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26th Sep '16 8:51:30 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/DemonHunterKain'': Liana's cape, which appears to have been ripped up in combat.
25th Sep '16 9:21:51 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[spoiler: Wanda Maximoff]] wears one, which billows dramatically during her first on screen appearance - backlit by a [[DeathFromAbove pillar of flame]] which starts tearing through an ArmyOfTheDead.

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** [[spoiler: Wanda Maximoff]] wears one, which billows dramatically during her first on screen appearance - backlit by a [[DeathFromAbove pillar of flame]] which starts tearing through an ArmyOfTheDead.army of the dead.
24th Sep '16 8:31:36 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/ElSanto's second most iconic accessory, after his {{mask|edluchador}}.
8th Sep '16 1:51:33 AM Elfkaiser
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* Rendain from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' wears a high-tech one that's made up of several floating shard-like pieces. In his boss fight, he's able to form a WhipSword from it.
7th Sep '16 4:11:10 AM Mousy677
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* It's traditional for the peers in Theatre/{{Iolanthe}} to wear these in act one. Tolloller and Mountararat ditch them for tailcoats in act two, but the rest of the peers usually keep them.
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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]].
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