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30th May '16 3:32:04 PM Doodler
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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, 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 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.
30th May '16 3:31:37 PM Doodler
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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, Tiffany picks the latter. Once she comes back to herself, she notes that it's very pretty but useless for a working witch.
20th May '16 6:52:15 PM nombretomado
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** The PS3 version on the second HD rerelease collection has Terra's armor to suddenly gain it's cape at the end of the final battle of BBS, allowing it to retain in in the bonus battle in [=KH2=] HD without causing a continuity error.

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** The PS3 [=PS3=] version on the second HD rerelease collection has Terra's armor to suddenly gain it's cape at the end of the final battle of BBS, allowing it to retain in in the bonus battle in [=KH2=] HD without causing a continuity error.
15th May '16 4:33:02 AM jormis29
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* ''Franchise/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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* ''Franchise/TheIncredibles'' ''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.]]
14th May '16 1:46:11 PM Uncle_Jeff
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* ''Franchise/TheIncredibles'' [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructs]] the BadassCape trope by painting them as AwesomeButImpractical. There's a surprisingly large number of supers who got killed because their cape snagged on something [[spoiler: including Syndrome at the end of the movie.]]

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* ''Franchise/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 snagged]] on something [[spoiler: including Syndrome at the end of the movie.]]
12th May '16 9:51:32 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'', Desmond has a long red one attached to his PowerArmor, seemingly as a marker of him being the leader of his otherwise identically-armored KnightsTemplar.

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* In ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'', Desmond has a long red one attached to his PowerArmor, seemingly as a marker of him being the leader of his otherwise identically-armored KnightsTemplar.[[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Knights Templar]].
11th May '16 8:48:19 PM Sammettik
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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.

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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]].



** [[spoiler: Syndrome's death is caused by his cape, reminiscent of Strato-Girl's. Unfortunately, Syndrome came back from the dead during a 10-second game play of ''VideoGame/DisneyInfinity'' while playing as the main villain himself]].
5th May '16 2:35:42 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', [[spoiler:Endless Sorcerer]] Battler wears one after [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A Level In Badass]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Endless Sorcerer]] Battler wears one after [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A Level In Badass]].
14th Apr '16 2:09:22 PM rafi
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* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/133.143/16 Just look at this guy.]]

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* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/133.143/16 Just look at this guy.]]]] For all purposes. Dramatic effect, blanket, protecting Casca from the cold, deflecting arrows (yes)...
14th Apr '16 2:08:20 PM rafi
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* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
** Fate Testarossa wears one, because she's [[AntiVillain sort of kinda like a villain]]. For a while. From a certain point of view. Now she's the only heroic character with a cape (unless you count her good-turned EvilKnockoff).
** Quattro wears a sleeved, fur-trimmed cape, which makes her a little more imposing with more authority as the last villain to be defeated.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'':
** Getter-1's Getter Wing ability is a dramatically unfurling red cape that allows it to fly. [[Anime/GunBuster Buster Shield]] is an even more dramatic cape that DEFLECTS LASER BEAMS.
** ''Armageddon'' Getter 1 has something closer to this than a ScarfOfAsskicking like usual.
* 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.]]''
** Kamina is the embodiment of this trope.
** A humongous version of said cape was also used by the Super TTGL in TheMovie. And by humongous, we mean the biggest damn cape ever conceived of in fiction or otherwise.

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* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
** Fate Testarossa wears one, because she's [[AntiVillain sort of kinda like a villain]]. For a while. From a certain point of view. Now she's
All military squad members in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' wear flowing capes which nock at the only heroic character with a shoulder; those riding horses all wear capes which, weirdly, move about in perfect synchronization (each cape (unless you count her good-turned EvilKnockoff).
** Quattro
moves exactly the same on every rider!!)
* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/133.143/16 Just look at this guy.]]
* Dr. Manga/BlackJack keeps a lot of his medical tools in his cape, such as scalpels that he can whip out and throw at people.
* The Quincy in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' have white capes except for TheEmperor of the Vandenreich Yhwach who
wears a sleeved, fur-trimmed cape, which makes her a little more imposing with more authority as the last villain to be defeated.
black one.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'':
** Getter-1's Getter Wing ability is a dramatically unfurling red cape that allows it to fly. [[Anime/GunBuster Buster Shield]] is an even more dramatic cape that DEFLECTS LASER BEAMS.
** ''Armageddon'' Getter 1 has something closer to this than a ScarfOfAsskicking like usual.
* Kamina of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
''Anime/CaptainHarlock'' wears a cape. Oh boy does he ever. It's often very hard to tell what ratio of man to cape that he is, but he's definitely all pirate.
** Badass capes tend to be a vital part of badass captains in Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's works. ''Anime/QueenEmeraldas'' herself also wears one of these as does Captain Bainas from ''Anime/{{Ozuma}}''. Both in turn are [[DistaffCounterpart distaff counterparts]] to Harlock.
* Zero from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Always
has an affinity for blowing in the DramaticWind. Simon later uses it too. ''It blows dramatically [[RuleOfCool it, even in space.]]''
** Kamina is
the embodiment middle of this trope.
** A humongous version of said cape was also used by the Super TTGL in TheMovie. And by humongous, we mean the biggest damn cape ever conceived of in fiction or otherwise.
battle.



* ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' features Gundam-sized capes that provide two practical purposes; stealth [the capes are black, most of the series takes place in space] and a special coating that lets them absorb a few beam hits before being destroyed, sort of like extra ablative armour.



* Zero from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Always has it, even in the middle of battle.



* 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]].
* Nakago in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' wears something very similar to a cape.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'':
** Getter-1's Getter Wing ability is a dramatically unfurling red cape that allows it to fly. [[Anime/GunBuster Buster Shield]] is an even more dramatic cape that DEFLECTS LASER BEAMS.
** ''Armageddon'' Getter 1 has something closer to this than a ScarfOfAsskicking like usual.
* Integra from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', but only for formal occasions. Suits her, she looks like a nice lady from the outside but will ''kick your butt'' with her fencing swords.
* Sawada Tsunayoshi of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', courtesy of his CoolPet [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Natsu/Nuts]].
** Said cape was based on the one used by the founder, Vongola Primo.



* While D of ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' is already a badass alone with his skill, his cape only doubles, if not triples that level of coolness. And Meier Link from the second movie deserves a mention as well. He must have studied Batman, because not only could he glide with the thing, he blocked a freaking sword strike with it!
* ''[[Anime/CaptainHarlock Space Pirate Captain Harlock]]'' wears a cape. Oh boy does he ever. It's often very hard to tell what ratio of man to cape he is, but he's definitely all pirate.
** Badass capes tend to be a vital part of badass captains in Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's works. ''Anime/QueenEmeraldas'' herself also wears one of these as does Captain Bainas from ''Anime/{{Ozuma}}''. Both in turn are [[DistaffCounterpart distaff counterparts]] to Harlock.
* Nausicca and the Valley of the Wind has master swordsman Lord Yupa whose flowing cape shifts position with each sword stroke; when battling three attackers, the cape hangs from his neck behind him but at the deathstroke, it wraps about his body ala the Shadow! Whoa!
* Adol Christin gets a badass cape near the beginning of the anime ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II: Castle in the Heavens''. What makes it so badass? Well, for one, it's purple. Second, it lets him use magic - specifically, shooting fireballs from his hand. Turns out he uses this more than he does his sword.
* Yuuki from ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' starts wearing one after she TookALevelInBadass for the Nationals.
--> '''Yuuki:''' I'll show all of you... our prefecture isn't weak at all!!
* Half the characters from ''Manga/OnePiece''. Crocodile, Hina, lots of High-up Marines, even Luffy once (on a cover). Although, theoretically they're not capes, just specially-draped coats.
** [[BigGood Shanks]] and his crew all seem to sport [[BadassCape Badass Capes]].
** Sogeking. In fact, the cape is why Luffy instantly knows he's a hero.
** Diamante deserves special mention as his cape is a solid steel sheet, made to wave in the wind thanks to his Devil Fruit power.
* Integra from ''{{Hellsing}}'', but only for formal occasions. Suits her, she looks like a nice lady from the outside but will ''kick your butt'' with her fencing swords.

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* While D of ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' is already a badass alone with his skill, his cape only doubles, if not triples that level of coolness. And Meier Link from the second movie deserves a mention as well. He must have studied Batman, because not only could he glide with the thing, he blocked a freaking sword strike with it!
* ''[[Anime/CaptainHarlock Space Pirate Captain Harlock]]'' wears a cape. Oh boy does he ever. It's often very hard to tell what ratio of man to cape he is, but he's definitely all pirate.
** Badass capes tend to be a vital part of badass captains in Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's works. ''Anime/QueenEmeraldas'' herself also wears one of these as does Captain Bainas from ''Anime/{{Ozuma}}''. Both in turn are [[DistaffCounterpart distaff counterparts]] to Harlock.
* Nausicca and the Valley of the Wind has master swordsman Lord Yupa whose flowing cape shifts position with each sword stroke; when battling three attackers, the cape hangs from his neck behind him but at the deathstroke, it wraps about his body ala the Shadow! Whoa!
* Adol Christin gets a badass cape near the beginning of the anime ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II: Castle in the Heavens''. What makes it so badass? Well, for one, it's purple. Second, it lets him use magic - specifically, shooting fireballs from his hand. Turns out he uses this more than he does his sword.
* Yuuki from ''Manga/{{Saki}}''
In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Reinhard starts wearing one when promoted to the rank of fleet admiral, as it's part of their outfit [[spoiler: both during the Goldenbaum Dinasty and the change of uniforms at the onset of Reinhard's Goldenlöwe Dynasty]]. Also, Galactic Empire founder Rudolph the Great started wearing one after she TookALevelInBadass for the Nationals.
--> '''Yuuki:''' I'll show all of you... our prefecture isn't weak at all!!
* Half the characters from ''Manga/OnePiece''. Crocodile, Hina, lots of High-up Marines, even Luffy once (on a cover). Although, theoretically they're not capes, just specially-draped coats.
** [[BigGood Shanks]]
becoming emperor, with some emperors imitating him and his crew all seem to sport [[BadassCape Badass Capes]].
** Sogeking. In fact, the cape is why Luffy instantly knows he's a hero.
** Diamante deserves special mention as
[[spoiler: Reinhard wearing his cape is a solid steel sheet, made to wave in the wind thanks to his Devil Fruit power.
* Integra from ''{{Hellsing}}'', but only for formal occasions. Suits her, she looks like a nice lady from the outside but will ''kick your butt'' with her fencing swords.
style during his tenure as fleet admiral {{Foreshadowing}} his eventual take-over]].



* Mewtwo, in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. And goddamn is it awesome.
* Dr. Manga/BlackJack keeps a lot of his medical tools in his cape, such as scalpels that he can whip out and throw at people.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Hiko Seijuro's cape helped make him into a badass, even during peacetime. There are springs at the shoulders that exerts a counter-pressure on his body in order to maintain not only his strength, but the Hiten Mitsurugi style so he won't release all of its power on enemies.
* All military squad members in Attack On Titan wear flowing capes which nock at the shoulder; those riding horses all wear capes which, weirdly, move about in perfect synchronization (each cape moves exactly the same on every rider!!)
* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/133.143/16 Just look at this guy.]]
%%* Tuxedo Mask, from ''Franchise/SailorMoon.''
* Sayaka in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' wears a white cape when in her ''mahou shoujo'' form, in keeping with her "Hero of Justice" schtick. [[spoiler: She still dons one after she becomes a Witch.]]
* Nakago in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' wears something very similar to a cape
* Sawada Tsunayoshi of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', courtesy of his CoolPet [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Natsu/Nuts]].
** Said cape was based on the one used by the founder, Vongola Primo.
* Ganpachi in ''Manga/UltimateTeacher''.
* The Quincy in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' have white capes except for TheEmperor of the Vandenreich Yhwach who wears a black one.
* In {{SaintSeiya}} most of the higher rank characters wear a cape above their armor (clothes), the most prominent examples being the Gold Saints and Poseidon's Marine generals.



* [[{{Badass}} Kurogane]] of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' sports one from time to time as part of his default {{Ninja}} attire.
* Maria Cadenzavna Eve from ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear G'' has a black cape that she uses as a ''weapon'' and it can alter its size. The cape is also a manifestation of her inner weakness and it deflects attacks.

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* [[{{Badass}} Kurogane]] ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
** Fate Testarossa wears one, because she's [[AntiVillain sort
of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' sports one kinda like a villain]]. For a while. From a certain point of view. Now she's the only heroic character with a cape (unless you count her good-turned EvilKnockoff).
** Quattro wears a sleeved, fur-trimmed cape, which makes her a little more imposing with more authority as the last villain to be defeated.
* ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' features Gundam-sized capes that provide two practical purposes; stealth [the capes are black, most of the series takes place in space] and a special coating that lets them absorb a few beam hits before being destroyed, sort of like extra ablative armour.
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' has master swordsman Lord Yupa whose flowing cape shifts position with each sword stroke; when battling three attackers, the cape hangs
from time to time as part of his default {{Ninja}} attire.
neck behind him but at the deathstroke, it wraps about his body ala the Shadow! Whoa!
* Maria Cadenzavna Eve Half the characters from ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear G'' has ''Manga/OnePiece''.
** Crocodile, Hina, lots of High-up Marines, even Luffy once (on
a black cape that she uses as a ''weapon'' cover). Although, theoretically they're not capes, just specially-draped coats.
** [[BigGood Shanks]]
and it can alter its size. The his crew all seem to sport [[BadassCape Badass Capes]].
** Sogeking. In fact, the
cape is also why Luffy instantly knows he's a manifestation of hero.
** Diamante deserves special mention as his cape is a solid steel sheet, made to wave in the wind thanks to his Devil Fruit power.
* Sayaka in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' wears a white cape when in
her inner weakness and it deflects attacks.''mahou shoujo'' form, in keeping with her "Hero of Justice" schtick. [[spoiler: She still dons one after she becomes a Witch.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Hiko Seijuro's cape helped make him into a badass, even during peacetime. There are springs at the shoulders that exerts a counter-pressure on his body in order to maintain not only his strength, but the Hiten Mitsurugi style so he won't release all of its power on enemies.



* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Reinhard starts wearing one when promoted to the rank of fleet admiral, as it's part of their outfit [[spoiler: both during the Goldenbaum Dinasty and the change of uniforms at the onset of Reinhard's Goldenlöwe Dynasty]]. Also, Galactic Empire founder Rudolph the Great started wearing one after becoming emperor, with some emperors imitating him and [[spoiler: Reinhard wearing his cape in his style during his tenure as fleet admiral {{Foreshadowing}} his eventual take-over]].
* 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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* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Reinhard ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' most of the higher rank characters wear a cape above their armor (clothes), the most prominent examples being the Gold Saints and Poseidon's Marine generals.
* Yuuki from ''Manga/{{Saki}}''
starts wearing one when promoted to the rank of fleet admiral, as it's part of their outfit [[spoiler: both during the Goldenbaum Dinasty and the change of uniforms at the onset of Reinhard's Goldenlöwe Dynasty]]. Also, Galactic Empire founder Rudolph the Great started wearing one after becoming emperor, with some emperors imitating him and [[spoiler: Reinhard wearing his she TookALevelInBadass for the Nationals.
--> '''Yuuki:''' I'll show all of you... our prefecture isn't weak at all!!
* Maria Cadenzavna Eve from ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear G'' has a black
cape in his style during his tenure that she uses as fleet admiral {{Foreshadowing}} his eventual take-over]].
a ''weapon'' and it can alter its size. The cape is also a manifestation of her inner weakness and it deflects attacks.
* Many characters Kamina of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' 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 a cape that would have killed Raoh at has an affinity for blowing in the price of exposing himself to a deadly counterattack]], and Raoh foiled him by throwing DramaticWind. Simon later uses it too. ''It blows dramatically [[RuleOfCool even in space.]]''
** Kamina is
the embodiment of this trope.
** A humongous version of said
cape on his face and landing a killing blow while he was distracted]].also used by the Super TTGL in TheMovie. And by humongous, we mean the biggest damn cape ever conceived of in fiction or otherwise.


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* [[{{Badass}} Kurogane]] of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' sports one from time to time as part of his default {{Ninja}} attire.
%%* Ganpachi in ''Manga/UltimateTeacher''.
* While D of ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' is already a badass alone with his skill, his cape only doubles, if not triples that level of coolness. And Meier Link from the second movie deserves a mention as well. He must have studied Batman, because not only could he glide with the thing, he blocked a freaking sword strike with it!
* Adol Christin gets a badass cape near the beginning of the anime ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II: Castle in the Heavens''. What makes it so badass? Well, for one, it's purple. Second, it lets him use magic - specifically, shooting fireballs from his hand. Turns out he uses this more than he does his sword.
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