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Reporter: Surely they would have cured baldness by the 24th century.
Gene Roddenberry: In the 24th century, they wouldn't care.
— At the opening of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Baldness is usually implemented by television and film writers as a sign of premature aging, poor morality, or just general weakness. But occasionally, baldness instead indicates just how awesome a character is, usually representing leadership or over-the-top manliness. Bald, Black Leader Guy is a popular subtrope since, for some reason, black men in leadership positions are almost always bald in fiction. In the spirit of not spinning off into over-troping, this includes men and women who voluntarily shave their heads.

It's interesting to note that among actors, great lengths used to be taken to avoid shaving their heads for a role (or taking off their toupee for those that were already bald), as it was something they couldn't drop once the filming ended and the cameras stopped rolling. The bald wig was elevated to an art form during this period. As an example, take a look at the Bill Murray movie Stripes. For the boot camp scenes, everyone else in the cast sports shaved heads, whereas Bill Murray and Harold Ramis merely got short haircuts. Nowadays, not shaving your head for a role that requires it is seen as unprofessional and not being dedicated to your craft.


Contrast Bald of Evil, though there can be overlap between the two if the villain is a badass. See also Perma-Shave. Depending on the context, Bald Women is the Distaff Counterpart of this trope.

No Real Life Examples, Please! - It is sufficient to say that bald people who are badasses do exist in Real Life, so it is Truth in Television.


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  • For decades, Mr. Clean cleaning products' eponymous mascot has been a big muscular guy with a bald head who really wants to get your kitchen floor and counters clean.
  • The bald black security guy from the ADT commercial (played by Ving Rhames )who stands guard in all weather and calmly tells two would-be burglars to take a hike.
  • The Farmer's Insurance guy. (Burke, according to the closed-captioning.) He's Seen It All and isn't fazed by anything.
    "We know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two."
  • Seattle Mariners commercials liked to portray bald right fielder Jay Buhner this way, as a leader figure who's baldness makes him more imposing. However, that didn't stop his baldness from also being used as a joke from time to time. One ad had him distracting opposing players with sunlight reflected off his bald head.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Nizer, one of the Chronos Numbers assassins in Black Cat, is bald. He once defeated a monster that could heal and regenerate even its own head and heart almost instantaneously by reducing the thing to a pile of dust too quickly for it to regenerate itself. With an oversized pair of bladed tonfa.
  • Bleach - Ikkaku Madarame, despite that, even if it's called awesome, it still drives him crazy when it's mentioned. Head Soul Society captain Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryusai is over two thousand years old, but is essentially the strongest captain out of everyone.
  • In Brave10, Warrior Monk Seikai is appropriately bald, made of pure muscle and nigh physically impervious to even blades.
  • Umibozu from City Hunter is bald. He's strong enough to bring down a tree with a single punch or casually juggle with three grown men, so tough .38 Special bullets can barely wound him, so accurate he's a crack shot with both normal firearms and the bazooka in spite of being near blind and later going fully blind , his abilities as demolitor and trapmaster are unmatched, and, in spite of being so tall he can barely stand in normal houses, can successfully disguise himself as a duck.
  • Dragon Ball — Tenshinhan, Master Roshi, and Krillin (though he's bald by choice). Also, Abridged Nappa. Arguably, all non-humans/non-mammalians in Dragon Ball Z. This includes Frieza, Piccolo, etc.
    • In Dragon Ball Z, Krillin retires from fighting and grows his hair out. When he comes out of retirement to fight the resurrected Frieza in Dragon Ball Super, he has Android 18 shave his head. It grows back later.
    • Ironically in the Tournament of Power, every bald fighter from Universe 7 save Frieza are ones to get taken out first, ordered from Krillin, Tien, Roshi, and Piccolo.
  • Jura from Fairy Tail is one of the strongest mages in existence. And yes, he's bald as a stone.
  • Major Alex Louis Armstrong of Fullmetal Alchemist's Bald of Awesome has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!!! Except for a single Ahoge that's been passed down the Armstrong line.
  • Umibozu from Gintama
    Umibozu: Looks like I've gone soft...
    Gintoki: No... your hair too.
    Umibozu: To think I'd fall protecting others.
  • Dr. Reichwein in Monster, in which he also doubles as a Cool Old Guy. He uses his bald head to attack a man who planned to attack him.
  • One-Punch Man:
    • According to Saitama, if you don't train so hard that all your hair falls out then you won't be able to One-Hit Kill any opponent you face, like he does. He used to sport a full head of hair, but his hair all fell out during his "Training from Hell" to achieve his unbelievable strength. He occasionally expresses some mild annoyance at his baldness, but generally doesn't make a big deal out of it.
    • Superalloy Darkshine used to have a full head of hair as well, but he deliberately trained until he went bald because it wrecked his look. Apparently, in the One Punch Man universe, losing your hair is a sign your superhuman-level training is a success.
  • Ping Pong: The entire Kaiō Academy team. Granted, as shown in the series, players are allowed to grow hair should they leave the team.
  • Blaine in the Pokémon anime. He just wears a hat to cover it because you are not worthy. Generally, the explanation given is that his hair has been singed off. Some sources even say his mustache is a replacement too.
  • Jackal Kuwahara and both of the Ishida brothers (but especially Gin) in The Prince of Tennis.
  • Lordgenome's lack of hair in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann gave him enough power to pummel Lagann into the ground - unarmed and outside of his mech. His lack of hair is mainly because his head catches fire when he gets serious. That's right, he's bald because he's awesome. When he was young, he had very long hair and heavily resembled his daughter. This means that he has grown Stronger with Age (and baldness).
  • Samejima, the headmaster of Duel Academy from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. Sadly, he didn't get too much screen time.

    Comic Books 
  • Nick Knatterton, detective hero of German comic strips.
  • Paulus de Boskabouter: Paulus is has a totally bald head, but he is a brave and intelligent wood gnome at the same time.
  • Popeye isn't dashingly handsome, but it doesn't stop him from being kickass awesome.
  • Silver Surfer. Both men and women on Norrin Radd's home planet of Zenn-La are entirely baldheaded.
  • Dwight from Sin City fits this at first, but he later grows his hair out when he is wanted for murder.
  • Lex Luthor from Superman is most often made bald. Some stories link his hatred of Superman to him losing his hair, but mostly, it just makes him that much more awesome when he goes into a Slouch of Villainy.
  • Suske en Wiske (Spike and Suzy): Lambik, while the character changed over the years, his baldness remained one of the key parts of his appearance and has been used as an element to drive the plot forward in a couple of issues. Lambik played the role of the heroic father figure in a number of albums. In "Het geheim van de gladiatoren" (The secret of the gladiators), "De schat van Beersel" (The treasure of Beersel), and "De tartaarse helm" (The Tartar Helmet), he's depicted as an expert swordsman. These are known as the Blue Cover Series, as opposed to the Red Cover Series.
  • Tank Girl: the title character's haircut tend to change often, but one of her most common was a mostly shaven head with a few randomly colored locks.
  • Spider Jerusalem from Transmetropolitan. Bonus points because it was not by choice. A malfunction with a computerized shower stripped him of all his body hair and it never grew back.
  • Machiste, the wandering King of Kiro in The Warlord, is Travis Morgan's companion and nearly as badass a Barbarian Hero as Travis. He shaves his head so his crown will fit properly.
  • In White Sand:
    • Invoked with Sand Masters - the highest-ranking and thus most powerful Mastrells usually keep their heads bald.
    • Baon, the Badass Normal bodyguard to Khriss, is bald as well.
  • Professor Xavier from X-Men. The animated shows and live-action movies also give him such a deep, penetrating voice that this wheelchair-bound man commands the respect of everyone. For major bonus, he's played by Patrick Stewart himself in the movies. His baldness set in during puberty in the comics and is possibly linked to his powers. In the films, he went bald sometime during middle age.
  • Plourr Illo, in the X-Wing Rogue Squadron comics, at least until her arc. In said arc she starts growing it out, and in later comics she has a very short, boyish cut.

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    Fan Works 
  • Queen of All Oni has Jade's foreman Blankman, who at the very least is balding if not completely bald, and one of the most badass people in the story.

    Films — Animation 
  • Gru from Despicable Me. He would later dodge five missiles like it was nothing and Offhand Backhand a shark to get to his adopted children after Vector kidnapped them.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Charlie Bronson, England's most expensive inmate, in Bronson, based on the real life criminal. The film presents him as the antihero in his story, though some would probably consider the real man Bald of Evil.
  • When one of the Crites in Critters 2: The Main Course finds out that a laserblast has removed the fur from top of its head, it's impressed by the result.
  • Truck from Cryptz has no hair on his head, and can kill vampires and their familiars with a series of awesome acrobatic moves because he's a vampire hunter.
  • The prisoner (played by Tommy "Tiny" Lister) in The Dark Knight who throws the detonator into the bay.
  • Elysium: Max DaCosta has a completely shaved head. Justified, since he just got out of prison.
  • Inverted in Every Which Way You Can where the Black Widow motorcycle gang appear ridiculous after losing their hair in an asphalt spray. But that might have something to do with the fact that they're wearing silly wigs to compensate — two highway patrolmen break down laughing rather than arrest them, much to their leader's fury.
  • The Expendables, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, and Bruce Willis. Terry Crews even shows off his badass razor.
  • Straddling the line between this and Bald of Evil, the leader of the Crazy 88 from Kill Bill, Johnny Mo, manages to last fairly long against the Bride.
  • The eponymous character of the The Last Witch Hunter in the present-day part of the film is an eight-hundred-years-old, gun-and-sword toting, witch-killing badass with a bald head.
  • Rodney Skinner, the invisible man in the film version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
  • The House of Representatives' determined anti-slavery warrior Thaddeus Stevens (played by Tommy Lee Jones) in Lincoln, although he isn't shown without his wig until near the film's end, when he gets to savor his moment of triumph, the passage of the 13th Amendment, in bed with his black girlfriend.
  • Reggie, played by Reggie Banister in the Phantasm series. Not just bald, but bald with a pony tail, and could give Ash a run for his money.
  • Denton Van Zan in Reign of Fire.
  • Takashi Shimura takes this to extremes in Seven Samurai as ronin Kambei Shimada, who is first seen shaving his head as part of a ploy to rescue a child. In his era, it would have been considered dishonorable for someone of the samurai class to shave his head, even to save a peasant. His baldness shows that he places morality above his social standing. Even so, he's clearly a little uncomfortable being bald, and spends the rest of the film absently rubbing his stubbled scalp.
  • The titular hero of Troma's film series The Toxic Avenger undergoes a mutation that makes him lose his hair and transform into a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength. Ever since his transformation, Toxie has dedicated his life to ripping apart all manner of bigots and criminal scum.
  • Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta seems to take a few levels in badass after her head is (forcibly) shaved. The fact that her real hair was shaved off on camera makes it even more badass. According to Natalie herself, she had actually been looking forward to having her head shaved.
  • Raze in Underworld (2003). A Scary Black Man with an incredibly deep voice. The actor is a Genius Bruiser, having a degree in microbiology and being the author of the idea for the film.

  • Harlon Nayl of the Eisenhorn and Ravenor books. He has a shaved head, and he’s a former bounty hunter who can singlehandedly take out a roomful of thugs in seconds.
  • Kring in The Elenium by David Eddings. He is a short, bandy-legged horseman who commands an entire tribe of horsemen who are so dangerous that the Big Bad changed his attack plans rather than risk a fight with them (said Big Bad was reinforced by a Dark God and legions of Hell, yet was scared of these horsemen).
  • A Mage's Power: Orcs don't grow facial hair, and as a Proud Warrior Race, all of them are this by default.
  • Matilda's father, who is thoroughly reprehensible and stupid, believes that smart men have a good, thick set of hair. "Like Shakespeare," Matilda once replied. He was willing to admit the potential intellect of the man until Matilda informed him that Shakespeare was bald—at which point he told her to either make sense or shut up.
  • All wits in the Monster Blood Tattoo series. By becoming a wit, you gain telepathic powers, the ability to cause pain with your mind, and other untapped feats of mental strength. In exchange, you lose your hair.
  • Rikus the Mul, one of the main heroes of The Prism Pentad.
  • A female example is "Mother" Newman, in Matthew Reilly's Scarecrow books, a Gunnery Sergeant in the US Marine Corps who's sheer level of badassery almost equals the Scarecrow himself. Rather tellingly, her call-sign is not intended to be indicative of any motherly traits (although she is pretty much the Team Mum), but is in fact short for Motherfucker.
  • Syrio Forel of A Song of Ice and Fire. Lord Tywin Lannister's baldness of awesome was actually an indicative character trait. When his hair started thinning, he commanded his barber to completely shave his scalp, as he would not brook half measures. King Stannis Baratheon also more than qualifies.
    • Randyl Tarly may be a Jerkass (though not without some noble traits), but he gave Robert Baratheon his only defeat in battle.
  • The Stormlight Archive: Szeth, like most Shin, has a shaved head. He is also a very powerful, dangerous assassin, despite being a pacifist like the rest of his people.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Uncle Fester from The Addams Family (and all its adaptations).
  • In Season 7 of The Amazing Race, Uchenna & Joyce. Uchenna was bald the entire race, but Joyce had her head shaved as part of a Fast Forward task midway through. The show treated this as an Important Haircut, marking the point when they went from being just another team in the background to being serious contenders for the prize, and they'd go on to win the season.
  • Charles Gunn from Angel, at least until he grew a little hair in the fifth season. This came as a shock to Cordelia.
    "Oh my God, Gunn. You have hair."
    "Oh, yeah. What, did you think I was prematurely bald?...I wasn't."
  • Babylon 5:
    • Michael Alfredo Garibaldi, the gruff security chief of Babylon 5, started out as an on/off alcoholic with half a head full of hair, then, in later seasons, shaved it and became bald and badass. But still a latent alcoholic. A returning character hung a lampshade on it by asking; 'So, what happened to your hair?'
      • What happened was explained in-universe: a close encounter with an exotic compound during a raid on some smugglers. The Real Life explanation was that Jerry Doyle's hair had been thinning throughout filming.
    • G'Kar counts, too. G'Kar is just awesome all by himself.
    • Galen, Elric, and many other technomages. Galen, especially, as he is the only one who can create a powerful Sphere of Destruction, which he once used (in an Expanded Universe novel) to level a city and destroy 5 enemy ships, one of which was a Shadow battlecrab.
  • Saul Tigh from Battlestar Galactica (2003) is an on-again, off-again example. While he regularly visits all segments of the personality spectrum save outright, unmitigated evil, when he does get into bad-assery mode, he does it spectacularly.
  • Breaking Bad: The show is swarming with bald people for some reason, each with varying degrees of awesome.
    • Walter White, a chemistry teacher who turns to cooking meth when he's diagnosed with cancer. When the chemotherapy starts making his hair fall out, he shaves it off. The first words his son says in the face of the new look are "Badass, Dad." He's got an evil goatee to go with it later, too. As the series develops, he subverts the trope by becoming Bald of Evil.
    • Hank is bald, and has several awesome moments.
    • Mike Ehrmantraut, the fixer, both bald and awesome, becoming Bald of Evil, considering what he's done and continues to do.
    • Leonel and Marco Salamanca ("The Cousins"), enforcers of The Cartel, are also heavily entrenched in Bald of Evil.
  • Dead Ringers: One sketch parodied Ross Kemp's status as this, where after previously playing several other roles as an angry bald man (his words), Kemp has decided that playing an Angry Bald Queen Mother was the "next logical step". When a Newsnight host criticises this strange career move, it turns out Kemp had infiltrated the show as Germaine Greer, determining that after playing the Queen Mother, an "Angry Bald Australian Feminist" was next.
  • Sgt James Doakes of Dexter. He's an absolute badass of a sergeant and very intimidating. He has a dark past — he was a ranger in special ops corps, but he's an honest cop.
  • Ray Vecchio in Due South is Balding of Awesome, especially in Season 2 and the series finale.
  • Phil and Grant Mitchell in EastEnders.
  • Mistress East from Emerald City counts. Nary a hair on her head, but took no fools lightly and managed to run a prison. Then she was tricked to kill herself by Dorothy.
  • Game of Thrones: Mossador is shaved bald, and was one of the first slaves to immediately rebel against the Master.
  • Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden from JAG - unlike the previous desk-jockeys who headed JAG HQ, this old, bald, badass Navy SEAL wasn't afraid to get out into the field and kick ass when needed. And he was a top-notch legal mind who once was considered for a seat on the federal bench.
  • Kojak: Lt. Theo Kojak himself, the incorruptible Kojak and tough, bald New York City policeman who was fond of lollipops.
  • Overton Wakefield Jones of Living Single. It didn't start out that way: in season one, he actually was rocking a nice fade, but come the first episode of season two, he showed off his newly bald head talking about how it came about due to an accident while trying to do his hair. It remained like that for the rest of the series and became part of his signature look.
  • John Locke on Lost was both Bald and, arguably, the most Badass character on the Island. Locke is an interesting case as flashbacks in which he has hair (albeit noticeably receding) are brutally cruel and his character becomes far more confident as he loses more hair, eventually becoming the hairless determinator we all know and love.
  • Captain Steubing of The Love Boat, as played by Gavin McLeod. In one episode, he's upset because the ship is going to have a costume ball and he can't think of any bald character he'd like to dress up as. In the triumphal conclusion of that plot, he enters as Yul Brynner in "The King and I".
  • Monday Mornings: Two doctors on the team in season one.
    • Dr. Jorge Villanueva aka El Gato aka Big Cat, the chief surgeon played by Ving Rhames. He's a cool doctor, and great to both his colleagues and his patients.
    • Dr. Harding Hooten (Hardly Human) shaves his head and is bald for a few episodes, at the request of a Littlest Cancer Patient, but he starts letting it grow back out almost immediately. Double Subverted in this case as El Gato first teases him that it's ridiculous and that he cannot pull it off but when Hooten tells him who asked, Gato just silently raises his cup (of tea or coffee), impressed.
  • Bull Shannon from Night Court. (Note that Richard Moll, who played the character, shaves his head. He says he'd have shaved his legs for the part, if asked.)
    • Played with in one episode when a man whose toupee was stolen tried to call a wig-shop.
      Bull: Don't be a jerk. This (gesturing to his scalp) drives women wild!
      Man: Really?
      Bull: In high school I didn't play basketball—because I couldn't find the time.
  • Jamie Hyneman (and occasionally Adam Savage) of MythBusters
    • He once lit a match on his head. One might think it was fake, but knowing Jamie...
  • Sebastian from Pit Boss, despite being a little person, can hit well above his weight class when needed; he wrestled in high school and works out constantly to stay in shape, and has proven himself more than capable of holding his own when things get rough.
  • Power Rangers' iconic mentor Zordon - or at least, the Oracular Head projection he uses to communicate (and effectively becomes by around Turbo / in Space).
  • Nearly every man in Prison Break qualifies for this trope, or comes very, very close.
    • Brad Bellick can slide across the full spectrum of bald tropes almost instantly, effortlessly moving from this to looking like a weak buffoon, to full-on Bald of Evil.
    • Mahone is awesome, though he only counts as Balding Of Awesome.
  • Psych's Henry Spencer.
  • John Druitt in Sanctuary, overlapping with Bald of Evil, with varying degrees to each direction. It's complicated and at least partially depends on interpretation.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Ben Sisko in Season 4 on. He grew a beard in the bargain, both of which can be taken as a nod to Avery Brooks's earlier role as Hawk in the Spenser: For Hire TV series and its short-lived spinoff, A Man Called Hawk. He shaved his head because, at the time, he did a couple of Spenser: For Hire reunion TV movies. He couldn't regrow it in time before taping Deep Space Nine's next season, so he just introduced the look to Sisko. Which caused problems in the beginning, as the producers required Avery Brooks to have some hair for the first season, until the character was established. They specifically did this so he wouldn't look like his earlier character. According to the companion book for Deep Space Nine, when it was decided to go for the bald look, the producers were geared up for a big battle and had their arguments all prepared. They took it to the top brass, which was basically just like "Oh, okay," and that was it.
  • Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. He's a legendary captain of the Starfleet, a true leader of his crew, and as an old flame says, a damned sexy man.
  • The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager, Robert Picardo. Even he noticed the coincidence between Stewart's character and his last name, but hey, "if Picard can baldly go where no one has gone before, so can a Picardo."
  • White Collar has Mozzie. Short? Check. Balding? Check. Thick Glasses? Check. Paranoid? Check. Awesome? Yeah!
    • He doesn't seem very awesome at first, but as the series goes on, he proves his cunning, bravery and loyalty more than once.
  • Assistant Director Walter Skinner from The X-Files, Mulder and Scully's direct supervisor. Played With because Skinner started as a shady figure and leaned into the Bald of Evil who might be connected to The Conspiracy. However, he proved he's a Reasonable Authority Figure and a badass. Mulder and Scully could depend on him, and he on them. Also worth noting that, according to several books detailing behind-the-scenes work and the making of the series, actor Mitch Pileggi (who played Skinner) got a great deal of attention from female cast and crew. The Bald of Awesome worked for him. He even married Gillian Anderson's stunt double.

  • Sharkey of Sharkey's Shootout, a stout, bald man who runs an exclusive pool hall for his annual pool tournament. The Shootout is so exclusive that only six people are allowed entry, including world-famous player Jeanne "The Black Widow" Lee and a space alien.
  • Professor Xavier on Stern Pinball's X-Men, of course.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Just a general note: Due to the nature of professional wrestling, most wrestlers will switch between Face and Heel during their careers. Because of this, there is some significant overlap between this and Bald of Evil, and likely most of these qualify for both. Either way, it has some practical value; the other guy can't pull your hair if you don't have any.
  • Kurt Angle decided to deliberately invoke this. After losing a hair vs hair match to Edge, he spent a few months wearing a ridiculous looking hairpiece held on by Olympic style wrestling headgear. Then one show he whipped it off and just stood there smiling patiently until the fans quit laughing. He's been bald ever since.
  • Molly Holly, actually an inversion. After her WrestleMania 20 head shaving, she wound up WWE's resident Diva Butt-Monkey. Between having to wear a ridiculous wig with a chin strap attached and getting pinned in almost all of her matches (including having to put over Faux Action Girl Stacy Keibler and green rookie Christy Hemme), she was anything but awesome.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Munchkin Player's Guide gives you a + 1 bonus to strength if you're bald, since your body isn't wasting energy on hair. To be fair, it gives bonuses on every other hair choice as well, with about the same level of justification. (Long hair gives a bonus to strength too, since "it worked for Samson.")
  • Sajan the monk. Behold!
  • In Rocket Age the entire Silthuri caste of Mars, who form the royalty of most principalities, are bald and nearly universally beautiful. If they do have any hair on their head, they generally pluck it to look more elegant.
  • Many space marines in Warhammer 40,000, though some prefer scalp locks, especially the Mongol-themed White Scars.
    • A great deal of Space Marines from any chapter that isn't Space Wolves (who are practically hairballs by comparison) are bald or have rather little hair. It isn't a rule that every codex space marine should be bald, but it's prevalent enough that fans refer to it as "Astartes-pattern baldness".

  • Blue Man Group, to signify both innocence and coolness; the creators cited the comic book character the Silver Surfer as an inspiration here.

    Video Games 
  • One of the new characters of Diablo III is the Monk. The male is bald with two circle tattoos on his forehead. Case in point: the trailer shows him walking into a town overrun by cultists with the door closing behind him, only for him to be seen fresh as daisies a few seconds later. You figure how well that worked out.
  • Ogden from Dragon Fantasy lost all of his hair as a teenager in a fight against a dragon, and remains bald 30 years later when the game begins.
  • Dynasty Warriors has featured Dian Wei in every incarnation as Cao Cao's loyal bodyguard, and so far has shown him as both enormously powerful and bald as a coot. He is even called "The Coming Evil" and is shown headbutting a boulder to pieces in the fourth game's demo opening. In spite of the nickname and the presence of both baldness and spiked armor, he is not shown to be particularly evil. He even makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save Cao Cao in an ambush.
  • Matt Hazard of Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard invokes this since Matt himself is a parody of video game space marines.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
  • Several of the haircuts from Fallout 3 invokes this. Some even look similar enough that they might be a shout out to Tank Girl.
  • Averted haaaaard in Guild Wars: Factions, in which Mhenlo (and Master Togo, to an extent) seems to be trying his utmost to invent the Bald of Suck (as any player who's herded him through the entirety of the campaign can tell you). Played straight in the rest of the series with Mhenlo (who's actually a fairly decent henchman when he's not forced into obnoxious-allydom) and PC Monks, Dervishes, and male Necromancers.
  • Father Grigori from Half-Life 2.
  • In lore, Swain from League of Legends was Bald of Evil before his rework. In gameplay when he just Aced the enemy team, it was Bald of Awesome for his team.
  • In Mafia III, Lincoln's Revolutionary outfit has him dressed in a leather jacket over a black turtleneck sweater, some cool shades and a completely shaved head.
  • Default male Shepard of Mass Effect can fall into this. Or Bald of Evil, depending on how you roll. Also, Jack in Mass Effect 2. Mass Effect: Andromeda has Bain Massani, encountered next to a still-burning pile of kett refuse, having spent the previous six months waging a one-man war on them.
  • Vulcan Raven, a BFG-wielding giant Inuit shaman, in Metal Gear Solid.
  • Minecraft Dungeons: At least one character skin falls into this trope.
  • Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth: Emperor Magulus is shown to be this in the intro. He slashes through a bunch of vines blocking his way with one slice of his sword, and takes out a sword-wielding vine with a leaping strike.

    Web Animation 

  • Paul, second-in-command time ninja in Errant Story, may be one of the bad guys, but he's definitely awesome, and he tries (unsuccessfully) to stop Big Bad Anita from pursuing her plan for world domination, so he fits better here than in Bald of Evil.
  • Qin Xu from Last Res0rt keeps most of his head bald — although the long, winding Queue makes up for it. We get to see a nice flashback of his early days as a vampire with a short, spiky haircut, though.
  • Aisopos:
    • Daross. What else did you expect from a Spartan soldier?! He isn't afraid to face you (even if you are ten times stronger than him) and can kick your ass both as a kid and as an adult.
    • Lenius, his brother, also qualifies, at least, when he was a teenager. A kid who can is tasked to kill slaves at night and face higher authority is someone truly admirable!

    Web Original 
  • Inverted and Played With on The Call of Warr; Gravesite had long, flowing hair, contributing to his over-all badass look, befitting a badass leader. However, as soon as Prince proclaimed himself leader... the hair turned out to be a wig. A wig symbolizing the captain of the unit. Gravesite was left with his natural bald head, now in a position where he is no longer considered awesome or badass in-universe.
  • It's a Running Gag that Matt Santoro is bald, and he sometimes says things like "bald is beautiful" to show that he's proud of it.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Aang, but that's because he's a monk who shaves his head. He actually grows hair during the first half of season three. It's black, if you're curious.
    • Female monks like Avatar Yangchen only shave the front half of their head to show their forehead tattoos, still awesome.
    • His son, Tenzin, from The Legend of Korra, also has a self-created Bald of Awesome. In "The Original Airbenders" Tenzin explains that one of the reasons Airbenders shave their heads is that due to more exposed skin, they're able to sense attacks through the air. This is demonstrated when a recently-shaved acolyte is able to sense a net being thrown at him from behind and evade it.
    • So does Jinora at the end of Book 3, along with the airbending tattoos that indicate master airbenders.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Numbuh One. Unusual in that he's a child. Not so unusual in that his losing his hair is somehow tied into Numbuh Five's greatest failure.
    • Another character from that show who qualifies is Moosk, one of the few adults that Numbuh One befriends.
  • In the Defenders of the Earth series, the aforementioned Lothar kept both his bald head and his awesomeness.
  • John Stewart in Justice League Unlimited, also often qualifies as a Bald, Black Leader Guy. (He had hair in the previous series, however, before he started to shave his head.)
  • Alex Sector and Boris Bushkin from M.A.S.K. are both bald and members of the titular heroic organization.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • Jedi Master Mace Windu continues to be bald, and, on the occasions he shows his fighting ability, continues to be badass (for instance, what he does when Lessu's plasma bridge is deactivated in "Liberty on Ryloth", or his One-Man Army claim in "Unfinished Business").
  • Teen Titans - Cyborg. He lost and had half of his scalp replaced with metal plating in a tragic back story that was never told, and likely shaves the remains because half a head of hair would look rather silly. He grows his hair in the comics, and half an afro looks just as silly as you'd think.
  • Thunder Cats 2011 has Catfolk Old Soldier Panthro, whose Furry Baldness is designed to evoke the sakayaki tonsure of an old samurai, complete with topknot.
  • The Mask: The Mask is bald but he is a unstoppable cartoonish superhero who is also a brilliant genius as he thinks new different ways of defeating his enemies by combining both his insanity and creative mind into different forms that he thinks are appropriate for the situation he's in so that he can use them to defeat his enemies or destroying anything they are using.
  • Another monk example would be Omi from Xiaolin Showdown. Also, Master Fung. In many ways, he's the awesomest person in the show.


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