24-Hour Armor

Sleeping with the armor is uncomfortable. But sleeping with the guns makes it necessary!

"Seriously, how do you go to the bathroom in that?"
The Conduit, in the Heavy Armor loadout upgrade description.

In fiction, armor is often presented as a piece of everyday attire to be worn wherever you go, like a sweater. RPGs are notoriously bad about this, with characters wearing the same armor for weeks. Often characters even sleep in full battle gear.

In Real Life, while armor was not as stiff or heavy as you might think, it still could get very hot (especially when significantly padded), and it took time and (most of the time) assistance to don and remove. In battle, it could become extremely unhygienic: in addition to sweat, people bled inside their armor, and possibly relieved themselves, both because you can't take bathroom breaks in the midst of battle and because a sudden shock can *ahem* loosen the bowels. Armor could be deformed or pierced by a mace, axe, polearm, or hammer, causing serious injuries for the wearer.

Additionally, stainless steel hadn't been invented yet, and armor was really expensive, so it had to be treated carefully even when not damaged in a given battle. As the European ironworking industry gradually expanded to meet the increased demands for iron-based armor and weaponrynote  standard-issue sets of plate became more common but remained a significant investment.

So, after a battle or tournament, armor would be removed, cleaned thoroughly, repaired as necessary, and not put back on until the next engagement (shirts of mail or plates sewn onto fabric were sometimes worn under one's outermost layer of clothing, as a pre-gunpowder bulletproof vest, but that's not this trope.)

Some RPGs get around this by having a character in just a breastplate, possibly with shoulder pauldrons. Still pretty uncomfortable pajamas.

It may be justified in the case of magical armor; the enchantments may be for more than increasing defenses. Another common justification is that it's a Clingy Costume, or the wearer is a Dark Lord on Life Support and for whatever reason they literally can't take it off. Yet another is when the wearer is camping in hostile territory or facing constant threat of assassination, so that they dare not remove it for any length of time lest they be caught unprepared. Often seen in the case of Powered Armor — which may be justified if the Powered Armor is designed to be comfortable for longer periods of wearing,note  especially if its wearer is a Man in the Machine. Often a symptom of Limited Wardrobe. The 24-Hour Armor combined with the Rule of Funny may result in Boogie Knights. Compare with the Ermine Cape Effect and Loafing in Full Costume.

Doesn't really apply to Bulletproof Vests, which certain people actually do wear all day. If someone spends time in the vicinity of a suit of Animated Armor without knowing its true nature, their working theory will probably be that it's a person wearing 24-Hour Armor.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Mentioned in Fullmetal Alchemist, with people wondering how the heck Al can wear that bulky suit of armor 24/7. Of course, we all know the reason for this...
  • Berserk shows that Guts rarely takes his armor off - which makes some sense, because he is constantly at threat of being attacked by demons. Other than that, it's usually averted, as most of the armor-wearing cast members only do so in battle.
    • The berserker armor turns Guts into a humanoid blender when it becomes active and when it's in "sleep mode" it helps numbing the pain he has to live with because of the many, MANY injuries he took. Still it's wiser not to wear the thing all the time because it is cursed and it slowly eats away Guts' humanity...Unfortunately, removing it for too long isn't an option either. When Slan of the Godhand slashed him across the chest, she inflicted a permanent wound on his soul as well. The berserker armor's power is the only thing keeping the wound from killing him.
    • Ever since Azan was kicked out of the Holy See he has kept his helmet on at all times, possibly out of shame, and was even once seen sleeping in full plate armor. He even eats while wearing the helmet.
  • Erza in Fairy Tail is almost always in armor. She only wears something else on rare occasions when she wants to look nice, once while in a construction uniform, or to sleep/shower. In her case she feels unsafe without it after being a child slave, and has the special power to switch between sets at will. However her usual attire is just a single light breastplate over a regular clothes. She only puts on the elaborate huge head to toe armor sets during battle.
  • Big Bad of Rave Master, Lucia Raregroove, seems to prefer armor to regular clothing, he's without it when he first breaks out of prison and has to steal some random dudes outfit (and apparently he sleeps naked), but otherwise he always has a suit of armor on.
  • InuYasha:
    • Inuyasha wears a special kimono, the Robe of the Fire Rat, that doubles as full body armor. On the rare occasion he removes any of it, it's only the top outer layer and only when his human companions need protection from things youkai and half-youkai can resist. Otherwise, he sleeps in it and on one occasion was seen scrubbing himself in a pool of water... while still wearing it.
    • Sesshoumaru never removes his armor. On one occasion he's badly injured, his armor is smashed and he's forced lie in one spot for a day or two; he still doesn't remove the armor. The only time he doesn't have armor is when he assumes his true form as a giant dog demon. This is more or less shape-shifting and his clothes disappear and reappear when he changes back and forth from human to dog.
    • Kouga has never been seen without his armor.
  • In Dragon Half, little Pia's parents told her never to take off her armor. She never does, not even when diving into a lake. Needless to say, she didn't float.
  • Yaiba: Onimaru Takeshi is always seen with his Scary Impractical Armor on.
  • In Is This a Zombie?, Eucliwood always wears her armor, as it's necessary for her to limit her power.
  • Aside from Masamune and Kojuro in some scenes (and anybody who happens to be injured and bedridden), the cast of Sengoku Basara are always dressed ready for battle. It becomes pretty ridiculous when characters are shown to take their shoes off indoors, but keep their helmets on.
  • In The Circumstances Leading To Waltraute's Marriage, the Valkyrie Waltraute never removes her armor, and thinks doing so would be a blasphemy. The other Valkyries are more relaxed about wearing armor. When Waltraute is married to Jack Elvan, she eventually, nervously, gives him permission to remove it, but they are interrupted and she changes her mind.
  • The warrior Heracles in One Piece has always been seen in full-body armor and a helmet.
  • In Dragon Ball both Saiyan (except for Goku) and members of Frieza's army (that for a long time included also the Saiyan) are rarely seen without armor, even when they've become so strong that it could as well be paper. Shown most clearly by Vegeta, who actually needs a reason not to (when he's in a healing tank he has to be naked, he didn't have any armor available when Frieza and King Cold came to Earth, and was forbidden by the rules of the Tenkaichi).
    • In Dragon Ball Super we get to see a Saiyan from another universe, who doesn't wear the standard armor of Frieza's army. Instead he wears a different pattern of armor, that Vegeta quickly identifies as Saiyan traditional armor before they joined Frieza's organization.
  • Justified in Saint Seiya: aside for the protagonists, many characters are usually seen on duty or in occasions that requires a formal wear (as their armor double as). Best shown by Aiolia, who spent most of his early appearances without armor (or even indications he had one) until near the end of the Sanctuary Arc, when he was given a mission and stopped being seen armorless, and confirmed in Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold, where the Gold Saints are seen multiple times out of combat or formal situations and thus don't wear their armors.
    • And amazingly Subverted with the goddess Athena: while the myth has her wearing a helmet and a cuirass all the time, she isn't seen wearing her armor at all until the end of the Hades Arc. This is made even more notable by how most of the other gods who appear are actually shown wearing armor almost all the time when the myth doesn't attribute them having any except for Hades' helmet.
    • Played straight by almost all the inhabitants of the Sanctuary, who wear leather armor usually composed by a protection for the left side of the chest and both shoulders, plus often a helmet. The only known exceptions are Aiolia and Aiolos, who wear a protection for the entire chest with metal shoulders, Shaina and Marin, who wear Chainmail Bikinis, the Pope (or those impersonating him), who wear cerimonial robes (that may hide some armor worn under it), and Lithos Crysallis and Garan, who, as servants, don't wear any. Justified because the armor, being so minimalistic and made of leather, is pretty comfortable to wear.
  • Subverted in The Rising of the Shield Hero: while the characters who own armor tend to be seen wearing it, they take it off when going to sleep, allowing Malty to steal Naofumi's initial hauberk when she betrays him.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Fate almost constantly wore her Barrier Jacket even outside of combat and only ever dematerialised her gloves and cape when not fighting. This is used to show how single minded she was in capturing Jewel Seeds and the fact that, at the time, she was little better then a Child Soldier. It's not surprising that, after her Heel–Face Turn, Fate is shown wearing causal clothing.

    Comic Books 
  • Iron Man's suits of armor sometimes employed this trope. Originally, due to his heart condition, he had to wear a chest piece under his shirt which doubled as his chest plate. Other versions were skintight, allowing him to wear full suits under his clothes. When he's equipped with Extremis, the armor is expressly a part of his body. Most armors also come equipped with a music playlist for long flights, or even noise cancellation equipment if he wants to take a nap. War Machine also had this type of armor during his "cyborg" period.
  • For a time in Captain America, Cap had to wear twenty four hour armor to be able to move. Most people don't want to think about it.
    • Captain America's regular costume includes something like chainmail, and he wears it like a second skin. Partly justified by his peak human strength.
  • Another example from Marvel is the Jack of Hearts, who needs his armor to regulate his energy so he doesn't die from it.
  • In Top 10: The Forty Niners, Steelgauntlet claims he never, ever removes his armor because he's hideously disfigured underneath. In reality, he's actually a robot, possibly the very first to possess full sentience, masquerading as a human to avoid the common anti-robot prejudice of the time.
  • Doctor Doom apparently never removes his armor. It includes various high-tech systems allowing him to feed and survive despite the inconvenience this should have.
    • This is a consequence of his Crazy-Prepared nature; the things his armor is designed to protect him from include having somebody else remove it while he's captured or temporarily helpless, and being mind-controlled into removing it (he can take it off, but the process won't be quick or convenient and usually involves great damage to his surroundings).

    Fan Works 
  • In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Shepard lampshades wearing armor everywhere save aboard Normandynote —then notes given present circumstances it might be a good habit to take up again. Zaeed Massani specifically "wore his [armor] everywhere" as well.
  • Urthblood, the titular character of The Urthblood Saga, is never seen without the blood-red armor that's his namesake. It is described as only encasing his upper body, so it's not quite as uncomfortable as it might have been otherwise, but it still can't be very pleasant. He does not sleep in it however because, apparently, he never sleeps.
  • Deconstructed in Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons. It is averted for the most part - characters put on their armor when needed and take it off when not, but when cybernetic augmentations are introduced, their deteriorating effect on one's mental health is largely attributed to the impossibility to remove them and just feel like a flesh-and-blood creature anymore.
  • Monster X in The Bridge has organic armor in the sense he's partially encased in a bony gear that forms gauntlets, a chest plate, a helmet, etc. Even though it's fairly clearly armor as he has skin beneath and between it, he can't take it off because it's fused to his body.
  • Averted in A Dragon in Shining Armour. The Royal Knights only wear their armor when they're on duty, sparring, or out on a mission. Otherwise, they wear more casual clothes.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • Darth Vader, whose armor holds all his life support systems, and if removed outside of a special chamber he will die rather quickly.
    • If the Stormtroopers ever take off their armor, we don't see it. This includes casually strolling around the Death Star when they shouldn't expect to see any action.
    • Admittedly, the stormtroopers are still there to act as guards (and the prison break by the heroes proves that it's not out of the question). Expanded Universe material shows that they wear standard officer's uniforms otherwise.
    • In A New Hope, stormtrooper officers Jir and Praji were wearing black officer's uniforms when Darth Vader assigned them to find the droids on Tatooine, though Praji later appeared in the usual white armor for his mission.
  • The knights in Excalibur are the poster boys for this. They eat, sleep, quest and have sex while wearing armor. After several of them spend years questing for the Holy Grail, their armor has become all rusty.
  • The knights in Robert Bresson's Lancelot du Lac are shown almost exclusively in full armor no matter what they're doing.
  • In Hero the King of Qin has justifably worn his armor day and night for the past three years, ever since a failed assassination attempt. He also does not permit outsiders to come within ten to a hundred steps of him.
  • A Knight In Camelot, a rather bad TV movie during the 90s starring Whoopi Goldberg which used a standard Connecticut Yankee plot, had a part where Whoopi's character had to be armored up for some challenge against the movie's villain. After having it put on, Whoopi complained that she needed the armor off so she could go to the bathroom. One of the people assisting her explained that this was full knights armor, and that once put on it was intended to never be removed except by battle damage. Their handling of the bathroom problem was to dump a whole lot of water down the back of her armor as she relieved herself.
  • While it is not as bad as it could be, Kingdom of Heaven has many instances of this trope, with knights variously treating their armor as streetwear, business suit, and suitable formal dress for any occasion. Tiberias, for example, wears it on his office job.
  • The gods in the remake of Clash of the Titans can be given a pass because gods can presumably wear whatever they want. Though their super shiny plate armor looks a bit out of place anyway, consider they're wearing it a good thousand or so years before it was actually invented.

  • The dwarfs of the Discworld wear armor of variously improbable sorts—including iron boots in some cases—for purely cultural reasons. Wearing a helmet and chain mail everywhere you go is just an integral part of being a dwarf. Meanwhile, the wearing of excessive armament among the young is referred to as 'clang'; i.e. unusually literal Bling of War.
  • Spacesuits in Iain M. Banks's Culture series are really feature-full and can serve as both light armor and sleeping bags.
  • Power armor in Duumvirate is a closed system which can be worn for weeks at a time, but starts to stink after a while. This is also a setting in which children's everyday clothing is comfortable, blade-resistant, Class IIIA body armor.
  • Used deliberately in Lord of the Rings, in which the steward Denethor surprises onlookers by revealing that, despite being mostly confined within the kingdom's walls, he always wears chainmail under his clothes lest he become a pushover. (It's one of the strongest hints that Denethor is becoming quite unhinged.)
  • Justified in One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey. The knight Sir George wears armor at all times, ostensibly for protection from surprise attack. It has a second, equally useful function: to conceal the fact that 'George' is 'Georgina'. Additionally, the suit is enchanted with spells which make it comfortable to wear.
  • Played for comedy in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, where the protagonist complains at great length about how excruciating it is to wear knight's armor while traveling cross-country and trying to sleep.
  • The inhabitants of Bara Magna in BIONICLE rarely take off their armor, which is justified by how dangerous the planet can get. And before that, all the inhabitants of the Matoran "universe" also wear armor all the time. Some of it is justified because it is part of their bio-mechanical bodies, but those who wear additional armor is ever seen to take it off, even though they are mentioned to clean or repair it.
  • The title character of Italo Calvino's "The Nonexistent Knight" would have no shape at all without his suit of plate armor. At one point he figures out how to make love to a woman while wearing it — she spends a delightful night.
  • Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling frequently mentions how hot and uncomfortable — as well as how necessary — armor is in a world where technology has suddenly been reduced to the level of the Middle Ages.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire
    • The Ironmen fighting in the Neck have to wear their armor all the time for fear of poison arrows from guerrilla crannogmen.
    • Victarion Greyjoy wears full plate armor during boat attacks, which is very rare due to fears of drowning if you get pushed into the water. Because he's a devout followers of the Drowned God, though, he considered drowning a holy way to die.
    • Ser Robert Strong, the newest member of the Kingsguard, had apparently has never been seen removing his armor for any reason. Kevan Lannister notes this oddity, as well as the fact that Strong never talks, eats or sleeps, and begins to have doubts about whether he's an actual human.
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has the title Character, Gawain, doing this while searching for the green chapel.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • Stormtroopers are usually shown as staying in armor while on hostile planets. Allegiance sort of uses this trope by mentioning a regulation that stormtroopers on duty must wear their armor when not in the barracks. It turns out that the captain of this particular Star Destroyer hates seeing stormtroopers wandering around in armor, but the troopers won't agree to be confined to barracks, so they're allowed out in plainclothes.
    • Other sources avert this by saying that Stormtroopers (especially the non-clone ones) wear a standard Imperial officer's uniform while off-duty (a Stormtrooper private is of the same status as an Imperial Army lieutenant, as both positions require one to have attended a Military Academy).
    • In Death Star, it's mentioned that one of the first things TIE pilots learn to do when on-call is to sleep in full battle gear (except the helmet) to save time if the scramble alarm is sounded. However, their gear isn't so much armor as life-support and protection against vacuum, since unlike X-wings, TIE-fighters don't have onboard life-support systems.
    • Hardcore Mandalorians won't take off their armor. Ever. Makes you wonder where little Mandalorians come from....
  • Subverted in Elantris, where high-ranking Drethi priests wear armor constantly, but it's just for show because if it were sturdy enough to be armor it would be too heavy to wear around then double subverted when it turns out Hrathen's is actually real armor
  • In the Vorkosigan Saga, space armor is designed to be able to be worn for extended periods of time. The protagonist, Miles, is so short that once in a while he has to wear a suit of armor loaned from the shortest woman he can find, and therefore with the wrong sex's "plumbing."
  • According to the narrator the powered armor in Starship Troopers can keep a Space Marine alive for up to a week, albeit in increasing discomfort.
  • In the Robert A. Heinlein book Tunnel in the Sky, Jack wears a (seemingly inconvenient for the climate) armored vest 24/7 after first meeting Rod. This turns out to be because Jack is really Jacqueline, and she wasn't sure that he would have teamed with her if he knew. She is implied to have been correct.
  • Justified in Villains by Necessity with the Black Knight Blackmail, who is clad head-to-toe in all-concealing magic plate armor that has been welded shut, with enchanted rings that keep him from needing to eat or sleep. He never shows his face nor even so much as says a word until the climax, of course so that even his name is just a bad joke one of his traveling companions made up (though he visibly shakes with suppressed laughter when he hears it).
  • Justified in The Stormlight Archive. The Parshendi, whom all the heroes are fighting against, grow armor upon entering their "warform". The only way to get rid of it is for the Parshendi in question to shift to one of their other forms.
  • The Remoras of the Great Ship universe never take off their Powered Armor space suit, spending entire lives (including their birth) within it . Part of it is from living in the pure vacuum of the outer hull of a Planet Spaceship, and the other is cultural; asking a Remora to take off their suit is one of the most offensive things a person can say, and outright impossible without heavy-duty cutting tools. The issue of burial rights generally doesn't come up, because the number one cause of Remora death is being turned into a impact crater from interstellar rock slipping past the Greatship's point defenses and colliding with the hull.
  • One account in the greater Arthurian mythos has Lancelot, ambushed in a lady's bedchamber, praised for his bravery in fighting his way out "unarmed". He had his mail, his sword and his shield, but no helm, and hence by the standards of the time was considered "unarmed".
  • Although he doesn't wear it in bed, Uhtred of The Saxon Stories has mentioned putting his mail on first thing in the morning and wearing it all day despite there being no risk of combat. The reason being that mail is bloody heavy, and he needs to be fully accustomed to moving around in it.

    Live Action Television 
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Soldiers are often seen wearing their armor even when it would be unusual for them to do so, due to Limited Wardrobe. For example, Bronn wears his armor even when he's relaxing and trading stories with Tyrion. King Renly Baratheon doesn't seem to have any formal clothing other than his armor in Season 2. Janos Slynt also wears his chainmail while having dinner with Tyrion. Most of the northmen are at least in gambesons, the heavy padded garment typically worn beneath heavier armor, even Bran, a boy who is paralyzed. Ser Jorah Mormont is a notable exception: the fact that he's stripped down to cloth garments in the hot Dothraki Sea shows his adaptability, and when he puts it all back on, you know he's expecting a fight. Of particular note is Stannis Baratheon, who wears his mail and plate armor in every single scene he's in. Across 3 seasons!
    • Since his resurrection and exit from the Watch, Jon has worn the Stark standard-issue Brown coat-of-plate for every scene in Season 6, whether he's eating, resting or fighting. Considering that he got stabbed with only a peascod protecting him the first time, this might count as Properly Paranoid.
    • Queen Visenya Targaryen preferred plate and mail to gowns.
  • King Arthur and his knights in Merlin (1998) seem to wander around in mail at all times, from feasts (which may fall under Ermine Cape Effect for a warrior-king) to more... intimate moments. It's hard to imagine how much of a Moment Killer it would be if you need to call your squire in to help you Slip into Something More Comfortable.
  • In a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, Weyoun finds Damar in bed wearing his uniform, including the boots and armored chestplate!note  To make things sillier, Weyoun sneeringly examines what appears to be an article of flimsy, revealing clothing... implying that Damar has possibly engaged in some sort of sex acts with someone the night before, while presumably still fully dressed and in armor. Although that wouldn't be entirely out of character for Damar.
  • Deputy Travis Junior on Reno 911! is alway seen wearing light body armor over his uniform even when in the station. It should be noted, however, that most police departments in the United States discourage this practice as it can encourage certain segments of society to start taking potshots at officers.
  • In The Unusuals one character has a fear of dying at 42 (his father and grandfather died at 42, and he's now 42) so he wears a bulletproof vest at all times, even at home.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000 heavily abuses this trope, but then, it is mentioned that most of these armors are designed to be worn for an extended periods of time,
    • Space Marine offers complete recycle facilities not unlike Fremen stillsuits. Flavor text and other media confirm that Space Marines do indeed take their armor off when not fighting people. Their everyday attire depends on what the culture of their chapter is - the Salamanders, who hail from the blisteringly hot world of Nocturne go everywhere in loincloths, the monastic Dark Angels wear robes, the Ancient Grome-esque Ultramarines wear tunics etc.
    • Like with everything, Chaos takes this trope to the utter screaming extreme, with numerous individuals wearing the same armor for thousands of years.
      • The Thousand Sons Chaos Marines essentially are suits of armor. Killing a Thousand Son Chaos Marine will result in an expulsion of dust from the suit through the wound.
      • In the case of the ones dedicated to Khorne, their armor has actually become part of their body and can't be removed, ever. They somehow eat their recycled waste forever.
      • Every single Daemon Marine (Warp Talons, Mutilators, Obliterators, and Daemon Princes) all have this and Clingy Costume due to the nature of the warp basically blending them, the armor, and daemons into one being.
    • The Imperial Guard is confusing. While many troops appear to be wearing armor along with a uniform, the 'flak armor' can be the uniform. While there may be harder and extra sections for them to wear, it's possible a uniformed Imperial Guardsmen is an armored one. On the other hand, it's kinda useless against many small-arms, let alone heavy weapons. The universe never really states if flak armor can be comfortable enough to wear all the time; but carapace armor, which is much more likely at stopping small-arms, is said to be heavy, cumbersome and uncomfortable, as Ciaphas Cainnote  once noted.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • 3rd edition discourages the trope by fatiguing characters who sleep in medium or heavy armor. Players being players, this led instead to PCs wearing light armor as pajamas, buying enchanted or mithral armor that doesn't cause fatigue, or investing in feats or magic that negate the penalty.
    • Referenced in a Dragon article by Robin D. Laws about the difference between a dungeon crawl and a swashbuckling adventure, which opens with a humorous exaggeration of the average dungeon delver's attitude to armor: "So what if, in return for that additional protection, they had to give up bathing?"
  • Justified by Pathfinder's 3rd-party Aegis class, which develops the Psychic Power to manifest a "skin" that acts like enchanted Instant Armor but can be slept in without penalty.
  • Star Wars: Saga Edition gives penalties for sleeping in armor. Endurance is a skill that you must check against or you get no bonus from sleeping in the armor.
  • In GURPS Time Travel, the authors suggest telling players who insist that their characters never remove their full plate armor that said character has now developed a full-body fungus.
  • The tabletop game Iron Heroes averts the trope, in that sleeping in your armor leaves you tired and less effective. It also plays it straight-the Armiger class, whose entire schtick is the maximisation of armor effects, later gains the ability to sleep in their armor without penalty.
  • In Warhammer Fantasy the chaos warriors do this, because their armor becomes part of them and grows back eventually if it's damaged. They also may not need to eat or sleep, so the usual problems don't apply. Malekith, king of the Dark Elves, also never takes off his armor, as its magic kept him alive after he was hideously burned and disfigured during a literal trial by fire; he also put it on while it was white hot from the forge, and it's fused to his skin, so taking it off is a non-issue anyway.
  • Exalted
    • The Terrestrial Exalted's favored magical jade-alloy armor is stated to be as comfortable as normal clothing, and the Solar Exalted have a specific magic power they can take to make armor-wearing less of a nuisance, or just send it Elsewhere.
    • There's also discreet Essence armor, an artifact that negates the issue entirely—the "armor" is just a matched set of bracers and anklets, which project a force field over the wearer in combat situations. For this reason, as well as the fact that it is much easier to conceal than normal armor, it is highly prized by spies, diplomats, martial artists, and anyone else who might want the protection of armor without the hassle of a cumbersome, conspicuous suit of plated metal.
    • Another option is silken armor. It's artifact clothing made of a special kind of magical silk which offers the protection of light armor.
    • The First and Forsaken Lion, for defying his Neverborn master, was permanently welded into his armor, among other things. But he's the ghost of a former Solar Exalted, so the mundane problems don't apply.

    Video Games 
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • You can choose to play it straight as the Player Character throughout the series. There is nothing preventing you from wearing armor at all times.
    • In terms of NPCs, it is played with by different games within the series. Morrowind has static NPC's who play this trope straight. Oblivion and Skyrim's NPC's have more elaborate schedules and usually avert the trope by removing their armor and switching to more comfortable clothes when going to sleep, but you'll still come across the odd NPC (usually a generic bandit or some such) sleeping in their armor.
    • In Daggerfall, Ebonarm, the god of war worshiped in the Iliac Bay region, is "never seen" without his suit of dark ebony armor. He also has an ebony sword permanently fused to his right arm.
    • There's also an amusing armor-related story among the many, many in-game books readable detailing a master of heavy armor called "Hallgerd's Tale". Also a particularly epic case of Right Through His Pants.
  • Many games in the Shining Series have a main character in full body armor, once the characters get promoted the armor just gets bulkier.
    • In the Shining Force games you see all your men relaxing in the HQ, they are of course in full armor even then they should be safe.
    • Shining Force III opens during peace talks but everybody is in full armor, possibly to present a show of force. Later they show characters sleeping in bed in full armor.
    • Initially averted in Shining Wisdom where Mars awakes up and starts the game wearing an old-fashioned nightgown; but then played straight almost immediately afterwards as you have to sleep to begin a night-shift, which of course you do in full armor.
  • Fire Emblem games typically have knights walk around in full suits of armor, even in conversations outside of battle.
    • Justified in the case of the Black Knight aka Zelgius of the Tellius games, who stays in his armor all the time to hide the fact that he's a Branded and doesn't age as quickly as most beorc do.
    • A particular amusing case is Jagen of Mystery of the Emblem and its remake. He's still dressed in full, relatively heavy-looking battle armor like he was in the preceding games... except here he is in poor health, is just a tactician and advisor, and thus cannot and does not fight at all. For Mystery it may be enforced by technological limitations with limited space for superfluous portraits on a SNES cartridge, but New Mystery is a Nintendo DS game and doesn't have the same excuse at all. Though it does allow for one particularly awesome moment towards the late beginning of the second DS game where Jagen threatens General Lang with a duel, causing Lang to run away.
  • Averted in A Dance with Rogues. Whenever your character is in bed (whether sleeping or doing other things one does in bed), the game removes whatever you have equipped in your armor/clothing slot and blacks out the general area.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess one can clearly see Link has chainmail under his tunic, and presumably a doublet under that or it'll be mighty uncomfortable.
    • Ganondorf is also guilty of this: in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, he wears the exact same armor even after the time skip (the only addition being a brand new cape). In Twilight Princess, he wears a different set of armor...but he's apparently worn that for decades.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, while Link can change in and out of armor and other, more comfortable sets of clothes at any point, there's nothing stopping him from wearing heavy armor at all times and even when sleeping in a bed.
  • In The Legend of Dragoon, the main character wears red armor all the time, full plate mail, though it's a well-customized fit.
  • Samus wears her Powered Armor even when walking around friendly bases or sitting in her ship in Metroid Prime 3, though of course, if she didn't have it, the game would be impossible from that point.
    • She does wear the armor for a whole mission/game ultimately playing the trope straight.
    • In Metroid: Other M her suit appears to be of the Hard Light variety and she can summon or dismiss it at will. She's wearing the skintight Zero Suit underneath, and we also see her wearing ordinary clothes in some scenes.
  • Depending on the class, a character in World of Warcraft can be wearing the most outrageously huge armor you've ever seen, but still be able to disco your face off. When was the last time you took off your Shoulders of Doom except to change into a stronger set?
    • Of course, this doesn't apply to the roleplaying crowd on WoW. They blow hard-earned gold on random pieces of low-level cloth armor (which goes for quite a lot on the AH due to appropriate appearance) just to avert this trope.
    • The Armory system encourages your character to wear his best armor at all times, even when sleeping in an inn. Your equipped items are available for all the world to see, and if you're wearing a flimsy nightgown instead of your Item Level 359 Epic Breastplate of Major Pain Infliction, the other players will call you names, kick you out of dungeon groups inside of the first 5 seconds, etc..
  • In Final Fantasy IV Cecil goes to sleep wearing his armor in an early cutscene. There are two reasons he has to wear it: One, he feels as though he must, because he wants to atone and we only get to see his face after he does so and two, it's implied it's actually strapped to his skin.
    • This is actually a plot point in The After Years. Since Kain always wore concealing Dragoon armor in the first game, very few if any people recognize him without it, even in his hometown where they've been wishing he'd return for years, though the fact that he hasn't been seen in years also helps (a few former party members either do recognize him or at least find him familiar, but he typically deflects the conversation until the reveal.) Likewise for Golbez. Since he was always in his Tin Tyrant armor in the first game, nobody except for one character very importantly connected to him, has any idea who he is until he reveals it, although again, like with Kain, none of the characters have seen him in 17 years either.
  • In Final Fantasy III, it is quite amusing to see your characters lying in bed during a cutscene, wearing full Dragoon or Dark Knight armor.
  • Halo:
    • Master Chief John-117 very rarely takes off his armor. In the games, he's only had his helmet off four times total, and his full armor off once, at the end of Halo 4. In the Expanded Universe, he occasionally takes it off, but he's spent so much time in it, his skin looks bleached, due to lack of exposure to the sun.
      • The series has gone to rather absurd lengths to keep ol' John as The Faceless. Case in point: Halo 2 starts off with the MJOLNIR armor worn during the first game having been junked just before the MC is going to an award ceremony in his honor. His choice of attire for this prestigious public occasion? A new set of MJOLNIR armor, with the helmet clamped securely on at all times. At this rate, either Haloid is canon, or he's cripplingly shy.
      Chief: You told me there wouldn't be any cameras.
      Johnson: And you told me you were gonna' wear something nice!
      • This is all justified though, as he and the other Spartans literally feel as if they are without their skin when taking off their armor, simply because the armor forms so perfectly onto them that they don't even feel the difference, except for the fact that armor multiplies their strength, resistance, etc. And since they've had it on so long, when they take it off, they feel extremely slow, powerless, and vulnerable even with all their already superhuman features.
    • Every Forerunner, be they warrior, builder, scientist, etc. wore a suit of armor for their entire lives. Justified, since it's the reason they live so long and don't need to sleep, and contains their own personal AI with a massive store of knowledge. At one point, some females are seen wearing ceremonial garb, but even then, it's only colorful cloth suspended over their actual armor.
  • Excessively averted in Seiken Densetsu 3. Not only do characters take off their armor to sleep, most of them sleep in their underwear. Which does not include a bra for Lise or Angela. If using an emulator, you can even turn off the right sprite layer to see how they sleep (you pervert.)
  • Chrono Trigger zig-zags with this trope. First, the game features Informed Equipment, so the player doesn't see the armor that the party picks up. The most knightly character, Frog, wears a breastplate as seen in character illustrations, so this is less severe than full-body mail would be. Finally, Lucca sleeps without her helmet, making her case an aversion.
  • Steiner from Final Fantasy IX, much to the amusement of the main character.
    • Contrast with Beatrix, his fellow military officer and rival, who wears no armor whatsoever.
  • Double H in Beyond Good & Evil wears his suit of armor everywhere. Apparently, in the depths of the manual, it's Hand Waved that he rarely takes it off because he enjoys the empowered, manly feeling wearing armor gives him.
  • Mass Effect has it both ways. Shepard, Ashley, and Kaidan wear exceptionally bulky armor when out on a mission, but automatically change to a much lighter uniform when on your home ship. Members of alien races, like Garrus and Wrex,note  still seem to wear their armor all the time. In Tali's case, it's implied that taking off her armor in an Earthlike environment would be fatal.
    • In Mass Effect 2 it's revealed that all Quarians have to wear armor all the time due to their weak immune system, even in their own environments; so it's likely that, yes, Quarians may literally eat, sleep, bathe and even... Well, you know... In their armor. Mass Effect 3' shows that they can also drink alcohol through their armor. Very carefully. Using an Emergency Induction Port.note 
      • Also, Tali finally gets one of two lines sans radio voice in ME3 at the end of The Rannoch campaign. Your decisionsnote  decide if that line makes you happy or not.
      • Their high tech suits are also specifically designed to be lived in, with lots of conveniences like evironment control and neuro stimulators to help them simulate the experience of touching each other. They're also made of a thinner flexible material unlike the bulky plate that other characters wear. The suits have become part of their culture.
    • Mass Effect 2 has Garrus wearing lighter clothing if you invite him up for a cuddle in a female romance plot. It's pretty much the day wear you see regular turians walking around in. Krogan also wear regular clothing, but it looks a lot like their armor.
    • And Shepard sees fit to wear their armor and weapons to formal situations, like for being appointed to the position of Spectre. Some people try to justify this with the claim that full combat armor is the unofficial Spectre equivalent to dress uniform. It kinda makes sense, as Spectres are all about being badass, so being seen wearing armor all the time, making them look always prepared would probably only enforce that. The books seem to confirm this. Saren is always seen in his armor no matter what, however a krogan battle master doesn't wear any armor when meeting with his employer.
    • For heavier armor too, it's important to note that the in-game justification is that nanotechnology allows for highly effective modular and self-repairing plates (or some such) as well as that most of the protection actually comes from very tiny force field emitters. Thus their armor is less 'armor' and more hardened space suits than anything else. Wrex gets both a handwave and a justification in that he fought a battle with a rival mercenary... for several days straight.
    • It gets worse in Mass Effect 2. Some armors come with the extra special function of completely non-removable helmets. This does not, however, prohibit Shepard from drinking or embracing former loved ones right through their helmet. 3 has the same issue in some cases, such as giving a romanced Jack a "Shut Up" Kiss at the end of the Grissom Academy level, but at least you can switch your helmet from "Default" to "Off In Conversations", which prevents that problem at the expense of a bit of immersion-straining.
      • This trope is both played straight and inverted in Mass Effect 2. The inventory system from the first game is gone, so all of your squadmates go out in whatever they wear on the Normandy. So Zaeed, Grunt, and Garrus (except for the aforementioned romance scene) always wear full armor. On the other extreme, Jack goes into battle essentially topless.
  • Bioware can't seem to make up their mind about this trope. In Dragon Age: Origins, anyone equipped with armor wears it 24/7. The player can manually give party members normal clothes (or strip them to their underwear), but there is no practical reason to ever do so.
    • The armor goes away for a moment when the main character and Love Interest decide to do some sparring. It's back on when they wake up the next morning. Because the first thing anyone does after sex is put on their armor, then lie back down, right?
    • It does make an effort with some of the NPCs though, the landsmeet members for instance are all in normal clothing when you meet them in the city and full armor at the landsmeet itself. Arl Eamon wears normal clothes normally, fancy chainmail to the landsmeet and a suit of full plate when preparing for battle.
    • There's a scene early on when the main character wakes up without wearing armor. An entire conversation goes by this way, and when it's time to hand control over to the player there's a scene shift and the character is back to wearing full armor again.
    • Dragon Age II plays this mostly the same way but with one exception: Hawke will wear casual clothes while at home (Gamlen's house or the Hawke estate). The Companions, on the other hand, will wear their armor 24/7 (except the love interests). Even then, the only ones wearing armor heavier than street clothes are Aveline and Sebastian, and the only times you see Aveline out of your party she's on the clock for the city guard.
    • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the player changes into plain clothes while at the Inquisition headquarters (Haven and later Skyhold). Bizarrely, on most missions where you're invited to a ball or other social event, you stay in armor, except for one story mission where you and your companions wear formal attire instead.
  • Overlord. The armor never comes off, except when it's time to get jiggy wit' it. Oh yeah. Even then it's only implied. You never actually see the Overlord without armor.
  • Lampshaded in Final Fantasy XII, when one of the Arcadian soldiers got so tried of wearing his armor he got a civilian to pose as him while he lounged about.
  • Lampshaded in Fallout 2 when your character wears Power Armor in New Reno:
    Hooker: OK. But no way in *hell* do you get to be on top.
    Child: How do you go to the bathroom?
    Player: Well, I go inside my suit, and then the water is recycl-
    Child: You drink pee! You drink pee!
    • On the other hand, when you have sex with someone the game subverts the trope and awakens you naked (well, as naked as you can get in Fallout, anyway) with your armor close to your bed.
    • The New Reno hookers will mock you no matter what you're wearing. Its just that armor gets the more amusing jabs.
    • Justified in the case of Frank Horrigan. He's a cyborg supermutant whose armor also acts as a life support system. Even if he wanted to remove his armor, he probably couldn't without risking death.
  • Fallout: New Vegas has a couple of chilling examples of this in its expansions:
    • Dead Money has Hazmat suits with a design flaw causing the latching components to sieze up, trapping the wearer inside. Those unfortunate enough to be wearing the suits when the bombs fell became more or less immortal in their hermitically-sealed environment. As they lost their sanity, the Ghost People were born.
    • Old World Blues features the Y-37 Trauma Harness, powered suit prototypes designed to be placed on an injured soldier in combat so that he could be 'walked' back to a friendly area in relative safety. Unfortunately, there were a couple of minor flaws in the Trauma Harness, namely an overly sensitive and agressive self-defense system and a lack of recognition on whether or not the inhabitant of the suit was, in fact, alive. Thus, the Big Empty is packed with autonomous harnesses ferrying around skeletons.
    • Not quite as chilling, Brotherhood of Steel soldiers do indeed sleep in power armor. In Fallout 4, however, the player must exit their power armor before sleeping. Brotherhood companion Paladin Danse presumably gets out of his power armor at bedtime if the player is romancing him, but he's apparently pretty good about getting up and putting it back on just before you wake up.
  • Half-Life 2 occurs over three days and two nights (Episode One and Episode Two extending this to four or five days,) from Gordon's point of view, yet he is always in the HEV suit after first acquiring it. Granted, he doesn't go to sleep either other than by being knocked out between episodes.
    • When he reaches Black Mesa East, Eli Vance mentions getting him "out of that hazard suit and back into your lab clothes", but the action picks back up before that has a chance to happen.
  • Legacy of Kain: Never mind cursed "Paladin" Malek. The very protagonist Kain goes on 24/7 in any kind of armor he wears. Of course, it might somehow be justified by his being a (Nosgothan) vampire...
  • Krill armor in Sigma Star Saga may not be 24-hour (inasmuch as we're shown Krill beds but never shown any Krill sleeping in them), but the Krill treat it as standard clothing, and an NPC's dialogue snippet informs the player that some Krill even shower with it on. It helps that it enhances the wearer's physical capabilities.
  • In StarCraft II, We have Tychus Findlay who is literally welded into his marine armor. The armor works as a sort of mobile prison, and there are systems to shut off his major organs should whoever released him find that he isn't to be controlled anymore.
    • This is actually the lore for all Marines in at least the original game. The majority of Marines are convicts serving life sentences who are fitted into armor that cannot be removed and forced into the army until they're killed.
  • Mount & Blade does this, where both nameless NPCs and the player can be found wearing their armor day in, day out. It isn't unheard of for a player to go around in heavy armor for months on end, and short of a few instances (namely training), your minions will never change their clothing either. The active exception to this lies in the named lords, who will wear full battle kit when in the field, and suitably fancy clothing when standing around in a castle keep.
  • Justified in Crysis 2 with Alcatraz's Nanosuit, since it's the only thing keeping him alive after his grievous wounding at the beginning of the game. He later discovers that the suit is compensating for the otherwise fatal injuries by growing into his body.
  • In Minecraft there is no reason to not wear armor if you can. It's better to sleep with armor on, in case a monster appears in your bedroom that night.
  • Man-Bot from Freedom Force wears his Power Armor constantly. Considering he starts exploding due to Energy X Power Incontinence if he takes it off, he probably considers the constant discomfort worth it.
  • Partially averted in Dwarf Fortress. Your militia take a small morale penalty if made to wear their armor when not on duty, but there are no other ill-effects apart from them moving more slowly.
  • Played straight in most iterations of Monster Hunter: saving the game involves sleeping in a bed, which means the player-character flops into bed in whatever they happen to be wearing at the time, which may include heavy armor with a full-face helmet. (Weapons, however, disappear into hammerspace, because it's pretty painful to fall on your sword even when it's sheathed.)
    • Downplayed in Monster Hunter Portable 3rd: taking a bath, which grants a temporary stat boost, causes the player-character to automatically doff their armor in favour of a Modesty Towel. They still sleep in full armor, though. Generations, which sees the return of Yukumo Village, allows the player to take off their waist and foot armor to enjoy a footbath.
  • In Kid Icarus: Uprising, Magnus brings attention to the fact that Pit enters hot springs completely dressed. Pit remarks that angels should always be ready for action.
    Pit: ...and I don't want to steam the sacred buns.
  • So long as the player doesn't actively take their armor off, this is played straight in Dark Souls. This is justified, however, because one of the perks (one of the few) of being undead seems to be never needing to sleep or have food/drink. And besides that, in the world of Dark Souls, wearing your armor all the time is probably a good move....
  • Sun King Aster in the Erenor series is an example of this. Supposedly, his armor is 10 times lighter than steel, but no accounting for comfort.
  • Radiant Historia has Alistel army commanders who have been explicitly moved to permanent desk jobs still wear full combat armor. A justified example, as Alistel has such a strong military tradition it's quite possible combat gear is the uniform all the way up to the top. Granorg, by contrast, has its noncombatant governors in much less practical finery.
  • It's possibly apocryphal in-universe, but in Knights of the Old Republic 2, Mandalore supposedly never takes his full body armor off. It's for a good reason - he doesn't want anyone discovering he's Revan's old buddy Canderous.
  • Two worlds in the Kingdom Hearts series, Space Paranoids and The Grid (both from the same film franchise), will force the player party to wear armor during their visitsnote . This is mainly played for Rule of Cool, and is justified from the films.
  • Played straight with and a slight variation in the GTA series. Despite the later games going to incredible lenghts to include clothing changes (in V, your characters will change clothes between plays if you don't use them for a time) and lots of attempts at every day realism, when you go to save in a safehouse and sleep, you character always just lays on top of the sheets in whatever clothes you last had them in, no matter how uncomfortable an outfit you have on them (and if you have body armor equipped, that stays on too) or how close to their own closet (presumably full of their own night clothes) they are.
  • Ratchet & Clank:
    • Ratchet wears armor during most of his appearances, even in circumstances where it doesn't make much sense, like the heroes' HQ or a civilian town (granted, he's in danger in those too). Considering the time he spends in those places, and that his ships usually don't have enough room to change, one wonders how he satisfies his... bodily functions.
    • Ratchet is forced to wear armor at all times during his unwanted stay at DreadZone. When he first learns this, he... doesn't react well.
    Ratchet: ...me outta this thing, you blarg-headed frap monkey! I can barely breathe, and my tail feels like it's shoved right up my...
  • Rogue Legacy. No one of Johannes' descendents (including of course every character the player controls) is ever seen without his/her armor on including his/her lover and kids during the ending sequence.
  • Anarchy Online before system to change your appearance to one set and having stats from other set and equipping single piece or set of armor could take days/weeks/months of effort no sensible player would remove any of it. And in lore there are rings which can't be even removed without destroying them.
  • In Demon's Souls, Garl Vinland is always clad in armor even while relaxing beside Astraea. Justified since he has to be ready to defend her as her bodyguard at all times and because he wouldn't be able to survive in the poisonous environment of his and Astraea's new home without his armor's enchantments.
  • Guild Wars 2 used to have "town clothes", a special kind of equipment that characters could switch into out of combat, automatically switching to armor in combat. The system saw little use even among roleplayers, as there were very few customization options for these, and those that existed were only available through the gem store, so most roleplayers just used armor pieces for non-combat clothes instead. Eventually the town clothes system was removed, and the outfits themselves were converted into either skins for armor pieces or items that changed the appearance of the entire set of armor, both in and out of combat.
  • Zig-zagged in the original PlanetSide. Being set in a Forever War with Resurrective Immortality where people rarely live for more than a few hours at a time, it's not uncommon for people to be in combat armor for their entire short lifespan. However, players respawn in so called "pajamas"; fatigues with a simple bullet proof vest and minimal weapon holster points, which would presumably be used outside of combat. Played straight in Planetside 2, as while it tones down the armor that players wear, all classes - bar the skintight Infiltrator armor - wears at minimum a Cool Helmet, a breastplate, and combat boots on top of fatigues or spandex.
  • In Planet Explorers, players can wear armor permanently, even while sleeping out in the cold on a hard wooden bed, and seem to suffer no ill effects whatsoever.
  • King's Quest (2015) takes this to ridiculous levels. All the Knight Hopefuls are clad from head to toe in shiny plate armor that they never take off. No, not even the helmets. Or when they're crawling through damp caves. Or when racing on a track. Or playing board games. Said armor doesn't restrict their movements, seems to weigh nothing, and must be very thin indeed considering some of the knights' outer extremities. Contrast with Graham, whose sole "knightly" equipment is his Badass Cape of Holding.
  • Barik of Tyranny, in his case because it's an amlgamaton of steel stuck to him by the Edict of Storms that he can't take off. And combined with an aversion of Nobody Poops; despite his best efforts to keep his armor clean, it smells foul. The Bastard's Wound expansion reveals why he cannot remove the armor. Graven Ashe's Aegis, which heals the wounds of the Disfavored, considers Barik's armor to be part of his body due to the Edict of Storms' magic interfering with the Aegis. Any attempt to remove or destroy the armor is "healed" by the Aegis. Removing the Aegis is the only way to free Barik.
  • Averted in Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun: Mugen is out of his samurai armor when discussing plans at the safehouse.
  • Parodied in Undertale: according to Sans, his brother Papyrus never takes off his "battle body", even though it's actually just an outfit the two made on a costume party and not actual armor.
    Sans: oh well... he at least washes it. and by that i mean he wears it in the shower.
    • Downplayed while combined with Ermine Cape Effect with king Asgore, whom we first see tending flowers in his garden... while wearing full armor, along with crown and Badass Cape. However, he knew he is going to fight player soon, and his armor is probably magical anyway, and the Golden Ending shows him without armor.
  • In RuneScape, the Raptor is always seen wearing his armor, even when the other legendary heroes are dressed more casually. Fans have questioned whether he's human, or even if he exists under the armor.
  • In Sinjid, Warlord Izumi wears his armor at all times out of awareness that the Imperial Army, who he betrayed out of fear of losing the war they were fighting against the Shogun, were tracking him down and would eventually find him, and wanted to be prepared at all costs.

  • Addressed in Drowtales, which seems to Handwave the issue by saying that at least the helmets are designed to be worn all day. The main armored troops we only see now and then, but the more conventional forces (such as the Fallen Legion) wear less bulky armor that's easier to take off. That and weight issues are handwaved by having most things made of "adamantine". Characters are also seen taking it off and putting it on at various times when not in combat. Quain'tana in particular is almost never seen outside of this red and black ensemble, with the only time to date being when she's alone in her quarters.
    • Also justified with spider silk armor, being made of silk that's extremely strong but also incredibly light.
  • With the setting being based on Dungeons & Dragons, this is only to be expected of the cast of The Order of the Stick, the characters who routinely wear light-to-no armor (Hayley, Elan, Vaarsuvius) are often shown in different outfits. Roy and Durkon, in particular, are almost always wearing their armor except for a few special occasions. Even in the desert. Or on board ship, although having prepared water walk helps with that one...
  • Kore from Goblins is always seen in gadget-enhanced heavy armor that only exposes one eye and his beard. When Forgath knocks off the helmet, he sees that those are the only parts of Kore's head not overtaken by a smoking, amorphous mass of captive souls.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, Tagon's Toughs wear their fullerene-cloth Powered Armor all the time. Subverted in that with the helmet and gloves retracted, the armor is indistinguishable from an ordinary uniform anyway.
    • Their heavy armour is even more so, able to act as a completely self-contained life support system, even capable of recycling bodily waste back into food, water, and air.
  • In The Dreamland Chronicles, Alexander wears his magical armor whenever he's there - that, or in some rare instances only his boxers. Probably justified in that a) it's magical armor, and b) he doesn't eat, sleep, or defecate in Dreamland. On the other hand, he cuddles with his love interest while wearing the armor, so it has to be magically cuddly, too.
  • 8-Bit Theater has Fighter, whose armor somehow thwarts Black Mage's stabbing attempts even while he's asleep.
  • Both played straight and averted at various points in The Senkari, in which for most of the time the characters wear normal street clothes, only opting for armor when they know they'll need it in advance. However during the Flashback Freija seems never to take her armor off.
  • Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan: as seen in this page, an extremely minor character is wearing full armor for no reason except to be one of the many oddballs in a gang of thieves.

    Web Original 
  • In Red vs. Blue, it's heavily implied that the main characters rarely, if ever, take off their Powered Armor. To the point that one character being a robot went completely unnoticed for months and best friends genuinely don't know what race each other are. Although in that case, Church didn't know Tucker's first name either, so you could just chalk that up to him being his usual unobservant self. Once CG began to be used, some of the Freelancers' faces have been shown, but like the Reds and Blues (and, really, Master Chief as mentioned in the Halo entry above), they seem to much prefer to just leave it on at all times. As the armor in question is supposed to be designed for comfort even when being worn for long periods, it's at least partially explainable.
    Captain Flowers: And now to go to sleep standing up in my armor. As is my custom.
  • One of Cracked's 31 Life Lessons You Can Only Learn From Video Games is that "real men sleep in their armor."
  • In Steve And Carlos, this trope definitely seems in effect as the title characters are wearing their armor when they have absolutely no reason to while stranded alone together on an island without even any evidence of fauna to worry about.
  • In Tales from My D&D Campaign, the Orc Scorpion Armor is enchanted to let you sleep in it if you want.
  • In Perfect Dark, Joanna (Agent Dark) wears an armored Spy Catsuit at all times except when missions call for some sort of disguise. (And even then, she sometimes steals someone else's uniform and wears it over her armor.)

    Western Animation 
  • Averted in Avatar: The Last Airbender. In the episode "The Boiling Rock", two of the heroes infiltrate the eponymous prison, and, as they go in to the guard lounge to gather information, are told to take off the helmets and relax by the regular guards. The hero with the well known face in the Fire Nation is able to make up an excuse about always wanting to be prepared in case of a surprise attack and the veteran guards laugh it off as an overly by-the-book rookie and let him leave it on without further comment.
  • Kevin from Daria is never, ever shown without his football pads. Except when he was kicked off the football team after breaking his leg.
  • In The Legend of Korra, police chief Lin Beifong wears armor any time she isn't sleeping, even to high-society parties. However, being made of the same kind of metal she's used to bending, it's not restrictive at all to her. She briefly gets sealed in it when Amon takes away her bending, which is needed to take the thing off.
  • Brucho from the semiobscure Australian claymation series Plasmo was only ever seen in his 24-hour helmet. He even wore it in the bath.
  • Inverted in the Teen Titans episode "Cyborg the Barbarian", where Cyborg is transported into the past. While the barbarians he befriends take off their armor at the end of a battle, Sarasim remarks that it is sad that Cyborg's armor cannot be removed as it's part of his body — he is a Twenty Four Hour Warrior and must have trouble being outside of battle.
  • In The Venture Bros., Hank Venture once found a Strength Suit and wore it for weeks afterwards without getting it off. The other characters started to mention his stench, and when the suit was stolen from him, it was shown that his limbs had severely atrophied.
  • Lenny, one of the Delightful Children From Down The Lane in Codename: Kids Next Door takes his helmet off a grand total of twice in the entire series. The second time, rather than putting it back on, a new one forms around his face from his braces and behind his head, which might avert this trope since that helmet might actually be a part of his body.
  • All of The Xtacles in Frisky Dingo, who never take off their futuristic armor and helmets. They can barely tell each other apart, or have much of a reaction when one of their own dies.
  • The Heroes of Hero Factory mostly wear their helmets and armor at all times, often just retracting the unnecessary parts, like the mouth-guards and goggles. Being robots, the only time they don't wear these is when they're getting upgraded. Even so, the armor and helmets were all originally thought to be actual parts of their bodies, until in one episode, they took their helmets off and still functioned just fine. It's unclear whether this is a Series Continuity Error, or if they just never thought of taking them off before this point.
  • The Ruby-Spears version of Mega Man never takes off his armor for any reason whatsoever. The only time we see his household civilian robot appearance at all is during the pilot (which has some elements that never return again anyway).

    Real Life 
  • According to the remaining sources, it was perfectly common for knights and mercenaries of the middle ages to wear some armor everywhere except at home and at formal occasions. Outside of impending battle, they would simply shed any uncomfortable outer layers and wear the lighter armor beneath. It's still not particularly comfortable.
    • Squires and knights-in-training may sometimes be tasked with wearing the full plate armor for days, mostly to get them used to the weight, the heat and make them more adept at moving in them.
  • European brigandines were an armored jacket that was specifically made as concealed armor, to be worn about town. They consist of a layer of small steel plates riveted to leather and sandwiched between cloth. They were tailored to fit, and were laced across the chest so the weight was taken as tension rather than weight on the shoulders. Versions with thin plates and faced in velvet or other fashionable cloth .
  • During Cortez's conquest of the Aztec, the natives attempted to launch a desperation night attack on the Conquistadors. It failed spectacularly, one of the reasons being that the Castilians had slept both armored and with weapons on hand.
  • JLIST chemical protective gear is designed for continuous wear; there is a straw/emergency induction port in the pro-mask so you can drink without taking it off.
  • Many Live Action Roleplayers who have already got their uniform "settled" properly are loath to take it off again if they can avoid it. At some of the bigger, regular festival LARP events this can result in the surreal experience of seeing a gang of heavily armored men nipping into the local supermarket to stock up on beer and doughnuts, while the locals don't so much as bat an eyelid.
  • Modern soldiers fighting in theaters where proper fortifications have not been set up yet often have to catch a nap whenever they can. It was not uncommon during the early months of the Iraq invasion for Coalition soldiers to sleep in a dug-out fox hole in the lulls between troop movements, and because they could be attacked at any moment they had to sleep in their body armor.

Alternative Title(s): Twenty Four Hour Armour