[[quoteright:270:[[Music/DoctorSteel http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/364811_5452.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:270:It's what all the stylish mad scientists are wearing these days.]]

-> ''"Chrome dome, goggles on''
-> ''Dressed all in rubber."''
-->-- '''Music/DoctorSteel''', "Drop da Bomb"

It stretches. It molds to the body. It's shiny. It's slick. It's cold. It's warm. It makes funny noises. It smells... well, ''[[ShapedLikeItself rubbery]]''. Rubber, and its man-made polymer cousins, latex and PVC, can be very interesting to the senses, and many people find that sexy.

And sometimes, people go a little overboard with it. This trope is when someone's attire is mostly rubber, latex or PVC. It can be a fashion statement (especially in Hollywood circles), it can be a power uniform, and it can subliminally say something different altogether. It is usually black in most cases, though white (especially among "[[NaughtyNurseOutfit naughty nurses]]") and red (among "HornyDevils") are also common. This is mostly a bondage/fetish/fashion trope.

See also LatexSpaceSuit and some {{Spy Catsuit}}s. Not to be confused with PeopleInRubberSuits. Compare its sister trope, HellBentForLeather.


[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', the Rubber Robo gang was named for their rubber suits. Played more for comedy than anything else.
* [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Team Rocket]] has donned rubber suits on occasion to protect themselves from Pikachu's electrical attacks.
* Katsuya Shirogane in ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' used a fullbody rubber suit when he was killing people. Well, it's more like his body ''became'' a rubber gimp suit. Euphoric powers are weird (and not very scientific).
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Tomoyo made Sakura a rubber catsuit -- ahem, a [[{{Meido}} maid]] -uniform-like dress with a cat theme, made of rubber [[JustifiedTrope for electricity resistance, when facing The Thunder]]. [[MemeticMutation It's become quite popular.]]

* The Harkkonen clan from Creator/DavidLynch's ''{{Literature/Dune}}''. Famously, {{Music/Sting}} turns up in a rubber g-string in one scene for no explainable reason.
* Latex bodysuits were implemented by the killer in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' for Lust.
* Batman's suits in the [[Film/{{Batman}} Tim Burton]] and [[Film/BatmanBegins Christopher Nolan]] incarnations is made of a black polymer.
** In ''Film/BatmanForever'', Dr. Chase Meridian mentioned her attraction to black rubber while trying to grope Batman. Batman's response? "Try a fireman. Less to take off."
** In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', Catwoman's costume, as far as the story, is PVC, when in reality, it's latex.
* Trinity in ''Film/TheMatrix'' also wears a PVC outfit.
* Uma Thurman in ''Film/KillBill'' wore a yellow PVC racing jumpsuit.
* The slasher films ''Blackout, Zipperface'' and ''Sandy Hook Lingerie Party Massacre'' all featured homicidal maniacs in gimp suits.

* A common fashion in the AlternateTimeline England of the ''Slave World'' novels.
* Layla the Latex Lady, from ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'', takes this a lot farther. She's a literal incarnation of illicit sexuality, and she verrrrry definitely hasn't got anything else on beneath the latex catsuit. [[spoiler:Including skin, or flesh.]]
* ExoticDetective ''Literature/SamJones'' in the book ''The Black Rubber Dress'' is all in rubber at a business function full of investment bankers. Part of the reason for the function is to unveil her new sculpture in the bank foyer.
* A not uncommon outfit among women of [[VampiresAreSexGods the Raith family]] in the ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' series. Justine in particular is known to favor one since she can't actually touch her lover Thomas without burning him.

* Razor Ramon HG, aka Creator/HardGay, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaki_Sumitani a Japanese TV personality and wrestling star]], dresses in a CampGay black [=PVC=] biker cap, vest and hotpants and black leather boots.
** He hilariously went [[CrossesTheLineTwice over the line]] into {{squick}}sville the time he pulled a PVC facemask out of the front of his PVC hotpants for someone ''else'' to wear...
* Astronema in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' wore PVC/Rubber for the first half of the series.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has a serial killer that dressed in a full body gimp suit (purchased from a local BDSM shop) to avoid leaving traces. That was probably the least strange thing about him.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E4TheKrotons The Krotons]]'', [[MsFanservice Zoe's]] costume consists of a very short PVC skirt and matching jacket.
** The Voord in "The Keys of Marinus" are an UncannyValley example of this. They wear suits to [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman swim in Marinus's powerful acid oceans]], which appear to have fused with their actual bodies. Barbara comes across a Voord suit on the beach with a small tear in it and only small remains of the creature inside, which has been totally dissolved.
* The aptly named Rubber Man from ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'' wears a full body black latex BDSM suit with concealing mask to commit his most heinous acts.
** In real life, skin-tight rubber fetish suits are quite fragile and cling to the wearer's body, impeding movement. Garments less suited to running around and committing acts of violence would be hard to invent.

* The TropeNamer, Music/DoctorSteel dressed in a [[BadassLongcoat PVC labcoat]] and gloves ([[TropeNamer and sings about it!]]), and also had a black PVC {{steampunk}} [[NiceHat top hat]] and cape. His [[HelloNurse nurses]] also often dress in PVC uniforms.
* The video for "Just a Little" by Liberty X has the girls in PVC catsuits.
* Music/BritneySpears wore a red PVC catsuit for the video of "Oops I Did It Again"
* Music/{{Madonna}} and her models wear a LOT of it in the video for "Human Nature." Then-35-year-old Madonna even rocks a PVC bikini.
* Grausame Töchter basically live this trope. Their stage show contains plently of latex. Their album arts have plently of latex. They even have songs just about Latex.
* ''Music/{{Nachtmahr}}'' are another band that makes use of Latex. Moments include the Nachtmahr girls dressing up in Latex for their stage shows.

* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' lets Link wear a fish-themed Rubber Armor set. It's designed to give him resistance to electric damage.

* Rubber suits are Mistress Sixx's most prominent kink in ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}''.
* While not a webcomic (yet!), [[http://dpragan.deviantart.com/ DPRagan's]] ''[[http://dpragan.deviantart.com/gallery/#Satyri Satyri]]'' (''Links very NSFW'') series of illustrations take this to [[UpToEleven the next logical step]]: The Satyri are [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] [[HornyDevils succubi]] who, as a natural result of being partial {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of perversion and lust, have rubber ''skin'' (and a predisposition towards rubber clothing).
* Johnathan and Caley are wearing full rubber suits at the start of Chapter 13 of ''Webcomic/DemonCandyParallel''.
* Common in ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' due to the BDSM theme of the comic. Ally in particular has an entire wardrobe composed mostly of outfits like this, made by her friend Alan.

* AsYouKnow, there are latex/rubber/PVC fetishes.
** Gimps [male BDSM rubber/leather slaves] wear suits and masks of rubber or latex.
** Also used in BDSM as part of the sensory deprivation fetish. Less common than blindfolds but more common than noise-canceling headphones.
* Latex is also a popular garment choice among dominatrices, professional and otherwise.
* Latex is particularly popular among goths, with one goth sterotype even existing for those who love Latex[[http://wakeupgoth.com/types-of-goths/the-latex-goth/]], maybe a little too much.
* Comedian Margaret Cho, who has claimed to be in the BDSM subculture, has been known to wear latex dresses to public occasions.
** Latex dresses seem to be becoming rather "hip" among the Hollywood elite lately.