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A character's first appearance onscreen is without a stitch of clothing.

Depending on context, it can imply vulnerability, primality, being above silly human cultural standards, Fanservice or just symbolize the birth of the story.

It can also sidestep Fridge Logic questions like "Why didn't so and so bring weapons or MacGuffin with them?" Answer: You Can't Take Anything with You, including clothing; thus justifying a Bag of Spilling.

Can be played with Naked First Impression, but it isn't necessary that these tropes go hand in hand, nor should they be confused with each other. Compare Full-Frontal Assault, Innocent Fanservice Girl, You Wake Up in a Room. Clones are usually Naked On Arrival (since you don't have clothes in your DNA). See Naked on Revival, a sub-trope.

Truth in Television (you cannot be born otherwise).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Absolute Boyfriend: The boy-in-a-box android and love interest Night is delivered naked.
  • Tomihime is bathing naked in a lake in Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales when we first see her. Everything comes full circle at the end, too: she's also naked at the end of the story.
  • Black Clover: Fanzell Kruger's first appearance has him greeting a shocked Noelle as he has just stepped out of bath, cloaked only in Censor Steam, prompting her to attack him. It becomes a Running Gag for the rest of the arc.
  • Blattodea: Setsuna Dinoponera is bathing naked in a public fountain when Chiyuri first meets her, which sets her up as a clueless Funny Foreigner. She even provokes a fight with Chiyuri right there for the heck of it, and the whole thing is made ironic by how Arachnid portrayed Setsuna with no nudity or panty shots and how the last we saw of her in that story was her getting Put on a Bus to Hell by a crowd of rapist zombies.
  • Bleach:
    • Yoruichi (at least in human form) and Wonderweiss (when he is "born").
    • Nozomi is discovered naked and unconscious by Kon.
  • The first time the audience sees Dokuro in Bludgeoning Angel Dokurochan is when Sakura walks in on her while she's changing.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Index actually is wearing clothes when Touma first encounters her, but Imagine Breaker makes short work of the Walking Church a few minutes later.
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun: Misaka 9982, a perfect clone of Misaka Mikoto, is first seen when she emerges from the tank in which she was created, completely naked.
  • Chii from Chobits is first seen only wrapped in some bandages that come off when she activates.
  • In Darker than Black there is a contractor named Brita who can teleport, but that doesn't include clothes.
  • Eden of the East begins with the protagonist finding himself naked in front of the White House (despite being Japanese), with a gun in one hand and a cell phone in the other; he doesn't know who he is or why he's there, and soon learns that he erased his own memory for unknown reasons. Notable, we do eventually learn the answer to that, but the "naked in front of the White House with a gun" parts are never really resolved.
  • Elfen Lied begins with Lucy slaughtering her way through the Diclonius labs in the nude after escaping her bonds.
  • The Eminence in Shadow: Alpha, after having her possession (which turned her into a rotting meat monster) cured by Cid/Shadow, she is introduced with no clothing. A flashback shows this also happened to Gamma after Cid cured her of possession. Cid cured some other girls of possession offscreen; it is safe to say getting turned into a blob of rotting meat will make one lose their clothes.
  • The first character on screen in Ergo Proxy appears as the nude sillouette of a young man who at first looks like Vincent. It turns out to be Proxy One.
  • In The Familiar of Zero, Irukuku falls out of the sky naked. The reason is she is the human form of the dragon Sylphid, with no Magic Pants.
  • In Gantz, Kei Kishimoto arrives at the room naked, having just killed herself while bathing. Let's just say a lot of the guys there were pretty happy with that surprise, and it was quite possibly the reason why the two main characters fell for her.
  • Miharu and Kirie in Girls Bravo, Miharu also count as Naked First Impression while Kirie is initially Downplayed being mostly covered by a towel and then Deconstructed showing much more in a rage burst, but only offscreen and to the protagonist, who isn't pleased.
  • Gundam:
    • Woolf from Mobile Suit Gundam AGE was first seen on-screen while showering, so he must've been naked. Good thing they had the respect to only show his feet and torso.
    • Puru Two in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ was nude in a suspended animation chamber upon her first appearance. Oddly, she didn't seem to mind at all when she woke up.
  • Gunslinger Girl. Alessandro Ricci is presented with his new cyborg Petrushka naked under a sheet in a Social Welfare Agency hospital room. He removes the sheet and checks out her body in a detached manor, presumably to imply he thinks she's Just a Machine. Later when their relationship becomes more romantic, she calls him out over being Distracted by the Sexy when he's already seen her naked.
  • Averted in Haibane Renmei. Despite bursting from a cocoon in a wet mess, Rakka appears wearing a white robe.
  • The three esper girls from Hinamatsuri all come out naked from a capsule when they travel from the future and arrive to the present. It also makes a direct reference to The Terminator.
  • Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia: The original light novel doesn't describe Aine Chidorigafuchi when she was discovered as a child in a canal, but in the manga version, she was naked. The anime version had her wearing a simple dress with no shoes.
  • At the start of I'm Gonna Be an Angel!, Yuusuke follows a trail of women's clothing to find a passed out, nude Noelle. It can also count as Naked First Impression.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Stardust Crusaders: Sherry Polnareff appears nude when she's seemingly brought back to life by Cameo.
    • Near the end of Stone Ocean, every living being is transported into a new universe by Enrico Pucci's Stand. During the process, everything inorganic is destroyed, including the clothes of every person. When everyone wakes up, they are all naked. Luckily, their clothes are just besides them. One prison guard even asks why all the prisoners around him are naked just to realize that he's so as well, and they are all in front of a security camera.
    • In the prologue of JoJolion, Josuke is naked when he crawls out of the ground at the Wall Eyes. Much to the horror of Yasuho, not least because Jousuke has four testicles.
  • Ken Akamatsu has a pattern of introducing his manga's main love interest in a Naked First Impression with the protagonist. Saati from A.I. Love You pops out of a computer naked when she comes to life, while Naru from Love Hina and Kuroumaru from UQ Holder! are first seen taking a bath that got interrupted by their Accidental Pervert.
  • Michiru from Kono Kanojo Wa Fiction Desu first appeared inside Yuuri's bag naked.
  • Little Jumper: A giant machine comes out of nowhere and melts away, leaving only a mysterious naked girl who quickly reveals herself to be a Time Traveler hellbent on saving her mother.
  • Lily of Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force is first seen naked in an abandoned lab, strapped to a strange stone structure.
  • Melfina in Outlaw Star is first found naked inside a box.
  • Technically speaking, male Ranma from Ranma ½she arrived to the Tendō home as a female, and the first time the audience (and Akane) saw him he was climbing out of the bath.
  • The first Rebuild of Evangelion movie ends with an Adaptational Early Appearance by Kowaru, naked on the moon. He's somehow acquired pants (but no shirt) by the time we see him in the sequel.
  • Restaurant to Another World: The first time the dragons Red Queen and Black Queen/Kuro take on humanoid forms, they are naked. They quickly conjure clothes when people politely ask them to.
  • Romance in the Beast World: Lin Haunhaun was taking a bath when she suddenly gets warped to a another world. This makes her suffer from the cold until the first person she meets makes clothes for her out of a boar pelt.
  • The first time we see Meru Otonashi, Abiru Kobushi, Nami Hitou and Harumi Fujiyoshi in the first episode of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, they are naked in a communal bath at an Imagine Spot from Kafuka. However, it probably doesn't count since it's only at Kafuka's imagination.
  • Soul Eater:
    • We are introduced to Blair in the bath. Soul gets a nosebleed upon busting in her bathroom and crashing right into her cleavage.
    • Kishin Asura, who promptly freaks out and make himself some clothes out of his own skin.
  • In Strike the Blood, Reina arrives in the present in a similar manner to the Terminator, crouching naked in a ball of lightning. She quickly knocks Yukina out and steals her clothes.
  • Tenchi Muyo!: Ryoko in the first OVA. Though she's in the form of a 700-year-old mummified demon... ugh. In her first appearance as a hot alien chick, she's fully clothed. They discuss this in Episode 4, the first time Tenchi sees Ryoko's normal body naked:
    Ryoko: You've seen me naked before. Remember? Inside the cave?
    Tenchi: Yeah, I remember... but, then you were just a mummy.
  • Played with in Tokyo Ghoul, with The Reveal of the identity of the One-Eyed Owl. It initially appears as either a cloaked figure or as a massive, armored beast. But then comes the Wham Shot where we finally see what the Owl looks like in human form, when it emerges naked from its armored shell. Turns out, we've already met her twice before, in her identities as Sen Takatsuki and Eto.
  • In Trinity Seven, Arin first appears when Arata gets a Naked First Impression from her by running into her in the middle of her bath... at the men's bathroom.
  • Welcome to Japan, Ms. Elf!: The first time anyone from the fantasy world is transported to Japan, they arrive naked. Whenever they come again, they can keep their clothes.
  • Yuria from Yuria 100 Shiki is first seen naked in her creator's lab, and remains so for quite a while. Somewhat justified, as it's hentai, and she's a Sex Bot. She also runs away from him before he has a chance to give her clothes, though it's not likely he would have.
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs introduces its titular Cute Ghost Girl when she joins Kogarashi in his bath at the hot springs, only to freak out when she realizes he can see her. Also counts as Naked First Impression.
  • Justified in Zatch Bell!. Zatch went fishing before flying through Kiyo's window, and hadn't yet dressed himself.
  • Fiona in Zoids: Chaotic Century emerges from her stasis pod nude aside from some pipes wrapped around her body.


    Comic Books 
  • The first time we meet Apollo and Midnighter in The Authority they are naked on the floor of an abandoned warehouse, something that is not explained or even mentioned — they just get up, put their costumes on and go out fightin' crime. And yet, some readers were still shocked — shocked, I say! — when they finally realized these two badasses were a couple.
  • In the original Den stories in Heavy Metal, the title characters arrived in Neverwhere as physical ideals and completely nude, but find themselves never needing any clothes afterward. However, in the animated movie (and for the sake of the censors) Den does put on a loincloth because "There was no way he was gonna walk around this place with his dork hanging out!"
  • ElfQuest:
    • Timmain first reveals herself to the Wolfriders after being presumed dead for 10,000 years by shape shifting from wolf to elf form, naturally without clothing. This doesn't bother her in the least, although she does pay lip service to modesty by wearing Godiva Hair whenever she's in elf form.
    • In the Siege at Blue Mountain series, Leetah's first appearance is her nude, uninhibited dance with Nightfall. This is given a kind of inverted bookend at the end of the series when she's in bed with the sleeping Cutter, looking naked and vulnerable as she contemplates the future.
  • In Raymond Briggs' The Man, the Man is stark naked when he reveals himself to the boy. His first request is that the boy finds him some clothes.
  • Sassette in the comic book origin of the Smurflings in The Smurfs appears without any clothes when the boy Smurflings create her, leading to Please Put Some Clothes On.
  • Supergirl: Post-Crisis incarnation of Supergirl was found naked in stasis in her spaceship in The Supergirl from Krypton (2004), justified as allowing her to absorb more yellow sun energy. This was later retconned out, though.
  • Superman:
    • Like Supergirl (see above), Kal-El is usually depicted as naked on arrival — but that doesn't warrant as many comments as his cousin as he's always a baby coming out of the rocket.
    • Grown-up Kal-El crash-landed on Earth without his clothes after Superman Red and Superman Blue were fused back together into one being at the beginning of Superman Forever.
    • Ditto for Chris, the Kryptonian child Clark and Lois wind up fostering. Possibly because his parents didn't have any way to make him clothes in the Phantom Zone.
  • In Transmetropolitan our first introduction to Spider Jerusalem has him completely naked, save for his incredibly long scraggly beard and hair.
  • In the Uncanny X-Men storyline that introduced the island nation of Genosha, Wolverine and Rogue were teleported there by a mutant code-named Pipeline. Their clothes however weren't.
    • Not that long after, Rogue went through the Siege Perilous. When she was brought back in UXM #269, readers were shown her body being built up, first bones, then muscles etc. until she finally sat naked on the floor.
  • Granted, it was a dream, but this is how everyone's introduced to Will Vandom in the comics version of W.I.T.C.H..

    Fan Works 
  • In the Alternate Universe fic A.I Need You, Ulrich and Jeremie are both hit by a surprise when they see Aelita and Yumi sitting naked in the genius's room after being virtual for some time (Aelita a little longer than the fic's start point). Jeremie quickly remedies this by materializing clothes.
  • In Browncoat, Green Eyes Harry shows up naked when a distant descendant of the Weasleys uses a special ring to summon him.
  • Inverted in this page of Catfood-McFly's Incestria Girls. Twilight arrives in the human world fully clothed like the show it's parodying, but promptly strips naked because ponies only wear clothing for special occasions in Equestria and she doesn't want to stand out. It ends about as well as you'd expect.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim: In the first chapter of the non-canon Mature Edition spinoff, a teleportation spell gone wrong transports Viera and Gaz from the latter's home to the woods, but leaves their clothes behind. Hilarity Ensues as they try to get home without being seen.
  • In Origin Story, when Alex Harris first arrives in the Marvel Universe, she's naked as a jaybird. She's also falling to earth from orbit like a meteor. When the Air Force rescue team reaches her point of impact, their first reaction to seeing her lying naked in the middle of a crater is bemusement.
    Major Doyle Duffy: Well. There's something you don't see every day...
  • In A Place Past Loss after a desperate Harry drinks what he thinks is an exotic poison he wakes up totally naked in an alternate universe.
  • Pony POV Series: An alternate version of Applejack who became the Element of Laughter comes from a world where the ponies are almost exactly like humans, including having a nudity taboo. When Applejack and Orangejack summoned alternate versions of themselves to help defeat Nightmare Mirror, Laughter Applejack was naked. When this event was later shown from her point of view, it revealed that when she was summoned, she had just had a shower and she lost her towel when she was being sucked into the portal.
  • In Shadows of Giants, Fluttershy is sent to the human world and turned into a human. She arrives unconscious and naked. Princess Celestia provides her friends with clothes before they travel through the portal to retrieve Fluttershy so the same thing doesn't happen to them.

    Films — Animation 
  • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: Kara arrives on Earth without any clothing as her ship crashes into the sea.
  • The official teaser trailer for Zootopia introduces the viewer to Deuteragonist Nick Wilde, a fox, who isn't wearing any clothes. This wouldn't be worth noting, except that the actual movie actually has a whole scene demonstrating that in this setting, animals do have a nudity taboo. For what it's worth, Nick stays dressed through the whole film.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 28 Days Later starts with Jim naked in a hospital room.
  • Uma Thurman first appearance as Venus in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a re-enactment of Sandro Botticelli's nude painting The Birth of Venus.
  • Downplayed in Animal House: Otter's first appearance in has him wearing only a Modesty Towel, which he removes shortly after.
  • While the title character of Barbarella isn't naked in the exact moment she first appears on camera, she quickly corrects this in the famous zero-G striptease scene. She then answers the Video Phone naked when the President of Earth calls.
  • The film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead starts with two of the main characters in a sex scene that is borderline hardcore.
  • We're first introduced to Maude Lebowski in The Big Lebowski as she's swinging from a harness naked while squirting paint on a canvas.
  • In "Buenos Aires Vice Versa" the main female character is shown completely naked in the first scene she appears.
  • Dark Angel: The Ascent: After Veronica's arrival on Earth, both her demonic appearance and her clothes vanish as she becomes more or less human, attracting the attention of a curious crowd.
  • In the beginning of Dark City, the main character awakes in a bathtub.
  • Julie Warner's character in Doc Hollywood is first seen emerging from a lake where she's been skinny dipping.
  • Rufus (Chris Rock) pulls this off literally in Dogma.
  • In The Blood Spattered Bride, Lesbian Vampire Carmilla has a memorable entrance — she's discovered buried in the sand, naked, wearing only a breathing snorkel.
  • Remember Ursula Andress coming out of the ocean in the James Bond movie Dr. No, wearing only a bikini and a hunting belt? In the novel, it was just a belt.
  • Leeloo in The Fifth Element is shown getting reconstructed from her DNA. After a few moments of PG-13 nudity, the machine dresses her in fashionably revealing bandages.
  • Flight begins (after an establishing building shot) with Katerina waking up in Whip's hotel room completely naked, with a closeup shot of her breasts to boot.
  • In Hacksaw Ridge, cocky fellow-recruit Milt "Hollywood" Zane is first shown exercising stark naked in front of everyone, for no reason other than to show off his physique (and, incidentally, for a whole load of fanservice). This fails to impress the squad Sergeant, who makes him complete the entire day’s training in the nude, including an obstacle course which requires a lot of crawling along the ground.
  • Mr. Chow of The Hangover first appears naked in both films of the series. In the second it is rather low key, but in the first he jumps screaming out of a car's trunk and proceeds to beat two of the protagonists senseless.
  • In The Kid Who Would Be King, Merlin comes into town completely naked, apparently he merely forgot to generate clothing.
  • In A Knight's Tale Geoff first appears walking down a road stark naked. In the commentary Paul Bettany laughs about how unusual a way this is for an actor to make his entrance into mainstream American film.
  • Gorgeous Mathilda May spends almost the entirety of space vampire movie Lifeforce (1985) completely naked.
  • In Overboard, Joanna is pulled out of the water wearing nothing but her panties. She lost her nightgown and robe in the ocean. This could be taken as symbolic vulnerability referring to her amnesia.
  • In Princess of Mars, John Carter is naked when he arrives on Mars, presumably because his consciousness and genetic information is being beamed to Alpha Centauri and a new body created on the other planet. Of course, the whole teleportation process is only very vaguely explained, and his new body still has his old tattoos, so who knows?
  • The 1989 b-movie Princess Warrior has teleportation that requires the subject to be naked.
  • The Brazilian film Sal De Prata starts with a woman naked — shown only from above the shoulders, however — explaining why the movie is rated "18+". Oh, and she's having implied sex from out the screen. Anyway, this woman is one of the main characters, and the scene is actually part of a Movie Within a Movie.
  • The Seduction begins with Morgan Fairchild swimming naked.
  • Played with in Sleeper, where Woody Allen claims he will clone the dictatorial leader from his remains (his nose) directly into his suit (he's bluffing).
  • In Splash, when Madison first sets foot on dry land, she emerges on Ellis Island completely naked, much to the dismay of a group of tourists viewing the Statue of Liberty:
    Tour guide: The Statue is a gift from French citizens and has come to symbolize hope for naked women everywhere... BOCCE BALLS!
  • Kal-El arrives like this in Superman: The Movie, complete with Male Frontal Nudity from the toddler playing him. Though technically our first look of him is wrapped in a blanket.
  • Several times in the Terminator series, since you Can't Take Anything with You when traveling back in time. From a canonical standpoint, this means anything nonliving. One might question why Terminators don't smuggle clothes in their various body cavities instead of having to go through that "give me your clothes" routine, but watching Arnold literally pull clothes out of his ass would undoubtedly Squick many viewers. On the other hand, only Rule of Funny can explain why the shape-shifting T-1000 also arrives naked, despite being a Technically Naked Shapeshifter.
  • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Logan wakes up in the past naked... because his past self just spent the night in bed with the woman he's supposed to be guarding.
  • In Yamato Takeru, Physical God Tsukuyomi is naked upon being released from his ice prison. A Scenery Censor is conveniently available until he manages to conjure up some armor.

  • The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group (sequel to The Reformed Vampire Support Group) opens with the protagonist telling us that he's the kid from the news who was found unconscious one morning in a dingo pen. He then informs us that he was actually found naked in said dingo pen, and is very happy that the news didn't mention that part.
    "Yes, that's right: I'd lost my gear. Don't ask me how. All I know is I'm the luckiest guy alive. Being Dingo Boy was bad enough, but being naked Dingo Boy would have been much, much worse."
  • Wereling (2009) begins with werewolf protagonist Trey waking up naked and painfully sick in his trashed bedroom. He never Sleeps in the Nude and can't remember going to bed, which adds to how confused and upset he feels.
  • Discworld: Greebo's first appearance as a human. Nanny's reaction? "Cor." Even Granny Weatherwax turns red and starts hyperventilating.
  • He Who Fights With Monsters: Jason not only finds himself naked in a new world, but also lacking any hair whatsoever. He later finds out that this is because his body was annihilated in the travel between worlds, and he instinctively created a new one when he arrived. The fact that he is, technically speaking, dead makes him sit down and process for a bit.
  • Joan Smith, the slightly odd girl encountered in Robert Westall short story Hitchhiker first appears completely naked. She claims this is because her clothes have been stolen.
  • Hylas, the main protagonist of Gods and Warriors, is stark naked when he's introduced escaping the Crow warriors. He was cooling off in a stream when they attacked and had no time to put his tunic back on.
  • Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games, specifically Catching Fire. While she is wearing clothes, she then takes everything off in an elevator while casually talking to Katniss and Peeta, presumably because Naked People Are Funny and because, like Finnick and Chaff, she was messing with Katniss, the "pure" half of the "star-crossed lovers".
  • Mowgli in Rudyard Kipling's original The Jungle Book is adopted by a pair of wolves as a naked baby, and spends most of his childhood and adolescence naked.
  • In Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD!, Willow greets Ben this way.
  • Mr Blank:
    • Gehenna Tattoo is introduced fully nude, presumably to show off the... odd physique. It's also the middle of an orgy, so it makes sense.
    • Lord Hezebolus in the sequel is also naked. Well, other than the helmet.
  • The title character of Nuddy Ned is first introduced naked after bathing and decides to start streaking through town for the rest of the book.
  • Old Kingdom: Touchstone makes his debut when Sabriel manages to turn a nude figurehead back into a person, which is somewhat awkward for her. We do learn why he was enchanted, but it's never explained why he was turned into figurehead specifically, let alone a nude one. Possibly it was just the style in this setting.
  • One Night With Nora: The story opens with private detective Michael Shayne woken up by a noise in his apartment. He peeks out his bedroom door and is astonished to see a gorgeous woman taking all her clothes off. He scuttles into his bed, and right after the naked woman crawls under the covers next to him. It turns out that the woman, Nora, was trying to effect a reconciliation with her estranged husband, but got a key to the wrong apartment.
  • Friday the Caribbean tribesman in Robinson Crusoe. The novel associates nakedness with savagery, so one of Crusoe's first steps towards "civilizing" Friday is to give him clothing.
  • Holo from Spice and Wolf is naked throughout her introduction, being a mystical wolf-god who has just taken a human form.
  • Zedd in The Sword of Truth. And in the adaptation, too.
  • Averted in TimeRiders. Prior to Gates of Rome, the team would have to time travel in their underwear then change into their clothes (carried in a waterproof bag they would later bury) when they got there. Rashim's displacement method avoids this completely.
  • The Time Traveler's Wife: Henry always ends up naked when he time travels. This is one of the various things that makes it such a hassle for him. After his first time-travel meeting with Clare, he asks her to always have a box of clothes ready on the dates he's to appear.
  • The Time Warp Trio book about cavemen, like most of the stories, begins with the Trio already in the new time period before explaining How We Got Here. However, this time the first thing the boys notice is that they're naked. (Well, Fred still has his baseball hat and Sam has his Nerd Glasses; all Joe got to keep was a straw he was using for a magic trick.) They tried to take a bunch of modern stuff back with them this time, and apparently The Book decided that you Can't Take Anything with You if you're gonna be a twerp about it. They make clothes out of large leaves. This whole trope was Averted in the TV episode based on this book.
  • We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: Shirley, the Rekall receptionist, is introduced topless and continues to remain topless for the rest of the book.
  • Happens in When You Reach Me combined with Can't Take Anything with You time travel. At one point during the climax, Miranda even sees a naked man appear and then disappear. This was due to the laughing Man trying to appear from the future. In fact, it is likely all of the times they were locked in school due to a naked man seen nearby were all the same thing.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jason finds himself washing up on a beach completely in the nude in episode one of Atlantis.
  • On The Boys Soldier Boy emerges from a cryotank completely naked.
  • In the k-drama Bride of the Water God (하백의 신부), the reincarnated water god Ha Baek first appears in the human world completely naked. Initially this appears to be a version of Can't Take Anything with You, but turns out there was a problem during transport from the realms of the gods and his clothes comically ended up on his portly sidekick instead.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Third Doctor highlights a partial example, at the end of "Spearhead from Space". The Doctor talks about how he's landed on his feet... "I came to this planet with nothing but the clothes on my bac– I've just realized these clothes aren't even mine!" Technically he arrived in his second incarnation's clothes (following the events of "The War Games"), but he swapped those out for the nicked outfit shortly after, by which point he'd settled into his new personality.
    • "Utopia": Professor Yana mentions that when he was a child, he was found naked on the shore of a place called the Silver Devastation.
    • "Journey's End": The clone of the Tenth Doctor comes into existence sans clothing. And the fangirls go wild!
  • Brooke Burns once opened Dog Eat Dog naked but pixelated.
  • In the Eureka season four premiere, Fargo is in the shower when his cell phone rings. He answers it and gets dragged back in time to 1947.
    • He also has a short fantasy sequence where he imitates T-800.
  • River Tam in Firefly, which definitely uses the "vulnerability" implication. The entire sequence seems like a metaphor for rebirth; River emerges from a box, screaming, crying, and confused, and immediately adopts a fetal position once she gets out of the box itself, and is naked until Inara, Serenity's mother figure, wraps her up in clothes.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: In "The Enforcer", being a Whole-Plot Reference to Terminator, the Enforcer emerges from the water naked before killing a man and taking his clothes.
  • The main character in the FOX series John Doe.
  • Kyle XY begins with the title character waking up naked in a forest, initially with no more memory or knowledge than a newborn. He's also bellybutton-less.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Downplayed, the Stranger is sent to Middle-earth wearing nothing but some sort of underwear.
  • In the Smallville season four premiere, we see that Clark is flung back to Earth via lightning bolt, in the middle of a cornfield, stark naked. As far as he claims he is Kal-El so it is very much like a birth. As he's in his cold, emotionless Kryptonian mindset, he doesn't seem to realize or care at all that he's naked.
  • Daniel Jackson's first appearance in season 7 of Stargate SG-1, after his de-ascension and just before his return to the main cast. This was so nice, they did it twice: in the season 8 episode "Threads", Daniel ascended again, then descends... in Stargate Command, a room away from the rest of SG-1, and immediately asks Jack O'Neill for something to cover himself up. And ends up using a flag. Carter's first appearance is also naked.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
      • "Ménage à Troi" has a Ferengi teleport the captive Deanna and Lwaxana right out of their clothes and into another room where they reappear nude.
      • In the episode "Deja Q", Q is turned into a human and literally dropped on the bridge, stark naked.
    • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Broken Link", when the Founders punish Odo by turning him into a flesh-and-blood quasi-human, he is ejected from their Great Link naked.
  • Supernatural: After the nephilim Jack Kline is born, he immediately grows up into a young man. Naked, with the mind of an infant and spooked by Dean's attempt to kill him, he starts looking for his adopted father and isn't given clothes until the local sheriff finds some in the lost and found for him.
  • When Xena and Gabrielle arrive in Illusyia in "The Bitter Suite" episode of Xena: Warrior Princess, both are completely naked, having lost their clothes to the rapids that brought them there.

  • In "The Fountain of Salmacis" by Genesis, based on Greek Mythology, Hermaphroditus sees the nymph Salmacis "in a cloak of mist alone."

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible: The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created naked. This didn't matter because they were in a pure, sinless state, but after eating the Forbidden Fruit they were suddenly ashamed of their nudity.
  • Famously subverted by Athena in Classical Mythology, who sprang from Zeus' head fully armed and clothed. Evidently being a virgin goddess extends to never being naked. In some versions the explanation is that Zeus ate Athena's pregnant mom Metis, who forged armor in his stomach before Athena popped out.
  • Like Athena, Aphrodite is usually Born as an Adult (in this case, from the sea), but is usually depicted as naked.

    Print Media 
  • In one of her earliest appearances as a model, Cindy Crawford was topless in the March, 1989 issue of Vogue magazine.NSFW She was modeling makeup in the photo. (The previous year she posed nude in Playboy.)
  • Marilyn Monroe as the first Playboy Playmate in 1953.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: In Test of Metal, Tezzeret spends a lot of time naked because he keeps getting yanked across space and time and his clothes don't come with him.

    Video Games 
  • Breath of Fire:
    • Ryu in Breath of Fire III — once when he's a child and once when he's a teenager. Definitely to give off an impression of vulnerability. Deis /Bleu is also naked at first, both while sealed in a magic pyramid and asleep and after being awakened. She is not vulnerable however, giving Big Guy Garr the beating of his life while berating him. Interestingly enough, Ryu, who himself has many many instances of being Naked on Arrival, is shown to be extremely shy around her, turning beet red and looking away.
    • Ryu starts off this way in Breath of Fire IV The first character who he meets after his arrival promptly points him to a box of clothing.
  • Bill Rizer in Contra Re Birth, after waking up from time travel. Brownie helpfully hands him his bandanna (but not pants).
  • Sera in Digital Devil Saga first appears naked out from a device discovered by the team. It happens in the sequel, too.
  • A downplayed version in Disco Elysium. The Player Character wakes up on the floor of a trashed motel room, with a killer hangover, no memory of his own identity, and only dressed in his briefs and socks. Amongst the first things the player is tasked with is finding his articles of clothing which is strewn all over the room, so he can get dressed.
  • DreamWeb:
    • Ryan first appears when the Keepers summon him from his girlfriend's bed (don't get excited, he was just sleeping).
    • This also applies to his girlfriend Eden, who only appears naked — the first time you see her, she's in bed, and the second time she's taking a bath.
  • Earnest Evans: Annet first appears naked on a sacrificial altar, before Earnest rescues her (and gives her his jacket)... but only in the Japanese Sega CD version, as the American Genesis version was missing all of the cutscenes.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: The Dangerous Forbidden Technique "Flow" is the most primitive and unrefined of teleportation magicks; both times it's seen being used, the caster and any passengers come out "in the altogether", as Thancred puts it. Y'shtola had to get plucked out of the Lifestream in both instances, but Thancred arrived at his destination with only an aetheric handicap and was still nude until he managed to kill a few beasts for their skins.
  • Gamer 2:
    • Hailey spends the entire game trapped in a virtual reality world. Her clothes are only shown when she wakes back up in the real world.
    • Also applies to the final boss, "Player 2", who joins the game in the final level.
  • Not seen, but described in the Gold Box game Secret of the Silver Blades. The game opens with the player's party members being unwittingly summoned via teleportation by desperate townspeople. Unfortunately (and to justify the Bag of Spilling effect for characters imported from the previous game), they accidentally neglected to configure the teleport spell to bring in the party's possessions; this includes the characters' clothing.
  • Cortana from Halo starts off as a naked computer Exposition Fairy, and stays that way since. Though it's subverted in her appearance in Halo 5: Guardians.
  • In Lunar: Eternal Blue, Lucia is naked when awakening on the Blue Star, and arrives on Lunar several seconds before her clothes.
  • Sera in Mega Man Legends 2. Mega Man got quite an eyeful there.
  • Metal Gear:
  • In A Pixel Story the main character, who used to literally be a pixel, shows up in the game world post-introduction as a naked humanoid figure. Exposition Fairy Search tosses them a shirt and pair of overalls.
  • Resident Evil – Code: Veronica: Alexia, upon awakening from her cryogenic tube cradles her dying brother fully nude.
  • Idea's first appearance in Soma Bringer is naked and curled up in a cocoon.
  • In Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, everytime Travis enters a new world, he appears bared for a moment before his clothes materialize.
  • Under Night In-Birth: When Vatista wakes up and starts her mission, she's completely naked and this is how she comes across Hyde, who immediately tells her to put some clothes on. By her next fight she's naked again because she assumed only Hyde had a problem with nudity.
  • XenoGears: The mysterious purple haired woman who appears in the intro cinematic (later revealed to be the mother of humanity) is naked when emerging from the wreckage of The Eldridge.

    Web Animation 
  • Broken Saints: While he is not immediately introduced this way, in the first chapter in which he appears, Gabriel Dunn strips down to his skin for his fire-walking trial.

    Web Comics 
  • Ayuri: When building Kay, the crew neglects to clothe her.
  • Naturally, most of the characters in The Bare Pit qualify, since it's a naturist comic. In fact, lots of people get this impression of Zoot, since the first story arc features him absentmindedly strolling into town naked.
  • Neko in Blade of Toshubi.
  • Curvy: When Anaïs first arrives in Corporate World, she doesn't have any clothes on.
  • Grace in El Goonish Shive comes close, but wears a trench coat because it's the middle of winter.
  • Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name: Adelaide. Technically we first meet her Shapeshifter Mode Locked as a bat, but when Hanna fixes her she seems to be naked. The first full-body shot of her is clothed, though.
  • In Latchkey Kingdom the chapter "Tourist" starts with the titular tourist appearing naked in a back alley, much to her shock and dismay, forcing her to run to the nearest store for clothing.
  • In one comic of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things the time travel version is discussed and joked about.
  • Angora from The Meek appears nude on the front cover of the very first chapter, and runs around nude for some time after that.
  • In Narbonic, Caliban is kicked out of hell in human form, stark naked. Mirroring that, Mell herself gets kicked out of heaven, similarly starkers.
  • The Secrets of the Afterlife begins with a naked girl falling from the sky.
  • In Shifters, Ferrah begins Chapter 3 this way. She's having an Out-of-Clothes Experience after being hypnotized or dominated by a vampire's mental power. Begins with Censor Steam before switching to Hand-or-Object Underwear.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, the probably-not-robot ninja assassin Oasis is introduced in this strip, producing a phrase that has become the title of an entire book of Sluggy comics: "Game Called on Account of Naked Chick".
  • Benjamin Franklin spends his first ten pages of Spinnerette completely naked.
  • In SwordCat Princess, fairy princess Julia touches down in the human realm naked, but indistinctly so, appearing to be covered as though by latex/body paint.
  • In Templar Arizona, we first meet Ben as he's waking up, and he Sleeps in the Nude. He gets dressed as soon as he gets out of bed, though.
  • Unsounded: Bastion Winalils has a mysterious ability to teleport himself, but only himself. He always arrives at his destination naked. This annoys a prostitute he hired when she realizes he doesn't have any money.
    Prostitute: Why don't you try stuffing your wallet up your ass!
    Bastion: I did! Still didn't work!
  • The gods in Vanadys: Tales Of A Fallen Goddess are all naked in the prologue, which takes place before clothes have been invented.
  • Gren (and probably others) in Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic.

    Web Original 
  • Omega Guardians
    • Happens to Ace and Walker, courtesy of Sam's teleportation device, which didn't account for their clothes. The situation improves when Sam realizes the teleporter worked (only after he gets a small slap on the wrist when they're believed dead), but then gets serious again when he finds he didn't send his friends into the next room, he sent them into the next COUNTRY. Cue Walker and Ace arriving in the middle of a South American campsite stark naked.
  • In Small Problem, Debby Small has shrunk out of her pajamas.

    Web Videos 
  • In the second season of Carmilla the Series, LaFontaine gives J.P. a body by digging up Will's corpse, resurrecting it, and sticking J.P.'s consciousness inside. The rest of the Dimwit Squad has no idea they're planning on doing this until they see "Will" wandering into the room, completely naked and babbling about how great it is to be able to feel things again. He's quickly given a sheet to cover himself.

    Western Animation 
  • In the episode "The Transmogrification of Eunice" of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, the episode's titular character is found in this manner by Ben, Gwen, and Kevin, covered by Censor Steam.
  • Dofus: Julith's ritual to resurrect Jahash causes this, except for the fact that she's using some hand-knitted underwear she made for him as the resurrection medium.
  • In Futurama, one of the Anthology of Interest episodes has Bender becoming human by way of "reverse fossilization". As he transforms, he is originally naked, but Hermes covers his newly formed privates with underwear before anyone can see them.
  • Rick and Morty: In "Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion", the Insectoid Alien arriving on Earth in The Stinger is ashamed of being stripped off its uniform, though it valiantly tries to complete its mission before being blown up.
  • ThunderCats (1985): The first episode has all the heroes naked until Jaga gives them clothes.
  • The World of David the Gnome: David first greets the viewers while taking a bath. He explains the purpose of the show in this manner until his wife brings him a towel, and then continues his introduction while getting dressed.

    Real Life 
  • Much like people (obviously) being born without clothing, when one is transported to a hospital via ambulance, they will either be naked or soon have their clothing cut off of them in order for the medical team to assist in treatment or to assess any wounds one may have. This also occurs in undergoing surgery: even if one is getting work done on their foot, clothing will most likely be removed (so as to not spread any and all germs that may be on them).


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Dub Version<br><br>After killing some bandits, Cid discovers a living blob monster of rotting flesh, which he takes to conduct experiments on. After a month of continuous experimentation, he succeeds in curing the curse afflicting it, transforming it into its actual form: a naked elf girl, who he would eventually give her the name "Alpha".

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