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* Most of the Zodiac members in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' have rare hair colours for Japanese people (or people, period), such as orange or black-and-white, which is a side effect of the animals of the EasternZodiac they're possessed by. Some of them have faced bullying because of their hair; Kisa in particular suffers from some nasty school bullying due to her blonde hair and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden eyes]], and even when she tried to tell her classmates her hair and eyes were natural [[CassandraTruth none of them believed her]].

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* Most of the Zodiac members in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' have rare hair colours for Japanese people (or people, period), such as orange or black-and-white, [[MulticoloredHair black-and-white]], which is a side effect of the animals of the EasternZodiac they're possessed by. Some of them have faced bullying because of their hair; Kisa in particular suffers from some nasty school bullying due to her blonde hair and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden eyes]], and even when she tried to tell her classmates her hair and eyes were natural [[CassandraTruth none of them believed her]].


* Most of the Zodiac members in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' have rare hair colours for Japanese people (or people, period), such as orange or black-and-white. They've faced bullying because of their hair; Kisa in particular suffers from some nasty school bullying due to her blonde hair and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden eyes]], and even when she tried to tell her classmates her hair and eyes were natural [[CassandraTruth none of them believed her]].

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* Most of the Zodiac members in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' have rare hair colours for Japanese people (or people, period), such as orange or black-and-white. They've black-and-white, which is a side effect of the animals of the EasternZodiac they're possessed by. Some of them have faced bullying because of their hair; Kisa in particular suffers from some nasty school bullying due to her blonde hair and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden eyes]], and even when she tried to tell her classmates her hair and eyes were natural [[CassandraTruth none of them believed her]].


* Most of the Zodiac members in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' have rare hair colours for Japanese people (or people, period), such as red or black-and-white. They've faced bullying because of their hair; Kisa in particular suffers from some nasty school bullying due to her blonde hair and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden eyes]], and even when she tried to tell them they were natural [[CassandraTruth none of them believed her]].

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* Most of the Zodiac members in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' have rare hair colours for Japanese people (or people, period), such as red orange or black-and-white. They've faced bullying because of their hair; Kisa in particular suffers from some nasty school bullying due to her blonde hair and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden eyes]], and even when she tried to tell them they her classmates her hair and eyes were natural [[CassandraTruth none of them believed her]].


* Most of the Zodiac members in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' have rare hair colours for Japanese people (or people, period), such as red or black-and-white. They've faced bullying because of their hair.

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* Most of the Zodiac members in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' have rare hair colours for Japanese people (or people, period), such as red or black-and-white. They've faced bullying because of their hair.hair; Kisa in particular suffers from some nasty school bullying due to her blonde hair and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden eyes]], and even when she tried to tell them they were natural [[CassandraTruth none of them believed her]].


* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie2TheSecondPart''. Everybody thinks that Wildstyle's black hair is her natural hair color with pink and blue highlights. Later, it is revealed that she had used a marker to dye her hair black while the pink and blue highlights are her natural hair color.

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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie2TheSecondPart''. ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie2TheSecondPart'': Everybody thinks that Wildstyle's black hair is her natural hair color with pink and blue highlights. Later, it is revealed that she had used a marker to dye her hair black while the pink and blue highlights parts are her natural hair color.


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* The blond Simon from ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' gets offended when people ask if his hair is dyed. He's half-Asian and half-white. Simon gets his blond hair from his mother.
* ''Literature/{{Elcenia}}'': When Rhysel first sees Keo, she assumes that her green hair (including eyebrows!) is "either the work of magic or a very thorough dye job". In fact, Keo is a jade dragon, and Elcenian dragons keep their scale color when they [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]]; females in humanoid shapes have scale-colored hair.



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* The blond Simon from ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' gets offended when people ask if his hair is dyed. He's half-Asian and half-white. Simon gets his blond hair from his mother.
* ''Literature/{{Elcenia}}'': When Rhysel first sees Keo, she assumes that her green hair (including eyebrows!) is "either the work of magic or a very thorough dye job". In fact, Keo is a jade dragon, and Elcenian dragons keep their scale color when they [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]]; females in humanoid shapes have scale-colored hair.
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** In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Goku makes the mistake of [[ComicallyMissingThePoint assuring Chi-Chi that it's not bleached]] (her main beef was that he took Gohan into the [[YearInsideHourOutside Hyberbolic Time Chamber]] and then suddenly demanded her to make Gohan a birthday cake without explaining the situation). She lets it go, because [[PreClimaxClimax she knows how he's going to make it up to her]].


* Inverted and played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS4E6LastOneOutOfBeachCity "Last One Out of Beach City"]]: Pearl doesn't understand how a human woman has pink hair like Rose did, so Steven explains what hair dye is. Later, Pearl talks to the woman offscreen, who is said to have made the opposite mistake.

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* Inverted and played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS4E6LastOneOutOfBeachCity "Last One Out of Beach City"]]: Pearl doesn't understand how a human woman has pink hair like Rose did, so Steven explains what hair dye is. Later, Pearl talks to the woman offscreen, who is said to have made the opposite mistake.mistake about Pearl's pink-orange hair.

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* Kodaka of ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' has naturally blond hair thanks to his [[ButNotTooForeign English ancestry]]. This alienates him from his peers, who all mistake him for a delinquent on sight because of this.


* Inverted and played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS4E6LastOneOutOfBeachCity Last One Out of Beach City]]": Pearl doesn't understand how a human woman has pink hair like Rose did, so Steven explains what hair dye is. Later, Pearl talks to the woman offscreen, who is said to have made the opposite mistake.

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* Inverted and played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS4E6LastOneOutOfBeachCity Last [[Recap/StevenUniverseS4E6LastOneOutOfBeachCity "Last One Out of Beach City]]": City"]]: Pearl doesn't understand how a human woman has pink hair like Rose did, so Steven explains what hair dye is. Later, Pearl talks to the woman offscreen, who is said to have made the opposite mistake.

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* Inverted and played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS4E6LastOneOutOfBeachCity Last One Out of Beach City]]": Pearl doesn't understand how a human woman has pink hair like Rose did, so Steven explains what hair dye is. Later, Pearl talks to the woman offscreen, who is said to have made the opposite mistake.
-->'''Pearl:''' I asked her about her hair, and then she asked how I colored mine. I told her, "[[SelfConstructedBeing My appearance is just a conscious manifestation of light.]]" and she said, "I know how that is." although, heh, I highly doubt it.

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Some characters have hair colours that are rare or unusual. Maybe their hair is [[ImplausibleHairColor abnormal]] for their [[HollywoodGenetics parentage]] or ethnicity, maybe their hair is [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair outright]] [[MulticoloredHair abnormal]] for their species ''period'', but their hair is actually natural. Others don't believe them, though. They think that their hair is dyed.

This trope is usually lighthearted, but it can it can also be PlayedForDrama if dyed hair is looked down upon as DelinquentHair or if it causes rumors of the person being a ChocolateBaby.

Can lead to MistakenForSubculture. Not to be confused with MistakenForDying. See also YourCostumeNeedsWork.
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* Ichigo and Orihime from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' both have orange hair. They've both received trouble because they look like JapaneseDelinquents.
* In ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', Zenitsu's blonde hair is often mistaken for dyed after he was miraculously LockedIntoStrangeness by a bolt of lightning. In the HighSchoolAU gag strips, Giyu reprimands him for this and ''tells'' him to dye his blonde hair black.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': When Chi-Chi first sees her son, Gohan, in super saiyan form, she immediately assumes that he bleached his hair. In actuality, Saiyan hair just [[GoldenSuperMode turns blonde when they go super saiyan]].
* Most of the Zodiac members in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' have rare hair colours for Japanese people (or people, period), such as red or black-and-white. They've faced bullying because of their hair.
* Makoto Kino from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has red hair in the manga, which is supposed to make her look like a JapaneseDelinquent. In chapter five, one of the teachers mistakes her for one because of this.
* Hanamichi Sakuragi from ''Manga/SlamDunk'' is a non-standard japanese guy who's surprisingly tall and also has red hair, being mistaken for being DyeHard. Being a JapaneseDelinquent didn't helped because he was accused for having DelinquentHair (pompadour included). Later in the manga and the anime series, he shaved his hair, showing his hair was really red and not made by dye.
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* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'': Zigzagged and PlayedForLaughs with Ramona. At one point, Ramona is asked if her hair color is natural or not, and Ramona is unable to tell herself. Due to the comic being in black and white, her hair looks to be colored black. Upon the comic being released in color though, her hair is clearly blue, which has an editor's note pointing out the part is funnier in black and white.
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. Dory, a regal blue tang fish, mentions that she's a "natural blue" while [[TalkingInYourSleep sleep-talking]].
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie2TheSecondPart''. Everybody thinks that Wildstyle's black hair is her natural hair color with pink and blue highlights. Later, it is revealed that she had used a marker to dye her hair black while the pink and blue highlights are her natural hair color.
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* Youko of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' has implausibly red hair for a Japanese person, causing her parents to worry that she'll be mistaken for a delinquent that bleaches her hair. She actually dyes it a more subdued color to prevent this.
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* The blond Simon from ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' gets offended when people ask if his hair is dyed. He's half-Asian and half-white. Simon gets his blond hair from his mother.
* ''Literature/{{Elcenia}}'': When Rhysel first sees Keo, she assumes that her green hair (including eyebrows!) is "either the work of magic or a very thorough dye job". In fact, Keo is a jade dragon, and Elcenian dragons keep their scale color when they [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]]; females in humanoid shapes have scale-colored hair.
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* A related example from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "The '37s" our heroes are being held hostage by people who have been frozen since the 20th century. Janeway tries to prove that aliens exist by showing off Kes' elf-like ears. Amelia Earhart (long story) isn't convinced, saying that she's seen people all over the world modify their bodies, that doesn't mean that aliens exist.
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* ''Webcomic/GenocideMan'': {{Invoked|Trope}} by the Inuit {{Designer Bab|ies}}y Girii, who [[http://www.genocideman.com/?p=70 colours]] her ''roots'' brown so that people think her telltale [[DarkSkinnedBlond platinum-blonde hair]] is a dye job. It's a survival tactic -- the OneWorldOrder summarily executes anyone and anything that's been genetically modified.
* The [=NSFW=] FurryWebcomic ''Webcomic/ShaylaThePinkMouse'' gets a visit from her brother while she's working at Trevor's convenience store. While the two siblings update each other, Shayla's boss and some regulars comment on Shayla's pink fur and her brother's teal fur. After Shayla points out that her large mouse ears heard their puerile chatter clearly, she goes on to explain that her ancestors lived in the Southwest painted desert, where pink and teal are typical landscape colors. Their fur coloration is actually a natural camouflage effect.
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* One submission on [[NotAlwaysRight/SisterSites Not Always Learning]] centers on this trope. The submitter is half-Japanese, half-Irish, and has to [[https://notalwaysright.com/cant-catch-you-red-handed/38081/ prove to a substitute teacher]] that her red hair is in fact completely natural.
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