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"What the hell is going on with that hair? Everything else about him is fine, but that single strand of his hair is defying all laws of gravity. You could tie him to the end of a rope and use him to catch fish."

Ahogenote  (literally idiot hair) refers to the noticeable slim forelock of hair that sticks straight up from a character's head. Originally a hairdresser term for the "stupid hairs" or cowlicks that will not comb down, it later mutated into a reflection of a person's intelligence. Thus Idiot Hair suggests that a character is stupid, naïve, or strange. (This suggestion is usually accurate, but not always—sometimes a serious character just has funny hair.)

Even if a character is not specifically stupid, naïve, or particularly odd, the ahoge also usually represents a general mischievous quality about them in general. Goes hand in hand with the Cat Smile. It can also be used to show that Something Else Also Rises.

Idiot Hair is not to be confused with the two-stranded antennae-style hair, popularized by Love Hina or Ah! My Goddess.


Can be Truth in Television, as people with cowlicks can attest to.


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  • In Act-age, Kei's long, askew strand of hair emphasizes her quirky and slightly naive character, while creating a contrast with her "cool beauty" appearance. It's a family trait too, as both her late mother and her siblings sport a similar one.
  • Athena from ARIA has one, though she's more of a space case than an outright idiot. Akatsuki also has one.
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, several characters have them.
    • And it seems some of these idiot hairs have meaning, representing several places (America's is Nantucket, Korea's is supposed to be Seoul, Austria's is Mariazell, etc.)
    • Several pictures of Roman Empire show that he has several idiot hairs and that they may have been passed on to his descendants (Both Italy brothers, Greece, and possibly Egypt.)
      • The Italy brothers are mirror images of each other. North Italy's is on his left side while South's is on his right.
      • One comic revealed that they get flustered when people touch them because they're erogenous zones for them.
      • The Principality of Seborga has a curl similar to North Italy's, but it has a more rumpled and bent appearance.
      • When North and South Italy's curls overlap, they form a heart. See here.
      • Greece has one that splits into two on the top of his head. The ends curl round in the style of an Ionic column.
    • Korea has one too. It's sometimes drawn with a face.
      • According to the notes, it's his soul, not Seoul. Hence the face. Stealth Pun?
    • Austria, normally The Stoic, will sometimes express emotion through his ahoge.
    • Taiwan has the longest of any known country, which seems to fit with her being the only girl with one.
    • America and Canada both have them.
      • It's no surprise that they both have one, being 'brothers' (or as related as a country can be). What is interesting is how different they are. America's is short, thick, and curves back over his hair. Canada's is long, thin, has a loop, and falls forward in front of his face.
    • Australia has two. AND England's eyebrows.
    • Norway's floats.
      • He also a strange dot that floats alongside his idiot hair.
    • Turkey's splits into two at the nape of his neck.
    • Not only that but in the few times Italian and Austrian citizens are represented, they have the very same ahoge style of their respective countries.
  • The top image comes from Bakemonogatari. The depicted Koyomi, as well as his sisters Karen and Tsukihi, have ahoge, but Koyomi's is the tallest.
    • While Koyomi has the "idiot hair" and does occasionally act the fool, let it be said that he's less an idiot than a Deadpan Snarker hero type with Expressive Hair. His ahoge manages to add amusing sequences to some episodes (like the page picture's source) that are less image-based and more talky.
    • It manages to forms question marks when he's confused and he even blushes through it in episode 13.
    • In episode 1 of Nisemonogatari, it formed the kanji for love.
  • Moritaka Mashiro from Bakuman。.
  • Kotoishi Naru from Barakamon. She's a silly and carefree 6-year-old Genki Girl.
  • Both Ronald Knox and Snake from Black Butler.
  • Mephisto in Blue Exorcist has a spectacular one under his Nice Hat.
  • In Blue Drop, Mari's chemistry teacher Yuuko puts up her hair in this fashion to cheer Mari up. She also does it to Mari herself, much to the latter's delight.
  • Kururu and Hororo in Bottle Fairy, but it's more about not knowing human's customs, and the other two aren't better at it either, and when all four combine into one girl, she gets one that goes all around her head
  • Meg in Burst Angel.
  • Maria from Canaan, which at one point even gets commented on by Canaan herself.
  • A Certain Magical Index: MISAKA has MISAKA has one! (though she denies that it's an ahoge in volume 15.) Her 20,000 Sisters (+ 1) don't, though, at least not now. Mikoto had one when she was little, and if you look closely, that particular piece is still drawn distinctly on her hair in the present, it's just slicked down onto the rest of her bangs (this is especially obvious on her Nendoroid figure, where it is removable).
    • It is an inherited trait, as shown in the A Certain Scientific Railgun anime, where Misuzu (Mikoto's mother) springs one the moment she hears about the mysterious guy Mikoto may or may not be interested in.
  • Red Blood Cell AE3803 in Cells at Work! has one, perfectly fitting her adorably awkward personality and tendency to get lost in the blood vessels. Curiously, this has led some fans to believe that she may in fact be an abnormal sickle cell!
    • Even her tongue, which screams with her whenever she freaks out, has one, and certain scenes in episode 8 show her standing out stuck in a mass of red blood cells thanks to her ahoge drawn BIGGER than it looks up close.
  • Kosukegawa in Change 123 has expressive idiot hair. It was also used at least once for the Something Else Also Rises trope.
  • In Crimson Grave the two heroes go dungeon-exploring with a treasure hunter whose expressive ahoge is apparently smarter than she is. It always points in the direction she should go, and she follows it without realizing.
  • Papi from Daily Life with Monster Girl has this, to no one's surprise.
  • Emilia from The Devil Is a Part-Timer! has one, though she subverts the trope in that, while she is most definitely in no way stupid, she can be clumsy and paranoid at times, even if she is technically a Hero.
  • DieBuster: Nono's ahoge is epic, and it's certainly a good indicator of her personality in this case. It even stays in place (with a slightly more angular shape) after she goes into Buster Machine mode.
  • Dragon Ball: Goku's entire head of hair is this.
  • Child!Tintlet from Dragon Knights
  • Suzuna from Eyeshield 21 will suddenly develop it whenever another character's romantic subplot is brought up. It then homes in on them like radar.
  • Hanajima from Fruits Basket grows one and uses it as an antenna when she's using her psychic powers.
  • Several characters in Fullmetal Alchemist have this, although it's almost never indicative of their intelligence.
  • Kaname from Full Metal Panic! occasionally sports this style.
  • In episode 8 of Granblue Fantasy, Lyria's idiot hair guides Katalina, Lyria, and Vyrn to find the others as it points the direction towards Gran.
  • Shiki Nanaya from Hana no Miyako has a rather long and slightly curled one. She's not really an idiot, but she's definitely a bit off-kilter.
  • Haré and Weda in Haré+Guu. Weda isn't really an idiot but acts irresponsible and care-free because it's a more fun way to live life and to avoid facing her issues. Haré is pretty smart and the show's Only Sane Man, but this frequently causes him to run around like an idiot out of stress since he's the only one who can't go with the flow.
    • Interesting to note: Weda's mom has no ahoge. Weda has one. Haré has two. Weda's second child Ame has three. We can only imagine what Haré's own kids might look like.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Taniguchi has one.
    • Sometimes, Suzumiya has one, too, depending on how she's doing her hair. It may just be the wind, but it's amazing how much her hair does that.
    • Played straight in Haruhi-chan. It's a tiny strand, but it appears when she's more genki than usual.
  • Hayate of Hayate × Blade has one, which the creator lampshades here and here.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler subverts this. He has an Idiot Hair at the back of his head. In keeping with that, he is sometimes an idiot (say, dealing with the girls), and sometimes hyper-competent.
  • Kyoko in Heat Guy J to show her innocence. (i.e. she's one of the very few characters that doesn't come from a dysfunctional family and didn't experience loss of a friend or family member).
  • Rip van Winkle from Hellsing subverts this: she has a very long ahoge, but is far from a fool. She's a Nazi vampire with a single-shot flintlock musket that can shoot down multiple targets (including missiles) with a single shot.
  • Miki's relative Akiko in I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying and Metsuko ni Yoroshiku has idiot hair that not only floats upwards in blatantly disregard of gravity, it continuously wriggles in the air like a snake. It's also about 2 1/2 feet long making it more of a side ponytail than a single hair.
  • In the manga Inukami! Youko's idiot hair pops up from time to time, usually when she's acting like a ditz.
  • The eponymous Iono from Iono the Fanatics also has one. She's not really an idiot, but she's a lesbian Bunny Ears Queen who is very much led by her hormones.
  • Haruna from Is This a Zombie? has one that is expressive.
  • Ixion Saga DT: Princess Ecarlate grows one in her "hyperactivity period".
    • She can grow up to three, and horrible things happen if she does. So naturally, it happens.
  • Jubei-chan has two characters with these. When engaged in a shouting match at one point, they came close enough for their Ahoge antennas to actually do battle with each other.
  • Ganta Igarashi from Deadman Wonderland has one, although, he isn't an idiot.
    • Shiro has a small one. which gets much bigger in her alter ego, bordering on Anime Hair
  • Ayano Kannagi from Kaze no Stigma. In episode 13 you can see her putting a great deal of work into making sure she has an Idiot Hair, including combing her hair a certain way and liberal amounts of hairspray. Why? Who knows. It fits, though.
  • Kimi ni Todoke: Sawako also displays this trait, though it is uncommon.
  • Inverted with Shirai-sensei of Kodomo no Jikan, who's the utterly stern and strict teacher with a thin but prominent hair over her head. It's still there after her Important Haircut during her Defrosting Ice Queen phase.
  • Kirin from Gourmet Girl Graffiti has a single-strand idiot hair.
  • Yuuri has one in Kyo Kara Maoh!.
  • Three characters, including both main characters, have ahoge in A Little Snow Fairy Sugar. It is played straight with Sugar but is slightly subverted with Saga, who likes to keep to schedules and only appears to be an idiot because no one else can see season fairies.
  • Shiroe of Log Horizon has a slight one, though he's probably the furthest from the term "idiot" as one can get.
  • Rikka of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions sports one, which is also expressive.
  • Kitsune in Love Hina.
  • Kotori from Love Live! has a quite gigantic ahoge.
    • Chika, the protagonist of sequel series Love Live! Sunshine!!, has a very prominent ahoge herself, which she has apparently had since she was an infant, according to a comic drawn by Hanamaru.
  • Konata in Lucky Star is definitely not an idiot, but she is Book Dumb and loves to annoy Kagami.
    • Interestingly, Kagami had an ahoge early on in the manga.
    • Akira from Lucky Channel also has an ahoge, but if you respect your own life, do NOT call her an idiot.
    • And Yui Narumi, Konata's cousin, has a tiny ahoge.
  • Macross Frontier: Ranka Lee has one as well, to go with her Expressive Hair.
  • Tamaki, the local ditz in Magic of Stella, always have three of more strands of hair flying out.
  • Slightly ditzy Bridge Bunny Amy of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha had one pop up on her head. Chrono responded by trying to comb it down with a hairbrush and a can of hairspray while wearing his usual stoic expression. Both of their children inherited it.
    • This is actually very common among the cast of Lyrical Nanoha, though very few of them actually fit the personality type.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Asuna has one of these in her hair, and she's a member of Class 3-A's "Baka Rangers" clique for the students who consistently get the lowest grades.
    • Yue Ayase has one running across her head, and is also a member of Class 3-A's "Baka Rangers". However, she's actually very smart, just really lazy.
    • Nodoka also has one, but she's ranked something like 23rd in her grade of over 700 students.
    • Chisame Hasegawa also has one, and she's the only class member without a Weirdness Censor.
    • A more straight example is Nagi "Five, Maybe Six Spells Tops Thousand Master" Springfield, Negi's missing father. Not to mention Negi himself, who is "an idiot in reverse" due to overthinking, and his obliviousness about girls.
  • Mai-HiME: Mai is a borderline case — her ahoge runs across her forehead instead of sticking up. On the other hand, Arika in Mai-Otome has one serious ahoge (among other hair oddities).
    • For Arika, it's more Hair Antennae. She even earns the nickname Arinko-chan, i.e. Anty.
  • Many, many characters from Medaka Box, including the titular heroine. Particular styles seem to run in the family.
  • Chiaki from Minami-ke has one, even though she's a Little Miss Snarker and not an idiot.
  • The tiny girl from Minimum posses an oversized ahoge.
  • The appropriately ditzy Miki Motokura of 'Mo-Retsu! Boin Sensei (yeah, it's that kind of manga) has the side-oriented ahoge'' similar to the Italies. A Live-Action Adaptation reproduces it faithfully.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Lunamaria Hawke's ahoge is really quite subdued. Some have suggested that it's a Mythology Gag reference to the commander antenna possessed by Zeon mobile suits in the Universal Century timeline; Luna's ZAKU Warrior doesn't have one, so she got it instead.
  • Sumi in Moetan has this, and it overlaps with Expressive Hair, changing shape to represent her feelings (such as a heart, a sweatdrop, and many more.)
  • Nagasumi in My Bride is a Mermaid.
  • My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU protagonist Hikigaya Hachiman and his younger sister Komachi both sport an ahoge.
  • In the Naruto epilogue, Naruto and Hinata's children Boruto and Himawari are both shown to have a small ahoge on their head, though Himawari sometimes has her's pulled up into a single pigtail.
  • Neo Ranga: Ushio has a curled version of this.
  • Noelle. Not her hair per se (though it is flipped up), but the ribbons from her bows seriously defy gravity.
  • From One Piece Lulu, one of the Galley-la foremen, generally has a straight "spike" of hair sticking out of his head at a random direction. When he tries to push it down, it just pops back up again somewhere else and can get extra-ridiculous when it sticks out of his mustache or the back of his hand, and it eventually spreads to other people.
    • Marguerite is a more typical example, with a few stray unruly strands of hair.
    • After his upgrade, Franky can grow his hair in any style he wants.
  • Rufus Barma in Pandora Hearts. Break actually calls him "ahoge."
  • Himeko from Pani Poni Dash! is given the nickname "Ahoge", for both mentioned reasons. Her cowlick even moves around of its own accord.
    • In episode 3, Becky briefly gets one, and she gets so frustrated with hers that she rips Himeko's cowlick right out of her head. This causes her normally Genki Girl personality to avert to one of somber depression, only able to weakly utter "Maho" until a replacement is found.
  • Sakura Nankyoku from Penguin Musume is a classic example of the trope. Her mother also has an ahoge.
  • Ruby from the Pokémon Adventures manga has something resembling an ahoge, but it's only visible without his trademark cap and doesn't seem indicative of any particular personality traits.
  • Place to Place has the main couple have ahoges. Neither of them are exactly idiots, but Io's known to be a bit... dense.
  • Ahiru/Duck in Princess Tutu has an ahoge roughly as tall as her head. This has botched a few of her attempts at stealth. Small birds have been spotted sitting on it and pecking it.
  • Emma from The Promised Neverland has a rather ironic one. A volume extra implies it has a mind of its own, and can dodge scissors. ETR3M8 even dubs her "Antenna".
  • Kazumi of Puella Magi Kazumi Magica has one. It doubles as a witch detector. Airi also has one, in her original appearance.
  • Pretty much the entire significant female cast of Rokujyouma no Shinryakusha!? has the same hair hanging from the side of their head.
  • Moka of Rosario + Vampire has one, though it's not always easily visible. Also, neither of her personalities is an idiot, though Outer Moka can be a bit of a ditz.
  • Nori, from Rozen Maiden, has an ahoge too.
  • Takei Hisa of Saki. There's also Touka and her expressive idiot hair.
  • Nikaidou from 3-gatsu no Lion is the only character that has one. It's lampshaded when his appearance reverting from a slightly more realistic style due to an Art Shift; it swings right back up from his bangs during the one-panel transformation.
  • Kurimu in Seitokai no Ichizon.
  • Sensei-chan Megumi from School-Live! has a giant bit of Idiot Hair. She keeps it even after becoming a zombie.
  • Musubi, Hikari, Shijime, Kujika, Mikogami, and Karasuba of Sekirei. Karasuba's is the mischievous version.
  • Lucy of Servant × Service is actually born with one. Yutaka loves grabbing it. Hers is also expressive.
  • Fuyuki in Sgt. Frog, who's something of a genius in geography and the paranormal. Not Keroro, Fuyuki.
    • In the closing credits for episode 231 it's hinted that NPG bodyguard Yoshiokadaira Masayoshi has been hiding one under his helmet.
  • The eponymous character of Shakugan no Shana is certainly not an idiot, but she can be very hot-blooded, and Yuji is almost always the better tactician.
  • Tiara of Shamanic Princess has a strand of hair that extends up, then sweeps across her face. She does not fit the character type at all, but her design may be an artifact of an earlier stage of the series' development. In the beginning, it wasn't planned to be as dark as it ended up.
  • Tadase from Shugo Chara! has one of these, though he's not an idiot; just oblivious.
  • Miyuki in Smile Pretty Cure!. When she turns into Cure Happy, she grows another!
    • Speaking of Pretty Cure, there's Cure Beat/Ellen from Suite, who grows an ahoge in Cure form that somehow makes guitar noises when flicked.
  • Death the Kid in Soul Eater. You'd think he'd notice that he only has one cowlick on one side of his head, considering his obsession with symmetry and how much he freaks about the white lines.
  • Not only does AΩ Nova of Space Patrol Luluco have an idiot hair, he has a hole in his space helmet so it can poke out. Luluco's Girlish Pigtail also turns into a Nonoesque one when she becomes Trigger-chan.
  • Special A Kei has this, which has been commented upon by some.
  • In Taboo-Tattoo, the eccentric elderly samurai Tsugio Kobakura has a single dark ahoge sticking up from his otherwise bald head, something the other characters find highly amusing. This appears to be a family trait as his granddaughter Makoto, a.k.a. Cal Shekar the vice-commander of Brahman, also sports one.
  • Lala of To Love-Ru, fittingly enough.
  • Plucky Comic Relief Seidou Takizawa, from Tokyo Ghoul. He has a single lock sticking up, which adds to his youthful appearance (and personality) in contrast to his coworkers.
  • Oddly enough, Cain from Trinity Blood in this picture of him in the manga. He's certainly acting like an idiot...
  • Both protagonists in the Wandering Son anime have small Idiot Hairs but not in the manga.
  • Loretta Oratorio from Wild ARMs: Twilight Venom.
  • Kazuma Azuma in Yakitate!! Japan, though they looked more like Hair Antennae.
  • Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou: Koyomi have one and fit the ditzy and energetic personality type. However, both Misa and Yumiko also have idiot hair. The former is more level-headed, even though she has a carefree attitude, and the latter doesn't fit the character type at all.
  • Yumeji from Yumekui Merry. Merry, after falling out of a tree onto him (again), recognizes him by the "antenna".

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  • Exit Tunes Presents ACTORS has this on a few of its characters—the most obvious example being orange-haired Hinata—however, while he may not look the part, he is in fact calmer and more capable than most traditional examples of this trope.
    • Itto and Shirou also have these, though it's more obvious in their chibi art. Itto is more suited to the usual interpretation of this trope, though, considering his personality. Shirou is more on the 'mischievous' type of the spectrum, though.

    Comic Books 
  • Fantasio from Spirou and Fantasio has eight stray hairs which pop up on top of his head.
  • It's more curled than sticking straight up, but every incarnation of Superman has a very distinctive hairdo, though it's more indicative of his staunch optimism (that, perhaps, borders on naivete) than idiocy.
  • Tintin has one.
  • Franco-Belgian comics character Titeuf. All his hair is Idiot Hair, which is sometimes representative of him, sometimes not.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • There's Something About Mary, as seen here. There's also something a bit more to that one, though.
  • Kyoami in Ran; being court jester to Lord Ichimonji, this makes sense. Subverted in that (like most jesters), he's actually very intelligent, using his humorous facade to speak (horrible) truth to power.
  • In the Our Gang shorts, Alfalfa's trademark is his hair: a part down the middle and a big old cowlick sticking up in the back.

  • In Maximum Ride, The Gasman (or Gazzy for short) is described as having a cowlick. In the manga, he has hair sticking up in the front of his head.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird has Dill Harris, who is described by Scout as having a cowlick that sticks up in the center of his forehead "like duck-fluff." It's one of the first things that Scout notices about Dill when she and Jem first meet him. Dill is also described as to be a "curiosity" to Scout and called "stupid" by Jem, although Dill is rather wise beyond his years.
  • Nyarko from Haiyore! Nyarko-san; since she's Nyarlathotep, it's prehensile to act as a stand-in for a tentacle. It's also a Malign Deity Radar, in addition to being able to form complex shapes like kanji and an at-mark (at least in the anime). Rather than outright stupidity though (she graduated top of her class and went to a prestigious university), it reflects the fact that she's The Ditz.
    • It seems to be a trait all Nyarlathotepians share. Both her brother Nyar-o (who is Book Dumb), and her cousin Nyarue (who is not said to be dumb, but gets nervous easily) also have one.
    • Hasta from the same series has the twin antenna version, but he's neither stupid nor especially ditzy.
  • Yamagi Noriko's design from Project NRI gives her an ahoge. According to her, she has been teased about it in the past.
    "Um... It wasn't. Don't worry. That's the first time anybody's ever said it was cute, though. Usually I get 'why is it up like that?' or 'haha, Noriko, are you a unicorn?'"
    • Noriko's example could be a mild subversion of the trope because Noriko is a brilliant mathematician and one of the more level-headed characters in the story.
  • In the Memoirs of the Duchess of Abrantès, Lavallette is characterised as the fool among Junot's friends, and is constantly struggling to bring down four or five outstanding strands of hair, so noticeable indeed that they each had a name.
  • In Chrysanthemum, the Alpha Bitch Victoria has a large cowlick with a star decorated on the top.

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  • Ini Miney when she takes off her hat in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All.
  • Saber in Fate/stay night. A non-indicative one for the most part, but for God's sake don't make her remove it like what Gilgamesh did; she'll turn into Saber Alter.
    • Fate/Nuovo Guerra seems to have made this a family trait of sorts. Her 'son' has it, and so does her father (both are summoned as Saber-class Servants too). The latter's profile even lampshades it.
    • Probably notable, is that due to the serious nature of the series, the canon stories themselves never points out her ahoge; however, like Akiha's small bust size, the fandom likes to play with it.
    • Lampshaded in Fate/Grand Order in the "Saber Wars" event (which deals with Saber trying to deal with her various expies), where the unique currency is "Artorium", which is just the ahoge common for all Saber-knockoffs.
  • From School Days, both Sekai Saionji, whose ahoge pretty much speaks for the entire cast, and Makoto Ito have one. Sekai's is larger and much more noticeable, and Makoto's is on the back of his head.
  • Jun Kitagawa from Kanon.
  • The male protagonist from Kimihagu sports one of these.
  • Yukine Miyazawa from CLANNAD has the physical aspect of ahoge.
  • Hisao, the protagonist of Katawa Shoujo has a prominent ahoge. His personality does not correspond with his hairstyle, however.
  • In Kira-Kira, both Kirari, and the crosdressing Shikanosuke have one.
  • Handicapped Badass Snake, from Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is a massive subversion. He's certainly the most intelligent of the characters, particularly book-smarts-wise.
  • Orpha and Aselia in Eien no Aselia. The first is a genki girl loli driven entirely by id and the latter is an Emotionless Girl Cloud Cuckoolander with a questionable grasp of reason when her character gets flashed out.
  • In Eroge! Sex and Games Make Sexy Games, Nene, the (tiny) president of the main Eroge company, has a droopy one.
  • Rika from ClockUp's Euphoria has one of these.
  • Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! has at least three: Momoyo, Koyuki, and Tatsuko.
  • Komari from Little Busters! has one and is the naive type.
  • Yo-Jin-Bo has Bo, whose hair is otherwise sleek and well-behaved, except for one strand that always hangs in his face. However, he's arguably one of the smarter guys.
  • Hatoful Boyfriend's Sakazaki Yuuya's faux-human appearance comes with two ahoges. He's far from stupid, but rather easygoing and flirtatious, and kind of the Butt-Monkey. In the manga, he seems unhappy about getting one to help differentiate him from the other two white fantail doves.
  • The Danganronpa series loves to gives its protagonists this, to the point where it's become known by fans as "Protagonist Hair" and is seemingly customary for all series protagonists to sport it. Started off by Makoto Naegi in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, it's continued by the main characters of Super Danganronpa 2 and New Danganronpa V3, Hajime Hinata and Kaede Akamatsu and later, Shuichi Saihara, who keeps it under his hat, have it as well. It's become so synonymous with the role that it becomes outright symbolic as the series goes on, noticeably in Ultra Despair Girls where Makoto's younger sister Komaru - briefly appearing in the first game with normal hair - has become the protagonist and suddenly sprouted one, also true for returning character and Deuteragonist Touko Fukawa (though in the latter case it doubles as part of her new disheveled appearance), and in V3 the aforementioned Shuichi only removes his cap and makes his idiot visible after he takes up the protagonist mantle for good. In Danganronpa Zero, Ryoko Otonashi lacks one but Yasuke Matsuda has it, and in Killer Killer, Takumi Hijirihara sports it as well.
    • Though this isn't entirely exclusive to protagonists of the series, with Nagito Komaeda in Super Danganronpa 2 sporting one among his absurd bedhead, likely to further his resemblance to the aforementioned Makoto. He also briefly becomes playable during Chapter 4's investigation, and he does still serve as one of the most prominent characters in the story. Taken further in New Danganronpa V3, in which Rantaro Amami, K1-B0, and Miu all sport prominent ahoges. The former two turn out to be more than a coincidence with some of the endgame reveals regarding the killing game's true nature. Rantaro is a survivor and possible protagonist of the 52nd killing game, while K1-B0 is the audience-controlled in-show protagonist of the 53rd, aka Danganronpa V3. K1-B0's idiot hair also turns out to be a Justified Trope which takes the trend of the "protagonist hair" to its logical conclusion, by doubling as an antenna that allows the audience of the killing game to control his actions through user polls.
    • Naturally, the trend is lampshaded and parodied several times throughout the series, such as in certain conversations in Ultra Despair Girls, and in a chalkboard Easter egg in V3 featuring Monokuma sporting a ludicrously large one while asking “Can I be the protagonist now?”. It’s as funny as it sounds.
  • Yukino in My Girlfriend Is the President has a rather large one AND a smaller one right next to it. It pulls double duty as Expressive Hair as well.
  • Asaga has a large ahoge in Sunrider Academy, which occasionally acts as Expressive Hair and emphasizes her ditzy, Genki Girl personality. Her main universe counterpart, who is not a ditz and originally did not have an ahoge, gains a small one thanks to Art Evolution in Sunrider Liberation Day (though it’s inconsistently applied; it shows up in the CGs, but not on her sprites).
  • In TRianThology ~Sanmenkyou no Kuni no Alice~, all students (and non-students) we ever see on-screen except for one in Academy Love Adventure have one. Starting with the main character Ibito, his friend Hidaka, Ichou, and the girls Noriha, Yukina, Hinata, Hinako, Miho, and Karen.
  • Grisaia no Kajitsu: Michiru has one of these, which corresponds well with her equally ditzy personality, Yuuji manages to convince Michiru that her idiot hair, which he calls Charlie, is cat repellant, as it turns out, it's quite the opposite.

    Web Animation 
  • Bee and Puppycat's Bee has one of these.
  • RWBY: Penny has a single curl of hair sticking upwards from the top of her head. She is an awkward person with a strange way of talking and poor social skills. She latches onto Ruby when Ruby says 'see you around, friend', nobody having ever called her 'friend' before. She's a very high-quality and classified combat robot.

  • Played for Laughs in Girl Genius in an interlude where Agatha tries to bring her three idiot hairs from the top of her head under control with increasingly violent and crazy means.
  • Ménage à 3, having a manga-influenced art style, uses this visual motif occasionally, but apparently mostly to indicate surprise rather than stupidity or weirdness, as here.
  • Miamaska might as well be called Amity and the Perpetual Cowlick.
  • minus., the titular omnipotent little girl from the webcomic of the same name hosted on Kiwis By Beat.
  • ME-tan, the OS-tan Anthropomorphic Personification of Windows ME.
  • Most characters in Knowledge Is Power, with the exception of those whose hair is too uniformly short (like Colin) or long (like David) for it to make any sense. This extends to Ironychan's other webcomics as well, although it wasn't as obvious in Get Medieval.
  • The main character of TwoKinds, Trace Legacy, who also has blue hair! This character fits the exception of the rule in that he's not technically stupid. It's humored at in this picture that it's the source of his magical powers.
  • A-san from Overlord Academy.
  • The titular character of Kurami has a fairly prominent cowlick. She's not an idiot, per se, but she is only a few months old.
  • Quite common in Fiyora Nya, with Ayako and Kyuuke probably being the most obvious examples.
  • While it isn't on a specific character, the website Gaia Online has an equippable avatar item known as the Idiot Hair (specifically modeled after the Hetalia ahoges).
  • Baxter's hair from Sins does this.
  • Irya from Bits Fair has a giant idiot hair sticking out, in addition to having a hairstyle that looks like a pattypan.
  • Matt from White Dark Life has a large crescent of hair sticking out from the top of his head. According to supplementary materials, it actually saps up some of his intelligence sometimes.
    • Two of his children, Saru and Ne, also have his exact hairstyle, though Ne purposefully tries to copy it.
  • Queen Juno from Princess Chroma has a single green lock that hangs in front of her face, usually subtly but exaggerated when she's hurried and unkempt. Subverted in the sense that Juno is far from stupid, though she is more laid back than the other royals.
  • Several Consolers characters have these, like Sony, Square Enix and Apple. But like some Hetalia characters does Atari have a floating one.
  • Astyr Kaedermos from Sombulus has a perpetual bent strand of hair sticking out.
  • Questionable Content: Melon, an AI whose personal oddities are a regular topic of discussion among her friends, has a single upwards-pointing tuft in the middle of her green hair. In one case, it's initially absent but reappears after she snorts the robotic equivalent of a Gargle Blaster.

    Western Animation 


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Alternative Title(s): Ahoge


Sento Kiryu

Whenever he gets excited or ahead of himself, a section of Sento's hair will inexplicably stick out.

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