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17th Aug '17 9:18:32 AM Pichu-kun
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** This trope is mostly subverted. Princess Anna does have a PimpedOutDress - but it's solely for a ball. Elsewhere her other dresses aren't that more elaborate, which makes sense if she hasn't made any public appearances in forever. Elsa appears to dress up more but even she wears a relatively simple costume in ''Disney/FrozenFever''.

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** This trope is mostly subverted. Princess Anna does have a PimpedOutDress - but it's solely for a ball. Elsewhere her other dresses aren't that more elaborate, which makes sense if she hasn't made any public appearances in forever. According to official comics and books, Elsa appears to dress is actually pretty casual in her attire. She almost always wears her signature blue ice dress, be it for formal occasions or just walking around town. Even Anna dresses up more than her. Elsa's ice dress is gorgeous but it's not terribly formal. Elsa tends to dress-up more in animation, such as for Anna's birthday in ''Disney/FrozenFever'' (though even she wears then it was just a relatively simple costume summer dress) and her extravagent Christmas dress in ''Disney/FrozenFever''.''Disney/OlafsChristmasAdventure''.
16th Aug '17 6:25:58 PM Pichu-kun
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* Averted in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', where Princess Marie Louise can be seen in normal clothes quite often.

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
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Averted in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', where Princess Marie Louise can be seen in normal clothes quite often.



* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' makes the genderbent version of Liechtenstein wear a crown and cape over his regular clothes.

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** ''Hetalia''
makes the genderbent version of Liechtenstein wear a crown and cape over his regular clothes.



* Actually averted in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''. Princess Anna does have a PimpedOutDress - but it's solely for a ball. Elsewhere her other dresses aren't that more elaborate, which makes sense if she hasn't made any public appearances in forever. Although it is played straight by their parents, who are shown to be grandly dressed whenever they're on screen (even if their first scene has them being woken in the middle of the night).

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* Actually averted in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''.''Disney/{{Frozen}}'':
** This trope is mostly subverted.
Princess Anna does have a PimpedOutDress - but it's solely for a ball. Elsewhere her other dresses aren't that more elaborate, which makes sense if she hasn't made any public appearances in forever. Elsa appears to dress up more but even she wears a relatively simple costume in ''Disney/FrozenFever''.
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Although it is played straight by their parents, who are shown to be grandly dressed whenever they're on screen (even if their first scene has them being woken in the middle of the night).



* All the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es will wear a fancy gown or two in their movies, like [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's]] apparently gold lamé dress (either that or it had a really good dye job, which would also cost a lot of money in those days), but in TheMerch, those gowns are worn all the time, and sometimes they have dresses that are even fancier versions of those. This seems to have something of a justification at Disneyland. Belle can come out in her peasant garb (which she wears for the vast majority of the film) and be completely ignored by guests, then come back out in her gold dress and get mobbed. Many guests seem to be unable to recognize the princesses without their regalia. [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]] gets hit the hardest by this trope. In the movie she wore: her princess quasi-harem outfit; her slave outfit (the same thing only red, with a bigger tiara and tighter pony-tail), her "common" outfit which consists of a hooded robe ''over'' her princess outfit; and the more "formal" outfit when she's flying off with Aladdin at the end, a pinkish affair that has shoulders and finally covers her midriff and has a cape. Her standard blue will be shown fairly often, occasionally the "formal" attire from the end, but in at least ''half'' the books/cards/bags/whatever, she's depicted wearing a very European style dress not found ''anywhere'' in the movies or TV show.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the Third''. Shrek and Fiona are forced to wear ridiculously confining finery for a ceremonial dinner. Shrek has to get some poor servant to scratch his bum for him... and wouldn't you know it, that's when the curtain is raised. To top it off, the buckle on his belt pops, leading to DisasterDominoes.



* Unless it's an absolute emergency, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Peach]] and [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] always wear their royal dresses, [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery even when]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros in hand to hand combat]]. If they're not, then they're probably playing golf or soccer or something.
** Or in Zelda's case, disguising herself to hide in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', or a descendant who doesn't even realize she's a princess in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
*** Even when a ghost, Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' wears her regalia.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', Emperor Uriel Septim VII wears his ermine-collared, gold-brocaded purple robe and jewel-incrusted amulet ''while wading through a '''''sewer system''''''' to escape assassins. His heir, Martin, does the same at the end of the game in a warzone, though he ''was'' on his way to coronation.
** Uriel was also wearing a different royal outfit when he was freed from imprisonment in oblivion at the end of Arena. He does however, seem to wear a more practical outfit in Daggerfall. Though that's also when his hair mysteriously vanished.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Unless it's an absolute emergency, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Peach]] and [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] Zelda always wear their royal dresses, [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery even when]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros in hand to hand combat]]. If they're not, then they're probably playing golf or soccer or something.
** Or in Zelda's case, disguising herself
combat]]. She dresses to hide in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', or a descendant who doesn't the nines even realize when she's a princess just hanging around town in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
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''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' or in the royal gardens as a child in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Even when a ghost, Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' wears her regalia.
regalia. There are very few exceptions, such as when she was disguising herself to hide in ''Ocarina Of Time'', or a descendant who doesn't even realize she's a princess in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''
* Princess Peach and Princess Daisy almost always wear their royal attire in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''. . If they're not, then they're probably playing golf or soccer or something. Peach does occasionally wear a less puffy dress though, such as her vacation/warm weather dress in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', Emperor Uriel Septim VII wears his ermine-collared, gold-brocaded purple robe and jewel-incrusted amulet ''while wading through a '''''sewer system''''''' to escape assassins. His heir, Martin, does the same at the end of the game in a warzone, though he ''was'' on his way to coronation.
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coronation. Uriel was also wearing a different royal outfit when he was freed from imprisonment in oblivion at the end of Arena. He does however, seem to wear a more practical outfit in Daggerfall. Though that's also when his hair mysteriously vanished.



* Can be played straight or averted in VideoGame/FableIII. The Hero starts off as a Prince/Princess in [[GoodMorningCrono pajamas]], and the first order of business is to pick an outfit to wear for the day. The choices are either a flamboyantly elegant outfit, or one that's more [[ModestRoyalty practical]]. However, shortly after the introduction the Hero is required to obtain some new clothes to [[KingIncognito blend in with the locals]]. After the coup, the Hero gets a new regal suit, [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia complete with crown]], but there's nothing stopping him/her from swapping it out for one of the [[UnlimitedWardrobe numerous other costumes]] acquired throughout the game.

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* Can be played straight or averted in VideoGame/FableIII.''VideoGame/FableIII''. The Hero starts off as a Prince/Princess in [[GoodMorningCrono pajamas]], and the first order of business is to pick an outfit to wear for the day. The choices are either a flamboyantly elegant outfit, or one that's more [[ModestRoyalty practical]]. However, shortly after the introduction the Hero is required to obtain some new clothes to [[KingIncognito blend in with the locals]]. After the coup, the Hero gets a new regal suit, [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia complete with crown]], but there's nothing stopping him/her from swapping it out for one of the [[UnlimitedWardrobe numerous other costumes]] acquired throughout the game.



* All the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es will wear a fancy gown or two in their movies, like [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's]] apparently gold lamé dress (either that or it had a really good dye job, which would also cost a lot of money in those days), but in TheMerch, those gowns are worn all the time, and sometimes they have dresses that are even fancier versions of those.
** This seems to have something of a justification at Disneyland. Belle can come out in her peasant garb (which she wears for the vast majority of the film) and be completely ignored by guests, then come back out in her gold dress and get mobbed. Many guests seem to be unable to recognize the princesses without their regalia.
** [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]] gets hit the hardest by this trope. In the movie she wore: her princess quasi-harem outfit; her slave outfit (the same thing only red, with a bigger tiara and tighter pony-tail), her "common" outfit which consists of a hooded robe ''over'' her princess outfit; and the more "formal" outfit when she's flying off with Aladdin at the end, a pinkish affair that has shoulders and finally covers her midriff and has a cape. Her standard blue will be shown fairly often, occasionally the "formal" attire from the end, but in at least ''half'' the books/cards/bags/whatever, she's depicted wearing a very European style dress not found ''anywhere'' in the movies or TV show.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the Third''. Shrek and Fiona are forced to wear ridiculously confining finery for a ceremonial dinner. Shrek has to get some poor servant to scratch his bum for him... and wouldn't you know it, that's when the curtain is raised. To top it off, the buckle on his belt pops, leading to DisasterDominoes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Princess Azula and Prince Zuko (during the time periods he wasn't exiled) ''always'' wore their formalwear, except for the BeachEpisode. Although their formalwear was Fire Nation military dress uniform and not ridiculously overdone gowns, and so wasn't very cumbersome for them. Upheld again in that Azula has been seen ''without'' being fully-made-up and her hair elaborately done only when woken up in the middle of the night, and/or in the process of losing her mind.
** Well, both time we see here, being groomed it was for a special occasion (a war meeting and [[spoiler:her coronation]]), but she was still made up the entire time she spent travelling through the Earth Kingdom (in fact she practically went nuts putting a ''hair'' out of place).

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* All the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es will wear a fancy gown or two in their movies, like [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's]] apparently gold lamé dress (either that or it had a really good dye job, which would also cost a lot of money in those days), but in TheMerch, those gowns are worn all the time, and sometimes they have dresses that are even fancier versions of those.
''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** This seems to have something of a justification at Disneyland. Belle can come out in her peasant garb (which she wears for the vast majority of the film) and be completely ignored by guests, then come back out in her gold dress and get mobbed. Many guests seem to be unable to recognize the princesses without their regalia.
** [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]] gets hit the hardest by this trope. In the movie she wore: her princess quasi-harem outfit; her slave outfit (the same thing only red, with a bigger tiara and tighter pony-tail), her "common" outfit which consists of a hooded robe ''over'' her princess outfit; and the more "formal" outfit when she's flying off with Aladdin at the end, a pinkish affair that has shoulders and finally covers her midriff and has a cape. Her standard blue will be shown fairly often, occasionally the "formal" attire from the end, but in at least ''half'' the books/cards/bags/whatever, she's depicted wearing a very European style dress not found ''anywhere'' in the movies or TV show.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the Third''. Shrek and Fiona are forced to wear ridiculously confining finery for a ceremonial dinner. Shrek has to get some poor servant to scratch his bum for him... and wouldn't you know it, that's when the curtain is raised. To top it off, the buckle on his belt pops, leading to DisasterDominoes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'',
Princess Azula and Prince Zuko (during the time periods he wasn't exiled) ''always'' wore their formalwear, except for the BeachEpisode. Although their formalwear was Fire Nation military dress uniform and not ridiculously overdone gowns, and so wasn't very cumbersome for them. Upheld again in that Azula has been seen ''without'' being fully-made-up and her hair elaborately done only when woken up in the middle of the night, and/or in the process of losing her mind.
** Well, both time
mind. Both times we see here, Azula being groomed groomed, it was for a special occasion (a war meeting and [[spoiler:her coronation]]), but she was still made up the entire time she spent travelling through the Earth Kingdom (in fact she practically went nuts putting a ''hair'' out of place).



* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princess Celestia]] is constantly dressed in impeccable finery and a tiara every time she appears. Even in bed. And also, her rainbow gravity-defying hair.
** This is outright dressed down however, compared to the finery she wore in the finale of season 3. With the enormous, poofy dress and jeweled crown easily twice the size of her normal tiara, it's no wonder she doesn't wear it more often.

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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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Princess Celestia]] Celestia is constantly dressed in impeccable finery and a tiara every time she appears. Even in bed. And also, her rainbow gravity-defying hair.
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hair. This is outright dressed down however, compared to the finery she wore in the finale of season 3. With the enormous, poofy dress and jeweled crown easily twice the size of her normal tiara, it's no wonder she doesn't wear it more often.
18th Jul '17 3:30:25 PM karstovich2
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* Due to the weight of the Imperial State Crown it is common for British Monarchs to wear it for several hours prior to the annual State Opening of Parliment to become used to it. Courtiers have reported witnessing Queen Elizabeth II wearing it while eating breakfast and reading the paper.

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* Due to the weight of the Imperial State Crown it is common for British Monarchs to wear it for several hours prior to the annual State Opening of Parliment Parliament to become used to it. Courtiers have reported witnessing Queen Elizabeth II wearing it while eating breakfast and reading the paper.



* This once actually had a ''practical'' purpose. It was a convenient way to store wealth before efficient banking services. This was especially the case for nomad nobility who had no other way to store it.

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* This once actually had a ''practical'' purpose. It was a convenient way to store wealth before efficient banking services. This was especially the case for nomad nobility who had no other way to store it. The same is true of the ''Landsknechte'' (mercenaries) of the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar, whose loud BlingOfWar {{Nonuniform Uniform}}s are the historical basis for the famously-colorful dress uniform of the Papal Swiss Guard.
1st Jul '17 9:06:25 AM nombretomado
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So, any time a lot of commoners would [[WhatsUpKingDude get a good look]] at the king or queen, either through a public appearance or [[PhotographyAndIllustration a portrait that would last for ages to come]], the royals and nobles [[CostumePorn put on the works]]. Just browse around TheOtherWiki for European nobility and royalty.

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So, any time a lot of commoners would [[WhatsUpKingDude get a good look]] at the king or queen, either through a public appearance or [[PhotographyAndIllustration a portrait that would last for ages to come]], the royals and nobles [[CostumePorn put on the works]]. Just browse around TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki for European nobility and royalty.
20th May '17 10:41:49 AM nombretomado
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* In several ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' games, Lord British is apparently so fond of his ermine coat and golden crown that he wears it ''in bed''. He does admittedly have only one sprite like everyone else, but it still looks rather funny.

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* In several ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games, Lord British is apparently so fond of his ermine coat and golden crown that he wears it ''in bed''. He does admittedly have only one sprite like everyone else, but it still looks rather funny.
11th Feb '17 5:32:46 AM shonengirl
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[[PropagandaMachine This effect]] is [[InvokedTrope deliberate]], which is why it is used even by writers who know it doesn't hold in RealLife. It just doesn't seem right if the king dresses like a slob while he is being his royal self. How can you put your faith in the divine right to rule when the king walks around in a tattered bathrobe and fuzzy slippers? No, the king [[TheBeautifulElite must create the image of majesty]] whenever possible. TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask must do it even more.

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[[PropagandaMachine This effect]] is [[InvokedTrope deliberate]], which is why [[TheCoconutEffect it is used even by writers who know it doesn't hold in in]] RealLife. It just doesn't seem right if the king dresses like a slob while he is being his royal self. How can you put your faith in the divine right to rule when the king walks around in a tattered bathrobe and fuzzy slippers? No, the king [[TheBeautifulElite must create the image of majesty]] whenever possible. TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask must do it even more.
27th Nov '16 3:20:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' -- in the film version the Queen's already pulling off her fancy earrings after the royal audience is over and preparing to put on more serviceable day-wear (for medieval times, anyway).

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* Averted in ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' -- in the film version the Queen's already pulling off her fancy earrings after the royal audience is over and preparing to put on more serviceable day-wear (for medieval times, anyway).
20th Sep '16 8:04:28 AM Willbyr
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* ''TheFiveStarStories'' gets this one right, too. While the androgynous God-King Amaterasu is known for making public appearances wearing unbelievably elaborate costumes, when he's hanging out with his closest associates at his floating palace it's not uncommon for him to be seen in nothing more than jeans & a wifebeater. In fact, most characters who are expected to wear some sort of regalia at formal events are rarely seen in it the rest of the time, & sometimes they even neglect to wear it when they're supposed to. One particularily memorable example is when Sir Voards shows up at a banquet in cargo pants & a black t-shirt.

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* ''TheFiveStarStories'' ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'' gets this one right, too. While the androgynous God-King Amaterasu is known for making public appearances wearing unbelievably elaborate costumes, when he's hanging out with his closest associates at his floating palace it's not uncommon for him to be seen in nothing more than jeans & a wifebeater. In fact, most characters who are expected to wear some sort of regalia at formal events are rarely seen in it the rest of the time, & sometimes they even neglect to wear it when they're supposed to. One particularily memorable example is when Sir Voards shows up at a banquet in cargo pants & a black t-shirt.



* Somewhat averted in ''TearsToTiara''. [[spoiler: Arthur]] only wears a full red ermine cape and crown during his coronation in the last episode. But the fact that [[spoiler: he wears a [[PrettyInMink fluffy fur collar]] as part of his outfit for the entire series]] hints that this coronation would be coming. Also, his name and any basic knowledge of mythology.
* Subverted in ''OnePiece''. King Cobra Nefertari invites the Strawhat crew to his bathhouse, where he bows deeply to them and thanks them for all they've done. His aide, Igaram, tries to stop him, as "a king should not bow his head to anyone," but Cobra responds, "Power is worn over clothes; a king is never naked."

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* Somewhat averted in ''TearsToTiara''. [[spoiler: Arthur]] ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara''. [[spoiler:Arthur]] only wears a full red ermine cape and crown during his coronation in the last episode. But the fact that [[spoiler: he wears a [[PrettyInMink fluffy fur collar]] as part of his outfit for the entire series]] hints that this coronation would be coming. Also, his name and any basic knowledge of mythology.
* Subverted in ''OnePiece''.''Manga/OnePiece''. King Cobra Nefertari invites the Strawhat crew to his bathhouse, where he bows deeply to them and thanks them for all they've done. His aide, Igaram, tries to stop him, as "a king should not bow his head to anyone," but Cobra responds, "Power is worn over clothes; a king is never naked."
18th Jul '16 7:37:10 PM MagBas
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*** Jack is also gay, so this might be a case of UnfortunateImplications.
15th Jul '16 6:26:47 AM isolato
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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 studded with medals despite never being in combat, whereas 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 of Russia wore uniforms studded with medals despite never being in combat, whereas Franz Josef and Karl of Austria wore considerably less elaborate ones) from the 18th century until after World War One.
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