->''"[All right], I put on my robe and wizard hat."''
-->-- ''Bloodninja, "The Saga of Bloodninja"''

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[[caption-width-right:312:[[BadassLongRobe The robe is stylish]]. [[NiceHat The hat]] is ''[[HatOfPower magic.]]'']]

Magic users, especially in medieval fantasy, will almost always wear robes of one sort or another. The particular type of robe varies, and even those mages who eschew the robe tend to wear cloaks, capes, or (for more modern characters) trenchcoats. At least in part, this seems to be because the loose, billowy clothes look that much more impressive during a magic-induced ChunkyUpdraft or DramaticWind. Even the {{Stripperiffic}} costumes worn by [[VainSorceress nymphet sorceresses]] tend to have a few loose scraps of cloth fluttering about. On the more practical side, robes' light weight rarely [[ArmorAndMagicDontMix hinders any necessary magic gestures like heavy armor would.]]

On the other hand, nobody who wears a [[NiceHat pointy hat]] can be ''anything'' but a magician of some kind. No matter what, the pointy hat is a guarantee of magical power, or at least aspirations thereto. (The primary exception is if you're in the DeepSouth. They may have an "Imperial Wizard" leading them, but that's a ''way'' [[UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan different group]] there.) Depending on the setting, exceptions may be made if you are a [[DamselInDistress princess locked in a tower]] (this version usually has a ribbon of sheer fabric coming off of the top and is technically called a Steeple Hennin), some manner of [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnome]] (this version is usually red, and gnomes are generally magical) or of course, the classic DunceCap, but in such a case, a magic-user can be identified by the fact that their pointy hat has a brim, while the hats of princesses, gnomes and dunces do not. If it's your ''head'' that's pointed, you're reading the wrong trope; see ''Film/{{Coneheads}}''.

WizardingSchool students tend to wear a blend of this and whatever is considered that country's traditional school uniform; expect the more powerful teachers to do it straight.

The lesson you should be taking from all of this, of course, is that if you see someone wearing a pointy hat, then they will also be wearing a robe. This trope is a subtrope of NiceHat and BadassLongRobe, naturally. If the hat itself ends up being magical than it may be a HatOfPower. Very often this trope is accompanied by a MagicStaff. Sub-trope of StockCostumeTraits. See also WizardClassic and WitchClassic for character types who are especially prone to wearing this outfit.

It's often believed that the trope comes from the Norse god Odin's traveling outfit.

A SisterTrope to MysticalHighCollar.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Honami Takase Ambler, the Celtic magic-using [[CuteWitch witch]] of ''LightNovel/RentalMagica'', wears a black cloak and pointy hat over her school uniform as her business outfit. When she had to change from her casual clothes to her business one, she changed into her school uniform first before putting on the cloak and hat.
** In the {{Flashback}} episode to her time in a WizardingSchool, the other students also wore cloaks, but she was the ''only'' student wearing a pointy hat.
* Yuki Nagato's class in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' dressed her up as a fortune-telling witch for the SchoolFestival by means of a cloak and pointy hat over her school uniform. Haruhi hijacked the costume (and the wearer) for her own [[NonIndicativeFirstEpisode student movie]].
** As a highly advanced, probability altering alien, her predictions are all 100% accurate (much to the chagrin of some students).
** In ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Konata {{cosplay}}s as Yuki in the witch outfit.
* [[CuteWitch Yukari Sendou]] from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has a traditional style pointy hat worn at all times, including the swimming pool and beach.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' present a strange mix of uses and inversions of this trope:
** The full garb is apparently part of the uniform of the two {{Wizarding School}}s the main protagonist and the LittleMissSnarker attended. Several other characters appeared with the [[NiceHat pointy hat]] and it's a permanent part of [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Anya's]] clothing. There was also that child mage in the BadFuture.
** On the other hand, the ''standard'' mage clothing seems to be a [[AllEncompassingMantle long, billowing white cloak]] [[InTheHood with a hood]] replacing the hat. No ([[RedShirtArmy named]]) adult so far (except Stan) has worn a hat.
** An early conception of "conflict" between Negi and Evangeline was that she would refuse to take her wizard hat off. This never made it into the series.
** The important characters will usually wear a BadAssLongRobe (often tattered).
* Tsubame, from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', always wears a traditional "magician's cape", though without the pointy hat. Given his other favored attire is a tuxedo, and his comments about having gone to "the West" to study his magic, it's clear he's supposed to be a parody of/reference to the stage magician, instead of the actual HermeticMagic-using SquishyWizard associated with Western magic users.
* Ginger Bread from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' fits this trope, though he's only pretending to use sorcery; in fact, [[spoiler:the source of his power are spiders imbued with Sun Flames]].
* Oibore from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is not a mage, but his outfit (natty robes, a pointy bamboo hat, and a scraggly hobo beard) add weight to his role as TheMentor.
* Though the cape of ''Anime/YuGiOh'''s Dark Magician leaves much to be desired, he has a truly ''epic'' pointy hat.
** The Dark Magician Girl wears a SexyWhateverOutfit version of this trope.
* In ''Manga/WitchCraftWorks'', the main characters wear them so they can be invisible to regular people.
* Fabia Crozelg of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is a [[CuteWitch True Witch]] and normally wears a robe and tiny witch hat.
* [[ChildMage Shouta]] from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' is shown wearing a wizard hat and a cape in the opening for the anime. He mostly wears regular clothing during the series proper, though it's later revealed that all wizards dress this way when they get together (such as magic exams).
* From [[Creator/CoolKyouShinsha the same author]], Ronya in the one-shot ''Frau Rabbit'' wears a black cloak and hat. They're apparently standard witch attire since everyone identifies her as one on sight, but no other witches are seen in the story.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/JingleBelle's gal pal Polly Green, the Halloween Witch, wears the traditional witch's pointed hat.
* Franchise/TheDCU's Enchantress had a witch's hat, until the ''Shadowpact'' series took it away.
* Cyclone, [[LegacyCharacter the first Red Tornado's granddaughter]], wears a robe...thing and pointy hat, despite not actually being a mage. Her wind and air manipulation superpowers are nanomachine-based. It's a reference to her favourite book, ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange wore a flashy red cloak while Sorcerer Supreme and a brown trenchcoat after surrendering the office. No hat; but the cloak's collar had two distinct pointy extensions on it.
* The comic strip ''Wizards at War'' which featured in the [[BritishComics British]] AnthologyComic ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' used this trope on its main two recurring characters who were wizards and always fighting.
* There aren't many pointy hats on display in the DC ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'' miniseries, but at one point young Tim Hunter meets a gathering of trench-coated DC magic heroes which he describes as "looking like a perverts convention."
* Vaughan Bode's underground comix ''Cheech Wizard'' is a crude, dissolute fake whose wizard hat covers him down to his navel - he never takes it off, claiming if anyone saw who he was, they'd go mad.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Averted in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', where every person in Baravada, wizards and otherwise, wears the same kind of outfit: silky shirt and trousers. Except Bayanis, who does wear robes, but she's crazy.
** Well, crazier than all the other wizards, anyway.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Sorcerer's Apprentice section from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' features a particularly nice wizard hat. [[SorcerersApprenticePlot Just don't play with it while the owner's out.]]
** This appearance of Mickey is also one of the primary logos of [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. Sorcerer Mickey functioned as the mascot of Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo with images of him placed on the first five years worth of VHS tapes and the clamshells they came in (the tape programs opened with a "Neon Mickey" logo to start.) He began appearing in the 1986 version of the Walt Disney Home Video logo and then the second form of the ''Walt Disney Classics'' logo from 1988 until that line's retirement in 1994; that line included ''Fantasia'' as a release. (the Home Video logo was put on third string a year later, but still popped up every once in a while until 2006.) Sorcerer Mickey also is the mascot of Walt Disney Imagineering.
* [=SpongeBob=] wears one in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''. He is also [[ThePowerOfRock playing guitar]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'', Music/TheBeatles have a brief scene playing robed, hatted wizards keeping tabs on the movie's cast (themselves included).
* For some reason, the astronomers in early silent film ''Film/ATripToTheMoon'' are dressed in full wizard gear for a meeting.
* In the film adaptation of ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' (see Literature below), the wizards are never seen without their pointy hats -- except if bathing, when they have pointy plastic showercaps.
* The Rabbi (who is also an astrologer, alchemist and magician) in the silent movie ''Film/TheGolem'' wears a pointy hat and a robe, making him look like a textbook wizard.
* In ''Film/RipVanWinkle'', the strange dwarves that give Rip the magic brew (that puts him to sleep) are dressed this way.

* Somewhat inverted in Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TheImmortals''. Numair, the most powerful [[strike:wizard]] mage of his generation, is one of the seven people in the world who have earned the right to wear the black robe. He avoids doing so at every possibility - he finds it hot and itchy.
* The Literature/{{Discworld}} likes this trope. A lot.
** Rincewind has covered most of the Disc, usually at speed, and is prepared to leave almost anything behind to make a quick getaway, but the idea of being Rincewind ''without'' a pointy hat just breaks his brain. He needs it.
** Also somewhat subverted in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', when Archchancellor Ridcully's bath moves itself outside while he's bathing. He calls for his hat, but doesn't think of the robe yet:
--->'''Stibbons:''' You're, er, not sufficiently dressed, sir.\\
'''Ridcully:''' What? I've got my hat on, haven't I?\\
'''Stibbons:''' Yes, sir--\\
'''Ridcully:''' Hat -- wizard, wizard -- hat. Everything else is just frippery.
** This is a call-back to a similar incident in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'':
--->'''Ridcully:''' I would like to congratulate you on being properly dressed. You are wearing your pointy hat, which is the ''sine qua non'' of a wizard in public.\\
'''Stibbons:''' Yes, sir.\\
'''Ridcully:''' They say a wizard without his hat is naked.\\
'''Stibbons:''' Yes, sir.\\
'''Ridcully:''' Yet you are wearing your hat, yet are, in a very real sense, naked.
** The rest of the faculty were mildly scandalized by Archchancellor Ridcully's preference for baggy suits over robes when he first arrived at UU.
** According to Granny Weatherwax, most of witchcraft is "headology" (i.e. folk-psychology). This only works if everyone ''knows'' you're a witch, hence the black cloak and pointy hat. This results in Granny having to actually ''try'' to intimidate someone when she goes to a location where people can't recognize a witch on sight.
** Also worth noting: in theory, anyone can wear a pointy hat. But in practice, imagine what happens to such charlatans when they meet a person with the RIGHT to wear one.
** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', a Wizard's idea of going incognito (so people don't recognize that he is a wizard) is to wear a darker, less fancy pointy hat. And of course, the Dean, who gets... very gung-ho about whatever new idea has caught the wizards' fancy this time, has occasionally been spotted with pointy '' hair''.
** It's been noted in the Discworld series that pointy hats are pretty much hardwired into being a wizard, along with (at the very least,) deep seated distrust and dislike of other wizards, and a desire to build a tower.
* Wizarding casual dress in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series appears to be... you guessed it... a RobeAndWizardHat.
** Thanks to ethnocentrism, most wizards unknowingly dress in such horribly inappropriate Muggle clothing whenever they need to venture outside the wizarding world that they'd probably draw less attention by sticking to their wizard robes. [[http://B1nd1.deviantart.com/art/Muggle-Pants-25254504 A very funny exchange]] in ''Goblet of Fire'', for instance, involves an old man who has trouble differentiating between male Muggle public wear and female Muggle evening garb.
** The [[Film/HarryPotter films]] put Harry and company in a modern school uniform topped with an academic gown, possibly to avoid evoking {{Narm}} among the less fantasy-inclined members of the audience. All of the adults wear Edwardian/Victorian-inspired couture. The first film does feature all of the students wearing brimless pointed hats for the school feasts, mostly so the director can do an everyone-throws-their-hat-in-the-air-in-joy scene. An interview with Creator/ChrisColumbus revealed that early screen tests were done with Harry in robe and pointy hat over the rugby shirt, jeans, and sneakers he appears in on the US [[MarketBasedTitle Sorcerer's Stone]] cover, but it [[SpecialEffectsFailure "looked like a Halloween costume"]].
* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' contains this in places. Gandalf is a particularly well-known example, and may have revitalized the concept into the modern era.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' informs us that the reason for the robes is that wizards' lairs get cold in the winter, and Wizards short out electronics in heating units. They're also the required formal wear at White Council meetings, although those have specific meanings and a uniform aspect to them. It's also likely they've had that policy for a thousand years, given how long wizards live. Harry Dresden himself subverts this by trading in a robe and wizard hat for a BadassLongcoat. He doesn't actually wear a hat. [[CoversAlwaysLie The cover artist seems to want to spite the author's intent.]]
** Harry also subverts it by wearing a baby blue bathrobe to a Council meeting, because he's a smartass and flat broke.
** Possible further justification - Harry's BadassLongcoat is enchanted with magic-, fire-, and bullet-resistant enchantments, which are supposedly difficult to get right, and he mostly wears it for protection - why magic-up several sets of shirts and pants when you can just throw a robe over it for throat-to-shoes protection that rarely needs drycleaning. Of course, when a particularly hot summer hits Chicago, he ends up debating whether the protection is worth the heat.
* In the ''[[Literature/TheWorstWitch Worst Witch]]'' series by Jill Murphy, pointed hats and robes are fancy/formal dress. The students wear variations on their school colors of black and grey even in their off-hours. Including their [[PajamaCladHero PJs]].
* Belgarath the Sorcerer of David Eddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' notably avoids such things whenever possible, choosing instead to wear comfortable clothes that allow him to blend in. However, in those rare instances where he had to make a public appearance as 'The Almighty, Immortal Sorcerer, Belgarath!', he dons a white robe and staff to make sure everybody knows he's a wizard. (Keep in mind, the only people who've ever managed to get him to actually do that, is his busybody daughter, Polgara - and the combined might of roughly a dozen reigning monarchs.)
* The sorcerers and sorceresses in the world of ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' usually wear casual, if elegant, garbs (though the latter often opt for [[VainSorceress awfully whorely dresses]]), but robes-and-pointy hats suits do exist. They are traditional dress kept for special occasions, emphasizing their unity as magic users.
* Through ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'', magicians either forego hats entirely or stick to something scholarly or in courtly fashion, and on the rare occasion a magician wears a practical broad-brimmed hat, only Kulgan's, at the very beginning of the series, is pointy. Still, the almost-universal preference for robes is a dead giveaway for their profession.
* Subverted in ''Literature/ThePrincess99'', in that the wizards, er ''Crafters'' want to get rid of "old stereotypes" and "streamline their appearance", as put by Professeur Wilde. Most of them wear slightly altered suits or hats, with the more traditional Crafters wearing hats and robes.
* Played with in ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', where it is only the lesser magicians who dress as stereotypical wizards as a way to compensate for their lesser standing. The truly powerful mages tend dress like accountants.
* Although magic exists in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is apparently still the uniform of wizards ''in fiction'' in that universe, since when Arya tells her father she overheard people plotting to kill him and says they mentioned a wizard, he asks if the wizard was wearing a starry pointed hat and [[NotNowKiddo tells her they were mummers and she misunderstood]].
* Sorcerers in the ''Literature/LordDarcy'' Verse dispense with the symbol-marked pointy hat, instead carrying sigil-decorated carpetbags filled with ritual supplies and equipment. Robes are the pale blue of the Sorcerers' Guild, with white trim designating Apprentice, Journeyman, or Master status.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Fifth season - At the grand opening of his magic store, Giles is wearing a wizard's hat and robe. Buffy stares at him. A long time. He quietly, sheepishly removes it (but does wear it in a later Halloween episode).
* Baby Chris wore a cute little wizard robe for Halloween in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce,'' the Rangers have robes, each with a different design based on their element and color. As for the hat, the ''Megazord'' has one. Or rather, the top of its head is designed like one.
* In the third episode of ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', the title character -- who has mostly averted this trope by wearing typical clothes -- sarcastically argues that he should wear a pointy hat to convince [[KingArthur Arthur]] that he's a wizard.
-->'''Merlin''': He thinks he is so sharp. Even when I told him I was a wizard, he still couldn't see it.\\
'''Gaius''': Sometimes it's pretty hard to spot.\\
'''Merlin''': Maybe I should go around wearing a pointy hat?\\
'''Gaius''': I don't think you'll find one big enough.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' it is seen in the Wiz Tech episodes, but notably inverted in TheMovie, when Alex, Justin and Jerry wear combat uniforms that seem not only stylish, but actually practical, and look like something you'd see in a superhero film.
** Here's hoping that we'll see them in uniform again - perhaps even Theresa will get one?
** Alex and Stevie jokingly don a wizard hat and matching beards in one episode.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' - for an April Fools prank, the guys give Pierce what is purported to be ceremonial garb for his promotion in a New Age cult he's in, but is just a wizard robe and hat taken from the theater costume department, complete with a chocolate chip cookie wand to complete his looking like a cereal mascot.
* In ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', Hexenbeasts (the Wesen that inspired stories about {{Wicked Witch}}es) don't ''wear'' pointed hats; they use them as a sort of funnel to inhale the vapours from their cauldrons.
* The Sorcerer's Hat in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is based on the one from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', except that instead of having stars and moons as decorations, it has a realistic and moving image of a galaxy. It can be used to absorb magic, by having powerful magic-users disappear into it.
* In the ''[[Literature/{{Magic20}} Magic 2.0]]'' series, wizards in Medieval England wear these partly due to expectations and party due to it being a requirement for the [[RealityWarper Shell]] to recognize them as a user, thus allowing them to execute macros/spells with gestures and/or words. There are even specific requirements for the measurements. Another requirement is a MagicStaff or a MagicWand. In the third novel, it's revealed that some of these restrictions have been removed.

* Creator/NobuoUematsu's band, named after the eponymous ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'' Black Mages, utilize this type of garb for their stage costumes in some of their performances, most notably in the ''Darkness & Starlight'' DVD and the music video for "Neo-Exdeath".
* Music/GuidedByVoices' album "Bee Thousand" features a wizard in the classic attire on the cover.

[[folder:Myth & Legend]]
* OlderThanPrint: The original MagicKnight, [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse god]] Odin, was known for traveling around wearing... yes, a cloak and big hat. Probably the TropeMaker, as he was a major influence on the appearance of [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Gandalf]]. Also a justified case; Odin sold one of his eyes to drink from the Fountain of Wisdom and wore the hat low to hide his missing eye.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Howland Owl from ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' wore a wizard hat all the time, despite not being a wizard of any kind. As for why, perhaps Albert put it best: "He's got a point, but his hat hides it."
* The Wizard in ''ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}'' wears robes and a wizard hat, but he's a ''computer'' wizard, not a magic user.

* The EvilSorcerer in Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Sorcerer}}'' pinball wears a horned wizard hat and an ornate robe decorated with skulls.
* The summoning wizard in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Genie}}'' is dressed like this.
* In ''Pinball/MagicGirl,'' the BigBad Wizard wears a ragged purple pointed hat, while one of the player-selectable characters is a mage with an ash-grey hat.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Played straight and averted equally often in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', where Eldar farseers, human sanctioned psykers, and some Chaos sorcerers wear futuristic robes and hats, while other sorcerers, farseers, and all Astartes librarians wear the same battle armor as their non-psychic comrades.
** Similarily played with in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. Wizard clothes run the gamut from traditional cloak and pointy hat to shamanistic feathers and headdressess to ''naked''. Chaos sorcerers, on the other hand can, and often do, wear full plate armor. Heinrich Kemmler, the Lichemaster, has a version where the robe appears to be made of human skin and the hat is adorned with skulls.
* Common in early editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', though from 3rd Edition onward they've shied away from pointy hats in favor of a more DungeonPunk look. Not even [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Elminster]] wears a pointy hat anymore!
** An issue of ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine'', the D&D tie-in periodical, explained that gnomes wear pointy hats because they symbolize the power of knowledge in [[PyramidPower much the same way pyramids do]]: few at the top, many at the base.
** In 3rd edition and ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the trope is {{Justified|Trope}} in that armour interfered with the [[MagicalGesture gestures]] used in casting arcane spells, potentially ruining a spell at a crucial moment. That wizards tend towards the {{Squishy|Wizard}} and can [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards surround themselves in defensive magic]] without lugging around half their body weight in armour is also a factor. Some magic-users, like the [[MagicKnight warmage]] and Beguiler, are more capable in armour thanks to specialized training.
*** Wealthy enough wizards have a workaround in the form of [[{{Mithril}} mithral]] armour with enchantments to make it even more maneuverable; for bonus points, it can be [[DoubleSubversion glamoured to look like a robe]]. Wealthy and ''ProperlyParanoid'' wizards wearing pointy hats are probably wearing [[CrazyPrepared shrunken, polymorphed metal cones]] that will disenchant and shield them from any [[{{Antimagic}} Antimagic Fields]] they might wander into.
*** Robes are encouraged, but the pointy hat is not. You can adorn your head with magical crowns, goggles, masks, helms, and skull caps, but there is a single magical hat (A hat of disguise, more suited for a trickster than a wizard) in any of the source books out so far.
** 4th edition did away with the spell failure mechanics, but by default, wizards are only proficient in cloth armour, and have to invest feats to function in anything more robust.
*** Still, the artwork in the 4th edition books seems to be splitting evenly between flowing robes and exotic pants-and-shirt outfits that are only arguably more practical for combat. But the robes look ''awesome''.
** Speaking of [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Elminster]], the elves (who taught him) and the wizards of Dales (where he lives) prefer sane adventuring clothes. But "leading by example" works better if one's a fellow mortal in the mage garb rather than warrior-thief-priest''[[GenderBender ess]]''-divine agent, so...
** ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' boxed set reminds that the tactical considerations tend to overrule in more aggressive settings:
---> Typical orders for any crew, whether at sea or in space, are "Shoot at anyone who looks like a wizard". Of course, this often means that the man who looks like a wizard really isn't.
* Avoided in TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening and TabletopGame/MageTheAscension, thanks to its GothicPunk modern setting and {{Masquerade}}. The new RobeAndWizardHat is usually a trenchcoat and a punk haircut.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' subverts this trope. Mages can wear body armor--just like anyone else--and fire a gun--just like anyone else. Provided that their stats are high enough to allow the armor (mmm, encumbrance) and skilled at firearms (mmm, defaulting).
* ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms WARMACHINE]]'' mostly avoids this trope, as most warcasters prefer to go to battle wearing a full set of [[SteamPunk steam powered]] platemail. One's even fused to a HumongousMecha.
* Justified and enforced in ''TheDarkEye'', where the body of laws for wizards, the Codex Albyricus, demands this type of clothing (several sets for different circumstances and incantations) to make users of magic instantly recognizable to honest people, so "their righteous mistrust shall be awakened". Most civilized wizards will follow it to the letter as a matter of class conciousness.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Black Mages from the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series dress in blue robes and yellow wizard hats. Red Mages use a variation, a red tabard and a ''magnificent'' [[NiceHat red chevalier with a white feather]]. White Mages wear a white robe or poncho with blood-red triangles around the edges, which may or may not [[InTheHood include a hood]], occasionally with a set of Cat Ears on the hood as in the case of [[spoiler: Krile]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. Less commonly, the Time Mage class wear conical red hats with a star on them and loose-fitting robes and Summoners wear a phallic-headband-and-robe getup.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'' provides mechanical justification: Robes decrease spell failure chance for everyone, and a wizard who wears a cornuthaum gets intelligence and charisma bonuses. Anybody else will get a penalty, since non-wizards look silly with the hat on.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' features the Cabal, an all-female group of witches, who wear black capes and pointy hats. If the player manages to [[DefeatMeansFriendship prove themselves]] against the Cabal's leader, they unlock Witch Hats at the tailor for their own use. The human members of the Circle of Thorns also dress in robes. Some of them wear hats (not pointy, but still unmistakably magey).
* The Wizards in the ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' series wear these with a WizardBeard and MagicStaff for easy identification. Their {{Evil Counterpart}}s the Warlocks also have the robe and staff, although with a HighCollarOfDoom, skullcap, and BeardOfEvil. Oddly, both groups favour detached sleeves.
* Found in most [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMO[=RPGs=]]], and bemoaned by a music video made from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' by a wizard who asks (in the chorus) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z29Rk8814w "So why I ask, it just doesn't make much sense / for a man of my stature to have to wear a dress / I mean what may I enquire, were you thinking on that day / when you conjured up for a man like me a robe that looks so gay-ay?"]] Another video references the plight of Paladin healers being forced to wear similar outfits in raids to be effective healers. "''I only wore it once... and I was sexy''".
* In ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'', this was averted by the Human Mage unit, who wore a BadassLongcoat.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' is one MMORPG that manages to avoid this trope. The armor for spellcaster professions are usually coats and trousers, with occasional skirts or [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]]. There aren't any hats, but each profession does have distinctive headwear - theater masks for mesmers, scalp tattoos for monks, head wrappings for ritualists, etc.
* ''VideoGame/AsheronsCall'' also avoids this trope, as almost any character can wear almost any armor or clothing, and spellcasting is not penalized by equipment. However, for the first few years of the game, there was a loud group of players who complained that their mage characters were forced to wear armor because robes didn't provide enough protection and that they couldn't dress like typical mages.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', spellcasting tires you out, meaning mages tend to wear light clothing, such as robes, but nothing stops you from wearing enchanted armor (mechanical armor, like every other technological item, is bad for you though) if you strong enough to carry it without penalty (decently possible for chain mail, fairly hard for plate mail).
* Elta, protagonist of ''VideoGame/MagicianLord'', has the requisite robe and pointy hat until he turns into one of six different forms.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Justified throughout the series when it comes to robes, as they can typically hold more powerful enchantments than regular apparel. "Hats" are fairly rare, however, and in several cases, are replaced by wizard "[[InTheHood hoods]]" instead.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and to a lesser extent ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', there are spell efficiency penalties for wearing armor, essentially enforcing this trope. For those role-playing as casters (or any spell-heavy type of class) this reduces desirable outfits to robe & hood or regular civilian style clothes. Usually enchanted. (See also: ArmorAndMagicDontMix for a more extensive explanation.) Interestingly, the only non-armor wrist items for in ''Oblivion'' are the Wrist Irons you start the game with. All other items count as armor and lower the spell efficiency. They are the only pair in the vanilla game, though more can be found with the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion.
* Melody, the bath house keeper from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' wears one, even though she doesn't know any magic.
* There are magical Robes aplenty in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' related games due to the fact wizards and the like can suffer from Arcane spell failure if they wear armour, which is an indirect cause of SquishyWizard. Characters who draw their powers from holy sources can run around in full suits of armour with no problems, probably because they can rely on divine assistance.
** Sort of a DeconstructedTrope to many players and {{Game Master}}s, most agree that anyone telegraphing that they are [[SquishyWizard squishy]] by wearing this garb is guaranteed to be the first target of any intelligent creature in combat.
** And then Baldur's Gate rolled along and subverts it and provides Player Characters with ''no'' pointy hats to put on. But then still cameo's Elminster with one! Party mages have to settle for imposing looking hoods instead.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', magic users wear a robe and pointy hat, and the colors magically change upon their alignment. Good ones wear white robes with gold trim, and evil ones wear black robes.Neutral ones wear brown and grey robes.
** In ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'', the majority of outfits available to Wizards are robes, and there's a pointy hat that only Wizards can wear.
* Though the other wizards show up randomly, and have a variety of different looks, Mithra in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria'', the first one you pick up, the one that shows up in a cutscene and is the only non-random Einherjar you find, fits the RobeAndWizardHat description to a T.
* Selfi, the [[{{Tsundere}} snobby-but-cute]] [[CuteWitch witch]] in ''VideoGame/AzureDreams''.
* Amadeus the Magnificent, TheCasanova wizard from ''VideoGame/{{Trine}}'', is clad in this getup.
* Lillet Blan, despite being a "newbie" in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' sure dresses the part.
* In ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13'', a gamemode that comes up where one of the crew of the ship has been selected to be a space wizard, they use a radio and teleport to an area to get spells, and come back to the ship. When they come back in order for them to use their spells (Many at least)none other than a RobeAndWizardHat and a [[WizardBeard Beard]].
* Marisa Kirisame of VideoGame/{{Touhou}} fame wears a pointy wizard hat, though her robes are rather unstandard.
** The other (stated) magicians, Alice Margatroid and Patchouli Knowledge, both have robes (Alice's are colorful but loosely standard, while Patchy's are more like pajamas - justified by her tendency towards being ill far too much), but Alice has only a hair band, and Patchy's hat only has a point on it because she has a cresent moon shape attached to it.
*** And then there is Marisa's former master Mima, who wears a pointed blue cap with a sun on it and blue robes.
*** There is one more magician in the series - Byakuren Hijiri. However, she averts this - being one of the few characters in the entire series to ''not have any head decoration whatsoever.'' (take note that animal ears are being counted as hair decorations here)
* The Magikoopas in SuperMarioBros are dressed like this, especially Kamek from VideoGame/YoshisIsland and Kammy Koopa from VideoGame/PaperMario.
** Merlon's family and all Shamans from the VideoGame/PaperMario series and VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG respectively also share this trait, although they use hoods instead of hats.
* VideoGame/MightAndMagic mostly averts it for the game characters (as even the most SquishyWizard get to wear leather armor, there is absolutely no penalty for wearing a helmet or other supposedly heavy headgear, and there are, in fact, no equippable robes to be found), but plays it straight for many mage [=NPCs=] and enemies. VI's description for the one sort of pointy hat in the game handwaves its popularity amongst mages as a result of the 'conical shape attracting creatures of the spirit world', making the hat easier to enchant. Even so, it is not the best cloth-headgear to enchant.
* One of the special Items-of-the-month in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is the [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Jewel-eyed_wizard_hat Jewel-eyed wizard hat,]] probably the best hat for Mysticality classes (like with the chefstaves, power is not as important as the mysticality-related bonuses it gives).
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' actually references the trope namer in the description of the Wizard Robe. Nippon Ichi later references the second part of the trope in ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject'', by adding the item "Wizard Hat" with a similar description.
* In ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'', the pointy wizard hats have valuable int, dex and/or magic bonuses. The male mages all wear robes, [[RuleOfSexy but for some reason]], female mages are {{stripperiffic}}. They start wearing robes in higher job classes, though.
* Pretty much everyone wears some variation of a robe and pointy hat in the Spellcasting 101/201/301 series. In fact, depending on the game mode, [[spoiler: that's ALL the protagonist wears]], which is used for comedic effect on a lot of occasions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'' depicts all wizards in hooded robes, and some may opt to wear a wizard hat instead. It also makes a ShoutOut to the TropeNamer in the name of the achievement for picking up all the spellbooks.
* The uniform in ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', although only the teachers get hats, and the capes are slightly different for males and females.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' games, wearing armor makes it impossible to cast higher level mage spells (unless the character has the Natural Mage trait) so they usually end up wearing robes.
* Worn by the title character in ''VideoGame/{{Soulcaster}}'' and ''Soulcaster II''.
* Donald Duck tends to wear one when he's at Disney Castle, and not out adventuring with Sora in the ''[[{{Franchise/KingdomHearts}} Kingdom Hearts]]'' series. For good measure, ''his basic staff'' incorporates a robe and wizard hat into its design.
** Also, there is the [[{{KillerRabbit}} extremely cute-but deadly]] Majik Lapin in [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance KH3D]], complete with it's own top and cape. Not only just a powerful magician rabbit, it can also cast spells with each of it's '''ears'''!
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'':
** The CuteWitch ActionGirl Beatrice ([[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry no relation]]) wear this kind of outfit, even against big nasty monsters. [[spoiler:Later, you can get the set from her present-day remains.]]
** Big Hat Logan also fits this. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since he specifically designed the hat so that people couldn't stare at his face, and the wrap around his head was meant to muffle the insufferable dronings of his students. [[spoiler:You can get his hat as well after he goes insane and you are forced to kill him.]]
** [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII The third game]] has Karla, [[http://darksouls3.wikidot.com/armorsetgroup:karla-s-set whose getup]] is what you'd imagine a CuteWitch to look like after who knows how long of imprisonment.
* Deconstructed with Mystalvision the sorcerer in ''VideoGame/DragonWars''. Despite Mystalvision being a fairly major villain, his outfit only serves to make him look silly, and the game outright states that he "very much wants to look like a wizard, but has no idea what wizards actually look like."
* The titular character in ''VideoGame/SimonTheSorcerer'' games looks the part... except he's not an actual sorcerer but a snarky kid from our world, who keeps getting dragged into the magical one to fight [[EvilSorcerer Sordid]]. His pointy hat ''may'' be magical, considering he keeps his [[{{Hammerspace}} entire inventory in there]]. When he does finally learn to casts spells, his repertoire is limited to ''fashion'' magic. Which basically means he can change the colour of his Robe and Wizard Hat.
* Although otherwise not very common in ''VideoGame/EverquestII'', some of the legendary outfits for wizards come with a similar hat. The icon for wizards is a pointy hat as well.
* Played very straight with the wizards in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl'', heavier armor imposes penalties on spellcasting. This can be mitigated by raising the Armor skill, but even at max level anything heavier than ring mail will incur penalties. The usual armor for most magi is a robe, but armor made from the hide of a steam dragon or mottled dragon is similarly lightweight and provides better protection.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'', the sinister necromancer robes is one of the best armors in the game, easily outclassing most standard armors and roughly equal in protectiveness to the final armor. Before that, the robes you can obtain by joining the wizard groups are also fairly par to whatever regular armor you can obtain at the time.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', mages (with the exception of [[MagicKnight Arcane Warriors]]) are restricted to wearing robes not just because of class and stat restrictions (warrior armor has strength requirements, rogue armor has strength/dexterity requirements), but because wearing armor increases the wearer's fatigue, causing them to run out of mana/stamina more quickly, which is a liability for mages.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' eschews the fatigue mechanism but still has class and stat restrictions on armor. There aren't any classic pointy wizard hats in either game, but the mage hats actually ''in'' the games are...''interesting''. (The silliness of the mage hats are a [[MemeticMutation running joke]] in the fandom.)
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' features helmets with no class restrictions (apart from qunari characters), resulting in parties where mages may be running around in full-metal, enclosed helmets while simultaneously restricted to light armor robes. However, Vivienne's default helmet is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hennin hennin]].
* [[http://pokemon.wikia.com/wiki/Delphox Delphox]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' has what appears to be a long skirt of fur and arm fluff of the same color that seems designed to evoke a wizard's robes.
* Male mages in most ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games wear this, although the robe is more like a tunic, and they usually take off the hat upon promotion to Sage. In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' Miriel and Laurent both start out looking like this, and actually keep the hat no matter which class they change to.
* In ''VideoGame/FantasyLife'' this is the case of both the StarterEquipment for those that choose the magician life and the outfit obtained at hero rank for that job. Other magicians also have either a pointy hat or a robe as part of their outfit.
* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/FableI'': though the standard Will user's uniform is a robe-like tunic and trousers, magically focused players suffer no penalties from wearing heavy armour instead. Played for laughs with the wizard hat, which looks suitably mystical because it's a stage prop given to the hero by little kids.
--> '''Description:''' ''Some say wizard hats are specially designed to channel the mental energies of the Will. Others say they are specifically designed to look stupid.''
* ''VideoGame/TheMaidOfFairewellHeights'': A black set is part of the Magic Room. When activated, Marshmallow says:
--> "A Wizard's robe and hat! I'd love to try them on!"
* The Wizard in ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' pairs his robe with a Stetson cowboy hat instead, to match the rural theme of the game.
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretIslandOfDrQuandary'': The titular character, an eccentric magician who transforms the player into a doll and forces them to brew a magical potion to escape and turn human again, wears a dapper broad-brimmed top hat as a sort of modern variation of this trope.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'', of all things, gets in on the act with Limbo. While normally themed after a StageMagician, unlocking the Aristeas Helmet allows Limbo to have a more pointy piece of headgear. Add one of guns that shoot {{Fireballs}} or ChainLightning, and Limbo's own exclusive dimension-hopping gimmick, and he's by far the most wizardly of the cast.

* ''Webcomic/TheChapelChronicles'': In [[http://www.chapelchronicles.com/comic/9 Dumbledore Voodoo]], Chapel wears a wizard cape and hat and uses a wand to find her math homework by using ''Accio Math Journal''
* Used as an OverlyPrepreparedGag by Shiden in ''[[http://www.yoshcomic.com/latest.php?i=20080829 Yosh!]]''
* Used for a BreakingTheFourthWall gag in Webcomic/ElGoonishShive [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-11-13 here]], and a wizard's fedora and trenchcoat as the modern version is noted in the rant [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-05-30 here]].
* Though the party wizard doesn't wear a hat, Elan of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' puts one on when he's considering multiclassing to wizard. And while they don't wear ''hats'', pretty much any wizard, sorcerer, or druid in the series wears robes, including Xykon, Vaarsuvius, and Roy's Dad. A couple side characters do wear hats as well, such as the Oracle, and the Azure City teleporting wizard.
* [[CuteWitch Sal]] from ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' occasionally, especially for magic users' conventions, wears a {{Stripperiffic}} version with one button holding the robe together, and nothing but a fishnet top and a loosely tied skirt beneath.
* Worn by all the teachers in ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'' - including a striped referee robe and hat for the umpire of the magical sport Transmogritus.
* EvilSorcerer Kakralomino from ''Webcomic/TailsOfLanschilandia'' wears a blue robe and over-sized wizard hat (that he has yet to take off apart from a brief ImagineSpot). The latter has earned him the name "ol' pointy-hat".
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' is a parody of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'', so Red Mage and Black Mage dress in their respective robes and hats. The former often mocked for his hat with a feather, and the latter for his robe he gets after a class advancement that makes him look like some sort of jester.
-->White Mage: "Pardon me, clown?"\\
Black Mage: "Oh, this guy is ''not'' talking to ''me''."\\
White Mage: "You there, in the doofy hat and parachute pants."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The TropeNamer is the legendary tale of the man they call.... ''[[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/text/bloodninja Bloodninja.]]'' (Warning: NSFW)
* Wizards, sorcerors and their like in ''Roleplay/{{Adylheim}}'' tend to follow this trope, mainly because it's a cultural expectation though and the wizards's staff, robes and occasionally hat are considered to be part of the uniform.
* The Wizard of the [[Literature/SpellsRUs Spells-R-Us]] stories wears this outfit, although he's commonly called the Old Man and his new customers mistake it for a bathrobe.
* Both averted and played straight in the same video, [[WebVideo/ShinyObjectsVideos "Magiconomy"]].
* [[http://www.springhole.net/writing_roleplaying_randomators/wizardwardrobe.htm This random generator]] creates outfits along these lines.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'': Donatello wears these as part of his videogame sorcerer persona in the episode "[=SuperQuest=]".
%%* The {{inept mage}}s Tyrone and Pablo of ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' both wear one in "A Giant Problem".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The Great and Powerful Trixie, a stage magician who likes to put on airs of being a powerful wizard, wears a purple cape and a floppy broad-brimmed wizard's hat, both decorated with blue and yellow stars. In a mild exaggeration of this trope, in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E25ToWhereAndBackAgainPart1 To Where and Back Again]]" she even has a long, floppy nightcap with the exact same pattern and color as her hat that she wears when she sleeps.
** Starswirl the Bearded, the most powerful unicorn wizard in history and essentially the Merlin of the ''[=FiM=]'' world, habitually wore a deep blue cape and wizard hat decorated with yellow stars and moons. These were additionally decorated with small golden bells adorning the hem of his cap and the tip and brim of his hat. Twilight wore a similar ensemble on Nightmare Night[[note]]Halloween, essentially[[/note]] to emulate him, and [[spoiler:Starswirl himself was wearing the full getup when he appeared in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E25ShadowPlayPart1 Shadow Play]]"]].
** Sunburst, Starlight Glimmer's childhood friend, wears a blue cape dotted with light blue stars as an adult. Played with, in that he's not actually a wizard and can't use magic very well, but he remains a very knowledgeable scholar of magic lore.
* Leonard from ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' wears a business suit and wizard hat. Even when he dons a suit of plate armor to join Lt. Grimes in hunting vampires, he removes his helmet before the fight, declaring, "I fight better in felt!"
* Magnifo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' is designed to look like he's wearing a robe, and he does wear an actual wizard hat, as seen when it pops up. Mesmo wears dual wizard hats over his eyes like eyebrows. They're both part of the Wiztastics tribe, a tribe based around magic.
* Tooter Turtle on the ''WesternAnimation/KingLeonardo'' show visited the robe/hat wearing Mr. Wizard (a lizard) to magic him into one occupation or another.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The classical grimoires, the books which purport to teach ritual magic, often include detailed instructions for making and consecrating the special ceremonial garb required by the ritual. This includes (and is usually not limited to) robes and (frequently pointy) hats. Many of these texts date back to the late middle ages.
* Many of the higher clergy in the Catholic Church, most notably the Pope. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/Leo_XIII.jpg You can't tell us this doesn't get "Flowing Robe and Pointy Hat" points]]. Their original purpose was to be identified in a crowd easily and to symbolize their office.
* The Zoroastrian Magi of Persia are thought to have originated the pointed-hat look and symbol-covered robes, while the broad-brimmed hat and long white beard may be derived from Odin. The words "magic" and "mage" are derived from ''magi'', so there might be something there.
* A number of ancient Saka people from in central and east Asia were found by archaeologists buried in incredibly tall pointy hats -- which leads one to wonder just how far back this trope goes. The Saka were related to the above mentioned Zoroastrians, as they were both Iranian-language speakers. The Saka however did not wear robes, or at least wore trousers underneath them. Indeed one of the tribes of the Saka were called "Saka tigraxauda," or "Saka with pointed hats," by the Persians. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Tigraxauda.jpg]]
* Academia generates a lot of fuss about ceremonial garb. There are no pointy hats, but there are hats you're only allowed to wear if you have a Ph.D., and the shape and color of graduates' hoods have a long and very specific history that varies depending on the institution. And, of course, they're accompanied by robes.
* [[PlagueDoctor During times of plague in the medieval era, doctors "treating" plague victims really, seriously did wear big robes and hats]], presumably to keep skin-to-skin contact to a minimum. They also wore creepy-looking masks with pointy faces stuffed with aromatics to filter the air they breathed (to ensure they didn't catch the plague themselves) and also cut down on the smell; many had little glass lenses to see out of. They even used staffs to point at people and direct them, since their voices were muffled. The combined effect was like something out of ''Franchise/SilentHill'' -- especially when they were surrounded by all the rotting corpses. The only real difference in attire were the hats, while large and broad-brimmed, usually wasn't pointed. Mostly it was a flat and flappy hat that was a kind of a badge of profession for the medieval medics, and which looked rougly like a top hat that someone has sat on.
* The English style of headgear in the 17th century ran to high-crowned (pointy) hats, which became the stereotypical "witch's hat" in Halloween iconography.
* As far back as the 1300's, alewives (women who brewed and sold beer out of their homes) wore tall, wide-brimmed hats to denote their profession and make themselves more visible in marketplaces. Combine that with a bubbling cauldrons [of beer] and broomsticks (which were placed outside of homes to signal that ale was ready for sale/ consumption), and you get the stereotypical image of a witch.