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In many shows, whenever a main character is bald, every time they're shown in a FlashBack, they're always depicted as having hair like Axl Rose, Jim Morrison, etc. Generally meant to imply they were so in love with their own hair that the ''hair gods'' or something took it away from them to punish them. Of course, it could just be that a long haired wig on a bald actor tends to look a lot more convincing than a short one (though the trope is common in animation as well).

Of course there are variations. A character might retain a full head of hair but in the current day it is trim and business-like while in the past they had a FunnyAfro, suggesting they were rebellious teenagers. Other times it's just a [[IWasQuiteAFashionVictim visual indication that it's the same character in a different era]] (if there isn't [[TimeShiftedActor an actor playing a younger version]] of a character it can be hard to suddenly look 30 years younger). RapidHairGrowth is the InvertedTrope of this.

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\nIn many shows, whenever when a main bald character is bald, every time shown in a {{Flashback}}, they're shown in a FlashBack, they're always depicted as having more hair like Axl Rose, Jim Morrison, etc. Generally meant to imply they were so in love with their own hair that the ''hair gods'' or something took it away from them to punish them. Of course, it could just be that a long haired wig on a bald actor tends to look a lot more convincing than a short one (though the trope is common in animation as well).

Of course there are variations. A character might retain a full head of hair but in the current day it is trim and business-like while
in the past than they do in the present. Quite a lot more, in fact. This guy had such flowing locks that you would have to think he was punished by the hair gods for whatever reason.

The trope thus serves
a FunnyAfro, suggesting they were rebellious teenagers. Other times it's greater purpose than simply showing that the scene is set in the past. It shows how a person has changed -- either he's undergone an ImportantHaircut to pick up a BaldOfAwesome, or he's fallen from the heights of his youth to become a total loser. Maybe his old hairstyle reveals him to have been [[FormerTeenRebel quite different when he was younger]]. Or maybe he just had a [[IWasQuiteAFashionVictim visual indication that particularly embarrassing or dated hairstyle]] in the past, showing his tendency to fall victim to fad fashions. This last variant allows the trope to be used for characters who aren't even bald in the "present".

Out-of-universe,
it's also a lot easier and more convincing for a bald actor to wear a long-haired wig than to make a realistic-looking shorter haircut. It also makes it clearer that this is a younger version of the same character played by the same actor, avoiding the hassle and expense of finding a TimeShiftedActor. But the strength of the trope allows it to be used even in a different era]] (if there isn't [[TimeShiftedActor an actor playing a younger version]] of animation.

This trope can look forward, too --
a character it can be hard to suddenly look 30 years younger). RapidHairGrowth is with hair in the InvertedTrope present might be shown to be bald in the future, either because he's ''really'' old or to hammer home the idea that he's a FutureLoser.

Opposite
of this.RapidHairGrowth. Compare NeverTrustAHairTonic, for when bald characters try (and fail) to recapture their once-glorious hair. Contrast PrematurelyBald, which is a common {{subversion}} of this trope -- you'd expect the character to have had hair when he was younger, but he didn't.



* Genma Saotome in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was willing to let his son go bald in order to get his full head of hair back.
** In flashbacks, he's always seen sporting some unruly locks under his ever-present handkerchief. It's not exactly clear when he went completely bald, though.
** Once, after acquiring a prodigious hair-restoring tonic, Genma grows immense, nearly-vertical hair that [[Anime/DragonballZ stands up in spikes]]. [[AffectionateParody But only when he's angry]]. He's very proud of this hair, but, sadly, it falls off instantly if he laughs or so much as cracks a grin.
* Nappa from ''Anime/DragonballZ'' was shown to have hair when Vegeta was still a child.
** This is at odds with what Vegeta says later in the series, that a pure-blood Saiyan's hair never changes from the day he was born.
*** However, it could be that Nappa simply shaved his head because he liked the way it looked. Vegeta probably meant that a Saiyan's hair doesn't grow beyond a certain point. It will still grow back if shaved or cut, but only to a specific length. In other words, Saiyan head hair is like human eyebrow hair or leg hair. It grows to a certain length and then falls out to make room for new hairs. So just because Nappa chose to shave his head doesn't mean he went bald or that his hair wouldn't have grown back to a specific length if he decided to stop shaving it.
*** This also explains the interesting scene in the original Dragonball where Mercenary Tao cuts off some of Goku's hair (twice, thanks to re-using some footage), and yet it's all back the way it was before a while later.
** Another case is Master Roshi. It is shown that he had a full head of hair when he was a teenager. He said he's naturally bald when Krillin argued that all great fighters shave their heads.
*** Mr. Satan/Hercule is introduced with hair, and has it all throughout the rest of Z, but has gone bald by the time of GT (about 20 years after the finale of Z). However he's pretty old by then and he had hair at least into his 50s so it's not that jarring.
* A minor character in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' is Kazuo Nakano, who has a wig. He even calls himself 'Kazuo of the Wig' at one point.

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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Genma Saotome in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was willing to let his son go bald in order to get his full head of hair back.
** In flashbacks, he's always seen sporting some
is shown as having had prodigious and unruly locks under his ever-present handkerchief. It's not exactly clear when he went was younger -- and he's not happy about being completely bald, though.
** Once, after acquiring
bald now. He's gone to crazy lengths to get his hair back, including a prodigious hair-restoring tonic, Genma grows scheme where his son would go bald in his place. The silliest was a ShoutOut to ''Anime/DragonballZ'', where he uses a [[NeverTrustAHairTonic hair tonic]] that gives him immense, nearly-vertical hair nearly vertical AnimeHair that [[Anime/DragonballZ stands up in spikes]]. [[AffectionateParody But spikes -- but only when he's angry]]. He's very proud of this hair, but, sadly, angry, and it falls off instantly if he laughs or so much as cracks a grin.
smile.
* From ''Anime/DragonballZ'', a series otherwise famous for its prodigious AnimeHair:
** The series establishes that a full-blooded Saiyan has a distinct hairstyle from the day he is born that never changes throughout his life. But this would contradict a flashback in which the normally bald
Nappa from ''Anime/DragonballZ'' was is shown to have had hair when Vegeta was still a child.
** This is at odds with what Vegeta says later in the series,
child. Fans [[FanWank explained this]] by stating that while it's possible to shave a pure-blood Saiyan's Saiyan, his hair never changes from the day he was born.
*** However, it could be that Nappa simply shaved his head because he liked the way it looked. Vegeta probably meant that a Saiyan's hair doesn't grow beyond a certain point. It will still
would quickly grow back if shaved or cut, but only to its original shape (dovetailing nicely with a specific length. In other words, Saiyan head hair is like human eyebrow hair or leg hair. It grows to a certain length and then falls out to make room for new hairs. So just because Nappa chose to shave his head doesn't mean he went bald or that his hair wouldn't have grown back to a specific length if he decided to stop shaving it.
*** This also explains the interesting
scene in the original Dragonball ''Dragonball'' where Mercenary Tao cuts off some of Goku's hair (twice, thanks hair, only for it to re-using some footage), and yet it's all quickly grow back the way it was before a while later.
to normal) -- Nappa presumably is so dedicated to his BaldOfAwesome that he shaves his head very regularly.
** Another case is Master Roshi. It Roshi is shown that he to have had a full head of hair when he was a teenager. He said he's naturally bald when Krillin argued that teenager -- using himself as a contrast to Krillin, who regularly shaves his head because that's what all great fighters shave their heads.
***
do.
**
Mr. Satan/Hercule is introduced goes the opposite direction, with hair, his hair having fallen out between his prime in ''Dragonball Z'' and has it all throughout the rest of Z, but has gone bald by the time of GT (about 20 scenes twenty years after the finale of Z). However he's pretty old by then and he had hair at least into his 50s so it's not that jarring.
* A minor character
later in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' is Kazuo Nakano, who has a wig. He even calls himself 'Kazuo of the Wig' at one point.''Dragonball GT''.



* ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'': Saitama had standard shonen spiky hair before he became a superhero. By his own account he "trained so hard he went bald". Considering what he's capable of, it's a fair trade.

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* ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'': ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'''s protagonist Saitama had standard shonen is totally bald but shown in flashback to have a full head of spiky hair before he became a superhero. By hair. His explanation for his own account he "trained so hard he went bald". Considering what he's capable of, it's a fair trade.baldness is that his training regimen, which turned him into an InvincibleHero, also caused him to lose all his hair.



* Mortadelo from the Spanish comic ''Comicbook/MortadeloYFilemon'' had exceptionally great and long locks before losing all of it because of a failed experiment by the comic's resident MadScientist, Profesor Bacterio.
* Yorick fears he is going bald toward the end of ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'' and considers shaving his head if this happens; in a flashback in the DistantFinale we see he's done so. Ironically his elderly self still has a good shock of white hair.
* One issue of ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'' takes place mostly in the mid 1970s... and ''everybody'' has an afro. Comicbook/ThePunisher, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, Man-Thing, everybody. The biggest, most funktastic afro of all belonged to [[ComicBook/XMen Chuck Xavier]], the best dancer in town.
* The NationalLampoon did a fotonovela story "Too Old For Menudo", where a member of the boy band says his mandatory goodbyes on his 15th birthday - the next morning he finds he's turned middle-aged and bald, and can't land a singing job anywhere.

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* Mortadelo from the Spanish comic ''Comicbook/MortadeloYFilemon'' had exceptionally great and long locks before losing all of it because thank of a failed experiment by the comic's resident MadScientist, Profesor Bacterio.
* Yorick fears he is going bald toward the end of ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'' and considers shaving his head if this happens; in happens. In a flashback in the DistantFinale DistantFinale, we see that's exactly what he's done so. Ironically done, but his elderly self still has a good shock of white hair.
* One issue of ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'' takes place mostly in the mid 1970s... TheSeventies, and ''everybody'' has an afro.a FunnyAfro. Comicbook/ThePunisher, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, Man-Thing, everybody. The biggest, most funktastic afro of all belonged to the otherwise famously bald [[ComicBook/XMen Chuck Xavier]], the best dancer in town.
* The NationalLampoon ''Franchise/NationalLampoon'' did a fotonovela story "Too Old For for Menudo", where a member of the boy band says his mandatory goodbyes on his 15th birthday - the birthday. The next morning he finds he's turned middle-aged and bald, and can't land a singing job anywhere.



* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''
** Subverted in the first ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' movie when Marty visits his high school 30 years ago... and finds Strickland is ''still'' bald, or rather, he's down to the last dregs of hair on his head. Which has him query, "That's Strickland! Jesus, didn't that guy ''ever'' have hair?"
** And then in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', Strickland's [[TheWildWest Wild West]] ancestor ([[IdenticalGrandson played by the same actor]], of course) had shoulder-length General Custer-style curls.
** Pretty much the first thing out of Doc of 1955's mouth when he see his 1985 self? "Thank God I've still got my hair!" Of course, 1985 Doc's hair had gone from thick, curly, and blonde to thin, stringy, and white. But it was THERE, dammit!
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': [[MadScientist The Doctor]] is shown to have short hair in flashbacks. He is bald in the present, but tries to hide it with a wig.
* Lou in ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'' is as bald as the actor who plays him - Creator/RobCorddry. When they first arrive in the past he goes to take a piss and catches sight of himself in the mirror. He's so in awe of his own former glory that he doesn't even stop pissing as he turns to stare in dumbfounded wonder.
* Unintentional and amusingly extreme example in the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series. In ''Film/FridayThe13thPart2'' Jason has an impressive mane of hair. By ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartIII Part III]]'', supposedly set the next day, he's completely bald.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': 1973 Charles Xavier is shown as having long hair.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Inverted for Storm. She has long hair in the original trilogy, but her teenage self has a mohawk.

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* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''
** Subverted in
''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' is about TimeTravel, but it plays around with the first ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' movie when Marty visits his high school 30 years ago... and finds Strickland is ''still'' bald, or rather, he's down trope despite having ample opportunity to the last dregs of hair on his head. Which has him query, "That's Strickland! Jesus, didn't that guy ''ever'' have hair?"
use it:
** And then in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', Strickland's [[TheWildWest Wild West]] ancestor ([[IdenticalGrandson played by the same actor]], of course) had shoulder-length General Custer-style curls.
** Pretty much the first thing out of
When Doc in 1955 sees a video of 1955's mouth when he see his 1985 self? self, his first reaction is "Thank God I've still got my hair!" Of course, Granted, 1985 Doc's hair had gone from thick, curly, and blonde to thin, turned white, stringy, and white. But even more unkempt, but it was THERE, dammit!
still ''there''.
** Strickland, the bald school disciplinarian, would be a prime candidate for this trope -- except he's almost just as bald in 1955 as he is in 1985. Marty is clearly expecting this trope to be in play:
-->''That's Strickland! Jesus, didn't that guy ever have hair?''
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', [[MadScientist The the Doctor]] is shown to have short hair in flashbacks. He is bald in the present, but tries to hide it with a wig.
* Lou in ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'' is as bald as the actor who plays him - him, Creator/RobCorddry. When they first arrive But in the past he goes to take past, he's got a piss and catches sight full head of himself hair. He first notices this in the mirror. He's so in awe of mirror -- while taking a leak, not caring about his own degraded aim while he admires his former glory that he doesn't even stop pissing as he turns to stare in dumbfounded wonder.
glory.
* Unintentional and amusingly extreme example in the The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series. series has an unintentional and amusingly extreme example: In ''Film/FridayThe13thPart2'' ''Film/FridayThe13thPart2'', Jason has an impressive mane of hair. By hair, but in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartIII Part III]]'', supposedly set the next day, he's completely bald.bald -- even though it takes place only a day after ''Part 2''.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': 1973
In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Charles Xavier Xavier, normally the owner of a BaldOfAwesome, is shown as having long hair.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Inverted for Storm. She has long
hair in 1973. ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', the original trilogy, but her teenage self has a mohawk.next film, shows the unusual circumstances in which he lost that hair.



** Inverted with Nerf and Antonio, where their teenage selves have short hair and it's grown out in adulthood.
* Jenko in ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' isn't bald but has a very short haircut. As a flashback to [[IWasQuiteAFashionVictim his teen years]] he's shown with long hair.

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** Inverted with Nerf and Antonio, where their teenage selves have who had short hair and it's grown as teenagers but grew it out in adulthood.
as adults.
* Jenko in ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' isn't bald but has a very short haircut. As a A flashback to [[IWasQuiteAFashionVictim his teen years]] he's shown shows him with long much longer hair.



* Inverted in ''Film/TheAgeOfAdaline''. The titular character in her past had short hair - as she was around during the periods where short hair was the height of fashion. But she now has long hair in the present.
* ''Film/SpiceWorld'' - the girls' friend Nicola has short hair in the present. In a flashback to when the girls were a struggling group, she's shown with long hair down to her waist.
* A justified example with ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. Meredith first appears as she's dying of cancer, naturally bald from the treatment. In the second movie, a flashback to before she was sick shows that she had beautiful long blonde hair.

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* Inverted in ''Film/TheAgeOfAdaline''. ''Film/TheAgeOfAdaline'': The titular eponymous character in her past had short hair - as she was around during the periods where short hair was the height of fashion. But she now has long hair in the present.
present, but short hair in the past, reflecting a period when short hair was [[IWasQuiteAFashionVictim the height of fashion]].
* ''Film/SpiceWorld'' - In ''Film/SpiceWorld'', the girls' friend Nicola has short hair in the present. In a flashback to when the girls were a struggling group, she's shown with long hair down to her waist.
* A justified example with ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' first shows Meredith first appears as bald from chemotherapy as she's dying of cancer, naturally bald from the treatment. In the cancer. The second movie, a flashback to film shows her from before she was sick shows that got sick, when she had beautiful has long blonde hair.



* Balding Mr. Belding is shown to have a hippie-esque head of hair in a FlashBack to his student radio days on ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
* George Costanza in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "Deus Ex Machina" when, during a flashback, we discover that the Locke of several years ago had... a really bad toupee.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': He's not bald, but short-haired Dr. Cox is shown in JD's 80's flashback as having a blond Mohawk. ("Shut up jackass, I rock!")
** Turk, however, ''is'' bald and was shown in a flashback to have a full head of hair, excited to see Michael Jordon at a basketball game. When JD shows up and is asked if he has the tickets, JD says he thought he was supposed to bring the sandwiches. Now that neither of them can get inside the game, an enraged and upset Turk rips his own hair out.
*** He apparently shaves his head, as one scene has Carla show a picture him trying to grow his hair in, which comes in in awkward patches. He shaves it to keep it from looking ridiculous.
*** He grows it out a bit in later seasons (although still really short).
** [[ButtMonkey Ted]] on the other hand once was ''supposed'' to have hair. But now it's gone... '''GOOOOONE'''!

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* In ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', Balding Mr. Belding is shown to have a hippie-esque head of hair in a FlashBack to his student radio days on ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
days.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
**
George Costanza Costanza, the series' resident expert on baldness, is shown in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
{{flashback}} to have had much more hair when he was younger. But he was no less of a loser in the past than he is in the present.
** Elaine dates a man who shaves his head, but discovers an old ID of his showing him with long, flowing locks. She's totally enamored with that hair, so she asks him to grow it back -- only for him to discover that it's not growing back evenly, and he's "going bald" (even though he's ''already'' bald). In keeping with this trope, he sinks into a depression at becoming a loser; he even goes to George for advice on what to do, and they both treat it as if going bald [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything is a fatal diagnosis]].
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "Deus Ex Machina" when, during a flashback, we discover that the Locke of several years ago had... a really bad toupee.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': He's not bald, but short-haired Dr. Cox is shown in JD's 80's flashback as having a blond Mohawk. ("Shut up jackass, I rock!")
** Turk, however, ''is'' bald and was shown in
Machina", which shows a flashback of Locke that appears to have a full head of show him with hair, excited to see Michael Jordon at a basketball game. When JD shows up and is asked if he has the tickets, JD says he thought he was supposed to bring the sandwiches. Now that neither of them can get inside the game, an enraged and upset Turk rips his own hair out.
*** He apparently shaves his head, as one scene has Carla show a picture him trying to grow his hair in, which comes in in awkward patches. He shaves
only for it to keep it from looking ridiculous.turn out to be a very DodgyToupee.
*** He * On ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Turk shaves his head in the present, but is shown with hair in flashbacks. It has degraded, though, as it
grows back in awkward patches when he tries to grow it back. One silly flashback, though, shows that he lost his hair by tearing it out a bit in later seasons (although still really short).
frustration after JD's scatter-brain costs him a chance to see Michael Jordan play live.
** [[ButtMonkey Ted]] on the other hand once was ''supposed'' Resident ButtMonkey Ted is shown as balding, but is occasionally shown in flashback with more hair, showing a time before it all fell apart for him.
** Short-haired Dr. Cox is shown in a flashback (or rather, one of JD's {{Imagine Spot}}s) as having a blond Mohawk in TheEighties, and an attitude
to have hair. But now it's gone... '''GOOOOONE'''!match:
-->''Shut up jackass, I rock!''



* A ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode had Pete explain that he almost got into the Olympics in 1980, but, of course, that was the year the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Games. The accompanying flashback shows Pete, who is bald in ThePresentDay, having a full head of hair (and a moustache!) back in 1980.

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* A ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode had Pete explain that he almost got into the Olympics in 1980, but, of course, but that was the year the Olympics were in [[UsefulNotes/SovietUnion Moscow]] and the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Games. them. The accompanying flashback shows Pete, who is bald in ThePresentDay, having a full head of hair (and a moustache!) an impressive moustache) back in 1980.



* Almost everyone in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', at least for the adults who play themselves in the present day and some 25 years in the past with all the {{flashback}}s. Although a subtle version is used for Joy, almost anything set before she had kids she would wear her hair down, while as a mom she usually had them in hair bands.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', several flashbacks and one comment by Starfleet Academy's [[AlmightyJanitor groundkeeper]] reveal that Picard once had hair. [[SeriesContinuityError Curiously]], there is also the photograph a bald Cadet Picard in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had a {{flashback}} to the time when Leonard and Sheldon first became roommates in 2002. Leonard had long, wavy locks, Raj had a mullet and Howard had a [[FunnyAfro Jewish Afro]]. A brief cut to Penny at the same time had her with borderline EightiesHair. Sheldon was the only one who remained almost the same.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' used a beard version of this trope in its flashback to the pilot episode of ''Tool Time''. In it, Tim (usually clean-shaven) has a beard, while Al (usually with a beard) is clean-shaven.

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* Almost everyone in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', at least for the adults who play themselves when shown in the present day and some {{flashback}} to 25 years in the past with all the {{flashback}}s. Although a past, will have more or different hair. The most subtle version example is used for Joy, almost anything set who is shown wearing her hair down in scenes before she had kids she would wear her but nearly always wears hair down, while as a mom she usually had them bands in hair bands.
the present day.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', several flashbacks and one comment by Starfleet Academy's [[AlmightyJanitor groundkeeper]] reveal that Picard once had hair. [[SeriesContinuityError Curiously]], there is also the a photograph of a bald Cadet Picard in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had a {{flashback}} to the time when Leonard and Sheldon first became roommates in 2002. Leonard had long, wavy locks, Raj had a mullet mullet, and Howard had a [[FunnyAfro Jewish Afro]]. A brief cut to Penny at the same time had her with borderline EightiesHair. Sheldon was the only one who remained almost the same.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' used a beard version of this trope in its flashback to the pilot episode of ''Tool Time''. In it, Tim (usually clean-shaven) has Time'': Tim, usually clean-shaven, is shown with a beard, while Al (usually with Al, who usually has a beard) beard, is clean-shaven.



** Inverted with Matt. During flashbacks to him and Elektra in college, he ''lacks'' his PermaStubble.

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** Inverted with Matt. During Matt, who is pointedly shown without his PermaStubble in flashbacks to him when he and Elektra were in college, he ''lacks'' his PermaStubble.college.



* In ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' Carey has a pixie haircut. In a home video of when the twins were babies, she's shown with long hair.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'''s Penny was depicted with short hair in the 90s up until she died. Flashbacks to her younger self in the 60s - when she was a hippie - show that her hair was quite long. And in another flashback to after Patty's death when Piper was still a child, she's shown to have long hair again (when it was short in "That 70s Episode", which chronologically takes place before the latter flashback).

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* In ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Carey has a pixie haircut. In a home video of when the twins were babies, she's shown with long hair.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'''s Penny was depicted with short hair in the 90s up until she died. Flashbacks to her younger self in the 60s - -- when she was a hippie - -- show that her hair was quite long. And in another flashback to after Patty's death when Piper was still a child, she's shown to have long hair again (when it was short in "That 70s Episode", which chronologically takes place before the latter flashback).



* Wally on ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' was shown to have an afro in the 70's (a.c.).
** Also, in one comic strip showing the office in 1985, 1990 and 1995, Wally progressively goes from a full head of hair to bald. The PointyHairedBoss' style changes to evoke a MythologyGag with how he used to be drawn. And Dilbert never changes...

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* Wally on ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' was shown is known to have an afro play with its characters in the 70's (a.c.).
** Also, in
this way. In one comic strip strip, showing the office in 1985, 1990 1990, and 1995, Wally is shown progressively goes going from a full head of hair to bald. bald (and he's shown to have had a FunnyAfro in TheSeventies). The PointyHairedBoss' style hairstyle also changes to evoke when he's shown in the past, as a MythologyGag with how he used to be drawn. And [[ArtEvolution his previous character designs]]. Only Dilbert never changes...changes.



* The Pond Owner in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. He has a full head of hair when Link is a child. When seeing him again as Adult Link, he wears a hat. If you catch his hat with your fishing rod, it reveals that he's balding.

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* The Pond Owner in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. He ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' has a full head of hair when Link is a child. When seeing him again as Adult Link, he wears a hat. If you catch his hat with your fishing rod, it reveals that he's balding.



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* Dr. Thaddeus Venture of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' subverts this. Though he is indeed bald in the present day, flashbacks show that he was losing his hair as early as his late teens. This may or may not have been a result of [[spoiler: his deformed twin brother residing in his abdomen and thus ruining his hormone balance.]] Or perhaps he was just taxing it too much by trying to grow it out.
* Pickles of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', who is a direct parody of Axl Rose. He tries to cover his receding hairline with a dreadlock comb-over.
* Bill Dauterive and to a lesser extent Dale Gribble of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
* Homer of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had plenty of hair in his younger days, but now is reduced to two strands on the top of his head. There is a reason for this, however - we see him apparently balding in the episode when Marge reveals she is pregnant with Maggie. When she tells him, he screams, pulls out his hair and runs upstairs. Bart asks him if he did that every time. Cut to Homer with a full head of hair being told Marge is pregnant with Bart - he screams, tears hair out and runs upstairs. Then cut to Homer being told ''Lisa'' is going to be born: hair pulled out, screaming, running up stairs. Also, they were in their current Evergreen Terrace home.
** This being ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', of course, [[MultipleChoicePast one backstory is]] ''[[NegativeContinuity never]]'' enough; in an earlier episode, it's shown that he lost his hair as the result of an Army medical research project he volunteered for to avoid having dinner with Patty and Selma.
** There's also the stress backstory. In "Kamp Krusty", Homer's hair begins to grow back once the kids are gone. The second he sees on TV that Bart has commandeered the camp, all the new hair falls out.
** In one episode, Homer grows hair overnight after using an expensive hair growth product, and promptly loses it overnight when he runs out of it.
** In flashbacks to Mr. Burns's childhood, he has enormous golden curls, a visual reference to a stereotyped image of a wealthy boy in TheGayNineties.
** Dr. Hibbert's changing hairstyle through the years is also a common running gag (he ''still'' has hair in the present, though)
** Inverted in "Lisa's First Word"; Marge's famous beehive hair-do is much shorter in the flashbacks.
** Played with in one episode,where in a flashback, a young Kirk van Houten takes off his lacrosse helmet and has really long hair. After shaking his head, it's revealed that, while is hair is longer than in present-day, he's still bald on the very top of his head.

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* Dr. Thaddeus Venture of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' subverts this. Though he is indeed bald in the present day, flashbacks show that he was losing his and shown with more hair as early as his late teens.in the past, but he starts rapidly balding when he's still a teenager. This may or may not have been a result of [[spoiler: his deformed twin brother residing in his abdomen and thus ruining his hormone balance.]] Or perhaps he was just taxing it too much by trying to grow it out.
* Pickles of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', who ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' is a direct parody of Axl Rose.[[Music/GunsNRoses AxlRose]]. He tries to cover his receding hairline with a dreadlock comb-over.
* %%* Bill Dauterive and to a lesser extent Dale Gribble of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
**
Homer Simpson is the epitome of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[ThisLoserIsYou the bald loser]], and he's always shown as having had plenty of much more hair in his younger days, but now is reduced to two strands on the top of his head. There is a reason for this, however - we see him apparently balding in the episode when Marge reveals she is pregnant with Maggie. When she tells him, he screams, pulls out his hair and runs upstairs. Bart asks him if he did that every time. Cut to Homer with a full head of hair being told Marge is pregnant with Bart - he screams, tears hair out and runs upstairs. Then cut to Homer being told ''Lisa'' is going to be born: hair pulled out, screaming, running up stairs. Also, they were in their current Evergreen Terrace home.
** This being ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', of course,
was younger. However, given the show's NegativeContinuity, there are [[MultipleChoicePast one backstory is]] ''[[NegativeContinuity never]]'' enough; in an earlier episode, it's shown multiple conflicting accounts]] of ''how'' he lost his hair:
*** One episode shows him tearing his hair out while freaking out on being informed by Marge that she's pregnant, all three times it happens -- by the time she gets pregnant with Maggie, he's torn his hair out to the point that he's as bald as he is today.
*** Another episode shows
that he lost his hair as the result of it while participating in an Army medical research project (which he volunteered signed up for to avoid having dinner with Patty and Selma.
** There's also the stress backstory. In
Selma).
***
"Kamp Krusty", Krusty" shows Homer's hair begins beginning to grow back once when the kids are gone. out of the house. The second he sees on TV that Bart has commandeered the camp, all the new his newfound hair falls out.
** In one episode, Homer grows hair overnight after using an expensive hair growth product, and promptly loses it overnight when he runs out of it.
** In flashbacks
A flashback to Mr. Burns's childhood, he has Burns' childhood shows him with enormous golden curls, a visual reference to a stereotyped stereotypical image of a wealthy boy in TheGayNineties.
** While Dr. Hibbert's changing hairstyle through the years is also a common running gag (he ''still'' Hibbert still has hair in the present, though)
flashbacks of him show him wearing a [[IWasQuiteAFashionVictim ridiculous hairstyle emblematic of the time period]].
** Inverted in "Lisa's First Word"; Word", which shows Marge's famous beehive hair-do is hairdo as being much shorter in the flashbacks.
when she was younger.
** Played with in one episode,where in an episode where a flashback, flashback to a young Kirk van Houten takes off his lacrosse helmet and has shows him with really long hair. After shaking his head, it's revealed that, while is hair is longer than in present-day, -- only for him to shake it out and reveal that he's still already bald on the very top of his head.



* In his youth, [[SternTeacher Lancer]] in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' used to have a full set of hair. He still grows his hair...all over his body. Everything ''but the head''!
* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" (in which the entire cast starts to regress in age), a much younger Professor Farnsworth sports a bodacious 'fro. Flashbacks featuring the Professor will almost always show him with hair, even when he is as old as 130 years old ("thirty-odd" years ago, in Bender's Game).
** Spoofed on the episode "Möbius Dick", where Zoidberg has hair in a flashback to Planet Express' first delivery fifty years earlier. When Leela questions how a [[NonMammalianHair non-mammalian species like Zoidberg's would have hair in the first place]], Prof. Farnsworth says that he never mentioned that Zoidberg had hair, and that the others just imagined it that way.
* Squidward from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', during the episode where the Krusty Krab crew meets their old fry cook.

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* In his youth, [[SternTeacher Lancer]] in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' used to have a full set of hair. He still grows his hair...hair, all over his body. Everything ''but the head''!
body -- ''except'' on his head.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Professor Farnsworth is almost always shown with hair in flashback, even when he's as old as 130 years old.
In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" (in which Hurdles", where the entire cast starts to regress in age), a much younger Professor [[FountainOfYouth age backwards]], Farnsworth sports is shown with a bodacious 'fro. Flashbacks featuring the Professor will almost always show him with hair, even when he is as old as 130 years old ("thirty-odd" years ago, in Bender's Game).
FunnyAfro.
** Spoofed on the episode in "Möbius Dick", where Zoidberg has hair in Dick": a flashback to Planet Express' first delivery fifty years earlier. When Leela questions how a earlier shows Zoidberg with hair, even though [[NonMammalianHair non-mammalian species like Zoidberg's would have hair in the first place]], Prof. Zoidberg is an alien lobster-thing]]. Leela {{lampshade|d}}s this impossibility, to which Farnsworth says that claims he never mentioned that Zoidberg had hair, and that hair; that's just how the others just imagined it that way.
were imagining him.
* Squidward from In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Squidward is shown with hair in a flashback during the episode where the Krusty Krab crew meets their old fry cook.



* Mr. Garrison on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had hair in a flashback in the episode "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut," however it may have been a wig considering that in "Weight Gain 4000" he was shown as a child with the same baldness that later plagued him.
* A flashforward version occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "How Long Is Forever?" where Beast Boy ends up a demoralized, balding, paunchy sideshow exhibit. Upon hearing of this back in the present, he yanks out a double handful of his own hair.
* Before creating his 177th experiment, Dr. [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries Jumba Jookiba]] had long, luxurious black hair. Unfortunately, said experiment, created to devour a type of fuel, actually devoured hair (since the word is the same in his native language), leaving Jumba bald except for three hairs for the rest of this days.
* Lou Pickles in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. In one episode when meeting his old navy buddy, his buddy had a full head of hair in his current photo and he doesn't, but happened to be bald all along wearing a wig.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Mr. Garrison on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had hair in a flashback in the episode "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut," however it may have been a wig considering that in "Weight Gain 4000" he was Slut", but he's shown as a child with [[PrematurelyBald the same baldness baldness]] that would plague him later plagued him.
* A flashforward version occurs
in life in "Weight Gain 4000". His hair in the former episode might just be a wig.
* In
the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "How Long Is Forever?" where Forever?", a FlashForward shows Beast Boy ends up as a demoralized, balding, paunchy sideshow exhibit. Upon hearing of this back in the present, he yanks out a double handful of his own hair.
* Before creating his 177th experiment, In ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', Dr. [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries Jumba Jookiba]] had Jookiba is shown with long, luxurious black hair. Unfortunately, said experiment, created to devour a type of fuel, actually hair before he had it almost completely devoured hair (since the word is the same in his native language), leaving Jumba bald except for three hairs for the rest of this days.
177th experiment.
* {{Inverted|trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', where Lou Pickles in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. In one episode when meeting his meets an old navy buddy, his buddy had who has a full head of hair in his current photo and he doesn't, -- but happened to be is bald all along in the past. He's wearing a wig.wig in the future.



* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' character Jamie has a short bob. In a flashback to when Pepper Ann was a toddler, she's shown to be a hippie with RapunzelHair.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' character In ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'', Jamie has a short bob. In a flashback bob, but is shown to have been a hippie with RapunzelHair when Pepper Ann was a toddler, she's shown to be a hippie with RapunzelHair.toddler.
20th May '17 4:11:29 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/SpiceWorld'' - the girls' friend Nicola has short hair in the present. In a flashback to when the girls were a struggling group, she's shown with long hair down to her waist.
* A justified example with ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. Meredith first appears as she's dying of cancer, naturally bald from the treatment. In the second movie, a flashback to before she was sick shows that she had beautiful long blonde hair.



* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'''s Penny was depicted with short hair in the 90s up until she died. Flashbacks to her younger self in the 60s - when she was a hippie - show that her hair was quite long. And in another flashback to after Patty's death when Piper was still a child, she's shown to have long hair again (when it was short in "That 70s Episode", which chronologically takes place before the latter flashback).
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** Ted has relatively short SpikyHair in the present. In his flashbacks to being a teenager and college student, he has a curly afro.
** Inverted with Lily, who had short hair in college, but has consistently had long hair in the present.



* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' character Jamie has a short bob. In a flashback to when Pepper Ann was a baby, she has RapunzelHair.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' character Jamie has a short bob. In a flashback to when Pepper Ann was a baby, she has toddler, she's shown to be a hippie with RapunzelHair.
19th May '17 4:45:59 PM jormis29
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* Lou in ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'' is as bald as the actor who plays him - Rob Corddry. When they first arrive in the past he goes to take a piss and catches sight of himself in the mirror. He's so in awe of his own former glory that he doesn't even stop pissing as he turns to stare in dumbfounded wonder.

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* Lou in ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'' is as bald as the actor who plays him - Rob Corddry.Creator/RobCorddry. When they first arrive in the past he goes to take a piss and catches sight of himself in the mirror. He's so in awe of his own former glory that he doesn't even stop pissing as he turns to stare in dumbfounded wonder.
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** [[ButtMonkey Ted]] on the other hand once was ''supposed'' to have hair. But now it's gone.. '''GOOOOONE'''!

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** [[ButtMonkey Ted]] on the other hand once was ''supposed'' to have hair. But now it's gone..gone... '''GOOOOONE'''!
20th Apr '17 3:35:59 PM WillKeaton
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* Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra: [[MadScientist The Doctor]] is shown to have short hair in flashbacks. He is bald in the present, but tries to hide it with a wig.

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* Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra: ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': [[MadScientist The Doctor]] is shown to have short hair in flashbacks. He is bald in the present, but tries to hide it with a wig.
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** Another case is Master Roshi as shown he has a full head of hair when he was a teenager. He said he's naturally bald as Krillin argued all great fighters shave their heads.

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** Another case is Master Roshi as Roshi. It is shown that he has had a full head of hair when he was a teenager. He said he's naturally bald as when Krillin argued that all great fighters shave their heads.
14th Mar '17 5:15:52 PM cybertoy0
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* During flashbacks seen in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episodes "Blendin's Game" and "A Tale of Two Stans", minor characters have more hair than they do in the present.
8th Mar '17 5:49:20 PM Jacob175
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*** Mr. Satan/Hercule is introduced with hair, and has it all throughout the rest of Z, but has gone bald by the time of GT (about 20 years after the finale of Z). However he's pretty old by then and he had hair at least into his 50s so its not that jarring.

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*** Mr. Satan/Hercule is introduced with hair, and has it all throughout the rest of Z, but has gone bald by the time of GT (about 20 years after the finale of Z). However he's pretty old by then and he had hair at least into his 50s so its it's not that jarring.



* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had a {{flashback}} to the time when Leonard and Sheldon first became roommates in 2002. Leonard and long, wavy locks, Raj had a mullet and Howard had a [[FunnyAfro Jewish Afro]]. A brief cut to Penny at the same time had her with borderline EightiesHair. Sheldon was the only one who remained almost the same.

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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had a {{flashback}} to the time when Leonard and Sheldon first became roommates in 2002. Leonard and had long, wavy locks, Raj had a mullet and Howard had a [[FunnyAfro Jewish Afro]]. A brief cut to Penny at the same time had her with borderline EightiesHair. Sheldon was the only one who remained almost the same.



* One game of "Weird Newscasters" on ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' had Ryan acting out the entire life of Colin, and made sure to have him ''losing his hair'' in one part.

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* One game of "Weird Newscasters" on ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' had Ryan acting out the entire life of Colin, and made sure to have him ''losing his hair'' in one part.



* In ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'', flashbacks show that the super-gentlemanly and businesslike professor, of all people, had a giant FunnyAfro in his school days.

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* In ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'', ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'', flashbacks show that the super-gentlemanly and businesslike professor, of all people, had a giant FunnyAfro in his school days.



* [[AuthorAvatar Rayne's brother]] in ''LeastICouldDo''.

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* [[AuthorAvatar Rayne's brother]] in ''LeastICouldDo''.''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo''.



** This being ''TheSimpsons'', of course, [[MultipleChoicePast one backstory is]] ''[[NegativeContinuity never]]'' enough; in an earlier episode, it's shown that he lost his hair as the result of an Army medical research project he volunteered for to avoid having dinner with Patty and Selma.

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** This being ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', of course, [[MultipleChoicePast one backstory is]] ''[[NegativeContinuity never]]'' enough; in an earlier episode, it's shown that he lost his hair as the result of an Army medical research project he volunteered for to avoid having dinner with Patty and Selma.



* When the characters of ''SonicSatAM'' go back in time, the villain minion Snively is shown with a full head of hair that he's quite proud of. An encounter with Sonic's super speed causes him to lose all of his hair, however.

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* When the characters of ''SonicSatAM'' ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' go back in time, the villain minion Snively is shown with a full head of hair that he's quite proud of. An encounter with Sonic's super speed causes him to lose all of his hair, however.
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** Once, after acquiring a prodigious hair-restoring tonic, Genma grows immense, nearly-vertical hair that [[DragonballZ stands up in spikes]]. [[AffectionateParody But only when he's angry]]. He's very proud of this hair, but, sadly, it falls off instantly if he laughs or so much as cracks a grin.
* Nappa from ''DragonballZ'' was shown to have hair when Vegeta was still a child.

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** Once, after acquiring a prodigious hair-restoring tonic, Genma grows immense, nearly-vertical hair that [[DragonballZ [[Anime/DragonballZ stands up in spikes]]. [[AffectionateParody But only when he's angry]]. He's very proud of this hair, but, sadly, it falls off instantly if he laughs or so much as cracks a grin.
* Nappa from ''DragonballZ'' ''Anime/DragonballZ'' was shown to have hair when Vegeta was still a child.
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