October 15, 2013 at 03:58 PM EDT

They’re like stealthy members of a secret organization: The League of Eternal Outfits. These 10 TV characters stroll through their virtual lives year after year wearing the same clothes, and we often don’t even notice. We’re not talking about merely having a distinctive look, but literally wearing the same clothing week after week with only minor variations. Here’s a list of the best examples I could find on current shows, from Game of Thrones to The Walking Dead to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (so no Lost or Gilligan’s Island). I also did some digging as to why each character’s look hasn’t evolved — and the reasons are pretty revealing. Let’s start with…

Ichabod Crane on Sleepy Hollow

He awoke from a 200-year nap and his colonial threads still fit great. But fans are already asking if Ichabod is ever going to change into something a bit more 21st century — or even 19th century. Ichabod is impressed by donuts and hair dryers, why not blow his mind with a pair of comfy Lucky Brand jeans? Executive producer Alex Kurtzman tells us Crane will indeed keep his outfit as a reminder to the audience that he’s a man displaced in time. “It’s like his security blanket,” Kurtzman says. “He can never feel comfortable in our world. The minute he gets comfortable, the show is over.” Next: A CBS detective who has worn the same suit for five years…

Realism Ranking: 2 out of 5

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