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Are you thinking Tara Reid's left strap is about to fall right off? You're right.

Mae: What if at a key moment in the game my, my uniform bursts open and, uh, oops, my bosoms come flying out? That, that might draw a crowd, right?
Doris: You think there are men in this country who ain't seen your bosoms?

You've heard of Nothing Is Scarier, right? This trope could be called Nothing Is Sexier.

Clothing Damage is when clothes get torn off during combat. This type of Fanservice is more generally when clothing rips or falls off in non-combat related situations.

The Theiss Titillation Theory says that outfits which "merely suggest the imminence of revelation" are teasingly sexy. If it looks like Victoria is one stiff breeze away from having all of her secrets revealed, it will certainly get your attention, if only out of morbid curiosity. But the allure is all in the teasing: it looks like we'll see something, but we never do. When the hinted-at revelation accidentally comes to pass (universally to the embarrassment of the victim and the amusement of everyone else), the tease is over. And you get this trope.


When caused by some machine or magic specifically designed to achieve that effect, see The Nudifier.

A Super Trope to Popping Buttons and Slippery Swimsuit. See also Dress Hits Floor. Compare Defeat by Modesty. Contrast Sexy Coat Flashing. May cause a Naked Freak-Out. A disservice version might be Plumber's Crack.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ukraine from Axis Powers Hetalia has a button pop off her shirt. Several times.
  • Takao from D-Frag! once spontaneously fired the zipper on her track shirt at Kenji without as much as a gesture.
  • Miria experiences a Wardrobe Malfunction in Baccano! when Jacuzzi falls and tries to grab something to hold onto — which turns out to be the front of Miria's strapless dress. And Miria doesn't even care.
  • When Nel in Bleach goes back to being her adult self, the outfit she was wearing as a child doesn't fit as well anymore.
  • The central character of the highly obscure manga Buraburabanban (loosely cognate with "brass brass band band" via use of shortened loanwords) suffers one of these when, while conducting a performance of the school band, her motions become so vigorous that her shirt flies up, revealing to the audience that she forgot to wear a bra that day. Much later, in the final pages of the last chapter, a Call-Back strikes during an even bigger and more public concert: her baton catches on the strap of her dress, which completely falls off. And this time she isn't wearing panties either.
  • Chapter 12/ episode 4A of Castle Town Dandelion deals with a bottomless Akane.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Touma accidentally disrobes Index at the beginning by touching her magically-generated clothes with his Imagine Breaker. Index had actually told him to do it, not believing him when told about his ability, but neither of them expected her clothes would disintegrate.
    • Happens again later in the second season to free a nun from magic-restricting clothing. Which then leads to a flashback (from another character) of Touma's hand being used to free other nuns while Touma was unconscious. He still gets in trouble.
  • Ghost Talkers Daydream: Kadotake trips and grabs Misaki's dress while falling down, causing it to rip off and reveal her sexy lingerie underwear.
  • Invoked in Haunted Junction. When the very sexy Cute Ghost Girls Yamiko and Hanako get into a competition with lives at the stake that has sexiness as one of the requirements, Yamiko cheats by either intentionally dropping one of her uniform straps to bare her Gag Boobs (manga) or by replacing a swimsuit she has to wear for the swimming contest with dissolving body paint (anime).
  • In the first chapter of the manga Idol Pretender, an idol contest is interrupted by some Knife Nut, angry that his Gonk daughter hasn't made it past the pre-audition screening. When the creep takes Love Interest Yuika hostage, Gender Bender Chinami snaps and sends him flying with a mighty kick. Unfortunately, they were at the swimsuit competition phase, and Chinami's string-bikini bottom unties and flutters away as a result. He/She still wins a special prize nonetheless.
  • Happen multiple times to Haruna in Is This a Zombie?.
  • During a Beach Episode in Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, Hazumu's swimsuit top almost falls off.
  • Kemeko Deluxe! has probably the most unbelievable malfunction that happened in Anime history. It's also the most awesome.
  • At the prefectural swimming tournament in episode 8 of Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho, Momoko gets coerced into making a bet with Nanjou, the other team's captain, that the loser of the 100-meter freestyle has to have a "nip slip" in front of the crowd. Momoko wins, and while she's rubbing it in, the crotch of her swimsuit snaps. Nanjou then pulls her own swimsuit down to show off, Amuro offers to strip as well, and Captain Ikariya apparently already has, again. In the next chapter/episode, Momoko confiscates the pictures that Takeda took that day... and gives them to the school newspaper.
  • Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier ends up subverting the Impossibly-Low Neckline of her one-piece tube dress. It does fall off, all the way to her waist with conveniently placed hair.
  • Roughly 75% of the jokes from Maicchingu Machiko Sensei invoke this trope. Machiko is often victim of this in alternative to Clothing Damage (in every case she will lose her dress).
  • In Mazinkaiser's Beach Episode, Sayaka starts marching angrily towards the Iron Masks (apparently to give them a piece of her mind) and Kouji tries to stop her by grabbing her shoulder, only to slip and accidentally undo her bikini top. When the Iron Masks get completely distracted on Sayaka's bare breasts, Kouji decides to weaponize it so they can escape.
  • Mysterious Girlfriend X: Identical Stranger Mokona, posing as Urabe and wearing her clothes, accidentally gives Tsubaki a free show when she bends down because her breasts are two to three sizes too small for Urabe's bra. When she realises this after he asked her to do it again... boot to the head.
  • From Prison School Meiko, on multiple occasions, wears clothes that are way too tight for her curvaceous figure and end up giving out and tearing at the most inopportune moments.
    • Mari gives her a suffocatingly tight but more modest school uniform. Meiko thinks this is her actual punishment for the incident with Gakuto's action figure but later, when trying to goad Andre to go through the prison's fence, the uniform gives out and tears which excites Andre enough to charge through the fence just as Mari planned.
    • The back of the pants of her prison uniform tear as she's trying to quickly complete her task of digging a large hole.
    • In a flashback chapter, Meiko's Sarashi audibly tears when she stands up too fast in class to answer a teacher's question.
  • A-ko often in Project A-ko. When she is particularly embarrassed, one of her bra straps will slip down her shoulder, often with some of the shirt accompanying it. She also often gets into situations that become an innocent Panty Shot, not that she takes it that way.
  • Happens to Rio at least once per episode in Rio -Rainbow Gate!-:
    • Rio's wedding dress gets ripped at the skirt by Mint after the latter trips and grabs it at the end of episode one, much to the delight of Tom Howard. Gets followed by a Scream Discretion Shot by Rio.
    • Almost happens to Rio during the virtual beach volleyball game in the giant roulette challenge in episode 2, when the top of her bikini gets undone, but somehow it gets fixed shortly after.
    • One instance borders on Clothing Damage, where Rio and her childhood friend Rina are pitted battle of skeet shoot where they shoot coins. A miss by the shooter (when it's her turn) results in her (already skimpy clothing) getting undone piece by piece (in fact the first one results in an Absolute Cleavage).
      • And at the end of that challenge which resulted in a draw, Rio, whose hotpants were undone in the match, ends up absentmindedly dropping them in full view of the spectators, much to her horror.
    • To date, the only time she never got hit with this trope is at episode 5.
    • After not being hit with this trope for how many episodes, she gets hit again; in episode 10. This time, though, she actually lampshades it.
  • The DVD versions of Queen's Blade allows any nipple flashes that would naturally happen from those outfits to take place. Most noticeable with Menace's version of the second season ending, where she exposes her breasts with every step she takes.
  • Episode 7a of Sakura Trick promises one in the title, and delivers: Mitsuki's bikini top falls off.
  • Episode seven of Sands of Destruction deals with Morte ripping her skirt because Taupy accidentally pushed Kyrie onto her. She doesn't notice; although everyone else does, they're all too scared to tell her.
  • Downplayed in a skit in episode 3 of Servant × Service. Lucy has all hooks on her bra broken, and the tension was about how her coworkers get to resolve the issue while tiptoeing around the issue itself. Eventually Yutaka claimed Lucy had a fever because of her blush and should "go back to rest;" the others immediately got the hint. No fanservice was even intended in the skit as she wears conservatively.
  • Sgt. Frog: Whenever Natsumi gets hit with the age ray in the manga, she always gets a wardrobe malfunction. Whether reverting back her regular age, and suddenly finding herself topless in front of a crowd of nerdy guys, or losing her ski suit to an explosion, it's pretty much a given.
  • Kiriko Aoi in the 5th episode of Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
  • Happens all the time to Super Sonico in the many manga adaptations; about two of every three times she's wearing a bikini, her top will snap at some point. To make things worse for the poor girl, it usually happens at the worst possible moment, such as in the middle of a photoshoot, when she's in a stage giving a concert for millions, or when she's at the beach with everyone staring at her as she rides her savior dolphin back to the coast. Official artworks tend to chronicle her many wardrobe malfunctions as well; one of them even shows her bikini top and bottom snapping at the same time. The ultimate example, though, was in an episode of the anime, in which her whole costume melted in the middle of a concert. Cue her horrified scream. The last case was also an example of the trope being invoked, since the costume was specifically designed to melt and leave its wearer in the buff.
  • Ryoko invokes this towards Ayeka in the fourth episode of Tenchi Muyo!. The princess had just realized Tenchi was now in the girls bath (again, thanks to Ryoko), and is caught in something of a daze by being in the baths with him. Realizing how prim, proper and utterly boring she's being, Ryoko livens things up by undoing the tie on Ayeka's towel, exposing her in front of Tenchi.
  • Yoko's bra falls off while she is jumping vigorously in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Chapter 10 of Usotsuki Paradox which has the male lead Youkadou strip the female lead Seiyuu of her bikini top leaving her topless and forcing her to hug Yukadou to avoid getting caught by her friends.

    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics:
    • A story in Veronica volume 201 had the girls discover a collection of old-style bathing suits and try them out in the water. The boys didn't really appreciate the cover-everything styles... until it became clear that the old fabric couldn't stand up to water anymore and disintegrated, leaving Betty, Veronica and the rest naked in the ocean. Heck, this even happened to Mrs. Lodge who tried out one of the suits at a pool party.
    • In another Archie comic, Cheryl stole a dress that Veronica designed and wore it to a party just to laugh in her face - only to find out at that point what a bad seamstress Veronica was. The whole dress ripped apart in front of everyone. (Of course, as humiliating as that was for Cheryl, the story didn't quite end on a high note for Ronnie either...)
  • A very similar incident happened with Lynn in the ALF comic, when Alf, in order to stop Willie and Kate from going down the girl's throat about her new bikini being too revealing, sews a new, stylish and more modest swimsuit for her out of the seat-covers from his spaceship. Crisis averted — until Lynn and her classmates go to the seaside and it turns out that the Melmacian fabric can take fresh water without any problems, but dissolves completely in salt water.
  • In the second Lady Rawhide mini-series, Lady Rawhide's breast does actually pop out of her costume for a panel. There had been jokes ever since the character debuted about how she managed to stay in her Stripperific outfit.

    Fan Works 
  • Discussed in Amazing Fantasy. Izuku, being a Genre Savvy Hero Fan Boy, is aware that many early superheroes wore Underwear of Power in case the spandex they were wearing tore. After buying a cheap Spider-Man costume to wear while training with Peter, he finds that it clings a bit too tightly to his new muscles and slips on a pair of exercise shorts in case he has an "accident".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The page quote from A League of Their Own occurred when the players were discussing how to drum up more interest in the all-female baseball league.
  • The pants-falling-down gag was commonly used during the silent comedy era by the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.
  • In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, a woman at the speed-dating session has a wardrobe malfunction when her top slips to the side just enough for a nipple to peek out. She's completely unaware of it and oblivious to Andy's resultant discomfort and repeated subtle hints to cover herself.
  • Barbara Windsor was made famous by one of these in Carry On Camping, as a boarding school girl doing aerobics. Her bra not only fell off, but flew across the field into the face of her teacher, portrayed by Kenneth Williams.
  • In the 1983 film Class a college boy has a disastrous date with a girl who he meets in an official meeting the next day. In front of various officials she shoves him over backwards, he grabs on to the nearest handhold which is her shirt.
  • The musical biopic With a Song in My Heart had an overhead shot in which Susan Hayward's dress accidentally slipped off her left breast.
  • Wild Wild West. The rear flap of Rita Escobar's (Salma Hayek's) pajamas falls open. Will Smith and Kevin Kline are apparently quite... cheered at the sight of her bare ass.
  • During the final musical number for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, near the end Columbia's breasts slip out of her top. Little Nell did this on purpose and you can play a drinking game out of how many times she gets her nips on screen.
  • An in-universe variant: In Repo! The Genetic Opera, Amber Sweet's face falls off while she's performing on stage.
  • Part of Torrance's Catapult Nightmare at the beginning of Bring It On is that she somehow loses the top of her cheerleading outfit during the pep rally in which she is introduced as squad captain.
  • Happens repeatedly to Baya, the lead female character of The Names of Love, but she's so absent-minded that she barely even notices when her breasts spill out of her clothes in public. On one occasion, she suffers an extreme case of Wardrobe Malfunction, by forgetting altogether to put any clothes on when going out of her flat.
  • In the B-Movie Lost Continent (made famous by Mystery Science Theater 3000) Sid Melton's pants slip down his butt in one scene (causing the other actors to crack up).
  • In the movie Devil Fish, we're treated to an upwards shot as a male character descends a ladder, giving us a look right up the leg of his shorts. The MST crew censored it with their logo, but the "Greatest Hits" montage that the staff used to screw with Mike, Bill and Kevin while filming Danger: Diabolik had it uncut.
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Happens to Oola, the green Twi'lek dancer. And to Carrie Fisher's golden bikini during the filming. Both were unintentional bloopers that were edited out but can still be seen with a quick eye and pause button.
  • In Bringing Up Baby, Susan accidentally tears David's coat while trying to stop him from storming out. And when she starts to storm off herself, the back of her dress gets torn off. Cue David trying to hide it, while an oblivious Susan is trying to rebuff him.
  • The even more obscure film adaptation of the obscure manga Buraburabanban features a variation upon the example mentioned above. She loses her dress during the band's first performance (with no help from the baton this time), and gets through the climactic major performance without incident... only to have her skirt pop open and fall off during a rehearsal later.
  • In Good Luck Chuck, among the many mishaps happening to accident-prone Cam (Jessica Alba), she rips off her skirt by exiting Charlie's car, revealing penguin-adorned panties.
  • Played for Laughs in Psycho Beach Party when Marvel Ann (Amy Adams) gets her bikini bottoms ripped off by her ex-boyfriend. On the beach. In broad daylight. Leading her to have a Naked Freakout.
  • In Deadpool, Angel Dust's top slips during her battle with Colossus. Colossus is kind enough to let her fix it before they get back to fighting. She repays him with a sucker punch to the groin.
  • King Kong:
    • In King Kong (1933), Ann dress slides down when she and Jack fall into the water after escaping Kong.
    • Straight and Downplayed in King Kong (2005), Straight when Ann is wearing her dressing gown, as right after Kong kidnaps her and when Ann entertains Kong the following morning, occasionally her gown would slide down showing a bit more skin. Downplayed after she loses the dressing gown and only wears her silk slip, as her straps sometimes fall off, but it doesn't expose anymore skin as it already does.
  • Happens to Mikaela in a blink-and-miss moment in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, after Sam is killed by Megatron, Mikaela runs towards Sam to check on him, she then gets tossed away by Lennox, as he tries to revive Sam, Mikeala gets up as her top slides down a bit revealing her bra.
  • Dear Diary: Annie's taking golf lessons while wearing a buttoned-up work blouse. She takes a mighty swing at the golf ball and gets off a very nice drive, and also causes her shirt to rip open, exposing her bra for an audience of appreciative men.
  • The Mummy (1999): It turned out that Rachel Weisz's nightgown from the boat scene got very translucent when wet, and Weisz wasn't wearing anything underneath. Of course, by the end of the scene she ended up in the water, giving the rest of the cast and crew an eyeful and (Unfortunately) requiring touching up in post-production to keep its rating.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Kenny Everett's character Cupid Stunt was always telling Michael Parkinson (or rather a cardboard cutout of him) about intentional wardrobe malfunctions in her films. "It's all done in the best possible taste."
  • On a Saturday Night Live sketch, Sigourney Weaver (as herself) is obsessed with Internet Buzz. She finds a nipslip of herself on "" and is thrilled.
    Sigourney: Do you think men are gonna masturbate to this? Do you think women will?
  • The Price Is Right:
    • The September 14, 1977 episode started with contestant Yolanda Bowersley coming on down, when her tube top slipped and exposed her breasts. Bob Barker was offstage waiting for his cue, and was surprised to find the audience more excited than usual.
      Bob: Now, I... I know you truly love me, but you don't really love me this much, do you?
      Johnny Olsen: Bob, they've given their ALL for you...
      Bob: Yes...
    As Bob would put it years later:
    Bob: She came on down and they came on out.
    • On that same episode, before the second-to-last One-Bid, the contestant called down almost had a similar incident. Bob said of her that she was "the best thing to happen to this show since Yolanda!"
    • Something similar happened on the Australian version in the mid-2000's. Contestant Cassandra Dillon flashed her chest while coming on down, eliciting laughter from the audience, to the confusion of emcee Larry Emdur. Announcer Shawn Cosgrove downed his entire bottle of water before finally saying "Sorry!"
  • Olivia Munn has a Blink-and-you'll-miss-it nip slip on Attack of the Show!.
  • A regular event at the Eurovision Song Contest. Often leads to speculation as to whether they are done deliberately to try and win more points.
    • A splendid example, and arguably a Trope Maker, is Lill Lindfors, the host in 1985. She lost her skirt when it snagged on some scenery. This was quickly revealed as intentional when she unfastened part of her top to make a dress.
  • Wheel of Fortune:
    • During the filming of an episode, the zipper in Vanna White's dress split and the whole thing peeled off her like a banana. She grabbed it just in time and ran off stage. She returned in a new dress to a standing ovation.
    • Pat Sajak, on a 2013 episode, had a button pop off his coat during the Final Spin. Although the wardrobe department was able to get him a new button, he wore stage manager John Lauderdale's jacket for the rest of the show as a joke.
  • A staple of The Benny Hill Show. However contrived, you can bet that every sort of freak accidents possible will happen to the clothes of any sexy woman in most sketches (usually with a very exaggerated ripping sound) and leave her in her underwear. Though the males of the cast aren't entirely spared either, but there it's purely for humor and never fanservice.
  • Friends:
    • In "The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding", Rachel accidentally gets her dress tucked into her underwear during the wedding and everybody sees her butt.
    • Years later, in The One with Rachel's New Dress, thanks to various misunderstandings Rachel ends up wearing her skimpy nightie to dinner with Joshua and his parents. Talking about it with Monica and Phoebe afterwards, she reports that when the waiter spilled water down her back, she jumped up and her boob popped out.
  • In episode 2 of the ABC series GCB, head cheerleader Alexandra gets a boob job and ignores her mother's advice that "you can't wear last year's uniform with this year's breasts". She then plays a prank on some less popular girls just before a pep rally, and justice inevitably strikes when her top pops open (warning: contains excessive pixellation) in front of the whole school. Clip available here.
  • One Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch ("Scott of The Sahara") has the female lead of a movie being filmed run from a monster and get various articles of clothing caught and ripped off by the cacti she passed while fleeing. This is made absurd by the fact that the cacti are so far apart that she has to obviously go out of her way to get her clothing caught on them.
  • In "Snip" from Modern Family, a pregnant Gloria has insisted on her usual clothes despite an increasing baby bump and body fat. Near the end of the episode, after Manny has told her she can't deny that she looks pregnant, her sweater suddenly pops open and her tight pants rip. This leads her to finally start wearing maternity clothes.
  • The CSI: Miami episode "Shock" opens with a pair of very famous young ladies competing for camera time in front of a group of Paparazzi. One of them intentionally pulls her top down, and later refers to it as a wardrobe malfunction.
  • On the How I Met Your Mother episode "Blitzgiving," Barney is in an elevator when a beautiful girl in a long red dress follows him in. The end of the dress gets caught in the doors. Cue a ripping sound and a "Thank you, God" from him.
    The Blitz: Aw, man!
  • Dancing with the Stars:
    • On Season 3, the bottom half of Monique Coleman's two-piece dress slipped down a bit during a routine, briefly exposing half of her butt.
    • This happened to Nancy Grace on season 13.
    • On her video blog, Julianne Hough once described an incident in which her strapless dress fall down backstage. Even worse, she said, she wasn't wearing pasties at the time like she was supposed to.
  • Judy Finnegan's dress fell open at the National TV Awards during her acceptance speech. On-screen presenting partner/off-screen husband Richard Madeley, standing next to her on stage, did not notice and appeared to believe that the crowd were clamouring for his Ali G impression. Fellow TV presenter John Leslie ran out from the audience and covered her up. Judy took the incident in reasonably good graces, and joked later that "thank goodness [she] was wearing an expensive bra."
  • At the 1999 Academy Awards, Gwyneth Paltrow's dress had a slip. But her father stood between her and the cameras while she fixed it.
  • Sofía Vergara famously had one at the 2012 Emmys.
  • During Jessica Simpson's performance on the September 10, 2008 Good Morning America,, walking with her back to the camera, the wind blew up the back of her skirt briefly revealing her butt on national TV.
  • In The Inbetweeners, Simon models at the school fashion show wearing only a pair of speedos below his waist. He fails to notice that one of his testicles is hanging out. Word of God says that the actor Joe Thomas really did get his testicle out. The actors and extras in the audience were not told this was going to happen, so their reactions of surprise and amusement are all genuine.
  • In an episode of The Brittas Empire, the flaky Helen Brittas (Pippa Heywood) has to run across the leisure centre reception area in a dressing gown. It very briefly flaps open as she runs and reveals that she is completely naked underneath. This was not intended and as the wardrobe malfunction only lasts for less than a second and was recorded before freeze-frame technology became standard on video players, it was allowed to stand on the released version. It does appear to have been edited out of later released versions, however.
  • In the second episode of The Two Ronnies serial "Hampton Wick", Madeline Smith's low-cut dress slips a bit too low and exposes more than it ought. It seems no-one noticed it before the show was broadcast.
  • In the final season of The Practice, Alan hacked Jimmy's computer so that it would show a graphic of Jimmy with his pants falling down and say "Wardrobe Malfunction!" over and over.
  • The earliest example on television happened on The Faye Emerson Show in 1950. On one segment, the star's low-cut gown slipped, exposing her twins on live, coast-to-coast television.
  • White Rabbit Project: Used as a title of one of the escape shenanigans in the "Jailbreak" episode. A convict disguises himself as his visiting wife, trading places with her, to escape. The title comes into play in that the convict was poorly disguised, couldn't act like a woman convincingly, and got recaptured within 15 minutes.
  • During NBC's 2016 production of Hairspray, a strap on Kristin Chenoweth's dress apparently came off during the Curtain Call. She managed to cover herself up, but the telecast still didn't show her taking her bow: instead the camera focused on Ariana Grande. For the West Coast feed, NBC managed to put the focus back on Chenoweth.

  • At the second BIG4 concert in Seoul, the lead singer of the group SeeYa had her breast exposed when the strap on her costume broke. She continued to dance uninterrupted, eventually using her hair to hide the exposure.
  • While performing in Central Park in August 2011, Nicki Minaj's dancing was a little too energetic for her costume to handle. As it happened, the show was being aired live on Good Morning America, and despite a five-second broadcast delay, the censors failed to notice until it was too late. ABC issued an apology for the oversight.
  • The "daring" Dominique Auxilly dress that Adrienne Bailon wore to a March 2012 concert is a perfect example of how the Theiss Titillation Theory can backfire spectacularly to cause one of these. She was posing for photographers on the red carpet when a gust of wind suddenly revealed that she wasn't wearing anything underneath.
  • Ryu Hwayoung of the South Korean girl group T-ara suffered a malfunction during a live performance of the single "Lovey Dovey" on a music show when the non-seethrough portion of her costume slipped down just as the camera zoomed in for her solo.
  • Idina Menzel's breasts became nearly exposed during a June 2014 concert at Radio City Music Hall.
    Idina Menzel: [while readjusting her outfit] This diva needs her stage! These divas need their stage!... Well, fuck it, they're real!
  • Kacey Musgraves had her panties fall off just before she performed with Loretta Lynn on the 2014 Country Music Association awards.
  • When the Daily Mail reported on Amanda Palmer having a nipple slip and neglected to discuss anything else about her concert, she responded epically by writing them a song that devastatingly deconstructed the trope's misogynist undertones. During which she proceeded to outright defy the trope by stripping completely naked onstage. (Link NSFW.)
  • Italian actress Veronica Maya did a performance of Madonna's "Material Girl" on the 7 November 2014 episode of the Tale e Quale Show, and nearly as soon as she took the stage her low-cut strapless pink dress rapidly began to slip even lower. She noticed what was happening and tried to tug it back into place, but as she kept dancing and flung her arms wide, it came right back down and completely exposed her breasts. She tried to tuck herself back in and continue the performance, but couldn't keep herself covered for more than a few seconds at a time, and finally the conductor rushed on stage to interrupt the show. Veronica went backstage, had straps added to her outfit and returned in time to finish the show.
  • Mid-sixties American rock singer P J Proby was briefly massive in Britain until two separate trouser-splitting incidents in a week caused press outrage that destroyed his career.

    Music Videos 
  • The video for Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" has a blink-and-you-miss-it moment (during the first chorus, when she sings "I'm keeping my baby") when she throws down her hands and sticks her chest out at the end of the dance sequence. The action causes her one of her breasts to become partly exposed just before the shot cuts away. Evidently, it was such a quick moment that no one ever bothered to censor it.
  • The video for Sabrina Salerno's "Boys, Boys, Boys (Summertime Love)" features her in a swimming pool and constantly fighting against a strapless bikini.
  • Played for Laughs in the video for Ninja Sex Party's "Why I Cry". After seeing a hot woman he wants to seduce, Danny Sexbang gets up, wearing his trademark kimono and nothing else and accidentally(?) exposing himself for a brief moment. It's one of the few times the band has had to use a Censor Box in their videos. Given that they could have just done another take, it was either intentional or they decided to Throw It In! because it was funny.

    Print Media 

    Pro Wrestling 
  • This can be invoked in multiple cases, the most common is when a wrestler grabs their opponent's tights to claim a victory by making it harder to kick out. Another common variant occurs during the Sunset Flip: a wrestler somersaults over his opponent and grabs his legs to dry and pull him down with him. If the opponent is too stable to be pulled down, pulling the tights and exposing their ass is an easy way to get him off balance.
  • In her autobiography The Fabulous Moolah, (who was a part of what may have been the second generation of female professional wrestlers in the Americas) recounts one night in Oklahoma City in the early 1950s when a man lurking in the crowd tried to stab her for kissing a male wrestler who was clearly non-white (apparently not knowing or caring about Moolah's own Native American heritage). He succeeded only in ripping off her bikini top with the knife, leaving her topless, before he was tackled by arena security. To calm down the crowd, Moolah immediately remarked: "Well, he saw what he wanted to see, didn't he?"
  • In 1987, during the match that turned Randy Savage into a face (after several years of being a heel), the strap of Miss Elizabeth's dress broke when the Honky Tonk Man shoved her to the mat. She spent the remainder of the segment — including the part where she, Savage, Hulk Hogan raised each other's hands and took in loud cheers — holding up her the right part of her dress so it wouldn't expose too much.
  • The second Sweet Georgia Brown became infamous for these within a year of working for USWA in 1989, though most cases were "intentional" along the lines of Clothing Damage and Jacqueline also suffered a definitely accidental one during her match with Disco Inferno at WCW Halloween Havok. Perhaps most infamously was her match at WWC's 22nd Aniversario against La Tigresa, as it was already an evening gown match where the goal was to remove it from the opponent and Jacqueline still managed to have a wardrobe malfunction without actually losing the gown or match.
  • The ladder match at WrestleMania X had Shawn Michaels getting the top of his tights pulled down, flashing the crowd a full moon. He then delivered an elbow drop off the ladder with his cheeks exposed.
  • At ECW Holiday Hell 96, the Heel team of "The Franchise" Shane Douglas and "The Head Cheerleader" Francine d. "The Innovator of Violence" Tommy Dreamer and Beulah McGillicutty. At one point, Dreamer had Francine set up for a piledriver and was turning around to each side of the ring so everyone could get a glimpse of what was about to happen, which was Dreamer hitting the piledriver and Francine's breasts falling out. Raised to funny because, right when Dreamer grabbed Francine's hair to set her up for the move, announcer Joey Styles said, "And Dreamer has seen enough of the Head Cheerleader."
  • The October 6, 1997 episode of WCW Monday Nitro opened with a graphic memorializing the wrestler Brian Pillman, who had died the day before. The show then went into the arena, the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN, to start the show off with a Nitro Girls dance number. During the routine, Chae's left breast briefly bounced out of her top. This event became known as the "Nitro Nipple."
  • Stephanie McMahon herself suffered one during an episode of Raw in the late 90's as Triple H readied her for a Pedigree. She put it away and it popped out again as Chris Jericho saved her.
  • While a "Diva" losing her clothes is often planned, at Judgment Day 2004 it certainly wasn't as Dawn Marie's tights literally ripped right open, though she was wearing a thong.
  • Defied, but in between traveling between Deep South Wrestling and PGWA in 2007, Melissa Coates experimented with ring gear that ended up having her fighting off wardrobe malfunctions as much as pin and submission attempts.
  • Awesome Kong suffered this during a over-the-top Battle Royale to determine TNA's first "knockout" champion, which was included on the Bonus Disc for their Video Game. As if the name wasn't enough of a clue, she is a giant black woman whose role is the Monster Heel and is as far removed from the Ms. Fanservice role as a woman in wrestling could be.
  • At the 10-diva tag match at Survivor Series 2007, Michelle McCool has an unfortunate Nip Slip and actually wrestles for a whole minute with her nipple exposed. The DVD doesn't actually edit it out.
  • During an in-ring promo between Eve Torres and Beth Phoenix, Eve shoved Beth down and she ended up flashing her panties to the back row of the audience while trying her hardest not to flash her top area to the front row.
  • In his second-to-last WWE pay-per-view match, Ric Flair (who, like all old-school male wrestlers, wears a pair of bikini briefs in the ring and nothing else), got pantsed by Mr. Kennedy just before he (Flair) managed to get a pinfall — making him a "Nature Boy" in more than one sense of the word!
  • On the 20th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw, John Cena is fighting Dolph Ziggler in a Steel Cage match. Cena tries to stop Ziggler from going over the top, but accidentally pulls down Ziggler's trunks, exposing his ass to everyone watching at home.
  • In a Triple Threat match between CM Punk, Kane and Daniel Bryan, Bryan was up on the turnbuckle set up for a Superplex and Kane and Punk were pulling each other down... until Kane grabs Punk's trunks and pulls them down, exposing his ass to half the arena in the process.
  • In a 2013 Raw segment promoting the new Reality Show Total Divas, Brie Bella's breast is briefly exposed. Due to her immediate public apology mandated by her superiors, it's believed that it possibly would have gone unnoticed had they not said anything.
  • Batista's jeans suffered a rather large tear after he speared Randy Orton during a 2014 Monday Night RAW argument with Orton and Stephanie McMahon. The torn jeans later became autographed by Batista and put up for auction.
  • On Aug. 9, 2016, the straps of Eva Marie's top broke, but she was able to stop it from falling off with her arms in time. The referee stopped the match and covered her with a towel, to the boos of the crowd. This was staged as Eva's character at the time was a cowardly heel who would come up with lame excuses to avoid having to fight.
  • Miss Kitty's infamous flashing at the 1999 Armageddon PPV was a case of this. According to her, the plan was for Sgt Slaughter to immediately run in and cover her with the towel when she removed her bra. And the camera behind her was supposed to be live, creating a Toplessness from the Back situation where only a few people in the crowd would see anything. Sgt Slaughter was late coming in with his cue, and the wrong camera went out live - resulting in Miss Kitty unknowingly flashing her breasts live on TV.
  • Rosa Mendes was the victim of one when Layla pulled her tights and exposed her ass as she was climbing into the ring. Total Divas made a storyline out of this, with Rosa noticing that her Instagram followers increased after the incident, and wondering if she'd be able to stage a second to get even more followers.
  • Gail Kim cites her most embarrassing moment in TNA as when she did her entrance pose while wearing a skirt - and the skirt shot too far up, giving everyone a Panty Shot.
  • The Feb. 19, 2018 edition of Monday Night Raw, Asuka's nipple was exposed after Nia Jax dropped her leg so hard, ir casused Asuka's top to loosen, it would've been pretty hard to notice if it were not for the fact her nipple was hard enough to cut diamond.
  • AJ Styles split a huge hole in the back of his pants during TLC match in TLC 2016.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The incident with Sophie Marceau's dress at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival was repeatedly mocked on Les Guignols de l'info, each time implying it to be less and less accidental.
  • Parodied on The Muppets when Miss Piggy's on the Red Carpet wearing a dress with a very low plunging backline and her curly tail slips out. Seems that in the Muppet universe, pigs' tails are taboo.

  • Competition swimsuits, particularly the Jaked brand, have been infamous for ripping in the posterior area.
  • Happens every occasionally in figure skating:
    • Happened to the East German figure skater Katarina Witt at an exhibition in Paris in 1988, when her costume slipped during a long spin. Apparently she hadn't had a chance to test the new costume before the performance. note 
    • At the 2009 European Figure Skating Championships, during the compulsory dances, where each ice dance couple does the exact same routine, Russian ice dancer Ekaterina Rubleva's dress strap snapped, causing her breast to be exposed on international TV. She and partner Ivan Shefer were then obliged to finish the dance that way to avoid losing points, which they did.
    • Perhaps the most costly instance was at the 2018 Olympics, when Gabriella Papadakis's neck strap snapped at the beginning of her and Guillaume Cizeron's short dance, causing her top to slowly slip down during the performance. It threw them off enough it may well have cost them the gold medal; they lost by less than a point.
  • Italian Olympic swimmer Flavia Zoccari was disqualified from an event at the 2009 Mediterranean Games when her full-body swimsuit split open just before the race and exposed her rear.
  • Something similar apparently happened to Ricky Berens at the 2009 World Swimming Championships, although he was not disqualified.
  • Bobsledder Gillian Cooke had the back of her suit split open at the 2010 championship race... with a live camera directly behind her... while wearing a G-string. She completed the race anyway, and the video was briefly very popular on YouTube.
  • Women were not allowed to watch the ancient Greek Olympics, and tradition holds that this ban was defied only once, when Pherenice of Rhodes disguised herself as a man in order to watch her son compete. When her son won, she rushed to congratulate him and her disguise slipped off. The authorities decided not to punish her out of respect for her family's Olympic achievements.
  • During the 2015 NBA Finals, Le Bron James was shown adjusting his jersey into his shorts during a timeout. The camera briefly captured a full frontal showing of "The King's Prince."

  • In the last scene of The Women, a recent victim of this makes a bit-part appearance, desperately seeking a safety pin to mend the broken shoulder strap of her dress.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • There's more than one kind of wardrobe malfunction.
  • There are entire softcore porn websites dedicated to the phenomena, including an entire subgenre for "Nip Slips", which is when an actress's dress slips just enough out of the way that some of her nipple can be seen, but it doesn't shift so significantly that she feels it happen. And Vapor Wear upskirts. Another common occurrence is when thin dresses unexpectedly become revealing when under the blaze of lights and flash photography.
  • Critical Role: In Lyra's debut scene, she trips and spills papaya on herself. She tries to brush the papaya off her robes, but accidentally brushes the robe off her body instead.
  • Homestar Runner: The Strong Bad Email "stand up" features an old home movie of Strong Bad as a kid, doing a comedy routine for the school talent show. His act is bad enough, but then his pants fall down onstage and he trips running away in embarrassment.

    Western Animation 
  • Doctor Blight in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, when she squeezes into a pair of her sister's shorts in an attempt to disguise herself as her sister. As Blight sits down, she splits the shorts.
  • Disney animated shorts saw this happen to Donald Duck on several occasions:
    • Bellboy Donald (1942): Donald loses his entire bellboy uniform as a troublesome child sticks part of it between an elevator door...and the elevator moves, completing the deed. Hand covers crotch and deep blush immediately follows.
    • Tea for Two Hundred (1948): Donald digs for food stolen by ants inside their hole. Rather pull the food out, they pull his entire outfit in, leaving him above ground completely naked. Moment of embarrassment follows.
    • Hook, Lion, and Sinker (1950): As Donald is cooking in his kitchen, two lions steal fish stacked on the windowsill, one at a time, bucket brigade style. Having run out of fish but assuming there is more to steal, the next items blindly grabbed —in order and sequentially — are his chef's hat, matching bib, his entire outfit, Donald himself, and the gun he was holding before being tossed out the window. Cartoon logic in this backward order; after the brigade is out of items, Donald, once again fully clothed and armed, greets them on the far end.
  • Family Guy has David Hyde Pierce's scrotum falling out during the Emmys, in a thinly disguised parody of the Trope Namer.
    • The same episode directly parodied it during a rapid-fire montage at the end of the "Freakin' FCC" song with a clip of Peter flashing his nipple.
  • Pound Puppies (1980s) had one in the episode "A Tail of a Pup" where the Safety pin on Whopper's diaper came undone and it fell off.
  • Robot Chicken has a cloth-ripping incident happening during a chase scene... for the funeral of Benny Hill, fittingly.
  • In an episode of 6teen, Nikki wears a long, purple dress in order to impress a boy (not Jonesy), and stands too close to the going-down escalator. Guess what happens?
  • The Simpsons:
    • Happens to Homer Simpson's salamander costume at the end of the episode where he tries to run for Mayor of Springfield.
    • Homer also fell victim to this trope in 1992 during a Halloween party:
      Homer: Hail Caesar, in all his glory!
      (the hem of his toga snags on a loose nail as he's coming down the basement stairs)
      Cloth of toga: RRRIIIIIPPP!
  • In the South Park episode "Good Times with Weapons", Cartman walks onto a stage stark naked, believing in his (imaginary) power to turn invisible. When put on the spot about this "scandalous" display, he replies, "I told you, it was a wardrobe malfunction!"
  • Spongebob Squarepants: SpongeBob rips his pants accidentally while trying to lift weights; he then does this intentionally because it makes people laugh.
  • In Pet Pals, Madame's dress gets ripped off after Top Hat accidentally closes the car door on it. She is then subjected to humiliation by being flashed by photographers. This may or may not be an enforced example, since part of the scene appears in the trailer and it happens 6 minutes into the movie itself.
  • Kim Possible: Sidekick Ron Stoppable's falling-pants running gag.

    Real Life 
  • The Trope Namer was the famous incident when Justin Timberlake "inadvertently"note  exposed Janet Jackson's breast at the 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show. It revealed a touch of Double Standard — Jackson was accused of corrupting youth with a half second of her bare breast, but very few (if any) people complained that Timberlake managed to cause it by, effectively, pantomiming a form of sexual assault. note  Additionally, Janet gets more blame than Justin due to the rumor that, although it was planned, all that would have been seen was her bra... had she agreed to wear it. Finally, the offending moment transpired so quickly in Real Time that many people didn't notice it until the news media replayed it over and over. Purely to show their disapproval, of course.
  • A strap of Sophie Marceau's dress slipped off at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, baring her breast.
  • Tara Reid, who provides the trope picture, was at P. Diddy's birthday party, and while on the red carpet, her Little Black Dress fell right off one shoulder, and she had no bra underneath so the whole breast was shown (and her white mink jacket didn't help, since she wore it off her shoulders). She says she didn't even notice it until her publicist ran over and put her dress strap back on.
  • Before a Stanley Cup Playoff game in 1997, Lucy Lawless performed the national anthem wearing a strapless red top. When she lifted her arm in celebration at the end of the song, she inadvertently popped out, much to her embarrassment.
  • In 2001, the snap on Carla Sanchez's top broke while she and her New York University dance team were performing in a national competition. She continued to dance, topless, believing her team would be penalized if she broke ranks to cover up. (The judges later said they would not have deducted points.) The NYU team won its division. The incident was referenced in a 2002 USA Today article on cheerleading as a sport and industry.
  • During the Rio de Janeiro Carnival Angela Bismarchi's "tapa-sexo" (tiny piece of material covering the genital area) fell off, leaving her fully nude.
  • Cosplayers sometimes have these. Most commonly these happen when their costumes fall apart, although there have been some more classic examples.
    • Along those lines, fursuiters have heads that prevent them seeing anything that happens to their suit. For example, if a seam is poorly sewn and rips exposing clothing/body underneath, they may be walking around with no idea about it until someone else tells them. This happens very rarely, but if it does, it's wise to tell them as soon as possible.
  • During Garbage's performance at the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards, Shirley Manson had one.
    I laughed my head off. But my breasts didn't fall out-I think that's people's wishful thinking. I think people may have very, very briefly seen a nipple. But you know, when did a nipple do any harm? I do have nipples. There, you can tell the world.
  • It happened to author J. K. Rowling during a public appearance. A gentleman friend nobly covered up with an improvised hand-bra.
  • During the very eventful final of Britain's Got Talent, judge Amanda Holden offered her left breast to the world when her dress failed. No eggs were involved in this live blooper. Screen-grabs went almost as viral as the egg-throwing.
  • When Amanda Palmer inadvertently exposed a nipple during a concert in Glastonbury, she was annoyed that the Daily Mail reported solely on the wardrobe malfunction and neglected to discuss anything else about her concert. So she wrote a song to them, which Deconstructed the trope then proceeded to outright Defy the trope by stripping completely naked on stage. (Link NSFW).
  • A little-known Korean actress named Yeo Min-Jeong (여민정) briefly made headlines following the 2013 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, after her dress slipped down and exposed her chest twice as she walked the red carpet. A brief flurry of speculation ensued regarding whether the entire incident was intentional on her part, since footage clearly shows that she touched the strap in question a moment before each slip, and she was wearing flesh-colored tape over her breasts at the time.
  • At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, speed skater Olga Graf, after setting a personal best time in the 3000 meters, unzipped her suit to the navel, at least partially to help with cooling off, revealing nothing underneath. She zipped back up as soon as she realized.
  • Bai Ling, being moderately endowed and fond of wearing extremely loose and revealing outfits with nothing underneath, has experienced so very many of these over the years that one might easily surmise she is either quite careless or else doing it on purpose.
  • Shortly after winning Miss Universe, Miss Australia Jennifer Hawkins appeared at a fashion show where her high heel caught on the hem of her dress and ripped it clean off her. She laughed it off, apologized, and joked that she wished she'd worn better underwear.


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