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24th Feb '17 8:43:48 AM TheNerfGuy
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* [[http://briannz.deviantart.com/ A DeviantArt artist]] shows exactly why this trope should [[http://briannz.deviantart.com/art/Perils-of-Bikini-Armor-387996234 never be used for real]]
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' has an [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uncreatively-named]] straight up parody of this trope [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6550847/female-armor-sucks here]].
* [[http://www.mortalonline.com/forums/196276-post29.html This]]... motivational... poster tells ''why'' not.

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* [[http://briannz.deviantart.com/ A DeviantArt artist]] shows exactly why this trope should [[http://briannz.deviantart.com/art/Perils-of-Bikini-Armor-387996234 never be used for real]]
real]]. The graphic image shows that the warrior in bikini armor was savagely cut up around her midsection, leaving grievous wounds.
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' has an [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uncreatively-named]] straight up parody of this trope [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6550847/female-armor-sucks here]].
here]]. In it, both of the male warriors were given viable armor that covered everything while the female was given a simple bikini. When she complains, the male warriors make increasingly bizarre excuses to justify it's use that come off as more AllMenArePerverts, such as mobility. One of them even tests the armor by swinging a sword and deliberately targets a small protected area, to which she rhetorically asks what would happen ''if'' an unprotected area was hit.
* [[http://www.mortalonline.com/forums/196276-post29.html This]]... motivational... This]] motivational poster tells ''why'' not.not by showing the girl getting an arrow through her unprotected heart.



* Savannah, a general from ''VideoGame/CastleAge'' (an application on Facebook) is a posterchild of this type of "armor".
* [[http://kassarts.deviantart.com/art/Modern-Amazon-146938226?q=favby:punchyninja/1210454&qo=32 This 3D piece]], skilled as the artist is.
* [[http://bogdanbl4.deviantart.com/art/ValkyrieV11-128675473?q=favby%3Avalgaror%2F38455706&qo=123 This 3D piece]] and [[http://bogdanbl4.deviantart.com/art/Cyborg-116298795?q=gallery%3Abogdanbl4%2F6011492&qo=12 this one]], both by the same artist.

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* %%* Savannah, a general from ''VideoGame/CastleAge'' (an application on Facebook) is a posterchild of this type of "armor".
* %%* [[http://kassarts.deviantart.com/art/Modern-Amazon-146938226?q=favby:punchyninja/1210454&qo=32 This 3D piece]], skilled as the artist is.
* %%* [[http://bogdanbl4.deviantart.com/art/ValkyrieV11-128675473?q=favby%3Avalgaror%2F38455706&qo=123 This 3D piece]] and [[http://bogdanbl4.deviantart.com/art/Cyborg-116298795?q=gallery%3Abogdanbl4%2F6011492&qo=12 this one]], both by the same artist.



* This being the fount of jokes since RPG exists -- when in doubt, [[http://www.llbbl.com/data/RPG-motivational/target92.html blame]] MinMaxing.



* A Website/DeviantArt artist shows the problems with skimpy armour [[http://luckyfk.deviantart.com/art/Fantasy-Armor-355029113 original here]] (Mature content) and captioned version [[http://i.imgur.com/48Xntme.jpg here]]

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* %%* A Website/DeviantArt artist shows the problems with skimpy armour [[http://luckyfk.deviantart.com/art/Fantasy-Armor-355029113 original here]] (Mature content) and captioned version [[http://i.imgur.com/48Xntme.jpg here]]



** [[http://ozziescribbler.deviantart.com/art/Female-Armor-BINGO-dowloadable-PDF-437578281 Female Armor]] TabletopGame/{{Bingo}} is a more or less complete list of offenses against practicality and common sense when it comes to protective gear for women.

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** * [[http://ozziescribbler.deviantart.com/art/Female-Armor-BINGO-dowloadable-PDF-437578281 Female Armor]] TabletopGame/{{Bingo}} is a more or less complete list of offenses against practicality and common sense when it comes to protective gear for women.
17th Feb '17 2:01:15 PM TheBigBopper
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When adding examples, please remember that scale armor and plate armor should not be called "scale mail" or "plate mail"; This is a mistake introduced by 19th century scholars when they used misused the term "mail"--which properly refers only to armor of interlocking iron rings--in place of the term "armor" to make compound words like "plate mail". As a result, they had to make up the term "chain mail" to specify what is actually meant by the word "mail". The term "chain mail" is still used today even though it is technically redundant, but "plate mail" and the like are completely wrong.

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When '''Please Note''' when adding examples, please remember examples that scale armor and plate armor should not be called "scale mail" or "plate mail"; This is a mistake introduced by 19th century scholars when they used misused the term "mail"--which properly refers only to armor of interlocking iron rings--in place of the term "armor" to make compound words like "plate mail". As a result, they had to make up the term "chain mail" to specify what is actually meant by the word "mail". The term "chain mail" is still used today even though it is technically redundant, but "plate mail" and the like are completely wrong. A possible exception is when discussing works like ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' where this mistake made it into the game itself.
17th Feb '17 1:53:38 PM TheBigBopper
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[[noreallife]]

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\n[[noreallife]]When adding examples, please remember that scale armor and plate armor should not be called "scale mail" or "plate mail"; This is a mistake introduced by 19th century scholars when they used misused the term "mail"--which properly refers only to armor of interlocking iron rings--in place of the term "armor" to make compound words like "plate mail". As a result, they had to make up the term "chain mail" to specify what is actually meant by the word "mail". The term "chain mail" is still used today even though it is technically redundant, but "plate mail" and the like are completely wrong.
17th Feb '17 1:38:01 PM TheBigBopper
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* Back in TheEighties, magazine advertisements for Rumple Minze [[GargleBlaster (a German peppermint schnapps brand)]] featured a Valkyrie-like woman wearing [[{{Stripperiffic}} a Platemail Bikini, a leather G-string, and thigh-high boots]] while wielding a sword and shield and [[BearsAreBadNews riding a polar bear]].

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* Back in TheEighties, magazine advertisements for Rumple Minze [[GargleBlaster (a German peppermint schnapps brand)]] featured a Valkyrie-like woman wearing [[{{Stripperiffic}} a Platemail Plate Bikini, a leather G-string, and thigh-high boots]] while wielding a sword and shield and [[BearsAreBadNews riding a polar bear]].



* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Erza's everyday armor covers her torso entirely, however she has a seemingly endless amount of armors that she can transform into that often leave little to the imagination. She summons a literal plate mail bikini while at the beach. Erza is one of the few justified examples in anime. She's a MagicKnight, and while her base armor (which covers her entire torso) is just plain metal, the other ones have magical abilities. She doesn't wear them to deflect attacks.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Erza's everyday armor covers her torso entirely, however she has a seemingly endless amount number of armors that she can transform into that often leave little to the imagination. She summons a literal plate mail armor bikini while at the beach. Erza is one of the few justified examples in anime. She's a MagicKnight, and while her base armor (which covers her entire torso) is just plain metal, the other ones have magical abilities. She doesn't wear them to deflect attacks.



* ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'' plays with this trope; Hinata is shown multiple times wearing a scalemail bikini, but she wears it under her normal uniform. WordOfGod claims that every kunoichi wears armored undergarments, unless her uniform is too {{Stripperiffic}}.

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* ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'' plays with this trope; Hinata is shown multiple times wearing a scalemail scale armor bikini, but she wears it under her normal uniform. WordOfGod claims that every kunoichi wears armored undergarments, unless her uniform is too {{Stripperiffic}}.



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' normally averts this. Heavy plate mail will look the same on anyone regardless of gender or race, although cloth amour varies between being identical and much more revealing on females. Of course this just makes the few examples more [[TvTropesDrinkingGame egregious]]: The stand out is probably the Dragoon artifact armor which on males completely covers them from head toe, to the point where only their mouth and chin are visible. The female version leaves small bits of bare skin at the collarbone, elbows, and, oh yea, ''a massive hole that shows off their midriff.'' One notable early-level example is the Subligar/Harness combination for physical classes, as it's skimpy for ''both'' genders.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' normally averts this. Heavy plate mail armor will look the same on anyone regardless of gender or race, although cloth amour varies between being identical and much more revealing on females. Of course this just makes the few examples more [[TvTropesDrinkingGame egregious]]: The stand out is probably the Dragoon artifact armor which on males completely covers them from head toe, to the point where only their mouth and chin are visible. The female version leaves small bits of bare skin at the collarbone, elbows, and, oh yea, ''a massive hole that shows off their midriff.'' One notable early-level example is the Subligar/Harness combination for physical classes, as it's skimpy for ''both'' genders.



* ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'': Asha Catari's armor is basically a plate-mail bra with ShouldersOfDoom.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'': Asha Catari's armor is basically a plate-mail plate armor bra with ShouldersOfDoom.



* Justified in [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/2320 this]] page of ''Webcomic/GrrlPower''. When a sentient suit of plate-mail wraps itself around [[HornyDevil Dabbler]] to protect her, she uses her illusion powers to make it ''look'' like it's a revealing chainmail bikini outfit since she runs on RuleOfSexy and doesn't like covering herself up.

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* Justified in [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/2320 this]] page of ''Webcomic/GrrlPower''. When a sentient suit of plate-mail plate armor wraps itself around [[HornyDevil Dabbler]] to protect her, she uses her illusion powers to make it ''look'' like it's a revealing chainmail bikini outfit since she runs on RuleOfSexy and doesn't like covering herself up.
17th Feb '17 1:34:13 PM TheBigBopper
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* A symbol of Venus shining from inside her abdomen produces a force field against which their arrows break*\\

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* ''* A symbol of Venus shining from inside her abdomen produces a force field against which their arrows break*\\break*''\\
17th Feb '17 1:31:28 PM TheBigBopper
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* Played straight to a T for laughs [[http://nebezial.deviantart.com/art/now-you-know-410571226 "HERE"]] by comic artist Stjepan Sejic (a.k.a. nebezial).

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* Played straight to a T for laughs Parodied by comic artist Stjepan Sejic (a.k.a. nebezial) in [[http://nebezial.deviantart.com/art/now-you-know-410571226 "HERE"]] by comic artist Stjepan Sejic (a.k.a. nebezial).this]] comic, featuring a red-haired adventuress in a scale armor bikini who shows why aiming for the unprotected areas is useless:
--> '''Archer''': Aim for her abdomen, for it is nude and insufficiently protected against the elements and injury!\\
*A symbol of Venus shining from inside her abdomen produces a force field against which their arrows break*\\
'''Woman''': Hah! You ignorant fools. You know nothing of the secret womanly powers of the uterus! Its effects are greatest when exposed!\\
'''Archer''': Alas, ye gods! We were woefully misinformed of the true power of a woman's exposed belly! Surely a far more powerful force resides in their cleavage!
16th Feb '17 9:09:23 AM TheBigBopper
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Furthermore, the fact that most medieval and later European breastplates had a globose shape to make blows glance off--and thus created a fair amount of empty space over the chest--meant that little or no modification of the design was needed to accomodate a moderately-sized bosom. With that said, such a unisex design might not always be spacious enough for the more busty of female adventurers lacking [[HiddenBuxom the ability to bend the fabric of reality]]. In that case a version which pushes out the chest ''without'' the simulated cleavage (see Saber in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' or Samus in ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' for examples) can be comfortable yet streamlined adaptation, and even a slightly more anatomical shape can be permitted as long as the design makes aesthetics secondary to safety rather than vice-versa.

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Furthermore, the fact that most medieval and later European breastplates had a globose shape to make blows glance off--and thus created a fair amount of empty space over the chest--meant that little or no modification of the design was needed to accomodate a moderately-sized bosom. With that said, such a unisex design might not always be spacious enough for the more busty of female adventurers lacking [[HiddenBuxom the ability to bend the fabric of reality]]. In that case a version which pushes out the chest ''without'' the simulated cleavage (see Saber in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' or Samus in ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' for examples) can be a comfortable yet streamlined adaptation, and even a slightly more anatomical shape can be permitted as long as the design makes aesthetics secondary to safety rather than vice-versa.
16th Feb '17 9:05:54 AM TheBigBopper
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The question of why a character would willingly wear such skimpy armor may be {{Hand Wave}}d by [[GeometricMagic protective runes]] in the form of [[BodyPaint tribal warpaint]] or [[HumanNotepad tattoos]], their actual armor consisting of invisible DeflectorShields, a HealingFactor making armor moot, or the "wearer" simply being a ScreamingWarrior with [[FearlessFool no sense of self-preservation]]. If PlayedForLaughs by TheLoonie, it's usually "justified" by a [[DistractedByTheSexy distraction bonus]]. All of this is related to the idea that ArmorIsUseless, or at least that the amount of visible armor that a character wears doesn't necessarily tell you how protected they are. In some videogames the same set of armor will look more or less revealing depending on which gender or character class you're playing as when you equip it, yet always have the same defensive properties.

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The question of why a character would willingly wear such skimpy armor may be {{Hand Wave}}d by [[GeometricMagic protective runes]] in the form of [[BodyPaint tribal warpaint]] or [[HumanNotepad tattoos]], their actual armor consisting of invisible DeflectorShields, a HealingFactor making armor moot, or the "wearer" simply being a ScreamingWarrior with [[FearlessFool no sense of self-preservation]]. If PlayedForLaughs by TheLoonie, it's usually "justified" by a [[DistractedByTheSexy distraction bonus]]. All of this is related to the idea that ArmorIsUseless, or at least that the amount of visible armor that a character wears doesn't necessarily tell you there's little correlation between how protected they are. useful it is and how much it visibly covers. In some videogames the same set of armor will look more or less revealing depending on which gender or character class you're playing as when you equip it, yet always have without changing the same defensive properties.
amount of protection it actually provides.
16th Feb '17 8:57:21 AM TheBigBopper
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The question of why a character would willingly wear such skimpy armor may be {{Hand Wave}}d by [[GeometricMagic protective runes]] in the form of [[BodyPaint tribal warpaint]] or [[HumanNotepad tattoos]], their actual armor consisting of invisible DeflectorShields, a HealingFactor making armor moot, or the "wearer" simply being a ScreamingWarrior with [[FearlessFool no sense of self-preservation]]. If PlayedForLaughs by TheLoonie, it's usually "justified" by a [[DistractedByTheSexy distraction bonus]]. All of this is related to the idea that ArmorIsUseless, or at least that the amount of visible armor that a character wears doesn't necessarily tell you how protected they are. In some videogames the same set of armor will look more or less revealing depending on which gender or character class you're playing as when you equip it, but still provide a similar level of protection.

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The question of why a character would willingly wear such skimpy armor may be {{Hand Wave}}d by [[GeometricMagic protective runes]] in the form of [[BodyPaint tribal warpaint]] or [[HumanNotepad tattoos]], their actual armor consisting of invisible DeflectorShields, a HealingFactor making armor moot, or the "wearer" simply being a ScreamingWarrior with [[FearlessFool no sense of self-preservation]]. If PlayedForLaughs by TheLoonie, it's usually "justified" by a [[DistractedByTheSexy distraction bonus]]. All of this is related to the idea that ArmorIsUseless, or at least that the amount of visible armor that a character wears doesn't necessarily tell you how protected they are. In some videogames the same set of armor will look more or less revealing depending on which gender or character class you're playing as when you equip it, but still provide a similar level of protection.
yet always have the same defensive properties.
15th Feb '17 10:14:37 PM TheBigBopper
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For females, the stereotypical example looks like a set of armored underwear that leaves huge areas of bare flesh exposed to both weapons and [[ExposedToTheElements the elements]] in {{Stripperific}} fashion. Even if it covers a bit more than that, there will usually be skin showing at the neckline, shoulders, [[BareYourMidriff midriff]], or [[ShesGotLegs thighs]]. This trope is not exclusive to female warriors, either. Increasingly popular in recent years is the depiction of male adventurers as {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s, particularly for {{Barbarian Hero}}es or [[PostApunkalypticArmor post-apocalyptic tribe members]]. NoShirtLongJacket is also an option.

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For females, the stereotypical example kind looks like a set of armored underwear that leaves huge areas of bare flesh exposed to both weapons and [[ExposedToTheElements the elements]] in {{Stripperific}} fashion. Even if it covers a bit more than that, there will usually be skin showing at the neckline, shoulders, [[BareYourMidriff midriff]], or [[ShesGotLegs thighs]]. This trope is not exclusive to female warriors, either. Increasingly popular in recent years is the depiction of male adventurers as {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s, particularly for {{Barbarian Hero}}es or [[PostApunkalypticArmor post-apocalyptic tribe members]]. NoShirtLongJacket is also an option.
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