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"I say, Martha, might you have forgotten something for our picnic? Where's the bloody potato salad!?"

"So she ate breakfast naked?"
George Costanza, Seinfeld, "The Apology"

When a character or characters decide(s) to nibble on something (or sometimes eat a whole meal) without bothering to put on clothes first. This can be done for any number of reasons. It might be because they are a nudist, they might be taking a bath at the same time or they might not have access to their clothes temporarily. Or they might be drinking something alcoholic and their awareness switch has been turned off by taking their clothes off.

This trope can overlap with Naked People Are Funny if it is meant as a gag or punchline.

Compare and contrast Naked Apron which is about cooking while naked but does not necessarily involve eating.

Caution: this should probably not be attempted in Real Life when consuming hot foods and beverages.

And please remember to adhere to TV Tropes' No Lewdness, No Prudishness policy when adding examples.


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  • A commercial for the fashion retailer Bluefly shows a naked woman sitting with her family at the Thanksgiving dinner table because she has "nothing to wear".
  • Judy Greer appeared in a commercial for Hormel lunchmeat where she served hors d'oeuvres to a group of clothes-free "naturalists".
  • During one of the Burger King and The Simpsons promotional crossovers, one ad featured Animated Outtakes where Homer keeps screwing up a simple recording of him eating a Double Whopper (dropping it, drooling on it, poking himself in the eye with the boom mike etc.), and ends with a shot of Homer having stripped down to his underwear. At this point, the film team gives up and just uses the audio from the least disastrous take; Homer mumbling the words for the ad with a mouthful of burger.
    Homer: What? I get sweaty when I eat!
  • This Edy's ice cream commercial. A woman comes home from work and starts playing the messages on her answering machine while taking a bubble bath. One of the messages is her husband saying he bought some ice cream. The woman gets out of the tub and eats spoonfuls of the ice cream and another message says he's bringing his folks over later today...right when the door opens and her husband tells his dad to come in to her shock.

    Anime and Manga 
  • UQ Holder!: Thanks to Touta, Karin Yuuki has her first taste of food and water in over 45 years while naked in space.

  • The Impressionist painting Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe by Édouard Manet (see the page image) depicts two clothed men and a nude woman having a picnic in the countryside. The painting caused scandal and was rejected by the Paris Salon when it was first exhibited (among other reasons, having the subjects wearing modern clothing clearly established them as ordinary people as opposed to goddesses and nymphs, whose nudity was not considered problematic), causing Manet and some others to start his own exhibit and make a new art movement.

    Fan Works 
  • Mic The Microphone's parody song of "Giggle at the Ghostly" from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic talks about how Rule 34 applies to the series. One lyric is "We've got Pinkie naked on the bed eating a slice of pie", despite the fact that ponies in the show generally go naked and it is not seen as pornographic.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In About a Boy, Will drinks a beer in the bath.
  • In Arthur (1981), Arthur drinks a martini in the bath.
  • In The Big Short, Margot Robbie explains the intricacies of subprime mortgages while sipping champagne in a bubble bath.
  • Rose does this at one point with Capa in Color of Night.
  • During a scene forty minutes into Diary of a Nudist, three female nudists are seen drinking coffee in the open. Two of the same gender enter the scene and join them out of interest.
  • In Gummo, Solomon eats his dinner while bathing in dirty water.
  • In I Really Hate My Job, Abi strips naked in front of everyone in the restaurant she works at and takes a sip from a glass of wine.
  • In the opening of Milk, Harvey and his new boyfriend Scott share a birthday cake in bed.
  • Played with in Old School when a naked Frank gets into his wife's SUV and he asks if KFC is still open.
  • Subverted in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Pintel and Ragetti tell Elizabeth that if she does not dine with Captain Barbossa, as she refuses to do, then she will be dining with the Black Pearl crew, naked. Elizabeth reluctantly changes her mind, much to Pintel and Ragetti's disappointment.
  • In Thunderbirds, Lady Penelope drinks her tea while relaxing in the tub.

  • An elderly couple celebrates their 50th anniversary by staying at the same bed & breakfast where they celebrated their honeymoon. Come breakfast time the next morning, both decide to get a little naughty and strip down for the meal. "Isn't this romantic, dear? Just like our wedding night!" the old woman says, leaning in. "In fact, my nipples are starting to burn, just like they did back then." The old man looks down and then says after a beat "That's because this time, they're hanging in the oatmeal."

  • In Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Millard Nullings is an Invisible Streaker and often eats his meals while naked (much to Miss Peregrine's chagrin).
    Miss Peregrine: How many times must I tell you, polite persons do not take their supper in the nude!
  • In Asi Hart's Orbital Lily, Alfa is forced to spend most of her day in the nude after angrily running out of the shower to get away from Maria. This involves having breakfast with her friends.
  • Discussed in The Robots of Dawn: Gladia mentions that the Solarian dish she's prepared can't be eaten without making a mess, and the ideal is to eat it in the nude, then shower.
  • Wolves of the Calla: According to the legend of Lady Oriza, she lured the outlaw prince Gray Dick, who murdered her father, into a trap by inviting him to a great banquet at her castle, specifying that during the banquet she would be naked in order to demonstrate her lack of any concealed weaponry. Since Lady Oriza was beautiful and athletic, this condition naturally appealed to him and he accepted. She then killed him near the end of the banquette with a plate, which had been secretly weighted and given a sharp edge, instantly decapitating him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an "On the next episode" gag of Arrested Development, Tobias, a former Never-nude, overcompensates when briefly cured. He walks down to the family breakfast naked and drinks some coffee.
  • In an episode of Childrens Hospital, Dr. Cat Black drinks some wine when she briefly becomes a Home Nudist.
  • Averted in the Golden Girls episode where Dorothy, Blanche and Rose visit a nudist community. They show up for dinner naked only to find out that clothes are required for meals.
  • Averted at the last moment in M*A*S*H. In the first season episode Dear Dad, Again, Hawkeye bets Trapper he can go naked to the mess, and have dinner, and no one will notice. He makes it to the mess tent, wearing nothing more than boots and his captain's hat, and is about to get food when someone notices.
  • Not surprisingly, this happens all the time on Naked and Afraid.
  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Apology", Jerry dates a nudist named Melissa. She eats waffles and attempts to open a jar of pickles.
  • Non-fiction example: In If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home, Lucy Worsley explored the history of the British home. In the episode about bathrooms, she took a bubble bath while sipping a cocktail.
  • In one episode of Bones Booth drinks a beer while in the bath. Well technically two beers; he was wearing one of those hats.

  • Bow Wow Wow parodied the Manet painting mentioned above for the cover of their album See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!

    Music Videos 
  • Ninja Sex Party: The video for "Eating Food in the Shower" has Danny and his girlfriend, well, eating food while taking a shower, in his attempt to spend more time together. It goes about as well as one would expect.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Probably the most famous example: In the Book of Genesis, Eve eats the forbidden fruit (usually depicted as an apple) while she and Adam are living naked in the Garden of Eden.
  • Also from the Book of Genesis, after the Great Flood, Noah started planting a vineyard, made wine out of it, got drunk, and took off his clothes inside his tent before being discovered by his sons.

    Video Games 
  • Daraku Tenshi: The Fallen Angels: One of the four unfinished characters found on the ROM is a naked man named Jimmy with no genitalia that looks like a clone of the Final Boss Carlos. One artwork found in the game depicts him drinking a glass of wine... also naked.
  • Colonists in Rimworld who have the Nudist trait (meaning they are much happier when naked) or don't wear clothes due to their religious beliefs naturally prefer doing this. They may make an exception if the player or harsh temperatures force them to, but this comes with a mood debuff.

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    Western Animation 
  • In the China, IL episode "Life Coaches", Frank walks into his classroom and is disgusted to find that Baby Cakes is sitting at his own desk completely naked while eating an apple.
    Frank: [facepalms] Oh my God, you're nude?!
    Baby Cakes: [realizes he's naked] Oh. I'm naked. [Beat] Oh well. [continues eating apple]
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Happens when the title character walks downstairs to drink some milk while, as Heffer and Filburt (who are filming him with a video camera) put it, "completely...naaakeeed, with no clothes on".
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Hamton finds himself naked outside after doing something stupid at Plucky's urging (namely, skinny dipping in Montana Max's personal pool). When Hamton finally makes it home, a surprise party is awaiting him. He uses a "happy birthday" banner as a loincloth and starts eating the cake.
  • In an episode of The Critic Duke threatens to release a hidden video of Jay in the shower eating a pie.

    Real Life 
  • Marilyn Monroe was reported to eat her meals in bed, in the nude, leaving food crumbs in the morning.
  • A naked restaurant opened in London in 2016.
  • In 2017, a nudist restaurant opened in Paris.
  • Both the London and Paris restaurants have since closed. But that has not stopped Switzerland from opening their own nudist restaurant.
  • There is a reddit community called showerbeer devoted to drinking beer while in the shower. A similar one called ShowerOrange does the same with citrus fruits. (Note: some of the images are NSFW).
  • In an appearance on Conan, Brie Larson mentioned she went through a phase of eating in the shower, and that some foods don't work well that way.
  • After she attended the 73rd Emmy Awards, Mandy Moore posted a brief video to her Instagram account in which she ate pizza while naked in her pantry.
  • The Fude Experience combines vegan cooking and eating with nudity to help people "connect with their pure selves". (Note: the site has many NSFW images).


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The Big Short

Margot Robbie explains subprime mortgages while sipping champagne in a bubble bath.

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