Playing With / Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance

Basic Trope: A character happens to look like what he is like as a person.
  • Straight: Bob has fire powers, has red and yellow hair, and wears red clothes.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob has bright red skin and flame-shaped skin markings... and has done since before he got his powers.
    • Bob changes powers throughout his life, and his appearance changes accordingly.
  • Downplayed: Bob's hair is a slight shade of red, and he has fire powers
  • Justified: Bob changed his appearance to match his power to control fire.
  • Inverted: Bob has fire powers and has blue hair, ice-blue eyes, and pale skin.
  • Subverted: Bob introduces himself as Vulcan, elemental lord of fire, and he certainly looks the part... but he turns out not to have any powers at all.
  • Double Subverted: But his obsession spurs him to become a flamethrower-toting, fire-themed Badass Normal.
  • Parodied: Bob wears red so he doesn't forget what his power is.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob has red and yellow hair, however demonstrates lightning powers, but he actually has control over plasma, allowing him to use fire, but he dresses in blue.
  • Averted: Bob never dressed to match his power in the first place.
  • Enforced: "We need to make each character recognizable, so why don't we just make them colored according to their powers?"
  • Lampshaded: "Did anyone ever notice Bob wears red to compliment his fire ability?"
  • Invoked: Bob develops fire powers, so he dyes his hair red and yellow and dresses in red.
  • Implied: Bob's made up like a fire-powered superhero would be, but we never actually see him use his powers.
  • Exploited: Arch-Enemy Jim sets the battle underwater so Bob can't use his power.
  • Defied:
    • Bob consciously decides not to wear red, just because all the other fire-heroes do.
    • Bob doesn't want to give his enemies clues as to what his power might be before it's too late.
  • Discussed: "How are we going to know what this pyromaniac looks like?" "Something tells me we'll know him when we see him..."
  • Conversed: "Hey, what power does Bob have?" "It's fire. Can't you tell by the red and yellow hair, or the red shirt?"
  • Deconstructed: Bob's Arch-Enemy drenches him with a firehose since his outfit gives him away.
  • Reconstructed: Bob actually has water powers, and wears red to throw off the Genre Savvy.
  • Played For Laughs: People think Bob is on fire and try to put him out.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's girlfriend dumps him because she doesn't like his fire-like appearance.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Bob's appearance is good visual shorthand for his role in the story: here, it's as the Pyromaniac.

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