- Nothing Up My Sleeve: This one is for those who hide actual weapons inside their otherwise-harmless sleeves.
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Anime and Manga
- Master Asia of G Gundam, The Undefeated of the East, uses the sash he wears around his waist as a weapon. To absurdly lethal effect. He can turn it into a makeshift drill or whip and the thing appears to exhibit the properties of a steel blade... and this is when he isn't empowering it with his own ki. With this, he can destroy Mobile Suits while on foot. Remember, this is the man who taught Domon everything he knew. Yes, he's just that good.
- In Ranma ½, Ryouga uses his bandannas as weapons, and once he used his belt.
- In Berserk, Guts shields himself from arrows with his cloak.
- Rurouni Kenshin: Hajime Saito use his friggin' belt to block, grab, lift, and almost kill Kenshin Himura in their first in-series battle.
- Teppa Aizen in Grenadier can weaponize all his clothes (made of Applied Phlebotinum), altering their physical properties to those of a sword, a rope, a shield, etc..
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Kuu Fei uses a cloth spear in her fight against Mana, made from a sash in her dress.
- In Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple the Multi-Melee Master Shigure is in a hot springs bath, completely naked and helpless. Surely, it's the right moment to attack her, right? Wrong! She can still use her hair ribbon (soaked in hot water) to defend herself, at least temporarily until she retrieves her sword. In a later chapter, when captured by the enemy, they imprison her naked... not to humiliate her, but because they're well aware of her abilities and don't want to give her anything she could potentially use as a weapon.
- Lady Killer from The Strangers in The Ultraverse was a fashion designer turned superhero. Her power was perfect aim and every part of her costume was designed so it could used as a weapon. Most common was using her sash as an entangling weapon.
- One shot Nightwing villain Sylph had a shroud made of a special material that allowed her to suffocate her opponents or use it as a makeshift bungie cord to jump off buildings and land safely on the ground.
- Storm (Ororo Munroe) does this in X-Men #170 when the X-Men first meet the Morlocks and she has to fight Callisto.
- In Iron Monkey, the one villain uses a technique called "flying sleeves" in which the sleeves of his robe extend and he uses them to batter his opponents at range.
- The Three Musketeers (1973): During a fight in a laundry, Athos loses his sword and picks up a piece of wet clothing to use as a weapon.
- Each movie in The Transporter trilogy has at least one fight scene where the main character uses his trademark black suit to beat up or tie up his opponents. It's probably a complete coincidence that this inevitably leads to a Jason Statham shirtless scene.
- In Hero, Flying Snow uses her sleeves to knock down barrages of arrows.
- In Once Upon a Time in China III, the main character, in one scene, pacifies a street full of fighting ruffians by taking off his outer jacket and whipping it around with characteristic kung fu precision.
- Mulan uses a sash to fight off some of the Huns in the Imperial Palace with the help of her friends Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po (dressed in drag) before her final confrontation with Shan Yu.
- In Sherlock Holmes, Watson uses both his hat and coat on different occasions to subdue attacking thugs.
- In the Mechwarrior: Dark Age novel, Service for the Dead, Anastasia Kerensky takes off her halter type garment and uses it to strangle her opponent in a duel for command of the Steel Wolves. Afterward, nobody bothers to question the crazy topless woman about the legality of using her clothing as a weapon in what was supposed to be an unarmed contest (though her opponent grabbed a knife from an observer after she came at him with the shirt the first time).
-  featured a fight between Gurney Halleck and some mook. Halleck's strategy is to wait until the man lunges at him, then to throw his cloak over the guy's head and stab him through it.
- Roger Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber series novel The Courts of Chaos. When Corwin fights Duke Borel of the title Courts, he runs away and sets an ambush. When Borel appears, Corwin throws his cloak over Borel's head, rendering him helpless just long enough to kick him off his horse and skewer him with his sword as he's removing the cloak.
- In Warbreaker, Life Energy can be transmitted into inanimate objects, causing them to obey a simple command. This can be used to make clothing behave variously as Combat Tentacles, armor, or Powered Armor, enhancing the strength of the wearer.
- In the Circle of Magic series, Sandry's magic works through fiber, thread, or fabric. Thus, her usual approach to hostiles or criminals is to bind them in their own clothes.
Live Action TV
- Rapier and Cloak is (or was anyway) a Real Life discipline, back when people walked around with cloaks and rapiers on a regular basis. It's still used when appropriate in Stage Combat, Society for Creative Anachronism, etc.
- One type of eastern hidden weapon is a long-sleeved robe with weights sewn into the cuffs.
- Lee style Tai Chi has an empty-hand form, and a number of weapon styles - duelling sword, broadsword, staff, nunchuks... and silk scarf.
- Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu are performed in the gi (traditional martial arts uniform), and practitioners are allowed to grip nearly anywhere on their own or their opponent's gi. This results in a wide variety of creative controlling holds, collar chokes, lapel chokes and arm traps, sleeve chokes, and other techniques that are dependent on the user's, or his opponent's, clothing.
- Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition supplement Oriental Adventures: one martial arts ability was Steel Cloth, which allowed a character to use a piece of cloth as if it were a spear.
- In 3.5e, the Oriental Adventures-derived Wu Jen class gets a spell called Iron Scarf, which turns a thrown scarf into a deadly blade. At higher levels, they also get a spell called Decapitating Scarf, which does pretty much what you think it does.
- One school of swordfighting in 7th Sea is basically "Cloak and rapier" (one in each hand).
- Amber Diceless Role-Playing. Throwing a cloak or rug over someone's head is a specific form of attack listed under Weapons in the Other Factors in Combat section.
- In Pathfinder, some Varisians (Fantasy Roma) wield bladed scarves.
- In BlazBlue, some of Jin's attacks hit things with his absurdly long sleevesnote . Noel has one attack involving the ropes attached to her cuffs. Rachel's forward+C attack is a weaponized Skirt Twirl. Litchi's down-forward + C is a sweep with her cloth as well. Amane's entire playstyle involves using his plume to attack, mainly using it as a drill.
- San Zang from Warriors Orochi fights entirely with her ridiculously long sleeves that drag along the ground wherever she goes.
- Iku Nagae fights with what is most easily described as a frilly scarf. A number of her attacks revolve around it - including whipping with it, and a drill attack with it.
- Huangfu Muyun from Xuanyuan Jian Waizhuan: Yun zhi Yao can utilize a piece of white cloth with sword energy to use as a weapon.
- From The King of Fighters
- From Street Fighter, we have Rose who uses Soul Power to kick ass with her scarf.
- Rita from Tales of Vesperia uses scarves and belts to attack enemies and cast magic.
- One of Batman's moves in Arkham Asylum is to whirl his cape at his enemies, using weights in the corners to stun.
- Mario can use his Super Cape to attack enemies and block projectiles. This is also one of his special moves in Super Smash Bros..
- In the The Legend of Korra episode "The Revelation", Korra borrows her friend Mako's Scarf of Asskicking to disguise herself and infiltrate an Equalist rally, and ends up using the scarf to throw a huge bouncer into a steam vent, knocking him out.
- On a wider basis, metalbenders wearing metal armor - Republic City police, Zaofu guards, etc. - can use that armor as a weapon if needs be. Lin Beifong turns her sleeves into Blades Below The Shoulder on one occasion, and her sister Suyin bends her breastplate around P'Li to block her combustion bending, killing her via Your Head Asplode in the process.
- Kuvira (also a metalbender) throws metal bands attached to her outfit to bind and blindfold her enemies.
- In Generator Rex, one of Rex's old buddies is made up entirely of bandages, and he can use them either for ranged attacks, or dissolve himself and slip in tight spaces. The mercenary IV also uses bandages as a weapon.