Created By: PapercutChainsaw on July 4, 2013 Last Edited By: PapercutChainsaw on July 11, 2013
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Hyperspace Holmes Hat

The interdimensional deerstalker hat- no Sherlock Scan is complete without one!

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A form of Stock Shoutout to Sherlock Holmes, in which a character (usually of the Cloud Cuckoolander variety), when confronted with a mystery of some form, spontaneously produces a deerstalker hat out of nowhere and starts rattling off deductions.

The other characters are rarely surprised by the hat's presence, and in some cases, the hat might simply be part of an Imagine Spot and not actually there.

Inverness capes and Distinguished Gentlemans Pipes (Bubble Pipes in the case of child or childish characters) can also be used for the same purpose. It may also be accompanied by a large magnifying glass. The key elements of the trope are:

Subtrope of Offscreen Reality Warp, Hyperspace Wardrobe.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In the Kare Kano anime, when Aya is trying to convince Yukino and Maho to star in her play, they take comically desperate measures to avoid her. At one point she's shown wearing a deerstalker hat and smoking a pipe while deducing their next hiding spot.

Live-Action TV
  • Doctor Who. The Doctor manages to rustle up a hat and matching Inverness cape to impersonate Holmes when he confronts the Great Intelligence. Then again, he was in the Victorian Era at the time, so he possibly could have just gone out and bought them.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender does a bubble pipe variant. Katara wonders where he got it from.
  • Pinkie Pie, in an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic manages to summon not only a deerstalker and Bubble Pipe for herself, but also a bowler hat for her "lowly assistant who asks silly questions," Twilight. The two of them swap hats and roles frequently throughout the episode.
  • Because Chip is a huge fan of Sherlock Jones stories, he's able to produce the deerstalker hat, shoulder cape and magnifying glass from hammerspace in the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "The Pound Of The Baskervilles." Chip's detailed knowledge of plot points in Sherlock Jones stories helps the rangers locate the missing will of Howard Bask, the creator of Sherlock Jones.
  • In the second act of the Mr. Bogus episode "Museum Madness", Bogus briefly wears a deerstalker's cap as he starts following a trail of paw prints on the floor which leads him to the Doberman that had been chasing him earlier. When the Doberman chases after Bogus again, Bogus loses the cap.
  • In a Peanuts animated special Snoopy dons the deerstalker when on the trail of Woodstock's missing nest.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • July 4, 2013
    Madrugada
    I like it. Characters who can do this may also produce a large magnifying glass alnog with the hat.
  • July 4, 2013
    DracMonster
    Ooh, ooh! Nice one!

    • In the Kare Kano anime, when Aya is trying to convince Yukino and Maho to star in her play, they take comically desperate measures to avoid her. At one point she's shown wearing a deerstalker hat and smoking a pipe while deducing their next hiding spot.
  • July 5, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Because Chip is a huge fan of Sherlock Jones stories, he's able to produce the deerstalker hat, shoulder cape and magnifying glass from hammerspace in the Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers episode "The Pound Of The Baskervilles." Chip's detailed knowledge of plot points in Sherlock Jones stories helps the rangers locate the missing will of Howard Bask, the creator of Sherlock Jones.
  • July 5, 2013
    Arivne
    This is a Sub Trope of Hyperspace Wardrobe.

    Namespaced some example work titles, added a link to the El Goonish Shive example and de-Pot Holed the hidden Doctor Who title.
  • July 5, 2013
    PapercutChainsaw
    ^Thanks. Haven't made a YKTTW in ages, so I forgot all about namespacing.
  • July 5, 2013
    CaveCat
    Western Animation
    • In the second act of the Mr Bogus episode "Museum Madness", Bogus briefly wears a deerstalker's cap as he starts following a trail of paw prints on the floor which leads him to the Doberman that had been chasing him earlier. When the Doberman chases after Bogus again, Bogus loses the cap.
  • July 5, 2013
    JonnyB
    Jamie of Girls With Slingshots has this ability when she goes into her "Romance Detective" mode. (A cape and magnifying glass usually come with it.)
  • July 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In a Peanuts animated special Snoopy dons the deerstalker when on the trail of Woodstock's missing nest.
  • July 6, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    I know it's for alliteration, but the first word does make this confusing. Surely there is a better one.
  • July 9, 2013
    PapercutChainsaw
    ^ I wanted to convey the fact that the hat can be produced out of nowhere in the title, but if anyone has a suggestion that makes the meaning a bit clearer, go for it.
  • July 10, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    Well since the title is that people trying to be detectives dress like Holmes, often with the hat and the coat, the title should reflect that. As it is, it also implies any use of the Holmes hat.
  • July 11, 2013
    Arivne
  • July 11, 2013
    kjnoren
    ^^ I think the title is fine. Sherlock Holmes is one of those characters who is famous enough that he can be used in a trope name.

    Otherwise the name becomes very long and clumsy, like Detection Triggers Hyperspace Holmes Hat.
  • July 11, 2013
    kjnoren
    That said, I think this trope does not necessarily need to imply a Hyperspace Wardrobe. If a character carries a pipe and deercap in his pockets all the time, and picks them out everytime he or she does detection, and puts them away immediately afterwards, this would fall under this trope.

    Anyway, the Doctor Who example is a standard shoutout to Sherlock Holmes as the example is written.
  • July 11, 2013
    dragonquestz
    "Sherlock Holmes is one of those characters who is famous enough that he can be used in a trope name."

    ^ Did you somehow see the opposite of my comment? Holmes in the name is one of the complaints I did not make about it. It's "hyperspace", and the lack of indicating it's a detective (or wannabe), that don't work.
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