Created By: Jir on April 29, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on December 13, 2014
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Embarassing Animal Suit

Being forced to wear embarrassing costumes

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When a character, for whatever reason or plot contrivance, is forced to wear an animal costume similar to a mascot's outfit. The costume can be outlandish and ridiculous or simply silly, but either way, it certainly makes it hard to take them seriously. They may or may not gripe about the indignity.

For some reason or another, this is a common trope in Anime. If a character, or group of characters, is forced to take on an odd job, it will involve wearing one of these.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • There's a flashback in Naruto where Yahiko, Konan, Nagato and Jiraiya are all dressed up as frogs, for no reason other than that Jiraiya is the Toad Sage.
  • K-On! also does the odd job variant; the five members of the main cast end up as a pig (Azusa), cat (Mugi), rooster (Yui), dog (Ritsu), and horse (Mio).
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!. After losing a duel (and a bet), Joey is forced to wear a rather cartoony dog costume. Afterwards, Yugi has to play a game to get Joey out of it.
  • In Gravitation this is one of Shinji's traits.
  • Durarara!! has a dramatic example: while fleeing from the Yellow Scarves, Anri is forced into a large pink bunny costume so she can escape unnoticed.
  • In The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya, the SOS Brigade end up in an assortment of frog costumes as per the odd job rule mentioned above, and spend the day nearly overheating while making fools of themselves. For their hard work, they're allowed to keep the costumes.
  • In one episode of Slayers, the cast has to wear mascot-like stuffed critter costumes in order to infiltrate the tower of a mad toymaker-mage/demon/whatever (it's a complicated story). The only one who complains about his is Zelgadiss, who has to wear a bunny rabbit costume. Zelga-bunny!

Fanfic
  • An X Files fanfic had Pendrell, who has a crush on Scully, show up at a costume ball in an animal costume.

Film
  • A Christmas Story. Ralphie is forced to wear the pink bunny pajamas his aunt got him for Christmas.

Live-Action TV
  • Alan Shore in Boston Legal, from wearing bunny ears in court to dressing as a girl for a Halloween party.
  • An episode of Family Ties had Mallory and Skippy, who has a crush on her, locked in the basement(?). Skippy is dressed as a chipmunk.
  • In the show Medium, a person who happened to die wearing an animal costume uses it to his advantage by appearing to a young child and telling her to do stuff. This is foiled, in a way it was taking to long to write.
  • Supernatural. Although we do not actually see the evidence, one of the things Sam learns about the residents of the Trickster-made town during his often repeated day in the episode "Mystery Spot" is that the town judge dresses up in a "furry bunny costume" at night. Upon overhearing that Sam knows this, the judge knocks over his drink in embarrassment.

Visual Novel
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry, the loser of the club's games is often forced into one as punishment, or at the very least, a costume with animal accents. Among them are a swan-like ballerina outfit, and a cat-eared-and-tailed maid.

Community Feedback Replies: 68
  • April 29, 2012
    Jir
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  • April 29, 2012
    Lorialet
    Alan Shore from Boston Legal.
  • April 29, 2012
    Jir
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  • April 29, 2012
    wotnoplot
    Unmanly needs to inverted commas for if there something which animals are, it's "unmanly".
  • April 29, 2012
    Jir
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  • April 29, 2012
    stalydan
    I think we need a couple more examples first
  • April 29, 2012
    mythbuster
    There's this one flashback in Naruto where Yahiko, Konan, Nagato and Jiraiya are all dressed up as frogs, for no reason other than that Jiraiya is the Toad Sage.
  • April 29, 2012
    animeg3282
    Frogs aren't unmanly.
  • April 29, 2012
    Jir
    dB If you've ever watched Hello Kitty you'll realize just how unmanly animals can get! But no by Unmanly I mean any animal who isn't carnivorous and down right scary in a sense.
  • April 29, 2012
    Routerie
    Is this about a sexual fetish? If no, let's gt "furry" out of the name.

  • April 29, 2012
    Jir
    .-. No it's just about how furries dress in animal costumes on a daily basis I don't see how that is really so wrong to have furry in the title.
  • April 30, 2012
    Jir
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  • May 3, 2012
    NightNymph
    • Supernatural: Although we do not actually see the evidence, one of the things Sam learns about the residents of the Trickster-made town during his often repeated day in the episode "Mystery Spot" is that the town judge dresses up in a "furry bunny costume" at night. Upon overhearing that Sam knows this, the judge knocks over his drink in embarassment.
  • May 4, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Seems subjective as hell
  • May 4, 2012
    Jir
    considering there are a handful examples of this trope it's not subjective as hell That might be a bit of a overstatement.
  • May 4, 2012
    Routerie
    If this is "guy dresses in silly animal costume," remove "camp" and "furry" from the title. If this is "character's animal costume makes me question his sexuality," discard it. If it's "character's costume makes people question is sexuality," you have no examples so far.
  • ^ 'Furry' has nothing to do with sexuality. Read the Furry Fandom page. They're any fans of anthropomorphic characters. Some take it to certain extremes, but the moderate ones who just enjoy cartoons with cartoon animals are no less furries then the ones who mix it with sexual fantasies.
  • May 5, 2012
    Routerie
    Furry also means "has lots of fur on the skin," but people, particularly on the Internet, associate the term with the sexual fetish. For clarity's sake, we should avoid the term where possible. We had a thread on this.

    And if this is a trope about "fans of anthropomorphic animals, dressing in funny animal costumes," we currently have no examples.
  • May 9, 2012
    Jir
    Is That better? I took out the questional sexuality bit and changed the name.
  • May 30, 2012
    Jir
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  • May 30, 2012
    tryourbreast
    Well, you can bump by doing a zero edit. Too many bumps in YKTTW comments will pretty much screw it.
  • May 31, 2012
    Wii
    Description desperately needs to be rewritten.

    "When a character, for whatever reason or plot contrivance, is forced to wear an animal costume similar to a mascot's outfit. The costume can be outlandish and ridiculous or simply silly, but either way, it certainly makes it hard to take them seriously. They may or may not gripe about the indignity.

    For some reason or another, this is a common trope in Anime. If a character, or group of characters, is forced to take on an odd job, it will involve wearing one of these."

    Examples: • Durarara has a dramatic example: while fleeing from the Yellow Scarves, Anri is forced into a large pink bunny costume so she can escape unnoticed. • In The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the SOS Brigade end up in an assortment of frog costumes as per the odd job rule mentioned above, and spend the day nearly overheating while making fools of themselves. For their hard work… they're allowed to keep the costumes. • K-ON also does the odd job variant; the five members of the main cast end up as a pig (Azusa), cat (Mugi), rooster (Yui), dog (Ritsu), and horse (Mio). • In Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, the loser of the club's games is often forced into one as punishment, or at the very least, a costume with animal accents. Among them are a swan-like ballerina outfit, and a cat-eared-and-tailed maid.
  • May 31, 2012
    Wii
    For some reason, my examples ended up all mashed together… Examples:

    Durarara has a dramatic example: while fleeing from the Yellow Scarves, Anri is forced into a large pink bunny costume so she can escape unnoticed.

    In The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the SOS Brigade end up in an assortment of frog costumes as per the odd job rule mentioned above, and spend the day nearly overheating while making fools of themselves. For their hard work, they're allowed to keep the costumes.

    K-ON also does the odd job variant; the five members of the main cast end up as a pig (Azusa), cat (Mugi), rooster (Yui), dog (Ritsu), and horse (Mio).

    In Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, the loser of the club's games is often forced into one as punishment, or at the very least, a costume with animal accents. Among them are a swan-like ballerina outfit, and a cat-eared-and-tailed maid.
  • May 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^It's because you're using dots instead of asterisks at the beginning of each example.
  • June 1, 2012
    Alvin
    I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but: Live-Action TV: An episode of Family Ties had Mallory and Skippy, who has a crush on her, locked in the basement(?). Skippy is dressed as a chipmunk. Live-Action TV: In the show Medium, a person who happened to die wearing an animal costume uses it to his advantage by appearing to a young child and telling her to do stuff. This is foiled, in a way it was taking to long to write. Fanfic: I don't remember the title, but an X Files fanfic had Pendrell, who has a crush on Scully, show up at a costume ball in an animal costume, and I found it funny.
  • June 4, 2012
    TonyG
    A Christmas Story: Ralphie is forced to wear the pink bunny pajamas his aunt got him for Christmas.
  • June 6, 2012
    0blivionmobile
    • Yu Gi Oh: After losing a duel (and a bet), Joey is forced to wear a rather cartoony dog costume. Afterwards, Yugi has to play a game to get Joey out of it.
  • June 20, 2012
    Xtifr
    Seems to overlap heavily with Goofy Suit.
  • June 20, 2012
    Hadashi
    It should be something like Empathic Costume since that is how it is used in anime - a character can change in an instant to show that they are being dog-like, catlike, and so on.

    anime

    • Gravitation this is one of Shinji's (is that his name?) traits.
  • June 21, 2012
    aurora369
    In one episode of The Slayers, the cast has to wear mascot-like stuffed critter costumes in order to infiltrate the tower of a mad toymaker-mage/demon/whatever (it's a complicated story). The only one who complains about his is Zelgadiss, who has to wear a bunny rabbit costume. Zelga-bunny!
  • June 21, 2012
    Duncan
    Burger Fool can also be a subtrope, as with the pig head hat in Better Off Dead.
  • June 21, 2012
    aurora369
    The Slayers should be under Anime, since the light novels are much more obscure and I don't know if this scene was in them.
  • June 22, 2012
    animeg3282
    No, this is not empathic costume. It's people dressing up in animal suits.
  • June 23, 2012
    TheHandle
    I never understood why people always acted like it was embarassing. I've worn animal costumes and it's tons of fun, especially if you play with kids (well, some kids are pricks, but that's life). Especially because people don't actually mind if you suddenly burst into song or something. "But you treat me like a stranger and it feels so RUFF".

    I think "silly" would be more appropriate than "embarrassing" for the title, since virtually all animal costumes are silly, regardless of how you feel wearing them impacts your status.
  • June 24, 2012
    captainsandwich
    thunked this happened to someone in a Fairy Tail omake.
  • July 13, 2012
    kjnoren
  • July 13, 2012
    Blubble
    Web Original
    • In this Onion story, the Chinese government announced that it would forgive a portion of the U.S. debt if Americans agreed to dress up in costumes and perform silly dances for their amusement.
  • July 13, 2012
    kjnoren
    See also Goofy Suit. We have this one.
  • July 13, 2012
    Rognik
    ^It's related, but that one seems to be exclusively for job embarrassment. This trope as it stands is just a form of punishment, whether at a job or not.
  • July 13, 2012
    kjnoren
    The name is broad enough to easily encompass this. The description can easily be broadened.
  • July 13, 2012
    piscula
    In Boy Meets World Eric is forced to wear a Lobster Suit one episode after he applies to be a model.
  • July 13, 2012
    Rognik
    ^^I don't see any reason why they couldn't be combined. I don't know the exact politics involved in reworking a trope like that, but go ahead and do so as you wish.
  • July 14, 2012
    kjnoren
    In this case it's pretty simple. Basically, replace "job" with "have to", note that this is a common marker of hitting the bottom of the job market, done.

    You can probably ask in the Trope Repair Shop, but this one is pretty minor.
  • July 14, 2012
    Achitha
    • From Gravity Falls, Dipper has to wear an embarassing lamb costume and do a silly dance to save his friends in episode 5.
  • August 30, 2012
    CaveCat
  • August 30, 2012
    SinisterShenanigans
    • Tear and Anise both get these from certain titles in "Talesofthe Abyss". Anise gets the Cat Cat Kitty Cat title (a hideous pink cat suit), and Tear gets the Monster Collector title (also a cat suit). Anise greatly dislikes hers, while equipping Tear's title will make her blush as long as she is in the costume.
  • August 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Victims of Its A Costume Party I Swear are often dressed as animals.
  • August 31, 2012
    spideydude
    Pro Wrestling
    • In 2007 and 2008, TNA had the Turkey Bowl, a tournament which consisted of 3-way matches. Whoever won the final match got $25,000. Whoever took the pinfall or submitted in the final match was forced to wear a turkey suit.
  • September 1, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In 1990 WWF programming there was a giant egg, which would crack open at Survivor Series. They teased "what's in the egg?" On Thanksgiving we found out: The Gobbldy Gooker (Hector Guererro in a turkey suit), one of the most reviled gimmicks in all of wrestling.
  • September 2, 2012
    Amdillae
    Ouran High School Host Club; manages to narrowly avoid this after attempting to have Haruhi dress in a bunny suit to distract Honey from the fact that his stuffed bunny has been covered in tea.
  • September 3, 2012
    XFllo
    Two more examples: LIVE ACTION TV

    • On Friends:
      • Monica and Chandler are having a Halloween costume party. Monica got Chandler a pink rabbit costume, stating that she thought he might like it as his favourite children's book was Velveteen Rabbit. Chandler couldn't change it because he had no time, and he was deeply embarrassed.
      • Also in "The One with the Holiday Armadillo", Ross couldn't get a Santa costume for Ben. He instead rented something else Christmas-y: the armadillo. However, he did so voluntarily. He looked pretty ridiculous, especially as Chandler managed to borrow a Santa costume, and finally Joey dressed like Superman for no reason.
        Rachel: Wow, looks like the Easter Bunny's funeral in here.
  • September 3, 2012
    kevinwoods
    In Life on Mars UK one episode had Gene Hunt dressed as Tufty (a giant squirrel)so he could sneak back into the police station. In the sitcom Mrs Browns Boys one of her sons has a job which has him wearing a different advertising costume, many animal based, every week.

  • September 3, 2012
    kjnoren
    We have this one: Goofy Suit
  • September 3, 2012
    skyflower
    • On Big Brother, a common punishment from some veto challenges is to have to wear a costume, often representative of an animal.
  • September 5, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^^Actually, I think Goofy Suit only deals with wearing an embarrassing animal costume as part of their job, whereas this trope actually deals with wearing said animal costume when one character has either lost a bet or wears it just for the sake of it.
  • September 6, 2012
    peccantis
    Gravitation example needs to go. Shuichi (it's his name) wears them for fun and most of the time it's not actually real but just a visual gag.

    Anime:
    • In Uta No Prince Sama, Natsuki has a habit of harassing Shou into cute animal outfits. Shou hates it.
  • September 6, 2012
    kjnoren
    ^^ Being forced by a lack of money, as punishment, or for losing a bet, they all amount to the same thing: a lack of choice.

    Tropes Are Flexible. And the trope description here makes it quite clear that there is no choice involved.
  • September 6, 2012
    ofMindandHeart
    Western Animation:

    • In an episode of Teen Titans, the Titans are under mind control from villain of the week and each character is forced to wear some embarrassing costume. Beast Boy is in a pink bunny suit. Cue his confusion when he finally snaps out of it.
  • September 6, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Gravity Falls: "The Inconveniencing" Dipper has to wear a cute little fluffy lamb suit and do the Lamby Lamby Dance.
  • August 1, 2014
    XFllo
    5 hats, but really old draft.

    We probably need to sort out whether this page is needed when we have Goofy Suit, or if that page should be extended (definition, examples).
  • August 1, 2014
    DAN004
    Still Goofy Suit, methinks
  • October 12, 2014
    FossilsDaDaDa
    How is that online RPG the initial inspiration for this trope? Its been around for decades...
  • October 13, 2014
    randomsurfer
    What's with the entire description being inside quotations?

    ^I ass/u/me that the OP meant it was the inspiration for posting the draft. Which totally doesn't belong in the descritpion, and that example has no context besides "it exists" and "go look at it yourself." And it's broken - which is one of the reasons why Weblinks Are Not Examples.
  • October 13, 2014
    Alucard
    ^ Deleted it.
  • December 12, 2014
    Duckling
    Video Games example:

  • December 13, 2014
    Arivne
    • Deleted the quotes around the Description.
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
  • December 13, 2014
    Arivne
    Comic Books
    • Superman. While at a party for Daily Planet editor Perry White, Superman dresses Perry in a bunny costume to humiliate him and then takes pictures of him (see it here). Then he passes out the pictures to the other guests (see it here).
  • December 13, 2014
    Koveras
    • In Scrapped Princess, Pacifica has to wear the costume of Soopy-kun—the mascot of the local inn—to earn her and her siblings' keep at said inn. Naturally, she hates every single part of it.
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