Sometimes a Superhero
(or villain) will be doing completely mundane things like fishing
or just hanging around the house, but he'll still be in full costume. In some works, particularly in comedies, this is a form of Limited Wardrobe
: the hero has no other identity, and thus no other clothes. Fans who put a lot of thought into it,
though, will wonder why the hero doesn't at least change into civvies when he's trying to blend in with the other guys in the food court. If the hero actually has
a civilian identity, then there is of course no excuse.
This can also apply to certain kinds of uniforms, provided that they don't too-closely resemble civilian clothing to the point where it's not at all impractical to leave them on. If it's a school uniform, that's its own trope
Very common in animated series, as new animation models are expensive.
Compare Limited Wardrobe
and Twenty-Four-Hour Armor
Anime and Manga
- In American Express ads, Superman (in costume) has lunch with Jerry Seinfeld in a diner and walks around with him in public.
- A DirecTV commercial featured a city overrun with crime and disasters. The next cut is a superhero in full costume watching TV and ignoring the telephone.
- In Tentai Senshi Sunred, the hero characters always wear at least their masks all the time, if not their whole costumes.
- In Ratman, the evil organization's mooks, the Jackies, spend all their time in skeleton costumes. They even bathe with it on!
- The Silver Age Superman was a big offender, to the point that the writers had to reconsider why he even had a secret identity in the first place. This ultimately resulted in the Byrne reboot.
- This was common in the Dark Age when creators seemed to give up on having characters with secret identities and so all costumed heroes were shown in costume all the time. See early Youngblood for one example.
- Happened in some lucha films. One film has El Santo in bed asleep, wearing full ring gear including his cape.
- A Russian Urban Legend tells about an actor who played Stalin and liked bar-hopping in his Stalin costume.
Web Original (and YouTube)
- On Star Trek, the Enterprise crew seem to constantly wear their uniforms, even when they're sleeping, off duty or on leave. Exceptions are startling, such as Uhura's loungewear in "The Tholian Web". Later incarnations of the show did show crewmembers in their civvies/nightgowns/lingerie/etc. when appropriate.
- This might have had something to do with The Original Series having a fairly modest budget, which got slashed still further for Season 3; it might have been a choice between this trope and making the cast bring their own clothes in from home, which was not unheard of in that era.
- On The Tick, superheroes wear their costumes all the time.
- In the Teen Titans animated series, the creators didn't want the characters to have secret identities or alter egos, so the heroes were in full costume all the time. Robin was also never seen without a mask or dark sunglasses to cover his eyes, even when he was in disguise.
- Hell, they're even shown sleeping in full costume.
- The ˇˇMucha Lucha!! kids — and their parents — were in luchador regalia all the time. One episode had Rikochet lose his mask and act as if he were naked without it.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman (as well as most of the other heroes) is in costume almost all the time, but it's justified because he's on the job all the time and the show simply doesn't deal with his secret identity. However, when he underwent a Literal Split Personality, even "Slacker Batman" elected to keep the Batman persona, and lounged around the Batcave in full costume eating nachos.
- "...Unless something better's on TV, Freakazoid! Freakazoid!"
- The funny thing about Freakazoid is that early on in the show he went back and forth between his civilian and superhero identities, but as time went on, he spent more time as Freakazoid and less as Dexter Douglas, leading to a popular fan theory that he became the mask and Dexter was effectively 'dead'.
- Mini-example: In a Superman theatrical cartoon, a baddie was going around pretending to be Superman while committing robberies and such. We see him at one point slouching in a chair in his hideout, smoking a cigarette, in full Superman costume.