Created By: ccoa on August 8, 2012 Last Edited By: MacronNotes on March 17, 2013
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SciFi Bob Haircut

Bobbed hair used to indicate a futuristic setting, usually with an Ascetic Aesthetic

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This is a TRS mandated redefine/Split of Bob Haircut, as seen here.


There's something about the clean lines of a bob, particularly with bangs, that suggests a sci fi setting. Despite the style dating back to the twenties (and being the defining hairstyle of the timeframe), they are still seen as a little bit rebellious and progressive. After all, Long Hair Is Feminine, so short styles can be shorthand a more gender equal society. Additionally, the simple, straight lines fit in well with an Ascetic Aesthetic, marking the character as belonging to that timeframe.

Unlike its Sister Trope the Twenties Bob, Scifi Bobs are almost always mathematically straight edges and hair without curls. Fashionable Asymmetry is also common, with one side of the bob being longer than the other.

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  • Chiana from Farscape combines this with White-Skinned Space Babe, also pictured above. Like Leeloo, it's a bit more messy than typical for the trope, but Farscape does feature a Used Future.
  • Many Vulcans in the Star Trek franchise wear their hair this way, including the above pictured Lt. Valeris, although there are exceptions. The Vulcans are, at least initially, a much more technologically advanced race than the humans.
    Kirk: Lieutenant, are you wearing your hair differently?
    Saavik: It is still regulation, Admiral.
  • Lt. Ellis, from the British series UFO, also pictured above. For some reason, her hair was also purple.
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Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • August 8, 2012
    JonnyB
    Your ? mark, in the photo above, saying "Illogical", is Lt. Valeris from Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country.
  • August 8, 2012
    ccoa
    Thank you!
  • August 8, 2012
    abk0100
    And accordingly,

    • Vulcans in Star Trek, a more advanced race than humans.
  • August 8, 2012
    JonnyB
    ^ Lt. Saavic defies the trope in Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan, wearing her hair long.
    Kirk: Lieutenant, are you wearing your hair differently?
    Saavik: It is still regulation, Admiral.
  • February 22, 2013
    willthiswork
    Mirrors Edge: Action Girl Faith, in a post-cyberpunk setting.
  • March 6, 2013
    Koveras
    • Pretty much all of selectable hair styles for the female Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect series are bobbed. Male Shepard instead mostly sports buzz cuts.
  • March 6, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    In the movie Notting Hill, Julia Roberts played fictional actress "Anna Scott", who wore one of these while starring in a fictional SF movie "Helix".
  • March 12, 2013
    XFllo
    I wanted to add a hat, but I actually already had. I think it's ready to be launched.
  • March 12, 2013
    willthiswork
    Wondering if it would be a bad idea to expand this to include characters whos bob cuts are meant to indicate that they are really edgy and modern, even when they are in works set present day. On the one hand it is really the same trope (bob = progressive and edgy), but on the other hand it would make shoehorning easier.

    I am sort of thinking characters like ones based on Anna Wintour like Edna Mode (The Incredibles) and Photo Finish (My Little Pony) who are meant to be fashion forward.
  • March 12, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ I don't think it's trope-able. Women wearing bobbed hair in present day is just one of the possible hairstyles, and one that they wear very often. So basically People Sit On Chairs. However, there is Twenties Bob Haircut for Roaring Twenties and TheFlappers.

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