lakingsif on Jul 18th 2017 at 4:12:17 PM
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lakingsif on Oct 8th 2017 at 9:10:25 AM
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a.k.a. Boss Ass Bitch
Many important people wear suits and, unremarkably, some of them are women. They are cool, calm, and certain. Unflappable in business and lunch meetings, they will not take any man's trash talk. This woman is a badass just from the aura she presents, this aura radiating from her power suit. Of course it isn't the suit that gives her power, but it sure doesn't harm the image she's trying to project that she is not to be messed with. On a man's chess board, she's captured the king.
This trope is for the powerful women demonstrating their prowess through an equally powerful suit.
Bonus points if their sheer presence intimidates men of a similar position.
Note that with the outdated image of actual '80s "power suits" — unflattering bulky tweed things with massive shoulder pads — the power suit referred to here will be a much more slim-lined, definitely fitted, and quite modern pantsuit, maybe even erring on the side of the traditionally masculine. Whilst characters in the shoulder-padded suits could be examples, it is dependant on how the work presents it: as these were typical office attire for any and all women of the period, to qualify it would require the distinctly powerful woman to be wearing a power suit and for no other woman in the work to wear one.
Compare Power Hair, likely to be paired with this.
See also Badass in a Nice Suit (which this woman could be), about kicking ass in an awesome suit.
Anime and Manga
- Integra Hellsing from Hellsing is in charge of a large paramilitary vampire-hunting organization, and is rarely seen wearing anything but a formal suit. She is also a Cigar Chomper and prefers to be addressed with "sir".
- Worm: Contessa qualifies; she is typically described as a "mysterious unnaturally competent woman in a suit".
- Dynasty could well have the trendsetters for the intimidating powersuits with big shoulderpads, Alexis the most, whenever they run the Denver oil company.
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show can be considered to have championed the powersuit, albeit 70s style, as Mary Tyler Moore was an icon for not just womens lib, but also to the emerging women at the workplace.
- Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation, who treats her job with the utmost seriousness, is always wearing a very professional suit. The only other member of the Parks and Rec department to wear a suit regularly is Tom, but even then he is constantly dishevelled. Leslie is trying to show that she is in charge here and has things handled.
- Supergirl: Alex Danvers, Kara's elder sister, swaps out her secret agent tactical gear for a fitted suit in some occasions. These are typically when presenting the public front of her secret service employer, looking both more professional than in a catsuit as well as commanding awe. The other occasions when she wears one are in situations where she is also putting herself in power, compared to when she wears a dress in occasions of letting go of control.
- In Pokémon Sun and Moon, a now-adult Anabel from Emerald is the a leader of an International Police agency to confront the Ultra Beasts, and she wears a very nice suit.
- Hark! A Vagrant:
- Parodied with Businesswoman wearing a suit with enormous shoulder pads, and having to choose in the morning between it or another suit with even larger ones.
- America is jealous of Murphy Brown's wicked shoulder pads.
- Spacetrawler has Joyce Evans, the no-nonsense CEO of a company named after herself. She's abducted by aliens as she's leaving the office, so she's yet to change out of her business suit. And she quickly proves herself much more competent than Nogg (the alien who abducted her) and becomes the de facto leader of his crew.
- Parodied on the Gravity Falls episode "Boss Mabel". When Mabel fills in for Grunkle Stan as boss of the Mystery Shack, she wears an adult-sized business suit with oversized shoulder pads.
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