[[quoteright:300:[[Webcomic/{{Noblesse}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_1inoblesse_ch176_p22_1374.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[[LetsGetDangerous "Shall we go, then?"]]'']]
->''"I like killing guys when I'm wearing a tux. Makes me feel like Film/JamesBond."''
-->-- '''Brock Samson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers.''

A [=Badass=] or criminal character will often dress conservatively (suit and tie) to imply that he is a "professional" who knows what he is doing. Generally partakes of a toned-down version of BadassLongcoat imagery; add [[CoolShades Cool]]/SinisterShades to complete the look. The suit will usually be [[SharpDressedMan impeccable]].

This trope can include women who wear traditionally male attire (read: suits), with the further implication that they are tough enough to make it in a man's world.

One easy way of showing that a situation is getting worse or dangerous is to have the previously immaculate suit become messier somehow, generally with bloodstains or just having any unnecessary bits such as the tie or jacket taken off and the sleeves rolled up.

There are a few careers in which this style of dress ranges from common to near-universal: TheMenInBlack, {{Professional Killer}}s of the Assassin variety, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, CorporateSamurai, {{Amoral Attorney}}s, many {{Battle Butler}}s and {{yakuza}}/[[TheMafia mafiosi]].

This trope does ''not'' cover flashy or eccentric suits worn as a fashion statement. Therefore, [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel's]] and [[Franchise/LupinIII Lupin's]] respective blue and red leisure suits don't quite count. Jim Carrey's shoulder-padded yellow getup in ''Film/TheMask'' is about as far from this trope as you can possibly get.

A SubTrope of StockCostumeTraits and SharpDressedMan.

Compare TuxedoAndMartini, CoatHatMask, ManOfWealthAndTaste, BattleBallgown, KickingAssInAllHerFinery.
----
!!Examples:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Anime/Manga]]
* Mr. Chang from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Rock also wears suits, but that's because he's an ex-{{salaryman}}.
** Balalaika too, considering her normal wear is a red business top with a long skirt bottom.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ryuuken Ishida rarely wears anything but [[ManInWhite white suits]] in the manga [[AdaptationDyeJob (beige in the anime)]], [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that he's the director of a major urban hospital and has to be professionally dressed. He's also a very powerful [[ArcherArchetype Quincy]] and capable of kicking much ass (including [[CurbstompBattle curbstomping]] his very talented son) without even removing his jacket or loosening his tie.
** Unlike most of the military-clothed Wandenreich, the Quincy that fought Captain Kyouraku wears a smart suit and coat. Their encounter left Kyouraku quite badly injured whereas he got off with barely a scratch.
* Yuto Kigai, Seishiro Sakurazuka, and possibly Seiichiro Aoki from ''{{X1999}}''.
* Reborn from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. Isn't he just the cutest little mobster?
* Female example: Rin in ''{{Mnemosyne}}''.
* ''{{Golgo 13}}''
* Triela in ''GunslingerGirl'', another female example.
* Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing in ''{{Hellsing}}'', who despite the "sir" title is also female. Alucard also has one under his BadassLongcoat. Luke Valentine wears a pristine white one for his assault on the Hellsing manor and gets only a single drop on him through his assault. Until the point he gets to Alucard, that is, and gets stomped.
* Light Yagami of ''Manga/DeathNote'' later falls into this after becoming a detective.
* Campanella Freuling (female) from ''DOGS: Bullets & Carnage''.
* Inspector Verossa Acous from ''NanohaStrikerS'' is a heroic example.
** The Hückebein family from ''NanohaForce'' are a villainous one, however. Apparently, they are good enough at murder that slaughtering an entire facility of mooks in chapter 17 didn't leave a single stain on their badass suits.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** [=CP9=]
*** Especially [[spoiler:Rob Lucci]], complete with the suit getting taken apart as the fight goes on. He also wears a top hat.
** Admiral Kizaru.
** Captain "Black Cage" Hina, in the woman-in-a-mannish-suit category.
*** High ranking Marines in general tend to wear pretty badass suits.
** On the side of the good guys, Sanji and [[DemBones Brook]] tends to wear good suits as well.
** Crocodile: this is a man who kicks ass dressed as a mafia don.
** The entire Strawhat Crew get in on this in the tenth movie (as seen in some manga art); it is frankly awesome.
** Capone Bege and his Firetank pirates all dress like mafia gang; as his name suggests, Capone Bege especially looks the part.
** Pekoms, and his suit happens to be PINK.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Ladd Russo goes the extra mile and has his entire entourage of [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]] dress in [[WhiteShirtOfDeath immaculate white suits for the sole purpose of staining them red during their train massacre]].
* Goudas goons in ''GhostInTheShell:StandAloneComplex'' are always wearing the same dark suit with the same dark grey shirt.
** They aren't very badass though, being trained for espionage, not combat.
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Major]] (otherwise known as Motoko Kusanagi) from GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex sports a spiffy full-suit-and-tie combo in the episode POKER FACE while serving as a bodyguard for [[SilkOverSteel Prime Minister Kayabuki]] and [[TheChessmaster Chief Aramaki.]]
* Ayame and Kiri-chan from ''GaReiZero'', both are female.
* Most of the Magnificent 10 and a few of the good guys from ''GiantRobo'' take part in this trope. Alberto the Shockwave is probably the most prominent example.
* Kiritsugu, Maiya and Saber from ''Literature/FateZero'', Kuzuki from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and Bazett in ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/Hollow Ataraxia]]''.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Whenever Roy Mustang is not dressed in military uniform, he wears damn fine period suits. He even wears a dress shirt under his uniform while seemingly everyone else uses more casual t-shirts or sweaters.
** On the evil side, once he is released from prison in the manga and new anime, Zolf Kimblee is [[Film/{{Moonwalker}} such a smooth criminal]] that he always dresses in a snazzy white zoot suit and fedora.
** Pride ([[spoiler:aka Selim Bradley]]) is always (when in human form) dressed in a button-up shirt, a waistcoat and dress shoes. We even see him in a suit, on one occasion, in Father's lair.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' has Film/JamesBond-like [[NationalStereotypes British]] Contractor November 11 who always wears a suit and tie, even when engaging in urban battles. He is a [[AnIcePerson "cool"]] guy.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Takamichi Takahata is always seen with his suit and tie even when out on missions. He got the habit from his master, Gateau Kagura Vandenberg.
** Setsuna and Kaede also suit up on occasion.
** Jack Rakan trashing the QuirkyMinibossSquad while [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v29/c260/2.html wearing a tux]] probably counts.
** What, no Kurt Godel?
** Even Negi pulls it off, [[spoiler:the suit becomes part of his demon form!]]
* Kitano's parent in Manga/AngelDensetsu''. They ''[[FaceOfAThug look]]'' like a {{Yakuza}} leg-breaker and a [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette ghost]]. The shades actually help here, Kitano's father is [[NightmareFuelStationattendant even scarier]] without.
* When he isn't [[spoiler:dressing up as his sister]], Johan from ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is usually seen in a well-tailored suit (albeit sans necktie).
* Valkyrie Lind of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. She's a professional badass, and she looks the part.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' most obviously has Death the Kid, but Maka's uniform might also count, not to mention the positively Mafia-like black pinstripe suit Soul wears in his BlackBugRoom with the grand piano.
* [[BattleButler Sebastian]] from ''Manga/BlackButler''. Almost always dressed in a snappy tail coat, and able to end someone's existence in several different ways.
* Much like Sebastian, Hayate Ayasaki of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is usually found dressed in a sharp butler suit. The same goes for every other butler such as Klaus, Nonahara, Himuro, and several others. All snappy dressers, all able to dish out brutal beatdowns to anything that threatens their masters/mistresses and friends. Hayate in particular even takes on a more cool, detached attitude as he casually dispatches gunmen, giant robots, and the various weirdos trying to cause him trouble.
* ''Manga/BlackCat'''s Sven wears a [[Film/{{Moonwalker}} smooth criminal]]-esque suit(with a red tie instead of a matching white tie), fedora included. In the anime it's never damaged and hardly changed, whereas in the manga, he's taken some articles off, to the point of no jacket, tie, or fedora; with his sleeves rolled up which was used to [[UpToEleven badass measures]] in a BackToBackBadAsses moment with Train.
** Train even gets in on the deal when he takes on Lugart Won(also an example).
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' has Shizuo in his bartender's outfit; looking very sharp as he hurls vending machines at [[JerkAss Izaya]] and beats up punks on the streets of Ikebukuro.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'': Saiga, the leader of YAMI. Very snazzy suit, easily one of the most powerful fighters in the series even after being involved in only a single battle.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Marvel's [[TheKingpin Kingpin]] always dresses in a white suit.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'''s foe The Penguin and his trademark tux and top hat.
** And Black Mask.
*** Let's just say that Batman's rogue gallery's most notables have a... fondness of such sort of sophisticated outfits.
* In the Claremont-era Comicbook/{{X-Men}} comics, Sebastian Shaw, the Black King of the Hellfire Club, always wore the height of [[FanOfThePast Eighteenth-century fashion]], complete with ruffled collars and sleeves. Most Hellfire high-rankers wore this style while meeting at the club (the men did-- the women dressed [[{{Stripperific}} less formally]]) but Shaw kept up the look ''all the time''.
* Whenever The Minutemen from ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' take a job, expect to see all of them wearing black suits and ties.
* Sam from ''SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' wears his suit with a striped tie and [[NiceHat fedora]].
* [[SpiderMan Spider-Man's]] long-time foe DoctorOctopus was almost always seen in a white suit in the early-mid 90s.
** Mr. Negative, one of Spidey's newer foes post-OneMoreDay, wears a white suit and tie with a black shirt. [[EvilCostumeSwitch It's actually a photo-negative-colored version of his regular suit]].
* Deconstructed in ''Blue Estate''. Two Italian mobsters are always seen wearing nice suits. Only to have them continually ruined by the work their jobs require (blood, termites[[note]]One was ordered to break into a decrepit house infested with termites.[[/note]], vomit...). One of them even questions why he spends half his paycheck on suits he knows will inevitably be ruined.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* EVERYONE in just about any B&W gangster or gumshoe film. ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties'', ''Film/WhiteHeat'', ''Film/LittleCaesar'', ''Film/TheKilling'', ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', et cetera. People just knew how to dress back then; if you weren't wearing a three-piece suit with vest and overcoat you were practically naked.
* Film/JamesBond, much of the time at least. He even has the famous "fix my tie" maneuver sometimes. Also, [[Film/{{Skyfall}} adjusting his cufflinks in the middle of landing in a train wreck]].
* The heroes (and a lot of the {{Mooks}}) in HeroicBloodshed films.
* Many of [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino's]] characters: most of the cast of ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' (at least on the day of the heist), Jules and Vincent in ''Film/PulpFiction'', the Crazy 88s in ''Film/KillBill''...
* Jason Statham's Frank Martin in ''Film/TheTransporter''. In the second film he even has a spare one in his car to deal with the inevitable (non-{{fanservice}}) ClothingDamage.
* ''Film/TheMatrix''. Agents are TheMenInBlack wearing conservative suits. Resistance fighters typically wear flashy black suits and shades, juxtaposing their drab, worn clothing in the real world.
* Mahogany, played by Vinnie Jones, the silent butcher/serial killer who makes short work of New York subway passengers in ''TheMidnightMeatTrain''. Despite his gruesome activities, he is always impeccably groomed and dressed; a fact emphasized when [[spoiler:Leon, the photographer who has been following him, ultimately confronts and kills him, only to realize that he was only the procurer for a group of ancient demonic beings who, deprived of their delivery man, inform Leon of his new job, which he performs in exactly the same suit and hairdo.]]
* ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's 11]]''.
* Nicolas Cage's character in ''Snake Eyes'' changes from his sharkskin jacket to a suit jacket as a symbol that he's stopped messing about and is serious.
* ''{{Collateral}}'': [[ProfessionalKiller Assassin]] Vincent wears a steel-gray suit and tie, but loses the tie as the situation grows out of his control. MichaelMann explains in the DVD Commentary that his look is designed to be as unremarkable as possible. So he's not just a Badass In A Nice Suit, but dressed to get away with murder.
* Subverted in ''TheBluesBrothers'', where the brothers wear black suits, but it's soon revealed that those are the only clothes they own. They wear them to bed, into the sauna, etc. Unsurprisingly, they smell bad. Lampshaded in the sequel when Elwood tells his new partners why they have to dress the same way.
* Jef Costello, the hitman from Jean-Pierre Melville's crime picture ''LeSamourai'' never leaves his apartment unless he's dressed in a suit, tie, [[BadassLongcoat rain coat]], and perfectly positioned fedora. For that extra bit of class, he always puts on white gloves before a kill. Jef cares as much about his appearance as he does his alibi.
* In ''Film/DieHard'', Hans Gruber points out that he's wearing an expensive suit from the same tailor as the one worn by the Japanese business executive.
* The ''Film/MenInBlack''.
-->'''Agent Jay:''' (''to Agent Kay'') You know what the difference is between you and me? (''GlassesPull'') I make this look ''good''...
* Justified by the titular ''Film/TheTuxedo'', which is in fact the ultimate spy gadget, providing its wearer with every possible skill you'd need for a spy mission, from gun assembly, to kung fu, to wicked dance moves.
* Storm Shadow from ''GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' dons a spiffy white suit sans tie in the Paris segment, while James [=McCullen=] though not being a fighter does have a nice dark suit.
* The entire ''{{Inception}}'' team gets into this at various stages, including Ariadne. Some particularly notable ones are Cobb, Arthur, and Saito in black tie at their first meeting, the hotel dream levels, and Arthur's famous hallway fight, in which he wears a three piece suit and removes only the jacket.
* ''ActOfValor'': Invoked by [[NonActionGuy Senior]] [[RetiredBadass Chief]] when he interrogates Christo on his yacht.
* Lao Che in Temple of Doom poisons Indy while wearing a suit with a white bowtie, even.
* Frank Lucas in American Gangster plays this one almost painfully straight; the one time he goes out in public (under protest) wearing a pimp coat instead of an understated business suit turns out to be his downfall.
* ''Film/TheAvengers''
** Pretty much the only time that Loki isn't in his Asgardian garb is when he goes to a museum gala in Stuttgart, Germany, wearing a fancy tux (with [[ColorCodedCharacters green and gold]] accents, natch.) Loki then proceeds to [[EyeScream rip out some dude's eye]] and [[KneelBeforeZod terrorize a crowd of civilians]].
** Agent Coulson. His suit is always impeccable, and he seemingly never loses his cool.
* Tango from ''Film/TangoAndCash'' usually wears expensive business suits. His commander even calls him on that.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** In ''Film/BatmanBegins'': Henri Ducard goes into hand-to-hand combat in a suit and tie.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
*** Harvey Dent is a heroic version until his FaceHeelTurn, at which point the suit is horrifying.
*** Bruce Wayne disarms a thug with a shotgun pointed at him at point-blank range then disassembles the shotgun.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* Assassins in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. If they don't wear black, they reason, they might as well just be thugs who kill people for money.
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''. Croup and Vandemar are contract killers who wear suits, but the suits look like they were made by someone who had only had a suit described to them and so looked creepily off.
** Not helping matters was that the suits were on Croup and Vandemar.
* Butler from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' is never described as wearing anything other than a suit, as befits his professionalism, and will beat up almost anyone who threatens [[HeterosexualLifePartners Artemis, whom he is charged with protecting]]
* Kit Carson of Literature/TimeScout habitually wears a rumpled suit when working at his hotel. Anyone who goes downtime has a better than even chance of wearing a very nice suit.
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone]] wears nothing but hand-tailored suits and tuxedos are his standard wardrobe. He may be a mere BadassNormal in a WorldOfBadass, but he stands down everyone else through sheer intimation and influence.
** On the side of evil, we have Nicodemus Archleone, who also has the standard attire of a suit. His one fashion deviation is that instead of a tie, he wears the noose that Judas used to hang himself with, as it grants him standard-issue invulnerability.
** Also, Dresden himself, a few times. Notably, in ''Death Masks,'' when he attends a high-class auction with Susan, and in ''Cold Days'', when he attends the birthday party that Mab threw for him.
* [[Literature/AgentPendergast Special Agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast]] anyone?
* ''Main/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'': In the original novel and almost all incarnations, the eponymous character is a terrifying badass with [[http://i.goldstar.com/gse_media/109/0/lon-chaney-as-phantom-of-the-opera-1925.jpg?h=260&w=460 some]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lfyg0nLGh71qzl1t7o1_500.jpg good]] [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lra99rWaH61r2tapio2_250.jpg fashion]] sense!
-->"The ghost had appeared to them in the shape of a gentleman in dress-clothes."
* Valentine Morgenstern from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.
* ''[[Literature/ConfederationOfValor Valor's Choice]]'' by Creator/TanyaHuff has a company of Confederation Marines having to fight a LastStand in their dress uniforms (they were escorting a diplomatic contingent during negotiations to bring a new species into the Confederation). Fortunately for them, the Confederation military was GenreSavvy enough to equip even the dress uniforms with some armor protection.
* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'':Reviled wears a suit and bird mask for his supervillain outfit.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': Julian Sark is a consummate professional, and he is rarely seen without a fine suit.
* This trope was extremely common in American [[CopShow crime]] [[SpyDrama dramas]] of the 60s and 70s, particularly in representing characters from organized crime, who would never go anywhere, including an outdoor worksite, without putting on a full suit and tie. This trope could easily be called Wise Guys in Ties.
** Lampshaded (unintentionally) in "The Frame," a very early episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', where the team infiltrates a mob meeting at the boss's home and a major plot point hinges on one character getting spilled on and being sent upstairs to change into an entirely new suit, which the boss subsequently compliments him on.
* The F.I.R.M. from ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Especially Archangel.
* Marcus Hamilton in the last season of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', who was more or less the Terminator with etiquette. After being told his friends were running from "a tall, well-dressed..." and then Hamilton bursting upon the scene, Angel remarked, "Wow. He really is well-dressed." The season previous, Gunn attended a fancy party, and in order to blend had to wear a suit...and then had to beat up a bunch of warrior monk-types, which he lamented would get blood on it. (It didn't, though. He's that good.)
* ''Series/TheAvengers''
* The Hands of Blue from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', though they only appeared in two episodes and a comic.
* On ''Series/DoctorWho,'' the Master sometimes wore a black suit and tie (instead of his customary black Nehru suit), especially when he started the story posing as a human.
** The Silence (presumably deliberately) give this impression. Up close it starts to look like it's actually their skin, however. That or they haven't heard of dry cleaning.
*** Oooor the Silence planted the idea of wearing suits in our head. That's why suits are considered as classy, because that's what the Silence's body look like.
** The Tenth Doctor's suit and BadassLongcoat, and the Eleventh's tweed and [[BowTiesAreCool bow tie]].
*** Not to mention One and Three, whose suits were old-fashioned but would've looked nice in their eras of origin.
* Ianto Jones in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* Brother Mouzone in ''TheWire'' is possibly the epitome of this trope. Not only does he wear an immaculate three-piece suit at all times (with a very sensibly-sized handgun underneath), but also NerdGlasses and a [[RealMenWearPink ''little red bowtie'']]. But [[BadassBookworm do not underestimate]] his ability to ''fuck you up''.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': In classic MIB style, all the handlers are, in Topher's words, "security guards in very lovely suits." Boyd and Dominic look especially good when having EpicBattleBoredom.
** [[spoiler:Alpha]] counts too.
* Michael Westen of ''Series/BurnNotice'', when not undercover is almost always seen with an Armani suit and his signature designer shades. [[AwesomeButImpractical Never mind that in Miami's weather that suit would probably kill him]], [[RuleOfCool it just looks that awesome]].
** He's does tend toward polos when not "on the clock". It's a good look for him.
** In one particular episode Michael, Sam and Fiona dress in all black Armani to give similar impression to that uniforms give in the battlefield. That is, the impression that one belongs to a larger organization and of unified force. They succeed, of course. Also, they look fantastic.
** ''Series/BurnNotice'' is filmed on location in Miami, and Jeffrey Donovan is a martial arts expert who does most of his own stunts; so he really his being ''that'' badass, in that suit, in that weather.
* ''WhiteCollar'' The whole show is this - considering that Peter and Neal are very rarely not in suits when in the thick of action.
* Put simply, villains from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' seem to ''love'' this trope. We have:
** Mr. Linderman, from Season 1
** Adam Monroe from Season 2 (who really pulls it off)
** [[spoiler: Arthur Petrelli]] from Season 3 (who doesn't). Maury Parkman, too.
** Noah Bennet wore nothing but suits for Season 1, and a large chunk of Season 3.
** Suits were the default clothes for Nathan in Season 1, and most of Season 3.
** Sylar also attempts this in volume 3, and does about as well as Arthur.
** Finally, though this may be stretching it, Danko from Volume 4 wore suit pants with his leather jacket.
* {{Series/Supernatural}}:
** Some of the angels (Castiel, Uriel, and Zachariah) are always shown wearing suits. Castiel scores extra points with his BadassLongcoat.
*** Hell, all the angels. There's only one or two that are ever seen out of a suit.
** Death and most Reapers wear these.
** Any time a demon possesses a businessman. Crowley, like Castiel, gains bonus points for his own BadassLongcoat.
** Some of Sam and Dean's disguises, such as when they dressed as [[TheMenInBlack Homeland Security agents.]]
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': Malcolm Tucker looks remarkably un-scary -- even emasculated -- in casual clothes. Put the man in a suit, however, and he'll chew you the ''fuck'' out.
* The Gentlemen from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' float around ripping people's hearts out while dressed in sharp black suits.
* He's a ManOfWealthAndTaste but ''Series/{{Smallville}}'''s [[MagnificentBastard Lionel Luthor]] is definitely this as well, wearing his suit the way the {{Superhero}}es wear their uniforms. For that matter so is his son [[ManipulativeBastard Lex]]. And Clark's evil, AlternateUniverse [[EvilTwin twin]], Ultraman. Needless to say, these two tropes tend to overlap a ''lot'' on ''Smallville''.
* Barney Stinson on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. [[CatchPhrase Suit up!]]
* Though they're all [[FBIAgent FBI agents]] (and all {{Badass}}), Aaron Hotchner of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is the only one on the team to consistently wear a suit throughout the show. He only takes off the jacket when he switches it out for a Kevlar vest. And in a handful of very early episodes, Derek Morgan played this trope before opting for more casual dress.
* Zig zagged in ''Series/TheSopranos'' ,the mobsters like to wear vulgar sportswear most of the time but they dress up according to their fancy businessmen status when the occasion requires it.
* Every male character on ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', in gorgeous [[TheRoaringTwenties 20's-era]] three-piece suits.
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', pretty much all Detective Carter needs to hear in a situation is "a guy in a nice suit" to know it is Reese's doing. The one time he was spotted in a leather jacket, she mused he must have had his suit at a dry cleaner. Eventually, the FBI, the US government and the criminal underworld [[FamedInStory slap him with the vigilante moniker of]] "the Man in the Suit".
-->'''[[DiabolicalMastermind Elias]]''': Personally, I think they could've come up with a better name.
* Elijah Mikaelson from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' definetly qualifies.
** Elijah's brother, Klaus, has his turn in the season four finale. He arrives at graduation in a suit and literally his first action is to decapitate a witch by throwing a graduation cap.
* Most characters in ''Series/{{Suits}}'', as one would suspect from the title.
* Harmon Rabb, Jr. on ''Series/{{JAG}}''. Justified because he is a Navy officer on active duty.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Though usually he's seen in more street attire, Jack Bauer has had to dress up bit sometimes while on assignment (most notably when he infiltrates the Russian consulate in season 6 and during the White House invasion in season 7). Curtis Manning also wore a suit for most of season 4 where he first appeared, which coincidentally, happened to be the season he was most badass in. He typically wore combat gear in subsequent seasons.
* Duke Watari from ''Series/CuteyHoneyTheLive''. Whatever you do, ''[[BerserkButton DON'T]]'' [[BerserkButton get blood on it]].
* Simon Templar in ''Series/TheSaint''.
* Most of the men of ''Series/PeakyBlinders'', particularly members of the title gang itself. TruthInTelevision, as none of them had a lot of money, but they were well known for their impeccable suits.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has Mr. Gold always dress in a suit during his time in Storybrooke, and, at least in the first season, he's the most powerful person in town.
* Police Commissioner Frank Reagan of ''Series/BlueBloods'' invariably wears very nice three-piece suits while working, and though he's at this point mostly a RetiredBadass he once kills a man for [[PapaWolf threatening his daughter]] while wearing it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Manhwa]]
* Jyu Viole Grace and Koon Agero Agnis from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''.
* From ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'', Raizel and those who side with him always dress in nice suits in combat (pictured above).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* MC5 frontman Rob Tyner, combined with AfroAssKicker.
* Music/{{Pitbull}}
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pinball]]
* Naturally, Film/JamesBond in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/JamesBond007'', played by Creator/RogerMoore.
* In a blatant copy of Bond, the male agent in Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/SecretService'' pinball also wears one. He's accompanied by a female partner, who can be seen on the backglass and the playfield wearing a full-length gold dress while shooting at Soviet spies.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Four Horsemen were always dressed to the nines when they weren't inside the ring, as they lived the life of playboy superstar athletes.
* Wrestling/{{Evolution}}, the SpiritualSuccessor to the Four Horsemen, always dressed sharp as well. Wrestling/{{Batista}} retained the look for a while after the stable disbanded and he turned {{Face}}, [[FanNickname leading the fans to nickname him "Dapper Dave"]]
* [[Wrestling/BigBossman Big Bubba Rogers]], the bodyguard of Wrestling/JimCornette, always wore a suit even when wrestling. He later became Big Bossman, the [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling prison guard]].
* When he isn't wrestling, Wrestling/WilliamRegal almost always has a nice suit.
* Four Time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-h.html AWA World Heavyweight Champion]] Nick Bockwinkel frequently cut promos while wearing a suits, tie, and sunglasses.
* Wrestling/MrFuji, topped off by his [[NiceHat/ProfessionalWrestling nice hat]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Commissars and Inquisitors in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' favor [[WorldOfHam comparatively]] conservative suits and uniforms. The Inquisitors add PoweredArmour and tote an InfinityPlusOneSword, while Commissars add gold epaulets and [[CommissarCap huge dictator caps]].
** The Dark Eldar special character Duke Sliscus. Described by Aurelia Malys as "amoral, despicable, and impeccably dressed". Oh, and he's pretty {{badass}} too.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Niko in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. In the later part of the game, the player can buy various high class outfits, a few of them being business suits.
** And while we're there, Michael in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' also counts, thanks to his lifestyle. Franklin and Trevor can also purchase and wear them.
* Agent 47 from the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series.
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'': Garcian Smith, Mask De Smith (along with a cape and luchadore mask), and Dan Smith.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'': Another Suda 51 character, Henry Cooldown, whether it be a BadassLongcoat or a black and gray suit.
* The Gman from ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' always wears a suit (and carries a brief case, just to add to the look), helping him stand out against the the generic scientists and security guards of the first game and then the ragtag resistance members of the second. He also remains decidedly professional (whatever his "profession" is) and calm compared to all the other characters.
* The Turks of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and ''Advent Children''.
** Except for Reno, who wears his suit as casually as can be done.
* The Master of the Four Devas in ''GodHand'', up until the point where [[spoiler: he transforms into a giant demon fly/worm with his own face ]]
* The Spy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
-->"You got blood on my suit!"
* Any ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' game where Ayami Kojima did the designs will have its lead character dressed in the very height of (somewhat) period-appropriate fashion, although special mention must be made of Alucard, both his dandyish dress from Symphony of the Night and his elegant double-breasted suit, complete with red pocket square, from the Sorrow games.
* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''.
* Mr. Burke from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. While nearly everyone else in Megaton is a dirty, ragged-looking peasant, Burke is rather snazzy in his white suit, fedora, and tortoise-shell glasses.
-->'''Burke:''' "I just had this suit TAILORED!"
* The Crimson Viper from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' wears a business suit with lightning generators in her sleeves and rocket boots disguised as high heels.
* In ''SuikodenIII'', of all games, there is a practitioner of this trope: Amidst the medieval-fantasy armor and [[RummageSaleReject Rummage Sale Rejects]], you will find [[PsychoForHire Yuber]], in a dapper, vaguely-Chinese black suit and [[NiceHat fedora]], [[AxCrazy gleefully chopping people up]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'': Brothers Kazuya Mishima and Lee Chaolan tend to wear very lavish suits while fighting; Kazuya wears a dark violet suit with long, angular tails, and Lee wears a black tuxedo with a rose on the lapel and silk gloves. It [[JustifiedTrope makes some sense]], given their father Heihachi's attire (fur-lined tiger greatcoat with white vest-pants combo). Others who dress in this manner in later games include Baek Doo San (three piece suit and hat), Feng Wei (mafia-style suit and open-collared shirt), and Anna Williams (cocktail dress).
* Nick, the con man from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' wears what [[UnreliableNarrator he claims to be]] a $3000 suit during the ZombieApocalypse. Whether or not he's telling the truth, he does look snazzy.
* Almost all the mobsters in ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'' wear suits with ties and [[NiceHat hats]]. The Cuneos and Barzinis stay in this trope despite using red and green respectively because they stand by dark shades. Your character initially doesn't have a suit, but you can buy several kinds of coats.
* In ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'' Tony's Enforcer wears a grey suit and tie with shades, while Tony can purchase various tieless suits.
* The first Gym Leaders in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' are Cilan, Chili, and Cress. Since the Gym itself is based on a cafe all of the trainers, including the leaders themselves, are dressed like waiters. And they don't look half-bad, either.
** There's also [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Steven]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Darach, Lucian, Riley]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Giov]][[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver anni]] (the latter two having [[NiceHat fedoras]]) and Giovanni being {{Yakuza}}/TheMafia based, it's mandatory) to the point they are difficult to imagine in any other style. Not to mention the waiters/waitresses and maids...
* ''{{Persona 3}}'' features the option to dress all the male characters in tuxedos.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
** [[HitmanWithAHeart Thane Krios]] wears what appears to be a space tuxedo. Space leather tuxedo, that is. His design process was long and hard to make him not only have the flair and confidence of an assassin, but also look intriguing to women. He even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3fsCKAuZwo poses]] in his own personal idle animations.
** [[TheHero Commander Shepard]] as well in his Cerberus officer uniform or the formal wear he procures from Kasumi's mission.
*** Likewise in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' with the formal wear from Kasumi's mission or an Alliance officers uniform.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue:'' Hazama and [[BattleButler Valkenhayn]].
* ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'': Sirush, combined with a NiceHat and extremely formal speech as part of the usual assassin attire.
* In ''PerfectDark'', the [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard DarkSim's]] default outfit is this.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has [[CulturedBadass Slayer]]
* Bruce Wayne at the beginning of VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity. Played quite realistically, as the suit coat gets torn along the shoulder seams, demonstrating how restrictive and, well, unsuited to combat a suit can be.
* Albert Wesker in ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles'' and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''.
* ''VideoGame/LANoire''. Most of the male main characters, but especially Cole Phelps.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' released a "Debonair Jayce" skin for Valentines' Day 2013.
* [[spoiler: Senator Steven Armstrong]] from VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance. He takes off the jacket before the first part of the fight, and midway through, he takes off the shirt.
** Raiden is also wearing a business suit during the intro cutscene, but he tosses it away before the first battle. Thankfully, you can unlock a slightly different version of the suit (human hands vs gloved cyborg hands, normal shoes vs exposed prehensile cyborg feet) by beating the first level on [[HarderThanHard Very Hard]] difficulty.
* Formal suits are a common type of costume available to the male party members in the ''{{TalesSeries}}''
* It can be difficult to tell with the default colour scheme, but [[http://images.wikia.com/warframe/images/d/df/Frost.jpg Frost]] in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' seems to fit this trope and combine it with BadassLongcoat. It's easier to notice on [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130505225236/warframe/images/1/13/Frost_Prime_Scenic.jpg Frost Prime]] or by changing normal Frost's colours.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Shelly [=DeKiller=] in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All'', a professional assassin.
** And Phoenix himself in ''UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* [[FourEyesZeroSoul Mordecai]] [[ScaryShinyGlasses Heller]] of Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}} fame combines elements of this trope along with [[SharpDressedMan Sharp Dressed Cat]], ProfessionalKiller, and WickedCultured. Utterly ruthless, he has absolutely no qualms about hacking a screaming victim to pieces with a hatchet. Priding himself on cleanliness and order, his only problem with the killing was [[MoralDissonance the mess]].
* Business Shark in ''MandatoryRollerCoaster''
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** Each protagonist makes himself new clothes after acquiring enough alchemy ingredients. John gets a rather dashing teal suit, but Dave later one-ups him by making a tuxedo, complete with bowtie!
*** Dave has at least three outfits that could qualify for this trope, including the tuxedo.
** The Midnight Crew, who live this trope with a healthy dash of noir and more than a touch of sociopathy (although in the case of [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Clubs Deuce]], the "badass" part is ... debatable). Diamonds Droog especially has numerous back up suits.
** Droog's counterpart, the Draconian Dignitary, [[spoiler: in the Alpha universe]] admires Dad's clothing so much, he makes it mandatory for the population to wear it.
** Same thing goes for the Felt, especially with Doc Scratch [[spoiler: as through Ectobiology, Scratch was created with a magic Cueball and Lil' Cal, who had a green suit made for him by Kanaya.]]
* The illithid mobsters in ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo''
* [[DeadWinter Black Monday Blues]], both before the [[NotUsingTheZWord sickness hits]] and after he [[BreatherEpisode gets a chance to resupply]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Virgil, Bree's Watcher and sometimes Lucy, all from ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}''.
* The Shadow and the Watcher from ''WebVideo/KateModern'', and [[spoiler:Tez On Toast]] towards the end of ''[[GrandFinale The Last Work]]''.
* [[ImageBoards Anonymous]] is often depicted as a hollow tuxedo or black business suit.
* [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]]; at least one [[Website/SomethingAwful goon]] suspected he/it wasn't actually wearing a suit but had a very [[BodyHorror strangely-proportioned (and colored) body]] (for instance, his neck actually drooped like a vulture's, giving the appearance of a tie). This is just about the only element of him that appears in nearly all the stories.
* [[MeaningfulName Legend]] from the flash series ''WebAnimation/{{Xin}}.'' In the second half he trades the full suit coat for a waistcoat, and when it's time to get serious he tears it off and rolls up his sleeves.
* Maxwell Lombardi in V4 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest''. V1 villain [[MadeOfIron Jacob Starr]] also wore a suit in the early part of the game, before replacing the jacket with [[BadassLongcoat a trenchcoat]].
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the supervillain Accord and his Ambassadors dress in formalwear and masks rather than [[StandardSuperheroSuits the traditional sort of superhero garb]]. The men fall under this trope; the women under KickingAssInAllHerFinery.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In ''[[TheSpectacularSpiderMan The Spectacular Spider-Man]]'', [[BigBad crimelord]] Tombstone and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Hammerhead both dress this way, as do their comics incarnations.
* ''ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' had the Ant Hill Mob, always formally dressed and carrying Tommy Guns like the good little stereotypical mobsters they were.
* Parodied on one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': "I love killin' guys in a tux, makes me feel like Film/JamesBond."
* The ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'' version of Lex Luthor. In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' GrandFinale, what does he wear after [[spoiler: journeying beyond the Source Wall to bring Darkseid the Anti-Life Equation]]? [[CallBack His iconic look from the Superman cartoon]].
-->'''Luthor:''' Sorry it took me so long. I had to go get my "power" suit.
* Most of the {{Mooks}} from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' wear two or three piece suits. Most of the {{big bad}}s do too.
* Charles Foster Ofdensen of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''.
* General Molotov on ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' dresses this way.
* CIA Agent Stan Smith on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' always wears a suit.
* Bishop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003. He takes on all of the turtles, Splinter, Leatherhead, April, and Casey with nothing but a suit and a tie. Shredder needs his armor, foot army, and Karai/Hun to take on the Turtles alone. Truly a badass.
* [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Agent]] [[BadassNormal Six]] of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''. He is officially the sixth deadliest person in the world. Where he ranks on the "best dressed" list was, sadly, never specified.
* Brick in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. He is, needless to say, quite upset when the suit is ruined in battle. Do you know how much it costs to get a suit in his size?
* Given that Stavros Garkos can break a table in two by merely punching it in anger, the ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}'' should be glad he never tried to fight any of them in person.
* The Guardian from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. He's MadeOfIron, has a HammerSpace arsenal of weapons, and is the only character ever shown to be able to [[CurbStompBattle beat Samurai Jack within an inch of his life]], and was about to finish him off until he was told not to. He dresses in a sharp black suit.
** Jack himself normally wears his trademark white kimono, but the episode where he fell in with some gangsters saw him don a very nice pinstripe suit.
* Victor Veloci, the BigBad of ''DinoSquad'', though he more often fails than succeeds at his attempts to be badass
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Any member of the military or police in their dress uniforms. In fact, it's worth pointing out that among the ''first things'' a soldier learns in basic training is how to shine boots and iron clothes.
** In the US armed services, the Navy and Marines probably win this trope; Marine dress uniforms even have a full length lined cloak -- that's right, they get an [[BadassCape official superhero cape]].
* TheMenInBlack, the non-descript gents wearing a dark three-piece suit, reflective shades and ear piece, who work for the Secret Service, Special Branch or perhaps some shadowy organization that runs everything.
* The Nation of Islam, particularly the paramilitary wing called the Fruit of Islam, exploits this trope. They always appear in public dressed in suits and bowties.
* Gangsters during the 1920s often made a point of showing off their wealth and status by dressing very expensively (which in turn locked in this entire trope for gangsters for the next century).
* People who plan to fight are discouraged from wearing a full suit, since the tie [[NecktieLeash can easily be used to pull or choke somebody]], and the jacket and pants are often of a cut that restricts movement.
[[/folder]]
----