What Happened To Doomguy's Zig-Zag Hair?

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I love Doom 2016 a lot. It might be one of my favorite games of all time. But it has a problem. One which seems to be returning in the upcoming Doom Eternal. Where the hell is Doomguy’s sick 90s hair cut?


This important piece of Doom lore was left out in Doom (2016), as spotted by Marphy Black. They create some fantastic videos all about classic PC games like Half-Life. But they also care deeply, like I do, about the zig-zag haircut of the Doomguy. Last year, they wondered if the zig-zag hairstyle was going to return in Doom Eternal after it was missing in 2016. And after the latest trailer, we now have an answer.


Where is the Zig-Zag? Nearly every Doom game in the franchise has included the haircut. This wild hairstyle was first seen in the original Doom, both in official in-game artwork and on the cover of the Playstation port, and later seen in Doom II, Doom 64 and even Doom 3.

Its appearance in Doom 3 is very interesting. It isn’t the haircut that the main character of that game rocks. Instead, the zig-zag cut appears on the co-op partner character. This has led some fans to believe the co-op character seen in Doom 3 is the original Doomguy, complete with lighter colored hair.

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Adding another wrinkle to this zig-zag investigation is the fact that on the Doom64 cover the Doomguy doesn’t have zig-zag hair. Simple mistake? Possibly. Or is this more proof that the Doomguy seen in Doom64 is actually the Doomguy we play as in Doom (2016) and the upcoming Doom Eternal? Or maybe the Doomguy in 2016 realized that the zig-zag hairstyle he once had is no longer trendy or cool so he let his hair grow out to erase his shame.


Of course Doom Eternal isn’t out yet, so maybe Bethesda and id Software will correct this mistake. The game was delayed not that long ago. Could it be that they needed some extra time to fix this follicle blunder? Let’s hope so.

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.


Lurch of the SoCal

“Doom Project Diary, day 667: Been trapped in this base for years now. I keep thinking I fought the last demon, broke the last crystal, grunted the last grunt... but I’m wrong. I wake to an endless sea of laughing, gibbering abominations in an endless bath of death and corruption in endless bases on endless planets. God has forsaken me.

On a related note, fuck this zigzag hairstyle. Lost my last Bic shaver in the toilet last night. Thinking of going for a mullet.”