Created By: KingZeal on September 28, 2011 Last Edited By: KingZeal on January 29, 2012
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Action Fashionista

A {{Badass}} with a large wardrobe and little regard for uniformity.

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When ass-kicking needs a little variety.

Some people like to look good. Damn good. And they like to do it while they kick ass. Take a character with those traits and you've got the Action Fashionista.

The Action Fashionista is some type of Badass partly characterized by how vast their wardrobe is. While they may have a standardized costume or uniform, they almost never seem to wear it to its strictest definition. The vast majority of their screentime features them with completely different articles of clothing, or major alterations of the same outfit. (For example, what was a blouse in one scene has become a chainmail in a later scene, a mink coat in another, and a pink-and-white jacket in another.

This trope is reserved for characters who prefer a varied and unique wardrobe. It is not for plot-related costume changes (such as an Evil Costume Switch, Frills of Justice or Fanservice Pack). The character must also be an active Badass or Adventurer.

A subtrope of The Fashionista (naturally), and possibly of Stripperiffic, Costume Porn, Unlimited Wardrobe, Impossibly Cool Clothes, Custom Uniform of Sexy, and Impractically Fancy Outfit (especially if some of them are different outfits).

My possibly be Ms. Fanservice or Mr. Fanservice. Possibly used as a means to show off that they're a Cultured Badass.

May necessitate Changing Clothes Is a Free Action or Clothing Combat.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Lucy Heartfilia in Fairy Tail is constantly seen changing outfits throughout the series and while she mostly prefers adventuring in her blue-and-white default, she has been prone to wear whatever is convenient.
    • Another one of these in Fairy Tail is Erza Scarlett, who has over 100 outfits, and has the ability to rapidly switch between the (very fancy) powered armors she stores in Hammerspace.
  • Uryu Ishida in Bleach, who is a seamster. There's even a gag which demonstrates that he brought a change of clothes into Hueco Mundo!
  • Also Sakura from Card Captor Sakura. Her best friend Tomoyo is explicitly stated to make Sakura a new costume for every single clow card incident, (of which there are fifty two clow cards, though a few were caught in the same chapter/episode).

Comics
  • Founding Avenger and Ant-Man co-star Janet Van Dyne (aka "The Wasp") constantly makes alterations to her costume. Justified in-universe, as Wasp actually is a fashionista.
  • All of the kids from Runaways.

Film

Literature
  • Inquisitor Amberly Vail from the Ciaphas Cain novels has an enormous amount of various outfits and disguises. Cain suspects she adopts them for fun as much as for subtly.
  • Malveria from Lonely Werewolf Girl books. Her species has Fashionista as its Hat. She has several dragonskin outfits made from the dragons she has personally slain, and although she acts like a high-class ditz most of the time, she occasionally likes to remind everyone she earned the right to do so by personally wiping her enemies from existence in combat.

Video Games

  • Robert Garcia (pictured) and Athena Asamiya from the King of Fighters series, as both change their outfits with nearly every installment. Athena even goes so far as to invoke this trope as one of her HDM's, which has her magically change into each of her outfits along with each hit.

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • September 28, 2011
    surgoshan
    I think the Doctor might qualify in Classic Series. I recall that the first Doctor was a Badass Grandpa who did things like reflect light off his watch to strategically blind an opponent so he'd trip over his own fists. I think the fourth Doctor used his long scarf on occasion.
  • September 28, 2011
    surgoshan
    The Spear Counterpart would be the Badass In A Nice Suit. The Bifauxnen variety would be a Hot Chick In A Badass Suit, maybe.
  • September 28, 2011
    KingZeal
    Not exactly. The "Badass Suits" are the antithesis of this trope, unless it's a different style of suit every time (single-breasted to double-breasted to zoot suit to leisure suit to...well, you get the idea).
  • September 29, 2011
    foxley
    Is this trope about characters who change outfits a lot, or characters who use their costumes as weapons?
  • September 29, 2011
    Xandriel
    Another one of these in Fairy Tail is Erza Scarlett, who has over 100 outfits, and has the ability to rapidly switch between the (very fancy) powered armors she stores in Hammerspace.
  • September 29, 2011
    Koveras
  • September 29, 2011
    KingZeal
    ^^^ The former.
  • September 29, 2011
    kyun
    A few in Bleach. 11th Squad subordinate Yumichika is incredibly vain about his appearance, and it's important to him that his powers and skills appear beautiful. He fights an Arrancar who is also vain, but is actually ugly and is too narssistic to tell.
  • September 29, 2011
    MorganWick
    Laconic makes this sound like it at least involves Clothing Combat.
  • September 29, 2011
    foxley
    In that case the Doctor Who examples are not this. Each of the Doctors had an iconic outfit that he only rarely ventured away from.
  • September 29, 2011
    Bisected8
    • Inquisitor Amberly Vail from the Ciaphas Cain novels has an enormous amount of various outfits and disguises. Cain suspects she adopts them for fun as much as for subtly.
  • September 29, 2011
    KingZeal
    ^^ Thanks for the heads up.
  • September 29, 2011
    Otakukun
    Would Kim Possible count
  • September 29, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    Malveria from Lonely Werewolf Girl books. Her species has Fashionista as its Hat. She has several dragonskin outfits made from the dragons she has personally slain, and although she acts like a high-class ditz most of the time, she occasionally likes to remind everyone she earned the right to do so by personally wiping her enemies from existence in combat.

    With Doctor Who, the Doctor's third incarnation (Pertwee) was very much this. He dressed very carefully as a dandy and was always altering his look in someway (it always kept to the same theme, but lots of variations on it as well as getting upset at any damage to his clothes) and he was a very action orientated guy who was not afraid to break out the "venusian" karate.
  • September 29, 2011
    MiinU

    Video games

    • Robert Garcia and Athena Asamiya from the King of Fighters series, as both change their outfits with nearly every installment. Athena even goes so far as to invoke this trope as one of her HDM's, which has her magically change into each of her outfits along with each hit.
  • September 29, 2011
    KingZeal
    @ Otakukun: I don't know anything about Kim Possible.
  • October 1, 2011
    aurora369
    What? No one mentioned Padme Amidala?
  • October 1, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    ^We were waiting for you to do it.
  • October 1, 2011
    Damr1990
  • October 1, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Agent Peacock is often one of these.
  • October 1, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Also Sakura from Card Captor Sakura. Her best friend Tomoyo is explicitly stated to make Sakura a new costume for every single clow card incident, (of which there are fifty two clow cards, though a few were caught in the same chapter/episode).
  • October 16, 2011
    hevendor717
    @kyun: I don't think Yumichika would count for this. He always wears the same uniform, and doesn't seem to be very obsessed with how he dresses. Hell, even Renji is more fashion-y when it comes to his civilian gigai clothes.
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