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->'''Doyle:''' He likes playing the hero; walking off into the dark with his long coat flowing behind him in a mysterious and attractive way.\\
'''Cordelia:''' Is this a private moment? Because I can leave you alone.\\
'''Doyle:''' No, no, I'm not saying ''I'm'' attracted.\\
''[A few minutes later we get a hero shot of Angel striding out the door, his BadassLongcoat billowing behind.]''\\
'''Doyle:''' Maybe I'm a ''little'' attracted...
-->-- ''Series/{{Angel}}'', "I Fall To Pieces"

Not enough DramaticWind to blow your [[BadassCape cape]] around in a satisfactory manner? Make your own! The easiest way is to turn around quickly, causing your cape to billow out behind. You might also want to hold it out with one hand as you swoop for maximum surface area, but a true master of the technique can achieve awesome cape flaring with a minimum of movement. Running forward or other sudden movements can also make a cape flare, but is less dignified.

This is a favorite move of any character that wears a cape, especially the DastardlyWhiplash. However, any character with a cape can pull it off. It can also be done with a [[BlackCloak cloak]], [[BadassLongRobe robe]], [[BadassLongcoat coat]], or any similar long garment, or even with RapunzelHair.

SuperTrope to FlourishCapeInFrontOfFace. Compare BadassCape, OminousOperaCape.



[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* [[ImplacableMan Kazuo]] [[EmptyShell Kiriyama]] from ''Manga/BattleRoyale'' wears a CoatCape that swishes a bit too often in the manga.
* [[LargeHam The Count]] in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' does this quite often.
* Piccolo of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is quite good at this, though notably does it less often after his HeelFaceTurn.
* The Super Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann does this, as do all the characters who sport capes, especially Simon and Kamina.
* Zero from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' adores this trope. Every one of his incredibly dramatic public addresses is punctuated by a well-timed Cape Swish. In his R2 uniform, Suzaku does quite a few of them, too.
* [[MysteriousProtector Tuxedo Mask]] of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is fond of this. Kunzite was also known to do it.
* Nobunaga Oda does one in the ninth episode of the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' anime adaption, right after murdering Pontiff Xavi and right before the Pontiff's chapel is burned to the ground.
* In ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'', evil [[MagicalGirl Magical Boy]] Kinshiro does this at every opportunity. In fact, there are several occasions when, fully untransformed and in his school uniform, he seems to swish an invisible cape.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* A staple of Franchise/{{Batman}}, whose Cape Swish is actually ''weaponized''. The cape contains weights, the better to smack {{mooks}} upside the head with.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Big Fight'', the rival village chieftain tells Vitalstatistix he turns his back on the to-be-defeated chief, which he does with a Cape Swish. Unfortunately his Shield Bearers think this also applies to them, so he ends up facing them again.
* A staple of Radio/TheShadow, who, in the original PulpMagazine stories, used his cape to [[AttackReflector deflect bullets]] (the ability to [[{{Invisibility}} cloud men's minds]] came later, with the radio adaptation).
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange's Cloak of Levitation, helpfully, grants flight powers and has some (very vaguely defined) sentience. It can billow around on its own, and often does.

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': A staple also of Maleficent, and probably picked up from her by [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH Jenner]].
** The Wicked Queen in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' manages a particularly impressive one when rushing down from the Mirror Room to her secret spell-chamber.
** [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast The Beast]] was fond of it before his CharacterDevelopment took hold.
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Mother Gothel is a master of this trope. She normally manages to use it to vanish, which is one of the hints she's a witch.
* Prince Proteus from Dreamworks' ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'' makes a dignified attempt at one, [[SubvertedTrope but the wind blows it back at him and it just ends up looking silly]].
* Vincent Valentine has a habit of doing this in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''.
* Witness also Jenner's swish in the rats' council hall in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh''.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* M. Bison does this EVERY SCENE in the ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie. Seriously, every scene, at least once. Given how massive of a LargeHam he is, it's hilarious.
* ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'': Gerard Butler's Phantom does this a lot, most notably in "Point Of No Return." Because it's at the beginning of the 'Music of the Night' scene, one could have an infinite loop of cape swishing.

[[folder: Literature]]
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse mentions more than once that Darth Vader's cape streams behind him when he walks. In ''Literature/DeathStar'' a gunner's hand is brushed by the edge of it as Vader passes. In ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}'', Mara Jade can identify him from a distance because of that cape.
* Severus Snape from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is known for this, particularly when entering his classroom. It fits with his "evil bat of the dungeons" persona.
* Bumbling magician Schmendrick in ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' wants DramaticWind but has to settle for this instead.
* Hrathen does this in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}''. When Sarene first sees him, she hopes he'll trip on it.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* Bruce Campbell in ''Series/JackOfAllTrades''. Pretty much every scene where he's in his Daring Dragoon persona.
* The Master, principally when played by Anthony Ainley, on ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** We get a double dose of this in ''Utopia'' and ''The Sound of Drums,'' from the [[SadClown Tenth Doctor]] and [[ChivalrousPervert Captain Jack]], each of whom possesses an iconic BadassLongcoat.
* Series/{{Angel}} does this in the Angel Investigations commercial Cordelia describes in a first season episode.
* Alan Statham from ''Series/GreenWing'' attempts to do this with his lab coat, and spends a great deal of time walking back and forth and turning sharply in order to achieve this. It doesn't manage to make him any cooler.
* To be expected in ''Series/TheCape.''

[[folder: Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', the musical, the choreography of "No Good Deed" ends with Elphaba swishing her cape with dramatic lighting to accompany the powerful, bitter music. It's ''badass.''
* Graf von Krolock in ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'' does this a lot, not least because the design of his cape actually forces the actor playing him to swoosh it back just to gesture- and being a musical, there's a ''lot'' of gesturing.
* Similarly, the cloak worn by the title character in ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' is designed to drape over and move with his arms, ensuring plenty of appropriately {{melodrama}}tic cape swishing.
* Pirelli in ''[[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet Sweeney Todd]]'' often makes use of these to amp up his LargeHam factor. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie8opd0JV_M this footage]] of the 1982 tour cast.
* Carrying over from the manga, Tuxedo Mask from Theatre/SeraMyu can swish a cape like it's his job. Especially while BrainwashedAndCrazy. Enjoy Yuuga Yamato [[http://waytoadream.tumblr.com/post/166292925008/the-guardian-who-lost-hope-or-i-have-an-unholy charming the heck out of the audience. ]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' has this. See Batman in the Comics section.
* [[VideoGame/{{Killer7}} Mask de Smith]] does this whenever you use the 180 turn button while running
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' has a very fluid movement animation for Alucard, cape and all.
** In fact, they did ''such'' a good job of making Alucard's cape flow realistically, that [[NoFlowInCGI they can't faithfully recreate his SotN appearance in 3D]].
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]] does this with pretty much every appearance he makes in the ''FFIV'' DS remake and, in the ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia]]'' games, his block animation is basically a dramatic cape swish.
* [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Meta Knight]] does this a lot with his cape. [[LimitBreak Especially]] in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl]]''.
* Lord Malak pulls this off in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' when [[spoiler:torturing Bastila]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', when Ganondorf finally turns to face you in his [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon tower]], he does one of these.
* Valvatorez of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' is fond of this gesture, especially right before a RousingSpeech (that is more often than not about [[MundaneMadeAwesome how amazing sardines are]].)
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' has Queen Odette, who teleports by swishing her PimpedOutDress.
* Zero and his clone from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' weaponize cape swishing, incorporating it into most of their special attacks.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/WalkyVerse'': The Head Alien, in those moments he chooses to be genuinely menacing.
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'': [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=43&p=223 "...hold your cape in front of your face in dark and mysterious manner."]] [[EvilLaugh Mwa ha ha]].

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': It's one of the things Mojo Jojo does best.
* Disney's ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' is another chronic cape-swisher (probably in reference to ''Radio/TheShadow'').
* {{Exaggerated|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', with Tenzin, whose naturally theatric movements as a tall man with an expansive BadassCape are intensified by his near-reflexive [[BlowYouAway Airbending]] when peeved. He does indeed "make his own" DramaticWind.