TV Tropes Needs Your Help
View Kickstarter Project
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here
and discuss here
That's right sucka; this guy is gonna git you.
The standard attire for all men who... help young women earn money for college
. You know, managers in the intimate entertainment industry. Guys who... how shall I put this?... manage a harem of prostitutes
. Pimps. Street walkin', jive talkin'
, bitch slappin', bling wearin' pimps. This is their uniform:
- One hat, with a brim that extends at least 15 centimeters in every direction. Some sort of giant feather or other ostentatious decoration is preferred.
- One suit that appears to have come from the campiest of 1970's B-movies. Should ideally be made at least partly out of fur (real or imitation), and this fact should be immediately obvious to anyone who sees it. (Leopard or zebra are the most recommended patterns; ermine is much too sophisticated in most contexts.) Excessive poofiness and/or bright colors is a plus.
- One cane, usually with handle covered with jewels or some sort of intricate design. The pimp must carry this cane at all times even if — especially if — they have no trouble walking whatsoever.
- One pair of excessively large sunglasses with excessively large frames.
- As much bling as the pimp's body can support. At least one of these should be in the shape of a giant dollar sign.
- Tall platform shoes (optional).
- For bonus points the guy wearing all of these Pimp Duds will be seen driving a Pimpmobile like this or this.
All parts of the uniform should be an exceptionally bright color. Purple, orange and white seem to be popular choices, but pretty much any color other than black, brown or grey can work, so long as it shines brighter than the Las Vegas strip.
Extra points for gold teeth.
Wearing one of these outfits can also get completely innocent people confused with pimps.
Kinda Truth in Television
— you can't really identify a pimp on sight this way, but the idea has a basis in reality.
Sub-trope of Stock Costume Traits
Not to be confused with Rainbow Pimp Gear
, which is a video game trope for wearing items purely to get the best bonus, no matter how outrageous they look together.
open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- Dragon Ball: Android 15 wears an outfit which resemble these. In the English dub, they even gave him the voice of a stereotypical pimp/gangster to match.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Greed seems to be going for this look. He wears a boa and Cool Shades and is introduced with a Paid Harem. Also, not a direct example, but Kimblee almost always wears a snazzy white suit which has been given the Fan Nickname of "the pimp suit".
- One Piece:
- Sir Crocodile◊, a superpowered gangster, fits the bill, wearing a fur pimp coat and rings on all of his fingers.
- Later appears Donquixote Doflamingo◊, who manages to even out-pimp Crocodile — is it any surprise that they are rivals?
- Suitengu of Speed Grapher always wears a white greatcoat with a fur collar and favors displays of conspicuous consumption such as cigarettes wrapped in bills kept in a gold case. Since he runs a club that caters to every pleasure, he arguably actually is a pimp.
- In the manga Blue Exorcist, the demon and exorcist Mephisto Pheles dresses as a pimp.
- He's in a gold suit and has sunglasses which definitely fulfil the criteria of Pimp Duds. He's DJ Peacock.
- The Hentai Zone, a Ranma ˝ ecchi dōjinshi, puts Tatewaki Kunō in this outfit.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- I'm Gonna Git You Sucka:
- The ex-pimp Fly Guy wears this kind of outfit when he goes out on the town. He also wears high heel shoes with miniature aquariums in the heels. Watch it here. It should be mentioned that Fly Guy's high heels with aquariums feature dead goldfish because a) they were in storage for a long time and b) he can't open them to feed the fish anyway. Also, he just got out of the slammer at that point; fashion has passed him by.
- There is also the "Pimp of the Year" pageant flashback.
- King George in Coffy goes a bit lighter on the bling than some examples, but makes up for it by wearing a half-cape that matches his harvest gold,note skin-tight, chest-baring jumpsuit and orange-rimmed sunglasses.
- Upgrayedd, the pimp from Idiocracy, wears a giant orange fur coat.
- American Gangster plays with this trope. The main character, Frank, actually makes a point to avoid dressing like a pimp, saying that "the loudest person in the room is the weakest one". His strategy of keeping low profile works until his wife buys him a luxurious fur coat, which gets him noticed by the police immediately. However, other gangsters don't have Frank's common sense, and it's worth noting that the film is set in The Seventies...
- The Boppers are dressed like this in The Warriors. They appear in only one scene, though.
- Running Scared has a textbook example of pimp, from the costume to the attitude.
- Dead Presidents (which is set in the Bronx between 1969 and 1973) has a pimp as a minor yet important character, and he somewhat dresses this way.
- Austin Powers dresses in pimp gear to celebrate visiting The Seventies in Goldmember.
- Stu runs afoul of a pimp wearing a tacky, unbuttoned silk shirt in Phone Booth. When Stu tries to bribe him to go away with his Omega watch, the pimp counters with his "solid gold Rolex, motherfucker!"
- In the film version of The Client, Barry "The Blade" Muldanno wears a campy green suit with motley collar. Subverted in the fact Muldanno is not a pimp, but a very dangerous Mafia hitman.
- Averted in Working Girls, where the pimp of the brothel, Lucy, resembles less a stereotypical pimp than she does an average business woman.
- In Starsky & Hutch, the pimp Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg) dresses this way.
- Downplayed throughout Black Dynamite. Although the members of the Pimp Council have the most outlandish names possible and are dressed to the nines, only the senior members Osiris and Tasty Freeze have on what could be, save the hat, considered a full outfit. (To say nothing of Captain Kangaroo Pimp.) Even Black Dynamite, himself a pimp, comes closest to looking the part when donning a powder-blue leisure suit near the end.
- In the Seinfeld episode "The Wig Master" Kramer ends up, through a series of coincidences, fighting a prostitute in front of a pink Cadillac while he's carrying a walking stick, wearing a woman's large brimmed hat, and has on the eponymous garment from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The whole chain of events, ending in his arrest, can be witnessed on YouTube.
- Manswers mentions these kinds of clothes when discussing how much a pimp makes a year.
- LazyTown: Robbie Rotten isn't a pimp, but his standard outfit looks somewhere between a pimp outfit, a spandex catsuit and that of a refined 1890s gentleman. Then there's the original Icelandic stage play, where he wore the full pimp outfit, complete with cane.
- Although Huggy Bear in Starsky & Hutch dresses this way, he isn't a pimp. It was just The Seventies.
- "Sweet Daddy" Williams on Good Times dresses like this, which make sense since he's an actual pimp.
- Scrubs: J.D. and Turk wear this in one of J.D.'s Imagine Spots.
- On The Colbert Report, Stephen wore one of these during the brief time he worked as a pimp under the name "Big White Chocolate".
- All the male characters (Tracy Morgan, Tim Meadows, Ray Romano, and Vince Vaughn on the short-lived recurring Saturday Night Live sketch "Pimp Chat" wore Pimp Duds.
- One episode of CSI has a pimp contest at a strip club (officially a contest between smartly dressed DJs), with the contestants wearing various levels of ostentatious Pimp Duds.
- In one episode of That '70s Show, Kittie imagines how a party at her house could go wrong. In her fantasy, Michael Kelso and Steven Hyde are dressed in standard Pimp attire. Extra points to Kelso for no shirt and an open jacket.
- Late Night:
- American Restoration: For the premier of season six, George Clinton had Rick and Co. restore a flood damaged piano. For the reveal party Brettly and Tyler wore stereotypical pimp gear.
- The Drug Rat from Police Force is wearing a wide-brimmed white hat and bright blue suit, using a hypodermic needle in place of a cane.
- The Godfather had this as his gimmick, though the look wasn't quite as outlandish as it could have been (it was the Attitude Era).
- Kelly Kelly wore this kind of costume for Halloween 2007, though she somewhat mistakenly referred to herself as a "gangsta".
- Indie wrestler The Human Tornado used this as his gimmick. Although he had to dress down more than most examples since he had to wrestle, he did wear garish yellow bellbottoms in the ring and suit jackets during his entrance.
- He's not a pimp, but Dr. Teeth from The Muppet Show dresses exactly like this. He's probably supposed to be a hippie.
- "They didn't call him a pimp, but I know a pimp when I see one. They called him The Count." — Dave Chappelle
- Sweet Daddy D, the "Player in the Management Profession" from the Jeff Dunham stable, is as stereotypically dressed as possible.
- LEGO Space Police III features Brick Daddy, a.k.a. SPACE PIMP, an alien gang leader dressed in purple pimp duds. The fandom was very, very amused.
- They DID IT AGAIN. Invizable from the LEGO Ultra Agents theme has a pimp appearance, too.
- The infamous Pimp Daddy Destro from the G.I. Joe 1997 Commemorative Edition line. There was even a dedicated website about the ultra-rare figure. According to the site, it started as a bit of a gag when a production sample was needed for the commemorative line. A few hundred samples with the leopard-print paint job were produced before Hasbro put the kibosh on it, but some of the figures managed to get packaged and hit the shelves anyway. The 2007 Official G.I. Joe Convention even commemorated Pimp Daddy Destro with a 25th anniversary release (and a gold-helmeted variant to boot).
- Though he can't go all the way (being a redeco), Optimus Prime's royal purple color scheme in Transformers: Shattered Glass, coupled with his bulky build and yellow-and-green highlights, has earned him the Fan Nickname "Pimpimus Prime".
- A Pimp Named Slickback from The Boondocks.
- The Boogie Man from The Powerpuff Girls episode "Boogie Frights" dresses like this. Obviously not a pimp (it's a kid's show), but a nod to Blaxploitation films as part of the episode's 1970s vibe.
- In The Simpsons, getting nearly assaulted by a pimp (in standard pimp dud gear) is one of the reasons Homer hates New York. (He was visiting the city in 1972.)
- King of the Hill:
- One-off character Alabaster Jones (voiced by Snoop Dogg), the main mack daddy of Oklahoma city, fits the bill with his flashy white suit and cape. Yes. He has a cape.
- Tammy, the Hooker with a Heart of Gold who stays with the Hills, gives Hank a cowboy hat with a leopard-print hat band, which everyone in Arlen except Hank and Peggy treats like serious Pimp Duds.
- Mission Hill: The pimp who mistook Posey as a prostitute who offers erotic massages, dresses like this. Andy lampshades this when he describes the man as a "good, old-fashioned, bell-bottom and platform-shoe pimp," then asks if he's seen him on the show, Beretta.
- An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes had Samy wear these. Yes, on a kids show.
- In the The Angry Beavers episode "Long in the Teeth", Dag and Norb try to out-compete each other's coolness (and incisor length)... and are briefly seen wearing outfits like this. (Ah, what children's cartoons of The Nineties got away with!)
- A crocodile wearing Pimp Duds is occasionally seen in the background of Rocko's Modern Life, mostly at Cafe Chameleon.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Spike receives a suspiciously pimptastic hat for an episode.