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"Clean shirt, new shoes,
And I don't know where I am goin' to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I don't need a reason why.
They come a-runnin' just as fast as they can,
'Cause every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man."

"Clothes make the man" is this guy's motto. Impeccably groomed yet never a slave to fashion, the Sharp-Dressed Man is quite simply a guy dressed to the nines, over whom the ladies in the audience will undoubtedly swoon.

A three-piece, custom-tailored suit (that is, one including a Waistcoat of Style) is the usual embodiment of this trope, but both simpler ensembles (like a well-tailored two-piece) or more imaginative outfits can qualify as well. The shirt is crisp and pressed, the tie made of silk. Hats, canes, umbrellas, fine pocket watches, handkerchiefs, and cigars are optional… but in some environments, highly recommended. Awesome Anachronistic Apparel will often overlap. A Sharp-Dressed Man often pairs his well-tailored clothing with a Billionaire Wristband and a Cool Car. A sharp-dressed hero in a period piece may have a ruffled Classy Cravat.

A Sister Trope of Simple, yet Opulent (since these suits can be exxxxxpen$ive) and more subtly to The Fashionista (his Distaff Counterpart), The Dandy, Costume Porn.

Super-Trope to:

Compare Bifauxnen.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Baccano!: Being set in 1930's Gangsterland, what were the chances that the show wouldn't use this trope like a horribly addictive drug?
  • The Big O: Roger Smith. Jason Beck actually manages to look good in gold suits, but his oft ridiculous hairdos and Laughably Evil antics tend to kill the effects of this trope. Alex Rosewater actually doesn't look too bad in a white business suit, though he himself doesn't really look as good as his own outfit.
  • A somewhat younger example: Makube Rokuro from Tezuka's Vampires. He keeps the look as he gets older. He appears as an expy in works like Black Jack.
  • Richard in The Case Files of Jeweler Richard is almost never seen out of a three-piece suit, and when he is, he still favors collared shirts and slacks.
  • Chrono Crusade is a show set in the Roaring Twenties, so of course, most of its men are dressed in classy suits.
  • Defied by Ryo Saeba from City Hunter: while he does have the fashion sense for this, he's a Sweeper and fashionable clothing leaves little space for the concealed weapons he needs; so, as he explained to a fashion designer he was bodyguarding, he prefers casual clothing that can hide a dismantled pistol with ammo, plastic explosive with detonator, and condoms, and isn't too much trouble to rip off to release the tear gas or just explode in the face of an enemy.
  • Code Geass has a slightly more intricately sharp-dressed man in Lelouch vi Britannia's alter-ego, Zero. Fashioned with gold trimmings, his purple-tailed suit and cravat are impeccably sharp. That's good because it draws attention away from the fact that his pants and his shoes are sewn together.
  • Darker than Black: November 11 is always either impeccably dressed or naked as a jaybird.
  • Death Note: Light Yagami pulls this off pretty well, when he feels like it for work. He tends towards smart casual otherwise.
  • In Durarara!!, Shizuo's inexplicable inability to wear anything other than impeccably tailored bartender suits is something of a running gag. He was given several dozen copies of the outfit by his rich younger brother who hoped that it would encourage him to keep his current job for longer than a few weeks. It didn't work, but Shizuo keeps wearing the suits out of respect for him.
  • El-Hazard's would-be ruler, Katsuhiko Jinnai, is never seen without his suit and tie. Bonus points for stylin' by usually keeping one hand in his pocket, leaving the other free to straighten his necktie. Sure, it's his school's uniform, but him making it stylin' is another point of contrast between him and Makoto, whose uniform is worn in a rather slobbish way.
  • Tokiomi Tohsaka of Fate/Zero is almost always dressed like a 19th-century riverboat gambler.
  • When Fullmetal Alchemist's Roy Mustang is not in his military uniform, he is almost always dressed in a full suit, complete with waistcoat, over which he tends to wear a black wool coat (often draped around his shoulders to give it a cape effect) and his trademark embroidered white gloves. He is, both In-Universe and in the fandom, an object of much female admiration.
    • The mangaka, being well aware of his popularity, drew several pieces of official art in which Roy wears tuxedos. Edward Elric, Alphonse Elric, and Maes Hughes are also seen in a number of said art pieces dressed to the nines, as well as the members of Roy's military unit.
  • In GTO: The Early Years, Abe is this, and it definitely helps him attract women. One panel shows his outfit, which altogether costs over 900,000 yen, not including his watch (which costs 2.4 million yen on its own)note .
  • Alucard from Hellsing, whose outfit is like the awesome love child of Vash the Stampede (lampshaded by the author himself in his end-of-tankobon notes) and Carmen Sandiego.
    • Tubalcain Alhambra is just a bit more normal-looking, with his three-piece suit, dress gloves, and wide hat. He even introduces himself as "a dandy man," though he's not quite flamboyant enough to be a full-fledged dandy or Agent Peacock.
  • High Card: Four of the five members of High Card are certainly this while Wendy Sato can come across as a Bifauxnen.
  • Lupin III: It's a little harder to see in the older Anime, due to the washed-out colours compared to today, but that's not an issue with the recent movies.
    • Lupin and Jigen consider suit and tie clothing to be casual wear, no matter the weather. For formal dress, they switch to solid white and black respectively, with accessories to highlight them.
    • Goemon considers a traditional hakama to be casual wear, adding traditional jackets for a more formal outing.
    • Zenigata also wears suit-and-tie ensembles, generally only changing his tie and hat colours. The trenchcoat gives the impression of a three-piece suit for a cop. Interpol must pay well.
  • While there are probably a few other examples in Gundam's broader franchise, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing sees this intersect with Awesome Anachronistic Apparel for Treize Khushrenada, who is never seen without his blue-and-white Napoleonic-style dress uniform and cavalry boots (and frequently wears a hussar-style cape), with the lone exception of one shot of him bathing. This extends to his "private army", the military arm of OZ called the Alliance Special Mobile Suit Troops, who on Earth are never seen without their cavalry boots and dress uniforms, even in circumstances where they really wouldn't wear them (like combat operations in the desert).
  • Monster: The most casual thing you ever see Johan Liebert wear is a grey sweater, which he wears after getting out of the hospital following a massive Villainous BSoD.
    • There was also that cute clubbing dress with the magic make-you-shorter heels. And the wig, obviously. Despite the heels, it was a pretty casual outfit.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi: Any of the suits worn by Takemichi or his teacher Gateau.
  • One Piece:
  • Pokémon: The Series: Giovanni, Cilan, Riley and Steven Stone. Also, Maxie, albeit with a specially-made uniform. Archie also has a nice suit.
    • "Looker" or "Handsome," in the Japanese version, isn't exactly some random nickname.
  • Sailor Moon: Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask has four different girls and several men after him, and even when not in Tuxedo Mask form he wears well-tailored jackets.
  • Soul Eater gives us Death The Kid, son of the Grim Reaper, who is a teenager in a perfectly symmetrical suit.
  • SPY×FAMILY has Loid Forger aka Agent Twilight almost always seen in a tailored suit complete with a vest and tie to reflect his Tuxedo and Martini spy identity.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Zigfried Von Schroeder is a Germanic aristocrat, businessman, and longtime rival of Seto Kaiba. He takes great pride in his appearance, dressing in richly colored and elaborate suites, complete with perfect hair and accessories. Heavily overlaps with The Dandy.

    Comic Books 
  • Astro City:
  • Batman:
    • Being a celebrity and the CEO of a huge, wealthy company, Bruce Wayne tends to wear suits a lot in his "day" persona. So do Tim Drake and Dick Grayson on occasion, and they look good in them!
    • Averted with the Joker in Death of the Family. He's dressed up in a plain old repairman jumpsuit and is not even close to looking sharply dressed this time around.
    • In Batman: White Knight, Jack Napier's sanity allows him to dress much more stylishly, as opposed to the garishly dressed and messy-haired Joker.
  • In Figment (Disney Kingdoms), Blair Mercurial/The Dreamfinder wears a nice blue suit and top hat as is the case in Journey into Imagination.
  • Iron Man: "Sharp Dressed Man" might as well be Tony Stark's theme song.
  • Justice Machine's own Talisman wears a fancy tuxedo.
  • The Justice Society of America villain Johnny Sorrow. In this case, he is a sharp-dressed ghost; he appears like a floating elegant red suit with a mask and black gloves.
  • Walter in The Mask exclusively wears suits worth several thousands of dollars. It contrasts heavily with his monstrous appearance.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Doctor Octopus briefly traded in his green and orange tights for nice suits.
    • Despite being morbidly obese, the Kingpin is almost always seen in stylish, custom-made suits.
    • Fittingly, Enforcers member Fancy Dan always wears a suit.
  • Zatanna: Zatara the Magician is usually seen wearing his trademark tuxedo, top hat, and cape.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Harry/Draco slash fanfiction Big Dick, Come Quick, both Harry and Draco are quite partial to wearing designer suits. Be it Boateng, Hugo Boss, or Armani, they practically have it all since they're rich, famous, and ridiculously handsome.
  • The title character of The Harmon Verse, Jack Harmon, lives and breathes this trope.
  • The Homestuck fanfic Don't Name It gives us a perfect example with the smug businesstroll Jade Equius.
  • The Danganronpa fanfic Despair's Last Resort has Arata Miyazaki the Super High School Level Designer and Shigeru Kitagawa the Super High School Level Composer.
  • Tapper Smurf from Empath: The Luckiest Smurf in his role as The Bartender, with green-striped vest and bowtie.
  • In The Family that Chooses You Ted gives Harry a suit for his seventeenth birthday. His female friends all joke about him being a heartbreaker in it and even Oliver states that he's "easy on the eyes".
  • The Great Alicorn Hunt: Rarity's Royal Guard contingent, "The Radiant Guard", are some of the best-dressed ponies in all of Equestria. They are also "Black Flag Specialist" plainclothes security. Rarity's hoofmaidens could fold Big Mac into a small box without breaking a sweat.
  • Before his Heroic BSoD, the Doctor in The Road to Shalka is a very cool-dressed Time Lord, with stylish waistcoats and silk shirts. Afterwards, he loses a lot of the colour, but the Badass Longcoat is there to stay.
  • The Big Bad of Old West, a wealthy French-speaking fox Dufayel, wears a neat burgundy suit even under the scorching sun of the Mojave Desert.
  • Marvel Crossroads: Colin from Ghost Rider is described as being in a nice and stylish blue suit most of the time.
  • Dorian prides himself on being this in the Skyhold Academy Yearbook series, and takes great pains to force the other teachers to be this as well. They tolerate it to varying degrees.
  • Lexi from Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail is usually a book, but he can separate his papers into giving him a human form. Inspired by Chloe's character of "The Specter of the Black Forest", he transforms his papers to give him the same apparel of a vanilla white ice-cream suit, low-heeled boots, and a black tie. Through Word of God, he's supposed to be an Expy of Specter.

    Film — Animation 
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas:
    • Jack Skellington proves the immediate sex appeal of this trope, despite being a talking, walking skeleton.
    • The Melting Man also qualifies despite his obvious attributes.
  • Russ Cargill from The Simpsons Movie.
  • The Bensons from Toy Story 4, being as they're a bunch of (stereotypical) ventriloquist dummies.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The Adjustment Bureau: All the members of the eponymous organisation wear fifties-style suits, complete with nice hats.
  • The title character in Alfie is never not in his suit and tie, making him all the more appealing to the many ladies he romances. At one point in the Michael Caine version, he even shags the woman who does his dry-cleaning — and leaves wearing a different suit; it is heavily implied that this happens every time he goes to the dry-cleaner's.
  • Richard Gere's clothes in American Gigolo were, for the time, impeccably fashionable, and the movie is credited with establishing Armani's popularity in Hollywood.
  • Thanks to a Limited Wardrobe, the titular Blues Brothers wear the same two suits and pairs of sunglasses for the entire movie. Subversion, since it's literally the same two suits, but the movie takes place over several days, and we hear a background character remark on how bad they smell.
  • The DC Extended Universe has a few snazzy dressers.
  • In the '60s Doctor Who film (starring Peter Cushing) Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., the collaborator (played by Philip Madoc) wears a great-looking off-white trenchcoat, in contrast with the run-down appearance of all the other humans.
  • Percival Graves in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Under his Badass Longcoat he has a blazer with a sharp red piping, a waistcoat with contrasting lapels, and scorpion tie pins with jeweled eyes. Also, spats.
  • Lampshaded in the live-action George of the Jungle when the narrator mentions to the audience that the title character's suit is from Armani.
    Narrator: After reuniting with his long-lost brothersnote , the Jungle King was pleased to discover that he looked pretty good in Armani!
    George: (delightedly) Pretty darn good!
  • 1920s silent comedy star Raymond Griffith always wore white tie and tails, usually with a top hat, cape, and walking stick. Even when playing a spy trying to steal a shipment of gold in The Wild West, as he did in Hands Up!.
  • Everyone in Inception, especially (and spectacularly) Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character, Arthur, who wore his three-piece suits sharp enough to kill. Yes, even Ariadne and Mal. Meow. This tends to crop up in Christopher Nolan's movies in general. And Nolan himself.
  • The Italian Job (1969), The first thing Charlie Croker does upon getting released from jail? Visiting his tailor and his shirtmaker.
  • Ben Whitaker in The Intern insists that this is the proper way for a gentleman to dress, and has a closet full of tasteful suits. When he lets fellow intern David room with him while apartment-hunting, David starts following Ben's example and dressing more professionally himself (online startups have very lax dress codes if any, and Jules clearly doesn't hold her employees to any stricter standard than "clean and suitable for being in public").
  • Bond. James Bond. In his first film, Dr. No, Felix Leiter compliments his suit and asks about his tailor.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service: The heroic Kingsman British spy agency is full of these; they began as a tailor shop and still use one as their front.
    Harry: A suit is the modern gentleman's armour. And the Kingsman agents are the new knights.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015): Top CIA agent Napoleon Solo is always dressed to the nines in a well-fitted three-piece suit in public, which helps immensely with charming the ladies. Lampshaded by Gaby when they first meet:
    Gaby: You look important. Or at least your suit does.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Loki likes to dress in nice suits whenever he visits Earth in all Thor movies and The Avengers. Oddly enough, these suits serve no real purpose; the first time he made himself invisible to the humans, and the second time he needed to get to an old scientist in the middle of the fancy party in Stuttgart. Perhaps he just likes Midgardian fashion (or just has to be wearing the best, no matter what style he's dressed in and no matter whether anybody would actually see him... which would be in character), or perhaps the filmmakers just like putting Tom Hiddleston in nice suits for the ladies to enjoy!
    • Not quite as fanservicey, but Agent Coulson's suits get progressively nicer and sharper with each movie he appears in. When he first shows up in Iron Man, his suit fits poorly to exaggerate his unimpressive comic relief status. By The Avengers, he's proved he's really a Badass Normal / Unfazed Everyman and is decked out in Dolce & Gabanna.
    • When he's not dressing casually, or in his armor, Tony Stark naturally goes for expensive suits, as befits a billionaire playboy philanthropist. However, as he points out in Captain America: Civil War, a lovely three-piece suit is no good in a combat situation against a brainwashed cyborg assassin.
  • Mortal Engines:
    • Thaddeus is only seen without his exceptional suits once in the whole movie, where he has to get a shirtless scene to treat his stab wound.
    • The Auctioneer also has an incredibly designed suit covered with a variety of buttons setting him apart from the other south scavengers.
  • Likewise, any character played by Cary Grant; Roger Thornhill in North By Northwest is a notable example.
  • Jay of Okja is only ever seen in a suit.
  • The Old Man & the Gun: Forrest Tucker wears a nice suit and dapper fedora wherever he goes, including his bank robberies.
  • Pulp Fiction: Presumably, a standard dress-code Marcellus Wallace requires of his henchmen, given that he, Jules, Vince, and the Wolf are all Badasses in Nice Suits.
  • Jimmy gets a nice red suit, presumably with his severance pay, towards the end of Quadrophenia.
  • In every film he was in, veteran character actor Terry-Thomas would be dressed in a suit with waistcoat and cigarette holder, often with a bowler, cane, and occasional monocle as well.
  • Peter Guillam from the 2011 version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Most of the important characters really, since they're all government spies, but Guillam's Waistcoat of Style Fanservice tendencies and randomly brightly coloured ties single him out.
  • Any character played by Fred Astaire, such as Jerry from Top Hat.
  • The evil Djinn of Wishmaster looks quite refined while wearing a suit in his human guise, to the point that the clerk selling the suit is clearly floored by him. He rewards her interest by turning her into a mannequin.
  • The Blank version of Oliver Chamberlain from The World's End.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class and in his elderly years is always well-dressed as befitting a professor and principal. Costume designer Louise Mingenbach refers to Professor X as "Mr. Fancy Pants" in the "United Colors of X" featurette on the X2: X-Men United DVD, and Sammy Sheldon has stated in the "Suiting Up" documentary on the First Class Blu-Ray that she made Charles' attire as stylish as she could while keeping him, "honest, real, studious." In the "Two Worlds, Two Battles" segment of The Rogue Cut, Patrick Stewart says that his character "has been seen as something of a peacock over all these years. Quite exotic-looking suits."
    • X-Men: First Class has several examples.
      • Sebastian Shaw.
      • Azazel is always wearing a black suit.
      • Riptide, as with every other male member of the Hellfire Club.

  • Agent Pendergast is almost always seen in one.
  • Arsène Lupin: Before his name is given in Arsène Lupin vs. Sherlock Holmes, he's referred to as 'the well-dressed young gentleman'.
  • In the Aunt Dimity series, Bill and his father are noted to dress this way, with Willis Sr. retaining his sartorial habits into his retirement.
  • Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may have strange ideas of proper colors for his outfit, but his Stage Magician-esque suit, top hat, and walking-stick do have a certain style and grandeur all the same. Adaptations usually go with more coordinated ensembles, but preserve the inherent eccentricity. (The 1971 film gives him a bow tie, the 2005 film a Badass Longcoat...)
  • Circleverse: Niklaren Goldeye. He's a male character in a work by Tamora Pierce, who has a definite tendency to write these characters, and a bit of a dandy. Briar might count too, simply because his foster-sister Sandry, an avid seamstress, wouldn't allow him to leave the house in any other mode of dress.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses: Rhys is frequently mentioned to be smartly dressed, using his magic to always appear this way, making him the time period equivalent of this trope.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Many of Lucius Malfoy's outfits fall into this.
    • For the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Barty Crouch Sr. sports a perfectly crisp three-piece suit and tie. Harry thinks to himself that even Uncle Vernon wouldn't be able to tell that he was a wizard, especially compared to other wizards at the event like Ludo Bagman (who wears his old Quidditch outfit) or Archie (the wizard who wears a woman's nightgown and is going commando).
  • Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch: LAPD Detective Jerry Edgar is frequently noted for being the sharpest-dressed guy in the division. Bosch notes an occasion where Edgar arrives at a homicide scene in jeans and a t-shirt and suspects that he dressed down to avoid the "dirty work" of notifying the victim's next of kin.
  • The Hearts We Sold: The Daemon appears to the heartless troop as a handsome gentleman in a nice suit.
  • Howl in Howl's Moving Castle, even before one of his suits gets (accidentally) enchanted by Sophie.
  • The Kingkiller Chronicle: The Wise Man's Fear gives us this gem from Count Threpe: "know a lady by her manner, a man by his cloth." when advising Kvothe to stay fashionable abroad.
  • Nero Wolfe is noted as being an incredibly well-dressed man. He is obsessive about how neat his clothes are. He also sleeps in silk pajamas.
  • One Cool Friend: Much younger than the typical subject of this trope, Elliot is a sharp-dressed little boy with good manners. The black-and-white penguins at the aquarium remind him of himself.
  • Sherlock Holmes was always considered this and, contrary to the stereotype, would never commit such an embarrassing fashion faux pas as to wear an outfit for the countryside, a deerstalker, and an Inverness cape, in the city.
  • In Time Scout, it turns out that Malcolm's quietly a clothes horse. His favorite persona for Victorian London is as an eccentric globe-trotting gentleman and he has to keep up with changing styles. Contrast Ancient Rome, where he's usually a collared slave, which is how he was dressed in the opening.
  • Dimitri from Vampire Academy is always well-dressed and well put together. He looks stylish when wearing his dusters.
  • Isaac Asimov's "The Watery Place": The two aliens approach Sheriff Cameron wearing charcoal grey suits, white shirts, and maroon ties. They claim to be dressed like the dominant social class and want him to arrange for the "important men" to come talk to them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Very characteristic of '70s detective shows. See Kojak, Hawaii Five-O, and The Rockford Files.
    • Comedies as well — see Det. Ron Harris on Barney Miller, easily the best-dressed guy in the squad room.
  • Derren Brown has a fairly distinctive three-piece, with a no-tie look that he likes. Combined with his trademark goatee, and it might as well be a uniform.
  • Jimmy Carr is nearly always decked out in an increasingly delicious array of suits. It should also be mentioned that his hair is just as impeccable as his style, with nary a lock out of place even when he's sharing an ice bath with a particularly friendly Georgie Thompson.
  • Most of Hugh Laurie's pre-House characters.
    • Black Adder the Third: Prince George may be the most stupid Upper-Class Twit in England, but he also has the (allegedly) biggest wardrobe as well. His main expenditure is socks.
    • Jeeves and Wooster: Most of the male cast. In Bertie's case, it's only through Jeeves' best efforts.
  • Keith Olbermann is another notably snappy dresser. As of 2016, he has been hired by Gentlemen's Quarterly to do political reports while wearing really nice suits.
  • President Bates of 15/Love, something that the school doctor definitely noticed.
  • Angel: Gunn after getting his brain upgrade — he stops wearing the suit after discovering what the upgrade cost him.
  • Face from The A-Team is always impeccably dressed, a characteristic of most of actor Dirk Benedict's characters.
  • In Auction Kings, Jamie wears some very strange but stylish suits.
  • Blackadder: Blackadder himself tends to be well-dressed, especially in his smarter incarnations. Lord Edmund in the second season favoured a leather ensemble with ruff that made Rowan Atkinson a sex symbol while it was first airing, and his Regency incarnation was the butler to the Prince of England and dressed appropriately. Of course, he is usually seen right next to Baldrick, who seems to secrete dirt from every pore, which may push up his fashion value just through contrast.
  • Burn Notice: When not running a job, Michael seems to prefer wearing Armani suits.
    • Or Michael himself:
      Michael, selling his cover to the sniper pointing a rifle at him: The label? The label is Armani. Cops don't fit Armani.
    • To the point that even a Burn Notice promo was to ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man".
  • Howard Hamlin of Better Call Saul is rarely seen in anything but an immaculately tailored suit with knit tie and gold tie pin. He even has a signature shade, which he calls "Hamlindigo Blue".
  • Frequently overlaps with Badass in a Nice Suit on Chuck. Casey is in a sharp suit practically Once an Episode, and especially in later seasons, Chuck himself can really work one. Then there's Devon. Even Sarah rocks a nice suit from time to time.
    • Villains especially get in on the act. Special mention goes to Tommy, Vincent and Shaw.
  • In The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert's suits are a major part of his personality. In one sketch, he reveals that beneath his suit is another suit.
    • In other segments, he's had suits tailored for specific purposes, like one with a hoodie for his rap battle against Michael Steele.
    • In his Pistachios commercials, not only is Colbert himself dressed sharply but his eagle as well.
  • Criminal Minds: Agent Aaron Hotchner is almost always seen wearing a suit and tie. And damn does he look fine when he does.
  • CSI: NY: Detective Mac Taylor, who apparently loves dressing in black, wears a dark suit with a tie to work in every single episode of Season 1. At the end of Episode 1.12, "Recycling," he doesn't wear the tie to a dog show he and Stella are attending and she comments that she's never seen him without one. In that season's finale, for once he's seen in full casual attire away from work, but when he goes on his first date since his wife's death, Stella offers to "help" him with his tie...she pulls it off. From Season 2 on, he's pretty much always wearing a suit and no tie while at work. The exception is when he's testing weapons such as katanas in "Corporate Warriors;" he's shown in a tight black t-shirt there. When his suitcase goes missing upon his return from London in the Season 4 opener, he's forced to wear other attire. He apparently went out and bought more clothes, because an episode or two later when his suitcase still hasn't been returned, he shows up in a dapper solid black button-down shirt, prompting Danny to exclaim, "Whoa, Mac, back in black!" When he and Christine begin dating in Episode 8.14, he reverts to the suit and tie look to attend her parents' anniversary party, but Jo tells him he needs to loosen up and "at least lose the tie!" To his credit, he goes home and changes...but he still shows up in solid black, including his ever-present suit coat.
  • When out of uniform Walker from Dad's Army was always dressed in an impeccably tailored suit in keeping with his "profession" as a high-class black marketeer.
  • The Devil Judge: Yo-han spends most of the series wearing a suit.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The original Master, played by Roger Delgado.
    • Count Scarlioni wears a three-piece cream linen suit, a turquoise cravat, and a black shirt (so we know he's evil).
    • The Fourth Doctor unexpectedly starts dressing in a much sharper style in his final season, after dressing in a theoretically classy but rather scruffy style for most of his run. He keeps his Messy Hair, though.
    • Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. Yow.
    • David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. Apart from the trainers, anyway... but even those work out.
    • John Simm's Master dresses this way in "The Sound of Drums"/"Last of the Time Lords". However, when he returns in "The End of Time", he's dressed like a scruffy hobo. He returns to sharpness, dressed similarly to Delgado, in "World Enough and Time"/"The Doctor Falls".
    • Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor thinks he's this but looks more nerdy than anything else. In real life though, his off-beat clothes have been endlessly copied by young men around the world (especially the bow tie). To Matt's credit, he can rock a tuxedo when the situation calls for it.
    • The Silence.
    • Peter Capaldi brings back the class for his Twelfth Doctor. His signature black and red Crombie coat gives a cutting figure and adds some drama whenever he appears on the scene. According to Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor's wardrobe was inspired by David Bowie, a man who practically lived and breathed this trope. From around his second series, Twelve starts alternating between this and a more casual hoodie-and-coat look to reflect him loosening up.
  • Earth: Final Conflict's Ronald Sandoval.
    • William Boone wears one most of the time as well. His replacement, Liam Kincaid, opts for a leather jacket instead.
  • Firefly: Simon Tam is always the best-dressed member of the crew (except for Inara). My word, but he does look nice in a waistcoat.
  • Forever:
    • Henry always wears tailored suits, usually with a waistcoat and a classy scarf instead of a tie (likely a call-back to the cravats he grew up with, although not tied so fancy). Even when he's relaxing at home, the most casual we ever see him is neatly pressed slacks and a clean long-sleeved button-down dress shirt.
    • In "The Man in the Killer Suit" the titular man was pretending to be an English nobleman and dressed the part, thanks to his girlfriend, working for a high-end clothing store and plotting a Pygmalion con job, seeing potential in a bike messenger from Oklahoma named Dwight Diziak.
  • Niles Crane from Frasier. Frasier too (though less strikingly), but he at least changes when he goes home, unlike his brother. This could lead one to presume Maris insisted Niles stay dressed to the nines while he was in her sight. Once he separates from Maris and eventually marries Daphne he does start to dress more casually when not at work or going out for the evening.
  • In the Friends episode "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS", Joey shows up to the telethon wearing a tuxedo because he thought he was hosting. When he ends up taking the last pledge, Gary Collins compliments him on being so well-dressed.
  • In Game of Thrones, Renly Baratheon is always handsomely dressed for the occasion, whether he's at court, on a hunting trip, or commanding an army of about a hundred thousand men.
  • You will be hard-pressed to find Richard Gilmore of Gilmore Girls in anything other than a suit and tie.
  • As of Season 3 of Gossip Girl, Chuck Bass is never seen in anything but suits (except occasionally when he's in pyjamas).
  • Mads Mikkelsen's version of Hannibal Lecter from Hannibal became one of the most prominent examples of this trope since the series aired. This Hannibal is one of the most sophisticated characters in the live-action series because of his classy style. He wears ties that became a unique trademark of the character due to their distinguished and imposing type.
  • Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother pretty much lives and breathes this trope (hence why he provides the page image). He even wears suit pajamas (Suitjamas, which are now available online) in case easy women come by in the middle of the night. He swaps to more comfortable and much less stylish nightwear and is proven to have been right the first time that very night. His tailor (or "suit guy") is Tim Gunn.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): Both Louis de Pointe du Lac and Lestat de Lioncourt are affluent men who wear period-accurate, impeccable suits (and the occasional tuxedos) throughout the past scenes of Season 1; all the suits in the show were made by seamstresses and were fitted to their actors.
  • Jason King was the television embodiment of the late '60s/early '70s British dandy.
  • While all of the ADAs on Law & Order: SVU dress very nicely, Rafael Barba takes this to extremes; his (three-piece, naturally) suits tend to cost upwards of four figures and are beautifully tailored. Just to cap it off, he wears extremely flashy ties with coordinating pocket squares (often in a fancy fold), suspendersnote  instead of a belt, and even coordinating socks. Not for nothing has this man been said to rival Mycroft Holmes in the suit porn department.
    • Fans noted that Carisi, while more likely than any of the other SVU men to wear a well-pressed suit to work, started taking a page out of Barba's book and wearing tailored, three-piece suits once making the jump the ADA's office.
  • Legion:
    • Amahl Farouk is a Man of Wealth and Taste, so he's frequently garbed in classy, old-fashioned suits to display his sophistication.
    • Charles Xavier is Mr. Fancy-Pants because he follows the fashion trends of upper-class Englishmen in the 1950s, so he's often dressed in chic suits from the era that highlight his elegant frame, and he appears quite dashing in them. To elevate his aura of refinement, he has a different-coloured trilby (a hat that was popular among rich British men) for every suit that he owns. He dons a black trilby when he exits the mental hospital, a grey one when he travels to Morocco, and a beige one when he reconciles with Gabrielle.
  • Lucifer Morningstar, the titular character of Lucifer, is an emblematic instance of this trope. The pride and allure central to this archetype express themselves through this trope.
    Lucifer: The Devil does, in fact, wear Prada.
  • Virtually all of the male characters in Mad Men wear nice suits, especially Don Draper. Justified in that in advertising, image is everything. The suits used in the show were supplied by Brook Brothers.
  • Patrick Jane in The Mentalist. Subverted somewhat in that, while Jane is only ever seen in his hallmark three-piece suit, his curls can get unruly, the suit itself is somewhat rumpled, and his shoes are very worn.
  • Mr. Lucky and Andamo are always stylish, especially when entertaining guests aboard their luxurious floating casino/gourmet restaurant.
  • NCIS: Tony DiNozzo. Go check his closet if you don't believe it.
    • After Director Shepard dies in a firefight, Abby comments on how Jenny was always so sharply dressed.
  • Hetty in NCIS: Los Angeles is known for her dress sense. When Abby from NCIS volunteered her services to the L.A. branch, Hetty complimented her on her Perky Goth attire, because it demonstrated that one can be a professional and still possess a sense of style.
  • Dan Fielding, of Night Court, always seemed to wear tight-fitting double-breasted suits. Judge Harry Stone also usually dressed well (suits and fedoras), if a little dated.
    • Though one episode showed that he sometimes wears a dickie made to look like a shirt and tie under his robes to hide the fact that he's really in his undies.
  • Mr. Conklin in Our Miss Brooks almost always wears a Waistcoat of Style. If he's going outside, he's sure to don a fedora hat.
  • In Parks and Recreation, Tom's love of fine clothing (and diminutive frame) becomes a plot point when he starts a business renting his wardrobe out to fashion-conscious high-schoolers.
  • Heavy, the rogue CIA operator in Season 2 of Powers, wears an old-fashioned suit, with a Badass Longcoat and a wide-brimmed fedora.
  • Project Runway: Tim Gunn is quite the silver fox in his go-to shirt-and-tie combo.
  • Property Brothers: Drew does like his suits, ties, and dress shoes. No, really, he does — it's not just an attempt to make it clear which twin is in which shot. (Though for the Brother vs Brother spinoff, the nice clothes stay in Drew's closet since he's getting hands-on with the renovations, and doesn't want to ruin them.)
  • Psychopath Diary: In-woo is rarely seen wearing anything but a suit, even when threatening and killing people.
  • Spoofed with Cat in Red Dwarf who goes to absurd lengths to protect his clothes, even above protecting himself and others from physical harm.
  • Schitt's Creek: Johnny Rose wears immaculate bespoke suits that he purchased before he went broke.
  • From Selfie, Henry is well-dressed, and may cross over from this trope into The Dandy at times (he wears bow ties, for one thing.) In one episode he mentions his categorization system for his clothes.
  • Sherlock: While all the characters are dressed well, the cut on Benedict Cumberbatch's suits and coat for Sherlock is phenomenal. (Lestrade and Mycroft also look quite fine.)
    • Lampshaded in-universe by both Sherlock and John, who acknowledge the coolness-conferring powers of the coat—it's one of Sherlock's stated reasons why he looks taller in pictures.
    • Sherlock's wardrobe has become so popular that people have begun asking after it in clothing shops. Journalist Alexis Petridis comments, "So it is that Britain's latest men's style icon is a fictional asexual sociopath first seen onscreen hitting a corpse with a stick. Surely not even the great detective himself could have deduced that was going to happen."
    • The Big Bad, Jim Moriarty, is only ever seen in something less than a suit when he's out of character.
  • Smallville: Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow is very sharp-dressed when he's not in his Superhero uniform. So's Clark after he starts working at the Daily Planet, and for a short period even earlier when Lionel Luthor swapped bodies with him. For the Man of Wealth and Taste/ Badass in a Nice Suit variant, we have Lex Luthor, Lionel Luthor, Earth-2 Clark, and Alexander.
  • Harvey Specter on Suits. Three-piece suits are an abundance on that show, a fact that is often commented on. Justified since all lawyers in the firm are Harvard grads (except for Mike), and they are working for a top law firm in New York. It's pretty much a requirement.
  • Johnson in Sze U Tonight, who always wears a suit and tie.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
    • In "The Burning Man", the strange boy whom Doug and Aunt Neva pick up is wearing a very expensive-looking white suit.
    • In "Welcome to Winfield", The Grim Reaper Griffin St. George wears a white suit with matching shoes.
    • In "Dead Run", the Dispatcher, who has recently taken over the Celestial Bureaucracy, wears an extremely expensive-looking suit during his meeting with Johnny Davis.
    • In "Time and Teresa Golowitz", the Prince of Darkness appears to Bluestone as a suave man in his 60s wearing an elegant suit.
  • Elijah on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Velvet: As the show takes place at a high-end fashion house in the 1950s, all male executives are this.
  • Neal Caffrey from White Collar wears vintage tailored suits. Agents Peter Burke and Jones also wear nice suits. Mozzie's nickname for Peter is "Suit".
  • James West and Artemus Gordon of The Wild Wild West must spend a good part of their paychecks on their gorgeous period suits.
  • The Wire — "The Bunk is strictly a suit-and-tie motherfucker." The one time he's seen in casual wear, it's to make a point about him being outside his usual habitat — and gets Daniels to quip, "I thought you were born in pinstripes."

  • Mod bands have this trope as one of their tenets. The Who pre-Woodstock is a good example.
  • One of the main selling points of the New Wave Music/New Romantic movements starting in the late '70s was the prevalence of slim clothes in contrast to the flaring outfits mainly associated (to this day) with Disco music and the casual styles of mainstream rock in America. This soon overlapped with their embracing of Music Videos.
  • British Blackened Death Metal band Akercocke are rarely seen without their snazzy, turn-of-the-century style suits, sometimes with sharp facial hair to match. Check this out for size, rookies.
  • Animals as Leaders: Tosin Abasi will wear a suit every so often.
  • Enforced for The Beatles in their pre-Yellow Submarine days — they all dressed alike, and they all looked impeccable, with matching haircuts, suits, and shoes. Left to their own devices, things were a little different; Paul kept it up, but Ringo and George leaned heavily on the dandy side, while John, more often than not, was a raging slob.
  • The Berliner Philharmoniker dress like this for Waldbühne outdoor concerts.
  • David Bowie's stage wardrobe has invoked this more than once:
    • The Thin White Duke, the persona he created for Station to Station (1976), dressed this way, with a black waistcoat and pants atop a white dress shirt; this was partially inspired by the elegant suits he wore in several scenes of the film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
    • 1983's Serious Moonlight Tour, done to support Let's Dance, had him dress in natty pastel suits.
    • 1990's Sound+Vision Tour featured black-and-white suits as part of the shows' deliberately minimalist approach compared to the highly theatrical Glass Spider Tour (done to support Never Let Me Down) three years prior.
  • Nick Cave is rarely seen not wearing a suit.
  • This is more or less Franz Ferdinand's M.O. when it comes to costumes. Of course, these get into various states of disarray as a show goes on.
  • All four members of KISS on the cover of Dressed to Kill.
  • As per their shtick as Ministry officials, the guys from Ministry of Magic usually perform in dress shirts, waistcoats and Hogwarts (movie) house ties.
  • The Modern Jazz Quartet always performed in tuxedos or (at worst) nice suits.
  • Robert Palmer was almost always seen in a suit on stage or in music videos. He even got voted best-dressed man of the '80s and is known as the "Gentleman of Rock & Roll" or "The James Bond of Rock" because of his penchant for Armani.
  • Postmodern Jukebox: The male members of the band tend to sport suits/tuxedos/other fancy wear.
  • Steam Powered Giraffe were voted "Best Costume—Group" in the 2013 Steampunk Gazette Reader's Choice Awards.
  • Tears for Fears:
    • In the "I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)" music video, there's a brief shot where Curt Smith is at a fancy dinner party, and he looks extremely handsome and elegant in a tuxedo with a white bowtie. He must also share this opinion because he would later wear the same outfit at public events.
    • When Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith were part of the pre-TFF band Graduate, matching suits were crucial to their mod revival style.
  • Justin Timberlake: "And as long as I've got my suit and tie, I'mma leave it all on the floor tonight..."
  • Most of the members of The World/Inferno Friendship Society could qualify as this, but none more so than Jack Terricloth.
  • ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" is the trope namer. It was apparently inspired by a movie starring Sean Connery. It's also a subversion — the narrator is totally overdressed and looks more like a fop than anything else—though to be fair, this was Texas in 1983, so the narrator's foppiness isn't exactly out of place or unfashionable.
  • The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was famous for wearing stylish suits, often landing him on "best dressed" lists.
  • Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry is rarely seen without a snazzy suit when performing, tying in with his fondness for 1950s traditional pop crooners. In fact, his relative understatement compared to the outlandish outfits worn by other Glam Rock musicians (including Roxy Music's own Brian Eno) was a major part of the band's public image.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Tatsumi Fujinami is rarely seen without formal wear. His son LEONA even less so. tuxedo.
  • The Trope Maker is Ric Flair, especially during his title reigns in the '80s and as leader of The Four Horsemen. He still manages to look every bit as put-together and "Slick Ric" now, though. And the rest of the Horsemen aren't too shabby themselves, especially during their WCW reformation, walking around in tuxedos.
  • Masahiro Chono as part of his over-the-top yakuza gimmick.
  • The ultimate example is undoubtedly Vince McMahon himself, who favors dark colors, pinstripes, and wiiiiide shoulder pads that make him look practically hulking (and he's already a fairly large man). In his younger years, he often wore brighter colors, and during the Attitude Era, he tended to go with plain black dress shirts and jackets. Popular folklore has it that he even has the crotch of his pants tailored as loose as possible so that his famous "grapefruits" will swing all the more masculinely as he swaggers down to the ring.
  • Evolution, as befits an Expy of the Four Horsemen (even including Ric Flair).
  • Chris Jericho has been rather fond of these since his most recent Heel–Face Turn. Of course he fully realizes (and plays up) that they do in fact make him look like a supervillain. The extraneous use of unnecessarily complicated words certainly doesn't help. Jericho is basically using the same gimmick that Nick Bockwinkel did for many years in the AWA.
  • The top men of New Japan Pro-Wrestling stable CHAOS tend to dress in very formal manners, especially after "Rain Maker" Kazuchika Okada returned from the USA with a lot more money. Tetsuya Naito of the rival Los Ingobernables de Japon often tries to outdress him.
  • The Miz has also been known to suit up on occasion, even going so far as to don a 1930s-era waistcoat.
  • Maxwell Chicago is one of the sharpest dressed men, coming to shows in a full tuxedo. However, he often doesn't leave shows quite so sharp since he wrestles in those tuxedos.

  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
    • To show off his wealth, Finn Flannagan is always decked out in impeccable dress, his standard attire being a red dress shirt, tie, and light slacks.
    • Sarah Travers, as a government agent, always wears a snazzy black suit while on the job. Not only that, but she has a preference for more colourful, stylish suits while off the clock.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Aberrant includes the Style skill to represent a character's fashion sense. Empathic clothing grants a bonus.
  • GURPS 4th Edition has the Fashion Sense Advantage, which grants a +1 on reaction rolls thanks to knowing just what to wear (or how to wear it).

  • In The Golden Apple, Ulysses and the boys have a song about how smart they look dressed up in store-bought suits.
  • The Wiz and his subjects of the Emerald City don snazzy outfits when Dorothy and her friends first meet them.

    Video Games 
  • Ace Attorney: Everyone's favorite cravat-wearing prosecutor, Miles Edgeworth. Who cares if he wears magenta?
  • Art of Fighting has a few of these; most notably: Italian stallion Robert Garcia, who's always dressed to the nines. There's also series antagonist Mr. Big, who comes complete with A Lady on Each Arm.
  • Castlevania: The other Alucard, who is edging in on The Dandy. In the 18th century, he wears period-appropriate finery in black with white and gold trimmings, topped with a red-lined black cloak; in the near future, his Paper-Thin Disguise consists of a perfectly tailored double-breasted suit, still black, with a blood-red pocket square.
  • C. Auguste Dupin, as depicted in the Dark Tales series, is sometimes this trope depending on his age. Games where he is older downplay it, but games that show him as a younger man will invariably outfit him in a stylish 19th-century suit, complete with waistcoat, pocket watch, walking stick, and top hat.
  • Saul, the snooty lawyer from Daughter for Dessert, dresses in a fancy suit, as befits his profession.
  • James and Agent Brown both don suits for the formal dinner on their cruise in Detectives United: Timeless Voyage, with their third partner Anna fondly complimenting them on how handsome they look. James seems mildly uncomfortable in his duds. Brown's appearance, on the other hand, was so well received by the fans that the devs put him in the same outfit for the next game.
  • Detroit: Become Human: The cold and calculating, state-of-the-art detective Connor is both a Sharp-Dressed Man and Badass in a Nice Suit. He is professionally dressed in a suit and tie and tends to admire his outfit as he is often seen tidying and straightening out his suit, most commonly after whipping someone's arse or accomplishing something, and the way he looks at himself in the mirror to make sure his suit is preen and well-adjusted the way he wants it.
    • Marcus too, as he wears a variety of nice clothing.
  • Devil Survivor 2:
    • The male Tico, dressed in a suit and tie with an Osbaldeston knot.
    • Joe is in a pinstriped suit, which he says is an expensive, $5000 suit by Armani. It's actually just a rip-off, cheap suit by Armanyo.
    • And the uniform of JP's, in general. But Yamato improves it with a Badass Longcoat that has a rather military design to it.
  • The Evil Within: Both Sebastian, under the Not-So-Badass Longcoat he loses early on, and his partner Joseph have a pretty snazzy character design, which is more apparent on Joseph due to his more slender build and the fact that he doesn't get a smudge of dirt on him throughout the game. Joseph is also never seen without his leather gloves.
  • Final Fantasy VII series: Both the Turks and especially Magnificent Bastard Rufus Shinra.
  • Final Fantasy XIV has suits that can be used as glamor so that they can kick ass in battle while looking sharp and it applies to the ladies too.
  • Final Fantasy XV: The Kingly Raiment, worn by Regis in the opening and unlocked for Noctis in the final chapter, is a black suit with a Badass Cape and mantle over top (and a brace on one leg because Regis is wearing down in his old age). If Noctis is wearing it for the final battle, he discards the mantle and leg brace, leaving him fighting Ardyn in just the suit; the CGI cutscene afterwards always shows him in it. Noctis' Royal Raiment also qualifies, and is available from the start of the game if you have the DLC.
  • Despite being a Country Mouse, Keaton from Fire Emblem Fates is well-dressed in a waistcoat and a dress shirt.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak II features the "Suit Style" DLC costumes for the male party members in the base game.
  • Mass Effect:
    • The Illusive Man, who always, ALWAYS, is well-groomed and keeps his style. Even in 3 when he appears with Reaper tech implanted in his body on the Citadel, at the end of the game.
    • Male Shepard also rocks a futuristic suit (with some white thrown in) when infiltrating a high-society party in the "Stolen Memory" DLC. Naturally, female Shepard wears a Little Black Dress instead. Neither outfit leaves room for concealed weapons, so alternative means of arming oneself are used.
  • Metal Gear: A recurring bonus feature in the series: Solid Snake or Big Boss, in a tuxedo.
  • In PAYDAY: The Heist, Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf, and Chains wear suits in most Heists, except Counterfeit, where they wear repairman uniforms; Diamond Heist, where they wear bulletproof vests with a suit on top; and No Mercy, where they wear scrubs. In Green Bridge, they wear yellow rain ponchos over their suits.
    • PAYDAY 2 does the same by having to add more heisters in snazzy suitsnote , even when they throw four layers of body armor over them.
  • Persona:
    • Katsuya and Baofu in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment are both trying. Katsuya's outfit falls a little too far down into business casual to quite fit, while Baofu's suit should count... except it's a bright gold color, and poorly complemented by his long black hair, leather gloves, and small round sunglasses (and general air of not having showered in a week). He thinks he's pulling it off anyway. Tatsuzou Sudou, Japan's Foreign Minister and a major antagonist, pulls it off a lot better.
    • Persona 3 Portable allows the purchase of tuxedo armor for all the guys (including Ken but, oddly, not the male main character), allowing either lead to exterminate Shadows (and various other evil) with a team full of Badasses In Nice Suits. In the main game itself, Akihiko's casual clothes tend to be very well-tailored and sharp, namely his white winter clothes.
    • Persona 4 Golden gives us the Agent Suits, male or female, complete with sunglasses to wear in the fog.
  • All of the Resident Evil 4 ports give the option to dress Leon in a sexy 1930's mobster suit.
  • In the Saints Row series from the third game onwards, the pre-release/teaser images for The Boss always show him in a very nice tailored black suit with the Saints Fleur-de-Lis as buttons (and the pattern on his vest). Pierce and Oleg are also rocking very nice suits (they also have these in-game all the time, except when Oleg is introduced). Zimos also ditched his Pimp Duds in the teaser art of the Saints in Saints Row: The Third.
  • Klaus and, to an only slightly lesser extent, Raeger in Story of Seasons (2014) are very well-dressed gentlemen. Perhaps not coincidentally, they are frequently the two most popular male love interests.
  • In Team Fortress 2, the Spy is this, despite his work being on a battlefield. He sometimes sarcastically laments his victims getting blood on his suit, and even has a knife in his sleeve named "The Sharp Dresser" (it's a promotional weapon from the Assassin's Creed series). The Dead of Night is an all class-item that pretty much makes all the mercenaries look nice.
  • This is a defining characteristic of swords in the Osafune school in Touken Ranbu, especially Shokudaikiri Mitsutada.
  • Twisted Wonderland: The dorm dress uniform of the Octavinelle dorm is designed this way; it helps that they own a classy on-campus café and their leaders are rather mafia-like.

    Web Animation 

  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Dr. McNinja is almost never seen in anything other than his lab coat, dress shirt, tie, and ninja mask. One almost wonders if that's why he will feel terrible for the rest of his life about this.
  • In Buster Wilde Weerwolf, Buster is usually in a nice suit thanks to Bernard's work clothes. Ironically, Buster hates the suit and yet it looks much better on him than it does on Bernard.
  • Parodied in Chopping Block, where Butch doesn't quite get it right.
  • Tarvek from Girl Genius is dressed as sharp as could be when we first meet him, though he deteriorates sharply later. He would very much prefer to be dressed perfectly at all times and is very fashion-oriented, at one point putting of greeting Agatha due to being embarrassed by his current outfit.
  • In Godslave, elegant suits seem to be the standard dress code for male Blacksmiths, and the girl is immaculately dressed as well.
  • Given the opportunity to upgrade their equipment through punchcard-based alchemy, both John and Dave of Homestuck prove to be fond of suits. Dave's FOUR ACES SUITED and PLUSH PUPPET TUX deserve particular mention.
    • Doc Scratch is a sharply dressed god-like entity with a large cueball for a head and no actual biological gender, but close enough.
  • Pretty much most of the guys in Lackadaisy. Mordecai and Sedgewick especially.
  • From Niels: Agent 300 and Niels himself. Agent 300 even admits that if he hadn't gone into espionage, he probably would've worked in mens' fashion.
  • There has yet to be a man who isn't well dressed in Todd Allison & the Petunia Violet.
  • In The Wolf at Weston Court Elgin makes this his life and Loup makes it his living (and life). Most of the men are pretty well-dressed, though.

    Web Videos 
  • Cause of Death: The pilot features a brutal fight between a slobbering drunk and a short, yet deadly killer who is dressed infinitely better than the man he's fighting. But the shirt itself is incredibly large on the killer.
  • Brad Jones is always dressed in a suit when playing The Cinema Snob. Out of character, he can often be seen dressed up to the point of filming a vlog in a suit jacket and bathing suit after returning from a water park, while other times he'll just be in casual attire.
  • A Couple Of Cunts In The Countryside: They dressed in snappy suits for their Oscars episode.
  • Point A: A defining trait of the freaky bad guys in S&T's short film.
  • Cameron Lauder from LoadingReadyRun usually dresses well, and even gave an impromptu lecture on the subject during Desert Bus for Hope 6.
  • Benny the assassin in The Nostalgia Critic. Doug jokes in a commentary that Malcolm looking handsome in the suit is why the character's so popular.
  • Oxventure: In the Blades in the Dark campaign, both Mike's character Barnaby and Andy's character Edvard are very proud of their snappy outfits. Unfortunately for Barnaby, it rapidly becomes a Running Gag that every time he participates in a heist, his coat gets destroyed somehow, to the point where GM Luke Westaway seems to be almost doing it on automatic in some of the later videos.

    Western Animation 
  • Arcane: Silco wears an immaculately tailored shirt and vest, as well as an impressively stylish pea coat. This sets him apart from his more shabby and raggedly dressed fellow undercity dwellers and reflects his obsession with lifting his home to the same level of affluence as Piltover.
  • Archer lives and breathes this trope as part of his James Bond lifestyle. Sterling Archer is always sharply dressed unless Woodhouse is not available to pick his wardrobe. Even his stealth mission gear is stylish.
    Archer: I was the first one to recognize the tactical potential of the turtleneck.
  • Hazbin Hotel: Alastor, one of Hell's classiest Overlords, is always clad in a red tuxedo with a black bowtie and a monocle.
  • Charlotte Pickles from Rugrats is a rare female example. Her business attire is a suit and tie, which she is usually seen wearing even outside of work.
  • Samurai Jack:
    • The Guardian, notable for being one of the few characters in the series to kick the ever-loving man-shit out of Jack, dresses in a sharp black suit. It's especially notable because all taking a direct hit from some redirected missiles does to him is ruin his suit... and piss him off.
    • Speaking of sharp suits, in "The Gangsters", Jack joins up with a mob boss in order to get close to Aku. The gangsters give him a snazzy pinstripe suit complete with Oxfords and a fedora so he'll fit in. Jack cleans up very nice.
  • Marco Diaz from Star vs. the Forces of Evil usually just wears a hoodie and jeans, but him dressing up in a suit to take Jackie on a date seems to be what kick-starts Star's burgeoning crush on him.
    • Tom also wears a suit for several episodes, despite his usual outfit being a ripped shirt and shorts He's even seen wearing it at the end of the opening credits from Season 3 onwards.
  • The Sovereign in The Venture Brothers always wore a snappy suit, due to being based on David Bowie's "Thin White Duke" persona.

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