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[[caption-width-right:286:"Dress up in a bat costume."]]

A cloak that goes all the way around the body like a tube, with only a single slit down the front to permit mobility. It will sometimes exceed the wearer's height and have a significant portion dragging on the floor, although it usually cuts off at precisely floor level.

Often worn by characters of great power and authority, this particular garment tends to make the wearer seem more mysterious because others cannot tell what his or her body looks like under all the cloth when it is closed. Normal capes may sometimes be drawn as mantles for [[RuleOfCool dramatic effect]].

Occasionally, two-bit characters may wear such mantles in order to "feel big", but RuleOfFunny dictates that they will suffer from all the disadvantages that such an item would have in Real Life (such as tripping, catching on stuff, sheer weight etc). Bonus points if they actually "borrow" one from someone who deserves to wear it.

This type of mantle sometimes comes with an [[InTheHood attached hood]] in order to cover the head as well as the body. Ladies wearing a mantle [[{{Stripperiffic}} and nothing else]] are an uncommon form of FanService. Compare with the less encompassing BadassLongrobe.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Il Palazzo from ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' was initially drawn like this, but as time went on his mantle stopped being tubed-shaped and became more like a traditional cape.
* Ko-Enshaku, from ''GiantRobo'', pulls this look off. Many scenes has him appear to be nothing ''but'' a cape and mask. One of the gag-OVAs explores this, showing him winning a drinking contest because the drinks go straight through him.
* The scientists from ''FantasticChildren'' wore these at one point.
* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Syaoran has/had a rather [[http://anime.osiristeam.net/images/others/trc_2syaoran.jpg over-long ragged-edged one]] as part of his clothes when he started out on that [[GottaCatchEmAll insane]] [[GambitPileup journey]].
** [[FanNickname Kuro-pii's]] [[http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u315/LibranCCY/Tsubasa%20Chronicle%20of%20Wings/Kurogane/Tsubasa-Resevoir-Chronicle_poptp_58.jpg got one too]]
* Seen [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v16/c147/4.html here]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
* Rather common among members of the Guild in ''LastExile''.
* ''BoogiepopPhantom'': Boogiepop wears one of these, with matching NiceHat.
* Fakir wears one of these (complete with hood and a mask) in episode 8 of ''Anime/PrincessTutu''.
* ''TheSlayers'': Rezo the Red Priest wears this complete with ShouldersOfDoom.
* Folken sports this in ''VisionOfEscaflowne''
** Also, Zaibach Guymelefs have cloaks that can be wrapped around the body like this to serve as a literal InvisibilityCloak.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Kurosaki Ichigo's [[AncientArtifact Skywalker]] [[PowerFloats Cloak]] was like this.
* The standard outfit for most characters in ''SilentMoebius.''
* The Torumekians/Tolmekians in ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' have this sort of cape, with a rather nifty-looking metal shoulderpiece.
** In the case of the princess, this also helps cover up [[spoiler:her missing limbs]].
* Occured in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', first with Piccolo, then with Gohan, who was imitating Piccolo.
* Zero in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has one. Of course, since he is a [[LargeHam ham]], it was probably chosen purely for [[RuleOfCool dramatic effect]].
** The Knights of Rounds in R2 hav something between a cape and one of these.
* Happened a lot with the Juraians in ''TenchiMuyo.''
* Both Raoh and Souther in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' wear this, being conquerors and all.
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' uses this, along with a hood.
** As does [[GodOfEvil Void]] of the Godhand. ...[[EldritchAbomination it's probably for the best]].
* Grand Convoy of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars Neo'' IS one of these. Seriously. His body is NEVER shown, just the mantle.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Kenshin's master wears such a mantle--it doubles as an identifying feature of a legitimate heir of the Hiten Mitsuryuu sword style and its weighted springs helps the wearer develop the physique necessary to pull off the style's high-flying moves without undue harm to the body. Amusingly, Kenshin himself can't even stand in it. [[spoiler:The not-so-amusing implications this has for his body result in him having to abandon the style by the end of the series.]]
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'':
** More than half the time Domon Kasshu is outside of his Gundam, he's wearing his red mantle. In the finale, it's even shown that he [[CrazyPrepared keeps it in his cockpit during battle]] when he catches Rain as she shoots through the air naked and wraps her up in it. It then magically turns into a dress.
** The [[TheDragon Master Gundam]] can turn its wings into a large imposing cloak. However, it seems to only use it during dramatic moments, as it looks like it could not move properly with it on.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', Sandrock Custom has an armored mantle that attaches to the shoulders via extra armor; we only see it used as a re-entry shield, Quatre ejecting it shortly after he arrives on Earth (presumably to keep it from hampering Sandrock's movement).
** ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam''[='s=] eponymous CapedMecha [[JustifiedTrope justifies]] this: they have mantles that are specially treated to resist damage from EnergyWeapons, giving them a cheap and energy-efficient form of defense.
* In ''GetterRobo Armageddon'', Getter-1 and Black Getter's Getter Wing doubles as this as it will tend to wrap it around itself.
* The Cure Mantles of ''HeartcatchPrettyCure'' certainly count - long, flowing capes that enable the heroines of the series to fly (even into outer space!). And with one exception, they're all the WeaselMascot partners.
* The main villain of the anime ''Anime/BattleRoyalHighSchool'' wore a all-encompassing blue cloak... and nothing else.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s [[http://larryfire.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/david.jpg cape and cowl]] join together to create this look; he flips the cape out of the way when he needs to use his arms and lets it drape for effect.
** They had to give Bats a shoulder-fastened cape in the movies to accommodate the fight choreography; it's easy to make an AllEncompassingMantle stay where you want it to if it's drawn on paper, but it gets in the way during live-action fighting.
** One of the many ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' parodies of the 80s had Alfred ask "Shall I fetch the posing cape, or the fighting cape sir?" as a lampshade.
* Cloak of ''Comicbook/CloakAndDagger'', complete with hood. When it wasn't encompassing people whole into a pocket dimension of darkness, it wafted around him looking menacing and dramatic.
* Bron and Mai Shen wear them in ''Comicbook/{{Scion}}''.
* ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'s cloak often wraps around his body, with the tattered hem functioning as CombatTentacles.

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[[folder: Film -- Live Action ]]

* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The Empire gives these to higher ups such as Imperial Guards and of course, Darth Vader himself.
** One Imperial Guard who got his own set of comics, Kir Kanos, tended to throw his overrobe back so it was more of a cape, showing off his armor.
** General Grievous has it in his culture to wear these. He makes his bodyguards wear them, too.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The Cloak Of Invisibility from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series could cover the wearer's entire body and was also rather large.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the Sci-Fi channel's version of ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', the Spacing Guild representatives wear purple velvet-ish capes. However, these just keep going up and up into giant purple-velvetish cones.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' Cole wears one of these for his reluctant ascension to The Source. When the demon priest asks him how it feels he simply comments "Heavy".

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Sheamus' outfit in the Wrestling/{{WWE}} after he became King of the Ring in 2010 and proclaimed himself King Sheamus.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Used to [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=29&issue=13 terrifying effect]] in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
* Worn by [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Harkovast/index.php?p=537111 The Speaker]] in ''{{Harkovast}}''.
* [[OnlySaneMan Rachel]], [[FemmeFatale Androssi]] and [[TheVoiceless Akryung]] are introduced like this in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the ''LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'' Soyburger Patricia wears a cloak like this.
* In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the supervillain Tachyon wears one of these, and looks damned impressive doing it.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Lucia and Ghaleon wear them in ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue''. Lucia's is so distinctive that the other characters insist that she pick out a different outfit in order to blend in better. And Ghaleon's is +5 to Awesomeness.
** Ghaleon gets another AllEncompassingMantle added to his wardrobe in ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar''...giving him twice as many costumes as any other character in the game.
* Vincent Valentine of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is known for his tattered red cloak.
** Taken UpToEleven in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', where he is shown in one sequence as ''only being a cloak'', which was apparently a new ability he picked up.
* The wizard Rune wears one of these in ''PhantasyStar IV''.
* In ''{{Yo-Jin-Bo}}'', Bo's cape covers most of his body, except for [[FanService that strip of bare chest that his kimono can't seem to cover, either]].
* Glukkons in the ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' games have all encompassing ''suit jackets'', in order to conceal the fact that [[spoiler: their bodies and legs are largely vestigal, and they walk on their over sized hands and arms.]]
* Zealots, special agents of the [[VideoGame/{{Syndicate}} Church of the New Epoch]] wear massive white mantles with brown shoulderpieces and hoods. Justified in how all they possibly hide an inhumanly robotic body - the running animation reveals hoverjets of some sort.
* Jackle from ''NightsIntoDreams''. His [[{{Leitmotif}} battle music]] is even titled "The Mantle". Of course, he is pretty much ''all'' mantle, along with disembodied hands, feet and a horned hat-thing with floating eyes and Cheshire Cat-like grin.
* [[BigBad Galcian]] of ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''.
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'': All the members of Troupe Gramarye.
* Male Sages in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' have one, which reappears in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' as the Cape of Good Karma.
* Before his appearance at Magister's Terrace, [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Kael'thas Sunstrider]] had an [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090826213726/wowwiki/images/8/8f/Kael%27thas_statue.jpg epic mantled cloak]].
* Amon in the ''{{Lufia}}'' series wears a absurdly massive mantle, usually gold. In ''LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' his character portrait takes up damn near the ''entire screen'' because of it!
* In ''AlphaProtocol'', the BigBad of the Taipei mission wears one, until your boss fight with him, at which point [[TheGlovesComeOff The Coat Comes Off]].
* Concept art for ''CityOfVillains'' had Mu Adepts and Guardians enveloped in these. Technical limitations mean that ingame, they wear a back-and-front pair of capes.
* General Baal in ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' wears one, which [[spoiler:hides his CombatTentacles]].
* Dhaos of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' wears an orange one with a yellow pattern at the bottom.
* Magus in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' wears one, flung back dramatically when casting a spell.
** Ditto with [[TheDragon Lord Dalton.]]
* When he's not sporting CapeWings, [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Meta Knight]] tends to stand around like this.
* MegamanBattleNetwork: [[SealedBadassInACan Bass]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Raven from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has one of these.
* The title characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' sometimes achieve the same effect by wrapping their wings around their shoulders.
* Like in the comics, [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman]] usually has his cape fully cloaking his body, looking really creepy when he pops out of the shadows in his own way. The artists even had pencil drawings to specifically show how the cape should look and how Batman should move like this.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'': Big Chill's wings turn into one of these.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Jaga's [[ChurchMilitant Clerics]] wear these as part of their {{Full Body Disguise}}s.
* Master Cyclonis from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' wears one, but it has slits down the sides instead, allowing her to use her arms.

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