Created By: Heatth on April 1, 2011 Last Edited By: troublesome on May 25, 2011
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Hair Color Spoiler

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Alice and Bob couldn't be any more different. Alice is a wealthy noble from a prestigious family and given the upbringing of one meant to be married off to royalty. Bob is a rugged mercenary, willing to do what ever gets him payed. But look at their hair! The exact same shade of blue and with cowlicks that totally mirror each other. Further more, Bob is the only non-noble in the entire world to have that hair colour? Seasons pass, big-bads thwarted, and half of the characters you have come to love have made the ultimate sacrifice. Now, the final episodes are upon us, and just before they go off to the final battles, the groups resident sage lays down the twist thats supposed to change everything: Alice and Bob are twins!

Huh? Wait, we knew that already, right? I mean, surely some one said that some where during the series. I mean, we all knew that already, how could we possibly have known that if it was never rev--- THE HAIR! How couldn't we know? It's like they wanted us to know. I mean, what other reason could there possibly be for them to have the exact same hair?


Examples

Since this is a spoiler trope, there will be unmarked spoilers below.

Anime and Manga
  • Zero no Tsukaima does this twice.
    • The series is set in alternate Europe and there are very few characters with black hair. Among them are Saito, who's from Japan, and Siesta, who has Japanese ancestry.
    • In season one, we learn about Tabitha's backstory and meet her mother, who has the same exact shade of light blue hair as her. Her butler, Mister Exposition, tells us about Tabitha's evil uncle who usurped the throne. The story is dropped until season three, which introduces the mastermind behind the mastermind behind the mastermind of the events of season one. He wears a crown, and his hair color is the exact same shade of blue as Tabitha's and her mother's.
  • Saint Seiya: Four of the main Bronze Saints have normal hair colors (Hyuuga's blond hair coming from his Russian mother), but Andromeda Shun has green hair. Meanwhile, every person we see that is inhabited by a god has hair colors not found in nature. Come the Hades Saga.... (A hint only to the audience, mind you, as Shun's hair color was never remarked on in-story.)
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex has three episodes that feature characters with hair the same purple color as the major's. They're all either the major or one of her waldoes. The episode "Kusanagi's Labyrith" subverts this -- it's easy to figure out that the young girl is the major, but it distracts you from guessing that the young boy is Kuze.

Literature

  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, we meet a black-haired king, a blonde queen, and various black haired bastard children of the king, before it is revealed that the Queen's blonde kids are not his.

Video Games

  • In Chrono Trigger, after traveling to the Kingdom of Zeal in 12,000 BC, you meet Queen Zeal and her children, Schala and Janus. The three of them have the exact same shade of light purple hair which is found on nobody else -- except Magus, who is actually an older Janus.
  • In Legend of Dragoon, the revelation that party-member Meru and penultimate villain Lloyd are both Winglies is spoiled by their platinum (with a blue tint for Meru) hair, which is exclusive to Winglies.
  • Skies of Arcadia: The fact that Fina and Ramirez are some how related to each other is pretty obvious, as they are both very pale and are they are the only fair haired members of the cast from a game that take Loads and Loads of Characters Up to Eleven. While not literally related, they are both members of the thought lost silver civilization, and are in fact the only members who aren't ancients. It is arguable that this is purposely invoked though, since literally no other character in the game share their complexion.

Web Comics

  • In the Girl Genius cast that only has naturally possible haircolours (although Tarvek's bright red kind of stretches it), you just know the greenheaded Zeetha will be revealed to be Special. In her specific case, a member of a wiped-out, forgotten civilisation.

Western Animation

  • In Batman Beyond, many viewers noticed that Terry and Matt had black hair while their parents had red hair. Genetically this is unlikely. Come the Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue" and we learn Bruce Wayne, who is black haired, is Matt and Terry's biological father due to the genetic tempering of Amanda Waller who wanted to create a new Batman. It's something of a Retcon, as Terry's full origin had not been decided when the character was conceived, though his relation with Bruce was decided soon enough that other hints could be dropped during the run of Batman Beyond.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • April 1, 2011
    Kaoy
    There is deffinetly something to this one. Honestly, I sort of wonder, How Did We Miss This One?

    I would drop the '-- because You Gotta Have Blue Hair' bit. If you really feel a need to link to that trope, just pothole it into 'shade of blue hair'.
  • April 1, 2011
    Kaoy
    Oh, and an example: Skies Of Arcadia: The fact that Fina and Ramirez are some how related to each other is pretty obvious, as they are both very pale and are they are the only fair haired members of the cast from a game that take Loads And Loads Of Characters Up To Eleven. While not literally related, they are both members of the thought lost silver civilization, and are in fact the only members who aren't ancients. It is arguable that this is purposely invoked though, since literally no other character in the game share their complexion.
  • April 1, 2011
    Heatth
    It wasn't me who wrote that description. This is actually a trope created about a week ago. But since it is a stub with little wicks and no inbounds, we decided on the Tropes Repair Shop to bring it back to here. I am taking your suggestions, anyway, thanks.

    Btw, English is not my native language. I would rewrite the whole thing if I could.
  • April 1, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^I could think up something, if you want.
  • April 1, 2011
    peccantis
    • In the Girl Genius cast that only has naturally possible haircolours (although Tarvek's bright red kind of stretches it), you just know the greenheaded Zeetha will be revealed to be Special. In her specific case, a member of a wiped-out, forgotten civilisation.
  • April 1, 2011
    Heatth
    ^^Please. I am inclined to use any description someone post here.
  • April 1, 2011
    Ghilz
    Not anime Related at all actually.

    • In Batman Beyond, many a viewers noticed that Terry and Matt had black hair, while their parents had red hair. Genetically this is a very unlikely event. Come the Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue" and we learn Bruce Wayne, who is black haired, is genetically Matt and Terry's father due to the genetic tempering of Amanda Waller who wanted to create a new Batman. Something of a retcon, as Terry's full origin had not been decided when the character was conceived, though his relation with Bruce was decided soon enough that other hints could be dropped during the run of Batman Beyond.
  • April 1, 2011
    Heatth
    ^I was thinking about that. This seems a trope that is prone to appear in anime, and other Japanese related works, much more frequently then in western stuff, due to more variated pallet of colors a hair may have there. So the trope being written with anime in mind doesn't sound odd.

    However, how common is it outside anime? Should the description be completely neutral or should note this is more likely to happen in Japanese shows?
  • April 1, 2011
    Ghilz
    There is one Mary Higgins Clark novel, I cannot remember the name, but I remember The Reveal comes because a couple's child has red hair, while his parents are brunettes (Genetically unlikely). It's a story about something of a doctor who transplants feotuses in a fertility clinic? I can't remember the book for the life of me.

    EDIT: It's The Cradle Will Fall
  • April 1, 2011
    Heatth
    ^I think I will need more elaboration before add it as an example.
  • April 1, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^^^I would note that its far more prevalent in Japanese works, explained just so, but note it gets used in works of other countries as well, at times. It is diffidently more stretched when used out side of an Asian country though, considering the odd meshes you can get sometimes, especially in the US. I my self have very reddish tint to my hai, while my mother and father were both dirty blonds for most of their lives. Likewise, my sister has fairly dark auburn hair.

    EDIT: Also, I will come up with a decent description sometime tomorrow, if no one else has taken it upon themselves to do it.
  • April 1, 2011
    SKJAM
    Saint Seiya: Four of the main Bronze Saints have normal hair colors (Hyuuga's blond hair coming from his Russian mother), but Andromeda Shun has green hair. Meanwhile, every person we see that is inhabited by a god has hair colors not found in nature. Come the Hades Saga.... (A hint only to the audience, mind you, as Shun's hair color was never remarked on in-story.)
  • April 1, 2011
    Gringodingo
    Anime seems to use bizarre hair-colors and styles solely in order to be able to tell the characters apart, since they so often look virtually indistinguishable otherwise due to the virtually identical features (e.g. gigantic eyes, ski-noses, pointed chins, caricatured expressions etc); so if someone notices that characters look related, then it's best to simply take their word for it. As an example, let's just say that hentai carpets don't match the drapes.
  • April 2, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^Actually, they do it since in Japan the hair colours span from muddy-brown to black, and nothing else. It's a form of wish fulfillment.
  • April 2, 2011
    Windsong12
    • In Tangled, it's revealed to the audience at the beginning of the movie that the very blonde Rapunzel's parents are a king and queen (who are both dark-haired, making this genetically unlikely). Add that fact and the fact that her eyebrows are brown and you shouldn't be surprised when it turns out she's a natural brunette when her hair is cut.

    Could that count as an example?
  • April 2, 2011
    EternalSeptember
    In A Song Of Ice And Fire, we meet a black-haired king, a blonde queen, and various black haired bastard children of the king, before it is revealed that the Queen's blonde kids are not his.
  • April 2, 2011
    Heatth
    ^^I don't think so. This is not about guessing one character hair color, but for when a plot point could be guessed do to it. That particular plot twist is not really related to the color of her hair.
  • April 2, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^I would say it still counts as being played with though.
  • April 3, 2011
    Kaoy
    Didn't get around to this today, sorry. I will be making up a new description tomorrow though. I have a couple ideas, but again, if anyone else feels like writing one up, please do.
  • April 3, 2011
    RV
    Inverted in DragonQuestVI. Although the protagonist and his sister are only people with blue hair in the entire game, it is later revealed that they are not actual siblings.
  • April 3, 2011
    SKJAM
    • Betterman: The female lead has a fairly unique tri-colored formation in her hair, and a missing brother. There's also a mysterious stranger who shows up every so often to save the day who just so happens to have the same tri-colored hair. Gee, I wonder....
  • April 3, 2011
    Ghilz
    • Star Trek Nemesis: Picard is bald. Shinzon is bald. Turns out Shinzon is a clone of Picard. Something of a Ret Con as Star Trek The Next Generation showed that Picard had hair when he was young.
    • In The Simpsons, outside Patty And Selma, most of the feminine side of Marge's family sports her familiar cylinder of hair, often blue.
  • April 3, 2011
    Kaoy
    Wrote up a new description. Not 100% satisfied with it, but I think it works. Thoughts?
  • April 3, 2011
    CaptainCrowbar
    In Ghost In The Shell: Solid State Society, the characters who are really puppets operated by Motoko Kusanagi all share her characteristic purple hair.

  • May 25, 2011
    Windsong12
    Bump
  • May 25, 2011
    TonyG
    Don't think Tangled is an example, since it's established very early that her hair turns brown when cut.
    • In Meet The Robinsons, it's not exactly Lewis' hair color but the way it stands up that shows he is Mr. Robinson in the future.
  • May 25, 2011
    jaytee
    Definitely a subtrope of Strong Family Resemblance...

    Honestly, this may just be SFR But More Specific, given the fact that whether the hair is actually a spoiler is highly YMMV. There's no way to tell if the audience picked up on it, if it was intentional by the creators, etc.

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