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"How do you like my new uniform? Pretty hot, huh?"note 

Amazing Alice finally gets her big-screen debut. She's always been known as a heroine with a rather conservative dress-style. However, when the trailer for Amazing Alice comes out, she's wearing... a lot less. Her pants are replaced with shorts stopping just below her butt, and her jacket and shirt are replaced with a midriff-baring tanktop. What happened? Well, it looks like Alice has been hit with a case of Adaptational Skimpiness.

At times when adapting certain characters to different mediums either due to more creative freedoms, less restriction on ratings, to show off Adaptational Curves or just because Sex Sells, they'll be often given a makeover in the form of new clothes... well, less clothes.

This trope occurs across mediums or continuities. When this happens within a series, see Fanservice Pack (which isn't always about clothes).

While this is a subtrope of Hotter and Sexier, this trope usually doesn't require the whole work to fall under such a change. This usually only applies to a single character.

The trope is usually done for Fanservice, but there are (rather rare) examples where this isn't a factor.

Compare Hotter and Sexier and Adaptational Attractiveness. See also Sexy Whatever Outfit. Contrast Adaptational Modestynote  and Tamer and Chaster.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Birdy the Mighty: While Birdy Cephon Altera always wore revealing uniforms, her uniforms in the original manga and subsequently the OVA tend to look more like backless swimsuits. In the remake manga, its sequel Evolution and Decode, the torso section of her uniforms don't even cover the sides. Later in Evolution She gains a new outfit that implements Navel-Deep Neckline as well.
  • Bungo Stray Dogs kept Yosano in her regular clothes while treating her patients. The anime had her strip her blouse off before treating Atsushi and Tanizaki, with a Sexophone playing in the background.
  • Campione!: When Duke Voban kidnaps Yuri Mariya to make her his slave, in the light novel, she is in her regular clothes, but in the manga and anime, she wakes up in the skimpy tunic that he normally makes his slaves wear.
  • The Eminence in Shadow: When Olivier is summoned as an undead minion. In the light novel and manga, she wears a suit of armor with a cape. In the anime, she wears a white robe with no shoes or underwear.
  • Flame of Recca: Yanagi Sakoshita initially kept her clothes after getting kidnapped in the original manga before Kurei burns them. In the anime version, she's undressed first because her clothes were dried from the previous episode's Battle in the Rain where she was kidnapped before wearing them again. Kurei still proceeds with burning her clothes, though.
  • High School D×D: Raynare only wore normal clothing in the original light novel (and the manga adaptation), but in the anime she switches to an incredibly skimpy dominatrix-style outfit when she reveals her true nature as a Fallen Angel.
  • How Not to Summon a Demon Lord; Rem Galleu has her belly exposed in the anime adaptation.
  • KonoSuba: In the light novel and manga versions of the story, while Silvia's dress does get damaged in the centipede transformation, it remained mostly intact. In the anime move, the dress gets destroyed, leaving her with several scales covering her larger breasts in the form of a halter top and goes up another level in skimpiness in her next transformation with each of her breasts being just covered by one scale, in addition to them being further increased in size.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Flay Allster Sleeps in the Nude after being captured by ZAFT in the compilation movies and Updated Re-release, whereas she sleeps in her tank top (which still gave her a prominent cleavage shot) in the original broadcast version.
  • Pokémon:
    • Misty in the original games wears a strapless bikini while The Electric Tale of Pikachu had her wearing what can be charitably called a wetsuit sling bikini (she beans Ash with a Cloyster when he becomes Distracted by the Sexy, complete Male Gaze closeups). This design became infamous because when Viz Media released the manga in North America, they applied a Digital Bikini retouching to make it a full-body wetsuit.
    • In the anime, Sabrina wears a miniskirt with thigh-high boots, whereas her original sprite had her with a t-shirt and pants.
  • Powerpuff Girls Z:
    • The titular girls wear white stockings under their dress in the original cartoon. In this anime their legs are exposed since they wear leotards with magically attached Minidress of Power (in the literal sense of the word).
    • As if it's still not obvious that Ms. Sara Bellum is the resident Ms. Fanservice, the anime makes her business attire sleeveless while keeping the pencil skirt.
    • The anime Sedusa is wearing a tube corset that accentuates her bust size and wears a tutu that exposes her bare thighs. The original version wears a sleeveless leotard with minimal cleavage and black stockings.
  • Ranma ½: Ukyo's legs were never shown in the manga because of the baggy ninja-to leggings she wore with her chef's attire, and because she wore a boy's uniform at school. Whereas the anime adaptation often called attention to her legs by having her wear form-fitting stockings instead. And, in several scenes - such as the "Battle for "Ms. Beachside" OVA episode and Nihao My Concubine - her legs were left completely bare to further showcase their curvature.

    Comic Books 
  • 300: Although the real life Spartans fought their wars in full armour, Frank Miller had Leonidas and his men completely nude except for capes and sandals, this was to reflect Greek pottery which usually depicted its figures naked. The film adaptation for sake of modesty and minor protection gives the Spartans leather underpants.
  • Batman: Two Faces depicts Selina Kyle in a costume consisting of lingerie and a domino mask, when most versions of Catwoman wear a form-fitting catsuit that still covers most of her body.
  • A peculiar example in Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension, in which Bill is for no apparent reason put into an outfit that is massively more sexualized than anything she wore on TV or in other Titan comics (an elaborately strappy bra top, completely transparent mesh T-shirt, and tiny denim shorts). At the beginning of the story, she seems to be just having a normal study period in the library, without any intent to seduce anyone.
  • The Incredible Hulk is the Trope Namer for Magic Pants as Banner nearly always keeps his pants even when Hulking Out. In The Ultimates however Hulk is more realistically completely naked when he first transforms with some merciful shading covering up his Gamma-monster junk.
  • Harley Quinn:
    • Harley Quinn has been hit with this a lot in The New '10s. It started with the Batman: Arkham Series having her in skimpy outfits, such as a "sexy nurse", and evolved from there. In the comics specifically in the New 52, Harley goes from a conservative jester suit to wearing a corset that barely holds her breasts and bares midriff, some hotpants, and stockings with combat boots. Her solo series sees her wearing some more conservative outfits, but they'll usually be showing off her legs, midriff, cleavage, or some combination of the three. See the film section below for Suicide Squad and the video game section for the Arkham games. The in-universe reason for this outfit change is that Harley is no longer attached to the Joker and she's trying to assert herself as an individual by ditching the matching jester outfit.
    • Justified with her DC Comics Bombshells look since the whole work's style is inspired by 1940s pin-up art. She only wears a Bomber jacket, some shorts, combat boots and a bra that matches her color scheme.
  • Starfire's debut in the New 52 comic Red Hood and the Outlaws has her wearing even less than she already did. She only has some pieces of what appears to be latex covering her nipples and acting as a sort of underwear. They managed to make an already skimpy character even skimpier.
  • Warlord of Mars: The White Martians surprisingly. The books state they are the most modest of people on the planet by wearing long robes, while the comics depict them as scantily-clad as everyone else.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Almost every adaptation of Wonder Woman is showing way more skin than her creator intended, her original outfit included flowy culotte shorts and while her top was strapless it was mostly to show off the musculature of her shoulders and back rather than cleavage. She's been put in a swimsuit with a low neckline and high leg cut for most subsequent appearances.
    • The original Zara wore an A-line dress or long loose pants and a strapless crop top in all her appearances, while the version that shows up in Wonder Woman (Rebirth) wears a loincloth and a low-cut crop top.
    • While Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark had a number of midriff revealing outfits prior to Flashpoint and a few artists drew her tank top outfit with a very low cleavage revealing collar, what she's wearing in New 52 Teen Titans appears to be painted on, especially as her breasts are popping out of the top and the lack of any straps or sleeves means there's no way they'd remain contained at all in any clothing material known to man while she's jumping around fighting.
    • Ares occasionally is a rare male example of this trope that crosses over with Truer to the Text. He's traditionally depicted covered in layers of armor that obscure all but his eyes but recent comics (Wonder Woman (Rebirth) and Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons) have him opt for little clothing as his preferred dressing style, closer to how the Ancient Greeks depicted Ares as not a big believer in clothes.

    Fan Works 
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Momo Yaoyorozu's already Stripperific costume becomes a Sexy Backless Outfit with a Cleavage Window at Izuku's and Inko's suggestion. This keeps the costume from being torn to shreds when Momo makes larger items. Mineta approves wholeheartedly.
  • In Boop the Snoot for Critical Damage!, Blake Belladonna's main outfit is a bikini with a sarong, as well as a multitude of belt pouches. In canon, she was mostly modest, with baring her midriff being the most fanservicey she ever got. In fairness, she lost most of her clothes when she was trapped on an island full of killer animals and plants and it was either the bikini or the somehow more revealing outfit Adam got her. She mostly wears the swimsuit out of sentimentality since Ilia got it for her.
  • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread: Scarlett'ss outfits she wears when dancing compared to her regular outfit. Mainly, her skirt is much much shorter, barely covering her thighs, her top is much tighter and pushes up her bust a bit more, she lacks her glasses and her stockings are swapped out for a pare of knee-high socks.
  • Corrin in Peril does this to Camilla, which is quite an accomplishment. Camilla's outfit is rather revealing in canon, especially when it comes to showing off her cleavage, but in the fic, she's introduced in just a Black Bra and Panties and black high heel boots.

    Films — Animation 
  • Whether Adolescence of Utena is an Alternate Continuity of or a Stealth Sequel to Revolutionary Girl Utena is up in the air. Nonetheless, Anthy Himemiya's Pimped-Out Dress now has a front slit while the titular Utena Tenjou is now wearing a notably shorter version of her already tight shorts.
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham: Harley's outfit now consists of pants, combat boots, and a crop top that exposes her arms and a large amount of midriff.
  • In the original The Vision of Escaflowne, male lead Van Fanel, while having his Shirtless Scene moments, is generally fully clothed. In Escaflowne: The Movie he's a Walking Shirtless Scene with barely few protective gear and his pants is changed into shorts.
  • In The Snow Queen, the Snow Queen has a long, elegant white dress and a "fur" cloak and hat made of snow. As a part of her Character Development, Elsa of Frozen ditches her conservative coronation attire for a shorter, looser gown made of ice.
  • Esmerelda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame goes from being The Ingenue to a Hot Gypsy Woman who at one point does a sexy dance to entertain the crowd. Of course this is just one scene and her regular clothes are less skimpy.
  • The folktales that Son of the White Horse took inspiration from don't describe the characters' clothes, but they presumably wear standard garments befitting their status, which is how they appear in most book illustrations. The movie changes things up:
    • All three brothers wear one piece of clothing each: Treeshaker has a kind of leotard, Stonecrumbler a pair of baggy pants and Irontemperer just an apron with his butt out. Their regal outfits are more akin to full-body armor, though.
    • The Copper-Haired Princess, befitting her role as a symbol of fertility and lustfulness, is mostly nude, only carrying around a see-through robe or veil that doesn't hide anything. Her formal regal clothing isn't any less revealing, it's a cape that still allows full frontal nudity, and even when closed, her breasts are out.
    • The Goblin doesn't have any clothes, only his immense beard that coils around him, though since he's made from shape-shifting clouds, he doesn't have much to hide.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Amazing Spider-Man has the Lizard rampaging in Full-Frontal Assault, instead of keeping Dr. Connors' tattered pants and labcoat from the transformation (he did briefly wore the tattered labcoat before the Final Battle as a Mythology Gag). This remains the case when the character returns for the Crisis Crossover film, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola has a ton of this. The Brides are clothed when they appear to Jonathan in the book, they’re topless in the film. Lucy being Purity Personified is covered up modestly in the book, in the film she has multiple revealing outfits and a Wardrobe Malfunction that exposes her breast, all to go along with her sultry attitude. Even Dracula sleeps and emerges naked in his box full of earth, in the book he was clothed.
  • D-Day, a remake of Commando, does this to the air stewardess sidekick. The original character, Cindy, is fully clothed throughout, but the remake's equivalent Aliya has a Walking Swimsuit Scene.
  • Dragon Ball Evolution has Chi-Chi in much more revealing and hotter outfits than she does in the source material where her wardrobe is always modest after her initial Age-Inappropriate Dress. Being played by model actress Jamie Chung is likely a factor in this. Inverted ironically with Bulma who has numerous Ms. Fanservice outfits in the manga and anime, but dresses modestly in the film.
  • Fighting with My Family depicts A.J. Lee wearing a top with Cleavage Window. The actual person wrestles wearing modest tees.
  • Harry Potter:
    • The locket scene; while in the movie the illusions of Harry and Hermione are clearly naked, no mention is made of how they're dressed in the book. Even before the sudden shift to nudity, the vision of Hermione has her in an out-of-character skin-tight tank top.
    • Hermione's dress at Bill and Fleur's wedding. In the book, it's purple and presented as a She Cleans Up Nicely moment. In the film, it's a sexy red dress and Ron is seen staring at her with a rather lustful expression.
    • In the fourth film when Harry takes a bath in the Prefects' Bathroom, he's described as having foam up to his chin in the book. In the film, it's only to his waist — allowing Daniel Radcliffe to turn it into a Shirtless Scene. Moaning Myrtle is also far more obviously flirting with him in the film than she is in the book.
    • Downplayed with Ginny in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. She's given a scene in a Little Black Dress that wasn't mentioned in the book, and it's implied Harry may have been given a boner by the sight.
    • Ron gets a Shirtless Scene in the second Deathly Hallows film that isn't mentioned in the books.
  • In Romeo and Juliet (1968), Juliet has some cleavage and bare arms on display during the famous balcony scene, unlike most versions when she’s pretty well covered up. Later on during the post-coitus bedroom scene, both Romeo and Juliet are naked with the latter briefly baring her naked breasts, in most other versions (barring Baz Luhrmann’s) they’re clothed.
  • Similarly Macbeth (1971) has Lady Macbeth (who’s been given a Age Lift) wandering around nude during her hand washing guilt-induced madness. In pretty much all other versions, she keeps her kit on and isn’t really a Ms. Fanservice.
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004) noticeably had a lot of the cast in more revealing attire than the book or Broadway musical. Christine in particular not only has a visible garter belt during “Music of the Night” but also frequently has Impossibly-Low Neckline outfits, which becomes tonally confusing and anachronistic when she visits her father’s grave with her cleavage showing, not to mention it’s Paris in winter.
  • An inadvertent case (and one not played for fanservice) is the loincloth-clad Gollum in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (and in the cartoon adaptations - and in most illustrations and fanart, come to mention it). The original books only once mention that he has a "ragged garment," while Tolkien's notes to illustrators indicating that he wears a significant amount of clothingnote  aren't widely known. Given how impoverished he is and how much time he spends in or around water, if you have no other guidelines, it makes sense to put him in something very scanty.
  • Another non-fanservice example in The Chronicles of Narnia: In the first book Mr. and Mrs. Beaver apparently wear some clothes, which is a bit of Early-Installment Weirdness. In the film they're naked like every other Talking Beast.
  • The Thing gets this in Fan4stic. In the comics, he wears shorts or underpants whilst in the film he wears neither and has his rocky bits (which admittedly don’t remotely resemble human genitalia) on full display.
  • Downplayed In-Universe in Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession. Zina in Shurik's hallucination wears bright makeup and bright clothes and is rather flirtatious. Zina in Shurik's real life wears little makeup, dresses modestly and is calm and serious.
  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City does this to Jill Valentine. In RE1 she’s wearing a tactical S.T.A.R.S outfit complete with shoulder pads, very modest compared to her more famous tube top and miniskirt outfit. In the film, Jill wears a vest with that bears her arms and reveals a fair amount of cleavage.
  • Suicide Squad:
    • Harley Quinn's live-action film debut has her in some glittery hotpants, fishnets, stiletto-sneakers, and a form fitting T-shirt, giving her a neon-colored punk rocker look. It is shown that she wore her jester outfit in the past, though, and she's had more skimpy alternative costumes in the comics themselves.
    • The Enchantress is barely wearing any covering other than a metal bikini and some chains. The comics usually have her covered head to toe. A rare example of this being used in combination with Adaptational Ugliness. When she reaches full power after getting her heart back, she assumes a more modest, regal appearance.
    • The Joker himself undergoes this, often being seen either with shirt not completely buttoned-up or even completely shirtless.
  • In the X-Men Film Series, while Mystique is typically a Technically Naked Shapeshifter, most versions have her wearing clothes by forming them out of her body while in her default blue form. The films went all the way and just had her completely naked in her natural state with only some scales to serve as Monster Modesty.

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    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has an In-Universe example with the Ember Island Players emulating the main cast in a stage play adaptation of the entire show, but in particular Katara, Toph, and Yue. The costume of the actress playing Katara lacks warming clothes despite the real one being from the show's version of Antartica. Ditto their Yue, who's wearing a tube dress despite the actual one being from the North Pole. Their version of Toph is gender-flipped into The Big Guy, so he's wearing a sleeve-less shirt (instead of the original's looser, quarter-sleeved shirt) to highlight his masculinity.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the superheroine Ice wears a Minidress of Power that barely goes below the waistline, showing off her long legs. In most of her comic book appearances before this, she usually wears a full bodysuit.
  • Princess Zelda in an episode of Captain N: The Game Master, has her navel showing compared to the original show.
  • Harley in Justice League: Gods and Monsters wears a tiny corset, some stockings and nothing but a pair of white panties as bottoms. Bruce Timm admitted that this change was a mean-spirited take on other uses of this trope for her in recent years, specifically the New 52.
  • In Harley Quinn (2019), Harley starts off with her classic suit before moving to one like her Suicide Squad and New 52 designs. However, she drops the fishnets and underwear. She stumbles into the Batcave and gets snagged on the seat of her pants, leaving her butt exposed and having to avoid falling out of them.
  • In Invincible (2021). The marine superhero Aquarus, he only wears a sleeveless shirt that exposes the lower part of him. This is a change, since in the original comic, Aquarus wore a Leotard of Power.
  • In Magi-Nation the villain Chur lost an entire pant leg when the show made him a man.
  • In Teen Titans, Raven wears a Leotard of Power, instead of the dress she wore in the New Teen Titans comics.
  • In DC Super Hero Girls, both Wonder Woman and Poison Ivy wear their classic outfits with slight variations rather than the more conservative outfits they wear in the main series, with jeans for the former and skirt and stockings for the latter.
  • A downplayed example with Daphne in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. In most other adaptations of Scooby-Doo, Daphne's trademark purple dress has long sleeves, and she wears pink tights to cover her legs. In Be Cool, her dress has short sleeves, and she doesn't wear tights, leaving her legs bare.
  • The Teen Titans Go! episode "The Real Orangins" had an Art Shifted segement based on Batman: The Animated Series, complete with Kevin Conroy as Batman — only it modified the Robin design, based on Tim Drake's suit for the sake of the inverse of this trope, so it'd have the classic shorts.
  • Speaking of Batman: The Animated Series, in the pre-Infinite Crisis comics, the Creeper's "yellow skin" and "green hair" were the result of yellow make-up and tights, and a green wig Jack Ryder was wearing during the incident that first made him the Creeper that got folded into the device Dr. Yatz implanted in him. On the show, the yellow skin and green hair is his actual skin and hair, the result of the Joker exposing him to his Joker toxin and the same chemical vat that affected the Joker's appearance.