Lulu doesn't just wear belts with
her petticoat. She wears belts as her petticoat
Ladies, I hope you're wearin' two belts, 'cause I just charmed the pants off y'all!
Wanna spruce up the look of your fantasy/RPG character? Just add an extra belt, preferably one with a nice, big buckle. What? Your character already has one? Just add another, draped casually across their hips! While you're at it, wrap two or three of them around their shin, and another four over their sleeves. Oh, and we can't forget two more making a big X on their chest... So what if they're not attached to anything? Decorate the belts with Power Crystals
or Spikes of Villainy
, and now even the skimpiest Spy Catsuit
can be stronger than plate mail!
Maybe they keep your guts from spilling out or something.
You're done! Well... maybe just one
Many characters in fantasy
and even a few sci-fi
settings will sport more belts than they really need. Either they were having a clearance sale at JCPenney or they have some weird obsession with belts that borders on the fetishistic
, especially when they don't even need
a belt where it is, or even use it to carry things, and wear one anyway. One of the last places you will often see these people wearing a belt is tight around their waist.
This also goes well for zippers
- zippers on your shirt, on your sleeves, on your pants, on your coat, on your hat
This is extremely
common in Japan in Real Life
, hence its appearance in so many works of fiction that come out of there. This is also a trend in certain fashion subcultures in the West, though not as prominent.
Compare Goggles Do Nothing
, Rummage Sale Reject
, Impossibly Cool Clothes
, and Chained by Fashion
. Often overlaps with Fashionable Asymmetry
. If the belts are shown to serve an actual purpose besides holding up the wearer's trousers and/or looking cool, see Utility Belt
. A subtrope of Useless Accessory
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Anime and Manga
- Digimon tends toward this. Some of them don't wear anything else... and not always as clothes...
- Under his overcoat, Trigun's Vash the Stampede's outfit is 100% belts. There actually might be a decent reason for it though, considering how torn up Vash tends to get in fights, if it helps keep wounds closed...
- Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh! wears a multi-belted shirt during Duelist Kingdom. After that arc, he changes to a black sleeveless shirt, but he keeps the two belts around the cuffs of his jacket and the one around his neck, while adding another belt around his waist. Kaiba dons eight belts, two on each of his arms and legs, from the second season on, in addition to the normal belt on his pants.
- Liru the werewolf in Magical Pokaan has but a single belt across her chest that services as a top.
- Maka from Soul Eater wears belts quite often. On her shoes.
- Hiei of YuYu Hakusho has four thin white belts underneath his cloak on his standard outfit. Not as many as some others, but just enough to let you know he's a Noble Demon Badass. He later stopped doing this, probably because it took an hour to go to the bathroom.
- Compared to others, the Barrier Jacket of Lyrical Nanoha's Fate didn't have too many belts when she was a kid. After all, it only had one red belt slung on her hips, another two around her chest, another one on her arm, and another one around her neck. The first Reinforce, on the other hand, had red belts all over her legs and one arm.
- Mizore in Rosario + Vampire has a couple of garter belts which connect her waist to...nothing whatsoever.
- Kira Yamato of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED always was partial to a snappy outfit, so even his SEED suit had some gratuitous belts, but when the things moved to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny...
- Lady Emmaniel's outfit in My Balls is all belts, including one big one with a hook clasp occasionally managing to stay fastened across her chest. Strategically placed shadows manage to provide whatever modesty she feels she needs to keep; Barbie Doll Anatomy and censorship take care of the rest.
- Golden Darkness from To Love-Ru has five belts wrapped around each leg (including one pair hidden by her boots), and another pair of belts wrapped around each foot, that do not seem to serve any actual purpose beyond... well, making you stare at her legs. She also has a belt at each sleeve, and two more on her abdomen for good measure. Yeah, it's that kind of series.
- Naruto's Sasuke came back from his training for the Chunin Exam finals wearing a black outfit with belts around his left arm and both legs. This trope was actually cited as a reason for him returning to the blue outfit he started with at the beginning of the series—the belts were difficult to draw and animate on a regular basis.
- In One Piece, Ace wears two belts.
- Kurei wears quite a few in Flame of Recca.
- When the Tsubasa gang visit Infinity, it seems like this is the general fashion.
- Yuuta of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! wears seven belts in his "Dark Flame Master" persona besides a normal one — three around each leg, and one on his collar.
- Rob Liefeld loves belts. He loves putting pouches on those belts even more. To the point where he doesn't need to draw the belt itself. As a result of this and Liefeld's popularity during the Dark Age, a lot of superhero costumes during this time had a lot of belts and pouches.
- Superboy used to love belts. He wore a couple of them over his skin-tight one-piece outfit. They didn't hold anything up, they didn't even have pouches on them. They were just there because otherwise the outfit wouldn't be belty enough.
- He also had a belt round one leg, for some reason.
- Considering his characterization in those early days, he probably just thought they looked cool.
- A hallucination sequence in X-Men had Cyclops wearing a variant of his 90s costume. Only with even more belts than it had originally - tons, most of them with X-symbols attached somewhere. Oh, and a tutu.
- Penance - the Generation X character, not Bleedball - has an outfit made almost entirely of belts. They might be a part of the body itself, given its origin.
- Ghost Rider 2099's outfith under his leather jacket was a criss-cross of belts◊.
- DC's The Huntress has a lot of belts.
- Red Robin, at least post the New 52 relaunch wears a lot of belts.
- A number of The Scarecrow's costumes across media have featured a large amount of belts. Sometimes this is because a costume will be made out of a strait◊ jacket◊ which actually needs a lot of belts in its intended use, but in examples such as his Batman: Arkham Asylum design, it's just for the hell of it.◊
- though that may, in fact, be meant to evoke the sense of the straitjacket without actually having him wear one.
- In a couple scenes in The Dark Knight Returns Batman wears an additional utility belt around one leg. It's never used and its purpose is never explained.
- Similar to the DKR example above, when Jean-Paul Valley took over as Batman, his original AzBats uniform had an additional utility belt on his leg. He dumps it with his first costume redesign. Again, no purpse to them.
- The Stephanie Brown Batgirl costume also had a leg-mounted utility belt.
- X-Wing Series: Thin, brightly-colored loop belts are a staple of Adumari fashion, along with more, sturdier belts to hold their knives, blasters, and blastswords.
- In the mid 70s a reader of TV Guide noticed that a cover illustration of Buddy Ebsen as Barnaby Jones had the detective (one would think mistakenly) drawn with both a belt and suspenders. As they wrote in a letter to the editor pointing out the error - 'How can I trust this man to catch a crook if he can't even trust his suspenders to keep his pants up?'
Live Action TV
- The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Cameron likes her belts and her zippers - not to mention leather.
- Too many belts is the In-Universe design style of a mark that Leverage runs into.
- Every season of Super Sentai and Power Rangers have belts on their spandex suits (which obviously aren't going anywhere). While the single waist belt is justified as holding a sidearm holster, sometimes they keep going with it, like in Engine Sentai Go-Onger/Power Rangers RPM, where the costumes (fitting into a racing theme) have seatbelts◊ on them.
- A bit of fashion exists for two belts, shown in teen shows like Wizards of Waverly Place and Degrassi. The girl wears one belt on her pants in the usual manner, and a second belt over the midriff to adjust the flow of your shirt.
- Much like the page image where she wore belts as her dress, one season of Project Runway had a challenge where the contestants had to make a dress out of car parts. One designer made a dress out of nothing but seat belts.
- Michael Jackson's suit for the cover of the Bad album, also worn in the video for the song. Poked fun of by "Weird Al" Yankovic at the start of "Fat" (and the cover of the album it comes from◊), as his fattening form breaks every last belt on the suit.
- Doctor Steel has a three-belted garment that he wears atop his waistcoat, in his Steampunk attire.
- Rabbit, the clockwork robot of Steam Powered Giraffe, wears at least three visible belts. And as briefly seen in one of their music videos, there's more where those came from.
- All of the members of D in their video for "Tightrope" wear quite a few useless belts, but Asagi stands out by wearing more than the other four members combined. That's a lot of belts. (Thirty-six, to be exact.)
- Vocaloid: Luka has two belts, both worn at odd angles, as part of her Fashionable Asymmetry. Rin, Len, and Miku have purposeless belts hanging off their waists.
- Dirty Sanchez in "F__king on the Dancefloor": "You're wearing too many belts, and I bet they leave welts".
- Keiji Mutoh has been known to wear several belts as a suit of armor, one example of which can be found here.◊
- At one point in his career (image on his page), Ultimo Dragon held the NJPW J-Crown (eight titles), NWA Middleweight, WAR Six-Man Tag, and WCW Cruiserweight belts. He's held (eleven) and actively defended (ten) more belts at once than any other professional wrestler, ever. (and considering the schedule that required, it is quite an accomplishment)
- There's a popular Photoshop with Triple H holding every belt in WWE, as a shot at his inability to stay out of the spotlight.
- Mike Quackenbush got to walk around this way in 2004, actively defending six belts from the USA, Mexico and Germany.
- Shantelle Taylor has a set of ring gear that requires five belts to keep up and has two more around her boots just for show. She has variations on the gear that use buttons and such instead of belts too.
- Hailey Hatred wore five different Japanese title belts she defended in 2011 while holding a sixth in her hands. The Japanese origin belts fell to four in 2012 but she picked up a USA belt and a joint Japan-Mexico belt in 2012, keeping the number at six.
- Any and all artwork for Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition (previous editions had the Chainmail Bikini instead).
- Especially the Player's Handbook example Sorcerer, Hennet. His clothing appears to be nothing but leather belts.◊
- It's mentioned in passing that he likes to be able to change it around; sorcerers tend to be on the chaotic axis.
- Also it can be an optimization trick to have a character that wears several of the magic item called the belt of battle to get extra actions, which avoids the usual magic item restrictions by being a charged item.
- Anything Tetsuya Nomura has worked on is likely to invoke this. His work on Final Fantasy has the most belts, particularly Lulu who has a skirt composed entirely of them as you can see in the above picture. The outer dress is lovely and creative by itself, so it didn't really need the belt-dress. In an interview, Nomura explained Lulu's design by saying that he wanted to provide "a challenge" to the character model and CG departments: namely, having to reproduce the exact layer order of every belt worn. Of course, there's probably more to it than that, but who can really say? (Or maybe he really hated someone in the CG dept). Oh, and the animators got around the problem by showing Lulu from the waist-up in most of the CG scenes, and leaving her entirely and inexplicably out of others.
- Meanwhile, Kingdom Hearts has a disturbing number of zippers. And some insane belts. Just as an example, DiZ wears belts on his head; one as a headband, and one as an eyepatch.
- Also lampshaded and parodied beautifully in The World Ends with You, another Tetsuya Nomura-designed game. The modern setting of The World Ends with You was partially an attempt to satirize the youth culture that generated this in the first place.
- The non-Nomura made Marche Radiuju◊ of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance has what appears to be two belts in perfect orbit around his thighs without actually coming into contact with his pants.
- In an EGM interview, Nomura stated that even he doesn't know how Paine keeps all her buckles on.
- Lightning◊ wears a lot of belts as accessories◊ in Final Fantasy XIII.
- Squall, in Final Fantasy VIII, deserves special notice. Because while he already had a few excess belts around the time of Final Fantasy VIII, when he was the star, every subsequent game that features him seems to add more. Compare his first◊ design, to his later re-design in Kingdom Hearts as Leon◊, and finally his Dissidia: Final Fantasy update◊, which goes back to his original design and still finds room to throw some more belts on. One can only wonder how many more belts he could get if they do a sequel...
- Nomura's touch is out in force in the characters of Final Fantasy Type-0, who seem to need 6 belt buckles to keep their shirts fashioned. The male uniform takes this a step further, with an actual belt and shoulder strap added.
- According to this OPM article, Nomura has a tendency to dress like this in real life.
- Haseo from .hack//GU has 52◊ belts spread across his body, making him more belt than outfit. Of course, this is the self-created Player Character in a MMORPG of a standard Japanese teenage male who wanted it to look "cool", so it might be (relatively) justified.
- Etna◊ from Disgaea is an example. To wit, she has two belts on each boot, one on each arm, and four stitched to her skirt.
- Guilty Gear loves its belts. Sol Badguy alone has at least 20 on his costume, and his rival, Ky Kiske, has around the same number. Also, every playable character except Justice, Anji and Baiken has at least 3 belts with them.
- Ragna The Bloodedge, Sol's Spiritual Successor from Guilty Gear's Spiritual Successor BlazBlue, has at least ten belts.
- Unsurprisingly, the clothing textures in City of Villains included many distinct types of belts, zippers and chains at varying degrees of overkill.
- The Hero Rosalyn from Okage: Shadow King has only two belts... but one is on her head.
- Mike Haggar of Final Fight does not seem to understand that belts go around one's waist. He wear but a single belt, its gigantic, and its slung over his chest like a suspender. He even wears pants to accommodate this.
- Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia wears two, although it's justified in that he carries two swords . In a truer example, Kratos wears six (and even more in his alternate outfit◊).
- In fact, Kratos' alternate outfit has so many that it became a fandom in-joke that he has a belt fetish. Since Kratos' belts in that outfit are quite clearly patterned after a basic Japanese bondage harness, that's probably canon.
- Forcystus's undershirt is pretty much just a mass of belts (or belt-like straps, anyway).
- Folka Albark◊ from Super Robot Wars Compact 3 sports a lot of belts, and still does a lot of ass kicking... inside his Kung Fu Mecha.
- The cover art for From The Abyss◊ has a girl wearing three belts... but no pants.
- Gado from Bloody Roar wears three belts in the first game.
- The King of Fighters: Iori Yagami only has one belt...but its placement is what makes it so bizarre. It links together his two pant legs, which would be a concern considering how often he fights. Word of God says he does it as a personal challenge.
- After changing outfits for the first time EVER in XII, he now has his legs liberated but wears two belts anyway (a normal one around his waist then a larger one that hangs off his waist).
- The Big Sister in BioShock 2 wears a suit that possesses no less than thirteen belts.◊
- Dante from Devil May Cry is has several belts on his vest and pants. The latter would appear to be a holster for his guns, but there's only the belts...
- Trish has only one belt, but it does have two buckles. "Too many buckles"?
- Castlevania: Judgment features characters from all across the Castlevania series. Unfortunately, they've all been given makeovers by Takeshi Obata, who decided that Dracula had two columns of golden nipples down his torso, Death was constructed out of discarded orthopedic braces, and the Belmonts were great big fans of belts. Oddly, the redesigned Alucard wears fewer belt buckles than he used to have.
- Virginia of Wild ARMs 3 may be wearing too many belts◊ for a western setting. For that matter, Clive's jacket◊ pushes overkill with the belts in place nobody would ever want to buckle, and Janus seems to have that problem and also the problem of trying to use a belt in place of a holster◊.
- Many of the class designs in Trickster Online, although the Warrior◊ and Thief Master◊ may take the cake.
- Skies of Arcadia's lead character Vyse uses belts to hold his sleeves together (Justified, as they're Detached Sleeves). He's also got belts on his cuffs. Combined with the necessary belt on his waist, that brings him up to five. He also has two belts on his shoes, as does his friend Aika. Aika's evil doppelganger, Anita, has extra belts, one on each shoe and one on her thigh. Interestingly, Vyze's doppelganger Vize has less belts.
- Hwoarang from Tekken games wears a lot of belts on his trouser legs in the primary outfit.
- As a general rule, quarians in the Mass Effect series are fond of belts.
- Jack from Mass Effect 2 uses belts to make a bra. It looks about as comfortable as it sounds. Her unlockable and purchasable alternate outfits gives her slightly more normal clothes.
- The asari from Mass Effect 3's multiplayer feature this, with several belts wrapped around their torsos (though ironically they don't have one around their waists) and belt-like straps running up and down their arms and legs.
- From Dragon Age: Origins:
- Lulu's Captain Ersatz, Morrigan, also seems to favor a lower garment made entirely out of belts and leather strips.
- Another example is Duncan, whose leather armor has six different belts, five of them around the waist. Must have been anxious to keep that skirt in place.
- The Architect seems to wear pauldrons made entirely out of belts.
- Hawke's signature armour, the Mantle of the Champion in Dragon Age II features several belts, buckles and leather strips throughout it's design, particularly the rogue version, which seems to be more belt than anything else.
- The new Grey Warden uniforms introduced in Dragon Age II features multiple belts and fastenings, with the amount depending on each class' version.
- While the characters in Spell Force generally don't do this, the woman on the loading screen is wearing several belts on her Stripperiffic battle bikini. Including a belt that could only be holding up her bikini bottom.
- Trinity Universe's Recit invokes this, wearing several including one as a headband. His character trait does seem to be collecting things though.
- In The Force Unleashed, Starkiller's starting outfit has about five belts, maybe more.
- The Prince from Prince of Persia seems to have picked up quite a few belts◊ between Sands of Time and Warrior Within.
- Fallout: New Vegas's NCR Ranger Combat Armor has five, as well as some bandaging/etc. being used to tie down a medical kit, the leather armor (go figure) having 8 for men, and 3 for women.
- The Dawnguard armor from the Skyrim DLC appears to use belt straps and buckles to secure every possible connection, and then adds a few more just for good measure.
- The Arena Season 11 Warlock armor in World of Warcraft features at least 6 belts as the sleeves (3 for each arm).
- One of the "Encrusting" recipes introduced in Dungeons Of Dredmor: Conquest of the Wizardlands is "Buckle Up", which involves outfitting a piece of chest or leg armor in excess belts.
"All the rage among comely, spiky-haired hero types. Why not cover everything you own in belts?"
- Ezreal◊ and Caitlyn◊ from League of Legends fit this trope to a tee. Both of them have a generous number of belts each on their classic skins.
- Characters from Piltover fall into this trope with such consistency it's probably an In-Universe fashion trend. Both Vi and Jinx follow the same pattern. The latter (who wears very little else) even lampshades it.
"I'm wearing lots of belts! ...For no reason at all!"
- Parodied in Cthulhu Saves the World - there is an enemy called Beltman who is seemingly entirely made out of belts.
- Raynie◊, from RadiantHistoria wears a belt on her left thigh, on her waist, on her left arm, one holding her boobs, one strapping a turtle-neck, and lastly... a belt tying her ponytail.
- In Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Alyn Shir's outfit consists of a black leather bikini top and about six to ten belts around her midsection and upper left leg.
- An episode of Death Battle featuring Sol Badguy and Ragna the Bloodedge lampshaded this twice: first in the beginning, and later with Boomstick's theory about the winner.
Wiz: No "anime tough guy" trope is complete unless he has outrageous spiky hair, a sword that's clearly compensating for something...
And belts. Lots and lots of belts.
Boomstick:(about the winner) Likely due to the fact that while Ragna had four belts, Sol had eighteen.
- Lampshaded here in Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures . "When you have to take off seventeen belts to tinkle..."
- This MMRPG character in Chugworth Academy.
- Parodied in this Adventurers strip.
- Favored by Diane and her posse in El Goonish Shive.
- This outfit of Candice's from Sam and Fuzzy.
- Von Pinn from Girl Genius. She teaches restraint.
- Naal'suul Val'Beldrobbaen of Drowtales likes belts. They help her feel secure against inner demons, and ends up as a complete demon under the belts and close enough to normal above it... so it's not just a good luck charm thingy...
- Balthazar from Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth wears four belts, plus a Badass Bandolier for his sword.
- In Ears for Elves, Tanna's concept art has two functional belts and three decorative ones, along with numerous other buckles on her boots.
- Parodied in Commander Kitty, where CK ended up with an unwanted, Liefeldian makeover that included, among other things, two Utility Belts in addition to a shoulder strap.
- Parodied with Square Enix from , who wears a large amount of belts, including one on his head, and on his BFS.
- In early seasons of The Venture Bros., Henchman 21 refused to wear his utility belt because it made him "look fat." After the death of Henchman 24, even his boots have their own utility belts.
Truth In Television
- Tanker Boots. Good idea for tankers, bad idea for infantrymen.
- Historical sword belts and scabbards can often have multiple straps, loops and buckles for comfortable, efficient and non-obtrusive carry. The simplest functional western sword frogs and belts have at least three straps. A belt for more than one weapon would have at least five. Unfortunately, most modern artists and costumers have no idea what the belts are for, and it becomes belt city.
- Gun belts, particularly the sort seen in media set in The Wild West, are a justified example: Holding a heavy revolver, a couple of dozen spare rounds and your trousers in place is a bit much for one belt to handle. Also, a revolver holster sat low on the hip, and a belt couldn't hang low enough to hold it and still be high enough to hold your pants up.
- Peace officers routinely wear two belts: one to hold their pants up, plus a much heavier duty belt carrying their equipment and pistol. The two are typically fastened together with snap-loops.
- Officers of the United States Marine Corps. are authorized to wear a Sam Browne belt (with included shoulder strap) to carry their sword for ceremonial use.
- Some belts are specifically made to look as if they are two or three separate belts—or possibly even to be worn two at a time, due to being so thin. Also related: Wearing a necktie through your belt loops. That's obviously just for show.
- The Metallic Power line of New Rock shoes definitely evokes this trope for most of the boots.
- A kidney belt is a very, very thick belt worn to protect ones internal organs. Some models come with 3 smaller belts to properly fasten it.
- Typical infantry battledress uniform includes at least one Utility Belt around the waist and a set of webbing straps across the chest, containing enough pouches to keep Rob Liefeld happy. Unlike most of his characters, however, said pouches actually serve a purpose.
- A common complaint amongst infantrymen before current MOLLE-loop body armor came into common use was the overabundance of straps, loops and belts. It wouldn't have been highly unusual for a late 20th century light infantryman to be wearing 3-4 belts around his waist with several sets of shoulder/chest straps.
- Some individual military personnel can get a bit carried away if allowed to bring privately-purchased gear along, as parodied here◊
- Famous auteur director Tommy Wiseau, director of The Room is known to wear more than one belt (occasionally asking fans to count them at midnight showings). In Greg Sestero's book he says that Wiseau does it because 'it feels good' and 'keeps his ass up.'
- English Puritans (including, famously, the Pilgrims) had their iconic buckled hats.
- Occasionally seen in certain Alternative Rock subgenres such as Industrial as a fashion statement with multiple belts worn looped around the chest.