Playing With: Modest Royalty

Basic Trope: Members of the royal family dress in everyday, functional clothing.
  • Straight: Prince Bob of the Kingdom of Tropevania, wears plain shirts and otherwise normal clothing most of the time, and will change into formal garb only under duress.
  • Exaggerated: Prince Bob wears t-shirts and shorts on all occasions, even extremely formal ones.
  • Downplayed: Prince Bob is a Sharp-Dressed Man with a modern but subtle fashion sense, in a work where all other royals go for Impractically Fancy Outfits.
  • Justified:
    • The attitude in the kingdom is against grand display, and Bob dresses down to sway with this notion.
    • Prince Bob played with some commoner children as a kid, which influenced his less than regal behavior.
    • Prince Bob is heir to a barbarian kingdom where very fancy clothing simply isn't available.
    • Prince Bob's regalia is considered sacred and has to be kept utterly spotless. It cannot be used except during the most ostentatious of ceremonies. On other occasions he wears ordinary cloths.
    • Prince Bob is home in his palace and the only one's around are the royal family and Old Retainers who have known him to long to be impressed whatever he does. It would be absurd to put on airs.
    • Prince Bob's family were commoners until very recently.
  • Inverted: Bob wears his Requisite Royal Regalia on all occasions, even barbecues, sporting events, and pool parties.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob appears to wear very simple clothing, but it's made of silks and velvets and is probably more expensive and lush than jewels and fur capes.
    • Alternatively, Bob wears a mere loincloth—his body is what he's showing off.
    • Prince Bob dresses in a fashion that is so bizarrely Spartan that it is itself a form of showing off. No real begger would ever wear anything like that.
  • Double Subverted:
    • He was kidding when he said that.
    • That body being of course, a state of the art Mobile-Suit Human, which is designed to be ordinary looking, so people can judge him based on his actions.
  • Parodied: Bob looks like a monk.
  • Zig Zagged: Some royals wear ornate clothes, others dress more casually. Bob's mother is likewise sensible with her outfit but his sister wears too much jewelry to move.
  • Averted: Bob dresses about the way you would expect a Prince to look.
  • Enforced: It's a stage or dance production where Requisite Royal Regalia is too expensive or cumbersome for the character — they dress Prince Bob plainly and use minimal costuming and dialogue cues to show who is the ruler.
  • Lampshaded: "I'm surprised anyone takes Bob seriously as a ruler, given the gym shorts and baseball cap he's always wearing."
  • Invoked: Bob dresses in simple clothing to show that he is a selfless leader who won't spend extravagant sums on himself.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "By my crown, I will not be mistaken for some lowborn peasant!!"
  • Discussed: "That's the Prince? I thought he was the gardener!"
  • Conversed: "So, which one is the King again?"
  • Deconstructed: Bob dresses plainly because no one, not even him, takes his title seriously. The monarchy is a complete joke and the ruler is just a figurehead. Consequently, when he is called upon to lead in a crisis, no one will listen to him.
  • Reconstructed: Bob dresses plainly because he is not only a pretty face but a competent leader, and he doesn't need showy clothes to command respect.

Back to Modest Royalty, your Highness, but please...do something about that...tee shirt, was it? What would your mother, the Queen, bless her soul, think!?