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->''"A Dandy is a clothes-wearing Man, a Man whose trade, office and existence consists in the wearing of Clothes. Every faculty of his soul, spirit, purse, and person is heroically consecrated to this one object, the wearing of Clothes wisely and well: so that the others dress to live, he lives to dress."''
-->-- '''Thomas Carlyle'''

The Dandy is intensely concerned with his clothing and appearance; he's always well-groomed and generally avoids physical exertion, lest he become mussed. He usually prides himself on being a cool, laid-back customer with his own unique flair. The Dandy is also typically a hedonist who highly values comfort and living the good life.

In comedic works, writers will saddle him with kid co-stars who don't buy his act at all or a gorgeous woman who happens to be incredibly cynical about men.

The modern use of the word [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandy "Dandy"]] is somewhat [[{{Irony}} ironic]], since the original dandies were rebelling against the fashion excesses of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaroni_%28fashion%29 macaronis]], by choosing simpler, "more masculine" clothes, that emphasized [[SimpleYetOpulent high-quality fabrics and immaculate tailoring]] rather than excessive decoration.

Being male is not a requirement, especially for {{Bifauxnen}}. Very likely to overlap with GentlemanSnarker or UpperClassTwit. Compare and contrast SharpDressedMan. Many of these males may fall under InTouchWithHisFeminineSide because of the widespread perception that VanityIsFeminine.

A rough DistaffCounterpart would be TheFashionista. For the version of this that jumps at combat rather than running from it, see AgentPeacock and ActionFashionista. Compare and contrast PimpDuds, which hold more similarities to the "macaroni" style.

[[ComicBook/TheDandy Not to be confused with the long running British comic of the same name.]]


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Griffith from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is an excellent example throughout the early volumes, being as much in his element at fancy balls as he is on the battlefield. The ladies in court and even the maidservants see him as more dashing and elegant than Midland's nobles, making said nobles intensely jealous.
* Kojiro/James of Team Rocket in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.
** Unbelievable as it is, the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga contains an even more obvious example...Ruby.
* Sanji from Manga/OnePiece. He is even called a pretty-boy at one point.
* The second set of ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' {{OVA}}s feature "Dan Dandy", a would-be "stylish criminal" whose path as a secondary character keeps intersecting that of the Hanagumi. Dan is foppish, a slave to what he considers the height of fashion for American gangsters, and only marginally competent; the Hanagumi don't even really notice him when they cross paths. (Oddly, he originated in one of the live ''Sakura Wars'' stage shows, and [[CanonImmigrant became popular enough among fans that he was included in the OVA series]].)
* Among the more infamous examples of the 'annoying-but-not-evil' [[TheDandy dandy character]] is Mitsurugi Hanagata from ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' and its various sequels.
* Lelouch in ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
** Clovis even more so. Actually, let's just put down the entire male royal family members. Makes sense, since their fashion is based on that particular period.
* Leonardo from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' as a [[{{Foil}} contrast]] to the more pragmatic [[TheHero Sosuke]]
* Ukyo in ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' is definitely an evil variant, [[spoiler:and the BigBad to boot.]]
* [[Manga/BlackCat Creed]] from ''Manga/BlackCat'' is always seen with roses and massive amounts of mancleavage. It crosses over to the plane of FanService in that naked rose petal bathscene. It never returns.
* Sanson in ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''.
* George in ''Manga/ParadiseKiss''.
* Tubalcain Alahambra from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is an example of this trope. He is often referred to as "The Dandy" and has all of the typical traits. Somewhat subverted though in the fact that he isn't opposed to combat in the least (being a Nazi vampire and all).
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has a surprising number of these, many of which subvert the part of the trope about a dandy being afraid to fight in case it messes up their appearance. They're all willing to fight, but if they do get messed up in their fights their opponents--and sometimes their allies--won't be allowed to forget it.
** Yumichika Ayasegawa is [[SeriousBusiness obsessed]] with [[{{Bishonen}} beauty]]. When the Gotei 13 is on a war-time alert, he still detours to change his torn clothing after a fight rather than immediately returning to his captain's side. He also loses a fight because his hair gets messed up by a firework. He even has a wig lying around that he can wear until his hair has recovered.
** Although it might seem as though Yumichika is the biggest dandy in [[SpiritWorld Soul Society]], he's not. Eighth Squad captain Shunsui Kyouraku dislikes fighting to the extent that he'll even try and disobey a direct order from the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking captain-commander]] himself to escape it if he can. He far prefers making friends, napping and drinking. If he does go into fights, he likes his [[BadassBookworm vice-captain]] to shower him with flower petals as he makes his entrance onto the battlefield and he wears a pink, flowery [[RealMenWearPink woman's]] kimono everywhere. In fact, [[TheCoatsAreOff taking the kimono off]] means he's finally [[LetsGetDangerous getting]] [[UpToEleven serious]]. The Bleach Character Book of Souls confirms that he is indeed considered the biggest Dandy in Soul Society.
** [[TheFashionista Szayel Apollo Granz]] has a [[{{Bishonen}} similar]] [[SeriousBusiness outlook]] to Yumichika, going [[UpToEleven one step further]] than Yumichika by ''interrupting his own fight'' to change his torn clothes instead of waiting for the fight to finish first.
** [[CampGay Charlotte]] [[MachoCamp Cuulhorne]] is also this to such a degree that he fights Yumichika to see who is the [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman World's Most Beautiful Person]]. When he focuses on trying to wound Yumichika's body, Yumichika simply gets to the [[ItsAllAboutMe heart]] of the [[FairestOfThemAll matter]] by [[GenreSavvy slashing]] [[BerserkButton Cuulhorne's hair]]. For a battle about [[SillyReasonForWar beauty]], things turn [[HilarityEnsues incredibly ugly]] after that.
** A milder example than the above is Uryuu Ishida, who has [[MundaneMadeAwesome insanely good]] tailoring skills, with a [[TheFashionista penchant]] for making alterations to everyone's clothing in an attempt to [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes improve them]] (they always end up cute--impressing female characters but not male characters). He's so concerned about his own [[ImpracticallyFancyOutfit Quincy outfit]] that he'll [[CrazyPrepared carry spare capes]] in case the one he's wearing gets damaged in battle. He's trying for SharpDressedMan according to his own weird tastes, but the fact that he does the sewing himself lends it an extra something.
* Ayame Sohma from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. He even runs a boutique.
* Leonardo Medici Bundle from ''Anime/GoShogun''. He appears to be a dandy prince, usually holding a rose or a glass of red wine in his hands.
* Tamaki Suoh from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''.
** All the boys in the club are good-looking and generally sharply turned-out, and the twins are actually the clothing experts by way of their mother, but Tamaki's the only one who seems to really ''care''. He's the ladykiller variety, except his idea of how to be a ladykiller involves no actual relationships or close contact. Instead, he started a club where he charms women for money that he doesn't care about. One wonders whether it was his father who told him of the existence of Host Clubs, and if Tamaki even knows about ''regular'' prostitutes, let alone the classy male kind he's pretending to be.
* Dandy from ''{{Moetan}}''.
* Andrea of ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* Pegasus from ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Or at least in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''.
* Sandman from ''Anime/{{Gravion}}''.
* Mr. Dandy the vampire from ''Manga/ShanghaiYoumaKikai''
* [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia France]] admitted to be "The dandiest among the dandies." His EstablishingCharacterMoment is when he tells America and England to stop squabbling over war tactics and do something about their tasteless uniforms instead. Of course, ''his'' uniform is so loud that it gets him shot on the battlefield.
* Fay D. Flourite from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''.
* Both Hotohori ''and'' Nuriko from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''.
* Mikogami Hayato from ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}''. In his [[CharacterizationMarchesOn first two]] appearances, he dressed like a normal teenager but that's been quickly thrown out in the window in favor of frilly sleeves and a jabot.
* Most likely named after the infamous Dorian Grey, Dorian Red Gloria, Earl of Gloria, the Phantom Thief Eroica and eponymous character of ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'', LIVES for this trope.
* When he's not working, the titular ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' is all about showing off for the ladies at [=BooBies=]. In his case, [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Dandy actually seems to be his real name]].
* ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' has the second Legendary Yo-Kai called Dandoodle[[note]]a portmanteau of "dandy poodle"[[/note]], who resembles Manjimutt, except a {{Bishounen}} with white-and-pink fur. He has the ability to attract women and make men handsome.
* Played for Laughs in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. An information box reveals that [[RatedMForManly Mougan Tanakamaru]] is the reigning champion of the annual CCG Dandy Contest. He is noted for his pompadour, neatly-waxed BadassMustache, and fondness for bowties. ([[SharpDressedMan Houji]] is apparently the runner-up.)

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* In ''AudioPlay/{{Starboard}}'', the hero Duke Reginald Barrington is easily the best-dressed and most charming member of the crew, and also far and away the most cowardly.

* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s non-heroic persona, Bruce Wayne, is [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]] [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob portrayed]] as this. It's usually depicted as ObfuscatingStupidity: "There's no way that fop dandy could be a dreaded vigilante."
** Batman is one of the few superheroes whose Rogues' Gallery tends to adhere to a dress code. They also, in general, prefer traps and elaborate schemes to straight-up fisticuffs. The ones who ''do'' like to mix it up physically (Bane, Killer Croc, Clayface) mostly avert the trope.
*** The Penguin is the last scion of a family (the Cobblepots) that was at one time as rich as, or richer than, the Waynes, and is generally ''immaculately'' dressed in a tuxedo with top hat, monocle, and (in the old days) often a ''cigarette holder''.
*** In low light, or if you're colorblind, The Joker is quite the SharpDressedMan in his tailcoat and gloves. The fact that it's ''purple'' does diminish the effect a bit (and live-action versions tend to reduce or eliminate the "well-dressed" aspect of the character).
*** Two-Face used to be a politician/attorney. He generally still dresses the part, though unless you happen to be looking at him from the right angle, one side of his suit may be made of fabric with an unusual color or pattern. One example has orange (which, as bizarre as it would be to see in RealLife, seems to be a perfectly unremarkable color for a business suit in comics) on the "good" side and purple on the "evil" side.
*** The Riddler, unless the artist chooses to put him in question-marked spandex, generally wears a (green, but oh well) business suit and a bowler hat (also often green).
*** The Mad Hatter. Business suit? Check. Odd color or pattern? Check. Top hat? Usually.
*** Honorable mentions: Ra's al Ghul and Vandal Savage (who is more of a generic JLA/JSA villain) are generally well dressed by the standards of ''some'' era, it's that ... since Vandal is OlderThanDirt and Ra's is at the very least OlderThanSteam ... it's often not ''this'' era. Neither Ra's nor Vandal are too concerned about getting their clothes (or hands) dirty when it comes time to fight, though.
* The title character of Creator/GrantMorrison's miniseries ''Sebastian O'', as well as much of the supporting cast.
--> "TheDandy has one unique advantage over the common herd. No matter what the situation, he will always be more exquisitely dressed than his enemies. Therefore, he has already triumphed."
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Shazam}}'' comics, Mr. Tawky Tawny is a humanoid tiger who looks very nice with his human clothes, typically a tweed business suit and bow tie.
* Captain Wiggins from the ''{{ComicBook/Grendel}}'' series. He even sported a ponytail to effect and lip gloss. This is saying a lot since Wiggins was a New York cop, albeit in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture the not too distant future.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic In search of the Titanic]]'', there's Pingo, a fish toy with a spring. He tries to look as "fabulous" as possible.
* Ken in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' is a CampStraight counterpart to Barbie who has a vast walk-in closet full of his favorite fancy outfits. He loves his clothes so much that Barbie manages to extort his cooperation against Lotso by tying him to a chair and forcing him to watch her rip up his outfits one by one.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'': [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor X]] relishes being flawlessly handsome. He adores his hair and his clothes--even when he loses the former, he can still indulge in the latter--and he can be quite fussy about them (such as his NobodyTouchesTheHair moment in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', and needlessly straightening his sleeves before he goes on a 4.5-hour-long drive from Westchester to Langley in [[https://streamable.com/rk5gn this deleted scene]] from ''Film/XMenApocalypse''). Xavier spends a lot of money on his suits, and he can be a bit overdressed at times (e.g. his outfit when he visits an incarcerated Erik in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' is so swanky that it can be worn at a wedding). In ''Apocalypse'', he looks more like an '80s fashion model than a teacher, and his translucent white shirt is a little too sexy for an academic setting. Like most dandies, Charles also surrounds himself in luxury and is very fond of the finer things in life, plus he had a hedonistic streak when he was younger (specifically a penchant for sex and booze).
* ''Film/VictorFrankenstein'': Finnegan's family is the third-richest in England, so his wardrobe is noticeably fancier in a SimpleYetOpulent way and more expensive than the rest of the cast's.
* In ''Film/AllAboutEve'': Addison [=DeWitt=]. He's got the posh British accent, the haughty disdain, and the pristine tux.
* In ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' one of the gangs of the five points is described as "A right lot of dandies".
* Rick Moranis in ''Film/StreetsOfFire'', though his suits are actually quite ridiculous.
* The silent movie classic ''Film/TheGolem'' has Knight Florian, an effeminate fop that wears a ridiculous hat and is constantly twirling a rose.
* Alexis from ''Film/TheWildcat'' is always primping in mirrors. In one scene, after he's waylaid by bandits and left wearing nothing but his long underwear, he still pauses to comb his hair before walking on to his destination.
* In ''{{Film/Ned Kelly}}'' (1970), Mick Jagger wears a velvet tailcoat and frilly shirt that wouldn't look out of place at a gathering of Carnaby Street {{Scooter Riding Mod}}s.
** Similarly, TheHighwayman CaptainThunderbolt wears a sharp black suit, gambler tie and plantation hat.
* ''Film/InOldArizona'': Just because the Cisco Kid is a bandit and outlaw in TheWildWest doesn't mean he can't pay attention to his grooming. He wears an ornate outfit with fancy trimmings. He is shown getting a shave rather than look scraggly like the typical bandit. He has the barber prepare him a fancy bath. And he tells Mickey that he uses perfumes so he'll smell nice, which leads Mickey to call him "Fauntleroy."
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfTartu'': This is part of Terence's cover as the flamboyant Tartu. He's a complete dandy, not only obsessed with clothes but with his moustache and hair.

* Lord Tethiel from the ''Literature/LadyofGems'' fantasy series. He prefers to look his best in extravagant crimson and a waterfall of lace at his throat at all times not to mention his use of face powder.
* Gilderoy Lockhart of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' makes Liberace look positively conservative by comparison. Though he presents himself as an AgentPeacock, he's a fraud and a BitchInSheepsClothing.
* Percy Blakeney's RichIdiotWithNoDayJob ObfuscatingStupidity personality in ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel''. The real Percy is nothing like that.
** The same with Don Diego Vega aka ''{{Franchise/Zorro}}''.
** These men are the model for Franchise/{{Batman}}'s lifestyle.
* In ''Literature/WildCards'', Dr. Tachyon comes from a ''[[PlanetOfHats planet of Dandies]]''.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'': Montparnasse--part of Thenardier's gang, he kills for nice clothing and sounds practically {{bishonen}}-level pretty.
* Mr. Turveydrop in ''Literature/BleakHouse''--he has no job skills to speak of, but dresses very stylishly and is well-known in the neighborhood for his Deportment. Unfortunately, he's not independently wealthy, and his family members have to support him in his elegant idleness.
* Subverted by Petyr Baelish in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', who dresses like a well-to-do accountant should to distract from his MagnificentBastard plots and general sociopathy.
* Squire's Tales, Princess, Crone and the Dung-Cart Knight. King Bagdemagus. Good Gog, King Bagdemagus is the man who decides in which room will he receive visitors to his castle "by the colour of his robes". Who was stopped from seeing Sir Kai and Guinevere by his son saying that the queen's orange dressing gown would clash with his bright green robes. Who arranged for his servants, on the day of a trial by combat, to all dress in fake-shepherd's gear. King Bagdemagus is this, but without any taste, making him completely ridiculous and utterly obsessed.
* [[Literature/HowlsMovingCastle Howl Jenkins]] is practically the ''king'' of this trope. This is the man who gets up in the morning and takes at ''least'' three hours to get ready, then goes off and falls in love at the drop of a hat. Who probably owns more cosmetics than Maybelline. Who ''threw a temper tantrum with'' '''''green slime''''' when Sophie accidentally tinted his hair strawberry blond.
** Calcifer predicted that the day Howl forgot to do his hair and face, he might believe he was really in love.
* ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'': Dorian Gray and Lord Henry Wotton are classic examples. Unsurprisingly, they were created by Master Dandy, Oscar Wilde.
* [[TallDarkAndHandsome William Marsh]] in Victorian-set fantasy ''Literature/DarknessVisible'' is a very snappy dresser. He doesn't really fit the "avoids physical confrontation" part (luckily for [[BlueBlood Lewis]], who is only five feet tall, and never learned not to pick fights with people twice his weight). Marsh is an ardent admirer of Creator/OscarWilde, and his mode of dress reflects his philosophical beliefs.
* To the general public, Danilo Thann from Elain Cunningham's ''Literature/{{Forgotten Realms}}'' novels fits this trope to a T, though it's really just a part of his ObfuscatingStupidity act.
* The title character of the Literature/JulianKestrel series is a dandy who [[TheyFightCrime solves murder mysteries]].
* Literature/{{Dragonlance}}: Dalamar. Described as well clad and very good looking and certainly has the behaviour down to a t. He ''is'' supposedly hardworking and obsessed with his magical studies as any ambitious mage, but we hear more about his womanizing, his fine china collection (!), his fondness of quality wine and how he fills the formerly proper and self-respecting dark tower with ''floral displays''.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/RoguesInTheHouse", Murilo. Though we are immediately alerted:
-->''But Murilo, for all his scented black curls and foppish apparel [[HiddenDepths was no weakling to bend his neck to the knife without a struggle]]. ''
** Howard has several characters, men and women, whose high-born, refined ways don't prevent them from being a badass when the situation calls for it.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', Miranda, describing her brother Ulysses, mentions his obsession with his clothing.
* ''Literature/InTheSnowsOfHaz'': Elias Tenri, fwooshy cape, awful metaphors, and all. [[spoiler: It's - mostly - a facade; he's actually a very competent and rather hands-on secret agent.]]
* In Poul Anderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest'', Rupert angrily rejects apologies for giving him commoner's clothing while he's prisoner; he's not a popinjay.
* Anne Elliot's father, Sir Walter Elliot, in ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'', is obsessed with his clothes and appearance. When he lets his house to another, more down-to-earth gentleman, the new tenant complains about the great lot of mirrors there are hanging about the place.
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'': Aramis is another who subverts "avoids physical confrontations".
* In ''Literature/{{Cerberon}}'', George and Aladavan both observe this trope. George plays the part of a dandy when he can idly mooch off a wealthy widow, but when he has to travel, he's practical enough to wear his older, worn dragoon uniform, to prevent his better clothes from becoming dirty or damaged. Aladavan is considerably more vain, wearing top style at all times and cleaning/mending his clothes as soon as possible when they become dirty/damaged. Neither of them are averse to physical confrontation, but Aladavan is more likely to get someone else to do real work for him.
* Leonard Stecyk in ''Literature/ThePaleKing'' wears a stylish carpenter's apron for his high school wood shop class. [[spoiler: It keeps his clothes from getting covered in his teacher's blood during an accident with a machine. It also carries his metric-conversion ruler, which he uses to create a perfectly-tied tourniquet.]]
* Fashion is one of [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster's]] loves. If he and [[TheJeeves Jeeves]] ever have a falling-out, it's usually because he's insisting on wearing some utterly ridiculous article of clothing that Jeeves doesn't approve of. In one episode, he goes through a period of depression because he can't think his way out of Aunt Agatha's latest plan for his future; he cheers himself up by [[FunnyMoments wearing a cummerbund]].
* The Jonathan Green-written branch of Abaddon Books' Pax Britannia series features the character of Ulysses Quicksilver, an agent of Magna Britannia working for the 160-year-old Queen Victoria, who is regularly described as a "dandy adventurer".
* Literature/LordPeterWimsey, as part of his RichIdiotWithNoDayJob persona.
* Most Creator/GeorgetteHeyer heroes fit this trope, being Georgian {{Gentleman Snarker}}s and [[SharpDressedMan Sharp Dressed Men]]. They don't usually seek out confrontation, but we are frequently informed that they are gifted pugilists, great shots or skilled fencers.
* Creator/PGWodehouse's Literature/{{Psmith}}. Unlike the garish Bertie Wooster, he dresses in an understated and tasteful manner, giving him overlap with SharpDressedMan.
* Noblemen in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' are pretty much expected to be this, since social rules prevent them from doing most other things, and they're not expected to cook or clean or renovate like lower-class men, so they are more focused on fashion and their own appearances. It aggravates the viewpoint characters.
* Tobias Maxilla from the Literature/{{Eisenhorn}} series, and Carl Thonius from the Literature/{{Ravenor}} series (both by Creator/DanAbnett) are both dandyish in their appearance.
* A character in Walker Percy's Literature/TheMoviegoer is actually ''called'' TheDandy. He's a string of {{Take That}}s against homophobia, straw existentialists, and the South.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Prince Adolin Kholin is the heir to the Kholin family, intensely fashion conscious, and a lover of fine clothes to the point that he keeps folios of the latest outfits to wear and order from the capital even while in the middle of a warzone. He is ''also'' a colossal badass [[AgentPeacock and one of the finest swordmasters and battlefield commanders in the world.]]
* Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius is very much an embodiment of the trope.
* Starting with ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz,'' the Tin Woodman is described this way. Sure, he'll always step up for his friends, but when he's not engaged in some sort of adventure, he enjoys living a life of luxury. His castle is finely decorated, and since he doesn't wear clothes, he had himself nickel-plated and engraved a star over his new heart, so he could always look his very best. He's frequently described as a dandy by the text.
* Attorney Benjamin Arcinas of ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'' certainly counts as one. He spends an inordinate amount of time fussing over his appearance—he puts on foundation makeup, and his hair is carefully coiffed and dyed a vivid red. In childhood he took odd jobs to save up money for a manicure at thirteen.
* The title character in the ''Literature/JulianKestrel'' series of Regency murder mysteries is a proudly self-proclaimed fashion plate.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Lorne. To paraphrase Mayor Wilkins on ''Buffy''--"That is one ''exciting'' suit!"
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Simon Tam is by far the Rim's most dapper scofflaw [[TheMedic doctor]], wearing SimpleYetOpulent suits and upper-class etiquette like [[StiffUpperLip armour]] against the harsh realities of the 'Verse.
** A more villainous example of this trope is Atherton Wing, who Mal comes in contact with in one episode. "Contact" is to interpreted as "contact with [[SwordTropes sharp, pointy]] and [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge antiquated]] objects".
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ser Loras Tyrell has shiny armor, is immaculately groomed and loves his flowers. The last is justified, since his house's sigil is a rose. Loras wears beautiful clothing in Seasons 3 and 4 that enhances his good looks.
* Barney Stinson on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is a womanizing, lecherous sex fiend who obsesses over his personal appearance (especially his suits). In other words, a modern day foppish dandy.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Third Doctor, with his velvet smoking jackets, ruffled shirts, capes, and gloves. The Second Doctor calls the Third "Fancy Pants." The First Doctor actually makes reference to this in "The Three Doctors":
---> So you're my replacements! A dandy and a clown!
** The Eleventh Doctor fits this trope, too. He wears a bowtie because "Bowties are cool." He shows up in one episode wearing a fez ([[spoiler:which is immediately destroyed]]), claiming that "Fezzes are cool." He's also donned top hat, white tie, and tails on more than one occasion.
** Almost all incarnations of the Doctor probably qualify to an extent, save for the War, Ninth, and Twelfth Doctors.
* The third ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series has a few since it's set in the late 1700s/early 1800s. Prince George might be a particularly dim dandy. One episode has him gushing over a pair of enormous trousers, where the legs have been stuffed out to make his thighs look like hamshanks. Another has a pair of (normal) blue satin breeches to make him the belle of the ball, but without Blackadder he can't figure out how to put them on over the course of a whole week (he tries his arm and over his head, but eventually manages to get them on ''one'' leg).
* Jason King from ''Series/DepartmentS'' and ''Series/JasonKing'' was a major sex symbol of the Seventies. He was foppish and camp and spent most of his time drinking, smoking, lounging and shagging. Ultimately, he became the inspiration for Film/AustinPowers.
* Neal Caffrey from ''Series/WhiteCollar'' is always impeccably dressed in 1950's era suits, and his hair is perfectly coiffed at all times. It's too early in the series to tell if this is to cover up something from his past, but the look does finish off his "charming rogue" persona nicely.
* Jeff Winger on ''Series/{{Community}}'' is preoccupied with his appearance to such a ridiculous degree that it's become a RunningGag. This ties in with the fact that he's pretty much a {{Hipster}}.
* The title character in ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is something like one of these, having been called a 'metrosexual' by numerous people in the past. He once spent the entire time during a crime scene investigation gushing over the decorative tastes of the owners. Another time, the investigation was briefly sidelined while he introduced ThoseTwoGuys Ryan and Esposito to the victim's range of heated male body products, particularly the shaving cream.
* Vince Noir of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', especially in the third season. His hair is always dyed, teased and styled, he wears capes, gloves, low-cut jumpsuits, stack-heeled platform boots, feather boas, and most of his wardrobe is shiny and/or skin-tight. On the one occasion he shows up dressed in a normal, conservative outfit with plain hair, Howard faints.
* Monty Pippin from ''Series/KeenEddie''.
* Frasier and Niles Crane from ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', particularly the latter, who is rarely seen not [[SharpDressedMan dressed to the nines in Armani suits.]]
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' had an episode where Endora cast a 'vanity spell' on Darrin, having him dress in a series of increasingly baroque outfits, looking like a 'mod' UsefulNotes/LouisXIV.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}'' has this trope in effect for two of the gang leaders, Nino Schibetta, leader of the Italian inmates in the first season and Alonzo Torquemada, leader of the Gay inmates in the final season. Nino Schibetta subverts this trope, as he is a deadly and WickedCultured old-school Mafia Don, and is considered the most powerful inmate in Oz during the first season. Torquemada plays it straight, as he is a typical flamboyant dandy and CampGay nightclub owner.
* The title character of ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''. [[SharpDressedMan Sharply-dressed]], certainly, but his suits tend towards the flamboyant (and they apparently make up most of his wardrobe).
* Among the National Service recruits in ''Series/GetSomeIn'' is Jakey Smith, a typical 1950s Teddy boy. Like most Teddy boys, he places great importance on fashionable clothing and hair (although, also like most Teddy boys, he doesn't shy away from potentially clothing-damaging violence), reacting with horror when his [[TraumaticHaircut "duck's arse" haircut falls victim to the RAF barber's scissors]] and complaining about the lack of style of the uniforms with which he is issued.
* Harris was the squad Dandy on ''Series/BarneyMiller''. He was always dressed to the nines and kept spare pieces of clothing in his desk to dress up or dress down as he liked. Barney gave him "flashy efficiency" on one performance review. At one point, Harris actually refused to wear his blues on a uniform day because it offends his fshion sense (among other reasons).
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' has [[MeaningfulName Dandy Mott]].
* Jordan from Season 11 of ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'' sure looks like one of these. He spends more time primping while driving than some of the show's female contestants, and quit wearing the glasses he needs years ago because they didn't look nice enough.
* Season six of ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'' gave us Prince Poppycock, whose persona involved dressing up as a full on 17th century dandy. His over the top persona, coupled with his true honest-to-God ''talent'', makes him something of a legend to this day.

* Eustace Tilley, the semi-official mascot of ''Magazine/TheNewYorker''.

* The "Carnabetian Army"[[note]]That is, from Carnaby Street[[/note]] is mocked in Music/TheKinks' 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion'.
-->''This pleasure-seeking individual always looks his best\\
'Cause he's a [[TitleDrop dedicated follower of fashion]]''
** The Kinks also did a song called "Dandy". However, its womanizing title character doesn't really appear to be one of these.
* Adam Ant, as [[HangALampshadeOnIt lampshaded]] in 'Stand and Deliver':
--> ''I'm the dandy highwayman so sick of easy fashion\\
The clumsy boots, peek-a-boo roots that people think so dashing\\
So what's the point of robbery when nothing is worth taking?\\
It's kind of tough to tell a scruff the big mistake he's making''
* In the Music/BetteMidler song "Big Socks", from her album ''[[GuyOnGuyIsHot Bathhouse]] Betty''. It's a BreakupSong about dumping a {{Narcissist}}ic {{Metrosexual}} man. Like much of ''Bathhouse Betty'', the lyrics apply as well to a [[QueerRomance gay man]] as they do to a straight woman.
-->''Don't brag about [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes the diamond rings or the expensive clothes you wear]]\\
'Cause I could care less for what you possess, and [[{{Jerkass}} your attitude needs repair]]\\
Don't [[{{Narcissist}} brag about your body]] baby, and say that [[BiggerIsBetterInBed you're packing a lot]]\\
'Cause all that I see, besides your big feet, is that you've got [[TitleDrop big socks]]''
* "Yankee Doodle (Dandy)" briefly touches on the Dandy-Macaroni divide, given that the extent of Yankee Doodle's attempts at fashion involve putting a feather in his cap.

* ''Pinball/SharkeysShootout'' has "Sticks", who attends the exclusive pool tournament wearing a matching hat/jacket/slacks ensemble, complete with lapel rose.

* From the works of Creator/OscarWilde:
** Algernon from ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''
** Lord Goring from ''Theatre/AnIdealHusband''
** Lord Illingworth from ''A Woman of No Importance''
* In ''Theatre/{{Patience}}'', Bunthorne is always dressed in the height of fashion.
* Thomas Jefferson and Act 2 Alexander Hamilton of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}''. The former is introduced in all purple velvet clothing as a way of contrasting the SimpleYetOpulent Lafayette (who is played by the same actor), and generally wears flashy, often velvet clothing. Hamilton, meanwhile, begins to dress more and more elegantly as he gains more wealth and power, which others (especially ''Jefferson'', of all people) begin to notice:
---> Jefferson: "The way he primps and preens and dresses like the pits of fashion!"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series has one per a game: Mid-Boss in the [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness first game]], Tink for [[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories the second]], and Master Bigstar (pictured above) taking up the role in [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice the third]]. Incidentally, [[PigeonholedVoiceActor they all share the same seiyuu in the Japanese tracks]].
* Setzer from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' seems to be a combination of this trope and TheAce.
** Much more so in his cameo in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* Balthier from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' dresses immaculately, since he's living his own fantasies to be a dashing sky pirate and "leading man."
* The protagonist of Creator/AdamCadre's ''VideoGame/{{Varicella}}''.
* While Gannayev from ''[[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of the Betrayer]]'' likes to present himself as more of a [[LovableRogue rugged, swashbuckler type]], that doesn't stop him from being a gigantic fop about it. Highlights include insisting that he's in prison [[SoBeautifulItsACurse because he's just too handsome for the world to handle]] and completely lying about his past because the truth wasn't romantic enough for him.
** [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Not that we mind.]]
* Zelos Wilder in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' fits this trope like an frilly silk glove. ([[spoiler:And uses it as a part of his ObfuscatingStupidity act]].)
** Fellow Tethe'allan [[spoiler:noble]] Regal actually gets called this in his formal-wear alternate costume, and a few skits indicate that he may have had aspects of this before things went downhill.
* Dudley from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', complete with roses and uppercrust attitude. He even has his butler bring him tea in one of his winposes.
** As well as Vega, whose roses can be seen during his Ultra Combos.
* St. Germain from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness''. The interesting part is that he's not the kind of dandy that would be prevalent in the game's time period (the 1400s), as he wears a top hat and carries a saber and a dueling pistol.
* Charles III in ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe''.
* Milich Oppenheimer in the ''VideoGame/SuikodenI''.
* Pierre in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
* Flea from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', taking it so far that the party think he's a woman.
* The self-proclaimed "Beautiful Demon Lord" in ''VideoGame/HalfMinuteHero'''s "Hero 30" and "Evil Lord 30" modes.
* [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume Fauxnel]] is something of an [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Dandy]]. Because he fits this trope so well, people have a hard time suspecting him of the multiple assassinations he's arranged to protect his position. He's also [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass surprisingly tough]] if you recruit and use him (albeit prone to whining about getting blood on his shoes.)
* [[KingdomHearts Marluxia.]] While he doesn't really dress any differently from the rest of the Organization members, the hair-flipping (and color of said hair), and the random flower petals, and the way [[ViewerGenderConfusion the creators had to specifically say he was male...]]
* The mage Finn in the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' expansion "Witch Hunt," who uses magic to keep his robes immaculate at all times, comes equipped with matching fox fur-lined gloves and boots, and has a "Ghastly Hat" that he hates wearing so much that it lowers his Willpower by three whole points.
* In games where the character model becomes bruised and ragged when their health is low, sometimes the player themselves will be the one obsessed with restoring their appearance.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Viron, who quite often proclaims that he shall perform something "with style" and referring repeatedly to "magnificence". Most of the time, this involves firing an arrow at high speeds at an enemy soldier.
* The [[CampGay very effeminate]] Hair Eater from ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'', who gives us this line after the BossBattle against him.
--> '''Hair Eater:''' My hair is ruined, my skin is dirty… and my clothes are ripped. Seriously, what a horrible day.
* Florent L'Belle from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' is obsessed with beauty, primarily his own, and is damn proud of it too. He has his own line of beauty products that major stores are very interested in stocking, but he ''refuses'' to sell them to anyone and wants to keep them all to himself. Yet he still ''advertises'' them on TV and in magazines, just to show off how awesome they are and rub it in everyone's faces that they will never be able to have them. However, even though ''he'' thinks he's the most beautiful person who has ever lived, everyone else considers him a {{Gonk}}.
* Subaki from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' claims in his supports with Hinata that he has ''very'' strict cleaning and grooming routines, and his profile states that he has the cleanest hands in the army. He's also a {{Bishonen}} who seems to be quite proud of his appearance in general.
* ''Franchise/TheWitcher'': Sigismund Dijkstra affects this, as a part of his long-running efforts to mess with people. Everyone expects spies to be small, mousy and bland-looking, so Dijkstra is huge, almost aggressively ugly, and dresses in the most flamboyant way he can get away with.
** A more conventional example would be Dandelion, the skirt-chasing bard. A NonActionGuy who... doesn't really do much except dress flamboyantly and sing about the heroes. But damn, the man can wear clothes.

* Leodegrance from ''Webcomic/TheBugPond''.
* At least 2 in ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'' Raizel is perfectly capable of magically materializing clothing, but his dandy butler Frankenstein insists that he wear only the finest clothing made by himself of only the highest quality material, as stated in Noblesse S 1. Then we have metrosexual Tao. In Noblesse S, one of his coworkers stated that he looks like a woman & acts like a little boy. While most of the cast has a static wardrobe, he rotates his clothing, which includes a famine off-shoulder sweater. He also wears more makeup than any of the girls.
* Conrad from ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' dresses better than the rest of the cast and is easily the most useless when it comes to actual fights. The author herself even described him as "metrosexual".
* Luca of ''Webcomic/SfeerTheory'' is a {{Downplayed}} version. Word of God says he's rather vain and takes painstaking care of his appearance. It's subtle in the comic itself where Luca is usually fixing up his often mussed up hair and visibly upset whenever it or his clothes are ruined.
* Finn from ''Webcomic/WarriorU''. An ''entire storyline'' might never have occurred if his manlier friend Harv had only bitten the bullet and gone shopping with him (which he eventually did).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Duck Guy from ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' really likes the different costumes he can try out in number 4 using "digital style!"
* Sandro the Smug Philosopher from ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' is dressed to the nines and his love for style and need to keep his clothes tidy is made apparent through his dialogue:
-->"Gah! I have some dirt on my sleeve!"
* Algernon Sharp from ''Podcast/DiceFunk'' season 4 fits this trope to a tee, dressing in a provocatively flashy manner. He is a pick-up artist who does everything to be the center of attention, a practice referred as "Peacocking" in the setting of Valentine.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Hoity Toity, a fashion expert from the big city who comes to critique Rarity's designs in "Suited For Success". [[UpToEleven His mane looks like a powdered wig.]] He deserves special mention, being a Karl Lagerfeld expy.
** Prince Blueblood from ''"The Best Night Ever"'' also fits this trope.
** [[FanNickname "Steven Magnet"]], the water dragon from the second episode "Elements Of Harmony" easily qualifies for this.
* Tahno in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is this, as well as TheRival. Just ''look'' at that hair. And the guyliner...and the way he cocks his hip.
* Sunstreaker in ''Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne'' who obsesses over his appearance and paint scheme.
* Knock Out in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' shows similar traits. Starscream once punishes him by scratching his paint job.
* James the Red Engine from ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''.
* Gentleman Starkey from ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', Justin Hammer is always immaculately dressed, creating a sharp contrast with his alter ego Titanium Man, who has the least elegant armor in the series.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/OscarWilde was one of these ''par excellence''. The fact he was a dandy is the main reason we have the CampGay stereotype in the West.
* J-rock musician Gackt.
* Interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
* Music/MichaelJackson was arguably a real-life example of this with his interest in his personal appearance and fixation with beauty in music, dance and lyrics.
* Poet Charles Baudelaire was a self-proclaimed dandy, spending tons of money on clothes despite being in debt most of his life.
* British comedian Creator/RussellBrand.
* Huge numbers of men in the 17th to 19th centuries would have fit this trope, since it was the style of the time. Notable dandies include Beau Brummell (the common name for this trope in the 19th century), King George IV, and Literature/SamuelPepys, who once fretted for days about whether his lace cuffs should be trimmed with silver or gold. Note that there was little HoYay to this, since TheDandy was seen as almost hyper-heterosexual. (After all, [[Music/ZZTop every girl's crazy for a]] SharpDressedMan.)
** You can add Giacomo Casanova to the list; he made a point of out-fopping every other male in the general region where he was staying at any given time.
** Brummel's fashion sense, and most notably, the dress code he devised for the Almack's Club in London, would go on to inspire the modern business suit/coat-and-tails. Strangely, his fashion sense was much more austere and simpler than the gaudy nobles and fops before and after him, he preferred a simple white on black look and a streamlined silhouette. His style caught on fantastically, especially after the [[RegencyEngland Prince Regent]] (later King George IV) began to follow Brummel's lead (he would spend hours watching Brummel get dressed just to see what he did to look so good). Before Brummel, dressing well for men meant wearing the frilliest, gaudiest, ridiculous-pattern-iest clothing possible, with all kinds of unnecessary accessories (jewels, wigs, etc.) to show off your wealth; after Brummel, it meant wearing the finest cloth, the most elegant cut, and the soberest and most austere accessories (a watch, a hat, and a cravat, all tastefully made) to show off your taste. This was helped along by the changing times: with industrialisation, anyone could get rich and afford gaudy clothes; but no matter how rich you were, you couldn't buy good taste, which suited the traditional British upper crust very well.[[note]]In a way, the Brummel style was a key part of developing the modern habit of elites favouring simple, austere styles as a means of distinguishing themselves--now that any fool who could get the money could buy gilded everything and silk clothes in any colour they desired, it became a mark of distinction to wear or own something that was simple, yet demonstrated masterful workmanship. It's this kind of thinking that eventually led to Modernism and the AsceticAesthetic that continues to pop up periodically in modern architecture and design.[[/note]]
** W.E.B. [=DuBois=], one of the people who created the NAACP, was a notable black dandy.
* UsefulNotex/LouisXIV of France was a dandy who subverted the trope in order to better control the French nobility. He made his most senior noblemen attend him at all times, and instead of giving them money or titles allowed them privileges such as being allowed to help him dress, undress, or eat dinner. (It took about 200 men and an hour and a half to help Louis get dressed most mornings.) The point was to keep them at Versailles doing pointless and stupid things, which he hoped would prevent them from raising peasant armies against him; in the meantime, Louis himself would only be pretending to wake up at the formal ''levée'' and actually woke up an hour or two earlier to handle the royal paperwork. To paraphrase Will Cuppy: if you think society's bad now, be glad you don't have to get up at seven in the morning to watch Louis [=XIV=] put on his pants.
** UsefulNotes/LouisXIV wasn't the only one doing this: across the Channel, his counterparts King William and Queen Mary, and their successor Queen Anne, were also at it (though theirs involved slightly fewer people, some of whom were servants rather than gentlemen or ladies in waiting, to do the heavier stuff like lacing stays). The 'Royal Levy' had been going on for some time: Henry VIII had similar morning and evening rituals.
* Music/KanyeWest
* UsefulNotes/MaximilienRobespierre, being a French lawyer living in the 18th century. Due to the whole "French Revolution" thing going on, the excesses of the French nobility were obviously falling out of fashion for his social circle, but he never stopped caring about dressing fastidiously neatly. Robespierre was a dandy l'originale in that he disliked nobles and bourgeois trying to fit in with the sans-culottes fashion to be more street than they are and be more "common" than they were rather than exemplify the values they were raised with.
* The late Don Meredith, something of ThePeteBest to Roger Staubach's Ringo as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, was nicknamed "Dandy Don."
* Andre 3000 of Music/{{OutKast}}
* Music/FreddieMercury was rather posh, when he wasn't swigging vodka and [[SophisticatedAsHell dropping F-bombs]].
* Fashion writer Patrick [=McDonald=]; full stop.
* Fashion designer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Lagerfeld Karl Lagerfeld]].
* Dandy Johnny Dolan, a gangster from TheBigRottenApple who led the Whyos from around 1850 to 1876.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Paget,_5th_Marquess_of_Anglesey Henry Paget]], 5th Marquess of Angesley: in 15 short years, he blew a billion dollars in today's money on expensive (and absurdly outlandish) clothing and jewellery, to the point where he became completely broke and died a year later in 1905. To quote the Daily Mail, he owned "Thirty of the finest silk pyjamas, 100 dressing gowns, suits of every colour and kind (most unworn), smoking jackets, florid waistcoats, 260 pairs of white kid gloves, 280 sets of socks and 100 overcoats."
* Creator/NoelFielding is this in real life, as well as many of the roles he plays.
* Comedian Paul F Thompkins. Part of his schtick is fancy, somewhat old-fashioned outfits and mannerisms, like a turn-of-the-century gentleman dropped into the modern age.
* The ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Sape sapeurs]]'' of the UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo and the UsefulNotes/RepublicOfCongo. ''Sapeur'' means "member of ''La Sape'', which is a French acronym for ''Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes''-- Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People, They wear suits, often in peculiar colors, and generally try to be as snazzy as possible.
** In 2014, they [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-25783245 were featured in]] a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuF8wX0f9wU Guinness advert]].
* [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2014/09/02/rose_callahan_photographs_dandies_in_her_book_i_am_dandy_the_return_of_the.html This article]] on Slate.