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In RealLife, while armor was not as unreasonably heavy or inflexible as in popular myth, wearing it for extended periods was far from comfortable. It took time (and in many cases, assistance) to don and remove, and the bulk or stiffness of certain armors restricted one's range of motion to a greater or lesser degree. It could be noisy, what with the clattering of plates and jingling of mail. The weight would tax one's endurance and make one's neck and shoulders hurt after a long time. It could get very hot and sweaty, especially when incorporating a helmet and/or significant padding. Meanwhile, metal parts would become painfully hot or cold to the touch depending on whether you were under scorching sun or in freezing temperatures. Rust was a constant threat to iron or steel armor in the days before stainless steel, so it had to be regularly polished. If you did that right, then protective oil from your greasy mail haubergon would tend to stain you and your clothes. Leather or textile components--including the arming clothes underneath--could soak up sweat or water and begin to stink. In battle, it could become extremely unhygienic: in addition to sweat, people bled inside their armor, and possibly [[PottyFailure relieved themselves]], both because you can't take bathroom breaks in the midst of battle and because sudden terror can *ahem* [[BringMyBrownPants loosen the bowels]]. Armor could be deformed or pierced by a mace, axe, polearm, or hammer, causing serious injuries for the wearer. In that case the affected pieces would have to be stripped off the wearer on the way to the surgeon's tent.

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In RealLife, RealLife history, while armor was not as unreasonably heavy or inflexible as in popular myth, wearing it for extended periods was far from comfortable. It took time (and in many cases, assistance) to don and remove, and the bulk or stiffness of certain armors restricted one's range of motion to a greater or lesser degree. It could be noisy, what with the clattering of plates and jingling of mail. The weight would tax one's endurance and make one's neck and shoulders hurt after a long time. It could get very hot and sweaty, especially when incorporating a helmet and/or significant padding. Meanwhile, metal parts would become painfully hot or cold to the touch depending on whether you were under scorching sun or in freezing temperatures. Rust was a constant threat to iron or steel armor in the days before stainless steel, so it had to be regularly polished. If you did that right, then protective oil from your greasy mail haubergon would tend to stain you and your clothes. Leather or textile components--including the arming clothes underneath--could soak up sweat or water and begin to stink. In battle, it could become extremely unhygienic: in addition to sweat, people bled inside their armor, and possibly [[PottyFailure relieved themselves]], both because you can't take bathroom breaks in the midst of battle and because sudden terror can *ahem* [[BringMyBrownPants loosen the bowels]]. Armor could be deformed or pierced by a mace, axe, polearm, or hammer, causing serious injuries for the wearer. In that case the affected pieces would have to be stripped off the wearer on the way to the surgeon's tent.

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* You can invoke the trope or avert it in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' thanks to the glamour system. While most players will keep their armor as is, others may change them for a more casual look or even something very skimpy like swimwear. When you decide to log out at an inn, your character will get on the bed to sleep, even if they're in a full suit of armor. One sidequest has you partaking a dip in some hot springs with a few other characters and you're given the choice to change your gear for the scene if you want to play the trope straight or avert it.


* Excessively averted in ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3''. Not only do characters take off their armor to sleep, most of them sleep in their underwear. Which does ''[[VaporWear not]]'' include a bra for Lise or [[MsFanservice Angela]]. If using an emulator, you can even turn off the right sprite layer to see how they sleep.

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* Excessively averted Averted in ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3''.''VideoGame/TrialsOfMana''. Not only do characters take off their armor to sleep, most of them sleep in their underwear. Which does ''[[VaporWear not]]'' include a bra for Lise Riesz or [[MsFanservice Angela]]. If using an emulator, you can even turn off the right sprite layer to see how they sleep.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'':
** In season 2, Jim spends several episodes (and over two weeks in-universe) in his armor [[spoiler:while trapped in the Darklands]]. Despite it normally being InstantArmor, it's an important plot point that he can't ever take it off, since the amulet he uses to summon it is out of reach. Since it's magic, presumably the various problems that could arise are covered by AWizardDidIt.
** In the last few episodes of season 3, Jim's armor seems permanently fused to him after [[spoiler:he becomes a troll]]. He tries to pry the amulet off at one point, but can't. WordOfGod after the series ended explained that the amulet was simply responding to his emotional state, trying to "protect" him from [[spoiler:his fears over becoming a troll]]. After he calmed down, it operated normally.


** In Mass Effect 2 it's revealed that ''all'' Quarians have to wear armor all the time due to their weak immune system, even in their own environments; so it's likely that, yes, Quarians may literally eat, sleep, bathe and even... [[BringMyBrownPants Well, you know]]... In their armor. ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''' shows that they can also drink alcohol through their armor. Very carefully. Using an Emergency Induction Port.[[note]][[ExpospeakGag That's a straw]][[/note]]

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** In Mass Effect 2 it's revealed that ''all'' Quarians have to wear armor all the time due to their weak immune system, even in their own environments; so it's likely that, yes, Quarians may literally eat, sleep, bathe and even... [[BringMyBrownPants Well, you know]]... In their armor.armor, which Tali uses to troll Liara at one point. ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''' shows that they can also drink alcohol through their armor. Very carefully. Using an Emergency Induction Port.[[note]][[ExpospeakGag That's a straw]][[/note]]


* In ''Manga/DragonHalf'', little Pia's parents told her never to take off her armor. She never does, [[YouFailLogicForever not even when diving into a lake]]. Needless to say, she didn't float.

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* In ''Manga/DragonHalf'', little Pia's parents told her never to take off her armor. She never does, [[YouFailLogicForever [[LogicalFallacies not even when diving into a lake]]. Needless to say, she didn't float.


In RealLife, while armor was not as unreasonably stiff or heavy as in popular myth, wearing it for extended periods was far from comfortable. It took time (and in many cases, assistance) to don and remove, and the bulk or stiffness of certain armors restricted one's range of motion to varying degrees. It could get very hot and sweaty, especially when incorporating a helmet and/or significant padding. Meanwhile, metal parts would become painfully hot or cold to the touch depending on whether you were under scorching sun or in freezing temperatures. Rust was a constant threat to iron or steel armor in the days before stainless steel, so it had to be regularly polished. If you did that right, then protective oil from your greasy mail haubergon would tend to stain you and your clothes. Leather or textile components--including the arming clothes underneath--could soak up sweat or water and begin to stink. In battle, it could become extremely unhygienic: in addition to sweat, people bled inside their armor, and possibly [[PottyFailure relieved themselves]], both because you can't take bathroom breaks in the midst of battle and because sudden terror can *ahem* [[BringMyBrownPants loosen the bowels]]. Armor could be deformed or pierced by a mace, axe, polearm, or hammer, causing serious injuries for the wearer and requiring that it be removed for medical treatment.

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In RealLife, while armor was not as unreasonably stiff or heavy or inflexible as in popular myth, wearing it for extended periods was far from comfortable. It took time (and in many cases, assistance) to don and remove, and the bulk or stiffness of certain armors restricted one's range of motion to varying degrees.a greater or lesser degree. It could be noisy, what with the clattering of plates and jingling of mail. The weight would tax one's endurance and make one's neck and shoulders hurt after a long time. It could get very hot and sweaty, especially when incorporating a helmet and/or significant padding. Meanwhile, metal parts would become painfully hot or cold to the touch depending on whether you were under scorching sun or in freezing temperatures. Rust was a constant threat to iron or steel armor in the days before stainless steel, so it had to be regularly polished. If you did that right, then protective oil from your greasy mail haubergon would tend to stain you and your clothes. Leather or textile components--including the arming clothes underneath--could soak up sweat or water and begin to stink. In battle, it could become extremely unhygienic: in addition to sweat, people bled inside their armor, and possibly [[PottyFailure relieved themselves]], both because you can't take bathroom breaks in the midst of battle and because sudden terror can *ahem* [[BringMyBrownPants loosen the bowels]]. Armor could be deformed or pierced by a mace, axe, polearm, or hammer, causing serious injuries for the wearer. In that case the affected pieces would have to be stripped off the wearer and requiring that it be removed for medical treatment.on the way to the surgeon's tent.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': The Amazon Aella is always wearing her armor even when other guards are in more casual dress.

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* Fanfic/ABrighterDark
** During the previous war Nohrian boarder guards remained in their armor for long periods in case of an attack. This ceased after Mikoto created the barrier and the threat of Hoshdian attacks stopped.
** Silas wears his armor at practically all times, a habit Benny theorizes he developed from always being on the road and in danger of bandits or animal attacks during his knight training.


** The berserker armor turns Guts into a humanoid blender when it becomes active and when it's in "sleep mode" it helps numbing the pain he has to live with because of the many, MANY injuries he took. Still it's wiser not to wear the thing all the time because it is cursed and it slowly eats away Guts' humanity.


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** Griffith hasn't been shown without armor since his incarnation. He doesn't wear his helmet when not in battle, and was seen without his gauntlets once, but that's it.


** The berserker armor turns Guts into a humanoid blender when it becomes active and when it's in "sleep mode" it helps numbing the pain he has to live with because of the many, MANY injuries he took. Still it's wiser not to wear the thing all the time because it is cursed and it slowly eats away Guts' humanity...Unfortunately, removing it for too long isn't an option either. When Slan of the Godhand slashed him across the chest, she inflicted a permanent wound on his soul as well. The berserker armor's power is the only thing keeping the wound from killing him.

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** The berserker armor turns Guts into a humanoid blender when it becomes active and when it's in "sleep mode" it helps numbing the pain he has to live with because of the many, MANY injuries he took. Still it's wiser not to wear the thing all the time because it is cursed and it slowly eats away Guts' humanity...Unfortunately, removing it for too long isn't an option either. When Slan of the Godhand slashed him across the chest, she inflicted a permanent wound on his soul as well. The berserker armor's power is the only thing keeping the wound from killing him.humanity.


* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate almost constantly wore her Barrier Jacket even outside of combat and only ever dematerialised her gloves and cape when not fighting. This is used to show how single minded she was in capturing Jewel Seeds and the fact that, at the time, she was little better then a ChildSoldier. It's not surprising that, after her HeelFaceTurn, Fate is shown wearing causal clothing.

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate almost constantly wore her Barrier Jacket even outside of combat and only ever dematerialised her gloves and cape when not fighting. This is used to show how single minded she was in capturing Jewel Seeds and the fact that, at the time, she was little better then than a ChildSoldier. It's not surprising that, after her HeelFaceTurn, Fate is shown wearing causal clothing.casual clothing when not wearing her school or TSAB uniforms.


** Played straight by almost all the inhabitants of the Sanctuary, who wear leather armor usually composed by a protection for the chest (usually only the left side) and both shoulders, plus often a helmet. The only known exceptions are Aiolia and Aiolos, who wear a protection for the entire chest with metal shoulders, Shaina and Marin, who wear {{Chainmail Bikini}}s, the Pope (or those impersonating him), who wear cerimonial robes that in all versions include a CoolHelmet and in one armored shoulder pads (and ''may'' hide some other armor worn under it), Phaeton, who wears what may be a Cloth or just some very decorative metal armor, and minister Gigars, [[Manga/SaintSeiyaEpisodeG Lithos Crysallis and Garan]], who don't wear any-the rule seems to be that warriors must be armored at all times (Gigars was a minister and Lithos and Garan are servants. As for the Pope he's ''always'' a former Saint, either a Gold Saint or the Altar Silver Saint filling in). {{Justified}} because the armor, being so minimalistic and made of leather, is pretty comfortable to wear-and anyway, when even the common soldiers [[TrainingFromHell survived Saint training without crippling damage]], they're all [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower far too strong and tough for even full plate to be a hindrance]].

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** Played straight by almost all the inhabitants of the Sanctuary, who wear leather armor usually composed by a protection for the chest (usually only the left side) and both shoulders, plus often a helmet.helmet, with metallic armors being reserved for special jobs outside the Sanctuary. The only known exceptions are Aiolia and Aiolos, who wear a protection for the entire chest with metal shoulders, Shaina and Marin, who wear {{Chainmail Bikini}}s, the Pope (or those impersonating him), who wear cerimonial robes that in all versions include a CoolHelmet and in one armored shoulder pads (and ''may'' hide some other armor worn under it), Phaeton, who wears what may be a Cloth or just some very decorative metal armor, and minister Gigars, [[Manga/SaintSeiyaEpisodeG Lithos Crysallis and Garan]], who don't wear any-the rule seems to be that warriors must be armored at all times (Gigars was a minister and Lithos and Garan are servants. As for the Pope he's ''always'' a former Saint, either a Gold Saint or the Altar Silver Saint filling in). {{Justified}} because the armor, being so minimalistic and made of leather, is pretty comfortable to wear-and anyway, when even the common soldiers [[TrainingFromHell survived Saint training without crippling damage]], they're all [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower far too strong and tough for even full plate to be a hindrance]].hindrance]], with the only armor the Sanctuary's troopers ever actually needed being the faceplates on the helmets of some troopers deployed to Siberia... As they needed to protect themselves from ''snow glare''.


* In ''ComicBook/TopTen: The Forty Niners'', Steelgauntlet claims he never, ever removes his armor because he's hideously disfigured underneath. In reality, [[spoiler:he's actually a robot, possibly the very first to possess full sentience, masquerading as a human to avoid the common anti-robot prejudice of the time.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/TopTen: The Forty Niners'', Steelgauntlet claims he is said to never, ever removes remove his armor because he's hideously disfigured underneath. bulky PoweredArmor due to disfiguring burns he received in an explosion. In reality, [[spoiler:he's actually a robot, possibly the very first to possess full sentience, masquerading as a human to avoid the common [[FantasticRacism anti-robot prejudice prejudice]] of the time.]]

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