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Playing With: White Hair, Black Heart
Basic Trope: An evil character has white hair.
  • Straight: The villain has white hair.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every villain we run into has a shade of white hair, and none of the heroes do.
    • The more evil a villain is, the whiter his hair is.
  • Downplayed:
    • Blondes are Evil/Blond Guys Are Evil
    • The villain has white hair, but even if he is not by any means evil, he is nonetheless cold-hearted and cruel.
    • A white-haired character is a jerk.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...Until we find out he was The Mole all along.
    • ...Too bad the heroes typically do the crossing.
  • Parodied:
    • The villain laments his inability for his hair turn naturally white, and eventually goes to dye it. He becomes an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
    • A brand of hair dyes is advertised as fighting crime by keeping away evil white hair.
    • The villain dyes his white hair to a different color, and instantly becomes a good guy.
    • A character switches sides a lot. Each time his hair colour changes.
  • Zig Zagged: The suspicious looking character with white hair is actually on the good side, but he turns out to be The Mole. However, as soon as he reveals this, he dyes his hair. After which he goes back to the side of good because the hair contained a tiny mind-control device implanted there by the Big Bad, and it's rendered useless by the dye.
  • Averted: Who has white hair and who doesn't has nothing to do with whether they're good or bad.
  • Enforced: We need a way for audiences to tell apart a villain from his heroic counterpart — let's give him white hair so they can notice right away.
  • Lampshaded: "Fear me and my white hair of death!"
  • Invoked: A villain makes his hair white for the sole purpose of making himself look more evil.
  • Exploited: A hero, who is disguised as an enemy soldier, dyes his hair white to emphasize his facade.
  • Defied:
    • After making his Face-Heel Turn, a character makes sure to prevent his hair from becoming white, as he doesn't like the idea of how he'd look with white hair.
    • An Evil Chancellor refuses to make his hair white because he knows having one will make people know he's evil.
  • Discussed: "Maybe we should stay away from that guy. Look at the hair! It just looks like evil!"
  • Conversed: "Why do they give the bad guys white hair?"

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