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Basic Trope: Someone has unusually long hair. Usually used symbolically.

  • Straight: Alice's hair is so long that it goes down past her hips when it's down.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice's hair is past floor-length.
    • Alice's hair is infinitely long.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice's hair is realistically long, falling down to her lower back. The other characters all have hair no longer than their shoulders, so hers looks very long in comparison.
    • Alice binds her hair, keeping it from extending to the length it would have done if unbound.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is growing her hair long in order to donate it to be fashioned into a wig.
    • Alice is an aristocrat—her social status means she must have very long hair.
    • Alice's mystical powers only work as long as she doesn't cut her hair.
    • Alice is Sikh, and has never cut her hair for religious reasons.
    • Alice has a rare genetic condition which causes her hair to grow unusually fast, and she can't afford to keep getting it cut all the time.
    • Alice simply likes having long hair, maybe believing that Long Hair Is Feminine.
  • Inverted: Alice is a Bald Woman. It may be the Bald of Awesome or Bald of Evil.
  • Subverted: Bob is about to see Alice for the first time in years and has heard a lot about her extraordinarily long hair. When he talks to her on the phone, she starts eagerly telling him about the major trim she got and exactly how many inches she cut off.
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  • Double Subverted: When Bob meets Alice in person, though, it turns out that her hair is still unusually long, even though she had at least a foot of hair cut off.
  • Parodied: Instead of growing from her head, Alice's incredibly long hair originates from another body region … Like her armpits, nostrils, or her nether regions!
  • Zig-Zagged:
    • Alice lets her hair grow to her knees, but then she puts it up in a beehive, but then she gets it cut to a normal bun.
    • Alice has hair to her knees, but she cuts it to chin-length, but she liked it long so she gets a wig with hair the length hers was, but this is expensive and cumbersome so she has to settle for a shorter one …
  • Averted: Alice has Boyish Short Hair.
  • Enforced:
    • Alice's long hair is a publicity stunt used to promote a new shampoo.
    • The writer wants to explore the social symbolism of hair, so he adds a female character with long hair to explore this issue.
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  • Lampshaded: "That's a lot of hair."
  • Invoked: Alice wants to appear beautiful and unusual to Bob, so she grows her hair very long.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied:
  • Discussed:
    Bob: Are you ever going to cut that hair?
    Alice: I don't know … I kinda like it long.
    Bob: But you trip over it constantly…
  • Conversed: "When was the last time the Rapunzel's style in fashion?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice's hair care routine is shown to be especially tedious due to its extreme length.
    • The minor annoyances of having long hair (e.g. finding hairs in everything, accidentally sitting on your hair, accessories getting tangled in the hair) are shown.
    • Alternatively, Alice is a close-range fighter. Her long hair serves as something easy to grab.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice doesn't mind doing it at all, or else has a hairdresser to take care of her hair.
    • Alternately, she finds long hair easier to deal with than shorter hair, as she doesn't need to style it every morning or keep going to the salon every few weeks.
    • Alice ties up her hair when she is fighting.
    • Alices uses life hacks in caring for her hair.
  • Played for Laughs: This trope + The Klutz = Hilarity. Even better if Alice looks like Cousin Itt from The Addams Family.
  • Played for Drama: Alice starts growing her hair after a traumatic event pushes her beyond sanity's edge. And judging from the abnormal length of it, is easy to infer that she has been stuck in that state for a very long time.
  • Implied: Alice is The Ghost but people talk about her hair being "so, so long."

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