Gas Mask, Longcoat

A subtrope of Coat, Hat, Mask.

Basically any character that wears a gas mask and, well, a longcoat. Occasionally, there will be a good reason for this, like the character deals with cold weather and/or toxic fumes on a regular basis, but mostly these characters exist because it looks really cool. Trench coats or dusters seem to be the preferred apparel, though other kinds of long coats are acceptable. To make it easier to breathe, some models allow you to hook up a motorized air pump to make sure you get enough air.

Often works as a particularly stylish variant of Hazmat Suit.

Can be one sign of a Post Apocalyptic setting with an unlivable environment (see Post Apocalyptic Gasmask for that). Also common attire for Doom Troops thanks to the dehumanizing and vaguely skeletal/insect-like look of gas masks as well as the implication that Weapons Of Mass Destruction are in use by one or more sides. Either way, you are almost certainly living in a Crapsack World if this look is practical or common. See also Putting on the Reich.

Can overlap with Gas Mask Mooks if said mooks also include trenchcoats in their uniforms. Not to be confused with Badass Longcoat. For a more historical version see Plague Doctor.


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    Comic Books 
  • The Sandman from Sandman Mystery Theatre. Notable in that he also has a hat. Probably the Ur-Example in fiction, since he's been sporting the look since 1939.
  • During the first few arcs of Y: The Last Man, Yorick disguises himself with a gas mask, but phones it in a bit on the coat, wearing a poncho instead.
  • Dr. Kroenen from Hellboy. He is seen wearing a long coat as part of his Nazi uniform once or twice, but eventually trades it in for a significantly less awesome apron.
  • Major Maxim, hulking Nazi Super Soldier and main antagonist from the Danger Girl series, wears a similar getup to Kroenen.
  • Knights of the Dinner Table: Newt wears this outfit when playing his character Corporal Punishment in Heroes of Hackleague.
  • Vlad from Hack / Slash. The gas mask helps his breathing. The coat is to hide he looks like humanoid lizard.

    Fan Works 
  • Yognapped main antagonist Sben dresses this way to intimidate people. And because he's horribly mangled to the point of being unidentifiable as human.

    Films — Animation 
  • The mooks from Atlantis: The Lost Empire wear greatcoats as part of their uniform and gas masks during the underground expedition, which is rather prudent since the risk of poison gas pockets would be very real and the climax takes place in an erupting volcano, though none of the named characters wear one. Note that despite the common misconception, though gas warfare had not yet been used in practice, it was at least theoretical and had been outlawed as early as 1907. Also note that gas masks first appeared in combat at the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915, while masks in one form or another date back to 1849.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Tatooine-informant alien in Star Wars: A New Hope who ratted out Kenobi and Skywalker to the Stormtroopers in Mos Eisley; he was an alien who looked like he had a gas mask, but he definitely had a long coat.
  • Kroenen from the film version of Hellboy is dressed in a Nazi uniform, with a black coat and black cap, and a metallic gas mask.
  • Resident Evil: Retribution. Umbrella Corporation soldiers, so they can look cool while Fast-Roping out the back of a tiltrotor gunship.
  • Peter Quill of Guardians of the Galaxy is introduced in this outfit when exploring a toxic planet, and since the mask is a Collapsible Helmet, he's seen in it a few more times throughout the film.
  • Bane in The Dark Knight Rises wears a variant of this.

    Live Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor in "The Poison Sky". He usually wears a Badass Longcoat and wore a gas mask because of the toxic gas being released from the cars.
  • An episode of Angel had vampires using these to attack a group of Vampire Hunters in daylight.

  • The music video for The Sword's Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians features a group of survivors sporting a variety of coats, coat-like rags, robes, and protective masks trekking across an atomic wasteland. Their leader gets bonus points for having a staff to go with his hooded robe, blurring the line between this and Robe and Wizard Hat.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Imperial trench infantry in Mutant Chronicles, complete with Brodie helmets.
  • The Death Korps of Krieg from Warhammer 40k are an entire army of this. The Armageddon Steel Legion use this trope as well.
    • It should be noted that both are based on real world militaries from the same nation but of different eras. The Death Korps is intended to resemble World War 1 German infantry, whereas the Steel Legion bears more of a resemblance to the later Wermacht uniforms.
  • Standard uniform of the Deathwatch in Unhallowed Metropolis

    Video Games 
  • Fallout: New Vegas: This is the uniform of the NCR Veteran Rangers. Counter to the ominous look, they're the elite force of one the more or less good factions, the New California Republic, spreading democracy at gunpoint.
    • Tycho from Fallout is described as this if you read his flavor text, but due to the graphical limitations of the time his in-game representation is simply one of the handful of standard NPC sprites.
    • In the Honest Hearts DLC, you can find the Desert Ranger combat armor, which is almost exactly like the Ranger armor save for being unaffiliated with a faction and has some distinct markings and writings by its previous owners, as well as green eye lenses instead of red.
      • The reason for them looking almost exactly the same is that the NCR adopted the Desert Rangers' (like Tycho, but as mentioned that only showed up in the flavour text) armor for their Veteran Rangers. But the armour is clearly marked as LAPD Riot squad...
    • Lonesome Road introduces Riot Gear, which is basically the NCR Veteran Ranger armor from the core game with some stat bonuses and no faction association, as well as the Elite Riot Gear which throws in a minor case of Shoulders of Doom. The overall outfit is slightly more protective but also lighter in weight.
      Random Chairman: "Hey baby, you dig these new troopers? The hot fashion is killer robot chic!
      • All of these are 200 year old Ancient Artifacts, actual scavenged Pre-War riot gear since production of new models is impossible given the high level of tech put into it.
    • Also, Ulysses wears a coat with the Old World flag on his back as well as a gas mask due to the radiation of The Divide.
  • Psycho Mantis is this in his first scene in Metal Gear Solid, where all the FOXHOUND members wear coats. He ditches the coat and keeps the gas mask shortly afterward, though.
  • The First Sons from inFAMOUS. Also crosses over with Gas Mask Mooks.
  • The original design for the Half-Life 2 Combine Mooks featured the civil protection with gasmasks and longcoats. The longcoats were cut, gasmasks were not.
  • Popular summer wear in Chernobyl.
  • The Corroder from Clock Tower 3 wears a gas mask and a long brown, stained apron that greatly resemble a coat. Justified in that his weapon of choice is a gun that shoots acid.
  • He lacked the coat initially, but Kabal from Mortal Kombat 3 gained a sleeveless one in Deception and Armageddon.
  • Silhouette from Destroy All Humans!
  • One of the possible outfits in Brink, as well as various other Gas Mask Mook looks.
  • Practically a requirement for characters in Metro 2033.
  • E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy: standard issue uniform for all Federal Cops
  • Venom troopers in Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
  • The Storm Troopers in the final mission of Medal of Honor: Airborne.
  • For the Renaissance-period version of it, the Plague Doctor outfit in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Actually has roots in Real Life (see folder below).
  • The Bogeyman in Silent Hill: Downpour
  • This is how Zero appears to Junpei when he is kidnapped in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors.
  • The Whalers in Dishonored have this aesthetic, but what's kind of funny to note is that despite how the look nicely complements their identity as a band of deadly assassins, it actually has a pretty mundane origin: it's protective gear worn in whale oil processing plants, hence the name "Whalers".
  • This is the public face of the East Coast Killer in Still Life 2.
  • This is the uniform of the European Alliance Stormtroopers in March Of War.
  • Certain Bounty Hunter headwear in Star Wars: The Old Republic look a lot like gas masks, and a lot of the potential wardrobe includes longcoats, so...

    Visual Novels 
  • Clear from DRAMAtical Murder sports a gas mask and a long white coat for no apparent reason. He never removes his gas mask, even while eating. It's revealed later in the game that he wears the gas mask because his grandfather told him he must never show his face to anyone, probably because he is actually a robot whose face is identical to that of other robots. When he finally takes it off, it's a significant moment and goes towards establishing his humanity. He wears the long coat because it was his grandfather's.
  • [[Big Bad: Zero]] from Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors uses the look. It serves to hide their identity by hiding their voice and concealing their face, and protecting them from the knockout gas he uses to kidnap the main characters.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Death's Head, a supervillain with the power to cause spontaneous illness and infection, from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, wears a World War II-era gas mask, a fedora, and a trenchcoat of his costume.
  • A-GENT 88 wears this, mostly to help protect people from his ability.
  • In Fallout: Nuka Break, we meet an NCR Ranger at the end of Episode 6 wearing the armor seen at the top of this page. Turns out he isn't even a Ranger at all. He just beat up a Ranger and stole his armor, which makes him even more badass.

    Real Life 
  • Many soldiers, particularly German ones, in World War One. Most likely the Trope Maker.
    • And for good reason: the coat protected skin against blister agents.
    • They weren't called trench coats for nothing.
  • Modern gasmasks are often the modular type, with a replaceable and interchangable filter cartridge that lets you switch out for purpose-built protection for certain hazardous substances.
  • Live In Russia Instead Of Playing Post Apocalyptic RPG's. Since Weblinks Are Not Examples, it's a guy carrying an AK-47 and wearing a big black hooded trench coat and a gas mask that has a filter cartridge roughly half the size of one's forearm.
    • To be fair, it's the variation on the standard NBC/chemical protection suit, made of rubberized cloth, that every army of the Cold War era had. Properly put on and fitted (and in its original green hue), it tends to resemble a goofy raincoat / CPU assembly worker uniform much more than a badass coat of doom.
  • More primitive versions can be found in the Plague Doctor (Wikipedia articles on the profession and the costume), who were employed during the Black Plague. The plague doctor's mask possessed glass eyepieces, and the nose was filled with herbs to ward away 'bad air', which was one of the believed causes of the plague at the time. The doctor then wore long thick outer garments to protect them from their surroundings, and carried a cane to interact with things without directly touching them (think that claw thingy the trashman carries). Although there was very little the doctors could actually do for their patients besides taking note of the infected and instigating quarantines, they were paid relatively handsomely for the risk involved in their jobs.
    • Unfortunately it's now theorized that those long coats, with all their folds and fibers, might actually have made great hiding places for the disease carrying fleas which actually spread the plague.
  • The Loyon, an unidentified person spotted wandering in a Swiss forest, regularly seen since a decade. He wears a gasmask and sometimes a long camoufled coat. Although the previous link can look like a hoax (it is actually quite exagerrated), the Loyon (gender unknown) really exists (look here for an article - in French - from an actual Swiss newspaper).