Goodnight... You died as you lived: in a dumb Inspector Gadget coat.Sometimes just wearing longcoat isn't quite enough to look badass. It can be because the longcoat in question is old, battered, two sizes bigger than needed or it can be because the character himself is lame or just acts as one. Extremely associated with police detectives, FBI and inspectors. In fact association with the latter is so strong, you will have trouble finding a character named "inspector" without a Not So Badass Longcoat of his own. See Badass Longcoat for the inverse of this trope, and Conspicuous Trenchcoat for when someone uses a longcoat to conceal themselves, but the disguise has no effect on the audience (or appears to be hiding some Sexy Coat Flashing).
Examples:Anime and Manga
- Subverted by Inspector Zenigata, from Lupin III; he can actually be pretty Bad Ass at times, just not quite badass enough to take out Lupin and co.
- Rotton the Wizard from Black Lagoon.
- Gareth from One Piece: Parallel Works wears a long, green coat that doesn't really serve any purpose in the story or his character development.
- The Pink Panther's Inspector Clouseau.
- In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup's coat/vest looks long enough to be a longcoat, but it more serves the purpose of making him look smaller than look badass.
- Deckard from Blade Runner, despite having a lot of the typical traits of a classic Noir detective, is decidedly not badass, despite his longcoat. His sole two kills in the movie are women, both of which he shoots in the back. The male replicants he pursues kick his ass up and down the field, and he's very narrowly saved from death both times (once by Rachel blasting Leon in the back, and the other time by Roy showing him mercy).
- Dirk Gently in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency typically wears a long, black leather overcoat (originally a part of his Suspiciously Specific Denial scheme of being labeled as a vampire), but spoils the effect with his funny hat and quirky behavior.
- Arthur spends a good portion of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in a dressing gown, as he had just woken up when the earth was destroyed.
- In American Gods the God of the Internet is a fat nerd who dresses like the characters in the Matrix.
- Columbo, though he's much sharper than he looks.
- The Sixth Doctor's technicolor dreamcoat. It was a lot of things, but Badass wasn't on that list.
- Adrian Monk often wears a coat but doesn't exactly give off a badass vibe, especially with all his phobias. Make no mistake though, he is a former police officer, so there are times where even he can administer a surprisingly effective beatdown on some criminals.
- Collins' coat in RENT is pretty beat up, with the sleeve hanging off.
- Detective Dick Gumshoe from Ace Attorney series. Although he could Take a Level in Badass when required of him, he'd lose it as soon as he was done.
- Soviet Conscripts in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.
- Sebastian Castellanos in The Evil Within; his dirty, crumpled, worn longcoat is a Tragic Keepsake that he wears incessantly to remember his deceased family.
- Inspector Gadget
- Harvey Bullock of Batman: The Animated Series. Although it depends. We're talking about a gruff man who single-handedly took on a band of mobsters with Good Old Fisticuffs and won.
- Timmy Turner in the Fairly OddParents Mystery Episode Where's Wanda.
- Buster Baxter from Arthur when he goes into detective mode.