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"You have seen, gentlemen, how a woman must be made to remove her own clothing, depriving her of her dignity. With a man, it is the opposite. Strip him!"
Dr. Molloch, The Evil That Men Do

A captured or otherwise helpless victim (we'll call her Alice) is stripped of her clothing as a form of torture or humiliation.

This can be the prelude to serious sexual assault, but the point of the exercise is to torment Alice by leaving her bare and exposed to the eyes of her captors — frequently Come to Gawk is involved. It's especially cruel if Alice is forced to self-strip, symbolizing the complete loss of her freedom (though being stripped by the antagonist is still pretty cruel). The temperature will often be quite cold as well, causing Alice to shiver.

A strip search by the police or other security forces may fall under this trope, particularly if we are dealing with Corrupt Cops or we already know Alice is innocent.

The captive's reaction depends to some extent upon whether it's Alice or Bob being stripped. Alice may blush and cringe, and the I Have You Now, My Pretty subtext will be quite evident. Bob is more likely to cover his humiliation under a mask of defiance, while the sight of his naked body (whether from Heroic Build or... other endowments) may cause his male guards to feel ashamed and inadequate. When a male is Shamefully Stripped, this is often a sign that the villain is a sexually voracious woman. Alternatively, the villain may be a Depraved Bisexual, Depraved Homosexual, or Psycho Lesbian victimizing a same-sex captive.


Related to Defeat by Modesty (a character is unable to fight due to his modesty being compromised) and Undressing the Unconscious (a character has their clothes removed while they were in an unconscious state). Fanservice for some people, and sometimes specifically meant to be this by the creator — although some instances of this are so cruel that even the easily titillated are likely to be turned off.

Contrast Go-Go Enslavement, in which the torture is that Alice loses the right to choose her own clothing and must wear the outfit her captors provide — clothes which are scandalously revealing or utterly humiliating in some other way. Occasionally a prelude to Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me. Accidental happenstances go into Wardrobe Malfunction or Stripping Snag. If Alice loses her hair instead of her clothes, it's Traumatic Haircut. See also Pervy Patdown for cases where a strip search is performed (or just invoked as an excuse). The opposite is Defiant Strip.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Arachnid, a then-villainous Oki forces Alice to strip as part of her demands for releasing Yoriko. Oki would have had Alice crawl around the school while naked for further humiliation, but thankfully it turned out Yoriko hadn't been kidnapped at all and Alice fights back.
  • Gen's older sister Eiko in Barefoot Gen is accused of theft and subjected to this.
  • Both Okoi and Kagerou are subjected to this in Basilisk when captured by the enemies.
  • Berserk:
    • Played for horror during the Eclipse when Casca is captured and stripped naked by demons, a prelude of worse things to come for her.
    • Slan also has Guts captive with her tentacles in one scene and tears his armor/shirt from his body.
    • At some point, a huge demon grabbed Griffith and stripped him off his armor to show the Hawks the horrible consequences of the year he spent under constant Cold-Blooded Torture for sleeping with Princess Charlotte.
  • Bikini Warriors: As a fanservice-focused gag series, this happens a lot.
    • In Episode 2, a king hires the heroines for a quest, but only offers 10 gold coins as payment. When they complain about how low that is (a night in a hotel costs 20 gold coins), he eventually gets fed up and has them thrown into his dungeon, naked and tied up.
    • In Episode 3, the heroines rob several townspeople. Eventually, the townspeople catch up to them and throw them naked into the woods.
  • Black Butler: Alois forces his maid Hannah to strip for him, partly to Kick the Dog and partly to use her dress as a disguise.
  • Features in the Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise arc of Black Lagoon. After Yukio Washimine is captured by Chaka and his group, her captors play strip bowling: for every strike, they remove a piece of clothing from her. By the time we see her she has lost her shoes, socks, skirt and bra, but for some reason she can still cover herself with her (unbuttoned) shirt. (Likely to avert Executive Meddling) Given that they were planning on selling her as a Sex Slave, this would probably have gone further had they not been interrupted.
  • Blue Comet SPT Layzner has Eiji captured, stripped naked and locked in a padded cell by human mad scientists who plan to study him like a lab rat for being half-human, half-Gradosian. His sister Julia gets stripped to her underwear by Gosterro, who does so in public.
  • Luna is subjected to both this and being put in a Crucified Hero Shot in Casshan: Robot Hunter, due to being a member of La Résistance.
  • The biker gang that abducts Kousukegawa in Change 123 and corners the HiFuMi in a construction yard orders her to strip and get on her knees if she wants Kousukegawa back. She appears to be complying with their demands when she calmly removes her school uniform and places it on the ground, but she was actually taking the opportunity to pick up a few nails that were lying around. Nails which she promptly uses as ammunition in a counterattack against the 40 or so bikers.
  • In Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Stella Vermillion is subjected to this by a bunch of criminals who threaten to kill their hostages if she does not comply. She complies only to save the hostages, and the distraction allows her friends enough time to come to the rescue.
  • Cross Ange: This happens to Ange throughout the series.
    • Jill tears open Ange's dress at the end of the first episode and later tears off her underwear while bending her over a table and giving her a cavity search.
    • When Ange refuses to wear a uniform, Salia strips her naked and throws her into the hallway to shame her into putting it on.
    • When Ange is put on trial by her former people, they strip her and put her in a revealing rag before torturing and trying to hang her.
    • As punishment for deserting, Ange and Hilda are both thrown into a cell naked, though their clothes are put in the cell too.
    • When Sylvia enslaves Riza, she strips her naked.
    • Embryo subjects Ange to mind control and forces her to strip naked for him, with her fighting it every step of the way. She doesn't manage to break the control until after she's already naked and he tries to kiss her.
    • In the final battle, Embryo disintegrates Ange's clothes before trying to rape her.
  • Mina Tepes, the Vampire Monarch of Dance in the Vampire Bund, is every 10 years given this under the disguise of a "chastity test" by the order of the three last pure-blood vampire men. If stripping down a 12-year-old-looking female is not enough shameful, remember that they killed the rest of the pure bloods as well as her mother and they are just doing it to remind her that she's their property.
  • In the second episode of Desert Punk, Rain Spider makes short work of two thugs who tried to rob him. After defeating them, he makes them strip naked below the waist and sends them to walk in the hot desert back to the rest of their band. They initially protest that this is so humiliating that they'd rather die, but after Rain Spider takes out some "toys" (various weapons and bondage gear), they decide to walk.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Yukino Agria of the Sabertooth Guild is forced to take off her clothes in front of the other members for disappointing her master Ziemma. He often does it to every girl that fails him. Mostly so that he'll have a reason to hold back on murdering someone's daughter.
    • This also happens to Erza Scarlet when she is captured by Tartaros. When next we see her she is completely naked and bound in manacles that prevent her magic use. Given the nature of her powers, and that she uses them for everyday clothing, too, this is as much a side-effect as a justified precaution. It's worse when they start subjecting her to Cold-Blooded Torture, which causes her to break down because her armor is a kind-of Security Blanket for her when she's around enemies, thus being tortured while naked is worse for Erza than almost anyone else.
    • Later, more people get captured by Tartaros and are also stripped, so it may just be standard procedure there. Given that Natsu and Lisanna suffer the same fate, it would seem this is just Tartaros' style.
      • Note that in the anime, which is less risque than the manga due to it being aired on TV Tokyo's Saturday morning time slot, Tartaros has its prisoners stripped to their underwear instead of naked, though they react the same way.
    • The Dragon Zirconis uses magic to strip humans of clothing. He does this because clothes ruin the flavor of human flesh, though he also admits he does it to rob humans of their dignity.
  • Future Diary:
    • When Minene is drugged and captured by Hirasaka, he treats her injured eye, but strips her down to her panties and chains her to a wall.
    • Also, a captured Yuno gets subjected to Clothing Damage and then pinned down with only half her clothes on when Tsubaki, already VERY pissed off due to having lost one of her hands to Yuno herself, orders her minions to gangrape her. In the anime it's even worse, since all her clothes save for her panties are taken off.
  • In Get Backers, Kazuki (actually Akame Kogenta in disguise) tied Himiko with his strings during Limitless Fortress arc. When Himiko mocked him for his cowardice, he tightened his strings, shredding her clothes, leaving her nearly naked. As if that wasn't bad enough, he even tried to mutilate her with his strings. This only happened in the manga version. In the anime, the fake Kazuki didn't tighten his strings to shred Himiko's clothes at all.
  • In Gokujou Drops, Yukio's fangirls do this to her love interest Komari as a part of their bullying.
  • Whenever an antagonist in an episode of Gun Frontier gets the upper hand, odds are his first action will be to rip off Sinunora's dress.
  • Happens to Ritsuko Takahashi in Hell Teacher Nube, when she's kidnapped, stripped and almost murdered by a mentally/emotionally shattered Yukime.
  • In an episode of Inuyasha, Kagome is knocked unconscious by the villain-of-the-week and wakes up naked in a big cooking pot, since he plans to feed her to a man-eating tree (or in the original manga, he just planned to eat her himself). From the time Inu-Yasha rescues her until she retrieves her clothes, she wears his fire-rat-hair kimono.
  • Happens to Sara Uchida in the second Kasei Yakyoku OAV. Crosses into Near-Rape Experience, as she gets stripped and pinned down by Yakuzas—but manages to steal one's dagger and keep them at arm's length.
  • When Ryozanpaku Master Shigure is captured in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, she is kept entirely naked at almost all times, with her hands and legs bound. Keeping her away from anything, even a single strip of cloth, is in fact a completely justified precaution, given what she's been shown to do with as little as a wooden spoon or a strip of wet cloth.
  • Kill la Kill: Inverted. Satsuki lectures Ryuko about being ashamed of being seen in her Kamui in Episode 3, saying "This is the form in which a Kamui is able to unleash the most power! The fact that you are embarrassed by the values of the masses only proves how small you are! If it means fulfilling my ambitions, I will show neither shame nor hesitation, even if I must bare my breasts for all the world to see!"
  • Legend of the Blue Wolves: Jonathan is forced under a shower before Captain Continental tears his shirt and underwear off him and proceeds to molest him.
  • In the Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine episode ".357 Magnum", Fujiko is goaded by the casino owner Cicciolina into wagering her freedom against ownership of the casino. Fujiko loses. The guards take her to Cicciolina's bedroom and handcuff her naked to a chair.
  • In Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, when the Hückebein captured Thoma's group, they proceeded to strip them of all the equipment they could remove. Unsurprisingly, while Tohma was able to keep the Instant Armor that came with his Black Knight form, Lily and Isis were left completely naked while their enemies interrogated them. A justified precaution, though, since in the Nanoha-verse, almost anything can be turned into a weapon, including articles of clothing. However, the Hückebein have enough dignity to cover the girls with towels and let them being interrogated by Arnage and Cypha, while Thoma is interrogated by Fortis and DeVille.
  • In My Hero Academia, the heroine known as Ragdoll is found completely naked after being kidnapped by the League of Villains, after being forcibly stripped of her Quirk by All For One.
  • In Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Tsukuyomi subjects Setsuna to this by straddling her and using her sword to cut her sarashi open, giggling and telling her to "satisfy" her.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, this happens to Dr. Ritsuko Akagi in episode 23. For worse, the old men of SEELE are the ones forcing her to stand naked in front of them as they verbally harass her, and when she finds out that Gendo specifically sent her to avoid having to send Rei, Ritsuko is not amused.
  • Queen's Blade Grimoire:
    • When The Big Bad Wolf corners Zara, he tears her clothes apart with his paw before swallowing her, presumably so she would be easier to eat.
    • Alicia and Tiina get knocked out and captured by Liliana and her Ghost Pirate crew. Alicia wakes up to find herself naked and tied up, and sees Tiina naked and being lead around on a leash by Liliana.
  • In The Sacred Blacksmith, Cecily not only is at the receiving end of this, but she's also severely beaten, verbally humiliated and almost raped by the Big Bad Siegfried.
  • In Sakura Gari, Masataka finds a picture of a half-naked girl who's also Bound and Gagged. She's a former maid who was The Mistress to Souma; Sakurako stripped her almost naked, tortured her into almost insanity and took pictures due to jealousy. Also Masataka himself, he is forced to strip naked in front of Souma, who's blackmailing him into having sex with him.
  • Seraph of the End: In the novel Seishiro dishes out Clothing Damage to Sayuri during their fight. She is battered and humiliated, trying to hold the front of her shirt closed and the crowd chants for him to strip her naked. He agrees but just punches her causing her shirt to fall open. He sneers at her telling her to keep her body to herself.
  • Hentai tends to do this all the time and sometimes in unusual ways. Slave Warrior Maya reverses the typical order of events: Trapped in Another World by a magic spell, Maya is intimidated by a pair of aliens into stripping naked before they'll help her find a way home. It's only after she's stripped that they take her prisoner, since she's now a naked human in the wild and therefore, legally, no better than an animal.
  • In the 2nd to last episode of the first season of Sword Art Online, after chaining Asuna up and stabbing Kirito into the ground with Kirito's own sword, Sugou/Oberon rips Asuna's top before he licks and molests/rapes her in-game in front of Kirito. Just when all seemed lost, Kirito manages to free himself and obtain administrator rights from Kayaba's "digital ghost", then proceeds to kill the crap out of Oberon.
  • Used in Tokyo Ghoul:Re as the prelude to Medical Horror. While visiting his newest "patient", Mad Scientist Dr. Kanou yanks off Takizawa's sheets and leaves him completely exposed while discussing the upcoming experiments. The scene further drives home how Kanou's victims are utterly dehumanized, routinely kept naked and treated like animals. It doesn't help that said scene ends with the "good doctor" promising to return later for some routine tests — one of which will involve forced ejaculation.
  • In Trigun, Vash is once forced to strip naked and bark like a dog (or else an outlaw leader will kill someone). Vash does... revealing so many old scars and injuries in the process to disturb even the outlaws making the threats.
  • Variable Geo: This is the penalty for losing any match at level-3 and above. Though it's first seen when Jun loses her preliminary bout against Yuka, which was only set at level-4. Despite Yuka's insistence that rules didn't obligate her to do so, Jun still went through with it as she felt there was no place in VG for mediocrity.
  • In World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Natasha wakes up naked and in magical restraints when she is captured by the organization White Light.

    Comic Books 
  • Seen in the Vertigo Comics limited series Proposition Player, where a villain discusses the finer points of this technique — when to strip the captives by force, and when to make them strip themselves.
  • In Lady S, after capturing the heroine, the bad guys (including a woman) order her to strip so she won't try to run away in the streets. It doesn't work as she's a Shameless Fanservice Girl; she doesn't try to cover herself while running away (keeping her underwear on may have helped).
  • Firestorm did this to the villainess Plastique when he used his power to de-atomize her clothes so he could get the bombs that were attached to her and dispose of them safely somewhere else, leaving the beautiful red-haired villainess completely naked and humiliated in public (and played for laughs, no less, even though her Naked Freak-Out is more or less off camera). Also a very cruel example of Naked People Are Funny as Plastique's would-be victims start laughing at the hapless villainess as she tries to cover herself, as well as a reverse of Naked People Trapped Outside. Considering that she had just tried to murder them in a Suicide Attack, you could say she has it coming.
  • New Avengers:
    • In the very first arc, the team is captured while doing some investigating in the Savage Land and all stripped naked. Spider-Woman notes how humiliating it is and wishes that their captors could have at least let them keep their undergarments, though Spider-Man responds that he doesn't wear any anyway when in costume since it makes him chafe.
    • In New Avengers Annual #3, Clint Barton (usually Hawkeye but Ronin at the time) awakes from a botched attempt to kill Norman Osborn stark naked and bound to a chair, with Norman and the evil Dark Avengers (one of whom is female) sneering at him. He spends most of the issue chained naked to a table as Norman has Mentallo psychically torture him.
  • In the Sensational She-Hulk Graphic Novel #18, She-Hulk is forced to strip after being captured by semi-rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Subverted in that she's found great confidence and positive self-image in her She-Hulk form. She even drops her (already Fanservice-y) outfit on the floor and asks "Okay, bright boys, now what? Maybe you'd like me to jump rope for you?" (Of course, her boyfriend, Wyatt, who is also being held hostage, is clearly not amused by it any of it, and neither is Dugan when he shows up in the next scene.)
  • In issue 32 of Ms. Marvel Vol 2, before she gained her superpowers, Carol Danvers was stripped to her underwear when she was held captive by Ghazi Rashid in Afghanistan.
  • After Rice sends X-23 on an off-books mission to kill Martin Sutter, his wife, and son (who's actually Rice's son from an affair with Sutter's wife), upon their return to the Facility, Rice strips X down, burns her clothing, and blasts her with a firehose to clean up any evidence of his actions. In addition to hiding his crime, Rice's callous treatment is just another part of his denial of X-23's humanity.
  • In one issue of the Marvel and DC's Amalgam Universe universe when Princess Diana is captured by Thanoseid minions she has her black jacket stripped off, leaving her in her black bra for the rest of the issue.
  • Requiem Vampire Knight has an example where the protagonist does it to a villain when Requiem forces Claudia to remove her ballgown at gunpoint so his love interest Rebecca can disguise herself with it.
  • Raptors: The council leader orders Vicky to be stripped of her clothes since he declared that humanity will be henceforth treated like animals in a zoo.
  • Barracuda: When Dona Emilia is being sold as a slave in "Slaves", the crowd demands to see what they're buying, so the slavers rip her top off.

    Fan Works 
  • In Nightmare, Kim had a nightmare (obviously) of being abducted by the Lorwardians during her graduation and then beheaded. But not before Warhok and Warmonga strip off her clothes. Ron stops her when she said they tore her blue dress and skip over it.
  • In What Chapter 372 of Fairy Tail Should Have Been, Erza outright punishes Kyouka for imposing this on her, for the reasons mentioned in the Anime/Manga section in this page, and subjects Kyouka herself to a nastier and grosser variation thereof. Strip her naked? Nah. That's too nice. Let's rip her stomach open and vivisect her!!
  • Neon Metathesis Evangelion:
    • Exactly how the pilots see the upcoming nude synchtest — not as something to laugh about, but as something that would be deeply humiliating. Therefore they (successfully) refuse that test.
    • Even before, Gendo has sold Ritsuko out to SEELE in order to protect Rei from them. As in canon, SEELE interrogates her in the nude. Afterwards, Ritsuko feels humiliated and betrayed, and mentally vows revenge to Rei.
  • Threatened in The Burning Of Beruns World when Kanril Eleya is trying via Gunboat Diplomacy to arrange a peace conference between the effective leaders of two factions of a failed state. (Previous to this, a Starfleet ship and a Klingon ship had both been bombed by one of the factions.)
    Eleya: Mister Smith, please signal your location to me so I can beam you aboard.
    Alexander Smith: Can't you see me?
    Eleya: We're interested in beaming you up, not a bomb. You've got about ten seconds to comply before I send an airborne platoon to pick you up. At which point I may or may not order them to strip-search you.
  • In Going Another Way this is very much how the pilots feel about the whole thing with the test they have to do naked, feeling horribly humiliated by the whole thing and reading all the stuff they have to go through to get cleaned first. To cap it off, Misato knew but kept quiet so they couldn't bail. In a case of karma, they do get their revenge on her in an unusual way.
  • RWBY: Epic of Remnant: A racist attacks a little Faunus girl. He accuses her of stealing and tries to force her to strip to prove she didn't. He sneers and says animals like her don't need clothes anyway. Fortunately, Hassan of the Cursed Arm shows up just in time to stop him.
  • Hivefled; to a troll, being stripped of their sigil is the equivalent of this, even if the rest of their clothes stay on. In the prequel, Gamzee is forced to march about the ship at Condesce's heels in a blank shirt, which is worse than nudity as it marks him as a slave.

    Films — Animation 
  • Heavy Metal: When Taarna is captured by the Barbarian Leader, he has her stripped.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: During the climax, when Judge Frollo and his guards are preparing to sentence Esmeralda to death by being burned at the stake and all she's given to wear is a chemise, or a women's undergarment worn during the time period, and it may or may not have been hers after her other clothes were taken. This was fairly common at the time and up until the mid-1800's, buying and selling of second-hand clothes was extremely common. In the case of criminals, frequently the jailer would be the one to profit from the sale, so you had to be pretty important/popular to be allowed to keep your own clothes.
  • Paprika: Osanai does a variation of this to Paprika in that he strips her of her skin, revealing a naked Dr. Chiba underneath.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark features Elvira ripping the top off her blonde rival Patty when Patty tries to come between Elvira and her love interest Bob. It gets even worse for Patty when the ripping stripping reveals to the entire public in broad daylight that Patty is actually flat chested and was stuffing her shirts the whole film to make herself look more buxom and shapely than she really was, leaving Patty completely humiliated (though she is kind of a bitch so you can't feel too bad for her).
  • In the Robert Bresson film Au Hasard Balthazar, the most sympathetic human character (it's a film about a donkey) is a girl named Marie, who falls in love with the wrong guy. In one of the most upsetting scenes in the movie, she's trapped in a derelict house and the camera follows the gang of her boyfriend and his mates running off with her clothes, followed by a lingering shot of her huddling naked in the house and weeping.
  • Male example from Crime Story (and from Jackie Chan, no less); when Inspector Eddie Hung gets arrested by the Taiwanese police halfway through the film, he's subjected to this while being interrogated.
  • James Bond:
    • In Dr. No, it is implied that Dr. No's guards did this to Honey Rider off-screen, as when Bond rescues her at the end, she is barefoot and pantsless.
    • Diamonds Are Forever features something of a time-delayed reaction to this. It wasn't being stripped down to her panties that shamed the lovely Plenty O'Toole — in fact she sounds rather pleased with herself after it happens —, it was Plenty being caught after it happened by some generic thugs that caused her to be humorously shamed.
    • A variation of this happens in The Living Daylights. After Bond has confronted Pushkin, an alarm is sounded, and Bond forces Puskin's girlfriend Kata to take her top off, but not because he has anything against her — he has her face the door so that when a bodyguard charges in, he's distracted by the now-topless girl, so he can ambush the guard. (Once he does that, he throws her a towel and tells her to lock herself in the bathroom so he and Pushkin can have words.) Later in the movie a prison guard orders Kara to strip (after saying he hasn't had a female prisoner in a long time) but Bond intervenes before he can force her to do so.
  • Discussed in The Evil That Men Do (1984), which opens with a Torture Technician lecturing a roomful of army officers with the "help" of a male prisoner.
    Dr. Molloch: You have seen, gentlemen, how a woman must be made to remove her own clothing, depriving her of her dignity. With a man, it is the opposite. STRIP HIM!
  • Joy Ride
    • In Joy Ride, Rusty blackmails Lewis and Fuller into walking across a parking lot and into a crowded diner completely nude to show them what humiliation feels like.
    • Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead has Rusty blackmailing Melissa into stripping down to her underwear while he records it...only for her to discover that the trucker she stripped for wasn't Rusty. Making matters worse, said trucker promptly uploads the video to the Internet..
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the heroine Elizabeth Swann is forced to strip off her dress while walking the plank, much to the amusement of the pirates. At least she still had her slip on underneath. The pirate captain Barbossa demands it because he loaned her the dress and wants it back, but it's clear it's really just to humiliate her.
    • Earlier she agrees to an "invitation" to a dinner with Barbossa (while wearing said dress) under the threat of otherwise having to dine with the crew, naked.
  • Head On: After being arrested on a drug charge, Ari and his trans friend Tula are forced to strip in a police station by Corrupt Cops. When Tula hesitates taking off her underwear one of the cops rips it off her and administers a beating.
  • The Mask of Zorro:
    • Elena is stripped, albeit humorously, by Zorro after their duel.
    • Played for Laughs as well when the Murrieta brothers tie a group of captured Mexican soldiers by the wrists and place them around a cactus, facing it and stripped from the waist down. If any of the soldiers tries to get away from the cactus, the one on the other side will get the... touch of the cactus in his privates.
  • In the movie Shuttle (2008), the Driver forces both Jules and Mel to strip down to their bra and panties before making them put on high heels for an inspection.
  • In Lost Highway, Alice is forced to strip in front of the baddies at gun point, though her facial expression mixes it with Defiant Strip.
  • There is a TV movie called Strip Search which was of course, Exactly What It Says on the Tin. During one sequence, an interrogator played by Ken Leung of Lost fame is interrogating a stripped Maggie Gyllenhaal. Just to add insult to injury, he performs a cavity search on her, very clearly out of a desire to terrify and humiliate her more than any belief he's going to find anything. Not surprisingly, as soon as he leaves the room, she bursts into tears and smashes every piece of furniture in the room.
  • A Dutch film called The Dress focuses on a dress that brings bad luck to anyone who wears it, and a train conductor who is obsessed with whatever woman currently has it on. When the dress and the conductor both reach a schoolgirl, he forces her to strip naked; the camera lingers on her embarrassment.
  • The climax of Batman (1989) appears to be heading in this direction, with The Joker taking Vicki Vale up to the top of the Gotham City Cathedral at gunpoint. He removes Vicki's shoes and throws them down the stairs, then removes her coat and drapes it over the railing... leaving Vicki wearing only a sheer white dress not unlike the standard woman's "shift" undergarment from the Renaissance era or earlier (and they are in a Gothic cathedral). More to the point, the Joker makes sure that Batman, who is pursuing him, comes across these discarded articles of clothing on his way up the stairs, possibly as a means of taunting him. Whatever the case, Vicki was lucky that cathedral tower wasn't any taller... (Oh, and during the dance sequence one of Vicki's dress straps slips almost all the way off her shoulder, thus bringing up another trope.)
  • True Lies: Finding that his wife Helen has been cheating on him while he's been traveling around the world on missions for the CIA, Harry Tasker punishes her by having her kidnapped, locked in a dark, mirrored room where he and his partner harshly interrogate her (their voices grotesquely altered by a vocoder device) from an unseen location, and then forced to take part in a "spy mission" that ends with her stripping down to (very skimpy) underwear for the amusement of an unidentified man sitting in the shadows — who, of course, turns out to be Harry himself. More than any other scene in the movie, that's the one that elicited an enraged, Dude, Not Funny! reaction from lotsa people (and not only feminists).
  • At the end of Agora, Hypatia is captured by an angry mob and stripped naked, with the mob then calling her a whore.
  • At the end of Iron Man 3, while being held captive by Aldrich Killian, Pepper Potts is barefoot and shirtless.
  • In Suffragette the protagonists are forced to strip and change into prison clothes. In protest against this treatment, and the general fact that they are not treated like political prisoners, they go on a hunger strike.
  • On Cobra, he gets into an argument with a gang member and he humiliates him by ripping off his shirt. This scene is infamous because the gang member's microphone pack can be seen taped to his chest.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha: When the Baron presents a kimono to Sayuri in private at the party, he undresses her against her will in order to "take a look", but does not go any further.
  • Felon: Laura is made to take off her blouse, and then her bra, when something in it sets off the metal detectors.
  • Julie London's character in Man of the West is forced at gunpoint by the villains to undress. It's a decidedly uncomfortable scene, though (being a '50s Western) she's interrupted by Gary Cooper before she gets too far along.
  • In the 1974 sexploitation movie The Arena (aka Naked Warriors), the newly purchased female slaves refuse to remove their already tattered robes in public so they can be bathed. A couple of lusty Italian men eagerly take on the job.
    Trailer: Women stripped of their dignity, piece by piece!
  • In Big Bad Mama II, Robert Culp is forced to strip at gunpoint by Angie Dickenson (the eponymous Mama). Arguably also a Defeat by Modesty since she wants to discourage Culp (a muckraking journalist) from following her and her daughters and notes that a naked man might find difficulty hitchhiking in the rural South during the Depression.
  • In general, any movie that is set in a prison will have at least one sequence of this occurring. This often results in shame on the part of the individual(s) that have to undress.
  • Near the end of Malèna, the lead character is beaten and stripped by an angry mob after her infidelity becomes public.
  • A more downplayed version in Blackburn in which one of the female characters spend most of the movie wearing a pink hoodie over her white tank top, but when she's being held captive by the ones that are attacking her and the other survivors, she's only has her pink hoodie stripped off, while she keeps her tank top and rest of clothing.
  • In the film Slashers, where the main characters enter an Japanese blood sport game show where the contestants can win millions of dollars if they survive being hunted through various arenas by costumed killers, the lead character Megan Lowry gets stripped by one of the killers at the start of the game, leaving her naked until one of other female contestants hands over her clothes for Megan, only for Megan to get stripped off yet again, forcing her to salvage the clothes of one of the already dead female contestants.
  • In King of the Lost World, Dana and Natalie after getting captured by the natives of the island get stripped naked and forced to wear loincloth.
  • In action flick Death Warrant an undercover female lawyer investigating organ traffic in a prison is forced to strip naked in front of the corrupt prison guards.
  • Is what happens to a female scientist in Das Experiment (loosely based on real facts) after an experiment about prison environment Goes Horribly Wrong.
  • Killshot: When Blackbird and Richie invade the Colsons' home in the climax, Richie forces Carmen to strip down to her underwear and indicates that a sexual assault is next. This pisses off Blackbird so much that he kills his associate.
  • Some films from the cannical explotation films, will use this trope before the character suffers a gruesome death.
  • In the film Detroit based on the 1967 Detroit riot, a group of young people are essentially held hostage by the cops until they admit who was taking pot shots at the police. When they drag one of the young women off to interrogate her, they proceed to call her a whore (particularly disgusted because she and her friend are two white girls hanging out with black guys) and tear her clothes off until she's completely naked, then laugh at her humiliation.
  • The Belgian film Stormforce has it played two ways within about five minutes in the prologue, where a group of special forces operators are performing an anti-terrorism exercise during a government party. Alex (the female lead) spots one all-male team and gets them caught, and tells the guys holding them to strip-search them so she can watch "some cute butts". About a minute later, Rick (the male lead) gets the drop on Alex and strips her to her underwear before leaving her tied to a tree; she's clearly scared out of her wits.
  • The Falcon and the Snowman: Andrew Daulton Lee is interrogated by the police lieutenant in his office while wearing only briefs, which are all he's wearing when Foreign Service diplomats come by to discuss his case.
  • In The Ribald Tales of Robin Hood, Robin has the Sheriff and Lady Sallyforth stripped, tied back to back and sent back to Nottingham on the back of a horse. Lady Sallyforth later returns the favour by cutting Marian's clothes off while Marian is a prisoner in her dungeon.
  • Escape Room (2017): Christen is captured, stripped naked and locked in a small cage where she is forced to crouch while he friends navigate the escape room. For further humiliation, images of her are broadcast to her friends inside the escape room.
  • Mismatched Couples is a largely unknown 1985 kung-fu film known among its small viewership mostly for 3 things. Starring a 22-year-old Donnie Yen in only his second movie, his sweet breakdancing skills, and a scene where Yen's character tracks down a female Mook who assaulted his friend, mocking her physique and sets out to prove that "men are better than women" by outperforming her in the gym (which he does), as a final Gut Punch, the aforementioned friend states that "men are braver" and then strips down to his pants and says that if she's so brave, then she should take all of her clothes off (worth noting that this is in a crowded gym and she's wearing little more than a Leotard of Power). She's clearly humiliated but angrily goes along with it and begins to pull off her leotard before Yen's character's sister stops her, and she runs off.
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Etta, a school marm, returns home and is surprised to find Sundance, an outlaw, waiting for her. At gunpoint, he tells her to strip, which she spitefully does. It looks like it's all a preamble to a rape, but then Etta chastises Sundance for always coming home late. It's a Bait-and-Switch. They're a romantic couple role-playing.
  • Uncut Gems: Howard Ratner owes a Loan Shark named Arno money. When he can't pay up, Arno has his thugs beat Howard up, steal all his clothes, then lock him in the trunk of his own car.
  • Birds of Prey (2020): Mob boss Roman Sionis/Black Mask sees a woman in his nightclub named Erika laughing and automatically assumes she is laughing at him. He forces her to stand on a table and dance, then orders her to take off her dress. When she is too slow, he forces her date at gunpoint to cut it off with a knife.
  • Swashbuckler: In a rare male-to-male example, Major Folly is disconcerted when Lord Durant tells him to do this: especially as he tells him to do it item by item, and does not dismiss the other people in the room first. However, Durant actually wants him stripped to the waist so the lute player can rake him down the chest with his Wolverine Claws as a warning as to what might happen to Folly should he fail him again.
  • Compliance: A man calls up a fast food restaurant, convinces the manager that he's a police officer, and persuades her to strip-search a young female employee on the pretense of looking for stolen merchandise. The employee suffers through it because of threats that it will go much worse for her if she doesn't. It's all a thrill for the caller, who orchestrates increasingly degrading acts to be performed on the victim. This is based on a true story.
  • The Dark Crystal: After the Chamberlain loses the Trial by Stone, the other Skeksis tear all his elaborate robes and the like off while he squawks in terror and exile him.
  • In The Scavengers, Captain Harris' men slowly remove Faith's clothing in front of her fiancee preparatory to raping her.
  • In Hot Spur, Carlo does this as part of his humiliation of Susan after he kidnaps her.
  • In The Wicker Man: The villagers do this to Sergeant Howie before he is sacrificed.
  • In Ryan's Daughter: Rosie is stripped by the villagers after she is accused of having an affair with a British Soldier.
  • Under the Rainbow: Otto cuts Annie's dress off with a sword, leaving her in her underwear.

  • Happens twice in Redwall; the vermin captives of the Bark Crew are stripped of their uniforms and forced to walk back to the fortress naked (and neck-deep in the sea, just to make matters even worse), and Flinky and Crinktail are "stripped to the fur" when captured by Raga Bol. May not have entirely the same impact as with humans, considering the Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal phenomenon, but given that in another book a vermin Mook is embarrassed when Big Bad Badrang cuts his kilt off, maybe it does.
  • In R.A. Salvatore's fantasy novel The Highwayman a beautiful young woman named Callen is found guilty of adultery and, as part of her punishment, she is stripped completely naked at what is meant to be her execution (she survives though), catching the eye of one of the book's eventual antagonists.
  • John Moore's fantasy parody novel Heroics for Beginners features the Big Bad's "Evil Assistant" tearing open the captive princess' blouse, on the grounds that exposing a female prisoner's body makes her feel more vulnerable. She's very surprised to encounter a chainmail bra underneath.
  • In Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Oath of Fealty, at the end of the novel the captured ecofanatic saboteurs and some common criminals are stripped naked, painted, tattooed and left for the police to find.
  • Played for drama when Bobby Marks, main character of Robert Lipsyte's One Fat Summer, is subjected to a violent version of this as part of a cruel prank to humiliate him. Fortunately he proves stronger than he seems.
  • Discworld:
    • In Jingo, Carrot orders a captured squad of enemy soldiers to be stripped for humiliation purposes (though to their underwear, not completely naked), except for the officers, because you don't do that to officers. Good old Captain Carrot.
    • Also occurs in Monstrous Regiment where NCO Jackrum has the captured soldiers including the officers stripped nude, chained up, and left to hop home.
  • In Jack Chalker's Soul Rider series, this happens to Cassie twice. The first time, she's been caught spying around a temple and is placed naked in a cell, told that if she resists, there'll be chains and a gag, too. The second time, she's been abducted by the male-dominated society of New Eden, waking up from unconsciousness to find herself naked, gagged and handcuffed. The abduction is a prelude to an extended period of "re-education."
  • Appears in some versions of Little Red Riding Hood where the wolf forces Red to throw all of her clothes into the fire.
  • This happened twice in Orlando Furioso. First, Princess Angelica is captured by Pirates Ebuda, who strips her naked and ties her to a rock. Second, the princess of Holland, Olympia, is stripped naked by the same suspect, and tied to a tree. Both girls cannot conceal their modesty when their rescuer approaches them.
  • Done to Kahlan by Emperor Jagang in the Sword of Truth series while she was his captive. Like with most other things he did, Jagang got a two-fold benefit. Not only did he get to see her naked (a substantial prize in itself), but the purpose was to march her around his army's camp that way. At that point, a spell had made her an Un-person who was forgotten before her presence was noticed by 99.99% of humanity. By marching her around the camp, Jagang found the .01% who noticed the naked, beautiful, and unclaimed woman in their midst and rounded them up to be Kahlan's personal guards, the only ones who would actually notice if she tried to escape. During the event itself, though, Kahlan wisely tried to downplay the "Shameful" aspect as much as possible. Jagang's intention was to humiliate her as much as anything, so rather than muck about and stall by moving slowly, folding her clothes, etc. and giving him the satisfaction of her discomfort, she simply shucked everything off like pulling a band-aid and played it off as no big deal. It would be much more remarkable if she hadn't led an army while stark-naked and painted white. Both times there were a number of clever reasons for her to do it, but it was essentially contrived Fanservice.
  • A recurrent theme in the romance novels of Bertrice Small, but especially in A Love for All Time, where four English girls are carried off by Muslim slave traders midway through the novel. Their clothes are taken during a preparatory bath and all four are made to march through the streets of Algiers naked before being auctioned off in the same state.
  • In Spellfall by Katherine Roberts, Natalie, a 12-year-old girl, is captured and drugged by an evil wizard Hawk and his female assistant. When she wakes up, all her clothing (and glasses) have been removed, and replaced with a short shift, allegedly to make it harder for her to escape. It is also implied that Hawk was also involved in the clothing removal, as he later is interested in seeing Natalie change back.
  • Happens a couple times in A Song of Ice and Fire.
    • In A Clash of Kings, King Joffrey strips Sansa Stark publicly as punishment for her brother's rebellion before Tyrion intervenes. (It's implied that this was at least as much because Joffrey is a horny 13-year-old boy as for humiliation value.)
    • Following the ironborn conquest of the Shield Islands, King Euron celebrates his victory with a feast in the castle of the defeated Lord Hewett, with Lord Hewett tied to his chair and forced to watch while his wife and daughters serve their conquerors. During the course of the feast, Hewett's illegitimate daughter Falia suggests that the ladies be forced to remove their fine clothes to avoid getting them dirty. Euron agrees and seems to enjoy it, but Victarion considers this dishonorable.
    • Cersei Lannister later goes on a naked "Walk of Shame" through the streets of King's Landing as an alternative to imprisonment. This is ostensibly a voluntary move to atone for her sins and show humility before the gods as opposed to pure humiliation, although the loss of face is the real political reason why it was allowed. For her part, Cersei decided she would be able do it without being ashamed, but she is disabused of this over the course of the walk, and ends it scrambling tearfully up the steps of the palace trying to cover herself.
    • While undergoing the above punishment, Cersei recalls her father issuing a similar fate to his own late father's Gold Digger mistress, evicting her from the castle and claiming she had no right to wear any of her clothes that had been bought with Lannister coin... in other words, any of them.
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • This is used as part of her interrogation technique by Semirhage: a dressed prisoner feels safer than a naked one.
    • Likewise, after Isendre is caught apparently trying to steal from the Aiel, she is forced to remain naked except for the stolen jewelry found in her wagon.
    • The Aiel do this to Wetlanders all the time. They're not sure why it's so discomforting, as Aiel have co-ed sweat tents, but they know it works...
    • Done to Mat, of all people. His charges, Nynaeve and Elayne, are very amused when he complains about it and act as if he deserves it for skirt-chasing.
  • A dead man is found stripped and in a shallow grave in A Brother's Price. It's determined that he was kidnapped, drugged, raped, and then bled or choked to death on his own blood after his tongue was cut out. Eldest Whistler removes her coat to cover him with, "her eyes furious".
  • In Colin Kapp's sci-fi novel The Chaos Weapon, the Ra insist their prisoners come to them "naked and without weapons." (They then proceed to dye their captives' skins gold, apparently the only color that Ra themselves don't come in.)
  • In the Spaceforce novels, Taysans are culturally extremely modest and cover up everything except their hands, neck and faces. When Mizal, a government agent, is captured and tortured by an alien (to her) drug baron, she is stripped to humiliate her and her mutilated body is returned to her people naked. Her fellow agent Jay reflects when he sees her that whoever did it 'knew Taysans'.
  • After being framed for treason and driven mad by an Evil Sorcerer, Doctrine of Labyrinths's Felix undergoes this treatment at a Bedlam House, where a sadistic warden tears off his clothes. It's supposed to be for a shower, but given the amount of time the warden spends ogling him and asking embarrassing questions, it's pretty clear that's not the only reason.
  • In Wizenbeak by Alexis K. Gilliland, a young prince and princess are stripped by their own guards, who turn against them during a rebellion. It's a variation on the usual trope, though, since the guards don't intend to keep the young royals hostage, they just figure their side has lost the war and that the fancy clothing is worth enough money to get themselves a long way away.
  • Two cops do this to an annoying traffic offender in a novel by Joseph Wambaugh.
    Cop: Now bend over and show me that round brown. I gotta check you ain't hiding a machine gun up there.
  • Happens twice in Nobody Lives for Ever. Early in the story, James Bond grows suspicious of the chance-met Sukie Tempesta (an Italian Princess) and strip-searches her to make sure she's not carrying anything dangerous. Later, a fuller evocation of this trope comes when Tempesta and the bodyguard Nanette "Nanny" Norrich are abducted by one of the villains who's after Bond's head. Bond finds them Bound and Gagged and stripped to their underwear.
  • This is done to an unnamed slave during a series of sadistic games in the Gentleman Bastard series. It doesn't seem to work on her as she stays defiant and dignified, so they give her a Traumatic Haircut as well.
  • Very common on Gor whenever a woman is Made a Slave. Variations include cutting off the woman's clothing with a sword or knife, or making the woman strip herself and then drop her clothing into a fire. Often bounces between this trope and Go-Go Enslavement when the woman is eventually allowed skimpy slave clothing and then still later required to strip and go nude again.
  • Wild Justice by Wilbur Smith. The hijackers have the man sent to negotiate with them walk naked across to the airliner, ostensibly to ensure he won't carry a weapon, but actually as psychological warfare.
  • At the climax of Shadow of Her Sins, after being stunned and captured by Bloody Margo, Salli wakes bound naked to a chair. A little bit later Ali arrives to negotiate her release, and Margo forces her to also strip naked to show she isn't concealing any weapons.
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents You Believe Her has a non-erotic example. After being forcibly powered down, Robot Penny is stripped naked before being put into storage - since she's a mechanical being with a Barbie Doll Anatomy, her captors give no more thought to her modesty than they would to a screwdriver.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Life on Mars. Happens to Sam Tyler after he's slipped a mickey by a prostitute in a frame-up. He wakes up tied to a bed with Gene Hunt kicking down the door accompanied by WPC Anne Cartwright. Considering Annie's embarrassment and Gene's quip of "it's not all golf and badminton in Hyde, eh?", it's fairly safe to say Sam was naked.
  • NUMB3RS: In an undercover assignment, to spot bugs. Blatant Fanservice, what with the promos advertising the strip and the random lingerie she just happened to be wearing. The shame bit's still there, though.
  • Firefly. The episode "Trash" had YoSaffBridge order Mal to get naked and ditched him in the desert. Her interest wasn't prurient; it was out of revenge and spite. Of course she seemed to enjoy it a lot, so revenge and spite might be the same thing as prurient for her. Hard to tell with that chick. Subverted in that it was All According to Plan, and Mal is the only one (besides Kaylee) utterly unfazed by his nudity at the end of the episode. note 
  • Game of Thrones:
    • A would-be assassin is stripped and forced to walk behind a horse until he drops.
    • In Season 2, King Joffrey has Sansa stripped and beaten in public, in revenge for her brother defeating Lannister forces in a battle. Doesn't wind up going quite as far as in the books due to the fact that Sansa's actress was underage at the time and her dress is only halfway off, but it's implied it would have gone further had Tyrion not intervened.
    • In Season 5, the High Septon, a man who had taken a vow of celibacy, is caught being serviced in a brothel. He is punished by being marched through the streets naked, and is whipped every time he tries to cover himself.
    • As in the books, happens to Cersei Lannister in Season 5, with her hair being cut off as well. She has guards around her to prevent anyone from directly attacking her, but the experience and the jeers from the crowd are still obviously traumatic.
    • The widows of the Dosh Khaleen get their rocks off by giving Dany's pride yet another kicking, forcibly relieving Dany of her tattered queenly raiment and adornment. She still takes it better than Cersei does in the books though, settling for a Death Glare to all present and not fighting them tooth and nail to preserve her modesty. After a few seconds, they give her one of their outfits.
  • Rome
    • The Gallic leader Vercingetorix, when defeated and captured, was forced to strip and kiss Caesar's golden standard, as was the custom. He was apparently naked for years until Caesar had him dressed up for his own execution.
    • Servilia of the Junii is knocked from her litter and beaten, stripped naked in public, and has her hair cut with a dagger as an act of revenge by her rival Atia. The entire experience is clearly very traumatizing to her, and she spends several days recovering.
  • In Kamen Rider OOO, when a Greeed is stripped of its Core Medals it is also stripped of the clothes and armor they are wearing.
  • Xena was stripped by Ares a few times during the course of Xena: Warrior Princess (the most notable example being "The Bitter Suite"). Also happened to her in Adventures in Sin where she ambushed the Amazon Queen Cyanae (Victoria Pratt) while she's basically naked but for a loincloth while getting a massage, only for the blonde warrior to steal all of Xena's clothes right off of her and then dressing herself in them, leaving Xena herself basically naked but for a leather thong underwear, causing an angry Xena to wrap herself up in a Modesty Towel (or modesty rug at least) before fleeing in shame and anger. Defeat by Modesty indeed.
  • Xena's origin series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, had Salmoneus stripped naked by a group of 50 beautiful princesses in revenge for misleading them about Hercules' location in "Eye of the Beholder".
  • In the pilot episode of Hawaii Five-0, Kono (Grace Park) is forced to strip to her underwear by a Hawaiian gangster to prove she's not wearing a wire. He then takes her picture while she's still undressed, an act that seems like gratuitous sleeze until he later sends the picture to a mole inside the police department to doublecheck her identity.)
  • In the Bad Future episode of Sanctuary, Magnus is stripped and hosed down by Future!Will's soldiers. This scene was very much Fan Disservice.
  • Subverted in the first season of the rebooted Dallas. Ann Ewing goes to her ex-husband Harris' office, and offers herself to him so that he won't blackmail Sue Ellen during the Texan governor's race. She shamefully begins to unbutton her top as Harris looks on gleefully...and then it's revealed that she was wearing a wire under her blouse, and just recorded Harris confessing to his corrupt activities.
  • In The Walking Dead, after Maggie is captured by the Governor, he interrogates her by first politely asking where her group's camp is so he can return her and Glenn peacefully before switching on the creepy and quietly demanding that she take off her shirt and bra, on threat that he'll chop off Glenn's hand. She later confirms to Glenn that he didn't "do anything" after he automatically assumes the worst, but it's still quite a moment of Fan Disservice.
  • In the Criminal Minds episode "Psychodrama", the Unsub is a bank robber who takes everyone at a random bank hostage and forces them to strip to their underwear. He then pairs an unusual couple- for example, a young man with an old lady- and forces them into sex acts. He did it mainly for control, but also because it simulated therapy that he was receiving.
  • Hilariously inverted in a sketch from Mr. Show where a streaker throws clothes at a rival and forces him to put them on, jeering and catcalling while he sobs and gets dressed.
  • In the early-'90s, a General Hospital storyline has good girl Karen becoming a stripper after recalling having been sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend and beginning to believe that she was a tramp who didn't deserve anything better. The pressures of maintaining a double life (she continued to attend college and work as a waitress) got to her until she finally broke down in the middle of one of her performances, having finally realized how degrading it was. Several years later, as she was about to begin her medical residency on the GH-Spin-Off Port Charles, she and the other doctors were held hostage by a deranged former student incensed that she had taken his place in the program. To that end, he took particular pleasure in humiliating her by revealing her nefarious past as well as forcing her to perform a striptease in front of everyone.
  • In the seventh season of Melrose Place, Eve knocks out Lexi and leaves her Bound and Gagged in her underwear in the bathtub. While taking Lexi's clothing doesn't keep her from trying to escape when an opportunity comes, it does allow Eve to frame Lexi for the attempted murder of Peter and Amanda.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • One episode that dealt with torture used this. The Captor even stated coldly, as he used a knife to peel away Captain Picard's clothing, "From this point on, you will experience no privilege of rank, no privileges of person. From now on, I will refer to you only as human. You have no other identity." Picard is then hung up by his arms, stark naked and left there overnight. He's later given a barely concealing garment to wear, both because a later scene featured a child, and also because it would have been difficult to show body language without showing, well, his body.
    • Another episode had Troi and her mother kidnapped by Ferengi, who used the transporter to beam them out of their clothing. We later learn that the Ferengi, being an extreme patriarchy, find the idea of women wearing clothing to be offensive, so this could be an either/or example. It would have been more effective on a species that wasn't ashamed of nudity to the point that all weddings are conducted in the nude, but Troi and Lwaxana were very annoyed by the whole thing. Lwaxana convinced the Ferengi to give them clothes by pointing out it was cold.
  • In The Shift a homeowner stripped a young punk he caught breaking into his house in order to humiliate him, a bit of frontier justice that backfired spectacularly when the punk returned with a gun and killed him.
  • In an episode of Police Woman, a serial killer forces his victims to strip to music, and then proceeds to rape and kill them.
  • In 24 season 2, Jack escorts his traitorous former ally Nina to an undercover assignment. She tries to go the bathroom to change but he forces her to change in front of him where he can see her.
  • Late in the second season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Sarah and Cameron go undercover at a nuclear plant. Sarah gets caught at a restricted area and is presumed contaminated and given a thorough scrub down and her clothes are destroyed but it's implied they just don't like that she's being snoopy.
  • Inverted in an episode of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, "More Than Human". The Lizardmen assign a female slave to Roxton, and she is happy to strip for him. However, when he becomes bothered with the situation and lifts her dress back up, this is what causes her to become ashamed, as she believes he thinks she's ugly and doesn't want to be with her.
  • An unusual comic version in Gimme a Break! occurs when Samantha annoys her sisters a little *too* much, reminding them gleefully of the insults they hurled at each other while fighting over a boy. In response, they drag Sam behind the couch and rip off her clothes so they can throw her out in the street naked. Her dad and Nell calmly drink coffee in the next room while this is going on, pointedly ignoring the chaos.
  • In the mini-series Holocaust, those about to be shot or gassed are stripped naked. A Minion with an F in Evil objects, saying the women should at least be allowed to die with dignity instead of having SS guards leering at them. The suggestion is ignored, of course.
  • Invoked in an episode of Burn Notice when it's implied that Gilroy forces Michael to meet him in a public pool both because of the difficulty in concealing bugs and because Gilroy enjoys making Michael squirm a little showing the body Gilroy so clearly, shall we say, admires.
  • In the Level 9 episode "Digital Babylon", Sosh is forced to perform a striptease for the perp of the week. She bashes the guy's head in at the first opportunity.
  • In The Dark: Josiah orders Murphy to strip as proof she's not wired. This means naked, rather than just to her underwear. Felix however just gets a pat down. Murphy does it unhappily.
  • Big Sky: Jerrie is forced to undress and wash by Ronald, which she's quite unhappy with, but uses this as an opportunity to show her body, in hopes he'll set her free, being transgender (he hadn't known this, wanting to traffic only cis women apparently).

    Myths & Religion 
  • A subversion in the Legend of Lady Godiva. She has been pleading with her husband to lift oppressive taxes on the peasants in their village, and he agrees, on the condition that she ride through town naked. She agrees, and uses the nudity as a symbol of the peasants' tax-related plight. He does actually hold up his end of the deal.
  • Allegedly, after defeating the Ottoman sultan Bayezid in 1402, Tamerlane forced Bayezid's wife Despina to serve naked at his table. (But the story, like other stories of how Tamerlane humiliated Bayezid, is highly suspect.)
  • Was said to have happened to Oghul Qaimish, the Empress regent and wife of Güyük Khan, Genghis Khan's grandson, after her attempt to usurp her husband's successor Möngke through a coup was defeated. When she was dragged in naked to be interrogated she supposedly said that only the Khan had seen her naked before, and she was eventually executed by being put into a felt sack and drowned in the river.
  • According to contemporary sources, up to 40,000 people were subjected to this trope when the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople.
  • Subverted in the poem "The Outlandish Knight". The knight makes the maiden strip, rather than ruin her expensive clothes when he drowns her. She pleads modesty to get him to avert his eyes, then pitches him into the sea instead.
  • Mahabharata: This happens to the Pandavas after Duryodhana and his uncle Shakuni lead Yudhishthira to gamble away his kingdom, his brothers, and finally his queen Draupadi on a game of dice. Duryodhana orders the brothers to strip since he now owns all their possessions including their clothes but crosses the line when he orders Dushasana to forcibly disrobe Draupadi. Realizing no-one can save her, Draupadi prays to Krishna who performs a miracle which causes her sari to keep extending.
  • There's another example in Babylonian Mythology when Ishtar, the goddess of life and fertility, descends into the Underworld to face her sister Ereshkigal, goddess of death and sterility. Ishtar has to pass through seven guarded gates to reach the underworld's queen, and at each one, the guards remove more of her attire. By the time she reaches her sister, she's naked and helpless. (A still earlier Sumerian myth related the same happening to the goddess Inanna in Inanna's Descent to the Netherworld.)
  • In The Bible:
    • There is a Fidelity Test involving the woman accused of cheating on her husband drinking cursed water. (The idea being that the water will not affect her if she's been faithful, but it will have some unpleasant effect on her...and possibly her lover(s) if she hasn't.) When her husband brings her to the priests, her head covering is removed... and according to some interpretations, some or all of her clothes are too, as a symbol of shame.
    • In 2nd Samuel chapter 10, when King David sends comforters to King Hanun of Ammon to console him for his father's death, Hanun is led to believe that the comforters were actually spies being sent for an invasion scheme, and so decides to humiliate them by sending them back to King David with their garments cut off showing their buttocks and half their beards forcibly shaven.
    • As prophetic metaphors, in the book of Isaiah, God tells the female personification of the city of Babylon to take off her clothes and "pass through the waters" where He will meet her in judgment. In the book of Ezekiel, God judges Jerusalem by having her female personification be stripped before all her lovers — those she loved and those she hated — so that they can see all her nakedness.
    • Jesus in the Gospels is stripped of all His clothing before He is put on the cross (though in most depictions He is given a waistcloth to cover His male parts), which is then gambled off by the guards in fulfillment of Psalm 22:18: "They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots."
    • In the apocryphal book of 2nd Maccabees, chapter 4, the king was so enraged at the news of Andronicus' murder of Onias the high priest that he not only stripped Andronicus of his royal robe, he also stripped the man of all his clothes and forced him to go through the entire town naked before he was killed.
  • Classical Mythology: Princess Andromeda was stripped naked and then Chained to a Rock as a sacrifice to an attacking sea monster until she was rescued and the monster slain by Perseus. Many years later, a similar thing happened to Princess Hesione. This time, Heracles rescued her and killed the sea monster.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • This is the whole idea of a WWE Divas Bra and Panties Match, a Fanservice-intended fight where the diva has to win by stripping her opponent down to her bra and panties. A notable gauntlet match is found here. (The winner took hers off anyway.) These sort of matches were discontinued around 2008 when the WWE started aiming for younger audiences.
    • Prior to the Bra and Panties match, the most common type of strip match was the Tuxedo Match, where male wrestlers wore said outfit and won after they — at the discretion of the referee — were determined to have stripped their opponent of his tuxedo (usually, just shorts or boxers were left). The most famous match of this kind pitted Hillbilly Jim vs Mr. Fuji.
  • Another male example, most famously by Jake Roberts to Rick Rude during their feud in 1988. “The Snake” warned the “Ravishing” one to cease wearing tights with the likeness of Roberts’ wife, Cheryl, to the ring but Rude defied him. The end result left Rude very embarrassed.
  • In 2001, after Trish Stratus apologized to Vince McMahon for some infraction, Vince made her strip, saying "If you're truly sorry, Trish, ..." and ordering her to remove an article of clothing. She was down to her underwear by the time he stopped.
  • At AWC's Andy Kaufman 20th Anniversary Party Los Gallineros pulled down Angel's pants, to reveal he had on a G-string.
  • One time, Hornswoggle started chasing Melina around the ring. She tried to hide under the ring, but he followed her. A few seconds later, he emerged holding her clothes. Melina, who seemed to be topless, poked her head out from under the ring and begged for help.
  • "The Precious One" Gilbert stripped Orlando Colon as El Gran Armando and Pedro Portillo III restrained him on the July 20 2019 WWC Superestrellas. This was so Gilbert would have more skin to cut as he beat Orlando bloody with a broken wine bottle.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In The Dark Crystal after the death of the emperor, SkekUng confronts SkekSil and issues the challenge for supremacy. The Chamberlain responds by declaring the challenge be a Trial by Stone. After the battle, the Chamberlain is stripped of his clothing and outcast by the High Priest as punishment for losing to the new emperor, SkekUng.
    • Happens again in Age of Resistance. Seladon dresses like the Skek'Sis, hoping to appease the supposedly benevolent rulers of Thra. By that point they drop all pretense and flat out admit that they want to kill all Gelflings, before attacking her and tearing off her clothes, and throwing her into a cell.

  • In The Time of Your Life, when Blick interrogates Kitty, who claims to have worked as a burlesque queen (an obvious lie), he forces her to put on a striptease for him on the spot. This is played for tears, not laughs.
  • Zoot Suit: Henry Reina watches as Chale, the mystical spirit of World War II-era zoot-suit fashions (it's that kind of play) is beaten and stripped by a (male) mob for being a "draft-dodger." Henry approaches the naked body - and is shocked to find not Chale, but himself staring back at him, quietly sobbing. The doppelganger then bows his head - and when he lifts it, he's been transformed into an ancient Aztec dancer in a loincloth and feathers (again, it's that kind of play).

    Video Games 
  • Super Robot Wars:
    • This is an aspect in Original Generation starting from the OVA, and goes as far as nakedness. The autonomous system ODE captures humans to become the core of their units. In the process, they strip their victims naked, tie them with cords of the machine, and make their life force be the fuel of the Bartoll robots, until they die from loss of blood. This ends up happening to protagonist group member, Lamia Loveless, though she managed to live instead of dying from loss of life force, thanks to her unorthodox inner structure of her body.
    • Duminuss repeats this practice in Original Generation Gaiden, on Lamia again. Or maybe that's because she forgot to bring some spare clothes.
  • In Halo 2, the Arbiter is introduced to the audience by being stripped naked and branded before a large audience in a shaming ceremony.
  • Fallout 3:
    • It is possible for the player to do this to NPCs. When you are given the Mesmetron, you can use it to hypnotize characters, give you time to attach a slave collar. However, you can also use that time to take all their clothes (leaving them in their underwear). Or even more amusingly, the player can give them Lingerie, which they will automatically equip.
    • This also happens to the Lone Wanderer. He/she is captured by the Enclave, knocked out, and... wakes up in a stasis field wearing only their Pip-Boy and their unmentionables. Even more uncomfortably, he/she wakes up just in time to be interrogated by Colonel Autumn.
    • The Mothership Zeta DLC also starts like this, and leaves you that way until you can find your gear in a conveniently close storage container. No torture occurs, but there are apparent experiments that took place before hand.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic, the party is captured and imprisoned, and the lead characters are tortured by the Sith. All of their equipment is confiscated and locked away (conveniently near the torture chamber) including their clothes, leaving them in their underwear. However, no one ever calls attention to this.
  • Something similar (but without the torture) happens in Dragon Age: Origins, if you get captured and imprisoned during a certain quest. Perhaps slightly ironically, the fact the female Warden is only wearing underwear can help her escape if she can convince the guard that she's feeling lonely and get him to open the door. Rather amusing considering Alistair is sharing the cell with the Warden. Male Wardens can play the "I'm lonely" card too. On the male jailer.
  • Madison from Heavy Rain is forced to strip and dance at gunpoint. Of course, this also gives her an opening to strike back when the sleazeball with the gun gets a little too interested in what's going on.
  • Saki from Ar Tonelico 3 is forced by Sarapatra to strip in front of her assembled citizens in exchange for freeing her people who are kept hostage. Afterwards, she is practically disposed because her citizens have lost all faith in her. It should be mentioned, though, that all of this happens in Saki's mind and that it can be averted, as if the player takes the correct decisions, the strip show gets ruined due to the lights suddenly failing.
  • Advanced Variable Geo the has waitresses fight each other in a tournament to determine who is the strongest fighter. The loser of the fight has to strip themselves naked in public—this being the Bleached Underpants version, mind you.
  • Happens to Jessica Haggar when she's kidnapped in the first Final Fight game. When Damnd contacts her father, we see poor Jessica on the monitor tied up and wearing nothing but her white underwear. That scene was cut from the English version of the arcade game though, and the SNES version redrew the scene to depict her in her traditional red cocktail dress.
  • Dead Rising:
    • Whenever Frank West is captured by the US Army or the psycho cultists, they take all of his clothes and leave him captured in his boxers. For the Army, it gets even more bizarre, as they take his pants but leave his camera.
    • This also happens if you show up late to a meeting with a psychopath in a side quest. He points a gun to your head, then you see Frank leashed to the ceiling, in his underwear, with all of his inventory gone. The psychopath starts taking pictures of Frank, laughing while he does it.
    • Happens to Chuck Greene in the sequel if he gets sprayed in the face with spray paint and hit on the head by Fortune City looters. He wakes up in the nearest bathroom stall with all of his clothes (save for boxers), inventory and money gone.
  • Metal Gear Solid:
    • When Snake is captured by Sniper Wolf and knocked out he awakens in a torture room, stripped to his waist.
    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Due to events similar to those with Snake (see above), Raiden awakens completely naked after being captured.
    • Cecile, who walks into a Peace Sentinel base by accident, was captured, blindfolded and stripped to her underwear. Fortunately she was well taken care of by Dr. Strangelove.
  • In the Japanese version of Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, the losers of Rock–Paper–Scissors battles would be stripped naked (with a Scenery Censor). The English version changed the forfeit to an Anvil on Head.
  • In Oddworld: Strangers Wrath, when Stranger is captured by outlaws, he's stripped to his underwear revealing that he's a Steef.
  • In BlazBlue, if Noel Vermillion is caught in Relius Clover's Astral Heat move, she will be seen completely naked and strapped to a machine... before Relius finishes her off, and most likely experiments on her. The same happens if either Lambda/Nu-11 or Mu-12 is the victim.
  • Mugen Senshi Valis II, the Big Bad Megus holds the protagonist's mother Queen Valia in captive and forces Yuuko to discard her sword and armor. Seeing that the girl no longer holds the equipment that can oppose him, Megus kills the queen and sends Yuuko straight into a Heroic BSoD.
  • In BLUE GUARDIAN: Margaret, Margaret will at one point be captured and wake up naked and tied up inside a glass tank full of water. The bad guys will taunt her until she passes out from lack of air, then she'll wake up in a cell, still naked. She must then break out and sneak through the base until she can recover her clothes and weapons (if she gets spotted while attempting this, she'll automatically be caught and they'll throw her in the water tank a second time until she dies).
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 has Bison's ending, where Ryu is seen both stripped naked and strapped to a sort-of electric chair as Bison has the Shadaloo scientists experiment on him.
  • In Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, after beating a named girl you can approach her and engage Squirmy Mode, which will cause your character to pull out a special squirt gun shaped like a rubber ducky and spray water on her. Focusing water on her bikini top or bottom long enough can cause it to fall off for a little extra humiliation.
  • In Pilgrim (RPG Maker), in the backstory, Akemi had this done to her by the local Alpha Bitch and her Girl Posse. It cuts away before we see anything.

    Visual Novels 
  • Umineko: When They Cry: After Battler surrenders to Beatrice in the second arc, he is found stripped completely except for a chain around his neck that Beatrice uses as a leash. Sadly that dumb railing got in the way.
  • In the H-game Yume Miru Kusuri, when the protagonist goes back to campus, he goes to the roof and finds one of the girls he can hook up with naked and about to jump off the multiple story building. When he asks her what happened, she says that she went up there the previous afternoon, the mean girl clique cornered her and made her take her clothes off. Once she was naked, they picked up her belongings and left her stranded on the rooftop. Scared that someone might see her she stayed up there all night, but eventually stopped caring and decided that she might as well end it.

  • Narbonic: Male example: after Nick Cricetida is knocked unconscious, he awakes in the villainess's bed naked.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • O-Chul spends his captivity in his underwear (and, upon escaping, asks to be debriefed).
    • Also, when Roy and Belkar are captured by the Empire of Blood, Belkar thinks everyone concerned could use "a little less loin and a lot more cloth".
  • Last Res0rt has Gabriel attempting to do this with his Compelling Voice. He succeeds with at least two of the sixteen players. It's only until much later that he gives them any sort of clothing, though it's only a slight improvement.
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    • In the story arc "The Sharp End of the Stick", Kevyn, Elf, and their companions are all forced to strip by their captor Shufgar. Since the comic is PG-rated, for much of the story after that the author uses creative angles and handy scenery to cover the characters' naughty bits.
    • In the later story arc "Force Multiplication", Dr. Bunnigus (a former stripper serving as company medic) is subjected to a strip-search by a perverse TSA-like official, who is clearly trying to humiliate her, but she turns the tables on him psychologically by insisting the search take place in public, and humiliating him with the thought that he will never, ever, ever have what he is seeing.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball, at the closing scene of episode "The Club". The captured members of the Reject's Club are given a choice of consequence for messing with the Wattersons. They reluctantly agree to be dropped off naked at the local mall, which they chose over having their actions reported to their parents.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: In "Avatar Day", the flashback to Avatar Kyoshi's defeat of Chin the Great features her adding insult to injury by blowing his clothes off with her air-bending powers.
  • At the end of the second season of Castlevania (2017) Hector is taken captive by Carmilla at the end of season two. When he is seen again in season three he has been dragged off to Styria. One of Carmilla's fellow vampires orders Hector to be cleaned, commenting on his smell. He is then left beaten, bruised, and naked in a cell. Things only get worse for him as time goes on.
  • Disney animated short Donald Gets Drafted (1942): Donald Duck is unceremoniously stripped of his sailor's suit to make way for an army uniform. Moment of embarrassment immediately follows.
  • In Dexter's Laboratory, the Dial M for Monkey segment "Peltra" had Agent Honeydew strip the titular villain naked before beating her up and wrapping her inside metal sheets.
  • Drawn Together involves a scene where Xandir (role-playing a prostitute) is forced to shamefully strip for Ling Ling, playing a client.
  • Family Guy:
    • One gag showed Minnie Mouse got famous because Disney forced her to strip and drew her in the nude.
    • Another gag was about Peter owning a rat farm. An actual rat family lives there and he is the landlord. When they can't pay rent, the mother rat submits to Peter sexually and begins to undress.
  • Kaeloo: In the episode "Let's Play Simon Says", the main four play Simon Says. When Mr. Cat plays "Simon", he forces everyone to do horrible things, and the last thing he does is force Quack Quack to take off his underwear. It turns out that Quack Quack is wearing a diaper underneath, which Mr. Cat laughs at once he gets the courage to actually look. Quack Quack, humiliated, lets out a Skyward Scream.
  • The Mask has the title character do this to Cookie Ba Boom, the angry stripper ex-girlfriend of the Mayor — and followed it up by using her very public nudity to stun the cops.
  • On The Simpsons, when Homer destroys the Sacred Parchment of the Stonecutters, he is forced to "walk home naked, dragging the Stone of Shame". Until they spot a birthmark on his rear marking him as The Chosen One. They then remove the Stone of Shame, and attach the Stone of Triumph (about twice as big) instead.
  • The Venture Bros.. In a fixed game of strip poker in a shady Tijuana den, Brock is made to go naked — all the others are so dumbstruck at the sight that he has no problem brutally subduing them all.

    Real Life 
  • In Bogotá, Colombia, a woman became famous for forcing a presumed mugger to strip naked.This article (in Spanish) tackles that fact.
  • Jane Shore, mistress of Edward IV was charged with conspiracy against Richard III. In penance, she was forced to walk the streets wearing only her kirtle (a slip or chemise, basically the Middle Ages equivalent of underwear). George R. R. Martin credited this incident as inspiration for the above example from A Song of Ice and Fire.
  • In a particularly horrifying version of this trope, in 1988, Mel Ignatow invited his ex-girlfriend Brenda Schaefer to his home, ostensibly to return jewelry that he'd given her. Then, he forced her to strip, with his new girlfriend taking pictures with every item of clothing that she removed. When she was completely naked, he proceeded to repeatedly sexually assault and then finally kill her.
  • Human rights activist Mukhtar Mai's family was involved in a dispute concerning her brother, who was (falsely) accused of having an illicit relationship with someone in the other family. In retaliation, Mukhtar was gang-raped, and then paraded naked through town to shame her family. Custom dictated that she was to commit suicide in order to save face, but she didn't do that. Instead, she took her rapists to trial...and won, although at least some of those involved have been retried and acquitted.


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