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Meet Padmé Amidala, the galaxy's biggest clotheshorse. How much? This is her wardrobe in just one of the movies.note 

"All I have to say is that she walks through a doorway, and has a wardrobe change. I got one — sorry, two dresses and the first one looks the same all the way around."
Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia, on Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequels)

Some characters never seem to wear the same outfit more than once. Whether they are rich, or shouldn't have nearly enough clothes, they seem to have a new outfit very often, from for every other episode, to for every other scene.

This takes special effort regardless of being live action or animated, as a whole new costume needs to be made (or grabbed from stock) in some way.

In fiction this can be justified by characters having a personal fashion designer, and/or the character being a fashion model.

Occasionally, in Real Life, actresses will have it included in their contract that they get to keep any clothes they wear during the show (Debra Messing did for Will & Grace, as did Pamela Anderson for V.I.P..) When you combine that with the fact that if a show is popular enough, designers will send freebies to shows for some possible publicity, it gives an incentive to have characters change clothes as often as possible.

Compare Costume Porn, Changing Clothes Is a Free Action (for a new outfit each scene) and Virtual Paper Doll.

Contrast Limited Wardrobe.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The goddesses from Ah! My Goddess have unlimited wardrobes as well, although this is briefly demonstrated as an ability the goddesses have; they use their magic to create outfits for themselves. This occurs in direct contrast to Keiichi, who almost always wears the same outfit in every chapter (white shirt and jeans), a fact which is often lampshaded in later volumes.
  • Alive: The Final Evolution has the protagonists swap clothes quite a bit, which is a little odd when you remember that Taisuke, Nami, and Yuta are all runaways surviving on whatever Taisuke can earn with short, part-time jobs. Partially justified in that they get into fights and require a change of clothes afterward, but sometimes it seems to be just for the sake of a new outfit.
  • The main cast of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (with the exception of Menma), when not in school uniforms, have completely different clothes in every episode.
  • Isaac and Miria from Baccano! wear new costumes or disguises on each theft. These range from dressing up as mummies to what can be even considered as cosplay.
  • Bleach: Averted in the main narrative. The Shinigami and the Karakura kids have Non Uniform Uniforms when on duty / at school, but each major character also has a realistic selection of street clothes in a distinctive personal style. You're not going to mistake Ichigo's bright wristbands and snarky t-shirts for Ishida's pressed slacks and nehru collars, but you may see Ichigo wear the same t-shirt twice. Characters' styles also change noticeably during Time Skips. Tite Kubo considered becoming a fashion designer instead of a mangaka and hates the Limited Wardrobe trope. He'll play Unlimited Wardrobe straight for color spreads, splash pages, and other art extras.
  • This seems to be a requirement for anything under CLAMP's belt. If one considers X1999, Kobato., Tsubasa, and Xxx HO Li C (see below for elaboration on the latter two) one could make a very compelling argument that the female quartet just wants to draw anything and anyone in Impossibly Cool Clothes.
    • Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura always gives Sakura a different dress for every single time she must fight a card, even if that means using 2 different dresses for each episode. Also justified, because Tomoyo is Sakura's Costume Tailor Otaku Girl and has a huge bank account at the Crédit Suisse bank.
      • What makes Tomoyo's work so impressive is she has outfits specially made to deal with specific cards. And she has these outfits as early as the (actual) second episode.note 
      • And sometimes she manages to have the perfect costume for a given card designed, sewn up, and on hand the moment she learns that card in question exists.
    • Yuko Ichihara of ×××HOLiC and Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-. Not only does she wear a completely new and incredibly elaborate outfit every chapter or episode, she often can squeeze in two or three additional costume changes.
      • There are two outfits that buck the trend in order to indicate thematic/plot information: the formal gown from her first appearance in Tsubasa recurs at least two more times, both very solemn occasions involving huge wishes and prices. Her kimono with butterfly wings attached to the obi appears once in Tsubasa and at least three times in Holic, each at an extremely important plot juncture involving Watanuki. In fact, when Watanuki realizes that he's seen her wear that particular kimono more than once, he takes it as a sign that something is wrong.
      • Watanuki, after taking over the shop, has walked in Yuuko's footsteps and now also wears a unique outfit every new story arc.
    • This was averted in Blood-C where majority of the cast wear black and red high school uniforms even after school hours while Saya only wears her Miko outfit while performing her shrine duties. This was justified later on when it's revealed that the entire setting is a "Truman Show" Plot and the high school uniforms hide the bloodstains after Saya's feedings. After the show, Saya ditches the black and red uniform with the traditional Sailor Fuku which she wore in the movie, and unlike the TV series, she wore different kinds of outfits.
  • The title character of Case Closed has only three real outfits he wears in the anime, but in the manga, his wardrobe is notably much more varied. In addition to those recurring outfits, he also switched through an assortment of different shirts, coats, and hats that he would wear for one arc each. The covers of every volume also portray him wearing a different outfit on the front of each, even if he's not the character to wear it in-story.
  • Daimos: Princess Erika has a variety of fancy gowns throughout the series. Most of these can be handwaved to the fact that she's a Princess, but during the New Zealand arc, she inexplicably changes from wearing the wedding dress to a sea-blue gown...despite just escaping an Execution attempt.
  • Daltanious: Princess Catine wears a variety of many fancy gowns, which is not surprising because she's an Alienrincess. Lampshaded when she mocks Sanae Shiratori for wearing clothes "like a servant girl's".
  • Rahzel from Dazzle wears a different outfit in every episode, despite the fact that she's traveling on a presumably limited budget.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Erza Scarlet has Unlimited Wardrobe as an actual power; the "Requip" ability of her "The Knight" magic lets her change between many outfits at will, which includes both many different suits of ability boosting armors used in combat and regular (or not so regular) clothes for other occasions. She once stated she has a stock of hundreds of outfits and is continually adding more (as well as losing some, though it's not clear if damaged requips are permanently destroyed).
    • Lucy Heartfilia changes her clothes with every mission. Sometimes she'll change them mid-mission when her current attire gets torn up and Virgo appears to provide a wardrobe change from the Celestial Spirit World (and will occasionally provide a wardrobe change for any other guild member running around in rags at the moment).
  • All of the characters in Figure 17 Tsubasa & Hikaru change clothes every day, no matter how minor their role in the story is. Even things like pajamas that would normally remain constant in an animated show get swapped out as time passes in the story.
  • In Fist of the North Star Kenshiro would always destroy his own jacket before the main fight Once an Episode but would have a new one from nowhere later.
  • From the New World is another example. The main characters' clothes are surprisingly diverse.
  • Great Teacher Onizuka never seems to wear the same t-shirt twice; on one making-of Yonkoma drawn by an assistant, he bemoans the complicated nature of these t-shirt designs.
  • Lunlun of Hana no Ko Lunlun has this as her superpower since her Transformation Trinket gives her access to an unlimited range of outfits.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, Asahina Mikuru never wears the same casual outfit twice. This doesn't come up much, as she's usually either wearing her school outfit or is being forced to cosplay by Haruhi.
    • In the anime version of "Endless Eight" we get to see the Brigade in a lot of different clothes.
  • Kitty of Hello Sandybelle is the daughter of a wealthy British conglomerate owner and a Rich Bitch to boot. She wears extremely stylish and fancy clothes, and from glancing at them you can tell she comes from wealth, such as the Classy Cravat on her jacket or how colour co-ordinated everything in her day outfit is.
  • While all of the main cast in High School D×D have at least a couple of outfits (not counting the frequent use of birthday suits), it's usually just a few sets of street clothes and their school uniform. The females leads, especially Rias and Akeno, thoroughly embrace this trope, wearing a new outfit almost every time they're seen trying a new activity. Understandable, since Rias is Heiress Apparent to a very prestigious demon noble house and Akeno is her senior vassal.
  • Beginning with Initial D's Second Stage arc, every character wears different clothing from day to day.
  • Justified in Isabelle of Paris where the main character is from a bourgeoisie family in 1870s France and frequently changes clothes every two or three episodes, as does her sister. The anime is rife with Gorgeous Period Dress.
  • Kobato.'s outfit changes every day. This is weird, considering she has little money, and her only possessions are a futon, a bottle, and an empty suitcase. Though this is probably the least mysterious thing about her.
  • Justified in Kodomo No Jikan, for two of the characters at least. It's shown Rin gets all kinds of stuff because Reiji wants to be nice and Kuro's rich as hell.
  • Fujiko Mine of Lupin III rarely wears the same outfit across more than one episode.
  • La Seine No Hoshi: Simone is meant to be a poor flower girl who fights against the corrupt, cruel aristocrats of France, but she frequently dons a variety of outfits, with no explanation as to how she got them.
  • Michiko in Michiko & Hatchin seems to be wearing something new every episode. This incredible variance is especially surprising considering she's an outlaw with very little to her name. An early episode features her casually stealing shoes for Hatchin, so that's probably how she procures her clothes. It's justified in that they're on the run and changing clothes so often helps them not be so recognizable.
  • Naruto: While most characters seldom change clothes, the Sand Siblings (Gaara, Kankuro, Temari) are notable aversions. Whenever they appear after being Put on a Bus, they always wear different clothing, even if the color palette stays the same. By the end of the series, they have changed their clothes five timesnote  for a total of six different sets of costumes.
  • One Piece often has the main cast change clothes every arc, sometimes multiple times an arc such as in Thriller Bark, Punk Hazard, and Dressrosa. Some characters like Luffy and Zoro tend to keep similar pieces while Nami has had a massive amount of wardrobe variety.
    • Other characters' wardrobe variance varies: Jinbe merely seems to change kimono patterns, Buggy had very similar clothing in all arcs until Impel down at which point begins to vary more, and the Red Hair pirates have changed their hairstyles but not their clothes ten years after their first appearance, barring the addition of capes (and Shanks already used to wear one). No one on Whitebeard's crew besides Ace himself changed their look at all after Ace met them four years ago, and Ace only took off his shirt.
    • Almost all of the Eleven Supernovas seen after the timeskip have drastically altered their looks. Trafalgar Law, joining the main cast for Punk Hazard and Dressrosa, even begins to change clothes like the Straw Hats. The only ones with even similar looks to how they started are Capone Bege (who as a mafia-themed Man of Wealth and Taste insists that no matter what he and his associates wear, it must always be an immaculately fitted suit), Apoo, and X Drake, who still have some differences.
  • The titular Ouran High School Host Club have a different set of outfits for all of them (including everything from knights to police officers) almost Once an Episode.
    • Not just during cosplays, but also with their casual clothes. In the anime, none of their casual outfits are seen more than once. In the manga, Haruhi wears the same outfit every so often, but she's also from a lower-middle-class family, so it makes sense. Ranka is also seen in his iconic shirt with the kanji for "father" quite a few times in the manga, but it was a gift from Haruhi, so it's probably a favorite shirt of his.
  • Becky of Pani Poni Dash! shows up for school in a different and unique outfit nearly every episode. For whatever reason, the same can't be said for any of the other teachers.
  • It sometimes seems the whole point of Paradise Kiss. It is about a group of fashion designers. It was already the case in Neighborhood Story, the work Paradise Kiss is a Spin-Off of.
  • In Rebuild World, Alpha is able to freely change her appearance at will, resulting in her putting on a variety of outfits throughout the story. Though she's just as prone to going in the nude just to get a rise out of Akira.
  • The costume designer for the titular Princesses of Princess Princess falls all over himself to create costumes, each more fabulous than the last.
  • Rave Master; which is good as most of the time their clothes are getting damaged.
  • Sailor Moon is a borderline case. Usagi and her friends would wear a "new" outfit in an episode, then change it to another in the next one, and change it again... and after a while, you'd notice that the outfits repeated themselves on a regular basis. (It was specially notorious in the case of Ami, who seemingly owned just one pair of pants and one more boyish sweater...)
  • All of the girls wear a different outfit in each episode of Strawberry Marshmallow, and each consistently have their own unique sense of style. A lot of care was put into attention to detail.
  • Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul never wears the same thing twice. It makes sense since he's an Action Fashionista and the heir to a major financial conglomerate. At one point, he actually makes the group nearly late to a meeting because he couldn't decide what to wear.
  • The characters in Wandering Son don't wear the same clothes too often. The manga takes place over several years which only increases the amount of clothing.

    Comic Books 
  • The Wasp from The Avengers has had several dozen different costumes throughout the years; artist George Perez was particularly fond of designing new outfits for her. This is to call attention to her civilian job as a fashion designer. To give some idea of just how frequent this was, during the Terminus Factor storyline Jan is wearing totally different costumes in parts 4 and 5 — apparently she took the time to change on the quinjet in between!
  • You never see any of the kids from Runaways wearing the same outfit twice. This is especially ridiculous considering that they're supposed to be runaways with limited resources. Granted, most of them came from wealthy families, but none of them seemed to be carrying more than a single backpack when they went on the run.
  • While never explicitly called out, Storm from the X-Men has had more costumes than any other member. It got particularly bad in the second half of the X-Treme X-Men series, where she had on a different costume in nearly every story arc.
  • Plus the X-Men teams in general have had far more costume changes over the years than typical superheroes.
    • The Fantastic Four are also changing their uniforms all the time. But since they're always variations on the same basic theme of blue bodysuits with the team logo on the chest, they tend to all run together.
  • Batman may be an archetypical example of Clothes Make the Legend but in various adaptations, he's got other outfits ranging from Powered Armor to Humongous Mecha to even costumes fitted for his allies, just in case. Who knew Superman's logo looked pretty good on Batman's suit?
  • Archie Comics's Betty and Veronica are classic examples of this trope. It's also one of the rare instances when the Unlimited Wardrobe is justified for both girls. Veronica obviously has the money to buy whatever clothes she wants...and as for Betty, in some stories, she's developed an impressive wardrobe of her own because Veronica just hands off any clothes she gets tired of to Betty. Not that Betty necessarily minds, since Veronica's generosity allows her to keep up with Ronnie in fashion despite her much more limited finances.
  • Katy Keene has had so many outfits, that Veronica from Archie's once celebrated finally owning more outfits (although Katy still modeled far more).
  • Tony Stark updates the design of his basic Iron Man armor every ten or so years. This is done by the artists to prevent Zeerust. Stark is also shown on more than one occasion to have hundreds of purpose-built armors, stored in a gigantic cellar. In recent years he seems to update the design far more often, likely to explain away times artists draw the armor wrong due to the increasingly complex designs being difficult to be repeated perfectly across comics.
  • Ultron has a new design pretty much every time he shows up. Given that he has a nigh-unlimited number of bodies and he's constantly changing or upgrading them, this is quite sensible.
  • Spider-Man: How many costumes has he gone through?! It's downplayed in that his costume changes are always very temporary. As is, he has had as many costumes as Superman. Also if you count the Venom Symbiote as a costume.
  • In contrast to her game version Amy in Sonic the Comic has numerous articles of clothing, apparently changing them every arc (including one-shots). She's worn eye-liner on one occasion, and has even sported a Gothic Lolita look in the fan continuation.
  • Millie the Model has several outfits worn by the models.
  • The mysterious, heroic senator who first appears in The Transformers (IDW). He changes his color scheme every time he appears. This highlights his rather eccentric personality in contrast to the other senators and conceals his true identity from the reader. In general, the titular robots tend to change bodies every few years, usually when the new toys to promote come out. Bumblebee, Starscream, and Megatron are especially guilty of this. While Bumblebee and Megatron's changes can be chalked up to battle damage, Starscream explicitly changes his design on a whim.
  • Miss America Chavez in Kieron Gillen's run of Young Avengers is seen sporting at least five different outfits based around the stars and stripes theme. According to Word of God, America does not identify as a superhero and prefers doing her hero-ing on the street level, thus her street clothes. (They also wanted to show off Jamie McKelvie's costume designs.) Unfortunately, the first outfit she used (which is the most iconic) has become a sort of uniform as Ms. America has been seen wearing it in all of her appearances after Young Avengers ended.
  • As with the cartoon, Jem and the Holograms (IDW) fits heavily. The series is based on a cartoon made to promote fashion dolls after all. The characters are always changing outfits and, unlike the source, change hairstyles and makeup. Pizzazz, for example, starts the series with a giant mohawk but wears her hair down when dressed casually. Between the start of issue 6 and the end, she buzzed the remainder of her hair off. In the next issue, her mohawk is back.
  • Josie and the Pussycats started out as a Distaff Counterpart to Archie Comics, so obviously this trope was in action. Prior to the retool, the characters had an ever-revolving closet door.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942):
      • While Pris always wears the same costume as Cheetah she changes her outfits multiple times a day as Priscilla Rich and never wears the same thing twice save for her favorite jacket.
      • One of the major tenants of the mod era was that Diana did not have a set costume, and instead wore different fashionable clothes for each outing.
    • Pre-Flashpoint Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark had at least nine distinct costumes, most of which had shirts that she'd switch out, and she'd occasionally use plain dark boot-cut jeans instead of the pants with star appliques.
    • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: In "Venus Rising" Robyn actually asks Diana about this when Di changes from her hijab conscious attire into a WW-themed spacesuit:
      Robyn: Please tell me you have a different Wonder-Outfit for every occasion.
      Diana: Perks of the job.
  • In her post-Flashpoint solo series, Harley Quinn has this, although almost all her outfits share a red-and-black color scheme and Zettai Ryouiki. Sometimes they're themed to an adventure, but usually it's random — different issues by the same artist can depict her top as everything from a cropped gym singlet to a strapless bustier.

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    Fan Works 
  • Seemingly, everyone in My Immortal.
  • In the Lyrical Nanoha fanfic "Blood and Spirit", Arisa, having died and come back as a ghost, has the ability to imagine herself wearing any clothing, and thus change her outfit accordingly.
  • Fate/Gamers Only: Rikku constantly changes her outfits to either other Mystic Codes or to the clothes of characters from other works to act as a Shout-Out. During the first GUDAGUDA event, Mash gets eager to see what Rikku will be wearing this time.
  • Exaggerated in The Light of Courage, where Ganon's robe changes between every shot in an Offscreen Reality Warp, until it permanently disappears after Link destroys it with a Sword Beam.
  • Republic City Blues: Justified. It is considered social suicide amongst the Sato to wear an outfit twice. Considering the fact that they're mafia, it probably is to show off their wealth to outsiders.

    Film — Animation 
  • Many Disney Animated Canon female leads will inevitably have a huge number of outfits for them to wear, but only some of them end up in their debut films. The Disney Princess franchise only increased the number of outfits the characters wear in extended media.
  • Anya in Anastasia doesn't have a different dress for every scene she's in, but she does go through far more costume changes than the average animated heroine (in order, she has a blue court dress as a child, a tattered peasant dress, a yellow ball gown in a Dream Ballet, a plain blue dress, a pair of blue pajamas, a sailor bathing suit in a Dream Sequence, a purple flapper-esque dress, a blue dress similar to the purple flapper getup, yet another 20s-style dress [these last three all show up within the same musical number], a tight-fitting blue evening gown with fur coat, a pair of midriff-baring pink pajamas, and finally a cream-yellow court dress). Most animated films give their female leads two, maybe three outfits at most!
  • Being a painter by trade, Ramone of the Cars series has a Running Gag where he wears a new, different paint job in every scene he's in.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Batman (1989) has one so blatant it was expressly mentioned in the opening credits! As Vicki Vale, Kim Basinger looks almost like a different woman every time we see her, sometimes even in consecutive scenes (though never in real time, naturally). Between an array of outfits for both work and play (often looking nothing like each other), changing hairstyles, and applications (and reapplications) of cosmetics,note  it's safe to say that Basinger's appearance is altered at least a dozen times throughout the movie. Basinger was even assigned a personal costume designer, who receives a separate credit during the movie's opening scene.
  • Casablanca: For a refugee travelling with a wanted resistance leader, Ilsa has an impressively varied wardrobe, appearing in a different dress in practically every scene, including a hat large enough to make you wonder what sort of luggage she must be carrying.
  • Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra had 65 costumes, which was a record for a motion picture for three decades, until Evita came out to beat her out of the saddle. This works out to an average of one costume for every five minutes in the extended director's cut. She was the Queen of Egypt.
  • Near everyone in Clueless, since it is set in Beverly Hills, but especially Cher who even has a program on her computer to pre-match her outfits so that she can hit a button on her closet and have the clothes roll out to her like at the dry cleaners.
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous: Kirsten Dunst's Amber Atkins lives by this, even going so far as to announce a costume change.
  • The Duchess: Keira Knightley wears a different dress in Every. Single. Scene. Justified because the film takes place over several years and she's ludicrously rich, but still.
  • Throughout the film version of Evita, Madonna had undergone 85 costume changes (including 39 hats, 45 pairs of shoes, and 56 pairs of earrings), which is enough to earn her a spot in the 1996 Guinness Book of World Records!
  • In-universe The Fly (1986) unfolds over the course of several weeks at least, not counting an unseen four-week interval between the second and third acts. By the end of the film Geena Davis' outfits number in the double digits, partially to clue the audience in on passing time and partially as a contrast to the initially very Limited Wardrobe of Jeff Goldblum's Doomed Protagonist (an eccentric scientist who wears one of five identical outfits, down to the shoes, each day).
  • Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind wears many dresses (most of which are of the pimped-out kind) in the film.
  • In The Great Race Natalie Wood wears a different costume in every scene, despite taking part in a car race around the world.
  • Maggie Cheung wears a different qipao in every scene of In the Mood for Love.
  • Jareth of Labyrinth condenses this for movie length by wearing something new almost every time he appeared on-screen.
  • While not nearly as egregious as Padmé, both Arwen and Éowyn of The Lord of the Rings films have quite a few dresses for their characters.This website shows off their, plus the rest of the cast's outfits in detail.
  • Mallrats takes place over the course of a single day, but René changes clothes multiple times because Shannen Doherty's contract specified she got to keep everything she wore.
  • Lisa Fremont in Rear Window:
    Jeff: Is this the Lisa Fremont who never wears the same dress twice?
    Lisa: Only because it's expected of her.
  • Both Blind Mag and Amber Sweet in Repo! The Genetic Opera have striking costume changes for each scene they appear in. Amber goes one step further, however, by also having different hair colors different body features, as befits an addict to high-tech plastic surgery.
  • As a rare male example, William Shatner in Star Trek: The Motion Picture changes through five or six uniforms during one mission.
  • Star Wars:
    • Two words: Padmé Amidala. Wookieepedia even has a separate article for that. Justified because she's the queen of Naboo, later a senator representing at least a system, if not a sector. Between the hair and the outfits, she's a wonderful challenge for cosplayers. Here's a a collection of some of her wardrobe.
    • Lampshaded in The Phantom Menace. When stranded on Tatooine, one of the things that Obi-Wan suggests in order to get money to repair the hyperdrive is to sell the Queen's wardrobe.
    • Padmé's handmaidens also have their own ever-changing assortment of robes, to show hers to greater advantage.
    • The wardrobe also had a narrative purpose, as she used bodyguard decoys while in dangerous situations. The complex hair, make-up, and clothing helped hide her true appearance and make it easier for a look-alike to take her place.
  • The Shirley MacLaine comedy What a Way to Go! is interspersed with parodies of other movie genres. One of these is the "1950s Big-Budget Hollywood Romance", and so her character goes through five or six extravagant costume changes in as many minutes. (And in the rest of the film she runs the gamut from furs to near-rags...)

  • Parodied in Around the World with Auntie Mame, when Mame must take Vera's place in a Folies-Bergere production based loosely on the life of Catherine the Great. Mame expresses concerns over the substitution (namely that she hasn't so much as read the script), but Vera insists that Mame can get by if she can change costumes quickly enough and sigh "oh, mon amour." True to Vera's word, the show isn't much more than an excuse to show off the outfits - which include a dress made of seed pearls and chinchilla fur, a wig that's four feet tall, a sable coat, a bikini made from netting and jet beads, and six live Russian wolfhounds.
  • Nobility in A Brother's Price changes outfits three times a day at the very least and get an entirely new wardrobe every season (of which there are a lot), much to the confusion of the Whistler family, who consider this a waste of money.
  • In The Clique, the members of the Pretty Committee change outfits all the time. This only accentuated by the fact that every outfit is described in brand name-filled paragraphs.
  • In The Baby-Sitters Club series, Claudia is, in every single book, said to never wear the same outfit twice. She goes out of her way to do this; never in the history of the books has she worn an exact outfit more than once, even if it means just using a different pair of earrings.
  • Sei Shonagon in The Pillow Book. Then again, she was a lady-in-waiting of Empress Sadako, and she was very fussy about following (or even setting) court fashion.
  • Her rival writer Murasaki Shikibu's diary contains detailed descriptions of court costumes and the Costume Porn in her The Tale of Genji is often cut by translators though fully justified by the conventions and customs of her age.
  • The Guardians: The titular human-angel hybrids can create clothing with a thought, though some have more skill than others. Selah, an 18th century housewife, describes it as her reward for spending her life sewing.
  • Secret Histories: Molly Metcalf the witch can conjure up any outfit she likes with just a thought, and regularly does so.
  • The Machineries of Empire: Nirai Kujen, one of the leaders of the Hexarchate Galactic Superpower, always dresses fancily with plenty of jewellery and never wears the same outfit twice. It's one of many creature comforts he enjoys to excess thanks to having grown up in dire poverty over 900 years ago.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A.N.T. Farm: Madam Goo Goo has on a different crazy outfit on almost every time the camera is on her. Appropriately lampshaded.
  • Delenn in Babylon 5 has a same-style costume in almost every episode, but almost every time with different colors. She's mix-and-matching the same dresses and over-dresses in differing combination, which do repeat. In fact, the only dresses NOT seen more than once are the ones in the Flash Forward Episode at the end of the fourth season, and the ones from the Distant Epilogue.
  • The Cylons on Battlestar Galactica seem to have an upscale fashion boutique on every basestar.
  • This is parodied in an episode of Big Wolf on Campus in which Merton Dingle wears a different costume (After he decides that he, the main character, and Lori Baxter are a superhero team) during each scene over the course of said episode. These costumes include a parody of Professor Xavier and a pirate (complete with plastic parrot).
  • Blackish has an example similar to How I Met Your Mother. Dre is constantly seen wearing expensive sneakers and a different set of trendy clothes to work, but a later episode reveals that this has played a part in putting a huge strain on his family's finances. His boss calls him out on it, pointing out that he makes more money than Dre does and even he wears the same clothes more than once.
  • Consciously managed in the 2005 BBC adaptation of Bleak House. As mentioned on the DVD commentary, main(ish) character Esther had a wardrobe of only two dresses as she is a young woman of slender means and low-ish status (she is a paid companion to a young lady and manages the household). The young lady, Ada, has no money of her own pending the resolution of the central court case but has maybe one or two dresses more due to her higher standing and eligibility. The only real clothes horse of the series is the stupendously rich Lady Deadlock who wears many glorious gowns throughout.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy, Willow, Cordelia, Dawn, Tara, and Anya rarely wear the same article of clothing twice; and, with the exception of Willow's clothes in Seasons 1 and 2 (and early 3), were all very fashionable. Even when Willow was dorky-jumper-and-sweaters girl, they were different dorky jumpers and sweaters every episode.
  • The Carol Burnett Show had costumes designed by Bob Mackie. He loved designing new clothes for sketches.
  • Charmed:
  • Doctor Who:
    • In contrast to the decidedly limited wardrobe of the Doctor, most of his companions wear different outfits in each serial. In the 2000s series, Rose Tyler is often seen coming home from time-travelling with a basket full of laundry for her mother to do.
    • The new series has shown the TARDIS to contain an extremely large wardrobe from which the Doctor picks his outfits, and the Tenth Doctor has occasionally been seen to trade in his brown suit for a blue one or to don a tuxedo.
    • The Third Doctor, being very fashion-conscious as a character trait, had lots and lots of outfits. He tended to wear velvet smoking jackets and frilly shirts but all bets were off in terms of colour scheme.
    • The Fourth Doctor tended to swap parts of his outfit about depending on setting and mood but maintained the same color scheme (browns, greys, burgundy, bright reds, and the occasional dash of purple or grass green) and a characteristic long scarf (except for "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", where he wore a cape instead). He maintained most of the same general dress sense, with the exception of his first outfit which is noticeably more contemporary to the 1970s than the early-Victorian style he adopts from "Pyramids of Mars" onward, having been designed for a character that ended up going in a different direction than expected. Several outfits intended as one-shot costumes for Changed My Jumper reasons ended up getting recycled into his general wardrobe — his distinctive shirt from "The Deadly Assassin" is used as a normal shirt in "The Invasion of Time", and his waistcoat from "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" shows up in some S16 and S17 stories. He tends to switch out footwear a lot in particular. Other Fourth Doctor stories show in passing a large number of inner rooms of the TARDIS, including an extremely large room the Doctor refers to as his "boot cupboard".
    • Individual Doctors tend to settle either on a single outfit or variations on a theme. He also seems to keep around clothes that his companions leave behind; in "Pyramids of Mars", Sarah Jane finds a dress, and the Doctor comments that it belonged to Victoria, who left the TARDIS eight seasons prior, meaning he's probably hung onto it for decades at least. Despite this, he's still had to steal his clothes from hospital locker rooms on no less than three separate occasions.
    • Romana (both of her) changed outfits every episode, it stood out more than for most companions since her outfits were highly memorable, ranging from white furs, a pink and white version of the Fourth Doctor's costume, fox hunting gear, an Edwardian bathing suit and what Nev Fountain described as his grandfather's gamekeepers outfit to name just a few.
    • In the classic series, Sarah Jane Smith often had multiple costume changes in several serials. Usually these changes were for no apparent reason including one time in "Genesis of the Daleks", where Sarah found a change of clothes in a cupboard full of explosives. This was due to a mistake by the production team — the serial after that one had already been filmed with that costume, and it was only when they were filming Genesis that they realised Sarah didn't have a chance to get back to the TARDIS in between (having been forced onto that mission by the Time Lords), so they had to contrive a way for her to change clothes.
    • Other classic series companions who had a new costume in every story or so included Zoe, Jo, Romana (both incarnations), and Peri.
    • Martha Jones wore the same outfit for her first 6 episodes, although they do take place straight after each other and since it was supposed to be "just one trip", she hadn't brought a change of clothes. After she and the Doctor returned to Earth, she presumably picked up more clothes since her outfits start changing.
    • In Series 4, Donna brings a number of suitcases with her when she joined the Doctor in the TARDIS, including a hatbox, and thus has a different outfit every episode.
    • Amy Pond does occasionally reuse jackets and her long red scarf, but for the most part, she has a pretty varied wardrobe. Though it is logical that she brought a decent amount of clothes with her since she'd been waiting for him to return since she was 10 years old and would probably be Crazy-Prepared.
    • River Song, so far, has worn a different outfit every time her personal timeline intersected with the Doctor's. As of the end of season 5, we've had a white spacesuit, two different black dresses, a skin-tight black pantsuit, white overalls, and a Cleopatra disguise.
    • The Twelfth Doctor's outfit has an unusually large amount of variation considering how minimalist it is, much more than his predecessors. He sticks exclusively with dark blue, black and white with a red lining to his coat, but we've had all kinds of shirts, a jumper with holes in, various waistcoats, a hoodie, a warehouse coat, a cardigan (when criticised for this in an interview, he replied "Tom Baker wore a cardigan!") and formalwear resembling a cross between what the Third Doctor wore in "Spearhead from Space" and the Thin White Duke.
  • Subverted in Dollhouse, as the episode "Needs" (1x08) has Echo and her fellow Actives stumbling into the Dollhouse's extremely full costume warehouse. With tags identifying whom each article of perfectly tailored clothing is for, almost making this a parody at the same time.
    • Dollhouse may be the only show to use the Unlimited Wardrobe and Limited Wardrobe tropes at the same time, given the ultra-standardized outfits (in the same few, muted colors) the dolls wear while in the Dollhouse and mindwiped.
  • Donkey Hodie: The characters in the show usually wear a variety of outfits when the occasion calls for them to be wearing one. Sometimes they are full outfits, but more often than not, it's just a hat and maybe an accessory for the body. And so far, only one of these outfits has appeared twice (Donkey Hodie's superhero costume, though Donkey Hodie's lobster costume from "Spooky Shadow Swamp" appeared in a social media-exclusive Halloween video.)
  • Joan from Elementary apparently has a pretty large wardrobe. She wears different outfits constantly, to the point where at least one fan blog documents her fashion.
  • The Empress of China got most of its notoriety for its Costume Porn: the entire cast has over 3000 costumes, 260 of them worn by the main character Wu Zetian. Justified in that the show covers about 50 years at the court of Tang China, though the luxury of them is notable.
  • Firefly dances around this; though each character tends to wear a wide variety of clothing, a few of them have specific outfits they wear multiple times, like Mal's iconic brown and red shirts with suspenders, River's pink dress with white lace duster, and Book's priest outfit. The show is also notable for showing continuity between clothing. Mal's brown jacket is visibly repaired from where it was torn in the pilot, and the teddy-bear patch on Kaylee's coveralls is in the same place that she was shot in the same episode.
  • The same goes for Cisco Ramon of The Flash (2014) - many geeky T-shirts, but you can catch him re-wearing specific ones.
  • Frasier. Both Frasier and Niles have an enormous number of expensive suits, shirts, ties, and shoes. During one episode we see the dressing room in Niles's apartment and it's large enough to house several glass-doored closets for his suits, as well as boasting multiple armchairs and a log fire.
  • On The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, there's Hilary Banks, the materialistic and airheaded fashionista eldest child of Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian. One early episode, where it's revealed that she dropped out of college several months prior and lied to her parents about still attending, Will meets her two dorm mates, one of whom remembers her as "that girl who never wore the same thing twice".
  • The only time any character from Friends wore a shirt a second time, was in a flashback episode set two years in the past. Chandler wore a shirt he's already worn in season one.
    • Chandler had a few bowling shirts and jumpers that he'd wear more than once (spanning several seasons). In earlier seasons, Joey would occasionally wear the same shirt as well.
    • Phoebe wore a necklace with a metal daisy decoration a few times in the early seasons.
    • Also, somewhat justified in that Rachel works at Ralph Lauren and it wouldn't be too hard for her and her friends to keep up with current fashion.
    • Somewhat averted at least in earlier seasons you'll occasionally see one of the gang wearing something they wore an episode back.
  • Game of Thrones: Most of the noble ladies of the show have an ever-changing wardrobe.
    • Margaery's is the most prominent example (to the point that, when stopping to help the poor for PR purposes, she ironically doesn't even bother to protect her expensive dress from dragging through the mud because she has so many others).
    • Daenerys has the most varied outfits of all the actresses on the show, partly on account of her blending in with different people's cultures. She's worn the silks of the Free Cities, Dothraki garb, Qartheen dresses, styles of her own making, and even some exotic furs.
  • Melinda Gordon of Ghost Whisperer hasn't worn the same too-fancy-for-upstate-New York-outfit twice.
  • While all of the other castaways in Gilligan's Island had to make do with a Limited Wardrobe or a few token outfits, the Howells dressed as though they had a bottomless clothes chest. One has to wonder just what they were doing taking all that clothing on what was ostensibly a three-hour tour. (Not only did they have several outfits each, but they had costumes, wigs, enough fabric to make long door curtains, and large bundles of cash in varying denominations.) Additionally, the castaways as a whole even had enough spare clothing amongst them to sew together to make a theater curtain.
    • The Howells brought so many clothes with them on the Minnow because they were rich twits who were incapable of tolerating limited means, ever. In the unaired pilot, you can see Gilligan struggling to carry several of their suitcases on board.
    • Ginger also Flanderized into this in the later seasons; at first, she's seen wearing an outfit made from canvas (or something) with "SS Minnow" stenciled on it.
    • When you take into account all the people and stuff that tends to wash up on that island (how far can it actually be from the shipping lanes), a crate full of women's evening gowns doesn't seem that unlikely.
  • Both Lorelai and Rory qualify for this on Gilmore Girls, though the costume department had the sense to have them wear some articles more than least, for the first few seasons. In the later seasons, however, Rory is turned into a literal fashion plate and never seems to wear the same outfit twice.
  • Sort of averted on Glee. The kids clearly have a lot of clothes, but upon closer inspection, they repeat outfits and clothing pieces fairly often. Sometimes, in a subtle Continuity Nod, outfits from the first or second season will make reappearances much later in the series.
  • Hannah Montana has the Hannah Closet, effectively a clothing store attached to a bedroom.
  • Becomes a major plot point in How I Met Your Mother. Lily's fabulous wardrobe is revealed to have caused massive credit card debt.
  • Roy of The IT Crowd has a large number of amusing t-shirts, but still occasionally makes repeats. This is truth in television for many geeks.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Despite the gang supposedly being poor all the time, Mac, Dee, and Dennis all wear different outfits in each episode, though Mac does rewear one or two T-shirts. The trope is averted for Charlie, who only has about three outfits through most of the early seasons that were taken directly from Charlie Day's wardrobe.
  • Marco Polo for some characters, and notably not for others. The Costume Porn is real because ALL of the outfits are extremely luxurious. It's notable, however, that this show uses the trope as a way of characterizing people: male or female. Indeed, it is applied just as often to the male characters as to the female characters. When a character has multiple costumes, it indicates that they are ambitious. Yousef's lack of costumes is used to demonstrate his spirituality and lack of concern for material things. Jia Sidao only appears a few times, but every time he appears he has a different outfit. Jia Meilin however, wears the same costume most of the times she appears, which shows how she is mostly concerned with her daughter now (although in flashbacks, we see multiple costumes for her sometimes within the space of a few minutes: indicating that at one time she was different). The Blue Princess has only three outfits, while Chabi never even reuses an element: Chabi is self-serving and cold towards the common people, while the Blue Princess is compassionate. Kurtulan's lack of costumes isn't just because of her tomboy lifestyle, but because she has no ambitions: she wants a quiet life away from courtly politics, but her father insists on involving her because of his own agenda. Marco himself has a new costume in most episodes and sometimes changes in the middle of an episode. With the exception of his fighting costume, he never repeats them wholesale either (his costumes are made of a lot more parts due to their style, so elements do get reused). Meanwhile, the Khan actually has relatively few outfits: one normal one, and a few more for special events. Jingim probably has the largest number of costumes out of all the characters, probably more than he actually needed, but what costumer would be able to resist dressing Remy Hii in every possible permutation of silk and fur?
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Midge wears a huge variety of fabulous and colorful 50's outfits, rarely wearing the same one twice. In-universe, Midge is shown to own entire rooms full of dresses, and when going on tour with Shy Baldwin, has to take two taxis to fit all of her outfits.
  • Mary Richards of The Mary Tyler Moore Show was sufficiently well-known for this that MAD made it the central focus of its parody, "The Mary Tailor-Made Show".
  • Fran from The Nanny constantly goes through several outfits in each episode. Justified in that she's a fashion nut and shopaholic. But also justified that her cousin is Todd Oldham, the well-known fashion designer. He's the one that gives her all these outfits (already worn by other celebrities) because "she can't dress that nice on her income." And she has an obscenely rich employer/eventual husband that (usually) adores her.
  • The cast and crew of NewsRadio viewed Kathy Griffin's character on Suddenly Susan as a knock-off of their character Beth. Thus Beth would always wear lots of wacky one-of-a-kind clothes in an effort to make her inimitable.
  • Everyone in Pretty Little Liars fits this trope to a T, but the female characters are more notable. Hanna has once been seen reusing a jacket, but other than that there are very few people wearing the same outfit.
  • In Pushing Daisies, it gets to the point where even Lily's eyepatch changes on a regular basis.
  • The Cat in Red Dwarf wore a different outfit every episode. Not initially a full example, since it's an explicit part of his character - in "Future Echoes", faced with a choice between death or trimming his wardrobe down to only two suits, he declares that "Two suits is dead!", and considers cutting off his leg to give him room for a third - but it slips into how-does-he-do-that territory in season six, when the ship unexpectedly disappears, leaving the crew with just one shuttlecraft and its contents. (On the other hand, season six also contains the only episode in which the Cat is seen to repeat an outfit, setting up a joke in which the return of a killer android from the episode in which he previously wore the outfit leaves him less concerned about imminent death than about the damage his reputation will take if it gets out that he's worn the same outfit twice.) Naturally, in the "Better Than Life" episode, one of his fantasies catered for by the virtual reality simulation involves his wardrobe - it's so big that it crosses an international timezone.
    • According to the DVD commentary, it has happened at least once behind the scenes. One outfit the Cat wore was a black and white striped outfit. The designers, needing a new outfit, took the clothes and proceeded to use a felt tip marker to colour the white stripes yellow.
  • The characters of Revenge- justified for the most part since the show takes place in the Hamptons, which is made up of socialites and multi-millionaires (although working-class party planner Ashley somehow manages to fit this trope as well). Notable exceptions are the townie characters Jack and Declan.
  • Roseanne does an excellent job of averting this, with characters repeating the same outfit several times a season. However, they did make the mistake of having those outfits include Guess Jeans for Becky and Doc Martens for Darlene and David, articles of clothing certainly beyond the means of the show's unemployed, blue-collar teens, so you can't win them all.
    • The girls do get jobs at The Lunch Box once it enters the picture, and they wouldn't be the first teenagers to buy impractically expensive clothing just for the name (people in a financial position like the Connors might have the occasional piece of designer clothing that they got for a birthday or Christmas.) It's also not exactly unheard-of to find designer clothing in excellent condition in thrift stores.
  • Nearly everyone on RuPaul's Drag Race, but especially Ru.
  • In the first 3 seasons of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the opening sequence shows Sabrina in front of a mirror posing with four different costumes and outfits. The first three outfits are always the same, but the fourth one changes from episode to episode. At the end, Sabrina always says something that is related to the last costume.
  • Schitt's Creek makes this a key plot point, as prior to living in the town the Roses did have an unlimited wardrobe budget that they all spent on fancy designer clothes. That said, David and Alexis are occasionally seen wearing the same pieces because they can no longer afford new clothes. Moira, on the other hand, never seems to run out of choices, even if they are from her past.
  • The characters on Sex and the City were famous for this.
    • In fact, the costume department took it upon themselves to ensure that no character ever appeared in the same outfit twice. It became easier in later series when they started being sent lots of freebies...
  • The female leads in Shake it Up, especially noticable because of their...interesting sense of style.
  • The Sliders seemed to have a new wardrobe (and always plenty of money) every week, despite only ever taking one change of clothes through the wormholes between worlds. There were occasional attempts to explain this (alternate versions of the sliders have the same ATM PIN), but it still strained credibility to have every cast member show up with a whole new ensemble each week, especially since this would happen even with episodes that were set immediately after each other, leading one online fan to ask the question "what really goes on in that wormhole??"
  • All the ladies from Smallville despite Lana's frequent mention of a lack of money.
  • London Tipton (played by Brenda Song) of Disney's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody has never worn the same outfit twice, IIRC. Her hairstyles are equally varied. This makes sense since she is absurdly rich and self-centered. What's kind of weird is that ALL of the people who don't wear suits have immense wardrobes, including the titular characters Zack and Cody, their mother, and their friend Maddie. None of these characters are particularly rich. In fact, it is somewhat frequently mentioned that Maddie is not that well off financially (despite attending a school that requires uniforms. Go figure).
  • The entire cast of That's So Raven qualifies — most notably Raven herself, who gets a new (and extravagant) outfit in almost every scene. In her case, it's Justified: Raven is a talented seamstress, and it's stated that she designs most of her clothes herself (and in fact aspires to be a professional fashion designer).
    • This continues in the sequel series, Raven's Home. By that time, Raven is working in the fashion industry (albeit designing clothes for pets). However, she's also a broke single parent sharing a cramped apartment with three other people.
  • Teen Wolf: Played straight with most of the girls' costumes, with Lydia and Allison hardly ever seen wearing the same outfit. This is somewhat justified as Lydia is The Fashionista, and she befriended Allison because she had clothes from her mom working as a designer label buyer. Averted with the guys, as Scott and Stiles wear a similar assortment of t-shirts, hoodies, and jackets - Stiles especially wears the same plaid shirt a lot. They even share shirts and their clothes are pretty much what normal high schoolers would wear compared to the girls' designer clothes. (Which makes a lot more sense as Scott and Stiles are from lower socio-economic backgrounds/single parent families compared to Allison and Lydia's wealthy parents.) Derek also spends a lot of his time in the same leather jacket particularly in the early seasons, though that's less finances and more because he has bigger things to worry about.
  • On Ugly Betty, the title character seems to have an unlimited supply of bizarrely dorky outfits, despite her lower-middle-class background.
  • The Umbrella Academy: The Handler wears a different outfit in every appearance, and every single one is an insanely over-the-top version of 1950s fashion, including pillbox hats, opera gloves and giant plastic pearls, and 6-inch stilettos in the apocalypse. Notably, she is pretty much the only character who regularly changes clothes, everyone else being stuck in only one or two outfits per season.
  • The Vampire Diaries averts this trope in earlier seasons, but later plays this trope straight, although again mostly with their female characters. Elena and Bonnie can be seen reusing clothes in seasons 1 and 2, but later on, this doesn't really happen.
  • Of note is the limitless supply of eccentric and fanciful outfits worn by Alex Russo's best friend Harper Finkle in Wizards of Waverly Place. However, it's implied several times that she makes many of the pieces herself (which would cut down costs considerably).

  • The '60-'70s Hong Kong Manhua 13-Dot Cartoons has to be the queen of this trope: people have counted that the protagonist 13-Dot has donned 1,728 outfits in 28 issues, or an average of 62 per issue.

  • Christine Daae in both the stage and film versions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Justified by Christine living in the Opera house, and presumably being allowed to borrow stuff from the wardrobe department and/or being able to do deals with the in-house seamstresses.
  • Elisabeth in the musical of the same name. To be fair, this is a fairly accurate depiction of what she was like in real life, too. This happens to Death as well in the Takarazuka Revue version, with a costume change for every scene.
  • Nowadays, Lady Gaga is very rarely seen in an outfit more than once.
  • Elton John's seemingly limitless supply of costumes, designer clothing, boots, eyeglasses, sunglasses, hats, shoes, etc. routinely comes up for auction to benefit his AIDS foundation and other charities. A portion of his glam-era wardrobe (including his infamous Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck costumes), at the time up for auction, can be found in the artwork for the 1988 album, Reg Strikes Back.
  • Steven Tyler of Aerosmith has a vast wardrobe of showy outfits; he even admitted to occasionally wearing women's clothing!
  • Lindsey Stirling has a different outfit for every video, not even counting dress-ups, and sometimes appears with a variety of costumes within just one.
  • Through the course of shows, "Weird Al" Yankovic and his band change costumes about every four songs.
  • A staple of Pop concerts, but Ayumi Hamasaki is probably the undisputed queen. She wore 14 outfits in a single concert once, most of her concerts feature 6-8 costume changes, every 2-3 songs. She once wore 3 outfits in a 3-minute medley.
  • In "Pops" or "Greatest Hits" concerts featuring one or more vocal soloists and orchestra (numerous short pieces backed by an orchestra and sometimes also a chorus), male soloists almost always wear the same tuxedo throughout, but it is very common for female soloists to change gowns multiple times, sometimes for every number in which they sing. If one of the numbers features a female soloist in a "trousers role" (singing the role of a boy or man), she may wear male attire—or yet another gown.
  • Throughout the Renaissance World Tour, Beyoncé has donned an extensive list of high fashion pieces at the opening of every show. She never worn the same opening outfit twice. She even has multiple costumes for every act of the show that she cycles through at each stop.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • "Macho Man" Randy Savage wore a different outfit for every match in the tournament for the heavyweight title at WrestleMania IV. Additionally, his valet Miss Elizabeth had a matching outfit for each wardrobe change. In Kayfabe terms, he was AWFULLY confident he was going to win all his matches and was prepared...
  • In general, Savage had one of the most varied wardrobes in wrestling. While most wrestlers have one or two variations of their signature ring gear (for branding reasons, wrestlers tend to stick to the Limited Wardrobe rule), he was known for having several dozen variations and would update them when his ring persona changed ("Macho Man" to "Macho Madness" to "Macho King", etc).
  • Ric Flair famously has dozens of different robes to wear to the ring. He often would sport a new one for any really big match back in the 80s.
  • Many of the Divas in WWE have a lot more ring attire options than that of their male counterparts. This doesn't even include the different costumes they wear every Halloween.
  • Rey Mysterio Jr. also breaks the Limited Wardrobe rule of wrestling, with dozen of outfits and masks, and always has a new ensemble for WrestleMania. Justified in that his brand is being masked in general (not to mention that multiple masks = multiple merch items to sell).
  • "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart was famous for his various colorful jackets depicting whoever he was managing at the time.
  • After becoming more heelish in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Bruce Tharpe would wear suit jackets with matching glasses that come in many colors.

  • Parodied in The Musicals Of Musicals The Musical with the title character of "Dear Abby!":
    Abby: Don't worry. I'm back! And in a stunning new gown.
    Spoken Stage Direction: Abby returns after her fortieth and final costume change of the show!
  • Elle Woods has roughly 15 costume changes in Legally Blonde, some of them amazingly fast and on stage. Justified, since the character has wealthy parents (she can afford Harvard tuition, after all).

  • American Girl:
    • A good portion of the earlier historical characters have at least six to nine outfits in their collection. This is a lot for a quick-growing nine-year-old, especially in eras when clothes were not quickly mass-manufactured. This makes sense for girls like Samantha who were rich (enough her family has a private seamstress) or Julie who lived in a time of easy clothes shopping, but applies even to characters who would logically have small wardrobes such as those who lived rurally and didn't have easy access to brand new clothes (Kirsten), were so poor the family was at risk of losing the house (Kit), were on wartime rationing (Molly), or had to build a wardrobe from scratch after becoming free (Addy).note  The trend until Kaya was that every character had at least one new outfit for each book in their six-book series (with the "outfit of the book" highlighted on the cover). They also had additional one- or two-scene outfits as part of the collection, and some outfits made that weren't seen in the books at all. This is because the point was (along with showing various fashions of the era) for a kid to read the book and/or flip through the catalog and see the clothes that went with each "book." This has been toned down with later-released characters, but ironically may have swung too far in the other direction for some characters who might not even have more than one daily outfit.
    • The modern dolls have had new outfits come out yearly since 1995, updated as fashions for children change, and thus can access well over two decades of outfits. In theory, a doll could have clothes older than they are even if the clothes are somewhat dated.
  • Many dolls in general but Barbie above all else. She's been running for decades and emphasizes fashion heavily. There have been multiple collector-geared lines themed around fashion as well.
  • Bratz has many different clothes for the girls.
  • Mr. Potato Head: Both the Mr. and Mrs. have many different outfits to pack in their plastic selves, and that's before including the crossover outfits.

    Video Games 
  • Athena Asamiya from The King of Fighters has changed her outfit and hairstyle with every game she's been in. This is given a Lampshade Hanging in KOF '98, where her intro pose sees her psychically switch between all four of her previous outfits before settling on her current getup. It's even used in one of her DMs, Psychic 9, where she changes outfits with every hit. XIII would later up the ante with her Psycho Medley 13 Neo MAX, featuring Athena cycling through all twelve of her previous getups in the mainline series before teaming up with what appears to be copies of herself donning the armor of her previous incarnation, the Goddess Athena.
  • In Alice: Madness Returns, Alice gets a new dress for each level. While the contrast with the first game's solitary nastier-yet-iconic outfit is likely for prosaic developmental reasons, the costume changes are emphasized to make it clear they mean something. Except at the very end, whether they're a mark of adaptation or submission is left ambiguous.
  • Simon Belmont of Castlevania wears a different outfit in each interpretation of 1691, whether it be the classic golden armor and black hair in the NES original, a similar attire but with blue hair in Haunted Castle, the oddly-pink armor in the MSX2 game Vampire Killer, the green outfit in Super Castlevania IV, or his black Conan-like armor and red hair in the Arrange Mode of Castlevania Chronicles.
  • Since you can buy outfits online in THE iDOLM@STER, this is actually justified.
  • You can also buy outfits in the Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side games. With enough money, your main character can go through the game without ever repeating an outfit. The guys you date also have lots of different clothes, though if you date them long enough they'll start repeating them.
  • In Super Paper Mario, Mimi wears no less than ten different outfits over the course of the game. It's justified in that she is both money-obsessed and a shapeshifter.
  • In Barbie Super Model, there is a large number of different outfits for Barbie to wear. Since the game is pretty much about dressing up Barbie and making her a good model, this is a Justified Trope.
  • Bayonetta doesn't do this to the same extent, but Bayonetta and Jeanne have customizable outfits the player can make them wear, and a few of them come in three different types, such as a Japanese kimono-style outfit. Bayonetta can even wear an outfit similar to Jeanne's.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII both use full outfits as the crux of their gameplay, serving as a Job System in X-2 and a Stance System for Lightning Returns. They even have the ability to change outfits in mid-battle! Defying this trope is tantamount to a Self-Imposed Challenge: the fewer outfits that Yuna, Rikku, Paine, and Lightning wear throughout their respective games, the less abilities they have at their disposal. (And in Lightning's case, you're using a minimum of four outfits throughout the game no matter WHAT you do, which is more than most prior Final Fantasy protagonists have had).
  • In Resonance of Fate, you could spend millions of rubies on dozens of shirts, pants, skirts, belts, and contact lenses to customize the main characters.
  • LittleBigPlanet has many, many costume options for sackboys and girls. Glitches in the second game allow things like lights and Circuit Boards to be attached to the sackboy as well.
  • The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall had such a bewildering variety of clothing that it encouraged this trope to the degree of a Guilty Pleasure for some. Characters could collect an unlimited wagonful of clothes, to wear a different outfit to every visit to court, every inn, every guild in every town. Daggerfall Fashion Gallery was the first mod and was written to indulge fashion enthusiasts even more.
  • With all the user-created content out there, it is very easy to turn your game of The Sims into this. There is a reason why it is listed under the Virtual Paper Doll trope.
  • In Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA, Miku and the other Vocaloids are shown to wear a bunch of different fancy, colorful, and very cosplayable outfits throughout the game.
  • Terraria added three "Vanity Items" slots just to facilitate this. The slots replace the sprite (but not effect) or headgear, armor, and pants, just to show off all the clothes you've bought and/or made yourself while still being a walking Magitek tank.
  • The No More Heroes series has a ton of extra clothing items. The first game actually hid dozens of T-Shirts in dumpsters. It got more complex in the second game with a bunch of different shaped items, like baggy pants, visors, hoodies, and other such things. And it was all really, really pointless. Heck, buying clothing in NMH1 actually costs nearly more than what you need for major upgrades and boss fees.
  • While every class' clothing in Ragnarok Online is fixed and not affected by actual gear, the three head slots (hat, goggles/ear accessories and something covering or held in the mouth), do show. Hallmark of a successful player is the ownership of many, many hats, including the ones that are insanely hard to obtain and carry next to no actual usefulness. Additionally, some servers allow the recoloration of the basic outfit, with up to hundreds of options.
  • Team Fortress 2 is occasionally called "Hat Fortress 2" and "The World's #1 War-Themed Hat Simulator" for the staggering number of collectible hats available in the game (which eventually extended to other cosmetic items including footwear, shirts, backpacks, and weapon skins).
  • In the Tekken series, Yoshimitsu receives a new look in every game, seemingly becoming less human (nearly) every time. The only exceptions are Tekken Tag Tournament and Street Fighter X Tekken, which recycle his Tekken 3 outfit.
  • Phantasy Star Online 2:
    • Xie, the quest-giver for seasonal events, wears a different outfit for every holiday.
    • The player can quite easily invoke this if they own a lot of costumes. Switching outfits is a simple enough process that you could change your clothes during a mission if you wanted to.

    Visual Novels 
  • None of the major characters in Melody seem to wear the same outfit twice.
  • Psycholonials: Despite its fairly simple art style, the game depicts main characters Abby and Z in different streetwear outfits in pretty much every scene, fitting their status as Instagram influencers for whom image is important.

  • Fairest Cruelest The Royal Delilah and Queen don't limit themselves to one beautiful dress, they practically wear a new one every day in-universe
  • Erfworld: Wanda wears a different outfit in every battle.
  • Mistress of Oglaf, best shown here. NSFW.
  • What the Fu: Dries wears a different outfit on every page.
  • Last Res0rt does this with most of its characters... at least, the ones who aren't in prison.
  • Jezebel Starr from EVIL. While most of the cast has only a single outfit that they were most all the time, Jezebel is wearing something different in every appearance.
  • Sunstone: Ally has plunged huge amounts of her money into providing herself and her girls with enough fetish wear to show the readers more of the fashion every time they get into the clothes.
  • Emily in The Senkari tends to display a rather varied wardrobe. Justified in that her family is rich.
  • Dr. H.M. Phage, T.E. in Awful Hospital - no two of the bowties he wears in each and every panel/page are alike.
  • Jared in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things is not yet shown wearing the same t-shirt twice. Word of God is that Jared may be a slob, but he does have enough of a sense of personal hygiene to change his shirt regularly.
  • In Quantum Vibe many characters wear "anysuits" that project holograms of several different outfits.
  • Goddess of Clothing, Lavali's hallucination as a result of dehydration and frustration with a side of alcohol in Sandra on the Rocks is seen wearing different outfits in all strips she appears in so far.
  • In Tower of God this trope applies to most of the main cast, but to especially to Bam. Apparently Jinsung Ha buys him clothes and... it definitely shows. And for those curious... 
  • Skin Horse: Wholesome Crossdresser Tip wears a new set of highly fashionable women's clothing in every arc with no repeats.
  • Peridot in Cucumber Quest tends to show up in different outfits.
  • Unsounded: Queen Maharaishala Sonorie of Cresce wears a different outfit every time she appears, her ones for state events being Impossibly Cool Clothes using pymary to achieve otherwise impossible visual effects.

    Web Animation 
  • Baman Piderman Pumkin has worn a whole variety of different shirts and sweaters.

    Web Original 
  • Deconstructed in Manwhores when Randy's constantly new, ever more extravagant outfits, starting with just a cowboy outfit and ending in full geisha regalia, before suddenly pushing the apartment crew into the Broke Episode.
  • While clearly not to the extent of other examples on here and unless it's an arc, The Nostalgia Chick has a tendency to have a different outfit in every review while the Critic wears the same thing all the time.
  • As is the norm with Barbie, she has this in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. In fact, it's exaggerated to the extremes. She owns thousands of articles of clothing in her absurdly huge closet. One episode has her finally running out of room and having trouble getting rid of her clothes because she has such good memories of everything. The person she tries to sell her clothes to is a Shout-Out to collectors, down to them wanting everything in the original boxes.
  • The Music Video Show has a bit of this. Every season of the show (which are 25 episodes long), the host new clothing worn. This may be an aversion since there are multiple versions of him throughout the seasons. This is especially evident in the first season when he has changed into multiple shirts and hats (or no hat), which is lampshaded in the 100th episode.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time has a few glaring examples, since everyone else seems to wear the same thing almost all the time.
    • Marceline the Vampire Queen has a new outfit in almost all of her appearances. This is a "dress sense" example, since she seems to really like tank tops, tight jeans, and boots, but has a wide assortment of all three in different styles and colors.
    • Princess Bubblegum also has a wide range of outfits, but not to Marceline's extent.
    • Flame Princess's appearance constantly changes, which is justified as her "outfits" seem to be created from the same living fire as her body.
  • In All Grown Up! halfway through the series all the characters started to wear different outfits. Even the highlight in Lil's hair would change color depending on the episode.
  • American Dad! has Roger, who is constantly creating new disguises and personas. It even became a Couch Gag in later seasons.
  • Amphibia: Anne arrived on Amphibia with just her backpack and the clothes on her back, so it's understandable that those clothes would be the only thing she ever wears. Yet somehow she's shown on plenty of occasions to have other outfits (swimwear, winter clothes, workout clothes, formalwear, etc) that she would have had no reason to be carrying around with her at the time she was transported, and would have had no way to acquire on Amphibia.
  • Zuko of Avatar: The Last Airbender has countless outfits during the series. Never mind that he was living as a penniless peasant during the second season, he still managed to rustle up a wardrobe that will put most fashionistas to shame. Ironically, once he got back to the royal court, that's where Limited Wardrobe kicked back in.
  • The Music Meister from Batman: The Brave and the Bold had a double-digit number of outfits during his episode, at one point changing clothes eight times during a single song.
  • Played With on Carmen Sandiego. While Carmen has her trademark red jacket and hat, as well as a couple of favorite casual outfits, and most of the rest of the cast have only a couple of regular outfits each, Carmen has been shown wearing quite a few different ensembles, depending on the caper.
  • Unlike the rest of his Disney brethren, Pete of the Classic Disney Shorts lacks a default Iconic Outfit and has worn numerous different outfits across his many appearances.
  • Played With in one episode of The Cleveland Show — after Junior gets a large inheritance and begins spending it on the family, Roberta declares that her "new thing" is hats, and wears a different one each time she appears throughout the episode.
  • In contrast to the rest of the cast, LaBarbera Conrad in Futurama has a different sexy outfit every episode she appears, sometimes more than one.
  • Mabel Pines of Gravity Falls seems to have an infinite amount of custom sweaters, and wears a different one every episode, and sometimes more than one in the same episode. Justified since Mabel knits the sweaters herself. Apparently she just owns a lot of yarn. This is in stark contrast to her brother's Limited Wardrobe.
  • Hazbin Hotel runs the gamut between this and Limited Wardrobe, depending on the character. Velvette is the standout, looking different in every episode she's in and only keeping her color scheme the same, while even her hairstyle changes. This makes sense as she's a fashion designer. Angel Dust is another example, while he usually wears the same clothes casually, when at work in the fourth episode he goes through a massive number of sexy outfits in a single song. On the other end of the spectrum, Alastor never changes his outfit and all Vox does is take his coat off in the finale.
    • In a downplayed example, several characters get new outfits for the big battle in the finale. In some cases, like Vaggie's, it's to fight more effectively (she even says in an earlier episode she's not used to fighting with her long hair down), while in others it's to match (Angel Dust and Cherri Bomb both add striped shirts to their usual looks, and are joined by Lucifer for the final song) or to look more impressive (Sir Pentious goes full Napoleonic General).
  • Jem was created to sell fashion dolls, so this is extremely apparent. It's right there in the theme song: "Glammer and glitter, fashion and fame". There are even fansites dedicated to cataloging everyone's attire. The only thing that really stays consistent is their make-up. We only see a Misfit without it once: Roxy briefly during a makeover montage in "Roxy Rumbles". The hairstyles are usually stationary but do occasionally change, like when Kimber had her hair in pigtails during the song "Bad Influence". It's unintentional however several characters did change hairstyles due to Early Installment Character-Design Difference. Video had straight hair but later has wavy hair, and Clash had red-and-blue hair until they retconned her into having purple hair like her doll.
  • Blythe Baxter in Littlest Pet Shop (2012) has a different outfit in almost every episode, counting recolors of previous outfits. Part of the show focuses on clothing and fashion, and Blythe making clothes for the pets and herself. In Season 2, Blythe goes to a fashion university to study, so the new clothes in each episode are justified.
  • The Magic School Bus: Miss Frizzle wears different dresses and earrings with varying patterns and designs relating to the theme of the episode.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rarity has a wide assortment of pretty dresses, hats, and accessories... all self-designed. In "Rarity Investigates" alone she changes outfits about seven times (which is heavily lampshaded).
    • Discord changes his outfit every time he needs to make a point, sometimes multiple times during one single line! Of course, being able to warp reality with a snap of your finger helps.
  • Although it seems impossible, Samurai Jack combined this trope with Limited Wardrobe. Even though he is stranded in the future, a future where nobody remembers his home time, Jack manages to keep finding new kimonos to replace the ones subject to Clothing Damage in previous episodes... He must have found a very cheap clothing store on his first day there. There is an episode dedicated to Jack losing his trademark sandals and trying out new shoes given to him by the owner of a post-apocalyptic "Foot Locker" until he finds a kindly old Japanese man who makes him a new pair. The episode began with Jack making a new hat for himself out of straw. Given Jack's variety of skills, he probably knows how to make a new set of his simple robes with whatever materials he can find.
  • Solar Opposites: While everyone else wears the same clothes every episode, Terry always appears with a different nerdy shirt.
  • Early Cuyler of Squidbillies can be seen wearing a different novelty trucker hat in every episode. He has stated that he uses hats to express himself and his mood.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star Butterfly has five outfits she cycles through, with a sixth being added in the third season. Plus over a dozen that she's only been seen in once. That's not counting the times she modifies one of the main outfits, like wearing a T-shirt or Marco's hoodie over her dress.
  • Steven Universe: Opal, Amethyst and Pearl's fusion, is an unusual example. Gems and cross-Gem fusions (with the exception of mostly-human Stevonnie) usually only change clothing upon poofing or separating and reforming, with fusions especially if their components' relationship has changed or they feel like it. With Opal, although her appearances are rare, she has a different outfit in every single appearance thanks to one of her components having been poofed and reforming with a new outfit between each appearance.
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Bowser often had a different outfit depending on the theme of the episode (i.e. dressing like a cowboy in "Butch Mario and the Luigi Kid" and dressing in a toga and laurel crown in "The Great Gladiator Gig").
  • Sym-Bionic Titan:
    • Ilana can't seem to stay in one outfit for an episode. She's worn everything from flannel and daisy dukes to an Elegant Gothic Lolita outfit. And it works too.
    • Though Kimmy is often seen in the same cheerleading outfit, she is seen wearing different outfits throughout the show in other scenes.
  • Similarly, while on the job the girls in Totally Spies! wear the same color-coded jumpsuits but in their "spare time" not only have a seemingly endless wardrobe, they love to go shopping as well. Apparently they have rich parents. And they do live in Beverly Hills, which in fiction never has anyone with less than upper-class income.
  • During the fourth season, the Winx Club seems to have an outfit for every occasion. Even their Believix form had several custom versions for anything from flying quicker to teleporting to viewing the past . . . you get the idea. Not to mention Sophix and Lovix, which were forms designed for literally one story arc only each.
  • Kimiko of Xiaolin Showdown combined this with Limited Wardrobe. While she always wore the same outfit around the temple, outside she rarely has the same clothes... or hair color.

    Real Life 
  • This is Truth in Television. Some monarchs were known to have hundreds, even thousands of different outfits.
    • Sissi, the Austrian empress, was known to change her outfits up to three times in the same evening.
    • Her contemporary, Queen Emma of the Netherlands, prided herself on the Calvinist simplicity of her dress, but still found to her annoyance that she absolutely needed at least 40 dresses for the 5-day wedding celebration of her sister.
    • Empress Elizabeth of Russia, who effectively made having an Unlimited Wardrobe necessary for court life by forbidding her nobles from wearing the same clothes twice to a ball (and since said balls were a near-daily occurrence...). At her death, she owned thousands of dresses, easily beating the more infamous Marie-Antoinette.
    • Imelda Marcos, wife of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was particularly notorious for owning over 2,500 different pairs of shoes.
  • Lots of modern-day celebrities go through a similar process because designers give them clothes for free since they get good publicity for it. Some of them end up doing massive charity sales of outfits that were only worn once.
  • Major Fashion Magazines have 'closets' stretching across several floors to hold all the clothes that are currently in season...
  • Female hosts of the Academy Awards sometimes demonstrate this within the show's three-odd hours, eg, Anne Hathaway in the 83rd show. It isn't just the Oscars, though; most award shows with a female host will have them change their outfit at least a couple of times. A particularly good example: In the late '90s, VH1 teamed up with Vogue to do the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, which was kinda like the Oscars, only instead of actors and directors, it was for models and designers. One year, they had Heather Locklear hosting. Heather had it placed in her contract for hosting that she would get to keep any clothes she wore during the show— then proceeded to change her outfit every single time she appeared on stage.
  • The Oregon Ducks college football team is known for its flashy uniforms, which allow for countless uniform combinations, many of which are only worn for a single game. Phil Knight, the founder and chairman of Nike, is an alumnus of the school and given the program generous sponsorship deals that allow the practice.
    • The popularity of the Ducks' ever-changing uniforms (among both fans and potential high school recruits) has led more and more college teams to add a few alternate uniforms in addition to the standard "home" (colored jersey) and "away" (white jersey), though to date nobody has taken it to the "different uniform every game" extreme that Oregon uses.
  • Tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands has been described as the Lady Gaga of the tennis world for her unusual fashion sense on the court. And off-court too.
  • Both subverted and played straight with male dandies. While the late Duke of Windsor was said to have owned well over two hundred pairs of shoes alone (all handmade, of course), A.J. Drexel Biddle (Adjutant-General of Pennsylvania), who was described in 1960 as the best-dressed man in the US, owned a mere seven suits plus formal day wear (worn more frequently then than today).