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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 Crazy Awesome Sociopathic Hero Villain Protagonists pull it off. 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.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Gunnm, 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 
  • The minions in Overlord do this sometimes.
  • Both Heracles and Ajax (The Greater, famed for dueling Hector to a draw when Achilles failed to fight) are depicted with a lion skin draped over their heads in Age of Mythology
  • Several hats in Dofus are just a monster's head worn over your own, most notably the Gobball Headgear and its Royal counterpart, which even have the monster's tongue still attached.


    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 


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