Created By: ParanoiaAgent on June 19, 2014 Last Edited By: ParanoiaAgent on June 19, 2014

World Of Hats

A setting in which most if not all characters wear a Nice Hat

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Most human cultures have a dress code. In a World... in which the dresscode includes the Nice Hat as a sign of maturity and badassery, it can quickly become a World of Hats, in which many if not all characters wear a Nice Hat to make them more badass.

Truth in Television for many periods and cultures such as The Roaring '20s. This trope is usually invoked only for men. The Femme Fatale often also wears a Nice Hat to appear more mysterious and subversive.

A signature element of Film Noir, which is a World of Fedora.

Not to be confused with Planet of Hats. A literal Planet of Hats is a World Of Hats IN SPACE, as in the case of the Trope Namer, but not every Planet of Hats is a World Of Hats.


Anime and Manga


Live Action Television

  • Country music as a whole is a World Of Hats.

Real Life
  • Many religious elites during their meetings. The Vatican loves Nice Hats.
  • During wars, for protection.

Video Games
  • Most role-play games, either as Rule of Cool or as protective device.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • June 19, 2014
    Isn't this trope itself Planet Of Hats? It's just that the hat they wear is literally wearing a hat.

    From Planet Of Hats description: On their Wagon Train to the Stars, our intrepid heroes come across a planet with a single defining characteristic. Everybody is a robot, or a gangster, or a Proud Warrior Race Guy, or an over-the-top actor, or wearing a Nice Hat.

    Everyone wearing a hat is even in the description. This is The Same But More Specific.
  • June 19, 2014
    A literal Planet of Hats is a World of Hats, but a World of Hats isn't always a Planet of Hats in the sense of the trope
  • June 19, 2014
    Planet Of Hats literally just means, "A place where everyone has a particular defining characteristic." Wearing a hat qualifies. So yes, World Of Hats would always qualify as a Planet Of Hats "in the sense of the trope."
  • June 19, 2014
    yes but only IN SPACE
  • June 19, 2014
    the title is a bit unlucky i suppose because people confuse it with the Planet of Hats when I intended it as an analogous term to World Of Ham and World Of Snark etc.
  • June 19, 2014
    No, Planet Of Hats is not limited to space. The laconic says, "One quirk defines a world/species." The examples list is also filled with non-planetary settings. And while there are a few characteristics that are notable enough to get their own subtropes (Always Chaotic Evil, World Of Badass), I'm not seeing how wearing a hat, of all things, is one of them.
  • Thing of it is, this is already covered by Nice Hat, this is just saying almost (if not) every character within the work wear a Nice Hat, which again, is pretty much already covered by Nice Hat. The Hogans Heroes page, for example, illustrates this: all of the characters wear a hat as part of their uniform, and as such, they're all listed under Nice Hat.
  • June 19, 2014
    If this is a trope, it needs a name to make sure it's not confused for Planet Of Hats, such as Everyone Wears Hats.

    "Everyone wearing a hat is even in the description." mostly as a gag though - a planet where all inhabitants have a particular trait in common is a Planet Of Hats, and this characteristic could be almost literally anything. So, it's theoretically possible that they are a race of hat-wearers as one of the millions of things they could be.
  • June 19, 2014
    ^ The Same But More Specific + X Meets Y

    Planet Of Hats but with literal hats, or Planet Of Hats meets Nice Hat.

    We already have this.
  • June 19, 2014
    We already have: discard it.