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Nice Hat
aka: Cool Hat
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.

A Sub-Trope of Costume Porn.

A Super Trope to:

Compare Hat Shop, Cool Mask, Pimped-Out Dress, Pimped Out Cape, Nice Shoes, Coat, Hat, Mask. 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.

Examples


Naked in MinkOpulent OutfitsNice Shoes
Never BareheadedCranium CoveringsOnly Six Helmets
Impossibly Cool ClothesThe Utterly and Completely Definitive Guide to CoolNice Shoes
Never BareheadedCostume TropesNice Shoes
New Rules as the Plot DemandsRule of CoolNinja Pirate Zombie Robot
Never Smile at a CrocodileOlder Than DirtNoble Bird Of Prey
Names to Run Away From Really FastJustForFun/Tropes of LegendNice Job Breaking It, Hero
Ear WormOverdosed TropesPrecision F-Strike
Opera GlovesThe Edwardian EraPimped-Out Dress
The Little Black DressThe Roaring TwentiesPetite Pride
Koji YusaManga/Trinity SevenNinja
Eye CatchImageSource/Anime And MangaShaman King
Neutral FemaleWebOriginal/Manipulation Game Of FunNice Job Fixing It, Villain

alternative title(s): Cool Hat; Sweet Hat; Fezzes Are Cool
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