This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
Hey, the Final Fantasy VI example is listed more than once, maybe someone should take one out.
Patch: What about Lucca from Chrono Trigger?
Scrounge: So what is this trope, exactly? And would Catwoman's recent putfit with goggles qualify?
osh: Best way to save this entry could be to mention parts of outfits a character wears without any noticable or, more importantly, utilized function. I still recall Yuna's odd hoodie from Final Fantasy X-2...
Citizen: Seth speaks the truth.
Tamsin: Is the trope referring to the way goggles are sometimes used as an indication of a character's leadership, courage, rashness (and other such things common to most of Digimon's goggle boys)? The only other examples I can think of are Naruto (in early episodes) and Cooro from the manga +Anima.
Citizen: Well actually... one could make a point of the difference: Rummage Sale Reject is about the fashion train wreck aspect, with the weird mix-match of styles. Goggles Do Nothing could be more along the lines of how those accessories (not just goggles) are never actually used for their intended purpose: goggles never used to even cover the eyes, belts that don't hold anything up, etc... Is this better?
Cassius335: Yeah... Tanto, Twas me. Sorry, I thought that's what names in the Title Bin were for. Besides, The name just rang a chord so strong I couldn't resist. Tasmin pretty much already said what I was thinking: In Digimon, Goggles pretty much are the symbol of the leader (and courage and so on).
I think Osh and Citizen have the right idea in suggested expanding this other items which are present but never (or almost never) utilised.
Morgan Wick: The bin's description makes it sound like it's the point, but it's supposed to be a place to save good titles so they can be brought up. Even to the extent that that is the point, it's supposed to serve as a brainstorm session for good tropes. Use YKTTW to ensure you're not simply being a fool and proposing a stretch or duplicating an existing trope.
Or am I completely off base?
The whole "meaningless/ignored accessories" idea seems good, though, if it's not duping something else.
Tamsin: Incidentally, I can't remember Davis actually using his goggles. He actually lampshades this in episode 9 ("The Emperor's New Home"); everyone is being blinded by Skull Greymon exploding a Control Spire and he says, "I should probably have put on my goggles!"
Ununnilium: I believe he did so while flying around on Exveemon's back.
Ununnilium: What about Robotnik and Syaoran?
Tamsin: D'oh. Missed out half the sentence.
Ununnilium: Taking 'em out, because their goggles don't actually seem to be useless:
- Video game example: Doctor Robotnik / Eggman from Sonic The Hedgehog wears goggles.
- Syaoran from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle wears goggles (although, seeing as he starts the series working on ruins in a desert, they could be for keeping sand out of his eyes).
Cassius335: Haven't had a chance to watch all of Tsubasa yet: But outside of the first ep, how often is he actually in a desert?
Cassius335: Nice to see this page looking so healthy.
K.o.R: Just a note: Takato in Digimon Tamers actually did use his goggles for their intended purpose: the appearance in the real world of the Monster of the Week was accompanied by a thick fog which the heroes wore sunglasses, or in Takato's case, his goggles, while running through it.
Andyroid: Moved the simpsons "example" to Memetic Mutation; that's not what this trope is about. Also, learn to freakin' spell, or at least proofread.
Meiriona: I saw the Simpsons 'My eyes! The goggles do nothing' example in AMV Hell 3 used as a sub for ASTROBOY, maybe that's where it came from originally? I dunno, it may have been added for AMV Hell 3, considering the nature of the series, but it looked pretty well done....
AKK: Isn't this technically a subversion of Chekov's Gun? In this case, the "gun" shows up, is put to use, then found to be useless.
Vampire Buddha: Removed a pile of natter and aversions:
Because a), it's a meme in fandom in general, and was never specific to Digimon, and b), it's an example (and also listed as such) awkwardly shoehorned into the intro.