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"You may ask yourself, 'Does the afro make the champion, or does the champion make the afro?' This is a question yet to be answered by modern science."
Usopp, One Piece

Despite odd hairstyles being par for the course, a character with an afro (usually male) is very likely to have it mentioned by other people and by the plot. This is sometimes extended into a love of dance and club music, if not specifically disco. If a character is forced to wear a wig, there's a good chance it'll be an afro. Hammerspace Hair often requires popping objects into and out of an enormous hair bulb.

As a sidenote, in Japanese just the word "afro" is rather funny because it just happens to sounds like "afuro", which rather accurately means "overflowing"; hell, this pun is behind the title of one show. Or, it could sound like "a furo" (yes, at least one anime has made that very joke)

Compare/contrast Afro Asskicker, when the afro is made up for by the sheer badassness of the wearer. Subtrope of '70s Hair.



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     Anime and Manga 
  • Sgt. Frog has particular fun with this, mentioning them throughout the series and even assigning specific colors to character. The otherwise hairless frogs frequently and inexplicably end up wearing an afro after Non-Fatal Explosions. Several bits of the soundtrack (notably several of the Ending Themes) are essentially disco numbers. There's also the character of Dasonu Maso, an alien pop star who has admitted he's a shameless knock-off of "Dance Man", the disco-themed J-Pop artist who provided the show's first closing theme, "Afro Gunsou", and who seems more interested in giving the other characters afros than in actually performing.
    • Afro Gunsou. Ai kotoba wa Afro to Gunsou... By the way, that means "The password is 'Afro Sergeant'".
      • As for "Dasonu Maso" (ダソヌマソ), that name comes from a mangling of the katakana for "Dance Man" (ダンスマン).
  • Nabeshin from Excel Saga is likely the most famous perpetrator of this trope, to the point that his theme song is about his hairdo: "My name is Nabeshin and my afro is fluffy/Maintenance is easy, just wash it once..." It probably bears mentioning that Nabeshin is the Author Avatar of series director Watanabe Shinichi, who does indeed have a large afro.
    • The afro gets funnier when he cameos in Hayate the Combat Butler. He starts out somehow packed completely into the afro itself, pulls various objects out of the afro, and is referred to by everyone as "[an] afro".
    • And when he poses around in Dotto! Koni-chan as Koni's talking dog? Of course has an afro too.
    • Minoru Shiraishi dresses up like this guy in the OVA of LuckyStar. Live-Action Akira sprays him with a garden hose.
  • Much of the physical humor in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo revolves around Bobobo's big blond afro.
    • In Bo-bobo's case, the afro appears to actually be a Stealth Pun based on the fact that an alternative way to refer to afros in Japanese is bakuhatsu atama, literally meaning "exploding head". This suddenly makes a lot of sense if you consider what the main inspiration for the manga was.
    • One notable gag is Bobobo having Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh! pop out of the fro and summon Slifer the Sky Dragon.
  • Beck in The Big O gets struck by lightning and as a result, his hair is poofed up into a grotesquely huge afro for the rest of the episode. This is a common staple among anime in general, and Non-Fatal Explosions/electrocutions often result in "Frazzled" afro hair, but unlike most cases, this lasts for more than a couple seconds.
  • It looks like manga author Eiichiro Oda thinks afros are the funniest thing ever. As a result, One Piece has many characters donning afros at one point or another:
    • One of King Wapol's flunkies, Kuromarimo, fights by throwing afro wigs that stick to his opponent, then setting the wigs on fire.
    • Later in the series, Usopp has Luffy wear a large afro wig for his fight against Foxy the Silver Fox, saying it'll give him great strength. In addition, the spectators all think Luffy must be powerful since he has an afro - all except for a confused Nami. In the end, Luffy does win thanks to the afro, when he uses a piece of mirror that got lodged in it to deflect Foxy's Noro-Noro Beam.
    • Also, Brook sports an impressively large afro. Under a top hat. He is very protective of his afro because, since dying and becoming an animated skeleton, it can't regrow, and it is the only way that the pet whale Laboon he left behind 50 years ago would be able to recognize him now.
    • Sengoku also eventually showed he hides one under his hat. Though he is quite Comically Serious, the thing gets truly gigantic when he uses his Devil Fruit power. He becomes a giant Gold Statue of BUDDHA WITH AN AFRO. That could be offensive to some people. But for others is pure Epic Win.
    • And Emporio Ivankov sports an impressive purple afro, which is so awesome he can hide people inside it.
    • And wasn't Zoro seen with an afro at some point, too?
  • Matsushiro Ken in Yakitate!! Japan has an impressive afro that he got in a rather strange church...
  • Bleach:
    • Yumichika Ayasegawa, after Ganju Shiba launches a firework in his face during their fight and he is left with an afro, dons a wig that's identical to his usual hairstyle to stop Ikkaku laughing at him.
    • Zennosuke Kurumadani replaces Rukia as Karakura Town's protector. He's commonly referred to as "Imoyama-san" aka "Afro-san". He doesn't like it.
  • Death Note features police detective Aizawa, who, until a semi-Important Haircut, sported a medium sized afro. The Haircut is semi-important because, although it didn't mean anything at the time, it did mark his transition from being the afro on the team to being a serious character.
  • Ueki temporarily gains an afro and dancing skills as part of a magical power upgrade in The Law of Ueki.
  • Masa of My Bride is a Mermaid sports a stylish one as well.
  • Yonemi Chiba of Beck sports an afro. A lot of people in the music industry actually refer to him as "that afro."
  • Most of the hair-related humor in Gintama is relegated to Gintoki's curly hair, but afros do tend to pop up now and again; the group of thugs using Kagura for their own ends all had 'punch perms' (after Kagura defeats their leader, she shaves it all off him save for a ':D' face.)
    • In one arc, Katsura dons an afro as part of a disguise he uses to infiltrate the Shinsengumi and takes up the alias Hashira Afurou.
  • Noboru Yamaguchi of Cromartie High School. The character is obsessed with comedy, and his hair is intentionally funny; he's actually disappointed that people are too scared of his fighting skills to laugh at his ridiculous hairstyle. The anime takes this to eleven with animation gags. His afro throbs and moves on its own, even increasing in size.
  • Afro Samurai. Other characters mention it frequently, even mock it, and it has a very important place in the plot.
    • Classic pot-calling-kettle-black moment: Kuma/Jinno mocks Afro's hair, telling him how ridiculous he looks... while wearing a huge teddy bear head.
  • Masumi Okuyama from Nodame Cantabile. His over-the-top behavior often provides comic relief and other characters occasionally poke fun at his hair in passing.
  • Haré+Guu: Disco Guu likes disco music. Made either funnier or just icky by the fact that said afro was someone's chest hair.
  • From Miami Guns, Chief Amano wears an afro and gets very angry if someone says it's out of date.
  • Lambo from Katekyō Hitman Reborn! He can store anything in it. Even a bazooka which is big enough to swallow him and I-Pin whole.
  • Kumabukuro from Eyeshield 21. Apparently, he grew it out as overcompensation for always getting helmet hair when he played American football in high school.
  • Garterbelt from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Blame it on God messing with his original dreadlocks.
  • Oddly enough, there is a recurring couple in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, where the girl has the afro. And it's nearly as tall as she is. Rather odd.
  • Code Geass has Kaname Ohgi. In the DVD Commentary, the voice actors suggest that it came about because Ohgi's hairdresser messed up, then lied and told him it looks good.
  • In one chapter of Himitsu Kichi the protagonists father has an afro. He's a comedian to boot.
  • The opening of Puella Magi Madoka Magica includes a still frame of Madoka with a gigantic pink afro. Slightly later in the opening, it shows up again and is even bigger.
  • Space Runaway Ideon, as grimdark as it is, sports a gigling aspect in that The Hero Cosmo Yuki sports a big, red afro as his hairstyle in the show; he wears a helmet half of the time.
  • Tarou, protagonist of Hatsukoi Zombie, sports a magnificent one. It is occasionally grabbed and deformed (or used as a flowerbed) by irritated people.
  • Bomber from Himouto! Umaru-chan has this as his defining trait; when Umaru first meets him, she freaks out because she thinks her brother's head exploded. The opening for the anime contains a quick gag spoofing Monster Hunter where Umaru slays an afro'd dragon and gets Bomber's Afro from it.
  • Tanaka of Nichijou has an afro. It is, in fact, a wig that stores food and school supplies.
  • Chocolove Mc Donnell of Shaman King is apparently invoking this. In his days as a violent gang-leader, he was completely bald. When he leaves behind his old life to become a comedian and train as a shaman, he grows his hair out into an afro. It also notably covers a scar that he received when his parents were killed, which drove him to a life of crime in the first place.

     Comic Books 
  • Deadpool sported an afro in a storyline set during the 70s. What pushed it firmly into Funny Afro territory was that it was on top of his mask.
  • Sullivan's Sluggers: Cornell of Casey's baseball team has one.

     Fan Fiction 

     Films — Animated 
  • The Chipettes in The Chipmunk Adventure inadvertently gain them after a run in with a hurricane.
  • An Extremely Goofy Movie has Goofy going to college dressed in 70s-style clothes, complete with a huge afro wig. Max eventually throws it in the trash, but Bobby is seen wearing it in the next scene.
    Goofy: But I need it to look groovy for college.
    Max: Dad...You're scaring people.
  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: There's a scene featuring Marty the zebra, dressed up in a rainbow afro and clown paint, dancing around while singing the popular circus tune "Entry of the Gladiators" (or rather, "Da da dada da da da CIRCUS da da dada da da da AFRO CIRCUS AFRO CIRCUS AFRO" etc.). The "Afro Circus" scene became notorious very quickly, especially because it hogged a lot of the advertising for the film, and because of how flippin' annoying it is.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • See the entry for The Brady Bunch Movie, below. You didn't think it was a new joke, did you?
  • Nordberg gets one of these in a flashback to the 70s in The Naked Gun 33 1/3 - so huge it won't fit through a door. Another character then mentions that he was one of the first test cases for Minoxidil (a hair growth product).
  • Corbin Bleu's Afro in High School Musical arguably does more acting than he does.
  • In The Ice Pirates, during the final Time Warp scenes, one way they show years passing is Roscoe growing a huge afro that eventually outmasses his entire body.
  • In Black Dynamite, Cream Corn has an afro shaped like a pimp hat.
  • In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, there's a throwaway gag in which a young kid is bragging about all the sex he has before his father shuts him down, mentioning his Jew-fro as one of the reasons his boasts must be untrue.
  • Jack Spade sports one in the Soul Train disco scene from I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.
  • The Save Our Students parody High School High has a student with model cars driving through his afro, and another student whose towering afro absorbs a blow from a baseball-bat wielding teacher.
  • This is alluded to in Spaceballs, when the titular troopers are literally combing the desert with giant combs. The white soldiers in white uniforms have regular combs, and the black soldiers in black uniforms have an afro pick.
  • During a fight in Little Annie Rooney, one of the kids' hats gets knocked off. This causes his curly hair to pop up.
  • Part of Don King's Real Life persona. In documentary film When We Were Kings, George Plimpton says "Some people would say that he's stuck his thumb into an electric socket."

  • In Larry Niven's Gil the ARM stories, Gil's sometimes-partner Jackson Bera wears an overly-large "natural", the term Afro not yet having come into vogue. Occasionally Played for Laughs, when Bera gets frustrated and pulls his hair or wakes up with terminal bed-head.
  • Paul Kidby draws Susan Sto Helit from the Discworld series with one. It has the Bride-of-Frankenstein color scheme, based on Pratchett's description of Susan's normal hairstyle as being "a dandelion clock at about 2," as well as having the reverse skunk stripe.
  • In the Past Doctor Adventures book "The Eye of Heaven", Leela admits in her internal monologue that she finds the way the Fourth Doctor's big curly hairstyle bounces as he moves his head always makes her want to giggle.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The classic Western example comes from The Brady Bunch, when Jan — who has, need we mention, long, straight blonde hair — wears a black afro wig in an attempt to get attention. Without putting her real hair up under it first. The 1990s movie copied this (and many other plots).
  • Scrubs:
    • There's a single-episode Running Gag about the main characters being afraid they'll say something insensitive to one of their coworkers. He has a hook for a hand, but most of them haven't even noticed because they're too busy trying not to say something about his ridiculously large afro.
    • One episode has Doug prepping a patient for brain surgery by shaving his hair, halfway through this he is informed by JD that the patient is supposed to be getting rotator cuff surgery. Doug immediately stops to walk away, passing the shaver to JD as the patient wakes up. Elliot compliments the patient on his "nice hal-fro." Since the patient had one arm in a sling, he could only feel the side of his head that had hair, so he doesn't realize what happened.
  • Shepherd Book lets "down" his hair once in Firefly. Once was enough, judging by River's reaction. Zoe is almost as freaked out by the sight.
  • Moss from The IT Crowd is such a huge nerd that he even has his afro side parted.
  • Chase Matthews of Zoey 101 has a bushy "Jewish afro" constantly referenced by the other characters. He tends to shrug it off but lampshades it himself after Zoey throws a pillow at him that knocks him off his chair. He gets up, pats his head and exclaims "You dented my 'fro!"
  • Sam Puckett on iCarly often wears these on the Show Within a Show webshow bits.
  • Gordo has a jewfro pretty much through the entirety of Lizzie McGuire.
  • The 1969 - 1974 High School Sitcom Room 222 featured the dorky Bernie (David Jolliffe), or, as most knew him then, the kid with the giant red-haired Afro.
  • In A.N.T. Farm, Gibson has a Jewfro that's also Hair Of Holding
    • Chyna dons a huge 1970s 'fro when Olive is producing a Greek play and calls herself Afro-Dite.
    • The ANTs wear Jewfro wigs while trying to save Gibson's job.
      • Olive wears the same costume and fro in a scrambled flashback in EndurANTs.
  • In Stargate SG-1, during the episode "1969" the team is sent back to 1969 by a freak accident. In order to disguise Teal'c, the team outfits him with a pink tie-dyed shirt, bandana, and afro. It is quite possibly one of the most hilarious moments in the entire series.
  • In I Love Lucy, Lucy gets one when she tries to give herself a perm but leaves the curlers in for way too long. Fred Mertz calls her Little Orphan Annie.
  • When Jeff becomes a teacher on Community, he tells his students he won't be bothering with learning their names, and calls on people using distinctive features of their clothes or appearance. Then he points to a student wearing a drab brown t-shirt, with absolutely nothing distinctive about him... except that he's a black guy with a fairly large afro. Jeff says, "Actually, maybe I will learn your names."
  • River Song sports one on Doctor Who, and this occasionally gets lampshaded - she pointed it out herself immediately after regenerating, and Strax the Sontaran (due to his unfamiliarity with human biology) once thought it was part of her cranial structure. The Fourth Doctor is a borderline example, as he has a 'fro and is one of the funnier incarnations of the Doctor, but the hair rarely if ever gets lampshaded.
  • Hyde from That '70s Show had a relatively modest afro, but it didn't come up all that often.
  • In the Reunion Show I Spy Returns, Bill Cosby cringes in embarrassment over a photo of himself back in The '60s when he had a lot more hair.
  • On My Name Is Earl, Darnell was on the receiving end of a comment about his hair, on his wedding day, where he was wearing a purple tux from The '70s.
    woman: See that? We should have gotten a clown!
    • Later, Darnell is shown to be a former secret agent in Witness Protection and uses his hair to store things like a self-destructing phone.



     Newspaper Comics 
  • In The Boondocks, Jazmine has a very large dirty blonde afro that is immune to all known hair straightening methods. Huey's afro is bigger than his head, Jazmine's is bigger than Huey's afro and head put together after she pulls it back into a puffball.
  • In Beetle Bailey, Lt. Flap had a large afro for the first several years of his appearances. One strip featured him losing pencils in it.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • Carlito Colón's afro usually ranged between "needs a comb" and "unfinished dreadlocks", as if he purposefully made it look as awful as possible. Although he doesn't seem to put any work into it, he does take pride in it nonetheless, beating back all attempts to have it cut.
  • Mecha Mummy, seen in Pro Wrestling ZERO1, Dramatic Dream Team, Chikara and others. Yes, a mechanical undead being with an afro.
  • El Sensacional Carlitos, IWA Puerto Rico's parody of the Colón family, naturally had an afro, which was typically squashed flat under a straw hat. When they started presenting him as a serious wrestler his hair was pulled back.
  • Puerto Rican Hound Dogg and Afro Boy in World Xtreme Wrestling. Hound Dogg's afro is multicolored.
  • Nina Monet wears lots of odd hairstyles, including a yellow afro squashed flat.

  • As discussed under Real Life, Leon Trotsky sported quite the Jew-fro. This is used to great effect in David Ives' tragi-comic one-act play Variations on the Death of Trotsky. It isn't a plot point or ever even mentioned, but it makes the special effect of having an ice-axe through his headnote  throughout the entire play much easier on low-budget productions.
  • The Diane Paulus-penned "Donkey Show," which was a mash-up of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and the 1970's Studio 54 disco scene, featured two characters, both sporting an afro. In the world of Shakespeare, they would be Bottom; in the world of the discotheque, they were loosely based on Tony Manero. Later, during a dance break, one of the dancers in the ensemble brings out a pinata of a donkey ... wearing and afro. This particular element sat very poorly with many of the cast members, and Paulus was eventually called out on the cultural appropriation.

     Video Games 
  • In Guilty Gear X, Faust's (an insane ten-foot-tall doctor with a paper bag over his head) Instant Death move has him putting the opponent on a gurney with a bomb hidden under it. The super-move has two variations, the second one giving both Faust and the now-dead opponent giant afros. Faust's afro appears ON the paper bag to boot. Seen here. It starts around 2:30, by the way.
    • In Guilty Gear Strive, the afro returns and is now an important aspect of Faust's gameplay. Hitting an opponent with his "Snip, Snip, Snip" command grab (Or alternatively, touching an afro thrown by his "What Could This Be?" special) temporarily bestows them with a comically huge hairdo that actually becomes part of their hitbox and makes them a bigger target. The afro is also highly flammable and will explode immediately for additional damage if the bearer is hit with a fire attack, or after a delay if they block one.
  • Jimmy T. from the WarioWare series sports a large blue afro. In Wario Ware Touched!, his family is shown to all have brightly coloured afros (he is also menaced by an insect named Scratchy the 'Fro Bug — and no, I'm not making this up).
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has Lotta Hart, whose bright red afro actually goes relatively unnoticed by the cast, but is clearly meant to get a laugh on the part of the player. The sequel, on the other hand, makes a bigger deal of it: when you meeting her again, you can choose to misremember her name as "Lotta Hair", which she takes offense to. On at least two occasions during the aforementioned sequel, Lotta Hart is referred to by one of the characters as "that lady with the fluffy cotton-candy hair".
  • Lucky/Tamekichi, one of the members of the band DCMC in Mother 3, has one of these. It's actually a wig, and Tamekichi is actually a partly amnesiac Duster.
  • One of the things that makes Elite Beat Agents so great is Agent Derek's incredible red afro.
    • And the fact that he wears a perpetual frown while sporting it!
  • Pokémon:
  • Henchman Eli Barracuda in Evil Genius sports an afro in keeping with his Blaxploitation theme.
  • Andrei Ulmeyda from killer7 has an afro.
  • One NPC in Disgaea 3 has the Fan Nickname of "Afro Prinny" for a good reason. That's right, a penguin with an afro, Dood.
    • One of Taro's Magichange attacks involves the character wielding him to sport a 'fro and dance. He finds it so funny he spits out milk with such velocity it propels him backwards and damages the opponent at the same time!
    • The pups of the lupine Mystic Beast monsters have little red afros as opposed to the flowing hair of the adults.
  • In Avalon Code, there's a bandit who lives beneath the dungeon of Frannelle Castle amidst a gigantic horde of treasure. He forgot his name but doesn't seem to care what he's called; take a guess what Rempo decides to name him.
  • Sazh Katzroy from the Final Fantasy XIII. There is a chocobo living in it.
  • Subverted with Todd Dukakis from Wild AR Ms 3. Far from the "funny" character in the Schrodingers' gang, he's the cool, collected, loyal butler. He casts extremely annoying confusion spells on your party, but you can remove him the battle by setting his afro on fire.
  • Riddle Sempai, a minor NPC in Persona 4 involved in a few of the game's quests, sports one as does the announcer at the culture festival.
  • Way of the Samurai has Don Donatelouse, aka 'Dona Dona'. Though mainly Plucky Comic Relief, he genuinely tries to be heroic, and (depending on your choices) may end up more heroic than your hero...
    • Repeated in the 3rd game in the series with Donna, Don's identical (though female) ancestor.
  • SoulCalibur IV has an afro as a hairstyle for custom characters. To hammer home the hilarity, its default color is pink. You try taking Zasalamel seriously after seeing him with a huge pink afro and a business suit.
  • Dante Robinson of the Backyard Sports series has an afro the size of the rest of his body.
  • One of Demoman's unlockable hats in Team Fortress 2 is a Jimi Hendrix-type 'fro. Which isn't that large in-game, but fan artists enjoy taking it Up to Eleven for hilarity's sake.
  • The people of Xeos Belt Union in Infinite Space, at least the ones you meet in the game. Lampshaded in Mariana's case, when Franny insults her as "cauliflower head" during their bickering early in Act 2.
  • In Azurik: Rise of Perathia, there's a cheat code to give Azurik one of these... and change the background music to disco. It does nothing else; in fact, most of the cheats for that game (save for one or two) are completely useless like that.
  • Eddie Wachowski in the SSX series has a massive orange fro.
  • In Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, we get flashbacks to the Professor's high-school days. The future Professor himself is sporting a lovely flyaway 'fro during them.
  • The PC version of Earthworm Jim has easter eggs that among other things, give Jim an afro complete with "Afro!" sound effect.
  • Trisha or should I say, "Ishtar" from Catherine has a large red afro, and it sparkles.
  • Shows up as one of the many attachments you can use to customize your characters in Tales of Xillia 2. It can also be recolored and re-sized (At max size, it's almost as large as the wearer) to make it look extra hilarious.
  • In PaRappa the Rapper 2, one of the levels has a teacher, Hairdresser Octopus who's been brainwashed so all of the customers at his salon are forced into getting one of these. During the level, Parappa and Octopus cut everyone's hair (particular Lammy's) back to normal.
    • Speaking of Lammy, in Um Jammer Lammy, during one of the flashbacks in the Stage 7 cutscene, Lammy got one as a result of electrocuting herself from plugging in electrical equipment.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Roy has one in Brutal Mario. It's a wig which covers his bald spot, which reflects the light in the room in a way that produces a blinding flash.
  • In Bishi Bashi Special 2, the "Simon Says" Mini-Game "Perm Mania" has the dancers grow bigger afros the more points they score.
  • A hilarious afro appears on one of the bosses in Silent Scope EX. It's excessively jiggleboned and over-accentuates every movement of the boss, Big A, a Psychopathic Manchild helicopter pilot who flies a Hind-D...with his teddy bear in the gunner seat. Of course, for best results, you have to shoot him in the head, which explains why Big A might constantly whip his head around like that. Sniping the Cockpit is tough enough. On the other hand, his afro is bright yellow and the cockpit is dark, so if you can spot and hit the afro, you can one-shot Big A. Or you can shoot his teddy bear in the face and cause Big A to suffer Death by Despair.
  • Rhythm Heaven seems to have an obsession with afros. The Clappy Trio all sport giant sparkly afros, as does the Chorus Kids' conductor (formerly a member of the aforementioned Clappy Trio), and certain characters will also inexplicably be sporting similar ones in certain Remix stages. Even the main character from Megamix, Tibby, has a huge purple afro that he uses to store items.
  • Every boss in Face Raiders gains one upon being defeated. The final boss uses theirs as a boomerang.
  • In Psychonauts, camp bully Bobby Zilch has a massive orange afro that's almost as tall as he is.
    Bobby: I heard a rumor that you were raised in the circus, so let me put this in terms you'll understand: I'm the strong man around here!
    Raz: Really? Because you look more like the cotton candy.
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 has DJ Phantasmagloria, a Disco Dan character fought in the Dance Hall who sports a massive afro. It's actually a wig; her real hair is much shorter. Her office behind the stage has several spare wigs.
  • Angela Burnes, the Player Character from Sunset 2015, has her hair done in a normal sized afro.

     Web Animation 

  • Girl And Triangle involved a side character called Disco who sported one of these. (Her story got increasingly surreal.)
  • Reakk gets an enormous one of these in this Sluggy Freelance strip. Turned out to just be a very large, very furry cat sitting on his head.
  • Jack has Anakin.

     Web Original 
  • The final stage of becoming a /b/tard is a giant afro sprouting forth from the victim's head followed by a complete loss of emotional function.

     Western Animation 
  • When Hanna-Barbera made a cartoon with the Harlem Globetrotters as superheroes, Sweet Lou Dunbar aka Gizmo Man had a Hammerspace Hair afro. Just took a moment of rooting around and whatever he wanted could be found in that afro.
  • Daggett wears one in the famous "Beaver Fever" episode of The Angry Beavers. It's huge, especially on Daggett, who can't be much more than 2' tall.
  • Cher ends up with this style in an episode of Animaniacs after being exposed to The Brain's shrinking formula, being told it would get her the "really, really big, big hair" she always wanted. Which it did, by shrinking the rest of her body. Her relatively Rapunzel Hair fluffed up into an afro two and a half times her new height after declaring "It's fantastically amazing!"
  • Tina from Bob's Burgers rocks a 'fro in a few of Gene's imagine spots: a small one in Gene's story in "The Frond Files" and an epic one in "Itty Bitty Ditty Committee".
  • Rallo from The Cleveland Show has a fairly large afro for someone his age.
  • King from The Crumpets has one under his lion costume mane. Due to his dislike of getting the costume off and bathing, it is filthy to the point that countless bugs live in it.
  • Fry from Futurama whenever he gets electrocuted. It has its own wiki page, complete with image gallery.
  • While it's not so much a fro but a box haircut, Gerald of Hey Arnold! will from time to time say "HEY! Watch the hair" in a situation that might mess up his Marge Simpson-like stack of hair. In some episodes, we see that his hair is shaped that way because his head is shaped that way (though he turns it into a true afro in one episode)
  • Dutch Gordy from Motorcity has one of these.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Robot Rodeo" ends with Isabella's hair frizzy because of the humidity that resembles the "afro puffs" style. She makes also a musical number in funk-style about this.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Disco Stu.
    • Homer in an episode where they were in The Poseidon Adventure. When the ship flipped, his wig came off. "Aah! My wig!...I mean, my natural hair!"
    • And George Bush senior getting a rainbow afro wig glued to his head— right before a meeting with the Elks.
    • Martin Prince's normally straight hair reverts to an afro when exposed to high humidity.
    • Marge's Beehive Hairdo turns into an afro when she finds a hidden spa in the basement.
    • Carl and Dr. Hibbert often sport them in flashback episodes.
  • South Park's Kyle Broflovski has a red Jewfro which he prefers to keep hidden under his hat and only reveals a) under duress or b) if it has been styled beyond recognition. It also looks very little like a Jewfro and more like an afro.
  • When SpongeBob SquarePants tries to get into a "tough" bar, one ploy is wearing a rainbow afro wig. He thinks this makes him look tougher. Considering what he normally looks like, that's actually somewhat true.
  • Steven Universe has Garnet, who's had a massive square afro since before recorded human history. She was even born with it. She gets it from a combination of Ruby's blocky hair and Sapphire's longer hair. It's strong enough to support Steven, but then again, this is Garnet we're talking about. In "Historical Friction," Jamie plays her by putting his head in a cardboard box with an afro drawn on with marker. Sardonyx, the fusion of Garnet and Pearl, is a Dark-Skinned Blonde with a triangular afro.
  • Total Drama:
    • In the second season, Total Drama Action, Leshawna's hair gets wet and turns into an afro for an entire episode. This happens several times in other episodes as well, though sometimes her hair is said to be weave. Especially strange because on multiple occasions Leshawna's hair got completely wet in the first season without turning into an afro the size of a bush.
    • Heather wears an afro wig during the third Total Drama Aftermath. The first thing Bridgette tells her in the episode is "nice wig".
    • Beardo from "Pahkitew Island". It looks like a microphone.
  • Jasper in Trollz used to have one until Amethyst's spell made his hair disappear.

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