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Needs Help: Not Wearing Tights get usage counts

 1 Robin Zimm, Mon, 22nd Apr '13 1:03:47 PM from East Coast US Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
So: "Not Wearing Tights". Seems pretty self-explanatory to me, right? This is the trope you use to describe superheroes or supervillains who don't wear Standard Superhero Suits or whatever. You click through to the page and you see a picture of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine wearing pants instead of the comic-book version's skintight suit and you read a quote from Heroes from D.L. saying "Yeah, like Batman and Robin. Only... I ain't wearing no tights. You can wear tights, but I'm not wearing tights."

And then your eye flicks to the actual description, which says, "These superheroes just aren't called superheroes. They often don't wear costumes or use code names, but they have abilities far beyond those of normal men, and are superheroes in all but name."

These are clearly two completely unrelated tropes. I think playing Guess That Trope Definition would probably support splitting "functionally superheroes but not called that" off onto another page — and not just because I got to Not Wearing Tights in the first place from the Worm cast page which used the trope to refer to a supervillain gang that wore businesswear instead of costumes.
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 2 Septimus Heap, Mon, 22nd Apr '13 1:41:13 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Another Wizard boy
We'll need a misuse check to find the proper course of action.

 3 Spark 9, Mon, 22nd Apr '13 2:08:55 PM from Castle Wulfenbach Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
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"Superheroes in all but name" is not a trope, though.

I would suggest that the description be changed to match the actual examples.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
 4 Robin Zimm, Mon, 22nd Apr '13 2:13:29 PM from East Coast US Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I thought I had seen some examples of superheroes-but-not-called-that in the examples section, but in retrospect Not Using the Z Word would probably capture most of those.

Honestly, I expect the costume examples to outnumber the s-word examples.
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 5 Septimus Heap, Mon, 22nd Apr '13 2:15:18 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Another Wizard boy
Spark 9 raises a good point; thusly, I'll support a pure redefinition here.

 6 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 22nd Apr '13 3:24:56 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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Same.
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 7 Editor Pall Mall, Mon, 22nd Apr '13 3:26:39 PM from United States, East Coast
Don't Fear the Spiders
My vote goes for redefinition. Differently Powered Individual covers the one described by the article.

edited 22nd Apr '13 3:27:03 PM by EditorPallMall

Keep it breezy!
Is this even a trope at all?
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 9 Robin Zimm, Mon, 22nd Apr '13 4:17:31 PM from East Coast US Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I think it's real — the example I came from was in Worm, where a team of supervillains wore formal businesswear — suits and dresses — rather than any kind of armor or costume. One character explicitly says that if it weren't for the mask, the leader of the group would look more like a CEO than a supervillain.
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 10 shoboni, Mon, 22nd Apr '13 4:23:25 PM from Iowa, USA
Maybe we should rename it, the current title makes it sound like it's not tropeworthy.
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 11 Robin Zimm, Tue, 23rd Apr '13 2:05:16 PM from East Coast US Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I don't see the problem with the present title, but if you want to suggest another one, that's fine.
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 12 shoboni, Tue, 23rd Apr '13 2:16:26 PM from Iowa, USA
Non Custumed Super Being?
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 13 Robin Zimm, Mon, 6th May '13 12:22:37 PM from East Coast US Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Bumping the thread.

Non Costumed Super Being isn't bad, but I still don't see the problem with Not Wearing Tights as a name.
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 14 Helter Skelter, Mon, 6th May '13 12:55:49 PM Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Yeah, the name doesn't really need a change. Really, the only thing that needs a change is the definition itself. It would be fine but for that.

My beef with the name is that there's more standard super hero/villain wear than just tights.

edited 12th May '13 11:28:20 AM by shoboni

"It's not that simple. We are all both, good and evil, we have rage and compassion, we have love and hate...murder and forgiveness."
 16 Robin Zimm, Sun, 12th May '13 6:25:08 PM from East Coast US Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Of course there is — Coat, Hat, Mask, Mini Dress Of Power, any kind of Powered Armor — but I think we can make that clear just by writing a good description.

Speaking of which: what about replacing the first paragraph with the following two?


Among the most iconic aspects of superhero fiction are costumes. Superheroes, supervillains, super pizza girls — if you seek to become a legendary force of heroism, terror, or whatever, more important than having the superpowers, the training, or the equipment is having an Appearance Most Distinctive. Tights, Capes, Coats, Hats, Masks ... the details are less important than the style.

That said, some people just don't bother. Those people belong on this page.
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 17 shoboni, Sun, 12th May '13 7:50:38 PM from Iowa, USA
But one of the wiki rules is(aside from some of the tropes that couldn't be renamed because they became a Trope Of Legend, or became common outside the wiki) names should be clear and tell what he trope is.
"It's not that simple. We are all both, good and evil, we have rage and compassion, we have love and hate...murder and forgiveness."
 18 Robin Zimm, Sun, 12th May '13 10:51:40 PM from East Coast US Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
...a point. Possibly a very strong one — the title as stands could be interpreted as simply referring to aversions of Superheroes Wear Tights.

I'll sleep on it.
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 19 Spark 9, Mon, 13th May '13 2:07:53 AM from Castle Wulfenbach Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
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[up][up] I agree, that's a good point.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
 20 Robin Zimm, Mon, 13th May '13 10:40:14 AM from East Coast US Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
What about Non Costumed Super?
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 21 Ira The Squire, Tue, 21st May '13 12:19:55 AM from No idea. Measuring speed
Phyrexian Dalek
I found that the current definition is a bit broad. "They often don't wear costumes or use code names, but they have abilities far beyond those of normal men, and are superheroes in all but name" covers also gods or people from legends like Beowolf or Hercules. This becomes problematic when there're tropes like Everyone Is a Super (so everyone have powers far beyond those of normal people in Real Life, but given the setting their powers are commonplace and thus "normal", so do they still "have abilities beyond those of normal men"?) and things like Old World of Darkness, which is (in)famous for "everyone is a supernatural", are listed as examples.

edited 21st May '13 12:24:24 AM by IraTheSquire

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[up]Yeah, I think maybe it should be limited only to 'verses where costumed supers are the norm?
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 23 Robin Zimm, Tue, 21st May '13 9:45:53 PM from East Coast US Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Limiting it to universes where costumes are the norm makes a lot of sense — that would remove judgement calls about (say) which supernatural (or Badass Normal) crimefighters count as superheroes and which don't.
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 24 shimaspawn, Tue, 21st May '13 11:25:09 PM from Here and Now Relationship Status: In your bunk
Limiting it to universes where costumed supers are the norm actually misses a lot of the actual examples. I'm not talking about Gods here, but about characters that are clearly based on Western comicbook conventions, but eschew the typical costume ensemble while still remaining true to the superhero genre.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
 25 Robin Zimm, Wed, 22nd May '13 7:38:25 PM from East Coast US Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Also true.
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