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1Watching someone you know dying is hardly a pleasant experience. Having to bear news of a loved one's passing is also difficult. Just knowing that a close friend is dead carries with it incomparable pain. 께And if those people sport a NiceHat, there's a healthy chance that it's going to be on their chest rather than their head. 께Taking off one's hat in response to someone dying is one of the most widely recognized means of paying respect to the deceased. It tends to convey the message that the hat wearer [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness is truly shaken by the dead no longer being among the living]]. That the mourner is truly offering their sympathies to the deceased. 께The hat usually comes off after the mournee is dead (or is believed to be dead), but there are cases of hats being doffed if it's believed that death is inevitable and fast approaching or [[GallowsHumor because the mournee-to-be is undertaking a seemingly suicidal action.]]께Subtrope of DueToTheDead. 께Not to be confused with DeadHatShot, where a lone hat is used to convey the demise of the wearer. 께'''As a DeathTrope, be prepared for unmarked spoilers!'''께---- !!Examples:께[[foldercontrol]]께[[folder:Film - Animated]]* Zigzagged and PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird''. As King Harold drifts in and out of consciousness, Puss' hat repeatedly goes off his head and back on again. Ultimately played straight when Harold finally croaks.* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': The team hold a brief memorial service for the lives lost to the Leviathan, during which Commander Rourke takes off his hat. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out that he cares nothing about lives lost beyond his own.]]* As the climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'' nears its conclusion, the hat-wearers in the family doff their headwear as Hector starts to succumb to the FinalDeath. [[spoiler:He gets better, though.]]* ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'': After tossing Br'er Rabbit into the briar patch ([[BriarPatching just like he wanted]]), Br'er Fox takes off his hat out of respect. He then notices that Br'er Bear hasn't taken off his, so he swipes it off his head and forces it onto Bear's chest.* ''Disney/PeterPan'': After the TimeBomb he laid to kill Peter goes off, Captain Hook takes off his hat to "a worthy opponent", as does Mr. Smee. (Pan, of course, survives.)* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': The mice draw straws (actually, their own tails) to see who has to distract Lucifer while the others get breakfast. Jaq gets picked, and the others take off their hats to show they think it's a guaranteed death sentence.* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', one of Professor Ratigan's mooks pushes his BerserkButton by drunkenly calling him a rat, and Ratigan feeds him to his pet cat Felicia as punishment. After the impromptu execution, one of Ratigan's other mooks is shown holding his hat across his chest. * ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': General Rogard removes his helmet after the Giant intercepts the missile targeted at Rockwell and is blown to smithereens.* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': The dwarfs all remove their caps when mourning Snow White's DisneyDeath, as does the Prince when he arrives, before he administers the TrueLovesKiss that wakes her.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Film - Live Action]]* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Jack Sparrow's EstablishingCharacterMoment has him notice the skeletons of those who have been hanged for piracy, and (being a pirate himself) he holds his hat to his chest as a sign of respect.** Sparrow does it again at the end of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales'' after Barbossa sacrifices himself to take down Salazar with him.---> '''Jack:''' Pirate's life, Hector.* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', as Judge Doom prepares to dip Roger, a bar patron removes his hat in anticipation of what's to come.* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Indiana Jones is on top of a tank as it topples over the edge of a cliff. After it falls, Sallah, Indy's father and Marcus Brody rush over to the edge of the cliff and look down. Since it appears that Indy has fallen to his death, Sallah takes off his fez. * Near the end of ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', when the rescued crew of the titular submarine think it was destroyed (and their Captain and officers with it), they remove their caps and bow their heads.* ''Film/MoulinRouge'': Chocolat removes his turban after Satine dies.* In ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', TheAllegedCar lasts just long enough to get the boys to where they need to go before the engine completely dies. (It's one of the hints that they really are on a MissionFromGod.) Elwood honors the car with a moment of silence, holding his hat over his heart.* In the final scene of the 1933 film of ''Literature/DonQuixote'', after Quixote's DeathByDespair when he sees his books of chivalry publicly burned, all the men in the once-jeering, now-pitying crowd remove their hats.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Literature]]* In ''Literature/PeterPan'', the Lost Boys all remove their caps when they realize the "Wendy bird" they just shot out of the sky is really a human girl. Wendy [[DisneyDeath gets better]], though.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Live-Action TV]]* PlayedWith in ''Series/{{Batman}}''. In his autobiography, Creator/AdamWest talked about how they initially wanted Batman to remove his cowl when a character died in front of him as mark of respect, but it took too long to remove the tightly fitted costume piece on camera, so the idea was nixed. * ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The policemen chanting laments for the inspector who recovers the Funniest Joke in the World from the Scribbler apartment doff their helmets when the inspector dies laughing.* Played for laughs in the 1973 Creator/LaurelAndHardy homage ''Another Fine Mess'': As the DisasterDominoes the duo have set off wreck a luxury flat, a horrified Harry (the Oliver Hardy impersonator) takes his hat off and holds it across his chest.* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E84TheHunt The Hunt]]". After the two men burying the dog Rip put his casket in the grave, they take off their hats as a gesture of respect to him.* ''Series/TheTorkelsons'': In the episode "Swear Not By the Moon" where Dorothy Jane stars in her school production of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', in the final scene of the ShowWithinAShow, Lord Capulet and Lord Montague [[ItMakesSenseInContext take off their cowboy hats]] when they discover their children's bodies. * At the end of the ''Series/DadsArmy'' episode "Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel", Corporal Jones is able to knock out the SecretWeapon (a radio-controlled version of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panjandrum The Great Panjandrum]] by cutting off its radio aerial. The weapon topples on its side, causing Jones to say aghast, "Mr Mainwaring, I've killed it!" Funeral music plays and everyone takes off their hats and helmets.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Video Games]]* Parodied in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. In the promotional video "Meet the Sniper", RED Sniper is shown taking off his hat and bowing his head after stabbing BLU Spy with his machete. In the game proper, this is one of the Sniper's taunts.* In ''Videogame/{{Overwatch}}'', resident cowboy [=McCree=] does this as a victory pose.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Web Comic]]* Variation in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': after Lars dies protecting Agatha, Maxim gives up his hat for him to be buried with.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Western Animation]]* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': In "Band Geeks", Squidward trains several Bikini Bottom people for a marching band. The two flag spinners at the front spin their flags too fast, causing them to fly and then collide with a flying zeppelin to their deaths. The other marching band members hold their hats on their chest while the trumpeter plays "Taps". * In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' episode "The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains", Scrooge tearfully takes off his hat when he thinks Goldie has just plummeted to her death into boiling molten gold. This immediately [[MoodWhiplash allows Glomgold to]] [[GoneHorriblyWrong knock him out with a pickaxe to the head and capture him]]. * ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': In "The Rowdyruff Boys", the Mayor does this when [[EverybodyCries everyone in Townsville cries]] after the Powerpuff Girls are defeated and apparently dead.* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'': Parodied in "Flushed!", in which Mickey takes off his ears as he holds an impromptu funeral for his pet goldfish.* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyAndScrappyDooShow'': The episode "Scooby Pinch Hits" has a running gag of everyone taking off their hats whenever they mention "the late Casey O'Riley".* The Tom and Jerry short "Sorry Safari", Jerry takes off his hat out of respect when Tom's master got scratched up by a lion.[[/folder]]

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