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[[caption-width-right:350:[-[[GossipEvolution True Fact]]: His regular wardrobe got him the part in ''Film/{{Inception}}''.-] ]]

->There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’ (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop [[DownTheRabbitHole down a large rabbit-hole]] under the hedge.
-->-- ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''

For when [[TheCoatsAreOff taking your coat off]] is too revealing and [[BadassLongcoat wearing a trenchcoat is just too much]].

The waistcoat is an article of clothing that has been around since the Restoration in England. In the United States it is called a vest. A waistcoat provides extra warmth, an extra layer and extra pockets.

Depending on the waistcoat, characters wearing them can seem especially stylish, pretentious or eccentric. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or all of the above]]. Wearing a waistcoat in more modern works can strike the perfect balance between being suave and kicking ass. It is often the sign of TallDarkAndSnarky.

Also known in Britain as a 'Nodad', as in "No, Dad, don't make me wear that!"

A relative of BadassLongcoat and BadassInANiceSuit. If it also protects you from gunfire, it is a BulletProofVest.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* [[BattleButler Walter C. Dornez]] from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''.
* In ''{{Durarara}}'', Shizuo Heiwajima is almost never seen without his bartender waistcoat, given to him by his younger brother. [[BerserkButton Ripping it is not advisable]].
* Sanji from ''Manga/OnePiece'' wears a waistcoat in the Water 7 arc.
** Luffy also wears one 24/7. [[spoiler:Until the TimeSkip anyway.]]
* Divine from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', when without his ConspicuousTrenchcoat.
* November 11 of ''DarkerThanBlack'', being a Film/JamesBond expy.
* By the final arc of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', Thomas has taken to wearing a loose, unbuttoned waistcoat.
* Kotetsu of ''TigerAndBunny'' more often than not wears a black and white waistcoat with his regular attire.
* In a rare female example, [[{{Ninja}} Kaede]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' wore one for the first TournamentArc.
* In ''GunslingerGirl'' Triela teams one with a ConspicuousTrenchcoat.
* Hatori of ''FruitsBasket.''
* Meliodas of ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' wears a black waistcoat.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Tapper Smurf, the [[{{Oireland}} Oirish]] [[TheBartender bartender]] of ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', wears a two-toned green-striped waistcoat as part of his everyday dress along with his [[BowtiesAreCool green bow-tie]].
* Arata Miyazaki and Shigeru Kitagawa of ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'' both wear one of these.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Captain Jack Sparrow in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** As well as Will Turner.
* Worn again by JohnnyDepp in Tim Burton's adaptation of SweeneyTodd.
* Several in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies:
** Gilderoy Lockhart in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''
** Sirius Black in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''
** Horace Slughorn in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''
** Harry and Ron at Bill and Fleur's wedding in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.
* Gareth in ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'' is always seen wearing a waistcoat (and never the same one either). At his funeral, his boyfriend suggests that "everyone picture him in [their] favourite waistcoat."
* All over the place in Guy Ritchie's Film/SherlockHolmes adaptation, which would have been accurate for the period.
* In ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'', Il Duce has a custom waistcoat that holds [[GunsAkimbo three pairs]] of ThrowAwayGuns.
* Part of Han Solo's classic outfit in ''Franchise/StarWars'', although his is far more utilitarian.
* Arthur in ''Film/{{Inception}}'' (pictured above) kicks ass and takes names in a ''very'' nice waistcoat. Note that Creator/JosephGordonLevitt wears this kind of outfit ''normally''!
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'': "As some of you have surely noticed, our friend and benefactor Mr. Cutting is tonight wearing a waistcoat of certain distinction."
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' wears a green waistcoat as part of his curious style. A cop makes note that all his clothes are custom-tailored, with no labels.
* Film/JamesBond, fairly frequently.
* Pick a [[TheWestern Western]]. Any Western. TruthInTelevision since trousers tight enough to ride comfortably in for any period of time will also be so tight you can't fit ANYTHING into a trouser pocket.
* In ''Film/{{Superbad}}'', Fogell wears a vest in anticipation of buying alcohol with his fake ID, insisting it makes him look older (he's seventeen and the ID claims he's twenty-five). Evan tells him to take it off because he just looks "like Disney/{{Aladdin}}."
* Morpheus, the Twins and the Architect in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''.
* Howard Stark in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. He's alarmingly well-dressed for a benevolent, globe-trotting MadScientist.
* Devon Bostick in ''Sacrifice''.
* ''Film/{{Predators}}'': Hanzo, the impeccably dressed {{Yakuza}} enforcer, wears a waistcoat to complete his powder-blue three piece suit.
* In ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'', the Devil sports one as part of his LimitedWardrobe.
* ''Film/OceansEleven'': Terry Benedict's are made of antique kimono[[note]] Actually the ''obi'' that goes around it[[/note]] fabric.
* Dr. Cocteau in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' wears what appears to be several layers of kimono fabric as a "vest".
* Seneca Crane is [[LimitedWardrobe never without his]] in the [[FilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of ''Film/TheHungerGames.''
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'': In both the movie and RealLife, Flight Director Gene Kranz' wife sews him a vest before each flight.
-->'''Jerry Bostick (FDO White):''' Mrs. Kranz has pulled out the old needle and thread again.
-->'''Technician:''' [[NoodleIncident Last one looked like he bought it off a gypsy.]]
-->'''Jerry:''' Well, you can't argue with tradition.
-->(''Later, after Gene finally puts it on, with applause from all the technicians'')
-->'''Technician:''' Hey, Gene, I guess we can go to the moon now!
** Fun fact: Apparently actor Ed Harris was extremely similar in appearance and build at the time of filming to the real Gene Kranz during the Apollo Program, to the point that the vest worn by Harris in the film is the ''actual vest'' Mrs. Kranz made for Gene back then, which the film crew were allowed to borrow.
* Sonny Corleone and Tom Hagen in ''Film/TheGodfather''.
* In ''Film/CloudAtlas'', Robert Frobisher has to give his (borrowed from Sixsmith) up when he is desperate and broke.
* Frank's usual attire in ''Film/{{Byzantium}}''.
* In the ''Film/XMen'' movies, Charles Xavier frequently wears a waistcoat with his elegant suits, and it adds a little extra flair to his aura of academic professionalism while also being an indicator of his upper-class status.
* One of character actor Creator/TerryThomas' trademarks was wearing a waistcoat.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The White Rabbit in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.
** Don't forget, ''the Jabberwock'' wears one, too! (only in the illustration, but still...)
* Creator/JRRTolkien's hobbits (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/TheHobbit'') have waistcoats as part of their regular male clothing.
** Although it's not ''stylish'', per se; just seen as something they ought to wear because it's proper. To quote the Gaffer when he [[spoiler: sees Sam in chainmail]]: "What's become of his weskit? I don't hold with wearing ironmongery, whether it wears well or no."
* Averted in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', where Marianne bemoans the fact that Colonel Brandon wears a ''flannel'' waistcoat for warmth. He's practically ''ancient!''
* Literature/{{Psmith}} always wears a waistcoat, and creasing it is just about the only thing that can get him upset.
* The younger vampires in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' are noted for their fancy waistcoats. Vlad's is embroidered with peacocks.
* De rigueur for Marathine noblemen in ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths''.
* The Verbisoids in the the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series have a notable predilection for gaily-coloured waistcoats (and striped socks).
* DocSavage wore a multi-pocket vest in many of his adventures that served as his UtilityBelt.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Nash. And Pearl too, in later appearances.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Several incarnations of the Doctor wear waistcoats, mainly the First, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, [[spoiler:War]] and [[http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/isite-downloads/doctorwho/d11s03/wallpapers/080612_wallpaper_16x9.jpg Eleventh]] Doctors. The Fifth Doctor [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_TcWHiqyb4Ag/TPyDf0rerhI/AAAAAAAAGXo/FJpG_0OALRI/s1600/Planet+Of+Fire+-+Pt1+443.jpg wears a rather natty tapestry waistcoat]] when on holiday in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire Planet of Fire]].
** Creator/DerekJacobi as Professor Yana, [[BigBad the Master]] in human form, was dressed [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything to evoke the First Doctor]], including waistcoat.
** Jenny ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar the katana-wielding Victorian lesbian crimefighter,]] [[NamesTheSame not]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter the Doctor's clonebaby]]) wears a very nifty waistcoat when she's headed into battle.
** As does [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship John Riddell]], the Doctor's big game hunter chum.
* Ianto Jones from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Jack Harkness wears his fair share as well.
* And ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' completes the ''Series/DoctorWho'' trifecta, as Sarah Jane herself is nearly always in a waistcoat.
* Patrick Jane in ''TheMentalist'' wears a three piece suit but often takes his jacket off to go around in his PowerVest.
* Archangel from ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''
* This pops up in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Simon in particular, as well as Patience's goon, Two-Fry.
* Alpha in the second season of ''{{Dollhouse}}'' wears a waistcoat.
* Pretty much everyone in "BoardwalkEmpire" as it ''is'' set in the [[TheRoaringTwenties '20s]]
* Many of the lawyers in the various ''LawAndOrder'' programs wear these as the third part of their three-piece suit.
* Colonel Montoya in ''Series/QueenOfSwords''.
* Neal Caffrey of ''Series/WhiteCollar'' favors vintage three-piece suits, and looks great in a vest and shirtsleeves.
* "The Outrageous Okona" from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Later adopted across the Federation (as of the mid-late seasons of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'') when Starfleet switched from weird jumpsuits to the purple-shouldered jackets with a waistcoat underneath.
* Will Schuster from ''Series/{{Glee}}''
** Also Kurt, although his are usually more [[TheFashionista stylish]] than Will's.
* Kevin Ryan in ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has a collection of waistcoats. [[FetishFuel Not that anyone is complaining.]]
* Colorful vests seem to be standard issue for Centauri males on ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* Harvey Specter in ''Series/{{Suits}}'', so much so that his protegé actually comments on it.
* Nathan Petrelli likes to wear waistcoats on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', and likes to take off his coat so he can show them off, too.
* Ted Mosby in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' occasionally wears one when he teaches his college architecture class.
* Freddie Lyon (played by the lovely Ben Whishaw) in ''Series/TheHour'' is frequently seen in a knitted waistcoat in season one. In Season Two, his wardrobe - and waistcoat - get a style upgrade.
** Most of the men wear them as part of their three-piece suits; Hector and Randall most frequently.
* [[BiggerBad Anson Fullerton]] loves to rock the waistcoat on ''Series/BurnNotice''. Some of the other characters even comment on it.
* Mycroft Holmes in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is rarely seen without one.
* Carly Shay in ''Series/ICarly'' wears vests in practically every episode.
* Ally Dawson in ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' also wears vests in practically every episode.
* James West and Artemus Gordon of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' sport these.
* Sherlock Holmes in ''{{Series/Elementary}}'' often wears a waistcoat over top of t-shirts.
* Roger Sterling and Lane Pryce of ''MadMan''. While waistcoats were out of fashion by the 60s, Roger wears one as an occasional alternative to his equally dated-yet-flashy double-breasted suit while Pryce wears one to distinguish him as a [[BritishStuffiness foreigner.]] In later seasons Peter starts wearing one as well.
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[[folder:Music]]
* When not in his lab coat, DoctorSteel wears a cool leather waistcoat that buckles in the front.
* DavidBowie's mid-1970s stage persona of The Thin White Duke wore a black one.
* Martin Short's character, Irving Cohen, sings a song called "Waistcoat Willie" in an SNL sketch.
* When the boys of OneDirection get fancied-up in coordinating but not necessarily matching suits, Liam Payne is often the one in a nice fitted waistcoat.
* David [=DeFeis=] of Virgin Steele used to sometimes wear waistcoats in odd colors and patterns (e.g. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pa-wM7uIxE leopard print]]) with ''[[SleevesAreForWimps no shirt]]''.
* Mumford & Sons, at least one of the lads is seen in a waistcoat no matter where they are, and they look incredible.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''AdventuresInOdyssey'': We are told that Eugene Meltsner wears vests. The AnimatedAdaptation and CD covers have shown his vests with varying degrees of "power", but he did mention that he wore a "dress vest" for his wedding.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', Balthier wears one, with corset elements. He is, of course, a man of considerable style and flair.
* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', Miles Edgeworth wears a different waistcoat depending on the time frame. Throughout most of the Phoenix arc, it has a simple black design, but it was a lot more ornate in his younger days (and can still be seen hanging with its accompanying jacket on his office wall in the present).
** Apollo Justice wears a bright red one.
** Ema Skye is a fan of waistcoats too; she wears a different one in each game she appears in.
** Godot has quite the snazzy waistcoat. [[spoiler:He also had one during his days as Diego Armando.]]
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', [[http://www.capcom.co.jp/gyakutensaiban/5/images/bg_naruhodou01.png Phoenix Wright himself gets one]].
** Simon Blackquill wears one as well
* In ''NoMoreHeroes2'', Henry trades his BadassLongcoat in the first game for one of these.
* Sanae Hanekoma in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' pulls off this look nicely.
* Cole Phelps of ''LANoire'' wears several in his outifts, notably the ever stylish Hawkshaw.
* Trilby from the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'' wears it prominently in ''Trilby's Notes'', and it can be unlocked as an alternate costume in ''Art of Theft''. If you the command prompt to make him examine himself in the former, he states that he would much rather wear his gray blazer, but the summer season is a bit too hot for that.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', the main character's employer, David Sarif, wears [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110204172545/deusex/en/images/thumb/1/10/DX3_david_Sarif_office.jpg/830px-DX3_david_Sarif_office.jpg this]] stylishly [[http://images.wikia.com/deusex/en/images/4/4c/DavidSarif.png polygonal]] number.
* The Medic in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' wears one underneath his BadassLabcoat, as seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36lSzUMBJnc his meet video]]. The Spy also wears one under his suit, but unless you download a fan-made mod he's never without his jacket. BiggerBad Zepheniah Nicodemus Mann wore one in the comics, during a flashback to the day his sons were born.
* The Striaton gym leaders have this in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', as they're waiters.
* George from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak'' wears one underneath his suit-jacket.
** Leon in ''Videogame/ResidentEvil6'' wears one of a different kind. Is it a bulletproof vest or a waistcoat ? [[http://www.biohazardfrance.net/NEWS_IMAGES/RE6/2012.08.02/Leon.jpg Nobody knows for sure]], but it looks awesome.
* Akihiko from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' wears a bright red one with his school uniform.
* Francis from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' wears a black leather vest that appears to be a repurposed biker jacket, which coordinates well with the extensive tattoo work on his arms. In his dialogue with other characters (in which he often expresses his hate of whatever they encounter) he proclaims vests as one of the things he explicitly doesn't hate.
* Volkanon and Vishnal of ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4'' both wear white waistcoats under their dark outer coats. Of course, as butlers, it's to be expected.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' both Franklin and Michael have the option of wearing them with their specific wardrobes. Franklin's the only one of the two who can wear them without wearing a jacket however.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Professor Ozpin dresses in an all-black suit, including waistcoat. It makes the green top he wears underneath the waistcoat stand out vividly... deliberately: his name was [[WordOfGod inspired]] by ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', and the green emphasis is a ShoutOut to the Emerald City.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ThatDudeInTheSuede has a very nice waistcoat as part of his post hiatus new look.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Gabriele in ''Webcomic/ThisIsTheWorstIdeaYouveEverHad''.
* Since this is part of the spies' [[LimitedWardrobe uniform]] in ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'', the protagonist [[spoiler:and an antagonist]] has been seen wearing this.
* As part of the vaguely steampunk-Victorian feel of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' and the CostumePorn that the authors like to indulge in, these are all over the place. Agatha is sometimes seen wearing a green one, though not in the current story arc.
* Most of the male cast in ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' wear these.
* In ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'', Natani's latest outfit (made by Kathrin with the remains of Natani's old robes and some spare fabric of Eric's) is a green waistcoat under a black cape/cloak.
* Andrew wears one in ''Webcomic/AutumnBay''
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns sings a song about his vest [[{{Squick}} made from real gorilla chest]].
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* De rigeur on any sort of formal-wear, court-wear, or suits for centuries until the early 20th century. Mostly out of style for suits and street clothes since the 1940s, they've seen small resurgences, in the 1970s and, to a small degree, today (do your part to ensure the waistcoat once more becomes timelessly fashionable!). They've stayed a part of formalwear for some time.
** The UK has seen a bit of a revival of the waistcoat in the last few years, entering into smart casual and even casual wear.
* Creator/JosephGordonLevitt, of course. He seems to wear one in every photo shoot. And looks amazing in them.
* Creator/ChristopherNolan is noted to be one of the few directors in Hollywood who wears them. It fits his persona.
* Creator/DavidTennant.
* Part of 18th Century European military uniform. These were long sleeved, made of wool, and tight fitting so they could be worn under the (woolen) coat. In many armies the color of the waistcoat was determined by which regiment you were in.
* Although the alternate trope names (Power Vest, Badass Waistcoat) are [[IncrediblyLamePun a better fit]], John Wesley Hardin. One of the few Old West gunmen who lived up to his reputation (and may well have exceeded it in terms of viciousness), Hardin's preferred mode of carry was two holsters which he had sewn into his vest.
** Matter of fact, Hardin's mode of carry, along with the type of guns he was carrying when he was shot (two double-action revolvers, one with white grips, one with black) made it into Swarthout's famous western novel, TheShootist. It didn't make it into the movie, though.
* Creator/MichaelEmerson
* MartinFreeman sports one on his TVTropes page.
* PennAndTeller, though this can be chalked up to pragmatism: More pockets = more places to hide/produce items for illusions.
* Creator/CrispinFreeman has apparently taken a liking to them.
* Creator/MishaCollins wears these [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lthfmpLVM61r55t0lo1_500.png sometimes.]]
* Creator/TomHiddleston has been known to wear them.
* Almost mandatory within males in the [[{{Goth}} Victorian Goth]] subculture.
* In a similar vein, very common among Boystyle/Ouji fashion, the SpearCounterpart of ''UsefulNotes/LolitaFashion''
* Creator/TroyBaker has been known to wear them.
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