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25th Oct '17 10:03:16 AM bitemytail
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Compare ExpositoryHairstyles, when a character's hair is used to indicate personality, background, or other traits. See also HatShop, which analyzes the connotations of headgear.

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Compare ExpositoryHairstyles, when a character's hair is used to indicate personality, background, or other traits. See also HatShop, UsefulNotes/HatShop, which analyzes the connotations of headgear.
22nd Oct '17 5:04:45 AM i4wpuw6sh8
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* '''Redneck/Southerner''': Varies by time period and social status. The basic "poor farmer" look (at its extreme without a shirt and only one strap on the overalls) works well for any period prior to the mid-20th century. The CorruptHick version will usually be in a white or light-colored suit with the shirtsleeves rolled up, white Panama or straw hat, and a cigar. For examples from the 1970s and later, a baseball cap, jeans, and a hunting jacket will do; handlebar mustache and sideburns optional.
22nd Oct '17 4:55:08 AM i4wpuw6sh8
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* '''Cult Leader/Member''': Traditionally, the dark or earth-toned robes of a monk or necromancer, with or without a hood, especially for "evil" cults. More modern cults will often feature some kind of New Age/Oriental style (saffron robe with Hare Krishna topknot, Nehru jacket) or just [[LooksLikeJesus a white "Jesus" robe]]. Scientologists will usually appear in plain suits or "customer service" uniforms.
22nd Oct '17 4:47:21 AM i4wpuw6sh8
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* '''HeavyMetal Rocker''': Hair almost always long, and usually feathered. Sometimes garish face-paint, as well as jungle animal prints on T-shirts or spandex. "Goth" or "barbarian" look (all-black, SpikesOfVillainy) for extreme metal.
22nd Oct '17 4:43:08 AM i4wpuw6sh8
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* '''ValleyGirl''': Garishly colorful clothing, often vaguely "punk" in appearance.

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* '''ValleyGirl''': Garishly colorful clothing, often vaguely "punk" in appearance. "Authentic" 1980s examples will also have [[EightiesHair "poodle" hair]], leg warmers, maybe one bra strap visible.
22nd Oct '17 4:38:57 AM i4wpuw6sh8
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* '''[[CrappyCarnival Carny]]''': Vertical-striped shirt, bow tie, straw boater hat, often a cane. Also works for snake-oil salesmen, barbershop quartets, various vaudeville performers.


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* '''Prisoner''': Varies by era. For the mid-19th century through the 1920s, it's a black-and-white, horizontally striped jumpsuit and often a matching flat cap (sometimes also on modern prisoners, either for humiliation purposes or for comedy). For the 1930s through the 1960s, a light blue corduroy shirt, white undershirt, dark blue or black slacks, and a baseball-style cap. For any time from the 1970s to today, a loose-fitting jumpsuit in bright orange. ''Political'' prisoners will either still be in (usually ragged) military uniform or will be dressed as peasants.
22nd Oct '17 4:25:30 AM i4wpuw6sh8
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* '''Gangster''': (old style) Fedora and zoot suits; (new style) Hoodies, and saggy jeans.

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* '''Gangster''': (old style) Fedora and zoot suits; (new style) Hoodies, and saggy jeans. In many cases, a chromatically inverted suit (white coat, black shirt, white tie) will suffice.



* '''Hippie''': Tie-dyed clothing and headband. Long hair. Beard on the men.

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* '''Hippie''': Tie-dyed clothing and headband.headband (though actual hippie clothing was usually less garish than this). Long hair. Beard on the men.
12th Oct '17 11:57:45 AM lakingsif
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* '''Bodyguard, CIA, or government agent''': Sunglasses, [[BadassInANiceSuit a black suit and tie]], possibly an earpiece.

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* '''Bodyguard, CIA, or government agent''': Sunglasses, [[LadyInAPowerSuit a black suit]] [[BadassInANiceSuit a black suit and tie]], possibly an earpiece.
23rd Aug '16 6:46:32 PM nombretomado
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* '''DiscoDan''': Dapper suit, usually mostly in white. (This was being parodied as early as 1980, in ''{{Airplane}}'')

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* '''DiscoDan''': Dapper suit, usually mostly in white. (This was being parodied as early as 1980, in ''{{Airplane}}'')''Film/{{Airplane}}'')
13th Jul '16 5:14:41 PM Shishkahuben
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* '''Spy''': Fedora (Please don't confuse it for a trilby), BadassLongcoat, and sunglasses, although that's a DeadHorseTrope by now. SpyCatsuit is more modern. James Bond-esque spies prefer a TuxedoAndMartini.

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* '''Spy''': Fedora (Please don't confuse it for a trilby), Fedora, BadassLongcoat, and sunglasses, although that's a DeadHorseTrope by now. SpyCatsuit is more modern. James Bond-esque spies prefer a TuxedoAndMartini.
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