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[[caption-width-right:306:"Someone give the anarchist a comb!"]]

Some characters cannot be bothered to get their hair into a neat style, while others actually like their hair that way. All of them have Messy Hair. This is often used to set the character apart as unusual; it may indicate that they're a nonconformist, that they don't care about their appearance, or that they don't have the means to make themself look presentable, or that they are cool

Frizzy, tangled hair is also commonly seen on characters who've just woken up (except if WakeupMakeup is in effect), which is TruthInTelevision for most people except those with particularly short haircuts. It often goes away by the next scene change with the assumption that they've run a brush through it offscreen, but might stick around longer if the character sporting Messy Hair is NotAMorningPerson (for such people, [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee seems to be the best conditioner]]).

Long, tangled hair can be seen very frequently on TheOphelia, as part of that archetype's image of eerie, disheveled beauty; even sane, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} or at least saner]], people might have it, to go with their general theme of unusual looks. Untidy hair, particularly ''dark'' hair, is also one aspect of LooksLikeCesare. Fighters also tend to have it at shoulder length as BarbarianLonghair.

Brilliant but [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]], [[AbsentMindedProfessor absent-minded]], or [[MadScientist downright deranged]] scientists often have EinsteinHair, which is a SubTrope, as is the WildHair found on animalistic or close-to-nature characters and {{Wild Child}}ren. ShonenHair sits at the intersection of this trope and AnimeHair, and is generally found on spirited young men. Messy Hair is also very common on conductors and musicians.

Compare QuirkyCurls, UnkemptBeauty, and CurlyHairIsUgly.

Often overlaps with StubbornHair, as many characters with this look are just not able to create a tidy style, no matter how hard they try.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bakuon}}'': Onsa Amano, more prominently in the manga. Rin commonly names her "moja" ("frizzy").
* L's messy hair is another artifact of his [[BunnyEarsLawyer genius eccentricity]] in ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma Saotome has an enchanted hair ribbon because without it his hair gets really out of control.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Child!England had notoriously messy hair, and as an adult it doesn't really get any better.
** Greece's messy hair is actually the subject of one strip where he explains to Japan that he doesn't like the rain because it makes his hair curly and frizzy, and Japan gets confused because Greece's hair doesn't look any different from its regular, already-messy state.
** Iceland's hair is described as looking "tousled" or "bedheaded" in a character chart by Himaruya.
* In ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' Hideki's messy hair is commented on by several characters It's even stated that he looks weird when he tried to comb it for a date.
* In ''Manga/OniisamaE'', "Lady Medusa" Katsuragi gets the "Medusa" nickname due to having very messy hair, which seems to be pretty uncommon in Japan.
* Leo from ''Manga/PandoraHearts''. [[spoiler:Until his ImportantHaircut, that is. Though, some of it still sticks out all over the place.]]
* In ''Manga/KOn'', Jun has naturally messy hair that she struggles with every morning to get into place, and, according to her, it "explodes" on her if she removes her barrettes. Because she does care enough to go through it every morning, we don't often see it being messy... unless we see her first thing in the morning, such as in the anime episode where she spends the night at the Hirasawa home while Yui is with her class on a trip, or in ''Manga/KOnHighSchool'' on her own class trip. It's pretty sensitive to humidity, which she claims she can use to predict the weather, and indeed, offers such a prediction upon waking up.
* When oft-mentioned horror novelist Sen Takatsuki finally shows up in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', she turns out to be an UnkemptBeauty with major bedhead. Even when she does make an effort, it just results in a particularly messy bun piled on top of her head. It definitely helps establish her as a quirky, eccentric, and {{Adorkable}} character that exasperates her editor to no end. [[spoiler: [[BigBad At]] [[HalfHumanHybrid first]] [[OminousOwl anyway...]]]] Averted in the ''sequel'', [[spoiler: in which she cuts her hair into a neat short bob few minutes before she confessed that she's a ghoul in public.]]
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': [[OneOfTheBoys Satomi's]] hair is always [[BoyishShortHair short and mussy]], because she barely earns enough to support herself and her kid brother. So hair care is luxury she can't afford, and her fans [[UnkemptBeauty wouldn't have it any other way.]]
* In ''Manga/PingPong'', Peco, after he [[spoiler: quits the Katase High team]].
* Mika in ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'' has blonde hair that sticks up on top of his head. Not that this makes him any less {{Bishonen}}.
* Ryousuke's mother in ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' began to [[SanitySlippage suffer from mental health problems]] after her daughter's death. She has an overall disheveled appearance. [[spoiler:When Ryousuke is reunited with her, after he's sent to live with his dad while his mom recieves treatment in a psychiatric hospital, it's shown her hair has been cut into a pixie cut]].
* Nagisa's {{hikikomori}} brother in ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' keeps his hair in a messy ponytail. [[spoiler:He gets a haircut when he decides to join the Self Defense Force]].
* According to flashbacks in ''Manga/WanderingSon'' it's shown that as a teenager Yuki's hair had grown long when she refused to go to school anymore, after being forced into wearing the girl's school uniform by bullies in middle school. When we see a picture from her Coming of Age ceremony her hair has been cut but when she began [[{{transgender}} living as a woman]] she grew it out again.
* The protagonist of ''Manga/{{Kasane}}'' has messy long hair in combination with her [[NonStandardCharacterDesign overly large eyes and sharp teeth]]. She's been bullied all her life for her looks and has insecurity issues.
* Tomoko from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' is an {{otaku}} with NoSocialSkills. Her long hair isn't usually combed too well.
* Shuri's mother in ''Manga/KomorisanCantDecline''. Combined with the fact that [[EyesAlwaysShut she never opens her eyes]], it gives her a constantly exhausted look.
* Rakka from ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' has messy hair due to the static electricity caused by her halo. Even after the static goes away, her hair is in a permanent state of messiness. It also doubles as StubbornHair.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': Multiple members of the Endless. Death and Dream have straight hair that sticks out in all directions, Despair's hair is snarled and ratty, and Delirium's is wavy and changes between various flavors of unkempt.
* A FunnyBackgroundEvent in one of ComicBook/{{X 23}}'s early appearances in the ''ComicBook/XMen'' books: While Psylocke is casually and expertly braiding her hair preparing for a coming fight, Laura can be seen behind her struggling to emulate her. Once the fighting actually starts it's revealed she failed miserably and settled for a messy ponytail instead. Her hair in general tends to end up messy and out of place since she normally wears it long and loose (apparently she never quite gets the hang of braiding it).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''The Matrix'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BringingMeToLife'' two characters have this. Neo in the early parts with his almost always messy hair is a combined normal/just doesn't care example, while Max in the later parts has this as his normal hairstyle.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'':
** Harry, as per canon. His bedhead is spectacular, his post-shower hair even more so, to the point where Carol bursts out laughing.
** Carol herself has spectacular bedhead, since she's NotAMorningPerson.
** Hermione, also as per canon, though it gets a little more manageable with time. [[spoiler:This likely has something to do with the fact that she's the daughter of the more manageably curly/wavy haired Wanda Maximoff.]]
* Whenever ''Anime/KillLaKill'' fan-artist Herokick draws Ryuuko, they tend to draw her with messy hair, as illustrated [[http://herokick.tumblr.com/image/139948433742]] and [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/866d06a6bb9e367f9be2a8800377a86d/tumblr_nqpsk7ooB51smyvt8o2_1280.png]]. It serves a contrast between her and Satsuki, as the latter's hair always neat, suiting her rather prim, proper, and practical personality, while Ryuuko's hair alludes to her wild personality.
* Scorpius Malfoy in ''Fanfic/{{Returning}}'' gets this after only a few days at Hogwarts where his parents aren't around to remind him to brush his hair. It's one of the few visual differences between him and Draco at his age.
* One of the main character's most iconic traits in ''Fanfic/{{FREAKINGENSOKYO}}''. Described as "curly-ass, dishwater-blonde Danny-Sexbang-esque hair, except with more grease".

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Hiro Hamada from ''Disney/BigHero6''. WordOfGod says this is because he thinks "cool hair should never look combed".
* [[TomboyPrincess Merida]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''. Her hair is not a reflection of her sanity or her quirkiness, but rather a consequence of her preferring more physical activities over traditional feminine traits such as taking care of her appearance. [[WordOfGod The creator]] of the character said that Merida was designed to give girls a more attainable role model and because of that, she was given messy hair to show that she has no time and/or interest in looking good. Considering that extremely curly hair is difficult to maintain, specially with medieval elements (Anti-Frizz hair products weren't invented) her hair is very realistic and [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
* Flint Lockwood of ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' has wild hair that he has to struggle to get to lie down flat.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'': Wybie and his Other World doppleganger both have Messy Hair.
* Icarus from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has spiked hair that is assumed to have been fried when he flew too close to the sun (along with a [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} few brain cells]]).
* Wanderer from ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'' has long, messy feathers on his head that emphasise his mysteriousness.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Max, the [[MadMathematician reclusive math genius]] in the movie ''Film/{{Pi}}''. His neighbor tries to adjust it, but he brusques her off.
* [[LooksLikeCesare Cesare]] from ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' is one of the [[UrExample earliest portrayals of this trope]] on film.
* The killer in ''Film/TheFinalTerror'' has such long and messy hair that it works as an effective camouflage.
* ''Film/HarryPotter'': Bellatrix Lestrange's, Hermione's in the first two and seventh films.
* Aragorn's hair in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' tends to hang over his face in strings. Apparently, combs are not regular Ranger equipment.
** [[FridgeBrilliance It is entirely possible that he keeps his hair like that to make his Númenórean features less noticable]].
* Mort Rainey's hair in ''Film/SecretWindow'' was described in one review as looking as though it was combed with an eggbeater.
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': The only time Loki's hair is less than perfect is when he's [[spoiler:mourning for his mother]].
* In ''Film/WarCraft2016'', Garona has a flurry of curls much like the page image, but bigger and likely impossible to comb.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': 1973 [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Charles Xavier]] doesn't bother with his grooming because he's too depressed to care.

* In ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', "[Passepartout's] brown hair was somewhat tumbled; for while the ancient sculptors are said to have known eighteen methods of arranging Minerva's tresses, Passepartout was familiar with but one of dressing his own: three strokes of a large-tooth comb completed his toilet."
* Susan Sto Helit, granddaughter of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'s'' Death, apparently has supernaturally unmanageable hair as part of her general inherited oddness. On the rare occasions she manages to get it to stay still long enough to style it, she can actually feel it messing itself up again almost immediately. In later books, however, her hair manages ''itself''.
** In Paul Kidby's artwork, she has a gigantic Bride-of-Frankenstein-toned ''afro'', based on the book's description of it as a dandelion clock.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the titular wizard Harry Dresden has hair that remains perpetually unable to be properly shaped. The fact that he doesn't have any mirrors save a small shaving mirror (because lots of ''things'' can use mirrors as gateways) doesn't help.
** Then there's eccentric medical examiner Waldo Butters whose hair looks perpetually electrocuted.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry has hair that won't lie flat no matter what he does. His aunt at one point cut it embarrassingly short but it had grown back by the morning.
** Hermione, meanwhile, has frizzy, bushy hair which she finds too much trouble to tame except on special occasions. (The films have given up the look around the third installment, alternating for Creator/EmmaWatson's naturally wavy hair instead. By the fourth film she also became rather blonde).
** Harry's dad, who had hair just like his, used to mess it up on purpose because he liked looking as though he'd just been flying.
** Luna, resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, has "scraggly" hair. It's probably naturally curly like Hermione's, but is most likely a lot thinner, so it isn't so much bushy as scraggly.
* Door of ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' had tangled hair at first, as part of her general grimy and ragged appearance, but fixed that when she had a chance to bathe properly.
* Similarly, when we first meet Lessa in ''[[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Dragonflight]]'', she's grimy, with matted hair, since she lives disguised as a "drudge", or household servant/slave. Even she's surprised by how long her hair is once she gets it washed and brushed out.
* Mike Donovan from ''Literature/IRobot'' is always described as having perpetually messy hair that rejects all attempts to tame it. It goes with his FieryRedhead personality.
* Miyamoto Musashi (aka Shimmen Takezo) in "Literature/{{Musashi}}" is described as having hair like "a bird's nest". The fact that he never washed it because he didn't want to be vulnerable to attack while bathing probably had a lot to do with it.
* Literature/JunieBJones. The illustrator's initial sketches for the character had her with neat hair until she realized it didn't suit the character.
* In ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}'', Georgia describes her curly hair as "comes in two settings: long enough to tangle, and short enough to look like I havenít brushed it in years. I prefer the short version." In her world, hair too short for an attacking zombie to grab is practical. She also really doesn't much care about her appearance, except for special occasions and her insistence on dying her hair back to her natural dark brown. She dislikes the blonde streaks created by the bleach used in the standard DecontaminationShower she has to go through regularly.
* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Cala wears his hair in a messy braid. He just doesn't [[AbsentMindedProfessor care]].
* According to the ''Literature/{{Heimskringla}}'', [[FounderOfTheKingdom Harald Fairhair]] swore not to cut his hair until he'd been made king of Norway, and as such had go around being known as the slightly less impressive "Tangle-Hair" for the first part of his adult life.
* Kinkfur from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is named because of his permanently kinky fur. It's possible that he has some curly-furred or rex-furred cat breeds in his blood.
* Eatbugs is an old TalkativeLoon cat from ''Literature/TailchasersSong'' with perpetually messy and [[ThePigPen dirty]] fur.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Hatter in Creator/{{Syfy}}'s ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'' miniseries.
* Kitty Sanchez from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', when LettingHerHairDown.
* In the episode "Soul Mates" from ''Series/BabylonFive'', Delenn comes down with this...[[JustifiedTrope because until earlier that year, she'd never had any hair to deal with, and doesn't know how to care for her hair]]. Ivanova ends up having to help out.
* Bernard Black in ''Series/BlackBooks''.
** ...also, every other character played by Dylan Moran, including his stage persona. As he himself says: "It's its own bioculture, I just leave it alone... we sleep in separate rooms."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Second Doctor had an unkempt mop-top haircut as well as an [[{{Permastubble}} abiding five o' clock shadow]], both of which sets him off against the clean-cut First Doctor. He has his hair tidied in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E7TheMacraTerror "The Macra Terror"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld "The Enemy of the World"]], and apparently hates both the look and sensation of having it combed both times.
** The Fourth Doctor has a mop of longish, aggressively curly hair. Messing it up from the Third Doctor's hairstyle with his hand is actually the very first thing he does after regenerating and it's usually tangled, though precisely how messy it is seems to have a lot of variation depending on the story (ranging from relatively smooth and tidy in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E1TerrorOfTheZygons "Terror of the Zygons"]] to a complete frizz in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E5ThePowerOfKroll "The Power of Kroll"]]). Creator/TomBaker refused to let the makeup team touch it after the start of recording because he felt it would be out of character for the Doctor to comb his hair while he was saving the universe -- see Episode 4 of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "Pyramids of Mars"]], where he starts out with a combed bouffant which you can watch slowly coil up into a springy mess. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin"]], the Doctor claims his hair curls whenever he's thought up a good idea (or when it's going to rain).
** The Eighth Doctor has messy, curly hair too, but longer and looser than the Fourth Doctor's. Both he and the Fourth are the resident [[CloudCuckooLander loopy romantics]] of the Doctors.
** The Tenth Doctor has pretty unkempt hair, though the kind that's clearly deliberately messy. Like with the Fourth Doctor, the mess level depends a lot on the story.
** The Eleventh Doctor had wild hair in his first season, but it was gelled to immobility from [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]] onwards because it was causing the hair continuity people a headache.
** The Twelfth Doctor originally had short silver curls in Series 8, but it has grown out into a curly silvery mess by Series 10.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', River Tam's hair is long, wild, and unkempt, partially because she's insane and thus doesn't seem to care a whole lot for it. Of course, she's the most "in-tune" of all the characters, being a psychic. In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', her hair is a bit more controlled, hinting at her growing sense of self-control.
** In ''The River Tam Sessions'', the first session shows River's hair as being very neat and well-groomed. As she is experimented on and begins to lose her grip on sanity, her hair (and the rest of her appearance) becomes progressively messier.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** Dr Harrison Wells starts the series with reasonably tidy hair, but it gets longer and more unkempt as time goes on. By the time [[spoiler: his true identity as the Reverse Flash is revealed]], 'distinctly ruffled' has become his hair's default state.
** [[spoiler: Harry Wells of Earth-2]] has very messy hair that sticks up and out in all directions, which helps to indicate that he is focussing completely on his mission to [[spoiler: defeat Zoom]] to the exclusion of everything else.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' features [[TheTwink Blaine Anderson]], whose naturally frizzy, curly hair isn't revealed until hair gel is banned by [[TheDitz ditzy]] [[StudentCouncilPresident Britney]]. His arc in the episode was meant to show how even the character always presented as the most proud and comfortable in his own skin still has body image issues. The frizzy hairstyle then disappeared for two seasons, when Blaine attempted to rock the look as an ExpositoryHairstyleChange. Even his [[TheDitz best friend]] didn't recognize him.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'': Fans speculate if Serena van der Woodsen even owns a hairbrush.
** Dan's season five hair is considered by some to be its own character.
* Parodied in the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "The Platinum Rule" when Ted spends the ENTIRE episode trying to get his hair messy in the exact right way to go impress a girl. At one point when he's about to leave he gets stalled when one of his friends messes up his messed up hair, and Ted returns to the mirror trying to re-perfect it.
** Which is pretty ironic considering that Ted's hair is always a large spiky mess.
* Rodrigo in ''Series/MozartInTheJungle'' (and his real-life inspiration, Gustavo Dudamel).
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': Jim has messy, cowlicked hair until the end of the third season, when he gets an ImportantHaircut. After that, it's not quite as messy, but not as well-groomed as the few episodes after the haircut. It's even lampshaded when Michael tries to imitate Jim in the second season by messing up his normally tidy hair.
* John Sheppard of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has perpetually messy hair, which helps to indicate his status as the resident MilitaryMaverick who is BrilliantButLazy.
* In ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', the character Reverend [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Ignatowski Jim Ignatowski]] (Christopher Lloyd) usually had messy hair to go along with his regular drug use and "spaced-out" behavior. Here's a [[http://www.studyofsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/jim-ignatowski-pic.jpg picture of the Reverend]].

* Music/BobDylan, [[ImageSource of course.]] ("[[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]] disguised as RobinHood...")
* Robert Smith of Music/TheCure.
* Justin Pierre of Music/MotionCitySoundtrack
* 2D and Noodle of Music/{{Gorillaz}} both have uneven, shaggy haircuts. Noodle pairs it with BlindingBangs.
* Steve Bays of Music/HotHotHeat, with his untameable head of ginger curls.
* Adam Gontier of Music/ThreeDaysGrace has messed-up hair.
* Buzz Osbourne of Music/{{Melvins}} is known for the huge pile of messy black (or later on, black and gray) hair on top of his head.
* Russian rock star Music/ViktorTsoi of the band Kino had wonderfully messy dark hair, good for throwing around.
* Geddy Lee of Music/{{Rush}} has been keeping his long hair a bit messy in recent years, though this is probably just a natural effect of having naturally curly hair that would probably be a Jew-fro if he kept it shorter. (He comments, while in very humid and hot Brazil in a short documentary, "Jews must have a hell of a time with their hair in this climate. We get the frizzies immediately.")
* If there's a poster or painting depicting Music/SydBarrett, chances are it will show his hair either in a Dylan-esque frizz or messily straight down.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in US Championship Wrestling on "Gorgeous" Gary Garvin, who takes great pride in his appearance. When Lexie Fyfe finally got a match with the meddlesome manager, one of the first things she did was mess up his hair.

* [[http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/ruddigore/web_opera/rudd11.html Mad Margaret]] in Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}''.
* Moritz Stiefel from ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' is almost always portrayed as having messy hair, as befitting his anxious, scattered thoughts. PlayedWith in the Deaf West Production, where Moritz's hair is slicked down but his Inner Voice (who represents his inner desires/true self to a certain extent) still has the trademark hair.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo'': Satomi appears the same as she does in her anime portrayal - with her hair being short and mussy, [[PerpetualPoverty for the same reason.]] Though she never seems concerned about her appearance.
* ''VideoGame/MusashiSamuraiLegend'': Musashi. [[http://www.gamershell.com/static/screenshots/7873/183567_full.jpg just look at him]]. [[UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi His real life inspiration]] did it to frustrate his enemies.
* He may be in the process of [[BaldOfEvil balding]], but whatever hair Trevor has left in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' is always in a messy state regardless of how you decide to cut it.
* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', your teacher Sadayo Kawakami always has a messy bed head at school, due to moonlighting a second job in the evenings that causes her to oversleep and not have enough time to bother combing her hair in the mornings. The protagonist himself has unkempt curly hair, a visual indication of the trickster hiding beneath his meek facade.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', this is a commonly depicted trait of Namira, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of the [[DarkIsNotEvil Ancient Darkness]], associated with [[NightmareFetishist all things revolting]], [[NatureIsNotNice decay]], [[BodyHorror disfiguring diseases]], and [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]]. This combined with her black dress means that her appearance all but crosses into crosses into WitchClassic territory (minus the pointy black hat).
* ''VideoGame/TargetOfDesireEpisode1'': How many hours in the morning does Maria spend to get her hair that messy?

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Wannabe MadScientist Okabe Rintarou of ''[[VisualNovel/SteinsGate Steins;Gate]]'' doesn't quite have the length to pull of EinsteinHair, so he must settle with this.
* ''VisualNovel/MissingStars'': Katja's slightly messy hair emphasises that she's not the typical {{Ojou}} like she initially seems to be.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Zimmy of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has messy hair with lots of flyaways as one part of her generally unkempt and dirty appearance, and Jack's hair has become steadily messier as he's become more Zimmy-like.
* Bleu of ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'' [[http://tf2.skyscrapersoup.com/?p=218 has stupid hair]]. It always looks like that, by the way, it's not just hat hair.
* Vaarsuvius from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', while s/he was suffering the effects of trance deprivation.
* Several of the trolls from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/carcinoGeneticist_5875.gif Karkat Vantas]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/terminallyCapricious_799.gif Gamzee Makara]] (easily the best example among them), [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/apocalypseArisen_7072.gif Aradia Megido]], [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100825013548/mspaintadventures/images/d/da/Nepetanohat.png Nepeta Leijon]], and arguably [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/arachnidsGrip_8151.gif Vriska Serket]].
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue4PAGES/ib095.html everyone goes from waking up to look, with their hair still down.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2010-03-30 Monique looks Medusa-like when she wakes.]]
* More than half of ''Webcomic/{{Archipelago}}'''s male characters have hair like this. In particular, Blitz (and therefore Raven) [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_profile_blitz_2453.png has hair]] that goes up, down and all around.
** Lampshaded when [[ShonenHair Riley]] is surprised that Alice remembers him.
-->'''Alice:''' Hair like yours is hard to forget.
* Surprisingly averted by Tamaura of ''Webcomic/{{Blindsprings}}'' while she lives in the magical forest - she has a huge mass of hair, and lives in a forest, but her hair somehow manages to look well-kept, though enormous. After she leaves the forest, her hairdo visibly disintegrates, hinting that it was held up by magic.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'', Edith has no WakeUpMakeUp benefits, which results with her waking up with an awful case of having a tangled mess on her head.
* Phineas Kidd, the title character of ''Webcomic/KiddCommander'' has pink messy hair. "That hair gets stupider every time I see it, I swear to god." says Jocasta to Phineas, [[http://kiddcommander.com/?comic=page-80 p.80]]. Phineas loves her messy hair, which acquires with the art improvement a superlative "boof".

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Several characters have this in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Some examples include Jonathan Jarocki and Lily Ainsworth, for starters. Chris Richardson of ''Evolution'' is also described this way.
* Pretty much the entire cast of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', save for Slender Man himself. It probably has something to do with the fact that the vast majority of the characters are (or at least are ''implied'' to be) BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* If you look on the comment sections for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's videos (...why would you do that to yourself?), you'll nearly always see people saying she needs to at least look like she's brushed her hair. Somewhat shallow FridgeBrilliance here; she's only ''pretending'' to be a girly girl for her reviews, she's not really.
* WebVideo/{{VlogBrother|s}} Hank is often slightly untidy, as noted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpQl878E5iU this video from February 2007]].
-->''Some of my friends were telling me last night that my hair is sometimes a little bit messy on Brotherhood 2.0. So, last night I went to bed with wet hair. I haven't actually touched it yet, so I want to see what it looks like in its preserved state. It's kind of... skateboard ramp going on, and a wave, and little tufts -- tufts like I'm a baby bird...''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheTalesOfBaSingSe Tales of Ba Sing Se]]", the first story involves [[TeamMom Katara]] and [[TheLadette Toph]] having a girls day out. When Katara wakes Toph up, Toph's hair is so messed up that it looks like a porcupine is sitting on her head.
* Zuri and Tiifu from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' have messy fur (and fur markings) to better help distinguish them, considering there is only so much you can do with lion designs.
* Pinkie Pie, resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}} of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is permanently knotted and messy, even after being ironed flat by a hairstylist (it repoofs in seconds) or being trimmed (it ''grows back instantly''). It becomes perfectly straight and lifeless when she's depressed, though.
* Both the title characters of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' and Heinz Doofenshmirtz.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' Buttercup has a cowlick to visually distinguish her as the rambunctious {{tomboy}}.
* As first expressed in the ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' episode "Coldfinger", whenever [=SheZow=]'s hair is messy, her powers won't work. Fortunately for her, [[CrazyPrepared she keeps a can of hairspray in handy]].
* Amethyst from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a messy and wild woman with long, uncombed hair.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/TimBurton's perpetually unkempt mass of dark hair has no doubt served as inspiration for many of his characters who are similarly coiffed.
* Creator/NeilGaiman has untidy dark hair, at least in his author photos. This is probably the [[AuthorAvatar inspiration]] for the looks of several characters he's written, including ComicBook/TheSandman, Richard Mayhew, and Tristran Thorn, not to mention the picture book ''Crazy Hair''. One of his "about the author" notes includes the sentence, "He thanks you for the offer of a comb, but doubts that it would do any good." [[http://twitpic.com/2whf8o Even after a haircut.]]
* Curly hair is often referred to as "messy hair" because many people assume it will be unstyled or not cared for.
** When someone brushes it, the curls tend to merge into one giant puff ball.
** And if you don't brush it people tell you you look like Harpo Marx.
** And if it's secured back when you're asleep, it comes out of its tie and you suddenly bear a striking resemblance to Bellatrix.
* Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, especially as Bellatrix [[Film/HarryPotter Lestrange]]. To the point that it was a genuine shock to see her with neatly styled hair in ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''.
* A certain Albert E. Hey, with his smarts, Mr. Einstein didn't need to keep his strands looking maintained.
* Creator/MiaWasikowska looks like her hair-care routine consists of two steps: 1. Wash it. 2. ''Maybe'' comb it. [[UnkemptBeauty Not that anyone's complaining.]]
* Creator/DarrenCriss' hair is a curly mess. Fans will forever argue over whether he looks better this way, or with the short straight hair he had on ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
** This is addressed on ''Glee'', when it's revealed that Blaine's hair is naturally curly just like his actor's, but he hates it and spends hours straightening it with gel.
* Similarly, Creator/RobertSheehan cannot cut or straighten his hair without fans threatening (jokingly...we hope) to commit suicide.
* Creator/ZooeyDeschanel's hair just seems to grow out of her head like kudzu.
* ScoutTaylorCompton's hair often borders on [[Music/AFlockOfSeagulls Flock of Seagulls]].
* There are exhaustive books, websites, boutiques and product lines aimed at trying to get hair like this to look good- usually, preferably, to turn it into QuirkyCurls (especially the many that are primarily pitched at a Caucasian market). Some are a little... zealous about the importance of embracing it (check out Lorraine Massey's "Curly Girl", with its twelve-step programme to a correct attitude to curly hair, and you'll see what we mean...)
* [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Pittsburgh Steelers]] player [[https://www.google.com/search?q=Troy+Polamalu&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=dZK6UbePH-fE0QHqooHACg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1241&bih=584 Troy Polamalu]] is known for his long, wild hair. Not only is his shampoo endorsement deal particularly logical, but there are even jerseys with his hair printed over his last name, mimicking the way it sticks out under his helmet.
* Music/JeffBuckley, he had quite a variety of hairstyles, but not a single one was neat.
* Music/MiltonJones is an example of this trope. However, it's mostly only when he's doing comedy. He thinks it makes him look funnier.
* [[Music/JethroTull Ian Anderson]], early in his career, tended to look like a hobo.
* General [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Guerin_general_Jean-Baptiste_Kleber.JPG Jean-Baptiste Kléber]]'s hair looked like a lion's mane, only adding to his impressive stature.
* Creator/JohnCooperClarke has distinctively messy black hair, reflecting his status as the "punk poet" of the late 70s/early 80s.
* Creator/PeterJackson, combined with PermaStubble.
* The late British comedian Ken Dodd combined wild hair with buck teeth, supporting his crazy, energetic image. The energy was real (he was working nearly up to his death at the age of 90), but the craziness covered a highly professional competence in his craft.