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[[caption-width-right:350:Even a [[WinterRoyalLady "Goddess of the Arctic"]] is [[BackgroundHalo more grand]] with a [[PrettyInMink pretty cape]].]]

->''Carmens bullfighter lover made the cape popular. Wrong.\\
Sherlock Holmes? Guess again.\\
Caesar? Nope.\\
Little Red Riding Hood? Sorry.\\
Sir Walter Raleigh? You're way off base.''

->''The cape was born of necessity to protect man and his mate from the cold and rain and to use as a cover when sleeping...''

->''They came in all materials, lengths and styles; unadorned, furred and bejeweled. They hid secret documents, lovers' trysting notes, stolen chickens. In a more romantic vein they were indispensable groundcovers for picnics and flashy backdrops for Errol Flynn's swordplay.''
-->-- [[http://www.fabrics.net/joan202.asp "Oh, Those Huggable, Cape-able Shoulders"]]

Whether capes, cloaks, or mantles, these are favored garments of superheroes, royalty, vampires, and fantasy adventurers.

Visually, they are a great way to draw attention to characters, due to their size and potential for movement, especially with DramaticWind. There's a reason the tropes TheCape and ErmineCapeEffect have this word in their names, despite neither trope actually requiring capes.
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!!Related:
+ CoatsAndJackets\\
Capes, but with sleeves.
+ DressesGownsAndSkirts\\
A great garment to wear under the cape.
+ GloveTropes\\
Goes great with a cape, especially if you're a hero.
+ StandardSuperheroSuits\\
Capes, and other outfits heroes and villains wear.
+ ThisIndexBlows\\
Wind just exists to blow capes around dramatically.
+ WhoWasThatMaskedIndex\\
Also goes great with a hero's cape.
+ WingedTropes\\
If capes could fly.

!!Tropes
[[index]]
* AllEncompassingMantle\\
The truly mysterious and awe inspiring way to wear a cape.
* BadassCape\\
Because fighting in capes is just RuleOfCool.
* BlackCloak\\
Also includes a robe or long coat.
* CapedMecha\\
Even a giant robot looks good with one.
* CapeSnag\\
Why you don't wear a rip-proof one.
* CapeSwish\\
You don't have wind to billow your cape? Try this instead.
* CapeWings\\
You cape is like a portable plane.
* CoatCape\\
Don't have a real cape, just put on your coat like one.
* FlourishCapeInFrontOfFace\\
Want to emphasize how dastardly you are? Try this gesture.
* OminousOperaCape\\
Makes villains look truly stylish.
* PimpedOutCape\\
Bling out your cape, to look as grand as a king.
* RaincoatOfHorror\\
Need some protection from the upcoming jump scares.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia\\
A royal cape is one such regal garment.
* SuperheroesWearCapes\\
Nothing says superhero like a super cloak.
* TeleportCloak\\
A cape is great to wear while traveling, or to do the traveling itself.
[[/index]]
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