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Don't stare too long, now. You'll put your eye out.

"Oh no! My hair's in a mess. Ah — but it always looks like this."

Specific case of Anime Hair, that happens often in Shōnen series. One or more of the characters, usually a protagonist, have a specific hairstyle — their hair is always a mess, sticks out on all sides, and often looks kind of spiky. This hairstyle often comes with Hot Bloodedness and/or a nature somewhere between rebel, free spirit and Chaotic Good. Somebody could assume it's supposed to symbolize the hero's disrespect for existing rules. Or his dislike for hairdressers. Generally, it looks like our hero doesn't put any effort in his hairstyle and just goes as they are.

This is the kind of hairstyle that people suffering from Public Medium Ignorance think all male anime characters have. The Distaff Counterpart stereotype for female anime characters is Rapunzel Hair, or Girlish Pigtails.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Iki from Air Gear.
  • Blade of the Immortal: Despite being fairly realistic and featuring normal haircuts for almost all of the main and supporting characters, Anti-Villain Magatsu Taito looks like he's carrying a porcupine on his head. We're talking foot-long spikes. It doesn't go unnoticed. At one point, somebody mentions In-Universe that hair like that will be popular in a couple hundred years.
  • Bakuman。: Orihara Ichiriki, one of Mashiro's assistants, has messy spiked hair. A bit of a Non-Standard Character Design, as he looks like he comes from a Hot-Blooded, action-y shonen manga while Bakuman is a more realistic series. Of course, Bakuman has plenty of hot-bloodedness anyway, so he doesn;t look too out of place.
  • Bleach
    • Ichigo Kurosaki, the Espada Grimmjow Jaggerjack...
    • Captain Kenpachi Zaraki of Squad 11 in a rare case actually styles his hair like that instead of the usual case of it just being so.
    • Averted with other characters. Nnoitora Giruga is just as confrontational, but has neat, straight hair - closer in style to Ishida than Ichigo. In addition, when Grimmjow releases, his hair actually gets straighter (probably due to becoming longer.) Conversely, Hitsugaya's hair is a lot like this, but he's a rather serious character who usually isn't quick to fight.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Touma Kamijou. In a bit of a subversion, Touma actually deliberately styles it that way with hair gel.
  • Chrono Crusade: Joshua Christopher, although it's much more toned down than some of the other examples on this page. (He pretty much fits the personality for this trope to a T.) Chrono might count, too, although he's got a long braid at the base of his neck in addition to the spiky hair on his head.
  • Cowboy Bebop: Spike Spiegel has hair that sticks out all over the place, but it's more curly than spiky. (Faye at one point describes it as "fluffy".) Ed has the more stereotypical spiky hair.
  • D.N.Angel: Almost all of the male cast. Particularly notable because this is a shojo manga, not shounen (although it certainly mixes in tropes from that genre).
  • Digimon: At least one kid from each series, usually the protagonist, who'll be hot-headed and immature, and also wear useless goggles. In Digimon Tamers however, it's Rika that sports this kind of hair and hot-headed personality, while the others have hairstyles more plausible in reality.
  • Dragon Ball: The Saiyans have Shonen Hair as a genetic trait to the point that a pure-blooded Saiyan's hair literally never changes from the day they're born. All too fitting for a barbaric race of space-faring cavemen.
  • Duel Masters: Shobu Kirifuda.
  • Eyeshield 21: Several characters have hair like this, including Sena, Monta and Hiruma. The series lampshades the trope: Sena's hair is a cross between Goku's and Astro Boy's. Sena looks exactly like Astro Boy with his hair gelled down and his dad has the same hairdo. Hiruma actually has normal hair but styles his hair this way to add to his rebellious image. As for Monta, he's simply copying the hairstyle of his hero, who has a less cartoony version of the haircut.
  • Fairy Tail: Natsu, Gray, and Gajeel all have this hairstyle.
    • Whenever Natsu is in the middle of a hard battle, his bangs go down because of the damage he takes. During the Tenro Island arc, he even uses his Fire Dragon Slayer Magic to heat up his hands to style his hair to its usual style.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Tamahome and Tasuki, as opposed to just about everyone else. Bonus points because Tamahome keeps his hair in a ponytail anyway. Of course, that was before the you-know-what involving Suboshi in the middle of the series.
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula: Hayato Kazami, Naoki Shinjyo and Johji Ohtomo have these. Hayato's is more noticeable, and it gets bigger in the last 2 OVAs.
  • Get Backers: A lot of characters, most notably the two protagonists, and especially Ban (though being drenched leads to his hair becoming completely tamed... for a while).
  • Hamlet has this.
  • Kagerou Project: Shintaro, Hibiya, Seto and (to a lesser extent) Haruka all have this. In Shintaro and Haruka's cases, it's Lampshaded by the same person, no less.
  • Kill la Kill: Sanageyama's hair seems to get more spiky with every new iteration of his uniform. By the time he gets to wearing Blade Regalia: Secret Unsealed, he's practically a Saiyan.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
    • Jotaro Kujo is revealed to have this when he loses his cap.
    • An even better example is Joseph Joestar, his grandfather. When he was young, that is.
  • Both Tetsuya Tsurugi and Kouji Kabuto from Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger.
  • My Hero Academia: Both protagonist Midoriya and deuteragonist Bakugo have typical messy shonen hair, but in different styles that reflect their personalities. Midoriya, being friendlier, has softer, more wavy-looking hair, while the more aggressive, Hot-Blooded Bakugo has more stiff, jagged Spiky Hair (that also fits with his ability to generate explosions.)
  • Naruto: The title character and a few of his friends, like Kiba.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: The Hitachiin twins. Seems to be intentionally invoked by the twins — flashbacks show that before they joined the Host Club they had identical bowl cuts instead of the wild, spiky haircuts they have in present day, and they're considered the "Devil" type in the host club and are supposed to be a little wild.
    • It's more obvious in the anime. In the manga, their hair looks much more natural and isn't quite as poofed out, although it's obvious they usually style it with hair gel.
  • Panzer World Galient: Jordy Volder has messy, spiky, blonde hair.
  • Pokémon: Loads of characters.
    • There's even a popular icon that has a picture of Ash Ketchum, stating that "His hair can poke people's eyes out".
  • Prétear: Goh and Mannen.
  • Pretty Cure
  • Rosario + Vampire: Tsukune has shonen hair, but thanks to Art Evolution, his hair looks more normal and straighter in later chapters of Season II.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: In the author's notes, Nobuhiro Watsuki explicitly mentions that Yahiko's character design is that of the archetypical wild-haired Shonen Protagonist, and Sano's hair is so crazy he gets called "Rooster-head" In-Universe. (Interestingly enough, as the series progresses, Kenshin's hair grows progressively less wild. Art Shift that doubles as a sign of Character Development!)
  • Darren has this in the manga adaptation of The Saga of Darren Shan, at least when he's not bald.
  • Saint Beast: Unlike most of his counterparts who have unnatural hair colours, Goh just gets a very spiky haircut.
  • Saint Seiya: Most protagonists and villains. Seiya's helmet seems to have trouble keeping his hair's spikes from jutting out. The villains tend to combine shonen hair with Rapunzel Hair for maximum fabulousness.
  • Samurai Champloo: Mugen has wild hair that sticks out all around his head. He has a similarly wild personality.
  • Soul Eater: Soul and Black☆Star.
  • Superbook: Chris.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - while Kamina's hair is this trope played straight, Simon is an interesting example - his hairstyle becomes more and more like this each time he Takes a Level in Badass.
  • Umineko: When They Cry: Battler Ushiromiya, despite the fact that it's not a shonen.
  • Main character from Yaiba.
  • Parodied in one episode of Yo-Kai Watch. Eddie says that "static hair" is the new trend amongst boys. Nate (who already has a spiky hair) and his friends try to make their hair spiky after they overhear Katie saying she likes boys with that hairstyle.
    Eddie: Yeah, the static boys are way in—Boys who are so charged up with static electricity that their hair stands on end.
    Nate: What?
    Bear: That's both idiotic and uncomfortable.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Yugi/Yami from first Yu-Gi-Oh! - yes, his hair just looks like an eccentric hairstyle... until it's hinted it's natural.
      • To the point where flashbacks show baby Yami as having the same hairstyle. In Ancient Egypt. Meanwhile, his dad has straight, black hair like a normal Egyptian. Makes you wonder what his mom looks like.
      • Oh she had perfectly normal, long black hair, for the single panel of the manga that she appears in.
      • Strangely, baby Yami in the manga is given a regular black ponytail on the left side of his head, as per ancient Egyptian style.
    • GX has many of them - Chazz, Syrus, Adrian and Jim to name a few. Protagonist Jaden actually averts this with a hairstyle that's plausible in real life.
    • 5D's - Yusei (pictured above), possibly one man with weirder hairstyle than Yugi. There's a reason he's called 'Crabhead' among the fandom. Jack keeps boasting that he's a King and then take into account his hair looks like a crown.
      • Take a long look at a group pic of The Enforcers and see if you can match up these names: Crabhead, Sea Urchin, Broomstick, and (after his second appearance) Sephiroth.
    • And then Zexal's Yuma manages to completely out-crazy pretty much every hairstyle in the series - and that's before he enters Super Mode!
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: Hiei has this to a T. He looks like an emo Super-Saiyan.
  • Another Jin, this time from Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh, has this. Apart from his two other classmates Akira and Yoppa, the rest of the main cast sport more or less normal hairstyles.

    Comic Books 
  • Possibly Wolverine from the X-Men—he is generally portrayed with particularly feral hair and sideburns that look a bit like horns, especially in earlier renderings.
  • Beast was portrayed with something similar until he turned into a cat.

    Fan Works 
  • We'd Fly Away Together: Lampshaded wheh Tara makes fun of the spiky haircut Dick had as Robin. She says that he could hve poked someone if he'd charged at him like a buffalo.


  • Briskir from Halvgudene has this.
  • Harry Potter was described as having this kind of hair, which the movies ignored.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Sosuke of Engine Sentai Go-onger. Lampshaded in a behind-the-scenes blog pic when someone holds up a Saiyan Goku figure beside him.
    • Also comes up in several other series. Typically, Hot-Blooded reds have the official hairstyle of hotblood.
  • Beakman sported a 'do that was basically a Shonen interpretation of Einstein Hair. See the picture on the work's own page, because mere words cannot begin to do it justice.

  • The Vocaloid character Kagamine Len has this kind of hairstyle, although fanart tends to tone it down.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Yo-Jin-Bo has Jin, whose hair is extremely messy. He's a Fiery Redhead, though, so we can forgive him for forgetting to brush it occasionally.

    Web Animation 

  • Karkat (and John to a degree) of Homestuck both sport this style.
  • Isaac of Paranatural has hair like this, which is "spiky all on its own".
    Isaac: Don't laugh, it's serious. Like, what am I gonna do when this hairstyle goes out of fashion?
  • Rick from Luminary Children counts.
  • Hikaru from Blitzcrafter has a haircut that consists of three to four back spikes that are sometimes drawn as big as their face, three frontal spikes, and a spiky ponytail. Yeah.

    Western Animation 
  • The Teen Titans version of Robin. Some episodes lampshade and parody this trope.
    • In "Mother Mae-Eye", Robin is shown styling his hair. In "Divide and Conquer", during an argument with Cyborg, the latter points out that he stinks of hair gel.
    • In "Date with Destiny", after being yelled at by Starfire, his hair turns into what seems to be its natural state - a "good boy" style. Also a Mythology Gag- it looks exactly like how Robin's hair was drawn in the Golden/Silver Age comics.
    • On another occasion, he gets drenched, and swipes his hand over his hair in a blur, and it is promptly restored to its standard form: bing!
  • Kenny from South Park has blond Shonen Hair, although we rarely get to see it.
  • The Rowdyruff Boys sport this after Him brings them back to life, which the Girls immediately mock them for (calling it "mean hair").
  • Compared to her friends, Rainbow Dash's hair certainly has shades of this. It helps that she's the most tomboyish of all the main characters.

Alternative Title(s): Shounen Hair


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