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[[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Whether huge and hideous or helical and handsome]], having horns can hamper the head of hatless heroes and hated hostiles homologously. [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Habitants]] of {{Hell}} trade {{Holy Halo}}s for [[HotAsHell hot horns]]. Horns adorn [[BeastMan hairy hombres and hembras]] [[GorgeousGorgon hermosas]] like crowns, highlighting the {{Half Human Hybrid}}s' heterogeneous heritage that [[PettingZooPeople hybridizes human with hoofed husbandry.]]

The Horned Humanoid hails from the [[GreekMythology Hellenic]], characteristically hefting the horns of haughty rams, honored stags, hilarious goats and hoary bulls. Humorously, holding a single horn hardly ever confers [[{{Unicorn}} holiness]].

Subtrope of MonstrousHumanoid.

Not be confused with HornyDevils, although some examples of that might be examples of this. A few might be CuckoldHorns (or compared to them). See also CrownOfHorns.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Nosferatu Zodd from ''{{Berserk}}''. He loses one of his horns after fighting against Griffith.
* Sabato from ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan''.
* The characters who are souls encased in armor from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' tend to have these, notably Al and Barry the Chopper.
** Roa gets this a little bit while fighting [[LargeHam Major Armstrong]]. He ''is'' half cow.
* A little hanyou girl in the ''Manga/InuYasha'' movie has tiny curling horns rather like a ram. The many oni are depicted with the traditional single horn.
* Tony Tony Chopper from ''Manga/OnePiece'' has horns coming from holes in his hat.
** WordOfGod also says that horns are not uncommon on species of humanoids in the world like humans and giants, being analogous to buck teeth. For example, Moria (a human) and Oars (a giant) both have horns.
* Several citizens of the [[MagicalLand Magic World]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' have these, most notably Princess Theodora, President Seras, Shirabe and Tamaki.
* Hanyuu from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has two horns on her head, one of which is chipped slightly. No one ever comments on their appearance. [[spoiler:In the original visual novel, it's shown that she still had them when she was a living human, hinted to be due to a recessive genetic defect. They're a large part of the reason why she ended up being sacrificed, since her horns led people to think she was a demon.]]
* The demons in ''ChronoCrusade'' all have horns that mind link them to Pandemonium. Pandemonium controls their actions to a certain degree via this link and constantly supplies their "legion" cells with energy. If their horns are ever removed they must find an alternate source of power, such as a human's soul via a contract, or else they will die after their "legion" is depleted.
* Scanty and Kneesocks from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', beings demons, naturally have horns. Scanty has two curved ones on the back of her head while Kneesocks has a single sharp horn on her forehead.
* Frieza, King Kold, Captain Ginyu, and Dabura of ''DragonBall'' fame. In Frieza's case, they're most prominent in his first and second forms (the second, in particular, looks rather Satanic), and vanish entirely when he crosses the BishonenLine.
* The Boazans in ''VoltesV''.
* The Oni in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''.
* ''TowerOfGod'' - Androssi has a tiny, skin-colored horn above her right temple, Ho has a big red horn growing from the side of his head and Ja Wangnan has two small red horns at the rear base of his skull.
* The Diclonii, the pink-haired, [[OneGenderRace always female]], [[PsychicPowers psychic]] and ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation gener]][[NatureVersusNurture ally]]) [[AxCrazy homicidal]] HumanSubspecies from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' have horns that [[MoeMoe conveniently enough]] look like [[{{Kemonomimi}} cat ears]].
* Aries, The Spirit King and Capricorn from ''Manga/FairyTail''.
** Also Elfman while using full body Take Over, Fried while using Dark Ecriture: Darkness, and Natsu in one of the original sketches.
** [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Selia]] of the Tartarus Guild has these, which are really the only way you can tell she is a demon. [[spoiler: They get even bigger when she goes OneWingedAngel.]]
* [[BigBad Onimaru]] and most of his demon servants from ''{{Yaiba}}''.
* Son Goku the Four-Tails from ''{{Naruto}}''.
** And Kinkaku and Ginkaku. [[spoiler:And Kabuto in Sage Mode.]]
** Three of the members of Orochimaru's [[EliteMooks Sound Four]] gain horns when they reach the second stages of their Cursed Seal forms - Kidomaru gets two brown conical devil-style horns, Sakon & Ukon each get a long, thick, curved red horn curving up from their foreheads, and Tayuya gets a veritable crown of sharp white horns growing in several directions.
** The Sage of the Six Paths, as well as his mother. His mother's were large enough that she was nick-named the "Rabbit Goddess" while the Sage's were significantly shorter. His sons in turn lacked horns, with the older son possessing only markings on his forehead.
* Ririchiyo and Shoukin from InuXBokuSS is this when they access their youkai heritage.
* The two princesses of Ledomiam in ''Drakuun''.
* Humans possessed by demons in ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' often look like this. The protagonist himself gains a pair of fiery horns when using his flames.
* Franchise/{{Digimon}}: [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Devimon, Wargreymon]], [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Flamedramon (a rhino-like nose-horn)]], [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Agunimon]], and [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Yakasmon]]
* The Santovasku of RoyalBlood in Manga/{{Outlanders}} have cute horns that curl over their face like big eyebrows.
* Akura-Ou, a powerful demon lord, from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' is one.
* The Pillar Men from ''JojosBizarreAdventure''. Although they keep them hidden as displaying them is a sign of honor.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} prefers to file his down to stumps.
* Due to his BizarreAlienBiology, {{Concrete}} grew antlers for a while. He files them down now.
* ComicBook/BlueDevil and his former sidekick Kid Devil, what with being devils.
* Creator/HarveyComics' Hot Stuff
* Illyana Rasputin and Daimon Hellstrom.
* Marko's kind in Brian K Vaughan's ''ComicBook/{{Saga}} ''
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Kyria Ama in FanFic/IntoTheHedge.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The Beast from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* The Horned King from ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''.
* Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', although that might just be her headdress.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Darkness in ''Film/{{Legend}}''.
* ''StarWars''' [[ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]], and various other members of the Zabrak species in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse and prequel trilogy. Devaronian males have two horns; the one seen in ''ANewHope'' is actually wearing a secondhand devil costume.
* The Faun in ''Film/PansLabyrinth''
* ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'' has this in the [[HornyVikings Viking]] Funeral.
* Unlike her animated counterpart from Disney's ''Sleeping Beauty'', the eponymous protagonist of ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' is shown to clearly have horns.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The beast in some versions of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", most predominantly the Disney version.
* The Horned King in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.
* ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'': In the main character's dream, the king of the elves has a rack of horns like a deer. [[spoiler:For most of the book, that's what he thinks it is. It's not until he sees the king in person that he realizes it's a crown of branches.]]
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Maryanne builds an effigy featuring a man with horns, and when she sees a pure white bull, she calls it her god. Presumably she is referring to Dionysus.
* Creator/ThomasBurnettSwann's mythological fantasies have lots of fauns and satyrs. Even his minotaurs (both of them) are more like bovine satyrs than the classical description.
* The Damiani in the StarTrekNovelVerse. Damiani have three sexes, with the number of horns signifying which sex an individual belongs to. The loose equivalent of females have three, one on the forehead and one above each temple, the loose equivalent of males have only the forehead horn, and the third sex has only the two on the temples.
* This is part of what identifies [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] in the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'', along with red eyes, fangs, and (sometimes) a tail. Note that none of these are natural; demons are humans modified in specific ways by the [[BioAugmentation toy maker]].
* The premise of Joe Hill's novel Horns.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Daemons'' claims that most of the mythological examples are due to race-memory of the eponymous AncientAstronauts.
** Also "The Beast" from "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit", and his son, Abaddon, from the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "End of Days".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' have many horned demons.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''/''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has had a number over the years. Some have been [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster minions]] (like [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Wolfbane]]/[[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Bara Goblin]]), some have been [[BigBad main villains]], others have been heroes (like [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Magna Defender]]/[[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Bull Black]]), and others still have been [[HumongousMecha giant robots]]. The most famous is the original Megazord from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
* In ''Series/{{Reaper}}'', demons in their human form still have small horns on their heads.
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', Hannibal Lecter is symbolized by a {{wendigo}} in Will's dreams and hallucinations. Wendigo appears as either a stag or a man with stag horns and charred skin.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Dionysus was often called "the horned god," and was depicted either wearing horns or actually having them.
** And then there's Pan, the satyrs and the Minotaur.
** Apollo in his Carneios aspect is also depicted with ram horns. In fact, it has been suggested that Apollo's horned iconography had more impact on Satan's horned depiction than Pan, as Pan tends to be depicted more animalistically rather than just a guy with horns.
* [[{{Youkai}} Oni]] of Japanese legends had a single, sometimes off-center horn. Modern depictions in anime often have two-horned oni as well; when there's a literal RedOniBlueOni pair, most likely one will have a single horn and the other will have two.
* Classically, horns were thought to be a symptom, not of cheating on one's spouse, but the opposite: [[CuckoldHorns being cuckolded]]. Supposedly, the reason [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Oberon]] had horns was because Titania got around. (With no less than [[ComicBook/TheSandman the personification of dreams]], [[Creator/NeilGaiman to hear some tell it.]])
** Derived from that, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuckold#Cultural_usage many Latin languages]] use horn-related words to describe a betrayed man.
* Cernunnos from the CelticMythology.
* The male god in Wicca is often referred as "The Horned God" and is often depicted similarly to Pan and/or Cernunnos.
* More folklore than mythology, but Herne the Hunter definitely fits this trope.
* In ancient Canaanite mythology, bulls were an important symbol of power -- hence why several major gods, including the wise, kingly El, are sometimes depicted as bulls or simply having bull horns.
* Medieval and Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo often depicted [[Literature/BookOfExodus Moses]] with horns, due to the Vulgate (Latin Bible translation) misreading the Hebrew of ''The Book Of Exodus'' 34:35 as stating that Moses's face was "horned" (''keren'') instead of "shining" (''karan''). This contributed to the [[UnfortunateImplications anti-Semitic belief]] that all Jews have horns.
** The klezmer group The Klezmatics played with this stereotype by titling one of their albums ''Jews with [[IncrediblyLamePun Horns]]''.
* {{Satan}} is often portrayed as having horns, which probably owes something to the pagan gods describes above. Note that the only passage in the Bible that even gets close to assigning Satan a physical form describes him as a [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent serpent]] instead.
** The Bible also says he often appears as an angel of light, so there's that...
** At least a few people interpret horns as originally being a sign of good, or, more specifically, truth. For example, a goat with seven horns and seven eyes is said to have held the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Spirits_of_God Seven Spirits of God]].
* [[SlavicMythology Veles]], a prominent Slavic god and opponent to the god of thunder Perun, is often depicted as having horns. This may be due to him being a patron to peasants and protector of cattle, among the [[ComboPlatterPowers many, many other things he's associated with]].
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The title monster of ''Pinball/{{Gorgar}}'', a giant red-skinned SatanicArchetype with small bull horns.
* The referees in Creator/CapcomPinball's ''Pinball/FlipperFootball'' are depicted with small red horns.
* In ''Pinball/BigBangBar,'' Ray (of "Ray's Ball Busters") is a large blue-skinned alien with a pair of curved ram horns on his head.
* Played with in ''Pinball/{{Varkon}}''; the two arrow lights on the lower playfield give Varkon the appearance of having small orange horns.
* The Devil and lesser demons in ''Pinball/DevilsDare'' all have a pair of horns on their heads.
* Not surprisingly, devil horns are prominently featured in the ''Pinball/{{ACDC}}'' pinball:
** The Underworld playfield looks like a [[WreathedInFlames fiery head]] topped with small curved red horns. In the basic version of the game (those without the lower playfield), the horns appear on lead guitarist Angus Young's head instead.
** On the "Luci" Premium Edition table, the three female HornyDevils (Luci on the backglass, and a blonde and a brunette in the Underworld) all have small horns.
** Not a humanoid, but the Rock 'n Roll Train also has horns on its smokebox.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Psicosis}} seemingly grew a set horns as a result of jumping from Wrestling/{{CMLL}} to Wrestling/{{AAA}}
* Murder Clown from AAA has stubby little horns.
* LLF's Dark Unicorn, who has also toured AAA
* [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Lucy Furr]] was depicted with red horns in video packages and photo shoots but was hornless when she physically appeared at shows.
* Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} was originally planned to have antlers, but they kept sliding around, so he dropped them.
* Estonian Thunder Frog and Latvian Proud Oak of the Baltic Siege in Wrestling/{{Chikara}} and Wrestling Is
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Satyrs and Trolls in ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming''.
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', the Beast, Ogre, and sometimes even Fairest seemings sometimes have horns.
* Horns are an option for the Fallen's Apocalyptic Form in ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'', which, in addition to looking badass, also gives them an extra attack form.
* Unsurprisingly a fairly common trait amongst the forces of Chaos in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' & ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40k}}'', most notably the daemons of [[BloodKnight Khorne]], fitting as they do into the BigRedDevil archetype. Interestingly, many [[PlagueMaster Nurgle]] demons have what appear to be antlers, which seems a bit incongruous until you realize that they're actually a reference to Shope papilloma virus, the so-called "Jackalope Disease".
* In [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' up until 3.5, tiefling characters could have horns as a mark of their fiendish ancestry. In 4th Edition, ''all'' tieflings fit the trope. (And as one might guess from that, so do several sorts of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent actual fiends]] in every edition.)
** While ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' follows the earlier editions' lead in terms of keeping horns optional for tieflings, you'd be hard-pressed to find one ''without'' them in a ''Pathfinder'' illustration prior to the release of the tiefling-specific {{splat}}book ''Blood of Fiends''. And even in said supplement, those with horns outnumber those without nearly two to one.
* Standard Trolls in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' sport a variety of different types of horns, as do the Fomori, Cyclops, and Minotaur subtypes.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Hero of ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' will end up growing a nice set of horns if one is particularly evil.
* The Succubus class from ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}},'' as well as Taro and Raspberyl from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|Cursed Memories}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice 3]]''
* The Desire Demons in ''Franchise/DragonAge'' look like beautiful, scantily-clad women... with horns.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' shows that the Qunari are also horned, though the ones you meet in the first game are hornless. It's stated that naturally hornless Qunari aren't all that uncommon and [[BornLucky it's a sign that they're meant for a special role]], while the others are members of a merchant caste. The mercenaries and the merchant in ''Awakening'' apparently removed their horns, something that Qunari who have abandoned their people's dogma decided to do. Despite this, interestingly, there seems to be a positive correlation with horn size and rank--Qunari grunts in the second game have unimpressive horns, more skilled soldiers larger ones, and then the [[LargeAndInCharge Arishok]]'s set puts Texas longhorns to shame.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'': Most notably on the summons Bahamut and Ifrit.
** Exdeath's final form, Neo-Exdeath, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''.
** The Ronso of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Party member Kimahri's horn was broken off in the past after he refused to admit that Biran, another Ronso, was stronger than him.
** Also, the Rev (and sub-species Revgaji) of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', and the [[WingedHumanoid Gria]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', Summoners are born with with a single horn, evoking the horn-like accessories of the Summoner class in previous games.
* Some creatures and units in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games. Malfurion Stormrage is an example.
** Malfurion's brother Illidan grows horns after the Skull of Gul'dan turns him into a partially demonic being. The Satyrs are similar, being former Night Elves that were corrupted by Fell magic.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', female Draenei have horns, while [[BizarreSexualDimorphism males]] have large bony crests. Some ogres also have a single horn.
** Not to mention the Tauren, [[ALoadOfBull giant fuzzy minotaurs]] one can play as a Horde-side character.
* Horns are surprisingly rare in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. They seem to be exclusive to Oni, and they're not the most common species.
** Keine Kamishirasawa has a pair in her beast form as a were-hakutaku, which she decorates with a pretty ribbon.
* Multiple types of horns are some of the many, many costume options in both ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' and ''CityOfHeroes''.
* Poor little {{Ico}}'s fairly bovine horns are seen as a curse, and he's left to die in a haunted castle because of them.
** In SpiritualSequel ''ShadowOfTheColossus'', [[spoiler:Wander starts to sprout some horns at the end as a sign of his tie with Dormin, who sports a pretty impressive pair of horns Themself.]]
* Playing [[MarathonBoss the Endless Setlist]] in ''[[RockBand Rock Band 3]]'' will unlock one horned hairstyle for each gender of rocker.
* Rider, from ''PuyoPuyo'', has horns which she is ashamed of and covers with her OdangoHair. However, she learns to accept them after meeting Satan, another character with horns.
* ''LegacyOfKain:'' Many demons, the magic missile shooting creatures in ''Blood Omen'', and in some concept art for ''Soul Reaver'', Kain. What he has now may or may not qualify. {{Precursor}} [[InUniverse murals]] sometimes [[{{Demonization}} add horns to their enemies]].
* Jak of ''JakAndDaxter'' has horns in his [[SuperPoweredEvilSide dark form]] during [[VideoGame/JakIIRenegade the second game]]. Oddly enough, they are missing [[VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander in the third]]. A {{fanon}} explanation is that the positive[=/=]balancing effects of the [[TouchedByVorlons Light Eco]] caused them to disappear.
* The Draken of ''VideoGame/WildStar'' have an extensive variety of horns.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* This is a racial feature of all the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. The actual styles vary wildly from individual to individual though. You can get standard 'devil horns' like Terezi, curled ram horns like Aradia, goat like horns on Gamzee, even ''lightning bolts'' on Eridan. You can see all of their horns [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/Trolls here.]]
** Some of the Trolls point out how annoying their horns can be. Tavros's are so large, he can't get into his sleeping chamber ("recuperacoon"). Karkat gets picked on because his aren't pointed at the end, they're round. Equius is so strong, he no longer has two arrow shaped horns, he broke one off, so he has a flat one on his right side.
* Webcomic/EvilDiva All the devils have them. Tails too.
* Nudge from ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' is a trickster demigod who looks mostly humanoid, although she has long, curly mountain-goat horns, as well as hooves and a tail.
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3076 Monique tries to establish that a lack of horns and tail means she's not a devil.]] Satan and the succubi do indeed all have small horns.
* All the members of the Mouryou clan from ''Webcomic/ContemplatingReiko''.
* Some, though by no means all of the Jägerkin from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' have horns of varying shapes and sizes.
* In ''Webcomic/TheForgottenOrder'' there is a race of witches with horns of varying shape and size.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Grace [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-04-20 becomes one]] when she [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transforms]] into her [[SuperMode Omega]] form while angry. The horns morph away when she calms down. Both the horns themselves and their association with anger are a result of her parentage including [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-08-30 a creature]] whose horns [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-09-01 behave the same way]].
* The Demi in ''Webcomic/TheOverture'' are renowned and hunted for there black moonshale horns.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' has this trope in spades: [[BigRedDevil Lucius, Beezy]], [[DrillSergeantNasty Molotov]], [[RichBitch Jez]], plus several background characters.
* A number of Franchise/{{Transformers}} have horns, perhaps most notably [[OmnicidalManiac Unicron]], which helps to add to [[ObviouslyEvil his almost demonic appearance]].
* Like the Horned King, the Lich from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has a helm with curled horns, one of them permanently broken.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Human papillomavirus is known to cause an extreme form of this if you have a certain immune deficiency. [[http://www.healtynews.com/worst-disease/ Said "horns" are usually not on the head, though.]]
* [[http://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=Horned%20helmet Horned helmets]] can give this appearance, although such horns are accessories rather than being attached to the person.
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