The Adulterous Shame Of Green Hats

Luigi has it rough. He has to play second banana to Mario, save for those occasional movements when he can strike out on his own. But, heck, the new Luigi's Mansion game was delayed to next year. But that's the least of the character's troubles. See, Luigi wears a green hat.

In China, Luigi's get-up is a faux pas: no Chinese man would want to wear a green hat.

Green hats don't mean much in Japan. In China, however, the expression "wearing a green hat" (戴绿帽子) is used to refer to a woman who cheats on her lover. One explanation is that the phrase apparently sounds similar to the word for cuckold. Another story goes that during the Yuan Dynasty, the families of prostitutes were forced to wear green hats. And yet another says that male brothel workers in the Tang Dynasty wore green hats. (There's even another story in which a hard-working man accidentally left the house wearing a green hat that his wife's lover had left by mistake.)

So yeah, the origins of "wearing a green hat" varies from story to story, but pretty much everyone in China knows what wearing one means. (Heck, even green hoodies might raise eyes and create jokes!)

However, when Chinese gamers look at Luigi's green outfit, they probably think, oh hey, it's Luigi. That doesn't necessarily mean they'd wear a green hat like the iconic plumber.

Suddenly, the Mushroom Kingdom seems like a very different place...

Cultural Quirks [Chinese Language Blog] Green Hat a No No [Random Wire]

Eric Jou contributed to this report.


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      Somebody's cranky this morning.

        Yep.

          Smart tip for the day: being honest about it doesn't make it any better.

      And yet you took the time to open the article, type a comment, post it, and reply to someone on here?

      Troll, and and rather dense one at that.

    What's insane about this article?

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    What about Link?

      Well, have you SEEN how many girls faun over him?

      It wouldn't surprise me if he had someone on the side when Zelda's out doing royal business...

      Ha! I didn't even think of that.

    Yet to everyone who complains about his articles, you all still seem to read them.

    Good question, I wanna know about Link too. Next is there Chinese cosplay of Link?

    Obviously the suggestion here is that Luigi is having it off with Peach when Mario isn't around!

    Luigi is my favorite.

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