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[[caption-width-right:350:When ass-kicking needs a little variety.]]

-> '''Rainbow Dash:''' Rarity! Blast [the enemy]! Pretend it's last year's fashion or something!\\
'''Rarity:''' Eep! '''Leg warmers and stirrup pants?!''' Not in ''my'' Spring Line!
-->-- ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' #1

Some people like to look good, ''damn good,'' and they like to do it in as many different ways as possible 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 the vastness of their wardrobe. 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 different articles of clothing, or major alterations of the same outfit. (For example, what was a blouse in one scene has become chainmail in a later scene, a [[PrettyInMink mink coat]] in another, and a {{pink| means feminine}}-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 EvilCostumeSwitch, FrillyUpgrade or FanservicePack). The character must also be an active badass or Adventurer.

This can overlap with {{Stripperiffic}}, TheDandy, CostumePorn, UnlimitedWardrobe, ImpossiblyCoolClothes, CustomUniformOfSexy, and ImpracticallyFancyOutfit (especially if some of them are different outfits).

May possibly be {{Ms|Fanservice}}. or MrFanservice. Possibly used as a means to show off that they're a CulturedBadass. Can also overlap with KickingAssInAllHerFinery. Male examples may also be AgentPeacock. A female example is likely to also be a GirlyBruiser.

May necessitate ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction or ClothingCombat.

A SubTrope of TheFashionista and (if female) ActionGirl.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** Lucy Heartfilia 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.
** Pictured above: Erza Scarlet, who has over 100 outfits, and has the ability to rapidly switch between the (very fancy) {{Powered Armor}}s, [[CovertPervert bunny suits, cat suits]], [[MundaneUtility dresses, pajamas, etc.]] she stores in {{Hammerspace}}.
* Sakura from ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' though enforced on her by others. 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). She herself doesn't particularly care for the outfits, except for the times when she had to fight in her school uniform, but she does it to keep Tomoyo and her [[WeaselMascot mentor animal]] Kero-chan happy.
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': Himegami is of [[BlueBlood royal descent]], so she often goes shopping for new clothes and lingerie sets - with a strong preference [[ElegantGothicLolita for silk and lace.]] And because she [[PowersDoTheFighting lets her shikigami deal with nuisances]] ''[[LadyOfBlackMagic for her]]'', she rarely has to worry about ruining any of those expensive dresses.
* In ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'', SixthRanger Dewey develops an interest in fashion. His outfits run the gamut from sweatshirt and jeans to [[SharpDressedMan three-piece suits]] and {{classy cravat}}s.
* Erika from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''. Her entire family is in the fashion business. On the villain side, there is also [[CampGay Cobraj]].
* Shuu Tsukiyama from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', a wealthy AgentPeacock with a seemingly-unlimited supply of designer clothing. The very nature of his [[BladeBelowTheShoulder kagune]] means he tears holes in his clothing any time he fights, though he doesn't seem particularly concerned about this. On one occasion, he even wears a white suit that develops an elaborate pattern when soaked in blood.
* Nui Harime from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is a villainous example, working as the Grand Couturier at the Revocs Corporation, while also being a HumanoidAbomination capable of easily defeating powerful opponents.
* The Sumeragi HalfIdenticalTwins from ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'', with the powerful Onmyouji Subaru wearing very nineties-like outfits courtesy of his sister Hokuto, and Hokuto herself as a super fashionable BadassNormal. It says a lot that Subaru resorts to far simpler clothing (save for a BadassLongcoat) in the sort-of sequel ''Manga/{{x 1999}}'' when Hokuto is ''not'' around [[spoiler: after she dies in a ThanatosGambit to protect him from his ManipulativeBastard StarCrossedLover, Seishirou.]]
* Justified by Rinne Berlinetta in ''Anime/VividStrike''. Her adoptive parents are in the fashion industry, so her Barrier Jacket and Device are both modeled after the family clothing line.
* Hinata's younger sister Hanabi in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' does not seem to be a ninja, but being a main branch Hyuuga means she was still taught to fight. Hanabi considers herself a fashionista and really cares about her looks.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Founding [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]] and ''ComicBook/AntMan'' co-star Janet Van Dyne (aka ComicBook/TheWasp) constantly makes alterations to her costume. Justified in-universe, as Wasp actually ''is'' a fashionista. Started as more of a FauxActionGirl with a side of IBrokeANail, but when she developed into a genuine ActionGirl, she kept the good taste.
* ''All'' of the kids from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', who have a pretty impressive wardrobe given they're in hiding from their parents / the authorities. Nico's goth outfits are by far the most elaborate.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, her cousin Franchise/{{Superman}}'s DistaffCounterpart and one of the more powerful heroes of Franchise/TheDCU, has worn over ''thirty'' costumes since her first appearance in ''Comicbook/ActionComics #252''. You can see some ''few'' of them [[http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/supergirl-costume-history-sexy-costume-designs.html here]]. Since then she has added her New 52, ''[[Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton Red Lantern]]'' and ''[[Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth Rebirth]]'' costumes.
* In ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'' Ramona Flowers, who makes constant changes to her attire, [[KaleidoscopeHair mostly her hair]].
* ComicBook/KittyPryde had [[http://13thdimension.com/x-men-week-the-crazy-costumes-of-kitty-pryde/ a period where she was designing her own costumes]], especially when she gets her hands on an alien device that allows {{Instant Costume Change}}s. However, being a young teenager at the time, she tended to have [[RummageSaleReject a questionable taste in fashion]].
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'': Britanny Elin Diggers is a mall rat supreme (which is ironic, being a CatGirl) and a RunningGag throughout the series is her (and her sisters) running ''multi-million dollar'' credit cards ''completely dry'' and having to perform her adventures (at least partially) to pay the banks. Of all three sisters she's the one that mostly wastes money on clothes (also at least partially justified because being an ActionGirl ClothingDamage happens to her ''very'' often).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/JamesBond'': As the TropeCodifier for the TuxedoAndMartini character archetype in spy fiction, Agent 007 is tailor-made to fit the trope like a glove.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Padme Amidala is always wearing gorgeous gowns, except in the climax of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' she wears something still striking but more functional for battle. Of course her action-oriented outfit in [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith the third prequel movie]] never saw battle.
* In ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'', Jared Leto's Joker appears in a [[http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/18/19/28D43AE800000578-3086717-image-a-8_1431974123058.jpg wide]] [[http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/06/11/02/2984A85400000578-0-image-m-98_1433987166661.jpg variety]] of [[http://thesecondtake.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Screen-Shot-2015-07-13-at-5.58.07-PM.png outfits]].

* Rachel from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is this all over. A fierce BloodKnight who keeps spare outfits at the barn where their team meets. Not even clothes. ''Outfits''. Of course, she can't actually use them in a fight, since [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing Shapeshifting Excludes]] [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper most]] [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing Clothing]]. Interestingly enough, she undergoes LiteralSplitPersonality once and it turns out the shopper and the fighter are two entirely distinct entities (Nice!Rachel plans out her shopping trips with surgical precision but breaks down crying at the drop of a hat, Mean!Rachel goes on a one-woman raid against Yeerk facilities but is entirely helpless when caught in a trap she can't fight her way out from.)
* Inquisitor Amberly Vail from the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels has an enormous amount of various outfits and disguises. Cain suspects she adopts them for fun as much as for subtlety.
* Katia, a necromancer from Literature/DoraWilkSeries and ''Literature/ShamanBlues''. When with Dora, she usually takes her for shopping sprees, spa, manicure and the such, and she dresses in latest fashions, even going on cons to buy stuff. She's also one of the most powerful {{necromancer}}s, easily beating her colleagues.
* ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'':
** Malveria; 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.
** And then there's her designer, Thrix, who puts up with Malveria's bizarre demands because she truly loves high fashion. She's also not just a werewolf, but an extremely powerful sorceress.
* Most of the girls in ''Literature/TheFinishingSchoolSeries''. Since they attend a school in Steampunk Victoriana that teacher both social graces and espionage.
* [[Literature/TheWarGods Brandark Brandarkson]] is consistently the best-dressed person in the room (and often the city), and adopts various foppish mannerisms. He is also known to overcome four to five picked warriors singlehandedly when the need arises.
* [[Literature/TheCorneliusChronicles Jerry Cornelius]] is this, along with being an AgentPeacock.
* The werewolf, Emilia from ''Literature/TheAngaranChronicles'' will always, always dress with fashion trends even if they are impractical and they will almost always wind up destroyed when she inevitably transforms.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The title character has an amazing wardrobe. Even when she is working at a fast food restaurant.
** The vampire Sunday curb-stomped Buffy while criticizing her fashion sense. She also steals the best clothes from her victims.
%%* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': Resident fashionista Hanna does this sometimes. Aria grew into it, too.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' has all Halliwell sisters often vanquishing demons while wearing the latest fashions - with perfect hair and make-up too. Phoebe is the most noticeable example.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* To La Morena, a women's champion of WWC and WWL, styles herself a fashion queen and will take breaks in between her assaulting victims to let the camera focus on her newest clothing and hairstyles.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheKingOfFighters'':
** [[BadassAdorable Athena Asamiya]] is infamous for changing her outfits with nearly every installment. She even goes so far as to invoke this trope as one of her [[LimitBreak HDMs]] (which has her magically change into each of her outfits along with each hit) and some of her intros (where she either changes from one costume into another, or goes through each one of her previous costumes before ending in the newest one and keeping it as her fighting clothes).
** [[SharpDressedMan Robert Garcia]] isn't ''as'' extreme as Athena in his wardrobe changes, but as the closest to a PrincelyYoungMan in the cast, he also likes to dress up nicely in the battlefield. One of his HMD's even has him quickly fixing his sleeveless vest before delivering the final blow to his rivals.
* Assassin Anna Williams from ''Videogame/{{Tekken}}'' sports a long qipao as her default outfit, and has a few other stylish others, like [[PrettyInMink fur coats]], [[NiceHat matching hats]] and other long dresses. Lee Chaolan has a tuxedo as a recurring P2 outfit.
* Vivienne from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is a high-ranking mage from Orlais, a medieval France stand-in where fashion is an integral part of the DecadentCourt. Her default outfit looks like Maleficent pulling a GoodCostumeSwitch, and her character kit goes into some detail on this mindset.
-->''Leave the stained tunics and rough cloaks to the commoners and their mud farms–a proper Orlesian climbs mountains in her evening gown, standing taller at the summit in her [[CombatStilettos formidable high-heeled shoes.]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriForceHeroes'' takes place in a fashion forward version of Hyrule, thus Link and his impersonators can wear outfits that give you perks, such as the Spin Attack Attire, the Lucky Loungewear, the Big Bomb Outfit, and the [[WholesomeCrossdresser Zelda Dress]]. [[http://33.media.tumblr.com/c4ce75a01487b2da9fd8114c83115ea6/tumblr_nq1pp7PBmZ1qb0wv3o1_500.gif Yes, we're serious about that last one.]]
* ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' doesn't change sprites due to the LawOfConservationOfDetail, but both Morte and Rhi'a have personal armor quests that invoke this trope (contrary to the male members, whose armor quests involve things which are personally significant, such as Agan's father's coat). Morte [[GiveMeYourInventoryItem trades outfits]] with a group of Feral sisters who are scattered across the world; each one is [[SerialEscalation more garish than the last]] (the final one is [[spoiler:actually see-through]] and even she is a little reluctant to wear it). Rhi'a just gets gifts of ElegantGothicLolita dresses from Felix Rex, since he's always fretting over her.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' has this trope as the battle system. The Dresspheres as they are called contain individual sets of abilities (Warrior, Thief, Black Mage etc.) and each one comes with a unique outfit for each of the three leads. Yuna, Rikku and Paine are actually questing to collect as many as possible.
* Josephine in ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has this as part of her personal take on TheFightingNarcissist trope.
* Both Oboro and Forrest from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' enjoy fashion, making clothes, and dressing others up, and [[LadyOfWar they're pretty competent]] [[WhiteMage on the battlefield]]. In Oboro's case, she'll even occasionally ask "How do I look?" after finishing a fight.
* Rose from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' is a lovely-looking LadyOfBlackMagic who fights in a dress and CombatStilettos, and in ''IV'' can get ''very'' pretty outfits via DLC.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon 2}}'' are about two things: ink-based combat and collecting a variety of vibrant, wild outfits for said ink-based combat. The [[StoryBreadcrumbs Sunken Scrolls]] even comment that fashion and [[BloodKnight battle]] are the two dominant interests of an Inkling.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Coco Adel of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is a walking wardrobe of awesome who looks like she belongs on a Parisian catwalk, and she also compliments the outfits of other characters. Nevertheless, she's an ActionGirl who effortlessly mows down entire ranks of Grimm with a [[{{BFG}} huge]] [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] which folds out of her tiny handbag.
-->'''Coco:''' ''[to a large [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Beowolf]]]'' You just destroyed my favorite clothing store. PrepareToDie.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Kanaya of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is one of the few [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] who is in any way interested in fashion, and as a result she can be seen wearing various other outfits than the default black-shirt-with-sign a lot more than the other trolls. She is also arguably one of the more badass, and her trademark weapon is a tube of lipstick that transforms into a ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', one of the main characters, [[GravityMaster Muneca Powell]] wears [[GorgeousPeriodDress Victorian-era clothes]], and the other, [[MakingASplash Larima Torbern]], wears a lovely cloak imprinted with the color of the mineral she was named after ([[http://www.towercrystals.com/websitegraphics/images/larimar.jpg larimar]]).
* ''Webcomic/PatchworkAndLace'' features Lilika, a monster hunter who goes into action wearing lolita-style outfits.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' created a humorous variant of this trope during a skit which mocked dialogue from ''Film/AfterEarth''. During the film, the protagonist states that they like the color change of their outfit but thinks it "means something bad". The following skit features a soldier under fire reporting to her commanding officers, but they all take more priority over how the soldier (and the enemy are dressed) than exchanging tactical information. They are therefore disgusted that the enemy is wearing outdated clothes, but are pleased that their soldier (who is quickly shot) is wearing something very stylish.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', the title character will not be caught fighting supervillains in last year's fashion. It's the basis for several episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Rarity, a fashion designer who fights many monster and villains with her friends, included teen dragons who would hurt her little [[MamaBear Spikey-Wikey.]] One particular moment of note is the fighting montage in the season 2 finale episode. Of all of the Mane Six who are fighting the Changelings, Rarity is the only one visibly taking some satisfaction out of punching one in the jaw. Rarity apparently knows some form of martial arts, as she often assumes a vague stance when about to physically fight. It's most noticeable when she's threatening teenage dragons that are about to hurt Spike:
-->'''Rarity:''' Fighting's not my thing, I'm more into fashion; BUT I'll RIP YOU TO PIECES IF YOU TOUCH ONE SCALE ON HIS CUTE LITTLE HEAD!!
* Kaz from ''WesternAnimation/NeoYokio'' has a great love of clothes and prides himself on his personal fashion. If he's stuck fighting demons, he's going to make sure he looks good doing it.
* Stella of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has a very large wardrobe selection, though it's not typically worn in battle.
* Kimiko from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' has an UnlimitedWardrobe; except for her regular monk attire, you'll never see her wearing the same clothes (or hairstyle... or even hair color) twice.