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->''"Following that unseen sauna, we get to see the women with nipples poking through their towels, which apparently operate like shrink wrap, and conform to their bodies perfectly."''
-->-- '''Linkara''', ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' on ''22 Brides'' #1

In comics, and some other drawn and animated media, clothing is often drawn fitting around the body far better than it reasonably should in RealLife.

All clothing will fit tightly around an animated woman's [[ImpossibleHourglassFigure 15 inch waist]], even if it's [[TheJazzAge dropped]] or [[RegencyEngland empire-line]]. Men too, will have an apparent narrow waist even in jackets that wouldn't show that in real life. Of course, the most common form of this is spandex outfits, which nowadays wrap around every curve and muscle (especially prominent since the late 1980s) but as the picture shows, any piece of clothing can wrap around better than it should if the artist so chose, whether it be an overcoat or the bodice of a PimpedOutDress.

The reason this is done is likely a combination of RuleOfCool, RuleOfSexy and RealityIsUnrealistic, with a heaping bushel of {{Fanservice}} for good measure. If the character has a good figure, the artist likely wants to show it off, to advertise the beauty or natural athleticism.

Another reason, particularly where superhero comics are concerned, is that artists are trained to draw human figures. It is faster and easier to add colors that imply spandex clothing than to actually draw the folds and wrinkles that come with wearing realistic clothing. In other words, most of the time (and this goes for male characters as well as female), what you're seeing are nudes with strategic coloring.

Some {{Live Action Adaptation}}s try to sculpt the outfits to simulate the look in the comics. Some of you might know a [[Film/BatmanAndRobin particularly infamous]] example, which can often look ridiculous, which is why superhero costumes are frequently changed for live-action adaptation. That, and the fact porn stars and bodybuilders - two types of individual who are most likely to possess physiques similar to that seen wearing said costumes - are rarely cast in these sorts of films and TV shows.

A SubTrope of ImpossiblyCoolClothes.

A SuperTrope to ChainmailBikini.

Compare MostCommonSuperpower, SensualSpandex (which shows some skin as well as conforming to the skin it covers), SweaterGirl (although the sweater is designed to be form-fitting), PaintedOnPants, SuperheroesWearTights.

Can be averted with UnmovingPlaid in order to "flatten out" logically form fitting clothes and reduce the fetish appeal of things like a PantyShot.

Not to be confused with ClingyCostume, BodyPaint.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The armor worn in ''SaintSeiya''
* The [[LatexSpaceSuit plug suits]] in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', justified as necessary for synchronization and as a life-support system for the pilots. We're also shown how they get so tight: a vacuum-sealing button at the wrist to make them skintight.
* ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' has the combat armor worn by Vegeta as well as several other characters in Freeza's employ. It is a skintight bodysuit with shoulder and breastplates over top, but the actual armor pieces get continually smaller until they're done away with completely in the Buu arc. Somewhat justified as it's designed to accommodate several different species, some of whom can transform.
* Good God, ''HistorysStrongestDiscipleKenichi''. Miu's clothing is so formfitting that she might as well be wearing BodyPaint. Even her ''apron'' is form fitting. Must be a family trait, Grandpa Fuurinji wears thick robes that somehow manage to show off all his abs and arm muscles.
* In ''YuYuHakusho'', whenever Yusuke is shown wearing blue jeans, they always look far too tight to be comfortable. This combines with some serious ClothingDamage to create a sizable female fanbase (with a little help from [[{{Bishonen}} Kurama]]). His other clothes aren't nearly as bad, though.
* ''Manga/ExcelSaga'': All of the female characters, most of the time, no matter what they're wearing (including the Daitenzen suits, and the ACROSS girls "uniforms"). Of course, this is all AuthorAppeal, as Rikudo Koshi is known for his many {{Doujinshi}}.
** {{Lampshaded}} in Volume 15, between Missions 2 & 3. A single-panel image of Excel and Elgala being held prisoner, where, among other comments, the guard asks: "Purple-haired prisoner! Have you been tailoring your uniform again?" Elgala's prison uniform is unusually form-fitting. Even Excel's is needlessly tight around the bust and midsection.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' deserves special mention here. Not only do the full-body suits hug every curve so tightly that they're impossible to put on while wearing any undergarments whatsoever, the breasts actually seem to ''grow'' when the suits are put on. They're custom-made for each wearer and may use additional [[AppliedPhlebotinum alien tech]] to fit so perfectly. It's equal-gender-opportunity, though, and partially subverted when some characters (mostly men) insist on wearing street clothes outside their suits.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Mello's [[HellBentForLeather leather]] wardrobe.
* ''RurouniKenshin'' frequently has bad guys wearing what appears to be 19th Century spandex, even to the point of having vacuum-fitting bandages.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Any of Orihime's shirts or outfits seem to be tailored to her large bust. Of course, she ''is'' a member of the sewing club.
* In ''DarkerThanBlack'', Amber's clothing are really really skin-tight. It gets odd when you realize she'd have to get new clothes in progressively different sizes every time [[spoiler:she ages back as remuneration for her powers]].
* ''{{BattleVixens}}'' covers routinely feature women wearing cheongsams which somehow conform to their ''navels''.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': [[MsFanservice Seras Victoria]]'s [[CustomUniform uniform]] really shows her figure: [[ZettaiRyouiki thigh-high stockings]], [[DangerouslyShortSkirt a really short skirt]] and a military coat so skin-tight, [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091024142938/hellsing/images/5/51/Seras-versions.jpg it wraps around her breasts.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* It would be easier to list superheroes with outfits that ''don't'' follow this trope. A popular derogatory phrase is "boob socks", for costumes that define and separate a woman's individual breasts in a way that could only be achieved in real life if the costume were glued to her skin or made with bespoke breast pockets.
** A notable example would be Iron Maiden of ''EarthX'', though. She's wearing [[BreastPlate a suit of Vibranium (fictional metal) armor]] which molds to her attributes. All of them, apparently--the style of art in the original series makes it hard to see, but a concept drawing shows nipples, navel, and ''cameltoe''. Only the armor's head, which looks like Iron Man's original helmet, is an exception.
** In the Golden and Silver ages spandex usually wasn't so tight, and fit much more realistically. As time went on clothes got tight, to the point where a hero in spandex was essentially naked save for a few choice areas. Then it got even crazier and muscles just started appearing everywhere, reaching an apex with Creator/RobLiefeld and his followers. Nowadays things tend to be more subdued, thanks to colouring techniques having enough depth to render all those muscles through subtle shading rather than hard lines.
** In many renditions of muscular males, you could even see their ''veins'' through the material of their sleeves.
* Just about everything the girls in ArchieComics put on will wrap far better above the waist than they would in reality. Perhaps a way of GettingCrapPastTheRadar?
* ''LibertyMeadows''. Brandy and Jen's jeans look more like they were painted on. In one strip, Brandy has difficulties with putting her jeans on.
* Almost continually averted for female pilots in the [[XWingSeries Rogue Squadron]] comics; the outfits pilots and other characters wore sometimes hinted a little, but were seldom overt, and their pilot jumpsuits were all baggy and heavily pocketed. The most notable exception was the one time a character got into a formal gown which clung tight enough to reveal her abs - and rather than being an UnusuallyUninterestingSight, the pilot she was dating saw it and said "Wow!"
* In ''TwentyTwoBrides'', it showed two of the heroines dressed in bath towels that managed to shrink around their bodies to the point that their nipples show.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] for the sake of {{Fanservice}} in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' - her semi-sentient suit is thinner than RealLife [[SensualSpandex lycra]] and actively forms itself to her skin. [[FridgeLogic According to which rules]] it's actually ''less'' revealing than it should be...
** Specifically, it doesn't show camel toe -- which, if it was really a few molecules thick and more or less a superpowered form of bodypaint, would definitely be visible. This is lampshaded in comic and by the author several times, and both characters and author promise to explain it in a future chapter. [[RunningGag Every volume.]]
*** Despite the above, Emp notes in one issue that she has to keep shaved because the ''stubble'' shows through the suit.
* The comic book adaptation to ''SplinterOfTheMindsEye'' puts Luke and Leia into "miner's uniforms". On Leia this outfit actually avert this trope, being tight but not apparently painted on. On ''[[http://images.plurk.com/bcc9afd0b93629d7204ba1c42837eba9.jpg Luke]]''...
** Ironically, the original novel (and the cover art) describes Leia's outfit as being considerably more form-fitting than shown in the comic.
* Fara Phoenix from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' [[ComicBook/StarFox comics]] [[note]]which were published in 1993's ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' magazine[[/note]] wears one of these, flavoured FutureSpandex, and contrasting above example one ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar can]]'' occasionally identify...[[CountryMatters anatomical details]].
* Dust from various ''ComicBook/XMen''-related titles is supposedly a devout Muslim who wears a full [[UsefulNotes/IslamicDress abaya and niqab]]. [[DependingOnTheArtist Certain artists]], however, completely miss the point of modest Islamic dress for women and draw the abaya as virtually skin-tight.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The ''Film/{{Batman}}'' films did this, leading to the [[ExaggeratedTrope most extreme form yet of this trope]]: the bat-nipples in ''Film/BatmanForever'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
* David Bowie's pants in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''.
* In ''{{Anastasia}}'', Anya changes into a flapper dress, which still hugs her waist and breasts, even though the point of that style was ''not'' to do that.
* Likewise Tiana from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' lives in TheRoaringTwenties. Her blue gown has a belt where the correct waistline should be, but the top is completely form fitting.
* The GI Joe suits in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' have this effect especially on [[http://film-book.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/rachel-nichols-scarlett2-gijoe-the-movie.jpg Scarlet]]
* Film/JamesBond always wears bespoke suits. While these are tailored in the English (fits at chest, drapes from there) rather than Continental (strongly darted to be at snug at possible for the whole body without pulling or puckering) style, they're still quite form fitting compared to the off the rack (needs to be larger to hide the minor inconsistencies with the wearer's body) and American Sack (fits at natural shoulder and drapes from there, has wide armholes with extra fabric in the underarm so the suit doesn't pucker when arms are up) styles most audience members are used to.
* Everything on screen is tailored, if not bespoke, including t-shirts.
* Viperís clothes in ''Film/TheWolverine'' are this.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Various episodes of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' have Vince in skin tight latex jumpsuits.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', T'Pol has a jump suit that is not only more form fitting than the uniforms, but also for Vulcan clothing.
** Explicitly stated as being FanService in-universe.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Seven of Nine wears mostly suits that are far more form-fitting than the regular uniforms.
** Handwaved as she is a former Borg and needs the form-fitting clothing to keep her body from... Borg stuff.
* Justified in ''Series/{{Bunheads}}'' since much of the story revolves around the dance studio so the students both male and female (although we see much more of the girls than the boys) spend a lot of time in leotards.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* All of the women in Bally's ''[[Pinball/CaptainFantastic Capt. Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy]]'' feature [[{{Fanservice}} large breasts and form-fitting shirts.]]
* Also done in [[Creator/MidwayGames Bally's]] ''[[Pinball/StarTrekBally Star Trek]]'' pinball, though to characters of both sexes.
* The women of ''Pinball/EvelKnievel'' are all shown wearing [[FormFittingWardrobe tight "Evel 1" T-shirts.]]
* The tight tops worn by the women of ''Pinball/TruckStop'' make it obvious they're [[VaporWear not wearing any undergarments.]]
* All of the roller skaters in ''Pinball/{{Rollergames}}'' wear body-fitting uniforms in bright [[TheEighties eighties]] colors.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Some Eldar armor in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' molds to the user absurdly well in the regions not covered by the stiffened overplates, especially noticeable with the Guardian model's easily visible abs.
** Justified in that it's Psycho-sensitive plastic, so it conforms to the form for maximum protection while simultaniously affording maximum mobility.
** DependingOnTheWriter this may actually be averted. In some of the less humanlike interpretations of the Eldar their armor is just as bulky on them as a Space Marine's is on a human, it's just that they're inhumanly thin.
* In TranshumanSpace, memswear is clothing laced with infinitesimally small motors, sensors, and radio transceivers. If ordered to do so, a memswear garment can fit this way.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Most games avert this unless based on comic books, given that more curves mean more complex sprites if 2D, and more complex models if 3D, both of which mean more {{RAM}}, processing and {{ROM}} that could be better allocated elsewhere.
** Inverted for a long time in the case of of some games -especially wrestling titles- where most create-a-character options involved applying new textures to a basic character model, since it's much easier to just draw a new pattern than it is to render lifelike clothing. The only exceptions would be some jackets and pants that flared out at the sleeves and legs, but otherwise looked "painted on."
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series follows this trope with main characters' spy suits.
** Ditto with Sam Fisher's gear in the ''SplinterCell'' games.
** Both of these are justified in that tighter attire are better suited for sneaking.
*** Unlike most examples, Snake remarked how 'uncomfortable' the Sneaking Suit was until he 'breaks it in'
** Solid Snake has pecs, abs and ''intercostal muscles'' visible through a padded bulletproof vest in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', Big Boss's bulge (in his Battle uniform) is visible in alarming detail through a padded plate more than an inch thick.
* Often happens with badly made custom clothing for ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'': Women's shirts actually do not cling between their breasts, but it's easier to design skintight clothing.
** Ladies' swimwear is basically painted onto the nude body mesh. Which is frustrating because there ''is'' one that is meshed correctly-- the unflattering blue one-piece suit with the flowers.
* Armor in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. The same suit that fits on a human male will have no problem fitting a human woman.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', most of your squadmates: Miranda, Samara, Jacob, Thane, Kasumi, and Tali. The second downloadable appearance pack gives Miranda a suit of more sensible-looking but no-less form-fitting armor.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' as well, especially EDI (although slightly lampshaded by the fact [[spoiler: she's basically a sentient android who can change her appearance at will, i.e. she's technically naked]], and there's a particular close-up of Miranda's "assets" in one cutscene that indicate an outfit that would be physically impossible (or very uncomfortable) for a real person to wear.
* Rubi, the protagonist of ''{{Wet}}'', wears a surprisingly form-fitting jacket.
* ''{{Metroid}}'', Samus Aran's "Zero Suit".
* ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'', Given all of that ''spandex'' and ''latex'', it applies to almost all of the racers, {{Squick}} or no.
* Parasoul and Valentine from ''{{Skullgirls}}'' wear outfits that hug their bodies something fierce. Parasoul is justified, seeing as she's wearing a turtleneck. It's a miracle that Valentine can even move in her barely-there shirt.
* ''CityOfHeroes'': While both justified or averted for a lot of costume choices (such as spandex and hoodies), some materials can be surprisingly formfitting.
* In the ''SoulSeries'', Taki usually has at least one costume that's so tight as to look like body paint.
* Considering it has [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters over one hundred playable characters]] and the various skins for all of them, it should come as no shock at all that ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has a few of these.
* In the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' spin off ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' one of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Tsviets]] named [[EmotionlessGirl Shelke]] wears a suit that fits this trope.
** On the subject of Final Fantasy, [[Videogame/FinalFantasyIX Princess Garnet]] has a particularly well-defined set of...[[IncrediblyLamePun assets,]] which are clearly visible, much to Zidane's delight.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'', both the female and male Cleric / Pilgrim class members wear a ''very'' tight-fitting orange bodysuit under their churchly attire.
* Jarringly done with armor and clothes in ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'': no matter what, armors will fit perfectly both men and women alike without problems. Even odder with plate-mail armor.
* Played oh-so-straight with all the girls in ''VideoGame/{{Roommates}}''. While it's somewhat believable that everyone's light summer clothes are form-fitting, their heavy winter coats and [[SweaterGirl sweaters]] are just as tight.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The blazers worn in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' must be very thin, because Kurugaya's jacket curves perfectly around her rather large breasts.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Jean's outfits are all extremely form-fitting; once in a blue moon, she does wear a skirt, though. Voluptua's costume is basically a one-piece swimsuit. Thanks to her fur, Molly revels in nudity.
* [[LittleGreenMen Uryuoms]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' often wear form-fitting clothing [[JustifiedTrope because they transform into many different body shapes on a regular basis]]. The clothing even changes size!
** Grace, who is (normally) a humanoid, sometimes wears Uryuom clothing because she likes it.
* ''DoctorVoluptua'' (no relation) has a similar situation with her suit.
* Visarah from ''{{Uncreation}}'' has some seriously tight jeans, if the [[http://uncreation.comicdish.com/?pageID=75 ass-cleavage]] is any indication.
* Not only does [[Webcomic/{{Freefall}} Florence Ambrose]] have [[ExposedAnimalBellybutton a visible bellybutton, despite being technically a wolf]], she frequently wears a jumpsuit tight enough that it still leaves the indentation visible.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' takes SuperheroesWearTights and SensualSpandex and plays them for their full {{Fanservice}} potential. Spinny's costume is easily the most form-fitting one, pretty much resembling one that's [[BodyPaint painted on]].
** [[{{Bifauxnen}} Katt O']] [[CatGirl Nine Tails]]' costume is also quite fit, consisting of a navy uniform, ThighHighBoots and tight pants.
** Sahira's jeans are really tight and her outfit wraps around her [[BuxomIsbetter (big)]] breasts quite nicely.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The various Booru sites generally use the "Impossible Clothing" tag for this.
* Almost every character in ''WebAnimation/{{Matt n Dusty}}'' is victim of this. Then again, it's part of the art style so it's forgivable.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Many adaptations of comic books actually avert this trope to save the animation budget.
** The first ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' series did follow this trope.
* In an episode of ''JusticeLeague'' where Franchise/{{Batman}}, WonderWoman and GreenLantern chased a MadScientist back in time, they decided to blend in by stealing clothes from some bandits they beat up. The clothes Wonder Woman stole fit her curves perfectly, despite the bandit having a figure similar to that of Batman.
** To further highlight this problem, Wonder Woman's taller than the rest of the team. She might be able to wear the thug's socks comfortably; everything else couldn't possibly fit.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy lounge around in [[SexyShirtSwitch oversized shirts]] that still manage to show every curve.
* In ''ReBoot'', Dot's season 1 outfit didn't show the contours of her cleavage, because ABC would not allow it. When the series was cancelled by ABC but continued on different networks, this changed. In fact the main reason The Game had Dot as {{Elvira}} in the first episode on the new network is to show that they could show off her chest now. It was also after the departure from ABC that AndrAIa changed from being a little kid into a voluptuous woman (in appropriate tight-fitting outfits). Hexidecimal and Mouse are also worth noting.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] seems to wear a reasonable outfit for a waterbender, although it is apparently custom fitted and just about skin tight. It doesn't only conform to the shape of her breasts like a female superhero outfit. From the back, even her ''scapulae'' are visible.
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