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Memetic Hair

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"Attention duelists! My hair is now an internet phenomenon!"

Almost anything can become a meme, whether it be an outfit, a badass, or a picture of an animal doing something funny. Hairstyles are by no means immune to memification. Hair is a device creators often use to convey information about a character to the audience. For example, a girl with pigtails and a girl with a Mohawk are likely to be very different. In non-visual mediums, largely due to The Law of Conservation of Detail, it's seldom an arbitrary choice on the author's part to describe hair at all.

Sometimes somebody's hair is so stylish or unique that it becomes associated with that person or character. In fiction, weird hair can become so recognizable that to change it would be like losing part of his or her personality. In Real Life, a celebrity's trademark hair could even become a trend, even if was around long before they made it popular.


See Hair Tropes. Note that Anime Hair is especially likely to be subjected to this. Einstein Hair is a subtrope.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Astro Boy: Astro's spiked hair is one of the most iconic haircuts in anime.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Super Saiyan hair - all three levels of it (spikey, spikier, and down-to-your-feet.
    • And of course there's Goku's omnidirectional spikes along with his Super Saiyan 1 hair. and Vegeta's Villainous Widow's Peak.
  • Naruto:
    • Sasuke's infamous "duck butt" hairstyle.
    • Naruto's spiky blond hair is nearly as iconic as his orange jumpsuit. He had it even as a newborn. As an adult he cut it shorter but it's still spiky.
  • Sailor Moon: Usagi is the Trope Namer for Odango Hair.
  • Smile Pretty Cure! has Cure March with her fluffy pigtails and Cure Peace with her banana hair.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • The series has some of the most extreme cases of Anime Hair the world has ever seen. In the abridged series particularly amazing hair grants the owners special powers.
    • Kemo, as noted in the page quote.
    • As well as Seto Kaiba's original hair in the 1998 anime: "Screw the rules, I have green hair!"

    Comic Books 
  • Superman has his curl, which frequently gets poked fun at and parodied.
  • Tintin's "duckbill" bangs. Lampshaded several times in the recent film adaption — no matter how many times he tries to flatten them down, they bounce right back.
  • Wolverine's twin peaked hairstyle is iconic both in and out of universe.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Discworld: Archchancellor Ridcully's uniquely-groomed beard with mustache.
  • Land of Oz:
    • Dorothy's Girlish Pigtails are iconic and it's rare to find a portrayal of her without them. Despite this, that hairstyle was only used in the first book and other contemporary illustrations gave her a blonde '20s Bob Haircut.
    • Ozma's curly brown hair, combined with her ringlet crown and Iconic Outfit, is a staple of the series. She's described as blonde in The Marvelous Land of Oz, but all illustrations darken her hair.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Both Spike and Angel's hair in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Fourth Doctor's tangled, bohemian Seventies Quirky Curls, in universe as well.
      • The reason the starfield title sequence animation was changed between the Fourth and Fifth Doctor (the Fourth Doctor appearing out of stars, the Fifth with a Venetian blind effect) was said by Word of God to be because the Fifth Doctor had a boring hairstyle compared to the Fourth Doctor, so the stars were less interesting to watch.
    • The Sixth Doctor's yellow 80s perm, mostly because it'd be almost as hideous as the rest of his legendarily atrocious outfit if it wasn't so flattering on him.
    • The Eighth Doctor's glorious dark curls of kindness, which won Paul McGann the part and forced him into an uncomfortable, eyebrow-movement-restricting wig when he cut them all off before filming. The Big Finish audios give him an Important Haircut in which he slices his curls off, the results of which are seen during the Eighth Doctor's death in "The Night of the Doctor".
    • The Ninth Doctor's... lack of a silly hairstyle. Or hair, really. This is notable because the Doctor generally prefers longer hair, so a buzz-cut Doctor was a pretty large signal for where the series was going to go.
    • The Tenth Doctor's Britpop-influenced, slightly vain-looking gelled quiff and distinctive sideburns.
  • Rachel's hairdo in the early seasons of Friends. Jennifer Aniston was reportedly amused to learn that hairdressers were getting requests to give their customers "the Rachel", as she herself hated it.
  • Jon Snow's dark curls on Game of Thrones, so much so that actor Kit Harington's contract famously banned him from getting a haircut.
  • Bob Ross' perm on The Joy of Painting.
  • My Kitchen Rules: Contestant Ash's large, frizzy hair seems to be her most prominent feature. When she and Camilla showed up for an interview about their winning of the first People's Choice, even the interviewers got distracted by it.
  • Sherlock's hair in Sherlock stands out amongst most incarnations of Sherlock Holmes. It's very identifiable looking.

  • A Flock of Seagulls. Mike Score's hair is often considered the epitome of '80s Hair.
  • Justin Bieber's "Bieber hairstyle".
  • Lorde's curly hair became memetic quickly after she became known for her song "Royals".
  • Commander Hawkins of The Protomen and his beard.
    • All of the Protomen and their beards really. Except lead-singer Panther, who can't grow one.
  • Skrillex actually helped revive the sidecut.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's long curly hair and pencil moustache. For a while after he shaved & got a haircut, he wore wigs & a fake 'stache for public appearances just so he'd look like himself, but eventually abandoned them.
  • ZZ Top is known for their long beards almost as much as their music.
  • Michael Jackson's jheri curl in the '80s.
  • Morrissey's pompadour.
  • 1960's teen idol Lesley Gore wore a distinctive "flipped-up" hairstyle between 1963-65 which appears in much of her publicity shots and album artwork, as can be seen here.
  • Justin Timberlake's "instant ramen" hair back when he was still in *NSYNC.

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    Real Life 
  • Ask anyone about 1920s bobs, they'll immediately think of Louise Brooks.
  • Farrah Fawcett got the style she made popular named after her.
  • Figure skater Dorothy Hamill.
  • Albert Einstein: there's even a whole other trope devoted to this.
  • Bettie Page's bangs.
  • Comedian Russell Brand's untamed mop of hair.
  • Mr. T's mohawk hairstyle, which he claims he copied from a African Malinka warrior he saw in a National Geographic.
  • Veronica Lake's over-the-eye look was named after her
  • Adolf Hitler's mustache (or Charlie Chaplin's).
  • Chuck Norris's beard.
  • Giorgio Tsoukalos, whose hair is the closest thing to a live-action Yu Gi Oh character there is in real life.
  • Donald Trump's combover.
  • The 2015 Canadian federal election involved a surprising number of jabs about hair, ranging from jokes about Stephen Harper's stylist to Tom Mulcair's beard, but the prize has to go to Justin Trudeau.


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