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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.