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5th Jul '17 6:52:41 AM AndyLA
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* The retired ''ComicBook/AsroCity'' hero El Hombre wore a costume modeled after a very streamlined matador.

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* The retired ''ComicBook/AsroCity'' ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' hero El Hombre wore a costume modeled after a very streamlined matador.
5th Jul '17 6:52:01 AM AndyLA
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* Go into any Arab country, from Africa to the Persian Gulf, and the men will wear headdresses no matter where they are, and expect women in ''hijab'' and figure-concealing dresses all over the place, if not burqas. While TruthInTelevision to a certain extent, like the "Jewish" example above, Muslim men and women can dress in varied ways depending on how observant they are, where they live, and what branch of Islam they hail from.

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* Go into any Arab country, from Africa to the Persian Gulf, and the men will wear headdresses no matter where they are, and expect women in ''hijab'' and figure-concealing dresses all over the place, if not burqas.burqas (although some authors will refer to whatever they wear as a burqa, even when it's clearly not). While TruthInTelevision to a certain extent, like the "Jewish" example above, Muslim men and women can dress in varied ways depending on how observant they are, where they live, and what branch of Islam they hail from.


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** On a similar note, in ''Comicbook/MsMarvel2014'', Kamala's friend Nakia chooses to observe hijab of her own free willl, despite her Turkish family being relatively liberal with regards to customs. Similarly, Kamala's brother Aamir almost always dresses in traditional apparel due to being very devout of his faith - the only time he wears something else is for a job interview, when he puts on a three-piece suit. Kamala herself is more liberal with her choice of clothing, such as keeping her head uncovered most of the time (she does wear headscarfs when required, such as at the mosque) and wearing urban styles, but she does observes hijab in that she dresses modestly, even as a superheroine. Of course, one of the ideas of the comic is that there are all kinds of walks of life within Islam, and some are more observant than others, in such a way that the point isn't as on-the-nose as one would expect.
21st Apr '17 10:46:31 AM CosmicFerret
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** [[DeepSouth Southerners]]? For the women, it's super-short "[[TheDukesOfHazzard Daisy Duke]]" denim shorts and a button-up shirt that's been tied instead of buttoned, [[BareYourMidriff baring her midriff]]. The men wear mostly the same clothes as the Midwesterners, only with even more of a "country bumpkin" look. Expect more wife-beaters and shirtlessness, though. The men wear caps or shirts with Confederate flags on them.

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** [[DeepSouth Southerners]]? For the women, it's super-short "[[TheDukesOfHazzard "[[Series/TheDukesOfHazzard Daisy Duke]]" denim shorts and a button-up shirt that's been tied instead of buttoned, [[BareYourMidriff baring her midriff]]. The men wear mostly the same clothes as the Midwesterners, only with even more of a "country bumpkin" look. Expect more wife-beaters and shirtlessness, though. The men wear caps or shirts with Confederate flags on them.
19th Mar '17 6:57:56 PM LaptopGuy
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** SouthOfTheBorder, everyone wears a sombrero and sarape. Due to the popular conception of {{Spexico}}, these two areas are often mixed. In reality, Mexicans don't wear sombreros or sarapes in everyday life. Some never wear them at all.

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** SouthOfTheBorder, everyone wears a sombrero and sarape.sarape and has a moustache. Due to the popular conception of {{Spexico}}, these two areas are often mixed. In reality, Mexicans don't wear sombreros or sarapes in everyday life. Some never wear them at all.



** Westerners and [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texans]] get the cowboy hat and boots.

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** Westerners and [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texans]] get the cowboy hat hat, plaid jacket, blue jeans and boots.



** [[EagleLand Obnoxious Americans abroad]] wear Bermuda shorts, sandals with socks, and either [[HawaiianShirtedTourist Hawaiian shirts]] or touristy T-shirts/sweatshirts with loud writing on them. Sunglasses, stupid hat, camera and/or cell phone, and fanny pack complete the look.

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** [[EagleLand Obnoxious Americans abroad]] wear are portrayed as obese middle-aged men wearing Bermuda shorts, sandals with socks, and either [[HawaiianShirtedTourist Hawaiian shirts]] or touristy T-shirts/sweatshirts with loud writing on them. Sunglasses, stupid hat, camera and/or cell phone, and fanny pack complete the look.



* Scots wear kilts on special occasions (weddings, funerals, football matches, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking barfights]] etc etc) and that's it. Despite this, it is a common belief that all Scottish men wear them all the time.

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* Scots are wear kilts on special occasions (weddings, funerals, football matches, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking barfights]] etc etc) and that's it. Despite this, it is a common belief that all Scottish men wear them all the time.
8th Mar '17 9:52:22 AM nombretomado
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* Exploited by the Scottish regiment in McAuslan, on the grounds that it makes the Arabs sit up and pay attention. TruthInTelevision, actually.

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* Exploited by the Scottish regiment in McAuslan, ''Literature/McAuslan'', on the grounds that it makes the Arabs sit up and pay attention. TruthInTelevision, actually.
3rd Jan '17 11:32:04 PM rjung
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* The retired ''ComicBook/AsroCity'' hero El Hombre wore a costume modeled after a very streamlined matador.
19th Dec '16 3:57:19 PM Ebrbfureh
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Reasons can vary. Sometimes, it's simply that the character in question is [[CloudCuckoolander unorthodox]], and it fits their personality or beliefs to wear it. Other times, it's more likely to be a case of ignorance on the part of the author, or maybe pandering to the SmallReferencePools. It is also a convenient way to invoke stereotypes, especially in days gone past. When you have lots of people from different cultures, it can be a quick way of pointing out that they're a diverse group - for example, CosmopolitanCouncil members often dress in their stereotypical regional/national costumes. And sometimes, it's just the RuleOfCool coming into play (see CostumePorn).

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Reasons can vary. Sometimes, it's simply that the character in question is [[CloudCuckoolander unorthodox]], and it fits their personality or beliefs to wear it. Other times, it's more likely to be a case of ignorance on the part of the author, or maybe pandering to the SmallReferencePools. It is also a convenient way to invoke stereotypes, especially in days gone past. When you have lots of people from different cultures, it can be a quick way of pointing out that they're a diverse group - -- for example, CosmopolitanCouncil members often dress in their stereotypical regional/national costumes. And sometimes, it's just the RuleOfCool coming into play (see CostumePorn).



(As noted, there are actually places where traditional clothes are plausible - for example, India and parts of the Middle East. This shouldn't just be a list of characters in traditional costume - just cases where use of the traditional costume is noticeably unusual, whether it's justified or not.)

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(As noted, there are actually places where traditional clothes are plausible - -- for example, India and parts of the Middle East. This shouldn't just be a list of characters in traditional costume - -- just cases where use of the traditional costume is noticeably unusual, whether it's justified or not.)



* Brazilians only wear fancy costumes (particularly the Carmen Miranda-like) during Carnival. And they do not wear tutti-frutti hats at all - that was a get-up of Carmen Miranda.

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* Brazilians only wear fancy costumes (particularly the Carmen Miranda-like) during Carnival. And they do not wear tutti-frutti hats at all - -- that was a get-up of Carmen Miranda.



** Of special note, the third season adds the English Innes Bridges (a mixed-parentage young lady who also goes by her Chinese Name Qiao Yi Ming as ''recording artiste''), who started out in a very generic Morris-dancer-ish dress, which in later eps has been replaced with ''a dress straight out of the Prince William wedding. Complete with funny little hat.'' There's a CallBack later on as Innes mentions that England is so old that ''they have no record of their own Independence Day'', and they wind up treating major events such as the Charles and Diana wedding or - you guessed it - the William and Kate wedding with the same magnitude as a national event.

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** Of special note, the third season adds the English Innes Bridges (a mixed-parentage young lady who also goes by her Chinese Name Qiao Yi Ming as ''recording artiste''), who started out in a very generic Morris-dancer-ish dress, which in later eps has been replaced with ''a dress straight out of the Prince William wedding. Complete with funny little hat.'' There's a CallBack later on as Innes mentions that England is so old that ''they have no record of their own Independence Day'', and they wind up treating major events such as the Charles and Diana wedding or - -- you guessed it - -- the William and Kate wedding with the same magnitude as a national event.



* The Pakistani physicist Abdus Salam almost always wore Western suits, but when receiving his Nobel Prize wore a traditional achkan, shalwar and turban - especially significant as he was the first Pakistani and the first Muslim laureate (although most mainstream Muslims view Ahmadiyyas (of which Salam was one) as heretics).

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* The Pakistani physicist Abdus Salam almost always wore Western suits, but when receiving his Nobel Prize wore a traditional achkan, shalwar and turban - -- especially significant as he was the first Pakistani and the first Muslim laureate (although most mainstream Muslims view Ahmadiyyas (of which Salam was one) as heretics).



* Although most South Pacific islands have it bad, the media portrayal of the island of Papua New Guinea is just... Bad. Documentaries and the like have a tendency to show the people in loinclothes, face paint, and headdresses, often conducting tribal rituals. In reality, western clothes are universally worn, and since almost the entire country is Christian, people mostly wear traditional dress to preform at province festivals.

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* Although most South Pacific islands have it bad, the media portrayal of the island of Papua New Guinea is just... Bad. Documentaries and the like have a tendency to show the people in loinclothes, loincloths, face paint, and headdresses, often conducting tribal rituals. In reality, western clothes are universally worn, and since almost the entire country is Christian, people mostly wear traditional dress to preform at province festivals.
3rd Nov '16 5:17:31 AM Nautilus1
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* [[{{UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan}} Imperial Japan]] switched quickly away from Western style uniforms and trappings during the pre-war buildup, as it can be seen in the portraits of Admiral Yamamoto in [[http://hirasaki.net/Family_Stories/Kishi_Colony/Pictures/Yamamoto5.gif 1919]] and [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/Yamamoto_h63430.jpg 1941]].
20th Oct '16 9:18:28 AM gemmabeta2
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** Kingsley Shacklebolt.

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** Kingsley Shacklebolt.Shacklebolt, who wears robes patterns after the traditional West African Dashiki, which makes him stands out considerably from the other adult characters dressed in Victorian-esque fashion.
3rd Oct '16 5:44:44 AM AdamC
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the mysterious Hooded Justice is a closeted-gay mass of muscle who openly supports the Klu Klux Klan and the Nazi party and is theorized to be a circus strongman in his "day job" (that last part is never confirmed). His costume a Klan-like hood, tight ropes reminiscent of bondage, and a circus-like cape.
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