Hat of Flight
Cool Hat or Cool Helmet that gives the wearer the ability to fly. Often has wings or helicopter blades. Rarely will anyone ask why it doesn't just fly off without its wearer... Compare Helicopter Hair and Hair Wings. See also Mercury's Wings. Subtrope of Hat of Power.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- T he Take-copter from Doraemon, which is so iconic that it's one of the few recurring tools even if technically its functionality is covered by other gadgets.
- In To Love-Ru, Lala's hat has giant bat wings and allows her to fly. Her entire costume (hat included) is a shapechanging robot named Peke, so the antigravity may come from the entire costume, rather than just the hat. Her Magnet-bot technology, which sticks things or people together would also allow the hat to stay on.
- The Argentinian comic (and a cartoon) Hijitus has the eponymous hero use a magical hat (about as big as himself) to transform into a Flying Brick.
- The eponymous beanie in the children's book Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie.
- The Flying Nun
- Linda finds a magical hat that allows her to fly in the Round the Twist episode "Copycat".
- In the Sid and Marty Krofft show, Lidsville, the evil magician Hoodoo has a top hat that turns into a flying machine.
- A Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode has Joel coming up with the "Beanie-Chopper" during the invention exchange, but to the Bots' disappointment it doesn't actually allow him to fly.
- In Calvin And Hobbes, Calvin orders a hat with a propeller on in, expecting that it will alow him to fly. There is an Imagine Spot of him flying with it. He is quite disappointed when he gets and and find out it doesn't actually enable flight.
Calvin: How do I look?Hobbes: Words fail me.Calvin: I'm not taking off. This is very peculiar.Hobbes: That's the word I was looking for.
- The Trope Maker is probably Hermes' winged hat from Classical Mythology, called the Petasus, though it was only 'winged' in that it had a wide floppy brim, and his power of flight came from his sandals. Nevertheless, because of Pop-Cultural Osmosis, he is now often portrayed with a flying hat.
- The Wing Cap from Super Mario 64.
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii: the Propeller Suit has a helmet with a propeller to use in flight.
- It also answers the question posed in the description, the Propeller Mushroom that gives you the power does fly away if you don't reach it quickly enough...
- Wario Land had a jet-powered hat as one of the power-ups.
- The 1992 The Addams Family videogame (based on the 1991 movie of the same name) gives Gomez a helicopter hat in certain levels.
- Barbara and her sisters in Rayman Legends use their winged helmets to hover, due to lacking the titular hero's Helicopter Hair.
- Propeller Knight from Shovel Knight has a very fancy helmet with a propeller that lets him fly, complete with handles.
- Risky's Hat in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse gives Shantae the ability to glide due to its large size and consequently fly whenever there's an updraft.
- In Basic Instructions, Rocket Hat's "superpower" is owning a rocket-propelled hat. The question of how it stays on his head is asked and answered — chinstrap.
- And as a backup, if the chinstrap gets cut, he can hold onto the (very subtle) brim.
- The eponymous Inspector Gadget has a helicopter hat. Why it doesn't fly away is actually shown, in that it usually has handles that he holds onto while flying, both to steer and prevent it from coming off.
- Verne is shown with one in the Back to the Future Animated Adaptation.
- The 'propeller beanie' (a beanie or baseball hat with a propeller on it) has become a nerd symbol. For example, Google gives its new employees ("Nooglers") a propeller hat in Google colors during orientation.