TV's Most Iconic Bald Characters, From Breaking Bad' to 'Dexter'

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In real life, baldness is something that people are ashamed of. It can be a sign of illness, age, or even weakness. But on TV, bald characters are often the most iconic characters of all: powerful, intelligent, and mysterious. From crime dramas to sci-fi, these iconic bald characters are truly memorable.

Walter White, "Breaking Bad"

Though he starts the series with a full head of hair, Walter White's look becomes truly iconic when he shaves his head in anticipation of losing his hair due to chemo. However, it is interesting to note that shaving his head leads to a boost in confidence, not a loss of it. In the same episode where he shaves his head for the first time, he first adopts his Heisenberg persona and brings the fight to Tuco.

Sgt. James Doakes, "Dexter"

Bald-headed, intensely muscled, and boasting a hair-trigger temper, Sgt. James Doakes was more than a match for Dexter Morgan. The character was so beloved that years after Doakes was killed off, the character was brought back for a flashback episode.

Captain Picard and Captain Sisko, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"

It's ironic that a franchise founded by toupee-wearing actor Bill Shatner eventually produced two iconic bald characters. While Shatner preferred to mask his hair loss while portraying Captain Kirk, Captains Jean-Luc Picard and Benjamin Sisko were both famous for their shiny domes and bold command moves on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," respectively. Both Sisko and Picard were skilled diplomats, but they were also skilled military tacticians.

Zhaan, "Farscape"

The only woman on this list, Zhaan's iconic bare scalp and blue skin made her a striking beauty. She was also just a tiny bit insane, deeply religious, and ultimately selfless. Her final act of kindness to the crew was to ensure their safety at the cost of her own life.

Lex Luthor, "Smallville"

Is there a more iconic bald villain than Lex Luthor, Superman's greatest enemy? While Lex and Clark Kent start off as friends on "Smallville," the two eventual become adversaries. Lex's desire for power eventually changed him from a morally ambiguous character to a true villain.

Detective Victor Samuel "Vic" Mackey, "The Shield"

Vic Mackey, as portrayed by Michael Chiklis, was the most iconic character on "The Shield." Though he was perceived by fans as corrupt, this L.A. detective viewed his own actions as justifiable means to an end. Like Walter White, Mackey pursues illegal actions as a way to score a little extra cash to care for his disabled son.
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