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Clearly not a hat to be trifled with.
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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.

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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.


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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.

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  • 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.
  • 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...


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

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CP - Hat Fashion Show

In Season 1 "Hat Luncheon", since it's a luncheon attended by the rich and politically important the hats are pretty elaborate. Bitsy tries on different crazy hats and picks a wide brimmed one that has a miniature rain cloud fountain.

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