Created By: ArtilleryOmni on December 24, 2011 Last Edited By: ArtilleryOmni on December 30, 2011

Hat Resident

A character who lives in another character\'s hat.

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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.


Examples

  • 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.)
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • December 24, 2011
    Nocturna
    • The Cat In The Hat by Dr Seuss features a cat wearing a hat, within which dwells a miniature cat, called Thing A, within whose hat is Thing B, and so on to Thing Z.
  • December 24, 2011
    TonyG
    • 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.
  • December 24, 2011
    Koveras
    Obviously a subtrope of Head Pet. Does a character living in a Funny Afro count? If so...

  • December 24, 2011
    ArtilleryOmni
    Personally, I wouldn't bring hair into this one, best to keep it clean and just hats. It could split off into a separate trope... Hair Resident, I suppose?
  • December 25, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    The Legend Of Zelda series has Navi from Ocarina Of Time and Tatl from Majoras Mask respectively. Then there's The Minish Cap, which played with this trope because Elzo is a hat.
  • December 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^^Might be covered by Hammerspace Hair.
  • December 25, 2011
    ArtilleryOmni
    Added the TLOZ example as well as one of my own.

    • 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.
  • December 26, 2011
    PaulA
    • In Timbertwig, Timbertwig's friend Abigail the spider lives in his pointy wizard hat.
  • December 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Might need a line of clarification since Hat is a Loaded Trope Word.
  • December 27, 2011
    ArtilleryOmni
    Sounds like a good idea. Something along the lines of "This trope is about literal hats-- has nothing to do with Planet Of Hats"?
  • December 27, 2011
    DaibhidC
    Minor correction: The Little Cats are from The Cat In The Hat Comes Back, and are called Little Cats A, B, etc. (The original The Cat In The Hat had Thing One and Thing Two, who were generic-Suess creatures, and came in a box.)
  • December 27, 2011
    ArtilleryOmni
    Cool, updated.
  • December 27, 2011
    KZN02
    Could relate to Weaponized Headgear if the occupant can fight.
  • December 27, 2011
    ArcadesSabboth
    If living in a Funny Afro does count for this (or for Head Pet) then doesn't Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo have inhabitants inside his afro?
  • December 27, 2011
    ArtilleryOmni
    I can think of one more example for the "Funny Afro Resident" which would be Iris' Axew in the Pokemon Best Wishes anime, who stows away in her poofy hair.

    That in itself could potentially be YKTTW'd, since it seems to be gathering examples. Someone want to do it? "Hair Pet", "Afro Resident", yadda yadda yadda?

    I'd still like to keep this strictly hat-related, since trope pages tend to get muddled with sketchy examples if they're not specific.
  • December 28, 2011
    NerdaRena
    There was a commercial parody in an episode of The Amanda Show for "Crazy Little Hat Man".
  • December 29, 2011
    ArtilleryOmni
    Thinking of changing the title to Hat Habitant due to Added Alliterative Appeal. Anyone got any better suggestions?
  • December 29, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • December 30, 2011
    ArtilleryOmni
    Ha! That's a pretty good one. It seems a little clunky with the spelling & the way the wiki wants to break that up, but that's a much more clever title. InHatBitant, maybe? Change up the spelling and markup a bit.
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