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"Adonis is one of the main characters this thing circles around, but he does have one distressing feature. SILVER HAIR. This means nothing good can come of him. YOU KNOW THE RULE ABOUT SILVER HAIR."
Zarla, Let's Play: Silver Chaos
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In many works, especially anime and video games, white hair quite frequently indicates a villain or, at the very least, someone to watch out for. Especially in characters typically too young to have white hair.

Despite the wide range and use of Hair Colors for characters, there's an eerie specificity to the use of white/silver hair when coupled with a pale, handsome, vaguely-effeminate face. It is often combined with Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon in order to cause an uncannily angelic appearance of a demonic being. The (usually long and rarely tied back) white hair is very frequently coupled with red eyes and often with a dark outfit for contrast. Odds are the character is the Big Bad, or sometimes The Dragon or otherwise a major villain; Mooks and minor villains almost never get this treatment.

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Even if there is a long, white-haired Pretty Boy in the side of good, almost always, they will be a Jerkass Anti-Hero (even though sometimes they will be nice inside) or the Token Evil Teammate and/or Nominal Hero, but almost never a complete Nice Guy. Short white-haired pretty boys or white-haired women (regardless of hair length) that are nice is not uncommon, though.

In some settings, this can also be used to identify if the villains are Evil Brit or people of other Western origins. It is also a common trait for a typical Western Evil Colonialist.

Compare with Light Is Not Good and White Gangbangers. Compare and contrast with someone who has Mystical White Hair, who is less likely to be evil and more likely to be magical, superpowered, or otherworldly. When an albino phenotype is seen as this and ostracized because of it, it may be Albinos Are Freaks.

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    Card Games 

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men's got Magneto and Quicksilver, though some artists draw Magneto to look like it's old age. He was first introduced in 1963, less than twenty years after the Holocaust ended. To maintain his backstory as a survivor of Auschwitz, some aging is inevitable. However, he's not actually supposed to look his age - Between Marvel's sliding timescale and the fact that he was reduced to infancy at one point and later re-aged to his prime, Magneto should really look more like Quicksilver's (slightly) older brother than his father.
    • During the Trial of Magneto, we see a flashback of Magneto during his "regressed to infancy" phase. He has white hair.
  • A Very Special issue of Spider-Man featured Skip, who baby-sat a young Peter Parker. And molested him. This is either non-canon or a major case of Angst? What Angst?, as it sure never comes up again.
  • The Sandman: the Corinthian is white-haired, gay, and good-looking when he keeps his sunglasses on. He's also a Serial Killer who likes to eat eyeballs with his own eyeballs. (Also, like Lyta Hall, he might just be a very pale blond.)
    • Also, Lyta's husband, Hector. Though he's arguably got it even worse than she does since the artists can't even keep his age straight.
  • The New 52 version of Captain Cold.
  • Mekt Ranzz, the villain known as Lightning Lord, from the Legion of Super-Heroes, when he's not an Evil Redhead.
  • Tommy Shepherd, aka Speed of the Young Avengers, mostly as a callback to the fact that he's the reincarnation of one of Scarlet Witch's kids-who-were-part-of-Mephisto/never-existed-except-for-her-wishing-them-to. In an existential screwup that could only happen in comics, he and "twin" Billy Kaplan are mirrors of their former mother and uncle, with him having Quicksilver's powers and looks.
  • The New 52 version of Rose Wilson has beautiful white hair but is an unrepentant Professional Killer and Blood Knight.
    • Rose was initially an aversion as she was a good guy and while she did become more vicious after being tortured by her father she was still a good guy. Slade on the other hand is a straighter example of this trope.
  • Professional Killer David Cain, father of the third Batgirl has white hair even in flashbacks to when he was a young man.
  • Doomsday is often drawn with long, white hair, though usually only a few strands on his head.
  • Thanos the pirate in Lanfeust has mid-long white hair. It's unknown if it's part of his genetics because his only known relative, his brother, is bald. As for the "black heart" part, Thanos killed said brother by boiling his blood.
  • Lady Death has long pale-white hair and when first written, she was an Omnicidal Maniac that ruled Hell and plotted mankind's extinction so she could return home. Made more poignant by the fact she had blonde hair when she used to be kind and sweet. She is less of this trope is later incarnations where she is decidedly more antiheroic and retains the white hair, although her new nemesis, the Death Queen, plays this completely straight.
  • Red Robin villain "Tangle" is a serial killer with silvery-white locks who considers murder a fun game and pastime.
  • Mister Grimm in Fairy Quest has a head of white hair, and rules over Fablewood as a dictator, Mind Wiping everyone who deviates from their intended roles in their stories.
  • Ever since the events of Curse of the Mutants, the Marvel version of Dracula has sported long white hair. This design was later used in the Marvel Universe shows.

    Fan Works 
  • Josh from Trigger Happy Fanboy's Pokemon trilogy is one. He didn't start out as a villain, though, and actually aided the protagonists for a while before going his own separate way. While on the light side, he was definitely aloof but by no means antisocial. He even sported a bit of a Ship Tease with May until the end of the second part, in which a two-year time skip takes place. When he returns, he's revealed to have gone down a Sanity Slippage and gone drunk with power. He's also nigh unbeatable and now sports red eyes. And a Badass Longcoat.
  • Evil Chancellor Zoisite in Magna Clades is a combination of this trope and Mystical White Hair.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, Bakura's first appearance is punctuated by the Ominous Latin Chanting theme from The Omen (1976). There's an especially nice flourish when he's asked what his favourite card is, and he accidentally holds up a Sephiroth card.
  • Lexi from Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail decides for his human form — as he's a book whose pages can turn into a human — to be based off of a fictional character based off Chloe known as the "Specter of the Black Forest" (an Expy of Specter from Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS). Unlike his inspiration, Lexi is actually a sweet book...unless the topic is about Grace and Simon who tore him into pieces and buried him within the confines of his car.
    • The Erlking from The Midnight Car has white hair and tries to tempt Chloe to joining his band of hunters. When she refuses, he and his hunters start chasing after her.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Roy from Blade Runner.
  • Silas in The Da Vinci Code, played by Paul Bettany (who seems to be making this trope a big part of his repertoire, and doing it well).
  • Grindelwald, the Big Bad of the Fantastic Beasts series, is blonde. In middle age, it's bleached blonde but it was more of a gold color when he was younger, presumably having changed due to his experiments in dark magic.
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army: Elven Prince Nuada. Sure, white hair and skin runs in his family, but he's still the villain.
  • Cutler Beckett and the rest of the East India Company and Royal Navy in Pirates of the Caribbean, as per historical accuracy, all wear white powdered wigs. This is reinforced by a number of characters coincidentally or intentionally losing their wigs when they align themselves with the protagonists of the series.
  • Marathon Man: Szell's nickname is "The White Angel" because of his hair.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road has an older version than most in Immortan Joe. Long white Barbarian Longhair, and probably the darkest and most brutal of all the Mad Max villains.
  • Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan. In the original series he had dark hair, but a combination of 15 years of aging and suffering on a desolate planet made his hair greyish-white.

    Literature 
  • Cophthera-gn from The First Dwarf King combines this with Long-Haired Pretty Boy...and plunges deep into Uncanny Valley as a result. His "Uh-Oh" Eyes don't help.
  • From the Deryni works by Katherine Kurtz:
    • Rimmell, Duke Jared McLain's architect in Deryni Checkmate, has his hair turn white overnight when he was a boy, and his family and neighbours blamed a local Deryni woman for it. He falls madly in love with his boss' prospective daughter-in-law, Duke Alaric Morgan's sister Bronwyn, and he goes so far as to obtain magic to woo her despite the difference in their social stations and the fact that she's in love with someone else (her finacé Kevin McLain Earl of Kierney). This does not end well.
    • Judhael Quinnell, Prince-Bishop of Meara, is said to be in his thirties, yet his hair is prematurely white. He goes along with the plans of his aunt, the Mearan Pretender Caitrin Quinnell, and former Archbishop Loris to further his own ambition to become a bishop. He gets what he wants, but he stands by and allows Loris and Caitrin to condemn the loyal Bishop Henry Istelyn to a grisly death for his loyalty to King Kelson Haldane. He later repents of his ambition and refuses Kelson's offer of clemency to prevent further rounds of Mearan separatist rebellion, going willingly to his own execution at the end of The King's Justice.
  • Raistlin Majere of the Dragonlance books: pretty (the prequel novels mention he was more handsome than his brother as a young man, though YMMV post-transfiguration), cold and antisocial, and an Anti-Hero at his best moments.
  • Dark Sun/Daren of the Taiwanese novel Eclipse Hunter can be described as this, as shown in these illustrations.
  • White Mike, the drug-dealing antihero in the book Twelve.
  • Ariel from The Obernewtyn Chronicles book series by Isobelle Carmody is a classic example, being described as angelic in looks and satanic in temperament.
  • Modern Faerie Tales has Roiben, a gorgeous faerie who is damaged and bitter after being forced to serve as errand boy for the Unseelie Queen and perform horrific acts for her amusement. He falls into antihero territory, however, since those acts were magically compelled and he remains good at heart.
  • Mrs. Smith's Spy School For Girls: Double Cross: When Abby meets The Ghost for the first time, she notices that he has white hair.
  • House Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire are a whole family of these, with purple eyes as well. How? Brother–Sister Incest. Although the nastiest ones have less of the pretty boy part of this trope, and the one who best fits it is Rhaegar, who is ... let's just say morally ambiguous, for now. And he didn't marry his sister - admittedly because she wasn't born yet, but still. Dany (the aforementioned sister) fits White-Haired Pretty Girl beautifully. Her brother Viserys, however, is a clear cut example, but he more petty and pathetic to be really threatening.
  • Mordred in T.H. White's The Once and Future King, "so fair-haired that he was almost an albino." He is, at first, merely self-pitying and creepy in a give-the-poor-kid-a-break way, but ultimately turns evil.
  • Pollution from Good Omens is white-haired, looks to be in his early twenties, and has a creepily chirpy, somewhat seductive personality. The fact that he's one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse should be another warning.
  • The whole trend (at least in Western literature) can be traced more or less directly to Elric of Melnibone as written by Michael Moorcock. Elric is a weakling albino, often described in terms of effeminate beauty, who comes from an ancient line of powerful, cruel, Chaos-allied people. He is granted superhuman prowess in combat by a cursed sentient sword which eats the souls of opponents, and he tends (often through the interference of said sword) to kill his allies and/or lovers with alarming regularity.
  • R.L. Stine evokes this with the character Bill Jeffers, a.k.a. Snowman, in the book of the same name. Bill is described as being tall and white-haired with black eyes and is extremely attractive to most women he meets. He's also a murderer who doesn't have much regret for what he did. His father, however, DID bring it onto himself by beating his son and physically abusing him until the kid snapped. Whether he's evil or not depends greatly on who you ask in the fandom and how much sympathy you have for abuse victims.
  • Although definitely NOT EVIL, Tonda in Otfried Preussler's novel Krabat has had white hair since half a year before the book starts, as his girlfriend Worschula was killed by the Master then. The grief turned his hair white, so it's rather White=Death than White=Evil.
    • In the movie, his hair is not white from the beginning, as Worschula dies when Krabat already is in the mill, not 6 months ago, as the book states...
    • He's not that good-looking in the movie, but as it takes place in Thirty Years' War...
  • Isaac Newton is described as this in Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle. The trope description fits his personality pretty well: he's an aloof, arrogant, Ambiguously Gay Anti-Hero who has a vested interest in alchemy and fancies himself a sorceror.
  • The Gentleman with the Thistle-down Hair in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Gorgeous, Really 700 Years Old, nearly-all powerful, and utterly bonkers by human standards.
  • Toot-toot the fairy of The Dresden Files is white-haired and described as just as inhumanly attractive as all other fae folk. He is, however, a fairy, and his height is between six and twelve inches. While not evil, per se, he is Chaotic Neutral with a very mercenary conscience, who serves the heroes for regular payments of pizza.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, although it is of Ambiguous Gender in the book. In certain film and theatre adaptations, it is portrayed as a girl/woman.
  • Kit Smith of the Aunt Dimity series, though of the anti-heroic variety due to his reserve and his issues with his father. Lori describes him as the most beautiful man she had ever seen, with the eyes of a saint and hair prematurely grey due to stress and illness. At times he is Lori's foil and helper. It takes seven years and several books for Nell Harris to finally get him to the altar.
  • Martel in The Elenium possesses natural white hair, and is described as having a surprisingly youthful face. He's also a fallen knight.
  • The Hawkbrother mages in Valdemar fall into this trope—most notably Firesong, though they subvert it by being generally honest and decent people; they tend to have white hair because the magical forces they call upon bleach the color out.
  • The Mortal Instruments:
    • Valentine Morgenstern is white-blond and, oh, aims to wipe out all Downworlders.
    • Sebastian/Jonathan Morgenstern is white-haired and just as evil as his dad.
  • Coriolanus Snow, President of Panem, in The Hunger Games.
  • In Agatha Christie's Curtain, Stephen Norton counts as this, since he is not only a bird-watcher with a quiet disposition, but he is also a Manipulative Bastard who commits murders-by-proxy, though his hair is grayish-silver.
  • Raith from The Shattered Sea is a young warrior with white hair and while not necessarily handsome, is something of an accidental chick magnet. He's introduced as a vicious, dishonorable warrior with a Hair-Trigger Temper, who will follow any order, no matter how immoral. However, over time, he ends up as a sympathetic figure due to his traumatic Dark and Troubled Past and desire to atone.
  • The main antagonist of Protector of the Small's first two and a half books is Joren of Stone Mountain, who's described as having almost feminine good looks and having white-blond hair that he wears loose when not training. He's rotten to the core, an underhanded bully and so misogynistic that he abducts Kel's maid in an attempt to disgrace her or make her fail the page exams, and later talks similarly-minded knights into repeatedly challenging her in tourneys, one of whom actually tries to kill her.
  • Daniel, from Relativity. He's the head vampire's right-hand man.
  • Col's white hair in The Outcasts gets him exiled from the village as the village believes it to be a sign that he's actually evil. He's not.
  • Villains by Necessity: Mizzamir. Though on the surface he is a kindly elven mage, he's also got no problem with brainwashing villains into becoming good. Also it's eventually revealed he once committed rape and confused the victim's mind so she couldn't tell anyone, to protect his good name and reputation.
  • Shades of Magic: The Dane twins are the sadistic Sorcerous Overlords of White London and the Big Bad Duumvirate of the first book. They have chalk-white hair; their skin is ghostly pale with Tainted Veins from using Black Magic; and they wear all-white uniforms for an extra-stark Ascetic Aesthetic.
  • Saif, the main villain of The Mental State, is a ruthless psychopath with hair like this. Actual quote, ‘The darkness within his soul was hidden beneath a hood of platinum-blonde hair; ghostly white and draped lightly over his shoulders’. His face is also described as being ‘disturbingly perfect’.
  • Race to the Sun: Mr Charles has hair so blonde that it almost looks silver—and he is a shape-shifting, man-eating monster.
  • Downplayed with Myr of the North from Tales from Netheredge — a powerful mage with both Mystical White Hair and a sadistic streak, who never lets his cruelty get out of hand and is firmly on the side of good.
  • Gideon the Ninth: Silas Octakiseron is a white-haired sixteen-year-old Necromancer and a Holier Than Thou Knight Templar. He's openly antagonistic towards the main characters and tries to attack one under parlay.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Viserys Targaryen has white hair and is a total jerkass and crappy person — at least toward the end.
    • In the final season, his sister Daenerys Targaryen becomes Drunk with Power and torches King's Landing to the ground. At the height of her megalomania, she declares she's going to Take Over the World.
  • The main enemy race from Stargate Atlantis, the Wraith, have long white hair as one of their most characteristic characteristics.
  • The live-action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series gave Zoisite white hair. Though, while he is still one of the four generals of the Dark Kingdom, he is also the one to remember his past life and his loyalty to Endymion, and the past tragedy; he even goes so far as to briefly team up with Minako to try and keep Usagi and Mamoru separated.
  • Kamen Rider OOO has the Greeed Kazari take on a human form, which is that of a white-haired Bishōnen. He's the most cunning of the four villainous Greeed, and arguably the most dangerous, since his plots result in the destruction of two of the others.
  • Datak Tarr from Defiance, he is a Castithan a race of white hair and white-skinned humanoids, and Datak is one nasty snake in the grass, he is willing to use any means to achieve his goal, and killing people is an acceptable option.
  • In Twin Peaks, one of the more obvious signs that Leland Palmer is possessed is that his hair turns white overnight. The demon possessing him has grey hair.
  • China White from Arrow.
    • And from season 4 Damien Darkh.
  • Eerie, Indiana: Dash X, Marshall's mysterious Arch-Enemy, is a teenage boy with gray hair to make him look sinister.
  • In Good Omens (2019), Pollution, the Third Horseperson of the Apocalypse, as in the book, going with their theme as the White Rider. They are eerily serene and enjoy the thought of ravaged countryside and horrific toxins.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible says that Satan can 'transform himself into an angel of light'; usually when he in this mode, he's depicted with silvery hair.

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    Theater 
  • Death from Elisabeth. He's usually silver-haired or light blond, and even the kindest iteration (Sena Jun, for example) still doesn't have any idea how humans function. His job is to kill people, eternally, after all. He also usually fits the Bishounen criteria, being Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous, having been played both by actors (example: Uwe Kröger) and actresses (a plethora of Takarazuka ladies).
  • Herbert von Krolock of Tanz Der Vampire fits this trope to a T. Even when he's played more on the goofy and lovestruck end of the scale, he's still a literally bloodthirsty vampire.
  • Commander Khashoggi, the chief of Globalsoft’s Secret Police and second in command to Killer Queen in ‘’We Will Rock You’’ is almost always shown to have white hair.

    Video Games 
  • Akechi Mitsuhide of AkaSeka is a military advisor who's out and proud about his sadism, always chooses the most violent options for battles and confrontations, isn't much nicer to the heroine if she decides to romance him, and has a darkly sensual air plus long silky white hair to suit.
  • Lieselotte of Arcana Heart combines this with Elegant Gothic Lolita and Red Eyes, Take Warning to make one Creepy Child.
  • Arthas from Warcraft III and World of Warcraft. In Warcraft III, he was initially blond, at which point he was morally clueless, and also pretty clueless in general, but largely seemed to mean well. His hair immediately and abruptly went white shortly after he took up Frostmourne and became a Death Knight, which is also the exact moment at which he progressed from "well-meaning extremist" status to being clearly and unambiguously capital-E Evil.
    • Likewise, his girlfriend Jaina, though in a minor scale. In III and the majority of WoW, she is blond and morally straight, promoting peace between the Alliance and the Horde. Then the bombing of Theramore happened, and her hair is bleached into white majorly and she got fed up enough to abandon any notions of peace, becomes a bitter warmongering woman that wants the Horde destroyed so they pay for the destruction of Theramore. At any rate, peace-loving Jaina is gone by then. Which makes Kalegcos' warning that she's nearly becoming like Arthas... a bit ironically true.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • Wilhelm in Xenosaga is an example of this trope, and chaos (no capitalization) is an example of how dark-skinned white-haired guys are exempt. Albedo is another example from the same game.
  • Jin from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the leader of the terrorist organisation Torna and seeks to kill all humans on Alrest before slaying The Architect himself. He fits this pretty well, with his whole appearance looking like an off-brand Sephiroth. Subverted when revealed this was due to going over the Despair Event Horizon when he was forced to become a Flesh-Eater Blade by killing the woman he loved as she lay dying from a genocide of old Tornans 500 years before the beginning of the game, and being manipulated by the Aegis Malos. The DLC campaign Torna: The Golden Country explores this period of Jin's life during the Aegis War, showing a gradual turn to the dark side.
  • Orochi from The King of Fighters '97, although he takes this form just for the purpose of manifesting in the real world ("his" true form is implied to be the Yamata no Orochi, and thus considerably fuglier).
    • The same applies to Yashiro, one of Orochi's Four Heavenly Kings, when in Orochi mode.
    • Magaki, end boss of XI, also fits the trope when he first appears to the player, but he subverts it, as his true form is a lanky, bug-eyed, pink...thing who shambles about, and his body is racked with muscle spasms. Not actually pretty at all. He still keeps the white hair, though.
    • And then there's K', albeit only in his debut. However, even after being fleshed out in 2000 and beyond does he remain The Stoic.
  • Ayatane in Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia, whose evil status is complicated, but does definitely spend at least a portion of the plot being on the opposing side.
  • Hyo Imawano from Rival Schools, who goes from main villain, to willing ally, to possessed villain, to dead, all in the span of two games.
  • Wild ARMs 2 includes a white-haired bishonen who, amazingly enough, isn't evil. He acts as Mission Control for the Heroes "R" Us organization that the Player Character is a part of. Oh wait, he's the boss of the villains too, and it turns out this a Xanatos Gambit to mobilize the world against a cosmic threat. A good goal, but he was ruthless in pursuing it.
  • Soma Cruz from the Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow games is normally a subversion. Kill Mina in front of him though, and well
  • Lunar: The Silver Star has Ghaleon, who is a walking example of a lot of villain tropes.
  • In the girl version of Harvest Moon DS, there is a white-haired phantom thief named Skye that you can marry. Particular emphasis on the "effeminate pretty-boy" bit.
  • Dist "the Rose" from Tales of the Abyss - evil, effeminate Mad Scientist. Alright, maybe not that pretty, what with that loony perma-grin, but he otherwise fits the trope to a tee.
  • Ramirez from Skies of Arcadia, who is also The Dragon for Galcian and the Final Boss. Galcian is also white-haired, but is not quite as pretty as his subordinate.
  • Solus, The Dragon from Breakdown.
  • Tales of Vesperia's Duke is a subversion. He's menacing as all hell, enormously powerful, and even the final boss, but he's not even a true villain; he just wants to protect the world from the dangers of Blastia.
    • Alexei is one too. In fact, if he grew his hair longer, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
  • Fou-Lu from Breath of Fire IV. Cranked up to 11 in the manga, and overtly embraced when Ryu confronts Fou-lu in the throne room for the first time. Not since Hotohori in Fushigi Yuugi has any man looked that pretty in formal imperial court dress. And yes, the more Fou-lu gets overtly shoved to being a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, the prettier he gets.
  • Vergil of Devil May Cry is a classic example, and is the Aloof Big Brother to heroic white-haired half-demon Dante.
  • Joshua from The World Ends with You is not only pretty and has white hair, but he's also the one who almost UNDOES Neku's Character Development from week one with his prissy and mysterious behaviour, and finally turns out to be Neku's killer (twice), the Composer, and the one who wanted to destroy Shibuya in the first place. However, he ends up showing "mercy." All this while spouting cryptic "deep" sayings, and being mysterious and ostensibly metrosexual (he teases and hits on Neku often, and good number of the items that give him special abilities are womanly in nature).
  • Suikoden V invokes this trope for a woman. After her Face–Heel Turn, Lady Sialeeds stops dyeing her hair, revealing the fact that it was white all along just in time for you to fight her for the first time. Given that she doesn't pick up any of the connotations of the White-Haired Pretty Girl, while picking up this trope's penchant for antagonism, she probably fits here more than there.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokémon Colosseum has Nascour, this being one of several hints to the fact that he's evil.
    • Darkrai resembles a white-haired Bishōnen in Pokemon form, and causes never-ending nightmares to the people around it. Although everything about its design and powers evokes an anime or JRPG villain, and many of its appearances play this straight, it is not always evil, and actually was the hero of Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai. This carried over to the games starting from Pokémon Platinum, where the Pokedex claims it means no harm, and that its nightmares are merely a defense mechanism.
  • Karsh from Chrono Cross looks like one of these at first glance, being the first humanoid boss you fight (not counting Solt and Peppor, who fight alongside him), along with having the standard silver hair. However, he's not evil, just efficient at his job (and ashamed of having to kill his Brainwashed and Crazy best friend), and later, he joins the party.
  • Lloyd from The Legend of Dragoon. He spends most of the game being a huge thorn in the party's side, from beating the pants off of the protagonist in an arena fight to plotting to destroy the world, only to do a Heel–Face Turn at the last second, making way for the REAL Big Bad.
    • Then again, like the Drow example above, Lloyd belongs to a race of White-Haired Pretty People, who, given their history, are not exactly known for being the nicest folks around.
  • Sengoku Basara has four of these. First, there's Ax-Crazy Akechi Mitsuhide, then Evil Genius Takenaka Hanbe, Fallen Angel Ishida Mitsunari, and now, Vain Sorceress Kyogoku Maria.
  • Derby Harrington, leader of the Preps in Bully. While short-haired, he is decidedly handsome, evil, and a rich bastard.
  • The fiend Alexei from Ninja Gaiden 2.
  • White Spirits (or Angels) from Tears to Tiara are a bunch of Ax-Crazy perfectionists. Only 2 of 13 of them were exceptions.
  • Naoya from Devil Survivor is an example of this trope, combined with Red Eyes, Take Warning. He's also one of the few characters in the game who does not invoke Curtains Match the Window.
    • His expy, Yamato, from the second game has this look, but his Jerkass personality prevents many in-universe from appreciating it. The Anguished One looks like this as well, to the point fans consider him an expy of Kaworu.
  • Wylfred from Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume. Whether he becomes a villain depends, though.
  • Reve from Phantasy Star Zero. He doesn't have red eyes, but has a red visor over them until his Heel–Face Turn. He's a jerk and a real pain.
  • Gregorio III from Gitaroo Man, complete with heterochromia and creepy intro. Also considered to be That One Boss sometimes.
  • Fenris from Dragon Age II - his hair probably got that way he had magic tattoos made of lyrium burned into his skin. He's merciless to his enemies (who, to be fair, are trying to recapture him for the Evil Sorcerer who branded him in the first place), and his attitude towards mages varies from justified wariness to outright hostility. He mainly wants to be left in peace (and take out the occasional band of slavers).
  • Aizel from Opoona. In his case, he has a bad case of the possessed by the spirit of evil. His brother, Shalga, has it as well, but he's only a Hero with Bad Publicity.
  • Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten: Fenrich is the most morally dubious member of the party. Naturally, he also has white hair.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gives us Ghirahim, an androgynous, sadistic entity that torments Link throughout the game, switching between calm and collected and bombastically violent outbursts very rapidly. His androgynous nature is a produce of his creation, as like Fi he is a technically genderless Anthropomorphic Personification of Demise's sword.
  • Otomedius: L.B. Gofer fits the mold as a humanoid Bacterian with silver hair and is primarily the petty, childish, and cruel sort of evil. In the same series, there's Dark Force; though her hair is more white than silver, she is no less evil than the Gofer sisters.
  • Prince Cort from Legend of Legaia has silver hair, and true to this trope, serves as the game's Big Bad.
  • Schezo Wegey from Puyo Puyo initially plays it straight in his debut game, Madou Monogatari II. He's a dark wizard who wants to steal Arle's power for himself, even if it means killing her to get what he wants. After that, he subverts it, ascending to being a playable protagonist in the more recent installments.
  • 99 Spirits walks the razor edge of this trope - specifically, every character with SILVERY-white hair is evil, but characters with PURE-white hair are good. To the point where one normally white-haired character turns silver-haired when switching to his Superpowered Evil Side.
  • The eponymous main character in NieR Replicant is initially a sunny and optimistic teenager (though the short stories in Grimoire NieR reveal he is more of a Stepford Smiler), but after hitting the Despair Event Horizon at the end of the game's first half he becomes unhinged, psychotic and murderous, though his interactions with his True Companions reveal that there is still a good person underneath. This still applies to the father version of the character in NieR Gestalt post-timeskip though it's much more subtle compared to big-brother Nier who undergoes a much more radical change.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, one of the things that changes about Chiaki after she merges with Gozu-Tennoh is her hair, which changes to a piercing white color. This along with her Red Right Hand is proof that her Reason has taken her over the deep end and she's gone completely insane.
  • The titular Villain Protagonist from Legacy of Kain. While his ultimate goal is to bring the world back into balance, Kain is a world-conquering vampire who will go to any lengths to ensure that he'll be the one on top when he succeeds. Bonus points for actually having a "black heart", the Heart of Darkness, until it gets ripped out of his chest.
  • In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Sauron appears as a handsome, white-haired elf in his role as Annatar, "Lord of Gifts." (In the books, his appearance is "fair" but his hair color isn't specified).
  • Sonic the Hedgehog's Dr. Eggman Nega has a white 'stache to contrast the original Eggman's reddish-brown, and is far more monstrous than his counterpart.
  • Monsoon of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is the only villain to have white hair, is tall and slender compared to the other male villains, and presents as a misanthropic nihilist who grew up under the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, where he claims to have developed his views on humanity.
    • In a similar vein, Raiden could qualify when in "Ripper mode", when his vicious personality that delights in bloodshed comes out ('Jack the Ripper'), making his attacks stronger and more brutal, enabling the player to hack through even armoured enemies with ease.
  • Uncommon Time inverts this with Aubrey and Altair, who have Mystical White Hair but are probably the nicest characters in the cast.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
  • Selvaria Bles is presented as such in Valkyria Chronicles from the POV of the Gallian forces.
  • Dhar and Ren in Indivisible are both prematurely gray and morally questionable.
  • Onmyōji has Abe no Seimei, whose long snow-white hair doesn't hide a black heart but when it comes to the Yōkai it varies a lot: the shinigami Kurodōji is a cute young boy with one too many screws loose, his older brother Shiromujō is polite and gentlemanly, the oni Yōkinshi is an arrogant asshole but very refined, while the kitsune Yōko is refined (or perhaps he just wants us to think that) while in reality he kidnaps children and is implied that he rapes them.
  • Christie from Dead or Alive is a British woman with white hair and one of the most vile characters within the franchise. A ruthless assassin, Christie takes cruel pleasure in her job and was responsible for the death of the mother of Helena during an Opera showing. Think that isn't bad enough? How about the fact that Helena was the target not her mother and when Helena reacted with shock and despair upon finding this out, Christie laughed in her face.
  • In Ensemble Stars!, this trope is invoked by Ibara, who deliberately sets up the white-maned and red-eyed Nagisa as a sadistic dictator type character for the stage. In reality, he's more like a passive Emotionless Boy, though over time some of that dominating behaviour makes its way into his normal personality.
  • Emerald Dragon has Ostracon. He's a human with long, white hair that willyly joined the demons for power, and quickly became their top general. Most of the evil commited by the demon by him is done by him, whether directly or by his command, and he has no guilt over it.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 has Big Bad Micah Bell, a former member of the Van der Linde gang who had blond hair. By the end of the epilogue, you can see that Micah's hair has grayed out or become white due to him aging in the frozen mountains.
  • Purgatory (RPG Maker): Downplayed with Emma. She has silver hair and, in the original game, is a Manipulative Bitch who treats her "friend" Enri as a tool to do whatever she wants, and is pretty mean to Oliver and Lukas as well. But she never does anything flat-out evil, and in the sequel it turns out she Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Dragon Quest IV: Psaro the Manslayer has flowing white hair and evil ambitions in mind. That being said, his motives are understandable despite his antagonistic nature, and he treats all creatures that aren't humans well.

    Visual Novels 
  • Adonis from Silver Chaos starts off a good guy but gets possessed by the spirit of an evil god after performing a dark ritual to save his friend/love interest Might's life and becomes the game's Big Bad who Might needs to kill.
  • Sho Reilen from Crimson Rafflesia is a less common Cute and Psycho female example, complete with Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • Taichi in CROSS†CHANNEL is a somewhat androgynous white-haired teen and the hero of the story. Unless he has one of his psychotic episodes and kills everyone. And snapping and killing everyone isn't just confined to bad ends, either. Nope, the journal logs reference them and one of the very last endings involves Taichi killing Youko to defend everyone in what is probably a very brutal manner, causing everyone to freak, and then he kills them. His hair is often commented upon. Oddly enough, he actually has something of a complex, where he is convinced that he is incredibly ugly.
  • Archer from Fate/stay night is an interesting subversion. At first glance, he appears to be a relatively straight example of this trope; his moods more or less range from "Deadpan Snarker" to "complete Jerkass," and he's absurdly cold to the protagonist whenever he's not actively trying to murder him for unexplained reasons. Then, in the Unlimited Blade Works route, it's finally revealed what, exactly, Archer's deal is: he's a future version of the protagonist who has, to put it bluntly, gone through hell. He's not trying to kill Shirou out of any real evil motives; he's attempting suicide. He's still, at heart, the same fundamentally good person as Shirou is, he's just been scarred by so much trauma as to make him more or less unrecognizable until Rin's influence and his fight/debate with Shirou pull that side back out of him. These revelations make him come off less as a villain and more as a tragic Anti-Hero, in the broader scheme of his actions.
    • After her Superpowered Evil Side takes over, Sakura's hair turns white. It returns to purple once she's freed.
    • And then there's Ilya, who casually has her Servant kill the competition in general, including Masters who have already lost. Specifically, venting her daddy issues on the hero, her father's adopted son, believing him to be the reason daddy never came back for her. In two out of three storylines, however, she ends up joining forces with him by the end. And if her claims in the omake are to be believed, she was originally intended to have her own storyline, but it was absorbed into Sakura's instead.
  • King Togami of Long Live The Queen is a court musician turned king who leads an expansionist campaign against several kingdoms in search of their Lumen powers. He challenges Elodie to a Wizard Duel and there are several ways to placate him, some of them likekilling your own father and becoming his minion are far more sinister than others.
  • Godot from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, moreover, it is the incident that got him white hair that made him turn to the dark side. His true identity is unknown through most of the game, he remains the most obviously mysterious prosecutor in the series, prone to belligerent outbursts when upsets, and is ultimately a murderer in "Bridge to the Turnabout" which was done in his quest for revenge.
    • Florent L'Belle from Dual Destinies is a straight example, although his having white hair isn't immediately obvious, and it turns out to be the decisive evidence against him when you find out that the white hair inside the Amazing Nine-Tails mask belongs to him.
  • The original Tohno SHIKI in Tsukihime has white, shoulder-length hair. He is also possessed by the Big Bad, inverted (meaning, given up completely to a Superpowered Evil Side), and completely insane.
  • Umineko: When They Cry:
    • Kyrie Ushiromiya’s core defining trait is Envy, and is confirmed to have been one of the true culprits behind the murders and showcases some signs of being a sociopath, especially in EP7.
    • Kazumi Sumadera, her sister, also counts seeing as she is out to get Ange and is relentless in pursuing her.
    • There's Juuza Amakusa, Ange's white-haired bodyguard. Despite being friendly and teasing towards Ange, EP6 reveals that he's also perfectly willing to kill her.
    • Kinzo Ushiromiya, who is implied and later confirmed to have started a massacre to monopolize the Fascist Gold and is notorious for having been a tyrannical and abusive father.
  • Rose Guns Days, another work by 07th Expansion, features several of its own:
  • Nagito Komaeda from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. In the first trial you find out that he was planning to be the catalyst that started the killing game. In a way, he was. Even more so when you discover that he was a member of Ultimate Despair.
  • Santa from Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is one of the shadier members of the cast even before you learn that he's been working with the mastermind Zero in kidnapping people to participate in a deadly game. He's a more sympathetic example than most others on this page, though.
  • Mystic Messenger: Averted with Zen, but played straight with Unknown/Saeran. Ironically, Zen is the one with natural white hair whereas Unknown's white hair turns out to be a dye job.
  • Mitsuhide from Ikemen Sengoku practically has a neon sign hanging around his neck that says "DO NOT TRUST THIS GUY" with his perpetual Psychotic Smirk, regular teasing and mocking of his supposed allies just for his amusement, constant refusal to explain to the other characters what exactly he gets up to when he's alone, and rumors frequently circulating in town about him plotting to backstab his lord Nobunaga. However, he's ultimately a subversion of this trope — he's genuinely devoted to Nobunaga and every time it looks like he betrayed him, it's actually him being a Fake Defector to get information on their enemies and/or lure them into a trap by pretending to be on their side.
    • Motonari Mouri, a Canon Immigrant from the game's stage adaptation, has white hair too and is described in his character profile as a "black-hearted pirate" who just wants to see the world burn.
  • Clear from DRAMAtical Murder is not this trope (except in his bad ending), but his android duplicates are.
  • Justified with Wu Zixu from My Vow To My Liege, whose hair turned white in his youth from trauma. Surviving the execution of his entire family left him cynical, embittered, and ruthless enough to stage a coup in a foreign kingdom in order to gain the power he needed to invade his own homeland in revenge. However, despite his Jerkass tendencies, he does actually care deeply for the protagonist, even if he has questionable ways of showing it.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • Jacques Schnee, like all members of the Schnee family, has white hair. He is also a cold-hearted businessman who is turning the Schnne Dust Company from a globally respected brand into something much more sinister. He is not a Schnee by birth and used to have black hair. However, he married the heiress of the SDC and took the Schnee family name, becoming the SDC's inheritor instead of his wife. He is a terrible husband and an abusive father, whose only interest in marriage was obtaining the company and whose only interest in his children is how they can personally benefit him. His affectation of the Schnee family's white hair is a symbol of the lengths to which he went to obtain control of the company and turn it into everything its founder, Nicholas Schnee, never wanted it to be.
    • Salem is a woman who shares her colour scheme with the Creatures of Grimm. The Grimm are black-bodied with white, bony masks and body accents, and glowing red eyes. Salem has bone-white skin, glowing red eyes, and dresses in black. Her hair is as bone-white as her skin. She has the ability to control the Grimm and seeks the destruction of humanity. Before her descent into evil, she was a young woman with blonde hair and turquoise eyes. However, she was punished with an inability to die for tricking the gods. Despair at her fate eventually led her to try and end her life by throwing herself into the God of Darkness's inky pools of annihilation that were the source of the Grimm. Instead of killing her, the pools changed her appearance to mimic the Grimm and turned her into a being of pure destruction.
  • Don Paragon from Nomad of Nowhere, beneath the cheerfulness, flamboyance, and pure white ponytail, is a cold, calculating and profoundly greedy man.

    Webcomics 
  • Loratio from Emergency Exit. He's not really evil (he did save the world from a demon), just extremely disagreeable with violent tendencies.
  • Chess Piece has quite a few examples. There is Danny, the Anti-Hero / Villain Protagonist, who, despite being evil, does have quite a large fanbase (All Girls Want Bad Boys), Vlad, who was a wild man back in the day and has killed at least once (Phantom), and Phantom, the Ax-Crazy psychopath who has gone on many a murderous rampage and is one of the main villains of the story.
  • Razin from Overlord of Ravenfell has white hair and is a wannabe Evil Overlord.
  • Bell from Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi has white hair and is the daughter of the Big Bad. She appears constantly as a villain and fights Blossom several times.
  • Azeel of Plume, on account of being Black Magic-animated force of destruction and magic having a side effect of Mystical White Hair.
  • Shi-hoo, a vampire, from Orange Marmalade. Well, sort of. He's an arrogant asshole who views human as inferior and dumps his girlfriend in the worst way possible... But he also has his sweet moments, making him more of a White Hair, Gray Heart sort of person.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons
  • In El Goonish Shive, Damien is one of the first Big Bads in the comic and the only character to possess naturally white hair aside from Voltaire (who incidentally falls under a slightly different trope being entirely white).
  • One of the first sinners we meet in I'm the Grim Reaper is Jordan, who is friendly, cheerful, awkward, and sports a head of white hair. He's a sinner, but there's no way of knowing how bad what he's done actually is. His hair is the only clue you get that he's the worst sinner Scarlet has killed so far, being a serial killer out to make her his 11th victim.
  • This is one of the many, many tropes that Adventurers!! mocks. When the heroes first see Argent, they immediately assume he must be evil because of this trope. His response: "What, you think a guy can't have silver hair and gold trimmed armor without being evil? Well... you're right."

    Web Original 
  • Oric the Awesome, the Big Bad of Warrens of Oric the Awesome has long white hair. He spends all his screentime beleaguering his assistant and gloating to the heroes. He also runs a shop. And overcharges.

    Western Animation 
  • An example of Great Gazoo: Puck, from Gargoyles.
    • Subverted with the Magus in the opening five-part episode Awakening; with his long white hair, elfin features, high-pitched voice and an unfriendly attitude towards our heroes, the show does just about everything short of putting up a sign to paint him as a villain, but he ultimately turns out to be a loyal and heroic character.
  • Teen Titans have one of these boys in the episode "Spellbound". It turns out that the dragon Melchior had borrowed the looks from Rorek in the end.
  • German sorcerer Sigmund from Fanboy and Chum Chum, The Rival for Kyle.
  • Evil-Lynn (The Dragon to Skeletor in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983)) rarely takes her helmet off, but the rare occasions she does in both versions of the series reveals her hair to be short and platinum blonde, clearly making her fit the Trope.
  • Vlad Plasmius of Danny Phantom in his human form. His hair turned white when he first got his ghost powers and turned evil. Danny, on the other hand, is a subversion since his ghost form has white hair. Also played straight with Dark Danny in The Ultimate Enemy.
  • Queen La from The Legend of Tarzan is a voluptuous white-haired woman and a murderous Yandere wanting to make Tarzan her own personal sex toy.
  • Albedo, also known as Nega-Ben from Ben 10: Alien Force and its sequels, although he is most likely silver-haired.
  • Li'l Gideon from Gravity Falls has white hair and is downright evil. He might be albino since "Blendin's Game" shows he's had white hair since he was a baby, but it's not clear. However, an invisible passage in Gravity Falls: Journal 3 reveals that the mystic amulet he used in his first appearance "corrupts your soul, and whitens your hair," implying that using the amulet turned his hair white.
  • Discord, the God of Chaos from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, is a monster with white eyebrows and a goatee who warped Equestria to his will in his debut appearance. Downplayed in later seasons, after he befriends Fluttershy and is shown to have a Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja has Evil Julian, an Evil Counterpart to resident Perky Goth Julian; in fact, he's a straight-up evil albino.
  • Lord Dominator, the main villain of Wander over Yonder's second season is absolutely crazy for destruction, despite acting like a teenage girl.
  • The villainous Lotor of Voltron: Legendary Defender has long, flowing white hair.
  • The Dragon Prince: Aaravos the star elf is Ambiguously Evil who may have helped humanity discover dark magic, and has long white hair.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Without the veil, Blue Diamond is shown to have bluish-white hair, though it's played with; she was shown to be extremely callous towards Ruby and Sapphire for accidentally fusing in "The Answer", but her cruelty doesn't extend to her fellow Diamonds, who she deeply cares for, and she seems to have developed a sense of empathy for humans as opposed to Yellow's outright contempt for organic life.
    • White Diamond naturally has white hair, and she's the most twisted of the Diamonds.
  • In She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Horde Prime has white hair (and cybernetic cables attached to his head that resemble white dreadlocks), and he is the most evil character in the series. Averted with Scorpia, however; while her introduction implies she's going to be intimidating and sinister, that air of menace lasts approximately five seconds, and she ends up probably the LEAST evil character on Team Horde and gets a Heel–Face Turn in season four.
  • Tangled: The Series: Cassandra gets this from Power Dyes Your Hair after taking the Moonstone and is one of the most evil characters in the entire show, if not THE most evil. At least Zhan Tiri only had one friend to betray.

Alternative Title(s): White Haired Pretty Boy, White Haired And Black Hearted, White Hair Dark Heart, Eerie White Hair

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