->'''Elmer Fudd:''' I will do it with my spear and magic helmet!
->'''BugsBunny:''' Your spear and magic helmet?
->'''Elmer:''' Spear and magic helmet!
->'''Bugs:''' Magic helmet?
->'''Elmer:''' Magic helmet!
->'''Bugs:''' Magic helmet...
->'''Elmer:''' Yes, Magic Helmet! Shall I give you a sample?!
--> ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc''

->There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found,\\
For when they placed it on his head, [[CreatingLife he began to dance around]]!
-->''FrostyTheSnowman''

Some hats serve more of a purpose than just [[NiceHat looking nice]]. Some even go beyond the mundane purpose of protecting the wearer's head. These Hats of Power grant some [[StockSuperpowers superpower]] or other special ability to whatever lucky chump happens to put them on.

Sometimes, this serves as a more vulnerable version of ClothesMakeTheSuperman (or at least MySuitIsAlsoSuper), since a super fedora is more likely to get blown off by a gust of wind than a super suit is.

May also be a HatOfAuthority. SuperTrope to HatOfFlight.

Compare WeaponizedHeadgear and GogglesDoSomethingUnusual. See also MagicalAccessory.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[KirbyOfTheStars Kirby]] gains a NiceHat whenever he gets an ability. Some of them are the source of his attacks, generally from the ElementalPowers.
* Chichi from ''Franchise/DragonBall'' had one of these in her first appearance. It had a spike it could throw like a boomerange ''and'' shot lasers.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The MarvelUniverse has the Serpent Crown, an artifact linked to an EldritchAbomination that gives wearers various powers. It's an {{Expy}} of the Conan artifact (see Literature, below).
* And let's not forget the Mad Hatter from the DCU. As the name implies, he is a psychotic supervillain with a range of lethal headware. His "normal" hat (if you can call it that) just lets him [[MindControl control people's minds]]; hats for special occasions include exploding hats, gas-emitting hats, hats that let you fly, and hats with hilarious pop-out guns.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" short, the sorceror's [[RobeAndWizardHat wizard hat]] gave Mickey magic powers. Or maybe it [[AmplifierArtifact amplified]] his own meager powers.
* The Hat from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite'' can summon demons from his magic fedora.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* In ''HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', an unnamed golden crown(The Crown of Bethmoora) allows its wearer to command the unstoppable Golden Army.
* The hats worn by members of ''TheAdjustmentBureau'' are what allow them to use their PortalNetwork.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'', the ''Tarnkappe'' grants the wearer invisibility. Fun thing: It was originally not a hat (cap), but an [[InvisibilityCloak cloak]] (cape). Due to changes of language, with ''kappe'' shifting its meaning from 'cloak' to 'hat', it became interpreted as a hat.
** In modern German, the name has become the word for all kinds of stealth technology.
* In ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen'', the Tarnhelm grants the wearer invisibility, shape-shifting, and teleportation.
* The ConanTheBarbarian novel ''Conan the Buccaneer'' features the Cobra Crown, which gives magic powers to the wearer.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}: Sourcery'': The Archchancellor's Hat has the memories of all the Archchancellors to have worn it and can confer that power/expertise on any wearer it deems suitable.
* In Creator/RobertWestall's ''Literature/UrnBurial'', one of the two helmets contained in the burial cairn of Prepoc allows the wearer to gain the martial prowess of the [[CatFolk Fefetheils]] war-leader; letting even a mere human move with the same catlike speed and grace and use the knowledge and tactics of long-dead hunter and warrior.
* In Creator/TomHolt's comic fantasy ''Literature/ExpectingSomeoneTaller'', the Tarnhelm (just as in the [[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung opera that loosely inspired the novel]]) grants the wearer invisibility, shape-shifting, and teleportation powers.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the ''{{Pixelface}}'' episode "The Game's Up", QM comes up with a hat of invisibility that renders the wearer invisible. The drawback is that the hat itself remains visible.
* [=SuperMagic PowerMan=]'s magical headband which grants him superpowers in ''TheAquabatsSuperShow''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5VonaNon5A My Hat]] by Anthony and Those Other Guys, his hat makes him look cooler, makes him look cooler, cooler than he actually is... and it gets him [[spoiler:laid.]]
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[[folder:Folklore & Mythology]]
* Germanic folklore had a helmet that grants the wearer invisibility.
* Russian folklore had an invisibility cap, usually activated by turning it backwards and otherwise looking perfectly normal.
* Several Greek myths also mention a cap or helmet that could turn the wearer invisible. The most common version has the helmet forged by the Cyclopes for Hades during the battle with the Titans.
** Other users of the invisible cap include Hermes, Athena, and the hero Perseus.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TableTopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''/''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has many of these:
** Caps
*** Healing Cap of Veluna: Priest/Cleric healing spells heal double normal number of HitPoints.
*** Nightcap of Vision: Can see in the dark.
*** Pileus: Gives wearer several powers allowing freeing of others from bondage.
** Crowns:
*** Circlet of Persuasion -- raises the wearer's charisma
*** Crown of Blindness -- causes the wearer to go blind
** Hats:
*** Hat of Difference: Can become another character class and gain ExperiencePoints
*** Hat of Disguise -- ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
*** Hat of Hatreds -- causes the wearer to take on the appearance of someone those around them hate. In addition, the wearer appears to be in a vulnerable condition.
*** Hat [[BagOfHolding of Holding]] -- Allows to pull out [[PullARabbitOutOfMyHat a rabbit]], [[HyperspaceArsenal two long swords]], a spare set of clothes... or whatever adventurers think they may need in the middle of nothing.
** Headbands:
*** Headband of Alluring Charisma -- raises the wearer's charisma
*** Headband of Inspired Wisdom -- raises the wearer's perception and common sense
*** Headband of Vast Intelligence -- raises the wearer's intelligence (although not as much as the name might suggest)
*** Headband of Mental Prowess -- functions in the same way as any two of the above three items
*** Headband of Mental Superiority -- raises all three mental stats (Charisma, Wisdom, Intelligence)
** Helms:
*** Helm of Comprehend Languages and Read Magic -- another ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
*** Helm of Telepathy -- and yet another ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
*** Helm of Teleportation -- ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin (the writers went for descriptive rather than creative names most of the time)
*** Helm of Underwater Action -- allows the wearer to see clearly and breathe underwater
*** Helm of Brilliance: Grants many light and fire based spell abilities
*** Helm of Darkness: Can cast darkness, immune to many attack forms
*** Harrowhelm: Grants psionic abilities
*** Skull of Death: Gives several death-based abilities
* The crown of Nagash from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' is a potent artifact, turning the wearer into a necromancer and granting him increased intelligence and magic power at the cost of "hearing voices" --as the crown has personality of its own. It's implied that the crown used to be ordinary, and gained its powers from spending several centuries on the head of Nagash, the great necromancer.
* ''{{TabletopGame/Munchkin}}'' parodies this with such items as the "Horny Helmet" and "Pointy Hat of Power".
* ''{{GURPS}} Magic Items 2'' features several kinds of magic headgear, but perhaps the best example is the Hat of Magery. It is a silly-looking pointy hat that turns a mundane wearer into a mage, makes those who are already mages even more powerful, and lets the user perform improvised magic. What should make players a bit wary of donning it is that it was made by an infamous mad wizard, who insists he created it as a ''practical joke''.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* In Toys/LEGOTimeCruisers, hats are used to pinpoint space/time coordinates for the good guys' TimeMachine.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* In the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series, hats served as MutuallyExclusivePowerups. In the first game, the jet hat allows Wario to fly, the dragon hat allows Wario to breathe fire, and the bull hat allows Wario to GroundPound while also strengthening his normal charge attack.
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', the Demon Crown is an ArtifactOfDoom which grants its wearer magic powers, as well as complete control over a QuirkyMinibossSquad and the frenzied Mimigas. [[GreatOffscreenWar At least one war]] was fought over control of this Crown.
* In ''KidChameleon'', various helmet/mask powerups enable the protagonist to transform into different forms with different powers.
* ''Videogame/{{Clonk}}'': In the ''DefenseOfTheAncients''-like scenario "Keepers", the Hunting Hat boosts your agility.
* In ''VideoGame/LastScenario'', Helio wears a speed-increasing hair ribbon, and Flynn has a beret protecting against some detrimental effects. Also, there are items like the Arch-Angel's Halo, which immunizes against all negative status effects and gives huge defence boosts, the Spring Hat, massively increasing HP, and the Crystalline Crown (automatically bestowing P-Shield).
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' has the Zap Cap, which allows the titular character to shock enemies in front of him.
* ''SuperMario64''[='=]s hats all fall under this, they're all power ups which give Mario different abilities like being made of metal, going through enemies and obstacles while invisible and flight, and you can mix and match them all. Heck, Mario's normal hat too, he takes double damage without it somehow.
* The titular cap from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' grants the wishes of its wearer. However, it can't show its full power without a lot of the so-called [[spoiler:Light Force that princess Zelda]] just happens to be full of.
* 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]]
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony:'' In "Rocks, Clocks, and Two Stupid Ponies", Applejack claims her hat (and possibly every hat in the world) is magic. In fact, she attributes all her success in life to wearing this hat. And Twilight Sparkle agrees that AJ's hat might pose a serious threat to her own unicorn magic. At no point does anyone elaborate on what this hat actually does.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* One of the magic types in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Hat Magic"]]. The main examples seen so far are message hats, used to transmit notes and gems from one hat to another.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In "WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc", Siegfried Fudd had a "spear and magic helmet", the latter of which apparently gave him power to summon lightning and storms.
* A famous ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' serial featured the Kerwood Derby[[note]]a pun on the name of then-popular announcer Durwood Kirby[[/note]], a hat that vastly amplified the wearer's intelligence. It's last known wearer was AlbertEinstein.
* ''MightyMax'' had a kid whose baseball cap made him the Capbearer, and apparently the guardian of reality or something. He used it to access a PortalNetwork around the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman'' was brought to life by a magic hat.
* An episode of ''{{Doug}}'' had the eponymous character find a hat that gave him amazing luck, which he became so attached too he would refuse to take it off even when getting a haircut. By the end of the episode it flies off to places unknown and everything returns to the StatusQuo.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', the family fights over a TinfoilHat that gives the wearer incredibly good luck. Anais takes it to the dump to destroy it, leading to a ''LordOfTheRings'' parody with Gumball as Gollum.
* ''Willoughby's Magic Hat'' is an odd 1940s cartoon from Columbia studios - it tells how Samson's hair was woven into a knit cap that gave the wearer super strength. Over the millenia it was a deciding factor in many historic events, and gets purchased by a little schnook of a guy who then faces off against a Frankenstein-like robot menacing a damsel.
* In one episode of ''TheBigKnights'', the knights are given hats that render them invisible.
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