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29th Aug '16 8:52:34 AM Tron80
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** Barbara Gordon -a. k. a. ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}''- and Helena Wayne -Earth-Two Batman and ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'''s daughter, a. k. a. Huntress- also wear their capes this way. It's to be expected, since Batman trained them.

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** Barbara Gordon -a. k. a. ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}''- and Helena Wayne -Earth-Two Batman and ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'''s daughter, a. k. a. Huntress- ''Comicbook/{{Huntress}}''- also wear their capes this way. It's to be expected, since Batman trained them.
29th Aug '16 8:45:58 AM Tron80
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} wore his cape this way long before it was popular.

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** Barbara Gordon -a. k. a. ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}''- and Helena Wayne -Earth-Two Batman and ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'''s daughter, a. k. a. Huntress- also wear their capes this way. It's to be expected, since Batman trained them.


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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': All versions of Supergirl wear a flowing, awesome cape. Even her Red Lantern uniform in ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' included a badass, red-and-black cape. In ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'', her cape is so badass than she uses it to deflect burning rocks.
25th Aug '16 8:52:13 PM Angeldeb82
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* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', along with many other superhero tropes. Edna points out the inherent danger of dragging a long cloth behind you in rather gruesome ways.[[spoiler: Syndrome's death is caused by his cape, reminiscent of Stratogale's earlier]].
-->"''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M68ndaZSKa8#t=122s No capes!]]''" (except for when she appeared in a comic strip, yanking on Elsa's cape as shown [[http://phsueh.deviantart.com/art/Anna-Infinity-2-NO-CAPES-455637549 here.]])

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* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', along with many other superhero tropes. Edna points out the inherent danger of dragging a long cloth behind you in rather gruesome ways. [[spoiler: Syndrome's death is caused by his cape, reminiscent of Stratogale's earlier]].
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-->"''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M68ndaZSKa8#t=122s No capes!]]''" (except (Except for when she appeared in a comic strip, yanking on Elsa's cape as shown [[http://phsueh.deviantart.com/art/Anna-Infinity-2-NO-CAPES-455637549 here.]])here]].)
25th Aug '16 8:50:59 PM Angeldeb82
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->''"Then he looked over at me, and y'know what he said? "You can't handle the cape." And he took it! He took my cape, Skeets! Do you ''know'' how it feels when'' Franchise/{{Superman}}'' tells you can't handle a cape? Not good..."''

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->''"Then he looked over at me, and y'know what he said? "You 'You can't handle the cape." ' And he took it! He took my cape, Skeets! Do you ''know'' how it feels when'' Franchise/{{Superman}}'' tells Franchise/{{Superman}} ''tells you can't handle a cape? Not good..."''



** [[BigGood Shanks]] and his crew all seem to sport [[BadassCape Badass Capes]].

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** [[BigGood Shanks]] and his crew all seem to sport [[BadassCape Badass Capes]].Capes.



** [[Spoiler: The entire Vinsmoke Family have badass capes, though eldest daughter Reiji's cape is more like [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/onepiece/images/1/16/Poison_Pink.png/revision/latest?cb=20160523194436 butterfly wings]] the only one who doesn't wear a cape is Sanji as he prefers a [[BadassInANiceSuit sharp suit]].

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** [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: The entire Vinsmoke Family have badass capes, though eldest daughter Reiji's cape is more like [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/onepiece/images/1/16/Poison_Pink.png/revision/latest?cb=20160523194436 butterfly wings]] the only one who doesn't wear a cape is Sanji as he prefers a [[BadassInANiceSuit sharp suit]].



* Kamina of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' wears a cape that has an affinity for blowing in the DramaticWind. Simon later uses it too. ''It blows dramatically [[RuleOfCool even in space.]]''

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* Kamina of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' wears a cape that has an affinity for blowing in the DramaticWind. Simon later uses it too. ''It blows dramatically [[RuleOfCool even in space.]]''space]].''



* Like the RealLife wrestlers he inspired, ''Manga/TigerMask'' wears a tiger striped cape before jumping in the ring (but not on the ring: [[GenreSavvy he knows it would be an indrance and that]] [[CombatPragmatist some opponents would try and kill him with it]]). In the manga the cape becomes {{Badass}} on his own on two occasions: before his last match in Tiger's Cave underground fighting ring Tiger Mask had the savvyness to ''fill it with dynamite sticks'', so when he had to face the bouncers to save Kamikaze's son he neutralized their guns by simply showing them that ([[TooDumbToLive they then attacked him with knives]], [[CurbStompBattle and learned the hard way they weren't no match for him]]); and during the Heel World Championship the cape saved him from ''getting set on fire'' (Wrestling/DickTheBruiser had thrown a bucket of petrol on him from behind, soaking both cape and part of Tiger Mask's body, and then a lit cigar. Tiger Mask caught it with the cape, thus avoiding getting set on fire on the spot, and then applied [[TrainingFromHell that part of his training where he wore a petrol-soaked sweather that was then set on fire]] to get rid of the petrol on his body and put off the cape just enough for him to be safe to [[InfernalRetaliation grab it for use as a weapon]]).

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* Like the RealLife wrestlers he inspired, ''Manga/TigerMask'' wears a tiger striped cape before jumping in the ring (but not on the ring: [[GenreSavvy he knows it would be an indrance and that]] [[CombatPragmatist some opponents would try and kill him with it]]). In the manga the cape becomes {{Badass}} on his own on two occasions: before his last match in Tiger's Cave underground fighting ring Tiger Mask had the savvyness savviness to ''fill it with dynamite sticks'', so when he had to face the bouncers to save Kamikaze's son he neutralized their guns by simply showing them that ([[TooDumbToLive they then attacked him with knives]], [[CurbStompBattle and learned the hard way they weren't no match for him]]); and during the Heel World Championship the cape saved him from ''getting set on fire'' (Wrestling/DickTheBruiser had thrown a bucket of petrol on him from behind, soaking both cape and part of Tiger Mask's body, and then a lit cigar. Tiger Mask caught it with the cape, thus avoiding getting set on fire on the spot, and then applied [[TrainingFromHell that part of his training where he wore a petrol-soaked sweather that was then set on fire]] to get rid of the petrol on his body and put off the cape just enough for him to be safe to [[InfernalRetaliation grab it for use as a weapon]]).



** Comicbook/{{Robin}} [[LegacyCharacter always]] wears a cape. [[SidekickGraduationsStick Nightwing]] doesn't. The presence of a cape has been given several [[JustifiedTrope justifications]] in canon beyond the theatrics; it contains armor, allows gliding ''and'' you can grab someone who's falling from the roof of a train.

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** Comicbook/{{Robin}} [[LegacyCharacter always]] wears a cape. [[SidekickGraduationsStick Nightwing]] doesn't. The presence of a cape has been given several [[JustifiedTrope justifications]] {{justifi|edTrope}}cations in canon beyond the theatrics; it contains armor, allows gliding ''and'' you can grab someone who's falling from the roof of a train.



* As did Comicbook/DoctorStrange, with the added cool factor that the cape granted flight powers.

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* As did Comicbook/DoctorStrange, ComicBook/DoctorStrange, with the added cool factor that the cape granted flight powers.



* Disney/SleepingBeauty: Maleficient. She's in a setting where a cape would be justified. But what she has is so over-the-top it gives her a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of]] AwesomeButImpractical every time she moves.

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* Disney/SleepingBeauty: Maleficient.Maleficent. She's in a setting where a cape would be justified. But what she has is so over-the-top it gives her a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of]] AwesomeButImpractical every time she moves.



* The Mysterians wore capes along with their bitchin' motorcycle helmets. When earth scientists visited their domed spaceship, they were presented with capes as well to accomodate "temperature and atmospheric differences" (i.e., its cold).

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* The Mysterians wore capes along with their bitchin' motorcycle helmets. When earth scientists visited their domed spaceship, they were presented with capes as well to accomodate accommodate "temperature and atmospheric differences" (i.e., its cold).



* In [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings ''The Return of the King'']] Aragorn eschews the BadassLongcoat he's been wearing for the whole trilogy for some kingly armour and a long, black-and-red cape.

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* In [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings ''The ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King'']] King]]'' Aragorn eschews the BadassLongcoat he's been wearing for the whole trilogy for some kingly armour and a long, black-and-red cape.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructs]] the BadassCape trope by painting them as AwesomeButImpractical. There's a surprisingly large number of supers who got killed because their [[CapeSnag cape snagged]] on something [[spoiler: including Syndrome at the end of the movie.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructs]] {{Deconstruct|edTrope}}s the BadassCape Badass Cape trope by painting them as AwesomeButImpractical. There's a surprisingly large number of supers who got killed because their [[CapeSnag cape snagged]] {{cape snag}}ged on something [[spoiler: including Syndrome at the end of the movie.]]movie]].



* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky''. Tiffany, under the influence of a [[GrandTheftMe hiver]], goes out to purchase a cloak for herself. The store owner guides her to two options: a thick, practical cloak, and a thin, midnight black cape that billows dramatically at the slightest wind but is too fragile for any proper use. Being NotHerself, Tiffany picks the latter. Once she comes back to herself, she notes that it's very pretty but useless for a working witch.

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* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky''. Tiffany, under the influence of a [[GrandTheftMe hiver]], goes out to purchase a cloak for herself. The store owner guides her to two options: a thick, practical cloak, and a thin, midnight black cape that billows dramatically at the slightest wind but is too fragile for any proper use. Being NotHerself, {{Not H|imself}}erself, Tiffany picks the latter. Once she comes back to herself, she notes that it's very pretty but useless for a working witch.



* Xena has one in her debut trilogy in Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys, its gone by the time her [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess proper]] starts perhaps because it looked too villianous.

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* Xena has one in her debut trilogy in Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys, its gone by the time her [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess proper]] starts perhaps because it looked too villianous.villainous.



* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' gives us [[strike: the Aussenseiter]] [[FanNickname Trombe]], a ''giant robot'' with an equally giant BadassCape. One of its' attacks involves ripping the cape off and throwing it at an enemy to conceal their vision before blowing them away with its' twin hand cannons.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' gives us [[strike: the Aussenseiter]] [[FanNickname Trombe]], a ''giant robot'' with an equally giant BadassCape.Badass Cape. One of its' attacks involves ripping the cape off and throwing it at an enemy to conceal their vision before blowing them away with its' twin hand cannons.



* {{Mario}} in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' has a cape that allows him to fly, and which can be used to deflect projectiles in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.

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* {{Mario}} Mario in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' has a cape that allows him to fly, and which can be used to deflect projectiles in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.



** [[VillainousCrossdresser Flea]], on the other hand...

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** [[VillainousCrossdresser [[CreepyCrossdresser Flea]], on the other hand...



* Practically every Lord character in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblem Fire Emblem]]'' has one, with few exceptions. There doesn't seem to be any particular purpose behind them, save for [[RuleOfCool aesthetics]]. Ike claims it's there if he needs something to sleep on in a pinch but he's a mercenary rather than a lord.

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* Practically every Lord character in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblem Fire Emblem]]'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has one, with few exceptions. There doesn't seem to be any particular purpose behind them, save for [[RuleOfCool aesthetics]]. Ike claims it's there if he needs something to sleep on in a pinch but he's a mercenary rather than a lord.



* Given the 'strongman' description above, is it any surprise to hear that ''StreetFighter'''s Zangief has an opening animation where he starts standing shrouded in a cape, then flings it away?

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* Given the 'strongman' description above, is it any surprise to hear that ''StreetFighter'''s ''Franchise/StreetFighter'''s Zangief has an opening animation where he starts standing shrouded in a cape, then flings it away?



* The Colonels of the [[{{Mook}} Pigmask Army]] in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' wear an 'Awesome Cloak' that [[TheHero Lucas]] can equip [[RandomlyDrops if they drop it after battle]].

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* The Colonels of the [[{{Mook}} [[{{Mooks}} Pigmask Army]] in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' wear an 'Awesome Cloak' that [[TheHero Lucas]] can equip [[RandomlyDrops [[RandomDrop if they drop it after battle]].



* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Endless Sorcerer]] Battler wears one after [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A Level In Badass]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Endless Sorcerer]] Battler wears one after [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A a Level In in Badass]].



* [[{{Jerkass}} Eridan]] [[RoyalBrat Ampora]] of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' sports a rather badass purple cape, complete with HighCollarOfDoom, as well as a rather [[ScarfOfAsskicking badass scarf]]. He was introduced [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome shooting a giant]] [[Literature/MobyDick white whale]] with [[FrickinLaserBeams Ahab]]'s [[HarpoonGun Crosshairs]] [[CrazyAwesome while riding a flying seahorse]].

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* [[{{Jerkass}} Eridan]] [[RoyalBrat Ampora]] of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' sports a rather badass purple cape, complete with HighCollarOfDoom, as well as a rather [[ScarfOfAsskicking badass scarf]]. He was introduced [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome shooting a giant]] [[Literature/MobyDick white whale]] with [[FrickinLaserBeams Ahab]]'s [[HarpoonGun Crosshairs]] [[CrazyAwesome while riding a flying seahorse]].



* Dante from ''Webcomic/TheStoryOfAnima'' [[http://tapastic.com/episode/43377 wears a long green cape that cuts an imposing figure]]. [[http://tapastic.com/episode/72135 It also makes a handy decoy to blind enemies]].

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* Dante from ''Webcomic/TheStoryOfAnima'' [[http://tapastic.com/episode/43377 wears a long green cape that cuts an imposing figure]]. [[http://tapastic.com/episode/72135 It also makes a handy decoy to blind enemies]].enemies.]]



* Humans in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' tend to favour a good BadassLongcoat instead, but [[SuperSoldier Maxim]] and [[CuteMonsterGirl Jenka]] both sport capes as part of their everyday wear, and they are certainly [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050615#.Vv6IHuIrLIU both]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050610#.Vv6G3uIrLIU badass.]]

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* Humans in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' tend to favour a good BadassLongcoat instead, but [[SuperSoldier Maxim]] and [[CuteMonsterGirl Jenka]] both sport capes as part of their everyday wear, and they are certainly [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050615#.Vv6IHuIrLIU both]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050610#.Vv6G3uIrLIU badass.]]badass]].



* UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt wore capes to accomodate and/or camouflage his braces and wheelchair, but the [[RuleOfCool coolness]] of the total effect is not to be denied.
* RedsWithRockets experienced a shortage of [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but instead greatly valued their waterproofed shelter-halves, which could be [[http://waralbum.ru/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/445257389_o.jpg this trope]] - or [[MundaneUtility a tent]].

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* UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt wore capes to accomodate accommodate and/or camouflage his braces and wheelchair, but the [[RuleOfCool coolness]] of the total effect is not to be denied.
* RedsWithRockets experienced a shortage of [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]] {{Badass Longcoat}}s during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but instead greatly valued their waterproofed shelter-halves, which could be [[http://waralbum.ru/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/445257389_o.jpg this trope]] - or [[MundaneUtility a tent]].
17th Aug '16 1:12:20 AM EarsplittingLepidopteran
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->''"Then he looked over at me, and y'know what he said? "You can't handle the cape." And he took it! He took my cape, Skeets! Do you ''know'' how it feels when'' Franchise/{{Superman}}'' tells you you can't handle a cape? Not good..."''

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->''"Then he looked over at me, and y'know what he said? "You can't handle the cape." And he took it! He took my cape, Skeets! Do you ''know'' how it feels when'' Franchise/{{Superman}}'' tells you you can't handle a cape? Not good..."''



** Griffith also wears a cape which is just as long, white, flowing, and unspoiled [[WhiteHairBlackHeart as his hair]] but once he gets his scary ass rapist demon god form, he gets a [[https://66.media.tumblr.com/472d484cb61cd09aac5d44e5d9973afd/tumblr_n0lhcy0mgf1rtuqolo1_500.gif creepy bat wing cape]]



* Piccolo from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', one of the best examples of this can be found in movie special 8, especially when Piccolo's heroic save of Gohan from certain death(at the time)
** Piccolo's cape is attached to heavy weighted [[ShouldersOfDoom shoulder pads]]. He uses it for training and takes it off to fight. Gohan gets one just like it for the Cell Games. Later, in the film "Broly: Second Coming", Krillin wears Piccolo's cape.

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* Piccolo from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', one of the best examples of this can be found in movie special 8, especially when Piccolo's heroic save of Gohan from certain death(at the time)
time)and [[https://i.makeagif.com/media/5-09-2015/xTiSYr.gif he looked pretty damn awesome]]
** Piccolo's cape is attached to heavy weighted [[ShouldersOfDoom shoulder pads]]. He uses it for training and takes it off to fight.fight or [[http://pa1.narvii.com/6105/ff64ee44a1c272d823082cc007c52664d282fc93_hq.gif shows if off]]. Gohan gets one just like it for the Cell Games. Later, in the film "Broly: Second Coming", Krillin wears Piccolo's cape.



* Many characters wears one in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', but Raoh's take the top spot, as in one occasion it was crucial into ''saving his life'': [[spoiler: Rei has launched [[TakingYouWithMe an attack that would have killed Raoh at the price of exposing himself to a deadly counterattack]], and Raoh foiled him by throwing the cape on his face and landing a killing blow while he was distracted]].

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* Many characters wears one in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', but Raoh's take the top spot, as in one occasion it was crucial into ''saving his life'': [[spoiler: Rei has launched [[TakingYouWithMe an attack that would have killed Raoh at the price of exposing himself to a deadly counterattack]], and Raoh foiled him by throwing the cape on his face and landing a killing blow while he was distracted]]. Extra points since Raoh often [[CoolHorse rides a horse too]].


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** Luffy gets a gladiator cape in the coliseum


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** [[Spoiler: The entire Vinsmoke Family have badass capes, though eldest daughter Reiji's cape is more like [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/onepiece/images/1/16/Poison_Pink.png/revision/latest?cb=20160523194436 butterfly wings]] the only one who doesn't wear a cape is Sanji as he prefers a [[BadassInANiceSuit sharp suit]].
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* {{Dragaera}}'s Morrolan e'Drien. [[DeadpanSnarker Vlad]] thinks he just wears it to look cool, and frankly, he's probably right.

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* {{Dragaera}}'s Literature/{{Dragaera}}'s Morrolan e'Drien. [[DeadpanSnarker Vlad]] thinks he just wears it to look cool, and frankly, he's probably right.
29th Jun '16 1:52:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* QuickDrawMcGraw's alter ego, El Kabong, wears a black cape. Sometimes a mask, sometimes not. However, in the opening sequence to ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt'', he appeared at the end, giving Dick Dastardly a good old El Kabong.

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* QuickDrawMcGraw's WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw's alter ego, El Kabong, wears a black cape. Sometimes a mask, sometimes not. However, in the opening sequence to ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt'', he appeared at the end, giving Dick Dastardly a good old El Kabong.
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* Those who grew up on the Franchise/PowerRangers will remember the Magna Defender from Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy who had this and an awesome horned helmet along with a CoolSword and pump action energy rifle/shotgun.

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* Franchise/PowerRangers
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Those who grew up on with the Franchise/PowerRangers series will remember the Magna Defender from Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' who had this and an [[CoolHelmet awesome horned helmet helmet]] along with a CoolSword and pump action energy rifle/shotgun.
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->''"Then he looked over at me, and y'know what he said? "You can't handle the cape." And he took it! He took my cape, Skeets! Do you ''know'' how it feels when'' {{Franchise/Superman}}'' tells you you can't handle a cape? Not good..."''

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->''"Then he looked over at me, and y'know what he said? "You can't handle the cape." And he took it! He took my cape, Skeets! Do you ''know'' how it feels when'' {{Franchise/Superman}}'' Franchise/{{Superman}}'' tells you you can't handle a cape? Not good..."''



Capes have the obvious effect of making the wearer look larger and more imposing. Thus artists often use them as a way to make characters look {{Badass}}. Just look at {{Franchise/Batman}} over there. He wouldn't look half as awesome without his cape.

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Capes have the obvious effect of making the wearer look larger and more imposing. Thus artists often use them as a way to make characters look {{Badass}}. Just look at {{Franchise/Batman}} Franchise/{{Batman}} over there. He wouldn't look half as awesome without his cape.



* RedsWithRockets experienced a shortage of [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]] during WorldWarII, but instead greatly valued their waterproofed shelter-halves, which could be [[http://waralbum.ru/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/445257389_o.jpg this trope]] - or [[MundaneUtility a tent]].

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* RedsWithRockets experienced a shortage of [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]] during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but instead greatly valued their waterproofed shelter-halves, which could be [[http://waralbum.ru/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/445257389_o.jpg this trope]] - or [[MundaneUtility a tent]].
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