A character who perpetually wears a hat, particularly a Nice Hat
, has a guest who lives inside of it. A Hat Resident might be a normal pet, a Small Annoying Creature
, or some other diminutive being.
They're most often the sidekick of their larger companion, though they may be a Team Pet
if the hat-wearer is part of a larger group. Rarely are they anything but a Non-Human Sidekick
. This particular aspect is occasionally inverted, with the hat-wearer being the sidekick instead.
Sometimes overlaps with Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat
, though the Hat Resident doesn't have to be a rabbit. If the Hat Resident can put up a fight, that could potentially make the wearer's hat Weaponized Headgear
Subtrope of Head Pet
. Not to be confused with Planet of Hats
or any related trope thereof: this trope is about actual hats, not metaphorical ones.
- The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss features a cat wearing a hat, within which dwells a miniature cat, called Little Cat A, within whose hat is Little Cat B, and so on to Little Cat Z.
- The Classic Disney Short "Ben and Me" is about a mouse named Amos who was the true genius behind Benjamin Franklin's achievements. Ben kept Amos on his hat so he can help him out while not being noticed. The short has a Framing Device of a mice field trip to the statue of Franklin in Philadelphia, where a statue of Amos is on top of the statue's hat.
- On Ratatouille, Remy is hidden under Linguini's toque while he controls Linguini's movements.
- In The Nightmare Before Christmas, a Mr. Hyde character has a smaller Hyde under his hat, who in turn has a smaller Hyde under his hat.
- The Legend of Zelda series has Navi from Ocarina of Time and Tatl from Majora's Mask respectively. Then there's The Minish Cap, which played with this trope because Elzo is a hat.
- Skullgirls has Avery, a bird who stays in Peacock's top hat most of the time. Avery wears a miniature matching hat, but it's unknown whether there's anything inside of his or not.
- In Timbertwig, Timbertwig's friend Abigail the spider lives in his pointy wizard hat.
- There was a commercial parody in an episode of The Amanda Show for "Crazy Little Hat Man".
(Do We Have This One?
? Needs More Examples
. Probably Needs a Better Name