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TertiarySexualCharacteristics occurs when stereotypical female elements are added to a character to demonstrate she is a woman. If you have a [[PacMan yellow circle]], and you stick a bow on it, you instantly recognize the circle is a girl.

StockCostumeTraits is that concept, except as related to characteristics or professions rather than gender. You add some costume element onto a character, and that is the visual signal they have adopted that characteristic. For example, if the circle has a pipe and deerstalker hat, we know the circle is a [[SherlockHolmes detective]]; if it wears a monocle and top hat, we understand that yellow circle belongs to [[HighClassGlass high society]].

Most of these are {{Dead Horse Trope}}s by now. Closely related to HollywoodDressCode, but approached from a different perspective. See ClothesMakeTheLegend for a similar idea, but related to one specific character.

Compare ExpositoryHairstyles, when a character's hair is used to indicate personality, background, or other traits. See also HatShop, which analyzes the connotations of headgear.
!!Tropes with their own pages:

* '''Burglar''': BlatantBurglar -- Black and white striped shirt and domino mask or ski mask.
* '''Doctor''': DressedToHeal -- [[LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine White lab coat]], head mirror, stethoscope.
* '''Explorer''': ExplorerOutfit -- Pith helmet and khakis.
* '''Extreme Poverty''': BankruptcyBarrel -- Naked, except for a barrel.
* '''Formal Tough Guy (Bodyguard/Professional Assassins)''': BadassInANiceSuit -- Tux or business suit (often with sunglasses).
* '''Flapper''': TheFlapper -- Loose, low-waist knee-length dress, [[TwentiesBobHaircut bobbed hair]], [[NiceHat cloche hats]] (casual wear) or decorated headbands (formal wear). Style is mostly ArtDeco.
* '''French Maid''': FrenchMaidOutfit -- Black dress with lacy white trim.
* '''Ghost''': BedsheetGhost -- Plain white ghost.
* '''Pimp''': PimpDuds -- Ridiculously oversized hat and bulky fur coat or brightly colored suit.
* '''Pirate''': DressedToPlunder -- Some combination of eyepatches, {{Hook Hand}}s, peg-legs, tricorner hats, breeches, bandanas, and a PirateParrot.
* '''Rich/High Society''': (male) HighClassGlass -- Top hat, monocle, tuxedo; (female) -- a PimpedOutDress
* '''Viking''': HornyVikings -- Horned helm and beard.
* '''Wizard''': RobeAndWizardHat -- Robe and a wizard hat. Naturally.
!!Other examples:

* '''AmateurSleuth''': A pipe and a deerstalker hat; [[SherlockHomage thank]] SherlockHolmes.
* '''Artist''': Beret
* '''Astronaut''': Puffy white moon-landing style spacesuit. Possibly blue shuttle-style jumpsuit with patches in a more realistic work.
* '''Beatnik''': Black turtleneck, CoolShades, beret, goatee.
* '''Bodyguard, CIA, or government agent''': Sunglasses, [[BadassInANiceSuit a black suit and tie]], possibly an earpiece.
* '''Biker''': Spiky helmet, leather jacket, leather or denim pants, spiky combat boots, tattoos, sunglasses and facial hair.
* '''Butler''': Men's formal daywear, generally a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_dress morning suit]].
* '''Court Jester''': Multicolored outfit, with a multi-pointed [[HappyHarlequinHat jester hat]] with bells on the ends.
* '''Clown''': Puffy one-piece jumpsuit with pompon buttons, oversized shoes, cone-shaped hat, and a big red nose.
* '''DiscoDan''': Dapper suit, usually mostly in white. (This was being parodied as early as 1980, in ''{{Airplane}}'')
* '''Disc Jockey (DJ)''': A pair of headphones and the optional CoolShades.
* '''Farmer''': Gingham and overalls.
* '''Fairy Tale Princess''': [[ErmineCapeEffect Large poofy gown]] of [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]], [[TrueBlueFemininity blue]], or [[GracefulLadiesLikePurple purple]] and [[CoolCrown a sparkly tiara.]]
* '''Firefighter''': Black or brown heavy coat and pants, called turnouts,with yellow stripes on the arms and back of the coat and ankles of the pants, heavy black boots and helmet. The helmet is leather in older works, fire-resistant synthetics in newer ones. It has a number on the front to identify the fire station, and a overhang from the back, meant to keep water from going down the firefighter's back. For some reason, they often have the helmet on in some works even when they don't need it.
* '''Gangster''': (old style) Fedora and zoot suits; (new style) Hoodies, and saggy jeans.
* '''HardboiledDetective''': A fedora and BadassLongcoat; in FilmNoir, they're usually wearing a tie, a white button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and suspenders.
* '''Hippie''': Tie-dyed clothing and headband. Long hair. Beard on the men.
* '''Janitor''': A jumpsuit or boilersuit.
* '''Judge''': Black robe and gavel. Powdered wig in Commonwealth nations.
* '''Knight''': Suit of [[KnightInShiningArmor full plate armor]], visored helmet with or without tassel on top.
* '''Leprechaun''': Bright green clothing, usually appearing to be from the late 18th or early 19th centuries.
* '''MadScientist''': White lab coat; goggles and EinsteinHair optional.
* '''Magician''': White tie and tails or tuxedo, often with a cape, white gloves, a slick handlebar mustache or an imperial beard, a white-tipped baton, and a black top hat with a bunny in it. Often there will be star and/or moon designs incorporated.
* '''Maid''': [[{{Meido}} Stereotypical maid uniform]]; FrenchMaid-style optional.
* '''Martial Artist''': White top and pants with a black belt; footwear optional.
* '''Mayor''': Often a beauty pageant sash with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "MAYOR"]] printed on it. In pre-1970s depictions, also often a top hat for some reason.
* '''Medieval Executioner''': [[InTheHood Dons a black hood]] that covers the head partially or whole. Wields either an axe, sword or a noose.
* '''Mime''': Striped shirt, white face with heavy rouge, beret.
* '''{{Ninja}}''': Black kabuki stagehand outfit with face-concealing mask and/or headband.
* '''Nurse:''' White dress and nurse hat with a [[UsefulNotes/TheRedCross red cross]] on it.
* '''Pilot''': Goggles over a leather cap, generally with a scarf and a leather bomber jacket.
* '''Policeman''' (the ThemeParkVersion): Laughably outdated "bobby"-style uniform, complete with cylindrical blue hat. Often will have a "Prussian"-style mustache, too.
* '''ProfessionalWrestling''': ''Lucha libre''-style mask, colorful cape and tights, and UnderwearOfPower. (Never mind that, except for the underwear, most American wrestlers don't dress like this.)
* '''Punk / Emo''': Dyed messy hair, black printed t-shirts, body piercings, tattoos.
* '''Reporter''': A button-down with sleeves rolled up, tie at half-mast, and fedora with a card stuck in the band that says "media" or "press"; cigar optional.
* '''Spy''': Fedora, BadassLongcoat, and sunglasses, although that's a DeadHorseTrope by now. SpyCatsuit is more modern. James Bond-esque spies prefer a TuxedoAndMartini.
* '''Soldier''': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M81_Woodland Woodland camouflage patterned]] [=BDUs=], black or brown combat boots, metal WWII style combat helmet. May have a [[BadassBandolier bandolier]] with grenades or cartridges draped across their chest or shoulder.
* '''{{Superhero}}''': The stereotype is a cape [[note]]So much so we named the trope about a stereotypical superhero "TheCape"[[/note]], spandex, and underwear on the outside. May have a [[HeroicBuild good physique]].
* '''Surfer''': Long blond hair, tanned skin, CoolShades, lotioned nose, cowrie-shell necklace, and baggy shorts.
* '''Teacher''' (male): Tweedy jacket with patches on elbows, glasses.
* '''Teacher/Librarian''' (female): Severe long dark dress, hair in tight bun, glasses.
* '''Televangelist''': Ice-cream suit.
* '''{{Transvestite}}''': Fishnets, high heels, corset (Optional), a noticeable amount of make up, jewelry of some sort (usually a necklace or earrings) and often (but not always), a dress.
* '''ValleyGirl''': Garishly colorful clothing, often vaguely "punk" in appearance.
* '''Venetian gondola drivers''': A flat straw hat and striped shirt.
* '''Witch''': Pointy black hat, black dress, warts. Green skin optional.