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Kung Lao performs Fatalities with a HAT TRICK. Hatrocious, I know...

"Aside from it being painfully useless, I was also disappointed with the guide for not including a list of hat-related catch phrases I can scream before a knockout. 'Hats off to ya! Shit CAPpens! Hate to HABERdash your hopes! Now HAT's more like it!' I mean, those only took me 90 minutes to come up with and I'm just some guy who's never killed anyone with a hat."

A Nice Hat as an Improvised Weapon, such as for Using Your Head, a thrown hat, and a Cool Helmet that can shoot Frickin' Laser Beams, etc.

Horny Vikings (and dwarves) sometimes use, well, helmet horns.

Sub-Trope of Clothing Combat, Arsenal Attire, and Unusual Weapon Mounting.

The Hard Hats are especially useful for this. See also Hat of Power.


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    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy Galaxy has Sai, who wears his shield like an Asian conical hat. He throws it at high speeds towards his targets, and the shield can deflect off and damage anything.

    Anime and Manga 
  • The Big O: the Megadeuce fires lasers from the red crest on its head. R. Dorothy could launch her "hairband" to circle around like a boomerang and then catch an enemy's neck and "staple" him to a wall or something similar.
  • Digimon:
    • In Digimon Adventure 02, Gatomon's Armor form Nefertimon has an attack called Cat's-Eye Beam that fires pink lasers from the eyes of the snake on her headband.
    • In Digimon Frontier, Beetlemon can shoot lightning from the horn on his helmet. As MetalKabuterimon, said horn becomes a cannon.
    • In Digimon Adventure: (2020), DarkKnightmon can fire an Agony Beam from between the horns on their helmet. Also, Pegasusmon's Silver Blaze attack fires a green laser from his helmet.
  • Dragon Ball's Chi-Chi had a helmet with a blade on it that she could use throw to decapitate animals and fire laser beams at her enemies, a direct reference to Ultraseven.
  • Durarara!!: Celty uses her Cool Helmet to fight Seiji.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Speedwagon's hat apparently has bladed edges, as he manages to throw it and have it sink bone-deep into JoJo's arm in his introductory chapter.
  • Kill la Kill: The ultimate form of Nonon Jakuzure's first Three-Star Uniform is named "Symphony Regalia Da Capo" and has only one attack: a giant wave of sound fired from her conductor's helmet. This move is particularly effective on Life Fiber wearers, as it shuts down the connection between the outfit and its user.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam
    • Master Asia uses Domon's headband to destory a Dark Army soldier in his debut episode.
    • From the same series, there's Tequila Gundam, Neo Mexico's entry into the tournament—it's not only wearing a sombrero, it has ten Vulcan cannons installed in its giant mecha-hat.
  • In Ranma ½, Ryoga's bandannas can be whipped off and thrown like razor-sharp Precision-Guided Boomerangs.

    Card Games 
  • One of the cards in the Girl Genius The Works card game is "General Cannon-hat and His Amazing Cannon Hat", which is pretty much what you'd expect from the title.
  • In Munchkin, any Headgear that gives a combat bonus could count. It's most obvious in Munchkin Fu, which has the "Bull Kung Fu" style that triples the combat bonus of all headgear.
    • Munchkin Impossible has a Shooty Hat. (The Assassin class doesn't get their gun bonus for wearing it, though.)

    Comic Books 
  • DC Comics
    • Batman: There were two Mad Hatters ... one of whom used his as a mind control device whilst the other actually used weaponized hats ... such as straw hats that had buzzsaw rims ... etc.
    • Batman foe the Cavalier wears a musketeer hat, the plume of which is a steel-tipped dart in disguise.
    • In the Fables series (from DC's Vertigo line), the animal Fables had weaponized headgear (including a gun on a helmet, which was a normal gun with a unique firing mechanism, as Snow White was able to fire the gun) for the inevitable fight against the Adversary.
    • Both Hermes and Jay Garrick's helmets have been thrown as decap pieces.
    • Several iterations of Jason Todd as the Red Hood have rigged his helmet with explosives. His estranged family disproves of storing explosives on one's head. Tim isn't opposed to weaponizing headgear like masks to make them dangerous for opponents to grab as he tries to do this with his entire costume, generally with electrical currents and sharp edges.
    • In one story in Showcase, Sportsmaster and Huntress take on Starman and Black Canary. The Sportsmaster is dressed as golfer, including a newsboy cap that he refers to as his 'brass beanie'; which he removes and flings at Starman Oddjob-style.
    • Stovepipe, one of Tomahawk's rangers in Tomahawk, kept a small arsenal of weapons and explosives concealed in his stovepipe hat. Some might question the wisdom of keeping explosives strapped to your head, but it is established that Stovepipe managed to survive the war.
    • Wonder Woman often throws her tiara to knock out people, and in Volume 2 it was proven to be sharp enough to cut Superman's throat and decapitate Deimos.
    • Wonder Woman Vol 1: A Nazi general has an experimental Death Ray attached to a hat which he uses to kill a number of US military officers. The death ray doesn't survive Diana's attack in response.
  • Marvel Universe
    • The Ringmaster has a hat with a hypnosis generator that can mesmerise an entire crowd of people.
    • The Unicorn has headgear that can project concussive energy blasts (electron or neutron beams), lasers, and microwave energy.
    • The headdress worn by Storm of X-Men is a set of lockpicks rather than a fighting weapon.

    Film - Animated 
  • In Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Selina Kyle uses her hatpin to stab Jack the Ripper.
  • Esmeralda actually uses one of Frollo's henchmen's helmets as a frisbee during one scene from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Subverted and Played for Laughs in Kung Fu Panda 2. Po proclaims that his straw hat is actually the "Disc of Destruction" and throws it at Shen's ship. The wind just wafts it away, and Po has to Face Palm at this Epic Fail.
  • Meet the Robinsons: The bowler hat worn by the Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain Bowler Hat Guy is not only a former robotic "helping hat" capable of cloning miniature versions of itself, mind control, spying, mechanical claws, and levitation, but it is also the true villain of the entire movie.
  • In Sherlock Gnomes, Moriarty flings his plastic hat to take out the drone at Tower Bridge. Particularly creepy as his hat is actually part of him, and still has a piece of his head attached when he throws it.
  • In Toy Story 2, Mr. Potato Head throws his hat like Oddjob, but only to prop a swiftly-closing door open.
  • The CGI Star Trek: The Next Generation parody Sev Trek: Puss in Boots has Guinan using her flat-topped hat as a drinks tray and lethal frizbee. Unfortunately her target ducks and she accidentally decapitates a Red Shirt instead.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • In The Bold Caballero, Isabella's duenna stabs the Commandante in the shoulder with the sharp comb used to hold up her mantilla.
  • In The Cannonball Run, Shakey Finch uses his crash helmet to knock out one of the bikers during the big brawl.
  • In Countess Dracula, Elisabeth murders the Hot Gypsy Woman by stabbing her through her jugular with a jeweled hairpin.
  • In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane uses a motorcycle helmet to knock out some security guards.
  • Goldfinger: Oddjob uses his razor-edged hat as a deadly throwing weapon. It is strong enough to decapitate a statue.
  • In Lady Ninja Kaede, Kaede uses her razor sharp hairpins to fatally stab Kichiemon in the back.
  • In Machete Kills, Miss San Antonio's crown is razor sharp and can be thrown.
  • In The Matrix Reloaded, Trinity uses her motorcycle helmet to beat down several security guards.
  • The Mighty One: The heroic Water Knight in the finale uses his Eye-Obscuring Hat as an impromptu razor disc, throwing it through one of the last Elite Mook enemies, embedding all the way into the victim's torso. Likely a nod to Goldfinger.
  • In Miss Congeniality, a saboteur has rigged the Miss United States crown to explode and kill the winner.
  • In Most Likely to Die, the killer murders Simone with a razor edged mortarboard: piercing her skull with the corner, and slashing her throat with the edge.
  • In The Scavengers, Nancy kills Cpl. Mason by luring him into an intimate embrace, then stabbing him in the neck with a hatpin.
  • In the opening temple scene of Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock takes out one of Lord Blackwood's thugs by putting a bowler hat (stolen from another guard) over his eyes, then punching him during the momentary disorientation this causes.
  • In Thor: Ragnarok, when Loki loses one of his daggers during the Final Battle, he substitutes it with the sharp ends of his horned helmet, effectively taking down Hela's undead soldiers with them.
  • Those Fantastic Flying Fools (aka Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon). Professor Von Bulow's wacky inventions include a Prussian Helmet Cannon that nearly kills the Kaiser. It is powerful, capable of blowing up a brick wall, but Awesome, but Impractical as hell because the cannon's recoil drives the helmet so much down on the user's head that it blinds him and it needs several people to get it unstuck.
  • Tomorrow Never Dies: In a fairly prosaic example of this trope, Bond uses his flight helmet to knock out the navigator of the MiG he is stealing.

  • In a sci-fi comedy Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison, the robot cop has a .75 recoilless cannon inside his head!
  • In one of the Discworld books, Willikins mentions that he was in a gang when he was a kid, and he used a hat lined with sharpened pennies as a weapon.
    • Inigo Skimmer, from the same series, has a hat that basically has a chakram sewn into the brim.
  • Bruenor Battlehammer, mainstay of R.A. Salvatore's The Legend of Drizzt books and leader of the Battlehammer Dwarf clan, wears a distinctive one-horned helm that he is more than willing to use as a weapon. It was originally a two-horned helm, but it's been through a lot of fights and come out worse for the wear.
    • In the same series, a dwarf berserker with the improbable name of Thibbledorf Pwent has a helmet with a large spike (half as tall as the dwarf himself) designed specifically for skewering people by headbutting them. His armor is similarly designed for use as a weapon.
  • In The Looking-Glass Wars, this trope seems to be a trait possessed by all hats belonging to members of the Millinery, said hats being able to change between being headgear and weaponry with a flick of the wrist.
  • In The Silmarillion, Ecthelion stabs a Balrog with the spike on his helmet. He doesn't live to tell the tale, but neither does the Balrog.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire Tyrion's first battle had him wearing a set of extremely mismatched armor including a helmet with an oversized spike on it. After being dismounted he headbutted a horse with it, and the knight who was riding was severely hurt in the fall. The spike broke off though.
  • In Sergey Lukyanenko's The Stars Are Cold Toys, the Alary are, basically, human-sized rats that evolved into sentient beings on another world. Given that their forward limbs aren't very well suited for anything but crawling, all their weapons are head-mounted and operated with the tongue. Good luck talking while shooting.

    Live Action TV 
  • In The Avengers (1960s), Steed sometimes used his steel-lined bowler hat as a bludgeon.
  • Blackadder: "The Archbishop".
    Prince Harry: Well, he came round the corner, saw the archbishop, rushed towards him with his head bowed in order to receive his blessing — and unfortunately killed him stone dead.
    Prince Edmund: How?
    Prince Harry: Mortimer was wearing a Turkish helmet.
    Prince Edmund: One of those things with a two-foot spike coming out of the top?
  • Kamen Rider OOO has Head Medals, which give him differing powers dependent on the Medal used (such as the Hawk Medal granting Super Senses, the Lion Medal giving off light, and so on). The Rhino Medal's explicit power is this trope.
  • MythBusters: busted that razor-edged hats can be used to decapitate marble statues.
  • Power Rangers/Super Sentai
    • The original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Megazord shot beams from its head horn crest on rare occasions.
    • In Power Rangers Zeo, the Zeo Megazord had various helmets it could wear. The default one only allowed use of the sword, but the rest had their weaponry built-in. Of note is the one that had a laser cannon mounted on it. The helmet used would often fall in with whoever was the featured character for that episode, as a form of Leader Forms the Head.
    • The Kajiki Shinken-Oh in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger has a headgear on which the katana sticks, allowing it to fell its enemies by just swinging its head around. Conversely, the Swordfish Megazord in Power Rangers Samurai does the same.
    • In Tensou Sentai Goseiger, the Rangers' animal designs can leave their helmets and attack (in the opening sequence, at least.)
  • In Odd Squad, the villain Brad Hatter attacks people by throwing hats at them.
  • It's right there in the title for Peaky Blinders, a British historical crime drama about a literal Gang of Hats who sew razor-blades into the brims of their caps.
  • Ultraseven has a fin on his head that he uses as the boomerang-like Eye Slugger, but he can also fire a beam (the Emerium Ray) from the green light on his forehead. They're apparently genetic, as his son Zero has the beam emitter and two Sluggers. Any of the power borrowing Ultras tend to get them when borrowing power from either of them.
  • Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman uses her tiara as a boomerang to knock down bad guys ("The Return of Wonder Woman"), burst Nazi boats ("The Last of the Two Dollar Bills"), disarm the villain (The Queen and the Thief"), and more.
  • In Yancy Derringer, Yancy carries a pepperbox derringer held by a clamp inside the top of his hat.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The original Deadlands supplement Smith and Robards has a Stetson Gun. That's right. A ten gallon cowboy hat that shoots people.
    • Such a gun was patented. It was tested on the TV show ReInventors. It's a worse idea than it sounds.
  • 1st and 2nd Edition Dungeons & Dragons had helmets with magical attacks (some of which recur in later editions).
    • The Circlet Of Blasting: Casts Fireball.
    • Helm of Brilliance: Cast Light, Fireball, Produce Flame and Prismatic Spray spells offensively, as well as glowing with a bluish light that harmed nearby undead.
    • Helmet of Darkness: Chill Metal (freeze someone in their armor)
    • Helm of Halav: Sunfire (blinds everyone within 120 feet)
    • Helm of Petra: Moonstrike (stuns everyone within 120 feet)
    • Helmet of Selnor: Charm (Charm Person) a target.
    • Helm of Telepathy: Implant a Suggestion (Charm Person) in a target's mind.
    • Dragonhelm: Cause fear in opponents, causing them to flee.
    • Harrowhelm: Grants psionic attacks to its wearer.
  • Forgotten Realms 3rd Edition had stats for spiked, horned, and *bladed* helmets, based on the ones used in the R.A. Salvatore novels.
  • Warhammer 40,000: there is an Eldar hero who is the leader of the Eldar Gang of Hats called Striking Scorpions, whose helmet-mounted Flechette Storm guns are called Mandiblasters. He just gets a much more powerful version.
    • Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka in 2nd Edition had not only a bionic skull, but a nasty horned helmet atop it - with their powers combined they could deliver a headbutt that not only struck at the highest possible strength in the game but also "sends the unlucky victim (or his corpse...) flying backwards", dealing damage to anything it hits. So from a weaponized hat to a weaponized victim in one easy move.

    Video Games 
  • In Akane the Kunoichi, one of the regular enemies throws a conical hat.
  • Bug:
    • Bug has the Zap Cap powerup, which allows him to use a close-range electrical attack that hits multiple times as long as the zap button was pressed down. It ran out of juice pretty fast, though.
    • The rattlesnake enemies in Reptilia could throw their hats some distance forwards, which then boomeranged back to them.
  • King K. Rool throws his crown as a projectile in the first Donkey Kong Country game. This is the only moment in his attack pattern that leaves him vulnerable to a Goomba Stomp.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (the Dragonborn DLC) has a Dwarven helmet that allows its wearer to breathe hot steam at people.
  • One of the many, many weapons the player can acquire in Enter the Gungeon is the fairly self-explanatory Crown of Guns. When used, it fires bullets at random, at every angle from the player.
  • Gunhatz from Gruntz. They reduce half the ranged damage dealt to the wearer, have the best range in the game, and are a two hit kill on all Gruntz unless the target is also wearing a Gunhat.
  • Tungar from Indivisible wields an Urumi, a thin whiplike sword, which he folds up and wears as a turban when not in use.
  • Kingdom of Loathing has the Steampunk Top Hat, which can be upgraded multiple times. The final upgrade has the player character stick a functioning laser beam on it.
  • Mario & Luigi: Fawful's iconic accessory. Features flamethrower, vacuum, and rocket propulsion.
  • Kurt Hectic from MDK can put his machine gun on his face like an elongated mask, turning it into a Sniper Rifle.
  • In Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, one of Michael's special attacks is throwing his hat at enemies.
  • The Shaolin monk Kung Lao of Mortal Kombat fame. Nearly all of his special attacks involve his hat in some way or another. Word of God says it was inspired by Oddjob's bladed hat.
  • The Evil Brit gangsters in Nightshade have an infinite supply of bowler hats to throw at you.
  • Propeller Knight from Shovel Knight can use his Hat of Flight to blow his opponent off the edge of battlefield, possibly also blowing bombs in their direction.
  • Cerebella in Skullgirls wears a bioweapon in the form of a hat called Vice-Versa. When in use it produces gigantic arms and a skull with upward-pointed horns. She uses the head-arms to grapple and smash opponents into submission.
  • Sly Spy has an Oddjob-like boss who attacks by tossing his hat like a boomerang.
  • In Spirits & Spells, Alicia can throw her witch hat like a boomerang.
  • Star Ocean: Till the End of Time: Roger uses a pickelhaube to fight, usually by ramming enemies head-first.
  • In Super Mario 3D World, characters can get a box on their head that continually fires cannonballs. It's probably the most powerful attack in the game besides Temporary Invincibility, but it's awkward to use and very temporarily.
  • Super Mario Odyssey featuring hats as a motif, it naturally uses the trope extensively:
    • Mario's partner in the game is Cappy, a magical living hat he can use as a thrown weapon, mobile platform, and to possess enemies.
    • The Broodals all wear hats, which they use as weapons in one way or another. Harriet can retreat into her metal sun hat and use it as a miniature UFO that can drop bombs below. Spewart also retreats into his hat and uses it as a small UFO to spew poison all over the arena. Topper wears a stack of top hats that bounce around like curling stones when knocked off his head, and he can also swing the stack around like a club; and Rango throws his straw hat around like a frisbee, which always returns to him. All of them must be defeated by knocking their hats off and jumping on their head.
    • Bowser himself also has a hat he can fight with: He can chuck it directly at Mario to hurt him, or it can sprout mechanical arms to box him with. Mario must use Cappy to flip it over and jump into the hat himself, allowing him the physical force needed to harm Bowser.
  • Available in Humongous Mecha form with Apharmd the Hatter of Virtual On MARZ in its appearance in Super Robot Wars, where it will gleefully chuck its Nice Hat at enemies.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Princesses Peach and Daisy remove their crowns and swing them like a bludgeon as their forward-aerial attacks. It's one of their better knockout options.
    • King K. Rool retains his 'crownerang' attack from above as his side-special move, too.
  • In The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang, Spike's hat behaves like a boomerang, and returns after he throws it. Bonus points for having different hats that have different attack behaviors, with the last being a Precision-Guided Boomerang.
  • A craftable helm in World of Warcraft allows the wearer to throw a fireball, as well as a pair of goggles that come with a functioning gun installed.

    Web Comics 
  • In Basic Instructions, resident superhero Rocket Hat mostly uses said hat to fly, but also to perform high-speed headbutts and as a blowtorch.
  • Girl Genius: Zola's hair pins turn out to be poisoned and designed for her to stab people with.

    Western Animation 
  • On Cool McCool, Dr. Madcap's hats often contained weapons like guns or anvils.
  • In an episode of Dexter's Laboratory, a villain threatens Dexter to join him... or else. At this point, the villain's henchmen demonstrate their terrifying weapons. One of them is, apparently, a football helmet with a hammer head on it. Unfortunately, we never get to see it in action.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, "Greece Lightning", Baljeet says that he's going to "use his head". Buford uses his axe-shaped helmet to create sparks that cause trouble for the other chariot racers.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: The episode "Forced Kin" reveals that Blossom's bow is actually a missile.
  • Secret Squirrel had a cannon hat. It was even mentioned in the theme song.
  • SheZow: Flora Hamdon, the SheZow of the 1920s, wears a feathered headband that transforms into a whip.
  • Embo from Star Wars: The Clone Wars uses his hat both as a Deadly Disc, and as a blaster proof shield!
  • Steven Universe: Jasper's main weapon is her helmet, which has a huge spike on it she uses as a battering ram.
  • Stroker and Hoop demonstrates the problems with this trope when Double-Wide puts on a helmet with a turret gun attached to it controlled by an AI to fight zombies. Every time the gun fires it painfully knocks Double-Wide's head back, injuring his neck.
  • The villain of the Van Beuren Studios Tom and Jerry cartoon "In the Bag" has four guns poking out of his hat that he uses to shoot Jerry with during the climatic chase.

    Real Life 
  • A baseball cap that also does double duty as a sap.
  • WWII Unarmed Combatives taught the use of the steel helmet as a weapon, either by head-butting with the brim, or bashing with the handheld helmet used as club.
  • During the infamous FIU-Miami football brawl, Miami's Anthony Reddick ripped off his helmet and swung it at an FIU player.
  • Razorblades or sharpened pennies concealed in the brim of a flat cap are a long-established traditional method of carrying a concealed weapon in the more insalubrious parts of Scotland's major cities, though conventional stabbing is beginning to displace it.
  • The Helmet Gun, invented back in 1916 by Albert Bacon Pratt. It was to be operated by blowing into a tube to make a shot, and the biggest hurdle to overcome was recoil.
  • Sikh warriors would place small weapons like knives and daggers in their turbans, and weapons like chakrams on their turbans in order to carry weapons and attack with parts that are left sticking out.
  • This invention by an Indian engineer.


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The Adventures of Willy Beamish

At the end of Day 4, Stanley uses his hat to knock Willy into a processing system, which backfires on him.

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