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Basic Trope: A character's hair color changes frequently.

  • Straight: Alice's hair changes color often.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice's hair never stops changing color, going to something new every few seconds.
    • Alice's hair changes between neon colors and patterns.
    • Everyone in Alice's world has ever-changing hair color, but Alice's remains constant.
  • Downplayed:
    • Every few weeks or months, Alice's hair changes color.
    • Alice's hair changes color regularly, but the difference is almost unnoticeable.
  • Justified:
    • Alice dyes her hair a new color every Saturday.
    • Alice's hair is magically enchanted to change color at will, or in response to her mood.
    • Alice's body has nanomachines, which she can use to change her hair color within a short period of time.
    • Alice is a shapeshifter.
    • Alice is a Human Alien whose "hair" is actually a mass of filament-like outgrowths whose pigmentation changes (whether voluntarily or involuntarily) depending on the situation, due to some chemical property in the cells.
  • Inverted: Alice's hair always looks the exact same color, even under different lighting conditions.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice isn't changing her actual hair color, she is swapping a collection of wigs around.
    • Alice is actually changing which of her many bodies she is using; they are all identical, apart from hair color.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice has undyed hair beneath the wigs, except there's only one wig after all, which she was dying; her scalp is too sensitive to use such chemicals.
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    • Alice frequently swaps which body she uses, but they do all have the same hair color; in each body, she has to dye her hair to a different hue to make it seem like her hair is changing colors when she switches body.
  • Parodied: Alice's hair does change colors...But they're all invisible to the naked eye, requiring a spectrometer to truly appreciate.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice has lasting hair color.
  • Enforced: The person illustrating the story keeps running out of paints and isn't good at getting the same hue twice, so Alice's hair changes color.
  • Lampshaded: Alice notices her hair color changing a lot and wonders why it happens.
  • Invoked: Bob sends Alice many shades of hair dye because he doesn't like her current brown hair.
  • Exploited: Bob notices that Alice's hair changes color depending on her mood, and uses this to understand and talk to her better.
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  • Defied: Alice doesn't want her hair to change color, and gets a wig and permanent dye to prevent it.
  • Discussed: Bob and Charlie talk about how Alice just got many shades of hair dye and will probably begin dying it a lot soon.
  • Conversed: "In a cheap story like this, a way to make a character more interesting is to give them randomly changing hair colors."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice's unpredictable hair color means she can't get a job because her employer thinks she's immature.
    • Alice is only recognized by her hair, so when it changes nobody knows who she is.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice finds an employer who doesn't care about her quirky hair.
    • People learn to tell who Alice is by other features that don't change.
    • Or they identify her by the fact that her hair changes colors.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice's hair changes color at the most inappropriate times, with a loud bang.
  • Played For Drama: Alice is desperate to find a way to stop her hair changing color because she feels it is ruining her life.

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