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Badasses Wear Bandanas
The headgear of a true Badass.
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We all know Helmets Are Hardly Heroic, so what is a Badass who likes to have their head covered supposed to wear on the battlefield? A bandana of course!

The reasons for wearing one can vary. Maybe the wearer thinks it looks cool. It can keep the wearers hair out of their face without obscuring their vision like a helmet might. If supplies are scarce, a bandana might be the only headgear one is able to find. Whatever the reason, a bandana usually highlights just how much of a Badass the wearer is, and warns others to stay out of his way.

Bandits, cowboys, and pirates tend to wear bandanas to signify them being outlaws or to reinforce their tough and gritty look. In fact, the bandana will often be worn for this exact purpose: A Lady of War would never wear a bandana, but a grizzled Lad-ette marine might. An elegant swordfighter wouldn't wear the bandana, but a rugged thief would.

Note that this does not have to be an actual bandana, and could be a do-rag or headband, which would fall under Martial Arts Headband if martial arts is involved, especially in Asian cinema. It also does not have to be worn on the head, as characters often wear bandanas around their necks.

This is frequently slapped on a Badbutt in an attempt at characterization rivaling the subtlety of Ms. Pac-Man's bow.

Related to Badass Longcoat. Both are added to a character to show they are a badass with a short visual cue, in this case a certain type of rugged, masculine badass.

Sub-Trope of Nice Hat. Compare with Cool Helmet, and a Sister Trope to Fedora of Asskicking as well.

Examples

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Comic Books

Film
  • Will, Jack, and many other pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean franchise wear bandanas.
  • Rambo.
  • In Tora! Tora! Tora!, the mechanics chief gives Commander Fuchida a hachimaki for good luck just before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • In Gremlins 2, Gizmo the Mogwai puts on a bandana (a move inspired by his watching Rambo) when he Takes A Level In Badass. He goes on to kill a Gremlin that has turned into a giant spider monster by firing a burning arrow at it and setting it on fire.
  • Sgt Jones in Police Academy 2 invokes this trope when he puts a bandana on before capturing two would be thieves.
  • Pvt. Vasquez from Aliens gives an excellent Lad-ette example.

Live-Action Television
  • Charles Gunn from Angel wore a bandana in his first few appearances, but it was dropped soon after.
  • Lex in The Tribe wore one in a few first season episodes as well as his flashback episode.

Pro Wrestling
  • Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura often wear a bandana on their heads to cover their baldness. Both likely took their look from an earlier wrestler, "Superstar" Billy Graham, who did the same thing.
The Undertaker used to wear one during his days as The American Badass from 2000-2003.

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