Playing With / Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl

Basic Trope: A frightening apparition of a female, white-clad ghost who looks rather bedraggled.
  • Straight: Alice appears to Bob wearing a white gown, with stringy hair over her face.
  • Exaggerated: Her face is horribly disfigured, and she has some Yandere-ish Ghostly Goals.
  • Downplayed: Alice is more of a harmless poltergeist despite her appearance. She occasionally spooks people with pranks. She even defuses direct appearances in a pranky way - after she fades away she has some sort of look-alike object behind her such as a wig-stand or a propped up mop that resembles her hair.
  • Justified:
    • Alice was raped and murdered (or died some other such horrible death) while wearing a white nightgown, and has not been able to move onto the afterlife.
    • Gravedirt and rot-juice are murder on your hair.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is wearing white and looks a little bedraggled, but she's a benevolent spirit.
    • She's alive.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice's appearance still frightens Bob (and anyone else who sees her) whatever her intentions.
    • Alice gets killed with that appearance.
  • Parodied: Alice is Bob's Yandere ex-girlfriend (or current one)
  • Zig Zagged: Alice's appearance is linked to her mental and emotional state - on days when she's ridden with hatred she looks scary, on days when she's not she looks normal (well, as normal as a ghost can be considered) or even cute.
  • Averted:
    • Alice looks pretty and does not scare people.
    • Alice is not a ghost.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "And she was a frightening sight! She was dressed in a white gown, and her hair covered her disfigured face..."
  • Invoked: Alice finds she is unable to move on due to the circumstances surrounding her death.
  • Exploited: Finding herself in her situation she uses her appearance to frighten her foes for revenge and to make them feel remorse.
  • Defied:
    • Alice decides that she's safe now that she's dead and allows herself to go to Heaven.
    • When Alice comes to terms with her death and moves onto the afterlife, her appearance improves markedly before she leaves.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: This ghost is usually that of someone who died a horrible death and/or was wronged or rejected by a Love Interest. Not surprisingly, their Ghostly Goals can be troublesome.

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