Something is bugging
me about your hair.
Two strands of hair that stick up from the top of the head and curve forward like antennae, a style popularized by Love Hina
and other works by Ken Akamatsu
. Probably will belong to someone... lighter in disposition
or in general intellect. Yet another way to quickly and simply add another visual quirk to a character.
If the character has only one strand, it is Idiot Hair
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Anime & Manga
- Anything by Ken Akamatsu, like Naru and Mutsumi of Love Hina. Also appears in Mahou Sensei Negima! and AI Love You.
- More specifically, Mai in My Santa has prehensile ones which she refers to as her "unhappiness detectors".
- Saotome Haruna's from Mahou Sensei Negima! doubles as "Love Detector".
- CLANNAD: The entire Furukawa family has this.
- Akeno from High School DXD has two of them going backwards.
- DearS: Ren. Manga omake plays with the idea of them being real antennae for laughs.
- Also Zombie Loan's Shito, with an omake of these two making some sort of friendship based on their antennae.
- Bleach: Giselle Gewelle, a Quincy Sternritter, has two of these, making her otherwise ordinary appearance slightly odd.
- Ah! My Goddess: Belldandy may be the Trope Maker. And her current character design has six of them.
- Tenjho Tenge: Maya Natsume.
- Saiyuki: Sha Gojyo. Lampshaded by Son Goku. Whenever he gets tired of calling him "pervy kappa," he calls Gojyo a cockroach.
- Sketchbook: Nagisa, who appropriately enough is an insect otaku.
- Momo in Manabi Straight has antennae (and hair) long enough some fans affectionately nicknamed her "Cockroach-tan".
- Vision of Escaflowne: Hitomi Kanzaki — though her Emo version from The Movie doesn't have them. She has them as a child and back in a more recent flashback. Apparently they symbolize her sunny disposition that a bad case of teenager's angst took away.
- Yume in the first Somedays Dreamers. They even had an episode where it played a role in the plot.
- Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura.
- Azuma from Yakitate!! Japan has these with his hairband on.
- Gentoku Ryuubi (Liu Bei) from Ikki Tousen.
- Myosai Kakouen also has this, though she isn't a ditz.
- Tenma from School Rumble.
- While Fullmetal Alchemist's Ed Elric has Idiot Hair (despite not being an idiot), his father Van Hohenheim has true Hair Antennae that stick out in front of his face. True to form, he's a Cloudcuckoolander.
- Yuri a.k.a. Angel Lily from Wedding Peach has hair like this, although she doesn't fit the ditzy personality part of the description.
- Rei from Highschool of the Dead has two antennae.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid has Rio, Vivio's energetic, martial artist friend. It stays there even when she accesses her personal Adult Mode.
- Yosuga no Sora has quite a few: Haruka, Sora, Akira and Yahiro all have those, but Akira's the one and only Cloudcuckoolander to boot.
- Shiemi from Blue Exorcist
- Kanon Nakagawa from The World God Only Knows has these but is not really a ditz. The goddess inside her however...
- Kuroyukihime from Accel World.
- Lettuce from Tokyo Mew Mew has these when she transforms. Though they also change size frequently.
- Shishiwakamaru from YuYu Hakusho was a pretty boy opponent to Team Urameshi in the Dark Tournament. Being a demon who only looks human and has a hidden nasty side, he averts most of the lighter traits of this trope.
- Mikoto Utsugi from GaoGaiGar looks like she has these. In actuality, it's her sides pulled up that way by an item called the Invisible Hairband.
- Rurouni Kenshin: Saitou's hair, so much so that Yahiko arranges his own hair to look like Saitou's when asking for his whereabouts.
- Mai-Otome has Arika's two long, skinny braids, which writhe in time with her emotions. She even earns the nickname Arinko-chan, i.e. Anty.
- Made fun of in No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular when the heroine tries to give herself antenna hair but everyone just thinks she didn't brush her hair that morning.
- Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi: protagonist Ai has three hair antennae, and when she was younger she only had two.
- Megumi Oki from Arachnid has hair antennae as part of her cockroach motif. She can even sense changes in air pressure and currents by using them.
- Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Johnny C, after he comes back from hell and most of his hair falls out. Literally, all he has left is hair antennae. He's... not like most other examples...
- It symbolizes his newfound desire to shed his impulses and become icily efficient, driven by necessity rather than desire - like an insect.
- Filemón from Mortadelo y Filemón. That's all the hair he has.
- Monroe, a character from a long-running comic series in MAD, has hair like this, with the rest of his hair buzzed.
- Quicksilver has a backwards variant, though how much they stick up depends on who's drawing him.
- Pallo from Lions Tigers and Bears. He has three coming out of his mane.
- In The Tick comics, Barry Hubris (AKA the other Tick) has hair like this when out of costume.
- Billy Whizz the fastest boy in the world from The Beano has a variant of this trope. The character has his hair shaved apart from two long hairs on the top of his head with lightning shaped patterns at the end.
- In a 1960s annual it was revealed that he has this bizarre style because he rushes away from the barbers before the barber finishes his hair leaving him with two long hairs.
- Princess Victoria in Bryan Talbot's graphic novel Heart of Empire has two strands of hair going down and out from the top of her forehead.
- The Flea from PS238. When he's in costume they look like a mask detail, but when he takes off the mask they're still there. In addition to being a Friend to Bugs, he's a Fun Personified character.
Film - Animated
- Kingdom Hearts: Larxene with a backwards variant. Unlike most of these examples, she's a Psycho Electro.
- Vagrant Story: Ashley Riot's antenna actually manage to give off a retro punk vibe.
- Final Fantasy VII has a whole clan of them: Sephiroth, his father Professor Hojo, and his "mother"/genetic donor Jenova (at least its graphically-updated incarnation in Crisis Core).
- And how about Aeris' gravity defying fringe?
- Final Fantasy X: Seymour. Oh my dear God, Seymour — that is the craziest hair we have ever seen. Guado hair typically grows into intertwined shapes, much like dreadlocks. But Seymour's half-human genes causes it to sprout all over the place.
- Yunalesca has a more typical version. Her appearance borrows more than a few beauty tips from VII's Jenova.
- Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog has grown a little one of these. He always had a tuft of hair on the front of his head, but since the post-Sonic Adventure redesign it's become long and thin like antennae.
- Disgaea: Laharl uses it to cheat his height. Even when he's turned into a Prinny, he keeps them. Helps identify him, although the laugh helps.
- Hair Antennae appear to run in the family, as King Krichevskoy also had them. He loses them while assuming the identity of Vyers, but now they're back as of Disgaea 4.
- Laharl's self-proclaimed sister Sicily from Disgaea Dimension 2 also has them, though she tied them into a bow.
- Ryoji Mochizuki from Persona 3 has hair antennae, contrasting the rest of his hair, which is slicked back.
- In his third form, Haseo from .hack//G.U. has this.
- As befits a character who has butterflies as a motif, the muse Thaleia in SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu: Goddess of Destiny has this type of hair.
- The female player character in Pokémon Black and White sports a noticeable one.
- Otacon sports a mild case in Metal Gear Solid.
- Makoto Kikuchi and Ritsuko Akizuki from The iDOLM@STER; the other girls sport mainly Ahoge.
- The player character in Devil Survivor has them.
- Bravely Second: Cryst-Fairy Anne spots some antennae.
- Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice, though they're not natural and he carefully gels them every morning. The form of his antennae are more like a double Idiot Hair, though, with both strands pointing straight up without making a curve.
- CLANNAD: Nagisa Furukawa, her dad Akio, and her mom Sanae (who has THREE strands of hair); seems to run in the family. Ushio , Tomoya and Nagisa's daughter did not inherit the trait though.
- Girl in Cat and Girl. They have become progressively longer over the years.
- Grace from El Goonish Shive. They actually are antennae. Interestingly enough, as large as they are, they get downright huge in her male form.
- Zukaru and Daisuke from Fiyora Nya
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Princess Voluptua is a giant insect disguised as a woman. Consequently, her eyebrows arch up high above her head, resembling antennae.
- Human Aliens in I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space.
- A Miracle of Science: Dr. Haas. Definitely not the usual personality type, being a dead-serious Mad Scientist with Scary Shiny Glasses. (And the antennae are used as one of the two main visual signifiers of his insanity; they instantly gain their ability to defy gravity when he's infected with Science-Related Memetic Disorder.)
- From The Order of the Stick, Elan the bard, his twin brother Nale, and their father Tarquin all have them.
- Miriam from Out There.
- In Drowtales, Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen has very prominent hair antennae, but completely inverts the usual personality type, being a dead-serious Blood Knight with no known sense of humor.
- Biff has antenna eyebrows.