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* In the climax of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'', [[TheUsurper King Jewelius]] and his minions replace their normal attires with battle armors as they prepare to [[spoiler:wipe out the entire population of Ponyville]]. The [[HeroWithBadPublicity heroes who've lost their social standing]] -- the princesses, the Mane Six, Shining Armor and Spike -- face them with the Elements of Harmony as their only equipment. Only the TokenGoodTeammate of the villains doesn't don an armor, and she's the only one who [[HeelFaceTurn switches sides]] during the battle.
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See also TinTyrant and TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort. Often related to BrainsEvilBrawnGood.

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See also TinTyrant and TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort. Often related to BrainsEvilBrawnGood.
BrainsEvilBrawnGood and GoodArmorEvilArmor.



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* The heroes of ''VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' don't wear any armor whatsoever while Arianrhod, the strongest member of [[AncientConspiracy Ouroboros]] wears a TwentyFourHourArmor. Duvalie from the same series is also a case of this trope on both ends of the spectrum where she's a villain when she has the armor on but [[spoiler:ends up joining the heroes in ''Cold Steel IV'', ditching the armor. She does wear it back in the finale but she's still on the heroes side.]]

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* While Tim Drake (ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}[=/=]ComicBook/RedRobin) always has body-armor in his suits they are generally flexible and cloth like overall while his recurring villain "Scarab" wears high-tech full body encasing PoweredArmor.

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** The Juggernaut is a hulking giant in enormous dark-red armor, even though he's naturally tough enough for it to have no point (besides the helmet anyway).


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* Also inverted by Franchise/{{Batman}}, whose suit contains Kevlar body-armor (how much this is emphasized visually depends on the artist), but armor is worn by almost none of his enemies. Mr. Freeze is one of the few exceptions, but most of the threats that face Gotham wear elaborate costumes made from normal cloth.


* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Both SpaceMarines and Chaos Space Marines use armor, but the CSMs' is the ObviouslyEvil kind, decorated with skulls and spikes and sometimes demonically possessed. By contrast, the Imperial Guard has flak armor, referred to in fandom as "T-shirts" to emphasize just how badly the Guard is equipped.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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Both SpaceMarines and Chaos Space Marines use armor, but the CSMs' is the ObviouslyEvil kind, decorated with skulls and spikes and sometimes demonically possessed. By contrast, the Imperial Guard has flak armor, referred to in fandom as "T-shirts" to emphasize just how badly the Guard is equipped.equipped.
** Eldar use armor, but it's much lighter (but just as tough) and form-fitting that human flak or power armor. And then there's the orks, for who armor is just a matter of piling as much metal as they can on themselves and end up even bulkier than Chaos Space Marines.

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** Averted in the 2018 game. Kratos can now wear full plate armor (although it is optional), and [[spoiler: the villain, Baldur,]] only wears a loincloth.


There are [[GoodWeaponEvilWeapon many]], [[GoodColorsEvilColors many]], [[GoodEyesEvilEyes many]], [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains many]] [[RedOniBlueOni ways]] of making the difference between heroes and villains obvious. One of the many tricks consist in making a villain or more wearing armor, while the heroes facing them don't.

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There are [[GoodWeaponEvilWeapon many]], [[GoodColorsEvilColors many]], [[GoodEyesEvilEyes many]], [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains many]] [[RedOniBlueOni ways]] of [[BlackAndWhiteMorality making the difference between heroes and villains obvious.obvious]]. One of the many tricks consist in making a villain or more wearing armor, while the heroes facing them don't.

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* A variation of this occurs in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and its adaptation ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. The transformed form of the heroes always resembles them wearing skintight spandex, while at least one villainous character per series wears a suit of armor or has a body structure that resembles armor.


* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' Link faces foes dressed only in a tunic and pants, while his armored enemies range from stone statues to ten-foot-tall knights in full plate. Later games would add a thin chain or scale mail shirt under the tunic, and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' he can get a full set of armor that renders him invincible at the cost of constantly draining his rupees.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' Link faces foes dressed only in a tunic and pants, while his armored enemies range from stone statues to ten-foot-tall knights in full plate. Later Localizations of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link To The Past]]'' address this by calling the upgraded tunics "mail", and games would add a thin chain or scale mail shirt under the tunic, and in from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' onwards would add a thin chain or scale mail shirt under the tunic. In the latter, he can also get a full set of armor that renders him invincible at the cost of constantly draining his rupees.


* For most of ''Series/Daredevil2015'''s first season, Matt Murdock/Daredevil wears black CivvieSpandex while the mob boss Wilson Fisk wears suits lined with knife-proof material. Matt eventually manages to save Fisk's armorer, Melvin, from his service and receives a red suit of armor from him.

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* For most of ''Series/Daredevil2015'''s first season, Matt Murdock/Daredevil Murdock wears black CivvieSpandex while the mob boss Wilson Fisk wears suits lined with knife-proof material. Matt eventually manages to save get his iconic red devil costume tailored by the guy who tailors Fisk's armorer, Melvin, from his service and receives a red suit of armor from him.suits.

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* Played with in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', with the inverions being played with Saber being the armored hero and most of the antagonistic servents like, Lancer, Rider, Berserker, Caster, and Assassin[[spoiler: As well as True Assassin]] being Unarmored Villains, but gets adverted with Saber and [[spoiler:Gilgamesh]] who both wear armor but gets played straight in the final of Heavens Feel [[spoiler:with Saber Alter and Rider]].


* The Saiyans in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' wear some sort of armor, as do Freeza's soldiers later, in contrast to the protagonists who mostly wear martial arts gis. Vegeta in his long transition from villain, to anti-hero, to hero wears less armor every time he gets a costume change, from his first appearance with a battle skirt, winged shoulders, and a scouter, to the Buu Saga with no armor at all (though he does wear armor again in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'', ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'' and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', which all take place after Majin Buu's defeat). After fighting on Earth it is said Vegeta only survived because of his armor but by time the protagonists had reached Namek it was shown to be [[ArmorIsUseless easily shattered]] even [[OvershadowedByAwesome by Krillin]].

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* The Saiyans in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' wear some sort of armor, as do Freeza's soldiers later, in contrast to the protagonists who mostly wear martial arts gis. Vegeta in his long transition from villain, to anti-hero, to hero wears less armor every time he gets a costume change, from his first appearance with a battle skirt, winged shoulders, and a scouter, to the Buu Saga with no armor at all (though that was because he does showed up to enter the Tenkaichi Tournament, where armor was forbidden, and never got the chance to get it back. He returns to wear armor again in ''[[Anime/DragonBallYoSonGokuAndHisFriendsReturn Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!]]'' (where he claims it counts as formal wear), ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'', ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'' and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', which all take place after Majin Buu's defeat). After fighting on Earth it is said Vegeta only survived because of his armor but by time the protagonists had reached Namek it was shown to be [[ArmorIsUseless easily shattered]] even [[OvershadowedByAwesome by Krillin]].


** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', Garland, the first boss, is a TinTyrant. The heroes (minus the Warrior) are in clothing or robes.

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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', Garland, the first boss, boss [[spoiler:and BigBad]], is a TinTyrant. The heroes (minus the Warrior) are in clothing or robes.

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