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Devilish Hair Horns
aka: Horned Hairdo

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"I mean, that is some fuckin' evil hairdo. That's like the devil's haircut, if the devil had hair. Good job to the fuckin' makeup department for making her look evil as fuck."

Hair, that infallible representation of a person's moral compass. In an effort to shape the world of fiction into something more logical than the unpredictable real world, authors have long given their characters physical traits that provide artful hints about where said character stands on the good-evil spectrum. Triangular shapes are the preferred way of telling the audience that a character is one bad dude or chick, but few are more unsubtle and in-your-face than a threatening hairstyle. And as far as that goes, you can't get much more direct than likening them to Old Scratch himself. A hairstyle shaped like horns is almost always a surefire sign of a heart as black as soot.

Not to be confused with a joke seen in cartoons in which a character's hair (feathers, if it's an avian character like Donald Duck) come together briefly into little devil horns whenever they have a truly malicious idea.


Horns of Villainy trades symbolism for the real thing.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The president of Lala's fanclub in To Love Ru sports such a hairdo when she (apparently) goes Super Saiyan and starts beating up Rito.
  • Andore of Team Unicorn from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, who's not quite evil, but more of Manipulative Bastard. As you might guess by his team's name, his hair has a very prominent unicorn horn, which begs the question: how can he wear a biker helmet with that thing sticking out of his head?
  • Sailor Moon. Chibi-Usa/Rini has pointed buns that evoke her Rascally Rabbit nature (and the Moon Rabbit) and certainly apply as an indicator of malice when she transforms into Black Lady/Wicked Lady. They also evoke the horns of a crescent moon, and her heroic nature as a moon princess.
  • Elyse in My Balls is a demon with real horns that turn into gravity-defying Ojou Ringlets when she disguises herself as a human.
  • Shiki:
    • Akira. He's not evil though; just a victim of a series with crazy amounts of Anime Hair.
    • Tatsumi, who actually is evil, arguably has them, but they look more like cat ears than horns.
  • The Tree of Might:
    • Turles, the Evil Counterpart of Goku, has Goku's hairstyle with two horns.
    • Videl, the daughter of Mr. Satan, has her hair point up into horns occasionally when she's flustered or angry. This is mostly just part of the pun, though, as her name is actually an anagram of "devil".
  • Lord David, one of the many villains whom Kenshiro meets during his journey in Fist of the North Star.
  • Blueno from One Piece, befitting his bull Animal Motif. Luffy even calls him a cow on multiple occasions.
  • Akira Kongoh, as well as the rest of his family, from Kongoh Bancho appears to have this. In reality, it's the actual shape of his skull.
  • Garou from One-Punch Man has hair that starts out like this but slowly transforms into actual horns as he becomes a monster.
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise: Kuroe Akaishi has two tufts of hair that stick up in a way resembling horns. Kuroe isn't evil, but she involuntarily turns into a potentially dangerous Kaiju called Harugon, and in this form those hair horns turn into actual horns.

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  • "Ole Devil" Hardin, in the novels of J.T. Edson, deliberately combs the hair over his temples into horn shapes to emphasize his Mephistophelean appearance.
  • Whateley Universe: The supervillain Dr. Diabolik has devil horn-shaped forelocks. Both his children, Jadis and Mal Diabolik, inherited this trait from him. In addition, Jadis has an actual devil bonded to her soul which influences her powers, giving her PK field a demonic appearance.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown of the Spice Girls.
  • French singer Mathieu Chedid has this, but whether he's evil is questionable. His stage name being "M", the hairdo (with a widow peak) is rather to suggest this letter.
  • Keith Flint from The Prodigy, during the Fat of the Land era.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Spike Dudley had a horned beard in his "boss" phase, where he took over The Dudley Boys.
  • Toshie Uematsu has three, sometimes as many as four, hair spikes or horns on the front of her head.
  • Mad Man Manson shaved the center of his head and then spiked up the remaining hair on the sides.


    Video Games 
  • Batreaux from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has these once he's transformed from a demon into a human. It's actually so hornlike that it takes a bit for the player to realize that's hair, not horn.
  • The Wolf Queen, in Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters, has black hair which pulls itself up into two pointed hornlike shapes on the top of her head. They're actually supposed to look like wolf ears, not horns, but the effect is basically the same.
  • In Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey, Zara's hair is styled into points.
  • The Witchkins in Harvest Moon wears her hair like this, though she's more mischievous than evil.
  • Inazuma Eleven: Kogure's hair is styled into four horns, two on each side of his head. He also has pointy ears. He's not evil, but he's still a potty-mouthed Bratty Half-Pint and a prankster.
  • Scooby-Doo: First Frights: Tim Toiler from Episode 2 has hair shaped like a pair of horns.

    Web Animation 
  • Tord from Eddsworld, although they were just spikes in the classic era and have only become horns recently.

  • Charby the Vampirate, though nowadays he has become somewhat non-evil. Still not a nice guy, however.
  • Chase, in I'm the Grim Reaper, thinks Scarlet has "weird hair flicks" on the top of her head for a good chunk of the series. They're horns.
  • Elijah and Azuu has main character Azuu (and all of his family) sporting some variation of horned hair. Has crossed over with Charby above, which joked about the hair.
  • Dusk in Faux Pas crosses this trope with Ears as Hair — her normally fox ears curve inward and have a very sharp point.
  • One of the first characters we meet in God of High School is Mujin Park, whose hair (despite his best efforts) always has a few tufts spring back up like horns. As for his morality, it goes back and forth a bit, but he's utterly ruthless and kills the main character's grandpa the minute they are finally reunited.
  • Skin Horse: Mr. Green, the leader of Anasigma, has short, pointy tufts of hair that stick up at the edges of his head and subtly resemble horns.
  • Zebra Girl, who has real horns a well. While basically good, Zebragirl has been transformed into a demon, with the darkness and violence that entails.

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Alternative Title(s): Horned Hairdo, Evil Hair Horns, Heinous Hair Horns, Evil Horned Hairdo, Heinous Horned Hairdo


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