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Ribbons like this aren't unheard of in Real Life, but rarely as large as in the trope (except for the the obi), and smaller ones are used on dresses as a pretty alternative to a belt, especially if it matches bows already on the dress. They just aren't any likely to be that big.
Anime and Manga
- Hideyoshi and Ieyasu from Sengoku Otome
- In Naruto, several ninjas run around with enormous rope bows tied around their waists; Sasuke gains one post-timeskip and gets mocked relentlessly for it.
- Orochimaru has one. His entire uniform is actually the basis for Sasuke's post-timeskip-slash-Face Heel Turn uniform. Needless to say, he also gets mocked mercilessly as well, for being the trend setter
- Misao and eventually Aoshi of Rurouni Kenshin; the latter is affectionately given the Fan Nickname "Butt Bow" as a result.
- Sailor Moon's starts out too small to count, but gets bigger and fancier with every power upgrade.
- Her final uniform is the worst offender. Those wings? They're attached at her waist where her previous uniforms had bows and are shaped like one.
- Mito of Space Pirate Mito has a bow so large that its tails have their own little bows.
- A lot of outfits in Kamichama Karin have this.
- Vita of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has this as part of her Barrier Jacket.
- Post-henshin Juna from Earth Maiden Arjuna has prehensile waist-ribbons. They're see-through, they expand and contract as needed, and she can grab things with them. But most importantly: they float around dramatically behind her.
- Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier (pictured above).
- Jubei-chan the Ninja Girl is a good example
Film -- Animated
- Cynthia in The Secret of NIMH. It's the only thing she wears, actually.
- One of the outfits Tiana wore in The Princess and the Frog is a strapless light blue dress with a giant dark blue sash around the waist.
- Meru of Legend of Dragoon wears one.
- Disgaea - Rune Knight classes.
- Disgaea 2 Cursed Memories - Yukimaru, Fubuki, and Rozalin
- Yuna in Final Fantasy X; she also has it in a handful of her Final Fantasy X-2 outfits.
- Ayane from Dead or Alive series.
- Tekken: Ling Xiaoyu (standard Tekken 3 uniform only)
- Lemina from Lunar 2: Eternal Blue.
- RAcaseals (female robot gun specialists) in Phantasy Star Online have a bodies in a Meido-style dress, complete with ribbon and bow around their waists.
- Sheena from Tales of Symphonia.
- Maya from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Likewise, Pearl also has one.
- Alice: Madness Returns feature a selection of dresses with this.
- Shao Lei-Lei/Hsien-Ko from Darkstalkers.
- Totooria Helmold of Atelier Totori.
- Kirbys Return to Dream Land: The Grand Hammer skill gives Kirby a rainbow-colored, pretzel-shaped giant ribbon.
- Ellis of Battle Arena Toshinden.
- Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki wears a red one as part of her Mini-Dress of Power. She also gains the ability to manipulate it, something only Freya had ever done.
- Kanaya from Homestuck gains a purple one late in Act 5. It's not purely for fashion, it's covering the hole in her stomach where Eridan one-shotted her.
- Bonus points: It's Eridan's cape.
- Elliot from El Goonish Shive is transformed into a girl wearing one of these in this filler strip.
- In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, psychic superhero Oracle combines a bright red Giant Waist Ribbon with a Playboy Bunny-esque bustier and fishnet stockings as her crimefighting costume.
- Over the top Fairytale Wedding Dresses can sport these.
- Some Victorian dresses had these, often in conjunction with a bustle.