Created By: Tomtitan on July 5, 2009
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Perhaps the most famous use of this trope
Do we have this one? I've been looking around and I don't think we do.

What's that? my Arch-Enemy has released a giant monster and now it's attacking the city? This looks like a job for Super Mega Ultra Dude! I'll just go into this phone booth and take off my suit to reveal my superhero costume (which also happens to have superpowers). I'll stop that monster just before he harms that civilian. It's a good thing I was wearing my costume under my suit so I could change more quickly!

In short, when the superhero wears their costume under their regular clothing for quick changing when there's evil afoot.

Not necessarily just for superheroes, although they are far more likely to use this trope.

Related to Flung Clothing


Examples

  • As shown in the picture, Superman in all his adaptations.
  • Batman usually. Sometimes shown having his costume in his briefcase.
  • Spider-Man. Again though, sometimes shown having his costume in his backpack.
    • And his daughter, Spider-Girl does it too once or twice.
  • It's implied Team Rocket from Pokémon does this, since their reveals involve pulling off their disguise to reveal the uniform underneath.
  • Parodied in Futurama in the episode "Less than a Hero" Leela plays this strait, tearing off her cloths to reveal her Clobberella costume. Then tearing off her costume to reveal another set of identical clothes, claiming "It was brisk, I dressed in layers" (giving us the trope name). Of course, the joke is, this would have meant she was wearing her costume under her regular clothes, even though her costume had sleeves when her regular clothes don't!
  • The Incredibles characters used to do this before superheroics were outlawed, and they did it again at the very end, with the very last shot of the film being Mr. Incredible imitating Superman's iconic use of this trope.
  • In the animated version of Teen Titans, when Robin is forced to go to a prom with a girl. At one point he rips off his prom suit to reveal his costume.
  • Parodied in Sky High where teen heroes-in-training practice changing into several different outfits, including "super-suits", civvies, and athletic uniforms, via ye olde telephone booth, spoofing Superman's tendency to change in phone booths in the past.
  • Spoofed here: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1344#comic
  • In the Fatal Fury anime movie, Kim Kapwan somehow disintegrates all of his clothing, revealing his fighting ouitfit below (all in the middle of a party where no fighting was expected to actually take place -talk about Crazy-Prepared.)
  • Captain America used to wear his suit under his civilan clothes, including strapping his shield to his back.
  • Harley does this in Batman: The Animated Series
  • In an episode of Family Guy. Peter, Cleveland and Quagmire are dressed as waiters at a fancy dinner party at the Pewterschmits' house and are planning to rob their vault. They rip off their tuxes to reveal black 'theiving' clothes underneath, complete with black stocking caps.
  • Superted takes this to a similar extreme to the Futurama example, but even further. The eponymous bear would unzip his fur to reveal his costume, then unzip his costume to reveal his fur afterwards, infinitely.

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Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • July 2, 2009
    Nekusagi
    It's been implied Team Rocket does this on the Pokemon anime. Reveals are always done by simply pulling off the disguise to reveal the uniform underneath.

    (Villains can count too, right?)
  • July 2, 2009
    Tomtitan
    Yeah I guess there's nothing to explicitly imply it's only for heroes. I'll change that.
  • July 2, 2009
    Bisected8
    Parodied in Futurama in the episode "Less than a Hero" Leela plays this strait, tearing off her cloths to reveal her Clobberella costume. Then tearing off her costume to reveal another set of identical clothes, claiming "It was brisk, I dressed in layers".
  • July 3, 2009
    Tomtitan
    ...Bump?
  • July 3, 2009
    Wulf
    Related to Flung Clothing.
  • July 3, 2009
    wanderlustwarrior
    Adding to the Leela example: when she rips off her clothes, she also removes her Wristlojackameter and hair thing, despite being no where near her clothes. When she rips off her Super-outfit, she's wearing her regular clothes again, including long pants and other parts that couldn't have possibly been covered by the supersuit.

    The Incredibles characters used to do this before superheroics were outlawed. This not being an option certainly slowed down one of them
    Fro-Zone: "Honey, where's my super-suit?!" ... "You tell me where my suit is, WOMAN!"
  • July 3, 2009
    Tomtitan
    Is this ready for launch then?
  • July 3, 2009
    Amarys
    Bump. I think there could be more examples.
  • July 3, 2009
    Tomtitan
    Agreed. Also I need help with the coding and whatnot. As you've probably guessed this is my first YKTTW and I haven't quite got the hang of it yet.

    Here's one- in Teen Titans (the animated version) Robin did this when he was forced to go to a prom. He wore his costume under it.

    Also- a better name?
  • July 3, 2009
    Earnest
    • Green Lanterns avert this, their ring materializes a costume instantly.
  • July 3, 2009
    Nate the Great
    The Flash also averts this. He keeps his costume inside of a ring compartment. More modern Flashes can also manifest a costume made out of pure Speed Force.
  • July 3, 2009
    DanielLC
    Does this trope mean that they have to actually be wearing the clothes, or just carry them with them? If the latter, the flash isn't an aversion.

    Not justified in the cases of superman or the flash, who have no reason to go home, put on their costume, and come back when they need it.
  • July 3, 2009
    Tomtitan
    No this is for when they're wearing their costumes underneath their regular clothing. But carrying their suits around should be a sister trope, and I guess another sister trope should be when their costumes materialise (like Danny Phantom) and it's not a transformation sequence.
  • July 3, 2009
    mook
    example: parodied in the movie Sky High, where teen heroes-in-training practice changing into several different outfits, including "super-suits", civvies, and athletic uniforms, via ye olde telephone booth.
  • July 3, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I think this has been YKTTW'd before, because I remember mentioning some Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

    Taste the subversion!
  • July 3, 2009
    Tomtitan
    It may have been YKKTW'd before, but has it actually become a trope?
  • July 3, 2009
    endlessnostalgia
    In the Fatal Fury anime movie, Kim Kapwan somehow disintegrates all of his clothing, revealing his fighting ouitfit below (all in the middle of a party where no fighting was expected to actually take place -talk about Crazy Prepared.)
  • July 3, 2009
    random surfer
    Captain America used to wear his suit under his civilan clothes, including strapping his shield to his back.
  • July 4, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    @Tomtitan: dunno, but you could steal examples from the old one.
  • July 4, 2009
    TheSausageTroper
    I believe one episode of Batman The Animated Series had Harley kicking off some sort of disguise to reveal her costume underneath. I actually saw it in an amv, though, not the actual episode.
  • July 4, 2009
    deuxhero
    Superman is so famous for this that the actor who plays Superman in Superman Returns got the role by winning a costume contest (in Hollywood, where he claims they are serious business) as Superman. His costume was a suit with a Superman t-shirt under it.
  • July 5, 2009
    Tomtitan
    Changed the description and title.
  • July 5, 2009
    ima420r
    In a recent episode of Family Guy. Peter, Cleveland and Quagmire are dressed as waiters at a fancy dinner party at the Pewterschmits' house and are planning to rob their vault. They rip off their tuxes to reveal black 'theiving' clothes underneath, complete with black stocking caps.
  • July 5, 2009
    Tomtitan
    Ready for launch?
  • July 5, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Superted used to unzip his furry skin to reveal his Superted costume underneath, then unzip the costume to reveal his normal furriness under that. This used to really bother me.
  • July 5, 2009
    Tomtitan
    Wow, y'know all the times I watched Superted that never bothered me. It might have been because I was about 3 but I like to imagine my 3-year old brain was thinking A Wizard Did It.

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