Any part of an outfit that floats independently from the rest of the clothing. Done almost entirely for Rule of Cool
, as there is little practical purpose for this.
Sometimes this is justified by magic or Applied Phlebotinum
, but even when it's not, this trope usually appears in fantastic or futuristic settings.
In Far East Asian mythology (China, Japan, Korea) one trait the gods have, which is mostly associated with female gods, is the ability to defy gravity. This is reflected in art, where you'll see the gods have flowing hair and stoles that float in the air.
A Holy Halo
counts as this, when depicted as a floating circlet.
Compare Impossibly Cool Clothes
, Detached Sleeves
(which can even overlap with this).
Not to be confused with clothing that gives the wearer anti-gravity abilities.
Anime and Manga
- The goddess in Saint Beast: Seijuu Kourin Hen has a gravity defying cloak. (Actually, pretty much a different coloured version of the page pic, random floating balls and everything.)
- Quite a few costumes in .hack.
- Sugino has a floaty stole in Tactics.
- When Rachel first shows her face in public in Glass Fleet, she wears a thick fur wrap that hovers over her shoulders.
- Yugi of Tenchi in Tokyo wears a cape of sorts that hovers around her.
- In Trinity Blood, Seth's metal...circle thing floats around her shoulders.
- The Imperial Orb, a powerful magical artifact and the Requisite Royal Regalia of the Dragaeran Empire, orbits the head of the Emperor or Empress.
- As Stan Lee and John Buscema point out in the classic How To Draw Comics the Marvel Way, if a character has a cape, it should always be drawn billowing dramatically behind him, even if he's standing in an enclosed room with no wind. To heck with gravity.