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What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word [[TheJester jester]]?

It's the hat, isn't it?

Of course it is. That silly little hat with two or three cones made of cloth on top of it, bells or pompoms at the end, and usually with two or three colors.

Much like kings, castles, and knights, the jester hat seems to be synonymous with medieval times. However, contrary to popular belief, authentic jesters did not always wear this particular hat. For example, Will Sommers, Henry VIII's jester, wore a more poofy hat, like berets on each-other, with a cloth flower on top.

So, why is this hat so famous?

Some of this may be attributed to Stańczyk, one of the more famous jesters- or at least in Poland. Even then, his iconic hat wasn't a full example, being plain red instead of multicolored.

The hat itself represents a donkey--traditionally, the hat is worn with one flap forward, and the other two off to the side, representing the nose and ears, respectively. So the hat in a sense, represented how the jester would [[StealthPun make an ass out of himself]].
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!!Examples:
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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* Zazie Rainyday, from ''MahouSenseiNegima'', though her hat is one color, two flaps, no bells. It still has the design, though.
* One of [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Sakura's]] costumes, though it's like the above example.
** Also, more than a few of the Clow Card spirits themselves wear hats like this.

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[[folder: Card Games ]]

* Depending on the artist, this is what The Joker wears in a standard pack of cards.
* Found in MagicTheGathering in the form of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=2410 Jester's Cap]], a version of the classic hat with many flaps. Later, a joke set mocked the Cap by introducing the ungodly [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=9739 Jester's Sombrero]].

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Of course, [[ComicBook/HarleyQuinn Harley Quinn's]] iconic red and black hat, though it has two flaps and no bells.
* Merryman, leader of the InferiorFive, had one of those, though it was monochrome.
* Minor GoldenAge superhero the Jester (originally from Quality Comics, now owned by DCComics) wore one (single coloured however).
* ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} foe the Jester (no relation to the abovementioned character) also wears one.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheCourtJester'' sports a variation of one, two flaps, checkered, and with bells. Of course, he spends just as much time with it on as he does with it off.
* Friar Carl wears one of these as part of his jester costume for the masquerade ball where he and the title character meet Dracula in the film ''Film/VanHelsing''. He twitches his head to make the bells ring in the graveyard where they stash the Frankenstein monster, out of anxiety, [[RuleOfFunny for laughs]], or both.
* The imaginatively named Jester from the ''Film/PuppetMaster'' films wears this.

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[[folder: Folklore ]]

* ''Literature/TillEulenspiegel'' is a curious case. He originally didn't have one, going hatless or having a different jester hat. However, later adaptations and monuments have him wearing it.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The Fool from ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' has one of these. He also has bells on his hankerchief. Coming from a long line of jesters, and being sent to the Fools' Guild at an early age, he still remembers when he first realised that his outfit "had been carefully and meticulously designed for no other purpose than making its wearer look like a complete and utter pillock".
* Willard Phule, of Robert Aspirin's ''PhulesCompany'' picks for his military pseudonyms names that play on his own last name, starting as Lieutenant Scaramouche (fool character from Italian commedia dell'arte) before getting promoted to Captain Jester. He becomes so popular with his new troops that they adopt an unofficial patch for their uniforms: a skull with a jester's cap.
* The cover art for Alan Gordon's ''[[FoolsGuild Fools Guild Mysteries]]'' features figures wearing such a hat, and the main protagonists are a couple of professional jesters Theophilos (a.k.a. Feste from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night) and Claudia (a.k.a Viola from the same play). They are often depicted donning chalk makeup and costumes for performances.
* [[EdgarAllanPoe Edgar Allan Poe's]] short story "''The Cask of Amontillado''". During Carnival, Fortunato is wearing jester's motley, including a cap with bells. Poe repeatedly mentions the bells jingling throughout the story.
** In the same vein, his short story "Hop-Frog" features several jesters, all of whom "wore motley, with caps and bells".

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* The jesters in the Centauri court from ''Series/BabylonFive'' have hats almost exactly like this, for some reason.
* Timothy Claypole wears a traditional one in the British television show ''{{Rentaghost}}''

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The album cover for ''Cowboy Mouth'''s 1996 album "Are You With Me" features a pan up shot of a Jester with an iconic 3 coned hat. Although the photo is black and white (grey tones), the hat appears to be a dark and light color variation.
* ''TheGratefulDead Songbook'' featured a skeleton wearing a droopy green jesters cap with bells, and holding a lute; the image went on to become one of their best-selling t-shirts, and spawned countless fan-art variations.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In ''TheWizardOfId'', Bung the Jester always wears one of these.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* One of these appears on the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Fifth Doctor Adventures'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Axis_of_Insanity.jpg cover]] for the episode "Axis of Insanity".

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[[folder: Theater ]]

* Oddly enough, Arlecchino, that is, ''the'' Harlequin from ''CommediaDellArte'', occasionally subverts this trope in certain productions, wearing a hat more like [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Clopin's]] than the hat we all know and love.
* In some versions of ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', Feste wears this.
* Touchstone from ''AsYouLikeIt'' wears this in some productions, and is believed by some to be the inspiration for the semi-famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Reading-jester-q75-760x753.jpg reading jester]] picture.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The MonsterClown Dimentio from ''SuperPaperMario'' has a variation of this.
* On the subject of [[MonsterClown Monster Clowns]], Shaco from the ''LeagueOfLegends'' series of video games wear this in all five of his skins.
* Cicero from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' wears a variation of this, along with the rest of the outfit, after he kills a jester.
* Malcolm in the ''LegendOfKyrandia'' games wears one. In the third game, wearing a [[PaperThinDisguise leather jerkin]] and/or [[HeadPet a squirrel]] as a disguise will also remove the hat and cause fewer people to recognize him, despite no change in his loud yellow-and-purple sleeves and leggings. The jester hat seems to be the only thing most laypeople remember about him!
* Jester from ''[[DevilMayCry Devil May Cry 3]]'' unsurprisingly wears one of these as part of his outfit.
* Harle from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' wears one of these along side a full jester ensemble.
* The [[http://rune-nifelheim.com/db/items/collection/5003.gif Joker Jester]] [[NiceHat hat]] in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline''.
* [[VillainousHarlequin Evil court jesters]] [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Zorn and Thorn]] from ''Videogame/FinalFantasyIX''.
* Several of the Acrobat-exclusive headgears in ''{{FlyFF}}''.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* These frequently show up in ''{{Homestuck}}''.
* Maytag wears a green cap in ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'' as part of her everyday outfit.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''AliasTheJester'' has a traditional hat.
* [[KingOfTheHill Bobby Hill]] sports one in "Joust Like a Woman", though it's hard to tell whether or not there are any bells..
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Homer talks a couple of late-middle-aged hippies into going on a "good old fashioned freak-out" he wears one of these while freaking the normals.
---> Have no fear, the Cosmic Fool is here, to blow the lid off your conformist button-down world!
* The aptly named Jester from ''JaneAndTheDragon'' wears a variation of this, like the anime examples above.
* In Disney's ''[[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'', the points of the King of Fools crown droop and have bells on the end like the flaps of a jester's cap.
* BugsBunny wears one, with two flaps that fit over his ears, in "Knighty Knight Bugs".
* In the "Steadfast Tin Soldier" segment from [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Fantasia 2000]], the jack-in-the-box wears a harlequin hat to cover the fact that he's bald.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] has an interesting variation that she wears in the second half of the Season 3 premiere; five colors and two flaps. [[note]] The hat is green, and the flaps are purple and blue for the right and orange and yellow for the left.[[/note]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* As it's been mentioned before, jesters commonly wore these, though they weren't always multicolored.
* The hat is almost as synonymous with Mardi Gras as it is with medieval times.
* The members of the [[http://statenisland.pastperfect-online.com/00039cgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=15708631-34B3-4FFD-91EE-550322395790;type=101 Staten Island Quartett Club]] ''[sic]'' sported these, though they had four flaps.
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