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->''"Oh no! My hair's in a mess. Ah -- but it always looks like this."''
-->-- '''Gold''', ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''

Specific case of AnimeHair, that happens often in {{Shonen}} series. One or more of the characters, usually a protagonist, have a specific hairstyle -- their hair is [[MessyHair always a mess]], sticks out on all sides, and often looks kind of {{spiky|Hair}}. This hairstyle often comes with {{Hot Blooded}}ness and/or a nature somewhere between rebel, free spirit and ChaoticGood. 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 PublicMediumIgnorance think all male anime characters have. The DistaffCounterpart stereotype for female anime characters is RapunzelHair, or GirlishPigtails.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Iki from ''Manga/AirGear''.
* ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'': Despite being fairly realistic and featuring normal haircuts for almost all of the main and supporting characters, AntiVillain 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 InUniverse that hair like that will be [[GenreSavvy popular in a couple hundred years]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** 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 [[PerpetualFrowner rather serious]] character who usually isn't quick to fight.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Touma Kamijou. In a bit of a subversion, Touma actually [[InvokedTrope deliberately styles it that way with hair gel.]]
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'': Joshua Christopher, 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.) [[OurDemonsAreDifferent 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.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Spike Spiegel has hair that sticks out all over the place, but it's more curly than spiky. (Faye at one point describes it as "fluffy".) [[{{Bifauxnen}} Ed]] has the more stereotypical spiky hair.
* ''Manga/DNAngel'': Almost ''all'' of the male cast. Particularly notable because this is a ''{{shojo}}'' manga, not shounen (although it certainly mixes in tropes from that genre).
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': At least one kid from each series, usually the protagonist, who'll be hot-headed and immature, and also wear useless goggles. In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' however, it's [[RareFemaleExample Rika]] that sports this kind of hair and hot-headed personality, while the others have hairstyles more plausible in reality.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'': 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.
* ''Anime/DuelMasters'': Shobu Kirifuda.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'': Several characters 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.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': [[TheHero Natsu]], [[TheLancer Gray]], and [[TheRival 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.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': Tamahome and Tasuki, as opposed to just about everyone else. Bonus points because Tamahome keeps his hair in a ponytail anyway. Of course, that was before the [[MoralEventHorizon you]][[ImportantHaircut -know-]][[HeroicBSOD what]] involving Suboshi in the middle of the series.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'': Hayato Kazami, Naoki Shinjyo and Johji Ohtomo have these. Hayato's is more noticeable, and it gets bigger in the last 2 [=OVAs=].
* ''Manga/GetBackers'': A lot of characters, most notably the two protagonists, and ''especially'' Ban (though being drenched leads to his hair becoming completely tamed... for a while).
* Manga/{{Hamlet}} has this.
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': Shintaro, Hibiya, Seto and (to a lesser extent) Haruka all have this. In Shintaro and Haruka's cases, it's [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] [[spoiler:by the same person, no less]].
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': 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.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''
** Jotaro Kujo is revealed to have this when he loses his cap.
** An even better example is Joseph Joestar, his grandfather. When he was young, that is.
* Both Tetsuya Tsurugi and Kouji Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''.
** And both Ken and Ryo from ''Anime/MazinkaiserSKL''.
* Both protagonist Midoriya and deuteragonist Bakugo from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' have typical messy shonen hair, but in different styles [[AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance that reflect their personalities.]] Midoriya, being friendlier, has softer, more wavy-looking hair, while the more aggressive, HotBlooded Bakugo has more stiff, jagged SpikyHair (that also fits with his ability to generate explosions.)
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': The title character and a few of his friends, like Kiba.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': The Hitachiin twins. 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.
** It's more obvious in the anime. In the manga, their hair looks much more natural and isn't quite as poofed out, although it's obvious they usually style it with hair gel.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': [[TheHero Jordy Volder]] has messy, spiky, blonde hair.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Loads of characters.
** There's even a popular icon that has a picture of Ash Ketchum, stating that "His hair can poke people's eyes out".
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'': [[HotBlooded Goh]] and [[BrattyHalfPint Mannen]].
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure''
** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'': Side character Waon Nishijima has blue shonen hair. Fittingly, she's a tomboy who's into sports.
** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'': Reika/Cure Beauty gains spiky hair in [[SuperMode Princess Form]], making her look like a ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' character. The irony is that she's the YamatoNadeshiko of the five Cures, while the '''two''' tomboys get more traditionally feminine hair in their own Princess Forms.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Tsukune has shonen hair, but thanks to ArtEvolution, his hair looks more normal and straighter in later chapters of ''Season II''.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': In the [[WordOfGod author's notes]], Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki explicitly mentions that [[KidSamurai Yahiko's]] character design is that of the archetypical wild-haired Shonen Protagonist, and [[TheLancer Sano's]] hair is so crazy he gets called "Rooster-head" InUniverse. (Interestingly enough, as the series progresses, Kenshin's hair grows progressively ''less'' wild. ArtShift that doubles as a sign of CharacterDevelopment!)
* Darren has this in the manga adaptation of ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', at least when he's not bald.
* ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'': Unlike most of his counterparts who have [[YouGottaHaveblueHair unnatural hair colours]], Goh just gets a very spiky haircut.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Most protagonists and villains. Seiya's helmet seems to have trouble keeping his hair's spikes from jutting out. The villains tend to combine shonen hair with RapunzelHair for maximum fabulousness.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': Mugen has wild hair that sticks out all around his head. He has a similarly wild personality.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Soul and Black☆Star.
* ''Anime/{{Superbook}}'': Chris.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' - 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 [[TookALevelInBadass Takes a Level in Badass]].
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': Battler Ushiromiya, despite the fact that it's not a shonen.
* Main character from ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}''.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh''
** Yugi/Yami from first ''Anime/YuGiOh'' - 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.
** ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX 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.
** ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D's]]'' - Yusei (pictured above), possibly one man with weirder hairstyle than Yugi. There's a reason he's called [[FanNickname '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: [[FanNickname Crabhead]], Sea Urchin, Broomstick, and (after his second appearance) [[spoiler:Sephiroth]].
** And then ''[[Anime/YuGiOhZexal Zexal]]'''s Yuma manages to completely [[UpToEleven out-crazy pretty much every hairstyle in the series]] [[spoiler:- and that's [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow before he enters]] SuperMode!]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': [[AntiHero Hiei]] has this to a T. He looks like an emo [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super-Saiyan]].
* Another [[KidHero Jin]], this time from ''Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'', has this. Apart from his two other classmates Akira and [[TheSlacker Yoppa]], the rest of the main cast sport more or less normal hairstyles.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* 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.

* Peter Parker has hair like this in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.
* Sanjay from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', has 4 spikes that make his hairstyle.
* The title character in ''Film/CecilBDemented'' has total ShonenHair.
* Hiro Hamada from ''Disney/BigHero6'' has what could best be described as what happens when Disney does ShonenHair.

* Briskir from Literature/{{Halvgudene}} has this.
* HarryPotter was described as having this kind of hair, which the movies ignored.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Sosuke of ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''. {{Lampshade}}d in a behind-the-scenes blog pic when someone holds up a [[Franchise/DragonBall Saiyan Goku]] figure beside him.
** Also comes up in several other series. Typically, HotBlooded reds have the official hairstyle of hotblood.
* [[Series/BeakmansWorld Beakman]] sported a 'do that was basically a Shonen interpretation of EinsteinHair. See the picture on the work's own page, because mere words cannot begin to do it justice.

* The Music/{{Vocaloid}} character Kagamine Len has this kind of hairstyle, although fanart tends to tone it down.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Eternally scruffy and hyperactive Calvin.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series is rife with them:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'''s Fighter class;
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'''s Cecil (as a paladin) in sprite form, he's a LongHairedPrettyBoy otherwise, Edge in all forms.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'''s Bartz
** Cloud Strife of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'';
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'''s Zidane;
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'''s Tidus.
* Roxas and Sora of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', among others.
** And, conversely, Ventus and [[spoiler: Vanitas]].
** Heck, Sora even acknowledged himself with one when Tifa asked him about Cloud's whereabouts!
* Crono, the hot-headed hero of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. 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 ''Creator/SquareEnix Members'' would have this when he dresses up as [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Sorbet]] from ''Dive II Hunt'', which means Sorbet might have ShonenHair himself.
* A number of characters from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', particularly Sanada Yukimura ([[ShortHairWithTail who also has a ponytail]]). Date Masamune is an odd case in that, while his hair is [[http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/10/82869.jpg normally rather tame]], it seems to [[http://www.kitazeinbou.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/vlcsnap-255946.jpg magically spike out under his helmet]]. Static cling, maybe?
* Neku Sakuraba from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''
* Every ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' character either has this or IdiotHair.
* For the most part, the characters from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series have relatively normal hairstyles. However, [[http://images.wikia.com/tekken/en/images/d/d5/Lars-br.jpg Lars Alexandersson]] fits this trope to a tee, with a dash of {{Sentai}}. Special mention goes out to the Mishima clan, as well.
* ''VideoGame/RetroCityRampage'' has this as a hairstyle called The Weaboo.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', parodying ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', 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: [[{{Wangst}} Mist Angst]].
** His Burly Sidekick also has a spiky mohawk sharp enough to weaponize.
* Many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' characters. It's so noticeable with the male protagonists that it becomes terribly noticeable when the ''VideoGame/PokemonXY'' protagonist doesn't have AnimeHair of ''any'' sort.
** Same goes for male ''VideoGame/{{Fossil Fighters}}'' protagonists, except there are no exceptions yet. [[MindScrew Chew on that one.]]
* In ''Videogame/{{Overwatch}}'', some of Genji's Legendary Skins show that in the past he had [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/72/1a/ed/721aed792ec904404874c67b27ebdeb3.jpg fairly spiky hair]] prior to becoming a cyborg.
* The appropriately named Hiro from ''Videogame/LunarEternalBlue'' sports this hairstyle.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'' has Jin, whose hair is extremely messy. He's a FieryRedhead, though, so we can forgive him for forgetting to brush it occasionally.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Jeff, in the EasterEgg of ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'' episode 8, gains this when he ate the [[SonicTheHedgehog Chaos Emerald]] and fights [[WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ Turbo Mecha Sonic]] on an even level.

* [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/File:CGnobackg.png Karkat]] (and [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/File:John_Egbert.png John]] to a degree) of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' both sport this style.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/isaac_cast_3970.png Isaac]] of ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' has hair like this, which is ''[[http://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-3-page-10 "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 ''Webcomic/LuminaryChildren'' counts.
* Hikaru from ''Webcomic/{{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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' version of Robin. Some episodes [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] and [[ParodiedTrope 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 - [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/robin00013_4782.jpg a "good boy" style.]] Also a MythologyGag- 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 [[HairReboot promptly restored to its standard form:]] bing!
* [[LovableSexManiac Kenny]] from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has blond ShonenHair, although we [[InTheHood rarely get to see it]].
* [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls 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, [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]]'s hair certainly has shades of this. It helps that she's the most tomboyish of all the main characters.