Maybe something like White Hair Is Special because, well it pretty much always is. (I don't mind attractiveness being in it, as that often seems to come in also) The only way a character with it isn't significant is if they are old. The only difficulty I see is that isn't really "arcane" as that would seem to rule out examples without "arcane" as an in-universe concept. I just thinking that all the sci-fi examples would tend to end up as misuses somewhere else or start generating duplicates tropes or something.
It would probably be to much work, but it feels like this and White Hair, Black Heart should be be unifiend into a "white hair is significant" trope and just note in the description that male examples tend to be evil and female ones magical. Attractiveness could be mentioned as a common, but not necessary element.
I think that "Otherworldly" would be a better adjective to use than "arcane" or "special" for the name. Special is way to broad. It could mean anything, which will get a lot of mundane and zero context examples. Otherworldly would work better than arcane, because a lot of people don't know what arcane really means. And will just think "oh they're magic". Which isn't always true.
Also do we want to gather some examples from the subversions/exceptions on White Hair, Black Heart to put on here once it's changed? One of the examples, Mushishi, would fit perfectly here. Ginko and at at least three other characters have white hair to show that they've been permanently affected by mushi (supernatural creatures).
Ha, I haven't been part of this discussion since halfway through the other thread, and it went through exactly as I suggested.
Images are probably for an Image Picking thread, but here are some ideas for when it happens:
^ That last one has a blonde haired character in the picture. I really like number 13 though. Definitely shows the character as mystical.
Here's a couple pics from Avatar: The Last Airbender that might work. ◊ ◊ And this one if we crop around the watermark ◊
It's surprisingly hard to find pictures where the white hair doesn't just reflect the ambient lighting... which is rather annoying, since the most illustrative pictures for 'mystical' tend to involve outright magic, which tends to result in pretty lights.
♫ It's a beautiful day in homogeneous coordinate space, ♫ ♫ A beautiful day for a homogeneous coordinate ♫
We already decided to make it, "white-haired = mystical, arcane. Expand to include both genders, physical attractiveness irrelevant." Is there a reason we're waiting to call an obviously winning new name?
(Latecomer to the party. Should've paid more attention to TRS lately.)
So I assume that cases of "having white hair foreshadows the character having something unnatural/inhuman about their nature" do not fall under Mystical White Hair, do they?
I'd say white hair foreshadowing something about the character would only count if the reason behind it is revealed later, and then the example should talk about that. Like how the description says it can denote being from a race of Human Aliens, or being marked by something magical/supernatural. If nothing comes of it it's just a person with white hair.
Well, what if it was a case like Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII? The first ever successful Half-Human Hybrid with cells/genes from the alien Jenova (that is, born as a hybrid), all three of "the Remnants" that he spawned off are white-haired too (though it could be handwaved as being that they're his "clones"), and the only other known FF 7 character with white hair is Weiss, who is an imperfect Jenova/human hybrid that might have gained the color rather than being born with it (we have no info to indicate which is the case, and he only appears after he became a hybrid) due to his hybridness being due to genetic splicing with another imperfect Jenova/human hybrid.
Ok, well do the sci-fi examples stay or does this deal strictly with magically cases?
edited 2nd Jul '13 4:17:08 PM by captainpat
Alternative Titles: White Haired Pretty Girl
21st Jun '13 9:36:55 PM
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