Containment Clothing

Some powers cause their users to become too dangerous to be in the vicinity. Instead of others wearing Hazmat Suits or other fantastic protection, the person with the dangerous power wears a suit to prevent affecting others. Said suit may also function as a Power Limiter or Powered Armor to help control that power.

Clothing Damage is an issue of which the user ought to be aware.

The suit may also serve a variant of Sealed Evil in a Can or Sealed Good in a Can.

Might be a wardrobe choice for a Walking Wasteland, Poisonous Person, Nuclear Nasty, or someone suffering from Power Incontinence. Contrast Phlebotinum-Handling Equipment.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • The 1940s superhero The Human Bomb had the power to blow up anything he touched. He wore an asbestos suit to keep his powers in check.
  • Doom Patrol: Negative Man needs to wear special bandages over his body to contain his radiation from affecting others.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes has Wildfire, whose body is all energy. The suit is to protect others from his energy but also to prevent him from dissipating.
  • In Avengers Academy, Hazmat constantly emits harmful radiation from her body. As a result, she is forced to wear a protective suit at all times when around others. The suit is not simply meant for containment, however, as it allows her to focus her radiation into energy bolts and other forms.
  • X-Men
  • Hellboy: Johann Kraus, a member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD), is a German medium who was reduced to his ectoplasmic form in the present after a séance gone wrong. He now has to stay inside a special containment suit to interact with the world.

Film
  • Frozen: Subverted; Elsa wears gloves during her coronation ceremony to prevent her ice powers from inadvertedly working. Later, Hans puts her hands in metal shackles/"gloves" seemingly to prevent her using her ice powers. But her powers easily work through the metal and blast it away, which in hindsight makes it clear the gloves never really contained her powers either and were purely a psychological thing for Elsa.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The ethergaunts are humanoid abominations who wear featureless masks because their faces, "a horrifically alien morass of facial organs and orifices", are brown notes that can break the mind of anything that sees them.
    • Pale Night, the Mother of Demons, is an unspeakably ancient evil deity who appears as an alluring female shape wrapped in wispy strands of pale white fabric. However, what appears to be "fabric" is actually the reality itself rejecting Pale Night's true form and attempting to conceal it, as any normal being who witnesses it either goes mad or dies on the spot. In other words, the reality itself creates a containment suit around the deity, which she can, however, lower at will to punish mortals.
  • Warhammer 40K: There's a Chaos Space Marine that's essentially Nurgle's Rot in human form, who wears his armor less to protect from damage and more to avoid destroying the environment when surrounded by allies, and only has to remove his helmet and breathe out to unleash his miasmas.

Video Game
  • Body Blows: Puppet and Phantom, gaseous-like creatures that are among the only survivors of a meteor impact that destroyed all other life on their planet, inhabit a suit of armor and a cloak respectively in order to take part in fighting and other physical activities.

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • In Justice League Unlimited, Captain Atom is composed entirely of unconstrained nuclear energy, so he has to wear a humanoid full-body suit to contain it and to protect those around him from harmful radiation on the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: N.R.G. and the alien from which he was sampled, P'andor, wear armor to contain their radiation powers. While P'andor's suit was sealed and required help to break himself out, N.R.G. can open his own suit at will.

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