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->''"He's gotten so evil, he's even started losing his hair!"''
-->-- '''Frau Farbissina''', ''Film/AustinPowers in Goldmember''

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 CorruptCorporateExecutive in a political thriller, the sinister evil sorcerer, unholy priest, cult leader, or EvilOverlord in sword-and-sorcery, or a thuggish GiantMook readying to crack the hero in two. However, it is most commonly applied to the EvilChancellor and the MadScientist.

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 [[SlouchOfVillainy slouched on his throne]], steepling his fingers and delivering a BreakingLecture 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 [[{{Squick}} gross deformity]]. Somehow, that didn't stop the very bald Creator/PatrickStewart from being called "The Sexiest Man on TV" in 1992.

A very specific villain type that provides an example of this is the shaven-headed racist or neo-Nazi [[UsefulNotes/{{Skinheads}} skinhead]].

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 [[TheSmartGuy smart guy]] (who's [[ComicBook/XMen probably also in a wheelchair]]), a Buddhist monk, a BaldBlackLeaderGuy, or the [[LittlestCancerPatient Littlest Leukemia Patient.]]

The only other good guys who go shaven are badass {{Anti Hero}}es, so if a hero shaves his head as part of an ImportantHaircut, it is a sure sign he's about to get DarkerAndEdgier.

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 {{aver|tedTrope}}sion of this trope is the WhiteHairBlackHeart, 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 [[BeardOfEvil villainous goatee.]] This trope is also a function of GoodHairEvilHair.

Taking this trope way beyond its logical extreme, occasional ''very'' [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil mad]] [[MadScientist scientists]] will also shave off their skin and the top of their skull, leaving their {{brain|InAJar}}s completely exposed.

For aversions, see BaldOfAwesome.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** 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.
** 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.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
** Lordgenome. Also has the AntiHero 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.
** [[spoiler:Even The Anti-Spiral fits this trope.]]
* Ivan the Terrible (or Ivan of Russia, in the Japanese version) from ''Manga/GiantRobo: 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 ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', although he's actually not nearly as evil as many of the other homunculi, but more of a PsychopathicManchild.
* All over the place in ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''. The BigBad 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 ''Manga/{{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 HeelFaceTurn.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Vargus, who was initially introduced as a thuggish bully of a GiantMook 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 PunchClockVillain; he meets Negi in a bathhouse later "off the clock" and comments that he has no intention of pulling anything.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'': In FINAL, Palparepa, the lead protagonist's evil counterpart, is completely bald.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': In the film adaptation ''[[Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove Do You Remember Love?]]'', all the Zentradi are bald (though their morality varies considerably), and in the original TV series, Bodolza is very bald and very evil ([[KnightTemplar or at least so mission-oriented as to not care about insignificant things like planetary omnicide]]).
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', three morally questionable characters are bald. (Though ''most'' morally questionable characters are not.)
* The evil school inspector in ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}''. Some villains can make their ScaryShinyGlasses gleam menacingly; this man creates the same effect with the top of his head.
* In order to illustrate their pre-series FaceHeelTurn, ''Manga/TokyoTribe 2'''s Mera and Skunk both shave their heads. Kai even comments on Mera's shaven head before he becomes aware that [[spoiler: he's one of two people that Mera vowed to kill]].
* Bask Om of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', although he usually hides it by wearing a hat.
* ''Anime/InuYasha'' has Renkotsu from the Band Of Seven.
* Inverted with the Kongo twins in ''Manga/{{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 [[spoiler:shaving his head is seen as a mark of improvement in his character]].
* Kazundo Gouda, the BigBad from ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd GIG]]'', combines this with SmugSnake and MagnificentBastard for a formidable trifecta of nastiness.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** 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 MeatPuppet for [[BigBad Marik.]]
** [[TheDragon Odion]] was a straight example. As Mai put it on the dub, in his duel against Joey:
-->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 [[{{Pun}} hairdon't]].
* Onimaru Takeshi, the BigBad of ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', sports one. Also, the fallen monk [[TheBrute Seikai Miyoshi]].
* In many H-doujinshi featuring rape, the men are mostly featureless, which includes making them bald.
* Rikkudo in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is a Buddhist monk turned moral-less demon-killer.
* [[spoiler: The Chairman]] in ''Literature/{{Paprika}}''.
* [[spoiler:Kriem]] when [[BaldWomen she]] appears in Episode 18 of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. [[FridgeBrilliance It makes sense]], really, [[spoiler: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 ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' 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 DrivenToSuicide.
* In ''Manga/ApocalypseNoToride'', the main baddies at Shouran are all bald;Hitotsukabuto Kiyoharu and Nakazaki Hitoshi and Kyouichi.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': [[BigBad Marder]] is completely bald.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': J. Geil from Part 3.
* ''Manga/PingPong'': The ''entire'' Kaiō Academy team. Granted, as shown in the series, [[spoiler:players are allowed to grow hair should they leave the team]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** ComicBook/LexLuthor is a classic example, particularly considering his [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] motive for villainy was ''[[DisproportionateRetribution 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. Naturally, this has had fun poked at it several times, such as by [[Characters/GLOrangeLanternCorps Larfleeze]] during the events of ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''. Also, in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Lex, accompanied by ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and ComicBook/{{Steel}}, revealed that he had a secret laboratory... fronted by a ''barbershop''.
--->'''Steel:''' Gotta hand it to you, Luthor; ''nobody'' would think to look for you here.
** The funniest thing is ''Luthor wasn't originally bald''. He was actually an EvilRedhead until someone drew him without hair. [[OlderThanTheyThink And before Luthor there was the Ultra-Humanite]], Superman's original arch-nemesis.
** Bizarro Lex Luthor is bald, as Bizarrogirl points out in [[ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}} her eponymous story arc]]. She finds it sexy, much to Kara's disgust.
** Both the pre-Crisis and pocket dimension versions of General Zod were completely bald and the Zod from ''ComicBook/ForTomorrow'' was bald on the top of his head. ''ComicBook/LastSon'' {{Retcanon}}ned a version of the Zod from ''Film/SupermanII'' into continuity and hence has a full-head of hair. ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' split the difference and kept its Zod bald, but gave him the movie Zod's BeardOfEvil.
* ''ComicBook/{{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.
* ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica villain Brain Wave was also bald.
* A few Franchise/SpiderMan villains:
** ComicBook/TheKingpin, in Creator/MarvelComics. Bullseye from the ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' comics is also bald and has a bullseye scarred into his forehead.
** The Vulture, one of Spider-Man's oldest enemies. (Except for the brief period before ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' when he became a young man and had hair.)
** [=MacDonald=] "Mac" Gargan, the Scorpion, has always been bald, but it became more noticeable during his stint as ComicBook/{{Venom}} due to him being shown bareheaded a lot more.
* ''ComicBook/XMen''
** Professor Xavier is ''almost'' a textbook example of the "kindly eggheaded [[TheProfessor 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 Side}}s. It's worth noting that Creator/PatrickStewart is a classic example of BaldOfAwesome.
** ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} also lacks hair.
* Egghead, a deceased foe of Comicbook/TheAvengers, an EvilGenius and leader of the second Emissaries of Evil and the third Masters of Evil.
* Remember Franchise/ArchieComics' own super hero imprint? Well, a recurring super villain dubbed the "Brain Emperor" introduced in the original "Mighty Crusaders" becomes the BigBad in ''Comicbook/NewCrusaders''.
* Franchise/MarvelUniverse semi-aversion: Moondragon, even when she was not being actively influenced by the malevolent monster she named herself after, fit TheGift trope to a tee. Her girlfriend Phyla mellowed her out, some.
* In the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic series, ComicBook/{{Superboy}} shaved his head bald before going on an insane killer rampage and beating up the entire rest of the team. [[BrainwashedAndCrazy This was due to a mental command which was placed in Superboy's brain from after he was cloned in Cadmus.]] Depending on how you view his "anti-hero" antics, the ComicBook/{{New 52}} version is this when fresh out of the test tube.
* Henry Bendix, the Weatherman from ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' and ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}''.
* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' Vol. 1, BigBad Professor James Moriarty is bald (in keeping with his character in the original Literature/SherlockHolmes stories).
* Nobeard, one of the Subway Pirates in ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' and rival of the thick BeardOfEvil-sporting Allbeard. It's commonly believed that the two represent series writer Creator/GrantMorrison and Creator/AlanMoore.
* The Romanian comic book"Harap Alb"has the bald man or Spanul.His creepy appearance and straegic abilities get him the spot on this list.
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''
** 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.
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'''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''.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr.]] Hugo Strange, the first recurring villain.
** The Penguin is often shown to be bald when his top hat is off.
** Many depictions of Black Mask render him bald under his namesake mask.
* The Absorbing Man from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor''.
* Many ''ComicBook/SinCity'' 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 [[ParentalIncest family values]] in the short story ''Daddy's Girl''.
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Asterix and the Goths]]'', at least seven of the rival kuningōz are bald.
* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', 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.
* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': Underneath his Terminator uniform, Grand Master Torquemada is a brawny, bald-headed man.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': The look sported by recurring villains Escariano Avieso, Refuller D'Abastos, Al Trapone (who hides his under a hat most of the time) and Giorgio Papino, aside from one-time villain Luminous Light, who actually exploited it (see BlindedByTheLight below).
* The ''Star Wars: Clone Wars'' comics introduced Asajj Ventress, a [[BaldWomen bald woman]] who wanted to be a Sith apprentice and killed numerous Jedi for Count Dooku.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'':
** Prince Barin sported a clean-shaven pate in his first appearances -- but when he did his HeelFaceTurn, his hair grew out with astonishing rapidity.
** Ming, however, is bald as...someone who is bald. (Although there is a story arc in which he was temporarily turned good by a MirrorMoralityMachine he'd intended to use on the heroes -- and he too suddenly had a full head of hair for the duration.)
* In ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', 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.
* Creator/CharlesAddams' depiction of Uncle Fester in ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' 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 ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''. Later joined by CanonImmigrant Cueball.
* Despite being more of a PointyHairedBoss than the actual PHB, the asshole CEO in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' is bald.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Retro, a villain in many of Creator/{{garfieldodie}}'s works[[note]]More specifically, ''Fanfic/CanYouImagineThat'', ''Fanfic/TroubleIsland'', and ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''[[/note]], has this.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' has [[VillainProtagonist Jade's]] foreman [[EnigmaticMinion Blankman]], who is bald''ing'' if not completely bald. And he's LawfulEvil at worst, but is still a criminal. There's also [[DarkActionGirl Hebi]], who is left [[BaldWomen completely hairless]] by the process of [[spoiler: transforming and brainwashing her]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* [[BigBad Jafar]] is revealed to be bald underneath his hat in ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}''.
* Philium Benedict's bald enforcer in ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' qualifies for both this and TheDragon.
* Surprisingly, Rapunzel from ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' counts at the beginning of the film. In contrast to Metro Man, Megamind is completely bald. Later, he would apply as BaldOfAwesome.
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'': Similarly, Gru may also count.
* Him in ''WesternAnimation/WeAreTheStrange'' is bald and lacks body hair of any kind. All he's got are his eyebrows.
* The LaughablyEvil high priests Hotep and Huy in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' are bald (comes with the territory when you're an Egyptian priest). Pharaoh also has a shaved head, though he typically has a ceremonial wig on.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'':
** This version makes Grendel completely hairless. Also, [[BodyHorror none of his tendons are the right length]].
** What's more, the Dragon in his human form is also bald.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Ernst Stavro Blofeld in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' and ''OnHerMajestysSecretService''. Oddly, Blofeld was portrayed with hair in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' and ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', though he wasn't any less evil for it. By the time of ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', he was bald again. Averted in ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' and in the unofficial Bond film ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''.
** Renard from ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', and also several of his mooks.
** Kratt, one of Le Chiffre's henchmen in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''. Mostly because Clemens Schick looks ''hilarious'' with a full head of hair and mysterious and sexy without it.
* ''Film/AustinPowers''
** By natural extension, Blofeld's parody incarnation, Dr. Evil.
** His pint-size clone, Mini-Me, is also bald, naturally.
** Dr. Evil's son Scott was introduced in the second movie with a full head of hair and wholly uninterested in villainy. By the third movie his hair was starting to fall out, and it's mentioned that he is becoming more evil the more hair he loses. By the end of the third movie he's completely bald and in a position to take over his father's evil organization, now that both Dr. Evil ''and'' Mini-Me have pulled [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turns]].
--->'''Scott:''' Oh, ''come on''! I mean, first I'm not evil ''enough'' for you... and now you're gonna turn ''good''?!
* Galbatorix in TheMovie [[Film/{{Eragon}} version]] of the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. With a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]]!
* Imhotep in ''Film/{{The Mummy|Trilogy}}''; {{justified|Trope}} as it was the standard hairdo for Egyptian priests. Also, many, many Egyptian villains.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** Mola Ram in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom.''
** Also, the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi mechanic]] GiantMook in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk,'' whom Indy fought in a PunchPunchPunchUhOh scenario.
* Shinzon and the Remans in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', whose look was supposedly based on ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
* Nero in ''Film/StarTrek'' pulls this off superbly, combining it with a variant of TattooedCrook.
* How do you make {{Dracula}} creepier? Give him rat-teeth, long spidery fingernails, bald him up, and call it ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''. "Graf Orlok" is so distinctive and has been [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem aped]] [[Film/ThirtyDaysOfNight so]] [[Literature/SalemsLot many]], [[TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}} many]] [[Film/{{Blade}} times]] that the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Nosferatu-type]] vampire is [[LooksLikeOrlok a trope unto itself]].
* Even Creator/PatrickStewart gets evil sometimes in ''Film/ConspiracyTheory'', ''Film/MobyDick'', ''Film/{{Masterminds}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''.
* The two main antagonists in ''Film/IronMan1'', as fate would have it, are both bald. Reportedly, Creator/JeffBridges leapt at the opportunity to shave his head. As if to make up for this, it has two ''good'' bald characters.
* Riddick from ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' has a shaven head, but he falls into Badass AntiHero territory. Less so in ''Film/PitchBlack'', where he plays a criminal turned into a [[ResignedToTheCall Reluctant Hero]].
* Cypher from ''Film/TheMatrix''. BaldBlackLeaderGuy Morpheus gets a pass.
* ''Film/ApocalypseNow'': Col. Walter Edmund Kurtz.
* Kobras of ''Film/PumaMan''. The guys on ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' never let him forget it either. Played by Creator/DonaldPleasence who was also [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice Blofeld]].
-->'''Tom Servo:''' Set it to BALD!
:: Pleasance has been a villain many times, and ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' has also dealt with him in ''Film/WarriorOfTheLostWorld''.
* Darryl Revok of ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' is, at the very least, thinning.
* According to the commentary for ''Film/ShootEmUp'', the director considered having [[TheDragon Mr. Hertz]] be bald, a look dubbed "The Full Blofeld".
* ''Film/{{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 ''Film/DarkCity''.
* The Cenobites in the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies.
* After the events in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', 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 ''Music/TheWall'' 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!''
* ''Film/{{Shocker}}'''s villain, Horace Pinker, has it and has [[GoodScarsEvilScars burn-marks]] on it, too.
* The main villain of ''Film/TheHouseByTheCemetery'', Dr. Freudstein, is bald. But people do tend to lose all their hair when they have been dead for decades...
* [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] rarely ever takes off his [[FedoraOfAsskicking battered, old fedora]], but when it does, it's obvious he's bald (hair lost in the fire that killed him).
* [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] is also bald (even as he was a child), though ''Film/FridayThe13thPart2'' has him with long, unkempt hair and ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' features long-yet-thin strands of hair in the back of Jason's head.
* Rasputin from ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''. Also see BeardOfEvil.
* Ming the Merciless from ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'', combined with BeardOfEvil and YellowPeril.
* Ben Kingsley's character in ''Film/SexyBeast''.
* Probably the finest example in cinema is Mr. Potter from ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''.
* Both Colonel Koobus Venter and Wikus' father-in-law in ''Film/{{District 9}}'' qualify for this.
* The Zodiac in ''Film/CurseOfTheZodiac''.
* Bane is portrayed in this fashion in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* Several villains played by Creator/MarkStrong: Sorter in ''Film/{{Revolver}}'', Frank D'Amico in ''Film/KickAss'', Godfrey in ''Film/RobinHood2010'', Clive Cornell in ''Film/TheGuard'', Matai Shang in ''Film/JohnCarter''...
* Cirus the Virus, from ''Film/ConAir''. Also possibly Diamond Dog, though he's not quite as evil.
* {{Satan}} in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' is meant to be androgynous, with a deep voice but played by a {{Bald Wom|en}}an.
* Voldemort in ''Film/HarryPotter'' is bald. In the first film, Quirrell was also bald.
* Several in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** Obidiah Stane in ''Film/IronMan1''.
** The Red Skull (most of the time) in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.
** [[spoiler: Jasper Sitwell]] in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''.
** Nebula in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
** Baron Strucker and Ultron in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
** Darren Cross (aka Yellowjacket) in ''Film/AntMan''.
** Adrian Toomes in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''
** Thanos in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.
* The eponymous Cueball in ''Dick Tracy vs. Cueball''. Cueball would later become a CanonImmigrant into the ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' comic strip.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'': The Juggernaut keeps his head shaved, probably so his helmet can fit.
** ''Film/TheWolverine'': Viper after she sheds her skin and looks more evil and like a viper.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Caliban isn't ''evil'' per se, but he works in the black market, and there isn't a hair on this criminal's head.
* Colonel McCollough shaves his head in ''Film/{{War For The Planet Of The Apes}}''.
* Bevan the butler in ''Film/WouldYouRather''. He's a former MI5 operative, skilled in torture techniques, and has absolutely ''no'' qualms about shooting people dead.
* The protagonist of ''Film/DakotaHarris'' (1986) fights a huge, bald thug on the hood of a CoolCar.
* ''Film/OurManFlint''. Hans Gruber is a minor villain who Flint kills in a bathroom. He's as bald as an egg.
* RabidCop Chris in ''Film/SavagesCrossing''
* Fletcher in ''Film/{{Whiplash}}'' is an over-the-top SadistTeacher who runs his jazz band like a boot camp. He's willing to verbally and physically abuse his students in the name of pushing them past their limits, and it's suggested that this treatment [[spoiler: caused a former student to commit suicide.]]
* Creator/BillyZane in ''Film/DemonKnight''.
* Apparently averted with the Lex Luthor in ''Film/{{Superman}}'' (1978), until he's thrown into prison at the end of the movie and removes his toupee during an angry rant. Likewise Lex in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' is younger than normally portrayed and has long flowing locks. But when he's thrown into a maximum security prison at the end of the movie, his head is shaved by the prison guards.
* Alfred Jodl in ''{{Film/Downfall}}'', who's one of Hitler's closest subordinates. That alone is enough to qualify.
* Cobra Commander is depicted as bald in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' and its sequel ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* ''Film/WildWind'' has an evil bald Nazi officer, and also a heroic bald Russian partisan.
* ''Film/NothingButTrouble'': The insane judge is completely bald underneath his wig.
* Calhoun, the outlaw leader in ''Film/BreakheartPass'', is completely bald but has a long BeardOfBarbarism without a moustache, for a very distinctive look.


* Voldemort in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', to play up the whole [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent 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.
* BigBad Vorbis from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/SmallGods'' deliberately shaves and polishes his scalp. InvokedTrope?
* Lord Tywin Lannister and Varys the Spider are this in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Tywin combines his with enormous mutton chops to make a [[BaldOfAwesome bald of extremely awesome.]]
* Something of a subversion: Literature/{{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 Creator/WilliamShakespeare 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, Franchise/SherlockHolmes'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 Creator/IanMcDonald's ''Desolation Road,'' [[spoiler: Arnie Tenebrae]] becomes a psychotic, sadistic warlord. At one point, it's mentioned: "She was busy shaving her head."
* [[spoiler:Bayaz]] of ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' combines this with BaldOfAwesome, 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 Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has this all the way down.
* Straker from the Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/SalemsLot''.
* Pavel Kazakov, BigBad of the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Warrior Class''.
* Diabolus Darkdoom and his son, Nigel, in ''[[Literature/HiveSeries H.I.V.E.]]'', a series about a school for villains. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Nero at one point.
-->'''Nero:''' Darkdoom? Oh, ''why'' is it always the bald ones?
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has [[NoNameGiven 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 ''Literature/AToZMysteries'' book ''The Bald Bandit'', who steals from a bank.
* [[SmugSnake Sadi]], one of the [[EunuchsAreEvil evil eunuchs]] at Salmissra's court in ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. In fact, most Nyissans shave their heads, if for no better reason to keep out the lice. In ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', Sadi allies with the heroes, [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]], and graduates to BaldOfAwesome. 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 ''Literature/BloodMeridian'', the monstrous giant Judge Holden is utterly hairless, lacking even eyebrows and eyelashes.
* The Satanists in ''Literature/MrBlank'' and its sequel ''Literature/GetBlank'' 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 ''Literature/TheLegendsongSaga''. 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.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Orcs are usually the other trope, but Eric meets the exception to this rule in ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]''. Tahart Ligo is gluttonous, specist, commits unlawful action and [[spoiler: is a rapist]]. "Brute" associations are appropriate here. [[TheProtagonist Eric himself]] believes him to be a monster.
* [[spoiler:King Septimus]] from ''Literature/SebastianDarke: Prince of Fools'' is revealed to be wearing a wig. He is not proud, to say the least, of his being known as "[[spoiler:Septimus]] the Slaphead."
* Mostly averted in ''Literature/TheBadUnicornTrilogy'', 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 [[spoiler: the fur of fluff dragons]] to wizards. Played straight with EvilSorcerer Rezormoor Dreadbringer, who is one of their customers.
* Brutus from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. However, he just wants to get out of the games alive, which calls his "evil" status into doubt.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Walter White, Mike, Gus and the entire Salamanca family from ''Series/BreakingBad''. Walt's is an ImportantHaircut 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 [[BeardOfEvil a goatee!]] At the end of the show [[spoiler: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.
* ComicBook/LexLuthor in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' after he turns bad, obviously.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Sontarans, partly because of the PeopleInRubberSuits effect.
** Davros, the creator of the Daleks.
* Although ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is usually [[BaldOfAwesome an aversion]], given Creator/PatrickStewart's impressive skull, the Borg were more often than not depicted as bald, especially when fully assimilated.
* Speaking of Patrick Stewart, he's the BigBad in Creator/TheBBC Creator/JohnLeCarre serials ''Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'' and ''Smiley's People''. When playing the villain in ''Series/IClaudius'', 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 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'''s president Laura Roslin loses her hair [[spoiler:to cancer treatments]], she also becomes increasingly totalitarian.
* ''Series/BlackHoleHigh'': 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 ''Series/BabylonFive'' all shave their heads, for easier access to the brain and spinal column. Their evilness varies from person to person.
* Subverted with John Locke in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', [[spoiler:but played straight in the season 5 finale, when it is revealed that Locke had been dead since several episodes and that [[NotHimself the one who had taken his shape]] was the BigBad]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a number of bald [[MonsterOfTheWeek demons]], the most famous of them being The Master, Season 1 BigBad, and The Gentlemen, from "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E10Hush Hush]]", the silent episode. [[SadistTeacher Snyder]] was this to the point where he demonstrated deriving pleasure from Buffy in pain, something [[EvenEvilHasStandards not even]] who he [[BigBad worked for]] would have [[FamilyValuesVillain much appreciated.]] There was also Forrest, after being transformed.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': regular Wraith are evil and have long white hair. In one episode, the heroes confront a Wraith EvilChancellor, who is extra special evil. And bald.
* The Goa'uld System Lords Heru'ur and [[{{Satan}} Sokar]] from ''Series/StargateSG1''.
* General Lonot and Raynz the alchemist from ''Series/TinMan''.
* Egghead, as played by Creator/VincentPrice on the 60's ''Series/{{Batman}}''.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheWalkingDead,'' [[spoiler: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 ''Series/BringEmBackAlive''.
* In an episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids: 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.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The TokenEvilTeammate 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.
** Regardless of his actual morality, Ser Ilyn Payne is terrifying executioner with a shiny dome.
** Polliver, the sadistic soldier and TortureTechnician.
** Theon's brutish crewman Black Lorren.
** Styr and the other Thenns combine this with ritual scarification to make them ObviouslyEvil.
** Janos Slynt is pretty much of the epitome of the combination of this trope with BeardOfEvil.
* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'': David Burke, the man who crashes PSA 1771 to get back at his employers.
* ''Series/TheFlyingCestmir'': 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.
* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'':
** 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 ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' avert this, for the most part, ranging from goodhearted to slightly weaselly. Their colleagues the Invaders from season 5 play it straight.
* Several in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** Deathlok, Jasper Sitwell, Carl Creel (Absorbing Man), Wolfgang von Strucker in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''
** Wilson Fisk in ''Series/Daredevil2015''
** Cornell Stokes in ''Series/LukeCage''
** [[spoiler: Davos]] in ''Series/IronFist''
** William Rawlins and Lewis Walcott in ''Series/ThePunisher''

* In Music/MyChemicalRomance's concept record ''Music/DangerDaysTheTrueLivesOfTheFabulousKilljoys'', 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.
* [[Music/LimpBizkit Fred Durst]].
* Music/DoctorSteel is bald, and wants to take over the world. (On the other hand he just wants to promote fun, and loves children.)
* In [[Music/JoesGarage Joe's Garage]], there is a man named Bald-Headed John that repeatedly rapes Joe.
* One of the visual indicators of the Bond-villain homage protagonist's villainy in the video for ''Music/GenghisKhan'' is his completely bald head. (His TuxedoAndMartini inspired [[DatingCatwoman enemy turned love interest]] has a full head of thick hair.)
** From the same artists (and with the same actors), the music video for ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl6k_h2drK8 My Trigger]]''. The American President has a nice thick head of hair, the Russian leader is bald.

* The only hair that the villain of ''Pinball/AirborneAvenger'' has is his small handlebar mustache.
* While not specifically a villain, the TimeMachine-inventing scientist of ''Pinball/TimeMachineZaccaria'' combines this with a KubrickStare to give an aura of menace.
* In ''Pinball/{{Rollergames}}'', Chuck Skull (the manager of the Violators) has this.
* Ming the Merciless from ''Pinball/FlashGordon''
* Dr. Evil from ''Pinball/AustinPowers''

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The Hood, from ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''.
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': Baldness, combined with BeardOfEvil and his ''name'', [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Bully-Boy [=McPherson=],]] are all that's needed to establish Mr. Potato Head's new supervisor as bad news the moment he's introduced.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/KingKongBundy was the greatest example. Apart from his eyelashes, he was completely hairless.
* La Ruda Amapola has been [[HumiliatingWager shaved bald]] multiple times in Wrestling/{{CMLL}} alone.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Wrestling/{{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.
* Genki Horiguchi of ''Wrestling/DragonGate'' calls himself H.A.G.E of Evil (hage is Japanese for bald).
* The Straight Edge Society in the Wrestling/{{WWE}} is a whole stable of these. Inverted in the leader, Wrestling/CMPunk, whose mane is the whole selling point of the gimmick... Punk lost to Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} at Over the Limit 2010 and got shaved bald, but it's {{defied|trope}} in that he covered it up with a black mask.
* Wrestling/RandyOrton went bald for a time while he was heel in 2009.
* Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}} has Paul Robinson and Zack Gibson.
* Wrestling/CelticChampionshipWrestling has two particularly evil characters who are bald - DarkMessiah Xavier Burns and AxCrazy Bedlam Billy.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} at the 2016 ''[[Wrestling/RingOfHonor Aftershock]]'' when LongHairedPrettyBoy Matt Taven stated Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels insulted {{God}} by he shaving his head, unable to understand why someone would throw away such a beautiful gift.

* This even shows up in ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', a radio show. For a long while during the Novacom saga, Mr. Charles was informally known as "the bald guy."
* Creator/MarkKermode and Simon Mayo even made up a rule about it (when reviewing ''Prince of Persia'').
-->"Never trust a bald man with mascara."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''
** 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 UncleFester of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''.
* One of evil magocracies of ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' is Thay, where ruling [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Wizards_of_Thay Red Wizards]] (both men and women) has shaved ''and tattooed'' heads. This tradition was questioned when [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Lauzoril 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 ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 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.
* The [[ObviouslyEvil Obviously Evil]] Primal Vampires of ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' are completely hairless.

* In ''Theatre/MarginForError'', 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer''
** 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.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has several examples, including the BigBad Darth Malak, his apprentice Darth Bandon, and Sith Academy headmaster Uthar Wynn.
** Darth Malgus, a prominent BigBad in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', is also bald. The [[InternalHomage similarities between these various Star Wars villains and one of the playable classes]] can be seen [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/machineman/JUGS.jpg here.]]
* A few villains from ''Franchis/MortalKombat''. Quan Chi, naturally, and Kano (but only in ''[=MK3=]''), plus Hsu-Hao, the DumbMuscle 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 ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' is a {{Bald Wom|en}}an variant.
* Calypso in ''[[Franchise/TwistedMetal Twisted Metal: Black]]''. (He has hair in the rest of the franchise.)
* Kratos in ''VideoGame/{{God of War|Series}}'' is bald with an ''{{antihero}}ic [[BeardOfEvil goatee]]'', which should [[VillainProtagonist tell you everything you need to know about him]] at a glance.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' gives us Colonel Hakeev, a senior officer of the Romulan Tal Shiar and BigBad 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.
** [[spoiler: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 ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series, only replace [[AntiHero antiheroic goatee]] with [[AntiHero antiheroic barcode on the back of his head]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** Dr. Robotnik/''Egg''man. I Am The Eggman, that's what I am...
** And his nephew, Snivelly, in the [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog comics]] and [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm cartoon]], who only has five hairs.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has Garrosh Hellscream. Oh boy, is he a real Bald of Evil...along with Kil'jaeden, who is basically [=WoW=]'s version of Satan.
* Also, Dr. Baldhead from the first ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', obviously. Part of the tendency for bald villains to be [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate doctors as well.]]
* Zakhaev from ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty4''. He also has a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]]
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series gave us Dr. Wily (who, admittedly, had [[EinsteinHair rather wild hair]] on the side of his head) and ''VideoGame/MegaManX's'' Sigma.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' has Arkham. Complete with [[GoodScarsEvilScars giant freaking scar]] over half his face.
* [[MeaningfulName Bald Bull]] from ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' 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?"
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' gives us [[ObviouslyEvil Master Xehanort]], who mixes this with a BeardOfEvil and the same outfit that [[spoiler:Xehanort's Heartless]] wore in the first game. [[BlatantLies He's a good guy,]] [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter really.]]
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain''
** Moebius, [[TheManBehindTheMan servant]] of the [[EldritchAbomination 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 ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'' series are all bald. Apparently, this is a side effect of having emigrated to a DeathWorld.
* Mr. Big from the ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' 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 ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' and Jon Irenicus of ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' had shaven heads.
* Bitores Mendez, one of the villains of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', was both {{beard|OfEvil}}ed and bald. In fact, he looked a lot like Rasputin.
* Both [[{{Gonk}} Earthquake and Gen-An Shiranui]] in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''. Granted, Gen-An has two or three hairs, but he's still an overall baldie.
* ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Portrait of Ruin]]'' has Brauner, who seems to be an Orlok double. Still second fiddle to Dracula, though.
* Neff, the main bad guy from ''VideoGame/AlteredBeast''.
* Dr. Elvin Atombender, the MadScientist from ''VideoGame/ImpossibleMission'', making this OlderThanTheNES.
* [[spoiler: Mr. Blank]] from ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5''.
* Every bad guy in ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}''.
* Default Male Shepard of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' if you go Renegade (Paragon Shepard gets [[BaldOfAwesome the other kind]]). [[spoiler: Seriously, genocide of a race AND several helpings of good old fashioned murder.]] And this guy's the hero. Also, the sequel has DarkActionGirl Jack, who comes along with [[TattooedCrook massive helpings of bod tattoos.]] After much CharacterDevelopment, she moves more towards a BaldOfAwesome.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': The Dark Templar was a definite {{subver|tedTrope}}sion. 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 ImportantHaircut, but not BaldOfAwesome.
* ''Both'' the male Geniuses in ''VideoGame/EvilGenius''.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''
** Robert de Sable is the bald BigBad ([[GreaterScopeVillain mostly]]) of the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI first game]].
** The Priest from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' is a bald Templar.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** Hot Coldman from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', and he's quite evil, all right. Coincidentally, he is also voiced by Creator/{{Mugihito}}, who voiced Sigma.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', we have Fatman, who, aside from, well, [[FatBastard what]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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 ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', all of the [[SecretPolice Lotus Assassins]] shave their heads.
* [[spoiler: Andre Oliveri]] from ''VideoGame/AceCombatJointAssault''.
* The Chaos Cultists and [[BigBad Lord Zymran]] from ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000ChaosGate''.
* Patches from ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''.
* Greevil from ''VideoGame/PokemonXD''
* Abobo in the original ''VideoGame/{{Double Dragon|1}}''.
* A receding hairline/shaven head is a fairly reliable identifier of evil (or at least antagonistic) characters in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** Uldred, Caladrius, [[spoiler: and Zathrian]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' all fit the trope.
** Ser Alrik from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
** [[spoiler:Solas, your EvilMentor,]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''.
* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'' has Evil Ed, the game's BigBad. He does have some hair on the sides of his head, though.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', the Royal Spymaster is bald. The High Overseer's head is shaved as well.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', there's Cervantes, one of Walhart's generals. He makes up for the baldness with a ''glorious'' BadassMoustache. It's a tad downplayed though, as compared to Walhart and his other generals, Cervantes is played in more a comedic light.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', Hans is an AxCrazy soldier of Nohr with a shaved bald head and a desire to get ahead in life, no matter who he has to kill or torture. He also was a former criminal who committed many offenses before King Garon pardoned him. Fittingly, he's of the Berserker class.
** Fuga is a subversion though: yes, the Avatar has to fight him in all three paths, but it's more because of a SecretTestOfCharacter rather than him being evil (and misunderstandings due to Nohrian trickery). Once the Avatar proves his/her worthiness to Fuga, he becomes more helpful, providing the army with valuable information in all three paths, an ally in his adopted son Hayato in ''Birthright'' and ''Revalations'' [[spoiler: and eventually joins the army himself in ''Revelations''.]]
* Pretty much every single {{Mook}} in ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' and ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'' is bald. In particular, members of the Russian mafia all appear to be mandatorily clean-shaven; this is however inverted by the mafia bosses in both games, who have long, unkempt hair.
* ''VideoGame/RidesWithStrangers'', Donald McArthur (The Father) is a 51 year old priest who's actually a serial child rapist/torturer/murderer and wants to "purge" the world of "whores" and "heretics". He has no head hair other than sideburns.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, prior to becoming an example of BaldOfAwesome due to his actions as TheAtoner, St. Jiub the Eradicator, who drove the [[TakeThatScrappy much reviled]] [[GoddamnBats Cliff Racers]] from Vvardenfell between the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', led a very sordid life as a [[FantasticDrug skooma addict]] and freelance assassin, fitting this trope instead.
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'' has two of the evil creatures known as Glumps be bald: Rocko and Bruiser.
* Masayoshi Shido from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' qualifies for this big time. He's a corrupt politician, a horrible father to [[spoiler: Goro]] and an unlikable prick in general. Anything else we're missing? Oh yeah, he's the leader of a [[TheConspiracy conspiracy]] that plans to use an alternate world to manipulate others for their own gain.
** A minor example in this game is Kobayakawa, the principal of Shujin Academy. He doesn't care about anything other than the reputation of the school, going so far as to turn a blind eye to a teacher's constant abuse to his students, not to mention forcing the student council president to expose the Phantom Thieves of Heart identies.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Although Mafia boss Bruto Cadaverini never actually appears in the third ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' game, his [[http://media.strategywiki.org/images/a/aa/PW_shikabane.png profile picture]] reveals quite an impressive Bald Of Evil.
* Vigagi and Sikalog, both of the Inspectors from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. The first shaves his head bald (or so he says, and doubles as a BerserkButton), and the second was apparently born that way.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The WebAnimation/{{Mastermind}}'s bald head is just one of the many contributing factors to his evil appearance.
* Secondary ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' villain (and big-time sleazebag) Mars is severely bald on the top of his head, with only some grey around the sides and what's left in back pulled into a ponytail.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' added Mynd (a purple palette-swap of Sigma) and Captain Kinesis to the ''{{VideoGame/Mega Man|Classic}}'' mix.
* Dr. Steve from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' fits this trope so closely he may or may not be a Lex Luthor parody.
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''
** Dr. Unpleasant: "Hey mister, your head looks like a [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990755/an-unpleasant-good-morning/ light bulb]]."
** Subverted [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990791/odious-greetings/ here]] by Professor Odious, who is actually a [[TropaholicsAnonymous reformed villain.]]
* [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2003-06-04 Vilrath]] from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''. [[spoiler:Even though it was just Jacob wearing Vilrath's skin.]]
* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' 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.
* ''Webcomic/TheLawOfPurple'': Silver is bald.
* ''Webcomic/DrNonami'': Aside from his BadassMustache, Mechano is bald.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-973 SCP-973 ("Smokey")]]. He appears to be a balding Caucasian male. He ruthlessly kills speeders in horrible ways, including evisceration and rape.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Lucky the elven mercenary is bald and very much evil.
* The Watcher in ''WebVideo/KateModern'' is an obvious example, although the show also features Tariq Bhartti, who has a shaven head and is a likable enough individual.
* [[Music/DoctorSteel Dr. Phineas Waldorf Steel]], complete with a BeardOfEvil. Arguably a nice guy, but definitely EvilOverlord-MadScientist themed.
* Darth Apparatus in ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'' is universally known for his bald head, having the [[FanNickname nicknames]] "Chrome Dome" and "Bald Nugget".
* ''WebVideo/TheAdventuresOfTheLeagueOfSTEAM'': In "Dead End", it's revealed that the heroes are opposed by a league of bald-headed villains. Their [[YouHaveFailedMe penalty for failure]] is to have a wig glued to one's head.
* In ''WebVideo/PokemonApokelypse'', Giovanni is this; he has hair in the games.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The {{Big Bad}}s of ''WesternAnimation/{{Skyland}}'', Oslo and Diwan.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Mesmero is bald, with arcane markings on his face and head. Much creepier than the original.
* Mr. Burns on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is balding and a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* ''Franchise/GIJoe''
** Cobra scientist Dr. Mindbender is depicted as bald in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero''.
** Cobra's leader Cobra Commander is depicted as bald in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' foe Sedusa became this after she lost her hair. (In fact, that was the motive for her RoaringRampageOfRevenge.) It didn't seem to hurt her skills as a FemmeFatale, however, as she was able to use her charms to coerce the Gangrene Gang into working for her.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** [[AntiVillain Zuko]] was at his most evil when he had the least hair. (Maybe his ponytail is symbolic of his inner goodness.)
** [[EvilChancellor 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 ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. (And [[Film/{{Highlander}} the Kurgan]], who shaved his head.)
** [[ProfessionalKiller Sparky.]] [[ImplacableMan Sparky.]] [[TheVoiceless Boom.]] [[SomethingPerson Man.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'''s greatest adversary has always been Dr. Zin, who has always been distinctly bald.
* Asajj Ventress from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', one of the few female Balds of Evil and surprisingly good looking.
* Freakshow of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. Arguably, his whole outfit has a villain look, but when surrounded by {{Goth}}s, not so much.
* Baron Ünterbheit in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. 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 SociopathicHero.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Prototype", a cop who's DrunkOnTheDarkSide as the result of using a thought-[[strike:controlling]] controlled PoweredArmor shaves his head to "ensure conductive contact".
* On ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Mr. Boss is kind of Balding of Evil.
* The [[CardCarryingVillain "Evil Scientist"]] in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, "Water, Water, Every Hare".
* Mr. Rancid, a CorruptCorporateExecutive from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': Eustace can lean towards this trope at times, especially in the infamous episode "Ball of Revenge", [[spoiler: where he hired Courage's past foes to murder Courage and would even go as far to use Muriel as bait to do so]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'': While being masked for most of the series, once The Huntsman reveals his face [[spoiler: (in his last five or so minutes left of screen time before he gets KilledOffForReal)]], he fits the bill.
* Dr. Scientist on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* [[BigBad Bowser]] in ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros'', unlike in the video games.
* Hacker and Claw from ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}''.
* Abraham Kane, the BigBad from ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'', who also has a BeardOfEvil.
* [[BigBad Dr. Ivo Robotnik]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''
* Zaheer in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
* Nearly every villain in the 1965 ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'' cartoon is bald: Yellow Pinkie, Dr. Dangit, Double-Ex, Scuba Duba, and Hy Spy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Silas shaves off all of his hair in season 3 [[spoiler:for medical purposes as he underwent heavy surgery]]. That, coupled with the damages to his body, serves to make him more sickly and unnerving.
* Mandark's future self Overlord Mandark in the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' TVMovie ''WesternAnimation/EgoTrip'' is bald.