Going Native on a literal Planet of Hats. Once their whole culture was built on them, social conventions and all, and the highest form of art was the labyrinth. To some degree, this is unavoidable; you only have so much screen time or page space to develop and explore a culture.
This is especially true in episodic series where the heroes travel to a new planet each week and you have to both introduce a planet and tell a story all within a single episode. Earth itself is sometimes portrayed as a Planet of Hats. The defining human characteristic is often "pluck" , "sheer cussedness" , creativity , and sometimes even "diversity" , though "evil" and "stupidity" are common in more misanthropic works. Sometimes it's stated that Hattery is the natural state and it's humans that are the aberrant ones, or rather that humanity's Hat is not having one.
Writers love to use the hat planet to represent controversial issues in society whenever they can. This way the show's characters can take a thinly disguised public stand on an issue that the network execs would otherwise consider too taboo to openly discuss. We can't have our heroes discussing euthanasia, but should they stumble across a Planet of Hats where everyone who gets sick is put to death , then it's okay.
Eventually the plots will run out with an entire race of identical people so one or more of the species will have their hat fall off, declaring My Species Doth Protest Too Much. For maximum typing, the characters can also be physically uniform, as in People of Hair Color. The Planet of Hats may also be an unintended result of a Character Exaggeration type Plot Tumor applied to an entire race, when the audience had previously only seen a single representative who the writers now wish to market.
For cases where a planetary hat is extrapolated retroactively from a single character, see Planet of Copyhats. Just for comparison, Earth has seven continents, hosting just under two hundred sovereign states, with an estimated five thousand ethnicities and 7, living languages. There is no reason to suspect that alien life forms would be any different, but in media they are nowhere near as diverse as one might expect. Occasionally justified in settings with relatively convenient space travel and colonization.
Consider that anatomically modern homo sapiens had scattered across the continents long before what we call "civilization" developed independently in different parts of the world, and that the absence of fast transportation or communication caused populations to be largely independent of each other until they had already developed persistent cultural differences. If a group of space colonists from the same culture settled an uninhabited planet and were left to develop on their own, they could hypothetically spread that culture over the entire planet and maintain it through technology, at least for a while.
May result because Apathy Killed the Cat. If the planet's hat is being evil, it's an example of Always Chaotic Evil. Serious Business is what happens when the show's setting gets a hat. See Single-Biome Planet when the planet is unnaturally uniform physically. One-Product Planet is a subtrope, but focuses on economics rather than culture. Has nothing to do with a certain war-themed hat simulator , Or the show Lidsville which was a literal planet of hats. For the webcomic of the same name, see here.
Jumoku is the place where everything is bigger. Yakkara is basically Vegas. And on and on. There's even Theme Naming for everyone from those districts e. Korore residents are named after colors, Peshi residents are named after fish, Furawau residents are named after flowers, Rokkusu residents are named after rocks.
We have planets where everyone's a beggar, fat, angry, lawless, sad, glows in the dark and so on. Subverted with Planet Fury, which appears to be a Crapsack World whose hat is fighting.
Its real hat is candor. The constant fighting is just a side effect. Cowboy Bebop In the episode "Mushroom Samba" itself the name of another trope , the crew of the Bebop finds that the terraformed moon Io has developed a culture apparently inspired by s Blaxploitation films.
Bebop used the different planets as either Fantasy Counterpart Culture or a planet of hats. In Kino's Journey , each country is a separate Planet of Hats, such as a country devoted to nothing but the construction of a tower, or one inhabited by people who do nothing but secretarial work.
Most amusing is the town which doesn't have a hat, and is trying desperately to get one. They show off some different 'ancient tradition' to every traveler who passes through. Kino remarks that this is their hat. Roughly every world they visit will be a Planet of Hats although some of them aren't as easy to notice.
The two main planets are Taraak the planet of men , a barren world where the locals are concerned with things like uniforms, practicality, appearing manly, and eating nutrition pellets think hamster food , and Mejere the planet of women , which looks like Las Vegas and has locals concerned with appearing nice, who eat foods that are basically dessert.
There's a darker side to this as well, as every inhabited planet was marked by a unique physical trait representing which organ was supposed to be harvested by Earth. Taraak and Mejele were male and female reproductive organs respectively. Autozam is all about the mental power-based technology , Fahren is a thinly-veiled Fantasy Counterpart Culture for Imperial China , and Chizeta's culture is entirely Arabian Nights -based.
In Nyarko-san , Earth's hat is specifically noted to pretty much be our entertainment industry, which is so popular out there its a controlled substance and we can't know how incredibly big our audience is , both due to lack of supply, although the nature of our fans also factored into their decision to hide while taking advantage of our funny hat. Major spoilers for Martian Successor Nadesico. It turns out the Jovian Lizards are actually a long forgotten human colony in the orbit of Jupiter, that rebelled and became an independent nation after the federation forsaken it.
The Jovians' hat is that their entire society and culture is based on Gekiganger3 , an old Super Robot anime within an anime , which is treated close to a sacred scripture by them.
We are introduced to the Namek race by Piccolo and Kami, who were original one person. Everyone in the race is green, reproduce asexually, is one gender male , have mystical abilities, and is peace-loving with the exception of Piccolo who was the Nameless Namek's evil side that was corrupted by living on Earth. Part of the reason for the uniformity is that the Nameks we see in the main story, with the exception of the Nameless Namek, all came from one father after the race was brought to the brink of extinction.
Which means any culture or other unique differences would be all but lost since everyone came from the same gene pool and raised by the same person. However, there are still subtypes or 'classes. The Saiyans were introduced by Goku. Once Raditz comes we learned that all Saiyans are freaking strong, transform into giant apes under a full moon, are prideful, and are Blood Knights. Goku is unique among his race because he doesn't have the Saiyan bloodlust. This is a combination of being raise on Earth, a head injury, and inheriting his mom's good nature.
Part of the justification for the Saiyans is that there were good Saiyans, but they were banished or repressed by the more violent parts of their race. The Saiyans' dark nature was also exploited by Frieza who used them to wipe planets and made them advance too fast so they never evolved past their barbaric ways.
One Piece has dozens of 'islands of hats', deriving plenty of its comedy from the various islands the characters visit and explore. Comic Books Top 10 by comic book genius Alan Moore The comic takes place in a city where everyone — the cops, the bus drivers, the bums on the street — is a superhero or some other "science hero" trope. This does have lots of room within it, however, as the titular team has a talking dog in an exoskeleton, the world's only Yazidi superhero, and a sarcastic Mazinger Z, amongst others.
Did we mention it's a police procedural? It's eventually revealed that the "10 Precinct" hence the "10" in "Top 10" is so called because it's the 10th in a series of alternate dimensions. Each dimension has its own precinct, and its own hat. The 10th is superheroes; other precincts include robot dinosaurs and Romans.
It's also revealed in a prequel that the city was set up after World War II and beings with superpowers were exiled to it. DC Comics has a lot of Hat Planets: In the Legion of Super-Heroes , most planets are like this, with their "hat" being related to their super-power; Naltor, planet of precogs, Titan, planet of telepaths, Colu, planet of geniuses, et cetera.
There used to be a rule that there could be no two members from the same planet, because "planet" and "superpower" were that synonymous. They also have two characters from Winath who at least some of the time share a superpower, but that's not Winath's hat — almost all the people of Winath are identical twins, and the two Legionnaires, Lightning Lad and Lightning Lass, are Half-Identical Twins , so similar that by deeping her voice and keeping the Most Common Superpower bound, Ayla managed to impersonate Garth.
In some media, the whole planet is devoted to farming. They don't have powers, though: Jo Nah got his powers from a Space Whale. And of course, the planet Bizmol, whose hat is eating things. This is all justified in Legion of Super-Heroes Annual 2 , which shows that all of these planets were specifically colonized a thousand years earlier by advanced humans with similar power-sets after Invasion!
Also occurred at least once in a Superman comic in which Jimmy Olsen is transported to the Planet of the Capes. This comic came out in the wake of the Planet of the Apes film, so they were probably going for the pun. Lobo occasionally encounters hat planets, such as planets made entirely from highway in the Lobo comic series , a vacation planet The Last Czarnian mini-series , and a planet populated by religious fundamentalists who immediately explode upon contact with any infidels by triggering an apparently inherited power through pushing down their head onto their shoulder.
The Hat of the Daxamites is violent xenophobia. Daxamites who don't try to kill aliens on sight are considered outcasts, and in one case was brainwashed by his own parents so that he would be a xenophobe. And just to complicate matters for aliens, they're on offshoot of Kryptonians , who win the Superpower Lottery when exposed to a yellow sun.
Blackest Night explains that Earth's Hat is in fact that it doesn't wear a Hat; Earth is the most diverse planet in the universe. This is due to it being home to the Entity that brought Life to the universe. Though Lex Luthor argues that he should get the Orange Lantern of Greed because Earth is all about consumerism and acquiring stuff.
In one Mickey Mouse detective story Mickey and Goofy are employed by aliens from a planet where everyone is a thief - its perfectly legal to steal, people are suspicious of someone who doesn't, and their leader got his position because he is such a great crook. No, not by cheating. People voted for him because he was such a dishonest man. They need an outsider because they are temporarily hosting an artifact shared with other, friendly planets, and they don't trust anyone on their own planet - with good reason.
The Mojoverse is an entire Dimension of Hats organized around television. Whoever has the best ratings is the Dimension Lord. In Invincible , all of the male Viltrumites have to grow moustaches. In the Justice League of America story "Heaven's Ladder" has a race of aliens infiltrating various planets to discover how each one views the afterlife and their religious beliefs.
For most races the alien sleeper-agents are things like priests or religious leaders, as all of the universe's alien races only have one religion apiece. On Earth, their human representative is a professor of comparative theologies. A theologian's the only option that makes sense from a comprehensive point of view.
Earth isn't one of those Star Trek planets with one global culture.