History Main / SpyCatsuit

20th Mar '17 5:51:35 AM Theriocephalus
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' DLC ''Operation: Anchorage'', one of the rewards for completing the simulation is the Chinese Stealth Armor, which gives the wearer a permanent [[InvisibilityCloak stealth field]] while sneaking. Although both male and female characters can equip it, the enemies who wear it are all males. Unlike most examples here, The Chinese Stealth Armor is a great asset to an infiltrator, which makes this a justification or subversion, depending on your angle. It is also present in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', although without its InvisibilityCloak capability.

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In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' DLC ''Operation: Anchorage'', one of the rewards for completing the simulation is the Chinese Stealth Armor, which gives the wearer a permanent [[InvisibilityCloak stealth field]] while sneaking. Although both male and female characters can equip it, the enemies who wear it are all males. Unlike most examples here, The the Chinese Stealth Armor is a great asset to an infiltrator, which makes this a justification or subversion, depending on your angle. It is also present in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', although without its InvisibilityCloak capability.



** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'''s Far Harbor DLC has the Marine Wetsuit.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'''s ''VideoGame/Fallout4'''s Far Harbor DLC has the Marine Wetsuit.
20th Mar '17 5:47:32 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''Manga/CatsEye'', anyone? Spy catsuits complete with Xtreme plunging necklines and ''built-in high heels'', for added stealth obviously. Despite this, this example is a bit more realistic than the most - the catsuits are neither latex no leather, but lycra, and are similar to jumpsuits real gymnasts wear.

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* ''Manga/CatsEye'', anyone? Spy catsuits complete with Xtreme plunging necklines and ''built-in high heels'', for added stealth obviously. Despite this, this example is a bit more realistic than the most - -- the catsuits are neither latex no leather, but lycra, and are similar to jumpsuits real gymnasts wear.



* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' - the spandex worn under space mercenary armor is so tight that not only is musculature still clearly visible, it gives the men BarbieDollAnatomy.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' - -- the spandex worn under space mercenary armor is so tight that not only is musculature still clearly visible, it gives the men BarbieDollAnatomy.



** Comicbook/BlackWidow, originally an Iron Man/Daredevil/Avengers/SHIELD/Spider-Man nemesis and later a member of The Avengers and The Champions, wore catsuits as a constant, often working alongside SHIELD.

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** Comicbook/BlackWidow, originally an Iron Man/Daredevil/Avengers/SHIELD/Spider-Man nemesis and later a member of The the Avengers and The the Champions, wore catsuits as a constant, often working alongside SHIELD.



* When she lost her powers and operated as "Diana Prince, Wonder Woman", WonderWoman sometimes wore a white catsuit (though less often than popularly imagined - much of the time, she simply wore "normal" all-white outfits including minidresses, pantsuits, etc).

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* When she lost her powers and operated as "Diana Prince, Wonder Woman", WonderWoman sometimes wore a white catsuit (though less often than popularly imagined - -- much of the time, she simply wore "normal" all-white outfits including minidresses, pantsuits, etc).



* Selene in ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' wears one of these constantly, usually paired with a BadassLongcoat. She's not actually a spy (she's closer to an assassin), but often has to be stealthy - she is a vampire, after all. The sequel explains her instantaneous Vampire Healing Powers but never mentions the fact that her suit seems to heal itself as well.

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* Selene in ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' wears one of these constantly, usually paired with a BadassLongcoat. She's not actually a spy (she's closer to an assassin), but often has to be stealthy - -- she is a vampire, after all. The sequel explains her instantaneous Vampire Healing Powers but never mentions the fact that her suit seems to heal itself as well.



* Ironically subverted in the Halle Berry ''Film/CatWoman'' film. Patience dons a leather catsuit as part of her MakeoverMontage but she abandons it pretty soon and opts for something even more {{Stripperiffic}} - that does at least look like it offers more mobility.

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* Ironically subverted in the Halle Berry ''Film/CatWoman'' film. Patience dons a leather catsuit as part of her MakeoverMontage but she abandons it pretty soon and opts for something even more {{Stripperiffic}} - -- that does at least look like it offers more mobility.



** We also have a straight example in [[ActionMom Mara Jade Skywalker]] - made even more obvious in the Japanese covers for the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novels as well as that of ''Sacrifice''.

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** We also have a straight example in [[ActionMom Mara Jade Skywalker]] - -- made even more obvious in the Japanese covers for the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novels as well as that of ''Sacrifice''.



** In later Emma Peel seasons, this ended up as a JustifiedTrope. The actress insisted on switching from the black leather catsuit to a colored jersey version - just as skintight, but far more practical for gymnastically kicking {{mooks}} in.

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** In later Emma Peel seasons, this ended up as a JustifiedTrope. The actress insisted on switching from the black leather catsuit to a colored jersey version - -- just as skintight, but far more practical for gymnastically kicking {{mooks}} in.



** HandWaved for Seven - her part-Borg physiology required a specialised suit.

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** HandWaved for Seven - -- her part-Borg physiology required a specialised suit.



** The character designer for ''Metal Gear Solid'' admitted that Snake and Raiden's outfits, particularly Raiden's, were inspired by looking at bondage gear, probably an admission that it was intended as FetishFuel. On the character art, he draws an arrow to Raiden's buttocks, [[MrFanservice explicitly pointing out where his underwear lines can be seen through his clothes]] - it's subtly visible on the in-game model itself.

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** The character designer for ''Metal Gear Solid'' admitted that Snake and Raiden's outfits, particularly Raiden's, were inspired by looking at bondage gear, probably an admission that it was intended as FetishFuel. On the character art, he draws an arrow to Raiden's buttocks, [[MrFanservice explicitly pointing out where his underwear lines can be seen through his clothes]] - -- it's subtly visible on the in-game model itself.
19th Mar '17 3:00:59 PM Doug86
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* As pointed out below, these crop up a lot in ''Tabletopgame/Warhammer40k'' fiction. In {{Literature/Eisenhorn}} and Literature/{{Ravenor}} "bodygloves" are popular for both men and women. Inquisitor Amberley Vail wears something a lot like one to fit into and interface with her PoweredArmor, and the sight is enough to distract even Literature/CiaphasCain from the prospect of imminent danger...

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* As pointed out below, these crop up a lot in ''Tabletopgame/Warhammer40k'' ''Tabletopgame/Warhammer40000'' fiction. In {{Literature/Eisenhorn}} and Literature/{{Ravenor}} "bodygloves" are popular for both men and women. Inquisitor Amberley Vail wears something a lot like one to fit into and interface with her PoweredArmor, and the sight is enough to distract even Literature/CiaphasCain from the prospect of imminent danger...
27th Feb '17 10:48:46 PM DesertDragon
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* Surprisingly averted by the ''Film/JamesBond'' movies. Even though this outfit is the [[PopCulturalOsmosis stereotypical dress code]] for {{Bond Girl}}s, none have ''ever'' dressed this way in any of the movies. Even the girls that are agents themselves have always dressed practically when necessary. The only one that came close was Wai Lin from ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', who wore a wetsuit for the final battle on board a warship, but then again so did Bond.

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* Surprisingly averted by Despite what PopCulturalOsmosis would have you believe, this trope has never been present in the ''Film/JamesBond'' movies. Even though this outfit is the [[PopCulturalOsmosis stereotypical dress code]] for {{Bond Girl}}s, none have ''ever'' dressed this way in any of the movies. Even the girls Girl}}s that are agents spies themselves have always dressed practically when necessary.dress appropriately for the occasion, whether it's an evening dress or khakis and sneakers. The only one that came close was Wai Lin from ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', who wore a wetsuit for the final battle on board a warship, but then again so did Bond.
25th Feb '17 4:25:05 PM Spindriver
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* ''Webcomic/ByTheBook'': Orc rogue Kazu's outfit.



* In ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'', Fallon Young, sexy (but bungling) international superspy, usually wears a catsuit, as other characters have been known to note admiringly.



* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfGnosisCollege'', Ashley Madder wears one of these (explicitly modeled on the ''maillot de soie'' worn by Irma Vep in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Vampires ''Les Vampires'']]) to infiltrate Professor Corwin's laboratory.
* ''Webcomic/ByTheBook'': Orc rogue Kazu's outfit.

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* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfGnosisCollege'', the highly NSFW ''Tales of Gnosis College'', Ashley Madder wears one of these (explicitly modeled on the ''maillot de soie'' worn by Irma Vep in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Vampires ''Les Vampires'']]) to infiltrate Professor Corwin's laboratory.
* ''Webcomic/ByTheBook'': Orc rogue Kazu's outfit.
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22nd Feb '17 3:18:52 AM XenMon2
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* Catwoman in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' wears a black leather one. Oddly, Joker of all people seems to wear one under his tux.
8th Jan '17 12:39:39 PM nombretomado
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* Similarly to the ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' example, ArtificialHuman Girl One from ''TopTen'' wears what at first appears to be a full body catsuit. In reality, she's actually nude -- her creators gave her an aversion to clothing, while at the same time giving her body the ability to hide this fact via built in full body tattoo/bodypaint that she can control at will -- she typically looks like she's wearing a full body purple spandex catsuit with logos and patterns on it. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar They didn't explain this until several chapters in]].

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* Similarly to the ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' example, ArtificialHuman Girl One from ''TopTen'' ''ComicBook/TopTen'' wears what at first appears to be a full body catsuit. In reality, she's actually nude -- her creators gave her an aversion to clothing, while at the same time giving her body the ability to hide this fact via built in full body tattoo/bodypaint that she can control at will -- she typically looks like she's wearing a full body purple spandex catsuit with logos and patterns on it. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar They didn't explain this until several chapters in]].
3rd Jan '17 5:33:25 PM DesertDragon
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* Surprisingly averted by the ''Film/JamesBond'' movies. Even though this outfit is the [[PopCulturalOsmosis stereotypical dress code]] for Bond Girls, none have ''ever'' worn an outfit like this in any of the movies. Even the girls that are agents themselves have always dressed practically when necessary. The only one that comes close is Wai Lin from ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', who wore a wetsuit for the final battle on board a warship, but then again so did Bond.

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* Surprisingly averted by the ''Film/JamesBond'' movies. Even though this outfit is the [[PopCulturalOsmosis stereotypical dress code]] for Bond Girls, {{Bond Girl}}s, none have ''ever'' worn an outfit like dressed this way in any of the movies. Even the girls that are agents themselves have always dressed practically when necessary. The only one that comes came close is was Wai Lin from ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', who wore a wetsuit for the final battle on board a warship, but then again so did Bond.
3rd Jan '17 5:29:11 PM DesertDragon
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As you may have imagined, this is not something real-life (or realistic fictional) female operatives would wear in the field, though a black turtleneck and cargo pants arguably pull off a similar look while being a bit more plausible. In fact, this trope originated with ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, whose iconic use of this outfit is both the TropeCreator and TropeNamer. A variant on this is the tendency of female ninja in {{anime}} and superhero comics to wear excessively {{stripperiffic}} outfits (see for example the female teachers from ''Manga/{{Naruto}})''.

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As you may have imagined, this is not something real-life (or realistic fictional) female operatives would wear in the field, though a black turtleneck and cargo pants arguably pull off a similar look while being a bit more plausible. In fact, this trope originated not with spy fiction at all, but with ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, whose iconic use of this outfit is both the TropeCreator and TropeNamer. A variant on this is the tendency of female ninja in {{anime}} and superhero comics to wear excessively {{stripperiffic}} outfits (see for example the female teachers from ''Manga/{{Naruto}})''.
3rd Jan '17 5:26:09 PM DesertDragon
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* Surprisingly averted by the ''Film/JamesBond'' movies. Even though this outfit is the [[PopCulturalOsmosis stereotypical dress code]] for Bond Girls, none have ''ever'' worn an outfit like this in any of the movies. Even the girls that are agents themselves have always dressed practically when necessary. The only one that comes close is Wai Lin from ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', who wore a wetsuit for the final battle on board a warship, but then again so did Bond.



* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Averted in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', where in the FinalBattle, Camille is wearing a button-down, plain khakis, and sneakers, and has her hair in a ponytail.
** Wai Lin in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' spent the final combat sequence in a wetsuit. Justified, it was on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Bond was also in one.
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