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The regal hairstyle worn by many female characters, primarily in Japanese or Japanese-inspired media. The name comes from the Japanese word for princess and is associated with the upper classes and tradition.

In its pristine form, the straight black hair endemic to actual, [[RealLife real-life]] Japanese people is worn long, save for perfectly level bangs trimmed just above the upper eyelids, and side locks trimmed to roughly cheek and/or shoulder level (or sometimes even both). It is widely believed to be the court style of the Heian Period, and thus OlderThanFeudalism. Well, Japanese feudalism. The hairstyle is rooted in the fact the Japanese tend to have voluminous sideburns.

The Hime Cut is rivaled by other styles. OjouRinglets are gaining prominence among anime royalty, and the general populace in Japan also favors distinctive short cuts or ponytail offshoots, such as {{Tsundere}} [[GirlishPigtails pigtails]].

This hairstyle has a good chance of showing up if the character is an {{Ojou}} or YamatoNadeshiko. It's also a fairly popular style with {{Miko}}s. In more modern settings, it's popular with ElegantGothicLolita characters. If it's a {{Chanbara}}, its appearance is a given, although usually the hair is tied back with a ribbon, and sometimes the side locks also. It's also used to accentuate personality traits traditionally associated with the ojou and similar types: calm, dignified, traditional, elegant, graceful, demure, and modest (or some combination thereof). When listing examples, please identify which character traits the hime cut is symbolizing or accentuating.

Naturally, any HistoricalFiction or PeriodPiece set between the Heian period and Meiji Revolution will have women wearing this hairstyle, in which case the choice of cut itself has little meaning. When listing examples, please mention if the story is set in those times.

Please do not list examples unless they have '''all''' the required physical characteristics (straight hair, bangs, sidetails, and back) '''and''' at least one of the lifestyle or personality characteristics (royalty, {{Miko}}, {{Ojou}}, YamatoNadeshiko, ElegantGothicLolita, LadyOfWar, or other traits).

For Western haircut with similar high status connotations, see RegalRinglets. Do not confuse with a GilliganCut, or any kind of scene change as a cut. The trope SamuraiPonytail can have similar connotations of class but also indicates martial ability and, of course, the samurai.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Yuuko Ichihara from ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'', which enhances her sophisticated image.
* In ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'', protagonist Legna is a rare male example, although it's not immediately obvious because most of his hair is hidden beneath his cloak; he has long black hair with bangs and side tails cut off at chin level. He is also, as the Oracle, of a high social status, traditionally minded to a fault, and outwardly calm and dignified.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** A male example: Japan. WordOfGod says his official GenderFlip counterpart's hair used to be cut in this style until she abandoned her concept of isolationism, when she [[ImportantHaircut cut it to show that she could open up.]]
** Sketches also show Vietnam having one, despite wearing it in a TomboyishPonytail, which befits her characterization as TheStoic LadyOfWar.
* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' has Shōko Kirishima, the {{Ojou}}.
* Hitagi Senjogahara from ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' as she has the {{Ojou}} vibe.
* Miho, the {{Ojou}} from ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}''.
* Hotarubi from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' has this as her hairstyle, as a traditional {{Ninja}}.
* ''LightNovel/BenTo:''
** Shiraume Ume features one of these, complete with a largely formal demeanor and implied vast wealth.
** The elder Kyo Sawagi, as well, sports this hairstyle and is hinted to be an {{Ojou}}.
* Nadeshiko Adenokouji from ''Manga/BinboGamiGa'' manages to combines this with OjouRinglets. Though it becomes more noticeable when she lets her hair down.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In the Zanpakuto Rebellion arc, Tobiume wore her hair like this, adorned with cuffs on the sidelocks and a plum-branch ornament on her left temple. This is likely a reference to her YamatoNadeshiko nature.
* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', Izumo generally wears her hair in the traditional GirlishPigtails for her [[{{Tsundere}} character type]], but when down it fits the Hime Cut to the T. Suits her as well, with her [[BigOlEyebrows Hien Period Eyebrows]] and {{Miko}} status. [[spoiler: Of course, the last miko of the Kamiki family is her [[DemonicPossession mother]] who also had a similar hairstyle...but though a powerful miko was also a supreme WomanChild.]]
* Ouka, the StudentCouncilPresident from ''Manga/BusouRenkin''.
* [[MeaningfulName Hime]]gami Aisa from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' as a variation on the {{Miko}} theme.
* Saten and Uiharu from the spin-off ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' perhaps explaining their fascination with {{Ojou}}s.
* Just about the entire female cast of the manga ''The Change!'' wears the Hime Cut because the series is set in the Heian court.
* Azmaria from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' has this hairstyle, despite being Portuguese, not Japanese. It fits her mature personality, although she's quieter and more humble than the {{Ojou}}.
* Tomoe from ''Manga/CountCain'', who wears it because she is the daughter of a samurai.
* Salamandinay from ''Anime/CrossAnge'' also sports this hairstyle. It is very fitting because she is a princess living in the eastern-themed DRAGON world.
* Chichi from ''Manga/DragonBall''. She's had it underneath her headgear since childhood, and it's more prevalent when she grows up and takes it off. Signifying her traditional worldview and her role as a traditional Japanese mother.
* Kagura Mikazuchi from ''Anime/FairyTail'' sports this style as a symbol of superiority among her guild.
* Isuzu (aka Rin) from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', who often dresses like an ElegantGothicLolita [[spoiler:but Akito crudely cuts it off as "punishment."]]
* Yomi Isayama from ''Anime/GaReiZero'', as she's the next to inherit the Isayama familiy name, which is considered prestigious among the exorcists of Japan.
* Rory Mercury from ''Literature/{{Gate}}'' has the hairstyle to go along with her ElegantGothicLolita attire.
* Yukio Himemiya in ''Manga/GokujouDrops'' has her hair this way. Makes sense since she's also an {{Ojou}}.
* Nako from ''Anime/HanaSakuIroha'' (although she usually has it up) the YamatoNadeshiko of the group.
* Ryoko Asakura of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' sports this hairstyle, probably as part of her ClassRep surface persona.
* ''Anime/HellGirl'' has Ai Enma. Along with her kimono, it's meant to give her the air of a traditional {{miko}}... but in a rather dark and unsettling sense.
* Girlycard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', befitting the fact that Alucard was a ruler in his life as Vlad Dracula III.
* Ms. Yoshinoya in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' uses it. [[spoiler:That's why she was given a leading role in a parody of the story of Kaguya-hime, by her former student Kishi Maiko]].
* Male example: Fujiwara no Sai in ''Manga/HikaruNoGo''. {{Justified|Trope}}, at his time this hairstyle was gender-neutral.
* Yamada from ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' signifying her more traditional Japanese GirlNextDoor nature.
* Ririchiyo Shirakiin from ''Manga/InuXBokuSS'', an {{Ojou}}.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Sango wears her hair like this when she's not prepared for battle; she might be an ActionGirl but she also is more [[YamatoNadeshiko mature, quiet, and self-conscious about her duties]] than she could be.
** Kikyou starts with ribbons binding both her back hair and side locks, but [[ImportantHaircut ditches the ribbons]], going to the pristine form. She is a solemn priestess.
* Saraswati/Kirara from ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' is a ElegantGothicLolita IdolSinger.
* Koko Hekmatyar in ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'' has this haircut. She's nicknamed "Princess" by her squad.
* Mio from ''Manga/KOn'' fitting the more mature and traditional member of the band.
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' has Shizuku Sango, an {{Ojou}} with trimmed bangs.
* Ayano from ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'', signifying her status as the successor of the Kannagi family.
* Satsuki Kiryuin, the StudentCouncilPresident and heir of the Kiryuin Conglomerate from ''Anime/KillLaKill''.
* Sawako Kuronuma from ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke''. She's a good traditional girl.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', the calm, dignified, intelligent and very male Great Wise Man ([[NoNameGiven whose actual name has been lost to history]]) is shown with this haircut.
* Caucasian-esque example: Princess Millia from ''Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing'', which symbolizes her being a princess. Her hair gets cut short later on after getting rescued by Fam and Giselle.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' has the {{samurai}} Motoko Aoyama (pictured above), who sports this type of hairdo.
* A RareMaleExample is Alto Saotome from ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''; some characters even make fun of him calling him "hime-sama". It's implied that the reason is that [[CrossCastRole he used to play female roles when he was a theater actor]]. It's not explained why he keeps the hairstyle after abandoning his acting career, though habit could be a reason as a flashback shows he's had it since he was a child. Another reason could do with the fact he [[StrongFamilyResemblance strongly resembles]] his [[MissingMom deceased mother]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** [[TheMedic Konoka Konoe]], who is a prestigious {{ojou}}.
** [[RobotGirl Chachamaru Kakakuri]] qualifies thanks to her YamatoNadeshiko traits.
** Arika, Princess of Vespertatia, as befits her royal position.
** Tsukuyomi due to her ElegantGothicLolita attire.
* Shizuru from ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/MaiOtome''. She's an {{Ojou}} who uses [[BladeOnAStick slicing weaponry]] in combat.
* [[http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww8/MermaidMelodyFan101/coco.png Coco]] from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', being a princess.
* Tsumugi, the eponymous {{miko}} from ''Manga/TheMikosWordsAndTheWitchesIncantations''.
* The second empress in ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'' has this, as befits her station. (Doubtless the first and third empresses do also.)
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Hinata Hyuga, daughter of the respected Hyuga clan grew her hair into this style after the timeskip.
** Shion a blond {{miko}} from the first ''Naruto Shippuden'' movie also wears her hair this way.
* Kureneko from ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'', in this case because she is mirroring the style worn by an [[StoryWithinAStory anime]] GothicLolita.
* One of the most important features of Yukari Hayasaka from ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'', given that she's trying to become a professional model.
* A clear example has shown up in ''Manga/{{Rinne}}''. Kaori [[MeaningfulName Himekawa]] in chapter 8 sports a pristine version, if a trifle short in the back. Fitting, as she is a reincarnated princess, [[spoiler:or rather it was enough to convince a ghost as much. Kaori is actually a reincarnated ''sea turtle''. She's not happy about that. Then again her name "river princess" does actually foreshadow this reveal]].
* Lady Kayura from ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' has a traditional hime cut as both a YamatoNadeshiko and LadyOfWar.
* In ''{{Manga/Saki}}'', Sumire Hirose uses this to match the princess-like attitude she has. Logic!
* Kirara, a {{miko}}, and Ukyo from ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' the anime version, when they take their hats off.
* Rin Itoshiki in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. She has many traditional Japanese traits, such as her interest in ikebana.
* Nadeshiko Fujisaki from ''Manga/ShugoChara'' wears hers in this style, but as a ponytail, and (if you ignore the [[CuteAndPsycho psycho-ness]]) is clearly a YamatoNadeshiko. However, [[spoiler:she's actually a boy. Appropriately, he wears his hair in a SamuraiPonytail.]]
* Anya from the ''Manga/SoulEater'' SpinOff ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'', who is an {{Ojou}}.
* Holo from ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' fitting her as a goddess.
* Maon from ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}'', underlining her efforts to become a YamatoNadeshiko.
* Ayeka from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' has a variation of it. It has the perfectly cut bangs but the hair is promptly cut off at neck level, save for two long pony tails that nearly touch the ground. Clearly designed to remind you of the HimeCut while being alien enough to remind you... she's an alien.
* Benio Adashino from ''Manga/TwinStarExorcists'', signifying her position as the current head of a distinguished family of exorcists.
* Saki Rukino from ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' sports this hairstyle, combined with a half-updo. She is a TeenIdol, who also requires a very presentable public image like other kinds of celebrities.
* Sunako Nakahara from ''Manga/TheWallflower''. Fits her YamatoNadeshiko theme.
* Aoi from ''{{Manga/Working}}'', to underline the suspicion that she may come from a high-class background.
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' has Togo. Her bangs are a little off from the traditional version but she counts. Togo is very into traditional Japanese culture and history, to the point where she won't even eat "western" breakfast like her parents, and is quite [[PatrioticFervor patriotic]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/XMen'': The Japanese X-Woman [[Characters/XMen2000sMembers Armor]] is usually portrayed with a Hime Cut, denoting her as more distinctly Japanese [[ComicBook/IllyanaRasputin Magik]] ([[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bf/Magik.jpg just look]]) also wears one, though she's Russian.

* ''Anime/MillenniumActress'' - Chiyoko has her hair (or prop hair) in this style when playing an actual Princess for one of her movies.

* In the ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet, the [[{{Wutai}} Yamani]] princess Shinkokami and her two ladies-in-waiting are described as having this haircut, referred to as "the noblewoman's style" and worn either loose or tied back with a ribbon.
* In ''Literature/StoneKing'', Lt. Kirihara Azusa wears her hair like this [[spoiler:until most of her hair is burned off during Jalal's attack on Kasama Defense Station]].

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'':
** Mako Shirashi (a {{samurai}}) had a hime-cut in later episodes.
** Also [[spoiler:Kaoru Shiba]], an actual princess.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Maori Kasuga of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', a {{Miko}}.
* Seraph Lamington, the ruler of Celestia in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', wears this haircut in its most pristine form.
* Utsuki, Kureha and Lady Ayako from ''VideoGame/{{Kuon}}''. Since it's set in FeudalJapan, it's hardly surprising.
* [[BarrierMaiden Zelda]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' sports a traditional Hime Cut in place of the tiara favored by her other incarnations.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Mawile's head seems to sport this haircut (it's not ''hair'' technically, but it looks like it), and it's even more evident in Mega Mawile. Indeed, the Pokémon is [[http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/On_the_Origin_of_Species:_Mawile based on the legend of the futakuchi-onna]], a demonic woman with a mouth on the back of her head, though obviously most people wouldn't know.
* YamatoNadeshiko Nakoruru and {{miko}} Mizuki from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''.
* Emily "Lili" Rochefort, an {{Ojou}}, from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' sports a perfectly trimmed blonde example of this.
* ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' has several examples of the haircut, but only a few matches the personality as well:
** Reimu Hakurei, the resident miko, sports this hairstyle in most of her early appearances. ZUN's art also leans more towards this than the wilder hair of most other depictions of her.
** Princess Kaguya, which makes her one of the few characters without a NiceHat or HairDecorations.
** Fujiwara no Mokou, who would have been ''actual'' Heian nobility.
* Valna from the ''VideoGame/{{Valis}}'' games. She's a princess, after all.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', Maya Fey, a spirit medium from an isolated village, wears a variation of this haircut along with her kimono. Her expy, Ema Skye, wears almost the exact same variation but with the bangs brushed to the side.
* Mayucchi and Kokoro from ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', who are both {{Ojou}}.
* In ''VisualNovel/SixRules'', one of the main characters, Yuki, sports this haircut. [[spoiler:Justified as she turns out to be Heian Japanese nobility of the Taira clan.]]
* ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'':
** Rika, the {{Miko}} of the Furude Shrine, from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.
** ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
*** Rosa, daughter of the wealthy Ushiromiya family.
*** Virgilia, a YamatoNadeshiko.
*** Bernkastel, Rika's {{expy}}, and her piece Erika Furudo, both who wear ElegantGothicLolita attires.
* ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'''s Hatsuhime has this cut, but, perhaps because she's a RebelliousPrincess, she keeps it [[HairDecorations tied up in a ponytail with a red bow]], leaving only her bangs and framing shoulder locks free.
* Kazuha from ''VisualNovel/YosugaNoSora'', an {{Ojou}}.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', several characters have this hairstyle and associated traits.
** Faen wears her hair like this and is that daughter of the Sullisin'rune Ill'haress and has a gentle, meek personality due to her [[UnhappyMedium empathy]]. She also usually combines it with a small tiara.
** Sil'lice Val'Sharen wears her hair this way and is associated with the "dignified, traditional and elegant" traits associated with it.
** Also [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=2849 Vidhi'yani]], one of the Empress's overseers, has a FashionableAsymmetry variation with one sidelock dyed black and longer than the other. The overseers are apparently all [[LadyOfWar Ladies of War]] and represent tradition.
* Another western example is little Akiko Kitsune in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', presumably at the behest of her traditional Japanese mother.
* Clementine in ''{{Webcomic/Frivolesque}}'' always sports the hairstyle even though she's not Japanese. It accentuates her quiet, demure personality quite well, making her the closest thing to a western Yamato Nadeshiko the cast could have.
* Ai, the catgirl robot of ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'' has this haircut. She seems to be modeled after a traditional Japanese woman.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mai (nobility) from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' technically has this haircut, though it's almost never drawn down. She also has {{Odango Hair}}.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' episode, "The Japanese Connection" Penny's Japanese friend Atsuko sports this hairstyle along with the associated personality. It's probably the least offensive of the numerous stereotypes present in the episode.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[CreepyTwins Eska and Desna]], princess and prince of the Northern Water Tribe, wear [[HalfIdenticalTwins practically matching]] Hime Cuts.
* Twilight Sparkle of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a rendition of the hairstyle, lacking the traditional sidelocks yet drawn in away that makes it almost look like she does. In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', her human counterpart actually has a true Hime Cut. [[spoiler:And she is now royalty with her sister-in-law being princess Cadance, and her being upgraded to an Alicorn like the other Princesses.]]
* Mystique, doubling as a LadyOfWar and TheVamp, has a variation of this hairstyle in season one of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. However, her bangs are somewhat shorter than most examples of this trope (possibly held up by the [[HairDecorations yellow pendant she wears on her forehead]]) and her side-locks are hung down in [[LongHairIsFeminine shoulder-length]], [[MotherlySidePlait plaited curtains]] that mesh with the longer hair she has in the back, covering her ears.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many wearers of [[ElegantGothicLolita Lolita fashion]] and Hime Gal have a hime cut, presumably both due to its regal connotations and the fact that it frames the face nicely if all the rest of the hair is in ringlets or a bouffant. It is admittedly less popular now than it used to be.