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A catch-all term used for anime, manga and other cartoon and comic characters with bizarre, improbable, exotic, or just plain wacky-looking hairstyles.

Usually, the most important characters of the story will have wild spikes or a cool-looking hairdo in order to stand out among the crowd. It also helps to create a distinctive silhouette that will stand out in branding, media, and merchandise. It may be one or more different colors that don't appear naturally in real humans (blue is a popular choice). Sometimes the hair appears semi-transparent, with the character's eyes visible through it, although this presumably represents hair fine enough that it isn't completely obscuring, rather than anything outré. Anime Hair is very common among protagonists of anime/manga for the shōnen demographic, although the trend seems to be headed to more plausible styles: compare Son Goku's hair to Ichigo's.

Forms of Anime Hair include:

To see tropes about hair color, go here. Also see Hair Color in Japanese Media for an analysis of how hair color tropes are used in anime and other Japanese media.

Compare also '80s Hair, one of Real Life's best counterparts, and a major influence on this trope.


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  • Implausibly, Garnier started marketing a hair-styling range called "manga hair" around 2005 or so, complete with commercials full of bounding Goku-coiffured gents and ladies. Inconceivable! It does deliver nigh-on-indestructible results and is practically water-proof. Said spikes have caused injuries to huggers.

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  • In the world of crazy hair, there is nothing that comes close to Yu-Gi-Oh! It would be easier to list the characters in the series who don't have anime hair, but that sure as hell won't stop us from trying.
    • Yugi Muto is an absurd example, as he has two sets of colored spikes. His bangs are yellow, with the rest magenta-edged black. This gets even weirder in a flashback showing the Pharaoh as a baby, which seems to imply that those actually are his natural hair colour(s), passing through a reincarnation.
    • Yami Yugi/Pharaoh Atem's hair manages to get even crazier, since it has bangs sticking up. Oddly enough, the Egyptian arc shows that his father had completely normal hair, while the Pharaoh's vizier, Siamun Muran, had hair like Grandpa's (Grandpa is likely his reincarnation), possibly suggesting a familial relationship between them as there is between Yugi and Grandpa in the present day.
      • The dub has a moment in the Virtual World filler arc where a villain hoping to defeat and possess Yugi talks about how he'll be happy to walk free in a younger body, but he'll have to shave his (Yugi's) head first. This is the only mention anywhere of that hair, and it wasn't in the original.
      • His grandfather also has basically the same haircut, only gray and with a hat. When he was younger, it had the same coloration as Yugi's, with a brownish beard that didn't match anything else.
      • And parodied by an ad for the show on Kids' WB!, which described his hairdo as consisting of "aerodynamic triangles" to better weather the shockwaves that inevitably result from monsters being destroyed during duels.
    • Yugi's friends have weird hair, too. Otogi/Duke has standard black spikes, but Honda/Tristan's hair is a giant brown horn. Anzu/Téa and Jounochi/Joey both have very poofy hair that sticks out at least several inches from their head.
    • Pegasus J. Crawford, who is in his mid-20s, has silver hair that looks like some sort of corrugated sheet metal. And apparently, it's been like that since he was 12.
    • Villains Bakura, Dartz, and Dark Marik all have very spiky pale hair that would put Cloud to shame. Bakura's evil form's hair resembles a cloud of white to light blue bat wings. Siegfried and Leon have magenta/pink hair that becomes brighter as they age. Kimo, Pegasus's henchman from the Duelist Kingdom arc, has a hairstyle like Tristan's, except it points straight upward.
    • Valon's hair is very similar to Taichi Yagami from Digimon Adventure. Even if he compresses his hair under a helmet, his helmet hair will go back to its original shape like nothing.
    • Every time we see a younger version or past life of a character, their hair is exactly the same, except possibly shorter. The only exception is Ishizu, who has loose hair as an adult and braids in a flashback. Hair seems to reincarnate with them. This even extends to Kisara, who "reincarnated" as the Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! Hair legacy lives on in its several successor series and their movie together. Generally, the show's protagonist will have the most conspicuous hair. Judai/Jaden is the only notable aversion, with fairly ordinary two-tone brown, and even then, it's so poofy it looks like he has a Kuriboh on his head. Best examples include:
    • From the separate first series, Kaiba had neon green hair (the more famous anime gave him a more ordinary brown).
    • Yusei Fudo has black-and-yellow symmetrical spikes that stick several inches out from the sides of his head, which many fans have pointed out makes him look like a crab. He also somehow never gets helmet hair.
    • Jun Manjoume/Chazz Princeton has forward-swept spikes that look like they were stolen off a buzzsaw.
    • Sho/Syrus's big, light blue flop of a do sticks off at least a foot from his head, and is so large that it makes him look like a tree.
    • Paradox from the aforementioned movie has long golden hair that has two large twintails that look like chains extending down his back, as well as mixed purple-and-gold bangs that give off the impression that he has a spider on his head. On top of that, one of his eyebrows is bright red and seems to jut straight off the side of his face, and that's on top of seemingly wrapping around his right eye and extending down his cheek.
    • It's hard to tell where Aporia's hair even begins or ends.
    • Yuma's midnight-blue-and-pink hairdo must be seen to be believed, with having no less than six gigantic gravity-defying spikes. He has possibly the weirdest hair the series has yet, and that really says something.
    • Almost every single character in ZEXAL has at least two hair colours: Shark has a purple and light blue octopus hairdo, and Kaito/Kite has a blonde and green, vaguely droplet-shaped style that has the fandom still debating over whether it looks more like an onion, a strawberry, a flower bud, or one of another hundred or so things.
    • Yuya Sakaki has fairly normal hair in comparison... that is to say, bright red with dark green bangs. In his case, the fandom has unanimously given him the nickname of "tomato".
      • Things get even weirder when various alternate-universe counterparts get introduced, all of whom have different varieties of Anime Hair. The fandom has described them, in order of appearance, as Eggplant, Blueberry-Banana, and Purple Cabbage. Though oddly enough, even with their highly distinctive hairstyles the rest of the cast still acts like they're practically identical to each other, suggesting the wild hairdos the franchise is infamous for might not actually be visible in-universe. That or they're way too used to everyone looking crazy.
    • Yusaku Fujiki has dark blue hair with light blue bangs and pink accents, and is styled in such a way that you'd be forgiven for thinking he's wearing a hat at first glance. His hair has been compared to that of a wisteria tree, also accounting for the meaning of each individual kanji which make up his surname. Clever.
    • Yuga Odo sports spiky, flame-shaped hair which sticks upwards.
  • The Cardfight!! Vanguard franchise has quite a few characters sporting these.
    • From Cardfight!! Vanguard G we have Shindou Chrono, who, in the middle of his bright red spiky hair, also has a random pink swirl in the middle of it.
    • It's younger sibling series Future Card Buddyfight Has almost ten times that amount, especially in regards to the main cast and supporting characters.
  • Being created in the late 80s, Ghost in the Shell's Togusa, a man from the 2030s, is doomed to be haunted by his spectacular mullet throughout all adaptations of the manga.
  • Death Parade plays with this trope by giving the human characters realistic hairstyles and colors you would see anywhere in the real world. The supernatural characters, however, are given improbable hairstyles with impossible colors to match their exaggerated, intentionally two-dimensional personalities.
  • In Digimon Adventure, we had Tai and Matt's big and spiky hairs. Amusingly in the dub, their hair is often made fun of both by the other Digidestined and each other. (The original never made fun on their ridiculous hairstyles.)
  • Pick any Saiyan character from Dragon Ball. It gets even weirder once they go up to Super Saiyan levels. When Goku reaches Super Saiyan level three, he grows golden hair all the way down to his feet.
    • Goku lampshades his hair in the original Dragon Ball as seen here.
    • Not only that, but Vegeta explains in Dragon Ball Z that pure Saiyans retain the exact same hairstyle outside of powered-up states throughout their lives unless cut, and even then, it'll grow back to the same way it was before provided it wasn't cut too much. The only one with any difference we know of is Vegeta, who had bangs as a child but otherwise always had hair that seems to stand straight up.
      • At least that justifies the pure-blooded Saiyans' hair styles. Goten, on the other hand, has the same hair as his father even though it was established in the precious arc that half-saiyans' hair does change. That means Chi-Chi has been cutting his hair like that since he was a baby. GT has him specifically avert it with a few different hairstyles, some of which still fall here.
    • Gets a nod in the movie when Goku tries to slick back his hair for a party—only for it to spring back up. Bulma only has a few blue streaks in her hair, though.
      • A similar gag appears in Dragon Ball Super. Goku is seen at a temp job as a security guard with slicked back hair. His hair instantaneously pops back to normal after a few seconds.
    • Poked fun at in an Easter Egg in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, in which Nappa (having no hair to speak of) wonders if his goatee would grow if he went Super Saiyan. A Super Saiyan 3 form given to him in Dragon Ball Heroes confirms this to be his case (and also maintaining his bald head, unlike similarly-bald Saiyan Time Patrollers in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 who get the long hair when they go Super Saiyan 3).
    • It's not even limited to the Saiyan characters, either. Yamcha, for example, has hair so unruly that he probably breaks hairbrushes just trying to keep it in order, at least until he cuts it shorter post-Freiza. Android 16 sports a ludicrous orange mohawk. Bulma's neon blue hair is normal in style (usually), but is also apparently its natural color, as her son inherits it. And no less than two human martial artists from early Dragon Ball sport huge poofy afros.
  • The title character of Yotsuba&! has green hair in four little pigtails that stick out at angles around her head. They indicate a four-leaf clover, as that is also the meaning of her name.
  • Duel Masters, at least in the Gag Dub, hangs several lampshades on it. Apparently, when these guys aren't obsessing over card games, they're obsessing over their hair.
    • Shobu has the standard-issue spikes. It's implied that he uses a heavy-duty gel.
    • Kokujo has long black hair...down to his ankles. At one point, he's irate because a rematch with Shobu causes him to miss a hairstylist appointment.
    • Mikuni's sideburns are so awe-inspiring that the third-season dub changed his name to "Johnny Coolburns".
  • Nekki Basara from Macross 7 has spikes that form an even sharper point above his head. He's a rock musician, so crazy hair is expected.
  • Ippo Makunochi of Hajime no Ippo has Anime Hair so bad that, on the rare occasion he tries to tame it for a date, it invariably poofs out again within seconds.
  • Otaru of Saber Marionette J also manages to have two-tone spiky hair. Given how often his low income is pointed out, you have to wonder how he can keep affording hair care products.
  • Ryu from Shaman King starts off with a pompadour that sticks out a good two-and-a-half feet from his face. Oddly enough, when roughly half of it gets cut off early in the series, it stays off.
  • Pretty much everyone in Tenchi Muyo!, although Tenchi and Seina themselves are a little reasonable in the spikiness level. Washu, on the other hand, has the part around her face deliberately styled to look like a crab, and then you get to the ponytail...
  • Most of the female My-HiME cast has relatively normal hair styles, although in a small rainbow of colors (including Natsuki, whose hair is blue). There are three major exceptions, though:
    • Shiho's unique pink double-pigtails
    • The young teacher Midori's bright red spikes
    • The even younger Alyssa and her "blond Washu feathers."
  • The title character of Hikaru no Go is a borderline case. Anyone with black hair and a bottle of peroxide can have blond bangs, but this qualifies due to the sheer length of time he keeps it, aging from 11 to 16 with the two-tone hair.
  • Bobobo Bobo Bobo:
    • Aside from his huge blond afro, Bobobo has what looks like a long, thin moustache... that's actually two of his nosehairs.
    • Bobobo's former friend and rival, Gunkan, has a massive pomp that sticks several feet away from his head (to say nothing about his blonde beard).
    • Bobobo's older brother, Bibibi-bi Bi-bibi, has a head of hair that looks like someone made a lion's mane out of needles. It helps that he's a master of Fist of the Head Hair, the strongest of five hair-based Shinken.
  • Spoofed in This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. Takeru has "bed hair".
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, fittingly enough, has some bizarre hairstyles.
  • Hellsing has a few examples:
    • Alucard's hair changes depending on whatever release state he's in, reaching near-Rapunzel lengths at times.
    • Rip Van Winkle has one of the stranges curls at the front of her hairline. Also, her hair seems to separate the further down it reaches.
    • Seras Victoria, more so in the manga and the OVA.
  • Astro Boy has two small "spikes" of hair which, according to Tezuka, was based on his own bed-hair.
    • Arguably the Trope Maker.
    • Bonus points: no matter where Astro's head is pointing, the spikes stay perfectly still.note 
  • One Piece has the Baroque Works villain, Mr. 3. His hair is a crazy topknot shaped like a big "3". And it's almost always ON FIRE.
    • That's only the tip of the iceberg! You've got Buggy and his blue pigtails, Franky's outrageous Ace Ventura 'do that deflates when he's tired, Igaram's pale-blond powdered-wig-esque monstrosity that's full of guns, Dr. Hiriluk's wacky medical cross-shaped hair...
    • There is also Baroque Works' Miss Doublefinger, who could turn her giant curly blue afro (along with the rest of her body) into sharp spikes, professor Clover from the island of Ohara, Robin's place of birth and his clover leaf styled hair and it may be argued that Crocus' Crocus flower head ornaments, former crewmate to Gold Roger and acting doctor to the great whale Laboon, might in fact be a colorful crop of hair. At any rate, One Piece is full to the brim with outrageously fun character styles, and has a plethora of hairstyles.
    • Mozu's and Kiwi's (the two female members of the Franky Family) square-shaped hairstyles earned them their nickname the "Square Sisters", with their hair being so large and wide that they have to walk sideways like crabs whenever there’s a strong wind, or else they end up blowing away.
  • Shione in Mamoru Kun Ni Megami No Shukufuku Wo has a serious case of anime hair going on. She goes well beyond Ojou Ringlets and into some hairstyles that wouldn't look out of place in a Dr. Seuss book.
  • Don't forget Usagi Tsukino in Sailor Moon. Those twin ponytails that reach to her ankles are first tied into the large knots we see on top of her head before they dangle that far down. Apparently, she's never heard of a haircut...
    • The Amazons Quartet; It's hard to find a hairstyle weirder or more impossible to reproduce than Jun­Jun's. (She's the one in green, in case you were wondering.)
    • Chibi Usa and Chibi Chibi take the odango to a next level with pointed and heart shaped buns in pink and red respectively. Even better, Chibi Usa's hair is naturally pink, even though her mom is blonde and her dad's hair is black.
  • In My-Otome, secondary villain Tomoe has her hair done long on her right side, but cut short on her left. The aforementioned Shiho has double drill-hair in this universe... not surprising, given that spirals are part of her whole schtick.
  • Lampshaded in the Rosario + Vampire manga when Moka refers to her younger sister Cocoa (a.k.a. Kokoa) as wearing an "anime-like hairdo". (Ironically, however, Cocoa's hairstyle isn't particularly unrealistic, while Moka's is pink, nearly floor length, and turns silver on occasion.)
  • As a shounen series, ridiculous and improbably hairstyles often pop up in Bleach:
    • Kenpachi invokes this and purposely styles his hair this way, although it's still jarring how it could actually stay like that (apparently it takes hours of effort to do). His hair is pulled into giant spikes with little jingle bells at the end (the jingle bells are so he doesn't accidentally take his enemies by surprise). According to a databook, he washes his hair with soap to make it easier to spike it up (the one time he tried out proper shampoo/conditioner it was too silky). When left alone, his hair hangs down in a rather normal, if wild, way — this is what he ends up doing after the time skip. The bells are also the source of some jokes, such as one omake where he takes a long time to get ready because his arm isn't tall enough to attach the bell to his highest spike. Being such a badass, he obviously can't ask any of his subordinates for help.
    • Similar to Kenpachi, Renji's initial hairstyle has his ponytail spiking up to improbable levels in a way that is joked in-universe to make his head look like a red pineapple (it's more tame after the time skip).
    • Rukia and Ururu are milder examples, as their hair don't seem very outlandish but there is always a strand of it over their faces, even during battle scenes. Bonus points for Ururu's case, whose strand for some reason is always divided in an upside-down "Y" shape, framing her eyes and nose. When Rukia was dangled upside down by Gunjo in the fourth movie, that strand of hair of hers didn't even move an inch. Hell, her hair, apart from the tufts of it at her shoulders, weren't moving at all.
  • Eve of Black Cat and Golden Darkness of To Love Ru certainly qualify, given their ability to turn their hair into fists, blades, or virtually any other item the situation calls for.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • Jessie's very long red hair that, along with her legs, forms the shape of an 'R'. It's always pointing the same way, whatever the angle of view. The hairdo also seems perfectly rigid — she once slaps both James and Meowth with the tail of her hair. One episode has her put it in a messy ponytail but when she trips it instantly poofs into her normal style, complete with a sound effect.
    • Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew has Kidd Summers, who styles her hair in two large braids that stick almost two feet straight outwards from both sides of her head. She's apparently just as much of The Ace at physics-defying hairstyles as she is with her other numerous accomplishments.
    • Iris's hair has pretty much everyone else's beat in terms of sheer size and volume. Its overall length coming down past her knees and it's so big and bushy that her Axew (and occasionally several other Pokemon of similar size) can fit inside it, not to mention the two large, gravity-defying pigtails that each stick somewhere between a foot to about a foot and a half straight outward from the sides of her head. Due to the animation and shading styles of the movies, Iris’s hair often comes off looking even more thick than what it normally does in the anime.
    • Lots of characters in the Poke-verse have oddly-colored, gravity-defying, or just plain wacky hairstyles. It's far more common to see a character with an improbable (or downright impossible) hairstyle than a realistic one.
  • Subverted unexpectedly with Emerald's debut in Pokémon Adventures. His croissant-shaped hairdo is revealed in a flashback to be manufactured... his real hair reaches to his knees. Ruby was seen helping him gel it back into a crescent, raising the question of what the Pokémon world's hair gel manufacturers put in that stuff.
  • Nora: Magari Kazuma has the usual static-y spikes, but the title character's hair is styled to make his head resemble a dog's body, with inumimi bangs/sideburns and a long doggy-tail.
  • Naruto:
    • Kakashi gets hit by two attacks that disintegrate his gloves, his vest, and his headband; yet his hair is still perfect!
    • Sasuke's hair, while not actually that ridiculous by the standards of this page, has gone memetic due to the way it spikes out at the back, making it look remarkably like the rear end of a duck. His epilogue hairstyle doesn't have the spikes.
    • Then there's Jiraiya's long, flowing, spiky white hair, or Chouji's (part two) long, brown spiky hair. Which admittedly isn't all that amazing, until he uses his Human Boulder technique and uses his hair to turn himself into a human hedgehog (Jiraiya also uses a similar attack minus the rolling).
    • More typically, Kisame and Ao both sport the same Johnny Bravo-esque "hair all sticking up to a point above their forehead" do.
    • Sakura's hair isn't abnormal in style, but it's also neon pink, and apparently natural.
    • There's also Kidomaru, who has his hair tied back into what looks like the unholy offspring of an afro and a high tail, which only gets worse when he goes into Cursed Seal State 2.
  • Many characters in Steel Angel Kurumi have odd hair, but Mikhail's hair takes the cake. Note that it's not wind that makes strands just float out there; they stay that way inside, too, with absolutely nothing to move them.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi has Ricardo, the Hot-Blooded senator of Megalomesembria who sports a hairstyle containing five curvy spikes that makes his head look kinda like a starfish.
    • Ken Akamatsu's comments alongside early drafts for Kazumi Asakura describe her hairstyle as inspired by a pineapple...
    • Also Quintum and Quatrum. Their sister Sextum has much more normal hair though.
    • Nodoka's hair is totally normal in her normal style, being down just to the bottom of her skull and then shaved underneath. Except, that is, for the fact that she possesses the magical ability to not only get a ponytail out of hair that short (which should be impossible to begin with) but to get a high ponytail at the top of her head which somehow manages to be longer than her hair is when it's down, reaching almost to her shoulders. In other words, her hair more than doubles in length when she puts it into a ponytail.
    • Also Setsuna's ponytail which spikes out uncontrollably.
  • Anyone and everyone in Demonbane.
  • Half the cards from Cardcaptor Sakura have thematic hairdos that border on the absurd. The other half have hats.
  • In SoltyRei the main character has hair that looks like a hollow four leaf clover. But she's a robot so maybe it makes sense.
  • Vash the Stampede from Trigun. In the anime his hair is one of the ways Meryl and Millie track him, and in the manga he earns the nickname "Spiky". For his early style, which points strait up, apparently without the aid of gel, and in spite of gunfights, dust and sand.
  • Takuma from Elf Princess Rane takes the cake, being a full parody of anime hair. It's sky blue, has two tendrils down the front (the one on his right is thick and goes down to his feet, ending in a curl, while the one on his left is straight, thin, and goes to around his belt), and is styled into an epic curled horn on his left. Said horn is so massive that he regularly has to prop it up with his hands.
  • The Pretty Cure franchise has given its heroines a few hairstyles that are weird even by Magical Girl standards. Cure Black and Cure White had pretty tame 'dos, but things have gotten more ridiculous with each new series. It started getting extreme with Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star, where both of the heroines had pony tails that stuck more or less straight up; possibly reached its peak when Yes! Pretty Cure 5 introduced a heroine with an odd (pink) variation on the odango hairstyle where instead of buns, she has rings, and another who has weird cones on either side of her head with corkscrew-like pigtails coming out of them; and calmed down a bit in Fresh Pretty Cure!, where the most bizarre hairstyle was an extremely long, lavender side ponytail that looked more like a giant drill than anything. It came roaring back in Smile PreCure!, where all five girls get wild hairdos. And let's not get into their Princess Form.
  • Fairly averted in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. While still different than what most people would see in real life, it's still fairly realistic. Blue hair is totally averted. A side effect is that this sometimes makes some of the characters (chiefly the girls) a bit hard to tell from one another.
  • While most of the characters from Case Closed have fairly normal-looking hair, Ran Mouri (Rachel Moore) has a spike of it jutting out above her forehead.
  • In Soul Eater, the hair of the eponymous character is white and spiky and Black☆Star's is light blue and also spiky (but resembling a star), but Ox Ford spends much time fashioning his into two tall, pointed 'pillars' of hair and was otherwise bald until recently.
  • In Noein, not only is Karasu's hair spiky, it's somehow swept out sideways. What does he do, dunk his head into a toilet bowl full of hair gel?
  • Psy from Heroman has what could be best described as Spike Spiegel's hair on crack. It could be some sort of odd afro.
  • The female cast of Rumbling Hearts sports a variety of utterly bizarre hairstyles and colors, perhaps exmplified by the hair of major character Mitsuki, which is ocean blue and roughly the length of her ENTIRE BODY. Made even more jarring by the fact that the series bills itself as a "realistic" slice-of-life drama.
    • The hair color/style has nothing to do with how "realistic" the drama is. Also, except the improbable hair color for people who are suppose to be Japanese, their hair are pretty much normal or at least probable, even if you don't compare them to the crazy hair in other animes.
  • The hairstyles of the significant characters in Shiki range from totally normal to typical spikes to this and this. The deaths are thus far less baffling than some of these hairdos.
  • Anyone who's seen an episode of Ladies versus Butlers! would agree that Flameheart's hair falls into this category nicely. I mean, come on folks! They're drills!
  • Miu from Piano had a rather strange hairdo, especially considering the Slice of Life setting of the series.
  • Sae Sawanoguchi from Magic User's Club has hair that looks like it's made up of a series of Raggedy Anne-esque rectangles.
  • Yaiba's hair is quite spiky. Other examples include Kotaro Fuuma and Goemon Ishikawa.
  • Saint Seiya and their endless amount of '80s Hair.
  • Nia's hair in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is pastel blue and yellow in color, and the long hair running down her back resembles cotton candy in consistency.
    • It also acts somewhat like a flame at times, for instance, when wind blows, it will flow in the wind like a flickering flame, and if you pay attention small parts will fly off and disappear like small bits of flame.
  • Sena's hairstyle from Eyeshield 21 is a cross between Goku's, Astro Boy's, and Tsuna's, as well as being two tone (though he actually develops that later on, so he probably dyed his bangs). Evidently, the hairstyle's genetic, as his dad has the same thing, except with a receding hairline. Almost as if to lampshade his very anime-esque hair cut, when he gels in down it looks EXACTLY like Astro Boy's. Milder examples are Ikkyu's Vegeta-do, Kurita's chestnut spike, Mizumachi's blonde bedhead, Monta/Komosubi/Tomgano/Yukimitsu's spikes, and Sakuraba's hair antennae.
    • Hiruma's is a subversion. It looks like typical shonen hair, but in his flashback, it's revealed he has perfectly normal black hair. The spiky blond do is part of his image. The same with Kotaro, whose constantly bushing his hair to make it stay spiky.
  • Doi from Wandering Son has this though not to the extent of a lot of other examples, and it does resemble styles that a lot of teenage boys in Japan sport, but it still counts (especially in later appearances). He eventually gets it cut short though, because some bullies in high school force him to.
  • Nate Mitotsudaira from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere has five absolutely huge drill-hairs.
  • Ryu and Jinpei of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman have very bad cases of this. Apparently instead of combing their hair in the morning they stick a finger in a live socket to arrange it. And Jun's Curtains Match the Window.
  • Bakugan has a few of these. Aside from the typical natural green hairs and gravity-defying spiky hair, one character even has green hair except for a small red forelock.
  • Kodomo no Jikan gives us Rin and Mimi, who must have never even heard of a haircut. Knee length pigtails (with eight pink balls) and a ponytail just as long, respectively.
  • Sunny from Toriko has long fully controllable hair that is white, pink, green and blue. Each color strand can sense/taste different things such as heat, cold, pressure and pain. It contains billions of micro-strands that are invisible to the naked eye. He's used it as a net, to walk on water, to deflect attacks and to climb mountains. It may be the epitome of anime hair.
  • In A Certain Magical Index, Touma Kamijou has spiky hair. It is later revealed that he does style his hair with gel, because he thinks spiky hair looks cool.
  • Day Break Illusion has this pretty heavily. Luna is most bizarre, having her hair grow in what appear to be strips, but none of the major characters have anything particularly normal. And this is a Magical Girl show, so they only get weirder when they transform.
  • The Kino's Journey anime adaptation gave Kino this. In the light novels she has a more plausible haircut.
  • Takeshi Aiza from Your Lie in April has very pointy, inexplicably bright blond hair. His hairstyle looks even more striking compared to the rest of the cast, whose hair colours and styles are more realistic.
  • Matoi from the magical girl anime Matoi the Sacred Slayer has a heart-shaped hair bun.
  • Some characters in Puella Magi Madoka Magica have this going on. The protagonist, Madoka, is a relatively mild example. Her hair is tied up into twin tails that could probably exist in reality, but would require a lot of effort and comical amounts of hair products. It's also pink. While Mami's hair is a normal color, it's also styled in a much more elaborate way that's reminiscent of the ribbons she uses as a weapon. The sequel film, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion, confirms that she curls her hair with magic.
  • Practically every character in Lyrical Nanoha has a seemingly normal hairstyle save that one side stands away from their head like a giant cowlick. And sometimes which side it is changes based on how they're standing.
  • Just one look at the page image is enough to see that pretty much everyone from Food Wars! has anime hair of some sort, from spiky red hair to locks which shoot off in odd directions.
  • Dr. STONE:
    • Senku's hair sticks straight up (aside from the bangs) and appears to be roughly the same size as the entire rest of his head. It's also off-white, except for the green tips (which some fans have joked makes him look like a leek), unusual in a series where most characters have natural hair colors.
    • There's also a justified example in Kohaku, whose hair looks normal enough until she undoes her hair ties, at which point the fact that she lives in a stone-age society with no hair-care products, doubled with the fact that she's an Action Girl who doesn't really prioritize her appearance much, means that her hair sticks out in literally every direction.
  • Jōjū Senjin!! Mushibugyō is a series that basically tells you who's a significant character if they have some kind of crazy, physics-defying hairstyle going on. From Haru, who sports two large tufts on both sides of her head, to the ridiculousness that is Mugai's hairstyle, with the latter’s making Sephiroth's look tame in comparison.
  • The Beyblade franchise has too many examples to count.
    • First prize probably goes to Ranjiro Kiyama from Burst, whose gigantic gravity-defying stack of hair rises at least a few feet above his head, requires a giant comb to style it, has been compared to a broom, and is actually bigger than his head. One wonders how he even manages to get his hair that way, much less carry it around on his head. His cousin, Ransou/Ranzo is almost as bad as his hair resembles a giant drill. Other notable examples from Burst are Lui, whose hair resembles a huge blue flame; Hikaru, who has a nine-piece spiky mohawk with highlights; Hyuga, whose high, spiky hair has been compared to a bamboo shoot (original) or a pineapple (dub); and of course, Lean/Lain, whose hair resembles a huge magenta flame.
  • My Hero Academia: lots of technicolor hair and a few stand outs. Sometimes it’s justified as it’s Quirk-related.
    • Toshinori Yagi, All Might, has two large locks of hair that stand straight up on thr front of his head in his hero form. In his true form, they hang down around his face.
    • Shoto Todoroki has bi colored red and white hair divided cleanly down the middle. It relates to his Quirk that lets him create ice and fire on the sides of his body corresponding with the hair colors.

    Comic Books 
  • The lack of this in comics is almost as absurd as its prevalence in anime. Alien species (even ones from a thousand years in the future) have haircuts and colors that would be perfectly normal today.
  • Any character drawn by Chris Bacallo, but especially The Sandman (1989)'s The Endless and Shade, the Changing Man.
  • The Avengers: Depending on the artist, Quicksilver sometimes ends up with hair antennae that defy gravity.
  • Bloodwulf sticks his hand in an electrical socket to get his hair to stand up like that.
  • Doctor Strange: Clea traditionally has two curling locks of hair that meet over her forehead in a way Aqua Net can only dream of achieving.
  • The Flash: Bart Allen — Impulse/Kid Flash II — is probably best known for his insanely huge auburn hair and yellow eyes, so much so that they're an instant character marker. It wasn't part of his original design, but the first artist for his ongoing series exaggerated it to be such, and it's mostly stuck, though the length often fluctuates wildly. Walter West once quipped that it could serve as a cushion after throwing him into the air.
  • Girrion: Multiple:
    • Jarra's hair sticks up in a triangular fashion.
    • Nollo's hair fans out in two directions.
  • Incandescence: Incandescence has a puffy, wavy, spiky bouffant that looks like Lisa Simpson on anime.
  • Lobo: Lobo's hair seems to stand up like porcupine quills all on its own.
  • Runaways: Karolina is a pseudo Energy Being. Her hair is a stream of energy.
  • Seconds (2014): Katie has big, spiky, circular hair that's bigger than her head. In her more chibi moments, her entire head is just a bush of hair with eyes and a mouth.
  • Spider-Man: Norman Osborn, his son Harry and Sandman have red-headed cornrows.
  • Star Wars' Princess Leia's Danish bun hairdo looks even weirder in her manga incarnation.
  • Superman story The Living Legends Of Superman: In a sequence set in a distant future, two kids called Aron and Josif sports two huge Astro Boy-like hair spikes -one of them located at the front right of their heads, and the second at the rear side- sticking out of their otherwise extremely short and shiny hair.
  • Alanna Wolff of Supernatural Law has very dramatic hair.
  • Swordquest: The sorcerer Konjuro wears his hair curved into two points over his head.
  • Teen Titans: Starfire's hair goes down past her waist and merges with the stream of energy left behind when she flies.
  • Wolverine: Wolverine has an unusual and distinctive hair style.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Calvin. Hobbes once Lampshaded it. "Does electricity make your hair do that?"
    • Calvin gets literal Anime Hair in one comic when he uses Crisco to style his hair into two large spikes as a Shout-Out to Astro Boy.
    • In one strip, where he sleeps on his hair and wakes up with the front part matted down. He decides he likes it so much, he gels it to stay that way. Hobbes suggests he gets curlers for the back, but we don't see that.
    • Hobbes once told him that his "hat hair" didn't look too different from his normal hair.
  • One Sunday strip of FoxTrot shows Jason asking his mom, his brother, and his sister for (and presumably receiving) hair gel, to reveal that he was getting ready for a Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament by styling his hair like Yugi's. His father, who is balding, is annoyed that Jason didn't at least ask him if he had any hair gel to borrow.
  • Committed: Liz and her daughter Tracy, both have a haircut that goes high above their heads, then curls forwards like a dolphin's fin (and Tracy also has a variant Ahoge that sticks out from the back of her head rather than the top.) The father, Joe, has hair that goes straight forwards instead of up, making him look like he's balancing a platter on his head.

    Fan Works 
  • Calvin & Hobbes: The Series: Calvin's spiky hair is lampshaded by Sheila:
    • It was lampshaded before that, in the first episode no less. By the narrator.
    No one knows why his hair does that. Is it static electricity? Is it hair gel? No, probably not.
    • Many other Calvinverse characters have this, like Dr. Brainstorm and his brother and rival Thunderstorm. The Lightning Man (who is Dr. Brainstorm's uncle) has Hershey's Kiss-shaped hair.
  • One character from Titan Legends has "Saiyan-hair" due to an odd change when he acquired his powers. Some characters mock this; he just tries to ignore it.
  • A Growing Affection: Saburo of the Grass has "light green hair" in "three, foot-long spikes" that are frequently described as looking like the trident. Ayameko of the Grass has a fairly normal style but her hair is blue on one side and slowly changes to purple on the other.
  • Guys Being Dudes: Spark's hair is spiky all on its own to the point that it blatantly refuses to be shaped into any other style.
  • In The Legend of Total Drama Island, Chris gets a taste of this courtesy of Katie and Sadie, when he refuses once too often to let them be on the same team. They physically assault him and, among other indignities, they forcibly restyle the vain host's hair to “an irregular, spiky mane, the likes of which is rarely seen outside of anime.”
  • Human After All: Both Robotboy and Robotgirl have the same large, spiky hair in order to hide their robotic head nodes. It fits the animesque aesthetic of the source cartoon.
  • The crazy styles of Yugioh get lampshaded in the "Coming Right Back" story in Arc-Ved Protagonists, with Yuya stating that Yugi's hair style is the craziest he had encountered, while still acknowledging that his is growing naturally into a tomato shape.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
    • The Yu-Gi-Oh! hair mentioned first on this page and seen in the page image is parodied repeatedly. Kimo always refers to himself in the third person as "my hair", and claims that it has super powers. At one point he refuses to let Joey into the tournament because his hair "isn't crazy enough", but fortunately Yugi's hair is "crazy enough for two people". Also, the Pharaoh needs to get his hair sharpened.
    • As of "Marik's Evil Council of Doom 3", Dartz's hair changes colour in every shot. When he enters the main series, it changes colour on screen.
    • Yami pops up for the Cell Games and Cell has this to say.
      Cell: Good Lord, with hair like that, I bet you've never lost a game of "Who's the Protag."
  • I'm Nobody: Lampshaded when Joker asks Axel how much gel he puts in his hair, only for him to reply that it's all natural.

    Films — Animation 
  • For some reason, the wolves in Alpha and Omega have this.
  • Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, where Pocahontas gets various crazy hairstyles during the song "Wait 'Til He Sees You".
  • Apparently, Syndrome from The Incredibles was a Super; his power was the ability to make that hair stand up. Either that, or he's secretly a Saiyan, since his hairstyle matches Vegeta's exactly.
    • MAD Magazine posited that he just stuck his finger in a lamp socket every morning.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Rurouni Kenshin both plays this trope straight and averts it. Kenshin has his iconic red hair (which would be quite improbable in the period the film takes place in), while Sanosuke loses his anime spikes in favor of a more messy, disheveled look.
  • Yukio from The Wolverine. Down to the color. Director James Marigold has expressly stated his desire was to give her a more anime appearance, hence the Adaptation Dye-Job.
  • Ace Attorney (2012) somehow manages to take the already unusual and often excessive hair of the Ace Attorney series and actually make them happen in real life. Yes, this includes Phoenix's spiky hair, the judge's prodigious beard, and even Matt Engarde's concealing bangs.

    Live-Action TV 
  • One of the hosts of Ancient Aliens, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, is a rare live action and western example. His hair seems to progressively stick up more and more over the years.
  • Dalton off of The Red Green Show sports a hairstyle that resembles a bird nest more and more with each passing season.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has done this as a way of giving Human Aliens a different look without resorting to rubber foreheads. In "Armageddon Game", the main way to tell the difference between the T'Lanis and Kelleruns are their distinctive coiffures, which are something to behold. As one reviewer puts it, they "have recently ended a lengthy war, probably fighting over which of them had a sillier hairstyle". Also check out the Skreean in "Sanctuary", and there's a Starfleet woman with an impressive pompadour in "The Siege".


  • LEGO employed full-force Anime Hair in most of the minifigures in the LEGO Exo-Force line, inevitable being that it was designed with mecha anime in mind. Interestingly, the accompanying animesque character art has everyone's hair looking (relatively) normal, starkly contrasting with the minifigures themselves.

    Video Games 
  • Epic Battle Fantasy series: The Headband (available in EBF4 and EBF5) gives its wearer this (NoLegs included). Matt and Lance both comment upon this in EBF5 when equipping it:
    Matt: How do ya like my hair? Is this style still in fashion?
    Lance: I don't wanna wear this. This make me look like a douchenozzle.
  • The Final Fantasy series is famous (though some would say infamous) for this.
    • Final Fantasy II
      • Under Firion's bandana lies a hidden mass of hair jagging out in random directions.
      • Emperor Mateus is proof that the series embraced this trope long before it became memetic. He sports what can best be described as an eighties-style Devilish Hair Horns.
    • In Final Fantasy III, both Luneth's half-ponytail, half-jagged bands, and The Onion Knight's hair, which (as far as we can see) opens like a flower around his face.
    • In sprite form, Paladin Cecil from Final Fantasy IV has almost Vegeta-style pale-purple spikes that jut out above him. It's almost the exact opposite in official art, though.
    • General Leo from Final Fantasy VI has a bright orange mohawk. On a black dude.
    • Final Fantasy VII
      • In the original game, Cloud Strife has golden spikes that seem to shoot off in every direction. It is lampshaded often and has earned him the nickname of 'Spiky' from his allies. His hairstyle is less extreme in future installments of the Compilation.
        Shantotto: Your hair is a distraction!
      • Zack Fair also has improbably spiky dark hair in his recent appearances in Crisis Core and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, but like Cloud, his hairstyle is slightly toned down compared to the original game.
      • Aerith could also qualify. In the original game, her front bangs seem to defy gravity. The look is just made a bit softer in Advent Children.
      • Sephiroth is the designated pretty boy, with silver hair extending down past his waist and two long forelocks framing his face.
      • Reno of the Turks has fiery red spikes, which sets him apart from his completely bald partner-in-crime, Rude.
    • Final Fantasy VIII villainess Ultimecia sports a fairly impressive Devilish Hair Horns that bears some resemblance to Mateus'.
    • Final Fantasy IX villain Kuja has hair that appears to coalesce into feathers.
    • Final Fantasy X
      • The villain Seymour has bright blue hair molded into shapes that could only possibly be achieved with a truckload of cement. Even better, we see him as a child in a flashback, and his hair (and really, his entire design) is exactly the same, just smaller. It's kind of adorable.
      • Wakka's gravity-defying peak shows him to be no slouch in the absurd haircut department either. Even underwater.
    • Marche in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance has a big strand of hair that curls straight up at the front of his head while having some strands of hair on the back of his head that flow out like a ponytail with a mind of its own.
  • While the style may be tamer in Fire Emblem, the colors certainly aren't. see for yourself.
  • Commander Hurgh in Grapple Force Rena has some Spiky Hair.
  • Crono from Chrono Trigger is sometimes referred to as "the kid with the punk haircut".
  • Both of the games in the Gungrave series have prime examples of this:
    • Both games feature the silver-haired Mika, whose hair seems to darken at the top.
    • Overdose introduces Garino, whose hairstyle manages to be shaggy AND refined at the same time.
    • And then there's Rocketbilly Redcadillac. Possibly one of the most perfect examples of this trope you can find. See for yourself!
  • Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia's hair stands at least eight inches high, with spike-like structures jutting about. Also, his hair bounces back and forth if you make him turn around on the overworld screens.
    • The Tales Series is pretty consistent about this. Basically everyone in Symphonia has fantastic anime hair, as do each of the main characters in Tales of Graces, usually because you gotta have some outlandish colour of hair.
    • Tales of the Abyss is funny about this, though. Tear, Jade, and arguably Anise and Natalia have perfectly probable hairstyles and colours. Guy's is verging on anime-spiky. But still, that's almost everyone in the main party...except the protagonist himself who has hip-length fire-red hair (before he cuts it) with blonde tips and gravity-defying side-bang-spikes.
    • And now, with Tales of Xillia, it has reached both extremes. The male protagonist Jude has a relatively sensible shaggy black haircut...while his female counterpart Milla has thigh-length four-coloured tresses, complete with green Idiot Hair.
  • Kingdom Hearts, as a Final Fantasy / Disney crossover, has plenty of examples:
    • Several Final Fantasy mainstays appear, including Cloud, and their hair is as anime as ever.
    • Most members of Organization XIII have sufficient spikiness, especially Axel. It's often mixed with Elemental Hair Colors - Larxene has bright blonde Hair Antennae, while Marluxia's hair is bright pink to go with his rose / cherry blossom motif.
    • Sora and Riku? Anime Hair all the way. This is even lampshaded when the party meets Tifa. (Heads-up, she's looking for Cloud.)
      Tifa: Have any of you seen a guy with spiky hair?
      (Donald and Goofy stare at Sora, who tugs at one of his own spikes)
      Tifa: (chuckles) Spikier.
  • Ryuuta Ipongi from Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan. Kai Doumeki from the game takes this one step further, as he even has a spiky beard.
  • Everyone in Ghost Trick has ridiculous hair. Sissel, Lynne, Beauty, and Emma stand out in particular. Sissel's hair is a tall blond spike, Lynne has what looks like a chicken's comb, Beauty has concentric rings, and Emma's hair furls up into a rose-like shape. Seriously, how the hell does Beauty's hair even work?! Then again, the game is made and designed by the guy who created the Ace Attorney series.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic is what happens when a Funny Animal gets anime hair, (well, it is blue, after all), with big downward spiky quills. Shadow expresses similar hairstyle.
    • The most visually prominent with Silver, who has five long quills on his forehead arranged to look like the Japanese maple leaf. Must be the futuristic style.
  • One must wonder how much hair gel the Elite Beat Agents' Agent J uses to get his hair super-curly in front. It just seems to leap out like a tongue.
  • Dragon Quest:
  • Birdie from Street Fighter has a mohawk with a perfect circle punched through the middle of it.
  • Disgaea generally has spiky hair across the board, though there are some notably odd styles, such as the giant cinnamon-roll pigtails that the archers sport, or Axel's purple lightning-shaped eyebrows.
    • Badass freakin' Overlord Zetta from Makai Kingdom may deserve special mention despite the short amount of time he spends in humanoid form. Artwork and his in-game sprites depict him with long, red, spiky hair, as per [1] general design. The more detailed cutscenes, however, show that he doesn't have hair so much as he wears an impeccably styled bonfire on his head, complete with bat-shaped licks of flame.
    • Laharl also deserves a nod, as his hair splits into two "antennae", which are equal to his total height.
  • In Golden Sun and sequels, the weirdest hairstyles and colors belong to Adepts with elemental powers. Non-Adept characters have more normal styles and colors.
  • Will/Ed from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin has this. How is it that he manages to keep that hairstyle despite an apocalypse?
  • Rival Schools has its fair share of funky hair as well. First there's Shoma, who has three huge spikes of hair sticking out of his backward-facing baseball cap. Then there's Edge, who styles his long blonde hair into really tall spikes, and even uses it as a blunt weapon by headbutting (as if he uses Plaster of Paris for hairgel to give it such hardness). Taking the cake, however, is Yurika, who has excessively large Ojou Ringlets and cinnamon bun-esque curls at the top of her head (the latter might have served as inspiration for the previously mentioned Ron DeLite, considering Capcom owns both Ace Attorney and Rival Schools).
  • Brand from Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found has orange hair with curving spikes.
  • Akira Yuki and Jacky Bryant from the Virtua Fighter series have super spiky hair. The big polygons in the older games made Jacky's hair really spiky.
    • Goh Hinogami not only has super spiky hair, but it's blue.
  • The kid heroes of the Ape Escape series tend to have spiky hair of different degrees, with the most well-known being Spike's, for obvious reasons. Also, Specter is an example of anime fur, being a monkey and all. Another honorable mention is 3's gadget inventor Aki, whose hairstyle can only be described as "puffy".
  • Benimaru Nikaido from The King of Fighters can be described as having a "yellow push-pop" of hair. Though he can occasionally be seen with it hanging down in long, wavy tresses, so perhaps he employs static electricity to maintain his usual style.
  • Ruru of Magical Battle Arena has drill-hair. And by drill-hair, we mean that her hair has been styled to look like a literal pair of drills. Operating drills. That spin.
  • The Guilty Gear series is rife with examples, but the far-and-away winner is Millia Rage, given her ability to use her already outlandish hairstyle to kick your ass.
  • The Tekken games give us the Mishima clan... Heihachi with his head-wings and Kazuya and Jin with their rather pointy upswept 'dos. And Paul clearly has the same stylist as Jean-Pierre Polnareff.
  • Graffiti Kingdom. Pixel has hair that could hold a laundry basket with ease, Tablet's head is dominated by two towers of cyan hair, his sister Palette has gigantic neck-wings of the same color and Deskel, one of the bosses, uses his mustache as a set of arms.
  • The game Bayonetta is probably the exemplar of this trope. Not only is her hair ridiculously long, she uses it as her SOURCE OF CLOTHING, and controls it in such a way that it's a deadly weapon.
  • Ichiro Ohgami, from Sakura Wars, has hair that, unless cut, refuses to be anything but spiky. Fortunately, his hair isn't anywhere near as ridiculous as most of the examples of this trope.
  • Blood Elves from World of Warcraft. Since some of their hairstyles were copied and made available to humans and a couple other races, them too. But the Blood Elves will forever be the Children of the Anime Hair.
    • As will the female Gnomes, and they were there sooner!
    • One notable female draenei hairdo is so spiky, it can be hard to distinguish it from their actual horns.
  • Link's hair in The Legend of Zelda, although you would never tell from the sprites. In addition to the long sideburns from other games, his bangs also point straight forward.
  • When Mega Man (Classic)'s helmet comes off, it's just slightly scuffed up. Proto Man, on the other hand...
    • Geo in Mega Man Star Force has a somewhat absurd crest with spikes that'd put your eye out. There's even a special gap in his helmet for it, even in Zerker form in 2. He gets different, but no less anime, hairstyles in the Saurian and Ninja forms.
    • Zero from Mega Man X is probably the most well known example from the franchise; his long Samurai Ponytail combined with his Bishōnen appearance caused more than a fair amount of Viewer Gender Confusion.
  • Neku from The World Ends with You has pretty spiky hair which would probably be spikier if it weren't weighted down by his headphones.
  • The designers of Inazuma Eleven must have lots of fun with this trope since Shonen Hair, multi-coloured hair and many others are in full effect.
  • The characters of Eternal Sonata are noted for this to the degree that "Anime Hair" is listed on the game's character page under "tropes all characters have in common."
  • Some of your troops (especially the males) from the original X Com UFO Defense sport rather wacky 80s-meets-anime hairstyles. See them here.
  • You can bet that almost any important character in each and any Pokémon game will have a varying degree of this, sans most of the player characters until the Black and White saga.
    • Interestingly, hairdos seemed to be slightly more plausible in the first two generations with some minor exceptions, while from the third onwards they've been getting weirder and more elaborate.
    • Most characters in the first generation had normal hairstyles, but then things changed...
    • Special mentions in the second generation go to Jasmine and her... thingies, Clair and her gravity-defying ponytail and Eusine with his Idiot Hair.
    • Special mentions in the third generation go to Roxanne's floating twin locks, Flannery's puffy ponytail, Winona's skywards-poking tufts, Juan's floating bangs, Sidney's single spike/Idiot Hair, Glacia's erm... braids, Wallace's floating curls, Greta's danishes and Tucker's whatevers.
    • For the fourth and fifth generations it's just easier to list the characters that do not boast some absurd-looking hair, though it's interesting to note that the fifth generation was the only one to feature relatively strange-haired player characters. There's Hilbert's winged 80's haircut, Hilda's massive ponytail that sticks out of a truck driver cap, Nate's gigantic mass of who knows what squeezed into a visor, and Rosa's overly long pigtails topped with the largest pair of danishes ever seen since Star Wars.
    • Colress owns this trope. He has an Idiot Hair that loops around his head. And it's dyed blue. Think Internet Explorer logo with the colors reversed.
    • The Battle Chatelaines from Pokemon X and Y practically own this trope.
    • For Generation 7 we have Plumeria’s pink and yellow hair drawn into four long strands, Lusamine’s huge bell-shaped hair that looks like several giant sheets of paper connected together, and Ryuki’s hairdo that is best described as someone trying to emulate a fanged maxilla to the point of including blood red gums.
    • The end-all examples are the post-game antagonists of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Sordward and Shielbert, whose hair are shaped like the weapons the games get their names from. This means the sword one has a long, thick protrusion of hair going straight up. Multiple characters find their hairstyles to be completely ridiculous, including Piers, whose hair is a black-and-white thorny triple ponytail with bangs (also thorny and black-and-white) that cover up half his face and goes down to his chest.
    • Scarlet and Violet has Iono's pastel blue and pink/purple hair that's somehow tied into the shape of a bow at the front of her head, Ryme's long braids that are somehow shaped like human bones, Brassius's hair which looks like he has thorny vines growing from his head, and Geeta’s enormous black wavy hair with blue, yellow and silver accents that's more voluminous than the entire top half of her body.
    • Even Pokemon have this; Gardevoirs have "hair" that splits at the neck and goes over the shoulders like a pair of horns while the bangs rest on the face at a point and Gallades have their hair styled into a helmet-shape with a blue mohawk/crest with the same bangs as a Gardevoir.
    • Quite a few characters in the Pokémon Ranger games have this going on. One of the most notable examples being Solana (the female protagonist of the first game), who has what appears to be a large, light blue upside-down ponytail twice as tall as her head with five large spikes jutting out from the top of it. God only knows how much hairspray is needed to hold it in that shape.
    • Mirror B. from Pokémon Colosseum has a gigantic afro that's colored red on one side and white on the other, making it resemble a Pokeball.
    • Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness: Michael’s whole family has this going on (special mention goes to his mother Lily, who sports some kind of bun/beehive hybrid hairstyle that's nearly twice as big as her head). Then there's Lovrina's giant pink twintails that go down past her knees, and Dr. Kaminko's hair which sticks straight upwards and is almost three to four times as tall as his head.
    • Pokémon Masters: Most of the original characters in this game have this. Professor Bellis’ is a black and white hairdo with two large tufts on the top of her head that somewhat resemble cat ears. Lear’s is basically a silver scaled-down shonen look with one spike on the right side of his head and two on the left, and Rachel's two large purple ringlets that are almost as big as her head.
  • Befitting the games Animesque look, Yandere Simulator has examples from both genders.
    • One has twin-drill pigtails (that are bright purple), another has very long Miku-style pigtails, a third used to have her hair in three cobalt blue ponytails, and one has two-tone hair.
    • The "Rainbow Boys" sport different colors and hairstyles, many of which follow the "generic spiky-haired anime boy" cliché… except for Ryuto, whose hair defies all logic and sense. It looks like the top of his head is on fire. He's really a Shout-Out to Ryuta Ippongi, Hot-Blooded Sideburns and all, and his hair used to be even more ridiculous.
  • Zack, the hero of Asdivine Hearts, has hair so spiky that he quickly earns the nickname of "Pineapple Head."
  • Astra Superstars: Given that this game uses an Anime-style aesthetic, this and plenty of other anime/manga tropes are present. Lettuce has the Shonen Hair sort of style that Stock Shonen Heroes would be expected to sport. Meanwhile in terms of unnatural real-life hair colors, Maron, Coco, and Sakamoto are pink, purple and blue haired respectively.
  • As he's based on the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown sports a massive, huge, rambuctious hair. In each game, it gets wilder and wilder... bigger and bigger... until he reaches old age in the Distant Finale Warriors Rage.
  • In Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey, Zara's hair is styled into two points like princess hats, and those points have her hair spiraling to the top, where they taper off into two lengths of hair per point.
  • Ninja Battle Heroes: Most of the cast of the game has hairstyles in this manner. Here, have a look.
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens: The Half-Genies: Every single one of them has a rather bizarre hairdo except for Fillin the Blank (because she's not actually half-genie). Harmony has three Idiot Hairs and a ponytail almost as long as she is tall, Zapple has a four-pointed ponytail like a shuriken, Vera has hers styled into six coral-like "branches", and Plink has six-pointed twintails tied up with two eye-like accessories that react with her emotions.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Phoenix Wright possesses what could be classified as "hedgehog hair", with spikes that protrude behind his head. His wannabe double, Furio Tigre, has similar spikes on his head. (The red skin kinda gives him away, too.) Lampshaded to hell and back several times over throughout the series.
    • Pearl has a big pretzel on the top of her head.
    • Ron DeLite has a pair of cinnamon buns on the side of his head that sproing outward when he's upset (which is often).
    • Detective Luke Atmey's hair looks like he shaved his head, broke a plate, took the biggest piece, spray-painted it bright yellow, and glued it to his head.
    • Redd White and April May both have unnatural hair colors—lavender and bright pink, respectively. Franziska von Karma has light blue hair, and Max Galactica has bright pink/purple hair.
    • Pearl's mother, Morgan, has a giant bun-like hairdo that defies gravity.
    • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney takes it farther, Daryan has a 'do that's oddly suggestive (he claims that it's a shark, but considering how it droops when he loses confidence, well...), Drew Misham's looks like half of its hair was frozen at an angle from its head, Wocky Kitaki has tricolored hair (an orange curl in the middle, two yellow spikes, and the rest is brown) and both Gavins' hair makes a G at the side while the lower part looks like a drill.
    • This trope also gets subverted in the case of Apollo's hairstyle: the directors state that his twin spikes aren't natural and he gels them very carefully every single morning. He even says at one point:
      "So I use a little hair gel. Relax, people!"
    • Ace Attorney Investigations has Jacques Portsman with hair that goes in spikes, Rhoda Teneiro with her triple cube bun, and Young Kay Faraday with a ponytail that sticks up.
    • Also, ze Flamboyantly Gay Lethal Chef Jean Armstrong has way too many tight-ass curls. Even his beard looks like a Swiss Cake Roll.
    • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies tones the amounts down significantly, though there's still Solomon Starbuck, whose hair is meant to look like a rocket, but more or less just looks like he's wearing a pointy red cone, and Athena Cykes, who gets a cowlick longer than her head pointing off to the side.
  • Fate/stay night has the Hound of Culann (see 'mythology') with blue hair, Archer with spiky white, Rider purple rapunzel hair and Gilgamesh looking like a DBZ reject.
    • Though in Archer's case it's a side effect of using projection magic and white hair isn't unnatural to begin with.
    • Note that Lancer has a blackish blue hair, a hair color that is mistaken by many people to be blue but was meant to be black. Type Moon uses this often, examples include Ciel, Sakura, and Rin (though hers is mistaken to be green), all of which are said to be black by Word of God. Rider was never human so she has a excuse.
    • Gilgamesh's hair is especially notable for its behavior. When he's in civvies, it lies flat; when he changes into armor, it usually becomes upswept like a Super Saiyan's. Since he doesn't seem to be transforming anything except his clothes, there's no apparent reason for this change.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Quite a few of the characters in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, from Mondo Oowada's corncob pompadour to Celestia Ludenberg's twin drills (though they're all but stated to be extensions of some kind due to a few events showing her without them) to Yasuhiro Hagakure's dreadlock-afro hybrid... though most of the others do have normal hairstyles all things considered.
    • From Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, there's Hinata's gigantic strand of Idiot Hair (even bigger than Naegi's) that sometimes wiggles during trial scenes, Komaeda's extreme case of bed head (which is also white,) Ibuki's multi-colored hair (complete with a pair of hair horns,) and Gundam Tanaka's black-hair-with-greyish-purple streaks with one giant lock sticking straight up.
    • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony gives us Ki-bo's very spiky white hair with a ridiculously large strand of Idiot Hair, Kaito's spiky purple hair that always sticks upwards in an unusual angle, and Tenko's very long Braids of Action that are styled in some sort of weird loop.
  • Reconstructed in Katawa Shoujo. Misha's pink princess curls, which are seen by everybody else as extremely unusual and are frequently pointed out, turn out to not be her natural hairstyle at all, but one she deliberately started wearing in order to shock and annoy her crush, Shizune, in a sort of passive-aggressive retaliation for rejecting her homosexual advances. She cuts it off later down Shizune's route, and in the end you get to a see a flashback of her from a year ago with completely unremarkable, brown, straight hair.
  • In EP4 of Umineko: When They Cry, Deadpan Snarker Ange told Battler to "Leave the jokes to [his] hairstyle." Said hairstyle is spiky enough to warrant the jab.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner: Parodied in the Strong Bad Email "japanese cartoon", where Strong Bad imagines himself as an anime character having vivid blue hair for some reason (apparently just because "you gotta have blue hair").
  • SSS Warrior Cats is an animesque adaptation of the first Warrior Cats book. The artists took the Tuft of Head Fur and took it to its natural anime-ish extreme. For example, Spottedleaf has a huge tuft of fur going down her face.

  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Red is quite annoyed to discover upon becoming a human that her hair lays flat. In her prior life as a fairy, she had shoulder-length hair that stuck straight up.
  • Karn, of Adventurers!, uses Hero Hair brand hair gel.
  • On a less drastic note, many characters in Misfile have incredibly shiny hair. Lampshaded in this Crossover comic.
    • A more recent character, Logan, is a textbook example of Anime Hair.
  • Lance from Gold Coin Comics.
  • Jiro from Sakana has hair that looks like a shark fin.
  • Oasis from Sluggy Freelance sports some insanely large quadruple ponytails. Like her knives and assassin outfit, this hair style is seemingly regenerated every time she comes Back from the Dead.
    • Lampshaded in this strip.
  • Played with in Questionable Content, in Steve and Marten's first battle with Vespavenger, where Marten comments that his hair isn't spiky enough to convincingly pull off a battle-pose.
  • Hsin in Rhapsodies. Though in his case he just uses too much hair product.
  • Penny Arcade's main characters have very zero-G hair, but Gabe once had it styled to maximum spikiness.
  • Megatokyo: Largo's hair. As pointed out in one of the books, Solid Snake has a mullet, and Largo's hair seems to be as long in the opposite direction. Shirt Guy Dom comes in to point out that this is usually referred to as 'disdain for gravity.'
  • Casey and Andy. Casey's hair has this spike that sticks forward like a narwhal. At one point, the artist decided to revert to the really pointy former hairstyle, and had Casey invent a machine to make his hair pointier.
  • Cyanide and Happiness: Subverted in general, as nearly every character is drawn without hair at all. Parodied specifically in this strip.
  • Referenced by name in this strip of Umlaut House.
  • Homestuck: John's hair has been described as Bed Hair 2: Bed Harder. His Troll counterpart, Karkat takes that style further with some impressive Shonen Hair. Yet both of their hair styles are downright tame in comparasion to Gamzee, whose hair easily makes up a third of his body and bends and sticks in impossible ways. Dave and Dirk, on the other hand, both have hairstyles that look like birds.
    • Then we meet Gamzee's ancestor, later outdone by Her Imperious Condescension, Feferi's ancestor.
    • Although Homestuck only uses the style part of this trope, not the colour. All human characters have black or blond hair, and all trolls have black hair. The exception is Eridan, who has a tuft of purple hair.
    • Karkat's hair has a right angle in it. Seriously, look at it!
    • The Marquise Spinneret Mindfang. You see thatnote  hat? That's... not a hat.
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • There are some rather odd hairstyles, although largely confined to the supporting cast, apart from Grace's enormous (literal) Hair Antennae. Noah has really long hair with asymmetrical bangs and a ponytail that doesn't look entirely attached to his main hairdo, Vlad's hair has weird bits that stick up at the back despite having very long hair (also bicolored hair; it's blond with black tips), Damien had a weird mullet-thing, Hedge's hair is basically a bunch of hedgehog spikes... the list goes on.
    • When Nanase gets turned into a man, she gets a bizarre hairstyle that Tedd definitely didn't do on purpose. Especially odd since her hair while female was perfectly mundane.
      Nanase: Hey, Tedd? I've been meaning to ask you something...
      Tedd: I'm sorry, Nanase, but I have no idea why your male form has cockatoo hair!
      Nanase: What!? That's not what I was wondering about!
      Tedd: Well, you should. It's downright bizarre.
    • Ashley has six strands of hair that poke straight out from the edge of her hairline and fall down at a 90 degree angle. It's one of the more out-there hairdos. Even stranger, anytime she takes down her ponytail, the strands of hair fall too, implying they're somehow being held up like that.
  • Nosfera from the web comic of the same name sports a mild example.
  • Mike, as well as several of the customers, in Mike: Bookseller.
  • One look at Drake or Daniel's hair in Moon Crest 24, and you'll know it right away—those are some pretty zany hair-do's!
  • Billy Thatcher in morphE has a fairly mild example of anime hair, but is the only member of the cast who does which makes it stand out far more than it should.
  • In Heartcore, Ame has pink hair with green bangs, a style that has been likened to a strawberry.
  • Far Out There Trigger's got an improbably large mess of spiky brown hair.
  • The Bird Feeder has Exotic, an exotic bird with crown feathers resembling wacky anime hair.
  • The Noordegraaf Files features Akila, a Nature Spirit who has blue spiked hair that's as tall has her head. Davis', Katrina's and Theo's hairstyles could also count, to a lesser degree.
  • Synodic Reboot: Most characters tend to have pointy, wavy hairstyles. Further accentuated as "anime" by the adlets' hair dye.
  • Tragically deconstructed in Lookism. While his now-blind mother thinks that he disappeared, Johan secretly visits her barber shop once a month using a false identity. While her lack of sight doesn't cause her to injure her very few costumers, the results are lackluster.
  • Orrick in Undead Friend has your standard insane anime hairstyle that sometimes get commented on, but his personality doesn't really fit into the Shonen Hair trope.
  • Sock from Welcome to Hell has his hair at about a 90 degree angle from his head when he removes his hat.
  • In Ask White Pearl and Steven (almost!) anything, Steven's hair is naturally spiky and roughly resembles a five-pointed star similar to his mother White Diamond.
  • Anime hair is rather prevalent in Rise Of The Heroes with the main character Andrew having spiky upwards hair like a flame and it isn't limited to him either. Several of his party members have varying degrees of anime hair.

    Web Original 
  • Rob and Wyn from the web fiction serial Dimension Heroes, who seem to have the only gravity-defying hair in the whole series.
  • Tennyo of the Whateley Universe literally has anime hair, since she's stuck with the hair of Ryoko and can't cut it or even dye it.
  • Marona from Land Games actually ties her dress together with locks of her own hair.
  • The "Spot the Main Character" meme is all about this trope, with the meme showing an anime screenshot of a character with an weird hair color often styled in a bizarre hairstyle among a crowd of people with black and brown hair in generic hairstyles.

    Web Videos 
  • In Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Polnareff's hair gets noted as very odd by many characters. It even grows to a ridiculous height during the Death 13 arc, but no-one reacts it.

    Western Animation 
  • Perfect Hair Forever parodies this trope by giving the Big Bad, Coiffio, ludicrously giant wavy hair that constantly changes color.
  • Mandy of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has blond hair that forms two horns, as befitting of her devilish nature.
  • The eponymous character of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius regularly receives flak from various people for his ice cream/fudge swirl of a head.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Marge Simpson is technically eight-and-a-half feet tall with that blue beehive of hers.
    • There's also Bart and Lisa's "hair". In one episode, we discover that Marge cuts Lisa's and Bart's hair using templates (they look like spray paint stencils). Another episode has them realize that they functionally have no hair lines and thus can't tell the difference between their hair and their head.
      Lisa: Yeah, um. The templates had a great run, but we want our hair to look like people hair.
    • Sideshow Bob has an afro shaped like a palm tree. It's kind of interesting how he may have inherited his hairstyle from his mother, Dame Judith Underdunk, which he later passes on to his son Gino.
  • Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters. Presumably it is s pompadour, but it is drawn like some sort of curl... tube... thing.
  • Robin in the animated Teen Titans (2003) is given spiky, upright hair (which according to one waking-up sequence requires half a jar of gel). And let's not even get into Jinx's hair. Considering in the source comics Jinx is bald, it might be fair pickens.
  • Futurama's Fry has what is described as "horn hair". Although he can slick it down when he wants to, according to the episode with Eighties Guy.
    That Guy: Hair gel?
    Fry: No thanks. I make my own.
  • Cindy from the The Boondocks, whose hair bears a striking resemblance to Cammy's.
  • Hak Fu from Jackie Chan Adventures has spiky red hair. But seeing as he's a parody of an anime character, it's to be expected. Uncle also has a spiky hairstyle.
  • Brad from My Life as a Teenage Robot has three red spikes that make up his hair. Dr. Wakeman also has a tall spiky hairstyle.
  • In Code Lyoko, Odd Della Robbia has spiky blond hair with a purple spot in front. The prequel episode implies that it isn't naturally spiky (at least in the real world), but that he uses gel to keep it that way, inspired by his Lyoko avatar. But it seems like the purple spot is natural, since it doesn't fade when he takes a shower, goes swimming, or, in one episode, is almost drowned by XANA.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • Vlad Plasmius. Seriously, HOW does he style his hair like that? Does he just dump 300 L of hairgel onto his head?
    • Don't forget Dark Danny. His hair is a FLAMING PONYTAIL for crying out loud. It's not just an effect, it actually sets a gas tank on fire.
  • Invader Zim
    • Dib's hair is like a scythe blade, pointing back over his head. Possibly hereditary, since his dad has a similar hairstyle, except it's shaped more like a lightning bolt. We do see in one montage into the future well, kinda that his hair continues to grow longer, with more "lightning jaggies" showing up as he gets older.
    • Hell, look at Gaz's hair style, which looks like the open mouth of a crocodile. Weird hair must run in the family.
  • The title character in Ćon Flux, along with some minor characters. Subtly Lampshaded in one episode when Aeon accidentally gets her hair wet and it falls in her face. She has to comb it straight, indicating that she in fact makes an effort to make it look like that. At later points in the series she is again shown with straight hair.
  • When the Rowdyruff Boys first showed up to mess with The Powerpuff Girls, they had pretty normal hairstyles. But once Him resurrected them, in addition to removing their initial weakness, he made their hair grow out and spiked them up a bit. The girls' reaction upon seeing their new hairstyles, of course, is to laugh.
    Brick: Stop laughing! What are you laughing at?
    Blossom: [mockingly] Oh no, look who's back with mean hair!
    Bubbles: [also mockingly] Oh, whatever shall we do?
    Buttercup: [the same] How can we defeat their scary new hairdos?
  • Pretty much everyone in Trollz has this, except for Simon, the Big Bad, and Jasper, who used to have an enormous afro. Then Amethyst cast a spell and removed his hair permanently.
  • The Doctor Who CG-animated special "Dreamland" took David Tennant's already-odd hairstyle and gave it a bit of an upgrade.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Jimmy has hair that sticks straight up in the front. Saffi and Jez, meanwhile, have their hair piled up high.
  • Joey Felt from Atomic Puppet has a large spikey hairdo that sticks up high. It's been mentioned that he tends to take very long showers because "it's a lot of hair to wash".
  • KaBlam!:
    • Sniz has this green mohawk that needs A TON of hair gel to keep up.
    • Also, Henry's hair seems to be straight, curly, and spikey at the same time.
    • Larry, too. He's usually seen with pretty messy red hair. He even complained about it in one episode.
  • In Exo Squad, the hairstyles of 22nd century Earth defy description. Random strips of hair are shaved off, and weird combinations of hairstyles exist (such as a mohawk/mullet), for both men and women!
  • Thunder Cats 2011 has an abundance of oddly-styled multi-colored hair amongst its Catfolk protagonists, that's quite deliberately Animesque, like Lion-O's raspberry-red Shonen Hair mane, WilyKit's bright-red purple skunk-striped Delinquent Hair, and her brother WilyKat's Idiot Hair.
  • Nearly every character in Storm Hawks has a spiky hairstyle of varying degrees, most notably the main human characters.
  • Quite a few characters from Magi-Nation have this going on, one of the most iconic being Edyn’s enormous orange hair styled in a massive ponytail with a base bigger than her head and huge partially face-obscuring bangs that stay in a fixed shape.
  • Brett and Yoko from Team Galaxy both possess wacky hair designs. In fact, in one episode, Yoko panics when her pigtails are cut off, resulting in a more modest hairdo.
  • Zack Freeman of The Day My Butt Went Psycho! has hair extends a ludicrous distance forward from his head. Lampshaded by Silus Stern, who occasionally refers to him as "the boy with weird hair".
  • Detentionaire's main character, the Korean-Canadian Lee Ping, has what appears to be a mullet with emo bangs, the top half of which is bright red in appearance. Flashbacks and pictures of his childhood reveals that he'd had the coloration for a while. Due to it's appearance, Lee's hairstyle is constantly commented on, questioned, and mocked by other characters; though Lee himself doesn't see what the big deal is.
    Lee: What's wrong with my hair?
  • The title character of Hey Arnold! has tall, spiky blond hair.
  • The Gems of Steven Universe tend to have this; Pearl's sticks up to a point, Garnet has a square afro (a hairstyle shared by Rubies), Peridot's hair is triangular, Yellow Diamond has a double pompadour, et cetera. It's justified since they are aliens whose bodies are Hard Light projections, and humans tend to have less outlandish hair styles.
  • Emperor Dark from StarCom: The U.S. Space Force has the same kind of wide, flaring flattop haircut as Guile.
  • In the The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Console", Gumball Darwin and Anais all get anime hair after Gumball tells them that they have to get to the final boss before they do. Specifically, Gumball has Cloud's Hair and Darwin has Sephiroth's. Anais' hairstyle has a mix of Rizelea and Sakura according to Wikipedia.
  • Several characters in Angelo Rules have messy or spiky hairstyles which defy all logic. Angelo himself has gravity-defying spikes ending in a point. Lola has a normal pigtails hairstyle, but its colour is pink. Then there's Ethan, who has messy hair similar to that of L, but coloured purple.
  • Ready Jet Go!: Jet's hair is quite spiky. Seriously, it must take lots of hair gel for his hair to stay up like that. He seems to take great pride in his hair as well, as shown in episodes like "You Can Call Me Albedo", "Detective Mindy", and "Earth, Wind, and Flyer".
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: Xavier has voluminous, poofy hair. It makes him look like a young Josuke.


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White Diamond

White Diamond's hair is massive and spiky. Combined with her natural glow and it looks like a shining star.

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