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There are many ways to show someone is {{Badass}}. Oneliners, getting a cool power, and knocking everyone down one rank in terms of power. There is also... the scarf. It can be any color, although it's frequently red, yellow or black. And it seems to ''always'' be flowing [[DramaticWind in the wind.]]

Can occasionally be replaced with a sash or a [[{{Hachimaki}} headband]]. Is often, but not always, a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/KamenRider'', one of the earlier uses of the trope and quite iconic in Japan-land. Frequently part of an AdventurerOutfit.

May require serious MST3KMantra when you realize that a long bolt of cloth wrapped around your neck is one of the first things you should take ''off'' before a fight.[[note]]In fact, this is why they stopped using them in Kamen Rider. [[Series/KamenRiderDouble For the most part.]][[/note]]


A SisterTrope to BadassCape, FedoraOfAsskicking.

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!!Examples:
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Sayoko of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' when in kickass ninja mode.
* Kouji Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' was going to wear a scarf, but GoNagai removed it when ''Franchise/KamenRider'' premiered because he did not want people thought he was ripping it off. Tetsuya Tsurugi, from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', wears one constantly, though.
* [[Anime/SpeedRacer Go Mifune/Speed Racer]] wears a scarf-like neckerchief.
* The main nine cyborg characters of ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. Since they were created by the same artist as, you guessed it, ''Franchise/KamenRider'', this is hardly surprising.
* DieBuster loves this trope, especially if they can make said scarf flap around in the wind. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFppdq6vEPg Observe]].
* In ''Anime/GGundam'', Domon Kasshu and Master Asia exemplify the alternatives to this trope respectively.
** Hell, Master Asia IMPALES and destroys mobile suits with his scarf.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': Ryoma Nagare, Hayato Jin and Musashi Tomoe all have them on their outfits. ''[=GetterRobo=]: Armageddon'' even has the titular robot ''itself'' use a scarf as an impromptu weapon.
* Yoko in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' wears one... and [[{{Stripperiffic}} little else]].
** Viral picks one up after the time-skip as well - his Super Galaxy costume is a ShoutOut to Hayato Jin.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Garyuu in what may possibly be a nod to ''Franchise/KamenRider'', considering how he's a humanoid insect.
** CuteBruiser Subaru has the flappy headband variant.
* Mai in ''Anime/MaiHiME'', and though the scarf only shows up in the opening animation, she's the lead, and her EmpathicWeapon CHILD has more or less the capabilities of a nuke.
* Lisa Lisa from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' uses a long yellow scarf as weapons.
** [[spoiler:Her son,]] Joseph, had one too.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has some.
** Justimon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', who was basically a Digimon ''Kamen Rider''.
** Before Justimon came to be, one third of him, Ryo, wore a red scarf while roaming in the Digital World.
** Another notable example of this trope is the digimon Pandamon, who is more of a parody of this trope than an example of it.
** Wolfmon/Lobomon of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has one too.
** Shoutmon during the events ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'' donned battle scars and a yellow kick-ass scarf.
* [[TheLancer Kai]] [[TheRival Hiwatari]] from ''Franchise/{{Beyblade}}'' wears a white one, his [[{{Badass}} asskickness]] is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the series by [[TheHero Takao]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Byakuya's scarf is a symbol of his position as Kuchiki clan leader. It's also ridiculously expensive, worth enough to buy ten mansions.
** Mashiro is a ''Kamen Rider'' ShoutOut so she naturally wears a scarf to go with her white bodysuit and the Hollow mask that looks like a ''Kamen Rider'' helmet.
** After the time-skip, Hitsugaya has taken to wearing one. It's a slightly more ragged example than Byakuya's although he wears it in the same way. It's turquoise to fit in with his IcePerson image and colour scheme.
* Haruko of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' wears a scarf quite often. Since her main mode of transportation is a supersonic Vespa, it [[JustifiedTrope makes a bit more sense than most]]... [[FridgeLogic until you remember she doesn't use it]] or [[GogglesDoNothing her goggles while flying]].
* In ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'', Kino usually wears a scarf, although it's most notable during the winter scenes or when driving her moterad in bad weather.
* Konohamaru from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has never been seen without a scarf, though it initially didn't help him much in the way of asskicking or popularity. Still, he eventually [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] by [[spoiler:distracting [[TheDragon Pain]] with a Shadow Clone, allowing him to become the first defender to land a good hit on one of his bodies.]]
** Killer Bee also has a white scarf, and [[CrazyAwesome wears it well]].
** Tobi wears a scarf in his first appearance.
** Akatsuchi also wears a large yellow scarf, though he actually wears it in the front.
** Not technically in-universe, but do an image search for "Kakashi ANBU" on DeviantArt. At least 40% of the pictures will involve the Giant Red Scarf of Badassery -- and the funny thing is that ''no-one seems to know where it came from''.
*** It's from the first movie. While in Snow country, Kakashi wears a scarf in addition to his mask. The scarf is also seen in the flashback to his last mission that took place in Snow, which was when he was in ANBU.
*** Amusingly enough, both Kakashi and his would-be rival Might Guy wore scarves when they were academy students; Guy kept up the habit for a little longer afterwards.
* Natsu from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is rarely seen without his trademark scarf. ItWasAGift from his foster father, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Igneel]].
** He's without it for a total of 5 panels. Four with him as a small child in a flashback before he got the scarf, one when he makes Lucy wear it hoping she'll be mistaken for him by Erza.
** [[spoiler: Erza]] Knightwalker and Romeo [[spoiler: after the seven year time skip]] also wear one.
* Hime from ''YozakuraQuartet''.
* Mr. Chang's scarf in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' doesn't serve any practical purpose other than increase the coolness of his outfit (which, itself, is a homage to JohnWoo's TheTriadsAndTheTongs movies) tenfold. Needless to say, he is extremely, over-the-top badass.
* Dogby gets one in the second volume of ''DogbyWalksAlone''.
* In ''Manga/AsuNoYoichi'', Yoichi wears a long green scarf and tends to kick ass (when not confronted by women). Of course, the scarf is also sometimes used to drag him away from another one of his [[AccidentalPervert "misunderstandings"]].
* This is one of PsychopathicManchild Russia's trademarks from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. According to the manga, it's a gift from his older sister Ukraine.
** Holland gets a nice black, blue and white one [[http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-758.html in the second sketch]]
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh''
** A lot of Yusei's monsters in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' wear this kind of scarf (Junk Synchron, Junk Warrior, Tuningware, Scrap-iron Scarecrow).
*** Yusei himself wears on in the 5D's manga.
** Previously, in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' a character wore one of these while imitating Yugi. He ''got'' his ass ''kicked'' though.
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' does something similar with the Number Two headband. Actually, anyone with one of the headbands gets this effect.
** Ninja Ninja does it with an actual scarf.
* Being a {{ninja}}, Kaede of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' naturally wears the [[BiggerOnTheInside tattered rag]] she received as her Artifact like a long, flowing scarf.
** And on the villain side, [[PsychoLesbian Tsukuyomi]] sometimes wears a scarf as part of her ImpossiblyCoolClothes.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Black Star gets one as of chapter 62.
** Also Tsubaki.
*** And in Masamune form Tsubaki and Black Star's shadows BECOME this.
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' as well. Kazuki looked pretty cool when he used the fabric from his kakugane as a scarf to hide his face. (It didn't work, but it was still cool.)
* Crane Yuzuriha, a Silver Saint from ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', has a scarf that ''literally'' kicks ass (through its wearer's [[PsychicPowers telekinesis]]).
** Sagittarius Seiya also wears one in ''SaintSeiyaOmega''.
* In chapter 19 of ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'', [[spoiler:the {{Badass}} split personality of Yogi saves Gareki from the split personality's own attack with his long-ass ass-kicking scarf]].
* Sakura from ''Manga/GetBackers'' brings it up to ImprobableWeaponUser levels.
* How can we forget Lin Xiao Li (aka Number X) from ''Manga/BlackCat''? He wields a feather mantle made out of [[{{Unobtanium}} Orichalcum]] that can cut just about anything. To top it all, he's scarily effective in battle.
* In ''{{Change 123}}'' the protagonist is an {{Otaku}} fan of the ''Kamen Raider'' series (a ShoutOut to/LawyerFriendlyCameo of ''Franchise/KamenRider''). At one point, he goes into action dressed up as a raider, including the standard issue scarf. And, of course, since he is such a clumsy nerd, he steps on this scarf and stumbles.
* Shiina in ''Anime/AngelBeats!''
* ''Lots'' in ''TegamiBachi''. It helps that it's part of the letter bee uniform.
* Lavi in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' wears a long orange, later red, scarf.
* Ririka, heroine of ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'', sports a scarf that looks rather like a pair of wings when she assumes her MagicalGirlWarrior form.
* Saya of ''Anime/BloodPlus'' wears one during her final battle.
* Tandoji of ''SacredSeven'' has one of these. And makes it live up to the "Ass-kicking" part, by turning it into a lethal WhipSword.
* Space Medafighter X/Uchuu Medarotter X uses one in ''{{Medabots}}'', since his outfit is an entire ShoutOut to ''Franchise/KamenRider''.
* [[VillainousCrossdresser Jakotsu]] from ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' has a purple one.
* Kenshin wears one in the manga adaptation the ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' live-action movie.
* In his youth, Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' had a scarf. It became more badass in the new movies.
* Mutsu from ''{{Sekirei}}'' wears a yellow one, and is one of the strongest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun tit]]ular battle aliens.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Mikasa wears a long red one even when fighting Titans. [[spoiler: It's a keepsake from her childhood when Eren offered it to her when she said she was cold after he'd just rescued her from human traffickers.]]
* Asuka of ''SenranKagura'' has a red scarf in both her civil school uniform and her ninja costume; it's adequate as she is the main protagonist of most instances of the franchise, becomes a badass during the course of Hanzo's conflict with Hebijo, and Asuka fancying herself as a ''hero of justice''.
* In ''Manga/{{Saki Achiga-hen}}'', Yuu Matsumi, who is especially susceptible to cold, wears a scarf even in the summer. During some of her more impressive moments, it appears as this, such as when Izumi reflects on how she's unable to win against Yuu and two other third-years.
* The titular protagonist of ''Manga/KamenNoNinjaAkakage'' with his red scarf. Predating ''Kamen Rider'' both as a comic and {{Toku}}, he is the one [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryuu]] gets [[{{Homage}} his look]] from. All ninjas with trailing scarves [[UrExample go back to Akakage]], often carrying on the [[HighlyVisibleNinja striking red color]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[TwoFistedTales Pulp-era]] hero Radio/TheShadow. Probably the earliest example of this trope in fiction.
* Mina Murray in ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', although her asskicking is generally more mental than physical.
** And she wears a scarf to cover her [[spoiler: neck scars from {{Dracula}}.]]
* MsMarvel's original costume. Her current costume still retains the visual element, but now it's a waist sash.
** [[Comicbook/MsMarvel2014 The new Ms. Marvel]] has since brought the scarf back into style.
* The Little Prince wore one. It flutters when appropriate. This was mentioned in the book as well, although the poor kid doesn't do much asskicking.
* Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. But he keeps his scarf tucked into his BadassLongcoat.
* Rascal from ''Strikeback!'' had a striped red-and-white scarf he could morph into things like frying pans, chainsaws, baseball bats, etc.
* Rogue's most recent costume from the pages of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''.
* In the MarvelUniverse, the supervillain Tatterdemalion wears a long scarf tipped with lead weights which he uses as a weapon. It was later enchanted by the demon Sattanish to be strong enough to choke WonderMan.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Many of Creator/JohnWoo's heroes (usually played by Chow Yun-Fat) in his early HeroicBloodshed movies wore white scarves to their black {{Badass Longcoat}}s. Think Mark Gor from ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'' and Ah Jong from ''Film/TheKiller'', for example.
* The original film of ''Film/TheLadykillers'' had Professor Marcus sporting a very long scarf.
* Really weird scarf/cape/{{Squick}} hybrid: In ''TheCell'', a journey into a serial killer's mind, one of the manifestations of his psyche is a huge man with metal rings set into his back, and velvet cloth hanging from the rings. When he stands up and walks forward, the velvet is dragged along behind him like a bridal train ... and the velvet curtains in the background all start to rise at once, as they're actually part of the ''extremely long'' scarves linked to his back. Creepy as freakin' hell.
* A scarf is worn by Charlton Heston as [[AdventurerArchaeologist treasure-hunter]] Harry Steele in ''Film/{{Secret of the Incas}}'', one of the primary inspirations for [[IndianaJones Indy]] and his outfit.
* Knives seems to acquire an incredibly long black and white knitted scarf for her battle outfit during the climax of ''ScottPilgrim''. She even uses it to disarm [[BigBad Gideon Graves]] during that final battle.
* In the SherlockHolmes-meets-Jack the Ripper film ''Murder By Decree'', Holmes weaponizes his trademark scarf by weighing it down and swinging it like a cudgel.
* Lady's thick badass scarf in ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' certainly qualifies, and needless to say goes well with her BadassLongcoat.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Mat Cauthon of the ''WheelOfTime'' series constantly wears a black silk scarf from book four on. It's to cover up the [[spoiler:scar from where he was [[TheManTheyCouldntHang hung from a tree by the neck]].]]
* Joshua of ''TrailsInTheSky'' starts rocking one of these in the game's second chapter.
* Ryan Cawdor of the ''Literature/{{Deathlands}}'' series has a white silk scarf weighed at the ends, for the entirely practical reason that no-one suspects it's a useful garotte.
* Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant usually takes a scarf with him whenever he goes out in the first few books. Being a skeleton, it's not to protect him from cold but rather to cover his face if he needs to hide from {{Muggles}}. Eventually he gets a magical disguise which removes this need.
* [[Literature/LightningDust Crystal Eye]] wears a bright blue one.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Sherlock in BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' wears a blue scarf.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'', in its earlier incarnations, has the hero with a scarf. Just having it makes them BadAss. Much homaged and referenced in Japanese media, as stated above and seen throughout the article. The tradition was dropped in 1987's ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' [due primarily to safety reasons] and didn't return until 2009's ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', but the following {{Mythology Gag}}s have cropped up in later shows:
** In ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'', SixthRanger Another Agito has two scarves; in fact, his entire design is a MythologyGag: he looks like an organic version of [[Series/KamenRider Kamen Rider 1]].
** The BigBad of ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'', the Arch Orphnoch, is a Rider-like monster (in fact, his insectoid theme makes him ''more Rider-like'' than that series' Riders) with a bifurcated cape that resembles a pair of scarves.
** Lampshaded or subverted, depending on your point of view, when the EvilTwin from ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' is only distinguishable by the fact that he's wearing a scarf.
** In early episodes of ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', the protagonist wears a red scarf in his street clothes as part of a ShoutOut to his predecessors; ironically, [[SharingABody the monster possessing him]] throws off the scarf before he starts kicking ass in the first episode.
*** When the aforementioned monster appears in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', anybody possessed by him spontaneously gains a red scarf along with the usual effects of his possession (spiked hair with a single red lock, red eyes, voice change, muscle mass increase).
** As mentioned above, ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' gains a scarf, but only when he uses his [[BlowYouAway Cyclone]] powers; in TheMovie, when ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' splits Double into two whole beings, the [=CycloneCyclone=] Double has two scarves. Also, the recurring antagonist Nasca Dopant has a bifurcated scarf. [[spoiler:He undergoes a HeelFaceTurn, only to be [[BlackWidow murdered by his wife shortly thereafter]].]]
** ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' pays homage to this in a chapter where Tendou Souji shows up wearing a scarf just before transforming. It's also the Kamen Rider anniversary chapter.
** A similar homage occurs in ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' when Hino Eiji receives a red scarf as a gift.
* ''SuperSentai'' series, particularly those before Dynaman, used scarves. However, they had to change into scarf-less spandex because it was a lot safer to do with stunts.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The BadassBookworm Fourth Doctor. In at least one episode he actually used it to trip up enemies.
** One interesting note: the Fourth's very, very, very, VERY long scarf was originally intended to be of just ordinary length. But apparently the costume designer brought the knitter hired for the job ten times the amount of wool needed...and she [[CrowningMomentofAwesome knitted all of it.]] "Witty little knitter" indeed. Also, it was ''shortened'' after "The Sontaran Experiment" when its length caused Tom Baker to trip and break his collarbone on location, requiring a double to take his place in long shots (!).
** And tripping enemies [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9B9kQfl0k0 wasn't the only use]] for the absurdly long and iconic accessory.
** Early on, he made the throwaway comment that it was knitted by Lady Nostradamus.
** And now Amy Pond, the Doctor's companion, has one too. Admittedly, it's not half as long as Four's.
* Though it's not a traditional scarf, {{Series/Merlin}}'s neckerchief deserves a spot here.
** After 4 seasons of uncontested scarf-badassery, Merlin finally meets his match when [[spoiler: Mordred]] reappears with an even bigger, more awesome scarf.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* In one of the variations of ''[[KingArthur Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]]'', Gawain gets one of these at the end to cover a newly received scar on his neck. As a show of solidarity, the other knights wear scarves as well.
** And possibly an OlderThanSteam occurrence of MisaimedFandom, as Gawain's scarf and the scar it covered were a reminder of his cowardice and shame. Either he chose not to tell that part of his story to the court, or else they chose to hear it differently than he intended.
*** Another variation has a green shash. After Gawain tells the other knights about everything that happened, King Arthur laughs, and decides that all the Knights of the Round Table should wear green shashes as well, in honor of his cousin's adventure.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* LampshadeHanging in ''BobAndGeorge'', with Protoman's and Bob's ever-flowing scarves.
* ''GaiaOnline'' has several items like this that your avatar can wear. Most are limited-edition and highly sought by collectors, like the Nitemare Scarf.
** Several [=NPCs=] also wear scarves. Labtech X was famous for adding a tattered scarf to his Labtech Uniform to [[TheFaceless hide his face]] [[spoiler:He later traded his cyan-green scarf for a jet black one, complete with a full face covering and large X on the front. This appropriately named "Sinister Scarf" is one of the four rewards you can earn from defeating the Mechlab Bot at X's Underwater Base]]. The "Chyaku Norisu Scarf," a popular limited edition item, is worn by high ranking members of the Chyaku Norisu Clan (namely Kin, though two other NPC concepts have been seen wearing similar scarves).
* DominicDeegan's iconic scarf. It even helps him in mental battles!
* JennyEverywhere usually wears a scarf to go along with her aviator goggles.
* In ''{{Homestuck}}'', Rose Lalonde (albeit only briefly) and her mother both wear these scarfs.
** [[RoyalBrat Eridan Ampora]] also wears one.
** Rose later made a new dress that seems to use the scarf as a belt.
** Similarly, Mom Lalonde (Rose's mom) [[spoiler: and by extention Roxy Lalonde]] sports one. While kicking ass no less.
** Terezi alchemizes a red scarf out of the Lalondes' to [[spoiler: [[BlindfoldedVision use as a blindfold]] so that she may regain the [[DisabilitySuperpower powers of her blindness]] after being healed]].
* Troy [=McKelski=] of ''ALoonaticsTale''. Also, the Mysteelion military uses scarves as ranking indicators, so the scarf of, say, a combat-hardened sergeant, most likely is a ''literal'' Scarf Of Asskicking.
* Kaito of the ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'' cast has a blue scarf that he's quite known for.
* [[http://nhazul.newgrounds.com/ Nhazul, the protagonist of..well..Nhazul's stick flashes from 3008-present, sometimes sports a rather magnificent one (for one worn by a stick figure).]]
* Averted in ''ThereWillBeBrawl'': One of the henchmen wears a yellow scarf, the only clue that he's supposed to be [[GoldenSun Isaac]]. In his case, it's a Scarf Of Getting Your Ass Falcon Punched Into Oblivion.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Ivory}} carried one for a time in the early stages of her WWE run.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', Mark Cohen's character wears a blue and grey scarf throughout most of the show. During filming, Mark's actor wanted to wear the same scarf he had worn while performing on Broadway, but the colors didn't work so well on camera, so a substitute was made (with the real scarf possessing a place of honor on the set at all times).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The main protagonist in ''VideoGame/CaveStory''.
* [[Characters/MrDriller Ataru Hori]] from ''MrDriller''
* Your character in ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'' wears on his/her cape a scarf containing energy used to perform flying. Scarves are charged when you touch a form of cloth, and to make them grow, you have to collect glowing symbols around the world of the game. [[spoiler:If you fail at evading the war machines, you will be caught on sight by them as a punishment, shredding the scarf apart]]. Since there's little to no violence in the game, it [[AvertedTrope ignores the "Asskicking" part of this trope]].
* Lukus from ''VideoGame/TheMagicObelisk''.
* Ryu Hyabusa of ''NinjaGaiden'' wears one in his more recent games.
* May Lee from the ''TheKingOfFighters 2001'' has a "Hero Mode," which amounts to her throwing on a scarf, as a homage to {{Toku}} hero, ''Franchise/KamenRider''.
* Isaac from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. If a 17-year-old kid told you he was out to save the world, would ''you'' believe him if he was wearing a ''bright yellow scarf''? Well, neither did Saturos, Menardi, Agatio, or Karst. Or anyone else outside your party, for that matter.
** Speaking of Menardi, her Sash of Asskicking also fits the qualifications of this trope.
** Isaac's scarf has been passed down to his son, Matthew for the threequel. [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn And yes, he wears it well]].
* Proto Man in the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series is never seen without his trademark yellow scarf.
** Then again, considering that he was heavily inspired by ''Franchise/KamenRider''...
** Also, in ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission X'' is redesigned and given a plasma scarf that activates when he moves.
* ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' has Django wearing his father's crimson scarf, which becomes wings when he [[SuperpoweredEvilSide turns into a vampire.]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games give [[RedIsHeroic the hero of the game a red scarf]]. [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]] of ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' has one. Almaz in the third game has a scarf too but, considering his ChewToy status, the "of Asskicking" part is debatable. The lead Prinny in ''Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?'' wears a red scarf that also prevents him from randomly exploding as Prinnies tend to do. Or rather, there's one scarf which is shared between a thousand Prinnies and passed down whenever one die and the main character is whoever is currently wearing the scarf.
** And then there's Adell of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' and his ''Necktie of Asskicking'', a unique variant also borne by [[spoiler: his birth parents]]
*** Nisa even wears one in VideoGame/{{Neptunia}} as she's an anime personification of NIS in general.
* Ash of ''PhantomBrave''.
* [[LegacyOfKain Raziel]] wears his old clan flag slung around his shoulders and the lower half of his face like a scarf. It's made more badass/scary when he pulls the cloth down to reveal that he has no lower jaw.
* Too many games with ninja in them, such as the ''Shinobi'' games.
** ''{{Shinobi}}'' on the PS2 gets special mention - the story goes that a programmer turned the scarf's length UpToEleven as a joke, and it was so popular it was ''increased again'' before release.
* Emeralda from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''.
* Gruntilda in ''BanjoKazooie''.
* VideoGame/{{Strider}} Hiryu is well known for his long, bright-red scarf. He first wore it in the 1988 manga, then went suspiciously absent in his 1989 game appearance. He got it back for ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfSuperHeroes'' and has kept it ever since.
** Strider [[SpellMyNameWithAnS K/Cain]] (from the manga) and [[TheRival Hien]] (from ''Strider 2'') wear similar scarves.
* The ''WildArms'' series is in love with this trope. Every game has a major character wearing a long flowing scarf. ''Wild Arms 1'' has Zed, ''2'' has Knight Blazer, ''3'' has Jet, ''4'' has Arnaud, ''5'' has Dean, and ''XF'' has Rupert.
* Both Hattori Hanzo and Galford of ''SamuraiShodown'' wear scarves. The scarves were short in the first two games, but when SNK redrew their sprites for [=SS3=], they became tripping hazards.
* Zul'Jin, the troll leader of {{Warcraft}}.
* Rose of the ''StreetFighter'' series, being based off of Lisa Lisa, uses her scarf to kick your ass. It's especially evident in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' - [[http://gamevideos.1up.com/video/id/23111 just ask Gen]].
** From ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', there's Makoto. This may be a subversion, as the scarf in question is said to be an oversized {{hachimaki}} worn around her neck according to some sources. Makoto, on the other hand, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYwrk9MaXu0 is not a stranger to five-star beatdowns]]. [[GroinAttack Ouch]], [[BruceLeeClone Fei Long]].
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'', being a parody of {{Tokusatsu}} shows in general, gives Joe a scarf as yet another ShoutOut to ''Franchise/KamenRider''. It's pink, but that arguably makes it [[RealMenWearPink even cooler]].
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** A random encounter in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'' had a skeleton wearing nothing but a ''Franchise/KamenRider'' style red scarf, who attacked ''Kamen Rider'' style, with flying kicks.[[http://community.livejournal.com/kamenrider/175438.html See here for more.]]
*** It never shows up on your sprite, but on occasion the Kicker Skeleton will ''drop'' its scarf of asskicking as an item.
*** From the same game, check out Julius Belmont's character art: he's got a red scarf on, too, though it's much smaller and less dramatic than the Kicker Skeleton's scarf.
** In the PSP remake of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'', ''Dracula X Chronicles'', all of the characters were redesigned. Richter Belmont's (the main playable character) new design includes a similar scarf to Julius', but it's white instead of red.
* Appears in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', [[TropeOverdosed no surprise there]]. The third Dynamic General Guardian, Dairaioh, has one since it's, that's right, yet another homage to ''Franchise/KamenRider''.
* Iku Nagae of ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Scarlet Weather Rhapsody]]'' not only wears a scarf, but actually [[ImprobableWeaponUser uses it for many of her attacks]], utilizing it as a [[WhipItGood whip]] or even a [[ThisIsADrill drill]].
** Parsee in ''Subterranean Animism'' wears a dainty pink/white scarf, and [[WakeUpCallBoss is a pretty impressive foe]] with spellcard mechanics typically used by Touhou ''endbosses'', such as an attack that follows you around on the screen... ''in her Stage 2 midboss fight''. This establishes SA's status as "That One Game" in the minds of a lot of Touhou fans.
** Sakuya for definite sports one of these in Perfect Cherry Blossom. However that IS because it's winter during the Incident.
* Rita Mordio in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' uses scarves/sashes as weapons when not using a chain. She even justifies their use as weapons in one of the game's skits by stating how she makes the "aer" in their weaves more dense in order to make them rigid. Or something like that.
* The Antlan Rangers in ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' have these.
* ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' has Emil Castagnier in his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide 'Ratatosk Mode.']]
** In the first game, we have [[TheHero Lloyd]], though it's more like "long, white {{Hachimaki}} wrapped around the neck" of asskicking.
* In ''SamuraiShodown'', [[McNinja Galford D. Weiler]] is always seen with a scarf. [[AllThereInTheManual According to the data books]], this scarf is his most prized possession, given from his master after graduating from ninja school.
* Bethany, Merrill, and Aveline all wear Scarves Of Asskicking in various colors in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
* Konoha of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', another {{ninja}}. Her long red scarf is large enough (and her small enough) to be used as an impromptu glider.
* The earlier ''FinalFantasy'' games with concept art by Yoshitaka Amano are heavily loaded with characters wearing dozens of scarves and sashes. Later ''FinalFantasy'' games by Tetsuya Nomura switched from the scarves and sashes to [[TooManyBelts belts]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithZippers zippers]].
** Male Mimic class in ''FinalFantasyTactics'' wears a scarf, and a Mimic is one of the {{game breaker}}s when being used right.
* Faize of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' gets one of these partway through the game. The scarf's presence [[spoiler:is what makes Lymle realize that the Apostle of Creation is really Faize.]]
* Micaiah and Sothe of ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' wear these.
** Volke, from both ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'', sports a pretty nifty scarf, which only serves to add to his general intrigue.
** Nils in ''[[FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', too. Doesn't make sense until [[spoiler:you find out he's a dragon.]]
* [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Bang Shishigami]] wears one. [[TestosteronePoisoning It's as manly as he is]].
* [[JakAndDaxter Jak]] gets one of these in ''JakII'' and ''{{Jak 3}}''.
** [[UnchartedDrakesFortune Nathan Drake]] seems to be following in the footsteps of the former Naughty Dog protagonist in Uncharted 3.
* [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Falcon]] has one in ''SuperSmashBros'' and ''Melee'', but it's fully shown in ''Brawl''.
* Kisuke in ''MuramasaTheDemonBlade''. He has a blue scarf, is a Ninja using a sword style specifically created to kick the ass of everything from other Ninja to [[YouFailLogicForever gods of thunder]] with a metal blade. Oh and the [[CoolSword blade]] he uses? It was made by the spirit of one of the greatest swordsmiths of all time from the souls of his defeated enemies.
* Kay Faraday wears a long scarf with the end cut into a bird-wing shape in ''AceAttorneyInvestigations''. She also pins a home-made Yatagarasu symbol broach to it.
* Flowing scarves are included as an alternative to capes in ''CityOfHeroes''.
* Nel Zelpher, [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot ninja wizard special forces agent]] in ''StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', wears a thick striped scarf - the only whimsical touch on an otherwise rather practical costume (by video game standards, at least).
* Ovan of the ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//Roots]]'' anime and ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'' games has a light blue scarf that often covers the bottom part of his face. Along with a [[BadassLongcoat Badass Whitecoat]] and ScaryShinyGlasses, he's exactly as powerful as his accessories would suggest.
* Braig of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''.
* All three main characters in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond/Pearl/Platinum]]'' have scarves, as do [[Manga/PocketMonsters their]] [[Manga/PokemonSpecial manga]] [[Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure counterparts]].
** There are also scarf items that serve this purpose for your Pokémon: the Silk Scarf gives a 20% power boost to your Pokémon's Normal-type attacks, while the Choice Scarf increases your Pokémon's Speed by 50%, although it is locked into the first move it uses until it is switched out.
** Generation III introduced the Blue, Pink, Yellow, Red, and Green Scarves, which increased a Pokémon's Beauty, Cuteness, Toughness, and Coolness, respectively, attributes used in Pokémon Contests.
** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold And SoulSilver]]'', Gym Leader Pryce has one of these, cementing his status as a BadassGrandpa.
** [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Koga]] wears one. His daughter follows this tradition when she takes over the Gym [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver three years later]].
** Accelgor has a scarf made of a thin membrane that keeps it from drying out. It is also partially inspired by a ninja.
** [[MakingASplash Gre]][[FrogsAndToads ninja]], who is also inspired by a ninja (its species is even [[ShapedLikeItself the Ninja Pokémon]]), uses its [[OverlyLongTongue tongue]] as one.
* Ryoji Mochizuki wears a yellow one in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. [[spoiler:He's also a personification of Death, and easily kicked [[RobotGirl Aigis's]] ass.]]
** Akihiko also wears a red scarf as part of his winter outfit.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', Yosuke's initial Persona [[JapaneseMythology Jiraiya]] has a red one.
** From ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'', the Main Protagonist has a white one in concept art.
* Arawn gets a red scarf in the beginning of ''TearsToTiara''. The scarf is something like a crown to the Gael tribe he leads.
* [[GunstarHeroes Gunstar Green]] wears a blue one at the start of the Seven Force battle.
* Doing a hardcore ascension as a Sauceror in ''KingdomOfLoathing'' gets you a scarf. Made of ''stainless steel '', meaning that whoever wears it is either a total badass or stupid. Or both.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'' has two. Technically they're a turban, but the majority of the fabric is around his neck and they come off his shoulders, and they flow awesomely while he does all the parkour and stylized duels, so they count.
* Racer Bomber from ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} Land 2'' wears a pretty badass yellow scarf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLOQH744LI8&feature=related
* Adol Christin seems to have picked one up in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}: The Oath in Felghana'', and continues on to wear it in the seventh game of the series. It makes you wonder why it took so long for the developers to give it to him.
* VideoGame/{{Maximo}} wears a scarf and kicks the undead's ass. What more can you say?
* Yun of ''ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'' has a sash variant tied around his waist.
* Jin Saotome of ''VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}}'' and it [[DramaticWind defies gravity]]
* The hero in {{Nitrome}}'s ''VideoGame/SkySerpents''.
* Jude in ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki 2'' abuses this with flair in his battle animation, and his victory pose.
* Garen in ''LeagueOfLegends'' has one. Possibly other characters as well.
* [[InazumaEleven Fubuki Shirou]], [[AnIcePerson the icy ace striker]] of Hakuren, wears one. Also a TragicKeepsake.
* Prince Alexander in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'' wears two scarves, (orange and purple) as a ShoutOut to ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''.
* The standard ''VideoGame/StarFox'' flight suit since ''VideoGame/StarFox1'' has distinctive colored scarves to augment already {{Badass}} character designs. They appear on at least some main characters in every game except ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault''.
* Every character in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' can wear a [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Merc%27s_Pride_Scarf scarf]].
* Luste Teuber of ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' acquires her own scarf in the sequel, ''Freudenstachel''. She had a longer one in the April Fool's screenshots.
* Some of the equippable capes and back items in ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' are scarves, especially with some being color customizable.
* The main character of VideoGame/{{Intrusion 2}} has a flowing red scarf, and since he shoots laser guns at flying octopus robots while riding a giant wolf his status as an asskicker is pretty obvious.
* Baek from the ''Videogame/{{Tekken}}'' series sports both the Scarf and FedoraofAsskicking.
* [[spoiler:Carla Radames]] from Resident Evil 6 rocks a red scarf and kicks some ass, though she [[spoiler:mindfucks Chris more than she she does the former]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Malicious}}'', the protagonist wears a scarf/cloak called the Mantle of Cinders that takes the appearance and function of aquired weapons/tools.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Kid]], the SilentProtagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', winds up as something of a OneManArmy and is never seen without his scarf.
* One of the types of customization option available in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' is the ''syandana''. They have varying styles and intents, from the large and ornate ceremonial ''Uru'' to the more practical twin-tail ''Yomo'' fashionable with the elite. All of them tend to flap all over the place and flow about when moving and in battle, or [[GoodBadBug flail and twitch around violently]], apparently trying to [[http://yuikami-da.deviantart.com/art/122-404101946 strangle the user]].
* Link from the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series sports a nice blue one in the hack-n-slash spin-off ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''. It's become something of a meme among fans, of which Nintendo is fully aware of, as the most expensive version of the game in Japan includes a Real Life version.
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* The G3 {{Mooks}} in ''SymBionicTitan'' have scarves, to go along with the rest of their appearance, which is a homage to Franchise/KamenRider and other late-70s {{Toku}}.
* Mako from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has a long red scarf that doubles as a TragicKeepsake from his father and is pretty solidly badass; how he keeps it from [[PlayingWithFire catching fire]] is unknown, but it's probably just [[MST3KMantra one of those things you don't question]].
** Korra actually uses Mako's scarf in one episode to ''[[ImprovisedWeapon beat up an Equalist thug]] and throw him into a steam vent''.
* Mister Twister in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' becomes an AdaptationalBadass while sporting one of these in the third episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'': Randy also his Ninja Scarf as a pretty handy ninja tool.
* Wilhelm, the blonde swordsman in ''WesternAnimation/TheReward'', sports a scarf from the time he's a young loser to the time he's [[TookALevelInBadass a grizzled old fighter]].
* Sonic busts one out in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom''.
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* Probably the TropeMaker--a likely source is the romantic image of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI [[AcePilot fighter pilots]], and later [[BadassBiker motorcyclists]], who needed the scarf partly against the wind, but mostly to keep their neck from chaffing against the collars of their leather jackets when they turned their heads.
** Silk scarves also served a practical purpose, especially for wartime pilots: they could be printed with maps that wouldn't be ruined if they got wet. Useful in case of a crash.
** They also worked well to clean those aviators goggles in a hurry. Front-mounted, exposed (for air-cooling) engines that frequently leaked oil, combined with open cockpits, made for very messy flights with early planes of the era.
** Contrary to the popular image, the scarf of an airman, motorcyclist or racing driver was '''always''' tightly wrapped and knotted around the neck. A flowing scarf was a lethal danger: it could quickly be caught by the spinning propeller and [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs strangle the hapless guy to death before he would even know it]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isadora_Duncan Isadora Duncan's]] death ''strangled by a silk scarf caught by a sportscar's open wheel'' became renowned, yet most people overlook the grisly details: she was not only strangled, but nearly decapitated (silk is almost as tough as a steel wire garrotte) and [[NightmareFuel pulled out of the car and smashed in the pavement]].
* In April 2010, [[JAMProject Mizuki Ichiro]] appeared on a certain show [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfPabkojSfw&feature=related sporting an absolutely ''magnificent'' Real Life example of this trope.]] The song's pretty damn funny, too.
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