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An outfit with sleeves that aren't attached to a top. Usually they're strapped onto the arm close to the shoulder and allowed to flow freely around the wrist -- therefore, they are ''not'' gloves, more like arm-warmers taken to the flowy extreme. Sometimes, however, these sleeves are very tight and feels like a detached tight clothing, but the concept is still pretty much the same. Common in {{Anime}}.

The appeal of detached sleeves may be related to that of ZettaiRyouiki, only now it's the upper arm and shoulder that are bared (at least -- pairings with strapless tops are not unknown).

Compare AntiGravityClothing and OperaGloves.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Sanzo in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''
* Renamon in ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. In fact, that's the ''only'' item of clothing she wears.
* Ino, Sasuke, Zabuza, Killer Bee, etc. in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* Hanyuu in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''. Rika as well, when wearing the miko outfit.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** Kallen and Villetta.
** As well as C.C. and Cornelia in ''R2''.
** Kaguya sports these too.
** Suzaku's piloting outfit in the final few episodes of ''R2'' boasts skintight shoulders.
* Anime/PrincessTutu has detached, puffed sleeves as part of her MagicalGirl outfit.
* The gloves that Chrono in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' almost always wears actually look closer to detached sleeves on the rare occasion we see them without being covered by his coat.
* Rider from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
* [[http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/hASD1i9bsfZ6X0EVoB/browse/item/65672/4/0/0 Setsuna Subaru]] from ''Anime/ShinguSecretOfTheStellarWars''.
* Cure Berry in ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Kyoto Arc BigBad Chigusa Amagasaki and her Onmyou Mage outfit.
** For a short time, Negi is also sporting them.
* Subaru in ''Anime/DotHackSign''.
* Sheena from ''Anime/PokemonArceusAndTheJewelOfLife''.
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
** Blair when she's in human form.
** Let's not forget Tsubaki either.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid''
** Corona's Barrier Jacket.
** In Chapter 19.5, Shamal wears an outfit with detached sleeves.
** Micaiah's Barrier Jacket. This, among other features of her Barrier Jacket, makes her give off the appearance of a {{Miko}}.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** Zarbon from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
** Zangya as well, in ''Bojack Unbound''.
* Irvine from ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' combines this with FashionableAsymmetry. One side has a detached sleeve, the other has a shoulder strap like overalls. [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/irvine%20zoids/stampededtyphoon/Zoids%2520Chaotic%2520Century/IrvineBored.jpg plus pointless armbands.]]
* Ichika's Sun Djinn costume in ''Anime/UtaKata'' combines this trope with GiantPoofySleeves.
* Cooro from ''Manga/PlusAnima'' has these.
* Amu Hinamori from ''Manga/ShugoChara'' has this when transformed in Amulet Spade and [[spoiler:Amulet Diamond]]. Also Kairi Sanjou when transformed in Samurai Soul.
* ''Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri'''s Natsuki Sasahara when she becomes Kaguya Hime, complete with ZettaiRyouiki.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Mami, Sayaka, and Kyouko's MagicalGirl outfits. Has a one-to-one match with ZettaiRyouiki, oddly.
* Rin from ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' wears them.
* Tsume from ''Manga/WolfsRain'' does this with black leather.
* In ''Manga/BlackBloodBrothers'' Cassandra Jill Warlock wears an outfit that appears to consist of a tight black bodysuit and black arm-warmers.
* Several of the [[FanNickname Seven Ghosts]] in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' wear these. The [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/claymore/v02/c005/12.html dress]] that Clare wears while in disguise in Rabona also has them.
* General Cloud Nine from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has [[http://read.mangashare.com/D.Gray-man/chapter-063/page013.html a variation.]]
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Judas, Rey and Luca have sleeves/arm wraps that are separated from the rest of their uniforms.
* Pion of ''LightNovel/HumanityHasDeclined'' has this, as part of her unusual character design.
* Orihime in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. All thanks to her fight with Loly and Menoly while she's wearing the Arrancar dress.
* ''Manhua/SchoolShock'': Liu Li's first military uniform
* The main characters in ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' wears puffed, detached sleeves in their Mew forms.
* Levi in ''Manga/FairyTail'' has a dress with detached sleeves. Lucy starts to use a top with these after Tenrou Island arc.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen''
** A common feature in ComicBook/EmmaFrost's innumerable {{Stripperiffic}} outfits, but let's be honest: there isn't a single Stripperiffic trope that hasn't had Emma Frost's [[MostCommonSuperPower incomparably busty shadow]] cast over it.
** ComicBook/MsMarvel as well.
** ComicBook/{{X 23}} frequently does this as well, with the look varying between this trope and OperaGloves, DependingOnTheArtist. Also justified: Laura is a [[SelfHarm cutter]], and she often uses the sleeves to hide the wounds.
* Karolina of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' did in the beginning, when her powers were revealed.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Wallace of ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' appears to be wearing a long-sleeved shirt under his vest, but a scene in ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'', in which he is dressed by a series of robotic gizmos, revealed that it's actually a pair of standalone sleeves. This was meant as a gag, but has been repeated in more recent films.
* [[TheHighQueen Kida's]] dress at the end of Disney's ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. However, we never see the armband she wore as a princess under the upper portion of her left sleeve.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* There was a really crazy example of this in ''Film/TheFifthElement'': BruceWillis in a tank top and detached sleeves. They appear to be some kind of futuristic bandage.
* Balthazar sports a pair of detached sweater sleeves worn over a long-sleeved shirt in ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice''.
* There seems to be quite a fashion for these in Old Republic of [[Franchise/StarWars a Galaxy Far Far Away...]].
* Quorra in ''Film/TronLegacy''. In fact the only real flesh she shows (besides her face), despite being [[YMMV/TronLegacy for some]] the obligatory fanservice girl.
* Rocket in ''Film/SuckerPunch'' appears to have detached leather sleeves joined to the body of the outfit by thin straps. Goes with the {{Animesque}} feel of the movie.
* In ''Film/SchoolOfRock'', a guitarist in Battle of the Bands takes this to the logical extreme by wearing sleeves and no shirt.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', The sleeves of Aragorn's BadAssLongcoat are laced on and removable, and we see him both with and without the sleeves at various points in the movie. See the example for Medieval European garments under RealLife below.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Faith, from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', wears these in her first appearance and a few times afterwards.
* Real occasionally wears some pretty tight ones on ''[[RealityTV Real Chance of Love]]''
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' features this twice during its tenth season. Fiona, rich enough to always be on the absolute cutting edge of fashion, has an outfit with the typical flowing sleeves hanging from her elbows on down. Wesley, a middle class nerdy boy, at one point in time sports double arm casts.
* Brittany from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' invokes this look by wearing leg warmers on her arms after she foolishly wears a tank top in the middle of winter ("[[TheDitz No one taught me how to read a calendar!]]").

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Crypton Future Media's "Character Vocal" Series Music/{{Vocaloid}}s, their derivatives and many UTAU have these. A few Vocaloid examples also exist from other companies, but it is illustrator Kei's Crypton design influence that led to detached sleeves being mislabeled a Vocaloid must-have.
* Worn by Brian Molko of Post-Punk Revival band {{Music/Placebo}} in the official video of "Pure Morning."

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Mistico}}, Wrestling/SinCara and Wrestling/CarlitoColon have been known to wrestle in these.[[/folder]]

* It's all the rage in Basketball these days to wear long arm bands. All the cool folks are wearing 'em: Kobe Bryant, Melo, Lebron James. [[http://rezasramblings.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/carmelo_anthony_580418080102001.jpg See it here.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Ameiko Kaijitsu is illustrated wearing these in the Jade Regent ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' Adventure Path.

* Mimi wears detached sleeves in the "Out Tonight" number from ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''. Presumably, this is how she can be a stripper and still hide the fact that she has track marks on her arms.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'': A rare male variant, Wolf O'Donnell has leather-like detached sleeves in his ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' appearance.
* Alicia in ''VideoGame/BulletWitch''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has Reimu Hakurei (pictured) and Sanae Kochiya. Momiji Inubashiri and Mononobe no Futo sometimes have them in fanart.
* Flonne in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'', Rozalin in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', and Asuka (as well as all Ronin-type characters) in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}''.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
** Thief Rikku and Songstress Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''.
** Rydia (grown-up version) in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.
** Terra in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', as well as Celes in some Amano art and PSX renders.
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur''
** Xianghua.
** Ivy's P2 outfit has these in ''IV''.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': various armors frequently have bare shoulders. [[ShouldersOfDoom You generally won't notice it without specifically looking.]]
* The professor and dancer classes in ''Videogame/RagnarokOnline''.
* Vyse in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''. Fina and Moegi, as well.
* Kaguya Nanbu from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars OG Saga: VideoGame/EndlessFrontier''. Lamia Loveless also has this in her clothing.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''
** Anji Mito wears a hakama and two detached sleeves, but [[WalkingShirtlessScene no top at all]].
** From the same series, Jam Kuradoberi.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** Shanoa from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''.
** Maria's outfit from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment'' as well.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''
** Noel Vermillion
** Also Litchi Faye Ling. Unlike Noel, sometimes she used those sleeves to attack.
** If you look really closely at her, you'll notice that Rachel also has these types of sleeves as well.
* Timer in ''VideoGame/PopNMusic''.
* Nikki from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis''. It seems it's part of the standard female school uniform to use detached sleeves. It appears there are only a few girls that don't use them, like Jess.
* Princess Lian the Heavenly Lily from ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''.
* Aero from ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends 3''
* Aqua in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''.
* Shino and Atoli in ''VideoGame/DotHackGU''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''
** Anise has partially detached sleeves. They're connected to her shirt at the armpit, but the shoulders are open.
** Also Tear (completely detached in her case).
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''
** Sheena has detached sleeves, although she wears long black sleeves underneath them.
** Presea, Zelos and Seles Wilder have them, too.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'', we have the protagonists Emil and Marta who also wear detached sleeves.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** A distinctly weird example in that the sleeves aren't detached exactly at the shoulders: [[http://www.feplanet.net/media/gallery/view.php?id=379 Nephenee]] in ''Path of Radiance''
** Mia and Micaiah also have these in ''Radiant Dawn''.
* Rhyth from ''[[VideoGame/JetSetRadio Jet Set Radio Future]]'' has these. They're see-through too, oddly enough.
* Female Shepard's "colony" casual outfit in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'': Seen in Okuni and a customized character.
* Compa and Noire have always had Detached Sleeves since the start of the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series. RED from the original game, Histoire, Uni (in regular and HDD form), HDD Rom and Ram, HDD Nepgear, Chika Hakozaki in Mk-2, and Vert in her regular form in Victory have this as well.
* Cecille's default outfit in ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia''. Though [[VirtualPaperDoll she has other outfits she can wear]] her regular dress is the only one she wears in battle.
* Kagu has some in ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}''. [[spoiler: Well, after she accepts her Miko powers, at least.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/GirlchanInParadise'', Kotomaru's shirt (or lack thereof) is ''just'' sleeves, and nothing else.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Zola and Sleipnir in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''.
* [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1184 Seen on an art page]] from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo''.
* Both Meji and her mother from ''Webcomic/ErrantStory''.
* Reasonably common in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', especially with backless shirts for winged characters. [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1053.php Abel demonstrates]].
* Caprice from ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[CuteWitch Xandra]] from {{Neopets}} sports sleeves that are half-detached.
* ViHart wears these most of the time, but they fit fairly close to her arms- probably to lessen the likelihood of her getting permanent marker on them.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'''s sleeves are part of his shirt when he takes them off, but when wearing it his sleeves and arms are drawn far higher than his entire shirt.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''
** Aelita has puffy detached sleeves in her first Lyoko avatar.
** Yumi also wears this in the first episode for the school party, along with ZettaiRyouiki.
* ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'': Sophie Casterwill rocks this look when she's in her standard outfit.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'': Triplicate Girl had these for a while in the second season.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': June the bounty hunter has these.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': And now, Korra [[http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/post/97302394302/korranation-korra-is-heading-to-new-york-comic will wear them]] during the fourth and final season.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Occasionally used in dance and ballet costumes for freer movement of the shoulders, while still being showy.
* The sleeves on women's kimono (and other traditional Japanese clothes) are unattached underneath. Men's sleeves are sewn shut. This is, naturally, the ultimate source of this trope's prevalence in Japanese works. Poorly done cosplay or Western imitations lack this feature fairly often.
* Gowns worn by medieval women were often designed with separate sleeves that would be laced to the gown. When you read about a lady giving her knight a sleeve as a token, she simply unlaced a sleeve to do so, instead of taking scissors to her dress. The practical reason for this was that if the sleeves got dirty, and they did, the whole dress wouldn't need to be washed.
** Garments for men did this as well. Another practical purpose for both was that it allowed one garment to be both a long-sleeved garment in cooler weather, and shorter-sleeved when it got hot. Also, similar to the kimono example above, sleeves often had open armpits for this purpose: In hotter weather, one put their arms through the holes in the armpits rather than through the sleeve.