* [[NorseMythology Odin]] had a [[RobeAndWizardHat wide-brimmed hat along with his cloak]] whenever he went out for a stroll or to impregnate Jotun women and so on.
** Mercury/Hermes from [[ClassicalMythology Graeco-Roman myth]] also has a hat like this. It may be partly this dress choice (along with the common interest in poetry) that led the Romans and Germanic peoples to identify Woden/Odin/Wotan with Mercury, on the face of it a rather odd match.
** Since Mat Cauthon from the ''WheelOfTime'' is an Odin {{Expy}}, he gains a really nice wide-brimmed hat in ''The Shadow Rising'' that he wears constantly even in battle.
** Similarly, Gandalf from [[Literature/TheHobbit Tolkien's]] [[LordOfTheRings works]] had his appearance directly based off of Odin, complete with the iconic traveler's hat. This is where the popular image of a wizard wearing robes and having a wide-brimmed pointy hat come from.
** Also in the wide-brimmed-hat club is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankou Ankou]], the Breton version of TheGrimReaper. Doesn't get much more awesome than [[http://www.ph-ludwigsburg.de/html/2b-frnz-s-01/overmann/baf4/bretagne/le_char_de_l_ankou%5B1%5D.jpg that]].
* SantaClaus' hat is basically synonymous with Christmas. His elves are usually depicted with neat hats too.
* The Japanese tale ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Hanako's big hat"]]'' gives us a FallenPrincess who is told by her dying mother to always wear a big straw hat [[spoiler: to protect her MementoMacGuffin, placed inside a small box hidden under it.]] Said hat actually saves Hanako's life when she falls into a river but a fisherman spots the floating hat and pulls on it, also pulling the half-drowned girl underneath. And Hanako always keeps it on when in public, no matter what people say, honoring her mom's last request -- even when working as a maid for a noble family, [[UptownGirl whose eldest son falls for her.]] [[spoiler: The parents of her beloved then demand her to do so, seeking to learn who she ''actually'' is before revoking their ParentalMarriageVeto. The MementoMacGuffin is discovered, Hanako's noble heritage is proved, and she [[EarnYourHappyEnding earns her happy ending]].]]