This is based off the proposed split of Coat, Hat, Mask suggested here
A more theatrical counterpart to Coat, Hat, Mask
. This is a character who picks a hat and a masks, but opts for a cape rather than a coat, in a setting where capes are not normal fashion
Often the reason for this is because capes have flair to them. A character with such an outfit in a modern setting shows a more theatrical side, by opting for this rather than a coat who would be more mundane and pragmatic. The Cape Hat Mask ensemble also hearkens back to the style of the very first masked heroes such as Zorro
- The Shadow wears such an attire.
- V of V for Vendetta. V shows a very theatrical side, which makes the cape and the rest of his anachronistic outfit perfect for him.
- Zero Of Code Geass.
- Tuxedo Mask of Sailor Moon.
- Phantom Renegade of Medabots is a parody of the flamboyant cape-wearing Gentleman Thief character type, sporting a ridiculous expressive smiley mask, having a tendency to trip, fall out of trees, and generally be an accident magnet (fumbling with a rare medal in the first episode puts the entire series' plot in motion), and frequently gloats to himself about how good he is. This fact is lampshaded in Medabots The Abridged Series, where he denies being "a ripoff of the main character from V for Vendetta or Tuxedo Mask".
He sort of continued on in this fashion as Space Medafighter X, in the sense that he wore his Phantom Renegade costume under the newer one and even wore another mask on top of the original. "Who is Space Medafighter X? !!! It's the Phantom Renegade!"
- The Phantom Stranger achieves the effect by having his hat cast a shadow on his face not unlike a domino mask.
- The original costume of The Sandman had a green cloak. Later he ditched it in favor of the Coat, Hat, Mask look.
- Darkwing Duck. Noticable when asked about whether he should be prowling the city wearing a hat and mask, he asks 'What, no cape?'.
- Phantom Thief Kaitou Kid (seen in Magic Kaito and Detective Conan) does this time to time.