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A spy is dressed in special gear (e.g. a parachute, scuba diving gear or a jetpack) which he is using to infiltrate an enemy facility. Once on the ground, he unzips his clothes to reveal an immaculate tuxedo underneath.

It should be noted that accomplishing this trope requires a particular type of SCUBA outfit, known appropriately as a "dry-suit" as opposed to the more familiar "wet-suit." Dry-suit use requires additional training and certification to properly use.

A Sub-Trope of Dressed in Layers. May precede a Black-Tie Infiltration.


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  • Eiga Sentai Scanranger had an episode where the characters spoof various superspies... It also doesn't help that the writer's idea of parodying these movies was having his poor man's Bond take off his tuxedo to reveal a wetsuit underneath instead of the other way around...

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Most famously, the introduction to Goldfinger had James Bond plant a bomb in a drug lord's warehouse, then head for a restaurant while shucking his wetsuit to reveal a white tuxedo underneath.
  • Along with several other classic spy tropes, True Lies parodied what could be considered the Trope Codifier: the "scuba diving suit to tuxedo" scene in the pre-credits sequence of Goldfinger.
  • xXx used it satirically in the beginning, when the "old school" spy pulled that trick, but inadvertently walked into a rave party, where he stood out like a sore thumb and quickly got shot in the back — thus demonstrating the need for "a new kind of agent".
  • The hero in National Treasure does it, after dressing up like a janitor to sneak into the gala.
    • Used in the second National Treasure: The hero does it to get into the president's birthday party (after sneaking in through the river).
  • Seen at the beginning of Iron Man 2. Tony has the tux under his Powered Armour of course.
  • There are other, non-tux variations of this. The movie Men at Work (1990) has the two leads strip off their sanitation worker coveralls to reveal their surfing outfits for a little recreation in a similar manner to this idea.
  • Played for laughs in Penn & Teller Get Killed. They're practicing an underwater magic trick in the harbor, when they get called up for an update on the case, strip out of their scuba gear, and were both wearing full suits underneath, for no apparent reason.
  • The Dark Knight Rises has the Classy Cat-Burglar Selina Kyle do a female version where she takes off pieces of the maid uniform she wore to infiltrate the party to reveal a flattering Little Black Dress, going from blending in with the wait staff to blending in with the socialites.

  • Spoofed in Subversive Activity, where the British secret agent strips off his diving suit to reveal immaculate evening dress... but this is 1875, and instead of a wetsuit it's one of those clunky old diving suits with the metal fishbowl helmets.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Home Improvement, Tim goes to make up with Jill while wearing a mechanic's jumpsuit (he was "working in the garage"). After they reconcile, he comments that he's still capable of surprises, and out comes the tux. Lampshaded when he quips "Bond, James Bond."
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 addresses some of the Fridge Logic of the classic version of this trope during the Mighty Jack episode, when the Mads reveal their new invention: the "Formal Flipper", dress shoes (or high-heels) with swim fins attached.
  • The scuba gear variant was tested on MythBusters. Jamie was able to swim a fair distance, take the suit off on arrival, and have his tux look perfect.
  • Played with in The Thin Blue Line. Sergeant Patricia Dawkins falls for a radical environmentalist, only to find he's an MI-5 Agent Provocateur when he comes out of Inspector Fowler's office wearing a James Bond tuxedo.
  • Played with at the 2011 Tony Awards, where Neil Patrick Harris pulls off a tux to reveal a sequined purple leisure suit and then pulls that off to reveal another tuxedo.

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    Western Animation 
  • Both Ron and Rufus get to do this after the diving scene in the Kim Possible movie So The Drama. Kim also reveals an evening dress, but it's not shown whether she was wearing it under her scuba suit or whether she changed (the fact that Ron averts his gaze as Kim removes the scuba suit suggests the latter).
  • Used by Sylvester and Tweety, who unzipped their fur and feathers.
  • In Family Guy episode "Oceans Three And A Half", Peter, Cleveland, Quagmire and Joe do this in an attempt to steal a bunch of money from Mr. Pewterschmidt.
  • Dexter of Dexter's Laboratory did this during an episode parodying James Bond.
  • Sam And Max naturally do this in their own James Bond parody.
  • Special Agent Oso has also done this since its also a preschool spin on the James Bond series.
  • Totally Spies!: In "Evil Promotion Much?", Jerry wears a wetsuit identical to his standard tuxedo as part of a ploy to trick the villains into thinking he drowned, and he unzips it to reveal his tux underneath.