Photos have emerged of a "new" Kim Jong-un hairdo. Simply put, it is spectacular. But how did we get here? When did this happen? Let's take a look back at Kim's coifs from over the years.

The world didn't always know that this ruthless dictator had such oppressive hair.

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For example, in the original backstory trailer for the 2010 video game Homefront, an actor played Kim Jong-un that didn't resemble him, because, at that time, few knew what the heck young Kim—or, more importantly, his locks—looked like.

See, in 2010, the last known photo of Kim Jong-un was when he was a kid. That's why Homefront initially had its Kim Jong-un with erroneous hair. This guy!

This is not the Supreme Leader. It is a supreme mistake. But hey, the game's developers didn't know. And when the world finally got a good look at Kim Jong-un when he was wheeled out for a public appearance, the game's makers made the necessary haircut changes.

[Photo: Chosun.com]

But Kim Jong-un wasn't born with Kim Jong-un hair. In 2010, South Korea paper Chosun.com showed the dramatic change Kim Jong-un underwent to get a DICTATOR 'DO.

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Look how he goes from a fresh-faced kid who loves the Chicago Bulls to a ruthless ruler who loves the Chicago Bulls.

Of course, as Asahi pointed out, the haircut isn't a Jong-un original. Rather, the style was designed to remind folks of his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea.

[Photo: Asahi]

After Kim Jung-un assumed power in 2010, the brutal regime continued in North Korea, along with bellicose threats and hermit kingdom hair.

But for those early years in power, Kim's hair was floppy.

[Photo: AP Photo/Wong Maye-E]

See?

[Photo: AP Photo/Wong Maye-E]

This is light on the flop.

[Photo: AP Photo/Wong Maye-E]

Here's some heavy flop. But that began to change last year. I blame hair wax.

[Photo: AP]

The above photo dates from April 2014. Or the movement when Kim Jong-un went from floppy to trapezoid.

Things, as they say, progressed. Check out the photo from late last year via SBS below:

[Photo: SBS/Arrow: Kotaku]

More photos surfaced earlier this year, like this AFP photo that appeared on The Japan Times.

[Photo: AFP/Arrows: Kotaku]

Kim Jong-un doesn't need no furry cap!

So think of dictator hair in The Times photo as an overture. That's what I'm doing. Right now, actually.

[Photo: Reuters | Times/Arrows: Kotaku]

An overture for this:

[via slrclub]

Oh my. On the internet, people are saying Kim Jong-un got a new haircut. I'd like to think he got a new blow dryer.

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But this is very important. Don't ask me how it's news. It's news! Just ask CNN. This is a developing story. And CNN would know!

[Photo: CNN]

Kim Jong-un's hairstyle has drawn a slew of comments and comparisons. Because, like I said, this is very important.

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Let's hope all this attention doesn't cause the Supreme Leader to turn back now. Just a little bit more and he'll have this:

Kim Jong-un, you've come so far. We're all counting on your hair. Don't let us down.

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