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Coat Cape

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.


Examples:

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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.
    • Coats are also seen hanging off the shoulders of infamous Pirate Captains like Whitebeard and Blackbeard, who actively oppose the Marines' idea of justice.
  • 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 StrikerS.
  • Sengoku Nadeko of Bakemonogatari wears her jacket in this manner. It's meant to represent shed snakeskin.
  • Bleach
    • 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.

     Film 
  • Kazuma Kiryu in the Yakuza live action adaptation wears his jacket like this near the end. The reason is pretty much so that it can be blown off by a helicopter so he will be shirtless for the dramatic final fight scene.
  • Toht of Raiders of the Lost Ark wears his longcoat like this while digging for the Ark in Egypt.

     Literature 
  • 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.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • This is how Wade Barrett arrives before a match. He sheds it while standing on the stage.

     Tabletop Games 
  • Commissars in Warhammer 40,000 are often depicted wearing their jackets like this.

     Video Games 

     Web Comics 
  • 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.

     Real Life 
  • 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.


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