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->''It's that moment right after the first period, the one we look forward to sharing\\
When we gasp and we say to each other in awe, "Look at what [[Series/HockeyNightInCanada Don Cherry's]] wearing!"''
-->-- '''Bowser And Blue''', "Don Cherry's Tailor".
[[caption-width-right:340:[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Oh yes.]]]]

Fictional characters can often be found wearing clothing that just looks too good to be real. This can be proven by the occasional attempt made to reproduce these clothes by the costume teams for {{live action adaptation}}s or by enthusiastic cosplay fans. Sometimes this is because of structural elements that flout or ignore real-world physical laws, or because the outfit in question requires an inhumanly perfect (or simply inhuman) body underneath it, or because real-world materials just don't look as good as ink and paint.

Alternately, it may be a version of a real-life style or uniform, cut in ways that would never be allowed in RealLife. [[DangerouslyShortSkirt Dramatically short dresses]] [[MagicSkirt or skirts]] are common examples.

Such clothing is also often so tied to the character that they and only they can acquire it--it seems to come from nowhere, fits them perfectly both symbolically and physically, and may even sometimes appear from [[{{Hammerspace}} nowhere]] a la the HyperspaceMallet.

Clothing in animated series also shows near-indestructibility in terms of almost never ripping, fraying, staining or wrinkling, no matter what kind of stresses are placed on it or substances flung at it. Sometimes this is given an explanation (the material is some experimental or magically enhanced substance), but most times it isn't. Not only is it indestructible, it's almost never a hindrance (unless the story [[ActionDressRip explicitly states so]]), like an ImpracticallyFancyOutfit and RequisiteRoyalRegalia.

Alternately, [[PimpedOutDress especially for the fancier outfits]], the clothing can be destroyed or damaged, and the character somehow repairs the damage or acquires [[LimitedWardrobe an identical outfit]] next episode. It could even be an ''[[MagicallyRegeneratingClothing inherent]]'' trait of the outfit in question.

In some cases these outfits are also impossibly easy to don and doff, making [[ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction changing clothes a free action]], such as in the class change system of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''.

Any character with clothing showing signs of distress is truly in a world of pain, and possibly close to death. Unless, of course, the character in question is a woman in a BishoujoSeries, as [[ClothingDamage clothes-tearing near-misses]] are a hallmark of {{fanservice}}.

Note that despite the name given this trope, such outfits need not be cool, or even particularly good-looking. [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Shaggy's]] shapeless green shirt is just as indestructible as Superman's cape. Neither ever get as much as a grass stain. (Which, of course, might have been the point behind the color of Shaggy's shirt. And his [[BringMyBrownPants brown pants]].)

A SisterTrope to ImpracticallyFancyOutfit. Compare BlingOfWar, PimpedOutDress, ErmineCapeEffect, FormFittingWardrobe, StylishProtectionGear, BattleBallgown, AntiGravityClothing, KickingAssInAllHerFinery. Contrast RummageSaleReject, CheapCostume, ImpossiblyTackyClothes.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is the king of Impossibly Cool Clothes. ''Everybody'' dresses in the most incredibly ''[[MemeticMutation fabulous]]'' way possible.
* In ''Anime/ReadOrDie'', Ms. Deep's leather catsuit with its impressively low-cut decolletage would be impossible to wear in the real world without its occupant violating local indecent exposure laws in those places that have them. (See {{Gainaxing}}, TheissTitillationTheory.)
* Likewise, cosplayers have noted that the miniskirt worn by ''Anime/{{Noir}}'''s Mireille Bouquet actually facilitates {{panty shot}}s in real life, but is a rare instance in anime where the expected {{fanservice}} ''doesn't'' occur.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': It is perfectly possible to fight in any of the uniforms worn by the duellists; they may not have been the sort of things you'd want to get dirty, but they would have been light and allowed plenty of movement. However, the fact that all student council members get unique uniforms, and that Utena, despite being an ordinary student, gets a unique uniform (lampshaded as Utena is scolded for wearing a "boy's uniform," though in fact her uniform doesn't look like any of the other boys', and by the fact that originally, Utena's uniform was bright pink), along with the magical manner in which Utena and Anthy's uniforms get pimped out for battle, still qualifies this manga and anime for this trope.
* The uniforms worn by schoolgirls in many anime--''Manga/KareKano'' comes specifically to mind--would be manifestly unsuitable for school in the real world, and some might even qualify as fetish wear.
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' proved that the Sailor Senshi's uniforms are just shy of feasible in their original forms. And Tuxedo Kamen's is eminently doable, except it makes him look like a dork. Although this is mostly the hat's fault. Lose it, and he actually looks pretty cool.
* Bloodberry's usual outfit in ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' and its sequels includes two loops of rope which circle her shoulders at some distance, and simply can not be made to work (and look right) in the real world. (As seen in a brief clip of a live actress in a Bloodberry costume shown in the closing credits of ''SaberMarionetteJToX''.)
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' the outfit one's TransformationSequence produces is called a "Barrier Jacket" and is somewhat determined via the subconscious. As the series progresses, more and more barrier jackets are a pastiche of random pieces of medieval armor, capes, military uniforms, and exaggerated modern teenager apparel. Which actually makes sense, as later characters have more exposure to different cultures (Belka, Midchilda, and Earth) with those aspects. The military uniforms in the series, thankfully, are ''relatively'' plausible.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** {{Ninja}}-esque Sango wears an incredibly intricate costume and makeup for WalkingTheEarth in feudal Japan. While [[TimeTravel time traveler]] Kagome can just pop up back to the 21st century for supplies, bathing, and clothing maintenance (and this has been commented on), Sango has no such resources.
** [[TheHero Inuyasha]] himself has this in one of its simpler forms; while the clothing he wears is an eye-catching but simple [[BringMyRedJacket red kimono]], it never holds damage from one episode to the next. Barely an episode goes by when he isn't slashed, stabbed, burned, poisoned or impaled at least once during the episode, but as soon as he {{heal|ingFactor}}s his kimono resets to its original state. While it is implied that his kimono's demonic nature is the reason for both its regenerative and armoring capacities, no such explanation is given for his undershirt, which has been ''vaporized'' during some of the more {{egregious}} fight scenes but always manages to return in the next episode. The kimono is [[MadeOfIndestructium woven from the fur of a Chinese fire rat]]. It's a reference to a legendary fireproof, indestructible garment from the Japanese FairyTale of the Bamboo Cutter.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'': In her guise as idol singer Lacus Clyne, impostor Meer Campbell wears a not-all-that-concealing skirt whose waistband seems to hover around her lower hips without actually touching her body. Come to think of it, how do either Lacus' or Meer's hair clips stay up?
* For some reason, Ray, Joshua and Michael in ''Anime/GunXSword'' all wear what looks like extremely stylized clerical attire throughout the series. Joshua, at least, changes his clothes on several occasions, but Ray and Michael never do. And the less said about Carmen99 and Priscilla's outfits the better. At least Van's tuxedo is justified (he's fixated on the day his bride was killed). The series also subverts it, though, with the Claw: he has an impossibly cool outfit [[spoiler:(the spacesuit he wore when he left Earth)]], but he hates it and wears it only on formal occasions, preferring a work shirt and overalls.
* There exist skin-tight "plug suits" in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Of note is the fact that only the ''male'' Evangelion pilots (Shinji, [[spoiler:Touji]], Kaworu) have breastplates. The girls' are mysteriously lacking, allowing the skintight plug suits to more effectively show off their "assets"; Asuka doesn't even have the "cleavage defibrillator", somewhat compensating for the fact that she lacks large breasts of the other females.
* Halfway through ''Spriggan'' the protagonist Yu Ominae is given a skin-tight combat-suit woven from high-tech fibers and artificial muscles which augments his strength and protects him against bullets. It helps that he is a special agent for a powerful shadowy organization, Arcan.
* Hinamori Amu from ''Manga/ShugoChara'' always wears daily clothes that, well, at the very least much more stylized than others. Somewhat subverted that it ''does'' take her time to put all of it on.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Kraehe's bodice always stays in the exact right place without any straps.
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''. I'm looking at you, Haydee's opera dress.
* In ''Manga/InfiniteRyvius'', SpaceshipGirl Neya's metallic-pink bodysuit.
* Appears very often in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' universe. Lina, Rezo, Gourry, and '''oh dear gods NAGA''' are some of the strongest examples. Some of Lina's outfits are terribly confusing though, since pieces of fabric seem to overlap in an almost non-Euclidean fashion.
* Lampshaded in ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' (the novels anyway), there the 3WA suits are actually skintight forcefield generators.
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' comes to mind, especially the original {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VA (although the [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] is almost as prominent). High-heeled, made-for-struttin' [[PoweredArmor power combat suits]]?
** Also the [[BareYourMidriff transparent Midriffs]] of the later suits in the 2040 Series.
*** Also, in the original series, we see Nene suiting up. Inside the suit, her feet are flat. Basically, they're walking around on short stilts sculpted to look like high heels. The actresses who voiced them did some publicity shots in fibreglass mock-ups, and after a few minutes' adjustment, had no difficulty walking, running, and jumping.
*** There is also a valid engineering for the "ballet-boot" design of the feet, as it eliminates a structural weakness at the ankle and foot, while still remaining light. The AD Police's K-12 armour shows how much more heavier that area needs to be to deal with stresses on the ankle joint and foot extension. Arguably a case of DidTheResearch. Also, the heels make good anchor slots for the [[AMechByAnyOtherName Motorslaves]].
** In the 2040 series it's at least mentioned that Sylia had significant input into the design, and she's a slightly unstable, bisexual fashion designer, explaining some of the out of place sexiness of the designs.
* Ginko from ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'' is an interesting case: by all means the clothes he wears are practical, believable, and something you might even be wearing yourself right now. So why is his wardrobe on this list? Because ''Mushishi'' is set in ''Feudal Japan'', meaning that either Ginko has the unmentioned ability to predict fashion trends centuries before they actually occur, or the author's just screwing with us (She is).
** The oneshot chapter that started ''Mushishi'' was intended to take place in the present. It was only when it won an award and the mangaka decided to expand on it that the setting changed to a feudal one. The original chapter was even included in the expanded version since it took place in a rural setting where the time period wasn't obviously apparent.
* God in ''Manga/TheDemonOroron'' is a mild case. He is shirtless and wears a pair of jeans which are unbuttoned, unzippered ''and'' do not seem to have anything under them. The jeans never go past his hips even while standing. Justified in the fact that he's God, and can probably keep them up by sheer divine will.
* The girls of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', most noticeably during the SchoolFestival arc, can be found wearing outfits so beyond plausible function--or possibility for that matter--that their design may very well have been based on the question "How many [[FanService Fan-Service-y]] features can I cram into a single outfit per girl?".
** At least the SchoolFestival arc justifies it, as most of them are wearing costumes or cosplaying. Then we get to the Magic World, where ''everybody'' dresses like this...
** And it seems to be confirmed that Setsuna's battle outfit is a maid uniform and cat ears.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Uryuu Ishida wears head-to-toe white when fighting. His clothing often shows dust and damage for the first few minutes after it happens, but inexplicably seems to regenerate itself until all-over marks become a single scuff on the shoulder. It seems that Quincy have an additional 'stay-white' power that applies to their costumes. He also manages to procure one of his costume's requisite capes from apparently nowhere when the original is ripped. This is lampshaded in a handful of places, as a few jokes and omakes will involve Uryu always bringing spares of his clothes in case they get damaged.
** Bleach's chapter covers almost always feature one or more characters in very trendy clothing, to the point where they occasionally resemble professional fashion photography. Creator/TiteKubo has said in an interview that after he finishes ''Bleach'' he wants to design clothes.
* In what may be a subtle lampshading of this trope, the [[ArtificialHuman Fatimas]] of ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'' wear impossibly cool clothes that could never look right on a real woman's figure. This is because they don't have a real woman's figure. When we see them naked they look obviously inhuman, with exaggeratedly protruding joints, unnaturally long limbs & unhealthy-looking emaciated bodies. There are apparently very strict, Sharia-esque laws about how they can dress, probably because few people want to see that. The fact that they don't age still makes them quite popular with men, though. It's not so bad, really: at most, they look like a really petite women with a slight anorexia -- [[AuthorAppeal the author likes his girls small and skinny]]. But that look is considered uber-hot in their universe, hence the head-to-toe coverage -- Joker society is [[FantasticRacism incredibly racist towards Fatimas]], and many fear that they would [[ValuesDissonance seduce men with their unearthly beauty]]. Apparently, not without evidence.
%%** Mamoru Nagano is so fond of this trope that even in his other works he tends to lapse into it. Just look at his entry on the BlingOfWar page...
* ''Manga/XxxHolic'': As many cosplayers have found out, replicating Yuuko's clothes in real life is no small feat. And that's without getting into the splash pages where the motifs on her kimonos somehow seep out into the background [[RuleOfCool for dramatic effect]]. Then again, among Creator/{{CLAMP}} characters, sporting barely feasible outfits is the norm rather than the exception.
* The titular ''Anime/HellGirl'', Enma Ai, takes the cake with a simple, traditional kimono... except the fabric is ''animated''. And it glows.
* Lelouch's ridiculously awesome Zero outfit in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', with that [[BadassCape cape]] which practically qualifies as a LargeHam all by itself.
** More so the ''R2'' version; the original is simply a bodysuit, while the revised version is essentially a very elaborate three-piece suit.
*** Oh, have we forgotten the white outfit and [[NiceHat Kite-Hat]] worn near the end of R2 when he [[spoiler:becomes Emperor]]? Not to mention Suzaku's outfits, the outfits of the royal family, and... well... pretty much every nobles' outfit. It helps that the series' outfits are [[MemeticMutation inspired by G Gundam... no, not the outfits of G Gundam, the MECHA]]. Also, it was designed by CLAMP, so yeah...
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Zabuza and Dosu tape up their mouths, jaws, and necks, yet still can speak clearly. Also Yoroi Akadou looks as though he holds the lenses of his sunglasses on his face by squinting really hard.
** Sasuke's outfit change for the Chuunin Exams. So Impossibly Cool that Kishimoto found to be ''too elaborate'' to draw and scrapped it.
*** Let's not forget to mention that one of the reasons it's so Impossibly Cool is that there doesn't appear to be a visible way for Sasuke to get into the outfit (buttons, zippers, etc.), let alone out.
** Killer Bee has similar "armless sunglasses" though the lenses are at least connected to ''each other''.
** Clothing worn by Tailed Beast hosts can withstand the skin-searing [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Version 2 form]], even though in some instances, the clothes were apparently ''torn to shreds'' during the [[AngstNuke last transformation stage]].
** [[spoiler:Naruto's full Bijuu form]] deserves special mention, as a ''[[BadassLongcoat chakra coat]]'' forms around him.
* Éclair from ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' wears a dress which reveals her stomach through a cross-shaped opening--which never gets out of shape, no matter what acrobatics she pulls off.
* Many of the supernatural types in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', especially the various MsFanservice characters. Gaap, for instance, is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen, and the Stakes have very weird overskirt things that have no rational reason for sticking out like that. On the other hand, [[AWizardDidIt they're, well, magic]].
* Saber from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' can summon armor equal parts full-length medieval dress and overlapping plate-mail--anytime, anywhere. Dark Sakura gets an honorable mention for having clothes made of concentrated EVIL.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing''--Hao's pants, [[http://haopants.tripod.com/ 'nuff said.]]
* Futaba Aoi from ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'' wears a battle suit so skintight she is literally shrinkwrapped into it.
* While ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has quite a few examples, few stand out as much as Kaiba's [[BadAssLongCoat amazing white trenchcoat]] that he dons early into the Battle City arc. It stands up in the back almost as if starched, but flows in the wind in a way that can only be this trope.
** A number of characters, including Malik and Pharoah Atem, wear gold bangles around their arms, legs, and/or neck which are seamless and flush against their skin, as if painted on.
* Erza from ''Manga/FairyTail'' has plenty of these.
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has a pair of sunglasses that seemingly float in front of his eyes, immune to the laws of gravity.
** Gurren also has some awesome sunglasses, that can (apparently) split in two when thrown or in up to five pairs when needed to really, really impale another mecha to prevent it from running... All later versions of Gurren Lagann also wear glasses due to the RuleOfCool.
* Dragon Kid from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has those giant discs that manage to balance perfectly atop her head while she nimbly [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal karate-kicks crooks to kingdom come.]] And Blue Rose has those white briar-vines that never seem to get in her way...
* Ilena of ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' wears an outfit consisting of what looks like plates of asymmetrical armor on one shoulder and one hip, three belts cover the other hip, with a tunic and thong-underwear-short things underneath. One arm has an arm-warmer with multiple belts on it, and she wears boots [[TooManyBelts with more belts on them.]] Now, the clothing is one thing, but ''how she manages to put such an ensemble on'' is another matter entirely: SHE ONLY HAS ONE ARM! And no--she doesn't have anybody to help her.
* Yolei and Cody in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' have this whenever they went into the Digital World. They even lampshade it in episode 2.
-->'''Cody:''' Hey wait, I'm wearing different clothes. And they're pretty comfortable too.\\
'''Yolei:''' Hey, I'm dressed like I'm part of the cool crowd!
* ''Anime/KaitouJoker'' has all the main characters wearing some pretty sweet clothes which would be impractical in real life or violating uniform practices.
* The fashions of Endora in ''Anime/{{Endride}}'' alternate between this and RummageSaleReject. Among some of the more inexplicable but neat costumes are Louise's ShowgirlSkirt[=-like=] [[FluffyFashionFeathers feather attachments]] and Delzaine's [[SymbolicWings decorative wings]].
* In ''LightNovel/OokamiSan'' some characters wear clothes that would'nt be seen anywhere in a normal HighSchool. Otogi Academy is a ElaborateUniversityHigh where the students are given large freedom and encouraged in self-expression, and most of them wear personalised outfits. Thoses include a character in a [[{{Meido}} Maid]] outfit, one with a bunny-eared which hat, and Momo-chan-senpai {{Stripperiffic}} [[IhaveBoobsYouMustObey outfit]]. The Shy and average-looking Ryôshi is the only one of the main characters to wear the normal school-uniform whithout any modification.
* In ''{{Manga/Pokemon Adventures}}'', Lack-two has a great protective tights. When he was attacked by Genesect's Techno Blast, his coat and pants are completely shattered, but because of his magical tights, he was safe and sound.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/GreenLantern's costume is created by the ring out of energy--the comics say the black sections are ice cold, and the green almost burns.
* The Unstable Molecules created by Reed Richards to allow the powers of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' to not burn away their clothes, or force them to go naked if they want to be invisible. They, of course, were what ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''' Edna Mode was paying homage to in the first place. They were also used to explain why the ComicBook/XMen and other spandex clad Marvelites were so hard to hurt: the unstable molecules used in their costumes were flexible under normal circumstances, but hardened to bulletproof levels when subjected to the appropriate stresses. A rare subversion of the ReedRichardsIsUseless trope.
** And surprisingly, close to TruthInTelevision. [[http://www.d3o.com/ D3O]] is a material that is now available for a variety of sport clothes which flexes under normal use but hardens into armor under impact.
** And continued to be used far into the future as well. [[ComicBook/Marvel2099 Miguel O'Hara]] uses a UMF costume that he bought for the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico the year before as his Spider-Man costume.
** In early episodes of the comic books, the artists shaded the "4" on each character's chest depending on the reader's view of the character.
* Forge, of ''ComicBook/XMen'' fame, is credited with making the costumes for the late-eighties X-teams.
* Spoofed in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', where Jon wears an outfit with "six gajillion zippers" in an attempt to appear macho and ends up rummaging through them for his keys at his doorstep (as Garfield notes, "This could take months!").
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' seems to openly oppose this trope in most of its formats, other than [[Film/SpiderMan1 the movie]]. In the comics and the original animated series, Peter Parker was known to occasionally patch up his costume with needle and thread. In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' Mary Jane makes and repairs his costume, and there have been several episodes where he's had to go in [[CheapCostume less than perfect versions of it]] due to fights with Mary Jane, or because he damaged it so much that she's not finished fixing it. In fact, the only time Franchise/SpiderMan ever wore Impossibly Cool Clothes, they turned out to be [[SubvertedTrope a symbiote]].
** In one 1970s comic story, he lost his cowl and had to resort to stealing a copy from a costume shop, one that did ''not'' render his eyes blank white shapes but acted like a "real" mask would.
** Also, the [[BrownBagMask Bombastic Bag Man]] costume.
** And in Germany when his suit was for some reason not there, Spider-Man was forced to rob a fancy dress shop. On the back it had a big blue circle and read "Die Spinne".
** In ''Comicbook/EarthX'', Peter Parker gave up being Spider-Man when his secret identity was revealed. When he goes back into action to rescue his daughter, he steals a store costume which has holes in the yellow eye-patches for vision and a rectangle with his name on it on the chest. It also fails to conceal his hefty stomach. His daughter has no such problem, as she's "wearing" the Venom symbiote.
** Even in the movies, his ICC would get damaged during a fight, or he'd have to charge into battle without his mask on (or lose it during the fight).
** The "Iron-Spider" suit. The suit itself was made by [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] to supplement his powers, so had a bunch of sub-systems built in (to what looks like a completely spandex red suit with oddly flexible gold metal). And then there's the Waldoes, 3 robot arms resembling spider legs that pop out of his back to help him fight.
** Spidey's also built specific suits for unique circumstances. The stealth suit could switch between invisibility and sound-cancelling, depending on the colour of the TronLines. ComicBook/ScarletSpider later kept this suit for himself. He also made a bulletproof suit for fighting Massacre.
** The ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan, on the other hand, has made several modifications to the suit, adding clawed fingertips, tabi boots, and [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual a number of HUD and alternate vision options to the eyepieces]]. Even later, mechanical arms were added to the back of the suit.
* ''Franchise/TheFlash''
** You wouldn't think it, but Alex Ross's photo realistic painting of The Flash pretty much proves that his uniform looks ridiculous on any normal person.
** His paintings of Jay Garrick in ''his'' Flash costume, on the other hand, are eminently practical, seeing as it's essentially [[CivvieSpandex a long-sleeved undershirt and jeans]].
** The Flash ''Rogues'' however are all decked out in Impossibly Cool Clothes courtesy of Central City's own Paul Gambi.
* Might apply to books or manga more than comic books, but Raven in ''Manga/VampireKissesBloodRelatives'', having a wide variety of Gothic clothing you gotta admit you want, at least if you're into that stuff.
** Tripp too, who is obviously referencing the clothing brand, but it has yet to be mentioned in canon.
* Soracia from ''ComicBook/ThievesAndKings'' is clad in ribbons of living shadow.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange's [[BadassCape Cloak of Levitation]] has two hornlike projections on the collar which stand up by themselves (and of course the whole thing billows artistically as required). Without magic, it simply hangs on him, which looks as pathetic as it sounds.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In "{{Literature/Donkeyskin}}" and its variants, the heroine tries to discourage the affections of [[ParentalIncest her father]] or some other undesirable suitor by saying that she will marry only after he makes her a dress that shines like the sun, another like the moon, and a third one like the sky or stars--and her suitor somehow manages to give her all of them. The French film adaptation ''Peau d'Ane'' in particular uses special effects to make her dresses truly dazzling, especially the "sky" one that looks as if real-life skies and clouds are actually passing over the fabric. Many variants also have her ask for a cloak made of animals' furs and skins which is much less glamorous than the dresses but much more fit for a disguise.
* "The Three Daughters of King O'Hara" prominently features a pair of magic scissors that, on snipping a thread from any ragged worn clothes, transforms them into a magnificent suit or dress of gold thread. When the protagonist's husband is spirited away by a fairy woman, it is one of three treasures she uses to ransom one night with her husband, to plot his escape.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' has a justified version with Jackets, magical constructs used as clothing. This allows for outfits that are quite literally impossible with mundane materials.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'' has Twilight Sparkle's "God Slayer" uniform, a piece of the night sky turned into a uniform and fused with her body when she steps up fully into her role as RebelLeader [[spoiler: (Spike thinks it looks silly)]]. It's designed to never come off, which brings some FridgeLogic with it, but that becomes a moot point when [[spoiler: the uniform is incinerated by Twilight's transformation into an alicorn]].
* In ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'', Twilight attempts to orchestrate Rarity's alicorn ascension by having Sapphire Shores commission fifty-two dresses from her, each unique and from a different material. After having exhausted the run of conventional and mundane materials, she gets... inventive, managing to stabilise water into a thin film and sewing it into a ballgown, then following up with a dress made from ''fire'', then moving on to extruded sapphire, gold foil, diamond, condensed moonlight, solid magic... she is considering making the fifty-sixth out of alicorn wing feathers when Twilight points out that she's filled the order already, and--as she was about to use her own feathers--accomplished the ascension as well.
* In the first of the ''FanFic/TheDresdenFillies'' series of ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' / ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crossover fanfics, Rarity notes that she has had to use her skill with [[MasterOfIllusion illusion magic]] to make client-commissioned Impossibly Cool Clothes that actually were impossible to make with just her skills as a fashion designer.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Elsa [[GorgeousGarmentGeneration creates a gown for herself]], complete with a cape, out of ''ice''. Despite its material, it flows like silk.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' with the character Edna Mode, costume designer for the superheroes (herself a parody of RealLife Hollywood costume designer Edith Head). The super-suits she designed could absorb tremendous levels of damage and stretch incredibly without significant tearing or abrasion (and yet it breathes like Egyptian cotton!). Also somewhat deconstructed, as it's shown that Edna stopped making her suits with capes ("NO CAPES!") because if they ever got caught on anything, since they're indestructible you'd be stuck to or sucked into such things as rockets, jet engines etc.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Probably the first example of this was in a Soviet movie called ''Film/{{Aelita}}'', where a WHOLE PLANET dresses like this. Just see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCdMJtEjpDg this!]] Its influence can still be seen on well known movies such as ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' or ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''.
* Brandon Routh's costume in ''Film/SupermanReturns'' included padding that would be switched for each shot to create the best look for each pose. Routh's underpants required extensive trial-and-error to avoid emphasizing his wang.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' was one of the earlier examples of this trope, although there were many superhero-based film serials in the 1940s who showed it as well. The difficulties inherent in creating an authentic-looking Bat-cowl that allows the actor to move his head and neck have plagued every film incarnation of the hero. The ''Begins'' reboot came pretty close.
** Lampshaded in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', when Bruce specifically asks Lucius Fox to build him a Batsuit that allows him to turn his head. ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' was the first movie to include a cowl that allowed full range of head movements.
** Batman's RoguesGallery are generally kitted out in Impossibly Cool Clothes. If Batman really wants to track down all those supervillains, why doesn't he just start investigating Gotham City's tailors to see who's making all those question-mark leotards and three-piece purple suits?
** Everyone knows it's [[http://catverse.wikispaces.com/Kittlemeier?f=print Kittlemeir's]], as noted under WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys.
** In movies such as ''Film/{{Batman}}'', the bat-suit is often depicted as three or four easily donned pieces, while the costume is much harder to put on in real life. The continuity reboot ''Film/BatmanBegins'' had the bat-suit made out of three basic parts, but the sequel's contains ''one hundred and ten [[http://www.moviesonline.ca/movienews_14928.html separate pieces]]''. Even with Alfred's help, Bruce Wayne would take longer to get in the suit than he'd spend fighting crime ''in it''.
** According to WordOfGod, in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' Catwoman/Selina Kyle's costume had to be sewn onto Creator/MichellePfeiffer. For several scenes in which she performs backflips and cartwheels she has a costume without the six-inch CombatStilettos, and the heels can be seen disappearing and reappearing. Also, all the squeaking had to be edited out.
* A few of the dresses worn by Madonna's character in ''Film/DickTracy'' are fairly sketchy.
-->'''Breathless:''' I was wondering what a girl had to do to get arrested around here.\\
'''Tracy:''' Wearing that dress is a step in the right direction.
* Costume designers for ''Film/TheMatrix'' apparently struggled to create the right clothing for Neo. They felt he should wear a leather trenchcoat like your standard BadAssLongcoat, but even garment-weight leather is too heavy and stiff to billow and flow the way they wanted. They had to settle for a dark silvery-gray cloth coat.
* There's a reason why viewers never see Magneto actually ''putting on'' his [[NiceHat extremely cool, telepathy-blocking helmet]] in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''. It's because the helmet actually comes in two parts and must be fitted by a costumer.
* Contrasting with ''Batman'', ''Film/IronMan1'' demonstrates the hundreds, if not thousands, of parts to Tony Stark's [[PoweredArmor armor]] being assembled around him to "suit up" in [[TechnologyPorn a breathtaking CGI sequence]]. Lampshaded when he's trying to get the damaged armor taken OFF. Then there's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWZ4E6aR4Vg suitcase armor]].
* Violet's outfit in ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' is hot action girl attire that changes colors to fit the current scene. Her hair often changes to match, too.
* Jessica Rabbit's dress in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' might exist in the real world if it were painted on, [[FridgeLogic so it makes sense that only an animated character could wear it]]. Not to mention the impossible body underneath. Jessica's dress appears to be based off of a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f9/Marilyn1962.PNG dress]] worn by Creator/MarilynMonroe (the one she used for her "Happy Birthday Mr. President" thing), which was so impossible she had to be ''sewn into it''.
* Olivia Newton John had to be sewn into her famous leather pants from the end of ''Film/{{Grease}}''.
* The brown Jedi robes in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel movies were supposed to be made of wool, but they are also voluminous, and wool fabric is heavy. This prevented the robes from flapping in the wind properly during vehicle chase scenes. Most of the other costumes also qualify, even the stuff seen on screen for less than a second. Amidala and Leia's wardrobes are stuff of CostumePorn legend.
* In ''Film/GreenLantern'', the title character's entire costume is done through CG, which gives it the appearance of him wearing a glowing, organic extension of his body--a literal second skin (and muscles) made of pure green energy.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'' went to great lengths to make the costumes almost never fold or crease to appear like a CGI texture brought to the real world.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Almost all of the Star Trek uniforms are the source of constant complaints. The miniskirts in the original would be horribly impractical outside the ship, and the sleeveless version in the reboot were horrifically cold on-set. Several characters in TNG developed back problems from the one-pieces, which were modified over the years to be more comfortable. The movies averted this, including the Starfleet [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080508061702/memoryalpha/en/images/b/b9/James_T._Kirk_and_crew_face_Federation_Council.jpg "Monster Maroons"]] used from ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]'' onwards (although the heavy layers of wool were horrifically hot when worn during location shoots), and the three-piece grey uniforms used starting in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' and the similar design in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. A massive upgrade compared to the [[WTHCostumingDepartment ghastly]] [[SpaceClothes Starfleet pajamas]] in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', which was the low point in the series.
* ''Film/WildAtHeart'' has Sailor Ripley's snakeskin jacket, which he lovingly treats as "a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom".
* Tyler Durden of ''Film/FightClub'' has some flamboyant, offbeat, unconventional tastes in fashion. Most of his outfits would look absolutely ridiculous on any real person (and most fictional people, for that matter), but on Tyler, they actually manage to look kinda slick. Leave it to Creator/BradPitt to not only be able to pull off a fur coat, a fishnet top, and bright orange pants, but to still manage to be ''intimidating'' while wearing it! [[spoiler:This makes sense, since Tyler's the manifestation of the Narrator's Id, and is thus his idealized self in every way, wardrobe including.]]

* Lampshaded in ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', when Tiffany visits a magical supply shop and expresses interest in a particular cloak, the "Zephyr". As the shopkeeper puts it, absolutely useless at keeping you warm or dry but looks fantastic in the slightest breeze. Subverted with the Assassins; they wear black because it looks cool. Vetinari wears grey (or a dark nondescript green) because it doesn't show up in the dark, always useful when you're sneaking up to someone to kill them.
--> He'd rather not be cool than be cold.
:: Vetinari failed camouflage class because, as the instructor complained, "[He'd] never even seen Vetinari attend one of the lectures." Hmm.
* The sky pirate outfits in ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles''. You have breastplates, goggles, giant tricorn hats, gauges, levers, backpacks, wings, pouches, pockets, several magic charms (usually), and an insanely huge compass, all hanging off of a gigantic coat. [[RuleOfCool And it looks awesome]].
* At the end of ''[[Comicbook/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', Wes Janson gets a cape that is essentially a supremely-flexible flat-screen TV. Being the comic relief character that he is, he sets it to an image of a bunch of Jansons with their arms linked, kicking their legs like chorus dancers. Wedge Antilles wonders if he can find a way to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock space it]] on the flight home.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' features outfits that catch on fire (deliberately).
* The MacGuffin of ''Literature/SoYesterday'' is a pair of impossibly cool sneakers.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Lightsong of ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', who muses that if one day all his servants disappeared, he'd be totally incapable of getting dressed.
* Kvothe, hero of ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicles'' famously has a cloak of darkness, which a fairy woman sewed him from the night sky.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheFlash1990'' had to resort to (movie) ''Film/{{Batman}}''-style sculpted rubber, which didn't look nearly as good as it did on Burton's Batman. It was explained as being originally designed as a Soviet space-suit. The justification for using it was that normal clothes just ripped right off his body when he ran at top speed.
** It bears mentioning that the [[Series/TheFlash2014 2014 version]] uses leather, and it actually looks pretty good.
* In the original ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' series, Superman's costume was, as a ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' parody put it, "impervious to stain." It was never damaged, no matter how much of a beating he took. There have been a variety of pieces of [[HandWave Scotch Tape]] applied to this.
** The current canon explanation is that Superman's invulnerability is a field effect that extends a fraction of an inch beyond his skin. It's protecting his suit, but not the cape. Which, you know, makes ''lots'' more sense than the [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper Magic Spandex]]. On the rare times when his suit is also damaged, you know he's been taking a pounding.
** In the original TV show of the early 50s, Ma Kent made the suit from the Kryptonian blankets little Kal-el was wrapped in when the Kents found him. Obviously, Kryptonian blankets are made of tough stuff.
*** As of the most recent retcon, this is again the current explanation. Young Clark had to help Ma sew the thing together with his heat vision.
*** And in the Comicbook/{{New 52}} retcon, the suit is formal wear from Krypton that he takes from Brainiac's ship. It's even more impossibly cool due to its armored/paneled appearance, which looks a lot more difficult to get on than spandex.
** ''Series/LoisAndClark'' included a scene with Clark, early in his superhero career, calling his mother for advice on how to get a "bomb stain" out of his outfit.
* Superman may have an Impermeability Field, but what about Hopalong Cassidy, Franchise/TheLoneRanger, Gene Autry, and Creator/RoyRogers? A hero in a Western series could take on six bad guys, duck a hail of bullets, fall off his horse, and roll 400 feet down a dusty hill. And when it came to his closeup, not only would his pure white suit be in perfect shape, but also his hat would still be on his head. I suppose Western stars had a Stunt Man Field. Mocked in the 'making of' film for ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' where Creator/HarrisonFord pretends to staple his hat on after it flew away on about a dozen takes.
* Whether they're cool or not is a matter of opinion, but no self-respecting Canadian can hear "impossible clothes" without thinking of ''Series/HockeyNightInCanada''[==]'s Don Cherry. He once wore a checkered sportcoat that alternated between mauve & [[Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace the color out of space]]...
* Speaking of Canadians, how about the Red Serge that constable Benton Fraser wears in ''Series/DueSouth''?
-->"What, were you Scotchguarded at birth?!" -Ray
* In 1960s ''Series/DoctorWho'', the actors playing the companions mostly had to wear their own clothes due to budget problems. This runs into implausibility when supposedly fifteen-year-old alien schoolgirl Susan, who is shown not to understand the way 1960s money works, and who cannot leave her time due to the fact that they would never be able to get back, dresses in head-to-toe Mary Quant.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}'' has Adebisi's hat, which is a tiny knit cap much smaller than his (quite bald) head and is almost always worn at a gravity-defying angle; the mystery of how it stays on his head remains unsolved, and many fans actually considered it a separate character because of its apparent independence.

* [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury's]] stage outfits!!
* The Music/{{Vocaloid}} series has this, most notably the Append designs. [[http://images.wikia.com/vocaloid/images/4/47/Illu_Vocaloid_Kagamine_RinLen_Append.png Case in point]]. '''Speaker shoes.'''
* Suzi Quatro once had to be sewn into her leather outfit for a ''Top of the Pops'' show.
* Music/AKB48 are definitely guilty of this. Pimped out school uniforms for all 48 main members (and every single one is in some way individual) as well as a different costume for each song make the group into an extreme eyecatcher.

* The leopard-skin jacket worn by Bally's ''Pinball/DrDude''. In its SpiritualSuccessor, ''Pinball/ThePartyZone'', this is carried on by Captain B. Zarr and his entourage of female followers. The Captain wears a black flight jacket, aviator goggles, and white cowboy gloves, while the ladies wear tube tops, PaintedOnPants, go-go boots, fishbowl space helmets, and {{jet pack}}s.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Princesa Sugehit has entrance gear modeled after an insect exoskeleton with a cape which she can fan out with her arms to resemble a butterfly wings. Dalton Castle has one too, only modeled after peacocks.
* You wish your little flicker sneakers could match hold up to the punishment KUSHIDA's continuously glowing boots endure.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has the Costume advantage, which is immune to one's powers (a la Human Torch), and approximately all other powers as well, though not giving any sort of armor effect. There is also an add-some-color ''article'' sidebar in the ''Supers'' supplement that mentions something like "...modern superheroines need not resort to tape or the glue pot, thanks to modern elasto-polymers" or something like that. Of course, it also has an optional set of rules covering Bulletproof Nudity.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' provided advantages for sufficiently cool costumes and penalties for lame ones.
* Not exactly a costume, but has anyone tried to consider what a body would hide under that [[PoweredArmor Impossibly Cool Armor]] of a ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Space Marine? Cosplayers never get the look right, because they ''couldn't'': Astartes simply have [[SuperSoldier different body proportions]] than normal humans. Fluff frequently lampshades this, describing marines out of armor not simply as giants, but as being positively ''deformed'' with their barrel chests, narrow waists, impossibly broad shoulders and longer limbs.
** Impossibly Cool Clothes in general are a must in the setting that ''runs on'' a RuleOfCool. While Astartes, Inquisitors and Eldar Farseers are in the top tier, high-level [[RedShirtArmy Imperial Guard]] officers would also be a tough contenders simply on the matter of [[BlingOfWar battle bling]], and Ork Warbosses are cool in a RummageSaleReject way turned UpToEleven, the cake probably goes to the [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/mediawiki/images/9/9b/The_Emperor.jpg Emperor's armor]].
* Wayne Reynolds' character designs for ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''. His design philosophy seems to be "Design a fairly streamlined (if flowy) fantasy outfit with a bazillion individual pieces/panels/dangly bits, then slap about 14 more belts/streamers/pendants/dangly bits on it." [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that it actually represents the massive inventory that you would see on an average character sheet.

* Creator/AynRand's play ''Night of January 16th'' has a dress made by Bjorn Faulkner for Karen Andre that is so impossibly cool it cannot be shown, only described: a gown made out of sheer platinum mesh that she would wear on her naked body after it was heated in a fire.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The later ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' games. Lu Bu's armour from ''[=DW6=]'' onwards has reached a level of impossibility matched only by his absurd weapon... and that is to say nothing of the SuperMode costumes of the Strikeforce games. And ''VideoGame/KessenII'' takes it even further than that, with almost ludicrously gaudy outfits for everyone.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** Sakura Kasugano wears a school uniform which not only allows for frequent upskirt shots (because of which she has the sense to wear her gym shorts underneath), but exposes her midriff too.
** Vulcano Rosso is probably one of the worst offenders out of the series (albeit the Arika-developed ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' series), whose patched-up, 20-zipper outfit consists of what is basically [[http://streetfighter.wikia.com/wiki/File:VulcanoRossoSFEX2.jpg a long jacket, jumpsuit, assless chaps, and gloves all at once.]]
** The outfits for most fighting game characters could fill their own page. However, [[Characters/StreetFighterII Chun-Li's ]] outfit deserves a mention as more traditional qipaos are a bit more restrictive.
* Felicia and Morrigan of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', who have the excuse of them not actually being clothes (but rather fur and magically shaped bats, respectively). ...lucky bats. Morrigan also has the excuse of being a [[HornyDevils succubus]], so she has a reason to [[{{Stripperiffic}} expose some flesh]].
* Forerunners in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' wear a suit of armor for their entire lives, whether they're in the military or just some gardener. How awesome are they? It abolishes the need to sleep, has a dedicated AI, provides a link to the omnipresent store of their ancestors' memories, ''immortality'', prevents disease, heals injuries, including radiation damage, allows users to survive in low-oxygen environments, can be covered in ceremonial gowns for festive occasions, can be fitted to theoretically any species, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and can make you taller]].
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series has this all over the place: for instance, Fran in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', and Lulu in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', who wears clothing that's impossible on several levels. Pointing out the unrealistically eclectic character designs in recent ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games is a common joke on ImageBoards, often revolving around sticking unnecessary belts and zippers onto every article of clothing imaginable. Older games aren't exempt from odd design choices, either.
** Lulu's dress not only makes no physical sense in terms of being made out of ''belts'', but also there doesn't seem to be any way for it to stay up even if it had been made out of conventional material. Even with her assets, it rides so low on her chest it must be glued to it.
** And God help the poor fanboy who tries to imitate Wakka's hair...
** Yuna's Summoner outfit in X is a milder version of this: While it's fairly easy to make with sufficient skill, having to ''wear'' it is an entirely different matter. Her detached sleeves are notorious for causing cosplayers headaches, and her shirt in RealLife requires safety pins ''and'' lots of strategic stitching. Not even going to mention her obi, which needs to be right over her ribs for the proper effect.
*** Her wedding dress has a five-foot train trimmed and lined with hundreds of pure-white feathers.
*** Many of the summoners wear Impossibly Cool Clothes.
*** [[http://www.istad.org/aulu/characters/dona.jpg Dona]] has strips of cloth attached with a several straps showing her undies. Yuna's dad, [[http://www.ffcompendium.com/art/10-braska-a.jpg Braska]] wears a heavy robe and an elaborate headdress in all environments.
*** Yunalesca is essentially wearing a wire coconut bra and, even more confounding, a ''double'' G-string.
** Tidus wears overalls whose pant legs are different lengths. Attempts to recreate this fashionably in real life have failed.
** Every outfit [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Penelo]] has worn is at least mildly impossible. The one from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' basically requires being sewn into, and the later ones need double-sided tape to keep the pants up.
** Rinoa wears shorts with garter straps that pull upward... over tights... under a skirt. It somehow manages to be provocative ''and'' prudish at the same time.
** Lightning's miniskirt has ''curved'' zippers that zip ''down'', which is not only impossible, but also raises questions regarding her chastity.
*** Practically any garb in ''[[VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII Lightning Returns]]''. [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Lightning_Returns:_Final_Fantasy_XIII_Garbs Several of them]] appear to be panties or shorts, with garters, belts, fabric strips that are supposed to resemble actual clothes in the weirdest of places. It says something when the [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery extravagant ball dresses]] are the most plausible clothes.
** Hope is actually wearing a shawl and knickers. No one questions this.
** The default clothes in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' were okay, but everything else... WordOfGod even admitted that the clothes were [[TrollingCreator specifically designed to be incredibly difficult to replicate for cosplay]].
*** Impossible, often, but that's at least justified by the fact that all the non-default outfits are magically applied by the dressspheres. No one ever has to make the outfit or even put it on in a normal fashion. Though this doesn't explain Nooj. Actually, nothing can explain that.
** ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' features Cloud wearing a sleeveless knit sweater and one-half a trenchcoat. Really. It's just a dismembered sleeve. Also his boots have 3 zippers each.
** The ridiculous BFG/BFS weapons are often larger than the people carrying them (but [[{{Hammerspace}} strangely invisible]] outside of battles).
*** Seriously: how the characters actually manage to use their often ridiculously-sized weapons without some serious {{wardrobe malfunction}}s happening is beyond the impossible.
** [[MemeticMutation BELTS AND ZIPPERS]] appeared only when Tetsuya Nomura became a main designer of a series. Back when the characters were still designed by Yoshitaka Amano their clothing was in general somewhat more subdued, but Amano drifted in the other direction. His designs were often so stylized that sometimes one has difficulty seeing ''people'' in them, not their clothes.
*** Or distinguishing between what parts are clothing and what parts are people.
*** Aerith's [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/3/37/Aerith-DissidiaAlt1.png/revision/latest?cb=20110224134014 Amano design]] dress. Sleeveless and a off-shoulder little jacket with puffy sleeves that somehow do not slip off and some metal workings around the hem. Unless that jacket's sleeves are glued onto her skin, it's impossible for it to not slip down.
** [[TheChick Vanille's]] and [[ActionGirl Fang's]] [[spoiler:traditional Gran Pulsian attire]]; the former's is a pink halter top, numerous belts, adornments, beads, and a skirt made of scraps of material covered by a bear pelt. The latter's is a black halter top, open-toed boot-sandle-things and a long piece of elaborately folded blue cloth, all held in place by a single belt at her waist.
** Serah's outfit in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', as well as all of the subsequent DLC bonus outfits. As well as Lightning's new silver armour and Noel's outfit (MC Hammer pants with more belts and adornments than Vanille).
*** Serah's default outfit is a headscratcher to begin with. For one, it has large circles cut out around the hips and we see quite clearly nothing but skin there. On the other hand, it's been stated (and visible with the Camera Upgrade in the game) that she wears black shorts underneath that tiny dress. How come they aren't visible around her hips?
* Both sexes get this in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games. Indeed, one of the most hilarious views in the game is Goofy, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and (in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII the sequel]]) Mickey Mouse and Pete, in anime-style Impossibly Cool Clothes. Mickey, Donald and Goofy's are also based on their classic looks. And, hey, Donald has a ''zipper'' on his ''hat'', yet it works, according to some, anyway. There's just something about Donald's hat. In [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first game]], his Court Mage outfit includes a Wizard's hat with ''square spirals''.
** ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Dream Drop Distance]]'' provides a justification for the crossed belts and straps on many of the characters: [[spoiler: it's actually the Recusant's Sigil, an "X"-shape that symbolically (or in Sora's case for this game, literally) marks those who wear it as an UnwittingPawn for [[BigBad Master Xehanort's]] machinations]].
* In the (relatively few) [=RPGs=] that actually show injury on your character, through blood and torn clothes, drinking a healing potion or using a medicine syringe will, for some reason, also repair your clothing. This is lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
* Clothing in the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series seems to boast a HealingFactor, as they appear to regenerate from wounds inflicted on their wearers. Some fans have taken issue with Capcom's laziness in not properly modeling the ClothingDamage. In a cutscene where Lady opens fire on Dante, several of the bullets pass through his coat as he flips past them and he holds up his coat as he lands, annoyed at the holes in them. The holes are not present once gameplay resumes, though.
* Everyone's clothing in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is just too hip for the living. At one point it [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on the recent clothing policy of Tetsuya Nomura's characters, when Neku gets criticized for [[InformedAttribute having a lame sense of fashion]] and retorts, "I wish I had [[Franchise/KingdomHearts more]] [[EverythingsBetterWithZippers zippers]]. So I could tell you to ''[[{{Pun}} zip it]]''."
** Strangely enough, [[spoiler:the real Shiki]] has a practical, realistic outfit, despite the fact that she's shown to be more interested in fashion than any of the other characters are. It works for her, though.
*** It's probably because she's not confident of her own looks to wear something cool.
* Much of the outfits in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' either feature impossible-to-replicate add-ons, or are prone to [[{{Stripperiffic}} Superbowl style wardrobe malfunctions]]. Usually both. Just try to pull off a half decent [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]] cosplay. Or, for the [[YouSuck sake of everyone's sanity]], don't.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has almost no limit to the impossible costumes you can design for your characters. Often a costume that looks relatively feasible on a male may look impossible on a female.
** One of these costumes is known as "Leather Buckles". On a male, it's... pretty boring. On a female, it is not only skintight, but strapless, sleeveless, and low-cut to show cleavage. As well as all the cosmetic buckles, it zips up at the front and laces up at the back like a corset. The matching pants are similarly skintight, with more cosmetic buckles, and it laces up at the buttocks in line with the top. It also has matching gloves and high-heeled boots. It is possible to wear only because the player's RequiredSecondaryPowers seem to include attaching clothes with a nailgun.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** Snake's [[SpyCatsuit Sneaking Suit]] from ''Franchise/MetalGear'' is very form-fitting without any wrinkles or bends and seems to do an impossible amount of tricks, such as protecting him from the cold despite its presumably thin material, reducing the damage he gets, and helping him to hide in plain sight. [[http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/Sneaking_Suit More here]].
** Sniper Wolf's AbsoluteCleavage fatigues look fantastic, but why on Earth did she think dressing like that ''in Alaska'' was appropriate? Consider that the low temperature forms relevant obstacles throughout the story--for instance, Snake had to be injected with special proteins in the Briefing sequence to protect him from frostbite, one door is inaccessible because it is frozen shut, Snake's Rations will freeze if he doesn't have them equipped while outside... Vulcan Raven is underdressed for the weather, too, but it's explained as his special power. Sniper Wolf has no excuse.
* Similarly, Sam Fisher's suits in ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' have embedded light sensors and embedded sound sensors. According to the fluff, they come with heat regulators and an onboard water supply sufficient unto 12 hours, as well as a kevlar weave. This weave only helps deflect bullets at long range, and since enemies in the games are usually in spitting distance, it doesn't do much good.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. Go on, try to last in a serious fight wearing Christie Monteiro's clothes ''without'' flashing someone. Double-dog dare you.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''
** The entire series features characters in clothing that, taken as individual articles look contemporary and realistic enough, but the combined effect somehow looks distinctive enough to be a costume. The second movie also borrowed this feature. Impossibly cool.
** Ada Wong wears an ankle length evening dress while fighting hordes of zombies in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. It's never addressed exactly why she does this, though.
** Claire Redfield is guilty of this as well. In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', she comes in Raccoon City on a motorcycle, but is just wearing cutoff jean shorts, a vest, gloves, and some spandex onesie underneath. No motorcyclist would ever do that, unless they didn't mind some serious windburn (S.D. Perry's novelization accounted for this by mentioning that Claire had let a friend borrow her leathers). But on the other hand, running from zombies would be very difficult in full leather...
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}'' the TREADS of Klavier Gavin's shoes have his band's logo on them!
* Pretty much anything made by Satoshi Urushihara for ''Growlanser'' and ''Langrisser''. Doubly for anything the females wear.
* A good number of characters from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' are quite guilty of this trope.
** Specifically KOS-MOS and T-elos. Making the outfit for cosplay is hard enough, but wearing it is virtually impossible, whether it's due to a certain level of modesty or the sheer number of pieces to each outfit.
*** How does MOMO even keep her dress down?
* Although live-action, the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series of games provide a good example, with high-ranking military personnel, as well as being young, well-endowed models, progressively wearing less and less over the course of the games. They begin with what looks something like real uniforms, until ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Red Alert 3]]'' where they all look like they're in costumes left over from a porno.
** Considering who plays Tanya, that may not be too far from the truth.
*** [[{{Squick}} Yuri's actor, too.]]
* Stan the Salesman's coat from the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games: the patterns [[UnmovingPlaid are always oriented the same way]] no matter how he moves his arms. They kept this, at great difficulty and expense, when the game went 3D.
* Played completely straight in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' (of all things). All the characters have the most ridiculously awesome outfits, but the shining example is Travis himself, who goes to a store that sells ''only'' Impossibly Cool Clothes.
** A contest was held for ''No More Heroes 2'', in which fans may design their own shirt for Travis to wear in the game.
* Karin in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts: Covenant''. Swordfighting in ''high heels'' and a microskirt that doesn't actually reach all the way around her waist. And some of her skills require her to ''jump'' in that getup. She basically floats up off the ground, because there's no way she'd be able to actually do that. And then there's the [[{{Stripperiffic}} Dating Costume]], which is basically a few threads held together by sheer willpower.
* Human armors in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are certainly very... form-fitting. Of all the technologies seen in the game, bulletproof spandex may be one of the most impressive.
** And that's just the "one size fits all" generic armor of the [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 first game]]. [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 The second game]] takes impossible outfits UpToEleven.
*** Asari Justicar Samara has a v-neck body suit that accentuates her curves, though impractical in combat, it is thoroughly pleasing to the eye. Considering the reliance on personal shields, perhaps she can afford to wear something a little more comfortable.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' might be the king of this trope--almost every character has an outfit that's COMPLETELY over the top, full of layers and clothing patterns. One character even has [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091209154954/batenkaitos/images/d/d3/Bk-ladymelodia.jpg a skirt made out of stained glass]]!
** And when we say everyone, we MEAN everyone. Even the ''nameless'' [=NPCs=]. One can assume that Impossibly Cool Clothes are the norm in this world.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has THE best stripperiffic armors in the form of female Raider outfits. [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Raider_Armor#Gallery Here]], take a look. Or if you want something spandex-y, the [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090128195300/fallout/images/6/6f/Crimson_Dragoon.png Chinese stealth suit]].
** It appears the designers like [[http://s460.photobucket.com/albums/qq326/DELTA_1551/armor2.jpg Impossibly Cool Armor]].
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is starting to look like [[http://nma-fallout.com/forum/album_page.php?pic_id=4284 the winner.]]
** And that's just the outfits made by the developers. Thanks to a healthy and active [[GameMod modding]] community the list of Impossibly Cool Clothes ranges from ninja suits to barely-there bikinis...that still have a higher armor rating than the best default armor in the game.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'': Asbel Lhant's BadassLongcoat [[http://images.wikia.com/aselia/images/c/c0/ASBEL_LHANT.png as seen here]]. Not only does it seem to have an awesome pattern on every side, but the arms are practically held together with ''gold disks''.
** A few "Tales" characters are guilty of this.''Tales of Legendia'' seems to be one of the worse offenders. To start of, the main character Senel's top is not only skin tight but has strange mechanics attached to it. Makes one wonder how exactly he puts them on, and how they STAY on.
*** Norma's full outfit looks like it would take some effort to put on. In addition, there are Moses's pants. Good lord, his pants.
** [[http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081020204947/aselia/images/5/5f/Yuri_Lowell.jpg Yuri Lowell]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' generally has one of the series' simpler character designs, barring a pair of knee-length boots which are open at the front and don't appear to have any laces. They pretty much defy the laws of gravity by even staying up. One possible explanation is that they are actually buttoned onto his pants, which makes them less impossible, but still really, really silly.
* At least somewhat averted in ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}''--Space Marine suits are constructed around the marine. They also consciously break away from just scaling up everything around the marine to achieve bigger body height: A marine's hands are actually in the forearms of his armour and move the suit's hands by feedback. They still seem to work pretty fine with regards to manual dexterity as experienced users like Tychus can for example hold a cigar for smoking without either dropping or crushing it. An interesting analysis [[http://sclegacy.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4607&page=2 here]]. tl;dr: Torso too narrow, arms too long, thighs too small, hips too wide. But it's not as bad as most fiction mech suits, like the one in the article picture above for instance.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear.'' '''''VideoGame/GuiltyGear.''''' {{Cosplay}}ing characters from ''Guilty Gear'' requires either a lot of time and sewing skill, or [[CrackIsCheaper a lot of money.]] Of course, since its made by the same people as ''Guilty Gear'', ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is equally frustrating to properly do cosplay for.
* Amane Kuzuryu and the other Shomonkai in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' are almost impossible to cosplay. Why? Because the Shomonkai robes' sleeves are linked by a continuous loop that goes ''between their legs'' and should be tripping Amane every other step.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''
** [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Robert Garcia]] is known for being [[SharpDressedMan dressed to the nines]] in each of his appearances, and even provides the page image for the ActionFashionista trope.
** Likewise, [[{{Bifauxnen}} King]] is rarely seen without [[BadassInANiceSuit her tuxedo]], complete with spats and pearl earrings.
** HighlyVisibleNinja [[GainaxBounce Mai Shirinui]]. Just how does that gi stay in place?
** Iori, prior to ''XII'', would wear pants that have a strap that binds both legs. Why anyone would fight with an intentional handicap like that is his business (he even does a nearly straight-up kick with no difficulty).
* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', you can outfit your characters in special costume sets called, "fashion armor," which includes various suits, evening wear, and accessories. Of course, the regular armor sets are nothing to sneeze at either. You can see samples of both in WebVideo/GameXplain[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab-uRDnwILo 's 3-hour livestream.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' features [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOOy3EMiIoI& protective suits]] that you need a 'magical' changing cupboard to get in and out of and helmets that assemble/reassemble at the touch of a button .
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' manage to turn ''school uniforms'' into Impossibly Cool Clothes. ''3'' in [[http://images.wikia.com/megamitensei/images/5/51/GekkoukanUniform.jpg particular]]. Everyone in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Eternal Punishment'' is like this, especially compared to other games in the series where everyone just wears school uniforms. Ulala and Katsuya's outfits are modified versions of normal outfits, Tatsuya and Baofu's are normal outfits in bright colours, and Maya's outfit is particularly nice.
* The girls of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. Only a few of the outfits can be considered practical--and they tend to be part of the occupation (For example, [[{{Miko}} Reimu, Sanae]], and [[NinjaMaid Sakuya]]. And even then they're not the most practical in a series where almost everyone flies.) The most impossibly cool must be Iku's shawl... thing that she can use as a {{whip|ItGood}} or [[ThisIsADrill drill]] and Utsuho's cape, which in ''Hisoutensoku'' has an ''[[UnmovingPlaid individually scrolling]]'' galaxy pattern on it. There's even a Pixiv meme about drawing what artists think how the clothes work [[http://safebooru.donmai.us/pools/1765 here]]. The amount of thought given into these is really impressive.
* Ghirahim from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' wears a peculiar skintight outfit with diamond-shaped cutouts all over it exposing his skin, a belt with a huge gem on it and a red robe that [[TheCoatsAreOff teleports away when he's ready for combat]]. The only other villain whose clothes come as close to Ghirahim's in terms of Impossible Coolness are [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Veran's]]; all the other villains have much more practical robes and/or armor.
* The Assassin robes in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', particularly the Master Assassin version. Not only does [[InTheHood the hood]] remain permanently rigid (the next time an Assassin's hood is pulled off by accident will be the first time), but the bottom of the robes are usually long enough that they ''should'' be a hindrance in combat and whilst [[LeParkour free-running]]. Of course, this could all just be [[FramingDevice an abstraction of the Animus.]]
* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' almost everybody who wears more than just trousers qualifies for this trope. Insanely elaborate robes and armour are commonplace for many warriors. Maybe justified by the fact that they are Demigods and Gods. Probably the most common feature is a large, artificial halo that hangs in the air behind their heads.
* ''VideoGame/S4League'' features this due to the 'stylish' nature of the game. Every outfit consists of regular clothes designed in extravagant ways that they simply look awesome or cool, special mention goes to sets designed by panamaman where a simple set of pants and shirt [[http://i.imgur.com/bkhja.jpg manage to look cool.]]
* So prevalent in ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' that is listed on the game's [[Characters/EternalSonata character page]] under "tropes all characters have in common."
* ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'': Daniella's uniform is complex enough for anyone, but Fiona's default outfit takes the cake. The dress' composition is ''already'' complex, but then one gets into the overly complex lacy patterns and stitching on the lower half and her boots...
* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/SuperDanganronpa2'', despite using an actual article of clothing. Hiyoko Saionji wears a traditional kimono which looks beautiful... but she can't dress herself properly by herself without looking like a whore[[note]]Not just a baseless insult - kimonos are supposed to have their obi (the sash which acts as a belt) tied around and into a bow on the back of the outfit, but prostitutes would have to tie the kimono by themselves, leaving the bow in the front[[/note]]. After [[spoiler: Mahiru, the only one who would help her, is killed]], people begin to notice that she's not washing because otherwise she couldn't get back into her own clothes, until someone informed her of the location of a large-body mirror. [[spoiler: It even gets her killed.]]
* ''VideoGame/GodEater'' - The first game boasted a number of questionable outfits for female characters. Sakuya's costume is a frilly dress cut to the hip, with a totally backless top over no bra, perfect for running hundreds of combat missions against giant monsters. Alisa's outfit is even more extreme- and likely the reason Alisa is the best known character in the franchise. A miniskirt, paired with a shirt that's basically the top half of an unzipped jacket, somehow managing to keep her legendary Underboobs in check.
** The sequel seems to have decided to top all of these with Nana's outfit. Booty shorts, and a top that looks like she ripped a strip out of a t-shirt and somehow bound her breasts in place with it. A lot of her scenes end up {{Narm}}y just by virtue of being distracted by how bizarre it is.
* ''VideoGame/TargetOfDesireEpisode1'': Maia wears a tiny half-shirt with a {{Vaporwear}} bra, a suit jacket and tie, and a DangerouslyShortSkirt. Is it possible for a shirt like that to hold in breasts of that magnitude? That's a great topic for a 6th grade science fair project.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has this with the Uryuoms' workers outfits. They doubled as fetish wear. They really ''are'' impossibly cool clothes!
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' WordOfGod mentioned that [[PettingZooPeople Florence]] could wear clothing that attaches to her fur, and would be impossible on humans without assistance. Florance herself hasn't realized this.
* ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'': one of the main characters has a ''Franchise/StarWars'' hat that changes its lettering when its on his head, but as soon as the hat is off it goes back to being a regular Star Wars hat.
* Foil's scarf from [[http://indepos.comicgenesis.com Indefensible Positions]] never has anything happen to it, until he gets his real one (it's complicated) when it disintegrates. His real one becomes impossibly cool as soon as he puts it on.
* Varden from ''Webcomic/{{Inverloch}}'' was introduced wearing some kind of hooded tunic/shirt/tabard garment and while it's not as JustForFun/{{egregious}} as some instances on this page, it takes some squinting to figure out how the layers work. He eventually ripped it up for bandages and wore a plain black shirt for the rest of the comic just because the author got sick of drawing it.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Just outside Whateley Academy, in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Cecilia Rogers has a clothing boutique where she makes supersuits for the students... and also for big-name superheroes. She uses special fabrics and has a superpower over fabric, so the outfits she makes can be (mostly) bulletproof, acid- and stain-resistant, knife-resistant, etc. And she repairs them too. She also tailors school uniforms for the impossibly cool who have to meet school rules. Alternately, for people with special needs. Such as werewolves. Who can't change back.
* ''Literature/NewYorkMagician'''s Michel sure likes his Burberry (later London Fog) coat, which is resistant to harm.
* Like most anime, almost every character in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has an outlandish outfit with not only their own unique emblem and colour scheme, but also modifying their own clothing in various ways to get a unique look, from [[{{Ninja}} Blake]] [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Belladonna]] having one sleeve on one arm and a ribbon wrapped around the other to [[BoisterousBruiser Yang]] [[BikerBabe Xiao]] [[CoolBigSis Long]] having mismatched socks and an asymmetrical skirt. What makes ''RWBY'' a unique example is that it's a JustifiedTrope: eighty years before the events of the story, there was a huge world war where a fascist-style government tried to suppress all art, creativity and free will. They eventually lost to those who opposed such tyranny, and among the victors it became tradition to [[http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/Color_Naming_Rule name their children after colours]]. Much like how fascism and nationalism were discredited as philosophies after the defeat of the Axis in World War II in real life, because of this shocking war over collectivism vs. individualism the world of Remnant places a societal emphasis on individuality, self-expression and general wackiness to a degree far beyond that of even our own world, which goes come way to explaining why between Jaune (who mostly wears a hoodie and jeans) and Pyrrha (who dresses in full Greco-Roman-styled armour), it's ''Jaune'' who sticks out more.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Goldie Gold from ''WesternAnimation/GoldieGoldAndActionJack'' goes adventuring in a [[PrettyInMink white fur coat]] and [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny gold colored pants]]. They never get so much as a speck of dirt, even when she falls in dirt.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' with [[ShowWithinAShow The Crimson Chin's]] costume, which is so unbelievably skin tight it should be impossible to bend over. Though his origin story suggests it works like the symbiote suit in ''Franchise/SpiderMan''.
%%* WesternAnimation/BettyBoop's most featured cut of clothing.
%%* Everyone on ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* OlderThanPrint: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_style_(art) The Gothic International style]] of late medieval art relies heavily on this trope.
* The company Abbyshot tries very hard to make these in RealLife. [[http://abbyshot.com/anime/stampede-duster/ They've had some impressive successes.]]
* The fashion brand [[http://www.clothing.demobaza.com/LOOKBOOK/ Demobaza]] also comes interestingly close to this, with most of their designs resembling something you'd see in a JRPG or futuristic setting.
* Many famous actresses on such special events as awards nights, opening nights for movies, and so on, wear dresses that they literally need to be sewn into. One country singer successfully sued the IRS for the right to declare her stage clothes as being business expenses by pointing out that they couldn't be for personal use since she couldn't sit down in them.
* Archduke Franz Ferdinand had to be sewn into his ceremonial uniforms. He was wearing one such outfit in Sarajevo on June 26, 1914, and some historians believe that getting him out of his uniform for treatment may have contributed in some fashion to his death, and therefore, to the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI events]] that occurred because of it.