First off, I have no problems with the word 'tousled.' I've just noticed that in the hands of a Mary Sue/Gary Stu, it is a very important word. It is used to described characters who are beautiful yet don't care about their appearance, a character who must smoothe it down to start a full day of being wonderful or a randy sex kitten in the throes of passion. Whatever the cause is, Mary Sues and Gary Stus always need to get a handle on that fussy hair, ruffle it up more or throw it around to make a point. As you can see, it's just one of those fun little buzzwords that Suethors latch onto.
"Kylana tossed her tousled hair over her shoulder."
"He, at least, had an anarchic streak to offset all that toussled hair, and a Caledonian accent to make him a little more interesting."
"*runs his hands through his tousled hair to fix it and gives her a wry smile and wave*"
"She smoothed her skirts and ran her fingers through her sleep toussled hair."
"Jenny smoothed her once again toussled hair and placed her toothbrush back into her blue backpack."
"Nobody who houses the god of war can be timid and weak. For nineteen years, I let him be that outspoken Asian boy whose tousled hair always got in his eyes."
"Tossing back his toussled hair, he glanced over at the Headmistress."
"She doesn’t spend a lot of time on her looks – a little chapstick is her only makeup, self painted nails that get bitten down, and carelessly tousled hair worn naturally curly."
"Other distinguishing details: High cheekbones, arched eyebrows, long eyelashes, toussled hair, large ears, impeccable set of teeth"
"His tousled hair adds to his generally unkempt appearance."
"her sleep tousled hair curled over her back as she slowly regained her thought prosses from its slowed place."
"Apperance: Black Leather Jacket with dark jeans that are all ripped up. Black tousled hair and green eyes."
"Sun sighed and ran a hand through her tousled hair."
""I know," he laughed. "I am." He reached out, ruffling her already tousled hair."
"His tousled hair and shining eyes made him seem like a truly thoughtful person."
"The wind whipped at her tousled hair as they sprinted along the beaten path, kicking up dust into the air."
"She ran a hand through her tousled hair and went to the door opening it to reveal James standing there."
"Exhaling, Michael sat up and running a hand through his tousled hair, appraised his empty room."
"Julian stared after her for a moment, his mouth half open, then suddenly laughed out loud and pulled a hand through his tousled hair, giddy with relief and a strong feeling of happiness."
"She even brushed out her tousled hair, so now it shone in long brown waves."
"Description: Squirrel girl is a cute teenage-girl with a bushy tail, small, strong claws, a retractable "knuckle spike" on each hand, an adorable overbite, tousled hair and a trimly athletic physique."
"'Huh? What?' Theo asked. He groaned, then sat up, running a hand through his tousled hair. 'Why is that I feel like I never get enough sleep?'"
"Sighing, Daniel ran his weathered but strong hands through his thick black wild mess of hair. It had been a long while since he had seen a good barber, and his tousled hair would remain so."
"She preferred the simplicity of a clean face and tousled hair."
"Even in the dim light, his winning smile and casually tousled hair struck a cord in her heart. She repressed the urge to merely demand him kiss her right then and there."
"A curly and tousled hair with the delicate color of a gentle touch of teal. It shines beautifully in the suns warming glow. A face that gives warmth to the worlds beings."
"Sliding open the windowsill, he stepped gingerly into the room, his black tousled hair a regular rats nest over his face, his three facial piercings gleaming dully in the bright moonlight."
"Clearly not completely human, this teenaged girl with brown tousled hair and green eyes was equipped with a dragon’s tail and talons."
"His tousled hair was alost glistening in the dim light, but that was because of the slowly freezing water still in the thick mop."
"Gulping he ran his hand through his tousled hair, messing it up further as he spotted Calista in front of the library."
"Nick ran a hand through his damp, tousled hair. He looked like shit. He felt like shit, too."
"His hair was tousled and shimmered in the growing sunlight, its soft feel beckoning her to touch it… just once."
I wish I had a bag of hair product swag to hand out to all these Sues who go around looking like poodles. All of this makes me feel that my own hair is inadequate. I want hair that says "come hither" to others, shows that I don't care about my appearence even though I'm still hot and it will be easily tamed when I run my hand through it. I can put up with all of this except for the bushy tail, knuckle spike and adorable overbite. Furries scare me.Have I mentioned that?