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A list of tabletop games in which characters have unusually colored hair.

  • Dungeons & Dragons has a wide range of humanoid and mostly-human player races, so this trope frequently comes into play.
    • In Faerun, moon elves commonly have white, silver, or bright blue hair and blue-tinted skin; while sun elves may have metallic golden hair and golden eyes, with the result that half-elves can have colours or tints somewhere between that and human.
    • Half-dragon and dragonblooded characters often have hair, eye, and/or skin colours matching their dragon ancestor.
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    • The Planestouched are humanoids with angels, devils, demons, or elemental powers in their ancestry; their hair often gives a clue to their heritage. An Earth-aligned Genasi might have vivid green crystalline hair, while an angel-descended aasimar could have anything from metallic hair to downy feathers or heatless fire. In Fourth Edition this was reined in slightly, with the devil-touched Tieflings' hair spanning all human colours, plus shades of blue and purple.
  • In the Discworld Roleplaying Game scenario "A Little Job For The Patrician", published in Pyramid magazine, the heavily anime-based villain insists his trolls all grow different coloured moss on their heads, so he can tell them apart, and his Igor has implanted blue hair, just because.
  • In the heavily anime-influenced RPG Mekton, Mike Pondsmith's infamous Lifepath character generation system includes a table for hair color, which includes both more staid, real-life hair colors as well as anime hair colors such as green, purple, pink and, yes, blue.
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  • This is fairly common in Exalted. People from the West often have blue, green, or purple hair, people in the East have green hair, Southerners have red hair (not red hair as in what our world calls orange hair, RED hair)... and that's not even going into the colors of Half Human Hybrids and people who've been exposed to excessive magic. Wyld mutations can theoretically leave someone with hair any color of the rainbow (or, for that matter, with rainbow hair). Abyssal Exalted are often white haired and pretty... the list goes on.
  • Gnomes in Pathfinder are close kin to fey and often have brightly-colored hair as a result. Pathfinder's elves have much more diverse coloring than humans, but tend to match their surroundings, so the primary weird colour example is green (for forest-dwelling elves).
  • While oddly colored hair isn't uncommon in Shadowrun, it's rarely natural. Victims of SURGE, however, can take oddly colored hair as a negative meta-genetic trait. You can even have hair that changes color to match your mood.
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  • Due to the randomization nature of character generation in Maid RPG, while your characters can have brown, blonde, or black hair, you can also have gold, metallic, rainbow, and transparent hair.
  • Magic: The Gathering's Reckless Waif has pink hair. In this case, the unusual hair color is a visual shorthand to make it clear that the pink-haired human girl on the front face is the same creature as the pink-furred werewolf on the other side.
  • The orks of Warhammer 40,000 are naturally bald, so they use hair-squig implants (a small voracious creature with a colorful furry rear end that bites onto the scalp) and don't understand why humans don't see their value in telling different humans apart. In Dawn of War it's even used as a team color spot.
  • There's an offhand mention in the Geist: The Sin-Eaters corebook in the entry for [[Splat The Stricken]] of a girl with Green hair. Justified here because her hair was originally normal, but turned green shortly before she died due to copper poisoning in the water supply. After she came back it stayed on as a mark of her death. Part of the point of the line is that similar things could be the case for other Sin-Eaters, including the main characters.
  • The Mutants & Masterminds supplement about Japanese media Mecha & Manga has a sidebar about this.


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