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"An invisible must always be able to disrobe in an instant, or his power is useless!"
Millard, Hollow City

Not all invisibility methods are created equal. While many works Hand Wave away the problems with invisibility — being able to see being the main one — one specific form of Invisibility with Drawbacks frequently comes up. Namely: you may be able to become invisible, but that doesn't mean things you interact with can become invisible. That includes your clothes.

This can be explained in multiple ways. Invisibility as a drug or innate ability may only affect the natural body, leaving clothing and other external objects out of luck. A person's original clothing may have turned invisible as well, but that's no guarantee that they will remain intact. A Literal Genie may make the person invisible, and just the person.

Ultimately, if this trope is in play, then the Mundane Solution has come up — by definition, nobody can see an invisible person, so they aren't exactly exposed if they just go around naked. This will likely be Played for Laughs the first time it's brought up, since the insinuation of nudity as well as the reactions to such is classic comedy — and for the same reason, there's also an inherent sexiness to the concept.

Actually using the power afterwards, on the other hand, can often be anything but funny and sexy. After all, being naked doesn't just mean being indecent, it also means being completely unarmed and vulnerable. And if going outdoors, then add Exposed to the Elements on top of that. Even beyond the nudity itself, the same rule that prohibits wearing clothes also prohibits carrying things. In general, an invisible streaker is probably going to be susceptible to as many of invisibility's Logical Weaknesses as the author is willing to acknowledge, so the streaker will have to be extra careful to avoid doing even a minor thing that might get them spotted, and especially anything that might render them a visible streaker, since either Defeat by Modesty or Naked People Trapped Outside is sure to follow.

On the other hand, for characters who are always invisible, this apparent downside is flipped on its head and usually ends up being pretty convenient for them, since they can avoid all the awkward situations that always-invisible characters with always-invisible Magic Pants tend to get into—for an always-invisible streaker, being visible is as as simple as getting dressed (though they might have to wear a burqa or similar clothing).

This trope can also take a darker turn and be Played for Horror. More than one Invisible Man has been a sexual predator who used their powers to stalk and assault their victims, and the need to go without clothes to use the power at all can make it seem specifically designed for the purpose.

As a final note, if you think about it too much, you might stumble upon a problem with this trope: at any given time, a person will have bacterial colonies whose members come and go, viral invaders being fought by their immune system, food being digested or excreted, dirt and dust falling on their skin, cells falling off their body, etc. — What exactly counts as being part of an invisible person's body? There's just no hard line. Whatever the source of the character's invisibility, the Required Secondary Powers that this trope supposedly averts may not be so "secondary" after all. The few Real Life attempts at invisibility use the inversion of this trope, which is the Invisibility Cloak.

Compare Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing and Can't Take Anything with You.


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    Advertising 
  • A Turkish advert for Daylong sunscreen shows beachgoers who are invisible except for their swimsuits

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Translucent, Translucent Syndrome, as a physical disorder that causes invisibility, does not affect clothes or makeup.
  • Doraemon have a gadget which makes Nobita invisible, sans clothing, which he used to pick on Gian and Suneo for picking on him. It works, but because Naked People Are Funny, the gadget then loses its effects when Nobita is in front of Shizuka and two other girls.
  • Ghost in the Shell has a type of camouflage — essentially invisible spandex — that can't be worn over anything and is ultra-skintight. Once the anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex went more mainstream, the camo became "invisible clothing" as it had been in the manga. Note that this typically only applies to the Major, while male characters using the camo are able to wear less revealing outfits.
  • In I'm Gonna Be an Angel!, Noelle's older sister Sara is invisible, and uses clothes and bandages to simulate visibility when needed. After everyone but protagonist Yuusuke starts taking her for granted, she manages to regain visibility through sheer emotion... and flashes everyone in the area with her nudity. Fortunately, only her family were present, but her brother managed to comment how she'd grown a lot since he saw her last, before he passed out from nosebleed.
  • In Alabaster, the normally lethal invisibility ray hit Ami Ozawa while she was still in the womb, leaving her permanently invisible. Alabaster, the main villain, kidnaps her and breaks her will, and she helps him perform several jewelry heists by simply doing them naked. What finally causes her to do a full blown Face–Heel Turn, however, is the FBI agent raping her, then covering her in hideously colored paint stripes that she can't remove.
  • In Demon King Daimao, Kena Soga can turn invisible, (not that anyone knows that she can). However, since it's just her that turns invisible, it requires a lot of stripping or being caught naked after she materializes since her invisibility wears off if she runs out of magic or stops concentrating.
  • Bouquet in the anime adaptation of Blue Dragon can turn her body invisible, but not her clothes. As a result, she strips completely whenever she wants to go unnoticed. Bowdlerised in the English dub: Bouqet's body has a magic mass covering it, and mentions of nudity are removed.
  • In a filler episode of Fairy Tail, Lucy turns invisible from an old ointment she used. Her clothes remain visible, so when she runs to the guild for help, she does so in the nude. The show being what it is, a group of children run into her on accident and proceed to prod her naked butt out of fascination. When she finally gets to the guild, Natsu, who locates her more intentionally, finds a much more standard area to grab her.
  • In an early chapter of Doctor Slump, Senbei turns himself (but not his clothes) invisible, then starts undressing... but decides to leave his underwear on, just in case. This results in a pair of floating boxer shorts running around the town. Complete with author's notes from Toriyama insisting that the whole plot was not an excuse to draw less.
  • Suehirogari's adult manga Moonlight Exhibition features a girl who can become invisible with the standard "no clothes" rule in play. Years of sneaking around nude in public to use her powers has lead to her gaining a serious exhibitionism / public nudity fetish. The plot is kicked off when one of her classmates sees her outside being "self indulgent," which confuses her to no end — however, as established earlier dogs can see her just fine, which apparently includes... werewolves.
  • In Assassination Classroom, Koro-sensei uses his invisibility to avoid scaring a group of train passengers during a class trip, but his students point out that a random set of floating, disembodied clothing is just as unsettling.
  • In Is This A Zombie?, Ayumu gets turned invisible after drinking a potion he mistook for a drink. He strips down to sneak into the gym during the girl's physical examination day. Being the Butt-Monkey that he is, the invisibility starts to wear off while he's still inside and he's forced to run and hide. Taeko catches him, but kindly loans him some clothes instead of turning him in.
  • Misaki from Brynhildr in the Darkness has a restriction on her invisibility that prevents whatever she wears from being invisible, though it oddly doesn't seem to apply to her glasses.
  • Played for Laughs in My Hero Academia: Toru "Invisible Girl" Hagakure can usually be "seen" as either a floating school uniform, or in her superhero outfit, which is just a pair of shoes and gloves. To be truly effective with her powers, these come off when she needs to get completely stealthy. She usually doesn't mind having to go naked, but feels embarrassed if people watch her undress. Also, on one occasion, a character accidentally bumps into her when she's naked as she freaks out as if he did it on purpose. Later chapters of the story hint that Hagakure has some sort of light-manipulation ability, with one side effect of that being constant invisibility. A critical late chapter briefly reveals her true face thanks to a light attack she reflected.
  • Adam and Eve, a manga series created by Ryoichi Ikegami and Hideo Yamamoto, features an invisible man and an invisible woman (only their shoes and gloves are ever seen) who attack the Yakuza. The last panel of the first volume shows wet prints left by bare human feet.
  • The eponymous Akira from Toumei Shounen Tantei Akira can turn invisible under his clothes and strips them off to use his power. The clothes also seem to include a mask.
  • In BNA: Brand New Animal, Michiru develops Chameleon Camouflage powers when she realizes she needs to infiltrate Sylvasta's medical labs, but they don't affect her clothing. Rather than strip, however, she simply folds her arms and tail over her clothes, hiding them just enough to evade notice.
  • Vermeil in Gold: To sneak past a Cerberus with a cold, meaning it lacks its sense of smell, to steal a special flower it is guarding, Lillia drinks an invisibility potion and strips. Even though Alto and Vermeil can't see her, she is incredibly embarrassed. The potion wears off just as she returns with the flower, giving them an eyeful. She later uses the same potion to sneak into Alto's room (this being the original purpose).

    Comic Books 
  • Classically averted in Fantastic Four. Sue's always been able to extend her field to whatever mundane outfit she has on (and much further if she so chooses).note 
    • The Marvel 1602 version of Susan Storm has no unstable molecule costume, but this isn't much of a problem since she can't turn visible. Until the first time she activates her forcefield...
    • The original script for The Fantastic Four said that Sue would be permanently invisible, and unable to make anything else invisible, so she would have to strip down every time she wanted to disappear. Stan Lee commented in the script that this might be too sexy for comics.
    • What If? #34, a Self-Parody issue, has a one-off joke of Reed Richards not inventing unstable molecules. Sue is visible as a suit of clothes because of modesty. There's also male Fanservice of her brother, who finds himself naked when he flames off.
    • And playing with this trope and The Nudifier, Susan can turn clothes of other people invisible while the people themselves stay normal.
  • Infamously inverted in Wonder Woman — her plane was invisible, she wasn't, so in general, it just looked like a mysterious squatting woman shooting through the air. The plane is later retconned to make its contents invisible, too (in Wonder Woman 1984 as well).
  • Milo Manara's Butterscotch features, among other things, a woman giving the invisible character a blowjob while other characters, unaware of the invisible man's presence, look in bafflement at her "lewd mime act."
  • The Invisible Man (an alternate version of the original one) in Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen must strip down to best take advantage of his condition. He was originally found wandering a girl's dorm nude... impregnating several of the girls (which they took as miracles).
  • Inverted in The Bod, a short three-part miniseries in Image Comics. The story is about a rising supermodel whose body gets turned invisible due to an industrial accident shortly after she arrives at Hollywood to have her big break as an actress. She wears lots of very form-fitting clothing to show off her beautiful body as she tries to use her new, incurable condition as a gimmick to further her career.
  • Inverted in Empowered: the suit of the eponymous heroine can turn invisible. Just the suit — the wearer remains completely visible. Given that Emp gets her powers from her suit and loses them when it's damaged, it can actually be useful.
  • In Sturmtruppen, at one point the Medic believes to have drunk the Potion of Invisibility, and boasts about it in front of his underlings. When they say that they can still see him, he assumes that is because he's still wearing his clothes, so he strips naked and boast again his presumed invisibility to the now stunned assistants. From that strip on, he firmly believes that he has to strip in order to become invisible.
  • In the 1960s Italian comic book La Donna Invisibile, the heroine, Nadine Roland, is given a formula for pills that make her invisible for 15 minutes. In order for the pill to work, she has to be naked, and on at least one occasion she's still naked when the invisibility wears off.
  • In Cyber Force, Sly could make herself almost completely invisible, but had to be naked to do so and could lose her invisibility if her concentration was broken.
  • In Archie Comics' Sabrina at Gravestone Heights 91313, Sabrina is friends with a perpetually invisible girl named Cleara Glass, whose clothes and makeup are always visible. In one story, Cleara wears a mask to appear as a redhead girl.
  • In Le Petit Spirou, Spirou and Vertignasse offer Suzette to try the invisibility machine for some candies. But they can still see her because her clothes are visible, so she begins stripping. Then she has an "Eureka!" Moment when Spirou is definitely too excited for seeing flying panties.
  • The second issue of the Harvey Comics Monster in My Pocket comic book has the Invisible Man decide to go without clothes due to enjoying the freedom and realizing that he's more use to the good monsters when no-one can see him.

    Comic Strips 
  • Yenny had an arc lasting from October to November 2005 in which Yenny mistakenly drinks her friend's invisibility potion. She decides to walk around nude and spy on Kelso and Margot.

    Fan Works 
  • Taylor in the Worm fic First Witch can shift into a parallel dimension, becoming invisible for everyone in the "normal" one, but can't take anything with her, forcing her to move around naked. Another power allows her to act as a cape.
  • The plot of this Invader Zim fanfic revolves around Dib discovering a spell that turns the user invisible, but excludes their clothing. He's too aware about the potential downfalls to use it, but Gaz is more willing to take the risk. As thus, Hilarity Ensues.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Igor, Carl Cristall is an invisible talk show-host who can be detected by his floating shirt and hat — but no pants. His hatred of pants becomes a Running Gag up until the end of the movie.
  • Griffin the Invisible Man of the Hotel Transylvania franchise mostly goes nude except for a pair of floating Eye Glasses, and the one time he wears clothes is for the sake of a gag where he gets his pants pulled down and claims shrinkage. In Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, he's finally made visible, confirming once and for all that he's nude, horrifying his friends Wayne and Murray. Once he's made invisible once more, his friends beg him to keep his clothes on.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the campy 1940 science fiction satire The Invisible Woman, the title heroine, while able to turn invisible, was naked when she did so as her clothes could not turn invisible along with her, making many audiences at the time regard the film as slightly risqué.
  • In the 1941 comedy The Body Disappears, the Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter injects herself with her father's invisibility serum to rescue her boyfriend, who was also made invisible. While nude and invisible, she gets into a convertible and Drives Like Crazy, to the horror of a man who had been hiding in the back seat.
  • Invisible Boy from Mystery Men, whose clothes apparently just fall off him when he uses his power (which works only when he's not being watched by anybody, making it good only for fooling purely mechanical surveillance).
  • The martial arts fantasy flick The Enchantress has a charm which makes it's wearer invisible, sans clothes.
  • In the 1980s comedy The Invisible Kid, the boy heroes have to sneak around nude and invisible, partly to steal back the invisibility formula and, given that this is a Teen Sexploitation Comedy, partly to peep on the cheerleaders.
  • Mostly averted in Memoirs of an Invisible Man: Chevy Chase's outfit was hit by the same invisibility beam. Understandably, he occasionally has trouble finding his invisible clothes, and any outfit other than the one he was wearing when he became invisible remains visible after he puts it on.
  • The title character of Paul can stay invisible only as long as he holds his breath, so he does get caught naked in public a few times. It's not really an issue though, since people are too caught up in his being an alien to care that he's naked.
  • In Bradley's Summer, the invisibility potion doesn't make clothes invisible, so Bradley has no choice but to take them off when he uses it.
  • The Major in Ghost in the Shell (2017) can cloak her cybernetic body, but needs to disrobe before she can actually make use of it in combat (which, since she's played by Scarlett Johansson, is definitely a good thing). Certain full-contact actions like jumping through a window disrupt her nigh-invisibility even so.
  • The alien visitor in Phantom From Space is invisible and can move unseen outside his spacesuit, but being in contact with Earth's atmosphere long enough makes him visible eventually.

    Literature 
  • In The BFG, a boy's dream is that he can make himself invisible by pressing his tummy-button. He discovers this in the bath, so he is naked anyway, but later he puts on his dressing gown and slippers and walks in the streets, scaring people.
  • The title character of H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man hides from the rioting peasants by stripping naked. In winter. One of the few examples to take into account the elements, as well as other things such as being unable to walk in a crowd (people would step on him and hit him with waving arms/purses/packages/etc.), having to avoid mud (it sticks to the feet), etc., etc. Fridge Logic suggests that Griffin was holding the Idiot Ball, as the original novel's invisibility-induction process also worked on white fabrics. Griffin was always a bit of a nutcase, so his failure to create a suit of invisible clothes may have been a simple oversight. (Later adaptations avert this problem by making the source of his invisibility a drug, effective only on living things.)
  • In Memoirs of an Invisible Man, the accident that turns the eponymous man invisible affects everything in a sphere roughly 100 feet across: him, his clothes, the building structure, and a number of objects that happened to be nearby. When he eats and drinks, until it is digested fully, the food/beverage does not become invisible. His invisible clothes suffer wear and tear. His invisible gun will eventually run out of invisible bullets. And, with the government after him, it's not like he can just live at his old house or sneak into places at will. The author does quite well at thinking out the rules and limitations of the premise.
  • Things Not Seen:
    • Bobby sneaks over to the library to research his condition. A blind girl, Alicia, notices him and finds out that something's not quite right with Bobby; after touching his bare arm, she finds it odd enough that he's supposedly in a short-sleeved shirt in cool weather, but when she bumps into him at one point and feels his bare chest, she gets furious at him being shirtless and starts making assumptions about what kind of person he is and what his intentions are, which ultimately leads to the quote.
      Alicia: So... so you're really...
      Bobby: Invisible.
      Alicia: ... naked?
      Bobby: Yeah. That too.
    • Another person with the same condition is said to wear a burqa all the time so that nobody will know she's invisible.
  • In The Trouble With Moonlight, Lusinda Havershaw's skin turns invisible when exposed to moonlight, but her clothes don't become invisible with her. Works out well, since she's a gentlewoman thief. Getting the loot out is kind of a complication, however, since in order to stay invisible she has to remain in the moonlight. She needs to absorb a certain amount of moonlight in order to turn invisible in the first place, and she can remain invisible if she absorbs enough of it, but if she's away from the moonlight for too long she gradually becomes visible, leading to a few Naked People Are Funny moments as her glorious body is glimpsed however briefly by the public a few times when she is cut off from the moonlight for too long.
  • In Invisible Inc, Chip fell into the magic spring while fully dressed, and has kept that set of clothes safe ever since. Of course, once he grows a bit... Chip's invisible clothes don't show up until the second book of the series, probably due to complaints from Moral Guardians. The Retcon is hardly noticeable because the first book was silent on the subject. Apparently it was the reaction to the implication that Chip was naked in the first book that convinced them to explicitly state he wasn't in the second.
  • In Smoke by Donald Westlake, a small-time crook accidentally gets turned invisible after getting turned into a guinea pig by two Camp Gay (yes, it becomes relevant) skin cancer researchers. Westlake obviously did his research, as the titular character has to deal with all of the troubles of invisibility including exposure to the elements, having to fast to avoid having half-digested food showing, and being noticed at one point by a blind man.
  • In the Torchwood novel Pack Animals, Ianto Jones is invisible for about half of the book. At one point he must sneak into a secret facility and is forced to do so nude, since his invisible clothes were ruined. His teammates also bar him from eating anything beforehand, as a floating blob of digesting food would be noticeable (not to mention disgusting).
  • In one of R. L. Stine's Ghosts of Fear Street books (Go to Your Tomb — Right Now!), magic allows two friends to turn invisible for twelve hours; it causes whatever clothes they put on to turn invisible with them, then turn visible when they undress. Unfortunately, the two decide to sneak into the community pool when it's closed and go swimming in their underwear. Two people who run the pool show up, the friends can't find a way to escape unnoticed...and of course, that's when their times expires.
  • In Neal Shusterman's The Schwa Was Here, Calvin Schwa is The Nondescript; you basically won't notice him unless you're trying to. Once he goes through two and a half periods of the school day before anyone notices he is present and only wearing a speedo.
  • Wild Cards:
    • Played with: Wraith is a Classy Cat-Burglar who turns semi-transparent and intangible. However, as she can only do so while holding on to a certain amount of mass and she'd actually like to get away with some of her stolen goods, she performs most of her heists in a mask and bikini.
    • Chrysalis is a Joker whose invisibility is always on and only applies to her skin and hair.
  • In one of The History of the Galaxy novels, the book's protagonist finds a Lost Colony whose settlers have gained strange powers after landing. One of these groups calls themselves Shadows and have invisibility powers, along with empathy and healing. While the inhabitants of the City don't walk around naked and generally avoid turning invisible if they can help it, many colonists went mad after the mutation and live in the wild. The wild Shadows almost never become visible and run around naked.
  • In Invisible! by Robert Swindells, the main characters turn invisible with the use of a ring called a fairy ring. This invisibility doesn't affect their clothes. It also should be noted that the main characters are invisible but they can still see each other in this state.
  • In The Accidental Superheroine, Mira's and Giancarlo's powers let them become completely invisible —including things that they've eaten, but not clothing— and unable to turn it off. The government forces trying to capture them utilize spray-cans and hoses of blue paint to place them. It's later hinted that their transformation also removes any smell to them unless they remember to do things like sweat.
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Millard Nullings, whose peculiarity is invisibility. He's constantly being chastised by Miss Peregrine for loitering around naked.
    Miss Peregrine: How many times must I tell you, polite persons do not take their supper in the nude!
  • In Natalie Whipple's Transparent, the heroine, Fiona McClean, was born invisible, and dropped on her head the moment she was born because the doctor couldn't see her. Her bodily fluids are invisible, and she is capable of making other things invisible, so food turns invisible as she chews it, and makeup and sunscreen only stay on her skin for a short time before getting absorbed by her skin/sweat. Her clothing is not invisible, so she takes off her clothes if she needs to hide.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gandalf notes that Ringwraiths are invisible because they mostly inhabit the spirit world, and their dark cloaks are just there so that they can interact with normal people. The One Ring affects clothes and weapons, though, so presumably the Ringwraiths' original clothes and ornaments went to the spirit world with them.
  • One Fat Summer: When Bobby Marks told his friend Jodie about his fantasy of making an invisibility potion that let him fight crime and sneak into the girl's locker room, she makes him realize that he would need to do it naked. Given how awkward he is about his body, this kills Bobby's fantasy.
  • Discussed in The Squire's Tales. Ywain is in hiding, using a magical invisibility ring. It affects clothes, and at one point, Rhience wonders if it would also affect a horse if Ywain was riding it. Later, Ywain justifies why he changed into stolen clothes:
    ''Well, I couldn't keep wearing my armor. It clinks when I walk. And you wouldn't expect me to run around naked, would you?"
    "Why not? You're invisible."
    "It's cold," Ywain replied practically. "That's why not."

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Round the Twist episode "Linda Godiva", Linda uses an enchanted perfume spritzer to become invisible and tries to help her brother Pete win a race by riding a horse nude. Of course, her brother accidentally deactivates it at exactly the wrong time.
  • Clara from Sanctuary (2007) is unable to use her invisibility while she's being observed, and she uses it to steal and spy at first. When Will and Druit come to recruit her, the "no clothes" is lampshaded, and they turn on the sprinkler to find her. When completing her mission, she persuades Will to strip so she's not alone (he doesn't have the power of invisibility). She's the granddaughter of Nigel Griffin, the original invisible man, who was one of the Five who injected themselves with a vampire-derived serum. And yes, Griffin used to strip to fully use his power, such as when infiltrating German camps during World War II.
  • In an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place, Justin is turned invisible by Alex's careless wording of a wish to a Literal Genie. Justin strips off his pyjamas so his parents won't notice him, leaving him naked in a room with his parents and his sister. Hilarity Ensues as Alex attempts to prevent the parents from accidentally sitting on him, etc.
  • The X-Files: In the episode "Je Souhaite", two brothers find an actual genie, and begin asking for wishes, with typical results. One brother asks to become invisible. He immediately strips down and goes out to have fun with his newfound power. He has a great time for about five minutes, then gets hit by a truck. Scully has to fingerprint-dust the entire body just to see it, and is completely flummoxed by being confronted by something that is clearly physically impossible.
  • On an episode of Big Wolf on Campus, a longtime rival of Merton develops abilities for sorcery and uses them against him by (no surprise) gradually turning him invisible. Merton is reduced to a "floating" head hiding inside Tommy's backpack and, to Tommy's disgust, admits his nakedness.
  • There was a Japanese TV drama series in the 1990s about a photojournalist who has special pills that make him briefly invisible. In one episode, the photojournalist's girlfriend takes some of the pills and becomes invisible. While nude and invisible, she pulls pranks such as pushing a couple off their bench into a swimming pool.
  • In the Wicked Science episode "Catch Me if You Can", Elizabeth invents an invisibility gel that doesn't work on clothes, so she walks around school in the nude to spy on Toby's date with Nikky for much of the boy's embarrassment when he realizes it. As the episode ends, however, she is locked outside the shop where she put her clothes and the rain makes her visible again, leaving her totally exposed.
  • Translucent from The Boys (2019) possesses a skin that he can turn invisible, but he must be naked to truly stay unseen. He certainly has no inhibitions about being naked... and spying on people in bathrooms.
  • In the 1997 sitcom You Wish episode "A Real Don Juan" Genie gives Travis magic gum that turns him invisible to help with his sister’s magic act. However it doesn’t work on clothes and not wanting to be completely naked, he leaves his underwear on. When the gum falls out his mouth he turns visible and ends up in his underwear in front of the entire school.

    Music Videos 
  • In the video of I'm The Urban Spaceman from The Innes Book of Records, the singer is invisible but his clothes aren't. He's never seen (or unseen) completely nude, but when he gets out of bed he's clearly not wearing anything below the waist.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Princess Peach has to sneak into the X-Naut leader's office by using an invisibility potion. Of course, she doesn't realize until it's too late that her clothing won't be affected. She does remember to dress back up before she drinks the potion that will make her visible again; it is an E-rated game, after all.
  • In Microforum International's mobile phone games The Invisible Man and The Invisible Lady, the player character is nude and invisible, and must collect clothing and four antidote ingredients to become visible again.
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia feature an enemy called "Invisible Man", who is wearing a trenchcoat, hat, and pants when you enter the room, but he quickly drops them and charges at you, naked and invisible. (You can still make him out by his blurry outline.)
  • In Minecraft, the invisibility Status Effect does not extend to any items the player is holding or wearing, so they must forgo any protective properties of armour and keep their hands empty to take full advantage of the status effect..
  • Adventures in the Galaxy of Fantabulous Wonderment: Hole, the communications officer, is invisible except for his eyebrows. He's sometimes called upon to get naked for stealth purposes, but he's very much not happy about it.
  • In Detectives United, one of the eponymous detectives —Agent Brown— is invisible since childhood. The series doesn't call much attention to the streaking aspect, but it's there.

    Web Comics 
  • In Alien Loves Predator, Preston's cloaking device doesn't affect his clothes or glasses, but he doesn't notice, and can't understand why people can see him.
  • The Young Protectors: While Kyle is on a date in Hong Kong with Duncan, two vigilante heroes crash the restaurant to take out Duncan or pretend to do so, on Duncan's orders; Kyle is instructed by Duncan to leave and promptly gets a bag of invisibility powder tossed on him. Unfortunately, his clothing is still visible, prompting him to frantically strip as he (blue and naked for our viewing convenience) runs through the streets of Hong Kong. When it wears off, naturally, he's standing in front of Duncan.
  • One strip of German webcomic Notfunny Cartoons (mildly NSFW) shows two old scientists waiting at a bus stop stark naked, with their dialogue implying that they were field-testing some kind of invisibility experiment when it ran out on them. Here's a rough translation:
    Scientist 1: All right, you were right. The invisibility machine only makes you invisible for two hours.
    Scientist 2: [happily] I WAS RIGHT!

    Western Animation 
  • Skinner Boys: In "The Curse of Invisibility" the magical artifact the kids find is a bracelet that allows the user to turn invisible. Except the person who uses it has to be naked to be at their most effective. Did they mention that this person is a child?
  • Invader Zim: Inverted when the cloaking device on the Megadoomer makes the vehicle invisible but the pilot can be seen floating in the air as the transparent mecha stomps down the street. Hilarity Ensues.
  • On SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob and Patrick buy an invisibility spray and take off their clothes before using it because the spray stains clothes. Of course, being the imbeciles they are, they end up spraying their clothes anyway.
  • The Big Knights: The Knights use magic invisibility hats to go spying in a neighboring kingdom, and have to remove their armor and underwear to remain invisible. It's not terribly effective, as they aren't the brightest pair and still stomp around bellowing and waving their swords, even doffing their hats to a group of shocked nuns.
  • In Courage the Cowardly Dog, Eustace is forced to strip when he has to turn invisible to save Muriel from the government in the episode "Invisible Muriel". He keeps wearing his hat and glasses though and the guards don't think anything is strange. Oddly enough, when Eustace gets turned into a gold statue, he's wearing boxers.
  • In The Replacements episode "Todd Busters", Todd uses Agent K's invisibility hat, which turns invisible along with the wearer, but for unexplained reasons the rest of his clothes doesn't, so he has to take them off. In the end, he loses the hat and is exposed naked to an audience.
  • Sid the Invisible Kid from Gravedale High apparently doesn't wear pants, as all the rest of his clothes are visible.
  • On The Cleveland Show, Rollo is told he's invisible and spends the rest of the episode running around naked, trying to play pranks on people. It's unclear whether he thinks he has to take off his clothes to remain unseen or whether he just wants to do it, given that supposedly no one can see him.
  • In one episode of The Jetsons, George is turned invisible by one of Mr. Spacely's inventions and needs to fix it to turn visible. At first, it doesn't work on his clothes, and he has to take them off to sneak around invisible. However, at certain times in the cartoon the effect wears off, and in a couple of scenes, he's naked (only the top half of his body visible, of course) while in others he's fully clothed, wearing his usual outfit.
  • In The Addams Family episode "Hide and Go Lurch", one of the ways Gomez and Fester attempted to prevent Lurch from finding them was by turning themselves invisible. The invisibility formula didn't affect their clothes, so they had to disrobe, only for Lurch to again succeed in finding them.
  • Futurama: The Hulu revival episode "Children of a Lesser Bog" has Kif Kroker make use of his camouflage ability to rescue Zapp Brannigan from the Tardigrade Bears, ensuring his invisibility is effective by removing his clothes.

 
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Susan finds herself in many fanservice situations during the Fantastic Four movies, much to her distress.

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