The East, a land of culture, of beauty, and of numerous martial arts. These forms of combat are well known throughout the world, and are respected by many. But we're not here just to talk about martial arts, no, we're here to discuss the uniforms the martial artists use, the clothes that make you say "That guy/girl knows ______". This trope is about characters who are seen wearing these uniforms at one point or another at ANY point in series. Hell, even background characters count. Keep in mind, the characters don't have to wear these uniforms at all times (although some do), they just have to wear them once to be an example. This trope is often invoked when a show wants to bring generic martial arts enemies or when a writer wants to show how or why someone is so good at fighting. Often identified as keikogi, judogi, karategi, dobok, etc. Truth in Television for a large number of martial arts, though not all of them use the "white suit" most often seen. NOTE: The uniform can be from a totally made-up (or even alien) martial art, as long as the character is wearing the uniform and not his normal clothes. Another thing is that the people wearing these don't have to be martial artists. They could just be pretending, although this is uncommon. Compare Martial Arts Headband.
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- One Fruit Loops commercial has Toucan Sam's nephews in Gis.
Anime & Manga
- Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl and most other judo practioners in her series wear judogi◊ when practicing or participating in tournaments. At one early point, Yawara forgets to wear an undershirt with her gi, causing some embarrasment.
- Natsuki Crisis: The titular heroine studies an unspecified form of Karate and is often shown wearing her Karategi◊ even when outside the dojo.
- Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie: Applies to Ryu and Ken, who studied Anatsuken together during their adolescent years. Ryu wears a traditional white dogi, whereas Ken's is red.
- Full Metal Panic! has this, when Sagara faces the Karate Club,◊ with hilarious results.
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple:
- Kenichi◊ and Miu. Kenichi's masters are a category of their own, since the Limited Wardrobe of some of them can be seen as both a custom-made MA uniform and a traditional "civilian" costume.
- All of Miu's training/combat uniforms, of course, ''have'' to be with short tight pants. Also notable the fact that on field combat missions she actually usually wears something which resembles a mountain biking outfit (without helmet), instead of a MA uniform.
- In the chapter 145, Kenichi gets a custom-made training uniform (replacing the standard one which he used to wear while training), and this is also the point at which he starts going on combat missions regularly. Of course, on these missions he always wears this new custom uniform.
- Bleach :
- Ranma ˝:
- Akane◊ spends nearly half her screentime in her yellow dougi, and the other in her school uniform. She rarely wears anything else.
- That goes double for her father and Mr. Saotome, who routinely wear theirs at all times. Ranma also owns one, but is only seen wearing it during flash backs to Jusenkyo.
- Kuno◊ is also seen wearing the kendo version (with the wide, pleated trousers) more often than not. Also plays into the samurai image he has going since the style is based on day wear from Japan's past.
- Dragon Ball: Goku, Krillin, Yamcha, Tenshinhan, Chiaotzu, King Piccolo, Piccolo Jr., Gohan, Mr. Satan, Goten, Trunks... not to mention all those extras in the Tournament Arcs. Did I leave anyone out?
- It's rare for Goku to not be wearing his iconic uniform once he receives his first one at the beginning of his first tournament, and it's usually because his uniform's been destroyed, and he's had to improvise a replacement.
- Gohan, when starting out his Training from Hell, is given a uniform similar to his father's. He then spends most of his training and fighting time in Dragon Ball Z in a uniform similar to Piccolo's, before asking the Supreme Kai for one like his dad's after receiving his final power-up toward the end of the series.
- Seitokai Yakuin Domo has Mitsumi and her GirlPosse who formed their own judo club, practically made of this trope each time we see them train.
- Nanaka6/17: Satsuki wears during her introduction scene, where she whacks her brother on the head.
- In Kure-nai episode 5 of the anime, when Shinkuro goes to train with Yuno they both wear this, interestingly enough in the manga only Shinkuro wears this while Yuno wears something resembling a miko's outfit.
- In Minami-ke episode 8 the girls each wear one to learn how to blow a bubble from bubblegum...
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam: Master Asia, Domon Kasshu's Hot-Blooded Old Master is always seen wearing a simplified purple and black variant of a Tai Chi uniform. Suffice to say, he knows martial arts and then some. The only major deviation from the standard design is the addition of a sash, but in his defense, he can destroy Mobile Suits with it.
- Variable Geo: The first episode has a brief flashback from when Yuka and Satomi studied Kyokushin Karate under Yuka's grandfather. Both are shown wearing traditional white dogis, each with a black belt. Though in the present, their waitress uniforms become their default combat attire; complete with UFC style fight gloves and ankle guards.
- In an Archie Comics story, Mr. Weatherbee opposes Archie's new school karate club. He changes his mind after Archie, as a result of the usual klutzy clothes-ruining mishap, lends him a Karate outfit in which to walk home, which ends up saving Weatherbee from a mugging because the crooks assume that if he's wearing the outfit, he must be able to kick their asses.
- There's the Kung Fu Fighter comic series in which the titular character,◊ among others,◊ wears a karate gi for most of the series. Oddly enough, he started out as a thief trying to rob the school where he eventually trained!
- The DCU Karate Kid wears a slightly altered◊ version.
- Shang Chi◊, among others, from the Master Of Kung Fu comic series.
- Wonder Woman in this◊ comic.
- The Karate Kid: Daniel wears one◊ quite a bit among the three movies, as do the Kobra Kai fighters. In The Next Karate Kid, Julie wears one only in a flashback. In the remake, only the bullies wear them.◊
- The Man with the Golden Gun. James Bond and his opponents wear them when he fights the students at the martial arts school.
- The movie Kuro-Obi has most of the characters in Karategi◊ for a good duration of the film. To add to that, the lead characters are played by some of Japan's leading black belt Karate experts.
- Note: There is an older film from 1992 with the same English title (Black Belt). It also features one or two characters in Gis.
- The film High Kick Girl features lead star Rina Takeda in a Gi◊ at one point.
- The Danish film Fighter has the lead character, and a few others◊, in a uniform for a good portion of the film. This Gi is unique in the style of belt◊ that is used (initially anyways).
- In the film Bloodsport there are a few characters who wear a Gi, or something similar to a Gi.
- In the sequels there's another few characters who wear Gis.
- In the film Dragon Princess}, there's a few people who wear Gis as well.
- The movie Fighter in the Wind is based on the real-life Martial Artist, Mas Oyama, and follows the things he did when he went into the mountains to train in Karate. The movie follows him as he goes around the country, fighting masters of each martial art, and defeating them to show his skill.
- The Street Fighter live adaptation had Ryu and Ken◊.
- In numerous Kung-Fu and Martial Arts movies, the hero will often enter a dojo full of fighters in Gis◊. The hero will often defeat them all, before challenging their master.
- In Enter the Dragon, almost every martial artist◊ on the villain's island wore a Gi, and they did so for pretty much the whole movie.
- In the short film Room For Rapture (located on Sleeperkid's World, although it costs money) a female martial artist enters a room for training, only to find a ballerina is using the place. After some "negotiations", the ballerina sneak attacks. A fight ensues. (Continue clicking next image at the bottom)
- There are actually one or two films there that feature Gis.
- This video has numerous unknown films for just such an occasion. (Identification would be helpful)
- In the Sonny Chiba Mas Oyama Collection (featuring Karate Bull Fighter◊, Karate Bear Fighter◊ and Karate for Life◊), Chiba dons a Gi for pretty much the whole series, as do many of his competitors.
- In Ip Man, the titular character faces a few enemies who are in Gis. At one point he faces 10 at once!
- One or two people◊ in Kickboxing Academy (Also known as Teen Boxer)
- In the movie Pushed To The Limit, a young fighter is seen in Gi pants, pitted against a much larger opponent. Unfortunately, she fails, and has her leg violently broken.
- In The Matrix, there's Neo's infamous, "I Know Kung Fu Scene."
- In the "Choose Your Own Adventure" Book Series, there is a book called Tattoo Of Death in which the main characters are depicted in Gis◊.
- A bit of an unnecessary example, but there's the actual books of Martial Arts which either detail their history and/or techniques.
Live Action TV
- There are a couple of sitcoms that briefly show a young girl with a gi and a yellow or orange belt under a jacket, generally to show how harried and busy the mom that drives them back and forth is, rather than any martial arts ability on the kid's part.
- Seinfeld: Kramer wore one while taking karate lessons. He dominated the class, because the other students were all 10 year olds. ("But we're at the same skill level.") Then they saw Elaine just push him down and they all ganged up on him in a Dark Alley.
- Katoya makes his students wear an alien version of these in an episode of Farscape. Except, of course, for Scorpius.
- In a In Living Color! skit, Jim Carrey is performing as "martial arts master". When he asks his students to stab him, he fails at blocking and is stabbed repeatedly.
- The Babylon 5 episode "TKO" features an alien martial arts tournament in which the combatants wear gi-style uniforms.
- When Beakman's World tackled breaking boards, both Lester and Phoebe donned martial arts gis. Lester's had a black belt (actually, it was a white belt; he just never washed it), while Phoebe came by her green belt more honestly (as did her actress.)
- Kickin' It's karate students generally wear wasabi-green T-shirts under their gis. They also take "not wearing them all the time" to the logical limit, spending quite a lot of time hanging around the dojo in street clothes.
- The Star Trek: The Original Series episode, "Charlie X", we saw Kirk and others wear a Starfleet 23rd century variant.
- The incredibly over AJW star Chigusa would wear one as her entrance attire, but wrestled in traditional boots with a singlet.
- Vladimir Kozlov would wear a red martial arts uniform as a face in reference to the sambo and kickboxing championships he won before entering professional wrestling.
- Kung Fu Naki wore one during much of Mr. Sho's time using that particular gimmick.
- Dr. Dory Funk Jr. debuted on !Bang! TV wearing a gi.
- Ryu◊, Ken◊, Makoto◊, Dan◊, Juri◊ (kind of, mostly in her concept art◊), Akuma◊, Sean◊ and Abel◊ from Street Fighter. Makoto is notable for being the only one who wears the sleeves.
- In SFIV, Sakura has a half gi◊ as an alternate costume.
- Akira Yuki◊, and Goh Hinogami◊ from Virtua Fighter.
- As of 5R we now have Jean Kujo in red (plus chains and a few other accessories), who practices traditional karate.
- Advanced V.G.: The girls wear modified versions of their waitress uniforms as their martial arts attire, which includes fight gloves and ankle guards. Jun adds knee and elbow pads with hers, plus bike shorts, while Satomi fashions her skirt into a sarong to make it easier to kick.
- Geese Howard◊ is well-remembered for his distinctive aikidogi.
- Mortal Kombat: Deception has Kobra◊.
- Ryo◊, Yuri◊ and Kim◊ from The King of Fighters, just to name a few.
- The martial artists in the Evil Genius game wear orange Gis◊.
- In The Matrix: Path of Neo during a training stage, Neo fights against enemies in Gis. Also, there's the fight against Morpheus that plays out like the film.
- In the game Karate Champ, the main character (and enemies) wears a Gi◊.
- Jin◊ and Kazuya◊ from Tekken both wear pants from a Gi. Meanwhile, Hwaorang◊, Baek Doo San◊, Paul◊ and Heihachi◊ wear full ones.
- Asuka Kazama◊ also wears one as one of her costumes.
- Karateka the videogame◊.
- The game All Star Karate for the Wii allows you to do some rudimentary Karate◊.
- The Streets of Rage series has a few characters who wear Gis, although they're usually bosses◊.
- The Tsoo◊ in City of Heroes, and of course it's a costume option for player characters as well.
- Hitomi◊ and Hayate◊ from Dead or Alive. Kasumi◊ and Ayane◊ wear modified variations of MA Uniforms.
- Most wrestling/fighting games with create a wrestler/fighter feature will have a martial arts uniform for your custom character. For example◊.
- Guy◊, and maybe a few bosses, from Final Fight wear them.
- The series of Lovely Fighter games from Martin X Manga has this. Every character wears one, and they're all just happen to be busty and beautiful.
- One scene in Plumbers Don't Wear Ties has the narrator being attacked by a woman in a gi who takes his place.
- And now, there are Pokémon who wear such uniforms◊.
- "Karate-Man" from Street Smart.
- Terranigma has the KungFuGi as an armor purchasable in Yunkou, advertised "for speedy martial arts." It's one of the few armors with a strength boost.
- Jonny Quest TOS episode "The Dragons of Ashida": Race Bannon wears a white gi during his judo matches with Dr. Ashida and Sumi.
- Samurai Jack
- In Family Guy, the episode where Lois joins Jiu-Jitsu has her wearing one and going on a power-hungry rampage.
- Batman: The Animated Series
- "Night of the Ninja" and "Day of the Samurai"
- The New Batman Adventures had the episode "Sins of the Father" where the new Robin is training with Bruce and Barbara at the end of the episode.
- In the episode of South Park when the boys buy weapons and pretend to be ninjas, Stan's alter ego is wearing one.
- In Futurama, when Bender becomes a pro wrestler, Leela has flashbacks to when did Karate. She ends up facing her old master after a slight plot twist.
- In Kim Possible, when Ron is transferred to Japan, he ends up becoming a Ninja. The Ninja uniforms actually look a lot like Gi's here.
- There's a few instances in Johnny Bravo.
- In Arthur, Sue Ellen wears these for Taekwondo.
- In T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kitty wears this in "Purrfect Partners" which is the pilot episode.