A woman is cold for some reason
. Male character takes off his coat and gives it to her, resulting in her going around for some scenes in a men's suit jacket or leather coat.
The basis for this trope is the idea that men are duty-bound to take care of women. The Knight in Shining Armor
will always do this and a jerkass
can reveal their heart of gold
by performing this trope.
There is Truth in Television
here. Men's formal clothing is usually warmer and in more pieces than women's formal clothing. It is also bigger because men are normally bigger overall so a woman's jacket wouldn't necessarily fit, giving her less reason to offer it to him. Because of this it's usually Always Male
to Always Female
but there are variations: female-male, male-male, female-female.
At one point in time, this was occasionally taken to extremes, as a man would be expected to put his coat over a puddle so a lady wouldn't get her feet wet and ruin her shoes. Given that the shoes at the time were often quite fragile and delicate, while the coats often were intended to be robust, warm, thick, and suitable for heavy outdoors use, this is less crazy than it sounds. A much more casual version would be if a man and woman were walking together, a man could be expected to hold his arm out for the woman so she wouldn't trip and fall.
Because of the romantic nature of the trope, it is often used for Ship Tease
but this is not required
. The coat receiver could be a child, child-like, sick or otherwise vulnerable, because the core is about taking care of the other person.
See also Comforting Comforter
, Sexy Shirt Switch
, and Please Put Some Clothes On
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Anime and Manga
- Arisa: Tsubasa gets a jacket from Manabe when they're both stuck on the mountain. He also says Take Off Your Clothes.
- Kurama gives Nana his suit jacket in Elfen Lied, although this has less to do with chills and more to do with preserving her modesty.
- In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Simon wraps Nia in his coat after rescuing her from Anti-Spiral. Doubles as a Shirtless Scene and triples as a rare male Of Corsets Sexy for Simon.
- Lelouch gives his Zero cape to Euphemia in the island episode of Code Geass while her clothes dry out. Later, in R2, Lelouch gives his jacket to his personal Action Girl Kallen, who has been running around in a Playboy Bunny suit since the beginning of the season. Certain shippers went squee.
- In the first episode of Hayate the Combat Butler, Hayate gives his jacket to Nagi when she's freezing. In chapter 262: Athena tells Hayate she's cold, and he offers her his jacket, completely oblivious to her subtext - she wants him to give her a cuddle. He catches on eventually.
- Although not quite implied that it's because she's cold, Hinagiku is seen wearing a male's (possibly Hayate's) jacket as she runs from the beach where she's just played beach volleyball, so she's in a bikini.
- In Beauty Pop Kiri spills coffee on her sweater on a chilly day and Narumi gives her his heavy uniform jacket on the way home.
- In Digimon Frontier Kouji gives his coat to Izumi in an episode where they are going through a snow field. It feels more like Ship Tease than actual romantic involvement.
- In a recent cover page arc of One Piece, Kalifa is seen to be wearing Jyabura's shirt in place of the dress that was torn up in a fight after first having draped herself in a blanket. Whether he gave it to her or she took it from him is left unexplained.
- Played with multiple variations in Gantz: Kishimoto wakes up teleported into Gantz' pre-game apartment naked for her introductory full-frontal fanservice. Kurono stares transfixed (and in breast-shock) and lovestruck (or lust-struck), but makes no move to offer his coat. Kato, the chivalrous one, has no coat so orders Kurono to offer his.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, after Winry has a breakdown because she can't shoot Scar, the murderer of her parents, Edward gently places his coat around her shoulders because she is suffering from shock and still shaking. In a rare variation, this could be viewed as being completely platonic at this point in the anime / manga, even though they eventually become the Official Couple.
- After Edward and Alphonse's first, disastrous battle with Scar there's a gender-flipped version. Lieutenant Hawkeye puts her uniform jacket over Edward's shoulders because he, too, is in shock on top of having a broken (automail) arm after fighting in heavy rain.
- The gender flip is possible because Edward is smaller than Hawkeye.
- In Full Metal Panic!, Sousuke lends Kaname his jacket after he rescues her from being kidnapped. In this case it's less of a "lend" and more of a "there's no chance in hell I'm going out there with nothing but a paper gown on, so hand that jacket over or I'll smack you."
- Negi in Mahou Sensei Negima! once did this late in the School Field Trip arc with Asuna after her 'encounter' with Fate, handing her a towel (this scene was one of the first clues of the series' move into the dramatic).
- Inverted far earlier in the series, when Asuna gives her jacket to Negi during the library arc.
- Played differently when Chisame was magically aged-down with over-sized clothes, causing Negi to give her his coat.
- In Scrapped Princess, Chris Armalite gave his captive Winnia Chester his cape because she's cold, while they await Shannon's arrival in an early episode.
- In Soul Eater, Marie once teased Joe's tendency to dress lightly, saying he wouldn't be able to perform this trope. Oblivious to her joke, he promptly ripped off his shirt and used that instead.
- Rare female/female example: Motoko gives her cloak to Shinobu after her sword technique shreds Shinobu's clothes in Love Hina. Take that as you will.
- Another female/female example from Claymore: Clare gives her cape to Jean after Jean nearly awakens and is naked.
- Not really a case of temperature, but in Tokyo Mew Mew: a la Mode, Tasuku sneaks Berri out of her school for a day of fun playing hookie. Berri says that people will notice she's wearing her school uniform, so Tasuku just gives her his hoodie jacket to wear.
- In the Detective Conan Non-Serial Movie The Phantom of Baker Street, this occurs as a three-fold maneuver. Ayumi shivers, so Conan gives her his blazer, then Mitsuhiko realizes that, as a guy, he needs to do something similar, and gives his jacket to Haibara Ai, then Genta, not wishing to be the only guy not doing this, gives his jacket to Ran.
- As Genta was the only boy who was big enough for his jacket to fit Ran, this made a good bit of sense, even if it was coincidence. Also, Mitsuhiko likes both Ai and Ayumi, Ayumi likes Conan, and Conan (Shinichi) likes Ran, so...
- Inuyasha finds an excuse to give Kagome his fire-rat cloak every once in a while. The cloak is magically fire-proof and knife-proof, so the trope can be played straight even when Kagome is fully dressed. InuYasha gives Kagome his kimono repeatedly over the course of the show, but never because she was cold - the kimono functions as armor, so usually he gives it to her as protection, although he did give it to her once when her clothes had been stolen.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yugi does this for Anzu/Téa when they're trapped in the Arctic-like sector of Noa's virtual world. The two blush and turn shy for a few seconds.
- And a non-romantic version when Kaiba drapes his trenchcoat over the sleeping Mokuba.
- Miyako and Will from Private Prince invoke this when they get reconciled after having broken up. Justified Trope as Will's clothes has been soaked with cold water after Miyako's Almighty Mom went Mama Bear on him.
- The first Ghost in the Shell movie has Batou draping his jacket over the shoulders of his partner, Major Kusanagi, after the fight in the shallow pool with a ghost-hacked perp, which she used her thermoptic camouflage for (which in the context of this movie meant that she was practically naked).
- In Innocence, Batou silently gives his jacket to the Sex Bot that Motoko's consciousness is currently inhabiting, and she accepts with a minor comment. This serves as a meaningful Call Back to the first movie, but it also serves the purpose of allowing the viewer to easily distinguish Motoko from the dozens of identical gynoids in the scene.
- Crusher Joe has a rare female to female (from male) version. Joe and Alfin have finally located the MacGuffin Girl, who's been in cold-sleep the whole movie. While Joe gives cover fire, Alfin picks up the girl, after first liberating a lab coat ("Give me that you pervert!") from one of the doctors.
- In chapter 10 of Betrayal Knows My Name in one of the many Ho Yay moments they have Luka puts his jacket on Yuki.
- In episode 95 of Fairy Tail, Natsu gives Lucy his cloak when everybody gets caught in the rain.
- In the Saint Beast OVAs, Judas gives his cloak away twice. Once to Shin in the typical fashion, and the other time to Pandora after saving him from an Attempted Rape because he had Clothing Damage of the shameful kind.
- In one episode of Mirumo De Pon, Kaede and Setsu are trapped in the penguin room in the Zoo ran by Matsukake's family. When Kaede shivers with cold due to the room's temperature, Setsu puts his coat on her.
- Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Although apparently not cold, Empress Azalyn wears Tylor's UPSF coat with smiley face button while he's her captive and 'pet', in a sign that she's fallen for him.
- In The Green Hornet fanfic Bad Medicine, the Green Hornet notices that the narrator is shaking from both cold and shock she had just killed the man who had abducted and tortured her in self defense and, like the gentleman he is, drapes his trademark green overcoat over her shoulders.
- In the Maid Sama fanfic Seduction, Tora gives Sarakshi his coat after he sees her shiver from the cold while standing in the window.
- In the Soul Eater/Winx Club crossover titled A Fairy's Soul, Aisha/Layla is standing out in the rain and is shivering in the cold. Soul finds her and gives her his jacket. Aisha returns the jacket to him the next day.
- In The Ariana Black Series' fourth story, Harry offers Ariana his sweater after Malfoy's Attempted Rape tears her blouse. Which is sort of a Plot Hole: the author apparently forgot that earlier Ariana had been wearing a robe over her clothes, so she could have easily just put that back on.
Films — Live-Action
- An interesting variation occurs in Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga. After Fanboy and his mom come to get Kyra from the police station, there's a scene where he comments on how cold she must be, but rather than offering his coat, he gives her his hat. (This makes sense when you remember that she shaved her head earlier in the book.) Leads to a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming later when he tells her that his change in personality was because of her and she says that's even better than him giving her his hat.
- In Twilight Edward gives Bella his jacket in a cold restaurant. To be fair, he is waiting for her to go into shock after nearly being raped and it's not like he would notice the cold anyway.
- In the Eighth Doctor Adventures novels, the Doctor destroys his home planet and loses his memory. His TARDIS at the time also happens to be a rather unkind young woman named Compassion, and she decides the best solution to the problem is to leave him alone on Earth for over a hundred years. Fitz, his other companion and Heterosexual Life Partnernote , puts his leather coat and fedora on the unconscious Doctor before Compassion ditches him.
- In King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett, Thorfinn gives his cloak to Groa before they go outside—but they're in the middle of The Masochism Tango, and the conversation ends abruptly after she pushes his Berserk Button.
- In the beginning of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, The heroine, September, is given a velvet smoking jacket by a Green Wind in the form of a fine gentleman. The jacket is very eager to please and fits her immediately. Throughout the course of the story it becomes various things, mainly waterproofing for the titular ship, and lengthens into a dress when September loses hers.
- Found, of all places, in From Baghdad With Love, a (true) story otherwise about dogs rescued and adopted by American troops in Iraq. The narrator introduces a female war correspondent who forewent niceties such as bedrolls and blankets, sleeping on the bare ground in the same clothes all the time in order to carry more important things like her journalism equipment. He mentions that in her notes she often woke up with a Marine poncho draped over her.
- Played with in The Crocodile on the Sandbank, the first Amelia Peabody mystery. Amelia finds a young woman who has fainted in the streets of Rome and is appalled that none of the men nearby have invoked this trope. Amelia proceeds to confiscate the coat of the nearest man (insulting him in the process), and uses it to cover the woman.
- Gender-flipped quasi-example: Eldest Whistler, upon finding a murdered man she vaguely knew, removes her greatcoat to cover his nakedness in A Brother's Price. He's dead and can't feel the cold, but it's shameful to leave the poor man like that.
- In The Pianist (and The Film of the Book), the Jewish refugee Wladyslaw Szpilmann is sheltered by a sympathetic German officer, who gives him food, blankets, and his own coat against the winter cold. The last item very nearly results in disaster when the Russians arrive in Warsaw.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Angel lends Buffy his coat (because she's just the last hope of humanity, she can't be expected to dress herself adequately) and Xander gets pissed, because he knows what it implies. Sure enough, Buffy keeps the coat and is seen wearing it in future episodes.
- Spike also does this for Drusilla in their first appearance. This doesn't make a lot of sense, given that neither of them have body heat. It can be assumed he wanted to make her happy with the gesture.
- Xander (having taken on the personality of a macho soldier due to a spell) does this for Cordelia with his army shirt in "Halloween", foreshadowing their future relationship.
- A teenager does this for Dawn when they're out parking — he turns out to be a vampire, and Dawn is seen at the end of the episode cradling his letterman jacket after staking him.
- Angel: Faith defies this trope when she first arrives in Los Angeles. A sleazy looking guy (clearly a pimp) offers his 'protection'. She shivers and when the guy is taking off his leather jacket to fulfill this trope she beats him up while his arms are restricted.
- There's an old song involving a young girl being offered a coat, first by an older man and then by a younger one that she's interested in.
"Are you cold?"
"'Bout to freeze"
"Would you like my coat?"
"Just the sleeves."
"Full or empty?"
"Empty, please" for the former then "Full, please" for the latter.
- The song "Baby, It's Cold Outside," with a man trying to convince his girlfriend to stay at his house for the night rather than going home in a snow storm:
"I've got to get home."
"But baby, you'll freeze out there!"
"Say, lend me a coat?"
"It's up to your knees out there!"
- Mentioned in the Justin Timberlake song Like I Love You- "Here baby, put on my jacket".
- In Star Ocean: The Second Story, a Private Action in a snow town involves Ms. Fanservice Celine whining about being cold. Claude tells her she should have put on some clothes and she explains that she cannot use her magic if she covers up her runes (which are on her inner thighs).
- After the Christmas Party in Tokimeki Memorial, Mira Kagami comes without a party coat because she's from such a poor household that doesn't have enough money for one, barely being able to afford a dress. After the party, if she's in Tokimeki State with the protagonist, they'll go back to home together and she'll sneeze, prompting the protagonist to give her his coat. She pushes the trope to Comforting Comforter zone by taking his arm put herself close to him, so she can give him some warmth in return. And on top of that, she'll give her his coat back a few days later... with all its little tears sewn off.
- Implied in some form in Persona 3 Portable, in the tenth and final scene of Shinjiro Aragaki's Social Link with the female protagonist. After the two of them go out to the shrine at night to talk, Shinjiro admits he'd like to stay out there a little longer, "...but aren't you cold? Hey, c'mere."
- In Katawa Shoujo, one of the earliest events in Shizune's route has Hisao putting his school jacket on her as they run errands in a very cold day. Namely, they had bet on carrying a very big box and Shizune lost, so she's carrying it all alone despite Hisao's protest; then it gets cold and Hisao decides to at least do something for her, and puts the jacket on her.
- No Need for Bushido does this early on in this strip.
- In General Protection Fault, Nick gives his coat to Ki while stepping out of their car to discuss their feelings for each other after his "date" with Trudy results in him confessing that he's in love with her. Later, in the "Rendezvous a Paris" arc, Fooker gives his coat to Sharon. In both cases, the female characters are wearing sleeveless dresses.
- After the restaurant explodes in "Not A Good Idea" in Sluggy Freelance, Torg gives Sasha his flannel to wear over her dress.
- In Questionable Content, Sven gives his sweater to Hannelore during their "date" (she's not actually interested in him, just wanted to see how dates go).
- Batman Beyond: Terry gives his coat to Melanie in her first episode. She's still wearing it when they part, but somehow Terry manages to be wearing it in the next scene.
- A classic late at night at formal outdoors parties. Women's formal wear tends to emphasise lots of fabric around the legs and little around the body, while men's formal wear is the opposite.
- Any training in first aid and basic life-saving will emphasise the need to keep any injured or sick people warm. As the one giving care, one is usually in good shape and mobile, unless the poor person on the ground.
Anime and Manga
- At the end of "Someday in the Rain" in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon acquired not one but two girls' uniform jackets while he was napping in the cold club room. Earlier in the episode, Mikuru gave him her scarf as well.
- Gender inverted in Eden of the East, where Saki offers an amnesiac man named Akira her coat as thanks for helping her get out of some trouble with White House security...Oh, and because he was naked.
- Max Jenius has one of her Bridge Bunnies cover him with her uniform's jacket in his sleep, in a Macross Seven omake episode. Because he's just THAT awesome.
Films — Animation
- In The Tigger Movie, Rabbit takes off his jacket and gives it to Piglet when they walk through a snowstorm, which makes sense since Piglet is a lot smaller and not covered in fur.
Films — Live-Action
- Inverted in The Incredible Hulk. Liv Tyler stays well dressed throughout the movie (when she gets soaked while wearing a white shirt, the camera studiously shows nothing), but Edward Norton keeps incurring Clothing Damage. At one point she lends him her coat, and it gets trashed. It's adorable.
- Mocked in Wet Hot American Summer. Two camp counselors are out on an awkward date, and the boy offers the girl his jacket. She puts it on and he says "I'm gonna need that back," which she interprets as playful flirting. He insists: "No, seriously. Give it back right now."
- Rebel Without a Cause, Jim offers his jacket to Plato, who isn't female.
- In Rivers Edge Matt offers Clarissa his jacket because he thinks he's supposed to (the film is about detachment and alienation in teenagers), but she dismisses his attempt at by-the-book storytelling. The next cut she's wearing it.
- Star Wars:
- Leia drapes a cloak around Luke's shoulders when he's recovering from the shock of Ben's apparent death at Vader's hands. It's more a gesture of sympathy/comfort, but it still fits here. The irony that she just witnessed her entire home planet's destruction, while he lost a mentor he had known for all of three days, is pointed out in the Family Guy "Blue Harvest" parody.
- Happens in The Phantom Menace, too. Padmé drapes Anie in a blanket because Space Is Cold. Or at least colder than the very hot Tatooine.
- Princess of Thieves contains a subversion, where Prince Philip gives his coat to Connor, in what might be seen as Ho Yay.
- In his book Couplehood Paul Reiser expresses great indignity that such a phenomenon must exist. In particular he's annoyed that some women refuse to take a coat with them when they leave the house, forcing the guy to give her his coat later. After all, he could see this coming and yet he's the one who ends up cold.
- Creeper by David Morrell. In order to facillitate escape from that chapter's threat, the hero dresses the girl in clothing... taken from a shotgun victim. So, yeah.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: In a rare male-on-male instance, in the hut on the rock, Hagrid gives Harry his jacket to keep warm in during the night.
- In the That '70s Show episode "Ice Shack", when Kelso is trying to impress Jackie and get back together with her, Eric and Donna deliberately demonstrate this to give Kelso an idea. However, when Jackie immediately replies, "I'm cold, too," Kelso completely misses the point and replies, "Well, Jackie, I can't control the weather!" Fez is happy to oblige.
- An especially amusing example on Leverage. Nate is actually being "judged" by a third party on how well he does on his date with Sophie, with whom he's already the Official Couple. The third party almost knocks him down a few points for sitting Sophie in a chill, but Genre Savvy Nate invokes this trope by draping his coat around her shoulders. Once the third party is gone, practical Sophie passes the coat to Nate, who immediately puts it back on.
- "The One With The Proposal", Chandler and Monica are out on a date. Feeling cold (considering she's wearing a thin dress), Monica asks if she can borrow Chandler's jacket. Unknown to her, he has an engagement ring hidden in the pocket but of course can't tell her and makes up the excuse that if he gives her his jacket, he will be cold.
- "The One Where They’re Up All Night", the crew are all standing on the roof waiting for a comet to appear. Everyone wants to go home and Monica says that she and Chandler have to go because "Chandler's getting chilly." Chandler says "No I'm not." Joey says "Then why are you wearing Monica's jacket?" (Chandler is wearing a pink jacket with the hood up). Finally Chandler insists, "Because it's FLATTERING!"
- In an episode of NCIS, Gibbs is talking to a young couple at night (a marine fell through the roof of their car). Gibbs asks the girl if she is cold, and she says yes. Instead of giving her his jacket, he yanks the boy's jacket off, and gives it to her. Who says chivalry is dead? note
- In The Office (US), Dwight is comforting a crying Pam and instinctively starts to do this, before realizing that they're inside and it's actually a little hot. He ties the sweater around his waist instead.
- In "New Leads" Andy and Erin are at the dump looking for the new sales leads that were accidentally thrown away. Andy is cold and Erin takes off her coat and puts it on him claiming she has "warm blood". This leads to them having their first kiss.
- In the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "The Korean Bookie", Larry takes a jacket from a woman (though it's his jacket, and she took it without asking).
- Discussed on How I Met Your Mother. While on a date, Ted and his date discover they'd gone out together two years prior, and it did not go well. One of her complaints was hinting to him how cold she was as they walked down the city streets, and he did not offer his coat.
- A variation occurs in the Firefly pilot, when River comes out of the cryo storage box naked and obviously freezing and shivering. Despite all the male characters present, the only person who gives River a coat — or any clothing — is Inara.
- To be fair, she was the only person wearing more than one layer of clothing.
- A great subversion in Men Behaving Badly where Gary is attempting a romance a woman who isn't his long term girlfriend. While taking a romantic walk along Worthing beach he notices she's cold and starts to remove it to give to her in a chivalrous gesture. He gets it about a 1/4 way off before realising how cold it really is and suggesting they go inside instead.
- Parodied at one point in Eureka; Carter and Allison enter a suddenly and mysteriously cold Cafe Diem, and Carter offers Allison the orange traffic vest he's wearing, as payback for a comment she made earlier. She's... less than impressed.
- Community does this to Ship Tease Annie and Jeff, the Fan-Preferred Couple. Jeff gives Annie his jacket, then immediately tells her not to eat or drink anything. And don't sweat. And no bending at the elbows. And no chairs with backrests and if she takes it off, wooden hangers only. And she's probably warm now, right, so he'll just have that back.
- Storm Silverhand and her father Dornal (Forgotten Realms) sometimes do such things (both are mostly immortal, but still suffer from cold):
He once gave all of his clothing to shivering beggars on the road near Neverwinter and walked naked into a blizzard, hoping to die [...] was awed when he once witnessed Storm disrobed completely to give all of her clothing to freezing folk who'd been driven out of their (wooden) home by fire, and then lead them for miles to shelter (striding naked through the snow to her farmhouse). A sort of: "That's my girl!" admiration.
- Fate/stay night, Unlimited Blade Works route. Rin wakes up after dozing off to find that her Servant Archer put his coat around her to keep her warm. His Face-Heel Turn is in the next scene.
- Of course, he remains loyal to Rin. It's Shiro he wants to kill, and needs to be free of her orders to do it.
- Halo 3: ODST, Officer Branley gives Sadie his Police-issue jacket. Sadie objects that she isn't cold, but Officer Branley points out that the jacket is bullet-resistant.
- Jenon tries to offer his coat to Siskier in Blaze Union when the party is searching a wintry mountain, since she's wearing what amounts to a glorified bikini and garters. She tells him no thank you so that she'll have the excuse to cuddle up with Byff the immensely fluffy tiger instead.
- In the Gargoyles episode "Eye of the Beholder," Fox comes out of her monstrous Werewolf-like form and collapses to the ground, apparently naked from what we can see. (Earlier we saw her clothes rip when she first transformed.) Her fiancé Xanatos is there, but he doesn't really have anything to cover her with; Elisa, who is wearing a Beauty and the Beast-style gown for Halloween, takes off the skirt (she's wearing something underneath) and gives it to him to wrap her in.