Created By: Ulkomaalainen on June 11, 2013 Last Edited By: IchigoMontoya on June 17, 2013

You Can Take Your Hat Off

A stereotype for a group is introduced but immediately subverted by all the main characters of that group

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So you have a Proud Warrior Race introduced in a video game. Only the only recruitable character is a philosophical priest and the warrior race chief giving you quests is an Actual Pacifist trying to keep his people out of war. Or you read about a race of homely Hobbits who would never venture out past the local grocery in a book, only to follow adventures of those going out.

Basically, this trope is when a new race/people/group is introduced, where every member apparently wears a hat, but in an immediate Stereotype Flip before the stereotype even really settled in many to all the major characters do not act according to that hat, often being a case of My Species Doth Protest Too Much. Background and flavor characters will still exist to show the hat but the important ones won't wear it.

  • The Hobbits of The Lord of the Rings are said to be stay-at-home people without any interest in adventuring, yet the five main hobbits we meet (Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin) are all going out on an adventure (even if somewhat coerced in Bilbo's and Frodo's case).
  • The krogan from Mass Effect are a Proud Warrior Race with no interest in anything aside from fighting, yet (apart from Grunt and Wreav, although the former is more complex) all the major individuals are way more peaceful and reflective (Wrex, while not above enjoying a good fight now and then, strives to lead his species to peace, Okeer is a scientist, and female krogan Eve is perhaps the wisest and smartest of the bunch). Similarly, the turians are described as overly disciplined warriors, whereas party member Garrus Vakarian is roguish, wisecracking, and friendly.
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • June 11, 2013
    Is this supposed to be a subtrope of My Species Doth Protest Too Much? Because the only difference I see is major character or not. Right now, msdptm is all characters that take off the hat.
  • June 12, 2013
    Well, it at least is a sister trope. The main difference I see is that in msdptm the hats are well established and played straight most of the time, while the hat in this case tends to be more of an informed ability since we hardly see anybody of relevance acting hat-ish.
  • June 17, 2013
    Needs a new name. This sounds like it has to do with the (admittedly awfully named, in my opinion) You Can Leave Your Hat On.
  • June 17, 2013
    Final Fantasy X Yuna is introduced as a priestess of sorts amid a religious community, before being revealed to be very pragmatic. Kimahri is as quiet and hulking as other Ronso, but shows an uncommon active interest in something away from Mount Gagazet. Rikku is (one of) the only member of the Al Bhed to demonstrate a less dogmatic approach to the prevention of the pilgrimage. Seymour (and, probably, Jyscal) are the only Guado to show interest in anything outside Guadosalam.

    Final Fantasy IX introduces Vivi before the rest of the black mages. He has a personality to begin with, rather than having to develop one from simply being a robot. Basically the same happens, much later, with Zidane, Kuka, and Mikoto. This is justified in that they are the only Genomes with souls.