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Playing With: Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains
Basic Trope: Heroes wear modest outfits while villains wear revealing clothes.
  • Straight: Alice the hero wears clothes that cover her midriff and legs (such as a Battle Ballgown), while Carol the villain wears a bra, shorts and nothing else.
  • Exaggerated: Alice's clothes cover her so much we can't see her, while Carol never wears anything.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice and Carol both wear gowns, but Carol's are slightly tighter/more revealing.
    • Alternatively, Alice and Carol are both always wearing revealing clothing, but Carol's is slightly more provocative, even if they show the same amount of skin.
  • Justified: Alice comes from the cold northern continent, while Carol hails from a desert empire.
  • Inverted: Skimpy heroes, sensible villains: Alice is the one wearing Stripperiffic clothes while Carol dresses up.
  • Subverted: Alice at first is wearing modest clothing but ends up taking them off to real a more revealing outfit when it's time to fight Carol.
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied: People dictate who's a hero and a villain by what they're wearing and how much skin they're showing.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice goes to fight the villain wearing full clothes, but along the way she suffers a few Clothing Damage that bares more of her skins, but later she gets herself some new clothes. ??? for Carol.
  • Averted: Everyone's clothes are roughly the same in terms of sensibilities/skimpiness.
  • Enforced: The writer wants to show that heroes, who uphold moral among other things, must at least dress up while villains who cares nothing of morals can dress whatever they please, including nothing if wanted.
  • Lampshaded: "Carol, if you want people to stop calling you a villain, get a new wardrobe!"
  • Invoked: To show off her Face-Heel Turn, Carol picks out her skimpiest outfit for the occasion.
  • Exploited: On her attempt to infiltrate the bad guys' base, Alice deliberately dresses skimpily so that the Big Bad's henchmen mistake her as their own. Conversely, Carol covers up because she is also trying to sneak into the good guy's base, and dressing sensibly will make it easier for the good people to mistake her as a potential heroine.
  • Defied: Carol picks out more sensible clothing in order to keep people from assuming that she is evil.
  • Discussed: "Look at Carol. She must be a bad girl considering how little she wears, unlike Alice."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Carol's skimpy attire does little, if anything, to protect her from the heroes' attacks. She doesn't last long against them.

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