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The act of wearing your freshly killed opponent's head on your own. Obviously reserved for the Ax-Crazy types, but a few Sociopathic Hero Villain Protagonists pull it off via Success Through Insanity. Two variants: Wearing the skull as a helmet, or just the skin, as a cowl/mask.

Of course, the more acceptable version uses an animal's head as a hat. Very popular among shamans. Compare Nemean Skinning, where the slain animal's whole pelt is used as a cape or cowl. See also Skeletons in the Coat Closet.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Battle Angel Alita, the motorball player "Caligula" Armburst has a habit of cutting off the hands of someone from the audience and wearing them on the horns of his helmet as a good luck charm for the game.

    Comic Books 
  • A Batman comic had the villain communicate with the heroes, who were stranded on the island to which a millionaire invited them, while wearing their host's face.
  • The Latter Days arc of Cerebus the Aardvark contains a themed variant. Cerebus spends several issues' worth of time in the disguise of "Spore" (a parody of Spawn), and wears the skulls of two dead Cirinists on his shoulders (a take on the skull-shaped clasps of Spawn's cape).

  • Garland Greene from Con Air: "One girl, I drove through three states wearing her head as a hat."

  • The Ur-Example would have to be Herakles, who is often portrayed as wearing the Nemean Lion's fur with the heads matched up. Following this, most works featuring the Roman Army have standard-bearers with lion or bear skins wrapped around their heads (Asterix, for example).

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Warhammer 40,000, one Ork Nob miniature from the Assault On Black Reach starter set is wearing a pickelhaube with a skull impaled on it.

    Video Games 

  • In 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage wore Red Mage's burning corpse as a hat. (Red Mage eventually got better.)
  • If we allow Richard's kidney hat, we allow this Chopping Block comic.
  • Used as a punchline at least once in Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  • Richard of Looking for Group. He also sports a dashing kidney hat. "Made with real kidney."
  • Belkar of The Order of the Stick, with YokYok.
    YikYik: He was a good father.
    Belkar: But he made a better fashion accessory!
    YikYik: I'LL KILL YOU!
  • Scott demonstrates his fondness for horror in these two VG Cats strips.
  • Girl Genius: An ambiguous example. After they battle off-screen, Franz the dragon is shown wearing the helmet of his opponent "Pretty Boy" as a hat; it sports a pair of horns which may or may not have originally been attached to PB's head.

    Web Original 
  • In episode 7 of There Will Be Brawl, we learn that Kirby killed Daisy and wore her head. Kirby is their equivalent of Hannibal Lecter.

    Western Animation 
  • Don Hertzfeldt's Rejected features a scene where one guy rips another guy's belly out, then wears it on his head while shouting "I am the Queen of France!"


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