Clearly not a hat to be trifled with.
A discerning hero/villain just can't be seen without their Nice Hat! Harming the nice hat
may be akin to kicking the dog
, with disastrous results
To show that you mean business
, it's important to have style
. Enter: the nice hat
. It may actually have utility — even conveying special powers
— but more often than not it just looks cool
, or even just sexy
Fedoras are the most common Nice Hat, probably because they inherently invoke 1920s-era Gangsterland
and Film Noir
we all know and love.note
Wizards have their own style
to worry about. Commissar Cap
is also a common enough version of this to have its own sub trope. The crowns of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs (since crowns
are always cool) make this Older Than Dirt
. In fact, the Cool Crown
as Requisite Royal Regalia
always overlaps with this trope.
of Costume Porn
A Super Trope
Compare Hat Shop
, Cool Mask
, Pimped-Out Dress
, Pimped-Out Cape
, Nice Shoes
, Coat, Hat, Mask
, High Class Gloves
. Often an important part of a character's Iconic Outfit
Has nothing to do with Planet of Hats
, unless it's taken to literal proportions.
- Donatello's David (in bronze and not to be confused with Michelangelo's David in marble), which is made all the more amusing when you realize he's only wearing the hat and boots.