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->''"You may ask yourself, 'Does the afro make the champion, or does the champion make the afro?' This is a question yet to be answered by modern science."''
-->-- '''Usopp''', ''Manga/OnePiece''

Despite [[AnimeHair odd hairstyles being par for the course]], a character with an afro (usually male) is very likely to [[LampshadeHanging have it mentioned]] by other people and by the plot. This is sometimes extended into a love of dance and club music, if not [[DiscoDan specifically disco]]. If a character is forced to wear a wig, there's a good chance it'll be an afro. HammerspaceHair often requires popping objects into and out of an enormous hair bulb.

As a sidenote, in Japanese just the ''word'' "afro" is [[InherentlyFunnyWords rather funny]] because it just happens to sounds like "afuro", which rather accurately means "overflowing"; hell, this pun is behind [[Anime/AfroSamurai the title of one show]]. Or, it could sound like "a {{furo|Scene}}" (yes, at least [[Manga/NininGaShinobuden one anime]] has made that very joke)

Compare/contrast AfroAsskicker, when the afro is made up for by the sheer badassness of the wearer. Subtrope of SeventiesHair.

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[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has particular fun with this, mentioning them throughout the series and even assigning specific colors to character. The otherwise hairless frogs frequently and inexplicably end up wearing an afro after NonFatalExplosions. Several bits of the soundtrack (notably several of the {{Ending Theme}}s) are essentially [[GratuitousDiscoSequence disco numbers]]. There's also the character of Dasonu Maso, an alien pop star who has admitted he's a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed shameless knock-off]] of "Dance Man", the disco-themed J-Pop artist who provided the show's first closing theme, "Afro Gunsou", and who seems more interested in giving the other characters afros than in actually performing.
** Afro Gunsou is a major EarWorm. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdEaF-p2ux8 Ai kotoba wa Afro to Gunsou...]] By the way, that means "The password is 'Afro Sergeant'".
*** As for "Dasonu Maso" (ダソヌマソ), that name comes from a mangling of the katakana for "Dance Man" (ダンスマン).
* [[Creator/ShinichiWatanabe Nabeshin]] from ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' is likely the most famous perpetrator of this trope, to the point that his [[ImageSong theme song]] is about his hairdo: "My name is Nabeshin and my afro is fluffy/Maintenance is easy, just wash it once..." It probably bears mentioning that Nabeshin is the AuthorAvatar of series director Wata''nabe Shin''ichi, who does indeed have a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nabeshin.jpg large afro]].
** The afro gets funnier when he cameos in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. He starts out somehow packed completely into the afro itself, pulls various objects out of the afro, and is referred to by everyone as "[an] afro".
** And when he poses around in ''Anime/DottoKoniChan'' as Koni's talking dog? ''Of course'' has has an afro too.
** Minoru Shiraishi dresses up like this guy in the OVA of ''[[Manga/LuckyStar Lucky]]☆[[Manga/LuckyStar Star]]''. Live-Action Akira sprays him with a garden hose.
* Much of the physical humor in ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' revolves around Bobobo's big blond afro.
** In Bo-bobo's case, the afro appears to actually be a StealthPun based on the fact that an alternative way to refer to afros in Japanese is ''bakuhatsu atama'', literally meaning "[[YourHeadASplode exploding head]]". This suddenly makes a lot of sense if you consider what [[HokutoNoKen the main inspiration for the manga]] was.
** One notable gag is Bobobo having Yugi from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' pop out of the fro and summon Slifer the Sky Dragon.
* Beck in ''Anime/TheBigO'' gets struck by lightning and as a result, his hair is poofed up into a grotesquely huge afro for the rest of the episode. This is a common staple among anime in general, and NonFatalExplosions/[[XRaySparks electrocutions]] often result in "Frazzled" afro hair, but unlike most cases this lasts for more than a couple seconds.
* It looks like manga author EiichiroOda thinks afros are the funniest thing ever. As a result, ''Manga/OnePiece'' has ''many'' characters [[RunningGag donning afros at one point or another]]:
** One of King Wapol's flunkies, Kuromarimo, fights by throwing afro wigs that stick to his opponent, then setting the wigs on fire.
** Later in the series, Usopp has Luffy wear a large afro wig for his fight against Foxy the Silver Fox, saying it'll [[MagicFeather give him great strength]]. In addition, the spectators all think Luffy must be powerful since he has an afro - all except for a confused [[OnlySaneMan Nami.]] In the end, Luffy ''does'' win thanks to the afro, when [[spoiler:he uses a piece of mirror that got lodged in it to deflect Foxy's Noro-Noro Beam.]]
** Also, Brook sports an impressively large afro. Under a top hat. He is very protective of his afro [[spoiler:because, since dying and becoming an animated skeleton, it can't regrow, and it is the only way that the pet whale La Boum he left behind 50 years ago would be able to recognize him now.]]
** Sengoku also eventually showed he hides one under his hat. Though he is quite ComicallySerious, the thing gets truly gigantic when he uses his Devil Fruit power. [[spoiler:He becomes a giant Gold Statue of BUDDHA WITH AN AFRO. [[CrossesTheLineTwice That could be offensive to some people.]] [[RefugeinAudacity But for others is pure Epic Win]].]]
** And Emporio Ivankov sports an impressive purple afro, which is so awesome he can ''hide people inside it''.
** And wasn't Zoro seen with an afro at some point, too?
* Matsushiro Ken in ''Manga/YakitateJapan'' has an impressive afro that he got in a rather strange church...
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Yumichika Ayasegawa, after a firework blows up in his face during a fight and he is left with an afro, dons a wig that's identical to his usual hairstyle to stop Ikkaku laughing at him.
** Zennosuke Kurumadani replaces Rukia as Karakura Town's protector. He's commonly referred to as "Imoyama-san" aka "Afro-san". [[BerserkButton He doesn't like it]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' features police detective Aizawa, who, until a semi-ImportantHaircut, sported a medium sized afro. The Haircut is semi-important because, although it didn't mean anything at the time, it did mark his transition from being the afro on the team to being a serious character.
* Ueki temporarily gains an afro and dancing skills as part of a magical power upgrade in ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki''.
* Masa of ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' sports a stylish one as well.
* Yonemi Chiba of ''{{BECK}}'' sports an afro. A lot of people in the music industry actually refer to him as "that afro."
* Most of the hair-related humor in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is relegated to Gintoki's perm, but afros do tend to pop up now and again; the group of thugs using Kagura for their own ends all had 'punch perms' (after Kagura defeats their leader, she shaves it all off him save for a ':D' face.)
** In one arc, Katsura dons an afro as part of a disguise he uses to infiltrate the Shinsengumi and takes up the alias [[PunnyName Hashira Afurou]].
* Noboru Yamaguchi of ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''. The character is obsessed with comedy, and his hair is intentionally funny; he's actually disappointed that people are too scared of his fighting skills to laugh at his ridiculous hairstyle. The anime takes this to eleven with animation gags. His afro throbs and moves on its own, even increasing in size.
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai''. Other characters mention it frequently, even mock it, and it has a very important place in the plot.
** Classic pot-calling-kettle-black moment: Kuma/Jinno mocks Afro's hair, telling him how ridiculous he looks... while wearing a huge teddy bear head.
* Masumi Okuyama from ''Manga/NodameCantabile''. His over-the-top behavior often provides comic relief and other characters occasionally poke fun at his hair in passing.
* ''Anime/HareGuu'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3qV1QNR3lA Disco Guu likes disco music.]] [[spoiler:Made either funnier or just icky by the fact that said afro was someone's chest hair.]]
* From ''Manga/MiamiGuns'', Chief Amano wears an afro, and gets very angry if someone says it's out of date.
* Lambo from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' He can store anything in it. Even a bazooka which is big enough to swallow him and I-Pin whole.
* Kumabukuro from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Apparently, he grew it out as overcompensation for always getting helmet hair when he played American football in high school.
* Garterbelt from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''. [[spoiler:Blame it on God messing with his original dreadlocks.]]
* Oddly enough, there is a recurring couple in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', where the girl has the afro. Rather odd.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has Kaname Ohgi's Jewfro. [[AmbiguouslyJewish It goes great with the pseudo-Star of David on his jacket]].
* In one chapter of ''Himitsu Kichi'' the protagonists father has an afro. He's a comedian to boot.
* The opening of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' includes a still frame of Madoka with a gigantic pink afro. Slightly later in the opening, it shows up again and is ''even bigger''.
* ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'', [[KillEmAll as grimdark as it is]], sports a gigling aspect in that TheHero Cosmo Yuki sports a ''big, red afro'' as his hairstyle in the show; he [[CompressedHair wears a helmet]] half of the time.

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} [[http://webegeekspc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Deadpool-13-header.jpg sported an afro]] in a storyline set during the 70s. What pushed it firmly into Funny Afro territory was that ''it was on top of his mask''.

[[AC:Film]]
* See the entry for ''Film/TheBradyBunch [[TheMovie Movie]]'', below. [[OlderThanYouThink You didn't think it was a new joke, did you?]]
* Nordberg gets one of these in one of the in a flashback to the 70s in the ''[[Film/TheNakedGun Naked Gun]]'' films - so huge it won't fit through a door. Another character then mentions that he was one of the first test cases for Minoxidil (a hair growth product).
* Corbin Bleu's Afro in ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' arguably does more acting than he does.
* In ''Film/TheIcePirates'', during the final Time Warp scenes, one way they show years passing is Roscoe growing a huge afro that eventually outmasses his entire body.
* In ''Film/BlackDynamite'', Cream Corn has an afro ''shaped like a pimp hat''.
* In ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'', there's a throwaway gag in which a young kid is bragging about all the sex he has before his father shuts him down, mentioning his Jew-fro as one of the reasons his boasts must be untrue.
* The Chipettes in ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'' after a run in with a hurricane.
* Jack Spade sports one in the Soul Train disco scene from ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''.
* The SaveOurStudents parody ''High School High'' has a student with model cars driving through his afro, and another student whose towering afro absorbs a blow from a baseball-bat wielding teacher.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie An Extremely Goofy Movie]]'' has Goofy going to college dressed in 70s-style clothes, complete with afro wig. Max eventually throws it in the trash, but Bobby is seen wearing it in the next scene.
-->'''Goofy:''' But I need it to look groovy for college.
-->'''Max:''' Dad...You're scaring people.

[[AC:Literature]]
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Gil the ARM]]'' stories, Gil's sometimes-partner Jackson Bera wears an overly-large "natural", the term Afro not yet having come into vogue. Occasionally PlayedForLaughs, when Bera gets frustrated and pulls his hair or wakes up with terminal bed-head.
* Paul Kidby draws Susan Sto Helit from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series with one. It has the Bride-of-Frankenstein color scheme, based on Pratchett's description of Susan's normal hairstyle as being "a dandelion clock at about 2," as well as having the reverse skunk stripe.
* In the ''Literature/PastDoctorAdventures'' book "The Eye of Heaven", Leela admits in her internal monologue that she finds the way the Fourth Doctor's big curly hairstyle bounces as he moves his head always makes her want to giggle.

[[AC:Live Action TV]]
* The classic Western example comes from ''Series/TheBradyBunch'', when Jan -- who has, need we mention, long, straight blonde hair -- wears a black afro wig in an attempt to get attention. Without putting her real hair up under it first. The 1990s movie copied this (and many other plots).
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** There's a single-episode RunningGag about the main characters being afraid they'll says something insensitive to one of their coworkers. He has a hook for a hand, but most of them haven't even noticed because they're too busy trying not to say something about his ridiculously large afro.
** One episode has Doug prepping a patient for brain surgery by shaving his hair, halfway through this he is informed by JD that the patient is supposed to be getting rotator cuff surgery. Doug immediately stops to walk away, passing the shaver to JD as the patient wakes up. Elliot compliments the patient on his "nice hal-fro." Since the patient had one arm in a sling, he could only feel the side of his head that had hair, so he doesn't realize what happened.
* Shepherd Book lets "down" his hair once in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Once was enough, judging by River's reaction. Zoe is ''almost'' as freaked out by the sight.
* Moss from ''Series/TheITCrowd'' is such a [[BlackAndNerdy huge nerd]] that he even has his afro side parted.
* Chase Matthews of ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' has a bushy "Jewish afro" constantly referenced by the other characters. He tends to shrug it off, but lampshades it himself after Zoey throws a pillow at him that knocks him off his chair. He gets up, pats his head and exclaims "You dented my 'fro!"
* Sam Puckett on ''Series/ICarly'' often wears these on the ShowWithinAShow webshow bits.
* Gordo has a jewfro pretty much through the entirety of ''Series/LizzieMcGuire''.
* The 1969 - 1974 High School SitCom ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obofIKCixsI Room 222]]'' featured the dorky Bernie (David Jolliffe), or, as most knew him then, the kid with the giant red-haired Afro.
* In ''Series/ANTFarm'', Gibson has a Jewfro that's also HairOfHolding
** Chyna dons a huge 1970's fro when Olive is producing a Greek play and calls herself Afro-Dite.
** The [=ANTs=] wear Jewfro wigs while trying to save Gibson's job.
*** Olive wears the same costume and fro in a scrambled flashback in [=EndurANTs=].
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', during the episode "1969" the team is sent back to 1969 by a freak accident. In order to disguise Teal'c, the team outfits him with a pink tie-dyed shirt, bandana, and afro. It is quite possibly one of the most hilarious moments in the entire series.
* In ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Lucy gets one when she tries to give herself a perm but leaves the curlers in for way too long. Fred Mertz calls her ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie.
* When Jeff becomes a teacher on ''Series/{{Community}}'', he tells his students he won't be bothering with learning their names, and calls on people using distinctive features of their clothes or appearance. Then he points to a student wearing a drab brown t-shirt, with absolutely nothing distinctive about him... except that he's a black guy with a fairly large afro. Jeff says, "Actually, maybe I will learn your names."
* River Song sports one on ''Series/DoctorWho'', and this occasionally gets lampshaded - she pointed it out herself immediately after regenerating, and Strax the Sontaran (due to his unfamiliarity with human biology) once thought it was part of her cranial structure. The Fourth Doctor is a borderline example, as he has a 'fro and is one of the funnier incarnations of the Doctor, but the hair rarely if ever gets lampshaded.

[[AC:{{Manhua}}]]
* In a certain {{Manhua}} there is a president of the United States. He is [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama black and has a huge afro]], what the hell, ''Manhua/SchoolShock''?

[[AC:Music]]
* The woman on the album cover of ''Music/MaggotBrain'' by Music/{{Funkadelic}}.
* Music/GilScottHeron on the album cover of ''Music/TheRevolutionWillNotBeTelevised''.
* Music/MichaelJackson on the album cover of ''Music/OffTheWall''.
* The baby on the cover of ''Music/ReadyToDie'' by Music/TheNotoriousBIG.

[[AC:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'', Jazmin has a very large dirty blonde Afro that is immune to all known hair straightening methods. Huey's Afro is bigger than his head, Jazmin's is bigger than Huey's Afro and head put together ''after'' she pulls it back into a puffball.
* In ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'', Lt. Flap had a large Afro for the first several years of his appearances. One strip featured him losing pencils in it.

[[AC:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/CarlitoColon's afro usually ranged between "needs a comb" and "unfinished dreadlocks", as if he purposefully made it look as awful as possible.
* Mecha Mummy, seen in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1, Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam, Wrestling/{{Chikara}} and others. Yes, a mechanical undead being with an afro.
* Puerto Rican Hound Dogg and Afro Boy in World Xtreme Wrestling. Hound Dogg's afro is multicolored.
* Nina Monet wears lots of odd hairstyles, including a yellow afro squashed flat.

[[AC:Theatre]]
* As discussed under RealLife, Leon Trotsky sported quite the Jew-fro. This is used to great effect in David Ives' tragi-comic one-act play ''Variations on the Death of Trotsky''. It isn't a plot point or ever even mentioned, but it makes the special effect of having an ice-axe through his head[[note]]which is indeed how he was killed in RealLife[[/note]] throughout the entire play much easier on low-budget productions.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear X'', Faust's ([[ItMakesSenseInContext an insane ten-foot-tall doctor with a paper bag over his head]]) Instant Death move has him putting the opponent on a gurney with a bomb hidden under it. The super-move has two variations, the second one giving both Faust and the now-dead opponent giant afros. Faust's afro appears '''''ON''''' the paper bag to boot.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J32-W1I5W3I Seen here]]. It starts around 2:30, by the way.
* Jimmy T. from the ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' series sports a large blue afro. In ''Wario Ware Touched!'', his family are shown to all have brightly coloured afros (he is also menaced by an insect named Scratchy the 'Fro Bug -- and no, I'm not making this up).
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' has Lotta Hart, whose bright red afro actually goes relatively unnoticed by the cast, but is clearly meant to get a laugh on the part of the player. The sequel, on the other hand, makes a bigger deal of it: when you meeting her again, you can choose to misremember her name as "Lotta Hair", which she takes offense to. On at least two occasions during the aforementioned sequel, Lotta Hart is referred to by one of the characters as "that lady with the fluffy cotton-candy hair".
* Lucky/Tamekichi, one of the members of the band DCMC in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', has one of these. It's [[spoiler:actually a wig]], and Tamekichi [[spoiler:is actually a partly amnesiac Duster.]]
* One of the things that makes ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' so great is Agent Derek's incredible red afro.
** And the fact that he wears a perpetual frown while sporting it!
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'', villain Miror B. has an ''enormous'' Poké Ball-colored afro. His head is a molecule in comparison.
** Flint, the third member of the Elite Four in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''/''Platinum'' also has a red one. Which, when combined with his standard yellow attire for added silliness, makes him look like Ronald [=McDonald=].
** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Bouffalant_(Pokémon) Bouffalant]], introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' is a buffalo with an afro. Its signature move is called Afro Break in the original Japanese (Changed to Head Charge in the English games). An episode of the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] starring Bouffalant [[UpToEleven takes this to its logical conclusion]]: most of the main characters [[PaperThinDisguise wear afro wigs]] because otherwise [[FantasticRacism the local Bouffalant population will attack them]].
* Henchman Eli Barracuda in ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'' sports an afro in keeping with his {{Blaxploitation}} theme.
* Andrei Ulmeyda from ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' has an afro.
* One NPC in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' has the FanNickname of "Afro Prinny" for a good reason. That's right, a [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin]] with an afro, [[VerbalTic Dood]].
** One of Taro's Magichange attacks involves the character wielding him to sport a 'fro and dance. He finds it so funny he spits out milk with such velocity it propels him backwards ''and damages the opponent at the same time!''
** The pups of the lupine Mystic Beast monsters have little red afros as opposed to the flowing hair of the adults.
* In ''VideoGame/AvalonCode'', there's a bandit who lives beneath the dungeon of Frannelle Castle amidst a gigantic horde of treasure. He forgot his name but doesn't seem to care what he's called; take a guess what Rempo decides to name him.
* Sazh Katzroy from the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. [[HeadPet There is a chocobo living in it]].
* Subverted with Todd Dukakis from ''VideoGame/WildARMs3''. Far from the "funny" character in the Schrodingers' gang, he's the cool, collected, loyal butler. He casts extremely annoying confusion spells on your party, but you can remove him the battle by [[ManOnFire setting his afro on fire]].
* [[PopQuiz Riddle]] [[SempaiKohai Sempai]], a minor NPC in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' involved in a few of the games quests, sports one as does the announcer at the culture festival.
* ''VideoGame/WayOfTheSamurai'' has Don Donatelouse, aka 'Dona Dona'. Though mainly PluckyComicRelief, he [[HeroicWannabe geniuely tries to be heroic]], and ([[WideOpenSandbox depending on your choices]]) may end up more heroic than your hero...
** Repeated in the 3rd game in the series with Donna, Don's identical ([[DistaffCounterpart though female]]) ancestor.
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur IV]]'' has an afro as a hairstyle for custom characters. To hammer home the hilarity, its default color is pink. ''You'' try taking [[ScaryBlackMan Zasa]][[SinisterScythe lamel]] seriously after seeing him with a huge pink afro and a business suit.
* Dante Robinson of the ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' series has an afro the size of the rest of his body.
* One of [[MadBomber Demoman's]] [[AndYourRewardIsClothes unlockable hats]] in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is a Music/JimiHendrix type 'fro. Which isn't that large in-game, but fanartists enjoy taking it UpToEleven for hilarity's sake.
* The people of Xeos Belt Union in ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'', at least the ones you meet in the game. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Mariana's case, when Franny insults her as "cauliflower head" during their bickering early in Act 2.
* In ''VideoGame/AzurikRiseOfPerathia'', there's a cheat code to give Azurik one of these... and change the background music to [[GratuitousDiscoSequence disco]]. It does nothing else; in fact, ''most'' of the cheats for that game (save for one or two) are completely useless like that.
* Eddie Wachowski in the ''VideoGame/{{SSX}}'' series has a massive orange fro.
* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'', we get flashbacks to the Professor's high-school days. The future Professor himself is sporting a lovely flyaway 'fro during them.
* The PC version of VideoGame/EarthwormJim [[http://www.actiontrip.com/cheats/earthworm-jim.phtml has]] [[EasterEgg easter eggs]] that [[GagLips among]] [[MakingASpectacleOfYourself other]] [[StickFigureAnimation things]], give Jim an afro complete with "Afro!" sound effect.
* Trisha [[spoiler:[[SignificantAnagram or should I say]], "[[Myth/MesopotamianMythology Ishtar]]"]] from ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' has a large red afro, and it '''[[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkles]]'''.
* Shows up as one of the many attachments you can use to customize your characters in ''{{VideoGame/Tales of Xillia 2}}''. It can also be recolored and re-sized (At max size, it's almost as large as the wearer) to make it look extra hilarious.
* In ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper 2'', one of the levels has a teacher, Hairdresser Octopus who's been brainwashed so all of the customers at his salon are [[TraumaticHaircut forced into getting one of these]]. During the level, Parappa and Octopus cut everyone's hair (particular Lammy's) back to normal.
** Speaking of Lammy, in ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy'', during one of the flashbacks in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVZ9NuUU1VA the Stage 7 cutscene]], Lammy got one as a result of electrocuting herself from plugging in electrical equipment.
* Three [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' are rocking some positively ''epic'' 'fros almost as large as they are. One of them is a ''bird''.
* Roy has one in ''VideoGame/BrutalMario''. It's a wig which covers his bald spot, which reflects the light in the room in a way that produces a blinding flash.
* In ''VideoGame/BishiBashi Special 2'', the SimonSaysMiniGame "Perm Mania" has the dancers grow bigger afros the more points they score.
* A ''hilarious'' afro appears on one of the bosses in ''VideoGame/SilentScope EX''. It's excessively jiggleboned and over-accentuates every movement of the boss, Big A, a PsychopathicManchild helicopter pilot who flies a Hind-D...with his [[CompanionCube teddy bear]] in the gunner seat. Of course, for best results you have to [[BoomHeadshot shoot him in the head]], which explains why Big A might constantly whip his head around like that. SnipingTheCockpit is tough enough. On the other hand, his afro is bright yellow and the cockpit is dark, so if you can spot and hit the afro, you can one-shot Big A. [[spoiler: Or you can shoot his teddy bear in the face and cause Big A to suffer DeathByDespair.]]
* The Clappy Trio from ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven'' all sport giant sparkly afros, as does the Chorus Kids' conductor. Certain characters will also inexplicably be sporting similar ones in certain Remix stages.
* Every boss in ''VideoGame/FaceRaiders'' gains one upon being defeated. [[spoiler: The final boss uses theirs as a boomerang.]]

[[AC:WebAnimation]]
* Disco Bear from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''.
* In flashbacks on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Coach Z is shown with an afro and a bushy mustache.

[[AC:Webcomics]]
* ''Girl And Triangle'' involved a side character called Disco who sported one of these. (Her story got increasingly surreal.)
* Reakk gets an enormous one of these in [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=040721 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip. Turned out to just be a ''very'' large, ''very'' furry cat sitting on his head.

[[AC:Web Original]]
* The final stage of becoming a /b/tard is a giant afro sprouting forth from the victim's head followed by a complete loss of emotional function.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s Kyle Broflovski has a red Jewfro which he prefers to keep hidden under his hat and only reveals a) under duress or b) if it has been styled beyond recognition. It also looks very little like a Jewfro and more like an afro.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Disco Stu.
** Homer in an episode where they were in ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure''. When the ship flipped, his wig came off. "Aah! My wig!...[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I mean, my natural hair!]]"
** And George Bush senior getting a rainbow afro wig glued to his head-- right before a meeting with the [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats Elks]].
** Martin Prince's normally straight hair reverts to an afro when exposed to high humidity.
** Marge's BeehiveHairdo turns into an afro when she finds a hidden spa in the basement.
** Carl and Dr. Hibbert often sport them in flashback episodes.
* While it's not so much a fro but a box haircut, Gerald of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' will from time to time say "HEY! Watch the hair" in a situation that might mess up his Marge Simpson-like stack of hair. In some episodes, we see that his hair is shaped that way because his head is shaped that way (though he turns it into a true afro in one episode)
* When Creator/HannaBarbera [[WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters made a cartoon]] with the [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} Harlem Globetrotters]] as superheroes, Sweet Lou Dunbar aka Gizmo Man accessed {{Hammerspace}} from his afro. Just took a moment of [[RummageFail rooting around]] and whatever he wanted could be found in that afro.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch''.
* When ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' tries to get into a "tough" bar, one ploy is wearing a rainbow afro wig. He thinks this makes him look tougher. Considering what he normally looks like, that's actually somewhat true.
* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', [=LaShawna=]'s hair gets wet and turns into an afro for an entire episode. This happens several times in other episodes as well, though sometimes her hair is said to be weave.
** Especially strange because on multiple occasions Leshawna's hair got completely wet in the first season without turning into an afro the size of a bush.
* Fry from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' whenever he gets electocuted. [[http://theinfosphere.org/Fryfro It has its own wiki page, complete with image gallery.]]
* Daggett wears one in the famous "Beaver Fever" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers''. It's huge, especially on Daggett, who can't be much more than 2' tall.
* The third ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' movie has a scene featuring Marty the zebra, dressed up in a rainbow afro and clown paint, dancing around while singing the popular circus tune "Entry of the Gladiators" (or rather, "Da da dada da da da CIRCUS da da dada da da da AFRO CIRCUS AFRO CIRCUS AFRO" etc.). [[MemeticMutation The "Afro Circus" scene became notorious very quickly,]] especially because it hogged a lot of the advertising for the film, and because of how flippin' ''annoying'' it is.
* Dutch Gordy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' has one of these.
* Tina from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' rocks a 'fro in Gene's imagine spots: a small one in "Fart School for the Gifted" and an epic one in "Itty Bitty Ditty Committee".

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* Karl Marx. ''Yes'', '''Karl Marx'''. UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky also had a pretty impressive Commie Jewfro [[http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/photo/t1900a.htm in his youth]].
* Music/TheJacksonFive (post-Michael's puberty, pre-Michael's solo career) had huge and absolutely epic afros. ''Specially'' Music/MichaelJackson himself. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb1u7wMKywM Seen quite well in the "Blame it on the Boogie" video]]
* Hockey player Mike Commodore's calling card is [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_WMfu8hiMD7I/R7CzapMeLAI/AAAAAAAABrI/pkseGxzS7y8/s400/1aaacan.jpg his rather sizable red afro]].
* The King of Happy Trees, [[Series/TheJoyOfPainting Bob Ross]].
* Masato Shimon.
* Jim Kelly, the African-American martial artist in ''Film/EnterTheDragon'', had an awesome Afro in his heyday.
* The American Basketball Association was known for its up-tempo style of play, its red-white-and-blue ball, and its big freak-ass Afros. To many, [[http://www.remembertheaba.com/OnlyintheABAMaterial/BigHairMaterial/Hillman/Hillman.html Darnell Hillman]] was the ABA Afro Champion (and this was a league that featured Julius Erving and Artis Gilmore).
* In baseball, the Afro champ was undoubtedly [[http://frolab.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/oscargamble.jpg Oscar Gamble]].
* "Magic Dick" Salwitz of the J. Geils Band, famous for his harp-blowing skills and his mind-blowing Jewfro.
* Brad Delson, Music/LinkinPark's lead guitarist, has an [[http://kreilinger.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/bandmitglied3.jpg impressive Jewfro]].
** Wolfmother's [[http://www.americansongwriter.com/2009/08/slash-and-wolfmothers-andrew-stockdale-cook-up-new-tune/ Andrew Stockdale]].
** Ray Toro, Music/MyChemicalRomance's lead guitarist. That man's hair is legendary. Gravity don't mean too much to me, indeed.
* Don King.
* Former Colombian footballer [[http://www.inthestands.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Carlos+Valderama.jpg/ Carlos Valderrama.]]
** Current players [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Luiz David Luiz Moreira]] (Brazilian) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillermo_Ochoa Francisco Guillermo Ochoa]] (Mexico) have pretty big 'fros as well, crossing to AfroAsskicker for obvious reasons.
** German player Rudolf "Rudi" Völler had a decently-sized afro in TheEighties and the early [[TheNineties Nineties]]. Frank Rijkaard [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment spat on it twice]] in [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup Italy 1990]].
** Belgian midfielder [[http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/002/596/259/hi-res-180521301-marouane-fellaini-of-manchester-united-looks-on-from_crop_north.jpg?w=630&h=420&q=75 Marouane Fellaini]] currently sports one to go with his BigOlEyebrows.
* Music/JimiHendrix. An afro was pretty much required to be a part of The Experience.
* Creator/AlexTrebek [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/19/8d/69/198d692bac96c1709017ef3d172e4c3d.jpg used to have one]]. Yes, ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} THAT]]'' Alex Trebek. [[http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/02/14/article-2278444-1791AE1F000005DC-643_634x425.jpg Leonard Cooper]], the winner of the 2013 ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' Teen Tournament, revealed during an interview segment that a student hid a highlighter pen in said afro as a joke; it [[HammerspaceHair went undiscovered for several days]].
* Rollen Stewart, the "Rainbow Man" who used to wear a rainbow-colored afro wig while holding a "John 3:16" sign behind the goalposts at televised football games. [[SanitySlippage Now spending a life sentence in prison for kidnapping]].
* Boston drummer Sib Hashian sported an impressive Afro.
* "Fifth [[Music/TheBeatles Beatle]]" Billy Preston sported an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Billy_Preston.jpg impressive one]], too, in TheSeventies.
* In TheEighties, Chilean stand-up comedian [[http://youtu.be/Gc9-ugqk4_Q Hermógenes con H]].
* Lindsay Buckingham of Music/FleetwoodMac, pre-1979.
* Don Henley in the Music/{{Eagles}} during the band's early years.
* As a contestant on ''Australian Idol'', Music/GuySebastian's afro was a big part of his image, and as he advanced through the competition, 'Go the 'fro!' became a popular catchphrase with his fanbase.
* Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, bandleader and drummer for The Roots.
* FunnyAfro + BadassBeard + CoolShades = [[Music/ElectricLightOrchestra Jeff Lynne]] in TheSeventies.
* Music/JustinTimberlake's hair was so ridiculously curly that he would let his hair grow out to [[http://marionettes-and-ostriches.tumblr.com/post/69753982636/jazsoonsync-hellostranger-imadisaster hilariously bouncy proportions]].
* Similar to his AuthorAvatar, Kyle from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Matt Stone sported one when he let his grow out.
* During their heyday in [[TheSeventies the early 1970's]]; the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Miami Dolphins]] had two cornerbacks who had giant Afros in [[http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608055416791696041&pid=15.1&P=0 Curtis Johnson]] and [[http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608003640963433860&pid=15.1&P=0 Henry Stuckey]].

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