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A list of comics where you can find unnatural hair colors.

  • Lots of examples in Marvel comics. From X-Men, we have Polaris, who has green hair as part of her mutation. Her father Magneto and half-brother Quicksilver both have silver hair. Storm inherited white hair as the latest in a long line of mystical African shaman priestesses. Rogue has a white streak in her auburn hair which is natural (though, in the movie continuity, it's a side effect of having the power drained from her to power Magneto's mutation machine at the end of the first movie). Nate Grey also had white forelocks. Psylocke originally dyed her hair purple, but after her genes were scrambled by the villainess Spiral, the color seemed to be permanent. Phyla-Vell (Quasar) and her brother Genis-Vell (Captain Marvel) both have white hair as part of their Kree heritage. Surge has said her blue hair isn't related to her mutation (it came in a bottle labeled "electric blue"). Of course, in the anime Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers her natural color becomes blue, and actually changes to a different shade of blue when her powers manifest.
    • Less natural is the way that Rogue's white streak changes size and location depending on who's drawing her at the time, from two streaks at her temples to a massive skunk-stripe covering the entire crown of her head to, currently, just her bangs.
      • The reasoning for the first change was that, apparently, Walt Simonson or Paul Smith suggested that her hair have one central streak rather than two streaks near her temples, as the latter made her look too much like a middle-aged woman as opposed to the 16-year-old she was. After that, your guess is as good as anyone else's.
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    • During Claremont's first run on the title, Rogue's hair was mentioned as being dyed at least once. Whether this is still true is anyone's guess.
  • Deliah Blue from the Legacy comics has blue hair, hence the name. This is unusual for her species (Zeltron), who are usually red-haired.
  • "Impossible" hair colors have never been common in Western Comics, and when they are used, there is usually an explanation of some sort (e.g., The Joker, below). There is one exception, however. By longstanding convention, black hair in traditional "four-color" comics is drawn as black with blue highlights. Otherwise, black hair would tend to look like an undifferentiated blob of black ink. (One might think gray highlights would make more sense, but gray is a notoriously tricky color to reproduce consistently in four-color comics.) To the uninitiated, this can look peculiar, leading people to wonder why Superman, for example, has "blue hair". It's often brought up with regard to Superman in particular, but the technique was used for any character with black hair (including Wonder Woman, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, Lois Lane, etc.). Modern comics, which have better printing and wider color palettes, tend to use gray highlights.
    • Batman's Arch-Enemy The Joker has neon green hair caused by the chemicals he fell into.
    • The earliest depictions of X-Men member Beast's further mutation from human-yet-apelike to fur-covered indicated that his new coat of fur was supposed to be black or black-ish grey; at some point, the blue highlights on black fur became more and more pronounced, leading to the now-familiar depiction of Beast as blue-furred.
    • Samaritan, Astro City's Superman analogue, is drawn like Superman with perhaps a few more blue highlights than normal. However, amusingly, his hair is not black. He actually has blue hair as a side effect of his origin. (His nemesis Infidel, who has a similar origin, is a black man with light green hair.)
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    • In his pre-Crisis incarnation, Ultraman, the evil counterpart of Superman in the Crime Syndicate of America from Earth-3, has blue hair. It's possible, though never confirmed, that this was an artistic Shout-Out to the basic concept of E3, which was that everything happened the opposite way round to all the other Earths; thus, Americans discovered Europe, Britain revolted in 1776 against its American overlords... and the Superman Expy had blue hair with black highlights. Post-Crisis (and with better printing technology), Ultraman's hair is now the usual black with grey-white highlights.
    • Lyla, Kal-El's alternate universe wife in Superman: Godfall, has purple hair.
    • Pariah from Crisis on Infinite Earths has purple hair.
  • The "Howard & Nester" comic in Nintendo Power had a Japanese artist for most of its run, which led to a few manga influences sneaking in. One of them occurred in Issue 3, with Nester showing off to a pair of children, one of whom was a blue-haired boy.
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  • The main character of Blue Monday, Bleu L. Finnegan, has blue hair. In case you can't tell, this is heavily lampshaded.
  • In the Scott Pilgrim comics which the movie was based on, Ramona dyes her hair blue. It's immediately lampshaded that, since it's a black and white comic, you can't actually tell what colour it is and you'll have to take her word for it. In a later colorized re-release of the comic, it is instead noted that the joke was a lot funnier in black and white.
  • The main character of I Hate Fairyland, Gertrude, has green hair.
  • Fire has green hair which remains that color when she uses her powers.
  • Beverly Brooks in The Pitiful Human Lizard has pink hair when she's Mother Wonder.
  • The titular character of the manga-styled Christian comic Serenity has blue hair. It's explicitly said to be hair dye, and it's a plot point when she suffers a personal crisis and stops dyeing it for a while.
  • The Red Lantern Dex-Starr has blue fur. For most Red Lanterns, this would be excusable, as they're aliens... except Dex-Starr is an earth-native housecat (who occasionally have bluish-gray fur, but not bright blue).
  • Jena Makarov in Nikolai Dante has bright pink hair.
  • Gert from Runaways has purple hair. Unlike most examples later volumes make it explicitly clear she dyes it.
  • Emma in Blue Is the Warmest Color sports those at the beginning of the story, and it's provides the title of the work.
  • In Spyboy, Spygirl has pink hair. When she goes undercover in the USA, she hides her hair under a blonde wig.
  • And then there is (for technical reasons, and you thus find it only in Comics) the "hair that is so black that it is blue". I.e. the "natural" hair color is jet-black (technically averting this trope) but the inker mixes in some blue that it looks even blacker. Whatever. The old Vampirella comics are a prime example.
  • Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass, has purple hair. It's a wig, but still.
  • Hilda from Luke Pearson's Hilda has blue hair. There's no real clue as to whether it's her legit hair color or she just dyes it blue.
  • In The Ravagers, half of Lightning's hair is blue.
  • In Mega Robo Bros, Jaqueline, one of the agents of R.A.I.D., has light blue hair.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • The extradimensional and extraterrestrial Queen Desira has pink hair.
    • Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Lyta Milton, the intrinsically magical daughter of Ares and Crice who was taken to Themyscira to be raised, has purple hair. Circe also often has purple hair, but she changes her appearance constantly, even in the middle of battle.
    • Wonder Woman and the Star Riders: Dolphine has teal blue hair, Solara has pink hair, Ice has silver hair and Purrsia has purple hair.
  • The Switch Electricia: When she's not Electricia, Jenn has blue hair.
  • Misfit City: Macy's hair is dyed teal.
  • In Dolltopia, one of the first things Kitty does after arriving at the titular city is get her hair dyed hot pink.
  • In Unnatural, the protagonist, Leslie, has naturally blue hair, which is the result of a birth defect. Or so she believes. It's implied, and later confirmed that her hair color is due to her being the reincarnation of the Albino's last bride, who also had blue hair.


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