Created By: DragonQuestZ on April 2, 2011 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on April 4, 2011
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Battle Ballgown

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Who says Badasses can't be elegant?

A dress that is lightly to heavily armored, and thus would fit in either a social gala or an epic melee. The form of the dress can range from a fancy dress accessorized with armor and/or weapons (even if it also has typical dress trimmings), to basically a suit of armor with a skirt.

The point of this dress seems to be a combination of Rule of Glamorous and Rule of Cool, as such an outfit will almost always be Impossibly Cool Clothes.

Naturally the ladies wearing these kinds of dresses are almost always Action Girls, Ladies Of War and sometimes even Badass Princesses. If any other girl ends up wearing this, expect her to fall over almost immediately, if she can even move.

A Sub-Trope of Pimped-Out Dress.

Compare Stylish Protection Gear, Scary Impractical Armor, Powered Armor.

Contrast Chainmail Bikini, Stripperiffic.

Examples:


Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • April 3, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    • Gwendolyn, from Odin Sphere. Her supposed battle dress is fabulous, having loads of feathers and ruffles.
  • April 3, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That also bring up the eponymous heroine of Princess Crown (a similar game made before by the same developer).
  • April 3, 2011
    Bisected8
    In Soul Eater this is initially averted when Maka and the rest of the cast change out of their formal gear during a Ballroom Blitz. However later, Maka converts the Black Blood into armour in the shape of the ballgown she appears in inside Soul's mind while they're linked while they fight Arachne.
  • April 3, 2011
    Koveras
    I think some of the Barrier Jackets (customizable magical armor suits) worn by female mages from the Lyrical Nanoha series count.
  • April 3, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Any pictures so we can see if they count?
  • April 3, 2011
    Bisected8
    Maka's dress/armour can be seen here.
  • April 3, 2011
    wiccaintraining
    Fairy tail Erza's standard outfit certainly applies, and there's no question about this one
  • April 3, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I meant for the Nanoha characters.
  • April 3, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^^Hell, pulling these, as well as swords, out of Hammer Space is actually her power.
  • April 3, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • April 3, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ The second one works, but not sure about Hilde. One outfit is just a plain suit of armor, and the other is just a regular Pimped Out Dress.
  • April 4, 2011
    Koveras
    @DragonQuestZ: Well, here is Signum and this is Nanoha's most recent battle dress incarnation.
  • April 4, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Well the first one fits, but the second one is just a shinier version of her old suit. The weapon just makes it count as a Cool Sword... and a BFS.

    Incidentally, this likely will have an image links page.
  • April 4, 2011
    Thebes
    A fair number of Ladies of War.
  • April 4, 2011
    ccoa
  • April 4, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Noted that in the OP.
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