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-> '''Rainbow Dash:''' Rarity! Blast [the enemy]! Pretend it's last year's fashion or something!
-> '''Rarity:''' Eep! '''[[FelonyMisdemeanor Leg warmers and stirrup pants?!]]''' Not in ''my'' Spring Line!
-->-- ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' #1

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 [[PrettyInMink mink coat]] in another, and a {{pink| means feminine}}-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 EvilCostumeSwitch, FrillyUpgrade or FanservicePack). The character must also be an active {{Badass}} or Adventurer.

This can overlap with {{Stripperiffic}}, TheDandy, CostumePorn, UnlimitedWardrobe, ImpossiblyCoolClothes, CustomUniformOfSexy, and ImpracticallyFancyOutfit (especially if some of them are different outfits).

May possibly be {{Ms|Fanservice}}. or MrFanservice. Possibly used as a means to show off that they're a CulturedBadass. Can also overlap with KickingAssInAllHerFinery. Male examples may also be AgentPeacock.

May necessitate ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction or ClothingCombat.

A SubTrope of TheFashionista.

[[AC:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** 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) [[PoweredArmor powered armors]], [[CovertPervert bunny suits, cat suits]], [[MundaneUtility dresses, pajamas, etc.]] she stores in {{Hammerspace}}.
* Sakura from ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' 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 [[WeaselMascot mentor animal]] Kero-chan happy.
* In ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'', SixthRanger Dewey develops an interest in fashion. His outfits run the gamut from sweatshirt and jeans to [[SharpDressedMan three-piece suits]] and {{classy cravat}}s.
* Erika from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''. Her entire family is in the fashion business. On the villain side, there is also [[CampGay Cobraj]].
* Michiko Malandro from ''MichikoToHatchin''. She will kick your ass and look ''damn stylish'' while doing so.

* Founding [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]] and ''ComicBook/AntMan'' co-star Janet Van Dyne (aka TheWasp) constantly makes alterations to her costume. Justified in-universe, as Wasp actually ''is'' a fashionista.
** Started as more of a FauxActionGirl with a side of IBrokeANail, but when she developed into a genuine ActionGirl, she kept the good taste.
* ''All'' of the kids from ''ComicBook/{{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 ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'' Ramona Flowers, who makes constant changes to her attire, [[KaleidoscopeHair mostly her hair]].

* ''Film/JamesBond'': As the TropeCodifier for the TuxedoAndMartini character archetype in spy fiction, Agent 007 is tailor-made to fit the trope like a glove.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Padme Amidala is always wearing gorgeous gowns, except in the climax of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' she wears something still striking but more functional for battle. Of course her action-oriented outfit in [[RevengeOfTheSith the third prequel movie]] never saw battle.

* Rachel from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is this all over. A fierce BloodKnight who keeps spare outfits at the barn where their team meets. Not even clothes. ''Outfits''.
* Inquisitor Amberly Vail from the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' 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 Literature/DoraWilkSeries. When with Dora, she usually takes her for shopping sprees, spa, manicure and the such. Short story ''[[http://anetajadowska.fan-dom.pl/czytelnia/czy-mama-nie-mowila/ Didn't Mamma Tell You Not To Play With The Undead]]'', though, shows her massive undead-ass-kicking skills.
* Malveria from ''LonelyWerewolfGirl'' 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 ''TheFinishingSchoolSeries''. Since they attend a school in Steampunk Victoriana that teacher both social graces and espionage.
* [[TheWarGods 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.

* The title charcter of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' 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.

* [[SharpDressedMan Robert Garcia]] (pictured) and [[MagicalGirl Athena Asamiya]] from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series (originally from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' and ''VideoGame/PsychoSoldier'', respectively), as both change their outfits with nearly every installment. Athena even goes so far as to invoke this trope as one of her [[LimitBreak HDMs]], which has her magically change into each of her outfits along with each hit[[note]]At least one game even had this as her Intro, where she would change through each one of her previous costumes before ending in her new one[[/note]].
* Assassin Anna Williams from ''Videogame/{{Tekken}}'' sports a long qipao as her default outfit, and has a few other stylish others, like [[PrettyInMink fur coats]], [[NiceHat matching hats]] and other long dresses. Lee Chaolan has a tuxedo as a recurring P2 outfit.
* Vivienne from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is a high-ranking mage from Orlais, a medieval France stand-in where fashion is an integral part of the DecadentCourt. Her default outfit looks like Maleficent pulling a GoodCostumeSwitch, 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 [[CombatStilettos formidable high-heeled shoes.]]''

* Kanaya of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is one of the few [[AllTrollsAreDifferent 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 ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', one of the main characters, [[GravityMaster Muneca Powell]] wears [[GorgeousPeriodDress Victorian-era clothes]], and the other, [[MakingASplash Larima Torbern]], wears a lovely cloak imprinted with the color of the mineral she was named after ([[http://www.towercrystals.com/websitegraphics/images/larimar.jpg larimar]]).
* ''Webcomic/PatchworkAndLace'' features Lilika, a monster hunter who goes into action wearing lolita-style outfits.

* Kimiko from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' has an UnlimitedWardrobe; except for her regular monk atire, you'll never see her wearing the same clothes (or hairstyle... or even hair color) twice.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Rarity, a fashion designer who fights Discord and Nightmare Moon and Diamond Dogs and changelings and dragons who would hurt her little [[MamaBear 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 ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', the title character will not be caught fighting supervillains in last year's fashion. It's the basis for several episodes.
* Stella of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' accesorizes with jewels that amplify/channel her PowerOfTheSun. She has spells for changing her attire.