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->''"It isn't the scarlet sash and the fancy hat that makes you a commissar, it's the way you wear them."''
-->-- '''Literature/CiaphasCain''' [[note]] HERO OF THE IMPERIUM[[/note]]

A subtrope of both NiceHat and BlingOfWar. A large, high [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peaked_cap peaked cap]] similar to those worn by BananaRepublic [[GloriousLeader dictators]]. The trope namer is ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', with [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissars]] wearing such caps.[[note]]This is itself a nod to the similarly totalitarian [[GloriousMotherRussia Soviet Union]], in which pretty much everyone, even ''primary school children'', was issued a peaked cap at some point, especially the political commissars. In Russia, the peaked cap (kartuz) was actually part of national dress and many civilians wore it prior to 1930s.[[/note]] This headgear surely makes the wearer look badass in an authoritarian sense of the word. Sometimes decorated with elaborate silver or gold designs on the visor and/or the front of the crown, nicknamed "scrambled eggs" by military folks; the stereotypical BananaRepublic leader's cap has so much of these that you can barely see the color of the actual cap underneath.

Sometimes, especially if the cap in question is black with silver piping, it's PuttingOnTheReich, as S.S. Nazi officers were also fond of them.

See also BlingOfWar, NiceHat. Often worn by TheGeneralissimo and sometimes ThePoliticalOfficer.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Forte in ''Anime/GalaxyAngel''.
* Chiri Kitsu in an episode of Zoku ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', when she subjects the teachers and other students to surprise inspections in order to catch them unprepared.
* Chocolat from ''Manga/SorcererHunters'' wears one of these ([[{{Stripperiffic}} and little else]]) when she's in "combat mode".
* Washizaki from ''Manga/RikiOh'', the inspiration for Vega/M.Bison in ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' in VideoGames.
* [[VisionaryVillain Kanako Watanabe]] of ''Anime/StarDriver'' wears one of these as part of her Glittering Crux outfit.
* Russia in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' wears one occasionally.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Bambietta wears one, PuttingOnTheReich style.
* Mako's Goku Uniform in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' includes one as a parody of JapaneseDelinquents.
* These are part of the Amestrian military dress uniform in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* [[Anime/JojosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]] wears the front half of a cap like this.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Blackblood]] in ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' has a head shaped like one of these.
* ''ComicBook/SatansHollow'': One of the main five demons, the Devil's Executioner, is a BigRedDevil with an SS peaked cap, perhaps implying that he is a former Nazi [[DemonOfHumanOrigin who later became a demon]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/ASmallCrime'', the character Kit wears a black peaked cap.
* In the Mass Effect fanfic series {{Fanfic/Uplifted}} Hanala seems to enjoy stealing Hoch's cap. Rundstedt forces SS officer Joachim Hoch to give his hat to his granddaughter as a form of humiliation, telling him that he is not a real officer. Rommel seems to have a tendency to fiddle with his.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* M. Bison (played by Raul Julia) wears one in ''Film/StreetFighter'', and turns out to have a private hat rack with several variations on it next to the paintings of himself and such. To further stress the PuttingOnTheReich aspect, the metal Shadaloo symbol on the front looks rather eerily like a mix between the Nazi "Reichsadler" and the SS "Totenkopf" motif.
* Arkady Ourumov from ''Film/GoldenEye'', as he is an officer in the Russian military (and later, head of the Russian Space Division), wears one of these as part of his uniform.
* One is part of the regalia of Paradorian President-For-Life Alphonse Simms in ''Film/MoonOverParador''. Richard Dreyfuss wears it with a jaunty tilt that makes it much less impressive.
* ''Film/{{Frantic}}''. Michelle wears one when she first meets the protagonist played by Creator/HarrisonFord, along with a black leather jacket.
* ''Film/TheGreatDictator''. ''Creator/CharlieChaplin'' lampoons Adolph Hitler and wears a wonderful Commissar Cap with a [[NoSwastikas XX logo in place of the swastika]].
* Seems to be part of the Star Fleet dress uniform in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. Particularly visible in the gathering at the end of the film.
* In ''Film/LordOfWar'' many Red Army Ukrainian officers wear them.

* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''His Last Command'', when Ludd is sent to get troops to the battlefield, he loses his cap getting there -- across the battlefield -- and their first question for him when he said he was a commissar was to ask where his hat was. (He gets them to the battlefield anyway.)
* Literature/CiaphasCain ([[LargeHam HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!]]) wears one, and he does it [[LargeHam with style]], as page the quote states.
** Say it with us now: Cowardly Commissar Ciaphas Cain Contains his Coiffure in a Commissar Cap!
* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', the Grayson Space Navy's uniforms seem to be modeled after the US Air Force, so naturally they have these, complete with gold oak leaves and lightning bolts. It's stated that they seem to weigh at least 3 kilograms and cause the title character to feel like "some comic-opera costumer's idea of a prespace military dictator".
* Every ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' book that contains a commissar will mention the cap from Steve Parker's ''Rebel Winter'' to Andy Hoare's appropriately named book ''Commissar''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The original pilot for Star Trek alluded to this; in Captain Pike's cabin, sitting on top of the captain's television set, is a forage cap. It's never seen in use, and was never seen in the Original Series (aside from a glimpse in the two-parter that made use of footage from the pilot.)
* Illya Kuryakin donned one in an episode of ''Series/TheManFromUncle''; appropriate for a former Soviet officer.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** As noted above, the Commissars. Arguably a case of PuttingOnTheReich as well, as many commissars tend to wear black hats with skulls and eagle wings prominently displayed on the front. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything indeed. CommieNazis {{IN SPACE}}! ''[[ChurchMilitant Catholic]]'' CommieNazis InSpace
** Commissar Literature/CiaphasCain [[TheSoCalledCoward would, on the whole]], [[CombatPragmatist prefer a helmet]]. Funnily enough, due to the composition of the plastic kits regular officers wearing helmets appear to outnumber officers wearing peaked caps.
** Orks often take to stealing and wearing them, as they instinctively recognize both the cap's snazziness and the fact that it belongs to the highest-ranking 'umie (orks having difficulty with every other species in the galaxy ''not'' applying the concept of LargeAndInCharge).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Commissar's Helm in ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline'' can only be accessed by entering a code found in copies of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', making them RevenueEnhancingDevices.
* Naturally, some of the Soviet Officers in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'' wears these.
* [[DiscOneFinalBoss Victor Sopot]], the dictator of the Commonwealth in ''VideoGame/RedFactionII'' wears one and [[PlayerCharacter Alias]] briefly wears it after finally capturing him.
* M. Bison from ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' is never seen without his hat, except in one DLC costume. To further stress the PuttingOnTheReich aspect, the metal Shadaloo symbol on the front looks rather earily like a mix between the Nazi "Reichsadler" and the SS "Totenkopf" motif. And now Cammy has one, as of her second DLC costume.
* One of the many hats in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is the Team Captain, which is [[CaptainErsatz nearly identical]] to M. Bison's hat. The in-game description even lampshades this with a [[MemeticMutation reference]] to the Street Fighter cartoon.
--> Our lawyers said "YES! YES!"
* General Ahkboob from ''VideoGame/TotalCarnage'' ("You suck at this game.")
* "Colonel Red" (Smash Daisuke) from ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes''.
* Brocken from ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes''.
* The end boss of ''VideoGame/FinalFight 3'', Something something Black. Who attacks you with a [[WhipItGood Riding crop]].
* Sturm in ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars''. Greyfield from Days of Ruin also has one.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat''
** Captain Allen Hamilton and Colonel Orson Perrault, of ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'', both wear these, styled after the USAF.
** Diego Gaspar Navarro from ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception''.
* Worn by General, Colonel, and other Repliforce soldiers in ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X}}4''. Colonel's sister Iris wore a beret. A less blatant one is worn by recurring character [[DaChief Signas]].
** ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission''[='=]s Redips wears one similar to Signas. Appropriate, considering his similar post.
* Omen Deng in ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' rocks the Commissar look, and combined with his BadassCape, it is ''awesome.''
* ''VideoGame/HogsOfWar'': Fully promote a pig to the Hero rank, and they get one of these hats.
* Worn by Crow in ''VideoGame/FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon''.
* Salvatore in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' wears a black one.
* Raidou Kuzunoha of ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' and ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'' wears one of these at all times, even when in the bath.
* The Chapeau of High Inquisitor Sally Whitemane in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. [[RandomlyDrops With a little luck, it can be yours.]]
* Major Rezner of the Eisengrad Army wears one in ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'', along with a few other officers. It's always fun to have her finish off enemies with a Beam Pistol shot.
* Comrade Black, BigBad of the ''VideoGame/DeBlob'' games, has one that's as tall as he is. As do all his statues and his personal mech. He is careful not to lose it, even when he's been stripped of his resources, his military, and finally his clothes.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': the commissar's portrait is half hat, half ComicBook/JudgeDredd-esque chin. When Commissar Anton Gebbet is killed by the invading orks in Dark Crusade, Warboss Gorgutz notes that he liked the hat, too bad it was lost along with his head.
* Members of the Terran Republic in ''[[Videogame/PlanetSide PlanetSide 2]]'' can purchase an enormous Commissar cap, complete with [[GogglesDoNothing goggles wrapped around the brim]]. It can be complimented by using the "Commissar" title unlocked at Battle Rank 76. Eventually a much more restrained peaked cap was made available, like those in use by today's armies.
* The Battlecruiser's unit portrait in ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', as well as Admiral [=DuGalle=] and Vice-Admiral Stukov of the fascistic United Earth Directorate.
* One 'mask' in ''VideoGame/Payday2'' is the General Overkill, a hat which happens to bear a great resemblance to M. Bison's hat.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Bangladesh Dupree.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', Mell acquires one for a while when she takes over Madblood's moonbase.
* ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'': CORE officers are often shown wearing blue and red pointed caps (including Tessa in her first appearance). Anarchist "leaders" tend to prefer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shako Shakos]].
* ''Webcomic/RomanticallyApocalyptic'': Zee Captain boasts such a hat.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': A Danish admiral and the personel on an Icelandic merchant ship, including its captain are seen wearing such caps.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic wears one as part of his fancy uniform in the ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' anniversary special. [[spoiler:and at the end, when N. Bison is removed from power, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, Linkara, and Cinema Snob all fight over who gets the hat... and hence control of Kickassia]]. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And 8-Bit Mickey!]]
* [[DependingOnTheArtist Depending on the drawfag]] the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Website/FourChan's /tg/ ([[TabletopGames traditional games]]) board will wear an exaggerated commissar hat like the ones in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' due to his (and by extension the board's) love of the series.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
** Rocky the Flying Squirrel would occasionally wear one while announcing a commercial break.
** It was certainly a must for Fearless Leader.
* The "Banana Republic" in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' and Thembria in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' have people wearing these hats. Baloo wears one as well, albeit a less decorated one.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Played straight in Real Life in the 1990s with UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets and Russian cops. Unlike RedsWithRockets, they had these as part of uniform, though they were abolished in TheNewTens, being replaced with smaller ones in the older Soviet style. Soviet officers did often have this kinds of caps as part of the dress uniform (hence the trope name), though Soviet caps were not quite as large as modern ones it actually started in TheEighties (duh!) as [[CustomUniform some sort of military chic]], and the style eventually got popular with the brass in UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia, thus entering the regulations.
** An overview of Soviet uniform caps may be found [[http://www.undertheredstar.com/ here]], showing civilian and military caps from various decades, with different designs--the collector's photos are widely copied for other websites.
** The 90es huge peaked caps were disliked among the Russian military, derisively known as [[BananaRepublic "Pinochet caps"]]. They were also a case of SukhomlinovEffect, becoming larger and more fanciful as the Russian army weakened and grew underequipped and undertrained.
** As of recent years, Russian military funding has risen again, and coincidentally, they have adopted smaller caps lacking the double-headed eagle of the Russian federation and look similar to Soviet caps. The new Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu, brought his old EMERCOM hat, quite compact and soft, into Russian military fashion.
** Also note that as of TheNewTens peaked caps are actually only worn with a dress and semi-dress uniforms in Russia. In the field, or even in garrison, but in undress uniforms, everyone wear either a patrol cap almost identical to the US version, or a beret (the color of which depends on the branch).
* Across the world, this is a common feature of the uniform of high-ranking officers in the military and many civilian law-enforcement agencies in many Western nations have something like this as part of the uniform (or at least the dress uniform). In most of these cases, however, they tend to be smaller and a bit more modest than the stereotypical authoritarian model.
** On the other hand, during the Cold War, the US Armed Forces had larger-crowned caps than their Soviet counterparts, for reasons similar to above: American caps wear a large insignia on the ''crown'', almost always some variation of the eagle of American heraldry, whereas Soviet caps almost always had a small, less obtrusive Soviet insignia the ''band'' (American caps also typically have thinner bands). This almost certainly was a large inspiration on the Russian Federation's placement of their ''own'' eagle on the crown of their new caps, and when the Russian military moved away from the American style, their caps shrunk accordingly.
** The hat worn by Royal Air Force officers is nearly a subversion of the trope. Small and with horribly bent edges that sag downwards, it harks back to the time that all RAF officers were pilots and their hats were much abused, normally stuffed away in some pocket and thus scuffed and worn. In all other words, a mess, and in contrast to the hats worn by other ranks which are rather smart.
* [[http://civilwartalk.com/attachments/north-korean-generals-jpg.13380/ North Korea loves this trope to the bone]]
** If only in bad photoshops -- the soldiers on [[http://www.snopes.com/north-korean-medals-photo/ the actual photo]] don't have that many medals, although they still do have the peaked caps.
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