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Playing With: Robe and Wizard Hat
Basic Trope: Wizards wear a conical hat and robe.
  • 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.
  • Justified:
  • 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.
  • Enforced:
    Producer: "How else will the audience know they're wizards?"
  • Lampshaded:
    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.
  • Discussed:
    Alice: "Why do you dress like that? Isn't it a bit... stereotypical?"
  • Conversed:
    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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