Created By: DragonQuestZ on March 30, 2011 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on April 1, 2011
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Mega Twintails

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Tweaked the definition to clear the confusion with other tropes.

Basically a pair of huge pigtails on a girl, that are much larger than possible in Real Life, at least not without loads of hair gel. There can be many reasons for this, although the most common are either to make the pigtails clear even in long shots, or just plain Rule of Cute.

Quite often these pigtails have the hair in a spiral, which overlaps with Princess Curls.

A Sub-Trope of Anime Hair, Girlish Pigtails, and Bigger Is Better.

Compare/contrast '80s Hair.

Examples:

Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • March 30, 2011
    INUH
  • March 30, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That makes a Sub Trope, which is allowed, if the examples are common and distinct enough, which these are. If Princess Curls was more restricted, I wouldn't suggest this, but as they come in varied forms, that is a clear opening for it to become a Super Trope.
  • March 30, 2011
    INUH
    Subtropes are allowed, but there's a point when they get too specific.
  • March 30, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    I've seen this in plenty of video games and anime. It's common enough to be a subtrope. And specific things have been made into tropes, when they are common enough.
  • March 30, 2011
    Dacilriel
    Chibi-Usa in Sailor Moon.
  • March 30, 2011
    INUH
    According to the page The Same But More Specific, it's not a matter of how common something is, but how distinct it is. As I said, this is just a specific placement of Princess Curls.
  • March 30, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ They don't curl, so aren't this.

    ^ No, you're implying there is only one difference, when there are two. Those make it distinct.
  • March 30, 2011
    INUH
    It's still just a style of Princess Curls.
  • March 30, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Did you even read the second and third paragraphs on The Same But More Specific? They say that a distinct variation can still make a Sub Trope. You're treating this as an absolute, when the page says nothing of the kind.

    In short, you can debate that this isn't distinct enough, but you can't just Quote Mine that page, nor just declare it's not distinct enough. You have to prove, on the merits of this trope alone that it's not distinct.
  • March 30, 2011
    INUH
    Okay, I'll do that with one question:

    Is this used in works to convey anything that Princess Curls on its own doesn't?
  • March 30, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Actually, yes. PC alone conveys a high class upbringing, but this seems to emphasize that she's also youthful in personality and demeanor.

    Even Cecille in ARF is gung ho in a way that an excited kid might be.
  • March 30, 2011
    INUH
    Hm. Well, in that case, I suppose it's valid as a subtrope. Had that been in the description to start with, I likely wouldn't have objected.
  • March 30, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Okay, well I didn't realize the purpose at first, which is why I didn't note it (and even explicitly asked in the description). I fixed that now.
  • March 30, 2011
    azul120
    The titular Catherine.
  • March 30, 2011
    dellaphine
    Lumière from Kiddy Grade has one.
  • March 30, 2011
    dellaphine
    • Lumiere
  • March 30, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    That's more like a side ponytail.
  • March 30, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Luna Platz/Luna Shirogane from Mega Man Star Force
  • March 30, 2011
    CindehQ
    So hair drills, but even more drill like.

    Kanaria from Rozen Maiden. Does Shinku count as well? Her twin tails are straight at the top but get curly at the bottom.

    Also, I say Lumiere counts, her hair is pretty much it. There's just only one of them.
  • March 30, 2011
    Kaoy
  • March 30, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    If others agree she counts, I'll include her.
  • March 30, 2011
    SpellBlade
    Do the archers from Disgaea count?
  • March 30, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^Do you really have to ask?
  • March 30, 2011
    SpellBlade
    Nope.

  • March 30, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Not sure if the archers count in the first game (and how they look in Phantom Brave), but they certainly fit in the second game onwards.
  • March 30, 2011
    SpellBlade
    I don't think they do in the first game, so be sure to note that they get them from the second game onwards.
  • March 31, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    The girl on the left in this picture. Not sure what the series is. Anyone know?
  • March 31, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Chibi-usa doesn't count, but Chibi-Chibi-Usa does.
  • March 31, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    They are on the small, end, but I think she counts.
  • April 1, 2011
    stuckinthemiddle1
  • April 1, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    I would say so.
  • April 1, 2011
    Elihu
    "This is to give a girl a sense of elegance (she almost always wears a nice dress), but still acts young (even if the exact manner varies). "

    In no way does this description not make me think of Princess Curls. Youth (in something as trivial as hair) is not enough to merit an entirely different trope. Especially since Princess Curls specifically states "despite the name, being an actual princess is not required for this. "

    This is literally The Same (curls) But More (youth).
  • April 1, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Okay, but typical princess curls are actually possible, while this is an impossible hair style, so it's clearly done for... I'm going for Rule Of Cute. I'll note that in the OP later, but the fact that this is consciously done despite being impossible makes it separate from the typical princess curls.
  • April 1, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    All right, I got rid of the Princess Curls requirement. So now it just needs pigtails to be impossibly large.
  • April 1, 2011
    ccoa
    This might make a more illustrative page image. Each one is bigger than her head!

  • April 1, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Can we make it clear that this is a valid trope first?
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