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13th Jul '17 1:36:34 PM TheBigBopper
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Because a helmet can obscure a characters' face or hair, as well as make them look like everybody else wearing helmets in a dangerous environment, it's often said that HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic. This trope begs to differ, demonstrating that the identity of a character or group of characters can actually be ''enhanced'' if you give them a helmet with a really unique and memorable design.

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Because a helmet can obscure a characters' face or hair, as well as make them look like everybody else wearing helmets in a dangerous environment, it's often said that HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic. This trope begs to differ, demonstrating that the identity of a character or group of characters can actually be ''enhanced'' if you give them a helmet with a really unique and memorable design.
design. Especially when a character's helmet serves to conceal their face or identity, or when a character almost never takes their helmet off, it can become more famous and recognized than their actual face.
7th Jul '17 10:49:53 AM TheBigBopper
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Helmets of all shapes and sizes.

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Helmets Because a helmet can obscure a characters' face or hair, as well as make them look like everybody else wearing helmets in a dangerous environment, it's often said that HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic. This trope begs to differ, demonstrating that the identity of all shapes a character or group of characters can actually be ''enhanced'' if you give them a helmet with a really unique and sizes.
memorable design.



Of course, many characters who wear a Cool Helmet may not truly ''need'' protective headgear, especially in the case of beings of godlike power who barely have to worry about head injuries. A helmet may have some other practical function, or be worn simply because of vanity.

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Of course, many characters who wear a Cool Helmet may not truly ''need'' protective headgear, especially in the case of beings of godlike power who barely have to worry about head injuries. A helmet may have some other practical function, function such as life support, or be worn simply because of vanity.



Contrast HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic.
28th May '17 3:02:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Warhammer}}'' has the various knightly orders, all of which sport varyingly ridiculous(ly awesome) helmetry. The Bretonnians, who have the highest concentration of knights in their army, are naturally even more extravagant.

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* ''{{Warhammer}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has the various knightly orders, all of which sport varyingly ridiculous(ly awesome) helmetry. The Bretonnians, who have the highest concentration of knights in their army, are naturally even more extravagant.



* The general rule in TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is that this is the [[RuleOfCool only thing helmets are good for.]] The 2nd edition source book adds that Storytellers willing to go more "gritty" can implement rules for wearing helmets, and it's entirely possible to get artifact helmets that have special effects, but not wearing a helmet isn't necessarily about impracticality, it's about not crumming your style.

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* The general rule in TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is that this is the [[RuleOfCool only thing helmets are good for.]] The 2nd edition source book adds that Storytellers willing to go more "gritty" can implement rules for wearing helmets, and it's entirely possible to get artifact helmets that have special effects, but not wearing a helmet isn't necessarily about impracticality, it's about not crumming your style.
27th May '17 3:25:45 PM nombretomado
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* The eponymous ''ViewtifulJoe'' has a V-crest on his helmet, and may have been inspired by Quick Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2''. He also gets a visor and faceplate for the boss battles.

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* The eponymous ''ViewtifulJoe'' ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' has a V-crest on his helmet, and may have been inspired by Quick Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2''. He also gets a visor and faceplate for the boss battles.
6th May '17 7:32:23 PM Vios
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* In ''VideoGame/ShopHeroes'', Alicia is shown (InformedEquipment in artwork]]) with a distinctive horned helmet, although it differs a bit from the classic style used by HornyVikings for one thing, it has two sets of horns.
4th May '17 5:41:18 AM morane
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** The ''Stahlhelm'' (first introduced in 1916) superficially resembles the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sallet sallet]] or ''Schaller'', THE knightly helmet of 15th century Germany. However, this resemblance appears to be coincidental, as the M 1916 helmet was designed by a surgeon and an engineer to provide better protection to the eyes, temples and neck and to be able to be industrially produced in one piece.

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** The ''Stahlhelm'' (first introduced in 1916) superficially resembles the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sallet sallet]] or ''Schaller'', THE knightly helmet of 15th century Germany. However, this resemblance appears to either be coincidental, coincidental - or rather convergent evolution! - as the M 1916 helmet was designed by a surgeon and an engineer to provide better protection to the eyes, temples and neck and to be able to be industrially produced in one piece.piece. [Then agains, the sallet also fulfilled all those requirements...]
24th Apr '17 11:33:50 AM rafi
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has some cool helmets, such as [[PoisonousPerson Purple Haze's]] in Part 5, and D&G's in Part 6 (which [[ActionGirl Jolyne]] thinks makes him look like a knight).
* The Berserker Armor from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has a cool helmet in the shape of a hellhound that only appears when Guts is in an uncontrollable fury ... Basically, see Guts' face; you may be ok. See the Helmet; you are going to die.
** For that matter, ''every single armor-wearing {{mook}}''. The common rabble occasionally has a funny bug-eyed one, but the themed armies have stuff that comes out of a medieval cartographer's nightmare (whales, rams...). And then there are the Apostles...

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has some cool helmets, such as [[PoisonousPerson Purple Haze's]] in Part 5, and D&G's in Part 6 (which [[ActionGirl Jolyne]] thinks makes him look like a knight).
* The Berserker Armor from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has a cool helmet in the shape of a hellhound that only appears when Guts is in an uncontrollable fury ... Basically, see Guts' face; you may be ok. See the Helmet; you are going to die.
** For that matter, ''every single armor-wearing {{mook}}''. The common rabble occasionally has a funny bug-eyed one, but the themed armies have stuff that comes out of a medieval cartographer's nightmare (whales, rams...). And then there are the Apostles...
Manga]]



* Char Aznable from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and many of {{Char Clone}}s (such as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Marquise]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Carozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah]]) wear these. And, for that matter, almost all noteworthy Gundams have that iconic "V crest, vulcan head cannons, and protruding mouthpieces."
** Whoever designed Zeon's uniforms was a great believer in this, as a CoolHelmet is their ''standard headgear'', even for ''spaceship officers''. In fact, [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100724161246/gundam/images/5/5c/1279758955815.gif Char's iconic helmet]] is a repainted version of Zeon's standard issue helmet for officers [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100321015345/gundam/images/thumb/7/70/Dren.jpg/300px-Dren.jpg here worn by Char's second in command Dren]], and extremely similar to the [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121028073915/gundam/images/2/2a/Zeon_Officers.jpg standard issue helmet]], and [[http://anime.geocities.jp/grysk171/selgagundamfirstkyciliazabi1.jpg Kycilia]] is usually seen a modified officer helmet. Contrast with the Federation's use of a CommissarCap for their officers and modern military helmets for their soldiers.
* Viral's Enki in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' had a full-circle crest. So did Gurren Lagann itself... the same crest in fact, albeit now resembling asymmetrical horns. (They tore it off Viral's Gunmen).

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* Char Aznable The Berserker Armor from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and many ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has a cool helmet in the shape of {{Char Clone}}s (such as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Marquise]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Carozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah]]) wear these. And, for a hellhound that only appears when Guts is in an uncontrollable fury ... Basically, see Guts' face; you may be ok. See the Helmet; you are going to die.
** For
that matter, almost all noteworthy Gundams ''every single armor-wearing {{mook}}''. The common rabble occasionally has a funny bug-eyed one, but the themed armies have stuff that iconic "V crest, vulcan head cannons, and protruding mouthpieces."
** Whoever designed Zeon's uniforms was a great believer in this, as a CoolHelmet is their ''standard headgear'', even for ''spaceship officers''. In fact, [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100724161246/gundam/images/5/5c/1279758955815.gif Char's iconic helmet]] is a repainted version of Zeon's standard issue helmet for officers [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100321015345/gundam/images/thumb/7/70/Dren.jpg/300px-Dren.jpg here worn by Char's second in command Dren]], and extremely similar to the [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121028073915/gundam/images/2/2a/Zeon_Officers.jpg standard issue helmet]], and [[http://anime.geocities.jp/grysk171/selgagundamfirstkyciliazabi1.jpg Kycilia]] is usually seen a modified officer helmet. Contrast with the Federation's use
comes out of a CommissarCap for their officers and modern military helmets for their soldiers.
* Viral's Enki in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' had a full-circle crest. So did Gurren Lagann itself...
medieval cartographer's nightmare (whales, rams...). And then there are the same crest in fact, albeit now resembling asymmetrical horns. (They tore it off Viral's Gunmen).Apostles...



* Anime/SpeedRacer has a cool racing helmet.

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* Anime/SpeedRacer As befitting of a post-apocalyptic conqueror, Raoh of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has an awesome-looking horned helmet. Because Raoh is one of the biggest badasses of the series, a cool racing helmet.good sign that a given fighter is a force to be reckoned with is if they manage to break said helm while fighting him.



* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** Almost all noteworthy Gundams have that iconic "V crest, vulcan head cannons, and protruding mouthpieces."
** Char Aznable from the first and original series, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', and many of {{Char Clone}}s (such as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Marquise]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Carozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah]]) wear these.
*** Whoever designed Zeon's uniforms was a great believer in this, as a CoolHelmet is their ''standard headgear'', even for ''spaceship officers''. In fact, [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100724161246/gundam/images/5/5c/1279758955815.gif Char's iconic helmet]] is a repainted version of Zeon's standard issue helmet for officers [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100321015345/gundam/images/thumb/7/70/Dren.jpg/300px-Dren.jpg here worn by Char's second in command Dren]], and extremely similar to the [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121028073915/gundam/images/2/2a/Zeon_Officers.jpg standard issue helmet]], and [[http://anime.geocities.jp/grysk171/selgagundamfirstkyciliazabi1.jpg Kycilia]] is usually seen a modified officer helmet. Contrast with the Federation's use of a CommissarCap for their officers and modern military helmets for their soldiers.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has some cool helmets, such as [[PoisonousPerson Purple Haze's]] in Part 5, and D&G's in Part 6 (which [[ActionGirl Jolyne]] thinks makes him look like a knight).



* As befitting of a post-apocalyptic conqueror, Raoh of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has an awesome-looking horned helmet. Because Raoh is one of the biggest badasses of the series, a good sign that a given fighter is a force to be reckoned with is if they manage to break said helm while fighting him.

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* As befitting of a post-apocalyptic conqueror, Raoh of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' Anime/SpeedRacer has an awesome-looking horned helmet. Because Raoh is one of a cool racing helmet.
* Viral's Enki in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' had a full-circle crest. So did Gurren Lagann itself...
the biggest badasses of the series, a good sign that a given fighter is a force to be reckoned with is if they manage to break said helm while fighting him.same crest in fact, albeit now resembling asymmetrical horns. (They tore it off Viral's Gunmen).



24th Apr '17 11:16:15 AM gb00393
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** Brienne wears an antlered helm in "Garden of Bones" when she accompanies Renly to his parley with Stannis.
10th Apr '17 12:09:41 PM nombretomado
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* [[SeanConnery King Agamemnon]] in ''Film/TimeBandits'' sports an ''awesome'' Mycenaean helmet.

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* [[SeanConnery [[Creator/SeanConnery King Agamemnon]] in ''Film/TimeBandits'' sports an ''awesome'' Mycenaean helmet.
4th Apr '17 9:45:42 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has several iconic helmets, including Darth Vader's and Boba Fett's. (Heck, even the Mooks in this franchise have Cool Helmets.)
* Darth Vader's is spoofed in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' with the character Dark Helmet, who sports a helmet the size of his torso. His voice is deep and booming with his visor down, but when he flips it up he reveals that he's a [[NerdInEvilsHelmet nerdy, bespectacled Rick Moranis]].
* The iconic camo helmet from ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' might qualify. With "Born to Kill" and a peace sign on it, and bullets in the strap.
* In various fantastic forms SpikesOfVillainy crest the helmets of UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights in Creator/SergeiEisenstein's ''Film/AlexanderNevsky''.



* [[SeanConnery King Agamemnon]] in ''Film/TimeBandits'' sports an ''awesome'' Mycenaean helmet.
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' has a very distinctive helmet.

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* [[SeanConnery King Agamemnon]] In various fantastic forms SpikesOfVillainy crest the helmets of UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights in ''Film/TimeBandits'' sports an ''awesome'' Mycenaean helmet.
Creator/SergeiEisenstein's ''Film/AlexanderNevsky''.
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' The iconic camo helmet from ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' might qualify. With "Born to Kill" and a peace sign on it, and bullets in the strap.
* Cobra Commander
has a very distinctive helmet.one in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. More so in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', where he dons his classic mask from the cartoon.
* The Kurgan's improvised helmet in ''Film/{{Highlander}}'', made from an animal skull of some kind, with the skin still on.



* The Kurgan's improvised helmet in ''Film/{{Highlander}}'', made from an animal skull of some kind, with the skin still on.



* ''Film/TopGun'' featured the various pilots having custom artwork on their helmets, which of course also helped the audience easily which helmeted-and-masked character they were looking at.
* Cobra Commander has one in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. More so in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', where he dons his classic mask from the cartoon.



* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** Magneto's helmet, which at times is even [[SpikesOfVillainy horny]]. Technology wired into it [[NoSell prevents telepathic intrusion]], making Magneto difficult to control or impossible to find via Cerebro.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Unlike the previous models of the Cerebro helmet, the inner wiring of TheEighties version [[http://cdn2-www.comingsoon.net/assets/uploads/gallery/bts-x-men-apocalypse/xmna28.jpg lights up when activated.]]



* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' has a very distinctive helmet.
* Darth Vader's is spoofed in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' with the character Dark Helmet, who sports a helmet the size of his torso. His voice is deep and booming with his visor down, but when he flips it up he reveals that he's a [[NerdInEvilsHelmet nerdy, bespectacled Rick Moranis]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has several iconic helmets, including Darth Vader's and Boba Fett's. (Heck, even the ''{{mooks}}'' in this franchise have Cool Helmets.)
* [[SeanConnery King Agamemnon]] in ''Film/TimeBandits'' sports an ''awesome'' Mycenaean helmet.
* ''Film/TopGun'' featured the various pilots having custom artwork on their helmets, which of course also helped the audience easily which helmeted-and-masked character they were looking at.



* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** Magneto's helmet, which at times is even [[SpikesOfVillainy horny]]. Technology wired into it [[NoSell prevents telepathic intrusion]], making Magneto difficult to control or impossible to find via Cerebro.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Unlike the previous models of the Cerebro helmet, the inner wiring of TheEighties version [[http://cdn2-www.comingsoon.net/assets/uploads/gallery/bts-x-men-apocalypse/xmna28.jpg lights up when activated.]]



* ''Literature/TheElricSaga'': In battle, the emperor of Melniboné wears "a black helm, with a dragon's head craning over the peak, and dragon's wings flaring backward above it, and a dragon's tail curling down the back". But because he's also a sorcerer, some of the [[ComicBookAdaptation comic artists]] gave him a silly [[RobeAndWizardHat pointy hat]] instead.



* Pilots in the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', and indeed in the rest of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, have relatively plain helmets -- still, they can paint them. Wedge Antilles has a particular pattern on his which comes up in ''Starfighters of Adumar''.



* In Creator/JRRTolkien's legendarium there are many cool helmets. Turin had the Dragon-Helm of Dor-Lomin, which had a crest in the shape of a dragon, Tuor has the winged helm left by Turgon in Vinyamar, and the kings of Gondor have the helm Isildur wore during the Last Alliance.
* ''Literature/TheElricSaga'': In battle, the emperor of Melniboné wears "a black helm, with a dragon's head craning over the peak, and dragon's wings flaring backward above it, and a dragon's tail curling down the back". But because he's also a sorcerer, some of the [[ComicBookAdaptation comic artists]] gave him a silly [[RobeAndWizardHat pointy hat]] instead.


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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Pilots in the ''Literature/XWingSeries'' have relatively plain helmets -- still, they can paint them. Wedge Antilles has a particular pattern on his which comes up in ''Starfighters of Adumar''.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's [[Franchise/TolkeinsLegendarium legendarium]] there are many cool helmets. Turin had the Dragon-Helm of Dor-Lomin, which had a crest in the shape of a dragon, Tuor has the winged helm left by Turgon in Vinyamar, and the kings of Gondor have the helm Isildur wore during the Last Alliance.
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