Created By: TheTitan99 on September 20, 2013 Last Edited By: TheTitan99 on September 29, 2013
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Costumes Change Your Size

Someone can become bigger or smaller based on the clothing/disguise/costume that they're wearing.

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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.


Examples:

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     Anime 
You should source the image.

     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.

     Film 
  • 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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Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • September 20, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    In WITCH 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.
  • September 20, 2013
    justanotherrandomlurker
    I'm not sure if this would count or not, but I've noticed all throughout the run of 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.
  • September 20, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    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.
  • September 20, 2013
    grapesandmilk
    Is there a separate trope for a costume changing size when the person puts it on?
  • September 21, 2013
    DAN004
  • September 21, 2013
    AP
    Comics

    • 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.
  • September 25, 2013
    Surenity
    • 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. Overlaps with Your Size May Vary.
  • September 25, 2013
    DAN004
  • September 25, 2013
    TheTitan99
    Yay! A hat! That calls for an official YKTTW Bump!
  • September 26, 2013
    TheTitan99
    Yay! Another hat! That calls for an official YKTTW Bump!
  • September 27, 2013
    TheTitan99
    Hmm. 4 hats... Guess we're at the Last Minute Changes stage already. That was quick.

    So... anything here that needs changing...?
  • September 28, 2013
    TheTitan99
    Er, um... 5 hats now. That was quick. I guess this'll be launching soon. I'll give it a little more time to see if anyone has any last minute suggestions. Like a quote or something.
  • September 28, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    You should source the image.

  • September 28, 2013
    TheTitan99
    What do you mean by source the image? It links to the Johnny Bravo page.
  • September 28, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    That's what I meant. When I looked at it on my phone, it didn't link.

    And yes; you are supposed to include the redlinks.
  • September 28, 2013
    TheTitan99
    Alright.

    I guess I'll put the red links back then. Then, honestly, I guess I'll be launching this soon. 5 hats and all that.
  • September 28, 2013
    SKJAM
    A Phil Foglio What's New comic had a very large man disguised as a much smaller person to the amazement of the game's DM. "Special shoes."
  • September 28, 2013
    TheTitan99
    Is that a web comic or a printed comic.

    Also, what does the "Special shoes" mean?
  • September 28, 2013
    Arivne
    ^

    Comic Strips
    • Whats 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.
  • September 29, 2013
    TheTitan99
    Will be launching kinda soon. Sometime later today, probably.
  • September 29, 2013
    TheTitan99
    Well, 5 hats, and no complaints... ever... from anyone. Guess I'll be launching this trope!
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