Created By: wanderlustwarrior on October 15, 2011 Last Edited By: wanderlustwarrior on November 11, 2013

Tricked-Out Headgear

Practical headgear accessories

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Tags: Needs More Examples, Rolling Updates, No Launching Please, Do We Have This One?, Needs a Better Description

A minor detail on a character's headgear, at first glance for show, can serve a practical purpose.

Compare the related Cool Helmet and Weaponized Headgear tropes for headgear, and Tricked-Out Shoes and Tricked-Out Gloves for other accessories.


Anime and Manga

  • Batman's cowl's ears contain a comm-link he can use to stay in contact with his allies.


  • In Le Morte d'Arthur Sir Lancelaut agrees to carry Guenivere's token on his helmet, even though he doesn't ever do that. He's in disguise at the time though, so he thinks it'll be helpful to his disguise since he's known to not do it.

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Western Animation
  • One episode of Justice League has The Flash and a Black Canary expy tied to the side of a blimp. The Flash has always had a lightning bolt decoration on each side of his helmet, but for this one time only, he points out that they're not just for show, and reverse headbutts the blimp, causing the lightning bolts to puncture it.
  • In the Batman Beyond episode that introduced Mad Stan, their fight has him piledriving Batman into the ground. Batman (Terry) gets his stylistic ears temporarily stuck in the ground, incapacitating him momentarily as he struggles to get free. In general, these ears are used as receptors for Terry's communication with Bruce.

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  • October 16, 2011
    In a lot of movies about the Vietnam War (not to mention Aliens), several characters have done some personal graffiti on their gear.
  • October 16, 2011
    In Le Morte d'Arthur Sir Lancelaut agrees to carry Guenivere's token on his helmet, even though he doesn't ever do that. He's in disguise at the time though, so he thinks it'll be helpful to his disguise since he's known to not do it.

    And in Medievel-set fiction generally, per the above specific instance.
  • October 16, 2011
    Subtrope of Cool Helmet
  • October 16, 2011
    In Beowulf, the Geats are described as having golden boar head crests on their helmets.
  • October 16, 2011
    In X-Men: First Class, Magneto takes Shaw's rather subdued grey telepathy-blocking helmet, and jazzes it up with some magenta paint before his next appearance.
  • October 16, 2011
    Viking's horned helmets (which they didn't actually wear).
  • October 16, 2011
    And a close "cousin" of the stereotypical horned helmet is the stereotypical (and equally unhistorical) winged helmet, associated with Vikings and Germanic tribes in general (e.g. the helmets of the valkyries from Der Ring Des Nibelungen, or how the Herrmannsdenkmal depicts the Cheruscan chieftain Arminius), and also with the Gauls (e.g. the helmet of Asterix, or the logo of the cigarette brand Gauloises).
  • October 16, 2011
    Space Marine helmets in Warhammer 40,000 can be very ornate, with laurels and skulls, as well as different colors and patterns to designate Sergeants and Veteran Sergeants.
  • October 16, 2011
    Real Life
    • Helmets with bristles on top, as worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
    • Helmets with plumes.
  • October 16, 2011
    So then you all think I should make this for helmet decorations in general, not when they actually do something?

  • October 17, 2011
    Discworld: the ruler of the Evil Empire apparently had someone's head nailed to his hat as a joke. Warhammer 40 K:
    • Eldar Striking Scorpions have a gun mounted into their helmet.
    • Chaos troops and Orks often wear horned helmets. In the ork's case, usually from some creature even larger and aggressive than them, as a status symbol.
  • October 17, 2011
    Japanese helms would usually features things like metal crests of various shapes and sizes, antlers, horns, oni masks and sometimes even whole kanji made of metal glued to them. Another example were those hair crests put on Greek helmets.
  • October 17, 2011
    ...on that note:

    • Various seasons of Super Sentai / Power Rangers would have the teams helmets correspond to their powers, such as dinosaur faces on them in Zyuranger/MMPR, Shaped visors in Ohranger/Zeo and Kanji in Shinkenger/Samurai.[[hottip:*:Bilingual Bonus- one that wasn't immediately obvious combines those last two examples. The "Gold" Zeo ranger was the King Ohranger, and had the kanji for King as his visor.]]
  • November 1, 2011
    Bump, I'll roll things in tonight.
  • November 5, 2011
    My original intent was examples of helmets that actually do something, but even that still falls under the (admittedly broad) definition of Cool Helmet.

    Do you guys think this is distinct, or should I add these examples to that?
  • November 5, 2011
    Naming may be critical to the success of this one. If you call it just "Helmet Decoration", people will be posting things like the paint schemes on the helmets in Top Gun, or those used in Real Life sports (American Footbal, Bobsledding, motorsports, etc.) to signify team allegiance.

    If it's named "Helmet Decoration Does Something" you'll get examples like the Flash popping a baloon with the side of his helmet.
  • November 5, 2011
    Then there was really only one more example that did something...
  • November 6, 2011
    Does Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann count? Enki's head crest was some kind of weapon.
  • November 10, 2011

    Remember guys, examples of a decoration with a use, please. Otherwise, it's Cool Helmet.
  • November 10, 2011
    In a sketch on The Benny Hill Show Benny uses a German Pickelhaube helmet (the kind with the spike on the top) by wearing it and ramming his head into his opponants.
  • November 10, 2011
    We also have Weaponized Headgear.
  • November 10, 2011
    In The Megaman Series the helmet is merely for extra protection, but on the X series since the armor Upgrades are One of X main capabilites the Helmets usually has some effect
    • X1(Light): Can Crush certain Blocks
    • X2(Giga): terrain Scanner(shows hidden paths
    • X3(Max): shows a rudimentary map of the level(incluiding the location of key items)
      • special Upgrade: Health Regen
    • X4(Force/Forth) and Ultimate: all (unchaged) special weapons are cost free
    • X5
      • Falcon:Halths Weapon Energy Consupbtion
      • Gaea: it doesn't say anything, but is probably the part that allows you to move the V blocks
    • X6
      • Blade: Halts weapon energy cosumtion
      • Shadow: increases Z-Saber swing speed
    • X7(Glyde): powerups from a small radious will go towards X, also energy/health recovery items effects are increased
    • X8
      • Icarus: generates force field around that can crush certain blocks and damage enemies
      • Hermes: Charge Buster/Weapons Faster
      • Ultimate: All Specoial Weapons (included charged atacks) are cost free, also allows you to use the Shoryouken

  • November 10, 2011
    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie had the Yellow Ranger use the ears on her helmet as a flashlight.
  • November 10, 2013
    Newspaper Comics
    • Hagar The Horrible has horns on his Viking helmet, which fall off whenever he tells a lie.
  • November 10, 2013
    In Viewtiful Joe you can get an upgrade the lats Joe throw the V emblem on his helmet as a "Voomerang"
  • November 11, 2013
    The title and Laconic limit this to helmets/headgear, while the description says "A minor detail on a character's costume".

    Which is it?
  • November 11, 2013
    I think description needs to be fleshed - and as Arivne said, it should be precise - on the headgear, that is.

    Weaponized Headgear is pretty much related.

    Why not call this Tricked Out Helmet, btw? We have Tricked Out Shoes and Tricked Out Gloves...