"Oh no! My hair's in a mess. Ah — but it always looks like this."Specific case of Anime Hair, that happens often in Shōnen series. One or more of the characters, usually a protagonist, have a specific hairstyle — their hair is always a mess, sticks out on all sides, and often looks kind of spiky. This hairstyle often comes with Hot Bloodedness and/or a nature somewhere between rebel, free spirit and Chaotic Good. Somebody could assume it's supposed to symbolize the hero's disrespect for existing rules. Or his dislike for hairdressers. Generally, it looks like our hero doesn't put any effort in his hairstyle and just goes as they are. This is the kind of hairstyle that people suffering from Public Medium Ignorance think all male anime characters have. The Distaff Counterpart stereotype for female anime characters is Rapunzel Hair, or Girlish Pigtails.
— Gold, Pokémon Special
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- Dragon Ball: The Saiyans have Shonen Hair as a genetic trait to the point that a pure-blooded Saiyan's hair literally never changes from the day they're born. All too fitting for a barbaric race of space-faring cavemen.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - while Kamina's hair is this trope played straight, Simon is an interesting example - his hairstyle becomes more and more like this each time he Takes a Level in Badass.
- Naruto, and a few of his friends, like Kiba.
- Ichigo Kurosaki, the Espada Grimmjow Jaggerjack...
- Captain Kenpachi Zaraki of Squad 11 in a rare case actually styles his hair like that instead of the usual case of it just being so.
- Averted with other characters. Nnoitora Giruga is just as confrontational, but has neat, straight hair - closer in style to Ishida than Ichigo. In addition, when Grimmjow releases, his hair actually gets straighter (probably due to becoming longer.) Conversely, Hitsugaya's hair is a lot like this, but he's a rather serious character who usually isn't quick to fight.
- Jotaro Kujo from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure was revealed to have this when he lost his cap.
- An even better example is Joseph Joestar, his grandfather. When he was young, that is.
- Both Tetsuya Tsurugi and Kouji Kabuto from Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger.
- And both Ken and Ryo from Mazinkaiser SKL.
- At least one kid from each Digimon series. Typically the one with the goggles (but not always!)
- Loads of characters in Pokémon.
- There's even a popular icon that has a picture of Ash Ketchum, stating that "His hair can poke people's eyes out".
- Iki from Air Gear.
- Shobu Kirifuda from Duel Masters.
- Practically a staple of the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe:
- Yugi/Yami from first Yu-Gi-Oh! - yes, his hair just looks like an eccentric hairstyle... until it's hinted it's natural.
- To the point where flashbacks show baby Yami as having the same hairstyle. In Ancient Egypt. Meanwhile, his dad has straight, black hair like a normal Egyptian. Makes you wonder what his mom looks like.
- Oh she had perfectly normal, long black hair, for the single panel of the manga that she appears in.
- Strangely, baby Yami in the manga is given a regular black ponytail on the left side of his head, as per ancient Egyptian style.
- GX has many of them - Chazz, Syrus, Adrian and Jim to name a few. Protagonist Jaden actually averts this with a hairstyle that's plausible in real life.
- 5D's - Yusei (pictured above), possibly one man with weirder hairstyle than Yugi. There's a reason he's called 'Crabhead' among the fandom. Jack keeps boasting that he's a King and then take into account his hair looks like a crown.
- Take a long look at a group pic of The Enforcers and see if you can match up these names: Crabhead, Sea Urchin, Broomstick, and (after his second appearance) Sephiroth.
- And then Zexal's Yuma manages to completely out-crazy pretty much every hairstyle in the series - and that's before he enters Super Mode!
- Yugi/Yami from first Yu-Gi-Oh! - yes, his hair just looks like an eccentric hairstyle... until it's hinted it's natural.
- Darren has this in the manga adaptation of The Saga of Darren Shan, at least when he's not bald.
- Battler Ushiromiya from Umineko: When They Cry, despite the fact that it's not a shonen.
- Main character from Yaiba.
- Most of protagonists and villains in Saint Seiya.
- In the author's notes on Rurouni Kenshin, Nobuhiro Watsuki explicitly mentions that Yahiko's character design is that of the archetypical wild-haired Shonen Protagonist, and Sano's hair is so crazy he gets called "Rooster-head" In-Universe. (Interestingly enough, as the series progresses, Kenshin's hair grows progressively less wild. Art Shift that doubles as a sign of Character Development!)
- Several characters from Eyeshield 21 have hair like this, including Sena, Monta and Hiruma. The series lampshades the trope: Sena's hair is a cross between Goku's and Astro Boy's. Sena looks exactly like Astro Boy with his hair gelled down and his dad has the same hairdo. Hiruma actually has normal hair but styles his hair this way to add to his rebellious image. As for Monta, he's simply copying the hairstyle of his hero, who has a less cartoony version of the haircut.
- Joshua Christopher from Chrono Crusade, although it's much more toned down than some of the other examples on this page. (He pretty much fits the personality for this trope to a T.) Chrono might count, too, although he's got a long braid at the base of his neck in addition to the spiky hair on his head.
- Almost all of the male cast of D.N.Angel. Particularly notable because this is a shojo manga, not shounen (although it certainly mixes in tropes from that genre).
- Chris in Superbook.
- Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop has hair that sticks out all over the place, but it's more curly than spiky. (Faye at one point describes it as "fluffy".)
- As does his Samurai Champloo counterpart, Mugen.
- The Hitachiin twins in Ouran High School Host Club. Seems to be intentionally invoked by the twins — flashbacks show that before they joined the Host Club they had identical bowl cuts instead of the wild, spiky haircuts they have in present day, and they're considered the "Devil" type in the host club and are supposed to be a little wild.
- This fits better for the anime. Their hair looks much more natural and isn't quite as poofed out in the manga, although it's obvious they usually style it with hair gel.
- In Blade of the Immortal, which is fairly realistic and features normal haircuts for almost all of the main and supporting characters, Anti-Villain Magatsu Taito looks like he's carrying a porcupine on his head. We're talking foot-long spikes. It doesn't go unnoticed. At one point, somebody mentions In-Universe that hair like that will be popular in a couple hundred years.
- Goh and Mannen in Prétear.
- Tamahome and Tasuki from Fushigi Yuugi, as opposed to just about everyone else. Bonus points because Tamahome keeps his hair in a ponytail anyway. Of course, that was before the you-know-what involving Suboshi in the middle of the series.
- Soul and Black☆Star from Soul Eater.
- Another Jin, this time from Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh, has this. Apart from his two other classmates Akira and Yoppa, the rest of the main cast sport more or less normal hairstyles.
- Hayato Kazami, Naoki Shinjyo and Johji Ohtomo in Future GPX Cyber Formula have these. Hayato's is more noticeable, and it gets bigger in the last 2 OVAs.
- Touma Kamijou from A Certain Magical Index. In a bit of a subversion, Touma actually deliberately styles it that way with hair gel.
- Fairy Tail: Natsu, Gray, and Gajeel all have this hairstyle.
- Whenever Natsu is in the middle of a hard battle, his bangs go down because of the damage he takes. During the Tenro Island arc, he even uses his Fire Dragon Slayer Magic to heat up his hands to style his hair to its usual style.
- A lot of characters in Get Backers; most notably the two protagonists, and especially Ban (though being drenched leads to his hair becoming completely tamed...for a while).
- Hiei of YuYu Hakusho has this to a T. He looks like an emo Super-Saiyan.
- Suite Pretty Cure ♪ has a rare female example with the side character Waon Nishijima.
- Hamlet has this.
- In Saint Beast, unlike most of his counterparts who have unnatural hair colours, Goh just gets a very spiky haircut.
- In Rosario + Vampire, Tsukune has shonen hair, but thanks to Art Evolution, his hair looks more normal and straighter in later chapters of Season II.
- In Kill la Kill, Sanageyama's hair seems to get more spiky with every new iteration of his uniform. By the time he gets to wearing Blade Regalia: Secret Unsealed, he's practically a Saiyan.
- Kagerou Project: Shintaro, Hibiya, Seto and (to a lesser extent) Haruka all have this. In Shintaro and Haruka's cases, it's Lampshaded by the same person, no less.
- Panzer World Galient: Jordy Volder has messy, spiky, blonde hair.
- Possibly Wolverine from the X-Men—he is generally portrayed with particularly feral hair and sideburns that look a bit like horns, especially in earlier renderings.
- Beast was portrayed with something similar until he turned into a cat.
- Sosuke of Engine Sentai Go-onger. Lampshaded in a behind-the-scenes blog pic when someone holds up a Saiyan Goku figure beside him.
- Also comes up in several other series. Typically, Hot-Blooded reds have the official hairstyle of hotblood.
- Beakman sported a 'do that was basically a Shonen interpretation of Einstein Hair. See the picture on the work's own page, because mere words cannot begin to do it justice.
- Calvin and Hobbes: Eternally scruffy and hyperactive Calvin.
- The Final Fantasy series is rife with them:
- Roxas and Sora of Kingdom Hearts, among others.
- And, conversely, Ventus and Vanitas.
- Heck, Sora even acknowledged himself with one when Tifa asked him about Cloud's whereabouts!
- Crono, the hot-headed hero of Chrono Trigger. Though considering he was designed by Akira Toriyama, this is pretty much a given.
"Where's the punk with the spiky-hair?"
- The preview male sprite from the Japanese Square Enix Members would have this when he dresses up as Sorbet from Dive II Hunt, which means Sorbet might have Shonen Hair himself.
- A number of characters from Sengoku Basara, particularly Sanada Yukimura (who also has a ponytail). Date Masamune is an odd case in that, while his hair is normally rather tame◊, it seems to magically spike out under his helmet◊. Static cling, maybe?
- Neku Sakuraba from The World Ends with You
- Every Golden Sun character either has this or Idiot Hair.
- For the most part, the characters from the Tekken series have relatively normal hairstyles. However, Lars Alexandersson◊ fits this trope to a tee, with a dash of Sentai. Special mention goes out to the Mishima clan, as well.
- Retro City Rampage has this as a hairstyle called The Weaboo.
- Kingdom of Loathing, parodying Final Fantasy, gives us a Protagonist with spiky hair. As a justifying drop, his super-spiky hair gel gives this effect to the player: "Your hair is seriously spiky. It looks good, and it could put an eye out — the eye of your foe." A specific Protagonist appears as a Quest NPC: Mist Angst.
- His Burly Sidekick also has a spiky mohawk sharp enough to weaponize.
- Many Pokémon characters. It's so noticeable with the male protagonists that it becomes terribly noticeable when the Pokémon - XY protagonist doesn't have Anime Hair of any sort.
- Karkat◊ (and John◊ to a degree) of Homestuck both sport this style.
- Isaac◊ of Paranatural has hair like this, which is "spiky all on its own".
Isaac: Don't laugh, it's serious. Like, what am I gonna do when this hairstyle goes out of fashion?
- Rick from Luminary Children counts.
- Hikaru from Blitzcrafter has a haircut that consists of three to four back spikes that are sometimes drawn as big as their face, three frontal spikes, and a spiky ponytail. Yeah.
- The Teen Titans version of Robin. Some episodes lampshade and parody this trope.
- In "Mother Mae-Eye", Robin is shown styling his hair. In "Divide and Conquer", during an argument with Cyborg, the latter points out that he stinks of hair gel.
- In "Date with Destiny", after being yelled at by Starfire, his hair turns into what seems to be its natural state - a "good boy" style.◊ Also a Mythology Gag- it looks exactly like how Robin's hair was drawn in the Golden/Silver Age comics.
- On another occasion, he gets drenched, and swipes his hand over his hair in a blur, and it is promptly restored to its standard form: bing!
- Kenny from South Park has blond Shonen Hair, although we rarely get to see it.
- The Rowdyruff Boys sport this after Him brings them back to life, which the Girls immediately mock them for (calling it "mean hair").
- Compared to her friends, Rainbow Dash's hair certainly has shades of this. It helps that she's the most tomboyish of all the main characters.