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7th Dec '16 12:55:41 PM DracoKanji
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** Luckily for them they don't have to worry much about weight and self-injury, for they are the armor.



* The Lich King from the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion has what looks like Sauron's armor with a few nips and tucks (and skulls. Loads and loads of skulls.), although since neither are human, armor like that is at least justified.
** Most of the high level armors count really. They tend to have pauldrons that raise higher then the PC's head (sometimes by almost a whole foot) and make the PC wearing it look twice wider then he is.
*** And as the character moves in various ways, the shoulders often clip through the body in ways that should result in impromptu decapitation or brain surgery. An {{egregious}} example is the night elf female, who due to an unfortunate combat stance when wielding two handed axes, swords, or maces will spend most of the fight with their shoulder spikes embedded in their face.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
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The Lich King from the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion has what looks like Sauron's armor with a few nips and tucks (and skulls. Loads and loads of skulls.), although since neither are human, armor like that is at least justified.
** Most of the high level armors count really. count. They tend to have pauldrons that raise higher then the PC's head (sometimes by almost a whole foot) and make the PC wearing it look twice wider then he is.
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is. And as the character moves in various ways, the shoulders often clip through the body in ways that should result in impromptu decapitation or brain surgery. An {{egregious}} example is the night elf female, who due to an unfortunate combat stance when wielding two handed axes, swords, or maces will spend most of the fight with their shoulder spikes embedded in their face.



** Except Elites which wear snow-white armor with a [[CyberCyclops single red eye]].
** Their armor is all black and strongly resembles swat team armor, so they probably care a little about being intimidating.
** Bear in mind, they're cybernetically enhanced in many ways, so they likely don't need to rely heavily on body armor as much as tactics and efficiency, not to mention invoking fear. Of course... the idea of invoking fear goes out the window near the end.



* Raider and Super Mutant armors from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' fit this trope to a T. They are made mostly from stuff like old tires, leather and the occasional scrap metal; as such, they provide very little protection but significant intimidation factor. ''The Pitt'' DLC adds the [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110709193503/fallout/images/a/a4/Fo3TP_Tribal_T45D_Power_Armor.png Tribal Power Armor]] which is both scary AND practical. The ''Broken Steel'' DLC's Hellfire Armor ups the ante one degree more as it's both scary, practical AND cool.
** In fact, the Enclave likes to build badass armors, as evident from [[http://s460.photobucket.com/albums/qq326/DELTA_1551/armor2.jpg this]] scan.
*** Especially the Advanced / Remnant Power Armor.

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* Raider and Super Mutant armors from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' 3}}'':
** Raider and Super Mutant armors
fit this trope to a T. They are made mostly from stuff like old tires, leather and the occasional scrap metal; as such, they provide very little protection but significant intimidation factor. ''The Pitt'' DLC adds the [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110709193503/fallout/images/a/a4/Fo3TP_Tribal_T45D_Power_Armor.png Tribal Power Armor]] which is both scary AND practical. The ''Broken Steel'' DLC's Hellfire Armor ups the ante one degree more as it's both scary, practical AND cool.
** In fact, the Enclave likes to build badass armors, as evident from [[http://s460.photobucket.com/albums/qq326/DELTA_1551/armor2.jpg this]] scan.
*** Especially the Advanced / Remnant Power Armor.
cool.



** Well, the spikes on his helmet did make for a convenient carrying handle when the Legion lugged his severed head to [[ForgottenSuperweapon the Great Devoid]].



* Daedric Armor from the later ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games - noteably ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. It's the strongest armor in the game as well as the heaviest, and gives you a +10 bonus to Intimidation-rolls if you wear a full set - because, well, you look TERRIFYING, all covered with spikes and glowing red bits and chitinous demonic armor forged from demon-hearts and ebony. What isn't addressed in gameplay-terms is that all those glowing red bits should utterly ruin your Stealth-abilities (though the armor's weight will give you a penalty there all by itself), and the spikes should leave you with more holes than a sieve every time you do an UnnecessaryCombatRoll. I mean, just [[http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Daedric_Armor_%28Skyrim%29 LOOK at this thing]]...
** Funnily enough, wearing full Daedric armor looks demonic enough that the Vigilants of Stendarr will attack on sight, thinking you ARE a Daedra.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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Daedric Armor from the later ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games - noteably ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. It's the strongest armor in the game as well as the heaviest, and gives you a +10 bonus to Intimidation-rolls if you wear a full set - because, well, you look TERRIFYING, all covered with spikes and glowing red bits and chitinous demonic armor forged from demon-hearts and ebony. What isn't addressed in gameplay-terms is that all those glowing red bits should utterly ruin your Stealth-abilities (though the armor's weight will give you a penalty there all by itself), and the spikes should leave you with more holes than a sieve every time you do an UnnecessaryCombatRoll. I mean, just [[http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Daedric_Armor_%28Skyrim%29 LOOK at this thing]]...
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thing]]... Funnily enough, wearing full Daedric armor looks demonic enough that the Vigilants of Stendarr will attack on sight, thinking you ARE a Daedra.
25th Sep '16 11:34:03 AM WillBGood
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:: He then asks [[spoiler:Lash]] if she would like a hooded black robe, tight black leather, or spiky black armor. [[spoiler:Lash's]] response:
-->'''[[spoiler:Lash]]:''' I see you opted to combine all three for your own outfit, before covering the whole thing in skulls and adding a cape. I'm speechless.

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:: ** He then asks [[spoiler:Lash]] if she would like a hooded black robe, tight black leather, or spiky black armor. [[spoiler:Lash's]] response:
-->'''[[spoiler:Lash]]:''' --->'''[[spoiler:Lash]]:''' I see you opted to combine all three for your own outfit, before covering the whole thing in skulls and adding a cape. I'm speechless.
25th Sep '16 11:33:42 AM WillBGood
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:: He then asks [[spoiler:Lash]] if she would like a hooded black robe, tight black leather, or spiky black armor. [[spoiler:Lash']] response[=:=]

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:: He then asks [[spoiler:Lash]] if she would like a hooded black robe, tight black leather, or spiky black armor. [[spoiler:Lash']] response[=:=][[spoiler:Lash's]] response:
31st Aug '16 4:47:27 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/DavidEddings example: Towards the end of ''TheElenium'', Sparhawk and his armor-clad companions enter the abandoned city of a dark god and his insane high-priest. The square outside the temple's main door turns out to be positively COVERED with undead soldiers wearing armor like this, which gives the church-knights pause... until they realize that the undead soldiers are basically brainless, and the armor utterly useless: The Zemoch has never really invented plate-armor, and only saw it during the previous war against the Elenes - who favored heavily-armored cavalry such as the Church Knights. They simply did not understand the idea behind it - all they knew was that it was really scary. So they ended up making armor that looked really scary while being more of a hindrance than anything else...

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* Creator/DavidEddings example: Towards the end of ''TheElenium'', ''Literature/TheElenium'', Sparhawk and his armor-clad companions enter the abandoned city of a dark god and his insane high-priest. The square outside the temple's main door turns out to be positively COVERED with undead soldiers wearing armor like this, which gives the church-knights pause... until they realize that the undead soldiers are basically brainless, and the armor utterly useless: The Zemoch has never really invented plate-armor, and only saw it during the previous war against the Elenes - who favored heavily-armored cavalry such as the Church Knights. They simply did not understand the idea behind it - all they knew was that it was really scary. So they ended up making armor that looked really scary while being more of a hindrance than anything else...
12th Aug '16 7:45:22 AM StFan
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* Barry the Chopper from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is an AnimatedArmor that looks like this, complete with skull-like helmet.
** So is Al; he has spikes all over the place even on the joints. The way his chest bulges out seems impractical but it's probably supposed to be an exaggerated sort of sloped armor.
** Some armor had the wedge on the breastplate for better deflection.
*** Luckily for them they don't have to worry much about weight and self-injury, for they [[AnimatedArmor are]] the armor.
* In ''Manga/DaiNoDaibouken'', Dai buys an impossibly cool armor which turns out to be horribly impractical. He ends up throwing half of it away so it fits better.
** The armor itself is normal. The problem is that Dai is a KidHero who is about a head and a half shorter than the regular cast, trying to equip adult-sized armor.

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
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Barry the Chopper from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is an AnimatedArmor that looks like this, complete with skull-like helmet.
** So is Al; he has spikes all over the place even on the joints. The way his chest bulges out seems impractical but it's probably supposed to be an exaggerated sort of sloped armor.
**
armor. Some armor had the wedge on the breastplate for better deflection.
*** ** Luckily for them they don't have to worry much about weight and self-injury, for they [[AnimatedArmor are]] are the armor.
* In ''Manga/DaiNoDaibouken'', Dai buys an impossibly cool armor which turns out to be horribly impractical. He ends up throwing half of it away so it fits better.
**
better. The armor itself is normal. The normal: the problem is that Dai is a KidHero who is about a head and a half shorter than the regular cast, trying to equip adult-sized armor.



* Naga from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' has spikes on the shoulders of her armour that she ends up injuring herself with every time she raises her arms.
* Every knight in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' has ScaryImpracticalArmor, verging on CostumePorn in most cases (though calling them impractical is perhaps unfair, since we only see them demonstrate ArmorIsUseless against [[{{BFS}} the Dragonslayer]]). Guts' Berserker Armor, on the other hand, looks like Batman's suit if it had a SavageWolf motif and can keep the user in combat at the cost of their prolonged health by jamming metal spikes to bypass broken bones.

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* Naga from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' has spikes on the shoulders of her armour that she armor and ends up injuring herself with every time she raises her arms.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
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Every knight in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' has ScaryImpracticalArmor, verging on CostumePorn in most cases (though calling them impractical is perhaps unfair, since we only see them demonstrate ArmorIsUseless against [[{{BFS}} the Dragonslayer]]). Dragonslayer]]).
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Guts' Berserker Armor, on the other hand, looks like Batman's suit if it had a SavageWolf motif and can keep the user in combat at the cost of their prolonged health by jamming metal spikes to bypass broken bones.



* Comicbook/{{X-Men}} villain Stryfe wore a suit of armour that looked like it was made out of blades, giving many readers the impression that he'd decapitate himself if he ever shrugged his shoulders.
** Partially justified in that Stryfe is a world-class telepath and telekinetic (which is saying something in the Marvel world). His armor is ''meant'' to be scary and impractical, because not only does he not need to move to attack his enemies, he doesn't actually need the armor, since wrapping his own telekinesis around his body is more effective. And he is aware of both facts.

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* Comicbook/{{X-Men}} ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Stryfe wore a suit of armour armor that looked like it was made out of blades, giving many readers the impression that he'd decapitate himself if he ever shrugged his shoulders.
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shoulders. Partially justified in that Stryfe is a world-class telepath and telekinetic (which is saying something in the Marvel world). His armor is ''meant'' to be scary and impractical, because not only does he not need to move to attack his enemies, he doesn't actually need the armor, since wrapping his own telekinesis around his body is more effective. And he is aware of both facts.



* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Mr. Freeze]] is often shown in suits of armour that are incredibly large and bulky and look like big badass robots. They do their job [[AnIcePerson keeping him cool]]. However, the live action version of this suit was 75 lbs, and there is the problem that some are so wide in the shoulder/chest that for the rather average built Freeze to wear them and actually move his arms would have to be cut off and stuffed in the sleeves (One reason bodybuilder acting superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast in the role was he was one of the few A-List actors strong enough to actually move around in the suit). In his later appearance in the 90s animated series he adopted a very broad look but it was justified: His body was robotic and his only living flesh was a head in a jar.

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* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': Mr. Freeze]] Freeze is often shown in suits of armour armor that are incredibly large and bulky and look like big badass robots. They do their job [[AnIcePerson keeping him cool]]. However, the live action live-action version of this suit was 75 lbs, and there is the problem that some are so wide in the shoulder/chest that for the rather average built Freeze to wear them and actually move his arms would have to be cut off and stuffed in the sleeves sleeves. (One reason bodybuilder acting superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast in the role was he was one of the few A-List actors strong enough to actually move around in the suit). In his later appearance in the 90s '90s animated series he adopted a very broad look but it was justified: His body was is robotic and his only living flesh was is a head in a jar.



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--> '''[[spoiler:Discorded Harry]]''': Everyone knows that once you turn evil, you have to get new clothes. It's in the rules.
** He then asks [[spoiler:Lash]] if she would like a hooded black robe, tight black leather, or spiky black armor. [[spoiler:Lash']] response:
---> '''[[spoiler:Lash]]''': I see you opted to combine all three for your own outfit, before covering the whole thing in skulls and adding a cape. I'm speechless.

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--> '''[[spoiler:Discorded Harry]]''': -->'''[[spoiler:Discorded Harry]]:''' Everyone knows that once you turn evil, you have to get new clothes. It's in the rules.
** :: He then asks [[spoiler:Lash]] if she would like a hooded black robe, tight black leather, or spiky black armor. [[spoiler:Lash']] response:
---> '''[[spoiler:Lash]]''':
response[=:=]
-->'''[[spoiler:Lash]]:'''
I see you opted to combine all three for your own outfit, before covering the whole thing in skulls and adding a cape. I'm speechless.



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* Sauron in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films, and some of the artwork for him.
** The books say that Sauron's physical form during that time was that of a man who had been burned to ashes, but was still alive, and in general was brick shittingly horrifying to look at.
** This is kind of a subversion, since John Howe went to great lengths to stress the idea that all the armour in the movies ''must'' work properly. This trope was lampshaded by the artists, however, as they joked that Howe specialized in scary-looking outfits with SpikesOfVillainy that "could poke your eye out." But he did indeed go to great lengths to actually make it possible to even move your fingers without slicing an artery.

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* Sauron in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films, and some of the artwork for him.
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him. The books say that Sauron's physical form during that time was that of a man who had been burned to ashes, but was still alive, and in general was brick shittingly horrifying to look at.
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at. This is kind of a subversion, since John Howe went to great lengths to stress the idea that all the armour armors in the movies ''must'' work properly. This trope was lampshaded by the artists, however, as they joked that Howe specialized in scary-looking outfits with SpikesOfVillainy that "could poke your eye out." But he did indeed go to great lengths to actually make it possible to even move your fingers without slicing an artery.



* In ''TheBlackCompany'', The Lady and Croaker have sets of this armor justified that without having magic to protect them, they would be sitting ducks. It looks something like [[http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/glen-cook/books-of-south.htm this]]
** It should be noted that they're wearing them to scare their enemies, so it's an invoked trope.

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* In ''TheBlackCompany'', ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'', The Lady and Croaker have sets of this armor justified that without having magic to protect them, they would be sitting ducks. It looks something like [[http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/glen-cook/books-of-south.htm this]]
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this]]. It should be noted that they're wearing them to scare their enemies, so it's an invoked trope.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** The [[SpaceElf Dark Eldar]] warriors have armour suits are covered in blades and attach by hooking into their skin. Subverted, since the hooks are meant to produce a little bit of pain which enhances the senses. And [[CombatSadomasochist given their proclivities]], armour that can cut whilst in use is approved of. Parodied in a ''Webcomic/TurnSignalsOnALandRaider'' strip [[http://tsoalr.com/?p=111 here]].
** Standard [[PowerArmor power armor]] looks kinda sinister, but that's just a design quirk compared to the power armor worn by Chaos Space Marines. Each suit is individually customized to be downright menacing, and invariably include an excess of horns, spikes, skulls, and [[Creator/MichaelMoorcock arrows]]. Most of them are decorative or devotional, but more than a few of those horns coming out of their armor [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous are actually parts of their bodies]].

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
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** The [[SpaceElf Dark Eldar]] warriors have armour armor suits that are covered in blades and attach by hooking into their skin. Subverted, since the hooks are meant to produce a little bit of pain which enhances the senses. And [[CombatSadomasochist given their proclivities]], armour armou that can cut whilst in use is approved of. Parodied in a ''Webcomic/TurnSignalsOnALandRaider'' strip [[http://tsoalr.com/?p=111 here]].
** Standard [[PowerArmor power armor]] {{power armor}} looks kinda sinister, but that's just a design quirk compared to the power armor worn by Chaos Space Marines. Each suit is individually customized to be downright menacing, and invariably include an excess of horns, spikes, skulls, and [[Creator/MichaelMoorcock arrows]]. Most of them are decorative or devotional, but more than a few of those horns coming out of their armor [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous are actually parts of their bodies]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo III}}'''s barbarian has some body armor with horns that protrude from the body in positions that would be ''really'' likely to stab him in the arms.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo III}}'''s ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'''s barbarian has some body armor with horns that protrude from the body in positions that would be ''really'' likely to stab him in the arms.



* In the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' games many armor sets fall into this.
** In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' [[DualBoss Ornstein and Smough]] each have [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/darksouls/images/2/2d/Dragon_Slayer_Ornstein_and_Executioner_Smough.jpg their own variation]]. Ornstein wears a golden lion-themed dragoon where the eye opening is between the lion's mouth. Smough wears armor that makes him look morbidly obese and has the eye holes on the neck.

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* In the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' games many armor sets fall into this.
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this. In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' [[DualBoss Ornstein and Smough]] each have [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/darksouls/images/2/2d/Dragon_Slayer_Ornstein_and_Executioner_Smough.jpg their own variation]]. Ornstein wears a golden lion-themed dragoon where the eye opening is between the lion's mouth. Smough wears armor that makes him look morbidly obese and has the eye holes on the neck.
neck.



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* Before starting his review of the MLP episode "Simple Ways", WebAnimation/SilverQuill puts on an impressive black hippogriff armor (because he's badly scared of romantic triangle plots)... only to find out he can't move in it.
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* Gilgamesh Wulfenbach from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' wears this at one point, urged on by the Jagers. But he disposed of the ShouldersOfDoom and NiceHat fairly quickly.
** The hat is still lying around someplace; Violetta pulled it out to tease him, and if we're very lucky, he'll wear it again someday.

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* Gilgamesh Wulfenbach from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' wears this at one point, urged on by the Jagers. But he disposed of the ShouldersOfDoom and NiceHat fairly quickly.
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quickly. The hat is still lying around someplace; Violetta pulled it out to tease him, and if we're very lucky, he'll wear it again someday.



* [[TheFairFolk Fae]] armors in ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' and ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' tend to look like this. Even more so the more pissed the wearer is either because its magically {{expressive|Shirt}} or because ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction for them. The only thing they aren't fond of are the skull motifs, they prefer HighCollarOfDoom, BadassCape and CoolCrown (because HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic) with their scary protection wear. Also their magical nature means, that they don't need to think about, how impractical these outfits might be for normal people. (Direct example: Why bother fitting through a door if you can just teleport in?) The whole species suffers from a terminal case of LargeHam and ComplexityAddiction.

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* [[TheFairFolk Fae]] armors in ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' and ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' tend to look like this. Even more so the more pissed the wearer is either because its magically {{expressive|Shirt}} or because ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction for them. The only thing they aren't fond of are the skull motifs, they prefer HighCollarOfDoom, BadassCape and CoolCrown (because HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic) with their scary protection wear. Also their magical nature means, that they don't need to think about, how impractical these outfits might be for normal people. (Direct example: Why bother fitting through a door if you can just teleport in?) The whole species suffers from a terminal case of LargeHam and ComplexityAddiction.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSokkasMaster Sokka's Master]]", Aang tries some on, and soon falls over. The DVDCommentary has the guys saying it's a TakeThat to this kind of look, and [[AllThereInTheManual the art book adds]] that its also a shot at toymakers who wanted [[EnvironmentSpecificActionFigure armor variant action figures]]. It's also somewhat self-deprecation, as Fire Nation soldiers did lean in this direction when they were FacelessMooks, but it was downplayed over time, especially once inhabitants in the Fire Nation started being shown to be normal, generally decent people.
** The Fire Nation ''used'' to follow this trope, with utterly impractical shoulder spikes. Sokka points this out when a group of water-benders are dressing up in 80-year old Fire Nation armor in an attempt to infiltrate the enemy army.
** The armor that [[spoiler: Phoenix King Ozai]] wears in the finale looks very heavy and unwieldly. This is likely why his first move in his battle with Aang is to [[TheCoatsAreOff take it all off]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' example: The Monarch's "Death's Head Panoply."
** Parodied too. He can't move an inch in the thing, requiring someone else to activate its flight mode. And, while it is incredibly dangerous, the suit loses balance in the air, causing the Monarch to spin around, throw up, and fall down to earth.
* In one story arc of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Gosalyn is transported into a future where Darkwing becomes unquestioned dictator of the world. In order to make her his ultimate successor, he gives her gifts, including a very imposing scary suit of battle armour. The only drawback to it was that she wasn't able to move. But she sure looked impressive.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSokkasMaster Sokka's Master]]", Aang tries some on, and soon falls over. The DVDCommentary has the guys saying it's a TakeThat to this kind of look, and [[AllThereInTheManual the art book adds]] that its also a shot at toymakers who wanted [[EnvironmentSpecificActionFigure armor variant action figures]]. figures]].
**
It's also somewhat self-deprecation, as Fire Nation soldiers did lean in this direction when they were FacelessMooks, but it was downplayed over time, especially once inhabitants in the Fire Nation started being shown to be normal, generally decent people.
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people. The Fire Nation ''used'' to follow this trope, with utterly impractical shoulder spikes. Sokka points this out when a group of water-benders are dressing up in 80-year old Fire Nation armor in an attempt to infiltrate the enemy army.
** The armor that [[spoiler: Phoenix [[spoiler:Phoenix King Ozai]] wears in the finale looks very heavy and unwieldly. This is likely why his first move in his battle with Aang is to [[TheCoatsAreOff take it all off]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' example: The Monarch's "Death's Head Panoply."
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Panoply". Parodied too. He too: he can't move an inch in the thing, requiring someone else to activate its flight mode. And, while it is incredibly dangerous, the suit loses balance in the air, causing the Monarch to spin around, throw up, and fall down to earth.
* In one story arc of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Gosalyn is transported into a future where Darkwing becomes unquestioned dictator of the world. In order to make her his ultimate successor, he gives her gifts, including a very imposing scary suit of battle armour. The only drawback to it was is that she wasn't isn't able to move. But she sure looked looks impressive.



* Most ceremonial armor tends to be scary and impractical unless the users have a culture of austerity. This is because the armor is more intended to impress the commissioner and display the skill of the craftsman than to protect the wearer.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickelhaube Pickelhauben]] are a highly visible example from WWI and earlier; they definitely ''did'' make an impression, but on entirely the wrong people: enemy snipers found them exceptionally easy to spot and [[BoomHeadshot shoot]].

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* Most ceremonial armor tends to be scary and impractical unless the users have a culture of austerity. This is because the armor is more intended to impress the commissioner and display the skill of the craftsman than to protect the wearer.
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wearer. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickelhaube Pickelhauben]] are a highly visible example from WWI and earlier; they definitely ''did'' make an impression, but on entirely the wrong people: enemy snipers found them exceptionally easy to spot and [[BoomHeadshot shoot]].






11th Jun '16 12:39:51 PM Tacitus
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** The [[SpaceElf Dark Eldar]] warriors have armour suits are covered in blades and attach by hooking into their skin. Subverted, since the hooks are meant to produce a little bit of pain which enhances the senses. And [[CombatSadomasochist given their proclivities]], armour that can cut whilst in use is approved of. Parodied in a ''[=Turnsignals on a Land Raider=]'' strip [[http://tsoalr.com/?p=111 here]].

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** The [[SpaceElf Dark Eldar]] warriors have armour suits are covered in blades and attach by hooking into their skin. Subverted, since the hooks are meant to produce a little bit of pain which enhances the senses. And [[CombatSadomasochist given their proclivities]], armour that can cut whilst in use is approved of. Parodied in a ''[=Turnsignals on a Land Raider=]'' ''Webcomic/TurnSignalsOnALandRaider'' strip [[http://tsoalr.com/?p=111 here]].



** Ork mega-armor and vehicle/walker armor, in a ramshackle design, live up to this trope, partly due to deliberately making it intimidating, and partly because they're pretty terrible at creating anything that's designed practically.
* The [[BigBad First and Forsaken Lion]], one of the Deathlords in ''{{Exalted}}'', has gigantic soulsteel armor covered in spikes and skulls and anything else intimidating and impractical. It's not like he has much choice to change it out for something more efficient, though, as his [[BiggerBad Neverborn master]] basically welded him into it after he [[YouHaveFailedMe screwed up his initial plan]] for world domination.

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** Ork mega-armor does a good job of protecting its wearer and vehicle/walker armor, in enhancing their killing power with a [[PowerFist Power Klaw]], but between its ramshackle design, live up design and the spikes and tusks and whatnot bolted onto it to this trope, partly due to deliberately making it make the suit look extra intimidating, it can be difficult to get around in. Models in mega-armor move as though they were always in difficult terrain, so if you roll poorly it's entirely possible for your big killy Warboss to spend the entire game struggling to march across the tabletop instead of earning his points back in close combat.
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' takes this to a whole new level. Whoever designed the Stormcast Eternals obviously never checked to make sure that their archers could look past their ShouldersOfDoom [[http://imgur.com/gAmpgeH
and partly because see what they're pretty terrible at creating anything that's designed practically.
aiming at.]]
* The [[BigBad First and Forsaken Lion]], one of the Deathlords in ''{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', has gigantic soulsteel armor covered in spikes and skulls and anything else intimidating and impractical. It's not like he has much choice to change it out for something more efficient, though, as his [[BiggerBad Neverborn master]] basically welded him into it after he [[YouHaveFailedMe screwed up his initial plan]] for world domination.
28th Apr '16 9:50:28 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[-[[caption-width-right:320:Even the [[TheChosenOne Avatar]] cannot stand up to it... nor ''in'' it.]]-]

Armor with loads of flashy things that look intimidating, but it often looks more useful than it actually is. It has loads of SpikesOfVillainy, ShouldersOfDoom, and often [[NothingButSkulls some skulls]]. If there is headgear, expect to to be a RageHelm unless the bearer [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic is a main character]].

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[-[[caption-width-right:320:Even [-[[caption-width-right:320:Not even the [[TheChosenOne Avatar]] cannot can stand up to it... nor it...or ''in'' it.]]-]

Armor with loads of flashy things that look intimidating, but it often looks more useful than it actually is. It has loads of SpikesOfVillainy, ShouldersOfDoom, and often [[NothingButSkulls [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset some skulls]]. If there is headgear, expect Expect any headgear to to be a RageHelm RageHelm, unless the bearer [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic is a main character]].
17th Dec '15 11:09:07 AM Willbyr
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* In ''DaiNoDaibouken'', Dai buys an impossibly cool armor which turns out to be horribly impractical. He ends up throwing half of it away so it fits better.

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* In ''DaiNoDaibouken'', ''Manga/DaiNoDaibouken'', Dai buys an impossibly cool armor which turns out to be horribly impractical. He ends up throwing half of it away so it fits better.



* SaintSeiya progressively becomes like this. In the final parts of the series, we see stuff like [[http://saintseiyaperfil.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/esquema_hypnos.jpg this]]. Must be noted that even the weakest of the Cloths are powerful magical artifacts.
* Naga from ''{{Slayers}}'' has spikes on the shoulders of her armour that she ends up injuring herself with every time she raises her arms.

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* SaintSeiya ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' progressively becomes like this. In the final parts of the series, we see stuff like [[http://saintseiyaperfil.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/esquema_hypnos.jpg this]]. Must be noted that even the weakest of the Cloths are powerful magical artifacts.
* Naga from ''{{Slayers}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' has spikes on the shoulders of her armour that she ends up injuring herself with every time she raises her arms.
26th Oct '15 2:25:05 PM DragonQuestZ
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' zig-zags this trope; most starting armour looks stylish yet is also for the most part practical. Plenty of the more imposing humanoid enemies however run with this trope with special mentioning to the DualBoss Ornstein, who's golden lion-themed dragoon armour appears to severely limit his vision (the opening is between the lion's mouth), and Smough, who's armour looks morbidly obese and has the eye holes on the neck [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/darksouls/images/2/2d/Dragon_Slayer_Ornstein_and_Executioner_Smough.jpg (case in point)]]

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* In the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' zig-zags this trope; most starting armour looks stylish yet is also for the most part practical. Plenty of the more imposing humanoid enemies however run with this trope with special mentioning to the DualBoss Ornstein, who's golden lion-themed dragoon armour appears to severely limit his vision (the opening is between the lion's mouth), games many armor sets fall into this.
** In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' [[DualBoss Ornstein
and Smough, who's armour looks morbidly obese and has the eye holes on the neck Smough]] each have [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/darksouls/images/2/2d/Dragon_Slayer_Ornstein_and_Executioner_Smough.jpg (case in point)]]
their own variation]]. Ornstein wears a golden lion-themed dragoon where the eye opening is between the lion's mouth. Smough wears armor that makes him look morbidly obese and has the eye holes on the neck.
26th Oct '15 1:53:43 PM Zodiark
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' zig-zags this trope; most starting armour looks stylish yet is also for the most part practical. Plenty of the more imposing humanoid enemies however run with this trope with special mentioning to the DualBoss Ornstein, who's golden lion-themed dragoon armour appears to severely limit his vision (the opening is between the lion's mouth), and Smough, who's armour looks morbidly obese and has the eye holes on the neck [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/darksouls/images/2/2d/Dragon_Slayer_Ornstein_and_Executioner_Smough.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120802183726 (case in point)]]

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' zig-zags this trope; most starting armour looks stylish yet is also for the most part practical. Plenty of the more imposing humanoid enemies however run with this trope with special mentioning to the DualBoss Ornstein, who's golden lion-themed dragoon armour appears to severely limit his vision (the opening is between the lion's mouth), and Smough, who's armour looks morbidly obese and has the eye holes on the neck [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/darksouls/images/2/2d/Dragon_Slayer_Ornstein_and_Executioner_Smough.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120802183726 jpg (case in point)]]
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