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27th Apr '17 8:30:58 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Charlotte added extensions to her hair when she won the NXT Women's Championship and solidified herself as a star.

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* Charlotte Wrestling/{{Charlotte}} added extensions to her hair when she won the NXT Women's Championship and solidified herself as a star.
15th Apr '17 4:31:40 PM AthenaBlue
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** In Season 4, [[spoiler:Kallus]] wears his hair loose and uncombed as an Alliance officer, the way he never wore it [[DefectorFromDecadence as an Imperial]].

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** In Season 4, [[spoiler:Kallus]] wears his hair loose and uncombed as an Alliance officer, the way unlike how he never wore it [[DefectorFromDecadence as an Imperial]].
15th Apr '17 4:02:10 PM AthenaBlue
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** In "Invasion of Time", the Fourth Doctor wears his hair differently - with a side parting, and straightened at the root - to give him a [[EvilCostumeSwitch darker, crazier look]].

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** In "Invasion "The Invasion of Time", the Fourth Doctor wears his hair differently - -- with a side parting, and straightened at the root - -- to give him a [[EvilCostumeSwitch darker, crazier look]].



** Generally speaking, any Doctor who returns after a significant timeskip will do so with a different haircut. Specific examples include the long-haired Seventh Doctor in the TV Movie, the short-haired Eighth Doctor and long-haired War Doctor in "Night of the Doctor" and the short-haired Curator in "Day of the Doctor".
** While all of the Doctors in ''Series/DoctorWho'' have different hair each [[TheNthDoctor regeneration]], all of the Classic Doctors seem to prefer relatively long hair, generally hovering somewhere between earlobe and shoulder, with the Eighth Doctor, the most recent at the time, getting Byronic flowing hair. Therefore, when the series got a huge ReTool after a hiatus of over a decade, media commentators at the time were genuinely shocked that the costume department had decided to give the new, Ninth Doctor a buzz cut. This was to distinguish the new series from the old one, as well as a way of indicating that the Ninth Doctor was going to be the most moody, no-nonsense Doctor yet seen - definitely no [[{{Camp}} scarves or red question marks in sight]]! (It should also be noted that the shaved-head-and-leather-jacket look was thoroughly associated with [[LGBTFanbase gay communities in the UK at the time]], which served as a MythologyGag to the producer's [[Series/QueerAsFolk last work]] and [[BiTheWay also fit the new interpretation of the character]].) All of the modern Doctors so far have also had rather short hair.
** "Night of the Doctor" shows that the old Eighth Doctor has cut off his iconic [[LongHairedPrettyBoy pretty-boy long hair]], indicating that he is now much older and much less of a prettyboy, and has been living as a soldier for some time. He also has started wearing PermaStubble, despite having been clean-shaven in his typical appearance.
** In "Day of the Doctor", we meet the incarnation between the Doctor's Eighth and Ninth, who [[NomDeGuerre does not go by the name "The Doctor" due to a desire to disown his actions in war]]. One of the main indications that he's not like his other selves is that he is the only one who wears facial hair, when every other Doctor, regardless of age and taste otherwise, seems to prefer being clean-shaven (a few habitually wear small, tidy sideburns, and the Second Doctor has a [[PermaStubble perma-shadow]], but that's it - this preference is briefly lampshaded by the Tenth Doctor in "Time Crash"). This is further emphasised by the fact that the newly-regenerated War Doctor, as he has not yet participated in the War, is clean-shaven as he checks out his reflection and goes to [[BatmanGrabsAGun pick up a gun]].

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** Generally speaking, any Doctor who returns after a significant timeskip will do so with a different haircut. Specific examples include the long-haired Seventh Doctor in the TV Movie, the short-haired Eighth Doctor and long-haired War Doctor in "Night "The Night of the Doctor" and and the short-haired Curator in "Day "The Day of the Doctor".
** While all of the Doctors in ''Series/DoctorWho'' have different hair each [[TheNthDoctor regeneration]], all of the Classic Doctors seem to prefer relatively long hair, generally hovering somewhere between earlobe and shoulder, with the Eighth Doctor, the most recent at the time, getting Byronic flowing hair. Therefore, when the series got a huge ReTool after a hiatus of over a decade, media commentators at the time were genuinely shocked that the costume department had decided to give the new, Ninth Doctor a buzz cut. This was to distinguish the new series from the old one, as well as a way of indicating that the Ninth Doctor was going to be the most moody, no-nonsense Doctor yet seen - -- definitely no [[{{Camp}} scarves or red question marks in sight]]! (It should also be noted that the shaved-head-and-leather-jacket look was thoroughly associated with [[LGBTFanbase gay communities in the UK at the time]], which served as a MythologyGag to the producer's [[Series/QueerAsFolk last work]] and [[BiTheWay also fit the new interpretation of the character]].) All of the modern Doctors so far have also had rather short hair.
** "Night "The Night of the Doctor" shows that the old Eighth Doctor has cut off his iconic [[LongHairedPrettyBoy pretty-boy long hair]], indicating that he is now much older and much less of a prettyboy, and has been living as a soldier for some time. He also has started wearing PermaStubble, despite having been clean-shaven in his typical appearance.
** In "Day "The Day of the Doctor", we meet the incarnation between the Doctor's Eighth and Ninth, who [[NomDeGuerre does not go by the name "The Doctor" due to a desire to disown his actions in war]]. One of the main indications that he's not like his other selves is that he is the only one who wears facial hair, when every other Doctor, regardless of age and taste otherwise, seems to prefer being clean-shaven (a few habitually wear small, tidy sideburns, and the Second Doctor has a [[PermaStubble perma-shadow]], but that's it - this preference is briefly lampshaded by the Tenth Doctor in "Time Crash"). This is further emphasised by the fact that the newly-regenerated War Doctor, as he has not yet participated in the War, is clean-shaven as he checks out his reflection and goes to [[BatmanGrabsAGun pick up a gun]].



* Happened to Raven twice in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' during the Terror of Trigon arc.

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* Happened to Raven twice in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' during In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' movie Cindy sported pigtails. When the Terror of Trigon arc.premise was picked up for a Nicktoon, Cindy was updated with a new design and given a Ponytail; though its {{Justified|Trope}} since the movie takes place a while before the show. Libby's hair was originally had PeekABangs and a bun, though later in the series she was given a design changed for plot reasons and her hair became cornrow-braids.
** Cindy's hair in the show might have also been easier to animate than the pig-tails she has in the film. A few character designs got cosmetically simpler as well, such as Sheen's shirt not being as detailed.



* In the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise, Gwen sported chin-length hair in [[WesternAnimation/Ben10 the original series]], followed by sporting long hair in the first two seasons of ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'', then putting her hair up in a ponytail in season three of ''Alien Force'', ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' and the first episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', then back to chin-length hair in later appearances in ''Omniverse''.
** Her future counterpart sported a pixie cut in the original series episode "Ben 10,000" and later a ponytail in "Ken 10".
** Julie sported chin-length hair in ''Alien Force'' and ''Ultimate Alien'', then GirlishPigtails in ''Omniverse''.
* At the beginning of the {{prequel}} episode "XANA Awakens" of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', Odd has a very different hair style; he adopts his current [[AnimeHair spiky hair]] to mimic his DigitalAvatar on Lyoko. (He actually has to go through the change twice because of a [[ResetButton Return to the Past]].)
* Technus of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' starts off with wild hair that would make Doc Brown proud; when he upgrades himself to Technus 2.0, his hair is now sleek and tied back to possibly allude to the removal of his flaws from his first form since he now dons a more serious outlook.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Amy Wong apparently grew her hair out between "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS4E18TheDevilsHandsAreIdlePlaythings}} The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings]]" and "[[{{Recap/FuturamaM1BendersBigScore}} Bender's Big Score]]". It was burned back down into it original length by Bender's trademark fiery burp during the {{introdump}}.
* John Stewart changed his appearance from short black hair, to [[BaldOfAwesome a shaven head]] and goatee in between the ending of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' [[spoiler: in the last episode of which, he broke up with Hawkgirl]], and the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. The first thing Shayera says to him upon meeting him again, apparently for the first time since the end of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is:
-->'''Shayera:''' ... Hate the beard.



** Three years after the events of book three, Mako and Bolin--especially Mako--both have hairstyles that are more restrained and kempt than what they've worn previously, as befits their roles as a bodyguard to royalty and a peacekeeping soldier.

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** Three years after the events of book three, Mako and Bolin--especially Mako--both Bolin -- especially Mako -- both have hairstyles that are more restrained and kempt than what they've worn previously, as befits their roles as a bodyguard to royalty and a peacekeeping soldier.



* Technus of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' starts off with wild hair that would make Doc Brown proud; when he upgrades himself to Technus 2.0, his hair is now sleek and tied back to possibly allude to the removal of his flaws from his first form since he now dons a more serious outlook.
* At the beginning of the {{prequel}} episode "XANA Awakens" of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', Odd has a very different hair style; he adopts his current [[AnimeHair spiky hair]] to mimic his DigitalAvatar on Lyoko. (He actually has to go through the change twice because of a [[ResetButton Return to the Past]].)



* John Stewart changed his appearance from short black hair, to [[BaldOfAwesome a shaven head]] and goatee in between the ending of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' [[spoiler: in the last episode of which, he broke up with Hawkgirl]], and the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. The first thing Shayera says to him upon meeting him again, apparently for the first time since the end of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is:
-->'''Shayera:''' ... Hate the beard.
* From the largely-forgotten Re-tool ''TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan'': in the fourth episode, after an entrance of messianic awesomeness using his magical sword to transport himself across space to save the invaded people of Primus from their moment of ultimate defeat, He-Man displays his inexplicably (but quite explicitly) longer hair that has somehow grown from a short-back-and-sides in the previous scene (and episodes) to a long mullety cascade. He even takes a moment to tie it into a ponytail and luxuriously shake it ''before'' laying the smackdown on the bad guys. This is never explained or referred to.
* In the ''JimmyNeutron'' movie Cindy sported pigtails. When the premise was picked up for a Nicktoon, Cindy was updated with a new design and given a Ponytail; though its {{Justified|Trope}} since the movie takes place a while before the show. Libby's hair was originally had PeekABangs and a bun, though later in the series she was given a design changed for plot reasons and her hair became cornrow-braids.
** Cindy's hair in the show might have also been easier to animate than the pig-tails she has in the film. A few character designs got cosmetically simpler as well, such as Sheen's shirt not being as detailed.

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* John Stewart changed his appearance from short black hair, to [[BaldOfAwesome a shaven head]] and goatee in between the ending of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' [[spoiler: in the last episode of which, he broke up with Hawkgirl]], and the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. The first thing Shayera says to him upon meeting him again, apparently for the first time since the end of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is:
-->'''Shayera:''' ... Hate the beard.
* From the largely-forgotten Re-tool ''TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan'': ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan'': in the fourth episode, after an entrance of messianic awesomeness using his magical sword to transport himself across space to save the invaded people of Primus from their moment of ultimate defeat, He-Man displays his inexplicably (but quite explicitly) longer hair that has somehow grown from a short-back-and-sides in the previous scene (and episodes) to a long mullety cascade. He even takes a moment to tie it into a ponytail and luxuriously shake it ''before'' laying the smackdown on the bad guys. This is never explained or referred to.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
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In Season 3, Ezra Bridger sports a buzzcut, as opposed to the ''JimmyNeutron'' movie Cindy sported pigtails. When the premise was picked up for a Nicktoon, Cindy was updated with a new design and given a Ponytail; though its {{Justified|Trope}} since the movie takes place a while before the show. Libby's mop-top he had previously, to reflect his more serious, darker outlook after [[WhamEpisode Malachor]].
** In Season 4, [[spoiler:Kallus]] wears his
hair was originally had PeekABangs loose and a bun, though later in uncombed as an Alliance officer, the series she was given a design changed for plot reasons and her hair became cornrow-braids.
** Cindy's hair in the show might have also been easier to animate than the pig-tails she has in the film. A few character designs got cosmetically simpler
way he never wore it [[DefectorFromDecadence as well, such as Sheen's shirt not being as detailed.an Imperial]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Amy Wong apparently grew her hair out between "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS4E18TheDevilsHandsAreIdlePlaythings}} The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings]]" and "[[{{Recap/FuturamaM1BendersBigScore}} Bender's Big Score]]". It was burned back down into it original length by Bender's trademark fiery burp during the {{introdump}}.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Amy Wong apparently grew her hair out between "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS4E18TheDevilsHandsAreIdlePlaythings}} The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings]]" and "[[{{Recap/FuturamaM1BendersBigScore}} Bender's Big Score]]". It was burned back down into it original length by Bender's trademark fiery burp Happened to Raven twice in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' during the {{introdump}}.Terror of Trigon arc.



* In the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise, Gwen sported chin-length hair in [[WesternAnimation/Ben10 the original series]], followed by sporting long hair in the first two seasons of ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'', then putting her hair up in a ponytail in season three of ''Alien Force'', ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' and the first episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', then back to chin-length hair in later appearances in ''Omniverse''.
** Her future counterpart sported a pixie cut in the original series episode "Ben 10,000" and later a ponytail in "Ken 10".
** Julie sported chin-length hair in ''Alien Force'' and ''Ultimate Alien'', then GirlishPigtails in ''Omniverse''.


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10th Apr '17 1:28:23 PM gb00393
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** Arya has one twice - first at the end of Season 1 where Yoren cuts her hair short to help her pose as a boy, then in Season 5, when she joins the Faceless Men she starts wearing her hair pulled back from her face in braids.
6th Apr '17 5:42:59 AM fearlessnikki
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** Regina in Storybrooke begins with PowerHair. In Season 2 when she attempts a HeelFaceTurn her hair grows a little longer. When she sides with her evil mother, the hair is back to its shorter length. When she undergoes a HeelFaceTurn for good, her hair grows with it. By the end of Season 4 when she's fully on the side of good, her hair is much longer.

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** Regina in Storybrooke begins with PowerHair. In Season 2 when she attempts a HeelFaceTurn her hair grows a little longer. When she sides with her evil mother, the hair is back to its shorter length. When she undergoes a HeelFaceTurn for good, her hair grows with it. By the end of Season 4 when she's fully on the side of good, her hair is much longer. In Season 6 when she actually separates her evil self into a separate entity, her hair is back to its shorter length in Season 1.



** Lindsey [=McDonald=] had longer hair in the first two seasons. Midway through Season 2 when he starts feeling conflicted between his growing attraction to Darla and Wolfram & Hart's plans - leading to a HeelFaceTurn - his hair is cut short. When he returns in Season 5 as a villain once again, his hair is back to its long length.



* Wrestling/SashaBanks changed her dark blonde hair to brown after splitting from the [=BFFs=], and then changed to red when she started developing into a top heel. After splitting from Team BAD, her hair became pink.

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* Wrestling/SashaBanks changed her dark blonde hair to brown after splitting from the [=BFFs=], and then changed to red when she started developing into a top heel. After splitting from Team BAD, her hair became pink. pink and was worn straight more often.
31st Mar '17 5:02:07 PM Getta
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Compare TimePassageBeard and BeardOfSorrow.

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Compare TimePassageBeard and BeardOfSorrow. Compare ExpressiveHair for when the change happens only briefly, in reaction of a situation.
26th Mar '17 9:55:47 AM nombretomado
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* In ''NUMB3RS'', the most recent season premiere had a several characters suddenly grow facial hair, or at least a significant amount of stubble. Colby at least had the excuse of having been in jail, but was like the "Everyone Grows a Beard" episode. Colby and Charlie had shaved by the next episode, but Larry kept the stubble.

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* In ''NUMB3RS'', ''{{Series/Numb3rs}}'', the most recent season premiere had a several characters suddenly grow facial hair, or at least a significant amount of stubble. Colby at least had the excuse of having been in jail, but was like the "Everyone Grows a Beard" episode. Colby and Charlie had shaved by the next episode, but Larry kept the stubble.
26th Mar '17 12:54:55 AM creader
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* This can actually be seen in many of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's films. It's not uncommon that, by the end of the film, the protagonist's appearance has changed somewhat. This is almost always reflected in their hair, and almost always in the main female. [[AuthorAppeal Miyazaki seems to have a thing for short-haired girls.]]
** [[Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind Nausicaä]] doesn't do this in the movie, but in the manga she has her hair cut from shoulder length to just below her ears as she prepares to go to war, symbolizing the end of her innocent life.
*** Later on in the manga, Princess Kushana, who originally sported a waist-length blonde braid wrapped around her head, chopped it off after she failed to rescue some of her soldiers who had been assigned a task at odds with their training[[labelnote:]] (Kushana trained them as elite cavalry specializing in quick attacks, but they were put on point defense; that's the equivalent of forcing Navy SEAL Team Six into a WWI trench)[[/labelnote]] and placed in an indefensible position by her brothers as a show of solidarity as well as a promise to everyone that she would redouble her efforts to hunt down and kill the Princes of Torumekia.
** Near the end of ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', Sheeta who has sported braided pigtails the entire movie confronts Muska along with Pazu. Muska pulls out a pistol and, to prove he's not bluffing, ''shoots off Sheeta's pigtails''. This could represent her growth as a person, no longer willing to be a passive participant in the plot.
** ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' has an unusual inversion for a Miyazaki film. Here, it's the male protagonist who alters his hairstyle at the ''start of the movie'', due to being exiled from his village after becoming infected with a curse.
** In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', Sophie begins the movie with waist-length dark hair done up in a simple braid. She still has the braid after being transformed into an old woman by the Witch of the Wastes, albeit grey and much shorter. However, at the climax of the film, she sacrifices her braid to revive Calcifer (who she'd just realized is [[spoiler:Howl's heart]]), so even after breaking the curse Sophie's hair remains silver and short.
*** This is one of the many differences from the original novel. In the book, Sophie's hair was strawberry blonde (i.e. a very light red), and her hair went back to its former colour and style after her curse broke.
*** Howl himself has one in the movie. After Sophie accidentally rearranged his several dozen hair products, his blond hair turned orange, then later black (the latter being his natural colour). His decision to not re-dye it indicates his increasing willingness to drop his façade, as well as his growing trust of (and love for) Sophie.



* This can actually be seen in many of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's films. It's not uncommon that, by the end of the film, the protagonist's appearance has changed somewhat. This is almost always reflected in their hair, and almost always in the main female. [[AuthorAppeal Miyazaki seems to have a thing for short-haired girls.]]
** [[Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind Nausicaä]] doesn't do this in the movie, but in the manga she has her hair cut from shoulder length to just below her ears as she prepares to go to war, symbolizing the end of her innocent life.
*** Later on in the manga, Princess Kushana, who originally sported a waist-length blonde braid wrapped around her head, chopped it off after she failed to rescue some of her soldiers who had been assigned a task at odds with their training[[labelnote:]] (Kushana trained them as elite cavalry specializing in quick attacks, but they were put on point defense; that's the equivalent of forcing Navy SEAL Team Six into a WWI trench)[[/labelnote]] and placed in an indefensible position by her brothers as a show of solidarity as well as a promise to everyone that she would redouble her efforts to hunt down and kill the Princes of Torumekia.
** Near the end of ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', Sheeta who has sported braided pigtails the entire movie confronts Muska along with Pazu. Muska pulls out a pistol and, to prove he's not bluffing, ''shoots off Sheeta's pigtails''. This could represent her growth as a person, no longer willing to be a passive participant in the plot.
** ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' has an unusual inversion for a Miyazaki film. Here, it's the male protagonist who alters his hairstyle at the ''start of the movie'', due to being exiled from his village after becoming infected with a curse.
** In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', Sophie begins the movie with waist-length dark hair done up in a simple braid. She still has the braid after being transformed into an old woman by the Witch of the Wastes, albeit grey and much shorter. However, at the climax of the film, she sacrifices her braid to revive Calcifer (who she'd just realized is [[spoiler:Howl's heart]]), so even after breaking the curse Sophie's hair remains silver and short.
*** This is one of the many differences from the original novel. In the book, Sophie's hair was strawberry blonde (i.e. a very light red), and her hair went back to its former colour and style after her curse broke.
*** Howl himself has one in the movie. After Sophie accidentally rearranged his several dozen hair products, his blond hair turned orange, then later black (the latter being his natural colour). His decision to not re-dye it indicates his increasing willingness to drop his façade, as well as his growing trust of (and love for) Sophie.
8th Feb '17 1:26:18 PM DasNordlicht91
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* In Season 3, Skye has cut her shoulder-length hair to neck-length, showing her growth as a character. [[spoiler:It also serves to make her appearance look closer to her comic counterpart, and symbolizes her acceptance as an Inhuman.]]

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* ** In Season 3, Skye has cut her shoulder-length hair to neck-length, showing her growth as a character. [[spoiler:It also serves to make her appearance look closer to her comic counterpart, and symbolizes her acceptance as an Inhuman.]]
18th Jan '17 1:26:28 PM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', Ringo grows a small ponytail (actually, he has his hair grown magically) to indicate to the Baravadans that he should be considered a tirin (noncombatant) rather than a skahs (warrior).
*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', when the Guardians take Ringo in, they give him a buzzcut to indicate that he's one of them. After the debacle that follows, Ringo happily allows the Circle to grow his ponytail back for him.
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