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

In many societies, [[LongHairIsFeminine women are expected to have hair]], despite the fact that natural balding can occur in women as well as men. It is a symbol of femininity and a major part of identity. To lose that hair ([[TraumaticHaircut or worse]]) would be considered socially unusual, at the very least.

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

Creator/ThomasMDisch recognized this trope in his ''The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of'', a critical look at science fiction. He recognized the bald woman as a "distinctive icon" in SF as a result of "the feminist incursion" into the field. Indeed, most cases of bald woman who aren't [[PrematurelyBald sick]] or considered abnormal are in science fiction or fantasy works. In these settings, baldness in women is typically a sign of superior racial or individual enlightenment or mental development, not infrequently including actual PsychicPowers.

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

Rule 36 applies, of course. May overlap with BaldOfAwesome or BaldOfEvil.


* In 2005, a Nevada woman needed cash to go to school overseas. To raise that money, she auctioned on eBay to shave her head bald, tattoo the winning ad to the top and back of her head, and stay bald for a year. She got $18,000 from a website known for their wacky advertising stunts.
* An Adidas commercial featured a woman shaving her head totally bald, including her eyebrows. It is soon revealed that [[BaldOfAwesome the woman was preparing to swim]]. "Long Live Sport", indeed.
** Also happens in a Korean Powerade commercial. Both seem to be [[TruthInTelevision based on]] the practice that some girl swimmers shave their heads to help reduce drag in competitions.
* In the early 1990s, magazine ads for the ''UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn'' would sometimes feature on a bald woman with rings around her head. In addition, its [[DadaAd very weird]] promotional video begins with similar imagery.
* In 2007 Israeli singer Ninet Tayeb shaved her head on a famous commercial for an Israeli cellular company.
* Bald women or kids has been so closely associated with cancer treatment it's become its own visual shorthand.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Mahoja in ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* Parodied in ''Master Of Epic'', in which a band of female players try to fight a monster that ends up giving them bad haircuts. Their solution to beat it? Shave their heads totally bald. [[spoiler:However, it doesn't quite work out the way they planned…]]
* ''Manga/YakitateJapan'' manga: [[spoiler:Tsukino Azusagawa shaves her head after becoming head of the company. It's not noticed until her wig falls off…]]
* Lata in the manga ''Manga/{{Buddha}}'' starts off as a pretty girl with beautiful black hair, but when she becomes one of Buddha's disciples…
* [[spoiler:Kriem]] in Episode 18 of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. [[spoiler:Since she possessed PrehensileHair, it's likely that the hospital staff shaved her head to keep her from wreaking havoc when she woke up.]]
* Mint Blancmanche of ''Anime/GalaxyAngel''. In the episode "Slippery Pasta", the use of some LostTechnology results in her losing her hair. She stays bald for the rest of the episode, hiding this from everyone, while trying to reverse the damage. Inexplicably, the loss of her hair also includes losing her UnusualEars while her secondary set of ordinary human ears remain intact (Though the unusual ones just as inexplicably ''re''appear whenever Mint covers her head with something). And when tries reversing the damage at the end of the episode, she ends up [[TheBlank losing her facial features]], much to the horror of her buddies.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* Hitomi from ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings''.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has several cards featuring this: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=32224 Cabal Surgeon,]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=83869 Angel of Despair,]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=134762 Fugitive Wizard,]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=197010 Fallen Angel]] for extra BaldOfEvil. Finally, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45150 Vile Deacon,]] assuming you don't count horns against one's baldness.
* From the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' game, there's [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Blade_Skater Blade Skater,]] a [[FusionDance Fusion Material]] for [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Cyber_Blader Cyber Blader,]] one of [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Asuka's]] best monsters. There's also [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Necrofear Dark Necrofear]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Moondragon in Creator/MarvelComics.
* Jinx from Franchise/TeenTitans. Averted in the cartoon, as her character is a bit different than her comic counterpart.
* Franchise/StarWars:
** Asajj Ventress from the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' and, later, the Clone Wars cartoons.
** A number of bald women show up in the franchise, including Aurra Sing (who had a cameo appearance in Episode I and the later comics, though she sports a ponytail, so more like ''mostly'' bald woman) and Sly Moore (the bald bureaucrat standing next to Palpatine in the Senate chambers.)
** A heroic example is [[BoisterousBruiser Plourr Illo]] in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics. She starts growing her hair out during the arc that focuses on her, but keeps it very short even then. It's seen in flashbacks that, as a child, she had very long hair.
** The Ratataki race have no hair, so all its women fall under this.
* Alkyone from ''Franchise/WonderWoman'', a former Amazonian guard of Hippolyta.
* Nebula from Marvel, after her escape from Titan and a cybernetic operation.
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' has quite a few women, mostly the more militant ones, bald or close to it.
* Cassandra Nova of the ComicBook/XMen.
* Sometimes, Delirium from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
* Many female characters in Creator/AlejandroJodorowsky's ''ComicBook/{{Megalex}}'', but especially the gorgeous, well endowed Adamâ.
* Traditionally, the ComicBook/BlackPanther's all-female [[PraetorianGuard Royal Guards]] the Dora Milaje shave their heads; in modern times, a few do not. (Indeed, this Trope seems to be the biggest indication that the Dora Milaje are featured in the upcoming Black Panther movie, due to a short scene with a bald woman in the trailer.)
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** This once happened to Comicbook/LoisLane, in combination with MyBrainIsBig: [[http://www.politedissent.com/archives/615 here.]]
** Another Silver Age tale had Lois under the effect of Red Kryptonite, making her a monster under certain circumstances. One time, she turns into a monster after her sister Lucy brushes her hair and goes asleep. Monster-Lois uses a pair of scissors and hacks off all of Lucy's hair, leaving Lucy bald.
** Lena Thorul -Comicbook/LexLuthor's little sister and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s friend- loses her hair when she undergoes brain surgery.
** In ''Comicbook/EmperorJoker'', Lois has Lex Luthor's role in the warped reality, and wears a variety of wigs.
** ComicBook/LexLuthor (being bald himself) almost marries a bald woman named Angela Blake, until Superman [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/yZChWGr3kpadk7j2nJHjcmclo1_500.jpg interferes.]]
* Fern from ''ComicBook/WetMoon'', which just adds to her generally otherworldly aura.
* Prudence is a member of the League of Assassins that becomes an uneasy ally to Tim Drake after he adopts the Red Robin identity.
* Lynn from the ''Comicbook/SilentHill'' comics becomes one after the prologue of Dying Inside.
* In the original ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' series:
** Mindscan. Not that you find out until fairly late in the series, as she wears a wig all the time to hide her [[MyBrainIsBig swollen, lumpy skull]].
** Also Nikki, although she generally hid it with FlamingHair. (The ''Official Handbook'' said she had red hair she wore in a distinctive style, but this was later stated in the comic to be a mistake).
* In recent comics, Angelica Jones, AKA [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends Firestar]], is bald due to cancer treatment. Her distinctive long red hair is a wig.
* In the original run of ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'', there was a Nazi counterpart team called Lightning Force, whose version of Kitty Pryde was a bald, emaciated ghost.
* Zelda from the comic book ''ComicBook/GoldDigger''. It was a result of her being spliced with Dolphin DNA.
* ''ComicBook/TankGirl'', combined with BaldOfAwesome, aside from a few wildly-colored locks.
* In ''Comicbook/DCOneMillion'', Superman 1M's archenemy is a Luthor descendant called Lori Lombard-Thorul, who is bald.
* Alexis Luthor of Earth-16 in ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity The Just #1]]''.
* At the end of ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' issue 6 it's shown that Pizzazz buzzed her mohawk off. She isn't really "evil", just loud and with a huge temper. She regrows her hair next time she's seen.
* ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'' gives us [[DeliberateValuesDissonance Alpha]], who is quite bald. This may be for function, or to establish her rank, but it has not been made clear as of this writing.
* ''{{ComicBook/Titeuf}}'': One strip has a female classmate return after a long absence, wearing a bonnet. A gust of wind blows it off her head, revealing she's bald (from chemotherapy). Another guy starts making fun of her, Titeuf instantly chews him out, she gives him a kiss on the cheek.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Edgar and Judge Judas, both of whom are bald female Judges.
* ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'': Kate Kane displays a downplayed version of the trope in ''ComicBook/DetectiveComicsRebirth'': instead of her iconic bobbed hair, she sports a new buzzcut, and is thus not completely bald.
* In ''ComicBook/RedRobin'' the League of Assassins member Prudence Wood is bald. She later decides to defect and joins Tim's information network.
* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', Evey's head is shaved smooth when she is apparently apprehended by Norsefire.

[[folder: Fanworks]]
* Sailor Mercury in FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi. After a run-in with a dark god, [[TraumaticHaircut her head is shaved]]. Fortunately, that was the least of her worries at the time. Ami herself is more annoyed than anything else, and is more concerned that her friends and family may take it hard. After a few chapters, Ami reversed the damage with a spell.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s Byakuren Hijiri is sometimes depicted as bald in fanart. Considering she is a Buddhist nun, it be expected she would be hairless instead of having long purple-brown gradated locks.
** Fans speculated that since Nitori Kawashiro was a kappa (who are traditionally depicted being bald), she was [[NeverBareheaded using her hat]] to conceal her bald spot. Though the creator later denied it, it doesn't stop fans depicting her like that.
** Perhaps as a result of the above, Hong Meiling (who is also depicted NeverBareheaded) has fanart of her being bald under her hat.
* Athene and the other {{Super Soldier}}s (of both sexes) in ''Gundam Storm'' have shaved heads. The "baldness as a symbol of independence" part is inverted though, since as she begins to break away from the organisation that created her, she starts to let her hair grow. On a metatextual level, the author wanted to have some things about her contrast with her biggest influence, Soma Peiris of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', and since Soma was very pale hand had long hair, he made her black with a shaved head.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' NextGenFic ''Fanfic/AvatarTheLegendOfArata'' has [[BlowYouAway Kaze]] who cut of all her hair, unlike most Air Nomad women who only shave off the front of their hair.
* In ''Webcomic/OfMiceAndMayhem'', the poster child of the FurryFemaleMane trope, Gadget Hackwrench, spends most of the story shaved 'bald' after being caught by scientists and having a chip put in her head.
* Combined with BaldOfEvil, ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' has [[TheDragon Hebi]], who had to be shaved bald prior to [[spoiler: the ceremony that [[BrainwashedAndCrazy transformed her]]]].
* ''FanFic/AShadowOfTheTitans'': As a result of [[spoiler: TakingTheBullet for Jinx]], all of Jade's hair is burned off. And this is on top of her having previously blown off her eyebrows by mistake.

* Ellen Ripley in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' provides the picture for this trope, after her head is shaved due to problems with head lice at the Fury-161 penal colony.
* Ilia from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'': One of the best-known "baldness equals PsychicPowers" examples, Ilia is probably better known for her chrome dome than Persis Khambatta's acting.
* The 1984 ''Film/{{Dune}}'' adaptation has the Bene Gesserit bald, presumably to parallel the real-life tonsuring of monks.
* ''Film/GIJane'' is notable for this, even so far as playing the trope on DVD and VHS covers. There's even a MultiTakeCut of Creator/DemiMoore [[ImportantHaircut shaving her head]] and becoming [[BaldOfAwesome Badass]] in the process.
* Agatha in ''Film/MinorityReport''. Like in ''Film/TheMatrix'', it was because her hair didn't grow while she was kept in stasis.
* Of all people, ''{{Satan}}'' from ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' who is kept purposefully androgynous but is played by a woman with her voice lowered to sound more masculine in post-production, thus playing with [[OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous another trope]]. In this case, it also counts as BaldOfEvil.
* In ''Film/{{THX1138}}'', everyone is bald, including female lead Maggie [=McOmie=].
* Likewise in the French science fiction film ''Dante 01'', were even the two female Staff are totally bald.
* At the end of ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', [[spoiler:Mui]] shaves her head bald in order to join the team as TheHopelessReplacement; Sing [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the fact that her actress is wearing a rather obvious bald cap:
--> '''Sing:''' Phone home like E.T., [[spoiler:Mui]]. You don't belong on Earth.
* Most people of both sexes in the [[RecursiveReality in-story real world]] of ''Film/TheMatrix'' are either bald or very close-shaven. Sort of justified because it would appear that the machines' PeopleJars prevent hair growth for those inside, but most of the characters would presumably have been out for long enough to grow some more hair, so that's probably not why ''everyone's'' hair is like that.
** This can be explained away as function over fashion. They're in a situation where everyone who can hold a gun and shoot semi-competently is a soldier fighting for survival. Long hair tends to be a hindrance in such an environment. It's also quite likely that Zion has to ration water quite carefully, and shorter hair is much less of a hassle to keep clean.
** Also, for those who go on missions to hack the Matrix, long hair would get in the way of the input rod that gets shoved into the base of your skull.
** Fittingly the majority of people with long hair who are seen in the films are the ones like Link and his wife Zee, who were both born free in Zion and therefore not as concerned about hair interfering with the plugs.
* As mentioned above, in ''Film/VForVendetta'', Evey gets her head shaved but stops with just the clippers, leaving stubble.
* Dren from ''Film/{{Splice}}''
* ''Heaven'' with Creator/CateBlanchett.
* Creator/ToniCollette in ''8½ Women'' by Peter Greenaway
* UsefulNotes/HongKong movie ''Temptation of a Monk'' features a woman getting her head shaved.
* [[spoiler:Rapunzel]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek the Third}}''.
* Dementia from ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues''.
* ''Film/HiroshimaMonAmour'', after a TraumaticHaircut leaves the female lead bald. (It's France in 1944, and she slept with a German.)
* The Irish lead character of ''Film/RyansDaughter''
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': Shilo, though it's shown in only one scene (she wears a wig most of the time).
* Creator/EllenPage's character and many others in ''Film/MouthToMouth''.
* Deb (Debra) in ''Film/EmpireRecords''. Hostile, anti-social, and shaves her head in the store bathroom near the beginning of the film. Her hairstyle (and personality) provide a counterpoint to the more stereotypically feminine behavior and appearance of the other female characters.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[spoiler:Talia]] is this in her flashback. [[spoiler: It is mainly to trick the audience into thinking the child was Bane.]]
* Vera in ''Film/LaPielQueHabito (The Skin I Live In)'' is seen with no hair in the early stage of her [[spoiler:transformation, probably due to hormonal treatment.]]
* Segen, the BadassIsraeli ActionGirl in ''Film/WorldWarZ'' has her hair cropped in a very short crew cut as she is an IDF soldier.
* Viper in ''Film/TheWolverine'' after she sheds her skin and looks more evil and like a viper.
* Nebula in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. Her appearance in the first film counts as BaldOfEvil, though it surprisingly isn't related to her cyborg TransformationTrauma. In the second film she becomes more of an AntiHero and accordingly becomes BaldOfAwesome instead.
* Ava from ''Film/ExMachina'' usually wears no hair or scalp over her transparent skull, drawing attention to her mechanical nature. When she puts on a wig she suddenly appears far more lifelike.
* Furiosa from ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''. Creator/CharlizeTheron decided to shave her head for the role, to create further contrast between her [[ActionGirl character]] and the [[SexSlave Wives]].
* In ''Film/EightCrazyNights'', Elanore is bald and wears a variety of different wigs.
* During the opening song of Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast, a woman doing some hat shopping is shown to be bald.
* As in the comics, the [[PraetorianGuard Dora Milaje]] in ''Film/BlackPanther''. In one scene where their general goes undercover, she complains about having to wear a wig.

* In ''Murphy's Gambit'' by Syne Mitchell, Thiadora Murphy is one of the Floaters, a society of humans who live in zero gravity and are treated as second-class citizens. Like all Floaters, Thiadora's head is totally bald, and the cover art for the book features this.
* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'': Pilots in the Federation Navy (most of which are women) shave their heads for practical reasons (having long hair is impractical in free fall). On a date, Rico is somewhat shocked that [[spoiler:his longtime crush, Carmen, was bald]]. He later thinks it looks good on her.
* Justified with the Seanchan in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': members of the royal family shave their heads, and their ruler is always an Empress. Conversely, any bald man had better either be a prince or buy a wig before he's accused of impersonating royalty.
* Kin Arad, the heroine of Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Strata}}'', and, by extension, all female long-lifers, since "hair didn't last past the first century or so". She wears a wig, though.
* At least one of the hominid species living on the Literature/{{Ringworld}}, the City Builders, have hairless crania on both genders. It's not a fashion thing, just specialization, although what conditions led to a species with more or less our ecological niche losing their head hair isn't explained.
* Valerie Russell in ''[[Literature/{{Valiant}} Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie]]'' by Creator/HollyBlack.
* Santuna in the Creator/CordwainerSmith short story "Under Old Earth". In her case, it may be a reference to the grooming practices of ancient Egyptian nobility, since the man she's in love with is compared to the pharaoh Akhenaten at one point in the text.
* In ''Literature/TheWitches'', baldness is one of the RedRightHand traits of the WitchSpecies, who wear wigs to pass as human. The narrator is disgusted when his grandmother tells him this, because there's "something indecent" about a bald woman.
* The Elizabeth I installment of ''Literature/TheRoyalDiaries'' features a bald female jester.
* One bald woman appears in ''Literature/{{Otherland}}''.
* Maria in ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls'' has her head shaved by the Spanish fascists.
* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/TheDispossessed'', women are ''expected'' to be bald in Urras society.
* In Classical poetry, the anthropomorphic personification of a limited opportunity, especially of concepts such as Fortune and Time, is as a bald woman with only a single lock of hair on her forehead. The moral being that if you do not seize her as she approaches, there is nothing to grab her by once she's passed.
-->If kingdom move thee not, let move thee zeal\\
And duty--zeal and duty are not slow\\
But on Occasion's forelock watchful wait
--->-- ''Paradise Regained'', Creator/JohnMilton
* In ''Literature/{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'' Dany's hair burns off when she steps into the [[spoiler:Drogo's funeral pyre]]. She keeps her hair in the [[Series/GameofThrones TV series]].
** [[spoiler:Cersei]] also has her head completely shaven for her [[spoiler:walk of shame]] in ''A Dance with Dragons''. The Tv series also averts it, with [[spoiler:Cersei's]] hair ending up being cut very short.
** The ''World of Ice and Fire'' sourcebook mentions in passing that women in the Free City of Norvos shave their heads bald, it's a status thing from their local religion: only priests are allowed to have full moustaches and beards (they're "the Bearded Priests of Norvos"); free men are forbidden to have beards but they can have moustaches (which they tend to wear large and long as a result), while slaves and free women have to shave their heads bald. Of course, it also notes that Norvoshi noblewomen are indeed aware of how unusual this custom is to outsiders, so if they're entertaining visitors or traveling outside of their city, they will wear full wigs.
* The implications are inverted in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. In that series, in the Midlands, the length of a woman's hair corresponds to station. The longer the hair, the higher the woman's social standing; a commoner's wife might have what we would term a pixie cut, while a queen would have hair halfway down her back. In one story told by a character, she relates a time when she disobeyed her strict grandmother, who shaved her bald as a response.
* ''OMNI'' magazine featured this trope on its cover art several times.
* ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' has Kalis, whose head is shaved to display the [[MarkOfTheSupernatural tectomancer mark]] on the back of her head. [[spoiler:It's fake, designed to distract attention from her daughter's real mark]].
* Creator/MatthewReilly's series of books featuring Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield, has [[ActionGirl Gena]] [[OneBadMother "Mother"]] [[TheSquadette Newman]], who is Scarecrow's best friend, second in command, and the epitome of badass.
* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', expedition members returning from Area X have the hair shaved as part of the decontamination procedure. As a result, the biologist is bald at the beginning of the second novel, ''Authority''.
* The {{Literature/Old Kingdom}} {{prequel}} book ''Clariel'' features Captain Gullaine of the Royal Guards, a dark-skinned woman who has no hair on her head at all, including eyebrows.
* In ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar'', the protagonist shaves her head regularly.
* The Roman adviser Lactantius wrote this interesting piece of history:
-->''When their city was occupied by the Gauls, and the Romans, who were besieged in the Capitol, had made military engines from the hair of the women, they dedicated a temple to the Bald Venus.''
* The female Engineers in {{Literature/Mortal Engines}}, because hair is seen as irrational.
* Naomi Eddes, one of Henry Palace's witnesses and briefly his lover in ''Literature/TheLastPoliceman'', has started shaving her head to save time on hair maintenance.
* Remedios the Beauty of ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' cuts her RapunzelHair and uses it to make wigs for the litte saint figurines in her house. However, her baldness never detracts from her beauty.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Johanna Mason in ''Mockingjay'', likely a TraumaticHaircut in the Capitol's part.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Zhaan in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Despite being from a race of PlantAliens, Zhaan's baldness is not biological - Other episodes has shown other Delnevians with head hair. Rather, her baldness may be related to her profession as a priestess.
* Cancer patient Marie in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''.
* Bonnie, one of Phoebe's friends who dates Ross on ''{{Series/Friends}}'', was described as being bald. However, by the time Ross meets her, Bonnie had a full head of hair. Until [[spoiler:Rachel persuaded her to shave it off again…]] massively creeping Ross out in the process.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' featured this trope, notably with Centauri women, who shave their heads, and the Minbari and Narns, who are [[AlienHair naturally bald]]. Delenn actually started off bald, being a Minbari, but eventually transformed into a HalfHumanHybrid, which resulted in her getting hair.
** Given the connection that the Centauri place between one's status and one's hair, with more important Centauri men having their hair styled in large peacock fans, the baldness symbolizes females' second-class citizenship in Centauri society, their status being derived from their male relatives and husbands. It is fashionable for younger women to grow a [[LongHairIsFeminine long ponytail]], while otherwise maintaining the bald look. Though Centauri Emperor Turhan notes that by shaving their heads, they "rise above" the trappings of rank and status. Which interpretation is accurate probably varies wildly based on the individual Centauri involved.
* Two first-season episodes of ''Series/SmallWonder'', the pilot and "[=RoboBrat=]", featured a briefly bald Vicki.
* In one early episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', we see that artist Martha Paxton is bald; she also never bathes and often wears a poncho.
* On the ''Donny & Marie'' variety show, Donny Osmond once pulled the hair off Marie's bald head and then ran away to avoid a MegatonPunch.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had an incident in which George complains about being set-up on a blind date with a bald woman. Elaine points out the obvious hypocrisy: George himself is bald (He was wearing a toupee that day: "I ''was'' bald!"). Eventually George decides he'll keep seeing her… but she rejects him for being too fat.
-->'''George:''' A woman with no prospects ''and no '''hair''''' told me I wasn't her type! Apparently ''Baldy'' likes a ''slimmer'' guy!
* One episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' featured pop starlet Elvina going bald because she had cocaine traces in her hair.
* In Season 7 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', Joyce had to shave her head to win a Fast Forward.
* In ''Series/ThePretender'', several episodes have included bald women among the randomly surreal background characters in scenes at the Centre.
* Cycle 6 of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' featured a photoshoot using baldcaps, but one of the models looked so striking without hair that her head was shaved when she received her makeover.
* Naturally, Seven of Nine in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was bald when she was a full Borg (as all of them are) and didn't grow hair until a few episodes after being separated from the Collective.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'' had a one-episode love interest who turned out to be completely bald underneath a wig, a fact about which Maddy was exceedingly catty. Of course, this revelation turned out to be one of the less surreal moments of their brief relationship.
* Brazil had two famous cases, one for drama, the other for ([[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity sensationalist]]) laughs.
** Soap opera ''Laços de Família'' had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbHI3QQARAo Carolina Dieckmann shaving her head]] as her character would go through chemo. [[http://f.i.bol.com.br/2012/04/21/carolina-dieckmann-na-epoca-em-que-raspou-a-cabeca-para-viver-a-personagem-camila-em-lacos-de-familia-2000-a-direita-a-atriz-caracterizada-como-teodora-de-fina-estampa-1335045108471_956x500.jpg It didn' hurt her]] - [[http://img2.mlstatic.com/revista-vip-carolina-dieckmann-marco-2001_MLB-O-224618131_7933.jpg even scoring a lad magazine cover]].
** In an early episode of ''Panico Na Band'', Babi, one of the [[LovelyAssistant Panicats]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7w3lFiAnNA had her long blond hair shaved off]]. [[http://www.ospaparazzi.com.br/imagem/201204/23115123.jpg She definitely looked like a true babe nonetheless!]]
* Victims of the Hearst serial rapist in ''Series/VeronicaMars'' become this after getting their heads shaved.
* Doc Yewll in ''Series/{{Defiance}}''. In general, Indogenes of both genders seem to lack hair.
* Several sketches in Series 5 of ''Series/HorribleHistories'', including [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk02qS4uC7E "Don't Tell the Spartan Bride."]]
* In the ''Series/SesameStreet'' segment where Kermit reports on Rupunzel, after Prince Charming tells Rupunzel to let down her hair, she lets down all of it, revealing that she's actually bald. The prince gets disgusted and leaves.
** In the "Wanda the Witch" segment, Wanda and all other witches wear wigs.
** Any segment where a blank-faced Anything Muppet woman (including "Consider Yourself" and "I Want to Hold Your Ear") gets facial features put on has said women start out bald.
* On ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', all Coneheads, whether male or female, are bald.
* Likewise, all vampires on ''Series/TheStrain'' gradually lose their hair regardless of gender. If left untreated (that is not killed), female vampires eventually become completely bald.
* On ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', Rosa is bald, because she is receiving treatment for ovarian cancer. [[IWasQuiteALooker When she was younger]], she had a thick mane of dark hair.
* On ''Series/DeathInParadise'', Judge Ann Stone has a shaved head and a no-nonsense IronLady public image.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} once met a woman like this. She also had a big brain.

* Ilia from the updated version of Bally's ''[[Pinball/StarTrekBally Star Trek]]'' pinball game, as a tie-in to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
* ''Pinball/{{Spectrum}}'' has "Computor", the green-colored ArtificialIntelligence the player is competing against.
* ''Pinball/{{Embryon}}'' has the player incubate bald [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe alien women]] out of organic pods.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
The trope is a staple of the [[GimmickMatches "Hair versus Hair" matches]]: the [[HumiliatingWager loser has to shave their head]] in the ring. As hair tends to represent not only the wrestler's pride but also female beauty when women are involved, this tends to be treated as a TraumaticHaircut.
* Back in the territory days in Memphis, Jerry Lawler defeated Bill Dundee in a hair vs. hair match. They then had a rematch where if Dundee lost again, his wife would get her head shaved. He lost.
* Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} lost one of these while a heel in Lawler's USWA and won one of these while a face against Uptown Karen.
* Wrestling/AjaKong and Nobuko Kimura, the tag team known as Jungle Jack, were shaved by Wrestling/BullNakano and Kyoko Inoue.
* Xóchitl Hamada's victory over Rossy Moreno in a hair vs hair match at Wrestling/{{AAA}} kicked off a long feud between her and Moreno family who wanted to return the favor (it only resulted in Rossy being bald again). Xóchitl would ironically lose her hair to her sister Ayako, in Japan.
* Ice Cold, at ''[[http://www.wowe.com/ WOW Unleashed]]'', February 4, 2001. AlphaBitch Lana Star and her [[TheDragon Dragon]] Patti Pizzazz (formerly {{Face}} [[TheCheerleader Cheerleader]] Patti Pep until she [[FaceHeelTurn turned]] on her Team Spirit partner Randi Rah-Rah) d. Ice Cold and Poison in a hair vs. hair match. The angle was that Poison had sabotaged Lana's shampoo, turning her hair green. Poison abandoned Ice Cold, leading to her losing the match.
* Tiffany went bald when her Wrestling/{{AAA}} hair vs hair match with Pimpinela Escarlata was ruled a "no contest". Of course, he was also rendered bald by the decision. That was in 2001. In 2012, Tiffany went bald again, this time at a Wrestling/{{CMLL}} show and Marcela wasn't paid back.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in Women's Extreme Wrestling, as it being a {{garbage|Wrestler}} fed, all the wrestlers were advised to shave their heads since all rule enforcement would be lax and it would be [[ByTheHair one less thing to worry about]]. None seemed to heed it, though, not even the guys.
* La Ruda Amapola defeated Diana La Cazadora in a Wrestling/{{CMLL}} hair match, decisively at that. La Amapola would then go on to lose ''two'' of these. First against Lady Apache and later against Estellita.
* At ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XX'', Wrestling/MollyHolly put her hair on the line against [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Champion]] [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]]'s title. Victoria won and Molly was shaved bald.
** That came about because WWE management gave the Divas slot at ''[=WrestleMania=] XX'' to the Playboy Evening Gown match (Sable & Torrie Wilson vs. Stacy Keibler & Jackie Gayda, a match that some have described as being [[SerialEscalation worse]] than the Goldberg-Brock Lesnar train wreck that same night) and she felt she had to do something big to get a women's title match on the card. Out of the ring, Molly has said she actually liked being hairless, as it saved time and money on shampoo.
* Ex-Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestler Roxxi Laveaux lost her hair in a match with Wrestling/GailKim after the Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople, who were hell bent on given Laveaux a "makeover" interfered on Kim's behalf. Her hair would grow back quickly but she kept it at a close shave until she was fired for good.
* Serena Deeb became bald when joining the Straight Edge Society, but oddly enough, not in a Hair Match. She willingly allowed her head to be shaved by Wrestling/CMPunk. It did not last too long though as she later just kept it short.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In one of the sourcebooks for ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', there is a young 20-something who keeps her head bald because her nimbus manifests as sparks running along her scalp serving as a sample character (for the Pygmalian Society in ''Legacies: The Sublime''). This electricity is not strictly ''real'', but the feeling of lightning through her hair is unsettling enough that she prefers to just keep her head shaved bald (if asked about it, the book states that she'll claim to be making a statement on 'gender or something'). Interestingly enough, she actually has the [[HelloNurse Striking Looks merit]], indicating that she's actually exceptionally ''attractive'' in her own unique way (not Creator/AngelinaJolie level, as that's the higher-level version of the merit, but still attractive enough to draw eyes) and it's mentioned that she's been featured on covers of magazines a few times. Judging from the page art, she deserves the merit.
* In ''[[TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}} Deadlands: Hell on Earth]]'', all [[PsychicPowers sykers]] are absolutely bald. Including women.
* The Tau, of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', are universally bald, save for a single lock at the back of their head which they typically grow [[BraidsOfAction just past shoulder length]]. In the [=RPG=] books, human women sometimes are partly or fully bald, such as the Sisters Repentia.
** Eldar of both genders are very often portrayed as bald, though whether naturally or through choice is unspecified. Given that the Eldar are easily the most humanoid of 40k's alien races, and have no gender stereotypes or distinctions in their culture, the baldness tends to help mark them out as something unusual.
* The Augurs of the Sisterhood of Sigmar in the millennial apocalyptic Warhammer spin-off ''TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}'' are blind, shaven-headed women with powers of precognition and foresight. Other Sisters of Sigmar sometimes shave their heads as a form of penitence or mortification also.
** Many Dark Elves of both genders shave their heads also, sometimes leaving just a large topknot. Of especial note are the Sisters of Slaughter--superbly skilled and mostly-female gladiatorial arena fighters whose heads are shaved bald and the woven braids of their shorn hair turned into barbed whips for them to fight with.
* In the ''TabletopGames/DarkSun'' setting, to the overwhelmingly hot weather on Athas makes shaved heads the norm for males, and it's not uncommon to see a female who does so too.
* In ''TabletopGame/Aeon'', some of the art focusing on the Legion Order (a army of telekinetic soldiers) shows that bald women are among the ranks. In particular the Aurora Australis Sourcebook shows both a male and female Legionaries on the cover, both hairless.

* Karan Sjet in the ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' series. The box art for ''Homeworld 2'' features Karen's portrait and her bald head.
* Jack (aka Subject Zero) from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Apparently, she kept the look [[ImportantHaircut after a stint in a cult]]. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' (provided she survives), she adopts a less antisocial attitude and a longer haircut to go with it, though she still keeps her temples clean-shaven.
** Talitha, a minor character in the [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 first game]], was also shaved bald.
* Vivienne in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is bald. She defies the masculinity sometimes associated with this trope by being the most feminine and graceful ActionGirl in the main cast. Warden-Commander Clarel also has a shaved head.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' meanwhile, mages made Tranquil seem to be shaven bald at some point, male or female. As a result, most of the Tranquil you run into have a buzz cut at best.
* Can happen to Janne and Ryoka from ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes'' if they lose in certain Deathmatch stages from the first 2 games, Janne's in 1 and 2, Captain Kidd's in 2.
* Safiya in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer''. She is a member of Red Wizards of Thay, who all shave their heads in order to mark their scalps with sigils of arcane power. She doesn't have nearly as many tattoos as Red Wizards are supposed to have, though.
** Inshula sar Mashawe in ''Storm of Zehir'' also shaved her head bald, but we don't know why.
* Zenoa in ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis''
* The AxCrazy villainess Sasha from ''VideoGame/InFamous'' is bald.
* Some Orc women in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are bald; it's treated as just another expression of their badassitude. They are the only women in the game with baldness as an option.
* [[spoiler:Momma Bosco]] from ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''.
* Healers of Agrela in the first ''VideoGame/{{Majesty}}'', presumably for religious reasons. Going against the general grain of this trope, however, Healers are one of the least combative classes and only fight if the palace or their own temple is under attack.
* Christine from the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC "Dead Money". You'd think it the fault of the Auto-Doc you find her trapped in (which tore out her vocal cords) or the horrific experiments that left her scarred all over, but, in fact, she shaved her head voluntarily and becomes mildly irritated when you assume otherwise.
** Waking Cloud and other women of the Sorrows and Dead Horses tribes in ''Honest Hearts''.
* Kalin from ''VideoGame/FableIII'', who is not only bald but sports blue tattoos on her scalp.
* In ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', all Rattataki females are bald since the entire race are all pale hairless humanoids. Most prominently is Kaliyo Djannis, who's essentially an {{Expy}} of Jack from Mass Effect 2.
* The titular character of ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'', in a flashback/hallucination of her time in an asylum.
* The dark elves from ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper 2''. Overlaps with BaldOfEvil.
* In ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'', it seems to be a religious thing, maybe as an extension of the hiding-women's-hair rules of some real religions.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'', Medusa and her [[UndergroundMonkey sisters]] go bald when low on health.
* Maya in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', but in the Limited edition only.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout1}}'', the Brotherhood of Steel scribe Vree comes close (she has a ponytail, and ''only'' a ponytail)
* Lord's Blade Ciaran from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' was discovered to be [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130825011513/darksouls/images/1/11/IMG_20130824_201313.jpg bald under her helmet.]]
* The UsefulNotes/NintendoDS ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' games have an unnamed bald woman sing and play bass on the songs with female vocals.
* It's obscured by her [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics massive pink bow]], but [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Wendy O. Koopa]] has no hair at all, even while five of her six brothers do.
* D'Vorah from ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' is completely bald, going along with her InsectQueen theme.
* ''VideoGame/{{Belladonna}}'' starts with a woman waking up on an operating table. A shaved head is the least of her worries.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' Maggie's adaptation is completely bald, whether from a haircut or a side effect of the monsters contaminating the environment.

* Members of the Jie'yen clan in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' all shave their heads, so almost every female member invokes this trope. Since the rest of drow culture connects hair and its length to social status, with RapunzelHair being reserved for the noble class, their baldness is a deliberate rejection of that concept and shows their MartialPacifist philosophy.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Zoe was bald for some time. While changed into a camel, she bit off Gwynn's hair; Gwynn retaliated with a spell that made Zoe lose all of her hair.
* The succubi from ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}''.
* The furry webcomic ''Webcomic/StubbleTrouble'' prominently features several bald girls.
* Arkady from ''Webcomic/FreakAngels''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Roy Greenhilt learned a lesson during an emergency use of the Belt of Gender-Changing; "If the magic item doesn't specifically ''say'' it grows hair, it probably doesn't." He ended up using a mop-head for a wig.
* Calliope from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is bald due to [[spoiler:being part of a race of aliens that doesn't grow hair at all.]] She's still very cute, though.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Nanase [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-22 experiences out of control hair growth]] which [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-26 stops just as almost all her hair is shaved off]]. She [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-28 remains nearly bald for the next strip]] before magic [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-29 reverts her hair to the state before the accelerated growth]]. The fiasco inspired a [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook.php?id=643 sketchbook strip]] in which Nanase is completely bald.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}} in the World of [[TabletopGame/DarkSun Hard Fun]]'', Persephone has an ExpositoryHairstyleChange when she returns from learning the ways of the Mosquito People.
-->'''Persey''': And then the day came when they asked me "Do you wish to become a bald woman?" And I said "Yes."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Eustace's mother in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' is as bald as her son and suffers a VillainousBreakdown anytime her wig comes off.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Heather, the first season's main antagonist, gets her [[TraumaticHaircut head shaved in a challenge mishap]] as part of her HumiliationConga. She remains bald through the end of Season 2, although she wears wigs in some episodes.
** Staci's hair falls out instantaneously when she receives the biohazardous Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom in Season 4. She is still bald when she [[BackForTheFinale returns for the season finale]].
** Also in Season 4, Dakota briefly goes bald before beginning her biohazard-induced mutation into the monstrous Dakotazoid.
* Luanne in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' lost her hair in the Megalo-Mart explosion in the end of season 2. Traumatized by both her hair loss and the death of her boyfriend Buckley in the same explosion, she, as Kahn put it, "puts on strange Sinéad O'Connor act" and rants about "starving Irish children". As the episodes passed, her hair became longer and longer until it returned to normal.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', the [[TokenGirl only female member]] of The Beets is bald.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Feeding Hubert" featured a female news anchor with a very memorable hairstyle, to the point where she's recognized as 'the one with the hair'. At the end of the episode, it's revealed to be a wig, she is completely bald underneath.
** Aunt Miriam is revealed to be bald in her debut episode, which causes the babies to believe she is an alien.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' female Airbenders are not completely bald, but the front half of their hair is always shaved to show their arrow.
** Subverted by Player Aang of the The Ember Island Players. While she portrays a bald guy, it's clear that the actress is wearing a bald cap.
** In the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:Aang's granddaughter Jinora shaves her head to receive her airbending tatoos. She looks just like her grandfather as a kid. By the next season, [[TimeSkip three years later]], she has the aforementioned "shaved front" look.]]
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan shaves Hayley's head in her sleep after she dyed her hair green for a rally. She wore a wig for most of the episode, but was seen bald a few times.
** "That's the one place you ''want'' them to have hair!"
* Lady Macbeth ("Becky") from ''WesternAnimation/ProjectGeeKer'' is bald except for a long ponytail.
* Kitty Katswell from ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy'' has lost her hair and fur several times due to GagHaircut situations or comedic abuse.
* Several examples in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the episode "Sweet and Elite" of , Rainbow Dash's errant croquet mallet knocks the wig off a mare.
** In "It Isn't the Mane Thing About You", [[spoiler:Rarity]] ends up partially bald with what's left of her mane ruined. The same episode also mentions "mare pattern baldness" in passing.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' enemy Sedusa became this after Miss Bellum cut her hair, leading to her plotting revenge, and using the Gangreen Gang as {{Unwitting Pawn}}s to gain a magic tiara (which gave her magical hair that resembled ''actual'' snakes and enlarged her to giant size) The flaw in her plan, of course, was that she double crossed the Gangrenes, and they were [[EnemyMine able to help the Girls take her down.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' revealed that Heloise wore a wig, though this was likely a one-off thing [[RealityWarper Lucius]] caused.
* One ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode had a completely random, bald, female background character who was never expanded upon.
** Another one is shown working backstage at a Music/{{U2}} concert. Homer kicks her away while she was sitting in an office chair and tells her "Take a hike, Series/{{Kojak}}!"
* Many female characters in ''Animation/{{Gandahar}}''--most notably, Queen Ambisextra and her Councilwomen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': In "Malina's Big Break" Malina has an extreme case of stress and in one gag she accidentally pulls off her apparent wig, revealing she's lost all her hair.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', Elmyra is occasionally shown to be bald when her wig flies off. Makes sense, as she's based on Elmer Fudd.
* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[TheChick M'gann]] reveals that her [[{{Shapeshifting}} real form]] looks exactly like her usual appearance, except without hair. However, while she is bald in her true form, [[spoiler:the "looking the same otherwise" part is totally false]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery'' episode, "The Lost Tribe," Diana loses all her hair after a hair dye job goes wrong and is mistaken by a group of underground creatures as their long lost queen. She stays bald for the entire episode (and gets a wig at the the very end of the episode).
* In'' WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' all members of the gang, "The T's" have white skin, red T's on their faces and bald heads. This includes the female members.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' Fractured Fairy Tales segment on Rupunzel, after the witch finds out that a prince had climbed in and out of Rupunzel's tower, the witch is so mad (having tried to keep Rupunzel separated from the world) that she cuts off all of Rupunzel's hair. [[spoiler: It eventually grows back.]]
* Cleo had all her hair zapped off by a cursed idol in a ''WebAnimation/MonsterHigh'' short. She did not take it well
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Stinkmaner 3: The Hateocracy", [[EvilOldFolks Hateocracy member]] [[NeverMessWithGranny Esmeralda Gripenasty]] turns out to be completely {{bald| of evil}} when [[AfroAsskicker Bushido Brown]] knocks off her wig during a fight.
* The maid in ''WesternAnimation/TheOldLadyAndThePigeons''.
* Amy Wong in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Xmas Story" after selling her hair.
* Solaria the Monster Carver as seen in one portrait in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. This trope, in addition to her title, armor, and portrait of jumping into battle, suggests Solaria's character as being a warrior.
* Alexis [[spoiler: Luthor]] loses her hair when Superman saves her from her own superweapon in the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'' episode "Legacy". It grows back, but very slowly, so in the final scene and later cameos she looks like she has a buzz cut.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpacePOP'', Empress Geela has an extensive wig collection to hide the fact that she's bald.
* Lena Luthor in ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'' is bald like her brother Lex, having lost her hair from prolonged exposure to kryptonite.
* Lisa Loud from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is bald and wears a wig, [[NoodleIncident due to an experiment with nuclear power]], as revealed in the episode, "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS2E12PottyMouthLIsForLove Potty Mouth]]". [[ChekhovsGag This comes in handy]] in the same episode when Lincoln and the rest of his sisters disguise her as Lily and swap her with the real Lily so that Dr. Shuttleworth won't suspect Lily's newfound profanity.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s'' episode "Tail of the Pup" reveals that Katrina Stoneheart's red hair is a wig.

[[folder: Real Life--Dyeing For Your Art]]
Sometimes to play a fictional Bald Woman, actresses [[DyeingForYourArt do shave their heads for the role]]. The media and public tend to see this as a [[ImportantHaircut major sacrifice]], and sometimes [[BaldOfAwesome applauding the actress]].
* Persis Khambatta, for ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Her haircut was documented, and for a while Persis was worried what sort of damage it would do to her hair. The memoir "Star Trek Movie Memories" mentions the event.
* Maggie [=McOmie=], for ''Film/THX1138''. Like Persis, her haircut was filmed and used in a featurette called ''Bald: The Making of THX 1138''. Several other actresses also went hairless as extras.
* Demi Moore, for ''Film/GIJane''. Though having stubble in the film, Moore did shave her head smooth off-screen. Her two female stunt doubles also shaved their heads.
* Zig-zagged with Creator/SigourneyWeaver for ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''. At first she agreed to the haircut [[MoneyDearBoy for more money]], with a clause in her contract that she would be paid for each shearing. However, by the time reshoots had to be done, Weaver was reluctant to go bald again, as her daughter was frightened by the look. The studio also wanted to save money, so the make-up people created a realistic looking bald cap.
* Creator/NataliePortman actually had her head shaved on-screen for ''Film/VForVendetta''.
* Cate Blanchet in the movie ''Haven''.
* Creator/EllenPage, shaved on-screen in ''Film/MouthToMouth''.
* Creator/RobinTunney went bald on camera for ''Film/EmpireRecords''. She had to wear a wig for her next role.
* Natalie Darryl in the 1953 B-movie ''The Girl in the Kremlin''. Decades before Demi Moore, Darryl was shaved totally bald in the beginning of the movie.
* Delphine Chanéac in ''Film/{{Splice}}''--her off-screen haircut was also documented. In the extras, they had to apply makeup to her denuded scalp so it would match her skin tone.
* Virginia Hey in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', having to stay bald for over two seasons.
* Creator/KarenGillan shaved off her red locks for her role as the [[BaldOfEvil villainous]] [[DarkActionGirl Nebula]] in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
* Sofia Vassilieva in ''Film/MySistersKeeper''.
* Creator/CaraDelevingne recently shaved her head for a movie. When appearing at a celebrity event, the actress kept her head bare save for some sliver body paint on her scalp.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Women who have Alopecia totalis (a medical condition that results in loss of all head hair) or Alopecia universalis (the rapid loss of all hair). Both are currently thought to be autoimmune cases, and other than the loss of hair have no other effects.
** Edith "Little Edie" Beale, who was made famous by the documentary ''Film/GreyGardens'', was bald due to alopecia, and spent the whole movie wearing scarves and other head covers.
** Scottish TV presenter Gail Porter lost her hair when she developed alopecia.
* Music/SineadOConnor was noted for her striking baldness, but since sexy wasn't her goal, she switched to a very short crop. She got back to shaving after people started mistaking her for Music/{{Enya}}.
* As was Renee Hicks, who exploited it in her stand-up comedy.
* In ''Tongue First: Adventures in Physical Culture'', author Emily Jenkins explores a number of taboos (female baldness among them) to figure out why they are socially unacceptable. One of those experiences is during Jenkins' time being bald.
* Sudanese model Alek Wek either is bald or has very little hair.
* An effect of chemotherapy for various forms of cancer is often the loss of hair. It's also fairly common for her friends and family members to shave their heads for her in solidarity.
** One such example of solidarity is country music singer Kellie Pickler, who shaved her head to support a friend battling the disease.
* Model Amber Rose has sported a bald head.
* Music/BritneySpears had a nervous breakdown and in the middle of that, shaved her head.
* Buddhist Nuns are notable for their shaven scalps.
* Deborah "Skin" Dyer, frontwoman of Skunk Anansie.
* Model Eve Salvail.
* For some time (caused by chemotherapy), Music/KylieMinogue, Melissa Etheridge, and others.
* Certain totemist African tribes believe themselves to descend from lions, so their men traditionally wear long hair, reminiscent of a lion's mane, and the women are shaven bald. One such tribe is the Masai of Kenya and Tanzania.
* Certain Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women are traditionally required to shave their heads when they get married, and then wear a wig (or a headscarf--the idea is to never show the hair and keep the head covered, but it's easier to move about in society without the attention a bald head creates, and a headscarf may create the mistaken impression of undergoing chemotherapy) over their bald heads for the rest of their lives, even if they divorce.
* St. Clair had her head shaved by St. Francis of Assisi when she asked to join up with his religious order [[note]]she ended up starting her ''own'' religious order, but originally, she just asked to join his group[[/note]] to escape an ArrangedMarriage that [[ChildMarriageVeto she didn't want]].
* Ancient Egypt had a problem with lice. The Egyptians' typical solution was to shave their heads (or cut the hair very short) and wear wigs. This also had the advantage of being easier to maintain and style than natural hair would be, and easily removed to cool off on hot days. This was by no means universal, though--there's a statue of Princess Meritamen with her hair visible from under her wig.
* Actress [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1490300/ Aisha Hinds]] in real life and all of her roles.
* Music/JoanJett had a shaved head for a time during the turn of the millennium.
* Two members of the Indianapolis Colts cheerleading squad got their heads shave in support of head coach Chuck Pagano, who was battling leukemia.
* Mii-chan (Minami Minegishi) from Music/AKB48 recently shaved her hair as self-punishment after she spent a night with a man (the group's members are contractually forbidden from having sexual relationships).
* In many South African schools, both boys and girls are expected to shave their head until they become seniors.
* British singer Music/JessieJ shaved her head at one point to donate to charity, and was openly bald for a time.
* Musician Gail Ann Dorsey, who's best known as Music/DavidBowie's bass player and backing vocalist in his live band since 1995.
* Creator/RoseMcGowan shaved her head in 2015 after sporting a pixie cut, which was an ImportantHaircut, as she felt her long hair was a thing of the past.
* Music/TheCranberries frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan sported a buzz cut during the mid Nineties, as seen in the cover picture for ''To the Faithful Departed''.
* Shaved heads have become a minor fad among young women in the last few years, with even more [[https://therighthairstyles.com/shaved-hairstyles-for-women/ partially]] shaving off their hair.