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There's something about the clean lines of a bob, particularly with bangs, that suggests a sci-fi setting. Despite the style dating back to the twenties (and being the defining hairstyle of the timeframe), they are still seen as a little bit rebellious and progressive. After all, Long Hair Is Feminine, so short styles can be shorthand for a more gender equal society. Additionally, the simple, straight lines fit in well with an Ascetic Aesthetic, marking the character as belonging to that timeframe. Not to mention, short hair tends to cause fewer problems with zero-g, helmets, and space suits.

Unlike its Sister Trope the Twenties Bob, Sci-Fi Bobs are almost always mathematically straight edges and hair without curls. Fashionable Asymmetry is also common, one side of the bob being longer than the other.

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  • In Judge Dredd, Judge Hershey's practical bob hairstyle is her most noticeable physical trait.
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    Film — Live-Action 
  • The title character in the sci-fi dystopian film Æon Flux sports a short bob cut.
  • Hope van Dyne from Ant-Man sports the same bob cut as her late mother, Janet van Dyne AKA The Wasp, a superheroine with shrinking powers thanks to the Pym Particle and a suit. At the end of the film, it's stated that she will become the next Wasp with the updated suit her father Hank had created in secret. By the time of the next film, she's grown it out.

    Literature 
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe: Benny Summerfield, of the Doctor Who New Adventures and later her own series, started with short hair, and subsequently seems to have grown it out to about bob length.
  • Several characters of both genders in the Honor Harrington series are described as having shorter hair than is strictly fashionable, ranging from a bob cut all the way to shaved heads, specifically because loose hair floating around in a zero-g and/or industrial environment can be both inconvenient and potentially dangerous. On the planet Masada, male spacers (there are no female Masadan spacers) can be easily identified by their short hair and clean-trimmed facial hair, in contrast to everyone else having long hair and beards.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The title character in Cleopatra 2525 has a blonde bob.
  • Chiana and other female Nebari from Farscape combine this with White-Skinned Space Babe. Like Leeloo, it's a bit more messy than typical for the trope, but Farscape (which takes place in the present day, only far from Earth) does have a Used Future aesthetic.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot Werther from Guest from the Future is a Rare Male Example.
  • Rachel on Orphan Black has a harsh bob , which differentiates her from the rest of her clones, as well as differentiates her as being seemingly the only clone working for Project DYAD.
  • Red Dwarf: The AI computer Hilly (she's just a head on black screen) from "Parallel Universe" wears Sci-fi Bob Haircut. In the third season, she became a regular when the crew's computer Holly decided to take her likeness and make a gender swap. In the later episodes, however, her hair was longer.
  • Star Trek:
    • Many Vulcans in the Star Trek franchise wear their hair this way, including Lt. Valeris, although there are exceptions. The Vulcans are, at least initially, a much more technologically advanced race than the humans.
    • Lt. Saavik defies the trope in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, wearing her hair long.
      Kirk: Lieutenant, are you wearing your hair differently?
      Saavik: It is still regulation, Admiral.
    • A non-Vulcan example: Ro Laran in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
    • Dr. Beverly Crusher from The Next Generation has rather long red hair most of the time, but she bobbed her hair for one season.
    • Android Lal was created by Data as a blank slate, even in terms of species. Lal chose to look like a young human woman with pale complexion and black hair in a short sleek bob.
    • Carol Marcus in the rebooted series, starting with Star Trek Into Darkness.
  • In UFO, Lt. Ellis and her compatriots in SHADO's moon base wore a purple wig as part of her uniform.
  • Whoniverse:
    • Doctor Who:
      • Zoe Heriot has this as a science-minded companion to the Second Doctor, who he met in a space station in the future.
      • The Thirteenth Doctor's hair, although she doesn't have bangs and it's somewhat longer than is usual.
    • Quill from Class has a very menacingly exact blonde bob. The show has a contemporary setting, but she is an alien in human disguise.

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  • Cortana from the Halo series is an advanced military AI whose holographic avatar tends to have bobbed hair, particularly in the original Halo: Combat Evolved.

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