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Badass in a Nice Suit

"I like killing guys when I'm wearing a tux. Makes me feel like James Bond."
Brock Samson, The Venture Bros..

A Badass or criminal character will often dress conservatively (suit and tie) to imply that he is a "professional" who knows what he is doing. Generally partakes of a toned-down version of Badass Longcoat imagery; add Cool/Sinister Shades to complete the look. The suit will usually be impeccable.

This trope can include women who wear traditionally male attire (read: suits), with the further implication that they are tough enough to make it in a man's world.

One easy way of showing that a situation is getting worse or dangerous is to have the previously immaculate suit become messier somehow, generally with bloodstains or just having any unnecessary bits such as the tie or jacket taken off and the sleeves rolled up.

There are a few careers in which this style of dress ranges from common to near-universal: The Men in Black, Professional Killers of the Assassin variety, Corrupt Corporate Executives, Corporate Samurai, Amoral Attorneys, many Battle Butlers and yakuza/mafiosi.

This trope does not cover flashy or eccentric suits worn as a fashion statement. Therefore, Spike Spiegel's and Lupin's respective blue and red leisure suits don't quite count. Jim Carrey's shoulder-padded yellow getup in The Mask is about as far from this trope as you can possibly get.

A Sub-Trope of Stock Costume Traits and Sharp-Dressed Man.

Compare Tuxedo and Martini, Coat, Hat, Mask, Man of Wealth and Taste, Battle Ballgown, Kicking Ass in All Her Finery.

Examples:

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    Anime/Manga 
  • Mr. Chang from Black Lagoon. Rock also wears suits, but that's because he's an ex-salaryman.
    • Balalaika too, considering her normal wear is a red business top with a long skirt bottom.
  • Bleach:
    • Ryuuken Ishida rarely wears anything but white suits in the manga (beige in the anime), justified in that he's the director of a major urban hospital and has to be professionally dressed. He's also a very powerful Quincy and capable of kicking much ass (including curbstomping his very talented son) without even removing his jacket or loosening his tie.
    • Unlike most of the military-clothed Wandenreich, the Quincy that fought Captain Kyouraku wears a smart suit and coat. Their encounter left Kyouraku quite badly injured whereas he got off with barely a scratch.
  • Yuto Kigai, Seishiro Sakurazuka, and possibly Seiichiro Aoki from X1999.
  • Reborn from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. Isn't he just the cutest little mobster?
  • Female example: Rin in Mnemosyne.
  • Golgo 13
  • Triela in Gunslinger Girl, another female example.
  • Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing in Hellsing, who despite the "sir" title is also female. Alucard also has one under his Badass Longcoat. Luke Valentine wears a pristine white one for his assault on the Hellsing manor and gets only a single drop on him through his assault. Until the point he gets to Alucard, that is, and gets stomped.
  • Light Yagami of Death Note later falls into this after becoming a detective.
  • Campanella Freuling (female) from DOGS: Bullets & Carnage.
  • Inspector Verossa Acous from Nanoha StrikerS is a heroic example.
    • The Hückebein family from Nanoha Force are a villainous one, however. Apparently, they are good enough at murder that slaughtering an entire facility of mooks in chapter 17 didn't leave a single stain on their badass suits.
  • One Piece
    • CP9
      • Especially Rob Lucci, complete with the suit getting taken apart as the fight goes on. He also wears a top hat.
    • Admiral Kizaru.
    • Captain "Black Cage" Hina, in the woman-in-a-mannish-suit category.
      • High ranking Marines in general tend to wear pretty badass suits.
    • On the side of the good guys, Sanji and Brook tends to wear good suits as well.
    • Crocodile: this is a man who kicks ass dressed as a mafia don.
    • Capone Bege and his Firetank pirates all dress like mafia gang; as his name suggests, Capone Bege especially looks the part.
    • Pekoms, and his suit happens to be PINK.
  • Baccano!: Most of the characters are, what with its being set in The Great Depression, but Ladd Russo goes the extra mile and has his entire entourage of Psychos For Hire dress in immaculate white suits for the sole purpose of staining them red during their train massacre.
  • Goudas goons in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex are always wearing the same dark suit with the same dark grey shirt.
  • Ayame and Kiri-chan from Ga-Rei Zero-, both are female.
  • Most of the Magnificent 10 and a few of the good guys from Giant Robo take part in this trope. Alberto the Shockwave is probably the most prominent example.
  • Kiritsugu, Maiya and Saber from Fate/Zero, Kuzuki from Fate/stay night and Bazett in Fate/Hollow Ataraxia.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Whenever Roy Mustang is not dressed in military uniform, he wears damn fine period suits. He even wears a dress shirt under his uniform while seemingly everyone else uses more casual t-shirts or sweaters.
    • On the evil side, once he is released from prison in the manga and new anime, Zolf Kimblee is such a smooth criminal that he always dresses in a snazzy white zoot suit and fedora.
    • Pride (aka Selim Bradley) is always (when in human form) dressed in a button-up shirt, a waistcoat and dress shoes. We even see him in a suit, on one occasion, in Father's lair.
  • Darker Than Black has James Bond-like British Contractor November 11 who always wears a suit and tie, even when engaging in urban battles. He is a "cool" guy.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!
    • Takamichi Takahata is always seen with his suit and tie even when out on missions. He got the habit from his master, Gateau Kagura Vandenberg.
    • Setsuna and Kaede also suit up on occasion.
    • Jack Rakan trashing the Quirky Miniboss Squad while wearing a tux probably counts.
    • What, no Kurt Godel?
    • Even Negi pulls it off, the suit becomes part of his demon form!
  • Kitano's parent in Angel Densetsu. They look'' like a Yakuza leg-breaker and a ghost. The shades actually help here, Kitano's father is even scarier without.
  • When he isn't dressing up as his sister, Johan from Monster is usually seen in a well-tailored suit (albeit sans necktie).
  • Valkyrie Lind of Ah! My Goddess. She's a professional badass, and she looks the part.
  • Soul Eater most obviously has Death the Kid, but Maka's uniform might also count, not to mention the positively Mafia-like black pinstripe suit Soul wears in his Black Bug Room with the grand piano.
  • Sebastian from Black Butler. Almost always dressed in a snappy tail coat, and able to end someone's existence in several different ways.
  • Much like Sebastian, Hayate Ayasaki of Hayate the Combat Butler is usually found dressed in a sharp butler suit. The same goes for every other butler such as Klaus, Nonahara, Himuro, and several others. All snappy dressers, all able to dish out brutal beatdowns to anything that threatens their masters/mistresses and friends. Hayate in particular even takes on a more cool, detached attitude as he casually dispatches gunmen, giant robots, and the various weirdos trying to cause him trouble.
  • Black Cat's Sven wears a smooth criminal-esque suit(with a red tie instead of a matching white tie), fedora included. In the anime it's never damaged and hardly changed, whereas in the manga, he's taken some articles off, to the point of no jacket, tie, or fedora; with his sleeves rolled up which was used to badass measures in a Back To Back Bad Asses moment with Train.
    • Train even gets in on the deal when he takes on Lugart Won(also an example).
  • Durarara!! has Shizuo in his bartender's outfit; looking very sharp as he hurls vending machines at Izaya and beats up punks on the streets of Ikebukuro.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: Saiga, the leader of YAMI. Very snazzy suit, easily one of the most powerful fighters in the series even after being involved in only a single battle.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel's Kingpin always dresses in a white suit.
  • Batman's foe The Penguin and his trademark tux and top hat.
    • And Black Mask.
      • Let's just say that Batman's rogue gallery's most notables have a... fondness of such sort of sophisticated outfits. The Joker may originally have been intended as this in the Golden Age, but by the Silver Age it was pretty firmly established that his iconic pinstripe suit, while undeniably spiffy, really was purple, not just a comics coloring convention representation of "dark grey".
      • Possibly justified, seeing as more than a few of his rogues run criminal empires, and dress for the "Don" look.
  • In the Claremont-era X-Men comics, Sebastian Shaw, the Black King of the Hellfire Club, always wore the height of Eighteenth-century fashion, complete with ruffled collars and sleeves. Most Hellfire high-rankers wore this style while meeting at the club (the men did— the women dressed less formally) but Shaw kept up the look all the time.
  • Whenever The Minutemen from 100 Bullets take a job, expect to see all of them wearing black suits and ties.
  • Sam from Sam & Max: Freelance Police wears his suit with a striped tie and fedora.
  • Spider-Man's long-time foe Doctor Octopus was almost always seen in a white suit in the early-mid 90s.
  • Deconstructed in Blue Estate. Two Italian mobsters are always seen wearing nice suits. Only to have them continually ruined by the work their jobs require (blood, termitesnote , vomit...). One of them even questions why he spends half his paycheck on suits he knows will inevitably be ruined.

    Film 
  • EVERYONE in just about any B&W gangster or gumshoe film. The Roaring Twenties, White Heat, Little Caesar, The Killing, The Maltese Falcon, et cetera. People just knew how to dress back then; if you weren't wearing a three-piece suit with vest and overcoat you were practically naked.
  • James Bond, much of the time at least. He even has the famous "fix my tie" maneuver sometimes. Also, adjusting his cufflinks in the middle of landing in a train wreck.
  • The heroes (and a lot of the Mooks) in Heroic Bloodshed films.
  • Many of Tarantino's characters: most of the cast of Reservoir Dogs (at least on the day of the heist), Jules and Vincent in Pulp Fiction, the Crazy 88s in Kill Bill...
  • Jason Statham's Frank Martin in The Transporter. In the second film he even has a spare one in his car to deal with the inevitable (non-fanservice) Clothing Damage.
  • The Matrix. Agents are The Men in Black wearing conservative suits. Resistance fighters typically wear flashy black suits and shades, juxtaposing their drab, worn clothing in the real world.
  • Mahogany, played by Vinnie Jones, the silent butcher/serial killer who makes short work of New York subway passengers in The Midnight Meat Train. Despite his gruesome activities, he is always impeccably groomed and dressed; a fact emphasized when Leon, the photographer who has been following him, ultimately confronts and kills him, only to realize that he was only the procurer for a group of ancient demonic beings who, deprived of their delivery man, inform Leon of his new job, which he performs in exactly the same suit and hairdo.
  • Ocean's 11.
  • Nicolas Cage's character in Snake Eyes changes from his sharkskin jacket to a suit jacket as a symbol that he's stopped messing about and is serious.
  • Collateral: Assassin Vincent wears a steel-gray suit and tie, but loses the tie as the situation grows out of his control. Michael Mann explains in the DVD Commentary that his look is designed to be as unremarkable as possible. So he's not just a Badass In A Nice Suit, but dressed to get away with murder.
  • Subverted in The Blues Brothers, where the brothers wear black suits, but it's soon revealed that those are the only clothes they own. They wear them to bed, into the sauna, etc. Unsurprisingly, they smell bad. Lampshaded in the sequel when Elwood tells his new partners why they have to dress the same way.
  • Jef Costello, the hitman from Jean-Pierre Melville's crime picture Le Samourai never leaves his apartment unless he's dressed in a suit, tie, rain coat, and perfectly positioned fedora. For that extra bit of class, he always puts on white gloves before a kill. Jef cares as much about his appearance as he does his alibi.
  • In Die Hard, Hans Gruber points out that he's wearing an expensive suit from the same tailor as the one worn by the Japanese business executive.
  • The Men In Black.
    Agent Jay: (to Agent Kay) You know what the difference is between you and me? (Glasses Pull) I make this look good...
  • Justified by the titular The Tuxedo, which is in fact the ultimate spy gadget, providing its wearer with every possible skill you'd need for a spy mission, from gun assembly, to kung fu, to wicked dance moves.
  • Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra dons a spiffy white suit sans tie in the Paris segment, while James McCullen though not being a fighter does have a nice dark suit.
  • The entire Inception team gets into this at various stages, including Ariadne. Some particularly notable ones are Cobb, Arthur, and Saito in black tie at their first meeting, the hotel dream levels, and Arthur's famous hallway fight, in which he wears a three piece suit and removes only the jacket.
  • Act of Valor: Invoked by Senior Chief when he interrogates Christo on his yacht.
  • Lao Che in Temple of Doom poisons Indy while wearing a suit with a white bowtie, even.
  • Frank Lucas in American Gangster plays this one almost painfully straight; the one time he goes out in public (under protest) wearing a pimp coat instead of an understated business suit turns out to be his downfall.
  • The Avengers
    • Pretty much the only time that Loki isn't in his Asgardian garb is when he goes to a museum gala in Stuttgart, Germany, wearing a fancy tux (with green and gold accents, natch.) Loki then proceeds to rip out some dude's eye and terrorize a crowd of civilians.
    • Agent Coulson. His suit is always impeccable, and he seemingly never loses his cool.
  • Tango from Tango and Cash usually wears expensive business suits. His commander even calls him on that.
  • The Dark Knight Saga:
    • In Batman Begins: Henri Ducard goes into hand-to-hand combat in a suit and tie.
    • In The Dark Knight:
      • Harvey Dent is a heroic version until his Face-Heel Turn, at which point the suit is horrifying.
      • Bruce Wayne disarms a thug with a shotgun pointed at him at point-blank range then disassembles the shotgun.
  • Sebastian Shaw in X-Men: First Class, as well as his goons Azazel and Riptide.

    Literature 
  • Assassins in Discworld. If they don't wear black, they reason, they might as well just be thugs who kill people for money.
    • Havelock Vetinari is by education an assassin, and has acted as one at least once in canon. Notably, on that occasion, he actually wore dark green (he failed camouflage because the instructor complained that he'd never seen Vetinari in class).
  • DCI Nightingale in Rivers of London. Peter often remarks on his smart if somewhat old fashioned dressing habits, mostly his hand-made shoes and bespoke suits. And he definitely is a badass. Just ask the Night Witch from the 4th book. Or these Tiger tanks he blew up with his fireballs.
  • Subverted in Neverwhere. Croup and Vandemar are contract killers who wear suits, but the suits look like they were made by someone who had only had a suit described to them and so looked creepily off.
    • Not helping matters was that the suits were on Croup and Vandemar.
  • Butler from Artemis Fowl is never described as wearing anything other than a suit, as befits his professionalism, and will beat up almost anyone who threatens Artemis, whom he is charged with protecting
  • Kit Carson of Time Scout habitually wears a rumpled suit when working at his hotel. Anyone who goes downtime has a better than even chance of wearing a very nice suit.
  • "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone wears nothing but hand-tailored suits and tuxedos are his standard wardrobe. He may be a mere Badass Normal in a World of Badass, but he stands down everyone else through sheer intimation and influence.
    • On the side of evil, we have Nicodemus Archleone, who also has the standard attire of a suit. His one fashion deviation is that instead of a tie, he wears the noose that Judas used to hang himself with, as it grants him standard-issue invulnerability.
    • Also, Dresden himself, a few times. Notably, in Death Masks, when he attends a high-class auction with Susan, and in Cold Days, when he attends the birthday party that Mab threw for him.
  • Special Agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast anyone?
  • The Phantom of the Opera: In the original novel and almost all incarnations, the eponymous character is a terrifying badass with some good fashion sense!
    "The ghost had appeared to them in the shape of a gentleman in dress-clothes."
  • Valentine Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments.
  • Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff has a company of Confederation Marines having to fight a Last Stand in their dress uniforms (they were escorting a diplomatic contingent during negotiations to bring a new species into the Confederation). Fortunately for them, the Confederation military was Genre Savvy enough to equip even the dress uniforms with some armor protection.
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm A Supervillain: Reviled wears a suit and bird mask for his supervillain outfit.

    Live Action TV 
  • Alias: Julian Sark is a consummate professional, and he is rarely seen without a fine suit.
  • This trope was extremely common in American crime dramas of the 60s and 70s, particularly in representing characters from organized crime, who would never go anywhere, including an outdoor worksite, without putting on a full suit and tie. This trope could easily be called Wise Guys in Ties.
    • Lampshaded (unintentionally) in "The Frame," a very early episode of Mission: Impossible, where the team infiltrates a mob meeting at the boss's home and a major plot point hinges on one character getting spilled on and being sent upstairs to change into an entirely new suit, which the boss subsequently compliments him on.
  • The F.I.R.M. from Airwolf. Especially Archangel.
  • Marcus Hamilton in the last season of Angel, who was more or less the Terminator with etiquette. After being told his friends were running from "a tall, well-dressed..." and then Hamilton bursting upon the scene, Angel remarked, "Wow. He really is well-dressed." The season previous, Gunn attended a fancy party, and in order to blend had to wear a suit...and then had to beat up a bunch of warrior monk-types, which he lamented would get blood on it. (It didn't, though. He's that good.)
  • The Avengers
  • The Hands of Blue from Firefly, though they only appeared in two episodes and a comic.
  • On Doctor Who, the Master sometimes wore a black suit and tie (instead of his customary black Nehru suit), especially when he started the story posing as a human.
    • The Silence (presumably deliberately) give this impression. Up close it starts to look like it's actually their skin, however. That or they haven't heard of dry cleaning.
      • Oooor the Silence planted the idea of wearing suits in our head. That's why suits are considered as classy, because that's what the Silence's body look like.
    • The Tenth Doctor's suit and Badass Longcoat, and the Eleventh's tweed and bow tie.
      • Not to mention One and Three, whose suits were old-fashioned but would've looked nice in their eras of origin.
  • Ianto Jones in Torchwood.
  • Brother Mouzone in The Wire is possibly the epitome of this trope. Not only does he wear an immaculate three-piece suit at all times (with a very sensibly-sized handgun underneath), but also Nerd Glasses and a ''little red bowtie''. But do not underestimate his ability to fuck you up.
  • Dollhouse: In classic MIB style, all the handlers are, in Topher's words, "security guards in very lovely suits." Boyd and Dominic look especially good when having Epic Battle Boredom.
    • Alpha counts too, when he starts wearing them in season 2.
  • Michael Westen of Burn Notice, when not undercover is almost always seen with an Armani suit and his signature designer shades. Never mind that in Miami's weather that suit would probably kill him, it just looks that awesome.
    • He's does tend toward polos when not "on the clock". It's a good look for him.
    • In one particular episode Michael, Sam and Fiona dress in all black Armani to give similar impression to that uniforms give in the battlefield. That is, the impression that one belongs to a larger organization and of unified force. They succeed, of course. Also, they look fantastic.
    • Burn Notice is filmed on location in Miami, and Jeffrey Donovan is a martial arts expert who does most of his own stunts; so he really his being that badass, in that suit, in that weather.
  • White Collar The whole show is this - considering that Peter and Neal are very rarely not in suits when in the thick of action.
  • Put simply, villains from Heroes seem to love this trope. We have:
    • Mr. Linderman, from Season 1
    • Adam Monroe from Season 2 (who really pulls it off)
    • Arthur Petrelli from Season 3 (who doesn't). Maury Parkman, too.
    • Noah Bennet wore nothing but suits for Season 1, and a large chunk of Season 3.
    • Suits were the default clothes for Nathan in Season 1, and most of Season 3.
    • Sylar also attempts this in volume 3, and does about as well as Arthur.
    • Finally, though this may be stretching it, Danko from Volume 4 wore suit pants with his leather jacket.
  • Supernatural:
    • Some of the angels (Castiel, Uriel, and Zachariah) are always shown wearing suits. Castiel scores extra points with his Badass Longcoat.
      • Hell, all the angels. There's only one or two that are ever seen out of a suit.
    • Death and most Reapers wear these.
    • Any time a demon possesses a businessman. Crowley, like Castiel, gains bonus points for his own Badass Longcoat.
    • Some of Sam and Dean's disguises, such as when they dressed as Homeland Security agents.
  • The Thick of It: Malcolm Tucker looks remarkably un-scary — even emasculated — in casual clothes. Put the man in a suit, however, and he'll chew you the fuck out.
  • The Gentlemen from Buffy the Vampire Slayer float around ripping people's hearts out while dressed in sharp black suits.
  • He's a Man of Wealth and Taste but Smallville's Lionel Luthor is definitely this as well, wearing his suit the way the Superheroes wear their uniforms. For that matter so is his son Lex. And Clark's evil, Alternate Universe twin, Ultraman. Needless to say, these two tropes tend to overlap a lot on Smallville.
  • Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. Suit up!
  • Though they're all FBI agents (and all Badass), Aaron Hotchner of Criminal Minds is the only one on the team to consistently wear a suit throughout the show. He only takes off the jacket when he switches it out for a Kevlar vest. And in a handful of very early episodes, Derek Morgan played this trope before opting for more casual dress.
  • Zig zagged in The Sopranos ,the mobsters like to wear vulgar sportswear most of the time but they dress up according to their fancy businessmen status when the occasion requires it.
  • Every male character on Boardwalk Empire, in gorgeous 20's-era three-piece suits.
  • In Person of Interest, pretty much all Detective Carter needs to hear in a situation is "a guy in a nice suit" to know it is Reese's doing. The one time he was spotted in a leather jacket, she mused he must have had his suit at a dry cleaner. Eventually, the FBI, the US government and the criminal underworld slap him with the vigilante moniker of "the Man in the Suit".
    Elias: Personally, I think they could've come up with a better name.
  • Elijah Mikaelson from The Vampire Diaries definetly qualifies.
    • Elijah's brother, Klaus, has his turn in the season four finale. He arrives at graduation in a suit and literally his first action is to decapitate a witch by throwing a graduation cap.
  • Most characters in Suits, as one would suspect from the title. Nearly all the characters either work at high-powered legal firms or are CEO-level clients of those firms, though, so it's pretty much Truth in Television; that's what those sort of people actually wear to work.
  • Harmon Rabb, Jr. on JAG. Justified because he is a Navy officer on active duty.
  • 24: Though usually he's seen in more street attire, Jack Bauer has had to dress up bit sometimes while on assignment (most notably when he infiltrates the Russian consulate in season 6 and during the White House invasion in season 7). Curtis Manning also wore a suit for most of season 4 where he first appeared, which coincidentally, happened to be the season he was most badass in. He typically wore combat gear in subsequent seasons.
  • Duke Watari from Cutey Honey The Live. Whatever you do, DON'T get blood on it.
  • Simon Templar in The Saint.
  • Most of the men of Peaky Blinders, particularly members of the title gang itself. Truth in Television, as none of them had a lot of money, but they were well known for their impeccable suits.
  • Once Upon a Time has Mr. Gold always dress in a suit during his time in Storybrooke, and, at least in the first season, he's the most powerful person in town.
  • Police Commissioner Frank Reagan of Blue Bloods invariably wears very nice three-piece suits while working, and though he's at this point mostly a Retired Badass he once kills a man for threatening his daughter while wearing it.

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  • Jyu Viole Grace and Koon Agero Agnis from Tower of God.
  • From Noblesse, Raizel and those who side with him always dress in nice suits in combat (pictured above).

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    Video Games 
  • Niko in Grand Theft Auto IV. In the later part of the game, the player can buy various high class outfits, a few of them being business suits.
    • And while we're there, Michael in Grand Theft Auto V also counts, thanks to his lifestyle. Franklin and Trevor can also purchase and wear them.
    • Carl Johnson can dress up pretty dapper in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, once the last store opens up. And these are also available for both men and women in GTA 5's online mode. Ever want to assault a motorcycle gang in a black dress-suit with matching red blouse and heels?
  • Agent 47 from the Hitman series.
    • In Absolution, he even makes a stop at his usual tailor to get a new suit before the big finale.
  • Killer7: Garcian Smith, Mask De Smith (along with a cape and luchadore mask), and Dan Smith.
  • No More Heroes: Another Suda 51 character, Henry Cooldown, whether it be a Badass Longcoat or a black and gray suit.
  • The Gman from Half-Life always wears a suit (and carries a brief case, just to add to the look), helping him stand out against the the generic scientists and security guards of the first game and then the ragtag resistance members of the second. He also remains decidedly professional (whatever his "profession" is) and calm compared to all the other characters.
  • The Turks of Final Fantasy VII and Advent Children.
    • Except for Reno, who wears his suit as casually as can be done.
  • The Master of the Four Devas in God Hand, up until the point where he transforms into a giant demon fly/worm with his own face
  • The Spy from Team Fortress 2.
    "You got blood on my suit!"
  • Any Castlevania game where Ayami Kojima did the designs will have its lead character dressed in the very height of (somewhat) period-appropriate fashion, although special mention must be made of Alucard, both his dandyish dress from Symphony of the Night and his elegant double-breasted suit, complete with red pocket square, from the Sorrow games.
  • Oswald from The King of Fighters.
  • Mr. Burke from Fallout 3. While nearly everyone else in Megaton is a dirty, ragged-looking peasant, Burke is rather snazzy in his white suit, fedora, and tortoise-shell glasses.
    Burke: "I just had this suit TAILORED!"
  • The Crimson Viper from Street Fighter IV wears a business suit with lightning generators in her sleeves and rocket boots disguised as high heels.
  • In Suikoden III, of all games, there is a practitioner of this trope: Amidst the medieval-fantasy armor and Rummage Sale Rejects, you will find Yuber, in a dapper, vaguely-Chinese black suit and fedora, gleefully chopping people up.
  • Tekken: Brothers Kazuya Mishima and Lee Chaolan tend to wear very lavish suits while fighting; Kazuya wears a dark violet suit with long, angular tails, and Lee wears a black tuxedo with a rose on the lapel and silk gloves. It makes some sense, given their father Heihachi's attire (fur-lined tiger greatcoat with white vest-pants combo). Others who dress in this manner in later games include Baek Doo San (three piece suit and hat), Feng Wei (mafia-style suit and open-collared shirt), and Anna Williams (cocktail dress).
  • Nick, the con man from Left 4 Dead 2 wears what he claims to be a $3000 suit during the Zombie Apocalypse. Whether or not he's telling the truth, he does look snazzy.
  • Almost all the mobsters in The Godfather: The Game wear suits with ties and hats. The Cuneos and Barzinis stay in this trope despite using red and green respectively because they stand by dark shades. Your character initially doesn't have a suit, but you can buy several kinds of coats.
  • In Scarface: The World is Yours Tony's Enforcer wears a grey suit and tie with shades, while Tony can purchase various tieless suits.
  • The first Gym Leaders in Pokémon Black and White are Cilan, Chili, and Cress. Since the Gym itself is based on a cafe all of the trainers, including the leaders themselves, are dressed like waiters. And they don't look half-bad, either.
  • Persona 3 features the option to dress all the male characters in tuxedos.
  • Mass Effect 2:
    • Thane Krios wears what appears to be a space tuxedo. Space leather tuxedo, that is. His design process was long and hard to make him not only have the flair and confidence of an assassin, but also look intriguing to women. He even poses in his own personal idle animations.
    • Commander Shepard as well in his Cerberus officer uniform or the formal wear he procures from Kasumi's mission.
      • Likewise in Mass Effect 3 with the formal wear from Kasumi's mission or an Alliance officers uniform.
  • BlazBlue: Hazama and Valkenhayn.
  • The Reconstruction: Sirush, combined with a Nice Hat and extremely formal speech as part of the usual assassin attire.
  • In Perfect Dark, the DarkSim's default outfit is this.
  • Guilty Gear has Slayer
  • Bruce Wayne at the beginning of Batman: Arkham City. Played quite realistically, as the suit coat gets torn along the shoulder seams, demonstrating how restrictive and, well, unsuited to combat a suit can be.
  • Albert Wesker in Resident Evil games Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil 4.
  • L.A. Noire. Most of the male main characters, but especially Cole Phelps.
  • League of Legends released a "Debonair Jayce" skin for Valentines' Day 2013.
  • Senator Steven Armstrong from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. He takes off the jacket before the first part of the fight, and midway through, he takes off the shirt.
    • Raiden is also wearing a business suit during the intro cutscene, but he tosses it away before the first battle. Thankfully, you can unlock a slightly different version of the suit (human hands vs gloved cyborg hands, normal shoes vs exposed prehensile cyborg feet) by beating the first level on Very Hard difficulty.
  • Formal suits are a common type of costume available to the male party members in the TalesSeries
  • It can be difficult to tell with the default colour scheme, but Frost in Warframe seems to fit this trope and combine it with Badass Longcoat. It's easier to notice on Frost Prime or by changing normal Frost's colours.
  • The player characters in PAYDAY 2 start out as these. While the first actual armor is unlocked very quickly and they only get more protective, the basic two-piece suit offers the best concealment and speed ratings, which make it useful for stealth runs.

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     Web Comics  
  • Mordecai Heller of Lackadaisy fame combines elements of this trope along with Sharp Dressed Cat, Professional Killer, and Wicked Cultured. Utterly ruthless, he has absolutely no qualms about hacking a screaming victim to pieces with a hatchet. Priding himself on cleanliness and order, his only problem with the killing was the mess.
  • Business Shark in Mandatory Roller Coaster
  • Homestuck
    • Each protagonist makes himself new clothes after acquiring enough alchemy ingredients. John gets a rather dashing teal suit, but Dave later one-ups him by making a tuxedo, complete with bowtie!
      • Dave has at least three outfits that could qualify for this trope, including the tuxedo.
    • The Midnight Crew, who live this trope with a healthy dash of noir and more than a touch of sociopathy (although in the case of Clubs Deuce, the "badass" part is ... debatable). Diamonds Droog especially has numerous back up suits.
    • Droog's counterpart, the Draconian Dignitary, in the Alpha universe admires Dad's clothing so much, he makes it mandatory for the population to wear it.
    • Same thing goes for the Felt, especially with Doc Scratch as through Ectobiology, Scratch was created with a magic Cueball and Lil' Cal, who had a green suit made for him by Kanaya.
  • Imprint Chronicles: Mr. Black. 'Nuff said.
  • The illithid mobsters in Rusty and Co.
  • Black Monday Blues, both before the sickness hits and after he gets a chance to resupply.
  • Ellen goes this route while trying to be Elliot's Evil Twin in the first Sisters arc in El Goonish Shive. While she's not that great at being evil, she has her badass moments.

     Web Original  

     Western Animation  
  • In The Spectacular Spider-Man, crimelord Tombstone and his Dragon Hammerhead both dress this way, as do their comics incarnations.
  • The Perils of Penelope Pitstop had the Ant Hill Mob, always formally dressed and carrying Tommy Guns like the good little stereotypical mobsters they were.
  • Parodied on one episode of The Venture Bros.: "I love killin' guys in a tux, makes me feel like James Bond."
  • The DCAU version of Lex Luthor. In the Justice League Grand Finale, what does he wear after journeying beyond the Source Wall to bring Darkseid the Anti-Life Equation? His iconic look from the Superman cartoon.
    Luthor: Sorry it took me so long. I had to go get my "power" suit.
  • Most of the Mooks from Batman: The Animated Series wear two or three piece suits. Most of the big bads do too.
  • Charles Foster Ofdensen of Metalocalypse.
  • General Molotov on Jimmy Two-Shoes dresses this way.
  • CIA Agent Stan Smith on American Dad! always wears a suit.
  • Bishop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003. He takes on all of the turtles, Splinter, Leatherhead, April, and Casey with nothing but a suit and a tie. Shredder needs his armor, foot army, and Karai/Hun to take on the Turtles alone. Truly a badass.
  • Agent Six of Generator Rex. He is officially the sixth deadliest person in the world. Where he ranks on the "best dressed" list was, sadly, never specified.
    • We later see Dos, the second deadliest person in the world and by debut's end the deadliest wearing a very snazzy suit.
  • Brick in Young Justice. He is, needless to say, quite upset when the suit is ruined in battle. Do you know how much it costs to get a suit in his size?
  • Given that Stavros Garkos can break a table in two by merely punching it in anger, the Hurricanes should be glad he never tried to fight any of them in person.
  • The Guardian from Samurai Jack. He's Made of Iron, has a Hammer Space arsenal of weapons, and is the only character ever shown to be able to beat Samurai Jack within an inch of his life, and was about to finish him off until he was told not to. He dresses in a sharp black suit.
    • Jack himself normally wears his trademark white kimono, but the episode where he fell in with some gangsters saw him don a very nice pinstripe suit.
  • Victor Veloci, the Big Bad of Dino Squad, though he more often fails than succeeds at his attempts to be badass

     Real Life  
  • Any member of the military or police in their dress uniforms. In fact, it's worth pointing out that among the first things a soldier learns in basic training is how to shine boots and iron clothes.
    • In the US armed services, the Navy and Marines probably win this trope; Marine dress uniforms even have a full length lined cloak — that's right, they get an official superhero cape.
  • The Men in Black, the non-descript gents wearing a dark three-piece suit, reflective shades and ear piece, who work for the Secret Service, Special Branch or perhaps some shadowy organization that runs everything.
  • The Nation of Islam, particularly the paramilitary wing called the Fruit of Islam, exploits this trope. They always appear in public dressed in suits and bowties.
  • Gangsters during the 1920s often made a point of showing off their wealth and status by dressing very expensively (which in turn locked in this entire trope for gangsters for the next century).
  • People who plan to fight are discouraged from wearing a full suit, since the tie can easily be used to pull or choke somebody, and the jacket and pants are often of a cut that restricts movement.

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