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Basic Trope: A character who is bald is also psychic.

  • Straight: Professor Psi is bald and a powerful psychic.
  • Exaggerated: Professor Psi is completely hairless and can read minds from the other side of the planet.
  • Downplayed: Professor Psi has cropped hair, but isn't completely bald.
  • Justified:
    • Psychic energy damages hair follicles, causing hair to eventually stop growing on the head completely. Being such a powerful psychic, Psi lost his long ago.
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    • The sensations of hair on the scalp are distracting when Professor Psi is using his powers, so he prefers to shave it all off.
  • Inverted: Psychics have much more hair than normal, and typically wear it long.
  • Subverted: Professor Psi is bald, but although he's highly intelligent and uncannily perceptive, he's not actually psychic.
  • Double Subverted: ...or so he says. He actually is psychic, though he keeps it a secret.
  • Parodied:
    • Professor Psi guesses someone's card, and his hair immediately starts falling out.
    • Bob starts balding, and is delighted because he thinks he's gaining psychic powers.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Professor Psi has a head of hair like any other character.
    • Several of the team are bald and more than one of the team are psychics, but the two things are unrelated to each other.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "My power is -" "Yeah yeah, psychic, got it. What, you didn't think the chrome dome was obvious enough?"
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  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited:
    • Professor Psi's chrome dome is a clue that he's a psychic, which makes him stand out as a target to those hunting down psychics.
    • Professor Psi uses the stereotype of the chrome dome psi to pull off impressive feats of social engineering; because people are more ready to believe that someone is psychic if they're bald, they assume their secrets are already out.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "Say, ever notice how so many psychics seem to be bald? What's up with that?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: ???
  • Reconstructed: ???


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