Created By: Quatic on September 4, 2012 Last Edited By: Quatic on October 8, 2012
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Dreadlock Warrior

Any character who wears dreadlocks will be a formidible physical fighter.

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Dreadlock Rasta meets Braids of Barbarism -- a character whose hairstyle preference is dreadlocks, cornrows, or a mane of many braids, will coincidentally be an ass-kicking fighter. If you've got a Five-Man Band and one of them sports this hairstyle, that's bound to be the toughest one. Applies even to aliens who possibly don't have actual hair, but have something looking like dreadlocks sprouting from their skull. Yeah, you know who I'm talkin' 'bout.

A previously kempt character may signify that he Took a Level in Badass by showing up with locks so arrayed. Conversely, a character whose Important Haircut is the shearing if such a hairstyle has probably renounced violence.

Contrast Bald of Awesome.

Examples:

Anime
  • Korikakkumon from Digimon Frontier, with the arrowheads on the tips of his dreadlocks serving as the main source of his Frozen Arrowheads attack.
  • Izumi Curtis from Fullmetal Alchemist is the Elric Brother's teacher of both alchemy and the martial arts. In fact, she is one of, if not "THE" only person that they are afraid of.
  • Kaname Tosen of Bleach is not only dreadlocked, but he is also blind. He was a respected Shinigami captain before turning to work for Aizen.
  • Killer Bee from Naruto.

Comic Books
  • In the Alien Versus Predator comic books, the only survivor of the colony caught between the battle of the rival species is Machiko Noguchi -- who joins the Predators in the end as an alien-hunter, as signified by her adopting tight braids and hanging dreadlocks.
  • Static of Static Shock.
  • The Punisher: Maginty from Kitchen Irish. A Scary Black Man who comes closest to killing Frank (with a machete).

Film
  • The alien hunters in the Predator movies.
  • This is at least the intention of the psyclos in Battlefield Earth.
  • Alien Ressurection: One of the mercenaries has warrior-dreads and is strong enough to carry his colleague/fellow victim whilst fighting off the main villain.
  • Lord of the Rings films: The Uruk-Hai have the matted-with-the-blood-of-my-enemies kind of dreadlocks, and are more than a little menacing.
  • The Twins from The Matrix had dreadlocks and were pretty good at fighting.

Literature

Live-Action Television

Music

  • Bob Marley: Buffalo soldier, dreadlock rasta: / There was a buffalo soldier in the heart of America, / Stolen from Africa, brought to America, / Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.

Real Life

  • According to the The Other Wiki, these were common on warriors of the Maori, the African Maasai and Oromo tribes, and even ancient Irish warriors.
  • Numerous NBA and NFL players.
  • The Curly Horse, a breed of horse with curly hair whose mane naturally becomes dreadlocked.... and who are known for their stamina and toughness.

Video Games
  • Gabriel Tosh in Starcraft II is a Spectre, an elite type of Ghost, who are themselves elite assassins.
  • Numerous Troll players in World of Warcraft.
  • Ulysses in Fallout: New Vegas sports dreadlocks, and is one of the few characters who can rival The Courier in badassery. If you choose to fight him at the end of the Lonesome Road DLC, he's got 1000 health, (more than Lanius, the Final Boss in the main game), max skill in all weapon skills, and maxed special stats.
    • The White Legs tribe from the Honest Hearts DLC also wear these. They adopted them to honor Ulysses, who (while realizing that they meant to honor him) took it as an insult, as they'd adopted it without understanding their meaning (his Berserk Button). They're basically an entire tribe of Sociopathic Soldiers.
  • Mortal Kombat's cyborgs, Sektor, Cyrax, Smoke and Cyber Sub-Zero. In the reboot, it is revealed that only Cyrax had dreads while he was human.
  • Tekken's first capoerista, Eddy Gordo.
  • Knuckles in the Sonic the Hedgehog series wears his hair in dreadlocks, and he is considered to be one of the strongest characters in the series.
  • Sten from Dragon Age: Origins wears his dreadlocks additionally bound into a sort of ponytail at the back of his head.

Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • September 4, 2012
    KTera
  • September 4, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • September 4, 2012
    Tallens
    Has potential, but you may want to contrast those action heroes who have no hair at all.

  • September 4, 2012
    Quatic
    @Tallens -- maybe Dreadlocks Of Awesome ....?

    I think this imagery is trending amongst NBA and NFL players as well.
  • September 4, 2012
    Astaroth
    • Ulysses in Fallout New Vegas sports dreadlocks, and is one of the few characters who can rival The Courier in Badassery. If you choose to fight him at the end of the Lonesome Road DLC, he's got 1000 health, (more than Lanius, the Final Boss in the main game), max skill in all weapon skills, and maxed SPECIAL stats.
  • September 4, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Literature:
    • Spike from the Thursday Next series; he fights the undead, so I think he qualifies.
  • September 4, 2012
    MrRuano
    • Mortal Kombat's cyborgs, Sektor, Cyrax, Smoke and Cyber Sub-Zero. In the reboot, it is revealed that only Cyrax had dreads while he was human. All of them are trained assassins in the Lin Kuei with incredible skill, both before and after becoming cyborgs.
    • Tekken's first capoerista, Eddy Gordo.

  • September 4, 2012
    Tallens
    I was just suggesting a contrasting trope. This one's name sounds fine to me.
  • September 4, 2012
    Tallens
    According to the The Other Wiki, these were common on warriors of the Maori, the African Maasai and Oromo tribes, and even ancient Irish warriors.
  • September 4, 2012
    Euan2000
    • One of the Demoman's hats in Team Fortress 2 is a set of Dreadlocks and a headband.
  • September 4, 2012
    animeg3282
    True, but we need more context in our examples. Let's say why they are strong warriors like "so and so has dreadlocks and beat 50 zombies with only his teeth"
  • September 4, 2012
    CaveCat
    • Korikakkumon from Digimon Frontier, with the arrowheads on the tips of his dreadlocks serving as the main source of his Frozen Arrowheads attack..
  • September 4, 2012
    Tallens
    Well, Tyr is a Proud Warrior Race Guy, Ronan survived years being hunted by the Wraith, and started hunting them back, Tosh is a Spectre, an elite type of Ghost, who are themselves elite assassins.

    Those are the ones I know about.
  • September 5, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Star Trek: In Deep Space Nine and a lesser extent in the Next Generation Worf's hair is in long braids which are tied back into a ponytail. Usually only noticible when his 'do is dekempt.
  • September 6, 2012
    Bisected8
    Also in Fallout: New Vegas;

    • The White Legs tribe from the Honest Hearts DLC also wear these. They adopted them to honour Ulysses, who (while realising that they meant to honour him) took it as an insult, as they'd adopted it without understanding their meaning (his Berserk Button). They're basically an entire tribe of Sociopathic Soldiers.
  • September 6, 2012
    Koveras
  • September 6, 2012
    Tallens
    Do we have enough to start categorizing them?
  • September 6, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Anything above three is worth categorizing.
  • September 6, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Music

    There was a buffalo soldier in the heart of america, Stolen from africa, brought to america, Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.''
  • September 6, 2012
    fulltimeD
    I suck at formatting; I'll look up the right markup language later.
  • September 6, 2012
    Chabal2
    Artemis Fowl: Trolls are tunnel dwelling simian creatures with venomous tusks that can reach nine feet in size, and require magical and high-tech equipped Fair Folk SWAT teams (or the third most dangerous man in the world with medieval weaponry) just to be stunned long enough for capture. Their naturally-forming dreadlocks are caused by their long fur being matted with blood and filth.
  • September 7, 2012
    arachnidinElmet
    • Alien Ressurection: I'm pretty sure Christie the mercenary has warrior-dreads, and is strong enough to carry his colleague/fellow victim whilst fighting off the big bad.

    • Lord of the Rings films: The Uruk-Hai have the matted-with-the-blood-of-my-enemies kind of dreadlocks, and are more than a little menacing.
  • September 7, 2012
    WaxingName
    Knuckles in the Sonic The Hedgehog series wears his hair in dreadlocks, and he is considered to be one of the strongest characters in the series.
  • September 16, 2012
    Tallens
    Bump.
  • September 18, 2012
    NimmerStill
    • The Eurotrash ghosts from TheMatrix had dreadlocks, right? And were pretty good at fighting.
    If you agree, please delete the "right?" part.
  • September 25, 2012
    Tallens
    I found this, but someone who knows anime better than I do would have to sort through them.
  • September 25, 2012
    Aries
    ^ Good one.

    • Izumi Curtis from Fullmetal Alchemist is the Elric Brother's teacher of both alchemy and the martial arts. In fact, she is one of, if not "THE" only person that they are afraid of.

    • Kaname Tosen of Bleach is not only dreadlocked, but he is also blind. He was a respected Shinigami captain before turning to work for Aizen.

    • Killer Bee from Naruto.

    Comics:

  • September 26, 2012
    Chabal2
    The Punisher: Maginty from Kitchen Irish. A Scary Black Man who comes closest to killing Frank (with a machete).

  • October 7, 2012
    Tallens
    Bump
  • October 8, 2012
    Koveras
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