Trivia / Hat Films

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  • Approval of God:
  • Artist Disillusionment:
    • Downplayed. Ross and Smiffy have criticised fans that treat Trott the way that they do at conventions (swearing at him and insulting him), but are seemingly aware that fans aren't doing it out of spite and are copying the behaviour they see onscreen.
    • Ross has made his disdain known for ProblematicYogscast in one or two instances.
    • The subreddit became so cluttered with spam at one point that Ross repeatedly expressed his annoyance, as did Trott on occasion. The issue has since been resolved, however, and they're usually happy about it nowadays, bar the odd complaint such as calling their clip shows "lazy".
    • Trott's girlfriend Katie has expressed her annoyance with the trio sexualising people she knows, as well as the abuse she received at the hands of YouTube commentators when she tried to moderate a chat during a livestream. It eventually got so bad that she publicly vowed to never moderate any further streams and for a short while fans believed she'd outright deleted her Tumblr.
  • Big Name Fan:
  • The Cast Showoff: The trio are all talented musicians, and they often get to show off their skills. The trio sometimes compose their own music for projects such as trailers, while Ross is talented with the piano (but can't read music) and beatboxing, Trott is good at electric guitar and backing vocals, and Smith is talented with the guitar and vocals.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • They had a fairly notable growth in subscribers after doing official Minecraft trailers, although after that growth remained fairly steady.
    • Since joining the Yogscast in 2013, their viewcount and subscriber numbers have skyrocketed. For context, when they joined in mid-August they had somewhere around 290,000 subscribers- by the end of 2013 they had over 500,000. At the time of writing they have 836,000+ and are among the fastest growing channels in the network, behind Sips and the main channel.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Trottimus has a bit of a love/hate relationship with his Minecraft walrus skin; the walrus has become a beloved Mascot amongst their fans, the "Hatters", but Trott has admitted in several episodes that he's tired of being compared to the animal. The sheer flood of people spamming walrus pics on Reddit or Twitter probably hasn't helped.
    • Within days (or the span of two episodes) of creating Colin the annoying journalist, Trott went on to declare him the most annoying thing he'd ever devised for their videos.
    • Ross and Smith have been fairly open and critical about having been in very little of Trials of Derpulies despite having put two whole days aside to work on it. Given that they've had by far the lowest screentime out of the three teams, particularly for Episode 6, one can scarcely blame them for being so frustrated. Granted, it's unclear if they're being serious. Ross has gone on record to say that he enjoyed recording the show but has expressed extreme displeasure with how the editing makes them look moody, since it cut out them having fun.
    • When asked by a fan whether or not their attitude to any of their prior works had changed, specifically in a February 2016 livestream, Ross and Smith were very negative towards "From Ashes", saying that they found it a lot of effort for relatively little reward.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • While the Sirs will occasionally can a series if they feel it ultimately isn't generating enough interest or views, they work best on content they enjoy making, such as Rocket League, Stunt Lads or anything with Sips and Turps.
    • Their vlogs from their Summer 2015 trip to LA were recorded in June, but Ross insisted that they take the time to make as much out of it as possible and edit it so it looked as professional as possible. The first video came out in September that year, to positive fan reaction.
  • Fake American: Turps pretends to be American in the trio's "Stunt Lad Show", since he's playing an agent.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Fans of Hatventures and members of their Minecraft server have more or less embraced their given title "Hatters". Those who are fans of the trio, plus Sips and Turpster, have identified as "dick rippers".
  • Fan Nickname: Any time they team up with Sips (and Turps), someone in the comments will refer to the group as "Team SHAT(T)" or some variation thereupon.
  • He Also Did: Smiffy's past as a member of a bluegrass band was initially something of a surprise.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Despite playing somewhat immoral Corrupt Corporate Executives that harass the rest of the Yogscast in Minecraft, among other things, the Sirs are all good friends in real life and get on with the rest of the network very well. Smiffy in particular tends to play the Token Evil Teammate, but is as friendly as the others offscreen.
  • Name's the Same:
  • Old Shame: The Sirs are loathe to admit that there used to be four members of Hat Films originally, hence the name HAAT Films. Whereas Smith later replaced Nathan Asheman after he left (who the group are on good terms with and talk about positively), there is another unnamed member that they don't talk about. Given the fact that the anonymous person was inspiration for the "Director Trott" video, it seems that they had a bad falling out. They mentioned in later episodes that they did eventually reconcile with the unnamed member.
  • The Pete Best: Only the more hardcore fans remember Nathan Asheman, Trott and Ross' friend at university. He appeared for most of their initial sketches, but then left in early 2011 to be replaced by Smiffy. There was also another unnamed member of HAAT Films, hence the four letters, but he never appeared and was seemingly thrown out, causing the acronym to be shortened.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • For Trials, Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V, since they've been asked to help with promotion in the form of trailers and game promotion.
    • Trott is a fan of Red vs. Blue, and the trio were later interviewed by Rooster Teeth at E3.
  • Series Hiatus: The 2015 edition of Hat Pack was a regular series for the first twenty-four episodes, but then the group mentioned the possibility of it being livestreamed instead- which hasn't happened at the time of writing. This was delayed due to the trio's visit to the USA and recording bulk content for their absence, however, and by the time they returned they felt that fan response was lukewarm, plus they felt burned out on Minecraft. They've said that maybe more will be done in the future.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • Another Minecraft series called Minecraft Origins was supposed to be in production and the trio were also accepting applications from viewers who wished to try their hand in building for the series or voice acting for other characters. The idea was proposed in February 2012, but due to various events, such as the group recording other games and moving in together in a new apartment, Origins was put on hold. They officially announced it as cancelled in January 2015.
    • The 2015 edition of Hat Pack was a regular series for the first twenty-four episodes, but then the group mentioned the possibility of it being livestreamed instead. This was delayed due to the trio's visit to the USA and recording bulk content for their absence, however, and the series is now on hiatus.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Origins is clearly the biggest example, since they had announced it but seemingly didn't follow through with it.
    • The trio considered a The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim series, but felt that it would be boring to have one of them play while the others commentated. They then discussed the idea of having a highlights reel from each of their separate playthroughs, but this was sadly never pursued. They eventually did a similar one-off idea for Fallout 4.
    • Their Rocket League videos were initially just part of their "Havin' a Bash" series, but fan reaction was so positive that it has since become a regular series.
    • When asked whether they nearly had to end the video-making early on, Smith said that he nearly had to quit because his work was starting to clash with his job; the group ultimately chose to make Hat Films their day job and the rest is history.
    • When they joined Rooster Teeth onstage for E3 2015, the trio were meant to be playing Grand Theft Auto V with Ashley and some of the others, but numerous technical problems on RT's end meant that they simply ended up having an informal interview.
  • Why the Fandom Can't Have Nice Things:
    • Trott's real-life girlfriend Katie had to temporarily disable anonymous questions because of people sexualising the trio and then sending her abuse when she politely asked them not to. She eventually turned them back on.
    • As of November 2015, Katie came close to outright deleting her Tumblr due to a mind-blowingly stupid post that accused her of being insecure due to being harassed CONSTANTLY whenever she tried moderating Hat Films stream. She has also vowed that she will never moderate another Hat Films stream for the exact same reason.
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