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"It helps to have the damsel in distress in nice clothing, you know. Helps make the atmosphere."

In addition to being captured, a character (usually a woman) is found by the rescuers and seen by the audience in an embarrassing outfit (usually something revealing or stereotypically feminine); she casually spends the rest of the episode wearing it until she can escape. Not done so often anymore — possibly because of the sketchy nature of who exactly stripped her and forced her to wear such a thing, or because heroines now tend to have no qualms about showing a lot of skin — but it pops up in Science Fiction from time to time. The lite version where the villain tries to force-marry the heroine seems pretty dated too.

The male version of this is Shirtless Captives. A (usually) comic variation has the guy's buddies come in to find him strapped to the bed in his boxers, either because his captor didn't want him to have anything that could allow him to escape or because he was captured by letting the woman tie him up because she'd convinced him she was into bondage.

Overlaps with Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me if we see the captive being stripped, washed, dressed, and otherwise prepared for her captor. See also Sex Slave, whose default attire is probably this. Compare Ready for Lovemaking, Instant Cosplay Surprise and Bad Job, Worse Uniform, the latter of which also has a character being forced to wear an embarrassing outfit, but for humor instead of Fanservice. When the captive is stripped bare but no clothes are offered in turn, it falls under Shameful Strip. Overlaps with Undressing the Unconscious if the captive is stripped while unconscious.


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  • Tokiwa from Ask Dr. Rin! claims to attempt to do the lite version to Meirin, although all he actually tries to do is kiss her (even this fails). In fact, when he does make the claim, it more tends to highlight his own instability.
  • Black Butler:
    • Happens to Ciel in the anime. Before being led to presumably be raped by the high priest of the cult, they feel the need to bathe him and put him in a rather cute altar boy outfit.
    • Hannah, Alois Trancey's maid from the second season. Her dress is standard maid-fare, but, as seen during her Shameful Strip, all she wears underneath is a corset and see-through slip. Oddly, Alois is a creepy gay kid, so this was probably done to Kick the Dog than for Fanservice. Ironically enough, this is what happened to Alois when he was first kidnapped by the Earl of Trancy, back when the boy was known as Jim Macken.
    • This is also what happened to Ciel along with his twin brother in the manga's flashback. The cultists made them wear elaborate costumes before they were brutally raped by both the male and female members.
  • Bleach:
    • When Orihime was forced into going to Hueco Mundo because of a Sadistic Choice, she was put into a dress-like outfit similar to the Arrancar's white uniforms; however, said outfit is one of the most chaste in a fanservice-heavy series.
    • In the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, we see Tier Harribel chained up in a skimpy outfit as a prisoner of the Wandenreich. The outfit is just her Resureccion Form, minus the BFS and plus Clothing Damage.
  • Blood+ has Saya waking up naked after being captured (and rescued) by Solomon. Downplayed in that he gives her a nice gown to wear instead of something revealing.
  • In Campione!, Duke Sasha Dejenstahl Voban once had dozens of enslaved Mikos, who wore white tunics that exposed their arms, legs, and the sides of their torsos and they didn't have shoes nor underwear. In the present, he recaptures his former slave Mariya and she wakes up back in this outfit. This is anime and manga-only, she was in her regular outfit in the light novel.
  • In the "Queen of the Adriatic Sea Arc" of A Certain Magical Index, Touma and Orsola sneak onto Biagio Busoni's ship to find that he's enslaved several nuns and forced them to wear certain outfits. Most looked like nun habits stained with yellow, but Agnese's was a dress that looked like it had gone through a shredder. The outfits were enchanted to cause the girls extreme pain if they tried to use magic or escape.
  • Code Geass:
    • Used in the second season, where Kallen is kept as a prisoner by Britannia for a good chunk of the season and wears a... rather revealing and frilly dress, as well as princess shoes (not to mention she's trapped inside a glass cage/room). She does get to beat up Suzaku while wearing it, though. A somewhat justified case, as she had been in ordinary prison garb (see C.C. below) in an ordinary prison cell, and her new accommodations were Nunnally's way of treating her nicely during her imprisonment.
    • Nearly happened to her in the first episode of the second season, where she's dressed up in bunny outfit while working undercover in a casino. A mafia boss at the casino is coincidentally going "bunny hunting" and tries to grab Kallen like he already had with a couple of other girls... Someone on the writing staff was given a little too much freedom.
    • Happens again in the series finale, this time to both males and females. In the final step of his Zero-Approval Gambit, the Zero Requiem, Lelouch parades a dozen of his former allies to the execution grounds in straitjackets, along with Schneizel bound with massive gold chains and dressed in rags. His little sister Nunnally is also present, her ankles chained, wearing a simple dress that's very revealing compared to her usual attire.
    • Self-imposed version: C.C. spends much of the first season voluntarily wearing the full-body straitjacket Britannia stuck her in, symbolically representing her being bound to this world since, initially at least, she just wanted to die. As her interaction with Lelouch changes her worldview, she starts wearing more normal clothing, up until the final plot arc when the restraining suit makes a return to mark her willing participation in Lelouch's self-sacrificing Zero Requiem plot.
  • In the Rewinding Town arc of D.Gray-Man, Road Kamelot dresses up Lenalee Lee in an Elegant Gothic Lolita-looking gown and curls her long hair, normally in Girlish Pigtails, into Regal Ringlets.
  • In Darker than Black, when Misaki is at her Mafia Princess Forgotten Childhood Friend Alice's birthday party, Alice declares that her punishment for forgetting about her birthday is that she's going to have to wear a rather revealing qipao. (She also steals her glasses.) This being DtB, it turns out that Alice has gone Ax-Crazy and is planning to kill everyone at the party, and as a result Misaki spends the rest of the 2-episode arc trying to escape in said outfit. Several jokes are made at her expense, and the bottom half of the skirt gets ripped off around the time things get messy, showing even more leg.
  • Fairy Tail: In the Eclipse Celestial Spirits arc, Virgo, who is normally content to be Lucy's maid, gets her personality inverted and decides to enslave and torture Lucy. She uses her magic to turn Lucy's outfit into a bikini.
  • In The Familiar of Zero, Luctiana kidnaps Saito and Tiffania. When the pair wakes up, they find that though Saito's outfit was untouched, Tiffania is now in traditional elf attire. At least it was a modest outfit.
  • Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA: When the Ainsworths capture Miyu and prepare to sacrifice her to the Holy Grail, they put her in a backless dress with elbow length gloves, but no shoes. They put her in this outfit again when they recapture her. When they capture and brainwash Rin and Luvia into becoming their servants, they put them in maid outfits.
  • In the Fate/stay night anime, Caster kidnaps the normally conservatively dressed Sakura, brainwashes her, and dresses her up in a tight leather outfit that is quite out of character.... Although it is a Shout-Out to the computer game on which the series is based, to a different plot scenario mentioned in the Visual Novels folder.
  • Full Metal Panic!:
    • Played straight with a bit character in the first series; in the episode which flashes back to how Mao met Sōsuke and Kurz, the bad guys demonstrate their bad-guy status by, among other things, forcing a young female captive to wear first a bunnygirl costume and later a slinky dress.
    • In Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, the villain of the day plans to do this to Kaname and Ren in order to torment Ren's father with pictures of it, but his compound is raided by Sōsuke and the Mikihara gang before he can put his plan into action.
  • In the anime of Golgo 13 episode 42, Duke Togo is sent to kill a Double Agent in a Canadian winter. He captures a female agent guarding the man, drugs her, and strips her naked so she can't run away. She's only feigning unconsciousness, and once Togo leaves, she knocks out a staff member at the hotel where they're staying and takes her clothing, including a bright red overcoat. She then runs to the agent to warn him that Togo is on the way. As they flee on a snowmobile, she realises that her red jacket makes her stand out in the snow. Togo set the whole thing up so he could pick out his target at a distance.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Spoofed in the first episode of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, where the narrator and cameraman Kyon nearly flips his lid when he realizes that Itsuki had to have undressed and bathed Mikuru while she was unconscious in order for the scene he was filming to make sense. He starts threatening physical violence as soon as it starts getting into "Dude, She's Like in a Coma" as well.
    • In the original novel, Mikuru was drunk while filming this scene, thanks to two extremely mischievous friends of hers who wanted to "enforce her acting" by spiking her drinks. Kyon was pissed (in the US sense) that she was pissed (in the UK sense).
  • This is, well, the plot of He Is My Master — the whole series. Two girls become indentured maids to a kid, having no other way to repay the millions of yen they owe him; he spends the rest of the show dressing them up as embarrassingly as he possibly can.
  • In an episode of Kyo Kara Maoh!, Yuuri is forced to escape and be rescued in a very frilly maid outfit. It's not so bad, considering that the person who rescued him was also a man in a frilly maid outfit.
  • In Episode 16 of Love Hina, Naru Narusegawa plays the role of Sanzo in a rather loosely followed play of "Sayuki". In an opening shot, she is held captive on a chain leash by the "bad guy" and is wearing very similar clothes to slave Leia. Its made worse when Keitaro accidentally removes her already-scanty top with a swipe of his staff.
  • Miyabi and Synclavia in Magician's Academy weren't exactly modest when they were free (Synclavia's dominatrix outfit, especially), but after they're forced to work for Ataro, they're usually seen in some sort of otaku fetish outfit afterward. Meido wear is the most common, but they change according to Ataro's mood.
  • Used in the Magic Knight Rayearth anime, when the girls are captured by their rivals after losing to them in battle. Each girl wore typical costumes of the planets their captors came through: a Chinese dress for Fuu, a cyberpunk gown for Hikaru, and a revealing odalisque outfit for Umi. The latter even lampshades this when she openly whines to her captors, the Chizeta princesses, about having to dress in "skimpy" clothes (and how she's been putting on weight lately), but one of the princesses (Hot-Blooded Tata) shows surprise as to why Umi would complain. (To their captors's credits, they generally sent female guards or maids to greet the girls and give them these clothes; the only time it didn't happen, the one who dressed Hikaru up was a teenage boy around her age).
  • In MÄR, besides the dog collar Alviss was forced to wear, he changed into a darker outfit when being controlled by Phantom.
  • In Meru Puri, Airi is kidnapped by Jeile and wakes up in a fancy gothic dress with her hair in baby doll ringlets. She immediately panics at the thought of him changing her clothes while she slept until his fairy Maruru explains that she dressed her with her magic.
  • A mild example is Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ when Leina Ashta is captured and held captive by Glemy Toto for most of the first half of the series. Glemy is enthralled by Leina and spends most of the time having her educated as a "Lady" to be an image in the future Zeon movement, much to her chagrin. During her captivity, Glemy has Leina wearing fancy dresses. In one episode she's also seen in a leotard while one of Glemy's instructors is giving her ballet lessons.
  • In Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, the titular heroine is captured by the Big Bad and made to wear a Neo-Atlantis uniform. The suit, though skintight, is less revealing than her usual outfit. Even so, Nadia says she is embarrassed and disgusted to wear it because it represents something she hates.
  • Naruto: In The Last movie, Hinata is seen clad in a very pretty black outfit. Problem is... she wears it when she's a prisoner of the Big Bad Toneri, who is also her Stalker with a Crush and plans to either force or brainwash her into marrying him.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • The first instance took place when Evangeline kidnapped and brainwashed several of Negi's students. She dressed them up in French maid outfits before facing Negi.
    • Happens to Asuna Kagurazaka when the villain Wilhelm captured her, and she woke up in lingerie.
    • Happens again in the Magic World when the Gateport incident scatters everybody and Ako, Akira, and Natsumi end up selling themselves into slavery. Complete with French Maid Outfits (again) and shock collars. Negi and Kotarō are later able to buy their freedom.
    • Happens again to Asuna, when Fate captures her.
    • Although the examples shown are usually not related to this trope, it should be noted that Negima often does show many people who are ready and willing to forcibly change another person's clothing and put them into various costumes (at Mahorafest for example, you are more likely to be press-ganged into a contest than you are to apply for one). This is usually Played for Laughs.
  • In Noein, when Haruka is abducted and taken to the future, she becomes naked except for a poncho. Though this does appear to be standard attire in the future.
  • Nami in One Piece is captured by the creepy perverted Absalom that wants her as a wife and therefore wakes up in a gorgeous wedding dress. This temporarily distracts both Sanji and her would-be husband as they admire her (while she's still unconscious).
  • Project A-ko: Played with in the second half of Uncivil Wars, when Maruten offers to bring B-ko back to life... for "a price". A-ko immediately assumes he means her body and imagines being doomed to a life of sexual slavery, until he tells her he only wants her to help him in stop Gail instead.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Female Ranma is kidnapped by Sentarō Daimonji after she'd rescued him. The tea ceremony martial artist gives her drugged tea, and when she wakes up, Ranma is wearing an elaborate wedding kimono. Sentarō isn't really a villain, though, more like a very sheltered and clueless (if somewhat creepy) lovestruck teenager who at first doesn't really understand that he shouldn't do stuff like this.
    • Later in the manga, Akane and Ukyō are captured by Konatsu's stepfamily of ugly kunōichi; they end up chained and dressed as Playboy Bunnies.
  • Reborn!: While not quite as fanservicy as the trope usually implies, Daemon's first order of business after he pulls a Hypnotize the Captive on Chrome is making her change into the Simon Middle School uniform.
  • In the last arc of the Rurouni Kenshin manga, Enishi kidnaps Kaoru and uses her clothes to dress up a fake corpse that looks like her. Kaoru wakes up in Enishi's base in a bathrobe. He lends her a Western dressing gown later, though. This is made even more disturbing when you realize that all young women remind Enishi of his dead older sister.
  • In Sailor Moon R, Prince Demande kidnaps Usagi and dresses her in something less revealing than her Sailor Senshi Uniform: — a white flowy dress with gold at the bust. It still counts, since Demande is trying to make Moon look more like her future self Neo Queen Serenity upon whom he has a very creepy crush and it has a very low cleavage. And both in the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal, he gets away with giving her a Forceful Kiss (in the anime, Demande almost smooches poor Usagi by force but Mamoru's Big Damn Heroes stops this).
  • Shimoneta: The entirety of episode 12 is a ruse by Black Base, to lure Anna, SOX, and Oboro to an outdoor ousen by sending them phony invitations from Anna's mother, Sophia. He steals their clothes while they're in the changing rooms and leaves only black lingerie for them to wear. Oboro and Bikan-chan stumble into one of his traps which soaks their Prefect uniforms, leaving them no choice but to also wear lingerie while waiting for their uniforms to dry.
  • An Alice's Adventures in Wonderland costume logically requiring others doing the undressing is pointed out in Slayers. Given it was the standard for the theme park that Lina had been thrown into after a nearly disastrous confrontation with the Big Bad, one wonders why people would pay to go there.
  • Happens to Asuna in Sword Art Online. While she is trapped in ALO she is wearing a rather revealing outfit that Suguo himself most likely designed.
  • Tokyo Ghoul: When Mutsuki is captured by his Stalker with a Crush Torso the latter reveals he is going to marry him and that he cut off Mutsuki's legs and arms and put a wedding ring on his finger and a white dress on him.
  • In Voltron, Prince Lotor had an entire troupe of slaves whose purpose was to dance for his pleasure. At one point he announced his intention to have Allura and Romelle join them once he captured them.

    Comic Books 
  • Blackhawk: Lady Blackhawk is kidnapped and brainwashed by super villain Killer Shark and even has her own super villain outfit, here, here and here.
  • Cavewoman: As first seen in Oasis, and later explored in much greater depth in Carrie's Oasis Diary, the King of Oasis kidnaps women for his harem and dresses them in Stripperific outfits; sometimes consisting of just gold chains hanging from their nipples and belly buttons.
  • In the DC miniseries from the eighties Conqueror of the Barren Earth, when Zhengla makes Jinal his slave, he dresses her in a very skimpy outfit.
  • Crimson has a male version of this trope when the female villain Lisseth captures the hero's mentor Ekimus, strips him shirtless and chains him to a makeshift throne while referring to him as her pet. The fact he is a large, monstrous inhuman that couldn't possibly be described as attractive makes this far from titillating.
  • An alternate ending of the Dark Reign storyline, which may have been nothing more than Doctor Doom daydreaming, shows Doom double crossing Osborn and killing him and the Hood a year after Osborn is victorious, after which Emma Frost and Loki -- in female form -- end up like this and chained to his throne. (It's pretty obvious that Doom would have turned against Osborn and the Hood if the villains had won, but whether or not this part was truly included in his plans or just some fetish fantasy of his, we may never know.)
  • Djinn: Kim gets knocked out by one of Amin's henchmen and wakes up in a blue dress with a open cleavage. While relatively modest, she is annoyed that Amin saw her naked and dressed her while she was unconscious.
  • In the Dragon's Lair comics, Princess Daphne normally wears a modest dress. When Singe captures her, she is next seen in her revealing outfit from the video game. Singe has an entire harem of girls in revealing outfits.
  • Gen¹³:
    • Has happened to Caitlin Fairchild at least twice. The first time it's a mad scientist; the second (or at least a subsequent) time it's an alien warlord. Unlike most heroines, she actively dwells on the fact that this means the villain saw her naked.
    • In a borderline third case, she becomes indebted to a villainess who forces Fairchild to go on a mission for her in a fetishistic latex costume. She's not technically a prisoner (except to her debt and/or sense of honor) but at the end of the mission, the villainess erases her memory, leaving her thinking that she still owes a favor (and suggesting that this isn't the first time she's done it).
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: In their guest appearance in Marvel Two-In One, there's a recurring character who serves the Badoon. Since this was the '70s, she says she was made a slave but the story doesn't and cannot explicitly state what kind... but her skimpy leotard outfit gives a pretty big hint it's not working in the scullery.
  • In one of the Hellboy Weird Tales stories, there's a Lobster Johnson story where he finds his kidnapped sidekick tied up on a bed, wearing fishnets, a bodice, and a ball-gag (and nothing else).
    "Sir, do you happen to have an extra firearm on you? I've had time to do some thinking these last few days and I believe I'd like to do some killing now."
  • Lady Death:
    • In The Crucible, Lady Death is captured by pirates in the interdimensional realm of Telemach and put on a slave auction while wearing a Fur Bikini.
    • In the Abandon All Hope miniseries, she poses as a slave along with her friend Satasha in order to steal a Cool Sword owned by a king. They are stuffed into outfits that are even more revealing than what they usually wear.
    • The 2010 Boundless series plays with this trope in a curious way: when Lady Death is captured by a female villain, shackled to an altar and dressed in a very revealing Chainmail Bikini (in other words her normal outfit), because she was previously naked after her clothes burned off. As the female villain explains:
      Tormina: It was my idea to have you dressed. It's embarrassing enough to be defeated, but naked, too? That is just overkill.
  • Happens to Julie Winters in The Maxx when she's kidnapped by Serial Killer/rapist Mister Gone.
  • In The Middleman's graphic novel finale, Manservant Neville does this to Wendy.
    Wendy: You murdered my boyfriend... destroyed my workplace... trapped Noser in a giant diamond... gave my best friend Lacey leukemia... and did God-knows-what to the only father figure I've ever known... and the worst you could think to do to me was put me in a slave girl costume?
  • Played with in one issue of Powergirl when she is wearing a type of cocktail dress while onboard Vartox's ship.
  • Rare male example: At one point in the comic Preacher hero Jesse Custer is knocked out and wakes up to find himself tied to a bed and dressed up in a World War II-era German officer's uniform. The culprit behind this is a villainess infatuated with Custer who also has a fetish for national socialist paraphernalia and a penchant for sadomasochism. Before she can have her way with Custer he frees himself and ties her up, prompting her to remark that she likes being treated in such a manner. While still in full Nazi getup, he encounters his black deputy. Awkward... (He looked like Claus Von Stauffenberg(the guy from Valkyrie) because he was wearing an eyepatch when he got up, which makes sense, as he was a worthy enemy in her eyes.)
  • A common fate in the world of Red Sonja is to be enslaved in the harem of a villain. Sonja's not the only victim; one handmaid in Queen of Plagues was enslaved after the king of Zamora murdered her husband.
  • Silver Surfer:
    • In the issues #54-55, we see Thanos conquer the universe with the Infinity Gauntlet, and one of the first things he does is place his true love, the incarnation of Death, in a golden bikini.
    • A one-shot villain named Mrrungo-Mu had the Surfer's love interest Shalla Bal dressed this way, when he enslaved Zenn-La's people.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: In what may be a bit of Squick for certain readers, and fetish fuel for many, many, many others... Ahsoka pulls a Leia in The Clone Wars tie-in comic, Slaves of the Republic. Although that was a disguise to go undercover (Anakin was pretending to be a slaver and she was his slave); not a straight example of the trope, but it was obviously the inspiration for her cover. When this storyline was adapted into the animated series, Ahsoka's outfit underwent Adaptational Modesty (even then, it's still more fanservice-y than her usual attire).
  • Superman:
    • Poor Big Barda went through this twice in the (post-mid-80s-continuity-reboot-wise). She gets captured by the Apokoliptian villain Sleez, and as Superman arrives on the scene, he finds Barda all dolled and dressed up as a go-go dancer and being psionically controlled to dance for Sleez. Superman gets captured as well, and as Barda's husband Mister Miracle arrives on the scene, he finds Superman and Barda being psionically controlled by Sleez into making a porno movie! To put this in perspective, even Darkseid hates Sleez; the reason he is on Earth in the first place is because he is kicked out of Apokolips by Darkseid for being such a creep.
    • Serling Roquette in Superboy (1994) gets forced into a stripperific outfit and placed in a harem full of similarly dressed extraterrestrial slave girls when the extraterrestrial slaver Kossak captures her and Superboy.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage): April O'Neil and her friend Molly are stuffed in Egyptian-styled dancing harem outfits by an Nepharious Pharaoh when they research his ancient tomb.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Starfire was captured and taken as a slave/trophy by the Gordanians prior to the formation of the team, and wore a militaristic black-and-metal outfit.
    • Her sister Komand'r wears the black suit with armor and cloak. Kory's original metal bikini is shown to be her slave harness, originally worn for working in a mine. She still wears a version of it, many years later.
  • In an issue of Thunderbolts, the supervillain Graviton takes over San Francisco and sets himself up as a conquering lord. When confronted by the protagonists, his "throne room" prominently features some captured female civilians forced to lie at his feet in bikinis.
  • Thunder Cats: The Return
    • Example for two genders: this Darker and Edgier comic series features the twins Wilykit and Wilykat, now hot teenagers rather than spunky children, dressed in very revealing clothing while they served as Mumm-Ra's servants. On the one hand, only Wilykit (the girl one) is actually referred in dialogue to as his concubine and is the only one shown bathing and dressing him... on the other hand she's actually referred to in dialogue as his concubine!!
    • Likewise Cheetara is chained to a pillar wearing a bikini made out of tattered rags, apparently having been handed over to the mutants. (The book takes place after a time jump — the specifics of how the characters got from their old status quo to the new one is glossed over.)
  • Warlord of Mars: This happens to both Dejah Thoris and Phaidor when they are captured by the First-Born. They are both stripped to golden ornaments and chained, the former to a bed likely as part of of an harem and the latter to Issus' throne as her handmaiden.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Paula von Gunther's slave girls are forced to wear revealing outfits as part of her attempts to break them. Once she deems them sufficiently conditioned to use as agents she has them wear whatever outfit will work best for infiltration.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): When Queen Clea captures Steve Trevor she has him dressed in a fancy loincloth before sending him out into her arena to entertain her as a gladiator until he fails and dies.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): The Post-Crisis reboot has this happening to Queen Hippolyta, Diana's mother, care of Hercules.
  • X-Men and spin-off works under Chris Claremont, who was... fond of this trope for heroes of both sexes.
    • The famous Dark Phoenix Saga had Mastermind brainwashing Phoenix into thinking she was his wife in the 18th century, and then had her dress up in a cheesy dominatrix outfit. Unfortunately for Mastermind, brainwashing is a risky business when the victim vastly outpowers you...
    • Early New Mutants issues see Dani Moonstar rendered unconscious, stripped and re-dressed several times; often by female villains. She even comments on it herself. "Man, I hope I'm not dressed this way for a party..."
    • This has happened to Storm as well, during an adventure in the Savage Land. It was possibly their first time there, but memory is sketchy since there's a 50/50 chance the X-Men will get captured whenever they go there.
    • A little over a decade earlier, we have a male example. In Havok's first appearance, he's kidnapped and dressed in an ancient Egyptian-style skirt by the Living Pharaoh in preparation for his upcoming sacrifice.
    • Another classic male example: In the first appearance of the Morlocks as a group, Angel was kidnapped on the orders of their leader, Callisto. He was dragged to the sewers of New York City, stripped to underwear, tied and with his wings skewered to a stand. He's later shown in obvious bondage gear for the "marriage ceremony." The entire situation is played for drama and taken very seriously by his fellow X-Men.
    • During Atlantis Attacks, Jean Grey is captured by Namor supervillain Attuma and dressed up in a skimpy Atlantean costume.
    • Excalibur had one issue where Green-Skinned Space Babe Kymri was imprisoned by her Arch-Enemy and who dressed her in a revealing white gown in preparation for her sacrifice to an Eldritch Abomination.

    Comic Strips 
  • Any adaptation of Flash Gordon is going to have poor Dale in a nutty Mongonian wedding dress for the scene where Ming tries to force her to marry him. Depending on the version of the story, she may be stuck in it for quite a while after Flash rescues her, until she has a chance to change.

    Fan Works 
  • Ahsoka Tano And Scorpios Riddle: After the second titular character enslaves the first titular, he has her try on three different outfits to see which one looks bet on her as his slave. He ultimately settles on one that closely resembles Ahsoka's slave outfit in Clone Wars canon.
  • Discussed For Laughs in Candy For Your Thoughts?, where Cody's alien clone from "The Ex-Files" survives and, since Lamarck Was Right, acts like his Evil Counterpart.
    "[Courtney] I shall keep alive as my pet... like a hamster running in a ball... a hamster that wears a bikini."
  • Celebrían, the infamous Troll Fic for The Lord of the Rings, has Celebrían stripped naked and forced by the Orc king to wear a black silk garment that emphasized her assets.
  • A Certain Crazy Christmas Special: Bad Santa kidnaps several girls and magically forces them to wear Stripperific reindeer girl outfits, as he plans to force them to pull his sleigh.
  • Played with in a Homestuck Kink Meme fic; the Condesce puts her slaves in acceptably modest outfits for their walks outside, but won't let them wear their personal symbols. For most trolls, this is an erasure of identity, and worse than being naked. Her latest slave has more mixed feelings about it because he shares the same symbol as his bloodlink, who is in cahoots with the Condesce and has done terrible things to him.
  • The Code Geass fanfic In the End: when C.C and Lelouch go to Suzaku's funeral, with her pretending to be his mistress kept against her will.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim: In the sixth entry of the non-canon spinoff New Adventures: Mature Edition, Gaz makes a deal with the Eldritch Abomination Kastrofi, selling her soul for shapeshifting powers that she initially uses to turn herself into a Head-Turning Beauty, before she gets Drunk on the Dark Side and goes on a rampage. When this ultimately results in her being banished to Kastrofi's realm, he invokes the deal to make her his slave, proceeding to lock her in her beautiful form and forcibly dress her in a skimpy metal bikini, sentencing her to spend eternity as his "eye candy" in order to mock her previous vanity.
  • Cinematic Adventures: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi has a somewhat Played for Laughs second example added in. Human Rainbow Dash is enslaved by Jabba the Hutt alongside Princess Leia and is forced to wear a red slave dancer bikini. Rainbow doesn't particularly like it, but Rarity and Applejack (who is Rainbow's girlfriend in this fimfic) LOVE it. Quite tellingly Applejack asks if Rainbow Dash can keep the bikini, and she appears to at least consider it.
  • Shadowchasers Series: Shadowchasers (Cyber Commander): An unintentional version happens to Ember when she's kidnapped by Draco. Draco uses magic to bind her to a genie-style lamp that forces her to obey him. The trope comes into play when the lamp changes her clothing to a revealing harem girl's outfit. When confronted, he insists he did not know it would change her clothes like that.
  • Vow of Nudity:
    • Exaggerated; the Genasi Empire forbids their slaves (including Haara, the main character) from wearing any clothes at all.
    • This is played straighter with Ni-Bast, a khenra slave side-character in Curse Of Nudity, a side-series set in the same universe; while still mostly nude, she wears ornamental jewelry that denotes her status as the devilish blacksmith Melopi's thrall.

    Films — Animation 
  • Aladdin:
    • Jafar makes Princess Jasmine wear a red harem outfit, although her normal clothes don't cover much more; they're just blue. Once he's defeated, they turn back, confirming they were magical in nature.
    • Averted in the remake though, where Jasmine keeps her original purple dress and simply gains a veil during her forced wedding.
  • In The Chipmunk Adventure, both the Chipettes and the Chipmunks in different ways: the former by a little Egypt prince who forces them to wear Belly Dancer outfits (planning to make Brittany one of his brides) and the latter by Fifi's natives with Alvin and Simon forced to wear loincloths and made literally slaves.
  • In El Cid: The Legend, The Hero's love interest Jimena is captured by the Big Bad, who dresses her as a harem girl and forces her to dance for him.
  • This happens to Ginormica in Monsters vs. Aliens. Twice. Though, they hang a lampshade on it somewhat the second time. To be fair, the first time Ginormica awakens a prisoner, she is wearing more clothes than she was at her capture, as her transformation was in the beginning stages of shredding her wedding dress as she grew. Also, she was put into a giant, but essentially unisex set of clothes at the time. The second time, however, the alien put her in a skin-tight bodysuit that might as well have been painted on.
  • The Prince of Egypt: Tzipporah, the future wife of Moses, is first presented to him as a concubine, and she's made to wear a midriff-baring outfit that accentuates her beauty. Once she's escaped, she's changed into more modest attire.
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta has it with a dash of And Now You Must Marry Me. Glenn Arias kidnaps Rebecca Chambers and puts her in a rather skimpy wedding dress, in order to re-enact his fateful wedding (where his bride, who happened to look like Rebecca, was murdered and only her arm was left).
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword: When the group is captured by a cannibal tribe, while the men are thrown in a pot to be cooked, the girls are forced to change into skimpy tribal outfits (Velma at least gets a shirt, but Daphne and Miyumi are stuck with coconut and seashell bras, respectfully), with Daphne speculating that they're going to be forced to marry the tribe's chief.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In 28 Days Later, Major West dresses Hannah and Selena in fancy red dresses in preparation for mass rapes by the soldiers to "repopulate" after the virus dies out.
  • In Anne of the Indies, Anne forces Molly to don a Gorgeous Period Dress before taking her to slave market. Molly remains in this outfit for most of the remainder of the movie.
  • The first Austin Powers movie hung a lampshade on this:
    Dr. Evil: Do you like your quasi-futuristic outfits? I designed them myself.
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: Discussed Trope. When Shuri and Riri are trapped in Talokan, Shuri is told to put on a dress and go meet Namor. Riri calls it "supervillain shit" and cites other (Disney-owned) fictional women who are given new outfits by their captorsnote .
  • The Dentist: Feinstone has Brooke bound to a pool chair in a bikini the morning after he mutilates her.
  • Devil's Prey: The cult dresses its female sacrifices in skimpy black costumes for the ceremony.
  • District 13 has a disturbing example when the main villain keeps The Hero's sister chained up in his quarters, dressed up like a hooker, and left in a catatonic state due to being forced to take his drugs.
  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!: Linda has to put up with being only in her bikini and later a single shirt after she's kidnapped by Varla and company.
  • Fright Night (2011): Just like in the original movie, Amy inexplicably winds up in a white dress when Charley finds her in the basement. It gets extra squicky when you realize that between the scene at the nightclub and the basement, Amy has lost her pants and Jerry's shirt that was buttoned before is now unbuttoned. This implies something might have happened between them before Charley and Peter come to the rescue.
  • Ghost Town: After being unconscious, Kate awakens to find that Devlin has dressed her in a saloon singer's outfit.
  • Hannibal: Clarice is rendered unconscious by a gunshot wound and then kidnapped (or rescued, or maybe both at once, depends on your point of view) by the title character, and wakes up wearing an evening gown (specifically a Sexy Backless Outfit & Navel-Deep Neckline one) instead of the casual clothes she was wearing earlier, implying Undressing the Unconscious occured. Which never happened in the book — although Clarice does end up wearing the evening gown, she's allowed to put it on without Lecter being in the room. Nor does Lecter ever undress her, except to tend to her injuries.
  • In The Intruders, Marcus orders Rose to strip her clothes and wear the white dress of her deceased girlfriend, planning to use her as substitute.
  • When Pepper Potts is kidnapped during Iron Man 3, she's forced to wear nothing but a black sports bra and black gym pants. Justified in this case, since being lightly clad made it less likely that the experiment they planned to do to her would make her spontaneously combust.
  • James Bond:
    • In Dr. No, Honey Rider dons a pair of capri pants and a tunic-style top to attend a dinner with Bond, Dr. No, and company. After the dinner, Bond is beaten up by No's henchmen and Honey is dragged away; when next we see her, she's chained up in a flooding basin, still wearing the top but without the pants.
    • The Man with the Golden Gun: Mary Goodnight ends up in a bikini — no concealed weapons, as Scaramanga puts it. A legitimate concern, as Goodnight is (technically) a trained agent.
    • In Diamonds Are Forever, Blofeld abducts Tiffany Case, and the next time we see her, she's sunbathing in a purple bikini on Blofeld's oil rig. Given that she's a hardened criminal, she takes this trope a lot better than other Bond Girls would.
    • And in The Spy Who Loved Me, Anya Amasova is captured by Stromberg and turns up in a skimpy outfit tied to a chair.
    • The World Is Not Enough: Elektra King does this to Bond.
  • Played with in John Carter: Dejah Thoris says that her revealing wedding dress is "too vulgar" for her tastes, implying she's being forced to wear it.
  • In the 1993 thriller Kalifornia, the villain, Early Grayce (Brad Pitt), forces his female companion to wear a skimpy baby-doll dress at all times. Following the girl's Heel–Face Turn, Early murders her and takes the protagonist's female partner captive — and humiliates her by forcing her to wear the same skimpy dress.
  • In Killjoy 3, Killjoy magics Sandy into a Belly Dancer costume that bears a resemblance to Leia's slave outfit, and forces her to dance for him. She continues to wear the outfit until she manages to escape Killjoy's world.
  • King Kong: While in both the 1933 and 2005 versions, Ann Darrow is just in normal clothes throughout the films, in the 1976 version Dwan, played by Jessica Lange, is forced by the Skull Island natives (after being drugged a few times) to dress in a revealing, form-fitting tribal dress, which she wears until she gets off the island.
  • Done in Knight and Day. Cameron Diaz wakes up on a desert island, finding herself in a bikini. Tom Cruise quickly informs her that being an expert bomb defuser, he could easily take her clothes off and change her into a bikini with his eyes shut. Not that that's what he did...
  • Downplayed in Labyrinth. When Sarah bites into the poisoned peach, she's transported into a dream trap that resembles a ball. She's wearing a flattering princess dress, which was almost certainly something Jareth did (since he designed the spell).
  • Largo Winch II: Malunai is forced by a Burmese general to wear an evening dress, which she keeps after Largo Winch frees her.
  • Legend: Lili is made to wear an Evil Sorceress ensemble after being kidnapped by Darkness.
  • The Lone Ranger: After Rebecca and Danny are "rescued" by Cole, a maid dresses her in a fancy black gown and puts lipstick on her. Based on her reaction to seeing the lipstick on her wine glass, she's not comfortable in the outfit.
  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles: When Fotheringay summons his crush Ada to appear before him in his newly created palace, he dresses her in the sexy Cleopatra outfit he had created for her earlier. Being Drunk with Power, he essentially tells her to stand there looking pretty until he is ready to deal with her.
  • In The Mask of Fu Manchu Sheila is forced to wear a tight white gown before the finale. She actually gets off easier than Terry when he is captured - he was stripped, whipped, and put in a loincloth!
  • The Missing: The kidnappers have Lily and the other girls wear "lipstick" and very dressy clothes to look more appealing to the future customers looking to buy them as sex slaves.
  • Mortal Kombat: The Movie: Shang Tsung abducts Sonya Blade on the pretext of challenging her, rather than Liu Kang, for the final match. By the time Liu and Johnny Cage show up, Sonya has, for no readily apparent reason, been dressed up in an unflattering leather dress (which actually covers more of her than the tank top and shorts she'd been wearing up to that point), is barefoot, and her hair has been thoroughly teased. Cage even teases her by saying the dress looks nice, to which, of course, she responds with an eye roll.
  • Played for laughs in the '80s film The Night Before: Keanu Reeves's character accidentally sells his prom date to a pimp, and when he goes to rescue her later in the movie, she's handcuffed to a bed in her bra and panties.
  • In the James Bond spoof Our Man Flint, when Galaxy agent Gila does her Heel–Face Turn, she is dragged away to be turned into a brainwashed Pleasure Unit. But before being sent to the actual brainwashing machine she's dressed in a red bikini.
  • After the heroine is chloroformed and kidnapped by her stalker in P2, she wakes up wearing a white dress with generous cleavage.
  • In Perfect Strangers (2003), a man charms a woman into coming with him to his private island. While she's bathing, he throws all her clothes into the fire and leaves a translucent black dress with no shoes for her to wear, and she realizes she's been kidnapped. At the end of the film, after the man has died, the woman does a similar trick to another man.
  • In the 2004 version of The Phantom of the Opera, the Phantom is seen sitting on his steps when Christine emerges from a side room clearly having just changed into the bridal gown. Murderous psycho, but he's a gentleman. This is yet another change from the original script, in which he tears her costume off of her — prompting her query about whether he intends to rape her. Not until he has Raoul tied up and is threatening to kill him unless Christine complies does she put the dress on.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Inversion in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: shortly after taking Elizabeth Swan as his prisoner, Captain Barbossa gives her a proper dress to wear. What she's wearing when captured is, by modern standards, a reasonably concealing nightdress — but for the time in which the film is set, she is essentially naked. Incidentally, the alternative is nudity — and a night with the crew.
    • Alluded to in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest when she shows up at Jack's crew recruitment dressed as a man and reveals to him who she is.
      Jack Sparrow: It should be a dress or nothing. I happen to have no dress in my cabin.
    • Played straight in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: when Elizabeth impersonates an incarnated Calypso for Sao Feng, he dresses her in what we'll assume is the most queenly costume he just happened to have on his ship. Given how Barbossa came by the dress he gave Elizabeth in CoTBP, this has nasty implications.
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: Tamina's made to wear a revealing serving wench getup when Dastan trades her to Sheik Amar as a slave.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark: Belloq convinces his captive Marion to put on a fancy dress that he just happens to have with him.
  • The Scorpion King subverts this in the fifth movie The Book of Souls: Amina is brought up before Nebserek after being captured and stripped to a tiny bikini, with his priestess expecting him to take Amina as his concubine. However, when he discovers that she is the Book of Souls and the key to destroying his main weapon, Nebserek orders Amina to be executed instead, not wanting to run into any risks. He also has the decency to return her to her previous clothes too.
  • Sherlock Holmes features a male version, with Sherlock stripped and chained to a bed, though this was just to inconvenience him for a while rather than get any kind of sexual thrill.
  • Fitting for a bad Star Wars ripoff, Stella Star — the main character of the 1978 film Starcrash — has to wear a very revealing outfit after she is sentenced to a lifetime of forced labour. Mocked in Mystery Science Theater 3000, where Crow asks when she changed into vampire lingerie.
  • Leia is forced to wear a metal bikini and chained to Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Dancers Oola and Lyn-Me wear similarly skimpy outfits; Jabba apparently appreciates female humanoids.
    • Carrie Fisher's DVD commentary claims it was the wardrobe designer's way of forcing her to exercise. (Which is putting it nicely. She said in another interview that the incredibly uncomfortable outfit was "what supermodels would be wearing in the seventh ring of Hell".) Carrie Fisher also confirmed that there was nothing underneath, and that the people filming could sometimes see "all the way to Florida", as it was.
    • Later, Fisher was displeased to discover George Lucas had commissioned a replica of her in this outfit... which included everything in place underneath. The statue, of her reclining in this outfit, was even placed on a rotating pedestal so everyone would eventually see up her dress, under which for some reason the sculptor also formed... well, you know. She made light of this in her autobiographical Wishful Drinking stage show.
    • She also mentioned an interesting perspective on why she put up with the outfit for the sake of storytelling, while answering Moral Guardians in character about how to explain the outfit to their kids:
      "Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage."
  • A combined parody/Homage occurs in the live-action Street Fighter movie. At one point, Chun-Li is captured by Bison and forced into an outfit that better suits his tastes. It's her outfit from the game series on which the movie is (rather loosely) based.
  • Played straight in Taken, with an unpleasantly appropriate justification: The kidnapped women are being auctioned off as sex slaves.
  • In Tank Girl when The Madame captures ten-year-old Sam, she makes her dress in a Stripperific schoolgirl uniform, complete with painted-on Youthful Freckles, to make her more attractive to the pedophile she's about to be pimped out to. After Tank Girl rescues Sam, she punishes The Madame by compelling her to sing a campy song, "Let's Do It" by Cole Porter, in public.
  • Male version in TRON: Legacy with Sam: the Armory Sirens cut his clothes off and he is quickly dressed in a black suit, complete with armor and Tron Lines, for competing in the Games.
  • In Unlawful Entry, Madeline Stowe's character is forced to change into a blouse-and-slit-skirt combo by Ray Liotta's.
  • In Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, one of the aliens holding Laureline captive coerces her to try on different dresses. As it's revealed, however, she's not being forced to wear them to make herself sexually appealing but instead deliciously so for their ruler.

  • Amelia Peabody Emerson is captured by the Big Bad in Lion in the Valley and required to dress herself in a sexy harem costume. She keeps her long Victorian underwear on though. Husband Emerson is not appeased.
  • Male example: in David Eddings' The Belgariad, Garion is kidnapped by the decadent Queen Salmissra, drugged, bathed, and made to wear nothing but a loincloth and makeup. It is clear that he is supposed to be a concubine, but his friends rescue him before Salmissra tries anything. And it is made clear that Garion is very disgusted by this when the drugs they give him wear off — not least because he's only 16 at the time.
  • A male example in Captive of the Red Vixen when Rolas is forced to parade around in a pair of tight suede shorts and wrist cuffs for the amusement of the Space Pirate who captured him, on pain of getting stunned by his Shock Collar.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses: When Feyre is held prisoner Under the Mountain, Rhysand forces her to wear outfits that would almost make Leia's metal bikini look modest. She states one dress looks more like a "handkerchief" than a dress and they're so revealing she may as well be naked.
  • Conina is dressed in a skimpy outfit in the Discworld novel Sourcery when she is forced into a Royal Harem.
  • Subverted sickeningly in The Draka novel Under the Yoke when Sister Marya — a stocky and unattractive Polish nun — is made to wear a revealing silk nightie for the amusement of her masters, and of their guest who has asked their permission to rape her.
  • It's not clear whether she was dressed like this beforehand, but Carthena in The Eye of Argon is brought before the priests wearing nothing but laces and beads. Of course, a fan-MSTing of the novella hangs a lampshade.
    Crow: How come you never see a damsel in distress wearing a parka?
  • In John C. Wright's The Fugitives of Chaos, when Grendal captures Amelia, she wakes up in his mother's wedding dress. However, her captor Grendel is horror struck when she thinks he put her in it. He is a mass-murderer and dragged her off by force to marry her, but he wouldn't take off a girl's clothing when he wasn't married to her. He had his mother do it. (The dress also plays a significant role after her rescue.) Did we mention that the dress is see-through?
  • Pretty much the entire point of the Gor novels, with captive women commonly being put through alternations of Shameful Strip and this trope.
  • Happen to Lucilla in Daniel Gonzalez's Ravencraft in an alternate future chapter when Dracula rules the world and put her in a bikini and with a chain in her neck tied to his throne as punishment for been a vampire traitor. She also is tortured every night by Bathory in a BDSM-style.
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, Dayless eventually forbade the girls he kept to wear any clothes at all, instead covering them with jewelry meant to emphasize and call attention to their private parts, even making them wear these outfits no matter who was present at the time. The same situation is later seen from the point of view of one of his victims, describing how unbelievably degrading and humiliating it was.
  • Slave World: Pretty much all British agents who gets captured, as well as most of the convicted serfs.
  • After a revolution turns Anchor Logh into New Eden in the Soul Rider series by Jack Chalker, the female half of New Eden's population is forced to wear the skimpiest clothing possible, as a reminder of their status and duties.
  • When 12-year-old Natalie is kidnapped by a wizard in Spellfall by Katherine Roberts, she wakes to find herself dressed in just a thin knee-length shift; all of her own clothes have been taken, along with her glasses.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Lampshaded in the two-part pilot for The Amazing Spider-Man when JoAnna Cameron's character asks her captor why he is forcing her to wear a bikini. He explains that, in addition to enjoying looking at women in bikinis, he feels safer if they have nowhere to hide a weapon.
  • Male examples in Blackadder's Christmas Carol: Blackadder (and later Baldrick) wear nothing but a leather speedo and a spiked collar when shown as slaves in the far-future space empire.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Toyed with in a 6th season episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when the Trio use some techno-magic to make a love-slave out of Warren's ex-girlfriend. The spell breaks though and she is understandably disgusted and enraged, pointing out that they essentially intended to rape her (which apparently never occurred to Jonathan or Andrew before that moment).
    • Sort of an aversion, more of a slight variation really. In the Angel "Through the Looking Glass", Cordelia became basically kind of a cross between a Princess and a Sex Slave. Sort of lampshaded when Cordelia talks about a commercial she'd been filming earlier, wearing a bikini.
      Cordelia: They had me in this skimpy, exploitative [beat] nothing at all like this.
  • Charmed has a lot of episodes involving the sisters ending up in skimpy outfits involuntarily.
    • Phoebe is possessed by Isis, who then changes into a sexy Belly Dancer outfit to perform a dance for her lover.
    • The sisters get turned into superheroes, Valkyries, and Greek Goddesses against their will for the sake of an assignment.
    • Paige when she's bitten by a vampire is given a sexy strapless red dress to wear.
    • Piper's transformation into a Fury is accompanied by a skimpy dress and tribal tattoos.
    • Females cursed to become genies are forced to wear a Bedlah Babe outfit. Males on the other hand get to be more modest.
    • Billie when she puts on Hippolyta's belt and is transformed into an Amazon warrior.
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Zelda gets brainwashed while married to Father Blackwood and is put in a figure-flattering cleavage-bearing Stepford Wife dress.
  • Chuck:
    • Casey is left handcuffed to a bed by Carina, a rival spy who doesn't play well with others. It's implied this isn't the first time she's done this to him. He escapes by breaking the bed, and has to wander the halls of a hotel in his underwear still cuffed to part of the headboard.
    • Happens to Chuck himself in a later episode. A spy pretending to be a naughty ("desperate," if you will) suburban housewife cuffs him to her bed (although she doesn't just ditch him — she intends to take him prisoner). He escapes and has to run across the cul de sac in his underwear with one wrist still cuffed.
  • In The Following: In the episode "Whips & Regret", when Claire is being held captive by Carroll, he forces her to have dinner with him and makes her wear a fancy black dress.
  • In the Frontier Circus "Naomi Champagne", the bandito Don Diego dresses the showgirl Naomi in a very feminine gown when he forces her to have dinner with him.
  • Game of Thrones: Missandei dresses more conservatively once she enters Daenerys' service, implying that her earlier Fanservice wardrobe which showed off her legs and cleavage was due to this. Given her job, it would make sense that she would be dressed as sexy as possible to cause Distracted by the Sexy in Kraznys' clients.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: In the episode "Jezebels", Commander Waterford forces June to wear a gold dress when he takes her to a brothel.
  • Played with in Lost when Kate is captured by the Others. Mr. Friendly gives her a short dress to wear and takes her original clothing. She suspects that he is doing this because he wants to watch her change. It turns out that Mr. Friendly is gay, and the real reason he wants Kate to wear the dress is that Ben is trying to make Jack jealous by getting Kate and Sawyer together...
  • The episode of Lost Girl taking place in Hecuba prison has all the (female) inmates, including Bo, wearing a tight red jumpsuit with a cut-out showing their cleavage.
  • Happens to Guinevere in Merlin when she's captured by a local warlord.
  • The Mighty Boosh does the male variant of this, only played exactly like it would be with a woman. Howard is abducted by natives on the planet Xooberon, made the slave of The Chosen One, and forced to wear Leia-style chains and a sort of loincloth.
  • Happens in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers in one episode to Kimberly when Lord Zedd decided he wanted to make her his queen. In this case, the "embarrassing" aspect isn't because the clothing is revealing but because it's an exact copy of Rita Repulsa's dress; on the other hand, this gave Amy Jo Johnson the chance to do a pretty good Rita impression.
  • Outlander: In the episode "Mercy Shall Follow Me", after Brianna gets kidnapped by Bonnet, he gives her a fancy dress to wear when he forces her to have dinner with him.
  • In Sliders, this happens to Wade Wells in Obsession (where the psychic in love with her makes her change clothes). It also happens to Maggie in Common Ground when a Kromagg commander falls in love for her, sort of, and makes her use a sexy red dress.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Sam Carter in the third episode, with the Mongolian warlords on another planet. It's implied that she did dress herself, though, which makes it less squicky. That one is also an example of "She Cleans Up Nicely".
    • While it's not quite the thing and says far more about Vala Mal Doran's dressing habits than Daniel Jackson himself, the latter has to remove the former's Kull Warrior armor and put her into SGC fatigues in the episode where she steals the Prometheus. Her comment: "You've seen me naked, the least you could do is cook me dinner."
    • Played straight with Colonel Mitchell in "Memento Mori", in which SG-1 discover him chained to a bed, wearing only a blanket and eating snack cakes. He also seems to lose his pants often when imprisoned, which Sam Carter lampshades in the aforementioned episode.
  • Star Trek:
    • Happens a few times in Star Trek: The Original Series. Noteworthy variations include:
      • "The Squire of Gothos": Trelane uses his Reality Warper powers to change Yeoman Teresa Ross' uniform into a fancy gown, thus exchanging an impractically short skirt for a fine décolleté.
      • "Who Mourns For Adonais?": Apollo magically changes Lieutenant Carolyn Palamas' uniform into a pink peplos.
      • "Bread and Circuses": A female slave in a society similar to Earth's ancient Rome is at one point required to dress in a skimpy silver outfit. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the other prisoners have to wear grey uniforms.
      • "Plato's Stepchildren": Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Chapel are dressed in "ancient Greek" clothing as they are forced to entertain the telekinetic Platonians.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
      • Data gets kidnapped, and acid dumped onto his clothes in order to force him to wear a different outfit. Though it should be pointed out that the villain in question specified that the acid wouldn't harm Data's skin. The villain also specified that he'd be happy to have Data walk around naked, but he (correctly) assumed Data would be too modest to do so, and therefore supplied a change of clothing (the point of the acid was to get him out of his Starfleet uniform).
      • Also a male version in "Angel One", where Commander Riker, to more effectively deal with the leader of a female-dominated society, assumes a very sexualized male outfit complete with a widely open and very flimsy shirt, makeup and earrings. Deanna Troi and Tasha Yar find this both amusing and titillating.
  • Supernatural:
    • In "Girls, Girls, Girls," Caitlin and Elle's captors have Caitlin wear a bra with no top and Elle wear a leopard print minidress and long stockings.
    • After Lucifer reclaims control of Hell, "The Vessel" reveals that he has stripped Crowley of his fine tailored suits and forces him to wear casual clothes instead.
  • Timecop: A subdued version in "Public Enemy" when Ian Pascoe kidnaps Claire and takes her back to 1928 with him. He compels her to wear more provocative clothing than her uniform, but conservative by modern standards.
  • This literally happens to Gabrielle in the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire", where she is displayed in a cage, wearing a go-go dancer outfit complete with fringe and boots. As part of a musical competition.

  • For the final scene in The Phantom of the Opera, the Phantom has Christine wear a wedding dress. How exactly she got into it is never addressed.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Games Workshop released a few models showing captured human women and Sisters of Battle in bikinis similar to the slave Leia one. Since their captors are the Dark Eldar, you can see where this is going.

    Video Games 
  • Mentioned, but not shown, in Brütal Legend. The women of Bladehenge are kidnapped by glam rockers and forced to work in his "Pleasure Tower".
  • Dante's Inferno: Halfway through the game, Lucifer stuffs Beatrice Portinari in a cleavage-baring dress in preparation for their wedding.
  • Fallout:
    • Fallout 3:
      • The slave outfits in the DLC The Pitt, both male and female, consist solely of a harness and loincloth. By contrast, the slaves in the main game are more modestly dressed.
      • It's possible for the player to do this to NPCs if he so desires. Once you have the Mesmetron, you can use it to hypnotize characters, giving you time to attach a slave collar. However, you can also use this time to make them change into Lingerie (assuming you have it), which they will automatically equip.
    • Fallout: New Vegas's Caesar's Legion is extremely misogynistic, as there are no female members. Instead, all of the camps have slaves, all female, wearing tightly cut rags. If the Courier is a female and joins the Legion, the uniforms are not very revealing: however, the slave cook warns her that she overheard some Legion soldiers talking about "trying you out". Nothing comes of this, although some soldiers can be very rude.
  • God of War III: When Kratos enters in Poseidon's Chamber, he encounter his concubine who is kept in a topless gown and chained.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Subverted in Final Fantasy VII — Cloud and Aerith see Tifa dressed up this way and think she's been pimped out for the pervy Don Corneo. It turns out she was going undercover and did this willingly. Aerith dons a sexy evening gown, and convinces Cloud to crossdress too.
    • Male variation in Final Fantasy XII with Basch is shown in his imprisonment's "attire" consisted of a boxer, chain, crucifix and MORE chains. Fans have always wondered if it's that Gabranth just really hates him or has a fetish of torturing his twin brother.
  • In Mortal Kombat I, many of Shao Kahn's chained slaves can be seen wearing barely-there bikinis. Considering these outfits are strikingly similar to the outfits worn by every other woman in Outworld, it is implied that Shao Kahn is forcing every woman under his rule to dress like this (made especially evident when Kitana switches sides — and outfits — to join the heroes). Although, almost every single Outworld resident, whether voluntarily or not, wears about as much, male or female. Shao himself doesn't even wear pants. Maybe Outworld is just a very hot and arid place and Shao Kahn is worried about his subjects getting a heat stroke?
  • Ninja Gaiden II (for the Xbox 360) has Sonia dressed in a Stripperific Spy Catsuit for the majority of the game, yet when she gets kidnapped by Alexei, she winds up in a diaphanous nightgown. Which turns out to be more modest than her regular garb.
  • Postal 2: On Wednesday, while paying respects at his father's grave, the Postal Dude gets kidnapped by rednecks and put in a gimp suit. After breaking out, he continues to wear it (and gets commented on it by random passersby) until he can get new clothes at the dry cleaners.
  • Riot City have your heroes on a rescue mission when your Love Interest, Catherine, gets kidnapped by a powerful drug cartel's leader. You defeat the leader, and finds Catherine in the last area... chained up in her undergarments, wearing high heels and fishnet stockings. For no reason other than just because.
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse:
    • Shantae is mistaken for a lost princess by the inhabitants of a pyramid, locked inside a cell so she won't escape again, and, well...
      Shantae: I'm dressed like a space princess. Can we talk about this?
    • Later on Shantae finds she's not the only one mistaken for the missing princess. Sky, Rottytops and even Risky were captured and dressed in their own Slave Leia bikinis.
  • Wizards & Warriors III: The Game-Over Man screen hits you with a random bit of Foe Romance Subtext, as Malkil suddenly has Kuros down to his skivvies and chained up in front of his throne.

    Visual Novels 

  • Darths & Droids: How the infamous Slave Leia outfit is handled:
    GM: Jabba slumbers in his chamber. You see Princess on the throne platform, obviously his slave.
    Luke: How so?
    GM: Well, uh, she's chained up and dressed as a slave.
    Leia: Ah, like Shmi. Shapeless sackcloth sort of thing?
    GM: Yeah, um... something like that.
  • Domain Tnemrot: Many of the female slaves wear impractical skimpy outfits for fights.
  • Exterminatus Now has Big Bad Silas Morth capturing Jamilla, and treating her to dinner:
    Jamilla: So you're taking a clue from the James Bond school of villainy then?
    Morth: I go with what works. Now would you mind slipping into this skimpy silver suit?
  • In Freefall, Florence wonders about this when waking up in Mr. Kornada's pants. However, the reader knows that Sam had put them on her when she was wearing a hospital gown, to get her out of the building.
  • General Protection Fault: When Ki and Nick are first captured and employed by the James Bond-parodying secret agency the UGA, they are put into a skimpy bikini and a tuxedo respectively as their "uniforms".
  • Girl Genius:
    • Agatha ends up in the Leia-style slave bikini for one gag panel in the opening of "Revenge of the Weasel Queen Part 2".
    • She's also stripped down to her corset here, though it's for different reasons than the usual (the villains want to analyse her voice when she angrily demands her clothes back).
    • Apparently evil villainesses frequently enjoy dressing Aldin up in "silly loincloth outfits." We see why when the King of the Silver Lands does so, the man looks like a classical gladiator.
    • The King of the Silver Lands seems to be big on this, as he has all of the captive heroes (male and female) stripped down to attire akin to Slave Leia from Star Wars. Including his own daughter! After they escape Agatha takes a crash course in the time-honored tradition of mugging the enemy for clothes.
    • Violetta the Smoke Knight, intended sacrifice to... oh, the Monster-of-the-Week, is the latest contribution.
  • Kin the Yuan-ti from Goblins is forced to wear nothing but a rag tied around her chest. After killing her captor she delays her escape to put on the most concealing coat she can. In so far as the trope normally involves the person continuing to wear the skimpy attire until the escape in complete, this makes it a partial subversion. See it here and here.
  • In Invasion of the Cat Men from Mars, reporter Ginger DuPree is taken prisoner by feline aliens and changed into a harem outfit, after the admiral decides he wants a plaything. Which clothing-wise is a slight improvement over her initial fate, when she woke to find herself a naked research subject. It's also worth noting that the harem outfit is lampshaded as soon as Ginger notices it. The newly grafted cat's tail with mind-control-rape implant however, comes as a bit more of a surprise.
  • The Lawof Purple: Lette is subjected to this while being held hostage by Governor Dimka.
  • Humon plays with this in one stand-alone Niels comic strip. A random woman, presumably an agent or other enemy to his plans, wakes up tied to a chair while wearing a tasteful but strapless evening dress, opera gloves and fancy jewelry. She immediately starts freaking out, insisting that she wasn't wearing this earlier and wondering where her clothes are. Cue Niels, who appears in the doorway, wearing her clothes and jewelry under his suit jacket, remarking that he thinks the color suits him much better. Cue chibi-WTF-face from the woman.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Referenced when Roy accuses Nale of dressing up his (Roy's) captured sister Julia as "some faux-punk whore". Those are the clothes Julia normally wears. She is not pleased.
    • In a later strip, when Roy and Belkar are held prisoner in a Gladiatoral Arena, they are issued loincloths and told to report to the oil steward if any part of them becomes non-reflective.
  • The Ranma ½ comic Ranma of Mars combines this with a case of Mars Needs Women, as girls abducted by the titular Martians are not only stripped and redressed in Dejah Thoris-inspired attire, but also have their skin dyed different colors to increase their appeal. The girls are also brainwashed, with their memories being altered so that they believe they've been reared to be pleasure slaves.
  • Played straight in Terinu when Gwen and Joleen held captive by the Ardactavians. In her case it's ostensibly to hide her in plain sight as a servant, due to her Cyber Glider abilities. Which would make sense, except that the Ardies are anthropomorphic bugs that are disgusted by mammals, so why would they have her show off even more skin than normal? Meanwhile, Terinu wakes up from being near mortally injured dressed in a much more modest open chested tunic and trousers, though there's some squick when you realize that the Gene Mage not only dressed him, but braided his hair with expensive jewels.
  • The Wotch: Parodied when Lord Sykos comes to The Wotch's home dimension, his first act is to transform several boys into scantily clad female servants. And then one of them demands the heroine leave him to his fate, and even goes back with Sykos to be his new maid.

    Web Videos 
  • Threatened in Berserk Abridged, although the Governor comes nowhere near being able to follow through on it.
    Governor: [Griffith] is a man of exceptional power and grace. I must have him!
    General Boscogne: ...In your army?
    Governor: What?
    Boscogne: You mean, you must have him in your army, right?
    Governor: No! I must have him naked and chained to the foot of my bed! Do you need me to draw you a freaking picture?
  • Implied through Fridge Horror when The Nostalgia Critic is kidnapped by the Game Heroes to promote T-shirts. He's pretty shocked and confused over seeing that he's wearing a "Hero" T-shirt, so that logically means he was stripped while unconscious during his time there. And his "Th—they're treating me well" is Blatant Lies so...

    Western Animation 
  • In an American Dad! episode "Tears of a Clooney", Roger runs a vineyard in the back yard while Stan and Francine are out of the country, and adopts several foster children to work it. He gives two teenage girls to Steve as "personal assistants" and they're made to dress in exact duplicates of Leia's metal bikini, along with other skimpy outfits.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • Not explicitly pointed out, but in the episode "Mad as a Hatter" a woman kidnapped by the Mad Hatter is dressed as the title character of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It becomes much creepier when you consider that the Hatter must have undressed her and put her in the costume himself. Of course, he may have simply hypnotized her into donning it herself with one of his "cards". Considering that the girl is Hatter's secretary, on whom he had a crush, and how the Hatter behaved towards her before he went bonkers, the second possibility isn't that far off.
    • There's actually an inversion in the series where The Joker seduces Dr. Harleen Quinzel, and she puts on a harlequin uniform, becoming Harley Quinn, then breaks him out of Arkham. True that Harley put that outfit on of her own free will, but when you think about it, that outfit represents the fact that Harley has become a slave to the Joker out of love. One thing's for sure, every villain in history that's tried to seduce the girl and failed would envy the Joker's success with Harley.
    • In "Baby-Doll", the actress who played Baby's teenage sister is kidnapped, knocked out, and wakes up in her old bedroom set... dressed in her old costume. Hopefully, Baby had her one henchwoman Mim dress "Sister Susie" instead of her two male thugs.
  • Maxine Gibson spends the Batman Beyond episode "Curse of the Kobra: Parts 1 and 2" in a white midriff-baring top and dress. Chances are that the two servant girls she subsequently beat up put it on her.
  • In Dan Vs., episode "Dan vs. Technology", Elise tries to get rid of the proprietor of a computer company, but is then captured and put in an outfit similar to one from TRON.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • Sam is forced to wear the pinkest dress she's ever had the dishonor of seeing to please her future hubby Prince Aragon in an Arranged Marriage. She subverts this later on by creating her own bridal dress as part of a plan to escape his clutches.
    • Happens to Sam again later, in a Brainwashed and Crazy fashion this time. The plant-ghost Undergrowth decides he likes Sam's nature-friendly attitude, and kidnaps her as his queen. The next time we see her, she emerges from a giant bud, dressed in leaves à la Poison Ivy.
  • On Ed, Edd n Eddy, in their first encounter with the Kanker Sisters, the Eds wake up in the sisters' mobile home to find they're wearing bathrobes that belong to the Kankers' fathers, and their clothes are hanging to dry outside.
  • Futurama:
    • In the 4th movie, Into the Wild Green Yonder', the eco-feminist organization does this to this to the guys''.
      Zapp Brannigan: Ah, the fairer sex.
    • Zapp tries to do this to Leela the first time they meet, but she refuses to play along.
  • In the episode "The Twin Factor" of Kim Possible, after being subjected to mind control under Dr. Drakken, Kim is seen wearing Shego's outfit. This is questioned and acknowledged by both Ron and Shego but quickly dismissed and never explained. Though a reasonable explanation can be drawn, like say Drakken ordering her to go into another room and dress up, leave it to the fans to take it a bit further. Since Shego made Señor Senior Junior and her entire enslaved population wear Shego's green dress (and the fact that Shego still wears her Team Go dress even while not part of their group), the whole logic about that dress just does not make any sense...
  • Korgoth of Barbaria: Korgoth in his travels meets a guy keeping a girl in a cage in his dining room.
  • In the "Impeach Fuzz" episode of The Powerpuff Girls, it isn't "enslavement", but it's doubtful Ms. Bellum is happy about the outfit she has to wear when Fuzzy Lumpkins takes over as mayor; it is sort of a midriff-bearing and cleavage-exposing Daisy Duke ensemble, and a pair of short-shorts made from cut-off jeans.
  • In an early episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Daphne Blake was hypnotized by Harry the Hypnotist, disguised as a Ghost Clown, and when next we see her, she is wearing a fanservicy circus outfit and performing a stunt on a unicycle. We're never told if Harry the Hypnotist changed her, or just had her change her own clothes.
  • A very disturbing example happens in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Fun and Games". The Toyman kidnaps Lois by sending her a doll that sprays sleeping gas; when Lois wakes up, she's dressed like an old-fashioned cupie doll. What makes this disturbing is, Toyman has no henchmen in this episode, much less any female ones, so the only explanation is, he changed her clothes himself. (And given the type of guy he is, he may just consider doing so the same as doing it to an actual doll.)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In the episode "Slaves of the Republic", Ahsoka poses as a slave girl while wearing a rather revealing outfit (though not as revealing as Leia's).
  • Teen Titans:
    • The cartoon features another example, this one with Robin. After he is blackmailed into becoming Slade's apprentice, the camera pans over Robin's outfit hanging on a hanger, then Robin donning the shirt of his new Slade-esque costume, then Slade stepping out of the shadows and nodding his head approvingly... implying that Slade was standing there the entire time, especially when one takes into account the extreme interest that Slade has for him. Though perverted interest or not, he'd be insane to let Robin out of his sight — it's Robin after all.
    • Terra also dons a similar outfit after she's revealed to be Slade's apprentice, but the outfit is more than just a symbol of her belonging to Slade. The suit allows him to control her nervous system, along with her powers.
  • Parodied in The Venture Bros., where team Venture is kidnapped on their way back from a costumed party. The theme they choose? Star Wars; and Dean is Leia.
  • Totally Spies!: In "Stuck in the Middle Ages with You", Clover is caught in a I Have You Now, My Pretty situation and is made to wear a pink princess gown and crown by a evil guy who wants her to be his "queen".
  • Evangelyne from Wakfu, in the episode "Vampyro", gets mind-controlled and kidnapped in preparation for becoming the host body of the Demoness Shadofang. Before the possession, she's put in a white Sexy Backless Outfit exposing the demonic marks that crept over her.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: During the series finale, Future Jack, who succeeded in taking over the world while Omi was absent, also kidnapped the other main villains. Wuya is seen wearing a cheerleader outfit, while Chase Young is stripped down to his underwear (among other things).

    Real Life 
  • Joan of Arc was charged by her captors with many things, including wearing men's clothes (a big no-no). They first forced a pledge from her not to wear men's clothes, then while she slept stole all her clothes and left a man's outfit behind. She was thus forced to wear that outfit and subsequently charged with violation of her oath. It's also been suggested that she was insistent on wearing men's clothing as a safeguard from her guards raping her. Many historians are of the opinion that when she was forced to wear women's clothing, she was actually raped.
  • One of several myths about Mata Hari is that she was subjected to something like this for her execution. An issue of The New Yorker claimed that she was made to wear "a neat Amazonian tailored suit, especially made for the occasion, and a pair of new white gloves", but another account claimed that she wore the same low-cut blouse and tricorn hat ensemble which had been picked out by her accusers for her to wear at trial. However, neither account is consistent with the photographic evidence, and are likely false, especially considering that another myth claims she blew a kiss to the firing squad before the order to shoot was given.
  • When Timur the Lame defeated the Ottoman sultan Bayezid I in the Battle of Ankara, he also took his Christian wife Despina captive alongside him. Many historians believed that Bayezid was humiliated by being Forced to Watch his wife serve as Timur's slave girl, inspiring artists to depict such a scene that would easily remind one of Jabba's treatment of Princess Leia. Timur had done this in response to a slight Bayezid made towards him where he threatened to humiliate his entire Royal Harem in front of him.
  • In 271 AD Roman soldiers captured Gothic POWs, among them 16 cross-dressing women. All of them were paraded throughout Rome wearing signs that mockingly labeled them "Amazons".


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Princess Leia's metal bikini

After being captured by Jabba the Hutt, Princess Leia is forced to wear a revealing slave-girl costume.

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