Charlie Brown Baldness
outrageous, gravity defying hairdos. On the other hand, there are characters like this, with only two or three strands of hair. To a casual viewer, a character with Charlie Brown Baldness will appear, well, bald. However, the character may occasionally mention getting a haircut, or other characters will comment on said haircut or colour. The current Trope Namer is Charlie Brown, who, at first glance, appears bald save for a few short curls in front, but according to Word of God, just has incredibly light blond hair, buzzed short. If the character is a child, expect there to be Epileptic Trees from fans about the character suffering from cancer. Contrast Furry Baldness, where an animal character is "bald" despite still having hair, feathers, or fur.
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- Cara Confused from the UK's Confused.com ads is a rare female example. Though she was originally a character of ambiguous gender before she was given a voice and Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.
Anime & Manga
- Chiaotzu of Dragon Ball has one strand of hair under his hat. Unlike most of the other examples listed, this isn't a stylistic choice, he really does just have one strand of hair.
- Mochu, a minor character in Gakuen Alice. A few fans nicknamed him "Baldy".
- Alex Lois Armstrong of Fullmetal Alchemist is looks like an adult, anime Charlie Brown with a mustache. And after pumping a lot of iron.
- Charlie Brown from Peanuts, pictured above. According to Charles Schultz, it's the result of Charlie Brown's father being the local barber, who maintains Charlie with a perpetual buzz cut.
- Lt. Fuzz, ironically, in Beetle Bailey
- Iggy from Little Lulu. Igg has visible "stubble," though, making it clearer than many examples that it's the result of a buzz cut.
- Jimmy Five from Monica's Gang, who is often called "baldy" despite having, well, five strands of hair (two of which somehow flatten the top of his head).
- Billy Whizz, his brother Alfie, and their Dad, in The Beano. They all have two long hairs and the rest of the head is bald. There are little dots on Billy and Dad indicating that theirs are buzzcuts, but Alfie, being a toddler, lacks this, and so plays the trope straight.
- Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Since Greg in the live-action movie has a full head of hair, Greg is generally considered to have hair in the book as well.
- A classic series of Chinese children's storybooks, San Mao, so named for the young protagonist having only three hairs on his head.
Live Action TV
- Robot Chicken parodied Charlie Brown's perceived baldness in a Peanuts skit, having yell out for Linus because he was supposed to take Charlie to chemo.
- Elmer Fudd from Looney Tunes is sometimes depicted as this.
- The titular character in the preschool cartoon series Caillou is drawn bald. It is never remarked upon. According to Word of God, Caillou was originally supposed to be young baby.
- Most of the male characters on Ed Eddn Eddy suffer from this. Ed appears to have a ring of short, black hairs around the edge of his scalp, which becomes an orange pompadour when styled in one episode. Kevin has something similar when he takes his hat off, but in red. Eddy appears to only have three foot-long hairs coming out of the back of his head. Jimmy has an odd, poofy hairstyle (described by other characters as resembling a chicken's rear end) which blends seamlessly with his skin color. Johnny is the exception, as while he also has a multitude of tiny black hairs, he is stated in-universe to be bald.
- Nightmare Ned's titular boy has a few strands of hair that stick straight up.
- Tommy Pickles from Rugrats. Which is probably to be expected, since he is a baby.
- The Simpsons
- Homer Simpson is bald. However, his kids have hair the same color as their skin. One episode has Lisa being mistaken for a Dumb Blonde, and another has Bart's hair reverting to its natural red from lack of sun exposure. In a third episode, they start obsessing over where their head ends and the hair begins, with Lisa hastily drawing a hairline with marker.
- Since The Simpsons has Negative Continuity, the kids' spikes are alternately hair and parts of their skulls.
- There is also an episode where Lisa gets gum stuck in her hair and has to go to a barber to have it removed, resulting in a new style.
"I finally look like a real person!"
- Lampshaded when Homer joins the Stonecutters.
Homer: I swear, that if I ever reveal the secrets of the Stonecutters, that my stomach shall become bloated, and my head plucked of all but three hairs...
Moe: Um, I think he should have to take a different oath.
Number One: Everybody takes the same oath!
- Also, thanks to Negative Continuity, Homer has lost his hair in many different ways. One episode shows a young Homer losing hair as he brushes ("plenty more where that came from"), another shows him pulling out his hair after each time he learns Marge is pregnant (after the first two, he's down to 3 strands of hair, and he pulls one more upon hearing about Maggie). The first example came from the second season, while the second came from the sixth season.
- It can result in Furry Confusion in The Amazing World of Gumball. The show often forgets that all of its characters are animals, and in one episode Richard states he is balding, even though he completely coated in pink fur. There is also a very interesting case in "The Mustache", where Gumball and Darwin begin sprouting black hairs everywhere. The two remove them with chewing gum and its wrapper, but they keep popping up, so Gumball tears all his fur off and is left with nothing but pink skin. Darwin, the fish, does the same thing, apparently having scaled himself.
- Sumo from Clarence has a buzzcut, however he looks completely bald except for some random hairs spread around his scalp