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In fiction, white locks on a young character mark them as mystical and arcane, whether it means they are outright magical or not. In sci-fi and fantasy, it's often the only non-human hair color you will see on new species or race of people, especially in elves or Human Aliens. It is a common mark of a Mysterious Waif and a Mystical Waif.

The popularity of this trope probably stems from its status as a borderline-natural hair color: white hair on a young person strikes that delicate balance of being unusual but not blatantly unrealistic. The color also lends itself well to symbolism.

It bears repeating that these are young (or at least young-looking) characters and their hair color is not indicative of age (or of premature aging).

May also come with an Ethereal White Dress.

See also White Hair, Black Heart, which is where having white hair is a sign of evil instead of magic, superpowers, or otherworldly origins; an albino power's white hair being seen as a sign of evil or the supernatural may be indicative of Albinos Are Freaks. If a character's hair turns white due to a disease or illness, it's Disease Bleach. If a character's hair turns white when they use their powers, it's Power Dyes Your Hair. Sometimes can be a result of Locked into Strangeness. See also Bald Mystic, another hairstyling choice that denotes the supernatural.

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    Comic Books 
  • Siahm in Arawn is a silver-haired Amazon, just like the rest of her tribe, who are made up of nothing but white-haired pretty girls. They have some limited magical powers that provide heightened vitality and slowed aging, all granted by drinking the blood of their enemies' hearts.
  • DC Comics:
    • Teen Titans's Rose "Ravager" Wilson, who's been called platinum blonde at least once. Oddly enough, this is supposedly because her father, Deathstroke, also has white hair due to the experiment that gave him his powers, which brings up another trope.
    • Ice (Tora Olafsdotter). White hair, blue eyes, and she's the princess of a magical northern tribe. Sigrid Nansen (Icemaiden), who served as Tora's temporary replacement in the Justice League International, also had white hair but hers was the result of a science experiment to replicate the mystical ice powers of Tora's tribe.
    • The first female Dove, Dawn Granger, in DC's Hawk and Dove. In her earlier appearances, only her Dove superhero form had white hair, while Dawn was a blonde. In more recent appearances pre-New 52, she was shown with white hair in both identities — most likely because it made it easier to differentiate her from the other two major blonde female characters in Birds of Prey when she joined that team. In her appearances in the New 52 reboot, colorists went back to only coloring her hair white as Dove.
    • Dream Girl / Dreamer, Princess Projectra, and White Witch from the Legion of Super-Heroes.
    • Hippolyta (Lyta) Hall, the second Fury, who featured prominently in The Sandman. It's not entirely clear whether this is actually blonde hair drawn as white (since a younger Lyta is shown as a blonde, and one character refers to her as a blonde as an adult), or if it really is white.
    • In The Sandman, The Corinthian: A nightmare loose in the waking world.
    • Also, Daniel Hall a.k.a. Morpheus II
    • The Phantom Stranger has white hair. His various origin stories, all of which may or may not be true, all show him having different natural hair colors before he became what he is now.
    • Subverted with Abby Holland (née Abigail Arcane), Swamp Thing's wife. She has snow-white hair with two black streaks running through it, but she's not a spellcaster and the white hair comes from her mother's side of the family.
  • Jennifer Morgan, Travis Morgan's daughter and the sorceress supreme of Skartaris in The Warlord. She was originally blonde, but her hair turns white as she gains sorcerous power.
  • When Artemis (the goddess, not the hero) was redesigned for Wonder Woman (2011) she was given glowing white hair, which matches her skin and eyes as she is entirely monochromatic.
  • Gaining this is part and parcel of recruitment into the Death Vigil. Sam calls it "the Dye After You Die Club."
  • Femforce: Stardust the Human Alien Science Hero.
  • CrossGen's The First had both white-haired Ingra and Wyture, neither of them human. Negation had Khlystek, the Lizard Lady, a reptilian alien with white hair.
  • Lady Death is a white-haired, white-skinned undead demigoddess.
  • Luther Arkwright: Luther Arkwright, Victoria, and Gabriel Shelley all have white hair, as well as a marked lack of body hair. It is implied that this is the case for most Homo Novus, the psychic descendants of humanity.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • X-Men's Ororo "Storm" Munroe is a Dark-Skinned Blond(-ish) with, yes, blue eyes. This was eventually explained as a property she got from her mother's inherent magic. Her mother came from a line of Kenyan witches, and during a New Mutants time-travel story, one of Storm's ancestresses in ancient Egypt also shared the physical characteristics.
    • Nate Grey started out with a Skunk Stripe, like his counterpart, Cable, but at the end of Age of X-Man it went completely white under the influence of the Life Seed. It is no accident that at this point, Nate was more than just a person, even a Reality Warper, having become a living pocket-reality — in many ways, he was the Age of X-Man.
  • Doctor Strange's disciple/lover/wife Clea, half-Faltinian princess of the Dark Dimension. She has a touch of Anime Hair as well.
  • Captain Marvel's Phyla-Vell a.k.a. Quasar, who is half Titanian (Titanese?) and half Kree.
  • The X-Men villain Spiral, although she was originally a brunette before her genes were messed with.
  • Alpha Flight's Walter Langkowski, aka Sasquatch, once became a woman after returning from the dead (long story). Going by the name Wanda, she was young and pretty, and had snow-white hair in both her human and Sasquatch forms.
  • Balder Odinson, Thor's half-brother and long-time friend, returned to the living after making a deal with Hela to defeat 1000 of his previous foes in battle again to return to life. This took so long that his hair turned white while his Asgardian physiology meant he retained his youthful appearance.
  • Subverted with Quicksilver. Although he was born on the extremely mystical Wundagore Mountain (haunt of the elder god Chthon), his white hair apparently is simply inherited from his father Magneto.
  • Subverted with the Black Cat. She has natural white hair (officially platinum blonde) but was originally a Badass Normal. She acquired superpowers when she felt she was a liability on the battlefield. A straighter example would be The Ultimate Universe which reimagines her as a Mutant (though in that case, she wore a wig) and Spider-Man: The Animated Series which grants her the power to change her hair from blonde to white when she powers up.
  • All of the Metabarons have long white hair, if they have any. For some reason, even the women they bring into the family from other clans have long white hair.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Sabrina used to have platinum blonde hair but in the 1990s she was redesigned to be a brighter shade of blonde. She is half-witch. In Chilling Adventures of Sabrina her original hair color was blonde but it had turned white by her teenage years, likely due to her witch heritage.
  • Gabrielle from Spawn is an angel who has pure white hair.
  • Suprema has white hair as a side effect of exposure to Supremium, the source of her powers.
  • Phondari in Warlord of Mars is a Grey Skinned Space Babe with platinum blonde hair.
  • There's Wolf Gal, a white-haired woman Raised by Wolves, from Lil Abner.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Kida from Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire. White hair seems to be a racial trait of all the Atlanteans, suggestive of their longevity (but not their age — the children have white hair, too).
  • Frozen:
    • Queen Elsa has platinum blonde (or as Disney describes it, white-blonde) hair that's indicative of her powers. Word of God says that if she had no powers, she would be a brunette like her mother.
    • Princess Anna has naturally strawberry-blonde hair with a platinum blonde Skunk Stripe as a result of being struck by Elsa's powers when she was five. When Anna's heart is frozen solid, her hair gradually begins to turn white. Sharp-eyed viewers will note that Anna's hair turns literally white instead of platinum blonde.
  • Taarna from Heavy Metal. Also, the girl at the end develops white hair after she's revealed as Taarna's reincarnation.
  • In the anime adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle, Sophie's hair remains pale gray once her curse of old age is broken and she has come into her latent magical abilities.
  • Lady Amalthea, the human form of the title unicorn in The Last Unicorn, has long flowing white hair. "The young girl... she looks so strange! There's a newness about her," comments Prince Lir.
  • Susan/Ginormica from Monsters vs. Aliens: her hair was originally brown, but after getting hit by a Magic Meteor full of quantonium, it turned white and she grew into a giant fifty-foot woman. Interestingly, her hair remains white even after the quantonium gets extracted from her body and she gets Brought Down to Normal.
  • Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians, coupled with blue eyes. He originally had brown hair and eyes before he died.
  • Aisling from The Secret of Kells has white hair, since she's a fairy. A prequel comic shows that this is a racial trait of The Fair Folk.
  • Brunhilde from Thor: Tales of Asgard has white hair, which makes her stand out from the rest of the valkyries whom she leads, that have blonde hair.
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    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Willow in the Season 7 finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when she infuses every Potential Slayer in the world with the same powers Buffy and Faith have in order to defeat the First Evil. Even Kennedy calls her "a goddess" as a result.
  • Yuki from the live-action Cutey Honey The Live had white hair when she "flashed" into her battle form.
  • Lexi Mason, the psychic starchild in Falling Skies, has long white hair (except in shared dreams, when it's black). All the Masons besides her have black hair.
  • Chiana in Farscape. A feature of her species, apparently — the women have white hair (with prominent dark roots) and the men have black hair.
  • Daenerys Targaryen (natural brunette Emilia Clarke in a white wig) in Game of Thrones, who has silver-blonde hair due to her Targaryen ancestry. She's at least fire-absorbent.
  • The Other Kingdom: Princess Astral and her mother Queen Titania both have white hair, and they happen to be the fairy princess and queen of their kingdom Athenia.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • In Classical Mythology, Epimeliads were nymphs associated with apple trees and protectors of sheep and goats. They usually had hair white like apple blossoms or undyed wool, showing their special bond with the flock and fruit trees.
  • The Book of Revelation depicts the divine form of Jesus as having hair as white as wool.
  • In the pre-Christian Hungarian religion, it was believed that children born with white hair had magic powers and thus were destined to become shamans.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • One redesign of Princess Frostina from Candy Land has her with white hair, though traditionally she has blue hair and newer incarnations give her blonde hair. She is an elegant princess with ice powers.
  • The Whites in CthulhuTech are completely white (skin, eyes, and hair), on the average more attractive than either humans or Nazzadi, AND all natural para-psychics.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons Dark elves, or drow, also count as Dark-Skinned Blonde (despite living underground for thousands of years, which you'd think would have the opposite effect; though, at least in one gameworld, they're described as being cursed into that form so no-one would mistake them). And since they're elves, they tend to be very good-looking (drow are even described as being more attractive on average than other elves, on top of looking exotic). They took this to massive race-wide Ms. Fanservice levels. The good ones took to dancing naked in the moonlight. The evil ones considered wearing armor admission of fear and weakness before rival houses. The females would often wander their cities nude or nearly so, flaying alive anyone who was Distracted by the Sexy with whips made of snakes unless they decided the male would make a worthy addition to their harem and let him audition for the role of pleasure slave. Pretty is not nice at all.
  • Arianna from Exalted was the iconic Twilight Caste for the first couple of editions, sporting a long ponytail of stark white hair and regularly showing off her mastery of sorcery.
  • Avacyn from Magic: The Gathering's Innistrad pack is a white-haired angel. Helps with the Dark Is Not Evil motif since she wears all black.
  • Nobilis has the Excrucian Iolithae Septimian, a Consummate Liar who is able to deceive reality itself.
  • Pathfinder: Feiya the witch, Balazar the summoner, Merisiel the rogue (who's an elf), and Seltyiel the magus (who's a half-elf). Seoni the sorcerer is platinum blonde, so it would appear that Paizo is fond of this trope.
  • In Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution the esper representing the Stormbringer archetype has this. It is probably not a coincidence that magnekinesis (the ability to control the weather) is highly symbolically important to The Zodiac Order and that summoning weather is a common type of ritual magic worldwide.
  • Nightmist of Sentinels of the Multiverse is a powerful mage with glowing white hair. The card "Regression Darts" reveals that the white hair actually stems directly from the magic; when her connection to magic is cut off by those darts, it turns brown.
  • Many Sisters of Battle from Warhammer 40,000 have white hair which reinforces their angelic/Joan Of Archetype appearance (though this is heavily implied to be the result of dyeing). Whether they're actually pretty varies from artist to artist, with some casting them as your standard pretty Amazon Brigade, and others sit down and think about how a life of fighting (often without a helmet) would actually make them look like.
  • Warhammer Fantasy: Wizards often gain minor physical and mental changes from exposure to their preferred Wind of Magic. For Celestial Wizards and Light Wizards, this generally turns their hair pure white, alongside other effects.

    Toys 
  • In My Little Pony most white-haired ponies subvert the trope and are perfectly normal but others fit the trope:
    • Majesty from G1 is a unicorn pony introduced in Year 2 who has a white pelt and has a white stripe in her blue hair. She is not officially a "princess", but lives in a castle and has a dragon like the later introduced princesses. Majesty has extraordinary abilities when it comes to magic. In the British My Little Pony comics she can use multiple types of magic, unlike the other ponies who specialize in only one type of magic. Majesty watches over the other ponies using a magic mirror and a crystal ball. She also has horseshoes that turn her invisible.
    • Princess Silver Swirl from G2 is an all-white unicorn mare who is described as being a guardian angel to other ponies.
    • Star Catcher was the first pegasus introduced in G3 and is the most unusual of the pegasi. She is white-furred with Multicolored Hair. Star Catcher has a more refined voice than most other characters (who have more cartoony voices), she is very calm and understanding, and she can make wishes come true. She is also the unofficial leader of the pegasus, she is referred to as one of the most beautiful ponies out there, and her wings stand out amongst the other pegasus. It's stated in G3 that pegasus are rare and mystical, yet Star Catcher is the only one who actually displays these traits.

    Theater 
  • In some theatrical adaptations of A Christmas Carol, such as the one by Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre, the Ghost of Christmas Past is depicted with white or light blonde hair.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Nobles (including Aida) in Ascension have this.
  • Mysterious Waif Chou from Ballad of an Evening Butterfly has white hair. It probably has to do with her albinism, the fact she’s from an unusual species (that are very similar to vampires), and her mysterious powers.
  • The Nasuverse seems to love this trope, and it often indicates that the character in question isn't human:
    • Ilyasviel von Einzbern and her maids Sella and Leysritt from Fate/stay night, as well as Ilya's mother Irisviel. In their case, it's genetic since Einzbern homunculi are descendants (or, more appropriately, clones) of Lizleihi Justica von Einzbern, who had the same white hair and red eyes. They also carry parts of her personality and even memories.
    • Dark Sakura also has white hair and red eyes as part of her Evil Makeover.
    • White Len from the Melty Blood games has light grey hair.
    • Merlin, who is definitively one of the greatest mages who ever lived as per backstory and background material, has white hair.
    • There are several characters who have white hair when summoned as Servants but did not in their human lives. Archer in Fate/stay night is a Future Badass version of Shirou Emiya who became a Counter-Guardian and thus eligible for summoning as a Servant, while in Fate/Grand Order, one of the Assassin-class Servants is an alternate version of Shirou's father, Fate/Zero protagonist Kiritsugu Emiya, who also became a Counter-Guardian. Grand Order also has King Solomon, who as a Servant has white hair but in his human form as Dr. Roman is a redhead.
  • Mysterious Waif Phi from Virtue's Last Reward knows Sigma's name before he has a chance to mention it. She also demonstrates the ability to remember many things that only happened in other timelines.
  • Mystic Messenger mostly lacks supernatural elements, yet the team white-haired pretty boy Zen has inexplicable psychic dreams in a couple routes and a borderline Healing Factor.
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, the Khura'inese prosecutor Nahyuta Sahdmadhi has white hair and is a respected monk who may have some mystic power. He got both from his mother, the former queen Amara, who is a spirit medium.
  • In Spirit Hunter: NG, the first thing that Akira notices about Kakuya is her long, snow-white hair, which combines with her traditional Japanese dress to give her a mysterious, otherworldly appearance.

    Web Animation 
  • Cielle, the clairvoyant magic shop owner from Broken Saints, has white hair, courtesy of albinism.
  • Bai Yuxiu of Feng Ling Yu Xiu has it, and it is commented on with some frequency. Her strange abilities are a source of intrigue for the series's antagonists. It has been suggested that she did not always have this, as a similarly dressed girl with similar blue eyes and dark hair is shown in the show's opening.

    Webcomics 
  • Chloe from Angel Down has extremely long white hair due to her being a Nephilim
  • Kili Stormcrow, a shaman of The Dragon Doctors, has bleach-white hair due to an incident as a child—Kili developed spiritual vision so strong that Kili's perception was trapped in the spirit world. Kili's hair has become permanently white.
  • Drowtales: Using the models of drow as depicted in Dungeons & Dragons, depicts every drow born underground as having white hair and the latent ability to use magic.
  • In El Goonish Shive, both Hanma and Voltaire seem to have this. The former has dark skin and the latter seems to have pure white skin. Both combinations are not seen even in other Immortals which mark them as unusual given that they live in a setting where You Gotta Have Blue Hair.
  • Zenobia in Hazard's Wake has white hair, possibly related to her (most likely) being a demon.
  • Homestuck:
    • Rose and Roxy both have white hair like Dave and Dirk, and have shown an interest in magic, with Roxy being a big fan of wizards and Rose dual-wielding magic wands as her Weapon of Choice. However, while depending on your headcanon this trope could apply, technically this white hair is just a result of the (intentionally ambiguous) art style. In all likelihood, Rose and Roxy have light blonde or orange hair.
    • Calliope is a better example, except that it's a white wig, and she's actually bald. She wears it to cosplay as her Trollsona who bears a striking resemblance to Calmasis, a character in Post-Scratch Rose's books.
  • Lei'ella from Inverloch, which marks her as one of the Severed, mortal, magicless elves with silver hair and not-so Supernatural Gold Eyes. "Healthy" elves have brown/blond/black hair. The one exception is Kayn'dar, who had magic despite this coloration, hence is considered The Messiah of some sort.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: Allison receives white hair from a Superpowered Evil Side granted by a Deal with the Devil. Even after the evil side is dealt with, the white hair colour remains even after a later Time Skip.
  • Robot Girl Ping from Megatokyo had white hair early on, before her body started changing in response to her character development.
  • Roy's girlfriend Celia in The Order of the Stick. As a sylph, she's innately magical and an inversion of Closer to Earth, being from the Elemental Plane of Air.
  • Corrick of Plume, an immortal Guardian Entity gifted with absurdly overpowered magic, has gotten white hair upon his ascension to a magical being.
  • Angels in Slightly Damned have naturally snow-white hair (but it is difficult to see because their culture demands they dye their hair the same color as their element) and are the most magically powerful of all races.
  • TwoKinds: Raine Silverlock, a young woman on the comic's "team B", certainly qualifies this trope, having knee-length silver hair, and an incredible raw magical potential (Although she has no control over it, no thanks to her mother...).
  • Unsounded: The Platinum caste of Alderode have pure white hair and an unusually strong connection to the Background Magic Field of the Khert. One of the major religions teaches that they're beloved by the Gods and are at the end of their cycle of Reincarnation, which takes some of the sting off their 30-year lifespan.

    Web Original 
  • On the Dream SMP, Boomer has white hair, and from what his content creator counterpart has revealed, it's indicated that his hair was sapped of its original colour in exchange for mystical powers that can be harnessed through his Nice Hat.
  • Nasha of SPAZ has white Rapunzel Hair, and while she's not magical, she's definitely a little strange

    Web Videos 
  • Lys, the Source of life in the Noob franchise, who is a Physical Goddess who looks like a teenager according to the novels and is played by a fairly young woman in the web-movies.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Princess Yue's hair color was a plot point. She was actually born (or rather still-born) with dark hair like everyone else in the water tribe (and pretty much everyone in the four nations). When the moon-spirit saved her infant life, her hair turned pure white and remained that way all her life.
  • Charmcaster from Ben 10 is a silver-haired sorceress.
  • Danny Phantom, Danny and Dani's half-ghost forms.
  • In Disenchantment, protagonist Bean has white hair, as did her mother, Dagmar. Dagmar is a Wicked Witch, and Bean has clearly inherited some sort of magic from her.
  • Rayla from The Dragon Prince is a moonshadow elf, and as such has white hair. These elves magically draw their powers from the moon. As it turns out, all of the Moonshadow elves have white hair.
    • In a darker shade on this, Claudia's hair starts going white when she overtaxes himself on dark magic. She gets a Skunk Stripe to fix Soren's paralysis, then about half of it white when she resurrects Viren.
  • Queen La from The Legend of Tarzan has white hair. Serves as a Mythology Gag to the original Edgar Rice Burroughs stories describing the city of Opar as an Atlantean colony city, hence the design reference to Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
  • Nefertina from Mummies Alive! had white hair and pale gray skin in her undead mummy form. There was some inconsistency in her coloring throughout the series. In some of the flashback scenes where she was still alive, sometimes, she was shown with black hair, and sometimes, she was shown with white hair. And yes, she, too, was voiced by Cree Summer (guess which other character Cree voiced that Nefertina resembled!).
  • "The Great and Powerful" Trixie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has this sort of hair, though with shades of light blue. She's a stage magician in addition to being a unicorn, hence it reinforces her supernatural allure. Played straight with her human counterpart in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, whose hair is completely white with the same blue streaks.
  • Like her parents, Allura from Voltron: Legendary Defender has dark skin and white hair, as was common on her home planet, Altea. Later on, this happens to Shiro as his soul is revived into a clone body with Allura's magic, gaining a full head of silver hair.

Alternative Title(s): White Haired Pretty Girl

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