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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 (as was a popular style for boys in the 40's and 50's).

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, and PrematurelyBald where a character is ''actually'' bald despite their young age.



* 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]]
* Mochu, a minor character in ''Manga/AliceAcademy''. A few [[FanNickname fans nicknamed]] him "Baldy".

* Charlie Brown from ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}'', pictured above. According to Charles Schulz, he's blond, but since his father is the local barber, he 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.
* Joey from ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'' eventually became an example of this trope via ArtEvolution. In the earlier comics, he had a full head of curly hair before it turned into a single strand.

* Greg Heffley from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' is depicted with just three strands of hair sticking out of the top of his head in a tuft. 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]]
* 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: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 have a 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. According to the pilot, him and Clarence shaved it off.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' parodied Charlie Brown's perceived baldness in a ''Peanuts'' skit, having him yell out for Linus [[BlackComedy because he was supposed to take Charlie to chemo]].
* The title character in the preschool cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' is drawn bald. This is because he [[AdaptionDisplacement was originally from a book series]] in which he was a baby, and when it came time for him to become a toddler, the addition of hair made him unrecognizable, so they left him without hair.
* 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'' mostly bald, but 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!
** Ralph Wiggum has only a few strands of hair hanging down from the top of his head. In one episode his father describes him as "balding."
* 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.
* Harold Berman of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is shown with only a few strands of buzzed short hair whenever he removes his baseball cap. It is never officially confirmed whether or not he's actually bald. Brainy is also this, since his "hair" is the same color as his skin a la Bart Simpson (which may be intentional since ''Hey Arnold!'' creator Creator/CraigBartlett is the brother-in-law of ''The Simpsons'' creator Matt Groening.)

* 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. Slightly more explainable as babies don't have too much hair.