"I do believe you've killed my hat."
Want to get a good idea how dangerous the situation got or was? Why not getting your hat
cut into two, getting bullet holes in it, etc.
This is also sometimes accompanied with: "I just got that hat!"
characters might even throw their hats to test for booby traps or stick it out from cover only to pull it back in, riddled with bullets.
See also Wardrobe Wound
, Could Have Been Messy
, Close-Call Haircut
, Dead Hat Shot
, and Broken Faceplate
. A non-Fanservice Sub-Trope
of Clothing Damage
Depending on how attached the character is
to the headgear, this damage can easily serve as a Berserk Button
. To prevent this, see The Hard Hat
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Anime and Manga
- Bleach: Urahara provides the page quote.
- Starrk slicing a bit out of Kyoraku's hat - cutting him in the process - would be an indication the fight's going somewhere, were it not for the fact they then continue to procrastinate for some time afterwards. One of Kyoraku's dirty tactics is to throw his hat at Starrk to block his view, and then attack by slicing the hat in two, and in theory cut Starrk. The Espada is too quick, but the hat is definitely 'killed'.
- One Piece: happens to Luffy's straw hat, which was given to him by Shanks. Which was presumably given to Shanks by Gold Roger himself
- In Get Backers during his first fight with Kyoji Kagami, Akabane gets his massive fedora sliced at a small point in the front, though it doesn't anger him and only serves to convince him of Kagami's worth as an opponent. The slit stays there for the rest of the series.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie: Knuckles digs some tunnels to redirect a dangerous lava flow. He avoids getting burned, only for his hat to catch on fire.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, Vita gets her hat slightly shredded by a Divine Buster. She does not react well.
- Soul Eater: Giriko cuts Mosquito's hat while slicing the roof off the limo they were in.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: during the TYL arc, Reborn has been training Yamamoto in some swordplay. The final test is the former versus the latter using a Paintball pistol and his Katana respectively. After a few seconds of even-match sparring, the final blow is struck, and Reborn looks unharmed...until a rip appears on his hat.
- Ninja Scroll: Jubei's hat takes some damage early on, and it remains split for the rest of the movie.
- The "bullet through the hat" was sort of a trademark for Dalton brothers in Lucky Luke. This is also a plot point in one of the albums, although the Dalton brothers aren't involved.
- Happens in the Tintin book Tintin The Calculus Affair - Professor Calculus, coming back from his lab, had a bullet hole going straight through his hat, which he attributes to to moths.
- If you shoot Scrooge McDuck's top hat, he'll make you pay... the repair costs.
Film - Animated
Film - Live Action
- In The Diamond Age, when Hackworth gets mugged, his hat is horrendously damaged.
- Happens to Psmith during a shoot-out in Psmith, Journalist.
- In Peril at End House by Agatha Christie, a bullet hole in Nick's hat is one of the signs that someone is trying to kill her. Except that she's the one who shot her hat in the first place, in order to make it look as though that were the case.
- The Princess Ren is tackled in A Brother's Price and saved from a Booby Trap; her hat is less fortunate.
- The 1962 Polish book Piec przygod detektywa Konopki has an example of this trope invoked by a cowboy who wears multiple hats, stacked on top of one another. If someone would try to shoot him in the head, they'd instead only manage to shoot off one of his hats, eventually giving up on shooting a guy whose head, as far as they can tell, is all hats.
- Mark Delewen And The Space Pirates has Mark shooting the very large hat off the pirate captain.
Live Action TV
- First episode of Blackadder Goes Fourth had Blackadder toss the Lieutenant's helmet over the trench wall. The German solders riddled it with bullet holes, before Blackadder caught it on its way back.
- Happens to Benton Fraser, RCMP, in an episode of Due South. Played straight to begin with: a gun goes off, Benton falls, Ray takes out the shooter and yells for Benton... then this happens.
: She shot me in the hat
Ray: She shot you in the hat?
Benton: Yes. I can feel air coming in through the hole. (Sighs) I'll have to get my second-best one.
- Sandra burned Russell's hat in the finale of Survivor: Heroes vs Villains, but he only found out when the episode aired.
- In a season one episode of NCIS, Kate and Tony are trying (and failing) at the target range - they keep accidentally shooting the "hostage." Gibbs decides to up the stakes a bit - he tapes Kate's PDA to her "hostage's" head, and Tony's hat to his. Next scene, Tony's complaining about the bullethole in the visor. Becomes a Brick Joke in season three, when he passes it off to Ziva.
Ziva: I'm wondering why there is a 9mm hole in my hat.
- Episodes of The Avengers often ended with Steed and Mrs Peel attempting to repair the latest damage done to Steed's bowler hat.
- In Mash, Major Winchester has a life or death experience after the camp survives a sniper attack; everything is fine until Charles puts his hat on a hook, and it goes right through the bullet hole.
- Played with on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, when the groom at an Alice-In-Wonderland-themed wedding is fired on at close range by a robber who's shooting blanks. The blast of escaping air would have merely knocked the "Mad Hatter" hat off his head, except that its energy struck a button on the hatband, propelling it straight into the unlucky groom's brain. For once, Hat Damage caused death rather than substituted for it!
- In Power Rangers Zeo's final battle, King Mondo's defeat is punctuated by his mechanical crown coming off and rolling away.
- One of the many Tropes Examined By The Myth Busters. They found that it was impossible to actually shoot a person's hat off without also causing a fatal head injury, and the only gun to reliably take a hat off was a shotgun.
Adam: He's definitely not going around going, 'And then he shot the hat right off my head!', because he'll also be like, 'And then he shot the top of my head right off my head!'
- In Doctor Who, this is a Running Gag during the Matt Smith era, with the Doctor putting on new hats and River shooting them.
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Inspector Jack Robinson has his hat shot off his head in "Death on the Vine".
- Xena: Warrior Princess: In "The Xena Scrolls", Dr Covington's hat is shot off her head during the opening shoot-out.
- One The Far Side comic features a bunch of western bandits, remarking on the fact that one of them manages to get a bullet through his hat every single time they get in a shootout. The explanation: said bandit has a ridiculously tall hat.
- Another The Far Side comic takes the old arrow-through-the-hat example of this trope from Westerns and takes it to its illogical extreme: a panicked cowboy runs in, bringing a warning. "Indians!" Guess what's lodged in his hat.
- In the Spaghetti Western card game Bang!, the "Miss!" symbol is a hat with a bullet passing through it.