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A cravat is a strip of cloth originating from Croatia that is wrapped and tied around the neck, sometimes embellished with lace or other decals. It's a predecessor to the necktie, and a common accessory in 17th to 19th century men's fashion.

It's also excellent shorthand to show your audience that a character is one rich, classy bastard.

More often than not, a character who wears a cravat will be quite a proponent of the Good Old Ways - if they're not already living in Ye Goode Olde Days, that is (which they often are). Typically, they will be of Blue Blood or The Beautiful Elite. The more elaborate the cravat is, the more aristocratic (or villainous, or just pompous) the character wearing it will be.

If a character in the modern era wants to show their status, but doesn't want to look like they popped out of a time machine, they will often wear a toned down Ascot. These have the similar connotations, just with a more modern touch.

Compare Waistcoat of Style, which the cravat is often combined with. A part of A Man of Wealth and Taste's repertoire. May be part of Awesome Anachronistic Apparel. Also see Tacky Tuxedo.

This page is specifically for the cravat that is most associated with formal period wear. The scarflike neckwear that Americans call an ascot (but what purists would call a day cravat) is actually much more casual. It was popular from The '50s to The '70s but still pops up occasionally.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Levi from Attack on Titan wears one, perhaps to emphasize his surprisingly fussy personality.
  • The Big O: The cockpit hatch on the front of Big O's neck is designed to look like one, fitting with the classy Art Deco meets Steampunk aesthetic of the series.
  • Akutagawa from Bungo Stray Dogs wears one. He's from the mafia.
  • Several characters in Code Geass, mostly Britannians, wear it, including Lelouch himself in his Zero costume.
  • The cravat is part of the Shinsengumi officer uniform in Gintama.
  • There's bound to be at least a couple of characters in any given Gundam series who rock a cravat.
  • Austria from Hetalia: Axis Powers wears a cravat as a part of his aristocratic style.
  • Reisi Munakata, the Blue King in K, has one on his uniform. None of the other members of Scepter 4 have neckwear at all.
  • Sasahara from Nichijou wears one, though it's revealed in the first episode that despite acting like an Upper-Class Twit he actually comes from a family of farmers.
  • Cravats are included in the male uniforms of Kinkan/Gold Crown Academy in Princess Tutu

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    Live-Action TV 
  • In the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica, Commander Cain of the Pegasus wore a cravat with his Colonial Warrior Uniform. He lampshades the trope somewhat as being a "lead from the front line" warrior type, he certainly doesn't fit the "cushy" stereotype for cravat wearers.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Fourth Doctor starts out wearing a square silk scarf instead of a tie, but switches to these as his character develops into an Eccentric Mentor authority figure.
    • The Eighth Doctor pairs a cravat with his natty Waistcoat of Style in the TV movie. It's a little more disheveled by "Night of the Doctor", to go with his more rough-and-tumble look overall.
  • Mystery writer and radio host Simon Brimmer in the 1970s television series Ellery Queen wore an ascot in 1940s New York City. He projects an image of himself as A Man of Wealth and Taste in contrast to Ellery's absent-minded genius.
  • Matt Preston, celebrity chef on MasterChef. He even wrote a book titled Caravatalicious.
  • Match Game: Charles Nelson Reilly often wore one, along with a Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe.
  • Nikola Tesla from Sanctuary has a fondness for cravats, to the point that Helen Magnus quips at one point the she hasn't "seen [him] so depressed since the cravat went out of fashion."
  • In an episode of Scrubs, Elliot wears one on a "Girls night out" with Carla. It's played for laughs and to show how different their backgrounds are.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Before he joined D-Generation X and shortened his name to Triple H, he was Hunter Hearst Helmsley, a Connecticut blue-blood who used to wear silk shirts with a cravat. In WCW before that, he was Jean-Paul Leveque, the same basic character and outfit but with a French accent.

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  • Miles Edgeworth, Manfred von Karma, and Franziska von Karma from the Ace Attorney series all wear rather fancy jobots (incorrectly called cravats) as part of their Awesome Anachronistic Apparel. Lord Barok van Zieks in The Great Ace Attorney also wears one, but is much more setting appropriate - though the rest of his clothing is, ironically, anachronistic.
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, Rosa, Natsuhi and Lion Ushiromiya wear cravats, and they're all members of the wealthy Ushiromiya family. On the magic side, both Ronove and Dlanor A. Knox wear one as well.

    Web Comics 
  • Gilgamesh Wulfenbach of Girl Genius sometimes wears a snazzy little cravat - When he's actually wearing a shirt, that is.
  • Kaiten Mutenmaru: Sick wears a simple cravat that his feathers conceal until he assumes his human disguise. He wore a different cravat as a child to emphasize his noble birth.
  • Niels: Agent 300 can often be seen wearing these when he isn't wearing a tie. True to the trope, he's an upper-class Agent Peacock who prides himself on his impeccable fashion sense.
  • In early issues of Marvel's Nightstalkers, Frank Drake wore a cravat with period clothing. This was probably a Shout-Out to Simon Belmont from Castlevania. Later issues have Frank adopting a more drab and utilitarian jumpsuit that now appears to be a shout out to these guys.
  • Sleepless Domain: In an uncommon female example, a violet ascot is a standard piece of the uniform of the prestigious and all-girls' private academy, Future's Promise School for Magical Girls. Interestingly enough, a similar cravat is worn by several agents of the City Defense Department.
  • In The Wolf at Weston Court most human men and male Dwarves in polite society wear them.

    Western Animation 
  • Gravity Falls present us with Baron Marius von Fundshauser in the episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery." A young Austrian baron, his family owns a cravat and epaulet factory and rocks both of them snazzily. He becomes the target of affection for Mabel, Candy and Grenda though he ends up choosing Grenda (they're still together after the season and it's implied they marry in the future.)
  • Many of the stallions in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode "The Best Night Ever" wear cravats to the Grand Galloping Gala.
  • Steven Universe has a Rare Female(ish) Example with Defense and Prosecuting Zircons. The Prosecutor's is styled like a diamond, but the Defense's is loose, which hints at the Defense coming to distrust the Diamond Authority.