"There's no place we won't go! ... except Offbrandia
, nothing but pirates there."
Whether it's a trip to the Serengeti, jaunt through time or pulp/steampunk adventures, these are the outfits you want to wear! Worn by the Adventurer Archaeologist
, Lady of Adventure
, Great White Hunter
, Egomaniac Hunter
and Gentleman Adventurer
, as well as the Ace Pilot
, and, sometimes, the Bold Explorer
There's three stock ensembles that make up this trope, though it's sometimes mix-and-matched with other Stock Costume Traits
Beige or tan linens, big brown belt, boots, probably a rifle and binoculars. Also, a safari hat, called a Pith Helmet; (monocle
optional but recommended). Usually the wearer is book smart but ignorant of what they should actually wear for the expedition. Usually accessorized with a rifle or musket. Counterintuitively
most of them needed more coverage in Real Life
to avoid sunburns and harmful insects and during the age of African exploration
the pith helmet was the narrow-brimmed model◊
of Zulu War
vintage, not the broad-brimmed "Bombay Bowler" of the post-1900 years.
Start with a Bomber Jacket (the kind with a large wool collar and lapels), then add a Scarf of Asskicking
, leather gloves and light boots.note
Usually has goggles (which may or may not be useful
) or a flying helmet, or sometimes a peaked cap from whichever Air Force they learned to fly in. When the Airman travels IN SPACE!
they'll probably swap out for a Latex Space Suit
. If armed, it'll be with a pistol.
Think Indiana Jones
. Nice Hat
, typically a wide brim fedora
, Perma Stubble
if male, leather jacket, long sleeved collared shirt, plain pants and sturdy boots, pistol holster/harness, and Ancient Artifact
holding satchel. If the character is a trope for trope Expy
of Indy, they'll also have a whip.
More recently, a vest may substitute the jacket, and the pistol harness might become two for Dual Wielding
All three tend to wear jodhpurs
. A Mad Max
, post-apocalyptic Wanderer look can be related. A few settings take the Airman outfit, remove the scarf, adds chains
, lots of belts (though a few shy of Too Many Belts
), much more grime
and a rifle. A trusty dog
is optional, but recommended, but a motorcycle
works as well. To add a Steampunk
flavor to either of the above, add clocks, light metal armoring, a tool belt, and Ray Gun
Anime and Manga
- Emil Holub is a famous Czech traveller and explorer from the 19th century, and a safari outfit is a staple for his fictional portrayals. A series of adverts for beer company Pilsner Urquell employed the use of Czech patriots and historical figures. Emil Holub's adventure in Africa could not be achieved without this safari outfit and a couple of beers he brought with him. Link to youtube.
- America in Axis Powers Hetalia has the "airman" look with a leather bomber jacket (sporting a giant "50" on his back) and black leather boots, and occasionally goes all-out with goggles, gloves, and a WWII airforce hat. Of course, all done to complement his overblown Love Freak attitude, his status as the Ace Pilot of the Allied forces, and his self-declared role of "the hero".
: (slurping a milkshake)
Allies... good guys... Axis... bad guys... (finishes milkshake)
...And the hero is ME!
- The Time-Traveling parents from Runaways are a good generic explorer example, with all the leather and goggles and such.
- Axel Brass' team◊ from Planetary depicts the Safari, Air Man and Archaeologist outfits as well as few other classic genre outfits.
- The protagonist of the graphic novel Heck wears a pulp-inspired outfit of leather and khaki.
- August Von Herling wears the Archaeologist outfit complete with wide-brimmed hat, jacket and pants with plenty of pockets and a satchel for carrying weapons against vampires.
- Indiana Jones is easily one of the best examples of this trope, if not the trope codifier. Not to mention his many expies.
- Indiana Jones himself is an Expy of many adventure movie heroes from the early 20th century, though his franchise has swallowed up the genre so effectively that few remember anything about them.
- The protagonists of 1980s adventure movies Allan Quatermain and Dakota Harris borrow much from Indy's wardrobe.
- The titular Sky Captain in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
- Dark Helmet from Spaceballs has a brief costume switch into a safari outfit during the part of the movie that took place on the Tattooine-spoof planet. Complete with huge pith helmet with peep-holes.
- Charles Muntz from Up, aviator outfit.
- Rick O'Connell in The Mummy Trilogy.
- Van Pelt in Jumanji wears the classic Safari Outfit.
- Dr Emil Holub was a Czech traveller who widely explored Africa in the 19th century. In the film Jara Cimrman, Lying, Sleeping, he's seen sporting the safari/jungle outfit even when he's at home in Prague. See this short clip (with English subtitles).
- Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet:
- Detective Nick Carter wears a safari/jungle outfit in a flashback scene from African swamps when he remembers his famous defeat of The Gardener.
- A man whose flying bicycle with wings and propellers happens to be a Chekhov's Gun wears the pilot outfit.
- (Owen Grady)◊ in Jurassic World fits this trope to the T.
- Commander Bradshaw wears a safari outfit in the Thursday Next series. His books were adventure stories that fell out of favour and went out of print after the 1920s, but he had to stay in character in the BookWorld.
- The Comedic Hero of Scoop, the 1938 satire by Evelyn Waugh, is a country wildlife writer who's accidentally sent overseas as a war correspondent. He's sent to the requisite adventure outfitters who, realising his naivete, sell him a vast mountain of clothing and equipment which he lugs to Africa with him.
- Tail's momentary wears the airman costume in Sonic the Hedgehog in Robotnik's Laboratory before being told to take it off by Sonic.
- Biggles and his colleagues usually wear the Airman variant (heck, they and their contemporaries were arguably the Trope Codifier) but on occasion they'll don Safari Outfits for hot climates.
- Between Silk and Cyanide by Leo Marks. Marks is assigned to reform the SOE code section in Cairo. His horrified parents, aghast at the countless dangers of the tropics, give him a pith helmet and make him swear never to take it off. He obediently carries it everywhere with him, greatly bemusing the Cairo Section personnel who are wearing nothing like it. One asks if he's carrying a secret recorder in there.
- Doctor Who
- It has River Song.
- Captain Cook in "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy".
- Brannigan in "Gridlock".
- Travelling Matt from Fraggle Rock, safari outfit.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation:
- Q dresses like this in an episode when he steals Picard's adventurer archaeologist love interest.
- Star Trek: Voyager. The outfit of CAPTAIN PROTON!, which is an Airman outfit plus Jet Pack in the style of black-and-white sci-fi adventure serials like Commando Cody. So adventurous, it even works in space.
- Warehouse 13: When investigating Warehouse Two, H.G. Wells dresses like a Lara Croft expy
- Flashbacks to the 1920s show a former Warehouse agent wearing Indiana Jones clothing in New Mexico.
- Leverage: Eliot wears one of the Indiana Jones variety when leading The Mark through a jungle in "The Boiler Room Job".
- Professor Elemental's usual attire.
- In the music video for Aqua's song Doctor Jones, all the band spend most of the video wearing the "Safari Outfit" version, Lene's outfit being used particularly for Fanservice.
- In the video for Madness' song "Night Boat to Cairo" from One Step Beyond, the band are all wearing safari-style outfits.
- Space 1889 plenty of illustrations feature similar outfits. Since the game is set in 1889 and wilderness treks and exploring are important themes, this is perfectly justified.
- For reasons unknown, the "Airman" look has become standard fashion for Techno-Wizards in Rifts.
- In Rocket Age flying leathers, dusters and so on count as armour and can grant social bonuses for having the 'right look'.
- The G.I. Joe Adventure Team in the 1970s had a few desert-themed sets featuring explorer outfits in differing amounts.
- LEGO's Indiana Jones knockoff LEGO Adventurers featured all their main characters in varations of these.
- Captain Ash in the TimeSplitters games.
- You can get just such a costume in Fable II.
- Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy has a dog-man dressed like this, including the pith helmet, in Ancient Egypt. It probably doesn't bear thinking about.
- Lara Croft from Tomb Raider puts a "feminine" touch to the Adventurer Archaeologist.
- Concept art for the original game show that Lara's iconic aquamarine top isn't a shirt but a one-piece bathing suit. Considering all the swimming she does in the game, pretty practical.
- Uncharted has Drake in archaeologist gear.
- Agarest Senki has Noa, an elf eirl who's living her life finding treasures, spots a Safari type with little pants.
- Of all the Castlevania heroes, Julius Belmont looks the closest to an Indiana-adventurer style for the way he dresses - a brown cape and a red scarf. John Morris is fairly close behind him, as well as Wind from Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
- Red from Solatorobo wears a variant of the Airman outfit, with gloves, a Nice Hat, Goggles That Do Nothing, and a furry shoulder-cape replacing the bomber jacket and scarf.
- Sir Hammerlock of Borderlands 2 wears a rather anachronistic safari outfit, though rather than a monocle he simply has one of the lenses of his glasses cracked.
- Ezreal in League of Legends does a steampunk-esque version of the Adventure Archaeologist type — leather jacket, goggles, Too Many Belts, and heavy boots. In one of his skins, he wears the goggles properly and adds a hard hat, a coil of rope, and a flashlight strapped to one thigh.
- An Archeologist-style outfit is one of the unlockables in ''Dig to China'. According to the description, it "does nothing, looks slick".
- Chip on Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, archaeologist (but with the bomber jacket from the aviator selection).
- Monterrey Jack, aviator outfit.
- Launchpad McQuack from DuckTales and Darkwing Duck, aviator outfit.
- Jack Yaeger from The Mercury Men wears the standard Raygun Gothic version of this.
- The Super Adventure Club from South Park spoofs this.
- In TaleSpin, Rebecca dresses like this in a few episodes, as does Adventurer Archaeologist Myra from "In Search of Ancient Blunders".
- Baloo's regular outfit is an aviator outfit. Appropiate, considering his line of work.
- The Ventures dress like this in the jungle episode of The Venture Bros.
- Major Minor, nemesis of Snagglepuss on Yogi Bear, safari outfit.
- Likewise Colonel Rimfire, who chased after late sixties Looney Tunes character Cool Cat.
- Nigel Thornberry of The Wild Thornberrys wears the safari outfit. Averted by his wife Marianne, whose outfit is the sort of thing that modern wilderness trekkers actually wear.
- Invoked in an episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, in which they're making a movie and Christopher Robin gives Pooh an airman style scarf to show that he's The Hero.
- Adventure archaeologist and Indy expy Daring Do from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Read it and Weep" sports a safari shirt and pith helmet.
- The heroes of Filmation's Ghostbusters sported this look. Jake was the safariman; Eddie, the airman (with a Badass Longcoat for good measure); and Tracy, the archaeologist. Old-fashioned adventurers sometimes wore their cameras around their necks, a look which the Ghostbusters mirrored with their neck-worn Comm Links.
- Archer has Cyril wearing a Safari outfit in "El Contador," when sent on his first field mission to the jungle - as opposed to Archer and Lana's more practical black tac gear. Teddy Roosevelt jokes ensue.
- Donald Duck sometimes wears a pith helmet in the few times he goes adventuring in the jungle. In the opening of Donald in Mathmagic Land he wears the full safari outfit (sans pants).
- The Simpsons: Mr. Burns wears one in "The Burns and the Bees" when he shoots a basketball team mascot he thought was a real gorilla.