This is basically using clothes as {{Improvised Weapon}}s, proving that some people don't ''carry'' weapons because they ''wear'' them.

A SuperTrope to:
* ArmedLegs
* GloveSlap
* PowerFist
* ShoeSlap
* WeaponizedHeadgear

A SisterTrope to ClothFu.

Compare HiddenWeapons and its subtropes for actual weapons hidden inside clothes.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* [[BadassGrandpa Master Asia]] of ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', [[RedBaron The Undefeated of the East]], uses the sash he wears around his waist as a weapon. ''To absurdly lethal effect''. He can turn it into a makeshift drill or whip and the thing appears to exhibit the properties of a steel blade... and this is when he ''isn't'' [[KiAttacks empowering it with his own ki]]. With this, he can destroy [[HumongousMecha Mobile Suits]] while on foot. Remember, [[OldMaster this is the man who taught]] Domon everything he knew. [[MemeticBadass Yes, he's just that good]].
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryouga uses his bandannas as weapons, and once he used his belt.
* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', Guts shields himself from arrows with his cloak.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Hajime Saito use his friggin' belt to block, grab, lift, and almost kill Kenshin Himura in their first in-series battle.
* Teppa Aizen in ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'' can weaponize all his clothes (made of AppliedPhlebotinum), altering their physical properties to those of a [[CoolSword sword]], a rope, a [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]], etc.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Kuu Fei uses a cloth spear in her fight against Mana, made from a sash in her dress.
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' the MultiMeleeMaster Shigure is in a hot springs bath, completely naked and helpless. Surely, it's the right moment to attack her, right? Wrong! She can still use her hair ribbon (soaked in hot water) to defend herself, at least temporarily until she retrieves her sword. In a later chapter, when captured by the enemy, they imprison her naked... not to humiliate her, but because they're well aware of her abilities and don't want to give her ''anything'' she could potentially use as a weapon.
* The first ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' movie has Madoushi attack Sakura by using her hair ribbons to ensnare her.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Lady Killer from ''The Strangers'' in ComicBook/TheUltraverse was a fashion designer turned superhero. Her power was perfect aim and every part of her costume was designed so it could used as a weapon. Most common was using her sash as an entangling weapon.
* One shot ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} villain Sylph had a shroud made of a special material that allowed her to suffocate her opponents or use it as a makeshift bungie cord to jump off buildings and land safely on the ground.
* ComicBook/{{Storm}} (Ororo Munroe) does this in X-Men #170 when the X-Men first meet the Morlocks and she has to fight Callisto.
* In ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' Tim eventually modified his cape so that he could easily detach it and have it wrap itself around anyone holding on to it which he uses to temporarily hold criminals while dealing with their friends before tying them up for the police to pick up.
* The hem of Kate Kane's ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} cape is both weighted and sharp, allowing her to use it as a short-range weapon. She's also used it to entangle opponents and throw them around.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'', Modesty often uses her [[ActionDressRip tearaway skirt]] as a weapon to wrap round her opponents' heads.
** In "The Young Mistress", Modesty knocks the BigBad overboard from his yacht by throwing the plastron she was wearing at him.

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Mulan uses a sash to fight off some of the Huns in the Imperial Palace with the help of her friends Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po (dressed in drag) before her final confrontation with [[BigBad Shan Yu]].

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/IronMonkey'', the one villain uses a technique called "flying sleeves" in which the sleeves of his robe extend and he uses them to batter his opponents at range.
* ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1973'': During a fight in a laundry, Athos loses his sword and picks up a piece of wet clothing to use as a weapon.
* First three movies in ''Film/TheTransporter'' series have each at least one fight scene where the main character uses his trademark black suit to beat up or tie up his opponents. It's probably a complete coincidence that this inevitably leads to a Creator/JasonStatham [[FanService shirtless scene]].
* In ''Film/{{Hero}}'', Flying Snow uses her sleeves to knock down barrages of arrows.
* In ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina III'', the main character, in one scene, pacifies a street full of fighting ruffians by taking off his outer jacket and whipping it around with characteristic kung fu precision.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'', Watson uses both his hat and coat on different occasions to subdue attacking thugs.
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' has Voldemort briefly use the longer parts of his robes to ensnare Harry.
* In ''Film/MurderByDecree'', Holmes weaponizes his trademark scarf by weighing it down and swinging it like a cudgel.
* In ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'', [[Creator/JackieChan Mr Han]] uses one kid's jacket sleeves to tie up two other kids who are beating up Dre.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In the ''VideoGame/MechWarrior: Dark Age'' novel, ''Service for the Dead'', Anastasia Kerensky takes off her halter type garment and uses it to strangle her opponent in a duel for command of the Steel Wolves. Afterward, nobody bothers to question the crazy topless woman about the legality of using her clothing as a weapon in what was supposed to be an unarmed contest (though her opponent grabbed a knife from an observer after she came at him with the shirt the first time).
* ''Literature/ChildrenOfDune'' featured a fight between Gurney Halleck and some mook. Halleck's strategy is to wait until the man lunges at him, then to [[CombatPragmatist throw his cloak over the guy's head and stab him through it]].
* Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' series novel ''The Courts of Chaos''. When Corwin fights Duke Borel of the title Courts, he runs away and sets an ambush. When Borel appears, Corwin throws his cloak over Borel's head, rendering him helpless just long enough to kick him off his horse and skewer him with his sword as he's removing the cloak.
* In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', LifeEnergy can be transmitted into inanimate objects, causing them to obey a simple command. This can be used to make clothing behave variously as CombatTentacles ("Grab things"), armor ("Protect me"), or PoweredArmor ("Give me strength").
** An enterprising Awakener once took this to its logical conclusion by telling a guardsman's tunic and pants to "fight for [him], as if they were [him]." The guardsman was not wearing them at the time.
* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, Sandry's magic works through fiber, thread, or fabric. Thus, her usual approach to hostiles or criminals is to bind them in ''their own'' clothes.
* In the first ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novel, Mudge suggests to Jon-Tom that the latter carry his more valuable coinage by sewing it into the hem of his cloak. Not just as a way of hiding it, but because the weight of them can be a useful weapon.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Weaponized sleeves are relatively common in {{wuxia}} series, especially used by women fighters.
* In the tenth anniversay special episode of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', Tommy removes his jacket and uses it to snare and then blind a few cogs during a fight scene.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Trap", Gambit improvises a bolas out of his tie and a pair of shoes.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. When Marc Antony is attacked outside the Senate just after Caesar's assassination, he yanks off his toga and throws it in the face of the first man to charge at him, slowing the assassin down and making it easier to flee.
* The [[Series/DoctorWho Fourth Doctor]] used his improbably long scarf for this purpose a few times, usually just to trip up or restrain his foes.

[[folder: Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 1st Edition supplement ''Oriental Adventures'': one martial arts ability was Steel Cloth, which allowed a character to use a piece of cloth as if it were a spear.
** In 3.5e, the ''Oriental Adventures''-derived Wu Jen class gets a spell called Iron Scarf, which turns a thrown scarf into a deadly blade. At higher levels, they also get a spell called Decapitating Scarf, which does pretty much [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what you think it does]].
* One school of swordfighting in ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'' is basically "Cloak and rapier" (one in each hand).
* ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber Amber]] Diceless Role-Playing''. Throwing a cloak or [[ClothFu rug]] over someone's head is a specific form of attack listed under Weapons in the Other Factors in Combat section.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', some Varisians ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture Fantasy Roma]]) wield bladed scarves.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', some of Jin's attacks hit things with his absurdly long sleeves[[note]]They're more like little capes for his arm though instead of full-blown sleeves[[/note]]. Noel has one attack involving the ropes attached to her cuffs. Rachel's forward+C attack is a weaponized Skirt Twirl. Litchi's down-forward + C is a sweep with her cloth as well. Amane's entire playstyle involves using his plume to attack, mainly using it as a [[ThisIsADrill drill.]]
* San Zang from ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'' fights entirely with her ridiculously long sleeves that drag along the ground wherever she goes.
* [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Iku Nagae]] fights with what is most easily described as a frilly scarf. A number of her attacks revolve around it - including whipping with it, and a ''[[ThisIsADrill drill]] attack with it.''
* Huangfu Muyun from ''VideoGame/XuanyuanJian Waizhuan: Yun zhi Yao'' can utilize a piece of white cloth with sword energy to use as a weapon.
* From ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''
** We have Zero, both original and clone, who wear ''bladed [[BadassLongcoat longcoats]]''.
** Then Xiao Lon from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Maximum Impact'', who uses weighted sleeves in addition to [[NothingUpMySleeve whatever is inside them]].
* From ''StreetFighter'', we have Rose who uses SoulPower to [[ScarfOfAsskicking kick ass with her scarf]].
* Rita from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' uses scarves and belts to attack enemies and cast magic.
* One of Batman's moves in ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Arkham Asylum]]'' is to whirl his cape at his enemies, using weights in the corners to stun.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] can use his [[VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld Super Cape]] to attack enemies and block projectiles. This is also one of his special moves in ''Franchise/SuperSmashBros''.
* [[VideoGame/DiabloIII Auriel the Archangel of Hope]] has the holy sash Al'maiesh as her weapon, which she pretty much uses to wrap enemies and obliterate them with it (or wrap allies and heal/buff them). She didn't get to use them in the game she appeared in (she had to play the DistressedDamsel routine), but she gets to use it during a promotional animated video Wrath, depicting the Eternal Conflict where she fought, and in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E3TheRevelation The Revelation]]", Korra borrows her friend Mako's ScarfOfAsskicking to [[WigDressAccent disguise]] herself and [[TheInfiltration infiltrate]] an Equalist rally, and ends up using the scarf to throw a [[GiantMook huge bouncer]] into a steam vent, knocking him out.
** On a wider basis, [[ExtraOreDinary metalbenders]] wearing metal armor - Republic City police, Zaofu guards, etc. - can use that armor as a weapon if needs be. Lin Beifong turns her sleeves into [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Blades Below The Shoulder]] on one occasion, and her sister Suyin bends her breastplate [[spoiler:around [[HavingABlast P'Li]] to block her combustion bending, killing her via YourHeadAsplode in the process.]]
** [[KnightTemplar Kuvira]] (also a [[ExtraOreDinary metalbender]]) throws metal bands attached to her outfit to bind and blindfold her enemies.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', one of Rex's old buddies is made up entirely of bandages, and he can use them either for ranged attacks, or dissolve himself and slip in tight spaces. The mercenary IV also uses bandages as a weapon.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Bullfighters use their capes to entice and confuse bulls.
* [[RoyalRapier Rapier]] and Cloak is (or was anyway) a RealLife discipline, back when people walked around with cloaks and rapiers on a regular basis. It's still used when appropriate in Stage Combat, UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism, etc.
* One type of eastern hidden weapon is a long-sleeved robe with weights sewn into the cuffs.
* Lee style Tai Chi has an empty-hand form, and a number of weapon styles - duelling sword, broadsword, staff, nunchuks... and silk scarf.
* Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu are performed in the gi (traditional martial arts uniform), and practitioners are allowed to grip nearly anywhere on their own or their opponent's gi. This results in a wide variety of creative controlling holds, collar chokes, lapel chokes and arm traps, sleeve chokes, and other techniques that are dependent on the user's, or his opponent's, clothing.