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Coat Over the Shoulder

A cool-looking way of carrying your coat. It's not only used to indicate that a character is cool, but also a certain amount of casualness and self-confidence.

Also related to Dramatic Wind and Badass Cape. Compare Coat Cape.


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  • Practically in every political ad, particularly when the candidate is looking directly into the camera.

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    Film - Live Action 
  • The movie Charly (an adaptation of Flowers for Algernon) begins with Charly trying and failing to flip his coat over his shoulder in a cool way.
  • In Twins (the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny Devito film), Danny gets them matching sets of cool white suits. They simultaneously flip their jackets, with Arnold's jacket floating over Danny.

    Live Action TV 
  • Kamen Rider Stronger: Shigeru Jo.
  • Booth from Bones has a tendency to do this.
  • Castle: Rick Castle has his jacket over his shoulder when Beckett's supervisor tells her that he's going to be helping her on the case in the very first episode. He oozes self-confidence.
  • The Mentalist: Jane ALWAYS is wearing the same blue, three piece suit, season after season. But occasionally, he takes off his jacket and carries his coat over his shoulder.
  • The X-Files:
    • Agent Mulder at least once. Though carrying a suit jacket over his shoulder isn't a thing he would do often.
    • In "Dreamland I", Kersh's secretary thinks she scored with Agent Mulder, but it was in fact his body switched doppelgänger. When she passes Agent Scully in the hall of Mulder's apartment building, she looks at Scully as if she was saying "I won" and confidently tosses her jacket over her shoulder.
  • Jack McCoy was seen to do this periodically on the original Law & Order.


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    Real Life 
  • This is a generic way to handle a coat, so Real Life examples are abundant, to say the least.

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Captain Morgan PoseStock PosesContemplative Boss
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Persona 3ImageSource/Video GamesEasier Than Easy

alternative title(s): Coat Over Shoulder
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