Cordelia: Is this a private moment? Because I can leave you alone.
Doyle: No, no, I'm not saying I'm attracted.
[A few minutes later we get a hero shot of Angel striding out the door, his longcoat billowing behind.]
Doyle: Maybe I'm a little attracted...
Not enough Dramatic Wind to blow your cape around in a satisfactory manner? Make your own! The easiest way is to turn around quickly, causing your cape to billow out behind. You might also want to hold it out with one hand as you swoop for maximum surface area, but a true master of the technique can achieve awesome cape flaring with a minimum of movement. Running forward or other sudden movements can also make a cape flare, but is less dignified. Be wary of a Cape Snag however, lest it become a Failed Attempt at Drama or worse.
This is a favorite move of any character that wears a cape, especially the Dastardly Whiplash. However, any character with a cape can pull it off. It can also be done with a cloak, robe, coat, or any similar long garment, or even with long hair.
- Kazuo Kiriyama from Battle Royale wears a Coat Cape that swishes a bit too often in the manga.
- Zero from Code Geass adores this trope. Every one of his incredibly dramatic public addresses is punctuated by a well-timed Cape Swish. In his R2 uniform, Suzaku does quite a few of them, too.
- In Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, evil Magical Boy Kinshiro does this at every opportunity. In fact, there are several occasions when, fully untransformed and in his school uniform, he seems to swish an invisible cape.
- Piccolo of Dragon Ball Z is quite good at this, though notably does it less often after his HeelFace Turn.
- The Count in Gankutsuou does this quite often.
- Tuxedo Mask of Sailor Moon is fond of this. Kunzite was also known to do it.
- Nobunaga Oda does one in the ninth episode of the Sengoku Basara anime adaption, right after murdering Pontiff Xavi and right before the Pontiff's chapel is burned to the ground.
- The Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann does this, as do all the characters who sport capes, especially Simon and Kamina.
- Asterix: In Asterix and the Big Fight, the rival village chieftain tells Vitalstatistix he turns his back on the to-be-defeated chief, which he does with a Cape Swish. Unfortunately his Shield Bearers think this also applies to them, so he ends up facing them again.
- A staple of Batman, whose Cape Swish is actually weaponized. The cape contains weights, the better to smack mooks upside the head with.
- Doctor Strange's Cloak of Levitation, helpfully, grants flight powers and has some (very vaguely defined) sentience. It can billow around on its own, and often does.
- Tim Drake had an impressive cape for dramatic swishes as both Robin and Red Robin, though the practical application was different than his mentor's as swishing Tim's cape up is part of prepping it into acting as a glider.
- Watchmen: Discussed in one of the excerpts from the memoirs of Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl. He considered trying to weaponize this trope, as his favorite pulp heroes used a well-timed swirl to make it seem they were standing a foot or so to one side of where they actually were to spoil a crook's aim, but abandoned the notion and left the cape off his costume entirely after a highly publicized incident where Dollar Bill's cape got caught in a closing door and he was shot dead by a bank robber while trying to free it.
- Beauty and the Beast: The Beast was fond of it before his Character Development took hold.
- In Encanto, Camilo wears a ruana (which is similar to a poncho) and uses it for the same effect.
- Vincent Valentine has a habit of doing this in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
- This is El Chupacabra's preferred way to show his disdain for anyone in Planes. However, even he has his limits. When he finds out Ripslinger attempted to murder Dusty by breaking off his radio antenna (thus depriving him of the ability to either navigate or call for aid) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean:
El Chu: You are not even worthy of a cape swish!
- Witness also Jenner's swish in the rats' council hall in The Secret of NIMH.
- Prince Proteus from Dreamworks' Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas makes a dignified attempt at one, but the wind blows it back at him and it just ends up looking silly.
- Sleeping Beauty: A staple of Maleficent.
- The Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs manages a particularly impressive one when rushing down from the Mirror Room to her secret spell-chamber.
- Tangled: Mother Gothel is a master of this trope. She normally manages to use it to vanish, which is one of the hints she's a witch.
- The Phantom of the Opera (2004): Gerard Butler's Phantom does this a lot, most notably in "Point of No Return." Because it's at the beginning of the 'Music of the Night' scene, one could have an infinite loop of cape swishing.
- M. Bison does this EVERY SCENE in the Street Fighter movie. Seriously, every scene, at least once. Given how massive of a Large Ham he is, it's hilarious.
- Hrathen does this in Elantris. When Sarene first sees him, she hopes he'll trip on it.
- Severus Snape from Harry Potter is known for this, particularly when entering his classroom. It fits with his "evil bat of the dungeons" persona.
- Bumbling magician Schmendrick in The Last Unicorn wants Dramatic Wind but has to settle for this instead.
- A staple of The Shadow, who, in the original Pulp Magazine stories, used his cape to deflect bullets (the ability to cloud men's minds came later, with the radio adaptation).
- Star Wars Legends mentions more than once that Darth Vader's cape streams behind him when he walks. In Death Star a gunner's hand is brushed by the edge of it as Vader passes. In Allegiance, Mara Jade can identify him from a distance because of that cape.
- Sabre does this in The Tamuli. The heroes are distinctly underwhelmed by his theatrics.
"Isn't that the most ridiculous thing you've ever seen in your life?"
- Angel does this in the Angel Investigations commercial Cordelia describes in a first season episode.
- Batwoman (2019). In "Prior Criminal History", Ryan Wilder has to do an Emergency Impersonation of our heroine at a pro-Batwoman rally. She's told the Dynamic Akimbo is a bit much and is advised to do this trope instead. Fortunately a breeze blows up at just that moment, someone in the crowd sees her and everyone cheers.
- Doctor Who:
- Alan Statham from Green Wing attempts to do this with his lab coat, and spends a great deal of time walking back and forth and turning sharply in order to achieve this. It doesn't manage to make him any cooler.
- Bruce Campbell in Jack-of-All-Trades. Pretty much every scene where he's in his Daring Dragoon persona.
- In Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Titus is in love with capes as a fashion accessory, to the point of swiping discarded medical capes. When he gets a chance to pitch his own series, he invents a hero called "The Capist".
- The cloak worn by the title character in The Phantom of the Opera is designed to drape over and move with his arms, ensuring plenty of appropriately melodramatic cape swishing.
- Carrying over from the manga, Tuxedo Mask from Sera Myu can swish a cape like it's his job. Especially while Brainwashed and Crazy. Enjoy Yuuga Yamato charming the heck out of the audience.
- Pirelli in Sweeney Todd often makes use of these to amp up his Large Ham factor. See this footage of the 1982 tour cast.
- Graf von Krolock in Tanz Der Vampire does this a lot, not least because the design of his cape actually forces the actor playing him to swoosh it back just to gesture- and being a musical, there's a lot of gesturing. His son Herbert rarely wears his own cape, but when he does, expect dramatic cape swishing as well.
- In the Tsukiuta series:
- In the idols' 2017 stage costumes (as seen in Memorial Tour and the Dance Live parts of Kurenai Enishi and Tsukino Empire), Shun has a dramatic cape that he swishes around quite a bit, fitting his image of the White Demon King. Hajime doesn't have a cape, but he has a long coat that can be used to this effect, in both this costume set, and the one from the first anime season (as seen in the above productions, and the Cyber Dive Connection dance live).
- Hajime, Shun, and Shiki in Tsukino Empire. As commanders of fleets in this Space Opera AU, they get to show off their capes not only while dancing, but also while posing in imperial ceremonies, sword-fighting, and just generally walking around looking badass.
- In Wicked, the musical, the choreography of "No Good Deed" ends with Elphaba swishing her cape with dramatic lighting to accompany the powerful, bitter music. It's badass.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum has this. See Batman in the Comics section.
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has a very fluid movement animation for Alucard, cape and all.
- In fact, they did such a good job of making Alucard's cape flow realistically, that they can't faithfully recreate his SotN appearance in 3D.
- Valvatorez of Disgaea 4 is fond of this gesture, especially right before a Rousing Speech (that is more often than not about how amazing sardines are.)
- Final Fantasy IV: Golbez does this with pretty much every appearance he makes in the FFIV DS remake and, in the Dissidia games, his block animation is basically a dramatic cape swish.
- Killer7: Mask de Smith does this whenever you use the 180 turn button while running.
- Zero and his clone from The King of Fighters weaponize cape swishing, incorporating it into most of their special attacks.
- Kirby: Meta Knight does this a lot with his cape. Especially in Brawl.
- Lord Malak pulls this off in Knights of the Old Republic when torturing Bastila.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, when Ganondorf finally turns to face you in his tower, he does one of these.
- Odin Sphere has Queen Odette, who teleports by swishing her Pimped-Out Dress.
- Walkyverse: The Head Alien, in those moments he chooses to be genuinely menacing.
- Waterworks: "...hold your cape in front of your face in dark and mysterious manner." Mwa ha ha.
- Disney's Darkwing Duck is another chronic cape-swisher (probably in reference to The Shadow).
- Exaggerated in The Legend of Korra, with Tenzin, whose naturally theatric movements as a tall man with an expansive Badass Cape are intensified by his near-reflexive Airbending when peeved. He does indeed "make his own" Dramatic Wind.
- The Powerpuff Girls: It's one of the things Mojo Jojo does best.