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[[caption-width-right:225:It's short for [[{{Tomboy}} "all]] [[ActionGirl business"]].]]

[[LongHairIsFeminine Since long hair is generally seen as a more "feminine" trait,]] when a girl has short hair it tends to mean she's decidedly ''less'' feminine than the average girl, perhaps even a {{Tomboy}} or ActionGirl. This choice of having short hair usually indicates a girl has a more masculine personality, is tough and aggressive, or is lacking in vanity, perhaps being business-like and brainy. Girls may cut their hair short because they don't want to put up with the maintenance that longer hair requires. Other times it's short so no one can easily grab it in a fight, which BraidsOfAction are sometimes prone to be.

The contrast of a short haired girl with a long haired one can sometimes be used to portray a TomboyAndGirlyGirl. If taken to extremes, a girl with Boyish Short Hair could be a ButchLesbian, many of whom have this as an indicator. May be the result of an ImportantHairCut, with the new short hair being an indicator that the girl is ready to take action. Also sometimes necessary for a girl to go undercover as a SweetPollyOliver.

Particularly in Anime and Manga, Tomboys may wear short hair with longer grown out sidelocks. The hair is still boyish but the tails make it just girly and cute enough. Sometimes the sidetails are the only visual clue that the character is in fact a girl. It also makes them look a bit less professional, and more action-y than having short hair even all around.

When an IronLady or other woman in power wears short hair, it's usually not this but the much more carefully styled PowerHair, which says ''feminine but no-nonsense''.

Compare TomboyishPonytail and LongHairedPrettyBoy, the direct opposite of this trope. Contrast LongHairIsFeminine. Also, compare its ancestor, the TwentiesBobHaircut, and possible successor, the SciFiBobHaircut. A subtrope of ExpositoryHairstyles. Particularly in anime and Manga, tomboys may wear this kind of hair with sidetails.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kino in ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' has boyishly short hair. She is a {{Bokukko}} variant of {{Tomboy}} and often uses masculine pronouns to refer to herself.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Tatsuki has short, dark spiky hair and is the class tomboy. She's a karate expert who trained Orihime to black-belt level. Chizuru once comments that she would have found Tatsuki attractive if not for the masculine vibe Tatsuki always gives off. [[spoiler:After the time-skip, she grows out her hair.]]
** Soifon is the Gotei 13's top {{ninja}} and neither gives quarter nor asks for it. She's a grim, aggressive personality who has worked hard to build a ruthless reputation. Although she spends much of the story as a ShortHairWithTail example, after the time-skip, she loses the braids and switches to this trope instead.
** Rukia is a short-haired action girl. She's had a rough life, and possesses the rough, aggressive personality to match. After the timeskip, she sports chin-length hair, shorter than her shoulder-length hairstyle (which her older sister Hisana had the same hairstyle). [[spoiler:Later averted towards the very end, as a more mature Rukia is seen wearing her hair to her waist after keeping it short for the whole series. It's also timed with two very important hits in her life: [[ChildhoodFriendRomance forming a family with Renji]] [[BabiesEverAfter and their daughter]], and [[RankUp becoming a captain]].]]
** Jackie Tristan is X-Cution's only physical fighter, whose power centres around improving her kick-boxer attacks and morphs her clothing into a BadassBiker theme. Although appearing to be quiet and aloof, she becomes very rough and aggressive in battle.
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' has [[NubileSavage San]], whose appearance is justified since she was literally [[RaisedByWolves raised by wolves.]]
* Casca from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' had short hair back when she was a tomboyish and extremely capable ActionGirl. After the Eclipse, she [[GoMadFromTheRevelation was driven insane]] and now has long MessyHair due to her status as TheOphelia.
* Irma, of ''Anime/QueensBlade'', would be this, plus, a white-haired pretty girl if she weren't so tomboyish and set to {{tsun|dere}}-tsun all the time. But considering her upbringing in an assassin's guild, and having been betrayed by her SexyMentor/love interest, who abandoned her, leaving her hurt and bitter over it.... [[http://manga.animea.net/bleach-chapter-159-page-16.html Wait, does this remind you of anything?]]
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
** ''Azumanga Daioh'' has Kagura, a tomboyish superstar athlete and UnknownRival to [[HugeSchoolgirl Sakaki]], who is a naturally gifted ShrinkingViolet. Bonus points for having HotbloodedSideburns!
** Kagura's coach, Minamo Kurosawa also has short hair, is a strong all-around athlete, and tomboy tendencies.
* ''Anime/RODTheTV''
** Anita King combines BoyishShortHair with {{tomboy}}ish behavior and [[{{Odango}} Chinese-style hair buns]]. She's also an ArtificialHuman and strong enough to hold her own in a fight with adult men several times her size.
** And then there's Maggie Mui, who, while not as much a tomboy as Anita, could [[{{Bifauxnen}} actually pass for a guy.]]
* Inverted in ''Manga/StrawberryShakeSweet'', short-haired, boyish-looking Ran is the [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Girly Girl]] to Julia's TomBoy.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'',
** Zoey easily the most tomboyish of any of Dawn's female rivals and has short, spiky and fiery red hair.
** As well as Misty, mixed with a TomboyishPonytail. Being a [[FieryRedHead fiery redhead]] tomboy who [[OneOfTheBoys hangs out with guys]].
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'':
** Sapphire won't be winning any awards for femininity anytime soon and her hair isn't particularly long; the bangs are rather exaggerated though. [[spoiler:{{Averted}} in the past where she was a big girly-girly and sported the same haircut]].
** Midway in the ''XY'' arc, Y gets her hair trimmed really short, even shorter than X's hair. Fittingly, she's Sapphire's {{Expy}} (though quite girlier).
* ''Anime/DirtyPairFlash'': [[http://www.animepaper.net/art/34360/takahiro-kimura-29 Kei]] makes up the tomboy half of the LovelyAngels. Though she and Yuri are among the 3WA's top trouble consultants, she's better known for her hair trigger temper and her itchy trigger finger. Which often spells disaster since she packs a friggin' {{hand cannon}}! She's also a {{Ladette}}.
* Mariya from ''VisualNovel/OtomeWaBokuNiKoishiteru'': Every character, including the male lead, is TheOjou. Mariya is less ladylike than the rest of the cast, including the male lead, and she drops her facade only when she's alone with him. While still feminine (a true tomboy would be very out of place at a high-class all-girls school) she occupies the {{tomboy}} role.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Kallen is a MsFanservice version of this. She is the Black Knights AcePilot and Lelouch's bodyguard. Her short hair indicates that she is not to be trifled with.
* ''Anime/PrincessNine'': At least four, and possibly five or six, of the girls have Boyishly Short Hair. This is a show about girls playing baseball on even terms with boys so tomboys are to be expected.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus is a short-haired {{Bokukko}}, [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl in explicit contrast]] to her lover, long-haired and feminine Michiru Kaiou/Sailor Neptune. She often wears masculine clothes in civilian form -- not because she's specifically crossdressing, but just because she likes them. (Though it should be mentioned that this happens more in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] than the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]).
** Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury is also known for her short hair (although it's worn in a bit more feminine style) which is used to highlight her intelligence. When a possible future version of her was shown with long hair the fandom had a collective fit.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Toyed with in the case of Ukraine, who has extremely short hair and dresses like a boy, but is more of a NiceGirl in personality.
** Played straighter with Belgium, who's quite straightforward and has wavy hair that reaches to her neck.
** Nyo!Germany, who probably has many of the drill-sergeant-esque mannerisms of her male counterpart.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'':
** Subaru Nakajima, tomboyish GenkiGirl CuteBruiser martial artist who fights by punching enemies [[SuperStrength really, really hard]].
** Minor character Alto Krauetta, resident mechanic and helicopter pilot who actually went through a portion of her childhood thinking she was a boy since she was raised in a mostly male environment.
* Nozomi, from ''Manga/ACentaursLife''. Her boyish appearance is frequently commented, due to her hair and figure.
* Videl, from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', cuts her hair short when Gohan suggested her GirlishPigtails would be a hinderance in a fight (and also because she thought he liked girls with shorter hair).
* Haruhi Fujioka of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' sports one of these. The fact that it allows her to [[SweetPollyOliver pass for a guy]] helps to kick off the plot.
* Allenby from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' has very short blue hair and a boisterous, fun-loving and fight-loving attitude. Ironically, her Gundam has a very girly aesthetic with very long blond "hair," which actually serves as radiator fins for her [[TheBerserker Berserk Mode]].
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Yui ''did'' once have long hair, but cut it short in 8th grade to avoid all the attention she was getting from boys. She is noticeably more hot-tempered and considerably less ditzy than Miaka.
* ''Manga/GirlsBravo'': Both [[OneOfTheBoys Kirie]] and [[PsychoLesbian Kosame]] keep their hair cropped short. Both are tough as nails, with Kirie regularly [[PervertRevengeMode dispensing justice on perverts]] with [[MegatonPunch haymakers]] and [[WrestlerInAllOfUs suplexes]] - while Kosame is a professional covert operative .
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': While Satomi's hair is always [[UnkemptBeauty short]] [[StubbornHair and mussy]], due to living [[PerpetualPoverty in poverty]], it's mainly meant to convey that [[OneOfTheBoys she's a tomboy.]] Which is further emphasized by her athletic figure and [[SupernaturalMartialArts her immense fighting ability.]]
* Two in ''Manga/SandChronicles'':
** Kaede has short hair that becomes even shorter as years pass, is a doctor that lacks a few feminine traits such as cooking skills and girly fashion, and is quite blunt at times. She also had short hair in her school years when she was very studious and athletic.
** Ayumu Narasaki has short hair, is in the judo club during middle school and has become quite smart by the time she reappears. She's also rough, out-spoken and bossy, though she mellows out after her prank on Ann goes too far.
* Kashima of ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' has very short hair, which complements her [[{{Bifauxnen}} looks and status as the school's "prince"]] well.
* Invoked in ''Manga/AnoKiss'': Mizuki initially had long hair, but being an InsecureLoveInterest she was afraid of looking too plain at Moe's side. So she cut her hair to give a more tomboyish vibe, which makes people call their couple the "prince and princess" of the school now. But she's still a shy and insecure girl deep down, contrary to Moe.
* ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'':
** Downplayed with Akane. She's tomboy to her best friends GirlyGirl and has a bob haircut. She's not too masculine though, having multiple stereotypically feminine interests like baking. As a toddler she loathed skirts while Marika was in the opposite situation, being a [[{{transgender}} "boy" who preferred dresses over shorts]].
** When Miki was little she didn't get along with girls much. She was OneOfTheBoys to the point where her friends would joke she really was a boy. After she hit puberty precociously she grew out her hair.
** Yui, Ryousuke's younger sister was a short haired {{bifauxnen}} once. Ryousuke said she changed when she became a model.
* Tsubaki from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' has a bob haircut and is a sporty, tomboyish girl. In comparison Kaori is more conveniently feminine and her hair goes past her neck.
* Lenalee Lee from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' ends up with this hairstyle from Episodes 63-103, due to having her long GirlishPigtails being burned off during her fight with a Level 3 Akuma in Episode 62. At the end of Episode 103, her hair grows back to a bob haircut, and it carries over into the 2016 series, ''Hallow''.
* Hajime from ''Manga/NewGame'' keeps her hair short, rides her bike to work, and likes to move around in the office a lot. At least the last part is justified by her wanting to properly animate the models.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Sakura had short hair for most of her childhood but grew out her hair because she heard a rumor that Sasuke likes long haired girls. Though Sakura starts out as quite girlish, by the start of ''Shippuden'' she's picked up more and more tomboyish attributes. Her friend Ino, who grew out her hair for the same reason, kept her hair long and is the more feminine of the two.
** Hanabi is shown to have a bob haircut during ''Shippuden''. She's depicted as slightly more tomboyish than her sister Hinata. By ''Naruto: The Last Naruto The Movie'', she's undergone a GirlinessUpgrade and grown her hair back long.
* Bulma's hairstyle in ''Manga/DragonBall'' after the Namek story arc, in which she had a shoulder-length bob before then.
* Noa Izumi from ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'', due to her tomboyish appearance. Kumagami also counts though despite being a {{bifauxnen}}, she's a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Zarro of ''ComicBook/StarWarsChewbacca'' has ''extremely'' short hair; it can be difficult to tell that she's a girl.
* In the 1990s ComicBook/BlackCanary usually had short black hair when not using her wig. She is a huge ActionGirl. Eventually she grew out her hair and dyed it blonde.
* New 52 Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} -who is a short-tempered, hot-blooded brawler and not feminine ''in the least''- wears her blond hair this way.
* Since 2015 (sometime after ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015''), [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]]' current hairstyle. Doubles this as PowerHair.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Commander Tess Phohl of ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO'' wears her hair this way. This is a Starfleet tactical officer who has BloodKnight tendencies and favors a {{BFG}} in ground combat.
* Career Thief Steffi Gibbet, in Creator/AAPessimal's ''{{Discworld}}'' fics. Steffi, a cameo character in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', gets a fuller treatment here as a tomboyish young Thief who has an [[LesYay Understanding]] with Assassin Miss Alice Band.
** This also happens to [[FieryRedhead Mariella Smith-Rhodes]] and others, on consciption into [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfricansWithSurfaceToAirMissiles their country's Army]]. Mariella notes that a lifetime of long red hair ends up, within seconds, on the Army barber's floor. She takes this philosophically and is later seen sporting a more manageable shorter cut - as she says, long hair when fighting in a jungle is a sweaty hellish discomfort.

[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Ellie has short, messy hair as a kid and she also used to be a {{Tomboy}}.
* TheSquadette Sergeant Calhoun from ''Disney/WreckItRalph.''
* IntrepidReporter Roxanne Ritchi from ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}.'' Combined with BrainyBrunette.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'', tomboyish teen Watts only wears masculine clothes and has a short haircut.
* Tomboy Scout Finch has short hair in the film version of ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'' (in the book, her hair length is not mentioned).
* The main character in ''Train'' is shown to have cut her hair short in the end, after [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge killing]] all the villains. It also probably symbolizes how she's serious about being on the wrestling team now, since witnessing your teammates being horribly tortured to death will apparently do that.
* In ''Film/{{Tomboy}}'', Laure's haircut is sufficiently boyish that no one sees any reason to doubt her when she introduces herself as "Mikael".
* Of all the {{Action Girl}}s among the [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girls]], only [[http://jamesbondmm.co.uk/bond-girls/carey-lowell Pam Bouvier]] from ''Film/LicenceToKill'' sports this, trimming it down from EightiesHair after an (offscreen) ExpositoryHairstyleChange.
** There's also [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/Halle_Berry_in_%22Die_Another_Day%22_(screenshot).jpg Jinx]] from ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.
* In ''Firefighter'', a biopic of Cindy Fralick - the first woman to become a fire fighter at the Los Angeles County Fire Department. She is informed that she must cut her long hair above her ears and above her shoulders to conform to the safety regulations - which of course were written for men. Her superiors are unhappy with it and insist she cut it even shorter. On seeing the new result she cries that she looks like a boy.
* Joan Webster, in ''Film/IKnowWhereImGoing'', sports short hair, and is assertive, determined, and stubborn at times.
* Beverly in ''Film/It2017'', unlike [[Literature/{{It}} the book]] or [[Film/It1990 the previous adaptation]], has short hair after an ImportantHaircut.

* Heroines [[Literature/SongOfTheLioness Alanna]] and [[Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall Keladry]], both female knights, wear their hair short in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' books, being tomboys. Alanna went undercover as a SweetPollyOliver, but Keladry didn't, she just keeps it short because it's practical. Subverted by a later (but chronologically earlier) heroine, Beka, who despite being boyish and knowing that short hair is better in combat, keeps her long hair (as her one vanity), but braids a strip of spikes into it so anyone who grabs it in a fight will get a nasty surprise.
* Most women above a certain age in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' have short hair; the Whistlers in particular, whose grandmothers were soldiers, keep short military-cropped hair, and Eldest disapproves when Corelle starts growing hers out. In this world, it's [[LongHairedPrettyBoy the men]] who have long hair.
* [[ActionGirl Vin]] in ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' starts out with this; it's quickly established that she wears her hair so short, and male clothing all the time, because she's very frightened of appearing feminine (and therefore, she thinks, weak) in front of other thieves and criminals. She grows it out a bit as she gets more comfortable with her femininity later in the series, but never so long that it would get in the way in a fight.
* In the ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' novels, we have 5' tall Lt. Karrin Murphy who wears her blonde hair short. She is the epitome of BadassNormal (is a master of firearms and a wide variety of martial arts) and works on an X-files style job of the Chicago police department. According to Harry, "she is so cute I want to put her in my pocket, but she'd break my arm if I ever said that." She and Harry have so much {{UST}} that several people in-universe have commented on it.
* In the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' novels, we have some female dragonriders who keep their hair cut short. This is a [[BoringButPractical practical]] choice, since they a) wear helmets and b) fly freaking dragons. Long hair would get in the way.
%%* George from TheFamousFive series.
* Cat from the book [[TakeBackTheSkies Take Back The Skies]] dons one after escaping from her father so that she can pass as a boy amongst the commoners.
* In the ''Literature/PhryneFisher'' Phryne is a flapper in the 1920s. Her hair is cut short.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Johanna Mason in the books, representing her tough and haughty personality. Averted in the film.
* Literature/HonorHarrington wears her hair shorter than some ''men'' in the early books, partly for the practicality of needing to don a spacesuit in space combat, and partly due to some ''serious'' body-image issues. She grows it out when she becomes a Grayson Steadholder (essentially a feudal lady) and uses BraidsOfAction when needed thereafter.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Mary Margaret Blanchard, aka. Literature/SnowWhite, from ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Helps display that ''this'' version is significantly more of an ActionGirl than the Disney princess version.
* Gabrielle, Xena's sidekick on ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' is a perfect example, with her [[AdrenalineMakeover impromptu haircut]] being a symbolic conclusion to her ComingOfAgeStory, and of her maturing from being Xena's young sidekick and protegee, to a mature, independent, ''strong'' woman, and fighter, with skills on par with Xena's own.
* Marcy had a short haircut in a large part of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', demonstrating her lack of femininity (she was [[LadyLooksLikeADude mistaken for a boy]] several times).
* Djaq from ''Series/RobinHood''. The first series involved her as a SweetPollyOliver with cropped hair; by the second series she was no longer hiding her gender, but kept the short hairdo.
* Captain/Major/Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel Samantha Carter of ''Series/StargateSG1'' is a good example. She's definitely brainy (an astrophysicist) and an ActionGirl (she didn't get all those ranks for nothing.) However, she doesn't have much of a stereotypically masculine personality (though she is a StrawFeminist for the first couple of episodes) and she is definitely portrayed as super hot, though not sexualized. This is in large part {{justified|Trope}} by Air Force dress codes, and the show's [[BackedByThePentagon military advisers]] were known to complain if Sam's actress Creator/AmandaTapping let it get too long.
* Major/Lieutenant Colonel Sarah [=MacKenzie=], the SemperFi HelloAttorney in ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
* Starbuck, TheLadette and AcePilot from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. She tends to reject many staples of femininity (for example she has little to no interest in having kids) in favor of trying to outdo the boys: fighting better, being tougher, drinking more, sleeping around more, etc. Notably, the only time when she in a position of helplessness for a prolonged period of time, (being a Cylon prisoner on New Caprica during the entire occupation) is also the only time that her hair grows out.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Arya, the feisty tomboy. She loathes medieval female roles such as sewing, cooking, and dreaming of marrying a prince, and instead prefers beating her older brother at archery, learning how to fence, and so on. Cemented in season 2, when [[OddFriendship Tywin]] notes her unusual passion for history and [[ActionGirl warrior women]] from the past, and says that most girls prefer romantic tales about maidens with flowers in their hair and such. Arya's response? "Most girls are idiots."
** Brienne's short and simple straight hair makes an interesting contrast to Ser Loras' opulent curls.
** Cersei Lannister from Season 5 finale, courtesy of the Faith Militant.
* Tasha Yar, the first Security Officer in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' certainly had this trait and the attitude to match.
* Alina, a member of the [[LaResistance Polish Resistance]] from the German World War II drama ''[[Series/UnsereMuetterUnsereVaeter Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter]]''.
%%* Vod from ''Series/FreshMeat''
* Meg's vessel in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' originally had longer hair (up to shoulder length) and wore girlish clothes. When Meg possesses her, she cuts her hair and "dressed [her] like a slut". Her boyish short hair is a plot point to show how [[AndIMustScream horrifying it is when demons possess and control humans]].
* In ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', Pennsatucky gets a haircut in the second season so that she can get in on "the gay agenda". Healy doesn't approve.
* As of Season 8 of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Penny sports this hairstyle and although she appears girly, she has a {{Ladette}} streak a mile wide and is more masculine than the guys are. She has the shortest hair of the women in the main cast and she's the most guy-ish out of all of them.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Badass soldier and former freedom-fighter... sorry, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters proud terrorist]] Major Kira has a short haircut to start with, although it becomes slightly longer when she has a FanServicePack part way through the show.
** Inverted, however, with Ezri Dax, who has much shorter hair than her [[TheNthDoctor previous part-self]] Jadzia Dax but is a lot more timid and less of a [[TheLadette Ladette]].
* "Series/Space 1999, Main Mission operations officer Sandra Benes (Zienia Merton); her image somewhat belied her on-screen personality; she was a sort of female Pavel Chekhov, an emotional barometer; her principal function was to scream her head off at the first sign of danger or to get the crap kicked out of her by the "Monster Of The Week" on a regular basis.

* Seen on the unnamed woman on the backglass of Creator/{{Stern}}'s ''Pinball/IronMaiden''.

* In ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' the tomboyish would-be gang member Anybodys is almost always depicted this way.
* Fantine in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', after [[TraumaticHaircut poverty drives her to sell her long hair.]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* GLOW girls Col. Ninotchka and Major Tanya, both of whom were typical 80's anti-American Russians.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': In one scene , when Garnet (aka Dagger) cuts off much of her hair into a bob hairstyle it signifies her having TookALevelInBadass and also becoming a bit more boyish.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': Ashe is less feminine than other princesses in the series and has shorter hair.
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G. II]]'' has two examples between Satomi Yajima and Kyoko Kirishima:
** As in her OVA portrayal, Satomi's hair is [[UnkemptBeauty short and mussy looking]], to illustrate she's a {{tomboy}} and that she [[PerpetualPoverty lives in poverty.]]
** Kyoko is an AloofDarkhairedGirl, who keeps her hair [[{{bifauxnen}} neat and trim]] as part of her grooming habits, and [[LadyOfWar as part of her image]] - being that she's a member of one of the branch families of [[BadassFamily Masuda Clan]] {{ninja}}.
* When ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII SF III: 3rd Strike]]'' originally debuted, gamers couldn't tell whether Makoto was a boyish looking girl or a feminine looking boy. At least, until they saw [[HiddenBuxom her dizzy animation.]]
* ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting''[='s=] King (pictured above) is a {{bifauxnen}} kickboxer, whose prowess nearly rivals that of deuteragonist [[SharpDressedMan Robert]] [[CulturedBadass Garcia.]] She becomes a TeamMom in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', since she's usually in charge of the All Womens Team.
** Athena Asamiya cut her hair like this in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2001''. The game prior (''2000'') it was short but tied into a bun. She normally wears her hair long (which it goes back to in ''2002'' and beyond).
** [[DarkActionGirl Yagami Team member]] [[BadassInANiceSuit Vice]] also has this.
* Chie Satonaka from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has shorter hair than her friend Yukiko, and is into more "boyish" things like martial arts. This trope is later taken to its logical conclusion when [[spoiler:Naoto Shirogane is revealed to be a {{Bifauxnen}} SweetPollyOliver... with, naturally, boyishly short hair.]]
** Although their Personas invert this. Chie's Personas Tomoe Gozen and Suzuka Gongen have long hair, while Yukiko's Personas Konohana Sakuya and Amaterasu have short hair. This is meant to symbolize how Chie admires Yukiko's femininity while Yukiko respects Chie's energy and enthusiasm.
* ''[[VideoGame/BloodyRoar Bloody Roar: Primal Fury]]'': Jane Gado, aka [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters2/shina-ex4.jpg 'Shina']], is a highly trained mercenary and the adopted daughter of [[RetiredBadass Alan Gado.]] She's known for her frankness and tenacity both on and off the field of combat. Her most striking feature is her spiky blonde hair, resembling her adopted father greatly.
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur II]]'': [[http://www.fightabase.com/images/chars/game/cassandra-4.jpg Cassandra Alexandra]], is another example. Unlike her sister, Sophitia, she's brash and somewhat impulsive, but usually means well. In the fourth game, she's determined to destroy VideoGame/SoulEdge and free her sister once and for all. The length and style of her hair varies depending on the costume the player selects, but it's usually kept short.
* Kumatora from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' has this. Likewise, she hates wearing dresses and other girly clothes, often uses less-than-elegant language, and is overall depicted as a tomboy. Interestingly enough though, her Boyish Short Hair is ''pink''.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' gives us [[VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift Makoto Nanaya]] and [[Characters/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma Bullet]]. Both have short hair in a series ''rife'' with RapunzelHair, and both are fist-fighting {{Action Girl}}s.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'''s titular witch sports a haircut like this, in stark contrast to [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} the previous game]]. [[http://zombiesatemygames.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Bayonetta-Hair.jpg Read 'em]] [[http://images.vg247.com/current//2013/06/Bayonetta-2-7.jpg and weep]]. In the first game, it was [[TheRival Jeanne]] who had the short, boyish 'do, but swapped the look for RapunzelHair in the sequel.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Female Shepard's hair can only go past about chin length with modding; most options range somewhere between "short ponytail" and "recently shaved". Also, of your female teammates in ''2'' - those that have visible hair, anyway (which discounts Samara, Tali and Kazumi) - the more conventionally feminine (although still badass) Miranda has long hair, while TheLadette Jack has a recently shaved head, and her CharacterDevelopment into a more well-rounded and less AxCrazy persona is marked by [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange letting her hair grow out a bit]].
* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' has [[HugeSchoolgirl Natsu Ayuhara]], the captain of Gorin High's volleyball team. According to her character bio, her teammates look up to her as both a CoolBigSis and a role model, because of her natural athleticism and because they know [[AFatherToHisMen she'll protect them.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}:'' Your companion Curie changes her appearance as part of her personal quest. Her new look has Boyish Short Hair, but this is not a personality marker.
* Princess Daisy's hair in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' hair was originally long but she cut off a good chunk for ''VideoGame/MarioParty 4''. She's a more sporty and loud TomboyPrincess than either Princess Peach or Rosalina.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', there's Sully, the [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Masculine Girl]] to Stahl's Feminine Boy, who dons short hair and is a gruff tomboy keen on getting stronger. At least part of that was because she was the only girl in a family full of boys, and desired to emulate her older brothers. [[spoiler:Her daughter]] Kjelle, while having slightly longer hair, is much the same way as Sully. It IS possible to give the Female Avatar this haircut.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', Princess Hinoka of Hoshido can be said to be Sully's {{Expy}}, a tomboy obsessed with getting stronger, a lean body, and BoyishShortHair. It's not obvious at first glance, due to the headdress she wears, but Rinkah of the Flame Tribe also sports this haircut, with a HotBlooded personality to match. Then there's Scarlet, a rebel from Cheve and a BloodKnight. Again, it's possible to give the Female Avatar this haircut.
* Joanna Dark of ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' has a pixie cut in the original game. (In the prequel, she has a SciFiBobHaircut instead and her hair is inexplicably strawberry blonde instead of brown.)

* ActionGirl Captain Jordan Lee from ''Webcomic/{{Skins}}'' has short boyish hair. Coupled with her toned build and pretty yet somewhat androgynous features, she looks a bit like a {{Bifauxnen}}.
* In ''Webcomic/SlimyThief'' one of the recurring characters is a [[http://slimythief.com/enter-the-amazon/ tall, muscular, amazonian warrior with short hair to boot]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Haley's hair is cut down to this style due to the petty cruelty of her spiteful rival, Crystal, who also sports such a cut. While Haley does become more action orientated around the same time, (she receives a major upgrade to her bow, making her even more TheArcher than she was before, gets a wicked melee weapon rather than being helpless in close quarters combat, concludes her rivalry with Crystal, etc.) she's also rather uncomfortable with the look and buys a new, [[ChainmailBikini somewhat skimpier set of armor]] to show off that despite the haircut, yes, she is a girl. And while the cut lasts awhile, (about 140 strips) she also takes advantage of the first chance she finds to magically grow her hair back out.
* ''WebComic/EerieCuties'': 14 year old [[PunnyName Brooke Lyn]] is another {{bifauxnen}} example. She also happens to be [[CuteMonsterGirl a Melusine]] though she tries to hide it... with good reason. [[spoiler:[[WebComic/MagickChicks Ash]]]] learned this the hard way, when he [[BullyingADragon made the mistake]] of [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/then_do_something_about_it pushing her too far]] and [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/do_you_feel_him_breathing nearly paid for it with his life.]]
%%* Adrestia from ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' is a burly tom-girl with short blonde hair.
* ''Webcomic/DeathBrigade'': Demi has really short purple hair, leading to some ViewerGenderConfusion.
* ''Webcomic/VampireCheerleaders'': Suki immediately stands out from the rest of the cheerleading team, being she's the only one with short hair. Plus, she's Japanese/American. She's also got an attitude, is [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/suki_has_an_idea quick at the lip]], and even quicker [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/practice_6 to pick a fight]] if someone pisses her off. Most of which wouldn't be a problem if she weren't [[CloudCuckoolander such]] [[AsianAirhead a ditz.]]
* Gender flipped in ''Webcomic/SwordPrincessAmaltea'', thanks to the setting being a {{Matriarchy}}. Unlike all the {{Long Haired Pretty Boy}}s Ossian has short hair. Considering Ossian is this world's equivalent of a feminist, his short hair is a sign of rebellion.
* ''Webcomic/{{Deities}}'' Uriel is a tomboy who wears her hair short.

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* [[DarkSkinnedBlond Patti Mayonnaise]] fills this spot in Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''. She's best friends with Doug and Skeeter and often participates in sports. One episode even has her pull a SweetPollyOliver in order to try out for the school softball team, which didn't work out for her. [[StartMyOwn So she made her own team to challenge the school's!]] In the Disney series, she gets her hair cut even shorter.
* BrainyBrunette Velma Dinkly has short hair that reaches up to her chin in most continuities of ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', excluding ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated Mystery Incorporated!]]'', which gives her [[GirlinessUpgrade slightly longer hair]]. While she's not exactly a tomboy, she is less feminine than [[TheFashionista Daphne]], who has much [[LongHairIsFeminine longer hair]] than Velma.
* Buttercup from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has her hair in a stylized bob haircut. Her more feminine sisters Bubbles and Blossom wear GirlishPigtails (though her hair is barely longer than Buttercups when down) and bone-straight RapunzelHair respectively. Buttercup is the tomboyish BloodKnight of the group.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': [[TheLadette Korra]] fashions her hair in [[TomboyishPonytail a ponytail]] for the first three seasons but near the beginning of the fourth season, she cuts her hair short into a shoulder-length bob, while she's roaming the Earth Kingdom in secret during her HeroicBSOD.
** Averted for Toph in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', whose hairstyle (which gets mistaken for this trope) is actually a hairbun since she is seen with her hair down twice: In a bedhead variant in "The Tales of Ba Sing Se" and in a non-bedhead variant in the end of "Korra Alone".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheModifyers'': Agent Xero's hair is usually [[RapunzelHair near floor-length]], but thanks to her spy ring, she can shorten it as part of her disguise as [[PerkyGoth Lacey Shadows.]] She then takes on a tomboyish attitude and affects [[FakeBrit a British accent]] to further mask her identity.
* [[TheRockStar Luna Loud]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' sports a pixie cut, and she's among the more tomboyish of her sisters. To drive it home, before she got into rock and roll she had [[LongHairIsFeminine much longer hair]] as well.
* {{Inverted| Trope}} with Pearl in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse.'' Pearl's hair doesn't even reach her shoulders, but she's the most feminine of the Crystal Gems.
* As an adult Aja from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' has quite long hair but flashbacks showing back when she became Jerrica's foster sister have her with short hair. Even as a child she was interested in mechanics and that made her friends with Rio.
* Scootaloo has possibly the shortest mane of any pony on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', male ''or'' female, and she's more tomboyish than her fellow Cutie Mark Crusaders.
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' character Charley Davidson has much shorter hair in the 2006 revival.
* [[GenderFlip Pidge]] in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' has chin-length light brown hair. Prior to this, she had long hair and was a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak before she was banned from the Galaxy Garrison after finding clues that the details of the Kerberos mission in which her brother Matt, her father and Shiro took part were covered up. As a result, she cut her hair short, wore her brother's glasses and underwent a more tomboyish look in order to [[SweetPollyOliver in disguise herself as a boy on finding more clues]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Dib's little sister Gaz is a gruff and tough GamerChick who grunts, growls, and shoves her way to vengance should anyone steal her video games or pizza. She sports an inverted bob cut shaped like a set of jaws, befitting her menacing personality. Also worth mentioning is Tak, an equally tough DarkActionGirl villain on the show who sports an even shorter spiky, punky bob cut (while in her human disguise mode.)

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* Michelle Williams keeps it short InMemoriam of her late boyfriend, Heath Ledger, whom apparently liked her hair short like that.
* Ginnifer Goodwin adopted this kind of hairstyle in more recent years, on the grounds that she's a self-proclaimed lazy person, and that managing her long hair was a hassle, between cowlicks, frizz, split ends, among other issues.
* Creator/AnneHathaway has grown her hair out into this following [[DyeingForYourArt having her hair cut almost to the scalp]] for ''Film/LesMiserables''.
** Similarly, Creator/NataliePortman for a time sported this following [[BaldWomen having her head shaven]] for ''Film/VForVendetta''.
** Creator/JenniferLawrence has done this a little differently for the same reason - [[DyeingForYourArt dyeing her hair brown]] for ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'' fried her hair and as a result she chopped it off to this.
* Music/{{Rihanna}} sported this hairstyle from around 2008-2010, and again in 2012-13, most recently [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair dyeing her pixie cut pink]], though she has since outgrown it.
* Creator/EmmaWatson did this after finishing up Harry Potter, possibly to avoid [[IAmNotSpock I Am Not Hermione]], although she grew it out eventually. She said having short hair makes it more difficult to get certain roles.
* Anime and Video Game voice actress Creator/CristinaValenzuela (aka Cristina Vee) used to sport a pixie haircut.
* Creator/MiaWasikowska sported this for her role in ''Restless''.
* Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal tends to have her hair like this.
* Creator/TildaSwinton, leading to her perceived androgyny.
* Singer Sheena Easton had this hair style in the early eighties.
* Music/MileyCyrus's adoption of a short and often bleached haircut marked her transition from Disney star to a HotterAndSexier-stroke-DarkerAndEdgier image. She has since outgrown her hair.
* [[Music/{{Eurythmics}} Annie Lennox]]'s signature look.
* [[Music/TheCranberries Dolores O'Riordan]]'s iconic look during her band's popularity in TheNineties.
* Music/KatyPerry has since sported this hairstyle after breaking up with Creator/OrlandoBloom, though in actuality that was due to the black hair dye damaging most of her hair and reverted back to being a blonde as a result.
* [[Music/{{Garbage}} Shirley Manson]]'s hairstyle during the ''Beautiful Garbage'' era after divorcing her husband.
* Music/{{Pink}}'s hairstyle since the late Noughties.
* Creator/HalleBerry's iconic hairstyle during the Nineties and the Noughties
* Milagros “Mili” Hernandez an 8 yo girl and her team were kicked out of a soccer tournament because of her short "boyish" hair style. There was a typo on one form that the officials are using as an excuse, even though her father offered to show them medical records proving she is a girl. The fact this 8 yo is such a good player the league had bumped her up to play with 11 yo girls, has caused speculation that the opposing team was trying to get rid of a good player and cheat. https://goo.gl/hgNkDl
* Creator/AngelinaJolie's hairstyle from 1994 to 1998. She began sporting this during the production of ''Film/{{Hackers}}'' and then wore either hair extensions or a wig in films during that time. She had a buzz cut in 1997 before growing it back to this hairstyle months later until outgrowing her hair long and has kept it long since then.
* Creator/RachelMaddow's iconic hairstyle. She sported a buzz cut during the time when she was in college after being outed as a lesbian.
* Music/{{Halsey}}'s default hairstyle, when she's not seen with either hair extensions or wigs.
* Charice Pempengco's current hairstyle after coming out as a lesbian (and before going under the StageName [[GenderBlenderName Jake Zyrus]]). Before then, she had [[LongHairIsFeminine long hair]] (as evident in her guest appearances in ''Series/{{Glee}}'') before changing her image to a tomboyish look and later coming out.
* In 2016, Azuki Shibuya of i☆Ris started to first cut her hair short, then also bleach it, and wear pants more often, making her [[https://img.animatetimes.com/news/visual/2016/1470220414_7000ceda603b1e8455f2cdc2ab173bd7_sp_top.jpg stand out from the others]]. However, her bandmates have pointed out that despite her new look, she still remains the most girlish member.
* Actress Bex Taylor-Klaus, due to her tomboyish look.
* Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang, being a ButchLesbian.
* Chinese singer-actress Faye Wong's iconic hairstyle in the early Nineties, most famously in the film ''Film/ChungkingExpress''.