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White Hair Black Heart
aka: White Haired Pretty Boy
Away from the light, darkness abounds...
"Adonis is one of the main characters this thing circles around, but he does have one distressing feature. SILVER HAIR. This means nothing good can come of him. YOU KNOW THE RULE ABOUT SILVER HAIR."
, Let's Play: Silver Chaos
In many works, especially anime and video games, white hair quite frequently indicates a villain or at the very least someone to watch out for. Especially in characters too young to have white hair.
Despite the wide range and use of Hair Colors
for characters, there's an eerie specificity to the use of white/silver hair when coupled with a pale, handsome, vaguely effeminate face
. The (usually long
and rarely tied back) white hair is very frequently coupled with red eyes
Compare with Blond Guys Are Evil
and Evil Albino
. Compare and contrast with the Distaff Counterpart
, the White-Haired Pretty Girl
, who is less likely to be evil and more likely to be magical.
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Anime and Manga
- Touma from Aquarion. Bonus evil points for being an angel.
- Mykage from Aquarion Evol. Who is basically the embodiment of Touma's hatred.
- Akagi of Akagi is quite the unconventional hero, goes by his own morals, and (depending on who you ask, since this is a Fukumoto series) is relatively attractive. And then there's his body double/rival for a moment, Hirayama Yukio. (Ichikawa and Washizu, while they have the hair and the antagonist angle down, do not count because they're old and (again, depending on who you ask) ugly.)
- Zatoh in Armed Librarians: the Book Of Bantorra, mostly depending on whether the real Zatoh or Enlike is in control of Zatoh's body at the time.
- Griffith, the mercenary Captain from Berserk, fits the physical description to a T, a nice contrast to the Conan-like main character, Guts. While officially a "hero", he starts out as a manipulative Magnificent Bastard out for his own purposes, very much like the historical 30 Years War mercenary Wallenstein, who was rumored to have made a Faustian bargain. In this case, though, instead of selling his soul, he sells those of his men.
- Creed Diskenth from Black Cat. Creed is not only white-haired, but insane, bloodthirsty, and wants to conquer the world; dude even compares himself to Lucifer. He also has a really creepy crush on Train.
- In Chrono Crusade, Aion is not only white haired, but also the Big Bad. His hair is also dramatically long — always good for villains.
- Mao from Code Geass is white-haired and pretty decent-looking. He's also a frighteningly sadistic, dangerously insane, creepy stalker type.
- According to some early character designs, Lelouch was going to have white hair as well, but in the end, they went with black.
- Vicious from Cowboy Bebop (kind of a Nietzsche Wannabe and lives up to his name).
- Black Butler's Ash Landers. White hair? Check. Bishounen? Like the rest of the cast, check. Insane? Check.
- Hakuoh of Duel Masters, The Rival and as aloof as they come (see Light Is Not Good) before Defeat Means Friendship took effect. Also one of the bishiest bishies out there. Complete with Rapunzel Hair.
- Il Palazzo from Excel Saga is the leader of ACROSS, an organization dedicated to conquering the world. He's also a Visual Kei-wannabe.
- Kaitani Riku from Eyeshield 21 is a nice boy, who taught Sena how to run in the first places. He aims to defeat him, though.
- Taka Honjou, Monta's catching rival, on the Teikoku Alexanders is one too.
- Lyon is an antagonist in Fairy Tail when he first appears in episode 12-18 on Galuna island, where he attempts to resurrect the demon Deloria. He decides to change his ways as he watches Gray set sail.
- Main character Inuyasha. Humans and youkai hate each other and, as a half-breed, he's hated by both sides. So, he decided to hate the world right back. He begins the story as a villain and ends the story as an anti-hero.
- Sesshoumaru as well. He's a calm, cold, aloof, and enormously powerful youkai, who starts out as a villain and gradually develops into an Anti-Villain, and then an Anti-Hero, remaining inscrutable the entire time. He's a lot more stubborn than his brother Inuyasha, so his character development takes longer and is more extreme.
- Also, Hakudoshi. He's a child version of Naraku, except he won't hesitate to get his hands dirty. He remains a villain to the bitter end.
- Makubex from Get Backers. Silver hair, creepy reality-bending powers, actually a created being. His presumable creator, Makube-hakase, is a White-Haired Pretty Girl with actual white hair.
- Kuze in the second season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex has a cyborg body with white hair and extremly pale skin. He had the face sculpted by a highly reknown artist, and it's only capable of very limited facial expressions, because they would distort this piece of art. He even rarely moves his mouth when speaking with his synthetic voice. And to complete the look, he always wears white and a white long coat and often uses a silver katana with an ivory hilt.
- Godchild has Jizabel Disraeli, Cain's illegitimate brother and one of his longest surviving enemies. As a child, he was so pretty that his mother hid him from his father by dressing him as a girl. In order to keep him alive, Jizabel's father killed his sisters and transplanted their organs into him. After suffering from his father's abuse for years, Jizabel decided that he suffered from an in-the-blood predestination to being evil and became a doctor who specialized in all manners of unsavory medicine, including deadly crash diets and brain transplants.
- Gundam SEED had Yzak Joule, part of Athrun Zala's squad of mobile suit pilots. He also suffered from Minor Injury Overreaction (though, given, it was the result of shrapnel from his cockpit punching through his helmet, and he repeatedly cried out that it burned when it happened, so perhaps it was not so minor at the time), which branched into The Only One Allowed to Defeat You, though it's subverted in that he's humiliated every time he tried and, eventually, his target was defeated by Athrun instead.
- Enrico Maxwell from Hellsing starts out as this in the anime. Given the art style and the fact that he's one of the more batshit members of the cast, though, he quickly starts gaining some facial expressions that aren't so pretty.
- Rome Ro, the Big Bad in Heroic Age. He's the very last of the Silver Tribe to make a Heel Face Turn, and he tortured Yuti into attempting to destroy the planet Elysium and, with it, the power of the Golden Tribe.
- Jin from Innocent Venus, with a corresponding white mecha. He turns out to be the Big Bad Friend.
- Leon Oswald, brilliant yet embittered acrobat from Kaleido Star. He humiliates Sora verbally and on-stage, wants revenge against Yuri, seriously injures May Wong to punish her bad attitude, and has a heartbreaking backstory thanks to his dead little sister, White-Haired Pretty Girl Sophie. So yeah, he gets better.
- Karoku from Karneval is one, and although the reader is currently unsure of his intentions, he certainly isn't being kind to the boy who sees him as a surrogate older brother figure and is currently seeking him out. He's also either uncaring or hateful toward those who surround the boy.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn! has the Future Arc's Final Boss, Byakuran, who is the evil, scheming, perpetually smiling beautiful white-haired villain.
- Subverted by Gunter from Kyou Kara Maou; his hair and behavior suggests this trope, but he sides with Good.
- Dio from Last Exile seems like this at first — especially since he works for the Guild (the main antagonists) — but is soon revealed to be hyper, enthusiastic, and prone to glomping. Oh, and he's terrified of his sister Delphine, who has him brainwashed into a soulless killing machine, thus fulfilling this trope.
- The silver-haired Hegemon Klaus Ingvalt, who was introduced in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid. He served as The Rival, and likely something more, to Sankt Kaiser Olivie during the warring era of Ancient Belka.
- Eagle Vision from Magic Knight Rayearth; he isn't technically evil, but still a villain — he is the head of one of the three groups invading Cephiro.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has Fate Averuncus, currently acting as the Big Bad.
- Nagi from Mai-HiME and Mai-Otome. His creepy speech and mannerisms (and creepier appearance in the Mai-HiME manga) should be a dead giveaway that he's not here to shower you with compliments.
- Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro has Sai, who arguably fits the trope, despite the fact that he can change shape. His real form seems to be that of a white haired Bishounen and there is no doubts that he can be very cruel.
- Vaith from Magical X Miracle was one, until he dyed it black for some reason. In addition, Ardi is an archetypal example; he has red eyes to go along with his white hair (unlike Vaith, who has gray eyes), and, also unlike Vaith, is a villain.
- It's not "for some reason", it's because he dyes his hair black as a tribute to his dead men after a battle. As he tells Mel, "The blood never seemed to wash off..."
- Eugene Chaud/Ijuin Enzan from Megaman NT Warrior / Rockman.EXE. He becomes less of an antagonist as the series goes on.
- Aizawa Kouichi in Nabari No Ou. While he's not an antagonist (so far) and is usually a laid-back, helpful guy, he's also a ruthless killer, can be very assertive, and knows suspiciously much about what's going on. Oh, and he's an immortal hybrid of snowy owl and human, which would explain the hair.
- Kabuto from Naruto, Enigmatic Minion to Orochimaru. Kimimaro, with long white hair, also an enigmatic minion to Orochimaru.
- And now also Hidan, and Suigetsu deserves a mention because, despite the shark teeth, he is pretty.
- Kaworu Nagisa from Neon Genesis Evangelion embodies most of shounen's "creepy guy" traits: an existentialist, angelic albino who whistles classical music and is probably gay. Typically, he is a "victim" of Draco in Leather Pants fandom reaction. The fact that he's an exceptionally nice guy and dies to save or at least buy some time for Shinji makes it not surprising that he gets Leather Pants. Though this only applies to a few versions of said character. Some are more monstrous and twisted, and others are just gay.
- Rebuild of Evangelion reconstructs Kaworu as even nicer, starting by stopping an Impact triggered by Shinji in the end of 2.0. By 3.0, he's defined as purely heroic, if extremely naive, angel-guy who wants to save humanity from extinction, go against his wicked keepers of SEELE and push his beloved Shinji to the path of heroism and happiness as the savior of the lilin. The movies and the seiyuu portray him as being aware of his past "lives" vaguely defined as of what that involves. He dies tragically, because Shinji betrays his trust and stops listening to him in a crucial moment. Interestingly enough, Shinji and Kaworu seem able to do the same: trigger Impacts.
- Tsukishiro in Nightmare Inspector, a Baku who makes people's nightmares worse in order to make them tastier.
- In Origin: Spirits of the Past, Shunack, the main villain, fits this trope. Strangely, the main hero also has stark white hair, both from the same source.
- Suzu from Peacemaker Kurogane. Especially after he goes Ax Crazy and turns into a Depraved Homosexual, wearing makeup and revealing clothes — that's when people in the series really start commenting on how beautiful he is.
- Sasame in Prétear. In the manga, he's blond and a supportive (if flirty) older-brother type. In the anime, he's silver-haired and betrays his friends for the Princess of Disaster, gets an Evil Costume Switch, and tries to kill Hayate.
- Masaharu Niou, the Rikkaidai trickster and illusionist from The Prince of Tennis.
- Mytho in Princess Tutu, especially during Season 2, as he becomes increasingly creepy since his heart has been bathed in Raven's blood.
- Yukishiro Enishi from Rurouni Kenshin, the title character's last and arguably most dangerous enemy. (In the manga. His role in the anime amounts to little more than a cameo.) His hair was originally black, though — it turned white when he was a boy, from the shock of seeing his sister killed.
- Because white hair is apparently a genetic trait in the Shi clan, the royal family in Saiunkoku Monogatari, it is very likely that a few, if not most, or even all, of Ryuuki and Seien/Seiran's older family members were this, though those two certainly are not. Considering that they all killed each other off in a civil war for the throne and were fond of abusing Ryuuki when he was a child...
- Hyou Riou also fits the trope, although the younger Riou does not.
- Ralph of Soukou No Strain actually seemed to have gotten a bleach job, specifically for the purpose of being evil. In flashbacks to when he was sane, his hair was blond, shorter, and more professional-looking.
- Buguese from Spider Riders. Initially a villain, but becomes more of an anti-hero once his motives are revealed.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has the silver-haired and evil Cytomander.
- As shown in Parallel Works 8, Lord Genome was one of these as a child, much akin to his daughter, Nia.
- Adam Blade in Needless is another aversion, a Hot Blooded Idiot Hero. Big Bad Adam Arclight, though another native in a World of Ham, is a straighter example.
- Sohaku Kago from Tenjho Tenge. Though only in the manga, Sohaku, with his immortal bishounen looks and grand evil scheme, is the qunitessential example of this trope.
- Trinity Blood averts it with Abel Nightroad, the main protagonist. His identical brother, Cain, on the other hand, is thoroughly twisted and evil.
- Epsilon from Towa No Quon is obviously an example. He is in a cyborg army, made to destroy the attractors, emotionless, but eventually decides to go to Quon's side in Chapter 4.
- Dii from Utawarerumono.
- Canute from Vinland Saga starts out as a subversion: he's meek, timid, and his favourite hobbies are cooking and reading the bible. After going through some pretty screwed up shit, his meek persona starts to crumble, until he transforms into a bit of a Badass.
- Dilandau in Vision of Escaflowne (nuts, though for good reason). Subverted in that "he" is a girl.
- Prince Bokar of Sennec from Voltron appeared to be nice at first, saving Princess Allura, but only later does his true self show as a Robeast that attacks the Voltron Force and kidnaps Princess Allura for Zarkon. Also, Prince Lotor, with a white mane that goes past his waist and a Villainous Crush on the Princess.
- Numerous characters from Yu-Gi-Oh!; Bakura Ryou, Pegasus, and Marik, just to start. Even cards get this treatment; the Dark Magician owned by minor antagonist Pandora (Arcana in the dub) in Season 2 has white hair.
- Youko Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho is a legendary demon bandit, and was pretty nasty until recently, and hired a hit man to kill his own thieving partner.
- Zeno, Zatch's Evil Twin in Zatch Bell.
- Argent from Apothecarius Argentum is a heroic yet tragic case, as his white hair is a result of his Acquired Poison Immunity. Though he is an apothecary and healer, he was fed poisons from birth to make him into an assassin. As a result, he himself is highly toxic.
- Angel Sanctuary has a few:
- Henri Claytor from Future GPX Cyber Formula, with a red streak on a strand of his bangs. He seems to be a sweet guy, but he is actually a total bastard and has a one-sided grunge with Hayato throughout ZERO. Although he does mellow out at the end, somewhat.
- Shougo Midorikawa from Holyland, according to the coloured cover.
- In the anime Highlander The Search For Vengeance, Marcus Octavius, the Big Bad, is a pretty, white-haired, arrogant elitist whose aim is to recreate Rome's lost glories.
- Definitely Alzeid from Hatenkou Yuugi. He's not an Evil Albino, but of the main three, he's the most criminal-minded.
- Sternbild's Hanging Judge and part-time Vigilante Man Yuri Petrov of Tiger & Bunny.
- Luca of Saint Beast combines the long, white anime hair with red eyes and possesses Elemental Powers of darkness, but is a pretty good guy (outside of Seijuu Kourin Hen), following the stoic lancer version of this trope. He does mention being afraid of his own capacity for darkness at least once, though, and if you count Seijuu Kourin Hen, he does eventually become an evil sidekick to Judas.
- Noir/Gauche Suede of Tegami Bachi. His other half averts the evil part, though.
- Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss. He is something of a Jerkass.
- Mizuki, too, has white hair, though he's more of the shy type.
- Akise Aru from Mirai Nikki has white hair and red eyes, and is quite aloof but otherwise super awesome.
- Jonah from Jormungand completely fits this trope with his white hair, red eyes, dark skin, aloofness and shyness.
- Ryo from Seven Seeds, who’s shown with white or silver hair on the covers. He’s calm and collected in personality, extremely competent, and turns out to be quite protective of the people he cares about. Unfortunately, he's ultimately willing to "protect" his friend Ango by trying to kill the people Ango is in personal conflict with- both to remove a threat to Ango's precarious mental stability, and also to prevent Ango from trying to kill them himself and being found out by the rest of their group.
- Bleach: Gin Ichimaru, Aizen's subordinate. No-one trusts him, not the good guys and not the bad guys. Turns out he's as much an enemy of Aizen as the good guys are, but that doesn't change his villainous nature.
- Dewey of Nurse Angel Ririka SOS suits this trope to a tee. Boyish build with long blue-white hair....and if he had a bit more commitment to playing fair, he could be a Noble Demon. But he doesn't.
- Tenshi of Angel Beats!. Subverted, as she's actually Not Evil, Just Misunderstood.
- Subverted by Daniel Thace Peregrine AKA Cupid from Angel Crush; his silver hair and abrasive behavior suggests this trope, but he is an angel and sides with Good.
- X-Men's got Magneto and Quicksilver, though some artists draw Magneto to look like it's old age. He was first introduced in 1963, less than twenty years after the Holocaust ended. To maintain his backstory as a survivor of Auschwitz, some aging is inevitable. However, he's not actually supposed to look his age - Between Marvel's sliding timescale and the fact that he was reduced to infancy at one point and later re-aged to his prime, Magneto should really look more like Quicksilver's (slightly) older brother than his father.
- A Very Special issue of Spider Man featured Skip, who baby-sat a young Peter Parker. And molested him. This is either non-canon or a major case of Angst? What Angst?, as it sure never comes up again.
- The Sandman: the Corinthian is white-haired, gay, and good-looking when he keeps his sunglasses on. He's also a Serial Killer who likes to eat eyeballs with his own eyeballs. (Also, like Lyta Hall, he might just be a very pale blond.)
- Also, Lyta's husband, Hector. Though he's arguably got it even worse than she does, since the artists can't even keep his age straight.
- Mekt Ranzz, the villain known as Lightning Lord, from the Legion of Super-Heroes, when he's not an Evil Redhead.
- Tommy Shepherd, aka Speed of the Young Avengers, mostly as a callback to the fact that he's the reincarnation of one of Scarlet Witch's kids-who-were-part-of-Mephisto/never-existed-except-for-her-wishing-them-to. In an existential screwup that could only happen in comics, he and "twin" Billy Kaplan are mirrors of their former mother and uncle, with him having Quicksilver's powers and looks.
- Josh from Trigger Happy Fanboy's Pokemon trilogy is one. He didn't start out as a villain, though, and actually aided the protagonists for a while before going his own separate way. While on the light side, he was definitely aloof but my no means antisocial. He even sported a bit of a Ship Tease with May until the end of the second part, in which a two year timeskip takes place. When he returns, he's revealed to have gone down a Sanity Slippage and gone drunk with power. He's also nigh unbeatable and now sports red eyes. And a Badass Longcoat.
Films — Animation
- Cade in Sky Blue strenuously resists Shua's attempt to bring down Ecoban to help the Diggers, and tries to keep Jay away from him. It's later revealed that he was originally responsible for Shua's exile. He does get redeemed eventually.
Films — Live-Action
- The Bible says that Satan can 'transform himself into an angel of light'; usually, when he in this mode, he's depicted with silvery hair.
- The Bible also describes Jesus himself this way in his transfigured form. Jesus is not meant to be evil, being The Messiah and all, but his divine form represents his Justice rather than his Mercy.
- Raistlin Majere of the Dragonlance books: pretty (the prequel novels mention he was more handsome than his brother as a young man, though YMMV post-transfiguration), cold and antisocial, and an Anti-Hero at his best moments.
- Dark Sun/Daren of the Taiwanese novel Eclipse Hunter can be described as this, as shown in these◊ illustrations.
- White Mike, the drug-dealing antihero in the book Twelve.
- Ariel from The Obernewtyn Chronicles book series by Isobelle Carmody is a classic example, being described as angelic in looks and satanic in temperament.
- Modern Tales of Faerie has Roiben, a gorgeous faerie who is damaged and bitter after being forced to serve as errand boy for the Unseelie Queen and perform horrific acts for her amusement. He falls into antihero territory, however, since those acts were magically compelled and he remains good at heart.
- House Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire are a whole family of these, with purple eyes as well. How? Brother-Sister Incest. Although the nastiest ones have less of the pretty boy part of this trope, and the one who best fits it is Rheagar, who is ... let's just say morally ambiguous, for now. And he didn't marry his sister - admittedly because she wasn't born, but still. Dany fits White-Haired Pretty Girl beautifully.
- Mordred in T.H. White's The Once and Future King, "so fair haired that he was almost an albino." He is, at first, merely self-pitying and creepy in the give-the-poor-kid-a-break way, but ultimately turns evil.
- Sort of subverted in The Grey King, in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series of books, where Bran Davies's odd white hair is used to give him a quality of otherness, even though he doesn't turn out to be bad.
- Pollution from Good Omens is white-haired, looks to be in his early twenties, and has a creepily chirpy, somewhat seductive personality. The fact that he's one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse should be another warning.
- The whole trend (at least in Western literature) can be traced more or less directly to Elric of Melniboné as written by Michael Moorcock. Elric is a weakling albino, often described in terms of effeminate beauty, who comes from an ancient line of powerful, cruel, Chaos-allied people. He is granted superhuman prowess in combat by a cursed sentient sword which eats the souls of opponents, and he tends (often through the interference of said sword) to kill his allies and/or lovers with alarming regularity.
- C.S. Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy has Gerald Tarrant, a dark-sword wielding WHPB vampire, who, despite being evil, is still the novel's anti-hero.
- R.L. Stine evokes this with the character Bill Jeffers, a.k.a. Snowman, in the book of the same name. Bill is described as being tall and white haired with black eyes, and is extremely attractive to most women he meets. He's also a murderer who doesn't have much regret for what he did. His father, however, DID bring it onto himself by beating his son and physically abusing him until the kid snapped. Whether he's evil or not depends greatly on who you ask in the fandom and how much sympathy you have for abuse victims.
- Although definitely NOT EVIL, Tonda in Otfried Preussler's novel Krabat has had white hair since half a year before the book starts, as his girlfriend Worschula was killed by the Master then. The grief turned his hair white, so it's rather White=Death than White=Evil.
- In the movie, his hair is not white from the beginning, as Worschula dies when Krabat already is in the mill, not 6 months ago, as the book states...
- He's not that good-looking in the movie, but as it takes place in Thirty Years' War...
- Isaac Newton is described as this in Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle. The trope description fits his personality pretty well: he's an aloof, arrogant, Ambiguously Gay Anti-Hero who has a vested interest in alchemy and fancies himself a sorceror.
- The Gentleman with the Thistle-down Hair in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Gorgeous, Really 700 Years Old, nearly-all powerful, and utterly bonkers by human standards.
- Toot-toot the fairy of The Dresden Files is white-haired and described as just as inhumanly attractive as all other fae folk. He is, however, a fairy, and his height is between six and twelve inches. While not evil, per se, he is Chaotic Neutral with a very mercenary conscience, who serves the heroes for regular payments of pizza.
- The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, although it is of Ambiguous Gender in the book. In certain film and theatre adaptations, it is portrayed as a girl/woman.
- Kit Smith of the Aunt Dimity series, though of the anti-heroic variety due to his reserve and his issues with his father. Lori describes him as the most beautiful man she had ever seen, with the eyes of a saint and hair prematurely grey due to stress and illness. At times he is Lori's foil and helper. It takes seven years and several books for Nell Harris to finally get him to the altar.
- Martel in The Elenium posesses natural white hair, and is described as having a surprisingly youthful face. He's also a fallen knight.
- The Hawkbrother mages in Valdemar fall into this trope—most notably Firesong, though they subvert it by being generally honest and decent people; they tend to have white hair because the magical forces they call upon bleach the color out.
- The live-action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series gave Zoisite white hair. Though, while he is still one of the four generals of the Dark Kingdom, he is also the one to remember his past life and his loyality to Endymion, and the past tragedy; he even goes so far as to briefly team up with Minako to try and keep Usagi and Mamoru separated.
- Kamen Rider OOO has the Greeed Kazari take on a human form, which is that of a white-haired bishonen. He's the most cunning of the four villainous Greeed, and arguably the most dangerous, [[spoiler:since his plots result in the destruction of two of the others.
- The Primarch of the Emperor's Children Legion, Fulgrim, had white hair and was said to be one of the best looking primarchs. He also was a genuinely nice guy if a little excentric. Just look at his legion now...
- This is actually quite endemic in Warhammer. Rogal Dorn also was whitehaired (but not effeminately pretty) and Lion El'Jonson tends to get depicted this way, even though he's blond.
- Also, quite a number of Space Marines also have white hair (Dante of the Blood Angels, Leodegarius of the Grey Knights...), but, there, it is not clear if it is natural or a result of their geneseed.
- Lucius the Eternal, like his Primarch Fulgrim, is often depicted with white hair and is canonically stated to have been "truly handsome". That is, until a sparring match left him with a poorly set broken nose; his reaction to this disfigurement started a chain of obsession that ended in sadomasochistic ritualistic scarring all over his body. And that was mostly before he became a champion for the God of Squick. 40K turns yet another trope Up to Eleven, ladies and gents.
- The Drow in Dungeons & Dragons games are a race of sly, scheming, Always Chaotic Evil White-Haired (albeit Black Skinned) Pretty Boys and Girls. The males in particular tend to be underhanded, effeminate blackguards. One issue of the late Dragon Magazine gave us the drow demideity Keptolo.
- In Ravenloft, the darklord of Nova Vassa, Reasonable Authority Figure Tristen Hiregaard's Superpowered Evil Side-cum-Diabolical Mastermind serial killer Malken, is a lot like this (Tristen's normally raven-haired appearance changes when Malken takes control).
- Seltyiel, the iconic magus from Pathfinder, who seems to be something of a Captain Ersatz of Elric of Melniboné. He's the only canonically evil iconic.
- Arthas from the Warcraft III and World Of Warcraft. In Warcraft III, he was initially blond, at which point he was morally clueless, and also pretty clueless in general, but largely seemed to mean well. His hair immediately and abruptly went white shortly after he took up Frostmourne and became a Death Knight, which is also the exact moment at which he progressed from "well-meaning extremist" status to being clearly and unambiguously capital-E Evil.
Arthas: Yes, I've damned everyone and everything I've ever loved in his name, and I still feel no remorse. No shame. No pity.
Tichondrius: The runeblade that you carry was forged by the Lich King and empowered to steal souls. Yours was the first one it claimed.
Arthas: Then I'll make do without one. What is the Lich King's will?
- Setzer, of Final Fantasy VI is a rebellious, elitist, whitehaired gambler who kidnaps Celes, but inevitably joins the party.
- Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII has waist-length silvery hair, and is the cloth from which many of these examples were cut.
- Yazoo, Loz, and most notably Kadaj from the sequel film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, who are brothers from the same "mother" as Sephiroth. Official materials even name them collectively as "The Silver-Haired Men".
- Weiss, the antagonist from Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus. His name, appropriately enough, is German for "white".
- Final Fantasy IX brings us Kuja, who is ten times prettier than Sephiroth. He's referred to several times in-game as a "narcissist", which is a rather mild description for someone who dresses like this◊.
- From the Kingdom Hearts series, we have Xehanort, his Heartless, Ansem, and his Nobody, Xemnas, both of which are the final bosses in their respective games. Notably, they avert the corrolary of "being Ambiguously Brown negates the evil of white hair", though fans do not always agree on whether this is a good thing.
- In Chain of Memories, the Riku Replica fits this trope to a tee. In fact, Riku himself fits this trope pretty darn well in the 1st (and 2nd) games.
- Interestingly enough, Birth by Sleep shows that the body that Xehanort is inhabiting used to have brown hair. His absolute youngest incarnation is still an example.
- Wilhelm in Xenosaga is an example of this trope, and chaos (no capitalization) is an example of how dark skinned white haired guys are exempt. Albedo is another example from the same game.
- Orochi from The King Of Fighters '97, although he takes this form just for the purpose of manifesting in the real world ("his" true form is implied to be the Yamata no Orochi, and thus considerably fuglier).
- The same applies to Yashiro, one of Orochi's Four Heavenly Kings, when in Orochi mode.
- Magaki, endboss of XI, also fits the trope when he first appears to the player, but he subverts it, as his true form is a lanky, bug-eyed, pink...thing who shambles about, and his body is racked with muscle spasms. Not actually pretty at all. He still keeps the white hair, though.
- And then there's K', albeit only in his debut. However, even after being fleshed out in 2000 and beyond does he remain The Stoic.
- Ayatane in Ar tonelico, whose evil status is complicated, but does definitely spend at least a portion of the plot being on the opposing side.
- The original Tohno SHIKI in Tsukihime has white, shoulder-length hair. He is also possessed by the Big Bad, inverted (meaning, given up completely to a Superpowered Evil Side), and completely insane.
- Hyo Imawano from Rival Schools, who goes from main villain, to willing ally, to possessed villain, to dead, all in the span of two games.
- Wild Arms 2 includes a white-haired bishonen who, amazingly enough, isn't evil. He acts as Mission Control for the Heroes R Us organization that the Player Character is a part of. Oh wait, he's the boss of the villains too, and it turns out this a Xanatos Gambit to mobilize the world against a cosmic threat. A good goal, but he was ruthless in pursuing it.
- Lunar The Silver Star has Ghaleon, who is a walking example of a lot of villain tropes.
- In the girl version of Harvest Moon DS, there is a white-haired phantom thief named Skye that you can marry. Particular emphasis on the "effeminate pretty-boy" bit.
- Dist "the Rose" from Tales Of The Abyss - evil, effeminate Mad Scientist. Alright, maybe not that pretty, what with that loony perma-grin, but he otherwise fits the trope to a tee.
- Ramirez from Skies Of Arcadia, who is also The Dragon for Galcian and the True Final Boss. Galcian is also white-haired, but is not quite as pretty as his subordinate.
- Solus, The Dragon from Breakdown.
- Tales Of Vesperia has Duke. Oddly enough, he also gains dark skin during his True Final Boss form, but here, it's just an indication that he's become a demigod.
- Alexei is one too. In fact, if he grew his hair longer, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
- Fou-Lu from Breath Of Fire IV. Cranked up to 11 in the manga, and overtly embraced when Ryu confronts Fou-lu in the throneroom for the first time. Not since Hotohori in Fushigi Yuugi has any man looked that pretty in formal imperial court dress. And yes, the more Fou-lu gets overtly shoved to being a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, the prettier he gets.
- Vergil of Devil May Cry is a classic example, while his twin brother Dante doesn't fit the mold so well. See the subversion section.
- Joshua from The World Ends With You is not only pretty and has white hair, but he's also the one who almost UNDOES Neku's Character Development from week one with his prissy and mysterious behaviour, and finally turns out to be Neku's killer (twice), the Composer, and the one who wanted to destroy Shibuya in the first place. However, he ends up showing "mercy." All this while spouting cryptic "deep" sayings, and being mysterious and ostensibly metrosexual (he teases and hits on Neku often, and good number of the items that give him special abilities are womanly in nature).
- Suikoden V invokes this trope for a woman. After her Face Heel Turn, Lady Sialeeds stops dyeing her hair, revealing the fact that it was white all along just in time for you to fight her for the first time. Given that she doesn't pick up any of the connotations of the White-Haired Pretty Girl, while picking up this trope's penchant for antagonism, she probably fits here more than there.
- Pokemon Colosseum has Nascour, this being one of several hints to the fact that he's evil.
- Karsh from Chrono Cross looks like one of these at first glance, being the first humanoid boss you fight (not counting Solt and Peppor, who fight alongside him), along with having the standard silver hair. However, he's not evil, just efficient at his job (and ashamed of having to kill his Brainwashed and Crazy best friend), and later, he joins the party.
- Lloyd from The Legend Of Dragoon. He spends most of the game being a huge thorn in the party's side, from beating the pants off of the protagonist in an arena fight to plotting to destroy the world, only to do a Heel Face Turn at the last second, making way for the REAL Big Bad.
- Then again, like the Drow example above, Lloyd belongs to a race of White-Haired Pretty People, who, given their history, are not exactly known for being the nicest folks around.
- Sengoku Basara has three of these. First, there's Ax Crazy Akechi Mitsuhide, then Evil Genius Takenaka Hanbe, and now, Fallen Angel Ishida Mitsunari.
- Derby Harrington, leader of the Preps in Bully. While short-haired, he is decidedly handsome, evil, and a rich bastard.
- Jusqua, if not for the SD style of Hikari no 4 Senshi, can be one. Silver hair? Check. Rival to the hero? Check.
- Godot from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has white hair, though it was originally black as Diego Armando, but it changed when he was poisoned. His true identity is unknown through most of the game, he remains the most obviously mysterious prosecutor in the series, prone to belligerent outbursts when upsets, and he plays a key role in manipulation the events of Bridge to Turnabout putting all the pieces in place for him to "save Maya.
- The fiend Alexei from Ninja Gaiden 2.
- White Spirits (or Angels) from Tears To Tiara are a bunch of Ax Crazy perfectionists. Only 2 of 13 of them were exceptions.
- Naoya from Devil Survivor is an example of this trope, combined with Red Eyes, Take Warning. He's also one of the few characters in the game who does not invoke Curtains Match the Window.
- His expy from the second game has this look, but his Jerkass personality prevents many in universe from appreciating it. The Anguished One looks like this as well, to the point fans consider him an expy of Kaworu.
- Wylfred from Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume. Whether he becomes a villain depends, though.
- Reve from Phantasy Star Zero. He doesn't have red eyes, but has a red visor over them until his Heel Face Turn. He's a jerk and a real pain.
- Taichi in Cross Channel is a somewhat androgynous white haired teen and the hero of the story. Unless he has one of his psychotic episodes and kills everyone. And snapping and killing everyone isn't just confined to bad ends, either. Nope, the journal logs reference them and one of the very last endings involves Taichi killing Youko to defend everyone in what is probably a very brutal manner, causing everyone to freak, and then he kills them. His hair is often commented upon. Oddly enough, he actually has something of a complex, where he is convinced that he is incredibly ugly.
- Gregorio III from Gitaroo Man, complete with Mismatched Eyes and creepy intro. Also considered to be That One Boss sometimes.
- Fenris from Dragon Age II - his hair probably got that way he had magic tattoos made of lyrium burned into his skin. He's merciless to his enemies (who, to be fair, are trying to recapture him for the Evil Sorcerer who branded him in the first place), and his attitude towards mages varies from justified wariness to outright hostility. He mainly wants to be left in peace (and take out the occasional band of slavers).
- Aizel from Opoona. In his case, he has a bad case of the possessed by the spirit of evil. His brother, Shalga, has it as well, but he's only a Hero with Bad Publicity.
- Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten: Fenrich is the most morally dubious member of the party. Naturally, he also has white hair.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gives us Ghirahim, an androgynous, sadistic entity that torments Link throughout the game, switching between calm and collected and bombastically violent outbursts very rapidly. His androgynous nature is a produce of his creation, as like Fi he is a technically genderless Anthropomorphic Personification of Demise's sword.
Anime and Manga
- Rakuto from Wild Ones is white-haired, but also handsome, charming, and one of the most popular students in school, if not a bit of a Stepford Smiler.
- Toki from Fist of the North Star. White-haired, yes, but due to a spot of aging and radiation sickness that is slowly killing him, he dosen't exactly look pretty. Furthermore, he is the most morally pure of the entire cast, vowing to use Hokuto Shinken only to heal people of their diseases. In battle, he is more of a Technical Pacifist. When he fights and has to eliminate his foe, he uses special versions of established Hokuto Shinken techniques to ensure that his enemies die feeling immense pleasure. But this IS Fist of the North Star, where Anyone Can Die (at least, anyone not named Kenshiro). Take a wild guess what fate awaits poor Toki.
- It was radiation sickness that gave him his white hair anyway. Originally, it was brown (or black, since FOTNS has... issues with its cast's hair colour).
- Rei from Fist of the North Star. He was actually mistaken for a woman in his introduction, but he doesn't get the requisite white hair until he's dying from Raoh's attack.
- Doctor Clive, more commonly known as the School Doctor from Haré+Guu. He's not evil, though, just a lech and kind of a jerk. Also, his hair is actually dyed and his natural hair color is brown.
- Prussia and Iceland from Axis Powers Hetalia, though Prussia's Hot Blooded personality keeps him from fully fitting into this trope. Iceland is described as being something of a Defrosting Ice King.
- Tsukasa in .hack//SIGN. Not only is he a good guy (arguably), he's a main character.
- Also, he's not really a boy, so there's that too.
- Bleach: Although this manga generally uses the Japanese association of "death/evil" with white, most of the (numerous) white-haired characters are actually subversions of, or exceptions to, this trope.
- Jushiro Ukitake is a mellow, lovable nice guy with strong morals. He was born with dark hair, but it turned white as a young child due to the chronic illness he still suffers from as a captain. He has a reputation for being the gentlest and most peace-loving captain, although it doesn't stop him from being able to make difficult and even controversial decisions when he has to.
- Toshiro Hitsugaya was born with white hair. As An Ice Person, this doubles as Elemental Hair as well. Hitsugaya can be abrasive and his inexperience sometimes leads to brash decisions but he's honest and loyal.
- Kensei is a rough, abrasive sort of fellow who's a mean cook and believes in tough love and loyalty.
- Isane Kotetsu is second-in-command of the Combat Medic fourth division. She's a gentle Shrinking Violet whose main role is to heal the injured, although she can fight when forced to. There's a hint from the frost-themed name of her zanpakutou that she might also be An Ice Person with Elemental Hair.
- Ryuuken Ishida, Uryuu's aloof father, was born with white hair. Bitterly sarcastic and hard to get along with, his Jerkass Façade hides deeply caring emotions and a powerful desire to protect.
- Choujiro Sasakibe has always possessed white hair, as revealed by flashbacks. He was Yamamoto's trustworthy, honorable right-hand man for longer than most Shinigami have been alive.
- Yue in Cardcaptor Sakura; though not technically a villain or even evil, his bitterness, pride, and stoicism highlight his cold and resentful demeanor. In his first appearance, he is an antagonist, and, following his defeat, becomes a reluctant ally of the main character and, eventually, a friend.
- Shirogane from Monochrome Factor.
- Kakashi Hatake from Naruto. Even men were smitten when they saw him without his mask.
- His father, Sakumo, also counts.
- Seirei No Moribito, Shuga is one of the few decent members of the Yogo Empire.
- Near in Death Note. It's not as much subversion as one would think; since Light, the protagonist, is a Villain Protagonist, Near, despite being one of the good guys, is still the antagonist of the show.
- Just to make things even more confusing, although Near is technically a "good guy", he's only really heroic next to the likes of Light or Mello; he's not meant to be likable or good, according to Death Note's creators.
- Black Jack manages to subvert this with Dr. Kiriko: he has white hair, his skin's fairly pale, but his gaunt face and sickly, hunched-over frame keep him from being too "pretty".
- Ren from Karin, in something of an inversion.
- Allen Walker from D.Gray-Man is white-haired and prettier than much of the female cast, but is not only the protagonist, but probably the nicest character in the series. Though there is that little Noah issue which makes the Fourteenth a Double Subversion.
- He was also originally a brunette, but his hair turned white during a particularly traumatic event in his childhood.
- Kantarou from Tactics is as much a pretty white-haired boy as it gets, but he is the hero. Although his lazy and materialistic nature occasionally make him the object of censure, Kantarou never comes close to being a villain and is more of a Genius Ditz (as far as his exorcizing/bonding with spirits power is concerned) than anything else.
- Ayame Sohma from Fruits Basket has long silver hair and turns into a snake. However, he's certainly not a villain, just a very silly Lovable Sex Maniac. His younger brother, Yuki, also has silver hair. Hatsuharu, who has a mix of black and white hair, is a bit closer to being villain, considering that he has a Jekyll and Hyde personality.
- Gintoki from Gintama occasionally does questionable things, but he has a heart of gold and is the hero of the series.
- The mafioso Leo Grant from FAKE.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!:
- Sasagawa Ryohei has white hair (once colored light brown in an early color spread, interestingly enough), but is firmly entrenched in the realm of heroes. He's the Hot Blooded one. EXTREMELY hot-blooded.
- Gokudera Hayato, when he originally came in, seemed to be a villain but quickly turned into the most fiercely loyal subordinate Tsuna could ever want. ("JUUDAIME!!!")
- There's also Superbia Squalo, a member of the elite assassination squad known as the Varia. He has long, well-conditioned (sort of explained by the fact that the Varia are supposed to be good at everything they do) silver-white hair, even though he's ethnically Italian. It could be another reference to his "shark" aspect (squalo meaning "shark" in Italian), and/or a contrast to his opponent (a black-haired, all-Japanese boy). And he could be good-looking if he'd stop making deranged killer faces.
- Shinrei of Samurai Deeper Kyo starts out as a white-haired antagonist, but is revealed to have a bad temper (especially when dealing with his brother), and eventually goes over to the main character's side.
- Also, the morally ambiguous Migeira in the anime, who has short white hair, heterochromic eyes, and a Kakashi-like facemask. Subverted by preteen ninja Sasuke, who also has white hair.
- Chouji Suitengu from Speed Grapher. Ginza Hibari is a morally ambigous White Haired Pretty Girl.
- Ginko from Mushishi, although white-haired, is both a nice guy and rather pretty, plus his white hair and green eye do indicate the touch of the supernatural.
- Silver-haired Shi Seiran in Saiunkoku Monogatari is a principled and heroic young man.
- Superintendent Kengo Akechi from The Kindaichi Case Files. While not technically "evil", he is a bit of a douchebag sometimes.
- Xerxes Break in Pandora Hearts — although he went way overkill with his primary commitment to this role, it was probably due to his Your Days Are Numbered situation. Additionally, in the present day, it's only a little ambiguous if he's on the protagonists' side or not.
- Rotton the Wizard of Black Lagoon places more emphasis on the "pretty boy" part of the equation, being a chivalrous guy who really wants to be badass but isn't very good at it. Where he not The Fool, you'd expect that his code of honor and mannerisms would have gotten him killed a long time ago in the kind of series he's in.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Bakura and his Superpowered Evil Side both fit the physical description, but normal Bakura is harmless and an adorkable woobie.
- From Fairy Tail, there's the character Elfman, who's quite a big Boisterous Bruiser with short hair. The only reason his hair is this color is probably so he matches with his White-Haired Pretty Girl sisters, Mirajane and Lisanna.
- While he's quite short tempered, Regis from Noblesse is a noble Friendly Neighborhood Vampire.
- Shion from No6 is another exception, as he is an Adorkable Nice Guy.
- Gauche Suede from Tegami Bachi is a noble, kindhearted Nice Guy. However, his Jekyll and Hyde alter ego Noir plays the evil part of this trope straight after a Break the Cutie moment.
- White-haired twelve-year-old main protagonist Lag Seeing has the subversion of this trope down pat, but hasn't quite reached the pretty part yet. Give him a few more years, though...
- Youya from Sakura Gari. The subversion? For 4/5 parts of the manga... we thought Youya was Sakurako, a White-Haired Pretty Girl. And the kid is a huge Jerkass Woobie with terrible actions under the belt and a heartbreaking past as the cause.
- Albert Heinrich (Cyborg 004) has silver hair in some adaptations of Cyborg009. In all adaptations, he's one of the heroes of the series. In the "Legend of the Supergalaxy" movie, he had a bit of a death wish and was unflinching in battle, but still one of the heroes.
- Yuuichi Komura from Hiiro No Kakera is The Smart Guy on the Five-Man Band and is actually one of the more polite characters in the show.
- In Last Exile, all members of the Guild have white hair. Dio and Lucciola may seem like straight examples for the first few episodes they are in, however, well, they aren't. Recluse Dagobert is also an exception, though he is too old to be counted as a pretty boy. According to Word Of God, the mechanic Gale would have been an exception, too, but he's, you know, bald. The rest of the Guild, however...
- Muteki Kanban Musume: Kankuro is a subversion, because his alignment is Stupid Good.
- Elijah Snow of Planetary is very pale, with solid white hair, but is not so much a pretty boy (he looks at least in his 40s, though he's actually about 100 years old) and is quite thoroughly heroic — though often very cranky and grumpy about it. Also another Man in White.
- Daniel Hall of The Sandman, after his transformation into the second Dream. Definitely a good guy; he's noticeably more forgiving than his predecessor, although that, admittedly, isn't hard to achieve. Also a Man in White.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Ian Stott from Cherie Priest's Bloodshot is a dapper, handsome vampire with long white/silver hair. He's got the moral ambiguity of being a vampire, but he seems like a decent, pleasant person.
- Alcuin from Kushiel's Legacy is a sort of rival to Phedre, but also definitely a good guy.
- Michael Moorcock's Elric, who, ironically, might be the root of the trope due to his Anti-Hero status. (The novels were published in Japan, illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano of Vampire Hunter D fame).
- Rhaegar Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire. He's a Posthumous Character, and it's made pretty clear he was a larger-than-life Knight in Shining Armor as well as a Bishōnen.
- Wraith from the Hex book series by Rhiannon Lassiter is the main sidekick of the protagonist and is revered as a hero. He is also described in the first book as "strikingly attractive", and later on, his ex-gang-member status makes people see him as a "romantic figure" (direct quote from the 3rd book).
- Roshaun from Young Wizards. He's described as looking like a living anime character. He's also very definitely one of the good guys.
- Roiben from Holly Black's Tithe trilogy is a faerie knight with long "salt-white" hair and silver eyes. Though he has his sinister side, he's a good guy and the main love interest.
- Averted in Mary Renault's The Last of the Wine, in which the white-haired boy, a beautiful dancer named Aster, is a romantic ideal.
- Thoroughly subverted in the form of Drizzt Do'Urden, a dual wielding drow elf WHPB (albeit dark-skinned), that is the epitome of good and emo of most Forgotten Realms heroes.
- Most of the moon elves in the Forgotten Realms novel series are subversions of this trope, wherein they are royals, and often described as the most human among their brethren. They are often described as pale in skin, often having silver or black hair and a pretty face.
- Elaith Craulnobur, from the songs and swords series, is a semi-subversion, as he began as a thoroughly evil WHPB, but, in the course of the novels, rediscovered his honor and partially redeemed himself.
- Subverted somewhat in The Malazan Book of the Fallen — Rake and the rest of the Tiste Andii are good guys (sort of).
- In Codex Alera, all Marat have white hair, male or female. However, there is only one major Marat villain (and he's just a Starter Villain and Unwitting Pawn), while most of the Marat are solid good guys. On top of that, the other main male Marat, Doroga, is not only a good guy, but described as being physically ugly despite his white hair.
- We don't know exactly what his facial features are, but Otto from The HIVE Series has white hair, and two of the three girls who help make up the main cast are attracted to him, so he could fit this.
- Bracken from the Fablehaven series. Justified because he's a unicorn. Also, Warren, when he was stuck as an albino.
- Some elves from the Inheritance Cycle are like this—Oromis is the best example. His hair isn't due to his great age—elves stay eternally young, and Eragon can only tell he's so old by the sad expression on his face.
- Agent Pendergast.
- Alfie The Werewolf: protagonist Alfie has white hair (and as a result of this also white fur when in werewolf form), but is definately not evil.
- Final Fantasy:
- The Dark Knight Cecil in Final Fantasy IV is a white-haired bishonen antagonist, but we only learn this after he turns into a good guy and takes his helmet off.
- Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII, despite being the most well-known example, is actually a subversion in his own way. Unlike most villainous examples, he isn't fey, effeminate or trickster-y in any sort of way. He's just an Omnicidal Maniac who wants to destroy everything partly because it'll bring him ultimate power but mostly just because he can. His "offspring" of sorts in the sequel movie, however, tend to play this straighter.
- Edge is also a subversion in more than one way. Despite having white hair and being very, very pretty (though not quite as pretty as Cecil), he's a Hot Blooded hero who likes to hit on Rydia.
- Dissidia includes the Warrior of Light, a Knight in Shining Armor whose prettiness rivals Cecil, and the lovely (but slightly Hot Blooded) Firion.
- Luneth from Final Fantasy III DS version is just a really sweet (and androgynous) kid.
- Baralai from Final Fantasy X 2, who is technically a Dark-Skinned Blond. He is even referred to by Logos as a "girly man". Despite being the leader of New Yevon, a conservative organization spawned from the remnants of the Corrupt Church from the first game, and fighting against the protagonists on at least one occasion, he turns out to be a subversion because his motives are fundamentally good, and when he turns evil, it's because he's possessed by Shuyin, the true Big Bad. At the end, he pledges to work together with the other factions to rebuild and restore Spira.
- The Anti-Hero Dante from Devil May Cry is a slightly more realistic take on the bishonen; he has white hair and is a hunky and hot-blooded Badass Longcoat. So are his twin brother Vergil (though, being a villain with an icy personality, he definitely fits the trope), the human form of their father Sparda, and Nero (who is also a descendant of Sparda).
- Alucard from Castlevania is a noble soul, always playing for the good guy's side if not being the hero and, somewhat humorously to fans, seems to have spawned the notion that every CV hero since must be a white-haired bishonen. Interestingly enough, for his first appearance in Castlevania III Draculas Curse, he sported dark hair◊.
- Soma Cruz from the recent Castlevanias definitely qualifies. He may not be evil, but the potential was certainly there, considering he inherited Dracula's "office". He is definitely white-haired and pretty, though you'd never know he was a boy if they didn't tell you.
- Juste Belmont in Harmony of Dissonance, the only known white-haired member of his clan. Let me rephrase: he's a white-haired Belmont.
- Kid Dracula, Dracula's non-canonical offspring, is a White-Haired Little Boy.
- There's a bit of Fridge Brilliance in Alucard's case, since in Symphony he had just spent 400 years sealed in a crypt, so it makes sense that he would be extremely pale.
- Raiden from the Metal Gear Solid series. He does turn out to be working for the Big Bad, but he doesn't have a clue about it. He's not an anti-hero, not a trickster, and certainly not evil, although he does do some pretty morally dubious things. Most of the time, he's the universe's butt monkey. The creator claims that his pallor was a reference to him being a 'virginal' character — he'd never been in a game in the series before, and has yet to be 'coloured' by audience expectation. (Alternatively, he was meant as a blank slate for the player to project himself into.) It's also probably a tip-of-the-hat to the eerily pale Peter Stillman in Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy, who was an inspiration for Raiden's character.
- Peter Stillman also shows up in Metal Gear Solid 2. He's a black guy, though.
- Gray Fox/Frank Jaeger from the same series (at least when he isn't covered in metal), although he's more of a biseinen than a bishonen. He does wind up fighting the protagonist on more than one occasion, but calling him an enemy would be inaccurate.
- Riku, from the Kingdom Hearts series, is a complicated example. While in the first game, he's a Rival Turned Evil, who is subject to More than Mind Control and is possessed by the Big Bad, he spends the sequels dealing with the consequences, trying to make up for it. By the end of Kingdom Hearts II, he's undoubtedly a good guy.
- Trevor Spacey from the Metal Slug 4.
- Gig from Soul Nomad & the World Eaters. He is evil and silver-haired, but he's neither particularly effeminate nor particularly eerie, and gets his jollies from causing senseless carnage and suffering on a massive scale, while maintaining all the flair and panache of a pro-wrestling heel. He's also on the good side, if highly reluctantly.
- Geralt from The Witcher game and series of novels: while not exactly a bishonen, he is lacking in hair pigmentation, due to the mutation which renders his hair white. He is, at worst, an Anti-hero, and most probably as real a hero as possible in his grim, harsh world.
- The witcher mutations also robbed him of skin pigmentation, making him a Heroic Albino (or as much as someone can be heroic in that hellhole of a world).
- Cyrus from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. White-haired (albino, in fact), extremely bishy, and willing to risk his life to help the heroes.
- It may be notable that he gets his white hair by being a clone of Big Bad, Caulder. Caulder himself is too old to be a white haired pretty boy.
- Oswald the Shadow Knight from Odin Sphere, a tragic but ultimately sympathetic Anti-Hero whose soul has been claimed by the queen of the dead.
- Akihiko Sanada from Persona 3, who is a determinator hero with streaks of The Atoner.
- The Protagonist from Persona 4, who has grey eyes to match.
- Parodied in Super Punch-Out!! with Heike Kagero. His features are exaggerated to the point where he's actually rather grotesque.
- There's also Super Macho Man, though the "pretty" part is debatable, because he looks like a muscular, tanned George Washington.
- We're not sure what's going on with Joshua from The World Ends With You, but he's certainly got the "effeminate white-haired kid" style down pat. He's the "Composer" of Shibuya, who has gotten sick of his "divine" role and wants to destroy everything. With Jesus Beams.
- Until Neku unintentionally changes Joshua's mind with the power of his magnificent ass.
- He's a completely insufferable smarmy jerkass most of the time.
- Senel, the main character of Tales Of Legendia, has white hair and the looks, but fails at being effeminate or evil — at worst, he's a little grumpy. However, he also has dark skin, which tends to avert this trope.
- Silver from the 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog game.
- Sanger Zonvolt of Super Robot Wars is white haired, but he exudes manly qualities and is not a Bishōnen. And is pretty heroic at that.
- Also, Harken Browning, protagonist of the spinoff Mugen no Frontier.
- As for Villains, Perfectio, Joshua's father de-aged.
- Max in Albatross18/PangYa. Despite bearing a striking resemblence to Sephiroth and having some outfits that allow him to run around topless with a cross necklace or a tattoo, he's not evil, or even magical to begin with; he's an ordinary tennis player who got into a plane accident—one that incidentally landed him on Pangya Island.
- Altos Stratos of Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard is a parody of the trope.
- Also parodied by Helter Skelter from No More Heroes, although he's not really in the game.
- Professional Killer Jean Kujo from Virtua Fighter.
- Genis Sage of Tales Of Symphonia is a twelve year old boy who, like his sister, has white hair.
- Xenogears has a few subversions/inversions. Billy, Sigurd, and Jessie all have silver hair and are undeniably loyal to the heroes. Krelian has many of the other traits of a WHPB, but his hair is closer to golden-brown than silver.
- Ramsus is the biggest subversion of all. When he appears, he seems to be all but guaranteed to be the Big Bad. Later on, it is revealed that his girlfriend, Miang, is the real Big Bad, and Ramsus is shown to be not important at all.
- Behind his scary, skull-faced helmet and his intimidating reputation, Urick from Drakengard 2 is not only a good guy, but also cheerful, friendly, and keeps the party's morale high with a steady supply of jokes. He's also considerably less effeminate than most other WHPBs (if you don't count his implied relationship with Yaha, but even if you do, Yaha's way more effeminate than he is) — but he's still damn good-looking, all the same. His white hair is a pretty solid example of the "death" symbolism associated with the color, considering a) he's made a pact with a Reaper and b) his pact-price was his mortality.
- Lee Chaolan in the Tekken series.
- Purge from Space Channel 5 Part 2. He also has purple eyes.
- Subverted for the most part in Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, since Vayne is a white-haired pretty boy who is notably shy and clueless. Well, until his powers go crazy and turn the academy into a living hell on earth. It's a complicated example because his Jekyll and Hyde syndrome turns half of him into a Jerkass.
- However, in the sequel, it's completely played straight by Reicher.
- Zero of Mega Man X, when he's wearing his Black Armor, had silver hair. He acts like a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but he's a badass hero.
- King Dynal from Fossil Fighters is a millenia-old reptillian alien king with flowing white locks and a really long coat, who wants nothing less than to Destroy All Humans! so he can take back "his" planet. In the end, he decides that he likes humans after all and becomes one of your friends.
- The second game has Rupert. He initially starts off as your cold, aloof, "Stop Having Fun" Guy rival. He eventually warms up to you, and becomes one of your "Investigation Team" friends.
- Touhou: Rinnosuke Morichika has escaped this list for a long time. But then, he's not a villain. He's The One Guy.
- Loue the vampire in A Witchs Tale serves as Liddell's aide for most of the game.
- Joss from Dawn's Light starts out as the trope played straight, but eventually joins the hero's party and performs a Heroic Sacrifice.
- The eponymous Nier from NieR Replicant, who is the quintessential hero and nice guy just out to save his sister (and committing genocide along the way, but that's not the point). Nier in NieR Gestalt is also white-haired, but is, instead, a burly and middle-aged Papa Wolf.
- A few of the young male characters in Infinite Space has white or silver hair, including the main character, Yuri. However, no matter which side they're on, all of them are actually decent, if not genuinely good, people. Yes, even the seemingly Ax Crazy Teodoro.
- Angelo from Dragon Quest VIII.
- Ragna the Bloodedge from BlazBlue, although it is stated he was blond before Rachel turned him half-vampire. He's not necessarily the nicest guy around, but he's not evil either.
- Chipp Zanuff from Guilty Gear.
- The protagonist of Suikoden V.
- The protagonist, Serph, from Digital Devil Saga.
- The man who he's effectively a reincarnation of, however, is a very straight example.
- Taigong Wang from Warriors Orochi, who, while arrogant, is ultimately good.
- Another Square Enix character: Escher, from the iPod/Phone App Chaos Rings, is a white haired black guy, and is the most cruel hearted person in the entire tournament, and, in a different storyline, is an antagonist (mostly). He's selfish, an assassin, borderline evil for the majority of the game, even going so far as to threaten the two youngest competitors that even if they were kids, he'd still kill them - which he does, to his regret.
- The funny thing is, Escher is almost like a cross between Axel and Cloud, because he's a hired blade (Cloud), has a sarcastic, sinister attitude (Axel), has a very wierd stance (Axel), wields a very long sword with one hand (Cloud, though not original), and has only one person he cares for (both, although Cloud ends up getting more friends, and Axel does likewise).
- And here's his picture◊ (on the right)
- And here's more of him in his Jerkass Anti-Hero glory
- Another interesting version of this is Zhamo, arguable the nicest guy in the game. And he's black. There are no white people with white hair in a Sqaure Enix game. This world is coming to an end.
- Xenoblade Chronicles has Alvis, the AI of the computer on the space station on which an experiment failed that created the universe. He has his own agenda, but isn't evil.
- Kayndar / Silvah from the webcomic Inverloch. Also, all the male severed elves are this, although none of the others appear long in the comic.
- Lawrence Spectrum and Nick Claus from Monsterful.
- Lampshaded in this ADVENTURERS! strip.
- Both Zero and Skorn from Pink Black have white hair and, from what we've seen, are very pretty. They haven't had much screen time yet, but Zero shows signs of being the The Rival.
- Eikre from RPG World is initially implied to be the Big Bad in disguise, but he turns out to be a good guy. It's later revealed that he went to a school for evil Bishōnen before doing a Heel Face Turn.
- Lord Sykos from The Wotch. Let's just say that the name fits perfectly.
- Red Mage from 8-Bit Theater is something of an aversion. Yes, he has white hair (and also happens to like wearing women's clothing), but he's more of a Munchkin than anything.
- Luka from My Life In Blue. He fits the stereotype perfectly, being white-haired (he says it's due to "psychic trauma"), effeminate, bisexual, and attractive, but he's a nice guy.
- Artie from Concession is an albino rat with long hair (up until recently, and now, it's long again).
- Girl Genius: Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer!, laughs at the white-hair-equals-villain dynamics of this thread...even though he is trying to kill off all sparks in Europa.
- Subverted in the nameless protagonist of HERO. White haired, check. Pretty, arguably. Boy, definitely. But he's about as far from villainous or badass as you can ever possibly get.
- Jurinjo from Emergency Exit. OK, OK, it's actually grey, and he's a "villain" who's not really evil.
- Vlad from Chess Piece used to have white hair before he became all demonic-looking and was a bit of a Jerkass. In the comic timeline, however, he's a good king, a(n) (over)protective father, and an overall nice guy. And the Hero of the story. And the author's main tool for Fanservice.
- Strays, here.
- In The Gamers Alliance, the half-elven cleric Izael has white hair and looks so pretty in fact that he's often mistaken for a girl. He used to be brainwashed to do evil things until he finally began a path towards redemption...or so it seems at any rate. Janus, the cunning and deceitful dwarven necromancer, is willing to lie in every other sentence and also has white hair despite being young by dwarven standards.
- Despite typical regard for standard hair colors shown by Broken Saints, there's still one: Oran's childhood friend Hassan.
- Chris Moralès of Code Lyoko is certainly white-haired and pretty, but a sympathetic character.
- Danny Phantom. Not really bishonen, but that hasn't stopped the fangirls from drawing him as such.
- Although a little ambiguous at first, the Magus from Gargoyles is an ultimately heroic example.
- Ren, from The Pirates of Dark Water: he's actually a dark-skinned platinum blond, and is a bit too short and stocky to be a bishie, but he's got the pale hair and pretty face, so he counts. And he's definitely a heroic example.
- In Ben 10 Alien Force, the assistant of the alien who created the Omnitrix made his own (ultimately imperfect) one, and a glitch made it 'sync up' with with Ben's, making his default form identical to Ben. When the two Omnitrixes touched, the assistant's color scheme got inverted, including giving him white hair (presumably for Rule Of Cool, because Ben's hair isn't dark enough that it would invert to paper-white.)