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->'''Joey:''' Well, I would invite my mom but she's Goofy.\\
'''Jesse:''' Joey, that's a horrible thing to say about your mother!\\
'''Joey:''' No, she's really WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}; she works at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]].
-->-- ''Series/FullHouse''

Having to wear a "funny" costume.

According to television, [[BadJobWorseUniform the crappier your job is, the crappier the uniform is.]] So appropriately enough, the worst job in the world is to wear a cartoon-character suit, either at an amusement park, a children's birthday party, as a sports mascot, or wherever else you may end up doing this. Not only is it humiliating in and of itself, but children will regard you as a fair target for punches, buckets of paint, flying anvils, etc. Sometimes adults decide the same, and they bring out the heavy artillery (sometimes literally).

Employers never, ever mind if their mascot gets assaulted, presumably because beating up the guy in the GoofySuit is one of the big draws that brings in the customers.

Getting sweaty and miserable under the suit is just extra trouble. In the worst cases, it's not even job you get paid for, when you have to wear the suit due to a wager or some other reason. Even ''furries'' that may wear similar costumes (or "fursuits") for fun or convention appearances may not enjoy doing such a job like this.

ZigZagged in RealLife; Cracked listed it as [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19308_6-silly-sounding-jobs-that-are-way-harder-than-you-think.html a job that's harder than it looks.]] These mascot costumes can weigh up to thirty pounds -- not including the giant bobblehead -- can reach temperatures of up to 113 degrees or higher, and seriously restrict the wearer's ability to see and hear (leading to accidents and injuries). As a result, unskilled labor such as clerks or garbage collectors are rarely asked to wear them, and are instead usually assigned to people who are already fairly coordinated and in good health -- in a lot of cases they're actually ''[[BadassAdorable security guards]].'' Do ''not'' mess with them.

A subtrope of BadJobWorseUniform. Compare BurgerFool, SuckECheeses, PlayingATree. [[IThoughtItMeant Is not]] necessarily a suit made to look like WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}. Don't confuse with [[TackyTuxedo a literal suit that looks goofy]].



* A commercial for Snickers features a Deadpan Snarker dressed as dog mascot named Barkey. People ask him when the show starts, even though the sign is right next to him, and he of course responds with sarcasm. When a kid asks if he's really Barkey, he says "Barkey's a cartoon. I'm a grown man who's made a lot of mistakes."

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DaiGuard'': In the first episode, Dai-Guard's main pilot is forced to wear a bird suit and hand out balloons to kids to promote his company. When some snide kids insult the robot, he takes silly vengeance.
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'': Sōsuke [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p69InNS-j0 steals one]] to covertly protect Kaname from some hooligans, and ends up having to flee from security without taking it off. Over the course of the series, he keeps fiddling with it until he ends up with a BadassAdorable [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare COD:AW]]-eque suit of PowerArmor that tanks small arms fire -- but can only say "Fumoffu" (though wearers can understand each other perfectly), and even ''he'' [[BlackBox doesn't know why]]. He tries selling them, but a SWAT team from Miami are the only takers -- though they're happy with them, too.
* ''Manga/KOn'': To promote the light music club, club adviser (and CosplayOtakuGirl) Sawako Yamanaka has the members dress up in animal mascot costumes and hand out leaflets. This ends up being astoundingly counter-productive: the costumes freak out the rest of the student population, and no-one can figure out what animal costumes have to do with ''anything'' the club does.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' has a running gag where several characters have to dress up as the mascot of a daifuku-stand. The "constume" of Mr. Daifuku consists of nothing but a white ball for a head mask, with no characteristics.
-->'''Mio:''' This is their mascot Mr. Daifuku? He has no eyes or mouth, it's just a white mask! This isn't Mr. Daufuku. '''IT'S JUST A DAIFUKU!!!'''
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'': Pacifica dons a Mr. Soopy costume to help promote a bakery; she isn't very good at the job. Trainee knight Leo, however, really takes to wearing the outfit, and brings it with him when he leaves.
* In ''VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama'', Natsuki has a habit of harassing Shou into cute animal outfits. Shou ''hates'' it.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', the titular heroine's original day job is wearing an elephant suit with a backwards baseball cap to advertise a department store, Value Mammoth. People make fun of her all day long, but she still finds it mildly preferable to wearing her too-revealing super-suit.
* In one issue of the ''ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}'' comic book, Robin's friend Ives is working as the mascot at a SuckECheeses. He comes to school so bruised that Robin suspects he is being abused.
* ''Manga/DogbyWalksAlone'' is what happens when {{badass}}es have to wear a Goofy Suit.
* The ''ComicBook/NationalLampoon'' ran a bizarre comic-book format PSA where two men are acting irresponsibly - drinking heavily and driving recklessly, littering, starting forest fires - they pick up an impressionable hitchhiker who joins in the fun, and they dress up in promotional costumes of Mr. Peanut, Speedy Alka-Seltzer, and the Pillsbury Doughboy and head off again, shouting rude things at children, tying up police emergency phones with pointless blather...

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In the early 1980s, a story arc in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' has Charlie Brown getting hustled into being the Pelican mascot for Peppermint Patty's baseball team. She won't even let him take the costume off between games, because that would mess with his ability to "think pelican... be pelican!" Marcie begs him to take it off "if not for your sake, then for someone who likes you." (Sally: "Kiss her, you blockhead!") Charlie Brown, of course, ends up wearing the costume until a wild ball beans him. (This arc was adapted into a segment of the SaturdayMorningCartoon ''The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show''.)
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' once suggested that a way to improve attendance at football games would be to add a new rule: each team would score extra points if the opposing team's mascot is tied up and held hostage by fans for a sufficiently long period.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', a man in a possum costume at Lester's Possum Park tries to cheer up Max. Max responds by punching the mask backwards. Other kids then jump the performer and beat him up.
* The title characters on ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids'' beat up costumed characters in Funland. The original stand-up routine was about the kids going to Disneyland and attacking Mickey and Donald, but naturally that got changed for the movie.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[Creator/WillFerrell Chazz Michael Michaels]]'s occupation is this in an ice-skating show after the opening montage of ''Film/BladesOfGlory''.
* ''Film/DeathToSmoochy'' has its naive hero performing in a BarneyAndFriends-esque Goofy suit, though (unusually for this trope) his face is always visible.
* In the Hungarian film ''Film/{{Kontroll}}'', Szofi spends nearly every scene in a bear suit. This is implied to be for her job, but we never find out what the job is.
* In the opening of ''Film/USMarshals'', Sam Gerard is staking out the residence of a fugitive disguised as the mascot of a fast food joint. Which basically means dancing around a street corner in a chicken suit while holding a tray of chicken nuggets for passersby to sample. Turns into BadassAdorable when the raid begins, he drops the food, marches across the street, yanks a gun out from under his shirt, cocks it and proceeds to kick ass. Once things are over, the viewer gets the stupidly awesome sight of a chicken yanking off his own head to reveal ''Creator/TommyLeeJones.''
* In ''Film/WhoAmI'', the protagonist wears an embarrassing chicken outfit as a pizza delivery boy.

* In ''Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need'' (by Creator/DaveBarry, natch), it says that Walt Disney World enforcement puts people in the Goofy suit as punishment for breaking the rules -- like trying to leave Walt Disney World (which is strictly forbidden) or not having a sufficient mood of childlike wonderment. In the column "Iowa's Safe But You'll Be Sorry," Dave Barry notes that these costumes "would make ideal disguises for terrorists."
* British writer Tim Lott wrote a short story about an actor who has to do this once. He finds that no-one takes him seriously, even when his wife is in urgent need of medical help.
* Comedian Dave O'Neil's biography is titled ''It's Hot Inside the Bear Suit'' after his time playing Humphrey B. Bear on the Australian kids show ''Here's Humphey''. The actors playing Humphrey are never credited.
* The ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' story "The Gypsies in the Wood" features a Victorian children's book entrepreneur who has invented SouvenirLand fifty years early. Diogenes agent Charles Beauregard has to go undercover as a teddy bear called Sir Boris de Bruin.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', "School's Out". Officer Judy Hoffs is told that the police department needs someone for an "important PR position." Said position turns out to be giving safety tips to grade-school children as "Officer Milk Carton," in a stupid milk carton costume that doesn't even have arms.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', "Rangeboy." Big Pete doesn't want to be recognized at his summer job at a driving range, so he wears a bear costume and becomes the (non-speaking)golf bear. Unfortunately, he gets beaned several times -- and then the golfers begin aiming at him. Before long, regular golf has ceased, and the sole sport is getting the bear with flying golf balls.
* In the Israeli TV series ''Arab Labor'', newspaper reporter Amjad finally gets his big break in TV...as a children's TV host in a pink bunny suit. Later, due to a crisis, he winds up running out of the studio mid-filming...and winds up in the middle of a gay pride parade. His extremely conservative, traditionalist father sees his son on TV -- in a pink bunny suit at a gay pride parade -- and faints.
* Belker in ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' worked undercover wearing a chicken suit in two episodes. He even made an arrest wearing it.
* In ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', Paige (the AlphaBitch)and Manny (TheStarscream) are fighting for control of the cheerleading squad. Paige steals credit for Manny's work, kicks her off the squad, and makes her be the mascot. In retaliation, Manny's allies on the squad deliberately drop Paige during a game, breaking her leg -- and we cut to the panther mascot doing a very triumphant dance.
* Happens in an episode of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' when David gets sucked into a job at a local theme park [[BrandX known as "the Happiest Place in Illinois."]] He agrees to work in the park's art department, but ends up dressed as park mascot "Hans the Hare," being slowly, hilariously brainwashed into acting perky and enthusiastic at all times, about all things.
* An episode of ''Series/FullHouse'', as shown in the quote above.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': Carla's husband is a pro hockey player, but he gets cut from the Bruins. He calls her to let her know he got a job as a Penguin. She thinks he means with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but no - he's in a penguin suit for the Ice Capades.
* ''Series/LALaw'': Dan Castellaneta [[note]]who voices [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]][[/note]] plays a man in a Homer Simpson suit who got fired because he removed the head while in public view - he was sick.
* In ''Series/BlueMountainState'', Sammy manages to get a job as the team's mascot early in the series, which actually ''improves'' his social standing, but only because he was already the ButtMonkey.
* ''Series/{{GARO}}'': Perpetual career-switcher Kaoru has a stint working in an amusement park as a giant bunny, where (naturally) she is beaten up by a bunch of little kids. Later it turns out that her manager has a bit of a fetish for dressing up cute girls in costumes.
* The whole "theme park mascot gets abused by the kids" trope is a bit of a {{Tokusatsu}} RunningGag. It gets parodied in ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'', which sees a MonsterOfTheWeek resembling a mascot being mocked in just such a way.
* Occasionally seen in ''Series/TheApprentice'' as a ploy to boost sales.
* On ''Series/ModernFamily'', Hayley finds her old boyfriend Dylan working at Disneyland, first as part of a BarbershopQuartet, then as Little John from ''Disney/RobinHood''. He's fired by the end of the episode, for fighting with the boy Hayley is currently seeing while in costume.
* ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' has featured many RealLife mishaps involving costumed mascots, theme park characters, etc. One $10,000-winning video featured a Chuck E. Cheese mascot becoming the victim of a kid's GroinAttack, whereupon he sinks to his knees and frantically signals to his assistant for a time out.
* On Series/BigBrother, a common punishment from some veto challenges is to have to wear a costume, often representative of an animal.
* Pete, one of the main characters in ''Series/{{Scream Queens|2015}}'' has to wear one of these because of his job as the school's mascot, the Red Devil. After the murders start, he loses his job (since owning the suit makes him a suspect) and he's replaced by someone dressed as a large ice cream cone. [[spoiler: Well, until Coney was murdered...]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* During the "Jocks" mission thread in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', players must steal the mascot uniform belonging to the school's football team, the Bullworth Bullhorns, and wear it as camouflage.
* Where was Yuna during the opening sequence of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''? Outside the concert hall stuck in a [[MascotMook moogle]] costume, of all things.
* In the cobbled-together backstory to ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'', one of the spare Freddy costumes was borrowed by a shift security guard to lure children into the security office and have his way with them. Thus a motive is provided for the animatronic mascots going berserk and attacking each new night watchman. The killer's costume (painted a telltale gold) appears as a rare enemy in both the sequel and ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''.
* ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon'' allows you to hire such people.
* Robbie the Rabbit, a recurring mascot in ''Franchise/SilentHill'' (he's the friendly face of Lakeside Amusement Park), appears in costume throughout ''VideoGame/SilentHill3''. The costumes are slumped over and bloodied and probably contain corpses under the helmet, but Heather refuses to inspect any of them.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' gives up Brett Ernst, who only ever calls himself "Slappy", after the character he plays (a stereotypical "geek" character with a giant rubber head). He's one of the psychopaths, having gone mad after the girl playing Slappy's love interest was killed by the zombies.
* For some reason, Goto from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2'' has been wearing these 24/7 for years. He's previously dressed as a penguin and a raccoon, and currently wears what looks like a white [[MixAndMatchCritters dog/cat/bear hybrid]] that he claims is [[spoiler:a ''pegasus'']]. Despite this, he manages to be TheCasanova.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' has a huge variety of these based on its various mascot characters; the Rappy in particular having several color variations along with numerous seasonal variants. You can do whatever you like while wearing them, such as make yourself look utterly ridiculous in combat and story scenes.
* ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'': The party is made to wear goofy costumes while on the ChristmasEpisode mission: Leanne wears a SexySantaDress, whereas Zephyr and Vashyron wear reindeer costumes.
* The Zeekeepers in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' are dressed like Pi'ilo Island's mythical guardian bird. Some of them are very enthusiastic about this and others are ... less so.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The creators of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' must like this trope, since they've stuck three of their characters into them at one point or another -- Strong Bad with Bubs' hot dog clown, Homestar Runner with CGNU's mascot "the Jolly Dumple", and Coach Z with the Blubb-O's whale. Eventually they just made a short about the three of them hanging out together on their break. In another episode, [[SouvenirLand the amusement park]] that Strong Bad dreams up needs to have "a bunch of costumed mascots running around antic-ing", so he comes up with costumes of the Tire, the Stop Sign, and the Chinese-food carton. They too are depicted being worn by major characters, and return in an EasterEgg in the aforementioned mascots-on-break episode.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' short "A Case for the Bass", Applejack has to wear a banana outfit to act as crier for the Flim-Flam Brothers pawn shop. Of course it looks ridiculous; the cowboy hat perched on top of the stem doesn't help.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In an ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-02-18 filler strip]], Liz is made to wear a mouse costume as part of Dan's 20th birthday celebrations.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the Moon is a tourist trap, so of course some poor chump has to stand around wearing a man-in-the-moon costume. Bender stabs the moon-man in the eye with a beer bottle, and the moon man says, "They've taken my dignity, but at least I have my self-respect." Then he bursts out sobbing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "Itchy and Scratchy Land". This is one of the few stories where the Goofy suit guy gets revenge -- Homer is locked up because "I kicked a giant mouse in the butt!", and Bart torments another Itchy-suit by kicking him in the balls and shooting smoke bombs into the mouth. Later, when the robots start rampaging through the park, the guy in the mouse costume makes sure that the Simpsons are kicked off the last escape helicopter.
--->'''Goofy Suit Guy:''' When you get to Hell, tell 'em Itchy sent ya!
** In "Radio Bart", Bart has a birthday party at [[SuckECheeses Wall-E-Weasel's Pizza]], where the kids start off acting decent to the guy in the Wall-E costume but by the end he's lying on the floor and they're stomping on him.
** And in yet another episode, some poor schlub dressed as Doc Ock entertains at Nelson's birthday party, and Bart and Nelson beat him with his own tentacles.
** Inverted elsewhere on ''The Simpsons'' -- the baseball mascot the Capital City Goofball is revered by everyone in Springfield.
** During his stint as a Krusty the Klown impersonator, Homer beats up a guy dressed as the Hamburglar-esque "Krusty Burglar" during the opening of a new Krusty Burger restaurant, thinking him an actual burglar instead of a character putting on a show for kids. One of the kids thinks Homer killed him, but the guy manages to move around and woefully say "Uuuggh... check my medical alert bracelet."
** In the episode "Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers"", Chief Wiggum orders policeman Eddie to dress as a bear to be hit with clubs by Marge Simpson and other people who suffer of road rage, in order to heal them. While he lays in the floor receiving all the wrath of those, he asks Wiggum for help, who simply replies "Bears do not talk".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' has had plenty, though a notable subversion is at [[SuckECheeses Piggy's Pizza Palace]], where the actor in the Piggy costume clearly seems to enjoy his job, even though he gets hurt while doing so (thanks to the Rugrats' shenanigans.) By the end he's bandaged and his arm in a sling while still in full costume, but still eager to say good-bye to the kids (and scare Chuckie in the process, of course.)
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', [[spoiler:Valerie]] and later [[spoiler:Danny]] have to wear one of these.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** "What Makes Bobby Run?" Bobby becomes the Tom Landry Middle School mascot, then is told of a tradition where the opposing team's band beats up on the Landry mascot if they (Landry) are winning.
** In another episode, Bobby is forced to wear an equally humiliating hot dog costume by Jimmy Wichard while working concessions at a NASCAR racetrack in Arlen. He is pelted with trash by the people in the stands while trying to grin and bear it.
* This happens to Candace from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' while working in the Har D Har Toy Company; after her brothers' Perry the Inaction Figure becomes famous she is forced to wear a platypus mascot costume (and later a brick costume), much to her complete embarrassment.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'':
** Gene usually has the job of wearing a burger costume in front of the store to attract costumers. Unlike most people, Gene actually ''enjoys'' it. In one episode he enters a mascot race at the local ball park.
** Teddy has a morbid fear of mascot costumers. It's the eyes. The cold, dead eyes. Staring at you as they make love to your wife.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "The Inconveniencing" Dipper has to wear a cute little fluffy lamb suit and do the Lamby Dance to pacify a pair of elderly ghosts.
** At the start of "Boss Mabel", Dipper dresses as a "pre-teen wolf boy" for the tourists at the Mystery Shack. Later, Soos gets to dress up as "Questiony the Question Mark", which he realizes might not have been such a great idea when he finds his costume a little too revealing.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the Titans are under mind control from villain of the week and each character is forced to wear some embarrassing costume. Beast Boy is in a pink bunny suit. Cue his confusion when he finally snaps out of it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Peedee Fryman has the job of playing Frybo, the mascot of his father's fry shop. He hates it, but does it [[WellDoneSonGuy to win his father's approval.]] Steven uses Crystal Gem magic to bring the costume to life and let Peedee be free to play, but the costume soon turns into an EldritchAbomination and attacks the town.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has Chickenfoot, someone Dib thought was a Bigfoot-esque cryptid, but who turned out to be an idiot stuck in a Chicky Licky mascot suit with a broken zipper.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': [=SpongeBob=] has to wear on for the Krusty Krab, renamed the Kuty Krab in "Bossy Boots".
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': A guy has to dress up as "Bobby the Bullet" the National Gun Association's official mascot in "Stannie get your Gun".
* ''WesternAniamtion/TotallySpies'': Sam and Clover get Alex a job as a wearer of a TERRIBLE chicken restaurant called Captain Clucks suit in the episode, "Computer Creep Much?" On top of that her boss is a jerk, people laugh at her (including Mindy), the food tastes terrible, and she gets fired at the end.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision, of course.
-->'''[[http://dlisted.com/2015/01/17/hot-slut-of-the-day-532/ Michael K.:]]''' ''Hot Slut of the Day:'' Manchas, the mascot of the Mexican dairy company Alpura [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiEk-E5F1C0 who busts out scalding hot mooooves]] like he's the finalist in a dance competition where the prize is cash and his rent, car payment, water bill and cable bill was due yesterday. Manchas' milkshake [[WaxingLyrical brings all the bulls to the yard]]... However much the human dance machine in that Manchas suit is getting paid, they're not getting paid enough. They're thrusting their crotch in a hot ass cow suit for God knows how long and they don't pass out while doing so. They're a Plushies wet dream come to life. They're giving it like a Zumba instructor on E.