Created By: DragonQuestZ on April 30, 2012 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on May 7, 2012
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Fedora Of Action

An action hero wears a fedora as part of his/her iconic look.

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If adventure has a hat, it must be Indiana Jones's.

"For the heroes, even the fedora, jacket, and khakis were common attire".

Put a fedora on an Action Hero, and it suddenly becomes not just another hat, but a symbol of how Badass that character is.

In some of the adventure Film Serials, the fedora would be worn by the hero. When Indiana Jones came along, it solidified the hat as a sign of the adventurer (at least to modern audiences). It can also become an Iconic Item.

A Sub-Trope of Nice Hat.

A Sister Trope to Adventurer Outfit, Scarf of Asskicking.

Action Heroes Wearing This Hat


Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • April 30, 2012
    KTera
    Characters with the "Archaeology" skill in Dungeons Of Dredmor start the game with a fedora in their inventory.
  • April 30, 2012
    katiek
  • April 30, 2012
    HandsomeRob
    I understand the 4th doctor occasionally sported one of these.
  • April 30, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That just occurred to me. That means he doubles this with Scarf Of Asskicking.
  • April 30, 2012
    JonnyB
    ^ He almost always does, a very wide-brimmed one.

    Also Inspector Gadget and Dick Tracy. It's an iconic symbol of the Hardboiled Detective.

    Jean-Luc Picard wore one in "The Big Goodbye" when he played Dixon Hill.

    Humphrey Bogart often did; he also wears one in Casablanca (so does Ingrid Bergman) and The Maltese Falcon.

    The Spine of Steam Powered Giraffe wears one (being the Diesel Punk robot).
  • May 1, 2012
    Koveras
    Fedoras are a staple in Film Noir.

  • May 1, 2012
    Surenity
    Chip of Chip And Dale Rescue Rangers, who's wardrobe was based on Indiana Jones.
  • May 1, 2012
    nitrokitty
    • Firo from Baccano wears a classy green number, and is an expert in unarmed combat and knife fighting.
  • May 1, 2012
    TonyG
  • May 1, 2012
    reub2000
  • May 1, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^^^^^ Detectives are not the same as action heroes (even though they can overlap). That would be a different Sister Trope.
  • May 1, 2012
    reub2000
    The Hardboiled Detective from my understanding is an action hero.
  • May 1, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ They don't always get involved in intense action scenes. Any that do should note such things happening in the work in order to count.
  • May 1, 2012
    NightNymph
    Frank Pembleton from Homicide wore one I believe, but he doesn't really qualify as an action hero. His main "action" occurred in the interrogation room.
  • May 1, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ And did he wear the fedora when doing that? If not, he wouldn't count anyway.
  • May 1, 2012
    CosmicRock
    Gennojo Hyuga from the "Castle of Shikigami" series of games is an investigator who flies around firing arcing fireballs and transforming into a werewolf when enraged due to having the blood of an ancient wolfgod in his veins. He wears a black suit and fedora style hat.

    Also as Night Nymph brought up: Frank Pembleton, before he met with injury, was the most focused, intelligent, methodical, and successful detective in the homicide unit. He was the only one who wore a fedora type hat, and the series takes place in the contemporary(90s) when fedora hats are not a common sight...so that might not be a bad example.

  • May 1, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Still requires the action while wearing the fedora. This isn't a personality trope.
  • May 1, 2012
    CosmicRock
    Gotcha, well Gennojo Hyuga certainly fits as the Castle of Shikigami games are frantic bullet hell shmups where the heroes fly around and shoot absurd amounts of energy and ordinance.
  • May 1, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Then he gets in.
  • One of the characters in the Temple Run app has a fedora, although he was an expy of Indiana Jones, so...
  • May 1, 2012
    JonnyB
    In my examples, all except The Spine would count, then. The only action he does is sing and play the guitar. :p
  • May 2, 2012
    Rytex
    Firo from Baccano does.
  • May 2, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Caine from Kung Fu: The Legend Continues wears a fedora while Walking Around Chinatown.
  • May 3, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Does he fight while wearing it?
  • May 3, 2012
    TheEvenPrime
    • In a homage to Indiana Jones, archeologist characters in NetHack enter the dungeon wearing a fedora.
  • May 3, 2012
    JonnyB
    ^^ Sometimes he did, as I recall.
  • May 3, 2012
    NightNymph
    Dragon Quest Z: As to your question on Frank Pembleton, I can't recall whether he wore the Fedora while conducting his suspect interrogations. It's been a while and sadly Homicide is not a show which gets rerun. Maybe someone else might be able to answer that if needed.

    His interrogations would likely not count as "action" in the sense that I think you mean anyway as he was pretty much the Blue Oni to his partner Bayliss' Red, and therefore usually - on the outside - the cooler headed of the two before that came back to bite him in the ass later.
  • May 3, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ So a fedora wearing detective would be a separate trope, and Pembleton would likely count for that.
  • May 3, 2012
    Alvin
    Not much of something, but I strongly remember an old don't-litter PSA where the hero wore a fedora and a cape and flew.
  • May 3, 2012
    Alvin
    ^ Me again. A small version of the above is at {{www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJYLnfP-4xY}}
  • May 3, 2012
    Alvin
    ^Sorry. Did I mean [[www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJYLnfP-4xY]]?
  • May 3, 2012
    Alvin
    ^Sorry again. Just copy-and-paste the above, please.
  • May 3, 2012
    Alvin
    ^ How about [1]?
  • May 3, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    That PSA is kind of a gray area. The guy was meant to look like a superhero, but he didn't do any action.

    I don't think he would count due to that.
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