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A discerning hero/villain just can't be seen without their Nice Hat! [[HatDamage Harming the nice hat]] may be akin to [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]], with [[BerserkButton disastrous results]].

To show that you mean [[SeriousBusiness business]], it's important to have ''style''. Enter: the ''nice hat''. It may actually have utility -- even [[HatOfPower conveying special powers]] -- but more often than not [[RuleOfCool it just looks cool]], or [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn even just sexy]].

Fedoras are the most common Nice Hat, probably because they inherently invoke 1920s-era {{Gangsterland}} and FilmNoir we all know and love.[[note]]Sadly, it may be losing some of its cachet as it gets more and more associated with the [[EntitledToHaveYou creepier sort]] of [[DoggedNiceGuy "nice guy"]].[[/note]] Wizards have [[RobeAndWizardHat their own style]] to worry about. CommissarCap is also a common enough version of this to have its own sub trope. The crowns of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs (since [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning crowns]] are always cool) make this OlderThanDirt. In fact, the CoolCrown as RequisiteRoyalRegalia always overlaps with this trope.

A SubTrope of CostumePorn.

A SuperTrope to:
* CoolCrown
* CoolHelmet
* DashinglyDapperDerby / DastardlyDapperDerby
* FedoraOfAsskicking
* HatOfAuthority
* HatOfPower

Compare HatShop, CoolMask, PimpedOutDress, PimpedOutCape, NiceShoes, CoatHatMask, HighClassGloves. Often an important part of a character's IconicOutfit.

Has nothing to do with PlanetOfHats, unless it's taken to [[VisualPun literal proportions.]]

* {{NiceHat/Advertising}}
* NiceHat/AnimeAndManga
* {{NiceHat/Comics}}
* {{NiceHat/Film}}
* {{NiceHat/Literature}}
* NiceHat/LiveActionTV
* NiceHat/{{Manhwa}}
* {{NiceHat/Music}}
* {{NiceHat/Mythology}}
* NiceHat/NewMedia
* NiceHat/{{Pinball}}
* NiceHat/ProfessionalWrestling
* NiceHat/StandUpComedy
* NiceHat/TabletopGames
* {{NiceHat/Theater}}
* {{NiceHat/Toys}}
* NiceHat/VideoGames
* NiceHat/VisualNovels
* {{NiceHat/Webcomics}}
* NiceHat/WebOriginal
* NiceHat/WesternAnimation
* NiceHat/RealLife

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_(Donatello) Donatello's David]] (in bronze and not to be confused with Michelangelo's ''Art/{{David}}'' in marble), which is made all the more amusing when you realize he's only wearing the hat and boots.