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Playing With: Bald Women
Basic Trope: Woman with no hair.
  • Straight:
    • Alice is bald. Despite this, she transcends traditional norms and becomes a stronger character.
    • Alice actually looks pretty good without any hair.
  • Exaggerated: Alice has no hair whatsoever in her whole body... Doesn't matter! She's still amazing!
  • Downplayed:
    • Though bald, Alice wears a wig most of the time and rarely takes it off.
    • Nothing ever comes from Alice's baldness - no character development, no humor or drama, nor exploration of identity. She's just bald, and no one seems to comment on it.
    • Alice shaves her head, but there's enough stubble that she isn't completely bald.
    • Alice has a large bald spot.
  • Justified:
    • After losing a battle, Alice decides to become stronger to defeat her enemies. To represent this determination, she shaves her head until not a single hair remains.
    • After a really bad day, Alice shaves her head to cope with her depression.
    • Alice has Alopecia totalis, a medical condition that results in her baldness.
    • Alice is a Human Alien; Baldness is natural for her.
    • Alice is a Buddhist nun, which requires that she have no hair.
    • Alice thinks being bald is a good look for her & decides to shave her head.
    • Alice has been battling cancer and has undergone several bouts of chemotherapy.
    • Alice wants to honor a friend who lost their hair to chemotherapy.
    • In Alice's culture, it's normal/expected for women to have shaven heads.
    • Alice is a fashion-conscious woman, and shaved heads are the in look this season.
  • Inverted:
    • Rapunzel Hair (Bonus Points, if the character with Rapunzel Hair is male.)
    • Alice has hair in places that normally don't grow hair, like her nose.
    • Alice has fur despite being human.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is really wearing a bald cap.
    • Our heroine loses all her hair. Then it turns out she was just having a nightmare.
    • After the shave, Alice becomes depressed as she considers her hair part of her identity.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Unfortunately, there was a malfunction with the bald cap, resulting in Alice going bald anyways.
    • Eventually, Alice comes to terms with her baldness and considers it beautiful.
  • Parodied: Alice's chrome dome head is so shinny, it can light up a darken room.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Because the female character always wears a hat or wigs, it's unknown if she's bald or not.
  • Averted: Alice has hair.
  • Enforced:
    • The writer wishes to show the frailty of a female character, as well as her inner strength. So the author makes her bald.
    • The author invokes Bald of Evil for his villainess.
    • In order to create a sense of weirdness, the director adds a few bald women for his film.
    • Nothing gets more attention for an ad than a bald lady.
  • Lampshaded: "Amazing. Even without hair, Alice still manages to look feminine."
  • Invoked:
    • Bob sets up a bet with Alice. If she loses, she has to shave her head.
    • Alice shaves her head in order to become awesome.
    • Alice is a Combat Pragmatist, and removes her hair (possibly permanently) to prevent potential enemy fighters to grab them during a fight.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob has a bald girlfriend. A jealous admirer attempts to break them up by invoking social norms about beauty.
    • Because of a law declaring those with The Plague be shorn, Alice uses her baldness to scare off would-be attackers.
  • Defied:
    • Alice decides to shave her head for a fundraiser. Her friends attempt to talk her out of it.
    • Missing her hair, our bald heroine grows her hair back to a long length.
    • Joining the military and arriving in boot camp, Alice assumes that they're going to shave her head. The barber explains that not only is its against regulations, but there's a minimum hair length all troopers are required to have.
  • Discussed: The characters discuss the social and psychological implications of bald women.
  • Conversed: "This game's character customization sucks. It doesn't even allow a 'bald' option for chicks."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The Bald Woman is an empowering symbol by destroying a major symbol of their femininity. They are no longer limited by their gender, becoming a universal character. In addition, enduring the lost of their hair strengthens the character's will, overcoming the limits previously imposed upon her.
    • Inversely, baldness on a woman represents a loss of humanity, especially if involuntary. It marks them as an outsiders, and makes them visible targets for scorn.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Baldness can enhance femininity instead of transcending it. Hair is but one visible aspect of a woman's identity. The loss of it allows the other physical, mental, and spiritual aspects to take center stage. Instead of becoming something that she is not, the female character makes discoveries about herself. Through this self-discovery do they become empowered.
    • If the character can withstand the prejudices and emotional turmoil of being bald, she can overcome these obstacles and regain her humanity.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • In order to gain respect from her peers, Alice shaves her head. Instead her peers jest about how silly she now looks, or get distracted her shinny scalp.
    • Gag Haircut / Hairstyle Malfunction
  • Played For Drama:
    • Our heroine receives a Traumatic Haircut, which leaves her totally bald. She suffers a Heroic BSOD as a result, and is shunned by society, her friends, and family. She becomes increasingly isolated and sad.
    • Baldness is a sign that something is seriously wrong with the heroine.


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