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They call him Bare-ny Gumble.
Here he comes
There he goes
And he ain't wearin' no clothes!
Ray Stevens, "The Streak"

Streaking is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as an "informal run [done] 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 boom in popularity in the early 1970s and has continued to be an ongoing, though uncommon, phenomenon in modern society. It is mostly associated with young adults, sports events and college campuses. The motivation can be a prank, a dare, drunken revelry or a protest (in which case the streaker may write a slogan on their body).

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.
    • In some jurisdictions it can get you registered as a sex offender if children are present.
  • 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 that MAY raise some eyebrows.



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  • In the Pepsi "Every Generation" Progressive Era Montage ad, the seventies are represented by a streaker at a sporting event, being pursued by a policeman. In the scene shift to the eighties, the streaker is still there, only now he's in a nightclub, and nobody seems to care. He's still being followed by a man in a police uniform, but possibly for very different reasons.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Daichi Misawa 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.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Simpsons Movie has Bart doing a skateboarding streak near the beginning, at the end of a series of escalating dares between him and Homer.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Sibling team Skye-Blue & Jake did a nudie run on the fifth season of The Amazing Race Australia.
  • Happened quite famously at the 1974 Academy Awards, where co-host David Niven's speech before introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present the award for Best Picture 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 the 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 Red 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. He ends up being a Chekhov's Gunman when his streaking is later utilized to prove a blind woman isn't actually blind and thus is the killer.
  • 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-colored bodysuit instead. Instead of getting him fired, it makes him wildly popular with the fans as "Bodysuit Man".
  • Pandora: When Pilar is hacked, she's made to walk nude into the Black Hole, in front of a dozen students. Use of Scenery Censor, Shoulders-Up Nudity and Toplessness from the Back preserves her modesty to the viewer.
  • A recurring sketch on The Eric Andre Show is Eric and/or company streaking. Notably inverted in one episode, where Eric runs through a nudist colony while fully-clothed, declaring it "Reverse Streaking".

  • Eminem: In "Just Lose It", Eminem gets arrested for drunk public streaking.
    Well, it's Tuesday and I'm locked up
    I'm in jail and I don't know what happened
    They say I was running butt naked
    Down the street screaming
  • "The Streak" by Ray Stevens is about a reporter covering the appearance of a streaker at a number of public events.
  • blink-182:
    • The music video for "What's My Age Again" 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.

    Myths & Religion 
  • 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.
  • Also, King David is so overjoyed at his recovery of the Ark of the Covenant from enemy capture that he strips off and dances in the street out of sheer exultation. His wife has lots of choice things to say about his conduct afterwards.

     Newspaper Comics 
  • In one Peanuts strip, Snoopy as Joe Cool explains that "Joe Cool always follows the latest campus fads", then takes off his collar and sunglasses as he adds that the latest campus fad is streaking.

    Video Games 
  • Dead Rising 2 allows you to wear a variety of different clothes including just boxers.
  • The Mafia III DLC Stones Unturned has side missions where you hunt bounties. The very first mission has you take down a bounty who has gained a reputation for streaking at protests. When you show up to capture him, he'll be in his underwear.
  • 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.
  • In, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Link acquires a variety of outfits and can freely change out pieces at any time... or wear nothing but the boxers he wakes up in at the start of the game. If you choose that route, multiple NPCs will take note.
    Paya: M-Master Link! Th-that immodest outfit is quite unbecoming of a hero like you. P-please cover yourself up this instant!
    • One shrine quest requires you to de-equip all of your armor and stand on a pedestal in your underwear during a Blood Moon to activate the shrine.
  • 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.


    Western Animation 
  • Atomic Betty: Happens briefly in "A Finful of Dollars" as Sparky streaks to photobomb the crew while on vacation.
  • 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 Goes to College" Pomona Tech student Seymour Nimmelfarb, who is jealous of Jimmy's extremely high intelligence, tricks Jimmy into doing this, which gets him in trouble with the headmaster.
  • 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 (since they're cartoon animals), 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.
    • In "The Boys of Bummer", one of Bart's attempts at catching a pop fly is ruined by Moe streaking across the field.
    • An ad for CC's Chips has Homer streaking through the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in order to get the aforementioned potato chips from Bart. It leaves him radioactive afterwards and glowing in the dark.
  • In a Total Drama Video Message From Home to Duncan, he was once arrested for the "Happy Nude Year" stunt. Duncan was shown wearing nothing but a party hat and streamers obscuring his genitals.


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Eminem arrested for streaking

In "Just Lose It", Eminem wakes up in jail, having been arrested for forgotten drunken antics including streaking and nakedly pelvic thrusting at an old lady (who responded by hitting him with her purse).

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