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->''Goodnight, [[spoiler:Lutessa Lena Luthor]]. You died as you lived: in a dumb InspectorGadget coat.''
-->-- '''Chris Sims''', ''[[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/05/16/recap-smallville-finale/ Comics Alliance]] recap of the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' finale''

Sometimes just wearing longcoat isn't quite enough to look [[BadassLongcoat badass]]. It can be because the longcoat in question is old, battered, two sizes bigger than needed or it can be because the character himself is lame or [[ObfuscatingStupidity just acts as one]].

Extremely associated with police detectives, FBI and inspectors. In fact association with the latter is so strong, you will have trouble finding a character named "inspector" without a [[TitleDrop Not So Badass Longcoat]] of his own.

See BadassLongcoat for the inverse of this trope, and ConspicuousTrenchcoat for when someone uses a longcoat to conceal themselves, but the disguise has no effect on the audience (or appears to be hiding some [[SexyCoatFlashing Sexy Coat]] [[NakedInMink Flashing]]).

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* Subverted by [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]], from ''Franchise/LupinIII''; he can actually be pretty BadAss at times, just [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter not quite badass enough to take out Lupin and co.]]
* Rotton the Wizard from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''.

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* Gareth from ''Fanfic/OnePieceParallelWorks'' wears a long, green coat that doesn't really serve any purpose in the story or his character development.

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* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'''s Inspector Clouseau.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Hiccup's coat/vest looks long enough to be a longcoat, but it more serves the purpose of making him look smaller than look badass.
* Deckard from ''Film/BladeRunner'', despite having a lot of the typical traits of a classic Noir detective, is decidedly ''not'' badass, despite his longcoat. His sole two kills in the movie are women, both of which he shoots in the back. The male replicants he pursues kick his ass up and down the field, and he's very narrowly saved from death both times (once by Rachel blasting Leon in the back, and the other time by Roy showing him mercy).


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* Dirk Gently in ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' typically wears a long, black leather overcoat (originally a part of his SuspiciouslySpecificDenial scheme of being labeled as a vampire), but spoils the effect with his funny hat and quirky behavior.
* Arthur spends a good portion of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' in a housecoat, as he had just woken up when [[SleptThroughTheApocalypse the earth was destroyed]].
* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'' the God of the Internet is a fat nerd who dresses like the characters in the Matrix.

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* Series/{{Columbo}}, though he's much sharper than he looks.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Sixth Doctor's]] technicolor dreamcoat. It was a lot of things, but Badass wasn't on that list.

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* Collins' coat in ''{{RENT}}'' is pretty beat up, with the sleeve hanging off.

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* Detective Dick Gumshoe from ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. Although he could TakeALevelInBadass when required of him, he'd lose it as soon as he was done.
* Soviet Conscripts in ''RedAlert3''.

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* InspectorGadget
* Harvey Bullock of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Although it depends. We're talking about a gruff man who single-handedly took on a band of mobsters with GoodOldFisticuffs and ''won''.
* Timmy Turner in the ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' MysteryEpisode Where's Wanda.
* Buster Baxter from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' when he goes into detective mode.

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