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No self-respecting time-travelling dwarf would dream of leaving home without their Nice Hat



  • 9 has several Nice Hats: 1's bishop hat, 7's skull-helmet, and 2's combination candle holder and eyeshield.
  • Fievel Mousekowitz' hat from An American Tail. It's apparently passed down through the family line (As explained by his father), and so iconic that possession of it is able to convince Papa (who had spent the movie refusing to admit his son might have survived being thrown overboard and refusing to get his hopes up) that Fievel is alive. It somehow gains the ability to be unfolded into a cowboy hat in the sequel.
  • The Aristocats has lots of characters with Nice Hats — even though they're all animals.
    • Roquefort the mouse wears a nice red deerstalker hat, matching his coat.
    • The geese twin sisters Abigail and Amelia wear bonnet-style hats, with a flower on them, and tied around their necks with a ribbon; one of them blue, the other pink (that's a good thing, so we can tell them apart, as they're otherwise Always Identical Twins).
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    • Their uncle, goose Waldo, wears a dark green hat.
    • Human Edgar has one that doesn't look very remarkable, but he loses it to the dog Napoleon, who wears it for a while.
  • The Book of Life:
    • Joao has a nice bowler hat.
    • La Muerte boasts an absolutely enormous one, bedecked with candles, marigolds, feathers and skulls, as par due to being inspired by La Calavera Catrina. If she weren't a god, there is no way that thing would stay on her head. It also reacts to her emotions. The candles turn into flares when she is furious, and Roman Candles when she is passionately happy.
    • Carmelo Sanchez wears an Aztec headdress which identifies him being of native Mesoamerican origin.
    • Both of the Adelita Twins wear impressive looking sombreros.
  • In The Boxtrolls, the members of the White Hat Council, the ruling body of Cheesebridge, wear very tall white hats as a status symbol; Snatcher and his lackeys wear similar red hats, and his obsession with moving up in the world includes getting a spot on the council and a hat of his own for wiping out the Boxtrolls.
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  • The Japanese Academy hat worn by Coraline of Coraline is apparently very popular within the fandom. The hat was based on a hat that director Henry Selick bought for his son while on a trip to Japan.
  • The hat in the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence of Fantasia. (And it seems to have magical powers that let the Sorcerer cast at least some of his spells.)
  • Mrs. Calloway in Home on the Range. It's her Berserk Button, and she gains a love interest (albeit a weird one) when he compliments it.
  • Metalbeard, the brick-built pirate from The LEGO Movie is already well placed in the nice hat stakes simply by wearing a pirate hat. Where it gets really nice is that the skull and crossbones are a riveted metal minifig skull and crossed wrenches. Also the 'plume' is a Lego fire piece. To summarise: a heavy metal pirate hat for a mad mechanic. And it's on fire.
  • King Julien's crown from Madagascar and The Penguins of Madagascar. He's got a closet full of them.
  • Doris the bowler hat in Meet the Robinsons might qualify, if by "nice" you mean, "stylish and impressive", and don't mind that whole Evil Overlord issue.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Sandy Claws's red hat. Not awesome, you say? Consider that out of all the things blown up by the anti-aircraft shells, the hat was the only thing to remain intact. That is one badass hat.
  • The magic portal hat(s) in the Pixar short Presto Not one awesome hat, but two!
  • Dr. Facilier had a nice hat in The Princess and the Frog, being modelled on the dapper voodoo gods Papa Legba aka Baron Samedi. He also had nice Hat Hair.
  • Rio: Nico has a metal bottle cap he wears as a hat that doubles as a tambourine.
  • Robin Hood and his merry men all wear nice hats.
  • Soul has the main character Joe Gardner wearing a pretty snazzy bowler hat.
  • Even the cowboys in non-western films like Toy Story. Woody spends an entire scene of the second movie searching for his hat and in the third, Lotso shows it to the other toys to convince them that Woody had died trying to escape Sunnyside.


  • The agents of The Adjustment Bureau all rock some seriously nice fedoras that let them travel through a secret Portal Network.
  • The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (2010) naturally has a very nice hat that seems to exist solely to cause cosplayers agony when it's not being used as a form of transportation.
    • Suffice to say that if he takes off the hat, the odds are good that he's about to do something incredibly risky or more crazy than usual (sacrificing himself to the Red Knights so that Alice can escape, letting Chessur take his place at the execution while he sneaks around behind the Red Queen, and dueling the Knave, to name a few).
  • Put to use in America 3000 with Gruss, who finds a shiny black top hat as a boy and wears it through the Time Skip into his adulthood, and then for nearly all the rest of the movie. Since the actor playing the younger version of Gruss bears only a passing resemblance to the actor playing the older version, this helps viewers overlook the differences and realize he's the same boy they saw earlier.
  • In The Apartment, the protagonist starts wearing a neat little bowler when he gets a promotion.
  • Arthur: "Nice...hat."
  • Big Trouble in Little China: David Lo Pan wears a very tall traditional Chinese hat when in his "no flesh" form. The Three Storms wear conical hats of exaggerated size, such that their faces are obscured by the edges.
  • The fedoras Jake and Elwood wore in The Blues Brothers. Notable in that Jake never removed his during the course of the film, and Elwood doffed his only twice.
  • The feature movie pilot for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century features a space princess dressed in a large hat with horns, a silver bikini and very little else.
    Wilma: I confess I thought the Princess had you beguiled!
    Buck: Well, she did have the nicest set of horns at the ball!
    Dr. Theopolis: Yes — it was an attractive hat!
  • In The Burning, Cropsy wears a fedora not unlike the one Freddy Krueger would later wear in A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • In Cannibal! The Musical, one of the bullying trappers wears a hat made out of a skunk. Whenever the trapper tries to put down the main characters, Matt Stone's character always retorts, "Nice hat!", causing the trapper to look up at it self-consciously.
  • Why I'm The Cat in the Hat there's no doubt about that!
  • Charlie Chan invariably wears a broad-brimmed Panama hat with a rounded crown.
  • A Clockwork Orange: Alex and his droogs each wear a black hat as part of their nadsat ensemble. Alex and Dim wear different styles of bowler hat, while Georgie wears a top hat and Pete wears a flat cap.
  • Dick Tracy had his yellow fedora that matched his trench coat. The novelization of the film said he actually had dozens of them, as they tended to be ruined often in field work, and whenever he had to replace one, he saved the ruined one for a friend who collected them.
  • In Dirty Dancing there is a dancer with a Nice Hat. You see him briefly during the dance scene where Baby is carrying a watermelon.
  • Doctor Sleep has the indicatively named villain Rose the Hat, played by Rebecca Ferguson with a pork pie hat.
  • Major Kong from Dr. Strangelove replaces his flight helmet with a cowboy hat when he thinks that thermonuclear war is in progress.
  • In the film Easy Living Jean Arthur dons some very fashionable 1930s millinery.
  • Matsu's preferred Roaring Rampage of Revenge garb in the Female Prisoner Scorpion series includes a large-brimmed, dome-crowned black sunhat with a floppy brim. As well as being a decent disguise, it also looks decidedly feminine without being inherently sexy, and the floppy brim frequently obscures one of her eyes, perpetuating the visual theme of Youkai references. The floppy brim disappears in later films, replaced by a flat, rigid brim and crown.
  • Fight Club: Marla Singer has one of these.
  • In Gentlemen Explorers, The Magician is never seen without his grey top hat: even when the only other thing he is wearing his his red long johns.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has the students from Durmstrang parade into the great hall in ushanka hats and long coats. Headmaster Karkaroff wears a large karakul or Georgian coudie hat.
  • Ramirez' musketeer-style hat with the peacock feather sweep in Highlander. The Kurgan wears a helmet made out of a skull.
  • High School Musical
    • Ryan Evans from is known for his collection of fabulous hats- mainly fedoras, but other types of hats have been seen. Due to his parents' immense wealth, he has enough hats to never repeat throughout the entire series. They are seen as his trademark- in the entire series, there are only two scenes in which he is seen without a hat.
    • Kelsi Nielsen is also rarely seen without a hat or at least some sort of head wear. While, in the first movie, her hats probably signify her shyness, she continues to wear those assortment of hats after becoming more independent and outgoing.
  • The Hobbit: Bofur possesses a somewhat silly yet incredibly awesome hat. It has its own fandom.
  • The Hunger Games: There would be a lot of these in the Capitol, but they are deliberately pushed into Impossibly Tacky Clothes territory instead.
  • Indiana Jones': The title character's action ensemble includes a spiffy fedora, which he never leaves behind even when he's about to be crushed by slowly descending doors. Indy never loses it because Spielberg didn't want to deal with continuity errors, so it's often attached to the actor's head. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the opening flashback reveals the origin of Indy's fondness for fedoras. After an action scene, he believes he's lost it and takes a moment to mourn its loss, only for a gust a wind to blow it right to his feet. Indy also wears a normal grey fedora when in a "civilian" outfit.
  • Detective Keith Frazier of Inside Man, played by Denzel Washington, has a very nice white hat. The last shot of the film shows it being hula-hooped on the foot of his on-screen girlfriend.
  • Oddjob's razor-sharp bowler hat in the James Bond film Goldfinger.
    • We haven't mentioned that Bond has some nice hats, too. Some early films show him throwing it into Moneypenny's office and it landing on the hat-stand. One can only imagine how many takes they must have done to get that shot.
  • Literal "Nice Hat" in Jurassic Park; Dennis Nedry to Lewis Dodgson. "What are you trying to look like, a secret agent?" The hat itself is not particularly notable apart from being a fedora.
    • There was also Dr. Grant's hat that he loses about half way through the first movie, but he has it throughout the third.
  • Lawrence of Arabia's turban. At one point, General Allenby is fascinated enough by it to consider trying it on, but then relents, saying it looks better on Lawrence.
  • The Witch King and Sauron wore awesome and unbelievably awesome hats respectively in The Lord of the Rings.
  • Cougar in The Losers has a nice hat he's particularly attached to. It's commented on late in the movie and when a mook tries to take it he dodges out of the way. It appears that even with a gun to his head he's not about to give in.
    Mook: You know, I like that hat. That's a great hat. [beat] I really don't care if there's a hole in it. What are you smiling at?
  • A wonderfully ridiculous one from Love Before Breakfast. Carole Lombard rocks it.
  • The Mask: The title character wears a massive bright yellow zoot hat, complete with feather. It was brought along with the yellow zoot suit to the cartoon.
    • The Cuban Pete hat also counts. On more modest cases, the French beret worn to romance Tina, the straw hat of the "balloon salesman" scene, and the one in his gangster costume.
  • Miller's Crossing is all about guys in Nice Hats. Near the beginning of the film, the fedora'd protagonist Tom Reagan has a prophetic dream about losing his hat.
  • Amongst the reasons for one to watch My Fair Lady: Audrey Hepburn, fantastic songs, Awesome Sets and Fabulous Hats. For the latter, check this out.
  • The Shoveller in Mystery Men sports a miner's helmet. When he gets his costume upgrade, the light on the miner's helmet goes from ordinary-blah white to ooh-and-aah blue.
  • The entire plot of short film The New York Hat revolves around a fancy hat bought for a young woman by a kindly minister, and the unfounded gossip that is provoked when the townspeople see the woman with the hat.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger's fedora.
  • Jack's Yankees baseball cap from Oblivion (2013). The fact that it's possibly the last one existing on the planet pretty much makes it this.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
  • In Primal, Great White Hunter Frank Walsh wears a battered old safari hat.
  • R.I.P.D.: Roy's cowboy hat which he loses early on, leaving him quite upset with Nick since he lost it from Nick pitching him into a bus as payback. He gets it back in the end.
  • In The Rocketeer, the eponymous character's finned helmet helps him steer.
  • Jef Costello, the hitman from Jean-Pierre Melville's crime film Le Samouraï, never leaves his apartment unless his fedora is perfectly positioned atop his head. This is less OCD than extreme care about his appearance due to his code of honor.
  • John Shooter's wide-rimmed black bowler in Secret Window. Doesn't have any special powers, but it is important to the plot.
  • In Seven (1979), Cowboy never goes anywhere without his trademark ten-gallon hat.
  • In A Song Is Born, all the professors wear top hats to the New Jersey "wedding".
  • The Spirit is deeply attached to his fedora (and the rest of his outfit) and is caught multiple times ensuring it doesn't get away and recapturing it after fights. The Octopus doesn't have a consistent hat but in his first appearance he dons a very nice hat.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: On Earth, Starfleet officers wear visored caps. Except for Kirk, who is far too Mildly Military to remember to actually put his on his head instead of carrying it in his hand.
  • The Neimoidians of Star Wars are, quite literally, a Planet of HatsNice Hats, that is. The more elaborate the hat, the higher your social status is.
  • In Tampopo, Goro's cowboy hat, which he even wears in the bath.
  • Time Bandits: Each of the time bandits wears a different, eccentric hat. Randall wears a aviator helmet with goggles perpetually perched on his forehead. Wally wears a big pirate hat with skull and crossbones. Strutter wears a top hat. Og wears a Viking helmet with only one horn. Vermin wears a confederate soldier's kepi. Figit wears an upside-down colander with a candle on top.
    • Evil looks like he's wearing a fantastically and appropriately sinister hat, resembling the skeleton of a facehugger mounted on a black skullcap. It's actually a literal lid.
  • Van Helsing in Van Helsing — your average 17th-Century vampire hunting hat. See also Real Life examples.
  • Why Be Good? includes classic 1920s hats. So many beautiful hats. Sooo many.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine:
  • Zombieland: Tallahassee rocks a wonderfully badass cowboy hat.


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