Created By: captainpat on August 1, 2012 Last Edited By: captainpat on November 23, 2013
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Embarrassing but empowering outfit

An outfit that gives its wearer immense power but looks ridiculous.

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Upside: Magical Chainsaw. Downside: Well...

Haley: ... so the Boots of Speed were totally powerful, but they were, like, lime green.
Vaarsuvius: Indeed. A most grave conundrum you faced.

A character has an outfit that grants them immense power but there's one major problem. The outfit looks ridiculous and its powers can't be accessed without wearing it. Despite the benefits, the character is usually hesitant or refuses to wear the outfit all together.

This frequently overlaps with Stripperiffic as usually the outfits, while powerful, are often extremely revealing.

Sub-Trope of Clothes Make the Superman

Compare to Impossibly Tacky Clothes, Rainbow Pimp Gear

In-Universe Examples Only

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
  • From Sumomo Mo Momo Mo, Sanae's Uma Kamen outfit. It's an outfit from her tribe that increases its wearer power but it looks like a bondage costume. Sanae hates wearing it and most characters, even the ones she saved, are taken aback to how ridiculous the outfit looks.
  • Project A-ko: B-ko Daitoukuji's battle armor, Akagiyama 23 enhances her reflexes to match A-ko's. However, it's skimpy and comes with a visor. When A-ko and the other students fitst see it, they burst out laughing at her. Then the fight began. Let's just say A-ko's laughter was short lived.
    • Later in the film, it's reaveled that it also has a built-in jet pack which enables B-ko to fly; which she uses during her attempt to rescue C-ko from Captain Napolipolita. B-ko was able to manuever effortlessly through a non-stop missile barrage.
  • Kore wa Zombie desu ka?: The costume worn by Magic Girl Haruna contains lots of ruffles and bows. This isn't so embarrassing for her, but when she accidentally passes on her powers, costume included, to the zombie Ayumu, he is not so amused by the outfit. In order to activate his powers, the pink bow-covered costume is included.
  • There's a scene in The Slayers where Lina and Amelia put on silly dresses and sing a silly song in order to cast a powerful spell and kill a demon. It produces some lights. The spell was actually for a festival. Lina then killed the demon with her classic Dragon Slave as punishment for watching her embarrass herself.
  • The manga Miracle Lingerie parodies Stripperific costumes with a set of actual lingerie that gives superpowers, but only when nothing is worn over it. The heroine is understandably not keen on wearing it in public.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • In Empowered, the titular character possesses a full body super-suit that gives her numerous super abilities but it's also made of extremely thin and fragile material. The suit tears easily and even when it's fully intact, it's so form-fitting that it leaves little to the imagination. These are huge problems for a superheroine like Empowered who has numerous body-image issues.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
  • In The Greatest American Hero Everyman Ralph Hinkley is given a "super suit" by some friendly aliens. He is very embarassed being seen in it, but eventually he gets used to it.
  • On Wizards of Waverly Place, when Max's powers fully come in he's unable to truly control or use them. In order to do so, he must wear a huge, gaudy, puffy jester hat. Not doing so would cause events like spontaneous indoor blizzards, but doing so made him the laughing stock of the school.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
  • Magick Chicks: The mysterious wand grants Melissa Hellrune unimaginable power, enough to trigger a level 9 magical event. Said wand also comes with an outlandish Cute Witch Magical Girl costume. Melissa is not pleased.
  • Haley in Order Of The Stick has a pair of magical Boots of Speed, but considers them a fashion disaster because they're lime green, and refuses to wear them until she can get them dyed brown to match her armor.
  • Goblins has a subversion, when Minmax complains loudly about Forgath forcing him to wear a suit of magical pink armor. He doesn't realise that one of the armor's properties is the ability to take on any color he chooses.
  • In the xkcd strip titled shoes a character is rewarded shoes that make their wearer immortal. He can't decide whether or not to wear the shoes since the have creepy individual toes.
  • In Slimy Thief a male warrior goes to Azamat's store and asks for the most powerful armor. Azamat pulls out some magical armor that He initially refuses to wear it because "It has boobs".
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • In Persona 3 FES there's a bonus female-only costume you can get called the High Cut Armour. It significantly raises a party members attack and defense, can be gotten early on in the game and isn't usurped as the best armor for a while. However, it's also very skimpy and one the few costumes that the girls will comment on specifically if you equip it (usually you get a generic 'thanks!' message, but with the HCA you get a "...really? I have to wear this?" one instead).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • The Armor of Zeldron, from Adventure Time, grants its wearer flight and protects them from just about anything. In the episode "Blood Under the Skin" Finn and Jake go quest to find the armor, but when they do find it Finn refuses to wear it since it's "girl armor"
  • In Spongebob Squarepants it is stated that superpowers come from costumes, and that is the only reason that the heroes would wear them.
    Mermaid Man: Power's all in the costume. Why else would we run around in colored undies?
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Community Feedback Replies: 100
  • August 1, 2012
    MrRuano
    • Ultimate Girls plays this to an extreme, with having the main girls' outfits spontaneously disintegrate as soon as they are formed. This gets even worse, as their embarrassment is the only way they can use their powers AND keep their outfits together.
  • August 1, 2012
    abk0100
    That's a creative way of sneaking a trope namer in. I applaud you.

  • August 1, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ Heh, you got me.
  • August 1, 2012
    MiinU

    Anime

    • Project A-ko: B-ko Daitoukuji's battle armor, Akagiyama 23 enhances her reflexes to match A-ko's. However, it's skimpy and comes with a visor. When A-ko and the other students first see it, they burst out laughing at her. Then the fight began. Let's just say A-ko's laughter was short lived.
      • Later in the film, it's revealed that it also has a built-in jet pack which enables B-ko to fly; which she uses during her attempt to rescue C-ko from Captain Napolipolita. B-ko was able to manuever effortlessly through a non-stop missile barrage.
      • However, the visor's function doesn't become clear until the fourth movie, Final. It allows B-ko to breathe while in outter space! Seen when she flies A-ko into space, at 11.5 G's!

    Webcomics

  • August 1, 2012
    captainpat
    With the Magick Chicks example does she have to wear the costume to use her powers?
  • August 1, 2012
    MiinU
    ^@captainpat - So far, yes.

    However, the wand appears to be sentient and can shapeshift into a bracelet, or alter whatever Melissa's wearing. But the heart logo from the costume itself is always present on her chest. So far, she's had two Catapult Nightmares about being caught wearing it.

    Oh, and two corrections for the A-ko example: I misspelled first, and it's Akagiyama 23.
  • August 1, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Some of these just look like Stripperific.
  • August 1, 2012
    NightNymph
    Since I haven't seen this anime - I only remember reading about it from an earlier YKTTW thread - you may want to do some looking into this or get some input from someone who knows more, but I think the example definitely qualifies...

    In Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? the magic girl costumes are very frilly and appear to be necessary for their power. The costume was even accidentally transferred to a zombie, Ayumu, along with the powers. Unfortunately for the zombie, he was a guy, so wearing the costume is even more embarrassing than usual.

    If you can get the permission to use this image of Ayumu, I think it might make a good one for this YKTTW (he sure doesn't look happy about having to wear the frills - heh). Here is a link to the YKTTW where I read this example and where the link to the photo came from. (Scroll down to the bottom of the examples.)
  • August 1, 2012
    captainpat
    ^^ There's gonna be overlap with Stripperiffic, though it's not limited to those type of costumes, as this can often be used as a justification for a character's Stripperiffic clothing but the difference is this is about a character opinion of their costume and the costume has to be worn.
  • August 1, 2012
    foxley
    In one story in Ranma One Half, Ryoga is cursed with a tatto on his belly that makes him unbeatable but looks like a goofy smiley face.
  • August 1, 2012
    MiinU
    ^@foxely - the trope is about embarrassing outfits, Ryoga's tattoo is an Embarrassing Mark.
  • August 1, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    "the difference is this is about a character opinion of their costume and the costume has to be worn."

    Oh, so it's In Universe Examples Only? In that case, I should add this is a Sister Trope to Impossibly Tacky Clothes.
  • August 1, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In The Greatest American Hero Everyman Ralph Hinkley is given a "super suit" by some friendly aliens. He is very embarassed being seen in it, but eventually he gets used to it.
  • August 1, 2012
    Astaroth
    Is this already covered by Rainbow Pimp Gear? If not it should be linked somewhere in the description

    • Haley in Order Of The Stick has a pair of magical Boots of Speed, but considers them a fashion disaster because they're lime green, and refuses to wear them until she can get them dyed brown to match her armor.
    • Goblins has a subversion, when Minmax complains loudly about Forgath forcing him to wear a suit of magical pink armor. He doesn't realise that one of the armor's properties is the ability to take on any color he chooses.
  • August 1, 2012
    captainpat
    ^^^ Seems appropriate.

    ^ The difference is Rainbow Pimp Gear is about a character wearing equipment from different armor sets. This is about one piece of attire.
  • August 2, 2012
    Astaroth
    Haley: ... so the Boots of Speed were totally powerful, but they were, like, lime green.
    Vaarsuvius: Indeed. A most grave conundrum you faced.

    Possible page quote?
  • August 2, 2012
    Koveras
  • August 2, 2012
    MiinU
    added video link to the Project A-ko example.
  • August 2, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Subverted by one of Barrangan's henchmen in Bleach - his ressurection form makes him a truly ridiculous villainous crossdresser, but he considers it beautiful.
  • August 2, 2012
    stalydan
    Possibly better name: Polka dot Power Armor
  • August 2, 2012
    MiinU
    ^That'd be Charlotte Culhorne. In his case, it was more than just his resurrecion though, the guy looked like a musclebound tranny to begin with.
  • August 2, 2012
    captainpat
    It's important to remember that the character has to wear the clothing to use their power. Clothing that's from a transformation that can be taken off, and grant no abilities itself is not this trope.

    ^^ Good name. My only issue is that I don't want people think this is limited to Powered Armor. If it doesn't get used, it'll be a redirect.

    ^^^ So is it stated in the story that she's not embarrassed her sonic form outfit? or does her embarrassment simply not come up.

  • August 2, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ In Fate's case, her form is what gives her the speed boost.
  • August 2, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ Wait so she doesn't need the clothes? Does it come up in the story that she's not embarrassed by it?
  • August 2, 2012
    nitrokitty

    ^ And no, so I don't think it fits.
  • August 2, 2012
    NightNymph
    Sorry, I should have pointed out that my above Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka example would go under "Anime & Manga."

    And I'll try to summarize it properly...

    • Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka: The costume worn by Magic Girl Haruna contains lots of ruffles and bows. This isn't so embarrassing for her, but when she accidentally passes on her powers, costume included, to the zombie Ayumu, he is not so amused by the outfit. In order to activate his powers, the pink bow-covered costume is included.
  • August 5, 2012
    JonnyB
    Would Super Mario's tanuki suit count?
  • August 5, 2012
    MiinU
    ^@JonnyB - not unless Mario or another character in-universe considers it embarrassing.
  • August 5, 2012
    ChibiRegalli
    How about the XKCD comic where the shoes of outrunning death have creepy individual toes? http://www.xkcd.com/1065/
  • August 6, 2012
    Koveras
    @captainpat: Oh. "Form" is the technobabble term for individual magical clothing configurations in the setting. In other words, her True Sonic Form refers to the minimalistic combat outfit that leaves most of her body unprotected (read: naked) by redirecting the energy needed to maintain it into the speed boost (which she wouldn't have had otherwise).
  • August 6, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ ok. She not embarrassed wearing it but is that something she says in the work, or do other characters point out the ridiculousness of the outfit. There needs to be In Universe acknowledgement that the outfit is bad or embarrassing to wear.
  • August 6, 2012
    Koveras
    Well, she is embarrassed in ViVid, when the amount of Clothing Damage that has left other fighters merely tattered strips her more or less naked...
  • August 6, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ If that's the only case then I don't think it fits. The outfit itself should be embarrassing to put on period not just after it's been torn to shreds.
  • August 6, 2012
    nitrokitty
    Would this count?

  • August 6, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ Maybe there's some context I'm missing but is it useful that the hat does that? The abilities the clothes provides should be useful in some manner making it seem almost petty to not wear it.
  • August 6, 2012
    Tiiba
    There's a scene in The Slayers where Lina and Amelia put on silly dresses and sing a silly song in order to cast a powerful spell and kill a demon. It produces some lights. The spell was actually for a festival. Lina then killed the demon with her classic Dragon Slave as punishment for watching her embarrass herself.
  • August 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Not sure if this counts.
    • Zig Zagged in the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode "Halloween," where everyone becomes their costumes. Willow initially dresses up as a slutty goth chick (per Buffy's urging) but chickens out and puts on a Bedsheet Ghost costume over it. When they become their costumes, Willow is a slutty/gothy-looking ghost who can walk through walls.
  • August 6, 2012
    Dacilriel
    In Spongebob Squarepants it is stated that superpowers come from costumes, and that is the only reason that the heroes would wear them.

    Mermaid Man: Power's all in the costume. Why else would we run around in colored undies?

  • August 7, 2012
    captainpat
    ^^ Unless it's stated to be an embarrassing costume and they have to keep the costumes on for the powers then no.
  • August 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Well, I guess it's hard for me to explain. For the duration of the event the costumes are pernanantly attached, or leastwise nobody thinks to take their costumes off. Not that they would even think of doing so, because they don't realize that they've become their costumes, they think that who they think they are is who they are...like, Buffy is dressed as an 18th century damsel, and thinks she is an 18th century damsel; Xander is dressed as an army guy and thinks he is one, etc. The only person who has been affected and realizes it is Willow - she became the ghost of Willow, because she was wearing a ghost costume over her slutty girl costume. But now that she's a ghost, she's walking around in her slutty girl outfit and can't do anything about it because she's a ghost so she can't touch anything. And yes, she's embarassed by it, which is the reason why she put the ghost costume on over it.
  • August 8, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ Unless the slutty goth costume also grants her some kind of power then probably not. Least the way it's being described it seems she's wearing two costumes and the one she's embarrassed by is the slutty goth one but the one that gives her any powers is the ghost costume which she's not embarrassed by. I think.
  • August 9, 2012
    beamerpook
    LITERATURE - Belgariad Series - Queen Ce'Nedra got a set of golden armor with exaggerated boobs made. She's a little self-conscious wearing it, but realizes that it helps to enhance her image as the leader of the Western Army, whose support she needed.
  • August 18, 2012
    nitrokitty
    I vote for Ayumu's pink magical girl outfit for the page image. It's just too hilarious.
  • August 18, 2012
    KageNara
    In, Bleach When Ichigo is regaining his Shinigami powers while training with Urahara he is told to wear a set of gloves and headband that he refuses to wear.
  • August 18, 2012
    nitrokitty
    ^ However, that's a subversion, since the headband and gloves do nothing and Urahara was just screwing with him.
  • August 18, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^^ If you mean this pic, I agree.
  • August 18, 2012
    TBeholder
    this can be applied not only to costumes, so... With Great Power Comes Great Embarrassment!
  • August 18, 2012
    tweediddyda
    Live Action TV:

    • On Wizards Of Waverly Place, when Max's powers fully come in he's unable to truly control or use them. In order to do so, he must wear a huge, gaudy, puffy jester hat. Not doing so would cause events like spontaneous indoor blizzards, but doing so made him the laughing stock of the school.
  • August 19, 2012
    captainpat
    The pic from Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka is funny but due to the lack of embarrassment being shown doesn't illustrate the trope.
  • August 19, 2012
    nitrokitty
    ^ Really? He looks pissed as all hell to me.
  • August 19, 2012
    captainpat
    He looks stern to me.
  • August 19, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    He's holding a chainsaw, but clearly not happy about it.
  • August 19, 2012
    captainpat
    He doesn't look happy but I can't tell if it's about the clothes he's wearing or that he needs to wear them. If anyone else feels the opposite then I guess it can be trope image but IMO a image with words or where the character is more emotive would work a lot better.
  • August 19, 2012
    NightNymph
    I wish I could help out more with a picture with dialogue, but hopefully a fan of the show will come along with something.

    As for the need to wear the costume, that is mentioned on the show's main page under "Blessed with Suck."
  • August 19, 2012
    nitrokitty
    I think the KWZDK picture would work great with a good caption. Maybe:

    Upside: Magical Chainsaw. Downside: Well...
  • August 20, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ For "Well...", pothole Pink Is For Sissies.
  • August 20, 2012
    nitrokitty
    ^ Done. Good suggestion.
  • September 7, 2012
    MiinU
    bump.
  • September 7, 2012
    SKJAM
    • The manga Miracle Lingerie parodies Stripperific costumes with a set of actual lingerie that gives superpowers, but only when nothing is worn over it. The heroine is understandably not keen on wearing it in public.
  • September 7, 2012
    Kinitawowi
    The outfits in Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, being tight spandex under hardsuits, are pretty much noted as equal parts demeaning and empowering.
  • September 7, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ Is that noted by a character in the work?
  • September 8, 2012
    captainpat
    bump, this looks just about done.
  • September 8, 2012
    Q
    I prefer a less cumbersome and restrictive title, as foxley's example of an embarrassing but powerful tattoo fits the spirit of the trope. With Great Power Comes Great Embarrassment was suggested. But, Just Launch It Already. I even threw in the fifth hat, so that you have no excuse.
  • September 8, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    What does "ayumu" mean? Or is that her name? Whether or not it's a good example, it's not a good page image.

    edit: Oh that character is male. The picture makes way more sense now. Bad sign.
  • September 8, 2012
    Q
    It's a name.

    And I think the text is part of the scene itself, if that's your complaint. see here.
  • September 8, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    That is not my complaint. It is a prominent element that won't make sense to most readers. Furthermore, due to the caption and thinking the character is female, I (personally) thought it was not only prominent but the most important thing about the image.

    I like the last frame of the Oglaf strip. (Note that this particular image is fine, but the comic in general is NSFW.)
  • September 8, 2012
    Q
    Um..by 'caption', are you referring to the text 'Ayumu' (which isn't a caption, but an actual part of the chainsaw) or the actual image caption? YKTTW is not 100% faithful when it comes to wiki syntax. The upside-downside text currently visible on the top of the page should appear as a caption underneath the image when the page is launched, which should help clarify the image's relation to the trope.
  • September 8, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    No, I mean the suggested caption "Upside: Magical Chainsaw. Downside: Well..." because I thought that meant the most important part is the chainsaw, and it's embarrassing because it says... something not English... in glowing letters. Notably, the picture has no endorsements from someone unfamiliar with the character. It's a terrible page image.
  • September 8, 2012
    Q
    Sure it does. I am 100% completely unfamiliar with this character, or even the show the character appears in, and had to Google it to respond. (Speaking of which, the image should link to the work's page, if possible) I still think the image describes the trope well enough to be used. Then again, I also managed to recognize the person as male, possibly due to my familiarity with the genre.

    This is a matter best left to image pickin' crowners, I think.
  • September 8, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    I'm also unfamiliar with the show, and support the image.

    As for the caption, ykttw unfortunately doesn't work with right alignment on captions.

    What should be done for now is one of two options (just copy-paste the text):
    • [[quoteright:241:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/44491325625519df_8108.jpg Upside: [[ChainsawGood Magical Chainsaw.]] Downside: [[PinkIsForSissies Well...]]]]
    • [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/44491325625519df_8108.jpg]] [[caption-width:241:Upside: [[ChainsawGood Magical Chainsaw.]] Downside: [[PinkIsForSissies Well...]]]]
  • September 8, 2012
    Q
    ^I believe that's already been done. Hit the syntax link.

    Edit: Okay, not quite, but as long as it shows up properly on the actual page. It should probably be kept, as long as it appears correctly at launch. If you have a method that will work better for both here and during launch, You Could Always Edit It Yourself.
  • September 8, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ It hasn't. I checked the source, and it's all right-aligned.
  • September 8, 2012
    captainpat
    I think last panel the Olgaf strip is the better of the two. There's character reaction, doesn't require knowledge of who Ayumu is, and it works without a caption.

    Also, Maybe Great Power Comes Great Embarrassment would work better and this can be expanded to include all cases were were a character's source of power is also a source of embarrassment. Thoughts?
  • September 8, 2012
    Q
    I do like the Oglaf strip. My only problem with it is that neither the armor (nor the embarrassing characteristic) are actually sources of power, per se. It's just ordinary armor, the blacksmith's skills notwithstanding. That, and the embarrassing characteristic is rather easily overlooked and could be hidden. It could even be conceivably removed without damaging the armor or removing its power. The current image is more over-the-top and obviously embarrassing, and there's no way of getting around it.

    I do support the expansion of the trope's scope, though.

    Edit: Misread that. I *somewhat* support the expansion of the trope's scope to include certain things that aren't technically outfits. E.g: An embarrassing scar or tattoo so long as the mark in question is also the direct source of power, and I agree with MiinU about the alternative title being too dialogue-y.

    When the source of embarrassment is caused by the power itself, then that character is Blessed With Suck. For example, a hypothetical Halitosis Man who has really powerful breath would not be this trope, even if the breath causes embarrassment to his mild-mannered alter-ego.
  • September 8, 2012
    MiinU
    Great Power Comes Great Embarrassment sounds like dialogue, rather than a trope name.

    I'd say leave this one for embarrassing outfits, and create a separate YKTTW for embarrassing powerups that aren't related to the user's clothing, instead of cluttering it up unnecessarily by trying to include all embarrassing powerup examples under one trope.
  • September 8, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • September 8, 2012
    nitrokitty
    As another endorsement to the picture: I know absolutely nothing about the show except what I've read in this thread. My first reaction to the picture without any sort of foreknowledge whatsoever was "dude in ridiculous Magical Girl outfit who looks unhappy, but has a magical chainsaw!" So no, not everyone who hasn't seen the show is oblivious.
  • September 9, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    Ok, I am wrong; my evaluation is upgraded to "bad image". The writing is a prominent element that won't make sense to most readers.
  • September 9, 2012
    NightNymph
    I couldn't get to the Olgaf comic - I clicked the "over 18" button many times and no go - but if the embarrassing aspect of the outfit is not necessary for the power and/or if it can be overlooked, it doesn't fit the trope.

    I agree that if the Ayumu image can be linked to the main page of the anime/story though, that would be a good idea.
  • September 9, 2012
    awildmiri
    To add in another example, in the video game Persona 3 FES, there's a bonus costume you can get called the High Cut Armour. It's only available for the girls, and is ridiculous skimpy and fanservice-y. It's one of the few costumes that the girls will comment on specifically if you equip it (usually you get a generic 'thanks!' message, but with the HCA you get a "...really? I have to wear this?" one instead), but it's very powerful armour you can get relatively early on, and isn't really usurped as the best for a long while. High power and defense....but they are mortified to be wearing it. Sounds like this trope to me?

    Also adding another endorsement to the picture, I've never seen the canon but I immediately thought "that guy hates that outfit so much".
  • September 9, 2012
    IslandGyrl
    Kenichi's embarrassment is a basic element in the manga Brocken Blood. (The [1] page already mentions the [[Stripperific]] quality of his magical-girl costumes.)
  • September 9, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ Does he have to wear the costume to access his magic?

    We can always launch this trope with no image and let an image pickin thread decide on it. It's really not important that this trope have an image.

    Should this include non-magical armor that's just really good or do the clothes need to provide a character with some kind of special power or ability?
  • September 9, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    1. I say use the current image.

    2. The empowerment and embarrassment can be different elements of the outfit, so it could be a lot of things. A character could hate the color yellow enough that even wearing a mundane Hazmat Suit that color would suck for him.
  • September 9, 2012
    MiinU
    1. I agree, keep the image. It works.

    2. The outfit/armor/whatever should be embarrassing either for the user, or anyone who sees it. And it should have some sort of special ability, or enhance the user's capability in some way.

    If it's just plain 'ol armor that looks ridiculous, I would say it isn't an example. But, if the armor grants the user an ability like super speed, enhanced strength, or magical properties, or comes standard with high tech weaponry (i.e. lasers, missles, etc.), but the user's reluctant to wear it, or others make fun of it, because of how it looks, THAT would be an example of this trope.
  • September 9, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    • Arthur: Buster owns a ridiculous jester-like cap he calls his lucky hat.
      Buster: Whenever I wore it, people would give presents to me.
      Brain: That was your birthday.
      Buster: Oh. That might have had something to do with it.
  • September 9, 2012
    MiinU
    ^@Tuckerscreator - That wouldn't be an example, since the hat doesn't grant Buster any special abilities. Plus, it isn't embarrassing for him to wear.
  • September 9, 2012
    captainpat
    Alright, so the Persona, Oglaf, and Belgariad examples probably don't fit this trope.
  • September 9, 2012
    MiinU
    ^@captainpat - Agreed.
  • September 9, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Why wouldn't the Persona example not fit? It's still armor with high stats.
  • September 9, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ It just sounds like it's really good armor and it doesn't give it's wearer any powers or abilities.
  • September 9, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ In a videogame RPG, higher stats is a power, and often items give them inexplicably.
  • September 9, 2012
    NightNymph
    ^X 11. Island Gyrl: That outfit surely is embarrassing, but after reading the description for Brocken Blood, it doesn't sound like the outfit gives any power. It sounds like Kenichi's power is innate, and the cousin forces him to wear the outfit for monetary gain (and perhaps because she's evil? - because that's just wrong to force a guy to do). If he had to wear the outfit because he had actual Magic Girl powers (rather than pretending it), then that for sure would be an example.
  • September 12, 2012
    captainpat
    Alright, this looks ready to launch. Any other concerns?
  • September 12, 2012
    SeaRover
    Video Game example: Makeruna! Makendou: Mai is not at all fond of the outfit she finds herself in after transforming.
  • September 12, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ Does her outfit give her any powers?
  • September 12, 2012
    MiinU
    @captainpat - I forgot to mention that Akagiyama 23 also has a built-in jet pack that allows B-ko to fly; which she uses while attempting to rescue C-ko. She could manuver fast enough to avoid Napolipolita's Macross Missile Massacre.

    I made the addition to the original comment, near the top.
  • September 12, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ Not seeing the additions.
  • September 12, 2012
    MiinU
    ^just made 'em.

    edit: nevermind, you already got it, also misspelled first and revealed.
  • September 12, 2012
    captainpat
    Ok, gonna launch in an hour or two.
  • November 23, 2013
    johnnye
    Please, when someone in YKTTW points out that a proposed trope is very similar to an existing one (I'm thinking of Rainbow Pimp Gear), do what you can to make it very clear in the description and name how the new one would be distinct. Checking the examples of the older trope to see if any of them should be moved over is also a good idea.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=7wdpsbot3zj0tyfer18ta2ul