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Fakir prefers the non-verbal approach.

"You are at Buckingham Palace — the very heart of the British nation. Sherlock Holmes, put your trousers on!"

When a character walks in on another character while they're naked, a common reaction is to stare briefly, bluster and turn around, followed by asking (and sometimes demanding) that the naked character... get dressed. He'll even go so far as to give her his shirt if she has no clothing of her own. This can even happen if the specific character is generally of low morals, who you'd think would gleefully use the opportunity to closely inspect the ''au naturel'' specimen. This is common in stories where a woman who has no cultural taboo against public nudity finds herself in real life human culture. It also happens when Ms. Fanservice tries to work her wiles on someone who just isn't interested.

That is this trope.

The most common variation is a man walking in on a naked woman for some reason, but a woman may also walk in on a man, or the two characters may be of the same sex. If the gender-bent version is again reversed, as a man *walking around* naked, he is more likely to be hit by the woman (which is usually portrayed as being a justifiable, even funny reaction for the woman). When the trope is used between two people of the same sex, the results may range from hilarity, awkwardness and more rarely disgust, usually in cases of Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? or when the... position in which the naked person is seen is... er... not socially appropriate.


Note that this also could be a survival reflex: walking in on a naked Megaton-Punch happy woman is very dangerous. Giving clothes (i.e., making clear that the nudity's not the goal) can dampen the danger.

Usually used to ramp up the comedy, sexual tension or both. Sometimes the character, rather than being fully nude, is merely wearing something very Stripperific.

Truth in Television, to a degree; most men will agree that ogling a naked woman is hardly unpleasant, but it's bound to be immensely awkward when it's someone you know (and will have to interact with later) socially. As for women, the reasons are the same, just with the genders in reverse.

Contrast with Take Off Your Clothes. See Naked Freak-Out for when the person caught in the nude is the one who overreacts.



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  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Straight Man Germany has Innocent Fanservice Guy Italy as his partner. Logically, Germany ends up invoking this trope often.
    • In the published manga, a teenaged Prussia gets to see a young Hungary with her tunic ripped. She's not really bothered, but he blushes intensely and then throws his cape at her so she can cover herself.
    • And in the Hetalia Bloodbath 2010, Hong Kong gets told this by an horrified China when he takes off a meido outfit and ends up naked. He settles for a white apron.
    • In Episode 35, France seems uninterested in the ancient Olympics until Greece explains men competed in the nude. Cue to France insisting the Olympic tradition should be revived, complete with him stripping down to nothing but a fig leaf. England arrives for the games and begins protesting France's shamelessness ("YOU FORGOT TO CLOTHE YOURSELF!"), especially when France tries to take England's clothes off for him.
      France: Take your clothes off or I will take them off for you!
      England: UNHAND ME RIGHT NOW!
    • Japan has this once, while adjusting to western society.
      Japan: That kind of nudity is unacceptable! It dishonors the ghost of your ancestor!
      Italy: Aw... but I'm hot and I'm Italian and the chicks dig it! Why don't you get naked?
      Japan: I couldn't possibly show a strange man my loincloth! I'm begging you to please put some clothes on!
  • In Bakemonogatari episode 2, Araragi shouts this at Senjougahara Hitagi when she walks out of the shower completely naked in front of him. She's pretty obviously trying to mess with him because he's completely stressed out by it, while she keeps getting half-dressed then stripping again. And then she taunts him about being a virgin.
  • In both the original manga and OVA versions of Birdy the Mighty, Tsutomu asks this of Birdy when she leaps directly from the bathtub to and out of his house when she decides to confront a nearby alien. In the OVA, she obliges the request and dons her uniform, but in the original manga, she ignores it and confronts the alien in her birthday suit.
  • During one episode of Black Butler, after dealing with a giant demon hound, with the ability to morph into a human male form (which is butt naked) it takes Bardroy to finally yell at him to put some clothes on, and stop "Letting it all hang out."
  • Ichigo in Bleach, when meeting Yoruichi in her human form the first time. Hilarity Ensues. Yoruichi is noted to be a Shameless Fanservice Girl who's always been the tease.
  • Club 9: Mangaka Lewis and his assistants have been working on a deadline rush for the last days non-stop. The much attractive, much appreciated Hello-chan visits wearing one of her Mama's more daring little numbers, red even, and makes the men weep along the lines of Please Put Some Clothes On. An emergency cover is improvised from cardboard boxes.
  • One character in Darker Than Black has the power to teleport, but only people, not their clothes. While she has no problem with wandering around naked, Amigiri made her get dressed while they were on a sabotage mission.
  • Senji aka Crow from Deadman Wonderland is a vicious Ax-Crazy fighter who gets highly embarrassed around scantily clad women and immediately tells any such women in the vicinity to cover up before threatening to kill them anyway.
  • Dragon Ball: Happens several times to Goku, given that he doesn't care if people sees him naked or not.
    • Dragon Ball
      • After Master Roshi blows up the moon at the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku transforms back from his Great Ape form. Naturally, he's naked since he tore through his clothes when he grew. Goku is more than willing to fight in the nude, but the audience isn't and the fight is postponed until he gets dressed.
      • Goku strips naked in the middle of the street to get changed out of his torn clothes, right in front of Upa, Krillin, Yamcha, and Puar. Both Yamcha and Krillin yells at him to put some clothes on.
    • Dragon Ball GT:
      • Goku strips naked to go swimming through an underwater cave to rescue a kidnapped Trunks, and Pan throws Goku's clothes back at him, telling him to cover up, but Goku just brushes her off.
      • Later on in the series, a minor fight with one of the Big Bads results in Goku's clothes getting blasted off. The villain even waits around and lets Goku get dressed again, despite the fact that he could have made a very tempting target with his "pants down", so to speak.
  • Near the end of Elfen Lied manga, this is done to Arakawa.
  • Renton gave naked Eureka his jacket in the Eureka Seven movie ending, though he didn't do it immediately and was not fazed by her nakedness. This deed is done off screen as well.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Happens a lot with Gray Fullbuster, due to his unconscious stripping habit. It will usually be Lucy, Cana, or Mirajane ordering him to get dressed. Lyon also often orders him to put a shirt on, despite being shirtless himself.
    • Also occurs repeatedly to Lucy, especially when Gray and Lucy switch bodies in one episode.
    • However, Natsu and Gajeel, wearing open vests and often no undershirt (or wearing nothing on their upper bodies) are apparently immune, as it is rarely (if ever) remarked upon.
    • In special manga chapter 416.5, Erza calls Natsu to come heat the woman's bath. Natsu, being a Shameless Fanservice Guy, casually walks into the bath completely naked to the shock and embarrassment of most of the women present and doesn't seem to care about his own nudity. Near the end of the chapter Lucy demands Natsu put on some clothes, despite the fact she is also naked.
  • Used all the time in Fruits Basket, thanks to the fact that they're naked when they transform back into human - in particular, Kyo telling Kagura to put on some clothes springs to mind. Well, poor Kyo is socially awkward enough, even without a naked chick clinging to him.
  • In Grand Blue Aina constantly begs the male characters to put clothes on, usually to no avail.
  • A Girls' Love version: In Hanjuku Joshi, Chitose has a habit of holding conversations while in the middle of changing clothes, so her Love Interest Yae finds herself saying this a lot.
  • Oomura Takeshi from Happy World! meets an angel named Elle like this. Despite being a total and absolute Jerkass in everything else, other than turning his head and blushing, he rather effectively helps her get some clothing. A rare thing in anime, where most people in this situation stammer to indicate their innocence, but don't do anything to change the situation.
  • Although he never actually says the line, Hayate of Hayate the Combat Butler often gets into these situations. Usually the girl herself is the one to demand clothes. There's the event between him and Ayumu, where, while she's trying to put her clothes on she tries to justify her appearance.
  • In in the Higurashi spin-off series Higurashi Kira, episode 4, Mion yells this when Rena does her signature "Omochikaeri"... when all of the girls are in a hot spring.
  • In Ikki Tousen, Koukin says this when Hakufu comes out of the bath and walks in on him wearing nothing but a bath towel (that slips off when she raises her arms in a fit of joy).
  • Inuyasha:
    • A particularly funny example when Kagome awakens to find herself in a bathtub and Inu-Yasha comes running in to rescue her. They stare at each other for a split second before both turn away (one screaming) with blushes on their faces. Inu-Yasha then insists she wears his haori, which she manages quite well.
    • Also in the last episode before "The Final Act", when Kagura is pulled out of a stream by Sesshomaru, thanks to the magnitude of Clothing Damage she received, she is naked from the waist up. When she takes her leave, Jaken makes his feelings about this abundantly clear, yelling at her to "Put on your clothes!!"
  • Tohma of Magical Chronicles Lyrical Nanoha Force, who after rescuing the bound Lily, suddenly realized that he's holding a naked girl in his arms.
    Tohma: Clothing! Clothing!! Steed, find something!!
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
  • In My Hero Academia, during the Provisional Hero License exam, Midoriya is attacked by a girl with a shape-shifting Quirk, first disguising as Uraraka. When she transforms into a different shape, the quirk dissolves her clothes, leaving her naked barring some slime streaks covering her naughty bits, so of course Midoriya's first reaction is demanding that she puts on something.
  • One Piece:
    • Paulie generally disapproves of revealing clothing and tells pretty much every woman he meets that he thinks they're wearing too little. He also flips out when Nami changes clothes right in front of everyone (she had no private place available).
    • Then there is a male example when Frankie goes rampaging through town without his trademark speedos... because they'd been stolen and he is chasing them. Many in town yell the trope.
    • During the Punk Hazard arc, Law performs a "Freaky Friday" Flip on Smoker and Tashigi. Smoker, in according with his fashion style, keeps his (or rather, Tashigi's) shirt wide open, exposing their chest. Tashigi (who is very reserved and proper and thus keeps her shirt closed) is horrified and demands that Smoker cover the goods up.
  • Ouran High School Host Club's Tamaki is a bit old-fashioned. At a trip to an (indoor) pool, Haruhi walks out of the changing room in a one-piece swimsuit. He turns red and quickly hands her some shorts and a shirt to wear over it as he tells her she shouldn't be showing that much skin. The author, Bisco Hatori, admits that she herself is a bit old-fashioned like Tamaki and decided against having Haruhi in just a swimsuit with six shirtless boys around.
  • The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Idiot Savant Mashiro is an Innocent Fanservice Girl, obviously, and her Cloudcuckoolander's Minder Sorata has many chances to say the line making this trope.
  • Pokémon Adventures: Ruby modified a change of clothes to replace the grass skirt and top Sapphire had been using after he learned she saved his ass from the Mightyena he agitated. She didn't give a hoot about the clothes, but she tried them on after some thoughtful words in the letter opened her eyes. Later, Ruby tries to walk out on the current crisis and claim it's not his problem, and those sentiments from earlier bite him in the ass. Hard.
    Ruby's Letter: There's something I have to tell you. First: you should wear clothes. So, in gratitude for saving me, I've altered my own clothes to fit you. Wear them!! They'll look great on you!!
    Sapphire: [after Ruby's mismanagement] Even though... we're always gettin' into fights... I always thought... deep down you were nice. Do you remember what you wrote on that note you left me me? [shoves the letter in his face] That's why I decided to wear your clothes, even though I thought they were too fancy for me. That last line made me so happy. No one ever said anythin' like that to me before! But... there's no point now! You're a really skilled trainer, but you're wastin' your talent! Ya don't even try to make good use of it. [...] Why do ya think we train?! It's so we can help others, ain't it?! Don't you ever show yer face around me again!!
  • Princess Jellyfish: Tsukimi says this to Kuranosuke when he wanders around in just his boxers.
  • Princess Tutu:
    • Pictured above: Ahiru is originally a duck, and when she transforms between human and duck, the clothes will fall around her, needing to be dragged around and re-put on after her back-to-human transformations. In the above picture, Fakir gets intensely freaked out when the oblivious Ahiru starts yelling at him before having gotten around to dressing herself. Hilarity Ensues. After the aforementioned picture, she submerges herself in water and they continue arguing, with him looking away. At a particularly heated point in the debate, she jumps up, and he screams, "Don't stand!" and literally throws her clothes at her, knocking her over with them. It's less of him being prudish and more that she is a 13-year-old acquaintance and the most of a naked person he's probably seen is Mytho. It's pretty natural that her being stark naked without warning as she's yelling at him would be uncomfortable.
    • This continues on in season 2, as Uzura has the unfortunate tendency to trigger Ahiru's transformation while Fakir's right there to see it all. He seems to cope with this by spontaneously developing a fascination with blank walls whenever it occurs. However he's not above diving around the corner of buildings, either.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Akane does this to female-Ranma in a battle early on: the opponent, Mousse, is convinced that Ranma's female form is a disguise meant to humiliate him, so he rips away Ranma's (already scant) clothing (a Playboy Bunny suit). He rips everything to shreds but a teeny-tiny strip of cloth covering her crotch and bottom — and when that goes away, Akane hastily jams Ranma inside a more durable pair of pants and a tank top.
    • And again, when Ranma abandons her clothes so Herb attacks a log instead, the latter turns away in embarrassment and tosses Ranma her kimono, refusing to fight until she's fully-dressed again. Since Herb is a woman, it provides a vital clue to Ranma regarding Herb's condition.
    • Then there's this quote from the end of the very same storyline, when Akane finds Ranma in a hot bath so he can live up to his promise:
      Ranma: I just wanted you to see me come back as a man again, like I promised.
      Akane: Okay! I can see! Now put some clothes on, jerk!
    • Happens in a unique episode in the anime (though the one from the first Mousse battle is removed). Ryōga and Mousse team up to try and get rid of Ranma. At one point, Ranma, having been turned into a girl at the start of the battle on the basis that his physical strength is decreased in that form, gets pinned to a tree by her shirt, rapidly slipping out of it to avoid a skullsplitter of a punch from Ryōga. Ryōga, who suffers Nosebleeds when he sees naked women, turns around blushing bright red, practically panicking, and throws Ranma her shirt, begging her to put it back on. Note that this is a unique Filler-only occurrence, as Ryōga is generally immune to Ranma's nudity in the original manga and throughout most of the anime itself. Gender and Clothing Damage are irrelevant in the middle of a fight.
    • Another example includes the time when Ranma's shadow peeped in on Akane in the bath. She is not pleased and chases after him in a towel. Coincidentally, Ranma happens to be walking down the hall after a good nap right when Akane turns the corner. Unaware that he wasn't the one spying on her, she dishes out an Armor-Piercing Slap, but not before he utters:
      Ranma: A-Akane! C-Cover yourself up!
    • Another episode of the anime has, quite surprisingly, Happōsai himself telling a swimsuit-wearing female Ranma to put some clothes on, or else she could catch a cold — instead of, say, jumping her and groping the exposed female flesh as you'd expect. This is a big hint that something is very wrong with the resident Dirty Old Man.
    • In the manga, after the Tendōs come home and Nabiki tricks Ranma into thinking she's naked, he tells her to put some clothes on. She agrees, but for a price.
  • RE Zero: In episode 5, Rem tells this to Subaru while offering him a towel after she sees him naked, although she is very brutal about her choice of words.
    Ram: Cover up that sorry thing.
  • In Saint Seiya Lizard Misty thinks he has just killed Seiya but, seeing he got some blood on him, strips naked and takes a bath in the nearby sea to wash it. Seiya, however, is still alive, and when he comes up tells him to get his Cloth back on... and Misty, being himself, takes a while because he knows Seiya is too weirded out to attack until he is dressed again — also cluing Seiya on the fact water would have ruined Misty's defensive technique, as otherwise he'd have attacked while he was weirded out by his nakedness and Seiya knew it.
  • In The Secret Agreement, Yuuichi has trouble getting Iori to put on clothes again after he's taken them off and basically has to dress him himself. He is half-frustrated, half-bemused that Iori just doesn't get why.
  • In Sgt. Frog, after Natsumi is scared out of the bathtub by what eventually turns out to be a ghost, she runs into Fuyuki's room without any clothes. Fuyuki yells at her to put some clothes on and calm down.
  • Carrot is constantly begging this of Chocolat in Sorcerer Hunters. In fact, it's one of their first exchanges in the manga. It helps to understand Carrot's discomfort when you realize in the manga, the only things that keeps Chocolat decent up top are her suspenders. The OVA preserves the Stripperific costume but the TV series had to alter the outfit for the sake of decency.
  • In Tales of Zestiria and the associated anime Tales of Zestiria The X, the seraph Zaveid's default clothing state is shirtless. The anime features a comic On the Next sequence, in which Alisha, not realizing this, thinks he's a had a really hard life, among other things that somebody stole his clothes. She begs him to put on a shirt she got for him, ignoring his protestations that he hasn't had a hard life and this is how he always dresses.
  • Niche, from Tegami Bachi, doesn't usually wear underwear, and only ever wears a short pink dress. Cue Lag Seeing constantly yelling at her to PUT SOME UNDERWEAR ON. She eventually takes to wearing a pair of boxers given by Lag. In a later volume, she inverts the trope in spite of Lag's protests (because she's trying to fool a blind person who tracks by smell).
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • The villagers of Adai insist that Yoko (whose normal outfit is a flame-patterned bikini and a scarf) cover herself.
    • After the main cast end up naked after being ambushed at some hot springs, Viral shows up for a showdown, but insists that they get dressed beforehand. He even waits for them to get dressed before fighting them because "defeating a bunch of naked naked apes will win me no honors."
  • To Love-Ru has Rito saying this to Lala whenever she wanders around his house naked. Which is a lot.
  • Gender-inverted in Toradora!, during a vacation episode, when Kitamura walks in on his friends just after taking a shower, holding nothing but a towel. Played straight with Ami's reaction (an exasperated version of this trope) and Taiga going into shock, but subverted when Minori starts happily taking pictures. Turns out he didn't even realize, and his apology reaction makes him drop the towel.
  • Used in Wandaba Style's second episode, with Innocent Fanservice Satellite Girl Kiku#8, who recently had her clothes burned off by reentering Earth's atmosphere. While she explains herself to the girls of Mix Juice, their manager maneuvers to keep her body off-camera (with his afro) until one of the girls asks her to put on some clothes. She responds that her skin is actually solar cells for her battery and she's just recharging. She mysteriously has clothes on before the end of the scene, though.
  • In a rather interesting variant Haruka of White Album tries seducing male lead Touji while naked, he offers this line. She then puts some clothes on. But they end up having sex anyway.
  • Black Clover: Fanzell, due to frequently losing his clothes, prompts this reaction from pretty much everyone.
    Dominante: You're a grown man! Keep your clothes on!
  • Zoids: Chaotic Century: In Episode 8, there's a scene (deleted from the English release) where Moonbay and Fiine are taking a shower together. Moonbay asks Fiine that she goes to tell Van and Irvine they'll all go shopping later, so she does that... without bothering to get dressed. She opens the room's door right when Van is passing through, causing him to turn red and demand that she puts her clothes back on, Fiine for her part is completely clueless as to why he's so flustered.

    Comic Books 
  • Subverted in the fourth issue of Transmetropolitan: when Spider gets his first filthy assistant, he answers the door naked and unconcerned. When he sends the filthy assistant for food, only then does she point out that he's naked and, as a parting shot, orders him to put some clothes on because, "I'm never going to be able to keep food down if I have to watch that while I'm eating."
  • In Incredible Hulk #398-399, the titular character has his clothing, along with a significant amount of flesh, blasted off of his body (one of the few times the Hulk's Magic Pants clause is subverted). Hulk's insane Healing Factor allows him to regenerate the injury almost instantly, but without a pair of purple pants handy, Hulk's state of undress causes the Big Bad of the moment, The Leader, to invoke this trope, not only for the sake of modesty, but to prevent giving the other men present an inferiority complex.
  • Played hilariously in an issue of X-Men Classics. When Storm visits Jean Grey in her new apartment, Jean asks her to change out of her costume since her roommate will be home soon. Storm does so in a flash of lightning, and to Jean's horror, Ororo is standing there stark naked, since such a thing is completely normal in her culture. Jean scrambles to find some clothes for her despite Ororo being a little bigger and not very comfortable.
  • Teen Titans:
    • In an issue, Ravager (Rose Wilson) drunkenly comes on to Robin (Tim Drake) by hiding in his bed completely naked. When he refuses her offer to "be friends", he handcuffs her with the hands behind her back... immediately as an intruder alarm goes off, causing Kid Devil to rush to Robin's room and find a naked handcuffed Ravager with Robin on top of her. After Robin tries to explain that it is Not What It Looks Like, they rush off to confront the intruder whilst Robin tells Ravager to put some clothes on.
      Tim: This is not what it looks like.
      Rose: [in the background] Yes it is!
      Tim: Rose, put some clothes on.
    • Dick Grayson was saying this to Starfire a LOT during the Wolfman-Perez run.
      • In her solo series, one of his male friend does this when she takes a shower in a clawfoot bathtub and comes out with just a towel on the head.
  • Noticeably absent in the Watchmen movie and comic, though this has been a common reaction from many moviegoers to Dr. Manhattan's nudity. Manhattan would dress for official public affairs, but wouldn't bother with clothing for any other reason. It's clearer in the comic than the movie that Osterman's disregard for his clothing paralleled (perhaps symbolized) his detachment from humanity over time. His first costume was a full body suit. By the war in Vietnam, he only wore briefs. In the eighties, he could barely see the point. But neither scientists nor military attachés nor fellow heroes even acknowledged his nudity (in story).
    • In the crossover Doomsday Clock, the DC characters definitely notice Dr. Manhattan's nudity and are freaked out by it, with even The Joker saying, "Whoever you are, put some clothes on, for God's sake! Or at least for mine!"
  • Sassette in the comic book origin of the Smurflings in The Smurfs appears without any clothes when the boy Smurflings create her, leading to this trope.
  • "PANTS OVER HERE! We need pants for Hercules!"
  • Family: When Talia's brothers threaten Kurt for touching their sister, she intervenes with a Full-Frontal Assault. Her oldest brother tells her to put on some clothes.
  • Power Girl: Vartox attempts to seduce our heroine by slipping into some sexy outfit, by all he managed to did was greatly disturb Power Girl instead, who begged him to put even more clothes immediately.
  • Wonder Woman (Rebirth): Steve Trevor politely asks Aphrodite to put some clothes on, so she dons an oversized shirt that barely covers her nethers and hangs off one shoulder.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Played with in Disney's Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, when Pocahontas, dressed in neck-to-ankle Jacobean underwear, comes out of her room to model her "English clothes" for her love-interest-of-the-moment John Rolfe. He is mortified at seeing a lady in such an embarrassing state of undress. This underwear is actually far less revealing than her regular outfit... true, a lot of things are far less revealing than her regular outfit. Note that John Rolfe had only seen her in her winter outfit, which while form-fitting, covered everything. Even came with a shawl. The iconic outfit she wore in the first movie was her summer outfit.
  • In Shrek the Third, Donkey has this reaction when pulling the covers off of Shrek at the beginning.
    Donkey: You know, you really need to get yourself a pair of jammies!
  • In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the good version of Lex Luthor contacts the Justice League and strips naked to prove he's unarmed. After being convinced of his sincerity, Superman tells him to put some pants on.
  • Beast Boy is introduced this way in Justice League vs. Teen Titans during an early morning training session. Apparently the exercise was called before he could get his uniform on, and he has a Naked Freak-Out once he finds Raven staring at him.
Beast Boy: Yeah, so I sleep in the nude. Animals do it and I'm the entire animal kingdom wrapped in one perfect package.
Raven: You're something wrapped in something all right.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Blood on Satan's Claw. Reverend Fallowfield, though obviously tempted by the sight of Angel Blake disrobing in front of him, averts his gaze and begs her to cover herself up. She is disinclined to comply.
  • In the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, Bond tells Bibi Dahl (i.e., "Baby Doll") that if she puts her clothes on, he'll buy her an ice cream. He does have a good reason for this: she is only 14.
  • In The Fifth Element, Vito Cornelius and Korben Dallas simultaneously spin around when Innocent Fanservice Girl Leeloo suddenly undresses in the middle of Dallas's apartment, and engage in light conversation until she's put her clothes back on before looking again (Vito's a monk and Korben is just embarrassed). It happens with Vito and apprentice David too, exactly the same way.
  • Fired Up has Bianca been asked to put on some underpants after they wake up at night when Bianca and Angela were sharing a bed.
  • In the film Split Infinity, Amelia is told by the principal in 1929 to wear clothes. Of course, she isn't naked, but in her great aunt's long johns, which, to a 14-year-old girl in 1992 America, might seem to be regular clothing, given a few accessories.
  • A variation occurs in Lawn Dogs. Trent mistakes Devon's attempts to show him the scar on her chest, as an attempt to show him something else. Considering that she's 10 years old, one can easily understand his fear.
    Trent: Stop that.
    Devon: There's something I want to show you.
    Trent: Well, I don't want you to.
  • Featured prominently, including in the marketing, of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. When the title woman breaks up with her boyfriend, the lead, he's just come out of the shower - and drops his towel in shock. As they discuss it, she eventually half-whimpers, "Would you please put some clothes on?" He actually refuses out of anger, asking if she wants to pick out the clothes he'll be dumped in.
  • John Woo's Red Cliff has a room of veteran Chinese warriors turning away in embarrassment at the sight of Sun Shangxiang undressing, but because she's doing to reveal the map of the enemy camp she drew while undercover and kept hidden under her clothing, it's okay.
  • In Trading Places, a huge party is thrown at Billy Ray Valentine's mansion (formerly Lewis Winthorp's), with all the people he knew from his former life as a hustler and general crook. One such female acquaintance surprises him in his bedroom, naked. A sign of how much he's changed, he tells her to get her clothes on and leave before subsequently shutting down the rest of the party.
  • Spoken verbatim in X-Men: First Class by Charles Xavier when a newly self-confident Mystique walks in on him while she's entirely naked. Amusing, given that this is the first time the character's constant nudity has been alluded to in the series. (The irony being that Mystique is almost always nude, as it's shown that any "clothing" she might be seen wearing is simply part of her shape-shifting disguise, including possibly the X-Men uniform seen in the final act as it disappears when she briefly impersonates Shaw.)
  • In Underworld, Lucien orders two of his minions to, "Put some clothes on, will you?" The minions in question had been having an all-out werewolf brawl, with everyone else egging them on, and this caps off Lucien chastising everyone for "acting like a pack of rabid DOGS!"
  • In Date Night, several characters do this with Walking Shirtless Scene Holbrooke.
  • In The Spirit, the hero busts in on Sand Seraf after she just got out of the bath and tells her to put her hands up. She calmly agrees, and since she was holding up her Modesty Towel, it falls. Embarrassed, he turns around and says "Okay, put on a robe or something, but no tricks!"
  • Jack Reacher is discussing the case with attorney Helen Rodin while washing his shirt in the sink.
    Helen: What more do you want? They were five innocent people. Senselessly murd— I'm sorry, can you please put a shirt on?
    Jack: This is my shirt.
  • In the American Girl Doll Movie Felicity, the title character has been sneaking out at night wearing her chemise and some breeches she stole from Ben, her father's apprentice. When Ben walks in on her in only her chemise, they're both mortified and he has to turn around until she is finished.
  • In Mystery Men, Invisible Boy becomes "transparent", but to everyone who sees him, it seems like he's wearing nothing at all.
    Invisible Boy: Hey, look! I'm invisible! Can you see me?
    The Bowler: Yes. [everyone becomes stunned to see him naked]
    Mr. Furious: Wow...
    The Bowler: [disgusted] Maybe you should put some shorts on... or something... if you wanna keep fighting evil today.
  • Star Wars:
    • In The Phantom Menace, this is practically R2-D2's reaction when he first meets C-3PO at the Skywalker residence on Tatooine.
      C-3PO: I beg your pardon? What do you mean "naked"?
      [R2 points out what he means]
      C-3PO: My parts are showing!? My goodness, OH!
    • In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren and Rey discover they can communicate telepathically, and can see each other when they do this. At one point, a conversation trails off when Rey gets embarrassed because Ren is shirtless, and she asks him to cover up.
  • What's the Worst That Could Happen?: When Max is holding a burglar gunpoint, Tiffany gets out of the bath to see what is happening. Max tells her in disbelief to go and put some clothes on.

  • In the Myth Adventures books, Skeeve has this problem with Queen Hemlock and Bunny. Hemlock did it on purpose; Skeeve is disguised as King Roderick at the time and she was testing him, since "royalty doesn't get embarrassed" as she puts it.
  • Weirdly averted in the Xanth books, where a panty flash is considered scandalous (and a weirdly powerful weapon) but ending up naked in front of strangers is simply a brief embarrassment. It's the Forbidden Fruit effect that does it. Due to Xanth's nature of basically taking puns and the like literally, women's underwear carries inherent magic because of its typically "secret" nature. On the other hand, many humanoid species (centaurs, mermaids, etc.) don't acknowledge their own nudity, so it's a lot more commonplace.
  • Used interestingly in Enchantment by Orson Scott Card. When someone crosses the bridge that joins the past and present, they will only have clothing if they have already been there. When Ivan crosses for the first time, he is mortified to be naked, especially in front of Katerina. However, while Katerina's culture has no taboo against nudity, there is a strong taboo against cross-dressing, so she is extremely resistant to giving him anything of hers to use to cover up. When they cross to the present and Katerina winds up naked, Ivan begs her to wear his shirt, and has to convince her that in his culture, it's perfectly all right for her to be wearing his shirt, and far, far worse for him to walk out of the woods with a completely naked girl.
  • Discworld:
    • A rather interesting inversion in the novel Mort: the title character is told this by Death's own daughter. She could've avoided it, actually, since she was the one who put him to bed that night (but she looked the other way). Related is Mort's earlier comment to Ysabell: "And for heaven's sake, put on something sensible, you're overflowing."
    • As one might expect for a comedy trope, variations of this are rather common on the Discworld. Wizards in particular seem to be prone to losing their robes and having to have the problem pointed out to them by others (they take the view that a wizard is dressed as long as he's wearing his pointy hat).
    • Werewolves are also affected, a notable instance being Serafina chiding Guye for not only transforming from wolf to human shape without remedying the consequent clothing deficiency, but also then engaging in... certain behaviors which are far less publically acceptable for a male human than a male dog.
  • Judge Dee and his lieutenants often find themselves saying this as at least one naked girl seems to show up per mystery. The Judge usually takes this pretty coolly - he does have three wives, after all - but is quite embarrassed on two occasions when he is being vamped and knows it. Ma Joong and Chiao Tai's reactions tend to be more enthusiastic and uninhibited.
  • Averted in Alan Dean Foster's Flinx in Flux. When Charity cleans up, Flinx notices she doesn't reactivate the holographic door, and doesn't mention it, nor does she jump when she notices him watching.
  • Done in The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov, when a detective interviews a woman who just finished bathing. Since it is merely a 3D communication, rather than personal contact, she has trouble understanding what the big deal is.
  • Tortall Universe:
    • Happens to Alanna in the first book of Song of the Lioness, when she and Jonathan were fighting against the Ysandir, they made her clothes disappear, revealing her gender to Jonathan. He stares for a moment, blushed and quickly handed Alanna his tunic.
    • Inverted by George when Alanna snuck into his room for his help and she revealed to him that she was a girl. While he was naked. Alanna isn't bothered by it (she in fact points out that she saw him naked plenty of other times) but he insists it's different now and told her to turn around anyways while he puts on some clothes.
    • After Daine shapeshifts back into a human after saving Numair from a Chaos-dweller in The Immortals, she walks up to him — only to remember that she's naked except for her badger claw necklace. Awkwardness Ensues. He also objects when she starts ripping off her shirt so he can treat her injuries from a nasty fall.
      Daine: Oh, for—!
  • In James Blish's Cities in Flight, Mayor Amalfi says it almost verbatim to Dee Hazleton when she's washing the Hevian women:
    Amalfi: Dee, come to Astronomy with me. I've got something to show you. And for my sake, put on something, or the men will think I'm out to found a dynasty.
  • The Styric Gods in David Eddings' The Elenium and The Tamuli trilogies apparently don't see the point about clothes when in their true forms. This is particularly true with Aphrael, whose true form is a tall, beautiful, and nude young lady. When Sparhawk sees her true form, he invokes the trope: out of propriety and a little fatherly instinct (by the end of the Elenium he becomes father to her latest incarnation).
  • In The Mists of Avalon, when Igraine gets into an argument with Gorlois, she rips off the dress and jewels he gave her to protest how he's acting. He ends the argument because he can't continue it while looking at her naked body.
  • In Uprooted, Agnieszka rips her dress off in panic when the Dragon uses a spell to show her The Corruption under her skin. He creates a cloak once he's done purging it, though she barely notices since she's now more concerned for her best friend's much worse condition.
  • The Hunger Games: Katniss is flustered by people's nudity on several occasions. Johanna knows this and strips off in an elevator whilst chatting with Katniss and Peeta, and again during training, even oiling her body for a wrestling lesson. Peeta finds it amusing. Katniss... not so much.
  • Played with in Second Stage Lensmen when Kinnison finally gets around to mentioning to Ilona of Lombar that she needs to put on some clothes while on board Dauntless. The discussion that follows makes it clear that it's a matter of convention - guests dress up or strip down to match the host's culture - rather than a nudity taboo.
  • Journey to Chaos:
    • This is generally the case with recovered victims of mana mutation. The monsanity (i.e. mentality of a monster) of the victim removes any nudity taboo they might have had and causes them to think clothes are something to eat.
    • Averted in Looming Shadow, where Kallen has a lengthy discussion with post-mana mutation Eric before telling him to get dressed. Ostensibly, this was for research into the mindset of mana-born demons but you never know...
    • Played straight in Mana Mutation Menace with Tiza and post mana-mutation Nolien. She tosses him a labcoat from a nearby scientist to cover up and then has to insist he put it on because he doesn't see the point.
  • Fate/strange fake: Flat Escardos summons Jack the Ripper as a Berserker Servant. In this story, Jack is a shape shifter with no set form or gender. At one point, Jack absentmindedly changes into the form of the Jack The Ripper from Fate/Apocrypha, who was a little girl in a Stripperific outfit. Horrified, Flat covers Jack with a blanket and orders Jack to put some clothes on or change to another form before someone sees them and calls the cops.
  • Shadow of the Conqueror:

    Live-Action TV 
  • A male-on-male version occurs in Angel, when Wesley discovers why you should let sleeping vampires lie.
    Wesley: [while being choked] I can't breathe.
    Angel: [releasing his throat] Oh, sorry.
    Wesley: It's quite alright. Now, about the naked thing...
    Angel: I'll get dressed.
    Wesley: Much appreciated.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer subverts this when Anya comes to visit Xander in "The Harsh Light of Day". He turns around to get a juice box from the fridge and when he turns back, her dress is gone. He doesn't ask her to put clothes on, though — he just stands there and stares until they get around to the consummation she dropped... everything... in preparation for. Followed by him squeezing the juice box in surprise and causing it to spurt in a not-at-all suggestive manner.
  • Happens several times on Chuck, and twice Sarah references this trope by name:
    • The first is when she goes to Shaw's apartment to discuss Chuck's changing personality, only for Shaw to answer the door in nothing but a towel and flustering her greatly and leading her to ask Shaw to get dressed.
    • In season four, Chuck is being held at gunpoint by a naked Volkoff agent (played by Karolina Kurkova) when she caught him trying to break into her safe while she was (of course) taking a shower. When Sarah turns the tables and frees Chuck she quite snarkily tells the woman to "put some damn clothes on."
  • In Coupling, Steve returns home looking for his keys, and bumps into Sally, who's using the shower because hers is broken. She accidentally drops the towel.
    Sally: Did you look everywhere?
    Steve: Er... Yes. Yes. So sue me. You're naked, I'm a man. I looked.
    Sally: Did you look everywhere for your keys?
And then Steve agrees that Sally picking up the towel again would be a very good idea...
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: In Episode 6, Chamberlain has this reaction when he catches The Gourmand peeing in the hallway, and the latter turns to face him without closing his robes first. Chamberlain screeches in embarrassment and turns his face away.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "The Daleks' Master Plan", the First Doctor tells an actress playing an Arabian princess to cover herself up.
    • "Blink": Right after Kathy mentions her brother, Larry, to Sally, Larry shows up in front of Sally. Here's the exchange:
      Sally: I'm in the kitchen. What's that on all those screens in your front room?
      Kathy: Oh, God! Oh, God! Sally, you've met my brother Larry, haven't you?
      Sally: No.
      Kathy: You're about to.
      Larry: [stepping out of the bathroom, naked] Okay. Not sure, but really, really hoping. [points down] Pants?
      Sally: [grinning, and not looking away] No.
      Kathy: [running downstairs] Put them on! Put them on! I hate you! What're you thinking?! Sorry. My useless brother.
    • The Tenth Doctor appeared, due to circumstances, naked before Donna Noble. However, he was quite enthusiastic about it.
      Donna: It's you!
      The Doctor: Oh yes!
      Donna: [looking away] ... you're naked.
      The Doctor: Oh yes!
    • In "The Eleventh Hour", the (just-regenerated Eleventh) Doctor starts changing out of the tatters of Ten's clothes right in front of Amy and Rory. Amy doesn't mind at all, but Rory is sufficiently embarrassed.
    • In the Red Nose Day mini-episode "Space"/"Time", after the TARDIS is endangered by Rory being distracted by the sight of his wife Amy in a short skirt;
      The Doctor: Okay, we're back in normal flight. The TARDIS is no longer inside itself. The localised time field is no longer about to implode and rip a hole in all causality but just in case — Pond, put some trousers on.
    • In "The Time of the Doctor", the Eleventh Doctor appears before Clara completely naked for a fun exchange.
      Clara: You're naked!
      The Doctor: Yes, I am naked. I wondered if you'd notice.
      Clara: Doctor, why are you naked?
      The Doctor: Because I'm going to church!
  • Mal from Firefly does this in "Our Mrs. Reynolds" upon seeing Saffron waiting for him naked in his bed. He doesn't use this exact phrase, but he certainly implies it. (Note that Saffron is hardly an Innocent Fanservice Girl; she's just pretending to be one.)
    Saffron: But aren't we to become one flesh?
    Mal: No, we're still two fleshes, and I think your flesh should sleep over in the... [Saffron drops the blanket that was covering her nakedness] Whoa! Hey! Flesh!
  • Friends: Joey interprets Monica's invitation for "Lemonade" to mean "Please get naked" in "The One with the Flashback". The trope ensues.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: In a season 3 episode, Uncle Phil runs around the house yelling that the baby's coming (it's not, he's just panicking). Will, once he can see clearly, yells in terror, with Phil quickly reassuring him that everything will be fine. Will's response, while not saying it outright, just screams this trope:
    Will: That ain't what's scaring me! You ain't got no drawers on!
  • The Golden Girls:
    • In one episode, Blanche goes on a date with a coworker and winds up going back to his apartment with him. Believing that he brought her back for something else, she tries to do a striptease with his bathrobe for him. He tells her to put some clothes on so he can take her home. It turns out he had a problem with dating a coworker and quits his job so he can continue seeing Blanche.
    • In another episode, Dorothy, Blanche and Rose accidentally book a vacation at a clothing-optional hotel. They later decide to go with the flow and go to the dining hall completely naked, only to discover that you have to have formal wear on when at dinner. To add insult to injury, a waiter tells them that everyone would appreciate it if they stay dressed at all times from then on.
  • In I Dream of Jeannie, there is a variation of this... though she's not actually naked. In the pilot episode, after showering, Jeannie puts on one of Tony's shirts (which shows a lot of leg and is unbuttoned at the top), and a while into their fight/conversation, he looks away and tells her to please take his shirt off. She starts to comply... And then he quickly corrects himself by instead pleading with her to put her own clothes on.
  • Seen in Kickin' It, after Milton dons a sumo-style diaper to take on a world champion wrestler. As Jack remarked on how awesome his bravery was, he added: "You know what else is awesome? Pants. Seriously dude, put some on!"
  • When Don Cheadle was on Late Night with Conan O'Brien promoting "Crash", the subject of his time on the set of Boogie Nights came up. He recounted a story where a porn star loved walking around the set naked, explaining that at first he enjoyed the "titillating" experience. After a while, though, he got tired of it, telling Conan he wished "she could put some clothes on".
  • Lost:
    • In Tabula Rasa When Michael walks into Sun bathing topless in the jungle, he first apologizes (even if she hasn't revealed that she understands English) and then hands her bra, with further apologies.
    • In "I Do", Sawyer barks this (minus the "please") at Kate in while she's changing in the cage opposite him, but not because he didn't want to see her Toplessness from the Back: He was afraid the explosive pacemaker that Ben had supposedly put in his chest would cause his heart to explode if his heart rate got over 140. This ended up not being true.
  • Lost Girl: In "Big in Japan", Lauren comes to Dyson's gym to ask him to train her in self-defence. Dyson has been working out shirtless, and even though she is a lesbian, Lauren is visibly distracted by Dyson's abs and asks him to put a shirt on before they start.
  • Mr. Bean doesn't like nudity, to the point of censoring a nude statue for a photograph at the park, and building a clay bra to cover a nude model in an art class so he can draw in peace.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: This is a common reaction by the S.O.L. In Hercules Vs. the Moon Men, Crow moans, "I hate movies where men wear shorter skirts than the women!", leading to "The Pants Song".
  • Sherlock:
    • In "A Scandal In Belgravia", Sherlock Holmes is in Buckingham Palace, naked but for a Modesty Sheet. The trope is stated nearly word for word. Not to mention John's obvious discomfort at seeing Irene naked. "Can you please put something on? Anything - a napkin."
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World: In "More Than Human", a mistress tries to seduce Roxton by taking off her dress in a Dress Hits Floor way in front of him. He walks over to her and puts her dress back up around her as she complains.
  • Smallville:
    • When Lois Lane first meets Clark in "Crusade", he's naked in a cornfield talking about being an alien. She not only asks him to cover up, but thinks he needs to be hospitalized. Although not before getting a good look.
    • In a slightly more clothed example in "Fierce", Kara attempts to fit in with the humans by attempting to join a beauty pageant, however, when she shows up in Clark's living room wearing nothing but a bikini, the following exchange occurs...
      Kara: Say hello to the next Miss Sweet Corn.
      Clark: Uh, listen, uh, when I talked about fitting in, I was thinking of something with more clothes. This is definitely not blending in.
      Kara: You mean, undercover?
      Clark: Yes, exactly. And this is... not covered. Um, look, can you just go change, please? Now.
    • In "Heat", Jonathan Kent walks in on Desiree Skinny Dipping in Lex's pool, who is also unashamed of climbing of pool naked to talk to him (With the camera showing her only from the shoulders up). But he simply informs her that he has something very serious to discuss with her and he prefers that all his discussions happen fully clothed. He refuses to look at her until she puts on the robe that he holds out in her general direction.
    • In "Escape", Clark quickly wraps Chloe up in a towel when she ambushed him in the shower, and dropped her Modesty Towel to seduce him (She was possessed by the Silver Banshee at the time).
  • In the 1988 sci-fi mini-series Something Is Out There the beautiful alien protagonist Ta'Ra comes from a culture with no nudity taboo. She's quite puzzled by Jack Breslin insisting that she put on a T-shirt as she's perfectly aware (as a telepath) that Jack wants to see her naked body. Things become even more awkward later when Jack's girlfriend comes around to the house, suddenly looks over his shoulder and says: "And who is that?" Jack mutters "Oh God, let her be wearing the T-shirt" as he turns round... fortunately, Ta'Ra is.
  • In Spartacus Vengeance, Rhaskos starts singing My Cock Rages On while naked. No one is happy about this.
  • A rare male-male example occurs in Stargate SG-1 when Daniel Jackson comes back from the dead. Naked. Jack O'Neill simply looks awkward and turns around, passing him an SGC flag to cover himself with. (He then realizes that he is sort of fondling the flagpole and looks even more uncomfortable.)
  • Inverted in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Ferengi women aren't supposed to wear clothing, and when a Ferengi character is talking to his liberated mother, he asks her to please take her clothes off because she's making him uncomfortable.
  • Strong Medicine. Dr. Lu Delgado arrives at a porn studio to give medical checkups to the actors and rather sheepishly name drops this trope, a little unnerved by all the casual nudity.
  • The Sweeney, episode "Night Out": the following exchange takes place between Jack Regan (a cop) and Iris Long (a "working girl") while awaiting the arrival of an armed gang:
    Regan: Get dressed.
    Iris: All right. What do you think I should wear? Something inexpensive cos of the bullet holes? Or something dark so it doesn't show the blood?
    Regan: That's not funny!
    Iris: There's no need to get hysterical.
    Regan: I am not being hysterical, I AM TERRIFIED!
  • True Blood: Alcide Herveaux once walked in on his fat, middle-aged father Jackson naked and about to sleep with a prostitute. Alcide is disgusted and asks him to cover up, but Jackson just laughs at him and continues what he was doing.
  • This sometimes would be ad-libbed in Whose Line Is It Anyway? skits - when someone couldn't think of a line and wanted to put the burden on someone else, they'd sometimes just say something like "Oh and put your pants on, please" even though nothing else in the scene had implied that anyone's character was naked.

  • The whole point of the song "Bettina zieh dir bitte etwas an" (Bettina, Please Put Some Clothes On) by German band Fettes Brot.
  • Referenced near the end of the Ray Stevens song The Streak, as the interviewee shouts after his wife, who's running away with the titular man to "get your clothes on!"

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Well he never got the chance to go further, as when referee Sean Vincent was forced to wrestle at GCW Adults F-N Only, he started changing in the ring only to get showered with chants of "Put Your Shirt On!"
  • Kurt Angle's clothes were once stolen while he was in a tanning bed. He spent most of the episode running around in a thong and beating up random people, demanding the thief reveal himself. Jim Cornette caught up to him and handed him a robe, begging him to put it on.

  • Bizarrely done in the comedy of remarriage Mary Mary: Bob asks his ex-wife to put on a robe, though she's wearing nothing more immodest than her usual night clothes ("Good Lord, you'd think it was a black lace bikini! Eight million times you've seen me in pajamas!"). When she does put a robe on, he immediately tries to tear it off her, claiming she did it just to make him look silly. He's rather confused.
  • The song "I Just Can't Wait (Till I See You with Clothes On)" from Subways Are for Sleeping.
  • In One Touch of Venus, when Venus suddenly appears in Rodney's apartment, he tells her, "Take off that nightgown!" She starts to do just that, and he says, "I mean, put something over it!" She doesn't stop trying to seduce him, and he complains that she's nearly naked ("I can see your — form!") and looking too much like "some kind of a strip-tease." She does take his hint to get herself a more decent dress, and surprises him when he runs into her again:
    Rodney: Oh... I didn't recognize you with your clothes on.
    Venus: Do you like me better with my clothes on?
    Rodney: Yes, I do. It's a big improvement.
    Venus: That's refreshing — most men are so vice versa.
  • Spoken almost verbatim by the titular character in Tartuffe to a servant showing too much cleavage (according to him anyway), as part of his guise of an overly devout man. The servant in question riles him on being so easily troubled, and goes on to tell him that seeing him naked would not trouble her in the slightest.

    Video Games 
  • In Breath of Fire IV, this is unusually Gender Flipped, with Ryu appearing Naked on Arrival, and Nina staring, at a loss for words. She then blushes and gives him clothes, looking away while asking him to please put them on.
  • Under rare circumstances, Sims in The Sims 2 will, after a bath or shower, forget to don clothes until it comes to their attention they're forgetting something, which can easily take a while. Even shy Sims have no modesty whatsoever, yet any Sim will gasp (or even scream) upon seeing anyone else who is naked. Since very outgoing Sims will forgo swimsuits in a hot-tub, they can cause quite a commotion at a community lot. Mix in some adult game mods and you end up with Sims freaking out over the nudity of the person they just explicitly "woohooed".
  • In contrast, Singles: Flirt Up Your Life, a German-born Sims knockoff that features anatomically correct models and outright (if clinical) sex, has characters who do get embarrassed for lack of adornment. Stuck naked, or clad only in underwear in the same room as a relative stranger (i.e. not a significant other or a very good friend) they will seek out a far corner and curl into a ball until directed to change into something.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: This is a consequence of how the class system works. When you learn a new class, it starts at level 1...and you can't equip gear higher than your level. Most people don't tend to keep their starting level 1 gear (and the starting gear has no stats anyway), so people tend to spend the first few levels of a new class in their underwear. Since rogue was added in a patch after launch, it's not available as a starting class. You have to complete a level 10 quest and unlock the city the rogue trainer is in in order to get it. The rogue trainer heavily lampshaded this situation by complaining that they get huge numbers of new recruits coming in in their underwear.
  • Knights of the Old Republic:
    • Echani traditionnote  dictates sparring while wearing as little as possible (supposed to be completely nude, but because it's a T-rated game the closest they can come is underwear) so as not to restrict movement (or, as is likely, for Fanservice). The Handmaiden doesn't put her clothing back on after a duel until you ask her to (and then she is rather reluctant).
    • Played with; you can convince her that training while wearing as much as possible makes a better fighter by simulating real-world fighting conditions. She will agree and don extremely heavy, unrevealing robes.
    • Played exceedingly straight for the first fourth or so of the tutorial level. The Exile just wakes up in a healing tank robeless and searching for anything to arm herself with. After Kreia wakes up you can talk to her, and at the end she suggests you find some clothes, if only to make a proper first impression. Atton Rand, meanwhile, only has a problem with the Exile going around half-naked if the Exile is male - when the female Exile finally finds some clothes to put on, Atton expresses his disappointment.
  • In SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, seeing as how Ryu was raised by Gouken in Japan for most of his life, and has probably never seen a girl naked before (at least up-close), he's pretty embarrassed when he stops to ask directions from Mai Shiranui. Another funny one is when Chun Li threatens to arrest her for wearing such an indecent outfit. Finally, if Mai reaches Athena, one of the two True Final Bosses, the dialogue between the two is them arguing over each other's attire.
  • King of Fighters XIII mercilessly lampshades the fact that Mai's half-naked, by having most of the cast point out the indecency of what she's wearing. Her reaction ranges from trying to justify it, by explaining it's the traditional garb worn by the women of the Shiranui Ninja Clan, to being insulted.
  • In a similar instance, Rock Howard kindly asks Bonne Jenet to get some less revealing clothes in Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Funnily enough, in The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2, she hits on him. (His reaction? Covering his face in embarrassment.)
  • Persona 3 Portable
    • When playing as a female main character, during the temptation scene, one of the player's conversational choices afterwards is a request to please put some clothes on.
    • This is also the reaction that the female main character's Love Interest has if she tries to talk to him in Tartarus while wearing the Battle Panties.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, there is a sidequest to obtain several notes written between illegitimate lovers. One such note informs the recipient You Can Leave Your Hat On next time they meet... And maybe his boots... "And trousers. Shirt too. And I shall facilitate said clothed status by locking my door and posting a guard."
    • In Dragon Age II one of the lines that play when you have Hawke look out a window is "Maker's breath! Put some clothes on, man!"
  • In Shining in the Darkness, there is a status effect called "muddled" (inflicted by the second level of the Muddle spell and by using the Demon Staff) that makes affected enemies and party members do strange things at random. One of the possible results is for the affected party member to shed all clothes. If it's Pyra doing that, then Milo will ask her to put something on. If it's the hero or Milo, then Pyra will tell them to get a hold of themselves.
  • Amiti is told to do this in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn when he asks to travel with the heroes. He wonders aloud if it's because his current outfit is distracting, but is told that it's because they'll be traveling in the snowy mountains and he'll get cold. Sure enough, he complains about being cold in Te Rya.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the player character will sometimes get this reaction from NPCs if they are not wearing any armour or clothes.
  • [PROTOTYPE 2]: Alex Mercer to James Heller. Who knew a virus could be sensitive to partial nudity?
    Mercer: [deadpan] And for god's sake, man. Put some fucking clothes on.
  • Present in Neverwinter Nights. However, being shape-shifted counts as naked, leading to the bizarre situation where a guard can tell a giant spider to put some clothes on.
  • From the Team Fortress 2 tie-in comic "A Cold Day in Hell": "Soldier, put pants on." It Makes Sense in Context... sort of.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a Character Customization aspect that gives Link a variety of possible outfits. Running around without an outfit tends to get this reaction from NPCs.
    • In the Goron city, if you are not wearing any fire protection suit, the shop keeper will freak out and tell you to put on a suit. Of course, in this instance it is not out of modesty but because Link is literally on fire.
  • In League of Legends, Evelynn, Agony's Embrace recounts a time this happened to her. She responded in her usual manner.
    Evelynn: A man once told me to put on some clothes. So I wore his skin.
  • Farnham Fables: Compared to his brothers, Philip is much less comfortable around naked people. He outright refuses to enter the nudist Keith's hut, turns his head away when handing Gloria's skirt to Rachael (who is topless due to National Geographic Nudity), and can ask her and her daughter to put more clothes on. In Episode 3, going to the Edisons' farm after gathering all of the animals will have Philip learn that they like to go topless when no one else is around, much to his embarrassment, and he will refuse to do most of the interactions with them.

    Web Animation 
  • In a Homestar Runner cartoon, Coach Z is given a message via Strong Mad's back, saying "Your tiny bathing suit demeans us all!" He then takes off the pink, furry thong he was wearing under the water, and the water around him begins to turn black. Cue Strong Mad screaming "PUT IT BACK ON! PUT IT BACK ON!"
  • This is the one order the Custodes in If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device will ignore from their Emperor.

    Web Comics 
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Elan's nudity — thinking he is invisible — causes all of the other party members to call out for Brain Bleach, save Haley, who wants to "see what his 18 Charisma looks like under the hood."
    • Later, when Roy is resurrected, all of the party members avert their eyes at Roy and his "trouser titan", save Elan who exclaims, "You're invisible!" Belkar complains Celia's wings are too transparent when she hugs Roy.
  • MegaTokyo:
    • Largo and Erika have something like this. In their case, it's his fault that she's (almost) naked and he knew very well in advance that she would be (almost) naked. The awkwardness comes when she suggests going further.
    • Amusingly enough, despite his geeky fear of women, Piro barely seems to notice Erika in her underwear, being far more freaked out by the idea of getting naked himself (the poor lad obviously has body issues).
  • El Goonish Shive:
  • Played with in Pokémon-X. May finishes cleaning her room, and then decides to get changed, then stands in front of her door and removes her shirt. Then, Brendan walks in...
    May: This peeping tom saw my breasts!
    Brendan: Agh! You've ever thought of closing the door when you're changing? Or maybe... wearing a bra?!
    May and her mom: What's a bra?
    Brendan: !... I'm gonna love this place!
  • Sluggy Freelance:
  • This strip from Emergency Exit.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Gil is very polite about it when he encounters a subordinate who'd gone Sleepwalking:
      Gil: Oh, there is one thing... If you're going to be working with me, I'd appreciate it if you wore clothes.
      Agatha: [realizing she's still in her underwear] EEP!
    • Violetta phrases it a little less politely in one strip.
      Violetta: All right, you buffoon — I dug around in the back room and found you some clothes. So get dressed!
      She may be too busy saving your stupid life to notice, but you're not going to walk around in front of my lady without pants!
    • After freeing Othar Tryggvassen — Gentleman Adventurer! — from the frozen time bubble, and explaining to him the new situation in Europa, Gil Wulfenbach asks him, for goodness sake, to put a shirt on... because his Shirtless Scene is a big distraction for Gil's female subordinates, who are busy Eating the Eye Candy rather than doing their jobs. They're all quite disappointed.
  • Done in one sub-comic (slightly NSFW) of Goblins, because the speaker is a goblin and Humans Are Ugly to him. The ladies, who'd been stuck living out some sex-starved wizard's 340-year-old wish, are thrilled to put some clothes on.
  • Happens in a strip from The Adventures Of Boschen And Nesuko (NSFW).
    Aninei: Will you please put some clothes on?
    Nesuko: Sooner or later.
  • Jix has a couple instances of this.
    • Lauren is breastfeeding her baby, wearing nothing but a towel, and her husband Paul asks her to put some clothes on so he could gripe at her without getting distracted.
    • There is another time when she is wearing revealing pajamas and Wayne asks her to put on something better, though unknown to him, she was naked prior to answering the door. (To be fair, Wayne is her brother.)
  • Arkady's transparent skirt prompts Karl to ask her to wear underwear in FreakAngels.
  • Angora from The Meek is persistently and without explanation entirely naked, at least for the duration of chapter one. Pinter isn't so amused by this. She gains some pants and a scarf by the end of chapter one... and nothing else.
  • In Rhapsodies, during a business trip Brian rushes out of the shower to take a call. Much to the horror of his assistant.
    Brian: Rowan? do you have any idea what's wrong with...
    Phone: Brian... put some clothes on before Fran figures out she has a potential harassment suit.
  • Avatar in Far Out There has little patience for Trigger's numerous shirtless scenes.
  • In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, Bob the Beholder at one point asks a harpy to put a shirt on. It should be noted Bob is usually quite the pervert and enjoy ogling, but here they were about to spend a whole sea trip together and he deemed her bare chest would be way too distracting on the long term.
  • Siren's Lament: Both Shon and Lyra find themselves asking Ian to get dressed repeatedly since he was recently a merman and doesn't see the appeal of clothes, especially shirts. Shon is less than pleased when Ian decides he wants the clothes Shon is wearing right then and tries to take them off him to get dressed to Ian's confusion.
  • Freefall: Beekay (Cute, but Cacophonic dog) gets into Sam's environmental suit, so Sam takes off his pants while Beekay is inside them. Florence objects.
    Florence: Sam! Cover yourself! No one wants to lose their sanity because you can't keep your pants on!

    Web Original 
  • In Tales of MU, this forms an ongoing argument between background character Feejee the Mermaid, who spends a lot of time more fish than human and sees breasts as entirely non-sexual, and her human boyfriend, Rick, who doesn't want to be dating the Innocent Fanservice Girl.

    Web Videos 
  • Played with in The Guild. Vork tell Codex, "Cover yourself, woman!" when she's completely clothed (albeit showing a small amount of cleavage).

    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of American Dad!, George W. Bush falls off the wagon during a dinner the Smith house (Stan won an essay contest, the prize being dinner with the President). He proceeds to continue drinking and runs off into the night with Stan and Haley on his trail. By the time they catch up with him, humping a replica of the Washington Monument on a mini-golf course, he's completely naked and wants to quit being president. Stan reads the first sentence of his essay, which he wrote about Bush's presidency, to cheer him up. Elated, Bush demands to hear more, but Stan refuses until he puts his pants back on.
  • A guy-guy version is done in Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Iroh is relaxing in a hot spring. Zuko walks over and tells him to hurry up because they need to leave. Iroh stands up, and Zuko looks away, shielding his face in disgust ("conveniently" covering up... anything not family friendly), and tells his uncle to take a few more minutes and meet him at the ship. He also says the line later in the episode, after he and Iroh have unleashed some firebending on the Earthbenders that captured Uncle Iroh, who is still nearly naked.
    Zuko: Now will you please put on some clothes?
  • Futurama:
    • Leela (posing as a man), enters the showers where Zapp Brannigan, having just finished showering, is naked. She politely suggests that he put on a towel, and he obliges by wrapping one around his head. A few seconds later, President Nixon's head (carried by Kif) comes into the room and yells at Brannigan to cover himself. Instead, Zapp has Kif raise Nixon's head up higher.
      Nixon's head: For God's sake cover yourself, Brannigan! I didn't live a thousand years and travel a quadrillion miles to look at another man's "gizmo".
      Zapp Brannigan: Oh, sorry Mr. President, I didn't realize. Kif, raise him about nipple high.
    • In "Anthology of Interest II", Human!Bender starts off naked. There is an above-the-waist shot of his body, and Hermes rushes to cover Bender's crotch just as a lump starts growing.
      Hermes: Cover your shame, mon!
    • In another episode, Farnsworth is at a health spa to get "Youthasized" and the attendant encourages him to take a bath in hot tar. Farnsworth immediately takes his clothes off.
      Attendant: Sir, it's not necessary or wise to be naked.
      Farnsworth: Oh, you sound just like my tennis instructor.
    • Averted in one episode where, à la LBJ, The Professor conducts a staff meeting while naked and comfy in a bubblebath. No-one complains. Justified, perhaps, in that this may be a common occurrence at Planet Express.
    • Weird example occurs when Bender is "getting freaky" with the Planet Express spaceship, which involves Bender pressing buttons on an exposed panel in the ship. Leela bursts in, sees what's happening, and shouts "Planet Express Ship, cover your shame!"
  • Hoze Houndz: In "Mythconceptions" the Underwear-Wolf [1] is told by other monsters to put on some pants.
  • King of the Hill:
    • Hank Hill frequently implores this of his niece Luann in early seasons when she would walk around the house in her "unmentionables". He would of course say this even if she wasn't his (non-biological) niece, as he is quite uptight about nudity, period.
    • And his line after being stranded and tied to a gate by his father and his war-buddies in his underwear:
      Hank: I have to hide my nudity!
    • He initially refuses to run to a shelter while in the eye of a tornado that had torn off his clothes because the women would see him naked. One of the people in the shelter, an old woman, informs him that he's worried over nothing:
      Old Woman: Oh, don't worry about it. I seen a whole jar o' pickles in my day.
    • Also, in one episode, he and Peggy are in bed, Luann comes bursting in, and Hank very quickly and with a look of complete embarrassment grabs and dons his glasses.
  • In an episode of ¡Mucha Lucha!, Ricochet ends up wearing only his mask and underwear when the group is stranded on a deserted island. Nobody minds while on the island, but when they finally get home, Buena Girl orders him to get dressed. Ricochet refuses, but his Abuelo shows up and orders him, while bystanders start laughing. This time, Ricochet is embarrassed and complies.
  • In an episode of Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko is making a video of his life to send to his parents. Unbeknown to him until it was too late, Heffer and Filbert also recorded him coming down the stairs completely naked in the middle of the night to go get a drink from the fridge. They then sent a copy of the video to his parents as well as one to the Australian film festival. While his parents were not upset with him over it, they did send him some money to buy a robe.
  • Samurai Jack; in the episode "XCIX", Jack quickly tosses his gi onto Ashi after an alien's acid blood disintegrates her leaf dress, leaving her naked. She's confused about why Jack is making such a fuss about it.
  • The Simpsons:
    • When Homer is standing naked at the window:
      Homer: From this day forward, I am an inventor!
      Sarcastic middle-aged guy: [outside] Do us all a favour; invent yourself some underpants!
    • In another episode, Homer is Caught Up in the Rapture and arrives in Heaven naked. An angel immediately demands he get dressed, unable to stand seeing a fat guy naked.
    • In yet another episode, Chief Wiggum goes after Comic Book Guy for possession of pirate videos, only to find him in bed with Agnes Skinner. Wiggum places CBG under arrest, but offers to reduce the sentence if he puts some clothes on.
    • And in another episode, the bullies are assembling a stink bomb in Jimbo's basement and his mother opens the door.
      Jimbo: Put a top on, mom, everybody's seen your implants!
      Jimbo's Mom: But the doctor said the fresh air would help them to—
      Jimbo: Just go!
      Dolph: Looking good, Carol!
    • In "Brother from the Same Planet", Homer finally remembers to pick up Bart from soccer practice while taking a bath, and he runs outside without bothering to put on clothes. Fortunately, he's dressed when he gets there.
      Lisa: Dad, hide your shame!
      Ned: Hey, Homie, I can see your doodle.
      Homer: Shut up, Flanders.
  • Used at the end of an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, where the whole episode was just Space Ghost's attempt to explain the birds and the bees to Moltar and Zorak (naked, for some reason). Zorak tells him to put his clothes back on, with Space Ghost responding "Never!"
  • Happens at the end of the Steven Universe episode "Frybo": Steven, in order to defeat an animated mascot costume gone mad, uses gem shards to animate his clothes to attack, leaving him naked. Later the owner of the costume gives it a viking funeral, with everyone involved assisting... including Steven's clothes. Pearl tells Steven to put them back on.
  • Another guy-guy version is done in X-Men: Evolution, in an episode where the Brotherhood members are seen cleaning up their house and Toad is goofing off while wearing one of Pietro's uniforms. Lance ends up dumping all of the traitor, Pietro's stuff outside and tells Toad to get rid of the suit. Toad takes off running but trips and then crash through Wanda's bedroom door. Lance catches up to him and rips off the uniform that Toad was wearing. Lance's reaction is that of disgust/horror as he quickly looks away while covering his eyes and telling Toad to go put something else on. (Now the screen moves slightly up focusing on Lance's reaction and conveniently not showing Toad at all. So yeah. It's implied that he was completely naked underneath that suit. Ew.)
  • In the Musical Episode of Daria, one of the first things Helen tells Jake is "Put some pants on. We're seeing more than should be seen." To which, all the neighbors reply "I'll say!" Later on, she's on the phone with Trent and tells him to come over and stay with them in light of the coming hurricane. There's a brief pause before she exclaims, "Then put some on, and get over here now, young man! Doesn't anyone in this town wear pants anymore?!"
  • Final Space: In episode 3, Gary ends up naked when his new robotic arm goes out of control. He also repeatedly loses the Modesty Towel Mooncake gave him, which leads to Avocato yelling "How about covering up that dick situation you got going there, jeez!".
  • In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Pure Protein", Cyborg tells Robin that "he can't make a confession until Robin puts some clothes on". A naked Robin says it's okay, much to Cyborg's dismay.

    Real Life 
  • Poor Eric Massa. "Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?" Massa (a US congressional representative) and Rahm Emanuel (then White House Chief of Staff) were in the showers at the gym at the time, so the nakedness was expected, but this combined with it being Rahm Emanuel no doubt made it awkward.
  • Lyndon Johnson was quite fond of utilizing this mentality when it came to talking to political rivals, going so far as going to the bathroom while insisting they remain present and continue their conversation. He was also, according to several accounts...quite well endowed, which may have added to the strategy.
  • Cindy Crawford tells a Playboy interviewer about her meeting with a guy from Pepsi (and what she overheard from him) while sunbathing topless while in Barbados for an international meeting:
    Crawford: One day my girlfriend, her boyfriend and I were sunbathing topless because that's Barbados - you can wear nothing if you wantnote . And the Pepsi guy walks up and with my agent to meet us for lunch. I saw him coming and I wondered. Should I put on my top because I have business relationship with him? I didn't want him to get offended because the rest of the rest of the beach had seen me with my top off. Meanwhile as he's walking toward me, he's saying to my agent, "I hope she puts on her top.". He wasn't even being a schmuck, like wanting to see. He wanted to keep our relationship professional.
    Playboy: Did you or didn't you?
    Crawford: I left it off and it was fine with everyone.
  • Former hockey defenceman Aaron Ward recalls the "no-shirt rule" that he had at his house when rookie defenceman Jiri Fischer was his roommate:
    Aaron Ward: I had to have this "no-shirt rule" in the house. He [Jiri Fischer] wasn't allowed to be shirtless in the house. The kid's built like a Greek god. I didn't want my wife seeing that. One day he was sitting at the computer with no shirt on and I'm like, "Hey Jiri, you know the rule."
  • Kathy Griffin exploits this for her own purposes (read: funny) during CNN's New Year's Eve coverage, which she co-anchors with stoic, serious newsman Anderson Cooper (who also happens to be one of her best friends, oddly enough). At least twice she has stripped down to a miniskirt and bra on national television during the night, leading to this reaction from Anderson. The second time she did it, he appeared resigned to the fact that nothing he said was going to have any effect, but he gave it his best go anyway. (He'd apparently forgiven her after awhile that year, as she did get a smooch at midnight.) While there had been rumours that Cooper was gay for years (which he sort of never commented on either way) he finally came out in the late 2010s.


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