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[[caption-width-right:311:Some don't take it as well as others.]]

Be it via alopecia or a similar condition, really early onset male pattern baldness, some sort of accident... it's not as though high school wasn't already hard enough, now you're losing your hair a few decades early.

Some may try to hide it with combovers, some may go 'au naturel' or just shave all their remaining hair off to stop looking patchy, but it will often be a sore spot. A few will embrace it and not let it get them down.

A prematurely bald head is not to be confused with a shaved one (unless, as mentioned above, the man was balding anyway and just finished the job).

Contrast CharlieBrownBaldness, where a character has hair that's drawn as being (almost) bald. When done with a small child, or a teenage girl, it's ''usually'' case of the LittlestCancerPatient. Compare PrematurelyGreyHaired.



[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'':
** Yukimitsu Manabu is already losing his hair from stress in his second year of high school. At the start of the Kanto tournament, he starts styling his hair differently, and it isn't nearly so apparent. According to a FourthWallMailSlot segment in the manga, he's had a ridiculously high hairline since ''birth''.
** Unsui Kongo's head hair has been stubble his entire life it seems, and Agon lampshades this, "Still as bald as ever."
* Kagerou Usui in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has it even worse than most: Though his comb-over covers his bald spot, no one notices him, to the point where he can shout in someone's ear and the listener will wonder what just made a noise. However, whenever his bald spot is exposed (usually after he's gotten accustomed to being invisible and while he's doing something embarrassing, [[CovertPervert like reading porn in the classroom]]), people suddenly all fix their gaze on him. [[TheChewToy They then proceed to punish him, mock him or both.]]
* Makoto's father in ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' is already bald by 35. He fears he'd go this way as well.
* Saitama of ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' became bald as the result of his TrainingFromHell some time between the ages of 22 and 25.
** Also, Superalloy Darkshine is bald because of his intense training, even though he is 27 years old.

* Professor X from ''ComicBook/XMen'' lost his hair in his late teens, as a side effect of his mutant powers.
** And the [[Film/XMenFilmSeries first movie version]] of him is played by [[Creator/PatrickStewart a man who went bald almost as young]].
* [[ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon Mortadelo]] lost all his hair to one of [[MadScientist Doctor Bacterius]]'s [[GoneHorriblyWrong experiments]]. Filemon combines this with HairAntennae.
* UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|of Comic Books}} version of Comicbook/LexLuthor lost his hair as a teenager, when an experiment in artificial life went wrong. He blamed Superboy for this -and for the failure of his experiment and the destruction of his lab- and swore revenge. A similar story was used in ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' and it's at least alluded to in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. (In the Creator/JohnByrne reboot version he just went prematurely bald worrying about Superman.)
* In recent times, ComicBook/BlackLightning has taken on a bald look. [[ComicBook/GreenLantern John Stewart]] claims that it is a "negative combover", saying that BL is going prematurely bald, and shaved his head to disguise it.
* In ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' Tim Drake's friend Ives, who is still in high school, losses his hair due to follicular cancer and its treatments. In ''ComicBook/RedRobin'' it starts growing back when the cancer is in remission.

* In the series ''Literature/LesSixCompagnons'', one of the heroes is called "Le Tondu" because he lost all his hair as a child to an unspecified illness. He usually covers it with a beret.

%%* Kyle's flashback in ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny''.
%%* The premise of ''Film/{{Harold}}''.
* In the Film/XMenFilmSeries:
** Averted in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', where Charles Xavier still has hair as a young man, although he does joke after becoming a professor that [[TemptingFate he might lose his hair next]].
** By the end of ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', Xavier is bald, thanks to [[spoiler:an interrupted GrandTheftMe by the {{bald|OfEvil}} BigBad En Sabah Nur]].
* In ''Film/TheLifeOfOharu'', Jihei's wife, who is middle-aged, has lost almost all her hair due to illness. She wears an elaborate wig and begs Oharu to help her fix it and keep the secret from her husband.
* ''Film/TheDayAfter'': Many people lose their hair as a result of radiation poisoning, including the women.
* Marty alludes to this in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. Seeing Mr. Strickland 30 years younger, but bald nonetheless, he comments to Doc, "Geez, didn't that guy ever have hair?"[[/folder]]

* Sam Drucker in ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' mentions he started balding in high school.
* Ted from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' began balding at 14.
** Turk may or may not suffer from this as well. In one episode, he admits that he shaves his head because he's going bald, but in another he rebuts it.
* Lex Luthor in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' lost all his hair as a small child because of the meteor shower.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has a teenage girl who is bald due to alopecia. The storm gives her [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway the power to temporarily inflict the state on others]], albeit only partially conciously (she can't help but do it to the boyfriend who dumped her when he found out she was bald every time she sees him).
* Jean-Luc Picard of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' kinda-sorta flip-flops on the idea. The series itself showed that Picard ''had'' a full head of hair during his time in Starfleet Academy, and was thinning out about ten years before he took command of the ''Enterprise''-D, but ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' suggested otherwise (or at least he was bald in one photo).
* Stan Sitwell from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has alopecia. Lucille Bluth keeps calling him an alpaca, probably because she's either too drunk to pronounce "alopecia" or just doesn't care.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Despite his rapidly receding hairline, Wrestling/KurtAngle didn't take being shaved bald too well at first and covered it with a hairpiece held in place by amateur wrestling style headgear. After a couple months he got sick of it and embraced his newfound baldness.
* Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli tried to work a partially bald look, but his hairline eventually receded so far he just decided to start shaving it.
* After being shaved bald by Kurt Angle, who infamously shot the man with a tranquilizer dart, Wrestling/TheBigShow (who, like Kurt, was starting to lose his hair anyway) decided he was going to stay bald to always remind himself what Angle had done.
* Genki Horiguchi of Wrestling/{{Dragon Gate}} debuted with a surfer gimmick and a long mane of hair that started falling out only a year into his career. Jokes about the baldness led him to a FaceHeelTurn. Later he learned to channel the rage he felt at the H-A-G-E[[note]]'hage' is Japanese for 'bald'[[/note]] chants into fighting spirit. Once he turned face again, the fans started chanting H-A-G-E to cheer him on.
* Wrestling/HulkHogan started losing his hair in his late twenties, and was bald as an egg by his mid-30s.
* This is the reason why Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin shaved his head after he went to WWF.
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] hairline had been visibly receding since his debut (when he was 24), and by TheNewTens, he just started shaving his head. Though Johnson later clarified that he shaved his head because he didn't like having hair anymore, not because of the recession.
* Wrestling/JohnTenta, better known as Earthquake, was almost completely bald on top by his late-twenties.
* Wrestling/ArnAnderson was balding in his twenties. That combined with his beard and slightly pudgy build, he looked like he was in his forties. He's changed very little since then, so his age has caught up with his appearance.
* Wrestling/PaulHeyman began to lose his hair in his mid-twenties.
* Wrestling/DrewHankinson, better known as Luke Gallows had male pattern baldness since at least his Festus days. He just shaves it all off now. His partner, Wrestling/KarlAnderson, also qualifies.
* Like Kurt Angle before him, Wrestling/BaronCorbin was fighting a losing battle with his prematurely receding hairline and shaved his head as part of his new "Constable Corbin" character.

* Ricky Johnson of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' is a tween, and lost his hair before he was 8 (probably).
* In the Wii version of ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', Don Flamenco is bald and only in his mid-20s. He wears a toupee, and his BerserkButton is having it knocked off.
* David o Brian from ''VideoGame/EtherVapor'' and ''VideoGame/{{Astebreed}}'' has his premature hair-loss as somewhat of a [[BerserkButton sore spot]], not that it stops characters from constantly bringing it up.

* During the majority of Season 2 of ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'', 17-year-old Mackenzie Zales has to deal with the risk of going bald; she loses hair every time she curses, and there was already a noticeable bald spot on the side of her head at the season's start. It's overcome by the beginning of Season 3, however.

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The prequel ''On The Origin of [=PCs=]'' makes it known that premature baldness runs in Roy Greenhilt's family. Roy shaved his head in college. It is never specified whether he shaves or is naturally bald in the comic's "present".
** While not directly stated, dwarven cleric Durkon has said he's been bald for "40 years," and is currently 55, meaning he went bald as a teenager. Given that dwarves live longer than humans, this means he went bald even younger in relative terms.

* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
** Numbuh One is ten years and old a completely bald. Somehow, the Delightful Children are responsible, and this is Numbuh Five's [[MyGreatestFailure Greatest Failure]].
** Mr. Fibb mentions in "Operation: C.O.W.G.I.R.L" that he started losing his hair when he turned fourteen.
* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} [[CharlieBrownBaldness is drawn with few hairs but implied to have a full head]] in the Nickelodeon series, but the Disney series openly acknowledged in the episode "Doug's Hairy Situation" that Doug was losing his hair at 12, and had him come to terms with it. His neighbor Mr. Dink is also revealed to have lost his hair when he was Doug's age and wears a combover.
* It's been shown that AJ in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' is naturally bald. In "Fairy Idol" and the "Wishology" trilogy, he expresses desire to have hair.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Grossology}}'' episode "Hairless Whispers", Abby is the first victim of Frederick Follicle's hair loss ray and more people follow.
* The main goal of Gerald Bald Z, the young protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever'', is to obtain... Perfect Hair Forever.
* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns reveals that he lost his hair during his senior year at Yale (although flashback scenes are, [[SarcasmMode shockingly]], [[NegativeContinuity not always consistent]]).
** Flashbacks are generally consistent with the idea that Homer had a thick head of hair in his teens, had it thin out over his twenties, and was almost completely bald by his mid-thirties.
** One episode of ''The Simpsons'' showed Bart going bald some time in his late 20's/early 30's.
** Jimbo Jones, one of Springfield's prominent teen bullies, has been shown to be bald under his cap.
* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is shown bald as a child in "Think Positive", yet he also had hair as a child in a photo in "Saving Time", and as a teen/young adult in "Expert or Liar". So he must have lost his hair, then grown his hair back, then lost it again. [[AnimateInanimateObject Benson is a gumball machine]], though, so the artists are probably just inconsistent on whether or not he ever had NonMammalianHair.
* In WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy Birdbrain has stated on occasion that he is prematurely bald.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'':
** Richard [[VagueAge seems to be in his mid thirties]] and is sometimes stated to be bald(ing). [[InformedDeformity You can't actually see this, as he's an anthropomorphic rabbit drawn with a uniform fur coat.]]
** Played with by Darwin. He occasionally expresses angst about being bald at age ten, but he's a fish, so (barring a few one-off jokes) he's never had hair and isn't supposed to.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', it is revealed that Stan is actually bald having been wearing a wig since he entered college. His baldness was a side effect from an experimental drug to cure his acne he suffered through his teen years.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** "Weight Gain 4000" shows that Mr. Garrison had male pattern baldness and gray hair even as a young child.
** Minor classmate Jason appears to have a receding hairline at the age of 10.

* There is a condition called alopecia that can cause baldness in children and teenagers. A rare female example is the stand-up comedian Renee Hicks, now with her hair grown back and spelling her name René.
** Matt Lucas also suffers from alopecia, and he's used his baldness to his advantage, playing a wide variety of characters on ''Series/LittleBritain'' using wigs and makeup.
** Icelandic actor Tómas Lemarquis (best known for his role as Caliban in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'') lost all of his hair including eyebrows and eyelashes at age 13.
* Alopecia aside, if a boy is genetically predisposed to hair loss, hair can begin to thin out in his mid-teens. The primary cause of hair loss is an abundance of a specific type of testosterone, so for many, it can begin as soon as puberty ends and his hormones level out.
* Chemotherapy for cancer often leads to hair loss (and not just on the scalp), as it attacks rapidly growing cells.
* Creator/PatrickStewart lost his hair at the age 19. He said in an interview that after a friend's husband held him down and she took off his toupee and burned it, he accepted it.
* Music/KennyChesney began balding at [[http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2009/06/kenny-chesney-the-making-of-a-franchise-in-a-cowboy-hat.html?cid=6a00d8341c58f853ef0115711b9906970c age 19]].
* Wiki/TheOtherWiki mentions [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Jason Alexander]] beginning to lose his hair [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Alexander at 16]].
* Whenever he takes his baseball cap off, you'll see that Creator/DougWalker (who's in his early 30s) has a seriously receding hairline and a bit of a bald spot near the back of his head. He seems to be a fan of cutting his hair quite short, though, so that can't help much. He eventually shaved it all off.
* Creator/MichaelChiklis lost his hair due to a makeup malfunction. After shaving his head and applying grease paint (for a part in ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou''), he failed to remove the paint, and it killed his hair follicles.
* UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar was reportedly bald as a knee ''by 30'', and it was a really sore spot for him, as by the Roman superstition baldness was seen as a sign of the gods' displeasure. No wonder that he had to overachieve, with all the mockery that usually brought.
* [[Series/MythBusters Jamie Hyneman]] said in one interview that he started shaving his head as a response to premature hair loss. (Then he realized a shaved head gets cold and donned his [[NiceHat trademark beret]].)
* Creator/DavidCross has been as bald as he is now since since late 20s, at least.
* Creator/SeanConnery lost his hair at age 21. He wore a toupee in his Film/JamesBond flicks.
* Creator/BobFosse started losing his hair in his 20s. He claims this is where his love of hats came from- part of his work's SignatureStyle.
* According to Sir Creator/TerryPratchett, the Pratchett men go bald in their twenties to get it over with. Hence the NiceHat.
* Creator/DonRickles - Lost them in his early 20's.
* [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Lenin-1895-mugshot.jpg As seen in this 1895 mugshot]], UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin was practically bald by 25.
* Music/BrianEno was already visibly thinning in his Music/RoxyMusic days, while he was in his early 20s.
* Anthony Carrigan, best known these days for playing Victor Zsasz on ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' and Kyle Nimbus on ''Series/TheFlash2014'' doesn't even have eyebrows due to alopecia. Same reason with Icelandic actor Creator/TomasLemarquis.
* [=YouTuber=] LetsPlay/BlastphamousHD lost most of his hair in his teens and shaves his head as a result.
* James "Murr" Murray from ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'' mentions in the episode "The Butt of the Joker" that he started balding at 20.
* Former child actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is only in his mid-twenties and is [[https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2015-12/2/2/enhanced/webdr02/original-17989-1449042148-2.jpg?downsize=715:*&output-format=auto&output-quality=auto pretty much bald]]. That combined with his unique features and facial hair, make him look about two decades older than he is.