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Clearly not a hat to be trifold with.
A discerning hero/villain just can't be seen without their Nice Hat! Harming the nice hat may be akin to kicking the dog, with disastrous results.

To show that you mean business, it's important to have style. Enter: the nice hat. It may actually have utility — even conveying special powers — but more often than not it just looks cool, or even just sexy.

Fedoras are the most common Nice Hat, probably because they inherently invoke 1920s to 1940s era Gangsterland and Film Noir we all know and love.note  Wizards and Witches have their own style to worry about. Commissar Cap is also a common enough version of this to have its own sub trope. The crowns of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs (since crowns are always cool) make this Older Than Dirt. In fact, the Cool Crown as Requisite Royal Regalia always overlaps with this trope.


A Sub-Trope of Costume Porn.

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Compare Cool Mask, Pimped-Out Dress, Pimped-Out Cape, Nice Shoes, Coat, Hat, Mask, High-Class Gloves. Often an important part of a character's Iconic Outfit. Contrast The Hilarity of Hats.

Has nothing to do with Planet of Hats, unless it's taken to literal proportions, or downplayed as a Gang of Hats.


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  • Donatello's David (in bronze and not to be confused with Michelangelo's David in marble), which is made all the more amusing when you realize he's only wearing the hat and boots.
  • The Kiss (Hayez): The man is wearing a feathered cap, which gives the impression that he's about to go out and do something adventurous and further implies that this is a Last Kiss.

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  • Broom Hilda: Nerwin Troll wears a propeller beanie. Gaylord sometimes wears a fez.
  • Curtis:
    • The title character often gives commentary on the church ladies' more and more extravagant (and silly) hats.
    • Curtis himself is always seen with an oversized green cap — he even sleeps with it on.
  • Dick Tracy's trademark yellow fedora.
  • Garfield wore a ten-gallon hat in one strip to hide donuts inside. In another strip, he wore it again and hid a whole ham inside it. Then there was the story arc where he wears a sombrero.
  • FoxTrot has Peter's signature baseball cap, which he's worn since he was a baby.
  • Mandrake the Magician's top hat.
  • Peanuts: Snoopy has worn lots of Nice Hats, such as his WW1 aviator's helmet, baseball cap, fishing hat, golf hat, tennis visor, attorney's bowler hat, Beagle Scout campaign hat...

    Fan Works 
  • The Fedora Chronicles: This is a TF2 machinima series, so these are all over the place, mainly as a way to distinguish different characters. The titular Fedora Spy's fedora and Soldier's cap are the main recurring ones.
  • Invoked in Pictopia II: Nocturno notes his old friend Loather is really big, very strong, and "always [wears] the neatest fez."

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  • Too many LEGO kits to list, since the little plastic people can only be distinguished from one another by their nice hats at a quick glance.
  • Monster High and Ever After High are no strangers to elaborate tiaras, crowns, headbands, and hats.


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Alternative Title(s): Cool Hat, Sweet Hat, Fezzes Are Cool


Fanfara dei Bersaglieri

Bersaglieri are special light infantry and sharpshooter units of the Italian Army. They're distinguished by the capercaillie feathers on their hats and practice running instead of marching.

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