History Main / ErmineCapeEffect

16th Apr '16 8:42:15 PM nombretomado
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* An ecclesiastical variation in ''FatherTed'': whenever a bishop is shown they're always "bishoped to the nines" (as described by writer Graham Linehan). In reality, Roman Catholic bishops wear clothing similar to the average priest when not taking part in services.
* On display several times in Uther and Morgana's wardrobe in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' and Arthur's, to a lesser extent.

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* An ecclesiastical variation in ''FatherTed'': ''Series/FatherTed'': whenever a bishop is shown they're always "bishoped to the nines" (as described by writer Graham Linehan). In reality, Roman Catholic bishops wear clothing similar to the average priest when not taking part in services.
* On display several times in Uther and Morgana's wardrobe in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' and Arthur's, to a lesser extent.
29th Mar '16 2:58:05 PM __Vano
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When a royal person wears otherwise unassuming clothes but retains a crown or similar garment to mark them as royalty ''for the viewer'' (even when it doesn't make sense in-universe), this crosses into DressCodedForYourConvenience.

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When a royal person wears otherwise unassuming clothes but retains a crown or similar garment to mark them as royalty ''for the viewer'' (even when it doesn't make sense in-universe), this crosses into DressCodedForYourConvenience.
is DressCodedForYourConvenience instead. To tell them apart, check if other characters who don't already know the character is royalty notice the regalia.
21st Mar '16 1:46:24 PM margdean56
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** Male monarchs usually wore their military uniforms with varying degrees of embellishment (Wilhelm II of Germany and Nicholas II wore uniforms studed with medals despite never being in combat, wheras Franz Josef and Karl of Austria wore considerably less elaborate ones) from the 18th century until after World War One.

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** Male monarchs usually wore their military uniforms with varying degrees of embellishment (Wilhelm II of Germany and Nicholas II wore uniforms studed studded with medals despite never being in combat, wheras whereas Franz Josef and Karl of Austria wore considerably less elaborate ones) from the 18th century until after World War One.



* Alys Vorpatril in ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' is the expert on this for the Barayaran court.

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* Alys Vorpatril in ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' is the expert on this for the Barayaran Barrayaran court.



* Mentioned and exploited in the Mary Tudor POV novel ''Mary, Bloody Mary''. Mary mentions that she doesn't care for the glittering jewels or finery, and often goes without them at court. At one point she's wearing a rather plain dress with no ornaments and is able to eavesdrop on a group of female courtiers - who assume that the girl kneeling by the fire is just a servant, rather than the princess.

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* Mentioned and exploited in the Mary Tudor POV novel ''Mary, Bloody Mary''. Mary mentions that she doesn't care for the glittering jewels or finery, and often goes without them at court. At one point she's wearing a rather plain dress with no ornaments and is able to eavesdrop on a group of female courtiers - -- who assume that the girl kneeling by the fire is just a servant, rather than the princess.
19th Mar '16 5:57:43 AM Hossmeister
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21st Jan '16 6:42:32 PM GrammarNavi
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* Unless it's an absolute emergency, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Peach]] and [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] always wear their royal dresses, [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery even when]] [[SuperSmashBros in hand to hand combat]]. If they're not, then they're probably playing golf or soccer or something.

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* Unless it's an absolute emergency, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Peach]] and [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] always wear their royal dresses, [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery even when]] [[SuperSmashBros [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros in hand to hand combat]]. If they're not, then they're probably playing golf or soccer or something.
17th Jan '16 7:31:49 PM awesomenessangels49
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**Hutt River is shown wearing his purple cape, which makes Sealand proclaim him to be an important person.
14th Jan '16 8:07:05 AM johnsmithxxi
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* Averted, then played straight in the ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' episode "His Royal Highness." The deposed king is at first dressed in an ordinary suit. This is much to Jethro's disappointment ("He doesn't look like the kings in my Big Blue Book of Fairy Tales"). Later, on Mr. Drysdale's suggestion, he dresses up in ermine cape and crown to court Elly May. [[spoiler: Elly May rejects him as she doesn't take kindly to him putting on airs.]]
18th Dec '15 3:13:23 AM fearlessnikki
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* Lampshaded in ''A Royal Night Out''. Margaret is about to go out on the town apparently 'incognito' - only for one of the guards to point out that she probably shouldn't go out wearing her tiara.

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* Lampshaded in ''A Royal Night Out''. ''Film/ARoyalNightOut''. Margaret is about to go out on the town apparently 'incognito' - only for one of the guards to point out that she probably shouldn't go out wearing her tiara.tiara.
* Averted in the ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' film adaptations. When the Pevensies change out of their civvies into Narnian clothes, a distinctive difference is shown between those worn in the camp and those at the coronation. The coronation outfits are much more elaborate and fancy.



* Perhaps {{Hand Wave}}d in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. It ''is'' literally a fairy tale world, after all. It seems to be zig-zagged; one episode has King Leopold walking around on the beach in fine silks and furs, with his crown on his head. However in one episode Princess Abigail is wearing something that's more or less appropriate for going out into the woods, and Snow White wears more appropriate clothes for fighting in the war against Regina.

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* Perhaps {{Hand Wave}}d in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. It ''is'' literally a fairy tale world, after all. It seems to be zig-zagged; one episode has King Leopold walking around on the beach in fine silks and furs, with his crown on his head. However in one episode Princess Abigail is wearing something that's more or less appropriate for going out into the woods, and Snow White wears more appropriate clothes for fighting in the war against Regina. Belle by contrast spends a couple of flashbacks in "Skin Deep" wearing the gold dress in Rumpelstiltskin's castle, apparently still doing chores while wearing it. It's not until a bit later that she changes into something a bit more simple.


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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' Queen Brahne is seen only wearing the fancy elaborate finery wherever she is - including in private. Her daughter however averts the trope. She's only seen in her PimpedOutDress three times during the game - and each of those involves a formal occasion and public appearance. Lady Hilda meanwhile was apparently kidnapped by Kuja in the middle of the night and yet wears a very grand dress, despite having been kept prisoner in a GildedCage.
26th Sep '15 6:45:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* The autocratic Governor of ''TheGeneral'' wears about [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCustomaryMeasurements twenty pounds]] of gold embroidery every time he gets out of bed and the dress uniform of the Governor's Guard makes hero Raj Whitehall feel like a revue dancer.

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* The autocratic Governor of ''TheGeneral'' ''Literature/TheGeneral'' wears about [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCustomaryMeasurements twenty pounds]] of gold embroidery every time he gets out of bed and the dress uniform of the Governor's Guard makes hero Raj Whitehall feel like a revue dancer.



* Averted in Mercedes Lackey's ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels. While the monarchs of Valdemar do have formal gowns and a crown for extraordinary court occasions, normally they dress in a more expensive and slightly less practical version of Herald day-uniforms -- the most notable difference being that a queen will wear a divided skirt instead of trousers. And the official Crown of Valdemar stays firmly locked in the treasury until the rare occasions it's needed, with a thin (comfortable!) gold circlet substituting most of the time.

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* Averted in Mercedes Lackey's ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels. While the monarchs of Valdemar do have formal gowns and a crown for extraordinary court occasions, normally they dress in a more expensive and slightly less practical version of Herald day-uniforms -- the most notable difference being that a queen will wear a divided skirt instead of trousers. And the official Crown of Valdemar stays firmly locked in the treasury until the rare occasions it's needed, with a thin (comfortable!) gold circlet substituting most of the time.



* Inverted in ''The Kestrel'', the second book of Alexander Lloyd's {{Westmark}} trilogy. When the prince of the invading army is captured he goes comepltely unrecognised, because he insists on wearing the uniform of a common soldier, having earned nothing more.
* In the second book of ''{{Mistborn}}'', a Terris Keeper comes to help Elend with just this problem, as no one takes him seriously as king because he's a slob who cares more about governmental theory than dressing nice. The keeper forces him to learn that in order to earn the respect he deserves as king that he must play the part. As he puts her lessons into practice, it works.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'' this is used to contrast the constantly blinged-out Calormene nobility with the simpler-dressed (yet somehow still more regal) Narnians. Finally it is averted with King Lune appearing in everyday clothes.
* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', the ship crew (who conquered the earth when they brought back antimatter) always wear an imitation spacesuit, in special cloth, and a bracelet of red.
* Theodora in ''BelisariusSeries'' is never seen without her regalia. Justified in that she was once a street girl and wants to assure herself that she can NeverBeHurtAgain.
* Alys Vorpatril in ''VorkosiganSaga'' is the expert on this for the Barayaran court.

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* Inverted in ''The Kestrel'', the second book of Alexander Lloyd's {{Westmark}} Literature/{{Westmark}} trilogy. When the prince of the invading army is captured he goes comepltely unrecognised, because he insists on wearing the uniform of a common soldier, having earned nothing more.
* In the second book of ''{{Mistborn}}'', ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', a Terris Keeper comes to help Elend with just this problem, as no one takes him seriously as king because he's a slob who cares more about governmental theory than dressing nice. The keeper forces him to learn that in order to earn the respect he deserves as king that he must play the part. As he puts her lessons into practice, it works.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'' ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' this is used to contrast the constantly blinged-out Calormene nobility with the simpler-dressed (yet somehow still more regal) Narnians. Finally it is averted with King Lune appearing in everyday clothes.
* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', the ship crew (who conquered the earth when they brought back antimatter) always wear an imitation spacesuit, in special cloth, and a bracelet of red.
* Theodora in ''BelisariusSeries'' ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' is never seen without her regalia. Justified in that she was once a street girl and wants to assure herself that she can NeverBeHurtAgain.
* Alys Vorpatril in ''VorkosiganSaga'' ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' is the expert on this for the Barayaran court.
23rd Sep '15 8:50:37 AM ElectricBoogaloo
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* Brazilian telenovela ''Caminho das Índias'' got some flak for unrealistically having its indian characters always wearing fancy, colorful, "indian-looking" clothes, that are in real life only used in special events. It would be roughly equivalent to portraying brazilian women as always wearing [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans Carnaval]] attire in their daily lives.
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