Created By: Raso on November 15, 2010 Last Edited By: Raso on December 1, 2010
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Animal Eared Headband

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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.

Anime
  • 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.

Comic Books
  • 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.

Film

Television

Video Game
  • 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.

Western Animation
Josie and the Pussycats
Long tails and ears for hats...

Webcomics

Real Life
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • November 15, 2010
    shimaspawn
    It would be nicer if the ears were more obviously a headband. As it stands she looks more like she for some reason has two sets of ears.

  • November 15, 2010
    Raso
    yeah I am looking for ohno genshiken holding cat ears but I cant find a big version... just [1].
  • November 15, 2010
    Raso
    Is that one better? although that might be nsfw.

    or [1] or [2]
  • November 15, 2010
    TBTabby
    In a Homestar Runner cartoon spoofing Halloween costumes, the Marzipan costume was one of these headbands, along with a skimpy bikini and a devil tail.
    Marzipan: This is so offensive...that it's not really offensive anymore! I'll take twelve!
  • November 15, 2010
    shimaspawn
    ^^ The second one of those is good. It actually shows the item in question well. The current one isn't bad. It's just a bit... chesty.
  • November 15, 2010
    rodneyAnonymous
    That image is hot. Which probably means it's not ok.
  • November 15, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Steve Martin wore a pair of rabbit ears on the cover of A Wild and Crazy Guy
  • November 15, 2010
    TheChainMan
    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".
  • November 16, 2010
    Arivne
    Film

    Western Animation
    Josie and the Pussycats
    Long tails and ears for hats...
  • November 16, 2010
    JoeG
    • Real Life: Waitresses at the Playboy Club used to have to wear these.
  • November 16, 2010
    Raso
    Damn the pic is so nice I would hate to lose it >< [1]

    how about this from K On?
  • November 16, 2010
    Drawciawitch
    Let's not forget the Bunny Hood in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Equipping said item will increase a character's running speed and drastically increase your jumping height.
  • November 16, 2010
    Stratadrake
    ^ Which originates from The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time.
  • November 16, 2010
    Jasonbobdude
    We forgot Haruhi Suzumiya? This is TV Tropes, isn't it?
  • November 16, 2010
    KTera
    The Bunny Hood is also in Majora's Mask.
  • November 18, 2010
    MetaFour
    Webcomics
  • November 18, 2010
    ccoa
    How about Cat Earband?

    Also, we are focusing more on tropes in fiction rather than about fandoms, so the description should probably be about that more than cosplayers.

    Often a case of Every Girl Is Cuter With Hair Decs. See also Cat Girl.

  • November 18, 2010
    Raso
    Well its not always Cat Ears sometimes they are bunny ears or dog ears but that can work as a title if others thing so.

    Well most of the examples in fiction are about Cosplayers in general so it needs to be said at least.

    If ya got a better idea for a writeup go for it. Needs A Better Description
  • November 19, 2010
    ccoa
    Here goes:

    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.


    • Krille's White Mage job class in Final Fantasy V has a cat-eared hood. This is probably to be cuter rather than sexier, given her age.
    • Catwoman, of Batman fame, wears a masked hood with cat ears in most of her incarnations.
  • November 19, 2010
    Raso
    That's alot better than mine.

    Anyway about the name which one? Ear Headband, Cat Earband, Cat Eared Hood, Cat Eared Headband, Nekomimi Headband.
  • November 19, 2010
    Raso
    What about this image?

    [1]
  • November 20, 2010
    noblesix
    Runaways - Molly Hayes wore a kitty-eared hat at least once.
  • November 21, 2010
    Aspie
    • In The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Brian makes hats with cat ears on them. This trope is also played with in the case of Kim, who has actual cat ears, but says that anyone who sees her in public assumes that they're fake.
  • November 21, 2010
    kundoo
    In Axis Powers Hetalia Japan places cat ear headband on Greece after the latter said that he wishes to be reborn as a cat.
  • November 21, 2010
    Raso
    Ok Name ideas before I launch this?

    Out of these I think.

    Ear Headband, Cat Earband, Cat Eared Hood, Cat Eared Headband, Nekomimi Headband.
  • November 22, 2010
    Rhatahema
    I like Cat Eared Headband. Nekomimi Headband and Cat Eared Hood would make a good redirects.

    • Lost Odyssey has the Mimint Ear accessory, a headband featuring golden cat ears. Any character can equip it, and doing so usually dissolves the tension of any cutscene featuring that character.
  • November 22, 2010
    noblesix
    To give specificity to the Runaways example, I know there's more than one, but at the very least she wore one at the beginning of the Dead End Kids story arc.
  • November 22, 2010
    randomsurfer
    I object to any title that specifies the animal. I mean, are we to have a separate page for Bunny Eared Headband, etc.?
  • November 22, 2010
    CaptainCrowbar
    Guild Wars: Cat-eared headgear was handed out as a freebie during Halloween 2010. It's purely ornamental and has no game effect.
  • November 23, 2010
    ShellsuitEvo
    This one is kind of minor, but Super Smash Bros. Melee also has this item, not just Brawl.
  • November 25, 2010
    Raso
    ^^^ There are some tropes that use the most common usage as the trope name even though its broader than that.. but still WTB a little more input on the name before launch and see this in the repair shop the next day.
  • November 25, 2010
    shimaspawn
    • 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.
  • November 25, 2010
    Draco234
    I like this trope, but don't we already have enough cat-themed tropes?
  • November 26, 2010
    Raso
    Its not just cats though its any kind of Animal Eared Band (or Headband)... Cats are just the most common type (By common I would say the vast majority),

    There are Bear[1], Bunny, Cat, Dog ect.

    Maybe Animal Eared Band should be the title.
  • November 28, 2010
    Stratadrake
    It really should be called Headband and not simply Band, as "band" has about six different meanings....
  • November 30, 2010
    solfieri
    Why don't you Just Launch It Already? Also, more game examples:
    • 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.
  • December 1, 2010
    Raso
    Again I was wanting more input on the name... anyway I will launch it tonight if there are no other problems.

    (Unless someone else wants to)
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