Created By: NoirGrimoir on May 15, 2011 Last Edited By: NoirGrimoir on December 16, 2012
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Long Wavy Hair Is Motherly

Characters with long wavy hair tend to be kind and nurturing, maternal or royalty.

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As opposed to characters with extremely curly hair a character, most often female, who has long, wavy hair will often be gentle, soft-spoken and nurturing. The waves bring to mind water, which is associated with emotions, serenity, healing and even birth, and characters with this hair style will embody this. They may also be seen as especially lady-like and praised by other characters for their beauty or kindness.

Alternatively Wavy Hair is associated with Mother Nature. The gently curling waves represents a hint of wildness and hedonism. Consequently, the creative and authoritative aspects of Mother Nature means that even characters who don't fit the nurturing aspects of the trope, may be associated with royalty. Godesses, Queens, Princesses and mother-figures especially tend to have this type of hair.

And While this trope mostly applies to females, as males are not likely to have particularly long wavy hair, often times males that do will be seen as royalty or particularly feminine.

Yeah, it might seem like a lot of symbolism just for hair, but really, think about all the characters you've seen with this style of hair. Go on, we'll wait.

Compare Princess Curls and Long Hair Is Feminine, Contrast Quirky Curls.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Sailor Neptune/ Michiru / Michelle from Sailor Moon, who is gentle and lady-like and has ocean powers. Also the various villains who identify themselves as royalty such as Queen Beryl and Queen Nehelenia.
  • Princess Millerna Sarah Aston from Vision of Escaflowne, she is a princess and a healer and particularly lady-like and kind.
  • Granmamare, Ponyo's mother and some kind of sea-goddess
  • In Code Geass, Rebellious Princess Euphemia is kind and caring, not even discriminating against Japanese.
  • In "Detective Conan" the protagonist, Mouri Ran, has long brown hair and treats everyone fairly.

Western Animation
  • Princess Celestia from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, who is Twilight Sparkle's mother-figure and is infinitely kind and loved by all her people.
  • My Little Pony's Princess Wosshername has an immenesly long and flowing mane and tail. Like, it floats in the air and everything.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: When Katara lets her hair down, it is long and wavy. Not only is she the Team Mom, The Chick, and The Medic, she's also a Water-bender. She inherited the hair from her mother, who's most distinguishing characteristic was sacrificing her life for that of her daughter.

Web Comics

Live-Action TV
  • True Blood's Maryann is a Maenad associated with Earth and nature. And while she's actually a completely evil bitch, she at first pulls off a facade of being extremely kind and motherly.

Video Games
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, there is Queen Rutela, whose main role in the plot is her relationship to her son, prince Ralis. Both are Zoras, a race of Fish People without hair, but her head-fins manage to resemble wavy blonde hair. No other Zoras have been seen with this feature.

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • May 16, 2011
    Deboss
    The title needs a bit more context. Otherwise, you're going to wind up with a list of characters with long wavey hair, and no other requirements.
  • May 16, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    I had Gentle Waves, but I think it confused people because no one commented. I'm open to suggestions for a different title. Also a pic could be good here, probably.
  • May 16, 2011
    StarryEyed
    Strongly related to Long Hair Is Feminine.

  • May 17, 2011
    Sackett
    Really?

    I'm not sure I've seen this...

    Why does wavy hair = motherly?

    I mean, I'm sure there are plenty of examples of motherly character with wavy hair, but there are also plenty of motherly characters with straight hair.
  • May 17, 2011
    StarryEyed
    • Granmamare, Ponyo's mother and some kind of sea-goddess

    ^Sure, but how many wavy-haired characters (especially if you don't count live action) can you think of that aren't motherly?

    What name did you have before the current one? I think I liked it better.
  • May 17, 2011
    Ardiente
    My Little Pony's Princess Wosshername has an immenesly long and flowing mane and tail. Like, it floats in the air and everything.
  • May 17, 2011
    peccantis
    ^and does she follow the rest of the trope at all?

    "who is twilight Sparkles mother-figure" -- what is this supposed to mean?
  • May 18, 2011
    bluepenguin
    ^ She is the mother figure of a character called Twilight Sparkle. It's missing a capital letter and an apostrophe.
  • May 18, 2011
    neoYTPism
    A page image would be helpful for this. o.o
  • May 18, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    @Sackett Why does blond hair mean a character is pure? It's an arbitrary association people have pegged it with and then it got subconsciously rooted in others brains, and stories and media have run with it. Yeah there are characters who have this kind of hair but don't fit the trope, yeah there are motherly characters who don't have this but that's the same with every trope. There are however, a large amount of characters who are related by certain traits and share this kind of hair.

    @Starry Eyed I Had Gentle Waves, then just Long Wavy Hair, then Womanly Waves Of Hair, but no one commented so i thought it might have been because it sounded wierd and made no sense to people so I tried to make it more in your face, at least for the purpose of getting attention so I could pick others' brains for somethign better. None of the titles are very snappy.

    @neoYTPism. Yeah a pic would be good. I'll see what I can do. EDIT: Here's a temporary one till I find something better.
  • November 12, 2011
    Oreochan
    Bump.
  • November 12, 2011
    whereismytea
    As far as the picture goes, if this is about wavy hair being associated with motherliness, you will want to show that in the picture (which is currently just people with wavy hair who may or may not fit the description depending on whether you know who they are).
  • November 13, 2011
    Generality
    In The Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess, there is Queen Rutela, whose main role in the plot is her relationship to her son, prince Ralis. Both are Zoras, a race of Fish People without hair, but her head-fins manage to resemble wavy blonde hair. No other Zoras have been seen with this feature.
  • November 13, 2011
    Higurashiblood98
    [[Anime/Manga]] In Code Geass, Rebellious Princess Euphemia is kind and caring, not even discriminating against Japanese. In "Detective Conan" the protagonist, Mouri Ran, has long brown hair and treats everyone fairly.
  • November 24, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    How about something like Gentle Wavy Tresses or something as a name? Also, like I said, picture is a place holder. Anyone wants to suggest a different one they are free to.
  • December 16, 2012
    lu127
    The connection between "motherly" and "wavy hair" here is rather arbitrary. It seems to be mostly a CLAMP thing. I'm going to discard this.

    PS. That image is gorgeous.

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