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Spiky hair is the process of using products to make the hair stand on end like spikes sticking out of the head. It's often associated with the punk rock subculture and, in fiction, it's used to show that a character is wild and cool as well as being badass. While spiky hair is prominent in real life, fictional characters are almost always shown with perfectly spiked hair despite the fact that it would get flattened while they're in bed. While it is a typically male hairstyle, it has become somewhat fashionable for women to have a spiky hairstyle.

A perennial favorite of the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire. Why? No one knows. Maybe it reminds people of fangs.

Compare AnimeHair and ShonenHair.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Matt from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. While many other characters sport wild and crazy hair, he's the only one who's actually stated to use gel.
* Played with by Team Unicorn in ''Anime/Yugioh5Ds'', whose leader's hair has one long spike.
* Issa Matsumoto from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' spikes his hair up in slightly exaggerated way, making him the only character in the series so far with a remotely silly hairstyle.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''TheBeano'''s [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace]] and Smasher from ''ComicBook/TheDandy''.
* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' sports this, and even sports an ''Manga/AstroBoy'' cut in one strip.
* ComicBook/{{Incandescence}} has puffy, wavy spikes. A very unusual hairstyle for an American superheroine.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Rory O'Shea from ''[[Film/RoryOSheaWasHere Inside I'm Dancing]]'' and his bleached blond spikes. Not allowing him to gel his hair is one of the many ways the women in the care home try to restrict him.
* The unnamed woman on the team from ''Film/AlienVSPredator'' has some truly amazing blonde spikes. They show how much of a badass she is though in an action movie [[VasquezAlwaysDies the tough tomboyish girl doesn't last too long]].
* Freddie spikes his hair when he becomes a fan of punk music in ''Film/SchoolOfRock''. Billy is also shown with spiked hair when they arrive at Battle of the Bands. Laurence also goes for this look during the performance.
* Ryan Phillippe donned some impressive spikes for the film ''Film/{{Homegrown}}''.
* The bully Rory Buck from ''Film/JackFrost1998''.
* James Dean, ''Film/RebelWithoutACause''.
* Gary Oldman in ''Film/SidAndNancy''.
* Jonathan Lipnicki as little Ray Boyd in ''Film/JerryMaguire''.
* Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in ''{{Twilight}}''.
* [[TheChick Rocket]] from '''Film/SuckerPunch'' to enhance the {{Animesque}} feel of the movie.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Nymphadora Tonks in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series favours her hair short, spiky and bright pink. Since she can change her appearance at will she obviously has no trouble spiking it up in the morning.
* Lisbeth Salander from ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo]]'' is a goth girl with short spiky hair.
* Mike from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' is said to have this hairstyle, though the movies give him normal flat hair. Alice Cullen is also said to have short spiky hair; in the movies, her hair is a bit longer and a little less spiky.
* Jerry Cruncher in ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' is described as having hair so spiky it would be [[GroinAttack dangerous to play leapfrog with him]]. His son has it, too.
* Early in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince]]'', Bree first arrives on Lori's doorstep with her hair dyed a fiery red and done in a spiky hairdo:
--> '''Lori:''' Good grief. What have you done to your hair?
-->'''Bree (''turning head to one side''):''' Like it?
--> '''Lori:''' It looks like your head is on fire.
-->'''Bree (''smiling''):''' Brilliant. Just the effect I was aiming for. I call it my portable hearth. There's nothing like red hair to take the edge off a cold snap.
:: Bree is also a free spirit who likes challenging the stuffier residents of the village. She later says that when Peggy Taxman saw Bree's hair in church, Peggy gave her a look that "would have curdled milk." In Bree's estimation, this is a feature, not a bug.
* Thalia Grace from ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' is described as a punk girl and has spiky black hair.
* Miss Scary from the ''Literature/MrMen'' series.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is shown with spiky hair in a flashback to the 70s. And no, that's not where his name comes from.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' often wore his hair spiky. On entering the alternate dimension of Pylea the different supernatural rules allowed him to see his reflection and he reacted with distress, suggesting this is some [[LockedIntoStrangeness horrible grooming accident created by his vampirism.]]
* Both Chandler and Ross liked to have this hairstyle in ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Ironically Rachel told Ross he used too much gel when his hair was actually flat.
* Vince from ''Series/WhatILikeAboutYou''.
* Jon Lee from Music/SClub7 adopted this style for the ''LA 7'' season.
* Abby Maitland in ''{{Primeval}}'' gave herself a short spiky style for season 3. She grew out her hair in season 4.
* Leo's EvilTwin from the season 6 finale of ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* June Tuesday on the short-lived ''Series/That80sShow''.
* In the ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' episode "Forever Red", Tommy Oliver has switched to this hairstyle, which is jarring to older viewers because previously he'd been a long hair whose hair had lengthened with each passing season. It's still short and spiky when he returns as a regular cast member in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''.
* Banban "Ban" Akaza/[=DekaRed=] from ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', though he grows it out from ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger VS Dekaranger'' onwards.
* Ted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', whose hair is almost fascinating in its intricately disheveled spikiness.
* Stefan Salvatore from ''TheVampireDiaries'' is known for his trademark spiky hair.
* Scott McCall from ''Series/TeenWolf'' has been sporting spiky hair since season two.
** [[spoiler: As of season three, Stiles has grown his hair out and is now sporting a spiky haircut.]]
* Alex from ''Series/MythQuest'' tries this for one episode, but he gives it up rather quickly.
* Logan Echolls in ''Series/VeronicaMars''. Coming from a family of actors probably didn't hurt his grooming standards.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* As mentioned above, spiky hair is found in the punk rock subculture. It's often dyed various colours as well. Some schools aren't as strict about spiky hair as they are about certain other hairstyles, as long as the spikes aren't too severe.
* Liberty spikes is a special style where the hair is grown long and spiked out, looking similar to the headdress on the Statue of Liberty where the name comes from.
* Mark Hoppus, of {{Blink182}} fame.
* Pretty much every member of GoodCharlotte.
* Derek Whibley aka Bizzy D from Sum 41.
* Sid Vicious, as mentioned above.
* Omi from Music/ExistTrace. Bonus points for it being [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair silver]].

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/ZackRyder and his slogan "take care, spike your hair".
* Indie wrestler Wrestling/ChristinaVonEerie has her hair spiked up into a mohawk. Portia Perez once joked that it could be used as a weapon during matches.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Because of Cloud Strife's outrageous hair, spiky hair is considered a trademark of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', even though it's a fairly uncommon sight in the series outside of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' related stuff
* Many characters from the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series have outrageously spiky hair, Sora and Axel in particular. There's even a ''LampshadeHanging'' in the second game in reference to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's infamous hair]] (although, ironically, he uses his much more sane-looking ''Advent Children'' costume/hair for most of his KH appearances).
* Hwoarang gets this hairstyle in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 4'' when he joins the army. It grows out between games. See also Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima.
* Hwang Sung Kyung and his expy Hong Yun-Seong from ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'', despite the game [[AnachronismStew being set in the 1500s]].
* Phoenix Wright from the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series. The rest of the cast frequently poke fun at him for it.
* Crono from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''
* The appropriately-named Spike from ''VideoGame/ApeEscape''.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', who has ''literally'' spiky hair in that he has quills.
* In ''VideoGame/FancyPantsAdventures'', Fancy Pants Man, despite him being a stick figure, has three large spikes for hair.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' Photoplasty advertises a hair gel that makes the above video game examples possible in [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_273_26-ads-products-that-must-exist-in-video-games_p26/#17 Ads for Products That Must Exist in Video Games]].

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Barry's hair from ''Webcomic/{{Newheimburg}}'' is gelled like this.
* Hedge from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has naturally spiky hair. Which [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] as he has [[HalfHumanHybrid hedgehog heritage]].
* [[BadassNormal Bismun]] of ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'' is very, very, ''very'' obsessed with keeping his hair perfectly spiky. Breanne calls him "Conehead" because of it. Look, [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/Profiles/ProfilePacificatorsBismun.png he really is a cone head!]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Bart Simpson of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Lisa and Maggie also count though they always refer to their hair as "points" instead of spikes. Also Sideshow Bob, Bart's archnemesis, who actually resembles a palm tree.
* Phil has this hairstyle in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''. He has curtained hair in other seasons. Tommy also has really short spikes.
* Phineas of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has this hairstyle.
* Carver from ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' has a combination of this and dreadlocks. Tino also gives himself this look when he's trying to impress a punk chick.
* A DJ-lookalike seen in [[PixarShorts ''Tokyo Mater'']] has large spoilers on his roof that resemble spiked hair.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* HaroldLloyd.
* Victoria Beckham as well as her husband David both have had spiky hairstyles though not at the same time.
* Freddie Ljunberg, when he still had hair, liked to dye it red and spike it up.
* Guy Fieri of the Creator/FoodNetwork and ''Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives'' has this as his most recognizable feature, and it's notable that, even though he usually wears sunglasses, he doesn't actually put them on the top of his head, presumably so as not to crush his hair, and instead puts them on the back of his neck.
* This is actually becoming a trademark hairstyle for younger workers and college students in parts of Asia, to the point where those with 'spiked' hair outnumber those with traditionally slicked and parted 'dos in some contexts (though 'artificially unkempt' is catching on). Since many of them are from the generation that adopted it as a form of rebellion or due to RuleOfCool, the establishment has gradually become more tolerant. Still won't fly in high school or below, however.
* Singers Howard Jones and Billy Idol both sported spiky hairstyles back in the '80s.