Created By: StormtroperMarch 11, 2010 Last Edited By: StormtroperAugust 20, 2011
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Bald Loser

Balds are for losers.

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Straightforward. Losers in fiction are usually portraited as bald.

See also Bald Of Awesome.

Examples:
  • Homer Simpson.
  • George Constanza in Seinfeld.
    • During an episode Elaine is dating an awesome and overall successful guy who happens to shave his head, but he used to have a hairstyle Elaine liked so she convinced him to grow his hair back. As he does, he realizes that it's not growing properly and he'll eventually become bald, then almost immediately becomes a pessimistic, depresive loser with no ambitions in life.
  • Ted from Scrubs. The bald is an endless source of jokes.
  • Vork of The Guild.
  • Winston Payne, the Warmup Boss in the Ace Attorney series. A flashback shows that he used to have great hair--and actually be intimidating--but turned into a bald loser from the shock of being defeated in court by a young Mia Fey.
  • Losers of a Professional Wrestling "hair vs hair" (or "hair vs title," ec.) Gimmick Match.
  • Inverted on Phineas And Ferb in which saying the magic word "aglet" causes a bald man 1) to have a beautiful girl accept his (unspoken) proposal, 2) another man to offer him a lucrative job, and 3) a full head of hair to sprout instantly.
Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • March 11, 2010
    jobeyinerror
    Ted from Scrubs. The bald is an endless source of jokes.
  • March 11, 2010
    MarvelGirl
    Vork of "The Guild"
  • March 11, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Anybody with a comb-over.
  • March 11, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    Winston Payne, the Warmup Boss in the Ace Attorney series. A flashback shows that he used to have great hair--and actually be intimidating--but turned into a bald loser from the shock of being defeated in court by a young Mia Fey.
  • March 11, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Losers of a Professional Wrestling "hair vs hair" (or "hair vs title," ec.) Gimmick Match.
  • March 11, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    Inverted on Phineas And Ferb in which saying the magic word "aglet" causes a bald man 1) to have a beautiful girl accept his (unspoken) proposal, 2) another man to offer him a lucrative job, and 3) a full head of hair to sprout instantly.
  • March 12, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Why not just Bald Loser? The grammar of Bald of Lose really makes this not as straightforward as it should be.
  • April 29, 2011
    Rolf
    Averted by Lex Luthor as he's a Bald Badass
  • April 29, 2011
    Flioro
    In Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny, Kyle Gass is first seen with long, flowing hair. After Jack Black gets mad at his seemingly useless training, it is revealed that he wears a wig to cover his bald spot.
  • April 30, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • April 30, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^^In Smallville Lex's father Lionel seems to have this attitude subconciously. That's why he grew his own hair so long.
  • April 30, 2011
    captainbrass2
    Will wrath descend on me if I suggest Charlie Brown from Peanuts? I know he's a little boy, but he's noticeably non-hirsute and noticeably unsuccessful.
  • April 30, 2011
    Koveras
    That one balding guy in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei who is so useless and imperceivable that nobody ever notices him (which is Played For Laughs). I cannot even remember his name.
  • August 14, 2011
    regresal
  • August 14, 2011
    TrustBen
    @captainbrass2, I can see adding Charlie Brown, but he's probably not a straight example. As a barber's son in a comic that started in The Fifties, he seems more likely to have a very severe crew-cut.
  • August 14, 2011
    hevendor717
    Gerald Bald Z from Perfect Hair Forever is not quite bald but suffers from this. His prematurely thinning, falling-out hair is the source of his melancholy. He longs to become likable through attaining perfect hair, forever.
  • August 14, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^Word Of God says that Charlie Brown has a very short haircut and his hair is very light blond, so it doesn't show up on panel.
  • August 17, 2011
    jaytee
    Larry David, star of Curb Your Enthusiasm and blueprint for George Costanza.
  • August 17, 2011
    Allronix
    John Keister's characters on Almost Live made a Running Gag of this. As Keister himself put it, he was "the put upon loser," foil for Ross Schafer's smooth-talking, successful Yuppie persona,
  • August 17, 2011
    BadKarma
    Note that actually bald characters are rarely ever losers. What you're suggesting is the tendency for baldING characters to be ineffectual or wimpy, be it by receding hairlines or combovers or tonsures. Men (or rarely women) who have full-on bald scalps are almost never portrayed as anything other than really cool (be it devout cool, evil cool, or just plain cool).
  • August 17, 2011
    somerandomdude
  • August 18, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^You're clearly not a Seinfeld fan.

    Also, FWIW, I think Charlie Brown deserves a mention, even if Word Of God states he has hair. I've heard him referred to as bald many many times, so even if he canonically has hair, that fact is not well known and he still contributes to this trope.
  • August 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^^What is the demarkation line between balding and bald? Does one have to have zero hair on the top of the head? I'm reminded of this from The Simpsons, when Superintendant Chalmers is put in a caged off area for bald men.
    Chalmers: I don't belong in here! I'm not bald, I'm balding. Why will no one respect the '-ding'?
    Skinner: I respect the '-ding', sir.
    Chalmers: What the hell are you talking about?
  • August 19, 2011
    Vercalos
    Should any of the characters from Bobo Bobobobobo be mentioned?
  • August 19, 2011
    Ekuran
    For a redirect, how about Balding Loser?
  • August 19, 2011
    Smasher
    Do characters with Charlie Brown Baldness count?
  • August 19, 2011
    benstarwolf
    The Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "The N Word" has a subplot about bald people not being treated equally as well as people with hair. I suggest you watch the episode. Hilarious.
  • August 20, 2011
    jaytee
    There have been several moments invoking this trope with Pete Hornberger on 30 Rock.

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