The Dandy is someone whos intensely concerned with his appearance: He's always well-groomed and generally avoids physical exertion, lest his hair or clothing become mussed. He usually prides himself on being cool, laid-back, and possessing his own unique flair. He is also typically a hedonist who highly values comfort and living the good life.
In comedic works, writers will often pair him with child characters who don't buy into his act at all, or a gorgeous woman who happens to be incredibly cynical about men.
The modern connotations of the word "Dandy" are somewhat ironic, since the original dandies were rebelling against the over-the-top fashions of 18th Century macaronis. With dandies, the emphasis was on simpler, more "masculine" clothes that emphasized high-quality fabrics and immaculate tailoring rather than excessive decoration.
Being male is not a strict requirement, especially for Bifauxnen, but is very likely to overlap with Gentleman Snarker or Upper-Class Twit. Also compare and contrast with Sharp-Dressed Man. Many of these fall under In Touch with His Feminine Side because of the widespread perception that Vanity Is Feminine (again, not a connotation that Dandy would necessarily have had in its original usage).
A rough Distaff Counterpart would be The Fashionista. For the well-dressed man who jumps into combat rather than running from it, see Agent Peacock and Action Fashionista. Compare and contrast Pimp Duds, which has more similarities to the "macaroni" style.
- In a 2018 Australian fashion promo video, there are two male models, and the one with black hair (whom Trekkies would recognize as Evan Evagora, the model-turned-actor who portrayed Elnor on Star Trek: Picard) is presented as being more androgynous than his more manly friend in various ways, including being more stylish and vain. Evagora's character is a slender, clean-shaven Pretty Boy who wears a fancy woman's hat which is no less elaborate than the female model's, his suit features a very distinct floral print, he briefly glances at the camera as if it were a mirror and checks if his hat is on correctly and if his face looks nice. Later, he adjusts his blazer.
- Long-haired Bananya from Bananya, who spends most of his entire time grooming his mane every 2 hours.
- Griffith from Berserk is an excellent example throughout the early volumes, being as much in his element at fancy balls as he is on the battlefield. The ladies in court and even the maidservants see him as more dashing and elegant than Midland's nobles, making said nobles intensely jealous.
- Creed from Black Cat is always seen with roses and massive amounts of mancleavage. It crosses over to the plane of Fanservice in that naked rose petal bathscene. It never returns.
- Bleach has a surprising number of these, many of which subvert the part of the trope about a dandy being afraid to fight in case it messes up their appearance. They're all willing to fight, but if they do get messed up in their fights their opponents — and sometimes their allies — won't be allowed to forget it.
- Yumichika Ayasegawa is obsessed with beauty. When the Gotei 13 is on a war-time alert, he still detours to change his torn clothing after a fight rather than immediately returning to his captain's side. He also loses a fight because his hair gets messed up by a firework. He even has a wig lying around that he can wear until his hair has recovered.
- Although it might seem as though Yumichika is the biggest dandy in Soul Society, he's not. Eighth Squad captain Shunsui Kyouraku dislikes fighting to the extent that he'll even try and disobey a direct order from the captain-commander himself to escape it if he can. He far prefers making friends, napping and drinking. If he does go into fights, he likes his vice-captain to shower him with flower petals as he makes his entrance onto the battlefield and he wears a pink, flowery woman's kimono everywhere. In fact, taking the kimono off means he's finally getting serious. The Bleach Character Book of Souls confirms that he is indeed considered the biggest Dandy in Soul Society.
- Szayel Apollo Granz has a similar outlook to Yumichika, going one step further than Yumichika by interrupting his own fight to change his torn clothes instead of waiting for the fight to finish first.
- Charlotte Cuulhorne is also this to such a degree that he fights Yumichika to see who is the World's Most Beautiful Person. When he focuses on trying to wound Yumichika's body, Yumichika simply gets to the heart of the matter by slashing Cuulhorne's hair. For a battle about beauty, things turn incredibly ugly after that.
- A milder example than the above is Uryuu Ishida, who has insanely good tailoring skills, with a penchant for making alterations to everyone's clothing in an attempt to improve them (they always end up cute — impressing female characters but not male characters). He's so concerned about his own Quincy outfit that he'll carry spare capes in case the one he's wearing gets damaged in battle. He's trying for Sharp-Dressed Man according to his own weird tastes, but the fact that he does the sewing himself lends it an extra something.
- Most likely named after the infamous Dorian Grey, Dorian Red Gloria, Earl of Gloria, the Phantom Thief Eroica and eponymous character of From Eroica with Love, LIVES for this trope.
- Leonardo Medici Bundle from Go Shogun. He appears to be a dandy prince, usually holding a rose or a glass of red wine in his hands.
- Tubalcain Alahambra from Hellsing is an example of this trope. He is often referred to as "The Dandy" and has all of the typical traits. Somewhat subverted though in the fact that he isn't opposed to combat in the least (being a Nazi vampire and all).
- Hetalia: Axis Powers: France admitted to be "The dandiest among the dandies." His Establishing Character Moment is when he tells America and England to stop squabbling over war tactics and do something about their tasteless uniforms instead. Of course, his uniform is so loud that it gets him shot on the battlefield.
- Despite being blind, Muteba Gizenga from Kengan Ashura is a self proclaimed sapeurnote who apparently spend most of his earnings on ridiculously expensive suits and other fancy accessories.
- Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club.
- All the boys in the club are good-looking and generally sharply turned-out, and the twins are actually the clothing experts by way of their mother, but Tamaki's the only one who seems to really care. He's the ladykiller variety, except his idea of how to be a ladykiller involves no actual relationships or close contact. Instead, he started a club where he charms women for money that he doesn't care about. One wonders whether it was his father who told him of the existence of Host Clubs, and if Tamaki even knows about regular prostitutes, let alone the classy male kind he's pretending to be.
- Among the more infamous examples of the 'annoying-but-not-evil' dandy character is Mitsurugi Hanagata from Saber Marionette J and its various sequels.
- The second set of Sakura Wars OVAs feature "Dan Dandy", a would-be "stylish criminal" whose path as a secondary character keeps intersecting that of the Hanagumi. Dan is foppish, a slave to what he considers the height of fashion for American gangsters, and only marginally competent; the Hanagumi don't even really notice him when they cross paths. (Oddly, he originated in one of the live Sakura Wars stage shows, and became popular enough among fans that he was included in the OVA series.)
- Mikogami Hayato from Sekirei. In his first two appearances, he dressed like a normal teenager but that's been quickly thrown out in the window in favor of frilly sleeves and a jabot.
- When he's not working, the titular Space☆Dandy is all about showing off for the ladies at BooBies. In his case, Dandy actually seems to be his real name.
- Played for Laughs in Tokyo Ghoul. An information box reveals that Mougan Tanakamaru is the reigning champion of the annual CCG Dandy Contest. He is noted for his pompadour, neatly-waxed mustache, and fondness for bowties. (Houji is apparently the runner-up.)
- In Starboard, the hero Duke Reginald Barrington is easily the best-dressed and most charming member of the crew, and also far and away the most cowardly.
- Batman's non-heroic persona, Bruce Wayne, is sometimes portrayed as this. It's usually depicted as Obfuscating Stupidity: "There's no way that fop dandy could be a dreaded vigilante."
- Batman is one of the few superheroes whose Rogues' Gallery tends to adhere to a dress code. They also, in general, prefer traps and elaborate schemes to straight-up fisticuffs. The ones who do like to mix it up physically (Bane, Killer Croc, Clayface) mostly avert the trope.
- The Penguin is the last scion of a family (the Cobblepots) that was at one time as rich as, or richer than, the Waynes, and is generally immaculately dressed in a tuxedo with top hat, monocle, and (in the old days) often a cigarette holder.
- In low light, or if you're colorblind, The Joker is quite the Sharp-Dressed Man in his tailcoat and gloves. The fact that it's purple does diminish the effect a bit (and live-action versions tend to reduce or eliminate the "well-dressed" aspect of the character).
- Two-Face used to be a politician/attorney. He generally still dresses the part, though unless you happen to be looking at him from the right angle, one side of his suit may be made of fabric with an unusual color or pattern. One example has orange (which, as bizarre as it would be to see in Real Life, seems to be a perfectly unremarkable color for a business suit in comics) on the "good" side and purple on the "evil" side.
- The Riddler, unless the artist chooses to put him in question-marked spandex, generally wears a (green, but oh well) business suit and a bowler hat (also often green).
- The Mad Hatter. Business suit? Check. Odd color or pattern? Check. Top hat? Usually.
- Honorable mentions: Ra's al Ghul and Vandal Savage (who is more of a generic JLA/JSA villain) are generally well dressed by the standards of some era, it's that... since Vandal is Older Than Dirt and Ra's is at the very least Older Than Steam... it's often not this era. Neither Ra's nor Vandal are too concerned about getting their clothes (or hands) dirty when it comes time to fight, though.
- Captain Wiggins from the Grendel series. He even sported a ponytail to effect and lip gloss. This is saying a lot since Wiggins was a New York cop, albeit in the not too distant future.
- The title character of Grant Morrison's miniseries Sebastian O, as well as much of the supporting cast.
"The Dandy has one unique advantage over the common herd. No matter what the situation, he will always be more exquisitely dressed than his enemies. Therefore, he has already triumphed."
- In the Shazam! comics, Mr. Tawky Tawny is a humanoid tiger who looks very nice with his human clothes, typically a tweed business suit and bow tie.
- In In search of the Titanic, there's Pingo, a fish toy with a spring. He tries to look as "fabulous" as possible.
- Ken in Toy Story 3 is a Camp Straight counterpart to Barbie who has a vast walk-in closet full of his favorite fancy outfits. He loves his clothes so much that Barbie manages to extort his cooperation against Lotso by tying him to a chair and forcing him to watch her rip up his outfits one by one.
- The Adventures of Tartu: This is part of Terence's cover as the flamboyant Tartu. He's a complete dandy, not only obsessed with clothes but with his moustache and hair.
- In All About Eve: Addison DeWitt. He's got the posh British accent, the haughty disdain, and the pristine tux.
- The Highwayman in Captain Thunderbolt wears a sharp black suit, gambler tie and plantation hat.
- In Gangs of New York one of the gangs of the five points is described as "A right lot of dandies".
- The silent movie classic The Golem has Knight Florian, an effeminate fop that wears a ridiculous hat and is constantly twirling a rose.
- In Old Arizona: Just because the Cisco Kid is a bandit and outlaw in The Wild West doesn't mean he can't pay attention to his grooming. He wears an ornate outfit with fancy trimmings. He is shown getting a shave rather than look scraggly like the typical bandit. He has the barber prepare him a fancy bath. And he tells Mickey that he uses perfumes so he'll smell nice, which leads Mickey to call him "Fauntleroy."
- Ned Kelly (1970): Mick Jagger wears a velvet tailcoat and frilly shirt that wouldn't look out of place at a gathering of Carnaby Street Scooter Riding Mods.
- Rick Moranis in Streets of Fire, though his suits are actually quite ridiculous.
- Victor Frankenstein: Finnegan's family is the third-richest in England, so his wardrobe is noticeably fancier in a Simple, yet Opulent way and more expensive than the rest of the cast's.
- Alexis from The Wildcat is always primping in mirrors. In one scene, after he's waylaid by bandits and left wearing nothing but his long underwear, he still pauses to comb his hair before walking on to his destination.
- X-Men Film Series: Professor X relishes being flawlessly handsome. He adores his hair and his clothes — even when he loses the former, he can still indulge in the latter — and he can be quite fussy about them (such as his Nobody Touches the Hair moment in X-Men: First Class, and needlessly straightening his sleeves before he goes on a 4.5-hour-long drive from Westchester to Langley in this deleted scene from X-Men: Apocalypse). Xavier spends a lot of money on his suits, and he can be a bit overdressed at times (e.g. his outfit when he visits an incarcerated Erik in X2: X-Men United is so swanky that it can be worn at a wedding). In Apocalypse, he looks more like an '80s fashion model than a teacher, and his translucent white shirt is a little too sexy for an academic setting. Like most dandies, Charles also surrounds himself in luxury and is very fond of the finer things in life, plus he had a hedonistic streak when he was younger (specifically a penchant for sex and booze).
- The dueling biopics Yves Saint Laurent and Saint Laurent both portray Yves's intense affair with French Dandy Jacques de Bascher.
- Bleak House: Mr. Turveydrop — he has no job skills to speak of, but dresses very stylishly and is well-known in the neighborhood for his Deportment. Unfortunately, he's not independently wealthy, and his family members have to support him in his elegant idleness.
- A Brother's Price: Noblemen are pretty much expected to be this, since social rules prevent them from doing most other things, and they're not expected to cook or clean or renovate like lower-class men, so they are more focused on fashion and their own appearances. It aggravates the viewpoint characters.
- Cerberon: George and Aladavan both observe this trope. George plays the part of a dandy when he can idly mooch off a wealthy widow, but when he has to travel, he's practical enough to wear his older, worn dragoon uniform, to prevent his better clothes from becoming dirty or damaged. Aladavan is considerably more vain, wearing top style at all times and cleaning/mending his clothes as soon as possible when they become dirty/damaged. Neither of them are averse to physical confrontation, but Aladavan is more likely to get someone else to do real work for him.
- Rogues in the House: In this Conan the Barbarian story, Murilo. Though we are immediately alerted:
But Murilo, for all his scented black curls and foppish apparel was no weakling to bend his neck to the knife without a struggle.
- Author Robert E. Howard has several characters, men and women, whose high-born, refined ways don't prevent them from being a badass when the situation calls for it.
- Darkness Visible: William Marsh in this Victorian-set fantasy is a very snappy dresser. He doesn't really fit the "avoids physical confrontation" part (luckily for Lewis, who is only five feet tall, and never learned not to pick fights with people twice his weight). Marsh is an ardent admirer of Oscar Wilde, and his mode of dress reflects his philosophical beliefs.
- Dragonlance: Dalamar. Described as well clad and very good looking and certainly has the behaviour down to a t. He is supposedly hardworking and obsessed with his magical studies as any ambitious mage, but we hear more about his womanizing, his fine china collection (!), his fondness of quality wine and how he fills the formerly proper and self-respecting dark tower with floral displays.
- Eisenhorn: Tobias Maxilla and Carl Thonius from the Ravenor series (both by Dan Abnett) are both dandyish in their appearance.
- Harry Potter: Gilderoy Lockhart makes Liberace look positively conservative by comparison. Though he presents himself as an Agent Peacock, he's a fraud and a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
- Howl's Moving Castle: Howl Jenkins is practically the king of this trope. This is the man who gets up in the morning and takes at least three hours to get ready, then goes off and falls in love at the drop of a hat. Who probably owns more cosmetics than Maybelline. Who threw a temper tantrum with green slime when Sophie accidentally tinted his hair strawberry blond.
- Calcifer predicted that the day Howl forgot to do his hair and face, he might believe he was really in love.
- In The Snows Of Haz: Elias Tenri, fwooshy cape, awful metaphors, and all. It's — mostly — a facade; he's actually a very competent and rather hands-on secret agent.
- Jeeves and Wooster: Fashion is one of Bertie Wooster's loves. If he and Jeeves ever have a falling-out, it's usually because he's insisting on wearing some utterly ridiculous article of clothing that Jeeves doesn't approve of. In one episode, he goes through a period of depression because he can't think his way out of Aunt Agatha's latest plan for his future; he cheers himself up by wearing a cummerbund.
- Julian Kestrel: The title character in this series of Regency murder mysteries is a proudly self-proclaimed fashion plate.
- Little Women: Laurie, during his college and young adult years, is always described as being very well-dressed and fashionable. At one point, Jo criticizes Laurie for spending too much, in her opinion, on his appearance when he could be using his money for more practical things. She brings this up again, when turning down his proposal as one more way that they're not compatible. He later ends up marrying Amy, who herself is The Fashionista.
- Lady of Gems: Lord Tethiel prefers to look his best in extravagant crimson and a waterfall of lace at his throat at all times not to mention his use of face powder.
- The Last Days of Krypton: Councilor Pol-Ev is outright called a dandy, dresses opulently and wears cologne.
[I]t was hard to tell whether he followed fashion or set it.
- The Magician's Nephew: Creepily inverted by Andrew Ketterly. Once he gets over the shock that his "experiments" have summoned a genuinely powerful and dangerous witch from another universe, he becomes convinced that she is madly in love with him and puts on his absolute best clothes, convinced that he still looks dashing in his old age. Of course, everything crumbles the moment he sees her again and realizes that she could easily kill him without even trying.
- Les Misérables: Montparnasse — part of Thenardier's gang, he kills for nice clothing and sounds practically bishonen-level pretty.
- The Marvelous Land of Oz: The Tin Woodman is described this way. Sure, he'll always step up for his friends, but when he's not engaged in some sort of adventure, he enjoys living a life of luxury. His castle is finely decorated, and since he doesn't wear clothes, he had himself nickel-plated and engraved a star over his new heart, so he could always look his very best. He's frequently described as a dandy by the text.
- A Midsummer TempestL Rupert angrily rejects apologies for giving him commoner's clothing while he's prisoner; he's not a popinjay.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray: Dorian Gray and Lord Henry Wotton are classic examples. Unsurprisingly, they were created by Master Dandy, Oscar Wilde.
- The Pale King: Leonard Stecyk wears a stylish carpenter's apron for his high school wood shop class. It keeps his clothes from getting covered in his teacher's blood during an accident with a machine. It also carries his metric-conversion ruler, which he uses to create a perfectly-tied tourniquet.
- The Jonathan Green-written branch of Abaddon Books' Pax Britannia series features the character of Ulysses Quicksilver, an agent of Magna Britannia working for the 160-year-old Queen Victoria, who is regularly described as a "dandy adventurer".
- Anne Elliot's father, Sir Walter Elliot, in Persuasion, is obsessed with his clothes and appearance. When he lets his house to another, more down-to-earth gentleman, the new tenant complains about the great lot of mirrors there are hanging about the place.
- Portrait in Sepia: Matías, Paulina del Valle's son, cares more about his clothes being perfect that almost anything else and has no interest in business. He ends up seducing Lynn Sommers and getting her pregnant and then denies being the father. Later he dies of advanced syphilis.
- In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Lost, Miranda, describing her brother Ulysses, mentions his obsession with his clothing.
- P. G. Wodehouse's Psmith. Unlike the garish Bertie Wooster, he dresses in an understated and tasteful manner, giving him overlap with Sharp-Dressed Man.
- The Silver Lotus: J.W. Bishop attempts to invoke this trope but ends up unconsciously subverting it. When chaperoning his longtime client Lady Yee and her daughter Macy to a diplomatic party, hes so excited by the opportunity that he spends a months salary on the finest clothes and accessories money can buy.
"And though they were very touched by Mr. Bishops almost boyish enthusiasm for the role assigned, both Lady Yee and Macy privately agreed, with forgivable laughter aside, that dear Mr. Bishop and his festive wardrobe were ill matched at best. Macy said it was like watching a man at war with his own clothes, and sadly, Mr. Bishop was the only fatality."
- Attorney Benjamin Arcinas of Smaller & Smaller Circles certainly counts as one. He spends an inordinate amount of time fussing over his appearancehe puts on foundation makeup, and his hair is carefully coiffed and dyed a vivid red. In childhood he took odd jobs to save up money for a manicure at thirteen.
- Squire's Tales, Princess, Crone and the Dung-Cart Knight. King Bagdemagus. Good Gog, King Bagdemagus is the man who decides in which room will he receive visitors to his castle "by the colour of his robes". Who was stopped from seeing Sir Kai and Guinevere by his son saying that the queen's orange dressing gown would clash with his bright green robes. Who arranged for his servants, on the day of a trial by combat, to all dress in fake-shepherd's gear. King Bagdemagus is this, but without any taste, making him completely ridiculous and utterly obsessed.
- In The Stormlight Archive, Prince Adolin Kholin is the heir to the Kholin Princedom, intensely fashion conscious, and a lover of fine clothes to the point that he keeps folios of the latest outfits to wear and order from the capital even while in the middle of a warzone. He even makes sure to wear cologne during his brief stay in prison. Of course, in accordance with his position, he's also a Shardbearer, one of the best Duelists in the world, and an excellent battlefield commander.
- The Three Musketeers: Aramis is another who subverts "avoids physical confrontations".
- In Wild Cards, Dr. Tachyon comes from a planet of Dandies.
- American Horror Story: Freak Show has Dandy Mott, a spoiled, idiot Manchild who unfortunately for everyone else develops a taste for serial murder.
- Season six of America's Got Talent gave us Prince Poppycock, whose persona involved dressing up as a full on 17th century dandy. His over the top persona, coupled with his true honest-to-God talent, makes him something of a legend to this day.
- Angel: Lorne. To paraphrase Mayor Wilkins on Buffy — "That is one exciting suit!"
- Harris was the squad Dandy on Barney Miller. He was always dressed to the nines and kept spare pieces of clothing in his desk to dress up or dress down as he liked. Barney gave him "flashy efficiency" on one performance review. At one point, Harris actually refused to wear his blues on a uniform day because it offends his fashion sense (among other reasons).
- Bewitched had an episode where Endora cast a 'vanity spell' on Darrin, having him dress in a series of increasingly baroque outfits, looking like a 'mod' Louis XIV.
- The third Blackadder series has a few since it's set in the late 1700s/early 1800s. Prince George might be a particularly dim dandy. One episode has him gushing over a pair of enormous trousers, where the legs have been stuffed out to make his thighs look like hamshanks. Another has a pair of (normal) blue satin breeches to make him the belle of the ball, but without Blackadder he can't figure out how to put them on over the course of a whole week (he tries his arm and over his head, but eventually manages to get them on one leg).
- Jordan from Season 11 of Canada's Worst Driver sure looks like one of these. He spends more time primping while driving than some of the show's female contestants, and quit wearing the glasses he needs years ago because they didn't look nice enough.
- The title character in Castle is something like one of these, having been called a 'metrosexual' by numerous people in the past. He once spent the entire time during a crime scene investigation gushing over the decorative tastes of the owners. Another time, the investigation was briefly sidelined while he introduced Those Two Guys Ryan and Esposito to the victim's range of heated male body products, particularly the shaving cream.
- Jeff Winger on Community is preoccupied with his appearance to such a ridiculous degree that it's become a Running Gag. This ties in with the fact that he's pretty much a Hipster.
- Jason King from Department S and Jason King was a major sex symbol of the Seventies. He was foppish and camp and spent most of his time drinking, smoking, lounging and shagging. Ultimately, he became the inspiration for Austin Powers.
- Suggested on a blue-collar budget in The Cosby Show when Theo, following his father's budgeting for life as a "regular person" with Monopoly money (and knowing the point is to make sure he completes higher education, as he is not on a path to), actually moves to double the predicted amount for "clothes and shoes" — "I wanna look good."
- Doctor Who:
- The Third Doctor, with his velvet smoking jackets, ruffled shirts, capes, and gloves. The Second Doctor calls the Third "Fancy Pants." The First Doctor actually makes reference to this in "The Three Doctors":
First Doctor: So you're my replacements! A dandy and a clown!
- The Eleventh Doctor fits this trope, too. He wears a bowtie because "Bowties are cool." He shows up in one episode wearing a fez (which is immediately destroyed), claiming that "Fezzes are cool." He's also donned top hat, white tie, and tails on more than one occasion. There is much humour derived from this incarnation of the Doctor passionately asserting that something is cool when most people would disagree.
- The Twelfth Doctor was relatively unique in that he ran the gamut from causal T-shirts and hoodies to suave velvet jackets and waistcoats while maintaining roughly the same silhouette and style throughout. The First Doctor outright calls him a dandy in the novelisation of Doctor Who 2017CS "Twice Upon a Time", though not in the TV episode.
- Almost all incarnations of the Doctor probably qualify to an extent, save for the Second, War, Ninth, Tenth, and Thirteenth Doctors.
- Different Doctors have been suave, drab, severe, or gaudy, but it seems none of them feel completely dressed without a Nice Coat (often a Badass Longcoat), and most of them want a second layer on top (often a Waistcoat of Style), and most also insist on neckwear of some kind. Regardless of practicality. This is even true for War, although unlike the rest his clothes are weathered and battered.
- The Third Doctor, with his velvet smoking jackets, ruffled shirts, capes, and gloves. The Second Doctor calls the Third "Fancy Pants." The First Doctor actually makes reference to this in "The Three Doctors":
- Simon Tam is by far the Rim's most dapper scofflaw doctor, wearing Simple, yet Opulent suits and upper-class etiquette like armour against the harsh realities of the 'Verse.
- A more villainous example of this trope is Atherton Wing, who Mal comes in contact with in one episode. "Contact" is to interpreted as "contact with sharp, pointy and antiquated objects".
- Frasier and Niles Crane from Frasier, particularly the latter, who is rarely seen not dressed to the nines in Armani suits. In one episode later in the show's run we finally get to see inside Niles's closet, and it's an enormous room big enough for armchairs and an open fire.
- Game of Thrones: Ser Loras Tyrell has shiny armor, is immaculately groomed and loves his flowers. The last is justified, since his house's sigil is a rose. Loras wears beautiful clothing in Seasons 3 and 4 that enhances his good looks.
- Among the National Service recruits in Get Some In! is Jakey Smith, a typical 1950s Teddy boy. Like most Teddy boys, he places great importance on fashionable clothing and hair (although, also like most Teddy boys, he doesn't shy away from potentially clothing-damaging violence), reacting with horror when his "duck's arse" haircut falls victim to the RAF barber's scissors and complaining about the lack of style of the uniforms with which he is issued.
- The title character of Hannibal. Sharply-dressed, certainly, but his suits tend towards the flamboyant (and they apparently make up most of his wardrobe).
- Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother is a womanizing, lecherous sex fiend who obsesses over his personal appearance (especially his suits). In other words, a modern day foppish dandy.
- Stanley Barber in I Am Not Okay With This is an idiosyncratic, eccentric example of the dandy.
- Kyle Barker from Living Single. He has a specific tailor, is usually seen in suits or other higher-end clothing (a given being a stockbroker working on Wall Street) and is also particular with his grooming and hygiene, even with the embarrassing detail that he uses baby wipes in lieu of toilet paper.
- Vince Noir of The Mighty Boosh, especially in the third season. His hair is always dyed, teased and styled, he wears capes, gloves, low-cut jumpsuits, stack-heeled platform boots, feather boas, and most of his wardrobe is shiny and/or skin-tight. On the one occasion he shows up dressed in a normal, conservative outfit with plain hair, Howard faints.
- Oz has this trope in effect for two of the gang leaders, Nino Schibetta, leader of the Italian inmates in the first season and Alonzo Torquemada, leader of the Gay inmates in the final season. Nino Schibetta subverts this trope, as he is a deadly and Wicked Cultured old-school Mafia Don, and is considered the most powerful inmate in Oz during the first season. Torquemada plays it straight, as he is a typical flamboyant dandy and Camp Gay nightclub owner.
- The Cat on Red Dwarf is, by human standards, obsessed with his appearance and wearing the most awesome suits he can contrive. In the novelization, he even has a pocket-sized clothes iron so he can keep himself wrinkle-free throughout the day. Apparently, his whole species is like this.
- The Red Green Show: Winston Rothchild III somehow manages to be an example of this trope, despite running a sewage-pumping service and invariably appearing in hipwaders and a plastic safety helmet.
- David Rose on Schitt's Creek is extremely attached to his dramatic black and white wardrobe made up of pieces by designers like Rick Owens and Helmut Lang. His clothes are a key part of his identity and represent the life of wealth and privilege he has lost. David also has a strong interest in grooming and personal care, which helps him select and market products for his store Rose Apothecary.
- Supernatural has the Crossroads Demon/King of Hell Crowley, who always wears immaculately tailored suits, which contrasts with the blue-collar Winchester brothers. Doubles as A Man of Wealth and Taste since he is a literal demon.
- Neal Caffrey from White Collar is always impeccably dressed in 1950s-era suits, and his hair is perfectly coiffed at all times. The look helps finish off his "charming rogue" persona nicely.
- Adam Ant, as lampshaded in 'Stand and Deliver':
I'm the dandy highwayman so sick of easy fashion
The clumsy boots, peek-a-boo roots that people think so dashing
So what's the point of robbery when nothing is worth taking?
It's kind of tough to tell a scruff the big mistake he's making
- In the Bette Midler song "Big Socks", from her album Bathhouse Betty. It's a Break-Up Song about dumping a Narcissistic Metrosexual man. Like much of Bathhouse Betty, the lyrics apply as well to a gay man as they do to a straight woman.
Don't brag about the diamond rings or the expensive clothes you wear
'Cause I could care less for what you possess, and your attitude needs repair
Don't brag about your body baby, and say that you're packing a lot
'Cause all that I see, besides your big feet, is that you've got big socks
- The "Carnabetian Army"note is mocked in The Kinks' 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion'.
This pleasure-seeking individual always looks his best
'Cause he's a dedicated follower of fashion
- The Kinks also did a song called "Dandy". However, its womanizing title character doesn't really appear to be one of these.
- "Yankee Doodle (Dandy)" briefly touches on the Dandy-Macaroni divide, given that the extent of Yankee Doodle's attempts at fashion involve putting a feather in his cap.
- Sharkey's Shootout has "Sticks", who attends the exclusive pool tournament wearing a matching hat/jacket/slacks ensemble, complete with lapel rose.
- Algernon Sharp from Dice Funk season 4 fits this trope to a tee, dressing in a provocatively flashy manner. He is a pick-up artist who does everything to be the center of attention, a practice referred as "Peacocking" in the setting of Valentine.
- Eustace Tilley, the semi-official mascot of The New Yorker.
- Our Miss Brooks: Briefly and infuriatingly, Mr. Boynton falls victim to this trop in "Mr. Boynton's Mustache". Miss Brooks had decided to get Mr. Boynton to pay more attention to his appearance, so suggests he grow a mustache and then has the female faculty members compliment him. Thankfully, Mr. Boynton is cured when Miss Brooks gets the Home Economics Class to reward him with their class project . . . a suit made out of an old horse blanket.
- Chicago: Deconstructed in Billy Flynn's introductory song "All I Care About is Love"; the lyrics systematically claim that he eschews the stereotypical "Dandy" trappings of wealth (clothing, jewelry, and other status symbols) and cares only about helping women in need. While his attire is pretty unremarkable, the charitable attitude expressed in the song rarely comes through in his actual character, so the anti-Dandyism may be just another tactic to attract female clients.
- Hamilton: Thomas Jefferson and Act 2 Alexander Hamilton. The former is introduced in all purple velvet clothing as a way of contrasting the Simple, yet Opulent Lafayette (who is played by the same actor), and generally wears flashy, often velvet clothing. Hamilton, meanwhile, begins to dress more and more elegantly as he gains more wealth and power, which others (especially Jefferson, of all people) begin to notice:
- Jefferson: "The way he primps and preens and dresses like the pits of fashion!"
- Oscar Wilde:
- Patience: Bunthorne is always dressed in the height of fashion.
- Ace Attorney:
- Miles Edgeworth looks every part the dandy, from his Classy Cravat to needlessly expensive burgandy suits. He even keeps a spare cravat on his person should the one he wears be damaged and refuses to wear his prosecutor's badge because it would put a hole in his clothes. However, it turns out this isn't out of vanity, but because he was raised and constantly scrutinized by an insane perfectionist who refused to tolerate anything less. Edgeworth himself seems to consider his appearence merely presentable, always expressing indifference, annoyance, or even confusion when people compliment his looks.
- Florent L'Belle from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies is obsessed with beauty, primarily his own, and is damn proud of it too. He has his own line of beauty products that major stores are very interested in stocking, but he refuses to sell them to anyone and wants to keep them all to himself. Yet he still advertises them on TV and in magazines, just to show off how awesome they are and rub it in everyone's faces that they will never be able to have them. However, even though he thinks he's the most beautiful person who has ever lived, everyone else considers him a Gonk.
- St. Germain from Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. The interesting part is that he's not the kind of dandy that would be prevalent in the game's time period (the 1400s), as he wears a top hat and carries a saber and a dueling pistol. Since he's a time traveler, his 1800s getup actually makes a certain amount of sense.
- Dandy Ace from Dandy Ace, of course. He's usually less concerned with escaping the mirror universe he's been thrown into than with making sure he looks beautiful doing it, and is even shown with a Bishie Sparkle in most key scenes.
- Saul from Daughter for Dessert dresses well, and despite the high-stakes nature of all of his jobs in law, has a relatively laid-back attitude. He also has refined speech patterns that are full of big words.
- The mage Finn in the Dragon Age: Origins expansion "Witch Hunt," who uses magic to keep his robes immaculate at all times, comes equipped with matching fox fur-lined gloves and boots, and has a "Ghastly Hat" that he hates wearing so much that it lowers his Willpower by three whole points.
- Balthier from Final Fantasy XII dresses immaculately, since he's living his own fantasies to be a dashing sky pirate and "leading man."
- Fire Emblem: Awakening has Virion, who quite often proclaims that he shall perform something "with style" and referring repeatedly to "magnificence". Most of the time, this involves firing an arrow at high speeds at an enemy soldier.
- Subaki from Fire Emblem Fates claims in his supports with Hinata that he has very strict cleaning and grooming routines, and his profile states that he has the cleanest hands in the army. He's also a Bishōnen who seems to be quite proud of his appearance in general.
- Hidden City has Fabien Delamode, a high fashion designer who owns the most luxurious atelier in the Upper City. True to his profession, he's vain, stylish and impeccably dressed.
- Kingdom Hearts: Marluxia. While he doesn't really dress any differently from the rest of the Organization members, the hair-flipping (and color of said hair), and the random flower petals, and the way the creators had to specifically say he was male...
- While Gannayev from Neverwinter Nights 2 Mask of the Betrayer likes to present himself as more of a rugged, swashbuckler type, that doesn't stop him from being a gigantic fop about it. Highlights include insisting that he's in prison because he's just too handsome for the world to handle and completely lying about his past because the truth wasn't romantic enough for him.
- The very effeminate Hair Eater from Onmyōji, who gives us this line after the Boss Battle against him.
Hair Eater: My hair is ruined, my skin is dirty and my clothes are ripped. Seriously, what a horrible day.
- Dudley from Street Fighter III, complete with roses and uppercrust attitude. He even has his butler bring him tea in one of his winposes.
- As well as Vega, whose roses can be seen during his Ultra Combos.
- Milich Oppenheimer in the Suikoden, a foppish aristocrat with the most flamboyant outfit in the game, who's also The Fighting Narcissist. He begins a trend in the series of such characters, rich idiots who seem obsessed with fashion and their own attractiveness, but are also highly skilled with a rapier.
- Zelos Wilder in Tales of Symphonia fits this trope like an frilly silk glove. Heuses it as a part of his Obfuscating Stupidity act.
- Fellow Tethe'allan noble Regal actually gets called this in his formal-wear alternate costume, and a few skits indicate that he may have had aspects of this before things went downhill.
- The Witcher: Sigismund Dijkstra affects this, as a part of his long-running efforts to mess with people. Everyone expects spies to be small, mousy and bland-looking, so Dijkstra is huge, almost aggressively ugly, and dresses in the most flamboyant way he can get away with.
- A more conventional example would be Dandelion, the skirt-chasing bard. A Non-Action Guy who... doesn't really do much except dress flamboyantly and sing about the heroes. But damn, the man can wear clothes.
- Conrad from Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name dresses better than the rest of the cast and is easily the most useless when it comes to actual fights. The author herself even described him as "metrosexual".
- At least 2 in Noblesse Raizel is perfectly capable of magically materializing clothing, but his dandy butler Frankenstein insists that he wear only the finest clothing made by himself of only the highest quality material, as stated in Noblesse S 1. Then we have metrosexual Tao. In Noblesse S, one of his coworkers stated that he looks like a woman & acts like a little boy. While most of the cast has a static wardrobe, he rotates his clothing, which includes a famine off-shoulder sweater. He also wears more makeup than any of the girls.
- Luca of Sfeer Theory is a Downplayed version. Word of God says he's rather vain and takes painstaking care of his appearance. It's subtle in the comic itself where Luca is usually fixing up his often mussed up hair and visibly upset whenever it or his clothes are ruined.
- Unsounded: Lord Karl Toma is a garish popinjay even compared to the Impossibly Cool Clothes favoured by his fellow Crescian nobility. Might be Obfuscating Stupidity, since at the very least, he's a stooge for the treasonous General Bell who's married into a strategically important position.
Queen Maya: Chancellor Ufal, I believe something beneath that hat just made words at me.
- Finn from Warrior U. An entire storyline might never have occurred if his manlier friend Harv had only bitten the bullet and gone shopping with him (which he eventually did).
- Sandro the Smug Philosopher from Neopets is dressed to the nines and his love for style and need to keep his clothes tidy is made apparent through his dialogue:
"Gah! I have some dirt on my sleeve!"
- The Duck Guy from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared really likes the different costumes he can try out in number 4 using "digital style!"
- Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Justin Hammer is always immaculately dressed, creating a sharp contrast with his alter ego Titanium Man, who has the least elegant armor in the series.
- Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Scarlemagne dresses like a 19th-century aristocrat with a powdered wig and all. His court (both the other non-human primates and his human slaves) wear the same.
- The Legend of Korra: Tahno is this, as well as The Rival. Just look at that hair. And the guyliner...and the way he cocks his hip.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Hoity Toity, a fashion expert from the big city who comes to critique Rarity's designs in "Suited For Success". His mane looks like a powdered wig. He deserves special mention, being a Karl Lagerfeld expy.
- Peter Pan & the Pirates: Gentleman Starkey.
- Teen Titans Go! has the episode "Oh Yeah" where the Titans, minus Cyborg, take on Pro Wrestling gimmicks. Robin's gimmick is the Deadly Dandy, putting on a posh accent and getting into a rage when a drop of coffee touches his shirt, for example.
- Thomas & Friends: James the Red Engine.
- Total Drama: Tom, the male half of the Fashion Bloggers team in The Ridonculous Race. Impeccable taste is everything too him, and when placed in situations that could hurt him physically - or worse, muss his clothes - he tends to be stereotypically feminine in his overreactions.
- Transformers: Generation One: Sunstreaker, who obsesses over his appearance and paint scheme.
- Transformers: Prime: Knock Out shows similar traits. Starscream once punishes him by scratching his paint job.
- Oscar Wilde was one of these par excellence. The fact he was a dandy is the main reason we have the Camp Gay stereotype in the West.
- Charles Baudelaire was another dandy. He developed a reputation among his friends for his elegance of taste, dress, and expression.
- J-rock musician Gackt.
- Interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
- Actor and Schitt's Creek creator Daniel Levy has integrated his own love of fashion into his show, and although he doesn't dress as outrageously as his character, his fashion sense is a key part of his persona.
- Michael Jackson was arguably a real-life example of this with his interest in his personal appearance and fixation with beauty in music, dance and lyrics.
- Poet Charles Baudelaire was a self-proclaimed dandy, spending tons of money on clothes despite being in debt most of his life.
- British comedian Russell Brand.
- Huge numbers of men in the 17th to 19th centuries would have fit this trope, since it was the style of the time. Notable dandies include Beau Brummell (the common name for this trope in the 19th century), King George IV, and Samuel Pepys, who once fretted for days about whether his lace cuffs should be trimmed with silver or gold. Note that there was little Ho Yay to this, since The Dandy was seen as almost hyper-heterosexual. (After all, every girl's crazy for a Sharp-Dressed Man.)
- You can add Giacomo Casanova to the list; he made a point of out-fopping every other male in the general region where he was staying at any given time.
- Brummel's fashion sense, and most notably, the dress code he devised for the Almack's Club in London, would go on to inspire the modern business suit/coat-and-tails. Strangely, his fashion sense was much more austere and simpler than the gaudy nobles and fops before and after him, he preferred a simple white on black look and a streamlined silhouette. His style caught on fantastically, especially after the Prince Regent (later King George IV) began to follow Brummel's lead (he would spend hours watching Brummel get dressed just to see what he did to look so good). Before Brummel, dressing well for men meant wearing the frilliest, gaudiest, ridiculous-pattern-iest clothing possible, with all kinds of unnecessary accessories (jewels, wigs, etc.) to show off your wealth; after Brummel, it meant wearing the finest cloth, the most elegant cut, and the soberest and most austere accessories (a watch, a hat, and a cravat, all tastefully made) to show off your taste. This was helped along by the changing times: with industrialisation, anyone could get rich and afford gaudy clothes — which were cheaper by the day anyway, since the first industry industrialisation transformed was textiles, which could now be mass produced even in formerly-exclusive patterns (thanks to the Jacquard loom). But no matter how rich you were, you couldn't buy good taste, which suited the traditional British upper crust very well.note
- W.E.B. DuBois, one of the people who created the NAACP, was a notable black dandy.
- Louis XIV of France was a dandy who subverted the trope in order to better control the French nobility. He made his most senior noblemen attend him at all times and, instead of giving them money or titles, he allowed them privileges such as helping him dress, undress, or eat dinner. (It took about 200 men and an hour and a half to help Louis get dressed most mornings.) The point was to keep them at Versailles doing pointless and stupid things, which he hoped would prevent them from raising peasant armies against him; in the meantime, Louis himself would only be pretending to wake up at the formal levée and actually woke up an hour or two earlier to handle the royal paperwork. To paraphrase Will Cuppy: if you think society's bad now, be glad you don't have to get up at seven in the morning to watch Louis XIV put on his pants.
- Louis XIV wasn't the only one doing this: across the Channel, his counterparts King William and Queen Mary, and their successor Queen Anne, were also at it (though theirs involved slightly fewer people, some of whom were servants rather than gentlemen or ladies in waiting, to do the heavier stuff like lacing stays). The 'Royal Levy' had been going on for some time: Henry VIII had similar morning and evening rituals.
- Maximilien Robespierre, being a French lawyer living in the 18th century. Due to the whole "French Revolution" thing going on, the excesses of the French nobility were obviously falling out of fashion for his social circle, but he never stopped caring about dressing fastidiously neatly. Robespierre was a dandy l'originale in that he disliked nobles and bourgeois trying to fit in with the sans-culottes fashion to be more street than they are and be more "common" than they were rather than exemplify the values they were raised with.
- Henry Paget, 5th Marquess of Angesley. In 15 short years, he blew a billion dollars in today's money on expensive (and absurdly outlandish) clothing and jewellery, to the point where he became completely broke and died a year later in 1905. To quote the Daily Mail, he owned "Thirty of the finest silk pyjamas, 100 dressing gowns, suits of every colour and kind (most unworn), smoking jackets, florid waistcoats, 260 pairs of white kid gloves, 280 sets of socks and 100 overcoats."
- Noel Fielding is this in real life, as well as in many of the roles he plays.
- Comedian Paul F. Tompkins. Part of his schtick is fancy, somewhat old-fashioned outfits and mannerisms, like a turn-of-the-century gentleman dropped into the modern age.
- The sapeurs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo. Sapeur means "member of La Sape," which is a French acronym for Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes — Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People. They wear suits, often in peculiar colors, and generally try to be as snazzy as possible.
- This article on Slate.
- Lead singer of Tokio Hotel Bill Kaulitz. In the band's prime (circa 2010), he had a very distinct look - painted nails, eye makeup, lots of elaborately styled hair, jewellery, an ever-increasing number of tattoos, and clothes that ran the gamut from old-school punk to cyber-gothic. Although quite likely to just wear jeans and a T-shirt today, he still likes to dress up.
- Australian actor Cody Fern loves fashion, and in this Louis Vuitton-produced video, he discusses his approach to clothing.
- Harry Styles during his second album Fine Line.
- Emiliano Zapata, the agrarian revolutionary of The Mexican Revolution, loved fancy clothes. Contrary to the romantic post-revolution leftist image of him as an ascetic peasant revolutionary, he was personally reasonably well-off, and had disposable income that he used to buy intricately-embroidered pants, shirts, and boots in the charro style of the Mexican countryside.