Also known as twin tails or twintails. A type of hairstyle where the hair is gathered into two "tails" on either side of the head. Usually left loose, braided tails are usually just called "braids" and have a more Native American or hippie connotation.
Used as a visual clue that the character is young or immature. This view may have come from the Chinese custom of unmarried women wearing their hair in two buns on either side of the head.
If an older woman is trying to disguise herself as a child, expect her to sport pigtails. Also can be found on an older woman if the writers want the audience to grasp that she's child-like
in temperament: playful, fun, and possibly innocent.
Pigtails are commonly found on Tsunderes
, either full pigtails or a variation, which leaves the majority of the hair down with tails on each side of the head. This may be to indicate her childish
temperament: prone to physically expressing displeasure and temper tantrums.
Twintails are one of the three parts
of the ultimate Grade S Zettai Ryouiki
(the other two being Grade A Zettai Ryouiki
- Evey in V for Vendetta disguises herself as an underage prostitute for a priest. Part of her costume is pigtails, the other part is a catholic schoolgirl outfit.
- Abby from NCIS often sports pigtails as a visual clue of her youthful personality.
- Kagami from Lucky Star has pigtails.