Some people just don't carry weapons into their fights - not because they actually fight with bare hands
, but because their armoury have actually been incorporated into their normal clothing.
The use of such clothing is not limited to the functions of Rule of Cool
, but it also gives the wearer a pass in places where weapons are not normally allowed, since the weapons in question are all but invisible to casual observers.
Distinct from Clothing Combat
, where the actual piece of the clothing's fabrics can be used as a weapon. Sub-trope to Hidden Weapons
and sometimes Improbable Weapon User
, a Supertrope to Nothing Up My Sleeve
, Weaponized Headgear
, Sword Cane
and Combat Haircomb
. Compare Clothes Make the Superman
Anime and Manga
- Gunsmith Cats: Bean Bandit's outfits.
- One Piece: Diamante of the Donquixote Pirates wears a cape that's actually a steel plate thanks to his Devil Fruit ability, which allows him to soften solid objects, turning them flexible and weightless, but keeping other natural characteristics like strength and toughness.
- Lady Killer from The Strangers in The Ultraverse is a superhero who's also a fashion designer. Every part of her costume can be used as a weapon.
- Batman's cape is weighted for use in attacks.
- Peacemaker, in the original Charlton incarnation at least. Almost every element of his costume was some kind of explosive or incendiary, though he was never shown actually using these.
- Four Deadly Secrets has a few.
- Melanie’s new weapon is a set of elbow-blades which can be coiled up and hidden.
- A Faunus gang-member shows a belt which doubles as a dust-powered Whip Sword.
- The Looking-Glass Wars series: The entire Millenary, but Hatter Madiagan's wardrobe in particular.
- Adorabell Dearhart, AKA "Spike", AKA "Killer", has stiletto heals that can punch through two reinforced layers of cured leather and a human foot and still embed themselves into an oak floor board.
- Sam Vimes butler Wilkins used to own a hat with Sharpened pennies sewn into the brim for fighting; when he was a street ruffian in his youth.
- Granny Weatherwax is never seen without her pointy black hat, held on with several hatpins that she uses as weapons in the rare cases she needs a weapon at all.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: Esmé Gigi Geniveve Squalor, in The Hostile Hospital, wears stiletto shoes with thin knives for heels.
- Lexx: His Divine Shadow's personal garments as well as apparently being made out of nano-machines allow his current host to fly and fire deadly sheets of pure energy from its entire surface.
- Minor example: The Fourth Doctor once covered a Dalek's eye-stalk with his hat, and sometimes used his long, trailing scarf to trip his opponents or tie them up.
- Shadowrun. The 2nd Edition supplement The Neo-Anarchists' Guide to Real Life had a section dedicated to armor and weapons disguised as clothing. They included the Barton Arms Bracer (a gun disguised as a piece of jewelry) and the Barton Arms Gun Cane (a cane that can fire a bullet). A variety of fashion houses (Armante, Mortimer of London, Vashon Island and Zoe) have formal wear that could stop a bullet.
- D&D : Monks; everything they wear can be used as a weapon.
- Munchkin Impossible, the Spy Fiction set, has the Shooty Hat. It's a gun hidden inside a hat.
- In Schlock Mercenary, the standard uniform for Tagon's Toughs is actually nanofiber armor with a deployable breathmask and allows antigrav flight as well. The uniform that Legs uses also has a pair of cannons built into the helmet, as she lacks humanoid hands with which to hold a weapon.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: In "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous", the Weeper has a handkerchief that can be used as a sword and a lasso (amongst other things).
- In one episode of Adventure Time, Finn and Jake repair a shoe for a funeral atendee with a magic nail. This causes it to sprout a knife from the toe, axes on the side and lassos from the laces.
- The Asiatic practice of making 'weighted sleeves'.
- Ninjas did this sort of thing constantly.
- There are kinds of high-heeled shoes that can be used this way.
- Razor blades or sharpened pennies sewn into a hat-brim are a traditional way of giving yourself an edge -literally- in a Bar Brawl, especially in the less salubrious parts of urban Scotland.