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"Sophie! Your hair! It looks just like starlight. It's beautiful!"

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 characters hair turns white when they use their powers, it's Power Dyes Your Hair. Sometimes can be a result of Locked into Strangeness.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Azmaria in Chrono Crusade, a young girl with white hair and the power to heal people when she sings.
  • Claymore: The hair of many Claymores turns white during their hybridization process.
  • Also by CLAMP, in Clover, Suu has white hair and is the most powerful magical being in that world.
  • Dragon Ball Super reveals Goku's latest and by far most powerful form: Ultra Instinct. In its completed form, it turns Goku's hair a shining, whitish silver. It allows him to master a technique even the Gods struggle with. What the transformation is and what exactly caused it is unknown, but its certainly different to the usual Super Saiyan transformations
  • Fairy Tail has Mirajane, Elfman, and Lisanna Strauss, sibling wizards.
  • The Children of Befort from Fantastic Children are not like anyone around them, and their white hair shows it.
  • In Full Metal Panic!, Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa and her Aloof Big Brother Leonard both have white hair; both are among the Whispered, children born during a supernatural event which has given them uncanny knowledge of futuristic technological advancements and some low-level Psychic Powers.
  • Goblin Slayer shows dark elves. These are very similar to the drow, and have dark skin as well as white hair.
  • The .hack franchise has Aura, a young girl with long, flowing white hair and robes. She's also the Ultimate AI who serves as the "guardian" of The World.
  • Iceland of Hetalia: Axis Powers has silvery-white hair, and he's able to see magical creatures when most other nations and humans can't note , and is best friends with a talking puffin.
  • Etienne of Innocents Shounen Juujigun has stunning white hair and "powers" as a blessing from God, including lightning bolts from the sky, healing the sick, bringing the dead back to life, causing an eclipse, and having supernatural luck that makes him almost impossible to kill.
  • Inuyasha:
    • All dog-demons have silver hair and golden eyes when in their human forms, as seen with Sesshoumaru and both of his parents. His younger brother, the titular Inuyasha, is only half-demon. He shares the silver hair and golden eyes of his father's family but, during every new moon, his hair becomes black and his eyes brown. This symbolises the loss of his demonic powers, forcing him to spend the night as a full human.
    • Bat-demons have dark skin and silver hair, as seen with Tsukuyomaru and his father. Unlike most of his race, Tsukuyomaru liked humans and fell in love with one, much to his family's shame. His daughter, Shiori, has inherited her father's dark skin and silver hair. She was bullied and ostracised by the human village she was raised in because her appearance signified her demonic heritage.
    • Kanna is one of Naraku's creations and serves him. She has jet black eyes and silver hair, and is regarded as strange and mystical by everyone. This is because she is the essence of the Void; her powers are connected to mirrors and the soul, she doesn't display any emotions and she barely speaks. Even Naraku's other creations don't quite know what to make of her.
    • Towa Higurashi from the sequel Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, one of Sesshomaru's daughters, also has white hair, like her father and her half-uncle.
  • Bell Cranel from Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is a pure hero who has white hair. Since he also has red eyes, it could be a case of albinism.
  • K has plenty:
    • Anna and Neko (pinkish-white), who are Strains, people who receive powers not from a King, (though they do both become Clansmen of Kings).
    • Adolf K. Weismann, the Silver King, though he had this before he was chosen as a king. Though he's only evil when he's possessed.
    • Yashiro Isana, the protagonist or, to be more precise, Tooru Hieda, who he was body-swapped with. White Hair, Black Heart also applies here when he's possessed by the same body snatcher, and Sukuna Gojo, a Green Clansman, who don't really have any born connection to the series' powers.
    • And finally, the Green King's hair changes from black to white when he unleashes his power in season 2.
  • Both Tomoe and Mizuki from Kamisama Kiss have white hair but look like they're in their late teens to early twenties. Neither is human; Tomoe is a Kitsune and Mizuki is a Divine Beast.
  • Several characters including the protagonist have white hair in Kiznaiver. This is a sign that they participated in a failed experiment when young, and their hair turned white prematurely.
  • In Kurohime the titular character is a white haired gunslinging witch.
  • Lady Koto from Kyousogiga has silver hair after being granted a human form by a bodhisattva.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • Mermaid Saga: Towa Kannagi's hair turned white after her sister, in an attempt to save her life, fed her mermaid blood.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has Kanna, the Token Mini-Moe among the dragon characters. This only applies to the manga since her hair was changed to have lavender tips in the anime.
  • Many of the humanoid Youkai in The Morose Mononokean has white hair despite their youthful appearance.
  • Mushishi:
    • Ginko's white hair and single green eye are a result of being entangled with a certain kind of mushi. It's later revealed the mushi that affected him was called "Ginko", which he took as a name after it took all his memories of his life before. It was the only name he remembered at the time.
  • In Nanatsu No Taizai, the Goddess Clan's royal bloodline have silver-white hair... when their faces are visible at all. Usually they're obscured by magical light (maybe holy power bleaches?). Most 'mere' Goddesses have blond hair. This trope is also an indication that the Liones family adopted its youngest child, since she looks so different from them. The usual symbolism of a special destiny and strong magical talent also applies.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
  • Alex from Nightschool has white hair that used to be brown. She was Locked into Strangeness when she was cursed.
  • Omamori Himari: An inversion with Kuesu Jinguuji, a Demon Slaying witch whose hair was originally black but turned white after coming in contact with a forbidden tome called the Book of Truth.
  • One Piece has Carrot in her Sulong form.
  • In PandoraHearts, the Intention of the Abyss, who is the twin of the Bloody Black Rabbit. She is the entity that governs the Abyss.
  • In Princess Tutu, Mytho has white hair. He has magical powers, is arguably the Big Good of the series, and is apparently Ageless outside of his story.
  • Shiroyasha from Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They? has super-light blue hair that way more often actually looks white. She's also a sun goddess and insanely powerful.
    • Leticia too. She is a vampire with blonde hair so light that they have also been described as being "shining blond-silvery". Other people can recognize that she is a pureblood vampire simply because she has "hair so beautiful that no human could possibly have".
  • Fujiko from Psychic Squad is a white haired vampire.
  • Nagisa Momoe from Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion has white hair, and this is part of her uniqueness as being a magical girl who can shift into her witch form at will.
  • Amira from Rage of Bahamut: Genesis is a nephilim. Her father was a demon and her mother was an angel. She can switch between her angelic and demonic form. In her angelic form she has pink hair and looks like a particularly pretty girl. In her demonic form, she looks much more impressive. And in this shape she also has white hair, but the tips of the hair are still pink.
  • Rozen Maiden: Suigintou, Barasuishou and Kirakishou all have white hair. All three are dolls brought to life.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The original Queen Serenity. Sailor Moon herself was originally supposed to be white haired when transformed and blonde as Usagi. This was vetoed by Naoko Takeuchi's editor Osa-P. In the manga, she does have white hair as Princess Serenity and Neo Queen Serenity, but not in either anime.
    • Technically, Yaten/Sailor Star Healer has silver hair.
    • Sailor Cosmos has white hair in two heart shaped odangos and pigtails that reach her feet. It's unknown (other than that she's the true form of Chibi Chibi) just what she is, or what relation she has to Sailor Moon and it seems the mangaka intended it that way.
    • Usagi was apparently suppose to have white hair in general (since Minako, the original Sailor heroine, was already a blond) but the author's editor told her to make the main character blond since that would be better received by the targeted female audience.
  • Rally Cheyenne from Silent Möbius is half-Lucifer Hawk (demon, basically), and her silver hair marks her as having some of the strongest magic in the series.
  • An interesting variation occurs in the Slayers series: protagonist Lina has reddish colored hair, but when she casts a particular high-level spell, her hair turns white. This occurs once in the Light Novel series, and twice in the anime.
  • Played with in Tokyo ESP, in that the origin of Rinka's white hair is different depending on the medium. In the manga, she always had blonde hair that was so light it would look, to the casual observer, like she had white hair. In the anime, Rinka is actually a brunette whose white hair manifested when she gained the power to phase through objects.
  • Tsukiuta's Shun, the "White Demon King", an Idol Singer with actual magic powers. The truth is, he's in a sort of yin-yang connection with Hajime, the "Black King" and leader of the unit that's Shun's unit's rivals. Both are just as mystical, but Shun is the one who flaunts his powers, while Hajime is still in denial that he even has them.
  • Yumi from Ulysses 31 belongs to a race of blue skinned, white haired human looking aliens called the Zotrians. The Zotrians are also known for their exceptional beauty.
  • Redhead Masane Amaha from Witchblade becomes this after she becomes corrupted with her battle suit.
  • In X1999, Princess Hinoto has white hair and is one of the most powerful magical beings in that world.
  • Kisara of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the Mysterious Waif with connections to the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Unfortunately, her white hair and pale skin led to discrimination and loathing by the people of ancient Egypt.

    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-skined 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 Mar-Vell'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 but was originally a Badass Normal. She acquired super powers when she felt she was a liability in the battle field. A straighter example would be The Ultimate Universe which reimagines her as a Mutant 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 make her stand out from the rest of the valkyries whom she leads, that have blonde hair.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In the Acorna Series, the title character has white hair and is a human-unicorn hybrid, with healing and other magical powers through her horn, though the whiteness of her hair stems for her people's tendency to go white after spending large amounts of time in space.
  • Akata Witch: As an albino with the gift of magic, Sunny has white hair and an innate ability to shift her body between the material and Spirit Worlds. Other physical traits are associated with different magical talents.
  • The protagonist of the wuxia novel The Bride with White Hair by Liang Yusheng. There is a Film of the Book, too.
  • Ramandu's platinum blonde haired daughter from The Chronicles of Narnia, who is actually a star.
  • In the Chronicles of the Kencyrath, white hair is a common but not universal trait of the Shanir — individuals born touched by the power of the Kencyrath's Three-Faced God, and therefore regarded with suspicion. Notable examples include Kindrie, Randiroc, and Adric, Lord Ardeth, who sensibly dyed his hair brown in his youth to hide his Shanir status.
  • The entire Marat race in Jim Butcher's other series, Codex Alera, tend to have white hair so a lot of them qualify as either this or White Hair, Black Heart. Kitai is the most prominent example, though there are several much less significant female Marat who are also this trope.
  • Creature of Havoc: This is the salient trait of the White-Haired Elves, who are even more magically powerful, divinely blessed, and reclusive than regular elves.
  • The warlock Malcolm Fade from The Dark Artifices is a half-demon, like all warlocks and witches, and has powerful magic. And he has white hair.
    • Helen Blackthorn is the daughter of a shadowhunter and a fairy. And like her fairy mother, she has light blonde hair. These are so light blonde that they look almost white.
  • The Death Gate Cycle has a couple examples:
    • The Sartan have a slight variation on this — they're all (with a very few exceptions like Balthazar) born with white hair, but when they hit puberty it turns dark only at the tips. Their rivals the Patryns are the opposite — they're born with dark hair that turns white at the tips at puberty.
    • The human wizardess Iridal was originally blonde, but her hair turned white at a young age. When combined with her constantly changing eyes and penchant for white and silver clothing, it gives her a very ethereal appearance.
  • The Moonwoman in Deerskin, a goddess or nature spirit, has white hair. Lissar also gains white hair after the Moonwoman heals her and takes her memories away, which makes people think she is not human, or perhaps the Moonwoman herself. Only when this spell is broken and Lissar remembers her past does her hair return to being black.
  • Discworld: Susan Sto-Helit has this, with one black streak; she's also a Magical Nanny and the granddaughter of Death. Her mother, Death's adopted daughter, had pure silver hair.
  • Dragonlance: Silvara has noticeably exotic looks for a Kagonesi elf, with her long silver hair and striking Icy Blue Eyes. Those are hints about her true nature as a silver dragon that is taking the form of an elf.
  • Sapphira Adi in the Dragonsin Our Midst sequel series Oracles of Fire has shining white hair and bright blue eyes as a result of her status as an Oracle.
  • The Faerie Queens and Ladies in The Dresden Files are described as beyond gorgeous and white-haired (although the Winter Lady streaks hers with dye.)
    • Tessa, The Host of a Fallen Angel, has white hair in her human form. Though it is not stated that this is because Tessa is a Host to Fallen Angel.
  • In The Folk Keeper, Corinna has silvery white hair. The hair grows at a rapid pace of two inches per day, and she also possesses a number of other supernatural talents such as requiring hardly any food and always knowing the exact time.
  • Sisma, the protagonist of Andre Norton's Forerunner and Forerunner: The Second Venture, has dark skin and white hair; she's a reincarnation of an ancient semi-divine being and has powers such as telepathy and the ability to alter other people's minds.
  • In The Goblin Emperor white hair is common in elves, and is about the only mystical things about elves in this setting. Goblins tend to have more mundane black hair.
  • Gods Of Jade And Shadow: The Physical God of The Underworld, Vucub-Kamé, looks like an ageless, inhumanly beautiful man with pure white hair and Icy Gray Eyes. He looks almost exactly like the older brother he maimed and usurped, whose hair and eyes are utterly black.
  • Jenna, from Jane Yolen's Great Alta Saga, has pure white hair and black eyes, a sign of her status as a messianic figure; she is a heroine of legend who is reincarnated every few hundred years, always with white hair from birth.
  • Inverted in the first couple volumes of Kat Richardson's Greywalker series — Will, the man that main character Harper begins dating in the first book, is young and has striking white hair; but he's practically the most mundane, least magic-touched character in the series. And his inability to believe or cope with magic things comes between him and Harper. Turns out not to be such an inversion when Will is transformed into a powerful magical guardian. His white hair is the feature singled out in the final vision that Harper has of him after the transformation.
  • Harry Potter: The Veela are an Inhumanly Beautiful Race of women with white-gold hair, lustrous white skin, and a Glamour that can charm and overwhelm most men. Their hair has enough innate power to be used in the cores of Magic Wands.
  • Kiki in the Kiki Strike series. It wasn't really much of a plot point, but it was used to show how unusual she was.
  • In Kushiel's Legacy, Alcuin is a Pretty Boy with pale skin and silver-white hair. While there's nothing supernatural about it, his "otherworldly" beauty makes him very successful during his brief tenure as a courtesan and distracts people from his exceptionally keen mind — which he usually uses to collect information on the local elite.
  • Mercedes Lackey:
    • In the Heralds of Valdemar books, using Adept-level node magic bleaches one's hair and eyes, so any young Adepts eventually become examples of this trope. All Tayledras gain bleached hair as well, due to living in Vales with Heartstones producing so much magic around them, but mages among them gain it faster; Firesong, one of the most powerful characters in the series, had his hair turn white completely by the time he was ten. The Companions are all pure white, blue-eyed Sapient Steeds, and eventually reveal that this is because they use nodes as well, to fuel their incredible speed and endurance.
    • In The Black Swan, Odile von Rothbart has white hair. She suspects her mage father may have changed its color.
  • The Last Unicorn's Lady Amalthea has white hair, which makes sense, given that she's actually a unicorn that was turned into a human.
  • Morgaine in C. J. Cherryh's Morgaine Cycle is white-haired and beautiful due to belonging to a half-blooded ancient race.
  • The Neverending Story: The white-haired Childlike Empress is the immortal ruler of Phantastica, the realm of human imagination.
  • Nyarko (an eldritch being) from Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! has silver hair in her human form.
  • In Anne McCaffrey's The Rowan, the title character has white hair, which is also inherited by her descendants of both sexes as a white streak.
  • Daenerys Targaryen of A Song of Ice and Fire. Targaryens tend to have silver-blond hair as well as violet eyes due to their Valyrian blood, which has been maintained through the centuries with massive inbreeding. They were also The Beautiful Elite, and their rise and fall was closely associated with their control over dragons, which is ambiguously tied to the power of magic in the world.
  • Spinning Silver: The Staryk Fair Folk are powerfully magical and have silver-white hair, in keeping with their overall association with winter. One half-Staryk child inherited both the hair and a tiny fragment of their power over cold.
  • In The Stand, Nadine's hair supernaturally turns white due to contact with Randall Flagg.
  • Yvaine from Stardust is white-haired and is a living Star.
  • Winter from Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo is from Foo and thus has ice powers even as a human.
  • Ash March in Sword of Shadows has very pale blonde hair, putting her right between this and hair of gold, depending on the lighting. She's also the Reach, the one human in a thousand years who can release the Endlords from their prison, and has various abilities related to that theme.
  • Eyeshimmer from Tailchaser's Song is a white-furred far-senser with mystical powers. He also has Occult Blue Eyes.
  • Tales from Netheredge: The mage Myr of the North has it, setting off some alarms that he may not be as human as he tries to appear. He's part human, part fey.
  • Oswin, the White Prince in Terra Mirum Chronicles. Alys's first hint that he isn't human is his white hair.
  • The Twisted Ones: The Fair Folk-like "White People" live in an Eldritch Location only loosely connected to the human world and have hair that's "not so much white as completely colorless, like mist". The ones seen are revealed to be part-human changelings who've been abducted into the otherworld, so it might overlap with Claimed by the Supernatural.
  • In the paranormal romance Wake Me Up Inside, Jonah is the child of a wolf-shifter and a human, which ought to be impossible due to the incompatibility of the two species. He is either a human with white-blond hair and black eyes or a white, black-eyed wolf. That odd mix of colors isn't the only unusual thing about him either; for example, he's the "true mate" of an extraordinarily powerful wolf, and the two of them survive being separated for longer than mates usually ever can.
  • Lady High Priestess Evelyn from White Star and the other novels in the series by Elizabeth Vaughan has white hair with a matching white dress. She says that she used to be a brunette, but one day, she pushed her Healing Hands to the limit to save a man who had been mortally wounded. She passed out, and woke up to find the man healed and her hair permanently snow white.
  • Asha, the title character of the The Wishing Maiden, possibly because she is at least a century old.
  • Adelina Amouteru, protagonist from The Young Elites by Marie Lu, has silver hair as a side-effect of her powers.

    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 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.

    Myths & 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 hairs had magic powers and thus were destined to become shamans.


    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.

  • 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 which 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.

  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • Arcana Heart:
    • The sequel adds Zenia, who kinda fits this trope in that her origin is completely shrouded in mystery.
    • The sequel's final boss, Parace L'sia, also has white hair while in her human form. It changes to pink when she turns into her near-naked-elf-in-a-bathing-towel form though.
    • Arcana Heart 3 adds Weiss, who is a liberated experimental subject of a project trying to grant ordinary girls the power to channel Celestial Energy. This installment also reveals Lieselotte and Zenia to be prototypes in the same project... and long-lost siblings.
  • Jeanne from Bayonetta has platinum blonde hair and like the raven haired Bayonetta, is a gunslinging witch.
  • Juste Belmont of Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance has long white hair and is a formidable Magic Knight noted among his clan for his exceptional magical talent.
  • Swan of City of Heroes and Ghost Widow of City of Villains both have white hair and both got their powers from magical sources.
  • Any player created Guardian in Destiny and Destiny 2 other than an Exo can have this, due to being suffused with the Traveler's Light and wielding abilities that appear magical (and for all aintents and purposes, are). Awoken, both Guardian and non-Guardian, play this trope Up to Eleven as they are explicitly described as having a power unlike the Light in them. Tyra Karn, an Awoken Warlock that premiered in the Rise of Iron expansion, explicitly has this despite her advanced age, as her hair was always that white.
  • Dante and Vergil from the Devil May Cry series share their father's penchant for white hair, which is a mark of their demonic heritage. Nero from the fourth game also has white hair as a result of having Vergil as a father, with his Devil Trigger taking the form of a Fighting Spirit reminiscent of his father's demonic form.
  • The White Dragon of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey has pure white hair in her human form
  • The Vessels of Etrian Odyssey: Legends of the Titan usually have white hair. The only possible exceptions to this are potiential Player Character choices: like all classes, Arcanists have Palette Swaps to pick from. However, all NPC Vessels have white hair.
  • The Final Fantasy series has several examples:
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Micaiah of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. She's called the Silver-Haired Maiden, and yes, that's a plot point. Several plot points with the last one playing a very important role in the plot.
    • For that matter, there's also Ninian the Dancer from Fire Emblem Elibe, and the shaman Deirdre and her daughter Julia in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. Not quite white in these cases, but close enough. Similarly, Ishtar from the same game is either portrayed with whiteish-pink or silver hair. Also Idoun of Sealed Sword.
    • The Avatar from Fire Emblem Awakening has white as his/her default hair color. Naturally, this applies to the Avatar's evil counterpart as well, though that also falls under another trope.
    • The default avatar of Fire Emblem Fates also falls under this trope.
    • Edelgard and Lysithea of Fire Emblem: Three Houses both have white hair as a result of the experiments they were forced to go under, giving them a second crest along with it.
  • Syd of Gravity Rush is the only young person in Heckseville with white hair, which is a curiosity. In Gravity Rush 2, it's revealed that he came from the same mystical city on top of the tower that Kat came from, and there, people with dark skin and white hair are a common sight.
  • Amoretta of GrimGrimoire, the Homunculus with the soul of an angel.
  • Harvest Moon:
    • There's The Witch from Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, who lives deep in Fugu Forest and has silver hair.
    • Harvest Moon: A New Beginning brings us Olivia. It seems to be suggested that silvery hair, combined with dark skin, is how most people look in the Harvest Moon version of the Middle East — the vaguely Middle-Eastern-seeming Amir and Sanjay, along with the Wizard from Animal Parade, all have white hair.
  • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords had Jedi Master Atris has white hair despite being human.
  • Mages in Kritika have default white hair.
  • Lady Calista in The Last Story. White hair, and a powerful magic user — in fact, her magic is so powerful, it can temporarily make people invincible! But she's not the only one — many magic users in The Last Story have pale or silvery hair (from party member Yurick, who has silvery hair, to the random NPC magicians, who have shocking white hair), so it seems to be implied that magic frequently has that effect on hair.
  • Riven in League of Legends has white hair. Considering her story involves her turning her back on her home city after seeing them abandon their principles of social Darwinism, she's probably closer to the wise-beyond-her-years variant than anything else.
  • The Sheikah tribe of The Legend of Zelda are eternally dedicated to guarding the Royal Family of Hyrule and have various mystical powers to help them do so; they also all have white hair, which may seem like an example of this trope but is not, since they got their hair-color by way of the Planet of Copyhats effect. Zelda's personal maid Impa was originally portrayed as an old lady in the instruction manuals of the NES games. When she was portrayed in-game for the first time in Ocarina of Time and first stated to be a member of the Sheikah tribe, she looked much younger but still had the white hair. Come Breath of the Wild, the first game to portray other Sheikah besides Impa, and almost the whole tribe has white hair, even the toddlers; of the mere two Sheikah who have other hair colors, one has the blond hair of his Hylian mother instead.
  • Iris in Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals. She retains it in her true form as Erim.
  • Lucia from Luminous Arc has white hair and is a witch that specializes in light magic.
  • Mortal Kombat
    • Raiden a Thunder God and the Big Good of the series. Initially he had brown hair but was depicted as having white hair in the movie. The games have depicted Raiden as having white hair since Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
    • Fujin the Earth God of Wind who debuted in Mortal Kombat 4 has white hair.
    • Smoke's hair is revealed to be this in Mortal Kombat 9. He became an Enenra, a creature of smoke, after he was sacrificed by a demon-worshiping cult who wanted power. Instead, Smoke, then known as Tomas Vrbada, used his new powers to kill his murderers.
  • Noire and Uni from Neptunia, at least when they activate HDD.
  • In Neverwinter Nights this trope is rather common among female Aasimar and other celestials in Faerun. The half-celestials Melissa from the Trials of the Academy module and Kaelyn the Dove from Neverwinter Nights 2 Mask of the Betrayer both also have white hair.
  • Yonah and Kainé from NieR are white haired artificial humans.
  • Nights of Azure has the main character Arnice, who is a white-haired half-demon.
  • Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere has white hair. Seems to be a common trait for Valkyries.
  • Abe no Seimei, the protagonist of Onmyōji. Being basically a wizard and having long white locks certainly qualifies.
    • Many Youkai characters also have white hair, for instance Yuki-onna (default skin), Yōko, Shiromujō and Ibaraki-dōji.
    • Hiromasa also has white hair in one of his skins.
  • Orta, the titular heroine of Panzer Dragoon Orta has white hair since she's half-Drone and parents are Azel and Edge from Panzer Dragoon Saga.
  • Izanami from Persona 4 has gray hair. Considering she looks essentially like a Gender-flipped version of the PC, it's not surprising.
  • All velvet rooms attendant starting from Persona 3 have white hair (except Margaret in the Persona 4 Anime) and they are all really powerful, serving as secret bosses, who also happen to be the strongest bosses in the game
  • Alice Elliot from Shadow Hearts is a platinum blonde haired exorcist that specializes in light magic and healing.
  • Soul Series:
    • Ivy Valentine has silver hair due to her father being cursed with the Soul Edge and his corruption being transferred to her. Its shown that even as a child, she always had this hair color and due to her Malfestation, she becomes The Ageless.
    • Viola is a Lady of Black Magic with white curled hair. Unlike Ivy, it's unclear what is behind this condition since Viola suffers from amnesia, but what is clear is that she has magical powers to manipulate her orb in combat.
  • Sierra Mikain from Suikoden II fits every aspect of this trope to a T, from the beautiful white hair to the mysterious personality.
  • Tales Series:
  • Lilette Einmell from Tales of Hetalia has white hair, signaling she is a demon. In fact, this series runs on this trope, considering all demons have white hair.
  • Touhou Project has several such characters. Eirin Yagokoro and Fujiwara no Mokou have white hair and are probably the result of being immortal, though that raises the question of why Kaguya Houraisan has black hair. Sakuya Izayoi, despite supposedly being a normal human, has silver hair as well, which has lead many fans to speculate that she may not, in fact, be human at all. Letty Whiterock is a yuki-onna. Youmu Konpaku is a silver haired half-ghost (we don't know how that works either), and a straight up albino if you go by the fighting games' art. Momiji Inubashiri is a white wolf tengu. Then there's all the characters with very pale but still coloured hair...
  • This seems to be at play with Uncommon Time's Altair. He's regarded as one of the greatest magicians to ever live, and he has silver hair. There may also be some of this going on with Aubrey, your white-haired Squishy Wizard.
  • Valkyria Chronicles has Selvaria Bles, with long white hair, a general at the ripe old age of 22. Alicia's hair goes white only when she's "powered up", oddly, but it wouldn't be much of a surprise otherwise. Edy Nelson also has white hair, but she's normal.
    • Aliasse from Valkyria Chronicles II. Silver hair and red eyes seems to be the mark of a Valkyria, either all the time or when a girl turns into one.
    • Riela from Valkyria Chronicles III is a strange case; her normal hair is red at the top and turns silver midway, but when she goes into Valkyria form, her hair become entirely silver.
  • Lenneth in Valkyrie Profile is a silver haired Valkyrie.
  • Several Mystics (deities) introduced in the Warriors Orochi series have white hair. The second game gives us Nu Wa and Taigong Wang, while the third has Shennong and Susano'o.
  • Avril Vent Fleur from Wild AR Ms 5 has silver hair, as part of her persona of Mysterious Waif.
  • In The Witcher Geralt has white hair that has earned him the epithet "The White Wolf". His hair color is especially odd because while witchers are supernatural its not normal for them to have white hair. Instead it is the mark of his being especially amenable to the witcher mutagens.
    • By the time of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt his adoptive daughter Ciri, who possesses magical ability that are strange even in her world such as the ability to move between worlds, also has developed white/ashen hair despite still being a young woman.
  • A Witch's Tale has Anne, the silver haired little girl whom Liddell befriends in the second playthrough. Unfortunately, she grows up to become the Eld Witch.
  • Psi Operatives in XCOM 2 get white hair and purple eyes upon being trained.

    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 a 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 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 did not happen from other timelines.
  • Freudia from Rosenkreuzstilette has white hair and specializes in ice magic.
  • 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.

  • 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 has 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 resembalance 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.
  • 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 overpowerd 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...). And depending on one's point of view, she's just as beautiful in her Wolf-Keidran and Halfkind forms... This troper certainly thinks so.
  • 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 
  • 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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