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Giant Waist Ribbon
Sashaying with a sash.
A ribbon, sash, or obi
that is worn on the waist, tied like a bow, and large enough to see from any angle.
Ribbons like this aren't unheard of in Real Life
, but rarely as large as in the trope (except for the obi), and smaller ones are used on dresses as a pretty alternative to a belt, especially if it matches bows already on the dress. They just aren't any likely to be that
This trope is applying Bigger Is Better
to that, likely because the artist or costumer feels it adds a recognizable point for the outfit, or a character wearing it has a Limited Wardrobe
Also, the rest of the outfit doesn't really matter. It can vary from a Pimped-Out Dress
to even a Chainmail Bikini
Compare Showgirl Skirt
(which this can even substitute for), Peacock Girl
, Giant Poofy Sleeves
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Anime and Manga
- Hideyoshi and Ieyasu from Sengoku Otome.
- In Naruto, several ninjas run around with enormous rope bows tied around their waists; Sasuke gains one post-timeskip and gets mocked relentlessly for it.
- Orochimaru has one. His entire uniform is actually the basis for Sasuke's (first) post-timeskip uniform, except his is even bigger. Needless to say, he also gets mocked mercilessly as well, for being the trend setter.
- Orochimaru and Sasuke's are based Shimenawa, which are coiled rice straw ropes that are tied around objects (and people) who are considered to be inhabited by spirits. In this case, this is most likely to symbolize that Orochimaru is simply inhabiting the bodies of those he possesses.
- Misao and eventually Aoshi of Rurouni Kenshin; the latter is affectionately given the Fan Nickname "Butt Bow" as a result.
- Sailor Moon's starts out too small to count, but gets bigger and fancier with every power upgrade.
- Her final uniform is the worst offender. Those wings? They're attached at her waist where her previous uniforms had bows and are shaped like one.
- Mito of Space Pirate Mito has a bow so large that its tails have their own little bows.
- A lot of outfits in Kamichama Karin have this.
- Vita of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has this as part of her Barrier Jacket.
- Post-henshin Juna from Earth Maiden Arjuna has prehensile waist-ribbons. They're see-through, they expand and contract as needed, and she can grab things with them. But most importantly: they float around dramatically behind her.
- Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier (pictured above).
- Jubei-chan the Ninja Girl is a good example
Film — Animated
Live Action TV
- In the episode of Reba where Brock and Barbara Jean were married, the hideous bridesmaid's dresses Cheyenne and Kira wore (shiny purple taffeta, Cheyenne said she looked like a giant bruise) had these. Originally, the bow was on the front of the dress (Cheyenne was pregnant at the time, and Barbara Jean thought that a huge purple bow right on her stomach would distract from the baby,) but it was moved to the back ("kind of like a counterweight.")
- Pearl from Steven Universe gets one in her second outfit, the change having resulted from being temporarily killed and forced into regeneration for two weeks. This is actually significant because it's wrapped around the area where she got stabbed.
- Over the top Fairytale Wedding Dresses can sport these.
- Some Victorian dresses had these, often in conjunction with a bustle.
- Very possible with obi. Combining a ribbon-like giant bow with yukata or kimono is a common blunder in drawings by those not in the kitsuke know. However, informal kimono and yukata can be worn with fluffy bows IRL, and some "proper" obi knot styles are in fact just elaborated bows, and the stiffness of the standard obi lends itself nicely to truly gigantic bows... in theory. In practice, proportionally modest styles are favoured.
- Improperly executed, the Giant Waist Ribbon can mutate into the legendary Butt Bow of horrible bridesmaid's dresses.
- In Sumo Wrestling, yokozuna wear shimenawa, giant waist ribbons made of twisted strands of rice straw rope. These are traditionally tied around sacred objects or those that are said to be inhabited by spirits. Sumo wrestlers who reach the rank of yokozuna are considered to be as such, therefore they wear these.