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Sci-Fi Bob Haircut

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Top row: Lt. Ellis, Quorra, Cleo Middle row: Lt. Valeris, Xev Bottom row: Chiana, Laliari, Leeloo

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 tend to be more of a sixties feel with the geometric trim popularized by the hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, and 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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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In Judge Dredd, Judge Hershey's practical bob hairstyle is her most noticeable physical trait.

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    Films — 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.

  • 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 
  • As befitting her character, Rosalind Price in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has either this or Power Hair as her go-to look.
  • 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.
    • Bajoran officer serving on the Enterprise Ro Laren in Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has dark hair and wears a bob without bangs.
    • 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 bob with bangs.
    • Carol Marcus in the rebooted series, starting with Star Trek Into Darkness. She has a blonde simple bob.
  • In UFO, Lt. Ellis and her compatriots in SHADO's moon base wore a purple wig as part of her uniform.
  • Whoniverse:
    • Doctor Who:
      • Borderline example. The Doctor's granddaughter Susan Foreman had a messy bobbed haircut (by Vidal Sassoon) which would have looked radical and futuristic by early 1963 standards. By today's standard, it looks unremarkable.
      • Zoe Heriot, introduced at around the same time as Lt. Ellis, has this. She is a science-minded companion to the Second Doctor, who he met in a space station in the future.
    • Quill from Class has a menacingly exact blonde bob. The show has a contemporary setting, but she is an alien in human disguise.
  • Sapphire from Sapphire And Steel(series), especially when she gets a severe bob circa Assignment Three.

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    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Maya, the Siren class from Borderlands 2, has an electric blue bob cut.
  • One of the preset characters from the first Fallout, Natalia Dubrovhsky, has one, and it is on the female character by default since there's only one model for male and female player characters each.
  • When EDI takes control over Dr. Eva's body in Mass Effect 3 she gets a metal bob haircut (Picture spoiler for Mass Effect 3). She explains that it is not "hair" in the strict sense but a memory-shape metamaterial used to simulate hair. She just prefers to gather it into a protective bob shape when not using it for anything else.
  • Faith, the protagonist from Mirror's Edge, which takes place in a Post-Cyberpunk setting, has a black bob haircut.
  • The default appearance of the RAcaseal class in Phantasy Star Online is a fembot with the top portion of their heads shaped like bobbed hair.

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