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."
- 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 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage wore Red Mage's burning corpse as a hat. (Red Mage eventually got better.)
- If we allow Richard's kidney hat, we allow this Chopping Block comic.
- Used as a punchline at least once in Ctrl+Alt+Del.
- Richard of Looking for Group. He also sports a dashing kidney hat. "Made with real kidney."
- Belkar of The Order of the Stick, with YokYok.
YikYik: "He was a good father."Belkar: "But he made a better fashion accessory!"YikYik: "I'LL KILL YOU!"
- Scott demonstrates his fondness for horror in these two VG Cats strips.
- 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.