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Playing With: Martial Arts Uniform
Basic Trope: Characters who wear martial arts uniforms within a show, movie, game, etc.
  • Straight: Alice/Bob shows up in a martial arts uniform.
  • Exaggerated: Everyone wears a martial arts uniform. ALL the time. Most of them may even be customized.
  • Downplayed:
    • While the martial arts uniform is Alice or Bob's favorite outfit, they're often seen in other clothes as well when appropriate.
    • Alice and Bob practice a martial art that encourages its students to wear street clothes, albeit in a uniform manner.
    • Bob wears regular clothes but with a Martial Arts Headband.
  • Justified: Everyone is in a Martial arts tournament. Alternatively, it could just be a martial arts series.
  • Inverted: Alice/Bob wears a martial arts uniform, but doesn't know any martial arts.
  • Subverted: Alice/Bob mentions taking Karate (or another martial art), but isn't seen wearing a uniform.
  • Double Subverted: ...Until an episode later.
  • Parodied: Everyone but the main character wears a martial arts uniform, and they make fun of him for it.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice/Bob wear their martial arts uniform in the town of Fightville. They decide to get into a Curb-Stomp Battle against a few untrained thugs, and head off to a good night's sleep. The next day, they go out, and everyone is wearing martial arts uniforms, and somehow they're all experts at fighting. After a long day, the heroes head back to bed. The next day, no one is wearing uniforms. And so on, and so forth...
  • Averted: No one wears a martial arts uniform.
  • Enforced: "This is a fighting movie, at least one person MUST be wearing a uniform!"
  • Lampshaded: "You ever notice how all those faceless Mooks we've been fighting were wearing martial arts uniforms? Yet no one else is? Is it just me?"
  • Invoked: Alice/Bob decides to head out to a dojo full of Mooks to fight.
  • Exploited: "I think I'll take my martial arts uniform today. Just in case."
  • Defied: "Let's go to the pier. There's never any martial artists at the pier."
  • Discussed: "We're in a martial arts tournament, of course that guy's going to be wearing a uniform."
  • Conversed: "You ever noticed how in a lot of eastern films, there's always some kung-fu guy beating up a whole dojo of guys in martial arts uniforms?"
  • Deconstructed: Alice/Bob are constantly seen in a martial arts uniform, and it is inferred he/she rarely take it off. Eventually the uniform becomes stained with sweat and begins to fall apart due to bad materials.
  • Reconstructed: ...But by the next episode, Alice/Bob have gotten a new uniform, and this time it's made from better materials.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice/Bob dresses up in a martial arts uniform with a black belt. Buthe/she has no idea how to perform martial arts. Unwittingly, Alice/Bob ends up in a fight with a real black belt. Extra points if Alice/Bob wins.
  • Played For Drama: Alice/Bob is in a relationship where they are abused. They end up taking martial arts to defend herself/himself.

Head back to Martial Arts Uniform, or else. HIYAAAH!

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