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->''"Goodnight... You died as you lived: in a dumb WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget coat."''
-->-- '''Chris Sims''', ''[[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/05/16/recap-smallville-finale/ Comics Alliance]] recap of the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' finale''

Sometimes just wearing a longcoat isn't quite enough to look [[BadassLongcoat 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 [[ObfuscatingStupidity just acts so]].

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 [[TitleDrop Not So Badass Longcoat]] of his own.

See BadassLongcoat for the inverse of this trope, and ConspicuousTrenchcoat for when someone uses a longcoat to conceal themselves, but the disguise has no effect on the audience (or appears to be hiding some [[SexyCoatFlashing Sexy Coat]] [[NakedInMink Flashing]]).



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Subverted by [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]], from ''Franchise/LupinIII''; he can actually be pretty badass at times, just [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter not quite badass enough to take out Lupin and co.]]
* Rotton the Wizard from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': When he attacks Kirito in real life, Sugou is wearing a khaki trenchcoat. This is after Kirito beat him in ALO, [[YourMindMakesItReal turning off the Pain Absorber]] and [[AnArmAndALeg killing Sugou's]] [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe in-game avatar]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice so]] [[EyeScream brutally]] that Sugou has been [[WoundThatWillNotHeal left with permanent injuries in real life]], and in the ensuing confrontation, Sugou loses once again to Kirito, who just barely manages to stop himself from [[SlashedThroat slitting Sugou's throat with his own knife]]; by that point, Sugou is [[InelegantBlubbering crying his eyes out]] and [[BringMyBrownPants wetting himself]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Lan Fan is usually a badass {{ninja}}, but this trope applies to her at one point: she wears a long coat [[spoiler:after losing her left arm, as well as Ling to the Homunculi, leaving her [[HeroicBSOD depressed and angst-ridden]].]]

[[folder: Fanfic ]]

* Gareth from ''Fanfic/OnePieceParallelWorks'' wears a long, green coat that doesn't really serve any purpose in the story or his character development.
* In ''Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion'', Touji has taken to wear over his plugsuit during synch-tests or even lead-ups to battle when he is outside the entry-plug. Asuka calls it his 'bathrobe'.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', 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.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'''s Inspector Clouseau.
* Deckard from ''Film/BladeRunner'', 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).
* Gary in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' certainly ''tries'' to look cool in his long black coat, but given how [[ManChild he refuses to grow up as he's reaching his forties]], it comes across as rather pathetic and hence falls a bit flat. It eventually graduates into a proper BadassLongcoat when [[spoiler:he becomes a sword-wielding post-apocalyptic hero in the film's epilogue.]]
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', Bootstrap Bill Turner wears a long, tattered black coat, which drags on the ground behind him and accentuates his slouched posture and general air of misery.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Dirk Gently in ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' typically wears a long, black leather overcoat (originally a part of his SuspiciouslySpecificDenial scheme of being labeled as a vampire), but spoils the effect with his funny hat and quirky behavior.
* Arthur spends a good portion of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' in a dressing gown, as he had just woken up when [[SleptThroughTheApocalypse the earth was destroyed]].
* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'' the God of the Internet is a fat nerd who dresses like the characters in the Matrix.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Series/{{Columbo}}, though he's much sharper than he looks.
* [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Who]]:
** The Fifth Doctor's beige-with-red-piping coat. Worn over his cricket gear, it makes him look like he's very much the team's Twelfth Man.
** The Sixth Doctor's technicolor dreamcoat. It was... [[WTHCostumeDepartment a lot of things]], but "badass" wasn't on that list.
* [[Series/{{Monk}} 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 [[LetsGetDangerous administer a surprisingly effective beatdown on some criminals.]]
* The Gang from Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia have a black leather duster that is indeed pretty cool. Unfortunately, they are all idiots.
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues'': Captain Frank Furillo is seldom seen outside without his distinctive beige overcoat over [[SharpDressedMan a variety of rather nice suits]], which looks a lot like Columbo's in the photo above only better-fitting and less battered. While Furillo could be pretty badass in his own way, he was very much TheDiplomat and a GuileHero rather than the conventional BadassLongCoat wearer. Besides, the series is set in TheEighties when such coats were typical menswear and in a city[[note]]probably a NoCommunitiesWereHarmed version of Chicago[[/note]] that gets bitterly cold in the winter; he'd stand out more if he didn't wear one.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Collins' coat in ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' is pretty beat up, with the sleeve hanging off.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Detective Dick Gumshoe from ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. Although he ''can'' TakeALevelInBadass when required of him, he often loses it as soon as he's done.
* Soviet Conscripts in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''.
* Sebastian Castellanos in ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin''; his dirty, crumpled, worn longcoat is a TragicKeepsake that he wears incessantly to remember his deceased family.
* Some bandits in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' tend to use hooded leather trenchcoats in the Zone, [[CoolButInefficient because they look cool]]. Degtyarev can get one as well in ''Call of Pripyat''. That doesn't change the fact that leather clothing is woefully inadequate for ''any'' of [[DeathWorld the dangers the Zone presents]] -- be them bullets, mutant attacks, or the effects of anomalies -- and the average user is an ill-equipped and combat-incompetent bad guy wannabe.
* Douglas in ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' wears an old long coat and he's a detective hired by the Claudia to keep tabs on Heather. He doesn't do anything particularly badass, but he does stand up to Claudia after learning what her true goals were and suffers a broken leg for it as a result.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Dr Linksano on ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall''


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget
* Harvey Bullock of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Although it depends. We're talking about a gruff man who single-handedly took on a band of mobsters with GoodOldFisticuffs and ''won''.
* Timmy Turner in the ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' mystery episode "Where's Wanda."
* Buster Baxter from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' when he goes into detective mode.