Hair Antennae

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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.

Examples of Hair Antennae include:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Video Games

  • Kingdom Hearts: Larxene with a backwards variant. Unlike most of these examples, she's a Psycho Electro.
  • 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.
  • Vagrant Story: Ashley Riot's antenna actually manage to give off a retro punk vibe.
  • Final Fantasy X: Seymour. Oh my dear God, Seymour—that is the craziest hair we have ever seen.
    • Yunalesca has a more typical version.
  • 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.
  • 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: A Promise Unforgotten.
  • Ryoji Mochizuki from Persona 3 has hair antennae, contrasting the rest of his hair, which is slicked back.
  • In his third form, Haseo from .hack//G.U. has this.
  • 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.
  • The female player character in Pokémon Black and White sports a noticeable one.
  • Otacon sports a mild case in Metal Gear Solid 1.
  • Makoto Kikuchi and Ritsuko Akizuki from THE iDOLM@STER; the other girls sport mainly Ahoge.
  • Kaloria Cricket of Rance VI. Doubles as a Visual Pun.

Visual Novels

  • 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.

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation