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->'''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/GameOfThrones''
* ''AdaptationDyeJob/HarryPotter''
* AdaptationDyeJob/AnimeAndManga
** ''AdaptationDyeJob/MahouSenseiNegima''
* AdaptationDyeJob/ComicBooks


[[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.

[[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.
* ''Film/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.

* ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'': Dorian Gray is an angelic-looking blond in the novel, but its seems to be much more common for films to portray him as a [[TallDarkAndSnarky brunette]]. The classic 1945 film version starred the dark-haired Hurd Hatfield, and subsequent dark-haired Dorians are probably due to directors going off of that film (and/or assuming that Dorian must look like a ByronicHero) rather than actually reading Wilde's novel.
* In the book ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'', Simon's hair is black. In the 1960's film adaption the character has bleached blond hair.
* In the adaptation of the E.M Forster story ''Literature/{{Maurice}}'' by James Ivory, Maurice is blond rather than dark-haired, even though (as David Leavitt wrote in his introduction to the 2005 Penguin Classics edition of the book) "Forster makes so much of Maurice's hair being black. For Forster, black hair connotes virility."
* In the Literature/HannahSwensen series, the titular character has been noted for her [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead frizzy red hair and emerald-green eyes]]. In the Hallmark movies, though, she's casted by a blue-eyed blonde. She also has some WeightWoe, which was never transferred to the screen either.
** Mike Kingston, one of Hannah's love interests, had reddish-blond hair, a mustache and blue eyes in the books. In the movies, he's a brown-eyed brunet.
* In ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'':
** Frank Hardy's hair is described as dark and usually drawn as black on the book covers. In the 1970s TV Adaptation ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'', it's inexplicably golden-blonde.
** The eye colors of both brothers also fall into this. In the books, Joe Hardy is blue-eyed. In ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' Frank has the blue eyes, Joe's hazel, and the show makes a special point of Frank's eye color in several episodes. Not that anyone's complaining, mind...
* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' has been adapted to video game form and to graphic novel form.
** In one of the games, ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'', the magician Pug - who in the books is described as having dark brown hair and a beard and usually wearing a black robe - has shoulder-length ''blond'' hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a white robe. Similarly, Locklear is described as having wavy blond locks in the book, but in the game his hair is chestnut brown. This is even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when he meets an old friend.
** In the graphic novels, the elf queen Aglaranna - who is described as having reddish-gold hair that contributes to her overall soft and angelic appearance - is given bright ''scarlet'' hair.
* ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'':
** Armand is described as having auburn hair. In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'', he has exceptionally dark brown or black hair. The idea of costuming Antonio Banderas as a "Botticelli angel" would have been patently ridiculous.
** Lestat, who in the novels has very long and blond hair gets a dark pseudo-pageboy cut in the ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' movie. And Marius who likewise was supposed to be long-haired blond gets short, slick black hair in the same movie.
** Armand is blond in the ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' film, although we only have the WordOfGod that this is him, as he's never named.
** Slightly less distractingly, Louis' jet-black hair became brown in the Interview movie.
* In the novel ''White Oleander'', Claire Richards is a brunette, but in the movie, she's a blonde (and played by Renée Zellweger)
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In the original book version, Murphy is a tiny blonde. In [[Series/TheDresdenFiles the TV adaptation]], she's a tall brunette. She was Irish-heritaged in the novels and described as the cheerleader's younger sister or some such nonsense. In the series, she was Mexican-heritaged and not at all as cute as the book version was.
** Susan and Murphy look like each other's book counterparts because the actresses were determined to be much better for each other's roles than the roles for which they were initially cast.
* ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'':
** Not much is said about Coraline's appearance in the book, except that she has hazel colored eyes, is short for her age, and has brown hair. In [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} the movie]] her eyes are the same as in the book, she has freckles on her face, she is rather tall for her age, her hair is short and blue, and she always wears blue nail polish. There's a blink and you'll miss it shot of a photo showing Coraline with brown hair, implying she dyed it.
** Coraline in the graphic novel has parted light brown hair that goes past her shoulders. In most official illustrations of the book Coraline has darker hair in a bob haircut, though the length varies.
* Creator/HPLovecraft:
** He described Herbert West as being blond in the original story, ''Literature/HerbertWestReanimator'', but thanks to Creator/JeffreyCombs's inimitable portrayal in ''Film/ReAnimator'', any work featuring him is bound to have him with brown hair (aside from the bizarre HumongousMecha anime ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' in which it was [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green]]).
** [[Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard Charles Dexter Ward]] was blond, but both [[LovecraftOnFilm film]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook adaptations]] give him dark hair.
* Stephen King's ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'':
** Carrie White is described as having mousy hair that was blonde when she was a child. Creator/BrianDePalma cast redhead Creator/SissySpacek. [[Film/{{Carrie2002}} The 2002 film]] cast brunette Angela Bettis - and her child self was a brunette too. Creator/ChloeMoretz in Kimberley Pierce's [[Film/{{Carrie2013}} 2013 film]] is closer to the original book.
** Chris Hargensen is an olive-skinned brunette in the books, but Chris is played by blondes Nancy Allen and Emilie de Ravin. However the 2013 version had the naturally blonde Portia Doubleday dye her hair brown for the role.
** Sue Snell is blonde in the books. In [[Film/{{Carrie1976}} the 1976 film]] she's played by redhead Amy Irving. The 2002 film also gave the character a RaceLift and had her played by mixed race Kandyse [=McClure=]. She's blonde in the 2013 film.
** Tina Blake is described as a redhead in the book. She's a brunette in both the 2002 and 2013 films.
** Norma Watson is blonde and is played by blonde PJ Soles in the 1976 film. However, the 2002 film casts the brunette Meghan Black.
* There is some confusion about Tycho Celchu's hair color in the ''Literature/XWingSeries''. In the comics, it's almost always blond. In the novels, by the three authors who will include him, sometimes it's blond, sometimes it's pale brown. It's never been directly addressed, but fans generally speculate that since these discrepancies never take place very soon after each other, it's because he has had time to either dye it or allow it to be bleached by sunlight.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** It is mentioned several times in the books that Lucy Pevensie is blonde. She's a brunette in the films. Funnily enough, Georgie Henley's hair was apparently lightened for the film..
** Prince Caspian was also a blond in the books, but brunet in the film.
** Edmund and Peter, who have blond and dark hair respectively in the books, but their hair colors are reversed in the movie, Edmund being dark-haired and Peter fair-haired. The fans seemed to like the movie version better, due to Edmund's AntiHero status that fitted really well with his [[DarkIsEvil dark appearance]], which was in contrast with the other Pevensie children, who were more fair. Skandar Keynes was chosen especially for Edmund's role, because the director considered him to be {{dark|IsEvil}}er than his co-stars; EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette, mischievous, snarky and the facts that he wore more black and listened to [[TheNewRockAndRoll heavier music]] created his AntiHero image on the spot.
*** Of the four Pevensies, the only one to keep her original hair color in the films is the dark-haired Susan – the one who, in the books, eventually abandons Narnia for "lipstick and nylons and invitations." If the complete series had been adapted, as was presumably intended at first, [[UnfortunateImplications this would have meant]] that the two lighter-haired siblings, Peter and Lucy, [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold were ultimately the more purely good ones]], while the two darker-haired ones, Susan and Edmund [[DarkIsEvil were the two darker characters too.]] But as it turned out, the film series was cut short before it could reach Susan's fall from grace.
** The Pauline Baynes illustrations, which were commissioned specially by [[Creator/CSLewis Lewis]] himself and have been used in many editions of the text, portray Lucy with black hair and Susan with lighter hair, despite that Lucy is stated to be blonde, and Susan is black-haired.
** The 1980s BBC adaptation also has a blondish-haired Peter and brunette Lucy. It's version of Susan is blonde too.
** The White Witch is an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette in the books, but a platinum blonde in the Disney film series.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' books:
** Zaphod is blond and Ford is redheaded. In [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the TV series]], they both have dark hair, and in [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the movie]], Zaphod is blond again but Ford is [[RaceLift played by Mos Def]]. (In the original [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy radio serial]], hair colours aren't mentioned, being rather irrelevant on radio.) Mark Wing-Davey, who played Zaphod on radio and TV, is quoted as saying that he ''said'' he thought Zaph was "a blond beach bum" (with the implication that he'd have been quite happy to wear a wig), but the producer/director (Alan Bell) wasn't listening to anyone involved in the radio show.
** The illustrated book also has a dark-haired actor playing Zaphod. This gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d: the description of him as blond has a footnote added to it saying that anyone perceiving him as otherwise is probably suffering from Mad Human Disease.
** In the book series, Trillian was described with dark hair. When the series came to television, she was played by blonde American Sandra Dickinson. This was done on advice of Creator/DouglasAdams himself, who liked Dickinson on the role.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' book series, Darken Rahl is described as having distinctly blond hair, but has black hair in ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''. Flashbacks of his father Panis Rahl have him be with entirely white hair.
* The main character in the ''Deltora'' series is blond in the anime adaptation but not blond in the original book.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheHobbit'':
** Boromir and Faramir are described as having dark hair. For the movies they were given light brown hair, bordering on blond. This is purely because they needed a way to make Boromir and the dark-haired Aragorn instantly visually distinguishable, and [[WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings putting Boromir in a Viking helmet]] had been ruled out.
** Legolas has dark hair in the books, depending on your interpretation.
** Sam and Merry both have fairly blond hair in the films, whereas in the books blond Hobbits are a rarity.
** Frodo had blond hair in the books. This is even mentioned as a way to distinguish him from other hobbits, but in the films he got brunet hair that borders on black in some scenes.
** Kíli in ''Film/TheHobbit'' film trilogy has dark hair in contrast to the blond hair he originally shares with his brother Fíli in the book.
** Tauriel's counterpart in the book (the unnamed captain of the Elven guard) is unlikely to have had red hair, going by Tolkien's lore.
** Dwalin had a blue beard in the book, but has a dark brown beard in the films.
* In the ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'' book, Sophie has "reddish straw-colored" hair. In [[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle the animated movie]], she has brown hair. Also, in the scene where Howl throws a fit because Sophie messed up all his hair potions, his hair was supposed to go from "mud" to the "reddish straw" thing (but pinker), but ended up getting from a yellow-blond to... wet-colored yellow-blond. Then to black because he throws a fit.
* Marisa Coulter is described as having black hair in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', but is played by blonde Creator/NicoleKidman in [[Film/TheGoldenCompass the film of the book]]. WordOfGod is that Pullman liked this better anyway.
* Red headed Nicole Kidman played originally dark-haired character Ada Monroe in the film version of ''Film/ColdMountain''.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'':
** Arya has black hair. In the [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie]], she inexplicably has blonde hair. This, when combined with her human features, makes it impossible to tell she is an elf (except for the fact that early in the film it is directly mentioned she is, which just reinforces the idea that otherwise, nobody would work that out). The changes of hair and ears were reportedly because the director feared a confusion with Literature/TheLordOfTheRings' Arwen. Which is especially funny in the latter case, as Tolkien never said his elves had pointed ears in the published texts (the only hint comes from a tiny note in an etymological dictionary about his {{ConLang}}s).
** Eragon. The books described him having brown hair and eyes, but in the movies, he is blond-haired and blue-eyed.
** Murtagh is supposed to have brown hair in book 1. In the movie they gave him black hair. In book 3, his description backs up the movies.
* ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz books]]'':
** Princess Ozma's hair is described specifically: "tresses of ruddy gold, with a slender jeweled circlet confining them at the brow." However, in John R. Neill's illustrations, her hair is either colored brown or black. Whether this is intentional (to distinguish Ozma from the blonde Dorothy Gale) or simply a printer error is debatable, but most modern Oz fans, authors, and illustrators portray her with brown hair or, rarely, black. The "slender circlet" became much thicker in the illos, and was attached to a crown on top of her head. Ozma's hair was only described ''once'', on her original (re)appearance. After that, well, maybe [[AWizardDidIt The Wizard Did It]]. Ozma was blonde in ''Film/ReturnToOz'' (though not a reddish blonde).
** Dorothy may or may not count as an example in [[Film/TheWizardofOz the classic 1939 film]]. Her hair color is never mentioned in the books: the original illustrator, W.W. Denslow, gave her light brown hair, but John R. Neill, as mentioned above, made her blonde. Onscreen, she's played by brunette Judy Garland with her hair dyed auburn.
** The slippers were silver in the original book; they were changed to red to take advantage of the new colour technology. Many other adaptations keep them silver, often became they're unable to use the more iconic red design due to copyright issues.
** Glinda is described as a redhead, however in most adaptations besides [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the MGM film]] she is a blonde. In at least ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'''s cases this is because MGM has a veto on Glinda as a redhead, though it works in their favor due to being able to portray Glinda as initially seeming like a DumbBlonde and also because it clashes her with the black haired Elphaba.
** The Wicked Witch Of The West has a SicklyGreenGlow in the MGM film. In the books, it's never mentioned what her colour is, however she lives in the part of Oz where yellow is the main colour (and her castle in decked in yellow). Most likely, she has a yellow-based design. ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' is based on the books but uses the MGM film's green skinned design. Official art depicts her with a normal, pale skin tone and a red-and-yellow outfit.
* In ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'', Enid Nightshade went from being blonde in the books to having brown hair in the tv series. In the earlier television movie, Mildred (black hair) and Maud (blonde) both turned brunette.
* ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries'' books:
** Elena was blonde. In the TV show, she is played by the dark-haired Nina Dobrev.
** This extends to Caroline, who was a brunette in the books
* Alba from ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'' is specifically and repeatedly described as having curly black hair. That's important because she is supposed to take after her father physically. Nevertheless, her movie version has straight blonde-ish hair.
* May Welland in ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence'' is a blonde (as well as blue-eyed), while Ellen Olenska is dark-haired. This is symbolic, as may s the "good girl", while Ellen is the "bad" one. But when the book was adapted for the screen, May was played by the brunette Winona Ryder, while Ellen was played by the blonde Michelle Pfeiffer.
* Averted with the casting of Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara -- despite the numerous references to Scarlett's black hair, a number of blonde and redheaded actresses were considered for the role, but ultimately they went for a dark-haired woman. Played straight with her eye color, however: Leigh's eyes were blue, whereas O'Hara's were green. The filmmakers made some bad attempts to disguise this, though.
* Meggie's golden-red hair is referred to countless times throughout the novel "The Thorn Birds", but in the TV miniseries adaptation, she is played by the brunette Sydney Penny (as a child) and Rachel Ward (as an adult). Her daughter Justine is also a red-head, but played by the brown-haired Mare Winningham.
* In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' the brides are described as one blonde and two brunettes. Many adaptations change one of the brunettes to a redhead to enforce the BlondeBrunetteRedhead trope.
* Inspector Tommy Lynley went from blond in Elizabeth George's novels to being played by brunet Creator/NathanielParker in [[Series/InspectorLynley the TV series]]. Frumpy Sergeant Barbara Havers was given a [[AdaptationalAttractiveness complete upgrade]] in the casting of Creator/SharonSmall.
* In ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'', Jasmine was described as having black hair, but have green hair in the {{Anime}}. Similarly, Lief was assumed to be a brunette, but became blond-haired in the [[Anime/DeltoraQuest anime]].
* The eponymous character of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' has blue eyes [[spoiler:initially. An eye swap with Holly in ''The Lost Colony'' gave him a hazel eye]]. In the (admittedly black and white) graphic novels his eyes are black.
* In the first book of ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'' series, Mia is described as being "dishwater blonde" and after a makeover her hair is trimmed short. In [[Film/ThePrincessDiaries the movies]], she's played by brunette Anne Hathaway.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', Annabeth was described as having curly blonde hair. In the movies, she's brunette. She also has gray eyes in the book. Movie Annabeth has bright blue eyes. All demigod children of Athena were supposed to be blondes with gray eyes.
** Percy was supposed to have black hair and green eyes, but he also turned into a blue-eyed brunet.
* The TV series ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' had a few instances of this. During the first season, the blonde Madeline Bassett was portrayed by a brunette. Both actresses who were cast as the platinum blonde Florence Craye were also brunettes. Finally, the hair of the actress who portrayed Bobbie Wickham during the first season could hardly be described as a vivid shade of red (or any shade of red unless you squinted really hard).
* {{Sharpe}} had black hair in the books and was from London, but blonde [[OopNorth Yorkshireman]] Creator/SeanBean was cast in the title role for the TV adaptation. Bernard Cornwell was sufficiently taken with Bean's portrayal that later books retconned Sharpe's accent and backstory, but there wasn't much he could do about the hair.
* In ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'', King Rudolf, Rudolf Rassendyll, and Princess Flavia, like all the [[RoyalBlood Elphbergs]], have red hair; in the [[Film/ThePrisonerOfZenda 1939 film]], both Rudolfs are (probably) brunets (or at least one brunet, Ronald Colman) and Flavia has become "golden-haired goddess" Madeleine Carroll.
* In the novella ''Literature/BreakfastAtTiffanys'', Holly is blonde. [[Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys The movie]] decides to make Holly brunette.
* In Lloyd Alexander's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', Princess Eilonwy is a redhead and Fflewddur Fflam was described as having "straw-colored hair." The [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Disney version]] made her blonde in all sense of the word while ageing him thirty years and giving him white hair.
* Averted in Creator/WaltDisney's ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. Snow White has hair "as black as ebony," just as described by the Brothers Grimm, as well as brown eyes. However, there do exist numerous pre-production drawings from the film, which show that the Disney animators originally considered giving her blue eyes and blonde hair or red hair. It seems the artists had a hard time deciding on [[BlondeBrunetteRedhead one of the standard three hair colors]].
* In the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' film Edward's "bronze" and reddish brown hair looks browner than described in the books. The manga keeps his hair reddish.
* The Literature/PrettyLittleLiars - all of them - in [[Series/PrettyLittleLiars the television series.]]
* Tobias from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is described as blond at the beginning of the series. Then the model they hired to pose as him on the book cover turned up with brown hair, and the author started writing he has dirty-blond hair to make up for it. In the [[Series/{{Animorphs}} TV series adaptation]], he has very dark brown hair.
* ''Literature/GossipGirl'': Jenny was originally a brunette in the books. In the TV series, she is blonde.
* WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina has white fur in the original books and first cartoon, but has pink fur in the CGI cartoon.
* Blond-haired Chloe Steele and Nicolae Carpathia from the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book series got darker hair in the films.
* ''Literature/VanityFair'': The redheaded Becky Sharpe becomes a blonde in the 2004 film version.
* [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen La]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'' is actually given tanned skin and white hair in order to keep the fact that she is originally from {{Atlantis}}.
* Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's musical adaptation of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'':
** Christine became a brunette instead of a blonde, probably so Sarah Brightman could play her.
** The Lloyd Webber musical [[OlderThanTheyThink wasn't the first version]] to invoke this: Mary Philbin, who played opposite Lon Chaney in the silent film, was also brunette.
** The costume designer may have actually had the silent film in mind, given that both silent movie!Christine and her stage musical counterpart aren't just brunette, but have cascading frizzy curls.
** Meg in the original novel was brunette and became a blonde in the musical.
** All of the above applies only to the original Harold Prince/Maria Björnson production of the musical, as seen in London and on Broadway. In the Hungarian production of the show, Meg is sometimes brunette. Chrsitine is sometimes blonde. It all depends on the actresses.
* Many casts of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' have someone who doesn't have the right hair colour as described in [[Literature/LesMiserables the book]].
** Enjolras should have blond hair, though many actors such as Michael Maguire do not.
** Cosette should have dark hair, whereas in the 25th anniversary tour and Broadway productions and on the current London stage she is blonde. A lot of productions do manage to use a blonde wig for Fantine though.
** Dark-haired Marius is a redhead in [[Film/LesMiserables2012 the 2012 movie adaptation]].
** Fantine is changed from blonde to brunette in the above adaptation, while the brunette Cosette once again becomes a blonde.
** Eponine is dark-haired in most stage productions and the 2012 film, whereas Victor Hugo refers to the child Eponine as having chestnut/auburn hair, and describes her teenage self later in the story as having a "blonde pallor" – though the latter description might only refer to her sallow complexion, not her hair.
* It's not mentioned often in the novel, but in ''Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada'' Andrea is blonde. In the movie she is played by the dark-haired Creator/AnneHathaway.
* In ''Literature/TheKiteRunner'', Assef is mixed race (Afghan and white German) and is stated to be blond. In the movie he has black hair. Him being blond is a minor plot point in the novel, since he is said to be a Nazi who thinks that he is superior. His Nazism is downplayed in the movie, however.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'': In the original books, Mr. Quiet and Miss Magic were light brown and Mr. Lazy was light pink; in the show, Mr. Quiet is light blue, Mr. Lazy is green, and Miss Magic is orange.
* In the movie version of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Vetinari is blond. This is a strange example though; his hair color isn't mentioned specifically in the books but the general assumption is that he has dark hair and the illustrations certainly show that. So even if it wasn't actually a contradiction, it was still weird for many readers to see a blond Vetinari. (Especially as [[TheOtherDarrin he was dark haired]] in [[Film/TheColourOfMagic the previous movie]].)
* In most film versions of ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', Daisy will be blonde and Jordan will be brunette. It's the other way around in the book. Although Daisy's hair is described in contrasting terms in the book, either as fair or dark. She may dye hard, or it may symbolize her elusiveness.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' books, Millie is a silver tabby. On the manga covers, she's pinkish-brown colored. The illustrator explained that when he got the character outlines, she was only described as a tabby, so he pictured her as rosy brown, didn't find out her real color until he had already colored the cover of the second volume. He discussed with his editor whether to change it, but they decided that it would be dull to have two gray cats next to each other.
* Blanche Ingram is described as a dark beauty in ''Literature/JaneEyre'' with black raven hair and olive skin. Several adaptations portray her as a blonde instead, presumably to contrast more with the brunette Jane.
* Happened to most characters from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' to ''Film/TheMortalInstrumentsCityOfBones'':
** In the books both Clary Fray and her mother, Jocelyn, have green eyes. In the film they have brown eyes, also their red hair is darker than described appearing almost brownish.
** Jace Wayland has golden eyes in the book, but blue eyes in the film.
** Simon Lewis has brown eyes in the book, but has green eyes in the film.
** The Lightwood siblings went from having black hair in the books, to being brown-haired in the film. Also Isabelle’s eyes went from dark brown to blue.
** Luke Garroway has blue eyes in the books and brown eyes in the film.
** Emile Pangborn has grey hair in the books and black hair in the film.
** Samuel Blackwell is a redhead in the books but black haired in the film.
** Valentine Morgenstern has white-blonde hair and black eyes. In the film he has dark brown hair and blue eyes.
* Willy Wonka in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is something of a RummageSaleReject with his StageMagician-esque outfit: plum tailcoat, green trousers, grey gloves, black top hat. He also has black hair and a goatee. Most adaptations, including the two films, go with more color-coordinated costumes, and lose the black hair and goatee (often going with the actor's natural hair color instead, as with Gene Wilder in the 1971 film), possibly because the color and style are usually [[BeardOfEvil associated with villains]]. [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory The 2013 stage musical]], however, averts this.
* Several of the engines in ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' changed colours when the books were adapted for television in ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'':
** Donald and Douglas arrived on Sodor painted black in the books, then were painted blue when the Fat Controller decided to keep both of them. They remained black in the TV series.
** The Skarloey Railway engines were all (apart from Rusty the Diesel) painted red with blue stripes in the books. To help younger fans tell them apart, the TV series gave them different colours. Skarloey and Rheneas kept their original colours, but Sir Handel was blue, Peter Sam green, Rusty orange and Duncan yellow.
* Guinever in ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' is stated to have jet-black hair, even though the narrator admits that she is blond in almost all other versions of the Arthurian legends, including the author's source materials.
* ''Literature/VampireAcademy'':
** In the book, Natalie Dashkov has black hair, in [[Film/VampireAcademy the film]], her hair is brown.
** Sonya Carp is a redhead in the books. In [[Film/VampireAcademy the film]] her hair is dark brown.
* The blue eyes linked to seeing beyond in ''Literature/TheGiver'' are not mentioned in [[Film/TheGiver the film]], and the indicator is instead a BirthmarkOfDestiny. Although Music/TaylorSwift and the babies who play Gabe retain their paler eyes, Jonas has brown eyes instead of blue.
* Literature/{{Tarzan}} has black hair. While some actors/portrayals like Creator/JohnnyWeissmuller match, some don't (Creator/ChristopherLambert, [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} the Disney film]], etc)
* Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian has black hair. While this is kept in the comics and the cartoon, his most famous portrayer in the movies Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger has brown hair.
* In ''Literature/MaximumRide'' both Max and Iggy were blonde ([[SeriesContinuityError or in Max’s case occasionally brunette]]) but in ''ComicBook/MaxRideFirstFlight'' they are both redheads.
* ''Series/TheSecretCircle'':
** Cassie is a brunette in the books, but on the show, she is a blonde.
** Diana in the books is a blonde but on the show, she is a brunette.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
** Elena and Katherine were both originally blondes in the books. They are brunettes on the show.
** Caroline is a red head in the book series, but is blonde on the show.
** Bonnie is originally a pale-skinned, redhead in the books, but she is African-American with black hair and darker skin on the show.
* In the film adaptation of the first book in the book series ''Percy Jackson and the Olympians'', the main female character Annabeth, who in the book is stated often to be a blonde, is played by a brunette. Of course, this is only one of the vast number of changes they made to the plot, not least changing who the ''Big Bad'' is, but the Annabeth hair change is the only one that fits in this trope.
* Grandmother in ''Film/FlowersInTheAttic'' has grey hair in the books (and it turns out to be a wig) but is red-haired in the film.
* In the original novel ''Literature/TheBonfireOfTheVanities'', Maria Ruskin is a mysterious, willowy brunette. In the movie, she's played by the very blonde and voluptuous Creator/MelanieGriffith.
* In ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Djali is white with glided horns. In the Burbank Films Australia [[WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameBurbankAnimation adaptation]], however, she is brown.
* Literature/{{Matilda}} is a brunette in the book and [[Film/{{Matilda}} film]], but [[Theatre/{{Matilda}} the musical]]'s 2015-2016 US touring production had the blonde Mabel Tyler as one of the actresses playing her.
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Jane's hair color is never mentioned in the novel but she's frequently portrayed as a blonde (except in the 1940 film and 1980 miniseries).
* In the original novel ''Film/{{Emmanuelle}}: Pleasures of a Woman'', Bee is described as an extremely slender redhead. In TheMovie, she was portrayed as a voluptuous blonde.
* This has happened ''twice'' to Sophie from ''Literature/TheBFG''. In the book, she had long blonde hair. In [[WesternAnimation/TheBFG the animated film]], she had short red hair, and in [[Film/TheBFG the 2016 live-action adaptation]], she has short brown hair.
* The 1980 anime version of ''Literature/LittleWomen'' gives the brunette Jo blonde hair, the blonde Amy brown hair, the brunette Beth red hair, and the brunette Meg black hair.
* The anime adaptation of ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' changed the hairstyles of most of the characters.
* Lily from ''Literature/TheSecretLifeOfBees'' has black hair, like her deceased mother. In the film she is played by the blonde Creator/DakotaFanning. Her mom also went from a raven to a blonde.
* Umino and Nagisa both have purple hair in the ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' light novels. In the manga adaptation Umino has black hair while Nagisa has a dark brown. Nagisa's hair is also shortened in the manga.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'':
** In the books, Haymitch is described as having dark hair, typical of the Seam. In the film version, he is blonde.
** Buttercup the cat, named for the color of his coat, is for some reason black and white in the movie. [[FanDumb Cue fan outrage]]. This led to him being [[TheOtherDarrin recast in the second movie]].
* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', Camille Belcourt's silver blond hair and green eyes were given extra attention because of how striking they made her look. In ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}'', she's dark-haired and dark-eyed.
* In ''Animation/UnBurattinoDiNomePinocchio'', Geppetto's hair is blonde instead of greying. That was done to replace a yellow wig wore by Geppetto in the original book, which was used to mock Geppetto by calling him Polentina.
* Mei is pink in the AllCGICartoon anime of ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' instead of white.
* In John Updike's ''Franchise/TheWitchesOfEastwick'', Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie are (respectively) a BlondeBrunetteRedhead trio. For the movie adaptation, however, Alex becomes the brunette (Cher), Jane the redhead (Susan Sarandon), and Sukie the blonde (Creator/MichellePfeiffer).
* In ''La dame aux camélias'' (aka ''Camille''), Marguerite has black hair, like her real-life inspiration Marie Duplessis. The famous 1936 film version stars the honey blonde/golden brown haired Greta Garbo, the 1984 TV version has the same-named and similar hair-colored Greta Scacchi, Violetta's hair color in the opera ''Theatre/LaTraviata'' depends on the soprano, and in ''Film/MoulinRouge'' (not quite a straight ''Camille'' adaptation, but clearly inspired by it) Nicole Kidman's Satine is a redhead.
* In ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'', Leslie is described as a brunette girl with BoyishShortHair. The 1985 adaptation keeps this, however the 2007 adaptation has her as a blonde with medium-length hair.
* ''Literature/{{Hatchet}}'''s Brian Robeson is depicted as a brunette on the book cover, but the 1990 TV film, ''A Cry in the Wild'', makes him a blonde.
* ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'':
** Rabbit's fur was brown in the illustrations of the A.A. Milne novels, but the Disney adaptations gave him yellow fur (with the exception of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', where he has ''light green'' fur).
** Eeyore has dark grey fur and a light gray muzzle in the original novel, movies and shows, but in most modern promotional artwork and merchandise he is depicted with blue fur and a flesh-colored muzzle, possibly to make him more noticeable and appealing to young children.
* In ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'', Brooke is a blonde but she is a brunette in the film.

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* In the ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' games (as well as his subsequent appearances in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''), Ryo Sakazaki is a blonde. In the AnimatedAdaptation from the '90s, he had black hair, which ironically caused him to look even more like [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]], the character he's frequently accused of being a rip-off of.
* ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'': Fubuki's eyes are a very dark green, almost brown, in the game. This resulted in a sort of divergent evolution when the anime came out and went with the dark to the point of becoming brown, while later official art by her original artist emphasised the green.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The first [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda manga]] gave Link and Zelda blonde hair. They're both brown-haired in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI''..
** A manga adaptation of the ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' gave Link pink hair instead of brown hair.
** Zelda is a blonde teenager in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' cartoon instead of a brown-haired child.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Serena has grey eyes in ''VideoGames/PokemonXAndY'' but her [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] counterpart has blue eyes.
** Dawn and Lucas from ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' have lighter shades of blue hair in the anime.
** Kris from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokemon Crystal]]'' has blue hair. Her counterpart in ''Manga/PokemonGoldenBoys'' has brown hair, while the one in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' [[EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference originally had]] brown hair before being retconned blue later.
** Lance's hair in the anime has a pink hue instead of being red.
** ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'' mixes together the costumes from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' with the remake costumes. On a more traditional note, Red's mother has brown hair instead of blue to emphasise their StrongFamilyResemblance.
** Several of the Pokedex holders in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' have eye colors that differ from their game counterparts. Red has red instead of brown, Green (male) has green instead of brown, Blue has blue instead of brown, Gold has golden instead of blue, Ruby has red instead of amber, and Platinum doesn't have blue eyes.
** Hareta from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' is based on Lucas but has black hair instead of dark blue.
** The Japanese version of ''VideoGame/PokemonBattleRevolution'' only let you create characters of one skin tone, but the American version lets you choose from three skin tones. With this new feature, boss character Rosie is also changed to be darker skinned than she was.
** Volkner's hair is a dirtier blond in the anime, probably to avoid legal issues with ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' like they did with another character (who was not from ''Naruto'', but another anime)
** Giovanni's jacket is orange in the anime, instead of black like his standard Rocket grunts.
** Byron's hair is purple in the games. In the anime, it's brown.
** In old promo art of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gold, Silver, and Crystal]]'', Morty has blond hair. In the games proper, he has white hair due to palette limitations. In the anime, he has orange hair and is later shown with blond hair during a flashback in a Lyra episode. In ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium 2'', he has brown hair. In the remakes, it's back to blond.
** Flannery in her [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire debut game]] has orange hair while other appearances including the official art give her reddish pink hair.
** May in the games and anime has brown hair. Her ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' counterpart appears to have ''grey'' hair at a lot of times, though it's a toned down [[HairColorDissonance brown]].
** Lt. Surge traditionally has blonde hair however in ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium 2'' he is a brown-haired.
** Misty's eye color constantly sways between blue and green in the anime. In the games they are green.
** The first protagonist, Red, had black hair in the original games. Come the remakes and he has brown hair, possibly to more resemble his DistaffCounterpart Leaf.
** Erika has black hair in the games, but blue hair in the anime. She also only wears a kimono in one scene. Subverted with ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou'', which is an AlternateUniverse take on Ash's Kanto adventure. It uses Erika's ''Firered and Leafgreen'' design instead of her original anime one.
** Isamu from ''Manga/PocketMonsters'' has green eyes while Red has brown eyes.
** Bill has brown hair in the games. This is consistent with all adaptations other than the anime, where he has green hair.
** A non-human example of this is Hydreigon, whose official Ken Sugimori artwork and sprite/model in the main series games depict the insides of its frills and lines of scales on its belly as being bright pink. In every other medium, they're dark red, presumably to make it look more sinister.
** The first two generations used BlackBeadEyes while adaptations usually gave characters eye colors.
** Pikachu's design is different between the anime and video games. All the basics are identical however the way its body and head are shaped is slightly different. When Pikachu appear in media they are [[AudienceColoringAdaptation always based]] on the anime version. ''Anime/PokemonGenerations'' uses the oval-shaped game head though.
** Most Pokedex owners in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' have an IconicItem which helps differentiate them from their game counterparts. Gold wears goggles, Crystal wears star-shaped earrings, Silver has black gloves, etc.
** Blue's original hairstyle in ''Adventures'' was styled differently from the unused female protagonist she is based on. Proto!Leaf had a hime cut with trimmed bangs. Subverted when Blue is updated to match Leaf's design in ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]''.
* ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'':
** Peach is a redhead instead of a blonde. In her case it looks like she was based on her NES sprite, not any of her official art (which has always depicted her as being blond in Japan). Peach's hair was only brown/red in the games since the NES [[SuddenlyBlonde would only display three colors]] (plus a transparent color) per sprite. In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', Peach's gown is already pink while her skin is white. If they have used blond for her hair, it would've make her sprite look weird since the outline would be yellow too. Once the developers were capable of using more colors in the SNES games, they gave Peach's sprite her proper hair color
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' and beyond, Mario wore blue overalls with a red shirt, while Luigi wore blue overalls and a green shirt. In the ''Series/SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and subsequent series, however, the colors of the overalls and shirts were switched, giving both brothers blue shirts with overalls of their respective colors.
** For whatever reason, Luigi is given dark green eyes in the cartoons; with Mario getting dark blue, which is admittedly closer to the bright blue eyes both brothers usually have.
** Both Mario and Luigi have black hair instead of their normal brown.
** Bowser [[YouDontLookLikeYou looks vastly different]] and is more green than normal.
* Happened in the early installments of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, where many characters (most notably [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]]) who were blond in Amano's concept art had a different hair color so the sprites would be distinct.
** A straighter example is ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', where characters from the first six games are redesigned from their sprites to appear more similar to Amano's original designs. Terra, for example, has her hair change from a greenish teal to blond. Cecil and Firion both have hair that goes from blue to white. Oddly Bartz remains fairly faithful to his sprite, as his hair is still brown. In most cases, you can obtain different outfits that make them appear closer to their original looks.
** Montblanc from the Ivalice games, seems to have orange hair and yellow fur in his game sprites. In the artworks and portrait sprites, he has blond hair and brown-peach fur. This also happened to Hurdy's hair, but averted.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** The enemies in the game ''[[CompilationRerelease Super Mario All-Stars]]''. For example, the gray Cheep-Cheeps in ''SMB'' were changed to green, and the Bloopers from white to for some reason, pink; and the pink Shy Guys from ''[=SMB2=]'' were changed to blue. Also, the Piranha Plants will all either be colored green or red depending on which game they are in.[[note]]Both varieties show up in ''The Lost Levels''; the green ones are normal while the red ones are faster and won't hide in pipes while you're on them.[[/note]]
** And [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Koopalings']] shell colors. In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', all of them wore green shells, except Morton, who wore a gray shell, and both Roy and Wendy, who both wore pink shells. In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', Morton's shell is now colored green like everyone else's, and Roy's shell is now colored gray, while Wendy still wears a pink shell and everyone else still wear green ones (although Ludwig's sprite for some reason had him wear a yellow shell). In [[WhatCouldHaveBeen an early draft]] of ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'', Roy's shell is now colored green like everyone else's, with the only Koopaling that has a differently-colored shell still being Wendy, who is still wearing pink, but from ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' onwards, all of the Koopalings are given individually colored shells, with the only Koopas sharing the same color shell being [[BigBad Bowser]] and [[OverlordJr Bowser Jr.]]
* [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] ends up with blue eyes in the English version, but his other features (including hair color) stayed the same.
* The [[CulturalTranslation English version]] of ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' caused some scratching of heads when ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' got a more faithful localization as some players wondered how Ellen went from blonde (in the U.S. version of the first game) to brunette (the color of her hair in Japan).
** The Japanese fans probably just wondered how she went from [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair purple]] to brunette.
** The illusory Pierce Boy also gained back his wild blue hair (Again, YouGottaHaveBlueHair), and the earring he didn't actually have in the US version of Persona.
* In the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' [[WesternAnimation/StreetFighter cartoon]], Ken's hair went from blond to brown.
** Ryu's hair color, which is normally black or brown, is depicted as red in ''SF I'', as well as in the ''Alpha'' series, while Vega's hair color seems to vary between brown or blond depending on the artwork.
*** Well, Vega started out with brown hair, but at some point (possibly from ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'') he was made blonde and it stuck (except for ''[=SVC=] Chaos'' and ''Videogame/StreetFighterIV'', at least).
** Another anime, a movie based off Alpha, changed Ryu from having brown eyes to blue eyes.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Tails in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' and early [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie comics]]. Orange/yellow in the video games, anime, manga and most artwork; brown in the American cartoons and comics He seems to switch randomly from orange/brown to pale yellow depending on which game you're playing, too.
** Almost everyone had an eye color change in ''Comicbook/SonicTheComic'', once it adapted ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. Tails had brown eyes (instead of blue eyes) for most of the arc, Amy had brown eyes (instead of green eyes), and Knuckles had blue eyes (instead of purple eyes).
** In the ''[[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie]]'' comics Amy had purple eyes early within the ''Adventures'' arc for some reason.
** Bizarrely, the GUN Commander, usually grey-haired, had purple hair in ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles''. What makes this odder is that humans in Sonic tend to have realistic hair colors. What makes it ''even'' odder is that the game was produced by American developers, so you wouldn't expect them to be the ones to introduce [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair anime-like hair colors]] into the series.
* In original arcade version of ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'', Billy and Jimmy Lee had blond and brown hair respectively. When the game was [[ReformulatedGame adapted]] for the NES, their hair colors were switched, giving Billy brown hair and Jimmy blond hair. As a result, the hair colors of the Lee brothers had been inconsistent throughout the series, switching back and forth between original arcade style and the NES style depending on the developer.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': Simon Belmont's hair has been brown, blue, pink, black, blond and red thanks to the various depictions of him in cover arts. Eventually Konami settled on red when Ayami Kojima redesigned the character in ''Castlevania Chronicles''.
* ''ComicBook/SuperMetroid'' is a ComicBookAdaptation of its [[VideoGame/SuperMetroid video game counterpart]] which gives Samus light purple hair instead of blonde.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'': Roger Wilco changed hair color from brown to blond in the fourth game.
* In the original 16-color release of ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'', love interest Elaine Marley had black hair. In the upgraded 256-color re-release this became [[FieryRedhead red hair]] with blue eyes, which carried over into ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''. In the latest installment, ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', Elaine has red hair and GreenEyes.
** In ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'', her hair was usually light brown, except in the cutscenes where usage of a different model changed it back to red several times. Guybrush himself has also had this, appearing brown-haired in the first two games, and in the close-ups in the first being black-haired with brown highlights in the original 16 colours. The 32-colour update changed the close-ups to the blond of the cover, a change which carried over from ''Curse'' onwards.
* Every ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' game has depicted Solid Snake with brown hair. However . . .
** In the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', his clone-brother Liquid has blond hair, and in the briefings, Campbell says "Except for the skin tone, he looks exactly like you." The briefings are monotone, so it's hard to see, but Snake looks fair-haired. It seems possible that when he [[ImportantHaircut cuts his hair to look less like Liquid]], he dyes it too for good measure, and decides to keep the look for ''[=MGS2=]'' . . .
** But in the GC [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''[=MGS=]'', ''The Twin Snakes'', his hair is clearly already dark in the briefings. Also, he and Liquid are clones of Big Boss (Naked Snake), and ''[=MGS3=]'' and ''Portable Ops'' depict him with brown hair.
*** It could be that Liquid is the one who dyed his hair to be less like Snake.
*** Or it's the fact that [[spoiler: blonde hair is caused by recessive genes, and brown hair by dominant genes, which Liquid and Solid received respectively]].
*** In that same remake, the normally red-headed Meryl becomes a brunette, while [[ColdSniper Sniper Wolf's]] odd, slightly greenish hair becomes straight-up blonde.
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'': Mara Aramov was a brunette in the first game, but blonde in all subsequent games, even in the flashbacks in the third game.
* VideoGame/DukeNukem has always had blond hair, however his skin colour has changed twice. In his original trilogy, he had red skin (due to EGA palette limitations). In ''Duke Nukem II'', with a jump to 16-colour VGA, it was changed to a light brown. ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' finalised his appearance with his characteristic tanned skintone.
* In the opening animation for ''VideoGame/WildArms3'', the anime style changes 3 times. So does the girl's hair color.
* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' for the Nintendo 64 title character Joanna Dark had brown hair, in the sequel ''Perfect Dark Zero'' for Xbox 360 she had red hair with a blonde patch. The developers claimed that the Nintendo 64 didn't have the technological capabilities for red hair - ignoring the many red objects in the game. Fans thought the developers were just liars who didn't want to admit to a character redesign. The majority of the promotional artwork for Joanna Dark depicted her with a burnt red colour. This was changed again in the Xbox 360 remake, turning her into a brunette.
* Glass Joe in the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series has different hair in each appearance. It's dark brown in the arcade, blond in the NES, and reddish-brown on the Wii.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'''s Todd "Maniac" Marshall started out with darker hair. While the jump to FullMotionVideo kept close to that with Tom Wilson, in the 1998 movie ''Film/WingCommander'', Maniac was depicted as blond.
* In ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'' Sonny dyes his hair to go undercover, and retains the blond hair in the sequel, but returns to being brown-haired in the third game.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', Jill Valentine has brown eyes, but in the ''[=RE1=]'' remake and ''5'' she has blue eyes.
** Chris Redfield's eyes have been at least blue, brown, green and hazel. Also, while he's brown-haired in all of his games, the actor who played him in the live-action opening/endings of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' was a redhead.
** Claire Redfield is a brunette as well, but in the ''Anime/ResidentEvilDegeneration'' movie, her hair almost looks as if it's dyed deep red, bordering on ''magenta.''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fighting games change some of the colours. Mostly eye colours, which aren't always consistent even in the shmups, but Remilia went from pale blue hair to dark purple.
* Mai from the ''Makeruna! Makendou'' series (or "Josephine" if you've played the first game's American release "Kendo Rage", which was the only installment to reach North America) always had brown hair throughout the four-part franchise, except for in said first game, in which her hair was red. That was only in that game, though, and it was still brown in the Japanese box art.
* WordOfGod for the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' series is that Atrus has the characteristic D'ni eyes, which are consistently described as "pale". This requires anyone playing the games to ignore Rand Miller's dark-hazel eyes.
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' has two examples: Locklear's hair colour change from blond to brown gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when he and Jimmy meet. Also, Pug - having dark brown hair and a beard in the books, and usually wearing his Great One's black robe - gets shoulder-length blond hair, a clean-shaven face and a white robe.
* The Hero in Sierra's ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series sported very bright blond hair in the EGA version of ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'' (partially due to the technology limitations of the 16-color EGA graphics). When the game received its 256-color VGA remake, the Hero's hair became more of a sandy color. This particularly stands out since the other titles in the series kept a brighter yellow, though somewhat toned down through more realistic and detailed shading, hair color.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'': In the games, Etna's hair is bright red, while in the [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime adaptation]], her hair is a much darker maroon-ish color.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** In [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first game's]] stained glass level, Disney/{{Cinderella}} is depicted with dark brown hair.
** This also shows up within the franchise. In the original GBA version of ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'', Marluxia's hair was brown with an odd pink tint. Since then, though, it's been very clearly bright pink; this is presumably to match his [[GreenThumb flower-based elemental powers]], which generate [[TheTragicRose rose petals]] and CherryBlossoms.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', [[ActionGirl Tanya]] was a blonde. In previous ''Red Alert'' games, she was a brunette.
* In the [=iOS=] / Android VideoGame/JoeDeversLoneWolf, Lone Wolf is depicted with black hair unlike the cover of the ''Rune War'' book shows him with blond hair.
* Maxim is one of the few characters in ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' to retain his original hair colour from ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals''. Particular examples include Tia going from blue to orange, Artea becoming a fair blond elf, Iris's new MysticalWhiteHair and Dekar's ''[[RealMenWearPink pink]]'' hairdo.
* In the first anime special based on the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' games, Andy Bogard is represented with silver hair instead of the blond that he has in the games. In later anime, Mai also gets red hair, while in most games she appears in her hair is brown.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' cartoon portrays Carmen with black hair and IcyBlueEyes. Traditionally in the ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' games she is a brunette with darker eyes. She also received a RaceLift.

[[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 blond 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles'':
** Dojo is a yellow dragon with green spikes, while in 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).
* 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.

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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.