Created By: DragonQuestZ on March 30, 2011 Last Edited By: SixSixSix on July 26, 2011
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Tomboyish Ponytail

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Basically using a ponytail to set off girls who are Tomboys, or who are at least don't act in a "proper" girlish manner.

This is Truth in Television for many tomboys in Real Life, due to being an easy to do style that gets your hair out of the way. In fiction, odds are that if a girl is wearing a ponytail, she's not going to act demure or feminine, at least not all the time.

Bonus points if she wears overalls.

Now not all tomboys wear ponytails, nor do "girly" girls never wear ponytails. In fact, lots of tomboys keep their hair down and in their face without bothering with it. Some dislike ponytail holders, which they might also call 'hair pretties.' So there isn't much point in listing aversions to this.

Compare Girlish Pigtails.

Contrast Princess Curls.
  • Makoto, aka Sailor Jupiter, of Sailor Moon.
  • Belle of Beauty and the Beast, who is not like other women in her town.
    • Now the three blond girls in town also have ponytails, but their hair is far more "elegant" and immaculate than Belle's typical style (who isn't afraid to have a a few hairs hanging loose).
  • Laney of She's All That, to show how she's too weird to be pretty.
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  • March 30, 2011
    StarryEyed
  • March 30, 2011
    cheeseypoofs
    • Truth In Television because Tomboys don't want to get their hair in their face while they're running around.

    • Cady in Mean Girls before she joined the plastics.
  • March 30, 2011
    GymQuirk
  • March 30, 2011
    Scooter007
  • March 30, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Averted in Peanuts, where the girl with a ponytail (Violet) is girlish, and the girl who's a tomboy (Peppermint Patty) doesn't have one.
  • March 30, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    That shouldn't be noted then. This is not assuming that all tomboys wear ponytails, or vice versa.
  • March 31, 2011
    Bisected8
    Lara Croft from Tomb Raider. You can't get much more tomboyish than her.
  • March 31, 2011
    Koveras
    I am not sure that ponytails are a trait of tomboys as much as one of Action Girls. It is mentioned under Long Hair Is Feminine that a ponytail is a good way to keep long hair without it getting in the way of badass. See Lyrical Nanoha for examples (first of all, Nanoha herself and Signum).
  • March 31, 2011
    CindehQ
    Well tomboy and action girls tend to crossover a lot. I believe the ponytail represents the idea of women taking an active role rather then a passive one. In fiction, a girl who wears her hair in a ponytail is a visual shorthand of saying she doesn't spend a lot of time on her looks, focusing on something more productive or "unladylike".

    So maybe..."Ponytail of the Unconventional"?
  • March 31, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ For one thing, that doesn't make it clear that this is Always Female, and might even confuse this for guys wearing ponytails just to be different. For another thing, that name is really clunky.
  • March 31, 2011
    X2X
    Hilda (Touko in the Japanese version), the female player character in Pokemon Black And White, has a huge, voluminous ponytail, complete with Hair Antennae. Her look gives off a convincing Tomboyish feel, and fan interpretation commonly presents her as One Of The Boys/a Lad-ette.
  • March 31, 2011
    Chabal2
    Jenit Sulla in Ciaphas Cain, a Leeroy Jenkins female officer in the Imperial Guard.
  • March 31, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    Ukyou from Ranma One Half wears her waist length hair in a ponytail and still comes off as Bi Fauxnen.
  • March 31, 2011
    peccantis
    Back when girls Just Didn't Have Boy Hair the pony tail indeed was a way for tomboys to rebel against the princess curls their mothers wished they'd worn. At least in 60s-80s girl empowerment fiction.
  • April 1, 2011
    LordLaharlsVassal
  • April 1, 2011
    LarryD
    Songo in Inu Yasha has her long hair bound in a ponytail when she's in her battle-garb. Otherwise she has it tied at the end with a ribbon.
  • April 1, 2011
    Bisected8
    Inverted by Soul Eater. All the main female characters count as Action Girls, however the only one with a ponytail is Yamato Nadeshiko Tsubaki and, Maka, who's arguably the most tomboyish of them, has Girlish Pigtails.
  • April 1, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    Not sure if this is Truth In Television for tomboys in Real Life (if it is, please let us know)

    Speaking from personal experience, the ponytail is one of the lowest-maintenance hairstyles out there. It's easy to do (and quick to re-do if it becomes loose), and it stays out of the way; also, it's not as vulnerable to getting tangled as a loose hairstyle, or as prone to bad hair days as a short feminine haircut. And if a girl has long hair and doesn't wear bangs, she can get away with not having her hair trimmed for months (or years) at a time, which is a plus if she really doesn't want to spend any effort on looks.
  • April 1, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Not sure that would count. This isn't a universal thing.

    ^ Okay then.
  • April 1, 2011
    peccantis
    ... don't the Bimbettes have just the same ponytails as Belle does?
  • April 1, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Not quite the same. They are a bit more "graceful" than hers. Plus this is not the ponytail alone, but it being used as a characterization identifier.

    EDIT: Adjusted the OP to note this.
  • April 2, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • The female choice in player-character in Pokemon Black And White has a very tough design with the Tomboyish Ponytail, baseball cap, hiking boots and jean shorts. She actually looks like she could kick the male version's ass.
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