"Next time, lift your lid and you might see it comin'!"Hats can be cool, but sometimes they can indicate something more mysterious. That's where this trope comes in. A character wearing a hat that conceals their eyes can often be seen as suspicious, mysterious, or even evil. Oddly enough, the character usually shows no signs of being unable to see despite the fact that their eyes can't be seen. There are two variations of this trope (although they often overlap):
— The Engineer, Team Fortress 2 referring to the Soldier.
- The hat is tilted in a way that hides their eyes from others without a shadow.
- The hat casts a shadow that makes their eyes almost invisible.
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Anime & Manga
- The Undertaker of Black Butler occasionally wears his hat in this manner.
- Kisuke Urahara of Bleach is seen with both the variations, especially the shadow-casting one.
- Daisuke Jigen from Lupin III has his fedora canted downwards to obscure his eyes. Sometimes, depending on the artist, his eyes are covered in shadows, even when we should be able to see them, or aiming his revolver at someone. When the brim is canted upwards (very rare!), his eyes are easily seen, and he looks quite different. (Sometimes his eyes are seen to indicate surprise.)
- In Soul Eater, Patty Thompson sports this look while wearing a beanie in flashbacks. She and her sister sometimes do this with the peaks of their cowboy hats.
- Lewin "Lightning" Light from Ao no Exorcist, one of the True Cross Order's four Arc Knights, always wears a hat that does this.
- Lil' Slugger from Paranoia Agent.
- Genzo from Captain Tsubasa. Sometimes his hat cover the eyes.
- In The Hating Girl, the school bomber wears a knitted wool hat that covers his eyes and the horn on his head.
- Toshiyuki Karasawa of Daily Lives of High School Boys almost constantly wears his baseball cap that covers his eyes with shade. He wears it because of the nasty scar Habara gave to him when she was known as "Archdemon". However, sometimes his eyes can be seen through the shadow.
- In Natsume's Book of Friends Houzuki-kami's followers wear white wide-brimmed domed hats that cover their faces.
- In Tongari Booshi No Atorie, the Brimhats, a group of criminal witches that are known to use hats to hide their faces, specially their eyes.
- DC Comics' Phantom Stranger often has the "hat throws shadows" variety, even if the lighting is wrong for it.
- Pre-ninja Snake Eyes in the G.I. Joe comic. This was even done on the action figure depicting him this way — the figure had no eyes and instead there was a shadow painted over his face beneath his boonie hat.
- The Beacon in Big Bang Comics is a Captain Ersatz version of the Golden-Age Green Lantern. However, unlike his inspiration, he doesn't wear a mask — instead his identity is concealed by the shadow his miner's cap casts on his face.
- Beetle Bailey always wears his GI cap or helmet so that his eyes are unseen, even when sleeping and showering. In his college days, Beetle wore a cambered porkpie hat this way as well. His eyes have only been seen once. Lampshaded in a strip: the Chaplain tells Sarge to see things from Beetle's viewpoint. The following frame:
Sarge: (hat covering his eyes) Here's half his problem right here.
- In another strip, Lt. Fuzz notices that he can never see Beetle's eyes, and Sarge tries to scare Beetle from behind to make his hat fly off; it works, but unfortunately, Beetle is wearing sunglasses.
- Andy Capp has always worn his cap to obscure his eyes, even while Reg Smythe adjusted his character models.
- Gasoline Alley trash collectors Joel and Rufus always don these.
Films — Live-Action
- Officer Short Shrift from the film adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth.
- Sherlock Holmes (2009). The thug working for Lord Blackwood who tries tries to shoot Watson in the opening temple fight. Likely a sign that he's a Professional Killer (the hat pulled down is to obscure his face from witnesses).
- The Gunslingers Mad Dog Morgan, Ned Kelly, Captain Thunderbolt, and The Outlaw Michael Howe wear their wide brimmed hats low when robbing the wealthy Evil Brit Ranchers.
- In The Balanced Sword, the mysterious wizard Khoros's face is always hidden by the shadow of his hat, no matter what the lighting conditions or the angle you look at him from.
- Mat Cauthon of The Wheel of Time wears his hat this way after losing an eye, in a nod to Odin, described below.
- At the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, "Mad-Eye" Moody wears a hat that's tilted to cover his artificial eye. He then reveals that eye to Vernon Dursley just to scare the crap out of him.
- On Barney Miller, when Wojo reports a UFO, a Captain from the Air Force who wears his officer's cap in such a way that it obscures his eyes shows up to take his statement. Barney tries to peek around the brim.
- A frequent Fourth Doctor bit in Doctor Who. He favoured wide-brimmed hats and often used them to hide his face when secretly worried, scared or upset.
- Anne Bonny, as portrayed on Black Sails, often wears her hat this way.
- Whoever it is that Carly Simon sings about in "You're So Vain" wore a "hat strategically dipped below one eye".
Myths & Religion
- In Norse Mythology, Odin (pictured above) gave one of his eyes for a drink from the well of wisdom and wore a very wide-brimmed hat to conceal it. The hat part of Robe and Wizard Hat may come from this, via The Lord of the Rings.
- Many re-tellings indicate it is impossible for Odin to go without concealing his missing eye somehow.
- Bobbery from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door wears his hat in such a way to obscure one of his eyes. Vivian and her sisters also use this trope.
- Hazama/Yuuki Terumi from BlazBlue often tilts his hat. Most of the characters (and audience) can tell he's up to no good thanks to this.
- In Borderlands 2, one of the heads available for Gaige the Mechromancer is a newsboy cap (appropriately titled "Read All About It"), the peak of which hides her eyes (when viewing the character model on the title screen, either variant can occur depending on the angle her head is positioned).
- Flint from MOTHER 3 has a cowboy hat that achieves this. Turns out, he's bald.
- In Team Fortress 2, the Soldier has a helmet as his default headwear, and it was tilted in a way that his eyes aren't visible. While there are many hats the soldier can wear that can show his eyes, there are also other hats that also obscure them.
- Dawn of War:
- The Commissar is shown like this, all you see of his face is his nose, grim-set mouth and massive chin.
- The cover art for Commissar Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!), drawn in the style of overblown propaganda posters, often shows him like this, again emphasizing his Lantern Jaw of Justice.
- In Pokémon, Red, Hilbert, and Hilda invoke this trope in their sprite animations.
- Haken Browning of Endless Frontier manages to pull this off when he's depressed.
- Capcom artist Edayan seems to always have at least one character like this, as Roberto Miura from Rival Schools and Cracker Jack from Street Fighter EX have their eyes perpetually covered by their hats.
- Dark Souls has the aptly-named "Big Hat Logan". You can even wear his hat yourself, and on several character models it will surround the player's head entirely. The item description deconstructs the trope by saying that Logan wore it out of shyness and fear, rather than out of any magical benefits it gave.
- Concept art of The Batter from OFF shows that his only visible facial feature is his mouth, despite his in-game sprite displaying eyes.
- SNK poster boy Terry Bogard zig-zags this. There is plenty of official art with his eyes clearly visible underneath his hat, but all of his game sprites have said hat obscuring them. Even when he ditches the hat in Garou, you can't see his eyes due to his hair.
- Dust in Dust: An Elysian Tail wears a veiled hat covering much of his face through most of the game. Considering his tragic backstory, this may overlap with Hidden Eyes. Fidget mercilessly Lampshades this in a conversation early in the game. She's amazed he can see anything in front of him with his hat in the way.
- An update to The Walking Dead Season 2 edited a cutscene so that the brim of Clementine's baseball cap obscures her eyes should she choose to blackmail Rebecca in Episode 1/6.
- Blank from Final Fantasy IX wears a peculiar headwrap that involves a leather belt obscuring his eyes, complete with buckle. One wonders how he can see to do anything.
- Carmen Sandiego's appearance tends to change Depending on the Artist, but one thing that stays constant is that she always has at least one eye (sometimes both) hidden by her hat.
- Ananth in Johnny Wander is always drawn with one of these. Apparently Eye Beamshappens if he doesn't.
- In El Goonish Shive, Duck, a comicbook shop regular, always wears a baseball cap that acts as this.
- In The Whiteboard Swampy's eyes are usually covered by his baseball cap or a paintball mask with a dark visor. There's no more than a score of strips with his eyes visible (when he remembers of pending taxes or in bed). In 2011 Blinding Bangs appeared to easier tell hatless Swampy from Red.
- Dumb Donald of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids averts this trope. His knitted hat falls below his eyes, but he has made two eyeholes in the fabric to see through.
- Wade from Kick Buttowski has a knit cap that covers up his eyes.
- Averted by the title character of Secret Squirrel, whose hat brim almost touches his nose, but has two eye holes so that he can see.
- Mr. Lunt from Western Animation/Veggietales has a hat that obscures his eyes.
- The abnormally short gangster Rocky from the Looney Tunes Rocky and Mugsy cartoons has an absurdly tall hat which obscures his eyes.
- Some of Speedy Gonzales' pals have their sombreros over their eyes.
- Mr. Lazy in The Mr. Men Show has a hat that covers his eyes.
- Numbuh Five/Abigail Lincoln of Codename: Kids Next Door almost always wears her Tomboyish Baseball Cap over her eyes, though she can be seen without it a few times.
- The titular character in the Hanna-Barbera TV special "The Adventures Of Robin Hoodnik" had a hat that covered his eyes.
- In Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, one of the frequently-seen policemen (Muldoon) wears his hat low most of the time. Unless he sees a flying doghouse.
- Sloppy Smurf of The Smurfs wears a Smurf hat that completely covers his eyes.
- Square Bear on The Hair Bear Bunch.
- Poet's bowler hat dramatically covers his eye a few times in Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker.
- The singer Gabrielle has ptosis in one eye. She uses various means to hide it, including an eye obscuring hat on the cover of her Greatest Hits album.