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->''"Just whose idea ''was'' it to have this evil general running around wearing ''neon blue lipstick''? It's hard to look like a militaristic badass when you look like you just escaped from a production of ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}''! I kept wondering if his D&D alignment was [[DepravedHomosexual Chaotic Fabulous!"]]''
-->-- '''[[http://foywonder.com/archives/nowff/foy_0201n.html Scott Foy]]''' on ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' (TheMovie)

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The heroes have had it. They've been captured and tied up, and can only watch mutely and impotently as the EvilOverlord's final plans unfold. The large, oversized doors at the far end of his cavernous control room swing open, and in walks the BigBad himself in an ominous swirl of purple fog...

Wait. Is that a ''cocktail dress'' he's wearing? Is that a ''bone'' in his nose? Hoop earrings in his ears? A pink satin turban? Clown makeup?

Did the EvilOverlord suddenly ''forget'' that he was in a serious action-adventure and decide to play dress-up with a trunkful of his mother's old castoffs?

Uh-oh. It seems we have a [[TitleDrop Fashion-Victim Villain]] on our hands.

This trope comes into play whenever a villain decides to don an outrageous, over-the-top costume, usually replete with [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Dark Colors]], ShouldersOfDoom and SpikesOfVillainy, thinking it will make him look like a fearless, all-powerful BadAss. Instead, it makes him look pitiable and ridiculous, if not slightly unhinged.

It's not hard to see why this should happen. Villainy, as a profession, tends to attract [[EvilIsHammy flamboyant personality types]]. Still, this is no excuse for dressing up as a [[SissyVillain gothic drag queen]] during the least appropriate times, and no amount of [[SuperStrength inhuman strength]], [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]], or {{Magnificent Bastard}}ness can restore a villain's menace once it's been undercut by a move like this, at least most of the time. (Unless the villain happens to be a MonsterClown, and the over-the-top costume and makeup is part of his/her schtick.)

The Fashion-Victim Villain most often dresses in this manner during moments of triumph or when they're first meeting with the heroes (in a failed attempt to impress them). Sometimes they may dress like this unintentionally -- a radiation suit, designed for the very utilitarian purpose of protecting the villain, may have ridiculously large hips or a phallic helmet, or be colored with loud shades. Either way, one can expect the audience watching the show to [[WTHCostumingDepartment chortle a bit]] upon seeing the villain's new threads. [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes The heroes themselves may mock the villain for his lack of taste]], but just as often will let it pass without comment (especially if they have [[DeathTrap other, more pressing matters]] on their minds). The villain's allies and [[{{Mooks}} henchmen]] probably won't dare to even crack a smile around the villain (when he is around).

Of course, it was also stated in the EvilOverlordList #29, which stated "I will dress in bright and cheery colors, and so throw my enemies into confusion." Still, that's no excuse for not doing it ''well''.

May overlap with HighlyConspicuousUniform if the {{Mooks}} are fashion victims, too. May overlap with EmbarrassingButEmpoweringOutfit if the tacky duds are [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman the source of the villains's powers]].

A subset of {{Narm}}. Compare WTHCostumingDepartment. Contrast ManOfWealthAndTaste.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* If you're a female villain or MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', you will have a bad outfit. The rare exceptions are good guys turned into bad guys (Black Lady, Mistress 9) or the BigBad (Galaxia, Nehellenia, Beryl), and some of them have questionable tastes.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass R2''
** After seeing Lelouch's and Suzaku's new outfits after episode 21, the fanbase spent ''weeks'' snickering childishly. The actual outfits really aren't that bad, being designed by Creator/{{CLAMP}}... but... well, they... are... designed by CLAMP. Lelouch's outfit is the better one of the two, but the NiceHat just pushes it past the "Pope/Not Pope" outfit threshold. Suzaku looks OK while wearing the cape, but then he takes it off and you see he has ''skin-tight shoulders''. The fact that their arms and legs are ''so long'' (as expected of most character designs from CLAMP) doesn't help.
** [[http://cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/318/5670/Emperor%20Lelouch%20Ref.jpg A CLAMP artbook]] shows that the NiceHat could have been worse. the original version looked like nothing so much as a kite; the hat he does wear in the show is merely the base of the original.
** CLAMP also designed an outfit for C.C. to go along with Lelouch's and Suzaku's. It actually looks pretty good, but unfortunately doesn't show up in the series (she does finally wear it in one of the last Picture Drama features).
** For some, the overly fancy looking ornamental sword Lelouch carried was usually taken more seriously after [[spoiler: he got fatally skewered by it in the last episode]] while others have said that the sword actually ruined the aforementioned scene for them.
** Several Britannia nobles have hairstyles out of date by at least a hundred years, including the Emperor. The British [[BritishCourts just really love wigs]].
* About half of the main villains in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' suffer from this. You probably won't find many fans, even hard core ones, who disagree with the statement that the characters look like they're from a glam version of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
** The Pillar Men wear nothing but loincloths and over-the-top Aztec accessories.
** Most villains would never be able to get away with half of the costumes Dio wears throughout Part 3. Also, his [[TheRenfield Renfield]], Vanilla Ice, has an even sillier outfit.
** Diavolo borders on, but comes up just short of CreepyCrossdresser.
** Pucci and Kira suffer from this the least, as Kira wears business suits and Pucci wears his priest outfit. The President in ''Steel Ball Run'' also averts this somewhat, at least as far as clothes - he wears a suit and a BadassLongcoat. His ''hair'', on the other hand, looks like he ripped the banisters off several model staircases and glued them to his skull.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}''
*** After the first episode of the second season (or after the release of season 2's first character sketches), the fandom has been snickering ''hard'' upon the... outfits used by [[spoiler: Ribbons and their followers]]. It is really difficult to take a man in pastels seriously. Especially when he has a "[[CleavageWindow chest window]]". And the less said about their party outfits, the better. [[spoiler: Hilling Care, WTF is up with that tux of yours?]]
*** Graham Aker was a whole lot cooler when he wasn't wearing a goofy samurai outfit as Mr. Bushido.
*** The Trinity Team with their white and yellow spandex bike shorts definately count as well. Nena looks fine in hers, but the problem is that Johan wears spandex ''shorts'' and Michael's own pants are horrible as well.
** Okay, so Olba Frost from ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' wears a purple and white jacket. Fine, doesn't look that bad with the rest of his clothing. But the ''electric blue boots''? Oh crap, that CLASHES.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''
*** Lord Djibril doesn't get out much. Which is a good thing, since his yellow suit and blue lipstick make him look like a complete idiot (he actually ''is'' a [[TooDumbToLive complete idiot]]).
*** The less said about Yuna's pajamas, the better. You won't be able to easily escape from them, though: they've become a huge IconicOutfit.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''
*** Fuala Griffon thinks she rocks a look via using ''cat bells'' as earrings and putting on a pink spacesuit. She doesn't.
*** Also, the Zanscare meetings become unintentionally hilarious when you see either grunts or commanders wearing really stupid-looking old-fashioned wigs. Even people who do realize the parallels between the Zanscare "fashion" and traditional looks associated to some officer posts are... weirded out, to say but politely.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** [[FetishFuel Harribel]]. Her outfit wouldn't be so bad if she actually kept it on. Alas, her Espada tattoo is located on her enormous boobs so she needs to go topless to show it off. It only goes downhill from there.
** Oh, you think Harribel is bad? Remember Nnoitora? Remember that spoon thing behind his head? Remember the Parachute pants? Remember the ''shoes''?
** Bad as Harribel's ultimate form is, there is nothing that the creator could come up with to top [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090428205832/bleach/en/images/thumb/b/b5/Reinaderosas.png/614px-Reinaderosas.png Charlotte's ultimate form]]. It reaches Jojo's-level of sending the fandom [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments into fits of laughter]]. He's supposed to be an over-the-top parody of MagicalGirl anime.
** What about Aizen's banana suit? The form-fitting ''dress'', high heels, and butterfly wings aren't much of an improvement. To say nothing of that tacky mullet.
** [[spoiler: Ginjo]]'s [[http://www.imagebam.com/image/e704bb147426382 new outfit]]. Did he take up fashion clues from AIZEN?
** The Vandereich mostly avert this trope due to them PuttingOnTheReich, but Kirge Opie wears the FVV medal with pride. LennonSpecs? Check. Weird hat? Check. Horrible spoon shoes? Check. VERY ugly bowl haircut ''on one side of his head''? Oh baby, CheckPlease. It's bad enough that [[LampshadeHanging Ichigo makes fun of it.]]
** To say nothing of Busby's mohawk or the freaking ''MaskedLuchador'' in the group.
* Creed from ''Manga/BlackCat'' has a rather over-the-top villain outfit. It looks more like an overdone, flamboyant [=JRock=] drag, being open-chested and having large black feathers lining it.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. This is a show where your garden-variety {{mook}} runs around in makeup, and clothing that wouldn't look out of place on ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' if it weren't ''pink''. And has a mohawk.
* Specialty of Mamoru Nagano. Probably the best example would be Possoidal, the BigBad of ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim''. It takes a special kind of person to wear curtain-rods as epaulettes. And then there's at least half the cast of ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories''...
* While ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' generally averts this, with most villains having outfits much simpler than average for {{shonen}} (probably a necessity because everyone moves around so much), two examples still stick out: Orochimaru's otherwise normal usual outfit with the huge purple rope he wears as a belt that is tied up in a ''ribbon'' on his back (Sasuke after the TimeSkip also has a rope-belt like that, but it's tied at the front and much smaller) and the outfit Sasuke wears after [[spoiler:fighting Itachi and joining Akatsuki]] with the ridiculously over-sized collar.
* Agon of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' seems to incorporate everything that screams "douche" (rather appropriate given that he's a JerkJock) in to his look which frankly makes his popularity with the ladies rather perplexing. This is a 17-year-old Japanese boy who wears dreadlocks, sunglasses, and a gold chain around his neck at all times. To say nothing of the huge dragon tattoo on his back and his horrendous clothing choices (wearing an animal print dress shirt to a date is just all kinds of wrong...)
* SmugSnake Shapiro Keats from ''Anime/{{Dancougar}}'' likes his purple eyeliner and has the fashion sense of Music/DavidBowie.
* In ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'', if you are one of the titular [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shiki]], if you aren't a mook, you get a fabulous outfit. Tatsumi apparently has cat ears as expressive hair and an outfit which probably gets him a lot of willing female Shiki. Then there's the Shiki who apparently is Vampire Lady Gaga. Sunako has utterly insane hair and a Victorian dress, and Megumi's fashion fails could get a page of their own.
* In ''Manga/CityHunter'', there's an {{In-Universe}} example with one of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villains of the Week]]: after he managed to capture both Ryo Saeba and the girl he was protecting, a fashion designer, said girl accuses him of poor fashion taste upon seeing his clothes; this flusters him, as when they meet later after Ryo and the girl made their escape, he has put up ''more'' tacky clothes, and inevitably gets further mocked by the protagonists, to his embarrassment.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' gives us Jake Martinez, who manages to be terrifying while looking like... Well, picture the phrase [[http://thisissternbild.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/commie-tiger-bunny-12-78de0162-mkv_snapshot_07-02_2011-06-20_10-14-23.jpg "glam rock serial killer"]].
* Envy of ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'', who's running around in a skirt, and a tanktop, and has his/her/its hair in what looks like a palm tree. First-Anime!Wrath is as bad or worse, since it's that same outfit on a ten-year old boy.
* In the first ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' movie the officers of the Olympos Regular Army wear completely ridiculous teal uniforms.
* While not a ''[[AntiVillain villain]] per se'', at least not an outright one, Mello's outfits in ''Manga/DeathNote'' are often bizarre, to say the least.
* When [[spoiler:Sugata]] joins the Glittering Crux in ''Anime/StarDriver'', he comes out wearing... ''[[http://www.japanator.com/elephant//ul/18986-annotated-anime-only-edition-winter-2011-week-11/stardriver23a-620x.jpg this.]]'' Even in a show full of CampStraight, and bad fashion choices, his outfit just goes beyond.
* Enishi Yukishiro from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. What's with the blue muscle shirt, Chinese pants and LennonSpecs? Does he dress in the dark?
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'': Your average Galactor captain of the week will have a ''terrible'' costume fashion-wise. Spikes, masks, ''bright'' colors, capes, usually all tied together with an animal theme. An aversion was a sign of HeelFaceTurn and RedemptionEqualsDeath.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': the demon Sebastian's [[GoMadFromTheRevelation too-terrifying-to-comprehend]] true form has stiletto heels: [[http://rebelangel91210.deviantart.com/art/Sebastian-s-true-form-is-251409358]].
* Papillion from ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' is most definitely a deliberate example. After his transformation into a homunculus, he then dons...''[[http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire3/02082008/e/b/c/6/ebc66bc0ab6810_full.jpg this]]''. Most characters are weirded out by his bizarre fashion sense (except for his family and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s like Kazuki and Captain Bravo.) Anything else he wears post-transformation will be equally strange and unsettling.
* Episode 17 of ''Anime/KillLaKill'' had Ragyo Kiryuin wear something that looks like a cross between [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]], [[Franchise/PowerRangers Rita Repulsa]] and [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Walpurgisnacht]]. Given that she is [[FictionFiveHundred filthy rich]] and [[TheFashionista a fashion designer]], this is most likely an intentional parody of extravagant "haute couture" outfits worn by real life celebrities - Ragyo has been nicknamed "Creator/LadyGaga" by the fans for a good reason.
** She takes this even further in the final episodes with [[spoiler:Shinra-Kouketsu]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics
** [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/273218 This flash animation]] gives us {{Marvel}}'s less than stellar choices in villainous fashions. At least Galactus and Loki have an excuse.
-->'''Galactus:''' I CARE NOT FOR THE OPINIONS OF LESSER MORTALS REGARDING MY HAT.\\
'''Loki:''' He's got a point! I'm a god! Why should I care what people think of my appearance?
** In the tie-in comic for ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] even comments, upon looking at him, that adding a cape and a cane, Galactus would be the biggest pimp he'd ever seen.
** Also from Marvel, we have Black Talon. {{Deadpool}}'s [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_wkKt_mUc7Ug/SYp9NQK_VDI/AAAAAAAAGgc/Qjt2C1RkTkU/s1600-h/BlackTalon.jpg encounter with him]] says it all.
** And Mysterio, who wears what appears to be an upside-down goldfish bowl on his head. This is especially hilarious because he's supposed to be a MasterOfIllusion, yet he apparently has never thought that it might be a good idea to create the illusion that he isn't ''wearing an upside-down goldfish bowl on his head''. Eventually they caught on, and when his illusionary gas was enhanced by Dr. Doom, he went around town with the rest of Franchise/SpiderMan's RoguesGallery in various disguises -- a metal band, a punk band, and a schoolboy -- with the [[SexyManInstantHarem rest of them as schoolgirls]]. They didn't know how they appeared.
*** A charming cartoonist named Katie Cook has {{lampshaded}} [[http://katiecandraw.typepad.com/.a/6a00e550a9fd7d88340120a6310488970b-pi the fishbowl effect.]]
*** The exact same thing was done in the first ''Spider-Man'' Playsation game, if "What If?" mode was activated.
*** It seems that everyone has made fun of Mysterio's headgear -- ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'' has Spidey bringing it up if he's part of your team on the helicarrier, for example. In fact, "fishbowl for a head" is Spidey's ''favorite'' method of addressing him.
*** They fixed that in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' where he loses the fishbowl and instead just has a vaguely head-shaped cloud of fog drifting above the metal device he wears around his shoulders. It's actually rather creepy but still, the beads he wears around his left hand look kind of silly.
*** He's [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation been described]] as having been dressed by the [[CampGay Liberace]] [[SpaceClothes Space Program]].
** Electro is another ''Spider-Man'' villain who gets a lot of gaffe for his costume. The main thing is that mask resembles a starfish made of lightning bolts, but the rest of his lightning bolt-bedazzled costume is pretty ridiculous too. ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' averts this by giving him an army green insulation suit, and having his mask become real electricity that obscures his face. It's considerably cooler looking. A number of other adaptations avert it these days by going with his ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version, a blue-white electric EnergyBeing.
** A rather unknown (for a reason) Marvel comic called ''Thunderstrike'' featured a villain called Carjack (WHOSE specialty was, well, carjacking. Truly a worthy opponent to the successor of the Norse god of thunder), who had dreadlocks and wore a brown trenchcoat, purple pants, huge boots and gloves and a Dr. Doom-style metallic mask.
* ''TheFlash'' villain The Rainbow Raider, whose armor, wristbands and boots are painted in blazing rainbow stripes. Admittedly, he ''is'' colorblind, so it's not really his fault, but still.
* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' villain Codpiece. He has a laser cannon mounted [[http://www.headinjurytheater.com/images/dpc%20codpiece%201.jpg exactly where you would guess he does]] from that name, and while he was actually pretty damn dangerous with it, the costume was no less hilarious for many reasons. Then again he fought The Doom Patrol who are... weird...
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f9/Deimosdcu.png Deimos]] from ''ComicBook/TheWarlord''. Between the pixie boots, the bare midriff, the long, dangling loincloth, the random high collar and the huge sleeves, there's something here for everybody to laugh at.
* Sometime during the '90s, DC introduced {{Nightwing}}'s future self from an alternate reality. He started a out as a good guy before being turned to the dark side rather quickly. He wasn't the first Bat-family member to do so, or the last, but certainly [[http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/4231/teamtitans8.jpg the worst dressed.]] SpikesOfVillainy. Mullet. ''Nipple piercing.'' Only half a shirt, but an enormous 1970's collar to compensate. Surely it all made sense in the mind of a madman. Then it in a shocking twist, it he was actually just some guy who had no relation to Nightwing whatsoever and wasn't really from the future. It was the '90s. His name was [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Deathwing]]. Let's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj-mI1RrfHU play him off]].
* In ''Flight No. 714 to Sydney'', Franchise/{{Tintin}}'s arch-nemesis Roberto Rastapopopulos, who had until then shown an impeccable taste in clothes, suddenly decides to put on a bizarre pink-and-cream cowboy-outfit. He then undergoes a long and painful VillainDecay through the story and the cartoonist later admitted that it was the clothes that did it. Seeing his villain in that outfit had made him lose all respect for the guy.
* Keith Giffen's Mister Nebula, a parody of Galactus, might as well be the best example of this trope, considering instead of eating planets, this guy travels around the Universe in his Nebulamobile, redecorating planets according to his own sense of aesthetics, which has a ''distinctive'' tasteless flair. DC released a trading card series in the early 90s; Nebula's bio stated that ''the only place in the universe'' safe from his villainy is Las Vegas, Nevada.
* A lot of Golden/Silver Age villains have costumes which look somewhat outdated today, which is why it's a good thing a lot of them have been updated. They include (and are not limited to...)
** The Melter's original costume
** Kang the Conquerer
** [[NormanOsborn The Green Goblin]]
** Toad
** Some of the Wasp's many, many costumes
* Robin's first reaction when seeing The Flamingo, a master assassin who eats people's faces, and wears (well [[http://goyoman.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/flamingo.jpg see for yourself]]) was "I was expecting scary, not gay".
* No bad costume list could ever be complete without the [[LegacyCharacter first]] [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/6/6a/Chronos_007.jpg Chronos]] from Franchise/TheDCU. Bright yellow boots; black and white striped leggings (''vertical'' stripes at that); a red, yellow and green leotard with an hourglass symbol on the chest; and a flowing yellow cape with a high collar, topped off with a white wrestling mask that has a clock's hour and minute hands painted on it. Mercifully, the outfit was replaced for his appearance on ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''.
** For that matter, there's the [[LegacyCharacter original]] [[http://www.seanbaby.com/stupcom/clockking.htm Clock King]] (satirical analysis courtesy of Creator/{{Seanbaby}}), whose blue and dull-green outfit is covered in clocks, including one worn ''over his face'' and one serving as his belt buckle. There's a good reason ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' changed him into a dapper gentleman with a similar [[ClockKing sense of timing]].
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This trope is spoofed in ''FanFic/TheReturn'', where BigBad Alexia and her [[TheDragon Dragon]] Aurora continually dress like catwalk models with OTT fake tans and makeup and are mercilessly mocked by the heroes. Thanks to an EvilMakeover [[spoiler:Dark Mercury]] also comes in for ribbing, but she is acting more as a CardCarryingVillain on purpose so probably feels she needs the rather hideous and impractical get up.
* The parody crossover ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/53202/1/Harry_Potter_in_the_Realm_of_Dungeons_and_Dragons Harry Potter in the Realm of Dungeons & Dragons]]'' plays with this. [[Literature/HarryPotter Harry, Ron and Hermione]] wind up in the realm of the animated show ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'', where much amusement is gotten from the fact that the [=D&D=] kids regularly face off with "a one-horned devil in an evening gown."
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7295884/1/Mao_Grou Mao Grou]]'', a ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' fanfic, ''everyone'' (yes, even the [[VillainProtagonist protagonists]]) is a FashionVictimVillain. The biggest offender is, probably fittingly enough, [[spoiler:Josef Stalin]].
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' takes this to its logical conclusion, where all the bad guys are stereotypical preps wearing pink. It even depicts [[BigBad Voldemort]] / [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Volfemort/Vlodemort/Volxemort/]][[Franchise/StarWars Darth Valer/]][[Film/TheMatrix Tom Andorson/]][[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Tom Bombodil]] wearing '''high heels'''.
* ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'': Minor villain [[SmugSnake Lung]], at least in the opinion of Tarakudo. And since the former's described as looking like "[[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Ming The Merciless']] {{Goth}} cousin", the latter may have a point. And in addition to clothes, Tarakudo also derides Lung's choice of lair, viewing his abandoned, ancient, cliffside fortress as an unoriginal cliche.
* In ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'', Jade feels this way about her EnemyWithin, the Queen of the Shadowkhan. The narration somewhat agrees with her, at least so far as commenting that the Queen's dress is [[{{Stripperific}} far too revealing for a prepubescent girl]].
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Fanfic/AllYouNeedIsLove'' in Naomi's narration when she observes that poor Mello seems to think dressing like a hooker with a leather fetish is badass and intimidating.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Dr. Schadenfreude from ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'', [[WordOfGod deliberately designed]] to look like a cross between Music/EltonJohn and Music/MarilynManson.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' plays with this a lot, as the VillainProtagonist wears ever more ridiculous giant collared outfits. He's GenreSavvy enough to know that the key to being a super-villain is [[IncomingHam "PRESENTATION!"]] [[BadToTheBone (cue Guns N' Roses)]].
* Yzma from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' sports some of the most extravagant costumes ever worn by a Disney villain, and that's even counting Maleficent and Jafar.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Films featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' seem to love this trope.
** ''Film/OperationDouble007'' has the main, middle-aged male villain dressing in a flowy silver caftan and (at the end) a skintight red pleather suit.
-->'''Joel:''' You're dressed as a space angel. ''Why?''
** Traxartus, the villain of ''Film/DeathstalkerAndTheWarriorsFromHell'', frequently wears short tunics with boatneck collars, pink fur, and satin turbans.
-->'''Traxartus:''' [[GoGoEnslavement Give her something of yours]], then... something billowy and soft...\\
'''Crow:''' Wait -- something of ''mine''...
** ''Film/PumaMan'' has Creator/DonaldPleasance as BigBad Kobras wearing a girly black and silver tunic.
-->'''Mike Nelson:''' My name is Pleasance [[Music/{{Prince}} and I am funky!]]
** The main villain from ''[[Film/TheBladeMaster Cave Dwellers]]'', with his ridiculous "Swan Helmet".
** ''Film/PrinceOfSpace'' has the Phantom of Krankor and his chicken suit... with no freaking undergarments. Shots below the waist were quite terrifying to behold for all the wrong reasons.
** The cone-headed invaders from ''Film/InvasionOfTheNeptuneMen''.
** Xenos, the evil priest king from ''[[Literature/{{Gor}} Outlaw of Gor]]''. Even the fact that he was played by the incredibly {{Badass}} Jack Palance couldn't make up for the fact that he was wearing a long dress and a hat that looked like an opening seed pod.
* A utilitarian example occurs in the ''Film/JamesBond'' film, ''Film/DrNo''. The protective suit the title character wears at the end of the film is Narmtastic.
* The above was parodied at the end of the first ''Film/AustinPowers'' movie. The clear see-thru suit Dr. Evil is wearing seems to serve no useful purpose, other than making him comically slide off chairs whenever he tries to sit on them.
-->'''Dr. Evil:''' Mr. Powers, how do you like my quasi-futuristic attire? I designed it myself.
* The ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' movie. Frank Langella's golden Skeletor costume, acquired after he achieves ultimate power, plows a line right through Narm and crosses back over to [[SoBadItsGood Awesome]] again. It's like a gay metallic Chiquita-Banana-ator.
* An example occurs in the live-action Creator/DrSeuss movie ''Film/The5000FingersOfDrT''. The costume the title mad conductor wears at the end is probably the most flamboyant example of this trope ever made. The villain's dress-up routine even [[VillainSong gets its own song]] written about it.
* ''Film/{{Batman}}''
** While the franchise is partially based around silly costumes, Riddler's light-up jacket from ''Film/BatmanForever'' qualifies. Riddler spent the entire movie getting steadily more ridiculous, culminating in a costume containing five thousand pounds of glitter. It's so bad he [[LampshadeHanging makes a joke]] [[SelfDeprecation about it]]:
-->'''Riddler:''' Like the jacket? It keeps me safe when I'm jogging at night.
** Two-Face's outfit in the same film gives him a run for his money. The "evil" half of the costume incorporates a fluorescent-pink-and-black zebra stripe suit and a yellow leopard-print shirt and tie combo. (He also has a tuxedo with the "evil" half patterned on a Hawaiian shirt.)
** Mr. Freeze from ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' wears a bathrobe. With polar bear slippers. [[FranchiseKiller Just another nail in the series' coffin.]]
* Xerxes in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' wears a gold cape and speedo and is covered in gold chains and facial piercings. The facial piercings are a shared trait among the Persians, while the speedo seems to be a universal trait in the film's warped version of reality.
* Ming the Merciless in ''Flash Gordon'', especially in [[Film/FlashGordon the 1980 movie]].
* Averted in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'': clothes that would look ridiculous on a lesser man actually look pretty spectacular on Music/DavidBowie.
* In its deconstruction of superheros, ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' features a lot of snide comments about the intentionally silly costumes that heroes and villains wear. Veidt's bright purple-and-gold suit and mask are overtly compared to Studio 54 excess.
* Todd Spengo from ''Film/MomAndDadSaveTheWorld''. Then again... everyone on the planet of Spengo has bad fashion sense.
* Evilene in the Sidney Lumet version of ''TheWiz'' wore a large, garish-looking dress which, like many items in the movie, seemed to be made of garbage.
* A rare narmless example is Anton Chigurh of ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen''. His bizarre appearance and mannerisms only contribute to his utterly terrifying presence.
* Zorg (and his weird head-covering... thing) in ''Film/TheFifthElement'', though the whole universe is filled with outrageous fashion.
* This is almost the ''point'' of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. Perhaps the bustier is more of a CreepyCrossdresser thing (mm, FetishFuel), but as Frank-N-Furter is [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette so pale]], his green surgical scrubs reflect up into his face and makes him look like a dead ringer for [[Series/TheMuppetShow Kermit the Frog]] in drag, and a grade-A fashion victim.
* The BigBad from ''Film/WarriorsOfVirtue'' definitely qualifies as this. And in a movie about ninja kangaroos no less.
* Darius Sayle in ''[[Literature/AlexRider Stormbreaker]]''. Because nothing says "scary villain" like Mickey Rourke in a white pimp coat and Jack Sparrow makeup.
* Gozer from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
* Matthew Patel in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' is dressed pretty ridiculously, to the point where someone actually thinks he's dressed like a pirate. Patel responds defensively:
-->'''Matthew Patel:''' Pirates are in this year!
:: Patel is deliberately portrayed as a typical over-the-top Bollywood villain.
* Even for the '80s, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QObDZUscd4k Velvet Von Ragnar]], played by [[Music/{{Kiss}} Gene Simmons]] from the movie ''Never Too Young to Die'', had hilariously bad fashion sense.
* The top page quote refers to [[Creator/JeremyIrons Profion's]] sidekick Damodar in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'', who wears neon blue lipstick for... some reason. Damodar becomes the BigBad in [[Film/DungeonsAndDragonsWrathOfTheDragonGod the sequel]], somehow losing his badassery.
* In ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', Mugatu looks like an unholy mixture of Satan, Cruella [=DeVille=], and a poodle. He also dresses up as a young German boy during the brainwashing scene in a [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/discutible discutible]] attempt of looking like a child.
* Funnily enough, Javier Bardem's two best-known characters fall prey to this trope. But where ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'''s Raoul Silva has a tendency to [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SbDGQXIKBCg/UKu8uX5In_I/AAAAAAAAvPo/4J-eYvoqRwU/s1600/n8689_1343826638.jpg dress oddly]], [[NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]]'s strange [[https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net/profile_images/373535398/ScreenShot003.jpg 70s haircut]] only serves to make him scarier.
* [[spoiler:Cobra Commander]] from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. After switching to the metal full-head helmet, suddenly his skinniness becomes more apparent and he looks like a bobblehead or lollipop. One of the few cases where ShouldersOfDoom might help.
* ''Film/KickAss2'': The Motherfucker's new costume is pieced together from bondage equipment, and thus is black leather covered in zippers and chains. He's even treated as this InUniverse.
* Let's face it, the helmet that Shaw wears [[spoiler:and Erik takes]] in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', to block telepathy is a little ridiculous looking. Lampshaded by Shaw when he [[spoiler:invades the CIA building where Xavier's team is staying]], and on learning Xavier isn't present quips, "Well, at least I can take this silly thing off." [[spoiler:And as silly as it looks with Shaw, ''it's even worse'' when Erik has it repainted into the same color scheme as the comic book and adds the horns to the front]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Esmé Squalor in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' is an extreme example.
* ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'': WhoDares laugh at the tights and red velour cape of Doctor Impossible!
* One goblin villain in ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'' series combined this with RummageSaleReject -- all his clothing was scavenged at random off slain humans, and he had no idea what went with what. For that matter, he had no idea that bras are female-only.
* ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'': Azrael de Gray, EvilSorcerer and FishOutOfTemporalWater. Also known as "That guy in the pimp jewelry."
* Ublaz Mad Eyes in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''. His evil plan, resulting in years of work and the horrible deaths of hundreds of innocents, was all so he could get hold of a pink pearl crown.
* In ''[[Literature/LastLegionary Young Legionary]]'', Haxxarians seem to be a ''[[PlanetOfHats culture]]'' of this.
* Seen in-universe in the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series with Jack Frost's Ice Blue clothing line, which are all odd, ugly, or hard to wear.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has had plenty of movies that feature this trope (see above). Even Dr. Forrester himself, after Joel and the bots discuss world domination schemes and costumes following the ''UnderseaKingdom'' short in the ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E06AttackOfTheGiantLeeches Attack of the Giant Leeches]]'' episode.
-->'''Joel:''' You can bet that anybody seriously interested in world domination is gonna end up looking like a real snickerdoodle.\\
'''Dr. Forrester:''' (''in a ridiculous outfit'') What is that supposed to mean?! I’ll deal with you later! Back to the drill, Frank. ''You will [[Film/{{Superman}} bow down before me, Son of Jor-El!]]'' '''''[[KneelBeforeZod Bow down!]]'''''
* The Master's outfit from the end of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' movie. ''Seriously''. [[http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/Doctor_Who_1996.aspx?Page=4 Pictures here]]. The outfit is supposed to be Time Lord formal wear, most famous for its abundance in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]". The serial was aired ''twenty-one years'' before the movie however, so introducing it without ''any'' explanation nor the outfit's NiceHat results in this trope. It's very much not the Time Lord clothing of the classic series, either; it's like someone saw Time Lords with their giant formal collars, thought that the collars were made of fabric and part of the robes (which means that the gigantic evil pointy collar droops a bit), and then dyed the whole thing black, red, and gold so we could tell that the guy possessing his murder victim's corpse was evil.
* The short-lived [[SidAndMartyKrofftProductions Sid and Marty Krofft]] superheroine series ''Series/ElectraWomanAndDynaGirl'' featured some truly crazed villain outfits, but special mention must be paid to evil musician Glitter Rock, who wore a huge sparkling green afro wig paired with equally enormous star-shaped sunglasses. Glitter rock musicians' outfits tended strongly to the ridiculous, even for the '70s. Glitter Rock's outfit was ridiculous ''by glitter rock standards.''
* In ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', Vince is such a fashionista that he'll always comment on the villain's taste, whether good or bad. Vince himself makes some pretty eccentric fashion choices.
* Every Goa'uld overlord on ''Series/StargateSG1'' qualifies for this trope. Bad taste must be encoded in Goa'uld DNA. Along with Dr. Doom rhetoric.
** Ba'al swings widely: from looking like he's wearing a bathrobe to leather longcoats... (And don't forget the biggest aversion--the rather spiffing suit he wore when pretending to be an executive on Earth!)
** Zipacna is the worst: His first appearance [[http://www.zianet.com/jsager/Zipa1.jpg he wore what looked like a straw hat and a Hawaiian shirt]]. This is supposed to be "traditional" Mayan dress, given that he's impersonating one of their deities.
** There's also Lord Yu-huang Shang Ti, the Jade Emperor, who not only dresses like a Chinese emperor, but he actually was the ''first'' Chinese emperor, meaning he created this style.
*** Except for the fact that the style of dress Yu wears is actually traditional Manchu dress which was imposed on the Chinese during the Qing dynasty, [[CriticalResearchFailure thousands of years after Yu was supposed to have ruled China.]]
* The Riddler Unitard was so hated by Frank Gorshin, his actor on the 1960s' ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series, that he designed a new outfit for himself. The green three-piece suit and bowler hat with question mark tie that resulted is now the character's most common outfit.
* While Ming in the short-lived ''Series/FlashGordon'' TV series avoids this most of the time, preferring to pass himself off like a benevolent dictator of a Third World country ("Ming the Merciless" is what his subjects call him behind his back) by wearing a military uniform, he does wear an ornate robe in an episode where Mongo commemorates the Sorrow, a manmade cataclysm that destroyed the previous Mongo civilization and left their world in ruins. Ming's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Rankol wear a long black robe and some sort of a metal plate on his head.
* The Romulans of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' wore truly hideous uniforms with [[ShouldersOfDoom massive shoulder pads]] in patterns that looked like they were taken from curtains. And in the two-parter "Unification", we see this fashion sense extended to the civilian population. Fortunately, ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' would give [[SecretPolice the Tal Shiar]] better-looking uniforms, and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' got rid of them for good.
** A lot of hostile and friendly species on ''Franchise/StarTrek'' tended to have rather questionable fashions, in fact: those Romulan fashions were borrowed liberally from the Vulcans. Cardassians in early appearances looked a lot like the later ones except for wearing really dorky clothes, and the Ferengi, villainous or heroic, almost always wore clothes with loud colors and tacky designs as part of their "oily used car salesman" aesthetic.
** An episode of Deep Space Nine even had Odo say, when Romulans were suspected of an attempt on Garak's life, "Considering those uniforms of theirs, you'd think they'd appreciate a decent tailor."
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TripleH's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJu_DxQ2uYU entrance]] from ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Wrestlemania 22'' definitely qualifies here, for the worst [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] outfit ever. Should have saved that one for Halloween, Trips... Not that {{face}} Wrestling/JohnCena's homage to Al Capone was much better.
* Damien Demento, especially his hairy Venus flytrap shoulder pads.
* When Wrestling/{{Goldust}} [[FaceHeelTurn turned back to heel at one point]], he became [[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust]], who wore [[http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/1346/goldust3vt2.jpg garish, disturbing outfits]].
* Nelson Frazier (Mabel/Viscera/Big Daddy V) used to wear body suits that resemble balloons or garbage bags (especially the latter when he was Viscera), then pajamas, and finally pants and suspenders but no shirt (his cup size must be bigger than even the most well endowed Divas).
* Wrestling/ZackRyder wore bright purple tights with different length pants legs, a see through jacket (which closer inspection shows to really be an extremely gaudy dress shirt), swimming goggles, and a head ban on his first ECW appearance. Just in case that look wasn't bad enough he also spiked all of his hairs straight up. Thankfully his outfit became more bearable as time went on, acquiring solid jackets, ditching the goggles for shades, and finding sensible tights.
* Inverted at ''[[Wrestling/SummerSlam SummerSlam 2010]]'' in the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-diva.html WWE.Divas' Title]] match. The heel Wrestling/AliciaFox wore a respectable outfit while her opponent Melina came out decked in a yellow and orange ensemble complete with an excess of feathers and a garish Aztec headdress.
* Speaking of Wrestling/AliciaFox, during her title reign, she had a nightmarish pink and silver outfit that consisted of a skirt and sports bra covered in fringes and tassels, making people wonder if she'd robbed a pińata from some kid's birthday party. She keeps doing it now she's gone and given herself red hair and insists on wearing the pink pińata gear, giving her the look of a melting iced-cake.
* Wrestling/BethPhoenix showed up at ''[[Wrestling/SummerSlam SummerSlam]]'' wearing a cross between a 50s waitress uniform and a nurse's costume. Sadly she's brought out even more of them since.
* At Payback 2014, for the [[Wrestling/TheShield Shield]] versus Evolution match, almost everybody kept it simple. The Shield were in their typical SWAT-team tactical vests, and and Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/TripleH wore their typical black trunks. Wrestling/{{Batista}}, on the other hand, out of absolutely nowhere, chose that night to debut a set of trunks, shin-guards, and armband/elbow-pad/sleeve things that were an alarmingly bright shade of [[http://www.wrestlesite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/66.gif blue.]] Comparisons to everything from the Smurfs to the Power Rangers to Megaman soon followed. What makes it stranger is that he never wore those blue trunks before (instead wearing red or black,) and walked out of the company the next night, making their appearance all the more sudden and unexplainable. And this doesn't even begin to get into his wearing of leather vests and skinny jeans (which, on his muscular build, look strange and uncomfortable, not to mention making it impossible to properly do his Batista Bomb, leading to one noticeable blowout on Raw.)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many villains in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. A lot of the Amano designed villains look particularly effeminate, all the way back to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' which gave us Emperor Palamecia, his sexy black lipstick, and his multi-colored hair. These include...
** Kuja from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is the most over the top example of this trope, what with his man-thong. Not shockingly, his original character design was done by Amano, and was one of the few that made it to the final game relatively intact.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Seymour]], with his chest-baring technicolor robes and Picasso-esque hair follows close behind, though at least he can keep his manliness intact.
** Kefka from ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI FFVI]]'', although being a MonsterClown, is one of the few where this look actually makes him ''menacing''.
** Not even the women are safe. While Edea from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' (designed by Tetsuya Nomura, not Amano) looks suitably goth in her pitch-black dress (and, being a witch, she doesn't require much freedom of movement) Ultimecia wears an eye-searing red evening gown with a plunging neckline... plunging [[AbsoluteCleavage all the way to her naughty bits]], a split skirt, and ''painted feet'' instead of shoes. That's before discussing her makeup, too.
** ''DirgeOfCerberus'' has Nero. One LPer noted simply, "He has a jockstrap. On his face."
* Zaki from ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' wears a lizard. ''And nothing else''.
* Dantel, the final boss of the [[SoBadItsGood laughably awful]] ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' ripoff ''Survival Arts'' is best described as an "incredibly cheap and hilarious white trash ripoff of Shang Tsung". Or more like "[[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Amakusa]] on the change from someone's couch cushions".
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Team Galactic in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''/''Platinum''. They have ''bowl cuts'' for Christ's sake. [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=233 Parodied by]] ''Webcomic/VGCats''.
*** Between the weird [[WeWillNotHavePocketsInTheFuture future-skirts]] and [[ThemeNaming planet names]] of the [[AmazonBrigade female appearing]] lieutenants, ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' jokes are impossible to avoid. Then you find out Saturn's a ''[[ViewerGenderConfusion dude]]''.
** The Cipher Peons in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' wear a hybrid between [[StarWars Stormtrooper armor]] and [[{{Sentai}} Power Ranger uniforms]]. In ''Colosseum'', it's blue and dark purple; in ''XD'', it's white. Regardles of the color, the group screams ''EVIL''! In ''XD'', the Hexagon Brothers go one step closer to {{Sentai}} with individually colored uniforms!
** Team Rocket grunts in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' have pink hair. All of them.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Team Plasma]] has their agents dressed like Crusade-era knights, complete with Chi Rho on their chest cloth. A few folks on the internet think of them as Renaissance Faire rejects.
*** And then, there's [[http://images.wikia.com/pokemon/images/2/2c/Ghetsis.png Ghetsis.]] His abomination of fashion doesn't take centre stage to [[spoiler: his [[AbusiveParent unrelenting,]] [[ItsAllAboutMe sociopathic]] ''bastardy.'' ]] And it does fit with the yin-yang theme.
** Team Flare in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', while they view themselves as [[SharpDressedMan Sharp-Dressed]] {{Mooks}}, the in-game [=NPCs=] think their ''bright orange'' outfits are too tacky and excessive, even one of them rejected joining Team Flare because of their dress code.
* [[http://www.talesonline.net/symphonia/yggdrasil.jpg Yggdrasil]] in ''Videogame/TalesOfSymphonia''. It's a jumpsuit. Also, it is extremely disco and leaves absolutely nothing whatsoever to the imagination. [[ViewerGenderConfusion Except his gender.]]
* Almost everyone from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', but special care must be taken to name Shinnok, Quan-Chi, Sindel, Shang Tsung in [=MK3=], Kano in [=MK3=], and many others. For some reason they don't seem so goofy in the game (except Shang Tsung and his dorky fighting stance), but if you've ever seen pictures of the actors wearing their actual costumes, it is very hard not to laugh. Most of the Earth Realm warrior look rather normal, particularly dressed down characters like Lu Kang and Johnny Cage. Unless doing everything shirtless counts. Sonya, and the ninjas (well, male ninjas anyway) also look rather normal.
** The Lin Kuei cyborgs would be a bit more menacing if they weren't bright red and yellow. There's a reason Sektor and Cyrax are referred to as "Ketchup and Mustard".
* Jeanne from ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' wears a red jumpsuit with a huge poofy collar and a bow just above her ass, open-toed, high-heeled sandals, and fluffy tassels on her guns. However, she has nothing on Balder, who wears a ''dead white peacock stole'', a golden quarter mask, and an earring-attached monocle over said mask. [[FashionableAsymmetry And a single glove]].
* This is {{invoked|Trope}} with the [[spoiler:Soda Poppers]] in ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]''.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'':
** Konstantin Brayko.
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Michael Thorton]]:''' How many gay cheetahs gave their lives for [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes this jacket]]?...
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Henry]] [[BigBad Leland]] is more restrained, but still has a deeply unfortunate (yellow, with orange and red stripes) taste in shirts and ties. Thorton comments on it, but never to his face.
** One such comment is about how the only thing Leland and Brayko seem to have in common is a similar taste in shirts and ties. Ouch.
* ''AtelierIris''[='=] [[spoiler:[[http://lparchive.org/Atelier-Iris-2/Update%2057/14-AI2-00058.jpg Palaxius]]]] and his horrible, horrible man-sideboob.
* One of BigBad Sadler's {{The Dragon}}s Ramon Salazar from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. Not only does he look like a wrinkly literal {{manchild}}, his outfit makes him look like a mini-Napoleon wannabe that makes it practically impossible to take seriously (if not for his better dressed towering mutant {{mooks}}).
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', BigBadWannabe Benny wears a checkered suit that makes him look like a [[HonestJohnsDealership used car]] [[SmugSnake salesman]]. Once he's dead, [=NPCs=] and companions will keep mentioning how his ''real'' crime was that suit. Benny is based on real-life mobster Bugsy Siegel, who owned a [[http://images.askmen.com/fashion/style_icon_60/74_bugsy-siegel-style-icon.jpg similarly hideous suit]].
* ''VideoGame/EvilGenius''
** Shen Yu (a FuManchu {{expy}}) wears a long, ornate robe of yellow, black, red, and white, complete with a dragon medallion the size of his head and a jade jewel ''in his forehead''. He's almost completely bald, save for a single ponytail. He appears to be wearing blue eye shadow and has perfectly-groomed eyebrows, a ridiculous mustache, and painted fingernails.
** Some of the henchmen aren't much better, such as Jubei (an {{Anime}}-inspired samurai) and Moko (a tribal protector).
* The obscure Japan-only Creator/DataEast game ''Garyo Retsuden'' takes place in [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Three Kingdoms-era]] China, and for the most part, the enemy forces don't look out of place there. At least until you reach the final boss. Red-and-yellow garb you'd normally expect to see in a superhero comic, wild blond hair, red eye-mask, green gloves...you get the idea. Even better, he's none other than Lu Bu. Yes, ''that'' [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Lu]] [[DynastyWarriors Bu]].
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''
** A hilarious example in an NPC Black Phantom called Xanthous King Jeremiah (Jeremiah the Yellow King in Japanese). As expected from his BossSubtitles, he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wears yellow]] getup, which is about as close an equivalent to a near gold yellow yogist's gear (think [[Franchise/StreetFighter Dhalsim]]) with an overly huge, pointy suppository-shaped turban. Even the ''item description'' snarks about its color which "hurts the eyes".
** The yellow turban however, is a legacy item from ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', where it is awarded to players who play the role of a Boss in a certain map. While the Dark Souls example doesn't do anything special (except being traded for a very rare ring), the Demons Souls variation gives an increase in magic damage, at the cost of wearing what looks like a [[FanNickname custard tornado]].
** Another unfortunate example is ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls''[='=] Garl Vinland. Say what you will about his supposed villainy (or rather, [[AntiVillain lack thereof]]), but the man is very knightly and very badass-like, if not for his squid head-shaped ornament on his helmet. The nicknames "Squid-head" and "Squid-knight" are particularly frequently mentioned.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Absolution'' has the Saints, a group of female assassins who dress in fetish nun outfits. [[LampshadeHanging Not even the Agency understands why]].
* SoulCalibur 3- as if Asteroth didn't have enough going against him with his low tier rating (well, aside from his GoodBadBug), his alternate costume from the first two games (an executioner's hood and SpikesOfVillainy coming from his shoulders) got modified into a claw hammer hat and nails protruding from his shoulders. So much for his having ''any'' chance of being taken seriously.
* Terrormisu in ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise''. Yeah, there's nothing much to say other than making your BigBad look like a fifty plus year old [[SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]] cosplayer makes them look about as far from menacing or badass as you can imagine. It just has to be seen to be believed.
* [[EvilSorcerer Vali]][[TheDragon dar]] from FireEmblemAwakening. As if his [[FanDisservice inability to rock]] the very {{Stripperiffic}} Sorcerer outfit wasn't bad enough, his horrible pineapple-like hairstyle and these... uh, ''earrings'' really don't help.
* While what's evil depends on your alignment, the [[spoiler: fusion of Lucifer and Walter]] in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''. A gold outfit that bares the chest and a weird distorted head? They might have been going for something that mixed otherworldly with regal, but what they got just looked ridiculous. The [[spoiler: second form]] ''is'' a bit more impressive, though underwhelming.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The BigBad of ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|Ace Attorney}}'' [[spoiler:[[http://www.court-records.net/arts/gs4guidebook/04-kirihito01.jpg Kristoph Gavin]]]] is frequently mocked by the fandom for his shoes.
* [[TheFightingNarcissist Gilgamesh]] from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' seems to love tacky, ridiculously over-the-top outfits and accessories for his "casual" clothing. Pretty much the only normal-looking outfit he has is the track suit he wears in ''Unlimited Blade Works''. And this is to say nothing of his golden armor.
* [[DepravedHomosexual Arbitro]] from ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi''
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': in the Punyverse story arc, the Evil Overlord wears lipstick and goes pantsless. Even his minions consider him a walking fashion disaster, and some of them are dumb enough to call him up on it.
* Black Mage from ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' heralds his transformation into a walking nexus of destructive evil force by wearing a clown costume. This was not his idea, he just annoyed the dark god who was granting him his new powers, and has suffered numerous jokes about his appearance.
* Galgarion, the BigBad of ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'', has a designer that does this to him (the comic largely being an AffectionateParody of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, we are ''not'' spared the Kuja outfit).
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', as Hitlerella [[http://nonadventures.com/2011/02/05/joke-and-mirrors/ points out]] the possible downsides of a DarkerAndEdgier costume change to Jokerella.
-->'''Wonderella:''' Holy crap! This bomb may have a few seconds left... but those ''assless chaps''? Those are '''forever'''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** [[RoyalBrat Eridan Ampora]]. Bright purple OminousOperaCape with a HighCollarOfDoom, blue ScarfOfAsskicking, black shirt, blue-and-black striped pants, thick {{Hipster}} glasses, purple hair highlight, and [[BlingOfWar an absurd amount of rings]]. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004308 It turns out how you'd expect it to]]. It appears he's trying to emulate the appearance of his FamousAncestor Dualscar, but he's trying just a bit too hard at it. It's also [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain not the only thing he's trying too hard at]]. Though he apparently wasn't a villain in that timeline, his [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006590 God Tier outfit]] inspired much lulz, especially his pantaloons.
** An argument can be made for [[MonsterClown Gamzee]] as well, depending on whether you find his clown makeup and scars combination to be scary or hilarious. Certainly his God Tier outfit raised a few eyebrows, thanks to its Huge, Purple, Codpiece.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Series/FlandersCompany'' loves using in-universe examples of this trope:
** The antagonists from season 2, the C.C Corporation, were a company in charge with designing suits for superheroes; their fashion designers, [[TheDitz Déborah Levinski]] and [[ButtMonkey Maxcence]], had such a horrible sense of fashion that [[MagnificentBitch Carla]] used it to push [[DarkActionGirl Cindy]] to demission merely by ''ordering them to do a relooking for her''.
** Then we have supervilain-wannabe Kevin, who joins the C.C Corporation later. He dresses such a ridiculously and horribly flashy way that a mere look at him cause pure pain to [[CombatSadomasochist Hippolyte]]. Carla even states once that his mere haircut was "an invitation to murder".
** While Aegis are a KnightOfCerebus with relatively acceptable costums, their member Pyro has a clear poor sense of fashion, which was lampshade by [[VillainousHarlequin Mello]]. Hippolyte describes her as "a Godzilla ''ŕ la'' Drag Queen".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode "Good King Yakko" (a pastiche of ''Duck Soup'') has the Warners meeting with an evil dictator from a neighboring country. They mock his formal, pseudo-historical garb.
-->'''Wakko:''' Oh boy! The clown is here!\\
'''Dictator:''' This is the uniform of a great man!\\
'''Yakko:''' Does ''he'' know you're wearing it?
* When Valmont from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' is possessed by the demon Shendu, Shendu forces him to wear sorcerer's robes, which Valmont comments on looking like a dress.
-->'''Shendu:''' [[LessEmbarrassingTerm This is not a dress, it is a sorcerer's gown]]!\\
'''Ratso:''' Isn't a gown a dress?\\
'''Shendu:''' NO!\\
'''Ratso:''' Oh. (''{{beat}}'') Yes it is.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': All Hail Phoenix King Chicken Head! Let us say Ozai [[MrFanservice looks rather more imposing]] [[ShirtlessScene stripped to the waist]] (or at least without the helmet, which he abandoned after the coronation).
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': Some Decepticons have a bit of..[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Galvatron_(BWII) a]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Skyquake_(G1) crazy]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Bruticus_(G1)#Generation_2 color scheme]].
** Also inverted, as there's plenty of Autobots with [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:G1OmegaSpreem_toy.jpg the same problem.]]
* The Contessa from ''WesternAnimation/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego?''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
** Doctor Venture explains this to his son:
-->'''Dr. Venture:''' Every professional nemesis has weaknesses. One, they wear goggles. Peripheral vision is shot! Two, helmets with logos and stuff on them? A guy with a big metal piece of punctuation on his hat can't turn his head fast!
** Among the tons of examples of actual characters, The Monarch stands out quite nicely in black and orange spandex with armored bits and huge butterfly wings.
** St. Cloud, ultra-rich {{fanboy}} and Billy and Pete White's arch-enemy, is an interesting case. His regular outfit (a plum-coloured suit and round glasses) is definitely not an example. However, in his first professional encounter with his nemesis, he dresses up in a truly ludicrous outfit that includes a black robe and a Greek helmet with a cloud and lightning-bolts attached (punning on his name). He also has a tendency to dress up as a reference to various media, for example dressing like a Spartan from ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (complete with painted-on abs) when in Greece in the episode "Spanakopita!".
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
** In [[TrappedInTVLand "Dimension Twist"]], Drakken gets an "Evil Eye for the Bad Guy" makeover into [[http://caps.kpfanworld.com/view/57_Dimension_Twist/401-500/423.jpg this]].
** His [[http://caps.kpfanworld.com/caps/Image2416.jpg Bueno Nacho CEO outfit]] in ''[[TheMovie So the Drama]]'' isn't going to win him any Best Dressed Executive awards, either.
** Also Professor Dementor's [[WigDressAccent wig and dress]], er, [[LessEmbarrassingTerm housecoat]] in "Ill-Suited".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''
** [[MadScientist Dr. Animo]] came up as this when introduced, having built his original Transmodulator from kitchen tools. The first guy to see him actually burst in laugh... [[EvilutionaryBiologist until he turned a frog into a giant monster to go after the guy]].
** He does it again in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', when he dons a new villain costume as the "Ant King". Ben immediately lampshades how ridiculous he looks.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'':
** The Gas Gang's "new look", carried over directly from the comics. It was silly even in TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks.
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's Emperor costume, compared to his [[ComicBook/EmperorJoker comic counterpart]]. It has a WhoopeeCushion in the crown!
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