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Basic Trope: Members of the royal family dress in everyday, functional clothing.

  • Straight: Prince Bob of the Kingdom of Tropevania, wears plain shirts and otherwise normal clothing most of the time, and will change into formal garb only under duress.
  • Exaggerated: Prince Bob wears t-shirts and shorts on all occasions, even extremely formal ones.
  • Justified: The attitude in the kingdom is against grand display, and Bob dresses down to sway with this notion.
    • Prince Bob played with some commoner children as a kid, which influenced his less than regal behavior.
  • Inverted: Bob wears his Requisite Royal Regalia on all occasions, even barbecues, sporting events, and pool parties.
  • Subverted: Bob appears to wear very simple clothing, but it's made of silks and velvets and is probably more expensive and lush than jewels and fur capes.
    • Alternatively, Bob wears a mere loincloth--it's his body he's showing off.
  • Double Subverted: He was kidding when he said that.
  • Parodied: Bob looks like a monk.
  • Deconstructed: Bob dresses plainly because no one, not even him, takes his title seriously. The monarchy is a complete joke and the ruler is just a figurehead. Consequently, when he is called upon to lead in a crisis, no one will listen to him.
  • Reconstructed: Bob dresses plainly because he is not only a pretty face but a competent leader, and he doesn't need showy clothes to command respect.
  • Zig Zagged: Some royals wear ornate clothes, others dress more casually. Bob's mother is likewise sensible with her outfit but his sister wears too much jewelry to move.
  • Averted: Bob dresses about the way you would expect a Prince to look.
  • Enforced: It's a stage or dance production where Requisite Royal Regalia is too expensive or cumbersome for the character -- they dress Prince Bob plainly and use minimal costuming and dialogue cues to show who is the ruler.
  • Lampshaded: "I'm surprised anyone takes Bob seriously as a ruler, given the gym shorts and baseball cap he's always wearing."
  • Invoked: Bob dresses in simple clothing to show that he is a selfless leader who won't spend extravagant sums on himself.
  • Defied: "By my crown, I will not be mistaken for some lowborn peasant!!"
  • Discussed: "That's the Prince? I thought he was the gardener!"
  • Conversed: "So, which one is the King again?"

Back to Modest Royalty, your Highness, but something about that...tee shirt, was it? What would your mother, the Queen, bless her soul, think!?

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