Friday, April 29, 2011

A Collection of Famous Sci-Fi Hats in Honor of the Royal Wedding

Pictured: Lady Chapeau, Eugenia Cappe-Bowler, the Duchess of Hattington.

by Sara N.

The royal wedding is over, and Wills and Kate are hitched. Blah blah blah, love conquers all, swelling music, fade to black. More importantly, the wedding guests wore fabulous hats. Epic hats. Hats of grandiosity and outlandishness. Some were large, some were feathered, some were bejeweled, and some sported enormous bows.

In honor of the multitude of hats that swarmed Westminster Abbey this morning, here's a collection of iconic hats from famous works of science fiction, fantasy and a few horror films, too, because hey, it's my list. (You'll find that overall, the hats at the wedding were far weirder.)

Gandalf would be a fraction of the wizard he is if he didn't have his hat.
The Doctor and his fez. Fezzes are cool.
Indiana Jones without his hat is just some weirdo with a whip fetish.
None of us will forget Buffy's time at the Doublemeat Palace.
A Culkin, a Phoenix and a Breslin prepare for the alien invasion in Signs.
The Batman's cowl counts, right?
Alexia Tarrabotti from the Parasol Protectorate book series sports proper steampunk headgear.
Captain Mal from Firefly will don a silly costume when necessary.
Would Captain Jack be as woozy/delightful without his hat?
Rincewind from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series makes his profession clear with his headwear.

The wings only work on a man with Thor's musculature.

I'm going to count Darth Vadar's helmet as a really big hat.
You'd be annoyed, too, if someone dropped a house on your sister.
The hat really distracts from Freddy Krueger's severe skin problems.
Harley Quinn is a Batman villain with style.
Ah, the Penguin. Another Batman villain who works the hat.

Villainous Heroes and Heroic Villains
Alex from Clockwork Orange makes bowler hats downright chilling.
Come on. Everyone loves Jayne's cunning hat, along with his extreme moral flexibility.
I don't remember Ian McKellan being so muscley in the X-Men movie.
Rorschach from Watchmen shows us that fedoras can be used for good or evil or brutally violent acts of vigilante justice.
Neither Hero nor Villain nor Anywhere In-Between

The Sorting Hat works its magic on Harry Potter.

Honestly, the hardest part of this post was choosing my favorite Lady Gaga hat. She has so, so many.
There is nothing unusual with this image. It is the natural order of things for brain slugs to be found atop a human's head.

The Mad Hatter would like to remind you that we're all mad here.
So there you have it! Who did I forget? What's with all the fedoras? And why do so few women wear hats in science fiction and fantasy?
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  1. Oh, Sara. Brain Slugs, Harley Quinn, and the tin foil hats all in one post? So much love.

    On Etsy, you can buy little brain slugs that are either attached to headbands, or can be pinned on your head. I'm thinking about getting one to wear to ComicCon this year.

  2. This is such a great collection, Sara! Did you guys see Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice's hats?

  3. Nikol, I'm planning to knit one of those myself -- after I finally get around to making Jayne's hat, of course. Also, I am so jealous that you're going to ComicCon!

    Megan, those hats were crazy cakes. I want to be a British debutant so badly! Bah!