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- The Area 88 manga, which launched in 1979, has multiple examples of seventies hair.
- Seventies' style Hot-Blooded Sideburns were very frequent in Super Robot Genre anime back in that decade (and omnipresent in Go Nagai manga). Examples include:
- Mazinger saga:
- Getter Robo: Be careful to not get too close to Ryoma's sideburns. You might poke your eye out.
- Kotetsu Jeeg: Hiroshi Shiba sported a fine pair of sideburns.
- Raideen: Akira Hibiki's hair was long and spiky, and his sideburns were large.
- Robot Romance Trilogy:
- Combattler V: Hyoma is a good example, but Juzo had the sideburns and a long mullet! Chizuru's hair also was long and straight.
- Voltes V: Kenichi Go's fine pair.
- Daimos: Kazuya Ryuuzaki had long sideburns and a hair he only combed when he was going to meet a girl (according the Home Base Robot Buddy). Erika had long sideburns AND long, straight black hair.
- Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: Ken and Joe are good male examples. Jun, with her long, green hair falling over her shoulders is a good female example.
- Neo Human Casshern: Tetsuya Azuma has long, thick hair and long sideburns under his helmet.
- The Distant Epilogue to Kids on the Slope takes place in the 70s, marked by the now adult Kaoru having long hair.
- Daitarn3: Main character Banjo has very long sideburns, and thick, unruly hair. His female companions have long, puffy hair.
- In Supergirl Vol 1, set in the decade, the men have huge sideburns and long wavy hair, and the women's hair is puffy. One of Supergirl's friends sports an afro.
- Beast Boy's signature haircut throughout The New Teen Titans was a mop-top. He eventually traded that in for a mullet before switching to his modern spikey hair.
- Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats had a short afro in the '70s.
- Hair, obviously, especially the title song (even though it came out in The '60s).
- Psycho for Hire Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men wears a Seventies hairstyle, which only adds to his creepiness.
- Take an actor known for '70s Hair, like Takuya Kimura, and cast him in a seventies throwback Live-Action Adaptation, in this case the Space Battleship Yamato movie. How could it not work?
- Almost Famous. Lester and the members of Stillwater have this. William's an interesting case; he's too young to grow sideburns and his ear-covering mop was firmly tied to the period when the movie was made in 2000 but has come back in style since.
- A lot of the Imperial officers in the first Star Wars movie have long Seventies sideburns, due to its release in 1977. Even Grand Moff Tarkin has them, although to a much less exaggerated degree, and that's not getting into the giant moustaches on a few characters. Less obvious is Luke's big puffy hair, Han's slightly smaller puffy hair, and Red Leader's subtle perm.
- Amusingly enough, the frequent Prequels and side stories set in and around the Old Trilogy era mean that even new works in the galaxy far far away keep putting characters in such hairstyles just to fit in. Anakin spends all of Revenge of the Sith with a long rocker-mullet, while Obi-Wan previously sported a shorter, more Kenny Loggins-style 80s mullet in Attack of the Clones, and then there's Agent Callus' epic sideburns...
- Completely averted in the movie Rudy; though set in the early '70s, none of the male actors have long hair or big sideburns, even though the title character in Real Life definitely sported seventies hair◊ when he played in the big game depicted at the end of the movie. Possibly this was done to give the film a more timeless feel. (Also, some college football coaches at the time banned sideburns, so it's not too far-fetched.)
- Shows up in The Last Picture Show, which is supposed to be set in 1950s Texas. While some men did have sideburns in 1951, they probably weren't that common.
- Zulu. Well...the 1870s anyway. The long sideburns on the men wouldn't look out of place a century later.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: Most of the movie takes place in 1973.
- The younger Professor X still has a full head of hair, and sports a longer, hippie-style mane.
- Mystique rocks some hairstyles of the time in her human form and in one scene, masquerades as a black woman with an enormous afro.
- Quicksilver's glam mop upset many fans in promotional materials, but it fits in with the era perfectly. Note the length and the silver sideburns.
- Trask's hair helmet is very appropriate for the time period.
- Wolverine still wears his muttonchops even in the future scenes.
- Most of the cast of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, sometimes adding the Porn Stache for good measure.
- In Knife for the Ladies, Jeff Cooper's shoulder length surfer boy perm is especially distracting in a movie supposedly set in the 1880s.
- Game Shows: Virtually any show from the 1970s you'll see this, mainly with contestants and many times celebrities as well. But some prime examples among hosts (most of who — aside from fashionably thick — otherwise maintained conservative hairstyles):
- The Dating Game: A blatant example, where Lange grew his hair thick and had sideburns during the last few years of the original ABC daytime run. His hair grew even longer, to just below the collar line, for the 1973-1974 syndicated season, and permed it in true 1970s style for the 1978-1980 syndicated revival. Lange was in his late 30s and early-to-mid 40s through this period.
- Name That Tune: NBC Vice President of Daytime Programming Lin Bolen commissioned a revival of this name-the-song game show staple of the 1950s and hired Dennis James as emcee. In "The Game Show Book" by the USA Today's Jefferson Graham, James — who was 57 when he took the job — was asked to grow his hair and sideburns to appear 15 years younger, which he did very reluctantly. He carried over this look to the first half of the 1974-1975 syndicated season of The Price Is Right, which he simultaneously hosted, but once Tune's daytime version was cancelled in January 1975, he cut his hair and trimmed his sideburns to his more familiar style.
- Wheel of Fortune: Chuck Woolery's hair was to between the collar and neckline for the first three-plus years of the original NBC run; Woolery was just 33 when Wheel debuted.
- All in the Family: Mike ("Meathead") and a lot of his hippie friends.
- The Brady Bunch: From ultra-conservative hairstyles during the second half of the first season (which fell in 1970), the hair eventually grew longer and far more fashionable for the era starting with the season. First, Robert Reed's hair was fashionably thick starting in the 1971-1972 season, and Barry Williams began perming his hair; Florence Henderson's hair also grew more fashionable. By Season 4 (1972-1973), Maureen McCormick's hair was longer and very chic for the times, and Reed began wearing perms and Williams alternated between straight (with 1970s thickness) and perms. The final season (1973-1974) saw Chris Knight also perm his hair and Eve Plumb wear her hair long, although there were a handful of episodes where both McCormick and Plumb wore their hairs in buns. But even in the early years that fell within the 1970s, guest stars and other bit characters were seen wearing fashionable hairstyles, so indeed the Bradys lived in the real world, becoming far more obvious as the years wore on.
- By the time 1977 The Brady Bunch Hour came into being, Mike Lookinland, who played youngest son Bobby (he was 16 by this time) also had permed hair (much like his TV father and older brothers), and youngest girl Susan Olsen (now 15) wore her hair in a later-1970s style. Florence Henderson's hairstyle was very much in the later 1970s "short" style.
- Throughout all this time, the only one whose hairstyle was consistent was Ann B. Davis.
- Happy Days: Blatantly (along with the fashions) by the late 1970s, despite this being a show who was (by this time) set in the late 1950s and very early 1960s. This evolved into '80s Hair during the early 1980s years, despite the show being set in the early-to-mid 1960s.
- That '70s Show, naturally. Especially Kelso's feathered 'do and Hyde's frizzy afro.
- Frequently — and anachronistically — in Mash. B.J. Hunnicutt was a notable offender, especially in later seasons.
- Not surprisingly, the TV show Emergency! is a veritable time capsule of 70s hair: Sideburns, Afros, feathered mullets, and Pornstaches.
- Jason King.
- Charlie's Angels had the feathery female variant and is often credited with starting the hairstyle trend in women seen from the mid-70s through the early 80s.
- In Supernatural, Sam's hair is like this. He didn't start out like that, but his hair (and sideburns) grew longer over the seasons, getting more noticeable from season 6 on. This was lampshaded by someone in season 8, who called his sideburns "creepy".
- Doctor Who:
- The Third Doctor's hairstyle gets longer, fluffier and bigger as the year the season was made, and the fashions, progress from 1970 to 1974. In 1970 he has a short, tidy grey crop with very close-cropped sideburns. In 1971, it starts to get wavier and blonder. By 1974 he has a full, waved, feathered white bouffant with large sideburns.
- Jo Grant has a very 1971 feathered shag cut in her first season.
- The Fourth Doctor's dense, feathered, preposterously curly 1970s 'fro, which Tom Baker even had to have permed at one point, worn with big, orange sideburns. Like the Third Doctor above, the sideburns get progressively bigger over the course of the 70s. Lampshaded in the Time Trips novella The Death Pit, set in 1978, in which another male character expresses jealousy over the Doctor's fashionable curly hair.
- Referenced on Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Buffy looks at Joyce's high school yearbook:
Buffy: Mom, I've accepted that you've had sex. I am not ready to know that you had Farrah hair.Joyce: This is Gidget hair. Don't they teach you anything in history?
- The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries had Frank and Joe Hardy with long flowing locks that make discovering the characters' short hair covers and illustrations in the book quite a shock for a 70s kid viewer.
- Toast of London: Steven Toast has long hair with fat sideburns and a Porn Stache, and Ray Purchase has slightly shorter curly hair and big sideburns. This is all part of the Retro Universe 1970s actor aesthetic it goes for.
- This Is Us: Jack Pearson has shaggy chin-length hair and a thick beard in 1979 and 1980, when his kids are born. As the 80s goes on, he does eventually shed the beard for a mustache, but still keeps the 70s shaggy hair.
- All three main characters in The Goodies had hairstyles very much of their time while the series was on the air. Tim Brooke-Taylor wore his hair in increasingly longer styles until, by 1977, it was almost to his shoulders at the back and sides. Graeme Garden had big muttonchop sideburns starting in the first series in 1970; by 1977, they were so bushy that it looked like he had two hamsters clinging to his cheeks. And Bill Oddie started out with a moustache and a shaggy bowl cut, but progressed to a full beard and hair past his shoulders by 1972.
- Supertramp's Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies still have hair like this.
- Brian May of Queen still has his hairstyle and much of its color from The '70s, too.
- Trevor Bolder of The Spiders from Mars had some of the most epic sideburns◊ known to man.
- The Bee Gees
- Elvis Presley had thick sideburns during the 1970s, topped with a slick pompadour.
- George Jones in 1974.
- Mungo Jerry. Particularly their lead singer Ray Dorset, with his massive and scruffy afro-sideburns combo.
- The women of Centigrade 37 have hair styles liberally borrowed from the likes of Barbara Bain and Farrah Fawcett.
- It was rumored that pro baseball players were actually encouraged and given bonuses to wear their hair long, to attract - or at least not alienate - the younger crowd.
- You'll have some difficulty finding a Formula One driver of the early 1970s who did not have his hair like this. One biography relayed how the two in the page image, Ronnie Peterson, and Francois Cevert got into an argument over who could grow the most uncontrollable hair and densest sideburns.
- The characters from Scooby-Doo started off this way due to initially being released around the 1970's. They carry it on throughout various incarnations, even the ones that put the characters in modern day, such as What's New, Scooby-Doo? and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
- Mac's haircut from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, while still popular with boys to varying degrees, resembles this. It's probably based on Craig McCracken's real-life hairstyle.
- Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern notoriously sprouted some impressive 'burns for the 1972 election, possibly to appeal to the "countercultural" crowd that was just starting to become a crucial Democratic voting bloc at the time (a ploy that apparently failed miserably, as McGovern lost one of the most lopsided presidential elections in U.S. history). For the rest of the decade, it seemed, most other politicians followed suit, although thankfully not to such an extreme degree (Nelson Rockefeller's sideburns, for example, so subtle that they were easy to miss).
- Perhaps the most dramatic subversion of them all was Ronald Reagan. He never changed the 1930s hairstyle he first cultivated upon becoming a Hollywood actor, even when speaking at the 1976 Republican National Convention (when this trope was arguably at its peak). Upon meeting him, journalist Joe Klein even remarked that he looked like "a 1950s Midwestern businessman."