troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Playing With: Expressive Hair
Basic Trope: A character's hair changes, subtly or drastically, to reflect their mood.
  • Straight: Bob's normally straight hair sticks up when he gets frightened.
  • Exaggerated: Bob's hair does something different for every emotion Bob feels.
  • Downplayed: When Bob gets scared, his hair jumps slightly, but instantly goes back to normal.
  • Justified:
    • Bob's hair is actually a sentient life form.
    • What frightened Bob was really scary.
    • Alice's curly hair frizzes up when she is under stress because she keeps messing with it.
  • Inverted: When Bob gets scared, he has a quick spaz attack while his hair remains completely still.
  • Subverted: It looks like Bob's hair stuck up when he got scared, but it turns out his hair was actually being moved by the wind.
  • Double Subverted: However, his hair stays stuck up even after the wind goes away.
  • Parodied: People start scaring Bob on purpose just to see his hair stand up straight.
  • Zig Zagged: When Bob gets scared, his hair seems to stand up straight, but that was actually caused by the wind. However, his hair stays standing up even after the wind goes away... because he accidentally got hair gel in it.
  • Averted: Bob's hair doesn't do anything weird.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Your hair's starting to freak me out, Bob. It's like it's alive or something."
  • Invoked: The group needs Bob to have his hair stand up straight so he can impersonate someone with a similar hairstyle, so they scare him to get his hair to stick up.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob wears a hat to keep his hair from sticking up when he's scared.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's hair is a mutation, and this gets him treated as an outcast.
    • People start manipulating Bob's feelings just to have his hair move in mysterious ways and get laughs out of it. Bob can't stand his Butt Monkey status, and isolates himself more and more from society.
  • Reconstructed: Not everybody is a jerk. There are a few people who, although they do find his hair funny, won't toy with him. These become Bob's True Companions.

Back to Expressive Hair

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
3150
33