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->''"I wish I had more zippers... so I could tell you to ZIP IT."''
-->-- '''Neku''', ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''

Some costume designers are of the belief that Everything's Better With Zippers; if you add zippers to a character's outfit, then it makes them somehow intrinsically cooler. Even if the placement of said zippers makes ''no practical sense whatsoever''.

This has become rather prevalent in Japanese popular media especially in the past decade or so, and may or may not have taken cues from the Goth fashion subculture. Certain other Western subcultures have crossover into this as well (e.g. bondage pants).

The cousin trope to this is TooManyBelts. Not to be confused with ZipMeUp which, while involving zippers, is about something else entirely. See also ChainedByFashion. A subtrope of UselessAccessory.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Bruno Bucciarati from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure: Golden Wind'' not only has zippers on his outfit, but his Stand allows him to ''attach'' zippers '''anywhere'''. Bucciarati makes zippers far more badass than they should be.
* ''Manga/FrankenFran'' takes this to a horrifying extreme -- [[BandageBabe Adorea]] has zippers all over her SKIN.
** Zippers which have a horrifying function too - Adorea acts as Fran's mobile organ storage and the zippers make it easier to retrieve the organs!
* Chuck from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' is basically [[InvaderZim GIR]] with Zippers for ears and his tail.
* While most of the exorcist uniforms in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' have zippers (and relatively large ones at that) Allen's second uniform probably takes the cake. The longest zipper winds around his whole left arm right down to the back of his hand.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The character Drywall in ''ScudTheDisposableAssassin'' is a blue plush being who is covered with yellow zippers. They do have a function - he contains an infinite space full of junk that is neatly sorted into labeled cubicles made of drywall (hence his name), and he can pull objects into or out of himself with gloves on cords that come out of his zippers.
* An ''Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}}'' story has Reggie boasting to Veronica how his outfit is so Zipperiffic. Jughead then draws him with another zipper, on Reggie's mouth.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Deconstructed in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', of all places. Jon, in an attempt to be "cool", wears a jumpsuit with dozens of zippers on it. Upon the realization that he doesn't remember which pocket contains his keys, Garfield exclaims:
-->"This could take ''months''!"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Alan Dean Fosters ''Glory Lane'' the character Seeth is described as wearing a jacket 'dripping with zippers'.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''ProjectRunway'' Season 3's finale, Jeffrey's best outfit - a green and white dress - had a lot of decorative zippers. [[spoiler: He won]].
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'': [[http://www.poptower.com/images/db/4422/450/500/terminator-sarah-connor-chronicles.jpg Cameron likes]] her zippers and her [[TooManyBelts belts]] -- not to mention [[HellBentForLeather leather]].
* Lampshaded on ''Series/PeepShow'' when Mark goes clothes shopping and starts ranting about pocketless zips and [[SymbologyResearchFailure gratuitous symbolism]].
-->"So that's the way it is, is it? Let's just put a zip here, a swastika there. Who knows what these things once stood for? Who even cares?"
* Also poked fun of much earlier in a ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' sketch set in a gents' lavatory with a punk desperately zipping and unzipping his many zips, frantically trying to gain access to relieve himself.
* Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiHPlXXl8GA a sketch]] of ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' with Benny as a biker. After trying out all his zippers for his money pouch, his girlfriend finally [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace zips his mouth]].
* ''StarTrekEnterprise''. As a prequel series the Starfleet characters wore NASA style jumpsuits with plenty of zippers, in [[WeWillNotHavePocketsInTheFuture deliberate contrast to series set later in canon]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/MichaelJackson in the "Bad" music video, also combined with TooManyBelts, proving the trend is OlderThanTheyThink. And considering the popularity of Jackson's work in Japan, possibly one of the main influences on it. The red jacket he wears in the "Beat It" video also counts.
* The current look of Music/DaftPunk has the classic robot helmets lose their LED light and gain formulaic jumpsuits of sorts, ''covered'' with zippers and patches.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* SquareEnix in general, and TetsuyaNomura in particular, are overly fond of this trope to levels that would have made Freud proud.
** ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''' Sora is the reigning king of this trope and probably the first person to come to most people's minds when this trope is mentioned. Even though his ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' outfits only features zippers on his jacket and zippers on his shoes, which really isn't all that weird when it comes to placement of zippers. Kairi features a pretty zipperific dress as well. In the same game, DonaldDuck has a zipper on his ''hat''.
** Heck, EVERYTHING Nobody-related has a zipper. Zipper mouths, anyone? It might even be said that the dynamic between the Nobodies and Heartless could parallel Nomura's use of [[MemeticMutation zippers and belts]].
** A fan nickname for Pete in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts2'' is ''Captain Ass Zipper.'' Guess why.
** ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' features characters with highly gratuitous zippers as well and then hangs a gigantic [[LampshadeHanging lampshade on it]] when the main character grumbles the quote at the top of this page. The game itself ripped on Japanese fashion trends that love to revel in [[TooManyBelts belts and zippers]], trends that inspired Nomura's infamous art style.
** It's a little known fact that Sora is almost identical to Sion from ''VideoGame/TheBouncer'', from whence the zippers came.
** It's almost a self-parody, as at the beginning of the first ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', they said they got their belts-and-zippers outfits in order to blend in to the world full of ''Kingdom Hearts'' original characters.
* Kyle of ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Annie|Alchemists of Sera Island}}'' wears a BadassLongcoat with a truly righteous zipper in front.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' side-series ''Rune Factory Frontier'' has Candy and Cinnamon, both with zippers on the sides of their hats.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''
** The most prominent feature of Tager's outfit is his two '''Gigantic Zippers'''!
** Carl wears a giant zipper-pull as a bow tie.
** Taokaka's outfit has a large and visible zipper running down the front.
** Noel has a pair of them running down the front of her shirt/skirt. They are oddly hypnotic...
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Referenced in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W95z1DqOIUg Ronin Dojo Community College DX short]], when Barry's dad sees a picture of an unspecified ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' character.
-->'''Dad:''' What's with all these zippers? No person should have this many zippers. I don't care what fantasy it is.
* Parodied in ''[[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/jrpg Boy and Robot's Epic jRPG Quest]]''.
* [[http://rinacat.deviantart.com/art/KP-KH-Zippers-24231204 This gem]] from {{deviantArt}} uses WesternAnimation/KimPossible's title character and her rival/nemesis [[DarkActionGirl Shego]] to hang a lampshade on ''Kingdom Hearts''' usage of the trope... before coming up with an alternative {{Fanservice}}y explanation[[note]]And yes, the artist is a firm [[LesYay Kigo]] 'shipper.[[/note]].
* The trailer for ''[[http://www.captainbucky.com/ The Adventures of Captain Bucky and his Space Marshals, in Outer Space]]'' has a closeup montage of the heroic captain doing up each zipper on his jumpsuit, ending with his fly.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision; just walk into your local Hot Topic store (or similar "Goth" clothing shop), and behold.
** Though not clothes, there are pencil cases and bags made entirely out of zippers.
*** There are [[http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2009/04/the-zipper-dress-a-sebastian-errazuriz-design/ clothes too]]
** Not only goth stores anymore as of 2009 or so, it seems to be a fad that's catching on even in higher-end, more fashion-forward stores as well as places like Forever 21.
** Now [[http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12939993&lmdn=Dog+Size your dog]] (or cat, or pig, or rabbit, or other appropriately-sized pet) can get in on it, too!
* In a more universal way, zippers were originally invented as a shoe fastener, to replace ''20+ tiny buttons'' as fasteners for non-casual shoes (and thus ineligible by current fashion for laces). You'd better believe that zippers are better than tens of buttons when you need to get dressed in a hurry.
** Then there are shoes like [[http://media.onsugar.com/files/ons3/632/6322040/47_2009/4e/balmain_zipper_heels.jpg this]].
* [[http://www.infmetry.com/coolstuff/zip-itself-tetrahedral-coin-purse/ These purses]], which are basically each just one long zipper.
* Many motorbike jackets and pants have a lot of zippers that, when open, provide ventilation. It's very useful on a hot day, but can look ridiculous.
** These same jackets might include an even higher amount of concealed zippers for the enclosure/fastening for a back protector, elbow/shoulder pads, liner and connecting to a matching pair of trousers.
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->'''[[TheStinger Waldorf]]:''' That [[Creator/TetsuyaNomura Nomura]] guy puts way too many zippers on his characters.\\
'''[[TheMuppetShow Statler]]:''' I don't know, I think they could still use a few more.\\
'''[[StatlerAndWaldorf Waldorf]]:''' You do?\\
'''[[ThoseTwoGuys Statler]]:''' Yeah. Over their mouths!\\
'''[[MemeticMutation Both]]:''' Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!
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