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Iconic Outfit
You instantly know who this is, but how often has he actually worn this outfit?

An outfit that, for whatever reason, is considered iconic for a certain character. This can happen even if it's not intended to be embarrassing or funny, but simply a strange fashion choice. The character might never wear it again, nor even anything like it. Maybe the wardrobe people or artists were just bored one day. There's just something unique, inappropriate or just plain odd. Very rarely, the producers are aware of it, and it may become a sort of alternate outfit if a similar situation lets the makers bring it out again.

It can be even more noticeable in a character who rarely wears anything else. Nice Hats and Cool Shades are especially prone to this.

Sometimes the popularity of these outfits make the writers have the character wear the outfit as much as possible. Then you have Clothes Make the Legend. Being remembered for lack of clothing would (probably) be Best Known for the Fanservice.

Compare Iconic Item. If what the character is called is itself derived from the outfit, in the Person with the Clothing.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Haruhi in Ouran High School Host Club is first seen by the viewer in a plain, ugly sweater and glasses combo with messy hair. This is explained by a long string of coincidences and Haruhi's overall disinterest in fashion.
  • Bleach: Urahara's hat. Also the black outfits they all wear, and Byakuya's weird... hair thingies.
  • Sailor Moon: There's also Sailor Mars's civilian outfit, a miko priestess outfit that is in some ways more recognizable than her Senshi uniform.
  • The Tokyo Mew Mew animators weren't so good with costume design, so most clothes that didn't first appear in the manga got weird looks. One recurring outfit, a white and lime green hooded top given to the resident bad boy, stuck out so much (both for the color scheme and for being out of character) that it appeared again, in a Tantei Gakuen Q ending theme, worn by his same-voiced Expy.
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • Goku, Gohan, and Goten's signature orange gi is pretty iconic itself. Also, the battle armor with shoulder wings/spandex underwear that the Ginyu Force, Nappa, and Zarbon all wear.
    • Piccolo's turban, white cape, and purple gi.
    • On a more humorous level, Vegeta's pink "BADMAN" shirt.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!: Setsuna was once made to wear a cute alternate catgirl maid costume to make her more attractive to the crowd watching her fights. She started wearing it later for no reason other than being popular with the readers — the Pactio can be registered with a variety of outfits for battle. Maybe Konoka liked it...
  • Code Geass: Lelouch vi Britannia's Nice Hat after he became Emperor of Britannia started a fanclub... before the episode aired. That entire outfit he wore is also quite distinctive, having been described as a cross between pope and old-fashioned sea captain, resulting in him being drawn in it whenever he shows up in new fan art, as opposed to his old Zero outfit, which was already quite iconic by itself.
  • Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura has her rubber Cat Girl Meido outfit, among others... In fact, in the series the same outfit is never used twice, which is done on purpose.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Kamina's Cool Shades and ragged Badass Cape.
  • In Minami-ke, Kana's "I AM BOSS" T-shirt led to her Fan Nickname.
  • The mechanized Bonta-kun outfit probably gets more attention than most Full Metal Panic! characters do naturally. It is a Powered Armor suit that's essentially a miniature Arm Slave.
  • Knuckles' wonderful, wonderful hat from the Sonic the Hedgehog OVA.
    • It even carried over to the Alternate Timeline comic story Mobius: 25 Years Later, where it's finally complemented with a form-fitting gray sleeveless jumpsuit (with his trademark white chest swoosh on the front), Crocodile Dundee-esque leather vest, cowboy belt, and brown leather boots. It's become a Iconic Outfit of its own.
    • It appeared briefly in the regular timeline too, as a piece of clothing once worn by an ancestor of his. According to one letters page, the reason he never wears it is so it won't get damaged.
  • Ryoma's outfit from Getter Robo Armageddon was supposed to be a reference to Shinichi from Maju Sensen, another series by Ken Ishikawa, but the popularity of the OVA led to the iconic outfit being attributed to him instead.
  • Detective Conan: Conan Edogawa's suit and bowtie. He did had a case of Limited Wardrobe earlier, but even now he has a larger variety of clothes, his suit and bowtie not only means him, but also the entire meaning of Great Detective. In modern comedic manga, changing to Conan's suit means s/he's going into Great Detective mode.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia
    • England, in a single strip and most likely not in his right mind, dresses up in an angel outfit and calls himself "Britannia Angel". Only in one short strip did he do this, but there are a lot of fanworks of Britannia Angel.
    • Also, England scores again with his "Sexy Waiter" outfit, which is basically the lower half of a Hadaka Apron.
    • And then there's his Black Magic get-up, aka the cloak that seems to come with its own Dramatic Wind.
    • Poland crossdresses a grand total of three times in the entire series. The extent to which he does it in fanart is....much, much higher.
    • Canada is commonly depicted in his military uniform... even though he has yet to actually wear it in the strips or anime.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Yuna Roma Seiran's bright yellow pajamas mix this with Narm and Fashion-Victim Villain.
  • In Ranma ˝, the title character wears a wide variety of outfits throughout the course of the anime. He is likewise depicted wearing Chinese tangs in a variety of colors in promotional artwork for the manga.
  • Bubblegum Crisis:
    • The Knight Sabers in the original OVA had a variety of casual outfits, but the most memorable would probably be Linna's "cow sweater" and Sylia's inexplicably midriff-baring high-collared blouse.
    • The 2040 version of Sylia had a Little Red Dress with Absolute Cleavage that stuck in viewers' memory.
  • Black Butler: Ciel probably has more fan artwork of him in the dress he wore to the Viscount Druitt's ball than any other outfit he's worn. Cosplayers seem to love this outfit, too. Turns out the creators liked it enough to base a figure on it.
  • Four of the five main cast members of Lupin III get iconic outfits:
    • Lupin's red or green jacket paired with black or white pants and a black or blue shirt and yellow necktie — which is doubly famous thanks to Nabeshin's Author Avatar stealing it... Hell, you don't even have to mention the name itself, all you have to say is "The Red Jacket" and a lot of people will instantly know what you're talking about.
    • Jigen's dark suit with the fedora slouched over his eyes;
    • Goemon's yukata and hakama;
    • and Zenigata's conservative brown plainclothes suit, trenchcoat and fedora.
    • Fujiko's doesn't wear her Spy Catsuit as much as the other four wear their outfits. In fact, due to her aversion to the Limited Wardrobe trope, Fujiko Cosplayers aren't always recognized in the catsuit, either.
  • The black outfits Section 9 wear in the V-Formation Team Shot from the opening to the second season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
  • Durarara!!
    • Shizuo Heiwajima is inseparably linked with his endless supply of bartender's uniforms to the point that they've wormed their way into both his fandom (the Gartender) and canon (God of Destruction in a Bartender Suit) nicknames.
    • Also Celty's Kitty-Cat-Eared yellow biking helmet, which was a joke by the illustrater but loved so much by the animators that it became her stock outfit in the Anime. And no, the cat ears don't have anything to do with anything, especially when you know that Celty is a Dullahan.
  • Pokémon
    • All of Ash's main outfits count, but his Ashley and meido outfits are remembered even though he only wore them once each.
    • Wait, no mention of the iconic Poké Ball-colored hat?
    • Misty is most remembered in her original style for the anime, even more so than any of her game looks. Super Smash Bros.. even had her trophy with it, despite everything else being game-based.
  • Nabari No Ou: Raikou's infamous "USA-CHAN" outfit. It's amazingly well-known for something he was only shown wearing for a single panel in the manga.
  • Spice and Wolf: Horo is often remembered in either a purple long dress or... nothing...
  • The Protect Gears from Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and the rest of Mamoru Oshii's Kerberos Saga are Heavily Armored Mooks with gas masks, red Glowing Eyes of Doom and an Ammunition Backpack while toting MG-42s. Their distinct appearance has influenced the Helghast to the point where they're often confused for the other.
  • One Piece: Pretty much ALL of the male Straw Hat Pirates' outfits are notable and memorable considering they don't change until well into the manga. And of course the straw hat itself.
    • To a lesser extent, Robin's Hell-Bent for Leather outfit from the Enies Lobby arc. It's still appearing in games and other materials 10 years after she stopped wearing it.
  • After an episode of Mega Man Battle Network had most of the main cast (yes, even the males) Cosplay as Aki-chan to serve as decoys, with some of them looking patently ridiculous, drawing various characters in that cosplay caught on. Including characters who originally didn't do the cosplay in that particular episode, and especially characters who look even more ridiculous in it.
  • Inazuma Eleven had a gag where Endou's mom wrote "Endou" in marker across the back of a pair of his boxers in embarrassingly large handwriting, to ensure he wouldn't get his laundry mixed up with anyone else's at an overnight training camp. That pair of boxers tends to show up in fan works as Goofy Print Underwear whenever a Comedic Underwear Exposure gag has Endou as one of the victims.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
    • Madoka is quite often drawn in the white-dressed form she unveils when superpowered in the final episode, often referred to as "Goddess Madoka". This outfit showed for probably about 2 seconds.
    • Madoka's red hair ribbon becomes this in the last episode, when she gives it to Homura. To fans of the series, long black hair + red ribbon instantly brings Homura (and Madoka) to mind. In the first episode, Madoka almost wears a yellow ribbon instead, so the writers apparently planned its iconicness from the beginning.
  • Tiger & Bunny has what fans like to call the crapsuit, the spandex costume Kotetsu used to wear before Apollon Media made him don the Powered Armor. Despite the name, it's popular enough to warrant its own Pixiv tag.
  • As a broader, franchise-wide example, goggles on a Digimon character have such a strong association with being worn by The Hero of whatever particular series that Masaru not wearing them is downright unusual. It's more a franchise-wide thing than any particular character, but were it to be pinned to any particular character it would be Taichi (both of him) as a result of First Installment Wins, and because the exact same goggles were passed on to Daisuke (who even before that wore goggles of his own).
  • Gintama has Lampshaded the series' Limited Wardrobe, but Okita's sleep mask has become emblematic of his character even though he only wore it once.
  • Ask which outfit fans best remember Yusuke wearing in YuYu Hakusho and nine out of ten times it'll be his trademark green school uniform. Even though he isn't seen regularly wearing it anymore by the time of the Dark Tournament arc, it's still the garb he's best known for.
  • Naruto:
    • The main character wears vibrant orange-and-blue jacket and pants, an outfit famous for making him a Highly-Visible Ninja
    • The green, skin-tight suit Lee and Guy wear is one of the most recognizable outfits in the series.
    • Also, the standard green flak vest worn by Chunin and Jonin ninja.
    • The outfit worn by all Akatsuki members: a black cloak that is decorated with red clouds.
  • Alita/Gally's very first outfit in Battle Angel Alita/Gunnm was a sleeveless black jumpsuit with baggy beige-colored boots with large metal knee guards, and an equally baggy duster (that came off if any ass-kicking was needed.) It's since become her most iconic and recognizable outfit.
  • The outfit of Haruhi Suzumiya, complete with hair ribbon and school uniform, is so iconic that it has become a considerably famous in-joke in the otaku community that you can recognize her simply by her color scheme.
  • The 3D Maneuver Gear from Attack on Titan isn't worn by a particular character (rather, everybody wears it), but it's very distinctive. If you do need a specific, though less obvious example, add a red scarf to the gear for instant Mikasa.
  • Kagerou Project: Ayano's Sailor Fuku/red scarf combo is instantly recognisable, to the point that she's wearing it post-mortem, despite dying in an entirely different outfit.

    Comic Books 
  • This is the reason why superhero characters wear brightly colored spandex. Also why most older characters are still wearing the same outfit they did decades earlier. The one time Superman had his outfit changed in canon is one of the bigger Dork Age moments of the 90s. And Superman's outfit was originally designed simply to be colorful and easy to draw, because comics had very limited printing capabilities in the 1940s. Whenever the comics change a character's look significantly, it likely won't stick to merchandising or adaptations. To wit; grey Hulk, Spider-Man and his black outfit, and Wolverine and his bone claws.
  • Due to a strict Limited Wardrobe policy, heroes of classical Franco-Belgian Comics have iconic outfits:
    • In Tintin : Tintin's brown pants and white socks; other main characters have unforgettable outfits: Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, Thompson and Thomson... The orange spacesuit they wear in Explorers On The Moon is also iconic.
    • Spirou's red bellhop uniform.
    • The Smurfs' white hat and pants... and blue skin, even if the last one is not an outfit.
    • Lucky Luke's white cowboy hat, yellow shirt, black vest and blue pants.
  • Wolverine has two outfits that are used with almost equal prominence: he started in yellow and blue, moved to a brown and tan outfit, then returned to the yellow and blue because Jim Lee liked the look. The yellow and blue is slightly more prominent currently, but brown and tan has been used on occasion nevertheless. Another iconic feature for all his costumes is the distinctive brow extensions of their cowls; even in silhouette they're instantly recognizable.
  • Batman's silhouette is so iconic he has a villain whose goal in life is just to steal his cowl. The fight for Batman's successor was even called Battle for the Cowl.
  • Incredible Hulk: The Hulk's most usual clothing, purple pants (that resist everything!).
  • In Hellblazer, John Constantine has been wearing the same trenchcoat for years, complete with a tie and a cigarette. A lot others tried to copy his look.
  • Young Avengers has some:
    • Wiccan, his cape and his (no longer worn) winged head piece. Everyone remembers the cape. Everyone remembers that time Wiccan worn the cape over his civilians. The Young Avengers el-jay comm has declared Wiccan/Cape to be canon and the comm's unanimously accepted OTP.
    • Kate Bishop's "original" outfit consisting of a torn purple bridesmaid dress, Black Widow's belt, Mockingbird's mask, and the original Hawkeye's bow - ah remembered well. (This also led to her initially being referred to as "Hawkingbird")
  • That one time Deadpool wore Marvel Girl's outfit. Because it was burned into the eyes of readers (you can't unsee it, even if you've never seen it!), but still remembered (though the panties turn up again later).
  • The X-Men are invariably remembered, redrawn, and cosplayed in their 90's era Jim Lee outfits, particularly Cyclops's blue-and-yellow chest belt and his Underwear of Power, Rogue's yellow-and-green bodysuit with headband and bomber jacket, Psylocke's Leotard of Power, Storm's white uniform, and Jubilee's bright yellow trench coat and pink sunglasses. That the X-Men wore these during the height of their popularity (not to mention the '90s cartoon and Marvel vs. Capcom games) probably has something to do with it. Only Psylocke's bathing suit has survived to the present day. Storm also has her fan-beloved 80's leather outfit and mohawk, with the mohawk eventually making a comeback when Brian Wood took over the book in 2013.
  • Watchmen
    • If an iconic outfit can be extended to other people, fanart of Silhouette shows her as pretty fond of nurses, probably because the girl she kisses in the movie is a nurse.
    • The canonical iconic outfit of Watchmen is Dr Manhattan's lack thereof.
    • Rorschach's mask is his face.
    • This goes more for the film than for the comic, but Adrian Veidt's delicious purple blazer so qualifies. He's dressed very innocuously most of the time, and the jacket's not exactly odd for the 80s, but when you think of Adrian Veidt, you probably think of him in that blazer. God, so purple.
  • The Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta. It's even used in Anonymous-based protests. Possibly subverted in that the mask is Older Than Steam.
  • Gwen Stacy's headband. The black headband has become such an iconic symbol that it's appeared in movies, cartoons, and even Gwen's long-lost daughter Sarah was given one to remind us she looks exactly like Gwen.
    • The outfit Gwen Stacy died in: Long green coat, black boots,shirt and a purple skirt. So iconic The Amazing Spiderman 2 actually pretty faithfully translated that outfit on to the screen and as soon as that photo linked everyone who knew anything about the character figured out the Forgone Conclusion
    • Also, Mary Jane Watson's sleeveless black tank top and tight purple pants from her notorious first appearance - brought back in One More Day to remind us that this is Mary Jane.
  • Delirium has a bunch of different hairstyles in The Sandman, but what the fandom thinks of when they picture Delirium's hair is a style with multicolored flowing locks on one side of her head and a buzzcut on the other side (she appeared to have that hairstyle in her first major appearance, but closer inspection reveals the long part to be more like a mohawk that doesn't stick up. Which is why it keeps changing sides).
  • In Transmetropolitan, Spider Jerusalem wears a black jacket over a bare chest exposing his tattoos, black pants, black boots and his signature asymmetrical sunglasses. He's almost never seen wearing anything else, but he does seem to like going naked.
  • Zatanna's tuxedo shirt, coat, tails, top hat, fishnets and thigh-high hooker boots.
  • Wonder Woman with her corset and star spangled panties. DC has tried to give her pants on at least a couple of occasions. Never sticks.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have their masks, belts, and elbow/knee pads. It's especially iconic because that's the ''only'' thing they wear.
  • Justice Society of America: Stargirl's braces. She got them all the way back in issue 2 of Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., and even though she later got "invisible" braces, she still has them. Their possible removal was a central plot point in the last issue Geoff Johns wrote in the 2007-2011 run.
  • Conan the Barbarian can't be illustrated without the furry loincloth. You can give him a BFS, long black hair, and otherwise make him a Walking Shirtless Scene, but he's still not Conan without a furry loincloth. Note that neither the original Conan pulp stories by Robert E. Howard nor the first Arnold movie nor even the Frank Frazetta paintings had him looking like this very often; the look mostly comes from Marvel Comics, and the second Arnold movie bowed to this.
  • Iron Man has a iconic color scheme. His armor changes every few years (and with pretty much every artist change), but with a few notable exceptions (the Silver Centurion and War Machine armors), it's always red and yellow/gold ever since the late 60s. The helmet is also very consistent with its stylized eyes and mouth, with the Modular Armor being one of the few without a mouth.
  • Like Wolverine and the Riddler, Spider-Man also has two iconic outfits — the classic red and blue tights and the symbiote/black costume. In fact, people actually attribute it to his moods — if he's wearing the black costume, run.
    • Immediately after getting rid of the black suit, Spidey was temporarily costumeless and had to borrow one of Johnny Storm's old uniforms, which lacked a mask so he also wore for a paper bag over his head. While only appearing for the one issue, the Bombastic Bagman costume has never been forgotten. It frequently shows up as an unlockable alternate outfit in Spider-Man games and is even occasionally alluded to in the comics themselves.
  • Clark Kent also has a trademark look. Whenever a story is not specifically grounded in the present day (think Batman the Animated Series) Clark is usually seen wearing the fedora that used to be a standard part of his outfit in the 40's and 50's. Jimmy Olsen often wears a sweater vest and a bow tie.

    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts: Charlie Brown wouldn't be Charlie Brown without the zigzag stripe shirt. Ironically, in early comics he wore an ordinary blank shirt, but his zigzag has overshadowed it for good.
  • Little Orphan Annie's red dress and red curls. The musical plays off of this by only putting her in said outfit when she's adopted by Warbucks.
  • Calvin and Hobbes
    • Calvin is never seen without his red T-shirt, sneakers, and shorts-that-are-too-long-for-his-legs.
    • Then there's STUPENDOUS Man! See above, but add a cape and a red Luchadore-esque mask.
    • Spaceman Spiff's jumpsuit and blaster, plus goggles.
    • Tracer Bullet's Fedora, cig, and Badass Longcoat. Possibly subverted, since Badass Longcoats may or may not be Narm for viewers.

    Fanfiction 
  • In the second season of Children of Time, Sherlock Holmes consents wearing an Inverness cloak for the sake of recognition, but draws the line at the deerstalker. (In this 'verse, he's worn the deerstalker only once, on Dartmoor, and the Inverness not at all before the 22nd century.)

    Film — Animation 
  • The iconic dress worn by Snow White.
  • Pretty much every Disney Princess has one of these. With the exception of Pocahontas, every single one of them had at least one wardrobe change during their respective movie. Tiana sets the record with a multitude of clothing changes, plus a full-on frog transformation, while most Disney Princess media depict her in her Pimped-Out Dress.
  • A little jarring in the case of Mulan, whose Iconic Outfit is her matchmaker dress (which she was uncomfortable wearing), but even more for Rapunzel from Tangled, whose long blonde hair is in every piece of merchandise... while it being cut was what freed her from her oppressor.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas:
    • Jack Skellington's pin-striped tuxedo and bat bow-tie.
    • Sally's stitched-up dress is pretty well-known as well.
  • Mickey Mouse's Sorcerer's Apprentice robe (complete with Yen Sid's hat) from Fantasia.
  • Aladdin's rags, which are more iconic than his princely attire. Possibly lampshaded in-universe with the fact that he seems more comfortable in them than his prince garb (considering the fact that he wears his rags more often in the TV series at least).
  • Tinker Bell's dress as well as her outfits in the Disney Fairies films.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Charlie Chaplin's Tramp outfit.
  • Buster Keaton occasionally played Upper Class Twits in well-tailored clothes, but is usually pictured in a baggy suit, slapshoes, and his trademark porkpie hat.
  • Harold Lloyd's horn rim glasses.
  • Indiana Jones' brown, tattered fedora, bomber jacket (Which he pretty much wears regardless of the weather or terrain) and bullwhip. To a slightly lesser degree, there's his satchel, which is actually a British WW1 gas mask pouch.
  • James Bond:
    • The trademark tuxedo, of course. This has lead to a misguided notion that he wears nothing but it (a staple of the typical Shallow Parody of the series), which isn't true. He wears plenty of normal, practical outfits (even military fatigues) and the tuxedo is limited mostly to social events. Bond's tuxedo is so emblematic that it's often invoked in things inspired by Bond, as a Shout-Out.
    • Honey Ryder's white bikini from Dr. No.
    • Blofeld's Mao suit, copied by parodies such as Dr. Evil.
  • Star Wars
    • Princess Leia's cinnamon-bun hairdo. Her white dress and blaster are also part of her classic look, but not as important as the hair. Her more famous outfit, (if you can call it that...), is the metal bikini. In fact, parody depictions will often combine the cinnabon hair and bikini, despite being from different movies.
    • Han's vest and yellow-striped pants.
    • Luke has a few:
      • His initial kimono-esque tunic and boots.
      • Luke's grey-green jacket and pants that he wore on Dagobah and Cloud City.
      • Luke's all black Jedi Knight shirt and pants, and brown robe.
    • Obi-Wan's robe.
    • Yoda's robe.
    • The various Imperial armor types are all pretty iconic.
    • Darth Vader's armor.
    • The Emperor/Darth Sidious' black cloak.
    • Boba Fett and Jango Fett's Mandalorian armor.
    • Padmé's white outfit with the erotically slashed shirt from Attack of the Clones or her elaborate royal costumes, face paint from The Phantom Menace and her tan sleeveless outfit from Revenge of the Sith.
  • Clint Eastwood's poncho in the Leone Westerns. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, which takes place chronologically earlier during the war (whether the characters are the same or not), doesn't give it to him until two and a half hours in.
  • Bruce Lee
    • The yellow and black tracksuit from Game of Death (although it only appeared in one movie for a few minutes), especially after Uma Thurman wore the same outfit in Kill Bill. In fact, that track suit is one of the many ways to tell if someone's a Bruce Lee Clone.
    • A close second would be bare-chested in black pants as seen in Enter the Dragon.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: A red and green striped sweater and fedora, with the razor-clawed glove on his right hand.
  • Jason Voorhees' hockey mask from the Friday the 13th series, which he put on in Part III.
  • The Ghostbusters outfits are still a fancy dress mainstay, though the film was released over twenty years ago.
  • The Blues Brothers black suit pants and jackets, ties, shades, hats, and white shirts. Mostly the shades, if anything gets parodied.
  • Labyrinth: Jareth's tights. They could have been painted on. Well, they are often referred to as "criminally tight" pants for a reason.
  • The Night of the Hunter: Harry Powell. Knuckle Tattoos. That is all.
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: Dr. Caligari has stolen the top hat forever. And Cesare made that whole look fashionable.
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Little Black Dress.
  • Beetlejuice:
    • Betelgeuse's black and white striped suit is only one of about the six costumes he wears throughout the film, but it's the one everyone remembers. It was the outfit featured on the movie poster, and was the one carried over to his animated version.
    • Lydia's red Pimped Out Wedding Dress that she wore at the climax, to a lesser extant.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Captain Jack's hair (and everything in it) alongside his bandanna and, of course, his hat. Pretty much everything about Captain Jack's appearance is iconic, especially his sometimes drunken swagger-stagger.
  • The Mask: Stanley Ipkiss becomes The Mask four times. Only in one he wears that yellow zoot suit, but it's so iconic any derivative works, such as the video game and the Animated Adaptation, turns it into his regular outfit.
  • In Back to the Future, Marty McFly's orange/red "life preserver".
  • Ferris Bueller's ugly orange-and-black sweater vest, worn over a plain white T-shirt. His True Companions also have iconic items of clothing — Cameron has his Red Wings jersey, and Sloane has her white fringed jacket.
  • Dracula's black suit and cape that Bela Lugosi wore. He was even buried in it.
  • Hannibal Lecter's restraint mask from The Silence of the Lambs. Not even mentioned in the novel (he wore a hockey mask instead) and appearing only for a single scene in the movie, it went on to have a starring role in Hannibal, which opens with Mason Verger buying the mask for a ridiculous amount of money, has a scene of him wearing it and eventually putting it on Dr. Lecter. It gets featured again in Red Dragon for a brief scene and Hannibal Rising features a moment with him putting on an ancient samurai mask that resembles his later restraint. The mask has become a symbol for Hannibal Lecter despite him wearing it for just a few minutes in every movie. The Iconic Mask latter appeared in advertising for the second season of the TV series but this time it's Will Graham in the mask. Considering how the first season ended with him being framed for Hannibal's murders it's actually quite fitting.
  • Bo Derek's yellow bathing suit and cornrows in 10.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal's skeleton outfit in Donnie Darko.
  • Carrie White's pig-blood-drenched prom dress.
    • To a lesser extent, Norma's red baseball cap in the '76 version, which she wore in every scene, even at prom and at the hairdresser (it rested on top of the hair dryer). Reportedly, the hat was the idea of her actress, P. J. Soles.
  • Laurel and Hardy's bowler hats (often depicted in their movies' opening titles for instant identification) — gives them a little dignity against all odds. True to the Hat Shop trope, wearing them in Way Out West marks them as out of their element.
  • Alex's giant grey sweatshirt and red heels from Flashdance.
  • James Dean, in all post-mortem representations, is wearing the red windbreaker from Rebel Without a Cause.
    • To the point where Fry's outfit from Futurama is modeled after it.
  • From A Clockwork Orange, we have Alex with his boots, pajamas, jockstrap, bowler and fake eyelash on one eye.
  • From Inception, Eames's Paisley shirt, Arthur's waistcoat and Ariadne's scarf has pretty much become character identifiers in fandom.
  • In the Harry Potter movies, the main trio's most memorable outfits outside of the Hogwarts uniforms and robes are the regular clothes they wore in the third act of Prisoner of Azkaban. Especially Hermione's pink hoodie. Plus the blue-grey T-shirt with blue trim that Harry wore in the third act. He wears it throughout the series
  • Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever wears different clothes throughout the movie but the white leisure suit is the one people remember most.
  • Austin Powers' thick glasses, crushed velvet suits, Beatle boots and male symbol medallion.
  • Fred Astaire's Iconic Outfit has its own song: "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails". It also includes a cane, which isn't mentioned in the song.
  • Johnny Depp's portrayal of Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is never without a pair of aviators, a cigarette holder sticking out of his mouth, and a bucket hat (or a green transparent visor.)
  • Mad Max's leather jacket with the one torn sleeve and the armoured shoulder pad is iconic not only of the series itself, but of post apocalyptic cinema in general.
  • The Ghostface Killer's (no, not him) black robe and distinctive elongated white mask from the Scream movies.
  • Hayley Stark is always drawn and remembered in her red hoodie, red leggings and beige skirt, although she spends most of the movie in jeans with her black tank top or green scrubs.
  • The Driver from Drive: white satin jacket with embroidered gold scorpion on the back, brown leather driving gloves, skinny tight navy jeans and light colored madison boots.
  • The costume that Catwoman stitched together in Batman Returns.
  • Parodied in Last Action Hero: The "hero", played by Arnold Schwarzenegger , wears a brown leather jacket, jeans, and a red t-shirt. When he opens his closet to change clothes, the closet is full of identical t-shirts, jeans, and jackets.
  • The Terminator's leather jacket, black shirt and sunglasses.

    Literature 
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe
    • Thrawn is almost always depicted in the white Grand Admiral outfit, with or without the medals and gold epaulets. He wore a black uniform as a Commander of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force, and at various points he's said to be in such things as animal skins, a very fancy robe dubbed "Disco Thrawn", stormtrooper armor, and Mandalorian armor. He must have worn uniforms appropriate to his rank before making Grand Admiral, but even official art puts him in the white uniform. In Galaxy of Fear he was only a Captain, but look. Same with in TIE Fighter. Depictions of him in his final campaign also tend to have him cradling and stroking a ysalamiri like it's a cat; although he sometimes pets a ysalamir for emphasis, you can't really hold them that way.
    • X-Wing Series: Wedge Antilles will always be reminded of the lavender short pants and the Ewok thing, if we ask the writer Aaron Allston. Those are more of Running Gags — but he's very much associated with the oh-so-very-orange Rebel flight suits.
      • Corran Horn's green flight suit became an iconic outfit in-universe, after his apparent death during the liberation of Coruscant, after which the New Republic briefly made it Rogue Squadron's standard uniform in his honor. Apparently the rest of the squadron went back to wearing orange after it was revealed that Corran wasn't really dead.
  • Sam Spade. Badass Longcoat.
  • Dr. Fu Manchu actually went so far as to lend his name to his style of Beard of Evil. Oddly enough, Rohmer describes him as clean-shaven.
  • Harry Potter
    • Harry Potter's big, round, black glasses. Combine with a striped scarf and/or school uniform, and you have one of the most easily recognizable outfits in history. Black robes are a plus, but not even entirely necessary.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club:
    • Many of Claudia's.
    • Dawn's "I'm Awesome!" necklace.
    • The fandom loves to snark about the outfit Mallory wore to her first meeting: a red jumper with her name on it and white tights with little hearts.
  • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden's leather duster. Thanks to the book covers, his very nifty hat as well. This has become iconic enough that it became an instant and obvious Shout-Out to Dresden fans when Nicolas Cage wore a similar duster and hat in The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
  • Sherlock Holmes: The deerstalker hat and pipe are instant signs of for anyone, anyone at all, that Holmes is being invoked. In the original novels of course it is essentially absent. The hat should be worn by a hunter, while most of his adventures occur around London (wearing it anywhere in the city would be like a modern detective wearing flannel, mud boots, and an Elmer Fudd-type hunting hat). He does wear an "ear-flapped travelling-cap" at least once when investigating a case in the country. Though he did smoke occasionally, he did not do so to the chain-smoker levels Pop Culture would have you believe. If anything, he's usually using cocaine rather than smoking a pipe.
    • For that matter, his pipe is almost always shown in illustrations as a straight billard, whereas the bent pipe was first used by an actor who didn't want his mouth to be covered while speaking.
    • Holmes is a chain-smoker, though, and Watson mentions several times that the smoke levels in the sitting room have reached London fog status. Holmes smokes cigarettes just as often as pipes, though, and he smokes several different pipes throughout the stories, one infamous example being his cherrywood, which he smokes when he is in a "disputatious" mood. Holmes's cocaine habit is brought up only in four stories out of sixty, and even then, we only see him injecting himself in just one of said stories. (And he only "uses" when he is bored, not during a case.)
    • The deerstalker was actually the invention of Sidney Paget, the illustrator for Strand Magazine, and he originally gave it to Holmes only when investigating in the country. With the start of The Memoirs and the story "Silver Blaze," Doyle decided to Throw It In by mentioning Holmes's "ear-flapped travelling-cap," obviously describing the deerstalker and making it canonical after all.
  • The Catcher in the Rye: Holden Caufield's red hunting hat, turned backwards. And don't forget the duffel coat.
  • The phantom mask worn by The Phantom of the Opera, completed with a rose.
    • The musical pretty much codified the Phantom's Man of Wealth and Taste look: tailcoat, dramatically swirling cloak, and a fedora (the last item is such an essential part to the image for some fans that there were complaints when it wasn't included in the film). Note that the fedora would either be Anachronism Stew or make The Phantom a Villainous Crossdresser (at the time the story was written and takes place, a fedora was women's fashion). A Nice Hat has always been part of his Iconic Outfit; originally, however, it was a top hat instead.
      • Also his "Masque of the Red Death" costume.
  • Robin Hood's Lincoln green tunic and pointy hat.
  • Where's Wally?: The red and white striped shirt, hat with a red puffball, and round glasses are infamous. Popular, too; so much so that everyone in the damn books wears something that looks like it.
  • The Shadow is best remembered on pulp-fiction covers for wearing a long black overcoat (sometimes with cape), red silk scarf, and black slouch hat.
  • Alice in Wonderland. Oh, so many characters. Alice's blue dress and white pinafore, the Mad Hatter's crazy jacket and his hat with the price tag in it, the White Rabbit's waistcoat and watch...to name just a few.
  • Lord of the Rings: Gandalf's Wizard Classic ensemble basically codified what wizards wear. Everyone copied the look, and few avoided looking like Gandalf knock-offs.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Arthur Dent's bathrobe; bonus points if he's holding a towel.
  • Moist von Lipwig's golden suit in the Discworld novels Going Postal (with golden winged postman's cap) and Making Money (with golden top hat) is an Iconic Outfit in-universe; The Nondescript Moist loves the fact that if he's not wearing it, he's not the Moist von Lipwig everyone recognises.
  • Going way back, Jesus will be shown wearing a white toga with a red sash around the shoulder more often than not.
  • Katniss Everdeen, in and out of universe. In The Hunger Games, her black jacket and orange backpack are standard issue for the arena, but add her braid and her bow and you have an icon just about as recognisable as Harry Potter's scar-and-glasses look. In the sequels this develops into an in-universe iconic outfit. Her mocking jay dress and later mockingjay uniform which riffs on it are explicitly designed to make her iconic to the viewing public.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Fourth Doctor's bohemian outfit with the long scarf and the Fifth's cricket outfit, with, um, decorative vegetable. The Sixth and Seventh Doctors were intentionally designed to be as iconic as possible (the former involving a profusion of colors, the latter a shirt with question marks on it and an umbrella carried in any weather), but weren't as successful as the subtler examples.
      • The Fourth's Doctor's scarf is probably the most iconic item of any Doctor's outfit, based at least partially on Toulouse-Lautrec's painting of Aristide Bruant. This was lampshaded in the audio "The Demon of Paris", where the story is started by the Doctor finding a version of the poster that was altered into a likeness of him.
      • Actually the scarf was an accident. The Doctor Who team contracted the scarf out to a knitter but kept changing the colors. She thought that they wanted to add those additional colors and wound up with an incredibly long scarf. The team kept it as it fit the personality of the Doctor.
    • Ten's penchant for wearing Converse sneakers with a brown pinstriped suit. The trenchcoat is also instantly recognizable.
    • Eleven's bowtie. Bowties Are Cool. Also, briefly, fezzes and a Stetson he wore for all of a minute. That was all it needed.
    • Zoe is associated with the glittery catsuit that she wore in "The Mind Robber" and "The Invasion" much more than any of her other costumes.
    • Turlough only wore shorts in his final episode but it's become quite memorable among some followers, due to it being...rather short. His school uniform is also well known cause that was (almost) all he wore.
    • The tacky op-art dress that Dodo wears in "The Celestial Toymaker" is the outfit primarily associated with her, even though she only wears it in one story, all but one episode of which is missing. Steven is also associated strongly with the striped polo-neck he wears in the same story, which his actor Peter Purves expressed disappointment with in an interview on the "The Tenth Planet" DVD extras; he claimed it wasn't even cool in the 1960s and wished that people associated him with the beautiful Renaissance clothes he got to wore in "The Massacre" instead.
  • Captain Jack Harkness rocks his suspenders and especially his World War II Royal Air Force coat.
  • Ugly Betty's Guadalajara! poncho.
  • Glee: Sue Sylvester's red track suit.
    • And, to a lesser extent, Will Schuester's sweater vests.
  • Catwoman's costume from the 1960s Batman.
  • Happy Days: The Fonz in his iconic leather jacket, now hanging in the Smithsonian. Ironically, in his first few appearances he wore an ordinary windbreaker because the network that Happy Days was on wouldn't allow his character to be portrayed as a juvenile delinquent even though he was, but later allowed the jacket to be worn when the writers pointed out that it was legitimate safety equipment for a motorcycle rider.
  • Mork and Mindy Mork's rainbow braces/suspenders.
  • Emma Peel of The Avengers: black leather Spy Catsuits. The thing is that they weren't very rugged and after any action scene all the seams would be ripped out, so after the first few episodes she stopped wearing them, but that is all that anybody remembers her wearing. Apart from the purple ones, of course.
  • In Power Rangers Wild Force, the previous season's Rangers came back during a teamup two-parter that the fandom remembers fondly. The fandom also fondly remembers the apocalyptic future-based black leather/PVC outfit the Pink Ranger was dressed in during her first appearance in said episodes as she singly handedly saves everybody else in the cast.
  • Much like Power Rangers above, Kamen Rider is known for his bug-eye lenses, antennae, silver mandible mouthpiece, Scarf of Asskicking (at least early on) and always, ALWAYS, the chunky belt buckle.
  • The regular Star Trek uniforms. Actually, if you watch the entire run of the original 1960s Star Trek series, you notice that the character's uniforms changed fairly often, but one specific set of uniforms from the 1960s series has become iconic largely because that particular set was standardized in the later Star Trek cartoons and action figures of the early 1970s. Kids and teenagers who watched those cartoons and played with those action figures then tended to watch the original live-action shows with the retcon idea that the 1970s standardization had been there from the beginning of the 1960s series. Then, the Star Trek conventions of the 1970s deepened the collective impression that a specific set of the 1960s uniforms had been "the" uniforms. Those uniforms thus became iconic.
  • Firefly:
    • Jayne's clever homeknit hat — "A man walks down the street in that hat, you know he's not afraid of anything."
    • Also River's floaty skirts coupled with cycle shorts and big clompy boots... or not, as the plot demands.
    • Captain Tightpants, anyone? Those, and his Badass Longcoat, from which the Browncoats take their name.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?
    • Ryan's Shoes.
    • And Colin's "tacky shirt", though he only wears it for one taping (which spawned two episodes).
  • Beakmans World: Beakman's fluorescent green labcoat.
  • From Robin Hood: Much's hat. He wore it for three seasons straight.
  • The Red Green Show: Red Green's red-and-green suspenders and plaid shirt.
  • Merlin's Neckerchiefs. Also, the Hat.
  • Number Six from The Prisoner, with his white-piped black blazer.
  • Heroes:
    • Claire was defined by the writers as "The Cheerleader" from day one, so they always have to find a way to show her in a cheerleader outfit, even when it stretches credibility, and everyone still refers to her as "The Cheerleader".
    • Mohinder's hot-pink shirt (matched with striped purple-and-yellow scarf). There are multiple crack fics starring it.
  • Home Improvement: Al Borland's flannel shirts.
  • Are You Being Served?: Captain Peacock's executive red carnation.
  • Supernatural: Dean's leatherjacket, and even more so, Castiel's trenchcoat (which is modelled on John Constantine's trenchcoat) and blue tie. In "The Rapture", it is fairly weird to see Jimmy in other clothes.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: Daisy Duke's incredibly high-cut, tight jean short-shorts. So much that they were named after her.
  • Hee Haw: Minnie Pearl's flowery straw hat with the price tag hanging from it.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike's leather trench coat, (which he took from the second Slayer he killed), combined with his bleached blond hair made for a pretty distinctive look. Angel's own Badass Longcoat also took on this status in the spinoff show.
  • Gossip Girl: Chuck Bass' signature scarf.
    • Headbands hadn´t been on trend for years, when the show started, and Blair is seldomly seen without one. Its lampshaded quite a few times, and she even gives headbands to prospect minions, in college.
  • Charlie Harper's bowling t-shirts in Two and a Half Men. So iconic that, during Charlie Sheen's (in)famous breakdown, when among other things he burned one of these in public and stated in interview how he hated them, it was already sure he wasn't going to come back to series.
  • In Sherlock the Deerstalker cap is an in-universe Iconic Outfit, with Holmes getting photographed in it the *one* time he wears one and afterward being known as the detective with the hat.
    • And of course, this particular take on the character actually has an iconic outfit of his own, even if it's not the one he's known for in-universe: the well-fitted shirt, expertly-tailored suit, slipknot blue scarf, and Belstaff greatcoat.
  • Filmation's Ghostbusters: In the live-action series, Kong wore an orange sweatshirt with "5" stenciled on, a gray vest, green pants, and a porkpie hat. Spenser wore a blue zoot suit.
  • Hannah Montana's blonde wigs. Her pink sparkly jacket and white jeans, maybe, too.
    • Lilly Truscott's "Lola Luftnagle" "anime hair" wigs may count as well.
  • Mike Nesmith's green wool-knit hat in The Monkees. The Real Life Mike wore it to keep his hair out of his eyes when stopping in on a laundry run when he went in the audition, and was identified by the show's producers in his audition tapes via this hat. He was even nicknamed "Wool Hat" in the Pilot Episode.
  • Teen Wolf: Stiles' red hoodies.
  • Although it wasn't uncommon for them to change clothes, the human/humanoid cast members of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had more or less iconic outfits to fall back on the other 90% of the time: Joel and Mike's boiler suits, Dr. Forrester's neon-green lab coat, Frank's black smock, Observer's blue hooded cape (a constant across the evolution of his costume), Bobo's purple blazer. Pearl had two iconic outfits: the Day-Glo shirt, vest and skirt she wore in her earliest appearances, and the olive-drab monogrammed jacket she adopted near the end of the show's run.
    • When they did make an obvious change, it was usually for a joke — like the Brain Bleach-inducing silver lamé outfit worn by Mike as part of a parody of Spanish-language kids' TV — or it would have some connection back to their iconic outfits, like the neon-green tank top Dr. Forrester would change into for anything sports-related.
    • Pearl Forrester probably changed clothes more often than any of the other characters, but in the Sci-Fi Channel years she had an iconic hairstyle: regardless of what she was wearing, her hair was almost always pulled neatly back into a bun.
  • Rod Roddy, the announcer on The Price Is Right from 1985-2003, almost always wore custom-made Thai silk suits. However, they weren't seen in the last couple years of his tenure, as Rod had stopped appearing on camera for the most part.
  • Sarah Lund's Faroe Isles woollen sweater in Forbrydelsen. It got so iconic that the Radio Times promoted the show's second season in the UK with a knitting pattern.
  • Person of Interest has John Reese and his nice suit. It took a while before Reese settled on his black suit/white shirt combo (though he'd worn other suits before), but he eventually becomes known as "The Man in the Suit." His rejection of the suit in "Lethe" and "Aletheia" is used to underscore his disillusionment with the cause, and him deciding to pick up a new suit in "4C" heralds his return.
  • An in-universe example occurs in Sherlock, when Sherlock grabs an unusual, completely outside of his usual fashion taste deerstalker hat in order to hide his face from paparazzi, with the result that he's photographed wearing the hat and his in-universe fandom assumes he wears it all the time. His fans routinely talk about it, and one of the fake kiss-and-tell stories that his fake Honey Trapped girlfriend pulls on him has the headline "He made me wear the hat".

    Music 
  • The Beatles' outfits (mostly the dark suits they wore on the The Ed Sullivan Show, the tan Nehru jackets at Shea Stadium, and the colorful military outfits with epaulettes from Sgt Pepper).
  • Elvis Presley
    • The white jumpsuit and shades he performed in during the Seventies.
    • The black leather outfit he wore at his '68 Comeback Special.
  • The green US army jacket John Lennon wore in the early Seventies. Also his distinctive round NHS glasses.
    • The Greek fisherman's hat he wore in Help! might also count.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen
    • The cute "play" clothes and hair done in cute pig tails that she wore when car washing in the "Call Me Maybe" music video.
    • The sexy black and white spagetti-strapped top and black mini dress and cute floral waist coat she wore at the beginning of the "This Kiss" music video.
      • The multicolored paints, cute sparkly pink spagetti-strapped top and adorable sparkly red vest she wore at the end of the video.
  • Michael Jackson
    • The glove. Just the one.
    • The Thriller red jumpsuit as well.
    • His fedora.
    • Pinstripe suit and blue armband.
  • KISS, both costumes and make-up.
  • Hair Metal in general.
  • Björk's swan dress.
    • At the 2006 Academy Awards, Jon Stewart joked that "We're sorry Bjork couldn't join us this year. She was getting into her dress and Dick Cheney shot her."
    • MADtv paid homage to this outfit when a recurring character wore it. Her name: Ms. Swan.
  • Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is known for the long black frock-coat, tight ballet tights, exaggerated codpiece, thigh-high boots and bedraggled long hair and beard he wore in The Seventies, all of which Tull used for publicity long after he stopped adopting that style of clothing or hairstyle (he's actually balding and wears a short goatee and less dramatic clothing in his old age).
  • The white trousers and yellow leather jacket (and mustache) worn by Freddie Mercury during Queen's last tour in 1986.
    • Before that, in The Seventies, Freddie wore tight, chest hair-exposing latex jumpsuits (often "checkerboard"-colored) and black fingernail polish onstage. Reputedly, when he adopted the "clone" '80's look, some fans threw shaving razors and bottles of nail polish at him in protest.
      • His "leatherman" suit and cap from the 1979 tour, and his "Flash" t-shirts from the early 80's are equally iconic.
  • AC/DC: Angus Young's school uniform. Brian Johnson's flat cap and black vest too.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins: Billy Corgan's Zero Star Shirt.
  • David Bowie
    • The lightning bolt makeup from the album cover and inner sleeve of Aladdin Sane (1973).
    • The eyepatch he wore (due to conjunctivitis) during a Dutch television appearance in 1974 is forever tied to his character Halloween Jack from Diamond Dogs, which he was promoting at the time.
  • Owl City's "I AM" raglan.
  • Kurt Cobain
    • He only wore a flannel shirt for a few months in 1990, but it is the article of clothing most frequently associated with both him and grunge fashion in general.
    • Otherwise, his stripped shirt and jeans outfit from the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video and that green sweater, jeans and sneakers outfit he wore during his MTV unplugged performance (Neversoft went with this look when he appeared on Guitar Hero 5).
  • Tom Morello's Boy Scout uniform, which, like the Kurt Cobain outfit mentioned above, he wore in his Guitar Hero appearance.
  • Madonna's conic bra. Honorable mention to the wedding dress on the Like a Virgin cover and the black dress from the "Like a Prayer" video.
  • Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls is usually remembered for wearing a dress with the Union Jack on it, which was surprisingly lampshaded at the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton when a reporter pointed out a similar dress that an attendant was wearing. More recently, she teamed up with British clothing retailer Next to release her own line of Union Jack-designed clothing.
  • Earlier, you had Pete Townshend wearing a Union Jack suit during the early days of The Who.
  • Rapper Flavor Flav always wears a large clock around his neck.
  • Similar to the Elvis example, Jim Morrison's own leather outfit that he wore in 1967-68.
  • Miku Hatsune of Vocaloid. Both her futuristic schoolgirl uniform and green-and-white striped panties are very iconic.
  • Liberace says hello, by candlelight too.
  • The outfits worn by Jennifer Lopez at the 42nd Grammys and Gwyneth Paltrow in the 72nd Academy Awards, so much that they would later be worn by South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
  • Practically anything Lady Gaga wears, but her meat-dress deserves special mention.
  • Britney Spears wore Girlish Pigtails, a headset mic, a green, sparkly, form-fitting, midriff-baring halter-top, low-rise white pants with kneepads and tennis shoes in the You Drive Me Crazy (Stop! Remix) music video, which carried over to her 1999-2000 "...Baby One More Time" tour (save for a pink top). It's a very iconic look in a career of iconic looks, and appeared in parodies of her for years.
  • Edith Piaf's Little Black Dress.
  • Daft Punk are never seen without some sort of mask on either of their faces, but variations on these two in particular seem to be the ons people remember the most.
  • George Strait: Cowboy hat, pressed shirt, belt buckle, jeans, cowboy boots. Copied by many other country music singers.
  • Billie Joe Armstrong: Black polo shirt, red tie, and Guyliner, which he wore during the American Idiot tour. He doesn't wear the black shirt and tie regularly anymore, but it remains his most iconic look.
  • Amy Winehouse: Beehive Hairdo, thick black eye liner and tattoos.
  • Spike Jones's zoot suit with ridiculously large checks.

    New Media 
  • Board 8 has a wiki. The very first line in the page for one longtime regular is that he has an awesome shirt... with a link to the wiki page for the shirt.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Space Marine power armor, with its distinctive "Death's Head" helmet and huge pauldrons, is pretty much shorthand for Warhammer 40,000.
    • Games Workshop takes advantage of the iconic nature of certain factions' helmets by using stylized versions as shorthand logos on the packaging, most prominently Space Marine helmets and Eldar Guardians' tall pointy helmets.
    • Commissars generally wear their traditional black trenchcoats and SS caps everywhere, even when camouflage (or at least other colors) would be more sensible, to the point that we've named the hats after them.
    • As of the most recent Eldar Codex there have been studio models demonstrating the variations in color scheme among different shrines within each Aspect, but the original shrine the relevant Phoenix Lord founded is almost always the scheme shown in official art.
    • Almost every army with its own Codex has a 'poster child' subdivision that tends to make it into most of the official art, spinoff materials, and demonstration studio miniatures.
      • The Space Marines come in all the colors of the rainbow, but the blue and gold of the Ultramarines is undoubtedly the most well-recognized scheme.
      • The Tau have many septs with different schemes and tend to actually use camouflage, but the ochre and brown of the T'au sept is regarded as their dress uniform and tends to be shown more often.
      • The Sisters of Battle have many different sects and priories, but the most widespread scheme among the studio models is the black and red with white helmets of the Order of Our Martyred Lady.
      • The Imperial Guard comes in countless different shapes and sizes, but the dull greens of the Cadian regiments are the most popular paint scheme.
      • The black and blue with red runes of Asdrubael Vect's Kabal tends to be the color scheme seen most amongst the Dark Eldar.
    • The Eldar are the only real exception to the 'poster child' theorem, given the variety of units available; the studio army that shows up in the pictures on the boxes is painted in the red and white of Saim-Hann, but the blue and yellow of Iyanden, the white and green of Biel-Tan, the mottled blue and yellow helmets of Alaitoc, and the black and bone white of Ulthwe are almost as popular.

    Theater 
  • Mark Cohen's scarf from Rent. Heck, some people even ship him with it.
  • The popular dress from Wicked. Cheeseypoofs has seen people tried to find it so they can go as Galinda for halloween.
  • Quite a few from Les Misérables (Valjean's national guard outfit, Eponine's trenchcoat and hat, Cosette's black dress), but most notably the red vest that Enjolras wears from the Act 1 finale onwards. It's known as the "Red Vest Of Doom" to fans.

    Toys 
  • Holly Hobbie's patchwork dress and bonnet.

    Video Games 
  • Appearing (or not) in a variety of media, Carmen Sandiego has her matching red hat and trenchcoat.
  • Brink has near-infinite potential for iconic outfits, but one, created in the early days of Brink, stands out-Designing a black guy with skull facepaint, The Wasted jacket, The G pants, and dreadlocks is a very popular choice among players, possibly because of how grungy it looks and how it is damn near invisible on the infamous Container City map and Shipyard map is very popular. It may have originated with an Xbox player named Haru Daniels.
  • Mega Man and Mega Man X have a very distinctive blue helmet that defines not only who they are, but is emblemetic of the entire Mega Man franchise.
  • Scribblenauts: Maxwell. Rooster helmet. That is all.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Red cap, white gloves, blue overalls.
    • Green cap, white gloves, darker blue overalls.
    • Yellow cap, white gloves, purple overalls.
    • Gold crown, white gloves, pink dress.
    • Donkey Kong's monogrammed necktie.
    • Pauline's torn red dress is enforced as this in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, as whenever Donkey Kong kidnaps her, Mario grabs for her but only grabs the hem of her dress and tears it (the same way, every time).
  • Castlevania has a few of these in the latter days.
    • For example the infamous "Black leather skirt and high-heeled Dominatrix boots" that Simon Belmont was saddled with for Castlevania Chronicles.
    • And Soma's ever-loving white, fur-collared, and blue-trimmed Pimp Coat. Even with the questionable change in artists he kept the iconic coat.
    • Isaac's pants are quite infamous.
  • In Dead Space Isaac Clarke wears various armors, however each game has a suit that gets used extensively in promortional materials, serving as the outfit featured in most (if not all) trailers. In Dead Space, the Level 3 Engineering RIG served that role; it featured in all trailers for the game. In Dead Space 2, the Advanced RIG serves the promotional function, and is the final suit unlocked in game. In Dead Space 3, that role is split between the EVA suit in space and the Arctic Survival Suit planetside. Overall, the Level 3 RIG is probably Isaac's most iconic suit, as it is featured in 2 and 3; and if Isaac has a cameo in other games, he's more likely than not to be wearing that rig.
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • Link's green tunic, leather boots, and hat.
    • Zelda's purple and white dress from Twilight Princess also counts to the point that it's practically her default outfit. It even shows up in fanarts for other games where she wore mostly pink.
    • Zelda's pink dress from Ocarina of Time seems to be this as well, since every incarnation afterwards wears some sort of variation of this attire, including the purple one above. This dress design became iconic to the point that her design in A Link to the Past was changed to match in the Video Game Remake. Including her circlet/crown donning a red rupee.
      • TP Zelda is also the only Zelda after Ocarina Of Time (excluding Skyward Sword, since that Zelda is not a princess) not to have the red rupee in her crown.
  • Final Fantasy has the jobs come with recurring costumes.
  • World of Warcraft Has Arthas and his sauronesque Armor, especially the helmet. There's also Deathwing and the gigantic monstrosity he attached to his chin.
  • Metal Gear
    • Solid Snake's sneaking suit in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty has become a fondly remarked-upon outfit, especially for the the way it highlights his backside — remember that he only wore it for about two hourstechnically , in a game where he wasn't even the lead character, and yet it's eclipsed everything else he's ever worn to the point where it's considered his 'default' look. The Bandanna would probably fall under this as well, if it wasn't already an in-game meme/Infinity-plus-one-bandanna. Not to mention his trusty cardboard box...
    • Certainly the mullet. Even though he wore his hair short in as many games as he wore his hair long, including in his first appearance on the PlayStation, and even though it's not even technically a mullet, the meme's stuck and the haircut is invariably associated with him. Although as a charm point rather than a means of mockery.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
    • Niko Bellic is often portrayed wearing fingerless gloves, even though he never actually wore them in-game. The reason for this is because of early artwork showing him wearing them, although they were removed from the game later on. Asking where Niko's fingerless gloves were became a popular meme on GTA message boards.
    • Niko's starting outfit, a leather jacket and tracksuit, has become rather iconic, too, to the point where he wears them in all his appearances in the expansion packs, despite having access to a designer clothing store and plenty of money.
  • Master Chief's armor in the Halo trilogy. That might be because he never wears anything else.
  • Silent Hill: Pyramid Head's, um, pyramid head, a huge, implied-to-be-very-heavy torture helmet that may or may not be his actual head. Note that the original is solid and has five sides, whereas the most popular version from the movie is four-sided and included grating (because it was impossible for the actor to wear otherwise).
  • Half-Life: Dr. Freeman's HEV Suit.
  • Super Smash Bros.. Brawl
    • Wolf O'Donnell's outfit in Super Smash Bros. Brawl has since cemented the Star Wolf leader as a Memetic Badass.
    • Captain Falcon's "Captain Fabulous" pink and white outfit (Valentine's Day Falcon, as ProtonJon calls it) from Super Smash Bros. Brawl has become so popular, sometimes it's referenced as a different character.
    • Ditto for the red on pink ensamble worn by Gay Luigi a.k.a. Mama Luigi.
    • And also Marth in his white, "Wedding Marth" outfit.
  • Street Fighter
    • Ryu's sleeveless white gi with Red Headband. Ken's red and Akuma's gray ones follow on from this.
    • Blue female outfits with spiked wristbands and white hair-puffs work too.
  • Banjo-Kazooie
    • Banjo the Bear is memorable for his yellow shorts. He was granted the chance to talk about it in a Facebook Q&A promoting his latest game. Of course, he also has the backpack that houses his longtime friend Kazooie, but uh...that may cause some uncomfortable conversations these days.
    • His shorts and backpack are so iconic that they appear on every. single. transformation. that the pair have been through in both the original and sequel. Yes, even the ones that don't make any semblance of sense, like a pumpkin, a snowball, or a washing machine.
  • Power armor for the Fallout series. As well as the iconic blue-and-yellow-trimmed Vault suits, complete with PipBoy 3000.
  • Metroid
    • The Varia Suit. Although Samus rarely starts the game with it (and if she does, there's a pretty good chance she loses it pretty soon) and usually gets another upgrade or two to her suit, its design (complete with the iconic Shoulders of Doom) and color scheme are synonymous with her Powered Armor.
    • Also the Zero Suit, especially since appearing in Super Smash Bros..
  • Pokémon
    • "I like shorts. They're comfy and easy to wear!" The playable characters are also easily recognizable in their attire.
    • Lampshaded in Hotel Dusk sequel Last Window by player character Kyle Hyde: "I like suits. They're comfy and easy to wear."
  • Koei is responsible for doing this to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms characters. While many elements of the more iconic characters' appearance, like Guan Yu with his long flowing beard, do exist in the original literature, the Dynasty Warriors games and any predecessors and successors therein always depict recurring characters with now-signature features, to the extent that other properties depicting Three Kingdoms, like this webcomic and the toyline BB Senshi Sangokuden also use them — Lu Bu with his pheasant-feathered headgear, Ma Chao with spiky anime hair, Sun Ce's choice of weapons, the list goes on.
  • Touhou girls have some pretty iconic and unmistakeable outfits:
    • Suwako's combination of a purple dress with long wide sleeves paired with her epic wide-brimmed frog-eyed hat makes her stand out in the divine crowd.
    • Two-toned red/blue nurse's dress that Two-Face would approve of? It's Eirin!
    • Red-white number with Detached Sleeves? Reimu's Incident-resolving dress!
    • Oh wait! We forgot to mention the new good green haired miko in white and blue who lives with Suwako and Kanako in the Moriya Shrine. That's right guys! It's Sanae Kochiya (or Kotiya, depends upon your choice).
    • Reisen Udongein Inaba only wore a suit jacket in one game out of all the other official games which she had been in. In all the other official works she doesn't wear it; but even so it's become her Iconic Outfit (probably cause without it her outfit looks too plain).
    • Flandre Scarlet's distinctive metal-and-"Christmas lights" wings certainly make an impression (unfortunately missing in the picture is a single glowing eye peering out of the darkness at you). Although, the Iconicness might partly come from the fact that Flandre's wings resemble Marx's wings.
    • Cirno's ice wings.
    • A red, plaid dress and vest, with a white shirt and a parasol? Yuuka Kazami.
    • In fact, a rather famous Fan Vid uses the incredible number of unique outfits by showing only silhouettes of the characters. Behold the variety! More experienced Touhou fans can identify each character shown.
  • All of the Team Fortress 2 classes' outfits, and for good reason — they were designed so that players would be able to identify their opponents at a glance. They were designed and tested to be instantly recognizable in silhouette, in low lighting, to contrast with the backgrounds, and to draw focus towards the torso and head, the two parts you aim for. They have a big presentation on it floating around the interblag, that includes the fiendishly complex shading algorithms.
  • Left 4 Dead: Nick's $3,000 white suit with blue shirt underneath. The style has recently come back in Real Life, causing many fans' heads to whiplash whenever they see it in stores or on TV on unrelated people.
  • Hazama/Terumi from BlazBlue became playable in Continuum Shift, complete with a white color scheme for his suit that confirms his status as a Smooth Criminal.
  • The standard Assassin outfit (a long robe/coat with a red sash and a beaked hood, normally in white) in Assassin's Creed is this. No matter the time period, almost every Assassin will wear some variant: the Roman Empire, the Crusades, the Renaissance, Imperial China, the American Revolution, the Russian Revolution... Even Desmond's white hoodie harkens back to it. It's not strictly required, but is worn by every Assassin protagonist except Aveline.
  • Tekken
    • The Mishima studded gloves and Heihachi's tiger's head gi.
    • His fundoshi from the fourth game is hard to forget, too...
    • Many other examples as well. Kazuya's purple tuxedo, Lee's tuxedo, Anna's red Dragon Lady dress as well as her 1920s-esque "zebra" outfit, etc.
  • Dead or Alive has several of these, especially for the women in the game (Lei Fang's Little Black Dress, for instance). But one of the most memorable belongs to a male character: Zack's silver "Teletubby" outfit.
  • The King of Fighters
    • Mai Shiranui's famously Stripperiffic red kimono(?) in Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters — a classic example of the Theiss Titillation Theory in action.
    • Red pants belted together at the knee. Black jacket. White button-up shirt. You are now seeing Iori.
    • Terry Bogard has two of these - one with an orange trucker cap, the other with a wool-lined brown coat.
  • Dragon Quest IX plays with this: among the many equipment options you can discover are an array of Mythology Gag gear that lets you dress up your current party to look like heroes from all of the previous games in the series. You even gain Accolades by collecting and donning a complete set, as well as several Accolades if you manage to match what the representatives for each class are wearing in the example illustrations. On top of this, a lot of the gear that isn't directly connected to one of the past heroes are still references and holdovers from older games in the series, like the Water Flying Cloth/Flowing Robe.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic's sneakers.
  • The standard Iron Helmet from Skyrim has come to represent the main character, due to its appearance in the first trailer.
  • Hitman: Agent 47's black suit, white buttoned shirt, red tie, and the barcode tattoo on the back of his head.
  • Hawke in Dragon Age II, having become a living Folk Hero to the people of Thedas, has the Mantle of the Champion as their iconic outfit. The Mage version of the armour is the one used in the promotional materials and box-art.
    • Varric has his iconic leather coat and chest hair and Isabella has her own iconic outfit compared to her Origins appearance where she wore fairly nondescript armour.
    • Most people in the first game end up swapping out their gear for better armor over the course of the story, except for Morrigan, whose starting robes are ahead of the curve when they first appear and are available as a better version with the same character model after completing her personal quest, and whose subsequent appearance in Witch Hunt has her wearing the exact same clothing (unlike anyone else from the first game who appears somewhere else later).
  • No matter how many alternate appearance packs are released, or how many customization options are given to the characters, nearly everyone in the Mass Effect trilogy seems to always end up in the promotional material or cutscenes wearing the outfits they first showed up in. The major exceptions are Liara, who swapped her generic dark-green labcoat for a unique white outfit in the second game, and Ashley/Kaidan, whose default outfit was replaced with a redesigned blue suit of armor and off-duty garb in the third game.
    • Most notable example is, of course, Shepard's default N7 armor, despite being far from the best suit available statwise. You always start in the dark grey armour with the red and white stripe. Even in-universe, though there are other N7 graduates, and you may have undergone cosmetic surgery between games, your squadmates instantly know that the human in front of them wearing an N7 badge is Shepard.
  • Dante of Devil May Cry fame is nearly instantly recognizable by the image of his red leather Badass Longcoat, although it's a slight subversion in that the outfit is slightly different in each game (different vests in 1 and 2, no shirt in 3, different coat design in 4), but the imagery of the red coat juxtaposed with the visual contrast of his white hair is certainly iconic.
  • Ryu Hayabusa's black ninja suit (aka the "Legendary Black Falcon") from Team Ninja's reboot of the Ninja Gaiden series ended up becoming his standard outfit from the fourth Dead or Alive game and onward, becoming his most iconic design outside his original blue outfit from the earlier arcade and NES games.
  • Kantai Collection gives us Shimakaze, whose outfit consists of a sleeveless sailor top, elbow gloves, a hair ribbon tied like rabbit ears, a microskirt and a very visible thong. This outfit of hers was one of the factors contributing to the rise of the popularity and recognition of the game, to the extent that people would recognise her without even knowing who she was or which franchise she was from. It helps that (historically as well) being the only ship of her class, she's the only one wearing it.
  • Madotsuki's pink shirt with a checkerboard logo is instantly recognizable to fans of Yume Nikki.

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  • The immense popularity of Half-Life: Full Life Consequences means that almost every video made using Garry's Mod uses the same "John Freeman" model as it's star.
    • Even before John Freeman, Male 07 had been a popular character model due to its starring role as Gordon Frohman in the webcomic Concerned.

    Webcomics 
  • Marten's "TEH" T-shirt in Questionable Content.
  • Due to the fact that everyone is a stick figure in xkcd, the one extravagance worn by recurring characters is this. Black Hat Guy is the most prominent, followed by the guy in the beret.
  • In-universe example: the white dress from Agatha's holographic message in Girl Genius.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: It's probably justified because we never see him wearing anything else, or his face through it, but Dr. McNinja's lab coat and Ninja mask. When Franz Rayner made an army of Doc clones, he even made sure to equip each and every single one of them with that same lab coat and mask.
  • Homestuck
    • We get Courtyard Droll's absolutely ridiculous hat, and to a lesser extent the rest of his outfit. Though it's more just "odd hats in general".
    • Each of the kids has a shirt design that is iconic of them, and almost all of their alchemised clothing still has a basis in their original shirts in that they share the logo. Pink hairband and shirt with a defaced purple octopus? Rose. Broken record and baggy pants? Dave. Japanese Slimer T-shirt and cargo shorts (or these days, blue God Tier gear with a windy symbol)? John. Shirt with a dog-head silhouette and a long buttoned skirt? Jade. All the trolls get this too because they almost never wear anything else; trolls think fashion is stupid. Except for Kanaya and Eridan.
    • Then there's Gamzee's Cod Tier Bard of Rage outfit, including a ridiculous, sanity-searing codpiece.
    • The Alpha kids have Jane's Problem Sleuth monster, Dirk's cap, Roxy's four-eyed mutant cat, and Jake's green skull.
  • Penny Arcade: Gabe in yellow and Tycho in blue.
  • Sluggy Freelance: Torg's plaid jacket (with vertical and horizontal only stripes) and Riff's Badass Longcoat.

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    Western Animation 
  • Scooby-Doo
    • Fred's ascot (actually a neckerchief). Though present-day Freddie doesn't wear one, they do bust it out for homages every once in a while, as well as plenty of Lampshade Hanging in the series of Fred's fashion choice.
    • The other members of Mystery, Inc. also apply, though the ascot (being so out of place) is the most known.
    • Of particular note besides Fred, try to picture Shaggy in anything other than his green shirt and bell-bottoms combo. He's worn that outfit in just about every adaptation, reboot, movie, etc since the original show more than 40 years ago.
  • Black shirt, gray gloves, and khaki cargo-pants define Kim Possible's mission look. Also in-universe, to the point that one of the plot points of one episode was how everyone at her school was copying her (now popular and mass-produced) outfit ("Kim Style") without giving her the proper credit. Her mission outfit changed in Season 4, but you wouldn't know it from the fanart.
  • In an interesting case of an adaptation spawning a iconic outfit for a character, April O'Neil's iconic yellow jumpsuit spawned in the 1987 cartoon, and has been either in or alluded to in most other canons.
  • Spongebob's square pants.
  • Mickey Mouse has his red shorts and yellow shoes.
  • Donald Duck and his sailor hat and shirt.
  • Goofy's orange shirt, jeans, black vest and green hat.
  • Phineas and Ferb's signature outfits, as lampshaded in one episode when whey went back-to-school shopping. In the earlier episode "Run Away Runway", they manage to get everyone in Danville wearing their signature outfits.
  • Finn's awesome hat in Adventure Time.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Wang Fire's beard. It only appeared in three episodes, and yet the legend lives on.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Applejack's hat. Also, ponies in a Spy Catsuit from being worn by several of the Mane Six. Several other minor characters are known almost as much for their accessories. In particular, Vinyl Scratch sports a pair of Cool Shades. Minor antagonist Trixie has her hat and cape ensemble.
    • Princess Celestia and Princess Luna never take off their royal regalia. Ever. Celestia loses her tiara only twice; once when she gets owned by Queen Chrysalis and once at Twilight's inauguration. Luna is a similar case, except she also loses her tiara for a sleek suit of armor when she pulls Nightmare Moon out of the bag.
    • In the fanart community, art featuring the ponies in anthro or human form have settled for some commonly accepted outfits: Twilight Sparkle in a schoolgirl outfit or a sweater-vest, Fluttershy in an oversized turtleneck sweater, Rainbow Dash in gym gear, Rarity in a white dress or business suit, etc.
  • The boys in South Park are almost entirely defined by their outfits, as they look mainly the same without them.

    Real Life 
  • John Hodgman is pretty much always seen wearing the same brown suit with orange tie.
  • Abraham Lincoln's beard and stovepipe hat.
  • Davey Crockett's coonskin cap. Jonathan Coulton wears one, too, to go with his "mountain man" image.
  • Jamie Hyneman's standard outfit, including the iconic white shirt and beret. He wears that outfit all the time unless he has a logical reason not to.
    • Likewise, Adam's Indiana Jones fedora and black rimmed glasses.
  • The obligatory all-concealing ninja outfit, rarely if ever worn by actual ninja in real life.
  • The Nazi uniform. Skulls on a cap (particularly if it's peaked), black military trenchcoats, jackboots and/or a red armband will remind people of the Nazis more than any other group. Writers often use this to make it more obvious that their villains are based on the Nazis. The brown party uniform isn't used as often, mostly because it's quite ugly.
  • Tina Fey and her glasses.
  • Aretha Franklin's hat that she wore to Obama's inauguration.
  • The Duke of Wellington: "I shall come in any damn trousers I like!"
  • Colonel Sanders and his iconic white suit.
  • Carl Sagan's tan blazers, often worn with a turtleneck.
  • George W. Bush and his flight suit.
  • Winston Churchill's pen-striped suit.
  • Douglas MacArthur's corncob pipe. Not to mention the aviator shades, before the aviators started wearing them, in a literal case of Follow the Leader. It helps that General MacArthur had been a Brigadier General since 1918, which for many people only familiar with him from World War II and The Korean War, makes him Older Than They Think. Before the shades, he as known for his turtleneck sweater and swagger stick which he'd wear on the battlefield.
  • The comforting sweaters and sneakers of everyone's favourite TV show host Mr. Rogers.
  • Kevin Smith ostensibly only wears a hockey jersey and jean shorts.
  • He once joked with his daughter about wanting her to wear the family uniform to a party. He was referring to a hockey jersey.
  • Steve Jobs' penchant for rollneck shirts and blue jeans.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte's bicorne hat and uniform.
  • Audrey Hepburn's outfit. Specially the cigarette holder.
  • Mr. T's gold chains.
  • George Lucas' flannel shirts and jeans. Mark Hamill lampshaded this at the 2005 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony for Lucas, saying he suspected he was wearing that underneath his tuxedo.
  • Jackie Kennedy's pink Chanel suit — used as a plot point in The House of Yes via the character of Jackie-O.
  • Josef Stalin's field jacket and pipe.
  • Michael Jackson's fedora and rhinestone-encrusted glove.
  • James May's purple striped shirt. It was even used on a demonstration in his Man Lab series.
  • Karl Lagerfeld's tux with a tall white collar, black aviators and fingerless gloves.
  • Talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael's red rimmed glasses.
  • Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry's crazy suits.
  • Evel Knievel's patriotic red, white, and blue jacket and pants, complete with cape.
  • Sir Terry Pratchett's black fedora (or a similar hat, depending on the situation or location). He's said himself that without it, he's just a bald man with a beard.


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