Jo: Maybe it's his first day.
The standard attire for all men who... help young women earn money for college. You know, managers in the intimate entertainment industry. Guys who... how shall we put this?... manage a harem of prostitutes. Pimps. Street walkin', jive talkin', bitch slappin', bling wearin' pimps. This is their uniform:
- One hat, with a brim that extends at least 15 centimeters in every direction. Some sort of giant feather or other ostentatious decoration is preferred.
- One suit that appears to have come from the campiest of 1970's B-movies. Should ideally be made at least partly out of fur (real or imitation), and this fact should be immediately obvious to anyone who sees it. (Leopard or zebra are the most recommended patterns; ermine is much too sophisticated in most contexts.) Excessive poofiness and/or bright colors is a plus.
- One cane, usually with handle covered with jewels or some sort of intricate design. The pimp must carry this cane at all times even if — especially if — they have no trouble walking whatsoever.
- One pair of excessively large sunglasses with excessively large frames.
- As much bling as the pimp's body can support. At least one of these should be in the shape of a giant dollar sign.
- Tall platform shoes (optional).
- For bonus points the guy wearing all of these Pimp Duds will be seen driving a Pimpmobile like this or this.
All parts of the uniform should be an exceptionally bright color. Purple, orange and white seem to be popular choices, but pretty much any color other than black, brown or grey can work, so long as it shines brighter than the Las Vegas strip.
Extra points for gold teeth.
Wearing one of these outfits can also get completely innocent people confused with pimps.
Kinda Truth in Television — you can't really identify a pimp on sight this way, but the idea has a basis in reality.
Sub-trope of Stock Costume Traits.
Not to be confused with Rainbow Pimp Gear, which is a video game trope for wearing items purely to get the best bonus, no matter how outrageous they look together.
- Dragon Ball: Android 15 wears an outfit which resemble these. In the English dub, they even gave him the voice of a stereotypical pimp/gangster to match.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Greed seems to be going for this look. He wears a boa and Cool Shades and is introduced with a Paid Harem. Also, not a direct example, but Kimblee almost always wears a snazzy white suit which has been given the Fan Nickname of "the pimp suit".
- One Piece:
- Suitengu of Speed Grapher always wears a white greatcoat with a fur collar and favors displays of conspicuous consumption such as cigarettes wrapped in bills kept in a gold case. Since he runs a club that caters to every pleasure, he arguably actually is a pimp.
- In the manga Blue Exorcist, the demon and exorcist Mephisto Pheles dresses as a pimp.
- Mysterious Joker: He's in a gold suit and has sunglasses which definitely fulfill the criteria of Pimp Duds. He's DJ Peacock.
- As part of the show's 1970s-inspired funkadelic atmosphere, Dr. Gel from Space Dandy wears a fur-lined white pimp suit with a red cape, a Bootsy Collins-esque white top hat with a colorful star design, a gold scepter, gold wristbands, a gold Eyepatch of Power, and black punk-rocker boots.
- The Joker sometimes accessorizes his usual purple suit with a very wide-brimmed hat, which makes him look like a pimp stereotype. It's probably a coincidence, as he started doing this before the look started to become socially notorious.
- In PS238, as a practical joke to Zodon, the resident Gadgeteer Genius tampering with his holographic disguise results in looking like he's wearing Pimp Duds.
- Invoked in a flashback panel in The Superior Foes of Spider-Man. Janice/Beetle is sent by her evil law firm to mediate a dispute between the supervillains Baron Zemo and The Fixer. The relationship between the two runs the gamut from Villainous Friendship to mutual loathing and murder attempts, but they always continue to work together despite Fixer's better judgment. Consequently, when Janice listens to the two arguing, she imagines Fixer (wearing a dress and a blonde wig) as a ho arguing with her pimp Zemo (wearing a broad-brimmed feather hat in addition to his usual purple duds with trimmed fur collar).
- In one What If? story, Conan the Barbarian became trapped in the 20th century. Falling in the criminal element, he becomes a pimp at one stage, and sports the requisite outfit. Somehow, it does not look as ridiculous on him as it should.
- The Hentai Zone, a Ranma ½ ecchi dōjinshi, puts Tatewaki Kunō in this outfit. "Call me Pimp Master Kunō!"
- Homie X Luxory is decked out in a full set in the Kingdom Hearts fanfic Those Lacking Spines.
- Dale wears them in The Rod Squad in order to get Gadget to accompany him to a P-Funk concert. This makes more sense if you take into consideration that this Alternate Universe Fic is set in The '70s.
- At the Pirate of the Year awards in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, Pirate Captain wears an outfit that is a cross between Pimp Duds and pirate gear.
- I'm Gonna Git You Sucka:
- The ex-pimp Fly Guy wears this kind of outfit when he goes out on the town. He also wears high heel shoes with miniature aquariums in the heels. Watch it here. It should be mentioned that Fly Guy's high heels with aquariums feature dead goldfish because a) they were in storage for a long time and b) he can't open them to feed the fish anyway. Also, he just got out of the slammer at that point; fashion has passed him by. He's laughed off the street after about ten seconds by the more jaded modern street thugs.
- There is also the "Pimp of the Year" pageant flashback.
- King George in Coffy goes a bit lighter on the bling than some examples, but makes up for it by wearing a half-cape that matches his harvest gold,note skin-tight, chest-baring jumpsuit and orange-rimmed sunglasses.
- Upgrayedd, the pimp from Idiocracy, wears a giant orange fur coat.
- American Gangster plays with this trope. The main character, Frank, actually makes a point to avoid dressing like a pimp, saying that "the loudest person in the room is the weakest one". His strategy of keeping low profile works until his wife buys him a luxurious fur coat, which gets him noticed by the police immediately. However, other gangsters don't have Frank's common sense, and it's worth noting that the film is set in The '70s...
- The Boppers are dressed like this in The Warriors. They appear in only one scene, though.
- Running Scared (2006) has a textbook example of pimp, from the costume to the attitude.
- Dead Presidents (which is set in the Bronx between 1969 and 1973) has a pimp as a minor yet important character, and he somewhat dresses this way.
- Austin Powers dresses in pimp gear to celebrate visiting The '70s in Goldmember.
- Stu runs afoul of a pimp wearing a tacky, unbuttoned silk shirt in Phone Booth. When Stu tries to bribe him to go away with his Omega watch, the pimp counters with his "solid gold Rolex, motherfucker!"
- In the film version of The Client, Barry "The Blade" Muldanno wears a campy green suit with motley collar. Subverted in the fact Muldanno is not a pimp, but a very dangerous Mafia hitman.
- Averted in Working Girls, where the pimp of the brothel, Lucy, resembles less a stereotypical pimp than she does an average business woman.
- In Starsky & Hutch, the pimp Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg) dresses this way.
- Downplayed throughout Black Dynamite. Although the members of the Pimp Council have the most outlandish names possible and are dressed to the nines, only the senior members Osiris and Tasty Freeze have on what could be, save the hat, considered a full outfit. (To say nothing of Captain Kangaroo Pimp.) Even Black Dynamite, himself a pimp, comes closest to looking the part when donning a powder-blue leisure suit near the end.
- Space Is The Place: The Overseer is dressed up in a white pimp suit, a cane and hustles whores.
- Beverly Hills Ninja: After Haru arrives in America, he goes to a costume shop to swap his ninja attire for something that will blend in better. He walks out wearing a pimp costume.
- A Man and a Woman: Anne asks Jean-Louis what he does for a living, and he answers vaguely that he has an unusual job that pays a lot of money. She immediately has an Imagine Spot of him dressed as a pimp with hat and cane, collecting payments from his hookers. (He's actually a race car driver.)
- In Kick-Ass 2, Hit-Girl has Dave dress up in garb that's certain to attract muggers. She has him don a flashy, all-white suit, fur-coat and hat and carry around several bags full of expensive-looking items.
Dave: I am the whitest pimp ever.
- In Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, Johnny 'BackHand' Vegas wears a toned down version of the stereotypical pimp outfit: no fur, and the hat is smaller than usual. However, he does wear an insane amount of bling, including rings in the form of dollar signs, that he usually to casually slap his girls round (which is where his nickname comes from).
- One of the men Thana shoots in Ms. 45 is a pimp who is slapping around one of his girls. He is dressed in a luxurious coat, a white scarf and a wide-brimmed hat.
- In the Seinfeld episode "The Wig Master" Kramer ends up, through a series of coincidences, fighting a prostitute in front of a pink Cadillac while he's carrying a walking stick, wearing a woman's large brimmed hat, and has on the eponymous garment from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The whole chain of events, ending in his arrest, can be witnessed on YouTube.
- Manswers mentions these kinds of clothes when discussing how much a pimp makes a year.
- LazyTown: Robbie Rotten isn't a pimp, but his standard outfit looks somewhere between a pimp outfit, a spandex catsuit and that of a refined 1890s gentleman. Then there's the original Icelandic stage play, where he wore the full pimp outfit, complete with cane.
- Although Huggy Bear in Starsky & Hutch dresses this way, he isn't a pimp. It was just The '70s.
- Similar to Huggy Bear, Rollo on Sanford and Son dresses like that just because it's in style.
- "Sweet Daddy" Williams on Good Times dresses like this, which make sense since he's an actual pimp.
- Scrubs: J.D. and Turk wear this in one of J.D.'s Imagine Spots.
- On The Colbert Report, Stephen wore one of these during the brief time he worked as a pimp under the name "Big White Chocolate".
- All the male characters (Tracy Morgan, Tim Meadows, Ray Romano, and Vince Vaughn on the short-lived recurring Saturday Night Live sketch "Pimp Chat" wore Pimp Duds.
- One episode of CSI has a pimp contest at a strip club (officially a contest between smartly dressed DJs), with the contestants wearing various levels of ostentatious Pimp Duds.
- In one episode of That '70s Show, Kittie imagines how a party at her house could go wrong. In her fantasy, Michael Kelso and Steven Hyde are dressed in standard Pimp attire. Extra points to Kelso for no shirt and an open jacket.
- Late Night:
- American Restoration: For the premier of season six, George Clinton had Rick and Co. restore a flood damaged piano. For the reveal party Brettly and Tyler wore stereotypical pimp gear.
- One episode of Counting Cars showed the restoration of a Dunham Coach Cadillac, like the one linked in the intro. After it was sufficiently repimpified, Danny, Kevin, Roli, and Mike cruised around Vegas, complete with appropriate attire.
- Referenced in one episode of The Facts of Life, when street-wise Jo is able to deduce that a stranger in a coffee shop is a pimp, despite his not wearing the stereotypical outfit (see page quote).
- Humpty Hump from Digital Underground (it's not the 1970's style Pimp Duds; it's more of a 1990s spin on it. He does wear excessive jewelry and fur coats like a pimp, and has a furry hat).
- Also Eek A Mouse has been known to channel this trope on occasion.
- As Snoop Dogg became Lighter and Softer he began to wear these in his music videos, due to the outrageous 1970s cartoon pimp image being more palatable than the real-life, modern day, sexually exploiting vulnerable young women for money kind of pimp that Snoop had been.
- Ludacris himself dresses like this in the animated music video for his song, "Ho."
- R. Kelly's rap opera series Trapped in the Closet has a character named Pimp Lucius, who somewhat defies the trope: while dressed as a pimp, his pastel clothes are not overtly gaudy and his cane is a rather nondescript derby cane.
- Bootsy Collins. Former Parliament Funkadelic bassist. "Do the Freak"
- In the video for 50 Cent's remix of "P.I.M.P.", Snoop leads the "Pimp Legion of Doom," all but one of whom are dressed exactly like this. They question 50's pimp credentials because he is not dressed similarly.
- The music video for "Dr. Beat" by Miami Sound Machine features, among the crowd, a sharply dressed pimp dancing with two hoes. Although compared to the other very colorful characters of the clip, he actually looks tame.
- The Drug Rat from Police Force is wearing a wide-brimmed white hat and bright blue suit, using a hypodermic needle in place of a cane.
- The Godfather had this as his gimmick, though the look wasn't quite as outlandish as it could have been (it was the Attitude Era).
- A few years before the Godfather, 2 Cold Scorpio did a similar character in the WWF called Flash Funk.
- Indie wrestler The Human Tornado's gimmick is based on Dolemite. Although he had to dress down more than most examples since he had to wrestle, he did wear garish yellow bellbottoms in the ring and suit jackets during his entrance.
- Kelly Kelly wore this kind of costume for Halloween 2007, though she somewhat mistakenly referred to herself as a "gangsta".
- CHAOS and later Bullet Club's Yujiro Takahashi, who apparently has "businesses" across the Pacific.
- He's not a pimp, but Dr. Teeth from The Muppet Show dresses exactly like this. He's probably supposed to be a hippie.
- "They didn't call him a pimp, but I know a pimp when I see one. They called him The Count." — Dave Chappelle
- Sweet Daddy D, the "Player in the Management Profession" from the Jeff Dunham stable, is as stereotypically dressed as possible.
- The infamous Pimp Daddy Destro from the G.I. Joe 1997 Commemorative Edition line. There was even a dedicated website about the ultra-rare figure. According to the site, it started as a bit of a gag when a production sample was needed for the commemorative line. A few hundred samples with the leopard-print paint job were produced before Hasbro put the kibosh on it, but some of the figures managed to get packaged and hit the shelves anyway. The 2007 Official G.I. Joe Convention even commemorated Pimp Daddy Destro with a 25th anniversary release (and a gold-helmeted variant to boot).
- Though he can't go all the way (being a redeco), Optimus Prime's royal purple color scheme in Transformers: Shattered Glass, coupled with his bulky build and yellow-and-green highlights, has earned him the Fan Nickname "Pimpimus Prime".
- The Magic Booster Pack for City of Heroes contains a very wide-brimmed hat and long jacket that are easily re-purposed into being a pimp outfit.
- Saints Row:
- Saints Row 2 allows you to unlock a pimp outfit as a reward for completing a minigame, and hostile pimps will spawn in the seedier parts of Stilwater at night.
- There's also a pimp cane with a built-in shotgun that is unlocked after completing a late-game mission. While equipped, it even changes the Boss's walking animation to a swaggering pimp-walk that makes full use of the cane.
- Saints Row: The Third brings in Zimos, the character archetype writ large. It's fortunate for him that he joined a gang that was already dressed in purple. An even more ostentatious version of his outfit is available to the player in Saints Row IV.
- There's a character who dresses just like this (and indeed, is the same profession as that described) in the video game Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude.
- That's right, pimps, playas, and pain purveyors, The Black Baron (stop starin') from MadWorld dresses like thi— Aww hell naw.
- Partial example: This trope is why Sun Quan's outfit (a fur-lined vest) in the Dynasty Warriors games gets the Fan Nickname "Pimp Coat".
- Pokémon: Honchkrow, especially when he's Shiny. Seriously. The description of how he orders Murkrow (witch birds; "witch" being a rhyming euphemism for a certain misogynistic B-word and "bird" being a British slang term for a girl) around to do his bidding and takes a lion's share of what they have does nothing to shake off the pimping implications.
- Not a whole suit, but you can get a purple pimp hat in Fable. It's hidden near a brothel, guarded by a door that requires you to have had sex enough times to pass.
- Team Fortress 2: The black Demoman class now can randomly get (or craft) the Hustler's Hallmark, a sweet-looking pimp hat. For bonus pimp points, he can wear this hat along with a pair of slatted shades, which apparently belong to Homestar Runner.
- Final Fantasy:
- The Red Mage's hat has the Fan Nickname "Pimp Hat" because it's of a similar shape and sports a fancy feather.
- And for another partial example, among fans of the Emperor in Dissidia and/or people who main him, his rather odd-looking staff has been dubbed the pimp stick, both for its obvious visual qualities (and being attached to a guy with an Exburst that is... questionable), and for the fact that the move where the Emperor basically slaps the opponent with the cane is amazingly effective and useful.
- A possible clothing choice for a male Malkavian in Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines.
- One of your patients in Amateur Surgeon is a pimp who wants you to bling his insides, with things like a golden ribcage, a new, golden kidney, and jeweled staples.
- In Oddworld, the richest Glukkons, called Glockstars, wear this.
- World of Warcraft supplies nearly every item one could ask for in making pimp duds for anybody able to wear leather or better. It's very popular for banking toons; there's even a diamond-tipped staff that sparkles. The downside is that you can't wear your pimp shades and pimp hat at the same time.
- And for those who can't wear Leather? Well, at least there's the Crimson Felt Hat, a must-have item for any Vanilla-era caster.
- Lampshaded in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: when CJ spies "Jizzy B" a meeting...
CJ: I know a pimp when I see one.
- The pimps in Grand Theft Auto III's Red Light District are all easily spotted with their bright violet '70s leisure suits (and in Liberty City Stories they add the requisite feathered caps, gold medallions and ermine trim). Luigi Goterelli averts this, as he always wears a somber black formal suit, but Luigi is a night club owner, NOT a pimp.
- Smite: Fire God Agni's alternate skin 'Swagni' was at first for a reference to his odd old walk, which a lot considered very 'swag'. This skin then turns him into this trope because 'swag' is a word often uttered by pimps.
- In The Elder Scrolls series, this is the standard attire for Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness, minus the hat. He typically pairs it with a pocket watch and a cane. One of his Red Barons is even "the Gentleman With a Cane".
- The original Police Quest's final act involves Sonny going undercover as a pimp in order to infiltrate an illegal poker ring to nab the Big Bad. To achieve the look, Sonny wears a tacky white suit, bleaches his hair, and even carries an ornate tricked out cane, which is actually concealing a Derringer.
- A teacher named Raven acquires one of these via Imagine Spot in this El Goonish Shive comic.
- The Order of the Stick: The rest of the outfit may not be particularly fancy, but Belkar has the hat down pat in "Travel Delays".
Belkar: 'Sup, ho.
- In Our Little Adventure, Julie obtains the look thanks to a Hat of Diguise.
Rocky: ...I said your sister dresses like a ho but that doesn't mean you should start pimping her out.
Norveg: I beat you to that joke when Julie donned the hat in the store.
- Robotic Jive Turkey Sweetdaddy Jupiter Velvet of Skin Horse wears clothing like this. His creator is the living embodiment of Funk.
- Buwaro of Slightly Damned uses one of these as a disguise for a while. Hilarity Ensues.
- In Sluggy Freelance, Torg has to wear Pimp Duds after all his clothes are eaten by moths, and the only new clothes he can get come from raiding a Salvation Army drop off bin. He later tries selling a cow in order to get money for less tacky clothes, but that presents its own problems.
Torg: [calling from jail] Turns out this isn't the best outfit to be peddling farm animals in.
- Some characters, mainly Slick and the Devil, occasionally dress like this in Sinfest. There is also Pimpzilla.
- In Scandinavia and the World, Sister Denmark gets one such attire while singing "My Wedding."
- Planet of Hats: The episode, "I Mudd" features notorious interstellar con man Harry Mudd wearing this. The Red Shirt starts to comment on it but then backs out.
- This webcomic uses the ubiquity of this trope in the popular imagination to... entertaining effect.
- Gaia Online has a pimp set which basically fits this trope, and if you mix and match items you can create this whole outfit.
- "The Pimp" from Those Aren't Muskets It's downplayed to give him a more 1920s-esque feel. The sketch's pimp is wearing a gray & white suit. He has a plain black & white cane. He also has brass knuckles with the word "pimp" encrusted in diamonds.
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog has the aptly-named villain "Purple Pimp".
- Joueur du Grenier: In the Merchandise-Driven shows episode, to mock the extravagant clothes found in series like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Seb shows up dressed like this while presenting himself as the regional champion of Beyblade for Poitou-Charentes.
- A Pimp Named Slickback from The Boondocks.
- During the cast's jaunt to 1947 Roswell, New Mexico, the Professor attempted to disguise himself in order to blend in. Though he was probably going for a Zoot Suit, he ended up looking like a pimp in orange.
- Bender pulls this off in a less ostentatious way in "Put Your Head on My Shoulders", adding a gold "tooth" alongside a couple of floozies. In court. While being charged for pimping.
Bender: Stupid anti-pimping laws...
- The Boogie Man from The Powerpuff Girls episode "Boogie Frights" dresses like this. Obviously not a pimp (it's a kid's show), but a nod to Blaxploitation films as part of the episode's 1970s vibe.
- In The Simpsons, getting nearly assaulted by a pimp (in standard pimp dud gear) is one of the reasons Homer hates New York. (He was visiting the city in 1972.)
- King of the Hill:
- One-off character Alabaster Jones (voiced by Snoop Dogg), the main mack daddy of Oklahoma City, fits the bill with his flashy white suit and cape. Yes. He has a cape.
- Tammy, the Hooker with a Heart of Gold who stays with the Hills, gives Hank a cowboy hat with a leopard-print hat band, which everyone in Arlen except Hank and Peggy treats like serious Pimp Duds.
- In American Dad!, Klaus travels to Iraq to retrieve Roger (who is currently a soldier named Sgt. Pepper) so that his therapist identity, Dr. Penguin, can resolve the family's current hostilities, accidentally caused by Klaus when he revealed various secrets that they had been keeping from each other. He travels there with the help of his pimp friend, White James, who's parents he had convinced to let him go to art school.
- White James's attire consists of:
- A bright green shirt and purple slacks with a white leather belt with a gold belt-buckle
- A purple coat with cheetah-print trim and cheetah-print cane with a big crystal at the top
- A purple hat with a big feather and cheetah-print band
- A gold neckchain with a large golden "$" hanging from it, gold hoop-earrings, gold and jeweled rings on his right-hand, and a gold knuckle-duster with a plate that has "PIMP" printed on it on his left-hand
- Fishtank platform-shoes for Klaus to travel in
- White James's attire consists of:
- Mission Hill: The pimp who mistook Posey as a prostitute who offers erotic massages, dresses like this. Andy lampshades this when he describes the man as a "good, old-fashioned, bell-bottom and platform-shoe pimp," then asks if he's seen him on the show, Beretta.
- An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes had Samy wear these. Yes, on a kids show.
- In the The Angry Beavers episode "Long in the Teeth", Dag and Norb try to out-compete each other's coolness (and incisor length)... and are briefly seen wearing outfits like this. (Ah, what children's cartoons of The '90s got away with!)
- A crocodile wearing Pimp Duds is occasionally seen in the background of Rocko's Modern Life, mostly at Cafe Chameleon.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Spike receives a suspiciously pimptastic hat for an episode.
- In the South Park episode "Butters' Bottom Bitch'', Butters visits a pimp convention seeking advice on his "kissing company" and all of the attending pimps are dressed in extravagant, brightly colored suits.
- A Robot Chicken skit has a man wearing a coat made out of Beanie Babies (he originally planned to sell them as collector's items but didn't know that they became worthless, thus forcing him on the streets) being mistaken for "the richest pimp in town" by a random hooker who also didn't know of their worthlessness. Taking advantage of this, he soon indeed becomes the richest pimp in town.
- James O'Keefe supposedly wore them when he visited the ACORN offices. (Turned out, not so much.) No gigantic hat, and his suit wasn't particularly garish, but he did have a fur coat, sunglasses, and a cane — in the framing sequences. In the portion of the video shot inside the office, he's clearly not wearing the coat.
- A similar phenomenon was seen in the uniforms of the Landsknechte, an organization of German mercenaries active during the Renaissance. They were known for dressing in elaborate outfits with copious amounts of dyes and jewelry (even including some surprisingly pimp-like hats)◊ to display their wealth. Also, they wore these outfits into battle.