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:
  • Inverted: Barbarian Hero Alice goes for a Fur Bikini, Carol is a Wicked Witch who thankfully goes for the classic Black Cloak.
  • 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: They've both stripped so that they can change in to more powerful full battle gear.
  • 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. Carol, meanwhile, spends her early screen time in Stripperiffic outfits, but covers up because she's going to or through a place with hostile weather, and tosses her baggy outfits for the showdown with Alice at the end.
  • 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. Same with Alice, who combines her Heel–Face Turn by ditching her stripperiffic outfit for a more modest one.
  • 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."
  • Deconstructed: Carol's skimpy attire does little, if anything, to protect her from the heroes' attacks. She doesn't last long against them.
  • Reconstructed: Carol is a Non-Action Big Bad Succubus relying on manipulation, seduction and misdirection to oppose the heroes. When (or if) the heroes finally reach her after going through her much stronger minions, she goes down easily due to being the power in the shadows. Getting there though, will be a long, hard, bloody slog.

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