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22nd Jan '16 11:36:33 AM BattleMaster
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'' allows you to apply custom paint jobs to your PowerArmor. If you don't like the rusty, unpainted look or the drab Brotherhood of Steel paintjob, you can use a Hot Rodder magazine to give it a hot pink paint job or get flames decals from the Atomic Cats.
22nd Jan '16 9:34:07 AM Daethalion
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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Deputy Commissioner Foley wears his full dress uniform while leading the police charge against Bane's forces.
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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Deputy Commissioner Foley wears his full dress uniform while leading the police charge against Bane's forces. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in this case, as he was doing it to make a statement and was being intentionally conspicuous. Also doubles as a BrickJoke from an earlier scene in the movie.
20th Jan '16 5:21:42 PM karstovich2
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* A rather ironic subversion is the evolution of the "casual" subculture amongst football hooligans in the UK during the TheSeventies and TheEighties. Because [[FootballHooligans football firms]] had very distinctive styles of dress (stereotypically skinheads and Doc Martens), the police could easily identify hooligans and contain them. Liverpool and Everton fans brought back European fashions and designer labels from their away games, and their firms began wearing them to their games. Other fans initially laughed at this "poncey" new trend, until they realized that the Liverpudlian firms were never getting arrested because the police didn't immediately identify them. Soon, everyone was doing it, but for a time, the football fans' Bling of War actually served to camouflage them rather than make them stand out.
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* A rather ironic subversion is the evolution of the "casual" subculture amongst football hooligans in the UK during the TheSeventies and TheEighties. Because [[FootballHooligans football firms]] had very distinctive styles of dress (stereotypically skinheads and Doc Martens), the police could easily identify hooligans and contain them. Liverpool and Everton fans brought back European fashions and designer labels from their away games, games (as these teams were fairly consistently making the European championship games at that time), and their firms began wearing them to their games. Other fans initially laughed at this "poncey" new trend, until they realized that the Liverpudlian firms were never getting arrested because the police didn't immediately identify them. Soon, everyone was doing it, but for a time, the football fans' Bling of War actually served to camouflage them rather than make them stand out.
31st Dec '15 4:54:11 PM Vellichorus
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But they look nice, so artists love to use them whenever they can, especially in {{anime}}, {{manga}}, {{comicbooks}}, and VideoGames. (And not to mention paintings and relief scultures; this trope is very much OlderThanDirt!) In literary genres, where we do not actually get to look at them, these are generally the mark of [[BlueBlood aristocrats]], the MilesGloriosus, the ArmchairMilitary, and the GloryHound. On the other hand, the serious soldiers are more practical and drably dressed, and certainly regard looking splendid as a much lower priority. Only their dress uniforms embody the trope -- if then.
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But they look nice, so artists love to use them whenever they can, especially in {{anime}}, {{manga}}, {{comicbooks}}, and VideoGames. (And not to mention paintings and relief scultures; sculptures; this trope is very much OlderThanDirt!) In literary genres, where we do not actually get to look at them, these are generally the mark of [[BlueBlood aristocrats]], the MilesGloriosus, the ArmchairMilitary, and the GloryHound. On the other hand, the serious soldiers are more practical and drably dressed, and certainly regard looking splendid as a much lower priority. Only their dress uniforms embody the trope -- if then.
18th Dec '15 8:20:07 PM NozzDogg
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* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Martian arms and armour is almost always highly decorated according to rank and caste, as traditional Martian warfare is very ritualised. This has come back to bite them however, as invading Earthlings know to shoot the alien in the fancy armour.
11th Dec '15 11:53:01 PM nombretomado
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** As of the XWingSeries, pilots endlessly complain about their [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/4/46/Fel-Wedge.jpg dress uniform]], which was designed without actually consulting the pilots. It's actually agreeable enough as an outfit, but the lack of decent pockets and the fact that it shows off any excess body weight -- pilots being image-conscious -- are detriments to its wearers.
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** As of the XWingSeries, Literature/XWingSeries, pilots endlessly complain about their [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/4/46/Fel-Wedge.jpg dress uniform]], which was designed without actually consulting the pilots. It's actually agreeable enough as an outfit, but the lack of decent pockets and the fact that it shows off any excess body weight -- pilots being image-conscious -- are detriments to its wearers.
22nd Nov '15 9:29:36 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'': During Allora's time as Queen of Meridian, the Royal Guards all wear ceremonial ([[RealityEnsues but otherwise useless]]) gold armor. Weira is disgusted by the waste of money that could otherwise be used to better tend to the kingdom's needs.
18th Nov '15 3:56:47 PM Tallens
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[[folder:Fan Works]] * ''Fanfic/CyclesUponCycles'': Legion, [[spoiler:after the Geth becomes a protectorate of the Protoss,]] gains itself a shiny gold platform. [[/folder]]
6th Nov '15 5:56:57 PM Grade0
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* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Archer wears a fancy suit of golden armor that lets him NoSell almost everything, and the weapons he fires from his [[HyperspaceArsenal Gate of Babylon]] are frequently gilded.

* Prince Gilgamesh in the [[Tower of Druaga]] wears golden armor.
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* Prince Gilgamesh in the [[Tower of Druaga]] VideoGame/TowerOfDruaga wears golden armor.

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* Prince Gilgamesh in the [[Tower of Druaga]] wears In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', there is Gilgamesh's NoSell-Everything golden armor.armor. Most of his weapons are also gilded, and Rin even refers to him as "goldie" because of it.
5th Nov '15 8:11:56 AM Scorpion451
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Some reworking for legibility and coherence, moving some stuff to analysis page
History does make this TruthInTelevision, like the uniforms worn during the "Lace Wars" of the 18th century, but in combat it still counts as an ImpracticallyFancyOutfit. But they look nice, so artists love to use them whenever they can, especially in {{anime}}, {{manga}}, {{comicbooks}}, and VideoGames. (And not to mention paintings and relief scultures, this trope is very much OlderThanDirt!) The design of the clothes determines if it falls into ImpracticallyFancyOutfit or ImpossiblyCoolClothes. In literary genres, where we do not actually get to look at them, these are generally the mark of [[BlueBlood aristocrats]], the MilesGloriosus, the ArmchairMilitary, and the GloryHound. On the other hand, the serious soldiers are more practical and drably dressed, and certainly regard looking splendid as a much lower priority. Only their dress uniforms embody the trope -- if then. Their personal weapons may or may not involve BlingBlingBang. The [[NiceHat hat]] is often a CommissarCap. Officers and senior enlisted may carry some [[StaffOfAuthority stick or baton indicating their rank]], and expect their [[ChestOfMedals chests to be covered in various jangling medals]]. Futuristic settings can even have PoweredArmor or HumongousMecha in this style.
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History does make this TruthInTelevision, like the uniforms worn during the "Lace Wars" of the 18th century, but in combat it still counts as an ImpracticallyFancyOutfit. But they look nice, so artists love to use them whenever they can, especially in {{anime}}, {{manga}}, {{comicbooks}}, and VideoGames. (And not to mention paintings and relief scultures, scultures; this trope is very much OlderThanDirt!) The design of the clothes determines if it falls into ImpracticallyFancyOutfit or ImpossiblyCoolClothes. OlderThanDirt!) In literary genres, where we do not actually get to look at them, these are generally the mark of [[BlueBlood aristocrats]], the MilesGloriosus, the ArmchairMilitary, and the GloryHound. On the other hand, the serious soldiers are more practical and drably dressed, and certainly regard looking splendid as a much lower priority. Only their dress uniforms embody the trope -- if then. Their personal Personal weapons may or may not involve BlingBlingBang. The [[NiceHat hat]] is often a CommissarCap. Officers and senior enlisted may carry some [[StaffOfAuthority stick or baton indicating their rank]], and expect their [[ChestOfMedals chests to be covered in various jangling medals]]. Futuristic settings can even have PoweredArmor or HumongousMecha in this style.

Uniform Regulations are serious business. From ancient times to even recent history, this trope has been the standard for high-ranking military officers. While pride certainly plays a part, a highly decorated commander also tends to bolster his men's confidence and makes a trusted commander easy to locate and rally to in battle. While modern uniforms tend to be more subtle, the stylishness and tailored fit of uniforms is still considered, as this can be [[MagicFeather a powerful morale booster]]. On the other hand, in field activities, the flashiest stuff is generally avoided altogether or at least heavily watered down: [[StraightForTheCommander bling is a sniper magnet, since it shows them just who to shoot]] [[DecapitatedArmy to cause the most disarray possible]], therefore field officers do not wear the flashier stuff; all insignias and distinctive signs have muted colors and small size, typically a small patch painted grey on a black background on the uniform's collar.
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Uniform Regulations are serious business. From ancient times to even recent history, this This trope has been is very much TruthInTelevision; see the standard [[Analysis/BlingOfWar Analysis Page]] for high-ranking military officers. While pride certainly plays a part, a highly decorated commander also tends to bolster his men's confidence and makes a trusted commander easy to locate and rally to in battle. While modern uniforms tend to be more subtle, the stylishness and tailored fit of uniforms is still considered, as this can be [[MagicFeather a powerful morale booster]]. On the other hand, in field activities, the flashiest stuff is generally avoided altogether or at least heavily watered down: [[StraightForTheCommander bling is a sniper magnet, since it shows them just who to shoot]] [[DecapitatedArmy to cause the most disarray possible]], therefore field officers do not wear the flashier stuff; all insignias and distinctive signs have muted colors and small size, typically a small patch painted grey on a black background on the uniform's collar. more.

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Uniform Regulations are serious business. From ancient times to even recent history, this trope has been the standard for high-ranking military officers. While pride certainly plays Design determines if a part, a highly decorated commander particular uniform also tends to bolster his men's confidence and makes a trusted commander easy to locate and rally to in battle. While modern uniforms tend to be more subtle, the stylishness and tailored fit of uniforms is still considered, as this can be [[MagicFeather a powerful morale booster]]. On the other hand, in field activities, the flashiest stuff is generally avoided altogether falls into ImpracticallyFancyOutfit or at least heavily watered down: [[StraightForTheCommander bling is a sniper magnet, since it shows them just who to shoot]] [[DecapitatedArmy to cause the most disarray possible]], therefore field officers do not wear the flashier stuff; all insignias and distinctive signs have muted colors and small size, typically a small patch painted grey on a black background on the uniform's collar. ImpossiblyCoolClothes.
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