Created By: MokonaZero on March 5, 2013 Last Edited By: MokonaZero on March 9, 2013
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Eye Obscuring Hat

Hidden Eyes due to a hat.

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Hats can be cool, but sometimes they can indicate something more mysterious. That's where this trope comes in. A character wearing a hat that conceals their eyes can often be seen as suspicious, mysterious, or even evil. Oddly enough, the character usually shows no signs of being unable to see despite the fact that their eyes can't be seen.

There are two variations of this trope (although they often overlap):
  • The hat is tilted in a way that hides their eyes from others without a shadow.
  • The hat casts a shadow that makes their eyes almost invisible.

This trope can make a character's eyes stand out much more, when they stop wearing a hat (Which usually indicates Serious Business).

See also Hat Shop, Nice Hat, The Faceless, Face Framed in Shadow, and Hidden Eyes. Not to be confused with Coat, Hat, Mask.
Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • The Undertaker of Black Butler occasionally has his hat in this manner.
  • Kisuke Urahara of Bleach is seen with both the variations, especially the shadow casting one.
  • Daisuke Jigen from Lupin III has the shadow variant.
  • In Soul Eater, Patty Thompson sports this look while wearing a beanie in flashbacks. She and her sister sometimes do this with the peaks of their cowboy hats.

Video Games
  • Hazama/Yuuki Terumi from BlazBlue often tilts his hat. Most of the characters (and audience) can tell he's up to no good thanks to this.
  • In Borderlands2, one of the heads available for Gaige the Mechromancer is a newsboy cap (appropriately titled "Read All About It"), the peak of which hides her eyes (when viewing the character model on the title screen, either variant can occur depending on the angle her head is positioned).
  • Flint from Mother3's cowboy hat. Turns out, he's bald.
  • Team Fortress 2 The Soldier has this kind of hat.
  • The Commissar from Dawn of War is shown like this, all you see of his face is his nose, grim-set mouth and massive chin.
    • The cover art for Commissar Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!), drawn in the style of overblown propaganda posters, often shows him like this, again emphasizing his Lantern Jaw Of Justice.

Comics
  • DC Comics' Phantom Stranger often has the "hat throws shadows" variety, even if the lighting is wrong for it.
  • Pre-ninja Snake Eyes in the G.I. Joe comic. This was even done on the action figure depicting him this way... the figure has no eyes and the figure instead has a shadow painted over his face.
Live Action Tv
  • On Barney Miller when Wojo reports a UFO a Captain from the Air Force shows up to take his statement, who wears his officer's cap in such a way that it obscures his eyes. Barney tries to peek around the brim.

Mythology
  • In Norse Mythology Odin gave one of his eyes for a drink from the well of wisdom, and wore a very wide-brimmed hat to conceal it. The hat part of Robe And Wizard Hat possibly comes from this, via Lord Ofthe Rings.

Newspaper Comics
  • BeetleBailey always wears his GI cap or helmet so that his eyes are unseen. In his college days, Beetle wore a cambered porkpie hat this way as well. His eyes have only been seen once.

  • AndyCapp has always worn his cap to obscure his eyes, even while Reg Smythe adjusted his character models.

Western Animation
  • Dumb Donald of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids subverts this trope. His knitted hat falls below his eyes, but he has made two eyeholes in the fabric to see through.
  • Wade from Kick Buttowski has a knit cap that covers up his eyes.
  • Subverted by Secret Squirrel, whose hat brim almost touches his nose, but has two eye holes so that he can see.
  • The abnormally short gangster Rocky from the Looney Tunes Rocky and Mugsy cartoons has an absurdly tall hat which obscures his eyes.
Real Life
  • This is quite possible in Real Life, the only problem is actually seeing while you wear a hat this way.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • March 5, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Daisuke Jigen from Lupin III. Pre-ninja Snake Eyes in the GI Joe comic.
  • March 5, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Newspaper Comics
    • Beetle Bailey always wears his GI cap or helmet so that his eyes are unseen. In his college days, Beetle wore a cambered porkpie hat this way as well. His eyes have only been seen once.

    • Andy Capp has always worn his cap to obscure his eyes, even while Reg Smythe adjusted his character models.

    Western Animation
    • Dumb Donald of Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids subverts this trope. His knitted hat falls below his eyes, but he has made two eyeholes in the fabric to see through.
  • March 6, 2013
    MokonaZero
    I've got some good ideas for images, and if this gets started up, the image links section would be pretty large.
  • March 6, 2013
    SKJAM
    • DC Comics' Phantom Stranger often has the "hat throws shadows" variety, even if the lighting is wrong for it.
  • March 6, 2013
    Bisected8
    • In Borderlands 2, one of the heads available for Gaige the Mechromancer is a newsboy cap (appropriately titled "Read All About It"), the peak of which hides her eyes (when viewing the character model on the title screen, either variant can occur depending on the angle her head is positioned).

    • In Soul Eater, Patty Thompson sports this look while wearing a beanie in flashbacks. She and her sister sometimes do this with the peaks of their cowboy hats.
  • March 6, 2013
    KZN02
    Team Fortress 2: The Soldier
  • March 6, 2013
    PsiPaula4
    Video Games

    Flint from Mother3's cowboy hat. Turns out, he's bald.
  • March 6, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Tell me, which image is better to use on the page picture, this, or this? (I can find more).
  • March 6, 2013
    Bisected8
    The first link doesn't work....

    BTW, if you click on the edit button of a post (the pencil icon on the left, as as the one on the OP) you can copy the source code and keep the formatting.
  • March 6, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Edited! My bad, it worked at first but I'm sure it's fixed, now.

    Thanks! I shall keep that in mind!
  • March 7, 2013
    randomsurfer
    On Barney Miller when Wojo reports a UFO a Captain from the Air Force shows up to take his statement, who wears his officer's cap in such a way that it obscures his eyes. Barney tries to peek around the brim.
  • March 7, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Norse Mythology: Odin gave one of his eyes for a drink from the well of wisdom, and wore a very wide-brimmed hat to conceal it. The hat part of Robe And Wizard Hat possibly comes from this, via Lord Ofthe Rings.
    • The Commissar from Dawn Of War is shown like this, all you see of his face is his nose, grim-set mouth and massive chin.
      • The cover art for Commissar Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!), drawn in the style of overblown propaganda posters, often shows him like this, again emphasizing his Lantern Jaw Of Justice.
    • Judge Dredd famously never removes his helmet (or at least not in a way that lets the reader see his face), leading to the nickname of Chinface.

  • March 7, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Thanks for the examples, guys! Any tips for description or anything to help this get hatted?
  • March 7, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I really don't think Judge Dredd counts. He's The Faceless for sure, but it doesn't fit the spirit of this trope.
  • March 7, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Hm, I think you're right. Edited.

    YKTTW Bump!
  • March 8, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Any description help, or any other things before I launch? (I want it to be perfect). Don't hold anything back!
  • March 8, 2013
    TonyG
    Wade from Kick Buttowski has a knit cap that covers up his eyes.
  • March 8, 2013
    m8e
    The first image looks more like Eyes Always Shut, so the second one is better.

    oh, Found an image of Odin that might work. And Some images of Jigen
  • March 8, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Ah, that looks much better, sir. I'll use that one instead. Really demonstrates the trope, too. Any ideas for the caption?
  • March 8, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Subverted by Secret Squirrel, whose hat brim almost touches his nose, but has two eye holes so that he can see.

    • The abnormally short gangster Rocky from the Looney Tunes Rocky and Mugsy cartoons has an absurdly tall hat which obscures his eyes.
  • March 9, 2013
    MokonaZero
    I think I'll use the Odin image for the page and place everything else in the Image Links subpage.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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