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->''"She doesn't 'just wear a hat.' She ''always'' wears a hat."''
-->-- '''An accurate description of Dina''', ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge''

A character always appears wearing a headdress of some kind, and never, ever takes it off. It doesn't have to be a hat, any kind of headgear is fine. Furthermore, it doesn't always have to be the same headgear, the point is that this character is never seen bare-headed. This gives him a certain mystique, since while it might just be that he wears the hat because he feels like it, the fact remains that we never learn what his hatless head looks like.

Please note that this is ''not'' about characters who usually wear a hat. It's for characters who ''always and without exceptions'' wear one. Maybe exceptions can be made if the character is seen hatless ''just once'', but no more than that, or if it happens very rarely and [[LampshadeHanging is made a big deal of]]. A good rule of thumb is that if it doesn't seem weird, when you think about it, that the character in question always wears headgear, then s/he doesn't qualify. So obviously a character that appears briefly in two episodes of a three-hundred-episode series doesn't qualify, even if his fedora was on all the time.

In some cultures, a hat is a mandatory article of clothing -- something you would no more leave off than you would leave off wearing pants. This may be required for only one sex, or for both.

Often overlaps with NiceHat (for characters who really like to show off their headgear) and PleaseKeepYourHatOn (for characters who really ''don't'' want to show off whatever is under the hat). Sometimes overlaps with TheFaceless. Contrast HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Urahara Kisuke wears his green-and-white-striped hat constantly. The brim usually keeps his eyes in shadow, and Urahara frequently uses it to help obscure the rest of his face. When someone knocks his hat off, Urahara is quick to put it back on, even if it has been damaged.
* Jigen, from the ''Characters/{{Lupin III}}'' franchise, is never seen without his fedora. Unless he's in disguise. It's actually been stated that he's such a good shot simply because he always wears it. He aims along the brim.
* In ''Manga/BlackCat'', the protagonist's partner, Sven Vollfied, never stops doing three things; wearing a hat, flirting and smoking. At one point the hat gets ruined, but he's got a spare prepared.
* From ''Manga/SgtFrog'', all Keronians have hats, usually a long-eared one with their personal symbol on it. One episode involved a notorious un-reveal when Keroro switches to a baseball cap after his hat is picked up by a toddler.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' we have several examples:
** Chopper, who always wears his pink hat (later a blue and pink cap).
** Usopp, who always has some kind of headgear on, his most iconic being the olive net-patterned cap.
** Brook and his top hat, which he switches for a weird crown-shaped hat after the timeskip.
** Surprisingly averted with the main character, Luffy, the only character (aside from Chopper) whose hat is actually important. His straw hat is his symbol, going so far that when he achieves fame, the World Government calls him "Straw Hat" Luffy, and his crew the "Straw Hat Pirates". It's Luffy's most precious treasure, given to him by his idol. And, as it turns out, [[spoiler:it was once the hat of Gold Roger, the pirate king.]] And yet, he's constantly seen without it, typically taking it off at the start of major fights and either setting it on the ground or giving it to a crewmate. Other times he wears the string of the straw hat around his neck instead of on his head.
** Killer, one of the Eleven Supernovas, never takes his helmet off, not even to eat. As a result, his favorite food tends to be what he can fit through the holes in his helmet, especially pasta.
* The title character of ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'', who would die if she removed her hat. It's hinted that her "hat" [[NotAMask is actually her scalp]] (which explains why removing it is lethal); in one issue where she was [[EasyAmnesia suffering from amnesia]], she tried to remove it only to find it fused to her head.
* Karasawa from ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'', who is always wearing a baseball cap.
* In ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'', Benitora always wears a bandanna.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime always has his trademark baseball cap on. The number of times he's seen without it is directly proportional to the number of formal outfits he's been put into over the course of the show.
** Red from ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' has had his hat off in only ''one'' chapter.
* Inspector Megure in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' is always seen with his iconic hat. In Episode 218/File 286, it was revealed that [[spoiler:he always kept his hat on so that nobody would see the scar on his head which he received many years ago in a case which involved his would-be wife]].
* [[NinjaMaid Sayoko Shinozaki]] from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is never seen without her maid's headdress, even when in her ninja outfit on a mission.
* Fujita from ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}'' never takes off his hat. It's the kind of hat that that guy in ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' wore.
* One of the theater troupe members in ''Manga/DanceTillTomorrow'' always wears a huge frog mask.
* Chiriri from ''Anime/BottleFairy'' always wears a hat or head covering of some type.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Jotaro Kujo's hat is such an integral part of his character that [[LongPants it seems to merge with his hair]] (or else the back half is shredded in such a way that it's impossible to discern from his hair). This works better in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Stardust Crusaders]]'' where his hat is black; in later appearances where he wears white, the hat seems to fade into his hair. And of course, he never intentionally takes it off, but it does get knocked off his head once or twice by enemies.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Molly Hayes from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' is almost always wearing some sort of animal-themed hat. She also said to like some of the superheroes' various hats and helmets (such as Black Panther).
* Jughead Jones from ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' is seldom seen without his signature crown-shaped hat.
* The title character of obscure Swedish comic book ''Bobo'' always wore a Tyrolean hat.
* In Swedish comic ''Comicbook/HermanHedning'', Herman always wears a helmet.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' almost never takes his helmet off. When he does, his head is always obscured by something else. The one exception to this was one time when he'd had his face changed into a completely different one.
* Cougar from ''ComicBook/TheLosers'' keeps his hat on.
* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'': Every single Smurf wears a white hat, except for Papa Smurf, who has a red one. They are rarely shown without a hat on, with Papa Smurf in the comic book story "The Black Smurfs" (and [[AdaptationDyeJob its English adaptation "The Purple Smurfs"]]) having his hat blown off his head when his laboratory exploded after being turned into a Black Smurf, revealing a bald head. In both ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' cartoon show and the film version of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute'', there were some instances where the younger male Smurfs took off their hats to reveal bald heads underneath.
* The title main character from the British comic ''Buster'' was never seen hatless except for the final issue. Apparently, he looks just like ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK under it.
* Some runs of ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' have depicted Loki this way, though as with many comic book characters it's DependingOnTheArtist (it's fairly established that his hair is short -- shorter than in [[Film/{{Thor}} the film version]], black, and pomaded back). The J. Michael Straczynski/Kieron Gillen era took this trope to heart, however, by depicting a Loki who wore his horned helmet and cowl even when shirtless and hammering at a sword à la TheBlacksmith. Current/Teen!Loki averts the trope, he pretty much only wears a circlet thingy, and even that only on missions [[spoiler:however his (possible) evil, future self was shown to wear the classic helmet]].
* ComicBook/DoctorDoom is about as likely to be seen without his helmet as he is to [[WickedCultured show up with a can of Budweiser and playing the kazoo]]. Occasionally he'll take the mask off, [[TheFaceless almost invariably when facing away from the reader]]. This is because, most of the time, he's ''horribly scarred'' underneath - either from the explosion that initially scarred him, or from putting on the helmet without letting it cool first - and his vanity won't permit him to go bareheaded and put that on display.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/AndyCapp keeps his on. Lampshaded in one strip, where a constable delivers the cap to Flo. Flo's reaction suggests that Andy hasn't been out of the house ever since he lost it.
* ComicStrip/BeetleBailey always wears either a hat or a helmet, except for EarlyInstallmentWeirdness when Beetle hadn't joined the Army yet.
* From the same starting artist, as the example above, Chip in ''ComicStrip/HiAndLois''. (Chip is Beetle's nephew, btw.)
* ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible even ''sleeps'' wearing his helmet. So does Helga, and pretty much everyone else in the strip who wears one.
* For many years in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}''[[note]]''34'' years to be exact[[/note]], [[NoNameGiven B.D.]] was never seen without some sort of helmet. He wore a football helmet at college, during his service in Vietnam, as a coach and as a pro football player, a soldier's helmet during both Gulf Wars, a policeman's helmet when he was a cop, and even riot gear at one point. However, this quirk disappeared when, on April 21, 2004, he lost a leg while serving in Iraq. His only reflections on losing the helmet was on July 31, 2004, when he thought the page quote to himself, and when he later reveals during a therapy session that his mother was very neurotic about safety, and made him wear protective helmets throughout his childhood, which resulted in him feeling naked without one as an adult.
* Swedish comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Elvis}}'' used to feature a character called Totte, who always wore a beret.
* Harry Dinkle of ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' never took off his band cap, except when wearing a helmet when helping with the school's construction. It wasn't until he retired from being the band conductor that he took it off... [[EyeObscuringHat and his eyes were seen.]]
* The title character from ''ComicStrip/{{Barnaby}}'' has a fairy godfather named Mr. O'Malley, who never ever takes off his hat.
* Barney Google, the original protagonist and [[ArtifactTitle still one of the title characters]] of ''ComicStrip/SnuffySmith'' always wears a hat. It was a top hat in the early days, but in more recent appearances he's leaned toward derbies.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', Lemon Zest of the Crystal Prep Shadowbolts always wears headphones.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The movie adaption of ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' has the character Norma perpetually wearing a red hat. When she gets her hair done, the device she's using wears it instead.
* In the ''Film/FatAlbert'' movie, Dumb Donald explains that he always wears his hat because [[TheFaceless the animators didn't give him a face]]. He is forced to remove his hat and discovers that he indeed has a face. When Albert's friends [[RealWorldEpisode return from the real world]], Donald had to put his hat back on because, in their fictional world, he indeed has no face (just two eyeballs and a mouth floating around his head).
** Also apparently, Fat Albert himself is never bare-''chested'' as when the clerk at the mall offers to help him take his sweater off to try on the new clothes.
-->'''Fat Albert''': Uh... I can't take my sweater off 'cause... [-I don't know what's underneath it-].
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Darth Vader always wears his helmet, since it's part of his life support system. Seen only twice without it: [[spoiler:the first time in a special pressure chamber, the second time dying.]] Though he is able go without it near the end in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed''.
* "Little Edie" Beale in ''Film/GreyGardens'' wears scarves and other head covers throughout the documentary, having lost all her hair to alopecia.
* Unlike the Creator/SylvesterStallone [[Film/JudgeDredd version]], Creator/KarlUrban's [[Film/{{Dredd}} Judge Dredd]] is never seen without his helmet (except for a brief view of the back of his head while he is suiting up). Urban actually insisted on this, as Dredd in the comics never takes off his helmet.
* ''Film/SomeCameRunning'': Bama Dillert ''always'' wears his hat. He sleeps with his hat. A violent fight breaks out when another gambler knocks Bama's hat off his head.

* In ''Literature/ElisList'', Eli always wears a Botafoga snowcap while she's awake and a nightcap when she's sleeping.
* In ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'', gangster Whitey Kroun got his nickname because he always wore a white hat, even as a teenager.
* Referenced in a poem by Spike Milligan:
-->American detectives\\
Never remove their hats\\
While investigating murders\\
In other people's flats.\\\
PS Chinese 'tecs\\
Are much more dreaded\\
And they always appear\\
* The gnomes of ''Literature/{{Gnomes}}'' have personal caps that they keep for life, sort of like the wands of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' wizards, and they never take them off except to sleep. A gnome would "rather be without his pants than without his cap," says the book. In one story, a misbehaving gnome's hat is held hostage until he changes his ways -- of course he can't just go get another one.
* Speaking of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', Professor Quirrel (after the first time we see him) is never seen without his turban in the first book. There are rumors that he keeps garlic inside it to ward off vampires. In the climax it is revealed that [[spoiler:Lord Voldemort is posessing him and his face protrudes out the back of Quirell's head.]]
* While wizards on the Litertature/{{Discworld}} may believe that a wizard is naked without his hat (and, conversely, ''isn't'' naked if he ''is'' wearing it), they have been known to remove them. Rincewind, on the other hand ''always'' wears his hat, and if he's somehow separated from it his immediate priority is to make a new one. After all, his {{Inept Mage}}ry is such that having a hat is basically the only thing that makes him a wizard.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Guinan is never seen without a ridiculously large hat on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', even in the wild west! Whoopi finally removed her hat in the TNG film ''Generations'', as an act of symbolism for revealing her past.
* In ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'', Alex kept her hat on. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAqxrHijNQw They even did a song about it!]]
* Nisu Uuno from ''Wremja'' always wears a ski cap and refuses to take it off.
* ''Series/MythBusters'': Unless he has a very good ''practical'' reason not to wear it, you're not very likely to see Jamie Hyneman without his beret. To the point that when a particularly fierce wind actually does blow it off, Adam is left slightly stupefied because something like that had never happened before.
* Over the course of three seasons of ''Series/RobinHood'', you could count the number of times that Much takes off his hat on one hand. It's actually a TearJerker when Robin ''takes off'' his hat for him in the very last episode. (ItMakesSenseInContext).
* Tenkaichi from ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' never takes his hat off, even when he's in the bath. One character attempts to take it off him when he's asleep but he wakes up and stops them the moment his hat is touched.
* [[GenderBlenderName Charlie]] on ''Disney's One Saturday Morning'' is ''never'' seen without one. Though you could always see her blonde locks.
* Frank Rossitano, he of the slogan trucker caps on ''Series/ThirtyRock''.
* All of the gnomes that are seen in {{Creator/Studio100}}'s Series/KabouterPlop series are never seen without their hats. Even when they are sleeping they are still wearing there hats.
* On ''Series/CornerGas'', both Oscar and Hank always wear hats (Oscar's green hat being considered his signature item by other characters). Hank has spent a couple of episode hatless for various reasons (trying to change his personality from a Virgo to a Libra, or having a good hair day for the first time in over 20 years), but Oscar's hat is a near-permanent fixture (Emma makes him take it off at the dinner table, and he doesn't wear it to bed or in the shower).
* Not a hat, exactly, but in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', a set of hair curlers is part of Doña Florinda's standard costume. No matter what time of day it is, or what's going on in the neighborhood, she always wears those curlers. More straight, Chavo and Quico are always seen with their hats. (Don Ramón has a hat, too, but he tends to throw it to the ground whenever he's angry.)

* "God wants you to wear a hat" by Series/TheWhitestKidsUKnow.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The Swedish Chef of Franchise/TheMuppets is rarely seen without his chef's hat, even when wearing non-cooking clothes like a tuxedo. While most Muppet action figures released by Palisades Toys that had removable hats were packaged with the hat off, all Swedish Chef figures wore the hat in the packaging (a requirement from The Jim Henson Company, who wouldn't allow the figure to have a removable hat if he didn't wear it in the packaging). One of the rare times The Swedish Chef was shown without his hat was in a sketch where he made some spicy sauce. After tasting it, the sauce was so spicy it caused his hat to fly off his head. His bare head is only shown for a second before the chef looks up and then faints.
** On ''Series/TheMuppets'', The Swedish Chef was often shown hatless when outside of the workplace. He's seen hatless for most of his scenes in the episode "Pig Out".
* On ''Series/SesameStreet'', Biff and Sully were rarely seen without their hardhats. Biff in particular has worn it at times when it would make sense not to, including a sketch where he plays a caveman, when in the bathtub in the "Do De Rubber Duck" number, and in an episode where Biff celebrates his birthday, he wears his hardhat underneath a party hat. Biff and Sully were both shown hatless in the number "We Coulda", where they imagine themselves having different jobs. Additionally, in the Sony/Loew's theater policy trailer "Don't Forget to Watch the Movie", Biff's hat falls off when he drills in the theater.

* ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'': "For instance -- we always keep our heads covered, and always wear little prayer shawls. This shows our constant devotion to God. You may ask, "How did this tradition get started?" I'll tell you! ... I don't know. But it is a tradition!" Later in the play, Tevye jokes that maybe the reason Jews always wear hats is because they're always being forced out of their homes and forced to move someplace else.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FZero'': Captain Falcon is only depicted without his face-obscuring helmet twice, if you win the GP in Master Class in ''F-Zero X'' and at the end of ''F-Zero GX''[='s=] story mode. Even then, in the case of the latter he faces away from the camera in the so you only see the back of his head. This is why it was a huge deal when, [[spoiler:during his HeroicSacrifice]] in the anime, his helmet flies off and his face is revealed. Other characters throughout ''GP Legend''[='s=] run were able to deduce his SecretIdentity and Falcon did outright reveal himself to one character, but his back was to the viewers then. Maybe that's because he was based off ComicBook/JudgeDredd.
* Franchise/ProfessorLayton. Though he does actually take it off briefly in the ending cutscene of ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLostFuture''. Even in flashbacks before getting his famous top hat, he wears a cap. Averted in the {{Flashback}} sequences of ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'', where his younger self has a massive and unruly mop of hair. [[FridgeBrilliance Which might be why he wears a hat all the time]].
* Seven of the nine classes in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' wear some kind of headwear by default. Scout, Engineer, and Sniper can be made hatless by obtaining hat-free items equippable in the headwear slot. However, the Soldier can only have his hat replaced by other hats while the Spy, Pyro, and Demoman wear hats ''over'' their balaclavas, gas masks, and knit cap instead of replacing them--their models don't even include that part of their head (or, in the Pyro's case, ''any'' of his head) under it. Although for Demoman, one of them is a FunnyAfro which is supposed to be his actual hair, so it has a headband to cover the part of his cap's model that sticks out under it. There's a reason it's called Hat Fortress. It is possible for some of the characters to not wear a hat. By wearing a No-Hat Hat. [[{{LogicBomb}} So it isn't a hat by properties of not giving a hat, but it is a hat, and it goes in the hat slot ....]]
* Marumaro in ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'' always wears a hat, which almost results in an AccidentalMarriage in Kelaso Village.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Wizard 101}}'', even your default clothes include a hat.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': According to ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', bad things would happen to Mario in the event he ever removed his hat.
* Masaru Daimon from the {{Danganronpa}} franchise always wears earphones.
* Charmy Bee in the ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series is never seen without his pilot helmet on his head.
* It would be a lot shorter to list the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' characters to which this ''doesn't'' apply, although in many cases the hair accessory [[HairDecorations is just a ribbon or a headband]]. {{Fanon}} has taken this concept and run with it--it's often joked that removing a Touhou's hat will kill them instantly. It's just that most things happen outside and there's a fairly small number of characters that consistently recur, so most characters are never seen bare-headed.
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'': Averted in Vivi's Salon, when Vivi grabs Lance's baseball cap and uses it as a [[BoundAndGagged gag]] to ensure that he can't scream during the painful "makeover". Also averted in some death scenes.
* In every main series installment up until ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', you were unable to remove the protagonist's hat. Particularly egregious was ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', which introduced the ability for players to [[VirtualPaperDoll dress their characters in a variety of clothing]], but still forced them to wear a hat of some sort.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'': Seimei is always wearing some sort of hat in all of his [[CharacterCustomization skins]].
* In ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', the mad doctor Faust is notable for wearing a brown paper bag over his head at all times, with the exception of his taunt in Guilty Gear Xrd where he shows his face to his opponent. But it is purposely hidden in shadow.
* Snips in ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'' would qualify, but who knows if that pink thing on her head is even a hat?
* This was enforced with Link in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' for a period. According to an interview, Nintendo gave the mangaka of the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda manga]] trouble because they had ''one scene'' where Link's hat is off. This has since been stopped as Link is depicted hatless in games such as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The llamas in ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'', appropriately enough.
* The entire cast of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is never seen without their helmets. In seasons nine and ten, most members of Project Freelancer are seen helmetless in flashbacks, but the guys from Blood Gultch still never take theirs off.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': Black Mage's NiceHat, which also [[TheFaceless obscures his face in shadow]] (except for his [[SupernaturalGoldEyes eyes]]). That's a good thing, since there's apparently something [[NightmareFace just plain]] ''[[HumanoidAbomination wrong]]'' with his face. He takes the hat off just ''once'' in the entire comic's run (though [[{{Unreveal}} we don't see his face]], and the poor sap who ''does'' get a look ([[spoiler:Onion Kid]]) is [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven insane]] by [[BrownNote the sight]]).
* Jameson from ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' is always wearing a bandana. He even has a spare for laundry day. In one arc the girls try to get it off of him, and when Jamie finally grabs it off she finds [[spoiler:another bandana. But under ''that'' they discover his big secret--he's almost completely bald.]]
* Dina of ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' is never seen without her trademark safari hat, even when sleeping or suspended upside down. In the entire series, she takes it off exactly once: [[spoiler:when she is about to die]].
* In ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'', Dina wears a dinosaur hat constantly.
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'':
** Rudy wore his cap even when hired by a theme park to live as a wild animal; i.e., naked.
** Likewise, Coney kept her bonnet on. In fact, the first time we ever saw her without it (after which she never wore it again) was many years into the comic. Rudy and Lindesfarne must not have seen her without it before either, because they were surprised by her [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Cousin Itt]] hair underneath.
* Black Hat Guy from ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}''. The only time he was bareheaded was when his hat was stolen (for about 2 strips).
** White hat and Baret guy too, especially the latter since he implies that his hat is stapled on his head.
* Mr. Mighty of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' always keeps his mask on, even when relaxing at home.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the Jägermonsters are almost never seen without a hat. In fact, hats are seen as objects of reverence, and a Jäger without a hat is hardly a Jäger at all.
* ''Webcomic/GirlsOfTheWild'':
** Choi Dal Dal never takes off her cat ears no matter what. They are detachable head accessories, though, as show early in the comic as an extra info.
** Lee Mi Nam is also never seen without his trademark cap.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Duck, a comic-book shop regular, is never seen without his baseball cap which acts as a EyeObscuringHat.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In his show that shares his name, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic never takes off his hat. A bit of RealLifeWritesThePlot, too: Doug Walker is prematurely balding. Most of his "modern movie reviews" usually have him wearing the Critic hat, too, as some people find his lack of hair distracting.
* Fraser from ''Webvideo/VideoGamesAwesome'' also almost always wears his purple cap unless he's costumed as a bald character. For some costumes, that don't include any kind of hat, he wears an identical cap in a matching color.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Linkara almost never takes off his NiceHat.
* Producer of ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'' Dan Murrell is always wearing a hat whenever he appears on the ''WebVideo/ScreenJunkies'' or ''WebVideo/MovieFights'' show. The one time he's not wearing a hat (because he was participating in a formal wedding ceremony), the comments section pretty much blew up with surprised exclamations about his (revealed) baldness.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
** Numbuh Five rarely takes her hat off; in "Operation: L.I.C.E.", when the Delightful Children replaced it with a decoy infested with mutant lice, she discarded it only long enough to get a new one. Other than that, if she takes it off it's in order to use it in some important way, like in "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-T.W.O." when she threw it to expose a hologram.
** Likewise Numbuh 2 is rarely seen without his aviator's hat. It was temporarily destroyed in "Operation: L.I.C.E." but he had a new one by the next episode.
** Lenny of The Delightful Children from Down the Lane pretty much always wears a football helmet. He only takes it off in one episode where it turns out he's a double agent. Said helmet '''[[NotAMask grows back]]''' after revealing he's a ''triple'' agent.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
** Edd always wears his black toque and gets very concerned about being seen without it. When it actually comes off (which is [[TheUnreveal never seen by the audience]]), [[TakeOurWordForIt the others seem shocked by what's underneath]].
** In early episodes Kevin never took his hat off, and even bathed while wearing it! He's usually still wearing it in later episodes, but will take it off if for normal reasons.
* Orko from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' never removes his hat, as part of the Trollan custom that they never show their faces to anyone except their one true love. When he and Dree Elle showed each other their faces, they were kept offscreen; only shadows were shown. In one comic book story, Skeletor magically disguised himself as Orko and blew his cover by taking off his hat. Even that was kept in shadow!
* The CGI kid racers in Creator/TheBBC's pre-school show ''WesternAnimation/{{Kerwhizz}}'' always wear armoured tracksuits with helmets.
* WesternAnimation/KickButtowski never takes off his helmet. He loses it in one episode (his head is covered with mud) and tries to find a replacement.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** There's Apple Bloom, who usually wears a pink ribbon in her mane, but has also been seen wearing one of Rarity's hats, helmets, a blue bonnet, and a bunny costume (both from "Family Appreciation Day".)
** Her big sister Applejack subverts the trope by wearing a NiceHat frequently, but still taking it off on occasion. A FunnyBackgroundEvent gag later reveals that the sisters have a whole closet full of identical hats and bows.
** Apple Bloom's nemesis [[KidsAreCruel Diamond Tiara]] has a CoolCrown that she never removes, even when she has to wear bunny ears too. The tiara even managed to stay put in windy weather.
* The four main kids of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' almost never take off their hats. In Kyle's case, it's to hide a really embarrassing Jewfro. Kenny never took off his hood, so no-one knew what he looked like until he finally took it off in the movie. Cartman, however, is frequently seen without his hat.
** Kyle's dad Gerald is always seen with his yarmulke or another hat, even in scenes when he's otherwise naked.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' villain [[HerrDoktor Professor Dementor]] is never seen without his helmet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', Buzz always has a purple helmet liner over his head that completely obscures his hair (or possible lack thereof), even in civilian clothes.
* Finn in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' always wears his [[http://adventuretime.wikia.com/wiki/Finn%27s_hat hat]]. He didn't take it off until the second season, for a gag that revealed [[spoiler: his long, blond hair.]] He has taken it off a few times since then, but he definitely prefers life with it on.
* Ralphie in ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' is always wearing a backwards baseball cap, only taking it off once or twice while sweating, or if the situation calls for him to wear a different piece of headgear (and even then he may still wear the hat underneath). He didn't even take off his hat when he got sick and confined to bed. Made even more bizarre by the fact that he's in an elementary school, which usually has rules against this sort of thing. He even keeps it in the reboot/sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolbusRidesAgain''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': Louise never takes off her pink bunny ears hat. She refuses to take it off during gym class. When she was a baby she wore a pink beanie. When her hat was taken away in "Ear-sy Rider," she wore a hoodie to cover her head.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'': Twister's brother Lars is almost never seen without his trademark gray beanie, and when he doesn't wear it, his head is usually covered with a helmet when skating. Lars is only seen once without his beanie or helmet on in the episode "Bruised Man's Curve".
* Rocky of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' almost always wears his aviators cap, even when wearing another hat. Pretty much the only time he doesn't wear his cap is when he's wearing a night cap. In the "Upsidasium" storyline, after Boris steals Rocky's cap so he can impersonate him, Rocky keeps his night cap on until he finds his aviator cap, and switches hats so quickly that he can't be seen without it. At one point in the "Burried Treasure" storyline, when the guards at a bank [[ItMakesSenseinContext think Rocky and Bullwinkle are trying to rob them]], Rocky throws his cap in the air and puts it on a stick, representing a flag. Rocky's bare head is shown for a quick second before cutting to a close-up of the cap.
* Launchpad [=McQuack=] from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' is rarely seen without his aviators cap. He often even wears it underneath a different hat (in some instances it looks like he's not wearing it under a different hat, until that hat comes off). In fact, how Launchpad looks without his hat varies on both shows. Sometimes he has a full head of hair, and other times he's bald, with only the hair that can be seen when he's wearing his hat. In the ''Darkwing Duck'' episode "The Battle of the Brain Teasers", when other characters pull on his hat they struggle with getting it off (though they do manage in the end).
* Raven from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' is almost never seen without her [[InTheHood hood up]]. The only time she's seen hoodless was in the episode "Laundry Day".
* Midgel from ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' is never seen without some sort of headgear.
* Dinky Little of ''WesternAnimation/TheLittles'' is almost never seen without his aviator hat, though he took it off for the majority of "Ben-Dinky".
* Dale Gribble of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' almost never removes his Mack cap. It's because he's ashamed of his baldness. On a couple of occasions when he's forced to remove it he tries to find another hat to cover it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' cartoon, Alvin is almost never seen without his cap. This becomes particularly obvious in the movie parodies, when he wears similar headgear appropriate to the character -- even Alvin-as-Franchise/{{Robocop}} has a metal version of the cap's visor sticking out of his helmet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheWorldOfDavidTheGnome'', a gnome never takes their hat off, as it's more taboo than being without their pants. It's based on ''Literature/{{Gnomes}}'' in Literature above.
* Yugo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' is almost never seen without his hat on. In fact, the only other people who have seen him bareheaded are [[spoiler: other Eliatropes.]] Underneath his hat however are [[spoiler: a pair of wakfu wings]]
* Unlike other incarnations of the franchise, [=RoboCop=] is never seen without his helmet in ''Franchise/RoboCop: Alpha Commando'', except from the back in the opening.
* Meg Griffin on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is almost never seen without her hat. In one episode we see her alone in her room brushing her hair with her hat off. When someone else enters the room she scrambles to put her hat back on with as much urgency as a naked person would scramble for some HandOrObjectUnderwear.
* Isabella Garcia-Shapiro of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is almost never seen without anything on her head, mostly using her pink hairbow. When she does wear a hat, people suspect her bow is underneath; this is proven in "Ferb TV" where she wears the red version of her bow under her beret.
** PlayedWith: Perry the Platypus doesn't wear his fedora in "pet mode," but puts it on as soon as he switches to his job as a secret agent. It's a RunningGag that his FriendlyEnemy, [[MadScientist Dr. Doofenshmirtz]], can't recognize him without it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'', Todd always wears his yellow skicap.
* Dipper Pines of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', who wears one to cover his embarrassing big dipper shaped birthmark. Although we do see him without it in a few scenes
* So far, Everest from ''WesternAnimation/PawPatrol'' falls into this trope.
* The children of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' who wear hats qualify, especially Arnold himself. There was even an episode dedicated to Arnold losing his hat and how strange he looked and felt without it. The reason why he's so attached to it is because it was a gift from his presumably dead parents.
* Dale Gribble from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' wears his orange mack cap to hide his deeply receding hairline. He is rarely seen without it and when he is, it's only briefly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama,'' [[HomeschooledKids Ezekiel]] wears his toque even while swimming. {{Fanon}} has often painted him as ridiculously attached to it; this is never really made clear in the show, but he's never seen without it until season 3 and after, by which point he's gone insane.

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* TruthInTelevision: Some religions and cultures require their adherents to wear certain headgear in some situations.
** A kippah (yarmulke) is a slightly rounded brimless skullcap worn by many Jews while praying, eating, reciting blessings, or studying Jewish religious texts, and at all times by some Jewish men. In Orthodox communities, only men wear kippot; in non-Orthodox communities, some women also wear kippot. Kippot range in size from a small round beanie that covers only the back of the head to a large, snug cap that covers the whole crown.
** Hasidic male Jews tend to always wear black hats in public.
** The keffiyeh/kufiya, also known as a ghutrah, mashadah, shemagh or (in Persian) chafiye, (in Kurdish) cemedani and (in Hebrew) kaffiyah, is a traditional Arab headdress fashioned from a square, usually cotton, scarf. It is typically worn by Arab men, as well as some Kurds.
** Sikh men wear their turbans whenever they're in public.
** Some denominations of Christianity require female members to cover their heads. The idea is that women are supposed to cover their heads while praying, and that one should always be prepared to pray.
** Some Muslim women cover their hair with a headscarf when in the company of most people (usually men who aren't related to them).
** Orthodox Jewish married women cover their hair with a headscarf/wig/hat/etc. when in the company of most people (usually people who are not their husband), as do some Jewish women of other denominations.
* Subverted by Creator/TerryPratchett. He was well known for his penchant for wearing large, black fedora hats, as seen on the inside back covers of most of his books, but he actually took them off now and then. It's just that when he did, people assumed that it wasn't Pratchett. Perhaps it's a reference to his ''Discworld'' series? A wizard without his hat is naked. A wizard with his hat is not naked, even when he is.
* Similarly, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has his peaked cap as a major part of his image and recognizability, but does not, of course, wear it all the time.
* Rapper Music/LLCoolJ is never seen in his music videos without some type of headwear on his head, most notably his trademark kangol hat. Even in the "Mama Said Knock You Out" video, his head is covered with a hoodie while he's rapping, as well as a towel when he's resting.
* Actor Creator/MikeOMalley, from ''Series/YesDear'' and ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Though he had a full head of hair early in his Nickelodeon career, his latter-day baldness has made him dedicated to the headwear and it's very rare to see him without a hat these days.
* Singer John [=McCrea=] of the band Music/{{Cake}} is never seen without some form of headwear. He appears to have an affinity for baseball caps.
* Alex Erian of Music/DespisedIcon has not been seen without a snapback hat since 2007.
* When he's not wrestling (and he hasn't for years), Wrestling/HulkHogan always covers his head with a bandana or do-rag, even a black option for [[https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/03/09/editor-testimony-stuns-hulk-hogan-trial/EHI5YZ7WWfHcplCFIlXPfJ/story.html testifying in court cases]].
* Wrestling/RandySavage was also known for headwear, usually cowboy hats or bandanas and like Hogan, was rarely seen without them unless he had to take them off to wrestle.
* Defied by many mothers and teachers. When their children or students won't take their hats off, they make them.
* The military of certain countries demand soldiers to wear their headgear, typically a beret, at all times when outside. Inverted when indoors and in certain events, where they're supposed to have them ''off''.