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First appearance 337: Post Office Showdown
Known appearances 76

Hairbun is a stick figure character in xkcd. Like most characters in xkcd, she does not necessarily represent the same person from comic to comic. She is distinguished by her hair, set up in a bun. She can have several variations of her hair style, and occasionally uses glasses. See the gallery below.


Hairbun is a minor character in xkcd. She appeared two weeks in a row in the spring of 2015 (1504: Opportunity and 1507: Metaball) and was recognized as a "new" character at that time, though she had been used several times prior to then.

However, after comic 1500 she has appeared 14 times from 1504: Opportunity to 1756: I'm With Her (which was the 2nd comic in a row with her). This is more than once every 20th comic, compared to only 20 times before comic 1500 which is only once every 75th comic, so there was a good reason for why she was not "discovered" before.

Originally she was named Hair Bun Girl, to follow the similar name scheme of Beret Guy, but since she specifically represents an adult, and not any small girls with a hair bun (like Science Girl), and even often portrays older women, the name was changed in the spring of 2016, to avoid any misconceptions, and also to not call a woman a "girl". This name now instead follows the name scheme of Ponytail.

She is not the same character from comic to comic. She is mainly just another woman that Randall can use when he wishes to give a woman a specific characteristic so to set her aside from the more commonly used women, Megan and Ponytail. Often she is depicted together with both Megan and Ponytail proving this point. (Ten appearances as of February 2016: 703, 708, 1052, 1253, 1504, 1507, 1601, 1637, 1645 and 1756.) She has, for instance, represented the mother of both Megan and Cueball, see the list below under the list of Hairbuns drawn with glasses.


Hairbun is depicted in several different ways. Here is a gallery of some of these different appearances:

Hair Bun Girl with curly hair and ponytail.png Hair Bun Girl with glasses.png Hair Bun Girl as Emily Dickinson.png Hair Bun Girl with curly hair but no ponytail.png

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