Amber: What were you doing in there?This is an old gag. It's where someone seems to have a storage space set in his hair. Usually, that hairstyle is an afro, but not always. Why is he capable of doing this? Because he has Hammerspace Hair! A minor variation is when a character keeps things stored in his beard. Can also be invoked if a character's entire body is covered with hair. Subtrope of Hammerspace. For times when it seems like someone's hair must have been hidden in hammerspace, see Compressed Hair. This is actually a real technique some people employ in street fights, so is often a subtrope of Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty.
Famine: What WAS I doing in there?
Famine: What WAS I doing in there?
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- Apparently, this kid is a walking piggy bank.
Anime & Manga
- Nabeshin from Excel Saga would occasionally keep things in his hair. Like big guns.
Excel: That's some serious dandruff, man.
- Nabeshin's cameo in Hayate the Combat Butler has him randomly fall over at one point, at which a handful of items fall out. Oh, and he himself was hiding in it before.
- A line from Mahou Sensei Negima!. Kotaro had just pulled a vial out of his hair, with only Chamo asking, "He hid it in his hair?"
- Lambo from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! keeps a bazooka bigger than he is in his hair.
- YuYu Hakusho: Kurama and his Rose Whip. He pulls the rose right out of his hair the first time we see it, and apparently he keeps a lot of other seeds for his plant-weapons up there as well.
- In the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann movie, Yoko pulls a pistol out of her hair while fighting Adiane.
- Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo naturally includes this among its many hair-related sight gags.
- Even when downsized to a puppy, the inugami Byakuei from still manages to fit a huge double-bladed sword in his tail. His real size is a lot bigger, though.
- Fujiko plays it mostly straight: she hides shuriken in her, well, wig.
- In episode seven of Wandaba Style, Michael Hanagata is wearing a spacesuit and gets a call on his cellphone. He manages to take the call without taking off his helmet by shaking his head, dislodging his cellphone from his afro. It's later revealed that he keeps it in there all the time. Also in episode seven, his shoulder devil pops out his afro as well.
- Dasonu Maso of Sgt. Frog can travel through space in his own afro, then land wherever he liked (usually the Hinata house) whereupon his limbs, then the rest of him would emerge from it.
- In One Piece, Ivankov's head is so large he can hide people inside his hair.
- Iris in Pokémon hides her Axew in her bushy hair.
- Tails in Sonic X apparently is able to tuck away Chaos Emeralds in the fluff of his tails. In one episode he also gets a screwdriver from apparently nowhere, most likely his... Hammerspace Tail Fur? One can only hope.
- Duo Maxwell from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing subverts this trope. He wears hairpins...ostensibly to control flyaways, but actually used for picking locks.
- In Toriko, Sunny's "Satan Hair" is combination of this and Stomach of Holding, since its hair that will "eat" anything it touches and store it for later use. He can even use it to swallow energy blasts and spit them back at the offender.
- Garterbelt from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt stores all sorts of things in his Funny Afro, including paper messages from Heaven and extra bullet belts for his machine guns.
- Code Geass has V.V. pulling a machine gun out of his hair to murder his sister-in-law, Marianne. Somewhat subverted in that while the machine gun is bigger than V.V., it is smaller than his hair.
- 18th-century caricatures poke fun at the huge, elaborate wigs in fashion at the time, sometimes showing them used for smuggling.
- Modesty Blaise likes to use her signature weapon as a hair pin.
Films — Animation
- In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Pinkie Pie has the same ability as her pony counterpart (see below), pulling a clipboard and pen out of her curly and fluffy hair. In the sequel Rainbow Rocks, she stashes cookies and her drumsticks in here. In Friendship Games, she even pulls out a fully-cooked cake and pie.
- The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!: The Pirate Captain hides plenty of bizarre stuff in his beard, including his precious Pirate Parrot... er... Pirate Dodo.
Films — Live-Action
- In Foxy Brown, the title character hides a pistol in her afro.
- In Coffy, the protagonist (like the character above, also played by Pam Grier) hides small blades in her afro. See below under Real Life.
- In Braveheart, William Wallace hides a mace behind his hair and down his back.
- In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Edie McClurg (School Secretary) pulls like three pencils from her fluffy curls and goes back for another! This wasn't a special effect — the actress and director, between takes, wondered how many pencils she could hide in her hair... apparently the answer was "more than 4".
- In Leprechaun in the Hood, Ice T pulls a knife and then a baseball bat out of his 'fro.
- This occurs in the film and novel Hannibal, in which Starling gives officers a pre-arrest warning that their HIV-positive arrest target likes to hide syringes in her hair, knowing that law-enforcement officers like to shove their suspect down by the head when putting them in the car.
- In Casino, Nicky's wife hides a bunch of stolen diamonds in her hair to sneak it through the airport.
- In John Waters' 1988 Hairspray, Velma hides a bomb in her beehive hairdo.
- Done in a creepy way in Lorna Landvik's Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons: the abusive husband of one of the women forces her to wear her hair in the same outdated, complicated updo that his mother favors. She begins to hide things in her hair — like rolled up tissues, candy, etc. — to feel like she was subverting him.
- In the science fiction novel Steel Beach, a member of an Animal Wrongs Group never bathes or cuts his hair or beard. A number of animals and insects live in his hair.
- In the Smart Junior books by The Princeton Review, Barnaby's impressive hair is known to provide whatever the team needs at a given moment.
- In Meredith Ann Pierce's Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood, there's Hannah and her fertile tresses.
- In the Corellian Trilogy of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Chewbacca keeps a few things hidden under his fur, such as a comlink (walkie-talkie/cell phone).
- In the stand-alone Novel Airman by Eoin Colfer, when an older friend and teacher is cornered by Marshal Bonvilain, the villain, Bonvilain says: "Now you probably have a dirk in your beard, or a derringer up your sleeve, or some other spy trick." (He was also a spy for the king, long story)
- Everyone's favorite vampire executioner Anita Blake likes to hide a goddamn machete in a spine sheath underneath her waist-length black hair, in case of Oh Crap! moments. Or when her many guns run out of ammo.
- Apparently, on the Discworld it's a common skill among dwarfs to be able to hide battle axes in one's beard.
- In Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series, one of the major plot twists in the first book comes about as the result of the hero's use of this trope.
- In Dune, it's mentioned that the Emperor's Sardaukar soldiers carry a wire hidden in their hair to use as a garrote if captured and disarmed.
- Stargate Atlantis: Ronon Dex hides a number of throwing knives in his dreadlocks.
Shepard: How many of those do you have in there?
Ronon: How many do you need?
- The Mighty Boosh: Rudy something something (he goes by many names) has an actual door (of Cuckoondo) in his afro.
- In Danger 5, Stalin can use his moustache to hide full grown women. Which he does. The gag is later repeated with the Dodgy Toupee of the President of the World.
- In SNK vs. Capcom, huge Street Fighter wrestler Hugo has tiny Bao from The King of Fighters cameo in his intro. Where does Bao happen to pop up (and hide in when the fights start)? Hugo's sizable hair◊.
- In the Neo Geo fighting game Savage Reign, gymnast Carol fights with an Olympic pink ball; if thrown as a projectile, she produces another from underneath her hair. Her hair isn't much past her shoulder, and the ball is about as large as her whole head...
- In Final Fantasy XIII, Sazh keeps a baby chocobo in his afro. Fan Nicknames: "Chocofro", "Frocobo".
- According to Pokémon flavor text, Zoroark parents carry their young in their hair.
- In Ozy and Millie, Ozy goes out in a cold snap before his winter coat comes in. The result is that it comes in all at once, leaving him extremely fluffy. Millie takes advantage of this to hide things in him, up to and including a piano.
- In the webcomic Everyday Heroes, Carrie uses this trope literally once or twice.
- Eddie from Emergency Exit can pull random things (including hammers) from his hair. This is eventually revealed to be because he forced a portal into his skull to keep the villains from getting it. It's also apparently when he became such a Cloudcuckoolander.
- Rufus from Terinu, being a fox furry, has on at least one occasion hidden a locator unit for his ship in his tail.
- A Loonatic's Tale: The Zinc family hair eats things. But since it's normal hair by all other standards, it doesn't actually do anything with this stuff once it's got it. So if it gets a hold of something really important and you need to pull it out, you'll probably bring some debris, and perhaps the odd bird carcass, along with it.
- APT Comic: Ammika does this occasionally.
Inferno: Where are you keeping that map, anyway?
- Amber from Matchu has picking stuff out of her insanely long hair as her morning routine. Such things include quarters, pizza boxes, potted plants, a-bombs, her cat and her best friend.
Amber: What were you doing in there?
Famine: What WAS I doing in there?
- Wrestling parody site Scoopthis.com had a Running Gag about WCW wrestler Meng's afro serving this purpose. At one point, his fro ate Rey Mysterio.
- "There is no chin under Chuck Norris's beard, only another fist."
- Inverted: "There is a windmill in my beard.◊"
- This Flareon manages to contain an Eevee in its tail. An Eevee is only about half the height and 1/4 the weight of a Flareon, but still, that's quite a hiding spot.
- Fluffle Puff has all sorts of weird stuff contained in her seeming-endless fluff; she can house the Mane 6, the Diarchs, Discord, Chryssi and Fausticorn, and Spike once took days to navigate her fur to scratch her back.
- The Simpsons:
- Marge Simpson. She has carried money in it at various times and it's strong enough to hold a beach umbrella. And a ten-pin bowling ball.
- Sideshow Bob likewise hid evidence of his electoral fraud in his giant 'fro.
- The Super Globetrotters (the Harlem Globetrotters cartoon) has Gizmo Man, one of the team members; sporting a truly epic Funny Afro. He also just took a moment of rooting around and whatever he wanted could be found in that 'fro.
Fluid Man: Man, that Lou's better than traveler's cheques!
- In an episode of Family Guy, Peter grows a beard in which he keeps several birds.
- Speaking of which, here's a limerick by Edward Lear, 1846, adapted as a cartoon short◊ for Sesame Street:
''There was an old man with a beard
Who said, "It is just as I feared!
"Two owls and a wren,
"Four larks and a hen
"Have all built their nests in my beard!"
- Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks suspect Huey is hiding something in his afro, when he's doing a commentary on the season one DVD.
- In the French cartoon franchise Il était une fois..., most incarnations of the Maestro have a Hammerspace beard that reaches to his ankles, stores everything in the world, and possibly serves as a Godiva Beard.
- Shag from Road Rovers. He once hid another team member in his fur.
- Captain Caveman: The title character, being completely covered in hair, would often pull out things from his chest. Including dinosaurs.
- Dexter's Laboratory: Val Hallen of the Justice Friends, in a one-off gag involving an X-ray.
- An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes has Heloise keeping one of her gadgets in her ponytail.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Pinkie Pie can use her curly and fluffy mane to produce/hide all manner of objects, including a flashlight and a scrapbook. Most egregious is when she's able to produce a full cake and have it still be edible or a full-sized, fully functional confetti cannon out of there. Has become Memetic Mutation in the fanbase that she has a Pocket Dimension in there somewhere.
- Steven's pet lion in Steven Universe has an entire pocket dimension in his mane, and it is often used like this to store items like his sword for withdrawal at a moment's notice.
- The Shirley in Shaun the Sheep is sometimes shown to have all kinds of things hidden in her wool- a hammer and nails, large stacks of money, and even a car tire.
- Grandpa Smurf in The Smurfs stores a lot of stuff in his beard.
- In 2008, Amy Winehouse was filmed taking cocaine on stage, after apparently taking the vial out of her hair.
- As stated in the trope description, this is actually a rather nasty fighting technique: people put sharp things in their hair not for their own use, but place them there with the expectation that other people will attempt to grab their hair in a fight.
- On the 2013 Teen Tournament of Jeopardy!, contestant Leonard Cooper remarked that a fellow student hid a highlighter pen in his Funny Afro, which went undiscovered for several days.
- Some Sikh warriors would wear a trident, or Trehsool Mukh, in their turbans. Their hair itself was wound around the skull to protect it. Source.
- In the great days of the French court at Versailles, society ladies and courtiers favoured really big hair. The pompadour style involved piling up both long natural hair and adding hair extensions into progressively more baroque styles which were practically welded into place, which often incorporated cages of birds, pet animals in cages, and in one instance a brief fad for antire clocks incorporated into the pellicure....