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"Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant 'idiot.'"
The stereotypical dress for a tourist/someone on vacation (especially your type 2 Eagleland
one) is a very specific set of Impossibly Tacky Clothes
; a Hawaiian shirt, sandals, and often a Panama Hat and sunglasses as well. Note that the dress can be permanent for a character with a carefree personality
, and it doesn't seem to depend upon tropical weather for a character to dress this way. Tourist characters may also have a bulky camera hung around their neck.
See also the Asian variant, Japanese Tourist
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Anime and Manga
- Showing how omnipresent this trope is, in Fullmetal Alchemist, when Fuhrer Bradley is on vacation, he is shown wearing a Hawaiian shirt despite living in a fantasy world where there is no Hawaii for the value of the resulting Sight Gag.
- Axis Powers Hetalia has a little sketch of Germany as a tourist in Hawaii, complete with a lei and a Hawaiian shirt.
- And don't forget Canada, who dresses in one to visit Cuba.
- Principal Kuno in Ranma ˝... although in his case, he spent an extremely long vacation in Hawaii itself and went native.
- Junichiro Tokuoka from .hack//Liminality, ZERO and AI Buster always wears Hawaiian Shirt. His work ethics in developing The World's Japanese server is reflected in his "Tokuoka time;" that is, his bizarre sleeping habits. When he woke up was "morning;" when he had his first meal was "noon;" when he went out to drink was "evening." The team worked according to Tokuoka Time regardless of what the actual time was.
- Howard from Gundam Wing dresses like this all the time; it matches his cool, laid-back personality.
- Episode 48 of the Kirby anime has a bunch of these tourists come to Dream Land.
- In the Distant Finale for The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer, Akane Taiyou ends up wearing one constantly, given as a gag gift from teammates who heard him muttering "aloha" after falling unconscious late in the final battle.
- In the episodes of Pokémon that take place in Cinnabar Island, Shigeru wears one of these.
- A commercial that aired in military networks overseas about blending in your surroundings while living an another country had a Hawaiian shirted penguin singing about himself. The other penguins don't feel comfortable and a polar bear shows up coming to consume him.
Film — Animated
- At the end of Aladdin, the Genie becomes one of these after being freed, complete with Goofy cap. This is actually a reference to a (sadly no longer shown) short film that played in the guest queue for The Magic of Disney Animation at Walt Disney World's Disney-MGM Studios called "Back To Neverland," where Robin Williams played a Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist (with the Goofy cap).
- A few of these can be seen in Lilo & Stitch. Of course, given that it takes place in Hawaii and Lilo's sister works at a tourist trap, that's probably no surprise.
- In The Sword in the Stone, Merlin returns from Bermuda (and the 20th Century) wearing a Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses, and, of course, bermuda shorts.
- We see these in the Cold Open of Despicable Me, in Egypt. The climate somewhat justifies the simple dressing, not so much the Hawaii prints.
- There's a couple in Flushed Away, set in Britain. It should be noted that this takes place in a community of sewer rats - maybe rat tourists would be at serious risk if they visited legitimate above-ground landmarks?
Film — Live Action
- The last thing that was seen worn by Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs.
- Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas both feature variations on the Hawaiian Shirted Tourist.
- In Twins, the two couriers who deliver the car to the garage try to pass themselves off as tourists by wearing Hawaiian shirts.
- In In the Loop Malcolm Tucker encounters one. In Washington D.C. Played Straight in the sense that the "tourist" (although he may not be from D.C) clearly has no idea who is dealing with.
Tourist: Hey buddy! Enough of the curse words, alright?
Malcolm: (*silent for a few seconds) Kiss my sweaty balls you fat fuck!
- The Running Man. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to sneak through an international airport disguised as a tourist. The woman he's holding hostage threatens to throw up on him as she gets airsick.
"Go right ahead. On this shirt no-one will notice."
- The escaped mass murderer in Sleepover Nightmare dresses like this. It's as un-intimidating as it sounds.
- In Pearl Harbor, Rafe and Danny, sleeping off a bender at a Hawaii dive bar and wearing Hawaiian shirts from the night before, are unable to change after the attack and eventually fly against the Japanese airplanes. Later, after praising them for their combat skills, Col. Dolittle recruits them for his raid on Japan, making one demand:
Dolittle: This time, leave the goddamn hulu shirts at home!
- In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the main character wears Hawaiian shirts while vacationing in Hawaii. When he asks a local out on a date, she agrees and assumes that he'll be changing his shirt beforehand. This catches him off-guard and causes him to awkwardly glance at it. On the date, he wears a more traditional dress shirt.
- Water (1985). Our introduction to the Governor of Cascara is Michael Caine tending his marijuana crop in a floral shirt, a clear sign he is Going Native. Subverted though in that the next scene has him insisting on getting dressed formally to handle the CLF's two-man "insurrection". However this is suggested to be because he is a British governor.
- The Lost Skeleton Returns Again. Amusing Alien Kro-Bar wears one in the Amazon jungle, under the assumption that it will help him blend in among humans.
- The cover of at least one edition of The Tough Guide to Fantasyland pictures tourists dressed this way.
- Comes up at least twice in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, both times while dealing with covert operations. Once in the Legacy of the Force series (which had a shirt that changed colors and patterns whenever the wearer wanted), once in the X-Wing Series.
- Wedge and a couple of other Wraiths, in order to go through another iteration of The Infiltration, had to disguise themselves as tourists from the planet whose hat is idiocy. This involved wearing a shockingly ugly selection of clothing.
Wedge: The sooner we finish, the sooner we can get off this planet and I can get out of this hat.
Tyria Sarkin: Not to mention the lavender short pants?
Wedge: Not to mention them, Flight Officer Sarkin. Or else.
- He's not a tourist but Dexter, in the novels by Jeff Lindsay (the inspiration for the television series of the same name), always wears these to work. Justified Trope, as Dexter explains that Miami is far too hot to wear suits to work and that anyone who does ends up removing the jacket anyway.
- Twoflower of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic is a combination of this and Japanese Tourist
- In The Film of the Book, he's actually wearing a shirt that looks vaguely like a Hawaiian shirt, and stands out in the mass of more stereotypically Medieval European Fantasy dressed Ankh-Morporkians.
- The first description of his clothing in TCOM shows him wearing knee-length shorts and a hideously-multicoloured shirt, ie. standard Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist attire.
Live Action TV
- Look at any comic strip, anywhere, anytime, set at a tropical resort and/or involving characters on vacation. Almost every character will be dressed this way. (In the case of some characters, such as Jon Arbuckle in Garfield, the couture may actually match the overall personality!)
- Zonker in Doonesbury has a fondness for these.
- Monty's hipster-doofus friend Moondoggie is almost always in a Hawaiian shirt, pork pie hat, and sunglasses.
- Puerto Rican Superstar Carlito Caribbean Cool dressed this way as part of his gimmick. He even used to have a tropical-themed talk show called "Carlito's Cabana."
- Bray Wyatt wears this to throw his creepiness into stark relief.
- During the preshow for Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA, one of the performers plays an obnoxiously enthusiastic audience member who fits this trope to a tee. He's referred to as "The American Tourist" in the program — though, at least in the U.S. tour, there's a joke in which the emcee reveals the tourist is Canadian, which is perhaps an in-joke regarding the company's home country (and Canada, after all, is part of North America).
- The recurring character of Duane in the Broken Sword games fits this. Though if his (probably but not undoubtedly delusional) hints that he's working for the CIA are correct, it could be part of an act.
- The Tourist role in NetHack starts with a Hawaiian shirt and an expensive camera.
- If a shopkeeper sees any character wearing a Hawaiian shirt (this can be avoided by wearing armor over it), they'll charge one-third more for items and pay one-third less for anything the character sells them (Tourists always get that penalty until level 15, regardless of whether they're seen wearing the shirt). The presumed reason is that the shopkeepers see them as suckers and thus change the prices.
- At any rate, while it doesn't change your actual outfits, the Nerf Arm armor in Final Fantasy IX is one of these, called Aloha T-Shirt. Similarly, the matching pieces for it is the Straw Hat, Pearl Armlet and Sandals.
- Jack Carver of Far Cry for PC wears one of these. Justified in the fact he was only supposed to drop off and pick up the journalist who paid him, not get stuck fighting shitloads of mercenaries.
- In We ♥ Katamari, you can roll up an "American Guy", who is about three times as wide as the average person, wears a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap, and has a camera hanging from his neck.
- Tommy Vercetti from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
- Ken: "Hey, I loved 1978 too, but, y'know, this isn't gonna be a beer and strippers do."
- 100% Completion in Super Mario Sunshine gets you a Hawaiian-styled t-shirt for Mario to wear. Suitable, as he's currently on vacation.
- Kahn, the lead Elite Beat Agent wears one of these shirts (and a strange expression) during the intro to the Material Girl stage set on a tropical island... even though the other agents are the ones going to the island, not him. (And, in Kahn Mode, he doesn't wear it when he's actually on the island himself.)
- Wii Sports Resort, where the Miis are wearing Hawaiian Shirts during some of the more casual sports. Fitting as they are pretty much on vacation on a Tropical Island resort.
- The Tourists, naturally, in Evil Genius.
- One of the victims you could save in Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Along with his accompanying wife, they become werewolves after a certain time has passed during the stage, for some reason.
- The Hawaiian shirt Scott from Pokémon Emerald wears. Granted, he's not actually a tourist, but... Look at it!◊
- The poorer tourists from Tropico.
- In the Twisted Metal-esque Playstation game ''Rogue Trip", one of the passengers you pick up is a stereotypical fat, obnoxious, HST.
- Toejam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron featured HS Ts as enemies that used their cameras to stun you if your eyes were open.
- Max Payne in Max Payne 3 combines this with a shaved head as a disguise for his infiltration of the slums. He notes its ridiculousness and the fact that it makes him stand out like a sore thumb amongst the locals.
- Katamri Damacy
- In Histeria, a couple always shown on Miss Information's tours were dressed this way.
- Dale wears a Hawaiian shirt on Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
- Babs Bunny turns into one in Tiny Toon Adventures when she visits Wackyland.
- Babs and Buster also are dressed that way in the ending Couch Gag variant where they say "Aaaaaaaaaloooooooha!"
- Grandpa Max in Ben 10 constantly wore a red tropical shirt as he and his grandkids vacation around the country seeing the sights and fighting villains. It's not just a matter of Limited Wardrobe as he's seen wearing it in an alternate future and the two sequel series. Naturally, this is lampshaded throughout the franchise. He really likes that shirt.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Rarity and Sweetie Belle's father is seen dressed like this plus a straw hat and everything in the episode "Sisterhooves Social". Their mother is clad in the equally stereotypical tennis outfit. The reason for the outfits is that the two are leaving on a one-week vacation.
- It didn't help that his FABULOUS moustache earned him a comparison to Magnum, P.I.
- Hurricanes: Stavros Garkos had a scene wearing one in one episode. (Noticeable because he usually dresses like a Man of Wealth and Taste) He actually wasn't on vacation but on a business trip trying to persuade a nation's regent to allow him to extract oil.
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Chuckles is usually wearing one (a shirt that is, not a tourist). He is also the Joes' best undercover operative. A frequently mentioned point is that most people would never imagine an undercover operative to stick out like a sore thumb as he does.
- While in office, President Truman made frequent visits to his favorite vacation spot in the Florida Keys, and was often photographed there wearing what he called his "Key West Uniform" (Hawaiian sport shirt, white shoes and a pith helmet). His staff would follow a similar dress code, and even hold contests on each visit to see who could come up with the loudest shirt.
- In Hawaii itself (where Hawaiian shirts are called "aloha shirts"), this trope is played straight in that tourists can be seen with aloha shirts, and inverted in that aloha shirts are also considered business or semi-formal attire. Granted, the shirts that the locals wear tend to be of higher qualitynote and with generally darker, more muted patterns.
- The Batik shirt is a uniquely Southeast Asian take on this trope.