Created By: MTsurugi on October 22, 2011 Last Edited By: MTsurugi on September 21, 2016

Sporting the Straitjacket

Straitjackets worn as everyday clothing.

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Straitjackets were originally used to restrain asylum patients and prevent them from harming themselves and others. Since the improvement in psychiatric wards and medicine, today they are mostly worn by escape artists and trick-or-treaters. When a character decides to wear one as everyday clothes, it may indicate that he or she may not be right in the head. It may mean someone is making a statement. It may mean too much television. It may not even be a true straitjacket, just something reminiscent with unusually long sleeves and many straps.

Can start with Shipped in Shackles, where the restraints are there for a reason, but the person chooses to keep them as a fashion statement.

Related to Too Many Belts and Institutional Apparel.

Examples

-Anime
  • Akito from Air Gear
  • C.C. from Code Geass
  • Flamberge, the 'silver biblioprincess' from Bibliotheca Mystica De Dantalian wears a strait jacket all the time for fashion purposes, presumably.
  • Jukai in Outlaw Star always wears a straitjacket with spikes on its back and prefers hanging upside-down from the ceiling. He takes it off to get into battle.
  • One Piece's Caribou has what, at the very least, seems intended to evoke a straight jacket, extra long sleeves and all. It helps that he looks crazy.
  • In the manga Trigun Maximum chapter 2 of volume 2, Legato is wearing one.

-Live Action TV

-Video Games
  • Dr. Loboto and Fred Bonaparte from Psychonauts.
  • Master Albert's original body in Mega Man ZX Advent is only seen wearing a straitjacket after appearing on the scene. Albert finally removes it right before he Megamerges with Model W for the final battle of the game.
  • Nero from Dirge of Cerberus wears a straightjacket-like suit that hold his arms still (he can use some sort of mechanical wings as a second pair of hands when required.)

-Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • October 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Use the full word. I thought this had to do with heterosexuality (like being metrosexual).
  • October 22, 2011
    DaibhidC
    Using the full word would lose the pun on "fashionably late", though. Since "straight" as in heterosexuality is spelled with the "gh", I think it's reasonably clear.
  • October 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    1. Puns for the sake of puns are not good names. Trope names cannot be clever if they are at the expense of clarity.

    2. There are plenty of other puns we could use that are also clear, like puns on terms about jackets.

    3. The spelling differences aren't enough, as not everyone associates the spelling strictly that way.
  • October 22, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    Anime/Manga: Jukai in Outlaw Star always wears a straitjacket with spikes on its back and prefers hanging upside-down from the ceiling. He takes it off to get into battle.

    I like the pun. Then again, I'm a fan of puns.
  • October 22, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Fashionably Strait still makes me think it's talking about someone who is metrosexual. And Strait could just as easily be talking about a connection between two bodies of water as it does a strait jacket.

  • October 22, 2011
    GreenMachine
    I like the pun. Unfortunately, I also see how someone can associate the name with heterosexuality (or metrosexuality, apparently).

    A Fine Leather Straitjacket? Fashionably Restrained?
  • October 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Well it's not quite how fashionable the jacket is, but the character wearing it all the time.
  • October 22, 2011
    TonyG
    One of the weasels in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, appropiately named Psycho, wears a straight jacket.
  • October 23, 2011
    randomsurfer
    What's this about it being fashionable to like Dire Straits?

    • Buffy The Vampire Slayer: in "Hush" the Gentlemen are accompanied by their servants, who wear straitjackets. (Edited for spelling of "accompanied" and "servants." Hey, it was late.)

    Isn't there some Metal band where one of the bandmembers wears a straitjacket in publicity photos?
  • October 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • October 23, 2011
    bulmabriefs144
    Fashionably Strait works. Stylish Straightjacket kinda doesn't because like are you saying there are straitjackets that aren't stylish? They're the latest thing.
  • October 23, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    ^ I don't get that impression at all.

    As for Fashionably Strait: Firstly, I had to click on the link to understand what the hell it was referring to (like other people, my immediate thought was sexuality despite actually noticing the spelling change). Secondly, for people who aren't quite so anal about the English language, the pun won't be immediately obvious. Thirdly, and most importantly, strait does not inherently refer to jackets. It is a word in and of itself and if I absolutely had to guess at the meaning of the title, my first thought would not have had to do with straitjackets.
  • October 23, 2011
    DaibhidC
    Okay, Stylish Straitjacket works for me.
  • October 23, 2011
    yogyog
  • October 23, 2011
    ImaginationInterpreture
  • October 23, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
  • October 23, 2011
    ThreeferFAQMinorityChick
    If this does end up being launched, it should be indexed as a Madness Trope, obviously.
  • October 23, 2011
    Psi001
  • October 23, 2011
    ImaginationInterpreture
    For a picture suggestion, The Joker from episode one of the 2004 The Batman cartoon. When he's swaying after showing himself to Batman, it's a good display of a unique-patterned version, and aids the fashion statement well. The sub-caption could be 'Extra long sleeves allow for a lot of extra Calling Card s.'
  • October 23, 2011
    X2X
    Video Games
    • Master Albert's original body in Mega Man ZX Advent is only seen wearing a straitjacket after appearing on the scene. Albert finally removes it right before he Megamerges with Model W for the final battle of the game.
  • October 24, 2011
    DorianMode
    • One Piece's Coribou has what, at the very least, seems intended to evoke a straight jacket, extra long sleeves and all. It helps that he looks crazy.
    • I recall a guy from one episode of Batman Beyond had this going on; one of the "Jokerz" gang.
  • October 24, 2011
    MTsurugi
    OK, so I've changed the title to Stylish Straitjacket for now and added some more examples.
  • October 24, 2011
    ImaginationInterpreture
    In the manga Trigun Maximum chapter 2 of volume 2, Legato is wearing one.
  • October 24, 2011
    ImaginationInterpreture
    Expanded the description a bit.

    Straitjackets were originally used to restrain asylum patients and prevent them from harming themselves and others. Since the improvement in psychiatric wards and medicine, most are worn by magicians and trick-or-treaters. When somebody decides to wear one as everyday clothes, it may indicate that he or she may not be right in the head. It may mean someone is making a statement. It may mean too much television. It may not even be a true straitjacket, just something with unusually long sleeves and many straps.

    Can start with Shipped In Shackles, where the restraints are there for a reason, but the person chooses to keep them as a fashion statement.

    Related to Too Many Belts and Institutional Apparel.
  • October 27, 2011
    MTsurugi
    Any more examples?
  • October 29, 2011
    ImaginationInterpreture
    Not sure if this counts.

    In the video game Left for Dead, you can access commentary from the creators that mentions one of the concept zombies would have been wearing a straitjacket, but the Boomer got the go-ahead from the development team.
  • October 30, 2011
    Ryuuma
    If I'm not wrong:
    • Nero from Dirge Of Cerberus wears a straightjacket-like cloth that hold his arms still (he can use some sort of mechanical wings as a second pair of hands when required.)

    - Considering what fans usually say about this game, I'll slightly object the "stylish" part.
  • September 21, 2016
    DAN004
    Compare Chained By Fashion

    • In Crash Bandicoot, Ripper Roo the insane mutated kangaroo is known for wearing a straitjacket even when he's released in the wild. This imagery is so iconic to him that, even after he becomes "Doctor Roo" in the sequel and lost the straitjacket, he reappears with it in Crash Team Racing, and even drives with his foot on the steering wheel.
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