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The Admirals

ex-Fleet Admiral Sengoku

Why are the coats always worn as capes? Is there an in-universe explanation as to why the Marines wear it in that way? The only character who I remember seeing, wearing a coat as it should be worn, is Gol D. Roger.


There has been no in-universe explanation as to why the Marines wear the coats over their shoulders.

The only in-universe information regarding those coats is that they are supposedly held up by the Marine officers' beliefs in Justice. As long as the Marine in question believes in the justice of the Marines or World Government, the coat will not fall! ... is what Oda said in SBS Volume 61, Chapter 596

Reader: You know the coat that all those commissioned Marine officers wear on their backs? The one that says "Justice". That thing never falls of no matter how much the guy wearing it moves, but how does it stay on? A snap stopper? Or maybe super glue? My husband says "it's rubber" (making it a circle and passing it through another circle). P.N. Koteni-

Oda: Too bad, nothing is on there. That is a coat that has "Justice" on the back. It never falls off, because to them, Justice never "falls"!! As long as that feeling stays in their hearts, THE COAT WILL NEVER FALL!!!

The out-universe explanation is described by the TV trope CoatCape linked in the comment by mivilar. It states that military leaders (and delinquents aka pirates) often wear their coat as a cape to show how cool the character is. The coat will never fall off despite the situation. The Trope also explains not to confuse the (Marines') Coat-Cape with (Mihawk's) Badass-Longcoat or the Coat-over-the-shoulder.

Sometimes, to show how cool a character is (or just how broad his shoulders are), all he has to do is wear his coat like a cape, as in not bothering to put his 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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  • So its a major cool factor and is held in place by the Marine's belief in justice. But then, what about Whitebeard? – Ero Sɘnnin Jul 6 '15 at 5:06
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    @EroSɘnnin The cool factor remains, but Oda would probably say something as "As long as he believes in himself it will stay on" or "The power of his heart will let it stay on". In this case, if Ace was wearing on, it might have fallen off, as he had given up during the Marineford war, but that's just my guess – Peter Raeves Jul 6 '15 at 10:09
  • +1 great answer! I realized that that SBS answer can also work as a foreshadowing of when Luffy and allies finally defeat the World Government: Marine capes fall!!! – VXD Apr 9 '19 at 2:33

I think according to Oda "Justice never falls". It's just to show that so long as they believe and keep fighting, that coat won't fall, because justice doesn't.

But then again, Gol D. Roger and Whitebeard wore their coats that way for the "cool" factor, but theirs didn't have justice on it!

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    This is the same answer as the one above, but with much less details. – RigaCrypto Mar 4 at 7:33

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