Sometimes, to show how cool a character is (or just how broad his shoulders are), all he has to do is wear his coat like a cape, as in not bothering to put his arms through the sleeves. This is often a trait of Japanese Delinquents
or military leaders.
Don't expect them to slip or fall off, even up against powerful winds, explosions and any amount of running, jumping and acrobatics, unless it's for dramatic reasons
Compare Coat Over the Shoulder
. Not to be confused with Badass Longcoat
, which often resembles a cape but is worn normally.
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Anime and Manga
- Most of the high-ranking Marines in One Piece wear their coats like a cape. Word of God says that they're kept in place by justice. Crocodile, one of the Shichibukai sanctioned by the government, also wore his fur coat this way.
- Coats are also seen hanging off the shoulders of infamous Pirate Captains like Whitebeard and Blackbeard, who actively oppose the Marines' idea of justice.
- Actually, the only pirate captain who actually wore his captains' coat was Roger.
- Laxus Dreyar in Fairy Tail wears this look as part of his second outfit shown and later again during the Grand Magic Games Arc. In the anime, he is shown wearing his coat in that style from the start and losing it after the Festival Arc.
- Yami has done this from time to time in Yu-Gi-Oh!.
- Common in Hellsing. Integra, in particular, is rarely seen otherwise.
- Taki from Hyakujitsu No Bara does this on at least one occasion with his Badass Longcoat, with Dramatic Wind for added effect.
- Colonel Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist often does this before going into full-bore flesh-roasting badass mode.
- Scar does this too on occasion.
- Kazuo Kiriyama does this in the Battle Royale manga; His gakuran's top is inexplicably long compared to his slacks, and stays on his shoulders even when he's subjected to explosions or jumps off a cliff. And although it starts out as a regular school jacket◊, by mid-manga it starts doing things like this◊, and then near the end it's basically a separate living entity that perches on his shoulders◊.
- Mifune the bodyguard from Soul Eater wore a coat like this both in his first and last battle against Black*Star.
- Hibari Kyoya from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! pulls this off all while whacking enemies with tonfas sometimes attached with whips. He still manages to keep his coat on at the end of the battle. Perhaps he actually pinned his coat onto his shirt? Either way, it gives more leeway to make his entrances more awesome with his sleeves flying about flashing his disciplinary committee badge, which he is the president of.
- Also Xanxus from the same series. He manages to fly in the air with the help of his two guns while keeping his coat still on.
- Germany and Greece of Axis Powers Hetalia occasionally sport this look. As does Molossia.
- Seiichi Yukimura from The Prince of Tennis.
- Black Jack is one of the older manga examples, his flapping coat being a big part of his signature look.
- Howl in Howl's Moving Castle starts out wearing his jacket this way. He stops wearing the cape when Character Development hits.
- Balalaika from Black Lagoon wears her Soviet military coat like this.
- Part of the Impulse Form of Fate's Barrier Jacket in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S.
- Sengoku Nadeko of Bakemonogatari wears her jacket in this manner. It's meant to represent shed snakeskin.
- Yamamoto wears his captain's haori over his shoulders like a cape. It only comes off when his fighting gets serious.
- Kyouraku wears a woman's kimono like a cape over his captain's haori. He only removes the woman's kimono when fighting gets serious.
- Mikuni Souichirou of [C] - Control provides a good example, using a longcoat. He removes his coat for fights.note
- Kusabi Mido of Rosario + Vampire wears a coat as such when confronting main character Tsukune. When he decides to get serious and Monstrel Out, however, his coat vanishes without explanation (though it may have just fallen off when his arm turned into an Ore Club).
- Ookuninushi from Kamisama Kiss always seems to sport this look. Tomoe does it too on certain occasions.
- Digimon Savers gives Banchou Leomon this look, and it doubles both as a shield!
- Lucifer in Angel Cop wears a white fox jacket over her shoulders.
- Kill la Kill: Mako wears her Fight Club President uniform this way.
- Sharaku Hosuke in The Three Eyed One gets one of these when he accesses his Superpowered Evil Side.
- In Hornet's Sting by Derek Robinson, one of the pilots wears his coat like this while pretending to be a Portuguese lord whose checkbook he found. Played for comedy, rather than badassery.
Live Action TV
- On The Monkees, Micky did it when he was pretending to be a big-time movie producer, along with using a cigarette holder.
- This is how Wade Barrett arrives before a match. He sheds it while standing on the stage.
- Commissars in Warhammer 40,000 are often depicted wearing their jackets like this.
- Persona 4: Kanji, as pictured. In Persona 4 Arena, Elizabeth ponders how it stays on, while Akihiko notes how impractical it is in fighting and tells him to take it off.
- Mao from Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice. He has a chain around the collar to prevent it from falling off.
- Ujiyasu Hojo from Samurai Warriors 3. Masamune gains one in the fourth game.
- Tyrell Badd in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth.
- Final Fantasy VI: My life is a chip in your pile. Time to ante up. You have just learned everything you need to know, personality-wise, about Setzer Gabianni.
- Azrael of Blaz Blue Chrono Phantasma wears one. His actually does have a strap across the collar to keep it from falling off.
- Fumi from Devil Survivor 2 wears her longcoat like this.
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: As part of his Big Damn Heroes moment near the end of Act 5, Raiden shows up wearing his black leather duster as such, which is held in place by one of Snake's flak jackets. Justified, since by that point, he's lost both arms.
- Chosokabe Motochika from Sengoku Basara is a pirate, so there was never really a second option when it came to how he'd wear his jacket. And as a bonus, he's not got anything underneath it either.
- Wulfric of Pokémon X and Y wears his blue coat like this. This is despite the fact that as an Ice-type trainer, that coat would really help out.
- Haruka from Senran Kagura uses a really large labcoat for this trope. In later games, she gave the labcoat for a Robot Buddy for wear, who floats right behind Haruka to give this illusion.
- Bethany from Afterlife Blues always wears her Badass Longcoat this way; she often holds it in place when she isn't using her hands for something else.
- In World War II, Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering was often photographed wearing his coat this way.
- In early 20th century it was customary for gentlemen to wear an overcoat outside regardless of the temperatures. Especially in Southern Europe it became customary to wear them in this manner to avoid exessive discomfort during the summer months.
- The pelisse is a light jacket worn over the left arm as part of the Hussar uniform. They were infamously impractical and a total liability against other cavalry. Naturally, every European army wore them.