Created By: VivaLaVida42 on July 3, 2010 Last Edited By: CrypticMirror on July 3, 2010
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Bowties Are Cool

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Certain items of clothing, in the real world, look ridiculous. Bow-Ties look fussy, old fashioned and slightly dorky, but not when worn by these guys. With these guys Bow-ties are awesome, Bowties Are Cool. They may also run a high chance of being Adorkable.

See also Real Men Wear Pink.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Ranma from Ranma 1/2 would occasionally wear a rather nice pastel orange shirt combined with a little red bow-tie

Comicbooks

Film

Literature
  • Hercule Poirot.

Live Action Television

Video Games

Web Original

Real Life
  • Abraham Lincoln.
  • Chippendales. It's all they wear.
  • Howard Phillips was famous for his bowtie during his tenure as president of the Nintendo Fun Club. It even figured into some of the Howard & Nester comics in Nintendo Power.
  • Winston Churchill
  • Pascal Ory, a French political scholar, frequently appears in public wearing a bow tie made of transparent plastic.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • June 10, 2010
    Quillpaw
  • June 10, 2010
    Umptyscope
    And a disturbing number of local tv weathermen.
  • June 10, 2010
    EddieValiant,Jr.
  • June 10, 2010
    callsignecho
    Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Averted hard by Tucker Carlson.
  • June 10, 2010
    Generality
    Chippendales. It's practically all they wear. How cool is that?
  • June 10, 2010
    callsignecho
    And I know the Nostaligia Chick is cool, and she is wearing a bow tie, but I think girls wearing bow ties might be a different trope because it really means something totally different. Isn't a woman wearing menswear supposed to be kind of sexy or cute (i.e. the classic playboy bunny costume)? I think you could create "Bow Tie Without A Shirt" and include all those instances plus some guys like the chipendales
  • June 10, 2010
    randomsurfer
    I'm a little confused by the writeup. This is only for "cool" bowties, right? 'Cause classic Jimmy Olsen is always bow-tied and he's not cool. Anyway...

    James Bond, but only when he's wearing a tux.
  • June 10, 2010
    Mouser
    Yeah, I think a distinction needs to be drawn between conventionally-cool bowties (like James Bond) and uncool or so-dorky-it's-cool-again bowties.
  • June 10, 2010
    callsignecho
    ^ ...and Sexy Bowties. So I vote for a split: Sexy Bowties, Cool Bowties, and Ironic Bowties.
  • June 10, 2010
    DaibhidC
    The Eleventh Doctor is definitely Ironic Bowtie - he keeps saying it's cool, but the gag is, he's wrong. (Although a case could be made for "so-dorky-it's-cool-again".)
  • June 10, 2010
    foxley
    Zatanna definitely fits the sexy bowties aspect.
  • June 10, 2010
    TBTabby
    Howard Phillips was famous for his bowtie during his tenure as president of the Nintendo Fun Club. It even figured into some of the Howard & Nester comics in Nintendo Power.
  • June 11, 2010
    Surenity
    In an aversion; if you see Jerry from Tom And Jerry sporting a bowtie, chances are it's going to be a terrible cartoon from their Dork Age and you should run.
  • June 11, 2010
    Lavalyte
  • June 11, 2010
    SilentHunter
    Ducky from NCIS.
  • June 11, 2010
    CrypticMirror
    Ranma from Ranma 1/2 would occasionally wear a rather nice pastel orange shirt combined with a little red bow-tie

  • June 11, 2010
    LShapedTetrisBlock
  • June 11, 2010
    MatthewTheRaven
    Speaking of Brother Mouzone, the entire membership of the Fruit of Islam certainly looks impressive, at least.
  • June 11, 2010
    SweetMadness
    Dave Strider in his kickass Alchemized suit.
  • June 14, 2010
    CrypticMirror
  • June 14, 2010
    Arutema
  • June 25, 2010
    CrypticMirror
  • June 26, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bow_tie_wearers

    Matt Smith apparently is responsible for an increase in bow tie sales

  • June 26, 2010
    CaoCao
  • July 2, 2010
    CrypticMirror
  • July 2, 2010
    JonnyB
    • Former U.S. Senator Paul Simon (D, Illinois)
    • PeeWee Herman (kind of an inversion since he's a dork... but perhaps that would qualify for "so-dorky-it's-cool-again"?)
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