Hereditary Hairstyle

For the record, the third generation male had the same hairstyle as well.

Seen that ridiculous hairstyle? Turns out it's hereditary. Most of the time, it's an Improbable Hairstyle and often a subtrope of Anime Hair. It is also a type of Strong Family Resemblance. For a similar trope that may overlap, but deals with hair color rather than style, see Hair Color Spoiler.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • Usagi and her Kid from the Future Chibi-Usa both wear their hair in exaggerated odangos in Sailor Moon. So does Queen Serenity, Usagi's mother... in a past life. The parody manga Parallel Sailor Moon introduces the daughters of the four Guardian Senshi, who look exactly like their mothers (hairstyles included) and have the same names.
  • Goku's younger son Goten from Dragon Ball has the same exact hair as his father, who has the same hair as his father Bardock. Likewise, Vegeta and his father, King Vegeta, have identically ridiculous hairstyles. It also has a rare cross-gender example in Dr. Briefs, his daughter Bulma (when not permed), and her son Trunks. The Non-Serial Movie explains Goku and company's hairstyle as belonging to a particular genetic type common to Saiyans in Bardock's (original) power level, as unrelated character Turles is shown to have the exact same look as well.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yugi's hair spikes are inherited from his grandfather, though this is less obvious until the chapter where we see Sugoroku as a young man.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!: Negi Springfield inherited his father's spiky red hair.
  • In Metal Fight Beyblade, Gingka and his father have the exactly same hairstyle, even with matching headbands. However, his father's hair is a darker red.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: the Parallel Works video show's Lordgenome as a child had the same Multicolored Hair as his daughter, and the style looks almost the same as when Nia had it cut short (as opposed to now, where he has none at all).
  • The Armstrongs in Fullmetal Alchemist all have blond hair with a distinctive curl in the front. Edward and his father Hohenheim both have the same shade of blonde hair that they both wear in a very similar style.
  • The eponymous Yaiba seems to have inherited his hair from his father.
  • In Nichijou, Nakanojou and The Daifuku Guy have mohawks.
  • Shobu's Disappeared Dad in Duel Masters shares his absurdly big Anime Hair.
  • Asem, the second-generation protagonist of Gundam AGE, has a more masculine version of his mother's short haircut + ponytail.
  • In Marginal Prince, Joshua's hairstyle is exactly the same like that of his father, with the color of his mother's hair. At the same time, it looks identical to that of his ancestor, King Alphonso. And then there is Henri, whose hair has the exact same color and style (including length) as his dead mother's.
  • Komachi from Yes! Pretty Cure 5 sports an identical hairstyle to that of her older sister Madoka (no, not that Madoka).
    • Also, to a certain extent, all members of the Kurumi family sport wavy hair.
  • The Lyrical Nanoha franchise has an adopted child version with Vivio, whose Older Alter Ego shares the same side-ponytail hairstyle as her Nanoha-mama. She'd wear it in child form too if she could, but the Nanoha Strikers manga showed that all that concentrated hair causes her to tip over to the side. However, Vivio has the same Girlish Pigtails as Nanoha when she was a child.
  • Naruto has basically the same hair as his father the Fourth Hokage, but has his mother's face. His son Bolt takes his looks after them too.
  • Il Sole penetra le Illusioni: Akari and her mother Hinata don't have the exact has hairstyle, but they both have this odd hair-crescent thing. It sounds weirder than it looks.
  • In Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Tsuna, apart from inheriting the same powers, also has the same hairstyle as his ancient predecessor Giotto.
  • Lucky Star: Konata and Kanata Izumi also are a clear example of this trope; not only do they have the same hairstyle but they also share the same hair color. Well, with the exception that the daughter additionally has the ahoge.
  • Kagerou Project: All of the medusae (Azami, daughter Shion, granddaughter Mary) have the same hairstyle - wavy Rapunzel Hair, which sits separately, like snakes - with some slight variation (mainly Shion, who lacks a fringe). The snake-like appearance of their hair is actually plot-relevant, as it's how the villagers identify them as 'monsters' and justify attacking them.
  • In Koufuku Graffiti, females from the extended Machiko-Morino household (Ryou, her mother, her aunts Akira and Kirin's mother and Ryou's grandmother) all have brown hair and curls that looks like downplayed Ojou Ringlets.

     Comic Books  

  • Infamously, the Osborn family of Spider-Man (seen above), who all have the same... "unique" hairstyle (stylized waves?). The one exception is Gabriel Stacey, the son of Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacey, and even in that case, it's likely because his father was originally intended to be Spider-Man himself.
    • Spider-Man has a mother-daughter example in Gabriel's sister Sarah; apparently black hairbands are genetic. Apart from the arguable quality of the story that introduced them, this may be part of the reason fans are hoping for a Retcon.
    • John Byrne at one point made it that the Sandman and Norman Osborn were distant cousins, solely because they had the same hairstyle.

  • In The Book of Life, as seen in his dad and grandfather, Manolo has the "Sanchez curl". Notably, the same curl is also present in the locks of hair hanging by Maria's eyes, which signfies that "she has eyes only for Manolo". His mother also has curly hair - really, curls are something of a continuing motif in the film, both in hair and in general design.
  • Meet the Robinsons: The Robinsons all have exactly the same flick in their hair, even most of the women.
  • Frozen, Elsa (at least, once she's an adult) and her mother both wear their hair in the exact same braided bun, at least, until Elsa lets her braid down and rumples her bangs up a bit during the "Let It Go" sequence. Her hair stays down for the rest of the film.


  • Harry Potter got his jet black messy hair from his father, James, as part of an overall Strong Family Resemblance. This made his relationship with Professor Snape, who passionately detested James Potter for several very good reasons and at least one not-so-good one, strained at best.
  • The Heap family in Septimus Heap all share straw-coloured curls. Likewise, the royal family all has long black hair.

     Video Games  


  • Homestuck: the kids have very similar hairstyles to their guardians, and, of course, each other.
  • Gilgamesh Wulfenbach has the same unkempt frizz that his father Klaus has in Girl Genius.

     Western Animation  

  • In the American Dad! episode "The Kidney Stays In The Picture", it is revealed that Francine slept with another man right before her and Stan's wedding, meaning Hayley may not be his biological daughter. The one thing Haley and this man have in common? A bandana.
  • The Simpsons
    • Upon her introduction, it is clear that Marge gets her iconic beehive from her mother.
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror XXIII" segment "Bart and Homer's Excellent Adventure", Bart finds that he's changed history so that his father is Artie Ziff, and removes his hat to find that his spiked hair has been replaced with Artie's hairstyle (but still the same shade of yellow as his skin). He turns round to find the same thing has happened to Lisa and Maggie.
  • The Fry/Farnsworth family in Futurama. Philip J. Fry's brother Yancy had the same weird points in his hair. Their mother had the same style only longer. So does her late father-in-law Enos Fry [only shorter], which doesn't really make sense, especially since he's not actually Fry's grandfather anyway. Fry's nephew Philip J. Fry Jr inherits his father's hairstyle as does Professor Farnsworth (Fry's great-to-the-thirtieth-nephew) in flashbacks to when he had hair, and the Professor's clone, Cuburt. Yancy and Philip Jr. had brown hair, the rest are all redheads.