Maybe it’s because superheroes don’t exist in your world. Maybe it’s because they DO exist, but you need something to help you stand out from the caped masses. Whatever the reason, a cape won’t fly for you, so you need something else. Something long. Something mysterious. Something like… Eureka! You’ve got it: A coat! A super long awesome coat!

Thus is born the Cult of the Long Coat. The mark of hard-as-nails fictional characters everywhere, long coats are kind of like capes for non-superheroes: You get the same blowing-in-the-nonexistent-wind badass silhouette without wearing… well, a cape. The beauty of the long coat is that it remains functional even once it ventures beyond the realm of Nerd Fashion. Here are some of the nerd world’s best coat-wearers and their spectacular outerwear.