Mystical White Hair

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"Sophie! Your hair! It looks just like starlight. It's beautiful!"

In fiction, white locks on a young character mark them as mystical and arcane, whether it means they are outright magical or not. In sci-fi and fantasy, it's often the only non-human hair color you will see on new species or race of people, especially in elves or Human Aliens. It is a common mark of a Mysterious Waif and a Mystical Waif.

The popularity of this trope probably stems from its status as a borderline-natural hair color: white hair on a young person strikes that delicate balance of being unusual but not blatantly unrealistic. The color also lends itself well to symbolism.

It bears repeating that these are young (or at least young-looking) characters, and their hair color is not indicative of age (or of premature aging).

See also White Hair, Black Heart, which is where having white hair is a sign of evil instead of magic, superpowers or otherworldly origins. If a character's hair turns white due to a disease or illness, it's Disease Bleach. If a characters hair turns white when they use their powers, it's Power Dyes Your Hair. Sometimes can be a result of Locked into Strangeness.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Azmaria in Chrono Crusade, a young girl with white hair and the power to heal people when she sings.
  • The hair of many Claymores turns white during their hybridization process.
  • Also by CLAMP, in Clover, Suu has white hair and is the most powerful magical being in that world.
  • Fairy Tail has Mirajane, Elfman, and Lisanna Strauss, sibling wizards.
  • In Full Metal Panic!, Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa and her Aloof Big Brother Leonard both have white hair; both are among the Whispered, children born during a supernatural event which has given them uncanny knowledge of futuristic technological advancements and some low-level Psychic Powers.
  • Inuyasha: The half-dog-demon title character has silver-white hair for 27 out of every 28 days - at every new moon, however, he loses his demon powers for one night, accompanied by his hair temporarily changing from white to black.
  • K has plenty:
    • Anna and Neko (pinkish-white), who are Strains, people who receive powers not from a King, (though they do both become Clansmen of Kings).
    • Adolf K. Weismann, the Silver King, though he had this before he was chosen as a king. Though he's only evil when he's possessed.
    • Yashiro Isana, the protagonist or, to be more precise, Tooru Hieda, who he was body-swapped with. White Hair, Black Heart also applies here when he's possessed by the same body snatcher, and Sukuna Gojo, a Green Clansman, who don't really have any born connection to the series' powers.
    • And finally, the Green King's hair changes from black to white when he unleashes his power in season 2.
  • Both Tomoe and Mizuki from Kamisama Kiss have white hair but look like they're in their late teens to early twenties. Neither is human; Tomoe is a Kitsune and Mizuki is a Divine Beast.
  • In Kurohime the titular character is a white haired gunslinging witch.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
  • Mermaid Saga: Towa Kannagi's hair turned white after her sister, in an attempt to save her life, fed her mermaid blood.
  • Mushishi:
    • Ginko's white hair, missing eye, and green eye indicate being marked by mushi, which attract bad mushi to him and force him to live a life of traveling so he doesn't unintentionally harm people. it's later revealed the mushi that affected him was called "Ginko", which he took as a name after it took all his memories of his life before. It was the only name he remembered at the time.
    • The chapter "String from the Sky" revolves around a woman named Fuuki whose hair is white indicating she can see mushi. During the chapter she is affected by a mushi called Tenpengusa, which lifts her up to the sky and drops her leaving her between the human world and the mushi world. The chapter is spent on Ginko helping her become visible to people close to her, and returning to the human world again.
    • In the final chapter of the manga Ginko meets a spirit of the mountain born as a human girl. Given that the spirits of the mountain's job is to keep the ecosystem and living things on the mountain in balance she was marked by ancient mushi and was born with white hair.
  • Alex from Nightschool has white hair that used to be brown. She was Locked into Strangeness when she was cursed.
  • Omamori Himari: An inversion with Kuesu Jinguuji, a demon-slaying witch whose hair was originally black but turned white after coming in contact with a forbidden tome called the Book of Truth.
  • In Pandora Hearts, the Intention of the Abyss, who is the twin of the Bloody Black Rabbit. She is the entity that governs the Abyss.
  • In Princess Tutu, Mytho has white hair. He has magical powers, is arguably the Big Good of the series, and is apparently Ageless outside of his story.
  • Shiroyasha from Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They? has super-light blue hair that way more often actually looks white. She's also a sun goddess and insanely powerful.
  • Rozen Maiden: Suigintou, Barasuishou and Kirakishou all have white hair. All three are dolls brought to life.
  • The original Queen Serenity in Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon herself was originally supposed to be white haired when transformed and blonde as Usagi. This was vetoed by Naoko Takeuchi's editor Osa-P. In the manga, she does have white hair as Princess Serenity and Neo Queen Serenity, but not in either anime.
    • Also, Sailor Star Healer has gray hair. In the anime, this is only when she's a Senshi. It's all the time in the Manga.
    • Sailor Cosmos has white hair in two heart shaped odangos and pigtails that reach her feet. It's unknown (other than that she's the true form of Chibi Chibi) just what she is, or what relation she has to Sailor Moon and it seems the mangaka intended it that way.
  • Rally Cheyenne from Silent Möbius is half-Lucifer Hawk (demon, basically), and her silver hair marks her as having some of the strongest magic in the series.
  • An interesting variation occurs in the Slayers series: protagonist Lina has reddish colored hair, but when she casts a particular high-level spell, her hair turns white. This occurs once in the Light Novel series, and twice in the anime.
  • Yumi from Ulysses 31 belongs to a race of blue skinned, white haired human looking aliens called the Zotrians. The Zotrians are also known for their exceptional beauty.
  • Redhead Masane Amaha from Witchblade becomes this after she becomes corrupted with her battle suit.
  • In X1999, Princess Hinoto has white hair and is one of the most powerful magical beings in that world.
  • Kisara of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the Mysterious Waif with connections to the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Unfortunately, her white hair and pale skin led to discrimination and loathing by the people of ancient Egypt.
  • Fujiko from Zettai Karen Children is a white haired vampire.
  • The .hack franchise has Aura, a young girl with long, flowing white hair and robes. She's also the Ultimate AI who serves as the "guardian" of The World.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics:
    • X-Men's Ororo "Storm" Munroe is a Dark-Skinned Blond(-ish) with, yes, blue eyes. This was eventually explained as a property she got from her mother's inherent magic. Her mother came from a line of Kenyan witches, and during a New Mutants time-travel story one of Storm's ancestresses in ancient Egypt also shared the physical characteristics.
  • Doctor Strange's disciple/lover/wife Clea, half-Faltinian princess of the Dark Dimension. She has a touch of Anime Hair as well.
  • Captain Mar-Vell's Phyla-Vell a.k.a. Quasar, who is half Titanian (Titanese?) and half Kree.
  • The X-Men villain Spiral, although she was originally a brunette before her genes were messed with.
  • Alpha Flight's Walter Langkowski, aka Sasquatch, once became a woman after returning from the dead (long story). Going by the name Wanda, she was young and pretty, and had snow-white hair in both her human and Sasquatch forms.
  • Subverted with Quicksilver. Although he was born on the extremely mystical Wundagore Mountain (haunt of the elder god Chthon), his white hair apparently is simply inherited from his father Magneto.
  • DC Comics:
    • Teen Titans's Rose "Ravager" Wilson, who's been called platinum blonde at least once. Oddly enough, this is supposedly because her father, Deathstroke, also has white hair due to the experiment that gave him his powers, which brings up another trope.
    • Ice (Tora Olafsdotter). White hair, blue eyes, and she's the princess of a magical northern tribe.
    • The first female Dove, Dawn Granger, in DC's Hawk and Dove. In her earlier appearances, only her Dove superhero form had white hair, while Dawn was a blonde. In more recent appearances pre-New 52, she was shown with white hair in both identities — most likely because it made it easier to differentiate her from the other two major blonde female characters in Birds of Prey when she joined that team. In her appearances in the New 52 reboot, colorists went back to only coloring her hair white as Dove.
    • Dream Girl / Dreamer, Princess Projectra and White Witch from the Legion of Super-Heroes. The latter is (usually) a Heroic Albino.
  • In The Sandman, The Corinthian: A nightmare loose in the waking world.
  • Jennifer Morgan, Travis Morgan's daughter and the sorceress supreme of Skartaris in The Warlord. She was originally blonde, but her hair turns white as she gains sorcerous power.
  • CrossGen's The First had both white-haired Ingra and Wyture, neither of them human. Negation had Khlystek, the Lizard Lady, a reptilian alien with white hair.
  • Gabrielle from Spawn is an angel who has pure white hair.
  • Suprema has white hair as a side effect of exposure to Supremium, the source of her powers.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch used to have platinum blonde hair but in the 1990s she was redesigned to be a brighter shade of blonde. She is half-witch. In Chilling Adventures of Sabrina her original hair color was blonde but it had turned white by her teenage years, likely due to her witch heritage.
  • Lady Death is a white haired, white skin goddess.
  • All of the Metabarons have long white hair, if they have any. For some reason, even the women they bring into the family from other clans have long white hair.
  • There's Wolf Gal, a white haired woman Raised by Wolves, from Lil Abner.
  • Luther Arkwright: Luther Arkwright, Victoria, and Gabriel Shelley all have white hair, as well as a marked lack of body hair. It is implied that this is the case for most Homo Novus, the psychic descendants of humanity.
  • Gaining this is part and parcel of recruitment into the Death Vigil. Sam calls it "the dye after you die club."
  • Phondari in Warlord of Mars is a Grey Skinned Space Babe with platinum blonde hair.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the anime adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle, Sophie's hair remains pale gray once her curse of old age is broken and she has come into her latent magical abilities.
  • Kida from Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire. White hair seems to be a racial trait of all the Atlanteans, suggestive of their longevity (but not their age—the children have white hair, too).
  • Taarna from Heavy Metal. Also, the girl at the end develops white hair after she's revealed as Taarna's reincarnation.
  • Lady Amalthea, the human form of the title unicorn in The Last Unicorn, has long flowing white hair. Pale enough to qualify for Heroic Albino. "The young girl... she looks so strange! There's a newness about her," comments Prince Lir.
  • Susan/Ginormica from Monsters vs. Aliens hair was originally brown but after getting hit by Magic Meteor her hair turns white and she grows into a giant fifty-foot woman.
  • Aisling from The Secret of Kells has white hair, since she's a fairy. A prequel comic shows that this is a racial trait of The Fair Folk.
  • Queen Elsa from Frozen has platinum blonde hair that's indicative of her powers. Word of God says that if she had no powers, she would be a brunette like her mother. Princess Anna has a platinum blonde Skunk Stripe as a result of being struck by Elsa's powers when she was five. When Anna's heart is frozen solid, her hair gradually begins to turn white. Sharp-eyed viewers will note that Anna's hair turns literally white instead of platinum blonde.
  • Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians, coupled with blue eyes. He originally had brown hair and eyes before he died.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Yvaine from Stardust is white-haired and is a living Star.
  • Mercedes Lackey:
    • In the Heralds of Valdemar books, using Adept-level node magic bleaches one's hair and eyes, so any young Adepts eventually become examples of this trope. All Tayledras gain bleached hair as well, due to living in Vales with Heartstones producing so much magic around them, but mages among them gain it faster; Firesong, one of the most powerful characters in the series, had his hair turn white completely by the time he was ten. The Companions are all pure white, blue-eyed Sapient Steeds, and eventually reveal that this is because they use nodes as well, to fuel their incredible speed and endurance.
    • In The Black Swan, Odile von Rothbart has white hair. She suspects her mage father may have changed its color.
  • Ramandu's platinum blonde haired daughter from The Chronicles of Narnia, who is actually a star.
  • The Faerie Queens and Ladies in The Dresden Files are described as beyond gorgeous and white-haired (although the Winter Lady streaks hers with dye.)
    • The hair of Thomas Raith's girlfriend, Justine, turned white after Thomas fed on her so deeply that she should have died.
    • Tessa, The Host of a Fallen Angel, has white hair in her human form.
      • Though there is no evidence that states that this is because Tessa is a Host to Fallen Angel.
  • The entire Marat race in Jim Butcher's other series, Codex Alera, tend to have white hair so a lot of them qualify as either this or White Hair, Black Heart. Kitai is the most prominent example, though there are several much less significant female Marat who are also this trope.
  • The protagonist of the wuxia novel The Bride with White Hair by Liang Yusheng. There is a Film of the Book too.
  • Susan Sto-Helit has this, with one black streak; she's also a Magical Nanny and the granddaughter of Death. Her mother, Death's adopted daughter, had pure silver hair.
  • In Anne McCaffrey's The Rowan, the titular character has white hair, which is also inherited by her descendants of both sexes as a white streak.
  • In the Acorna Series, the title character has white hair and is a human-unicorn hybrid, with healing and other magical powers through her horn, though the whiteness of her hair stems for her people's tendency to go white after spending large amounts of time in space.
  • Daenerys Targaryen of A Song of Ice and Fire. Targaryens tend to have silver-blond hair as well as violet eyes due to their Valyrian blood, which has been maintained through the centuries with massive inbreeding. They were also The Beautiful Elite, and their rise and fall was closely associated with their control over dragons, which is ambiguously tied to the power of magic in the world.
  • Morgaine in C. J. Cherryh's Morgaine Cycle is white-haired and beautiful due to belonging to a half-blooded ancient race.
  • Lady High Priestess Evelyn from White Star and the other novels in the series by Elizabeth Vaughan has white hair with a matching white dress. She says that she used to be a brunette, but one day, she pushed her Healing Hands to the limit to save a man who had been mortally wounded. She passed out, and woke up to find the man healed and her hair permanently snow white.
  • Kiki in the Kiki Strike series. It wasn't really much of a plot point, but it was used to show how unusual she was.
  • Jenna, from Jane Yolen's Great Alta Saga, has pure white hair and black eyes, a sign of her status as a messianic figure; she is a heroine of legend who is reincarnated every few hundred years, always with white hair from birth.
  • Ash March in Sword of Shadows has very pale blonde hair, putting her right between this and hair of gold, depending on the lighting. She's also the Reach, the one human in a thousand years who can release the Endlords from their prison, and has various abilities related to that theme.
  • The Last Unicorn's Lady Amalthea has white hair, which makes sense, given that she's actually a unicorn that was turned into a human.
  • The Moonwoman in Deerskin, a goddess or nature spirit, has white hair. Lissar also gains white hair after the Moonwoman heals her and takes her memories away, which makes people think she is not human, or perhaps the Moonwoman herself. Only when this spell is broken and Lissar remembers her past does her hair return to being black.
  • Inverted in the first couple volumes of Kat Richardson's Greywalker series — Will, the man that main character Harper begins dating in the first book, is young and has striking white hair; but he's practically the most mundane, least magic-touched character in the series. And his inability to believe or cope with magic things comes between him and Harper. Turns out not to be such an inversion when Will is transformed into a powerful magical guardian. His white hair is the feature singled out in the final vision that Harper has of him after the transformation.
  • Oswin, the White Prince in Terra Mirum Chronicles. Alys's first hint that he isn't human is his white hair.
  • Asha, the title character of the The Wishing Maiden, possibly because she is at least a century old.
  • In the paranormal romance Wake Me Up Inside, Jonah is the child of a wolf-shifter and a human, which ought to be impossible due to the incompatibility of the two species. He is either a human with white-blond hair and black eyes or a white, black-eyed wolf. That odd mix of colors isn't the only unusual thing about him either; for example, he's the "true mate" of an extraordinarily powerful wolf, and the two of them survive being separated for longer than mates usually ever can.
  • Adelina Amouteru, protagonist from The Young Elites by Marie Lu, has silver hair as a side-effect of her powers.
  • The Death Gate Cycle has a couple examples:
    • The Sartan have a slight variation on this - they're all (with a very few exceptions like Balthazar) born with white hair, but when they hit puberty it turns dark only at the tips. Their rivals the Patryns are the opposite - they're born with dark hair that turns white at the tips at puberty.
    • The human wizardess Iridal was originally blonde, but her hair turned white at a young age. When combined with her constantly changing eyes and penchant for white and silver clothing, it gives her a very ethereal appearance.
  • In The Folk Keeper, Corinna has silvery white hair. The hair grows at a rapid pace of two inches per day, and she also possesses a number of other supernatural talents such as requiring hardly any food and always knowing the exact time.
  • In the Chronicles of the Kencyrath, white hair is a common but not universal trait of the Shanir—individuals born touched by the power of the Kencyrath's Three-Faced God, and therefore regarded with suspicion. Notable examples include Kindrie, Randiroc, and Adric, Lord Ardeth, who sensibly dyed his hair brown in his youth to hide his Shanir status.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Chiana in Farscape. A feature of her species, apparently - the women have white hair and the men have black hair.
  • Yuki from the live-action Cutey Honey The Live had white hair when she "flashed" into her battle form.
  • Lexi Mason, the psychic starchild in Falling Skies, has long white hair (except in shared dreams, when it's black). All the Masons besides her have black hair.
  • Daenerys Targaryen (natural brunette Emilia Clarke in a white wig) in Game of Thrones, who has silver-blonde hair due to her Targaryen ancestry.

     Mythology 
  • In Classical Mythology Epimeliads were nymphs associated with apple trees and protectors of sheep and goats. They usually had hair white like apple blossoms or undyed wool, showing their special bond with the flock and fruit trees.

    Pinball 

     Religion 
  • The Book of Revelation depicts the divine form of Jesus as having hair as white as wool.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Avacyn from Magic: The Gathering's Innistrad pack is a white haired angel. Helps with the Dark Is Not Evil motif since she wears all black.
  • Many Sisters of Battle from Warhammer 40,000 have white hair which reinforces their angelic/Joan Of Archetype appearance (though this is heavily implied to be the result of dyeing). Whether they're actually pretty varies from artist to artist, with some casting them as your standard pretty Amazon Brigade, and others sit down and think about how a life of fighting (often without a helmet) would actually make them look like.
  • Nobilis has the Excrucian Iolithae Septimian, a Consummate Liar who is able to deceive reality itself.
  • One redesign of Princess Frostina from Candy Land has her with white hair, though traditionally she has blue hair and newer incarnations give her blonde hair. She is an elegant princess with ice powers.

     Toys 
  • In My Little Pony most white furred ponies subvert the trope and are perfectly normal but others fit the trope:
    • Majesty from G1 is a unicorn pony introduced in Year 2 who is white furred and has a white stripe in her blue hair. She is not officially a "princess" but lives in a castle and has a dragon like the later introduced princesses. Majesty has extraordinary abilities when it comes to magic. In the British My Little Pony comics she can use multiple types of magic, unlike the other ponies. She watches over the other ponies using a magic mirror and a crystal ball. Majesty also has horseshoes which turn her invisible.
    • Princess Silver Swirl from G2 is an all-white unicorn mare who is described as being a guardian angel to other ponies.
    • Star Catcher was the first pegasus introduced in G3 and is the most unusual. She is white furred with Multicolored Hair. Star Catcher has a more refined voice than most other characters (who have more cartoony voices), she is very calm and understanding, she can make wishes come true, she is the unofficial leader of the pegasus, she is referred to as one of the most beautiful ponies out there, and her wings stand out amongst the other pegasus. It's stated in G3 that pegasus are rare and mystical yet Star Catcher is the only one who actually displays these traits.

    Theater 
  • In some theatrical adaptations of A Christmas Carol, such as the one by Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre, the Ghost of Christmas Past is depicted with white or light blonde hair.

    Video Games 
  • Several Mystics (deities) introduced in the Warriors Orochi series have white hair. The second game gives us Nu Wa and Taigong Wang, while the third has Shennong and Susano'o.
  • Sierra Mikain from Suikoden II fits every aspect of this trope to a T, from the beautiful white hair to the mysterious personality.
  • Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere has white hair. Seems to be a common trait for Valkyries.
  • The Final Fantasy series has several examples:
  • Tales Series:
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Micaiah of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. She's called the Silver-Haired Maiden, and yes, that's a plot point. Several plot points with the last one playing a very important role in the plot.
    • For that matter, there's also Ninian the Dancer from Fire Emblem Elibe, and the shaman Diadora and her daughter Julia in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. Not quite white in these cases, but close enough. Similarly, Ishtar from the same game is either portrayed with whiteish-pink or silver hair. Also Idoun of Sealed Sword.
    • The Avatar from Fire Emblem Awakening has white as his/her default hair color. Naturally, this applies to the Avatar's evil counterpart as well, though that also falls under another trope.
  • In Neverwinter Nights this trope is rather common among female Aasimar and other celestials in Faerun. The half-celestials Melissa from the Trials of the Academy module and Kaelyn the Dove from Neverwinter Nights 2 Mask of the Betrayer both also have white hair.
  • Avril Vent Fleur from Wild AR Ms 5 has silver hair, as part of her persona of Mysterious Waif.
  • Touhou has several such characters. Eirin Yagokoro and Fujiwara no Mokou have white hair and are probably the result of being immortal, though that raises the question of why Kaguya Houraisan has black hair. Sakuya Izayoi, despite supposedly being a normal human, has silver hair as well, which has lead many fans to speculate that she may not, in fact, be human at all. Letty Whiterock is a yuki-onna. Youmu Konpaku is a silver haired half-ghost (we don't know how that works either), and a straight up albino if you go by the fighting games' art. Momiji Inubashiri is a white wolf tengu. Then there's all the characters with very pale but still coloured hair...
  • Harvest Moon:
    • There's The Witch from Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, who lives deep in Fugu Forest and has silver hair.
    • Harvest Moon: A New Beginning brings us Olivia. It seems to be suggested that silvery hair, combined with dark skin, is how most people look in the Harvest Moon version of the Middle East—the vaguely Middle-Eastern-seeming Amir and Sanjay, along with the Wizard from Animal Parade, all have white hair.
  • Lucia from Luminous Arc has white hair and is a witch that specializes in light magic
  • Arcana Heart:
    • The sequel adds Zenia, who kinda fits this trope in that her origin is completely shrouded in mystery.
    • The sequel's final boss, Parace L'sia, also has white hair while in her human form. It changes to pink when she turns into her near-naked-elf-in-a-bathing-towel form though.
    • Arcana Heart 3 adds Weiss, who is a liberated experimental subject of a project trying to grant ordinary girls the power to channel Celestial Energy. This installment also reveals Lieselotte and Zenia to be prototypes in the same project... and long-lost siblings.
  • Valkyria Chronicles has Selvaria Bles, with long white hair, a general at the ripe old age of 22. Alicia's hair goes white only when she's "powered up", oddly, but it wouldn't be much of a surprise otherwise. Edy Nelson also has white hair, but she's normal.
    • Aliasse from Valkyria Chronicles II. Silver hair and red eyes seems to be the mark of a Valkyria, either all the time or when a girl turns into one.
    • Riela from Valkyria Chronicles III is a strange case; her normal hair is red at the top and turns silver midway, but when she goes into Valkyria form, her hair become entirely silver.
  • Lenneth in Valkyrie Profile is a silver haired Valkyrie.
  • Alice Elliot from Shadow Hearts is a platinum blonde haired exorcist that specializes in light magic and healing .
  • Noire and Uni from Neptunia, at least when they activate HDD.
  • Lady Calista in The Last Story. White hair, and a powerful magic user—in fact, her magic is so powerful, it can temporarily make people invincible! But she's not the only one—many magic users in The Last Story have pale or silvery hair (from party member Yurick, who has silvery hair, to the random NPC magicians, who have shocking white hair), so it seems to be implied that magic frequently has that effect on hair.
  • The Vessels of Etrian Odyssey: Legends of the Titan usually have white hair. The only possible exceptions to this are potiential Player Character choices: like all classes, Arcanists have Palette Swaps to pick from. However, all NPC Vessels have white hair.
  • Orta, the titular heroine of Panzer Dragoon Orta has white hair since she's half-Drone and parents are Azel and Edge from Panzer Dragoon Saga.
  • Iris in Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals. She retains it in her true form as Erim.
  • Mages in Kritika have default white hair.
  • Psi Operatives in XCOM 2 get white hair and Purple Eyes upon being trained.
  • This seems to be at play with Uncommon Time's Altair. He's regarded as one of the greatest magicians to ever live, and he has silver hair. There may also be some of this going on with Aubrey, your white-haired Squishy Wizard.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Nobles (including Aida) in Ascension have this.
  • The Nasuverse seems to love this trope, and it often indicates that the character in question isn't human:
    • Ilyasviel von Einzbern from Fate/stay night, as well as her mother Irisviel. In their case it's genetic, since Einzbern homunculi are descendants (or, more appropriately, clones) of Lizleihi Justica von Einzbern, who had the same white hair and red eyes. They also carry parts of her personality and even memories.
    • Dark Sakura also has white hair and red eyes as part of her Evil Makeover.
    • White Len from the Melty Blood games has light grey hair.
  • Mysterious Waif Chou from Ballad Of An Evening Butterfly has white hair. It probably has to do with her albinism, the fact she’s from a unusual species (that are very similar to vampires) and her mysterious powers.

    Web Comics 
  • Robot Girl Ping from Megatokyo had white hair early on, before her body started changing in response to her character development.
  • Drowtales: Using the models of drow as depicted in Dungeons & Dragons, depicts every drow born underground as having white hair and the latent ability to use magic.
  • Lei'ella from Inverloch, which marks her as one of the Severed, mortal, magicless elves with silver hair and not-so Supernatural Gold Eyes. "Healthy" elves have brown/blond/black hair. The one exception is Kayn'dar, who had magic despite this coloration, hence is considered The Messiah of some sort.
  • Kili Stormcrow, a shaman of The Dragon Doctors, has bleach-white hair due to an incident as a child—Kili developed spiritual vision so strong that Kili's perception was trapped in the spirit world. Kili's hair has become permanently white.
  • Zenobia in Hazard's Wake has white hair, possibly related to her (most likely) being a demon.
  • Homestuck:
    • Rose and Roxy both have white hair like Dave and Dirk, and have shown an interest in magic, with Roxy being a big fan of wizards and Rose dual wielding magic wands as her Weapon of Choice. However, while depending on your headcanon this trope could apply, technically this white hair is just a result of the (intentionally ambiguous) art-style. In all likelihood, Rose and Roxy have light blonde or orange hair.
    • Calliope is a better example, except that it's a white wig, and she's actually bald. She wears it to cosplay as her Trollsona who bears a striking resembalance to Calmasis, a character in Post-Scratch Rose's books.
  • Roy's girlfriend Celia in The Order of the Stick. As a sylph, she's innately magical and an inversion of Closer to Earth, being from the Elemental Plane of Air.
  • Corrick of Plume, an immortal Guardian Entity gifted with absurdly overpowerd magic, has gotten white hair upon his ascension to a magical being.

    Web Original 
  • Cielle, the clairvoyant magic shop owner from Broken Saints, has white hair, courtesy of albinism.
  • Nasha of SPAZ has white Rapunzel Hair, and while she's not magical, she's definitely a little strange
  • Lilette Einmell from Tales Of Hetalia has white hair, signaling she is a demon. In fact, this series runs on this trope, considering all demons have white hair.
  • Lys, the Source of life in the Noob, who is a Physical Goddess who looks like a teen-ager according to the novels and is played by a fairly young woman in the web-movies.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Princess Yue's hair color was a plot point. She was actually born (or rather still-born) with dark hair like everyone else in the water-tribe (and pretty much everyone in the four nations). When the moon-spirit saved her infant life, her hair turned pure white and remained that way all her life.
  • Charmcaster from Ben 10 is a silver haired sorceress.
  • Danny Phantom, Vlad Plasmius and Dani's half ghost forms.
  • Nefertina from Mummies Alive! had white hair and pale gray skin in her undead mummy form. There was some inconsistency in her coloring throughout the series. In some of the flashback scenes where she was still alive, sometimes, she was shown with black hair, and sometimes, she was shown with white hair. And yes, she, too, was voiced by Cree Summer (guess which other character Cree voiced that Nefertina resembled!).
  • "The Great and Powerful" Trixie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has this sort of hair, though with shades of light blue. She's a stage magician in addition to being a unicorn, hence it reinforces her supernatural allure.
  • Queen La from The Legend of Tarzan has white hair. Serves as a Mythology Gag to the original Edgar Rice Burroughs stories describing the city of Opar as an Atlantean colony city, hence the design reference to Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
  • Brunhilde from Thor: Tales of Asgard has white hair which make her stand out the rest of the valkyries whom she leads that have blonde hair.
  • Subverted with Moonglow from Rainbow Brite. She was originally designed with white hair however she was changed to bright pink when it was decided white made her look elderly. Moonglow creates and designs the night-time sky.
  • Lincoln Loud from The Loud House.


Alternative Title(s): White Haired Pretty Girl

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