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->''"Reminds me of this one group I ran with. The barbarian in our group found, and I quote: 'a pink frilly tu-tu of Strength +6', and he wore it with pride for the rest of the campaign."''
-->-- '''[=KillItWithFire=]''' (comment on ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s forum)

A character has an [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman outfit that grants them immense power]] but there's one major problem. The outfit [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes looks ridiculous]] and its powers can't be accessed without wearing it. Despite the benefits, the character is usually hesitant or refuses to wear the outfit all together.

This frequently overlaps with {{Stripperiffic}} as usually the outfits, while powerful, are often extremely revealing.

SubTrope of ClothesMakeTheSuperman.

Compare to ImpossiblyTackyClothes, ChainmailBikini, EmbarrassingSuperpower.

Closely related to RainbowPimpGear, where it's a discordant ''combination'' of empowering articles that [[RummageSaleReject makes the character look silly]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* From ''Manga/SumomoMoMomoMo'', Sanae's Uma Kamen outfit. It's an outfit from her tribe that increases its wearer power but it looks like a bondage costume. Sanae hates wearing it and most characters, even the ones she saved, are taken aback to how ridiculous the outfit looks.
* ''Anime/ProjectAKo'': B-ko's battle armor, [[ChainmailBikini Akagiyama 23]] enhances her speed and reflexes to match A-ko's. However, [[{{Stripperiffic}} it's basically nothing but a skimpy bikini with boots, gauntlets and a visor]]. Oddly, B-ko herself isn't at all bothered by wearing it.
** When A-ko and the other students first see it, they burst out laughing at her. But once the fight began, A-ko's laughter [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YtBdNrVMGA was short lived.]] Later in the film, it's revealed that it also has a built-in jet pack which enables B-ko to fly; which she uses during her attempt to rescue C-ko from Captain Napolipolita. B-ko was able to manuever effortlessly through [[MacrossMissileMassacre a non-stop missile barrage.]]
** However, the visor's function doesn't become clear until the fourth movie: Final. It [[spoiler: allows B-ko to breath in outer space. Seen when she flies A-ko into space, to get C-ko back, at 11.5 G's]]! Taken UpToEleven and subverted when her '''father''' steals the design and wears one, and '''she's''' the one embarrassed by it.
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'': The costume worn by MagicGirl Haruna contains lots of ruffles and bows. This isn't so embarrassing for her, but when she accidentally passes on her powers, costume included, to the zombie Ayumu (pictured above), he is not so amused by the outfit. Unfortunately, in order to activate his powers, the pink bow-covered costume is included. Also when he uses his own LimitBreak abilities while wearing it, ''the costume proceeds to get even girlier''. Complete with commentary on his rising cuteness from whoever's on the sidelines.
-->'''Ayumu:''' What? Not this getup!\\
'''Haruna:''' It's gonna make you stronger, and way more brave, so don't knock it you jackass!
* On ''Anime/KillLaKill'', this is a plot point: the Kamui that both Ryuko and Satsuki are ''extremely'' [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy]] and reveal most of the user's torso (although they do still explicitly protect non-covered areas of the skin). The embarrassment of wearing it causes Ryoko problems early on, because you have to wear Kamui without shame or rejection in order to access their full power. The revealing nature of Kamui later gets some justification when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Kamui are sentient aliens and in order to get as much power as possible from them without them overwhelming the wearer's mind they need to be touching as little skin as possible.]]
* There's a scene in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' where Lina and Amelia put on silly dresses and sing a silly song (in a clear parody of {{Idol Singer}}s) in order to cast a powerful spell and kill a demon that was supposedly guarding a MacGuffin they're seaching for. [[SubvertedTrope It produces some lights. The spell was actually for a festival, the Mac Guffin is elsewhere]]. Lina then killed the demon with her classic [[KamehameHadoken Dragon Slave]] as punishment for watching her embarrass herself.
* The manga ''Miracle Lingerie'' parodies {{Stripperific}} costumes with a set of actual lingerie that gives superpowers, but only when nothing is worn over it. The heroine is understandably not keen on wearing it in public.
* In ''Anime/PrettySammy'', the costume Sasami dons when she transforms into Pretty Sammy includes a really short skirt. This is one of the reasons why she doesn't ''want'' to be a magical girl.
* ''Manga/YuushaGojoKumiaiKouryuugataKeijiban'' has two Transforming Heros who despise their outfits (and animal mascots). One is a 20-something MagicalGirl given a pastissier theme and the other is a Kamen Rider-esque hero whose outfit is made of vegetables. The latter is so ashamed of his tomato helmet and pumpkin pants that he has arranged to only fight at night.
* Yuzuka of ''Manga/MahouShoujoNanteMouIiDesukara'' transforms into the MagicalGirl version of herself wearing... a swimsuit. It doesn't particularly reveal much, but she '''hates''' it.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', the title character possesses a full body super-suit that gives her numerous super abilities, but it's also made of extremely thin and fragile material. The suit [[ClothingDamage tears easily]] and even when it's fully intact, it's so [[SensualSpandex form-fitting that it leaves little to the imagination,]] and nothing can be worn over or [[GoingCommando under]] it. These are huge problems for a superheroine like Empowered who has numerous body-image issues - particularly because tearing the suit strips her (pun intended) of her powers. What makes this worse is [[spoiler:the main character suspects that the suit is only as strong or weak as the user's self-confidence (with a few memorable occasions that suggest she's ''absolutely right''). This applies both to the abilities it gives, and the fragility of the material. Given how paper-thin the title character's confidence is and how it gets more fragile after every failure...]]
* In ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', almost everyone laughs at the Shocker's costume, because it's a big, bulky thing of padded fabric with a cross-patching design that makes him look like a walking mattress or bundled quilt. However, the padding is essential to keep the backlash from his vibration-blaster gauntlets from breaking his own arms, and Shocker's cunning means that Spider-man, who actually has fought him, ''never'' laughs at it.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Starbound}}'', a ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fic, involves a variation of this, in which Kagami, Konata, and Miyuki's hair end up being [[BeehiveHairdo restyled against their will]]. Trying to undo them doesn't work either, as any strands pulled just arrange themselves back into position. Kagami and Miyuki are both embarrassed by this, although Konata doesn't mind so much and finds {{moe}} in their new hairstyles. Responsible for their hair situation eventually turn out to be [[spoiler:some magical crystals, eventually revealed to contain potent psychokinetic powers]].
* In ''Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops'' [[Film/StarWars Darth Vader]] commissions [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rarity]] to create a cape capable of inspiring fear. She does so... but decorates it with [[NightmareRetardant smiley bats]].

* In the short story "Wunderpants" by Paul Jennings, the protagonist David is given pink, fairy-print underwear that give him superhuman strength.
* In the short story "Origin Story" by Dwight R. Decker, a spirit who's been out of touch with events on Earth for the past century of so offers the protagonist the empowering (and prominently emblazoned) garb of [[NonNaziSwastika "Captain Swastika"]]. He declines.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' {{Everyman}} Ralph Hinkley is given a "super suit" by some friendly aliens. It's spandex, but made for someone with a much more muscular physique, and on Ralph it looks a lot like footy pajamas. He is very embarrassed being seen in it, but eventually he gets used to it.
* On ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', when Max's powers fully come in he's unable to truly control or use them. In order to do so, he must wear a huge, gaudy, puffy jester hat. Not doing so would cause events like spontaneous indoor blizzards, but doing so made him the laughing stock of the school.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'':
** Phoebe gains genie powers thanks to a BedlahBabe outfit.
--> "Why do I always get stuck with the wig?"
** Piper must defeat a WickedWitch exploiting FairyTaleMotifs...by donning Little Red Riding Hood's cape.
** Billie gains a massive power boost by putting on the Gold Belt of Gaea. The downside is that she gets dressed in a {{Stripperiffic}} Amazon costume. Her actress Kaley Cuoco burst into tears when she saw that she'd have to wear it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona3}} Persona 3]]'' there's a bonus female-only costume you can get called the High Cut Armour. It significantly raises a party members attack and defense, can be gotten early on in the game and isn't usurped as the best armor for a while. However, it's also very skimpy and one the few costumes that the girls will comment on specifically if you equip it (usually you get a generic "thanks!" message, but with the HCA you get a "...really? I have to wear this?" one instead).
** In [[VideoGameRemake Persona 3 FES]] you can actually see [[http://imgur.com/0uRG04y what it looks like]]. Meanwhile, in ''Persona 3 Portable'', the item was renamed to "Battle Panties". Hilariously, the female main character can also wear it, with pride too! This additionally gives amusing reactions from male team members.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has something like this with its 'threads' system. Instead of buying armor or the like, you buy designer clothing that grants you bonuses. Female clothing tends to have very high bonuses, but most of your characters are male. To get them to wear it requires [[LevelGrinding increasing]] the "Bravery" stat. Shiki, the only playable girl, starts with a moderately high Bravery stat.
* Mai Tsurugino, the primary protagonist of the ''[[VideoGame/KendoRage Makeruna! Makendou]]'' trilogy (quadrilogy if you count the OAV), is not at all fond of the outfit she finds herself in as Makendou Ichi-go.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' if you make {{Tomboy}} Paine wear the Songstress dressphere, she will complain in battle in spite of the powers it gives her.
* The "Feastday Gifts" DLC from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' allows you to manipulate your party members' approval ratings by giving them "gifts" or "pranks" to raise or lower the approval score. The pranks usually follow this trope, being an item that grants bonuses but would be completely out of character, such as a chastity belt for [[TheCasanova Zevran]] or a greatsword that emits rainbows and butterflies for [[TheStoic Sten]].[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': The mysterious wand grants Melissa Hellrune unimaginable power, enough to trigger a level 9 magical event. Said wand also comes with an outlandish CuteWitch MagicalGirl costume. [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/feeling_froggy_are_we Melissa is not pleased.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Haley has a pair of magical [[SprintShoes Boots of Speed]], but considers them a fashion disaster because they're lime green, and refuses to wear them until she can get them dyed brown to match her armor.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' has a subversion, when Minmax complains loudly about Forgath forcing him to wear a suit of magical pink armor. He doesn't realize that one of the armor's properties is the ability to take on any color he chooses.
* In one strip of ''{{Webcomic/Oglaf}}'', a man asks an apparently really misogynist blacksmith to commission him some armour. The blacksmith, disgusted by the man's lack of facial hair, begins haranguing him for his supposed lack of masculinity. The man ends up getting a breastplate [[BreastPlate with an enormous bust]] and the word "SLUT" embrossed on the front in big block letters. The man concedes, though, that "it's really good armour".
* In the ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'' strip titled [[http://www.xkcd.com/1065/ shoes]] a character is rewarded shoes that make their wearer immortal. He can't decide whether or not to wear the shoes since they have "[[http://tinyurl.com/zoqeo8j those creepy individual toes]]".
* In ''Webcomic/SlimyThief'' a male warrior goes to Azamat's store and asks for the most powerful armor. Azamat pulls out some magical armor that [[http://slimythief.com/?p=56 He initially refuses to wear it]] because "[[BreastPlate It has boobs]]".
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Most God-Tier outfits (a.k.a. God Hoods) are pretty decent-looking, but some of the class-based variations are just embarrassing -- particularly the Page, Prince, and Bard outfits. The hypnotic terribleness of Jake and Gamzee's speedo shorts and jutting codpiece respectively get PlayedForLaughs. Meanwhile, Dirk gets a ridiculous pair of pantaloons that Caliborn refers to as "NONSENSE TROUSERS". Fortunately, while the outfit comes with ascending to the God Tiers (and is super-comfy and self-cleaning), it isn't required to access any of the other perks. Furthermore, Meenah reveals that it ''is'' possible to modify them.
** Gamzee's codpiece might be an Embarrassing Outfit for anyone else, but he actually seems to like it (especially since it's outright stated by another character that his "Cod Tier" outfit is a fake).
** Meanwhile, John's god tier outfit is relatively normal, but the hood is longer than he is tall.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Gilgamesh Wulfenbach acquires a hat so impressive that no one who sees it can doubt who he is (well, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120113 except that one guy]]). It's [[BiggerIsBetter huge]], [[PurpleIsPowerful purple]], [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]], and has "[[FunetikAksent Gilgemesh Wulfenbash: Schmott Guy]]!" written on it. The moment he's done using it to establish his identity, he [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120116 orders it taken away]] and [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain never spoken of again]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot's SuperGenderBender spell involves transforming his clothes into [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1149 an outfit]] that makes him resemble a cheerleader. The one time he uses the spell [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2132 while thinking about a different outfit]], he ends up with [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2133 an even more embarrassing skin tight outfit]] instead.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Armor of Zeldron, from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', grants its wearer flight and protects them from just about anything (even ghosts!). In the episode "Blood Under the Skin" Finn and Jake go quest to find the armor, but when they do find it Finn refuses to wear it since it's "[[BreastPlate girl armor]]".
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' it is stated that superpowers come from costumes, and that is the only reason that the heroes would wear them.
-->'''Mermaid Man:''' Power's all in the costume. Why else would we run around in colored undies?\\
'''Squidward:''' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar I can think of three good reasons.]]
* This is the entire premise of ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'', which involves a kid by the name of Guy who is destined to become a superhero through a costume that unfortunately was made for a girl.