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1st May '18 6:21:55 PM TheBigBopper
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Additionally, stainless steel hadn't been invented yet, and armor was ''really'' expensive, so it had to be treated carefully even when not damaged in a given battle. As the European ironworking industry gradually expanded to meet the increased demands for iron-based armor and weaponry[[note]] Europe was ridiculously over-iron-ed by world standards even in the 18th century. They didn't even have 100 million people, but they had at least a million guns and 10,000 artillery pieces. This is because Europe had been at war with itself practically non-stop for the better part of a millennium, somehow without a single continent-spanning Empire coming into being as a result of it (as per the world norm)[[/note]] standard-issue sets of plate became more common but remained a significant investment.

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Additionally, stainless steel hadn't been invented yet, and armor was ''really'' expensive, so it had to be treated carefully even when not damaged in a given battle. As the European ironworking industry gradually expanded to meet the increased demands for iron-based armor and weaponry[[note]] Europe was ridiculously over-iron-ed by world standards even in the 18th century.century, thanks to technological innovations in smelting and steelmaking. They didn't even have 100 million people, but they had at least a million guns and 10,000 artillery pieces. This is because Europe had been at war with itself practically non-stop for the better part of a millennium, somehow without a single continent-spanning Empire coming into being as a result of it (as per the world norm)[[/note]] standard-issue sets of plate became more common but remained a significant investment.
1st May '18 6:18:39 PM TheBigBopper
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In RealLife, while armor was lighter than you might think, it still could get very hot (especially when backed with mail and padded), and it took time and (most of the time) assistance to remove. In battle, it could become extremely unhygienic: in addition to sweat, people bled inside their armor, and possibly [[PottyFailure relieved themselves]], both because you can't take bathroom breaks in the midst of battle and because a sudden shock can *ahem* [[BringMyBrownPants loosen the bowels]]. Armor could be deformed or pierced by a mace, axe, polearm, or hammer, causing serious injuries for the wearer.

Additionally, stainless steel hadn't been invented yet, and armor was ''really'' expensive, so it had to be treated carefully even when not damaged in a given battle. As the European ironworking industry gradually expanded to meet the increased demands for iron-based armor and weaponry[[note]] Europe was ridiculously over-iron-ed by world standards even in the 18th century. They didn't even have 100 million people, but they had at least a million guns and 10,000 artillery pieces. This is because Europe had been at war with itself practically non-stop for the better part of a millennium, somehow without a single continent-spanning Empire coming into being as a result of it (as per the world norm)[[/note]] standard-issue sets of plate became more common but remained relatively expensive items.

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In RealLife, while armor was lighter than not as stiff or heavy as you might think, it still could get very hot (especially when backed with mail and significantly padded), and it took time and (most of the time) assistance to don and remove. In battle, it could become extremely unhygienic: in addition to sweat, people bled inside their armor, and possibly [[PottyFailure relieved themselves]], both because you can't take bathroom breaks in the midst of battle and because a sudden shock can *ahem* [[BringMyBrownPants loosen the bowels]]. Armor could be deformed or pierced by a mace, axe, polearm, or hammer, causing serious injuries for the wearer.

Additionally, stainless steel hadn't been invented yet, and armor was ''really'' expensive, so it had to be treated carefully even when not damaged in a given battle. As the European ironworking industry gradually expanded to meet the increased demands for iron-based armor and weaponry[[note]] Europe was ridiculously over-iron-ed by world standards even in the 18th century. They didn't even have 100 million people, but they had at least a million guns and 10,000 artillery pieces. This is because Europe had been at war with itself practically non-stop for the better part of a millennium, somehow without a single continent-spanning Empire coming into being as a result of it (as per the world norm)[[/note]] standard-issue sets of plate became more common but remained relatively expensive items.
a significant investment.



It may be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the case of magical armor; the enchantments may be for more than increasing defenses. Another common justification is that it's a ClingyCostume, or the wearer is a DarkLordOnLifeSupport and for whatever reason they literally ''can't'' take it off. Yet another is the wearer being someone whose enemies can attack at any time or place without warning, making them too scared remove their armor for any length of time lest they be caught unprepared. Often seen in the case of PoweredArmor -- which may be justified since the PoweredArmor might be designed to be comfortable for longer periods of wearing,[[note]]with climate control, power assist, and sanitary waste removal[[/note]] especially if its wearer is a ManInTheMachine. Often a symptom of LimitedWardrobe. The 24-Hour Armor combined with the RuleOfFunny may result in BoogieKnights. Compare with the ErmineCapeEffect and LoafingInFullCostume.

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It may be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the case of magical armor; the enchantments may be for more than increasing defenses. Another common justification is that it's a ClingyCostume, or the wearer is a DarkLordOnLifeSupport and for whatever reason they literally ''can't'' take it off. Yet another is when the wearer being someone whose enemies can attack at any time is camping in hostile territory or place without warning, making them too scared facing constant threat of assassination, so that they dare not remove their armor it for any length of time lest they be caught unprepared. Often seen in the case of PoweredArmor -- which may be justified since if the PoweredArmor might be is designed to be comfortable for longer periods of wearing,[[note]]with climate control, power assist, and sanitary waste removal[[/note]] especially if its wearer is a ManInTheMachine. Often a symptom of LimitedWardrobe. The 24-Hour Armor combined with the RuleOfFunny may result in BoogieKnights. Compare with the ErmineCapeEffect and LoafingInFullCostume.
30th Apr '18 8:42:58 PM compro01
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** [[https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-07-08 Their heavy armour is even more so]], able to act as a completely self-contained life support system, even capable of recycling bodily waste back into food, water, and air.
17th Apr '18 9:04:20 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Not quite as chilling, Brotherhood of Steel soldiers do indeed sleep in power armor. In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', however, the player must exit their power armor before sleeping.

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** Not quite as chilling, Brotherhood of Steel soldiers do indeed sleep in power armor. In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', however, the player must exit their power armor before sleeping. Brotherhood companion Paladin Danse presumably gets out of his power armor at bedtime if the player is romancing him, but he's apparently pretty good about getting up and putting it back on just before you wake up.
22nd Mar '18 7:41:22 PM barberbarberjoe
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* The Ruby-Spears version of ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' never takes off his armor for any reason whatsoever. The only time we see his household civilian robot appearance at all is during the pilot ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness which has some elements that never return again anyway]]).
12th Mar '18 4:22:15 PM gb00393
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** Queen Visenya Targaryen preferred plate and mail to gowns.
6th Mar '18 7:28:30 PM nombretomado
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** A particular amusing case is [[CrutchCharacter Jagen]] of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Mystery of the Emblem]]'' and its remake. He's still dressed in full, relatively heavy-looking battle armor like he was in the preceding games... except here he is in poor health, is just a tactician and advisor, and thus cannot and does not fight ''at all''. For ''Mystery'' it may be enforced by technological limitations with limited space for superfluous portraits on a {{SNES}} cartridge, but ''New Mystery'' is a UsefulNotes/NintendoDS game and doesn't have the same excuse at all. [[spoiler: Though it does allow for one particularly [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] moment towards the late beginning of the second DS game where Jagen threatens General Lang with a duel, causing Lang to run away]].

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** A particular amusing case is [[CrutchCharacter Jagen]] of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Mystery of the Emblem]]'' and its remake. He's still dressed in full, relatively heavy-looking battle armor like he was in the preceding games... except here he is in poor health, is just a tactician and advisor, and thus cannot and does not fight ''at all''. For ''Mystery'' it may be enforced by technological limitations with limited space for superfluous portraits on a {{SNES}} {{UsefulNotes/SNES}} cartridge, but ''New Mystery'' is a UsefulNotes/NintendoDS game and doesn't have the same excuse at all. [[spoiler: Though it does allow for one particularly [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] moment towards the late beginning of the second DS game where Jagen threatens General Lang with a duel, causing Lang to run away]].
19th Jan '18 9:38:11 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate almost constantly wore her Barrier Jacket even outside of combat and only ever dematerialised her gloves and cape when not fighting. This is used to show how single minded she was in capturing Jewel Seeds and the fact that, at the time, she was little better then a ChildSoldier. It's not surprising that, after her HeelFaceTurn, Fate is shown wearing causal clothing.

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate almost constantly wore her Barrier Jacket even outside of combat and only ever dematerialised her gloves and cape when not fighting. This is used to show how single minded she was in capturing Jewel Seeds and the fact that, at the time, she was little better then a ChildSoldier. It's not surprising that, after her HeelFaceTurn, Fate is shown wearing causal clothing.
19th Jan '18 9:36:14 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate almost constantly wore her Barrier Jacket even outside of combat and only ever dematerialised her gloves and cape when not fighting. This is used to show how single minded she was in capturing Jewel Seeds and the fact that, at the time, she was little better then a ChildSoldier. It's not surprising that, after her HeelFaceTurn, Fate is shown wearing causal clothing.
30th Dec '17 11:16:05 PM JackG
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It may be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the case of magical armor; the enchantments may be for more than increasing defenses. Another common justification is that it's a ClingyCostume, or the wearer is a DarkLordOnLifeSupport and for whatever reason they literally ''can't'' take it off. Yet another is the wearer being someone whose enemies can attack at any time or place without warning, making them too scared remove their armor for any length of time lest they be caught unprepared. Often seen in the case of PoweredArmor -- which may be justified since the PoweredArmor might be designed to be comfortable for longer periods of wearing,[[note]]with climate control, power assist, and sanitary waste removal[[/note]] especially if its wearer is a ManInTheMachine. Often a symptom of LimitedWardrobe. The 24-Hour Armor combined with the RuleOfFunny may result in BoogieKnights. Compare with the ErmineCapeEffect.

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It may be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the case of magical armor; the enchantments may be for more than increasing defenses. Another common justification is that it's a ClingyCostume, or the wearer is a DarkLordOnLifeSupport and for whatever reason they literally ''can't'' take it off. Yet another is the wearer being someone whose enemies can attack at any time or place without warning, making them too scared remove their armor for any length of time lest they be caught unprepared. Often seen in the case of PoweredArmor -- which may be justified since the PoweredArmor might be designed to be comfortable for longer periods of wearing,[[note]]with climate control, power assist, and sanitary waste removal[[/note]] especially if its wearer is a ManInTheMachine. Often a symptom of LimitedWardrobe. The 24-Hour Armor combined with the RuleOfFunny may result in BoogieKnights. Compare with the ErmineCapeEffect.
ErmineCapeEffect and LoafingInFullCostume.
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