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29th Nov '16 8:32:11 PM PaulA
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* {{Defied}} in Creator/DianeDuane's ''[[Literature/{{Rihannsu}} My Enemy, My Ally]]''. ''Enterprise'' security chief Colin Matlock suggests to Captain Kirk that they may want to eschew their usual Starfleet uniforms for the attack on a Romulan space station (his {{Red Shirt}}s in particular). They and their Romulan allies go in wearing light gray fatigues.

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* {{Defied}} in Creator/DianeDuane's ''[[Literature/{{Rihannsu}} My Enemy, My Ally]]''.''Literature/MyEnemyMyAlly''. ''Enterprise'' security chief Colin Matlock suggests to Captain Kirk that they may want to eschew their usual Starfleet uniforms for the attack on a Romulan space station (his {{Red Shirt}}s in particular). They and their Romulan allies go in wearing light gray fatigues.
26th Nov '16 12:55:53 AM Morgenthaler
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*** This tradition goes all the way back to the original medieval Swiss mercenary bands, who wore very colorful uniforms to announce their presence to their enemies and hopefully demoralize them with their {{Badass}} [[TheDreaded reputation.]]

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*** This tradition goes all the way back to the original medieval Swiss mercenary bands, who wore very colorful uniforms to announce their presence to their enemies and hopefully demoralize them with their {{Badass}} [[TheDreaded badass reputation.]]
24th Nov '16 12:03:21 PM nombretomado
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* [[AustinPowers Dr. Evil's]] legion of {{Mooks}} sport large badges with his triangular logo over their left chest.
* Discussed in ''AFewGoodMen''. Three Navy officers arrive at the Marine Corp base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Two of them are in Navy dress white uniform, while the third is wearing a far more subdued kahki work uniform. The private that drives them from the airfield mentions to the first two officers that he has some camouflage jackets in the back of the jeep, saying, "If the Cubans see an officer wearing white, they might figure it's something they want to take a shot at."

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* [[AustinPowers [[Film/AustinPowers Dr. Evil's]] legion of {{Mooks}} sport large badges with his triangular logo over their left chest.
* Discussed in ''AFewGoodMen''.''Film/AFewGoodMen''. Three Navy officers arrive at the Marine Corp base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Two of them are in Navy dress white uniform, while the third is wearing a far more subdued kahki work uniform. The private that drives them from the airfield mentions to the first two officers that he has some camouflage jackets in the back of the jeep, saying, "If the Cubans see an officer wearing white, they might figure it's something they want to take a shot at."
29th Oct '16 8:31:06 AM Chabal2
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*** Despite this (and the page quote), Space Marine Scouts wear camouflage and less bulky armor (still superior to standard flak though). Justified not only in that they're, well, scouts, but because they're at the very beginning of their careers as Space Marines, and they don't have all the implants or bioaugmentations that allow them to wear their iconic PowerArmor.



** Orks may fall under this when they fight under their clan colors (the Bad Moons' traditional scheme is a lurid yellow decorated with black flames, for example), and they also have superstitions about certain colors, so some soldiers paint themselves bright blue for luck. Vehicles will often be painted red, because as we all know the RedOnesGoFaster.

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** Orks may fall under this when they fight under their clan colors (the Bad Moons' traditional scheme is a lurid yellow decorated with black flames, for example), and they also have superstitions about certain colors, so some soldiers paint themselves bright blue for luck.luck (fanon holds that an ork kommando painted purple and orange is the epitome of sneakiness, because have ''you'' ever seen one? Of course not! That's how good they are). Vehicles will often be painted red, because as we all know the RedOnesGoFaster.
3rd Oct '16 5:47:22 PM jormis29
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* In ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactive_Dreams Radioactive Dreams]]'', one character wears a pseudo-military uniform where the epaulets are a row of flashing L.E.D.s. She wears this outfit to the climactic multiway fight IN A DARKENED WAREHOUSE. 'Shoot between the dotted lines' (it is decades since I saw this, so details are unreliable).

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* In ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactive_Dreams Radioactive Dreams]]'', ''Film/RadioactiveDreams'', one character wears a pseudo-military uniform where the epaulets are a row of flashing L.E.D.s. She wears this outfit to the climactic multiway fight IN A DARKENED WAREHOUSE. 'Shoot between the dotted lines' (it is decades since I saw this, so details are unreliable).
6th Sep '16 10:57:25 AM Jake
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** This is common for dedicated SAR units around the world. The US Coast Guard paints most of its equipment in its most highly-visible colors. CG Red is a shade that's closer to Visibility Orange than anything else, and the Coast Guard's Dolphin helicopters, for example, are painted all CG Red with black and white trim.

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** This is common for dedicated SAR units around the world. The US Coast Guard paints most of its equipment in its most highly-visible colors. CG Red is a shade that's closer to Visibility Orange than anything else, and the Coast Guard's Dolphin helicopters, for example, are painted all CG Red with black and white trim. In Britain, the Royal Air Force uses all-over bright yellow for its SAR units while the Royal Navy prefers battleship grey with the tail-boom and nose in a colour not unlike CG Red, and the RNLI paints its surface craft all-over Visibility Orange above the waterline with a navy-blue lower hull.
6th Sep '16 8:58:18 AM FordPrefect
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** The new Navy Working Uniform or [=NWU=]. Similar to the new style of camouflage worn by the Marines, with a digital pattern of the standard fatigue design, the [=NWU=] is meant to evoke the style of tactical gear worn by other services. All well and good except for the color, a blend of blue and grey. For extra mileage officiers and senior enlisted have spots of gold coloring on them. Arguably subverted however, [=NWUs=] are meant to be worn in a shipboard or industrial environment and are designed not to hide the sailor, but to hide any paint or oil stains the uniform accumulates. Thus, while they might "look" more military than the utilities they replaced, they would be almost useless in an actual tactical environment. Not to mention that it's pointless for a ship's crew to camouflage themselves.

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** The new Navy Working Uniform or [=NWU=]. Similar to the new style of camouflage worn by the Marines, with a digital pattern of the standard fatigue design, the [=NWU=] is meant to evoke the style of tactical gear worn by other services. All well and good except for the color, a blend of blue and grey. For extra mileage officiers mileage, officers and senior enlisted have spots of gold coloring on them. Arguably subverted however, [=NWUs=] are meant to be worn in a shipboard or industrial environment and are designed not to hide the sailor, but to hide any paint or oil stains the uniform accumulates. Thus, while they might "look" more military than the utilities they replaced, they would be almost useless in an actual tactical environment. Not to mention that it's pointless for a ship's crew to camouflage themselves.
6th Sep '16 8:57:17 AM FordPrefect
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_Guard The Swiss Guard]] both plays this straight and subverts it. Official, well know uniforms is colorful as a peacock. Work uniform is much more practical.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_Guard The Swiss Guard]] both plays this straight and subverts it. Official, well know uniforms known uniform is colorful as a peacock. Work uniform is much more practical.
31st Aug '16 8:10:09 PM Doug86
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* Soviet penal battalions in {{World War 2}} reportedly made to [[ExploitedTrope exploit]] this trope sometimes to act as decoys (e.g. being dressed in dark uniforms in a snowy environment to draw enemy fire to themselves instead of regular Red Army units). [[WeHaveReserves Yes, the people who ordered they do that didn't care about their chances of living]].

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* Soviet penal battalions in {{World War 2}} UsefulNotes/WorldWarII reportedly made to [[ExploitedTrope exploit]] this trope sometimes to act as decoys (e.g. being dressed in dark uniforms in a snowy environment to draw enemy fire to themselves instead of regular Red Army units). [[WeHaveReserves Yes, the people who ordered they do that didn't care about their chances of living]].



*** It turned out that transforming ships into sea-going zebras did not have the desired effect and in World War 2 this type of camouflage was not attempted again. However, the Royal Navy then did develop a special Western Approaches camouflage where ships were painted mostly white with a few light green and light blue areas. This was actually a pretty effective colour scheme for the North Atlantic.

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*** It turned out that transforming ships into sea-going zebras did not have the desired effect and in World War 2 II this type of camouflage was not attempted again. However, the Royal Navy then did develop a special Western Approaches camouflage where ships were painted mostly white with a few light green and light blue areas. This was actually a pretty effective colour scheme for the North Atlantic.
14th Aug '16 8:50:10 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Getting [[EasterEgg The IWHBYD Skull]] in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' creates a chance of a Grunt making fun of the Master Chief's shiny armor. [[HypocriticalHumor Of course, said Grunt is most likely to be in orange, red or white armor]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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Getting [[EasterEgg The IWHBYD Skull]] in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' creates a chance of a Grunt making fun of the Master Chief's shiny armor. [[HypocriticalHumor Of course, said Grunt is most likely to be in orange, red or white armor]].



** In general, the Covenant races wear bright-colored armor which becomes ever more ornate as they advance in rank, with Brute War Chieftains and Elite Field Marshals wearing particularly fancy helmets into battle.
*** On the other hand, many of the Covenant forces can [[InvisibilityCloak cloak]]. However, in the earlier games, they were hampered by carrying around giant glowing swords, or having guns covered in illuminated displays firing brightly coloured shots (which admittedly would be difficult to disguise anyway). This is averted in the later games, where the active camouflage is fully capable of cloaking those giant glowing energy swords.

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** In general, the Covenant races wear bright-colored armor which becomes ever more ornate as they advance in rank, with Brute War Chieftains and Elite Field Marshals wearing particularly fancy helmets into battle.
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battle. On the other hand, many of the Covenant forces can [[InvisibilityCloak cloak]]. However, in the earlier games, they were hampered by carrying around giant glowing swords, or having guns covered in illuminated displays firing brightly coloured shots (which admittedly would be difficult cloak]] (even if it took them a while to disguise anyway). This is averted in the later games, where the active camouflage is fully capable of cloaking figure out how to also cloak those giant big glowing energy swords.swords of theirs).
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