Bald of Evil
"Hair are your aerials. They pick up signals from the cosmos and transmit them directly into the brain. This is the reason bald-headed men are uptight."In fiction, baldness often equates with lack of moral fortitude. Many, many villains are recognised as such by the audience by their shiny, shaven noggins. It might be the Corrupt Corporate Executive in a political thriller, the sinister evil sorcerer, unholy priest, cult leader, or Evil Overlord in sword-and-sorcery, or a thuggish Giant Mook readying to crack the hero in two. However, it is most commonly applied to the Evil Chancellor and the Mad Scientist. Where the hero has his flowing golden locks or a boyish, tousled mop of red or brown hair to indicate his youthful purity, something about the complete absence of hair makes a bald villain look particularly nefarious, especially while he's slouched on his throne, steepling his fingers and delivering a Breaking Lecture while the ominous backlight shines off his gleaming chrome-dome. This might be a throwback to ancient belief in hair as a symbol of health and virility, as exemplified by the Biblical story of Samson; it may also be more primal still, as a shaven head more closely resembles a skull and, combined with the natural tendency for us to lose our hair as we grow old, is therefore symbolic of aging and death. As a matter of fact, in ancient Rome, baldness was considered a gross deformity. Somehow, that didn't stop the very bald Patrick Stewart from being called "The Sexiest Man on TV" in 1992. Another possible explanation is that narrowing the silhouette of the top of the head visually emphasizes the jaw and teeth, making the character look "brutish." Whatever the original reason, Hair Hates Evil, and about the only times you'll see a kind and moral character without his (or her) hair will be when it's an egg-headed Smart Guy (who's probably also in a wheelchair), a Buddhist monk, a Bald Black Leader Guy, or the Littlest Leukemia Patient. The only other good guys who go shaven are Badass Anti Heroes, so if a hero shaves his head as part of an Important Haircut, it is a sure sign he's about to get Darker and Edgier. The tendency is, indeed, for the moral decay of a character to be inversely proportionate to the length of their hair, with innocent, virginal princesses practically drowning in their romantically flowing locks while the hard-bitten Badass sports a spiky military crewcut. The most frequent aversion of this trope is the White Hair, Black Heart, whose usually long and luscious tresses exist as a symbol of his evil, not in spite of it. For the ultimate combination, supply a bald villain with a villainous goatee. This trope is also a function of Good Hair, Evil Hair. Taking this trope way beyond its logical extreme, occasional very mad scientists will also shave off their skin and the top of their skull, leaving their brains completely exposed. For aversions, see Bald of Awesome.
— Danny the Dealer, Withnail & I
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Anime & Manga
- Dragon Ball
- Nearly all of the major villains have no hair: Pilaf, both Piccolos, Frieza, Cell, Majin Buu. They're not exactly bald, though, they just have no hair — with the possible exception of Pilaf, none of them are mammals.
- Plenty of bald heroes too: Tenshinhan, Krillin, and Master Roshi. But Tenshinhan was originally a villain, so the point stands.
- Krillin originally convinced Master Roshi to train him by bribing him with pornography. And Krillin isn't naturally bald, as he grows his hair back (as a sign that he was no longer living as a monk who renounced all worldly pleasures) after marrying Number Eighteen.
- Toriyama might be playing with this a bit. Tenshinhan is a bald villain, but becomes a good guy when he finds out people respect it more. Nappa was a classic "bald" villain (and a classic villain in many respects), but gets trumped by the true hero in mere seconds and replaced by a preferable, haired antagonist.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Lordgenome. Also has the Anti-Hero goatee. And epic chest hair. And his scalp catches fire when he does awesome things such as beating the crap out of mechas with his bare hands.
- Even The Anti-Spiral fits this trope.
- Ivan the Terrible (or Ivan of Russia, in the Japanese version) from Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still is bald, though he's not the most nefarious of the evil group he's a part of, even though he may be one of the biggest nutcases in the entire anime. Though, to be fair, one of the guys dead-set on doing good is bald as well.
- Gluttony of Fullmetal Alchemist, although he's actually not nearly as evil as many of the other homunculi, but more of a Psychopathic Manchild.
- All over the place in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. The Big Bad is Czar Baldy Bald IV, head of the Chrome Dome Empire, and his Mooks are generally bald as well.
- Both played straight and inverted in Kinnikuman. Buffaloman, originally introduced as the most powerful Devil Superman in the series, reveals himself to be bald in the following arc. However, the reveal only happens when he officially pulls a Heel-Face Turn.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Vargus, who was initially introduced as a thuggish bully of a Giant Mook that attacked Negi in the Magic World for no reason, though it's later shown that he's actually a lot nicer than he first appeared.
- There's also the leader of the Bounty Hunters later on, but he is more of a Punch Clock Villain; he meets Negi in a bathhouse later "off the clock" and comments that he has no intention of pulling anything.
- GaoGaiGar: In FINAL, Palparepa, the lead protagonist's evil counterpart, is completely bald.
- Super Dimension Fortress Macross: In the film version, all the Zentradi are bald (though their morality varies considerably), and in the original TV series, Bodolza is very bald and very evil (or at least so mission-oriented as to not care about insignificant things like planetary omnicide).
- In Legend of Galactic Heroes, three morally questionable characters are bald. (Though most morally questionable characters are not.)
- The evil school inspector in Gokusen. Some villains can make their Scary Shiny Glasses gleam menacingly; this man creates the same effect with the top of his head.
- In order to illustrate their pre-series Face-Heel Turn, Tokyo Tribe 2's Mera and Skunk both shave their heads. Kai even comments on Mera's shaven head before he becomes aware that he's one of two people that Mera vowed to kill.
- Bask Om of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, although he usually hides it by wearing a hat.
- InuYasha has Renkotsu from the Band Of Seven.
- Inverted with the Kongo twins in Eyeshield 21. Unsui's baldness is meant to reflect his monk-like attitude and is a generally swell guy. His brother, on the other hand, has a huge mane of dreads and is a total jackass. In fact, Agon shaving his head is seen as a mark of improvement in his character.
- Kazundo Gouda, the Big Bad from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd GIG, combines this with Smug Snake and Magnificent Bastard for a formidable trifecta of nastiness.
Mai: [Joey]'s gone too far to lose it all to a creep with a bad attitude. Not to mention a bad hairdo. It's more of a hairdon't.
- The Paradox Brothers from Duelist Kingdom were evil bald twins.
- Zigzagged with the Rare Hunter Strings, who Yami fought to win Osiris. (Seeing as he was little more than a Meat Puppet for Marik.
- Odion was a straight example. As Mai put it on the dub, in his duel against Joey:
- Onimaru Takeshi, the Big Bad of Yaiba, sports one. Also, the fallen monk Seikai Miyoshi.
- In many H-doujinshi featuring rape, the men are mostly featureless, which includes making them bald.
- Rikkudo in Saiyuki is a Buddhist monk turned moral-less demon-killer.
- The Chairman in Paprika.
- Kriem when she appears in Episode 18 of Tiger & Bunny. It makes sense, really, when you consider that her hair enables her to control inanimate objects to wreak havoc. The hospital staff probably shaved her head so that she wouldn't be able to when she woke up.
- In the Ace Attorney manga, Robin Wolfe has a bald head that is quite shiny and catches Maya's attention as soon as they meet. The "evil" part comes when it turns out he called an arachnophobic employee to his home, restrained him in a chair in a guest house full of spiders, and left him there for hours, leading him to be Driven to Suicide.
- In Apocalypse no Toride, the main baddies at Shouran are all bald;Hitotsukabuto Kiyoharu and Nakazaki Hitoshi and Kyouichi.
- Marder from Panzer World Galient.
- Lex Luthor is a classic example, particularly considering his Silver Age motive for villainy was revenge against Superman for making him bald. And it wasn't really Supes' fault, but Lex blamed him after one of his experiments went wrong.
Steel: Gotta hand it to you, Luthor; nobody would think to look for you here.
- Naturally, this has had fun poked at it several times, such as by Larfleeze during the events of Blackest Night. Also, in an episode of Justice League, Lex, accompanied by Supergirl and Steel, revealed that he had a secret laboratory... fronted by a barbershop.
- Shazam villain Dr. Sivana (who predates Luthor by a couple of months) is another bald mad scientist, who is also diminutive, gangly, ugly, and wears coke-bottle glasses. He has a thing for talking worms.
- A few Spider-Man villains:
- The Kingpin, in Marvel Comics. Bullseye from the Daredevil comics is also bald and has a bullseye scarred into his forehead.
- The Vulture, one of Spiderman's oldest enemies. (Except for the brief period before The Clone Saga when he became a young man and had hair.)
- Mac Donald "Mac" Gargan, the Scorpion, has always been bald, but it became more noticeable during his stint as Venom due to him being shown bareheaded a lot more.
- Professor Xavier of is almost a textbook example of the "kindly eggheaded Professor" aversion, as he's sometimes portrayed as being morally ambiguous and slightly sinister, and let's not go near his various Super Powered Evil Sides. It's worth noting that Patrick Stewart is a classic example of Bald of Awesome.
- Apocalypse also lacks hair.
- The now deceased The Avengers villain Egghead, an Evil Genius and leader of the second Emissaries of Evil and the third Masters of Evil/
- Remember Archie Comics' own super hero imprint? Well, a recurring super villain dubbed the "Brain Emperor" introduced in the original "Mighty Crusaders" becomes the Big Bad in New Crusaders.
- Marvel Universe semi-aversion: Moondragon, even when she was not being actively influenced by the malevolent monster she named herself after, fit The Gift trope to a tee. Her girlfriend Phyla mellowed her out, some.
- In the Teen Titans comic series, Superboy shaved his head bald before going on an insane killer rampage and beating up the entire rest of the team. This was due to a mental command which was placed in Superboy's brain from after he was cloned in Cadmus.
- Henry Bendix, the Weatherman from The Authority and Stormwatch.
- In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1, Big Bad Professor James Moriarty is bald (in keeping with his character in the original Sherlock Holmes stories).
- Nobeard, one of the Subway Pirates in Seven Soldiers and rival of the thick Beard of Evil-sporting Allbeard. It's commonly believed that the two represent series writer Grant Morrison and Alan Moore.
- Tintin encounters badguy Rastapopoulos on several occasions.
- Also, recurrent conspirator Jurgen is short on hair, though he has some on the top of his head.
- Gold Digger's Zelda — a genetically engineered mook to an evil (but he's getting better) child genius — has no body hair at all, not even eyebrows (or possibly eyelashes). She hates it (she used to have very long and luscious hair). It's explained as the result of having "Dolphin DNA" being used in her gengineering.
- The Duke of Lorraine in Rex Mundi.
- Dr. Hugo Strange, the first recurring villain.
- The Penguin is often shown to be bald when his top hat is off.
- The Absorbing Man from The Mighty Thor.
- Many Sin City villains have this going for them: Manute, Wallenquist, Liebowitcz, Cardinal Roark, and the Yellow Bastard. There was also an evil rich guy with an odd sense of family values in the short story Daddy's Girl.
- In Asterix and the Goths, at least seven of the rival kuningōz are bald.
- Depending on how you view his "anti-hero" antics, the New52 version of Superboy is this when fresh out of the test tube.
- In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, Eggman tries to instill this onto Snively after Shadow yanks his hairs out. Instead, he takes an Egg Lobster and races to Freedom HQ to get them back.
- In the original Flash Gordon comic strips, Prince Barin sported a clean-shaven pate in his first appearances — but when he did his Heel-Face Turn, his hair grew out with astonishing rapidity. Ming, however, is bald as...someone who is bald.
- In The Phantom, many baddies sport bald pates. In General Tara's case, it is possible that the baldness is a choice to indicate virility, since he augments his intimidating dome with a large bushy handlebar moustache (gleamingly waxed) and matching goatee. To indicate his self-indulgent lifestyle, the fat buffoons in the Phantom strips (Tara included) always carry an extra bulge of flab at the base of their shiny skulls.
- Charles Addams' depiction of Uncle Fester in The Addams Family is utterly bald, without even eyebrows. Like most of the Addams characters, Fester is a bit more on the "demented" side than actually "evil" per se.
- The Brow from Dick Tracy. Later joined by Canon Immigrant Cueball.
- Retro, a villain in many of garfieldodie's worksnote , has this.
- Queen Of All Oni has Jade's foreman Blankman, who is balding if not completely bald. And he's Lawful Evil at worst, but is still a criminal.
Films — Animation
- Philium Benedict's bald enforcer in Recess: School's Out qualifies for both this and The Dragon.
- Surprisingly, Rapunzel from Shrek the Third was revealed to actually be this. Going by her reaction when it was exposed, apparently, this was not something she was proud of, to say the very least.
- Megamind. Well, I guess he kinda counts...
- Similarly, Gru may also count.
Films — Live-Action
- James Bond
- Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Oddly, Blofeld was portrayed with hair in Diamonds Are Forever, though he wasn't any less evil for it. By the time of For Your Eyes Only, he was bald again.
- Renard from The World Is Not Enough.
- Kratt, one of Le Chiffre's henchmen in Casino Royale (2006). Mostly because Clemens Schick looks hilarious with a full head of hair and mysterious and sexy without it.
- Austin Powers
- By natural extension, Blofeld's parody incarnation, Doctor Evil.
- His pint-size clone, Mini-Me, is also bald, naturally.
- When Scott Evil goes Eeeevil, he gradually loses his hair.
- Galbatorix in The Movie version of the Inheritance Cycle. With a goatee!
- Imhotep in The Mummy; justified as it was the standard hairdo for Egyptian priests. Also, many, many Egyptian villains.
- Indiana Jones
- Shinzon and the Remans in Star Trek: Nemesis, whose look was supposedly based on Nosferatu.
- Nero in Star Trek pulls this off superbly, combining it with a variant of Tattooed Crook.
- How do you make Dracula creepier? Give him rat-teeth, long spidery fingernails, bald him up, and call it Nosferatu. "Graf Orlok" is so distinctive and has been aped so many, many times that the Nosferatu-type vampire is a trope unto itself.
- Even Patrick Stewart gets evil sometimes in Conspiracy Theory, Moby-Dick, Masterminds, and The Prince of Egypt.
- The two main antagonists in Iron Man, as fate would have it, are both bald. Reportedly, Jeff Bridges leapt at the opportunity to shave his head. As if to make up for this, it has two good bald characters.
- Riddick from The Chronicles of Riddick has a shaven head, but he falls into Badass Anti-Hero territory. Less so in Pitch Black, where he plays a criminal turned into a Reluctant Hero.
- Cypher from The Matrix. Bald Black Leader Guy Morpheus gets a pass.
- Apocalypse Now: Col. Walter Edmund Kurtz.
- Kobras of Puma Man. The guys on MST3K never let him forget it either. Played by Donald Pleasence who was also Blofeld.
Tom Servo: Set it to BALD!
- Pleasance has been a villain many times, and MST3K has also dealt with him in Warrior of the Lost World.
- Beowulf makes Grendel completely hairless. Also, none of his tendons are the right length. What's more, the Dragon in his human form is also bald.
- Darryl Revok of Scanners is, at the very least, thinning.
- According to the commentary for Shoot 'em Up, the director considered having Mr. Hertz be bald, a look dubbed "The Full Blofeld".
- Bullshot. When the villainous Otto von Bruno boasts that the hero Bullshot Crummond will soon be out of his hair, his henchman gives him a puzzled look, pointedly eying Otto's bald head.
- The Strangers in Dark City.
- The Cenobites in the Hellraiser movies.
- After the events in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, both Vader and Sidious are bald. As was Maul. (In Maul's defense, his entire species is bald, and not all of them are evil.) Conversely, most of the Jedi have long hair.
- The main character Pink in The Wall is on a downward spiral of insanity from the beginning of the film, but when he really loses it and envisions himself as a Nazi-like tyrant, he shaves everything: face, head hair, body hair, eyebrows, nipples...everything!
- Shocker's villain, Horace Pinker, has it and has burn-marks on it, too.
- The main villain of The House by the Cemetery, Dr. Freudstein, is bald. But people do tend to lose all their hair when they have been dead for decades...
- Freddy Krueger rarely ever takes off his battered, old fedora, but when it does, it's obvious he's bald (hair lost in the fire that killed him).
- Jason Voorhees is also bald (even as he was a child), though Friday The13th Part II has him with long, unkempt hair and Freddy vs. Jason features long-yet-thin strands of hair in the back of Jason's head.
- Rasputin from Hellboy. Also see Beard of Evil.
- Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon, combined with Beard of Evil and Yellow Peril.
- Ben Kingsley's character in Sexy Beast.
- Him in We Are the Strange is bald and lacks body hair of any kind. All he's got are his eyebrows.
- Probably the finest example in cinema is Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life.
- Both Colonel Koobus Venter and Wikus' father-in-law in District 9 qualify for this.
- The Zodiac in Curse of the Zodiac.
- Bane is portrayed in this fashion in The Dark Knight Rises.
- Several villains played by Mark Strong: Sorter in Revolver, Frank D'Amico in Kick-Ass, Godfrey in Robin Hood (2010), Clive Cornell in The Guard, Matai Shang in John Carter...
- Cirus the Virus, from Con Air. Also possibly Diamond Dog, though he's not quite as evil.
- Satan in The Passion of the Christ is meant to be androgynous, with a deep voice but played by a Bald Woman.
- Voldemort in Harry Potter is bald. In the first film, Quirrell was also bald.
- Several in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- The eponymous Cueball in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball. Cueball would later become a Canon Immigrant into the Dick Tracy comic strip.
- Bevan the butler in Would You Rather. He's a former MI-5 operative, skilled in torture techniques, and has absolutely no qualms about shooting people dead.
- The protagonist of Dakota Harris (1986) fights a huge, bald thug on the hood of a Cool Car.
- Our Man Flint. Hans Gruber is a minor villain who Flint kills in a bathroom. He's as bald as an egg.
- Voldemort in Harry Potter, to play up the whole reptile angle. To be fair, in his case, Voldemort was so far gone from anything remotely human that having hair at all would have been an accomplishment.
- Big Bad Vorbis from the Discworld novel Small Gods deliberately shaves and polishes his scalp. Invoked Trope?
- Lord Tywin Lannister and Varys the Spider are this in A Song of Ice and Fire. Tywin combines his with enormous mutton chops to make a bald of extremely awesome.
- Something of a subversion: Matilda's father (who has plenty of hair and happens to be unscrupulous) believes that smart people have good, strong hair and that, therefore, bald people are dumb. (Matilda points out that William Shakespeare was bald.)
- Harap Alb, a Romanian folk tale, has "Spânul', "The Bald Man", as the primary Sadist villain. The main character is told that the only thing worse than a bald man is a red haired one...Guess whose daughter he is forced to win over later?
- Although he was not described specifically in the stories, Sherlock Holmes's Archenemy Professor James Moriarty was presented as being bald in the earliest illustrations of the character. In many later illustrations, he just has a very badly receding hairline, which also makes him look more professorial.
- Rare female example: in Ian Mc Donald's Desolation Road, Arnie Tenebrae becomes a psychotic, sadistic warlord. At one point, it's mentioned: "She was busy shaving her head."
- Bayaz of The First Law combines this with Bald of Awesome, though the "evil" part is less evident until later in the series.
- Darth Bane (the legendary Sith Lord who began the "Rule of Two" tradition among the order) in the Star Wars Expanded Universe has this all the way down.
- Straker from the Stephen King novel 'Salem's Lot.
- Pavel Kazakov, Big Bad of the Dale Brown novel Warrior Class.
- Diabolus Darkdoom and his son, Nigel, in H.I.V.E., a series about a school for villains. Lampshaded by Nero at one point.
Nero: Darkdoom? Oh, why is it always the bald ones?
- A Series of Unfortunate Events has the man with a beard but no hair, who's apparently so evil that Lemony Snicket won't even tell us his name, and the bald man with a long nose, one of Count Olaf's henchmen. In the illustrations, Olaf himself has a noticeable receding hairline.
- The title character in the A-to-Z Mysteries book The Bald Bandit, who steals from a bank.
- Sadi, one of the evil eunuchs at Salmissra's court in The Belgariad. In fact, most Nyissans shave their heads, if for no better reason to keep out the lice. In The Malloreon, Sadi allies with the heroes, takes a level in badass, and graduates to Bald of Awesome. Even in the Belgariad, by about midway through when Sadi no longer stands to gain anything by opposing the protagonists, having him as the de facto ruler of Ny-Issa is about as welcome a development as could reasonably be hoped for (and certainly better than when Salmissra was in charge in any meaningful way).
- In Blood Meridian, the monstrous giant Judge Holden is utterly hairless, lacking even eyebrows and eyelashes.
- The Satanists in Mr Blank and its sequel Get Blank deliberately invoke this trope out of their desire to look as evil as possible. Vassily the Whale is also bald and evil, though it's less self-conscious and more about him looking as close to a cetacean in a shiny suit as possible.
- A rare female example in The Legendsong Saga. Coralyn follows the traditional Iridomi practice of shaving her head and wearing wigs or headdresses. Despite supposedly being common practice, Alaude (her minion) is the only other person shown to do this; Iridomi in general are seen as being more evil in general due to association and their poison industry.
- Journey To Chaos: Orcs are usually the other trope, but Eric meets the exception to this rule in A Mage's Power. Tahart Ligo is gluttonous, specist, commits unlawful action and is a rapist. "Brute" associations are appropriate here. Eric himself believes him to be a monster.
- King Septimus from Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools is revealed to be wearing a wig. He is not proud, to say the least, of his being known as "Septimus the Slaphead."
- Mostly averted in The Bad Unicorn Trilogy, where the sorcerers of the Wizard's Tower, good or evil, often lose their hair as a result of practicing magic. Because of this, there is an entire Guild of Toupee Makers who sell toupees made from the fur of fluff dragons to wizards. Played straight with Evil Sorcerer Rezormoor Dreadbringer, who is one of their customers.
- Walter White, Mike, Gus and the entire Salamanca family from Breaking Bad. Walt's is an Important Haircut shortly after he starts taking treatment and his hair begins to fall out anyway. Walt arguably fluctuates in his 'evilness' exactly in synch with the length of his hair. At his most evil, he even sports a goatee! At the end of the show when he partially redeems himself, he grows back his hair.
Walter Junior: (seeing Walt bald for the first time) Badass, dad!Jesse: (ditto) You look like Lex Luthor.
- Lex Luthor in Smallville after he turns bad, obviously.
- Doctor Who
- The Sontarans, partly because of the People in Rubber Suits effect.
- Davros, the creator of the Daleks.
- Although Star Trek is usually an aversion, given Patrick Stewart's impressive skull, the Borg were more often than not depicted as bald, especially when fully assimilated.
- Speaking of Patrick Stewart, he's the Big Bad in The BBC John le Carré serials Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People. When playing the villain in I, Claudius, however, he's got hair — either for the above-mentioned 'deformity' reason or because his bald head had not yet become famous.
- Rare female example: as Battlestar Galactica's president Laura Roslin loses her hair to cancer treatments, she also becomes increasingly totalitarian.
- Black Hole High: Victor Pearson, the series' antagonist, is bald in the present day, but in the 1987 time zone, he has a full head of hair. Almost everything we see of him in this period is sympathetic. He also manages to keep his hair in an alternate timeline where he's a slightly dotty science teacher. The final kicker: in the series finale, which reveals Pearson's ultimately noble motives, Victor is starting to grow his hair back.
- The Technomages of Babylon 5 all shave their heads, for easier access to the brain and spinal column. Their evilness varies from person to person.
- Billy Zane in Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight.
- Subverted with John Locke in Lost, but played straight in the season 5 finale, when it is revealed that Locke had been dead since several episodes and that the one who had taken his shape was the Big Bad.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a number of bald demons, the most famous of them being The Master, Season 1 Big Bad, and The Gentlemen, from "Hush", the silent episode. Snyder was this to the point where he demonstrated deriving pleasure from Buffy in pain, something not even who he worked for would have much appreciated. There was also Forrest, after being transformed.
- Stargate Atlantis: regular Wraith are evil and have long white hair. In one episode, the heroes confront a Wraith Evil Chancellor, who is extra special evil. And bald.
- The Goa'uld System Lords Heru'ur and Sokar from Stargate SG-1.
- General Lonot and Raynz the alchemist from Tin Man.
- Egghead, as played by Vincent Price on the 60's Batman.
- In an episode of The Walking Dead, Shane is shown shaving his head soon after he shot someone in the leg as a diversion to escape some zombies.
- G.B. Vonturgo from Bring 'Em Back Alive.
- In an episode of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Nick gets affected by one of Wayne's experiments, giving him the ability to suck other peoples' intelligences. As he becomes more intelligent (and evil), he develops an overly large, bald head.
- In Game of Thrones, the Token Evil Teammate of the good guys' side, Roose Bolton, has a receding hairline, instead of his way more over-the-top villainous appearance in the books which included more or less every possible visual cue aside from baldness.
- Air Crash Investigation: David Burke, the man who crashes PSA 1771 to get back at his employers.
- The Flying Cestmir: Mr Blecha is a villainous greedy barber and the antagonist. He's a bald man, but apparently doesn't like it. One of the magical plants "cures" him — his hair grow back for a time.
- Masters of Horror:
- In "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road", the primary villain Moonface is a bald albino serial killer.
- In "Cigarette Burns", Dalibor is a bald snuff film director. He demonstrates this by murdering someone in front of the protagonist.
- The Observers who appear for the first four seasons of Fringe avert this, for the most part, ranging from goodhearted to slightly weaselly. Their colleagues the Invaders from season 5 play it straight.
- In My Chemical Romance's concept record Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, the prominent antagonist, Korse, is obvious bald in both music videos and promotional posters. His character is generally portrayed as an apathetic villain to the story's heroes, who are played by the band.
- Fred Durst.
- Doctor Steel is bald, and wants to take over the world. (On the other hand he just wants to promote fun, and loves children.)
- In Joe's Garage, there is a man named Bald-Headed John that repeatedly rapes Joe.
- The only hair that the villain of Airborne Avenger has is his small handlebar mustache.
- While not specifically a villain, the Time Machine-inventing scientist of Time Machine (Zaccaria) combines this with a Kubrick Stare to give an aura of menace.
- In Rollergames, Chuck Skull (the manager of the Violators) has this.
- Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon
- Dr. Evil from Austin Powers
- The Hood, from Thunderbirds.
- WWE wrestler Kane became bald when he lost his mask in a match. By no coincidence, this is also when he started getting really, really evil. Like, cackling horror-movie-villain evil.
- King Kong Bundy was the greatest example. Apart from his eyelashes, he was completely hairless.
- Genki Horiguchi of Dragon Gate calls himself H.A.G.E of Evil (hage is Japanese for bald).
- The Straight Edge Society in the WWE is a whole stable of these. Inverted in the leader, CM Punk, whose mane is the whole selling point of the gimmick... Punk lost to Rey Mysterio at Over the Limit 2010 and got shaved bald, but it's averted(?) in that he covered it up with a black mask.
- Played with in the 2nd Edition art; the "Ultraviolet-Clearance" section contains pictures of a "typical GM", an evil-looking robed fellow who is usually seen cutting up the rules or cracking a whip and is completely bald.
- The generic High Programmer depicted in the art of the original edition likewise bears more than a passing resemblance to Uncle Fester of The Addams Family.
- One of evil magocracies of Forgotten Realms is Thay, where ruling Red Wizards (both men and women) has shaved and tattooed heads. This tradition was questioned when Lauzoril (the most charismatic leader there) ignored it and broken when traditional power structure was smashed by internal strife.
- Artwork of various Chaos leaders, especially sorcerers, in Warhammer 40,000 usually portrays them as bald, with various Chaos symbols worn on the scalp.
- Every Ork, ever. They don't have natural hair, but some use specialised hair Squigs as topknots.
- In Margin for Error, Consul Karl Baumer's glistening bald pate makes Moe's line "I get sacked off the force, if a hair of your head gets touched" a bit ironic.
- Command & Conquer
- Kane is an example of the aforementioned bald-with-goatee combo.
- Yuri from Red Alert 2 also counts and, like Kane, has an evil beard.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe
- Knights of the Old Republic has several examples, including the Big Bad Darth Malak, his apprentice Darth Bandon, and Sith Academy headmaster Uthar Wynn.
- Darth Malgus, a prominent Big Bad in Star Wars: The Old Republic, is also bald. The similarities between these various Star Wars villains and one of the playable classes can be seen here.◊
- A few villains from Mortal Kombat. Quan Chi, naturally, and Kano (but only in MK3), plus Hsu-Hao, the Dumb Muscle henchman of Mavado. Also, Shao Kahn, although it isn't obvious, seeing as he rarely removes his helmet. Baraka is bald too, but so are all the Tarkata; but then, all of them are evil creatures. D'Vorah from Mortal Kombat X is a Bald Woman variant.
- Calypso in Twisted Metal: Black. (He has hair in the rest of the franchise.)
- Kratos in God of War is bald with an antiheroic goatee, which should tell you everything you need to know about him at a glance.
- Star Trek Online gives us Colonel Hakeev, a senior officer of the Romulan Tal Shiar and Big Bad of the Romulan storyline. Obisek, leader of the Reman Resistance, plays this earlier on, but averts it when it's revealed that he and the player are working towards the same goal.
- Slamek is this in his sole appearance for non-Romulan players, of a sneaky 'pretends he isn't until the end of the mission' sort. For Romulan players, he is the same in that appearance, while it is only implied that he is this in his earlier appearances. But then, he and Obisek, and many mooks on multiple sides (and quite possibly you), are Remans, who are all (including the women) bald, regardless of morality, awesomeness or affiliation.
- The same could be said for Agent 47 from the Hitman series, only replace antiheroic goatee with antiheroic barcode on the back of his head.
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- World of Warcraft has Garrosh Hellscream. Oh boy, is he a real Bald of Evil...along with Kil'jaeden, who is basically World of Warcraft's version of Satan.
- Also, Dr. Baldhead from the first Guilty Gear, obviously. Part of the tendency for bald villains to be doctors as well.
- Zakhaev from Call Of Duty 4. He also has a goatee
- The Mega Man (Classic) series gave us Dr. Wily (who, admittedly, had rather wild hair on the side of his head) and Mega Man X's Sigma.
- Devil May Cry 3 has Arkham. Complete with giant freaking scar over half his face.
- Bald Bull from Punch-Out!! is a bad guy built around this Trope. As he says in one of his pre-fight quotes, "My barber didn't know when to quit. Do you?"
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep gives us Master Xehanort, who mixes this with a Beard of Evil and the same outfit that Xehanort's Heartless wore in the first game. He's a good guy, really.
- Legacy of Kain
- Moebius, servant of the Elder God, is a conniving manipulator who eschews hair of any sort and is notably bald even in thousand year old murals depicting his younger days when he led the rebellion against the vampires who ruled over humanity in the past.
- Minor characters Azimuth and Marcus, both antagonists, are also bald.
- The Helghast in the Killzone series are all bald. Apparently, this is a side effect of having emigrated to a Death World.
- Mr. Big from the Art of Fighting series: a crime boss who kidnapped a teenage girl to blackmail her father and force both her brother and her best friend to fight him.
- Both Sarevok of Baldur's Gate and Jon Irenicus of Baldur's Gate 2 had shaven heads.
- Bitores Mendez, one of the villains of Resident Evil 4, was both bearded and bald. In fact, he looked a lot like Rasputin.
- Both Earthquake and Gen-An Shiranui in Samurai Shodown. Granted, Gen-An has two or three hairs, but he's still an overall baldie.
- Portrait of Ruin has Brauner, who seems to be an Orlok double. Still second fiddle to Dracula, though.
- Neff, the main bad guy from Altered Beast.
- Dr. Elvin Atombender, the Mad Scientist from Impossible Mission, making this Older Than the NES.
- Mr. Blank from Space Channel 5.
- Every bad guy in inFAMOUS.
- Default Male Shepard of Mass Effect if you go Renegade (Paragon Shepard gets the other kind). Seriously, genocide of a race AND several helpings of good old fashioned murder. And this guy's the hero. Also, the sequel has Dark Action Girl Jack, who comes along with massive helpings of bod tattoos. After much Character Development, she moves more towards a Bald of Awesome.
- StarCraft: The Dark Templar was a definite subversion. On the first game, they were largely regarded as a bunch of dark, shady heretics. One of their defining traits is that they don't have tendrils on the backs of their heads (the protoss equivalent of hair), making them essentially bald. Zeratul is the most obvious example. It turns out that they are actually one of the most heroic characters in the game. This, in turn, makes the Dark Templar a straight example of Important Haircut, but not Bald of Awesome.
- Both the male Geniuses in Evil Genius.
- Assassin's Creed
- Metal Gear Solid
- Hot Coldman from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and he's quite evil, all right. Coincidentally, he is also voiced by Mugihito, who voiced Sigma.
- In Metal Gear Solid 2, we have Fatman, who, aside from, well, what he is named for, is also bald (the script implies that his baldness is the result of severe burns). Similar to Coldman, he is a very horrible person.
- In Jade Empire, all of the Lotus Assassins shave their heads.
- Andre Oliveri from Ace Combat: Joint Assault.
- The Chaos Cultists and Lord Zymran from Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate.
- Patches from Demons Souls and Dark Souls.
- Greevil from Pokémon XD
- Abobo in the original Double Dragon.
- A receding hairline/shaven head is a fairly reliable identifier of evil (or at least antagonistic) characters in the Dragon Age series:
- The Adventures of Lomax has Evil Ed, the game's Big Bad. He does have some hair on the sides of his head, though.
- Although Mafia boss Bruto Cadaverini never actually appears in the third Ace Attorney game, his profile picture◊ reveals quite an impressive Bald Of Evil.
- Vigagi and Sikalog, both of the Inspectors from Super Robot Wars. The first shaves his head bald (or so he says, and doubles as a Berserk Button), and the second was apparently born that way.
- Bob and George added Mynd (a purple palette-swap of Sigma) and Captain Kinesis to the Mega Man mix.
- Dr. Steve from Sluggy Freelance fits this trope so closely he may or may not be a Lex Luthor parody.
- Everyday Heroes
- Vilrath from Dominic Deegan. Even though it was just Jacob wearing Vilrath's skin.
- Richard from Looking for Group is most likely bald, since one statue depicting a hoodless near-lookalike of him was bald, a glimpse of him having his head healed didn't show any indication of hair, and an early page where we see an x-ray version of Richard didn't show any hair outlines. Also, we get a few "up-hood" shots, and the fact that the scarily-similar Sisters have little-to-no-hair themselves does not help matters.
- The Law of Purple: Silver is bald.
- Dr Nonami: Aside from his Badass Mustache, Mechano is bald.
- In The Gamers Alliance, Lucky the elven mercenary is bald and very much evil.
- The Watcher in KateModern is an obvious example, although the show also features Tariq Bhartti, who has a shaven head and is a likable enough individual.
- Dr. Phineas Waldorf Steel, complete with a Beard of Evil. Arguably a nice guy, but definitely Evil Overlord-Mad Scientist themed.
- Darth Apparatus in The Gungan Council is universally known for his bald head, having the nicknames "Chrome Dome" and "Bald Nugget".
- In "Dead End" it's revealed that The League of S.T.E.A.M. are opposed by a league of bald-headed villains. Their penalty for failure is to have a wig glued to one's head.
- In Pokémon Apokélypse, Giovanni is this; he has hair in the games.
- The Big Bads of Skyland, Oslo and Diwan.
- In X-Men: Evolution, Mesmero is bald, with arcane markings on his face and head. Much creepier than the original.
- Mr. Burns on The Simpsons.
- Professor Farnsworth in Futurama, although he's too much of a crazy ineffective old doofus to be truly evil. Plus, he's technically a good guy, as far as taking sides is concerned.
- Cobra scientist Dr. Mindbender in G.I. Joe.
- Powerpuff Girls foe Sedusa became this after she lost her hair. (In fact, that was the motive for her Roaring Rampage of Revenge.) It didn't seem to hurt her skills as a Femme Fatale, however, as she was able to use her charms to coerce the Gangrene Gang into working for her.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Zuko was at his most evil when he had the least hair. (Maybe his ponytail is symbolic of his inner goodness.)
- Long Feng isn't quite bald, but he mostly fits the bill. By what may or may not be coincidence, his voice actor, Clancy Brown, also played Lex Luthor in Superman: The Animated Series. (And the Kurgan, who shaved his head.)
- Sparky. Sparky. Boom. Man.
- Jonny Quest's greatest adversary has always been Dr. Zin, who has always been distinctly bald.
- Asajj Ventress from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, one of the few female Balds of Evil and surprisingly good looking.
- Freakshow of Danny Phantom. Arguably, his whole outfit has a villain look, but when surrounded by Goths, not so much.
- Baron Ünterbheit in The Venture Bros.. The show, however, also subverts this trope in that Rusty Venture is bald and Brock shaves his head at the end of Season 3. On the other hand, it might not be so much of a subversion, when you consider the fact that it would be difficult indeed to ever see Rusty or Brock as anything close to being GOOD - one's a Jerkass and the other is a Sociopathic Hero.
- In the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Prototype", a cop who's Drunk on the Dark Side as the result of using a thought-
controllingcontrolled Powered Armor shaves his head to "ensure conductive contact".
- On Codename: Kids Next Door, Mr. Boss is kind of Balding of Evil.
- The "Evil Scientist" in the Looney Tunes short, "Water, Water, Every Hare".
- Mr. Rancid, a Corrupt Corporate Executive from Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.
- In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Obadaiah Stane's baldness carries over from the comics, down to being conspicuously clean-shaven when compared to Jeff Bridge's recognizable beard from the film. His head of security, O'Brien, is also bald. He carries it well.
- American Dragon Jake Long: While being masked for most of the series, once The Huntsman reveals his face (in his last five or so minutes left of screen time before he gets Killed Off for Real), he fits the bill.
- Dr. Scientist on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
- Bowser in Super Mario Bros., unlike in the video games.
- Hacker and Claw from Centurions.
- Abraham Kane, the Big Bad from Motorcity, who also has a Beard of Evil.
- Dr. Ivo Robotnik from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
- Zaheer in The Legend of Korra.