Why Are Bald People Always Villains?
Does Hollywood have a problem with bald bias?
When you start looking at the bald characters in movies and TV shows, a funny trend starts to emerge. They're overwhelmingly villains. So what gives? Does Hollywood have a bald bias? Do we innately see bald people as evil? What's going on?
While we're sure we don't know, the question did raise the ire of one epically trollish YouTuber whose new rant on the subject has started to go viral. While we're not totally sure how serious he is — our guess is not very — he does seem to have a point. While there are inevitably exceptions to the rule, our bald characters are bad way more often than they're good. His rant is below along with a few examples.
1. In Harry Potter Voldemort is bald, but Dumbledore has so much hair it's ridiculous, and let's not get started on Hagrid.
2. The bald Corey Stoll plays the villain in Ant-Man across from Paul Rudd, who's sporting an impressive head of hair. He's also bald in House of Cards, the show where he plays a corrupt, drug-addicted politician. But when Stoll plays the good guy in The Strain, he wears a terrible wig instead of showing off his dome.
3. In Con Air, John Malkovich plays the murderous Cyrus the Virus who finds his plans for escape ruined by a heroic Nic Cage, who has the longest hair he's ever had in any of his movies.
4. Tom Hardy was bald when he played both Bane and the titular violent convict in Bronson, but he had a full (if strangely shorn) head of hair in Mad Max: Fury Road.
5. In the Lord of the Rings movies, Smeagol had a full head of hair before he was turned evil by the One Ring, which slowly turned him into a hideous bald monster.