Action Fashionista

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When ass-kicking needs a little variety.

Rainbow Dash: Rarity! Blast [the enemy]! Pretend it's last year's fashion or something!
Rarity: Eep! Leg warmers and stirrup pants?! Not in my Spring Line!

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.

This can overlap with 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. A female example is likely to also be a Girly Bruiser.

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

A Sub-Trope of The Fashionista and (if female) Action Girl.


Examples:

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    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.
    • Pictured above: 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 Cardcaptor 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.
  • Maken-ki!: As the daughter of Yamato no Orochi, Himegami is royalty. As such, she often goes shopping for new clothes and lingerie sets, preferably in silk and lace. And because she lets her shikigami deal with nuisances for her, she never has to worry about ruining any of those expensive dresses.
  • 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.
  • Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul, a wealthy Agent Peacock with a seemingly-unlimited supply of designer clothing. The very nature of his kagune means he tears holes in his clothing any time he fights, though he doesn't seem particularly concerned about this. On one occasion, he even wears a white suit that develops an elaborate pattern when soaked in blood.
  • Nui Harime from Kill la Kill is a villainous example, working as the Grand Couturier at the Revocs Corporation, while also being a Humanoid Abomination capable of easily defeating powerful opponents.
  • The Sumeragi Half-Identical Twins from Tokyo Babylon, with the powerful Onmyouji Subaru wearing very nineties-like outfits courtesy of his sister Hokuto, and Hokuto herself as a super fashionable Badass Normal. It says a lot that Subaru resorts to far simpler clothing (save for a Badass Longcoat) in the sort-of sequel x 1999 when Hokuto is not around after she dies in a Thanatos Gambit to protect him from his Manipulative Bastard Star Crossed Lover, Seishirou.
  • Justified by Rinne Berlinetta in ViVid Strike!. Her adoptive parents are in the fashion industry, so her Barrier Jacket and Device are both modeled after the family clothing line.
  • Hinata's younger sister Hanabi in Naruto does not seem to be a ninja, but being a main branch Hyuuga means she was still taught to fight. Hanabi considers herself a fashionista and really cares about her looks.

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  • 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. Of course, she can't actually use them in a fight, since Shapeshifting Excludes most Clothing. Interestingly enough, she undergoes Literal Split Personality once and it turns out the shopper and the fighter are two entirely distinct entities (Nice!Rachel plans out her shopping trips with surgical precision but breaks down crying at the drop of a hat, Mean!Rachel goes on a one-woman raid against Yeerk facilities but is entirely helpless when caught in a trap she fight her her way out from.
  • 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 subtlety.
  • Katia, a necromancer from Dora Wilk Series and Shaman Blues. When with Dora, she usually takes her for shopping sprees, spa, manicure and the such, and she dresses in latest fashions, even going on cons to buy stuff. She's also one of the most powerful necromancers, easily beating her colleagues.
  • Lonely Werewolf Girl:
    • Malveria; 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.
  • Jerry Cornelius is this, along with being an Agent Peacock.
  • The werewolf, Emilia from The Angaran Chronicles will always, always dress with fashion trends even if they are impractical and they will almost always wind up destroyed when she inevitably transforms.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The title character of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has an amazing wardrobe. Even when she is working at a fast food restaurant.
    • Spike and Angel as well.
    • The vampire Sunday curb-stomped Buffy while criticizing her fashion sense. She also steals the best clothes from her victims.
  • Charmed has all Halliwell sisters often vanquishing demons while wearing the latest fashions - with perfect hair and make-up too. Phoebe is the most noticeable example.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • To La Morena, a women's champion of WWC and WWL, styles herself a fashion queen and will take breaks in between her assaulting victims to let the camera focus on her newest clothing and hairstyles.

    Video Games 
  • The King of Fighters:
    • Athena Asamiya is infamous for changing her outfits with nearly every installment. She 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 hit) and some of her intros (where she either changes from one costume into another, or goes through each one of her previous costumes before ending in the newest one and keeping it as her fighting clothes).
    • Robert Garcia isn't as extreme as Athena in his wardrobe changes, but as the closest to a Princely Young Man in the cast, he also likes to dress up nicely in the battlefield. One of his HMD's even has him quickly fixing his sleeveless vest before delivering the final blow to his rivals.
  • 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 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.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes takes place in a fashion forward version of Hyrule, thus Link and his impersonators can wear outfits that give you perks, such as the Spin Attack Attire, the Lucky Loungewear, the Big Bomb Outfit, and the Zelda Dress. Yes, we're serious about that last one.
  • Sands of Destruction doesn't change sprites due to the Law of Conservation of Detail, but both Morte and Rhi'a have personal armor quests that invoke this trope (contrary to the male members, whose armor quests involve things which are personally significant, such as Agan's father's coat). Morte trades outfits with a group of Feral sisters who are scattered across the world; each one is more garish than the last (the final one is actually see-through and even she is a little reluctant to wear it). Rhi'a just gets gifts of Elegant Gothic Lolita dresses from Felix Rex, since he's always fretting over her.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 has this trope as the battle system. The Dresspheres as they are called contain individual sets of abilities (Warrior, Thief, Black Mage etc.) and each one comes with a unique outfit for each of the three leads. Yuna, Rikku and Paine are actually questing to collect as many as possible.
  • Josephine in Suikoden V has this as part of her personal take on The Fighting Narcissist trope.
  • Both Oboro and Forrest from Fire Emblem Fates enjoy fashion, making clothes, and dressing others up, and they're pretty competent on the battlefield. In Oboro's case, she'll even occasionally ask "How do I look?" after finishing a fight.
  • Rose from Street Fighter is a lovely-looking Lady of Black Magic who fights in a dress and Combat Stilettos, and in IV can get very pretty outfits via DLC.
  • Splatoon and Splatoon 2 are about two things: ink-based combat and collecting a variety of vibrant, wild outfits for said ink-based combat. The Sunken Scrolls even comment that fashion and battle are the two dominant interests of an Inkling.

    Web Animation 
  • Coco Adel of RWBY is a walking wardrobe of awesome who looks like she belongs on a Parisian catwalk, and she also compliments the outfits of other characters. Nevertheless, she's an Action Girl who effortlessly mows down entire ranks of Grimm with a huge gatling gun which folds out of her tiny handbag.
    Coco: [to a large Beowolf] You just destroyed my favorite clothing store. Prepare to Die.

    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.

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic created a humorous variant of this trope during a skit which mocked dialogue from After Earth. During the film, the protagonist states that they like the color change of their outfit but thinks it "means something bad". The following skit features a soldier under fire reporting to her commanding officers, but they all take more priority over how the soldier (and the enemy are dressed) than exchanging tactical information. They are therefore disgusted that the enemy is wearing outdated clothes, but are pleased that their soldier (who is quickly shot) is wearing something very stylish.

    Western Animation 
  • In Kim Possible, the title character will not be caught fighting supervillains in last year's fashion. It's the basis for several episodes.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Rarity, a fashion designer who fights many monster and villains with her friends, included teen 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 are fighting the Changelings, Rarity is 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:
    Rarity: 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!!
  • Stella of Winx Club has a very large wardrobe selection, though it's not typically worn in battle.
  • 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.

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