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10th Sep '17 1:19:34 PM ChaoticNovelist
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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Out of the main cast of semi-heroic mercenaries, [[TheBigGirl Tiza is the only one consistently wearing a helmet]]. Eric joins her in wearing headgear starting in ''Literature/ManaMutationMenace'', but his is actually [[PartialTransformation transforming his head from flesh to metal]]. You could say his head ''becomes'' his helmet. During the Mana Mutation Summit, Kasile deliberately instructs her personal guard not to wear helmets so everyone can see their faces and thus their individuality and emotions, which is supposed to highlight the contrast between her and [[EvilPrince Lunas]] with his FacelessGoons.
8th Sep '17 9:07:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted to the level of being a defining character trait with ''2000 AD'''s ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. However, other Judges do take their helmets off occassionally, particulary the female ones. Psi-Judges in particular tend to avert wearing helmets so it doesn't interfere with their psychic abilities.

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* Averted to the level of being a defining character trait with ''2000 AD'''s ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. The only time he's ever been seen without a helmet is when he was mutilated beyond recognition. However, other Judges do take their helmets off occassionally, particulary the female ones. Psi-Judges in particular tend to avert wearing helmets so it doesn't interfere with their psychic abilities.
22nd Aug '17 6:02:32 PM Hjortron18
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* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' keeps his incredibly cool helmet on for maybe three seconds at a ceremony. Apparently this was due to tests that they did where they determined that the helmet was too heavy for Hemsworth to wear on a consistent basis. His devious brother Loki wears his helmet far more frequently, though he goes without it for large stretches of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. He doesn't wear it at all in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. According to TomHiddleston, it weighed about seven pounds, and he channeled the frustration into his performance.

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* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' keeps his incredibly cool helmet on for maybe three seconds at a ceremony. Apparently this was due to tests that they did where they determined that the helmet was too heavy for Hemsworth to wear on a consistent basis. His devious brother Loki wears his helmet far more frequently, though he goes without it for large stretches of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. He doesn't wear it at all in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. According to TomHiddleston, Creator/TomHiddleston, it weighed about seven pounds, and he channeled the frustration into his performance.
5th Aug '17 2:28:03 PM Antigone3
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** Played with [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2017-07-16 here]], when Tagon doesn't deploy his suit's helmet because his client didn't have one, and the client wasn't deploying ''her'' suit's helmet because ''Tagon'' didn't have one.
---> '''Tagon:''' ''(as both characters deploy helmets)'' We're idiots.
16th Jul '17 9:51:49 AM nombretomado
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** Oddly enough, in WW2 American tank crews took less casualties than their British counterparts despite usually riding around in the same tanks because the Americans wore helmets and the British did not.

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** Oddly enough, in WW2 [=WW2=] American tank crews took less casualties than their British counterparts despite usually riding around in the same tanks because the Americans wore helmets and the British did not.
11th Jul '17 1:49:52 PM Linda58
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* In ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies'': ''None'' of the main characters wear helmets. The men of Laketown don't even seem to wear armor, so they might not have any. Thorin and company put on helmets and heavy armor when prepping for a siege, but stick to light armor instead when they go out to fight to not be worn out by the weight, and may have abandoned the helmets for the same reason. Dain starts with a helmet, but loses it. Given that without he can still [[UseYourHead headbutt]] Orcs who ''do'' have helmets, he arguably doesn't need one.
11th Jul '17 1:06:36 PM Linda58
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** Averted in ''The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'': Just about everyone in Aslan's army is shown to have a helmet, except the talking animals who presumably can't wear helmets (and the rhino's case wouldn't need one). Peter loses his helmet when the unicorn he's riding is killed throwing him to the ground, and doesn't bother retrieving it.


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** In the commentary, the director talk's about the convenience of cutting from the actor slamming down their visor to the stunt man in full armor and helmet.
7th Jul '17 10:40:21 AM TheBigBopper
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In any work where a hero wears armor, whether [[PoweredArmor powered]] or otherwise, the helmet is almost ''never'' worn even in combat. In RealLife the helmet is the most important piece of personal armor ever invented besides the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]], since the skull and the brain inside are highly vulnerable to all kinds of weapon blows and projectiles. So why does a character who has access to a helmet rarely use it?

In fiction this is usually the creators bowing to the RuleOfPerception. An open-faced helmet will at least obscure a character's hair. Hairstyles can be important for identifying a character in a crowd, especially in animated works with OnlySixFaces. A fully enclosed or visored helmet can be an even bigger problem because people are good at recognizing faces, and associate faces with peronalities. People associate not having a visible face with [[FacelessGoons not having an individual personality]]. Both the director and the person playing the character want the audience to see their facial expressions as the heart of their performance, and it defeats the purpose of hiring a famous and probably good-looking actor or actress if you're going to make them harder to recognize. Also, according to TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort, less armour implies a character is skilled enough not to ''need'' it.

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In any work where a hero wears armor, whether [[PoweredArmor powered]] or otherwise, the helmet is almost ''never'' worn worn, even in combat. In RealLife the helmet is the most important piece of personal armor ever invented besides the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]], since the skull and the brain inside are highly vulnerable to all kinds of weapon blows and projectiles. So why does a character who has access to a helmet rarely use it?

In fiction visual media this is usually the creators bowing to the RuleOfPerception.RuleOfPerception and ShootTheMoney. An open-faced helmet will at least obscure a character's hair. Hairstyles can be important for identifying a character in a crowd, especially in animated works with OnlySixFaces. A fully enclosed or visored helmet can be an even bigger problem because people are good at recognizing faces, and associate faces with peronalities. People associate not having a visible face with [[FacelessGoons not having an individual personality]]. Both In film and television, both the director and the person playing the character actor will want the audience to see their facial expressions as the heart of their performance, and it performance. It defeats the purpose of hiring a famous and probably good-looking actor or actress if you're going to make them harder to recognize. Also, according to TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort, less armour implies a character is skilled enough not to ''need'' it.
18th Jun '17 7:44:49 AM EDP
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** Of all the Gold Saints, only two ''always'' wear their helmets: Aldebaran, who has a reputation as a jobber, and the local PsychoForHire Deathmask.
16th Jun '17 9:31:57 PM JackG
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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem The Sontaran Stratagem]]" this is handwaved as being due to Sontaran honor -- it's a sign of bravery for this ProudWarriorRace to face their enemy unprotected. After seeing his commander has taken off his helmet so he can [[WorthyOpponent look the Doctor in the eye]], his NumberTwo requests permission to do likewise. However his mooks keep their helmets on; as they're all supposed to be identical clones, this saves on special effects.
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