Created By: Euan2000 on October 3, 2013 Last Edited By: MonaNaito on October 13, 2013
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The Hilarity of Hats

Hats and their existence are used as comedy.

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Hats as a clothing article are nowhere near as prominent as they used to be. Their unfamiliarity to the modern audience makes them a source of comedy. Particularly of the random variety.

This trope comes in two forms: silly hats or inexplicable obsession with hats.

See Also Nice Hat, where the hat is respected, and Hat Damage, which may result in hilarity. A cornerstone of the Brotherhood of Funny Hats.


Film

Literature
  • The picture book Go, Dog, Go! has a Running Gag involving a poodle appearing in increasingly ridiculous hats and asking another dog "Do you like my hat?"
  • The Dr. Seuss book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is about a boy who tries to take off his hat 500 times, only to find that there is always another (larger and fancier) hat underneath.

Live Action Television
  • Top Gear
    Jeremy: Tonight- I wear a hat!, Richard- wears a hat! And James- wears a hat!
    • Once when Jeremy was reviewing an old soviet made car the only good point he can find is there's enough headroom to drive in a hat. Cut to him in a wolfskin ushanka.
    • When in America the presenters buy some hats so they'll blend in.
      Richard: You couldn't look more ridiculous if you tried.
      (Jeremy turns his cap backwards)
      Richard: Yep, you do. You've done the impossible.
    • And in Romania Jeremy buys a hat two sizes too small to blend in (while driving a supercar).
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • Near the end of the "Courtmartial" sketch, the British soldiers put on pixie hats (with fake pixie ears attached to them), to the audience's delight. Watch it here.
    • In "Biggles Dictates a Letter", he indicates to a Cloud Cuckoolander secretary whether or not he's dictating by wearing a hat with silly horns. His secretary still gets it wrong, writing it down when he isn't dictating and not writing it down when he is.
  • Doctor Who: Fezzes are funny rather than cool, and the Doctor finding fezzes cool is funny to the other characters.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (all series) has a segment called "Dating Service", where the comedians pull different silly hats from a box and pretend they're making a video for a dating service.

Video Games
  • Team Fortress 2: the number 1 war themed hat simulator. To the point that any of the other examples on this list may be converted into a Team Fortress parody.
    • From the Team Fortress 2 Pyromania update:
      "That's a pretty catchy song," we said. "Who sings that?" Well, we don't want to upset you, so we won't type it here, but suffice it to say the band that wrote 'Safety Dance' has the most unthinkably offensive name we've ever heard.

Webcomics
  • One Bogleech comic pokes fun at H. P. Lovecraft's tendency to portray anything "alien" (i.e. "different") as mind-bendingly horrific. In the comic, Lovecraft is introduced to a race of cute, utterly benign arthropod-like creatures with a fondness for hats, who attempt to converse politely with him: "Hello, friend soft-skin, do you like my hat?" The joke is that the aliens wear hats on their stomachs instead of their heads, which Lovecraft finds so abnormal that it drives him insane.
  • In Girl Genius, the Jaegermonsters' obsession with hats is often Played for Laughs, though occasionally it is played for drama or plot advancement as well.

Web Original
  • Every episode of Feed Dump ends with the following; "There may be better sources for news, but they don't have...*pulls out ridiculous piece of head-wear* this hat."

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons episode "Marge Gets a Job" has her suggesting "Funny Hat Day" with Tom Jones music playing regularly as a way of raising morale, after seeing a line of deeply disturbed employees (one popping back antidepressants, one a clear alcoholic, and the other brandishing a shotgun). A scene later the same employees look essentially the same, but they're wearing silly hats.
  • Family Guy:
    • Peter Griffin thinks having his head smashed flat between two giant logs is more than worth a feather cap.
    • In a non-canon story where Peter finds a genie and gets Three Wishes:
      Meg: I want a new hat!
      Chris: I want a new hat!
      Stewie: I want them to have new hats!
  • South Park: "Wall-Mart" changes into A Form You Are Comfortable With by putting on a hat. "Does this form please you?"
  • In Teen Titans Go!, Robin, Cyborg and Beast Boy ditch Starfire and Raven for what they claim to be a super cool "boys' night out." Turns out the boys' idea of a wild night is a visit to the hat shop, where they model a series of silly hats.
  • There is one Bugs Bunny cartoon where he and Elmer Fudd keep having hats that fall from a delivery truck land on their heads, causing them to adopt the personas of who the hats belong to. A judge's wig made Bugs act like he was running a trial, a grandma's hat made Elmer act like a little old lady, and a Boy Scout hat compelled Bugs to help Elmer cross the street.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • October 4, 2013
    Koveras
    If this had more examples, I would give it my hat—just for the lulz of it. :)
  • October 4, 2013
    BuckRivera
    Like it a lot. As a hat-wearer, I know their mere existence is a source of comedy to many people in real life. As a grammar Nazi, I recommend the use of ellipses instead of commas in the Top Gear example.

    • Doctor Who: Fezzes are funny rather than cool, and the Doctor finding fezzes cool is funny to the other characters.
  • October 4, 2013
    spacemarine50
    ^Top Gear example: they reused that line at least once w/ slight variation.
  • October 4, 2013
    Alucard
    Hat Damage can become this.

    The Simpsons episode "Marge Gets a Job" has her suggesting "Funny Hat Day" with Tom Jones music playing regularly as a way of raising moral, after seeing a line of deeply disturbed employees (one popping back anti-depressants, one a clear alcoholic, and the other brandishing a shotgun). A scene later the same employees look essentially the same, but with they're wearing silly hats.
  • October 4, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Un-potholed the name of the work in the Family Guy example. Remember, as is stated on our page on writing examples, always state the source.
  • October 4, 2013
    AgProv
    The long presentation made by an office mook in Monty Python's Meaning Of Life, where he talks heavy philosophy, remarks on the inability of the average person to concentrate on serious idea for prolonged periods of time, and concludes with "People aren't wearing enough hats".
  • October 4, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    • The Dr Seuss book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is about a boy who tries to take of his hat 500 times, only to find that there is always another (larger and fancier) hat underneath.
  • October 4, 2013
    JonnyB
    • Whose Line Is It Anyway (all series) has a segment called "Dating Service", where the comedians pull different silly hats from a box and pretend they're making a video for a dating service.
  • October 4, 2013
    MonaNaito
    • The picture book Go, Dog, Go! has a Running Gag involving a poodle appearing in increasingly ridiculous hats and asking another dog "Do you like my hat?"
    • In Teen Titans Go, Robin, Cyborg and Beast Boy ditch Starfire and Raven for what they claim to be a super cool "boys' night out." Turns out the boys' idea of a wild night is a visit to the hat shop, where they model a series of silly hats.
  • October 4, 2013
    capsaicinfinity
    • In Girl Genius, the J√ɬ§germonsters' obsession with hats is often Played For Laughs, though occasionally it is played for drama or plot advancement as well.
    Edit: Make that the Jaegermonsters; the "ae" should be an "a" with a diaeresis, but I can't seem to type one and make it stick.
  • October 5, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    ^ Weird. I was just able to use the umlaut for "Halge" on the Lizard Named Liz YKTTW, but for some reason it's not working now. Maybe after the page is published you can edit it in?
  • October 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
  • October 5, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    So, does this just cover silly hats and obsessions, or any situation where a hat is used for comedy. 'Cause I can think of a couple of Jimmy Stewart scenes where a hat is used in a funny, if fairly mundane, way.
  • October 5, 2013
    Euan2000
    Would the fact we have to add hats to new tropes be an example?
  • October 5, 2013
    CompletelyDifferent
    • Web Original: Every episode of Feed Dump ends with the following; "There may be better sources for news, but they don't have...*pulls out ridiculous piece of head-wear* this hat."

  • October 5, 2013
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • Monty Pythons Flying Circus. Near the end of the "Courtmartial" sketch, the British soldiers put on pixie hats (with fake pixie ears attached to them), to the audience's delight. Watch it here.
  • October 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In Monty Python's "Biggles Dictates a Letter" he indicates to a Cloud Cuckoolander secretary whether or not he's dictating by wearing a hat with silly horns. His secretary still gets it wrong, writing it down when he isn't dictating and not writing it down when he is.
  • October 6, 2013
    TonyG
  • October 8, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Webcomics
  • October 9, 2013
    DracMonster
    From the Team Fortress 2 Pyromania update:
    "That's a pretty catchy song," we said. "Who sings that?" Well, we don't want to upset you, so we won't type it here, but suffice it to say the band that wrote 'Safety Dance' has the most unthinkably offensive name we've ever heard.
  • October 9, 2013
    Tallens
    • Therre was a Bugs Bunny cartoon where he and Elmer Fudd kept having hats that fell from a delivery truck land on their heads causing them to adopt the personas of who they belonged to. A judges wig made Bugs act like he was running a trial, a grandma's hat made Elmer act like a little old lady, and a Boy Scout hat compelled Bugs to help him cross the street.
  • October 9, 2013
    Lavalyte
    Woody Allen's comedy writing occasionally uses a "hat blocker" when he needs a suitably obscure profession.
  • October 10, 2013
    JonnyB
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Whose Line doesn't fit?
  • October 10, 2013
    DAN004
    Have my hat, sir. =P
  • October 11, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • The comedy Im Gonna Git You Sucka has Mr. Big's Big Brim Club, where the title Big Bad's criminal minions relax and drink while wearing giant-sized hats.
  • October 13, 2013
    MonaNaito
    ^^^^ What category does the Woody Allen example fall under? Stand-up comedy?
  • October 13, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz?
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