For a while in the 1990s, the influence of the X-Men caused an interesting effect, as multiple super-groups adopted matching uniforms (many involving leather jackets.)  The most terrible was Justice League Task Force, where The Ray’s excellent costume, Martian Manhunter’s so-so uniform and Triumph’s pretty-awful-but-at-least-memorably-awful suit were all replaced by red and gold coveralls.  Around the same time, the Legion of Super-Heroes added huge awful team symbol rodeo champion belt buckles that still make my blood run hot, leading to today’s coordinated query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) really likes it when you get a cowboy guy, a space gal, purple-haired twins and a dude in a futuristic motorcycle helmet all swannin’ about together, maybe even throw in a girl with fringy yellow tights and wings, asking: Matching Uniforms: Yea or Nay?

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5 Comments

  1. Yup, if the Pink Ladies and the Sailor Scouts taught me anything, it’s that a good outfit really brings the team together, just look at Super Sentai!

  2. Yea! If you’re going to be a team that goes to the trouble of making your own uniforms, then there should at least be the effort to coordinate. (And I bet you get a deal on production costs if you buy in bulk, just sayin’)

  3. Like many things, this really depends on the situation. When you have a team that is a special task force or something in the vein of the Green Lantern Corps or when the armor is created through the same means like various Super Sentai teams and groupings of Kamen Riders, then matching uniforms makes sense. But when you just have a random gathering of characters like The Avengers or Justice League, matching uniforms doesn’t really make sense at all.

    Of course, there are middle ground areas, such as X-Men being both a special group (as most members often either attend or teach at a school) and a gathering of various characters.

    So it all depends on varying factors.

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