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->''"Oh no! My hair's in a mess. Ah -- [[LampshadeHanging but it always looks like this.]]"''
-->--'''Gold''', ''PokemonSpecial''

Specific case of AnimeHair, that happens often in {{Shonen}} series. One or more of the characters, usually a protagonist, have a specific hairstyle -- their hair is [[MessyHair always a mess]], sticks out on all sides, and often looks kind of [[SpikyHair spiky]]. This hairstyle often comes with {{Hot Blooded}}ness and/or a nature somewhere between rebel, free spirit and ChaoticGood. Somebody could assume it's supposed to symbolize the hero's disrespect for existing rules. Or his dislike for hairdressers. Generally, it looks like our hero doesn't put any effort in his hairstyle and just goes as they are.

This is the kind of hairstyle that people suffering from PublicMediumIgnorance think all male anime characters have. The DistaffCounterpart stereotype for female anime characters is RapunzelHair, or GirlishPigtails.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' has the Saiyans, especially Goku in his "base" (non Super Saiyan) form. [[NeverLiveItDown Everyone else is mostly normal]]. There's some guys in mohawks, but that's it.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' - while Kamina's hair is this trope played straight, Simon is an interesting example - his hairstyle becomes more and more like this each time he [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A level In Badass]].
* Manga/{{Naruto}}, and a few of his friends, like Kiba.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
** Ichigo Kurosaki, the Espada Grimmjow Jaggerjack...
** Captain Kenpachi Zaraki of Squad 11 in a rare case actually styles his hair like that instead of the usual case of it just being so.
** Averted with other characters. Nnoitora Giruga is just as confrontational, but has neat, straight hair - closer in style to Ishida than Ichigo. In addition, when Grimmjow releases, his hair actually gets straighter (probably due to becoming longer.) Conversely, Hitsugaya's hair is a lot like this, but he's a [[PerpetualFrowner rather serious]] character who usually isn't quick to fight.
* Jotaro Kujo from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' was revealed to have this when he lost his cap.
** An even better example is Joseph Joestar, his grandfather. When he was young, that is.
* Both Tetsuya Tsurugi and Kouji Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''.
** And both Ken and Ryo from ''MazinkaiserSKL''.
* At least one kid from each ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series. Typically the one with the goggles (but not always!)
* Loads of characters in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
** There's even a popular icon that has a picture of Ash Ketchum, stating that "His hair can poke people's eyes out".
* Iki from ''Manga/AirGear''.
* Shobu Kirifuda from ''Anime/DuelMasters''.
* Practically a ''staple'' of the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' universe:
** Yugi/Yami from first ''Anime/YuGiOh'' - yes, his hair just looks like an eccentric hairstyle... until it's hinted it's natural.
*** To the point where flashbacks show baby Yami as having the same hairstyle. In Ancient Egypt. Meanwhile, his dad has straight, black hair like a normal Egyptian. Makes you wonder what his mom looks like.
*** Oh she had perfectly normal, long black hair, for the single panel of the manga that she appears in.
*** Strangely, baby Yami in the manga is given a regular black ponytail on the left side of his head, as per ancient Egyptian style.
** ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'' has many of them - Manjoume, Sho, Amon and Jim to name a few. Protagonist Judai actually averts this with a hairstyle that's plausible in real life.
** ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D's]]'' - Yusei (pictured above), possibly one man with weirder hairstyle than Yugi. There's a reason he's called [[FanNickname 'Crabhead']] among the fandom. Jack keeps boasting that he's a King and then take into account his hair looks like a crown.
*** Take a long look at a group pic of Team Satisfaction and see if you can match up these names: [[FanNickname Crabhead]], Sea Urchin, Broomstick, and (after his second appearance) [[spoiler: Sephiroth]].
** And then ''[[Anime/YuGiOhZexal Zexal]]'''s Yuma manages to completely [[UpToEleven out-crazy pretty much every hairstyle in the series]] [[spoiler: - and that's [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow before he enters]] SuperMode!]]
* Battler Ushiromiya from ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', despite the fact that it's not a shonen.
* Main character from ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}''.
* Most of protagonists and villains in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.
* In the [[WordOfGod author's notes]] on ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', NobuhiroWatsuki explicitly mentions that [[KidSamurai Yahiko's]] character design is that of the archetypical wild-haired Shonen Protagonist, and [[TheLancer Sano's]] hair is so crazy he gets called "Rooster-head" InUniverse. (Interestingly enough, as the series progresses, Kenshin's hair grows progressively ''less'' wild. ArtShift that doubles as a sign of CharacterDevelopment!)
* Several characters from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' have hair like this, including Sena, Monta and Hiruma. The series lampshades the trope: Sena's hair is a cross between Goku's and Astro Boy's. Sena looks exactly like Astro Boy with his hair gelled down and his dad has the same hairdo. Hiruma actually has normal hair but styles his hair this way to add to his rebellious image. As for Monta, he's simply copying the hairstyle of his hero, who has a less cartoony version of the haircut.
* Joshua Christopher from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', although it's much more toned down than some of the other examples on this page. (He pretty much fits the personality for this trope to a T.) [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Chrono]] might count, too, although he's got a long braid at the base of his neck in addition to the spiky hair on his head.
* Almost ''all'' of the male cast of ''Manga/DNAngel''. Particularly notable because this is a ''{{shojo}}'' manga, not shounen (although it certainly mixes in tropes from that genre).
* Chris in ''{{Superbook}}''.
* Spike Spiegel in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has hair that sticks out all over the place, but it's more curly than spiky. (Faye at one point describes it as "fluffy".)
** As does his ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' counterpart, Mugen.
* The Hitachiin twins in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. Seems to be intentionally {{invoked}} by the twins -- flashbacks show that before they joined the Host Club they had identical bowl cuts instead of the wild, spiky haircuts they have in present day, and they're considered the "Devil" type in the host club and are ''supposed'' to be a little wild.
** This fits better for the anime. Their hair looks much more natural and isn't quite as poofed out in the manga, although it's obvious they usually style it with hair gel.
* In BladeOfTheImmortal, which is fairly realistic and features normal haircuts for almost all of the main and supporting characters, AntiVillain Magatsu Taito looks like he's carrying a porcupine on his head. We're talking foot-long spikes. It doesn't go unnoticed. At one point, somebody mentions InUniverse that hair like that will be [[GenreSavvy popular in a couple hundred years]].
* [[HotBlooded Goh]] and [[BrattyHalfPint Mannen]] in ''{{Pretear}}''.
* Tamahome and Tasuki from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', as opposed to just about everyone else. Bonus points because Tamahome keeps his hair in a ponytail anyway. Of course, that was before the [[MoralEventHorizon you]][[ImportantHaircut -know-]][[HeroicBSOD what]] involving Suboshi in the middle of the series.
* ''{{Yo-Jin-Bo}}'' has Jin, whose hair is extremely messy. He's a HotBlooded RedHeadedHero, though, so we can forgive him for forgetting to brush it occasionally.
* Soul and Black☆Star from ''Manga/SoulEater''.
* Another [[KidHero Jin]], this time from ''ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'', has this. Apart from his two other classmates Akira and [[TheSlacker Yoppa]], the rest of the main cast sport more or less normal hairstyles.
* Hayato Kazami, Naoki Shinjyo and Johji Ohtomo in ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' have these. Hayato's is more noticeable, and it gets bigger in the last 2 [=OVAs=].
* Touma Kamijou from ''ToAruMajutsuNoIndex''. In a bit of a subversion, Touma actually deliberately styles it that way with hair gel.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': [[TheHero Natsu]], [[TheLancer Gray]], and [[TheRival Gajeel]] all have this hairstyle.
** Whenever Natsu is in the middle of a hard battle, his bangs go down because of the damage he takes. During the Tenro Island arc, he even uses his Fire Dragon Slayer Magic to heat up his hands to style his hair to its usual style.
* A lot of characters in ''Manga/GetBackers''; most notably the two protagonists, and ''especially'' Ban (though being drenched leads to his hair becoming completely tamed...for a while).
* [[AntiHero Hiei]] of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' has this to a T. He looks like an emo [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super-Saiyan]].
* ''SuitePrettyCure'' has a rare female example with the side character Waon Nishijima.
* Manga/{{Hamlet}} has this.
* In ''SaintBeast'', unlike most of his counterparts who have [[YouGottaHaveblueHair unnatural hair colours]], Goh just gets a very spiky haircut.
* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Tsukune has shonen hair, but thanks to ArtEvolution, his hair looks more normal and straighter in later chapters of ''Season II''.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Sanageyama's hair seems to get more spiky with every new iteration of his uniform. By the time he gets to wearing Blade Regalia: Secret Unsealed, he's practically a Saiyan.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Possibly Wolverine from the X-Men—he is generally portrayed with particularly feral hair and sideburns that look a bit like horns, especially in earlier renderings.
* Beast was potrayed with something similiar until he turned into a cat.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The title character in ''CecilBDemented'' has total ShonenHair.
* Peter Parker has hair like this in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* Briskir from Literature/{{Halvgudene}} has this.
* HarryPotter was described as having this kind of hair, which the movies ignored.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Sosuke of ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''. {{Lampshade}}d in a behind-the-scenes blog pic when someone holds up a [[Franchise/DragonBall Saiyan Goku]] figure beside him.
** Also comes up in several other series. Typically, HotBlooded reds have the official hairstyle of hotblood.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''CalvinAndHobbes'': Eternally scruffy and hyperactive Calvin.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series is rife with them:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'''s Fighter class;
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'''s Paladin!Cecil in sprite form, Edge in all forms.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'''s Bartz
** Cloud Strife of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'';
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'''s Zidane;
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'''s Tidus.
* Roxas and Sora of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', among others.
** And, conversely, Ventus and [[spoiler: Vanitas]].
* Crono, the hot-headed hero of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
-->"Where's the punk with the spiky-hair?"
* The preview male sprite from the Japanese ''SquareEnix Members'' would have this when he dresses up as [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Sorbet]] from ''Dive II Hunt'', which means Sorbet might have ShonenHair himself.
* A number of characters from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', particularly Sanada Yukimura ([[ShortHairWithTail who also has a ponytail]]). Date Masamune is an odd case in that, while his hair is [[http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/10/82869.jpg normally rather tame]], it seems to [[http://www.kitazeinbou.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/vlcsnap-255946.jpg magically spike out under his helmet]]. Static cling, maybe?
* Neku Sakuraba from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''
* Every ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' character either has this or IdiotHair.
* For the most part, the characters from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series have relatively normal hairstyles. However, [[http://images.wikia.com/tekken/en/images/d/d5/Lars-br.jpg Lars Alexandersson]] fits this trope to a tee, with a dash of {{Sentai}}. Special mention goes out to the Mishima clan, as well.
* ''VideoGame/RetroCityRampage'' has this as a hairstyle called The Weaboo.
* ''KingdomOfLoathing'', parodying ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', gives us a Protagonist with spiky hair. As a justifying drop, his super-spiky hair gel gives this effect to the player: "Your hair is seriously spiky. It looks good, and it could put an eye out -- the eye of your foe." A specific Protagonist appears as a Quest NPC: [[{{Wangst}} Mist Angst]].
** His Burly Sidekick also has a spiky mohawk sharp enough to weaponize.
* Many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' characters. It's so noticeable with the male protagonists that it becomes terribly noticeable when the ''VideoGame/PokemonXY'' protagonist doesn't have AnimeHair of ''any'' sort.
** Same goes for male ''Franchise/{{Fossil Fighters}}'' protagonists, except there are no exceptions yet. [[MindScrew Chew on that one.]]
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Jeff, in the EasterEgg of ''BowsersKingdom'' episode 8, gains this when he ate the [[SonicTheHedgehog Chaos Emerald]] and fights [[SuperMarioBrosZ Turbo Mecha Sonic]] on an even level.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/File:CGnobackg.png Karkat]] (and [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/File:John_Egbert.png John]] to a degree) of ''{{Homestuck}}'' both sport this style.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/isaac_cast_3970.png Isaac]] of ''{{Paranatural}}'' has hair like this, which is ''[[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=113 "spiky all on its own"]]''.
--> '''Isaac:''' Don't laugh, [[LampshadeHanging it's serious]]. Like, what am I gonna do when this hairstyle goes out of fashion?
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' version of Robin. Some episodes [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] and [[ParodiedTrope parody]] this trope.
** In "Mother Mae-Eye", Robin is shown styling his hair. In "Divide and Conquer", during an argument with Cyborg, the latter points out that he stinks of hair gel.
** In "Date with Destiny", after being yelled at by Starfire, his hair turns into what seems to be its natural state - [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/robin00013_4782.jpg a "good boy" style.]] Also a MythologyGag- it looks exactly like how Robin's hair was drawn in the Golden/Silver Age comics.
** On another occasion, he gets drenched, and swipes his hand over his hair in a blur, and it is [[HairReboot promptly restored to its standard form:]] bing!
* [[LovableSexManiac Kenny]] from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has blond ShonenHair, although we [[InTheHood rarely get to see it]].
* [[ThePowerpuffGirls The Rowdyruff Boys]] sport this after Him brings them back to life, which the Girls immediately mock them for (calling it "mean hair").
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