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A suit that protects bystanders from the wearer's powers.

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Proposed By:
KZN02 on Oct 3rd 2017 at 9:54:14 PM
Last Edited By:
KZN02 on Oct 22nd 2017 at 11:27:06 AM
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Some powers cause their users to become too dangerous to be in the vicinity. Instead of others wearing Hazmat Suits or other fantastic protection, the person with the dangerous power wears a suit to prevent affecting others. Said suit may also function as a Power Limiter or Powered Armor to help control that power.

Clothing Damage is an issue for the user to be aware of.

The suit may also serve a variant of Sealed Evil in a Can or Sealed Good in a Can.

Might be a wardrobe choice for a Walking Wasteland, Poisonous Person, Nuclear Nasty, or someone suffering from Power Incontinence. Contrast Phlebotinum-Handling Equipment.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • The 1940's superhero The Human Bomb had the power to blow up anything he touched. He wore an asbestos suit to keep his powers in check.
  • Doom Patrol: Negative Man needs to wear special bandages over his body to contain his radiation from affecting others.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes has Wildfire, whose body is all energy. The suit is to protect others from his energy but also to prevent him from dissipating.
  • In Avengers Academy, Hazmat constantly emits harmful radiation from her body. As a result, she is forced to wear a protective suit at all times when around others. The suit is not simply meant for containment, however, as it allows her to focus her radiation into energy bolts and other forms.
  • X-Men
    • Cyclops wears special glasses and visors to prevent his Eye Beams from firing out all the time.
    • Rogue, whose ability/memory/draining powers activate on skin contact, has to wear gloves to avoid affecting people. On the other hand, Clothing Damage is a much bigger issue for her.

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  • Frozen: Subverted; Elsa wears gloves during her coronation ceremony to prevent her ice powers from inadvertedly working. Later, Hans puts her hands in metal shackles/"gloves" seemingly to prevent her using her ice powers. But her powers easily work through the metal and blast it away, which in hindsight makes it clear the gloves never really contained her powers either and were purely a psychological thing for Elsa.

Tabletop Games

  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The ethergaunts are Humanoid Abominations who wear featureless masks because their faces, "a horrifically alien morass of facial organs and orifices", are Brown Notes that can break the minds of anything that sees them.
    • Pale Night, the Mother of Demons, is an unspeakably ancient evil deity who appears as an alluring female shape wrapped in wispy strands of pale white fabric. However, what appears to be "fabric" is actually the reality itself rejecting Pale Night's true form and attempting to conceal it, as any normal being who witnesses it either goes mad or dies on the spot. In other words, the reality itself creates a containment suit around the deity, which she can, however, lower at will to punish mortals.
  • Warhammer 40K: There's a Chaos Space Marine that's essentially Nurgle's Rot in human form, who wears his armor less to protect from damage and more to avoid destroying the environment when surrounded by allies, and only has to remove his helmet and breath out to unleash his miasmas.

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • In Justice League Unlimited, Captain Atom is composed entirely of unconstrained nuclear energy, so he has to wear a humanoid full-body suit to contain it and to protect those around him from harmful radiation on the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: N.R.G. and the alien he was sampled from, P'andor, wear armor to contain their radiation powers. While P'andor's suit was sealed and required help to break himself out, N.R.G. can open his own suit at will.

Feedback: 29 replies

Oct 4th 2017 at 7:08:37 AM

The suit may be a form of Powered Armor as well. You might want to check that page for more examples of this trope.

Oct 4th 2017 at 5:44:01 PM

Might be a wardrobe choice for a Walking Wasteland, Poisonous Person, Nuclear Nasty, or someone suffering from Power Incontinence.

Oct 4th 2017 at 6:00:26 PM

  • Legion Of Super Heroes has Wildfire, whose body is all energy. The suit is to protect others from his energy but also to prevent him from dissipating.
  • Film/{Hellboy} has someone similar but I don't remember enough to describe it. Anybody??

Oct 4th 2017 at 7:32:05 PM

  • In Avengers Academy, Hazmat constantly emits harmful radiation from her body. As a result, she is forced to wear a protective suit at all times when around others. The suit is not simply meant for containment, however, as it allows her to focus her radiation into energy bolts and other forms.

Oct 4th 2017 at 8:28:54 PM

  • Warhammer 40 K: There's a Chaos Space Marine that's essentially Nurgle's Rot in human form, who wears his armor less to protect from damage and more to avoid destroying the environment when surrounded by allies, and only has to remove his helmet and breath out to unleash his miasmas.
  • Downplayed with X Men's Rogue, whose ability/memory/draining powers activate on skin contact, all she has to do is wear gloves to avoid affecting people. On the other hand, Clothing Damage is a much bigger issue for her.

Oct 5th 2017 at 2:31:54 AM

  • In Justice League Unlimited, Captain Atom is composed entirely of unconstrained nuclear energy, so he has to wear a humanoid full-body suit to contain it and to protect those around him from harmful radiation on the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Oct 6th 2017 at 8:32:40 AM

I'm not familiar with the X Men, but I read somewhere that Cyclops is constantly shooting laser beams off his eyes and needs a visor to block them.

Oct 6th 2017 at 3:50:49 PM

I guess this is looking good. Still may need to discuss the name. Any suggestions?

Oct 6th 2017 at 5:43:22 PM

My vote is still on Power Containment Suit.

Also, I feel that this could use a bit more examples before it's launched.

Oct 6th 2017 at 5:47:46 PM

The 1940's superhero The Human Bomb had the power to blow up anything he touched. He wore an asbestos suit to keep his powers in check.

Oct 10th 2017 at 5:52:06 PM

Oct 11th 2017 at 2:41:37 PM

I had Self-Containment Suit earlier, so I guess that works better.

Oct 11th 2017 at 11:14:09 PM

I'm not sure I like the Containment version here, since to me it implies the person itself needs to be contained, not simply their powers, and Power Containment Suit sounds a little clunky. I like the proposed Reverse Hazmat Suit better.

Checking the examples, there are a few ones that are not necessarily whole suits. It's possible that including the suit term provides a bias against finding more examples like Cyclops, but I'm drawing a blank on any possible alternative names.

Oct 12th 2017 at 4:43:31 AM

^ A title must not reflect all of the examples, just the most common ones. The rest will be covered by the Tropes Are Flexible rule.

@OP: If you're having trouble deciding on the final title, you can always start a title crowner and let the community decide directly.

Oct 12th 2017 at 5:37:23 AM

@Koveras: Yes, I'm very aware that Tropes Are Flexible. What I'm concerned about here is not that, but that the very name of a trope will shape the type of examples that are collected.

Oct 12th 2017 at 6:35:46 AM

Containment Costume?

Oct 13th 2017 at 12:55:45 AM

@kjnoren: There is nothing wrong with a title attracting a certain type of examples if it matches the trope's actual definition. As for other types that also match, we'll just have to trust the Troper Hive Mind to think laterally. My experience is that it is quite good at it. :-)

Oct 15th 2017 at 6:24:34 AM

@OP: You can put "(title crowner)" into the working title so people would know you want them to vote..

Oct 15th 2017 at 3:44:30 PM

"The suit is to protect you from me" so maybe "reverse armor"?

Oct 16th 2017 at 12:54:33 AM

  • Dungeons And Dragons
    • Pale Night, the Mother of Demons, is an unspeakably ancient evil deity who appears as an alluring female shape wrapped in wispy strands of pale white fabric. However, what appears to be "fabric" is actually the reality itself rejecting Pale Night's true form and attempting to conceal it, as any normal being who witnesses it either goes mad or dies on the spot. In other words, the reality itself creates a containment suit around the deity, which she can, however, lower at will to punish mortals.

Oct 17th 2017 at 6:30:05 AM

Been a few days, but it looks like Containment Suit has the most votes currently, though not much voters have been involved.

Oct 17th 2017 at 7:16:16 AM

I like Containment Suit, except that colloquially, "containment suit" gets used for "just plain hazmat suit."

Oct 17th 2017 at 3:21:07 PM

True, given that Cyclops is cited for his special eyewear. "Suit" is too specific to a full body outfit than just a single article of clothing.

Oct 18th 2017 at 6:29:40 AM

Sounds better, I like it.

Oct 19th 2017 at 3:30:38 AM

Western Animation

Frozen: Subverted. Elsa wears gloves during her coronation ceremony to prevent her ice powers from inadvertedly working. Later, Hans puts her hands in metal shackles/"gloves" seemingly to prevent her using her ice powers. But her powers easily work through the metal and blast it away, which in hindsight makes it clear the gloves never really contained her powers either and were purely a psychological thing for Elsa.

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