Created By: SeptimusHeap on January 14, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on May 27, 2013
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Barbarian Longhair

Long hair worn by barbarian people - Entry Pimps needed

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Hair. Long, wild hair without a moment's consideration in keeping it presentable. If you see someone with this hair then they're almost surely a badass. And not just any badass, either. A character with Barbarian Longhair will be tough, wild and as uncontrolled as their hair. Generally, it's a sort of shorthand for someone who can't be bothered to take care of their appearance because they're too busy kicking ass.

While this look obviously suits a character like a barbarian or certain types of soldiers, it is not limited to groups like these. In fact, because this image suited them so well, it was also a popular style for antiheroes and especially common during the 90s comic book fad of extreme antiheroes. Just one more reason not to mess with Barbarian Longhair.

Compare Braids of Barbarism, Dreadlock Warrior and Wild Hair. Compare and contrast Samurai Ponytail, another haircut that implies a badass.
Examples:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • Astérix: Many barbarians (Gauls, Goths, Norsemen...) have long, braided hair.
  • Groo the Wanderer. The title character is a barbarian with long hair. He is very stupid and exceptionally skilled with the sword.
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[[folder:Film]]
  • In Battlefield Earth both humans and aliens alike are sporting long flowing un-groomed locks.
  • In the archetypal Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan sports unkempt, shoulder-length hair.
  • Mad Max (or "Road Warrior") many of the bad guys have grungy hair-metal mullets and in the sequel, even Tina Turner has barbarian hair.
  • In Waterworld (1995) Pretty much everybody has barbarian hair except for the villain who is bald.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • In The Eye of Argon, the protagonist, northern barbarian Grignr, has long red hair. It's also described as "robust", but given the author's attitude towards adjectives, that could mean almost anything.
  • Fafhrd, the tall northern barbarian from Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, is described as having long, flowing red hair. The Mouser, who hails from the civilized south, often comments on Fafhrd's unkempt appearance.
  • The Named Men, Northern barbarians in The First Law series typically wear their hair long and don't cut it. One of them, Shivers gets an Important Haircut in Best Served Cold and for a time wears it in the style of the Italian Renaissance Fantasy Counterpart Culture in which he's ended up. He then lets it grow long again following his Face–Heel Turn.
  • In the Discworld illustrated novel, The Last Hero, Cohen the Barbarian is bald, but Truckle the Uncivil, part of his "Silver Horde" is shown with scraggly hair growing past his shoulders.
  • In Lord of the Rings, the hobbits initially do not trust Strider due to his barbarian appearance. The movies keep Aragon (and most of the rest of cast) attractively unkempt through out.
  • The Dothraki from A Song of Ice and Fire never cut their hair unless they're defeated in battle.
  • Tarzan: Being raised by apes, the titular character doesn't pay much attention to how his hair looks.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • Highlander likes this for the older flashbacks, though Duncan sported it in the modern day too, when it wasn't in a ponytail. He and Connor both had it during their clan days-and the Scots were often considered 'barbarians'/savages by people like the British. Methos and the other Horsemen also sported long hair during the Bronze Age scenes.
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  • Conan the Adventurer: As everyone in-universe is constantly reminding us, Conan is "a big dumb barbarian". He also has thick and untamed shoulder-length hair.
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Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • January 14, 2013
    KTera
  • January 14, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Thanks. Any more?
  • January 14, 2013
    Xtifr
    Film:

    Literature:
    • In the Discworld illustrated novel, The Last Hero, Cohen the Barbarian is bald, but Truckle the Uncivil, part of his "Silver Horde" is shown with scraggly hair growing past his shoulders.
    • In The Eye Of Argon, the protagonist, northern barbarian Grignr, has long red hair. It's also described as "robust", but given the author's attitude towards adjectives, that could mean almost anything.
  • January 26, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Bumping for more examples.
  • January 26, 2013
    Koveras
  • January 26, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Literature:
  • January 26, 2013
    Chabal2
  • February 3, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    More hats and examples, please!
  • February 6, 2013
    Xtifr
    With the whole section in the description about 90's anti-hero comic books, it might be nice to have some examples that match. (Unfortunately, I'm not particularly familiar with that era of comics.) I'm still a little unclear on the boundaries of this trope, so I'll stick to actual barbarians for now.

    Literature:
    • Fafhrd, the tall northern barbarian from Fafhrd And The Gray Mouser, is described as having long, flowing red hair. The Mouser, who hails from the civilized south, often comments on Fafhrd's unkempt appearance.
  • February 7, 2013
    Arha
    Yes. I'd prefer if we got some more antiheroes into that section. The TRS thread that spawned this decided that wasn't a separate trope, but unfortunately the closest I come to know about comics is watching Justice League and things like Batman when I was younger.
  • February 7, 2013
    Hodor
  • February 7, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Anime & Manga
  • March 5, 2013
    MissKitten
    Bump.
  • March 6, 2013
    StarSword
    May or may not already have this on the original page; I haven't checked.

    Video Game:
    • Used extensively with male Nords in The Elder Scrolls, given that they're basically expies of the Norse. Particularly prominent in Skyrim, which is set in their homeland.
  • March 13, 2013
    chicagomel
    Highlander likes this for the older flashbacks, though Duncan sported it in the modern day too, when it wasn't in a ponytail. He and Connor both had it during their clan days-and the Scots were often considered 'barbarians'/savages by people like the British. Methos and the other Horsemen also sported long hair during the Bronze Age scenes.

    IDK, would He Man be considered a mild version? I'm not sure.
  • March 24, 2013
    MissKitten
    Bump.
  • March 25, 2013
    willthiswork
    • Conan The Adventurer: As everyone in-universe is constantly reminding us, Conan is "a big dumb barbarian". He also has thick and untamed shoulder-length hair.
  • March 25, 2013
    moriwen
    Groosilag, from Angel (TV show) was a barbarian with long hair.
  • March 25, 2013
    StarSword
    Tabletop Games:
    • The Uthgardt and Icewind Dale barbarians in the Forgotten Realms are usually depicted this way (ref. the usual depiction of Wulfgar, son of Beornegar on the cover art of the Drizzt Do'Urden books).
  • March 26, 2013
    Arivne
    Comic Books
    • Groo The Wanderer. The title character is a barbarian with long hair. He is very stupid and exceptionally skilled with the sword.
  • March 26, 2013
    willthiswork
    Oh, in regards to He-Man - The orginal cartoon he had a Prince Valiant inspired hair cut, I think, meant to be like a pageboy cut to evoke a medieval theme. In the 2002 remake, however, his hair was longer and more 90s anti-hero mullet like, which was closer to this trope.
  • April 15, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Real Life: The Cavaliers of the English Civil War sported long hair in opposition to the close-cropped Puritan Roundheads. And given the Cavaliers' reputation as debauched nobles, the barbarian part fits.
  • April 15, 2013
    DunDun
    [This comment was butts so ignore it.]
  • April 15, 2013
    DunDun
    The description says "[this trope] is not limited to groups like these," which I'm concerned will lead to confusion. After all, if the trope isn't limited to "groups like these," then it must be open to all groups, right? Why not just say that instead? I'm just not a fan of ambiguity.
  • May 19, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Bumping and asking for more hats.
  • May 22, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    ^^Not clear where the confusion lies.

    Is this launchready?
  • May 23, 2013
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Ringworld. Near the end of the book Teela Brown meets a wandering barbarian named Seeker. He's a mighty warrior (fought off four opponents with only a sword), well muscled, wears an animal skin kirtle around his waist and has long ash-blond hair. He's so perfectly type cast that Louis Wu bursts out laughing.
  • May 23, 2013
    Elbruno
    This needs a mention of Badass Longhair somewhere.
  • May 26, 2013
    Arha
    Not really. Badass Longhair won't be around much longer once this is launched.

    Also, please just launch this already. It's good enough and it's preventing us from moving forward.
  • May 26, 2013
    herbides
    Movies
    • In "Waterworld" (1995) Pretty much everybody has barbian hair except for the villian who is bald.
    • "Mad Max" (or "Road Warrior") many of the bad guys have grungy hair-metal mullets and in the sequel, even Tina Turner has barbarian hair.
    • In "Battlefield Earth" both humans and aliens alike are sporting long flowing un-groomed locks.

    In most adaptations of Tarzan into film, television or cartoon show Tarzan with long flowing or unkempt hair, although the original Edgar Rice Burroughs cover art usually showed him with a respectable hair cut.

    Books
    • In "Lord of the Rings," the hobbits initially do not trust Strider due to his barbarian appearance. The movies keep Aragon (and most of the rest of cast) attractively unkempt through out.
  • May 27, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Added them, and I will launch this soon.
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