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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. 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 colour of the actual cap underneath.

Sometimes, especially if the cap in question is black with silver piping, it's PuttingOnTheReich.

See also BlingOfWar, NiceHat. Often worn by TheGeneralissimo and sometimes ThePoliticalOfficer.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Forte in ''Anime/GalaxyAngel''.
* Chiri Kitsu in an episode of Zoku ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', when she subjects the teachers and other students to surprise inspections in order to catch them unprepared.
* Chocolat from ''SorcererHunters'' wears one of these ([[{{Stripperiffic}} and little else]]) when she's in "combat mode".
* Washizaki from ''RikiOh'', the inspiration for Vega/M.Bison in ''StreetFighter'' in VideoGames.
* [[VisionaryVillain Kanako Watanabe]] of 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.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Blackblood]] in ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' has a head shaped like one of these.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* M.Bison (played by Raul Julia) wears one in ''Film/StreetFighter''. 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.
* One is part of the regalia of Paradorian President-For-Life Alphonse Simms in ''Moon Over Parador''. Richard Dreyfuss wears it with a jaunty tilt that makes it much less impressive.
* ''{{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 XX logo in place of the swastika.
* Seems to be part of the Star Fleet dress uniform in StarTrekIntoDarkness. Particularly visible in the gathering at the end of the film.
* In ''Film/LordOfWar'' many Red Army Ukrainian officers wear them.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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 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''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Illya Kuryakin donned one in an episode of ''TheManFromUNCLE''; appropriate for a former Soviet officer.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** 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.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Commissar's Helm in ''WarhammerOnline'' can only be accessed by entering a code found in copies of ''CommandAndConquer: Red Alert 3'', making them RevenueEnhancingDevices.
* Naturally, some of the Soviet Officers in the ''[[CommandandConquer RedAlert]]'' games wears these.
* M. Bison from ''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.
** ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has a CaptainErsatz version of M. Bison's hat.
* General Ahkboob from ''VideoGame/TotalCarnage'' ("You suck at this game.")
* "Colonel Red" (Smash Daisuke) from ''GunstarHeroes''
* Brocken from ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes''.
* The end boss of ''FinalFight 3'', Something something Black. Who attacks you with a [[WhipItGood Riding crop]].
* Sturm in ''AdvanceWars''. Greyfield from Days of Ruin also has one.
* Captain Allen Hamilton and Colonel Orson Perrault, of ''AceCombat 5'', both wear these, styled after the USAF.
* Diego Gaspar Navarro from ''AceCombat X: Skies of Deception''.
* 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 [[MissionControl Signas]].
** ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission''[='=]s Redips wears one similar to Signas. Appropriate, considering his similar post.
* Omen Deng in ''AlphaProtocol'' rocks the Commissar look, and combined with his BadassCape, it is ''awesome.''
* ''HogsOfWar'': Fully promote a pig to the Hero rank, and they get one of these hats.
* Worn by Crow in ''FragileDreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon''
* Salvatore in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' wears a black one.
* Raidou Kuzunoha of ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' and ''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.
* ''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.
* The Battlecruiser's unit portrait in ''Franchise/StarCraft'', as well as Admiral [=DuGalle=] and Vice-Admiral Stukov of the fascistic United Earth Directorate.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Bangladesh Dupree.
* In ''{{Narbonic}}'', Mell acquires one for a while when she takes over Madblood's moonbase.
* ''{{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]].
* [[RomanticallyApocalyptic Zee Captain]] boasts such a hat.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* 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 WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}]]
** [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And 8-Bit Mickey!]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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/DuckTales'' and Thembria in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' have people wearing these hats. Baloo wears one as well, albeit a less decorated one.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Played straight in Real Life in the 1990s with RussiansWithRustingRockets and Russian cops. Unlike RedsWithRockets, they have these as part of uniform. But the caps are going to be abolished soon, 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.
** 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.
** Modern huge peaked caps are disliked among the Russian military, derisively known as [[BananaRepublic "Pinochet caps"]]. They are 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.
* 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, for much of the Cold War, large-crowned American caps were bigger than their Soviet counterparts.
** 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.
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