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->''"I'm not wearing one of those damnfool spandex body-condom things. I haven't got the [[MostCommonSuperpower bust]] for it."''
-->-- '''Jenny Sparks''', ''StormWatch''

Superheroes who couple a typical [[TheCape Cape's]] outfit with mundane clothes such as jeans and sneakers. This may also be an attempt to keep a classic design but update (or obscure) an otherwise flashy outfit.

The most prominent example is jackets, and most of the characters who wore them were originally the younger set created in the early 90s. MarvelUniverse characters are especially notable for this, although the first popular character to do so may have been Comicbook/AnimalMan.

This page may also contain examples of characters who identify as superheroes, but do not wear a typical costume of any kind, as NotWearingTights is a different trope entirely. (This type, such as the quoted Jenny Sparks, tend to have an set civilian outfit that does the same job.) See CoatHatMask for the minimum amount of spandex needed for this trope to apply. Also, SpandexLatexOrLeather for other issues involving costuming.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'', 8th grader Joichiro Nishi wears pants and a hooded sweatshirt over his black combat jumpsuit.
* In ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'', the titular hero, having largely given up the hero business, now wears only casual clothes and his helmet in most cases (though he does keep his full battle suit around in case of a potential serious battle). The other former members of the Weather Three are similar but go about it differently- Blue has reduced his helmet to a simple face mask, while Yellow just wears a jacket over his full suit.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* Perhaps the first such character was actually ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'', who in most of his 60+ year run has worn a fairly ordinary business suit, trenchcoat and fedora, with only a DominoMask and gloves to even hint that he is in costume. Of course, he's not strictly a {{superhero}}, being more of a two-fisted pulp detective; creator WillEisner only added the mask as a token submission to his publisher's belief that a comic book hero is always a costumed hero. See also CoatHatMask.
** Similar attire was adopted by MrA and TheQuestion in the late 1960s (both characters were created by the legendary SteveDitko, and bear a few more similarities to each other besides their mode of dress), and later still by Rorschach of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', a CaptainErsatz of The Question and Mr. A.
** ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' and Kato, in the 1960s TV series, were also dressed in normal clothes and a mask; in Kato's case, it was a chauffeur's uniform.
*** The chauffeur's uniform for Kato goes back to the 1940s movie serials ... which makes one wonder why no one realized Britt Reid's manservant/chauffeur looked just like the Green Hornet's aide.
**** [[FridgeBrilliance Or any one of the other hundred of butlers, doormen, or chauffeurs hanging around the city.]]
** The Green Hornet debuted on radio 17 days prior to the debut of the Phantom and long before Action Comics #1. The public thinks of him as a criminal for profit/racketeer, not a hero.
** In the '40s, the original [[SandmanMysteryTheatre Sandman]]'s ([[ComicBook/TheSandman no relation]]) original costume was a suit, [[BadassLongcoat Long Coat]], fedora and gloves -- with a gas mask.
*** For a brief period towards the end of TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, Sandman was [[ExecutiveMeddling executive meddled]] into garish yellow-and-purple tights. This was generally regarded as a DorkAge, including by the character himself.
** The Crimson Avenger and Wing, who were [[CaptainErsatz closely modelled on]] the Hornet and Kato, started out with the trenchcoat-and-fedora look, but quickly gained costumes to distinguish themselves, with a ChestInsignia resembling a sunburst. When the [[LegacyCharacter modern Crimson Avenger]] was introduced, she claimed the insignia was a stylised bullethole, and wore CivvieSpandex comprising leather pants, a BadassLongcoat and a T-shirt with a ''real'', blood-spattered bullethole.
** Of course, the ur-instance of this trope would be ''Radio/TheShadow'', even older than ''The Spirit'', who dresses in a black and red suit, cape and fedora with the only unusual garment being a silk mask over his lower face.
** The Shadow debuted in the pulps and on radio, not comic books or comic strips.
** The GoldenAge BlueBeetle originally wore a business suit and fedora,and only gained his iconic superhero costume later.
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' had WonderMan, who wore a red safari jacket over a black tee shirt and jeans through the late 1970s and early 1980s. When he was a member of the Mighty Avengers he wore the red safari jacket, but in his own mini series that largely took place ''in his own house'' he walked around in his spandex uniform.
** Remember that Wonder Man is/was a being of almost pure ionic energy, so the fact that he has a body to wear spandex on is quite remarkable.
** There was a point in the early 90s DorkAge of the Avengers where every member wore a leather jacket. This includes the Black Knight. Yes, he wore a jacket over his armor. And you wonder why they did Onslaught...
** Black Knight started wearing a leather jacket again, in the pages of ''Comicbook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'', but over ordinary clothes. He still wears his helmet, though.
* ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'': Rachel Summers, the alternate-future daughter of Scott "Cyclops" Summers and Jean Grey, did her thing for a long time in a plain, unmarked Danskins leotard set (and she referred to it by that brand name). She only changed to a "real" costume when she formally took on the "Phoenix" sobriquet.
** ComicBook/{{Gambit}} from ''X-Men'' wears a [[BadassLongcoat long coat]] over muscle-molded body armor.
** Again from ''X-Men'', Rogue wore a leather bomber jacket over her tights for a good portion of the 90s.
*** She also wore a trench coat similar to Gambit's over her uniform for a short period of time.
** When Creator/GrantMorrison, who as mentioned below did a lot to popularize this trope, took over writing 'New X-Men', most of the team switched from skin-tight 'body armour' to leather jackets and trousers. Except Emma Frost, who after years actually wearing clothes in ''Generation X'', switched to [[{{Stripperific}} her most minimalist outfit yet]].
** Happened for a while in most ''X-Men'' comics after the first movie, which had them in leather, as an intentional movie tie-in. Marvel later [[ExecutiveMeddling made an edict]] changing them back to costumes, [[MerchandiseDriven because costumes are much better for merchandising]].
** {{Storm}}'s initial definitive shift from her gentle TeamMom/Nature Goddess persona during the '80s was punctuated with both an ImportantHaircut and abandonment of her outfit for a black leather tube-top/vest/tight pants/boots ensemble. Some readers took it as her [[LesYay coming out]] as well, especially after her "night out" with Yukio.
** Jubilee's signature look is a bright yellow coat worn over her uniform.
* Nomad (formerly the [[LegacyCharacter second]] [[BuckyBarnes Bucky]]) wore a BadassLongcoat that was designed to resemble the cape sported by [[CaptainAmerica the original Nomad]].
* Comicbook/AnimalMan: When the obscure character was revived in 1988 in his own series, writer Creator/GrantMorrison changed his image by having him wear a denim jacket over his spandex costume. This not only have him a distinctive look, but it was also practical as it allowed him to have pockets.
** The pockets being for mainly carrying around his keys and notes from his wife.
** It's generally accepted that Animal Man popularized the leather jacket motif for superheroes throughout the nineties (which is ironic because he'd never ''touch'' leather). It seemed like every superhero suddenly got the urge for a biker jacket after A-Man. If there is another reason for ''Black Knight'' sporting a jacket over his ''medieval armor'', it is surely not a very good one.
*** Buddy Baker did temporarily switch to leather while [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge hunting and culling]] those responsible for killing his wife and kids. Said wife and kids [[ResetButton got better.]]
* The MarvelUniverse version of Scorpion wears a [[PoweredArmor high-tech exoskeleton]]. The UltimateMarvel version of the character is a [[RaceLift Latino]] gangster who wears jeans and a T-shirt instead of armor. This allows him to show off his "scary" [[TattooedCrook gang tattoos]].
* Jack Knight of ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' sported a bomber jacket ("it gets mighty cold up there") and a pair of goggles ("that staff gets really bright") over civilian clothes -- this was in contrast with his father and brother, who as Starman wore the typical [[TheCape cape]] getup -- complete with a green fin on the headpiece. (As ''Film/TheRocketeer'' explained, the fin on the helmet helps you steer.)
* While Comicbook/AnimalMan popularised the trope, ComicBook/BlackCanary was wearing a leather jacket in 1947.
** More of a satin one, really. She's dressed like a cocktail waitress.
* For a mercifully brief period in the '90s, WonderWoman's uniform included a jacket and bicycle shorts. (Her usual outfit had been co-opted, along with her title, by another Amazon.)
** And in the "relevant" '70s she [[DorkAge lost her superpowers and became a Kung Fu fighter for Women's Lib in a white pantsuit]].
* The Post-Crisis ComicBook/{{Superboy}} in {{the DCU}} (Kon-El/Conner Kent) went through a number of uniform variants (mostly including leather jackets, like his original one, pictured above) before settling on a uniform ([[NotWearingTights or lack thereof]]) that appeared to be a black t-shirt with a red Superman-style "S" ChestInsignia, blue jeans and work boots, which became his trademark since he first joined the Comicbook/TeenTitans.
** In a deliberate homage to her fallen boyfriend, WonderGirl's ''One Year Later'' costume consisted of jeans and a red tank top with her logo on it.
*** Of course, most of her earlier outfits during the ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' era were not much different.
** In the {{New 52}} continuity, {{Superman}} himself started his superhero career in an outfit that's similar to Superboy's pre-reboot costume - jeans and a t-shirt with the typical ChestInsignia. He still wears the [[ClothesMakeTheLegend iconic cape]], as it's the only part of his outfit that's as NighInvulnerable as he is. It's also the blanket he was found in when his adoptive parents found him as a baby; giving it sentimental value.
** Before Superboy, the Golden Age Superman replacement "Iron" Munro from the ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' sequel series ''The Young All-Stars'' also wore an ordinary T-shirt and pants. He did try out a costume in one storyline, but it was [[ClothingDamage promptly destroyed]] and he decided to go back to civvies.
* Misfit, of the ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', wears a cape, mask, and gloves, over a T-shirt, sneakers, and knee-length leggings. She also likes to shout 'Darrrrrk Vennngeannnce!!!' as she lands a foot upside some unsuspecting minion's head. The combined effect can be disconcerting.
* Jason Todd's original Red Hood getup consisted of combat boots, cargo pants, a bomber jacket and a motorcycle helmet.
* The second Mister Terrific started out wearing ordinary clothes, including a leather jacket with his predecessor's "Fair Play" logo on the back. He now sports a full costume, including a stylised jacket with "Fair Play" on the sleeves and "Terrific" on the back.
* The ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' villains Lullaby and Bookworm were examples of villains who didn't wear costumes, doing their nefarious deeds in their regular street clothes.
* When the ComicBook/WonderTwins became {{Canon Immigrant}}s to Franchise/TheDCU, they wore purple jeans and logo-bearing shirts resembling their ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' uniforms.
* Shadowman from ValiantComics started out wearing a spandex costume. About a year and a half after his debut, he switched to wearing leather pants, boots, leather jacket and a shirt with the logo he used for the spandex costume.
* In the 90's a number of characters adopted the Leather Trenchcoat or Duster look. It was essentially the modern replacement for the cape.
* Crimebuster, a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] teen superhero, started out with wearing his school hockey uniform and a cape for a costume. Several years later, he traded it for a more mundane outfit, wearing jeans and practical shoes with his hockey jersey. At the very end of the feature's run, he switched to wearing various civilian outfits, but by that point (thanks to the GenreShift), he was barely acting as a superhero anyway.
* Spider-Man related characters:
** Subverted in Comicbook/SpiderGirl's Spider-Shoppe, where civilians can buy Spider-Girl costumes and clothes. Turns out it was founded by the heroine's mom to pay for her college education. May's seen sporting Avengers and Fantastic Five gear sometimes, as well.
** Until he took over the Spider-Man title, [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Ben Reilly's]] costume was the standard spandex affair, all red, with a blue sleeveless hoodie with a spider on it. Though a lot of fans didn't realize it, the costume was actually ''[[StylisticSuck supposed]]'' [[StylisticSuck to look cheesy]] - the idea being that Ben didn't have time to make a real costume, but he ended up wearing it for so long that the justification stopped making sense.
** [[DoctorOctopus Dr. Octopus]]' costume has traditionally consisted of a lab coat or sometimes just a plain suit. During the 70's and 80's, he wore green spandex, but otherwise, he stuck to civvies.
* As quoted, Jenny Sparks (with one or two exceptions in her hundred years) has never worn a costume, favouring a completely white trousersuit and vest (she's also associated with [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead Union Jack T-shirts]] of varying designs). (Jack Hawksmoor, her second-in-command, does the same with a black suit and white buttoned shirt.)
** [[TheAuthority Jenny Quantum]], successor to the above, also eschews spandex in favour of civilian clothing; however, her trademark combination of a yellow t-shirt and black leather jacket is a [[DaddysGirl rather sweet]] callback to her parents' costumes. In the NewFiftyTwo ''{{Stormwatch}}'' she wears a Singapore flag hoodie.
* The FlamingCarrot wears just a white button-up shirt and purple pants. Oh, and a 4-foot tall carrot mask (with a torch on the top). Also, a pair of flippers. The only function they serve is to keep things from being too easy for him.
* In ''[[http://johnnysaturn.com/2006/01/18/book-one-page-01/ Johnny Saturn]]'', Triops, tired of being tressed as a foppy stage magician, turns to wearing average clothing and a trenchcoat.
* None of the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} wear any particular costume. They ''attempt'' to use code-names in their first major story arc, but quickly abandon them (except for the CuteBruiser who likes calling herself "Princess Powerful."
* The Vigilante, Greg Saunders, wore a pair of jeans and normal clothes.
* While he's usually portrayed with a full body suit, ThePunisher is shown as just wearing a T-shirt with a skull on it in his more "serious" outings including most appearances in Punisher MAX.
* ComicBook/TheSavageDragon wears normal clothes unless he's in his police uniform. He went through one arc wearing a patriotic spandex costume after joining the superhero team [=SOS=]. It was [[ClothingDamage torn apart]] in that story, which was okay with the Dragon since he hated wearing spandex anyway.
** Since the Savage Dragon is a humanoid ''dragon'' (with green scaly skin and a fin/crest on his head), it doesn't really matter ''what'' he wears; everybody's going to recognize him anyway, kind of like Ben Grimm of the Fantastic Four (whose costume for much of the Silver Age was basically a pair of dark blue shorts).
* [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]], in most incarnations, just wears a pair of [[MagicPants pants.]] Some versions added a tank top or short sleeved shirt. As Joe Fixit, he wore suits. It was only during his time on the planet Sakkar (and maybe during the Pantheon era) that he wore any sort of costume: gladiator armor.
** In Creator/MarkWaid's [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] relaunch of the character, the Hulk now wears ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}-issue body armor.
* There was an obscure Creator/DCComics AntiHero named Wild Dog, who wore army pants, a football shirt, and a hockey mask. Max Allan Collins created Wild Dog in ''Amazing Heroes'' #119, as a modern version of Radio/TheShadow, Franchise/TheGreenHornet, Franchise/{{Zorro}} and Franchise/TheLoneRanger. Collins {{lampshaded}} that Wild Dog did not wear spandex by having a young boy talking with some other youths and wondering why they thought that spandex and a cape made a sensible costume. Collins notes that "I don’t see how any intelligent writer can approach a story about people in long underwear and capes without either removing their brain or putting their tongue in their cheek to a degree……. [On [presumably] the Christopher Reeve ''Film/{{Superman}}'' films] The ''Superman'' movies have all, as far as I’m concerned fallen to a degree into the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show approach-maybe not quite as broad…..And I think they did that because because there’s no other way you can play it. It just doesn’t work. I mean, look at that costume".
* Most versions of Comicbook/GhostRider wore standard biker clothes. They gave him a costume back in the late 90's but... [[DorkAge it didn't work out.]]
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} usually [[MonsterModesty doesn't wear much]] and has a UtilityBelt but his main feature is [[BadassLongcoat a big, brown coat.]]
* In ''Comicbook/TheCrow'', Eric wears normal clothes with facepaint. This tradition has been carried on to the comic sequels.
* In the late 2000s run of ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'', Jamie Madrox wears a T-shirt with the circles-joined-by-lines logo of his old Multiple Man costume.
* Doctor Mirage. The titular hero was zapped with magical energy while wearing his ski outfit. He had no choice but to 'wear' that for some time.
* Comicbook/{{Madman}} sometimes wears a leather jacket over his costume. Additionally, his costume really is his civilian attire so in a way, he's always wearing civvie spandex.
* Grifter from ''{{Wildcats}}'' has the longcoat, cargo pants, combat boots version, combined with a CoolMask.
* Miss America from ''YoungAvengers'' sports a CaptainAmerica-inspired T-shirt, with a hoodie, sneakers, and shorts completing the look.
** [[WordOfGod The series' artist]] has mentioned he explicitly designed Miss America's outfit with [[{{Cosplay}} Cosplayers]] in mind.
** As a makeshift costume, Kate Bishop wore her bridesmaid dress with Mockingbird's domino mask along with a bunch of other equipment from the Avengers' locker room.
* Both Reptil and Mettle from ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' wear jeans and T-shirts rather than costumes, though Reptil at least has a shirt that resembles part of an actual costume.
* Probably one of the most prominant users of this trope is LukeCageHeroForHire, who has never worn a 'proper' costume, instead wearing normal civvies, usually ones with yellow. He did formerly wear a headband ([[VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows *cough*Tiara*cough*]]), but has since abandoned it. He also sometimes wears a jacket, but mostly, he just wears whatever he was wearing at the moment he saw trouble. It helps that his ID is public, so he doesn't have to worry about any secret identity issues.
* Daimon Hellstrom's more recent appearances have just had him in dark jeans and a [[BadassLongcoat trench-coat]] (he goes shirtless to show off the pentagram mark on his chest). He also commonly wears sunglasses.
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[[folder:FanFic]]
* Cure Western from ''FanFic/PrettyCureHollywoodStars'' is the first Cure, canon or fanfic, to wear a more normal-looking outfit as her battle attire. ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fans will recognize the costume for both her Cure and Super Cure forms as being based largely on Misty's [[BareYourMidriff usual]] [[WhoWearsShortShorts outfit]] from the first five seasons.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Used in the second and third films from the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''. Dr. Octopus wears a trenchcoat and a suit. The Sandman, meanwhile, sticks to a pair of khakis and a green striped shirt while in Flint Marko form.
* The leather suits from the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' films. What did you expect, yellow spandex?
** In his two [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine solo]] [[Film/TheWolverine films]], {{Wolverine}} takes this even further by not even wearing the leather costume. He just fights bad guys while wearing ordinary street clothes.
** ''Film/''{{X-Men First Class}}'' does however put them in blue and yellow outfits resembling the SilverAge costumes from the comics.
* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has Jonathan Crane in a rather professional suit, dapper with a stitchy burlap sack and faux-noose.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the fake Batmen wore hockey pads to battle crime, although they did have capes and masks as well.
* The costumes from the two Tim Story ''Film/FantasticFour'' films straddle the line, being body-hugging (place inevitable Creator/JessicaAlba reference here) but clearly not spandex.
** Of course not, they're [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper Unstable Molecules]]!
*** The actual costumes used for film ''are'' spandex though. The director even admits it.
*** The [[HilariousInHindsight funny part is]] that before they get their powers they wear these same suits under their spacesuits and the jumpsuits worn on the space station. That's right folks, they're literally wearing long underwear.
* TheFalcon's outfit in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' consists of his trademark flight-pack, a shirt, a pair of military pants, gloves, knee pads, and some combat boots.
* Star-Lord doesn't wear a proper costume in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', instead opting for a BadassLongCoat and a metal helmet.
* ''SkyHigh'''s Will Stronghold wears red-white-and-blue civvies when in action.
** Pretty much all of the kids in Sky High wear ordinary clothes, but have some sort of recurring color motif that suggests uniforms.
* ''Film/GhostRider'''s biker gear, although of course that's how the comic character dresses as well.
* The titular character of ''{{Hancock}}'' wears in the second half of the movie a leather suit similar to the ones the film versions of the X-Men wore, though it had small yellow stripes and an eagle emblem on the back. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the post credit scene.
* In ''{{Unbreakable}}'', the main character's green rain poncho becomes his de facto superhero costume, as [[spoiler: Mr. Glass's purple outfits become his villain's costume.]]
* [[Film/ThePunisher1989 The first]] and [[Film/ThePunisher2004 second]] film version of ''ThePunisher'' had Frank Castle wearing civvies the entire time (Creator/DolphLundgren version) or threw on a black skull t-shirt over standard police kevlar (Thomas Jane version). [[Film/PunisherWarZone The third one]] gave him a more "superhero-y" costume.
* As mentioned above, Hellboy has a large coat and [[Film/{{Hellboy}} his movie counterpart]] covers up more than the comic version: boots, pants, and sometimes a black shirt.
* Also mentioned above, ''Franchise/TheCrow'' films always have the protagonists essentially wear normal clothes with face paint.
* ''Film/TheMask'' is a slight variation. The film version creates normal clothes to wear, but they're usually clothes from The Forties or therebouts.
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'': Cliff Secord's "costume" consists of pretty standard '30s pilot's gear, a funny-looking helmet and a jetpack.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The titular CaptainUnderpants has his own version... going around wearing only mundane ''underwear'' (of which the title is rather ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin). The reason behind that by the characters who created him (it's a long story) is that many superheroes flying in spandex, and so, looks like they're flying around in their underwear. CaptainUnderpants, as you've been told, ''really is''.
* Franchise/{{Zorro}} (the literary version and any versions in other media) wears standard clothes for the 1800's, aside from the mask.
** One should note that Zorro, of course, predates the Phantom and Superman.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* For almost two decades, The Riddler wore green spandex covered with question marks, a purple belt, and a purple "burglar" mask. When Frank Gorshin portrayed him on the '60s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series, he switched between the traditional outfit and a classy CivvieSpandex ensemble: green suit, purple shirt, bowler hat, and a tie with a prominent question mark on it. Rumor has it that Gorshin disliked the spandex so much that he designed the new outfit himself. The Gorshin ensemble eventually became a CanonImmigrant, and these days, you rarely see Edward wearing spandex in the comics.
** The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' version of The Riddler wears this outfit exclusively. Unfortunately, ''The New Batman Adventures'' changed his costume back to spandex.
*** in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', it goes even farther. He's still in spandex with the question-mark cane... But between his complexion and the fact that the long-and-lanky aspect of his hair is only beaten by the long-and-lanky aspect of his BODY, this troper was waiting for the credits to say "Special guest star, MarilynManson."
* Huntress on ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' wore black leather and, oddly, no mask. Somehow she still had a secret identity.
** ''Lampshaded'' by the others. Her alter-ego barely stands up to scrutiny.
* As originally conceived, ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' was going to use spandex costumes, but was shot down by ExecutiveMeddling. So instead we got Claire's cheerleader outfit in season 1... [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders to very few complaints]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' has an example brought about by RealLifeWritesThePlot. During production of TheMovie, the makers decided that they wanted to update the [[Series/KamenRiderV3 Riderman]] costume, especially since {{Gackt}} was signed on to play the character. Unfortunately they couldn't get the suit done in time, so during his cameo Gackt simply wears a leather jacket, white T-shirt, and leather pants, while during the final battle Riderman is portrayed by a stuntman wearing the 35-year-old spandex suit.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has its nascent JusticeLeague members dress in either casual clothes with CoolShades and hoodies that make them look like the League of Unabombers, or color-coded sports gear, [[http://smallville.wikia.com/wiki/Justice_League viz]]. Clark always did his thing in red-and-blue [[NotWearingTights civvies]], [[http://smallville.wikia.com/wiki/The_Blur#The_Red-Blue_Blur.2FThe_Blur until season 9]].
** Although Black Canary's look is pretty close to the comic version save shorter hair and facepaint shaped like a domino mask, though the fact that her costume consists of a rather stripperific outfit with fishnets is most likely the cause.
** GreenArrow goes full-out in this mode in the Season 10 episode "Beacon." Wisely, because at that point both his civilian AND his superhero identity were among the most-wanted by the Vigilante Registration Act officers. He adopts a basic hoodie in order to fight crime (as well as just to set foot outdoors in general).
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* Cole [=McGrath=] from ''VideoGame/InFamous''.
* Alex Mercer in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''.
** James Heller in [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} the sequel]].
** Alex Mercer and James Heller technically don't wear clothes; their powers allow them to grow their flesh into what appears to be normal clothing.
* The President of the United States in ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'' has access to superpowers while in the [[LotusEaterMachine Zin's simulation]] (and thus, most of the game), and thanks to the heavy customization, the player can fight the Zin Empire in anything from bluejeans and a T-shirt, medieval knight armor, or while [[FullFrontalAssault full nude]]
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* In ''EverydayHeroes'', the [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=76141 Mysterious Watchful Presence]] wears a long-sleeved shirt, slacks, and boots, in addition to his fedora, cape, gloves, and full-face mask (all in black). He seems to be combining elements from the Golden Age ''Spirit'', ''Shadow'', and ''Sandman'' mentioned above.
* LastRes0rt's Jason Spades couples his flashy blue-and-gold uniform with a slightly less flashy bomber jacket. This is less for covering up as much as it is [[SecurityBlanket he really, really likes his jacket]].
* [[AttackOfTheSuperWizards Big Red McLane]] wears a button down shirt, jeans and work boots while defeating [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien space gods]] or going to a MagicalLand.
* WrightAsRayne sees Alex Rayne working as a professional vigilante in a large purple trenchcoat.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* Captain Hammer in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' has a costume that consists only of boots, fatigues, gloves and a t-shirt with his symbol on it.
** Although the gloves are rather superhero-like in design.
* Cracklin' Rose in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' wears a costume made up of a black leotard, a red cowl, and a red leather motorcycle jacket (the kind Italian cycle racers wear, not the kind American street gang biker's wear).
* ''RedPandaAdventures'' has the title character wearing this outfit.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* Honorable mention goes to Launchpad [=McQuack=] of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', who doesn't bother wearing a costume at all, whether fighting crime or at home. His own distinct pilot outfit makes up for it. Curiously, nobody ever connected Drake Mallard to Darkwing Duck through him, though granted, most of the cast aren't that bright.
** FINALLY averted in [[{{Revival}} the new]] [[Comicbook/DarkwingDuck comic series]]. Of course, it takes [[BigBad Negaduck]] LITERALLY seeing Launchpad doing Darkwing's laundry at a laundromat. And even after that, he admits to spending months casing the house to make sure... As well as admitting that he's annoyed he never thought of doing something like that intentionally before.
* The animated version of Morph from ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' sometimes wore a jacket over his spandex and Rogue always did.
** [[FridgeLogic Technically, he was naked the whole time]]
*** That was the case in the comics at least, though for the (rather censored) cartoon, it might have just been "unstable molecules".
* ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan's'' Doctor Octopus tops his [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four-armed]] [[ArtificialLimbs robotic harness]] and jumpsuit with an ordinary [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]].
** That coat probably came from TheMovie version of Doc Ock.
* On ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', Hawkgirl ditched the helmet and traded her earlier outfit for something you might go jogging in.
* KimPossible faced a costume crisis when Club Banana discontinued the cargo pants, and top, that she used as her "mission outfit."
* In ''{{Doug}}'', Quail Man's costume consisted of [[UnderwearOfPower underwear]] outside of Doug's regular clothing, a cape, and a belt around the head.
* The title character in ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. He wears a superhero mask with a business suit that lets his wings through.
* As in the comic book, Superboy in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' is very adamant about this, perhaps as a way to differentiate himself from Superman (of whom he is a clone). When WonderGirl joins the cast in season 2, she's shown sporting an outfit consisting of a Wonder Woman T-shirt and a pair of athletic pants.
** Also while Harm wears a proper costume in the comics, his getup in the show consists of jeans, combat boots, and a BadassLongCoat.
** Likewise, the abductees who later get superpowers (three of whom are based on Samurai, El Dorado, and Apache Chief of the {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}, and the other one who is [[{{Main/StaticShock}} Static]]) wear normal clothing. Since the bad guys already know what they look like, it's pointless to attempt a disguise.
*** [[spoiler:When Virgil becomes Static, the only change from his normal civilian get-up is his shirt.]]
** Honestly, Superboy sums the entire trope up in one line: "No tights. No capes. No offense."
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