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21st Sep '16 4:05:49 PM nombretomado
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* Lyude from ''BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'' is an ambassador connected to the Imperial Army, so he can be somewhat forgiven for his extravagant military-esque outfit and apparently brass-plated gun-horn - although his brother and sister, actual soldiers, have no such excuse.

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* Lyude from ''BatenKaitos: ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'' is an ambassador connected to the Imperial Army, so he can be somewhat forgiven for his extravagant military-esque outfit and apparently brass-plated gun-horn - although his brother and sister, actual soldiers, have no such excuse.
22nd Aug '16 4:26:24 PM nombretomado
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* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. Ce'Nedra leads an army into battle wearing a suit of armor made entirely of pure gold but knows exactly how impractical it is in an actual fight. She uses it entirely to serve as an inspirational figure to bolster the troops morale.

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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad''.
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Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. - Ce'Nedra leads an army into battle wearing a suit of armor made entirely of pure gold but knows exactly how impractical it is in an actual fight. She uses it entirely to serve as an inspirational figure to bolster the troops morale.



* Also deconstructed in ''TheElenium'' by the same author. Martel, who has been TheDragon for the entire trilogy, gets a fancy suit of gold-embossed armor in the third book. In the penultimate battle, the weight of the armor slows him down, which gets him killed. (Although it isn't the gold particularly; that particular style of armor was established as ''always'' being much heavier than most countries' plate mail, and among the best protection in the world. You still need to spend years building muscle to move in it properly.)

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* Also deconstructed in ''TheElenium'' ''Literature/TheElenium'' by the same author. Martel, who has been TheDragon for the entire trilogy, gets a fancy suit of gold-embossed armor in the third book. In the penultimate battle, the weight of the armor slows him down, which gets him killed. (Although it isn't the gold particularly; that particular style of armor was established as ''always'' being much heavier than most countries' plate mail, and among the best protection in the world. You still need to spend years building muscle to move in it properly.)
13th Aug '16 11:06:10 AM nombretomado
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* The Black Order uniforms from ''DGrayMan''. Fanciness partially justified though, as the Exorcists intentionally make themselves targets.

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* The Black Order uniforms from ''DGrayMan''.''Manga/DGrayMan''. Fanciness partially justified though, as the Exorcists intentionally make themselves targets.
11th Aug '16 11:27:11 PM PaulA
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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', combat takes place in the normal spacesuit/armored suit, but the noncombat uniforms are impressive. Barrayar has "undress greens" (typical daily wear), "dress greens" (fancier, for formal occasions such as parties or weddings), and most formal of all, "parade red-and-blues" (for major governmental functions such as the Emperor's Birthday; high collar, tall boots, and ''two'' ceremonial swords). Plus, Vor are allowed to wear their medals with their House colors. In ''Memory'', MilesVorkosigan, off to talk to the Emperor, pulls out all of his medals and puts them on with his House colors, for effectively the first time. Even he hadn't realized what a collection he had. (The Emperor's reaction upon seeing him: "Good God".)

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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', combat takes place in the normal spacesuit/armored suit, but the noncombat uniforms are impressive. Barrayar has "undress greens" (typical daily wear), "dress greens" (fancier, for formal occasions such as parties or weddings), and most formal of all, "parade red-and-blues" (for major governmental functions such as the Emperor's Birthday; high collar, tall boots, and ''two'' ceremonial swords). Plus, Vor are allowed to wear their medals with their House colors. In ''Memory'', MilesVorkosigan, ''Creator/{{Memory}}'', Miles Vorkosigan, off to talk to the Emperor, pulls out all of his medals and puts them on with his House colors, for effectively the first time. Even he hadn't realized what a collection he had. (The Emperor's reaction upon seeing him: "Good God".)
10th Aug '16 9:46:49 AM Willbyr
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* Prince Tolten from LostOdyssey is completely kitted out in gold armour (with gold sword). Not only that, the armour is encrusted with ''diamonds''.

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* Prince Tolten from LostOdyssey ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' is completely kitted out in gold armour (with gold sword). Not only that, the armour is encrusted with ''diamonds''.
19th Jul '16 1:46:13 AM Euodiachloris
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** The one thing you'll find [[CainAndAbel Gregor and Sandor Clegane]] agreeing on is that bling for bling's sake is beyond stupid. The only thing close to it either of them owns is Sandor's snarling dog helm, and even ''that'' puts the "protect my nose and skull without giving me a headache" practicality before the very likely carefully crafted insult directed at his brother. The rest of their gear? Dark, plain, practical and well-made. Both are [[ProffesionalKiller killers]] rather than standard knights, though.
16th Jul '16 8:22:02 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'':
** Magneto's [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKTrSw5UMAEcPem.jpg Horseman armour]] is glorious, and it's certainly more awe-inspiring than his previous costumes.
** Archangel's silver-and-dark-grey armor is also marvelous to behold.
1st Jul '16 8:16:54 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the second book of ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', where Bartimaeus points out that "as a rough rule of thumb, the jazzier the uniform, the less powerful the army."

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* Subverted in the second book of ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', where Bartimaeus points out that "as a rough rule of thumb, the jazzier the uniform, the less powerful the army."



* Wealthy knights in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' love to wear extremely ornate armor, especially during jousts, but often into actual battle as well. Various knights wear gem-encrusted breastplates, laquered armor, fancy capes and so forth. Even knights without money to burn will get themselves sculpted helmets. Particular examples include:

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* Wealthy knights in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' love to wear extremely ornate armor, especially during jousts, but often into actual battle as well. Various knights wear gem-encrusted breastplates, laquered armor, fancy capes and so forth. Even knights without money to burn will get themselves sculpted helmets. Particular examples include:
19th Jun '16 2:10:34 PM nombretomado
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* While the majority of [[TheEmpire Imperial]] [[PuttingOnTheReich officer uniforms]] look like [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ImpVeers.jpg this guy,]] with a few more colors and some different rank cylinders, the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse introduced the Grand Admirals, whose gear is... [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Vadergrandadmirals.jpg a bit fancier.]] The most infamous of them, [[TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]], apparently preferred this uniform without the epaulettes and fancy trim, at least when he wasn't in the Emperor's presence.

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* While the majority of [[TheEmpire Imperial]] [[PuttingOnTheReich officer uniforms]] look like [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ImpVeers.jpg this guy,]] with a few more colors and some different rank cylinders, the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse introduced the Grand Admirals, whose gear is... [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Vadergrandadmirals.jpg a bit fancier.]] The most infamous of them, [[TheThrawnTrilogy [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]], apparently preferred this uniform without the epaulettes and fancy trim, at least when he wasn't in the Emperor's presence.
15th Jun '16 12:33:40 PM RobTan
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', The Kingsguard uniform is incredibly fancy, in striking contrast to the utilitarian armour worn by the Stark household guard. Lampshaded by Ned Stark, who comments dryly to a member of the King's Guard, "Very handsome armor. Not a scratch on it." The member, Jaime, reies equally dryly, "I know. People have been swinging at me for years and [[BadassBoast they always seem to miss]]."

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', The Kingsguard uniform is incredibly fancy, in striking contrast to the utilitarian armour worn by the Stark household guard. Lampshaded by Ned Stark, who comments dryly to a member of the King's Guard, "Very handsome armor. Not a scratch on it." The member, Jaime, reies replies equally dryly, "I know. People have been swinging at me for years and [[BadassBoast they always seem to miss]]."
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