Now defunct webcomic, located [[ here]], by Aaron Farber. In his words, "Men in Hats is the gripping story of 6 guys who stand around in the desert... talking... sometimes they have breakfast."

Mysteriously [[ScheduleSlip stopped updating]], which is partially the reason for the {{Hatedom}} who hung (and possibly still hang) around its forums. The man in a black hat of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' is based on (see alt text of [[ this comic]]) one of Men in Hat's protagonists Aram, sadist and general {{Jerkass}}.

!!This webcomic contains examples of:

* AuthorFilibuster: More often than you'd think.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Visited upon Sam.
* ButtMonkey: None of the characters are really treated well by any of the other characters, but Jeriah definitely wins in this category.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Mayor Jeb is an incompetent, corrupt hick, but he IS good at playing the politics game.
* CloudCuckoolander: Beriah.
* ConsolationBackfire:
** [[ Jeriah tells Gamal a story]] about finding a quarter and losing his book of poems that only gets worse despite Gamal's attempts to reassure him:
--->'''Jeriah''': Actually, the quarter turned out to be a worthless iron shard.\\
'''Gamal''': Oh, well... At least you still have your health.\\
'''Jeriah''': The shard gave me tetanus.
** In [[ this strip]], Gamal talks about fantasy novels. After Aram gets bored and leaves him, he tells the fantasy novel at least it still likes him. "Actually I don't," the novel says.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Parodied.
* TheDitz: Beriah, again. Subverted in one strip [[ here]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Jeriah actually kills himself in one strip. Of course, given the Negative Continuity of the strip, he's fine the next time he appears.
* EasyAmnesia: Mayor Jeb got amnesia after Aram hit him in the head with a brick to make him forget his plans for an invasion of the Middle East to throw peoples attention off his incompetent leadership.
* TheEeyore: Jeriah.
* FilmNoir: For a single page: [[]]
* ForTheEvulz: The only reason why Aram can ever be bothered to leave his TV.
* TheFundamentalist, HolierThanThou: Sam's a particularly brutal example of this, possesses almost no redeeming qualities, and not only does every other character hate him, it is implied many times that God hates him as well.
* TheHedonist: The last storyline of the comic involved Sam abandoning religion and instead turning towards more healthier pursuits. Which turned out to be BDSM.
* IAteWhat: Aram once sold Beriah some "special candy" for a hundred bucks, which turned out to be made of used batteries.
* IWillShowYouX: Played with [[ here,]] with the word being "converge".
* ItsAllAboutMe: Aram has perfected this down to a science.
* {{Jerkass}}: Aram.
* LeftHanging: The final strip leaves off with Aram trying to get Sam to switch back to his original Fundamentalist persona, because his current BondageIsBad personality is even more grating.
* MinimalistCast: There are only 6 characters, and the strip very rarely has any other setting than the desert the characters wander around in.
* NegativeContinuity: Among other things, the house, which is rarely shown, is burned down or destroyed multiple times, and several characters die at least once. None of these things are mentioned in the next strip. Rarely, however the strip will have a minor storyline. But none of the details will be mentioned again once the story is over.
** Gamal did grow a moustache that stuck around for a while before disappearing, but that's about it.
* OnlySaneMan: Gamal.
* OneShotCharacter: Ramath, the owner of the sandwich store only appears once, and is in fact the only other character EVER to appear in the strip other than the main 6 characters.
* PermanentElectedOfficial: Mayor Jeb.
* {{Pollyanna}}: Beriah.
* PrematurelyMarkedGrave: In [[ one strip]], Aram leads Beriah on a 3-hour walk. Beriah wonders what this "adventure" will lead to, which turns out to be an empty grave with his name on it and the epitaph, "Frankly he was rather annoying."
-->'''Aram''': This is where the adventure ends.
* SadistShow
* ShaggyDogStory: [[ this strip]]. Yep, Jeriah has a pretty sucky life.
* StraightMan: Gamal.
* StrawmanPolitical: Sam.
* SuicideDare: When Jeriah asks Aram for an opinion on a {{wangst}}y poem he wrote, [[ Aram holds out a knife and tells him to put it in his stomach]].