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3rd Dec '16 4:45:43 AM Morgenthaler
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** Aizawa's transition from clean-shaven to PermaStubble is used to show his emerging inner {{Badass}}.
** Another example is Mello, who gets slightly shorter and messier hair after the [[spoiler:explosion at his Mafia hideout]], from which point not only he becomes more {{Badass}} but seems to start [[spoiler:cooperating with Near.]]

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** Aizawa's transition from clean-shaven to PermaStubble is used to show his emerging inner {{Badass}}.
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** Another example is Mello, who gets slightly shorter and messier hair after the [[spoiler:explosion at his Mafia hideout]], from which point not only he becomes more {{Badass}} badass but seems to start [[spoiler:cooperating with Near.]]



*** [[JapaneseDelinquents Yukino Mayuzumi]] styled herself as a ''sukeban'', with extremely short and messily-cropped dyed hair and an ankle-length skirt, a holdover from her days as a delinquent boss. By the time of ''Persona 2'', she's a professional photojournalist, and she's still just as much of a {{Badass}} (if not more) but has grown her hair out to shoulder-length (revealing it to be very curly) and holds it down with a floppy gray hat.
*** [[JapaneseDelinquents Reiji Kido]], the fearsome and antisocial misfit, let go of the enormous, unruly mane of his teen years for a more respectable (if still slightly messy) short style befitting his ordinary job as a salesman. His new look also hides the X-shaped scar on his forehead, which he used to display proudly as part of his {{Badass}} image.

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*** [[JapaneseDelinquents Yukino Mayuzumi]] styled herself as a ''sukeban'', with extremely short and messily-cropped dyed hair and an ankle-length skirt, a holdover from her days as a delinquent boss. By the time of ''Persona 2'', she's a professional photojournalist, and she's still just as much of a {{Badass}} badass (if not more) but has grown her hair out to shoulder-length (revealing it to be very curly) and holds it down with a floppy gray hat.
*** [[JapaneseDelinquents Reiji Kido]], the fearsome and antisocial misfit, let go of the enormous, unruly mane of his teen years for a more respectable (if still slightly messy) short style befitting his ordinary job as a salesman. His new look also hides the X-shaped scar on his forehead, which he used to display proudly as part of his {{Badass}} badass image.
23rd Nov '16 9:51:07 PM PikaHikariKT
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* Combined with a SignificantWardrobeShift, [[spoiler:Lillie]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' [[spoiler:pulls her hair into a ponytail to signify her strengthening resolve after TheReveal]].
20th Nov '16 7:50:19 PM AlternativeCola
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** Julie sported a SciFiBobHaircut in ''Alien Force'' and ''Ultimate Alien'', then GirlishPigtails in ''Omniverse''.

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** Julie sported a SciFiBobHaircut chin-length hair in ''Alien Force'' and ''Ultimate Alien'', then GirlishPigtails in ''Omniverse''.
20th Nov '16 7:47:17 PM AlternativeCola
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* 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]]'', then back to chin-length hair in later appearances in ''Omniverse''.

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* 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]]'', ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', then back to chin-length hair in later appearances in ''Omniverse''.


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** Julie sported a SciFiBobHaircut in ''Alien Force'' and ''Ultimate Alien'', then GirlishPigtails in ''Omniverse''.
20th Nov '16 7:42:34 PM AlternativeCola
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* 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 half-way through the first season onwards she was given a design changed for plot reasons and her hair became cornrow-braids.

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* 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 half-way through later in the first season onwards series she was given a design changed for plot reasons and her hair became cornrow-braids.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Kimiko tends to sport a different hairstyle in almost every episode when she's outdoors. Averted in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles'' as her hairstyle remains the same when outdoors.
* 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]]'', 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".
16th Nov '16 3:29:55 PM Arkhia
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* ''The Sanctuary Telepath'': Janine's original hair colour is a dark shade of brown. She dyes it lighter to appear non-threatening and to make the impression on Helen that she also tries to move on. It turns red during the war then light brown again until she lets it grow out when they arrive to Praxis. Somewhat lampshaded as she's aware of the implications of her hair colour and uses it both for sentimental reasons and to use it to her advantage.
11th Nov '16 6:12:09 AM LB7979
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** Rapunzel has her hair braided and decorated with flowers when she finally reaches Corona. [[JustifiedTrope On a practical level]], she couldn't really run around with 70 feet of hair dragging behind her. On a symbolic level, it's a sign that she's finally able to let loose and have fun, without her MagicHair being the centre of her very being. [[spoiler:This is contrasted with when she is convinced to go back to the tower with Gothel; the braid is undone, and the flowers taken away, with Gothel off-handedly commenting "There... like it never even happened."]]

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** Rapunzel has her hair braided and decorated with flowers when she finally reaches Corona. [[JustifiedTrope On a practical level]], she couldn't really run around with 70 feet of hair dragging behind her. On a symbolic level, it's a sign that she's finally able to let loose and have fun, without her MagicHair being the centre of her very being.being (it's also an inversion of LettingHerHairDown). [[spoiler:This is contrasted with when she is convinced to go back to the tower with Gothel; the braid is undone, and the flowers taken away, with Gothel off-handedly commenting "There... like it never even happened."]]
7th Nov '16 10:09:41 AM Katsuhagi
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* Many of the main characters of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} go through new hairstyles in the TimeSkip between Volumes 3 and 4. Ruby and Nora have their hair grown out a little bit, Ren's hair is out of its rattail and ''really'' grown, Weiss' side ponytail is now centered (which signifies her abandonment of her rebellious streak) and Yang has her wild hair tied up in a ponytail.

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* Many of the main characters of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' go through new hairstyles in the TimeSkip between Volumes 3 and 4. Ruby and Nora have their hair grown out a little bit, Ren's hair is out of its rattail and ''really'' grown, Weiss' side ponytail is now centered (which signifies her abandonment of her rebellious streak) and Yang has her wild hair tied up in a ponytail.
7th Nov '16 9:57:22 AM nighttrainfm
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** Lampshaded when Haley gets her hair cut [[spoiler: by her nemesis, Crystal, as an act of revenge]]. She comments that it's probably "just a crappy haircut", after all.

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** Lampshaded when Haley gets her hair cut [[spoiler: by her nemesis, Crystal, as an act of revenge]]. She comments revenge.]] [[GenreSavvy Elan]] notes that it's hairstyle changes are a great way to symbolically reflect character changes. Haley later gets her hair restored magically, commenting that it was probably "just a crappy haircut", after all.
6th Nov '16 7:27:30 PM Katsuhagi
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* In the Manhwa ''Manhwa/TheTarotCafe'', the protagonist Pamela has very curly hair in the present and wavy hair in flashbacks. This is not due to modern hairstyle technology but because [[spoiler: after she became immortal four hundred-odd years ago she tried to find a way to die - one of them being getting stuck by lightening, which permanently frazzled her hair. It's a little after that (I recall) that she decides to live.]]

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* In the Manhwa ''Manhwa/TheTarotCafe'', the protagonist Pamela has very curly hair in the present and wavy hair in flashbacks. This is not due to modern hairstyle technology but because [[spoiler: after she became immortal four hundred-odd years ago she tried to find a way to die - one of them being getting stuck by lightening, which permanently frazzled her hair. It's a little after that (I recall) that she decides to live.]]
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