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1st Jun '16 5:32:46 PM DoctorCooper
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* {{Badass}}: A character is badass, possibly with long hair.
23rd Dec '13 5:28:37 AM treelo
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* ZootSuitLonghair: A long-haired man is dressed in clothing from a time period when long hair wasn't common.
1st Dec '13 8:55:44 PM HawktureShorts155
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* ZootSuitLonghair: A long-haired person is dressed in clothing from a time period when long hair wasn't common.

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* ZootSuitLonghair: A long-haired person man is dressed in clothing from a time period when long hair wasn't common.
1st Dec '13 8:55:26 PM HawktureShorts155
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* ZootSuitLonghair: A long-haired person is dressed in clothing from a time period when long hair wasn't common.
9th Jun '13 7:44:07 PM KantonKage
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* BraidsOfAction: A character has their hair tied in a braid or braids because it keeps the hair out of their face and looks awesome.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: When a character's power-up causes their hair to grow.
2nd Jun '13 4:24:25 AM Arha
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* BarbarianLonghair: A character has long, unkempt hair to show their aggression, wild and uncivilized nature.

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* BarbarianLonghair: A character has long, unkempt hair to show their aggression, aggressive, wild and uncivilized nature.
2nd Jun '13 3:21:00 AM SeptimusHeap
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->''"Never underestimate mysterious characters with strange hair."''
-->-- '''Noah''', ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2004-12-31/ sketchbook]]

A trope popular during the age of the NinetiesAntiHero, when Heroic or Anti-Heroic men with long hair were considered {{Badass}}. These days it isn't as prevalent as it was then, but for a while it seemed every ActionHero had hair down to at least their shoulders. Usually their long hair was tied back into a ponytail (loose, flowing hair was usually the sign of the grunge bully, but not always), or else was worn in the classic mullet style (or a HimeCut).

Often combined with the BadassLongcoat or the BadassCape for extra {{Badass}} points. {{Action Girl}}s and {{Dark Action Girl}}s vary on this a lot - they might have short hair practical for fighting, or they might take this UpToEleven with RapunzelHair.

Coupled with WildHair, this is very common among WildChild characters, if only because they've never had anything to cut their hair with, or any reason to do so for that matter. {{Samurai}}, who traditionally grew their hair long and wore it either in a ponytail or a ''mage'', are also likely to be this.

Note that before the NinetiesAntiHero made this trope popular, [[LongHairIsFeminine long hair was predominantly associated with femininity]] in 20th century Western culture. There were exceptions, of course, and it still is, in many cases.

See PrehensileHair when it's the WeaponOfChoice.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has Inuyasha, Sesshomaru, Koga, Naraku, plus a bunch of there-and-gone-again characters, some of them very pretty.
* The "Super Saiyan 3" form in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', in which no matter how long your hair was in your normal form, it extends down to your waist. Special mention to Raditz, who, though he never even reached Super Saiyan 1, much less 3, had [=SS3=]-length hair ''in his normal form''.
** In fact, Raditz's hair has inspired a great deal of fanart either recoloring his hair to make him look like Super Saiyan 3 or by drawing what his hair might look like as a Super Saiyan 3.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Kenpachi, Renji, Byakuya, Kyoraku, Ukitake, Yoruichi, Unohana, Nnoitra, Rose, Ilfort, and Findor.
** Ichigo after temporarily transforming into a [[SuperpoweredEvilSide hollow]] as well as his Final Getsuga Tensho form.
** Sui-Feng keeps most of her hair short, but she does have two extremely long braids.
** Grimmjow, Ulquiorra, and Aizen in their [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow released forms]].
** The newest batch of villains gives us As Nodt, Haschwald and their boss, Juhabach, all of them with waist-length hair, all of them worthy of HeroKiller status.
** From Creator/TiteKubo's other work, ''ZombiePowder'', we have [[BadassLongcoat Akutabi Gamma]] and [[DudeLooksLikeALady Ranewater]] [[ViewerGenderConfusion Calder]], but his is always in a braid (except in a profile {{omake}} for the [[{{Fanservice}} fans]]).
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' gives us Jack Rakan, and Negi himself. Noticeably, as Negi steadily becomes more badass over the couse of the manga, his hair gets longer. Also, Kotaro, Asuna, Setsuna, Kaede, Mana, and Yue.
** A notable example is Negi's "Raiten Taisou 2", an obvious ShoutOut to [=SSJ3=].
** Negi's father Nagi as well as Kotaro.
* Edward Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
** EVERYONE in this series with long hair is a guaranteed badass. Period. Actually, just about every major character is a badass. It's a box of multiflavored badass.
* ''{{Hellsing}}'': Alucard has normal-length hair most of the time, but his hair gets longer depending on what [[OneWingedAngel release state]] he is in. The more powerful he is, the longer it grows.
** Pip and Luke count as well.
* Several male ninjas in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' have long hair, noticeably Jiraiya (who uses it like a weapon), Orochimaru, Shikamaru, Neji, Sakumo, Deidara, Inoichi and Itachi. After the timeskip, Choji has this too.
** And don't forget Hashirama and Madara- the latter's hair even reaches his ''hips''.
* Shiryu in ''SaintSeiya''.
** ...and [[SplitPersonality Saga]] and [[TheManBehindTheMan Kanon]] and [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]] and [[AGodAmI Shaka]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Milo]] and [[AnIcePerson Camus]] and [[NiceGuy Aldebaran]] and [[PsychicPowers Mu]] and [[GorgeousGeorge Aphrodite]] and [[PuppeteerParasite Minos]] and [[BackFromTheDead Shion]]...although, yes, Shiryu is the only one of the main FiveManBand to have long hair.
** How about [[AnIcePerson Hyoga]]?
* Kanda from ''DGrayMan'' ''is'' this trope, to [[{{Bishonen}} the point]] where he [[DudeLooksLikeALady looks like a girl]]. General Cross also has long, flowy hair.
** Also Tyki Mikk in later chapters, even though he eventually cuts it back short.
* Alex Rowe in ''LastExile''.
* Ray from ''Beyblade'' is the most obvious offender. Even more badass, considering he always keeps it wrapped in a white cloth, making it resemble a white tiger tail.
* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', ''Germania'' has long, flowing hair (occasionally with a braid or two thrown in). This is the guy who took down the Roman Empire. It doesn't get much more badass than that.
** Also, China, of the ponytailed variety.
* Duo Maxwell from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''.
* Several characters in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', including Yusuke himself while being possessed by his ancestor, who also sports long hair and has the epithet "God of Fighting". Also, Youko Kurama, Shishiwakamaru, Karasu, and Yomi among others.
* Shin, Rei, Toki, Yuda, and Shu from ''FistOfTheNorthStar''.
* Kenshin and Hiko of Manga/RurouniKenshin have long hair.
* Jin from ''SamuraiChamploo''.
* VampireHunterD with his long, curly hair.
* Hyakkimaru from ''{{Dororo}}''. Especially since he's [[HandicappedBadass missing most of his body parts]], yet he can still be a badass.
* [[ShugoChara Nagihiko Fujisaki]] (''especially'' as Beat Jumper), overlapping with LongHairedPrettyBoy.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'', though rare, has Fried, Gajeel and Zancrow.
** Erza, Ikaruga, Mirajane, Ultear and Evergreen as well.
* ''AngelSanctuary'': Rosiel, Alexiel, Sevothtarte, Astaroth, Lucifer, Arachne, and Uriel.
* ''{{Claymore}}'' has Teresa, Ilena, Galatea, Ophelia, Undine, Alicia and Beth, Miata, Anastasia, Yuma...
* Cassandra Jill Warlock from ''BlackBloodBrothers''.
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Katsura]] from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is one of the best swordsmen in the show and leads, or at least tries to lead LaResistance. His hair goes down to his back. Back in his roughhousing teenage years, Hijikata had fairly long hair as well.
* In ''HunterXHunter'', Gon has BadassLonghair so long it doubles as RapunzelHair [[spoiler:after his recent DeadlyUpgrade]]. Justified since [[spoiler:he forcefully aged himself at least a decade -- that's at least ten years' worth of hair growth.]]
* [[TheSociopath Agon]] from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is a [[SmugSnake villainous]] [[JerkJock variant]]. Taka may be a straighter example.
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', nearly everyone who has long hair is a {{Badass}}. This is justified because the Magi universe combines long hair as a status symbol with AuthorityEqualsAsskicking. Some examples include the main character Aladdin, a BadassAdorable cute boy with a thin braid to his hips, his DarkerAndEdgier {{Foil}} Judal with a thick braid down to his ankles, and, most of all, BadassInCharge SupportingLeader Sinbad with a ponytail reaching his calves. In the Kou empire, all of the princesses have really long hair and all of them are really badass to boot.
* Definitely [[PsychoForHire Squalo]] from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
* Some of the later [[TheLancer Lancers]] of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' lean this way, most noticeably [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Kouji Minamoto]] and [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Kiriha Aonuma]]. A few Digimon also do this, such as [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Angemon]] and [[Anime/DigimonSavers [=MirageGaogamon=]]] [[SuperMode Burst Mode]].
* Silver from ''PokemonSpecial''. More-so then any other counterpart of his, due to his CharacterDevelopment, though his game counterpart eventually becomes close to this.
* Both Goki and [[BigBad Gessho]] from ''{{Kagerou-Nostalgia}}'' have very long, flowing hair. The former's a lethal soldier and BladeOnAStick user; the latter's an ungodly powerful demonic entity who [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] the heroes with ease.
* In ''YamiNoMatsuei'' this trope is implemented in an interesting way with the humanoid forms of shikigami. You see, the length of a shikigami's hair is actually an indicator of how powerful they are, so the most badass ones end up with RapunzelHair.
* Tomoyo from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''.
* Homura from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' with her epic {{Hair Flip}}s.
* ''RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma Saotome, back when he had a long ponytail and was training in China. He trades it in for a badass [[BraidsOfAction Braid Of Action]] later on.
** Mousse. Sure, he may be as blind as a bat, but he can kick some ass.
* Souichi from the {{yaoi}} manga ''Manga/{{Challengers}}'' and ''Manga/TheTyrantFallsInLove''. His long feminine SlipknotPonytail'd locks don't mean he isn't a terrifying person to face in a fight, especially if you're one of those homos he hates so much for "corrupting" his [[BigBrotherInstinct precious]] [[KnightTemplarBigBrother little brother]]...
* Luca from ''SaintBeast'' when he lets the RapunzelHair down.
* Ian from {{A Cruel God Reigns}} is a mixture of this and {{Long Haired Pretty Boy}}.
* Manga/AngelCrush: All male leads that have angel forms assume this when they transform, usually for {{SwordFight}}s and {{FightScene}}s.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''{{Superman}}'' played with this trope. Right after he came back from his "death", he wore a mullet that he often tied back into a pony tail. He cut it just prior to his marriage to [[SecretKeeper Lois Lane]].
** This was used in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', during those portions where the 1996 modern DCU was shown.
** Also in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday''. One of the few ways in which to tell which Superman was the clone and which was the original in the final battle is the close up shots. The clone had the traditional spitcurl, while the original had a mullet.
* Long hair is as widespread as the [[MostCommonSuperPower Most Common Super-Power]] amongst females in comics - even amongst bruisers like WonderWoman and [[SheHulk She-Hulk]] - and to list them all would likely mean listing 90% of all women with ''hair.''
* ComicBook/{{Gambit}}, Longshot, and Bishop of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}. The latter is a rare black example of this trope.
** Omega Red as well.
** Shatterstar. In fact, some fans were actually disappointed when the character's recent redesign gave him shortly cropped hair.
** In fact, for a while it was safe to say long hair was more popular among the X-'''Men''' than the X-'''Women'''.
** Ultimate Wolverine sometimes has longer hair.
* Marvel's [[TheMightyThor Thor]] has always had shoulder-length hair. Justified in that shoulder-length hair was popular among the Vikings, but it was highly unusual for an American hero in the early 1960s.
* Wallace from ''SinCity''
* Dick Grayson had long hair for much of his career as {{Nightwing}}. He actually got a CloseCallHaircut in the first issue of his ongoing series in 1996.
* The entire cast of ''ElfQuest''.
* MarvelStarWars regularly portrayed Luke with his hair much longer than normal. Most famous is an image of a long-haired shirtless Luke firing an E-web blaster.
* TheHulk's son Skaar.
** Also Doc Samson. Justified in his case because, like the Biblical Samson, his strength is dependent on how long his hair is.
*** Later, the good doctor's gamma mutation stablized, meaning he can cut his hair however he likes. It does remain permanently green, though.
* Jackie Estecado of ''ComicBook/TheDarkness.'' For the [[VideoGame/TheDarkness Videogame adaption]] they cut his armor, pointing out that his "civilian" look was awesome enough on it's own, this likely had something to do with it.
* H'el from ''ComicBook/HelOnEarth'' has a head of long, flowing, black hair. He's also a mysterious, powerful Kryptonian who single-handely defeated ''Superman, Supergirl, and Superboy'' in a fight and continues to be tough adversary throughout the story.
* When Jack Russell a.k.a. ComicBook/WerewolfByNight turns into [[NinetiesAntiHero more of an antihero]] during TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks he lets his hair grow out to shoulder length, sometimes even longer. It's not until the mid-2000s that he cuts it off again.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''
* Khan in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''
* In ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', Captain Jack Sparrow sports a lengthy dreadlocked-braided-beaded mane, intended to proclaim his LovableRogue / MagnificentBastard / AntiHero status. The character is now so closely associated with that hairstyle, you can refer to [[http://www.deppimpact.com/gallery/albums/caps_dmc/dmc_caps1731.JPG 'Jack Sparrow hair']] and people will know what you mean.
* Randy "The Ram" Robinson of ''TheWrestler''.
* Mel Gibson wore his hair in a mullet in the first three ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies before finally bowing to modern hairstyles in the fourth.
* Steven Seagal wore his hair long all of his films except the one in which his character was required to have short hair, ''Film/UnderSiege'', in which he played an active duty Master Chief Petty Officer in the Navy.
* Most of the heroic cast of the ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]]'' films.
* Jean-Claude Van Damme sports a powerful mullet in ''Film/HardTarget''
* The protagonist from the film BlackCloud.
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'': Snake Plissken.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
* Franchise/{{Rambo}} (especially in the third part).
* Ardeth Bey from ''TheMummyTrilogy''.
* Gabriel Film/VanHelsing.
* ''Film/{{Machete}}''.
* Vincent in ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* Cameron Poe in ''Film/ConAir''.
* ''StarWars'': Qui-Gon Jinn.
* Both Film/{{Thor}} and [[BadassGrandpa Odin]].
** [[Film/TheAvengers Loki]] too, after he TookALevelInBadass
* Another ActionGirl example: Maid Marian in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' fights Robin in hand to hand combat, and then is shown to have waist-length curly hair.
* Antonio Banderas in ''{{Desperado}}'' and ''OnceUponATimeInMexico''.
* Prince Nuada in ''HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' has long, flowing and unbound hair that whips about dramatically as he fights.
* AlexanderTheGreat gains this in his [[Film/{{Alexander}} titular film]] with each [[TookALevelInBadass Level of Badass]] he takes; a more subtle form of PowerMakesYourHairGrow.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/{{Tarzan}}. No barbers in the jungle.
* ConanTheBarbarian.
* Jamie and most of the other leading men in the ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series.
* ''TheElricSaga'': Elric of Melnibone.
* Anyone as badass as ''SnowCrash'''s Raven has earned the right to wear hair like this.
* In the Aubrey-Maturin series, Jack Aubrey pays homage to Lord Nelson and other heroes of his youth by continuing to wear his hair in a long queue [[OutdatedOutfit years after]] most navy men are cutting it short. His long-time crew members follow suit. This causes trouble for Barrett Bonden eventually: he loses a wrestling match when his opponent manages to grab hold of his queue.
* Joscelin of ''KushielsLegacy''. In fact, most of the D'Angeline warriors.
* Sirius Black, Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape.
* Roshaun from YoungWizards.
* SolomonKane.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': An enforced trope with the Dothraki. All warriors wear braids with bells in them that mark notable achievements in battle. If you're defeated in battle, you must cut your braid off. Thus, the longer and louder the warrior's braid, the more BadAss he is. The main Dothraki leader in the first book, Khal Drogo, sports a braid that trails past his waist. He's never been defeated.
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'': Drizzt Do'Urden wears his white hair long, as does his friend Wulfgar. The one is a terrifying swordmaster, while the other is a BarbarianHero who once sank a ''ship'' with a [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks thrown warhammer]].
* Literature/DarkLife has [[LongHairedPrettyBoy Pretty]].
* The nameless P.O.W. in ''Literature/{{Beachwalker}}'' has long black hair, and can end you with nothing but one forearm free.
* Both Oliver and Asad in ''Literature/TheSeaHawk''.
* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/CountToTheEschaton The Hermetic Millennia]]'', the warrior Chimarae wear their hair long. BraidsOfAction when they go into battle, and then they comb it out when the battle's over, as a sign of peace.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Tommy Oliver of the ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. [[LampshadeHanging Made fun of]] in ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'' and in [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Forever Red]].
* Duncan [=MacLeod=] in ''HighlanderTheSeries.'' He always kept his tied back in a ponytail, at least in modern day. During flashbacks he occasionally had short hair, and occasionally wore his long hair flowing loose, depending on the time period. Averted in the final season, where Duncan got an ImportantHaircut (possibly because Adrian Paul was tired of the ponytail).
* Eliot from ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is TheBigGuy and has slightly-below-shoulder-length hair; usually it hangs loose but he occasionally pulls it into a ponytail, especially when he knows he's about to get into a fight.
* Sawyer and Sayid of ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* Lorenzo Lamas in ''{{Renegade}}'' (1992-1997).
* DogTheBountyHunter
* Jax Teller and Opie Winston on ''SonsOfAnarchy'', although Opie usually conceals his. Since they're both {{BadassBiker}}s they got {{BadassBeard}}s to go along with it, Jax as of season 3.
* The Eighth Doctor, in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[MadeForTVMovie Made-for-TV]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie Movie]]. Also, the Eleventh Doctor sports one for quite a bit of "The Wedding of River Song."
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'': Hercules and Iolaus.
* Not as extreme as some examples, but in ''{{Smallville}}'' [[BigBad Lionel]] [[MagnificentBastard Luthor]] started out as one of these. As he got more and more obsessed and evil his hair got longer; by Season 3 it fell at least to his shoulders. His ImportantHaircut at the end of the season marked the beginning of his HeelFaceTurn; fortunately, it did not induce BadassDecay. The alternate, still-evil Lionel from the last two seasons has 'our' Lionel's badguy-days hair cut.
* Ronon Dex of ''Series/StargateAtlantis''.
* Sully in ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. His hair length varied over the series and during the movies, but it was always long and almost always loose. Sometimes he wore a bandanna to keep it back.
** And he didn't have exclusive rights to long-haired badassery. On the less heroic side, saloon owner [[http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i12/notafrog/hanklawson_zpsc71543c9.jpg Hank Lawson]] made a good fist of it too.
* Tyr Anasaze from Series/{{Andromeda}}. Most badass on the crew, longest hair on the crew. [[spoiler: Until season 4. The one where he died.]]
* Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill in ''TwinPeaks''.
* Worf from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise, as well as many other Klingons. Wild dudes have wild hair, apparently.
* Sam Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has gotten pretty shaggy over the years, which makes for a visual contrast with brother Dean.
* Wild Bill Hickok in ''{{Deadwood}}'', as was truth in television.
* In ''ChinesePaladin'', [[FallenHero Jiang Ming]] invokes this look by wearing a lock of hair dramatically down across his face. It's a distinctive enough look that his ghost is recognized by it a century later.
* Manny in ''BlackBooks'' isn't exactly a badass (though he has his moments), but even Bernard is impressed by his hair.
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[[folder:Manhua]]
* The vast majority of the cast from ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'', justified as it's set in Han Dynasty China and men having long hair was very common.
* Hai An from ''Manhua/InfinityGame'' when he transforms into his paladin form.
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[[folder: Mythology & Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: [[Literature/TheBible Samson]]. [[WeaksauceWeakness Without the hair?]] Not so badass.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* Gackpoid, the purple-haired samurai from {{Vocaloid}}.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* HulkHogan, ShawnMichaels, TheUndertaker, TripleH, and a lot of other pro wrestlers have kept this trope alive past the 90's and into the 2000's and 2010's.
** In particular, {{Edge}} and TheUndertaker both combine it with the previously mentioned BadassLongcoat. In fact, 'Taker even has a fairly [[NiceHat awesome hat.]]
** Justified, the hair was intended to hide a wrestlers face (to protect kayfabe) when they were telling the next sequence of moves to their opponent, and it also assists in selling certain moves that require the wrestler to avoid contact with the mat to keep themselves from getting a legitimate injury.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]

* Surprisingly prevalent in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The GodEmperor of Mankind.
** Eldrad Ulthran, Chief Farseer of Craftworld Ulthwe.
** Several of the Primarchs, namely Sanguinius, Corax, Lion El'Jonson, Fulgrim, Leman Russ, and Jaghatai Khan. The Blood Angels, the {{Space Marine}}s descended from Sanguinius, still have a number of Badass Longhairs, such as Dante and Mephiston.
* No less present in ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]'', with the elven factions especially. It is noted in their army lists that among elves long hair is considered to be a sign of virility, and all their folk-heroes are always depicted with long hair. Their miniatures on the tabletop all have long hair coming out from under their helmets, and the books state that they usually tie it back into BraidsOfAction and guard it with decorative rings and clasps to keep it out of the way in battle.

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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Most ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' protagonists, and some ''an''tagonists, have this.
** All of the [[http://images.wikia.com/castlevania/images/e/ef/Belmonts.png Belmonts]] have longer hair except for Reinhardt Schneider (second from the right in the picture).
** Alucard.
*** [[spoiler:His other identity, Genya Arikado, has black hair that is shorter than his original blonde 'do. But just by a little.]]
** Soma Cruz
* [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Final Fantasy]] has its fair share of this trope. [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np6/char2/sephiroth-dissidia.jpg Sephiroth]] is the epitome of this combining it with a [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoat]].
* Riku from KingdomHearts started as TheRival who is a [[FaceHeelTurn good guy who explored villainy]], then was possessed by the big bad and had some FightingFromTheInside, then had an another side another story, then TookALevelInBadass and turns into a mysterious protector and THEN becomes the awesome [[TheLancer lancer]].
** However, in ''Kingdom Hearts 3D'' Riku has chopped of nearly all of his hair in a presumably ImportantHaircut. [[hottip:*:We don't see the haircut, or know the meaning, but it is likely do the the Japanese cultural trope of a haircut symbolizing moving on from your past]]
* Zero from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]''. No matter what body he has, it is ''always'' there.
** And later would be ''MegaManZX's'' Girouette (Zero's {{expy}}) and Vent (as of ''ZX Advent'').
* Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has a [[BadassCape Cape]]/Longhair combo going on.
* Aribeth and Nathyrra in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', possibly Elanee and Shandra in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2, definitely Gann in Mask of the Betrayer, and potentially the player in all of them.
* Kratos if you consider his hair long enough, Zelos, Yuan, Regal and the BigBad Yggdrasil in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Also, Richter, in the sequel.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' had Jade, Asch, Tear and Van. Subverted with Luke, who is a complete JerkAss until [[spoiler:his ImportantHaircut]].
* Yuri Lowell from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. It's also worth noting that his entry on the character page has more than ''[[strike:five]]'' '''''ten''''' different kinds of BadAss tropes attributed to him, so his position as our current trope poster boy is well-earned.
* Nephi from ''BlackSigil'', already a BadassLongcoat, has long flowing green locks.
* ''{{Yo-Jin-Bo}}'' has Muneshige, whose hair is up in a ponytail (which [[SlipknotPonytail inevitably comes down]] in his Good ending), and Bo, whose hair is very long and sleek and (by his own admission) [[DudeLooksLikeALady quite feminine]].
* Kain from ''LegacyOfKain''. He has not changed his hairstyle in over a thousand years, and with good reason.
* Mr. R from [[BoysLove Boy Love game]] ''VisualNovel/KichikuMegane'' is an example of this with his long braid. The fact that he's in effect the [[BigBad instigator of the entire plot]] prevents this from being a simple case of [[LongHairedPrettyBoy just looking pretty]].
* VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} and Jeanne count. Mostly since their hair contains their power and is used to manifest their powers and demonic summons. Including a demon who PUNCHES GOD'S SOUL INTO THE SUN! Can't get much more badass than that
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' has Dias Flac.
* Gulcasa of ''YggdraUnion'', ''BlazeUnion'', and ''YggdraUnion'' has [[FieryRedhead bright red hair]] [[RapunzelHair that goes down past his knees]], and the man is a OneManArmy you ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes do not]]'' want to piss off. The symbolism of his long hair goes further than just badassery, though; he was abused as a child, and keeping his hair as long as it is shows that no one can ever pull it or use it to restrain him now that he's grown up and become powerful.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has a ton of examples of this trope, and most of them are of the myrmidon/swordmaster class (the series' internal UrExample is [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Navarre]]). Probably because they critical hit often and their critical hit animations are particularly flashy.
** The biggest example is Shanan from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' games. We met him in the first part of ''Seisen no Keifu'' as an adorable short-haired boy who looked up to his aunt Ayra and felt powerless for not being able to [[spoiler: stop Lady Diadora's kidnapping and brainwashing.]] Flashforward 17 years and the grown-up Shanan not only has let his hair grow to his hips, but he's taken ''many'' levels in badass.
* From ''SengokuBasara'' we have Keiji, Mitsuhide, Yukimura, Nagamasa and Kotaro.
* ''DynastyWarriors''. And ''SamuraiWarriors''. Combined, there are too many to count.
* Arthas Menethil from VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}. And Varian. And Thrall. And Magni. And Muradin. And Deathwing in his humanoid form. And more!
* Shou from ''BurningRangers'' fits this trope. He had long silver hair tied up in a ponytail but was also the oldest and most experienced member on the crew. Bar maybe Chris.
* The Arishok of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. This is most obvious in the CGI "Destiny" trailer, where you can see it move while he fights Hawke - it's still there in the actual game, [[NoFlowInCGI just not as luxurious.]]
* VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha gives us Ken Masters. We mostly remember him with shoulder-length hair, but in the Alpha continuity his hair was down to his back.
** Apparently, [[http://streetfighter.wikia.com/wiki/File:Sagat-young.png Sagat]] had quite long hair when he was young. (Protip: the big "ponytail" is a part of his ''mong kon'' headband, but pay a little more attention you'll see that he ''also'' has a normal ponytail.) In the actualy storyline, however, Sagat is the owner of a BaldOfAwesome.
** Gouken is the almost impossible example where this crosses with ''BaldOfAwesome''. He actually has hair that goes down his back... ''and'' is very thin on top at the same time.
* The ''JakAndDaxter'' series gives us [[PhlebotinumRebel Jak]] (in ''JakII''), [[LaResistance Torn]], [[CigarChomper Jinx]] and [[WastelandElder Damas]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Maxim of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''.
* Equius Zahhak of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', whose hair is black, straight and extends just down his shoulder. Well befitting the trope, he was perhaps the most {{Badass}} of the trolls for a good part of the story, being a [[TheStoic stoic]] GeniusBruiser whose most defining characteristic and ideal ([[NightmareFetishist love of musclebeasts aside]]) was being STRONG.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' Jyu [[AlwaysVSexy V]][[BadassLongRobe io]][[KungFuWizard le]] [[BrokenBird Gra]][[JerkassWithAHeartOfGold ce]]. Long hair, kicks ass.
* Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin of Webcomic/{{Nimona}}.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[MeaningfulName Brock]] [[Literature/TheBible Samson]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' wears his hair long.
** Hank Venture [[InvokedTrope wishes he was a badass]], and has grown his hair out during the fourth season.
** Agent 21 has long hair and TookALevelInBadass, but he had long hair before that, and it's normally covered by his uniform anyway, so I'm not sure it counts.
* SamuraiJack has very long hair that he keeps bundled up into a samurai's topknot. When it comes undone, you are about to have an [[CurbstompBattle asswhooping]].
* Chase Young of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.
* Finn of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', though he keeps it as CompressedHair under that NiceHat of his. He shaved it off, anyway, but it grew back quickly.
* Lance and Solomon of ''SymBionicTitan''
* [[BigBad Van Kleiss]] of ''GeneratorRex''. Rex has even made a few comments about it here and there.
* Nightwing (past Robin) in WesternAnimation/TeenTitans, although he also falls into the category of LongHairedPrettyBoy.
--> '''Future Beast Boy (balding)''': Man, that is ''so'' unfair!
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' has {{flashback}} character Leo, a {{Catfolk}} LongHairedPrettyBoy with an impressive lion's mane to match his status as RebelLeader, and TheDrifter, a mysterious, highly EccentricMentor with [[MessyHair unkempt]], straw-filled hair, and a habit of playing trickster to seasoned swordsmen.
* Skysurfer One, the leader of the ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'' as well as Soar Loser.
* A one-shot character he may be, but [[AcePilot Mobius Quint]] of SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo pulls off being one of their toughest, manliest characters (especially since he's a BadassNormal) while still having probably more hair than any of the other human characters.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* George Custer was called "Longhair" by the Plains Indians. He [[PowerNullifier got a haircut]] before going off on his [[LastStand last campaign]].
* [[AmericanCivilWar For that matter, George Pickett.]]
* Basically 90% of Music/HeavyMetal bands, especially during TheEighties, and ''all'' Hair Metal bands. If they aren't this trope then they're probably sporting BaldOfAwesome or a mohawk.
* [[http://groovyvic.mu.nu/archives/images/Robert_Plant02.jpg Robert Plant]],
* [[http://tinyurl.com/237py22 Cormac Neeson]] of The Answer.
* Claudio Sanchez of CoheedAndCambria
* Roger Daltrey of TheWho
* JimButcher used to have this, but then he cut it off on a whim. He's growing it out again.
* NeilYoung
* Walter Becker of Music/SteelyDan
* Guitarist [[http://www.celebrityrockstarguitars.com/rock/images/cs-SteveVai3-Atlanta71901.jpg Steve Vai]]
* Crazy Horse
* Trace Adkins
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/aronra?blend=2&ob=4 AronRa]].
* JerryGoldsmith rocked the CoolOldGuy ponytail.
* The male citizens of Sparta were required by law to have long hair. The father of Spartan law, Lycurgus said that "long hair adds beauty to a good face, and terror to an ugly one." Before battle, the Spartans would carefully comb and braid their hair, partly to keep it out of the way, but also because braids added extra protection against blows to the head.
* Most samurai, though they tied their hair in topknots. Tying one's hair was commonly interpreted as a sign of a devotion to the one's master. {{Ronin}}s didn't tie their hair. Thus the common image of a wild, unruly ronin with an equally wild mane of hair.
* Secular knights wore their hair long and tended to be clean shaven. It's thought that long hair might have added cuisioning for their helments. TheKnightsTemplar innverted the look by [[BaldOfAwesome shaving their heads bald]] and [[BadassBeard growing long beards]].
* Magglio Ordoñez, formerly.
* Played straight and averted by the Vikings; they ''could'' have long hair, but the warriors mostly cut it chin-length to prevent it from being a liability in battle.
* Troy Polamalu. His long hair has become iconic in the city of Pittsburgh.
* Wild Bill Hickcok
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Lemmy-02.jpg Lemmy Kilmister]]
* MixedMartialArts fighters Benson Henderson and Clay Guida are known for their shoulder-length hair in a sport where long hair can be a disadvantage. Guida is infamous for not even tying it back during fights. Commentators have been baffled at how he can see through the thick mane of hair that keeps dropping over his eyes.
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->''"Never underestimate mysterious characters with strange hair."''
-->-- '''Noah''', ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2004-12-31/ sketchbook]]

A trope popular during the age
wick, please change it to one of the NinetiesAntiHero, when Heroic or Anti-Heroic men with long hair were considered {{Badass}}. These days it isn't as prevalent as it was then, but for a while it seemed every ActionHero had hair down to at least their shoulders. Usually their long hair was tied back into a ponytail (loose, flowing hair was usually the sign of the grunge bully, but not always), or else was worn in the classic mullet style (or a HimeCut).

Often combined with the BadassLongcoat or the BadassCape for extra {{Badass}} points. {{Action Girl}}s and {{Dark Action Girl}}s vary on this a lot - they might have short hair practical for fighting, or they might take this UpToEleven with RapunzelHair.

Coupled with WildHair, this is very common among WildChild characters, if only because they've never had anything to cut their hair with, or any reason to do so for that matter. {{Samurai}}, who traditionally grew their hair long and wore it either in a ponytail or a ''mage'', are also likely to be this.

Note that before the NinetiesAntiHero made this trope popular, [[LongHairIsFeminine long hair was predominantly associated with femininity]] in 20th century Western culture. There were exceptions, of course, and it still is, in many cases.

See PrehensileHair when it's the WeaponOfChoice.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
following below.

* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has Inuyasha, Sesshomaru, Koga, Naraku, plus a bunch of there-and-gone-again characters, some of them very pretty.
* The "Super Saiyan 3" form in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', in which no matter how long your hair was in your normal form, it extends down to your waist. Special mention to Raditz, who, though he never even reached Super Saiyan 1, much less 3, had [=SS3=]-length hair ''in his normal form''.
** In fact, Raditz's hair has inspired a great deal of fanart either recoloring his hair to make him look like Super Saiyan 3 or by drawing what his hair might look like as a Super Saiyan 3.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Kenpachi, Renji, Byakuya, Kyoraku, Ukitake, Yoruichi, Unohana, Nnoitra, Rose, Ilfort, and Findor.
** Ichigo after temporarily transforming into a [[SuperpoweredEvilSide hollow]] as well as his Final Getsuga Tensho form.
** Sui-Feng keeps most of her hair short, but she does have two extremely long braids.
** Grimmjow, Ulquiorra, and Aizen in their [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow released forms]].
** The newest batch of villains gives us As Nodt, Haschwald and their boss, Juhabach, all of them with waist-length hair, all of them worthy of HeroKiller status.
** From Creator/TiteKubo's other work, ''ZombiePowder'', we have [[BadassLongcoat Akutabi Gamma]] and [[DudeLooksLikeALady Ranewater]] [[ViewerGenderConfusion Calder]], but his is always in a braid (except in a profile {{omake}} for the [[{{Fanservice}} fans]]).
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' gives us Jack Rakan, and Negi himself. Noticeably, as Negi steadily becomes more badass over the couse of the manga, his hair gets longer. Also, Kotaro, Asuna, Setsuna, Kaede, Mana, and Yue.
**
{{Badass}}: A notable example is Negi's "Raiten Taisou 2", an obvious ShoutOut to [=SSJ3=].
** Negi's father Nagi as well as Kotaro.
* Edward Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
** EVERYONE in this series with long hair is a guaranteed badass. Period. Actually, just about every major
character is a badass. It's a box of multiflavored badass.
* ''{{Hellsing}}'': Alucard has normal-length hair most of the time, but his hair gets longer depending on what [[OneWingedAngel release state]] he is in. The more powerful he is, the longer it grows.
** Pip and Luke count as well.
* Several male ninjas in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' have long hair, noticeably Jiraiya (who uses it like a weapon), Orochimaru, Shikamaru, Neji, Sakumo, Deidara, Inoichi and Itachi. After the timeskip, Choji has this too.
** And don't forget Hashirama and Madara- the latter's hair even reaches his ''hips''.
* Shiryu in ''SaintSeiya''.
** ...and [[SplitPersonality Saga]] and [[TheManBehindTheMan Kanon]] and [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]] and [[AGodAmI Shaka]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Milo]] and [[AnIcePerson Camus]] and [[NiceGuy Aldebaran]] and [[PsychicPowers Mu]] and [[GorgeousGeorge Aphrodite]] and [[PuppeteerParasite Minos]] and [[BackFromTheDead Shion]]...although, yes, Shiryu is the only one of the main FiveManBand to have long hair.
** How about [[AnIcePerson Hyoga]]?
* Kanda from ''DGrayMan'' ''is'' this trope, to [[{{Bishonen}} the point]] where he [[DudeLooksLikeALady looks like a girl]]. General Cross also has long, flowy hair.
** Also Tyki Mikk in later chapters, even though he eventually cuts it back short.
* Alex Rowe in ''LastExile''.
* Ray from ''Beyblade'' is the most obvious offender. Even more
badass, considering he always keeps it wrapped in a white cloth, making it resemble a white tiger tail.
* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', ''Germania'' has long, flowing hair (occasionally
possibly with a braid or two thrown in). This is the guy who took down the Roman Empire. It doesn't get much more badass than that.
** Also, China, of the ponytailed variety.
* Duo Maxwell from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''.
* Several characters in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', including Yusuke himself while being possessed by his ancestor, who also sports long hair and has the epithet "God of Fighting". Also, Youko Kurama, Shishiwakamaru, Karasu, and Yomi among others.
* Shin, Rei, Toki, Yuda, and Shu from ''FistOfTheNorthStar''.
* Kenshin and Hiko of Manga/RurouniKenshin have
long hair.
* Jin from ''SamuraiChamploo''.
* VampireHunterD with his long, curly hair.
* Hyakkimaru from ''{{Dororo}}''. Especially since he's [[HandicappedBadass missing most of his body parts]], yet he can still be a badass.
* [[ShugoChara Nagihiko Fujisaki]] (''especially'' as Beat Jumper), overlapping with LongHairedPrettyBoy.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'', though rare, has Fried, Gajeel and Zancrow.
** Erza, Ikaruga, Mirajane, Ultear and Evergreen as well.
* ''AngelSanctuary'': Rosiel, Alexiel, Sevothtarte, Astaroth, Lucifer, Arachne, and Uriel.
* ''{{Claymore}}'' has Teresa, Ilena, Galatea, Ophelia, Undine, Alicia and Beth, Miata, Anastasia, Yuma...
* Cassandra Jill Warlock from ''BlackBloodBrothers''.
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Katsura]] from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is one of the best swordsmen in the show and leads, or at least tries to lead LaResistance. His hair goes down to his back. Back in his roughhousing teenage years, Hijikata had fairly long hair as well.
* In ''HunterXHunter'', Gon has BadassLonghair so long it doubles as RapunzelHair [[spoiler:after his recent DeadlyUpgrade]]. Justified since [[spoiler:he forcefully aged himself at least a decade -- that's at least ten years' worth of hair growth.]]
* [[TheSociopath Agon]] from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is a [[SmugSnake villainous]] [[JerkJock variant]]. Taka may be a straighter example.
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', nearly everyone who has long hair is a {{Badass}}. This is justified because the Magi universe combines long hair as a status symbol with AuthorityEqualsAsskicking. Some examples include the main
BarbarianLonghair: A character Aladdin, a BadassAdorable cute boy with a thin braid has long, unkempt hair to his hips, his DarkerAndEdgier {{Foil}} Judal with show their aggression, wild and uncivilized nature.
* SamuraiPonytail: A character has neat, clean hair bound up at the back in either
a thick braid down to his ankles, and, most of all, BadassInCharge SupportingLeader Sinbad with topknot or a flowing ponytail reaching his calves. In the Kou empire, all of the princesses have really long hair to represent being a samurai and all of them are really badass to boot.
* Definitely [[PsychoForHire Squalo]] from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
* Some of the later [[TheLancer Lancers]] of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' lean this way, most noticeably [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Kouji Minamoto]] and [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Kiriha Aonuma]]. A few Digimon also do this, such as [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Angemon]] and [[Anime/DigimonSavers [=MirageGaogamon=]]] [[SuperMode Burst Mode]].
* Silver from ''PokemonSpecial''. More-so then any other counterpart of his, due to his CharacterDevelopment, though his game counterpart eventually becomes close to this.
* Both Goki and [[BigBad Gessho]] from ''{{Kagerou-Nostalgia}}'' have very long, flowing hair. The former's a lethal soldier and BladeOnAStick user; the latter's an ungodly powerful demonic entity who [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] the heroes with ease.
* In ''YamiNoMatsuei'' this trope is implemented in an interesting way with the humanoid forms of shikigami. You see, the length of a shikigami's hair is actually an indicator of how powerful they are, so the most badass ones end up with RapunzelHair.
* Tomoyo from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''.
* Homura from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' with her epic {{Hair Flip}}s.
* ''RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma Saotome, back when he had a long ponytail and was training in China. He trades it in for a badass [[BraidsOfAction Braid Of Action]] later on.
** Mousse. Sure, he may be as blind as a bat, but he can kick some ass.
* Souichi from the {{yaoi}} manga ''Manga/{{Challengers}}'' and ''Manga/TheTyrantFallsInLove''. His long feminine SlipknotPonytail'd locks don't mean he isn't a terrifying person to face in a fight, especially if you're one of those homos he hates so much for "corrupting" his [[BigBrotherInstinct precious]] [[KnightTemplarBigBrother little brother]]...
* Luca from ''SaintBeast'' when he lets the RapunzelHair down.
* Ian from {{A Cruel God Reigns}} is a mixture of this and {{Long Haired Pretty Boy}}.
* Manga/AngelCrush: All male leads that have angel forms assume this when they transform, usually for {{SwordFight}}s and {{FightScene}}s.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''{{Superman}}'' played with this trope. Right after he came back from his "death", he wore a mullet that he often tied back into a pony tail. He cut it just prior to his marriage to [[SecretKeeper Lois Lane]].
** This was used in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', during those portions where the 1996 modern DCU was shown.
** Also in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday''. One of the few ways in which to tell which Superman was the clone and which was the original in the final battle is the close up shots. The clone had
likely following the traditional spitcurl, while the original had a mullet.
* Long hair is as widespread as the [[MostCommonSuperPower Most Common Super-Power]] amongst females in comics - even amongst bruisers like WonderWoman and [[SheHulk She-Hulk]] - and to list them all would likely mean listing 90% of all women with ''hair.''
* ComicBook/{{Gambit}}, Longshot, and Bishop of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}. The latter is a rare black example of this trope.
** Omega Red as well.
** Shatterstar. In fact, some fans were actually disappointed when the character's recent redesign gave him shortly cropped hair.
** In fact, for a while it was safe to say long hair was more popular among the X-'''Men''' than the X-'''Women'''.
** Ultimate Wolverine sometimes has longer hair.
* Marvel's [[TheMightyThor Thor]] has always had shoulder-length hair. Justified in that shoulder-length hair was popular among the Vikings, but it was highly unusual for an American hero in the early 1960s.
* Wallace from ''SinCity''
* Dick Grayson had long hair for much of his career as {{Nightwing}}. He actually got a CloseCallHaircut in the first issue of his ongoing series in 1996.
* The entire cast of ''ElfQuest''.
* MarvelStarWars regularly portrayed Luke with his hair much longer than normal. Most famous is an image of a long-haired shirtless Luke firing an E-web blaster.
* TheHulk's son Skaar.
** Also Doc Samson. Justified in his case because, like the Biblical Samson, his strength is dependent on how long his hair is.
*** Later, the good doctor's gamma mutation stablized, meaning he can cut his hair however he likes. It does remain permanently green, though.
* Jackie Estecado of ''ComicBook/TheDarkness.'' For the [[VideoGame/TheDarkness Videogame adaption]] they cut his armor, pointing out that his "civilian" look was awesome enough on it's own, this likely had something to do with it.
* H'el from ''ComicBook/HelOnEarth'' has a head of long, flowing, black hair. He's also a mysterious, powerful Kryptonian who single-handely defeated ''Superman, Supergirl, and Superboy'' in a fight and continues to be tough adversary throughout the story.
* When Jack Russell a.k.a. ComicBook/WerewolfByNight turns into [[NinetiesAntiHero more of an antihero]] during TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks he lets his hair grow out to shoulder length, sometimes even longer. It's not until the mid-2000s that he cuts it off again.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''
* Khan in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''
* In ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', Captain Jack Sparrow sports a lengthy dreadlocked-braided-beaded mane, intended to proclaim his LovableRogue / MagnificentBastard / AntiHero status. The character is now so closely associated with that hairstyle, you can refer to [[http://www.deppimpact.com/gallery/albums/caps_dmc/dmc_caps1731.JPG 'Jack Sparrow hair']] and people will know what you mean.
* Randy "The Ram" Robinson of ''TheWrestler''.
* Mel Gibson wore his hair in a mullet in the first three ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies before finally bowing to modern hairstyles in the fourth.
* Steven Seagal wore his hair long all of his films except the one in which his character was required to have short hair, ''Film/UnderSiege'', in which he played an active duty Master Chief Petty Officer in the Navy.
* Most of the heroic cast of the ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]]'' films.
* Jean-Claude Van Damme sports a powerful mullet in ''Film/HardTarget''
* The protagonist from the film BlackCloud.
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'': Snake Plissken.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
* Franchise/{{Rambo}} (especially in the third part).
* Ardeth Bey from ''TheMummyTrilogy''.
* Gabriel Film/VanHelsing.
* ''Film/{{Machete}}''.
* Vincent in ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* Cameron Poe in ''Film/ConAir''.
* ''StarWars'': Qui-Gon Jinn.
* Both Film/{{Thor}} and [[BadassGrandpa Odin]].
** [[Film/TheAvengers Loki]] too, after he TookALevelInBadass
* Another ActionGirl example: Maid Marian in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' fights Robin in hand to hand combat, and then is shown to have waist-length curly hair.
* Antonio Banderas in ''{{Desperado}}'' and ''OnceUponATimeInMexico''.
* Prince Nuada in ''HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' has long, flowing and unbound hair that whips about dramatically as he fights.
* AlexanderTheGreat gains this in his [[Film/{{Alexander}} titular film]] with each [[TookALevelInBadass Level of Badass]] he takes; a more subtle form of PowerMakesYourHairGrow.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/{{Tarzan}}. No barbers in the jungle.
* ConanTheBarbarian.
* Jamie and most of the other leading men in the ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series.
* ''TheElricSaga'': Elric of Melnibone.
* Anyone as badass as ''SnowCrash'''s Raven has earned the right to wear hair like this.
* In the Aubrey-Maturin series, Jack Aubrey pays homage to Lord Nelson and other heroes of his youth by continuing to wear his hair in a long queue [[OutdatedOutfit years after]] most navy men are cutting it short. His long-time crew members follow suit. This causes trouble for Barrett Bonden eventually: he loses a wrestling match when his opponent manages to grab hold of his queue.
* Joscelin of ''KushielsLegacy''. In fact, most of the D'Angeline warriors.
* Sirius Black, Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape.
* Roshaun from YoungWizards.
* SolomonKane.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': An enforced trope with the Dothraki. All warriors wear braids with bells in them that mark notable achievements in battle. If you're defeated in battle, you must cut your braid off. Thus, the longer and louder the warrior's braid, the more BadAss he is. The main Dothraki leader in the first book, Khal Drogo, sports a braid that trails past his waist. He's never been defeated.
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'': Drizzt Do'Urden wears his white hair long, as does his friend Wulfgar. The one is a terrifying swordmaster, while the other is a BarbarianHero who once sank a ''ship'' with a [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks thrown warhammer]].
* Literature/DarkLife has [[LongHairedPrettyBoy Pretty]].
* The nameless P.O.W. in ''Literature/{{Beachwalker}}'' has long black hair, and can end you with nothing but one forearm free.
* Both Oliver and Asad in ''Literature/TheSeaHawk''.
* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/CountToTheEschaton The Hermetic Millennia]]'', the warrior Chimarae wear their hair long. BraidsOfAction when they go into battle, and then they comb it out when the battle's over, as a sign of peace.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Tommy Oliver of the ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. [[LampshadeHanging Made fun of]] in ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'' and in [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Forever Red]].
* Duncan [=MacLeod=] in ''HighlanderTheSeries.'' He always kept his tied back in a ponytail, at least in modern day. During flashbacks he occasionally had short hair, and occasionally wore his long hair flowing loose, depending on the time period. Averted in the final season, where Duncan got an ImportantHaircut (possibly because Adrian Paul was tired of the ponytail).
* Eliot from ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is TheBigGuy and has slightly-below-shoulder-length hair; usually it hangs loose but he occasionally pulls it into a ponytail, especially when he knows he's about to get into a fight.
* Sawyer and Sayid of ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* Lorenzo Lamas in ''{{Renegade}}'' (1992-1997).
* DogTheBountyHunter
* Jax Teller and Opie Winston on ''SonsOfAnarchy'', although Opie usually conceals his. Since they're both {{BadassBiker}}s they got {{BadassBeard}}s to go along with it, Jax as of season 3.
* The Eighth Doctor, in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[MadeForTVMovie Made-for-TV]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie Movie]]. Also, the Eleventh Doctor sports one for quite a bit of "The Wedding of River Song."
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'': Hercules and Iolaus.
* Not as extreme as some examples, but in ''{{Smallville}}'' [[BigBad Lionel]] [[MagnificentBastard Luthor]] started out as one of these. As he got more and more obsessed and evil his hair got longer; by Season 3 it fell at least to his shoulders. His ImportantHaircut at the end of the season marked the beginning of his HeelFaceTurn; fortunately, it did not induce BadassDecay. The alternate, still-evil Lionel from the last two seasons has 'our' Lionel's badguy-days hair cut.
* Ronon Dex of ''Series/StargateAtlantis''.
* Sully in ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. His hair length varied over the series and during the movies, but it was always long and almost always loose. Sometimes he wore a bandanna to keep it back.
** And he didn't have exclusive rights to long-haired badassery. On the less heroic side, saloon owner [[http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i12/notafrog/hanklawson_zpsc71543c9.jpg Hank Lawson]] made a good fist of it too.
* Tyr Anasaze from Series/{{Andromeda}}. Most badass on the crew, longest hair on the crew. [[spoiler: Until season 4. The one where he died.]]
* Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill in ''TwinPeaks''.
* Worf from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise, as well as many other Klingons. Wild dudes have wild hair, apparently.
* Sam Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has gotten pretty shaggy over the years, which makes for a visual contrast with brother Dean.
* Wild Bill Hickok in ''{{Deadwood}}'', as was truth in television.
* In ''ChinesePaladin'', [[FallenHero Jiang Ming]] invokes this look by wearing a lock of hair dramatically down across his face. It's a distinctive enough look that his ghost is recognized by it a century later.
* Manny in ''BlackBooks'' isn't exactly a badass (though he has his moments), but even Bernard is impressed by his hair.
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* The vast majority of the cast from ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'', justified as it's set in Han Dynasty China and men having long hair was very common.
* Hai An from ''Manhua/InfinityGame'' when he transforms into his paladin form.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: [[Literature/TheBible Samson]]. [[WeaksauceWeakness Without the hair?]] Not so badass.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* Gackpoid, the purple-haired
samurai from {{Vocaloid}}.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* HulkHogan, ShawnMichaels, TheUndertaker, TripleH, and a lot of other pro wrestlers have kept this trope alive past the 90's and into the 2000's and 2010's.
** In particular, {{Edge}} and TheUndertaker both combine it with the previously mentioned BadassLongcoat. In fact, 'Taker even has a fairly [[NiceHat awesome hat.]]
** Justified, the hair was intended to hide a wrestlers face (to protect kayfabe) when they were telling the next sequence of moves to their opponent, and it also assists in selling certain moves that require the wrestler to avoid contact with the mat to keep themselves from getting a legitimate injury.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]

* Surprisingly prevalent in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The GodEmperor of Mankind.
** Eldrad Ulthran, Chief Farseer of Craftworld Ulthwe.
** Several of the Primarchs, namely Sanguinius, Corax, Lion El'Jonson, Fulgrim, Leman Russ, and Jaghatai Khan. The Blood Angels, the {{Space Marine}}s descended from Sanguinius, still have a number of Badass Longhairs, such as Dante and Mephiston.
* No less present in ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]'', with the elven factions especially. It is noted in their army lists that among elves long hair is considered to be a sign of virility, and all their folk-heroes are always depicted with long hair. Their miniatures on the tabletop all have long hair coming out from under their helmets, and the books state that they usually tie it back into BraidsOfAction and guard it with decorative rings and clasps to keep it out of the way in battle.

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* Most ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' protagonists, and some ''an''tagonists, have this.
** All of the [[http://images.wikia.com/castlevania/images/e/ef/Belmonts.png Belmonts]] have longer hair except for Reinhardt Schneider (second from the right in the picture).
** Alucard.
*** [[spoiler:His other identity, Genya Arikado, has black hair that is shorter than his original blonde 'do. But just by a little.]]
** Soma Cruz
* [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Final Fantasy]] has its fair share of this trope. [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np6/char2/sephiroth-dissidia.jpg Sephiroth]] is the epitome of this combining it with a [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoat]].
* Riku from KingdomHearts started as TheRival who is a [[FaceHeelTurn good guy who explored villainy]], then was possessed by the big bad and had some FightingFromTheInside, then had an another side another story, then TookALevelInBadass and turns into a mysterious protector and THEN becomes the awesome [[TheLancer lancer]].
** However, in ''Kingdom Hearts 3D'' Riku has chopped of nearly all of his hair in a presumably ImportantHaircut. [[hottip:*:We don't see the haircut, or know the meaning, but it is likely do the the Japanese cultural trope of a haircut symbolizing moving on from your past]]
* Zero from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]''. No matter what body he has, it is ''always'' there.
** And later would be ''MegaManZX's'' Girouette (Zero's {{expy}}) and Vent (as of ''ZX Advent'').
* Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has a [[BadassCape Cape]]/Longhair combo going on.
* Aribeth and Nathyrra in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', possibly Elanee and Shandra in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2, definitely Gann in Mask of the Betrayer, and potentially the player in all of them.
* Kratos if you consider his hair long enough, Zelos, Yuan, Regal and the BigBad Yggdrasil in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Also, Richter, in the sequel.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' had Jade, Asch, Tear and Van. Subverted with Luke, who is a complete JerkAss until [[spoiler:his ImportantHaircut]].
* Yuri Lowell from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. It's also worth noting that his entry on the character page has more than ''[[strike:five]]'' '''''ten''''' different kinds of BadAss tropes attributed to him, so his position as our current trope poster boy is well-earned.
* Nephi from ''BlackSigil'', already a BadassLongcoat, has long flowing green locks.
* ''{{Yo-Jin-Bo}}'' has Muneshige, whose hair is up in a ponytail (which [[SlipknotPonytail inevitably comes down]] in his Good ending), and Bo, whose hair is very long and sleek and (by his own admission) [[DudeLooksLikeALady quite feminine]].
* Kain from ''LegacyOfKain''. He has not changed his hairstyle in over a thousand years, and with good reason.
* Mr. R from [[BoysLove Boy Love game]] ''VisualNovel/KichikuMegane'' is an example of this with his long braid. The fact that he's in effect the [[BigBad instigator of the entire plot]] prevents this from being a simple case of [[LongHairedPrettyBoy just looking pretty]].
* VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} and Jeanne count. Mostly since their hair contains their power and is used to manifest their powers and demonic summons. Including a demon who PUNCHES GOD'S SOUL INTO THE SUN! Can't get much more badass than that
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' has Dias Flac.
* Gulcasa of ''YggdraUnion'', ''BlazeUnion'', and ''YggdraUnion'' has [[FieryRedhead bright red hair]] [[RapunzelHair that goes down past his knees]], and the man is a OneManArmy you ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes do not]]'' want to piss off. The symbolism of his long hair goes further than just badassery, though; he was abused as a child, and keeping his hair as long as it is shows that no one can ever pull it or use it to restrain him now that he's grown up and become powerful.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has a ton of examples of this trope, and most of them are of the myrmidon/swordmaster class (the series' internal UrExample is [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Navarre]]). Probably because they critical hit often and their critical hit animations are particularly flashy.
** The biggest example is Shanan from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' games. We met him in the first part of ''Seisen no Keifu'' as an adorable short-haired boy who looked up to his aunt Ayra and felt powerless for not being able to [[spoiler: stop Lady Diadora's kidnapping and brainwashing.]] Flashforward 17 years and the grown-up Shanan not only has let his hair grow to his hips, but he's taken ''many'' levels in badass.
* From ''SengokuBasara'' we have Keiji, Mitsuhide, Yukimura, Nagamasa and Kotaro.
* ''DynastyWarriors''. And ''SamuraiWarriors''. Combined, there are too many to count.
* Arthas Menethil from VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}. And Varian. And Thrall. And Magni. And Muradin. And Deathwing in his humanoid form. And more!
* Shou from ''BurningRangers'' fits this trope. He had long silver hair tied up in a ponytail but was also the oldest and most experienced member on the crew. Bar maybe Chris.
* The Arishok of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. This is most obvious in the CGI "Destiny" trailer, where you can see it move while he fights Hawke - it's still there in the actual game, [[NoFlowInCGI just not as luxurious.]]
* VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha gives us Ken Masters. We mostly remember him with shoulder-length hair, but in the Alpha continuity his hair was down to his back.
** Apparently, [[http://streetfighter.wikia.com/wiki/File:Sagat-young.png Sagat]] had quite long hair when he was young. (Protip: the big "ponytail" is a part of his ''mong kon'' headband, but pay a little more attention you'll see that he ''also'' has a normal ponytail.) In the actualy storyline, however, Sagat is the owner of a BaldOfAwesome.
** Gouken is the almost impossible example where this crosses with ''BaldOfAwesome''. He actually has hair that goes down his back... ''and'' is very thin on top at the same time.
* The ''JakAndDaxter'' series gives us [[PhlebotinumRebel Jak]] (in ''JakII''), [[LaResistance Torn]], [[CigarChomper Jinx]] and [[WastelandElder Damas]].
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* Maxim of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''.
* Equius Zahhak of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', whose hair is black, straight and extends just down his shoulder. Well befitting the trope, he was perhaps the most {{Badass}} of the trolls for a good part of the story, being a [[TheStoic stoic]] GeniusBruiser whose most defining characteristic and ideal ([[NightmareFetishist love of musclebeasts aside]]) was being STRONG.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' Jyu [[AlwaysVSexy V]][[BadassLongRobe io]][[KungFuWizard le]] [[BrokenBird Gra]][[JerkassWithAHeartOfGold ce]]. Long hair, kicks ass.
* Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin of Webcomic/{{Nimona}}.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[MeaningfulName Brock]] [[Literature/TheBible Samson]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' wears his hair long.
** Hank Venture [[InvokedTrope wishes he was a badass]], and has grown his hair out during the fourth season.
** Agent 21 has long hair and TookALevelInBadass, but he had long hair before that, and it's normally covered by his uniform anyway, so I'm not sure it counts.
* SamuraiJack has very long hair that he keeps bundled up into a samurai's topknot. When it comes undone, you are about to have an [[CurbstompBattle asswhooping]].
* Chase Young of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.
* Finn of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', though he keeps it as CompressedHair under that NiceHat of his. He shaved it off, anyway, but it grew back quickly.
* Lance and Solomon of ''SymBionicTitan''
* [[BigBad Van Kleiss]] of ''GeneratorRex''. Rex has even made a few comments about it here and there.
* Nightwing (past Robin) in WesternAnimation/TeenTitans, although he also falls into the category of LongHairedPrettyBoy.
--> '''Future Beast Boy (balding)''': Man, that is ''so'' unfair!
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' has {{flashback}} character Leo, a {{Catfolk}} LongHairedPrettyBoy with an impressive lion's mane to match his status as RebelLeader, and TheDrifter, a mysterious, highly EccentricMentor with [[MessyHair unkempt]], straw-filled hair, and a habit of playing trickster to seasoned swordsmen.
* Skysurfer One, the leader of the ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'' as well as Soar Loser.
* A one-shot character he may be, but [[AcePilot Mobius Quint]] of SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo pulls off being one of their toughest, manliest characters (especially since he's a BadassNormal) while still having probably more hair than any of the other human characters.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* George Custer was called "Longhair" by the Plains Indians. He [[PowerNullifier got a haircut]] before going off on his [[LastStand last campaign]].
* [[AmericanCivilWar For that matter, George Pickett.]]
* Basically 90% of Music/HeavyMetal bands, especially during TheEighties, and ''all'' Hair Metal bands. If they aren't this trope then they're probably sporting BaldOfAwesome or a mohawk.
* [[http://groovyvic.mu.nu/archives/images/Robert_Plant02.jpg Robert Plant]],
* [[http://tinyurl.com/237py22 Cormac Neeson]] of The Answer.
* Claudio Sanchez of CoheedAndCambria
* Roger Daltrey of TheWho
* JimButcher used to have this, but then he cut it off on a whim. He's growing it out again.
* NeilYoung
* Walter Becker of Music/SteelyDan
* Guitarist [[http://www.celebrityrockstarguitars.com/rock/images/cs-SteveVai3-Atlanta71901.jpg Steve Vai]]
* Crazy Horse
* Trace Adkins
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/aronra?blend=2&ob=4 AronRa]].
* JerryGoldsmith rocked the CoolOldGuy ponytail.
* The male citizens of Sparta were required by law to have long hair. The father of Spartan law, Lycurgus said that "long hair adds beauty to a good face, and terror to an ugly one." Before battle, the Spartans would carefully comb and braid their hair, partly to keep it out of the way, but also because braids added extra protection against blows to the head.
* Most samurai, though they tied their hair in topknots. Tying one's hair was commonly interpreted as a sign of a devotion to the one's master. {{Ronin}}s didn't tie their hair. Thus the common image of a wild, unruly ronin with an equally wild mane of hair.
* Secular knights wore their hair long and tended to be clean shaven. It's thought that long hair might have added cuisioning for their helments. TheKnightsTemplar innverted the look by [[BaldOfAwesome shaving their heads bald]] and [[BadassBeard growing long beards]].
* Magglio Ordoñez, formerly.
* Played straight and averted by the Vikings; they ''could'' have long hair, but the warriors mostly cut it chin-length to prevent it from being a liability in battle.
* Troy Polamalu. His long hair has become iconic in the city of Pittsburgh.
* Wild Bill Hickcok
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Lemmy-02.jpg Lemmy Kilmister]]
* MixedMartialArts fighters Benson Henderson and Clay Guida are known for their shoulder-length hair in a sport where long hair can be a disadvantage. Guida is infamous for not even tying it back during fights. Commentators have been baffled at how he can see through the thick mane of hair that keeps dropping over his eyes.
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* Manga/AngelCrush: All male leads that have angel forms assume this when they transform, usually for {{SwordFight}}s and {{FightScene}}s.
24th May '13 6:47:08 AM Austin
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* Gambit, Longshot, and Bishop of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}. The latter is a rare black example of this trope.

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* Gambit, ComicBook/{{Gambit}}, Longshot, and Bishop of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}. The latter is a rare black example of this trope.
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