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Might not look so, but this chicken is packing some serious heat.

Joey: Well, I'm sure my mom would love to come and see me, but she can't; she's Goofy.
Jesse: Joey, that's a terrible thing to say about your mother!
Joey: No, no I mean she's really Goofy; at Disney World.

Having to wear a "funny" costume.

According to television, the crappier your job is, the crappier the uniform is. So appropriately enough, the worst job in the world is to wear a cartoon-character suit, either at an amusement park, a children's birthday party, as a sports mascot, or wherever else you may end up doing this. Not only is it humiliating in and of itself, but children will regard you as a fair target for punches, buckets of paint, flying anvils, etc. Sometimes adults decide the same, and they bring out the heavy artillery (sometimes literally).

Employers never, ever mind if their mascot gets assaulted, presumably because beating up the guy in the goofy suit is one of the big draws that brings in the customers.

Getting sweaty and miserable under the suit is just extra trouble. In the worst cases, it's not even a job you get paid for, when you have to wear the suit due to a wager or some other reason. Even furries that may wear similar costumes (or "fursuits") for fun or convention appearances may not enjoy doing such a job like this.

Zig-Zagged in Real Life; Cracked listed it as a job that's harder than it looks. These mascot costumes can weigh up to thirty pounds — not including the giant bobblehead — can reach temperatures of up to 113 degrees or higher, and seriously restrict the wearer's ability to see and hear (leading to accidents and injuries). As a result, unskilled labor such as clerks or janitors are rarely asked to wear them, and are instead usually assigned to people who are already fairly coordinated and in good health — in a lot of cases they're actually security guards. Do not mess with them.

A subtrope of Bad Job, Worse Uniform. Supertrope of Loser Team Mascot. Compare Burger Fool, Suck E. Cheese's, Playing a Tree, and Dreaded Kids' Party Entertainer Job. Is not necessarily a suit made to look like Goofy. Don't confuse with a literal suit that looks goofy.


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  • A commercial for Snickers features a Deadpan Snarker dressed as dog mascot named Barkey. People ask him when the show starts, even though the sign is right next to him, and he of course responds with sarcasm. When a kid asks if he's really Barkey, he says "Barkey's a cartoon. I'm a grown man who's made a lot of mistakes."

    Anime & Manga 
  • Azumanga Daioh: During one of the culture festivals, the girls make a cat costume to serve as the mascot. Sakaki wears it much of the time, although Tomo steals it at one point, and Mr. Kimura gets into it somehow. It's normally pretty cute, but when Chiyo-chan wears it...
  • Used a couple times in Code Geass. Kallen ends up donning one to be part of a haunted house, and later dresses in a giant otter mascot in order to get C.C. after she sneaks off to the School Festival for the giant pizza.
  • Dai-Guard: In the first episode, Dai-Guard's main pilot is forced to wear a bird suit and hand out balloons to kids to promote his company. When some snide kids insult the robot, he takes silly vengeance.
  • Doraemon: Nobita and The Space Heroes: Early in the movie, when Nobita tries insisting he gets a part in the homemade toku being filmed by Suneo, Gian and Shizuka, the gang decide to cast Nobita as their show's monster in a derpy-looking kaiju outfit, dubbed "Nobigon" (to Nobita's dismay).
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Sōsuke steals one to covertly protect Kaname from some hooligans, and ends up having to flee from security without taking it off. Over the course of the series, he keeps fiddling with it until he ends up with a Badass Adorable COD:AW-eque suit of Power Armor that tanks small arms fire — but can only say "Fumoffu" (though wearers can understand each other perfectly), and even he doesn't know why. He tries selling them, but a SWAT team from Miami are the only takers — though they're happy with them, too.
  • K:
    • Shiro escapes from Kuroh in the first episode by hiding in one of these, and then walking around in it for a bit.
    • In one of the audio dramas, Saruhiko visits Misaki at his job, which is wearing one of these at an amusement show for kids. He's the monster that the superhero fights. He isn't very enthusiastic about it.
  • K-On!: To promote the light music club, club adviser (and Cosplay Otaku Girl) Sawako Yamanaka has the members dress up in animal mascot costumes and hand out leaflets. This ends up being astoundingly counter-productive: the costumes freak out the rest of the student population, and no-one can figure out what animal costumes have to do with anything the club does.
  • Georgie from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid works part-time as an amusement park mascot to pay for her Meido hobby (in the anime, it's changed to her helping out because the park's owner is a friend of her father). Unlike most examples, she actually seems to enjoy it.
  • In an omake of My Neighbor Seki, this is revealed to be the occupation of Seki's dad. He is considered such a skilled suit actor — effortlessly adopting a character's mannerisms 100% — that he works freelance. Yokoi meets him in-costume and has no idea.
  • Nichijou has a running gag where several characters have to dress up as the mascot of a daifuku-stand. The "costume" of Mr. Daifuku consists of nothing but a white ball for a head mask, with no characteristics.
    Mio: This is their mascot Mr. Daifuku? He has no eyes or mouth, it's just a white mask! This isn't Mr. Daifuku. IT'S JUST A DAIFUKU!!!
  • One late episode of Patlabor centers around a long-running kid's show which includes a talking bear. The actor wearing the bear suit takes the studio hostage when he learns that the show is about to be cancelled and that the station has lined up new jobs for everyone in the production crew except him.
  • In Uta No Prince Sama, Natsuki has a habit of harassing Shou into cute animal outfits. Syo hates it.

    Comic Books 
  • Dogby Walks Alone is what happens when badasses have to wear a Goofy Suit.
  • In Empowered, the titular heroine's original day job is wearing an elephant suit with a backwards baseball cap to advertise a department store, Value Mammoth. People make fun of her all day long, but she still finds it mildly preferable to wearing her too-revealing super-suit.
  • The National Lampoon ran a bizarre comic-book format PSA where two men are acting irresponsibly - drinking heavily and driving recklessly, littering, starting forest fires - they pick up an impressionable hitchhiker who joins in the fun, and they dress up in promotional costumes of Mr. Peanut, Speedy Alka-Seltzer, and the Pillsbury Doughboy and head off again, shouting rude things at children, tying up police emergency phones with pointless blather...
  • Robin (1993): In one issue, Robin's friend Ives is working as the mascot at a Suck E. Cheese's. He comes to school so bruised that Robin suspects he is being abused.

    Comic Strips 
  • Baldo once had to work as a chicken mascot for a supermarket his then-love interest often visited. He was less upset over the job itself and more over the possibility that he'd be humiliated if she saw him in the suit, but fortunately, and to his delight, she thought he looked quite cute in it.
  • One Madam & Eve story arc had Mother Anderson get a job dressed as Zakumi the Leopard, the 2010 World Cup mascot. She mostly used it to prank the local bartenders.
  • In the early 1980s, a story arc in Peanuts has Charlie Brown getting hustled into being the Pelican mascot for Peppermint Patty's baseball team. She won't even let him take the costume off between games, because that would mess with his ability to "think pelican... be pelican!" Marcie begs him to take it off "if not for your sake, then for someone who likes you." (Sally: "Kiss her, you blockhead!") Charlie Brown, of course, ends up wearing the costume until a wild ball beans him. (This arc was adapted into a segment of the Saturday-Morning Cartoon The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.)

    Fan Works 
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    Films — Animation 
  • The title characters on Bébé's Kids beat up costumed characters in Funland. The original stand-up routine was about the kids going to Disneyland and attacking Mickey and Donald, but naturally that got changed for the movie.
  • In A Goofy Movie, a man in a possum costume at Lester's Possum Park tries to cheer up Max. Max responds by punching the mask backwards. Other kids then jump the performer and beat him up.
  • In Turning Red, Mei wears a red panda costume during her temple duties.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Blades of Glory: Chazz Michael Michaels's occupation is this in an ice-skating show after the opening montage.
  • Death to Smoochy has its naive hero performing in a Barney & Friends-esque Goofy suit, though (unusually for this trope) his face is always visible.
  • Early in the kung fu film Kid From Kwangtung, the titular kid partakes in a lion dance brawl... while dressed up in a chicken suit.
  • In the Hungarian film Kontroll, Szofi spends nearly every scene in a bear suit. This is implied to be for her job, but we never find out what the job is.
  • In the opening sequence of The Skateboard Kid, the gang of bully skateboarders distracts a cop by pulling the head off someone in a chicken suit advertising a wing store, and attaching his car to a towing line while he deals with the chicken-suited man. When he takes off in his car, the towing line smashes into the trunk.
  • Stroker Ace: As part of his contract, Burt Reynolds' Stroker Ace has to wear a chicken suit with rubber slippers while driving the Chicken Pit race car.
  • Sudden Death, a "Die Hard" on an X action film (specifically, a stadium) has the hero fighting a terrorist henchwoman... who is dressed up in a penguin mascot suit. Granted, the henchwoman murdered an innocent lady who's supposed to be in that suit as a Mugged for Disguise moment.
  • In the opening of U.S. Marshals, Sam Gerard is staking out the residence of a fugitive disguised as the mascot of a fast food joint. Which basically means dancing around a street corner in a chicken suit while holding a tray of chicken nuggets for passersby to sample. Turns into Badass Adorable when the raid begins, he drops the food, marches across the street, yanks a gun out from under his shirt, cocks it and proceeds to kick ass. Once things are over, the viewer gets the stupidly awesome sight of a chicken yanking off his own head to reveal Tommy Lee Jones.

  • Animorphs has the Yeerks attempt an abduction at a theme park, with the Visser in Andalite form decapitating a mascot. He's actually horrified to find a human inside the suit complaining about it.
  • One Dave Barry piece posits that the people inside the suits are actually executives undergoing punishment for their departments going over budget. Another that they're parents at Dineyland seen not happy enough.
  • The Diogenes Club story "The Gypsies in the Wood" features a Victorian children's book entrepreneur who has invented Souvenir Land fifty years early. Diogenes agent Charles Beauregard has to go undercover as a teddy bear called Sir Boris de Bruin. The suit is hot and heavy and uncomfortable, and he tells a colleague afterward that after an hour he was so miserable he was repressing urges to maim any small child that came within reach.
  • In the Discworld, the town of Big Cabbage is the heart of the brassica-growing monoculture of the Sto Plains. Big Cabbage is so proud of its status that it hosts a theme park dedicated to cabbage in all its forms. There are at least three mascots, people forced to squirm all day in hideously uncomfortable costumes. Captain Cabbage, and his friends Billy Broccoli and Cauliflower the Clown, as mentioned in Making Money and shown in a postcard in Mrs Bradshaw's Guidebook to the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygenic Railway.
  • During the Endless Eight in Haruhi Suzumiya, the SOS brigade get part time jobs as grocery store mascots, where they hand out balloons (outside, in the middle of the summer) while wearing frog mascot suits. It's portrayed as miserable and overwhelmingly hot- Mikuru nearly passes out afterward.
  • Infinite Dendrogram: Shu Starling is always in a full-body suit to hide his identity, due to his virtual reality character being the exact same as his real-life self. His favourite suit seems to be a bear, but he also has a variety of others.
  • Comedian Dave O'Neil's biography is titled It's Hot Inside the Bear Suit after his time playing Humphrey B. Bear on the Australian kids show Here's Humphey. The actors playing Humphrey are never credited.
  • The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: To advertise for the School Festival, Misaki wears a bear kigurumi and Mashiro wears a cat one (with nothing underneath, as Sorata finds out).
  • British writer Tim Lott wrote a short story about an actor who has to do this once. He finds that no-one takes him seriously, even when his wife is in urgent need of medical help.
  • Scrapped Princess: Pacifica dons a Mr. Soopy costume to help promote a bakery; she isn't very good at the job. Trainee knight Leo, however, really takes to wearing the outfit, and brings it with him when he leaves.
  • Sound! Euphonium: Kumiko was tricked into wearing a Tubacara suit.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 21 Jump Street, "School's Out". Officer Judy Hoffs is told that the police department needs someone for an "important PR position." Said position turns out to be giving safety tips to grade-school children as "Officer Milk Carton," in a stupid milk carton costume that doesn't even have arms.
  • The Adventures of Pete & Pete, "Rangeboy." Big Pete doesn't want to be recognized at his summer job at a driving range, so he wears a bear costume and becomes the (non-speaking)golf bear. Unfortunately, he gets beaned several times — and then the golfers begin aiming at him. Before long, regular golf has ceased, and the sole sport is getting the bear with flying golf balls.
  • America's Funniest Home Videos has featured many Real Life mishaps involving costumed mascots, theme park characters, etc. One $10,000-winning video featured a Chuck E. Cheese mascot becoming the victim of a kid's Groin Attack, whereupon he sinks to his knees and frantically signals to his assistant for a time out.
  • In the UK version of The Apprentice, one of the male candidates wore a lion suit, during a task of selling sweets to children at a zoo.
    Lord Sugar: You were in a bloody lion suit, for the lion's share of the day, and you didn't sell!
  • In the Israeli TV series Arab Labor, newspaper reporter Amjad finally gets his big break in a children's TV host in a pink bunny suit. Later, due to a crisis, he winds up running out of the studio mid-filming...and winds up in the middle of a gay pride parade. His extremely conservative, traditionalist father sees his son on TV — in a pink bunny suit at a gay pride parade — and faints.
  • On Big Brother, a common punishment from some veto challenges is to have to wear a costume, often representative of an animal.
  • Breaking Bad has a pretty textbook case of this with Badger's dollar bill costume for a realty company. He claims to be quite proud of his sign-twirling skills, though Jesse (who also nearly got the job until he realized what it was) isn't as happy about it.
  • Cheers: Carla's husband is a pro hockey player, but he gets cut from the Bruins. He calls her to let her know he got a job as a Penguin. She thinks he means with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but no - he's in a penguin suit for the Ice Capades.
  • In Degrassi: The Next Generation, Paige (the Alpha Bitch) and Manny (The Starscream) are fighting for control of the cheerleading squad. Paige steals credit for Manny's work, kicks her off the squad, and makes her be the mascot. In retaliation, Manny's allies on the squad deliberately drop Paige during a game, breaking her leg — and we cut to the panther mascot doing a very triumphant dance.
  • GARO: Perpetual career-switcher Kaoru has a stint working in an amusement park as a giant bunny, where (naturally) she is beaten up by a bunch of little kids. Later it turns out that her manager has a bit of a fetish for dressing up cute girls in costumes.
  • The whole "theme park mascot gets abused by the kids" trope is a bit of a Tokusatsu Running Gag. It gets parodied in Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger, which sees a Monster of the Week resembling a mascot being mocked in just such a way.
  • Belker in Hill Street Blues worked undercover wearing a chicken suit in two episodes. He even made an arrest wearing it.
  • The Hollywood Squares: On one week late in the Peter Marshall era, a square was occupied by two actors wearing Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble body suits. Their voices were provided by different actors with microphones offstage. Coincidentally, this was the first week after Paul Lynde left the show.
  • L.A. Law: Dan Castellaneta note  plays a man in a Homer Simpson suit who got fired because he removed the head while in public view— he was sick.
  • Marshal Law had an episode where Sammo infiltrated a fast food restaurant's corporate headquarters dressed in a mascot suit (a giant chicken) in order to find evidence of their wrongdoing. Naturally this led to a big fight while he was in a chicken outfit.
  • On Modern Family, Hayley finds her old boyfriend Dylan working at Disneyland, first as part of a barbershop quartet, then as Little John from Robin Hood (1973). He's fired by the end of the episode, for fighting with the boy Hayley is currently seeing while in costume.
  • Happens in an episode of Roseanne when David gets sucked into a job at a local theme park known as "the Happiest Place in Illinois." He agrees to work in the park's art department, but ends up dressed as park mascot "Hans the Hare," being slowly, hilariously brainwashed into acting perky and enthusiastic at all times, about all things.
  • Saturday Night Live: One sketch had host Ray Liotta as an embittered, chain-smoking actor playing a Barney-eseque character in a children's show who's perturbed with how one girl (Rachel Dratch) has suddenly hit puberty between seasons.
  • Pete, one of the main characters in Scream Queens has to wear one of these because of his job as the school's mascot, the Red Devil. After the murders start, he loses his job (since owning the suit makes him a suspect) and he's replaced by someone dressed as a large ice cream cone. Well, until Coney was murdered...
  • On Succession, Greg Hirsch initially works as a mascot at one of Waystar-Royco's theme parks, and he wears the requisite suit during his introductory scenes.

    Theme Parks 
  • During the Captain Jake's commercials that play in the queue for the JAWS ride at Universal Studios, we see someone wearing a "Chompy the Shark" costume, who during the commercial complains to Jake about how much he hates wearing this suit in the sun.

    Video Games 
  • During the "Jocks" mission thread in Bully, players must steal the mascot uniform belonging to the school's football team, the Bullworth Bullhorns, and wear it as camouflage.
  • Implied in Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead. Pizza parlors have a small chance of having a dinosaur suit in a locker. Almost makes you thankful the Cataclysm struck and relieved some unfortunate soul from their duties wearing it.
  • Dead Rising:
    • Dead Rising 2 gives us Brett Ernst, who only ever calls himself "Slappy", after the character he plays (a stereotypical "geek" character with a giant rubber head). He's one of the psychopaths, having gone mad after the girl playing Slappy's love interest was killed by the zombies.
    • In Dead Rising 4, we have the Grim Gobbler, a deranged high school sports mascot in a turkey costume.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Where was Yuna during the opening sequence of Final Fantasy X-2? Outside the concert hall stuck in a moogle costume, of all things.
    • Kenny Crow from Final Fantasy XV, the mascot of the Crow's Nest fast food restaurant chain. He, or at least the person inside the costume, is infamous for his rather unsettling behavior like forcing Noctis to drink a bottle of Jetty's mineral water during the moogle festival or pretending to be a statue while waiting for people to take a photo of him so he can scream his catchphrase and spring into live, scaring his would-be fans. Noctis is understandably wary of him.
  • In the cobbled-together backstory to Five Nights at Freddy's 2, one of the spare Freddy costumes was borrowed by a shift security guard to lure children into a back room to murder them, thus giving a motive for the animatronic mascots going berserk and attacking each new night watchman. It's implied the killer's costume (painted a telltale gold) is a rare enemy in both the sequel and Five Nights at Freddy's.
  • The player can wear these in certain games in the Hitman franchise:
    • In "A Murder of Crows" from Hitman: Blood Money, Clone Mark Purayah II and his two associates, former Olympic biathlete Raymond Kulinsky, and his wife Angelica Mason, all wear goofy crow suits you can wear.
    • In Hitman (2016), there are several odd suits, some unlockable (like the "Corky the Clown" suit), some present in levels (like the "Plague Doctor" outfit in Sapienza), and some offer no explanation and are there purely to test the players' patience (The "Ninja" outfit turns all of Hokkaido into a hostile area).
    • In "The Finish Line" in Hitman 2, there are flamingo mascots everywhere which you can wear, which can be used to impersonate a blackmailer and assassinate Sierra Knox. An easter egg also involving Agent 47 has him fly off into the sunset by flapping his arms.
    • The Inventory System in Hitman 3 has a suit category called "Themed"; suits that don't fit any other category. In it, you will find the above-mentioned "Corky the Clown" suit, the "Futo" Suit, the "Arkian Tuxedo", the "Buccaneer", "Santa 47", and many more.
  • One sidequest in The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure is to go to the local amusement park and substitute for the park mascot because the usual guy who portrays Mishy is out sick.
  • For some reason, Goto from Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy has been wearing these 24/7 for years. He's previously dressed as a penguin and a raccoon, and currently wears what looks like a white dog/cat/bear hybrid that he claims is a pegasus. Despite this, he manages to be The Casanova.
  • The Zeekeepers in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team are dressed like Pi'ilo Island's mythical guardian bird. Some of them are very enthusiastic about this and others are ... less so.
  • The first stage of Nitro Ball have a random mook in a chicken suit, who's a Pińata Enemy at that; shooting him will yield a ton of pickups.
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 has a huge variety of these based on its various mascot characters; the Rappy in particular having several color variations along with numerous seasonal variants. You can do whatever you like while wearing them, such as make yourself look utterly ridiculous in combat and story scenes.
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield: Outside every stadium in Galar the player will find Ball Guy, a person wearing a body-covering suit with a Poké Ball for a head. He's presented as the mascot for the Gym Challenge but it's eventually revealed that he's not an official mascot, he's just some guy that really wants to be the league's mascot. As weird as that sounds he's very supportive of the player's quest to become Champion and occasionally gifts you a rare types of Poké Ball.
  • Resonance of Fate: The party is made to wear goofy costumes while on the Christmas Episode mission: Leanne wears a Sexy Santa Dress, whereas Zephyr and Vashyron wear reindeer costumes.
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon allows you to hire such staff. The original game offered a choice three costumes at the start of a scenario: panda, tiger or elephant.
  • Schwarzerblitz: Shaz Aliart has a Penguin Mascot Alternate Costume that can be unlocked after clearing a Story Mode Episode.
  • Robbie the Rabbit, a recurring mascot in Silent Hill (he's the friendly face of Lakeside Amusement Park), appears in costume throughout Silent Hill 3. The costumes are slumped over and bloodied and probably contain corpses under the helmet, but Heather refuses to inspect any of them.
  • Described in The Sims 2; the starting level of the Athlete career is as the mascot for the Sim City Llamas. Naturally, your Sim wants to get promoted past wearing the Goofy Suit.
  • The Octoling Octopus amiibo can be used with Splatoon 2 to give the player in question the Fresh Fish outfit, which is basically this.
  • Referenced in Undertale, where Burgerpants says that Mettaton sometimes makes him try on silly outfits just for his own entertainment. In Deltarune, he is actually seen dressed as the mascot for "Ice-E's P"e"zza" along with a few other employees (though this time Mettaton isn't responsible).
  • The Yakuza series has two:
    • One chain of substories in Yakuza 6 has Kiryu being forced to become the "mascot" of Onomichi, known as Ono Michio. He has to do a meet and greet, beat up a bunch of punks while in costume, go to a karaoke bar and even sing in his Ono Michio costume (sadly no cinematic for it). Ono Michio has become something of a Recurring Extra in subsequent Yakuza-related games, from having sidequests in Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Judgment as well as being a summon in the former once the sidequest is complete.
      • The popularity of Ono Michio has lead to knock offs being made in his image in Like A Dragon with it's own chain of substories dealing with knock offs and people selling said knock offs. They even have their own knock-off mascot costume.
    • Like A Dragon introduces Kamulop, a family-friendly bunny mascot Kamurocho made to help promote tourism. One of the vendors Ichiban runs into (the one who sells items and summons in exchange for Tojo Clan crests) is disguised as Kamulop to protect themselves from the Omi Alliance, and in one of Lost Judgment's romance sidequests Yagami befriends a nervous Kamulop performer and she even beats up some thugs while dressed as the bunny.

    Web Animation 
  • The creators of Homestar Runner must like this trope:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "mascot", Homestar plays the role of Crazy-Go-Nuts University's mascot, the "Jolly Dumple", by dressing as a ravioli in a tricorn hat. It recurs a few times, notably in "4 branches", where Homestar attempts to camp inside the suit when he gets locked out of his house (tragically, it turns out to be highly flammable).
    • In "theme park", the amusement park that Strong Bad dreams up needs to have "a bunch of costumed mascots running around antic-ing", so he comes up with costumes of the Tire, the Stop Sign, and the carton of General Tso's Chicken, worn by Homestar, Coach Z, and Homsar respectively.
      Homestar: Hey Stoppy, is your suit chafing you like cwazy?
      Coach Z: Well, to tell ya da truth dere, Poppy, I've always enjoyed a good chafe.
    • In "part-time job", Strong Bad's "very part-time job" at Bubs' Concession Stand involves busking for the stand while dressed as a "tragic clown-dog" (a hot dog done up to look like a crying clown).
    • "Blubb-O's Commercial" had Coach Z dressed as the Drive-Thru Whale, and mangling its catch phrase "Sever your leg please, it's the greatest day!" to "I'll chop off yer legs!"
    • They eventually made a short, "On Break", about Strong Bad (as the Tragic Clown-Dog), Coach Z (as the Drive-Thru Whale), and Homestar (as the Jolly Dumple) hanging out in their costumes while on break. An Easter egg reveals that the costumes from "theme park", being products of Strong Bad's imagination, are far more pleasant.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks Shorts: At the end of the short "A Case for the Bass", Applejack has to wear a banana outfit to act as crier for the Flim-Flam Brothers pawn shop. Of course it looks ridiculous; the cowboy hat perched on top of the stem doesn't help.


    Web Videos 
  • Brian Holtzman has an online persona called Omeletto and Hashbrown where this is Exploited. He and his dwarf assistant, "Hashbrown" go around violently calling people out for their stupidity in a huge, cartoony omelet outfit. The innocent costume makes how he acts look funny and ridiculous.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: A guy has to dress up as "Bobby the Bullet" the National Gun Association's official mascot in "Stannie get your Gun".
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • Gene usually has the job of wearing a burger costume in front of the store to attract costumers. Unlike most people, Gene actually enjoys it. In one episode he enters a mascot race at the local ball park.
    • A couple of times when Gene isn't available for one reason or another, Bob wears it, though he's not as happy about it as Gene usually is. Since it's sized for a middle-school kid, it ... doesn't cover much on Bob.
    • In "Bed and Breakfast" Teddy has a morbid fear of mascot costumers. It's the eyes. The cold, dead eyes. Staring at you as they make love to your wife.
  • Futurama: In "The Series Has Landed", the Moon is a tourist trap, so of course some poor chump has to stand around wearing a man-in-the-moon costume. Bender stabs the moon-man in the eye with a beer bottle, and the moon man says, "They've taken my dignity, but at least I have my self-respect." Then he bursts out sobbing.
  • Get Ace: In "Chicken Magic", Ace is in a rush to return his father's chicken suit to the magic suit on time, since last time he had to work off the late fees by passing out coupons wearing a hot pink "Funny Bunny" costume. Naturally, Gordon Rainer steals the chicken suit so Ace can't return it on time and will be forced to wear the costume again.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • In "The Inconveniencing" Dipper has to wear a cute little fluffy lamb suit and do the Lamby Dance to pacify a pair of elderly ghosts.
    • At the start of "Boss Mabel", Dipper dresses as a "pre-teen wolf boy" for the tourists at the Mystery Shack. Later, Soos gets to dress up as "Questiony the Question Mark", which he realizes might not have been such a great idea when he finds his costume a little too revealing.
  • Invader Zim has Chickenfoot, someone Dib thought was a Bigfoot-esque cryptid, but who turned out to be an idiot stuck in a Chicky Licky mascot suit with a broken zipper.
    Dib: Come back! You're not a freak, you're just stupid!
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: When Lucius opens a Crappy Carnival in one episode, he forces his son Beezy to play mascot by having him wear a Lucius costume. Beezy does not enjoy any moment of it and spends a good chunk of his time being tormented by children.
  • King of the Hill: In one episode, Bobby is forced to wear a humiliating hot dog costume by Jimmy Wichard while working concessions at a NASCAR racetrack in Arlen. He is pelted with trash by the people in the stands while trying to grin and bear it.
  • This happens to Candace from Phineas and Ferb while working in the Har D Har Toy Company; after her brothers' Perry the Inaction Figure becomes famous she is forced to wear a platypus mascot costume (and later a brick costume), much to her complete embarrassment.
  • The Recess episode "Bonky Fever" has Mikey, who suddenly feels that Growing Up Sucks and gets obsessed with the Barney Expy Bonky (a green dragon), turning ten years old, and for his birthday, his parents throw him a Bonky-themed birthday party with a bunch of the kindergarteners as guests. His mother dresses up as Bonky to entertain Mikey and the kindergarteners at the party, but Mikey's real friends decide to "destroy his Bonky obsession" by pouncing on "Bonky" and unmasking her. Among seeing that it's his own mother, Mikey is distraught and runs to the backyard, and the mom follows and they have a heartwarming discussion about Mikey growing up and how his Bonky obsession isn't right.
    Mom: You seemed pretty upset that it was me inside this Bonky costume.
    Mikey: Well, how would you like it if your biggest hero turned out to be nothing more than your mom dressed in a rubber suit?
  • Rugrats has had plenty, though a notable subversion is at Piggy's Pizza Palace, where the actor in the Piggy costume clearly seems to enjoy his job, even though he gets hurt while doing so (thanks to the Rugrats' shenanigans.) By the end he's bandaged and his arm in a sling while still in full costume, but still eager to say good-bye to the kids (and scare Chuckie in the process, of course.)
    • One episode features a guy in a Reptar costume griping about his job as he stands outside a video store, roaring and passing out flyers. But since the babies love Reptar, they all give him hugs and he admits afterwards that he thinks he'll like his job.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Itchy and Scratchy Land". This is one of the few stories where the Goofy suit guy gets revenge — Homer is locked up because "I kicked a giant mouse in the butt!", and Bart torments another Itchy-suit by kicking him in the balls and shooting smoke bombs into the mouth. Later, when the robots start rampaging through the park, the guy in the mouse costume makes sure that the Simpsons are kicked off the last escape helicopter.
      Goofy Suit Guy: When you get to Hell, tell 'em Itchy sent ya!
    • In "Radio Bart", Bart has a birthday party at Wall-E-Weasel's Pizza, and the place’s mascot is …well a guy in a Weasel Mascot costume, who gets pestered by kids while waiting tables.
    • "Bart the Murderer" had one of these, where the kids visit a chocolate factory for a field trip. The mascot for this place was a giant beanie-wearing cocoa bean named Cocoa Beanie. They start off acting decent to the guy in the costume but by the end, the poor guy’s stuck lying on the floor being kicked by them.
    • And in yet another episode, some poor schlub dressed as Doc Ock entertains at Nelson's birthday party, and Bart and Nelson beat him with his own tentacles.
    • Inverted elsewhere on The Simpsons — the baseball mascot the Capital City Goofball is revered by everyone in Springfield.
    • During his stint as a Krusty the Klown impersonator, Homer beats up a guy dressed as the Hamburglar-esque "Krusty Burglar" during the opening of a new Krusty Burger restaurant, thinking him an actual burglar instead of a character putting on a show for kids. One of the kids thinks Homer killed him, but the guy manages to move around and woefully say "Uuuggh... check my medical alert bracelet."
    • In the episode "Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers"", Chief Wiggum orders policeman Eddie to dress as a bear to be hit with clubs by Marge Simpson and other people who suffer of road rage, in order to get all of the rage out of their system.
      Eddie: Chief? Could I at least protect my crotch?
      Wiggum: Uh... Bears can't talk, Eddie.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • SpongeBob has to wear one for the Krusty Krab, renamed the Kuddly Krab in "Bossy Boots". Being SpongeBob, he's a rare example of a character who actually enjoys this. That is until Pearl forces him to stand outside in a smiley crab costume to attract customers. This time, he doesn't enjoy it one bit.
    • Squidward has also been forced to wear one on a few occasions. In one such instance, a mother tells her child that this is why it is important to go to college.
  • Steven Universe: In "Frybo", Peedee Fryman has the job of playing the eponymous Frybo, the mascot of his father's fry shop. He hates it, but does it to win his father's approval. Steven uses Crystal Gem magic to bring the costume to life and let Peedee be free to play, but the costume soon turns monstrous and starts force-feeding people fries.
  • In an episode of Teen Titans, the Titans are under mind control from villain of the week and each character is forced to wear some embarrassing costume. Beast Boy is in a pink bunny suit. Cue his confusion when he finally snaps out of it.
  • Totally Spies!: Sam and Clover get Alex a job as a wearer of a suit for a terrible chicken restaurant called Captain Clucks, in the episode "Computer Creep Much?" On top of that her boss is a jerk, people laugh at her (including Mandy), the food tastes terrible, and she gets fired at the end.

    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television, of course.
    Michael K.: Hot Slut of the Day: Manchas, the mascot of the Mexican dairy company Alpura who busts out scalding hot mooooves like he's the finalist in a dance competition where the prize is cash and his rent, car payment, water bill and cable bill was due yesterday. Manchas' milkshake brings all the bulls to the yard... However much the human dance machine in that Manchas suit is getting paid, they're not getting paid enough. They're thrusting their crotch in a hot ass cow suit for God knows how long and they don't pass out while doing so. They're a Plushies wet dream come to life. They're giving it like a Zumba instructor on E.
  • As stated on the "Souvenir Land" page, there's always a few people in these and yes they are set in specific areas with clear lines to go to and from to avoid dumbass children and jackass adults. For example, Disneyland's Toontown has Mickey and Minnie "Atmosphere Characters"note  who greet guests in their homes and take photographs with them while a character host watches close by to keep the Character from being swarmed or harassed as well as interact in character. Mickey and Minnie walk in and out their "homes" between meet-and-greets rather than freely walk around the park.
    • An example of a walking Atmosphere Character would be Snoopy in Knott's Berry Farm theme park in California. Snoopy is aided by a character host and walked around on a set path through a small section of the park before looping back to the backstage area.
  • In an inversion, Jeff Goldblum says his very first onstage experience was playing the Goodwill Industries mascot Good Willy (a cartoon boy in a wheelchair) for a school assembly when he was in third grade. He had no idea why he was picked for the part, but he loved the experience of being in a full-body suit, unrecognizable to his fellow students — including his little sister — until the Dramatic Unmask at the end. (This anecdote appears as an Easter Egg on the non-Vanilla Edition releases of The Fly (1986), with him drawing a line between it and finding his Star-Making Role in a rubber monster suit.)


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Bart and Homer versus Itchy

This time, the guy in the "goofy suit" gets revenge after Bart and Homer torment him at Itchy and Scratchy Land!

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