In fiction, there are many ways to show a character is cute. You can give them cute hair decorations. You can give people a Little Bit Beastly Cute Monster Girl. Or, you can give a hint of both, which is where this trope lies. Adding fake animal ears is a way to keep the media within the bounds of reality and avoid potential Squick while still having the appeal of a Bunny of Cat Girl. They are most often found on a headband, but can also appear on hats, hoodies, or other hair decorations and head coverings. They can sometimes be accentuated with fake tails. Most common are cat ears, although fox, bunny, and dog can also be found. This is a standard accessory for the Playboy Bunny outfit. It is also a common prop for Cosplay. See Unusual Ears, Cat Girl, and Little Bit Beastly when the ears are real. See also Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs. Needs Index Ideas Needs a Better Title. Alt Title: Cat Eared Hood, Cat Eared Headband, Nekomimi Headband.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! starting from the festival arc onward these make appearances everywhere.
- Chisame and Setsuna seem to have them on at all times outside of combat situations.
- Kaede gets some Bear ears for most of the festival arc (you can still see the tag in front of one of them)
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Harumi Fujiyoshi has a massive affinity for these. She once chased Itoshiki-sensei around town because he had a tail accessory without the proper headgear
- Genshiken Kanako Ohno tries thoughout the manga to get Saki to wear one.
- In K-On!, Azusa is made to wear a cat ears band. The results are well worth it. This also earned her nickname "Azu-nyan".
- Maria†Holic God has a pair (They even move although her real ears are still visible.)
- In Axis Powers Hetalia Japan places cat ear headband on Greece after the latter said that he wishes to be reborn as a cat.
- Catwoman, of Batman fame, wears a masked hood with cat ears in most of her incarnations.
- Runaways Molly Hayes wore a kitty-eared hat at least once.
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. On Halloween Elliott's mother dresses up in a leopard costume complete with an Ear Headband.
- The Josie and the Pussycats film had cat-ear bands that were part of a plot to secretly brainwash teenagers into buying whatever the villains wanted them to.
- Final Fantasy XII's the Cat Eared hood is an equipable accessory that ups speed by a lot.
- Some of Leanne's hair bands in Resonance of Fate have cat ears.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask have the bunny mask which increases speed.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Melee. Equipping said item will increase a character's running speed and drastically increase your jumping height.
- Guild Wars: Cat-eared headgear was handed out as a freebie during Halloween 2010. It's purely ornamental and has no game effect.
- Ragnarok Online has various types of animal headbands, like the Kitty Band (which has oddly round ears instead of pointy) and the Bunny Band.
- Tales of Vesperia has the Bunny Ears Guild, which gives you bunny headbands for various characters in exchange for acquiring titles. Rita also gets a kitty band as one of the available headgears.
- Josie and the Pussycats theme song.
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- Spacetrawler: Yuri starts off wearing a cat ear headband. She eventually replaces them with real cat ears.
- All theme parks usually sell these, the most famous example is Mickey Ears from Disney Theme Parks.
- Waitresses at the Playboy Club used to have to wear these.
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