Pictured: The Man with the Yellow Hat
When a character is referred to by a signature outfit of piece of clothing that they wear. It is NOT just for any character who has a signature article of clothing; the clothing must be in the title of the work or else be part of the name the character is consistently called by. Often, no other name is even given for the person in question.
See also Clothes Make the Legend
, Everyone Calls Him Barkeep
, Iconic Outfit
, and No Name Given
. Compare The Noun Who Verbed
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Anime & Manga
- Luffy from One Piece is often called "Strawhat boy" and is the leader of the Straw Hat Pirates (despite being the only member of the crew wearing one). He even has it on his Jolly Roger!
- The Girl With The Pearl Earring by Vermeer.
- One of the members of the Elite in The DCU is called Hat, after his magic hat.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- During the first season, Bennett from Heroes was known as "the Man with the Horn-Rimmed Glasses", or simply "HRG", by the fans, the production staff and even the actor playing him. The use of the nickname/alternative name came about in the pilot, to preserve the surprise that the sinister Man with Horn-Rimmed Glasses is actually Claire Bennett's father.
- The Man in Black in LOST.
- Person of Interest. John Reese is always referred to as "The Man in the Suit" by the police detectives pursuing him and by New York's criminal underworld.
- PrettyLittleLiars where one of the main villains and Alison was simply "Red Coat".
- Raina, the titular character of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Girl in the Flower Dress". Other characters identify her by outfit (a whole wardrobe of slinky floral dresses) more often than by name.
- In Arrow season 1, the protagonist was called by most people "The Man in the (Green) Hood" or simply "the Hood" when not referred to as "the Vigilante". Mostly stopped in season 2, where he now is mainly called the Arrow.
- Ray Charles's "What'd I Say":
See the girl with the diamond ring
She knows how to shake that thing
See the girl with the red dress on
She can do the Birdland all night long
- Johnny Cash, "The Man in Black".
- Chris DeBurgh, "The Lady in Red".
- "The Guy with the Polka-Dotted Tie," one of the earlier song compositions of Jule Styne.
- This is inverted in the Logan Whitehurst song "The Villain Who Wears No Pants".
- The Beatles, "The Ballad of John and Yoko":
''The man in the mac says you've gotta go back, you know, they didn't even give us a chance.
- That Guy with the Glasses
- And derivatives like "That Dude in the Suede".
- Linkara called himself That Guy With The Hat when auditioning.
- That Chick With the Goggles.
- Welcome to Night Vale has The Man in the Tan Jacket, whose other features - aside from a briefcase filled with flies - are quite literally immemorable.
- As of episode 32, he has a potential name. Everett, Emmett, and Ernest are all mentioned.
- A Looney Tunes short titled "Boston Quackie" had secret agent Daffy Duck tracking down a MacGuffin stolen by the Man in the Green Hat
- An animated segment on Sesame Street about the letter V featured "the villain in the Panama hat" (who even referred to himself as that).
- Throughout the South Park episode "Woodland Critter Christmas," the narrator refers to Stan as "the boy in the red poofball hat."
- Pyramid Head from the Silent Hill series. Listed as "Red Pyramid" in the movie credits.
- On account of being an unnamed protagonist, the main character of the original Persona is most often referred to as The Boy with the Pierced Ear.
- Although they don't have official names, most of the mask-wearing characters in Hotline Miami are referred to by the name of their masks. This trope applies straight for the protagonist, who is known "Jacket" for his letterman jacket, and has become a semi-official name for him.
- Man in the Iron Mask (also a book by Alexandre Dumas and a few movies).
- Many figures seen in the famous Zapruder Film (the most complete and clear recording of the Kennedy Assassination) are known only by their clothing and possessions, most notably the Babushka Lady and the Umbrella Man.