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Costumes Change Your Size
Someone can become bigger or smaller based on the clothing/disguise/costume that they're wearing.
(permanent link) added: 2013-09-20 09:51:29 sponsor: TheTitan99 (last reply: 2013-09-29 20:42:55)

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Some clothing seems to expand and shrink to fit whoever is wearing it. However, sometimes, its the exact opposite. The clothing stays exactly the same, but the person within changes to fit the costume.

Maybe this is done to keep someone's identity hidden from the viewer, or maybe just for a joke. But, whatever the reason may be, the people wearing these seem to be a lot more elastic than when they stop.

Note that this has nothing to do with Becoming the Mask or Becoming the Costume.

Compare Bigger on the Inside, Your Size May Vary, Totem Pole Trench, as well as Latex Perfection.


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     Comic Books 
  • In W.I.T.C.H., when the girls transform into their guardian forms, in addition to changing outfits and gaining wings, they get taller and gain boobs. Will is particularly fond of this because in her human form she suffers from a case of A-Cup Angst.
  • Downplayed in ''Watchmen, where Rorshach is revealed to wear elevator shoes and a thick coat to make him look bigger and taller.
  • The Bat Man character Anarky is really a thirteen year old boy who wears a costume to appear as a much taller man.

     Comic Strips 
  • What's New? with Phil and Dixie from Dragon magazine #68 (December 1982). A man who's 6 feet tall and weighs maybe 300 lb. becomes an elven woman at least two feet shorter. When asked how he did it, he says "Special shoes". Read it here.

  • In Master Ninja, due to some obvious use of a Body Double, whenever Master McAllister puts on his ninja garbs, he becomes noticeably thinner.

     Live Action TV 
  • The Slitheen from Doctor Who are an In-Universe example, as they require advanced size compression technology to fit inside of their human costumes.

     Video Games 
  • In Resident Evil 4, all of the Ganados, especially the bosses, have giant parasites living inside of them, which are far, far too big for the host to carry inside of them.

     Visual Novel 

     Web Comics 
  • 'Bo is a lapine Brawn Hilda in Phillip Jackson's Battle Bunnies. 'Bo sneers at the monk's robe that Fletch provides, since it has no hope of swathing her girth in page 26. To 'Bo's astonishment, it does exactly that, making her seem as slender as any other monk in page 27.

     Western Animation 
  • The episode of Johnny Bravo "A League Of His Own" both plays straight and subverts this trope. Johnny has to disguise himself as school girl to play in a girls softball team, and is obviously still a giant man in a wig. However, it turns out later that even more grown men were disguised as girls to play in the teams, and had magically shrunk when wearing their costumes.
  • In Futurama, there is an In-Universe Example, where Hermes has a suit that reshapes the wearer's body to make them more athletic.
  • Ned Flanders in The Simpsons is actually incredibly muscular. You'd never guess this by looking at his clothing, which make him appear somewaht fat.
  • Subverted in an episode of Sym-Bionic Titan, where Octus, a shape shifting robot disguised as a human, has to wear a suit about 1/3 his size. Being a shapeshifter, he just shrinks down to fit in it. To the rest of the characters, however, it seems to be playing this trope straight.
  • In Alvin and the Chipmunks, Eleanor seems to experience a sort of instant slim down whenever she wears something other than her signature outfit, despite being "chubby" being one of her identifiable characteristics.
  • This seems to happen most likely unintentionally with Warren T Rat in An American Tail, a cat in disguise who appears inexplicably smaller when in his rat costume.

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