The act of wearing your freshly killed opponent's head on your own. Obviously reserved for the Ax-Crazy
types, but a few Crazy Awesome Sociopathic Hero Villain Protagonists
pull it off. Two variants: Wearing the skull as a helmet, or just the skin, as a cowl/mask.
Of course, the more acceptable version uses an animal's head as a hat. Very popular among shamans.
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- In Battle Angel Alita, the motorball player "Caligula" Armburst has a habit of cutting off the hands of someone from the audience and wearing them on the horns of his helmet as a good luck charm for the game.
- A Batman comic had the villain communicate with the heroes, who were stranded on the island to which a millionaire invited them, while wearing their host's face.
- Garland Greene from Con Air: "One girl, I drove through three states wearing her head as a hat."
- The Ur Example would have to be Herakles, who is often portrayed as wearing the Nemean Lion's fur with the heads matched up. Following this, most works featuring the Roman Army have standard-bearers with lion or bear skins wrapped around their heads (Astérix, for example).
- In Warhammer 40,000, one Ork Nob miniature from the Assault On Black Reach starter set is wearing a pickelhaube with a skull impaled on it.
- The minions in Overlord do this sometimes.
- In episode 7 of There Will Be Brawl, we learn that Kirby killed Daisy and wore her head. Kirby is their equivalent of Hannibal Lecter.