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[[caption-width-right:300:Cool Helmet [[XMeetsY meets]] RuleOfCreepy]]

->''"Honda was best known for his bad-as-shit samurai helmet, which, aside from generally looking totally fucking awesome, was adorned with gigantic stag's antlers that stuck up out the top of the helm and looked pretty much as badass as deer antlers can possibly look (which, evidently, is more badass than you might think)."''
-->-- '''Website/BadassOfTheWeek''', on [[http://badassoftheweek.com/hondatadakatsu.html Honda Tadakatsu's helmet]]

Helmets of all shapes and sizes.

One thing that makes a helmet cool is a crest of almost any shape and size on it. History is full of Cool Helmets, from the Greek Chalcidian helmet worn by Hoplite to the Roman gladiators' ornate helmets to Japanese Kabuto to the German Pickelhaube. These helmets influenced the designs of various other helmets across medias.

Of course, many characters who wear a Cool Helmet may not truly ''need'' protective headgear, especially in the case of beings of godlike power who barely have to worry about head injuries. A helmet may have some other practical function, or be worn simply because of vanity.

A villain in a Cool Helmet ''might'' [[NerdInEvilsHelmet be a nerd underneath]].

A SubTrope of NiceHat.

A SisterTrope to CoolCrown.

Compare CollapsibleHelmet.

Contrast HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has some cool helmets, such as [[PoisonousPerson Purple Haze's]] (pictured above) in Part 5, and D&G's in Part 6 (which [[ActionGirl Jolyne]] thinks makes him look like a knight).
* The Berserker Armor from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has a cool helmet in the shape of a hellhound that only appears when Guts is in an uncontrollable fury ... Basically, see Guts' face; you may be ok. See the Helmet; you are going to die.
** For that matter, ''every single armor-wearing {{mook}}''. The common rabble occasionally has a funny bug-eyed one, but the themed armies have stuff that comes out of a medieval cartographer's nightmare (whales, rams...). And then there are the Apostles...
* In SuperRobotGenre shows, wearing a Cool Helmet is just so common like a LatexSpaceSuit. It is justified, since the pilot can easily get his head hit. It is averted in some shows like ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'' (where [[TheHero Hiroshi]] transforms into the Humongous Mecha and therefore he does not needs helmet) or ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', where the pilots wear hair clips provide a neural interface (played straight with the Evangelions themselves - Eva-01 has a horned helmet). Some straight examples:
** Kouji Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' (and [[{{Tsundere}} Sayaka]] [[ActionGirl Yumi]]). He began wearing it along his LatexSpaceSuit after his first battles because his head got hit several times. It must be mentioned "Kabuto" is Japanese for "helmet" (which references the pilot commanded the mecha from a cockpit located in the head -which was unheard of until that series- AND Kouji is Mazinger Z's real mind)
** Tetsuya Tsurugi and Jun Hono from ''Anime/GreatMazinger''.
** Duke Fleed, his LoveInterest Hikaru Makiba and his sister Maria from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''.
** Ryoma Nagare from ''Manga/GetterRobo''.
** Sanshiro Tsuwabuki from ''Anime/{{Gaiking}}''.
** Akira Hibiki from ''Anime/{{Raideen}}''.
** Hyoma Nagare and his team from ''Anime/CombattlerV''.
** Kenichi Go and his team from ''Anime/VoltesV''.
** Kazuya Ryuuzaki from ''Anime/{{Daimos}}''.
* Char Aznable from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and many of {{Char Clone}}s (such as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Marquise]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Carozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah]]) wear these. And, for that matter, almost all noteworthy Gundams have that iconic "V crest, vulcan head cannons, and protruding mouthpieces."
** Whoever designed Zeon's uniforms was a great believer in this, as a CoolHelmet is their ''standard headgear'', even for ''spaceship officers''. In fact, [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100724161246/gundam/images/5/5c/1279758955815.gif Char's iconic helmet]] is a repainted version of Zeon's standard issue helmet for officers [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100321015345/gundam/images/thumb/7/70/Dren.jpg/300px-Dren.jpg here worn by Char's second in command Dren]], and extremely similar to the [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121028073915/gundam/images/2/2a/Zeon_Officers.jpg standard issue helmet]], and [[http://anime.geocities.jp/grysk171/selgagundamfirstkyciliazabi1.jpg Kycilia]] is usually seen a modified officer helmet. Contrast with the Federation's use of a CommissarCap for their officers and modern military helmets for their soldiers.
* Viral's Enki in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' had a full-circle crest. So did Gurren Lagann itself... the same crest in fact, albeit now resembling asymmetrical horns. (They tore it off Viral's Gunmen).
* Celty's helmet in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', notable for having two crests that are shaped like cat ears.
* Anime/SpeedRacer has a cool racing helmet.
* The racers of ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' have cool-looking racing helmets. Even Leon has one, which is ''pink'' and has a ''heart'' on it.
* The various helmet designs in ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' worn by various characters are so intricate looking that they wouldn't look out of place in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''.
* As befitting of a post-apocalyptic conqueror, Raoh of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has an awesome-looking horned helmet. Because Raoh is one of the biggest {{Badass}}es of the series, a good sign that a given fighter is a force to be reckoned with is if they manage to break said helm while fighting him.
* Quite a few monsters in ''Anime/YuGiOh'', but ''especially'' Jonouchi's [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Flame_Swordsman Flame Swordsman]]. Now ''that's'' a helmet!
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Jack Kirby had loads of fun with this trope when he was drawing issues of ''TheMightyThor''.
** Thor now noticeably only wears his when fighting, whereas he and other Asgardians used to wear them more often. Loki almost never takes his off.
** Thor and Loki, naturally, have the most recognizable, even if both's finer details are DependingOnTheArtist
*** WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: After his reincarnation as Kid!Loki, Loki's gold headband doesn't have his horns, but a little V that looks like them (the V is also on his tunic). The headband also has little wings over his ears--like the the ones on Thor's helmet. Commentary on how he could still be good, perhaps?
* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'': {{Magneto}}'s helmet
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd
* Johnny's helmet in ''StrontiumDog''.
* DoctorFate
* ComicBook/{{Nova}}
* Star Lord. I dare you to name a cooler looking Helmet.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' is a non-stop parade of both cool and uncool helmets, from the winged helm of the title character to the rather silly-looking one of his sidekick Obelix. Also overlaps with PlanetOfHats, since different European tribes uses distinct helms: menacing [[UnfortunateImplications WWI-like]] [[SpikesOfDOom pointed-tipped with horns]] for the Goths, severe and beautiful hoplite Mycenae helms for the Greek, flamboyantly-horned for the Iberian, the [[BoringButPractical standard]] Roman [[RedshirtArmy legionary]] helmets, their [[BlingOfWar elaborated and crested counterparts]] for centurions, spectacular and lavishly decorated for gladiators and [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic no helm at all]] for [[ProudWarriorRace the Corsican]].
* ComicBook/IronMan has a really cool helmet to match with his PowerArmor.
* Ultimate CaptainAmerica has worn a cool helmet in World War II, and in modern times when leading TheUltimates against the forces of evil.
* {{Galactus}} cares not what lesser mortals think of his mighty helmet!
** His daughter Galacta has a Cool Helmet too, modeled after her dad's.
* Dream of the Endless from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' has a helmet fashioned from the skull and spine of an EldritchAbomination that he killed when it and two others tried to invade the Dreaming (he used the bones of the other two to build a pair of gates).
* Acroyear, Bug, Karza, and Arcturus from ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}.'' Although Arcturus eventually stopped wearing his.
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[[folder:{{Film}} - Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has several iconic helmets, including Darth Vader's and Boba Fett's. (Heck, even the Mooks in this franchise have Cool Helmets.)
** Spoofed in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', where Vader's helmet is the size of his own torso.
* The iconic camo helmet from ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' might qualify. With "Born to Kill" and a peace sign on it, and bullets in the strap.
* In various fantastic forms SpikesOfVillainy crest the helmets of TheTeutonicKnights in Creator/SergeiEisenstein's ''Film/AlexanderNevsky''.
* War movies where officers (American officers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII movies in particular) wear their rank insignia on their helmets would count. Indeed, one of the more famous photos of General Patton in RealLife was him wearing the helmet with the stars on it, while scowling at something.
** [[http://www.historyguy.com/worldbiography/general_patton.jpg This one?]]
* [[SeanConnery King Agamemnon]] in ''Film/TimeBandits'' sports an ''awesome'' [[strike:Spartan]] Mycenaean helmet.
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' has a very distinctive helmet.
* ''The Last Border'' has [[BigBad Duke]] and his eagle helmet.
* The Kurgan's improvised helmet in ''Film/{{Highlander}}'', made from an animal skull of some kind, with the skin still on.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Sauron's helmet in the live action films resembles a [[http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg717/scaled.php?server=717&filename=sauron2.jpg&res=medium metallic horse skull with giant spikes]].
* ''Film/TopGun'' featured the various pilots having custom artwork on their helmets, which of course also helped the audience easily which helmeted-and-masked character they were looking at.
* Cobra Commander has one in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. More so in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', where he dons his classic mask from the cartoon.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', the Kryptonians wear full body armor, but their helmets are mostly made of shaped forcefields that enclose their heads. They are of variable opacity, will deflect any Earth weapon, and also serve to shield their wearer against sensory overload while on Earth--'Cool Helmet' indeed.
* Magneto's helmet in the ''Film/XMen'' movies, at times even [[SpikesOfVillainy horny]].
* ''Franchise/RoboCop'' has a pretty cool helmet that recalls that of ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' (it covers his eyes but his mouth is visible). When the role was being cast, Peter Weller was chosen partly because he could emote well with only the lower part of his face showing.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels Vimes has a serious dislike of Cool Helmets, partly because fancy armour isn't what being a Watchman is about, and partly because the Palace Guard have them. When he was Captain Vimes, he was entitled to two dollars a month "plumes allowance", but never claimed it, as Commander he is sometimes forced into dress armour that includes this.
* ''Literature/{{Gor}}'': in the city of Port Kar, Captains (those who command 5 or more ships) can be identified by a crest of sleen fur on their helmets.
* Pilots in the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', and indeed in the rest of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, have relatively plain helmets -- still, they can paint them. Wedge Antilles has a particular pattern on his which comes up in ''Starfighters of Adumar''.
* Almost every character in the medieval epic ''Orlando innamorato'' has some sort of cool helmet; the audience is [[AsYouKnow constantly reminded]] of how Rinaldo got his.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's legendarium there are many cool helmets. Turin had the Dragon-Helm of Dor-Lomin, which had a crest in the shape of a dragon, Tuor has the winged helm left by Turgon in Vinyamar, and the kings of Gondor have the helm Isildur wore during the Last Alliance.
* In battle, [[TheElricSaga the emperor of MelnibonÚ]] wears "a black helm, with a dragon's head craning over the peak, and dragon's wings flaring backward above it, and a dragon's tail curling down the back". But because he's also a sorcerer, some of the [[ComicBookAdaptation comic artists]] gave him a silly [[RobeAndWizardHat pointy hat]] instead.
* ''ASongOfIceandFire'' is loaded with these.
** Sandor "The Hound" Clegane wears a helm in the shape of a Dog's Head. [[spoiler: After his apparent death if was stolen by Rorge, and later Lem Lemoncloak]].
** His brother Gregor ask The Mountain has a fist on his.
** Robert and Renly Baratheon both have Stag's antlers on their helmets.
** Edmure Tully's helmet has a leaping trout.
** The grand prize goes to Tywin Lannister who has roaring lion with an outstretched paw.

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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': [[http://www.valyriansteel.com/shop/swords/the-hounds-helm/prod_18.html The Hound]] and [[http://www.valyriansteel.com/shop/swords/loras-tyrell-helm/prod_32.html the Knight of Flowers]] have the most distinctive helms in the series.
** Ser Loras Tyrell wears [[spoiler:King Renly Baratheon's antlered helm at the Battle of Blackwater as part of his elaborate disguise]].
* Virtually every incarnation of ''Franchise/KamenRider''.
* The various themed helmets of ''SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers''.
** In ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin]]'s'' third season, this applies not just to the Rangers but also to Rito Revolto, who wears a camo-painted army helmet.
** Quite a few [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] had Cool Helmets, but the Pudgy Pig's Spartan-style helmet was one that stood out. It was as big as he was! (Of course, he had a body-shape that was kind of... odd. It was kind of hard to say which part of him was his head and which was his torso.)
* ''TopGear's'' BadassDriver The Stig.
* The pilot helmets worn in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''.
* Many of the [[SpaceFighter Starfury]] pilots on ''Series/BabylonFive'' had custom artwork emblazoned on their helmets, in addition to their fighters' NoseArt (usually working on a similar theme), inspired by similar uses by RealLife pilots.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/ProfessorElemental's pith helmet.
* Music/DaftPunk's helmets.
* The spiffy rig worn by Music/{{deadmau5}}.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* B.D. of ''{{Doonesbury}}'' spent most of his life wearing these, until his leg was blown off in Iraq. His hair has been clearly visible ever since.
** During the Iraq War, ''{{Doonesbury}}'' had President Bush wearing a Roman general's helmet, which got progressively battered as the war dragged on.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* These appear in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Target Alpha'' and ''Solar City'' (both ScienceFiction versions of ''Pinball/ElDorado''); ''Target Alpha'' uses brightly-colored helmets with fins as part of its SpaceClothes ensemble, while ''Solar City'' gives its alien natives ornate winged helmets.
* The barbarian hero in ''Pinball/{{Paragon}}'' wears one.
* The hero in ''Pinball/{{Gorgar}}'' is wearing nothing but a loincloth and a winged helmet.
* The protagonist in ''Pinball/SpaceRiders'' is wearing a futuristic metal inverted bowl helmet.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The iconic SpaceMarine [[RageHelm helmets in a rather displeased expression]], and the somewhat-less-iconic (though not without popularity, not at least for the nostalgic reason it was the standard SpaceMarine helmet of the long-past first edition of the game) Corvus-pattern "[[FanNickname beakie]]" helmets.
** Orks wear German-inspired helmets, mostly Stahlhelm (WWII) and Pickelhaub (WWI).
** Chaos helmets have SpikesOfVillainy everywhere they can get away with.
*** In ''DawnOfWar'', the Orks [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this, calling them 'spiky boyz' when you order them to attack Chaos troops.
** Parodied with the Angry Marines, a fanmade Chapter [[RageHelm whose helms are contorted in permanent metal fury]].
* ''{{Warhammer}}'' has the various knightly orders, all of which sport varyingly ridiculous(ly awesome) helmetry. The Bretonnians, who have the highest concentration of knights in their army, are naturally even more extravagant.
** Hold your breath: [[RealityIsUnrealistic they have been modelled after historical 14th century examples]]. They are NOT exaggerated even if they may look like so.
* The general rule in ''{{Exalted}}'' is that this is the [[RuleOfCool only thing helmets are good for.]] The 2nd edition source book adds that Storytellers willing to go more "gritty" can implement rules for wearing helmets, and it's entirely possible to get artifact helmets that have special effects, but not wearing a helmet isn't necessarily about impracticality, it's about not crumming your style.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* This is a typical {{Flanderization}} of operas, with [[HornyVikings Vikings wearing horns]] of various animals on their helmets. (In RealLife, viking helmets were not so adorned.) This is most likely derived from Carl Emil D÷pler's costume designs for the 1876 Bayreuth production of Creator/RichardWagner's ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen''. Such costumes are rarely used anymore, even for the ''Ring'', let alone any other opera.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''{{BIONICLE}}'': various Glatorian and Agori wear helmets as part of their TwentyFourHourArmor.
** Considering the masks that everyone always wears, it's hard to find a character who doesn't fall under this trope.
* ''HeroFactory''
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan'': several iconic helmets, most memorably for the eponymous hero Mega Man, his brother Proto Man, and TheRival Bass in the classic series, and X and Zero in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series. And of course, the [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] {{Expy}} himself, Vile/Vava.
** X's helmet upgrades deserve special mention; many of them are [=Cool Helmets=] layered over X's regular [=Cool Helmet=].
* The eponymous ''ViewtifulJoe'' has a V-crest on his helmet, and may have been inspired by Quick Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2''.
* The Masked Man from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': Samurott uses a shell as its helmet.
* Variations of this are available as [[AndYourRewardIsClothes costume options]] in ''CityOfHeroes''.
* In addition to the numerous {{Tin Tyrant}}s featured in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', we also have the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]] with his ''very'' nice helmet with big pointy horns coming out the top, and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII The Onion Knight]] with his helm with some impressive plumage.
** Gabranth's [[SuperMode EX Mode]] is to just don his helmet and separate his Dual Weapon into two smaller weapons. His game profile actually specifically states that the helmet isn't just an aesthetic change, it really is the source of his power.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': the history teacher wears a samurai helmet in class. One sidequest requires the MC to obtain another of his helmets from him.
* In the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'', Kilik wears a hawk-shaped helmet that covers his whole head in ''V'', and Hildegard... Well, her entire suit of armor is pretty cool, but the helmet is a big part of it.
* ''MonsterRancherEvo'': Gaufre ''never'' removes his. Turns out [[spoiler:it's a custom of his village to not show your face to non-family.]]
* The Spartan helmets from the ''{{Halo}}'' series.
* Isaac's [=RIGs=] in the ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' series have very distinctive helmets. They're iconic enough that the cover of the second installment simply featured the RIG's face shield.
* ''CovertFront'' takes place during the time when ImperialGermany was around, so there are plenty of Pickelhaubes to go around. Though it is certainly unexpected to see [[spoiler:Manfred, a ''butler'']] wearing one.
* Winged helmets like the Griffon's Helm or the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Helm of Honnleath]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''.
* The first time you see Captain Diomedes in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'', he's wearing a bitchin' white command helmet, which he sadly removes when he becomes playable in ''Retribution'' (although it's available as a commander item as part of a bonus pack). [[FanNickname Commander (Vanilla) Ice]] can sport one after an update that grants the helm of command as commander-use wargear.
* The main character's helmet in ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', which resembles a helicopter flight helmet with vacuum capabilities. Which can be obtained to be worn in ''{{Halo 3}}'''s multiplayer.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shovel Knight}}'s'' Propeller Knight wears a helmet topped with a propeller that [[HatOfFlight allows him to fly]]. It's even got a couple of handles for him to hang on to as he floats around. [[SchizoTech Never mind propeller flight not even having been invented yet in medieval times.]]
* Shao Kahn, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'', not only has a Cool Helmet, it got ''cooler'' as the franchise progressed, until ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' where it was one of the coolest in the history of Fighting Games.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': a lot of the {{Nice Hat}}s obtainable in the game fall under this.
* ''[[Franchise/MetalGear Metal Gear Online]]'' allows you to wear various helmets in all sorts of colors, from camouflaged Kevlar helmets to red helicopter flight helmets to purple motorcycle helmets. Of course, they don't really do anything, and it's not uncommon to see shirtless people wearing ballistic helmets, but the helmets [[RuleOfCool look cool]].
* As its equipment list is based on several real-life armories, ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' inevitably has a respectable number of cool helmets. The most protective helmet, the winged great helm, is at once the largest and most obviously decorated headgear available.
* The standard uniform of the Helghan empire in ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}''
* ''BlacklightRetribution'': All of the helmets. All of them. In particular, there are also several special versions of existing helmets, which range form decals, to battle damage.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'', Lomax's helmet. It can be thrown like a boomerang, it can be thrown to explode (somehow multiplying itself in the process), its plume can stretch and grab certain surfaces, it can work like HelicopterHair, and of course, wearing the helmet provides a protection from being a OneHitPointWonder.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Various styles of Cool Helmet are worn by "[[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats The Broternal Order of]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Different Helmets]]," introduced in the WebAnimation/HomestarRunner cartoon "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/helmets.html Ever and More]]."
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'', Rosemary wears a winged mining helmet.
* {{Nodwick}}'s helmet is actually rather plain, but it has sentimental value to him (it was given to him by his mother).
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The helmet worn by Barnstormer, a {{Jetpack}}-wearing [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero active in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has an art-deco fin on it that doubles as a rudder, helping him steer as he flies.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'': About half the good guys, three fourths of the bad guys, and ''all'' of the Mooks have Cool Helmets, and there's far too much of a variety to describe them all here. (Of the good guys who don't, several have {{Nice Hat}}s.)
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc''
-->'''Elmer:''' I will do it with my spear and magic helmet!\\
'''Bugs:''' Your spear and magic helmet?\\
'''Elmer:''' Spear & magic helmet!\\
'''Bugs:''' Magic helmet?\\
'''Elmer:''' Magic helmet!\\
'''Bugs:''' ''(dismissively)'' Magic helmet...\\
'''Elmer:''' Yes, magic helmet, and I'll give you a sample.
** Another ''Looney Tunes'' example is Marvin the Martian's Roman helmet.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}''! With their mighty power, they can save the da-a-ay!
* KickButtowski's helmet is just a mass produced model he got from the toy store...but don't tell him that. To him, its an irreplaceable object of awesome, without which he couldn't be a daredevil.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' spoofs this with Aang trying on [[http://cloud-s.deviantart.com/art/Sokka-s-Master-Aang-Armor-125082638?q=sort:time+favby:Axxerous&qo=4 this outfit]]. Unfortunately, [[AwesomeButImpractical he couldn't move in it]].
* In "Suited For Success", from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rainbow Dash's redesigned dress includes an improbably cool-looking Roman legionnaire's helmet.
** Except it wasn't cool. [[DeconstructedTrope The purpose of it was to look silly.]]
** Equestria's [[PraetorianGuard Royal Guards]] also have [[CoolHelmet cool helmets]], resembling the military gear of ancient Pegasus soldiers.
*** In the Crystal Empire two-parter episode, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy end up jousting while wearing extremely fancy helmets similar to the [[PraetorianGuard Royal Guards]]' helmets, that use their own manes for the crests.
** [[FallenAngel Nightmare Moon]]'s helmet deserves special mention for looking not only cool but downright frightening despite (or because) of its simplicity.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' a lot of operatives have cool helmets; Numbah 86 and Numbah 362 have ones that are made from [[BucketHelmet colanders]] (which would seem a lot cooler if you had a picture).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}''
** The Clerics, a ChurchMilitant PraetorianGuard to a {{Catfolk}} Lion [[KingOfBeasts monarch]], wear gold lioness helms with [[InTheHood full hood]] and veil as part of {{Full Body Disguise}}s, while head Cleric Jaga breaks the pattern with a nicely ''spiked'' metal helm ornamented with a gem.
** The Conquedor, a merchant slaver, wears a modified conquistador's morion.
** Both the Armor of Omens and Armor of Plun-Darr have helmets based on a lion and Egyptian death mask, respectively.
* "Red" has one in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. He gets a new, cool one after he [[spoiler: is hired by Kane]].
* While few {{Transformers}} wear ''actual'' helmets, many (it's perhaps even fair to say ''most'') have heads designed to ''look'' helmeted. Or they have helmets that ''are'' part of their head, depending on how you want to look at it.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* With the iconic ''Pickelhaube'' helmets of WWI and the ultra-cool ''Stahlhelm'' of WWII (both notoriously used by motorcycle gangs today), the Germans have always been in the Cool Helmet industry. (''See'' TheTeutonicKnights'', above''.)
** Most modern helmets resemble the ''Stalhhelm''. Except for those of the British and Russians -- the British use a variation with a lower front rim, whilst the Russians use a variation of the old WWII one.
** Reason being is that looking cool is just a side effect, the Stalhhelm provides superb coverage of the head, far more that the Tin Hat and Steel Pot designs used by Allies in WWII. The Russian steel helmets of WWII also provided more comprehensive coverage, with large projections over the ears.
** The modern Russian army helmet is basically still the same design that was used in [[UsefulNotes/{{WWII}} The Great Patriotic War]]. That makes it cool by itself.
** Modern combat helmets are impressive for a variety of reasons. While older helmets were made from steel, these newer helmets were made from layered Kevlar, the material used for {{Bulletproof Vest}}s, making them far superior for protection, though [[MundaneUtility far inferior for attempting to heat water or cook over a campfire.]] They additionally got rid of the traditional leather harness system[[note]]used to maintain separation between the soldier's head and the armored shell of his helmet, so that anything that hits the helmet will not transfer its force directly into the soldier's skull[[/note]], and replace it with a foam pad system similar to what is used in bicycle helmets. Plus, of course, there are mounting points for various hardware, making your helmet every bit as tacticool as [[GunAccessories your rifle.]]
** ...and the German ''Stahlhelm'' itself has been modelled after [[UpToEleven even cooler]] helmet, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sallet sallet]]. It was THE knightly helmet during the 15th century.
* Space helmets.
* The knightly heaume, or Great Helm (the "barrel helm"), which covers the whole head, and is usually equipped with camail. [[UpToEleven Bonus for a crest]], such as ostrich feathers or deer antlers.
** Great Helms that are commonly seen with the Crusaders during....the crusades. It may look like a bucket but it is a kick ass looking bucket.
** And besides that, it is both easy to make and immensely practical. Because of the good protection it provides, and the ease of manufacturing (all you need is sheet metal, steel cutting scissors, drill, rivets, hammer and anvil), the Great Helm is especially popular today amongst Medieval history re-enactors, such as SocietyForCreativeAnachronism.
* The Japanese kabuto started out ornate, then during the general piece of the Edo period [[UpToEleven grew more so.]] At no point did it stop being cool.
** A nice example would be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Noae_Kanetugu_Yoroi.jpg Kanetsugu Naoe's helm]], decorated with the metal Kanji for ''love''.
* Custom artwork is popular as decoration for motorcycle helmets.
* Roman helmets, complete with horse-hair plumes. The style is still copied in some cavalry dress uniforms.
* Similarly, the Greek Corinthian-style helmet, a variation of which was seen in [[Film/ThreeHundred 300]].
** As it was difficult to see out of, when not actually in combat, soldiers would [[GogglesDoNothing tilt the helmet back so that it was resting on their foreheads.]] This led to a style of helmet that couldn't actually be used as a helmet [[RuleOfCool because it was meant to be worn as a hat.]]
* The Spanish ''morion'' can also be this. It's that helmet you always see conquistadors in.
* While the Chinese People's Liberation Army Marine Corp's helmet is just a clone of the American helmet, the way in which they are always shown to wear their helmet makes it qualify. They always have a pair of goggles on top of their black helmets and [[http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l597/Cifyra/PLA/PLAN/ChinesePeoplesLiberationArmySpecialOperationsForcesNavalZhnggutzhngbdunavaltype054a521abcgulfofadenantipiracypatrol9.jpg under no circumstances]] [[http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l597/Cifyra/PLA/PLAN/ChinesePeoplesLiberationArmySpecialOperationsForcesNavalZhnggutzhngbdunavaltype054a521abcgulfofadenantipiracypatrol8.jpg have ever been seen actually wearing them over their eyes]]. When they do require some form of eye protection, instead of wearing the pair on their helmet, they tend to opt for their own sunglasses/shooting glasses. The reason for this is [[RuleOfCool probably a closely guarded state secret]].
* With the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace the whole ''uniform'' is pretty cool, but the helmets are a big part of it.
* [[HornyVikings Vikings]] managed to make their helmets cool without sacrificing their efficiency in combat, like above mentioned Japanese, by [[InvokedTrope invoking]] FacelessMooks. Look at [[http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs32/i/2010/209/7/4/Viking_Helmet_by_bakabobo.jpg this thing]]! The only thing sticking from there would be this viking chieftains BadassBeard. (Note: Yes, that is a modern made helmet, but it is based on the real thing.)
* In the Modern US military, wearing an OPS-CORE or Crye Airframe is a mark of being a part of SOCOM, rather than the standard issue Advanced or Lightweight Combat Helmets that everyone else wears.
* The Flight Helmet is one of the coolest helmets ''by far'', the iconic Flight Helmet consists of protective eyewear, oxygen mask, and the actual helmet. There's also the Helicopter Gunship version, which while not nearly as all-concealing, have what's basically a high-tech monocle. Either version is highly awesome and practical.
* A few figures of Japan's Sengoku era were noted for their awesome helmets. Such as UsefulNotes/DateMasamune and his crescent moon adorned helm, UsefulNotes/HondaTadakatsu and his badass Stag horn helmet and Naoe Kanetsugu's [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/Noae_Kanetugu_Yoroi.jpg "Love"]] helmet.
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