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

->''"Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine."''
-->-- '''Creator/CharlesDickens'''

%%Quote changed per thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1327331003042025100&page=183

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 (in UK English, a vest is the equivalent of the American tanktop). A waistcoat provides extra warmth, an extra layer and extra pockets (for that most important of gentlemanly accessories, the gold pocketwatch).

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.

A relative of BadassLongcoat and BadassInANiceSuit. If it also protects you from gunfire, it is a BulletproofVest, and the two tropes may overlap.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* [[BattleButler Walter C. Dornez]] from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''.
* In ''{{LightNovel/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 ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', being a Film/JamesBond expy.
* By the final arc of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', Thomas has taken to wearing a loose, unbuttoned waistcoat.
* Kotetsu of ''Anime/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 ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' Triela teams one with a ConspicuousTrenchcoat.
* Hatori of ''Manga/FruitsBasket.''
* Meliodas of ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'' wears a black waistcoat.
* Nagisa from ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' wears a blue waistcoat with his school uniform. Notable for being the only student in class who wears a waistcoat without the blazer (the others wear the waistcoat with the blazer, just the blazer, or neither).
* This is a standard part of almost every male's clothing in ''Manga/BlackButler'', considering it's set in Victorian England. Sebastian combines this with a form of BulletProofFashionPlate, as he's almost never seen without it unless things are ''really'' dire.
* The spies in JokerGame often wear these under their suits. The most prominent example is Miyoshi.
* Brown waistcoats over white shirts and burgundy neckties appear to be part of the uniform of the British Library in ''Anime/ReadOrDie''. Notable wearers include [[StiffUpperLip Joker]], [[PaperMaster Yomiko]], and [[CuteClumsyGirl Wendy]].

* Tapper Smurf, the {{Oir|eland}}ish [[TheBartender bartender]] of ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', wears a two-toned green-striped waistcoat as part of his everyday dress along with his green bow-tie.
* Arata Miyazaki and Shigeru Kitagawa of ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'' both wear one of these.

* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** Captain Jack Sparrow.
** As well as Hector Barbossa and Will Turner.
** Part of the official attire for most of the East India Trading Company members.
* Worn again by Creator/JohnnyDepp in Creator/TimBurton's adaptation of ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.
* 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 Creator/GuyRitchie's ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'', 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 borrows one of these from his lover, Rufus Sixsmith, largely so he'll have something of his to keep him company when they're forced to separate. Tragically, dire financial straits and the threat of eviction/arrest drive him to sell it towards the end of the film.
* Frank's usual attire in ''Film/{{Byzantium}}''.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'': Professor X 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.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Xavier's waistcoats as a graduate student and as a newly minted professor of genetics are a touch less formal than in the original trilogy. This subtly conveys to viewers that Charles was more relaxed and carefree during his youth.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Creator/JamesMcAvoy's Professor X hasn't been seen in one since ''First Class'', and the vest he has near the end of film is more polished-looking than the tweed-preppy style of his Oxford days, which signifies that he's now embodying Creator/PatrickStewart's character.
* One of character actor Creator/TerryThomas' trademarks was wearing a waistcoat.
* In the ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'', Comicbook/LoisLane oftens wears stylish waistcoats are part of her work attire. Also, being a billionaire playboy, Bruce Wayne is often seen wearing a waistcoat with a [[BadassInANiceSuit nice suit]] - when he's not in his ''[[Comicbook/{{Batman}} other]]'' suit, of course.

* 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).
* Franchise/DocSavage wore a multi-pocket vest in many of his adventures that served as his UtilityBelt.
* [[IncrediblyLamePun Pop]] up in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' novels. The Duke, the Nawab, Rupert, and James acquired the habit through having been prefects at Eton and members of the Eton Society i.e., "Pop." They have retained the habit into adult life (and, annoyingly, yet fit into them). Speaking of habits, Canon Paddick has thus far evaded having to wear one, but the Bishop, Dean, and Archdeacon shall have had no choice on State occasions, as Court dress requires a specific kit for bishops, deans, and archdeacons, one including a stylish clerical waistcoat.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/OurMissBrooks'', Mr. Conklin's often seen wearing three piece suits (e.g. "Living Statues").
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Nash. And Pearl too, in later appearances.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Most incarnations of the Doctor wear a waistcoat as part of their regular costume at least sometimes, including the First, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, [[spoiler:War]], [[http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/isite-downloads/doctorwho/d11s03/wallpapers/080612_wallpaper_16x9.jpg Eleventh]] and Twelfth 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"]], and [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m85kph2KBq1qepzg9o1_500.png so does the Sixth Doctor]] when on holiday in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors "The Two Doctors"]].
** Creator/DerekJacobi as Professor Yana, [[Characters/DoctorWhoMasters 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 ''Series/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 ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' wears a waistcoat.
* Pretty much everyone in ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' as it ''is'' set in the [[TheRoaringTwenties '20s]]
* Many of the lawyers in the various ''Franchise/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.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** "The Outrageous Okona" from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** As of the mid-late seasons of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', when Starfleet switched from weird jumpsuits to the purple/grey-shouldered jackets, one uniform variant was the "captain's vest", as worn by Picard in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', and frequently worn by Sisko under his standard uniform jacket.
* 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. 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.
* 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 ''Series/MadMen''. 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.
* A wardrobe staple of Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) on ''{{Series/Gotham}}''; and also of [[BattleButler Alfred Pennyworth]].
* A staple of [[AffablyEvil Raymond "Red"]][[VillainProtagonist Reddington]] on ''Series/TheBlacklist.'' Combined with his [[NiceHat collection]] of [[FedoraOfAsskicking fedoras]], it makes Red into a SharpDressedMan.
* Cillian Murphy's character, Thomas Shelby, is rarely seen without one. Most of the cast of ''Series/PeakyBlinders'' wears one at some point.
* ''{{Series/Nash Bridges}}'' tends to wear very colourful or loudly-patterned ones, usually over a collarless shirt or a t-shirt, and he is considered a snappy dresser. His colleague, Inspector Harvey Leek, wears even more gaudy ones ''over his jacket'', which is used by a character in one episode as an example of the police unit's lack of professionalism.
* [[HelloAttorney ADA]] [[BadassInANiceSuit Rafael Barba]] of ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' wears these, with or without accompanying suit jacket -- he favors three-piece suits as a general rule and can often be seen shucking his jacket and rolling up his sleeves as he starts digging into a case.
* Discussed and subverted in ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. Timothy Dalton's character says "My mother always told me to play my cards close to the vest. And always a wear a jacket over the vest so you don't look like an idiot."
* Richard Hammond in the studio segments for ''Series/TheGrandTour'', giving him a more stylish appearance than his older and more eccentrically dressed co-presenters. He occasionally wore them on ''Series/TopGear'' as well, especially the latter series.
* In a rare female example, Dr. Elizabeth "Mac" Macmillan of ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' often wears a waistcoat with trousers.

* When not in his lab coat, Music/DoctorSteel wears a cool leather waistcoat that buckles in the front.
* Music/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 Music/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.

* ''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.

[[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 ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', 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 ''VideoGame/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. 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.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
** Akihiko Sanada from ''VideoGame/Persona3'' wears a bright red one with his school uniform.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Arsène, a GuardianEntity reflecting the protagonist's stylish GentlemanThief personality traits to the point it's an AnthropomorphicPersonification of Literature/ArseneLupin, wears a black waistcoat. Party member Makoto Niijima also wears a black waistcoat over her 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.
* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'': [[BigBad Big Smile Lee]] wears one, as do some of his henchmen.
* Sebastian Castellanos and Joseph Oda of ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'' both sport snazzy waistcoats, Sebastian's in an elegant pinstripe, while Joseph accessorizes his with badass black leather gloves.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' has EXALT. Every single EXALT operative wears one.

* Ibito and Hidaka from ''VisualNovel/TrianthologySanmenkyouNoKuniNoAlice'' wear them at school. In fact, [[ExaggeratedTrope all male students]] wear these. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], because it is part of their official school uniform and its purpose is to look neat for the female students.

[[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.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* WebVideo/ThatDudeInTheSuede has a very nice waistcoat as part of his post hiatus new look.
* WebVideo/StuffYouLike: Ursa frequently wears a classy waistcoat [[http://sursumursa.tumblr.com/post/94631488859/a-few-stills-from-stuff-you-like-episode-100 and even joked]] that it seemed to be a thing noting her coworkers WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall and WebVideo/CountJackula do the same.

* 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.

* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns sings a song about his vest [[{{Squick}} made from real gorilla chest]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* De rigueur 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!). Waistcoats are still required for white tie and morning dress (the dress equivalent to white tie for daytime wear).
** 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.
* Waistcoats are still part of the "mess dress" or most formal dress uniform for male officers in many countries' armed forces. Notable examples include the US, UK, other Commonwealth countries including Australia, Canada and New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden.
* Generally part of the uniform for waiters at upscale restaurants, boutiques, and attendants at museums. It as the benefit of a) making the waitstaff easily distinguishable from the patrons dressed in full evening-wear, b) by being intentionally less formally dressed, they avoid the possibility of causing a guest the embarrassment of being outdressed by the waitstaff.
* 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 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.
* Creator/MichaelEmerson
* Creator/MartinFreeman sports one on his Wiki/TVTropes page.
* Creator/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.
** {{Steampunk}} fashion too.
* In a similar vein, very common among Boystyle/Ouji fashion, the SpearCounterpart of ''UsefulNotes/LolitaFashion''
* Creator/TroyBaker has been known to wear them.