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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 ending 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. 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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  • Mr. Clean.
  • The bald black security guy from the ADT commercial who stands guard in all weather and calmly tells two would-be burglars to take a hike.
  • The Farmer's Insurance guy. He's Seen It All and isn't fazed by anything.
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • Umibozu from Gintama
    Umibozu: Looks like I've gone soft...
    Gintoki: No... your hair too.
    Umibozu: To think I'd fall protecting others.
  • 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.
  • Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop.
  • Dutch, the Bald, Black Leader Guy of Black Lagoon.
  • Borma from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Section 9's heavily cyberized explosives/heavy weapons specialist and all-around support guy
    • Chief Daisuke Aramaki, though not fully bald, is mostly so and indisputably awesome
  • Jackal Kuwahara and both of the Ishida brothers (but especially Gin) in The Prince of Tennis.
  • Bart of Vandread, as an Important Haircut.
  • 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.
  • Dragon Ball — Tenshinhan, 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Colonel Basque Grand as well.
  • Ox Ford from Soul Eater, until he joined Spartoi.
  • Jura from Fairy Tail is one of the strongest mages in existence. And yes, he's bald as a stone.
  • Samejima, the headmaster of Duel Academy from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. Sadly, he didn't get too much screen time.
  • Ping Pong: The entire Kaiō Academy team. Granted, as shown in the series, players are allowed to grow hair should they leave the team.
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Crispus Allen, one of the stars of the Batman comic Gotham Central, is one of the best cops of the Major Crimes Unit of the GCPD - he is insightful, level-headed, a good father, and just Too Cool to Live. He is so badass that he becomes The Spectre after his death.
  • Luke Cage: Hero for Hire: Luke Cage and Ultimate Nick Fury definitely qualify. For Cage this is a visual evolution from his Afro Asskicker phase in The Bronze Age of Comic Books. Recently, the Marvel universe has started to really like this trope. The Young Avengers picked their leader based on it. (Not that Patriot's not a good leader, it's just there was no evidence for it before he was chosen, other than his baldness.)
  • Silver Surfer. Both men and women on Norrin Radd's home planet of Zenn-La are entirely baldheaded.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Doctor Strange's manservant and Battle Butler, Wong. (In fact, he seems to be the shaven Tibetan monk type.)
  • Grant Morrison: the god of comics (he's a comic book character at the end of Animal Man, although he had hair then).
  • Nick Knatterton, detective hero of German comic strips.
  • Dwight from Sin City fits this at first, but he later grows his hair out when he is wanted for murder.
  • Martha Washington sports one after the first Give Me Liberty series.
  • Plourr Illo, in the X-Wing Series 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.
  • King Mob of The Invisibles, is a bald super spy with psychic powers.
  • Little Orphan Annie: Daddy Warbucks.
  • Popeye isn't dashingly handsome, but it doesn't stop him from being kickass awesome.
  • Nero: Nero and Van Zwam are bald, but still able to solve cases and show equal strength in defeating villains.
  • De Kiekeboes: Marcel Kiekeboe is bald, but at the same time clever when the situation calls for it.
  • Paulus de Boskabouter: Paulus is has a totally bald head, but he is a brave and intelligent wood gnome at the same time.
  • 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.

    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.

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    Films — Live-Action 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coll from The Chronicles of Prydain.
  • Rikus the Mul, one of the main heroes of The Prism Pentad.
  • Kingsley Shacklebolt from Harry Potter.
  • Sadi, of The Belgariad and The Malloreon by David Eddings, is originally a shaven-headed Bald of Evil. After taking a level in badass he ends up here.
  • 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).
  • Akif Ta'anari in Someone Else's War.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Quint, in the original novel of Jaws (but not the movie).
  • A Mage's Power: Orcs don't grow facial hair, and as a Proud Warrior Race, all of them are this by default.
  • 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.
  • The titular hero of the Captain Underpants series has this, even more so after he gains legitimate superpowers. His evil civilian identity, Mr. Krupp, hides this fact under a Dodgy Toupee.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • Mephisto of Double The Fist, though he is more like Balding of Awesome.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Prince Doran's bodyguard Areo Hotah.
    • Varys cannot yet be defined as a good guy or a bad guy.
    • Mossador is shaved bald, and was one of the first slaves to immediately rebel against the Master.
  • Detective Vic Mackey from The Shield.
  • Keith Mars from Veronica Mars.
  • Kojak: Lt. Theo Kojak himself, the incorruptible Kojak and tough, bald New York City policeman who was fond of lollipops.
  • 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.
  • The Haitian from Heroes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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 the fixer, both bald and awesome, becoming Bald of Evil, considering what he's done and continues to do.
  • 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.
  • Flashpoint - SRU officers Ed Lane and Gregory Parker from the Canadian crime drama. Wordy and Lou also fell under this prior to their departures.
  • Stargate SG-1
    • Teal'c. Although he grew short-cropped hair in later seasons.
    • General Hammond, who's still awesome.
    • Bra'tac, who wore a steel skull cap.
    • Even Apophis pulled this one off.
    • Jacob.
    • From Stargate Atlantis, Colonel Steven Caldwell.
  • A rare female example occurs with Zhaan from Farscape.
  • 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.
  • Captain Cragen from Law And Order S.V.U..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Red Forman in That '70s Show, dumbass!
  • 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.
  • Tom Colicchio of Top Chef. One gay contestant commented on the show that he is an icon in the gay bear community.
  • 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".
  • Tony Scali from The Commish.
  • Uncle Fester from The Addams Family (and all its adaptations).
  • Power Rangers' iconic mentor Zordon - or at least, the Oracular Head projection he uses to communicate (and effectively becomes by around Turbo / in Space).
  • Japanese comedian and TV personality Hitoshi Matsumoto (best known for Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende) first shaved his head in 1998. He decided that he preferred the buzzcut look and has kept his hair very tightly trimmed ever since.
  • Lou Grant of Lou Grant and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • During one of the endless Real World/Road Rules challenges, contestant Diem Brown recently went through a battle with ovarian cancer and was nearly bald after chemotherapy. She had been wearing wigs nonstop to hide this, until a challenge in mud. She couldn't get the wig wet, so she had to either forfeit or take off her wig on national TV. She did. It was incredibly traumatic for her, but everybody else thought she looked absolutely incredible (one contestant said she looked like a Russian secret agent).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Phil and Grant Mitchell in EastEnders.
  • Psych's Henry Spencer.
  • 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.
  • Howie Mandel seems to be wearing it well in his hosting and judging gigs.
  • Ray Vecchio in Due South is Balding of Awesome, especially in Season 2 and the series finale.
  • A fair number of examples in 24, though Aaron Pierce stands well above everyone else. Mike Novick is a close second.
    • There's also Chloe's ex-husband, Miles O'Brian.
    • Henry Taylor in Season 7 dipped into this at points.
  • 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 BBC review show criticises this strange career move, it turns out Kemp had infiltrated the show, determining that after playing the Queen Mother, an "Angry Bald Australian Feminist" was next.
  • The Supergirl (2015) version of Jimmy Olsen.
  • 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.


    Newspaper Comics 

  • 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.
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. (Qualified as the other type when he was a heel.)
    • Also from WWE, Bobby Lashley and, toward the end of his run, The Rock qualify. As do a number of others.
  • Required for any Russian wrestler (Nikita Koloff, Ivan Koloff, Krusher Khrushchev, Nikolai Volkoff, ...)
  • The Iron Sheik
  • Baron Von Raschke
  • Goldberg.
  • Ryback
  • Hulk Hogan. Well, mostly.
  • 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.
  • Big Show
  • Randy Orton
  • Batista
  • Rey Mysterio Jr., though he wears a mask
  • Christopher Daniels.
  • Molly Holly
    • Actually an inversion with Molly. 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.
  • CM Punk's Straight Edge Society.
  • In Japan, Keiji Mutoh (aka The Great Muta), since 2001.
  • One of the things New Japan Pro-Wrestling fans were in awe with of Bas Rutten were his palm strikes. The other things was his bald.
  • Progress Wrestling has Tom Irvin, Rampage Brown and Martin Kirby

    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.")
  • 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".
  • 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.

  • 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 
  • Several of the haircuts from Fallout 3 invokes this. Some even look similar enough that they might be a shout out to Tank Girl (as mentioned above).
  • Matt Hazard of Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard invokes this since Matt himself is a parody of video game space marines.
  • 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.
  • Babus from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (yes, other Nu Mou have hair, like Ezel). Being a Battle Butler is already awesome, right? Also, Rude from Final Fantasy VII.
  • Minsc in Baldur's Gate has a shaven, tattooed head and is simultaneously a devastating warrior and as mad as a March hare.
  • Safiya in Neverwinter Nights II: Mask of the Betrayer is a Rare Female Example. Going with Thayan wizard traditions, she shaves her head and tattoos it with arcane markings, supposedly enhancing her power. She is also a rare nonevil Thayan wizard, who has a more scholarly or scientific outlook instead of a tyrannical one. She's still not to be underestimated, though; her Disintegrate spell is deadly and rarely fails.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon Red and Blue: Blaine is a good example. He even takes off his hat in his HGSS battle animation, and a glint of light shines off of his head.
  • More than one character in the Street Fighter games, with the top examples being Sagat and Gouken.
  • An uncommon female example with Maya's 'Clean Shave' head in Borderlands 2. As a Siren her tattoos cover her entire head.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Queen at Arms, Assistant-Commander Berin is possibly the most badass and competent person in the Ortheran army, and is completely bald.
  • The Elder Scrolls:

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    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Egyptian superhero The Shield from Global Guardians PBEM Universe is bald because his impenetrable force field continually cuts off all his body hair (except for his eyebrows and lashes) at the skin level.
  • 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 
  • Numbuh One of Codename: Kids Next Door. 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.
  • Likewise for Aang of Avatar: The Last Airbender, 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.
  • Another monk example would be Omi from Xiaolin Showdown. Also, Master Fung. In many ways, he's the awesomest person in the show.
  • Captain Black from Jackie Chan Adventures.
  • 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.
  • In the retool of Doug, Doug's favorite movie hero, Smash Adams, was replaced by a new actor in a Lighter and Fluffier incarnation. The original actor went on to play a Suspiciously Similar Substitute named Cueball, who inspired Doug (then worrying about his hairline) with his Bald of Awesome.
  • Megamind. You know it's true.
  • ThunderCats (2011) has Catfolk Old Soldier Panthro, whose Furry Baldness is designed to evoke the sakayaki tonsure of an old samurai, complete with topknot.
  • In Dexter's Ego Trip, the Future Badass version of Dexter sports one. (The even older version of Dexter wears a toupee.)
  • 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.)
  • Avery Bullock of American Dad!. Guess who does his voice.
  • Air Enforcer from Skysurfer Strike Force.
  • In the Defenders of the Earth series, the aforementioned Lothar kept both his bald head and his awesomeness.
  • The titular character of Fillmore! combines this with Specs of Awesome. He is only a middle schooler but is presented as a cool, former delinquent who now fights against such behavior.
  • Alex Sector and Boris Bushkin from M.A.S.K. are both bald and members of the titular heroic organization.
  • G.I. Joe


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