Created By: KingZeal on February 19, 2012 Last Edited By: KingZeal on November 23, 2012

Malfunction-Risk Outfit

A Super Trope of clothing which can barely hold itself on the wearer.

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Created because of the debate on this page.

Is This Tropable? Needs a Better Title. As it stands now, this title would invite misuse.

Some clothing is designed to have no visible method of staying put and to invoke the idea that the wearer is willing to risk a Wardrobe Malfunction. For example, tops designed without straps and blouses with nothing holding it together in the center are designed this way not only because bare skin is sexy, but because it gives everyone in viewing distance the impression that the clothes can fall off or brush aside at any moment.

This trope also applies to short skirts, or short shorts or loincloths which risk showing a Panty Shot (or worse).

This does not include most forms of bikinis or bras. Outfits that have fasteners/straps/wrappings holding them together from the sides, top and bottom don't count. One or more of those things must be missing to qualify.

The Super Trope for Impossibly-Low Neckline, Dangerously Short Skirt or Magic Skirt.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • The skirt of Jessie from Pokémon. Luckily, it's a kids show, so the logical conclusion will never happen.
    • In fact, Jessie is just the most recurring example. Many, many of the female characters on the show invoke this trope.

Comics
  • Starfire's classic costume has nothing holding on in the front. The back has more substance to it, but there's nothing holding to front together at all. Of course, Depending on the Artist, it's typically metal.
  • The Phantom Lady of DC Comics wears an monokini with nothing but two strips of cloth.

Film
  • Princess Leia's slave outfit is fastened in the front, but the loincloth area is just waiting for a strong breeze to happen.

Videogames
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • February 19, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Too bad we can't call it Walking Wardrobe Malfunction.
  • February 19, 2012
    Loquacia
    Final Fantasy X-2. All of it.
  • February 19, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^ You'll need to be more specific than that.
  • February 19, 2012
    Premonition45
    Isn't this just Theiss Titillation Theory?
  • February 19, 2012
    captainpat
    Theiss Titillation Theory is about a character's clothes being sexy because of the possibility Wardrobe Malfunction. It's an Audience Reaction, an extremely stupid one, IMO.

    I think we should move the examples from Theiss Titillation Theory to this ykttw and leave Theiss Titillation Theory exampleless.
  • February 19, 2012
    chicagomel
    • I'd say the short skirt of Jesse of Team Rocket in Pokemon anime. I bet if it weren't a kids' show, there *would* be a malfunction with that outfit.
  • February 19, 2012
    Routerie
    ^^ Yes. Theiss Titillation Theory, as our discussion showed, is a theory that (if true) technically applies to all clothes. We should define it as the outside term it is and point people here for examples.
  • February 19, 2012
    KingZeal
    Technically, our discussion showed nothing except that we couldn't agree on it. This is merely a compromise.
  • February 20, 2012
    Routerie
    A compromise? I thought we all disapproved of that page and wanted a clearer trope.
  • February 20, 2012
    KingZeal
    No, I still find the distinction being made to be ridiculously arbitrary, but rather than force the issue further, I'd rather just make the page it should be.
  • February 20, 2012
    Premonition45
    Leia's whole slave outfit may well be the Trope Codifier thus far. It's truly one huge wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. The bra is held only by two thin wires crisscrossing, and as mentioned, the skirt is simply waiting for strong breeze to happen, besides having two open oval-shaped pieces holding it together.
  • February 26, 2012
    TBeholder
    There don't seem to be much of a visible difference. Add Risque Clothes as a more obvious redirect if you will. But that's about it.

    @captainpat: reality is always stupid compared to utopism. Works, though. :] There's such thing as Invoked Trope, which covers translations of an expected Audience Reaction In Universe, so with such variations Theiss Titillation Theory covers it almost enrtirely.
  • February 26, 2012
    peccantis
    ^x7 that's Magical Skirt and doesn't need to be listed here.
  • April 22, 2012
    IndestructibleHugo
    The girls' uniform at Youkai Academy in Rosario To Vampire have some of the shortest skirts in all of anime! It's a wonder no one ever complains about being forced to wear skirts that show off the wearers underpants when they do so much as walk!
  • April 25, 2012
    KingZeal
    Please rewrite the above to avoid the Lewdness.
  • April 25, 2012
    MiinU

    Video games

  • April 27, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    What about Glasses Without Earpieces? I've noticed a lot of cartoon characters like Scrooge Mc Duck and Dr. Octopus favor them.
  • April 27, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ I don't think that's this trope. This one is about "clothing apparently about to fall off = sexy".
  • April 27, 2012
    KingZeal
    Yeah. That's actually a very good trope, but not this trope.
  • April 27, 2012
    Mauri
    Not sure the case of Doctor Slump we have Arale and Gatchan using Senbeis underwear with the pulling strings to keep them in place. Possibly a comical aversion/ subversion of what you are saying.
  • November 23, 2012
    Koveras
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