Created By: Rockonman on February 2, 2012 Last Edited By: piratemonkey06 on February 9, 2012

They always wear suits

Always in a suit

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The main characters of a story - it's nearly always a tv show - are always in some sort of high quality suit, dress, or other fancy clothes for the entirety of the show. No matter what they do, the clothes will be generally unruffled and clean, as well.


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  • The main characters from each of the Law and Order spinoffs, including the original include this.
  • Patrick Jane from The Mentalist is hardly seen wearing anything but a three-piece.

  • Fringe does this as well, though there are a few exceptions in a few episodes.

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  • February 2, 2012
    This shouldn't really count for shows where wearing a suit is the social norm, like any business drama that takes people almost entirely in an office environment. Lawyers especially are expected to wear a suit any time they are "on the clock". That's a social convention that is reflected in media, not a trope. I suppose if a detective has just chased after a criminal, gotten shot at and march through a sewer and never once mentions the suit got ruined, it could be a trope.

    Also, I can say that at least the SVU offshoot of L&O averts having them in suits all the time. We've seen Benson and Slader (sp?) off-duty lots of times, and they weren't always in suits.
  • February 3, 2012
    This seems like Limited Wardrobe, but only for suits.
  • February 3, 2012
    I think you should extend this to include when characters dress unpractically or inappropriately formal for their situation. One example would be Walter in Breaking Bad, or Molder (spelling?) in The X Files. Keep the title but make it broader. Otherwise it's kinda redundant, I'd say.
  • February 3, 2012
    It's a Running Gag in How I Met Your Mother that Barney always wears suits. Always. There have been episodes almost entirely dedicated to it.
  • February 3, 2012
    ^^ It's Mulder.

  • February 3, 2012
    To add to the How I Met Your Mother example: Barney even has a pajama suit.
  • February 3, 2012
    Men In Black - Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones kick alien butt and take unpronounceable names in a pair of sharp-looking black suits.
  • February 3, 2012
    Six from Generator Rex. He has a wardrobe filled with identical green suits.
  • February 3, 2012
    Mr. Roarke in Fantasy Island is never without a clean white suit. Lampshaded in the first episode of the revival where the new island caretaker selects the one black suit out of a closet full of white suits and gives orders to burn the rest.
  • February 4, 2012
    • Mostly, the CSI shows avoid this-suits aren't compatible with lab work- though the NY and M Iami detectives should be wearing them and Mac Taylor on CSI NY has a habit of never getting his suits dirty even when he's chasing someone.
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  • February 9, 2012