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To show how cool a character is all they has to do is wear their coat like a cape, as in not bothering to put their arms through the sleeves. This is often a trait of Japanese Delinquents or military leaders.

Don't expect them to slip or fall off, even up against powerful winds, explosions and any amount of running, jumping and acrobatics, unless it's for dramatic reasons.

Compare Coat Over the Shoulder. Not to be confused with Badass Longcoat, which often resembles a cape but is worn normally.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • One Piece:
    • Most of the high-ranking Marines in wear their coats like a cape. Word of God says that they're kept in place by justice. One of the only Marines to do wear it is John Giant. Exceptions are really rare.
    • Crocodile, one of the Shichibukai sanctioned by the government, also wears his fur coat this way.
    • Coats are also seen hanging off the shoulders of infamous Pirate Captains like Whitebeard and Blackbeard, who actively oppose the Marines' idea of justice. The only pirate captain who actually wore his captains' coat was Roger.
    • Donquixote Doflamingo wears his feathery pink coat in this fashion as well.
  • Laxus Dreyar in Fairy Tail wears this look as part of his second outfit shown and later again during the Grand Magic Games Arc. In the anime, he is shown wearing his coat in that style from the start and losing it after the Festival Arc.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yami has done this from time to time in Yu-Gi-Oh!.
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Yuya also typically wears his jacket in this style.
  • Common in Hellsing. Integra, in particular, is rarely seen otherwise.
  • Taki from Maiden Rose does this on at least one occasion with his Badass Longcoat, with Dramatic Wind for added effect.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Colonel Roy Mustang often does this before going into full-bore flesh-roasting badass mode.
    • Mustang's bodyguard/aide 1st Lt. Hawkeye also does this on occasion. In particular, in chapter 58, she is shown in casual clothes, wearing an overshirt in this manner.
    • Scar does this too on occasion.
  • Kazuo Kiriyama does this in the Battle Royale manga; His gakuran's top is inexplicably long compared to his slacks, and stays on his shoulders even when he's subjected to explosions or jumps off a cliff. And although it starts out as a regular school jacket, by mid-manga it starts doing things like this, and then near the end it's basically a separate living entity that perches on his shoulders.
  • Mifune the bodyguard from Soul Eater wore a coat like this both in his first and last battle against Black*Star.
  • Hibari Kyoya from Katekyō Hitman Reborn! pulls this off all while whacking enemies with tonfas sometimes attached with whips. He still manages to keep his coat on at the end of the battle. Perhaps he actually pinned his coat onto his shirt? Either way, it gives more leeway to make his entrances more awesome with his sleeves flying about flashing his disciplinary committee badge, which he is the president of.
    • Also Xanxus from the same series. He manages to fly in the air with the help of his two guns while keeping his coat still on.
  • Germany and Greece of Axis Powers Hetalia occasionally sport this look. As does Molossia.
  • Seiichi Yukimura from The Prince of Tennis.
  • Black Jack is one of the older manga examples, his flapping coat being a big part of his signature look.
  • Howl in Howl's Moving Castle starts out wearing his jacket this way. He stops wearing the cape when Character Development hits.
  • Balalaika from Black Lagoon wears her Soviet military coat like this.
  • Part of the Impulse Form of Fate's Barrier Jacket in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers.
  • Sengoku Nadeko of Bakemonogatari wears her jacket in this manner. It's meant to represent shed snakeskin.
  • Bleach:
  • Mikuni Souichirou of [C] - Control provides a good example, using a longcoat. He removes his coat for fights.note 
  • Kusabi Mido of Rosario + Vampire wears a coat as such when confronting main character Tsukune. When he decides to get serious and Monstrel Out, however, his coat vanishes without explanation (though it may have just fallen off when his arm turned into an Ore Club).
  • Ookuninushi from Kamisama Kiss always seems to sport this look. Tomoe does it too on certain occasions.
  • Digimon Savers gives Banchou Leomon this look, and it doubles both as a shield!
  • Lucifer in Angel Cop wears a white fox jacket over her shoulders.
  • Kill la Kill: Mako wears her Fight Club President uniform this way.
  • Sharaku Hosuke in The Three-Eyed One gets one of these when he accesses his Superpowered Evil Side.
  • In Brave10, Jinpachi wears his coat like this often. It gives him a certain pirate-y flair.
  • Nakahara Chuya of Bungou Stray Dogs does this, possibly in attempt to make his shoulders look wider.
  • Rantaro from Beyblade Burst wears his gakuran as a cape. Valt even calls him out on it. No one else even wears school uniforms.
  • Orga in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans' second season will wear his old Tekkadan jacket on top of his nice suit.
    • Rustal Elion, the Big Bad of season 2, does this as well.
  • In Saki Shinohayu -dawn of age-, Chisa Sakane, club advisor for Shino and the others' middle school club, typically wears her suit jacket this way.
  • Izana from Akagami no Shirayukihime tends to wear his jacket this way when he's not wearing an actual cape or in a place where it is cold enough to warrant wearing the thing properly. He seems to stop after being crowned king.
  • Smile from Battle Spirits Shonen Toppa Bashin wears his jacket like this, probably as a sign of delinquency.

    Comic Books 
  • In Spirou and Fantasio, Zorglub likes to wear what looks like a short, fur-lined leather coat this way.

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    Films — Live-Action 

  • In Hornet's Sting by Derek Robinson, one of the pilots wears his coat like this while pretending to be a Portuguese lord whose checkbook he found. Played for comedy, rather than badassery.
  • In ''Miss Piggy's Guide to Life'' Piggy suggests wearing a coat in this manner in order to look important. She also recommends accessorizing with large sunglasses and a purse with a telephone inside. (The book was written in 1981, when only big shots had wireless phones.)
  • In Shakugan no Shana, Shana can summon a magic Badass Longcoat that functions as both a shield and as storage for her other equipment. While she is introduced wearing it normally, she soon switches to draping it over her shoulders instead, possibly because the poofy sleeves of her new civilian outfit get in the way (and the coat's magic properties prevent it from falling off).

    Live-Action TV 
  • On The Monkees, Micky did it when he was pretending to be a big-time movie producer, along with using a cigarette holder.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • This is how Wade Barrett arrives before a match. He sheds it while standing on the stage.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Commissars in Warhammer 40,000 are often depicted wearing their jackets like this.

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 

  • Ace Attorney:
    • Tyrell Badd in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. Extra badass points for it being full of bullet holes.
    • And Ichiyanagi Yumihiko from Investigations 2.
    • And Apollo Justice after the courtroom bombing in Dual Destinies. It's a Tragic Keepsake from his murdered childhood friend, Clay Terran. They even use it to distinguish between Apollo's two mindsets over the course of the story! When he's without it, he's the usual Apollo everyone's familiar with. When he's wearing it, his disposition gets temporarily shifted to seeking to expose and bring down his friend's killer as revenge, leading to him acting very much like a jerk at times. He does get better by the climax of the game, which is also when he stops wearing the coat.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Yasahiro Hagakure wears a jacket over his shirt. It's less to show off that he's cool, and more that he's not all there.
    • Kaito Momota in New Danganronpa V3 only wears his left jacket sleeve, leading the right side hang freely. This becomes a plot point in Chapter 6, when Shuichi must disprove Maki's assertion that it's not odd for the sleeve hanging out of the hydraulic press to not have an arm in it since it's his left sleeve.

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    Real Life 
  • In World War II, Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering was often photographed wearing his coat this way.
  • In early 20th century it was customary for gentlemen to wear an overcoat outside regardless of the temperatures. Especially in Southern Europe it became customary to wear them in this manner to avoid exessive discomfort during the summer months.
  • The pelisse is a light jacket worn over the left arm as part of the Hussar uniform. They were infamously impractical and a total liability against other cavalry. Naturally, every European army wore them, presumably because it looked very dashing.
  • The ancient Medes and Persians wore their long kandys coats this way. Xenophon claims they were required to use the sleeves when the King was present, which may have been because the sleeves were so ungainly as to hinder assassination attempts. The Scythians made their own version with sleeves positioned in such a way that it wouldn't be possible to use them at all.