Cartoon Loose Hair Strand
Loose hair in an otherwise tight hairstyle is significant when in an animated work or comic.
Formerly "Damn Loose Hair Strand". I'm tweaking the title and definition, as all the examples so far have been about things in animation, comics, and CGI. Wild Hair is a mass of wild, and when the hair moves it still moves as mass. Therefore having just one or a few strands moving independently would take some extra work, and thus only happen for a reason. The reasons could include a simple gag of a hair getting loose, an extended gag of a character going nuts trying to get the hair to stay in place, or as one of the Expository Hairstyles to show there is something different, or even "off", about this character. This usually happens with perfectly coiffed styles, as a character with a lose style would tend not to care about this. The trope is also unisex, but does seem to happen to ladies more than guys. Compare Slipknot Ponytail, Hair Antennae, Idiot Hair, No Flow in CGI.
- Azula in Avatar: The Last Airbender has a loose hair that shows up in an early Establishing Character Moment, and then shows up again during her Villainous Breakdown, causing her to snip it off during the scene it's clear she's off the deep end.
- Belle in Beauty and the Beast has an occasional loose strand that she tries to put behind her ear several times (even in the first shot we see her), but it's loose again the next frame. This was partly a Throw It In, when Paige O Hara came in to record her lines, and brushed a loose hair behind her ear.
- After Fiona beats up some annoying Merry Men in the first Shrek film, her hair has a lose strand, even though her dress and the rest of her hair didn't have a smudge.
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