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  • In Another Gaming Comic, Davros is unsure whether Nuclear Dan is trying to dispel the power of his target's pants or do a regular Dispel Magic.
  • Justified in But I'm a Cat Person: The shapeshifters' outfits are explicitly stated to be part of the transformation, as much as their bodies are.
  • Averted with the spellwolves in Dominic Deegan: Oracle For Hire. It's explicitly mentioned that they have to wear oversized clothes to accommodate the transformations if they wear anything at all, since they have many nudists in their homeland and are heartier than most humans when it comes to cold.
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  • In The Dragon Doctors, a mage who specializes in shapeshifting can summon emergency pants, saying, "I had a very wild adolescence." This is because the Magic Pants trope is averted most of the time; Sarin's transformations do not apply to clothes, leading to many wardrobe malfunctions.
  • Played straight and then averted in Dungeons & Denizens. When Min drinks a Growth Potion, his clothes grow with him . . . but they do not shrink with him when it wears off.
  • Eerie Cuties averts this in the case of Brooke Lynn's transformation, which left her panties where Blair could find them, but considering her shoes and socks returned, this might be Rule of Funny. Ace, a young werewolf, seems to be able to 'shuck' his clothes in one piece.
  • Subverted in El Goonish Shive: Not only can shapeshifters lose their clothing if they aren't careful, but at least one of them, Grace, prefers nudity even in human form. Later, an explicit form of Magic Pants was introduced so the author didn't need to use creative camera angles for most of the scenes: Suits built by the Uryuom, a race of shapeshifting aliens. Ellen couldn't believe the Uryuom suit fits her at all. Later, we see that it survives the wearer growing hedgehog spikes and remains perfectly fit on a squirrel.
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  • WiredWolf of Enjuhneer does not have magic pants, but does have a magic shirt. Her transformation tears the sleeves, but it's always back to normal when she's next seen. (It's also worth noting that she's been established to be significantly taller when transformed.)
  • The trope is averted and then invoked in a literally magical form by Vehemence of Grrl Power. When he has absorbed a very large amount of mystical "vehemic energy", he uses it to grow to twice his normal size — with all-too-realistic consequences. However, he then flaunts just how much power he has acquired by using some of it to create himself a new pair of pants.
  • Homestuck: Lord English grows out to Doc Scratch's body, and in the process transforms from a skinny, 4-foot-tall figure into something that looks a lot like The Hulk. (In fact, Andrew Hussie's comments imply that this resemblance was intentional.) And, like The Hulk, his pants are the only part of his outfit that aren't destroyed in the transformation.
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  • Averted in League of Super Redundant Heroes where "Bulk" isn't wearing his.
  • Averted and lampshaded in Magellan with superhero cadet Joe Berger (who can change the density of his body). When he changes into his gaseous form, he leaves his clothes behind and is naked upon resolidifying. This leaves the poor guy begging his teammates to get his clothes for him.
  • Piffany from Nodwick is always properly dressed no matter what. As with most such things in Nodwick, this was explicitly stuffed In-Universe just for fun, as the characters discover when robbed to the underwear:
    Artax: Uh, Piffany? How'd you avoid this fashion "don't"?
    Piffany: Easy! I'm wearing robes of modesty. It takes a wish to get them off!
  • Spoofed in The Order of the Stick when Thog breaks out of prison and is actually seen wearing purple pants. After the raging is over, he wonders why his pants changed color.
  • Averted in Peter Is the Wolf: The pants are not magical. That doesn't mean that people changing from human to their were form will rip the clothing. That really depends on the size difference. Peter is a similar size in both forms (mostly) and so, shapeshifting doesn't do much to his clothes. Other characters who increase substantially in size... aren't so lucky.
  • Sluggy Freelance generally averts this with Zoë's camel form in that the transformation will leave her naked. However, "Girls' Night Out" had her wearing a tube dress that quickly bunched up around her neck whenever she transformed, and a bonus "now you know" comic explained that this is exactly how it works. However, the question of how it passes over her arms/forelegs is explicitly dodged, so the comic itself is basically saying it's not really justified.
  • In Wapsi Square, the golem girls have their clothes disappear when they take animal forms, but they reappear when they return to human. Phix is able to make her clothes change with her when she shapeshifts. Nudge is once left with a dress that is way too big because she can't do the same. Neither can Shelly.
  • The Wotch: Subverted twice in one arc, once when Ann is turned into a Pixi, and again when she changes back.
  • Played With in Wilde Life. The protagonist, Oscar, brings what looks like an injured dog into his house, only to find that by morning it's turned into a teenage boy wearing jeans but no shirt. The boy, Clifford, later demonstrates that whatever clothes he's wearing transform with him; he'd passed out on Oscar's porch after being chased by other werewolves, and had taken his shirt off to try to throw them off his scent.
    • Word of God says that Clifford basically has two bodies that he can switch between, so his clothes are still on his human form when it disappears/reappears. Interestingly, though, this does not effect metal, so Clifford instead has a Magic Tongue Stud.
  • Skin Deep: Clothes typically get magically "stored" somewhere whenever one of the Masquerade uses their medallion to assume their fully mythical form. Michelle's shirt has been an exception so far (as a Grecian Sphinx she's one of the few with a human torso in her full mythical form) so she has to wear a shirt cut to accommodate her wings. Eyeglasses seem to work inconsistently too: Merial discards hers when she transforms, but Mr. Finn's get stored along with his clothes. According to Word of God different types of medallions offer different levels of Magic Pants because the spells vary (older ones use wilder, more powerful magic) and each medallion is effectively hand crafted. It's also possible that the magic pants effect is affected by the user's expectations: Nixies like Merial use their own shapeshifting to assume humanoid form and only need their medallions to appear human, and most mythicals grew up in a society with no nudity taboo.


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