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Asuna: Where am I?
Negi: A small ravine village where I lived six years ago.
Asuna: Hmm. Hey! Why the hell am I naked!?
Negi: Ah... S-sorry, but that's how it works... a technical thing.
Asuna: Cut the jokes! It's snowing in this village!
Negi: I'm pretty sure you won't be cold.
Asuna: That's not the problem right now!

If a character is shown in a Metaphysical PlaceAnother Dimension, another plane of existence, inside one's mind, etc. — there's a good chance that he or she will be completely nude, to emphasise that this location is outside the bounds of the physical world.

Frequently seen in sequences involving Journey to the Center of the Mind or soul-viewing as symbolic of the "naked" truth and/or vulnerability, or just the fact that you can't take anything with you, clothing included. Also commonly implemented with a Fetal Position Rebirth. Of course, sometimes it's not done for the symbolism, as much as for the fanservice. Also regular in anime, partly due to the fact that in Japan, nudity with children is not viewed as sexual; instead it focuses on their innocence and purity.

Interestingly, elements like hair decorations have a good chance of staying on the character in this state, despite not being any more a part of their body than clothing.

Compare Naked on Arrival and Naked on Revival.

Scenery Censor and Barbie Doll Anatomy will often be implemented to prevent things from getting too explicit. Not to be confused with "Not Wearing Pants" Dream.


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  • A rather unusual case occurs in The Movie of Ah! My Goddess. Belldandy... consoling, then hugging a younger version of herself. Also naked. In waist-deep water for good measure. Belldandy's probably the only person (or at least one of a small pool) who could actually get away with this.
  • An interesting variant takes place in the manga for Aoi Shiro, when Yasumi Aizawa is revealed to be the ghost haunting the resort. She can have an out of body experience, sending her soul out of her body. She is not experienced enough, however, to have clothing appear with her. She had to have this pointed out by one of her team-mates in the kendo club wondering why she was naked.
  • Ayakashi Triangle:
    • The numbness caused by Sosuke's Vampiric Draining is visualized by the victim's affected body parts disintegrating. When clothes would obscure this, they'll also be shown naked.
    • After Suzu is possessed by jinyo Mei, the following chapter illustration shows both together naked. Suzu is unconscious, has her hands and legs bound by her captors hair, and is being suggestively held.
  • Berserk does this a few times in dreams and flashbacks. One in particular shows a young Guts and his stepfather, who is sitting on a chair and petting a dog in a reenactment of a scene from Guts youth only, y'know. Naked.
  • In Black★Rock Shooter, when Mato enters Black Rock Shooter's body, she is shown naked inside BRS's mind. Later, Strength becomes naked when she enters the Otherworld to help Mato and Yuu.
  • In Bleach, when Masaki Kurosaki was suffering Hollowfication, she finds herself floating naked in a void and threatened by a monstrous Hollow. However, when Isshin Shiba enters her mind/soul to help her, he got to keep his clothes.
  • In the Blue Exorcist anime, Yukio is possessed by Satan and has a Battle in the Center of the Mind. His mental self is naked except for convenient shadows on his lower half and, for some reason, his glasses.
  • In the final installement of the truncated Bubblegum Crash, Sylia Stingray receives this treatment when Largo tries to assimilate her. One commenter summarized it this way:
    Sylia: Ah, of course. The traditional meeting-of-minds mind-game, with hallucinatory dream imagery, et cetera.
    Largo: [magic voice] You and I are light and shade.
    Sylia: I note that I remain clad in my armor, which says something about me, I think.
    Largo: Open your heart to me, Sylia.
    Sylia: Hmm. And now I am completely naked, which says something about you.
    Largo: Does it disturb you?
    Sylia: I used to model my own work. Did wonders for sales.
  • Chrono Crusade:
    • The first time Rosette "dives" into a soul, she's depicted as being in a naked "soul" form. Oddly enough, her soul is shown as clothed the next time she does it in the manga.
    • Also, in one scene Chrono is shown in a nightmare as being naked in his true form, reaching out a hand as an equally-naked Aion beckons him closer.
    • And then there's yet another dream, this time of Rosette's, where she's shown naked in Chrono's arms as he bends forward to sink his fangs into her neck to seal the contract. Moriyama seems to really like this trope.
  • Getting Mind Raped in Code Geass sends you to a very unhappy place, sans clothes.
  • DARLING in the FRANXX averts this trope for most of the anime, except for a few scenes with Hiro and Zero Two. This does come into effect in the manga, when there are moments where the female pilots are shown nude inside their Franxxs.
  • While being Mind Raped in one arc of Descendants of Darkness, Tsuzuki is shown naked. Usually the sight of the very attractive Tsuzuki showing off his muscles would be Fanservice, but the context and his screams quickly turn it into Fan Disservice.
  • This happens a few times in adaptations of Devil Man. In the original manga, Akira tries to convince himself and the Makimuras that he is still human despite also being a devil. A vision then appears of Akira, naked, running from himself as a giant Devilman whose hands have closed around him. Akira has two more experiences in the Devilman: the Demon Bird OVA. Once as he is fighting the turtle devil Jinmen, who has his mother's soul trapped on his shell after eating her. He is almost defeated and his mother calls out to him. Akira then appears naked in his human form in a vision of an icy cave and witnesses how his mother died. The vision allows him to gain the resolve to defeat Jinmen and save his mother's trapped soul. Later, Akira has a dream where he starts clothed in a swimsuit, but becomes naked when the dream quickly shifts into a nightmare that climaxes with Miki impaled on a demon's teeth.
  • Dimension W: Mira has herself linked to Kyoma's subconscious to restore his missing memories, being naked with Tron Lines on her body.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Dragon Ball Z:
      • In the final stage of Goku's transformation to SS 3, we briefly go into his mind. Of course, the fetal position is used for... young Goku?
      • There was one way before that on Planet Namek. During his fight with Freeza, Goku has a visualization of Vegeta... who is completely naked for some inexplicable reason. This comes off seeming really strange because both Bardock and King Vegeta also show up in Goku's "vision," but they are fully clothed.
    • In Dragon Ball GT, Goku appears naked again when he transforms to SS 4.
  • Digimon
    • In Digimon Tamers, the kids are naked when they merge with their Digimon, and this surprisingly stayed in the dub.
    • This was taken a step further in Digimon Frontier where the nudity occurs in every single spirit evolution, complete with animations of their clothes appearing to be burned off. Not only that, but in the final form of Susanoomon, all five kids are shown standing around naked in a circle, holding hands. A few instances were edited, though. The first Susanoomon evolution included a shot of both Takuya and Kouji doing the "clothes burning" thing and their respective Digi-Spirits tossed around them. This short part of the sequence was removed from the dub, possibly due to the implied Ho Yay from the two... fusing.
  • Elfen Lied has a few instances of this where a young Lucy starts to feel the effects of the relentless abuse she is subjected to by those around her.
  • Ergo Proxy: Vincent has a dream early on in the series that may, or may not be a memory of his past. While he is mostly obscured by a combination of odd angles, darkness and mist, it is apparent that he is naked.
  • Expelled from Paradise: The first time Angela Balzac travels through cyberspace, she has a naked avatar. However, this doesn't hapen when she travels through cyberspace again.
  • Fairy Tail: Ultear when she appears in Gray's mind during the Sun Village arc. Gray himself is for some reason not completely naked in the same sequence but wears boxers.
  • Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest: It is revealed that just before Irene Belserion died, she put a copy of her mind inside Wendy Marvell who acts as a Spirit Advisor. Irene is naked when she appears in Wendy's vision.
  • In Fire Force, Shinra undergoes a sort of More than Mind Control Demonic Possession, represented by him and his (female) opponent having a naked Battle in the Center of the Mind. Censorship is provided by a lot of black fire and the villainess floating in some weird, contortionist poses.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Alphonse's real body is left naked, ragged and restless in the endless white void of "The Truth" after the botched human transmutation at the start of the series. Edward even gets to briefly see him when he transmutes his way out from Gluttony's stomach and into Father's lair. Also, both Ed and Pride appear naked in chapter 105/episode 61 when Ed transmutes himself to destroy Pride's container.
    • In the 2003 anime version, this happens when we see a character at the Gate of Truth, though it isn't exactly consistent: Wrath, Izumi, and Alphonse are naked when they're seen at the Gate, but Envy and Edward (much to the fangirls' disappointment) are fully clothed.
    • In The Conqueror of Shamballa, Wrath is welcomed to the gate by a naked Izumi.
  • Kaname in Full Metal Panic! when she's plugged into the submarine and doing her Whispered thing.
  • Fushigi Yuugi:
    • The last episode has Miaka and Tamahome hugging naked on the Astral Plane.
    • When Yui is absorbed into Seiryuu she is seen completely naked and in a fetal position.
    • Also, in the 3rd OVA, Mayo and Miaka go to a Metaphysical Place of some sort to recite the summoning incantation to call Suzaku, and both are nude while doing so.
  • In the Gankutsuou manga, Edmond visualizes himself as naked when he is going mad in prison.
  • GaoGaiGar FINAL: After Mikoto is severely wounded prior to the final battle, she's taken back to the base for recovery. Yet, her mind was able to reach Guy for support, clothes-less.
  • Genesis of Aquarion, Aquarion Evol, and Aquarion Logos. Every episode, often more than once, with minimal Scenery Censor.
  • This is how Kei meets her dead older sister's Opposite-Sex Clone Go in Getter Robo Armaggedon. Once this is over, Kei returns to the Getter-2 and goes into a Full-Frontal Assault against the enemy.
  • Semi-hallucinatory naked people floating in space are a staple in pretty much all Gundam series. Seems this trope is used as a metaphor for direct mental contact: when two psychics are speaking mind-to-mind, they cannot hide anything from each other. In other words, naked in the truest, yet moral sense of the word.
  • Interestingly, when Hakufu ends up in a place like this during her Journey to the Center of the Mind in episode 11 of Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny she's naked except for a pair of panties. Kan'u's experience earlier in the series plays this trope straight, however.
  • Chapter seventy-eight of Inside Mari features this between adult Isao, teenage Mari, and toddler Fumiko during the course of The Reveal that both Isao and Mari are alternate personalities of one girl created following her mother forcibly changing her name from "Fumiko" to "Mari" and, in Isao's case, when Mari sought an escape.
  • In the climax of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Emporio's clothes disappear off his body as Pucci's acceleration of the universe reaches its final point.
  • Juushinki Pandora has this happening whenever the team uses their mechs to go into overdrive mode and then suddenly back with cloths again. Lampshaded in the last episode.
    Leon: Family Contract - Don't walk around naked!
  • In the end of the first season of K, when the Colorless King tries to possess Weismann again and they have a Battle in the Center of the Mind, they both appear as Barbie Doll Anatomy-naked... Tooru Hieda. You know, the teenager that the Colorless King body-snatched before attacking Weismann. It's how they both appear most frequently (especially Weismann), but it's still a body that's not actually either of theirs, as Weismann reminds us in the end of season 2.
  • Kamichama Karin uses this for the Transformation Sequences (natch), but only the Stock Footage ones.
  • Happens (at least) once in Kiddy Grade, in a later episode when Lumière uses her Ability to counteract the D-command used on Éclair.
  • Subverted in The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, where Karatsu's soul gets trapped in another dimension. His soul appears fully clothed. However, when one of his friends sends him a mental SOS, her spirit appears to him naked, except still wearing glasses. The end notes point this out as just the power of a meganekko.
  • Used several times throughout Lyrical Nanoha. Examples include Hayate in the Book of Darkness after she became its master, and Caro during her flashback sequence.
  • In the Grand Finale of Macross Frontier, at the end of Alto and Brera's final attack run on Grace, Sheryl and Ranka's song reaches a crescendo where, via their super dimensional Power of Rock, they project themselves into Alto's mind. Their clothes disintegrate, ending up with them standing naked, back-to-back, to guide his finishing shot.
  • Seen in Martian Successor Nadesico when Yukina falls unconscious, and for absolutely no reason, we briefly see her naked and curled up in the fetal position in her own mind.
  • Mekakucity Actors has Takane, proir to becoming Ene, losing consciousness and briefly losing clothing in a digital space.
  • My-Otome has Arika meet her Mother this way, After she is forced to destroy her Mother's body to depower the Valkyries.
  • This happens a few times to Nadia in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.
  • The oneshot manga Naked Self has this happen to an unnamed girl after she goes into a coma and starts astral projecting, though she thinks she is a ghost. Though embarrassed at first, she stops trying to cover up when she realizes no one can see, hear, or touch her, and uses this opportunity to spy on her boyfriend. When she wakes up from her coma, she is embarrassed.
  • Downplayed in Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind: one such scene shows Nausicaa's mask and outer garment flying off, but she's still wearing a tank top. It's clearly all in her head though, as she's wearing her full outfit when the scene ends.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi: The dream spell, which works via a naked astral projection inside someone's mind. Asuna is not happy about it.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • In Shinji's metaphysical encounters with Eva-01's soul, he is completely nude, while in his "Personal Hell Traincar" experiences he is clothed as normal.
    • Note that strangely enough, this happens a lot to Shinji (and to the women in his fantasies) and a few times to Rei but not to Asuka, even when she gets Mind Raped (except in the director's cut version, where she does show up sans clothes).
    • We also have Giant Naked Rei and Giant Naked Kaworu in The Movie. And lots of naked dead (?) people in the conceptual LCL space from nowhere. Hey, at least Gendo was fully clothed!
  • In The Orbital Children, Touya and Konoha have this while communing with Second Seven through their implants. They're glowing from the chest down to hide anything inappropriate.
  • The scenes in Melfina's cyberspace-ish place in Outlaw Star are at least a partial case; the Intimate Healing scene with Gene probably clinches it.
  • Photon: The wicked Emperor has used his powers to make Keyne Aqua Brainwashed and Crazy. He also keeps the soul of Keyne's mother inside his body, about where his liver should be. This disembodied naked soul escapes her prison after Photon manages to skewer the Emperor with his staff, whereupon she breaks the spell upon Keyne, restoring her daughter to sanity. Spirit mother and mortal daughter share a hug before the mother departs.
  • In Prétear episode 12, Mawata is trapped inside the huge evil tree Fenrir created (basically, she is inside her own hatred and despair), separated from the outside world; she is shown naked and curled up in the fetal position when Himeno is trying to get inside the tree and rescue her.
  • In Princess Tutu, Fakir and Mytho have nightmares (or possible flashbacks to prior lives) in which they're naked. Fakir also later has a trippy scene in which he communicates with a tree in a sort of spirit world — he starts off clothed, then becomes naked later on as he starts to accept the spirit's message.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica gives us a scene where Homura and Madoka are naked while embracing, when the two of them say goodbye on a plane outside reality, just before Madoka becomes a goddess-like personification of Hope because of her wish to save all Magical Girls from becoming witches. On TV, everything from the shoulders down was censored by starry blackish-purple space clouds. On the Blu-Ray edition, they're just straight-up nude. In both versions, the hair decorations stay on, to allow for some Red String of Fate symbolism with Madoka's ribbons.
  • In Rayearth OVA, the girls are naked when piloting the Rune Gods, as they float in a subspace.
  • In Rosario + Vampire, in Moka's mindscape, the personality that is not controlling her body is naked.
  • Pops up often in Sailor Moon, even remaining in The '90s dub. Like in the transformation sequences, however, nothing explicit is observable. It is particularly relevant at the very end of the final episode of Stars; Sailor Moon spends the last episode completely naked and with wings on her back.
  • Two occur in Saint Seiya Omega: one when Ryuho is temporarily defeated by Paradox before achieving the Seventh Sense, and another when Kouga is freed from Abzu's control. In the first instance, Censor Steam was involved. In the second, not quite.
  • Played with in the last episode of Scrapped Princess, where Pacifica, just back from being dead, coalesces naked in the arms of her (fully clothed) older brother. After an awkward moment, she punches him and gets out of his arms and onto whatever passes for the ground in that place, loudly accusing him of being a pervert.
  • Lain is curled up naked among cables in the ending credits of Serial Experiments Lain.
  • Seen in Shadow Star during the occasional peeks into Shiina's psyche.
  • In Shakugan no Shana, when Khamsin transforms into a golem, he's depicted as nude inside it, though he's only shown from the waist up.
  • The weapon characters from Soul Eater are shown this way while transformed. It's also occasionally used for being inside souls. Notably, Soul is at first shown fully clothed in weapon form, but starts being depicted nude after he is scarred.
  • In Space Adventure Cobra, the sisters Jane and Catherine Royal are seen together, naked in a void, as they are dying.
  • Space Runaway Ideon': Be Invoked does this to everyone in its "Everyone Dies" Ending.
  • Subverted in the end of The Tatami Galaxy. The main character comes to an epiphany, and ends up saving his best friend from a terrible fate while being symbolically naked. Except—in a change from the visual symbolism used throughout the show—he really is naked. Partly because Naked People Are Funny.
  • Tenchi Muyo!:
    • Takes place when Kagato is trying to pry the secret of Tsunami out of Ayeka's mind.
    • As well, there are a few instances of this in the two Tenchi Muyo manga series, including a scene where a childhood friend of Tenchi's is revealed to be a spirit while her body is dying elsewhere and a scene where an old rival of Washu's invites Sasami to watch Washu in a contest. When they arrive, they're both naked, which takes poor Sasami by surprise.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: In the second movie, as the titular mecha transforms into its 11th-Hour Superpower, Simon, Nia, and Yoko are shown naked with some amount of bouncing.
  • When Ichigo merges with the cat in the first episode of Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • Vandread: Bart temporarily loses all his clothes whenever he enters the navigational interface of the Nirvana. He's initially uncomfortable with this, as he's essentially floating naked in virtual representation of empty space. Also, the captain can open a screen to communicate with him and thus get a good look at everything... which would mean something if she weren't elderly and a member of a women-only society. He's still somewhat self-conscious about it.
  • Weathering With You manages to invert this. Hina is taken away as a Human Sacrifice; she's only wearing a bathrobe when this happens, and it doesn't come with her. However, when she awakens in a less-than-ideal Fluffy Cloud Heaven, she has her standard outfit on. She keeps these magic clothes when she returns to Earth.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • The Doma filler saga had this a few times with the Pharaoh in the fetal position to hide his private parts. (That didn't stop 4Kids from cutting these scenes out.)
    • Briefly for Noah in another filler ark, summed up succinctly by Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: "Also for some reason I'm naked."
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, when Yusei achieves Clear Mind for the first time.

    Comic Books 
  • This happens to people who die in Chick Tracts.
  • Yorrick's vision in Y: The Last Man: Safeword.
  • In Iron Man, when Tony Stark is in his armor, sometimes they will draw a panel with Tony sitting in his underwear talking to a myriad of computer screens. This is taken to mean that he is deep in conversation with his armor's A.I., and letting the armor do the flying.
  • In X-Men, when people use telepathy to travel the astral plane, they are just outlines of their bodies unless they actively think of making some clothes (usually armor).
  • An issue of New Mutants, in which Dani Moonstar and Professor X go into the astral plane together, adds a couple of details to this. First, the characters don't perceive themselves or one another as the ghostly outlines, but rather as normally-colored and textured versions of their physical bodies. Second, astral bodies are idealized versions of their physical bodies. Dani is shocked to see that the naked Xavier is a lot hotter than she expected, then notices that the same thing is true of herself. (And as Dani was pretty hot to begin with, Xavier must have been very happy.)
  • Averted with Doctor Strange and other magicians, whose astral bodies are always fully clothed (unless they choose otherwise).
  • Happens several times to the title character of the Judge Dredd spinoff Anderson: Psi Division when she has to go on some psychic quest, such as in the "Shamballa" storyline.
  • Became increasingly common as Promethea went on. The penultimate issue, in fact, consists entirely of a nude Promethea rendered in psychedelic patterns talking to the reader.
  • The comic book version of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, a 3-part miniseries, featured a cliffhanger where Lara Croft, the busty, gun-toting adventurer gets blown up. The next issue begins with a buck-naked Lara drifting through the cosmos, before being told by a mysterious cloaked figured that "It is not yet her time." Thanks to the carefully chosen perspectives used, you don't actually see anything frontal.
  • Lampshaded and Justified in Witchblade. When Sara is on a Vision Quest to see the origin of the Witchblade, she looks down annoyed and asks where her clothes went. When she wakes up, she's still naked. The guy overseeing the vision explains that the Witchblade wrapped her in a cocoon during the vision.
  • Prez experiences this in one of the last arcs of The Sandman.
  • He does keep his pants, but when Luke Skywalker has an intense fever dream in Star Wars (Marvel 1977), he's inexplicably shirtless, even though his body in the medical ward is fully clothed.

    Comic Strips 
  • The title character of the British newspaper strip Garth would sometimes go on psychic journeys naked except for a very prominent set of briefs.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Bruce Almighty was going to have this when Bruce gets hit by a truck and goes to Heaven, but it was decided that it would ruin the moment, with the audience focusing on it too much.
  • In Shredder Orpheus, during a dream sequence by the river and a scene where he reunites with Eurydice after death, Orpheus is almost completely naked, wearing only a loincloth.

  • In Deep Secret, three characters are traveling through a trippy alternate dimension. At one point, Nick feels a thorn cut his stomach and suddenly realizes that all of their clothes have disappeared; this sucks even more since it's freezing and the ground is rather rough. A short while later they find trees filled with any clothes that they've ever given away in the past, and dress in those. Rob, whose spartan upbringing meant wearing things until they're unusable, has to improvise something else.
  • Everworld:
    • In the first book, David and the others get sucked into Everworld fully-clothed and have clothes when they get there, but he describes the period between the worlds as floating naked in complete darkness, aware of some supernatural entity watching him and poking in his memories (which include being molested as a child, so the nudity sort of adds subtext there).
    • Also kind of Inverted: the first time that David's mind snaps back to his "real world" body long enough for him to do anything, he happens to be in bed with "nothing on." Christopher (in book 11) and April (in book 3) also transfer back when they happen to be in the shower.
  • Used in the last Harry Potter book, although Harry's first act after becoming conscious is getting some clothes on. Averted in the film version, in which he loses his jacket and glasses, but keeps the rest of his clothes. Note that, in the book, he was curious but not bothered by the fact that he was naked, until he saw there was someone else there — the mangled remains of Voldemort's soul.
  • In the Maurice Sendak picture book, In the Night Kitchen, the main character, in a dream, "fell through the dark, out of his clothes." Interestingly, everything is completely uncensored, causing what is in all other regards a fun, innocent children's book to regularly make "top banned book" lists.
  • In John Carter of Mars, the title character's astral form is naked when it separates from his body. He can put on clothes when he gets to Barsoom, though. "Clothes" meaning a belt to hold his weapons, since Martians have No Nudity Taboo.
  • Loosely implied in Left Behind, as clothes don't get raptured, although Revelations distributes some robes.
  • Seraphina, briefly once when checking on Fruit Bat in her 'mind-garden'.
  • For reasons that are left unexplained, traveling into the underworld in the Sword of Truth series needs to be done naked. Richard, at least, is somewhat exasperated by this fact, at one point asking something to the tune of, "Look is this really necessary?" Other characters are either amused or enjoying the opportunity.
  • In Till We Have Faces, Orual is stripped naked when she appears before the tribunal of gods to read her complaint, since the gods see her true self and she can have nothing to hide behind.
  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the first book of Riverworld by Philip Josť Farmer starts with everybody naked. The characters then discuss how do European religions lead people to believe that waking naked in a strange place means they are in hell.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Andromeda also has at least one example, in "Star Crossed" when Rommie and Gabriel interface. In the computer world, the avatars are naked. Then again, they are having computer sex. Rommie is always clothed when interfaced with Harper, who is also clothed.
  • In Farscape, the Delvian telepathic experience of Unity is almost always depicted with the two characters involved being completely naked. The only exception is in "Season of Death" when Zhaan enters mostlydead!Aeryn's mind to bring her back to life and she's still strapped into her ejection seat.
  • In Legend of the Seeker, whenever people die, they wake up in the underworld naked.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess musical episode: Gabrielle is transported naked to Illusia (a pun on illusion) and Joxer uses Illusia magic to make her a dress of flowers.

    Myths & Religion 
  • In Mesopotamian Mythology, the goddess Inanna/Ishtar goes down to the Underworld to try and bring back her dead husband. Her sister Ereshkigal, queen of the dead, orders that she remove one of her garments at each of the seven gates, ultimately leaving her naked. When Inanna/Ishtar asks why, she's simply told that it's the rule; however, it's possibly the idea here is that she has to remove all of her divine power, either symbolically or literally, and thus render herself susceptible to Ereshkigal's power.

  • In The Adventure Zone: Balance, Merle learns a spell called Parley that allows him to draw any being into an interdimensional space with himself so that they can talk, but is vulnerable to attack while he's in there. His player, Clint, insists on him being naked when he uses the spell, and the DM, Griffin, hesitatingly goes along with it.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim: The protagonists lose their clothes when entering their Sentinels, but notably some characters keep some of their accessories. Iori, Yuki and Natsuno still have their hair decs, Shinonome still has bandages in her neck and head and Megumi, Tomi and Gouto all keep their glasses on.
  • This occurs in Beneath a Steel Sky, an old adventure game. When you go into cyberspace, guess what?
  • In the Japanese version of EarthBound, Ness is naked in Magicant. This was unsurprisingly removed from the US version, where Ness is in his pajamas instead. In any case, since this is an SNES game with 16-bit sprites, there's no objectionable detail to speak of.
  • Twice in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV. The first instance is when Emma enters Rean's soul in an attempt to quell his Superpowered Evil Side with mystical markings covering her body. Later, Emma offers Rean to visit an astral plane for a moment of rest with both of them fully nude. Oddly in a earlier scene, Rean had his pants on when he was recovering from his Unstoppable Rage.
  • In one of the Quests in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, you have to wear a special amulet to enter someone's dream world. In keeping with this trope, all your items and equipment disappear when you enter, leaving your character in his/her underwear. The dreamer there is still somehow wearing his robe. Of course, once you're there, you can get into one of the drawers scattered around to get some clothes.
  • This trope can also apply to Sephiroth in the Promised Land in Final Fantasy VII.
    • Interestingly enough completely avoided in Advent Children. When Cloud projects to the Promised Land he and Aerith are both fully clothed and standing back to back. The shot also never goes above the mouth. All this emphasizes that Cloud is either unwilling or unable to actually look at Aerith when doing this.
  • In Legend of Dragoon, when undergoing a Dragoon transformation, Shana's and Miranda's clothes explode into a cloud of feathers before her Dragoon armor replaces them, leaving her nude for several seconds. Her form is cleverly concealed by light and shadows, however.
  • During the climax of Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Colonel and Team ProtoMan in order to stop NebulaGray, MegaMan briefly links his soul with Lan in order to become Hub and use his power to weaken the enemy. In this form he is noticeably naked, though a combination of Barbie Doll Anatomy and Power Glows prevents him from flashing the player.
  • In Velvet Assassin this happens to Violette any time she uses Morphine to stop time and get the upper hand in an engagement.
  • The ending of Xenogears fits this trope to a T. Such as during the scene when Fei and Elly are naked in a conceptual space as they escape before it explodes. Note that Fei isn't naked when he is visiting his own mind, which probably means that there must be some female nudity involved for the creators to strip him.

    Visual Novels 
  • This surprisingly occurs during Steins;Gate 0, when Okabe is performing a time leap that sends him to the year 2036, he experiences a vision with all of his friends. Suddenly he finds himself alone and naked for whatever reason, then he's back with everyone, and with clothes this time.

  • Gene Catlow has this in the form of the Sight of the Soul, which shows everybody naked (though most of the characters get to keep their "fur coats"...), apparently symbolizing the fact that it's impossible to lie or conceal the truth using that form of communication. Your intentions, personality and secrets are essentially "naked" there. It even shows machines without their casings.
  • Played with interestingly in The Dragon Doctors: the spirit of Tanica, an assassin trapped in the form of a tree, is shown in this way in what seems to be a straightforward example of this trope, but then others' start showing up clothed and it becomes clear her case has been a representation of how vulnerable she feels.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Ellen experiences this while floating in a featureless void at the end of the memories inserted into her dreams.
  • Heavily lampshaded in Girly: When Winter ends up in a place like this, she immediately wonders why she's naked and where her naughty bits went.
  • In Heartcore, Ame goes through this when being dominated by her father.
  • Tiffany Winters in Eerie Cuties, during her little adventure as a ghost, in the Barbie Doll Anatomy way.
  • Happens when using spiritual energy in Concession, (except to Joel, who wears a black cloak which is actually his sister Miranda). Barbie Doll Anatomy goes a step further than normal for (anthropomorphic) dolphins — their legs also disappear.
  • Zeus' metting with Gaia in MYth: A Promise. Justifiable, as Gaia is the equivalent of The Lifestream and only souls are able to meet her face to face.
  • In Mob Psycho 100, Mob appears without his clothes after sending his soul inside Minori's to save her. He does get them back after Keiji traps him in his Lotus-Eater Machine.
  • Something*Positive occasionally shows a brief glimpse of deceased characters in Hell, where everyone seems to be naked. Averted from what we see of Heaven.
  • Unsounded: Bastion Winalils can teleport by physically entering the Background Magic Field of the Khert, something that's supposed to be impossible except for souls or ghosts. Inconveniently for him, it only works on his body; not only does he have to stash clothes and supplies at his regular destinations, he also leaves behind anything he recently ate.
  • Lies Within: Referenced when the Wraith pulls Lys into their shared Mental World while Lys is sleeping naked. Usually his mind appears in the clothes his body's wearing, but that time, the vision provides some sweatpants.
    Lys: Wouldn't wanna wander through my dreams with my dick out.

    Web Videos 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged, naturally, mocks DBZ's use of the trope for Vegeta (and only Vegeta) during the Namek saga. It turns out that at the time Vegeta died, King Yemma was being a troll and ordering the newly deceased to strip upon entering the afterlife.
    Goku: Why are you naked?
    Vegeta: What?
    Goku: You're naked. Why?
    Vegeta: Idiot, you don't take your clothes with you when you die.
    Goku: Well, I did.
    Vegeta: What?
    Goku: Yeah. Even had my weighted clothes on too, and I didn't even die in those. Huh.
    Vegeta: That lying red motherf*cker!

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • The Ice King has one of these. Thankfully, his beard is inexplicably longer during that scene, protecting the audience from any... unpleasantness.
    • In the episode "Puhoy", when Finn dies of old age in the pillow world he has a fantasy where he's floating naked through space, before waking up back in his teenage body again. Like the Ice King, his beard is long enough to almost completely cover his naked body.
  • Bravest Warriors: In "Season of The Mitch", Beth briefly goes through one while the Aeon Worm's influence begins taking effect.
  • King of the Hill: At a sweat lodge vision quest, Bill sees himself riding a motorcycle naked, and flying headlong into a giant pie. He calmly intones "I know how I'm gonna die."
  • Orel's vision in the Moral Orel episode "Grounded". Of course, that's just the beginning...
    Orel: I guess your clothes don't die with you. That's nice for them.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • Brock Samson's drug-induced Vision Quest.
    • And Doctor Venture's psyche-searching session with Doctor Henry Killinger (and his Magic Murder Bag) leads to him being unclothed by the end.


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Alternative Title(s): Your Soul Doesnt Have Clothes


Vegeta has no clothes

Vegeta shows up in Goku's mind to remind him of his purpose until Goku comically asks him why he's naked.

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