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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?
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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 enjoyment or amusement of everyone else), the tease is over. And you get this trope.

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This is common to outfits that are impractical and/or prone to falling off such as Swimsuits, stripperific clothing, towels, robes, loincloths, dresses, gowns and skirts. When caused by some machine or magic specifically designed to achieve that effect, see The Nudifier, if caused by some form of shapeshifting see Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing. Witnesses and gawkers are usually targets for an Unprovoked Pervert Payback. A Shameless Fanservice Girl might not care about suffering a wardrobe malfunction and an Attention Whore might even engineer it for the attention.

A Super-Trope to All Cloth Unravels (clothes unraveling from a single thread), Open-Fly Gag (leaving the zipper undone), Popping Buttons (when buttons pop away from the clothes), Slippery Swimsuit (losing your swimwear in the water) and Stripping Snag (clothes get snagged off when caught in something). See also Dress Hits Floor if the malfunction causes the clothes to pool at their feet. Compare Defeat by Modesty, Pants-Pulling Prank, Right Out of My Clothes, Shameful Strip, Undressing the Unconscious, and Wardrobe Wound. Contrast Sexy Coat Flashing. May cause a Comedic Underwear Exposure or Naked Freak-Out. A Fan Disservice version might be Plumber's Crack.

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    Advertising 
  • A zooming tennis ball causes a female ticket taker's clothes to fly off, leaving her in her underwear on a public street, in this Adidas advert.
  • Self-imposed in this 3Suisses advert, when a busty dancing girl shakes her top down, exposing herself to her friends.

    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
  • Kantai Collection: In Episode 6, Zuikaku notices that Shoukaku has spilled a drop of curry on her skirt. When she tries to rub it away, she winds up pulling off Shoukaku's skirt with incredible ease. An embarrassed Shoukaku then starts running around in panic, causing them to forget about the curry competition.
  • 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 via Standard Snippet. A pair of glass happens to fall right on Izumi's bikini strings unlacing the knot causing her top fall off right in front of Sanpeita while Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" making the moment verge on Mundane Made Awesome territory. Izumi gets a full-body blush and a Naked Freak-Out before delivering a Unprovoked Pervert Payback via Megaton Punch.
  • 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. While Momoko has a Naked Freak-Out, Nanjou gets jealous and 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. When the ship she's on is attacked, everyone ends up falling to the ground, with the lights flickering off. When the lights come back on it's revealed her dress does fall off, all the way down to her waist with conveniently placed hair on her chest. It doesn't stop her from slapping Alto for seeing her.
  • Roughly 75% of the jokes from Maicchingu Machiko-sensei invoke this trope. Machiko is often the victim of this in alternative to Clothing Damage (in every case she will lose her dress).
  • Maria†Holic: Poor Ayari suffered this... twice. Both incidents even happened at the same feast. The first was as a child, when Shizu (then posing as Mariya) stumbled on her and accidentally revealed her panda-print panties. The second was as a teenager, after Mariya saved her from falling off her float by pulling down her School Swimsuit. Cue Ayari's Skyward Big "NO!" and Kanako staining the statue of the Virgin Mary with her epic nosebleed.
  • 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 and prevents her from covering herself with her arms.
  • 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.
  • Prison School: Happens to 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.

    Comic Books 
  • Happens 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 saltwater.
  • All-New Wolverine: Experienced by Laura (X-23) in issue #22. After spending two weeks unconscious in a hospital bed, Laura gets up and demands to be taken to S.H.I.E.L.D. at once upon learning how long she was out, not realizing she has been undressed and put into a hospital gown Gabby, who is standing behind her, suggests she might want to get dressed first because the gown has a very big opening in the back.
  • Both Ant-Man and The Wasp can be prone to this since they're both Sizeshifters and their Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing. They need to specially prepare their clothes for their powers in order not to fall out of them or rip them apart.
  • 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...)
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Early on in the series, Wismerhill and his friends develop a routine where Feydriva would suffer an "accidental" Wardrobe Malfunction when one of her Breast Plates falls off so that Pilou can steal the purse of any gentleman who is Distracted by the Sexy.
  • In Doom Patrol 2009 #7, the Metal Men are trying to stop Giganta (Doris Zeus) when one of their attacks weakened her suit, resulting in a wardrobe malfunction when she stretches her arms, leaving the giantess topless in the middle of the street. She agrees to surrender in exchange for Platinum and Copper forming a giant bikini for her to wear.
  • Empowered: A super-powered variant occurs with Elissa. While attempting to show Ninjette and Thugboy her suit's invisibility powers by making her mask invisible, she accidentally ends up making the entire thing disappear... while wearing absolutely nothing underneath. Naturally, she also happens to have both hands stretched overhead as this happens (to hold up a car), leaving her body completely exposed.
  • In the Smallville Season 11 comic, Diana (Wonder Woman) first adult encounters with her Childhood Friend Steve Trevors ends up in one, when she ends up showing up at his apartment unannounced while he was showering and he ends up losing his Modesty Towel when he confronts her. Diana's Innocent Innuendo right after doesn't help
  • Harley Quinn 2014: In issue #11, Harley finds an amnesiac Power Girl and takes her to her home, where she promptly falls unconscious, and Harley gets an idea to convince Kara that she's her Sidekick. To help sell the illusion, Harley had tailor-made matching costumes for her and Kara, based on Power Girl's Iconic Outfit (with a Harley Quinn twist). She then undresses the Kara and puts her on the new costume. When Kara awakens, due to her muscular and tall physique the costumes immediately burst under the strain the moment she gets up, leaving her standing there nude save for Scenery Censor provided by Harley's head.
  • 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.
  • Happens to Power Girl in issue #9 of her series. Right after she steps out of the shower, someone slides an envelope under the door containing pictures compromising her Secret Identity. Kara instantly bolts out clad in a Modesty Towel to chase after the perpetrator, who's just a kid. Dashing down the stairs, she manages to collar him, at which point her towel falls off, giving the kid and a neighbor a full-frontal (She's covered by Scenery Censor to the viewer). She hastily covers herself with bread and a pie pan borrowed from her neighbor and flees to her room to get dressed.
  • During Secret Invasion when Jazinda tried to teleport She-Hulk to her ship, but only succeeded in teleporting her clothes, leaving a furious and embarrassed Jen completely naked in front of a cheering crowd.
  • Squadron Supreme: In issue #3, Zarda (Power Princess) is filming a promo spot and suffers one at the prankish hands of Doctor Spectrum, who secretly cuts the straps of her outfit, making it slip, leaving her topless in front of a camera and the crew. The viewer only sees her bare back and Sideboob but everyone around her get a full-frontal eyeful. She figures out it was Spectrum when she catches him laughing and is pissed, not due to modesty since she's a Shameless Fanservice Girl, but because he did it with the intent to humiliate her.
  • Uncanny X-Men (2013): In issue #14, after showering, Benjamin (Morph) goes back to his room clad in a Modesty Towel only to find his teacher Emma Frost casually waiting for him, which startles him enough to drop his towel. Nonplussed, Emma proceeds to talk to him about his powers and how they work while the poor boy backs up against the wall trying to cover himself back up.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Animalympics: Figure skater Dorrie Turnell combines this with feathers as clothes. She loses them in a rapid pirouette and ends up in underwear. The spotlight goes off and on again, and she wears a bathrobe.
  • Revolting Rhymes: When the clocks strikes midnight, Cindy loses a shoe as she flees the scene just as in the classic telling of her story. Before that however, as Cindy makes her escape, the Prince accidentally tears off her dress trying to stop her from leaving and she leaves in her underwear mortified.
  • The Rugrats Movie: When the babies are lost in the forest, Phil and Lil blame the whole mess on Dil, who Tommy defends. Then, Dil snaps off one of his diaper straps, causing it to fall in front of his friends.
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011): Pooh's tummy bursting open with stuffing when he reaches for a pot of honey on Owl's mantle. The stuffing even tumbles out.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • 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 to the entire school, making it a "Not Wearing Top" Dream.
  • The even more obscure Live-Action Adaptation of the obscure manga Buraburabanban features a variation upon the manga example mentioned above. The main heroine 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.
  • Carry On...: Nearly every film featured at least one scene where a male character either lost or split his trousers or a female character lost her skirt or top.
    • Carry On Abroad has Sadie losing her bra accidentally after talking to Vic.
    • Babs (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, hitting Mr. Soaper in the face. Her classmates around her roar with laughter and she is dragged away by Miss Haggerd.
    • Carry On Cruising: Binn and Marjoribanks split their tight trousers when they bend over in front of the Captain. They hobble out of the room in embarrassment with a shared matador cloth wrapped around their waists.
    • Carry On Spying: This happens to Charlie when he tries to stop the enemy on the train journey back to the airport. It works though — it does stall them for a long enough time to get Desmond two carriages down.
    • Carry On Teacher: Miss Allcock's gym shorts split when she's teaching her PE class, as the students have replaced her usual pair with one that is several sizes too small.
  • In the 1983 film Class a college boy has a disastrous date with a girl whom 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.
  • In Deadpool, Angel Dust's (Gina Carano) top slips during her battle with Colossus (blocked to the audience via Scenery Censor). Chaste Hero 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.
  • 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.
  • In 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.
  • In Entrapment, Gin (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has to sleep in the nude with only a Modesty Bedsheet in a hotel room after her luggage is stolen by Mac, the Gentleman Thief she's trying to meet. Naturally, he sneaks into her room to meet her that night and she ends up giving him a Naked First Impression when she sits up startled and drops the sheet. (The camera only shows her bare back or from shoulders up). He has to point it out for her to cover herself again.
  • Fantastic Four (2005), Both Susan (Jessica Alba) and Johnny (Chris Evans) Storm end up showing a lot of skin in both movies due to Wardrobe Malfunction shenanigans involving their powers, usually Clothing Damage and Invisible Streaker. In Rise of the Silver Surfer, Sue and Johnny even swap powers, and she ends up incinerating her clothes and ending up naked on the streets in front of a dozen of photographers while lamenting "Why does this always happen to me?".
  • In Good Luck Chuck, among the many mishaps happening to accident-prone Cam (Jessica Alba), she rips off her skirt when it gets snagged at the door of Charlie's car, revealing penguin-adorned panties.
  • Home Alone 3: The female robber, Alice Ribbons bends over to pick up a hat ripping open her pants to expose her red underwear, let it be noted she's on a mission to steal bomb codes when this happens.
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash Averted when Terry's dress gets caught in a shredder. She desperately holds on to the dress' cups to prevent it. Regardless, her dress does get much shorter as a result.
  • The Kissing Booth, a portion of the plot is kicked off by protagonist, Elle ripping her school pants on the first day of school to reveal her white undies and causing her to wear a tiny skirt to school.
  • King Kong:
    • In King Kong (1933), Ann's dress slides down when she and Jack fall into the water after escaping Kong.
    • Played 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 any more skin as it already does.
  • In the opening scene of Lady Ninja Kaede, Kaede's boob falls free of her tunic as she springs up the wall.
  • 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.
  • Let It Ride: In a Deleted Scene, Vicki's breasts pop out of her dress when she tackles Trotter in the Jockey Club, which is why in the film all of the elderly women gasp in shock at her.
  • 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).
  • Modern Problems: After having the first of the incredible orgasms Max gives her with his powers, Darcy's Modesty Bedsheet falls down slightly, briefly revealing one of her nipples, before she pulls it back up.
  • The Mummy (1999): It turns out that Evelyn's (Rachel Weisz) 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 requiring touching up in post-production to keep its rating.
  • 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.
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping: One of Hunter's pranks has Conner's quick-change costume gimmick go wrong, leaving him completely nude on stage. He has Nude Colored underwear, but the audience assumes he has a Teeny Weenie much to his distress.
  • 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 Repo! The Genetic Opera, Amber Sweet's face falls off while she's performing on stage.
  • 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.
  • The Spirit: When the Spirit arrives at Sand Saref's (Eva Mendes) place with the intent to arrest her, he becomes obviously distracted when he sees her stepping out of a steamy bathroom wearing only a towel, but tries to ignore it and demands her to put her hands behind her head. Amused, knowing exactly what will happen but wanting to mess with him, she raises her arms and allows gravity to drop her towel, and stands there flaunting her nudity. Flustered, he turns around and tells her to Please Put Some Clothes On.
  • Star Wars: In Return of the Jedi it happens to Oola, the green Twi'lek dancer. And to Princess Leia's golden bikini during the filming. Both were unintentional bloopers that were edited out but can still be seen with the Still/Step feature on a CAV Laserdisc version of the film.
  • Happens to Mikaela (Megan Fox) 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, Mikaela gets up as her top slides down a bit revealing her bra.
  • Wild Wild West: The rear flap of Rita Escobar's (Salma Hayek's) pajamas falls open, exposing her butt to West (Will Smith) and Gordon (Kevin Kline) who are apparently quite cheered by the sight.
  • The Musical biopic With A Song In My Heart from 1952 had an overhead shot in which Susan Hayward's dress accidentally slipped off her left breast.

    Literature 
  • The Dresden Files In Storm Front, Dresden's just stepped out of the shower when the date he'd forgotten about (because he took a few blows to the head) shows up. He covers himself with a towel, then a demon shows up and the towel falls off while he's fighting it. This is made more complicated when he realizes said date accidentally drank a Love Potion instead of an escape potion.
  • Young Wizards: In Wizards at War, Dairine finds she has nothing in her closet suitable for meeting alien royalty and resorts to Gorgeous Garment Generation. Unfortunately, she doesn't consider that reconfiguring her clothes on a molecular level will leave her momentarily nude, and she isn't alone at the time.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Baywatch: In "A Little Help," CJ (Pamela Anderson) is in training for a dancing competition. Early in the episode, she practices her routine with Mitch, which involves dipping her at the end. She tells him to check if anything has fallen out, and he tells her, accurately, "Everything's in place." At the end, her partner hasn't shown up for the competition, so Mitch volunteers himself. They do the routine, and, while not shown on camera for obvious reasons, it's apparent that CJ has fallen out of her dress. Caroline, Stephanie and Hobie are there, and they cover-up Hobie's eyes.
  • 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, there it's purely for humor and never fanservice.
  • In an episode of The Brittas Empire, the flaky Helen Brittas (Pippa Heywood) has to run across the leisure center 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sofía Vergara famously had one at the 2012 Emmys.
  • 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.
  • The 2003 sitcom Eve has a funny subversion. When Rita steps out of her house in a Modesty Towel to grab the paper, she finds a crowd of paparazzi waiting for her and she drops the towel in shock... but decides to use her hands to cover her green-cream-masked-faced instead of her naked body.
  • Faking It: In "Faking It... Again", Liam ends up walking on his Best Friend's off-limits hot sister Sasha that he hasn't seen in years while she's naked in the shower, while he himself just has a Modesty Towel on, which he loses upon seeing her. Being The Tease, she's just amused by it while he's clearly panicking.
    Liam: Sasha! You're home.
    Sasha: Liam! [looking down at his crotch] You've... grown.
  • 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.
  • 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 when she ends up walking down the aisle this way, adding even more embarrassment to her day.
    • 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 an episode of "Full House", Joey rips his pants while doing ballet in his 90s' jeans, prompting DJ to mock him.
    • in a nice bit of karma, 20 years later in the sequel series "Fuller House", DJ rips her own pants during a game of twister in broad daylight.
  • 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.
  • General Hospital: During the years of the annual Port Charles Nurses' Ball (1994-2001, 2013-), a Running Gag was that Lucy Coe would somehow always wind up on stage in her underwear at the end of the show ... often because of a rival's plotting.
  • 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.
  • During NBC's 2016 production of Hairspray, a strap on Kristin Chenoweth (Velma)'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 (Penny). For the West Coast feed, NBC managed to put the focus back on Chenoweth.
  • In an episode of Hannah Montana, Miley's pants rip open causing a young girl to chant the "I see London" rhyme.
  • 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!
  • 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 The Kenny Everett Television Show, 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."
  • Lucifer: In "Manly Whatnots", Chloe (Lauren German) is taking a shower, but it gets interrupted when she hears an intruder in her home. She grabs a towel and her gun and goes to investigate. It turns out to be Lucifer, who's casually barged into her house to cook her breakfast, but he ends yp startling Chloe who drops her towel in shock. Lucifer doesn't miss the chance to go Eating the Eye Candy.
  • Modern Family: In "Snip", 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 was clamoring 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."
  • 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 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-2000s. 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!"
  • Robin of Sherwood:
    • Marion's dress flies up as she jumps from the loft in "The King's Fool."
    • Will Scarlet in a short, wet robe in "The Cross of St. Ciricus", climbing up a sheer rock face with no underwear. It perhaps wouldn't have been so bad if the camera hadn't been positioned low, pointing directly up. In the same episode, Guy of Gisburne wears wet beige clothing with black underwear beneath.
  • On a Saturday Night Live sketch, Sigourney Weaver (As Herself) is obsessed with Internet Buzz. She finds a nip slip of herself on "eyesugar.biz" and is thrilled.
    Sigourney: Do you think men are gonna masturbate to this? Do you think women will?
  • Smash: Ivy suffered a Wardrobe Malfunction during a play while playing the part of Marilyn Monroe and her entire outfit pooled at her feet. The audience thought it was part of the show as a Dress Hits Floor scene and it ended up being such a hit that they made it part of the play.
  • Telenovela (2016): Happens in the first episode to Anna Sofia (Eva Longoria) who is wearing a last-minute made dress for the Telenovela that is falling apart while she tries to have a conversation with her boss. At one point with only her hands keeping it from falling, preventing her from opening a door.
  • 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.
  • Ugly Betty: In "Betty's Wait Problem", Amanda (Becki Newton) is trying to get attention at a red carpet event, when Marc decides to "help" by stepping on the hem of her dress, tearing it away until she’s totally naked in public. She's momentarily embarrassed, but then the photographers turn toward her and start snapping away, she gets over it and basks in the limelight of the camera flashes and even starts striking poses.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Music 
  • 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 
  • The January 1940 cover of The New Yorker is a Peter Arno cartoon with a dancing couple consisting of a worried-looking man noticing that the back of the woman's dress is coming undone.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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?"
  • Impact Wrestling:
    • 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.
    • Awesome Kong suffered this during an 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Total Divas made a storyline out of an incident where Layla El pulled Rosa Mendes tights and exposed her ass as she was climbing into the ring. The storyline had 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.
  • 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."
  • WWE
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • Played With during Miss Kitty's infamous flashing at the Armageddon 1999 PPV. Stacy Carter flashing the crowd was intentional - but it going out live wasn't. The plan was for Sgt. Slaughter to immediately run in and cover her with a Modesty Towel when she removed her bra, and the camera behind her was supposed to be live, creating a Toplessness from the Back shot 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 her unknowingly flashing her breasts live on TV, making it the first instance of nudity on Wrestling/WWE's national programming.
    • 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.
    • During Mickie James and Melina's Falls Count Anywhere 2007 match, it spills into the locker room and Candice Michelle orders them out. Melina pulls her Candice's Modesty Towel off and the camera crew cuts away too late. Although the live feed was darkened, the people in the arena still accidentally saw everything.
    • AJ Styles split a huge hole in the back of his pants during TLC match in TLC 2016.
    • 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 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.
    • One of the Easter Eggs on the WWE Divas South of the Border DVD is a Blooper Reel which includes a scene of Torrie Wilson walking out of the water in a bikini and her top sort of falling forward but her breasts were covered by a cross out circle. She said, "You can't use that anyway."
    • Wrestling/WWERAW:
      • Stephanie McMahon herself suffered one during an episode of Raw in the late '90s as Triple H readied her for a Pedigree. She put it away and it popped out again as Chris Jericho saved her. Similar happens during her divorce angle with Triple H in 2002. After getting his dog run over, Triple H goes after Stephanie & when she tries crawling away, Hunter pulled her pants, exposing her from the back. Though it has been censored since.
      • In a 2007 RAW, When Melina was "dating" Hornswoggle, he came upon Melina while she was showering, causing her to run away screaming, covered by a Modesty Towel but he chased after her and managed to pull it away, leaving her to have a Naked Freak-Out offscreen. Next week she was pinned by Mickie James after Horswoggle's distracted Melina before she could hit the sunset split. She chased him under the ring where she was heard screaming before Hornswoggle emerged with her top, then went back under to get her pants. Melina just stuck her head out, demanding her clothes back while he ran waving them around.
      • On the 20th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw in 2013, 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 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.
      • The Feb. 19, 2018 edition of Monday Night Raw, Asuka's nipple was exposed after Nia Jax dropped her leg so hard, it caused 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.
    • WWE SmackDown:
      • On Aug. 9, 2016 SmackDown, 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.
      • On the Aug. 8, 2017 edition of SmackDown, Lana accidentally pulled Charlotte Flair's tights and exposed her ass to the crowd as she tried to counter Charlotte's move. Cue fans chanting "Thank you, Lana!" and Charlotte giving a smile.
    • SummerSlam:
      • Triple H himself suffered it after the DX vs. Legacy Summerslam 2009. With the fight won, DX celebrates, but Triple H's briefs became disheveled and a clear shot of his twins can be seen. Unlike Stephanie's case, it seems WWE hadn't noticed, as it remains uncensored.
    • WrestleMania
      • 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.

    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.
  • The Muppets: Parodied on "A Tail of Two Piggies" 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. Lamenting that she has to hide her piggy-ness, she's inspired to create #UnveilTheTail in order to empower other pigs to proudly show their tails.

    Sports 
  • 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, LeBron 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."
  • 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 to help with cooling off. But she apparently forgot she wasn't wearing a bra, and she zipped back up as soon as she realized.

    Theatre 
  • Mean Girls Happens to Regina during that talent show number, due to the fact that (thanks to the Kalteen bars) her skirt no longer fits and the makeshift holders she created for it failed mid-performance. This incident goes viral on Instagram, and causes Regina to begin falling out of favor with the student body.
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • Aquapazza: Sasara magically dismisses her halberd and shield as part of some of her Victory Poses. Only she sometimes also dismisses her armor, leaving her in a strapless leotard that she finds quite embarrassing.
  • Played for Laughs in the ending of Bayonetta 2, when Jeanne discovers her outfit was slashed in a very... revealing spot, forcing her into a Back-to-Back Badasses pose with Bayonetta.
  • Conquests Of Camelot: When Arthur throws the mirror to Mari and she leans out the window to catch it, her dress slips down for a single frame to reveal EGA nipples.
  • Darkstalkers: When Lord Raptor "uncurls" for his intro animation, his pants slip down, and before he pulls them up you can briefly see his bare, bony behind as he's Going Commando.
  • Elf Bowling: In the second game, on occasion, an elf being lifted up from the party going on belowdecks will have his swimsuit catch on a piece of the mechanism and snap, leaving a {{pixellat|ion}ed blur in its place. It doesn't last long, though, as the swimsuit reappears for the player to use in flinging the elf down the deck.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes: The towel-wearing Ryoma and Camilla from the Hostile Springs event both suffer a wardrobe malfunction, which reveals they are clearly wearing Modesty Shorts under their towels.
  • Granblue Fantasy:
    • Grea's outfit has become a bit memetic with fans for a problem it has... with her dragon tail. Her school has a fairly standard, if somewhat fancy, Joshikousei outfit for the girls. Except that Grea's skirt hasn't, uh, been modified for her tail. As a result, her SR portrait in particular looks rather like it's mooning everyone all the time. (This was less of a problem in Rage of Bahamut because her tail wasn't as thick, but in Granblue it's gigantic.)
    • Airi's charge attack ends with her bust Popping Buttons off of her top, causing it to fire off like a bullet.
    • Let's just say, Forte's "Draph Assets" cracked her armor's breastplate. Her initial design from Rage of Bahamut has Forte's armor fit comfortably with her form, but due to her transition to the Draph race, it was inevitable.
  • Gravity Rush: At the end of the ninth episode, Kat is clad in a Modesty Towel back in the Pipe House white she washing the only outfit she has, when Syd visits her. After they interact, she (jokingly) punches him in the arm, which causes her towel to accidentally fall off, right in front of Syd. Cue Naked Freak-Out.
  • Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart: Happens to Ai in her specific scene, when she's tussling with Noire. It looks like Ai has the upper hand, but then her bikini top falls off.
  • In Secret Agent Clank, Ratchet and the more humanoid enemies only wear Modesty Towels in the showers and will drop upon taking damage, leaving them with Censor Boxes).
  • Street Fighter V: It's for a small fraction of a second, and it automatically corrects itself, but Birdie's pants fall down exposing his ass during his Bull Head attack.
  • Taisen Hot Gimmick Forever, a mahjong game where defeating an opponent gives the player the option to punish them which, male or female, usually involves the character having to strip. Akiko Daimon is a Amazonian Beauty wearing just a sports bra and thong, and is also a member of her school's bodybuilding club. For her punishment, the player can have her do bench presses topless, or flex her biceps, which causes her sports bra to tear off.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa
    • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair: Hiyoko's been wearing the same traditional Japanese dancing clothes for a long time, because the clothing is apparently so complicated she can't tie her obi by herself without suffering a wardrobe malfunction (which means if she were to take the clothing off she wouldn't be able to put it back on), which means she hasn't bathed in a while. This ends up being important in Chapters 2's trial as it proves she couldn't have showered Mahiru's blood off her if she cannot re-dress herself afterward, as Mahiru was the one who was helping her dress.
    • This ends up happening to both Kirumi and Maki at the end of their respective Argument Armament. Both times they're using Hand-or-Object Underwear to cover themselves.
  • Liar! Uncover the Truth: This happens to The Heroine's cheating boyfriend when he's trying to chase her, dropping his Modesty Towel in the lobby. He only notices once he starts to notice all the catcalls he's getting.
  • Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!: When Stacy is having a splash fight with Yamato, her top comes off and vanishes never to be seen again. Yamato doesn't even pretend he didn't see anything, much to her irritation.
  • Princess Evangile: During Chapter 2 of Ruriko's route, Masaya experiences a Wardrobe Malfunction, with Ruriko bearing witness to him in his birthday suit. She describes the moment as "Like the Statue of David".

    Web Animation 

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-1755, is a Keter-class SCP that threatens the very existence of the global cotton crop, resulted when two college guys tried to create a device that made women's clothes fall off.

    Web Videos 
  • 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.
  • Ozzy Man Reviews: In the video "Live TV Fails", a woman attempts twerking on live television in a tight-fitting dress that zips in the back. It rips.
    Ozzy Man: Look how excited everyone is over an arse. They're all chanting 'We saw ya butt hole! We saw ya butt hole!' [...] Crikey, we are a simple species, aren't we?

    Western Animation 
  • 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?
  • Archer: Mallory hires a black Jewish man to fulfill minority hiring requirements, and Archer confronts him in the locker room, with both wearing Modesty Towels. When they end up nearly fighting, both towels fall off.
    Archer: He's uncircumcised.
    Lana: Okay, glossing over how you know that...
    Archer: We touched penises.
    Lana: Glossing over!
  • 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: "PTV" 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.
  • Kim Possible: Sidekick Ron Stoppable's falling-pants is a running gag that happens Once per Episode.
  • The Loud House: In an episode where Lincoln films his sisters doing embarrassing things around the house one of the things he captures is punk rocker, Luna jumping up and performing the splits only to split her pants.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Total Drama: In "X-Treme Torture", Heather's top gets stuck in a tree branch and comes off while she was trying to cheat by cutting Harold's rope. He still loses the challenge after getting distracted by the view.

    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.
  • The pants-falling-down gag was commonly used during the silent comedy era by the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.
  • A strap of Sophie Marceau's dress slipped off at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, baring her breast.
  • Tara Reid 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 from 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.
  • 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.
  • Bai Ling, being moderately endowed and fond of wearing extremely loose and revealing outfits with nothing underneath, has experienced so many 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.
  • A UK TV kids program from 2004 Ministry of Mayhem, infamously had an incident where Holly Willoughbys' top had came down and exposed one of her breasts, not long after she was let go from the show, due to the incident happening in a studio full of kids.

 
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Ana Sofia's new dress falls apart while she tries to have a conversation with her boss.

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