Created By: Jess0312 on September 24, 2016 Last Edited By: Jess0312 on May 30, 2018
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Baldness Angst

A bald character who is self conscious about their baldness.

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A bald character is not happy about being bald. They used to have hair, only to lose it. Often they cover it with a hat or a wig. While they may be Prematurely Bald, they might simply be getting older (Truth in Television for many men).

Sometimes caused by a Traumatic Haircut.

Contrast Bald of Awesome. Sister trope to Fake-Hair Drama.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • One-Punch Man: Apart of being the most powerful being on Earth that no opponent can lasts more than one punch, maybe except Boros, the other thing that produces angst in Saitama is the loss of all of his hair, which eventually came with his superstrength and in one of the things what he missed a lot of his previous life.
  • Osomatsu-san: In the episode "Chibita's Revenge", Chibita tries to kill the sextuplets because one of them pulled out his only hair, leaving him bald.
  • In Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, high school student Kagero Usui's partial baldness is pretty much his only distinguishing trait, but because he is so self-conscious of it and tries to hide it, other characters stop noticing him completely when he does.

Comics
  • In basically any continuity, Lex Luthor lost his hair in a traumatic event. In the original Superboy comics, his reason for hating Superman is that he lost his hair in a lab accident that Supes saved him from.
  • In Robin Tim's friend Ives is embarrassed when he looses his hair due to his follicular lymphoma and its treatments and does all he can to hide it from his classmates.

Comic Strip
  • Foxtrot: Bumbling Dad Roger isn't entirely bald yet, but it's definitely thinning out. A few strips point out this aspect of his character:
    • When Peter loses a bet and has to shave himself bald, Roger celebrates that he's no longer the one with the least hair in the house. Peter gets even a few days later by remarking how awesome it is that hair just grows right back.
    • Andy says she's worried about Paige, as her final exams have her ripping her hair out. Roger tells her he used to do so as well.
    Andy: Why do you think I'm worried?
    Roger (rubbing his head): Hm. You may have a point.
    • Roger walks in on Peter trying a quack method for growing chest hair, involving rubbing his skin to get blood flowing there and stimulate the follicles. Roger starts to claim that's the stupidest thing he's ever heard, when he suddenly develops an itch on the top of his head.

Film
  • Inverted in Black Panther. The Dora Milaje, the bodyguards and elite soldiers of the Wakandan army are all shaved bald. They eschew wigs and dislike wearing them. They don't mind using the wig as a weapon. Okoye does this when a fight breaks out in the Korean casino.
  • The Craft: The Alpha Bitch messes with Rochelle's dive and says something racist to her. Since the girls are dabbling magic, they cast a spell on her. They find her a few days later sobbing in the shower with her blonde hair (which she of course flipped and primped) falling out in handfuls.

Literature
  • In the Bill Peet book No Such Things, the wig-tailed mopwoggins are bald on the tops of their heads, despite having long fur everywhere else. They're said to be embarrassed about it, and, as their name implies, they use the tuft of fur on their tails to hide it.

Live-Action TV
  • The Addams Family: In "Uncle Fester's Toupee", Uncle Fester has a Love Interest and wants a toupee as she is said to hate bald people.
  • There is some second hand baldness angst in Babylon 5 with Michael Garibaldi's rather noticeable hair loss over the course of the first couple of seasons. While Garibaldi himself doesn't angst over it, one of the stations smugglers really does feel guilty and bad about it according to the episode "Racing Mars" because he accidentally exposed Garibaldi to some alien goo which caused it. He's also scared about Garibaldi finding this out, just in case he does feel some angst or need for revenge.
  • In the final season of Cheers the hair-proud Sam Malone reveals to a disconsolate Carla that he's been wearing a toupee. She's sworn to secrecy, of course.
  • In The Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Coast to Coast Big Mouth", Laura is tricked into blurting out the secret that Alan Brady is bald on live television. She is extremely nervous about how he'll react to this, and indeed, Alan is very unhappy, but he is eventually convinced that bald can be beautiful and the conflict is laid to rest.
  • Parodied in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. A newscaster is blackmailed with a photo of his bald head (he usually wears a toupee) and eventually comes clean. Turns out nobody cares.
    "People like people with hair! They've done studies!"
  • 21 Jump Street: Hanson and Penhall rip a toupe from a school principal's head and he reacts very embarrassed at his bald head being exposed. Subverted when the guy next day shows up as his bald self without his toupe, saying "I decided to go for a new look!".
  • Eleven in Stranger Things has some angst that her shaved head makes her not "pretty".

Professional Wrestling
  • Molly Holly had her head shaved bald at Wrestlemania 20, and afterwards, she started completing in wigs to hide her baldness. If someone removed her wig, she'll get upset and even choked out the woman responsible for having her head shaved bald, Victoria.
  • Kurt Angle did something similar when Edge shaved his head bald, but Kurt wore a wig and had protective wrestling headgear on top of the wig.

Web Comic
  • in the now-completed webcomic Webcomic/Girls with Slingshots Jameson, the so-nicknamed "hot barista" at the coffee shop is so freaked by losing all but his forelock, he hides his head under a bandanna but lovingly preens the remaining Spit Curl. The girls tough love him into shaving his "handsome little tuft", and he's a mopey mess afterwards, convinced he's old and has lost his attractiveness. He only begins to recover when his shy and reserved girlfriend Maureen sees his bald head. She thought the single lock freakish but now finds Jameson Bald Of Sexy. She leaps enthusiastically into his arms.

Web Video
  • Played With in Acquisitions Incorporated: since both Omin Dran's player and the Dungeon Master are bald IRL, Omin's baldness is treated like a badge of honor in-game, something to aspire to. It is made ambiguous, however, whether he really does feel that way, or is just overcompensating to hide his insecurity about it.

Western Animation
Indexes: Hair Tropes, Sadness Tropes
Community Feedback Replies: 49
  • June 8, 2017
    Koveras
    Prematurely Bold can be a cause of this. Also, this is very much a Truth In Television for many men.

    • In Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, high school student Kagero Usui's partial baldness is pretty much his only distinguishing trait, but because he is so self-conscious of it and tries to hide it, other characters stop noticing him completely when he does.
    • Played With in Acquisitions Incorporated: since both Omin Dran's player and the Dungeon Master are bald IRL, Omin's baldness is treated like a badge of honor in-game, something to aspire to. It is made ambiguous, however, whether he really does feel that way, or is just overcompensating to hide his insecurity about it.
  • June 8, 2017
    Getta
    • Spongebob Squarepants: Squidward the bald squid always dreams of having hair. In some episodes he manages to get it, only to lose it in the end.
  • June 8, 2017
    Basara-kun
    • One Punch Man: Apart of being the most powerful being on Earth that no opponent can lasts more than one punch maybe except Boros, the other thing that produces angst in Saitama is the loss of all of his hair, which eventually came with his superstrength and in one of the things what he missed a lot of his previous life.
  • June 9, 2017
    Unicorndance
    The Addams Family: In "Uncle Fester's Toupee", [[Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Uncle Fester]] has a Love Interest and wants a toupee as she is said to hate bald people.
  • June 9, 2017
    LB7979
    Live-Action TV
    • Twenty One Jump Street: Hanson and Penhall rip a toupée from a school principal's head and he reacts very embarrassed at his bold head being exposed. Subverted when the guy next day shows up as his bald self without his toupée, saying "I decided to go for a new look!".
  • June 9, 2017
    LB7979
    ^ sorry for misspelling, that should be "his bald head".
  • June 10, 2017
    Jess0312
    There, problem solved
  • June 10, 2017
    MetaFour
    Sister trope to Fake Hair Drama (and you can probably copy some of those examples over here, too).

    Western Animation:
  • June 14, 2017
    Skylite
    • in the now-completed webcomic {Webcomic}/Girls With Slingshots Jameson, the so-nicknamed "hot barista" at the coffee shop is so freaked by losing all but his forelock, he hides his head under a bandanna but lovingly preens the remaining Spit Curl. The girls tough love him into shaving his "handsome little tuft", and he's a mopey mess afterwards, convinced he's old and has lost his attractiveness. He only begins to recover when his shy and reserved girlfriend Maureen sees his bald head. She thought the single lock freakish but now finds Jameson Bald Of Sexy. She leaps enthusiastically into his arms.

    • The Craft: The Alpha Bitch messes with Rochelle's dive and says something racist to her. Since the girls are dabbling magic, they cast a spell on her. They find her a few days later sobbing in the shower with her blonde hair (which she of course flipped and primped) falling out in handfuls.
  • June 15, 2017
    TonyG
    King Neptune in The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie. He insists his hair is just "thinning", despite his head being so bald its shine hurts people's eyes. It's implied that this is the main reason he goes ballistic when his crown is stolen, and he wears a paper bag on his head in the meantime.
  • June 15, 2017
    Getta
    "Balding angst" is a common type of this.
  • June 18, 2017
    Jess0312
    You think?
  • June 18, 2017
    Chabal2
    • Foxtrot: Bumbling Dad Roger isn't entirely bald yet, but it's definitely thinning out. A few strips point out this aspect of his character:
      • When Peter loses a bet and has to shave himself bald, Roger celebrates that he's no longer the one with the least hair in the house. Peter gets even a few days later by remarking how awesome it is that hair just grows right back.
      • Andy says she's worried about Paige, as her final exams have her ripping her hair out. Roger tells her he used to do so as well.
      Andy: Why do you think I'm worried?
      Roger (rubbing his head): Hm. You may have a point.
      • Roger walks in on Peter trying a quack method for growing chest hair, involving rubbing his skin to get blood flowing there and stimulate the follicles. Roger starts to claim that's the stupidest thing he's ever heard, when he suddenly develops an itch on the top of his head.

  • June 18, 2017
    Getta
    ^^ it's a sign of getting old, and that's problematic, you see?
  • June 18, 2017
    HeroGal2347
    In The Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Coast to Coast Big Mouth", Laura is tricked into blurting out the secret that Alan Brady is bald on live television. She is extremely nervous about how he'll react to this, and indeed, Alan is very unhappy, but he is eventually convinced that bald can be beautiful and the conflict is laid to rest.
  • June 22, 2017
    Argon2
    • Parodied in Sabrina The Teenage Witch. A newscaster is blackmailed with a photo of his bald head (he usually wears a toupee) and eventually comes clean. Turns out nobody cares.
      "People like people with hair! They've done studies!"
  • June 29, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    Bump
  • July 8, 2017
    WildKatGirl
    May overlap with the draft 'Being Bald Is Funny'.
  • July 31, 2017
    Jess0312
    What do you mean?
  • March 4, 2018
    Jess0312
    A little help here?
  • March 5, 2018
    AnitaShower
    Professional Wrestling
    • Molly Holly had her head shaved bald at Wrestlemania 20, and afterwards, she started completing in wigs to hide her baldness. If someone removed her wig, she'll get upset and even choked out the woman responsible for having her head shaved bald, Victoria.
    • Kurt Angle did something similar when Edge shaved his head bald, but Kurt wore a wig and had protective wrestling headgear on top of the wig.
  • March 5, 2018
    arimothereindeer
    Would this be an example?

    • Osomatsu San: In the episode "Chibita's Revenge", Chibita tries to kill the sextuplets because one of them pulled out his only hair, leaving him bald.
  • March 5, 2018
    RicPot
    Eleven in Stranger Things has some angst that her shaved head makes her not "pretty".
  • March 5, 2018
    RicPot
    Also could Traumatic Haircut be related as its often about how a shaved head/baldness is shameful
  • March 5, 2018
    Jess0312
    It will work
  • March 5, 2018
    Jess0312
    Anymore examples?
  • March 13, 2018
    Molly_Hats
    Nobody has mentioned Lex Luthor yet? In basically any continuity, Lex lost his hair in a traumatic event. In the original Superboy comics, his reason for hating Superman is that he lost his hair in a lab accident that Supes saved him from. (That’d be a good trope image actually if I could hunt it down)
  • March 13, 2018
    Molly_Hats
    (He occasionally uses a toupee, thus including it in this trope)
  • March 13, 2018
    CrypticMirror
    There is some second hand baldness angst in Babylon 5 with Michael Garibaldi's rather noticeable hair loss over the course of the first couple of seasons. While Garibaldi himself doesn't angst over it, one of the stations smugglers really does feel guilty and bad about it according to the episode "Racing Mars" because he accidentally exposed Garibaldi to some alien goo which caused it. He's also scared about Garibaldi finding this out, just in case he does feel some angst or need for revenge.
  • March 17, 2018
    AHI-3000
    Bump
  • March 20, 2018
    Jess0312
    Bump
  • April 1, 2018
    Jess0312
    A little help here?
  • April 1, 2018
    CrypticMirror
    What help are you needing? Other than fixing the 21 Jump Street example, it looks like you are good to go.
  • April 1, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    I think I know the cause of the garbage text. Whatever you're doing to get the (whatchamacallit) fancy e in toupee, it's not working because the wiki's software is incompatible with your method. As for fixing the problem, I'm sorry, I'm in the same boat as you - I don't know what it'll take to coax the wiki software into displaying the fancy e correctly, the bandaid-solution I can suggest is just using two plain e letters in a row. If my assumption on what you need help with is incomplete, please let me know.
  • April 1, 2018
    astronomifier
    you should probably cut the line about boros from the one punch man example, its an unnecissary technical detail that doesnt help explain the trope or example much, and requires a spoiler tag, which i believe means that it violates the spoiler tag guidelines
  • April 2, 2018
    Jess0312
    How about now?
  • April 5, 2018
    Jess0312
    How about now?
  • April 6, 2018
    Skylite
    • Inverted in Black Panther. The Dora Milaje, the bodyguards and elite soldiers of the Wakandan army are all shaved bald. They eschew wigs and dislike wearing them. They don't mind using the wig as a weapon. Okoye does this when a fight breaks out in the Korean casino,
  • April 12, 2018
    HeroGal2347
    In the Bill Peet book No Such Things, the wig-tailed mopwoggins are bald on the tops of their heads, despite having long fur everywhere else. They're said to be embarrassed about it, and, as their name implies, they use the tuft of fur on their tails to hide it.
  • April 13, 2018
    Pichu-kun
    Discarded my "Being Bald Is Funny" TLP because there's too much overlap.
  • April 13, 2018
    Jess0312
    Too much overlap? What do you mean?
  • May 21, 2018
    darkemyst
    • In Robin Tim's friend Ives is embarrassed when he looses his hair due to his follicular lymphoma and its treatments and does all he can to hide it from his classmates.
  • May 28, 2018
    Jess0312
    I owe you one
  • May 28, 2018
    mariovsonic999
  • May 28, 2018
    TrustBen
    • In the final season of Cheers the hair-proud Sam Malone reveals to a disconsolate Carla that he's been wearing a toupee. She's sworn to secrecy, of course.
  • May 28, 2018
    Jess0312
    So anyone wants this trope to be launched?
  • May 30, 2018
    Jess0312
    Hello?
  • May 30, 2018
    CrypticMirror
  • May 30, 2018
    Jess0312
    Ok, Thank you

    Now please chill, sorry if I had push you
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