There's something about the clean lines of a bob, particularly with bangs, that suggests a sci-fi setting. Despite the style dating back to the twenties (and being the defining hairstyle of the timeframe
), they are still seen as a little bit rebellious and progressive. After all, Long Hair Is Feminine
, so short styles can be shorthand a more gender equal society. Additionally, the simple, straight lines fit in well with an Ascetic Aesthetic
, marking the character as belonging to that timeframe. Not to mention, short hair tends to cause fewer problems with zero-g, helmets, and space suits.
Unlike its Sister Trope
the Twenties Bob
, Scifi Bobs are almost always mathematically straight edges and hair without curls. Fashionable Asymmetry
is also common, with one side of the bob being longer than the other.
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- Chiana from Farscape combines this with White-Skinned Space Babe. Like Leeloo, it's a bit more messy than typical for the trope, but Farscape does feature a Used Future.
- Star Trek:
- Lt. Ellis, from the British series UFO, wore a purple wig as part of her uniform.
- Red Dwarf: The AI computer Hilly (she's just a head on black screen) from "Parallel Universe" wears Sci-fi Bob Haircut. In the third season, she became a regular when the crew's computer Holly decided to take her likeness and make a gender swap. In the later episodes, however, her hair were considerably longer.
- Ridiculously Human Robot Werther from Guest from the Future is a Rare Male Example.
- Rachel on Orphan Black has a harsh bob haircut, which differentiates her from the rest of her clones, as well as differentiates her as being seemingly the only clone that works for Project DYAD.
- Zoe, companion to the Second Doctor on Doctor Who.
- Several characters of both genders in the Honor Harrington series are described as having shorter hair than is strictly fashionable, ranging from a bob cut all the way to shaved heads, specifically because loose hair floating around in a zero-g and/or industrial environment can be both inconvenient and potentially dangerous. On the planet Masada, male spacers (there are no female Masadan spacers) can be easily identified by their short hair and clean-trimmed facial hair, in contrast to everyone else having long hair and beards.
- Benny Summerfield, of the Doctor Who New Adventures and her own franchise started with very short hair, and subsequently seems to have grown it out to about bob length.