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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''', ''{{ComicBook/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. Franchise/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 a 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.



[[folder:Anime & 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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* 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 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 ComicBook/MrA and ComicBook/TheQuestion in the late 1960s (both characters were created by the legendary Creator/SteveDitko, and bear a few more similarities to each other besides their mode of dress), and later still by Rorschach of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', an {{Expy}} of The Question and Mr. A. As does Greyshirt from ''Comicbook/TomorrowStories''.
** ''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 which goes back to the 1940s movie serials
** 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 [[ComicBook/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 UsefulNotes/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 modeled 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 ComicBook/BlueBeetle originally wore a business suit and fedora,and only gained his iconic superhero costume later.
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' had ComicBook/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.
** 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 ''ComicBook/{{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/FantasticFour'': The very first few issues of the series had the team working in regular clothing. Justified, as the entire premise of the book was to do away with superhero cliches like costumes and secret identities. The writing team was forced to add the now iconic blue and white tights after numerous protests by fans.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/RachelSummers, the alternate-future daughter of Scott "ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}" Summers and ComicBook/JeanGrey, 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'', ComicBook/{{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 armor" 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]].
** ComicBook/{{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.
** ComicBook/{{Jubilee}}'s signature look is a bright yellow coat worn over her uniform.
** Comicbook/{{X 23}} has spent almost as much time out of costume as she has in one. Her [[Comicbook/{{NYX}} first appearance]] saw her spend the entire book in a {{Stripperific}} ensemble of a miniskirt, fishnets, and coat over a corset/tank top (justified as she was a prostitute at the time). She spent some time in a variation of Wolverine's "wild" suit when she moved on to ''Uncanny X-Men'', but most of ''New X-Men'' was spent in what more or less amounted to leather PaintedOnPants and a sports bra, while sporting a similar outfit in ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy''. She only wore what was, at the time, her official uniform twice during the Liu series, and spent the rest of the series in casual clothes.
* Nomad (formerly the [[LegacyCharacter third]] [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]]) wore a BadassLongcoat that was designed to resemble the cape sported by [[ComicBook/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 gave 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.]]
* 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 jacket in 1947, albeit a satin one. In her post-Flashpoint solo ongoing, she began wearing just her regular clothing and stage outfits to fight, rather than a costume. It still retains her classic look though, thanks to the fact her 'regular clothing' is exclusively made up of leather jackets, leather short-shorts and/or pants, fishnets, and boots. It works surprisingly well as a means to justify the Stripperific nature of her attire.
* For a mercifully brief period in the '90s, Franchise/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 "[[WereStillRelevantDammit 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 Franchise/{{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, ComicBook/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 ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity, Franchise/{{Superman}} himself started his superhero career in an outfit that's similar to Superboy's pre-reboot costume - jeans and a blue 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. Post-''Comicbook/{{Convergence}}'', he returns to this costume, but absent the cape.
** The new Superboy, Jon Lane Kent, dresses in a similar outfit. He wears a cape over a Superman "S" shield shirt that he got from a secondhand store, and the rest of the outfit is just jeans and a pair of sneakers.
** 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.
* In the early 00's, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s costume consisted of shortpants and a white t-shirt with the S-shield insignia on it.
* 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.
* [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Jason Todd's]] original Red Hood getup consisted of combat boots, cargo pants, a bomber jacket and a motorcycle helmet. After the ''ComicBook/New52'', his costume was changed to incorporate an armored bodysuit and his helmet was upgraded, but he kept the jacket.
* 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 ''ComicBook/{{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 Creator/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 [[UsefulNotes/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.
** There was one time were Peter Parker didn't have his costume on hand, so he had to cobble together one by putting on the mask and gloves from his black suit over his civilian clothes.
** [[ComicBook/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.)
** [[ComicBook/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 ComicBook/{{New 52}} ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'' she wears a Singapore flag hoodie.
* The ''ComicBook/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, Comicbook/ThePunisher is shown as just wearing a T-shirt with a skull on it in his more "serious" outings including most appearances in ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX''.
* 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 Comicbook/MarvelNOW relaunch of the character, the Hulk wore 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 [[LampshadeHanging 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/AllNewGhostRider Robbie Reyes' Rider]] drives a car rather than a motorbike, so he wears a racing outfit instead.
* 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.
* ''ComicBook/XFactor'':
** In the late 2000s run, Jamie Madrox wears a T-shirt with the circles-joined-by-lines logo of his old Multiple Man costume.
** The whole team eventually went in this direction. [[http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h296/Midnight_Spirit/Review/groupshot-3.png By the end, they mostly wore stylized jackets or vests]].
* 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 ''ComicBook/{{Wildcats}}'' has the longcoat, cargo pants, combat boots version, combined with a CoolMask.
* ComicBook/AmericaChavez from ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'' varies her outfits, but they usually include some kind of Stars-and-Stripes-inspired T-shirt, a hoodie, sneakers, and short-shorts.
** [[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. In the second volume of ''Young Avengers'', her costume is a mod-influenced [[SpyCatsuit Catsuit]].
* 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 Comicbook/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 [[NoShirtLongJacket goes shirtless]] to show off the pentagram mark on his chest). He also commonly wears sunglasses.
* [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]], though still operating as Giant-Man, forgoes the costume when appearing in ''ComicBook/AvengersAI''.
* ComicBook/{{Midnighter}}, in his Creator/{{Wildstorm}} era, wore a civilianised costume derived from Franchise/{{Batman}}'s, usually consisting of a cowl mask with a black leather trenchcoat, logo T-shirt, black jeans or combats, and combat boots. After Wildstorm was fully absorbed into the DCU, his costumes became more superhero-like.
* ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} unveiled an alternate costume designed by artist Chris Samnee in 2015. It's a dapper red suit with black dress shirt and no mask.
* Kris Anka's ComicBook/SpiderWoman redesign was meant to evoke this, with the idea being that the torso area of the costume is actually a reversible garment that can be disguised as an ordinary jacket for undercover missions.
* Barbara Gordon's ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} has retooled her look to more resemble this since moving to a trendy neighborhood of Burnside in ''Batgirl'' #35.
* When Khalid Nassour starts out as ComicBook/DoctorFate, he wears the helmet and amulet of Fate over a blue hoodie and trousers, a civvie version of the traditional Doctor Fate costume.
* ComicBook/{{Zenith}} usually wears a T-shirt with his "Z" lightning-bolt logo, jeans, a very wide-shouldered studded leather jacket, and a domino mask.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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.
* In ''Fanfic/TheLastDaughter'', Taylor's first costume simply consists of a shirt with her sigil sewn on, a pair of jeans, and her cape.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Used in the [[Film/SpiderMan2 second]] and [[Film/SpiderMan3 third]] films from the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''. ComicBook/DoctorOctopus 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/XMenFilmSeries''.
** Lampshaded in ''Film/XMen1''. 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/XMenFirstClass'' does however put them in blue and yellow outfits resembling the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] costumes from the comics.
** In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Quicksilver does not wear a costume, but instead has a "cool jacket" and a pair of goggles.
* ''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/FantasticFour2005 Fantastic Four]]'' films straddle the line, being body-hugging but clearly not spandex. The 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.
* ''Film/SkyHigh2005'': Will Stronghold wears red-white-and-blue civvies when in action. The rest 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 ''Film/{{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 ''Film/{{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 ''Comicbook/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.
* 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.
* ''Film/TheCrow'' and its sequels 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.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Justified in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. Steve Rogers starts off wearing corny CaptainPatriotic tights for USO propaganda shows, because he's never meant to see combat. When he rushes off on an unauthorized mission to save some POW's, he puts on a leather jacket and other 'borrowed' military gear on top of the outfit. After this he becomes a genuine SuperSoldier and so designs a more practical uniform for combat, but keeps the CaptainPatriotic motif because he admits the shtick has grown on him (and because he's still being used for propaganda, albeit of a more genuine kind).
** ComicBook/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. Although, in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', [[spoiler: He dons a more "costume" looking version, with red accents on the wings, after he joins the Avengers]].
** Star-Lord doesn't wear a proper costume in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', instead opting for a BadassLongCoat and a metal helmet. The comics version of Star-Lord quickly adopted the same look.
** In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/ScarletWitch wear ordinary clothes that resemble their comic book costumes instead of actual superhero duds, with blue and grey athletic gear for Quicksilver and a black dress and red leather jacket for Scarlet Witch. At the end of the film, [[spoiler: Scarlet Witch dons a more traditional red leather costume with BadassLongcoat, after she joins the new Avengers team]].
** The Vulture's outfit in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' consists of an advanced flight harness and helmet worn over a military-style bomber jacket.

* The titular Literature/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. Captain Underpants, as you've been told, ''really is''.
* In ''Literature/TwoPercentPower'', most heroes wear a combination of tactical gear and more traditional superhero wear, in part due to superpowers not automatically conveying a HeroicBuild and in part to allow them to carry gear into the field.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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.
* 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 Music/{{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}}'':
** The nascent Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} 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]].
** ComicBook/BlackCanary'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.
** ComicBook/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).
* In the Season 2 finale of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Roy Harper's "costume" is a red hoodie and DominoMask. He begins wearing a proper, comic-accurate costume as Arsenal in Season 3.
* In ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', the young [[Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] wears a black hoodie and a pair of goggles, serving as a bit of {{foreshadowing}} for her eventual role as Catwoman when she becomes an adult.
* In ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'' (2014):
** [[http://agentsofgeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/1795717_498510573586343_1795550166_n.jpg Barry's costume]] is a bit less "spandexy" his comic book version or the [[Series/TheFlash1990 1990 version]]. According to Cisco, it was originally designed for a different purpose, but, being friction- and abrasion-resistant, it's perfect for Barry's use. Averted with [[WeatherManipulation Clyde Mardon]] (regular clothes) and the [[MesACrowd Multiplex]] (tactical black outfit), but played straight with [[KillItWithIce Captain Cold]], who wears his comic book version's blue parka with a thick fur-lined hood and goggles (the latter being a necessity to protect his eyes from the FreezeRay's glare).
** Played with when [[FlyingFirepower Firestorm]] shows up. When he ([[FusionDance they?]]) first wears the Quantum Splicer device that stabilizes his power (and looks almost exactly like his ChestInsignia [[MythologyGag from the comics]]), he is wearing a sweatshirt that resembles his costume in the comics, but when he starts doing superhero stuff, he simply wears [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack a black jacket]] with the Splicer.
* Played with on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''
** When Mike Peterson first shows up, he's called "The Hooded Hero" because he wears a hoodie. After joining S.H.I.E.L.D. (briefly), he gets a jumpsuit. Then after he gets [[spoiler: blown up and [[WeCanRebuildHim rebuilt as Deathlok]]]], he starts wearing a suit of tactical body armor.
** When Lady Sif shows up in Season 1, she wears her Asgardian battle armor like in the comics. However, when she makes a return appearance in Season 2, she sports a less conspicuous outfit consisting of jeans, a T-shirt and a black leather jacket.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', the [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1888434/dramatic-exit/ 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.
* ''Webcomic/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]].
* [[Webcomic/AttackOfTheSuperWizards Big Red McLane]] wears a button down shirt, jeans and work boots while defeating [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien space gods]] or going to a MagicalLand.
* ''Webcomic/WrightAsRayne'' sees Alex Rayne working as a professional vigilante in a large purple trenchcoat.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Captain Hammer in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' has a costume that consists only of boots, fatigues, gloves and a t-shirt with his symbol on it.
* Cracklin' Rose in the ''Roleplay/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).
* Literature/JusticeSquad: This shows up on various characters, ranging from a simple leather jacket over a full-body costume, to jeans and a blue t-shirt.
* Johnny Quantum in ''WebOriginal/CapesAndCowls'' wears a spandex mask with a button-down and slacks.
* ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'' has the title character wearing this outfit.
* ''WebOriginal/SocietyOfVirtue'' has Black Badness, who mostly wears ordinary clothes and a domino mask.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
* The animated version of Morph from ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' sometimes wore a jacket over his spandex and Rogue always did.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan's'' Doctor Octopus tops his [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four-armed]] [[ArtificialLimbs robotic harness]] and jumpsuit with an ordinary [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]]. Instead of huge goggles, he sports CoolShades.
** That coat probably came from TheMovie version of Doc Ock.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', Hawkgirl ditched the helmet and traded her earlier outfit for something you might go jogging in.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' faced a costume crisis when Club Banana discontinued the cargo pants, and top, that she used as her "mission outfit."
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. He wears a superhero mask with a business suit that lets his wings through.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** Superboy is very adamant about this, perhaps as a way to differentiate himself from Superman (of whom he is a clone). When ComicBook/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 [[{{WesternAnimation/StaticShock}} Static]], since Black Lightning already exists in the series) 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.]]
* Monkeyman from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' wears a T-shirt and jeans with a cape.