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Act I On Fashionista
When ass-kicking needs a little variety.

Rainbow Dash: Rarity! Blast [the enemy]! Pretend it's last year's fashion or something!

Some people like to look good, Damn good, and they like to do it in as many different ways as possible while they kick ass. Take a character with those traits and you've got the Action Fashionista.

The Action Fashionista is some type of Badass partly characterized by the vastness of their wardrobe. While they may have a standardized costume or uniform, they almost never seem to wear it to its strictest definition. The vast majority of their screentime features them with different articles of clothing, or major alterations of the same outfit. (For example, what was a blouse in one scene has become chainmail in a later scene, a mink coat in another, and a pink-and-white jacket in another.

This trope is reserved for characters who prefer a varied and unique wardrobe. It is not for plot-related costume changes (such as an Evil Costume Switch, Frilly Upgrade or Fanservice Pack). The character must also be an active Badass or Adventurer.

A subtrope of The Fashionista (naturally), and possibly of Stripperiffic, The Dandy, Costume Porn, Unlimited Wardrobe, Impossibly Cool Clothes, Custom Uniform of Sexy, and Impractically Fancy Outfit (especially if some of them are different outfits).

May possibly be Ms. or Mr. Fanservice. Possibly used as a means to show off that they're a Cultured Badass. Can also overlap with Kicking Ass in All Her Finery. Male examples may also be Agent Peacock.

May necessitate Changing Clothes Is a Free Action or Clothing Combat.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Lucy Heartfilia is constantly seen changing outfits throughout the series and while she mostly prefers adventuring in her blue-and-white default, she has been prone to wear whatever is convenient.
    • Erza Scarlet, who has over 100 outfits, and has the ability to rapidly switch between the (very fancy) powered armors, bunny suits, cat suits, dresses, pajamas, etc. she stores in Hammerspace.
  • Sakura from Card Captor Sakura though enforced on her by others. Her best friend Tomoyo is explicitly stated to make Sakura a new costume for every single clow card incident, (of which there are fifty two clow cards, though a few were caught in the same chapter/episode). She herself doesn't particularly care for the outfits, except for the times when she had to fight in her school uniform, but she does it to keep Tomoyo and her mentor animal Kero-chan happy.
  • Mukuro Rokudo from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!.
  • In Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Sixth Ranger Dewey develops an interest in fashion. His outfits run the gamut from sweatshirt and jeans to three-piece suits and classy cravats.
  • Erika from HeartCatch Pretty Cure!. Her entire family is in the fashion business. On the villain side, there is also Cobraj.
  • Michiko Malandro from Michiko to Hatchin. She will kick your ass and look damn stylish while doing so.

Comics
  • Founding Avenger and Ant-Man co-star Janet Van Dyne (aka The Wasp) constantly makes alterations to her costume. Justified in-universe, as Wasp actually is a fashionista.
  • All of the kids from Runaways, who have a pretty impressive wardrobe given they're in hiding from their parents / the authorities. Nico's goth outfits are by far the most elborate.
  • In Scott Pilgrim Ramona Flowers, who makes constant changes to her attire, mostly her hair.

Film

Literature
  • Rachel from Animorphs is this all over. A fierce Blood Knight who keeps spare outfits at the barn where their team meets. Not even clothes. Outfits.
  • Inquisitor Amberly Vail from the Ciaphas Cain novels has an enormous amount of various outfits and disguises. Cain suspects she adopts them for fun as much as for subtly.
  • Malveria from Lonely Werewolf Girl books. Her species has Fashionista as its Hat. She has several dragonskin outfits made from the dragons she has personally slain, and although she acts like a high-class ditz most of the time, she occasionally likes to remind everyone she earned the right to do so by personally wiping her enemies from existence in combat.
    • And then there's her designer, Thrix, who puts up with Malveria's bizarre demands because she truly loves high fashion. She's also not just a werewolf, but an extremely powerful sorceress.
  • Most of the girls in The Finishing School Series. Since they attend a school in Steampunk Victoriana that teacher both social graces and espionage.
  • Brandark Brandarkson is consistently the best-dressed person in the room (and often the city), and adopts various foppish mannerisms. He is also known to overcome four to five picked warriors singlehandedly when the need arises.

Live-Action TV
  • The title charcter of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has an amazing wardrobe. Even when she is working at a fast food restaurant.
    • Spike and Angel as well.

Video Games
  • Robert Garcia (pictured) and Athena Asamiya from The King of Fighters series (originally from Art of Fighting and Psycho Soldier, respectively), as both change their outfits with nearly every installment. Athena even goes so far as to invoke this trope as one of her HDMs, which has her magically change into each of her outfits along with each hitnote .
  • Assassin Anna Williams from Tekken sports a long qipao as her default outfit, and has a few other stylish others, like fur coats, matching hats and other long dresses. Lee Chaolan has a tuxedo as a recurring P2 outfit.
  • Vivienne from Dragon Age: Inquisition is a high-ranking mage from Orlais, a medieval France stand-in where fashion is an integral part of the Deadly Decadent Court. Her default outfit looks like Maleficent pulling a Good Costume Switch, and her character kit goes into some detail on this mindset.
    Leave the stained tunics and rough cloaks to the commoners and their mud farms–a proper Orlesian climbs mountains in her evening gown, standing taller at the summit in her formidable high-heeled shoes.

Web Comics
  • Kanaya of Homestuck is one of the few trolls who is in any way interested in fashion, and as a result she can be seen wearing various other outfits than the default black-shirt-with-sign a lot more than the other trolls. She is also arguably one of the more Badass, and her trademark weapon is a tube of lipstick that transforms into a chainsaw.
  • In Pacificators, one of the main characters, Muneca Powell wears Victorian-era clothes, and the other, Larima Torbern, wears a lovely cloak imprinted with the color of the mineral she was named after (larimar).
  • Patchwork And Lace features Lilika, a monster hunter who goes into action wearing lolita-style outfits.

Western Animation
  • Kimiko from Xiaolin Showdown has an Unlimited Wardrobe; except for her regular monk atire, you'll never see her wearing the same clothes (or hairstyle... or even hair color) twice.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Rarity, a fashion designer who fights Discord and Nightmare Moon and Diamond Dogs and changelings and dragons who would hurt her little Spikey-Wikey. One particular moment of note is the fighting montage in the season 2 finale episode. Of all of the Mane Six who were fighting the Changelings, Rarity was the only one visibly taking some satisfaction out of punching one in the jaw. Rarity apparently knows some form of martial arts, as she often assumes a vague stance when about to physically fight. It's most noticeable when she's threatening teenage dragons that are about to hurt Spike:
    "Fighting's not my thing, I'm more into fashion; BUT I'll RIP YOU TO PIECES IF YOU TOUCH ONE SCALE ON HIS CUTE LITTLE HEAD!!"
    • She's also bucked a manticore in the face and once (while corrupted) dropkicked Applejack.
  • In Kim Possible, the title character will not be caught fighting supervillains in last year's fashion. It's the basis for several episodes.
  • Puss of Puss in Boots the cartoon.
  • Stella of Winx Club accesorizes with jewels that amplify/channel her Power Of The Sun. She has spells for changing her attire.


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