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Some characters -- often of the badass variety -- have a mysterious way of controlling even the very fabric of their clothing. They can [[ShapeShifting turn their cape]] (generally a single piece of cloth) into a pair of [[WingedHumanoid fully functional wings]] (generally ''not'' a single piece of cloth), and then back again without any damage.

Probably because [[RuleOfCool they look cooler,]] these wings often appear demonic or bat-like.

It might not always be clear if the wings turn into a cape or the cape turns into wings. It's [[BellisariosMaxim best not to think about it.]]

Some examples take this even further, making the cape a form of MorphWeapon, capable of turning into many different things. Compare PrehensileHair.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Laharl in ''Anime/MakaiSenkiDisgaea'', even though what he's wearing is actually a scarf.
* A one-shot villain from ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'' has the power to turn his cape into feathery wings, and can also [[FeatherFlechettes use the feathers as projectiles]].
* There's a vampiric variant in ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD: Bloodlust''. Meier Link can turn his cape into bat-like wings, and his hands into armored claws.
* Sidoh the Shinigami from ''Manga/DeathNote.''
* [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires Evangeline]] of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima.'' Her cloak can also turn into a swarm of bats. Since the cloak usually seems to start out in bat form, it's probably the other way around.
* The heroes of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' (a.k.a. ''Anime/BattleOfThePlanets'') are an example. Come to think of it, Zoltar's cape behaved interestingly from time to time too....
* Both ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam's'' Master Gundam and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing's'' Deathscythe Hell have mechanical wings that transform into a cloak that covers their body; the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'' version of Deathscythe takes it a step further by having the wings be lined with thrusters for exceptional mobility.
* In another HumongousMecha example, some incarnations of ''Manga/GetterRobo'' have this power. Unlike the above example there is usually no plausible mechanism for this, much like everything else about Getter Robo.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Femto (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Griffith]]) looks a lot like a black demonic version of Batman, with his evil-looking hawk-hood and his dark and menacing batlike CapeWings.
* Zeon of ''Manga/ZatchBell'' has a cloak that responds to his will, expanding wildly to attack and defend as needed. [[spoiler: Gash later inherits it after Zeon's HeelFaceTurn.]]
* [[PhantomThief Kaitou KID]] of ''Manga/MagicKaito'' (''[[Manga/DetectiveConan and the other series]]'') has his white cape which transforms into a hang-glider; also his iconic escape method from heists.
* The title HumongousMecha of ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' is able to transform into a dragon. Its [[CapedMecha cape]] forms the fabric of the wings.
* Dukemon/Gallantmon of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' when he mode-change into crimson mode.
* They serve no practical purpose (he can't fly with them), but [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch]] was probably attempting to invoke this motif with his [[MyHeroZero Zero disguise]], given that [[http://www.pureanimegallery.com/d/4415-1/ZERO-code-geass.jpg it appears to be a cape-like cloak when settled around his shoulders]], [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7umfh31Hb1rcqu9ao1_500.gif but the cape is revealed to be split into two "wings" when he]] [[LargeHam dramatically throws it/them back]], recalling this trope's imagery.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'s'' cape, in his many incarnations, usually operates along these lines for gliding and roof-hopping. Some members of the Bat-family have also taken to this example.
* Linda Danvers/Matrix version of ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. She becomes an earth-born angel, and her cape can turn into [[HotWings flaming wings]].
* The cover art to ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' #659 ([[http://www.comicvine.com/superman-angel/37-106635/ link]]) depicts Superman floating above a crowd, with a pair of red angelic (though still vaguely cloth-like) wings instead of a cape. The story is about an old woman who is convinced Superman is an angel.
* After a trans-dimensional jaunt, Cecil from ''ComicBook/PS238'' has his trenchcoat altered into this by the forces of Chaos a.k.a. his classmate's mother. It becomes permanent.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', Vincent's cape is something like this: it sort of flows.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' did this with Batman's cape. Justified in that the wings were only for gliding, with "memory cloth" in the cape going rigid when you apply an electrical current. And before that, it was done in ''Film/{{Batman}}'' and ''Film/BatmanReturns''.

* As Literature/{{Discworld}} vampires [[OurVampiresAreDifferent follow mostly cinematic tradition]], some of them (particularly Arthur Winkins, the Count Notfaroutoe and a full time vegetable merchant), need the cape to transform into a bat.
** ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' features an interesting variant with Mr. Gryle, a Banshee who appears at first glance to be wearing a leather cape or overcoat, but those are actually his wings neatly folded around him.
* In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries The Krytos Trap]]'', part of the outfit Wedge Antilles wears while trying to talk some Twi'leks around, along with FingerlessGloves and a LoinCloth, is a cape cut in such a way that it fell in two red wings.
* In the Russian children's novel ''Literature/JourneyToTheMorningStar'', the [[HumanAliens Sinots]] have these. Two of the protagonists and their Etherian guide are captured by a Sinot commander and his robot who swoop down from their just-landed [[ZeeRust rocket]] using their capes, which then fold into their suits.

[[folder: Tabletop games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has a non-batlike version in the lizardman item Cloak of feathers.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has several versions of magic cloaks that can turn into wings. Usually these are of limited usage, about an hour a day, useless for long distance flight.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Meta Knight in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' games and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' (as seen in the picture above) but not in the [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars anime]], where he only had wings in the pilot.
** {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Return to Dream Land''. In the opening cutscene, Meta Knight removes his cape, revealing a small pair of wings ''under'' it.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'''s ''VideoGame/TheSubspaceEmissary'' mode, he gets shot with a laser in the wing, which starts to burn off that wing. He lands and transforms it into a cape, which stops the burning and heals the damage somehow.
** This varies from game to game. In ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'', he throws his cape away to the side, and he does it in the remake, but in the cutscenes and his own game in ''Ultra'', his cape is established as wings, even if they don't appear in normal gameplay (outside of the cart-riding sprite)
* Roc's Cape in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords'', and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap''.
* Dante in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' does this with his [[BadassLongcoat coat]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django]]'', while in Vampire mode, Django's scarf turns into (or at least takes the shape of) a pair of wings. I'm not sure if he uses them to fly or if he just uses generic "vampire levitation" powers during his attack when he flies across the screen.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', Alucard's longcoat momentarily turns into a pair of bat wings when he double-jumps, and his wings in bat form are the same color as his cape.
** Soma Cruz of the ''Aria'' subseries also appears to turn his pimp coat into the wings of his bat form.
** Dracula also sometimes turn his cloak to wings, in ''Curse of Darkness'' and ''Dracula X Chronicle''.
* Morrigan's wings in ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' can transform into a swarm of bats, become blades, spikes, or [[CombatTentacles tentacles]], or clothes in her win poses.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', Waka's CoolHat has long wing-like extensions which are apparently functional.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' plays with this; Raziel's actual bat-like wings are broken and the tattered shreds hang behind him like a cape, but he can still use them to glide for short distances.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'': Valvatorez, while he's never shown to fly, definitely has this aesthetic going for him.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' use the same "memory cloth" justification as in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' to enable Batman to glide like his namesake.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Wriggle Nightbug's operatic cape gives her this look (since she's a firefly youkai).
** Okuu has both wings and a cape, but some fanart depicts them as being one and the same.
* While it doesn't see any practical use, one of Zero's (the original from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2001'') win poses has him lifting his cape over his shoulders, with an effect that gives it the illusion of wings.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sundered}}'': If Eshe corrupts her Leaping Device, sheíll be able to [[NotQuiteFlight glide over long distances]] by merging her arms and cape together to form a pair of giant bat wings.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Ariel from ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' explicitly does it with magic (her shapeshifting powers allowing AppendageAssimilation) for a one-time stunt. HilarityEnsues when said stunt gets derailed by Liriel.
* Mink from ''Webcomic/{{Darken}}'' [[http://darkencomic.com/?webcomic_post=20040821 can do this.]]
* Shadow!James' "Fae Animal Superhero" outfit in the "Such Stuff..." arc of ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' had a feathered cape that could act as wings or the other way around and he had wings in this form that could look like a feathered cape. So [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-Such-Stuff-As-Dreams-Are-Made-On-36-303479249 wings]] or [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-Such-Stuff-as-Dreams-Are-Made-On-16-294056058 cape]]?
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Aylee -- an alien that occasionally grows a new kind of body as an adaptation to circumstances -- eventually adopts a rather human-like form with a built-in dress. [[NakedPeopleAreFunny Amusing embarrassment ensues]] when it turns out the dress is actually her wings and she's even more human underneath. The trope is {{justified}} in the sense that, unlike in some cases, the wings actually fold to make the dress in a perfectly logical way.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The dating website Soul Geek has different pieces of mini-fiction, along with iconic characters, used in the advertising. One of the pair of vampires is showing with a cloak that rises up on one side in a huge wing.
* Oblivion from ''Roleplay/ShadowhunterPeril'' is shown to do this when he gets pissed. It generally preludes his transformation into an EldritchAbomination. Once he completes his transformation, he keeps the wings, but now they're [[HotWings FLAMING]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' can fold their wings up into capes when not using them. Creator/GregWeisman at least admitted this was physically impossible by any stretch of the imagination.
* Megatron in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', via transformation. The red dragon wings invert and become his blue cloak, which he uses to hide the fact that he still hasn't purged himself of his dragon form.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'': Big Chill has a pair of wings that form a makeshift cloak when out of use.
* Falkenar from ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer'' has a magic cape that can turn into wings at will.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', Batman's cape transforms into a fully-functional jet-powered glider.