Oh sure, most coats in Real Life and fiction are worn for warmth and other kinds of protection, but just as often in fiction, they can be used to say something about a character, or add a slight touch of style to a scene. Whether it's a leather jacket, a trench coat, a suave blazer, or a fur coat, these garments can fulfill a lot of tropes.
- The Caped Index
They're like coats, but without sleeves.
- Cranium Coverings
A coat can be paired with a hat, or other something similar.
- Dresses, Gowns and Skirts
A nice thing to wear under a coat.
- Angels in Overcoats
If angels appear on Earth, they're wearing overcoats.
- Badass Longcoat
Rule of Cool says the right coat makes characters look even better.
- Badass Long Robe
Same as above, but applies to a robe.
- Black Cloak
A black coat, robe, or cape, can make a character look sinister and mysterious.
- Coat Cape
Wearing a coat over the shoulders still looks cool.
- Coat, Hat, Mask
Not all superheroes use tights and capes.
- Coat Full of Contraband
Your coat is fully lined with a black market.
- Coat Over the Shoulder
Drape your jacket over one shoulder, and you can't help but look stylish.
- The Coats Are Off
Coats can add extra pounds to carry, so taking them off means one doesn't want to hold back in a fight.
- Comforting Comforter
Coats can be used in this way.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat
There are plenty of instances where this garment stands out like a sore thumb.
- Gas Mask, Longcoat
You want your Hazmat Suit to look cool? Add a coat.
- Her Boyfriend's Jacket
Sharing this means they're going steady.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine
In fiction, it's the most immediate way to tell someone is in these fields.
- Naked in Mink
Any fur garment will do to cover up nudity (while still implying it), but a coat is the most common.
- Not-So-Badass Longcoat
It looks iconic, even though you're not kicking ass in it.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket
The best of both being shirtless and having a cool coat.
- Pimp Duds
The classic pimp look includes a funky 70s coat.
- Plague Doctor
Add a bird mask with your coat, and you're treating some pretty heavy old-timey epidemic.
- Pretty in Mink
Luxury fur garments are commonly done as jacket and coats.
- Raincoat of Horror
The latest in horror movie fashion.
- Sexy Coat Flashing
Guess what she's not wearing under it.
- Totem Pole Trench
In that coat are two or more smaller people standing on each other.
- Trenchcoat Brigade
John Constantine inspired wearing coats among his knockoffs.
- Trench Coat Warfare
Hiding an arsenal in your coat lining.
- You Must Be Cold
The garment given over is often a coat.
Don't forget to put these tropes on, or you'll Catch Your Death of Cold.