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[[caption-width-right:258:[[ScrewThisIndexIHaveTropes Screw the rules,]] [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries he used to have green hair!]]]]

->'''Kurz:''' What's up with her hair color?\\
'''Kalinin:''' Since when is black hair out of the ordinary? Especially for Japanese people?\\
'''Kurz:''' Uh, you mean ''blue'' hair?\\
'''Kalinin:''' No, I mean ''black'' hair! See? It says here right in the book!
-->-- ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V0lx9XtgKo The Abridged Series]]''

So you've just watched TheMovie of your favorite series. And it was good. There was one detail, however, that they missed. The main character's hair, blond in the original, was brown, and the wacky sidekick's hair was a darker shade of yellow than usual. And why was the villain's jacket orange?

At least that's the most common version of this trope. For some reason as a work moves from one medium to another characters' hair colors will be changed, costumes will be toned down, color schemes will be swapped about or adjusted. While occasionally there may be a {{justifi|edTrope}}cation for this (as may be the case for works which were originally in Black and White or monochromatic), more often than not it is just a [[ExecutiveMeddling random change]] made as a work is adapted.

One particularly common adaptation dye job for costumes is that more often than not, in a movie adaptation, [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack everyone now wears black]]. (This is mainly due to RuleOfCool and black just looking good on camera.) Conversely, in animated adaptations, colors are often brightened, diversified, or flattened, to make things easier on the character artists and for maximum visual clarity on a small screen.

It is unclear why matters of color are one of the things executives target first, but it can cause problems down the line if any of the original color choices had [[FauxSymbolism symbolic meaning]].

This is usually excused in the case of {{Legacy Character}}s. Usually. It's also generally justified when casting for a live-action version of a work, as most casting directors favor, you know... [[AbilityOverAppearance acting ability over resemblance to the original character]]. And as shown in the examples, [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack live-action also has different aesthetic considerations to animation, meaning different choices must be made for things to look good.]] But some fans bring it up regardless.

Related to SpellMyNameWithAnS. Can be related to RaceLift, if the skin color changed with the hair. Though the visual effect can be similar, this is not related to PaletteSwap.

DyeingForYourArt can {{avert|edTrope}} this, though it won't always. See also HairColorDissonance, EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference, and SuddenlyBlonde.
!!Examples (sorted by the original media)
* AdaptationDyeJob/AnimeAndManga
** ''AdaptationDyeJob/MahouSenseiNegima''
* AdaptationDyeJob/ComicBooks
* AdaptationDyeJob/{{Literature}}
** ''AdaptationDyeJob/GameOfThrones''
** ''AdaptationDyeJob/HarryPotter''
* AdaptationDyeJob/VideoGames


[[folder:Card Games]]
* In the ''CardGame/MagiNation'' game (video and card), KidHero Tony Jones was a blond. In the cartoon show, he inexplicably went black-haired.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', Diana Palmer has black hair. In [[Film/ThePhantom1996 the 1996 movie]] it's a light brown, possibly as a point of difference from the raven-haired DarkActionGirl Sala.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* DependingOnTheArtist this occurs in ''WebComic/SonicTheComicOnline'', the fan-continuation of ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic''. Artists switch between the [=SegaSonic=] eye colors and the Fleetway colors. For example, whether Amy has green eyes or brown eyes depends on which they prefer. Sometimes they change colors within the same issue.
* This is rather unclear in the case of Soichiro in ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'', as, canon-wise he was usually he was seen in flashback, which are shown in a kind of [[MonochromePast sepia]], or in silhouette (as is the case of a childhood photo of Satsuki) so we normally haven't a clue what color his hair was, leading for it be guessed on. Here its shown as being kind of brownish. Likewise, this is somewhat the case with Rei, whose hair in canon is something of a lilac, not lavender, however, some of the comics vary as to what shade her hair color is.
* In ''Fanfic/CellarSecrets'', this is averted in the case of Shiro, Ryuuko, and Satsuki's hair colors, as they are as they are in canon, however, Nui's hair either a tawny-ish or something of a very light brown, instead of blonde as in canon, along with it being shorter. Likewise, Uzu's hair is ''dyed'' green but his natural hair color is a dark brown, Nonon's hair is a darkened auburn, instead of pink, Houka's hair is onyx, and Rei's hair was dark gray (almost black).
* In Fanfic/MarvelInfinites, Franklin Richards now has brown hair rather than the blond hair he has in the comics.
* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', Izuku goes from having green and black hair like in canon to purely black hair due to being Kryptonian in this story.

[[folder: Film -- Animation]]
* Cinderella was a strawberry-blonde in [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} the animated Disney film]], but is made a much lighter shade of blonde in ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}''. Lady Tremaine had grey hair but now has red hair. Anastasia's red hair is darkened to auburn and Drizella's dark hair is lightened to red. The Duke, black-haired in the animated film, has a bright orange mustache here. Likewise since the FairyGodmother is younger, she now has blonde hair instead of white.
* Later Disney films change the characters' hair/eye color for either the marketing or film sequels:
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' gives Ariel's sisters different eye colors in the prequel ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIII''.
** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' originally had something like a strawberry blonde/red hair color going on, but the merchandise sells Cinderella dolls with clean blonde hair.
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has a small detail changed about Esmeralda's eyes. Her name is Spanish for "emerald", which reflects her eye color. However, the sequel depicts her with ''blue'' eyes.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' definitely had something weird going on with Nala in the sequels. Her original eye color was teal, but she has blue eyes in ''[[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride Simba's Pride]]'', green eyes in ''[[Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf 1 1/2]]'', and blue again in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard''. Kiara had a similar issue. Her eyes were teal like Nala's at the end of ''TLK'', but were changed to red like Simba's in ''Simba's Pride''. (Though {{fanon}} believes them to be two different cubs).
** Even though Rapunzel from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' is revealed to be a brunette towards the end of the film, all of the dolls (and almost all the licensed books) have her with long blonde hair. Granted, they tend to depict her the way she looks in the film ''before'' her hair reverted to its original color. Surprisingly enough, if you look closely in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', you'll see what's supposedly Flynn and Rapunzel, and Rapunzel's hair is in its short brown rendition (likely because using the blonde hairstyle would make no sense). ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'' has her with the signature blonde hair however there is an in-series reason for it, and it takes place before ''Disney/TangledEverAfter'' so it's a ForegoneConclusion she will be back to being brunette by the end.
* In the stage version of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ariel's sisters often have their tail colors switched up, e.g. on the 2016-2017 tour, Alana (originally violet) was yellow, Aquata (originally blue) was orange, Arista (originally red) was blue, Adella (originally yellow) was indigo, Andrina (originally indigo) was red, and Atina (originally orange) was violet. In addition, all six mersisters, who were originally various shades of blonde and brunette, (usually) have [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair their hair colors changed to match their tails]].
* ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'':
** Belle's hair is Emma Watson's natural light golden brown instead of the darker chestnut brown of the original animated Belle.
** Mrs. Potts has younger-looking auburn hair in her human form instead of elderly-looking white hair, while her son Chip's human form is changed from blond to brunet.
** Lumiere, Cogsworth and Plumette all wear white wigs in their human forms, while the animated versions displayed their own brown hair, or in the men's case, at least wigs that were natural shades of brown.
** The three Village Lasses (a.k.a. Silly Girls, a.k.a. Bimbettes... Gaston's fangirls) are brunettes instead of the original [[DumbBlonde Dumb Blondes.]]

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ComicBook/{{Storm}}'s eyes are blue in the comics, but in the movie-verse, they're brown because Creator/HalleBerry refused to wear contacts.[[note]]Notably, she's the only exception: Sabretooth's Tyler Mane, Nightcrawler's Alan Cumming and Mystique's Rebecca Romijin all wore coloured contacts.[[/note]]
** In the comics, ComicBook/{{Magneto}} has been shown to have had white hair for the vast majority of his adult life, presumably as a side-effect of his mutation. [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesMagneto In the films]], he's introduced with ''grey'' hair (though only because, lacking ComicBookTime, the screenwriters had to make him the realistic age of a Holocaust survivor), and he has [[TallDarkAndHandsome dark brown hair]] as a younger man in the [[Film/XMenFirstClass First]] [[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast Class]] [[Film/XMenApocalypse trilogy]].
** Professor Charles Xavier in the comics was blond before he lost his hair, but his [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier movie counterpart]] is a brunet.
** Viper is blond rather than green-haired like in the comics.
** Weasel has light brown hair instead of his usual black.
** ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}'s hair is purple in the comics, but her film counterpart is raven-haired with purple highlights.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'':
** Drax the Destroyer has green skin in the comics, but this was changed to gray in the film.
** An odd case for Mantis in that she's a human in the comics that eventually turned green, but in the films she's an alien that retains her human skin color.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In ''Film/RogueOne'', Creator/ForestWhitaker was cast as Saw Gerrera, despite looking nothing like his animated rendition. ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels Rebels]]'' sticks to the ''Rogue One'' design, except for the eyes. His eyes go from blue in ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]'', to green in ''Rebels'', then to brown in ''Rogue One''. And that's not even mentioning his skin tone, or "Forest Whitaker eye".
* Creator/HaroldRamis' brown upright ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''-esque hairdo was replaced with a blond pompadour and rat-tail when Egon Spengler was translated from movie (''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'') to cartoon form (''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''). Likewise Ray's hair went from Creator/DanAykroyd's brown to red. In case this wasn't enough to distinguish the main characters, they all got different colored uniforms as well. [[SassySecretary Janine Melnitz]] became a spiky-mulleted [[TheEighties '80s]] fashion plate. Her later-seasons look, somewhat more subdued, was then ported to the [[Film/GhostbustersII second live-action movie]] (although it meant Annie Potts now wore a bright red wig rather than her natural brown hair being shown).
** Half the characters went through adaptation eye-color changes, too: Egon's eyes went from Ramis's brown to blue, Ray's from Aykroyd's brown and green heterochromia to brown, and Peter's from Murray's blue/bluish hazel to green. Even Egon's ''glasses'' changed color, from silver wire rims to bright red much thicker frames.
* Agent L was a brunette in ''Film/MenInBlack'', but in the [[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack cartoon]], she was blonde. The show seems to be in an alternate continuity of some sort (K is still active), but still. The official explanation is that ''Film/MenInBlack'' is a movie in the reality of the animated series as well.
* ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'': Amy has blonde hair in the movies, but in the T.V. series, she's a redhead.
* In an inversion of the way this trope usually plays out, the novelization of ''Film/PacificRim'' turned brown-haired Hermann Gottlieb into a blond (it also gave him a German accent as opposed to the stuffy English one he uses in the film, and made no mention of the fact that he walks with a cane). This is justified by the fact that the novelization was based on an earlier draft of the script rather than the film itself.
* In the ''Series/{{Casablanca}}'' TV series, Rick goes from dark-haired and brown-eyed to being played by blond, blue-eyed [[Series/StarskyAndHutch David Soul]].
* Audrey in ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'' is a brunette however she is almost always a blonde in [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors the theater adaptation]].
* The "Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians" movie was infamously maligned for its many inaccuracies (the director decided not to read the book, full stop) but one of the most grating to fans is that Annabeth, whose blonde 'princess curls' are constantly mentioned, was played by Alexandra Daddario, a brunette. Her hair is changed to a golden blondish color in the sequel without any explanation. Daddario also retains her natural blue eyes in the films, despite the ''defining trait'' of Athena's children is having the same shade of grey eyes.
* ''Film/MollysGame'': The real Molly Bloom has dark brown hair, while Jessica Chastain's portrayal of her has reddish-brown locks.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': Sonmi-model fabricants are implied to have white hair in the novel; in the film they have black hair with a few streaks of bright color.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Between the miniseries of the reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' and Season 1 of the series proper, President Roslin's hair goes from dark brown to a more obviously dyed-looking auburn. This is almost certainly simply a failure to match the earlier colour, since more than a year elapsed between the filming of the two, but since the series follows on immediately from the events of the miniseries, it gives the impression that the President somehow found time to do a new dye job despite being extremely busy and having other things on her mind...
* Dax from ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' went from having black hair to having it gain a blue tint in the UK comics.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', Kirk's eyes are hazel and [=McCoy=]'s are blue. In the [[Film/StarTrek reboot movie]] it's the exact opposite.
* ''Series/Legion2017'': Legion is black-haired in the comics, but his TV counterpart's hair is light brown.
* The Eleventh Doctor is depicted with odd blondish hair in his earlier outfits in ''VideoGame/DoctorWhoLegacy''. This may have been an attempt to distinguish him visually more from the Tenth.
* In the original ''Wynonna Earp'' [[ComicBook/WynonnaEarp comics]]'', the title character is blonde. On [[Series/WynonnaEarp the show]], she's got dark hair.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'': In the animated spin-offs, Ginger was changed from a redhead to a blonde in order to ward off potential complaints from Tina Louise over using her likeness.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* In Myth/NorseMythology, Thor had red hair, but ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' turned him into a blond. Likewise, Loki is a redhead, but he is often portrayed to have dark hair.
* There have been multiple interpretations of what UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} looked like. Some movies have actors with either brown or blue eyes and few examples have him with blond hair.

* [[Creator/MidwayGames Bally's]] ''[[Pinball/StarTrekBally Star Trek]]'' pinball has Spock wearing a green full-body jumpsuit on the playfield.
* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Mayfair}}'', based on the film version of ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', depicts the brunette Creator/AudreyHepburn as a redhead (on the backglass) and a blonde (on the playfield).

* An all-Asian production of ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' who thought a blonde wig would look odd on a clearly Asian actress steered around the problem of Johanna's frequently invoked blonde hair by simply changing all references to her "yellow hair" to "raven hair" and removed the Wigmaker's Song (which lists several different shades of blondness, so Anthony will know how to refer to Johanna's particular hue) entirely.
** A production with a redheaded Johanna similarly removed the Wigmaker's Song and changed "yellow" to "fiery".
*** Another production had a Johanna that was clearly a brunette, yet kept the Wigmaker's Song and all references to yellow hair, much to the audience's confusion.
* ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'':
** Sarah Chagal had straight red hair in ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers'', or ''Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck'', but in early stage productions she was a curly-haired brunette. However, in newer productions she's still a redhead.
** Magda, the maid, was a blonde in the movie but has red hair in the German, Austrian and Japanese productions of the musical. (She's still blonde in Poland, Hungary and Russia).
** Alfred is an interesting case: brunette in the film, but on stage has whatever hair the actor has. This leads to the need for the costume department to make a wig that looks like the actor's hair for his dance double in the Act II DreamBallet.
** Except in the Hungarian version, where for some reason Alfred's dream ballet double has a ''freaking buzz cut''.
** Count von Krolock in the movie had short grey hair and in the very first production of the musical his hair were still grey, but much longer. However, in all the productions who came after he has long black hair (sometimes grey-streaked).
** Herbert, von Krolock's son, had short golden hair in the movie, but in Austrian and German stage productions his hair are pulled back in a shoulder-length ponytail. The hair color always kept changing: sometimes it's pure white, sometimes it's dark with heavy white streaks, sometimes the streaks are blond rather than white, sometimes it's blond with dark streaks or it's just blond. However, in almost all non-German-language productions (except the 2009 Vienna revival) Herbert has really long, flowing, platinum blond hair. The Japanese production is the only one in which he has long, black hair like his father.
* ''Vanities'' originally portrayed Joanne and Mary as blondes and Kathy as a redhead. The 2000's musical version made Joanne a brunette, resulting in a BlondeBrunetteRedhead trio. In turn, the ACT Theatre production in Seattle switched Joanne and Kathy's hair colors to better correspond with their personalities. Oddly, a promotional shot of the finale from the Pasadena Playhouse version has Joanne and Mary's hair colors switched, as they were supposed to change their hair colors in-story, but they ditched the wigs and kept the actresses' normal hair colors for the actual production.
* In ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'', the Professor (Harpo) makes his entrance with balloons in his mouth, which he proceeds to inflate. Spaulding (Groucho) asks him, "You haven't got strawberry, have you?", and he produces a red one. The 1930 movie version, being filmed in black and white, changed "strawberry" to "chocolate".
* In ''Theatre/{{Grease}}'', all five Burger Palace Boys had dark hair. In the film adaptation, Kenickie and Roger (who was renamed "Putzie") are blond.
** While Sandy was intended to be a blonde, the first actress cast for her on Broadway was a brunette, as well as the first actress to play her in the 2007 revival. However, the popularity of the film (and the creators' intent) usually means that blonde women will be cast in this part.
* In the libretto of Puccini's ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'', the title character's son is described as having blond hair and blue eyes, [[HollywoodGenetics despite being half-Japanese]]. Frédéric Mitterand's 1995 film version and many recent stage productions have more realistically given him dark hair and dark eyes instead, with the text changed accordingly.
* For the movie adaption of ''Theatre/AChorusLine'', at least three female characters who are usually known as brunette or redheaded were switched to bleach blonde.
* Since the entire cast of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' except King George is required to be non-white, it's more or less guaranteed that every character who was actually blonde or redheaded (including Hamilton himself, who had auburn hair) will have brown or black hair instead. This is partly due to Creator/LinManuelMiranda's insistence to have "historical from the neck down, modern from the neck up", meaning that characters who would have worn wigs (such as Washington or Jefferson) are bald or black-haired instead. (This insistence also leads the actor playing Mulligan to wear a beanie or durag during Act I, which, despite not being specifically a dye-job, is non-historical headwear nonetheless.)

* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}'' DirectToDVD movies offer tons of examples:
** Pewku the Ussal crab went from being blue and yellow to a more realistic brown and gray. These colors were carried over into her tie-in toy as well.
** The eye colors of Tahu and Turaga Vakama (pink), Gali (yellow), Lewa (lime green), Turaga Nuju (blue) and Turaga Whenua (dark green) were all changed to a reddish orange.
** The mostly metallic-gray, silver, black and bright red armor of Makuta became dark red with prominent green corrosion-spots.
** Takanuva's dark-gold and white color scheme was replaced with all-gold.
** Hahli's yellow eyes turned blue.
** Toa Lhikan's and Toa Vakama's lime eyes, as well as Onewa's dark blue eyes and Turaga Dume's dark orange eyes turned bright yellowish orange.
*** However Vakama's original green eyes were later used to represent his FaceHeelTurn.
** Nokama's orange eyes became blue.
** Nuju's and Kopaka's blue eye color was replaced with orange or red for their telescopic eye-piece.
** The transparent bright lime "cheek" colors of the Rorzakh became solid black, and the bright blue on the Zadakh was replaced with solid yellowish-brown. The latter's blue eyes also became lime green.
** Nivawk may be the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} case, as the originally black and silver colored creature became striking red, purple, yellow and bright blue for his movie appearance.
** Krekka's dark blue armor was recolored dark green.
** Nidhiki's green eyes were replaced with red and yellowish orange for the pupils.
** Roodaka's orange eyes were changed to blue, although the turned red when she got angry.
** Keetongu's red eye became blue.
** The Mata Nui robot's lime green eyes became yellow.
* And in a non-human example, the ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Transformers]]'' fandom gives us the never-ending [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/FIRRIB FIRRIB]] debate. The characters Rumble and Frenzy from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' cartoon were identical except for being [[PaletteSwap blue and red]], respectively. Their original toys, on the other hand, are red and blue, respectively - and the comics went with that. Which version is correct? [[InternetBackdraft Don't answer that if you value your life]]. (FIRRIB stands for "Frenzy is red, Rumble is blue." It also comes in FIBRIR, for... well, you get the idea.)
** In the Japanese dub of the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers G1 cartoon]], the error was corrected by reversing the characters' identities, which worked well since they were depicted as interchangeable anyway.
** The Generation One Sweeps (and Scourge) toys have beards the same color as the face (white or very light grey). In the cartoon, they shift between dark greyish blue, blue, dark grey, and black.
** And from ''Anime/TransformersZone'', there's [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kain/Cain]], the {{Human Alien|s}} {{Bishonen}} known primarily for his HoYay with the [=TFs=]' ''other'' human(oid) sidekick, Akira Serikawa. In the OVA, his hair is blue. In a scan from the art book "Transformers Visualworks," it's blond, becoming more orange near the tips. In the story pages, it's ''green.'' No two versions of this guy have the same hair color! (Also, his animated clothing is blue. Everywhere else, it's red.)
** [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Most]] [[Film/TransformersRevengeoftheFallen depictions]] [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated of]] [[FemBot Arcee]] are portrayed as being colored pink, but in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Arcee is colored blue.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':
** In a rare instance of a release-related dye job, Pizzazz was always depicted in doll and animated form with bright green hair. The R1 Rhino masters inexplicably changed her hair color to a dull olive blond - and also redid the green parts of her costume to match this.
** In a doll-related change, the title character is known for her pink hair, but the dolls were always blond. Promotional art for the show (such as [[http://www.loony-archivist.com/jem/primer/images/article/jem_cast.jpg this]]) that showed up on places such as doll boxes and VHS covers depicted a realistic art style gave Jem predominantly pink hair, but added blonde bangs. All of the characters also had more "realistic" hairstyles for the period, but were still reasonably close to their animated and doll line styles.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GarbagePailKidsCartoon'', two of the five main Garbage Pail Kids had different hair colors from how they were depicted on [[Franchise/GarbagePailKids the original trading cards]]:
** Terri Cloth is a redhead instead of a blonde.
** The hair on Split Kit's good half is brown, when he had blond hair on his original trading card.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** In the sound novels and manga, Keiichi has blue eyes. They're the exact same shade as Rena's in the manga, but darker (and with a slight purple shade; mostly in the remakes) in the sound novels. In the anime however, they're full-on purple.
** A larger example is in the live action movie adaptations. All the oddly colored characters have "natural" colored hair. This caused an InternetBackdraft because you couldn't easily tell the girls apart. Rika has short hair instead of long hair, Satoko has longish hair instead of short hair, and the teens look similar if they aren't in their ''Higurashi'' costumes (which they usually aren't).
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'''s anime adaptation changed everyones eye color, which didn't work well [[AdaptationInducedPlotHole since it was plot related]].
* ''[[VisualNovel/{{Ozmafia}} OZMAFIA!!]]'': [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]] has [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]] instead of his original blond.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'', Ike is given black hair, likely to differentiate him more from Marth.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick pointed out that the real life John Smith from ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' was short, portly and brown-haired, unlike the tall, blond Adonis we get in the Disney adaptation. Knowing John Smith, [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue he wouldn't want it any other way]].
* The ComicBookAdaptation of ''Series/{{Noob}}'' ([[ComicBook/{{Noob}} that has its own page]]) has varying degrees of that, but the most visible is Gaea's dress and hair becoming lighter. The reason is that the comic is supposed to look more like a video game than the webseries with generally brighter colors. Another more technical one is that both dark brown and black exist among the actors and the dark browns were probably made lighter to not have too many dark-haired characters.
* ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' had an official chart of the different hair and eye colors on the author's blog. The anime slightly lightened or darkened the hair of almost every character.
** Examples of this include Sweden being changed from a light blond to a sandy brown (before switching back to blond in his later animated appearances), Italy's hair changing from brown to auburn (sometimes a saturated red), Belarus going from platinum blonde to dark blonde, China's black hair changing to brown, and the other blond characters either having their hair darkened or changed to a more saturated yellow shade.
** Himaruya himself has also been inconsistent when it comes to hair and eye colors: Prussia originally had dark blond hair and blue eyes, but now his hair varies from being platinum blond to outright white or grey, while his eyes are now either red, "red-violet", or pink. Russia, Finland, Latvia, and Iceland originally had blue eyes, but appear with violet ones in later illustrations. Belarus and France also occasionally receive violet eyes instead of their usual blue. UK's shade of blond varies throughout all colored illustrations, Canada's hair was originally two-toned, and Hungary is either a blonde or brunette. Monaco was also originally a brunette with brown eyes, but was quickly changed to a blue-eyed blonde (and even then, her shade of blonde can vary).
*** The anime furthers the eye color confusion by giving Finland brown eyes (he had blue/violet in the manga), while changing Lithuania and Estonia's green eyes to blue, Latvia's violet eyes to an aqua blue, and the Italy brothers' brown (Veneziano) and green eyes (Romano) to gold. Sweden's eyes were also initially changed from green/blue to brown, but were reverted in his later appearances.
** Germany wears a green uniform in the manga, but the first four seasons of the anime changed it to teal (unless his jacket was undone), possibly to downplay the SS connection. His Iron Cross was also removed. The fifth season reverted his uniform back to its manga coloring.
** ''Hetalia: The Beautiful World'' (the fifth series) undoes some of the previous anime dye jobs, with Belarus back to being a platinum blonde, and Romano having green/hazel eyes. But it again plays this trope straight with giving Iceland blond hair to match the other Nordics, when his previously established hair color was ''silver'' in the manga. France is also given platinum blond hair, as well as a very pale complexion, when his hair in the manga is a darker shade of blond. Belgium's hair also suddenly goes from being golden blonde to a mousy brown.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'' features redheads Richard and John with grey and black hair respectively, of course in Richard's case it may have just been a case of him having gone grey early and his hair having originally being red or, if John is any indication, black. Also none of the main Saxon characters are fair haired.
* The [=DiC=] version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'' had an unusual example of a few of the girls' hair colors changing between seasons:
** Janine was a blonde, up until season 3 where her hair suddenly became dark brown.
** Sylvie (or Simone) had greenish-colored hair while Monique's appeared to be a pink color. Both of them received brown hair in season 3.
** Ellie also had greenish hair early on, but it was darkened to black by season 2.
* ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'':
** Stormer and Pizzazz keep their hair [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue and green]] respectively however it's suggested to be dyed instead of natural.
** Ashley had light blonde hair in the cartoon but in the comics it's a more orange shade.
* Preliminary photos from [[Film/TheLastAirbender the live action movie adaptation]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' show that the costumes of the characters have been seriously toned down. The movie tries to justify it since bringing the bright colors of the cartoon into the [[RealIsBrown relatively muted real world]] would make the characters look cartoony, which ignores the fact that many of the cartoon's brightly-colored costumes [[http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Fashion_in_the_World_of_Avatar are based on real-world outfits]].
** A similar justification is given for the relatively muted costumes in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''.
* Really noticeable change in character design is present in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' and its Noxmillen special. The eldest (judging height-wise) child and Nox's wife had black hair in the series, while being blonde in the special in addition to the wife's massive character redesign.
* The [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Dinoco logo's]] appearance and design actually varies depending on which film it appears in. In the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' series films, it's colored red and features an Apatosaurus (just like the logo of the now-defunct Sinclair Oil company, which looks similar), but in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' series films, it's instead colored blue and featues a TyrannosaurusRex (the name Dinoco comes from the Sunoco Oil company, the official fuel of NASCAR, which is also colored blue).
* [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks The Chipmunks and The Chipettes]] went through different eye colors throughout the franchise: Theodore[[labelnote:*]]Black eyes in ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'', The ChristmasSpecial drawn by Creator/ChuckJones, ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episodes done by Ruby-Spears and in ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetFrankenstein''; Green eyes in ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'', ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episodes done by [=DiC=]/Mukarumi-Wolf-Swenson, ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'', ''Film/LittleAlvinAndTheMiniMunks'', ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks The Squeakquel]]'' and ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Chipwrecked]]'']][[/labelnote]] and Eleanor[[labelnote:*]]Brown eyes through the ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' cartoon series, ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'' and ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman''; Green eyes in ''Film/LittleAlvinAndTheMiniMunks'', ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel]]'' and ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Chipwrecked]]''[[/labelnote]] went through two eyes changes, Alvin[[labelnote:*]]Black eyes in ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'', The ChristmasSpecial drawn by Creator/ChuckJones, ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episodes done by Ruby-Spears and in ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetFrankenstein''; Blue eyes in ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'', ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episodes done by [=DiC=]/Mukarumi-Wolf-Swenson, ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'' and ''Film/LittleAlvinAndTheMiniMunks''; Amber eyes in ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks The Squeakquel]]'' and ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Chipwrecked]]''[[/labelnote]], Simon[[labelnote:*]]Black eyes in ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'', The ChristmasSpecial drawn by Creator/ChuckJones, ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episodes done by Ruby-Spears and in ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetFrankenstein''; Gray-Blue/Blue-Gray eyes in ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure''; Blue eyes in ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episodes done by [=DiC=]/Mukarumi-Wolf-Swenson, ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'', ''Film/LittleAlvinAndTheMiniMunks'', ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks The Squeakquel]]'' and ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Chipwrecked]]''[[/labelnote]] and Jeanette[[labelnote:*]]Green eyes through the ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' cartoon series, ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'' and ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman''; Brown eyes in ''Film/LittleAlvinAndTheMiniMunks''; Purple eyes in ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel]]'' and ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Chipwrecked]]''[[/labelnote]] went through three, Dave[[labelnote:*]]Black eyes in ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'', The ChristmasSpecial drawn by Creator/ChuckJones, the ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episodes done by Ruby-Spears and in ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetFrankenstein''; Gray-Blue/Blue-Gray eyes in ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure''; Brown eyes in ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episodes done by [=DiC=]/Mukarumi-Wolf-Swenson, ''Film/LittleAlvinAndTheMiniMunks'', ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks The Squeakquel]]'' and ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Chipwrecked]]''; Blue eyes in that one Easter Special done by [=DiC=] and ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman''[[/labelnote]] went through four and Brittany[[labelnote:*]]Blue eyes through the ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' cartoon series, ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'', ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'', ''Film/LittleAlvinAndTheMiniMunks'', ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel]]'' and ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Chipwrecked]]''[[/labelnote]] is the only one who retained the same eye color thus far.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Up until 2011, [[BigGood Princess Celestia]] was often bright pink in the toy line, while she was more pinkish-white in-show. Similarly, her sister Princess Luna is more purple in the toy line, while she's dark blue in-show.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheMovie'' Big Bob Pataki has brown hair despite the fact that his hair was gray in the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' series, which WordOfGod would attribute to Bob dying his hair because he was going through a mid-life crisis. It was changed back to gray in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheJungleMovie''.
* In TheMovie of ''Film/InspectorGadget'' Chief Quimby has greying dark brown hair. In [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget the original cartoon]] his hair is a reddish brown. And in [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget2015 the 2015 cartoon]] he's blond.
* In the LiveActionAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'', Dudley was brown-haired (like Brendan Fraser) instead of blonde, while Nell was blonde instead of a redhead.
* In ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', also starring Brendan Fraser, George's hair is brown instead of black and the originally redheaded Ursula becomes a blonde.
* According to her one colored cartoon ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' was a redhead. Modern depictions of her consistently depict her with black hair.
* ''WesternAnimation/H2OMermaidAdventures'': Rikki has been made a red-head as opposed to the blonde she was in the original series.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpacePOP'', while in the show the girls' hair colors are natural, in the books the girls have different hair colors before dyeing them to match their official art.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'':
** Beast Boy has a completely different hairstyle then he did in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. It resembles his contemporary comic book hair more.
** Blackfire is much paler than in the 2003 cartoon.
** Starfire has hot pink hair rather than the usual red hair she sported in the original animated series and ''DC Nation'' spin-off shorts.
** Raven has black hair instead of purple, and the hairdo is also different.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles'':
** Dojo is a yellow dragon with green spikes, while in [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown the original series]] he was the opposite.
** Master Fung has grey facial hair instead of black.
** Chase Young's ''entire'' colour scheme is different. For starters, his hair is more of a dark green rather than pitch black with green highlights as it was in the original, although [[HairColorDissonance in-universe it's probably still black]]. His eyes changed from amber to dark brown and his shirt and pants changed from black to brown. His armor's colour scheme is also different, but to put it short, it's less colorful than it was in the original (green and brown as opposed to green, black and red).
** Wuya is AmbiguouslyBrown in the first cartoon, but in the second she went through a RaceLift, having a skintone more akin to an Asian.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'', Veronica Vreeland, who is a redhead in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has blond hair. This may have been done to distinguish her from Barbara Gordon in the same scene.
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny was given mauve fur in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''. It was changed back to its trademark gray color in the second season.

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* AncientRome often gets this. Many movies, shows, and games portray Italians of antiquity as looking (and [[TheQueensLatin sounding]]) Northwest European. However, genetics tests have repeatedly shown that the Romans should have looked much like Italians today (central/southern Italians specifically; northern Italy AKA Cisalpine Gaul wasn't considered Italian until after Julius Caesar's death), and thus, had features noticeably different than the typical Englishman or German. This is bared out in what little examples of well-preserved contemporary paintings and mosaics have, such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_the_Vettii the]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Mosaic realistic]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_of_Paquius_Proculo frescoes]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erotic_art_in_Pompeii_and_Herculaneum at]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_the_Tragic_Poet Pompeii]] (~150 miles southwest of Rome) and the older [[https://www.ancient.eu/article/1013/etruscan-tomb-paintings/ tomb paintings]] at Tarquinia (~60 miles northeast of Rome), which depict mostly olive-skinned people with dark eyes and hair (as well as other typical Mediterranean features such as curly hair and large noses), plus a smattering of pale light-eyed blondes/redheads, matching modern Italian looks.
** The rareness of light features such as pale-to-ruddy skin, blonde/red hair, and blue/green eyes was commented on in many Roman sources, with northern "barbarian" peoples such as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauls#Physical_appearance Gauls and Germans]] being specifically noted for having this appearance. Wigs and dyes to give the appearance of light hair even became [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blond#Southern_Europe popular for a time]] in Rome among women due to its perceived exoticism and rarity.
* ''WesternAnimation/BolivarElHeroe'' has this in almost every historical character, putting them [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair strange hair colors]].
* In 1994, it was discovered that Ramesses II was a redhead, an uncommon but very much possible phenotype in North Africa. You'd never know by films such as ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' or ''WesternAnimation/ATaleOfEgypt'' keeping Ramesses black haired.
* Many dinosaur picture books will actually have the dinosaurs colored differently in each book depending on the illustrator. This is because, apart from a handful of feathered species, no one really knows what color dinosaurs really are, so it's up to the illustrator's imagination to determine what they really look like.
* Similarly, many astronomy picture books and clip art will often portray Mercury as being bright orange and Pluto being steel-blue despite both being gray in real life.
** Though Pluto is mostly orange on its southern hemisphere. Its largest moon, Charon, however, is completely gray like Mercury.
* In ''Series/TheTudors'', Henry and Catherine of Aragon (both with reddish hair in RealLife) were played by brown-haired actors. On the other hand, while Natalie Dormer (a blonde) was cast to play the famously dark-haired Anne Boleyn, she convinced producers to let her play Anne as a brunette.
** The former caused some consternation among the producers and investors of the series when an English PR flack, asked why Henry was to be played by a brown-haired actor, replied with melodramatic insincerity that it was "just so sad" but Henry had to be played by a handsome actor - implying that it was obviously impossible for a redheaded actor to be handsome! Officials at Showtime and the CBC were not impressed, especially given the common North American belief that the English dislike of red hair is nothing but plausibly deniable anti-Irish prejudice.
* ''Series/WolfHall'', unlike ''Series/TheTudors'', has the right hair color for Henry, but its Anne Boleyn, who rather famously had dark eyes in real life (and is correctly described as having them in the book!), has blue eyes.
* The real Balto had dark brown fur and a patch of white on his chest. The ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' animated film gave him greyish-brown fur with lighter fur going from his chest to muzzle. It also gave him an AdaptationSpeciesChange from dog to being a wolf-dog hybrid.