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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2 Comments

  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Yea, if you’re going so far as to include unifying elements like matching belt buckles or badges on otherwise different outfits. Matching uniforms or uniform elements help to foster a team identity and build unity. They signify solidarity around a shared ideal or purpose. It’s the difference between a team and a random assemblage.

    Plus, an outfit or costume isn’t a uniform unless it has at least some uniformly consistent elements across a group. It’s right there in the word “uniform.”

  2. Jarmo Seppänen on

    Usually nay, because I want my super heroes designed as individuals, unless its a tight team and designed as that from the start, like Super Sentai. And as Daniel said, its not an uniform unless its uniform.

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