Those aren't hairpins!
This is an old gag. It's where someone seems to have a storage space set in his hair. Usually, that hairstyle is an afro
, but not always. Why is he capable of doing this? Because he has Hammerspace Hair
A minor variation is when a character keeps things stored in his beard. Can also be invoked if a character's entire body is covered with hair.
Subtrope of Hammerspace
For times when it seems like someone's hair must have been hidden in hammerspace, see Compressed Hair
. This is actually a real technique some people employ in street fights, so is often a subtrope of Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty
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- Apparently, this kid is a walking piggy bank.
Anime & Manga
- 18th-century caricatures poke fun at the huge, elaborate wigs in fashion at the time, sometimes showing them used for smuggling.
- Léonard le Génie: Leonardo often pulls objects out of his beard, most notably a blunderbuss.
- Monica's Gang has Fluffy/Floquinho, a Lhasa Apso-like dog. Sometimes whole groups of people get lost in it!
Films — Animation
- In My Little Pony Equestria Girls, Pinkie Pie has the same ability as her pony counterpart (see below), pulling a clipboard and pen out of her curly and fluffy hair. In the sequel Rainbow Rocks, she stashes cookies and her drumsticks in here.
Films — Live-Action
- In Foxy Brown, the title character hides a pistol in her afro.
- In Coffy, the protagonist (like the character above, also played by Pam Grier) hides small blades in her afro. See below under Real Life.
- In Braveheart, William Wallace hides a mace behind his hair and down his back.
- In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Edie McClurg (School Secretary) pulls like three pencils from her fluffy curls and goes back for another! This wasn't a special effect — the actress and director, between takes, wondered how many pencils she could hide in her hair... apparently the answer was "more than 4".
- In Leprechaun: In the Hood, Ice T pulls a knife and then a baseball bat out of his 'fro.
- This occurs in the film and novel Hannibal, in which Starling gives officers a pre-arrest warning that their HIV-positive arrest target likes to hide syringes in her hair, knowing that law-enforcement officers like to shove their suspect down by the head when putting them in the car.
- In Casino, Nicky's wife hides a bunch of stolen diamonds in her hair to sneak it through the airport.
- In John Waters' 1988 Hairspray, Velma hides a bomb in her beehive hairdo.
- Done in a creepy way in Lorna Landvik's Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons: the abusive husband of one of the women forces her to wear her hair in the same outdated, complicated updo that his mother favors. She begins to hide things in her hair - like rolled up tissues, candy, etc - to feel like she was subverting him.
- In the science fiction novel Steel Beach, a member of an Animal Wrongs Group never bathes or cuts his hair or beard. A number of animals and insects live in his hair.
- In the Smart Junior books by The Princeton Review, Barnaby's impressive hair is known to provide whatever the team needs at a given moment.
- In Meredith Ann Pierce's Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood, there's Hannah and her fertile tresses.
- In the Corellian Trilogy of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Chewbacca keeps a few things hidden under his fur, such as a comlink (walkie-talkie/cell phone).
- In the stand-alone Novel Airman by Eoin Colfer, when an older friend and teacher is cornered by Marshal Bonvilain, the villain, Bonvilain says: "Now you probably have a dirk in your beard, or a derringer up your sleeve, or some other spy trick." (He was also a spy for the king, long story)
- Everyone's favorite vampire executioner Anita Blake likes to hide a goddamn machete in a spine sheath underneath her waist-length black hair, in case of Oh, Crap moments. Or when her many guns run out of ammo.
- Apparently, on the Discworld it's a common skill among dwarfs to be able to hide battle axes in one's beard.
- In Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series, one of the major plot twists in the first book comes about as the result of the hero's use of this trope.
- In Dune, it's mentioned that the Emperor's Sardaukar soldiers carry a wire hidden in their hair to use as a garrote if captured and disarmed.
- In SNK vs. Capcom, huge Street Fighter wrestler Hugo has tiny Bao from The King of Fighters cameo in his intro. Where does Bao happen to pop up (and hide in when the fights start)? Hugo's sizable hair◊.
- In the Neo Geo fighting game Savage Reign, gymnast Carol fights with an Olympic pink ball; if thrown as a projectile, she produces another from underneath her hair. Her hair isn't much past her shoulder, and the ball is about as large as her whole head...
- In Final Fantasy XIII, Sazh keeps a baby chocobo in his afro. Fan Nicknames: "Chocofro", "Frocobo".
- According to Pokémon flavor text, Zoroark parents carry their young in their hair.
- In Ozy and Millie, Ozy goes out in a cold snap before his winter coat comes in. The result is that it comes in all at once, leaving him extremely fluffy. Millie takes advantage of this to hide things in him, up to and including a piano.
- In the webcomic Everyday Heroes, Carrie uses this trope literally once or twice.
- Eddie from Emergency Exit can pull random things (including hammers) from his hair. This is eventually revealed to be because he forced a portal into his skull to keep the villains from getting it. It's also apparently when he became such a Cloudcuckoolander.
- Rufus from Terinu, being a fox furry, has on at least one occasion hidden a locator unit for his ship in his tail.
- A Loonatic's Tale: The Zinc family hair eats things. But since it's normal hair by all other standards, it doesn't actually do anything with this stuff once it's got it. So if it gets a hold of something really important and you need to pull it out, you'll probably bring some debris, and perhaps the odd bird carcass, along with it.
- APT Comic: Ammika does this occasionally.
Inferno: Where are you keeping that map, anyway?
- Amber from Matchu has picking stuff out of her insanely long hair as her morning routine. Such things include quarters, pizza boxes, potted plants, a-bombs, her cat and her best friend.
Amber: What were you doing in there?
Famine: What WAS I doing in there?
- In 2008, Amy Winehouse was filmed taking cocaine on stage, after apparently taking the vial out of her hair.