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Once someone has ascended to a higher plane, they abandon their clothing.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
AwesomeZombie22 on Jun 23rd 2011 at 6:55:52 PM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on May 16th 2018 at 4:10:21 PM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

A (frequently male in western works) character has gained extraordinary amounts of power, and is no longer a mere mortal. He decides to show this by baring himself.

This trope is when the character is completely nude after a Super Mode transformation or a One-Winged Angel stunt. It tends to cause a bit of symbolism of how they're inhuman, and therefore, don't wear human clothes.

Frequently paired with Power Glows for censorship reasons, or with Anime Anatomy. Sister Trope to Full-Frontal Assault.


Feedback: 20 replies

Jun 23rd 2011 at 7:37:02 PM

This happens slowly to Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen. He still dresses fully for formal public apperances but in his crimefighting and private life he went from a unitard/coveralls, to a singlet, to a speedo, to nothing.

Jun 23rd 2011 at 9:52:31 PM

Transformation Trinkets tend to cause complete nudity as the heroine goes from normal to powered up Magical Girl form.

Jun 23rd 2011 at 10:12:26 PM

In Parasite Eve, Aya is apparently naked in her powered-up Liberation form. I think Eve also gets progressively nakeder the more powerful she gets.

Jun 24th 2011 at 12:20:27 AM

Jun 24th 2011 at 5:56:49 AM

The Guardian of the Balance in The Longest Journey series appears to be stripped naked after ascending to their throne.

Jun 24th 2011 at 2:41:31 PM

What about when its not symbolic? (For example, Electro in Ultimate series does Full Frontal Assault when he doesn't wear his uniform, since mundane clothes are insinerated by his power discharges.)

Jun 30th 2011 at 6:50:36 PM

  • Too Much Power by Fredrik K T Andersson

Jun 30th 2011 at 8:04:58 PM

Jul 1st 2011 at 4:06:28 AM

May 16th 2018 at 10:33:11 AM

  • In BPRD: The Garden of Souls, the members of the Oannes Society strip off their clothes when they ascend to godhood. (Or, they plan to do so—only one of them gets to try.) Guy Davis commented on this in the sketches included in the trade paperback:
    I thought it might be fun to give Eddie and his henchmen ornate getups for their visions of conquest in chapter four, but as John [Arcudi] pointed out—Gods don't need fancy hats, and the idealized bodies, and nudity would play against the restrained Victorian values of the group's past and hint at freedom and powers reborn.

Jul 1st 2011 at 9:08:33 PM

Connected: They also get naked when returning from another plane of existence, i.e. Naked On Revival.

May 15th 2018 at 11:08:03 PM


  • In Venus Prime, as Venus augments her body for the journey to Amalthea, she reaches a point where she no longer needs clothing, even in the vacuum of space.

May 16th 2018 at 11:06:43 AM

May 16th 2018 at 11:21:35 AM

Anime and Manga:

May 16th 2018 at 11:49:12 AM

Reworking this to something like Power Sheds Your Clothes could be something, mayhap. But as-written and laconiced, it's Out Of Clothes Experience.

May 16th 2018 at 4:10:21 PM

^ Out Of Clothes Experience is when the moment is brief, and then they get clothed again (in a usually better duds).