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- Dorian for From Eroica with Love. Energetic, loud, openly Camp Gay aristocrat and Super-thief who steals for the love of the hunt/art rather than monetary gain and likes tweaking the nose of a certain NATO agent who would happily strangle him given the chance. His quirks regularly get him into trouble, since he likes to try things just to see if they can be done (stealing the Pope, anyone?).
Films — Animation
- Princess Merida from Brave, who has very curly red hair and doesn't fit with her mother's expectations of how a princess should act.
Films — Live-Action
- Amanda Peet's character from The Whole Nine Yards. Talks about her assignment to kill Oz while he's in the room. And that's just the beginning of her Crazy Awesome.
- Mia from The Princess Diaries has naturally curly hair and at the beginning of the film she is gawky, not very popular and very much quirky, as it her mother who has wavy hair and is an artist. When she finds out she is a princess, she has to have her hair straightened to look acceptable as a princess.
- In Like Water for Chocolate Gertrudis is the only one of the three sisters with curly hair. Her character-defining moment is when she runs into the desert and rides away on horseback with a Mexican revolutionary. A few years later, we find that she married the man and is now a general in the revolutionary army.
- Tris from Circle of Magic, has wildly curly hair which is always frizzing. She's also a Deadpan Snarker, Bookworm and loner who doesn't fit in, and has extreme abilities in weather magic, including lightning. In fact, her hair tends to either trap or produce lightning. When her abilities as a mage advance, she actually begins to use her hair to store her magic in tight, carefully wound braids.
- The unnamed narrator of the children's book I Like Myself. Might make a good trope image, actually.
- Susan Sto Helit, granddaughter-by-adoption of the Discworld incarnation of Death, has hair like this in her first couple of appearances; after that, her hair seems to settle down, although it remains self-styling. Her hair seems to rebel in proportion to how much effort she puts into being normal; in Soul Music she makes the biggest deal about it, and that's the book where she attempts to braid her hair and it always manages to unravel itself. (Although the braids could simply be to conform to her school's dress code, rather than a reflection of her personal preferences.)
- Harry Potter Hermione Granger has the 'nerdy girl frizz' version of these curls, including the classic scene where she straightens them out and transforms into a beauty (once, for a dance, and it took hours and a lot of magical hair-care potions and we never see her do it again). In the movies, we don't need to, as Emma Watson has naturally straight hair. Which meant it took hours and a lot of magical hair-care potions to frizz it out originally.
- Skylar St. Clair in Gives Light. It's one of his defining characteristics.
- Maeby from Arrested Development.
- Doctor Who:
- What Could Have Been: Initial plans were to give these to the Second Doctor, to play up his quirkier personality as compared to his predecessor, though when the team saw him in the wig everyone hated it (Troughton said he looked like Harpo Marx and would often joke that Tom Baker stole his look). Anneke Wills (who played the companion Polly) combed Troughton's hair into the iconic messy moptop as a last-minute replacement.
- The Fourth Doctor is a clear male example.
- In a different way, so is the Sixth Doctor
- River Song, a rebellious, Crazy Awesome sociopath.
- Paul McGann, who played the very Cloudcuckoolanderish Eighth Doctor, got some bright ideas about buzzing his near-shoulder-length curls off between the audition and filming. So they made him wear a wig (which gets obviously frizzier throughout the Made-for-TV Movie). He once stated in an interview that hair generally seems to be an important part of playing the Doctor.
- The Twelfth Doctor's hair becomes longer and curlier in Series 9, coinciding with his development into a somewhat more relaxed and approachable character.
- Game of Thrones: Meera Reed's hairstyle. Karl Tanner even compliments her (in a not so flattering manner) for it.
- Blaine from Glee shellacks his hair down with a ton of hairgel, but when he's finally persuaded to go without in public, he's got these curls. They frighten Brittany. Appropriately enough, he's got all the quirky and highly energetic traits that go with this trope, but spends a lot of time trying to act more sober and grown up than he really is.
- Lizzi in Greek. As part of her makeover in her last episode (to break her out of being just a Plucky Office Girl being stepped on by the other Nationals, particularly Tegan), Casey and Ashleigh got rid of the frizz and gave her a more professional, dead straight haired look.
- By extension (same actress), Phoebe in Beakman's World.
- Parado of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid is Psychopathic Manchild who gets bored extremely easily, so he is either toying with something, scheming or fighting. He has frizzly curly mess of hair in second and third dozen of episodes, but it starts to get somewhat straighter afterwards, coinciding with him being forced into less quirky and fun and more fighting for survival.
- Dr. Cox from Scrubs has loads of thick curly hair whose length tends to vary greatly over the course of each season.
- Cassie from Skins, who is the resident Cloudcuckoolander, although averted with Michelle who also has curly hair. Cassie's hair isn't particularly curly, more just unbrushed; sometimes she styles it wavy.
- Felicity: Pretty much the reason the show existed.
- Dave Starsky's exuberant mop of dark '70s style curls in Starsky & Hutch, matching his irrepressibly cheerful, enthusiastic, sometimes-ditzy personality. In one episode he teases them out to be even quirkier than usual when he goes undercover as a patient at a mental hospital.
- Takatsuki Yayoi from The Idolmaster, an energetic and hardworking Cheerful Child. Her hair is usually rendered as wavy rather than extremely curly in the game and anime adaptation due to the difficulty of properly animating curly hair, but in illustrations it's more clearly curly.
- The heroine in Sword of Mana.
- Catalina Bobcat, the little boisterous gingery closet-lesbian girl from El Goonish Shive. It was revealed that she deliberately styles her hair that way, and it is naturally flat. Also has freckles.
- Angelica, the ditzy Russian strange girl from Bloody Urban, has very thick, curly, bright orange hair.
- Pato, the Deadpan Snarker from M9 Girls!, has very thick, brown curls.
- Claire Augustus from Questionable Content has the full trifecta of quirky curls, freckles, and (sometimes) glasses. Bonus points for being a redhead, too.
- While Amaltea's hair in Sword Princess Amaltea looks like it was made with a curling iron, her brash personality makes you think more of this trope than its regal and dignified sister trope.
- From The Magic School Bus, Miss Frizzle has extremely curly hair. She's also incredibly weird, or (depending on whom you ask) incredibly awesome.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Pinkie Pie is an extremely hyper and high-energy Genki Girl, and the only member of the Mane Six with this kind of curly hair. She apparently maintains it by sheer exuberance: in a flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", she had straight hair as a filly before she learned how to smile and bring cheer to others. In "Party of One" her hair goes back to being straight when she convinces herself her friends don't want to hang out with her anymore, and in "The Best Night Ever" she gets her hair straightened, only for it to quickly poof back to its usual curly mess.
- Pinky's Spear Counterpart Cheese Sandwich shares her frizzy mane, passion for parties, fondness for rubber chickens and pretty much constructed his personality after being inspired by Pinkie herself. For bonus points, he's voiced by none other than "Weird Al" Yankovic.
- Recess: Miss Grotke, the Genki Girl Hippie Teacher.
- In Winx Club,of the three Trix witches, Icy and Darcy have long straight hair while Stormy has a cloud of kinked curls. Guess which one is the spitfire. Guess which one has the storm powers.
- Irma from Witch is a Fun Personified type of girl who has wavy hair.
- The titular Steven of Steven Universe is a peppy Friend to All Living Things with an afro.
- Carrot Top is a Real Life example.
- Rebekah Brooks (of the Rupert Murdoch scandal) is a Real Life Example. Some of the coverage of her smacks of body-policing.
- This is ingrained enough that many naturally curly-haired actors and actresses get typecast into the roles the trope is designed for. David Krumholtz springs immediately to mind.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic kept his frizz even when he ditched his glasses and mustache.
- Danny Elfman used to have these.
- Lorde is a prime example.
- The guy who runs the blog Polymathically apparently has two feet of them.