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A Longcoat is the ideal action-hero garment, more practical than a cape but infinitely cooler than a sport coat or no coat. In addition, a Longcoat of any level of 'billowy-ness' makes an ideal cover for producing any number of weapons, tools, supplies and whatnot. Certain styles of Longcoat are deliberately designed to distort the wearer's frame, making their wearer's access to Hammerspace almost believable to mundane eyes. This distortion of the wearer's real shape also makes it genuinely harder to land an accurate attack on them.
Like capes, longcoats capitalize on the dramatic effect of having something that flutters behind you. A variant involves jackets and excessively long shirts, but having less material to billow in the gusts necessarily makes such people seem less badass. And of course, when the wearer of a Badass Longcoat takes the coat off, it's a sign that he's about to do some major damage - he just doesn't want to get your blood on his coat. Additionally, a longcoat in fiction is almost never worn closed, and many are cut in such a way that closing them is actually impossible, giving the illusion of a broader chest and more masculine figure.
The most common types of long coats are dusters◊ and trench coats◊. The principal differences between the two are that dusters are longer overall, usually reaching nearly to the ankles, and since they're designed for horseback riding, have a long slit up the back as far as the waist, and optional legstraps so they don't billow too much in the wind or while riding. Dusters are also generally cut along fairly boxy lines. A trench coat, on the other hand, is usually more shaped, reaches to the knees or slightly below and the back slit generally only reaches mid-thigh or hip-level. Trench coats also usually feature a belt and epaulets. It should be noted that one way to tell if a trench coat indicates a spy or private investigator or is a Badass Longcoat is by whether it's buttoned and belted or not. A Badass Trenchcoat is never closed (unless it's on Humphrey Bogart).
A third style is the great coat, a predecessor of the trench coat but usually much heavier, and with either a wider collar that can be turned up to protect against the wind or a short shoulder cape. Later great coats lost the cape, becoming a longer, heavier, double breasted overcoat, but retaining the name. Great coats were typically worn either buttoned, losing some of their badassitude, or simply draped over the shoulders without putting the arms into the sleeves, greatly increasing their badassitude. They're most often associated with 19th Century naval officers, Nazi German officers, and Russian soldiers. The Inverness cape◊ is a lighter garment with a very similar appearance to the caped greatcoat. The cape, however, is longer, reaching slightly past the wrist rather than only to the elbow, and an Inverness cape has no sleeves at all.
Moby-Dick features the "long-togged Scaramouche" (an evangelical preacher who has gained moral ascendancy over his crew mates) and Oliver Twist has The Artful Dodger, making this at least Older Than Radio.
Going back even further is a coat called a justaucorps◊ (essentially the long coats of the 17th and 18th centuries; think Pirates of the Caribbean) though it has to be worn a certain way to pull off the Badass look.
A less modern example would be the Badass Long Robe. Cool Shades are a nice accessory, as are tacking on a Nice Hat and mask to achieve the Coat, Hat, Mask Effect. If the mask in question is a gas mask, then it's Gas Mask, Longcoat. The Badass Longcoat is often combined with a pair of guns, either revolvers for a western or a pair of semiautomatic pistols or submachine guns in the modern day and beyond, for extra effect. Some characters will pack enough weapons in their longcoats to outfit a small army.
Longcoat-wearing heroes probably started with Westerns (for dusters) or Film Noir (for the classic trenchcoat), but became especially common in the public mind after The Matrix.
The Badass Longcoat is closely associated with The Stoic and the Trenchcoat Brigade. Compare Badass in a Nice Suit, and contrast Not-So-Badass Longcoat. Not related to Badass Longcat. Not to be confused with Conspicuous Trenchcoat, a specific type of coat that is also long, or Coat Cape, where a coat is worn over the shoulder like a cape for what is often a similar visual effect.
(Please note that this trope is about the coat, not the person. Please include information about the coat when adding examples, rather than simply listing a character. The coat is important.)
Romania also wears a rather nice one, though Himaruya can't seem to decide on which color is it.
Russia has a rather iconic one and his older sister Ukraine also wears one with her own military uniform in a sketch.
Tooya from Ayashi no Ceres wears a trench coat (with shades and stoicism, to boot) at the beginning of the series, while he's still working for the Mikages. Additionally, he wears a labcoat when he disguises himself as a doctor at Aya's school, pulling off a couple of wicked rescues while he's there.
Claire Stanfield from Baccano!, in the anime he wear it with button closed, in the Light Novels he wears it open.
Grelle Sutcliffe of Black Butler, after her first appearance, wears a long red greatcoat which billows very nicely and which she doesn't pull over her shoulders, making it look a little more drapey and almost shawl-like. Of course, it belonged to her partner-in-crime from her first appearance, and is a murder trophy. She presumably doesn't pull it up because she can't, as Madame Red had much narrower shoulders.Still badass, though.
Sven (while with the IBI), Train (while with Chronos) and Belze from Black Cat. Here, though, Train's long black coat isn't so much a symbol of his badassitude but of his place in Chronos as an assassin; during most of the series, he wears a cropped black jacket over a long shirt, even though he's still pretty badass. Significantly, he dons his old coat again for a major showdown.
Hotel Moscow mob boss Balalaika wears a heavy wool Soviet Army greatcoat (which was designed to be worn in the subzero Russian winter) draped open over her shoulders on top of a low-cut dress business suit... in tropical Thailand. It exemplifies the trope.
Rotton the Wizard isn't a badass, but his coat is. In a Badass series that lives by the Rule of Cool, Lotton is trying so damn hard to look cool and act cool, all the way down to his Cool Shades and black, flaring badass longcoat, he fails so badly that even though Revy shoots him mid-entrance, she doesn't remember who he is later. But give the guy credit for being Genre Savvy; the (bulletproof) coat's actually one reason he's still alive.
And then there's Mr. Chang, the Chow Yun-Fat character. The few times we see him in action, he's wearing a very nice black longcoat with a big white scarf that looks like it came right out of a John Woo movie. He's awesome enough to earn Revy's respect (it's natural respect: he taught her), such as in one scene during the arc where he's introduced, where he stops a grenade with his foot and then kicks it right back into the throng of terrorists who threw it.
Most versions of the eponymous character from Black★Rock Shooter, long black coat with a cracked white star emblazoned at the back.
Ichigo's robes transform into a long-sleeved, ankle-length black coat with red lining that is body-tight to his waist and then flares out dramatically for the rest of the length. It also acts as a Mana Meter. The more damaged it is, the less Life Energy he has remaining.
The shinigami captains wear haori, a type of long coat, that often billow dramatically when they're fighting. Kyouraku, unique among the captains, has two. His captain haori is covered by a woman's kimono that is worn over his shoulders and which also billows dramatically when he fights.
Ulquiorra Cifer's Las Noches uniform, with two tails that sweep the floor dramatically.
Ishida wears something much like a great coat, to the point of having a spare cape when one is destroyed.
The Sternenrtter wear long great coats underneath their capes.
While Chrono's normal outfit includes a long red coat with tails and a shoulder cape, he appears to be a twelve-year-old boy, and the rest of his outfit is fairly dorky looking. However, when he goes into his badass true form of a demon he loses the coat, his coat being replaced by wings. It's possible his coat is supposed to be a visual reference to the wings he has in his true form.
The villain Aion is a straighter version of the Badass Longcoat. His coat is white with a dark lining and a double belt (which he always keeps open). He seems rather fond of his coat—he's worn it since the 1870s! In his demon form his armor also has an open skirt around his pants which mimics the look (much like Remington, see below).
Joshua wears a long black coat with his suit that looks appropriately dramatic when he uses his demonic powers.
Father Remington's exorcist uniform includes an odd skirt-like cape around his pants when, combined with a jacket, somewhat mimics the effect of a badass greatcoat.
Mao◊ from Code Geass wears a white great coat, studded with black belts and blue trim. Jeremiah Gottwald sports an incredibly badass coat in R2, white and purple with a gold trim. Ohgi and Tohdoh wear trench coats in R2 as well.
A couple of episodes of Cowboy Bebop feature Spike wearing a badass duster. Notably, he tends to go for the duster when things really get serious (usually when Vicious is involved), and mainly so he can carry more weapons on his person
The first set of uniforms for the Exorcists in D.Gray-Man were longcoats (cross out Lavi and Lenalee, who wore a jacket and a miniskirt, respectively). The well-known black and white (silver-buttoned) longcoats were abandoned after the journey in Noah's Ark, and the Exorcists wore red and black jackets instead (save for Kanda, who just has to keep the longcoat outfit).
Hei from Darker Than Black sports a green-lined black longcoat. The longcoat is even bulletproof, but only when he wears it.
Oh, it's far more than simply Rule of Cool. Firstly, it houses rocket engines used to fly when not in screw-you-physics mode. Secondly, he can throw it off so it will form a Wave Motion Gun which fires by itself. It also covers a face on his back.note the face alsoshoots lasers
For added BA points for Rika/Ruki, her longcoat is PASTEL YELLOW! And yet she still looks incredibly BA and awesome.
Bolt Crank from Eat-Man sports a floor-length trench coat while firing an assortment of 'uge freekin guns one handed. Interestingly, he doesn't actually keep the weapons in his coat. Instead, he just keeps all of his miscellaneous BFGs, BFSs, bombs, and... steam train locomotives... in a sort of built-in Hammerspace inside of his body.
Leonard Testarossa's auto-guarding coat from Full Metal Panic! is a good example of one. It repels throwing knives and bullets by fluttering around for a bit while all you need to do is standing there with your hands in your pockets looking smug. It does not seem to protect him from bitchslaps however.
From the novels and the manga, Kurama also sports one, though without any technological enhancements. And it only shows up in one or two official illustrations, but... Gauron apparently has one as well.
Ed wears a red duster, but has yet to be dismembered while wearing it (his missing limbs were before the coat). Unless you count the number of times his automail has broken, but otherwise, he's good. He makes a point of wearing a red coat anywhere for various reasons (the biggest being to cover up his automail). In one chapter, as his group is Heading for what appears to be the final confrontation, he buys a roll of red cloth and transmutes it into his signature jacket, most likely to show that he means business.
Roy Mustang even tops the Amestrian greatcoat by wearing a coat over that coat, to give note of his Colonel Badass status. Granted, it's also part of the uniform, but he stands out most when he wears it
Kimblee combines this look with his all-white ensemble of a Nice Suit and hat, and is easily one of the best-dressed characters in the series.
Brandon "Beyond The Grave" Heat from Gungrave in both the anime and video game. He wears an intricately detailed purple coat with a large Gothic cross emblazoned on the back. And lots of little studs and buttons. Even in normal clothes he wears a black longcoat that is mostly prominent in the anime (in the game he's seen wearing it only in the opening and quickly changes to his "battle suit").
Radinov in the Gunsmith Cats anime wears a bulletproof one but can't be bothered to keep it closed even during gunfights - either because she carries most of her arsenal inside it or because she's batshit insane.
Van in GUN×SWORD doesn't just wear a long coat, he wears a full tailcoat.
Fate already had this since StrikerS, with her Barrier Jacket in Impulse Form. Under her damn awesome, shining white cape.
Hayate, Dearche, Signum, Subaru and Yuri sport a battle attire similar to Archer's (see F/SN example below). Like him, they achieve an effect similar to the actual longcoats of their allies.
Chrono Harlaown has been rocking a black longcoat as both uniform and Barrier Jacket since the first season.
Cinque likes trench coats and eyepatches. Her Shell Coat has even defensive functions.
Erio and Harry white long coats as a part of their Barrier Jackets. Luka and Mia, two of Harry's gang, wear white coats similar to Harry's.
Among the Hückebein family, Cypha and Fortis have a white and black long coat, respectively. While Cypha looks definitely badass with it, Fortis has to do anything badass yet.
Mai-Otome with Garderobe headmistress Natsuki Krüger and her dark-blue longcoat.
The trope also applies to a handful of Robes, chief among them Natsuki's, Haruka's, and Shizuru's.
The military setting and 1930-esque era of Maiden Rose mean that Badass Longcoats abound. Taki's tendency towards appearing with dramatic wind probably makes his the most prominent example though.
In Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, both Flit Asuno and Woolf Eneacle wear one during Asemu's Arc. Then, during the Kio Arc and the Three Generations Arc, Captain Ash (Asemu Asuno) wears a pretty badass coat too.
Minato had an additional one of his own, with the kanji for "Fourth Hokage" written on the back.
Naruto wears one throughout during his fight with Pain.
Naruto gets a new one made of chakra when he finally gains full control over Kurama, the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.
The standard Akatsuki uniform consists of a black coat with red clouds. A running theme seems to be whenever an Akatsuki member is forced to discard or has their coat destroyed, they're going to die in that fight.
Morino Ibiki is also usually seen wearing a longcoat.
Madara Uchiha's Susano'o sports one in its complete, perfect state.
Some high-ranking Marines in One Piece, since a large, white greatcoat is standard uniform issue for them: Admiral Aokiji when he was Vice-Admiral Kuzan, complete with Sinister Shades; Captain Hina and Vice-Admiral Garp, although the former usually takes her Marine coat off, and the latter does it when he gets serious. Admiral Kizaru, also complete with Scary Shiny Glasses (sort of, he's always cheery, but he's every pirate's worst nightmare); Fleet Admiral Sengoku: His white Marine greatcoat is oversized.◊
One Piece takes the coats-are-like-capes aspect of this trope to extremes by having very few high-ranked Marines ever actually wear their longcoats. Instead, they tend to drape the coats over their shoulders, with the sleeves billowing in the wind along with the rest of the coat. Despite this, the coats never fall off, even when the wearers leap through the air, fight in violent battles against dozens of pirates, or get sent flying by stronger opponents. This is a justified phenomenon.
This trick is also practiced by Crocodile, who does it with a pimpin' fur coat. In the desert. (Justified, considering that he's made of sand.]]
Yomiko Readman of Read or Die appears to subvert this trope with her trenchcoat full of paperbacks, newspapers and magazines... Until you realize that a Paper Master can do anything with that much paper on hand.
Aoshi's cream trenchcoat (always unbuttoned, with the wide belt hanging/blowing in the wind dramatically) in Rurouni Kenshin.
Kyuzo in Samurai 7, an SF adaptation of Kurosawa Akira's original Jidai Geki film Seven Samurai. Unofficially is the most skilled of the samurai, possibly exceeding the group's experienced leader, and definitely the most deadly. Sports blonde hair and a distinctive crimson-red coat.
In Sword Art Online, when Kirito lands the killing blow on the first floor boss, he gets a unique item drop—the Black Cloak of Midnight. He keeps this for the rest of the series, and it is one of the reasons he becomes known as the Black Swordsman.
Actually, it is briefly mentioned (in the Light Novels) that he didn't actually keep the Midnight Cloak; he just replaces it with a better model later on. Always black though. Exactly how he got the one he was wearing for the finale of the SAO arc is never explained.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann with Kamina and later on Simon, while they're kicking ass in space, who both wear these kinds of clothing. Kamina's longcoat is an interesting example in that it technically is a cape, but he usually wears it like a longcoat kind of fashion. Both come off in more action-filled scenes. Countless bonus points added for having the flaming skull with Triangle Shades on the back.
Trigun's Vash the Stampede's is geranium-red duster which should warn people, but his opponents usually think he's a harmless idiot. You can buy the red duster or an impressive leather replica. Vash has other reasons as well for the long coat: hiding the effects of heavily subverted Hollywood Healing and his black...leather...body-armour...stuff. You have to assume this stuff is really practical desert wear for some reason. Although he also just likes the coat because the red has sentimental meaning for him.
Abel Nightroad in Trinity Blood wears a black-with-silver-trim greatcoat that billows nicely when he activates his Crusnik powers.
Aya and Yoji of Weiß Kreuz both wear long coats, but it's not until sequel series Weiss Kreuz: Gluhen that they upgrade to properly billowing Badass Longcoats.
In Witch Hunter Robin, the title character of the series was badass in her own right, and not coincidentally, she also wore a red long-coat.
Actually, most of the Hunters take to longcoats when they are on the hunt.
When Seishirou and Subaru are introduced in X1999, both sport badass longcoats, with Seishirou's in black and Subaru's in white.
Fuuma appears to have a closet just full of a wide variety of stylish longcoats. He owns one that is both black and white (very appropriate to the character).
Nightshroud also Atticus Rhodes sports possibly the best one in GX-black with gold trimmings.
Ryo adopts a black duster after his Freak Out transformation into Hell Kaiser.
Judai trades in his jacket for a longer coat after coming through his Break the Cutie arc.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, the requisite badass longcoat is worn by anti-hero Jack Atlas, who ironically spends more time in his skintight bodysuit rather then utilizing the full dramatic effect of his coat. Further exemplified in third season, where he wears a completely over the top long coat that can only be described as a 'White Pimp Suit'.
Yu Gi Oh ZEXAL continues the time-honoured tradition, this time with Kaito Tenjo taking up the requisite rival coat handle. While his doesn't defy gravity so much due to being pointy, it makes up for it by being able to change colour from black to white when he duels. The Arclight siblings and Tron also have badass coats of varying length, though Tron's and V's are probably the closest to a typical Badass Longcoat length.
Kuwabara gets a white one close to the end of the Dark Tournament; he doesn't take it off even when it gets battle-damaged and bloodied.
Triela from Gunslinger Girl spends part of the series as this, part as a Badass in a Nice Suit. She's a (somewhat creepy) gun-touting (pre?)teenage assassin and has some of the most action-packed fights in the series.
The Joker has been wearing a purple or black trenchcoat since Marshall Rogers first drew the character with one in the mid 1970s. Much of the time he wears it as an overcoat and removes it when he’s indoors or relaxing but some works like Brian Azzarello's Joker feature the badass longcoat as a staple of Joker's outfit.
The Dark Knight version of The Joker wears a longer duster. When the cops take it off him, they find out it's holding about a dozen or so knives (plus a potato peeler). On top of that, early in the movie there's about half a dozen grenades inside it.
Hush. The two major aspects of his costume are a Bandaged Face and a tattered trenchcoat.
John Constantine from Hellblazer. It's a wrinkled, beat-up looking khaki trenchcoat. It's still badass.
Lampshaded in The Books of Magic where a meeting of mystical characters (Constantine, Dr. Occult, Phantom Stranger, & Mr. E) are all wearing trenches. (The Phantom Stranger wears a Cool Cape and suit combination, but he's still included in the group.) The trope Trenchcoat Brigade was coined by John himself.
Constantine:Just what the world's been waiting for. The Charge of the Trenchcoat Brigade.
The Stranger: I heard that, John Constantine.
In the storyline The Devil's Trenchcoat, John's long coat had a life of its own, and powerful demonic powers, by years of being with John.
The Question. His coat is so badass that he wears it as a civilian and a vigilante, though it changes color from nondescript brown to vibrant blue when the Question goes into action. He uses special laundry detergent which, combined with the gas he uses to make his mask stick, reacts chemically and makes his clothes change colour.
Marv's longcoats tend to get ripped to shreds during big fights, requiring him to find another big longcoat, usually off a bad guy. There was actually a oneshot where he wakes up in a new coat, with no memory of where he got it, and tries to work out where it came from.
Dwight McCarthy from "The Big Fat Kill" combines the badass longcoat with Guns Akimbo.
Doctor Octopus has been doing this since before it was cool, though his is more of a Badass Labcoat. After a while they changed his look into a high-tech looking jumpsuit (the Nineties), but the white coat remained part of his "classic" look, up until they brought back the old style.
In Spider-Man: Noir, this is Spidey's own look — he modified it from Uncle Ben's WWI pilot uniform!
The Spirit would sometimes add a trenchcoat to his trademark blue suit.
The Sandman - Dream wears one. It's black, long enough to drag on the floor, and has a really great collar. It also billows strangely, regardless of wind or movement. Justified: Dream is a very dramatically inclined Anthropomorphic Personification, and making his coat billow dramatically in the wind (even without wind) would be right up his alley.
Trese - The fabric that would become the coat was a baby shower gift for the eponymous prophecy child, having protective runes drawn into it. The coat itself has some snazzy slinglike Chinese-button fasteners.
Flint Henry's reincarnation of Grimjack has John Gaunt aka Jim Twilly make his entrance in a dark purple greatcoat with gold embroidery. The coat is later shown to hold about 50 lbs. of guns and edged weapons when he is busted by robot cops.
All of The Boys wear long black coats. In addition contrasting with the Badass Capes the Smug Supers wear, it also helps them identify fellow team members during intense brawls.
BillyButcher: "When in doubt, fuck-up any cunt not wearin' a coat."
Watchmen - Misaimed Fandom aside, Rorschach looks awesome in his trenchcoat—even the backup one, with the stains. It also serves as a nice contrast with the capes his fellow superheroes wear. Then again, he is an Expy of The Question.
Onomatopoeia, a Green Arrow villain with a long, black, and definitely badass trench coat.
Gambit of X-Men fame is seldom seen without his brown longcoat.
Prodigy of the New X-Men had a white one. Lampshaded when his friend Elixir ribbed him about it and said he couldn't tell if Prodigy was trying to copy Gambit or Shaft.
The Midnighter wears one in The Authority, and throughout his whole comics career.
Joe Fixit often wore a purple trenchcoat, especially during the period of time where he was still repressing the Bruce Banner persona and exposure to sunlight weakened him.
Doctor Strange wore a tan trenchcoat or a green duster in New Avengers. Back when he had his own title, he once modified the Cloak of Levitation into a flowing red trenchcoat with a broad collar.
ABC Warrior Happy Shrapnel/Tubal Caine wears one, at least in earlier stories.
Foolkiller often wore a trenchcoat over his costume or disguise. Especially in the 10 issue miniseries. This incarnation (Kurt Gerhardt) was much more discreet than his predecessors. At the time this series was written, the badass image of long coats hadn't quite engrained itself, at least not in comics. In a typical urban area, a trenchcoat was still considered nondescript, mundane, unmemorable attire.
Tintin: The title character often wears a trench coat.
Ultimate Marvel's Bombshell wears a long white coat as part of her superhero outfit. She likely got the idea from her mother, who wore a similar coat in her career as a super-crook.
In his second solo series, Morbiusthe Living Vampire "borrows" one from a man on the subway during his fight with Noah, and is seen wearing it later on.
Arrowsmith: The Prussian airmen's uniforms. Also various countries' infantry soldiers, who wear trenchcoats (natch).
Namah Calah from Dreamkeepers has a pretty nifty blue longcoat.
The first thing Travis Grey did upon pickpocketing a Green Lantern ring was create a costume for himself; black shirt, black leather pants, and one Badass Longcoat of black leather. The only green on him is his ring and Corps symbol. (This might be because Travis is blind). The second thing he did was start rounding up crack dealers and scaring the shit out of the local gangs.
Alim Surana in thisDragon Age fanfic has one. It's made of suede and leather and is dyed black. He didn't originally have it, but the Warden Commander decided that,since Alim is the most powerful out of all of them, he should have an appropriately badass attire. He seems to have made it a habit of generating his own Dramatic Wind whenever he's in the center of attention too.
During the third story of the My Hostage Not Yours series, Zim starts wearing an Irken longcoat when he begins conquering Earth.
Invoked in Jericho. Jericho himself wears a leather duster because cowboys wear them and cowboys are cool, thus wearing one should also make him cool. It doesn't make him cool. At all.
“One always overcompensates for disabilities. I’ve been thinking of having my entire body surgically removed. But until the day that happens, I’ll just stick to wearing awesome outfits; they make me feel cool.”
Lord Shen the peacock from Kung Fu Panda 2 manages to pull this off with his tail feathers.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children: In addition to having Sephiroth reappear wearing his signature longcoat, the movie also introducess Yazoo who wears a longcoat that looks just like Sephiroth's. Cloud and Tifa's skirt-like things seem to echo the effect of his.
A good 75% of the characters in The Matrix trilogy wear them. Quite possibly they're the main reason for the current popularity of the Badass Longcoat. Most of them are black leather dusters because it's easier to render dark objects against dark backgrounds. In the sequel, the Twins wear white longcoats to set them apart. Neo's longcoat changes to something resembling a cassock in the sequels, probably intended to make him look more like a priest.
Marv in Sin City not only wears a badass longcoat for his entire portion of the movie, he continually trades up by taking them off his victims. "That's one fine coat you're wearing!" Dwight and Hardigan also rock the longcoat.
In Titanic Rose wears a floor-length pink jacket once the ship starts sinking that looks pretty badass on her. She even takes it off just as she is about to wade into the water with the axe to free Jack in typical action-heroine fashion. Later, Cal's jacket, which looks merely okay on him, looks badass on her once she starts wearing it, perhaps because it is a few sizes too big for her and thus looks longer and thicker on her. The ship's officers and Thomas Andrews also look pretty badass in their full-length overcoats.
The eponymous hero of the movie Hellboy wears a brown trenchcoat over black clothes as he does in the comics, though in the comics it's intended to help portray his average, blue-collar joe sensibilities.
Mark and Ken Gor (both played by Chow Yun-Fat) from John Woo's A Better Tomorrow series, wear black fabric trenchcoats. Ken's badass quotient is doubled by the fact he wears his twin brother's old bullet-hole riddled badass longcoat in the final action sequence. The main bad guy of the first movie, Shing, wears a white badass longcoat. After the release of the first film wearing similar coats became a trend among young men in Hong Kong, and the style of coat is still sometimes referred to as "Brother Mark's Coat."
Carlito Brigante with his black leather trenchcoat in Carlitos Way.
Jason Dean (Christian Slater) in Heathers sports a black longcoat throughout the entire film.
Eric Draven (played by the late Brandon Lee) in The Crow. He takes it off Tin Tin, the first of the guys responsible for murdering him and his fiancee. He sets it aside when he finishes them off... and after it's filled with holes from about five hundred bullets.
Selene in the Underworld films is an archetypal Action Girl who wears a leather longcoat. In Underworld Awakening she makes a point to break into a store so she can get a new longcoat. This one isn't made of leather, so she ditches it when she comes across a leather one.
Cheyenne: Nobody around these parts got the guts to wear those dusters except Cheyenne's men...and Cheyenne's men don't get killed.
Played with by Blondie in The Good The Bad And The Ugly. He wears a badass longcoat (in the form of a Confederate Army greatcoat) for most of the film, until he gives his coat to a dying soldier. Rather than disturb the corpse, he picks up a poncho, which had become part of the Man With No Name's trademark outfit by that film.
The title character of the Samuel L. Jackson remake of Shaft wears a black leather trench coat that's every bit as badass as he is.
Bryan Mills from Taken puts a black one on for most of the movie and some of the publicity material has him in it.
Jade in Bulletproof Monk ends the movie in a Badass Longcoat. It helps that she has been kicking ass the entire movie.
Brotherhood of the Wolf. In one of the first scenes of the narrative, a pair of Great Coat-wearing badasses (with the added conceit of tricorner hats) lay waste to a group of soldiers harassing an old man and his daughter in the pouring rain.
The Big Lebowski The Dude's bathrobe fits this trope in a weird kind of way. As the movie is a parody of film-noir detective stories, that's probably supposed to resemble a gumshoe's traditional trenchcoat.
In Escape from L.A., Snake is given a special all-black outfit to wear for his mission, which includes a long black trenchcoat.
In A Fistful of Dynamite early Irish nationalist John Mallory wears a longcoat packed with explosives on the inside.
In Uncle Buck, the titular character has a long tweed overcoat, which he wears for some of his moments of Badassery (like meeting Maizy's assistant principal and searching for Tia at the house party).
In The Prophecy all angels (who are definitely badass) wear some kind of longcoat. It is interesting that the type of garment reflects personality of the wearer: benevolent Simon is shown in gray woolen greatcoat, relentless Uziel wears black duster, silver-tongued Lucifer is portrayed in a slick coat while psychotic Gabriel prefers an unbuttoned cassock.
Jason Bourne wears a longcoat throughout The Bourne Supremacy. Russian FSB agent Kirill wears a leather longcoat during the Moscow car chase sequence.
Parodied in Shaolin Soccer when the poverty-stricken characters dramatically assemble on a rooftop. One wears a ratty bathrobe that catches the wind in slow motion like a badass longcoat would in such a scene.
In TRON: Legacy, Clu and Kevin Flynn both have one. Clu's even has Tron Lines, while Kevin simply has the interior parts glow.
In 2004's King Arthur, the Saxon chieftain (a major badass in his own right) runs around in a longcoat so cool, he easily overshadows any other character.
The weasels from the 1996 live action movie version of The Wind in the Willows wear Badass Longcoats in a dark yellow color. They wear them to complete their elegantly evil outfits; the coats are a huge feature of the costume.
In the Mimic, the Badass giant insects look like people in longcoats.
It helps that Moon Child has many slow-motion gunfight scenes, thus allowing Sho's long, white coat to flare out behind him in all its badass glory.
In The Lord of the Rings film adaptations, Aragorn wears a forest-green Ranger Coat for the better part of the film series, up until he forsakes his Ranger side and becomes the King of Gondor.
Steven Seagal is very well known for wearing trenchcoats at the climax of his films.
Hoyle wears a long, flowing black coat throughout the film Yesterday Was A Lie (often over a sexy business suit).
Carnegie from The Book of Eli sports a pretty badass longcoat that completes his goth image. Eli also wears a green one that is eventually passed on to his protege, Solara.
Matsu, the protagonist of the Female Prisoner Scorpion series, wears a variety of long, black fabric coats; unusually, she buttons them to the neck. The one featured in Jailhouse 41 is belted, with a large, ornate gold buckle.
The mercenary leader Hanover in Deep Rising sports such attire throughout the first half of the film. He loses it halfway through, as it's easier to travel through the bottom of a water-filled cruise ship without it.
Michelle Yeoh sports a white metallic finished trenchcoat as the titular motorcycling vigilante in Silver Hawk, a Hong Kong martial arts/superhero hybrid.
In Ghost Rider, Carter Slade wears a long black duster. The flowing-out-behind-him aspect shows up best in the "Final Ride" scene (starting at about 1:00 in), and makes a striking contrast to Johnny's waist-length tight-fitting motorcycle jacket.
In Highlander, pretty much all Immortals wear coats. For example, Connor MacLeod wears a typical trenchcoat in the present-time scenes. Unusually for a trenchcoat, he wears it open with the belt dangling. Then again, he needs something long to conceal his sword in The Eighties' New York, and he needs to draw it quickly occasionally.
The DCOM Girl vs. Monster, the monster hunting parents wear trench coats when they're out hunting monsters just 'cause it cool.
In Star Trek Into Darkness Harrison likes wearing futuristic trenchcoats. Near the end of the film, he even steals a replacement someone left on a chair.
The redesigned Klingons wear Longcoats with their helmets.
In each of the first two Home Alone films Kevin's mom wears a badass full length overcoat that subtly underscores her Determinator/Mama Bear nature. Likewise, the burglar Harry's getup in each film consists of a grungy calf-length overcoat, which along with a thick scarf and a wool beanie, is a nice look for him, despite him being a bumbling crook.
Lisa in My Cousin Vinny rocks a sylish and sexy long black leather jacket/trenchcoat in a few scenes.
Linda in Hollow Man wears a good-looking calf-length leather jacket in several scenes.
The titular protagonist in VI Warshawski wears a good-looking one as part of her ensemble. During the climax, the villainess also wears a badass long coat with a great scarf as well(which she uses to wipe away her fingerprints).
In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane rocks a fur-trimmed long coat for the second half of the film. A lot of work went into the coat, and it definitely shows.
Invoked in The World's End by Gary, who wears a black longcoat to try and appear cool. In his final appearance after the apocalypse, it actually does look pretty cool.
Lampshaded momentarily when Frederick Sykes (aka The One-Armed Man) in The Fugitive comes home to find his house full of US Marshals- "What the hell is this, a trenchcoat convention?!"
In End of Days, Satan wears a sleek black longcoat in his human host and is very fond of it. He himself is virtually indestructible to begin with, so he hires a protection squad specifically to prevent the coat from getting damaged by Christian warriors and Jericho shooting holes in it is a Berserk Button for the Devil.
All of the Blackwater Gang wear long dusters in Dead in Tombstone. As does Satan when he appears on Earth.
Roland Deschain from The Dark Tower series (pictured above), though he seems to lose it at some point, as later books don't address anything of the sort.
The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden famously sports a duster. He's enchanted it to be bulletproof and knifeproof, so almost never goes anywhere without it - no matter how unfashionable it is. It's not, however, impact-proof, as he notes on one occasion after being shoulder-checked by an enormous muscle-y brute, which demonstrates why it's an important measure but by no means a perfect one. He's gotten it to the point that the impact is spread out across his body, which any physics fanatic will tell you reduces the pressure of the impact. Though his shields do work better. It's also occasionally mentioned that before he was given the leather one, he wore a canvas duster.
Miron in Dora Wilk Series wears his long coat for every occasion, no matter how unpractical it might be.
The Memory Wars: Nathan Shepherd wears a long, hooded coat made from his deceased father's old duffel coat. The lining is lightly armored, so it offers protection as well as concealing any weapons he's carrying.
Colt Regan typically wears a black duster when on the job, mostly because it looks cool.
John Taylor from Simon R. Green's Nightside series wears a long white coat. It even has a self-destruct in it, which sends it up in flames if it gets too far from his body. Green gave a reasonably plausible justification (let a significant personal possession get loose, and you're likely to have all sorts of magic nastiness come down on you), but the reader suspects he had tongue firmly in cheek while writing that one...
John's probably kidding when he tells servants he'd prefer they not take his coat because he hasn't fed it recently. Probably.
Razor Eddie, also from Green's novels, wears a incredibly dirty gray longcoat and routinely cuts Cosmic-caliber monsters into sashimi.
The Nightside has a few characters who wear these. There's probably something in the air. Two of the more prominent examples are Dead Boy, who is dead, and wears a purple greatcoat; and Hadleigh Oblivion, the Detective Inspectre, who deals with crime that threaten reality itself, and has a black leather longcoat.
Carl Hollywood, a secondary character from Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age, would not even come close to being described as a bad ass for most of the book. He is for all intents and purposes the manager of a theater, and the job mostly fits his personality. He was, however, also raised essentially as a cowboy. So, at one point toward the end of the book while clad in a leather cowboy duster complete with hat and boots he proceeds to (with a small group of others) fight his way through a future Shanghai in the middle of a war zone.
While not a long coat exactly, Gerald Tarrant of the Coldfire Trilogy wears calf-length, medieval-style tunics, and he's fairly badass.
The Marquis de Carabas, from Neverwhere, wears what is somewhere between a trench coat and a frock coat.
Sherlock Holmes was known to pull this off, so much so that a billowing Inverness cape is frequently associated with images of him.
Spectral Shadows has a few characters that don this, such as Blair Montgomery, Spike Malone, Richie, and Jasper Phillips (Mainly during the Somebody Else's Dream segment).
The same coat keeps turning up in Steven Brust's novels, usually on coachmen. The best description is in Freedom & Necessity: "Last week I found my most treasured item of clothing ... a vast and possibly antique driving coat, rusty black, with deep turned-back cuffs and a high-standing collar, and a pair of pockets so large that I could drop one of Mr Colt's pistols in each and hardly grudge the room. It swallows me up nearly to the ankles.... As his boots were to Puss, so this coat is to me. I assure myself that I seem a latter-day Dick Turpin when I've got it on, though I may in fact look a quite modern scare-crow."
Crystal Rain and its sequels by Tobias Buckell features the immortal cyborg killing machine Pepper, whose preferred garment is a trenchcoat.
In the Discworld, which runs on tropes, several characters have one. One of the most notable is Mr. Gryle, a Banshee, and he seems to wear it a little bit too easily; it helps to realize it's actually his wings. Another is the Ghost the one who's Walter Plinge in Maskerade.
Felix Castor makes frequent use of a Cossack-style greatcoat, citing the carrying capacity that's necessary for the tools of his trade as a freelance exorcist.
In some medieval cultures, long surcoats were worn over armor, and show up in medieval romances, epics, and other martial literatures of those cultures. So, for example, in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the generals all wear "battle robes" as an outer layer, and at one point Lu Bu's is even described as fluttering in the wind. The samurai of Tale of the Heike wear something similar.
Badass Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is usually described as wearing a long riding coat, even when he is not on horseback.
Sabbath, from the Doctor WhoEighth Doctor Adventures, wears a loose, grey, military-style overcoat, like Napoleon wears (which is rather amusing considering the fact he's described as not particularly tall at first, although he suddenly becomes very tall in later novels). It's ironic, because he thinks the military is absurd. (Since he was choosing his clothes to convey anti-authoritarian irony back in the 18th century, that might just make him the first hipster.) Not everyone is impressed; Anji considers it "stupid" and "embarrassing" and guesses that, like his name, he "thinks it's cool". He occasionally pulls various weapons out of it.
The coat quixotic Ariane wears in Greer Gilman's novel Moonwise is described thus:
"She wore her ruffianly greatcoat, caped and cuffed and quite staggeringly heavy, of moleish dusky wool, with rather fewer silver buttons than designed. It hung to her heels. With the wooden spoon she brandished, striding and swirling, it gave rather a Dulle Griet air of absurd panache, of rag-and-bone fantastical swagger: so boldly did I fight, me boys, although I'm but a wench."
Elsabeth Soesten sports a long brown leather coat over her shirt, doublet and hose.
Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy, is often seen wearing a long, black coat has part of his attire. Lampshaded in Last Sacrifice, when Rose gives Dimitri a hard time about leaving his duster behind after the Guardians invade the Mastrano house, trying to capture Rose and Dimitri.
Spectral Shadows has a few characters who don these, such as Spike Malone, Richie Blackthorn, and - only for the duration of the Somebody Else's Dream plot, Jasper Phillips. Apparently they're tailored so that the animal tails don't get in the way.
Live Action TV
24: Jack wears one for most of the second half of the first season during his investigation of the Drazen family. He also sports a khaki one during the first few hours of the seventh season.
American Idol: Adam Lambert in the Season 8 performance finale wore a long, black trench coat◊ with fog machines while singing "Mad World". It didn't necessarily make him badass, though.
Angel: Angel's black leather longcoat is badass enough to stay that way even when it's being worn by a muppet-Angel in the episode "Smile Time". And in "Guise Will Be Guise", Wesley is forced to impersonate Angel. By the end of the episode, Wes has become so Bad Ass that he's giving orders to everyone while Angel stays in the background griping that he'd like his coat back.
Babylon 5 and Crusade: All of the Ranger characters wore long dusters, usually black or at least dark in color. Chiefly seen worn by the character Marcus Cole.
The Bletchley Circle: The four ladies in this BBC series all frequently wear long coats and they all look sexy and badass in them.
Spoofed in season 7 with Andrew, who wears a longcoat similar to Spike's, but, decidedly, is not a badass. He's still a bit of a wimp and later gets bitchslapped by Willow (and not even the Evil One) in an alley. She does this with a lecture, without ever actually laying a hand on him, scares him shitless, and takes him prisoner. While he's wearing the longcoat.
There was also the Monster of the Week "Der Kindestod" (The Child's Death), a vaguely humanoid creature with a hideous face and some aspects of an old man (wrinkly skin, white hair). He wears a longcoat.
Criminal Minds: Milked for all it's worth in the fantasy/noir sequences of the episode "True Night".
Dark Shadows: Barnabas Collins was an Inverness-cape-wearing vampire.
Doctor Who: The title character knows the value of a Badass Longcoat:
The Third Doctor regularly wore a badass Inverness coat, and some badass opera cloaks, too.
The Fourth Doctor ditched his red jacket in favour of a rather lovely purple velvet frock coat in his costume update in "Pyramids of Mars", and continued wearing frock coats almost exclusively from then on as the actor preferred the silhouette (his favourite was the chestnut-coloured velvet one, because it was very full-skirted and swung dramatically as he moved). In his final season he switched to a heavier greatcoat, designed to billow in a swashbuckler-style manner. He also got an Inverness cape in one story, though one much more colourful and in line with his usual style than the Third Doctor's one.
The Eighth Doctor wears a knee-length frock coat.
The alternate Ninth Doctor from the official Web Original serial Scream of the Shalka wears an impressive greatcoat.
And of course, the Tenth Doctor sports a camel-colored long coat as part of his silhouette, given to him by Janis Joplin. The pockets are Bigger on the Inside. (In the Eighth Doctor Adventures books, the Doctor cops to having used no such elegant solution — he just rips out the lining of his pockets, turning the whole lining of his coat into one big pocket.)
The Eleventh Doctor occasionally wore a green greatcoat starting from series 6, alternating with his tweed jacket.
And in series 7, he started wearing a purple frock coat.
The Twelfth Doctor rocks a tailored longcoat with red inner lining.
The Equalizer: Robert McCall is rarely seen in an episode without at least once wearing either his black or grey trench coat. Almost never closed unless he was out in bad weather.
Aeryn gets a moment so badass with her longcoat it ends up in the opening credits for a long time.
Firefly: In this universe, a long brown coat was part of the standard uniform for Independent soldiers during The War, earning them the nickname "Browncoats". Mal Reynolds and Zoe Washburn are both seen in their old army browncoats. The hardcore fan element get their nickname from here. The browncoat appears on Nathan Fillion again as his Hallowe'en constume in the second series of Castle.
Fringe: Olivia regularly wears a long, black coat; Peter, Broyles, and Nina Sharp also occasionally wear them.
Garo: The Badass Longcoat is part of a Makai Knight's standard uniform in this Toku series. The title character wears a very cool white longcoat when he's not in armored mode. Rekka wears one to show that she considers herself the equal of a Makai Knight, even though she's not allowed to become one because she is a woman.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Parodies the longcoat on several occasions. In one episode, Charlie remarks how cool Frank's trenchcoat looks and wants one of his own. In another episode, Mac buys a black leather duster because he thinks it makes him tough. At one point he thinks it will help him kick down a door. When Charlie wants a try at the door, he demands to put the duster on first. Mac ends up hitting Charlie against the wall while Charlie wears the duster. In a third episode, Mac's will demands that his duster be burnt after his death, but Dennis insists on keeping it for himself.
Kamen Rider Ryuki: Ren was never without his black leather coat, whose billowing was even seen as part of his transformation. Actually mocked in an interview where all the riders did their transformation poses, and Shinji's actor waved the bottom of his shirt around for the same effect.
Gene Hunt wears a long camelhair longcoat in the Seventies; in the Eighties, he's traded it for a long black trench coat, just as badass and reflecting his Anti-Hero status.
Keats's grey trenchcoat would seem, at first, an aversion - he's not that badass in the beginning. But when his true nature is revealed? Yes.
Merlin: King Uther Pendragon of the BBC TV series often sports a black leather badass longcoat, unusual for a king in the Dark Ages. And occasionally his son, Arthur, rocks a rather nice ankle-length brown coat.
NCIS: Ziva David wears them on occasion, ranging from a short black trenchcoat to a grey long coat (similar to the style worn by Neo in Matrix II & III) with red lining. She also has them in neon colors like green and orange.
Once Upon a Time: Several characters including, but not limited to, Rumpelstiltskin, Jefferson and Victor.
Unsurprisingly, the coat has become extremely sought-after, to the point where Belstaff reissued it for a limited time after the first series premiered, and it is now being credited with bringing classic tweed coats back into fashion.
Skins: Franky Fitzgerald, from this British TV show, wore a black longcoat during the first episode, which helped her gain the nickname "Franky Badass".
Parodied in the episode "200", when Teal'c imagines himself as a Badass Longcoat detective.
In the Season Six episode "Nightwalkers", Carter, Teal'c and Jonas Quinn show up in a small Oregon town, all three wearing long, dark leather coats. Way to go, guys, could we look any MORE threatening and sinister?
Supernatural: Castiel, the warrior of God, is modeled after John Constantine wardrobe-wise (overcoat and all). Being an angel, Castiel's clothes have the added bonus of self-repairing damage from gunshot blasts and stabbings, and magical dry cleaning for blood stains.
The Thick of It: Malcolm Tucker wears a flowing black coat, most notably when vowing to his Number 10 colleagues "YOU WILL SEE ME AGAIN" and then walking out of Number10 as it billows after him.
Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness wears a Royal Air Force greatcoat◊ as part of his iconic 1940s-style ensemble. Rhys Williams refers to him as "That bloke with the coat" several times. Naturally, after being blown up one of his major priorities is replacing it.
Walker, Texas Ranger: The opening credits feature Chuck Norris in a tan canvas duster, even though he's much more likely to be wearing a cattleman's short coat, a sheepskin jacket, or a leather vest during the episode.
The Wire: Omar Little uses a duster to conceal his kevlar vest and double-barreled shotgun while robbing drug dealers.
The X-Files: Badass Longcoat is nearly omnipresent for the series as both bad guys and good guys wear them frequently. Trenchcoats are justified in-universe as the investigations are often conducted in foggy, damp climates. Needless to say, it also looks awesome.
Agent Mulder wears a trench coat in several episodes and he's a highly capable FBI agent. The Omniscient Council of Vagueness considers him an extraordinary threat for their plans.
Scully wears a long coat quite often too. It helped hide Gillian Anderson's pregnancy. She also wears a lab coat when she performs an autopsy, and she looks very badass while doing so. Autopsy rooms and science stuff have always been her comfort zone.
Mulder's Mysterious Informant Deep Throat wore a long coat in most of his appearances. It added to his mystique of a shady figure.
Mulder's next Mysterious Informants, known only as Mr. X, invariably wore long dark coats. He was a very intimidating figure and somewhat of a Scary Black Man.
Members of the Conspiracy always wear scary long coats if they ever appear outside.
Young Dracula: He's not really that badass, but Eric Van Helsing wears one when he goes slaying.
In the BBC's The Musketeers, the entire Musketeer regiment gets decked out in leather and Aramis gets a long form-fitting leather frock coat ("flowing" and "sensual", according to the costume designer).
Many wrestlers have adopted the longcoat to improve their image as badasses; among them are The Undertaker, Sting, Edge (one of the earliest adopters), and Christopher Daniels (who ups the badass quotient by wearing a sleeveless Badass Longcoat).
Matt Hardy started sporting a very nice Badass Longcoat, though he might be a subversion of the associated trope, unless you find serving Adam Cole and participating on three/four on one beat downs on a woman to spite her husband "bad ass".
Nikki Storm has ring gear to simulate the effect, as if you'd want to give the opponent more areas to grab but still winning matches with the handicap is "bad ass".
Cypher The Fallen one, and indeed all "The Fallen" Dark Angels have taken to wear Badass Longcoats, in theory to hide their identities. As they are seven to eight foot tall, and tend to wear their longcoats over their bulky Power Armour, its less than effective at hiding, but more than effective at showing off the Badass
On a larger scale, several units of the Imperial Guard wear longcoats. The Death Korps of Krieg wear World War One French-style greatcoats combined with German helmets and gasmasks that make them pull off a truly badass Gasmask Longcoat look. The Valhallan Ice Warriors, who are based on the Red Army of World War II, wear greatcoats as well.
The Mad Doctor Fabius Bile wears a long lab coat made from stitched-together human skins. If anything is the last word in badass evil mad scientist gear, it's that.
The Imperial Trenchers in Mutant Chronicles universe are both specialized in trench warfare and wearing badass trenchcoats styled after the early 20th century British military (which they're a Fantasy Counterpart). Retired Badass Jake Kramer and The Stoic Cybertronic Overseer Cyril Dent also wear those.
In Shadowrun, armored longcoats are readily available and help you hide your weapons. Their inclusion in the game predates the codification of the trope and was intended to capture a "Wild West" feel for Awakened Seattle.
another great appeal of the coat is that it´s among the better protective civilian armours. Reaching higher levels of protection requires wearing military or security level gear. There is a reason longcoat and shades is the go to style for most runners.
And it's Seattle, the weather has a bit of a reputation.
Deadlands, being inspired by Westerns and requiring a good deal of Badassitude from at least some character classes, are a kind of natural habitat for Badass Longcoats too.
Members of the Agency - the setting's The Men in Black organisation - are known by the nickname of Men In Black Dusters.
The Agency's counterparts south of the border, the Texas Rangers, issue dusters to their recruits, presumably invoking this trope.
Quite a few of these are on the prowl in the Ravenloft setting, including were-hunter George Weathermay and some depictions of the darklord Malken. Even more common in the Ravenloft spinoff Gothic Earth, seeing as it's set in a spooky parallel Victorian-era Earth, so lots of people dress that way.
The Arthaus products made greatcoats standard outdoor garb for residents of Darkon, which gets chilly.
Warhammer's Witch Hunters use a greatcoat as part of their standard uniform (along with a Nice Hat).
The Dungeon Master's Guide II for 3.5 has archetypes of player types. Under the "Supercoolness" heading is a half-orc in a long brown duster, two bloodstained broadswords, and a Nice Hat.
Imrijka, the iconic inquisitor from Pathfinder, could almost be a Distaff Counterpart to the DMG II half-orc. Her hat and duster, however, are bright crimson and considerably more ornate.
Not counting the "Gunman's Duster", a Wondrous Item also from Pathfinder, designed to give the wearer one of the Gunslinger's deeds, the Gunslinger's Dodge, which mechanically improves your defence against ranged attacks by moving you 5 feet, fluff wise, it helps you pull off backflips to dodge bullets, of course doing this still provokes attacks of opportunity, but should you want to try and backflip past people who are waving swords in your face, not even a Badass Longcoat can save you.
Ralph Fiennes brought new levels of whupass to a 1995 Broadway production of Hamlet with a long black leather greatcoat in the early scenes. This instantly elevated him from Emo Kid to Darker and Edgier, right off the bat, which is unusual. Picture here.◊
A production of Macbeth at the Guthrie Theater gave both Macbeth and Banquo long, black leather jackets in their first scene.
In the 10th Anniversary Dream Cast of Les Misérables, Javert gets one when he's undercover as a spy among the revolutionaries.
Graf von Krolock has one in the final scene of certain productions of Tanz Der Vampire.
Appears throughout the Growlanser series. Crevaniel, the protagonist in Wayfarer of Time is always wearing his longcoat.
The titular Dude of the Postal series wears a knee-length black trench coat over a blue Roswell T-shirt in the first and second games. This is replaced by an ankle-length brown duster, complete with bullet holes in the collar, for Postal 3.
Dante from Devil May Cry is known for his trademark red longcoat, which differs slightly in design each game. The DMC 3 version can be purchased, either in red or black.
Vergil and Nero also sport longcoats in blue.
Axel and Kurtis of the Disgaea series wear longcoats. The former's is white with an extremely high collar, and the latter's is gray with a light blue collar. Before reincarnating, the real!Overlord Zenon wore one of these, as well.
Parodied in Urban Dead, where characters with overly "badass" description, especially the ones with long coats, scars, katanas (and other weapons not in the game) etc. are mocked to no end. The term "trenchcoater" also a negative term for the Munchkins of the game.
This also exists in the MMORPGNexus War, which was founded and played by a lot of Urban Dead players.
Final Fantasy XV: Noctis Lucis Caelum wore a long black coat in the first teaser trailer.
Final Fantasy VII's Big Bad Sephiroth wears a signature trenchcoat with pauldrons on the shoulders. His coat changes with every game he's in, but never too far from its original appearance (i.e. Kingdom Hearts, there are wings underneath the coat, and it even gets a red trim.) There is a replica of the original Final Fantasy VII version.
Crisis Core gives us Genesis's long red coat with black leather shoulders which floats around behind him nicely as he descends (backwards) from the sky.
JC Denton in Deus Ex wears a dramatic long black coat; this is Lampshaded by Agent Navarre in an interview: "I do not expect you to perform as well as Agent Hermann, but the mission will require us to do more than frighten the NSF with our baggy coats that make us look bigger than we really are." His brother Paul wears such a coat as well, as does Walton Simons. That is to say, three-quarters of the world's nano-augmented population wears a Badass Longcoat.
The protagonist of the third game, Adam Jensen, looks to be continuing... sorry, starting the tradition with a Bad Ass neo-renascentist black trenchcoat, complete with an awesome floral print on the shoulders. It has slits for his arm blades, and openings that magnetically attach themselves to his Typhoon Ports.
It's so cool that the producers actually made it available for purchase.
From Mugen no Frontier: Super Robot Wars OG Saga, we have Haken Browning, with his black and red longcoat.
In Super Robot Wars Alpha, we have Sänger Zonvolt, the infamous Sword That Cleaves Evil - he wears a red longcoat that resembles the justaucorps variety. He manages to make it billow, even if it's a rather short coat◊. His rival Wodan Ymir also wears a blue version of the same coat.
Shinjiro of Persona 3, unlike the rest of the party, only has one outfit. And it's a Badass Longcoat. The protagonist's usual outfit can also sometimes display some aspects of the Badass Longcoat without being one.
The initial Persona of the Protaganist of Persona 4, Izanagi, sports an awesome black longcoat. Izanagi-No-Okami, the Protaganist's ultimate Persona who is only attainable in the True Ending, has an even more impressive white one that billows epically as he is summoned to defeat the final boss.
Liquid Snake, Revolver Ocelot and Psycho Mantis all wear the same style: brown leather with wide epaulets.
Vulcan Raven wears one in the wide picture in the manual. It's a wonder it fits over his shoulders.
Fortune wears hers simply draped over her shoulders, giving her the best of both a Badass Longcoat and a Cape.
Decoy Octopus wears a long coat in official artwork, but fails to do much of anything that could be construed as badass.
Big Boss is always drawn with one of these (post-Peace Walker)
Sebastian Castellanos wears a long trench coat for the opening segment of The Evil Within before being discarded after a few minutes.
In the superhero MMORPG City of Heroes (and its sister game/expansion City of Villains), longcoats are unlocked for an account that's been active for over three months. They come in several types (long, short, tattered, split) and take up the 'back' slot for capes or wings. Like every costume choice, there is no effect on gameplay besides looking cool, but when you cross it with the Dual-Wielding Guns for the Blaster, you inject your character with Awesomeness.
Two sorts of Elite Mooks (Theron Guards and Kantus) in Gears of War are distinguished first and foremost visually by their long dark coats.
Additionally, General RAAM wears a strikingly similar outfit in black.
And let's not forget Aaron Griffin in Gears 3, he's the only human wearing a longcoat in the entire series!
Not-So-Elite Mooks (Helghast Stormtroopers) in Killzone: Liberation also wear distinguishing black coats.
After Lonesome Road, Ulysses gives the Courier one of his own called "Courier's Duster" which also has a flag on the back, the precise flag depending on whatever faction you choose to rule the Mojave. Aligning with the NCR gives you a 2-headed bear, Legion gives you a Bull, House gives you an Old World USA flag, and Independent gives you the symbol for Vault 21, representing New Vegas.
Lonesome Road also has the US Army General outfit, an olive-drab overcoat that belonged to a pre-War general in the Divide, and the Riot Gear armors, which resemble the Ranger longcoat armor, but are not faction affiliated.
For a while, the standard garb for Swordmasters in Fire Emblem gave them the appearance of a Badass Longrobe (or Long-Slitted-Skirt for female characters), until Lloyd from FE7, whose sprite was edited to reflect the longcoat he wears in his character art. As of Radiant Dawn, the longcoat is the signature garb of the Trueblade. Also, the alternate sprite used for the Hero class unit is depicted with a longcoat in the GBA games. Notable Mercenary/Hero units include Raven, Callech, and most notably - Linus.
Crimson Viper from Street Fighter IV has a longcoat as her alternate costume. It's badass on its own, even before factoring in the taser gloves and flamethrower shoes.
The more-or-less unknown protagonist of Red Steel 2. All we know about him is that he wears a longcoat, and that he's chosen to take on the town of Caldera all by himself. And he wields a katanaand a revolver.
Daniel from the free indie RPG Exit Fate wears a black one with gold trim.
In the first Shin Megami Tensei, although the Chaos Hero sports an urban camo trenchcoat and a brash demeanor, he is physically weak and openly admits to such, constantly relying on other characters for help. Although that may not be the case during gameplay...
Fable II allows you to wear a variety of coats, two of which stand out as badass: the Noble Gent's Coat and the Highwayman Coat.
In The Godfather: The Game, the menu hints outright tell you that the enemy gangsters with longcoats are superior to those without.
Sengoku Basara's Katakura Kojuurou wears a brown duster that sweeps to the ground. It's utterly anachronistic, but hey, what's history when compared to badassery, right? And he's so badass that they made him playable in the expansion pack.
Inspector Cabanela in Ghost Trick has a pure white trenchcoat that signifies his spotless record. And there's the awesome moment later in the game is when Detective Jowd re-dons his own trenchcoat, symbolizing his transition from fatalistic Death Seeker to proactively pursuing the manipulator.
Count Veger in Jak 3: Wastelander. He's got a long, regal-looking coat, but isn't actually seen doing anything really badass.
A variety of gear from Dark Souls allows the player to rock the badass longcoat look such as the Wanderer's Coat and the Black Cleric Robe.
A Mage Hawke from Dragon Age II wearing the Mantle of the Champion sports a variant, having a battle-worn, badass tailcoat. S/he can also achieve this look with the Fugitive's Mantle from the Mage Pack DLC, which had previously belonged to their father.
Mr.X (Tyrant 00) from Resident Evil 2 is wearing one of these and he really looks very badass with that coat. the same can be said of Vitorez Mendez from Resident Evil 4 and also Nemesis in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, just to mention the three character have their coats burn off to reveal horrendous transformations.
John and Raven from Immortal Souls both wear billowing black leather coats that serve as their "armor" in terms of the games' defense mechanics.
In I Miss the Sunrise, Chac's old uniform is a stylish red coat with brilliant gold trim. In fact, getting it back is necessary in order to bring him back from the Despair Event Horizon and recruit him.
Gordeau and Seth in Under Night In-Birth. Gordeau's is a purple duster-style coat, while Seth's is something of a trenchcoat.
Marduk from Bakugan the Video Game wears a black trench coat obviously mirroring Masquerade's white coat.
Lord General Castor◊ of The Imperial Guard in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of WarII: Retribution wears a very spiffy dark-red-trimmed tan-coloured greatcoat, and ups the badass factor by only wearing one sleeve; he leaves his augmetic arm uncovered. This is the same augmetic arm he uses to wield a sniper rifle (or other special weapon) one-handed. In multiplayer, the Lord General Hero's greatcoat takes on colours set in the Army Painter, so you can have a gold or silver-trimmed black greatcoat. Or perhaps neon purple with metallic green trim, if that's more your thing.
In Brood War's opening cinematic, Admiral Du Galle and Vice-Admiral Stukov are both wearing badass military longcoats with epaulets.
In the sequel, Stukov returns as an infested Terran. Despite his left side's severe mutations and all the fights and/or experiments he's been through, his badass coat only looks mildly worn, like you'd expect after a few years of every-day use.
Detective Tyrell Badd of Ace Attorney Investigations, the only person ever to dodge one of Franziska's whip strikes. He wears it so he will never forget his greatest failure, and since then it has become riddled with holes. Bullet holes.
Subverted with Detective Dick Gumshoe, whose brown duster usually doesn't help out his Butt Monkey status. He gets a newer, brighter trenchcoat from someone important to him. Notably, he wears the old one during later investigations so that his new one doesn't get stained and dirty.
If you pay attention to the stills of Edgeworth in 1-4 and 2-3, he seems to favour the longcoat as well.
And speaking of the Edgeworths, Gregory Edgeworth seems to favour a long overcoat in his appearance in Ace Attorney Investigations 2, which he then passes on to his student after his death.
Archer from Fate/stay night! Badassery aside, it's not a true longcoat; it's actually a pair of sleeves and a long battle-skirt-thing. Looks damn similar, though.
In Charby the Vampirate, vampire hunters Vic and Blaine both wear long coats when they go out a-slaying. Nebbish boss Blaine wears a black, buckled coat over his office attire. Vic sported a plain grey coat for the longest time but recently had an upgrade to a dark grey long coat with red trim. Charby himself prefers long coats with lots of expressive tendrils of shredded cloth at the bottom.
Jerry Andrews of Coga Suro habitually wears the same dark grey coat throughout the comic's first run, even indoors, contrasting with the other cast members who usually wear t-shirts or similar. Slightly subverted in that he's the Smart Guy rather than a consistent badass.
Donovan Deegan of Dominic Deegan has a badass long coat...made even more badass in that said long coat is pink.
Arguably, Morgan of Gender Swapped pulls this off, and with a lab coat no less (You know those things that scientists wear? Or in this case brain surgeon) Word of God states that during the far and upcoming story arc involving the TBO, alot of badassery was supposed to take place, with Morgan leading the march.
Briefly used in Chapter 19 — Antimony is wearing a Gunnerkrigg uniform trenchcoat when she gets pulled into Zimmy's Black Bug Room. When Zimmy flips out and attacks her, Annie uses her Judo-ish skills to very quickly incapacitate her attacker.
ATLAS from MS Paint Masterpieces, a prototype combat robot created by the military, wears this as a disguise.
Julio Scoundrel of The Order of the Stick. He is a "Dashing Swordsman", but knowing how to work the flowing brown (or black, or crimson) longcoat is part of it
Riff from Sluggy Freelance is a classic example. Usually he wears a brown trenchcoat, but he's been known to level up. His humanizing quirk is the tendency of his inventions to only mostly work, prompting his Catch Phrase: "Let me check my notes."
Gunslinger Emily from Spacetrawler is rarely seen without her duster. She even wears it over her spacesuit.
Charlie from The Zombie Huntersfights zombies while sporting a labcoat, but favors a dark grey trenchcoat (with matching Nice Hat) in Flashback. Team medic Sammie has a more elaborate badass bab/trenchcoat]] accented with black buckled belts on the collar and sleeves, that she's worn in the field and on civilian clinic duty. On one mission, young teammate Katie sports a vivid red trench with similar belt accents, but has thus far only flipped the bird at her smartass medic while wearing it.
Axel from Yosh. He may not have guns to pull from his coat, but the demons he summons make up the difference and then some. He's a master of demonic magic and known to be one of the strongest magic users in the entire series, wearing the title of The Vile and being almost on par with the Magi.
In Three Panel Soul, Ian wears one of these every so often with a matching fedora, sometimes to his detriment (once passing a striking resemblence to a neighborhood watch sign, another time filling a hip flask with tictacs and 'drinking' whilst on his morning commute).
In Survival of the Fittest, Jacob Starr of v1 and Julie Mikan of v3 wear trenchcoats. Jacob started with a suit, but when the jacket was damaged in a gun battle he took the trenchcoat off of one of the people he killed.
In v4, Staffan Kronwall was actually assigned this as a weapon
Big Boss wears one of these in Stray, and another character comments on the garment's dramatic value.
Parodied by Travis Boles in Three In The Afternoon—he wears a bathrobe. Which, according to one of his foes, "smells".
Hard Drive, a villain from SWAT Kats, derived his data-hacking/teleporting/electrical powers from his "Surge Coat". Why not just a form-fitting data-suit or a backpack and goggles? Because the Surge Coat looks badass.
Broadway tries to employ this trope when he's playing trenchcoat-detective. This ironically tends to backfire, when it comes to looking Badass — he's more intimidating when he doesn't hide his gargoylish build — although it does help him blend in a bit.
"Bipper" sports a nice black one in Gravity Falls during the third act of "Sock Opera." It's part of his reverends' outfit.
George Early, an American Gentleman Adventurer in the Balkans during World War II, considered himself a super-spy and wore a trenchcoat everywhere, presumably to announce himself to the Germans. The OSS was so exasperated that it simply yanked his clearance and used him for the rest of the war as no more than a decoy. Oddly enough, he occasionally showed some insight, once picking up a rumor about the atomic bomb.
The statue of Sir Robert Borden at the Parliament of Canada depicts him wearing an overcoat which, combined with his awesome moustache and its location at the edge of a hill overlooking Wellington Street, makes for one badass statue◊.
Napoleon Bonaparte, when he was on the battlefield in his iconic redingote grise (grey overcoat).
This was a standard part of the military uniform in most colder countries throughout the 20th century, and still persists in many of them. They aren't called trenchcoats for nothing.
A modern variation worn by the American military is the All Weather Coat, though it is a bit cumbersome and you are unlikely to see it actually being worn, especially since lighter camouflage wet and cold weather gear is available for the battlefield uniforms.
Erwin Rommel is well-documented to have worn one in North Africa of all places.
In a chilling example, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the two teenagers who carried out the Columbine High School massacre. Leather trench coats seemed to hold a symbolic significance for them. Despite the common imagine of them in their trench coats, however, they only used them long enough to conceal their weapons and dropped them shortly before entering the school proper, spending the rest of the fight in street clothes and their shell belts (and a sling for Harris with his rifle).
A video that they made for a school project features the two in trench coats.
Moral Guardians were quick to suggest that they were inspired by films featuring gun-toting, trenchcoat-clad protagonists, including The Matrix (still running in theaters at the time) and The Basketball Diaries (which features a dream sequence in which the lead character bursts into his school to mow down bullies with a shotgun and other weapons while wearing a trenchcoat and sunglasses).
This led to a huge case of Unfortunate Implications, since another group of students at Columbine, known as the "Trenchcoat Mafia" for their affinity for similar coats, was put under a great deal of suspicion . . . even though Harris and Klebold didn't get along with them either.
You can thank Harris' father for that. In a 911 call he stated Eric was a member of the "Trenchcoat Mafia" and was sure he was involved for that reason.
Many school shooters after the Columbine incident wore the same black coat look. Psychologists suspect they deliberately emulated the look of the Columbine shooters.
You could get put on an airport/airline watch list for wearing this kind of coat. You'd be allowed to fly, but your luggage would get rerouted, "lost", then turn up with a note from Homeland Security in it.
Another chilling example were the leather trenchcoats worn by SS officers.
Before that, agents of the Cheka, the first Communist secret police, wore distinctive leather overcoats.
Statues of Vladimir Lenin (and there were thousands of them) often depicted him with a long flowing coat.