Many a time, (for a long time), has it been debated among our peers in the Touhou community to appraise and rate each and every hat in the series, but I ask, "what about those who cannot qualify, those who do not wear hats?"
Many a time, (for a long time), they have been left alone, cold, hatless, and double–crossed for something beyond their control.
I daresay it is time to do something about it! With your cooperation, we will determine the best hatlessness in the Touhou Project.
"How?" you might be thinking. Fret not! It is easy: You shall choose a candidate who does not wear a hat (the best picks have never worn a hat*, unlike Udongein, for example) and explain how they are the best at being hatless. To be more specific, tell us why this character is better off without a hat, and how wearing one would only weaken them, whether it be by design, or presence, or some other characteristic they would stand to lose.
Godspeed all, and have a jolly day!
*For those who's hattedness is ambiguous, be brave and make the best case you can. All will be scrutinized, and the hatted shall be shamed.
>>16651 WRONG. Now I admit you may have had a point, if not for the rest of her outfit, but her wearing of a skirt utterly undercuts that argument. Hatless she may be, but thematic it is not. >>16647 What are we to consider a hat in this case? Certainly not every character wears one but many have some other kind of headwear. Kutaka for example wears a chick upon her head, is this to be considered a hat?
>>16652 If we stretch the definition, a chick could be considered a hat, but look at Sanae and her hair accessory; that isn't a hat.
So, therefore, there must be a degree to which a head is covered before a hairpiece is considered a hat. It is thus necessary to consider the two extremes of the question: what is a hat? Something that covers the head entirely, like the black-white's hairpiece, can only be considered a hat, but if nothing is donning the head, like in Yuuka's case, there is no hat.
Somewhere in between the extremes, there lay the nebulous boundaries of a hat.
Let's enumerate who's in the 0% category – it's not a very long list. Sticking to Windows-era characters I count Kaguya, Kogasa, Unzan, Byakuren (except in ULiL and AoCF), Nue, Raiko, Sagume, Nemuno and Momoyo. (And some unnamed men from the manga, if you count them.)
There's also a surprising number of 2hus who become 60% hat compliant upon defeat in a danmaku battle by way of a large band-aid applied to their noggin. Do instances of non-consentual hat wearing apply a malus to an otherwise hat-less 2hu's final aggregate hat score?
Spontaneous manifestation of head ornamentation for medical purposes shouldn't count, I'd think. It's not part of their normal attire, it's just there for safety.
In other news, of the true hatless 2hus not yet discussed, I think Kaguya has a pretty good shot of dethroning the current leader.
Kaguya doesn't wear a hat, and doesn't need to. She has her own personal doctor in case she ever gets sunburned, she doesn't get much sun in the first place, and if she got a hat she'd stop having a character design in eternal stasis. Plus, Mokou has a very high hat score, and those two would obviously be on opposite sides of the scale.
Not to be needlessly contrarian, but I cannot accept 'medical reasons' as a valid explanation for this phenomena. A vast number of post-battle band-aid application are placed in strange places such as over the clothes/hair. Meanwhile scuff marks, bruises, and other clear indicators of fisticuffs remain uncovered and untreated.
I can only assume that the bizarre ritual of increasing a defeated opponent's hat/accessory score is meant as a show of dominance.