Playing With: Robe and Wizard Hat
Basic Trope: Wizards wear a conical hat and robe.
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- Straight: The wizards of Magica wear this as their normal outfit.
- Exaggerated: The outfit is mandatory for all wizards, and wearing anything else is punished by death.
- Downplayed: Many (but not all) wizards wear robes or long coats, and felt hats that come to a rounded kind of point.
- Someone who knows what they are doing can read possible future spells through a wizard leg-work and, like traditional Kendo garb, the robe hides this.
- The stone towers where wizards often live are very drafty and cold. So, they started wearing warm robes. Wizards started wearing conical hats because the shape helps collect and focus ambient magic, like a radio antenna.
- Wizards are hated throughout the land for various reasons. The wide-brimmed hat and shapeless robes hide their faces and body types from prying eyes so they can't be identified; and if they all dress the same, it's impossible to pick out exactly which wizard it was who burnt down your house and raided the family plot for skeletons. Once the uniforms come off, they're just seemingly-normal everyday people.
- Inverted: Everyone in Magica but the wizards wears robes and conical hats, as it's the traditional national costume.
- Subverted: The first wizard seen wears this garb, but it turns out he's only claiming to be a wizard, and no real wizards wear it.
- Double Subverted: ...but said con-man winds up learning magic and keeping the garb.
- Parodied: A wizard is caught up in an adventure while wearing a dressing gown and nightcap. Through various mishaps, the soft cap becomes stiff and scorched and sticks upright.
- Zig Zagged:
- The only "wizard" who wears this garb demonstrates no real magical powers.
- He does have them, however, and wears the outfit specifically to make people think he's a wannabe.
- A few wizards start to adopt the look in homage to this wizard and in self-deprecation.
- It also becomes fashionable among completely ordinary folk who are impressed by the wizard's feats.
- And then the Big Bad can't find the wizard because everyone now dresses like that.
- Averted: No one wears such an outfit, and wizards dress like everyone else.
Producer: "How else will the audience know they're wizards?"
Alice: "You might as well put on a robe and pointy hat and shout, 'Magician over here!'"
Bob: *quickly drops the robe and pointy hat he's picked out*
- Invoked: Bob decides to wear this outfit to claim to be a wizard.
- Exploited: The enemy soldiers target people in robes first, as the more dangerous opponents.
- Defied: A wizard puts together such an outfit for entirely practical reasons, but changes his mind because he thinks it will look stupid.
Alice: "Why do you dress like that? Isn't it a bit... stereotypical?"
Viewer A: "Wizard in pointy hat!"
Viewer B: "Take a shot!"
- Deconstructed: A wizard is quickly identified as a Glass Cannon thanks to his attire, with all the consequences that may apply (being targeted first...).
- Reconstructed: Smart wizards ditch the robes, non wizards sometimes put them on as a bluff, and sometimes Stone Wall warriors use magic items to appear to be wearing a robe and wizard hat while they are in fact wearing chain mail, safe in the knowledge that they can take/dodge the hits that will come for them when the enemies will target them instead of the real wizard just next to them. Most wizard are too proud and/or traditionalist to change their wardrobe though, so don't expect the robe and wizard hat to go out of style anytime soon..
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