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->''"When Wrestling/RicFlair whips his jacket off, [[LetsGetDangerous that's when shit gets real]]."''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]]'''

Everyone knows that [[BadassLongcoat wearing a longcoat]][[labelnote:*]]feel free to mentally substitute BadassCape in this description as needed[[/labelnote]] is one of the surest ways to show that you’re a badass, because nothing says “don’t fuck with me” more than having a long dark coat billowing out behind you as you walk. So how does one ratchet up the stakes when such a character is ''really'' [[TheGlovesComeOff serious about delivering a beatdown]]? They take that coat ''off''.

Basically, when someone loses his coat, his badass level increases drastically. He can still be defeated, but he will look good while doing it and be very hard to put down. It could be argued that this effect is why Badass Longcoats exist in the first place.

In an actual combat situation, this does make sense. Coats and cloaks look great but are also bulky and tend to move about on their own quite a bit. This restricts the wearer's movements and limits their effectiveness in battle. Shedding the coat will not only make movement easier but also deny the enemy a potential grappling point. This also has the added advantage of getting the garment out of the combat zone. After all, who wants to get blood on their badass coat? Another possible use for a cloak in a melee combat is to wrap it around the off hand to use it as a shield. The cloak would of course be ruined, but better damage the cloak rather than arms or body.

Bonus badass points if you are {{shirtless|Scene}} beneath the coat, or if you're wearing pants with suspenders. Badassness levels will also increase exponentially if you're wearing [[BadassInANiceSuit business-like attire]] underneath -- the nicer, neater, and more expensive the better. Heck, the badass level increases even if you're wearing [[SleevesAreForWimps a sleeveless shirt]]. [[SerialEscalation EXTRA]] [[RunningGag bonus points]] if the coat is revealed to be [[IAmNotLeftHanded weighted clothing]].



[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AngelicLayer'', Sai's angel Shirahime sheds her coat during a key battle.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** When [[BadassGrandpa Captain-Commander Yamamoto]] fights he loses his haori to reveal his incredibly muscled chest and arms.
** Against Yoruichi, Soifon sheds her captain's haori to reveal a skimpy uniform that's designed to expose the parts of the body that [[SuperMode Shunkou]] reinforces to prevent destruction upon activation. Yoruichi reveals she can do it, too and her coat is blasted off her body under the force of her activation.
** [[BrilliantButLazy Kyouraku]] wears a woman's kimono over his captain's haori. He never takes them off until he fights [[EvilCounterpart Starrk]]. When the fight finally gets serious, Kyouraku sheds the woman's kimono. When the fight gets even more serious, he sheds his haori as well. Yes, his fight was so serious, the coats came off ''twice''.
* Both Piccolos in ''Manga/DragonBall''. In the younger one's case, it makes even more sense as his cloak is weighed for training purposes.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'''s Edward Elric (pictured above) takes off his coat when getting into serious battles, but he also inverted this at one point. After some downtime while hiding from the enemy, he made himself a new coat, even though it would allow him to be identified easily. Putting the coat on was his way of saying he was done running.
* Similar to ([[OlderThanTheyThink and perhaps the inspiration for]]) the ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' example below is one from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. [[spoiler: After Domon tells her that he loves her, Rain breaks free from the Devil Gundam. As she's naked, Domon swiftly covers her with his cloak. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome They then destroy the Devil Gundam once and for all in a Crazy Awesome manner.]]]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** Alucard gets stronger as he loses his coat; as the various pieces of clothing he wears act as a means to restrict his vast and considerable power, it's a JustifiedTrope.
** Integra dramatically rips hers off in response to the Major's "Come, let us make war!"
** The Captain in his fight against Seras. It's the first time we get to see his power as a werewolf. It's also the first time we find out that he wears no shirt under his jacket.
* In ''Manga/MaidenRose'', Klaus throws off his coat when he challenges Taki to fencing in front of the troops. Bonus points for the ShirtlessScene, {{sarashi}}-like bandages, and being blasé about the fact he still was recovering from very serious injuries.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'''s Fate Testarossa does this with her [[FragileSpeedster Sonic Form]], and later Sonic Drive.
* There's a running joke among the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fandom that any Akatsuki member who takes off or loses their cloak in a fight will be dead by the end of that battle.[[note]]So far, this has been the case every single time.[[/note]] However, that also means that whoever they're fighting is tough enough for them to play for keeps.
** It should be noted that only three of them ([[spoiler:Sasori, Kisame, and Kakuzu]][[note]]Four if you count Asura Pain.[[/note]]) took off their cloaks intentionally. The rest lost theirs as a result of ClothingDamage, except for [[spoiler:Hidan and Deva Pain]] who just had theirs ripped open. However, when Konan fights [[spoiler:Tobi]], [[spoiler:Konan dies with her cloak still on (although it opens a little after she dies)]], while [[spoiler:Tobi survives despite losing his cloak]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Weirdly zig-zagged with Luffy; he takes off his iconic hat when things look rough... then puts it ''back on'' when things get serious.
** The Strawhat crew tends to wear environment-specific clothing over their normal getups, perhaps specifically so they can invoke this trope and take them off (as in the final set of fights in the Alabasta arc).
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]: Roronoa Zoro wears a bandanna tied around his left arm which he specifically puts '''''on''''' his head whenever he gets serious enough to use all three swords at once, and then takes it off to signify the fight is over.
** In the movie tie-in Chapter 0, [[BadassGrandpa Garp]] and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Sengoku]] use the [[BadassInANiceSuit nice suit variant]], flinging off their coats before fighting [[PowerFloats Shiki]]. Garp also has the habit of flinging away his coat ''and'' his suit jacket whenever he prepares to toss ''one thousand cannonballs'' in a row barehanded, complete with [[LetsGetDangerous cracking his knuckles]].
* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'':
** At one point, Crystal takes off her coat that she always wears while going off to save a boat belonging to Bill the Pokemaniac by capturing a Flaafy and a Dunsparce that were attacking the boat. She leaves the coat off until she goes to rescue him from a cluster of Staryu at an amusement park. At that point, it is revealed that the shirt she wears underneath her coat is sleeveless and that she wears wristbands underneath its sleeves.
** And in a more traditional example, Giovanni and Red both do this before the climactic battle in the FRLG arc.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** After arriving [[BigDamnHeroes in the nick of time]] to help out with Akane's match against the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Dojo Destroyer]], Ranma-chan smiles smugly and takes off her Chinese jacket, then pulverizes the foe in a single panel. One wonders why she even bothered taking it off.
** A more reasonable occurrence during the first duel with Mousse. After having his [[HyperspaceArsenal Hidden Weapons]] style mocked mercilessly, [[ShirtlessScene he sheds his long robes]] (where most of his weapons were hidden), assumes a firm combat stance, and [[LetsGetDangerous declares that he will fight Ranma]] [[BlatantLies hand-to-hand]].
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Seijuro Hiko is Kenshin's master. He's the thirteenth Seijuro Hiko: every master of Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu has to [[KlingonPromotion ''slay'' his predecessor to achieve the full mastery of the style]] and inherit their supreme techniques, [[LegacyCharacter the name]] and the BadassLongcoat, a loaded one that compresses his back, chest and upper arms muscles, developing them but also acting as a power limiter. It's also hinted that, [[JustifiedTrope without it, you wouldn't be able to use the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu for too long, as it hurts the body due to the extreme effort that is needed to use it]]. So, for the final test, Hiko throws his coat... and shows his terrific muscles, while Kenshin's face claim "OhCrap".
* Whenever a character in Manga/{{Saint Seiya}} removes their {{Badass Cape}} it is a sign that the conversation is over and the real action is about to begin.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', Yukimura dons a cloak bearing the Takeda emblem for most of the second season. However, faced with a humongous mechanical fortress, he throws it away to reveal the emblem of the Sanada on his back, signifying how he has finally become his own man. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He then proceeds to stop the fortress' advance single-handed, with a pair of spears]].
** Similarly, in the movie he rips off his BadassLongcoat [[spoiler:that represents his status as the commander of the Takeda army]] before he and Masamune go at each other, signaling that his desire to fight Masamune is personal and unrelated to the Takeda and the Date being enemies.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Simon takes off his coat to cover the naked Nia, freed from the Anti-Spiral. Keep in mind here that [[{{Fanservice}} without his coat, Simon is shirtless save for a man-corset.]]
** ''[[TheMovie Lagann-hen]]'' has Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann take off his [[RuleOfCool cape made out of red Spiral flames]] to unleash its [[FinishingMove Giga Drill Break]].
* Thorkell literally tears his coat off when fighting Thorfinn for the last time in ''Manga/VinlandSaga''.
* Yami Yugi of ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' fame throws off or switches his jacket to "cape-style" when he's ready to get serious in a duel.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', Alexander tosses off his longcoat just before the final battle.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': If the character is male and wearing a coat, vest or other article of clothing on his torso, it will be discarded as soon as things get serious. Especially if that character is [[WalkingShirtlessScene Gray]].
* Fujiko's introduction in ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'' comes from a mix of tropes. She enters a gladiatorial area in a cloak covering her entire body, hiding her face as well. [[KnifeNut General Headhunter]] removes it for her by throwing boomerang-knives that circle her and [[ClothingDamage destroy her cloak]], which is taken as a signal to begin combat.
* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', Nagisa and [[spoiler: Takaoka]] throw their jackets off before their final fight.
* Inverted in ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. Whenever Spike puts his trench coat on, you know shit is about to get real.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' ''Re'', Arima throws off his iconic coat [[spoiler:before engaging in his final battle with Kaneki.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A particularly impressive version of this is pulled off by Shadow the Hedgehog in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. In an alternate future where Shadow is king, an aged Sonic attacks him. Unfortunately for him, Shadow is still in his prime because he was created to never age. To illustrate this, Shadow throws off his royal cloak, and beats Sonic into the ground before it hits the floor.
* Once ThePunisher is ready to get messy he tends to remove his coat, revealing the black, skull-adorned T-shirt underneath.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'':
** Marv is very fond of his long coats, but in “A Hard Goodbye” he removes it at several points. Though removed for unrelated reasons (providing warmth and coverage for a naked woman, using it as a decoy), he tends to kick the most ass without it. Then again, considering just how many of the murders he commits and the beatings he gives are preceded by the words "That's a nice coat you've got there," maybe that’s not too surprising.
** Likewise, Wallace, the main character of ''Hell and Back'' has no coat for the later part of the story for stealth purposes, resulting in much asses being kicked.
* Mr. Pendulum in ''ComicBook/WormwoodGentlemanCorpse'' not only increases in asskicking, he also increases in ''[[TelescopingRobot size]]''.
* In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns,'' when Batman faces off against the Mutant Leader for the second time, he removes his cape. This is actually for a practical reason; Batman lured him to a giant knee deep mud pit, where a cape would have simply gotten in the way. It's also to represent the fact that Bruce realized that the only way he could win was if he fought smarter than the Mutant Leader, as opposed to the spectacular failure of brute force from their previous battle.
** A classic Batman story from the 70's has him remove the cape prior to a sword fight with Ra's al Ghul.
* Franchise/WonderWoman wore a black leather jacket during the J. Michael Straczynski run, which she takes off in one issue before she goes to battle, before she gets rid of it for good in later issues after it receives ClothingDamage. [[SleevesAreForWimps Bonus points for always going with her shoulders bare.]]
* In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries X-Wing: Blood and Honor]]'' Plourr is tasked with fighting someone and removes her coat to hand to one of her squadmates. Things go sour after she drops the goon, and she's not seen with it again.
* Necromancers in ComicBook/DeathVigil have this habit of taking their tops off when it's time to get serious, as the Sigils they use to summon {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are tattooed on them, and are only useable when they are visible.

* ''Film/{{Blade}}'' does this right before going sword-to-sword with Drake in the third film.
* Not a coat, but you can count on Creator/BruceLee to kick a lot more ass if his top is torn or removed.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Bullshot}}''. The ComedicHero is taking off his coat to engage in the manly art of fisticuffs, only to be [[GroinAttack kicked in the groin]] while his arms are immobilized.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Bane wears a prominent BadassLongcoat with shearling collar throughout his reign of Gotham, but shrugs it off in the melee between the police and his {{mooks}} when he sees Batman has returned and is coming towards him.
* ''Film/EasyStreet'': After a PunchPunchPunchUhOh moment, The Bully takes his coat off as he prepares to pummel The Tramp.
* ''Film/FightClub'': Tyler Durden's pre-narrator-annihilation disrobement.
* It happens a few minutes before the final confrontation, but in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', Clint Eastwood removes his longcoat to place it over a dying man, and instead dons the iconic poncho.
* In ''Jackie Chan's Who Am I?'' the final fight features Chan in a tag-team battle with two skilled martial artists. When Chan uses the first one's jacket and tie against him, the second one sensibly removes his before he jumps into the fight.
* Neo takes off his coat after the most iconic BulletTime sequence in ''Film/TheMatrix''. Morpheus also gets one of these moments in the second movie.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' has an excellent example: Gandalf sheds his grey cloak in Théoden's hall, revealing himself to be Gandalf the White, and all that goes with that name. He proceeds to be a badass wizard.
* In the ''Film/MortalKombat'' [[TheMovie movie]], [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] takes off his big longcoat just before facing off with Liu Kang.
* Exaggerated in ''Film/RobRoy'': Before the climactic duel, Roy removes his heavy jacket and Cunningham his opulent frock coat. Cunningham also removes his wig, which shows that he expects this duel to be far more even than the previous ones he fought and that he is willing to forego vanity to improve his odds.
* In ''Film/TheRussiansAreComingTheRussiansAreComing'', after the Chief has ''finally'' had enough of Fendall Hawkins undermining his authority and breaks his sword on his knee, the two men begin taking off their coats while everyone else tries to keep them from beating each other up.
* River Tam in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', just before [[BarBrawl clearing the bar]]. In epic slow motion and blue-filter lighting, [[MundaneMadeAwesome of course]].
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'', both [[TheWatson Dr Watson]] and [[GiantMook Dredger]] take their coats off before the fight in the laboratory.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Qui Gon and Obi Wan dramatically take off their [[BadassLongRobe outer robes]] before facing Darth Maul, who also sheds his [[BadassLongrobe cloak]].
** Obi-Wan and Vader also do this right before their duel in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. Probably the main reason this doesn't happen in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' is the fact that both Obi-Wan and Anakin already lost their outer robes before their fight with Dooku (and Dooku didn't take off his cape because it protects him with its magic).
** Obi-Wan also drops his robe before leaping down to face General Grievous and his Mooks. The man must have left robes all over the Galaxy. [[note]]''The Star Wars Visual Dictionary'' mentions that the robe he dropped before Grievous was ''his sixth one'' since the beginning of the Clone Wars.[[/note]] Presumably at least one aboard the ''Tantive'', explaining where the robe he dropped before his climactic duel with Anakin came from.
** Asajj Ventress in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', who is always shown wearing a long skirt when not fighting. Because the animators found it too difficult to animate her skirt during fight scenes, Ventress always removes her skirt before engaging in a lightsaber duel with the heroes (in fact, when she escapes after losing she will always leave her skirt behind). She stops doing this altogether from Season 3 onwards, however, as by then Ventress actually stopped wearing a skirt permanently.
* Neither [[CardCarryingVillain Raven]] nor [[BadassLongcoat Tom Cody]] wear their longcoat during the [[DropTheHammer sledge-hammer duel]] at the end of ''Film/StreetsOfFire''. Tom Cody even slips his suspenders off his shoulders before the fight.
* Doc Holliday shrugs off his coat as he raises his shotgun during the standoff at the OK Corral in ''Film/{{Tombstone}}''. Done rather quickly considering he was holding a double-barreled shotgun, but he had the duster draped over his shoulders instead of wearing it properly.
* In ''Film/{{Transporter 2}}'', Frank carefully takes off his jacket, folds it and puts it on the hood of his car (declaring that he'd just had it dry-cleaned), before proceeding to wipe the floor with the teenagers that [[MuggingTheMonster tried to steal his car]].
* A variation in ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'': Negasonic Teenage Warhead wears a BadassLongcoat and a turtleneck over her X-Men uniform on the way to the final battle. However both are incinerated the instant she ignites her powers to fight Angel Dust.
* In ''Film/SpidersIIBreedingGround'' before Alexandra sets off to save Jason she takes off her black shirt.
* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': Within the movie, the first time the Wonder Woman costume is seen in full is when Diana sheds the cloak she had been wearing for most of the film in order to leave the trenches and storm across No Mans Land [[OneWomanArmy by herself]].
* ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'': Any time the Machine Gun Woman removes her [[PrettyInMink fur jacket]], it means that many people are about to die bloodily.

* Near the end of the second book of the ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand has his first real duel against Turak, an invading Seanchan lord. Throughout the novel, Turak is certainly ruthless, if rather effeminate and dainty. His servants retrieve everything for him, his fingernails are long and painted, he wears long, flowing robes, and he speaks in a light, almost sing-song voice. When Rand and company try to steal the [[MacGuffin Horn of Valere]] back from him, it turns out to be a trap to allow Turak to engage the heroes himself. He removes his robe, revealing a chiseled, muscular body, and ''then'' whips out a heron-mark blade, revealing him as the first true [[MasterSwordsman Blademaster]] Rand has to face in the series.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the "UsefulNotes/AlCapone [[TheMafia gang]] vs. Jesse James gang" simulation of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', Al Capone sheds his longcoat in preparation for the [[FisticuffsBoss fight]] with Jesse James. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, Capone loses the fight when one of James' men [[BoomHeadshot shoots him]] through some jail bars.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' season 9 finale "Salvation", Clark Kent disposes of his coat before proceeding to [[spoiler: kick Zod's ass.]] [[BattleInTheRain In the rain.]]
* The Fourth Doctor took off his coat at the end of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Meglos''. He did it to turn the title character's scheme of masquerading as the Doctor back on him to infiltrate his base...and booby trap his superweapon to destroy the planet.
* Played for laughs in an episode of ''Series/{{Alf}}''. Lynn notes that an angry visitor has taken off his jacket, apparently in preparation for a fight. Alf quips that someone should stop him before he wipes his shoes.
* Done countless times in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series''. It helps that the longcoat is practically [[{{Hammerspace}} mandatory]] for a Highlander immortal.
** Subverted in "Comes a Horseman" where it marks the end of an epic confrontation. After Mac confronts Methos in front of the GMC Jimmy, both guys throw their coats into their cars and drive away.
* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': Lucien does this in "An Invincible Summer'' when he confronts a local thug who has pushed Mattie down and slapped Jean. He strips of his suit coat and proceeds to pound the crap out of the thug with GoodOldFisticuffs.
* ''Series/SherlockHolmes'': In "The Solitary Cyclist", Woodley slaps Holmes across the face. Holmes proceeds to calmly remove his hat and coat, hang then up and then lay a serious beatdown on Woodley.
* In the "pool hustler" episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Uncle Phil takes off his jacket before proceeding to beat the pool hustlers that swindled Will at their own game in what is easily one of his most awesome moments.
* In the television series of ''Series/TheTransporter'': Season 1, Frank generally removes his suit coat before a fight, frequently passing it to the DamselInDistress .

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* There is an entire category of dress that serves this purpose known as "entrance attire". It has its roots in warmup gear. Before competition, athletes would be expected to perform cardio drills and stretches to "limber up" and then wear fairly heavy clothing to keep their muscles from "cooling down" while they rested. This was to reduce the risk of injury, but over time warmups gear became increasingly thematic as wrestlers sought to look distinct among their peers and increase their marketability, to the point of robes that cannot even be manually removed in a timely manner (Dalton Castle), headgear that couldn't possibly serve towards staying limber (Wrestling/StanHansen), and potential weaponry that really shouldn't have been allowed at ringside (Wrestling/LegionOfDoom).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Martial Arts supplement included an optional rule intended to simulate this very trope called "Bulletproof Nudity". This rule gave characters combat bonuses if they were wearing less clothing. The key was that you couldn't just walk around in a thong, you had to normally wear appropriate clothing and ''take it off'' or have it [[ClothingDamage shredded]] during the fight.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', just before the battle with Omen Deng, he dramatically sheds his BadassCape.
* In Squaresoft's ''VideoGame/TheBouncer'', the BigBad, Dauragon C. Mikado, wears a BadassLongcoat for most of the game, including when you first get to fight him. In the Final BossFight, he starts out wearing it, too, but after you knock enough health off of him, he tosses the coat and [[UpToEleven becomes a]] ''[[UpToEleven LOT]]'' [[UpToEleven stronger]]. In the True Final Boss Fight, he removes the suspenders, too, and fights you [[ShirtlessScene full-on shirtless]].
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' Adam Jensen wears a BadassLongcoat in his everyday life, but when going to serious assignments he leaves it home, wearing only a bulletproof vest and his cybernetic implants above the waist.
* Averted by both Nero and Dante in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', and then completely inverted by Dante in ''Devil May Cry 3'', where he has a badass putting-the-coat-on moment and proceeds to kill a small army of demons.
* The moment you enter combat time in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', the Deathclaw NPC Goris drops his monk-like robe to rip the enemy a new one, then puts it back on to hide his features from friendly commoners.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Sephiroth walks around most the time in a BadassLongcoat, and most of the time he's still able to kick ass without breaking a sweat. In his final fight, he wears no coat, which gives him only a pair of pants and boots. [[SubvertedTrope The joke is]], that fight is impossible to lose.
** Auron of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has his own [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6ZjHmNiAEw iconic variation of this]]. In addition to the FMV at Luca, this is his standard fight-begin animation.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'':
** Mickey Mouse, of all people, does this with his Badass Longcoat after a pivotal scene.
** There's also a scene of Riku throwing off his own Badass Longcoat after he's restored to his true form and joins Sora in the final battle.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'':
** Rugal Bernstein in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 1994'' first fights in a full tux and without using any of his special moves, but ditches the jacket and shirt for round 2 when he [[DifficultySpike gets serious on your ass]] and shows you why he is the ''definitive'' SNKBoss. In his subsequent appearances, he has kept the green t-shirt he wore underneath.
** The ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 1999'' has this. [[SNKBoss Krizalid]] first appears with a coat in which the players could [[AnticlimaxBoss beat him with relative ease]]. After winning the round, he then [[IncendiaryExponent burns his]] [[PowerLimiter coat]] [[RuleOfCool off]] and starts [[DifficultySpike showing off]] [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard his true power]]. He also does this in ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match]]'' as a special intro to certain characters.
** [[{{Bifauxnen}} King]] tosses away her dinner jacket and hat in some of her intros.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Ghirahim actually teleports his robe away before fighting Link. [[spoiler:He later powers up and removes everything else as well, including his ''skin'', revealing his true ChromeChampion form underneath]].
* In ''VideoGame/OnePiecePirateWarriors'', Garp's taunt action is to have him take off his marine coat with the kanji for "Justice" on the back, which he normally drapes over his shoulders like a cape.
* In ''VideoGame/MadWorld'', removal of a coat changes [[spoiler: The Black Baron (stop starin')]] from a walking joke to the final boss. His hat follows suit without mention later.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX1'' and its remake ''VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX'' [[BigBad Sigma]] tosses away his coat and spiked shoulder pads holding it before fighting X. Then he pulls out a GODDAMN LIGHTSABER. He does it again in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5''.
* Zero briefly wears a BadassCape at the beginning of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2'', and pulls it off, ready to kick ass when the Neo Arcadian military spot him.
* Nearly every single coat worn in the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' series. It is especially prevalent in the fourth game, as four characters (Old Snake, Raiden, Vamp and Liquid Ocelot) lose their coats to become even more badass. Raiden in particular becomes twice as badass ''putting the coat back on'' during his 'I Am Lightning' moment. [[note]]It must be explained that he did this after ''losing both of his arms''.[[/note]] Also happens to Volgin, the Boss and the Sorrow in ''Snake Eater'', Ocelot, Solidus Snake and Fortune in ''Sons of the Patriots'', and Liquid Snake in ''Metal Gear Solid''.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'':
** During the first half of the [[BossBattle climactic final battle]] of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', Albert Wesker is thrown out of a jet only to emerge a minute later minus his [[BadassLongcoat awesome coat]] and his [[ShirtlessScene shirt]].
** Justified by "Mr. X", a mass produced model of tyrant whose trenchcoat acted as a RestrainingBolt. Meaning it mutated from a large, mysterious looking man to something more reminiscent of the other tyrants...and a lot less friendly.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles'', Wesker removes his trenchcoat before storming Sergei's base.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'': When Galcian, the BigBad and Grand Admiral of TheEmpire goes off on top of a rail car to catch the two protagonists, he ditches his immense, requisite BadAssLongCoat, revealing intimidating armor and a {{BFS}}.
* Purge from ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Part 2'' loses his coat before challenging you to [[FinalBattle the Final]] [[ThePowerOfRock Dance-off]].
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', M. Bison does this with his cape before you fight him.
* Wild Dog does this in every ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' game.
* Throughout the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series, Meta Knight removes his cape before dueling Kirby.
* [[spoiler: Saya]]'s final part of her support attack in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' has her tossing her coat revealing quite [[{{Fanservice}} the eye-candy]] before catching her two swords in the air and slashing them to her enemy.
** Some of [[VideoGame/SakuraWars Erica's]] attacks have her tossing off her nun outfit, revealing a cute cat suit beneath.
* In the ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'' series, most of the major boss fights are precluded by the characters throwing off their shirt in a single swoop so that they can show off their [[TattooedCrook Irezumi]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the Heaven's Feel Route of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', [[spoiler: Dark Sakura ''seems'' to kill Kotomine, leaving only his priest’s robes behind. But in the true ending, when Shirou goes to destroy Avenger, he finds Kotomine barring his path. This is the only scene in the entire game where Kotomine ''isn't'' wearing his coat, and it's also his most badass. He manages to give a really long speech ''and'' nearly beat Shirou to death, despite the fact that his heart completely ceased to function--a condition he survived for ''two days''.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'', Bo sheds his cape (and allows it to be shredded) to gain the upper hand when facing off against Kasumimaru.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot takes off the top of his martial arts uniform (which was over a [[SleevesAreForWimps sleeveless shirt]]) and ties the belt around his head during a lull in his battle with Nanase. While doing this he [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech gives a speech about not using his full power earlier]].
* In the final battle of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Lord English ditches his CAIRO OVERCOAT before taking on an entire army of ghosts by himself.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'', Luigi had worn his trenchcoat throughout the series. He took it off during the penultimate episosde, after [[spoiler: Red dies in an explosion. Luigi covered his body using his coat and walked off to start the final battle.]]
* In the trailer of ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'', Ruby's hood and cape either disappear or turn into a ScarfOfAsskicking before she starts kicking ass.
* Lampshaded and affectionately parodied in ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged'' when Hiei fights Seiryu. [[CombatCommentator Kuwabara asks Kurama]] if Hiei can win the fight, and the GenreSavvy Kurama replies that since Hiei has removed his shirt his powers will be dramatically increased as a result. Sure enough, Hiei wins the fight in a CurbStompBattle.
-->'''Kuwabara:''' Do you think the little guy can handle this?\\
'''Kurama:''' Seiryu doesn't even stand a chance.\\
'''Yusuke:''' What do you mean? \\
'''Kurama:''' Don't you see? Hiei's taken off his shirt. It's anime law. Once a male [[ShonenDemographic shonen hero]] removes his shirt, his attributes all increase exponentially. [BattleAura starts glowing around Hiei] Seiryu is doomed.
* In WebVideo/VideoGameChampionshipWrestling, [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Kanji Tatsumi]] wears his school uniform jacket for his entrance but removes it for his matches. This is probably to avoid drawing attention to the game's character creator making it impossible to replicate Kanji's famous CoatCape.
* WebVideo/{{Lindybeige}} makes a point to generally do this in combat situations, since cloaks tend to wave around wildly while in high motion combat, and generally get in the way. Lloyd recounts one time while [[{{LARP}} LARPing]], someone slipped and fell when Lloyd started running in a direction while his comrade was standing on his cloak. Otherwise, he feels that a thick, woolen cloak is incredibly useful for keeping warm and dry while on long marches through cold or rainy climes.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Before the final showdown in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' not only does [[strike: Firelord]] Phoenix King Ozai take off his robe, he ''burns it to ash.'' ([[FashionVictimVillain Thankfully.]])
** Before that, his son Zuko tries it [[PlayedForLaughs before a volleyball game]], to the delight of fangirls both onscreen and off.
** Before ''that'', King Bumi sheds his robes to reveal that [[ObfuscatingStupidity he is surprisingly ripped for a 100+ year old man.]]
* Used as a form of non-verbal DuckSeasonRabbitSeason in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/BigHouseBunny": Bugs Bunny finds himself in prison locking horns with guard Yosemite Sam (here called [[MeaningfulName Sam Schultz]]). Bugs bets that Sam wouldn't be so tough without his uniform and dares him to take it off and fight. Sam takes off his guard uniform while Bugs takes off his prisoner garb. Bugs then "decides" that Sam is tough enough and puts on ''Sam's'' uniform, while Sam puts on Bugs' uniform. Bugs then blows the whistle and the other guards beat up Sam and take him to a cell.
* When [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars General]] [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Grievous]] takes off his heroic awesome cape when he fights Jedi and other random villains.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' tears off part or all of his kimono at least every other episode. Usually loses the top knot, too.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', Sunset Shimmer deliberately casts aside her leather jacket after picking up the mic to join in the final showdown. Bonus points for her [[SleevesAreForWimps shoulder-baring halter top]].[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This happens incidentally in outdoor contact sports, like rugby or American football when the weather gets cold.When a player is on the bench, they'll often put on a coat (or drape it over themselves in football, the coat won't fit properly over the chest and shoulder pads). When it comes time for them to sub in and do violence, they shrug off the coat and run onto the field.
* Boxers usually wear robes prior to coming to the ring
* When their team is at bat, Major League Baseball pitchers will wear jackets in all but the hottest summer days in order to keep their arms loose.