TV Tropes Needs Your Help
View Kickstarter Project
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here
and discuss here
Forced into Their Sunday Best
Characters (usually children) are forced to wear smart looking clothes (their Sunday best) and hating it. They usually change out of these clothes as soon as possible.
The term Sunday refers to Western Christian society where people often dress up in tidy clothes for the Sunday service. This was far more common in the past when people only had limited clothing, they had the set they wore in the week and their Sunday best for special occasions (and Sundays).
If related to cartoon characters, may be one of the few exceptions to their Limited Wardrobe
. This trope, however, is about anyone being forced to wear smart clothing for an occasion.
The reasons for this hate can include:
- They think they look stupid/people will laugh at them.
- It inhibits their normal behaviour (can't risk damaging the clothing).
- It is grossly impractical.
- It represents everything they hate about something (e.g., the upper classes, or parental control freakery).
- It itches.
- It is too girly for a Tomboy.
Some of these reasons are interchangeable. Truth in Television
for many kids (and occasionally adults) at formal events, like weddings.
See also Doomed New Clothes
. Compare Sudden School Uniform
. Contrast slightly Sharp-Dressed Man
, where the character usually enjoys such nice clothes.
open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- Chichi forces Gohan into a Little Lord Fauntleroy-type outfit for his trip to Namek on Dragon Ball Z. Gohan changes out of it soon as they are out of her sight. He's stuck with the haircut, though.
- England buys a suit for a teenage America in the America Cleans Out his Storage episode in Axis Powers Hetalia, and he looks adorably embarrassed by it.
- This happens several times to Calvin. If he's not happy about it, nobody gets to be happy about it.
- Dennis Mitchell hates being put in his Sunday best.
- Jon has often dressed Garfield up and told people he was his son to get into restaurants. Garfield was not amused.
- The kids are forced into their dress clothes in Nanny McPhee...which then get forced onto the animals. Also the ending could fit, when the kids are forced into those lime-green outfits for the wedding.
- Harry Potter and Ron Weasley are forced into formal robes for the Yule Ball. Especially Ron, since his are horribly outdated hand-me-downs.
- Merida on Brave has to wear a confining dress while attending the archery tournament for her hand. When she infiltrates the competition, she has to tear apart the dress just so she could move around.
- Shrek and Fiona have to wear ridiculous finery as acting rulers of Far Far Away in Shrek the Third. It's especially hard on Shrek, who is unused to palace life.
- In Frozen, as the camera tracks through Arandelle, and introduces us to the Duke of Weselton and Kristoff, we see a boy complain to his mother about being forced to dress up for Elsa's coronation.
Son: Why do I have to wear this?
Mother: The queen has come of age! Today is her coronation ceremony!
Son: That's not my fault!
- Recess: In "Picture Day", the kids have to wear smart clothes all day for their portraits. Unfortunately, there are many kids who are keen to get their clothes dirty before then.
- Bart and Lisa Simpson have special clothes for church.
- Similar to The Simpsons, Fry from Futurama has a turtleneck/blazer combo that he wears for fancy times (like going to Elzar's).
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, when Heloise's Auntie Pomigranite comes to visit, she's forced into very frilly, very un-Heloise like clothes.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy find themselves stuck with new clothes bought by their parents. They're hilariously too stiff, so they throw them in the lake.
- In The Powerpuff Girls episode "Octi Gone," Buttercup bristles at having to wear a fancy dress for the Professor's dinner party.
- Codename: Kids Next Door Operation: C.A.N.N.O.N. introduced The Proper Patrol, who attacked with rays that transformed kids' clothes into "proper" clothes. Which can simply be switched normally immediately after.