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10 Animated Shows Where Characters Frequently Change Their Clothes


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Animated shows are typically seen as “for children,” but there’s a large variety that appeals to all ages. Cartoons that play with unique animation styles and craft jokes that are funny for kids and adults in different ways, make it an art form that doesn’t show signs of dying out. However, if there’s one thing many viewers have thought as they watch their favorite shows, it’s: why don’t these people ever change clothes?

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Animators have plenty of reasons why they’d like to keep the outfits the same. On one hand, it helps foster recognition of a character and develops a brand — can we truly imagine SpongeBob in anything but his white shirt and brown squarepants? And, on the other, it cuts down costs and time. Coming up with a new outfit gives animators an extra workload that may not be necessary.

While we may understand, it is nice to see certain cartoons go the extra mile and design unique clothing for characters. With some people, the way they dress can give us insight into who they are or their circumstances. Here are 10 animated shows where characters frequently change their clothes.

10 Braceface (2001-2006)

Maria and Sharon walking their dogs in Braceface
Teletoon

Braceface follows Sharon Spitz (voiced in the first two seasons by Clueless‘ own Alicia Silverstone) who lives in British Columbia, Canada. In many ways, she’s a typical teenager. She worries about friends, social politics in school, her crushes, her family, her body, and more. To make things worse, Sharon has to get braces. Sharon’s braces cause a bunch of mishaps in her life. Not just teasing and bullying, but when they go haywire and affect electricity and metal around her.

Why Outfit Changes Work

Sharon and other characters do have a trademark outfit. For much of the first season, she’s seen wearing a light blue crop top and capri pants. However, as the series progresses, we get to see the characters switch things up. Typically, this happens at events outside of school or their houses: ski trips, dates, concerts, etc. None of the outfits are noteworthy, which works for this slice-of-life animated show about the growing pains of adolescence. Stream on Tubi

9 Totally Spies (2001-2014)

Totally Spies!

Totally Spies!

Release Date
November 3, 2001

Cast
Jennifer Hale , Katie Griffin , Jean-Claude Donda

Totally Spies takes place in the sunny city of Beverly Hills, California, where three teenage girls have a less-than-conventional life. Each day, Alex, Clover, and Sam roam the halls of their high school when they are randomly sucked away (often literally) through secret portals. They arrive at the headquarters of the World Organization of Human Protection (WOOHP) as they are secret agents. Their primary contact, Jerry, gives them the details of their latest mission as well as a number of handy gadgets that he believes will help them on their mission.

Why Outfit Changes Work

Many scenes of the show depict the main characters in their particular spy costume. Sam wears all green, Clover red, and Alex green. The continuity of this does signal to viewers that the girls are in Spy Mode and mean business. Since much of the show revolves around their WOOHP-related exploits, it’s nice to see the girls’ personalities shine through at school and around Beverly Hills. Each character is different, but is united in their love of fashion. While their looks aren’t garish, they’re super stylish and totally of the early 2000s era. Stream on Prime Video

Related: 10 Best Fictional Spy Organizations in Movies & TV Shows

8 Steven Universe (2013-2019)

Steve Universe is a science fiction, coming-of-age animated show that has five seasons of adventure for viewers to latch onto. Steven is a half-Gem, which is a species of mineral-based aliens from Beach City. He lives with other Gems: Amethyst, Garnet, and Pearl. His mother was the Gems’ former leader, and he can thank her for his powers and the mineral he gained from her — rose quartz.

In this world, Gems must protect humans from other creatures that also coexist with them. As Steven helps the Gems with this task, the show also depicts his interactions with other friends and family members.

Why Outfit Changes Work

Most people don’t come to Steven Universe for fashion, but it’s a nice cherry on top. The premise of the show is weird, and the creatures even weirder. Having the characters in normal clothes was perhaps an attempt on the animators’ part to humanize them and make them more relatable.

These unique-looking beings walking around in jeans and T-shirts make them blend with the humans they seek to project. Characterization is one of the most adored aspects of the show, and while the fashion may not be what people cite (instead it’s the writing and dynamics between different individuals), it certainly helped. Stream on Hulu

7 Sailor Moon (1992-1997)

Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon

Cast
Kotono Mitsuishi , Aya Hisakawa , Michie Tomizawa , Emi Shinohara , Rica Fukami , Tôru Furuya , Keiko Han , Johnny Yong Bosch

Sailor Moon is a popular anime series from Japan that had a widespread impact. Based on a manga of the same name, the show is about the title character, who is also known as Usagi Tsukino. She meets a magical talking cat who grants her superpowers, including the ability to transform into the superhero, Sailor Moon. But the cat doesn’t simply make her life cooler and saunter away. Instead, Usagi tentatively accepts to use her newfound powers to take down evil people in the Dark Kingdom.

Why Outfit Changes Work

Usagi becomes one of several Pretty Soldiers, which consist of other young girls like her. Many of those looks have become iconic and the continual use of them episode after episode works well. The costumes are more or less the same among the girls, with slight variations and different colors. It does well to solidify them as a group. So, when we see the girls being actual teenagers, it’s a treat for fans for them to not just differ from one another, but to continue to experiment with clothing.

Sailor Moon surprised everyone with its success, and the visuals are part of the reason it stuck with so many people. The bright, colorful, and unique fashion were part of that. Stream on Hulu

Related: Sailor Moon: 10 Most Underrated Characters in the Anime

6 The Weekenders (2000-2004)

The Weekenders is an often-forgotten Disney show about what exactly a particular group of seventh graders get up to on the weekend. Tino, Lor, Carver, and Tish are a group of friends who are outwardly quite different. Whether they are shy, outgoing, intelligent, or not the brightest, they somehow connect and enjoy spending their free time with one another. Each episode follows the friends as they try to make the most of their weekend before “time runs out,” aka Monday, comes around.

Why Outfit Changes Work

One reason many love the show is the diversity in the friend group. As mentioned, they have vastly different personalities, but they also come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Tino is Italian, Lor Scottish, Carver Haitian, and Tish Jewish. In a show that highlights differences, but also reinforces that they don’t preclude us from connecting with others, it makes sense that the characters have a different wardrobe. There are times when looks repeat and viewers quickly understand that each character has a certain “vibe” with their garment choices. Not Currently Available to Stream or Purchase

5 As Told By Ginger (2000-2006)

As Told By Ginger is a Nickelodeon cartoon show about the titular character, Ginger, a pre-teen who is considered a “geek.” She, along with her best friends, is trying to shed that label and become one of the popular kids. Of course, this means Ginger often encounters some of the cool kids, like Courtney and Miranda, and there’s plenty of friction (and moments of genuine friendship) between them. All the while, there are issues most middle schoolers can connect with: annoying siblings, butting heads with your parents, and discovering who you are.

Why Outfit Changes Work

The show not only changed outfits frequently, but the characters evolved from the first episode to the final. Another common phenomenon in animated shows is that everyone seems to stay the same age forever. Such is not the case here. As Ginger and her companions move up in school, their personalities evolve, their problems change, and, yes, so do their outfits. In nearly every episode, the characters wear different threads, and it pairs well with the constantly shifting arcs and plot the creators did so well. Stream on Paramount+

Related: As Told By Ginger: Why Is It Relatable Today?

4 W.I.T.C.H. (2004-2006)

Main characters in W.I.T.C.H huddle together as a fog envelops them
Walt Disney

W.I.T.C.H. is an animated Italian series about five teens who have to protect the center of the universe. No big deal. To help them with such a feat, they each are connected to one of five elements: water, air, fire, earth, and energy. Will, Cornelia, Hay Lin, Taranee, and Irma are Guardians of the Veil, and the existence of their planet depends on how successful they are at taking out evil forces. As with most children’s shows about magical powers, the premise of the show revolves around the girls’ involvement in high-stakes battles coupled with the everyday problems teens face.

Why Outfit Changes Work

As with other superhero TV series, when the girls are fighting crime, viewers will know it with the simple but effective shortcut of the same costume. During these scenes, the girls appear homogeneous, as it’s essentially the same among them. Their personal looks couldn’t be more unique between them. The outfits themselves aren’t eye-catching, as the animators went with realism to offset the whimsical nature of the other scenes.

The creators also deserve praise for not relying on the elements each girl guards as their entire identity. Irma, for example, the guardian of fire, doesn’t walk around in red or orange the entire time. The world-building and plot can get quite intricate for a children’s show, so the simplistic outfit changes are perfect. Not Currently Available to Stream or Purchase

3 Jem (1985-1988)

Jem (or Jem and the Holograms) is an animated show from the ’80s about a woman named Jerrica. She owns a music store, and while her profession allows her to be surrounded by music, her alter-ego makes her the center of it. When she’s not Jerrica, she’s Jem, the lead singer of a rock band called the Holograms.

With the help of advanced technology, Jerrica is able to morph into this rockstar. As Jerrica tries to keep this part of her life under wraps, a multitude of hurdles complicate her path through the form of rival bands, technical glitches, and the pressure of providing for the foster kids who live with her.

Why Outfit Changes Work

With such a fun premise rooted in the rock and roll world, it only makes sense that the characters switch up their clothes frequently. While clothing isn’t essential to the characters in other entrants on this list, it is here. The entire aesthetic of the show is pink and bright colors. The band members and side characters often dazzle in outfits with these qualities. And it’s not just their clothes. Makeup and hair are equally flashy. There’s nothing visually dull about Jem and a robust catalog of clothes is exactly what this show calls for. Stream on Tubi

2 Kim Possible (2002-2007)

Kim Possible is a popular Disney show about a girl who fights crime while traversing adolescence and high school. Kim is a bright student, a cheerleader, and has great friends, including Ron (her sidekick), naked molerat Rufus (Ron’s sidekick), and Wade (a reclusive technology whiz). She’s captain of the cheerleading squad and has a loving family, even if her young twin brothers are a lot to handle. If she’s not busy enough, tossing in crime fighting across the globe is sure to fill up anyone’s calendars.

Why Outfit Changes Work

Kim’s cropped black turtleneck and army green cargo pants prove how one outfit can do wonders for character recognition and brand identity. The clothing changes occur more after the first season. While her mission garment remains the same, viewers see her in different forms of dress when the mission calls for it and at school.

We also see her friends experiment more with different clothing, often staying within a similar color palette. Overall, the animation style in Kim Possible is quite simple, as is the clothing, and it works so that we can stay focused on the different mysteries Kim is solving. Stream on Disney+

Related: How Kim Possible Remains the Ultimate Animated Spy Series

1 All Grown Up! (2003-2008)

Chuckie and Kimi in deep conversation in All Grown Up
Nickelodeon

All Grown Up! is a spin-off to the wildly successful Rugrats, which followed a group of babies and their families. Here, we follow those babies when they’re — you guessed it — all grown up. Well, kind of. They’re pre-teens and teenagers, and at that age, it can feel like you’ve got everything figured out. But it’s clear these characters do not.

Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Kimi, Angelica, Susie, and Dil are figuring out who they are, individually, while also keeping their friendship intact. The traits they have as toddlers are still there, but now viewers get to see how they complicate their lives when school, friendships, relationships, and teenage angst are thrown into the mix.

Why Outfit Changes Work

In the original Rugrats, fans got used to seeing the babies in the same clothing. And while they were great, and inspired many Halloween costumes, distancing from that aspect of the show was the right move. The animators could’ve easily “aged up” their baby outfits, but instead opted to create new threads for the characters.

Outfits do repeat or look similar, so it’s not meant to distract audiences, but it does add a nice touch. We saw the babies in clothes their parents chose for them and in a series about these young people discovering who they are, it makes sense that we see how they’d choose to express themselves. Stream on Paramount+

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