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Two strands of hair that stick up from the top of the head and curve forward like antennae, a style popularized by Love Hina and other works by Ken Akamatsu. Probably will belong to someone... lighter in disposition or in general intellect. Yet another way to quickly and simply add another visual quirk to a character.

If the character has only one strand, it is Idiot Hair.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Billy Whizz the fastest boy in the world from The Beano has a variant of this trope. The character has his hair shaved apart from two long hairs on the top of his head with lightning shaped patterns at the end.
    • In a 1960s annual it was revealed that he has this bizarre style because he rushes away from the barbers before the barber finishes his hair leaving him with two long hairs.
  • Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Johnny C, after he comes back from hell and most of his hair falls out. Literally, all he has left is hair antennae. He's... not like most other examples... It symbolizes his newfound desire to shed his impulses and become icily efficient, driven by necessity rather than desire - like an insect.
  • Princess Victoria in Bryan Talbot's graphic novel Heart of Empire has two strands of hair going down and out from the top of her forehead.
  • Pallo from Lions Tigers and Bears. He has three coming out of his mane.
  • Monroe, a character from a long-running comic series in MAD, has hair like this, with the rest of his hair buzzed.
  • Filemón from Mortadelo y Filemón. That's all the hair he has.
  • The Flea from PS238. When he's in costume they look like a mask detail, but when he takes off the mask they're still there. In addition to being a Friend to Bugs, he's a Fun Personified character.
  • In The Tick comics, Barry Hubris (AKA the other Tick) has hair like this when out of costume.
  • Quicksilver has a backwards variant, though how much they stick up depends on who's drawing him.
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    Film - Animated 

    Light Novels 

    Video Games 
  • Bravely Second: Cryst-Fairy Anne spots some antennae.
  • The player character in Devil Survivor has them.
  • Disgaea: Laharl uses it to cheat his height. Even when he's turned into a Prinny, he keeps them. Helps identify him, although the laugh helps.
    • Hair Antennae appear to run in the family, as King Krichevskoy also had them. He loses them while assuming the identity of Vyers, but now they're back as of Disgaea 4.
    • Laharl's self-proclaimed sister Sicily from Disgaea Dimension 2 also has them, though she tied them into a bow.
  • Final Fantasy VII has a whole clan of them: Sephiroth, his father Professor Hojo, and his "mother"/genetic donor Jenova (at least its graphically-updated incarnation in Crisis Core).
    • And how about Aeris' gravity defying fringe?
    • Final Fantasy X: Seymour. Oh my dear God, Seymour — that is the craziest hair we have ever seen. Guado hair typically grows into intertwined shapes, much like dreadlocks. But Seymour's half-human genes causes it to sprout all over the place.
      • Yunalesca has a more typical version. Her appearance borrows more than a few beauty tips from VII's Jenova.
  • In his third form, Haseo from .hack//G.U. has this.
  • Makoto Kikuchi and Ritsuko Akizuki from The Idolmaster; the other girls sport mainly Ahoge.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Larxene possesses a backwards variant. Unlike most of these examples, she's a Psycho Electro.
  • Otacon sports a mild case in Metal Gear Solid.
  • Ryoji Mochizuki from Persona 3 has hair antennae, contrasting the rest of his hair, which is slicked back.
  • The female player character in Pokémon Black and White sports a noticeable pair.
  • Puyo Puyo: Sig has these, though they're on the back of his head and point away.
  • As befits a character who has butterflies as a motif, the muse Thaleia in SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu: Goddess of Destiny has this type of hair.
  • Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog has grown a little one of these. He always had a tuft of hair on the front of his head, but since the post-Sonic Adventure redesign it's become long and thin like antennae.
  • Vagrant Story: Ashley Riot's antenna actually manage to give off a retro punk vibe.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice, though they're not natural and he carefully gels them every morning. The form of his antennae are more like a double Idiot Hair, though, with both strands pointing straight up without making a curve. Trucy Wright has a much smaller but similarly-shaped set of antennae beneath her hat and happens to be Apollo's half-sister.
  • CLANNAD: Nagisa Furukawa, her dad Akio, and her mom Sanae (who has THREE strands of hair); seems to run in the family. Ushio , Tomoya and Nagisa's daughter did not inherit the trait though.
  • Reinhard Heydrich from Dies Irae has these and the anime adaptation makes them even more prominent. Unusually for this trope however, he is the Big Bad.
  • Seinarukana: Ruputna and Narukana.
  • Yosuga no Sora has quite a few: Haruka, Sora, Akira and Yahiro all have those, but Akira's the one and only Cloudcuckoolander to boot.

    Web Comics 
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    Web Original 
  • When out of costume, Tumblebee of the Global Guardians PBEM Universe has a pair of hair antennae.
  • Whateley Universe: Seems to run in Dr. Diabolik's family, though they more like horns than antennae, and none of them (except, arguably, Malachai) fit the character type at all.

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Alternative Title(s): Antenna Hair

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