Official Uniform Plus Cultural Accessory
A character who wears a uniform as part of their job adds a religious or cultural item to it


(permanent link) added: 2012-03-12 20:05:30 sponsor: Topazan (last reply: 2012-03-31 19:36:20)

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Subtrope of Custom Uniform.

The character wears a uniform. He may be a soldier, a policeman, or simply a school student. Although he may respect the organization to which he belongs, he also belongs to a religion or culture with a dress code of its own. As a compromise, he will wear his professional uniform plus one item representing his culture.

When this trope is used, it suggests that the army or other uniformed organization is both one that commands the loyalty of a diverse group of people, and that it's tolerant enough to make minor accommodations to the identity of cultural groups that form a minority of its members.

Possible launch titles: Badge Of Local Flavour, Cultural Uniform Variation, Cultural Custom Uniform

Examples

Live-Action Television
  • Starfleet was pretty accommodating towards this:
    • On ''Star Trek: The Original Series'':
      • Scotty occasionally wore a kilt with his dress uniform.
      • In the episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?", Spock wears his Vulcan IDIC badge (which stands for "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations") on his Starfleet uniform during a ceremonial dinner.
    • In ''Star Trek:The Next Generation'' Worf wears a Klingon sash/baldric and Ensign Ro has a Bajoran earring.
    • In Star Trek:Deep Space Nine, Nog wears a Ferenghi headdress after he joins Starfleet.
Literature
  • On the ''Discworld'', dwarfs serving in the Watch are permitted to carry a traditional axe in lieu of the standard issue longsword.
Theatre
  • In ''Henry V'', Fluellen wears a leek on his uniform as a symbol of Welsh pride.
Real Life
  • Many Real Life religions require their followers to wear certain items of clothing at all time. A member of such a religion who joins an organization that requires a uniform has to reconcile the requirements of their job or school with those of their faith. Some organizations are more accommodating in this regard than others.
  • It was common in the Continental Army, especially among backwoodsmen, to carry tomahawks on campaign as well as the generic musket and bayonet.
  • Several armies in the eighteenth century had uniforms that had local variations according to the where a unit was raised. This custom was maintained among the British and by extension the Indian army and to some extent exists today. Classic examples include kilts, bagpipes, etc(though that is no longer worn on campaign) for highlanders; and kukris (which are still taken on campaign because of their usefulness) for Gurkhas.
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