Streaking is, as defined by Oxford Dictionaries, as "informal run naked in a public place so as to shock or amuse others." This trope has made an appearance in many forms of media since its popularity boom in the early 1970s and has continued to be an ongoing, though uncommon, phenomenon in modern society. Streaking can be separated into two types:
- Type 1 Streaking involves complete nudity, although footwear is acceptable. Very liable to bring public nudity charges if performed in real life.
- Type 2 Streaking involves minimal coverage, for males this usually consists of nothing more than sparse undergarments while females may be allowed to have coverage for their breasts. Will likely not bring public nudity charges in real life, though may raise eyebrows.
- Bastion from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX performs a streak across the school after having an epiphany.
- Most of Suehirogari's ero-mangas always feature women streaking.
- Happened quite famously at the 1974 Academy Awards, where actor David Niven's speech before delivering the award was interrupted by a man streaking behind him.
David Niven: (recovering) Well, ladies and gentlemen that erm... That was almost bound to happen. But isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?
- This was done on an episode of Flash Forward.
- In the pilot episode of Quantum Leap, Sam fills out the reason he was kicked out of his first college: Streaking. Since he is answering the question in the early 1950's, the doctors at NASA have no idea what that is.
- "Streaking" is title of the third episode of the first season of That '70s Show, in the episode the male members of the gang conspire to streak wearing Richard Nixon masks while at a press conference featuring President Gerald Ford. The plan goes south when the guys notice several security officers with several vicious looking guard dogs causing them to chicken out; however Eric notices his father having trouble while asking his question to President Ford prompting Eric to drop his cover and pull through with the act, prompting Red to comically question Ford as to how he could pardon Richard Nixon.
- On an episode of Three's Company, Janet and Chrissy ask Jack to bake a cake for a party they're having. During the episode, Jack thinks the girls are planning to kick him out of the apartment so their old roommate, Eleanor, can move back in. Among the things he and Larry plan to do to sabotage the party is to go streaking through. Only Larry winds up going through with it, as Jack finds out the party was for him, for getting an A on his recent cooking exam.
- Logan from Yes, Dear does this in the episode "Pimpin' Ain't Easy" by dressing only in underwear as protest to being given hand-me-down clothes upon finding out all of his clothes once belonged to Dominic. It ends only after a cop intervenes.
- In an episode of Monk, Captain Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Disher are giving a public report of the case they are currently working on, when suddenly an unnamed man runs behind them wearing only a pair of sneakers.
- Seinfeld: In an attempt to get fired from his job with the Yankees so he can take a better job with the Mets, George streaks at a Yankees game. Except he's too embarrassed to actually go naked, so he wears a flesh-coloured bodysuit instead. Instead of getting him fired, it makes him wildly popular with the fans as "Bodysuit Man".
- "The Streak" by Ray Stevens is about a reporter covering the appearance of a streaker at a number of public events.
- The music video for "What's My Age Again" by blink-182 features the members of the band running around Los Angeles in their birthday suits.
- Also in the music video for "All The Small Things" there is another brief instance of them streaking through the beach.
- As a more serious example from The Bible, God had Isaiah go about his business three years without clothes as a sign against Egypt and Ethiopia, that the king of Assyria will lead them away into captivity stark naked.
- Streaking is a diversion in Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV. The player must strip down at least enough that no clothing covers the torso or crotch in order to activate the diversion. Note that nobody will care if you simply walk around naked, just as long as you don't activate the diversion. As soon as you do, everyone is suddenly repulsed by your nudity and the cops start shooting to kill.
- Streaking was added as an option in The Sims 2 in the University expansion pack, and in The Sims 3 in the University Life expansion pack.
- Streaking is the English title of a Japanese arcade game of the early 1980s, one of many clones of Pac-Man. The player controls a woman who is pursued by four male police officers with handcuffs. The woman is initially nude, but her Graphics-Induced Super-Deformed sprite changes as she collects clothing.
- "Dan VS": Dan gets accused of being this after his bat suit burned off when he was seeking revenge on baseball.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Jimmy invokes this trope while being hazed while attending college on episode 64.
- The Looney Tunes Show: Daffy and Porky go streaking while on Spring Break in Mexico during "The Black Widow". After first attracting no attention at all, they point out to the locals that they are naked, and promptly get arrested.
- The Simpsons:
- The episode "The Way We Was" showed that Barney Gumble streaked through Homer and Marge's high school prom.
- An ad for CC's Chips has Homer streaking through the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in order to get the aformentioned potato chips from Bart.
- The movie has Bart doing a skateboarding streak near the beginning, at the end of a series of escalating dares between him and Homer.