So, there are a lot of costume elements in fiction that can be amazing: The long coat.  Killer boots.  An amazing cape, with or without scallops at the bottom to make you a bat.  But for my money, there’s nothing better than an excellent helmet, like the ones Iron Man used to have before they redesigned him to look like a metal orangutan.  Still, with all the cool helmets in the world, the burning question of which helmet is the best helmet is still up in the air, leading to today’s Doctor-Fate-is-in-the-top-five query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also make a strong case for Jay Garrick’s winged WWI doughboy helmet, especially now that I’ve seen it in live-action, asking: Which fictional headgear is the best helmet of them all?


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  1. I’m not sure if it is technically his helmet or his actual head, but my answer is one that I usually give for a lot of questions: Dr. Bong. Who can’t love a literal bell as a helmet? BTW, metal orangutan might be the phrase of the day.

  2. Star Wars has some good ones, like Vader, Boba Fett and Stormtroopers. Some contenders from comics definitely include Dr Fate and Judge Dredd. I guess Vader wins for mainstream fame.

  3. Probably biased as I’m working to join the Mandalorian Mercenaries Costume Club, but Mandalorian helmets. Doesn’t hurt that both the “Legends” EU and new canon alike have shown that they are more than just protective helmets, they also have technical assets to utilize (such as image enhancers, infrared and night vision, etc.).

    Otherwise, I have to go with the helmet of Sokichi Banba/Big One from J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai because he makes a rainbow motif look tough and formidable.

  4. Daniel Langsdale on

    Quite clearly the best must be Elmer Fudd/Siegfried’s Magic Helmet in What’s Opera, Doc? because it allowed him to finally kill the wabbit.

  5. Nova! Nova clearly has the best helmet with a cool star on the front… and I liked when it became sentient and talked to him post Annihilation.

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