Created By: ChaoticDreams on March 17, 2012 Last Edited By: ChaoticDreams on March 17, 2012

Hair Of Slipping Sanity

Increasingly messy hair depicts Sanity Slippage.

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Hair can tell a lot about a character with the Good Hair, Evil Hair, the long hair indicating an obsession with beauty, the smooth hair with not a strand out of place hinting a Stepford Smiler or perfection...In this case a character who exhibits Sanity Slippage showcases this through showing increasingly messy hair, either cut haphazardly, with strands coming out of place or a Slipknot Ponytail. The increasingly disheveled hair helps to depict a character's (either a Stepford Smiler or not) increasingly disheveled mental state. Bonus points if they use a Broken Smile.


  • In Beauty and the Beast Gaston's gait becomes progressively less upright, his hair wilder, and his overall demeanour increasingly animalistic.
  • Ditto Clayton during his final fight with Tarzan.

Western Animation
  • In The Simpsons episode "Hurricane Neddy'' Ned looses it and chews out everyone in town after they mess up on the job of building a new house for him. This is showed by his previously smoothed down hair becoming disheveled with a few strands falling out of place.
  • In Avatar: The Last AirbenderAzula, being a perfectionist, gets angry if one strand of hair should fall out of place. During her Villainous Breakdown we see her butcher her bangs with scissors and her hair coming loose.
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  • March 17, 2012
    I'm reasonably sure that we already have this one, I'm just trying to find it. If it exists, then just make sure your examples are on its page. Give me a few minutes.

    Edit: Found it. This trope seems very similar to Madness Makeover.