Dreadlock Warrior

Samson takes a level in badass
Dreadlock Rasta meets Braids of Barbarism and often Barbarian Longhair — a character whose hairstyle preference is dreadlocks, cornrows, or a mane of many braids, will coincidentally be an ass-kicking fighter. If you've got a Five-Man Band and one of them sports this hairstyle, odds are that they're The Big Guy. Applies even to aliens who possibly don't have actual hair, but have something looking like dreadlocks sprouting from their skull.

A previously kempt character may signify that he Took a Level in Badass by showing up with locks so arrayed. Conversely, a character whose Important Haircut is the shearing if such a hairstyle has probably renounced violence.

Contrast Bald of Awesome. Not related to The Dreaded, although both tropes may apply to the same character.

Examples:

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    Anime 
  • Korikakkumon from Digimon Frontier, with the arrowheads on the tips of his dreadlocks serving as the main source of his Frozen Arrowheads attack.
  • Izumi Curtis from Fullmetal Alchemist is the Elric Brother's teacher of both alchemy and the martial arts. In fact, she is one of, if not THE only person that they are afraid of.
  • Kaname Tosen of Bleach is not only dreadlocked, but he is also blind. He was a respected Shinigami captain before turning to work for Aizen.
  • Killer Bee and Ay from Naruto.
  • Renee from Claymore has either thin dreadlocks or microbraids (it's hard to tell with the art style) and facial features that imply she might be of African descent, as opposed to most other characters who appear visibly European. Like all Claymores she's a capable warrior.

    Comic books 
  • In the Alien Versus Predator comic books, the only survivor of the colony caught between the battle of the rival species is Machiko Noguchi — who joins the Predators in the end as an alien-hunter, as signified by her adopting tight braids and hanging dreadlocks.
  • Static of Static Shock.
  • Bishop, of X-Men fame had dreadlocks for several years, before going for a shaved bald look.
  • Maginty from "Kitchen Irish" arc of The Punisher MAX. A Scary Black Man who comes closest to killing Frank (with a machete).

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    Live Action TV 
  • Tyr Anasazi from Andromeda, a Proud Warrior Race Guy.
  • Ronon Dex of Stargate Atlantis survived years being hunted by the Wraith, and started hunting them back.
  • Star Trek: In Deep Space Nine and a lesser extent in The Next Generation Worf's hair is in long braids which are tied back into a ponytail. Usually only noticible when his 'do is dekempt.
  • Michonne from The Walking Dead wears her hair in well-maintained dreadlocks throughout the whole series.
  • The 2013 miniseries The Bible depicts Samson this way. As a Nazirite (sort of an Old Testament proto-monk), he actually combines this trope with Dreadlock Rasta.
  • Gaia of Rome wears her hear in dreads, and proves to be one of Pullo's most effective fighters against Memmio's gang.

    Music 
  • Bob Marley: "Buffalo Soldier" from Confrontation
    Buffalo soldier, dreadlock rasta
    There was a buffalo soldier in the heart of America
    Stolen from Africa, brought to America
    Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.

     Professional wrestling 
  • Karateka, kick boxer, occasional mixed martial artist and pro wrestling legend Willie Williams. Dude beat a bear.
  • Booker T and Kofi Kingston have wrestled in these during their time in WWE. Tyler Reks was called the "dreadlocked demolition man" by commentator Matt Striker.
  • Delirious probably does not have real dreadlocks, they'd have to be really short, but he does have attachments on his masks that Chris Jericho calls dreads. The same applies to Cyber Kong.
  • Legio (Kronya and Spectro) have white dreadlocks, making them look like old men in masks(or, perhaps, ghosts). They can fight though, even when they were actually late into their careers, briefly dethroning the best tag team in Puerto Rico for WWL's Campeon de Parejas in 2015.
  • Nina Monet had brown dreadlocks branching out of a black base.
  • Amber Rodriguez has worn purple dreadlocks in ring.
  • Brown haired Jessica James started tying on red dreadlocks.

    Video games 
  • Gabriel Tosh in Starcraft II is a Spectre, an elite type of Ghost, who are themselves elite assassins.
    • Infested Kerrigan has what looks like dreadlocks but are in fact tentacles that allow her to psychically control the zerg. She retains them after being returned to human form in the end of Wings of Liberty.
    • The Protoss have similar tentacles that allow them to link their minds to their fellow Protoss. The Dark Templars cut their tentacles to remove themselves from the communal mindlink since they valued their individuality and freedom over the order of the Khala.
  • Numerous Troll players in World of Warcraft.
  • Ulysses in Fallout: New Vegas sports dreadlocks, and is one of the few characters who can rival The Courier in badassery. If you choose to fight him at the end of the Lonesome Road DLC, he's got 1000 health, (more than Lanius, the Final Boss in the main game), max skill in all weapon skills, and maxed special stats. In his case, the dreads aren't simply for style as they were the trademark of his former tribe, the Twisted Hairs, and were used as symbols denoting such things as status amongst other members of the tribe.
    • The White Legs tribe from the Honest Hearts DLC also wear these. They adopted them to honor Ulysses, who (while realizing that they meant to honor him) took it as an insult, as they'd adopted it without understanding their meaning (his Berserk Button). They're basically an entire tribe of Sociopathic Soldiers.
  • Mortal Kombat's cyborgs, Sektor, Cyrax, Smoke and Cyber Sub-Zero. In the reboot, it is revealed that only Cyrax had dreads while he was human.
  • Tekken's first capoerista, Eddy Gordo.
  • Knuckles in the Sonic the Hedgehog series wears his hair in dreadlocks, and he is considered to be one of the strongest characters in the series. His entire echidna race, especially members of the Knuckles tribe, all feature dreadlocks and are known for their incredible power. Even the gentle Technical Pacifist Tikal The Echidna is able to run, jump, glide and knock heads when the situation calls for it.
    • Also doubles as Hair Wings in that some members of the echidna race, Knuckles included, are able to use their dreadlocks to catch air in order to glide.
  • The Proud Warrior Race Guy Sten from Dragon Age: Origins wears his dreadlocks additionally bound into a sort of ponytail at the back of his head.
  • Bernie Mataki from the Gears of War series and its expanded universe has a dreadlock ponytail in the third game. Skorge, the second game's Dragon, has decorations on his helmet that make him look like he has dreads.
  • In Borderlands 2, one of Salvador's head customizations gives him long dreadlocks tied back in a ponytail.
  • You can make one in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • Marcus Seligman, leader of the Apollo's Chariot mercenaries, in Front Mission Evolved, sports dreadlocks.

    Real life 
  • Dreadlocks appeared in a wide variety of warrior cultures throughout the world, from Masai to Spartans to Maori and many more.
  • Numerous NBA and NFL players.
  • The Curly Horse, a breed of horse with curly hair whose mane naturally becomes dreadlocked.... and who are known for their stamina and toughness.
  • The light heavyveight MMA fighter Sokoudjou.
  • The Komondor and its smaller companion breed the Puli are Hungarian herding dogs known for their long corded coats. Given that they were bred to protect livestock from all manner of predators including wolves and bears the badass part is a given, with the two types of dog often working in tandem with the former providing the muscle and the latter the speed. The corded coat is actually a defensive trait that protects them from the weather and from attack, since any predator that tries to grab them would just get a mouthful of hair before hitting anything vital. "Rasta dog" or "mop dog" are common nicknames for the breeds.