It's a type of headgear that covers the forehead, the back of the head and sides of the face, but does not cover the top of the head or the face. Having said that, it comes with a few variations.

Gambit looking ready to fight.

A. Gambit. A character created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee. Appeared in “The Uncanny X-Men” in 1990. His headgear not only covers his chin and neck, but also seems to extend to the rest of the costume.

Matrix in the middle of a fight.

B. Matrix. A character that appeared in the video game “Time Killers”, which was released in November 1992. Her headgear does not cover her chin or neck.

Miss Haliday facing a threat that she never saw coming.

C. Miss Haliday. A character created by Max Autohead and Matthew Hatton. Appeared in “Cyberswine” in January 1995. Her headgear covers her chin and neck, but does not extend to the rest of her outfit.

Meanstreak looking very cocky.

D. Meanstreak. A character created by Ron Lim and John Francis Moore. Appeared in “X-Men 2099” in 1993. His headgear does not cover his chin, but it seems to extend to the rest of the costume.

What these examples have in common is that they all appeared in the 1990s. I have heard it said that fans generally consider this headgear dated at best and laughable at best. After all, why would you wear headgear if it doesn’t even protect your face or the top of your head?

I just wish I knew what this type of headgear is called.

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    I think the name for that is coif? Knights used to wear it under the helmet. But mail coif usually had hair covering so... Some sites call it hero balaclava but I don't think it has a name.
    – jo1storm
    Dec 27, 2023 at 21:23
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    I think the inspiration comes from skiing suits. Or maybe ice skating/ ice running suits. Gambit is Canadian. This is how 80s skiing equipment looked like i.pinimg.com/736x/54/d3/e6/…
    – jo1storm
    Dec 27, 2023 at 21:31
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    @jo1storm: If I'm not mistaken, those skiers just wear regular headbands, nothing that somehow frames the the face in a non-trivial way like in the OP's sample images. Dec 27, 2023 at 22:26
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    @jo1storm Gambit is specifically Cajun rather than Canadian, so probably not inspired by winter sports.
    – Showsni
    Dec 27, 2023 at 23:53
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    Robocop, 1987
    – Mazura
    Dec 27, 2023 at 23:54


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