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Some characters have [[AnimeHair 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|s}} is [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]], who, at first glance, appears bald save for a few short curls in front, but according to WordOfGod, just has incredibly light blond hair, buzzed short.

If the character is a child, expect there to be EpilepticTrees from fans about the character [[LittlestCancerPatient suffering from cancer]].

Contrast FurryBaldness, where an animal character is "bald" despite still having hair, feathers, or fur.



* 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 TertiarySexualCharacteristics.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Chiaotzu of ''Manga/DragonBall'' 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 ''Manga/AliceAcademy''. A few [[FanNickname fans nicknamed]] him "Baldy".
* Alex Lois Armstrong of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is looks like an adult, anime Charlie Brown with a mustache. And after pumping a lot of iron.

* Charlie Brown from ''{{ComicStrip/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 ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey''
* Iggy from ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu''. Igg has visible "stubble," though, making it clearer than many examples that it's the result of a buzz cut.
* Jimmy Five from ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'', 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 ''ComicBook/TheBeano''. 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.

* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'', it's hinted that Luthor went bald at a very young age. One of the things his father said to him when he was a kid, beside "GetOut" and his lecture about real estate, was "You're losing your hair."

* Greg Heffley from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''. 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.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* There was an occasionally recurring kid in ''Series/{{Teachers}}'' who disturbingly resembled a flesh and blood Charlie Brown.
* Drew Carey in ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' also applies.
* A rare female example of this comes from ''Series/{{Nanalan}}'', whose main character (three-year-old puppet Mona) has [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/2jnfyiDx_rQ/hqdefault.jpg two pig-tails on her head and nothing else]].

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Wrestling/TysonKidd of the Hart Dynasty. Has since shaved it off after, as the story goes, BretHart grabbed it in a training session to gain leverage.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'', Joel, for the first two seasons, had four long black hairs; his [[ArtEvolution designs past those two seasons]] had blond hair filling the spaces between those black hairs.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Belkar appears to be BaldOfEvil, unless you look closely -- he has tiny reddish hairs sticking straight up. Looks something like a buzzcut. Note also that the hair on his head is identical to [[{{Hobbits}} the fur on his feet]].
* Averted in ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown'': Chuck really ''is'' bald, with a few stray curly hairs on his head.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Sumo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' has a buzzcut, however he looks completely bald except for some random hairs spread around his scalp
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' parodied Charlie Brown's perceived baldness in a ''Peanuts'' skit, having yell out for Linus [[BlackComedy because he was supposed to take Charlie to chemo]].
* Elmer Fudd from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' is sometimes depicted as this.
* The title character in the preschool cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' is drawn bald. It is never remarked upon. According to WordOfGod, Caillou was originally supposed to be a young baby.
* Most of the male characters on ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/NightmareNed'''s title boy has a few strands of hair that stick straight up.
* The eponymous character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', as well as Skeeter.
* Similarly, on ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}'', another cartoon by the same production company, Jumbo Pictures, both Stanley and his best friend Lester have only a few strands of hair and that's it.
* Tommy Pickles from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. Which is probably to be expected, since [[JustifiedTrope he is a baby.]]
* Also [[JustifiedTrope justified]] with Stewie from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' for the same reason.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Homer Simpson ''is'' bald, although what little hair he has is stylized as an M over each ear - part of a zigzag pattern going around the back of his head - and two strands looping over the top like a comb over. In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', Bart pulls on the M and it unravels as if it were one strand.
** The Simpson kids have hair the same color as their skin. One episode has Lisa being mistaken for a DumbBlonde, 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 NegativeContinuity, 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!"
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d 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.\\
'''[[Creator/PatrickStewart Number One]]:''' Everybody takes the same oath!
** Also, thanks to NegativeContinuity, Homer has lost his hair in [[MultipleChoicePast many different ways]]. One season 2 episode shows a young Homer losing hair as he brushes [[TemptingFate ("plenty more where that came from")]], while a season 6 episode 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).
* It can result in FurryConfusion in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''. 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, [[FurryConfusion the fish]], does the same thing, apparently having '''scaled''' himself.
* WesternAnimation/GeraldMcBoingBoing has only a squiggle on his forehead to indicate hair in the original theatrical shorts. In the TV series, his hair is colored blond, thus averting this trope.

* Caricatures of Creator/ChuckJones by his fellow Termite Terrace animators often depicted him like this-- and one such example shows up near the end of the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/PageMissGlory'' (along with caricatures of Creator/TexAvery and Creator/BobClampett).
* Generally, people tend to draw babies like this.