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 to 1940s 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 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.