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->''"No cow ever died for a nobler cause."''
-->-- '''Dave''', ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey''

There's a reason we call the trope "[[DracoInLeatherPants Draco In]] '''''[[DracoInLeatherPants Leather]]''''' [[DracoInLeatherPants Pants]]". There's something about tanned cow hide that's cool and extremely sexy to many people.

Leather's badass associations originally stem from leather being the garb of choice for [[BadassBiker bikers]], who wear it for practical reasons (leather is tough and offers some protection against road rash as well as from the elements). One of the quickest ways to show that someone is badass or sexy in a "[[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]]/[[TheVamp girl]]" way is to dress them up in shiny black leather. Heroes will typically wear a leather jacket or BadassLongcoat, while villains will more often wear something skintight, with undertones of BDSM.

It ''will'' be ''black'' leather the vast majority of the time. Other colors just don't have the same effect in most cases, though white and red do sometimes work, as does the traditional brown. For increased badassery, have the black leather lit by a sodium lamp: Black leather, deep green highlights.

Often overlaps with BadassLongcoat (especially in military settings). See also SpandexLatexOrLeather, PrettyInMink, {{Dominatrix}}, and {{Leatherman}}. Compare its polymer sister trope, DressedAllInRubber.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Former BadassBiker and now TroubledButCute Riki wears a leather jacket and pants in ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi''.
* ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' has Mamoru's Werewolf, who dons a leather jacket and [[{{Stripperific}} not much else]].
* Naomi Misora and Mello in ''Manga/DeathNote''. Interestingly enough, WordOfGod says that Mello ended up dressing like that because the artist put him in clothes that he likes drawing.
* Archer of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has some amazing pants. While his breastplate is stated to be some futuristic alloy, the trousers look to be leather (that he purchased at a goth or fetish shop).
* Edward Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is never seen without his leather pants and occasionally even leather jackets. He's regularly mocked for his tacky taste and gaudy fashion sense.
* Motoko Kusanagi in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellArise'' is decked out in a red leather jacket, red leather pants, and red leather boots. Likewise, her ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' version wears a black leather jacket in the first season and a black leather shawl in the 2nd. Her badass-ery is never in question, no matter what version of the franchise.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', Duo wore a leather jacket and matching pants.
** Kira Yamato often wear leather outfits as his civilian clothes, mainly in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. They are usually complex designs with zipper sleeves and other strange styles.
* A surprising amount of characters in ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' (''Battle Angel Alita''), starting from the [[BrokenAce heroine herself]] and [[TheAce Zekka]], even though they technically don't really need clothing ''at all'', most of them being {{Hollywood Cyborg}}s. They usually wear it for its sheer badass appeal--there's the definite correlation between the amount of leather and general badass-itude of the character in the series.
* [[DesignatedVillain Clair Leonelli]] of ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' wears black leather pants. Like hats in Westerns, they contrast [[TheHero Daisuke Aurora]]'s white jeans.
* When Yuuta of ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' [[OldShame was under the self-delusion]] of the "[[PlayingWithFire Dark Flame Master]]", this was his attire, complete with TooManyBelts.
* Fate Testarossa of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has been fighting in a leather one-piece since she was ''nine''. Before her mother, Precia, was first shown to viewers, many of them wondered why she let her child dress like that. Turns out that, besides being the [[AbusiveParents worst mom ever]], she ''also'' dresses like that, and her device's most-commonly-used form is a [[WhipItGood whip]].
* Nico Robin from ''Manga/OnePiece'' wore a very tight, very leather ensemble during the [=CP9=] story, complete with [[ZettaiRyouiki grade-A length]] [[CombatStilettos high-heeled]] leather boots. It's since become somewhat of an IconicOutfit, still showing up in merchandise ''ten years'' later.
* [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Panty and Stocking]]'s [[EvilCounterpart Lawful Evil Counterparts]], Scanty and Kneesocks, wear leather during their TransformationSequence.
* [[TheLancer Joe Asakura]] from ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' wore normal yet skintight clothes in the TV series, but he switches to leather pants and jacket in the OVA. [[WalkingShirtlessScene Note that we only said "pants and jacket"...]]
* Ban from ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'' typically dresses in red skintight leather attire.
* In ''Manga/{{Tokko}}'', all members of Tokko wear leather jackets and pants except for Ryoko, who wears a standard police uniform.
* Tsume in ''Anime/WolfsRain'' appears to wear a ripped leather jacket and pants. Of course, that's just part of his disguise (look at the title again).
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Takahashi seems to love this one. Surprisingly enough, though, it's mostly his ''protagonists'' that wear leather. Hell Kaiser Ryo in Season 2 of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' plays it straighter than most.

* When she still had Red She-Hulk power, ComicBook/BettyRoss wore black leather suit that sometimes wouldn't torn up when she's transformed. Though it was often [[AbsoluteCleavage unzipped]].
* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'''s Midnighter. Head to toe.
* And his inspiration, Franchise/{{Batman}} (though just ''what'' that costume's made of [[DependingOnTheWriter varies]]).
** Jason Todd/Red Hood wears a leather jacket most of the time.
* ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'''s Jakita Wagner. Black leather body suit with red trim. And a bit on the front she leaves unzipped at all times to expose some of her cleavage.
* Durham Red in ''Comicbook/StrontiumDog'' is certainly fond of leather.
* The Raven royal family in ''ComicBook/{{Scion}}'' LOVE black leather.
* Most of the Front Line in ''ComicBook/NoHero'' wear non porous leather with special masks for protection.
* [[ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}} The Blackhawks]] are a classic example. Zinda Blake, aka ComicBook/LadyBlackhawk, continues the tradition in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey''.
* Chassis [=Mcbain=]'s racing suit in ''ComicBook/{{Chassis}}''. It's not specified exactly what it is made of, but it certainly appears to be leather.
* ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp'', especially in her originals 1990s run. Her later series expand her wardrobe slightly.
* Grendel Prime in ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'' is literally covered from head to toe in black leather, including his face. This is to hide that most of his body is artificial.
* ComicBook/{{X 23}}'s dress style often involves lots of leather. Her two most {{iconic outfit}}s are: a leather [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]], miniskirt, boots, and gloves; or leather PaintedOnPants and what essentially amounts to a leather sports bra.
* Comicbook/GhostRider wears a leather jacket. From Danny Ketch version on, spikes are also part of it.
* Pizzazz from ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' hates many things. Four of the few things she "loves" are her cat, curly fries, music, and leather. While not exactly a "badass", Pizzazz is the lead singer in a metal band and is the rival of Jem. She has a HairTriggerTemper as well.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]] is referred to alternately as 'gorgeous-in-leather-trousers' and 'Death in Leather Trousers', wearing tight black leather trousers and a black trench-coat.
* ''Fanfic/TheOfficialFanfictionUniversityOfMiddleEarth'' gave us Elves in Black Leather. (There's some fanart as well.)
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' AU fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4777932/1/Firefly Firefly]] stars a human Bowser whose [[http://lightninglaveau.livejournal.com/990.html clothing tastes]] consist almost solely of leather and spikes, likely inspired by Nintendo's official [[http://raypc.webs.com/photos/Bowser/224252-bowser_1_.jpg designs]] [[http://www.bowsershrine.com/Images/Media/Renders/bowserdoubledash.jpg and]] [[http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/characters/images/bowser/bowser.jpg artwork]] for him.
* Part of the Isuten Junior High uniform in ''FanFic/PrettyCureHeavyMetal'', for both the boys ''and'' the girls!
* ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'': Eleya, a definite ActionGirl, has among her civilian clothes a black Klingon-made leather jacket that cost her a month's pay as a lieutenant.
* ''Fanfic/RedFireRedPlanet'': PintSizedPowerhouse Meromi Riyal, the Orion first officer of the IKS ''mupwI[='=]'', wears red and black leather. While in that outfit, she {{curbstomp}}ed HopelessSuitor Norigom, a conscript from [[TheAlcatraz Rura Penthe]], fast enough he had to watch the security feed to figure out what the hell happened.
* ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'': Nataline "Nat" Homato, ActionGirl and DemonSlayer, dresses in black and loose leather clothes.

* Creator/MarlonBrando in ''The Wild One''. In fact, that iconic image of Brando in the leather jacket is a big reason leather and badass became associated in popular culture.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'':
** Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in every single movie -- (stolen from a punk in [[Film/TheTerminator the first]], a biker in [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay the second]], and [[PlayedForLaughs a stripper]] in [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines the third]]).
** ''Terminator 3'' also has a female Terminator in a red leather suit.
* Absolutely everyone other than Agents in ''Film/TheMatrix'' dress in a combination of leather and latex.
* ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}''.
** Averted with ''Film/BatmanReturns'', where her catsuit was made out of latex, vacuum-sealed to the point of discomfort, and coated with a wet silicone lubricant to create the illusion of sheen, and to hide the fact that the stitches were not stitched into the fabric, but glued on after the fact because latex is notoriously easy to tear (so much so that the production team had to make more than 40 catsuits). The closest practical way to make this costume is wet-look spandex, but Catwoman's [[{{Film/Catwoman}} solo film]] plays this trope straight, as the designers wanted to make it out of leather so it would be easier for commercial costume makers to reproduce.
* Late-night DJ Midnight Mark wears clingy leather trousers in ''Film/TheBoatThatRocked''. Later lampshaded by Quentin.
* Selene from ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' is why leather was invented.
* Film/RazorBladeSmile: [[http://0to5stars-moria.ca/horror/razorbladesmile.htm]], [[http://moria.co.nz/horror/razorbladesmile.htm]], [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=razor+blade+smile&search_filter=0]], [[http://www.razorbladesmile.com/]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Razor_Blade_Smile]]
* Velma in the Scooby-Doo movie dresses in leather to seduce Creator/SethGreen's character. Played for laughs because she sounds like she farts when she moves.
* In ''Film/MadMax1'', the titular hero Max Rockatansky and the rest of the Main Force Patrol wear head-to-toe leather, although by the time of the sequels his clothing is so worn it's more like a NonUniformUniform.
* ''Film/AustinPowers'': Creator/MimiRogers in skintight black leather. Sweet Jesus...
** And her daughter (Elizabeth Hurley), since Mrs. Kensington is a LegacyCharacter.
* Heroic characters in ''Film/TheDeathsOfIanStone'' generally avoid leather, but the [[HumanoidAbomination Harvesters]] seem to have realized its intimidation factor. [[spoiler:[[WomanScorned Medea]]]] in particular really works it.
* Red is featured again in the Klingon dinner dress attire in ''[[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Star Trek VI]]''.
* Emmanuelle Seigner in ''Film/{{Frantic}}'', in [[WrongSideOfTheTracks deliberate contrast]] to suit-wearing Creator/HarrisonFord.
* ''Film/FightClub'': Tyler Durden wears red leather and goes as far as to say that in an ideal world a man will own just one set of clothes for his entire life, made of leather. [[spoiler: He's supposed to be a subconscious representation of the repressed protagonist's idea of masculinity.]]
* Johann Schmidt from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' seems to wear nothing but leather.
** The Cap himself has a pretty sweet bomber jacket, and wears one a lot during ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. Peggy Carter also wears a leather coat. In fact, since the first film is a [[JustForFun/XMeetsY superhero movie crossed with a war movie]], lots of people wear badass leather coats.
* The alternate title of the 1968 British-French film ''The Girl on a Motorcycle'' is ''Naked Under Leather''.
* In ''Film/{{Eragon}}'', just about everyone of importance wears leather of some kind. This is extremely inaccurate. Justified, though not trope-wise, in that the wardrobe production was given little time to make the vast amounts of costumes needed, and someone had bought large quanties of leather; they had to use what they had, budget wouldn't allow more costs.
* Aragorn in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is rarely seen without his leather BadassLongcoat. Then he upgrades to one with the insignia of the White Tree in time for the final battle that's even ''more'' badass.
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead''. The Lady has a nice set of leather pants, which are [[MaleGaze shown to good effect]] when Cort grabs her ass during the WallBangHer scene.
* The ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' is the TropeCodifier for MovieSuperheroesWearBlack as leather vests replace the bright spandex from the comics.
** Wolverine is the best example as besides the X-Men body suit, he often wears a leather jacket.
** In the original trilogy, Cyclops is frequently seen with a black leather jacket.
** ''Film/X2XMenUnited'': Mystique has a black leather jacket while seducing a guard.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** Past Xavier owns a brown leather jacket.
*** Quicksilver is fond of his silver leather jacket.
** ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'': Negasonic Teenage Warhead's signature look includes a black leather jacket or long coat.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': It's set in TheEighties, so leather clothing is very much in fashion.
*** Both Raven Darkholme and Warren Worthington III are dressed in a studded black leather jacket.
*** Scott Summers' leather jacket is mostly artichoke green with some blue on the front.
*** Kurt Wagner's ''Music/{{Thriller}}'' jacket is made out of red leather.
*** Peter Maximoff sports silver leather pants and a silver leather jacket with black sections.
* As befitting a World War II pilot, the protagonist of ''Film/DakotaHarris'' wears a leather jacket and military cap.
* Han Solo has apparently picked up on this trope for ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheForceAwakens'', as he's shown wearing a brown leather jacket in place of his iconic black vest from the original trilogy.
** Anakin Skywalker wears a leather tunic (actually more of a tabard, like medieval knights used to wear) and leather boots in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', and in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' he wears a similar outfit but also has a leather gauntlet (to cover his prosthetic arm). To add to the coolness factor, his wardrobe goes from brown and black to almost all black, too. This foreshadows the [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport iconic black leather and metal suit]] we all know he'll be wearing for the rest of his life by the end of the movie...
* In the ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie (2000), Alex Munday (played by Lucy Liu) has a room full of computer nerds eating out of her palm thanks to her sexy leather powersuit (that squeaks every time she walks).
* The 1968 British-French film ''Naked Under Leather'' (aka ''Girl On A Motorcycle'') where the leather catsuit of the eponymous BikerBabe is openly played for {{fanservice}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Downplayed, but Sunset Shimmer's leather jacket is a sure sign of her being a bad girl in the first movie. She keeps it post-redemption presumably for the RuleOfCool.
* One of the most distinctive parts of [[IndianaJones Indiana Jones']] wardrobe is his leather jacket, which was based on the A-2 flight jackets issued to World War II aviators. All of the jackets were custom pieces; the original jackets for ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' were made (over a long and arduous process involving many samples and design rights arguments) by Leather Concessionaires (along with a Wilson jacket worn by the stuntman who climbed under a speeding truck).
* ''Film/TopGun'' is credited with not only popularizing leather aviator jackets in the 1980s, but with the US Air Force begrudgingly reissuing leather flight jackets to its aviators (while the Navy depicted in the film continued issuing G-1 flight jackets with only a short pause from 1979 to 1981, the Air Force discontinued them in favor of cloth jackets in 1943 and only surviving jackets and cottage industry replicas survived into the 1950s).

* Arya from the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' wears black leather in combat, presumably for FanService.
** Well it wasn't for logic, the elves of the series were of the "die-hard vegan, would die rather than kill an innocent bunny" variety. Somewhat justified as they do make use of animals that die naturally, one elven character even wearing a headdress of swan feathers gather from dead swans and feathers swans had lost.
* ''Every'' male character in J.R Ward's ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'' wears black leather when fighting lessers.
* Sherrilyn Kenyon's ''Literature/TheDarkHunters'' series: BadassArmy protecting the human world from things that go bump in the night.
* Caine, the badass protagonist from ''Heroes Die'' always wears black leather.
* [[Franchise/TheWitcher Geralt]] is almost never seen out of his favorite leather jacket with ''lots'' of silver trim and studs, and matching pants. Somewhat justified in that leather indeed was a material of choice for a combat wear in TheDungAges, and silver is useful [[HeWhoFightsMonsters in his line of work]], but we sometimes almost get to ''hear'' [[TheDandy Dandelion]] cringe at his friend's fashion sense.
* Literature/KateDaniels bought her black leather jacket in her teenaged "bravo" days, when she was deliberating trying to invoke this trope. [[CharacterDevelopment Developing]] into a more mature, sensible adult doesn't stop her from wearing leather at every chance, though, because leather affords some protection from attacks.
* In her first appearance in Literature/TimeScout, Margo Smith is wearing a nigh-heart-stopping tight leather miniskirt. A character later describes her as "doe eyed one second, hell bent for leather the next".
* The Doctor's companion Fitz, from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures, has a leather jacket. He also wears leather trousers once or twice.
* Harry Dresden's distinctive, enchanted black leather duster comes up frequently in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', though the badassery of its leather is rarely explicitly stated. It ''is'' brought up when Harry needs clearance to enter a decidedly shifty night club, but Thomas is able to get him in because he's "A man in a black leather coat."
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** When Greebo, Nanny Ogg's badass cat, is turned human in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' and ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', he always wears leather and looks like a pirate.
** In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', the Dean falls under the influence of Music with Rocks in It, and makes himself a leather longcoat with "BORN TO RUNE" spelled out on the back in metal studs. He doesn't know what it means, it just seemed appropriate.
* In ''Literature/AutobiographyOfRed'', BadBoy Herakles wears a black leather jacket.
* Literature/JillKismet wears leather pants for their abrasion resistance: blue jeans can get shredded when you move as fast as she can thanks to her DealWithTheDevil. It makes her ass look good, too.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': In "The Separation", [[ActionFashionista Rachel]] is split into "Nice" and "Mean" versions of herself. One of the first things Mean Rachel does is express disgust at her preppy wardrobe and head out to buy some black leather.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena, Ares and Callisto]] all say 'hi'!
* Brian Kinney of ''Series/QueerAsFolk''.
* Diana Rigg as the archetypal Mrs. Emma Peel in her first season of ''Series/TheAvengers''.
** Honor Blackman before her.
* Stella, ''Series/ProjectRunway'' season five contestant, sure loved her 'leatha.'
* Max from ''Series/DarkAngel'' even had leather ''PANTS''. Hell, the whole X5 Escapees group were hell-bent on wearing leather jackets.
* [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 Sam Tyler]] wears a leather jacket, which makes a cameo in a late episode of ''Series/AshesToAshes''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Vampire Willow.
** When Willow is worried that [[BettyAndVeronica Oz is paying too much attention to the sultry Veruca]], she dresses up in leather pants to seduce him.
** Buffy and Faith are both seen wearing leather pants and jackets on more than one occasion, especially Faith. Angel and Spike both go in for leather jackets. Angel also famously wears leather pants while he turned evil.
** ''Especially'' Faith. And don't forget: Spike's leather coat is one he took off the corpse of a Slayer he killed. So maybe it '''is''' standard issue clothing.
** Spike and Faith prefer black leather jackets, but change to brown leather on occasions when they're trying to get in Buffy's good books.
** At one point Buffy in red leather pants and a black leather jacket fights Faith who also has a leather jacket on.
** Leather pants in the Buffyverse are colour coded. We have the: Black Leather Pants of Evil (Worn by Angelus, Faith, Vampire Willow and Xander). Red Leather Pants of Righteousness (Worn by Buffy). Green Leather Pants of Jealousy (Worn by Willow). Pink Leather Pants of Enthrallment (Worn by Buffy).
** This was {{lampshaded}} rather hysterically by Arizona {{filk}}er Nancy Freeman, in the song called (what else?) [[http://nansongs.com/lyric/LeatherPants.html "Leather Pants of Evil"]]. They're from an evil cow.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. When Wesley makes his return as a "rogue demon hunter", he's wearing all leather. He has to change out of them though, as they chafe his...[[LastSecondWordSwap legs]].
** And Illyria. Oh dear Christ, Illyria.
** Angelus's trademark is his leather pants, which Spike makes a hobby out of making fun of.
* Parodied in one or more ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' sketches. Benny plays an actor playing a bad boy dressed all in leather while filming a scene. Not only is it not sexy (cause, y'know, it's Creator/BennyHill), the leather squeaks so much whenever he moves that it drowns out recording the dialogue, especially when he sits on a leather covered chair.
* Ross on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' tries to look cool for a date by putting on tight leather pants. Then he goes to the bathroom and finds that he ''can't put them back on''.
* Derek Hale in ''Series/TeenWolf''. His beta wolves seem to be picking up this habit, too.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Just... ''Farscape''. John and Aeryn's Peacekeeper uniforms ([[PuttingOnTheReich with more than a touch of the Reich]]), Jool's ab-baring corset, Scorpy's ''gimp suit''...
** Was described as a "long, hot slog in leather" and Claudia Black has been known to say that all she needed to perk her up when she was tired or burnt out was Ben to walk in wearing his leathers.
** There is a reason Creator/WarrenEllis described ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' as "one American's descent into Australia's S&M scene" (aside from him being, y'know, Warren Ellis).
** In the DVD commentary for the third season two-parter "Into the Lion's Den," Ben Browder quipped that the costuming department bought up every scrap of black and red leather in Australia in order to make all the costumes for the Peacekeeper officers aboard Scorpius's Command Carrier.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' did this increasingly so as the series went on. By season five virtually the entire main cast are wearing as their standard off-world outfits: black leather jackets ([=McKay=], Keller, and occasionally Sheppard), black leather jacket and pants (Teyla), or [[BadassLongcoat black leather trenchcoats]] (Ronon). [[PlanetOfHats Then there's the Wraith]]...
* Intendent Kira in the MirrorUniverse on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
* Seven of Nine's first Borg catsuit on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' -- it probably wasn't leather, but it was plainly meant to invoke this trope.
* Fonzie from ''Series/HappyDays''.
* Often seen on ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' demons.
** On the Charmed ones as well. Leather hit a peak from about 1998-2003.
* Britta Perry on ''{{Series/Community}}'' has an affinity for (and a seemingly endless supply of) leather jackets.
* Lampshaded on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' when Kelly gets dressed for her cousin's wedding.
-->'''Kelly''': Nothing says "Bridesmaids are easy" like short black leather.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Ninth Doctor's signature black leather jacket. It's a noticeably stripped-down, no-frills look compared to his predecessors, which says a lot about him from the get-go. Specifically, the jacket is a Kriegsmarine Jacket, but oddly enough, absolutely [[FailedASpotCheck no-one bats an eyelid]] at him wearing the jacket of a U-Boat Captain in the middle of the ''London Blitz'', aside from Jack Harkness who lampshades his bad choice of wardrobe.
** Several of the new series companions (Rose, Martha, Amy, and Clara) wear leather jackets, though only Martha does so regularly.
** [[spoiler: The War Doctor]] also wore one similar to Nine's, except far more faded and beaten-up.
** Parodied in "Smith and Jones" in which a "Slab" slave is supposedly leather all the way through. The Doctor's reaction: "Someone's got one hell of a {{fetish}}."
* [[RobotGirl Cameron]] from ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' has a leather jacket. [[BerserkButton You really don't want to steal it from her.]]
* The short-lived series ''Series/{{Roar}}''. This was historically inaccurate, [[RuleOfCool as the actors themselves acknowledged]].
* ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey''. On seeing Helen's girlfriend -- a lesbian motorcycle courier -- Dave provides the above page quote, while Henry is ecstatic when she straddles her motorbike.
* Both heroes and villains in ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Apparently an S&M shop made the outfits, as they had the most experience in working with leather (there's a cute anecdote about the shopworkers frantically hiding the porn and the nipple clamps when Michael Keating (Vila) turned up for a fitting with his little daughter in tow).
** ''Especially'' Avon.
* The Mord-Sith in ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' (and the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' novels) are a blatant dominatrix archetype. With Cara a main character in season two, every episode is chock full of skin-tight red leather goodness (and somehow even more cleavage than Kahlan).
* Future Claire in season 3 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has quite the black leather ensemble.
* Seldom has black leather and studs looked better than on Evillll [[Series/WizardsAndWarriors Prince Dirk Blackpool]]. But it just doesn't work on his brother Prince Geoffrey.
* The ClassyCatBurglar Alex on ''Series/WhiteCollar'' is known to wear a black leather jacket and leather pants pretty often. [[FridgeLogic Probably too tight for a good thief to conceal anything]], [[{{Fanservice}} but we're not complaining]].
* When Ryu Terui first showed up in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', he always wore a leather pants/jacket outfit in either red or black. After [[spoiler: defeating Weather]], he switched to some kind of lighter material with leather patches on the shoulders and joints in red or blue.
* This seems to be the standard attire along with the BadassLongcoat for Makai Knights in ''Series/{{GARO}}''.
* In one episode of ''Series/That70sShow'' Kelso gets a leather jacket because he wants to look like [[Creator/MarlonBrando Brando]] in ''Film/TheWildOne''. Instead everybody laughs at him for looking like [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]]. When he throws it away in anger Hyde puts it on and immediately becomes irresistible.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' gives us [[{{Fanservice}} Damon Salvatore]], who is the king of this Trope. Stefan tries, but somehow it doesn't have quite the same effect.
* Alex Krycek of ''Series/TheXFiles'' is rarely seen without a black leather jacket. It's rarely the same one from episode to episode, though, since they tend to get ruined when someone (usually Mulder or Skinner) beats him up.
* The Gorma Triumvirate in ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger''.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** Emma usually wears a red leather jacket.
** Killian's entire outfit. When he gets a wardrobe change, he still has a leather jacket.
** Rumplestiltskin's leather pants have their own fanbase.
* [[MsFanservice Sarah]] dons a black leather catsuit in several episodes of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. {{Fanboy}}s were ''very'' happy.
* Eric Northman from ''Series/TrueBlood'' appears to wear a different leather jacket in every single appearance (when he isn't stark naked or wearing a tracksuit). This is especially notable as he wears the ''[[LimitedWardrobe exact same]]'' [[LimitedWardrobe singlet and jeans every episode]]. Most of the vampires fall into this to some extent; justified in that a guy in a t-shirt and shorts isn't very seductive or intimidating, same with a girl in a flowery skirt.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit''; when discussing animal rights group PETA, the titicular hosts are adorned in all manners of leather clothing on their set.
* Sarah from ''Series/OrphanBlack'' wears leather jackets, pants, and boots as part of her punk aesthetic.
* Lord Tywin Lannister from ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is so fond of black leather jackets that one might confuse him for a Soviet commissar. Similarly, Jaime wears a grey badass leather longcoat.
* Scott Thompson in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxMrWSTlvgg the "Fag" sketch]] on ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'':
** The tough as nails, motorcycle-riding Rosa Diaz usually wears a black leather jacket. Hell, for a Thanksgiving dinner with a suit-and-tie dress code, she promises to wear her "formal leather jacket" ("it's the one without any blood on it").
** Jake Peralta's default outfit also includes a leather jacket, although he only ''thinks'' he's a "bad boy".
* Not by choice, but [[Creator/NeveCampbell Neve Campbell's]] character Julia in ''Series/PartyOfFive'' is forced, along with the rest of the female wait staff, by her employer to wear a leather teddy while serving at a bar [[Main/SexSells to attract customers]].

* Black leather is almost an icon for heavy metal music, in particular for the NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal in the 80's. In particular, the band that popularized it was Music/JudasPriest, and the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is their song "Hell Bent For Leather" from their 1978 disc ''Killing Machine.''
** The best part: Black leather became iconic after Rob Halford decked out [[Music/JudasPriest his band]] in [[LeatherMan BDSM fetish outfits]] and [[MisaimedFandom nobody got it right]].
* The name of the first demo by ''Music/{{Metallica}}''.
* Music/BobDylan [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin mentions this trope by name]] in his 2012 song "Early Roman Kings".
* Music/{{Halsey}} mentions this trope in "Ghost":
-->''I don't like 'em innocent, I don't want no face-fresh
-->Want them wearing leather, begging "Let me be your taste-test".''
* Music/ElvisPresley in his comeback special: ''Music/ElvisNBCTVSpecial'' (1968).
* Music/MichaelJackson on the cover and in the music video of ''Music/{{Bad}}''.
* "Leather" is also a RunningGag in Music/FrankZappa's oeuvre. He even named his triple album ''Music/{{Lather}}'' after it.
* Music/PattyLoveless in the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsZ7Yr6x9nQ "Lovin' All Night"]].
* Cheryl Ladd when she performs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXH5QLs_FPM "Just Another Lover Tonight"]]
* Tanya Tucker on the cover of her album, ''T.N.T''.
* Glenn Hughes. He was the leatherman in the Music/VillagePeople.
* ''Music/{{Steelpreacher}}'' combines this with SpikesOfVillainy.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had a rebellious young cow wearing a leather jacket--"just for the shock value," his parents explain.

* The unnamed character in Bally's ''Pinball/EightBall'' wears a brown leather jacket, as befitting an unauthorized copy of ''Series/HappyDays''[='=] The Fonz.
* In ''Pinball/{{Rollergames}}'', Chuck Skull (the manager of the Violators) has this.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* New England-based promotion Wrestling/WAWWrestling has a few examples who could count but the most stunning one would be 'Grimm', a violent gimp covered head to toe in leather fetish gear.

[[folder:Stand-up Comedy]]
* Creator/AndrewDiceClay wears a leather jacket as part of his [[GreaserDelinquents greaser delinquent look]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Leather armor is, fittingly enough, the armor of choice of rogue classes, especially in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Medieval leather armor actually came in two varieties: the less common type was similar to biker-style garments (which is probably what D&D et al are going for), and the more common one (''cuirbouilli'') was hardened by being boiled into rigid pieces, and doesn't look or behave anything like leather clothing.
* The "Leather armor" card in ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}''.
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheEternalStruggle'', the Leather Jacket is an equipment card. It prevents all damage from a single attack, and is then destroyed. By comparison, the Flak Jacket can be used every round, but only prevents 1 damage.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', leather jackets made from tanned Squig skin is the go-to armour choice for most lower-class [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ork Boyz]], because it looks tough and it does offer a bit of protection from primitive weapons like spears and arrows. It doesn't do much against most of the massively overpowered firearms of the setting, though, so if they get shot at, they drop like flies.
* ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}'': In the German production, after the casting of [[{{Hunk}} Mark Seibert]], Death goes from OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous to this. The {{Takarazuka}} productions follow suit, though the ambiguity remains because all characters, including Death, are played by actresses.

* [[VideoGame/{{Stranglehold}} Tequila Yuen]] sports a brown one and pulls it off. Maybe it's because he is Chow Yun Fat...
* Trish from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''.
** Dante has more. But only because Trish isn't [[{{Stripperiffic}} wearing as much.]]
* All of Organization XIII in the ''KingdomHearts'' series wear long, black leather trenchcoats. Perhaps this has something to do with their DracoInLeatherPants status among the fandom.
** Also, [[EvilMakeover Riku]] and [[DressCodedForYourConvenience Va]][[ObviouslyEvil ni]][[MalevolentMaskedMan tas]] play this trope... [[PlayingWithATrope sideways]] with full bodysuits made of what looks to be ''muscle tissue''. Whether muscle counts as leather is left as an exercise for the reader.
* Etna from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'' has an outfit composed primarily of black leather... [[{{Stripperiffic}} though she's not wearing a lot of it.]]
** In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'', Fenrich: black leather pants, a red leather jacket, [[WalkingShirtlessScene and not much else.]]
* Haken Browning from Super Robot Taisen OG: Endless Frontier. His outfit is a black leather trench coat. He is ridiculed for complaining of overheating during the groups journey through East Elftale.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', after ''Mad Max'' above. Complete with one arm missing.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has Leather Armor, along with Motorcycle Helmets, both of which have gender-specific variants.
* ''Videogame/FullThrottle''
* ''Angel Devoid'', with a really badass sounding walkloop to boot.
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Psycho Mantis]]. The man is a villain, true, but given that his personal outfit is a few yards of leather away from being a gimp suit does help in solidifying his place as one of the most badass bosses in all the games. An interesting example in that, going by his death scene, he abhors sexuality.
* A lot of the characters in ''Videogame/BrutalLegend'', but the Fire Barons, Zaulia, and Tainted Coil are standouts. The Tainted Coil is noted in the [[AllThereInTheManual history found during gameplay]] to have dug up the Titans' old cars and motorcycles just to get the leather!
** This trope especially applies to Lita Halford, who wears a sexy outfit that consists of a [[BareYourMidriff midriff-baring]], cleavage-enhancing leather halter top and skin-tight leather pants.
** Special mention to the Baron leader who is modeled after (and voiced by) [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]], the man considered as having brought the leather fashion into HeavyMetal culture.
* Ezio Auditore of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' back in his younger years wore leather pants that left only a bit to the imagination. It is actually {{Lampshaded}} by one of the bystander dialogues.
* K' and Kula Diamond from The King of Fighters.
-->'''Flustered Lady''': Such ''tight'' leather pants.
* Albert Wesker of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' ''used'' to wear just normal-looking combat gear in the first game and ''Code Veronica.'' However, he shows up in 5 wearing head-to-toe black leather ''complete'' with a leather BadassLongcoat, just in case the viewer still wasn't completely sure about his alignment.
* Squall Leonhart from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has his famous black leather and lion fur jacket and matching pants. On the opposite side, TheRival Seifer wears a white leather trenchcoat.
* Sephiroth of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fame, in black. His Gackt-Expy [[TheRival rival]] Genesis from ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' shops at the same place, but goes for red.
** Vincent Valentine wears some kind of leather suit, which is partially covered by the big red cape.
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'''s Voldo seems to have attended the Psycho mantis School of Fashion. [[spoiler:"Siegmare"]] wears leather pants as well, but he's far easier on the eyes, [[spoiler:even with a freak arm]].
* The Dark Queen from ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'', to the max.
* Aside from her BadassCape, Karst's outfit in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' is mostly black and red leather. Like the above Etna, she's [[MsFanservice not exactly wearing a lot of it]].
* Travis Touchdown from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' is well known for his [[IconicOutfit red leather jacket.]] He also has an entire closet filled with all different kinds of other leather jackets as well.
* An option in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', but not very effective compared to proper metal or even [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset bone]] armor. One use for it is being one of the easiest ways to provide cheap armor for civilians or more expendable militia-dwarves. Given armor doesn't wear out like clothing does, and the fact that dwarves get unhappy about running around naked, leather armor can mitigate the need to constantly replace tattered clothes.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': As befitting a ProudWarriorRace, the Klingon wardrobe has a lot of leather in it, including bi-colored PaintedOnPants and armored corsets for women. The pants are also available Fedside, and most of the free Starfleet uniform jackets have what seems like a leather texture (though it could also be some form of armor weave).
* While not entirely obvious in-game, Ganondorf's armor in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' is stated to be made of leather in concept art seen in ''Hyrule Historia.''
* The Wasp in ''VideoGame/AvengersAcademy'' wears a leather motorcycle jacket for her first two outfits, and later upgrades to a full-body SpyCatsuit.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Multiple members of your PhantomThief, EldritchAbomination fighting BadassCrew wear customized leather biker jackets and pants, including Ryuji Sakamoto, Makoto Niijima and Futaba Sakura.

* Flash from Webcomic/TheBugPond constantly wears a leather jacket.
* In ''Webcomic/MiscellaneousError'', the main feature of Jack's LimitedWardrobe is a leather BadassLongcoat.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Von Pinn, lampshaded in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040503 this exchange:]]
-->'''Von Pinn:''' I teach restraint.\\
'''[=DuPree=]:''' Oh, so your dressmaker's an A+ student then.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* According to [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Marik]], the Pharaoh's power comes from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jnCcejkpjg his leather pants]]. He was half right - apparently the Pharaoh gets his power from [[spoiler:his leather shoes.]]
* Benedict from Warlock Games is an interesting aversion: although he wears leather, he leaves the one fight he helps in abruptly and eventually [[spoiler: dies offscreen.]]
* [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Dark Nella's]] BadassLongcoat.
* [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]], the most HotBlooded member of [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses TGWTG]], sports a trademark leather jacket that grants him [[Franchise/StarWars Sith-like]] powers.
* [[WebVideo/IronLiz Judas Liz.]] Especially appropriate for this trope name.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[WhipItGood June]] the BountyHunter from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* The Lead Eliminator in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents: Wishology''. No surprise, since he's a parody of the Franchise/{{Terminator}}.
* Episodic character [[TheRival Sigmund the Sorcerer]] from ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''.
* Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]]. This was memorably deconstructed by Music/MitchBenn in the intro to his song "Stinky Pants":
-->"Given that Morrison seems to be wearing the same pair of leather trousers in every picture there is of him, and given how difficult it is to clean leather properly, assuming you even ''try'', I don't imagine you'd have wanted to stand downwind of the Lizard King."
* Gerard Way from Music/MyChemicalRomance used to wear leather jackets until they fell apart. See above, speculation on how bad Jim Morrison's pants smelled.
** "I have a leather jacket that could turn your stomach..."
* Music/JoanJett is a good female example of this- she's frequently seen in leather pants or jackets, or head-to-toe leather outfits. (Though if the leather flag sticker on her guitar is indication, this may be more than just a fashion choice.)
* Many metal artists, including [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] [[{{Leatherman}} Rob Halford]] with a similarly titled Music/JudasPriest song. Ironically, Halford himself prefers pleather so as not to sacrifice innocent cattle, and the song title itself was originally used in the theme to ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'', though these days it's more associated with Halford and Judas Priest than anything else.
* Red Commissars and Chekists of the [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russian Civil War era]]. Their uniform included a black leather [[CommissarCap peaked cap]] (replaced with a red headscarf for female commissars), a black leather jacket and jackboots. Particularly [[ActionGirl Ksanka]] in the Soviet action movie ''The Crown Of The Russian Empire, or The Elusives Again''.
** The crew of Trotsky's personal armored locomotive train wore red leather outfits -- military-style jackets, pants, jackboots, and hats that looked sort of like ushankas.
** Younger panzer crews in Nazi Germany, particularly in regiments which were formed in the middle to late war years, were fond of wearing U-boat crew leathers.
*** Both of the above had practical considerations, as both train crews and panzer crews were working with hot machinery that could probably set cloth on fire. Plus it really did look pretty badass. So... yeah.
*** Many steam-locomotive crews wore either a jacket or a vest made of thick black leather, to aid in protection from inclement weather in the open cabin and from searing-hot metal parts. Knowing [[UpToEleven how dirty one gets when dealing with coal dust and also how dirty is the job]] of lubricating the running gear of the locomotive with grease guns and oil dripper cans, they were [[Series/DirtyJobs worse]] than Jim Morrison.
** Sappers of the [[LegionOfLostSouls French Foreign Legion]] wear leather aprons, carry axes and are allowed beards as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapper#mediaviewer/File:Pionnier-legion.JPG seen here]].
* Los Angeles-based clothing designers Lip Service are quite fond of this, as it's been their longest running line for about 15 years.
* Of the red leather variety: [[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]].
* Early aircraft pilots wore fur lined leather jackets for the warmth, and this was continued with practically every air force through World War II issuing leather jackets.
** The US Army Air Force began issuing the famous A-2 flight jacket in 1927 and they quickly became a status symbol among American military aviators to the point where non-aviators (including infantry) would do anything they could to get one, all the way up to buying replicas made by local European cottage industries. They were discontinued from issue in 1943 in favor of cloth jackets, but issued replacements and unofficial wear kept them going in the US Air Force into the 1950s. The Navy never stopped issuing their leather G-1 jacket except for a brief period, however, and the release of ''Film/TopGun'' is credited with the Air Force reissuing new A-2 jackets starting in 1988.
* Suzi Quatro. Especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk6kvVGPURA here]]
* Buzz Bissinger (the guy who wrote ''Literature/FridayNightLights''), [[http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201304/buzz-bissinger-shopaholic-gucci-addiction apparently]].
* Safety-conscious motorcycle riders often elect to wear what amounts to a suit of leather armor, often with layers of kevlar or carbon or other very tough material to protect them when they fall off the bike (commonly expressed in the phrase "Cowhide, not my hide"). Bikers in general seem to like leather and less-saftey-driven ones may still wear a leather jacket or vest with leather boots simply because [[RuleOfCool it looks awesome.]]
* [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]] has worn leather pants for decades. In his book he explains they serve a practical purpose: When you piss yourself in leather pants they don't get soaked and you don't get a chill. He also had his original felt top hat wrapped in black leather to keep it from falling apart.