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.
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