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17th Feb '18 10:27:15 PM nombretomado
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* In ''RadiantHistoria'', Queen Protea of Granorg brings up this trope when her daughter, Eruca, argues that the court should cut back for the benefit of the citizenry.
** Eruca is throughly guilty of this herself, both in sprites and being the only character to use dress-class armors. [[RealityEnsues Her defense stats are deplorable]], outmatched by the nine-year-old TrapMaster who at least has the decency to wear magic-enhanced cloaks.

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* In ''RadiantHistoria'', ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'':
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Queen Protea of Granorg brings up this trope when her daughter, Eruca, argues that the court should cut back for the benefit of the citizenry.
** Eruca is throughly thoroughly guilty of this herself, both in sprites and being the only character to use dress-class armors. [[RealityEnsues Her defense stats are deplorable]], outmatched by the nine-year-old TrapMaster who at least has the decency to wear magic-enhanced cloaks.
25th Jan '18 3:35:45 PM margdean56
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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 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 then it was just a relatively simple summer dress) and her extravagent Christmas dress in ''Disney/OlafsChristmasAdventure''.

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** This trope is mostly subverted. Princess Anna does have a PimpedOutDress - but 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 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 then it was just a relatively simple summer dress) and her extravagent Christmas dress in ''Disney/OlafsChristmasAdventure''.



* ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' parodies this two ways. Verence gets along with a shirt and trousers with his arse hanging out of the top. His fiance (later wife), Magrat's, clothes however are depicted as insanely convoluted with all manner of bodices and corsets and whatnot. Now this may be, as the books says, simply the way round things happen. Or it may be that Verence made another mistake by over reliance on the knowledge in books.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and averted to some extent in other books in the series: Sam Vimes refuses flat-out to wear most of the traditional symbols of Ankh-Morpork nobility, tights especially - though his wife forces him to nonetheless, when he's appearing in his capacity as "The Duke". The rest of the time, he wears his Watch uniform, and she wears boots and tweed, being rich enough not to have to ''look'' rich. His job and her hobbies carrying a near-certainty of daily ClothingDamage may also have something to do with it.

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* ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' parodies this two ways. Verence gets along with a shirt and trousers with his arse hanging out of the top. His fiance fiancée (later wife), Magrat's, clothes however are depicted as insanely convoluted with all manner of bodices and corsets and whatnot. Now this may be, as the books says, simply the way round things happen. Or it may be that Verence made another mistake by over reliance on the knowledge in books.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and averted to some extent in other books in the series: Sam Vimes refuses flat-out to wear most of the traditional symbols of Ankh-Morpork nobility, tights especially - though especially--though his wife forces him to nonetheless, when he's appearing in his capacity as "The Duke". The rest of the time, he wears his Watch uniform, and she wears boots and tweed, being rich enough not to have to ''look'' rich. His job and her hobbies carrying a near-certainty of daily ClothingDamage may also have something to do with it.



* The {{Literature/Flashman}} book ''Flashman and the Great Game'' references this at the beginning when Flashman is invited to the Balmoral by Queen Victoria. He comments how she was one of the first monarchs to be open about not always wearing royal clothing most of the time, but instead dressing like a typical (upper class) housewife (although in this case she is dressed in Scottish clothing). This trend has continued to the present to the point that it is actually difficult (at least for Americans) to think of any occasion on which Queen Elizabeth II wore a crown and jewelery.

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* The {{Literature/Flashman}} book ''Flashman and the Great Game'' references this at the beginning when Flashman is invited to the Balmoral by Queen Victoria. He comments how she was one of the first monarchs to be open about not always wearing royal clothing most of the time, but instead dressing like a typical (upper class) housewife (although in this case she is dressed in Scottish clothing). This trend has continued to the present to the point that it is actually difficult (at least for Americans) to think of any occasion on which Queen Elizabeth II wore a crown and jewelery.jewelry.



* In Creator/JamesThurber's ''Literature/The13Clocks'', Prince Zorn disguises himself as a ministrel, but the wicked duke has a spy find his clothing, which shows he's a prince, and then insists that the prince wear it.

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* In Creator/JamesThurber's ''Literature/The13Clocks'', Prince Zorn disguises himself as a ministrel, minstrel, but the wicked duke has a spy find his clothing, which shows he's a prince, and then insists that the prince wear it.
18th Dec '17 3:00:09 PM WillKeaton
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* 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 the post-game quest of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', Peach fully averts this, as on her vacation to the various kingdoms, she wears various attire appropriate for the setting, including a casual dress.

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* Princess Peach and Princess Daisy almost always wear their royal attire in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''. . ''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 the post-game quest of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', Peach fully averts this, as on her vacation to the various kingdoms, she wears various attire appropriate for the setting, including a casual dress.
4th Nov '17 5:09:48 AM DragonQuestZ
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'''The Ermine Cape Effect does not ''require'' an [[PimpedOutCape ermine cape]], or even [[PrettyInMink the fur of the ermine]].''' The ermine cape is so common, and such a clear sign of royal or noble status, this trope is named for it. A character could do this just wearing a crown all the time.

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'''The Ermine Cape Effect does not ''require'' an [[PimpedOutCape ermine cape]], or even [[PrettyInMink the fur of the ermine]].''' The ermine cape is so common, and such a clear sign of royal or noble status, this trope is named for it. A character could do this just What it does require is that if, say, a young countess is wearing a crown all the time.
something like an ermine cape, ''she is wearing it even while doing activities which would be impractical in that garment'', but [[RuleOfGlamorous it works just fine]].


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* PrettyPrincessPowerhouse (she's not taking off that pretty dress just because a few {{mook}}s are fighting her)
1st Nov '17 1:50:40 PM xcountryguy
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the [[TheEmpire Britannian]] royal family (excepting [[LadyOfWar Cornelia]] since she wears something more like [[BlingOfWar military dress]]) are always dressed in this way. Interestingly, [[spoiler: in the final episode's flash forward to the happy future ]], Schneizel is shown wearing what looks pretty much like a normal business suit.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the [[TheEmpire Britannian]] royal family (excepting [[LadyOfWar Cornelia]] since she wears something more like [[BlingOfWar military dress]]) are always dressed in this way. Interestingly, [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the final episode's flash forward to the happy future ]], Schneizel is shown wearing what looks pretty much like a normal business suit.



* Somewhat averted in ''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.

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* Somewhat averted in ''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 [[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.



* 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.]]
* Averted in ''Series/DowntonAbbey.'' It is noticeable that, while the girls dress up for formal dinners and all of their clothing is fancy, they have simple, practical outfits for daily wear, plus hunting regalia. Although thunting gear and riding tweeds ''were'' a form of this at the time, albeit a more practical form. Only the very wealthy would need them, after all.

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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 [[spoiler:Elly May rejects him as she doesn't take kindly to him putting on airs.]]
* Averted in ''Series/DowntonAbbey.'' It is noticeable that, while the girls dress up for formal dinners and all of their clothing is fancy, they have simple, practical outfits for daily wear, plus hunting regalia. Although thunting hunting gear and riding tweeds ''were'' a form of this at the time, albeit a more practical form. Only the very wealthy would need them, after all.



* Princess Rozalin of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' never changes out of her PimpedOutDress (assuming she could), but [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes it seems to hold up well regardless]]. [[spoiler: Although she used to wear the more practical BadassLongcoat back in her days as Overlord Zenon.]]

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* Princess Rozalin of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' never changes out of her PimpedOutDress (assuming she could), but [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes it seems to hold up well regardless]]. [[spoiler: Although [[spoiler:Although she used to wear the more practical BadassLongcoat back in her days as Overlord Zenon.]]



* Averted and played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}''. Empress Jessamine was wearing a practical suit when she was murdered, but she was more of an outlier compared to the rest of Dunwall's DeadlyDecadentCourt who prefer to spend their days wearing extravagant outfits and having balls. [[spoiler: It also acts as a clue as to why she was murdered - she was investigating the Plague of Rats in the city and almost exposed the [[BigBad Lord Regent's]] plan to KillThePoor.]]

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* Averted and played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}''. Empress Jessamine was wearing a practical suit when she was murdered, but she was more of an outlier compared to the rest of Dunwall's DeadlyDecadentCourt who prefer to spend their days wearing extravagant outfits and having balls. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It also acts as a clue as to why she was murdered - she was investigating the Plague of Rats in the city and almost exposed the [[BigBad Lord Regent's]] plan to KillThePoor.]]
29th Oct '17 9:31:14 PM WaxingName
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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Unless it's an absolute emergency, Zelda always wear royal dresses, [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery even when]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros in hand to hand combat]]. She dresses to the nines even when she's just hanging around town in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' or in the royal gardens as a child in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Even when a ghost, Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' wears her 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''. Averted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathoftheWild'', as she wears royal dresses at ceremonies, and pants and boots when traveling around Hyrule.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Unless it's an absolute emergency, Zelda always wear royal dresses, [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery even when]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros in hand to hand combat]]. She dresses to the nines even when she's just hanging around town in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' or in the royal gardens as a child in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Even when a ghost, Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' wears her 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''. Averted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathoftheWild'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', as she wears royal dresses at ceremonies, and pants and boots when traveling around Hyrule.
29th Oct '17 9:25:37 PM WaxingName
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* 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''.

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* 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 the post-game quest of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', Peach fully averts this, as on her vacation to the various kingdoms, she wears various attire appropriate for the setting, including a casual dress.
27th Oct '17 9:21:27 PM _ballerina_
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* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has an interesting variation. The main characters, [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses half of whom are princesses]], all dress normally in regular teenage girl clothes, at least within the confines of the show's universe. But their parents, an de in fact all courtly adults they come into contact with, like Countess Cassandra, wear formal, old fashioned royal regalia at all times—crowns, gowns, doublets, and of course, capes.
24th Oct '17 1:55:00 PM ckmann
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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Unless it's an absolute emergency, Zelda always wear royal dresses, [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery even when]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros in hand to hand combat]]. She dresses to the nines even when she's just hanging around town in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' or in the royal gardens as a child in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Even when a ghost, Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' wears her 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''

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Unless it's an absolute emergency, Zelda always wear royal dresses, [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery even when]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros in hand to hand combat]]. She dresses to the nines even when she's just hanging around town in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' or in the royal gardens as a child in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Even when a ghost, Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' wears her 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''''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. Averted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathoftheWild'', as she wears royal dresses at ceremonies, and pants and boots when traveling around Hyrule.
17th Sep '17 8:05:33 PM DustSnitch
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** Played straight by Delenn though not to the point of impracticality. Not unreasonable as she is an {{Ambadassador}} and a [[BadassPrincess Badass Satai]].

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** Played straight by Delenn though not to the point of impracticality. Not unreasonable as she is an {{Ambadassador}} and a [[BadassPrincess Badass Satai]].Satai.
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