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"Finger himself had said that Batman had been an idea of Bob Kane's, but the original ideas for the character were quite different. He only had a domino mask, red tights, no gloves, and bat-like wings instead of a cape."
Linkara reviewing "Detective Comics #27," the first appearance of Batman

Often works will show that certain outfits, from Superhero costumes to military uniforms, have some prototype forms before one is finally chosen. The look and utilities will need to be hammered out. There could be practical reasons (the wrong color(s) are used for camouflage), or the reasons could be aesthetic (the early outfit(s) are considered Impossibly Tacky Clothes). Once those issues are solved, the final results may become an Iconic Outfit.

How the costume is developed could involve characters looking at models and sketches while debating the merits of the outfit. Or there could be a montage of the outfits. The latter is more likely to show up when this trope is Played for Laughs.

Often the unfinished outfits will vary wildly from the final design, and each other, even when they all have a common element.

These even apply to character designs when a work is being planned, as a form of What Could Have Been.

A Sister Trope to Costume Evolution (finished costumes still change over time), Costume-Test Montage (when different clothes are tried on, but are usually finished clothes). Often, when a long-running series gets rebooted or adapted to a different medium, a costume or costumes from earlier eras might be used as the Beta Outfit(s) as a Mythology Gag.

See also Cheap Costume (a barely working outfit is thrown on at the last minute). It may intersect with an Early-Installment Weirdness, when it's the creators the ones hammering out a design used in the pilot or first few episodes, or an Iconic Attribute Adoption Moment, if the work is an adaptation and the character wears the Beta Outfit before eventually switching to their more well-known appearance from the source material.

Not to be confused with Your Costume Needs Work (when a proper costume is mistaken for Cosplay).


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    Anime and Manga 
  • My Hero Academia centers around a Superhero School, so naturally the students modify and upgrade their costumes over time to better synergize with their abilities, cover for weaknesses, etc. To give just one example, protagonist Izuku Midoriya's costume is initially a fairly basic jumpsuit based off of sketches he made when he was younger; after his powers threaten to cripple his arms permanently, he switches over to a kick-based fighting style and adds metal soles to his shoes (as well as supporters on his arms just in case), and later still he's given gauntlets that focus the power of his concussive air blasts. However, the overall design generally stays the same, since the original suit was a graduation gift from his mother and thus it has sentimental value.
  • Before adopting his Great Saiyaman persona, Gohan from Dragon Ball Z originally saved people in Satan City as The Golden Avenger, which differed from his GS look quite a bit: it had neither a mask nor a cape or any sort, and was basically Gohan in his normal school uniform going Super Saiyan.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • In Batman: Year One, Bruce Wayne's first night out fighting crime had him dress in street clothes, only with a huge scar on his face, applied with makeup, to disguise himself. It goes horribly wrong.
    • Batman's outfit in Batman: Zero Year is cobbled together, including purple gloves as a Mythology Gag to their original color.
    • The Joker's flashback in The Killing Joke shows Batman with a wing-like cape and long-eared cowl more akin to his original 1930s appearance.
    • Batman: Knight Gallery is basically Bruce Wayne's sketchbook of failed costume designs and his musings on each one.
  • The Flash: The "Year One" storyline has Barry working on his outfit as the Flash. It's not until the end of the storyline he manages to get all the way up to the Flash suit.
  • Iron Man: The initial Iron Man armor is a huge, bulky thing, thanks to having been made in a hurry with what few supplies Tony Stark's captors had to hand. After getting back to the U.S., Tony initially swaps to a still-bulky gold number. It took several issues more for Tony to reach the iconic red and gold his armor is known for.
    • The first suit Tony built after he got out of the gutter and lost his original company to Obadiah Stane, resembled his original gray suit and was about as bulky, but had many internal improvements that would be incorporated into the Silver Centurion armor. It was never intended to be used as a combat suit, however, so the older red-and-gold suit still outclassed it in offensive power and flight speed.
  • Spider-Man: In Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-Man wore an improvised Professional Wrestling outfit to participate in an amateur wrestling match. Various Alternate Continuity retellings of the origin have their own spins on the improvised outfit. In the Lee-Ditko run of The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) he makes the classic Spider-Man suit himself after signing up to be on television, while in Ultimate Spider-Man and other retellings his first real Spider-Man suit is provided by the company (though in Ultimate, it comes without the web pattern. Peter adds that after he starts being Spidey). Spider-Man: With Great Power even shows many variations of his Spider-Man suit before settling on the classic one.
    • Miles Morales' first "outfit" is a store-bought knock-off of Peter's usual Spider-Man costume, until he's found by S.H.I.E.L.D., who provide him with his black and red costume.
  • Superman:
    • The New 52 reboot gave Superman two main costumes. The first was a regular T-shirt and jeans worn with his Kryptonian cape, which featured in the first arc of Action Comics. It was later replaced by Kryptonian armor.
    • The Alternate Continuity Superman: American Alien by Max Landis has Clark's first superhero outfit include an aviator helmet with goggles (to hide his face and keep bugs out of his eyes), a bulletproof vest (to hide his invulnerability), and one of Batman's capes (left behind after an altercation).
  • Superman & Batman: Generations, an Alternate Continuity Generational Saga, had Clark and Bruce dressed in their 1930s costumes in the actual 1930s, then adjusting their appearances through the decades which are copied by their successors.
  • Wonder Woman: The Alternate Continuity The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016) has Diana's first superhero outfit consist of her undergarments under the magical items her mother gave her under the outerwear of a US Army field kit including the helmet with an open jacket. This outfit configuration only lasts for one outing and Etta Candy designs her red and blue Wonder Woman suit when she gets back.

    Fan Works 
  • In Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton, Asuka’s first superhero costume was a trial-and-error design based on Power Girl's costume. After a while she replaced it with her definitive Supergirl outfit.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Izuku purchases a Spider-Man costume to psych himself up for training much like Miles before him. He realizes too late that the costume doesn't fit him well thanks to his new muscles. He can't zip up the back, the gloves and boot portions are too small to wear, and it's uncomfortably tight around his crotch and rear. Peter struggles not to laugh at the sight of it and Izuku gets rashes from wearing it without using baby powder to avoid chafing.

    Films — Animation 
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm shows Bruce Wayne's first shot at an "intimidating" costume for fighting crime, a cape-less ninja inspired outfit, which causes more shrugs than fear. It is only after a lot of additional trauma and brooding that he comes up with the bat theming and cowl in his last flashback.
  • In Incredibles 2, Jack-Jack's superhero outfit is just a domino mask and a onesie without the Incredibles logo, unlike the rest of his family.
  • In Minions, Scarlet Overkill never really got over her Princess Phase, and kept a childhood drawing of what she always wanted to look like as one. When she finally gets the chance, through a scheme involving becoming Queen of England, a stylist makes the mistake of treating her drawing like this (at least the hair she drew). She does not take this well.
  • In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales' first costume is literally a store-bought Spider-Man Halloween costume, complete with holes for eyes and visible laces in the back. He upgrades to a higher-quality hand-me-down from Peter via Aunt May spray-painted in his preferred color scheme near the climax.
  • Superman: Man of Tomorrow: Clark Kent's Beta Outfit is a vintage aviator's uniform and goggles. He then tries to tie a red blanket around his neck and likes the look, but the blanket falls off the moment he zooms into the air. Then the rest of his outfit gets burned off during his fight with Lobo, leaving Superman exposed to the world (literally), so his parents wear out several bandsaws cutting and sewing the alien material used in the blanket Clark was wrapped in as a baby, to make his classic Superman outfit.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy:
    • In Batman Begins, Bruce starts out with an armored ninja costume from the League of Shadows. He then modifies advanced R&D military armor into a Mission Impossible-style burglar outfit, before adding armored gauntlets from the ninja outfit and settling on the bat motif with an armored cowl and cape that facilitates limited flight.
    • In The Dark Knight, the batsuit is updated again with segmented pieces laid over a knit undersuit that allowed for more mobility. This one had purpose both in and out of universe: the previous costume was so stiff and bulky around the neck that Batman/Bale had to turn his shoulders to look at something not in front of him. Michael Keaton had the same problem in the Tim Burton Batman films.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man: Tony Stark's first Iron Man suit, the Mark 1, was built in a cave with a box of scraps. It's big and bulky due to both being a mechanical prototype, and as a nod to the original Iron Man suit in the comics. After getting back to the city he gets to work prototyping parts for what will eventually become the silver-colored Mark 2, before settling on Mark 3's coloration with gold-titanium alloy casing with red highlights, which becomes the coloration of the vast majority of other suits he most often uses. Mark 2 (basically the flight prototype) eventually becomes the basis for Rhodey's War Machine suit.
      • The Iron Man program as a whole is a Perpetual Beta Outfit, as Tony is constantly improving and refining the suits. The Mark 85, his suit in Endgame, is Tony's 13th general-purpose suit shown on screen. Including all the specialized suits (e.g. The Suitcase Armour (Mk V), 'Hulkbuster' (Mk XLIV) and 'Bones' (Mk XLI) suits), Endgame features the Mark 85 version of the suit, the final iteration.
    • Captain America: The First Avenger: Steve starts out in a just-for-show propaganda costume, and when he runs off on a real mission he augments it with actual military gear, including a stage helmet that just happens to be the right color and have an "A" on the forehead. It's only after he gets back that he gets his first for-real combat costume. This is in turn replaced in The Avengers (2012) with a modernized outfit.
    • Captain America: Civil War's Spider-Man initially uses a very simple homemade outfit and modified welding goggles to cope with sensory overload, and if not for Tony Stark's assistance equipping him with the more familiar superhero suit, he probably would have stayed in that costume for quite a while — he works on a shoestring budget, after all. Though he did develop his own web shooters. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, he's forced to don the sweatsuit outfit again after Stark takes away the advanced suit. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter's journey to becoming a full-fledged superhero is marked by donning a new black and red suit. Then at the conclusion of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Peter creates a new homemade suit that faithfully adapts the classic red and blue costume.
  • In The Meteor Man Jefferson tries a number of outfits before settling on a superheroic variation of Space Clothes. One of the early outfits had a Polaroid camera on he shoulder to catch bad guys in the act.
  • In RoboCop (2014) several designs are shown for the suit (including a silver "heavy armor" version that resembles the original 1987 design) before the company settles on the sleek, black design. He goes back to silver at the end.
  • In Santa Claus: The Movie the elves make his suit, but Mrs. Claus doesn't think green works. When red is suggested, everyone is enthusiastic, as it goes with Santa's rosy cheeks.
  • In Spider-Man, Peter Parker starts off with a red balaclava, a bulky red sweater with a spider symbol on it, gloves and blue jogging pants with a red stripe for a wrestling match before making his Spider-Man suit.
  • In The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter dons a red cloth mask with sunglasses, a black wool cap, and a black jacket and jeans when he starts out as a vigilante, and only later creates the Spider-Man suit.
  • The titular Merc with a Mouth in Deadpool (2016) starts his Roaring Rampage of Revenge with a white ski-mask and hoodie, then moves to a red costume after realizing he's regularly bleeding all over his clothes, then to the final spandex number when he realizes no-one can hear what the hell he's saying through a thick ski-mask colored in sharpie.
  • Brightburn: Played for Horror with Brandon's home-made outfit. It's a red cloak and balaclava with the front stitched shut.
  • Saw: While the point at which he switched to the iconic sinister pig mask (alongside the implementation of the red and black robes) seems to have been very early, if Jigsaw is any indication, Jigsaw wore a cheerful-looking Chinese Year of the Pig mask for his first abduction, as seen in a flashback from Saw IV.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020):
    • Sonic uses grungy used sneakers to run around in for most of the movie, but gets his trademark red and white sneakers later on.
    • Doctor Robotnik wears a black Badass Longcoat with some red striping for most of the movie, but puts on a more classic red "flight suit" for the climax.
  • In Joker (2019), Arthur Fleck's Start of Darkness begins when he wears a cheap clown suit, green wig, and makeup. He spends the climax wearing a red suit, green hair dye, and more elaborate paint, but he still doesn't have the purple suit or bleached skin of the comics' Joker.
  • In Catwoman (2004), prior to her receiving her infamous dominatrix-esque costume, Patience's first night out following her "rebirth" has her wearing a simple black leather jacket and black pants, and when she becomes spurred into her first robbery, she swipes and puts on a simple black masquerade mask. Funnily enough, despite containing no expected cat motifs, this ends up being more accurate to comic book Catwoman and her proclivity for Spy Catsuits than the Stripperiffic garb the film ends up settling on.

    Live-Action TV  
  • On Lois & Clark, Clark goes through a similar set of trial costumes (with and without masks and hats), but the S-shield isn't added until the end. Ma Kent jokes that the underwear means that nobody will be looking at his face. At one point he even puts on what is obviously a Captain America costume (at least the bodysuit portion), but using a Superman color scheme.
  • In the final seasons of Smallville, Clark uses three Civvie Spandex costumes as "the Blur": a red jacket with a blue shirt and jeans, then an all black outfit with a longcoat and the S-Shield, followed another outfit of a red leather jacket with the S-Shield over a blue shirt and dark pants, before finally wearing the Superman suit in the finale.
  • Arrow:
    • Oliver's first "Hood" outfit could be considered a prototype costume, where it only consists of his old mentor's green hood and face paint. His costume gets upgraded throughout the series, with a Domino Mask and more protective gear added to it, especially when his friends from STAR Labs get involved in designing them.
    • When Roy Harper first joined Oliver in vigilante duty, he just wore a normal red hoodie, but got given a red Domino Mask in the season 2 finale. He later gets an official suit in season 3.
    • John Diggle spends the first 3 seasons wearing only civilian clothes with an occasional balaclava. In season 4 he's given a helmet with a V-shaped visor and a protective suit, along with the codename "Spartan".
  • The pilot for Supergirl has Kara and Wynn trying to make a proper outfit for Supergirl. Wynn first makes her a skimpy hot pants outfit similar to the controversial comics costume from the mid-2000s, which Kara immediately rejects. Then she goes for a Minidress of Power similar to the Silver Age comics Supergirl, and later finalizes it with the cape, boots, and Chest Insignia. Yet all those outfits still include the colors Superman uses.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Daredevil:
      • Matt Murdock spends most of the first season in a utilitarian, ninja-like outfit which includes a mask without eyeholes, highlighting his blindness. (This outfit is inspired by his early outfit in the "Man Without Fear" storyline) After serious injuries in several of his fights lead him to realize that he is too vulnerable in this outfit and inspired by his new nickname, "The Devil of Hell's Kitchen," he eventually gets Melvin Potter to build him a red and black suit of body armor and a red, horned helmet, in time for his final showdown with Wilson Fisk. A flashback in "Nelson v. Murdock" reveals that Matt had an even cruder outfit before the ninja look, which basically consisted of some dark, baggy clothes and a blindfold. Early in season 2, Melvin builds Matt a new helmet to replace the original one after it's damaged in a fight with Frank. After narrowly avoiding being killed in The Defenders during his climactic fight with Elektra under Midland Circle, he's brought to St. Agnes, where the nuns have to cut the suit off to get him out of it. This, combined with Fisk forcing Melvin to build a red Daredevil suit for Dex, means Matt has to spend season 3 fighting in another black ninja costume.
      • Elektra Natchios starts out with a black vest and pants and a red scarf for her face, and then in the season 2 finale, Melvin tailors a more ninja-esque red and black outfit for her. Then in The Defenders, she gets an updated version of her iconic comics costume as a reward for completing her Hand training under Alexandra's close eye, and sports a pair of katanas instead of sais. After encounters with Matt and Stick cause her to regain her old memories, she reverts back to her sais.
    • The Punisher: Frank Castle wears a black tactical outfit for the first four and last four episodes of Daredevil season 2, but only gets his signature skull spray-painted onto his chest armor in the last few episodes, which he then carries over into the first episode of his own show. He ditches the skull after wiping out the last of the Kitchen Irish. He eventually once again spray-paints a skull onto his vest before facing off against 30 of Billy Russo's henchmen in David's hacker den.
    • Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan starts out in a Captain Marvel cosplay that she created for AvengerCon. Over the course of the series, she slowly builds to her iconic suit: first, Bruno gives her a Domino Mask to replace the Captain Marvel helmet. Kareem gives her a red scarf when she's made an honourary member of the Red Daggers. Finally, Kamala's necklace gets broken in a scuffle and resembles a lightning bolt, which inspires her mother to add a lightning bolt emblem to the suit she makes for her.
  • Doctor Who has an interesting example. Whenever the Doctor regenerates, the Iconic Outfit of the previous incarnation of the character becomes the Beta Outfit of the new incarnation, who usually spends the first episode of their tenure in their old clothes before getting their defining Iconic Outfit.
  • Gotham is a prequel series to the Batman mythos and naturally shows quite a bit of how Bruce Wayne will eventually become Batman. He starts off running around Gotham with a young Selina Kyle in basically just street clothes, but as the series goes along he adopts a more Batman-like ensemble, minus the bat motif. In particular, he's basically just a nameless masked vigilante starting in the final episode of Season 3 and builds on that with an all-black outfit, particular a long coat, over the next two seasons up until the end of the No Man's Land arc, when he joins Gordon and others in confronting those trying to destroy Gotham and everyone in it in basically a prototype Batsuit, pretty much only missing the iconic cowl. In the series finale, "The Beginning," he finally appears in a proper Batsuit—cape, cowl, armor, ears, and gadgets to match—and has started his one-man war on crime.
  • The Mandalorian: The first season begins with the title character wearing a set of battered, red-brown armor and his trademark beskar helmet. In the second episode the armor gets completely trashed in a fight with a mudhorn. Luckily in the third episode he receives a large amount of beskar as payment which he has made into an almost complete set of new armor that he wears for the rest of the series.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: The helmets of older Space Marine suits of Power Armor had a distinct beak shape (known as Corvus-pattern armor officially, and as "beakies" to fans and orks). Receiving one of these suits to wear is a great honor, as they've been in the Chapter for centuries and have advanced auto-senses compared to the successor Aquila armor. As the Horus Heresy line was expanded, new models for the older marks of armor were introduced (such as Mark III "Iron" armor with more pronounced ridges as a Great Helm-style helmet) which are equally as rare as the Corvus armor.

    Video Games 
  • The various heroes and villains in Avengers Academy start out with what can be considered Alpha Outfits; civilian clothing with elements of their hero identity. Upgrading them a few times will change them to Beta Outfits with more elaborate gear, and upgrading them all the way will give them their full superhero outfit. Oddly, War Machine's second outfit actually looks like the finished War Machine armor, while his third resembles the Hulkbuster more than any of the War Machine armors.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins has the Initiation DLC, which features an alternate costume for Batman dubbed "Vigilante Bruce Wayne." Ostensibly, the Dark Knight wore this function-over-fashion outfit in the earliest days of his career, before he devised the famous Batsuit.
  • In Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet's modern orange-and-green outfit first appeared in Tools of Destruction, but was more muted and brown-looking. It was revised for All 4 One with more vivid colours and different details like the buckle lights, and has become Ratchet's stock clothing on the front of the box with only minor detail revisions since.
  • In Spider-Man (PS4), Peter Parker starts the game in his original iconic Spidey suit. After it gets torn during his fight with The Kingpin, he upgrades to the Advanced Suit, which is more durable, flexible, and designed to better absorb impact. He can also unlock his homemade suit from the MCU and a wrestling outfit from the Ultimate comics, which a wrestling poster reveals was his canon beta outfit.
    • This continues into Spider-Man: Miles Morales, where a number of Miles's costumes are civilian duds mixed with hand-me-down Spider-suit components from Peter. Notable options include his intital "Sportswear" suit (winter clothes worn over a spare Spider-suit), the "Great Responsibility" suit (a gift from Peter as Miles' first high-tech costume, resembling an ill-fitting classic Spidey costume), and the Spider-Training Suit (his normal attire from the first game with a Spider-Man mask, which he wears during The Stinger of The City That Never Sleeps: Silver Lining. The black and red "Classic" suit he finally dons is a collaborative work between Miles and Ganke, as a morale-booster when Miles is left shaken by his first encounter with the Tinkerer.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has a nod in-game to Big Smoke's outfit from earlier in the game's development. On the statue of Smoke in the drug manufacturing factory in East Los Santos you see he's wearing a white jersey and black trousers.
  • In Paladins, Khan's alternate skin, Overlord, is canonically his original, bulkier, steam-powered armor that he wore before his current, advanced armor.
  • Bayek in Assassin's Creed Origins wears his Medjay uniform throughout the main game, heavily modified to protect himself from the harsh conditions of the desert, and would prove to be the basis of the Assassin’s robes for millennia to come. By the The Hidden Ones DLC, he has his own proper set of Assassin robes.
  • Yakuza 0; Kazuma Kiryu starts the game in a black suit, white shirt, and gold chain, which he switches out for a white suit and orange undershirt before finally settling on his iconic grey suit and red undershirt he wears in the rest of the series. Also of notes is that, as the game is a prequel set at the beginning of Kiryu's criminal career, his dragon tattoo is incomplete and only a basic black outline which doesn't get filled in until in between 0 and the original Yakuza.
    • Goro Majima is dressed in a tuxedo and has a thick ponytail for most of the game, due to being ejected from the yakuza and forced to work as a civilian after the failed Ueno Seiwa hit from Yakuza 4. When he's let back in during the epilogue, he changes into his iconic snakeskin jacket, leather pants, and bowl cut to mark the occasion (though he doesn't grow out his goatee until Yakuza 1).

  • In Jupiter-Men, Quintin and Jackie are wearing nothing but sporty civilian wear and a Domino Mask in the How We Got Here scene at the beginning of the comic. As shown by the title card, they eventually get much more developed superhero costumes.
  • In Peter Parker: Foreign Exchange Student, Peter's costume consisted of a sweatervest over a tracksuit with knee and elbow pads. He also had goggles instead of lenses and his mask was considerably less detailed. The author's notes say this was the second edition of his costume, with his current one (his classic look) being the third.
  • Spinnerette's first costume is composed of three store-bought Venom costumes stitched together (well, one costume, plus the arms of two more, really). She changes it after Marvel sends her a Cease and Desist order.
  • Unordinary: Remi's superhero outfit, as made by Blyke in a few hours, is pretty much just a dark tracksuit with an X stitched onto it, a beanie and a surgical mask she drew a cat face on. While Isen berates Blyke for a shoddy job, Remi approves of the "homemade look".
  • Villain to Kill: Cassian's first iteration of dark Villain clothes when he first transforms. Everyone who isn't trying to smack him around or ask him for help comments that the fashion is lame and too plain. He changes it out after a Costume Evolution to his new one.

    Web Original 
  • In Worm the Undersiders start out with basic costumes, with Grue and Bitch having the cheapest versions. After Leviathan attacks Taylor creates improved spidersilk outfits for everyone and begins making additions to her own costume.
    • Kid Win starts the story in a basic power armor, but by the final arcs he has built it into a juggernaut.
  • Homestar Runner: In the Storybook world, The Homestar Runner starts out wearing a yellow duck shirt that everyone finds embarrassing. He changes to his iconic red star shirt in The Homestar Runner Gets Something Stuck in His Craw.

    Western Animation 
  • For the first few episodes of DC Super Hero Girls, Bumblebee wears a clunky suit of homemade Powered Armor that's literally held together with electrical tape. She upgrades to a sleeker, more professional model in "#SheMightBeGiant."
  • In the first episode of Static Shock, Virgil rummages through Richie's closet to come up with a costume. Two outfits are rejected for looking "like a battery commercial" before he settles on an outfit that includes a Chest Insignia and a white Domino Mask.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures spoofs this in "Batduck", where Plucky plays a Batman parody. He decides to dress as a bat, but he first puts on a baseball bat costume. Immediately following that, he's shown donning parodies of other iconic costumes, each one of them a failure — one with a massive cape which lead him to getting blown off a building, an Adam West-styled one that lead to him getting hit with his own sound effect, and a The Dark Knight Returns-styled version which ends up getting his massive muscles deflated before settling in on a Batman: The Animated Series-type.
  • Marvel's Spider-Man sees Peter's first Spider-Man costume being an outfit similar to the proto-costume of the MCU, cobbled together of googles, a hood, a ski mask, and Aunt May's sweatpants before making a new costume.

    Real Life 
  • George S. Patton designed a uniform for tank soldiers which included dark green fabric (to hide oil stains), and loads of padding topped by a gold football helmet (to protect the men). Yet the overall look was considered ridiculous, so the army rejected it. People even dubbed him "The Green Hornet". This incident was noted in the film Patton.
  • Queen Elizabeth II had a royal dressmaker, Norman Hartnell. He sketched nine dresses, including one with ermine tails at the hem and one covered in silver and crystals to sparkle. The ninth dress was accepted partly because it had Flower Motifs that included flowers from every country in the UK and commonwealth at the time.
  • During his original tenure at Apple, Steve Jobs frequently wore suits with bowties. When he came back in 1997, he took on a black shirt and jeans combination, which he wore until he passed away.
  • The infamous SS from Nazi Germany initially wore the same pants and brown shirts as the SA, with only a black cap with a Totenkopf to distinguish themselves. As their organization grew from Adolf Hitler's bodyguard corps to a State Sec and after the SA leadership was purged and fell out of favor within the Nazi regime, they started wearing more lavish black or grey outfits, which contrary to an enduring urban legend were not designed by Hugo Boss but by people like Karl Diebitsch.


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Where's Francis?

Seeking their boss's whereabouts, Wade Wilson works his way through a bunch of mooks, in his quest to force said boss into undoing the disfigurement Wade suffered in the course of his sketchy cancer "treatment."

Over the course of the montage Wade adapts and improves his costume from the ordinary white sweats he started with to his signature red-and-black leather outfit.

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