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Kevin Murphy: [as Padmé, when she is slashed by the Nexu] Ow, that just bares my midriff!
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A variety of Fanservice provided by damaging a character's clothing in such a way as to provide teasing glimpses of the flesh or lingerie beneath.

Female characters often tend to fall victim to this, converting their usual costumes into something more Stripperiffic. A male action hero might instead simply lose their shirt altogether for a Shirtless Scene, though lately the Female Gaze element has increased.

Can induce You Must Be Cold or Defeat by Modesty. See also Action Dress Rip, Battle Strip, and From Dress to Dressing. For the non-combat version, see Wardrobe Malfunction. A female character who likes Kicking Ass in All Her Finery is not immune to this (but it's not common). If a character becomes upset or angry because they loved those clothes, it's also My Favorite Shirt. See Stripping Snag for cases where the clothing is ripped off accidentally.

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The Nudifier is typically a weapon which has no other effect than this. Hat Damage is a non-Fanservice Sub-Trope. See also Magic Pants, which is often combined with this trope despite also being its inverse: no matter how much clothing damage they take, they still have enough threads left over to cover the naughty bits. For characters who show a miraculous total immunity to this, see Bullet-Proof Fashion Plate.

The Panty Fighter genre exists for this trope. Wardrobe Wound is a common follow-up, if the character overreacts to the clothing damage. See Losing a Shoe in the Struggle for when this is not played for Fanservice, and Body Armor as Hit Points when the clothing doubles as hit point.


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    Advertising 
  • A Wilkinson ad in the wake of the release of Assassin's Creed (2016) has a man and a woman fighting with swords. At one point, the man cuts the woman's top and she ends up with just her bra. The man's shirt has somehow disappeared between the start of the fight and this particular moment meanwhile.

    Card Games 
  • There's a card in Munchkin called "Revealing Costume". It gives you a +3 bonus, and then an extra +1 bonus each time you change gender, "due to tearing in inappropriate places".

    Comic Books 

Marvel

  • The character Skuzz from The New Universe title DP7 had disintegration powers. Unfortunately, these ran all the time, so an outfit would usually last three days for him even if he wasn't actively using them. And when he does... well, there's usually a scene of him focusing his power to destroy something with a beam attack, only to realize afterwards that he's just gotten nekkid.
  • This used to happen to Luke Cage a lot to show off how indestructible he was.
  • Sergeant Nick Fury used to have this happen all the time. Lampshaded when a supply sergeant is issuing him replacements, which are the last shirts available in the European Theater of Operations that will fit a man with a 22-inch neck.
    • Also lampshaded by one of his men just before they go on an attack. "Don't you think you oughta rip your shirt first just so people will know it's us?"
  • Near the end of the third volume of Runaways, the older members of the team attempt to hold a prom, which is interrupted by a plane crashing into their current base. Klara freaks out and starts unleashing her plant-based powers uncontrollably, and Nico's top gets completely torn off. She spends the rest of the arc loosely wrapped in Victor's suit jacket.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Ultimate Spider-Man frequently has to improvise ill-fitting and ridiculous-looking costumes when he is unable to get Mary Jane to fix his Clothing Damage.
    • Speaking of Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales' Spider-Man suit was also damaged at times. Other characters in the series also suffered clothing damage: For example, when Norman Osborn, Harry Osborn, and Mary Jane Watson transform into their "Goblin" forms their clothes end up being damaged, leaving them with ripped clothing or completely naked when they go back to normal. This also happened to the Gwen Stacy clone in her first transformation into Carnage, though not so much in her last transformation.
    • Regular Spider-Man has this problem too. Once patching his clothing with webs kept someone from pulling his mask off.
    • This happens to everyone that mutated into spiders during Spider-Island that they end up all naked when they revert back to normal, Mary Jane also gets ger dress ripped apart during the conflict that Peter ends up giving her his Spider-Man outfit at the end becauser her "top was hanging by a thread".
    • During the "Acts of Vengeance" crossover, Dragon Man is sent to destroy Spidey, who engulfs him in flame. Fortunately, he was possessed by the power of Captain Universe at the moment, so he's left mostly unharmed, though stark naked due to his outfit being reduced to ashes. He simply uses his new power to make a new outfit instantly appear. This ends up happening to him a second time during the fight as well.
  • This can happen pretty regularly with She-Hulk; though it's pretty much guaranteed with her cousin the Hulk. Lampshaded in the Sensational She-Hulk where she ends up in a teddy during the fight. When asked afterwards what the hell made the teddy indestructible, she pointed out the "APPROVED BY THE COMICS CODE AUTHORITY" label on them.
  • Often played straight in She-Hulk (for example in the Sensational She Hulk Graphic Novel (1985) and in She Hulk Ceremony (1989)). However in issue 4 Sensational She-Hulk (1989) this trope is was averted and discussed. Blond Phantom asked She Hulk how it was that her dress was not damaged in She Hulk's fight with Stilt Man. She Hulk showed the label on her dress which read The Comics Code.
  • Giant Man tends to destroy his clothes every time he grew into giant size at least in the first issues of The Ultimates.
    • Elsewhere in the Ultimate Marvel universe, Hulk frequently ends up nude when he transforms. In one case he was witnessed stealing the pants from a fat guy.
  • This happens to Wolverine a lot, but one time, when his orange and red costume was destroyed after a fight with the Wendigo in Spider-Man's comic, he decided to bring out his old yellow and blue one and wear that instead. (He told Spidey that he wanted to wear something that reminded him of when they didn't know each other; he was probably being sarcastic.) Apparently, this story made him decide to change back to the old costume permanently, even though he did wear the red and orange one in one more story.
    • In his first encounter with the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, Wolverine's costume is completely destroyed. He mugs Fang, his counterpart on the Guard, for his costume off-panel, mainly for the benefit of his fellow X-Men not having to see him fight in the buff.
  • X-Men:
    • The ridiculous outfit Alex Summers wore during the Inferno arc as the Goblin Prince. An over-the-top shredded version of his Havok costume.
    • Happens to Emma on occasion. In her origin comic series, this happens to her when she goes to a school dance, in a scene reminiscent of Cinderella.
    • Whenever the mutant Paul Patterson uses his powers, he ends up destroying all of his clothes.
    • Played for Drama when it happens to Rogue, quite often in her early stint with the team. Her body-covering suit would be damaged, increasing her chances of skin-to-skin contact with an enemy or ally, thus draining them of their powers and psyche. Sometimes it would give Rogue a power boost and allow her to curb-stomp the baddies, other times the baddies' personality would take over and the X-Men would find themselves fighting their regular enemies plus Rogue.
  • Happen to Carol Danvers alias Ms. Marvel during Secret Invasion when a skrull unleashes an energy blast from his eyes that shreds her costume.
  • Happens to Firestar in the Ultimate Universe, who tends to burn off her civilian clothing when she activates her powers.
  • The Unbelievable Gwenpool: Once Gwenpool suffers this, her Meta Gal nature makes her lampshade it to hell and back.

DC

  • In Batman #401, Robin tries to grab the villainess Magpie. In doing so he accidentally rips down the top of her costume. With a blush, he hurriedly averts his eyes.
  • Speaking of Robin, Dick Grayson, especially as Nightwing, has an alarming tendency to suffer extensive clothing damage during fights. Given his sex symbol status in and out of universe, it's pretty safe to assume why.
  • In the recent Blackest Night story, the original Dr. Light came back via the Black Lanterns and challenged Kimiyo "I am now Dr. Light" Hoshi. He not only mentally and verbally attacked her, but to add insult to injury, basically blasted her outfit off of her piece by piece until she was naked lying on the ground. No big surprise, since recent Dr. Light stories have established him as a special kind of evil.
  • Happened frequently to Catwoman in her 1990s series. She was also shown to be able to cut a man's clothing off with her whip without leaving a scratch on him.
  • Played for Drama during The Death of Superman as the battle between Superman and Doomsday rages on, Superman's costume gets worse and worse. By the time Superman dies, his cape is being used as a flag, his shirt is nothing more than a makeshift strap around his shoulder and it's a miracle they gave him Magic Pants.
  • Superboy once ended up in his underwear after a series of battles. (He used to be immune to this trope by using his tactile telekinesis to make his clothes invulnerable, but once he grew into his full powers he began to rely on it less and less, and his clothes suffered as a result.)
  • The bounty hunter Lobo, a popular character for DC Comics in the 90s, has the ability to near instantly regenerate any damage done to his body, even from being reduced to a puddle. Unfortunately his clothing doesn't grow back, often leaving him bare naked after, and occasionally during, his fights. Lobo seems to understand how this makes people feel, and takes great pleasure in the discomfort his nudity brings to others.
  • In a variant case, Plastique's first appearance ended rather badly when she tried to blow herself up for a terrorist attack and make herself a martyr with a suit that was laden with bombs. Firestorm responded by changing the fabric of her suit into air, leaving her naked and humiliated while he gathered up the bombs to explode at a safe distance while her political credibility was equally vaporized.
  • Kara Zor-El in Huntress/Power Girl: World's Finest suffered clothing damage, both her civilian clothes and her earliest Power Girl costumes during her first year in that identity on Prime Earth.

Other

  • There's rarely an issue of Atomic Robo that goes by where Robo's shirt isn't destroyed entirely (likely for the same reasons as Luke Cage and Savage Dragon). His pants, however, always remain intact.
  • Used for fanservice in Bazooka Jules. Anytime the main character activates her powers she changes from a slender teen into an adult version of herself with massive breasts. So any top she's wearing gets torn to sheds.
  • Several characters in ClanDestine.
    • Samantha, who generates "ectoplasmic armor", tends to shred her clothes completely each time she uses her power. She is never shown dispelling the armor (although she is shown altering and dispelling portions, and dispelling the swords that she occasionally generates instead), and it remains intact even when she's unconscious.
    • Walter's Hulk-like transformations destroy his clothing, except for his underwear. It takes him a while to revert to his human form, so the story tends to end before he does so anyway.
    • Adam, who is Made Of Diamond but wears normal clothing, tends to lose his shirt in combat situations but retain his pants. This can be attributed to censorship or to the genie who gave him his powers, whichever you prefer.
  • You could make a drinking game for how many times this happens in Danger Girl.
  • The title Superheroine of the comic Empowered has a super-suit that literally shreds with a touch, cannot be worn with other clothing (including underwear) and weakens her powers when torn. The suit can repair itself, but only a day later. Needless to say, she's had more than her share of embarassing moments.
  • Happens all the time to the female protagonists in the Al Rio comic Exposure. They even adopt their trademark uniforms because their clothes were shredded to nothing, and even they don't last long.
  • Gen¹³:
    • Lampshaded by protagonist Caitlin Fairchild after realizing that a raft crash has somehow completely removed her khakis and belt: "For some strange reason, I always seem to lose articles of clothing whenever we get into trouble."
    • In a recent remake, Fairchild managed to get most of her skintight body suit ripped nearly to shreds in the space of five minutes. To be fair, she did take out several commandos and jump clear through a roof to do so.
    • The very first time her powers manifested, increasing her muscle mass among other things, she went from petite to Amazonian Beauty and busted out of her clothing.
    • The first issue of Adam Warren's run was a recap disguised as a Behind The Music parody; in the (imaginary) "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, Caitlin died after defeating a supervillain in sub-zero weather... of exposure.
    • For a male example, Burnout once incinerated his swim trunks while flying up to a plane and ended up having to fight naked.
  • The Astounding Wolf-Man: Being a werewolf, Wolf-Man is very susceptible to this. His costume fits his wolf form. However, with the exception of sweatpants and tanktops, if he has to wolf out in normal clothes they will be shreded.
  • Of The Authority, Apollo seems to suffer from this the most.
  • Typical in Witchblade (the comic, at least), where, in the process of expanding from its dormant bracelet form into Stripperiffic superpowered armor form, the Witchblade tends to tear up whatever Sara Pezzini was already wearing. Justified (and lampshaded!) by a later retcon that revealed that Witchblade was male and he pretty much did the shredding for his own enjoyment. As Sara became more experienced with Witchblade, the instances of shredded clothes decreased (instead, Witchblade simply appeared over whatever she was wearing at the time.) Danielle, the less experienced Witchblade bearer, on the other hand...
  • In the "Sons of Man" arc in Hack/Slash, Cassie's initially revealing costume gets gradually shredded in battles with monsters until she's reduced to, essentially, a bikini.
  • This is a frequent occurrence with Meriem in Cavewoman. In particular, the My Little Dino one-shot is nothing but a full issue of her Fur Bikini being gradually reduced to tinier and tinier proportions.
  • Golden Eyes, the titular ambulance driver of the World War I serial "Golden Eyes" and Her Hero "Bill", gets subjected to this when her ambulance is hit by a German shell. She crawls out of the wreckage in what the author describes as a " tattered uniform" (but given that the work is a product of the 1910's, the damage extends only so far as the knees of her pants and the shoulders + sleeves of her blouse).
  • During the X-Wing Series Plourr and her Love Interest Rial get ambushed by commandos and have to fight them off unarmed. They make it out unscathed, but Rial's shirt is torn and he's showing a nipple.

    Comic Strips 
  • The comic strip Nguyen Charlie ran in the U.S. military's newspaper, Stars and Stripes, during the Vietnam War. At least twice, the defoliant Agent Orange was portrayed as instantly disintegrating not only trees and grass, but the clothing of anyone who got caught in the chemical cloud. Definitely NOT Fanservice, though, considering the way these guys were drawn.

  • A job requirement for The Spirit. In virtually every strip his suit was shredded, though it's not fanservice. Or is it?

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Anastasia: In the final battle, Rasputin gets his minions to rip and tear Anya's ball gown.
  • Disney's Cinderella:
    • The scene where the evil stepsisters tear Cinderella's ball gown to shreds in anger.
    • In Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella in a white gown gets transported inside a pumpkin carriage by Lady Tremaine. Once Cinderella is inside the pumpkin, her dress somehow gets all torn up, and she's now barefoot.
  • Peter Pan: Captain Hook's clothes get destroyed in his encounters with the crocodile. It's really incredible how the crocodile can eat up most of his clothes without harming him at all, especially considering harming him is presumably what the crocodile is trying to do. Also interesting how later on Hook wears the same outfit which got destroyed.
  • The Animatrix short "Final Flight of the Osiris" opens with a blindfolded swordfight with nothing but Clothing Damage, until both man and woman are almost naked. Mind you, it was intended as foreplay.
  • The Great Mouse Detective:
    • Professor Ratigan has severe clothing damage during the end climax.
    • Basil's clothes are also heavily damaged after Ratigan's vicious beatdown on him.
  • Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid. Twice in the film, from being in the ocean his boots come off, and his pant legs get ripped.
    • A similar thing happens to Gepetto from Pinocchio. When Monstro destroys the raft he loses his shoes and socks and his pant legs rip.
  • Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame suffers one, when his humped back rips through his tunic whilst he is being tied down by ropes and pelted at the same time.
  • The title character from Hercules during his battle with the Hydra, he won the battle with only his cape being ripped and his tunic being slashed and torn.
  • In The Incredibles the hole the Omni-droid tears in Bob's old super-suit becomes plot-significant as Helen discovering the patch clues her into his clandestine superhero work and Edna decides to make new super-suits for the whole family after patching it.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Pocketful of Miracles: A fight between Dave and Queenie ends with Queenie's clothing getting torn in a very fanservice-y way.
  • Buster Keaton loses his shirt and trousers (through not his shoes, undershirt, or boxers) to a threshing machine in The Scarecrow.
  • Galaxy Quest:
    • Happens gradually to Sigourney Weaver's character, Gwen DeMarco. Surely this is a lampshading of the trope, considering her character's stated purpose in the "original" show is simply to repeat computer instruction, i.e. no real purpose except looking pretty and occasionally having Clothing Damage. Rare example of a Defied Trope, as her movie-character despises her show-character being treated as a sex object. Of course, one of the themes of the movie is the various characters end up becoming like their show-characters.
    • This is also parodied with Tim Allen's character, Jason Nesmith. Captain Taggart's clothing damage is also lampshaded. This is fitting, since he's a Kirk parody and Clothing Damage was always happening to Kirk in fights that didn't even muss other character's hair.
  • Wolverine gets caught in a disintegrating attack in X-Men: The Last Stand. His body regenerates; his shirt does not. (And his Magic Pants remain invincible throughout.)
  • This happened several times in the Stephen Chow movie Shaolin Soccer, generally to comedic effect (or unfunny effect, depending on how one felt about the movie).
  • Used in The Mask of Zorro, where Zorro fights Elena and manages to, essentially, cut her nightshirt off, though she still had pants (and Godiva Hair). In fairness, she attacked his clothes first.
  • Fantastic Four (2005)
    • Susan Storm (Jessica Alba) suffers the extreme form of this in Rise of the Silver Surfer. When she accidentally swaps powers with the Human Torch, she immediately lights up in flame, burning off her non-fireproof clothes, leaving her in the buff on a crowded street. Note that when the same thing happens to Ben Grimm, he doesn't suffer from the same problem, only burning minor holes in his shirt rather than being covered in flame. She even lampshades it by quipping "Why does this always happen to me?"
    • Also happens to Johnny in Rise of the Silver Surfer. When Sue and Reed's wedding is beset by the Surfer's arrival, Reed tells Johnny to follow him, much to Johnny's chagrin since he didn't want to incinerate his tux. He was wearing his uniform beneath the tux, though.
  • Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones
    • A Nexu beast attacks Padme (Natalie Portman), tearing her shirt to expose her midriff and one arm. The scratches on her back from the nexu's claws disappear almost immediately. Her abs do not.
    • Non-fanservice example: During the final battle in Return of the Jedi, Luke gets the collar of his black suit torn open, showing the light gray lining of his jacket underneath. This is to show us that he's overcome the Dark Side that was building up since the beginning of the movie.
  • Zhang Ziyi's character in House of Flying Daggers gets her clothes partially ripped off quite frequently.
  • In Mystery Men, a gang of female furriers is taken down by use of a fabric-adhesive liquid projector, shrinking their clothing sizes "from junior to missy petite". The fanservice is lampshaded by spectator Ben Stiller: "My pants feel like they're shrinking, too."
  • The first Get Smart film (which would probably be considered Fanon Discontinuity if it were more well-known) is titled The Nude Bomb. Guess what the bad guys have, and use. Being a PG film from 1980 you don't see much.
    • Then in the 2008 Get Smart film, the pants damage done to Max during the SUV/train/plane chase.
  • Happens to Fay Wray in the original King Kong (1933), after Kong peels off most of her dress.
  • This has happened to Spider-Man in all three movies of the Spider-Man Trilogy.
  • Lampshaded in Diary of the Dead. While filming a B-grade horror movie an actress objects to the cliched idea of the mummy yanking down her dress to expose her breasts, saying that it's just not going to happen. Later on when the actor playing the mummy gets turned into a zombie this happens for real, whereupon she shouts at the DOP (who's been filming all this instead of helping her): "I hope you're happy, you son-of-a-bitch!"
  • In Future War, we are supposed to believe that the male kickboxing lead gets his shirt knocked off in the final battle, even though we can clearly see him quickly slip it off despite it being tucked in and fully buttoned to the collar in the previous shot. We don't know how he did it, either.
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux. The female rips part of her shirt off to make a bandage for one of the male soldiers, so several other soldiers also startfaking nonexistant cuts and injuries to get her to rip more of her shirt off.
  • The heroine in Der Clown ? Payday is shown with clothing damage as she is tied to the front of a tractor-trailer. There isn't even a logical explanation as to where this damage may come from.
  • In the 1930's movie version of The Most Dangerous Game the male main character's shirt became unbuttoned and ripped up.
  • A male, and hilariously gratuitous, version occurs in The Beatles' film Help! The villains attack the boys with a booby-trapped hand dryer that starts sucking away their clothes.
  • Strangely subverted in the first Batman film (1989). The clothes of Jack Napier (the man who becomes The Joker) are almost completely intact after he is dropped by Batman into a vat of green acid and washed out into the river (although he never wears them again after that night, moving on to his trademark purple coat and plaid pants). Any substance capable of burning a person's skin chalk-white and his hair green should, by all logic, disintegrate all his clothes, leaving him naked (not to mention dead). All Napier loses is a good portion of one of his gloves (which, being made of leather, you'd think would be the least likely to be destroyed), and this is just so we can get our first glimpse of his whitened hand and greenish fingernails as he reaches out of the water.
  • Batman Returns. Catwoman's catsuit gets gradually more and more torn as the movie goes and her psyche is more damaged.
  • In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the right sleeve of Indy's shirt gets torn off by the big Thugee as he's pulled into the rock crusher.
  • In Coffy, a Blaxploitation movie starring Pam Grier, the title character gets into a Cat Fight with a bunch of call girls, "accidentally" ripping the top off each and every one of them and exposing their bare breasts. Her own top is not ripped off, but her breasts pop out on their own a couple of times.
  • Kung Pow! Enter the Fist:
    • Near the beginning, Chosen One attacks a henchman, ripping his outfit until his torn clothing takes the appearance of a bikini.
    • Another scene has the Chosen One just casually tear off his shirt to fight a set of henchmen.
    • Master Betty hates it when you tear his shirts.
      "Shirt ripper!"
  • In Dead Air a female victim of the Technically Living Zombie infected gets her shirt torn during the attack, exposing a breast. This can go into Fan Disservice for some as she soon rises as a zombie herself, snarling and bleeding from her eyes and mouth.
  • In Cape Fear Max Cady's shirt is damaged when Danielle sets him on fire.
  • In Home Alone 2, Harry's coat collar is charred after he soaks his burning head in a toilet filled with kerosene, blowing the house up.
  • Most of The Return of Captain Invincible features the title character struggling to control his magnetic powers, causing metallic buttons and zippers to randomly tear loose of the items they are supposed to hold closed.
  • In the film The Creeping Terror, a lady tries to escape when the titular monster appears at a dance party. A man rushes over to her... only to pull her away, tearing her top off. Surprisingly, this was left in in the episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and while it was too far away of a shot to really notice, Tom's reaction probably hints that they knew about it, but left it in.
  • In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie, one of the guardians of the Great Power takes Tommy off-guard, slashing away at him. When Tommy leaps back to the other Rangers, he takes a look at his ninja uniform and notices there's two slash marks on his shirt.
  • Your Mileage May Vary on if it qualifies as Fanservice, but Duncan vomiting on Kelly and Jason in Mystery Team. Parodied with Charlie, who thinks they're just taking off clothes.
  • Harry Trasker from True Lies shirt gets damaged during his fire fight with Salim Abu Aziz's men and receives further clothing damage a little later after Aziz fires a bazooka at him, strangely enough the Secret Service doesn't provide him with a new outfit after they come to his aid.
  • Parodied in Undercover Brother after a catfight breaks out between Sistah Girl and White She Devil. When the two ladies start ripping each other's clothes off, Undercover Brother (who is fighting two male mooks) immediately draws their attention to it, whereupon they sit on the couch eating popcorn and enjoying the Fanservice.
  • Crank features Eve's already form-fitting dress being torn by Chev from the left end before their sex scene in Chinatown. This has the effect of making her outfit much more revealing for the rest of the movie.
  • Downplayed in Jurassic World where Claire Dearing's shirt has a rip on her sleeve and few rips on her skirt.
  • in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen the left side of Sam's shirt is damaged after being shoot by Megatron.
  • Nicole Carrow from Rest Stop rips apart her spaghetti strap tank top in order to use it on a Molotov cocktail in order to kill her attacker.
  • In Spiders As Marci tries to get out of the giant spider web the sleeve of her red overshirt gets torn a bit.
  • In The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, Sigerson Holmes and Sergeant Sacker escape from a Death Trap, unknowingly leaving behind all the cloth that covered their bottoms.
  • Barbarella: This fanservice-heavy movie frequently shows Barbarella getting her clothes torn during her adventures, usually exposing her legs and navel.
  • In Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters: When Annabeth is stabbed by the Manticore, her jacket, shirt and top are naturally ruined. Later she is seen dressed in bloodied shirt with hole, while her jacket is discarded.
  • In The Evil Dead (1981): When Cheryl ventures out into the woods, she gets attacked by a flurry of tree branches that tear off her bathrobe and lash at her nightshirt, leaving her in nothing but a tattered shirt.
  • Johnny Reno: While attempting to force Nona to scream, Yates rips her gown, exposing an expanse of shoulder and breast.

    Literature 
  • The ColSec Trilogy: In Exiles of ColSec, when Cord and Lamprey are fighting (or, more accurately, Cord is getting his ass handed to him despite his Charles Atlas Superpower), Lamprey tries to slam Cord against a jagged metal edge. Cord dodges quickly enough to avoid getting injured, but his shirt is a total loss. (This also reveals that Cord's stocky little bod is a lot trimmer than one might think when he's fully clothed, leading him to lampshade how unlikely it is that he'll be on the receiving end of any further You Are Fat.)
  • In Robert E. Howard's "Gods of the North", The Vamp is wearing a gossamer veil, and nothing else; escaping Conan the Barbarian, the veil tears loose.
  • In Distortionverse, Eliphya, the protagonist of the Show Within a Show La principessa dei petali di luce, suffers this many times during her series. In one special episode, she's even stripped naked by her archenemy Count Sebastien's animated thorns.
  • In the reprints of the Doc Savage novels in the 1960s, artist James Bama painted Doc with his shirt ripped beyond repair from his continual fights, showing off his rippling muscles. There was even a contest run by the publisher called "Doc Savage Needs a New Shirt!"
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Non-humans tend to wear clothes less durable than their semi-immortal selves. Hence, if one is hit by, say, a point-blank concussion grenade, they may outlive their clothes.
    • Certain brands of werewolf suffer this regularly — and the smarter ones have caches of clothes that they try and make their way to in wolf mode. It makes returning to civilization slightly less awkward.
    • Harry's amped-up protective gear in Changes, courtesy of Leah. After her magic dissipates (at noon, thank you very much, she's a Winter Fey), it scales back down to his regular old duster — and had sustained so much damage that one could have made a rather risqué bikini out of the remains.
  • In the Forgotten Realms Spellfire novels, Shandril frequently incinerates her own clothing during particularly intense battles. This is something of a Running Gag.
  • Male example: In Heart of Steel, Alistair Mechanus' lab coat gets increasingly damaged over the course of the story, leaving him with his collar torn open and one sleeve missing, exposing a number of scars and a well-toned arm.
  • Little House on the Prairie: A non-fanservice example. The sons of a neighbour get lost during a storm. One of them returns, naked but unhurt. No one can explain how the storm disintegrated his clothes and shoes without leaving a mark on him. His brother and the animals they disappeared with turn up dead, also naked.
  • Deliberately done by Matilda in The Monk to tempt Ambrosio into sleeping with her.
  • In The Pillars of the Earth, William Hamleigh rips the clothing of some women, Aliena in particular, as a form of threat or lust.
  • Special Circumstances: In Queen of Wands, Janea does this to her own costume during a sword dance for a competition, albeit intentionally.
  • In Twilight: Breaking Dawn, newborn vampire Bella gets mauled by the mountain lion that she's hunting. The mountain lion's claws can't damage her vampire skin, but that fancy dress that Alice put her in doesn't fare so well.
  • In Tanith Lee's Vivia this is all that is achieved by burning the title vampire at the stake. Ah well, at least it made her hide inside the flames for a while.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Canada's Worst Driver had a variation with Lance: while his clothes weren't ruined, the quality of what he wore degraded over the show. At the start, he was a Sharp-Dressed Man, or perhaps even The Dandy. By the final episode, he looked like a slob, wearing a torn wifebeater and some face stubble.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The third and fourth part of "The Deadly Assassin" starts with the Fourth Doctor fully dressed and progressively getting his outfit destroyed as he battles his way through the Virtual Reality. It begins with him losing his scarf over a cliff and his outfit gets more and more picked apart from there. By the end he's down to a ripped, soaked-through shirt and torn breeches.
    • "Bad Wolf": Jack Harkness loses all his clothes when he is zapped by a "defabricator" ray. He lampshades this later, when he says "Ladies, your viewing figures just went up!"
    • "The Eleventh Hour" features Matt Smith in David Tennant's clothes, looking all tattered from the regeneration and subsequent TARDIS crash-landing.
    • In "The Doctor Falls", the Twelfth Doctor's velvet jacket gets torn up after an explosion that killed hundreds of Cybermen, exposing some of the red lining beneath. He continues to wear it throughout "Twice Upon a Time" until his regeneration into the Thirteenth Doctor. Thirteen wears the torn clothes for most of "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" until she gets a chance to pick a new outfit.
    • "Rosa": The Doctor deliberately rips her coat so she can take it to be repaired by the title character, who works as a seamstress at a department store, in order to give Yaz an excuse to hang around with Rosa at the store in case the antagonist, a time traveller trying to Make Wrong What Once Went Right, tries anything there.
  • In the Season 1 finale of Game of Thrones, Daenerys walks into her husband's funeral pyre. She emerges completely naked and covered in soot, but otherwise unharmed. Which is kind of justified: she's immune to fire, but her clothes aren't, a la Invisible Streaker.
  • Heroes:
    • The only time that Elle's electricity powers display any ability to set things on fire is when she shoots lightning at Peter's shirt, prompting him to take it off.
    • In season 3, Elle goes one better, when one of her lightning blasts completely disintegrates Sylar's shirt, and a second blast removes his undershirt too.
  • Spoofed in a sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus. The female lead in the fictional movie Scott of the Sahara is being chased by a man-eating roll-top desk, and gets her clothes torn off by snagging them on cacti. The thing is, the cacti are spaced so far apart that she has to go out of her way to get her clothes snagged on them. Just as she's about to lose the last of her clothing, John Cleese appears to say, "And now, for something completely different."
  • The MythBusters tried a variation of this, where the myth was that you could punch a person so hard that his socks would fly off. Turns out, you'd kill the guy several times over long before you could manage to pull it off, and that's including using battering rams and high explosives. Not surprising, given the nature of form-fitting, elastic-banded socks. Regular clothing, however, depending on the fabric and construction, can become shredded or completely torn away at lower, survivable overpressures. Reportedly, people struck by lightning are frequently blown out of their shoes as the electricity instantly vaporizes foot sweat, literally popping them off or splitting them apart.
  • Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: In the episode "An Evil Game", Leo's shirt gets torn up to the point he just tears it off. For bonus points, not only does he morph immediately afterwards, but all this happens right next to Kirk's Rock.
  • Enforced at the end of the two-part pilot for Seven Days. When his buddy gets hit, Parker rips his shirt to make a tourniquet. When he closes in on the bad guys, his shirt is tattered enough to show off Parker's impressive muscles.
  • Justified in Smallville, as while Clark Kent is indestructible, the clothes he wears aren't. In one episode some villains throw him into a furnace and lock him in; once they're gone he emerges, clearly without clothes.
  • Star Trek
  • In the Supernatural episode "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01), Castiel can no longer use angel mojo to repair his bloodied clothing. As he only has one suit of clothing, this necessitates a stripping scene in a laundromat.
  • In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, when Cameron launches her One-Cyborg Army assault on the LA County Prison lockup. Her clothes are absolutely riddled with bullet holes, but the only result from that is a lot of red stains from her cyborg blood and one half her face being shredded clean off by a shotgun blast.

    Music 
  • UK Synth-Pop group Torch Song has the song "Tattered Dress".
  • Weezer's breakthrough hit "Undone" goes "If you want to destroy my sweater..."

    Music Videos 
  • In the music video for Devo's "Whip It", a female character's costume is removed, piece by piece, by a band member wielding a whip. The video ends just as her modesty is about to be violated.
  • Freddie Mercury endures this in the music video for Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".

    Pro Wrestling 
  • One word: Jacqueline. The following examples are merely a sampling, as cataloging every single time something like this has happened to her may require its own website:
    • Tended to lose her clothes a lot as Miss Texas in the USWA in Memphis.
    • As Miss Texas, defeated La Tigresa at the WWC (World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico)'s 22nd Anniversary Show, August 22, 1995 in an Evening Gown Match (where you would expect this kind of thing to happen), though it was billed as a "street fight." In the process of stripping each other, Jacqueline's right breast came out and she actually wrestled part of the match that way. Amazingly, she still managed to win.
    • Nipple slip while executing a Side Russian Legsweep on WCW World Television Champion Disco Inferno in their non-title (due to WCW not wanting to sanction an intergender match for a title) match at WCW Halloween Havoc 97, prompting commentator Bobby "The Brain" Heenan to say, "Replay!"
    • Nipple slip during the Bikini Contest against Sable at WWF Fully Loaded, July 26, 1998.
    • Exposed (both breasts) in the first-ever Evening Gown Match on Raw, September 14, 1998, by Sable.
    • Sable/Christian d. Jacqueline/Marc Mero at WWE's UK-only Capital Carnage PPV on December 6, 1998. After the match, Jackie climbed onto referee Tim White's shoulders and started punching at him and Sable simply pulled Jackie's shirt right off of her body, leaving her topless on camera.
  • Delirious's first mask was cut by Matt Sydal, who turned Delirious's own wooden stake against him. He's also had masks damaged by Jimmy Jacobs, Hang Men 3 and Bryan Danielson. Good thing Daizee Haze likes sewing.
  • In OVW, Jillian Hall went mad and turned on Alexis Laree, beating her down and ripping off her shirt. While Laree was face down on the mat, she then ripped apart Alexis's bra and tried to lift her off the mat to expose her to the crowd, who being full of Laree fans, heavily booed Hall for this (The referee got a towel to preserve Laree's dignity)
  • Pretty much the point of the Tuxedo Match for men and Evening Gown/Bra & Panties match for women.

    Theatre 
  • Parodied in Evil Dead: The Musical, with lots of "Oh no, now my [X] is torn." by the heroine. Followed by her ripping the offending bit of clothing off.

    Web Comics 
  • Noblesse: Mostly to the men, especially the attractive ones.
  • Lampshaded in this Nowhere University comic.
  • In Pet Projects, this happens to Notle the Witch in an arc storyline involving moths that get created and start eating Notle's clothes.
  • Shortpacked!:
    • Subverted when Robin gets in a catfight with Sarah Palin (yes, really) at one of her rallies because she's pissed Palin stole the "ditzy government official" limelight. Once the action starts, the panels focus on Amber in close-up as she gets covered in torn items of clothing, starting with torn-off sleeves and ending in underwear... but then the last panel goes wide focus, showing that Robin and Palin have been trying to strike at each other through a clothes rack.
    • Played straight with the Ethan/Willis fight. Then they get pushed into a tub of pudding.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Gil's attempts to hit Zeetha with a metal-destroying device backfires when he grabs the cloth-destroying one by mistake. Of course, on the next page, we find out that it logically doesn't work on the leather, which — since the "Wacky Weave Destabilizer" is infamous enough — makes up Zeetha's underwear.
    • Anevka and later Prende's electric-touch weapons turns their clothes and wigs to ashes. Of course, they have it in the first place because both of them are sufficiently advanced Clanks, with Anevka's design largely cribbed from one of Prende's sister-Muses.
  • Referenced and riffed in a side strip of El Goonish Shive .
    "Maybe we shouldn't wear fabrics that rip like tissue paper."
  • Exiern: "What's with the clothing? Ever since the change, it's always the clothing."
  • Terinu ends up losing his shirt when Gwen does her best to bandage up the nasty gut wound that tore it up in the first place.
  • Philip M. Jackson's Nurse Sally vs the Mutants, which doesn't take itself seriously in the least, features "mutant fabric-eating piranha" which reduce the heroine's nurse outfit to nothing more than a barely-there top.
  • Happens repeatedly to Spinnerette, including in her first ever actual fight. The most interesting to straight male readers (and possibly Mecha Maid) is having about half of the suit shredded by vampire Cal Warden's fangirls, mainly around the midriff area.
  • Master of Parade Balloon Animals in Samurai Princess gets to show off her balloons! And we ain't talking about the inflatable kind.
    "And there was much rejoice!"
  • Laura in Eerie Cuties has a tendency of accidentally burning her clothes when overexcited.
  • In Girly, the evil sidekicks are physically vulnerable to The Power of Love. Therefore, it's actually an important plot point that Officers Policeguy and Hipbone suffer clothing damage when fighting the sidekick police.
    Sidekick Chief: Dear god... wait, men! STOP! Our attacks are only making them sexier!
  • Frequently seen in Banzai Girl, particularly to the titular character.
  • In Girls in Space, there is a Running Gag that Faye's dress is lost, damaged or left behind in each story.
  • Sandra and Woo has an uncharacteristic venture into this — Woo the raccoon jumps on her and tears her clothes to shreds while play fighting, leaving her in panties with heart motifs. Some fairly uncomfortable comments ensue from readers, given that Sandra is somewhere between 12 and 14 (Comic-Book Time makes thus ambiguous) so thus falls somewhere between Fanservice and Squick...
  • Blue Milk Special: In this Star Wars fan comic, the fight between Leia and Darth Vader from Splinter of the Mind's Eye results in lots of clothing damage for Leia... while the lightsaber leaves no mark whatsoever on her skin. Impressive.
    Vader: The Force tells me that apart of having never seen the original movie, the author was also a pervert.
  • In Satin Steele, Satin's dress gets ripped up at one point.
  • It's been known to happen in The KAMics.
  • In Iron Violet The Shy Titan, Violet suffered a very embarrassing instance of this in her first superhero outing.
  • The outfit Prequel's Katia Managan got for entering the dancing contest suffers this after defeating the Imp Murderboss. Only her gloves actually broke, fortunately, but the implication was the rest could follow unless the outfit was soon replaced.
  • Grrl Power: Has happened to both Maxima and Super Hiro on more than one occasion. In one instance, they were both affected by the same blast, leading to some awkwardness as each tried desperately not to look at the other. The fact that Anvil took this as an opportunity to prank them both by giving them a group hug, in such a way they were facing (and touching) each other only made it... more difficult for both of them. It did lead to Maxima admitting that she would be interested if he weren't her subordinate.

    Web Original 
  • Ongoing problem for Tennyo in the Whateley Universe. She's nearly indestructible, heals faster than Wolverine, and will take on anything. But she's wearing normal clothing. It never survives intact. Eventually this gets so serious that one of her teammates buys her — at considerable expense — a Chainmail Bikini made of Adamantium to wear under her clothes, as a last-resort protection for her modesty.
  • In The Nostalgia Critic's ragefit at the end of his The Neverending Story 3 review, he's so pissed off that for some reason his clothes start shedding. He's a complete mess when he's finished.
  • In an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, Donnie DuPre from Demo Reel somehow lost his T-shirt and only had the energy to button his over-shirt halfway up. We thank you for your laziness, sir.
  • In Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Nena undergoes this because Empress got attacked by Joseph.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Discussed in 'Store Story'.
    Kayla: But what if our clothes get damaged in the fight?
    Martha: Come on, Kayla, unless you're being knifed, everyone knows clothes are indestructible.
    Portica: Or if it's for fanservice...
    Martha: Don't go there, Portica.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Finn the Wizard", an asteroid that Finn has destroyed shatters into pieces, tearing apart Finn's and the other Wizards' clothes, as well as Jake's fur, thus rendering them nude.
  • The Final Battle of Avatar: The Last Airbender has Aang losing his shirt, though the Magic Pants stay firmly in place and unripped. This is actually important though:hitting his scar on a rock ended up unleashing the Avatar State. Zuko also got his shirt torn taking the lightning for Katara.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!:
    • Happens to The Wasp, Captain America, Black Panther, and several civilians and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (but not Iron Man) after The Leader unleashes a gamma explosion that turns them into monsters.
    • In an early episode, Captain America's outfit gets torn when a WWII-era pursuit of Red Skull instead results in an explosion causing Cap to drown into the Arctic Ocean and freeze for over 60 years.
    • Every time Bruce Banner becomes the Incredible Hulk, unless he's half-naked to begin with.
  • From Batman: The Animated Series, two examples in the episode "Harley's Holiday." First, Veronica Vreeland gets her suit torn when she is kidnapped by Harley Quinn, exposing her arms and quite a bit of her legs. Later on, Harley's pet hyenas attack a gangster and rip off about half his clothes, revealing he wears Goofy Print Underwear.
  • Batman/Superman
    • In a crossover episode, Bruce Wayne is kidnapped by Brainiac (not for being Batman, which he doesn't know, but for being filthy rich), so Robin recruits Supes to help him find Bruce. In the meantime, Supes poses as Batman by wearing his suit (over the top of his own) and using his superior muscle control to fake Batman's voice. When they confront Brainiac, he blasts "Batman" with a beam that would've killed a human. Then Superman walks out of the flame, the Batsuit completely burned away, but his own clothes and cape just fine.
    • In the first crossover of the two, Harley Quin and Marcy, Lex Luthor's bodyguard, have a catfight while Lex and the Joker have a "business discussion" about killing Batman and Superman. When the fight is over, both of the girls' clothing are very ripped, but none of it is very revealing, and it is QUITE clear that the girls are in all kinds of pain.
  • Has begun happening to Kevin from Ben 10: Alien Force in a couple of episodes, sealing his fate as the Mr. Fanservice.
  • The Crumpets
    • In "Ghost In The Attic", Ms. McBrisk's night shirt gets caught by the thorny rose bushes outside her house. The parts of her shirt covering her breasts, the lower midriff, and around her body in these parts only remain.
    • In "Crumpity Pity", Li'l-One rips his older sister Caprice's shirt to discover her large fruit Fake Boobs (as she's secretly delivering fruits to their poor neighbors), also uncovering her flat braless chest in front of their sunbathing family.
    • In "Man Up!", Bother rips his father's pants with a shaving machine to expose his buttocks, which would accidentally be seen by Fynartz.
  • One particular scene in the Danny Phantom Grand Finale had this happen to Danny no less than three times in a row!
  • Catwoman's suit receives a pretty hefty helping of this by the end of DC Showcase: Catwoman.
  • The Duck Dodgers episode "Samurai Quack" parodies the Samurai Jack example below by having Daffy (in the role of Jack) insist that he and "Achoo" can't have their big fight until he's ripped off his shirt, hakama pants, and hair tie, leaving him near-naked and wild-haired. He then rips his own flesh off leaving him a skeleton.
  • In Family Guy, this happens to Peter every time he fights Ernie the giant chicken.
  • Futurama:
    • Enforced in "I Second That Emotion." When Leela is offered up as a "virgin" sacrifice by the sewer mutants, the mutant leader orders a minion to chain her to a post, then tear her shirt a little.
    • In an Affectionate Parody and Homage to Star Trek, William Shatner in Kirk's uniform simply tears it right before they get into a discussion.
    • In the "A Clockwork Origin" the nanobots, after become larger, devour the ship, Farnsworth's new house...and most of the crew's clothes. And Amy and Leela look as Nubile Savage.
  • Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: Renegades suffers this on a couple of occasions, but never enough that we can see his face.
  • At least a couple of moments in Justice League.
    • One instance that comes to mind is The Flash in "Divided We Fall".
    • Wonder Woman gets her gown torn to shreds in "Maid of Honor."
    • Also, Superman in "Hereafter."
    • Supergirl and Galatea's fights often had their clothing torn in places (although, it didn't cause it to reveal too much). Justified because their skin is far tougher than their suits. There's even some symbolism to it in "Fearful Symmetry". Their clothing damage makes their outfits more closely resemble each others', reinforcing what The Question believes is the bleeding together of their personalities.
      • Supergirl could be considered the DCAU's poster child for the trope. Her very debut episode had her civilian disguise torn to shreds to reveal her superhero costume (to be fair, the same happened to Supes at some points in the same show, though in his case was less fanservicey since his costume didn't expose any skin), and then the aforementioned fights with Galatea (both of them) had her already Stripperiffic superhero costume shredded.
  • King of the Hill:
    • In the episode "Texas City Twister", when a tornado strikes the trailer park the Hills are at and Hank fails to make it to the shelter, he grabs onto a nearby pole the force of the tornado shreds Hank's clothes bit by bit until he's left in his underwear which eventually blows off too, he covers himself with a cactus so Luanne won't have to see his private parts.
    • This has happens to other characters like Luanne in "Propane Boom part II"; her shirt and jeans get damaged in the explosion but it's minimal and she also loses her hair.
    • Bill got his shirt ripped off his newly adopted Rottweiler in "Dances With Dogs".
    • And Dale got heavy clothing damage when he accidentally blew up a mini propane tank in "Master of Puppets".
  • In the Mickey Mouse cartoon, "Alpine Climbers", Donald Duck tries to save Mickey; who is tied to an eagle's talons, by grabbing onto his foot. This results in Mickey's shoe being pulled off and his sock being torn apart. Donald then tries grabbing onto Mickey's shorts, causing the buttons to pop right off, as Mickey is also wearing suspenders.
  • In the Mighty Max episode "Blood of the Dragon" Norman takes a hit from Skullmasters's dragon's fire breath meant for Max and is presumed dead, later he returns alive but with some burns on his face and arms and torn clothes.
  • During the events of Pixar Shorts "Tokyo Mater", Mater actually gets parts of his new paint job in Japan gradually peeled off by Kabuto, the short's villain, as their race progresses because of Kabuto's tendency to strip his rivals of their own paint if they lost to him. But at the end of the short, Mater wins the race though with almost all of his paint peeled away, and as a result Kabuto ends up losing his own paint job.
  • Samurai Jack loses clothing this way quite frequently. Seriously, just about every other episode, usually in conjunction with his ludicrously long hair coming loose. And it got more prevalent over timenote 
    • In some episodes clothing damage is accompanied with a red line on his skin, representing that he and not just the clothes were cut, though there's never blood. In others it's not, but he still cries out. And then tears off the damaged garment.
    • Jack's fight with the Guardian in "Jack and the Travelling Creatures" was already going badly by the time his hair got knocked loose and his shirt shredded. It gets even worse when he reduces the Guardian's suit to tatters.
    • In Season 5 this has become a recurring gag. He loses his armor in the second episode, another set of armor scavenged from an insect shell in the fourth episode, and he gets another set of stolen clothes ripped off in the fifth episode. He has spent most of the fifth season clad in nothing but a ragged loincloth.
    • Also in Season 5, someone other than Jack is on the receiving end of this for once: his would-be assassin-turned-love-interest Ashi. Her Garden Garment is completely destroyed by the Monster of the Week in Episode 8, leaving her completely naked while still having to fight. And near the end of the episode, Jack still takes his gi off to give to her, almost entirely so he won't see her naked. He really cannot keep his clothes on, can he?
  • One Treehouse of Horror segment on The Simpsons was based on the film The Fantastic Voyage. It has a sequence where white cells attack Marge (who was given a Stripperiffic outfit and made unusually busty just for this episode) and eat away at her clothing. "But they seemed to know just where to stop".
  • On The Spectacular Spider-Man, Peter's suit suffers this a lot. Not generally Fanservice.
  • Steven Universe: In "Jail Break", after being plowed through the floor of a spaceship by Jasper, Garnet's gloves are torn and her shades are cracked, while the rest of her clothes are mildly damaged. She fixes them shortly after, though, because they're simply a product of her Voluntary Shapeshifting.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Played to its most disturbing in the episode "Birthmark" where Slade actively tears Raven's clothes, showcasing the various demonic birthmarks that show up on her skin. The intense shredding eventually leaves Raven clad in a ragged bikini, and is so reminiscent of rape for all intents and purposes that it's a wonder how it got past the radar.
    • In a more traditional application of the trope, Robin gets the sleeves of his martial arts tunic ripped off by a guardian in "The Quest".
    • In "Haunted". Robin's costume is heavily damaged following his battle with Slade's projection. He also damages his costume in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo during his fight with Saico-Tek.
    • And in "The Beast Within", Beast Boy's costume shredded every time he turns into the werebeast. And yet it remains intact when he turns into an elephant, dinosaur, whale, or other animal of enormous proportions. It's possible that it has something to do with him being able to control his powers, as the werebeast transformations weren't voluntary. He also suffers no clothing damage when transforming into the werebeast when Slade unleashes Trigon's army on the Titan's tower.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward
    • In an episode, Raphael tears his own (rented) tux to shreds as he draws his laser-sais when a fight breaks out.
    • In another episode April's outfit gets shredded when Raphael pulls her out of some thorns she then proceeds to tear off the loose parts of her clothing.
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures segment "The Anvil Chorus" Plucky's suit he wore for the performance is torn to shreds while barely avoiding the falling anvils.
  • Totally Spies!:
    • The episode "S.P.I". actually has a minion shoot the girls with a "clothes-shrinking ray".
    • Incurs in a slightly more creative way during "Attack of the 50-Foot Mandy", when a villain hits Clover with a growth ray, causing her to outgrow her clothing.
  • The early '90s X-Men animated series:
    • In a first-season episode, Rogue confronts Apocalypse. He hits her with an energy blast that blows back, then shreds, then vaporizes her jacket. Rogue being '90s Rogue, and this being a) a kid's show and b) the Marvel Universe where pretty much everyone uses Unstable Molecules, there was no other damage done on the surface. Of course, no damage was needed; convenient angles and the fact that Rogue was deprived of her bomber jacket provided all the Fanservice the scene needed.
    • Also sometimes in battle Wolverine would get his shirt ripped or blown off.
  • X-Men: Evolution:
    • Something similar happens in this show, but somewhat justified. Rogue is hit head-on by a massive fire blast from Pyro. Having just absorbed Colossus' metal skin power, she comes out of it unharmed. Her clothes, however, are burned off except for the obvious necessary bits and some extra scraps.
    • Happens other times in Evolution, especially with Scott. Whenever he got into a rough situation, his shirt would usually get ripped, exposing half of his chest.
  • Young Justice tends to be fairly realistic about this, often having clothing damage that doesn't come off like fanservice (for example, the boys at the end of episode 2).
    • However, muscular Superboy has holes blasted in his shirt so often in season one that it might be meant as a Running Gag. He also loses his favorite boots to lava in "Denial."
    • Neutro is first seen in some kind of armor; it and any clothes he may have been wearing under it are completely destroyed by his powers, though. The Flash Family and the police provide a blanket.
  • No matter what happened to Zeta in The Zeta Project, he never had so much as a rip in his clothes — because they're a holographic projection outside his robotic shell. Ro only has occasional clothing damage, usually to her jeans.

    Real Life 
  • In a rather bizarre case in real life, the 20 July 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler only resulted in him getting minor injuries and having his trousers blown off. Four others died.
  • Severe clothing damage, including naked victims, is common enough in high-explosive detonations that first responders can usually tell if they're dealing with a criminal bombing or genuine accident. It's also quite common for people in car accidents, either crashes or being run over, to lose their clothes from a severe impact. Many of the graphic images of victims available on the internet show them with their pants or shirts half-gone.
  • This isn't quite a fanservice example, but it's egregious enough to be worth mentioning. During the Winter War, after the Russians had enough people killed by Simo Häyhä that they just decided to carpet bomb the entire forest he was in, he finally took some damage... to his coat.
  • In many massed melee battles in history, the amount of movement and the proximity of a writhing, stabbing, pulling, punching, slashing, and hooking masses of men can actually cause certain fighters in said battles to come out completely naked and covered in cuts. This is one of the reasons why armor of any kind, despite the numerous amounts of armor-piercing weapons, exists. Ironically enough, this is one of the reasons a number of ancient warriors fought naked or nearly so. The damaged clothing would be carried into the body and cause infections, leading to a long and rather gruesome death.

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