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They say that Clothes Make the Superman, and every girl's crazy about a Sharp-Dressed Man, but sometimes an Iconic Outfit can literally take on a life of its own. Whether ordinary fabric brought to life by magic, futuristic technology controlled by an advanced AI, or even an actual living creature that looks and functions like an everyday school uniform, Living Clothes are more than just a bold fashion statement: they can think, communicate, and sometimes even act of their own accord.

Compare and contrast Animated Armor and Dancing Pants, which can act without a wearer but are generally non-sapient. Also compare Live Mink Coat and Feather Boa Constrictor, where more mundane living creatures are pressed into service as clothing. Can overlap with Equippable Ally, if the ally in question turns into an outfit of some kind; and Bio-Armor, if the clothes are a biological organism in themselves.

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     Anime and Manga  

  • Kill la Kill has this as its core premise. The student body of Honnouji Academy is empowered by "Goku Uniforms" made from living threads which grant superhuman powers to their wearers. Higher-ranking students are given outfits containing a higher percentage of these Life Fibers; anything beyond 30%, however, and the wearer ends up dominated completely by the (with the exception of Senketsu, homicidal) will of their own outfit. Kamui are the most powerful uniforms, made of 100% Life Fibers and capable of displaying full sapience; however, they can only be worn by someone who can "synchronize" with them - or dominate them through sheer force of will. It also turns out that most of the clothing in the world has been secretly infused with Life Fibers in a sinister bid for global domination.
  • Prétear is a Magical Girl series starring seven guardians with different elemental powers. When someone merges with their Pretear, the Pretear's essence enters her, while his body becomes her Mini Dress Of Power. When the newest Pretear, Himeno, is told this after her first merging, she blushes bright red.

     Comic Books  

  • The archnemesis of Ambush Bug is Argh!Yle!, a sentient sock with a Doctor Doom mask. He hates the Bug because when Argh fell to earth, Irwin Schwab (the man who would become the Bug) left him to die while rescuing what became the Bug's costume suit.
  • The supersuit from Empowered has a personality of its own, a fact which only Demonwolf knows. As Emp is unable to use any of the suit's powers if she's wearing anything over it, and finds the panty lines from underwear even more embarrassing than just wearing the suit alone, Demonwolf notes that Emp will likely not take it well if she ever finds out.
  • Tony Stark, The Invincible Iron Man, has on more than one occasion created an AI-controlled suit that could think for itself. They almost invariably either turn evil or fall obsessively in love with him.
  • In Secret Wars, Spider-Man gets an all-black costume to replace his red-and-blue one, which has been destroyed. The first indication that it's not just a costume is that it actually responds to his thoughts. As it turns out, none of the other heroes who also got replacement costumes from the dispenser experienced the same phenomenon - Peter Parker's suit, and his alone, is actually an alien symbiote (which eventually takes on Eddie Brock as its host and becomes Venom).
    • This is due to the fact that there were two machines in the room Spiderman was directed to to repair his suit. It's just that no one bothered to tell him which machine to use.
  • Martian Manhunter and Miss Martian's clothes are actually organic creatures that respond to their thoughts, which explains why they shapeshift with them.
  • In PS238, Cecil's trench coat comes to life after being Touched by Vorlons. Most notably, it can reshape itself into wings and allow him to fly; it also has some vague personality and can play video games better than he can.note 

     Comic Strips  

  • In one Calvin and Hobbes strip, Calvin's clothes came to life and attacked him when he opened the dresser, dressing him in his tackiest clothes and then moving his body to make him to walk to school that way.

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    Fan Works 
  • In Of Quirks And Magic, Izuku gets his own Cloak of Levitation from Dr. Strange. It's as feisty and intelligent as Strange's, but also affectionate towards its owner when it isn't bickering with him over their shared mistakes.

     Film  

  • Star Kid features Cy, a talking alien battle suit.
  • The film version of My Favorite Martian introduces Zoot Suit, an anthropomorphic talking suit that belongs to Marvin.
  • Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit captures a squeaky shoe, and uses it to demonstrate the effectiveness of Dip to Eddie Valiant. Though the shoe cannot speak, its expression and piteous squeaking indicate that it is aware of its imminent demise.
  • In Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Ms. Price brings first a pair of shoes, and then a bunch of other clothes to life when she finally learns the spell for substitutiary locomotion. In the climax, she does it to suits of armor to battle Nazis.
  • Doctor Strange's cloak in Marvel Cinematic Universe has a mind of its own.

     Literature  

  • The Sorting Hat from the Harry Potter series. It's an enchanted talking hat that can see into the head of whoever wears it, and it is used to sort wizarding students into Houses.
  • Sourcery has the Archchancellor's Hat, which had been worn by so many powerful wizards over the years that it had developed wizardly powers and thought processes of its own, eventually becoming one of the faction rulers in the Sourcerer-fueled wizard war.
  • The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss includes a story in which an unnamed character encounters a walking pair of jeans on an otherwise deserted road.

     Live Action TV  

  • Sid & Marty Krofft Productions created the children's show Lidsville, about a society of living hats contained entirely within a magician's top hat. The hats have faces and personalities matched to their type of hat.

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     Radio  

  • Sketch comedy show Son of Cliché presented a spoof b-movie horror film called Attack Of The Killer Italian Y-Fronts, in which underpants made of a sentient synthetic material take terrible revenge on the human race for giving them such a menial and distasteful job to do. The malevolent Ys choose to excessively tighten and constrict - exactly where a man needs neither tightness nor constriction. Penned by writing team Grant Naylor, this sketch was later adapted for an episode of Red Dwarf.

     Tabletop Games  

  • Dungeons & Dragons has the cloaker, introduced in 2nd edition, which masquerades as a cloak or cape and attacks when put on.
  • In In Nomine, Kyriotates of Jean have the ability to possess inanimate objects, including clothing, which allows for some interesting tricks; you can't dodge your underwear.
  • In Aberrant, eufiber is a special fibre created by a particular nova. Its special qualities make it highly desirable for top end. However it has additional powers that can only be used by novas, making it the choice for nova uniforms. One of these properties is the ability to reshape itself according to the nova's wishes, indicating that it possesses at least some level of understanding.

     Video Games  

  • In Fallen London, Polythreme is a place where everything is alive. "Clothes Colonies" are a common sight there, both with and without occupants; in the former case, the occupant is rarely willing, and you can temporarily join their number if you're not careful. You can also obtain a "Moderately Co-operative Clothes Colony" which you can take with you outside Polythreme and wear to increase your Watchful, Persuasive, and Bizarre (at a slight penalty to Shadowy).
  • Fallout: New Vegas has the Stealth Suit Mk. II in the DLC add-on Old World Blues. The suit features an AI that automatically administers your healing items (whether or not this is a good idea) and seems to have a crush on you.
  • In Mega Man ZX, the Biometals are a Transformation Trinket that gives the user Instant Armor based on the heroes of the previous two series. They're sapient and can talk (most of the time), whether in trinket form or armor form.
  • Cappy from Super Mario Odyssey is an example of this as a ghost that replaces and inhabits Mario's cap for the entirety of the game. Like many other examples, he conveys special abilities such as a jumping platform and enemy capturing.

     Web Comics  

  • David Gonterman's FoxFire and its reboot Scarlet P.I. both feature sentient fursuits that are in complete control of their wearers. In the former, they're alien organisms. In the latter, they're simply really advanced AI-controlled exoskeletons.
  • In Oglaf a wizard turns himself into a tight-fitting catsuit in hopes that a hot woman will put him on. A goat gets him instead.
  • "Mr Creepy Dress" in this comic by Humon .

     Web Video  

  • The Trousers Cosmic from What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? are evil alien pants who induce madness in people, resulting in naked rampages. Space Guy pointed out how stupid they were, since they're just jeans with googly eyes.

     Western Animation  

  • The Darkwing Duck episode "Battle of the Brainteasers" has Darkwing and company dealing with (and inadvertently taking part in) an invasion of hat-shaped aliens who hijack the bodies of whoever wears them.
  • In a Justice Friends segment on Dexter's Laboratory, Valhallen loses the magic electric guitar which gives him his powers. To retrieve it, Major Glory and Krunk have to go into Valhallen's room, which includes dangers such as Valhallen's clothes, which have gone unwashed for so long that they've gained a life of their own.
  • The Goof Troop episode "Talent to the Max" has Max ending up controlled by a magical talking magician hat.
  • In Max Steel (2013), the alien Ultralink named Steel provides Max with a suit of Powered Armor that Steel can control at will.
  • The Spongebob Squarepants episode "Procrastination" has SpongeBob's pants coming to life in a dream sequence.
    • "Ripped Pants" has SpongeBob constantly ripping his swim trunks for a laugh until everyone got sick of it. Including the trunks, which get up and leave.
  • Uncle Grandpa has a Belly Bag that serves both as his Bag of Holding and as the Only Sane Man when Uncle Grandpa gets too far in over his head.
  • In the Classic Disney Short "Mickey's Grand Opera", Pluto the Pup follows a magician's hat that moves around.
  • One of the first Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episodes has him bring every pair of pants in the city to life.
  • In the Invader Zim comic continuation, Zim makes an alliance with the Space Pants, a species of Puppeteer Parasites, who take over the city. (This was originally going to be an episode of the series, but it was canned for being too similar to the above Jimmy Neutron episode.)
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?", the Tantabus invades Rarity's dream and turns her own dresses into rampaging monsters that attack her and shred her other dresses.
  • Pajamas in Summer Camp Island is a normal set of pajamas, however witches at the summer camp have enchanted him alive. There are also other living articles of clothes.


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