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[[caption-width-right:300:Kiddies, you can never be too safe, even on your tricycles!]]
In many shows, mostly those made for kids, any scene showing the characters biking, "scootering", skating, or doing anything similar, one thing that won't be left at home is a bicycle helmet. The only time a character will go sans helmet is in a VerySpecialEpisode about [[AnAesop wearing your bicycle helmet]], and/or show where the characters CantGetAwayWithNuthin, where said character will either A. Get caught by the parents, or B. get into an accident that results in an injury that could have been prevented if they had worn said helmet.

Knee and elbow pads can also appear in this trope, although not as frequently. When the character is traveling by car instead of by bicycle, prominent display of a properly-buckled seat belt (or neglecting to buckle up in a VerySpecialEpisode situation) serves the same function. Although this trip is most common in children's works, it can still be found in ones aimed at adults, especially if motorcycles are involved, as there is a large subset of motorcycle enthusiasts who believe that [[SafetyGearIsCowardly helmets detract from their image.]]

This trope can also contribute to a good amount of FridgeLogic in situations in which time is a priority, or during quick transitions of little time, yet the characters find time to strap on safety gear.

While there is nothing wrong with wearing a helmet, generally in RealLife, many people bike around without helmets, and don't usually find themselves getting in accidents caused by the wrath of helmet gods for not wearing any gear. Ditto for skating and other activities. Helmet laws do [[http://www.helmets.org/mandator.htm exist]] however, not necessarily for bikes, but much more often for motorcycles. (And even if a hero doesn't need a helmet to survive, he likely wouldn't want to get a ticket for not wearing one.)

However, MoralGuardians wouldn't want their kids thinking "if their favorite TV character doesn't wear a helmet, then why should they", thus, no head goes without a helmet to set a good example.

It should also be noted, at least according to [[http://www.ncrider.com/What-is-wrong-bicycle-helments.html this site,]] that nobody really wore helmets as much as they do now until TheNineties. Ironically, accidents went up, because people believed if you wore a helmet, you were guaranteed safe from any accident. Face it, while a helmet does have some protective value, it's not going to make you invincible.

Contrary to [[IThoughtItMeant what one might think]], this is ''not'' the inverse of HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic, about the tendency of heroes in the fantasy and sci-fi genres not to wear helmets in battle. It ''is'' the inverse of SafetyGearIsCowardly, when helmets are not to be found at all. See also the SafeDrivingAesop.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', when she goes rollerblading to school, Sakura wears all the protective gear, including the helmet. The one exception to this rule was when she was trying to catch the Fly card or in a few other card-catching cases, but that first one was in the middle of the night and she was still wearing her pajamas.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
** One instance in Yusei has a spare helmet for a second rider even though [[HyperspaceArsenal there's no place to store it]], and the bike wasn't designed to hold two people. While there could've been a compartment under the seat like in a lot of bikes, the double-seater has no excuse.
** The Dark Signers who used D-Wheels still used helmets, though it's kind of odd why they thought it necessary. (They were already dead.) In fact, the only time anyone in the franchise had what might be considered a fatal motorcycle accident was when Placido lost to Yusei during the Diablo invasion, and he got rid of his helmet to switch his D-Wheel to SuperMode. (Although the crash "killed" him, he was an android, and was eventually repaired.)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Even someone as badass as ComicBook/CaptainAmerica wears a helmet while using his motorcycle. (Helps that it's a pretty CoolHelmet.)
* When she was first introduced, X-Men character Pixie often wore a bicycle helmet when she flew more than a few feet off the ground out of fear of crashing. Note that Pixie is pretty much a mutant/fairy hybrid and she flies with ''butterfly'' wings. She eventually grew out of it.
* Spoofed in a ''ComicBook/{{Sturmtruppen}}'' story arc, where two soldiers remove their helmets and go deep in a trench to enjoy some fresh air and another soldier, on the edge of the trench, rebukes them from removing their helmets and [[TemptingFate declares he's safer there in his exposed position with the helmet on]]. Sure enough, an enemy shell explodes nearby and shrapnel ruins his helmet and splits his head open (non-lethally), while the soldiers smart enough to be deep in the trench are unscathed and calling medical help.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* On ''Film/MonstersUniversity'', security from Monsters Inc. is chasing down the Oozma Kappa boys for trespassing. The mother of one of the boys is readying their getaway car, but wouldn't drive away until everyone buckles up. They do make it out in time, thankfully.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Disney/BigHero6''. Baymax, being the ever-helpful health service robot, gently advises that Hiro put on his seat belt while they're in the midst of a car ChaseScene.
* Played for laughs again in ''WesternAnimation/TheBossBaby''. Timothy insists that he and the Boss Baby cannot ride a bike without wearing them and then Timothy then proceeds to do some of the craziest stuff ever done by a kid on a bike, all having just ditched training wheels with the Boss Baby's encouragement.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Film/JamesBond would don a helmet before going to fly around in the [[JetPack Bell Rocket Belt]]. The filmmakers objected to the helmet, but the stunt man refused to fly the rocket without it.
* Parodied and Double Subverted in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' after Dark Helmet refuses to fasten his seat belt after ordering Colonel Sanders to shift to LudicrousSpeed, their ship bypasses their target, and Dark Helmet can barely hang on. The villain tells Sanders [[TooDumbToLive to hit the emergency brake]] (which Sanders does, despite a warning sign on it that says "Never Use") and Dark Helmet is BlownAcrossTheRoom headfirst. Luckily, as Sanders points out, he was wearing the helmet, so he survives (but the helmet itself does not, and Dark Helmet collapses a few seconds later).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the 1960s Live Action ''Series/{{Batman}}'' they [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] several things in a TheMoreYouKnow kind of way, including taking the time to properly buckle your safety belt.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' normally has it easy, as helmets are part of Rangers' suits. And yet...
** There's one instance in ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'' of a helmet appearing out of ''nowhere'' between shots, when Tommy has to drive a barely-conscious Elsa out of the area on an ATV. Earlier, Tommy also makes a point of locking the door and fastening his seat belt before driving off even though the ''freaking Tyrannosaur chasing him'' seemed to be the greater safety hazard.
--->'''Tommy:''' Great, yeah, ''lock the door,'' Tommy, real good!
** [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Ziggy]] also has a strange moment where he stops to put on a helmet before driving off in a go-kart in order to get away from the deranged Attack Bot Tenaya 7.
** Also, the series follows this in general whenever Rangers are skateboarding, rollerblading, bike riding,etc. They will wear helmets and knee pads. Most notable in TheMovie.
* This also got a playful nod in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''. In the episode where the team encounters former [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Carranger]] leader Kyosuke Jinnai, the Gokaiger attack the MonsterOfTheWeek while riding vehicles like scooters and bicycles. Kyosuke admonishes Red and Green for riding double on a single bicycle, which is perfectly in character since he's been shown to be a traffic safety nut throughout the episode (and ''Carranger'' itself was all about traffic safety).
* In ''Series/SesameStreet'', nobody is seen biking, skating, riding a scooter or even riding a pogo stick without wearing a helmet, and this extends even to tricycles. Lampshaded in an "Elmo's World" segment on bikes where the AnimateInanimateObject's that Elmo talked to were a bike and a helmet. Whenever the bike said something that she'd do, the helmet would say [[CatchPhrase "Not without me"]].
* In the ''Series/WonderWoman'' TV series, Diana can use her InstantCostumeChange spin to change to a motor cycle of roller-skate version, helmet included. (Fortunately, [[StylishProtectionGear it matches the rest of the costume]].) Oddly enough, this Trope is averted the rare times her Invisible Jet appeared in the series.
* Both ''Series/IceRoadTruckers'' and, on occasion, ''Series/DirtyJobs'' subvert this by pointing out that while driving on iced-over bodies of water, you ''do not'' wear your seat belt since falling through the ice is a far likelier hazard than crashing, and undoing a seat belt wastes valuable seconds.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' doesn't need to wear a helmet for protection, but, as Wesley points out, it's the law in California. He just wishes it weren't bright pink.
-->'''Angel:''' It's just, y'know, the whole visibility issue, not to mention the whole hat-head thing, I mean when you, when you really think about ''how come I have to wear the lady's helmet?''\\
'''Wesley:''' Stop being such a wanker and put it on... looks good. Hop on board, gorgeous.\\
'''Angel:''' You'll pay for this.
* An episode of ''Series/BloodTies'' had a bizarre example, where a child is shown sneaking out of the house to ride his bike. Just because you are the evil spawn of a dark elf, sneaking out of the house to murder one of the neighborhood children, that's no reason to ignore bicycle safety.
* ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'': Pee-Wee Herman started out not wearing a helmet on his scooter, but by Series 2 he got one. Appropriately, it was decked out with a cyclops eye and other impractical doodads.
* It goes without saying that this is a part of ''Franchise/KamenRider'', which features helmeted {{Henshin Hero}}es riding motorcycles. However, it also comes into effect when one of the Riders brings someone along on their bike and magically possesses a second helmet for them to use. During the ''Film/KamenRiderWizardInMagicLand'' movie, Haruto gets into a motorcycle chase while ''unmorphed'', and his helmet simply appears between shots. One suspects AWizardDidIt.
** Series/KamenRiderBuild can summon a helmet out of nowhere as one of his bike's explicit powers, to be worn by himself when unmorphed or by any passengers when morphed. Even though it makes more sense than the times helmets appear out of nowhere between shots, there are still times similar to Tommy's example, where not budging one inch before everyone's helmeted ''no matter what'' can get ridiculous. If, for example, your {{Muggle}} passenger was being ''shot at,'' you'd probably forgo summoning a helmet and waiting for him to put it on before taking off just this once, but nope!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Helmed_horror Even Horrors have to wear helmets.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'':
** Niko and Luis will both pull a helmet out of thin air to put on when they get on a motorcycle. However, the player can easily just gun the gas as soon as they get on and drive off helmetless. The [[ShownTheirWork helmet actually has an advantage in reducing damage when you hit your head in a crash.]]
** One exception is [[BadassBiker Johnny Klebitz]], a long-standing biker gang member in which its members wear no helmets at all. Due to revamping bike handling to make gameplay easier for TLAD (the episode he stars in, that focused heavily on motorcycle riding) it's absolutely impossible to fall off the bike, leading to situations where you can end up stuck upside-down, still on your bike -- with getting off the bike the only way to correct it.
* Same thing in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', it applies to ALL protagonist including [[AxCrazy Trevor]], and every character has its own helmet models, pulled out in random styles and colors, except Trevor who mainly wears visorless biker helmet.
* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' doesn't even allow you to accelerate before the protagonist is quickly putting on the helmet. Bizarrely enough, helmet use is exempt on scooters, possibly due to the low speed (although real life traffic law, especially in real-life Hong Kong, still enforce helmets on scooters)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', you don't have to wear a helmet when you ride a regular bicycle, however, your trouble meter goes up if you ride a ''motor''bike without helmets. ShownTheirWork indeed.
* In ''VideoGame/NancyDrew: Danger at Deception Point'', if you don't put your helmet on, Nancy has an accident and ends up in the hospital as a GameOver.
* In the first ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' you can't start the emergency escape craft unless you first buckle your seat belt. (And seeing as [[TimedMission there's only a limited amount of time]] before the ship you're on explodes, every second counts.) Even worse, if you manage to escape, then once you crash land, you can't exit the escape craft until you ''unbuckle'' it. [[spoiler:And time matters here too, because after a while, a spider droid shows up to hunt for you.]]
* Averted for years in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' whether the trainer was using a bicycle, roller-blades, a live mount (including a ''legendary Pokémon'' like Latios/Latias in ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire''), or a souped-up motorcycle like Wes has in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' It's finally played straight in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', where the trainer's riding outfit for the various Poké-Ride mounts includes a helmet, safety pads, and a life jacket for surfing mounts.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Yang, who shrugs off being smashed through concrete bridge support or being knocked several miles high in the air and the subsequent crash-landing, always wears a helmet when riding her motorcycle.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' followed this rule.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' episode "Back in the Saddle", all the girls are shown wearing helmets under their cowboy hats while riding horses.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' brings the FridgeLogic on this, since the major characters have ears that stick through the air vents, making one wonder if they would be torn in a nasty crash.
** Also there was one episode where Arthur and Buster are given crap by two skater kids for wearing safety straps.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', due to ExecutiveMeddling. Nickelodeon would not pick up the show unless the kids were wearing appropriate safety gear during all of their extreme sports activities.
** In an episode in which Trent the New Zealander kid introduces the gang to rugby, he suggests that they tape over their ears to avoid getting them torn off. Twister heeds this advice, though he can hardly hear because he taped them up too much.
* ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', despite having the older kids with big wheels and tricycles never had helmets and the only time anything like that is used in the series was because Didi went into MyBelovedSmother mode after Tommy whapped his head on a table.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'': A typical preteen boy and his dog, and nary a helmet in sight. Unless his sisters are involved.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}'' had an episode that dealt with armadillos and wearing your bicycle helmet when he questioned its necessity.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', either they're lampshading the hell out of it, or they're really into helmets. There will be helmets under cowboy hats, turtles as helmets, the list goes on.
** In "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", they weren't wearing any. And then it was revealed that they had created head-shaped helmets, complete with hair. These helmets showed up again in later episodes.
** And lets not forget Candace and the pool turned skate-park in "De Plane! De Plane!"...
---> ''Kid 1:''' Safety first! ''[throws a helmet on Candace]''\\
'''Kid 2:''' Safety first! ''[throws knee and elbow pads on her]''\\
'''Kid 3:''' Safety first! ''[hands her a steering wheel]''\\
'''Candace:''' Steering wheel? How is ''this'' safe? ''[crashes and airbag deploys from the steering wheel]''
::: Then Candace and Jeremy end up getting hurt ''anyway'' when Phineas and Ferb's passing airplane blots out the sun and causes Candace to crash into Jeremy.
** Definitely lampshaded in "Tour de Ferb", when Candace drags Linda out of the shower - and onto her bike - to see Phineas and Ferb's latest project, and Linda quips "Lucky thing I picked today to wear my bike helmet in the shower."
** In "My Sweet Ride", Linda is riding skates and Jeremy somehow instantly notices that her hair is actually a hair-shaped helmet.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Any of her gadgets will strap on the necessary safety gear. When she pulls the cord to fire up a [[AwesomeBackpack backpack]]-{{jetpack}}, a robot arm pops a helmet on her head.
** Also played straight in the odd episode where it's not one of her gadgets but a borrowed jetski or something, she always puts on life-preservers and similar gear.
* Plot point in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': in 'Darkly Dawns the Duck', Darkwing always wears his NiceHat on his motorcycle. Gosalyn finds a discarded helmet, and lectures him on bike safety; he then normally wears the helmet when riding. 'Dead Duck' features Darkwing skipping the helmet, as it had been destroyed (by a falling anvil). Guess what happens based on the episode title. (In fact, when Darkwing quotes his catchphrase, "Let's get dangerous!" Lauchpad stops him, pointing out the missing helmet, and saying, "That's a little ''too'' dangerous!")
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'': They always hijack the helmet as well whenever they pull a FlashedBadgeHijack on a bike, scooter, whatever.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'': Supposedly, this was considered for the title character, but ultimately rejected, presumably because an impressionable youth is much more likely to bike without a helmet than turn into a dragon and fly, helmet or no.
** He and the other members of his PowerTrio do wear safety equipment when skate-boarding, so the MoralGuardians can't complain about that and [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped it's honestly a good point to make]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', even [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Wolverine]] wears a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Presumably the in-universe issue is less safety than not getting a citation.
** Same with ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. This makes sense with ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, as he's trying to blend in. But it's weird to see ''Sabretooth'', of all people, wearing a helmet, as he makes no attempt to blend in, and can presumably... [[MurderIsTheBestSolution deal]] with any cop unlucky enough to pull him over.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
** Averted much of the time. Part of the complex [[ToTheBatpole route the kids use to get to the factory]] and save the day involves riding skateboards (or in Jérémie and Aelita's case, a scooter) through an AbsurdlySpaciousSewer, yet none of them keep any safety gear down there. You'd think at least safety-conscious Jérémie would stash a helmet with his scooter.
** However, during a skateboard competition organized by the school, all the kids are wearing helmets and protective gears. Which is a good thing, because they tend to fall a lot... or even crash into each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' always put particular prominence on Batman putting a helmet on during his inevitable Bike chase scenes, as does ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''.
* In the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Terry starts fighting with a motorcycle gang of Jokerz and grabs a spare bike (one of theirs?) to lead them away. As he takes off, there's a quick scene showing him reach back for a helmet conveniently sitting on the seat -- you'd think that putting it on would interfere with his driving.
* In the variant on seat belts, the censored version of the show's film ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' featured removal of blood, replacing some possible prostitutes with a well-to-do married couple, a much less gruesome and graphic death for a major character and.... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking digitally putting seat-belts on Terry and Bruce when they're driving.]]
* In a variant of the rule, British childrens cartoon ''WesternAnimation/PeppaPig'' is to be seen in the future wearing safety belts while riding in a car, as well as helmets when riding bikes. And the creators of the show are also taking retroactive remedy in that all older episodes ''are to be edited to feature them wearing safety belts and helmets as well''.
** This is explicitly [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8460753.stm because of complaints from at least one parent with children refusing to wear seatbelts]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'': Dora is always buckling up.
** Additionally, Dora once served as a spokesgirl for [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100317095327/http://www.nickjr.com/kids-health/child-safety/st-jude-trike-a-thon/st-jude-trike-a-thon_ap.html St. Jude's safety trike-a-thon program.]].
** One episode even shows Dora and Boots buckling their seatbelts ''on a merry-go-round'' Most kids don't realize that they can fall ''off'' the merry-go-round if they stand up while it's going.
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowskiSuburbanDaredevil'': Kick Buttowski always wears his helmet when performing stunts... because he never takes it off to begin with. (Never know when a stunt opportunity will present itself.)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Franklin}}'':, and like on ''Arthur'', there's at least one character whose ears stick straight up through their helmet.
** There's no story about someone getting in trouble because they don't think helmets are cool. There ''is'', however, one entirely focused around Franklin getting a fancy new helmet with a flashing light on top because he's outgrown his old one and some of the other kids find the new helmet goofy. When he hears the kids making fun of that type of helmet, he hides it and tries to borrow his friend Bear's to use for a bike safety rally, only to be told that you should never wear a helmet that hasn't been specifically fitted for you. In the end, another friend helps him to see that it doesn't matter if the other kids think the helmet is dorky and the bike safety officer suggests that the flashing light could be a useful safety feature. He is seen wearing this helmet throughout the rest of the series. FridgeLogic; Franklin being a ''turtle'', wouldn't his head be at ''more'' risk since the helmet would prevent him from fully retracting his head into his shell?
** In the episode "Franklin's Granny", as the two explore her attic, Franklin looks at an old photograph of her as a youngster on a bike without a helmet. Granny Turtle remarks on how bad she was at stopping, and shows the scar on her forehead from falling off. Granny said that helmets didn't exist at the time after Franklin said how important it is to wear one.
* In ''[[Franchise/WinnieThePooh My Friends Tigger & Pooh]]'', the Super Sleuths (Pooh, Tigger and Darby) always wear their helmets when riding their Sleuther Scooters. ("Somebody's needing our help today, so helmets on and scooters away!")
* In "The Magic Skateboard" on ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'', the Backyardigans (minus Tasha, who is not in the story) all wear helmets and padding. Uniqua's antennae stick up through her helmet, Austin's ears stick up through his and Tyrone's antlers through his. Additionally, his ears stick out to the sides.
* Seen on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gofrette}}'', and yes, once again, there are anthropomorphic characters with ears that stick through their helmets.
* Used on ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues'' uses this. All three kids wear helmets while riding up to the cave of the story tellers.
* Both Will and Dewitt always wear their helmets when riding or biking on ''WesternAnimation/WillAndDewitt''.
* Though no bikes were involved, an episode of the ''WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' animated series features Sam using Max to batter down a door, and he does indeed put a helmet on Max (and the duo give a warning about how they're cartoon characters who have "being fictional" as their stunt qualifications). The Effigy Mound, a now-out-of-print Sam & Max sketchbook, actually has materials from the production of this, revealing that the original drafts were more like Steve Purcell's comics. For that scene in particular is a note insisting on the helmet, and complaining that "it still seems like something a child could imitate at home with a pet rabbit".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The young pegasus Scootaloo always sports a helmet while riding her scooter. Even Pinkie puts on a helmet while riding along. The CMC also wear protective gear while roller skating.
** In "Somepony to Watch Over Me," when Applejack becomes overprotective of her little sister Applebloom, she tries to make her wear a helmet ''all the time''. At one point, she puts a second helmet over the first one.
** In "Pinkie Apple Pie", all of the characters wear life vests when rafting except Big Mac, who wears a floaty and water wings.
** In the Season 4 premier", "Princess Twilight Sparkle", Spike puts on a seatbelt while riding on Twilight's back mid-flight. The question becomes [[FridgeLogic where did it come from?]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'': Stitch ''and'' [[VillainDecay Gantu]] put on helmets before getting on bikes. Which they had stolen. In the middle of a chase scene. Makes even less sense for [[MadeOfIron Stitch]] than it does for Gantu, considering the experiment is stated several times to be indestructible (though Gantu's sheer size would likely make him tougher than humans). In the movie he gets run over by an ''18-wheeler''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'': Spider-Man and Black Cat are fleeing from S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on flying motorbikes. When Spidey runs out of web-fluid, Black Cat steals a motorcycle, and is suddenly helmeted in the shot where they're about to take off. Spidey puts a second one on, noting that he's probably gonna need it.
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Marge has become a police officer, and notices Bart is about to go skateboarding without wearing a helmet or pads. She tells him that he has to wear them, saying it's for his safety. Cut to Bart getting wailed on by a group of bullies, stating that the equipment's soft padding makes it easier for them to beat him.
* Snake Eyes is nearly always wearing a helmet when he's riding his motorcycle in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''. In one instance, he's first seen driving a stolen Cobra ATV, wearing a helmet, before he hops off, tossing the helmet off as he does...and then putting on a ''different'' helmet three seconds later when he hops on his motorcycle.
* WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget has his famous Copter Hat, which at first simply comes out of his hat. When he becomes Lieutenant Gadget in ''WesternAnimation/GadgetAndTheGadgetinis'', however, the Copter Hat transformation also includes a helmet and visor.
* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'':
** In one episode, Cedric magics up a seat belt for himself before taking off in a flying machine.
** While keeping an eye on Sofia to make sure she doesn't get hurt on her [[ScoutOut Buttercup]] camping trip, Baileywick brought some helmets just in case, which get used as they slide down a steep hill using the sled the girls built.
* In ''Muzzy in Gondoland'', Bob and Princess Sylvia take off on his motorbike to elope, and both are shown putting on helmets. This gets a little weird in Sylvia's case, as she's never seen without her crown - she has a helmet with a crown attached to it, which she somehow puts on without ever taking off her other crown.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSnowman'', the boy and the snowman put on helmets before riding and flying off on a motorcycle.
* Used ridiculously in one ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' episode where Jade finds not only a perfectly usable skateboard in a dumpster, but just happens to find a helmet that fits perfectly as well.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', everyone always buckles up... but if this is intended as a message it's rather ineffective considering how many other car safety rules they break.
-->'''Stan:''' ''[singing]'' Headlights are out, can't really see where I'm going, doo dee doo dee doo.
* On ''WesternAnimation/MilesFromTomorrowland'', Miles' spacesuit deploys a sort of holographic helmet every time he does a somewhat reckless activity.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
** In "The Other Exchange Student", Star hitches a ride on the roof of the Diaz's car to chase after them on their way to a camping trip, and magically produces a rainbow to buckle herself up.
** In "Brittney's Party", when Ludo and his minions hijack a bus, the minion who takes the wheel spends time to buckle up and check the mirrors before driving. Ludo complained that it took so long.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' episode "Snow Half-Pipe" plays with it. The sport combines snowboarding and skateboarding together into one sport. As such the ground-based Mixels are wearing helmets...none of them being actual bike helmets (such as Flain wearing a Viking helmet, Kraw a football helmet, and Slumbo a construction helmet). Flurr, being a flyer and not actually ''riding'' the snowboard, foregoes a helmet all together.
* Okay, most kids aren't going to get into a fight with a [[ChildHater child-hating restaurant owner]] who's [[MoralEventHorizon willing to feed kids to sharks]] to make money, like Chester is in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Still, Numbuh Three certainly kicks his ass good -- by herself -- and probably the biggest reason is, [[ItMakesSenseInContext she has the foresight to wear a helmet.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans'' enters an interesting situation. Archie, who can't swim, gets knocked off a boat at one point. Despite wearing his life preserver, he is under the water for a while to see the giant sea creature down there.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TootAndPuddle'', any character seen riding anything such as a bicycle or go-kart is never seen without a helmet. As is typical for a series such as this, all such helmets have holes for the ears to stick out, in order to keep that feature distinctly visible.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'', it's discovered that Super Stuntman Steve is missing his in "Don't Knock the Noggin." Super Stuntman Steve thinks this is totally not '''''rad''''' because [[ThirdPersonPerson Super Stuntman Steve]] never rides without his helmet. Doc [=McStuffins=] would never think of doing so either.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/OzzyAndDrix'' has Hector skateboard without a helmet, giving him a concussion and causing a major blackout in his body, causing the titular duo to prevent him from falling asleep and risking his life. Since then, Hector has worn a helmet every time he skateboards.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonBooster''. Justified as they are racing on dragons at ludicrous speeds while swinging around weapons and thus the helmets are needed not only for head protection, but for their visors to see. Most helmets cover the entire head with only a small gap for the mouth, justified as they need to shout orders to their dragons. Some, like Moordryd's even have chin protection beneath the mouth gap. Hilariously the most ineffective helmet is worn by Phistus, the head of the very physical Grip of the Dragon crew, and is essentially a skullcap with spikes and a chinstrap. Artha's magically-generated armor comes with an attached helmet, while Moordryd's is possibly a subversion as his Shadow Booster headgear looks more like a tight face mask with a crest.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' justified their need for it -- their primary vehicle is a [[CoolPlane custom jet fighter]] -- of course they'd need em! Though they were cool enough (and given the villains they faced, needed enough) to be worn when they were on foot, or using their countless other vehicles (motorcycles, drill tanks, sandmobiles).
* On ''WesternAnimation/CreativeGalaxy'', Arty and his friends don't go anywhere on Arty's Creative Spark rocket ship without making sure to first "buckle up." Arty's shapeshifting blob friend, Epiphany, gets a pass because she doesn't ride on the ship, she just floats like she always does, traveling alongside the trip.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'': Brock reprimanded the Venture family for not buckling up, even while they were being chased, by threatening that they might end up like Gary Busey.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'', everyone buckles up in the trolley. Also, in "Daniel's Bicycle," Dad Tiger gives Daniel his old red bike from when he was a kid, spruced up, and the next thing he gives him is a shiny red helmet with blue straps. Later, Daniel places his blue plush tiger, Tigey, in the bike's yellow basket He gets a yellow helmet with blue straps. He also has a fantasy sequence in which Tigey has come to life and is racing him on a bike. In this, both of them wear sporty blue helmets.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PAWPatrol'', Rider normally has a helmet whenever he rides his ATV. The strange part is even ignoring the fact that [[TalkingAnimal pups]] are driving their own [[CoolCar custom vehicles]], they all wear seatbelts designed for humans. When actually visible, the seatbelts are buckled uselessly around their hind legs. If they actually were in a crash, they would be launched away as if they weren't wearing them in the first place.
* The animated ''Literature/LlamaLlama'' show depicts Llama and his friends Nelly Gnu and Gilroy Goat all wearing helmets while out scootering or riding bikes and wearing lifejackets while in a boat. All of them include the typical holes for the characters' ExpressiveEars to stick out of, as well as, in the case of Nelly and Gilroy, holes for their little horns. Curiously, though, Llama is helmet-free while riding his scooter in the ''Llama Llama and Friends'' book based an installment of the series.