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->'''[[BugsBunny Bugs]]:''' I like your hair.\\
'''Lola:''' Thanks, heh. They're my ears.\\
-- ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''

Lots of media stars {{Funny Animal}}s, and as we all know, some animals have rather long ears, such as rabbits and various breeds of dogs. In nature, these ears serve the purpose of enhancing hearing, but once you put an animal on two legs, the ears serve a different purpose. Very often, FunnyAnimal characters will treat their long ears as if they were hair. Braiding a real animal's ears would hurt immensely, but Funny Animals seem to have no problem with it.

This trope is especially common with female animals. It most often occurs in CivilizedAnimal, FunnyAnimal, and PettingZooPerson animals, but can show up in animals on any level of the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism.

For another cartoon animal ear trope, see EarNotch.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Shitsurakuen}}'': Tomoko Oashi has hair which, according to the main character (Sora Himoto), looks like ears.
* ''{{Usavich}}:'' Putin has his ears tied in a top-knot.
* ''RosarioToVampire'': Nekonome-sensei's cat ears blend in with her hair, making it look like it's simply another layer of feathered hair.
* Candy from ''SmilePrettyCure'', whose ears are styled in several different ways through the course of the show, usually being in rolled-up GirlishPigtails.
* Inverted in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'': Cathy styles her hair to look like cat ears as part of her CatGirl theme.
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[[folder:Comics -- Books]]
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': The hero, Miyamoto Usagi, most often has his ears pulled into a ponytail, or possibly a top-knot. When he puts on a hat or a helmet, they disappear completely.
** Lampshaded once when Usagi thinks he heard his son shouting to him from a great distance (he was), and wonders if he's tied his ears too tight.
* ''StarWars'': [[http://starwars.com/databank/species/gungan/index.html Female Gungans often tie their ears back]].
* Honey Bunny from the ''ComicBook/LooneyTunes'' comics would style her ears.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''. Before he tries to participate in the pachyderm pyramid trick, Dumbo's ears are tied above his head so he won't stumble on them. Guess what happens while he's running out to the spring board.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Roger wrings water out of his ears. And yet it hurts him when Eddie picks him up by the ears, because [[RuleOfFunny he does not think it's funny]].
* Bugs Bunny's DistaffCounterpart from ''Film/SpaceJam'', Lola Bunny, ties her ears into a ponytail, as seen in the page pic.
* Lady from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' often poses with her ears arranged like hair, or flips her ears back like a shampoo commercial, giving the appearance of long flowing locks.
* Sasha from ''AllDogsGoToHeaven2'' has the same type of ears as Lady-and treats them the same way, even flicking one of them behind her head with a casual paw swipe, with them sometimes dipping in front of her eyes, particularly when she's being sultry.
* Dixie from ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound2'' also has the same kind of ears-seems to be a thing with Disney dog females-and treats them the same way, even wearing a black bow in a way that should be physically impossible.
* Maid Marian from ''Disney/RobinHood'' is actually depicted wearing an outfit that includes a hat shaped like her ears.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Togrutas and Twileks from ''StarWars'', who have [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lekku the same kind of headtentacles]]. The Togrutas don't seem to have the same fascination with 'styling' them as the Twi'leks do.
** [[ThePhantomMenace Jar-Jar Bink's]] ears somewhat allude to caribbean dreadlocks.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Cream the Rabbit from ''SonicTheHedgehog'' has her ears as sort of the equivalent of GirlishPigtails.
* VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'s ears wave like hair when running.
* The Usuls from ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' appear to have scrunchies holding up their ears, though Hannah from the games "Pirate Caves", "Ice Caves", and "Kreludor Caves" is depicted with human hair on her head.
** Delma Harrence, defender for Faerieland's team in the Altador Cup has a hairband around her ears, and because they flop to the side, they essentially look like a side-ponytail.
* Inverted with Juri from Street Fighter IV, whose hair has been compared to cat ears/ox horns. In one of her concept designs, the two parts of her hair that stick up were less pronounced, and genuinely looked like cat ears were a part of her hair.
* Inverted by Toyosatomimi no Miko of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} 13: Ten Desires'', a newly-resurrected saint whose hairstyle resembles animal ears ([[MeaningfulName hence the name]]). Her actual ears are covered by giant earmuffs, further confusing the issue.
* Fay Spaniel from the infamous unreleased SNES game ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' has shaggy ears that REALLY look like hair.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''FurryExperience''
** Ronnie (again, a rabbit) usually has her ears looking like wavy hair, though she braided them at one point. At another, she had to worry about a "bad ear day" and a "bad fur day" at the same time.
** Her roomate, Dawn Doe, wears her ears down, in keeping with her more formal dress style. They only point upwards when she's surprised.
* Big Ears from ''{{Goblins}}'' usually ties his namesake ears back in combat situations.
* Cupcake from ''SugarBits'', has both real hair and this trope as part of her hairstyle.
* ''Webcomic/SeventySeas'': Particularly visible with Nikol, who ties her ears in a ponytail.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'': Lexi ties her ears up in a ribbon. Given who her ancestor is...
* Babs Bunny of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': "Do you like my ears better up or down?"
* Dot Warner from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' wears her ears in a scrunchie.
* BugsBunny sometimes treats his ears like hair.
* The Better Bottoms rabbit from ''CatDog'' wears his in a sleazy ponytail style.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' with Peter's line about Brian's appearance at an upcoming dog show: "We haven't even talked about how you're gonna wear your ears. You know, 'cause I was thinking up."
* ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo (see above under Comics) is also a recurring character on the 2003 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}''.
* {{Chowder}}: [[http://www.chowder.ws/html/chowder-panini.html Panini.]]
* [[CharacterizationMarchesOn Lola Bunny]] also occasionally does it in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi''. Milli is a girl, but what appear to be ponytails coming out of her hat are actually tape measures.
* Molly Cunningham on ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' wears hair ribbons around her ears.
* WordOfGod is that what we think of as the "hair" of Wilykit and Wiykat from ''{{WesternAnimation/Thundercats2011}}'' is actually their ears, which means that Wilykit's ponytail is actually her pinning the hair on the tips of her ears back.
* Fern is the only female character on ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' who doesn't have a FurryFemaleMane. She's a dog with floppy ears.
* Brandy Harrington from ''BrandyAndMrWhiskers''.
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