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[[caption-width-right:350:[-[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles "Nomad", 1974, tripped on cape and fell flat on face. No capes!]]-] ]]

->''I will not wear long, heavy cloaks. While they certainly make a bold fashion statement, they have an annoying tendency to get caught in doors or tripped over during an escape.''
-->-- '''EvilOverlordListCellblockB'''

Ah, capes, the ultimate accessory. Whether they're [[TheCape the mark of a hero]] or an [[BlackCloak indicator of evil]], they're always [[BadassCape badass]], right?

''Wrong.''

A somewhat postmodern take on capes; that they are CoolButInefficient. Not only that, but they're a liability, with a nasty habit of getting tripped over, snagged on things, [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles caught in jet turbines]] or [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty grabbed by pragmatic enemies during a fight]], leading to inconvenience or worse.

Often shows up during Superhero deconstructions/parodies, specifically with regards to the SuperheroesWearCapes[=/=]BadassCape tropes.

See Also: NotWearingTights, where the characters refuse costumes entirely, KillerOutfit, when it's the ''rest'' of your wardrobe taking you out, and PinnedToTheWall.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** Even Batman has had this problem. In the Batman/Superman crossover episode, Batman gets his cape caught in the Daily Planet's printing press while fighting a robot drone. The cape and cowl are pulled off, revealing his secret identity to Lois Lane.
** In the typical DC universe, Batman's cape clasp has a quick-release mechanism that automatically detaches his cape from his cowl if it gets caught in something specifically for this reason. Of course he'd have a detachable cape, this is '''[[CrazyPrepared Batman]]''' we're talking about! Anything a crook might try to use against him, he's already thought of and planned for. For all of this, it helps that the cape has (in many versions) a practical function: as a glider, or at least a parachute (since Bats is of course a BadassNormal with no actual superpowers).
** In Batman: Gothic, it's even noted, that in addition to a quick release function on the cape, the part where it attaches to the cowl also has a built in neck brace to protect him from whiplash or getting his neck broken if the cape is caught by something especially heavy or fast.
* In the MarvelUniverse, {{Taskmaster}} has admitted he recognizes the problems with wearing a cape, but wears one anyway because of RuleOfCool.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': In the {{Backstory}}, the corporate hero Dollar Bill was ordered by his sponsors to get a cape as a part of his outfit, in order to increase his marketability. However, one day, when he tried to stop a bank robbery, his cape got caught in a revolving door, allowing the bank robbers to shoot him to death. Nite-Owl notes (somewhat bitterly) in his memoir that Dollar Bill would likely be alive today were he allowed to design the costume himself.
* The page image is from a time when CaptainAmerica briefly operated as the superhero Nomad.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/AllFallDown''. Wearing a cape is what saves Paradigm's life.
* The ScarletWitch had a pair of cases in ''Avengers West Coast'', and tried a new costume without cape. It didn't stick.
* In issue 23 of the ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' comic book Mega prevents [[spoiler: Break Man]] from fleeing by grabbing onto [[spoiler: his iconic yellow ScarfOfAsskicking.]]
* In ''ComicBook/PS238'', Julie Finster [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/?p=907 gets her cape stuck to a wall by a glue-gun shot]]. However, since she's a FlyingBrick the cape doesn't resist her SuperStrength. It also happens to be her BerserkButton, since [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/?p=914 the special fabric of the cape is expensive]] and her family isn't rich.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* An early Disney example occurs in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' when [[spoiler:Ratigan's cape gets caught in the gears of Big Ben. That isn't what kills him, though, it just delays his pursuit of the heroes.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is the old TropeNamer.
** Bob requests a cape on his new costume, but Edna [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M68ndaZSKa8#t=120s shoots him down]]:
-->'''Edna:''' November 15th of '58! All was well, another day saved, when... his cape snagged on a missile fin!\\
'''Bob:''' Thunderhead was not the brightest bulb...\\
'''Edna:''' Stratogale! April 23rd, '57! [[TurbineBlender Cape caught in a jet turbine!]]\\
'''Bob:''' E, you can't generalize about these things...\\
'''Edna:''' [[DeathMontage Meta Man, express elevator! Dynaguy, snagged on takeoff! Splashdown, sucked into a vortex!]] ''[[DefiedTrope NO CAPES]]!''
** Given an IronicEcho of sorts when [[spoiler:the villain Syndrome's cape gets caught in a jet turbine, leading to his death]].
* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Shan Yu is defeated when Mulan stabs his cape with his sword holding him in place so Mushu can shoot him with a rocket.
* In the Golden Films version of ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'' the villain Hasseem during a sword fight with Aladdin accidentally trips over his cape and ends up stabbing himself.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Subverted in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' during the Batpod chase. The costume makers designed Batman's cape to fold into a backpack using the same memory cloth tech that makes the glider, as they thought it would be snagged on the wheel. However, during test runs the cape flowed freely without getting caught, which looks fucking awesome. It's applied for [[Quotes/CapeSnag regular fist fights]].
* Inverted in ''Film/SupermanReturns''. [[spoiler:Superman is saved from drowning because Lois is able to grab him by the cape.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'', supervillain Dr. Impossible admits that his cape gets in the way during the inevitable fight scene, and is uncomfortable in hot weather, but feels that the psychological advantage imparted by a dramatically billowing cape outweighs the disadvantages.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On the "UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt vs. LawrenceOfArabia" episode of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', [[spoiler:Teddy wraps Lawrence's keffiyeh around the wrist of his weapon hand, allowing Teddy to stab Lawrence with his Bowie hunter]].
* Subverted in, of all places, ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'' -- Ralph's cape only extends down to his rear end and is just about the only part of his Supersuit ''not'' to give him problems.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': In one of Calvin's earliest attempts at playing a superhero, strikes a dramatic pose in his cape and says, "''This'' is a job for..." He then proceeds to trip over his cape and fall to the ground, before finishing his sentence: "...someone else."
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The pro wrestler Wrestling/UltimoDragon usually wore a cape to the ring. But at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 20'' he humiliatingly tripped over it during his entrance to the ring (which, if you watch WWE, is pretty much the worst possible time you could have an accident like that).
** The inevitability of a Cape Snag happening in real action is precisely why every wrestler who wears a cape ''takes it off'' before entering the ring.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In episode 8 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the [[FeatheredFiend Nevermore]] fires FeatherFlechettes. One feather pins Ruby to the ground by her cape. Only Weiss' intervention saves her life.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In one page of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' this is addressed, showing someone in a cape getting sucked into a jet.
* ''Webcomic/EvilInc'' researched "the cape gun", which is fired at the hero. If it hits the cape, it spins and winds up the cape, strangling the hero (or the intern they were demonstrating it on).
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' features a minor incident in which an ''ally'' of the caped hero gets caught in it while they were grappling over a mix of cabin fever and culturally incompatible conceptions of a reasonable romantic setup. The guy with the cape had to ''suplex'' the guy caught in it to free him.
* Averted in SluggyFreelance. Sam wears breakaway capes.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A version of Batman's detachable clasp is shown in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' when his cape becomes trapped in the grip of a robot Joker henchman -- Batman quickly detaches his cape and spends the rest of the episode capeless.
* Batman's cape got snagged on a Daily Planet press in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. Apparently it was attached to his cowl, and its removal exposed his identity to Lois Lane.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'', Michelangelo decides he wants to be a superhero and sets himself up with a costume, complete with cape... which proceeds to trap him in the door of a bus falling into the river. Oops.
* A comic example in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', where Comicbook/DoctorStrange gets his Cloak of Levitation caught in a portal, spoiling what would have been a pretty good entrance.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', Green Arrow tries to fill in for an injured Batman by wearing his costume, but finds his usual fighting style hampered by the cape.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', Shaak Ti manages to temporarily defeat General Grievous by using the Force to tie his cape to a passing train.
* Inverted in one of the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons''. Superman saves Lois from a torrent of molten steel, by sheltering her under his cape.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', the titular hero got his rip proof cape trapped in the hood of a car just as a giant monster was bearing down on him. Later in the episode, it was shown that Negaduck was GenreSavvy enough to buy rip-able capes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Spike mocks comicbook hero Hundrum's cape as impractical and pointless. Sure enough, in "Power Ponies", Spike is turned into Hundrum, and he trips on his cape.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CyberSix'' you could make a DrinkingGame out of how many times the titular character takes a blow because a [[DumbMuscle Fixed Idea]] managed to grab onto her cape.
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