Created By: DragonQuestZ on July 31, 2009
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Scary Impractical Armor

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Needs a Better Title, big time.

Armor with loads of flashy things that look intimidating, but it often looks more useful than it actually is. It has loads of Spikes of Villainy, Shoulders of Doom, and often some skulls.

Armor meant to be scary exists in Real Life, but this just overloads it, to the point where someone actually wearing this would be... overloaded. In short, this is almost always Impossibly Cool Clothes.

Compare Bling of War, Impractically Fancy Outfit. Compare/Contrast Pimped-Out Dress.
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  • July 30, 2009
    Durazno
    A magic suit of armor in Goblins turned out to be worse than impractical, but otherwise pretty much fit this.
  • July 30, 2009
    random surfer
    Related to Spikes Of Villainy
  • July 30, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I already mentioned this would include those.
  • July 30, 2009
    Nimbostratus
    Although still subject to change since it's in development, Diablo 3's barbarian has some body armor with horns that protrude from the body in positions that would be really likely to stab him in the arms.
  • July 30, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    The Lich King from the World Of Warcraft expansion has what looks like Sauron's armor with a few nips and tucks, although since neither are human, armor like that is at least justified.
  • July 30, 2009
    newtonthenewt
    In real life, some animals do something like this to scare off predators without especially being dangerous. Example: Frilled-neck lizards.
  • July 30, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    This is about armor you wear, not something occurring naturally.
  • July 30, 2009
    random surfer
    ^^ I already mentioned this would include those.

    You're right, I missed noticing that.
  • July 30, 2009
    Recon5
    Very often the wearer of this armor won't be as impeded as viewers/readers/gamers might expect. Perhaps we need a trope for that if we don't have one already.
  • July 30, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Impossibly Cool Clothes. Will be sure to note that.
  • July 30, 2009
    [AOD]
    Scary Impractical Armor is a fine title as it is.
  • July 31, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    What about the rest of you?
  • July 31, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Barry the Chopper from Full Metal Alchemist is an Animate Armor that looks like this, complete with skull-like helmet.
  • July 31, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Surprisingly, or maybe unsurprisingly, Animated Armor made from this kind of suit has none of the mobility problems a human would have. A Wizard Did It indeed.
  • July 31, 2009
    Padur Karil
    Gilgamesh Wulfenbach from Girl Genius wears this at one point, urged on by the J├Ągers.
  • August 1, 2009
    BlackDragon
    Ah yes... sadly, he disposed of the Shoulders Of Doom and Nice Hat fairly quickly.

    Anyway, David Eddings example: Towards the end of the first set of Sparhawk-books, Sparhawk and his armor-clad companions enter the abandoned city of a dark god and his insane high-priest. The square outside the temple's main door turns out to be positively COVERED with undead soldiers wearing armor like this, which gives the church-knights pause... until they realize that the undead soldiers are basically brainless, and the armor utterly useless: The Zemoch has never really invented plate-armor, and only saw it during the previous war against the Elenes - who favored heavily-armored cavalry such as the Church Knights. They simply did not understand the idea behind it - all they knew was that it was really scary. So they ended up making armor that looked really scary while being more of a hindrance than anything else...
  • August 1, 2009
    henke37
    The picture could use some cropping.
  • August 1, 2009
    PolarBear
    in Daino Daibouken, Dai buys an impossibly cool armor which turns out to be horribly impractical. He ends up throwing half of it away so it fits better.
  • August 1, 2009
    ╔ireannach
    The Green Goblin's armor in the first Spider Man movie didn't seem to help much when Spider Man started pounding the living bejesus out of him.
  • August 1, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    "The picture could use some cropping."

    I have an alternative picture. Would any of you rather I used this instead?
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