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[[caption-width-right:197:No hair. No weapons. [[ActionGirl No chance you could beat her in a fight]].]]

->''"Bald women: you're bald because you're bald."''
-->-- '''Johnny Q. Public,''' "Women of Zion"

In many societies, [[LongHairIsFeminine women are expected to have hair]]. It is a symbol of femininity and a major part of identity. Partly because natural balding (meaning that not provoked by alopecia nor other similar conditions) affects only men. To lose that hair ([[TraumaticHaircut or worse]]) would be considered socially unusual, at the very least.

So it's a surprise when a woman without any hair appears. For whatever reason, a bald chick is strange, even shocking. The image contrasts with the acceptable image of a woman and cultural values. The baldness can be the result of a number of things, but it's more notable when it is [[ImportantHaircut voluntary]] or AlienHair. As chemotherapy makes one's hair fall out, cancer is also a common explanation (unless she's wearing a wig).

Thomas Disch recognized this trope in his ''The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of'', a critical look at science fiction. He recognized the bald woman as a "distinctive icon" in SF as a result of "the feminist incursion" into the field. Indeed, most of the time one sees a bald woman who isn't [[PrematurelyBald sick]] or considered abnormal is in science fiction, like ''Franchise/StarTrek'' or fantasy works.

Disch further points out that the bald woman actually represents "empowerment". They bypass all the other HairTropes, transcend their femininity and [[RealWomenDontWearDresses become stronger as a result.]] Whether this character development occurs or not depends on the character and the media.

[[FetishFuel Rule 36]] applies, of course. May overlap with BaldOfAwesome or BaldOfEvil.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* In 2005, a Nevada woman needed cash to go to school overseas. To raise that money, she auctioned on eBay to shave her head bald, tattoo the winning ad to the top and back of her head, and stay bald for a year. She got $18,000 from a website known for their wacky advertising stunts.
* An Adidas commercial featured a woman shaving her head totally bald, including her eyebrows. It is soon revealed that [[BaldOfAwesome the woman was preparing to swim]]. "Long Live Sport", indeed.
** Also happens in a Korean Powerade commercial. Both seem to be [[TruthInTelevision based on]] the practice that some girl swimmers shave their heads to help reduce drag in competitions.
* In the early 1990s, magazine ads for the ''Main/SegaSaturn'' would sometimes feature on a bald woman with rings around her head. In addition, its [[DadaAd very weird]] promotional video begins with similar imagery.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Mahoja in ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* Parodied in ''Master Of Epic'', in which a band of female players try to fight a monster that ends up giving them bad haircuts. Their solution to beat it? Shave their heads totally bald. [[spoiler:However, it doesn't quite work out the way they planned...]]
* ''Manga/YakitateJapan'' manga: [[spoiler:Tsukino Azusagawa shaves her head after becoming head of the company. It's not noticed until her wig falls off...]]
* Lata in the manga ''Manga/{{Buddha}}'' starts off as a pretty girl with beautiful black hair, but when she becomes one of Buddha's disciples...
* [[spoiler:Kriem]] in Episode 18 of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. [[spoiler:Since she possessed PrehensileHair, it's likely that the hospital staff shaved her head to keep her from wreaking havoc when she woke up.]]
* Mint Blancmanche of ''Anime/GalaxyAngel''. In the episode "Slippery Pasta", the use of some LostTechnology results in her losing her hair. She stays bald for the rest of the episode, hiding this from everyone, while trying to reverse the damage. Inexplicably, the loss of her hair also includes losing her UnusualEars while her secondary set of ordinary human ears remain intact (Though the unusual ones just as inexplicably ''re''appear whenever Mint covers her head with something). And when tries reversing the damage at the end of the episode, she ends up [[TheBlank losing her facial features]], much to the horror of her buddies.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* Hitomi from ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings''.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has several cards featuring this: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=32224 Cabal Surgeon]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=83869 Angel of Despair]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=134762 Fugitive Wizard]], and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=197010 Fallen Angel]] for extra BaldOfEvil. Finally, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45150 Vile Deacon]], assuming you don't count horns against one's baldness.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Moondragon in Creator/MarvelComics.
* Jinx from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' (she's a bit different in the comics than in the cartoon).
* Evey in ''Comicbook/VForVendetta''. In the film, she remains mostly bald.
* Asajj Ventress from the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' and, later, the Clone Wars cartoons.
** In fact, a number of bald women show up in ''Franchise/StarWars'', including Aurra Sing (who had a cameo appearance in Episode I and the later comics, though she sports a ponytail, so more like ''mostly'' bald woman) and Sly Moore (the bald chick standing next to Palpatine in the Senate chambers.)
** A heroic example is [[BoisterousBruiser Plourr Illo]] in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics. She starts growing her hair out during the arc that focuses on her, but keeps it very short even then. It's seen in flashbacks that, as a child, she had very long hair.
** The Ratataki race have no hair, so all its women fall under this.
* Alkyone from ''Franchise/WonderWoman'', a former Amazonian guard of Hippolyta.
* Nebula from Marvel, after her escape from Titan and a cybernetic operation.
* The Comicbook/BlackPanther's BodyguardBabes, the Dora Milaje.
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''.
* Cassandra Nova of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}.
* Sometimes, Delirium from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
* Many female characters in Creator/AlejandroJodorowsky's ''ComicBook/{{Megalex}}'', but especially the gorgeous, well endowed Adamâ.
* This once happened to LoisLane, in combination with MyBrainIsBig: [[http://www.politedissent.com/archives/615 here.]]
** Another Silver Age tale had Lois under the effect of Red Kryptonite, making her a monster under certain circumstances. One time, she turns into a monster after her sister Lucy brushes her hair and goes asleep. Monster-Lois uses a pair of scissors and hacks off all of Lucy's hair, leaving Lucy with a bald head ''sans big brain.''
* LexLuthor (being bald himself) almost marries a bald woman named Angela Blake, until [[{{Superman}} Super]][[{{Superdickery}} man]] [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/yZChWGr3kpadk7j2nJHjcmclo1_500.jpg interferes.]]
* Fern from ''ComicBook/WetMoon'', which just adds to her generally otherworldly aura.
* Prudence is a member of the League of Assassins that becomes an uneasy ally to Tim Drake after he adopts the Red Robin identity.
* Lynn from the ''Comicbook/SilentHill'' comics becomes one after the prologue of Dying Inside.
* In the original ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' series:
** [[spoiler:Mindscan]]. Not that you find out until fairly late in the series, as she [[spoiler:wears a wig all the time to hide her [[MyBrainIsBig swollen, lumpy skull]]]].
** Also Nikki, although she generally hid it with FlamingHair. (The ''Official Handbook'' said she had red hair she wore in a distinctive style, but this was later stated in the comic to be a mistake).
* In recent comics, Angelica Jones, AKA [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends Firestar]], is bald due to cancer treatment. Her distinctive long red hair is a wig.
* In the original run of ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'', there was a nazi counterpart team called Lightning Force, whose version of Kitty Pryde was a bald, anorexic ghost.
* Zelda from the comic book ''ComicBook/GoldDigger''
* ''ComicBook/TankGirl'', combined with BaldOfAwesome, aside from a few wildly-colored locks.
* In ''Comicbook/DCOneMillion'', Superman 1M's archenemy is a Luthor descendent called Lori Lombard-Thorul, who is bald.
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[[folder: Fanworks]]
* Sailor Mercury in FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi. After a run-in with a dark god, [[TraumaticHaircut her head is shaved]]. Fortunately, that was the least of her worries at the time. Ami herself is more annoyed than anything else, and is more concerned that her friends and family may take it hard. After a few chapters, Ami reversed the damage with a spell.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s Byakuren Hijiri is sometimes depicted as bald in fanart. Considering she is a Buddhist nun, it be expected she would be hairless instead of having long purple-brown gradated locks.
** Fans speculated that since Nitori Kawashiro was a kappa (who are traditionally depicted being bald), she was [[NeverBareheaded using her hat]] to conceal her bald spot. Though the creator later denied it, it doesn't stop fans depicting her like that.
** Perhaps as a result of the above, Hong Meiling (who is also depicted NeverBareheaded) has fanart of her being bald under her hat.
* Athene and the other {{Super Soldier}}s (of both sexes) in ''Gundam Storm'' have shaved heads. The "baldness as a symbol of independence" part is inverted though, since as she begins to break away from the organisation that created her, she starts to let her hair grow. On a metatextual level, the author wanted to have some things about her contrast with her biggest influence, Soma Peiris of ''{{Gundam 00}}'', and since Soma was very pale hand had long hair, he made her black with a shaved head.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' NextGenFic ''Fanfic/AvatarTheLegendOfArata'' has [[BlowYouAway Kaze]] who cut of all her hair, unlike most Air Nomad women who only shave off the front of their hair.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Ellen Ripley in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' provides the picture for this trope, after her head is shaved due to problems with head lice at the Fury-161 penal colony.
* Ilia from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'': One of the best-known examples, Illia is probably better known for her chrome dome than Persis Khambatta's acting.
* The 1984 ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' adaptation has the Bene Gesserit bald for whatever reason.
* ''Film/GIJane'' is notable for this, even so far as playing the trope on DVD and VHS covers. There's even a MultiTakeCut of Creator/DemiMoore [[ImportantHaircut shaving her head]] and becoming [[BaldOfAwesome Badass]] in the process.
* Agatha in ''Film/MinorityReport''. Like in ''Film/TheMatrix'', it was because her hair didn't grow while she was kept in stasis.
* Of all people, ''{{Satan}}'' from ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' who is kept purposefully androgynous but is played by a woman with her voice lowered to sound more masculine in post-production, thus playing with [[OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous another trope]]. In this case, it also counts as BaldOfEvil.
* In ''Film/{{THX1138}}'', everyone is bald, including female lead Maggie [=McOmie=].
* Likewise in the French science fiction film ''Dante 01''.
* At the end of ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', [[spoiler:Mui]] shaves her head bald in order to join the team as TheHopelessReplacement; Sing [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the fact that her actress is wearing a rather obvious bald cap:
--> '''Sing:''' Phone home like E.T., [[spoiler:Mui]]. You don't belong on Earth.
* Most people of both sexes in the [[RecursiveReality in-story real world]] of ''Film/TheMatrix'' are either bald or very close-shaven. Sort of justified because it would appear that the machines' PeopleJars prevent hair growth for those inside, but most of the characters would presumably have been out for long enough to grow some more hair, so that's probably not why ''everyone's'' hair is like that.
** This can be explained away as function over fashion. They're in a situation where everyone who can hold a gun and shoot semi-competently is a soldier fighting for survival. Long hair tends to be a hindrance in such an environment. It's also quite likely that Zion has to ration water quite carefuly, and shorter hair is much less of a hassle to keep clean.
** Also, for those who go on missions to hack the Matrix, long hair would get in the way of the input rod that gets shoved into the base of your skull.
** Fittingly the majority of people with long hair who are seen in the films are the ones like Link and his wife Zee, who were both born free in Zion and therefore not as concerned about hair interfering with the plugs.
* As mentioned above, in ''Film/VForVendetta'', Evey gets her head shaved.
* Dren from ''Film/{{Splice}}''
* ''Heaven'' with CateBlanchett.
* ToniCollette in ''8½ Women'' by Peter Greenaway
* UsefulNotes/HongKong movie ''Temptation of a Monk'' features a woman getting her head shaved.
* [[spoiler:Rapunzel]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek the Third}}''.
* Dementia from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily Values''.
* ''Hiroshima Mon Amour''.
* The Irish lead character of ''Film/RyansDaughter''
* [[Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera Shilo]], though it's shown in only one scene (she wears a wig most of the time).
* EllenPage's character and many others in ''Film/MouthToMouth''.
* Deb (Debra) in ''Film/EmpireRecords''. Hostile, anti-social, and shaves her head in the store bathroom near the beginning of the film. Her hairstyle (and personality) provide a counterpoint to the more stereotypically feminine behavior and appearance of the other female characters.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[spoiler:Talia]] is this in her flashback. [[spoiler: It is mainly to trick the audience into thinking the child was Bane.]]
* Vera in ''Film/LaPielQueHabito (The Skin I Live In)'' is seen with no hair in the early stage of her [[spoiler:transformation, probably due to hormonal treatment.]]
* Segen, the BadassIsraeli ActionGirl in ''Film/WorldWarZ'' has her hair cropped in a very short crew cut as she is an IDF soldier.
* Viper in ''Film/TheWolverine'' after she sheds her skin and looks more evil and like a viper.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Murphy's Gambit'' by Syne Mitchell, Thiadora Murphy is one of the Floaters, a society of humans who live in zero gravity and are treated as second-class citizens. Like all Floaters, Thiadora's head is totally bald, and the cover art for the book features this.
* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'': Pilots in the Federation Navy (most of which are women) shave their heads for practical reasons (having long hair is impractical in free fall). On a date, Rico is somewhat shocked that [[spoiler:his longtime crush, Carmen, was bald]]. He later thinks it looks good on her.
* Inverted with the Seanchean in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', for whom baldness is a social indicator. Members of the nobility partially shave their heads, the high nobility mostly shave their heads, and the royal family is entirely bald.
* Kin Arad, the heroine of Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Strata}}'', and, by extension, all female long-lifers, since "hair didn't last past the first century or so". She wears a wig, though.
* At least one of the hominid species living on the Literature/{{Ringworld}}, the City Builders, have hairless crania on both genders. It's not a fashion thing, just specialization, although what conditions led to a species with more or less our ecological niche losing their head hair isn't explained.
* Valerie Russell in ''[[Literature/ModernTalesOfFaerie Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie]]'' by Creator/HollyBlack.
* Santuna in the Creator/CordwainerSmith short story "Under Old Earth". In her case, it may be a reference to the grooming practices of ancient Egyptian nobility, since the man she's in love with is compared to the pharaoh Akhenaten at one point in the text.
* In ''Literature/TheWitches'', all witches are bald and have to disguise it with wigs. The narrator is disgusted when his grandmother tells him this, because there's "something indecent" about a bald woman.
* The Elizabeth I installment of ''Literature/TheRoyalDiaries'' features a bald female jester.
* One bald woman appears in ''Literature/{{Otherland}}''.
* Maria in ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls'' has her head shaved by the Spanish fascists.
* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''The Dispossessed'', women are ''expected'' to be bald in Urras society.
* In Classical poetry, the anthropomorphic personification of a limited opportunity, especially of concepts such as Fortune and Time, is as a bald woman with only a single lock of hair on her forehead. The moral being that if you do not seize her as she approaches, there is nothing to grab her by once she's passed.
--> If kingdom move thee not, let move thee zeal
--> And duty--zeal and duty are not slow
--> But on Occasion's forelock watchful wait
---> -- ''Paradise Regained'', Creator/JohnMilton
* In ''Literature/{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'' Dany loses her hair as she steps into the [[spoiler:Drogo's funeral]] pyre. She keeps her hair in the [[Series/GameofThrones TV series]].
** [[spoiler: Cersei]] also has her head completely shaven for her walk of shame in ''A Dance with Dragons''.
* The implications are inverted in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. In that series, in the Midlands, the length of a woman's hair corresponds to station. The longer the hair, the higher the woman's social standing; a commoner's wife might have what we would term a pixie cut, while a queen would have hair halfway down her back. In one story told by a character, she relates a time when she disobeyed her strict grandmother, who shaved her bald as a response.
* ''OMNI'' magazine featured this trope on its cover art several times.
* ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' has Kalis, whose head is shaved to display the [[MarkOfTheSupernatural tectomancer mark]] on the back of her head. [[spoiler:It's fake, designed to distract attention from her daughter's real mark]].
* Creator/MatthewReilly's series of books featuring Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield, has [[ActionGirl Gena]] "[[OneBadMother Mother]]" [[TheSquadette Newman]], who is Scarecrow's best friend, second in command, and the epitome of {{Badass}}.
* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', expedition members returning from Area X have the hair shaved as part of the decontamination procedure. As a result, the biologist is bald at the beginning of the second novel, ''Authority''.
* The {{Literature/Old Kingdom}} {{prequel}} book ''Clariel'' features Captain Gullaine of the Royal Guards, a dark-skinned woman who has no hair on her head at all, including eyebrows.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Zhaan in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.
* Marie in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''.
* Bonnie, one of Phoebe's friends who dates Ross on ''{{Series/Friends}}'', was described as being bald. However, by the time Ross meets her, Bonnie had a full head of hair. Until [[spoiler:Rachel persuaded her to shave it off again]]... massively creeping Ross out in the process.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' featured this trope, notably with Centauri women, who shave their heads, and the Minbari and Narns, who are [[AlienHair naturally bald]]. Delenn actually started off bald, being a Minbari, but eventually transformed into a HalfHumanHybrid, which resulted in her getting hair.
** Given the connection that the Centauri place between one's status and one's hair, with more important Centauri men having their hair styled in large peacock fans, the baldness symbolizes females' second-class citizenship in Centauri society, their status being derived from their male relatives and husbands. It is fashionable for younger women to grow a [[LongHairIsFeminine long ponytail]], while otherwise maintaining the bald look.
* Two first-season episodes of ''Series/SmallWonder'', the pilot and "[=RoboBrat=]", featured a briefly bald Vicki.
* In one early episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', we see that artist Martha Paxton is bald; she also never bathes and often wears a poncho.
* On the ''Donny & Marie'' variety show, Donny Osmond once pulled the hair off Marie's bald head and then ran away to avoid a MegatonPunch.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had an incident in which [[HypocriticalHumor George complains about dating a bald chick]].
* One episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' featured pop starlet Elvina going bald because she had cocaine traces in her hair.
* In Season 7 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', Joyce had to shave her head to win a Fast Forward.
* In ''Series/ThePretender'', several episodes have included bald women among the randomly surreal background characters in scenes at the Centre.
* Cycle 6 of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' featured a photoshoot using baldcaps, but one of the models looked so striking without hair that her head was shaved when she received her makeover.
* Naturally, Seven of Nine in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was bald when she was a full Borg (as all of them are) and didn't grow hair until a few episodes after being separated from the Collective.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'' had a one-episode love interest who turned out to be completely bald underneath a wig, a fact about which Maddy was exceedingly catty. Of course, this revelation turned out to be one of the less surreal moments of their brief relationship.
* Brazil had two famous cases, one for drama, the other for ([[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity sensationalist]]) laughs.
** Soap opera ''Laços de Família'' had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbHI3QQARAo Carolina Dieckmann shaving her head]] as her character would go through chemo. [[http://f.i.bol.com.br/2012/04/21/carolina-dieckmann-na-epoca-em-que-raspou-a-cabeca-para-viver-a-personagem-camila-em-lacos-de-familia-2000-a-direita-a-atriz-caracterizada-como-teodora-de-fina-estampa-1335045108471_956x500.jpg It didn' hurt her]] - [[http://img2.mlstatic.com/revista-vip-carolina-dieckmann-marco-2001_MLB-O-224618131_7933.jpg even scoring a lad magazine cover]].
** In an early episode of ''Panico Na Band'', Babi, one of the [[LovelyAssistant Panicats]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7w3lFiAnNA had her long blond hair shaved off]]. [[http://www.ospaparazzi.com.br/imagem/201204/23115123.jpg She definitely looked like a true babe nonetheless!]]
* Victims of the Hearst serial rapist in ''Series/VeronicaMars'' become this after getting their heads shaved.
* Doc Yewll in ''Series/{{Defiance}}''. In general, Indogenes of both genders seem to lack hair.
* Several sketches in Series 5 of ''Series/HorribleHistories'', including [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk02qS4uC7E "Don't Tell the Spartan Bride."]]
* In the ''Series/SesameStreet'' segment where Kermit reports on Rupunzel, after Prince Charming tells Rupunzel to let down her hair, she lets down all of it, revealing that she's actually bald. The prince gets disgusted and leaves.
** In the "Wanda the Witch" segment, Wanda and all other witches wear wigs.
** Any segment where a blank-faced Anything Muppet woman (including "Consider Yourself" and "I Want to Hold Your Ear") gets facial features put on has said women start out bald.
* On ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', all Coneheads, whether male or female, are bald.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} once met a woman like this. She also had a big brain.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Ilia from the updated version of Bally's ''[[Pinball/StarTrekBally Star Trek]]'' pinball game, as a tie-in to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
* ''Pinball/{{Spectrum}}'' has "Computor", the green-colored ArtificialIntelligence the player is competing against.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
The trope is a staple of the woman's "Hair versus Hair" matches: the [[HumiliatingWager loser has to shave their head]] in the ring. As hair tends to represent the wrestler's pride and female beauty, this tends to be treated as a TraumaticHaircut.
* Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} lost one of these while a heel and won one of these while a face against Uptown Karen.
* At ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XX'', Wrestling/MollyHolly put her hair on the line against [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Champion]] [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]]'s title. Victoria won and Molly was shaved bald.
** That came about because WWE management gave the Divas slot at WrestleMania 20 to the Playboy Evening Gown match (Sable & Torrie Wilson vs. Stacy Keibler & Jackie Gayda, a match that some have described as being worse than the Goldberg-Brock Lesnar train wreck from that night) and she felt she had to do something big to get a women's title match on the card.
** Out of the ring, Molly has said she actually liked being hairless, as it saved time and money on shampoo.
* Likewise, ex-Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestler Roxxi Laveaux.
* Wrestling/AjaKong and Nobuko Kimura, the tag team known as Jungle Jack, were shaved by Bull Nakano and Kyoko Inoue.
* Serena Deeb became bald when joining the Straight Edge Society, but oddly enough, not in a Hair Match. She willingly allowed her head to be shaved by Wrestling/CMPunk. It did not last too long though as she later just kept it short.
* Back in the territory days in Memphis, Jerry Lawler defeated Bill Dundee in a hair vs. hair match. They then had a rematch where if Dundee lost again, his wife would get her head shaved. He lost.
* Ice Cold, at ''[[http://www.wowe.com/ WOW Unleashed]]'', February 4, 2001. AlphaBitch Lana Star and her [[TheDragon Dragon]] Patti Pizzazz (formerly {{Face}} [[TheCheerleader Cheerleader]] Patti Pep until she [[FaceHeelTurn turned]] on her Team Spirit partner Randi Rah-Rah) d. Ice Cold and Poison in a hair vs. hair match. The angle was that Poison had sabotaged Lana's shampoo, turning her hair green. Poison abandoned Ice Cold, leading to her losing the match.
* Tiffany went bald when her Wrestling/{{AAA}} hair vs hair match with Pimpinela Escarlata was ruled a "no contest". Of course, he was also rendered bald by the decision. That was in 2001. In 2012, Tiffany went bald again, this time at a Wrestling/{{CMLL}} show and Marcela wasn't paid back.
* La Ruda Amapola defeated Diana La Cazadora in a Wrestling/{{CMLL}} hair match, decisively at that. La Amapola would then go on to lose ''two'' of these. First against Lady Apache and later against Estellita.
* Xóchitl Hamada's victory over Rossy Moreno in a hair vs hair match at Wrestling/{{AAA}} kicked off a long feud between her and Moreno family who wanted to return the favor (it only resulted in Rossy being bald again). Xóchitl would ironically lose her hair to her sister Ayako, in Japan.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In one of the sourcebooks for ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', there is a young 20-something who keeps her head bald because her nimbus manifests as sparks running along her scalp serving as a sample character (for the Pygmalian Society in ''Legacies: The Sublime''). This electricity is not strictly ''real'', but the feeling of lightning through her hair is unsettling enough that she prefers to just keep her head shaved bald (if asked about it, the book states that she'll claim to be making a statement on 'gender or something'). Interestingly enough, she actually has the [[HelloNurse Striking Looks merit]], indicating that she's actually exceptionally ''attractive'' in her own unique way (not AngelinaJolie level, as that's the higher-level version of the merit, but still attractive enough to draw eyes) and it's mentioned that she's been featured on covers of magazines a few times. Judging from the page art, she deserves the merit.
* In ''[[TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}} Deadlands: Hell on Earth]]'', all [[PsychicPowers sykers]] are absolutely bald. Including women.
* The Tau, of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', are universally bald, save for a single lock at the back of their head which they typically grow [[BraidsOfAction just past shoulder length]]. In the [=RPG=] books, human women sometimes are partly or fully bald, such as the Sisters Repentia.
** Eldar of both genders are very often portrayed as bald, though whether naturally or through choice is unspecified. Given that the Eldar are easily the most humanoid of 40k's alien races, and have no gender stereotypes or distinctions in their culture, the baldness tends to help mark them out as something unusual.
* The Augurs of the Sisterhood of Sigmar in the millennial apocalyptic Warhammer spin-off Mordheim are blind, shaven-headed women with powers of precognition and foresight. Other Sisters of Sigmar sometimes shave their heads as a form of penitence or mortification also.
** Many Dark Elves of both genders shave their heads also, sometimes leaving just a large topknot. Of especial note are the Sisters of Slaughter - superbly skilled and mostly-female gladiatorial arena fighters whose heads are shaved bald and the woven braids of their shorn hair turned into barbed whips for them to fight with.
* In the ''TabletopGames/DarkSun'' setting, to the overwhelmingly hot weather on Athas makes shaved heads the norm for males, and it's not uncommon to see a female who does so too.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Karan Sjet in the ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' series. The box art for ''Homeworld 2'' features Karen's portrait and her bald head.
* Jack (aka Subject Zero) from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Apparently, she kept the look [[ImportantHaircut after a stint in a cult]]. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' (provided she survives), she adopts a less antisocial attitude and a longer haircut to go with it, though she still keeps her temples clean-shaven.
** Talitha, a minor character in the [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 first game]], was also shaved bald.
* Can happen to Janne and Ryoka from ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes'' if they lose in certain Deathmatch stages from the first 2 games, Janne's in 1 and 2, Captain Kidd's in 2.
* Safiya in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer''. She is a member of Red Wizards of Thay, who all shave their heads in order to mark their scalps with sigils of arcane power. She doesn't have nearly as many tattoos as Red Wizards are supposed to have, though.
** Inshula sar Mashawe in ''Storm of Zehir'' also shaved her head bald, but we don't know why.
* Zenoa in ''SuikodenTierkreis''
* The AxCrazy villainess Sasha from ''VideoGame/InFamous'' is bald.
* Some Orc women in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are bald; it's treated as just another expression of their [[{{Badass}} badassitude.]] They are the only women in the game with baldness as an option.
* [[spoiler:Momma Bosco]] from ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''.
* Healers of Agrela in ''{{Majesty}}'' (the first game, anyway).
* Christine from the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC "Dead Money". You'd think it the fault of the Auto-Doc you find her trapped in (which tore out her vocal cords) or the horrific experiments that left her scarred all over, but, in fact, she shaved her head voluntarily and becomes mildly irritated when you assume otherwise.
** Waking Cloud and other women of the Sorrows tribe in ''Honest Hearts''.
* Kalin from ''VideoGame/FableIII'', who is not only bald but sports blue tattoos on her scalp.
* ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': [[http://www.swtor.com/info/holonet/biographies/kaliyo-djannis Kaliyo Djannis]]. Fitting, as she is to some degree an {{Expy}} of [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Jack]].
* The titular character of ''AliceMadnessReturns'', in a flashback/hallucination of her time in an asylum.
* The dark elves from ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper 2''. Overlaps with BaldOfEvil.
* In ''LegacyOfKain'', it seems to be a religious thing, maybe as an extension of the hiding-women's-hair rules of some real religions.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'', Medusa and her [[UndergroundMonkey sisters]] go bald when low on health.
* Maya in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', but in the Limited edition only.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout1}}'', the Brotherhood of Steel scribe Vree comes close (she has a ponytail, and ''only'' a ponytail)
* The NintendoDS ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' games have an unnamed bald woman sing and play bass on the songs with female vocals.
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* Members of the Jie'yen clan in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' all shave their heads, so almost every female member invokes this trope. Since the rest of drow culture connects hair and its length to social status, with RapunzelHair being reserved for the noble class, their baldness is a deliberate rejection of that concept and shows their MartialPacifist philosophy.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Zoe was bald for some time. While changed into a camel, she bit off Gwynn's hair; Gwynn retaliated with a spell that made Zoe lose all of her hair.
* The succubi from ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}''.
* The furry webcomic ''Webcomic/StubbleTrouble'' prominently features several bald girls.
* Arkady from ''Webcomic/FreakAngels''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Roy Greenhilt learned a lesson during an emergency use of the Belt of Gender-Changing; "If the magic item doesn't specifically ''say'' it grows hair, it probably doesn't." He ended up using a mop-head for a wig.
* Calliope from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is bald due to [[spoiler:being part of a race of aliens that doesn't grow hair at all.]] She's still very cute, though.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Nanase [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-22 experiences out of control hair growth]] which [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-26 stops just as almost all her hair is shaved off]]. She [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-28 remains nearly bald for the next strip]] before magic [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-29 reverts her hair to the state before the accelerated growth]]. The fiasco inspired a [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/index.php?date=2012-06-27 sketchbook strip]] in which Nanase is completely bald.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Eustace's mother in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' is as bald as her son and suffers a VillainousBreakdown anytime her wig comes off.
* [[spoiler:Heather]], during the second season of the ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' series.
** Then Staci and [[spoiler: Dakota]], in Season 4
* Luann in ''KingOfTheHill'' lost her hair in the Megalo-Mart explosion in the end of season 2. Traumatized by both her hair loss and the death of her boyfriend Buckley in the same explosion, she, as Kahn put it, "puts on strange Sinéad O'Connor act" and rants about "starving Irish children".
* In ''{{Doug}}'', the [[TokenGirl only female member]] of The Beets is bald.
* An episode of {{Rugrats}} once featured a female news anchor with a very memorable hairstyle, to the point where she's recognized as 'the one with the hair'. At the end of the episode, it's revealed to be a wig, she is completely bald underneath.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' female Airbenders are not completely bald, but the front half of their hair is always shaved to show their arrow.
** Subverted by Player Aang of the The Ember Island Players. While she portrays a bald guy, it's clear that the actress is wearing a bald cap.
** In the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:Aang's granddaughter Jinora shaves her head to receive her airbending tatoos. She looks just like her grandfather as a kid]].
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan shaves Hayley's head in her sleep after she dyed her hair green for a rally. She wore a wig for most of the episode, but was seen bald a few times.
** "That's the one place you ''want'' them to have hair!"
* Lady Macbeth ("Becky") from ''WesternAnimation/ProjectGeeKer'' is bald except for a long ponytail.
* Kitty Katswell from ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy'' has lost her hair and fur several times due to GagHaircut situations or comedic abuse.
* In the episode "Sweet and Elite" of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, Rainbow Dash's errant croquet mallet knocks off the wig of a pony.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' enemy Sedusa became this after Miss Bellum cut her hair, leading to her plotting revenge, and using the Gangreen Gang as {{Unwitting Pawn}}s to gain a magic tiara (which gave her magical hair that resembled ''actual'' snakes and enlarged her to giant size) The flaw in her plan, of course, was that she double crossed the Gangrenes, and they were [[EnemyMine able to help the Girls take her down.]]
* An episode of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' revealed that Heloise wore a wig, though this was likely a one-off thing [[RealityWarper Lucius]] caused.
* One ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode had a completely random, bald, female background character who was never expanded upon.
* Many female characters in ''{{Gandahar}}'' - most notably, Queen Ambisextra and her Councilwomen.
* ''TheEmperorsNewSchool'': In "Malina's Big Break" Malina has an extreme case of stress and in one gag she accidentally pulls off her apparent wig, revealing she's lost all her hair.
* On ''TinyToonAdventures'', Elmyra is occasionally shown to be bald when her wig flies off. Makes sense, as she's based on Elmer Fudd.
* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[TheChick M'gann]] reveals that her [[{{Shapeshifting}} real form]] looks exactly like her usual appearance, except without hair. However, while she is bald in her true form, [[spoiler:the "looking the same otherwise" part is totally false]].
* In the WesternAnimation/MartinMystery episode, "The Lost Tribe," Diana loses all her hair after a hair dye job goes wrong and is mistaken by a group of underground creatures as their long lost queen. She stays bald for the entire episode (and gets a wig at the the very end of the episode).
* In WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond all members of the gang, "The T's" have white skin, red T's on their faces and bald heads. This includes the female members.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' Fractured Fairy Tales segment on Rupunzel, after the witch finds out that a prince had climbed in and out of Rupunzel's tower, the witch is so mad (having tried to keep Rupunzel separated from the world) that she cuts off all of Rupunzel's hair. [[spoiler: It eventually grows back.]]
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[[folder: Real Life - Dyeing For Your Art]]
Sometimes to play a fictional Bald Woman, actresses [[DyeingForYourArt do shave their heads for the role]]. The media and public tend to see this as a [[ImportantHaircut major sacrifice]], and sometimes [[BaldOfAwesome applauding the actress]].
* Persis Khambatta, for ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Her haircut was documented, and for a while Persis was worried what sort of damage it would do to her hair. The memoir "Star Trek Movie Memories" mentions the event.
* Maggie [=McOmie=], for ''Film/THX1138''. Like Persis, her haircut was filmed and used in a featurette called ''Bald: The Making of THX 1138''. Several other actresses also went hairless as extras.
* Demi Moore, for ''Film/GIJane''. Though having stubble in the film, Moore did shave her head smooth off-screen.
* Creator/SigourneyWeaver for ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', agreeing to the haircut [[MoneyDearBoy for more money]].
* Creator/NataliePortman actually had her head shaved on-screen for ''Film/VForVendetta''.
* Cate Blanchet in the movie ''Haven''.
* EllenPage, shaved on-screen in ''Film/MouthToMouth''.
* Robin Tunney went bald on camera for ''Film/EmpireRecords''. She had to wear a wig for her next role.
* Natalie Darryl in the 1953 B-movie ''The Girl in the Kremlin''. Decades before Demi Moore, Darryl was shaved totally bald in the beginning of the movie.
* Delphine Chanéac in ''Film/{{Splice}}'' - her off-screen haircut was also documented. In the extras, they had to apply makeup to her denuded scalp so it would match her skin tone.
* Virginia Hey in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', having to stay bald for over two seasons.
* Creator/KarenGillan shaved off her red locks for her role as the [[BaldOfEvil villainous]] [[DarkActionGirl Nebula]] in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
* Sofia Vassilieva in ''Film/MySistersKeeper''.
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* Women who have Alopecia totalis (a medical condition that results in loss of all head hair) or Alopecia universalis (the rapid loss of all hair). Both are currently thought to be autoimmune cases, and other than the loss of hair have no other effects.
** Edith "Little Edie" Beale, who was made famous by the documentary ''Film/GreyGardens'', was bald due to alopecia, and spent the whole movie wearing scarves and other head covers.
** Scottish TV presenter Gail Porter lost her hair when she developed alopecia.
* Musician Sinead O'Connor was noted for her striking baldness, but since sexy wasn't her goal, she switched to a very short crop.
* As was Renee Hicks, who exploited it in her stand-up comedy.
* In ''Tongue First: Adventures in Physical Culture'', author Emily Jenkins explores a number of taboos (female baldness among them) to figure out why they are socially unacceptable. One of those experiences is during Jenkins' time being bald.
* Sudanese model Alek Wek either is bald or has very little hair.
* An effect of chemotherapy for various forms of cancer is often the loss of hair. It's also fairly common for her friends and family members to shave their heads for her in solidarity.
** One such example of solidarity is country music singer Kellie Pickler, who shaved her head to support a friend battling the disease.
* Model Amber Rose has sported a bald head.
* Music/BritneySpears was known for being bald at one point.
* Buddhist Nuns are notable for their shaven scalps.
* Singer Skin of ''Skunk Anansie''.
* Model Eve Salvail.
* For some time (caused by chemotherapy), Music/KylieMinogue, Melissa Etheridge, and others.
* Certain totemist African tribes believe themselves to descend from lions, so their men traditionally wear long hair, reminiscent of a lion's mane, and the women are shaven bald. One such tribe is the Masai of Kenya and Tanzania.
* Certain Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women are traditionally required to shave their heads when they get married, and then wear a wig (or a headscarf- the idea is to never show the hair and keep the head covered, but it's easier to move about in society without the attention a bald head creates, and a headscarf may create the mistaken impression of undergoing chemotherapy) over their bald heads for the rest of their lives, even if they divorce.
* St. Clair had her head shaved by St. Francis of Assisi when she asked to join up with his religious order [[note]]she ended up starting her ''own'' religious order, but originally, she just asked to join his group[[/note]] to escape an ArrangedMarriage that [[ChildMarriageVeto she didn't want]].
* Ancient Egypt had a problem with lice. The Egyptians' typical solution was to shave their heads (or cut the hair very short) and wear wigs. This also had the advantage of being easier to maintain and style than natural hair would be, and easily removed to cool off on hot days. This was by no means universal, though- there's a statue of Princess Meritamen with her hair visible from under her wig.
* Actress [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1490300/ Aisha Hinds]] in real life and all of her roles.
* Music/JoanJett had a shaved head for a time during the turn of the millennium.
* Two members of the Indianapolis Colts cheerleading squad got their heads shave in support of head coach Chuck Pagano, who is battling leukemia.
* Mii-chan from Music/AKB48 recently shaved her hair as self-punishment after she spent a night with a man (the group's members are contractually forbidden from having sexual relationships).
* In many South African schools, both boys and girls are expected to shave their head until they become seniors.
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