Created By: DragonQuestZMarch 6, 2011 Last Edited By: LavaSkiesApril 25, 2015

Stepford Makeover

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One Trigger Phrase later, and she drops her hippie look for a Patty Duke look.

When characters are Brainwashed to have almost completely different personalities, their wardrobes change as well to reflect this. It also becomes the first clue that something has changed about this character.

One of the most common is for characters who dress in a non-conformist fashion to change to the typical clothing of where they live.

Go Go Enslavement is a Sister Trope.

Examples:

  • Named for The Stepford Wives, even though the movie and book did it differently.
  • Happens in American Dad, when Stan activates conditioning Hayley was given as a young girl.
  • Happens in American Dad when, after getting amnesia, Francine temporarily succeeds in changing her husband's personality by telling Stan that had always been sensitive and considerate.
  • Spoofed in an episode of Samurai Pizza Cats when Polly tries being nice and dresses in traditional Japanese clothing, and the guys think there is something wrong with her.
Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • March 6, 2011
    peccantis
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  • March 6, 2011
    Glucharina
    Costume Derailment would cover this and more other instances. Sudden and unexpected costume changes may have different cause, but I'm not sure if something such general is a trope of itself.
  • March 6, 2011
    peccantis
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  • March 6, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    If you don't like the name, give reasons for it. Don't just throw up other names, especially when there hasn't been one example given in a reply.
  • March 6, 2011
    fs1034
    An Example: Perhaps in the How I Met Your Mother episode "Wait for It", where Robin temporarily goes all hippie. She completely changes the way she dresses and everything, though she does get un-brainwashed pretty soon after.
  • March 6, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ How was she brainwashed?
  • March 6, 2011
    peccantis
    @Dragon Quest Z: the trope could easily (and IMO shoul) be defined a bit more loose to include a variety of examples that currently don't have anywhere else to go, because a change in fashions to indicate a change of personality, brainwashed or not, is a solid trope. The make over fanfics are an instance of non-brainwash examples. Glucharina had made a point about widening the scope in the very previous comment too.
  • March 6, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    That's a Super Trope, which can be another ykttw. You don't warp a trope just to fit other examples. That's what makes Trope Decay.
  • March 7, 2011
    peccantis
    ^ not if it's done before the launch it isn't. I'll make one for the sup trope then. It's here FTWIMC.
  • March 7, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    I meant that it shouldn't be done to prevent that from happening.
  • March 7, 2011
    peccantis
    What shouldn't be done to prevent what from happening?
  • March 7, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    "warp a trope just to fit other examples" I specifically wrote that to make my point clear from the beginning.
  • March 7, 2011
    peccantis
    And my point is that while the trope is in the YKTTW, it's perfectly ok to keep tweaking and redefining so that the trope can be as functional as possible.
  • March 7, 2011
    fs1034
    @Dragon Quest Z, she wasn't brainwashed in the literal sense of the term, but she did have a complete and unusual personality change, to the point where you could say she was sort of brainwashed by Argentina and the people there. Depends on how strictly you think this trope applies only to characters that have been Brainwashed.
  • March 7, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Okay, didn't realize that was what you meant.

    ^ Well that seems to be more cultural assimilation than this trope.
  • March 7, 2011
    fs1034
    Fair enough.
  • March 8, 2011
    sclemm
    Happened briefly to Ella in Hex after sleeping with Malachi
  • March 8, 2011
    StarryEyed
    In Chicken Little Foxy Loxy goes from being a baseball uniform-wearing female Jerk Jock to wearing a frilly pink dress straight out of the 40s as a result of the aliens teleporter-thingy malfunctioning. Of course, the heroes think she's "better" this way.
  • March 9, 2011
    cathstuart
    So, are we including characters that are Dressing in a Stepford Makeover way and aren't brainwashed? If so, Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie dresses like this many times, changing from her traditional harem girl/belly dancer outfit into something approximating modest conventional fifties (and early sixties) ladies wear. This is to pass as a local unnoticed in order to achieve some wacky mission or other. She will often crack the illusion slightly with her inevitable odd behaviour, e.g.

    Ladies: Good morning! Jeannie: Allah be with you!
  • March 9, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ No, that is going in disguise. It would only be this trope if the writers were doing something like taking the Reactionary Fantasy aspect further, by making her conform to the norms they wanted.
  • March 9, 2011
    Clevomon
  • March 10, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The first Scooby Doo movie had "troublesome teens" go away for a vacation at an amusement park then come back "model teens".
  • March 11, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    You know, should I limit this to change of clothes, redefine it to being forced to change into a conformist (not always through mind control), or make the latter a separate trope?
  • March 12, 2011
    troacctid
    I Thought It Meant Stepford Smiler, but with wardrobe.
  • July 26, 2011
    Octagon8
    • In The Reconstruction, Rehm trades his usual sailor clothes for a uniform when he is brainwashed by the Nal-Guard, and changes to a Sikohlon robe when he is freed.
  • July 26, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    • The protagonist of the Twilight Zone episode Number 12 Looks Just Like You wears a long dress throughout the episode. At the end, after she finally goes through with the transformation, she wears a skin-tight leotard typical of the other women's fashion. Of course, it helps that her physical appearance has also changed...
  • August 25, 2011
    peccantis
    Is this going anywhere?
  • April 25, 2015
    DAN004

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