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Basic Trope: A character cuts their hair to symbolize a part of major Character Development.

  • Straight: Bob cuts his hair short after a bad break up to signify that he's moving on.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice cuts her hair every time she has a bad day.
    • Alice shaves all her hair after learning something that changes everything about her character.
  • Downplayed: Bob goes for a minor trim in preparation for an interview. His style doesn't change, nor is the haircut for something of critical importance.
  • Justified:
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    • The aforementioned girlfriend Bob broke up with made him keep his hair like that, which he hated. Now they're broken up, he can cut it.
    • Part of the change is that Bob gets a new job, which requires him to keep his hair short.
    • Bob needs to go into hiding and leave his old life behind, the haircut will make him less easily recognisable.
  • Inverted: Alice gets hair extensions.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob/Alice cuts their hair but they still have problems in their life.
    • Bob/Alice prepare to cut their hair but decide not to.
  • Double Subverted: They work on improving their lives and decide to cut their hair as a nod to the progress they've made.
  • Parodied: Bob tries to cut his hair himself, thinking it'll improve his life but he makes a mess of it and he gets shunned by society for his god-awful hair.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is obsessed with changing his hair and justifies it by saying he'll change it whenever a bad situation happens. No bad situations happen to him so he tries to get into them to justify him cutting his hair. He eventually does it for the hell of it anyway.
  • Averted:
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    • No characters cut their hair in the story.
    • A haircut's a haircut. It's no big deal.
  • Enforced:
    • "We need Alice to give herself a new haircut halfway through the movie."
    • Alice's actor shows up for season two of The Series with freshly cut hair. The writers have to make it work out in story.
  • Lampshaded: "Do you really think cutting your hair is going to solve all your problems?"
  • Invoked: "A haircut is the first step to a fresh start"
  • Exploited: Someone cuts their hair to show that they've changed.
  • Defied: "I'm going to actually do something. I'm not gonna be one of those girls who cuts her own hair and her problems magically solve themselves"
  • Discussed: "A lot of people get new haircuts to symbolize changes in their lives"
  • Conversed: "Did you notice that when Alice got a haircut on Teen Drama Show #45 her life started to get better"
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  • Deconstructed: Alice tries to cut her hair herself, like in the parody example, and it doesn't come out the way she likes it. She learns that if she wants things to get better then she should work on improving her situation and a haircut won't change anything. She lets her hair grow through.
  • Reconstructed: After sorting her life out (and her hair has grown back) Alice gets a hairdresser to give her a new look that suits her without being too radical.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob gets a haircut and instantly has good luck for the rest of his life. When his hair grows out, he starts to have bad luck so he cuts it again and his good luck returns.
  • Played For Drama: Traumatic Haircut.
  • Implied: Alice returns from a bus with a darker attitude and shorter hair.

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