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Can you think of people (real or fictional) who can be identified by their hat?

Asked by 6rant6 (13629 points ) January 30th, 2012

__I’m working on a project and will actually use these things.__

Can you think of any people or characters who could be identified by a picture of their hat alone? I’m sure some of Lady Gaga’s are unique, but are they well known enough? Indiana Jones has that fedora (?) but I don’t think it’s unique to him. People like Snoop Dog and Brad Pitt wear a lot of hats, but they don’t wear the same hat long enough for it to become their look. Harry Potter’s sorcerer’s hat possibly? I guess Batman’s is good.

Cartoons are often identifiable by the style of the artist rather than the garment. That’s not what I’m looking for.

Anyway, can you come up with any?

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gailcalled's avatar

Sarah Ferguson’s daughters.

GladysMensch's avatar

Abe Lincoln… duh

Judi's avatar

Abe Lincoln.
Santa

GladysMensch's avatar

Daniel Boone

wilma's avatar

Daniel Boon,
Abe Lincoln

Snap @GladysMensch,

Aethelflaed's avatar

Augusta Longbottom, Neville’s grandmother.

Jude's avatar

Carmen Miranda

rebbel's avatar

Santa
rebbel
Fidel Castro

JilltheTooth's avatar

Sherlock Holmes deerstalker

Bluefreedom's avatar

Indiana Jones

wilma's avatar

Napoleon?
The Quaker Oats man
Jack Sparrow

GladysMensch's avatar

Robin Hood

GladysMensch's avatar

The Tin Man (wizard of oz)

GladysMensch's avatar

The Riddler

GladysMensch's avatar

Flavor Flav

Jeruba's avatar

Cyrano de Bergerac (but only if you know the story)

6rant6's avatar

The Pope’s got more hats than Lady Gaga.
But I see the point. Just look for the guy with the biggest mitre in the place.

Santa’s a keeper

So you’re saying if you saw this or this or this that you’d be willing to guess who it belongs to (or even symbolizes)?

Bluefreedom's avatar

Slash (guitarist from Guns N’ Roses)

jazmina88's avatar

what about bandanas around the head?

Mother Theresa

blueknight73's avatar

the skipper from gilligans island :)

JilltheTooth's avatar

@6rant6 : The top hat would connect to too many for me including many a snowman, the tri-corn would make me think of George Washington, but yeah, the deer stalker would say Holmes to me. Of course, that’s what I said above so I can’t be really unbiased, there. :-P

phaedryx's avatar

british royal guard

6rant6's avatar

@JilltheTooth Yeah, the deerstalker was the one I GAed of the three. Although as it happens, the picture I referenced was from Michael Jackson’s wardrobe.

phaedryx's avatar

shriners

6rant6's avatar

There are a lot of people (Mother Teresa, Robin Hood, Daniel Boone, maybe Abe Lincoln) for whom you can conjure up a picture of the hat given the name, but not necessarily the other way around.

Maybe I should have asked for pictures of hats that would make us all go, “Oh, that belongs to…”

6rant6's avatar

@phaedryx I’m looking for individuals, not groups or occupations.

Lightlyseared's avatar

British police man.

Blueroses's avatar

Peter Pan

phaedryx's avatar

ah, thrown off by the wording of the question

6rant6's avatar

@Blueroses Peter Pan is interesting. I can’t seem to find one that’s not cartooned (where the style of drawing informs the viewer as well as the hat) or being worn with a unisex green top and fists on hips pose.

6rant6's avatar

@Bluefreedom I don’t think I’ve ever seen Slash’s hat without him under it. That would be an interesting experiment to run by people… see if they come up with his name.

Jeruba's avatar

Would you define a crown of thorns as a hat?

muppetish's avatar

The Man with the Yellow Hat is, usually, nameless and referred to only by this phrasal remark on his headgear.

@Bluefreedom The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is one of my Favourite Dr. Seuss books.

6rant6's avatar

@Jeruba Hm. Well, a crown of thorns certainly goes where a hat goes.

I would use it except this is a public school project and I don’t want to invite controversy.

Blueroses's avatar

The feathered cap was probably an invention Disney animators, but I would guess most people would look at this and think Peter Pan.

6rant6's avatar

@Blueroses I think you’re right!

JilltheTooth's avatar

How about this…can you guess?

6rant6's avatar

@JilltheTooth Not me. I was thinking something Roman, half the world off. Even knowing it’s Hawaiian, I’d never guess who it belonged to.

Nice hat, though

JilltheTooth's avatar

Oh, I’d instantly go to Kamehameha, probably mostly because that is the only Hawaiian of note I’m familiar with. Other than Jake, of course!

janbb's avatar

@muppetish @Bluefreedom Didn’t know if anyone else would remember Bartholomew Cubbins!

How about the peddler in Caps for Sale and Chico Marx?

King_Pariah's avatar

I’m surprised no one mentioned Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

Also:
Captain Crunch
Elmer Fudd
Yosemite Sam
The Mad Hatter
Napoleon Bonaparte

Blueroses's avatar

How about a Minnie Pearl hat?

Or Scarlett’s green curtains hat?

I like this question.

6rant6's avatar

I thought Minnie Pearl had a lot of hats (all with the price tag). Do you know?

Risking social pariahhood, I have to admit I’ve never read or watched Gone With the Wind. (I don’t generally watch movies set in Chicago.) So I don’t know whether this is iconic. Can anyone offer an opinion?

janbb's avatar

@6rant6 Chicago?

6rant6's avatar

@King_Pariah I see there are a number of variations on The Mad Hatter’s hat. But the inclusion of the 10/6 price tag certainly makes it easy to identify.

Blueroses's avatar

@6rant6 Well, technically, Sherlock Holmes wore a Bowler or Fedora (in the books) but just about everybody associates the Deerstalker cap with Holmes.

Similarly, everybody associates a brimmed, flowered hat with a price tag attached to Minnie Pearl.

rooeytoo's avatar

So many aussies have distinctive hats. There is an artist or a photographer who dealt exclusively with them, did a coffee table book of them. I looked for a link but can’t find it. Anyhow, no one specific, just everyone in general seem to have their own style of hat. Here is one of the most iconic brands.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Blueroses : Hahahahaha! Doyle is spinning in his grave at your same post connection of Holmes and Minnie Pearl

6rant6's avatar

@JilltheTooth If Minnie Pearl has him spinning, I hope he doesn’t hear about the latest movie…

6rant6's avatar

@saint So can you tell Davy Crocket’s hat from Daniel Boone’s hat? I can’t.

Devo is certainly associated with a hat. But the hat not so much with an individual. Still, it’s so good, I’ll try to find a way to use it.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Between this hat Q and @Jeruba‘s shoe Q I am very smiley on Fluther now.

saint's avatar

@6rant6 But Davy Crockett made it commercially famous. I have pictures of my dad in a Davy Crockett hat. Not a Daniel Boone hat. A Davy Crockett hat.

6rant6's avatar

@saint I don’t think your dad’s costume would be a useful mnemonic for most of us.

saint's avatar

Oh well. We can only do our best. I didn’t realize the stakes were so high. Feel free to ignore the attempt.

Coloma's avatar

Jed Clampett and Gilligan the professor annnnd, Marrry Aaaann…lol

Coloma's avatar

The Cat in the Hat.

6rant6's avatar

@Coloma I think Jed Clampett’s hat fits in the category of interesting experiments: who knows this hat? You’d have to ask if they’re over 40.

Cat in the Hat has become such a popular costume hat, that I’m sure people would identify the character from it.

CardAngel's avatar

Mr. Peanut? I mean, dude’s hat has his name on it.

Judi's avatar

Do Mickey Mouse ears count? You see the hat and think of him.

Keep_on_running's avatar

Hmm, famous person with hat that hasn’t been mentioned yet…damn, this is hard.

rebbel's avatar

Willy Wonka

Keep_on_running's avatar

@rebbel No!!! I was reading down the thread to see if anyone had written that already, and just got to you. argh

How about Dumbledore?

Coloma's avatar

@6rant6

Well wooo doggie it’s a sorry damn shame these here todays youngun’s taint never knowed the Clampetts. lol

bkcunningham's avatar

The Greek god Mercury.

bkcunningham's avatar

Uncle Sam.

6rant6's avatar

@Coloma What’s the first thing ya know?

bkcunningham's avatar

Jughead from the Archie Comics.

6rant6's avatar

@rebbel , @Keep_on_running
Wonka’s a very interesting character in relation to his hat because there are three quite distinct versions, one from the book and two from the movies. I wonder which one would be recognized most?

6rant6's avatar

@bkcunningham Yeah, if it’s got wings, it’s gotta be Mercury.

Keep_on_running's avatar

@6rant6 I would say Johnny Depp’s version, just because it’s more striking being black, and taller than the original. Younger generations probably wouldn’t recognise the brown one.

bkcunningham's avatar

Aunt Jemima.
General Douglas MacArthur.

Coloma's avatar

W.C. Fields

6rant6's avatar

@bkcunningham How do you tell MacArthur from Ike without the shades?

6rant6's avatar

@coloma, I don’t think either a straw hat or a top hat would be enough for someone to guess Fields.

SuperMouse's avatar

My first thought was Lt.Colonel Henry Blake which of course led me to think of Radar O’Reilly.

lynfromnm's avatar

Dumbledore
Robin Hood
Hoss Cartwright

Blueroses's avatar

This style Bowler screams Alex from A Clockwork Orange to me… but I wonder how many people would associate it with Charlie Chaplin or Hercule Poirot?

bkcunningham's avatar

His pipe. lol You are right. Bad choice.

6rant6's avatar

@lynfromnm Wow. Hoss Cartwright. I’m not sure even those of us who grew up on Bonanza would remember the hat. We’re coming up on the 40th anniversary of Dan Blocker’s death.

6rant6's avatar

@supermouse Did Radar wear the hat late into the series? I seem to recall he stopped wearing it. In any case, it’s hard to think of the character without seeing him respectfully doff and wad up his hat.

janbb's avatar

Who is under the Sorting Hat?

SuperMouse's avatar

@6rant6 I seem to remember he did stop wearing it toward the end of the series.

I also thought of Popeye Doyle and Popeye himself. Wow that link shows there is a treasure trove of chapeau wearing characters in that cartoon!

6rant6's avatar

@judi Interesting. I suppose so. Mickey Mouse.

bkcunningham's avatar

King Tutankhamun.

zenvelo's avatar

Patton’s helmet.

Everyone knows the Sorting Hat, but no one is identified with it, it identifies everyone.

bkcunningham's avatar

Did anyone say The Mad Hatter?

bkcunningham's avatar

Nevermind. I answered my own question.

Judi's avatar

How about Mickey’s Sorcerers hat in the Sorcerers Aprentice?

tinyfaery's avatar

Jack, of Jack In The Box fame.

bkcunningham's avatar

Mary Poppins.

Jude's avatar

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but, I had to check out Carmen on Wiki. She died in her 50’s. Had a heart attack whilst doing a musical number on the the Jimmy Durante show, but kept on going. She died a few hours after the show.

augustlan's avatar

[mod says] This is our Question of the Day!

fundevogel's avatar

The completeness of your answers only makes me thing harder.

Jayne from Firefly
Rosie the Riveter
Jackie O
Buckethead

And if King Tut counts so does Darth Vader.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Truman Capote?

I was looking for a Hirschfeld drawing of Capote to make the point, and didn’t find one – but I did find these actresses in their iconic hats. I think he could have drawn just the hats, and we could identified who they belonged to.

auhsojsa's avatar

The Osama Bin Laden.
Jack White.
Sean Lennon.
Geronimo.
Butch “the classy” Cassidy.

Symbeline's avatar

@Jeruba I’m familiar with the story, but his poems nose just comes to mind.

Also, a Viking. All Vikings are famous.

Darth Vader.

gailcalled's avatar

MIlo here; Or, you might prefer this

Both courtesy of @rooeytoo

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Her Majesty across the pond.

Bellatrix's avatar

Tommy Cooper

@Jude, he died on stage too. He always wore a fez.

rooeytoo's avatar

@zenvelo – I hadn’t thought of Ed Norton in years and isn’t it funny I never even thought of him when I heard the young guy’s name. Thanks for reminding me and yes, his hat was a classic!

erichw1504's avatar

The Mad Hatter

gailcalled's avatar

Popeye Doyle

@erichw1504: @King Pariah got there first. ^^

sliceswiththings's avatar

This sounds like a question for Sporcle!

In fact…here’s one and here’s another!

erichw1504's avatar

Indiana Jones.

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