergeant Patricia Dawkins falls for a radical environmentalist, only to find he's an MI5 AgentProvocateur when he comes out of Inspector Fowler's office wearing a Film/JamesBond tuxedo.

* NewGamePlus allows Solid Snake and Naked Snake to perform this in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' respectively.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' you can take off your disguise as a member of the other team to reveal a tuxedo, although the tux is there regardless of whether or not you took off a disguise. Granted, the only one who can do this ''is'' the Spy and his "disguise" consist's only of a cheap paper mask, a literal PaperThinDisguise, of one of the 9 classes.
* Used in the first level of the ''Franchise/JamesBond'' game ''VideoGame/{{Nightfire}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', when the Allied Spy, which is amphibious, moves from sea to land, he removes his wetsuit to reveal a tuxedo. When he moves from land to sea, he removes his tuxedo to reveal a wetsuit...

* Both Ron and [[EmpathyPet Rufus]] get to do this after the diving scene in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' movie ''[[TheMovie So The Drama]]''. Kim also reveals an evening dress, but it's not shown whether she was wearing it under her scuba suit or whether she changed (the fact that Ron averts his gaze as Kim removes the scuba suit suggests the latter).
* Used by [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Sylvester and Tweety]], who unzipped their fur and feathers.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter, Cleveland, Quagmire and Joe do this in an attempt to steal a bunch of money from Mr. Pewterschmidt.
* Dexter of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' did this during an episode parodying ''Film/JamesBond''.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]'' naturally do this in their own ''Film/JamesBond'' parody.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SpecialAgentOso Special Agent Oso]]'' has also done this since its also a preschool spin on the James Bond series.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': In "Evil Promotion Much?", Jerry wears a wetsuit identical to his standard tuxedo as part of a ploy to trick the villains into thinking he drowned, and he unzips it to reveal his tux underneath.

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