Characters with white-streaked hair appear throughout popular entertainment, from classic literature to movies to comics (Figure). Some characters are born with white streaks; others acquire them—although precisely how differs greatly. An acquired white streak usually signifies something momentous in the character’s history: exposure to magic, a turn to evil or goodness, or most often, physical or psychological trauma.
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