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

"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 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. See also Hat of Power.


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  • Cap'n Crunch not only has a Nice Hat (with a "C" on the front, in case you forget his name) but it has been known to double as a weapon sometimes, usually when the Soggies are his enemies. In one commercial, it conceals a miniature Gatling gun (which uses his cereal as ammunition, naturally) and in another, he folds it into a working boomerang.
  • One ad for Hostess Fruit Pies has Spider-Man taking on a villain called Demolition Derby whose shtick (like Oddjob's) was that he wore a bowler hat he could throw as a weapon.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The Big O: the Megadeus fires beams 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.
  • In Fighting Foodons, Coco wears a Wok Hat can also be used as a throwing weapon.
  • In GTO: The Early Years, several bikers use their helmets as a weapon. Yasha throws hers into a car windshield to make it crash, and Eikichi throws his at Tamura's head to keep him from stabbing Katsuyuki.
  • 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 ˝, Ryoga's bandannas can be whipped off and thrown like razor-sharp Precision-Guided Boomerangs.
  • In Rozen Maiden Ouverture, Souseiseki throws her hat to disarm Shinku during a fight.
  • Sailor Moon's Tiara which turns into a magic Frisbee thingy.
  • When Shirabe transforms in Senki Zesshō Symphogear, her pigtails gain mechanical plating that provides most of her weapons. They can open up to fire a volley of sawblades, become robot arms that wield massive buzz saws, or even deploy a set of rotors she can fly with.
  • Soul Eater: Blair's witch hat, which can grasp and throw stuff.
  • In Tono to Issho, Masamune has an Imagine Spot wherein he throws the huge crescent moon crest on his helmet like a boomerang.
  • In Zoids: Wild, Tremor throws the red hat he got from the baseball village at some Deleters. Unlike most examples, it has about as much impact as you'd expect from a baseball cap and only serves to distract them.

    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.

    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 
  • Critter wears an Animal-Eared Headband with cat-like ears. They interface with her natural telekinesis to enhance her focus, and provide additional capabilities of their own: The ears help her to focus her abilities, and extend the reach of her senses. On at least one occasion, they allow her to hear despite the fact that her eardrums have been blown out by a villain's sonic attack.
  • Darna's helmet can fire laser blasts.
  • The DCU
    • 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.
      • The Mad Hatter's sometimes partner-in-crime March Harriet wears large hare ears which can emit a powerful electric shock to nearby targets.
      • Batman foe the Cavalier wears a musketeer hat, the plume of which is a steel-tipped dart in disguise.
      • The Crime Doctor wears a Dressed to Heal costume that includes a physician's head mirror. The mirror is capable of shining a blinding beam of light.
    • The Flash: 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.
  • 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.
  • Marvel Universe
    • Captain America foe Doctor Mindbubble wears a bowler hat covering a glass pipe coming out of the front of his head. The pipe creates large bubbles, which, engulfing the head of a person, causes them to enter a mind-altering state in which he can control their every action...until the chemicals kill them.
    • Ms. Marvel (1977): The Destructor's helmet has a built-in Energy Weapon which fires deadly "tachyon blasts".
    • The Ringmaster has a hat with a hypnosis generator that can mesmerise an entire crowd of people.
    • Spider-Woman foe the Grinder is outfitted with a circular saw-like device on his helmet that he uses as a weapon.
    • Squadron Supreme: During his criminal career, Dr. Decibel wore a head-mounted device capable of transmitting 300 decibels of sonic energy.
    • 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.
    • Magneto has previously used his helmet as a bludgeon/guided missile, memorably delivering a "Reason You Suck" Speech to Exodus in the process. In X-Men Red (2022), he takes advantage of the fact that it blocks psychic powers. Normally, that's used defensively to protect him from telepathy but, in a formal duel, he drops it onto his opponent's head instead, blocking their powers. And then crushes it.

    Fan Works 

    Film — Animated 
  • In Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Selina Kyle uses her hatpin to stab Jack the Ripper.
  • A mild case in DC Showcase: Jonah Hex where Jonah uses his cowboy hat to throw off Lorraine's aim when she tries to kill him.
  • 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.
  • Rio: Nico uses the bottle cap he wears on his head like a boomerang to knock out some marmosets clinging to Blu and Jewel (as they were sent by Nigel to capture them) so that they can escape from them with Kipo carrying them both as they are chained together and Blu does not know how to fly.
  • 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 Frisbee. Unfortunately her target ducks and she accidentally decapitates a Red Shirt instead.
  • 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 Rankin/Bass Productions Willy Mc Bean And His Magic Machine (1965) has the time-travelling villain duelling Buffalo Bill to become the Fastest Gun in the West. After nearly shooting his foot off practising his Quick Draw, he decides to use a pullcord-activated gun hidden inside his Stetson (and pours glue in Buffalo Bill's holster just to be sure). Fortunately the hero switches this hat for a normal one.

    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.
  • Black Butterfly: The Drunken Beggar uses his Weaponized Headgear as a razor-sharp disc in the finale, throwing it in a circular arc and killing half a dozen enemies surrounding him in a few seconds.
  • 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 Cruella, Cruella uses a long hairpin to jab the Baroness to distract her while she steals the dog whistle. Notably, Jasper thinks she is planning to murder the Baroness with it.
  • In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane uses a motorcycle helmet to knock out some security guards.
  • Death on the Nile (2022): Salome Otterbourne wears a hat that is long out of style, which Poirot deduces is because it has enough room inside to allow her to conceal a holdout gun.
  • In Death Wish, one of the New Yorkers inspired by Vigilante Man Paul Kersey is an old woman who stabs a mugger with her hatpin.
  • Duel of Fists: While battling Chiang Ren and his mooks, Wen Lieh, being a Badass Biker, uses his helmet as an Improvised Weapon.
  • James Bond:
    • Goldfinger: Oddjob uses his razor-edged hat as a deadly throwing weapon. It is strong enough to decapitate a statue.
    • 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 Killer Clans, Han Tang's wide-brimmed straw hat, which he use as a melee weapon in conjunction with his sword. The hat functions equally well as a Deadly Disc, removing an unfortunate challenger's head.
  • 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 Nothing but the Night, Dr. Haynes is murdered by being stabbed through the temple with one of Anna Harb's hatpins.
  • During the frenzied climax of Phantom of the Paradise, Winslow stabs Swan to death with the feathered headdress he snatches off one of the dancers.
  • The Prince of Thieves: While Maude is being forcibly kissed by one of the castle guards, Robin removes the man's helmet and uses it to knock him unconscious.
  • 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 Star Trek (2009), Kirk uses his dropsuit helmet as a bludgeoning weapon when he loses his phaser on the Narada's drill.
  • 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.
  • In Wonder Woman 1984, Diana/Wonder Woman uses her tiara like a boomerang (or Batarang, some would say) to destroy security cameras in order to leave no trace of her passage after saving the day at The Mall.

  • In a sci-fi comedy Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison, the robot cop has a .75 recoilless cannon inside his head! It's located right between the eyes for good aiming.
  • In the Death Dealer novels based on the character by Frank Frazetta, those horns on his helmet aren't just for show. He's used the Nigh-Invulnerable helm to impale his foes and batter boulders with headbutts. As an artifact of the god of death, when the Death Dealer is really in a foul mood, the Horned Helm can shoot fire out of the eyes of the wearer.
  • 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 Fall of Gondolin, 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?
  • Doctor Who:
    • Twice in "The Time Warrior", the Sontaran Commander Linx uses his helmet as a bludgeon: once to knock Irongron's sword from his hand, and once against the Doctor in their final fight.
    • In keeping with his pacifist nature, the Fifth Doctor blinds a Dalek by hanging his trademark Panama hat on its eye stalk in "Resurrection of the Daleks".
  • The Goodies: When Bill Oddie is trained in the ancient Lancashire martial art known as "Ecky Thump", he's given the flat cap of a Novice to wear. During the subsequent Training Montage, the Novices are shown throwing their caps at a target, then at Bill who has to fend them off in mid-air.
  • 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.
  • The Orville: In "Identity", the Kaylon security droids have blasters that fold out of their heads.
  • 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.
  • Grounder uses his spiked hat as a weapon in Scene 3 of Ardy Lightfoot.
  • Felix uses his fedora to slash at enemies in Baby Felix Halloween.
  • Battleborn: In Miko's Fungus Among Us ability, after hurling its mushroom cap, the cap normally grows into a separate mushroom that just spreads healing spores in an area to aid nearby allies. However, when augmented with Vicious Strain, its spores can also deal damage to nearby enemies.
  • In Breath of Fire II, Spar's "mushroom girl" form attack animation has her attacking by throwing her 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.
  • In Cheese Cat Astrophe Starring Speedy Gonzales, Speedy can toss his sombrero at enemies to damage them. He has them in a limited supply, but stacks of them give him unlimited sombreros, which are useful during the boss battles against Sylvester.
  • In Clash at Demonhead, Mush likes to toss his mushroom-shaped cap at you.
  • Croma Heroes: One of the pieces of headger that can be obtained is a horned helmet. Xanthe can wear it to deal more damage with his Headbutt skill.
  • The Dr. Faust Devil Arm in Devil May Cry 5 is a cowboy hat that consumes Red Orbs (crystalized demon blood) to fire projectiles of various kinds. Dante can throw and place the hat on an enemy to make them drop more Red Orbs when hit.
  • Disney Infinity: Perry the Platypus's ranged attack involves him tossing his trademark hat at enemies.
  • 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.
  • Five Nights at Fuckboy's:
    • Freddy's Tophat Toss, where he throws it like a boomerang to hit twice. Toy Freddy's skills involve using his hat in improbable ways.
    Tophat Smash: Toy Freddy breaks his hat over the enemy's head. Another one appears for whatever reason.
    • Balloon Boy's Flying Fright causes his hat to sprout a propellor, and he then flies into the opponent.
  • 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.
  • High Noon Drifter: Double Subverted, as throwing one's hat deals chip damage and is mainly used to distract monsters. On the other hand, having a berserk powerup turns it into a Finger Poke of Doom.
  • 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.
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe: Aside from some of the hats that Kirby gains from his Copy Ability that is the basis of his ability (like Beetle, Bell or Spark), there's also the 3D Helmet Cannon item that lets Kirby fire shots to the background or foreground.
  • 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.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom: In the Mook Debut Cutscene for the Tubelets, a fish wearing a cowboy hat manages to take down the bottom robot of the trio by tossing his hat. Unfortunately, he was unaware that they can explosively revive one another if you don't take down the top one.
  • 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 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.
  • In Zombie Wonderland and its sequel Zombie Wonderland 2: Out of Time from Chillingo, one of most powerful items your janitor Chuck can buy is a trucker cap that has a cannon (the type of cannon found on a pirate ship) mounted on it and the cap will automatically fire doing heavy damage.

  • In Basic Instructions, resident superhero Rocket Hat mostly uses said hat to fly, but also to perform high-speed headbutts and as a blowtorch.
  • Cursed Princess Club: Crowns from the Polygon Kingdom are decorated with three polygons and five long, thin spikes. Princess Calpernia turns her tiara into a functional self-defense weapon, which she uses to threaten Prince Whitney when he shows up unexpectedly at the Cursed Princess Club. Lampshaded by Prince Saffron, Justified by Curtis:
    Prince Saffron: ...So... Prez has just been wearing a weapon on her head this entire time...?
    Curtis: Ah, that was our first craft project upon starting this club. It's a carbon steel replica of her crown with detachable components for the ideal, discrete back-up weapon.
  • Girl Genius: Zola's hair pins turn out to be poisoned and designed for her to stab people with.

    Web Video 
  • Men At Arms created a functional replica of Oddjob's Hat in the first season.

    Western Animation 
  • Downplayed in The Adventures of André & Wally B.. André throws his hat at Wally B. in retaliation for stinging him in the end, which sends the bee reeling away.
  • Carmen Sandiego: Season 2's "The Fashionista Caper" shows that Dash Haber fights using a hat with a sawblade in the brim, which he can control remotely using a device in his gloves. He calls it The Buzz Cut.
  • 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 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2021), Ram Ma'am fights evil with a crystal-encrusted, jet-propelled helmet to ram into things.
  • In Matt Hatter Chronicles, the Zombie Boss can use his hat as a throwing weapon.
  • 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.
  • In Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season, a brawl broke out between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. During the brawl, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet then swung it as his head. Garrett was then suspended indefinitely, only being reinstated by meeting with NFL executives during the 2020 offseason.
  • 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.
  • One way for NASCAR drivers to show their displeasure towards their competitors over on-track incidents was to throw their racing helmet (or something similar) at their target's passing-by car. Standout examples include Elliott Sadler tossing his helmet over Kevin Harvick to hit Ryan Newman during the 2002 All-Star Race, Robby Gordon walking up to oncoming traffic to throw his helmet at Michael Waltrip during the 2005 Sylvania 300, and Tony Stewart throwing his helmet two-handed at Matt Kenseth during the 2012 Bristol Night Race. This and similar on-track antics were outlawed by NASCAR in 2014 after an angry sprint car racer walked out on track during a caution lap and was struck and killed by the aforementioned Stewart.


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Alternative Title(s): Weaponised Headgear


The Hat of Discipline

Rolf drops a comically oversized hat with a large hammer on it to penalize Edd.

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