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->''"These sleeves are almost as poofy as my hair."''
-->-- '''Momoko''', ''WebVideo/WeddingPeachAbridged''

Sleeves with puffs on or just below the shoulders have been a part of women's clothing, and even men's, since at least the late 15th century, and could get fairly large, like [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mary_tudor_01.jpg the sleeves on this dress]].

Yet during the late 19th century, came the "leg of mutton" sleeves, which were shoulder puffs [[BiggerIsBetter injected with growth hormones]]. These balloons, most popular during TheGayNineties and the 1900's, were [[http://www.pastpatterns.com/images/pp8355_b.jpg just huge]]. Today, they are usually seen in wedding dresses, but do show up in other places. [[ShouldersOfDoom Armor over the shoulders]] has [[SisterTrope a similar shape]].

The surest way to tell if it's this trope is if the wearer's head could fit in one of those sleeves (not counting her hair).

Often part of a PimpedOutDress, especially a FairytaleWeddingDress. Yet it's not limited to those. Some outfits put it on [[SweaterGirl sweaters]], coats, and even a LeotardOfPower.

Compare ShouldersOfDoom, EightiesHair, GiantWaistRibbon, MegaTwintails.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The dress worn by ''Manga/WeddingPeach''.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'''s schoolgirl uniforms have them, in fitting with the FairytaleMotifs of the series.
* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. In fact, the sleeves shaped much of what the story [[MixAndMatch was to become]], as someone in production looked at the character design and thought [[HumongousMecha she looked like a]] Franchise/{{Gundam}}.
* The school uniforms in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'' have this sort of sleeve, although it's more muted than some examples.
* More than one ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' costume, especially in promotional art.
* Athena of ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' has giant ''spiked'' poofy sleeves.
* In ''Manga/ExcelSaga'', all uniforms of ACROSS henchmen come with big shoulder pads.
** The {{Feelies}} version of the ACROSS Membership Card included with the first [=DVD=] [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade on this]] by requiring the member to indicate their "Shoulder pad size."
* Allen Schezar from ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''. In one scene, his pet owl lands on one of the shoulder-poofs, and it ''isn't even dented''.
* ''The [[PimpedOutDress Dress]]'' from ''Manga/ParadiseKiss''.
* The girls' school uniform in ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko''.
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' seems to have this large pointed sleeve puffs as a unisex clothing item.
* Ichika's Sun Djinn costume in ''Anime/UtaKata'' uses this trope with detached sleeves.
* Sumomo in ''Manga/{{Chobits}}''. It might not seem like it due to her SuperDeformed look, but if her head was normal size, the sleeves would fit over it.
* Papillion and Dr. Butterfly from ''Manga/BusouRenkin''
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' there are Orihime in her Hueco Mundo attire and [[ElegantGothicLolita Cirucci Sanderwicci]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In a rare superhero example, Franchise/TheDCU's ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} wears poofy sleeves.
** So does Alan Scott, the Golden Age GreenLantern.
* ComicBook/{{Psylocke}} of the ComicBook/XMen started her super-heroic career filling in for her brother as Captain Britain. Her version of the costume featured red, white and blue hair and seriously giant poofy sleeves. She kept the sleeve theme in her first X-Men costume; sadly, they later fell victim to practicality, when she switched to body armour.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney version]] of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ariel's [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]] [[PimpedOutDress dress]] has regular puffs, but her FairytaleWeddingDress fits this.
* Though they're not quite as giant as Ariel's, Bridget's dress in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''.
* Charlotte's party dress from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', Giselle's wedding dress has absolutely colossal leg of mutton poofs, which is an AffectionateParody of some of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess dresses.
* In ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'', Deb's prom dress has huge, homemade balloons on each arm, prompting Napoleon's famous chat-up line "I like your sleeves. They're real big".
* Sarah's dress in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', a glittering ball gown with some of the biggest, poofiest sleeves ever and a skirt you couldn't get through a standard door.
* Glinda in the 1939 version of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* In ''Film/StateFair'', Margy wears so many dresses with poofy sleeves, one of the speakers of the DVDCommentary for the 60th Anniversary Edition lampshades it.

* In ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', Anne longs for a dress with fashionable puffed sleeves, which her practical guardian Marilla refuses to give her, believing them to be a frivolous waste of fabric. When Marilla's shy brother Matthew goes to the trouble of ordering a dress as a gift for Anne, he remembers the puffed sleeves, and Anne is ecstatic - Marilla somewhat less so. "You'll have to turn sideways to go through a door!" In later books, after the fashions have changed, Anne still looks back fondly on puffed sleeves, perhaps in part because of the association with the first truly pretty clothes she'd ever had. View the TV miniseries' version of the dress [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/annepoofysleeves_2346.jpg here]].
* ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' played with these; Leonard da Quirm's giant poofy shoulders were used as emergency air storage in his astrochelonaut's suit.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': "I Don't Wanna Be A Pirate!"
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' episode "Theatricality", Kurt wears GiantPoofySleeves perhaps combined with ShouldersOfDoom
* Blake of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' tended to have sleeves that could double as sails. Between that and Avon's indecently-tight leather, this led to ''plenty'' of costume jokes.
* The 1999 BBC mini-series of ''Literature/WivesAndDaughters'' is set during the Romantic Era (though the book was written in the 1860s) and most definitely features GiantPoofySleeves in some of the fancier gowns.
* For a season of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'', Miss Jay Alexander's sleeves got bigger each episode. Finally resulting in [[http://topidol.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/antm-j-alexander-giant-sleeves-tyra-banks.jpg this.]]
* [[https://web.archive.org/web/20160819185444/http://www.buddytv.com/articles/Image/project-runway/PR-Season5/PRCF59/PRCF59-Kenley.jpg This]] design by Kenley Collins for a Season 5 episode of ''Series/ProjectRunway''.
* The leg-of-mutton is mentioned in ''Series/DowntonAbbey''; when the [[GrandeDame Dowager Countess]] runs into her niece arguing with ''her'' daughter Rose about the latter's rather risque fashion choices, she sides with the young woman, saying that what she wore in her day (the 1860s) was the period equivalent of Rose's dress.
-->'''Violet''': Oh, my dear, in my day I wore the crinoline, the bustle, and the leg-of-mutton sleeves; I am not in a strong position to criticize.
** We should note here that the leg-of-mutton was at the time considered an enhancement to the bust, and that the crinoline and bustle emphasised feminine curves, especially the posterior ones (the bustle in particular had little purpose other than to make the woman's arse more attractive).
* ''Series/UpTheWomen'' - This is given as one of the reasons why women cannot vote - their sleeves would get caught in the ballet boxes.
* Nyssa, one of the companions of ''Series/DoctorWho'', wore poofy sleeves with her shirt and [[PrettyInMink fur-trimmed jacket]].

* Seen on Glinda the Good Witch's dress in Jersey Jack Pinball's ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz,'' both on the sides of the cabinet and in her video clips.

* Franchise/{{Barbie}} has quite a few dresses with these.
** Jeweled Splendor is a dress with black elbow-length sleeves that are each just a huge, almost spherical puff.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Battles'', the empire army is filled with this kind of sleeves (though they are almost always poofy they are not always gigantic).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' gigot-sleeves, also called leg-o-mutton sleeves are the height of fashion in 1889. You see plenty of them in the illsutrations.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Samus' Varia suit in ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' (overlapping with ShouldersOfDoom). Sure the suit is one of the most badass video game outfits ''ever'', but look at the shoulders. They're each as big as her head. ''With'' her helmet on. They were created for the sprites in ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' on the GameBoy, since the original game showed the Varia suit with a PaletteSwap, which wasn't a reasonable option this time.
* [[SuperMarioBros Princess Peach, Pink Gold Peach and Princess Daisy]] have them on their dresses.
* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools''' Yurika Kirishima has these on [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yurika-scary.png her school uniform]].
* This is among the few costume tropes that sees little use in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series, and is understated when it does show up. However, the two characters that do possess it (Cirno and occasionally Marisa) are among the most popular.
* Kuja from ''Videogame/FinalFantasyIX''. Slightly twisted in that Kuja was male.
** The [[PinkMeansFeminine all pink]] [[SnakePeople Lamias]] wear pink puffs of FluffyFashionFeathers on their shoulders.
* A rare male example: The Engineer in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' has huge, poofy sleeves. While not as extreme as other examples, they are still huge and extravagant, when the idea of the game is to ''not'' draw attention to yourself.
* In ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessEnchantedJourney'', Zara has these on her princess dress.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Franziska von Karma in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series has a very fetching pair of poofy sleeves.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Saber has a bit of this going on with her combat outfit.
** [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Hisui's]] gloriously poofy shoulders make the {{Meido}} all the more loveable.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Geomancer, from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', wore a tunic-and-poofy-sleeve-over-tights combination as a costume that made him look amazingly similar to [[Franchise/TheDCU the DC character]] Firestorm.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Princess Bubblegum from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has these on her 'princess' dresses. Her GenderFlip counterpart Prince Gumball has these too in his suit, and are actually more poofy than Bubblegum's!
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Garnet has these in both of her outfits, combined with her ShouldersOfDoom.
** As a result, many of her fusions have large puffs as well as their Shoulders of Doom, like Sugilite, Sardonyx, and Alexandrite.
** We know that Garnet gets her sleeves from [[spoiler: Sapphire]], who has big, puffy sleeves on her dress, and she's been shown to have them since she met [[spoiler: Ruby]] 5750 years ago.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* When Lady Diana got married to the Prince of Wales, her dress includes large poofy sleeves, to go with the mid 19th century cut of the gown[[note]]Diana later said she hoped the moths had gotten to it.[[/note]]
* In the 16th century, the closest to the leg-of-mutton sleeve were the sleeves in men's gowns (which would be called jackets today). See this picture of [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/Henry-VIII-kingofengland_1491-1547.jpg Henry VIII]].
** The style is generally known as slash and puff and was extremely popular in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. Notably the Landschnekt Swiss mercenary companies wore clothing in that style. This might have been to show off their wealth (the BlingOfWar effect) and thus how successful they were as mercenaries and so impress potential employers. It could also have the effect of making them look more imposing and powerfully built since the puffs were focused around key muscle groups (Biceps and forearms, thighs, shoulders). In that respect the tropes modern associations with femininity are completely subverted.
** The style is still worn by the Swiss Guard at [[UsefulNotes/VaticanCity the Vatican]].
* One 15th century style that quickly fell out of favour was to have sleeves so large they weren't actually usable as sleeves; instead, a hole about halfway down would allow the arms to stick out. By sealing off the ends of these false sleeves, one thus had effectively a pair of very large pockets. For this reason the style became disregarded as being an aid to larceny.
** This style is still seen in some academic robes, e.g. the NIC Master's Gown.
* Similar perhaps in effect as the slash and puff of historical fashion, in the modern day we have bomber jackets, which feature as part of the trademark attire of nightclub bouncers.
* The members of Music/DreamTheater wore silk shirts with positively ''huge'' poofy sleeves in the photo shoots and music videos for ''Images and Words'' in 1992.
* Leg-of-mutton sleeves, as noted above, were wildly popular in women's dress, particularly evening dress, in the 1890's and 1900's. The cartoonist Charles Dana Gibson drew several cartoons making fun of this style; [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_WSK3Pwm9c8w/TLW3iIxsnuI/AAAAAAAAAbY/XC3WE-_eP-U/s1600/LittleStory-Gibson.jpg A Little Story - By A Sleeve]] is an excellent, and quite amusing, example.