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Basic Trope: An adaptation tones down a character's Fanservice.

  • Straight: Amazing Alice had a Stripperiffic outfit in the comics. In The Movie, she has a full-bodysuit.
  • Exaggerated: In the comics, Amazing Alice was only wearing some Barely-There Swimwear. In The Movie, she has bulky metal armor from head to toe that makes it difficult to tell that she's a girl just by looking at her.
  • Downplayed:
    • Amazing Alice was an actual stripper in the comics. The Movie makes her into a Family-Friendly Stripper.
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    • Amazing Alice outfit is less revealing, but she wears revealing clothes as her civilian identity more often.
  • Justified:
    • Amazing Alice's characterization in the comics was that of a Shameless Fanservice Girl. The Movie altered this and made a costume to reflect this characterization.
    • Amazing Alice's costume works well in a drawn comic book or animation, but The Movie is a live-action adaptation. The costume wouldn't stay on if made to be comic-accurate, so a more reasonable costume was made instead.
    • Amazing Alice is given an animated adaptation, and her outfit is simplified to ease the animator's workloads.
  • Inverted: Adaptational Skimpiness.
  • Subverted:
    • It looks like Amazing Alice has gotten a more modest costume when she enters battle, but she strips it off and reveals a more comic-accurate costume.
    • The reason her outfit was less revealing was that Alice was fourteen when she started her heroic career and her mother encouraged her to get a modest costume. After a Time Skip to when she turned eighteen, she put her foot down and got a more revealing costume like she originally wanted.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...then she realized it was too cold for the costume, so she went to get a costume with more coverage.
    • However, after the switch, she didn't like the extra attention she got from the costume, so she went back to a more modest outfit.
  • Parodied: Amazing Alice was a stripper in the comics. The Movie turns her into a nun. And not a Naughty Nun.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The first Subversion/Double Subversion scenario occurs throughout the film with Alice constantly needing to get outfits to adjust to her needs of protection.
    • Alice's new outfit covers up her chest but shows even more leg.
  • Averted: Regardless of how accurate to the source it is, Amazing Alice's costume still shows off just as much skin as it does in the comics.
  • Enforced:
    • This adaptation of Amazing Alice is supposed to be Tamer and Chaster, so her outfit was modified accordingly.
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    • Amazing Alice was originally an anime where Alice was fourteen when she was wearing a Stripperiffic outfit. The Movie is a Western adaptation and didn't want to have a fourteen-year-old going around in such an outfit, thus the outfit was changed.
    • Alice's actress refused to play the role unless she got a more modest outfit. Since the producers thought she'd get more money at the box office if she was in it, they didn't have much choice and gave Alice more coverage.
  • Lampshaded: Alice has full Medium Awareness and notices that she's wearing a lot more than she did in the comics.
    "Oh, thank God! I didn't get a bunch of perverts designing my outfit."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Amazing Alice has full Medium Awareness, but she actually liked the skimpy outfit. So, at the first opportunity, she starts making a more comic-accurate costume. Or, she gets a lot of Clothing Damage every time she goes into battle.
  • Discussed: During a comic book storyline about an In-Universe movie:
    Alice: I don't know why they had to put me in more clothes in my movie. I like my outfit just the way it is.
    Alice's actress: Well, unlike you, I don't like running around half-naked. Maybe you could take a few tips from my costume designers.
    Alice: Who are you? My mom?
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: A modestly dressed extra is implied to be Amazing Alice.

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