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Basic Trope: An evil character has white hair.

  • Straight: Bob has white hair and is big into Fantastic Racism.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: The only character with white hair is the hero.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Bob, the villain, laments his inability for being naturally white, and eventually goes to dye it. He becomes an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
    • Advertisement:
    • A brand of hair dyes is advertised as fighting crime by keeping away evil white hair.
    • Bob dyes his white hair to a different color and instantly becomes a good guy.
    • Bob switches sides a lot. Each time his hair colour changes.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob, who has the white hair, is actually on the good side, but he turns out to be The Mole. However, as soon as he reveals this, he dyes his hair. After which he goes back to the side of good because the hair contained a tiny mind-control device implanted there by the Big Bad, and it's rendered useless by the dye.
  • Averted: Who has white hair and who doesn't has anything to do with whether they're good or bad.
  • Enforced: We need a way for audiences to tell apart a villain from his heroic counterpart — let's give him white hair so they can notice right away.
  • Lampshaded: "Fear me and my white hair of death!"
  • Advertisement:
  • Invoked: Bob makes his hair even more white for the sole purpose of making himself look more evil.
  • Exploited: The Hero Alex, who is disguised as an enemy soldier, dyes his hair white to emphasize his facade.
  • Defied:
    • After making his Face–Heel Turn, a character makes sure to prevent his hair from becoming white, as he doesn't like the idea of how he'd look with white hair.
    • An Evil Chancellor refuses to make his hair white because he knows having one will make people know he's evil.
    • A white-haired villain performs a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Discussed: "Maybe we should stay away from that guy. Look at the hair! It just looks like evil!"
  • Conversed: "Why do they give the bad guys white hair?"
  • Implied: Bob wears a helmet that hides their hair, but their comb has something white on it.
  • Played For Drama: Bob wants to find the fountain of youth to stop aging. His white hair symbolizes his aging, and drives him to crazy fits.

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