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Playing With: Invisible Streaker
Basic Trope: In fiction, invisibility tends not to affect items the character touches, such as clothing.
  • Straight: The hero becomes invisible, but not his clothing, which appears as if it's floating in midair.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The invisibility doesn't work at all if the hero is wearing anything.
    • The character must stay religiously clean and avoid eating things before a mission, as grime and food in the digestive tract are visible.
    • The invisibility never wears off, leaving the hero Blessed with Suck.
    • Or: Only the skin is affected by the power, so every time he uses it his skin turns invisible but everything else (organs, muscles, bones, etc) is perfectly visible, inside the clothing.
  • Downplayed: The hero's suit is also super. However, his suit is only a pair of very brief briefs, so he's still not quite decent without the invisibility.
  • Justified: The ability affects the character's skin, and thus it's reasonable that clothing wouldn't be affected.
  • Inverted:
    • Invisibility Cloak, when the clothes turn the hero invisible.
    • Or an Invisible Cape that's exactly that, and nothing else! It doesn't affect the user nor anything else besides itself.
  • Subverted: The hero becomes invisible, but quickly discovers a way to make invisible clothing.
  • Double Subverted: The hero has invisible clothing, but loses them because he can't see them.
  • Parodied: "What are you talking about? I promised to make you invisible. I did. You said nothing about your pants."
  • Zig Zagged: The magic that turns the character invisible lasts significantly longer if the character doesn't wear clothing.
  • Averted: The invisibility is caused by a special suit of clothing.
  • Enforced: "What, invisible clothing? What a complete waste of resources."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Let me guess. Someone has to sneak in while invisible and turn off the MacGuffin machine." "Yup." "Sigh, hold my dress."
    • "How does it feel being invisible?" "Kinda drafty, actually."
  • Invoked: The hero could make invisible clothing, but doesn't care enough, probably because (s)he'd have trouble finding said clothes.
  • Exploited: The Big Bad uses a Power Nullifier to embarrass the hero by making him suddenly visible.
  • Defied: "Ah, let me guess, "Vanishing Cream." I'll rub this on myself and then poof, I'm invisible, my dress isn't, and I'll be stuck that way until someone makes an antidote. I. Think. Not."
  • Discussed: "She's invisible, right? But... we can't see her clothes. So she's... wearing... Oooh! Sweet!"
  • Conversed: "How come every G or PG movie has the invisibility potion turn the hero's pants invisible? You'd think a potion would just kinda leave him invisible, ya know what I mean?"
  • Deconstructed: The hero quickly learns that being unable to wear clothing while outside is very dangerous and painful, and he must avoid eating or drinking for hours or days before he plans on being outside.
  • Reconstructed: The hero learns that being unable to wear clothing while invisible is dangerous and painful, but also discovers that most people will leave him alone if he wears sufficient clothing.

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