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[[caption-width-right:260:It's the split ends that really get me.]]

->'''Pat:''' Why is every Asian ghost exactly the same ghost... person?\\
'''Matt:''' Well, the girl in ''Film/TheRing'' is different.\\
'''Pat:''' No, I mean, they're literally all ladies in white clothes with super-long black hair that's all tangled and stuff.\\
'''Matt:''' What's scarier than a lady coming at you?
-->-- ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay''

An entity often seen in Japanese horror movies is a ghost, usually that of a young woman, with long, stringy black hair [[BlindingBangs that covers her face]], clad in a [[WomanInWhite white burial kimono or shroud]]. Her face itself is often quite ghastly to look upon. She is commonly [[UndeadBarefooter barefoot]], if she [[FogFeet has feet at all]]. In some cases, this type of ghost will appear with a pair of [[HitodamaLight ghostly blue flames]] hovering around her.

This is actually a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent type of ghost]] known as an ''onryō'', the ghost of a young woman who was [[WomanScorned greatly]] [[RapeAsDrama wronged]] [[StuffedIntoTheFridge by a man]] in life and now [[GhostlyGoals seeks vengeance on the living.]] Usually, the man who actually did the wronging is left untouched by the onryō, unless he's a main character and her anger tends to be directed more at anyone unlucky enough to run into her.

While there are a few male onryō in kabuki, the vast majority are female. And while there are similarly a small number of exceptions with lighter and/or more colorful hair, and even a few with skin that isn't ghost-white, the overwhelming majority are [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunettes]].

In most media, the onryo has no one in particular to seek vengeance on, rather inflicting it on everyone in the area.

This trope has become insanely popular in Western media recently, while has been a staple in Asian media for a long time. Compare with BedsheetGhost, UndeathlyPallor, and {{Yukionna}}. Contrast with CuteGhostGirl. Usually comes with a side serving of ScreamerTrailer. See also UndeadChild and VengefulGhost.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Whenever Nyu from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' turns back into Lucy she sports this appearance, despite having pink hair.
* A character very similar to Sadako, Urabe from ''Manga/MysteriousGirlfriendX'', has short hair, but she is otherwise very clearly based on an onryo -- although she is a (not) perfectly normal human girl.
* Enma Ai from ''Anime/HellGirl'' is definitely ''onryo''-inspired (not to mention Sadako-inspired, particularly in her use of modern technology). She's less scary most of the time because she doesn't obscure her face (she goes for the HimeCut instead), and being the protagonist, she's onscreen a lot. But beneath that unchanging, impassive expression, she's hiding deep bitterness and rage -- when she loses her cool, it's the scariest thing you'll ever see. [[spoiler:She began as a stringy haired ghost girl, and just after she got her revenge hell drafted her as a vengeance demon. So apparently hell has a dress code.]]
* In ''Manga/AnneFreaks'', Yuri's dead mother is shown as this in his hallucinations. The few flashbacks we see of her when she was alive also show her looking this way, which is likely to show her as unhinged since she's heavily implied to have [[ParentalIncest sexually abused him]].
* ''Manga/GhostHunt'' naturally features a case centered around an onryo.
* In ''Urban Legend Story Hikiko'', the titular character is an onryo that moves scary fast when she wants to.
* The "Wet Woman" from ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'' is an apparition that shows up during the rain, sopping wet, asking innocent passersby for shelter. Then she haunts her victims unto death, drawing so much humidity into their homes that they decay and rot within days. She's identical in appearance to Sadako.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' plays with this trope. The Hinata home is haunted by the ghost of a girl who was chained up there and died, but is very friendly - because it turns out she wasn't chained up there for long and died peacefully of an ailment at her own home. The only reason she stayed around was because she hoped to see her old friend, a kappa she had befriended (who, it's implied, was actually [[AncientAstronauts a visitor from Keroro's homeworld of Keron]]) one last time.
* Sunako Nakahara from ''Manga/TheWallflower'' was originally portrayed as an onryo-like {{Hikikomori}} who hated going out in the light, but was really BeautifulAllAlong.
* Inugami Isuzu in ''Manga/HayateXBlade'' resembles one in her initial appearance. However, after pairing up with her current shinyuu Kibi Momoka, she gets a makeover that makes her resemble [[Manga/DGrayMan Lenalee Lee]].
* Tomoka Kayahara from ''Manga/RamenFighterMiki'' is often mistaken for this, except when eating Onimaru Ramen.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' plays around with this; CuteGhostGirl Sayo just wants to make friends, but all her attempts to communicate with people are horribly misunderstood, and Asakura takes a {{Spooky Photograph|s}} of her, leading the class to assume that she's a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl (although with white hair). It gets to the point that they even call in two professional exorcists to take care of the problem before they finally figure out that she doesn't want to hurt anyone.
** Actually, it was Nodoka's Pactio item that gave them a creepy version of her thoughts and a scary sketch. Asakura managed to take a normal picture where she looked positively cute.
* The story that Doumeki tells about his grandfather's encounter with a ghost during the Hundred Ghost Story Ceremony in ''Manga/XxxHolic'' features one of these, albeit one wearing a simple dress as opposed to a burial kimono or shroud.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' deals with Sawako Kuronuma, a girl whose onryo-like appearance and intimidating manner of speaking leaves her alienated from her students. Many of her classmates even mistakenly call her [[TheRing Sadako]]. In truth, she's a very sweet girl whose attempts to overcome her shy nature are misread as threats or curses.
* While ''onryō'' don't appear in ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', Miu, who has a penchant for attempting improv playacting, pretends (badly) to be possessed, seemingly by this kind of spirit (confirmation from readers of Japanese?). She even puts most of her hair in front of her face, but she doesn't leave for a costume change and return in a white kimono.
* In ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'', while the protagonist and his father combine LooksLikeCesare with FaceOfAThug, his mother, while pretty, scares people because she looks like this.
* Kiri Komori of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' looks the part, having ghost-white skin and long black hair that tends to obscure her eyes. While Kiri ''was'' mistaken for a spirit by the ever-cheerful Kafuka, however, she was instead identified as a 'zashiki warashi' or house goblin. Plus, her hair is beautifully straight and not stringy in the slightest once she moves into the school. Probably because Nietzsche starts washing it for her for fanservice purposes.
* ''Manga/{{Ayakashi}}: Samurai Horror Tales'' features Oiwa in an adaptation of ''Yotsuya Kaidan'' (see below in the Theater examples).
* The 10th episode of ''Manga/HanamaruKindergarten'' has a horror-style ending song which features this.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has Palm Siberia. She, on most occasions, sports this appearance because of scruffy long black hair and too much make-up, not to mention a frightening aura caused by stress. However, she is shown to be BeautifulAllAlong when she gets rid of that Sadako look, takes a shower and combs her hair to go on a date with Gon.
* In the [[BadFuture Onisarashi-hen]] manga of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', there were one or two scenes in which the artist was definitely going for this effect.
* Miss Michiko from ''Anime/DennouCoil'' looks like this during her more corporeal moments.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': He's not a ghost and he's not a girl (well, at present), but Orochimaru's design is clearly based on this.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Like Orochimaru, Äs Nödt looks like a Stringy-Haired Ghost ''Guy'', with his long, straight black hair and white uniform. He wears a mask that covers his nose and mouth, so the "ghastly face" part might apply.
** Similarly, 4th-Division captain [[spoiler: Yachiru]] Unohana resembles this once TheGlovesComeOff in her final fight with Zaraki Kenpachi.
* One of the "contestants" in ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'' is a young woman who looks like one of these. It's even {{lampshaded}} by the young model whom she is [[StalkerWithACrush stalking,]] who calls her [[Literature/TheRing "Sadako"]]. [[spoiler:It turns out she's really beautiful under all the hair]].
* One of the first ghosts seen in ''VideoGame/CorpseParty: Blood Covered'' is one of these.
* Tamaki of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' dresses up as one in one episode.
* Manga/{{Tomie}} may have the hairstyle down roughly, but subverts this otherwise by being one of the most ''unspeakably'' beautiful things you'll ever see. You'll love her, and hate her, and be driven to kill her... and freak out entirely when she ''keeps coming back''...
* Kuroko in ''Manga/YandereKanojo'' is a fairly harmless one. The worst she'll do is steal your food and hurt your ears with her piano playing.
* Inori in ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}!'' has this look (complete with dark aura sometimes), but it's not her fault -- she's just shy and doesn't know how to present herself. Her creepy smile ''really'' doesn't help.
* ''Manga/DuskMaidenOfAmnesia'': [[CuteGhostGirl Yuuko Kanoe]] is the amnesiac ghost of a girl who wanders the halls of the school she died in. She's bubbly, friendly, and is [[BoyMeetsGhoul the love interest of the protagonist]]. Then there's [[spoiler:Shadow Yuuko, [[EnemyWithout the manifestation of her repressed hatred and rage]],]] who is a true ''onryō'' sporting a SlasherSmile with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily and [[RedEyesTakeWarning crimson]] GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath.
* Rare male example from ''Manga/DeathNote''. L haunts Light in this fashion right up until Light himself is killed. Though it's up for debate whether the entity Light is seeing is actually L's ghost, or whether he's merely hallucinating.
* ''Manga/SketDance'' has Reiko Yuki, who has most of the mannerisms nailed down; pale skin, long black hair, a deep, particuarly haunting tone in her voice and (in most of her appearances) usually enters the Sket Dan's clubroom through the windows. The fact that she's a member of the school's occult club helps.
* Chizuru from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' dresses up as one during a SchoolFestival.
* Parodied in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', when Galliard arrives for an early-morning meeting and is greeted at the top of the stairs by one of these crawling around on all fours. He nearly falls back down the stairs in shock, before realizing that it's just [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Pieck]] just screwing with him.

* OlderThanRadio: The painting "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ghost_of_Oyuki The Ghost of Oyuki]]" is believed to be one of the earliest examples of this trope, dating back to 1750.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Sadako Yamamura from ''Film/{{Ringu}}'' (and her American counterpart Samara Morgan from ''Film/TheRing'') is singlehandedly responsible for [[TropeCodifier making onryo popular again]].
* Likewise, Kayako from the ''Film/{{Juon}}'' movies, and their remakes, ''Film/TheGrudge'' movies. [[spoiler: Aubrey]] ends up as one by the end of the second movie, as well. [[spoiler: Naoko]] turns into a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl after she is murdered by a curse-possessed Max in ''The Grudge 3''.
* And crossover movie ''[[Film/SadakoVsKayako Sadako vs. Kayako]]'' features the iconic onryo of J-Horror colliding.
* ''Film/ATaleOfTwoSisters'' has one.
* The Bell Witch in ''Film/AnAmericanHaunting''.
* Natre from the 2004 Thai horror film ''Film/{{Shutter}}''. Unlike the ghosts from ''Ring'' and ''Ju-on'', [[spoiler: the only people Natre ends up hurting or killing were the ones who deeply wronged her in life and drove her to depression and suicide]]. Heck, Natre [[spoiler: even went out of her way to warn her ex-boyfriend's current girlfriend of his crimes]], though this was probably motivated mostly by the desire for revenge against [[spoiler: said ex]].
* The Thai film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sick_Nurses Sick Nurses]]'' plays with this trope when you find out [[spoiler:the ghost is actually a MTF transsexual.]]
* The short Japanese film ''Black Hair'', from the anthology ''Kaidan'', is a classic example.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JWIqZuvMj0 Hair Extension]]'' -- Yes, it's exactly what the title sounds like. All dedicated to haunted hair. It's like the film makers weren't even trying to hide it anymore!
** Ditto with the 2005 South Korean horror film, "The Wig".
* This short movie, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_XBMuE84Dw Rattle Rattle]]". Get past the scare factor, and you have absolutely no idea what's going on. Why do Japanese endings have to be so confusing?
* Parodied with Tabitha from ''Film/ScaryMovie3''.
* In ''Film/{{Zebraman}}'' the main character has his tv on while working on his costume. The show has a sentai hero called in the English dub Radiation Ranger who is battling a monster that looks like this who is calling out for her son George.
* Dark Alessa in the ''Film/SilentHill'' movie.
* AJ Annila's ''Film/{{Sauna}}'' features a rare blonde example of the trope, though the black filth she oozes obscures this detail much of the time.
* "Bloody" Mary Banner from ''Film/UrbanLegendsBloodyMary'' seems to be inspired by this type of spirit.
* ''Film/DeadFriend'' had a particularly terrifying example of this trope.
* Mary Hatchet from ''Film/BloodNightTheLegendOfMaryHatchet''.
* In 1971's ''Let's Scare Jessica To Death'', a pale young woman with long hair in a gauzy white dress frequently appears to Jessica, presumably as a warning of impending danger.
* The Japanese ritual site in ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' featured a girl like this terrorising a classroom of Japanese children, until they [[ThePowerOfLove perform a song and dance]] to turn her into a happy frog.
* The Korean horror film ''Film/WhiteTheMelodyOfTheCurse'' features one; in this case, the ghost in question has white hair, and is believed by the protagonists to be the vengeful spirit of a K-Pop idol who committed suicide, at least until the end, where it turns out to actually be [[spoiler: the vengeful spirit of the ''backup dancer'' who actually wrote the song, who lashes out at anyone who sings ''her'' song.]]
* ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'' has one in the poster [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/disappointments_room.jpg itself]].
* The eponymous spirit in ''The Legend of Black Annie'' is a bit an atypical example of this, in that she's (as the film's title suggests) [[http://www.blackhorrormovies.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Legend-of-Black-Annie-12.jpg black]].
* ''Film/TheGhostOfYotsuya'' (1959), being an adaptation of TropeMaker ''Yotsuya Kaidan'' (see Theater below) has this, as Oiwa returns as a stringy-haired corpse to haunt her murderous husband. Like the play it's based on and unlike many later instances of this trope, in this movie Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl Oiwa is ''not'' randomly murdering people, but is laser-focused on the man who killed her.

The long-haired onryo isn't just seen in Japanese culture. Similar variations occur in other Asian countries as well, like China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea.
* Traditionally in Korea, ghosts tend to follow the same archetype as the fiend in "The Ring". Female ghosts look bedraggled with hair in their face, and they are always clad in white (the color worn in funerals). This type of ghost, called a maiden ghost, is the most universally feared type of ghost in Korea.
* Of all the ghosts in Thailand, the most famous is "Nang Naak". The story varies, but it's usually like this: An ordinary farm girl named Naak from a village falls in love with a handsome young man named Nai Maak. Despite their economical backgrounds, they eventually manage to be together. Shortly after marriage, Nai Maak is conscripted for military service and leaves Naak behind, who dies during labor along with her unborn child. Although they are buried according to local tradition, the spirit of Naak refuses to perish. When Nai Maak returns from the war, the ghost disguises herself and her child as humans to him. The revelation itself provides one of the most memorable scenes in the story when Maak sees his wife grotesquely stretching her arm through the floorboard of their elevated house to pick up a fallen lime, or a knife in another version, on the ground. The terrified husband runs away and the ghost follows him. There are many gory accounts of how Nang Naak chases, harasses, or even kills whoever comes between Maak and her. You're going to have to go on this link to learn what happens afterward - http://asiarecipe.com/thainangnak.html
** ''Cursed Hair''. Another horror movie specifically about evil hair. Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8zLd-5NNAY the trailer]].
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDqew5U68Q4 Nang Naak]]'': It wouldn't be long until they turned the story into a movie.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjtDhiSTOi0 Muoi (Legend of a Portrait)]]''
* In China, the classical image of a ghost is a young woman whose face is covered by long black hair, who dies due to misfortune, then comes back for revenge. http://gc.nuaa.edu.cn:8080/nanhangwy/zuopin/PPT/ppt/Culture.ppt#257,2,Slide 2
** Sigaw ("The Echo")
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgIP-MArHWg The Ghost Inside]]''
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontianak_(folklore) pontianak]] of Malay and Indonesian mythology, the ghost of a woman who died while pregnant.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Llorona La Llorona]], the "weeping woman" of Latin American myth, has elements of this.

* The "creeping woman" from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "Literature/TheYellowWallpaper", who is actually a hallucination appearing to the narrator, who has been forced to stay in a room with no intellectual stimulation, or any exciting activity at all, to 'calm her nerves.' Liberal doses of nerve tonic was also prescribed; probably containing significant quantities of opium and alcohol. (Note, this was the prescribed remedy to women suffering "hysteria" in the 19th century.) [[spoiler: The narrator eventually thinks there's a woman creeping behind the odd, vine-like pattern of the wallpaper, and eventually, sees her crawling about. Then she thinks she sees a lot of them. Then she thinks ''she's'' the creeping woman.]]
* [[spoiler: Kuyou Suou]] in ''Anime/HaruhiSuzumiya''. [[spoiler: An interface, similar to [[TheStoic Nagato]], but ''worse''. Apart from being a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl, she actually seems to be invisible to unimportant persons.]]
* ''The Loop Trilogy'' by Koji Suzuki features Sadako Yamamura as one. While serving as the inspiration for the Japanese [[TheRing Ring]] film, the first book has a few major differences, while Spiral and Loop continue to expand the story.
* In Creator/JinYong's ''The Book and the Sword'', Yuanzhi disguises herself as one. Her disguise consists mostly of putting her hair over her face. It's effective enough to clear out a room full of mercenaries.
* Juliet, David's dead sister, from ''Haunted 1998''.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheWell'', the ghost Okiku is stated to be the in-universe origin of this trope and one of the most famous aside from Oiwa, being the subject of the folktale "Banchō Sarayashiki" and the inspiration for ''Film/TheRing''.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/{{Ghostgirl}}'' is presented as a girl with long, messy black hair, blank white eyes, and tattered clothes in artwork. Charlotte dies in the second chapter and spends the rest of the book in the afterlife. In contrast to other examples, she's the compete opposite of "scary". Charlotte is an awkward, unpopular teenage girl who died choking on a ''gummy bear''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Bloody Mary from the fifth episode of season one.
** Used again in the seventh season with a "Shojo" -- the actual creature from Japanese mythology was pretty much a satyr, but the show re-imagined it as this trope.
* A Spanish candid camera show [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZAXQHgZNRc decided to test people's reactions to this trope]] in RealLife. HilarityEnsues. Ditto for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r0fUYdcxtc this]] Brazilian show.
* The last episode in the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' series, "Dream Cruise".
* Some of the Horrors in the Japanese series ''Series/{{GARO}}''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Arya Stark takes on this appearance when assassinating Ser Meryn Trant; her long tangled hair is initially obscuring her face, which when revealed is that of a girl who died earlier in the season, as the Faceless Man cult which is training Arya uses the faces of dead people as a glamor. Further continuing the association, Arya herself is long presumed dead by her victim.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': In the fourth season Halloween episode, Jeff and Annie decide to pair up their costumes, with Jeff being [[WalkingShirtlessScene a conveniently shirtless boxer]] and Annie being a sexy ring girl. Unfortunately, she thought he meant the girl from ''Film/TheRing''.
* The Chen Family from ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryRoanoke'' were a family of Taiwanese immigrants who lived in the Roanoke House during the early 1970's. They began experiencing supernatural phenomena during their stay so they attempted using ancestral folk magic to protect themselves, only to be killed by the Butcher and her ghostly minions. Due to the cursed nature of the property, they manifest as ghosts under the Butcher's power, killing all others that trespass on her land. Due to their heritage, the Chens all appear similar to the onryō from ''Film/TheGrudge'', possessing long scraggly hair, clinging to the walls, walking on all fours and contorting in impossible ways.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The German techno-goth group Music/ENomine's music video for "Mitternacht" features one of these.
* Music/{{Disturbed}}'s video for "The Animal" also feature one (technically a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontianak_(folklore) pontianak]] but still similar) with red cross-shaped make up. Who later paints a cross on top of a lamb and enjoys a bloody feast before sending her wolves in an attempt to kill the band.
* In the video for Jason Derulo's song "Cheyenne," the titular woman is based on this, with a few notable differences in appearance: instead of a white dress and stringy hair, she wears a red dress and has long, thick braids. However, her [[UncannyValley mannerisms]] and [[WomanScorned motivations]] clearly invoke the image.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Tenth Edition version of [[http://ww2.wizards.com/Gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=129491 Bog Wraith]] in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. Appropriately enough, the flavor text refers to a location in Kamigawa, the Japan-inspired part of Magic's multiverse.
* One of the sample geists in ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' (in the Forgotten splat write-up) manifests like this.

* First and foremost is the original onryo herself, Oiwa from the kabuki play ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yotsuya_Kaidan Yotsuya Kaidan]]''. And yes, it is just as bad as you can imagine it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Early in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'', the party is briefly trapped in a village haunted by an onryo named Li Li.
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]''[='=]s Alma [[spoiler:Wade]] is the ghost of a psychic left to die in the psychic blocking chamber after she was drugged into a coma and forced to give birth to children to be used in a clone army project. So understandably she is PISSED. She wipes out an ENTIRE Delta team squad in three seconds by turning them into bloody skeletons. So the player is kinda over his head there.
** Oddly enough, the young Alma is somewhat benevolent towards the protagonist despite her penchant for scaring the absolute living piss out of him. She's often turned rooms filled with enemy {{Mooks}} into thin red gruel before the player character has a chance to. Alma's "current" self, however, is [[AxeCrazy less interested in his survival]]. Helps that [[spoiler: you're her son]]
*** Sadly those games have been declared CanonDiscontinuity, so don't expect any mercy from young Alma in future installments.
*** Alma ''does'' retain her merciful tendencies in ''F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin''; at one point, she saves Becket's life by killing an Abomination controlling a group of Replica soldiers. It isn't made clear why she does this until the very end, though. [[spoiler: She "covets" Becket due to his modifications in Project Harbinger, and uses him to impregnate herself.]]
*** Also unlike most here she ''does'' get revenge on her killer (in fact the whole first game seems to be just her trying to get payback)
** ''Videogame/HouseOfTheDead: Overkill'' features a boss named Screamer, which appears to be an homage to Alma, as it shares both Alma's appearance and mimics some of her appearances [[spoiler: such as appearing briefly in windows or sitting in the corner of the elevator]].
* A number of the enemies in ''Videogame/FatalFrame'' are onryo.
** Kirie, the BigBad of the original game, is classic example.
** The Box Woman from the second game, though she's an [[http://bcl.rpen.us/zerowiki/index.php?title=Ubume Ubume]] rather than an onryo.
** Kyoka Kuze, from the third game, attacks with her long hair.
* S-Ko, the leader of the ghosts possessing Zappa in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', is an onryo, as well as an obvious ShoutOut to Sadako. A popular Fan Theory is that she's the ghost of one of the other characters' girlfriend, [[spoiler: more exactly, Axl's Japanese girlfriend Megumi.]] [[spoiler: WordOfGod says she is... [[{{Jossed}} NOT]].]]
* Faith in the video game ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' is probably based on onryo. Though, to her defense, she never hurts anyone intentionally or knowingly, just wanting to live on.
* In ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'', ghost girls are one of the many things you can roll up in the game. When you roll one up, she moans "Yuurei desu" (which simply means "I'm a ghost" in Japanese) in a creepy voice.
* In ''Videogame/SilentHill4'', the second trip to the Subway World features an onryo (specifically, the ghost of Cynthia Velasquez) that stalks the player throughout the level and can't be killed, only immobilized with one of a very limited number of items.
* Reiko in ''VideoGame/{{Calling}}''.
* The Witch from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' appear at various points in the level curled up and crying (with a distinctive, creepy sound and [[RedEyesTakeWarning Glowing Red Eyes]]) and resemble this trope with a pair of claws to boot. If a player startles one, (by shining their flashlight on her, getting too close or attacking her) she goes into a frenzy and knocks them into negative health. To make matters worse they're the fastest non-mook zombie and they have extremely high health (players are supposed to avoid them, indeed there's an achievement for avoiding provoking any of the witches you encounter in a campaign). The game intentionally spawns them in such ways that it is usually impossible to get around one without running over her and hoping you pass quick enough. There are also multiple achievements for ways to kill her, including fire, which slows her down to a survivor's running speed, and a single shotgun shell hitting her head, which will kill her even on Expert. For the record, though, they have white hair.
* ''Videogame/ChampionsOnline'' has Demoiselle Nocturne. After being murdered by her husband, she returned through his nightmares, ''turned his body inside-out''... and then decided to stay in the mortal realm and become a supervillainess. She also began a romance with the evil sorcerer Luther Black, which is disturbing on many levels.
* ''{{VideoGame/MUGEN}}'' has two amongst its huge, ever-growing cast of characters-Ella and Noroko. Ella is based on a ton of horror movies and is more comical than horrific-Noroko is a more traditional ghost girl, with the ability to crawl on the ceiling, spew blood from her wrists, and a complete lack of a face.
** She has a mouth though. A mouth made for screeching.
*** The mouth only appears sometimes, though. To scream loudly at you, when she's on idle mode, and during one of her fatalities. She also appears to have a mirrored body; instead of legs, she seems to have another torso, with a head and two arms, seeing as some of her attacks show a pair of hands and a head appearing from below her dress.
** Noroko's story is also that of a traditional onryo; in the game ''VideoGame/TheBlackHeart'', we learn that, in life, [[spoiler:she was sacrificed (and ''possibly'' raped) by a man, that bathed a doll in her blood, for an unknown purpose (although it seems he was the leader of a cult). Her spirit was locked inside the doll, and it only awoke years later, when the heart of the King of the Other World was stolen. She now searches the heart, hoping to use its power to find peace in death.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' added a screaming ''onryo'' to its menagerie of monsters in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''. The English name for this enemy is "Banshee", which fits well enough.
* The [[SinisterSubway subway level]] of ''VideoGame/CondemnedCriminalOrigins'' (a game developed by the same people who made ''F.E.A.R.'') has several female enemies that look like onryo, with black hair, pale skin, blank eyes, and tattered white dresses. They're not real ghosts-just victims of the HatePlague affecting Metro City, and their appearance may simply be a result of living in the dark and filthy confines of the subway tunnels.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', the ghost ship features just a head that makes a pretty good effort at this trope by ''swooping right down into your face without warning.'' You can't even do anything about it, like you can with the other ghosts. It doesn't help that it has the Spider Queen's face, which has no features other than a big, toothy mouth.
* ''VideoGame/{{Kuon}}''. Several creepy female ghosts, most notably [[spoiler:Utsuki's sister Kureha]], who has long black hair, wears a red kimono and drags herself around killing anyone she comes across in a horrific fashion.
* These are one of the recurring enemies in ''VideoGame/TheHauntedMansion''.
* Oichi gains many traits similar to this in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara 3'', after losing her mind. It's never made entirely clear whether she's dead or not, but she already looks the part, with white skin and long black hair. The way she totters around, swaying eerily, singing and moaning in that ghastly way and crushing victims with her demonic powers while giggling childishly is pure horror.
* Crawling Shadows in ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition''.
* Yurei, the final opponent in the ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 2'' mod Ghoul's Forest 3.
* The ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' game ''Shadow at the Water's Edge'' has such a ghost haunting the Ryokan Hiei. She tries to '''drown you'''.
* Along with many other mythical creatures and monsters, ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' also has onryo. One in particular tells you that she watches over her son in death, and is particularly busty to boot. Another is too frightened of a dark path to her husband's new home to haunt him after he remarried.
** In the second DLC chapter for the PS Vita rerelease, Gonbe's wife Otae comes back as an onryo to aid her husband on his quest.
* The antagonist of the MobilePhoneGame ''Nowhere'', [[spoiler:Emily/Catherine]], is a typical onryo with a grudge.
* ''VideoGame/{{Misao}}'': In one of [[EverythingTryingToKillYou many death trap endings]] one of these will pop up randomly on screen before it cuts out on the protagonist's screams.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioFusionRevival'' has Onryos all over the place in World 4 (Di Yu, the Chinese hell). They behave like Boos, except slower.
* ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon The Legend of the Mystical Ninja]]'' has one of these as the first boss, though with {{Deadly Disc}}s substituting for the usual flames.
* ''VideoGame/{{Damned}}'' challenges four players to escape a monster controlled by a fifth player. One of those selectable monsters is Bloody Mary, a pale, stringy-haired ghost girl in a tattered white dress, who walks extremely slowly, teleports randomly around, and once in a while flies into a bloody frenzy, murdering anyone in the near vicinity.
* The ''Videogame/KillerInstinct'' reboot has DLC character Hisako, who is the ghost of a samurai's daughter who is reanimated after her grave was disturbed. She fights with a [[BladeOnAStick naginata]] and can do things such as possessing an opponent in order to make their bodies contort in painful ways.
* In ''VideoGame/SpookysHouseOfJumpScares'' has Specimen [[FourIsDeath 4]], which is hinted to be either the ghost of a girl named Matsuri, or a similar entity from an urban legend. Notable in that she ''[[ImAHumanitarian eats]]'' the player if she kills them.
* ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'': Laura, Ruvik's dead sister, is a homicidal spider version of this trope. It turns out that she's [[spoiler:the ''memory'' of the real Laura, created from Ruvik's desire to revive his sister from her coma. Since she went brain-dead from immolation, the simulation projects her apparent fear of fire as a critical weakness, so the easiest way to kill her is to set her on fire and pump shotgun shells into her screaming undead carcass]].
* Alpha 13 of ''VideoGame/SevenDaysToDie'' introduced the Screamer, an undead girl with long black hair in a white gown, whose screeching attracts other zombies. While most other zeds sport a quite {{gorn}}-y look and yell and groan like you'd expect out of the classic Romero zombie, the Screamer's intact but eerily pale complexion, tinny voice and lack of blood anywhere but on her waist and down (none of which appears to come from her) make her look far more like a ghost than a zombie.
* The evolved form of Toiletta, Foiletta, from ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' has messy black hair (though it doesn't cover her face) and a blue tint under her eyes that resembles bags. She curses people often. Foiletta is a {{youkai}}, which also makes her an UndeadChild.
* Spoofed in ''Videogame/{{Skullgirls}}'', Filia can be seen numerous times dressed as Sadako from ''Film/TheRing'' [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/skullgirls/images/d/df/SG_Halloween.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120607202251/ in promotional artwork]] and [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/skullgirls/images/a/a3/Filia_on_TV.png/revision/latest?cb=20140715132514/ on one of Peacock's blockbuster moves]]. Also invoked in one of the NPC girls from Lab 8.
* The secondary antagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Imscared}}'' is HER, who, while not the standard incarnation, certainly fits the trope.
* One of the events in ''Videogame/{{PokemonMagikarpJump}}'' includes such a ghost coming at you after turning the TV on and off to many times.
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlerite}}'''s Halloween events include a limited edition Cursed skin for Pearl, which makes her into this.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Hanako from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' certainly evokes the image, what with her scarred face covered with long black hair, though it isn't commented upon in the game proper.
* The ghost from ''VisualNovel/TheLetter'' is one of these.
* Sorta visually invoked in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''. [[spoiler: When Ibuki Mioda is murdered by hanging, her body is found still hanging from a noose... and she's wearing a [[WhiteShirtOfDeath white]] [[WomanInWhite robe]], and her long black hair is down.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* One of these [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=060319 appears in Torg's dreams]] in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Torg seems to believe her name actually is "Creepy Japanese Horror Chick". She's later revealed to be [[spoiler:[[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/060424 more of a Creepy Half-Korean Horror Chick]]]].
* One appears in ''Tang's Weekly Comic'' [[http://tang.comicgenesis.com/d/20041017.html here]]. The family soon get used to her.
* Charlotte Hatred from ''NecessaryMonsters'' is meant to evoke this archetype, in a rare [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]] role. Her ability to travel through mirrors is mainly used for espionage, though she can [[DeadlyGaze kill through eye contact]]. Also notably, she's not Japanese but [[ButNotTooForeign half-Hong Kong Chinese, half-British]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Aradia Megido. WordOfGod has stated that her design is inspired by "basically every Japanese horror movie ever." [[spoiler:[[BackFromTheDead And then she got better.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Feferi Peixes]] gets in on this action too [[KilledOffForReal after her death]], [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004894 scaring the crap out of Jade in the process.]]
* The TitleCharacter from ''Webcomic/TheBongcheonDongGhost'' is a stringy-haired ghost woman, though she is fairly young looking.
* The titular character of ''Webcomic/{{Erma}}'' combines this with CuteGhostGirl.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Yomika from Yume Graffiti has a costume based off Sadako from ''Film/TheRing'' as a costume in ''WebAnimation/SmashBrosLawl''. She herself also gives this look when she equips her Long Hair effect.
* Several [[ChainLetter chain mail messages]] on various forums claim that one will come after you if you don't continue to spread the message. Website/{{Snopes}} debunks a few of these on their site -- including one that tries to pass off the DVD cover from a Korean horror film about a straight example of this trope as a real ghost photo.
* One shows up frequently in [[http://jayisgames.com/games/the-house/ this interactive game]].
* Although not a ghost or a girl, the ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest V1'' character Shinya Motomura is said to look like one of these, to the point of receiving the nickname [[TheRing Sadoko]].
* Website/YouTube based [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man Mythos]] series WebVideo/FutureRefused contains an onryu inspired by ''TheRing''. Stack, TheProtagonist, actually refers to her as a [[OneOfUs Stringy Haired Ghost Girl]] when he isn't just using Sadako for simplicity.
* [[http://youtu.be/CCx34OQSpqU This video series]] features a pretty classic example of this trope, complete with long black hair and a white dress, along with a Slendy-like tendency to disappear or teleport when the camera's not looking (thanks to well-done video effects).
* Parodied in [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/78c7180f2e/scary-girl-with-chloe-moretz Scary Girl]] on Funny Or Die, in which Chloe Moretz plays an actress, Enid, who only ever plays such characters because that's what she's actually like. When Enid gets a part in a Sunny D commercial, she looks and behaves exactly like she does all the time, with the result that the sound recordist starts hearing scary whispers and growls through his headphones and even begins to ''bleed from his ears''.
-->'''Enid:''' ''[in a creepy whisper]'' My dream... is to transition... from Scary Girl roles... to Scary Woman roles. ...I wanna be Scary Creator/MerylStreep.
* In the "Deadbeat" episode [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/618094#i0,p4,d0 Raising the Dead]], there's a ghost of this type.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1692 SCP-1692-1]]
* One terrorizes a barber shop in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhmDlER7cAc&feature=youtu.be this]] short film, [[spoiler: although it goes in a direction you won't expect.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** In the HiccupHijinks episode, the Haunted House the title characters build for Isabella feature Stringy-Haired Ghost Girls.
** The show went to the [[JustForPun well]] with this one ''again'' in season 4's "Happy Birthday, Isabella", with Stacy watching a parody of ''Film/TheGrudge'', and accidentally ending up looking like the "Grievance Girl".
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' parodies ''Literature/TheRing'', making her a PerkyGoth in a dating video.
** Robot Chicken would spoof it again by mocking Sadako's [[TechnologyMarchesOn outdated media format]] in a running sketch throughout the episode. She's shown berating two college guys into watching a HQ upload of her video on YouTube only to get preempted by the cat video they switched to spontaneously taking on its properties (i.e. the cat comes out and mauls them).
* Parodied in a Halloween Episode of ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'' which was lampooning ''The Ring''. Of course, in this case it's a little girl and her vengeance is based around losing candy.
* The character design for [[BombThrowingAnarchists Red Lotus]] villain Ming-Hua in Book 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' hearkens to this trope.