Black hat (film)

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A black hat is a film's villain or bad guy, especially one literally wearing a black hat in a western, in contrast to the hero's white hat.

The custom was prominent in the 1968 classic Once Upon a Time in the West, and is often described as prevalent.[citation needed] It has been claimed that the common 2000s conception exaggerates the reality.[1]

The 1957-1963 television series Have Gun - Will Travel had a hero who dressed entirely in black when fully armed, and several other westerns featured heroes in black hats.

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