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[[caption-width-right:300:Samson takes a level [[ImprovisedWeapon in badass]]]]
DreadlockRasta meets BraidsOfBarbarism and often BarbarianLonghair -- 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 FiveManBand and one of them sports this hairstyle, odds are that they're TheBigGuy. Applies even to aliens who possibly don't have actual hair, but have something looking like dreadlocks sprouting from their skull.

A previously kempt character may signify that he TookALevelInBadass by showing up with locks so arrayed. Conversely, a character whose ImportantHaircut is the shearing if such a hairstyle has probably renounced violence.

Contrast BaldOfAwesome. Not related to TheDreaded, although both tropes may apply to the same character.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime]]
* Korikakkumon from ''Anime/{{Digimon Frontier}}'', with the arrowheads on the tips of his dreadlocks serving as the main source of his Frozen Arrowheads attack.
* Izumi Curtis from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' 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 ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is not only dreadlocked, but he is also blind. He was a respected Shinigami captain before turning to work for [[BigBad Aizen]].
* Killer Bee and Ay from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
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[[folder:Comic books]]
* In the ''AlienVersusPredator'' comic books, [[spoiler: 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 ''StaticShock''.
* Maginty from "Kitchen Irish" arc of ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX''. A ScaryBlackMan who comes closest to killing Frank (with a machete).
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[[folder:Film]]
* The alien hunters in the ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' movies.
* This is at least the intention of the psyclos in ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''.
* ''Film/AlienResurrection'': One of the mercenaries has warrior-dreads and is strong enough to carry his colleague/fellow victim whilst fighting off the main villain.
* In the ''Film/{{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 ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' had dreadlocks and were pretty good at fighting.
* Liu Kang's initial tournament match in the first ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie was against an opponent with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa_HykTsxhQ lengthy dreadlocks]].
* Bishop from ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast. An extremely impressive and long variety.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''ArtemisFowl'': Trolls are tunnel dwelling simian creatures with venomous tusks that can reach nine feet in size, and require magical and high-tech equipped FairFolk SWAT teams ([[BattleButler or the third most dangerous man]] in the world with medieval weaponry) [[WhyWontYouDie just to be stunned long enough for capture]]. Their naturally-forming dreadlocks are caused by their long fur being matted with blood and filth.
* Spike from the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series, a laid back, dreadlocked [[TheHunter undead hunter]].
* In ''[[TheHeroesOfOlympus The Lost Hero]]'' the god killing giant Enceladus is described as having thick, matted dreadlocks.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Tyr Anasazi from ''{{Series/Andromeda}}'', a ProudWarriorRaceGuy.
* Ronon Dex of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' survived years being hunted by the Wraith, and started hunting them back.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': In ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' and a lesser extent in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration 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.
* The 2013 miniseries ''[[Series/TheBible2013 The Bible]]'' depicts Samson this way. As a Nazirite (sort of an Old Testament proto-monk), he actually combines this trope with DreadlockRasta.
* Gaia of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' wears her hear in dreads, and proves to be one of Pullo's most effective fighters against [[spoiler: Memmio's gang]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* BobMarley: ''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.''
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[[folder: Professional wrestling]]
* Wrestling/BookerT and Wrestling/KofiKingston have wrestled in these during their time in WWE. Tyler Reks was called the "dreadlocked demolition man" by commentator Matt Striker.
* [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] probably does not have real dreadlocks, they'd have to be really short, but he does have attachments on his masks that Chris Jericho calls dreads.
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[[folder:Video games]]
* Gabriel Tosh in ''Videogame/StarcraftII'' is a Spectre, an elite type of Ghost, who are themselves elite assassins.
** Infested Kerrigan has what looks like dreadlocks but are in fact tentacles that allow her to psychically control the zerg. [[spoiler: She retains them after being returned to human form in the end of ''Wings of Liberty'']].
* Numerous Troll players in ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* Ulysses in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' sports dreadlocks, and is one of the few characters who can rival [[PlayerCharacter 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 FinalBoss in the main game), max skill in all weapon skills, and maxed special stats. In his case, the dreads aren't simply for style as they were the trademark of his former tribe, the Twisted Hairs, and were used as symbols denoting such things as status amongst other members of the tribe.
** The White Legs tribe from the Honest Hearts DLC also wear these. [[spoiler: 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 BerserkButton).]] They're basically an entire tribe of {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s.
* ''MortalKombat'''s cyborgs, Sektor, Cyrax, Smoke [[spoiler: 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 ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series wears his hair in dreadlocks, and he is considered to be one of the strongest characters in the series. His entire echidna race, especially members of the Knuckles tribe, all feature dreadlocks and are known for their incredible power. Even the gentle TechnicalPacifist Tikal The Echidna is able to run, jump, glide and knock heads when the situation calls for it.
** Also doubles as HairWings in that some members of the echidna race, Knuckles included, are able to use their dreadlocks to catch air in order to glide.
* The ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sten from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' wears his dreadlocks additionally bound into a sort of ponytail at the back of his head.
* Bernie Mataki from the ''GearsOfWar'' series and its expanded universe has a dreadlock ponytail in the third game. Skorge, the second game's [[TheDragon Dragon]], has decorations on his helmet that make him look like he has dreads.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', one of Salvador's head customizations gives him long dreadlocks tied back in a ponytail.
* You can make one in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''.
* Marcus Seligman, leader of the Apollo's Chariot mercenaries, in ''Videogame/FrontMission Evolved'', sports dreadlocks.
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[[folder:Real life]]
* Dreadlocks appeared in a wide variety of warrior cultures throughout the world, from Masai to Spartans to Maori and many more.
* 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.
* The light heavyveight [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA fighter]] Sokoudjou.
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