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The rules of video game hairstyles

We're about to make a bold claim: video game character hairstyles can fit into one of three overwhelmingly apparent styles.

The first is the product of predictable marketing and lazy (?) design - the "Western protagonist": a short crop of brown tufts, unimaginatively styled, simple to animate. The "Eastern hero" is far more interesting: insane spikes, flowing locks and heaps more artistry. Finally, there are those which are beyond belief: the quaint, daft and wonderfully odd.

Some cuts are forgettable, others baffle, but most are brilliantly sharp. Take a click through our gallery and reminisce on some of gaming's finest cuts.

Were there any video game characters whose trim you've always envied? Let us know in the comments below.

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