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Cartoon characters get all the cool abilities. They can bounce back from Amusing Injuries, bounce off walls like rubber, and pull random stuff out of Hammerspace. Then there's this. Cartoon characters seem to carry alternate outfits in Hammerspace. But, they rarely have to reach into their hyperspace pouch to change clothes. They can run offscreen and return with an entirely different wardrobe on, they can spin in place to change clothes, or something can pass in front of them to reveal their changed outfits.

Sister Trope to Changing Clothes Is a Free Action, which generally involves changing into a particular costume. Please put examples of super hero costume changes on that page. Hyperspace Wardrobe should contain examples of non-heroic costume changes. Compare Convenient Color Change, where no clothes are changed, but their color does. This is sometimes related to Unlimited Wardrobe, which is about how many different outfits a character has, which they may or may not carry with them in a Hyperspace Wardrobe.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Erza of Fairy Tail, whose magic revolves around Hammerspace as it is, seems to be above changing clothes like a normal person. She lampshades in the Welcome to Fairy Hills OVA.
    Erza: I forgot how difficult this was.
  • Seems to be an ability of Dark Schneider from Bastard!! (1988).
  • No matter what iteration of Cutie Honey it is, this will always be Honey’s main power, allowing herself to change outfits on a whim.
  • My Little Sister Stole My Fiance:Jill magically dresses herself with her vines after Eliana asks her to wear clothes.
  • One Piece: On the train ride to Enies Lobby, all of the Straw Hats get new outfits from... somewhere. Its possible Galley-La or the Franky Family brought them along, but the wardrobe changes also include Sanji putting on a new fancy suit which doesn't match the stylish jackets of the rest of the crew (aside from Luffy, who gets some baggy pants instead, but that still go with the aesthetic).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Mask: The mask literally grants the wearer the powers of a cartoon character and features all three varieties.
  • In Ernest Saves Christmas, Ernest has a bunch of costumes that were ready to be of use but came out of nowhere.
  • Undercover Brother. The title character somehow does a costume change while jumping through a window. Watch it here.
  • Maggie in The Great Race. The only other way she could have that many outfits while running a globe-spanning auto race is if she has a wardrobe truck following her just offscreen.
  • In Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Pee-Wee apparently has the ability to insta-change both his own clothes and someone else's simply by saying, "I have a plan..."
  • We see the sidekicks being taught how to do this in Sky High (2005).
  • In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Scott walks into his bathroom, and comes out in a completely different outfit, all before the Seinfeld Laugh Track is done playing.
  • The Blues Brothers Band do a super-fast costume change for Cab Calloway to lead them in Minne the Moocher. They change back in the blink of a camera cut afterwards.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the opening credits of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina would pose in front of a mirror and zap herself into different wardrobes. Of course, this is justified in that it's done with magic.
  • Both Superman in Lois & Clark and Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman change clothes by spinning. In both cases (except for the pilot episode of Wonder Woman, where she emerges from the spin with her street clothes over her arm) the clothes they're wearing simply vanish.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Featured in Toon, naturally. A character with the Quick Change/Disguise shtick can dress as practically anything in an instant.

  • On a meta level; actors portraying multiple characters (such as in small productions) often need to completely change their clothes in under a minute, or shorter, depending on the show and who they are playing (although parts are usually cast to avoid complete costume changes in short amounts of time). See Real Life below for examples of people who take it even more seriously.

    Video Games 
  • Characters in Animal Crossing can change clothes with a backflip.
  • The Sims do the spin in place thing when they change clothes.
  • The alchemist Zandria apparently has a spell for this in Kyrandia 2. At the end of every area, her outfit either gets damaged or becomes environmentally incorrect, so she snaps her fingers to summon a new one. Towards the end of the game, she comments that she's running out of spare outfits in her wardrobe spell.
  • In several games in The Legend of Zelda, the Iron Boots function this way: Link changes his shoes in an instant just by jumping and clicking his feet together.

    Web Comics 
  • Skin Horse: Tigerlily Jones appears to have this power.
  • Jade, Kanaya, and Dirk from Homestuck use Wardrobifiers that remotely modify their clothes.
  • El Goonish Shive: Nanase gained a spell that lets her do this.note  She admits it's a pretty useless spell.
  • Sarin of The Dragon Doctors keeps a lot of "emergency clothes" in warped space for assorted incidents, mostly transformation related.

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    Western Animation 

    Real Life